Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Blog Tour ~ May 1st

May 1st Review!!

Title: The Tick Tock Man
Author: R.M. Clark

When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year-old CJ discovers an unusual "clock world" where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man. 
With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, he battles gear-headed extremists and razor-sharp pendulums in order to restore order before this world of chimes, springs, and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp, taking CJ's quiet New England town with it

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review ~ The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Title: The Girl with All the Gifts
Author: M.R. Carey
Copyright: 2014
Type:  dystopian
Pages: 435
Series: no

Reason for Reading: I mean come on the summary alone deems this book a glance at

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

I must say this book was a pleasant surprise.  I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this book. It was a great glance into the way people in general would and could react should something happen. People try to do what they “deem” best when it might not be. I am very shocked by how the book ended but also about how it got there. I loved learning about Melanie and who she is as well as what she might be. I also enjoyed her reaction to Miss Justineau. The side characters such as Dr Caldwell and Sergeant Parks are also well written and fascinating in themselves. I really enjoyed watching their interaction as well as possible growth or not so much. I did enjoy getting to know all the characters not just one of them and I enjoyed that fact that this story was fast pace. I never once wished it was different or had a different storyline. There were points when I thought this could have been wrapped up quicker but at the end I had the sense that I should have slowed down and enjoyed it more. Very rarely does a book come along that makes a person want to continue reading and then investigate more from that author. This book however, did and now I want to see the movie!

Goodreads Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others?  YES very much.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Ramblings #8

Lawd what a week last week. I MOVED to my new rental house. Things are still in boxes, the house needs paint, I still have to buy a stove and washer/dryer. I am only half ready and things are out of control.

Good news I haz das internet so I can at least connect to the world at large. Still have a lot to catch up on and I am hoping that I can start posting a lot. The first thing that has to happen is a review for the blog tour coming up on the 27th

I am doing a review of the lovely book

I have more coming up as well that I am looking forward to reviewing for you!


I also need to review a couple of albums as well. The first one I plan to do is

The other one is the new Gorillaz album

I am hoping to have them up and going in 2 weeks the latest. That is if I can get everything unpacked and moved in with time I should be back to a regular schedule. We hope LOL

How about you? how's your week been?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour ~ April 27

Launch Party Schedule:
April 24th Monday JeanBookNerd REVIEW
April 25th Tuesday Insane About Books REVIEW
April 26th Wednesday Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW 
April 27th Thursday Brooke Blogs REVIEW
April 27th Thursday Sara is Reading and Listening to What? REVIEW
April 28th Friday Melissa's Eclectic Books REVIEW
April 29th Saturday Book Queen Reviews REVIEW
April 30th Sunday Book Love REVIEW
May 1st Monday Wishful Endings REVIEW
May 2nd Tuesday Crossroad Reviews REVIEW 
May 2nd Tuesday Wonder Struck REVIEW
May 3rd Wednesday Such a Novel Idea REVIEW 

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox  
Tour Date: April 24th – May 3rd
Brought to you by JBN and TOR BOOKS

Monday, April 17, 2017

March Reviews

Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis

Kindle Unlimited:
The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsey Jayne Ashford (currently Reading)
The Einstien Prophecy by Robert Masello (currently Reading)
A Quiet Life in the Country by T E Kinsley (currently Reading)

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
Uninvited by Lisa Terkerust
White Rage by P.D. Anderson
Age of Myth by Michael Sullivan
The Awakening by Amanda Stevens

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Currently Reading

Title: The Librarians: The Mother Goose Chase
Author: Greg Cox
Page: 288
Genre: Fiction

For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.

Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children's book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review ~ I Hate You-Don't Leave Me by Jarold Kreisman

This will be a bit different as far as my reviews go. 
Title: I Hate You-Don't Leave Me
Author: Jarold Kreisman
Pages: 288

Reason I read: I teach Lunch and Learns at work and needed to teach on the subject of Borderline Personality Disorder

"Am I losing my mind?" 

