Review ~ Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Dark Side of the Moon
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter #11
Reviewed Format: Bound book from personal collection
 
Rating:4/5 

Synopsis: Susan Michaels was the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until she walked into a setup that ruined her reputation. Now she’s working for a small Seattle paper, penning stories about killer moths and alien babies, convinced that her life couldn’t get any worse…

That was before an idea for a breaking news piece brought her to a local animal shelter where she ends up listening to her source rant about vampires and gets coerced into adopting a cat despite her allergies. But when her new pet suddenly reveals himself to be a gorgeous—and lethal—shapeshifter, Susan realizes that there’s far more at stake than a career-saving by-line.
Born into a world of predators, Were-Hunter Ravyn Kontis was betrayed by those he loved best. Soulless, pitiless, he has spent three hundred years battling the Daimons who seek to subjugate humankind. Against all odds, Susan evokes in Ravyn feelings of tenderness. Desire. Love. And with the ultimate battle about to begin, this one very human woman holds the power to shatter both their worlds… 

Review:

 
This is the first book that I’ve ever read by this author. I liked it but I didn’t really LOVE it. Ravyn and Susan are both characters that are dealing with some extra “baggage” shall we say. Susan is this reporter who always get’s her story (which has cost her dearly) but at the same time has a pretty quirky sense of humor (which you see a lot in the book) and Ravyn he’s pretty much a no-nonsense kind of guy who doesn’t particularly care to be around humans at all because they have cost him dearly. Well now that the Daimons (with the help of some humans) are trying to kill both Susan AND Ravyn they are kind of stuck with one another. The more time they spend together the more that we the readers learn about these two character’s pasts…Not a pretty picture. There is even a little twist thrown in for good measure too. If you like a little Death, Destruction and Mayhem with some smutt thrown in this is a good book to check out.
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Review ~ Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Title:  Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Format: Finished Hardcover copy from personal library
Release Date:  November 29, 2011
 
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Review:

I really LOVED this book.  What I really LOVED about this book was how it was told from dual points of view, ala Simone Elkeles books.  I really connected with the main characters June and Day.  Our hero Day is considered a fugitive by the Republic and he is homeless and lives on the streets with an orphan that he has befriended and takes care of named Tess. 

Our heroine June on the other hand is sort of a child prodigy and is in the process of finding her place in the Republic.  Then her brother is tragically murdered and June goes looking for answers.  All the information that she has leads her right to Day.  And what follows is a roller coaster ride of heartache, action, betrayal, romance and so many twists and turns you won’t know up from down….I mean that in a good way of course.

There were a few things that were pretty predictable about the book but I did not feel that it detracted from the story itself at all.  I felt like the slight predictability of those few things actually heightened the anticipation and flow of the story for me personally.

Like with pretty much all (there are a few exceptions to the rule I’m sure) there is a lot of tragedy in Legend.  But you keep rooting for June, Day and a VERY select few secondary characters.

Overall, I was BEYOND extremely happy with the book.  I most definitely will be counting down the days until the sequel is released.  Is it time yet!?

Friday Follow ~ The Unread Books edition

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  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  7. If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

So now for this weeks question: 

Q: Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

I lost count at 200 and that’s just physical books, that doesn’t even include the books on my nook.  Add another 217 if you want to include those into the total too. I’m hoping that with all the reading challenges I’m participating in this year that I can knock that number down some. How about you?  What’s your magic number?

Book Review ~ All Jacked Up (Rough Riders #8) by Lorelei James

All Jacked Up (Rough Riders, #8)Title: All Jacked Up
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders #8
Release Date: November 3, 2009
Reviewed Format: Purchased E-book

Rating:

Challenges: 2012 E-Book Reading Challenge, 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge , 2012 100+ Reading Challenge, 2012 Read Your Own Books Challenge, 2012 Reading Romances Challenge, 2012 TBR Reading Challenge

Synopsis:

Pulling off the ultimate con…if they can keep from pulling off their clothes.

