Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
Beyond a Darkened Shore - Jessica Leake

Ciara is a decent character so far. Eager to learn more about her abilities and how this Northman leader can help her. 

0 Stars
Prisoner of Azkaban - 4 Stars
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Normally, I do my Fun Reviews, but I had so many thoughts (and feels) with this book, I needed to break it down.

So there are defintitely some new characters in this book that make the first two book plain old bland. First, we have to talk about Sirius Black. Honestly, I knew there was going to be something not quite right about the back story we are given to begin with. Somehow the good guys always seem to be bad guys and the bad guys make out to be good guys. But wowsers, did this ever come as a shock. Then there's Lupin. So sad to see him go as a teacher. As Harry said, he was the best Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher they'd ever had. But I foresee Black staying in Harry's life and they were friends, so... I briefly remember him in the movies, but those were years ago and I only half-watched the last two, so there's a good chance he'll pop up again. Peter Pettigrew, the little rat! Literally. I do kind of want to know more about him and the way Lupin talked, I see him coming back again. Hermione was a bit of a sneak in this book with her Time-Turner, but I get why she did it. Kind of reminds me of myself during classes, scrambling about and I feel for her. Harry grows up a lot in the second half of the book. I just get the feeling he isn't going to be the Quidditch obsessed kid that he was before. He knows more about his parents' deaths than ever before and that will stick with him.

Trust and Friendship are more important than ever because we see it in more than just Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but in Remus, Sirius, Peter, and James as well. Clearly Peter was the faulty link, but the principles were still there. The camaraderie in the trio is stronger than ever and you can tell that whatever happens through the rest of the series, Ron and Hermione will never leave Harry.

The settings shifted more here than the first two books, which added so much depth to the story. We start off with the Dursley's like always, but the way that Harry left makes it feel like Harry isn't safe in the muggle world anymore either. That changes everything. Then there's Hogsmeade which is just an awesome place that I want to go to. It's fun and carefree and what I imagine that the Harry Potter Wizarding World is all about. By contrast we have the Whomping Willow and Shrieking Shack where a very important part of the story takes place. Everything from the physical description to the mood is just darker there.

Biggest part of the story obviously. There was more at risk in this story than just Harry vs Voldemort, especially since Voldemort didn't make an appearance. There's also Sirius Black, who we think it a villain but turns out to be a highlight for Harry. There are actually other people at stake. The mystery surrounding Black isn't the only thing going on though. There's also the Dementor's and their influence over Harry, Quidditch Cup, and of course, sneaking around with the map. I really enjoyed the new classes as well, because the whole Grim story line tied in so well at the end. This is the book where I think everything changes from just a fun, children's story about wizards to something darker just from the tone at the end of the book.


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0 Stars
Turbo Twenty-Three - 2 Stars
Turbo Twenty-Three - Janet Evanovich
Turbo Twenty-ThreeTurbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Reading these completely out of order as I get them from the library.


There was so much filler in this book I wanted to cry. As this is the most recent in the series and I've yet to read the rest of it, I am really praying this isn't telling of the last couple books as well. I will be majorly disappointed. Lula and Brigg's TV tries weren't even amusing and had nothing to do with anything. The main mystery wasn't all that great. Just eh for me.


The Ranger-Stephanie in this book was !!!!!. And they went to Disney World. Okay, it wasn't vacay, but still it was cute. And he convinced her (maybe) that Morelli wasn't the best choice as he has yet to make any sort of commitment. Of course, neither has Ranger, but he isn't asking her to be the domestic type either so he gets a pass. Interesting to hear about Lula's side businesses. Seriously, hooker classes for a 30 second hand-job? Guess she's got to pay for all that spandex somehow.


"Are you fucking kidding me?" he yelled. "Goddamn, motherfucker, holy shit, and fuck me. Where is it? Where's the piece-of-shit truck they dragged out of hell to make my life an even worse misery?" - Stan

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3 Stars
Stealing Snow - 3 Stars
Stealing Snow - Danielle  Paige

First, the names in this aren't my favorite. I mean, Snow? Seriously. Yes, she controls the snow. Sure. But Paige really could have come up with something better than Snow. And Jagger? Like, hey, look at me. I'm a bad ass. Nope. And Algid. Sucks. The names just suck. Period. Moving on. The pacing at the beginning of the book took a bit too long for my liking. I get that she wanted back story so we'd all know how Snow how suffered in Whittaker. That way she could bemoan it later. It just took forever. Like 1/3 of the book. I just couldn't bring myself to care about the Robbers. Oh, and her precious Bale. OMG! I am so over Bale already and he is barely in the book. Was actually hoping they'd just let him die at the end. Sure he had his own little surprise, but I don't care. Move with Kai.

