Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happy New Year!

Well hello there 2017, so nice to meet you...

Sorry i'm late to the game. I've been a horrible blogger lately but you guys have been so patient with me and I appreciate it. I was swamped at the end of the year with school work and then threw myself into slumber and relaxation during my break in December. Radio silence on my part, which I completely enjoyed but now i'm ready to be back. I spent a lot of time reading during my break and I can't wait to post my reviews of the great books I read. Seriously, it just felt so good to read in peace and not have anything else to distract me...the perfect vacation! Now it's back to business though. Let's get the year started on a good note with some great quotes!

“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”  ― Thomas Jefferson

“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”  ― Zig Ziglar, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.”  ― Jordan Belfort

“When someone tells me "no," it doesn't mean I can't do it, it simply means I can't do it with them.”  ― Karen E. Quinones Miller

“You'll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.”  ― Lou Holtz

“You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.”  ― Lou Holtz

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”  ― Tricia Cunningham

“If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it.”  ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Great things happen to those who don't stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”  ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Quotes (#32)

Morning Swooners!

It's Thanksgiving day and there are so many things I am thankful for this year. First, I have to say that I am so thankful to have made it this far in my nursing program. It's been an incredible journey so far and there are still times when I can't believe that i'm doing this and i've survived this long. I'm also incredibly thankful that I am currently passing all my classes this semester. It's been a rough semester and many of my classmates are not doing so well so I just want to say how thankful I am that i'm doing well enough not to worry as much. Another thing i'm so grateful for is the health of my grandparents. They have both gone through a lot of scary health issues this year and things were grim for quite some time. I'm just so happy that they were both strong enough to pull through and stick around for a little while longer. I can't imagine my life without them and I don't think I would have made it through this year if they weren't around. Of course there are so many more things that i'm grateful for, but those are the first few things that come to my mind while writing this. Let's get into some quotes for the week.

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”― Mother Teresa

“Maybe the truth is, there's a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn't having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things.”― Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”― C. JoyBell C.

“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.”― Drew Barrymore

“Happiness is not a's a by-product of a life well lived.”― Eleanor Roosevelt

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”― Louisa May Alcott

Monday, October 3, 2016

REVIEW: The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Received from Publisher 
Buy it at: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

*This eARC was received from the publisher, but it did not influence this review in any way *

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Lie, torture, kill—there's nothing Chris and Derek wouldn't do for their younger brothers…

When Chris wakes up tied to a chair in a dark basement, he knows that he's trapped—and why. He shot and killed Derek's little brother. He had his reasons, but no matter how far Derek goes to uncover the truth about that night, Chris's story won't change. It can't. There is far too much at stake…

Derek is desperate to prove his brother didn't deserve to die. And if kidnapping his brother's killer is the only way to the truth, than he'll go to extremes. But Chris's truth is far more dangerous than Derek could have imagined, and knowing could cost both their lives…

When I started reading this book I was a little skeptical about how the author was going to handle this story, but I instantly fell into the rhythm and soon found that I couldn't put it down. This story is told through a combination of flashbacks and the present which I normally find a bit difficult to read, but this author made it flow naturally and beautifully. The story itself was told in reverse which I loved because it's such a different style to write and it kept me guessing until the very end!

The story is told from Chris's point of view while alternating between the present and flashbacks as Chris tells Derek his side of what happened. The entire time I was reading, I loved how unpredictable it all was! I never knew what was going to happen and the ending was such a perfect twist. It truly had me questioning everything I had learned while reading. That ending was perfect! There are no words for it!!

I think what makes "The Truth" so special is that it touches on realistic subjects and gives such a realistic feeling while reading it. The author turned this story into more than just a young adult book. He highlighted facets of human nature. He shows you that everyone is damaged in some shape or form and that corruption can drive people to do horrible things. He shows you that not everyone gets to have a happily ever after, no matter how much they deserve one and everyone has bad things happen to them, even good people. He also made me feel sad for the antagonist of the story. His love for his brother was truly heartfelt.

This book is a fast-paced story that will leave you wanting more as you turn the last page and wonder how you could have read it so fast without realizing.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Quotes (#31)

Morning Swooners!

So I know i've only been posting quotes lately and i'm really sorry for that, i've just been really busy with school work and haven't had the chance to work on any book reviews. I promise i'll get my act together soon though :) So let's get the day started with some quotes from one of my new favorite series (read: my new obsession)!

“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster - but light, light to drive out darkness.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“You didn't need a weapon at all when you were born one.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“As for Celaena," he said again, "you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“Gods, he was brilliant. Cunning and wicked and brilliant.
Even when he beat the hell out of her. Every. Damn. Day.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“He'd known, since the moment he figured out who she was, that while Celaena would always pick him, Aelin would not.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“She had lied to him. She had wanted to save lives, yes. But she had gone out there with no intention of saving her own.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“But she didn't want to know - didn't want to think about the Sun Goddess and her agenda as she flung herself on Rowan, breathing in his scent, memorizing the feel of him. The first member of her court - the court that would change the world. The court that would rebuild it. Together.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“They had survived, when so many had not. And no one ­else could understand what it was like to bear it, unless they had lost as much.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“These days, I am very glad to be a mortal, and to only have to endure this life once. These days, I don't envy you at all."

"And before?"

It was her turn to stare toward the horizon. "I used to wish I had a chance to see it all- and hated that I never would.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“He looked at his friend, perhaps for the last time, and said what he had always known, from the moment they’d met, when he’d understood that the prince was his brother in soul. “I love you.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

Monday, September 12, 2016

Quotes (#30)

Morning Swooners!

So I recently finished reading the Legend series by Marie Lu and I absolutely LOVED it! So to honor that new love that I can't seem to get over, here are some quotes from the three books. Hope you enjoy them!

“'You're brilliant,' he says. 'But you're a fool to stay with someone like me.' I close my eyes at the touch of his hand. 'Then we are both fools.'”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Brave thoughts, but am I ready to follow through on them?”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Dust everywhere... and out of that emerged this beautiful boy with the bluest eyes I'd ever seen, holding his hand out to help me to my feet.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“It's strange being here with you. I hardly know you. But...sometimes it feels like we're the same person born into two different worlds.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Someday I’ll see him again, and we’ll tell our stories to each other…but for now, I lock him safely away, in a place where I can draw on his strength.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Her sadness makes her impossibly beautiful, like snow blanketing a barren landscape.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“I can see her intelligence in every question she asks me and every observation she makes. But at the same time, there's an innocence that makes her completely different from most of the people I've met. She's not cynical or jaded. The streets haven't broken her. They've made her stronger instead.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“She's pretty in a way that distracts me just like she did in the Skiz ring. No, pretty's not the right word. Beautiful.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart. He is beauty, inside and out. He is the silver lining in a world of darkness. He is my light.”  ― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“I want to run. To do what I always do, have always done, for the last five years of my life. Escape, flee into the shadows. But this time, I stand my ground. I'm tired of running.”  ― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“I turn even more flustered when I remember that I have actually pistol-whipped him in the face before. Romantic.”  ― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.”  ― Marie Lu, Champion

“I’ve been searching a long time for something I think I lost. I felt like I found something when I saw you back there.”  ― Marie Lu, Champion

“He loves you, really he does. He'd love you even if it destroyed him. He matches you.”  ― Marie Lu, Champion

“Where I come from, we're more about efficiency,' he replies. 'A knife like this'll skewer food, smear butter, and slit throats all at the same time.” ― Marie Lu, Champion

“I'm so tired. I don't know if I can ever outrun how I used to be.”  ― Marie Lu, Champion