Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fantastic Fives: My Five Year Blogoversary

Fantastic Fives Interview Questions

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm a 29 year old Pharmacy Tech from Texas who fell in love with reading YA after finishing the Twilight books. *Do not judge* I did read the HP books and a few mystery (MHC) books before, but I started to devour YA after twilight that's when I discovered and I found my all time fave series Vampire Academy, then House of Night, Blue Bloods, and The Immortal series came next, and then it became a passion something I loved.

I got married two years ago Nov 16th to someone I couldn't imagine being without now.

He will always be the Edward to my Bella, Charming to my Cinderella, Prince Eric to my Ariel, the Beauty to my Beast. In other words, the one who will make up my happily ever after. 

2. How did you get started blogging? 
I found book blogging after I had 

3. How did you pick the name for your blog?
I actually started out at a blog that I still have called Read and Write this way it's now a web design site which I need to work on some. Anyways, I was living with my brother and sis-in-law at the time, and one night I was working on my site, and my sis-in law being a smart ass said they should have a group for bookaholicsa like they do for alcoholics and BOOM Bookaholics Anonymous was born. :)

4. If you could go back in time and tell your newbie blogger self 1 thing what would it be?
I would say don't worry about what others are doing and just go at your own pace.

5. What have you learned in your 5 years of blogging?
I've learned so much about the book world itself, and it amazes me what goes on. I've learned about ARCS, author signings

6. What was the first ARC or book you ever received from a publisher? 
I can't think of the first book I received, but I want to say it was Harbinger by Sara Wilson Ettiene, and she also sent some goodies that I still have on my shelf today. :)

7. When you’re not reading or blogging, what can we find you doing?
Mostly working, but I also like to paint wine glasses with different themes.
Below are few of my latest ones.
For more info go to WineRx

The Fives: (and yes, you can ONLY have 5! *muwhahahah*)

Five Favorite Books
1. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (Does this count as five books?)
2. The Deep end of the ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard (It's not YA, but I really loved the story.)
3. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (I've loved all her books I've read)
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth (I wasn't so much in love with the second book which maybe why I haven't read the third.)
5.Paranormalcy Books by Kiersten White

Five Favorite Book Boyfriends
1. Dimitri from Vampire Academy
2. Four from Divergent
3. Noah from Pushing the limits
4. Alex from Delirium
5. Lend from Paranormalcy

Five Favorite Book Quotes
1. "I hold the bottle out into the rain and watch as the steady flow slowly fills it. Whene there is enough, enough that Beth can clearly see, I close the bottle and hand it to her. She raises a skeptical eyebrow, but accepts the bottle. It's our rain Beth. Her head barely shakes to show her confusin while I rub the back of my neck and search for my courage. I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle." -Ryan (Dare you to)
2. How easily somethings can be broken for good and for bad, and how somethings, no matter how shattered, can still go back together. (Fixing Delilah)

3. -But the you who you are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I'll be in love with tomorrow. I love that your fragile , tough, quiet, and kick-ass. (Adam to Mia) (If I stay)

4. I prefer the ocean when it's gray, or not really gray but a pale in between color. It reminds me of waiting for something good to happen -Alex (delirium)

5. Knowing that your voice can mean so much to one person. (Raw Blue)

Five Blogging Tips For New Bloggers
1. Don't try to be like other bloggers. Be yourself!
2. If it's not fun anymore then take a break/hiatus. Come back to it when it's fun again.
3.  Don't be in it for the free books.
4. If you ever have questions ask. More than likely someone will help you who has been doing it longer. We are a community after all.

Five Blogs You Want The World To Know About
4. The Write Obsession (I love this girl to death, her book is awesome and she lives in Australia and sent me a copy of a book we can't get here in the states. Also she talked to me when I had some of the crappiest days.)

November 8 Books Etc.
November 9 Fiktshun
November 10 Two Chicks On Books
November 11 Me, My Shelf and I
November 12 Bewitched Bookworms
November 13 Novel Novice
November 14 Book Angel Booktopia
November 15 Maer Wilson
November 17 YA Book Shelf
November 19 Bookish Lifestyle
November 20 Once Upon A Twilight
November 21 Annette's Book Spot
November 22 Bookaholics Anonymous
November 23 Deal Sharing Aunt 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Book/Novella Review: Delirium Short Stories by Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 208
Series/Standalone: Series Novellas (Delirium 0.5, 1.5, 2.5)
Hana is told through the perspective of Lena's best friend, Hana Tate. Set during the tumultuous summer before Lena and Hana are supposed to be cured, this story is a poignant and revealing look at a moment when the girls' paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.

Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery--a ghost from Lena's past--until now. Her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state is a taut, gripping narrative that expands the Delirium world and illuminates events--and Lena--through a new point of view.

And as the passionate, fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven plays an integral role in the resistance effort and comes into Lena's life at a crucial time. Crackling with intensity, Raven is a brilliant story told in the voice of one of the strongest and most tenacious characters in the Delirium world.