Rough Riders, Book 8

Keely McKay knows Jack—and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. The lone girl in the prolific McKay family, Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic—and prove she’s left her wild-child days behind. That means dealing with buttoned-down, uptight Jack.

Jack is this close to securing a career make-or-break project, until he learns his lack of marital status puts him out of contention. When the notoriously hot-tempered and hot-bodied Keely begs him for help, he proposes a crazy idea. He’ll oversee her project—if she acts the part of his loving fiancée.

Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots—but outside the bedroom they’re as mismatched as ever. The McKays remind Jack of the humble upbringing he left behind, and cowgirl Keely feels she doesn’t measure up to Jack’s big-city lifestyle.

When the dust settles, Jack and Keely must face the fact they’re not fooling anyone but themselves—or they’ll risk losing the real deal.

Warning: this book contains one hot-blooded cowgirl and one cool-headed businessman in a stripped-down, revved-up game of sexual truth or dare.

 

Review:

My mom turned me on to this series.  She has a Kindle so it’s her “Kindle Smut” and I have a Nook so it’s my “Nook Smut.”  I’ve read another book in this series (Cowgirl Up and Ride) and I really enjoyed that book a lot.  So I downloaded a few more books in the Rough Rider’s series onto my Nook and I’ve been tearing through them.  I was really excited about Jack and Keely’s story.  A true opposites attract story and they most definitely are compatible sexually as well.

Keely has been known through out this series up to this point as a “Wild Child” but going to All Jacked Up she does something very grown up, buying a building with the hopes of opening her own clinic.  There is a slight problem though.  She has bought a historic building and has to jump through a bunch of hoops with the Wyoming Historical committee before her renovations can even start to take place.

Enter Alpha male Jack Donahue stage right….

 Jack is an architect who is certified to do historical restorations by historical committee’s.  It also turns out that Jack and Keely pretty much hate each other as well.  But Jack and Keely both need something from one another in order to get ahead in their life/career.  Jack really wants a restoration job in Utah but his marital status or lack thereof puts him out of the running.  Keely needs Jack to sign off on her project so her clinic can be more than a pipe dream.

Enter the con stage left where Jack and Keely pretend to be engaged to each other….

The fighting and banter between Jack and Keely was pretty funny for the most part.  Even with all the fighting and miscommunications that take place, feelings start to change.  I really liked that even when Jack and Keely were at their worst they always seemed to come back to one another.  You could tell from the beginning that when these two “got together” it was going to be EXPLOSIVE and it most definitely was.

I think that my favorite part of the whole book was when Keely’s brother’s go looking for her after their confrontation with Jack.  It’s a pretty “caveman” scene but it’s one of my favorites.

The sex in this book is pretty incredible.  Jack is most definitely an Alpha male in the sexual department.  If you’re not into incredibly hot sex between a sexy as hell architect and a ranching dynasty’s heiress skip this book, heck skip this series all together, but if you’re looking for some spice…Definately check out this book and this series.

Book Review ~ Winter Prey by John Sandford (Lucas Davenport series)

 
Synopsis:In four short years, John Sandford’s rise has been meteoric. Critics and readers everywhere have hailed his “cracklingly authentic” (Los Angeles Times), “trimmed-to-the-bone” (Chicago Tribune) thrillers, and more than three and a half million copies of his four bestselling novels are in print. Few writers have explored the human dark side with as much insight and unpredictability – and now, in his fifth Lucas Davenport novel, he has created his most spellbinding story of all. It is winter in the remote, dark Wisconsin woods, but the chill in the local sheriff’s bones has nothing to do with the weather. The extravagance of the crime is new to him: the murdered man, woman and child; the machete-like knife through the man’s head; the ashes of the fire-consumed house spread over the ice and snow. In desperation, the sheriff turns for help to the reclusive lawman he’d heard had a cabin up here, and with reluctance Davenport agrees, but it is a decision he will soon have reason to regret. For this is a kind of criminal new to him, too. As he sifts through the ashes of the case itself, other crimes, shocking to his carefully hardened shell, emerge, and it becomes clear that there is an evil in these woods, an evil at once alien to him and closer than he can imagine … and against which even his skills may not prevail. Sandford’s previous novels have displayed a brilliance of characterization and pace that have made them instant favorites. But this one is his masterpiece. Rich, complex and full of extraordinary people, it is a breathtaking work of suspense.

