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Things I’m Loving Right Now

snowman cookieSNOWMAN COOKIES ARE BACK AT STARBUCKS!!!

They are made of shortbread and white chocolate icing and HEAVEN. The absolute BEST cookies I’ve ever had in my entire life [sorry, mom]. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Made this crappy work week somewhat more survivable. That and the wine that I mentioned on Thursday! =) Such a simple thing can make or break my days lately. Thank God for cookies, wine, and amazing husbands!

House of Ivy and Sorrow: A Review

ivy and sorrowDrop what you’re doing! If you have not read House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple, you need to readjust your priorities and start reading this novel! This novel is magic and mystery! PERFECT read for the wintery months OR a sunny day in a park.

A curse has been killing members of witching families all over the country for generations. It’s how Josephine Hemlock’s mother died and she’ll do anything to avoid it! When the curse returns to claim her grandmother, Josephine decides to actively find her mother’s killer, whoever is putting this curse on witches is going to have to answer to her! The deeper she digs, the more she learns about her own witchcraft and family history.

NOTHING could do justice to this novel. I just… WOW! I love her writing. It’s so fresh. Natalie Whipple is a breath of fresh air. In bookshelves filled with the same story retold hundreds of different ways, Natalie Whipple’s mind came up with something completely new and unique. With amazing characters and whimsical and dark settings, this novel is sure to be a hit with all fans of YA and fantasy novels!

Awkward & Awesome Thursday

booksAwkward:
-Bad, bad days at work this week. It’s so hard to not get discouraged. Lots of delicious moscato was necessary to survive this week.
-Being 17 books BEHIND SCHEDULE for my goodreads challenge. Getting married really took away my reading time! haha.

Awesome:
-Books ARE better than people. Well, some books are better than some people.
-DragonCity!!! A new game I downloaded on my phone. It’s like SIMS, but WITH DRAGONS!? bwuahaha. I love it. I’m so weird.
-Skits at church!! Although I couldn’t memorize my lines properly, I still had a blast pretending. ;)
-Texts from my bestie best friends. They make my days seem all the nicer and sunnier!

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Through the Ever Night: A Review

through the ever nightThrough the Ever Night is part TWO of Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy (review of book one here). WOW. I really did not expect these novels to blow me away the way they do. I love Aria and Perry!! They are both such great characters & Veronica Rossi does a great job of making me feel like I’m close friends with these two very different people.

This story begins months after Aria and Perry last saw each other. Aria is now on a mission for the pods to find out where the Still Blue might be. The Still Blue is supposedly a myth about a place where the sky is not burning with the aether storms that threaten everyone’s safety! Perry is now the Blood Lord of the Tides, in charge of an entire colonies safety and happiness. When Aria shows up at the Tides camp, the tribe members are not pleased at Perry’s choice to couple with a former Dweller. Aria must consider whether leaving Perry to search for the Still Blue is the best choice for Perry and the Tides.

AWESOME companion novel to the first book. All of the characters are contradictory within themselves… Perry is rough edged, but gentle and loving; Aria is weak, but strong-willed and thorny. The constant question over whether or not they can make it work despite the odds stacked up against them is a tale as old as time, but Rossi makes the story seem brand new. Would definitely suggest it to fans of YA dystopia novels!