Week Recap - The End of Summer Fun

I cannot believe how quickly this week went. How quickly summer went - I am just blown away that school has started and that tomorrow is Labor Day. Thursday I got to go to a baseball game with my co-workers, which was an awesome way to relax after a stressful few weeks.

This Week On A Flurry of Ponderings:
Monday - Review of Enlightened
Tuesday- Top Ten Tuesday with Books I Want to Read But Don't Own Yet
Wednesday - Waiting for Wednesday with The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Thursday -Featured Blogger with Casual Readers
Friday - Review of Witch & Wizard
Saturday - Review of Shadow Kiss

This Week I Read:

Upcoming Reviews:

Happy Sunday! Have an amazing weekend and a Happy Labor Day!


Review of Shadow Kiss

It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.

Since I have been struggling through the second book in the Game of Thrones series, A Clash of Kings, I decided to start another “easy” read to break up the girth of A Clash of Kings. I decided to continue on with the Vampire Academy series reading the third book, Shadow Kiss.

  • The same favorite characters are in the book, Dimitri, Christian, Lissa, Mason (hint hint) are all there. It is nice to get to know these characters and really have their identities build as the series goes on.
  • Victor comes back into the picture, along with some more information on the history of being shadow kissed, so that was interesting to see what affect the shadow kiss could have, not only on Lissa, but also on Rose.
  • Oh dream Dimitri. I seriously think he has to have the number one spot on my book boyfriend list right now. He is just so damn dreamy. I think I need to go home and watch the movie tonight just to see more Dimitri!
  • The end of the book, like the last 150 pages rocked. I switched over to listening to the audiobook and I did not want to stop listening. I even wore my headphones to listen while I was working.

  • Saying that the last 150 pages were amazing leads to the reason I did not give this book a five star review. I was kinda bored during the beginning of the book. I felt like there was so much build up to the last part of the climax and action that I just kept dragging through reading knowing that it had to get better. That saying, it definitely redeemed itself and now I am really excited to continue with the next part of the series.



Review of Witch and Wizard

The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they'd never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents--and maybe the world?

After listening to "Confessions of a Murder Suspect" and really enjoying the book, I thought I would continue on with some James Patterson goodness and listen to Witch & Wizard. Sadly, it was just not developed enough for me to love it. 

  • The story had all the parts to be great. I could see this being right up there with Harry Potter, if was developed more.
  • I like the main characters, brother and sister Whit and Whisty. i love the difference in their personalities and the snarky personality of Whisty.
  • There were some awesome side characters. I really liked some of the kids at the store and Whit's girlfriend. 
  • The villain is interesting, i kinda saw him a lot like Snape, you can't really tell if he was good or bad. 

  • As amazing as the story could have been, the world building and plot just feel a little short. Sometimes the world building description would be really good, but then the next part it would be rushed and lacking.
  • I just wanted more. There was so many times that felt lagging and then others that were rushed. I really felt like the plot and climax of the book just didn't flow so well. 
  • I am not really interested in continuing on with this series, so Whit and Whisty - I wish you luck.


Featured Blogger - Casual Readers

This week's Featured Blogger is Amber from Casual Readers! Amber's blog is so fun, I was honored to have her sign up as a Featured Blogger!

  1. Describe yourself in 5 words.
    Analytical. Moody. Bookish. Expressive. Resilient. See what I did there?
  2. Describe your blog in one sentence.
    Book club for casual readers.
  3. Why did you start a blog?
    Casual Readers spawned from the Goodreads group of the same name, mostly because I abhor forums and wanted to share additional content.
  4. Who is your current book crush?
    I recently read Shadows of Asphodel, and Wendel is one hot necromancer! Wait, that sounds weird. Doesn't it?
  5. What’s your TV guilty pleasure when you are not reading?
    I shamelessly watch any and all reality shows with gypsies and/or little people.
  6. Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
    Lauren Graham, Mary-Louise Parker or Sandra Bullock.
  7. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?
    I would trade places with my past self to spend just one more day with my parents.
  8. What is your favorite web site?
    Goodreads, of course.
  9. What’s the last song you listened to on your iPod?
    I hit shuffle just for you! Result? Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.
  10. What is the last book you bought?
    Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

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