Review of Not A Drop to Drink

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
I have heard really good things about Not A Drop to Drink and with the movie rights sold, I really wanted to read it before the movie came out. I am just a dystopian fiend and this book was right up my alley. I cannot wait to see how they portray the movie.

  • I loved Lynn, she really struggled with good vs. evil, what she knew before to what she learned, and how to survive in the world.
  • The premise of running out of clean water seems crazy, I do wish that it was flushed out a bit more, but I thought it was really need. It was interesting to see how you would have to be so protective of a body of water when it becomes your life source.
  • I really enjoyed the side characters, Stebbs and Lucy. It was fun to see how they became part of Lynn’s family and really started to show her who she should be and how she should live in their current situation.
  • The writing was enjoyable and flowed well. I read the majority of the book on a road trip and it was perfect for the ride.
  • The second book, “In a Handful of Dust”, the story starts up 10 years after the first book. That is going to be a really unique twist and helps the series stand out from other YA series.

  • Nothing to report, I really enjoyed the book.

Waiting on Wednesday with In A Handful of Dust

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.
  I seriously enjoyed Not A Drop to Drink - stop by tomorrow for a review! Can't wait to get my hands on In A Handful of Dust!

Top Ten Tuesday with Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

Heather Graham
Nicholas Sparks
J.K. Rowling
George RR Martin
Rainbow Rowell
Veronica Roth
Dan Wells
Frank Peretti
Lauren Oliver
Marissa Meyer

What authors do you own the most books from?

Review of We Were Liars

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

We Were Liars was not at all what I expected. I assumed it would be Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge. But it was not at all that. I was worried at the beginning that I would not finish the book, but then all the sudden, I was already half way done with the book and invested in the story. As the summary goes: “Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”

  • The book was so unique, I cannot even compare it to anything else I have read before. It was almost like a diary and conversational prose put together.
  • The setting was neat. The four “liars” got together every summer on an island owned by their grandfather. Each of their mothers lived houses on the island. It was like a quaint little Hamptons feel to the story.
  • The main character is narrating the story. She has grown up in this uppity family that values the way the act, look, and appear to outsiders. She knows that she has been in some sort of accident that caused her to lose her memory and have massive migraines, but cannot seem to piece together what happened. Her mother finally takes her back to the island and she starts to piece together what happened.
  • I loved the way the story was written, it did make the book flow quickly, but it took a bit to get used to. I love the imagery in the story and the true, raw feelings. Along with the suspense, it was a hard book to put down.
  • The theme of the story and the truths that the “liars” saw that the adults couldn’t really made the story resonates. I was impressed with how the story took place and how it went down at the end.

  • Not really a gripe, but this is one I really want to read again now that I have finished it. I definitely did not see the end coming.

Week Recap

This was a long week. When I woke up on Tuesday I was sure that it had to be Saturday, but alas, I had to drag myself through the week and finally got to head out to the lake. The weather was amazing, it was a perfect, relaxing way to end the week.

This Week I Read:

Upcoming Reviews:

This Week On A Flurry of Ponderings:
Tuesday - Top Ten Tuesday with Character I Want to Be Stranded With
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday with Sweet Unrest
Friday - Book Blitz with Let's Get Lost & Giveaway
Saturday - Review of #Scandal

Update on My First Week with Young Living:

I have had my Young Living Premium Starter Kit for one week and I cannot believe how much I already have used and love the oils. 

Saturday I opened the kit and immediately started diffusing lemon, peppermint and lavender to help with the bought of  congestion I was feeling, it was so refreshing, not overwhelming and totally helped with my congestion.
Saturday I decided to make some awesome essential oil recipes I found on Pinterest. I made a pain cream and sleepy cream with coconut oil.

Sunday I woke up with a horrible tension headache that dwarfed into a migraine. I luckily made the pain cream the night before, so I slathered that one my neck and shoulders, put some peppermint on my forehead and wrapped my neck in a ice pack. After laying on the couch for around half an hour I was already feeling amazingly better. I was so impressed that I did not have to go to my normal standard of Excedrine Migraine, a Diet Coke  and going straight to bed. 

Also on Sunday, sounds like a really rough day, but I also burned my finger when I was cooking dinner. After an hour of throbbing, it finally dawned on me to see what essential oil I should use to calm the burn. A quick search of Pinterest lead me to Lavender. I put a dab on my finger and the pain was immediately gone. I was completely in awe of how quickly and well the lavender worked!

Monday night I played a lot of volleyball, 9 games and I have struggled with Achilles tendinitis for quite a while. I lathered up my calves and Achilles and went to bed without aching legs. 

Tuesday I diffused Peace & Calming while my husband and I were catching up on True Blood. I always have trouble sleeping.

Wednesday I had another tension, neck headache and could not get into my chiropractor until 5pm. I put Valor on my neck and shoulders and it did amazing job easing the tension. I can totally see why Valor is called chiropractor in a bottle! 

Friday night I was at the lake, I always sleep worse in a different bed, so I rubbed Peace & Calming onto the soles of my feet. It only takes 21 minutes for the essential oil to make it through your entire system through the soles of your feet. I slept pretty well until I woke up with another tension headache. I put some more valor on my neck and shoulders, peppermint oil on my forehead and some Peace & Calming on my wrists and fell softly back to sleep. 

Saturday I brought the bug spray I made on Thursday night. It was a super easy mix of peppermint, Purification, water and Epsom salt. I used it all day at the cabin and did not get a single bug bite. Minnesota has been taken over by mosquitoes and horse flies, but they left me alone. The best part was the spray was refreshing, the mint actually made it a bit cooling and it did not stink or fell sticky like normal bug spray. I am blown away.

It has been a complete week since I have used any sleep aids and that is pretty impressive. I was using them almost every day to actually fall asleep and the essential oils have been amazing to help me naturally fall asleep. 

In one week essential oils have changed my life. I am so excited to continue to use the products, change to a more natural lifestyle and find out what other things the oils can do for me!

Review of #Scandal

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

#Scandal is one of those guilty pleasures reads for me. I knew that it was probably going to be a little meh, but I thought it would be the perfect summer book. I was actually really surprised at the depth of the book and theme below the surface.

  • I have said this before, but I am so glad that Facebook was not around when I was in high school. Everything that Lucy went through was ridiculous. I could totally understand her plight to find out who actually stole her phone and to clear her name.
  • I have really liked a friend’s boyfriend before and that is hard. Especially when Lucy started liking him before Ellie was dating him. I totally understand how everything went down and loyalty over love. It was well-written.
  • The underlying theme of the evil side of social media was really well done. I enjoyed the (e)VIL group, and even though they were extreme it made sense to see what technology can do to the masses. I, being more addicted than I should be, totally understand that I need to step away from the internet every once and a while!
  • I haven’t read anything else by Sarah Ockler, but I really enjoyed this one and am definitely going to see what else she has out there. Her prose was easy to read and enjoyable. I read the book in just a few hours.
  • I love Lucy’s obsession with zombie kills, and all the pop culture references to The Walking Dead and Veronica Mars was fun! I love books where the characters are relate-able to me!
  • I really enjoyed the side characters. They embodied so many different type of high schoolers that you could really find someone to relate to.

  • Nothing to report!