Review:

I read this book not all that long ago, it was recommended to me by another of my co-workers, they read it in her book club and she REALLY liked it.  I was really drawn into this book. This is the 5th book in John Sandford’s “Lucas Davenport” series….There are close to 20 books in this series now.

What I really liked about this book is that it kept you guessing. You thought you knew who “done it” but in the end you were oh so very wrong. I really enjoyed the characters as well. Lucas is one of those guys that’s “been there done that” and helps out with this case reluctantly. The “Ice Man” as the killer is called is one sick puppy, that will do just about anything to get this 1 photograph back. The preacher, did he or didn’t he? The Dr. is really the only person involved that knows who did it, unbeknownst to her. The local law enforcement…well they sound like your typical “fish out of water” when it comes to this particular case. The plot was in my opinion AWESOME….but then again this is the first book by this particular author that I have read. It was so good that I finished this 400 page book in a few short hours….Once I got started I just could not stop!

 5/5

 

Book Review ~ Cowgirls Don’t Cry (Rough Rider’s #10) by Lorelei James

Cowgirls Don't Cry (Rough Riders, #10)Title: Cowgirls Don’t Cry
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Rough Rider’s #10
Release Date: November 9, 2010
Reviewed Format: Purchased E-Book

Rating:

Challenges: 2012 E-Book Reading Challenge, 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge, 2012 100+ Reading Challenge, 2012 Read Your Own Books Challenge, 2012 Reading Romances Challenge, 2012 TBR Reading Challenge

Synopsis:

 Good girls can play rough too…

Rough Riders, Book 10

Jessie McKay has accepted her marriage to Luke McKay wasn’t perfect. After two years of widowhood, she’s ready to kick up her bootheels—until Luke’s younger brother shows up to spoil her fun. But if Brandt thinks she’ll ever take orders from another McKay male, he’s got manure for brains.

Brandt McKay has avoided his sweet, sexy sister-in-law ever since the night he confessed his feelings for her weren’t the brotherly type. Unexpectedly faced with proof of Luke’s infidelity, Brandt is forced to ask for Jessie’s help in taking care of Luke’s young son. Jessie agrees on one condition—she wants Brandt’s boots exclusively under her bed for the duration.

The sexual heat that’s always simmered between them ignites. Brandt is determined to make the temporary situation permanent, proving to Jessie he’s a one-woman man. And Jessie is shaken by feelings she’s sworn never to have again for any man…especially not a McKay.

Warning: Contains branding-iron-hot sex , the one McKay on earth who wants to be tamed, and a woman who’s decided tame is for nice girls who finish last.

Review:

I didn’t really like the prologue in this story.  I think it kind of detracted from the rest of the book a little bit.  But not really enough to detract from its rating. I’ve noticed a lot of comments about the prologue in reviews I’ve read so I was aware that it was there.

What I really liked about this story is that it’s a pretty emotional story.  There’s heartbreak, triumph and a whole mess of other emotions thrown in too. There are BIG changes that happen for both families AND the ranch in this story.

Jessi McKay was married to Luke McKay for a while.  Luke turned out to be a world-class asshole who is killed in a car accident but not before fathering a child with another woman.  After Luke was killed Jessi leaned pretty heavily on Luke’s brother Brandt for support.

But Brandt has other idea’s….

