Audiobook Review – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

February 13, 2014 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2014 6 Comments

Audiobook Review – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny LawsonLet's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Published by Penguin Audio on April 17th 2012
Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes
Genres: Funny-ha-ha, Memoir, Non-Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut, and narrates this audio version.

Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

We may want to inspect and discover the life of a certain person. Either because we want to study about them or there is no reason at all. But, they may be aware that we are looking and searching their profile. We do not want that to happen. We can actually hide our identities. We can do our research without them knowing by using lime proxies. Of course, we should make sure that what we are doing is for legal purposes. Just like for instance, we want to know their behavior to write a book about them. In that way, we can help other people.

We could never learn if we always base what we write on ourselves. We should remember that each of us has different personalities. People could not understand us if they cannot even relate. It is best to test various kinds of people to ensure that all people could benefit from our study. And of course, we should also protect ourselves while helping others. Some people do not want their selves to serve as a model of a certain behavior. They want anonymity. Of course, we should not reveal their identity, but we can use their story. And that makes our book worth it.

Chapters include: "Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel", "A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband", "My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking", and "And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane".

“I told my boss that I had a book inside of me, and that I needed to get it out even if I had to squeeze it through my vagina. Because that’s exactly what the world needs. A book squeezed from my vagina.”

Jenny Lawson, also known as The Bloggess, is an internet sensation that I only recently became aware of. I’m not quite sure how I survived in life without her hilarious stories to be quite honest. I guess it should be mentioned for those with delicate sensibilities that Jenny cusses a lot, but considering you’re visiting my blog I would expect you’re used to that from me by now.

This book is absolutely fucking hilarious but it’s that type of funny that is only funny when it doesn’t happen to you. Like when Jenny talks about that time she walks into a deer carcass. Or when her dad brought home a talking squirrel only to find it was actually a squirrel puppet and her dads hand was shoved up inside its dead body. Or when Jenny brought home her future in-laws to meet her folks and her dad was out back boiling animal skulls. Or when she practically overdosed on laxatives and a burglar was shoving notes to her from under the bathroom door except it ended up being her cat. (I literally almost fell off the treadmill at the gym laughing at that scene. People were looking at me with serious concern.) But seriously. What horrible things to have to live through. But since I didn’t they were some of the funniest fucking things I have ever heard.

“Oh my God, calm down, Darwin. Don’t get all crazy just ’cause I threw a vampire monkey wrench in your faulty Jesus-zombie logic.”

All of the back and forth verbal sparring between Jenny and Victor was the absolute freaking best but I could go on and on with my favorite scenes. So what the fuck, I will! Like when she asked the nurse if they could make her cesarean scar the shape of a lightning bolt so whenever she had menstrual cramps she could pretend Voldemort was close. Or when she purchased a giant metal chicken (named it Beyonce), put it in front of her front door, rang the doorbell and ran so that she could scare her husband. You cannot make up funnier shit.

“It’s an anniversary gift for you, asshole. Two whole weeks early. FIFTEEN YEARS IS BIG METAL CHICKENS.”

This is a book made for the sole purpose of enjoyment. Because you will laugh, I guaran-fucking-tee it. But the bottom line is this book only goes to show that those crazy moments in life are the character building moments that make us who we are, for better or worse, so you might as well embrace it.

If I’ve (hopefully) convinced any of you to read this, I’ll let you know right now that you absolutely MUST listen to the audio. You’re totally missing out if you don’t. The sound effects were the freaking best and I can’t imagine reading this book without them. There was the cocking shotguns, the crazy clucking chickens and Jenny’s singing introductions and an odd assortment of other sound effects that had me non-stop rolling with laughter. Whenever I finish an audiobook I immediately delete it from my phone and move right on to the next one. But this one stayed put because whenever I’m in need of a gut-busting laugh I’ll always have this on hand to get the job done.

“In short? It is exhausting being me. Pretending to be normal is draining and requires amazing amounts of energy and Xanax.”

