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Singing In the Shower Book Tag

This is my original book tag. Yes, I cringed too. So let’s waste no time and get ready to learn a few new songs, and stretch those creative muscles!! I tried to make this as surprising for myself as anyone else. So please enjoy, and if you decide to do it too please tag me or send me the link. I was surprised how many songs I could find that hit the mark so well.

  1. Select a theme song for #girlboss character that you’ve recently discovered.
    Serena from Serena is most certainly a #girlboss. I think she’d appreciate Little Red Wagon by Miranda Lambert, a sort of guilty pleasure.


  2. Your all time favorite character just pulled up in your driveway. What song is most likely playing when you climb in?
    All time favorite character? Seriously? Who wrote this?
    I’m going with Darrow from Red Rising because climbing in a car with him is going to result in some sort of epic adventure. He’s got Back In Black by AC/DC. And Sevro is in the back seat singing it and playing air guitar.


  3. Go to last book on your shelf (or stack no judgement!) A character of your choice from the first chapter is singing karaoke. What song do the pick?
    Mark Watney from The Martian belting out Destiny Child’s Survivor  You know it.


  4. Pick an anthem for a beloved rascal.
    Jesper from Six of Crows would definitely identify is with Florida-Georgia Line’s This is How We Roll. It’s just the kind of song that would mark him subtly different from the citizens of Kitterdam.


  5. You know that one couple that just wasn’t meant to be? What’s their love song?
    It personally wounded me that Dagny Taggart didn’t end up with Francisco D’Anconia in Atlas Shrugged. Their love song would be Night Train by Jason Aldean. *Dreamy Sigh*


  6. Randomly select a book with from an author with the last name starting with C. Flip open to a random page, and the first character you see is singing in the shower. What song are they singing?
    YEssss. It’s Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic Park!!!! He is belting out Africa by Toto.


  7. What’s song would be your favorite OTP’s first dance?
    My OTP’s are often not cannon, but Gale and Katniss from the Hunger Games should get a dreamy first dance in some secret, sweet wood. How about the acoustic Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban.


  8. The villain from the last book you read is looking for a theme song. What do you suggest?
    Pekka Rollins was a villain from the last book I read, Crooked Kingdom, and I guess he’d probably like the song All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled + friends.


  9. Think of a tragic couple, they are dancing their last dance, what song is it?
    Ruby and Liam from the Darkest Minds trilogy are my token tragic couple. Their last dance song: Rewind by Rascal Flatts.


  10. Your favorite stand alone book just got made into a movie. What song is playing in the opening credits?
    Alas, Babylon getting made into a movie would be beautiful! Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift & the Civil Wars would be playing for sure.


  11. Pick up the 5th book on your shelf. The main character is standing in an elevator with you- what song comes on that annoys them the most?
    Well, Darrow from the Red Rising trilogy is going up and Lorde’s Royals comes on. His eye rolling is constant.


  12. What’s the last series that you started? The kindest character from that series is sitting next to moonlight pond. What song do you serenade to cheer them up?
    Strange the Dreamer….and the kindest character was definitely Lazlo Strange. If he were sad, a moonlight serenade would actually cheer him up. I’d get someone that isn’t me to sing Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Suede.


Extra Credit: Do any songs come to mind that remind you a setting in a book you love?
The Red Mine that Darrow in Red Rising comes from, their song would have to be Drinking Class by Lee Brice.



So I hope you enjoyed Singing in the Shower Book Tag. And all you fellow book review bloggers, copy and paste. Let’s see what you come up with!!

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Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I succumb. Zombie Apocalypse Book tag will be dragging me into this book tag nonsense, but look how fun this actually is!! Plus I am a sucker for zombie related material.

The Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…
  • Tag some more people to join in the fun

My Books:

  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • Pyromantic by Lish McBride
  • Trespasser by Tana French
  • Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  • Six of Crows by Leigh B’Adugo

The first person to die: Edward (Breaking Dawn)

How pleasing. This is going well so far.

The first person you trip to escape the zombies: Jacob (Breaking Dawn)

What? That’s my favorite character in Twilight! He’s useful and loyal. I have terrible judgement. Hopefully my devious plan is thwarted and he’s okay.

The first person who trips you to escape the zombies: Bianca (Pyromantic)

I’m not really surprised, but I don’t know why she’d have to trip me. She can just disappear. Maybe she would disappear on me and leave me to get chomped.

The Team Idiot: Ezra (Pyromatic)

Hmmm….Ezra is daring and would take unnecessary risks. But he could be on my team!!

