Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka

Title: The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
Author: Gina Homolka
Goodreads Rating: 4.41
Format: Hardcover

Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Of Beast and Beauty

Author: Stacy Jay
Goodreads Rating: 4.02
Pages: 391
Format: ARC from ALA13

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret...

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)

Author: Kendare Blake
Goodreads rating: 3.70
Pages: 333
Format: Final Copy
BINGO Category:  "First Time for Everything" (First Book in a Series)
The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Author: Marissa Meyer
Goodreads rating: 4.31
Pages: 452
Format: Finished Copy
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Charming (Pax Arcana #1)

Author: Elliott James
Goodreads rating: 3.75
Pages: 366
Format: ARC from BEA13
John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Book Bingo Challenge

It's the start of a new year and I'm here to kick it off right with.....

Last year, I played the Book Bingo Challenge by Random House (both young adult and regular versions) and LOVED IT! It was so much fun and helped me with my "what book should I read next" dilemma. People who know my competitive nature know how much I love these reading challenges so now, this year, I've created my own Book Bingo :) As you can see, I've added my own flair to it ;)  I encourage you to play along and report back to see who can get bingo first!! I'm going for a black out (get the whole board) but will be posting back whenever I get bingo!

You can use my Bingo Board (or your own variation of it if you wish) or any other Bingo Board you can find (as previously stated, Random House has a couple versions, which helped inspire my own board). 

If you choose to participate, please leave comments to keep us updated on your progress. If you have a blog, and choose to keep us posted via your page, leave your url in the comment section so we can follow and cheer along :) Let's make this year the best book-ing year ever!


“First time for everything”

(First book in a series)
“Out of this world”

(Book set in a different world or country)
“Better than Twilight”

(Book with a love triangle)
“Bibbity Bobbity Boo”

(A book with magic)
”Beginning of a beautiful relationship”

(Book by an author you read for the first time and now love)
“Book hulk”

(Book with more than 500 pages)
“Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My”

(Book with non-human characters)
“Beam us up, Scotty”

(Sci-Fi Book)
“The book was better”

(Book that turned into a movie)
“Saving people, hunting things…”

(Paranormal book)
“Dude power”

(Book with a male protagonist)

(Book you fell in love with aka 5/5 star rating)
“Nothing is free”

(Except this space)
“Welcome to Hogwarts”

(Book with mythological creatures)
“Nerds Unite!”

(A graphic novel)
“On Wednesdays, we wear pink”

(Book set in high school)
“Pass the tissues”

(Book that made you cry)
“Let’s get real”

(A non-fiction book)
“Judge a book by it’s cover”

(Book with an amazing cover)
“OK, for a middle book”

(Second book in a series)
“Girl power”

(Book with a female protagonist)
“It all comes down to this”

(Third book in a trilogy)
“Where we are going, we don’t need roads”

(Book set in the future)
“High expectations for men”

(Book where you found your new book boyfriend)
“We do take requests”

(Book recommended by a friend)


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