The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Publish Date: March 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 210pp
ISBN-13: 9781416978916
ISBN: 1416978917
Age Range: Young Adult

Rating 4/5

OverviewHe’s looking at me like—well, like he wants to look at me.
Like he likes what he sees, and he’s smiling and his eyes are so blue, even in the faint flow of the porch light they shine, and I nod dumbly, blindly, and then grope for the door handle, telling myself to look away and yet not able to do it. “Sara,” he says, softly, almost hesitantly, and my heart slam-bangs, beating hard, and this is what it’s like to want someone you can’t have. To want someone you shouldn’t even be looking at.

My Thoughts:  Well the title of this book says it all: The Unwritten Rule. Everyone knows what it means as far a relationships go. You never under any circumstance fall for you best friends boyfriend! You just don’t do it and if you do, I’m about 99% sure your relationship with your best friend isn’t going to work out. If it do does, call yourself lucky! 

But what if it does happen; what do you do about it? Of course you can’t help who your attracted to or who you fall in love with. I almost think breaking up with my best friend would be easier than being in love with her boy friend. The torture would be too me on me and I’d just take the easy way out.

This is the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth Scott and I really enjoyed it. At just over 200 pages, its a quick read. I really connected with Sarah- who is in love with Ryan, her best friend (Brianna) boy friend. I really felt sorry for her. The guilt it was causing her was painful at times. I felt conflicted like she did. I wanted Sarah to be with Ryan even though it was wrong and that makes me feel like a bad person but oh well, that’s just how I felt.

So if you want a quick read, I’d definitely give this book a read. I think you’d really enjoy it. I look forward to reading more form Elizabeth in the future.

  • So have you read this book? If so, how did you like it?
  • What would you do if you fell in love your best friends boy friend/girl friend??

Rise (Salvaged #2) by Stefne Miller

Publisher:Tate Publishing; First edition (2011)
ISBN-10:1617773581
ISBN-13: 978-1617773587

Signed copy sent to my by the author.

Rating: 5/5


Overview:  “I’d come to a place of realizing that even if only for a time, Attie’s existence was heavily dependent upon my ability to protect her and shine light in her direction. At the same time, I had to give her enough room to live her own life. I also knew the connection was fragile and that as I navigated the space just outside her world, if her life were to start to spin out of control, I wouldn’t be able to come closer and intervene without causing more damage. I understood that I was created to be a part of her life, but only at a safe distance.
Our universe, the one that seemed to only include us, was about to be hurled into an entirely new solar system.”

Attie Reed has finally found some happiness after the accident that took her mother’s and best friend’s lives and nearly destroyed hers. But that doesn’t mean life is going to get easier. She may not have nighttime monsters to fight, but her world is about to spin wildly out of orbit.

In the captivating, highly anticipated sequel to Stefne Miller’s Salvaged, Attie is faced with the challenge of fitting in at a new school while figuring out her next steps. Riley continues to fight with her and for her as she encounters difficult battles. He has been her protection, but he can’t protect her forever.

When Attie’s father finally comes back into her life, she is faced with her most difficult decision yet: to stay in Oklahoma and keep the life she has made or return to New York to repair her relationship with her father and allow herself to heal. What happens will define who she is and who she will become. Can she fight this battle alone and Rise? Or will she continue to fall out of orbit and be lost forever?

My Thoughts:  I was extremely excited when I found out there was going to be a book two- Rise to Stefne Miller’s debut novel Salvaged. Salvaged was an amazing book for me when I read it last year and even though I was excited about continuing on Attie and Riley’s journey, I was worried that it just wouldn’t be as good as Salvaged. I think most people worry about sequels in a series not living up the potential of the first book. Of course I worried for no reason! Rise was even better than Salvaged, which is pretty amazing since I held such a fondness for Salvaged to start with.

I know that if I’d had the time, I would have flown through this book within a couple days. But seeing as I was on a cruise for vacation and this book has some pretty emotional scenes in it, I had to stop reading. It didn’t look nice to see a strange girl on a cruise boat in theBahamas’ crying her eyes out. I was supposed to be happy, getting burnt by the hot tropical sun with something fruity to drink! So I put it aside and saved the last 100 pages or so for the comfort of my couch and a box of tissues. But I will say that I am glad I was able to read it more slowly then I normally would have. It allowed me to process more of what was happening and I enjoyed it that much more.