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Waiting on Wednesday – Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford

February 12, 2014 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

waiting-on-wednesday-3Waiting on Wednesday – Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor BradfordCavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 1, 2014
Pages: 416
Genres: Historical Fiction
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic saga of intrigue and mystique set in Edwardian England. Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six children. Walter Swann, the premier male of the Swann family, is valet to the earl. His wife Alice, a clever seamstress who is in charge of the countess's wardrobe, also makes clothes for the four daughters. For centuries, these two families have lived side-by-side, beneath the backdrop of the imposing Yorkshire manor. Lady Daphne, the most beautiful of the Earl’s daughters, is about to be presented at court when a devastating event changes her life and threatens the Ingham name. With World War I looming, both families will find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Loyalties will be challenged and betrayals will be set into motion. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is sure: these two families will never be the same again.

Cavendon Hall is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best, and its sweeping story of secrets, love, honor, and betrayal will have readers riveted up to the very last page.

About Barbara Taylor Bradford

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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 25 bestselling novels, including Playing the Game, Breaking the Rules, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.

Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 82 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.

She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated, and their Bichon Frise dogs, who sit under her desk while she writes.

I’ve been obsessed with finding Downton Abbey-esque books lately and I stumbled upon this one. Really love the sound of it so I’m super eager for this one to release!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me a link to your post and I’ll be sure to stop by!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 10th, 2014

February 10, 2014 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page. Help support this blog and use those links to purchase your copy!

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Very eager to read a few releases this week. Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore most especially! I have yet to make it around to the Veronica Rossi series but knowing that all installments are out I might just binge read it now. I also still need to read Pivot Point and Scarlet so clearly I have some catching up to do. I already read The Martian which was surprisingly good, so be sure to come check out my review this Thursday.

What new books are you excited for this week?

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Week of February 10th, 2014

The Worlds We Make (Fallen World, #3)White SpaceUntitled (Pivot Point #2)Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2)

The Worlds We Make (Fallen World #3) by Megan Crewe {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Hyperion

White Space (Dark Passages #1) by Ilsa J. Bick {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by EgmontUSA

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by HarperTeen

Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Walker Childrens

Grasshopper JungleFool's Gold (Order of Darkness, #3)Three (Article 5, #3)The Glass Casket

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Dutton Juvenile

Fool’s Gold (Order of Darkness #3) by Philippa Gregory {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Simon Pulse

Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Tor Teen

The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press

The LureAll That GlowsThe Tinker King (The Unnaturalists #2)

Undiscovered (Unremembered 0.5) by Jessica Brody {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 14th 2014 by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers

The Lure by Lynne Ewing {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by HarperTeen

The Tinker King (The Unnaturalists #2) by Tiffany Trent {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

FatesLove MePieces of MeThe Tyrant's Daughter

The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Fates (Fates #1) by Lanie Bross {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Love Me (Starstruck #2) by Rachel Shukert {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Pieces of Me by Amber Kizer {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Before My Eyes

Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Candlewick

Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Thirteen by Tom Hoyle {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 13th 2014 by Macmillan Children’s Books

The Redemption of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #2) by Jessica Sorensen {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Forever

Run To You Part Three: Third Charm by Clara Kensie {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 15th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

Bite-Sized Magic (The Bliss Bakery, #3)

Bite-Sized Magic (The Bliss Bakery #3) by Kathryn Littlewood {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books

The New Olympians (Pegasus #3) by Kate O’Hearn {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Aladdin

The Broken Path (Survivors #4) by Erin Hunter {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by HarperCollins

Tesla’s Attic (The Accelerati Trilogy #1) by Neal Shusterman {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

The Martian: A NovelThe Waking Engine

The Martian by Andy Weir {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Crown

The Waking Engine by David Edison {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Tor Books

The Judge of Ages (Count to the Eschaton Sequence #3) by John C. Wright {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Tor Books

The Dreams of a Dying God (The Godlanders War #1) by Aaron Pogue {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by 47north

The Winter People

The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Vintage

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Doubleday

After I’m Gone: A Novel by Laura Lippman {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by William Morrow

The Counterfeit Agent (John Wells #8) by Alex Berenson {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Putnam Adult

Wake: A NovelThirty Girls

Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart by Marci Jefferson {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books

Wake: A Novel by Anna Hope {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Random House

Thirty Girls by Susan Minot {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Knopf

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Hogarth

The Good Luck of Right NowBread and Butter

The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Pantheon

The Bear: A Novel by Claire Cameron {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Harper

Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Doubleday

Heart Trouble: A Novel (Callahan Garrity, #5) by Mary Kay Andrews {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Harper Paperbacks

Not Without You by Harriet Evans {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Gallery Books

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Showcase Sunday (71)

February 9, 2014 Bonnie Showcase Sunday 3 Comments

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I had an amazing week full of lovely books. And it’s clear I have no self control. None. I don’t know why I bother trying.

