Open When…

I recently received a book from Blogging for Books called Open When – Letters to Lift Your Spirits by Karen Salmansohn. It is this really neat little book that is compact enough to keep in your big purse and pull it out when you need a mood booster! I’m a mental health therapist and always on the lookout for nice little books to help my clients get through particularly bad days.Well I found a keeper in this book. My favorite one is the “open when someone is mean.” Its that little go to when you can’t control the way people are. Definitely will recommend to anyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Reawakened: A Review

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I received Carrie Pulkinen’s book Reawakened from Net Galley to review. This book was published by Wild Rose Press, Inc. Honestly when I started reading this book it seemed to be giving off a “Twilight-esque” feel. Lucky for me I enjoyed the Twilight Series. Once the book got going however, I could feel the world that Carrie was trying to create. Fairies, Vamps, Shapeshifters, and all other matter of Supes exist. Always have. The King of these beings, Ian, is a  centuries old vampire who is advocating that the super natural beings come out of hiding. He feels like the world is able to handle it now. In the past humans and supernaturals lived in harmony, but as time went on humans became more closed minded and tried to destroy magic. So Ian and his queen created a veil, to hide supernaturals from humans. Ian was in an epic battle with his brother and not to give too much away, Ian’s queen was killed. Good vs Evil and all that jazz. 😉 The world becomes much bigger for our heroine Jules. She discovers that everything she thought was a fairy tale was real. The story progresses quickly and it was very easy to lose yourself in reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast paced paranormal romance.I feel like their will be a sequel to this. I have been looking at the authors website and social medial, but still cant find anything about a sequel. If I do I will edit this. 🙂

Thanks Net Galley and Carrie Pulkinen for the opportunity to review this story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Until next time.

-B

Roanoke Girls. A review.

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”
So from the very first page of this book I was instantly hooked. Drawn into the world of Lane Roanoke and her family’s twisted history. This book is like “Flowers in the Attic” but updated for our generation. I remember watching Flowers in the Attic as a kid and thinking, “this is the most jacked up family I’ve ever seen.” Now, I can honestly say that the Roanoke family gives the Dollanganger family a freakin run for their money.

Wow. The story of Lane and Allegra Roanoke and all the Roanoke girls of the history will draw you in and take you down twists and turns in their family’s history. The story is dark and angry, but wow, you will be cheering for the Roanoke girls all the same. Highly recommend!

I was super surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. I actually received the book for free from Blogging for Books for a review and I forgot to put it in my bag on Friday and I had some free time at work and totally spent money on to download it on my phone yesterday to get my Roanoke fix. So now I have finished the book and am totally sad it’s over.

Beware, if you are looking for a happy/ peppy book this is not for you. The themes and content are dark and angry. Downright depressing at times, but thrilling all the same. Pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.

Thanks to Blogging for Books and Amy Engel for the chance to read this book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

FanFiction and all that Jazz….

So,  I know that this blog has been in existence for a while. However, I recently changed jobs, more like careers really, and I’m finally back on track with my reading. I will admit, I go through mass spurts where I become obsessed with one specific type of genre….recently I have been reading LOADS of Harry Potter Fanfiction (insert judgy face here) I know! It sounds lame when you say it, but I’m telling you there’s some good stuff out there.

I read Cursed Child when it came out because I wanted to know what my most favorite fictional characters have been up to the past 19 years. I like the book, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like it just didn’t quite have that JK Rowling-ness about it that I came to love. I felt like Ron and Hermione just didn’t have that spark like they used too. Harry, well Harry was just not Harry either…. So it got me thinking. I decided to start with the fanfics out there. The massive amounts of fanfics. Honestly, you have to sort through some doozies out there, but I have refound my love of Harry Potter through fan fiction. I’ve been reading LOADS of Marauder fanfiction. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE the character Sirius Black in the Harry Potter novels. I love Jo, but man! Sirius got the short end of the stick in Harry Potter. I’ve been reading these stories from some really great writers y’all… They have brought the Marauders to life and I LOVE it. I’ve even went so far as to tweet to JK Rowling that she needs to write a Marauders book!

I’m finally feeling like I’m  ready to move back to reading some novels right now (since I have got my HP fix and all) and I’m starting on a novel called Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova. So far I’m really liking it. Its a mix between a love story/ mythology/ and paranormal…. So when I finish I will definitely post a review. Onward and Upward now… See you guys soon!

-B

Career Day.

So this week at my kids school is Dr Seuss week. Yea. So all week has been some sort of theme day, Monday was Mismatched Monday so we put on mismatched clothes and went out the door…come to think about it, it was a lot like a typical Saturday here on The Hill. 😂 But I digress, anyway, so tomorrow is “Oh The Places You’ll Go” day. This means that the want the kids to dress up according to the career they want to have when they grow up.

So I asked my son and of course he said he didn’t want to dress up because, “he’s just too cool for that” so I moved on to my kindergartner… I asked her and she thought about it for a second and said, “how about a….Superhero….Princess….Social Worker…I can do those right Mommy?” I thought about it for a second…so many emotions going through my mind… I was very proud because of all the careers out there she wanted to be a Social Worker like me… how awesome is that?! My second thought was, okay…so should I tell her a Superhero Princess isn’t exactly a “career” per say? I took a long look at her, standing there in her Princess covered Pink Cheetah room and said, “You know what baby? You can totally be a Superhero/Princess/Social Worker… what a great choice!”

At this moment I can totally envision her future…she’s so bright and full of life… so yea…Superhero/ Princess/ Social Worker is totally the right career for my sweet Kate. #shebefierce  img_2199

Fraying at the Edge: A Review.

 

First of all let me say, I love anything to do with the Amish. I find their culture to be extremely fascinating. The fact that they are able to maintain their daily lives without any help from the outside in this technological savvy world is amazing. The Amish are the epitome of self sufficient. So I’m a little biased starting out….

Fraying at the Edge is a novel written by Cindy Woodsmall. This is the second book in the series The Amish of Summer Grove. I received this book from Blogging for Books a while ago and to be honest it took me a while to read it. Life has a tendency to get quite crazy at times, however, when I sat down and began the book I was hooked almost instantly.
The book follows Ariana and Skylar who have been switched at birth by accident. One girl was raised Amish and the other English. They agree to trade places for one year. They both have very different reasons for doing so. This is part two in this series and I wish I would have read the first part… I plan to do so. All and all. Good read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

It’s a Lovely Life

When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left I buy food and clothes. -Erasmus.

Hello! I’m Brittany. I am a 30 year old Mom/Wife/ million other little things/ Psychiatric Social Worker who loves to read. I’m just living the dream here in West Virginia where I live on a small farm with my coal miner husband, my son and daughter,  J (8) and K (5), and our cat Twilight Sparkle.

Ever since I was young I have loved to read. From the first time my Mom took me to our local library and I got my hands on my first real chapter book (Swiss Family Robinson) until now I still get that super excited feeling when I get my hands on a new book. Bookstores are my happy place.

I I have toyed around with the idea of a blog for quite sometime now. Since I recently hit the “dirty thirty” I thought, “why not now?” So here goes nothing. This blog is going to be a mixture of my quirkiness and my love to read. I hope to put some reviews of books up and see what I can get into from there. So anyhoo….

Here goes nothing!

-B