Monthly Wrap Up

And just like that, February is over. This month was pretty good! I was off of work for Mardi Gras and we even got a “snow day!” Valentine’s Day started off pretty good, but I ended up being sick by the end of the day and was sick a few days following. I was pretty bummed because it put a niche in my reading schedule, but now I plan for March to be all the better!

The books I reviewed for the month of February

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Giveaways

This month I hosted my first giveaway and I had a great turnout!

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Congrats to Mayla Moore in winning the giveaway! She chose All The Bright Places for her winning copy!

Most Anticipated Releases for March

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All and all it was a pretty good month! I had a few days off of work and read some really great books! I can’t wait to see what March has in store for me!

Review: More Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and Anna Williams

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Title: More Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Author: Joelle Hoverson and Anne Williams (Photographer)

Publication Date: September 1, 2010

Excerpt from Goodreads:

When STC Craft published Joelle Hoverson’s Last-Minute Knitted Gifts in 2004, the response was over­whelming and today there are nearly 100,000 copies of this classic in print. Six years later, Hoverson is full of fresh, new ideas for beautiful gifts. So STC proudly presents More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts: an elegant collection of 30 projects organized according to the time it takes to complete them, from less than two hours to more than eight. Among the projects featured are sachets, bracelets, ornaments, mittens, gloves, hats, sweaters, baby blankets, and throws.

Understanding that knitters today love to personalize their projects but also need guidance along the way, Hoverson showcases many of the projects in several colors and yarn weights, and with optional embellishments and creative ideas for gift-wrapping.

I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

A quick go to book that any knitter would love! This book includes knitting patterns that are separated by 2-4 hours, 4-6 hours, and so forth. The more simple, quick patterns include bookmarks and coffee sleeves. The complex and more time consuming patterns include a cardigan, scarf, and even a sweater pattern. The picture below features a few pictures of the projects.

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This book gears more forwards intermediate knitters and one who already understands knitting terms. The patterns are laid out nicely and easy to follow. There was plenty of projects I really enjoyed and can definitely see myself knitting some of these patterns in the future. I really like the bookmarks! I can see myself knitting tons of those for all my books!

4 out of 5 stars

Review: Only Everything by Kieran Scott – Swoonuary Post

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This February I am participating in Swoonuary. If you did not read my first post about Swoonuary, Swoonuary is an event hosted by The Bookish Groupies (Jennie, Mallory, Ang, Blessie, & Tika), in which I pledged to read personally selected swoon worthy books throughout the month of February!

The fourth and final book I have decided to read for Swoonuary is…

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Title: Only Everything

Author: Kieran Scott

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Like Zeus, the king, who thinks the proper reaction to finding me kissing a mortal is to threaten my boyfriend Orion’s life, banish me to Earth, and force me to inspire true love between three couples without my powers. I know! Elders! I’m Eros, a.k.a. Cupid. The Goddess of Love. Until this morning, anyway.

Now I’m stuck on Earth with no clue how to function as a human, and I can’t even conjure up my magical bow and arrows to help me do my job. I’ve already met this amazing guy—Charlie, a new kid in school like me—but matching him up isn’t as easy as I thought. Turns out opposites don’t attract, nearly identicals don’t attract, and giving a guy what he seems to want is just one big disaster. My sweet new friend Katrina might work, but she’s got more complications than Medusa’s hair, and a live-in boyfriend with a serious mean streak. Probably not the best idea to go there.

If I don’t make a match, I may never see Orion again. I have so much to lose, and only everything to gain.

Eros is sent to Earth after her father, Ares, discovers that she is in love with a mortal, Orion. Apparently only the upper gods/goddesses can have relations with mortals and whoever they like while lower gods and goddesses are just out of luck. Anyways…Zeus sends Eros to Earth without her bow and arrows or her powers and she must make three couples fall in love. Otherwise, Zeus and/or Ares will kill Orion.

This story is told from three point of views. True (Eros), Charlie, and Katrina. I found that I thoroughly enjoy this book. While most reviews were all over the place, I’m glad I kept an open mind about this one. The story was easy to follow and I have no problems finishing it fairly quickly.

As far as characters go, True is clueless. One would think that after thousands of years she would know what people look for in others, but she is seriously clueless without her powers. She also has no idea how to dress herself without her powers and has no idea how to hold a normal conversation with others. At least anyone who is mortal (excluding Orion). She has a problem with stealing. Stealing food, clothes, just about anything she feels like taking. Supposedly in the “god/goddess” world, others don’t mind if you steal from them because they can just conjure another of the same item with no problems. For someone who has spent plenty of time on Earth matching others to their one true love, she has absolutely no idea the way the world works.

Although this book could be a bit ridiculous at times, I still really enjoyed it. I really liked Charlie and Katrina and they were adorable in their little moments together. The ending of the book is conclusive in certain aspects, but leaves you with a bit of a hanger that sets the second book up for an interesting story. This book is part of a three part series that I could see myself finishing.

3 outs of 5 stars

I read all the books I planned to read for Swoonuary this month. I must say I’m pretty pumped. I read some great books that were definitely swoon worthy! Hope everyone had a great February! March, here we come!

Waiting on Wednesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: One

Author: Sarah Crossan

Publication Date: September 15, 2015

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Excerpt from Goodreads:

Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

Did you read the blurb? Are you has blown away has I am? A young adult novel about conjoined twins?! I first found this book on Epic Reads when they featured the cover. The cover is absolutely stunning and after I read the blurb, I knew this was the book for me! Now I just have to wait until September for this one…unless I can get my grabby hands on an arc copy… Double yay for diverse books!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite TV Heroines

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is my top ten favorite tv heroines…

1. Charlie Matheson from Revolution

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2. Clarke Griffin from The 100

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3. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

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4. Tris Prior from Divergent

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5. Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy

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6. Peggy Carter from Agent Carter

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7. Rose Tyler from Doctor Who

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8. Anna from Frozen

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9. Wanderer from The Host

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10. Hazel Grace from The Fault In Our Stars

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Who are your favorite heroines?