For Review

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani {Purchase}
I wasn’t a huge fan of book one but it did have appeal and I am interested in seeing where the story goes.
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama {Purchase}
I was a victim of a pretty cover. Sure hope the book itself is good!
Heaven’s Queen (Paradox #3) by Rachel Bach {Purchase}
I’m trying so hard to stay on schedule but OH MY GOSH I NEED TO READ THIS NOOOOWWWWW.
The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier {Purchase}
I really enjoyed this authors debut novel, Creep, and have been in a mystery/thriller mood as of late so very excited to have this on hand.

I recently got accepted to be a Harper Voyager and I loooooved the intro package they sent me!

Dead Set by Richard Kadrey {Purchase}
I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this one for a long time. And my copy is signed!
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill {Purchase – My Review}
I’ve actually already read this one but it was pretty fantastic. Very different mix of horror and urban fantasy that I highly recommend.
The Taken (Celestial Blues #1) by Vicki Pettersson {Purchase}
This series has been on my TBR FOREVER. Very eager to get started on this one.
The Wasteland Saga by Nick Cole {Purchase}
I am crazy excited for this one. Had never heard of this one till its arrival but post-apocalyptic fiction is a definite favorite.
The Fresco by Sheri S. Tepper {Purchase}
This was a title from the archives that I hadn’t heard of before but I’ve been trying to broaden my reading and sci-fi is one genre I don’t read much of so will definitely be reading this! (Psst. It’s only a $0.99 Kindle book for anyone interested!)

My cat totally loved the package too. Well, at least once the package was empty.

Library Checkouts

Gah. I still have library books to read (Evertrue by Brodi Ashton and Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales by Ellen Datlow) but clearly I have no self control so I picked up another five. But it’s only one graphic novel and four Georgia books so they should be relatively quick.

Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #4) by Louise Rennison {Purchase}
Away Laughing on a Fast Camel (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #5) by Louise Rennison {Purchase}
Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #6) by Louise Rennison {Purchase}
Startled by His Furry Shorts (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #7) by Louise Rennison {Purchase}
Fables, Vol. 19: Snow White (Fables #19) by Bill Willingham {Purchase}

Purchased

I couldn’t resist this single purchased because its a book I’ve had my eye on for a while and it was only $0.99! Same price last I checked so get on it!

The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab {Purchase}

PHEW. And that’s it. Hopefully next week goes easier on me and I get more reading done than I have been lately. Please share your post links and I’ll be sure to stop by! Hope you all have a fabulous week!

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Early Review – Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) by Rachel Bach

February 7, 2014 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2014 8 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) by Rachel BachHonor's Knight by Rachel Bach
Series: Paradox #2
Published by Orbit on February 25th 2014
Pages: 374
Genres: Romance, Sci-fi
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars
The rollicking sequel to Fortune's Pawn -- an action packed science fiction novel.

Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.

After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she's determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But even though Devi's not actually looking for it -- trouble keeps finding her. She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing, and she is entangled with the cook she's supposed to hate.

But when a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, Devi discovers there's worse fates than being shot, and sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead.

Paradox Series

Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox, #1) {Purchase – My Review}

In the final moments of Fortune’s Pawn, Devi discovers that Caldswell is not all that he appears to be and is actually a leader of the organization known as The Eyes, which are responsible for ridding the solar system of planet destroying phantoms that no one is aware of. Except she doesn’t remember anything because Caldswell performed a memory wipe on her and not only does she not know who he truly is but now every time she looks at Rupert she develops an unreasonable repulsion towards him. Intent on moving on from the attack that took her memories, she begins to focus solely on her job again but problems continue to arise. The glowing bugs that no one else can still and the mysterious dark stain that spreads across her body are issues but it’s becoming more and more clear that she doesn’t have a single person she can trust anymore.

