#Blog2Blog Book Club

Linking up with Kelly

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve linked up with Kelly for her book club. Time to discuss this month’s book.


The Book:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

Goodreads summary

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.


My Thoughts:

It’s hard to give a real rating for the book considering that I’m about 50% done. This book was so hard to get into. Maybe because I had too much on my mind or not enough time in the day to get into the book. When times slow down, maybe I will give it a shot!

– Jennifer 

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Holiday swaps!

Hello Loves!

I’m back from my little break to tell you about some of the swaps I did this holiday season. There are a few so let’s get started.


12 days of Christmas Swap

The lovely ladies over at Chaotic Goddess Swaps hosted the 12 days of Christmas Swap. I got partnered with Sydney! She is a such a sweetheart. I loved getting to know her. As you can tell I got some pretty awesome stuff!

There are some candles, a keychain, a pretty awesome mug, socks, dip mix, and other little stuff.

Everyone go check out Sydney!

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Merry and Bright Gift Swap

Bailey over at Brave Love hosted the merry and bright gift swap. I was partnered with Michelle over at Glitter Stitch Studio. She sent me some pretty cute stuff.

Not pictured are some cake decoration things and party bags.

Thanks Michelle!

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Holiday Card Swap

The Sequin Notebook ladies hosted a holiday card swap. This swap was so different and unique. The wonderful Biana sent me this sparkly card.

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The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa

One of my favorite blogs (the broke and the bookish) hosted their annual secret santa. This year, I actually received my book instead of having someone steal it off my porch. As you can tell, my secret santa knows me so well.

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Book Review || The In-Between

Tara Jenkins and Justin Westcroft used to be childhood BFFs. Now in high school, Justin’s a popular, all-star athlete, and Tara spends her days admiring him from afar. But when Tara saves Justin from nearly drowning in a freak accident, he’s unable to get her out of his mind. In no time at all, Tara and Justin fall deeply in love. And even though it’s only high school, they seem destined for a Happily Ever After.

Until tragedy strikes—and this time, Justin’s not so lucky. Tara passes through her days as a shell of her former self: Justin’s dead, but she can still feel his presence, and she can’t seem to let him go.

But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not just grief: Justin is In Between, and he’s still holding on.

They say that when someone saves you, you’re tied to them for life. But what about in the afterlife?

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My thoughts:

This book was so rough to get through. The summary made the story sound so promising but I was rather disappointed. We knew going in that Justin was going to die but I had no idea when. It made it harder to focus on the beginning chapters of the book because I was just waiting for him to die. And once he did, I was over the book. I toughed my way through the book. However, I did like the characters of Tara and Justin. They were teenagers and talked like teenagers. Most of the time, teenagers in stories talk like they are in their 30s. I felt for Tara and losing her love. Sometimes it’s hard to be the person left behind.

This was my first adventure in paranormal romance type of books. Maybe if I try some more books out of this genre, I’ll give this one another go.

3stars


 

Title: The In-Between
Author: Olivia Pierce
Format: Ebook (Free copy in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley)
Pages: NA
Release Date: November 26th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

The next couple of weeks

Since the holidays are here, I want to spend as much time with family as I can. So I’m going to take a couple of weeks away from the blog.

I have a few scheduled posts but nothing new planned for a couple of weeks.

I’ll see everyone in 2015!

Five on Friday: Favorite Christmas Movies

TGIF!

Happy One Week to Christmas!

One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the movies on television. Hallmark Channel for the win! These are some of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.


{One}

Babes in Toyland (1986)

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Drew Barrymore is so adorable in the movie. I remember watching this all the time with my family when I was younger. It’s one of those remakes that were made-for-tv.


{Two}

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Tim Allen is the unofficial comedian of Christmas Movies. He has so many good ones, including this one. Empty nest syndrome sets in for the Kranks. Instead of going all out for the holidays like normal, they decided that they wanted to go somewhere else. To me, I feel like this movie is a modern day Christmas Carole. Definitely one to watch with your family.


{Three}

The Santa Claus (1994)

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What is there not to love about this movie? Every time I watch I still believe that Santa is real and right in my backyard. Maybe it’s the number that is never home this time of the year. Plus Charlie is so adorable in this movie.


{Four}

Home Alone (1990)

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I just realized that this movie is as old as my sister. Crazy. I always envied Kevin cause he got to be home alone. But when all the crazy stuff started happening. I was over that envy. The original movie is way better then the other two.


{Five}

Christmas Vacation (1989)

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The all-time best Christmas movie. Hands down. Every year my dad tries to channel Clark Giswald with his holiday lights. And every year he fails. This movie gave people false hope that their Christmas lights would turn out like his.


What movies do you enjoy?

– Jennifer

Linking up with April, Darci, Christina, and Natasha for Five on Friday.

 

ABCs of the Holidays Part 2

ABCs

If you missed Part 1, Check it out here

N is for the North Pole.

Santa has to live somewhere. I’ve always wanted to visit the North Pole.

O is for Ornaments.

Every year my parents always get a new ornament for their tree. It’s always fun going over there on Christmas morning and trying to figure out which one it is.

P is for Poinsettia.

Poinsettias are one of the easiest decorations for inside the house. Yet they add some much to a table. I have about three hanging out on my tables right now.

Q is for Quiet.

I’m not sure what it is but it seems that it is always so nice and quiet during the holidays. I love being able to go outside and enjoy all that is surrounding me.

R is for Rudolph

Without the red nose to guide him, how would Santa make it through the darker areas. Rudolph adds personality and independence to the reindeer bunch.

S is for snow.