The brains of the group: Steven Moran (Trespasser)

I am not sure if that means we are in trouble or not. Steven is street smart, but I wouldn’t say he’s brilliant. Not sure how’d he do in a zombie apocalypse, but hey maybe have that Rick Grimes thing going on.

The team medic: Aislinn (Trespasser)

Pretty sure we are screwed, she’ll be one of the first to go. She has terrible judgement.

The weapons expert: Ragnar (Morning Star)

This isn’t so bad! Maybe with some training from Ragnar on how to be a general butt kicker we will be okay. Ragnar! He will save the day.

The team brawler: Mustang (Morning Star)

Well that is an interesting turn of events. She’s definitely dangerous, I just can’t see her brawling. Perhaps the zombie apocalypse brings out the worst in people.

The first to turn into a zombie: Jesper (Six of Crows)

I have mixed emotions about this. On one hand-NOOOOOOO. On the other hand- he isn’t the most reliable person. There was the business of revealing secrets, but he is very good with a gun.

The team leader: Nina (Six of Crows)

Can we please nominate Nina to team medic? It’s not that I don’t think that she could do it, it’s just….her witchy powers would be so handy for healing. But could she bring down the zombies from a distance? This would give her a clear advantage. Hmmm….

I am not really sure we will make it for long. It’s not terribly weak. I give us 3 months! Maybe 6 months if I don’t kill Jacob and we can keep our medic alive.

I tag: YOU! Reading this. 

 

 

 

Pyromantic by Lish McBride

23310689Pyromantic by Lish McBride

Pyromantic is the sequel to Firebug which takes place in the same universe as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and it’s sequel. So if you haven’t read Firebug, don’t start with this.

The short version: I loved it! I ate it right up and couldn’t put it down.

McBride is an excellent weaver of sarcasm and wit. Ava, like last time, is the main character that is full of actual flaws that have real consequences. She isn’t quite the same Ava from Firebug, she’s more mature and has a stronger mindset. A lot of the old crew is back. Lock of course, being his charming self, Sylvie gets to be more fleshed out of a character which is fantastic. Cade is sort of shoved in the corner and standby and watched Ava’s life, I didn’t like it. It seemed really weird, especially for a father. Then there is Ezra…Ezra might have been my biggest disappointment of this book, he didn’t really sparkle like he did in Firebug. He just seemed kind of there because he was expected to be. But then there are some new characters like Bianca and Alistair that were fantastic. Of course, the dialogue is what really propels this novel and I wasn’t disappointed.

The plot of this book has it quirks but where I think it really shines is that the characters spend so much of their time fumbling around. Normally this wouldn’t be a strength but the nature of the problem is really beyond their experience, so there wasn’t this nice yellow brick road that they followed that lead them from plot point to plot point. They spent most of the book just playing catch up to the problem. There is this believable scramble and they don’t have all the answers. It just isn’t a problem they are use to facing, it really makes them come together and grow. It’s very satisfying, and very human.

Overall: 4 out of 5 Whoopie Pies. 😉

Ready Player One

9969571Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Technically I started this book way before my summer reading challenge, but I muscled through the last half of it this week so I’m counting it. Especially because of how painful this was to finish.

I have no idea how this has such a high rating on GoodReads. It’s slow, monotone, and boring. The action of this book could be condensed to a fourth of the length, if you removed all the 80s movie, TV show, music and video game explanations. I know kids today don’t know about tape players and whatever but it was like a grandfather trying to cram “back in my day” disjointed stories down your throat and expecting you care. Or a grandchild to trying to explain Instagram to a grandparents. It’s just not the same experience unless you live it.

Then there are the characters. Wade Watts is the main character. He has almost zero character development. He is shallow and doesn’t understand having personal relationships which is almost understandable but when he does have the chance, doesn’t face any problems that someone that hasn’t had personal connections with other people would have. For example: when his girlfriend leaves him, he doesn’t display any sort of trust issues.

The other characters including said girlfriend are about as flat as a piece of paper. Two do good philanthropists, a token girlfriend, a best friend that has social justice issues, and a dark, evil corporate executive. Wade the MC, suffers from being good at everything. It’s such a burden. Of course he is poor so that is challenge enough I suppose. Wade can play a perfect game of PacMan, escape from slavery, has endless time to relive the entirety of the 80s multiple times, super polished hacking skills, and never has to worry about conflicts with his friends. (He says he doesn’t have friends but he has has at least 4 which isn’t awful.)

There were some good things about this book, the idea of the Oasis is fun. Traveling through it was great. The contest concept was interesting. I can totally imagine being in the Oasis and how addicting it would be. Final ruling: 80s Fanfiction.