Much of Honor’s Knight is spent in a state of confusion as Devi attempts to recall recent memories that constantly evade her. Despite her mental handicap, Devi never fails to be as fearless as we’ve come to expect from her, even more so when she’s struggling for her very own survival. It seemed like there were fewer action scenes than in Fortune’s Pawn as there was slightly more focus on world-building but the action we did see was still fierce and explosive making for yet another incredibly intense read. What I touted about Fortune’s Pawn being sci-fi lite wasn’t exactly the case with Honor’s Knight. However, by this point I’m so immersed in this world and completely fascinated by Devi that I really enjoyed the added details and the expansion that went on in this installment.

The revelations are non-stop in this incredibly exciting second installment in the Paradox series. You won’t find a hint of middle book syndrome, nor as brutal of a cliffhanger as the one in Fortune’s Pawn, but you’ll definitely be left antsy for the final installment.

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Book Review – Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

February 6, 2014 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2014, YA 9 Comments

Book Review – Paper Valentine by Brenna YovanoffPaper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Published by Razorbill on January 8th 2013
Pages: 304
Genres: Ghosties, Horror, Mystery
Format: Hardcover
Source: a Giveaway
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three-half-stars
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.

Hannah Wagnor is struggling to cope with the recent death of her best friend, Lillian, and the details surrounding it. There is also the fact that Lillian’s ghost now follows her everywhere. While trying to overcome her guilt at not being able to help Lillian when she was alive, Hannah is also trying to understand how to go on with life without her. In addition to Lillian’s ghost which haunts her are several other ghosts that start appearing and they are all victims of a recent serial killer in her small town.

This is actually the first story I’ve read of Brenna Yovanoff’s and I definitely enjoyed the story and her writing skills but Paper Valentine didn’t wow me as much as I’d anticipated. The storyline itself was a tale full of emotional resonance but the combination of the ‘coming-of-age’ tale of Hannah finding herself after the death of her best friend AND the serial killer taking out locals was a strange yet engaging mix that managed to work for the most part.

The narrative is told in the first person from the POV of Hannah from which we are able to see just how deeply rooted her depression is. Hannah is a compelling character yet I found many of her actions to be extremely unreasonable especially when it came to the expeditious love for the local bad boy, Finny Boone. Like the time Finny suggested they take a shortcut through the dark park? When there’s a serial killer on the loose? Or when Hannah leaves her younger sister home alone and her and Finny go off to swim in the lake? The overwrought lines regarding him were also treading on ridiculous:

“And then we’re looking at each other, and it’s a look that goes on and on, stretching across space and time. Across galaxies.”

The insta-love was there but was subdued enough to not be too bothersome. Seeing Hannah’s progression throughout the novel in finding her individual identity separate from who she was when Lillian was still alive was the most satisfying and convincing aspect of Paper Valentine. While this book had its flaws, it was a somewhat satisfying of a read and succeeded in capturing my interest for the authors previous novels.

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Waiting on Wednesday – California by Edan Lepucki

February 5, 2014 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 14 Comments

waiting-on-wednesday-3Waiting on Wednesday – California by Edan LepuckiCalifornia by Edan Lepucki
Published by Little Brown and Company on July 8, 2014
Pages: 400
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Hardcover
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The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in one other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown but unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses its own dangers. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and irrepressible resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

About Edan Lepucki

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Edan Lepucki is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Meridian, and FiveChapters, among other publications, and she is the winner of the 2009 James D. Phelan Award. She is a staff writer for The Millions and lives in Los Angeles, where she was born and raised.

She likes cooking, reading and filling out forms.

Post-Apocalyptic books are definitely not a rarity these days but I’m convinced this one sounds like a winner. It seems to be one of those types that you can easily picture as a possibility of things to come which are my favorite even if they completely freak me out.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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Top Ten Tuesday – There Were Tears

February 3, 2014 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 16 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So seriously, this was the hardest Top Ten Tuesday ever. I am not a crier. All of those lists consisting of “Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry” make me feel completely heartless because I didn’t cry at Bridge to Terabithia or Love Story or Night (although I was far too astounded to produce tears with that one) or even Where the Red Fern Grows.

