Waiting on Wednesday with Ensnared

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After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

I loved the first two books and I am super excited for some more Jeb in my life! Plus for some reason, a decaying Wonderland sounds amazing to me!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22447220-ensnared?from_search=true


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Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015

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After finishing up my first year of blogging, I have some new goals for my blog – and life – for 2015. I am definitely not good at resolutions, but goals I am much better with! Lol, I think goals just have that prize – that light at the end of the tunnel that resolutions are lacking. So, without further ado, there are my goals for 2015.

  1. Read at least 150 books again for my Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
  2. Sustain content for my blog. I have been doing a new post daily, and I would like to continue at that rate, but I want at least 5 blog posts a week
  3. Stay on top of blogging and schedule posts at least a week ahead of time
  4. Train and run a 10K in May. The most I have run is 4 miles, but I want to do a 6K and I am getting sponsored to support an amazing cause – Team Landon and Blake (who suffer from a genetic disease called MPS)
  5. Meet new bloggers and gain followers – making new relationships within the blogging community
  6. Attend a book conference or author signing (I have never done this before and I want to SO badly! If you hear of any in the Minnesota / North Dakota area please let me know)
  7. Work on my writing and try NaNoWriMo 2015. I succeeded in 2013, got half way in 2014 but I have a passion for writing and I would love to grow that skill
  8. Get more involved with my local library and see if there is a way that I can do some work with the Young Adult section and getting more teens into reading
  9. Learn more skills for coding and blog design
  10. Make sure to balance life and find a good balance between my blog, reading, my faith and my husband. Sometimes I get absorbed in things and forget about the world around me.
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Review of The Naturals

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.


 I was looking for a good audiobook and came across The Naturals when I was pursuing the library. I have seen The Naturals around but never really looked into it. I am so glad that I did because I really enjoyed it! The audiobook was 7 hours, 30 minutes long and was read by Amber Faith.

I love Criminal Minds and this book is right up my alley. I love how they get into the minds of the criminals and really break down the situation.
Cassie was a great MC. She was interesting, intense, volunteer and normal in her own weird way. I love when characters are multidimensional. 
The boys, dreamy, dark and talented. There was kinda a love triangle, but not really. I think it might get worse in the next book, but as long as it stays the route it has, like barely skimming the surface, I will be ok with it.
The book was really fast-paced, and since I listen to my audiobooks in double time, it really seemed to go well. Although, I am sure that any audiobook will seem quick after listening to The Outlander a bit ago.


There could have been some more development and depth to the actual mystery within the story. I still enjoyed it, but maybe since I watch so much TV, I was expecting a little bit more. Other than that, I am really excited to continue with the series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13597723-the-naturals
 



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Canva - Design with Ease


Today I want to share on of my favorite websites to help my blog look fabulous! I love Photoshop but sometimes it is tedious and takes more time than I want to spend for a few logos. I found Canva a couple months ago and seriously love it.




There are tons of free graphics and clipart, along with images that you can purchase for $1 each.