Sunday, July 31, 2011

I am on a reading spree!

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been sucked into the world created by Becca Fitzpatrick. And I'm glad! I don't normally gravitate towards stories where there are angels involved, simply because I am not a fan of angels or angel related folklore. Angels frighten me. However, I had heard so many good things about HUSH, HUSH I knew I had to give it a read. I'm very happy I did.

HUSH, HUSH was a quick read. I read the book in less than 24 hours. I liked Nora very much because she felt real to me. Her close relationship with her best girlfriend Vee is endearing and believable. The dialogue, between the teens reminded me of scenes from Pretty Little Liars, but it worked quite well. There was plenty of intrigue throughout the book to keep my brain swirling as I read. Who was the mysterious person following Nora? What's Patch's REAL story? Can Elliott be trusted? Is Nora losing her mind?

Overall, HUSH, HUSH was a very enjoyable book and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys YA supernatural romance. I am anxious now to read its sequel CRESCENDO.

***I haven't been posting my book reviews from GoodReads here on the blog until recently. I'm thinking I may like to do at least one a week. I still need to decide which day they will appear. Stay tuned. Have been working on this and some other fun changes! I think I'm FINALLY getting my balance back in order. How long it will stay that way, remains to be seen.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)Supernaturally by Kiersten White

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Supernaturally by Kiersten White was as engaging as her first book in the series, Paranormalcy. This second installation offers readers the chance to grow and travel with Evie along her personal road of discovery.

Evie is trying to live a 'normal' life away from IPCA, as normal as rooming with a vampire and working in a diner with a gnome and tree spirit. As she tries to balance her regular high school life and a long distance relationship with her shapeshifting boyfriend, Lend, Evie must deal with a new quirky Faerie Path guide, the reappearance of her ex, Reth and her decision to keep some very important information from Lend. Despite her attempts at normalcy, Evie is drawn back into the paranormal world and this time, she will face yet another determined opponent and learn more about her unique background.

The book's start seemed a bit slow compared to the first in the series, but once things were under way there was a good balance of action and discovery. Evie is as likable as ever and her relationship with Lend feels real. Kiersten White delivers a well-paced story with a great balance of humor, drama and tender moments. If you have not started reading this series, I recommend it.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Counting my blessings.

I'm not going to talk about everything that has taken place the last month in my life. It's.Been.Busy. 'Nuff said.

So...anyhooo....yesterday, our 5 year old high efficiency dryer broke. Well, broke seems to imply that I was using it and the machine made a noise or some other indicator of nastiness and went kaput. Oh no, that was not the case. I simply loaded my wet load of whites into the dryer, closed the door and pressed my setting button. And nothing. Nada. Zilch. No blinky lights, no digital readout. I double-checked the door was closed securely and tried again. Nothing. Sigh. I opened the door, made sure there was no blockage, secured the door again and still no magic when the button was pressed.

Yes, I know what Mom REALLY said.
Crap. Although I believe I may have said something stronger but only the cat was within earshot and she's not talking.

A read through of the trouble-shooting page of the owner's manual gave me minimal hope. It might be a blown fuse, easy enough to fix. I decided to wait until the Hubs came home so I could dump this problem into his lap. He is my Mr. Fix-it and prides himself with being able to fix most anything that breaks around the house. And he is actually as good as he thinks, so I was more than happy to turn it over to him. But on the off chance it was beyond his capabilities, I spent several minutes on the phone with Sears getting info regarding our newly (last month) expired warranty. Yes, the icing on the cake was the dryer's warranty expired LAST month. Good grief.

The dryer did not miraculously cure itself overnight, although I had hopes. I washed a load and now have a drying rack filled with clothes plus various items hung on hangers in strategic areas where they will be blown dry by the air from the ceiling fan. Another call to Sears and I am now the proud owner of another warranty and a service appointment.

Yes, this has all been a hassle and headache but I decided that in 100 degree heat I would much rather have my clothes dryer go kaput than my air conditioner! I am counting my blessings and looking on the bright side. It's all good.

Gratitude is an art of painting 
an adversity into a lovely picture.  
~ Kak Sri  ~