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, despairing and depressed the next. There are an estimated 18 million sufferers of BPD living in America today-each displaying remarkably similar symptoms: 

* A shaky sense of identity 
* Sudden outbursts of anger 
* Oversensitivity to real or imagined rejection 
* Brief, turbulent love affairs 
* Intense feelings of emptiness 
* Eating disorders, drug abuse, and other self-destructive tendencies 
* An irrational fear of abandonment and an inability to be alone 

For years BPD was difficult to describe, diagnose, and treat. But with this classic guide, Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and health writer Hal Straus offer much- needed professional advice, helping victims and their families understand and cope with this troubling, shockingly widespread affliction. This completely revised and updated edition includes information on the most up-to-date research that has opened doors to the neurobiological, genetic, and developmental roots of the disorder, as well as the connections between BPD and substance abuse, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and eating disorders, making it a vital reference for understanding and living with BPD

I have worked in the field of counseling/case management/mental health for going on 10 years. Throughout my time in this profession I have ran across BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) many a times. I have seen it in youths and in adults. I have dealt with it daily and I have avoided this diagnosis like the plague. I was part of a DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy geared for BPD) group for nearly 2 years before I decided ENOUGH. Now I don't usually work with this diagnosis as I am behind the scenes in management a little more then I use to be and I was able to take a moment to appreciate all the things I "thought I knew" vs all the things "I don't know" about the disorder.
Some times as clinicians we get so wrapped up in our own lives, meeting production, running this way and that, juggling 50 on our caseloads, that we forget what makes a borderline personality disorder just that. We lose that compassion and empathy that originally brought us into the field and we get tired not sure what to say or do to help out the people that demand so much of our attention. Being in the field as long as I was I lost that and would do the dread "Oh no please I can't handle a BPD consumer today I already have too many" speech when it was even approached. Now after reading this book I realize that it should be a book every undergrad is required to read before they go into the field. Would it make it any less difficult... no probably not, but it would help us to keep in mind why we got in this field and why we need that compassion and empathy the most with BPD diagnosis. It would also help us because it gives skills to the fresh eyed bushy tail social worker or counselor on how to deal with the diagnosis that doesn't burn them out. 
This books was a huge success at work and a great read for this clinician. Apparently you are never to old to learn something new. I highly recommend this book if you work with any personality diagnosis but particularly borderline. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday Ramblings #7


Man it's been a minute on the blog writing. Sorry about that. I've been packing like a mad woman for a move that happens on the 19th. So yeah things have been a bit nutters over here. Add to that I managed to throw in a weekend trip to Dallas with a friend, mom and daughter movie nights, and work and well you have a completely out of control person.

Who knew packing would be so flipping hard?! I didn't know I had so much stuff considering that I got rid of at least 6 car loads from Spark Joy book. I also did a dozen trash runs and now I am just like there is more that has to go I am sure of it LOL. I absolutely hate clutter and my whole house is in a state of utter chaos and clutter. The goal being that by this time next week I will be completely packed ready for movers on Wednesday as I get my keys on Monday. It's a task that I feel at times is overwhelming and I have no idea how people do this regularly. I am hoping never to do it again or if I do it one more time it is to a home I buy not rent :/

So Dallas was a blast got to meet the lovely Catherine Tate! For those Doctor Who fans she was Donna Noble for those none Doctor Who fans she is a great comedic actress and stage performer in England

My favorite play of her's was Much Ado About Nothing (it helps that is my favorite Shakespeare play) but i really felt that she captures Beatrice fantastically!!

She was also a brilliant company for the doctor and a friend which is why I loved her. She never fell in love with the doctor nor wanted that. All she wanted to do was travel the universe and ended up being his best friend.

Moving on. While in Dallas we ate our way through quite a few places, spent a lot of money, got some new art and of course met fantastic people. In other news I am very happy with my mini-vacation.

So that's my life in a nutshell. What's been happening with you guys?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Ramblings #6

So what a crazy week. This week I decided it was time to move from my EXPENSIVE apartment to a cheaper more affordable place. Which then means I have to downsize which has been a good decision since I have been doing the Kondo Marie method of what brings me joy. Sadly too many things for my new "smaller" space so I will have to downsize even further. The worse part of all of this is I don't know if I have the place until later this week and I ABSOLUTELY hate the waiting game. Once I find out however, it will move so fast I won't know what to do with myself >_< which is also scary cause I also hate the packing and moving game. Because of this I have also come to realize that I am a planner which is also a little terrifying when you think of it because when you are in the waiting stage there is no planning that you can do other then down sizing or doing the well I guess I could pack this but... game

