Sunday, January 8, 2017

Across the Way Review Post

Across the Way
Amy McClung
 Love never factored into her agenda, but sometimes fate alters plans.

Marie has her twenties planned out. Her dream to see all fifty states before she turns twenty-five finally comes true. With a two-year trip ahead of her, she says good-bye to her family and her best friend Jayce. Though fearing the trip could change their friendship forever, a pact is formed. They're determined not to let distance impact on their relationship.

Amidst triumph and heartache, new relationships and friendships, Marie soon discovers her journey is so much more than an adventure. Instead, she finally realizes where she truly belongs.

I started reading this book after the author made me curious by saying that there would be something in it that I'd appreciate. I started reading Across the Way around noon and finished it about six pm in the same day. I absolutely loved the characters, they made me laugh, they made me cry, they made me yell out loud at them for being so stupid. I loved the love triangle, and I love the ending.

Marie goes on a trip to visit every state, something I only hope to do sometime in the future, and along the way she finds love. And that is unexpected; she doesn't plan on finding love on her trip. But it doesn't come easily. The tension between the characters at times is so well written and the way it is resolved is fantastic. I have no words about how much I loved this book, besides that the ending made me so excited, because the plot was resolved.

I highly recommend Across the Way, along with all of Amy McClung's books!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Expect the Unexpected Review

Expect the Unexpected
LM Heidle

I’d learned early that life was unpredictable. For some that made them stronger, but others it made them weaker. I was somewhere in the middle, teetering on the invisible line. Until I met him, and he shoved me off.
I couldn’t explain why I wanted her. I just knew she’d be mine, regardless of her past and mine. Even when they crossed in a way I couldn’t have predicted, my need for her never wavered.
If you can hold on through the rain you’ll learn some of the best moments in life are . . .  unexpected. 

Review (5 Stars)
LM Heidle had emailed me asking me if I'd be interested in reading Expect the Unexpected in exchange for a review. She put a little note about the book in the email and also put the blurb. I knew before even reading the blurb, that it would be something that I would read. I picked it up on New Years and finished it at 1:30 am the next day. I absolutely fell in love with Trayton and Alex, but mainly Trayton. There was suspense waiting to find out more about the characters and what they are hiding, but it was written so well. I loved the mentions of Morgan and Reed from Criminal Minds, as those mentions kind of play a key part in the plot. Expect the Unexpected was a book that kept me wanting more, and staying up until the late hours of the night and continue reading even when I would tell myself only one more chapter. The ending was so well written, and I actually had tears in my eyes. I absolutely loved this book, and can't wait for more from LM Heidle.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Hey everyone!

Wow! I can't believe that I haven't posted in over 10 months! It's been a busy year, with my second and third semesters of college, changing my major a couple times and transferring from the main campus of my university to an off campus to location to just recently transferring to community college. I haven't read as quite as many books as I wanted to this year, school kept me busy and reading ruts kept dragging me down. But I figured out what I had to do to get out of the ruts, and I've gotten back into reading more. I posted some reviews this year on Amazon, but mostly, when I've read, I haven't posted reviews, mainly because I have read books that I had already read before.

This past June, I got to go to Utopia in Nashville for the second time, and it was even better this year. I wasn't afraid to go up to people and talk to them, having met quite a bit of them the year before when I went for the first time. I also got the chance to go to the Mile High Author Event in Denver, Colorado in September. I dragged my best friend with me, and we both got to meet quite a bit of authors. I finally got the chance to meet Heidi McLaughlin, Jamie McGuire, and Cora Carmack, and I also got to see Rebecca Yarros for the third time, having seen her both times I went to Utopia.

This year, I am hoping to have a lot more time to read and write, hoping to finish at least one of my novels that I've been working on. I hope to get to the point where it is really close to share with the world, and I am thinking of self-publishing. As with reading, I hope to read 120 books, and actually keep track of what I read, I didn't really keep up with that this year, so trying to remember what I had read is extremely difficult.

I don't really do New Years' Resolutions, but this year I'm planning on hanging out more with my family and friends, and also work a lot more on my novel. Doing online classes at the community college will certainly give me a little more time to focus on these things.

Happy New Year! And here's to hoping that it's much better than 2016!