So this passed Saturday, my mom and I went into Pay-less to exchange her shoes for the right size. This Pay-less happens to be situated next to this vintage-like bookstore. Apparently Saturdays are their overstock sales, the deal for this Saturday was by 7 books for $5 or by 1 book for $1. Needless to say I felt a strong need for seven new books, so did my kid sister. We spent $10.70 for 14 books. not a bad deal. I'm only showing the books that I got though.
Here's the list of books that I got:
MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
Well, I don't know where to begin really. This book brought so many things to light. Really important things. Things that for generations us as individuals have hidden in the closet because we we're thought that this specific issue is not to be talked about to be forgotten. To be endured quietly. To suffer and suffer alone. But we'll come back to this issue.
"Sometimes you have to hurt people just to prove that you're alive."
The Roanoke Girls. We'll talk about the writing first and foremost; it was, besides really well written, burning-ly honest, it was disturbing, written with a dry and dark sense of humor but most of all it was raw.
Yes, I described this writing with both words honest and raw...but these words have a different depth. Anybody can be honest. There are different ways and angles to honesty. There is only one way for raw and that is exposed. The perspectives from the women in this exposed themselves. Exposed they're thoughts. Exposed they're darkest feelings (yes as corny as that sounds). And they exposed an innocence that is RAW. For me this is what made the book come together.
Oh, cursing did happen in this book but that is something I ignored because the bigger picture was way more important. I will tell you that I didn't ignore or appreciate the Lord's name being taken in vain so there's that.
GENRE/CATIGORIES: Young Adult, New Adult, College, Romance,
Contemporary, Coming Of Age
Jane Austen meets New Adult Fiction in this compulsively readable
"Today is not the day I die."
Ari Demos starts every day with this thought. Fresh out of high
school, she's landed a coveted role as a stunt double in a new Pride
and Prejudice adaptation starring the Hollywood phenomenon Weston
Spencer. But this job isn't going to be easy: Ari will be performing
complicated water stunts and driving fast cars along the narrow cliffs
of Corfu. One false step and she could lose not only her job, but her
And then Wes Spencer, Mr Darcy himself, arrives in Greece. He's got
dirty blonde hair, a mile-long yacht and a bored look on that gorgeous
face. Ari wants nothing to do with the rich actor boy, but on the day
she meets him, she has an accident. One that almost claims her life.
And now she can't hide from the truth any longer:
She might be much closer to losing everything than she thought. She
might be dying. And the British actor is the last person she'd expect
to save her life.
She's a hard-working island girl. He's adored by millions.
Falling in love was never supposed to be a part of the job.
Staying alive was never supposed to be a part of growing up.
Was this story ever meant for a happily ever after?
MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
When I heard of Lose Me. I didn't know what to expect from it. I mean one, I've never read Pride and Prejudice (I know, I know. How could I, right?), and two, I've never read a book by this author before. Well, I'm glad I got the chance to read this book because it's a good book. Yeah. That simple-It was a good book... I mean I'm going to tell you why it was a good book. I'm not going to leave y'all hanging haha.
"Mostly It's a romantic story, not so much [a] romantic comedy though."
Lose Me. is about a female stunt double, straight out of school who has landed a part on a new movie adaption of Pride and Prejudice starring the Wesley Spencer. But this is not a job, it's life or death what with the dangerous water stunts and driving at high speeds along narrow cliffs. Ari Demos wants nothing to do with the gorgeous Wes Spencer, Mr. Darcy. He's arrogant, rude and condescending. But Ari was in an accident, a couple hours after meeting Wes, that almost takes her life. Ari realizes she can't keep running from the truth. She's at a crossroad-will keep denying the facts or will she let people know what is going on with her?
Wes wasn't who she expected least of all her knight in shining armor. A Island girl, a celebrity, unexpected love and survival. Will these two catch a break or will things make a turn for the worst?... Well obviously, you'd have to read the book to find out. ^.^
MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
This book was such a joy to read. This is my first time reading a Carolyn Miller novel and I'm sure I'll be reading more her novels soon. The Elusive Miss Ellison did not disappoint.
""As you have so rightly pointed out, I am a superior female."
The Elusive Miss Ellison, for the most part, takes place in Gloucestershire, (West) England. There's a new earl of the Hampton Hall and the town is in a tizzy... All, but of course Miss Ellison. Lavinia Ellison, as the Reverends daughter and a Servant of God, she has a duty to help those who are sick and in need. They just so happen to be the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury's tenants. And Lord Hawkesbury shows no outward commitment or concern for them. Miss Ellison has no other option than to think the Earl just as bad as his brother - his brother who took her most cherished person. Not to mention he doesn't come to church.