I live in an area of Washington that hardly gets snow. Whenever we do get snow, it makes everything peaceful.

T is for Tree Farm.

My (jewish) in-laws own a Christmas tree farm. I can tell that the holidays are here when the tree farm finally opens up!

U is for Under The Tree.

Growing up I loved wrapping presents and sticking them under the tree. No matter how old I am, there is something so sweet about seeing presents under the tree. Lately, my sister’s cat has been hanging out under the tree. Maybe it’s a nice place to take a nap.

V is for Visiting.

The holidays are about more then presents. They are about visiting with your family. The holidays are about the only time that we get to see our cousins.

W is for Wine.

Is there even a need to explain this one?

X is for eXtra sneaky.

Part of the fun of the holidays is trying to be extra sneaky about your gifts. Whether it be where you hid them or trying to find where they are hidden.

Y is for You-time.

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget to take a moment or two for you-time. I love my family but sometimes they can be crazy and I need that time to calm down.

Z is for Zoolights.

Zoolights is so much fun. Getting to visit the animals at night and under the pretty lights are some of my greatest memories of the holidays.

Cover Reveal || Asa

 

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Title:

Asa (Marked Men #6)

Author:

Jay Crownover

Publication date:

April 21st 2015

Genres:

New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. 

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.


Author Bio:

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE’s BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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ABCs of the Holidays Part 1

ABCs

I saw a couple of other bloggers (Kelly and Laura) do this so that I thought I would join in. December is one of my favorite times of the year so over the next couple of days I’m going to be sharing my ABCs of the holiday season.

A is for Albums.

Some of the best sounds of the holidays are the different songs. It’s not officially the holiday season until NSYNC’s Christmas Album is blasting on high.  

B is for Boxes.

Boxes are so much harder to come around during the holidays, especially in my house.

C is for Christmas.

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays.

D is for Dreidels.

A dreidel is a four sided top with Hebrew letters on them. It’s a popular game played by children during Hanukkah. Dreidels are one of the many symbols of Hanukkah.

E is for Elves.

Without elves, how would Santa know who’s been naughty or who’s been nice? At least that is what I believe.

F is for Family.

The holidays are about spending time with your family. Sometimes it’s the only time of the year we see some of our family. Christmas is more then just presents, it about the lasting memories you make with your family.   

G is for Gelt.

Gelt is chocolate money. Since I have yet to find some white chocolate gelt, I tend to use mine to play dreidel with.

H is for Hanukkah.

Hanukkah is eight nights of crazy fun.

I is for Icicles.

Icicle lights are the best lights to look at. They may be simple and plain but they add so much to your overall presentation.

J is for Jingle Bells.

The sound that signals that the holidays are here is the sound of the jingle bells outside department stores. Those little bells are the sweetest sound to my ears.

K is for Keeping Secrets.

My family is the worst at keeping secrets expect when it comes to the holidays. It’s like the holidays show up and we don’t want to tell each other anything.

L is for Lights.

We may not have a Christmas tree in the house but we have lights everywhere. Lights are the best part of either holiday. If my husband would let me, I would keep our lights up every year.

M is for Menorah.

A menorah is the symbol of Hanukah. During the nights of Hanukah, we light one candle each night. It’s so peaceful to sit around by the light of the menorah candles and spend the time together.

 

Book Review (ARC) || Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory

Seventeen-year-old Kami is into science, way smarter than she should be, a little obtuse, and born to investigate. The kind of girl who excels in Martial Arts and runs a chaos theory experiment in her locker.

Kami finds a way to focus her talents when she meets Daniel, whose younger sister Julia died from an overdose of prescription drugs—drugs that the cops think came from Daniel’s stash. First Daniel turns up at Kami’s MA class, and later she saves him from a couple of drug dealers at the local skate park. Neither episode endears him to her, but Kami views life as a series of data points, and in Daniel’s case, the data do not add up.

In Chaos Theory, first time author M Evonne Dobson not only tells a fast-paced mystery, but also explores her protagonist’s deep need to understand the chaotic lives of those around her, lives that refuse to be neat, clean, and simple. Especially when death happens to those you love. Set in Iowa, Chaos Theory is a young adult contemporary crime novel, the first in a proposed series tentatively called The Kami Files.

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My thoughts:

When I started reading this book, I wasn’t so sure I would like it. I thought about not finishing it a couple of times. However, I stuck with it and I’m so glad that I did. I’m a sucker when it comes to puzzles. This was a big puzzle that was super fun to figure out along side Kami. There wasn’t much of a love story, which was completely fine. It didn’t need it. I look forward to move books like this. The author keep me on my toes all the way to the end. This book has it all. You can consider Kami the modern day Nancy Drew.


Title: Chaos Theory
Author: M. Evonne Dobson
Format: Ebook (Free copy in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley)
Pages: 292 Pages
Release Date: Feburary 15th 2015
Genre: Young Adult

Book Blitz|| Making Her Melt

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Title:

Making Her Melt 

Author:

Amber Lin

 Publication date:

December 11th 2014

Genres: 

New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

Lia has her perfect life mapped out after college–including her long term boyfriend Chris. But that will mean leaving her best friend Ethan behind, so how can that be perfect? Lia wants them both, but when things heat up, she’ll have to choose where her true future lies.

This Christmas, forbidden passion is sparking a fire… and MAKING HER MELT.

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AUTHOR BIO

Amber Lin writes edgy romance with damaged hearts, redemptive love, and a steamy ever after. Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” Since then, she has gone on to write erotic, contemporary, and historical romances.To stay up to date with upcoming releases, sign up for her newsletter: http://authoramberlin.com/newsletter

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