If you thought the problems Attie faced in Salvaged were bad (which they certainly were), you haven’t seen anything yet. I was seriously thinking to myself that if I had to go through everything she went through; I don’t know if I could have survived it. Really? How much can one person handle? But that’s a main lesson I got from this book. No matter what you face in your life or how bad things are- what matters most is who is there to walk beside you in your time of need.

Again, I loved the characters that Stefne created. All of them were so real. I think my favorite would have to be Riley. He is incredibly sweet, sensitive, and caring and oh so cute! He has morals and values and has the perfect characteristic most any girl would die to have in their boyfriend. I don’t think Riley did anything in this book that made me mad, Attie on the other hand did have me a little irritated at times (well maybe more than a little). All the other characters were amazing too; Pops, Marme and all of Attie and Riley’s friends helped make this story shine.

I think what I like most about Stefne’s writing is her dialogue. It’s so detailed and we get a lot out of it. For me, dialogue is important and it this helps you get sucked in their world. You’re a fly on the wall; seeing it, hearing, feeling for your self. That is what makes this story so real, you’re there and a part of it. You can connect and the characters and the life situations felt and not fake. I felt their happiness and their pain. I laughed out loud, I cried, I got angry, and I cried some more- some sad tears and some happy tears.

Stefne Miller has written another fantastic, heartbreaking, beautiful story that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Stefne has an amazing gift and she is an author that should not be overlooked. She has many more amazing stories to write and I will most certainly be first in line to get my hand on her next book.

Since I loved this series so much and I think everyone should read it- coming up next month (May) I will be giving away a copy of Salvage and Rise to one lucky person and I will also be having Stefne over here for an interview! So stay tuned for the Goodies to come in May!

Unsavory Delicacies by Russell Brooks

ARC was provided by the author for honest review.

Rating- 5/5

Overview: For fans of Barry Eisler and Robert Ludlum. A three-course story collection with a side-order of revenge.

Crème Brûlée- Rogue operative, Monique Beauvais, cons a software genius into selling her a coveted technology that would allow its user to control CIA drones while they’re in flight. And she will go as far as killing him in public in order to have it.

To the Last Bite- A renowned food critic-whose scathing reviews have closed down restaurants-gets a savoury surprise.

Shashlyk and Morezhenoe- CIA operative, Ridley Fox, leads a team against one of Russia’s most powerful crime families. He discovers secrets, but not one that he was expecting to find.

Three stories with three consequences. All containing three Unsavory Delicacies.

***Caution*** Readers are strongly advised NOT to eat while reading To The Last Bite.

My Thoughts

Unsavory Delicacies are 3 short stories that are full of action and suspense. The first story titled “Crème Brûlée” and the third one “Shashlyk and Morozhenoe” are connect to a character (Ridley Fox) from Russell’s first book, Pandora’s Succession- which I though was fantastic! You don’t have to have read Pandora’s Succession to understand these two short stories, they are perfect on their own and are fast paced, suspenseful

and they were great short stories.  The second short story in the collection, “To the Last Bite” was probably my favorite of the three. It too is suspenseful it sucked me right into the plot.

Together these three short stories took me about an hour total to read. This is the first time I’ve actually read any short stories (besides a children’s book) and it was nice to sit down a read a story in a short amount of time, unlike a novel. I’d recommend these to anyone who likes fast-paced action, suspense, and getting revenge in an unusual way!

As always, I look forward to reading more works from Russell Brooks!

You can purchase Unsavory Delicacies for these sites below:

The Warm Bodies Giveaway Winners

First let me say “Thank you” to everyone who entered this contest. I had so many entries and I really enjoyed everyone’s ‘meaningful’ comments on my reviews! It is very much appreciated!!

Now for the winners- which have already been contacted and I will be sending out the books sometime this week.

  1. Aleetha from Indonesia
  2. TheJay2xA from Philippines
  3. Lucy from California
  4. Ed from Illinois
  5. Erin Cook from Ohio

Thanks again everyone for participating.  Be sure to check back soon for other giveaways, especially in June. My blog will turn 1 year old~ I can’t even believe its been that long already and I hope to be having some great contest and giveaways so stay tuned!!

In My Mailbox


WOW… I think I had an amazing week for books this week. I certainly received some unexpected books in the mail and I was thrilled about!
I purchased only 2 books this week. This is great considering I shouldn’t buy any since I have about 30 books on my shelf right now that need reading!

