Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bring it on, 2017!

Daaang! Have I really not posted ANYTHING since May?! 
Here i am, for at least ONE post this year...

Last year was amazing for us.
We were crazy, and hectic, and chaos reigned supreme, but it was Great!
The good stuff:
We bought a new home! We have way more room, and are super excited about it. Its been very busy, packing, moving, unpacking, and cleaning the old house! But it was obviously a big improvement for us! 
Bought a new truck.
Went to Six Flags all year, which was the first year we did anything like that. (Season passes to anything) Totally worth it for all the memories.
I got to go on my first cruise, with my best friend. I really believe that you have to invest in your marriage, so that was awesome.
We got 2 new baby kittens!! Who are a pain in the butt most of time, but who we love so very much!
Dani got the braces she so desperately wanted (and needed). And won 2nd place in the spelling bee!
Max lost his first teeth, AND started big boy school. (For the ONLY year he and Dani will be in the same school, ever!) Tried to have a garden…but only my tomatoes grew. Ha. Still, that was an awesome experience for both me and Max!! He loved going to the garden and picking tomatoes from it! 
Got to stay in some cabins in Kerrville! Went to corpus and rode on a pirate ship!
Chris and I started focusing on our health more... which in turn led me to quit smoking (again. and hopefully for the last time). Exactly 19 weeks since I quit!!
I jogged a 5k probably 50 times last year, and my best time was 33 minutes! Longest distance was 4.5 miles.
And Hillary DIDN’T Win!!! Lol ;)

Goals for this year:
Start my day with a prayer!
Continue focusing on my health!! And don’t give up on me! Get to under 30 minutes for my 5k. Bike more (since I got a bike for Christmas!) And do a 10k.
WRITE again! I haven’t written even ONE word in pretty close to a year. Havent REALLY written in over a year! FINISH The Empyrean Chronicles series! This is a big one for me!!!

Let's make 2017 awesome!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Queen of Zombie Hearts

20579287Title: Queen of Zombie Hearts
Author: Gena Showalter

I thought I had nothing left to give. I thought wrong. They started the war. Now I will end it.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her... until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a zneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realises only the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies... and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing — and turning — her boyfriend's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima — even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.


So... this book was good. A  lot of times the end of a series doesnt live up to my expectations. It doesnt answer enough question, and doesnt leave me feeling satisfied with the conclusion.
I did not have that issue with this book.
However, it still isnt my favorite ever.

Ali is still awesome, and significantly better than she was in book 2 (with the wishy-washy romance and zombie alice trying to take over). She is so much more assertive by the end of this series, compared to the beginning, that I really like her.
The romance between her and Cole, while still having some (new) drama, was so much better than the 2nd book also.

That being said, I feel like their romance (at least some aspects of it) are way too old for a YA book. Sex is in YA, because teens have sex. I get it. But the whole spanking joke... ugh. Also- this is pretty much the only aspect of Cole that I dont like. While I get it, he's used to being in control, and while Ali still resists his super, ultra controllingness, it got so old hearing him always trying to control her.

the plot was solid- though the emergence of Helen was... unnecessary, and not my favorite.
The loss of life in this book was high, though only 1 of them actually affected my emotions. the others were...unimportant.

But really, this was an awesome series.
Satisfying end.
i dont plan on reading the newest book with Frosty's POV- because I liked Frosty in these books and I feel like he'll change way too much.

*Spoiler*- highlight the text to read:
Frosty and Kat were perfect. And I know that he falls for someone in the new book. And I just dont want that. Yes I want Frosty to be happy. But not so soon after the love of his life dies. So yeah, not gonna read it.

anyways- 4 stars

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Through the Zombie Glass Review

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)Title:
Through the Zombie Glass

Author: Gena Showalter

Summary:  Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine...Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her...from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking...and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed.

This book ventured even further than any kind of retelling. I guess I need to just get over that. The only link really to Alice in wonderland is the white rabbit cloud, and the mirror in this one... and her name.
thats about it.
Well, and the chapter titles.

Anyways, This book was not as amazing as the first.
Mainly because of the Cole/Gavin/Alice/all his exes drama. I knew how it was gonna end up (and if i'd been wrong I wouldve been super perturbed) but i wasnt. So the whole middle of this book, in regards to that relationship drama was more than annoying.

Other than that, with the true emergence of Anima and the Hazmats, the story really grew. I loved how much Alice again grew in this book. The subplot about the two halves of Alice was... long. it was too long, in my opinion. and I found myself skimming through a lot of this.

But, it was still a good book. With great world building and characters.

Rating: 3.5 Stars (but will round up)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Alice in Zombieland...

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter


She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

So, Alice in Zombieland, while not really an Alice in wonderland retelling at all, is still an awesomely exciting novel.  
The beginning of this novel- in the very first chapter- is devastating, and thrusts the reader directly into the feels with Alice.
And the emotions dont stop throughout the entire book.

I liked the characters. Alice grows significantly in the book. and learns from her mistakes.
Cole... is the best ever.
Kat -while at first off-putting and rather annoying- ends up being a sense of happiness in an otherwise sad world.
the lore of the zombies, was new, different, and very perfect. I loved it. completely. I have no qualms at all, in any way, with this zombie world Showlater created.

Rating: 5 Stars

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Throne of Glass Review

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Maas

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Review:

I love YA Fantasy. A lot. 
This book had it all. Some magic. Sword fights. A little romance. Strong heroes. And even stronger heroines. 

The author builds the completely believable fantasy world, with out ever bogging the reader down with info dumps. She brings characters to life, making you love and hate them.
And she does it all so beautifully, that when you finish devouring every word in this book, you're left wanting more.

*Spoiler for this series- possibly minor spoiler, as I haven't read the books and only gathered this info from the blurbs and reviews...*

So I, like everyone else who finished this book, runs to look at the rest of them in the series only to discover that the two male love interests (Yes, there are 2, and this is pretty much the only downside to Throne of Glass. IF there's a love interest, let there only be one! Please. Can we just be done with the whole love triangle nonsense, already?!?!) Do not end up with Celanea.

Thats right. Spoiler alert. If you read ANY reviews before reading a book, you'll discover that she ends up with some other guys. Because 2 isnt enough for one girl. she ends up with multiple possible men who want her...or something. And ends up with someone else- who starts out being her enemy. And Chaol- who is obviously supposed to be her life long friend, and end up her lover... ends up not even as a friend or something?

And that just isnt my cup of tea.

SO- while I thoroughly enjoyed this FIRST book in the series, I will not be investing so much time and care for characters by reading more books, only to fall in love with the romance and end up hating it. and getting super mad at the author. and wanting to cry.

Ive learned my lesson one too many times before.
and... there's no reason to make myself mad over this.

Even though Im a little mad.

Book 5 stars. Romance aspect of the series: 1.


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