Brandt has been in love with Jessi for a long time. And his brother’s behavior toward Jessi and their marriage put a terrible strain on Brandt and Luke’s relationship.  approximately 10 months or so before the story takes place Brandt confesses to Jessi that he has more than “friendly” feelings towards Jessi. Jessi isn’t ready for a relationship yet and cut’s Brandt off at the pass.

Then Landon, Luke’s illegitimate child with another woman, enters the picture. Brandt begs Jessi to help him with Landon while Landon’s mom is doing time in jail for her second DUI.  In the beginning Jessi really doesn’t want to…AT ALL.  But in the end she helps Brandt out after he agree’s to her conditions.  In the beginning Jessi and Brandt are really nothing more than parenting partners but then Jessi’s feelings for Brandt start to change.  That is when Jessi tells Brandt that she wants to add sex to the mix.  Thus beginning another round of REALLY INCREDIBLY HOT McKay sex.  Side Note: Personal favorite scene…The Pear scene.

When Brandt FINALLY gets what he’s wanted for a VERY long time, Jessi madly in love with him, his father Casper issues an ultimatum which puts Brandt into a fit of rage.  It’s a little bit scary to see how far his father can push him over the edge.  But this is also where Jessi learns a little bit of a lesson: sometimes when you really want something bad you can’t just sit around waiting for it, you have to go and get it.

Book Review ~ Good Girl Gone Bad by Karin Tabke

 
Good Girl Gone Bad
Karin Tabke
384 pages4.75/5

 
Synopsis:IN HER SIZZLING DEBUT, KARIN TABKE SETS THE SCENE WITH HARD-HITTING COPS, A SCANDALOUS CRIME, AND UNINHIBITED PASSION THAT CAN’T BE DENIED….Straight-laced, by-the-book police officer Philamina Zorn has always lived by the letter of the law — that is, until she is assigned to work with Lieutenant Ty Jamerson, a tough-as-nails, arrogantly handsome cop who knows exactly how to press her buttons. Staking out Klub Kashmir, the Bay Area’s hottest gentleman’s club, Phil and Ty go undercover to bait the kidnapper of three young women — including two strippers from the club — while trying to keep their clashing personalities at bay. Baring more than just her inhibitions, Phil dons a barely there ensemble, straps on stilettos, and reveals her feisty side as Kat, a seductively sexy cocktail waitress who lets her luscious curves do the talking. Not only is she determined to expose a criminal but she has vowed to show her hot-headed lieutenant, a.k.a. floor manager of Klub Kashmir, that she’s no shrinking violet.

As Phil and Ty become more deeply entrenched in the sordid underground world of exotic dancing, where money means everything and passions run wild, flaring tension becomes uncontrollable lust. It’s all they can do not to surrender to desire — a hunger that intensifies with each playful encounter. Meanwhile, a cold-blooded criminal is hiding in the shadows — and a devastating secret that, if revealed, could shake Phil to her core.

Review:

 
In Tabke’s first novel length book we go undercover with police officers Ty Jamerson and Philamina Zorn. Someone is kidnapping dancers from the Bay area’s ELITE gentleman’s club….Now Ty and Phil must join forces to find the kidnapper, two strippers and an undercover cop. There is just one “small” problem….Ty and Phil don’t get along. Ty doesn’t trust anyone – especially women and Phil is determined “best” Ty by proving that her undercover character – Kat – is hardcore.As things start to heat up in their case, tension turns into uncontrollable lust. It’s not a matter of “if” Ty and Phil will give into that lust but “when.” Meanwhile, there is still a criminal to catch and a painful secret that is being kept from Phil that if it were to be revealed it would shock her in a very big way.

The Keeper’s Favorites of 2011 Giveaway

Welcome to The Keeper’s Favorites of 2011 Giveaway!  The prizes for this giveaway will be books that I have enjoyed in ANY genre throughout the course of 2011.  The rules are simple….

