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Monday, July 30, 2018

The Devil's Only Friend

My favorite little sociopath is back in action, and he has backup!

The Devil's Only Friend picks up with John and Brooke in a new town, hunting a new monster, but John is employed by the FBI as a type of prodigy. Who knew his rules could land him an actual paying job where he got to hunt and kill monsters legally! It's a great job, but he still has his quirks. He's taking care of his impulses by beating hunks of meat with a club in his own house. He's setting controlled fires in grills. He's spending time with....people. People he can't help but fantasize about killing. But he knows he can't, he needs them. He needs the FBI on his team and he knows it.

So this elite team hunts Withered demons.
They keep Brooke in a protected wing of a psych ward, mainly because it seems like she has multiple personality disorder. In a way she does, but that's only because Nobody/Hulla kind of tried to take over her body.... so Brooke has all of her wisdom; years and years of ancient memories that come on at random. She recognizes faces and traits and most importantly, who the king is of this ancient group. A group who were considered Gods at one point and now have lost their traction. But they want it back and they'll do anything they can to get there.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Love Will Tear Us Apart

I'm not even sure where to begin with this book.
I may be the only one.... but I got serious 13 Going on 30 meets The Devil Wears Prada vibes from this book. Which makes no sense, so let me try to break it down for you.

But why 13 Going on 30?
 
Love Will Tear Us Apart is told in alternating eras, starting with Kate and Paul as kids. They quickly became best friends and did virtually everything today. Kate was truly part of the Loxton family and planned to keep it that way from many, many years. Another alternating era we see is Kate in her early 20's without Paul. She's done with school, she's got a great job, she's kind of living her best life. But then a turn of event leads to her helping Paul get a job in her office, thus pulling him back into her life. The last era we experience is the two of them together, living out their marriage pact from 15 years earlier; if they were both single in their 30's they would get married. 

Now I'm sure you're wondering where The Devil Wears Prada ties into this...

Kate's mom was artsy, very into the London fashion scene, which inspired Kate to go into the design industry in college. That was her dream, a dream she never truly got to accomplish. But while she's doing this and working her office job she's kind of losing herself. She's not the same girl she was when she and Paul were kids and they both know it. She's been through so much and has sacrificed her own well being to come out as top dog at her job only to get it all thrown in her face and realize she lost everything. 

I was thrilled for this book and was so excited when it finally came in the mail.
Now I'm beyond excited for you all to be reading this review! 
It was fantastic and Holly Seddon doesn't disappoint!!

Huge thanks to Holly for sending me a signed bookplate!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Siriously Delicious

 
Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook is such a cute little cookbook!!

I have a newfound love for baking and Siri Daly did not disappoint with her fantastic sweet treats. Of course there is more to the cookbook than that, she breaks it down into six categories, Wakey Wakey! (breakfast), Halftime (lunch), It's Five O'Clock Somewhere (mixed drinks), Time for Dinner (dinner), Sidekicks (side dishes), and Sweet Treats (my fav).

What amazed me is most of these things are super simple to make!
She also includes helpful cooking tips like what to add if your caramel sauce is too stiff and alternatives if you're missing things!

I would highly recommend this cookbook!

Here's a few recipes I am looking forward to trying!!
Browned Butter Caramelized Banana Bread
BBQ Chicken Nacho Bites
Quick Chicken Masala
Sneaky One-Pot Mexican Pasta 
Chocolate Chip- Peanut Butter- Banana Cookies
Homemade Samoas
Homemade Tagalongs
Lemon Bars

I'll update once I try all of them out and let you know how delicious they are!

Huge thanks to NetGalley for providing me an e-copy of Siriously Delicious, in stores now!!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Side by Side

Some day they'll go down together
they'll bury them side by side.
To few it'll be grief,
to the law a relief
but it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.
The story of Bonnie and Clyde is has fascinated people for decades, which really isn't all that surprising. Their story is one of fiction, one that people never dreamed could happen, one that Bonnie Parker never dreamed of living. But she did, she stuck by Clyde knowing the only thing he could bring her was a life on the run, a life spent hiding. But she wouldn't change it for the world.
In the first book, Becoming Bonnie, we learn who Bonnie was, what made her choose a life with Clyde Champion Barrow, a small time farm boy with a record. Her best friend, Blanche, married into the Barrow gang soon after convincing Bonnie to work at a speakeasy with her. Prohibition was in full swing and Bonnie needed a little extra cash so why not? Thus beginning her life of crime and meeting her one true love.

Side by Side picks up with Bonnie typing pardon letters to try to get Clyde out of prison for good. She can't stand him being locked up and needs him back in her arms. Little does she know he's got a trick up his sleeve. In an attempt to get out early, Clyde has another inmate chop off two of his toes. Of course that's after he's already been branded with a new charge, murder. Clyde went in a petty thief and came out a hardened criminal. Going home wasn't an option for him, there were too many people casting doubt in his direction, if he wanted to start over it had to be somewhere else. A farm maybe, with Bonnie by his side. But the only way to get the money for a farm is robbin' here and there, nothing major.... until they decide to hit a bank. 
From there the story of Bonnie and Clyde takes flight.
There's no turning back, they're wanted now.
Dead of alive.
Huge thank you to NetGalley for an arc and an even bigger thank you to author Jenni L. Walsh for a signed bookplate!
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Becoming Bonnie

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Sin Such as This

YAY ELLEN HOPKINS HAS A NEW BOOK! 
Not only is it the sequel to Love Lies Beneath, but I managed to win a signed copy!

Okay, enough about me. You wanna hear about the book.

I wasn't totally prepared for A Sin Such as This mainly because I couldn't remember being thrilled by the first one. But once I got started, I couldn't put it down!
So we pick back up with Tara and Cavin coming back to the real world after having the time of their lives on their honeymoon. But the real world has so much drama; work, stepchildren, family, friends, maybe even a stalker. But Tara doesn't let that rock her world. She's still knows how to turn on the charm and get her way. But will that work on her husband? It's barely been three months and she already feels married to a man she hardly knows. Not to mention her niece, Kayla, is dating her stepson, who TOTALLY has the hots for her Tara, Sophie, and God knows who else. No one in their right mind wants teenagers in their home that aren't even their responsibility, but Tara still expects them to respect her. It's just drama on drama on dramaaaaaa in their house. Especially when Melody comes to visit. It's no secret that Tara and her sister, Mel, aren't the closest but maybe that could change when Mel starts letting her hair down. Sure, she has no control over her kids, and her marriage is crumbling, but please sleep with that stranger the day before burying your mom.

Honestly, I hope that I'm not this petty or secretive in my 40's (I know it's 20 years from now but ya know whatevs). There was so much drama but honestly, the drama is what makes the book. The ending kind of had me squirming because Tara is such an eccentric character that I'm not quite sure how to respond to; it's almost like I love to hate her. 

Anyway, get the book!

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