Otherwise this week has been nothing more then that. I haven't read or done anything as I have been looking at rental houses and going through boxes. I did manage to pick up a punching bag to start working out but as I may or may not move I am not going to unpack it from the box for fear that it will just have to be packed again and that thing is heavy. So alas even that has been put on hold. There is a massive pause button on my life right now and sadly that is just uncomfortable :/

Anything new with you guys? How do you handle the hold and pause situations of life?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review ~ Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis & Random Things

Title: Game of Shadows
Author: Erika Lewis
Copyright: 2017
Type: young adult/fantasy
Pages: 400
Series: Possibly

Reason for Reading: I was offered an ARC by Jean at BookNerd and I read the blurb and thought "Uh yes please!"

Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.

Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he's ever seen. He's assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.

Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.

Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for

This book actually surprised me. There is a lot of action and a lot of catching up to do in the world. I loved every second of it though. We the read start off just as confused as the main character Ethan. He has no idea of his new world and so has to "filled in" on all the history, culture, customs and everything else related to what needs to be done. While at times there was a lot of telling not showing there was just so much happening that he had to be told this and that or we would have been even more lost. There are a lot of cultures/creatures/people and groups to keep track of add to it they are all based on an Irish folklore or mythology of some sort so the names themselves after a while felt like they were bleeding into each other. I did enjoy watching Ethan come into his own and I liked watching him figure out if this was going to be his new home how he was going to fight for it. The great thing for me is I hadn't read the cover or summary so I was just as surprised as Ethan about his title.
It did feel at times that book ran a little longer then it needed to but at other times I wasn't aware how long the book actually was. It will for sure be a series and I would be okay with that. I am a little worried that we are heading into a love triangle and I am trying hard to ignore it and wait to see what happens. There were a few moments throughout this book I had to remind myself that Ethan was only 14 and that is why he was making such stupid immature mistakes then at other times he made such mature decisions I couldn't help but wonder what cause the flip until I remember once again he is 14 they do that sometimes. Overall it was good book and I am excited to see where this series. Is going to go.

Grade: 3 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend: I think it was a great first novel of a series and would recommend for anyone who likes young adult action fantasy series.

Give up or keep: Keep

Now for some fun:
Random Things from author Erika Lewis

10 Random Things:
Most Random spontaneous thing you've ever done.
Spontaneous things can lead to the best days of your life, and the worst. Reader beware.
1.      I applied for an internship to CNN in my senior year of college, knowing full well that they’d never give it to a math major. But they DID!
2.     Then a couple years later, after three days visiting California, I quit my job and moved to L.A.
3.     I got lost my first day living in London on purpose. I highly recommend this.
4.     Drove around Ireland without a map or compass. I recommend this too!
5.     Hopped in a car (with people I knew!) on an impromptu trip to Jazz Fest in New Orleans, where I met Harry Connick Jr. and followed the Neville Brothers to watch them play in three different locations. Jazz Fest gets a big thumbs up!
6.     Took the polar bear challenge in below freezing temperatures wearing only my birthday suit. Don’t recommend that.
7.      When my daughter Riley was 6, and we were at “American Idol,” she wanted to meet Jennifer Lopez. We snuck backstage, but J. Lo. was surrounded by bodyguards. I told Riley that they’d see me, the adult, coming, and send us both away. But if she wanted to try and get in there, I had her back. The brave girl took a deep breath and walked right through the guards. J.Lo nicely brought her back to me J I’m still not sure if that was bad parenting.
8.     I cliff jumped in Jamaica after Olivia Munn. I wasn’t going to do it. She jumped first and told me it caused some serious booty pain. I should’ve heeded her warning.
9.     My aunt and uncle took me on a crazy cool trip to Vail to ski. After three days of gorgeous skiing, it snowed. A lot. The idea of freezing my booty off in blizzard conditions led to drastic measures. I convinced them that staying in and watching the every episode of the PBS series of “Anne of Green Gables” would be way more fun than freezing on the mountain. After viewing, the agreed!
10.  I kissed my husband first. I have a bit of Lily Niles in me.

Blog Tour ~ May 1st

May 1st Review!! Title : The Tick Tock Man Author : R.M. Clark Summary : When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year-old CJ di...