Giveaway Rules:

1. You MUST fill out the form in order to be eligible to win (NOT NEGOTIABLE)

2. This contest is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships too.

3. There will only be 1 winner.

4. The contest concludes on January 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST.

The Prizes (click the covers to go to Goodreads page):

In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #1)    The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)  Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders, #3)   The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption   Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)   Virgin River (Virgin River, #1)   Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, #2)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)   Legend (Legend, #1)   No Mercy (A Mercy Gunderson Mystery #1)

The Last Surgeon   When You Dare   A Heartbeat Away

 

In My Mailbox January 1, 2012

In My Mailbox is hosted by the lovely Story Siren.  In My Mailbox is our opportunity to show off the books that we got during the week.  I haven’t participated in a little while so I have a whole bunch of books to show off for both of my blogs. Don’t forget to drop by my other blog Tales from the Crypt to see what books I got for that blog. 🙂 I hope your able to find your next “must read” book through your travels!  Leave me a link to your IMM and I’ll be sure to drop by.

Santa brought me a brand new Nook Tablet.  LOVE IT!  I’ve been reading and watching movies like crazy on this thing!

Bound Books

Bring Me Home for Christmas (Virgin River, #16)

This year, Becca Timm knows the number one item on her Christmas wish list—getting over Denny Cutler. Three years ago, Denny broke her heart before heading off to war. It’s time she got over her silly high-school relationship and moved on.

So she takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Virgin River, the rugged little mountain town that Denny calls home, as an uninvited guest on her brother’s men-only hunting weekend. But when an accident turns her impromptu visit into an extended stay, Becca finds herself stranded in Virgin River. With Denny. In very close quarters.

As the power of Christmas envelops the little town, Becca discovers that the boy she once loved has become a strong and confident man. And the most delicious Christmas present she can imagine.

Damage

From New York Times bestseller John Lescroart comes an explosive look at the seductive power of revenge and the terrible costs of justice.

The Curtlees are the most powerful family in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who’ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family’s heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming DA dashed. And head homicide detective Abe Glitsky was reassigned to the police department’s payroll office. Eventually, all three were able to rebuild their fragile, damaged lives.

And then Ro Curtlee’s lawyers won him a retrial, and he was released from jail.
Within twenty-four hours, a fire destroys the home of the original trial’s star witness, her abused remains discovered in the ruins. When a second fire claims a participant in the case, Abe is convinced: Ro is out for revenge. But with no hard evidence and an on-the-take media eager to vilify anyone who challenges Ro, can Abe stop the violence before he finds himself in its crosshairs? How much more can he sacrifice to put Ro back behind bars? And just how far across the line is he prepared to go in pursuit of justice? 

Audio Books

Locked On

Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous. A devout enemy of Jack Sr. launches a privately funded vendetta to discredit him by connecting the presidential candidate to a mysterious killing in the past by John Clark, his longtime ally. A shadowy mercenary team is dispatched to capture the former Navy SEAL. With Clark on the run, it’s up to Jack Ryan Jr., along with Ding Chavez, Dominic Caruso, and the rest of the Campus team, to stop a threat emerging in the Middle East: A corrupt Pakistani general has entered into a deadly pact with a fanatical terrorist to procure nuclear warheads, which can be used to blackmail any world power into submission. With the breakneck speed and military action scenes that have made him the premier thriller writer of our time, Tom Clancy delivers a novel of high-tech warfare in which the enemy within may be even more devastating than the enemy without.

E-Books

The Killer Angels

 

Winner of the Pultizer Prize

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny.

Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders, #1)

 

Channing Kinkaid itches for a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Enter Colby McKaybull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. He knows hes found a woman whos up to the challenge of cutting loose. Intrigued by Channings bold proposition to “horse around” on the road, Colby proposes sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in those of his two rodeo traveling partners. Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as it seems with the sexy trio?