Rating: Two out of Five Extra Lives.

2015 1st Quarter Wrap Up: Part One

I haven’t been doing much reviewing so I thought I would do a quarterly wrap up that would give you some insight on the books I’ve read so far in 2015. There won’t be any spoilers so have fun exploring and deciding if you want to pick up any of these books.

Because I completed 27 books, I’m going to break this up into multiple posts.

See Me by Wendy Higgins was the first book I read in the new year. Honestly I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It wasn’t spectacular and the male lead’s name was McKale. Shortened to Kale. The world building was mediocre, and the characters often silly but it was good entertainment. Give it a try if you like character driven, light fantasy. I gave this book 3/5 stars.

Dubiosity by Christy Barritt has it’s own full length review which you can find here. This was a very exciting read for me personally, because it was my first ARC! This also was a big encourager for one of the genres I want to start reading agian.  4/5 stars


Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen also has it’s own full length review here. I really hope all you murder mystery fans give this one a shot. The characters in this book were compelling and not I hope to see another book in this universe.  4/5 stars


Golden Son by Pierce Brown. There are not words for all my feels. Golden Son took us to even more unexpected places. This might be my new favorite series, ever. Red Rising set the bar so high but this is a completely different level. You, you need to read this. This series will be best enjoyed if you don’t know too much about the plot before you being. 5/5 stars.


Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. Honestly after all the good things I heard about this I was a little disappointed. Other than being separated from your loved ones, her time in jail didn’t seem that bad. Overall I was bored and I can’t understand why they made a TV show abou this. 3/5 stars


The Martian by Andy Wier should have been a disaster but it was success on every level. There was a great balance of dark humor, nerd talk, obstacles, and creative problem solving. The only thing that really stuck me as unbelievable was the lengths his government went to get him back, but really who I am to judge? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. 4.5/5 stars


How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was the first book my husband challenged me to read. It could have been edited down to three chapters but driving the points home it what makes material like this stick. It did help me a few desperate situations though and for that it gets 3.5/5 stars.


Jackaby by William Ritter is a paranormal mystery thriller with a good helping of Sherlock Holmes. I had very high expectations for this book, overall it was pleasing. I actually enjoyed the female MC which doesn’t happen too often and the mystery while unique did feel lacking toward the end. 3.5/4


Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. I began this book in December by due to personal drama the library autoreturned it before I could finish it. I did finish it Feburary and was disappointed. I really loved the other three books in the series but this book felt so lacking plot wise. As always the characters and prose were gorgeous. 3.5/5 stars


Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey was the most challenging read I’ve had in years. This book takes you places that scary, sad, and that are difficult to understand even though they are completely real. Maud had to be one of the most difficult characters to write and for the reader to truly connect with but Healey got you in the end and held the plot together with the smallest of strands. 4/5 stars.


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. So many times I almost gave up on this one. I don’t even know what exactly about it makes it so hard to complete. The story is compelling and the characters are great but it must be the pacing and the writing style. I would only recommend this to people that really enjoyed the Cuckoo’s Calling. 2.5/5 stars.


Pointe by Brandy Colbert was all over the place. It’s like the author decided she wanted to take on way too many topics for one book. In this book we have minimal ballet drama, boy drama, drug drama, under-aged drinking drama, eating disorder drama, friendship drama, school drama, and kidnapping drama. I didn’t like the main character and not (mostly) because she was edgy and devoid of morals. It was because she didn’t grow or thinks she needs to grow. It did compel me to keep reading though. 2/5 stars


The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was the last book of the Mara Dyer trilogy. The most interesting parts for me were the back story set in India and England. Mara and Noah’s story was sort of boring despite the author’s attempt at drama. This is not a stand alone novel. 3/5 stars


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman was more of a character driven novel than a plot driven novel. I really enjoyed this novel because it didn’t spend too much time specifically world building, the world just sort of unfolded with the story. It isn’t too often I enjoy almost all the characters but I really did here. Seraphina was intelligent, courageous, and creative. I am excited to continue my journey. 4/5 stars.


So that covers about half of my reading in the first quarter. I bounced around so much from being ahead to falling behind and now, only 4 days into the second quarter I’m just a few books away from my half way goal. I am lacking in some of my categories for this year but am looking to turn that around this quarter. If you have any questions or want to share your own opinions that would make my day. For an up to date tracker of my reading you can visit the 2015 Reading Challenge page. I would love to discuss any books on that list with you.

Leave a comment below with your favorite book of 2015!!!