 

 

 

 

♥Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman- No matter how many books I have on my shelf, this book was a must buy and I can’t wait to devour this book!
♥The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott- This should like a cute little read and I couldn’t pass up buying it for only $4.00!
♥Life on Hold and Favorite by Karen McQuestion- This was sent to me from Amazon, which must mean I won them in a giveaway but I’m not sure since I don’t remember entering. Thank you whoever you are!

 

 

 

 

 

♥Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz- I was VERY surprise to receive this ARC from Disney-Hyperion…thank you!
♥Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer- WOW….I just can’t believe I received this ARC  in the mail from Penguin…thank you thank you thank you!!

♥Rise (Salvaged 2) by Stefne Miller

Finally I am SUPER EXCITED about receiving my signed copy of Rise (Salvaged 2).  Salvaged was a book that will always stick with me no matter what I read. It was a beautiful story and I shed plenty of tears over it (mostly happy tears). So I cannot wait to start Rise and see where the story takes me this time around.

 

 

 

 

 

Also I wanted to show you that a part of my review for Salvaged is quoted in the book Rise and as you can imagine- I’m speechless about being mentioned.  I cannot tell Stefne “thank you” enough for mentioning me and for the thoughtful message she wrote in my signed edition. I simply adore her to pieces!


As you can see- I think I had a awesome week!! Which books did you pick up this week??

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren

Giveaway- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Thanks to the lovely Hillary Tisman over at Atrai Books, I have 5 advance reader copies of Warm Bodies by Issaac Marion to giveaway!  I’m extreamly excited to be able to let 5 lucky winners read this book! You can check out my review HERE if you want to see what its about and my thoughts.

Since I want EVERYONE to get a chance to read Warm Bodies, all you have to do is fill out the form and your entered!

But wait…

If you would like a few extra enteries, you can do the following:

  1. Spread the word… use Twitter, Facebook, blog-  wherever… Just be sure to leave the link to where you posted it on the form for 1 extra entry. (No link, no extra entry!)
  2. Leave a comment on any book I’ve reviewed and you’re entered for 3 extra entries. Leave title of book you left a comment for on the form. (Please leave only meaningful comments… saying “Great Review” isn’t going to work.)

That’s all you have to do! I will pick 3 winners from the United States and 2 international winners using Random.org on April 17th.  You will be notified by email and have 2 days to respond before another winner is chosen.

GOOD LUCK!!

Fill form out HERE

 

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

ISBN-13: 9781439192313
ISBN-10: 1439192316
Publisher: Atria Books
Date: April 2011
Page Count: 256

Advance copy received from publisher for honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Overview:  A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:  When I got an email request asking if I’d like to review Warm Bodies, I have to admit I was very skeptical. The synopsis sounded interesting and even though there was the mention of ‘eating brains’, I was still intrigued. Since I’ve never read a ‘zombie’ book before and not being sure if I’d like it or not, I decided that I’d give it a try. I didn’t want to say, “No, zombies aren’t for me.” before I even gave the story a chance.

So I started the first page, and then the second, and the third, and before I knew it I was 50 pages in. I couldn’t put this book down and when I wasn’t reading I was constantly thinking about it. Isaac Marion blew me away with this story. He was able to describe this crazy world so vividly. To the point that I could almost feel myself standing in the abandoned airport, roaming around with the zombies and riding the escalator back and forth just to pass the time away. Details, it’s all in the details and Marion knows just how to get you ‘in’ the story.

I also loved reading this from “R’s” point of view. He’s the main character and a zombie. He’s different than the other zombies. There’s a little spark of reasoning that’s inside of him, telling him he doesn’t want to live this way. But also throw in the fact that the last brain R eats keeps giving him flashes of past memories of their life, which are cherished by R. As he tries to learn from them, he connects with the victim’s girlfriend and together they work at changing the course of everyone’s existence.

I never knew one could grow an attachment for a zombie, but I sure did. I was rooting for R the whole way, even when he “accidently” rips someone’s throat out. Weird, yes… Did I care? Not so much, and I think that has to do with Marion, and his wonderful way of writing. He makes all these feelings and emotion seep out of the page and makes you feel the same emotions.

I was fascinated by this story, and the ending was about as perfect as its chaotic world would allow. Warm Bodies will be a book that stays in my thoughts for a long time.

I absolutely 100 percent recommend this book to everyone. Even if zombies aren’t for you, give it a shot. It’s definitely worth the effort!!

Warm Bodies comes out April 26th and you buy a copy at the following stores:

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