Waiting on Wednesday: Jackaby



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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that encourages us to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re, well, waiting on.

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wow goodreads.png“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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Why wouldn’t I be excited?! You read the description, right? It sounds fabulous! Plus, Jackaby kind of sounds like the Robert Downey Jr. version of Sherlock Holmes but with a sixth sense, so that’s a win :)

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Summer Book TAG


I’m always looking around the interwebs for fun bookish things to do. You know, to keep things fresh around here. I was over at Books for Thought a couple of weeks ago admiring Chelsea’s TAG: Summer Books post and I done got myself tagged! Well, it may have taken me a while to put it together but, challenge accepted!!!

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since you've been gone

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson ~ Nothing says summer quite like cheap sunglasses and ice cream cones :) And, much like Texas summers, the hype around this book is HOT!!! I can’t wait to read it!

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Splintered by A.G. Howard ~ This book makes me SO happy. I love fairy tale retellings and this one is the Bee’s Knees! A.G. Howard does an amazing job of putting her own spin on Wonderland while infusing just enough Carol-isms to keep things familiar. Splintered is fantastically vivid and imaginative, and I seriously need to reread it so that I can properly review it for you guys.

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Golden by Jessi Kirby ~ I absolutely adored Miss Kirby’s sophomore effort, In Honor. So, naturally, when the hype machine started shouting Golden‘s praise, I snatched it right up. Sadly, I have not read it yet.

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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen ~ Or anything by Sarah Dessen, really. I picked this one specifically because it first introduced me to the fictional beach town of Colby, North Carolina, a place that I desperately want to visit.

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson ~ Sanderson quickly became one of my favorite authors after my brother recommended his Mistborn Trilogy to me and I LOVED it. Steelheart has everything that I expect from Brandon Sanderson, not to mention some seriously creative super-powers and a few massively epic battle scenes. If you guys haven’t read anything by him yet, I highly recommend that you check him out.

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dear john

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks ~ I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I think it has something to do with my masochistic reading habits, because it is an extremely rare occurence when a Nicholas Sparks book does not leave me a sobbing mess. Anyways, being familiar with my fondness for Sparks’ work, a friend of mine gifted me a copy of Dear John, although I can’t remember for what occasion. At the time, my husband was a Marine (and deployed), making me a military wife. As such, this book ticked me off in a big way. So much so that, to this day, I absolutely REFUSE to see the movie. Even if it does have Channing Tatum in it.

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open road summer

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord ~ This book is the epitome of summer. It contains a fabulous road trip, a cute romance, music, and probably one of the best fictional friendships that I’ve ever read. I had a huge grin on my face by the end of this one :D

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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson ~ Look, it’s another Morgan Matson book! Not surprisingly, all the excitement surrounding Miss Matson’s work has made her an enormous blip on my radar. I recently read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour  (which really made me want to take a road trip) and have since decided that I must read everything ever written by her. I’ve heard some seriously great things about Second Chance Summer and I’m looking forward to spending some time with it (and some tissues, apparently) in the near future.

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The Blood of Eden Trilogy by Julie Kagawa (The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure, and The Forever Song) ~ I am a ginormous fangirl of Julie Kagawa’s first series, The Iron Fey (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, and The Iron Knight). I’m also a rather large fan of vampires, so this is basically a match made in heaven. I’ve been meaning to start this series since the first book came out in 2012, but I haven’t yet. Obviously. Lucky for me, the final book recently came out and I now have all three books on my Kindle, so all I need is a weekend of solitude to binge read it from start to finish. Or, if I can’t make that happen, Summer technically doesn’t end until September 23rd, so I’ve got plenty of time to get it read ;)

Well, there you have it. I TAG anyone who enjoys having a bit of bookish fun to do their own post! Just make sure you come back and share your answers with me, pretty please :) Okay, and GO!!!


My New Favorite Song


It’s no mystery that I have very strong feelings about grammar and its proper use. I’ve made it clear, on more than one occasion, that poorly used grammar and/or punctuation is my BIGGEST pet peeve as a reader. And as a human being in general. I really want this button:

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I mean, I know that I make mistakes from time to time, but I also go to great lengths to avoid those mistakes at all costs. And, yeah, I use text speak (and emoji) just as much as the next person, but I know that there is a time and place for it. That’s why this song makes me VERY happy. Take a listen.

When I heard this yesterday I about lost my mind! It was funny! It spoke the truth! It was obviously written just for me!

Knowing that there are others of you out there who share the same perspective as me regarding these “Word Crimes,” I just had to share this with y’all. So, what did you think? Instant classic? I agree. :)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Fiendish


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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that encourages us to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re, well, waiting on.

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wow goodreads.pngClementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten. 

Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

wow why1.pngBecause it’s Brenna Yovanoff, that’s why. Plus, there’s this: Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.” So, yeah.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Gates of Thread and Stone


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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that encourages us to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re, well, waiting on.

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wow goodreads.pngIn the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe. 

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

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I love anything having to do with time travel and/or manipulating time. Also, the mystery behind Kai’s “powers” intrigues me. And this just plain sounds good :)

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t



I know, I know. I disappeared. Again. I really am sorry.

And while the above e-card is very true (I’ve been binge-reading like nobody’s business), it’s not the reason that I haven’t been around lately. Honestly, I’ve just been kind of overwhelmed by life. Not necessarily in a bad way, but definitely in a Diana-is-in-desperate-need-of-a-vacation way. So I did what I always do in that situation: I fell off the face of the Earth. It’s a habit that I’m trying to break. Obviously I’m still working on it.

In my absence I’ve had some time to think and this is the conclusion that I’ve come to: I need a break. Clearly I’ve already kind of started it (what with my sketchy attendance the last couple of months and all), but I guess I just wanted to make it official, let you guys know what’s going on.

With as busy and preoccupied as I’ve been lately, I just haven’t had the time or the energy to put together a decent post. I know that sounds like a lame excuse, but it’s the truth. You guys know how time-consuming it is to keep a blog in working order and right now I just don’t have the time. Especially with my inability to write anything in under three hours. Seriously, it takes me forever to put together a post!

So here’s my plan: I’m going to lay low for the next couple of months and get my act together. My patient is out of school for the summer (YAY!!!), so I’ll have a little bit of downtime to play with. I’d like to use it to leisurely write and stockpile a bunch of posts without the added stress of having a publishing deadline (you know like, “I have to get this Friday Five post up by Friday!” or “I really need to review this book before I can write anything else!”).  That way, when I’m ready to start things back up again, full speed ahead, maybe I won’t feel so overwhelmed. Maybe. Possibly. Hopefully.

Anyways, there you have it. You probably won’t be seeing me around much for a little while, but don’t worry, I’m still here. And while I may not be posting regularly, I might still pop in from time to time, you never know. I’ll still be posting on Facebook and Twitter, so you can always catch up with me there, if you feel so inclined. I’ve been thinking about starting up Throw Back Thursday blog style, so keep an eye out for that. If you want. It’s totally up to you ;)

Soooooo, I guess that’s it. I’ll see you when I see you. Until then, keep calm and blog on (did I really just type that?). Oh, and Happy Reading!!!

It’s Science


“There are a hundred trillion cells in the human body… And every single one of the cells of my body loves you. We shed cells, and grow new ones, and my new cells love you more than the old ones, which is why I love you more every day than I did the day before. It’s science. And when I die and they burn my body and I become ashes that mix with the air, and part of the ground and the trees and the stars, everyone who breathes that air or sees the flowers that grow out of the ground or looks up at the stars will remember you and love you, because I love you THAT MUCH.”

~ City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare