Monday, February 29, 2016

Something to Share

Hello! I was thinking of possibilities for posts, and I was determined that today's post would be something...different. It's the leap year after all, and we won't get to see February 29th again for another four years.

After some thought, I decided to do something I've never done before and put myself out there in a way I haven't.

I'm going to post a little bit of my writing for you to read. Just a 313-word scene I wrote for fun.

Okay, deep breath. Honestly, this is more than a *little* nerve-racking.

Here it is:

I jolted awake the moment the door creaked open. Alexia, who was sleeping on the bunk above me, didn’t move, but the slight hitch as she exhaled told me that I wasn’t the only one awake.

My fingers tightened around the hilt of the knife under my pillow, but I relaxed my grip when the intruder spoke.

“They found us,” Hayley announced, closing the door and bolting it. There was no point in saying anything more; we knew our enemies.

Alexia cursed and sprang down from the top bunk.  I was on my feet seconds later, the laces of my muddy boots already tied.

“How did they find us so quickly?” I muttered, shoving the knife under my pillow into its sheath at my waist as Hayley opened the faded curtains, letting the light from the rising sun illuminate the dusty attic.

Alexia loaded her twin pistols with practiced ease and positioned her ammunition belt so it crossed her chest like a pageant sash. “I thought that was the point of hiding in this old cabin,” she murmured back.

Hayley tossed us our haversacks
before shouldering hers.  Urgency laced her voice when she spoke: “Let’s move, ladies.” We could hear their boots pounding on the stairs as they drew closer.

“Should we block the door with the bunk bed?” I asked.

Hayley considered my idea for a beat before responding. “It’s too heavy for two to move.” That was standard procedure: one person on alert, ready to protect the others.

Something heavy hit the door, and it shuddered in response.

“Now what?” I asked, my heart in my mouth
as I drew my sword.

“As I see it, we only have one option,” Hayley said, the silver ring on her index finger glinting as she loaded her crossbow.  Pointing the crossbow towards the groaning door, Hayley jerked her chin towards the window. “Jump.”
I hope you liked it! I ask that you keep your comments kind. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 22, 2016


Hello! I'm sorry I've been so invisible online. Everything has been INSANE lately (I could get into details, but it's a loooong story) I really appreciate your support and comments (and I'm doing my best to reply in a somewhat-timely manner!) and I really can't say thank you enough for all of the encouragement and love I receive from you guys.

Thank you thank you thank you!

In keeping up with the craziness-that-is-my-life, I don't have anything new to share with you today. But thank you so much for everything. You have no idea how much it means to me. Have a great day!

Friday, February 19, 2016

A Quote to Share

I'm feeling surprisingly responsible now that I've been blogging (somewhat) consistently for the past few weeks. I guess it's still too early to tell, but it seems like making my goal of forty posts by January 1, 2017 may come true!

I found an old(ish) notebook of mine the other day, and there was a quote written inside of it. According to the date beneath the quote, I wrote it down in my notebook on February 19, 2014. It's hard to believe that it's already 2016.

I didn't write down an attribution back in 2014, but Goodreads tells me that it's by John Muir.

Here it is:

Handle a book as a bee does a flower. 
Extract its sweetness but do not damage it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Check Back on Friday!

I have a post prepared to come online this Friday, February 19th. Check back then!

Monday, February 8, 2016


Happy Monday! I wanted to share a YA book I picked up at the library last Monday.

(In case you didn't notice, this also happens to be my first book review of 2016!!!)

(I'm pretty excited about it...)

I reviewed the first book in the series back in June, and if you haven't read that post, you can find it right here.

(image: Goodreads)

There are spoilers for the first GEEK GIRL, so beware.

My summary: 

Harriet Manners is settling into her life as a model, but it's still not as easy as she thought it would be. She hasn't suddenly gained poise or elegance...if anything, she's just as big of a geek as she's always been. And the fact that her boyfriend, Nick, recently dumped her doesn't make it any easier.

When Harriet is offered the chance to model in Japan for Yuko Ito, she jumps at the chance to get away from her problems. But a summer of modeling in Japan has its own set of trials waiting for her.

Goodreads says:

Harriet Manners is a model.

She used to be a geek, but now she has transformed into a creature of grace and sophistication. She is completely at one with the world of fashion.

Except she’s not.

In fact, Harriet feels even less popular and more awkward now than she did when she was just a geek. So when Yuka Ito invites her to go to Japan and be the face of her new label, Harriet seizes the chance to get away.

Harriet might have to bring along her crazy grandma Bunty, and she might run into Nick, the gorgeous costar who unceremoniously dumped her two months ago. But no one is going to ruin her fabulous Tokyo summer.

Unless she accidentally ruins it herself…

My review:

The book picks up months after the end of the first book and used flashbacks to show the reader what was missed. I don't like it when the sequel begins months after the end of the last book, so that certainly annoyed me.

The writing style continues to be the best part of the book. It's addicting, and I think Harriet's unique voice is extremely clever and fun. I would love to hear Ms. Smale talk about her process for writing Harriet's point of view.

I like how every character has his or her own quirks. Holly does a good job of making every character stand out as someone different. However, sometimes it feels like she's going overboard and the characters are more caricatures than anything else.

Just like the first book, GEEK GIRL: MODEL MISFIT is a fast and enjoyable read. I definitely recommend it. 

As far as a starred rating goes, I think it also belongs somewhere between a 3.5 and 4, but closer to 4 stars. Therefore, I'm going to simply award it 4 stars.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 1, 2016


Happy February! I don't have a review or long, rambling post for you today. All the same, I wanted to let you know that I'm still alive and blogging.

I'm still looking for MG titles. If you have one you think I should read, please send me a message (you can use the form to the right) or comment below!

Have a great week!