Rode Hard, Put Up Wet (Rough Riders, #2)

Workin up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin cowboy or two. Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: theirs won’t be strictly a working relationship. She’s the boss during the day, but once she’s corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age difference, Gemma consents. Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak. He intends to loosen her tightly held reins of control even if he has to break out his horsewhip to do it. But Cash is in for a surprise. Gemma proves a rough and ready participant in any leather-n-lace game Cash dreams up. Between riding herd on his wayward daughter, Macie, and rowdy cowboy Carter McKay doggin Macie’s every boot step, Cash struggles to hide his true feelings for Gemma except this time, Gemma’s grabbed the bull by the horns and she’s playing for keeps. Summer’s going to be a hot one at the Bar 9.

Rough, Raw, and Ready (Rough Riders, #5)

 

Torn between the love he has-and the love he’s always wanted. A Rough Riders book. Chassie West Glanzer hasn’t been a stranger to drama and tragedy. A year of wedded bliss to sexy-as-sin cowboy Trevor Glanzer has brought her the happiness and contentment she never thought she’d find, and mellowed Trevor’s rodeo wanderlust. Then Trevors old roping partner ambles up the driveway and Chassie’s life changes drastically. Trevor never expected to see Edgard Mancuso again, after it became clear he couldn’t be the man Edgard needed. Now Edgard is back from Brazil to sort out their tangled past, and Trevor is plagued with feelings he thought he’d buried over three years ago. Although Trevor is hat-over-bootheels in love with his sweet, feisty wife, the sense his life is missing a piece has always gnawed at him. Chassie’s shock that Edgard and Trevor were once lovers turns to fear of losing her husband. Or worse, fear that Trevor will stay with her only out of a sense of duty. Yet as the three of them spend time together, the sins of the past blur and fade, leaving raw emotion and unbridled passion. Passion that could heal-or cause irreparable damage to their future. Warning: this book contains unbelievably explicit sex, including multiple cowboy/cowgirl/cowboy menage scenes, juicy, hot, male on male action, a bucketful of politically incorrect situations and true Western ideology.

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)

 

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn’t have.

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn’t jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe “opportunity” isn’t the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: “Lied to Our Parents”). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up “Skipping School” (#3), “Throwing a Crazy Party” (#8), “Buying a Hot Tub” (#4), and, um, “Harboring a Fugitive” (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn’t-have-done at a time.

2012 Audio Book Challenge

2012 Audio Book Challenge Hosted by Teresa’s Reading Corner

Hosted by Teresa’s Reading Corner.

Information copied from the hosts blog…..

Welcome to the Orignial Audio Book Challenge formerly hosted by Alaine at Queen of Happy Endings. This challenge is for Audio Book lovers as well as those who are brand new to them.

I’ve been listening to your feedback and I’m convinced that the 2012 challenge is going to be better than ever. There will still be targets for achievement, but I’m raising them a bit since many of our participants are avid audio book listeners.

Once again, there are four levels to the challenge

  • Flirting-Listen to 6 Audio Books
  • Going Steady- Listen to 12 Audio Books
  • Lover- Listen to 25 Audio Books
  • Married-Listen to +++  Audio Books
*A big Thank You to fellow blogger and twitter buddy @dogearedcopy for her suggestions on the level names. 

There will be a monthly link up so that we can share what we’ve listened to and make suggestions to each other. Along with that monthly link up there will be a special monthly challenge so make sure you stop by each month!

Inspired by Beth Fish Reads and There’s A Book I’m going to be adding a feature (still unnamed) in which we get to know Audio Book Publishers. I’ll be asking them about what they’ve got coming up as well as about their back list titles and of course, the chance to win an Audio Book or two!

I’ll also be adding a feature in which we can get to know our fellow participants. If you are interested in appearing in this feature, please fill out the attached google form.

I hope I’ve enticed you to join in the 2012 Audio Book Challenge. I’m really looking forward to reading your reviews and experiences over the next year.

Official Challenge dates: 1/1/2012-12/31/2012

I’m going to start with the Flirting level since I’m brand spanking new to audio books and see where that takes me.

1. Locked On – Tom Clancy