Sunday, November 1, 2015

November 2015 TBR Pile

1982 Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
Darkhouse Life With A Sprinkle of Glitter The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

What are you reading this month?
Have you read any of these books and what did you think of them?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Happy Birthday!

So  earlier in the year I stumbled upon Rosie Reads post about her Backwards Birthday Bucket List and loved it. I have a life list of things I'd like to complete one day, but why not have a list of things you've accomplished! So here's my list of.... some of the things I've completed to date. I'm not making a full list, but just highlighting some of my favourite things.

-I've traveled more since I met my hubby than I ever have. Nova Scotia (for my sister's wedding), Florida (kissed a small alligator), Mexico (swam with sea turtles) and Dominican Republic (had my picture taken with a spider monkey and a parrot).
-Attended a few amazing book signings in Toronto, Belleville and Ottawa: Kathy Reichs, Kelley Armstrong, Courtney Summers, Melissa Marr and more!
-Visited France when I was 14. I went with my entire class as a graduation trip after having raised money for four years and being a part of an exchange program. Eiffel Tower, Chateau Versailles, Champs Elysees, Montmartre, Notre Dame, Louvre, and more. Amazing trip!
-Spent a few weeks in Australia after college and was able to hold a koala and feed kangaroos. Also, I visited as many Big Things as I could.
-Adopted a beautiful cat, Esme, from the Humane Society (actually hubby bought her for me for Valentine's Day).
-Watched my first NHL, NBA and MLB games with my husband. I'm not much into sports, but I seem to attend a lot of events with him. Funny thing - my first NHL and NBA games were both watched in Florida instead of Canada. Go figure!
-I've participated and helped out with good causes: Ride For Dad, Relay For Life, Amazing Pace, and the Breast Cancer Walk.

There you have it! Some of the most amazing things I've done to date!

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa Decarlo | Review #TheArtOfCrashLanding #TLCBookTours

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
Published: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Pages: 416
Received: for honest review via publisher and TLC Book Tours
Find Online: Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes & Noble

From a bright new talent comes this debut novel about a young woman who travels for the first time to her mother’s hometown, and gets sucked into the mystery that changed her family forever

Mattie Wallace has really screwed up this time. Broke and knocked up, she’s got all her worldly possessions crammed into six giant trash bags, and nowhere to go. Try as she might, Mattie can no longer deny that she really is turning into her mother, a broken alcoholic who never met a bad choice she didn’t make.

When Mattie gets news of a possible inheritance left by a grandmother she’s never met, she jumps at this one last chance to turn things around. Leaving the Florida Panhandle, she drives eight hundred miles to her mother’s birthplace—the tiny town of Gandy, Oklahoma. There, she soon learns that her mother remains a local mystery—a happy, talented teenager who inexplicably skipped town thirty-five years ago with nothing but the clothes on her back. But the girl they describe bears little resemblance to the damaged woman Mattie knew, and before long it becomes clear that something terrible happened to her mother, and it happened here. The harder Mattie digs for answers, the more obstacles she encounters. Giving up, however, isn’t an option. Uncovering what started her mother’s downward spiral might be the only way to stop her own.

Hilarious, gripping, and unexpectedly wise, The Art of Crash Landing is a poignant novel from an assured new voice.

"When you're ass deep in lemons, you start looking for a shovel, not a pitcher and a cup of sugar."
From the beginning of this book I adored Mattie. She's not your typical heroine, but she gives it her all no matter what life sends her way. She's sassy, yet determined. She is smart and witty, yet broken and feels like her life is just a repeat of her mothers. 

When she feels like it can only get worse from here on out, she travels with all her possessions in a run down 1978 Malibu, pregnant by her most recent deadbeat boyfriend and hoping above all hopes that the inheritance she is on her way to accept will help her out of her latest struggles. 

As she arrives in Gandy, Oklahoma in her broke down car, she makes friends with the most unlikely group of people. Luke, the estate lawyer (also a paraplegic); Karleen, her mom's old high school friend; Tawny, a teenager trying to find her way; Aunt Fritter, a grumpy old librarian; JJ, the mechanic fixing her car and the Winstons, the dogs her grandmother left behind. The best supporting character is her stepfather Queeg, who has nothing but enduring love for her no matter how messed up her life becomes.

"I have ninja skills when it comes to screwing things up. It's like a superpower only lamer."
With the help of all the new people in her life, she begins to piece together the hot mess that was her mother's life and begins to figure out her own along the way. Only after having solved the mystery of her mother's life is she able to let go of her sorrow and regret and finally forgive herself for the things she feels responsible for. She grows so much in this story and it's an amazing journey to take with her.

"We are all more than the worst thing we have done"

I loved this book so much and all of the amazingly quotable witty things the Mattie says, hence all of the quotes in this post! I'm also looking forward to more by DeCarlo.

About the Author:
Melissa DeCarlo was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and has worked as an artist, graphic designer, grant writer, and even (back when computers were the size of refrigerators) a computer programmer. The Art of Crash Landing is her first novel. Melissa now lives in East Texas with her husband and a motley crew of rescue animals.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cover Reveal: Spark by Holly Schindler

Spark by Holly Schindler

When the right hearts come to the Avery Theater—at the right time—the magic will return. The Avery will come back from the dead.

Or so Quin’s great-grandmother predicted many years ago on Verona, Missouri’s most tragic night, when Nick and Emma, two star-crossed teenage lovers, died on the stage. It was the night that the Avery’s marquee lights went out forever.

It sounds like urban legend, but one that high school senior Quin is now starting to believe, especially when her best friend, Cass, and their classmate Dylan step onto the stage and sparks fly. It seems that magic can still unfold at the old Avery Theater and a happier ending can still be had—one that will align the stars and revive not only the decrepit theater, but also the decaying town. However, it hinges on one thing—that Quin gets the story right this time around.

Holly Schindler brings the magic of the theater to life in this tale of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.

"In my hometown, the restoration of a former movie theater on the town square provided the genesis for my new YA novel, SPARK. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of seeing their name in blazing neon across a gigantic marquee? Let me invite you to dim the lights and draw back the velvet curtains—let your imagination run wild as you enter my fictional Avery Theater, where literally anything goes…"
Holly Schindler

Look at how beautiful that cover is!

Holly Schindler is the author of three previous YA novels: PLAYING HURT as well as the critically acclaimed FERAL (starred PW review) and A BLUE SO DARK (starred Booklist review, ForeWord Book of the Year silver medal, IPPY gold medal). A writer of books for all ages, Schindler’s MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, has made the master list for children’s book awards in Illinois, South Carolina, and Alabama. She is also a hybrid author, having independently released comedic women’s fiction (FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS) and the forthcoming PLAY IT AGAIN, her adult follow-up to her YA PLAYING HURT. She can be reached through her author site:, and hosts special sneak peeks and giveaways for subscribers of her newsletter:

My reviews of A Blue So Dark and Playing Hurt.

Spark “Premieres” May 17, 2016, but you can buy your “tickets” now. 

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