Totally. I blame the internet. But really, I can only come up with 5 so there’s that at least.

Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks {Purchase}
This is the first book I can remember crying over. I was probably around 13/14 years old and I had stayed up late to finish and remember crying so hard tears were filling up inside my ears. I’m really tempted to do a re-read to see if my older and more jaded self would still respond the same.

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien {Purchase – My Review}
This was such an amazing story of a woman and the incredible bond she developed with a barn owl named Wesley. Not the most well written novel but completely unforgettable.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness {Purchase}
Gah this book. I listened to the audio which was incredible. But it was sad. Because, reasons. View Spoiler »

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) by Elizabeth Wein {Purchase – My Review}
This one completely took me by surprise. I wasn’t the hugest fan of this novel as most readers were but I loved seeing a different take on normal WWII stories. “KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!” *SOBS*

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak {Purchase – My Review}
My kid was reading this for his English class so I decided to finally pick it up as well. I listened to the audio and I think that’s why this generated so much emotion with me because when the sad stuff happened the narrator wasn’t just retelling the story she was reenacting it and it was brutal on my emotions.

So what books have you read that have wreaked havoc on your emotions? I’d love to know. Maybe I can find a few more to add to this list. Leave a link to your post and I’ll be sure to stop by!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 3rd, 2014

February 3, 2014 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page. Help support this blog and use those links to purchase your copy!

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Very excited for a new Chicagoland Vampires installment releases this week in addition to the new Jen Lancaster book! What new books are you excited for this week?

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Week of February 3rd, 2014

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)Burn (Pure, #3)Cress Stolen (Taken, #0.5)

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing

Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

Stolen (Taken 0.5) by Erin Bowman {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by HarperTeen

Landry ParkAlienated (Alienated, #1)Mistwalker

Landry Park (Landry Park #1) by Bethany Hagen {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Dial

Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion

Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Harcourt Children’s Books

Vengeance (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Walker Childrens

The SeersThe Clockwork Key #2 (w.t.)Teen SpiritThe Sound of Letting Go

The Seers (Holders #2) by Julianna Scott {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Strange Chemistry

Rise of the Arcane Fire (The Secret Order #2) by Kristin Bailey {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Simon Pulse

Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Harper Teen

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by Viking Children’s

Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy TaleSomething RealThe Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale (Newford #12) by Charles de Lint {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Something Real by Heather Demetrios {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Henry Holt BYR

The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by Dial

Black DogThe Ghosts of Tupelo LandingWildwood Imperium

Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Strange Chemistry

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Kathy Dawson Books

Wildwood Imperium (Wildwood Chronicles #3) by Colin Meloy {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires, #9)Only The Good Die Young (Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire, #1)Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn, #2)Blood from a Silver Cross (Kat Redding, #4)

Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by NAL Trade

Only The Good Die Young (Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire #1) by Chris Marie Green {Purchase\}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Roc

Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn #2) by Caitlín R. Kiernan {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Roc Trade

Blood from a Silver Cross (Kat Redding #4) by E.S. Moore {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by eKensington

By Blood We LiveThe Collection

By Blood We Live (The Last Werewolf #3) by Glen Duncan {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Knopf

The Collection (The Registry #2) by Shannon Stoker {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by William Morrow & Company

Falling Light (Game of Shadows #2) by Thea Harrison {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Berkley

Scarlet Devices (Steam and Seduction #2) by Delphine Dryden {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Berkley

The Flight of the SilversThree Princes

Annihilation: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by FSG Originals

The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Blue Rider Press

Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Tor Books

Wolfhound Century (Wolfhound Century #1) by Peter Higgins {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Orbit

ArchetypeUnder Your Skin: A Novel

Archetype by M.D. Waters {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by Dutton Adult

Under Your Skin: A Novel by Sabine Durrant {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Who Thinks Evil (Professor Moriarty #5) by Michael Kurland {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Minotaur Books

The Mangle Street Murders (The Gower Street Detectives #1) by M.R.C. Kasasian {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by Pegasus