Nicholas Stamford is plagued by guilt and old times he wish he could have changed. When coming to Gloucestershire Nicholas had no intention of falling entranced with everything that is Miss Lavinia Ellison. He is challenged by Lavinia's bold opinions and her blunt observations of his lack of doing - and he finds that he starts to care. After miscommunication and social discrimination and ridiculous obligations, it is but an outrage that binds them to work long side one another.
Dark pasts to judgments to new comers to faith and family secrets - Will Lavinia and Nicolas be able to find their futures. Will boundary be broken and bonds forged? - Well you'd have to read The Elusive Miss Ellison to find out of course!
MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
The Newcomer is the sequel to Anna's Crossing, a book I did not read nor did I know existed until after I requested the book. (Now I know to do my research haha) The Newcomer takes place after the Bauer family is united after a long and trying time. After ten long months on the "Charming Nancy", the Bauer family and the Church is eager to start their new lives in the beautiful- unknown terrain in the Pennsylvania frontier. Waiting for the Church in Pennsylvania is Bishop Jacob Bauer, father to Barin Bauer, the ships carpenter. Now the Church and the Bauer family and the beginnings of romance between Bairn and Anna can flourish. But will this moment of contentedness last?
Bairn learns that being Amish isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially under his father's command. So, when a sea captain offers him escape to the ocean just one last time, Bairn jumps at the opportunity. Anna isn't happy about this arrangement.
"He can never change, she thought. Never."
When Henrik Newman joins the Church on its journey to the frontier, Anna becomes conflicted with her emotions. Henrik seems to be the perfect Amish man-everything that Bairn is not and also very happy to try and steal Anna's heart. But the nail in the coffin is that while Bairn is over seas, this Henrik fellow is here and Bairn is very noticeably not.
Which love will prevail after the turns of events and an unexpected secret is exposed. In this book you get to see through Anna's, Barin's, Henrik's and the Churches comings and goings and the dots that of events that connect them together.
MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
This book is alarmingly realistic!
Don't lose focus while reading this book, this is my advice. Vector: Tradecraft: Phase Zero is a mind boggling, frazzling (in a good way) thriller. Told in multiple points of view Vector: Tradecraft: Phase Zero will have your thoughts in a whirl wind.
Vector: Tradecraft: Phase Zero takes place in Boston Massachusetts with Dr. Emma Hess, a top notch toxicologist and Lee Jansen, a DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Agent. Agent Lee is rushed from D.C. and off to Boston to investigate the death of a researcher, Jawhad Khattib, with Dr. Hess. The DHS wants to know how Khattib died, what he was researching and who was he working for.
Agent Jansen and Dr. Hess are teamed up to figure out if Khattib was a terrorist and if he had a dirty bomb planted in Boston. All the clues say yes but this Agent and Doctor find quickly that this investigation is a far cry from the simple case they had thought it was. After finding something more devastating than a dirty bomb, Agent Jansen and Dr. Hess have to collect solid proof of this horrible discovery.
"It's not safe in anyone's hands."
But can they convince their superiors, get the backup they need and put an end to this atrocious case?
"When you don't have all day to make refried beans and you can't stand the canned ones, these are easy and delicious." ~ MarasFlourpower
My mum had decided she wanted to make Mexican pizzas for dinner but we didn't have any re-fried beans, you know the canned ones, and my pa was at work. Ma was just like fine we'll make it another time but I had joined on the bandwagon and wanted her to make Mexican pizzas too, so I asked her if we had pinto beans. Long story short we did have pinto beans and I was stubborn and decided to make the re-fried beans myself.
MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
Made for a purpose by Kristie Wilde teaches young children the whys of things in life. Or at least it was supposed to. This book mainly just focused the whys of animals in the wild. I mean don't get me wrong this book was cute and all and my kid brother loved it but I thought it was going to be something more.
MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
First, can I just say, I honestly wasn't expecting a lot from this book. I thought it was going to be one of those sickly sweet teen romances. I thought it was going to be the horrible clichéd books where the fat girl gets made fun of, so she loses weight and then falls in love with the troubled popular boy who bullied her. That is not the case in this book.
"Everyone in my life is a stranger , and that includes me. "
Holding Up the Universe is about a teenage boy who can't recognize faces and a teenage girl who was once considered America's fattest teen. Libby has lost a lot of weight but is still anywhere from being "normal" sized when she returns to public school for the first time since the fifth grade. Jack can't recognize faces doesn't mean he has no friends and no expectations.
After Jack partakes in a horrible game that involves Libby, Jack and Libby end up in not only community service but group counseling too. Jack and Libby do not get along at first but as they spend more unwanted time together they realize for the first time they don't feel so isolated anymore. Libby and Jack change each other, but is it for the good?