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This is Who I Am and This is Why I Am Here

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In this post, I’m going to tell you (what little of you there are) why I’ve decided to start blogging.

Originally, I wanted to blog because some reading contests give extra points for having a blog. It looked easy enough, so I thought I could just post here and there and be done.
Nope! After posting a few articles and reviews, I’ve realized there is much more work to keep a blog going. Now, however, my reasons have changed. I want to blog and let others know what I’m reading, what I think of the books that I read, and how I feel about other random things in life. This helps me step away from work and life and just connect with the cyber community. It helps take my mind off of things.

Why not keep a personal journal, you ask? Maybe because I want my opinion to be known. Deep down, I think most want just that. To be heard and have our opinions known. To matter one way or another even if one person has read what we have written. To be accessible to others in the hope that we help them or they help us in one way or another.

I will mostly write about books. For the majority, my blog will be about books I am reading, have read, will read, and want to read. I will have some other little random tidbits on here. Maybe a funny quote here or a post about a new recipe there. Mostly, though … books. That’s my life. I mean, I work at a library, so … books. Yeah. 🙂

I very much want to connect to those with similar interests. I really have no plans for my blog; just for me. I want to be able to call myself a blogger. At the end of the year I want to have posted about enough to say, “I’m a blogger. Check out what I wrote about (insert subject here) on my blog!”
That’s what I want from this experience.

So, as I struggle through this year trying to become a blogger, let me know what you think! If you have some feedback and want to share, PLEASE DO SO! I am an easy going person and know how to take criticism.

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Oh. My. Goodness. When I tell another about a book, I like to tell them the good and the bad of the book. However, there isn’t much to say about this book that is negative!? I mean, the only thing I didn’t like about this book was the fact that it ended.

I personally would have loved to read more action scenes than (and there were quite a bit), but I think overall the contrast between active and inactive moments ended up being pretty satisfactory. From waking up in a house FULL of your dead friends, to escaping and traveling to a Coldtown with your cold ex-boyfriend and a vampire in the trunk of your car, to almost becoming some vampire’s dinner, this book is full of fun activities for the family! … Well, maybe not the whole family, but just for that avid reader in the family.

But come on! What better way to start a book with a massacre!? About the tenth paragraph in the first chapter says this:

“The tan carpet was stiff and black with stripes of dried blood, splattered like a James Pollock canvas. The walls were streaked with it, handprints smearing the dingy beige surfaces. And the bodies. Dozens of bodies.”

How can you not become consumed by this book after reading that!?

Black’s writing seduces you in a reality where vampires run isolated towns and humans lust after the chance to become cold; to be turned into a vampire.

I dare you to take a journey down this rabbit hole, because this book will make you re-think about wanting to become a creature of the night.

Review: Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price


(Goodreads | Amazon)


Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .”

Let’s get started. … See what I did there? See that? If you missed it, I’ll tell you what I did there. It was a pun! Get it!? No? Well, then I’m sorry you didn’t get it.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I will admit the fact that the cover delayed my reading of this book, but once I opened the cover, I couldn’t put it down (more like didn’t want to, seeing as how I had to put it down to eat, sleep, work and use the restroom).

There were some pros and cons (what is a book without pros and cons) to this book in my opinion.

Pros: Well written; the story just flowed. I didn’t feel like it stayed one tone too long, nor was it too fast a pace. Character development was well thought out; I mean, you really get a feel for who these characters are. Great story line; I thought is was unique enough that I didn’t feel as though I have read it before.  THE ENDING! Literally left my jaw on the floor. Really! I had to pick it up, dust it off, and clean up the saliva I left on the floor.

Cons: (I’m no writer, so this opinion is just that. An opinion. Obviously Price did something right, or this book wouldn’t have been such a success) I thought that the beginning of the book could have been a little stronger.; it’s not something that I can place my finger upon and say, “This. This is what is the problem.” – I just feel as though something is missing from the beginning. I wish there could have been more conflict with some of the secondary characters; maybe get a feel for why, exactly, a certain someone decided to become a starter.

Any-who, those are all just my opinions. Some may not make much sense to you (either because 1. You haven’t read it, or 2. You think the story is great just the way it is written and wouldn’t change a thing.), but this is just how I feel.

Price really knows how to line ’em up and knock ’em down. Well, done! I recommend this book to any reader who is looking for a nail-biting dystopian read.

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