Bubble: A ThrillerThe Deepest SecretThe Girl with a Clock for a Heart

Bubble: A Thriller (HP Pettersson #3) by Anders de la Motte {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Bantam

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by William Morrow & Company

Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by St. Martin’s Press

The Sun and Other Stars: A NovelIndia Black and the Gentleman ThiefPrince of Shadows

The Sun and Other Stars: A Novel by Brigid Pasulka {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Spilt Milk by Amanda Hodgkinson {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by Penguin Books Ltd

India Black and the Gentleman Thief (Madam of Espionage Mysteries #4) by Carol K. Carr {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Berkley Trade

Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet by Rachel Caine {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by NAL

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in ParisRomance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at LastTwisted SistersThat Part Was True

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by Dutton Adult

Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by NAL Hardcover

That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing

Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Berkley Trade

Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Curl Up and Dye (Curl Up and Dye #1) by Sharon Sala {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by St. Martin’s Press

SomersetThe Taste of Apple SeedsAn Unnecessary Woman

Somerset by Leila Meacham {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing

The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by William Morrow & Company

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Grove Press

Etched on Me: A NovelThe Swan Gondola: A NovelA Life in MenI Always Loved You: A Novel

Etched on Me: A Novel by Jenn Crowell {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Washington Square Press

The Swan Gondola: A Novel by Timothy Schaffert {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by Riverhead Hardcover

A Life in Men by Gina Frangello {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

I Always Loved You: A Novel by Robin Oliveira {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Viking Adult

Strange Bodies: A Novel by Marcel Theroux {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Road to Reckoning: A Novel by Robert Lautner {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Touchstone

The Book of Jonah: A Novel by Joshua Max Feldman {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.

The FreeThe Unamericans: FictionThe Secret of Raven PointQueen Sugar: A Novel

The Free by Willy Vlautin {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Harper Perennial

The Unamericans: Stories by Molly Antopol {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 3rd 2014 by W. W. Norton & Company

The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Scribner

Queen Sugar: A Novel by Natalie Baszile {Purchase}
Expected publication: February 6th 2014 by Pamela Dorman Books

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Showcase Sunday (70)

February 2, 2014 Bonnie Showcase Sunday 6 Comments

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Wow, so it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a book haul post. This is actually the first one this year which is totally nutty. This also means that I’ve completely forgotten what I have and haven’t shared so I’m pretty much winging it. Here goes!

Review Books

I’ve been super selective of the ARCs I request because 1. I always have too many and fall behind and it drives me nutty and 2. I’ve been selecting some real mediocre reads and life is too damn short for mediocre reads! This new batch of review books has some really good looking ones so I’m hoping that pans out well for me. I’m currently reading Banishing the Dark and I’m loving it.

Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin {Purchase}
Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett {Purchase}
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier {Purchase}
Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell {Purchase}
The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher {Purchase}
The Fever: A Novel by Megan Abbott {Purchase}
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco {Purchase}

*sigh* Well, A Life in Men didn’t pan out but I have high hopes for the other two. My kitty thinks it smells super good though, so there’s that.

A Life in Men by Gina Frangello {Purchase}
The Divorce Papers: A Novel by Susan Rieger {Purchase}
The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlman {Purchase}

Library

These are some recent books I picked up from the library.

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu {Purchase}
Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu {Purchase}
Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu {Purchase}
Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. Souders {Purchase}
On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #2) by Louise Rennison {Purchase}
Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #3) by Louise Rennison {Purchase}
Just Kids by Patti Smith {Purchase}
Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi {Purchase}
Firestarter by Stephen King {Purchase}

The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers by Alice Walker {Purchase}
Auguries of Innocence: Poems by Patti Smith {Purchase}
Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales by Ellen Datlow {Purchase}
Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton {Purchase}

Purchases

Thumbprint: A Story by Joe Hill {Purchase}
Wolverton Station by Joe Hill {Purchase}
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3) by Catherynne M. Valente {Purchase}
The Bigtime Series (Bigtime #1-4) by Jennifer Estep {Purchase}
How to Misbehave (Camelot #1) by Ruthie Knox {Purchase}

What new book goodies have you received recently?

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