Ah, Kai. I liked him. He was the only character that came off as not pretending through the book, even in the end. I just have a feeling he knew exactly what was going on. He knew who he cared about and didn't let that sway him. Also, I like that he doesn't do magic. I don't know how I feel about the magic in this book. Everything is elemental or potions. That's different, but I'll have to read more to decide how much I care for it.

1. Kai
2. River Witch
3. Snow
4. Greta

3 Stars
Zom-B Underground - 3 Stars
Zom-B Underground - Darren Shan














Felt like a lot of filler until the very end. A lot of Becky just going on about the facility.

However, the facility was pretty cool. Not so much what they wanted them to do to the real zombies, even if they are already dead. I'm glad Becky didn't give in like the others, and her actions made the others thinks about what they were doing. The end was pretty cool, but poor Mark. Why was he there? Hopefully, the next book explains. The zombie process was interesting. It was unlike anything else I've heard of. Becky goes into detail about it (filler!), and it could have been shortened, but it is good to know. Glad Josh let her go in the end.

5 Stars
Bad Blood - 5 Stars
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) ((The Naturals #4)) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Everything came full circle in this book. Lia got some closure. Michael was freed from his father. Cassie found her mother. Okay, granted she killed her. But she found her. Silver lining. And it wasn't her choice anyway so... We get to learn so much about Cassie's past with her mother. Was shocked by the director's involvement! Hello! Did not see that coming. Glad he's out of the picture. Cassie gets to be with her family and the other Naturals which is great now that she knows what happened to her mother. And Dean! My boy Dean. He didn't play as much of a role in this one, but I love that he supported Cassie like she did for him in the second book. He gave up control, which for him was hard after his father, but he trusted her. You just didn't know who to trust in this one and it was great.

"The world is full of drowning people, ready and willing to drown you too." -Ree

3 Stars
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

The first half was a bore, but I did like the rest. Over-hyped imo, but okay. Now I get to watch the movie.

4.5 Stars
All In- 4.5 Stars
All In - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Really enjoyed this continuation of the series. The murders were much more interesting this time as they used math and logic rather than random killing. Definitely reading Book 4.

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4 Stars
Killer Instinct - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Killer Instincts
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Naturals (2)
Format: Hardback
Source: CHS


So over the trope of the new girl showing up and being so special that the guys just have to fawn over her because she's just too precious. Seriously. It's like they have to prove their masculinity by always fighting over and protecting her. Let her get herself out the trouble that she gets herself into. Cassie is a big girl. Yet Michael and Dean act like she is completely unable to handle the real world. Granted both of them, along with Lia and probably Sloane too, have seen more, but she has been through plenty. Even in just the first book. She can take it. And if she can get herself into these scrapes then surely she can claw her way back out.




The mystery of the book was fantastic. Okay, so I guessed that Clark and Christopher were the killers, that's true, but I did not have any clue that there would be a third killer. That threw me. Also, I love that Lia is honest enough (haha) to tell Cassie about her problems when everyone else is handling her with kid gloves. She gets in her face and straightens out whatever misgiving Cassie has. Honestly, it makes Cassie tolerable. I hate the female protag who can do no wrong and is all fragile while every male rushes to her rescue. Oh, and Cassie finally choosing  Dean yay!

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 352 pages.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
I really hope this story picks up. I feel like it's not moving at all.
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 352 pages.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
I really hope this story picks up. I feel like it's not moving at all.
2.5 Stars
A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf

I finished this book. That is just about all I can say for it.

It was tedious and confusing and really just a bunch of Woolf bathering on about things I really wasn't interested in. 