First I would like to start off by saying I enjoyed the Delirium series so reading the short stories of Hana, Raven, and Anabel was fun. I enjoyed taking a small step back into this deliria-free world. Hana and Annabel were the two I most looked forward too.
For these short stories you don't have to read the series, but I guarantee they will make much more sense if you have already read the books because Hana and Ravens story are just their POVs on what happened during a specific scene. Annabel's is more open I think. 


Hana is Lena's best friend and soon to be matched with the mayors son.
In delirium we don't see her much, so I was kind of glad we got a small glimpse into her life. Hana's short story was during a underground party that was raided. She had to hide.
As much as her parents tried to keep her from being friends with Lena, you saw that Hana still cared for Lena.

Annabel is Lena's mother, who until book 2 we thought to be dead. She has a bigger part to the story then we initially thought. What really happened to her is she had gotten locked up in the tombs because she was believed to have the disease. This story revolves around this lock up. It shows how being locked up can drive a person crazy, but it doesn't have too. With help from the inside, Annabel continues to plan on how to escape from the tombs. I really enjoyed this story.

Raven's story was my least favorite. I didn't really enjoy her in the series either. Her story does give us different insights as to why she is they way she is. One is how she came to live in the wilds, who blue was to her, and her feelings for Tack. Then it goes into a scene from book 2 I believe where her, Tack, and Lena are at a rally for Julian who is about to get the procedure.

Reviews for The Delirium Series

Fun: 12 Days of Christmas Swap from CG Swaps

I'm pretty excited to be part of CG's Christmas Swap. I participated in their Halloween one, and had a blast. If you're curious to see what this is all about, and sign up yourself click CG Swaps.


  • Sign-ups Open: Monday, November 9th.
  • Sign-ups Close: Monday, November 16th.
  • Partners Assigned by: Wednesday, November 18th.
  • Packages Ship: on or by Saturday, December 5th.
  • Show-Off Linky Opens: Monday, December 28th.

    I'm so looking forward to this. I love giving gifts to brighten someones day. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Traffick by Ellen Hopkins

The sequel to “Tricks,” Hopkins’ latest book follows five teenage victims of sex trafficking — from all walks of life and gender orientations — as they try to extricate themselves from their current situations and find a new way of life.
About The Book:
TRAFFICK (Tricks, #2) By: Ellen Hopkins Release Date: November 3, 2015 Pages: 528 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank.
In her bestselling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead.

And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out? How these five teenagers face the aftermath of their decisions and experiences is the soul of this story that exposes the dark, ferocious underbelly of the child trafficking trade. Heart wrenching and hopeful, Traffick takes us on five separate but intertwined journeys through the painful challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal to forgiveness and love. All the way home.
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Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing. Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children√ïs Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a regular speaker at schools; book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world.       
Follow The Tour:
November 2nd Batty for Books – Review
November 2nd Acting Up With Books – Review
November 3rd Reads All The Books  – Review
November 3rd Christine Abee  – Review
November 4th anything but vanilla book blog – Top Ten List
November 4thBookish Lifestyle – Guest Post
November 4th– A Diary Of A Book Addict – Review
November 4th Beauty's Library – Review/Author Interview
November 5th KDH Reviews  – Review
November 5th Reads and Treats  – Review
November 6th Book Chic  – Review
November 6thThe Power of Three Readers – Review
November 9th Reading Junky's Reading Roost – Review
November 9th Backseats and Airports – Review  
 November 10th Journeys & Life  – Review
November 10th heyheyheyjackie – Review
November 10th Books and Ladders – Review
November 10thBookish Lifestyle – Review
November 11th   Reading Is Better With Cupcakes – Review
November 11th Heather Ann's Book Reviews – Review
November 11thShe Reads New Adult – Review
November 12th BookAHolics Anonymous – Review
November 12th Erin Fanning – Guest Post
November 13th Heather Harlen – Random Ten’s List
November 13th Alec John Belle  – Review
November 13th Confessions of a Kid-lit Lover  – Review
November 13thMelissa Martin's Reading List – Review / Interview
November 13thThe Phantom Paragrapher – Review
November 13thTeen Librarian Toolbox – Review / Interview
November 13thMiranda's Book Blog – Guest Post 
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Kindle Deals (36) + Giveaway

I always see blogs that have a page that show deals for the kindle, and I occasionally find one or two books on there that I would want. I'm more of a YA girl, and seeing as how most my followers are (I'm assuming here) I decided to make a list of the YA books I found that are $3.99 and less for the kindle. There are plenty more Ya books that are on amazon, but these caught my attention because either I have them, I've read them, or I'm dying to read them. :) Just click on the title and it takes you to their amazon page in a new window.
I'm not sure how long these deals will be here so get them while they're available.
(Note: Prices are as shown from the date this was posted. Please be sure to check before hitting buy.)

I've been thinking about how I can give back to my readers, and I realized I usually do one of these post a month. I figure that I can do a small giveaway a month with this post. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. To learn more about these giveaways go to Kindle Deal Giveaways. 


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