1 Stars
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter - 1 Star
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Book 1 - Em Eldridge, Nikki Jefford, Nikki Jefford

Title: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter
Series: Aurora Sky
Author: Nikki Jefford
Pages: 256
Source: Kindle Freebie
Format: Kindle

- Um, the grammar was okay, I guess

- The plot, the characters, the setting. Everything.
- Didn't buy the romance. Not even a little. It was shallow and horrible. Nope.
- Aurora so so whiney. If they could have picked a worse vampire hunter, it would have been a miracle. She's ungrateful that they saved her. Even if she didn't want to work for them, she should at least be thankful for that much. She's rude and wants everything her way. Couldn't stand her.
- I'm not even sure what the plot was meant to be. It didn't go anywhere. Did she kill a few vampires? Yes, but to what end? Nothing was achieved.
- Her mother was so obnoxiously absent. She didn't care that her daughter was now supposed to be killing these monsters. Didn't care that Dante is just whisking her off to who knows where. She buried her head in the sand. She acts all mad that her daughter has a "dangerous-looking boyfriend" but thinks nothing of her going off to hunt blood-sucking monsters. And she just takes these stranger's word for it that her daughter can do it. Worst part of the book

3 Stars
Cinnamon- 3 stars
Cinnamon - V.C. Andrews

Title: Cinnamon
Series: Shooting Stars
Author: V.C. Andrews
Pages: 165
Source: Public Library
Format: Paperback

- The dialogue felt off to me. I mean, what senior girl still calls her parents "mommy" and "daddy"? It's just odd.
- Also, I have trouble believing that any teacher would have play practices in her own on the weekend.
- Writing was okay, but not the best.

- The book wasn't loaded down with too many characters.
- Each character was unique and given any quote, I could guess who was speaking.
- Grandmother got what she deserved in the end.
- The ending was satisfying without being a "happy ending".

Harry Potter Survey :)


Day 1: Your fave book.- Sorcerer's Stone
Day 2: Your fave movie. - Meh, it's been a while
Day 3: Is there any of the films adaptations that have made you angry because they’ve ignored important parts of the book. - See answer 2
Day 4: Least fave female character and why. - Luna- She just irritates me.
Day 5: Fave male character and why. - Fred or George, because they are freaking hilarious
Day 6: What house would you want to be in. - Pottermore says Slytherin
Day 7: Fave female character and why. - Mrs. Weasley, because she's an awesome mom.
Day 8: What do you think would be your fave lesson. - Charms
Day 9: Least fave male character. - Filch
Day 10: Horcruxes or Hallows. Hallows- way more powerful
Day 11: What character would you say you are most like. - Hermione
Day 12: Fave ship.(relationship, eg - Ron/Hermione, Harry/Ginny etc) I always shipped Harry/Hermione
Day 13: Least fave movie. See answer 2
Day 14: Team Voldemort or Team harry. - Harry, of course!
Day 15: Who would be your best friends at Hogwarts. (three only) Hermione, Neville, Harry
Day 16: Fave professor - Snape
Day 17: Are you excited about The Deathly Hallows movie or scared it won’t do the book justice. ???
Day 18: Least fave book. Half-Blood Prince
Day 19: Do you prefer the books or films. - Books, of course
Day 20: If you had to meet one member of the cast, who would it be. - Emma Watson
Day 21: Out of all the characters that died, if you could bring one back, who would it be. George
Day 22: Pick a favourite quote from any of the books/films - "Always" so cliche but I love it
Day 23: Any part of the books/movies that makes you cry. - Dobby dying!
Day 24: Any particular scene you wished would have been put in the movie but it wasn’t.- ??
Day 25: Nineteen years later. Are you happy how it turned out, or do you wish something was different, ie Neville married Luna. Harry + Hermione! Oh, and George would have lived.
Day 26: If you could be able to work one spell without a wand what would it be. Expeliarmus
Day 27: Would you rather own The Invisibility Cloak, The Resurrection Stone or The Elder Wand.- Elder Wand
Day 28: Do you listen to Wizard Wrock, what do you think about it. Nope
Day 29: Did you enjoy A Very Potter Musical. Nope, I don't do musicals
Day 30: What affect has Harry Potter made on your life and how much does it mean to you- It's the book I go to when I'm sad/angry/bored/anything but happy, then when I'm happy too. It's my Plan A Escape

Reading progress update: I've read 76%.
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Book 1 - Em Eldridge, Nikki Jefford, Nikki Jefford

All these characters are so childish. Valerie. Aurora. Even Fane and how old is he? 258? Seriously. They all need to grow up. And why is this organization using children to hunt vampires anyway?

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