Top Ten Tuesday with Ten Favorites So Far in 2015

2015 has brought many amazing reads to me. I have read a couple books I would call some of my all-time favorites. Some of them have been published in 2015 and others just came into my life in 2015. None the less, here are 10 of my favorite reads in 2015! Click on the book cover to read my review!

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Week Recap - Fun in the Sun

The week went so fast, busy at work and almost every night! This weekend we left a little early and traveled with our boat up to the in-laws. Friday night was spend on the lake, it was so calm and beautiful. The boys didn't catch a single thing, but it was perfect for reading!
Saturday we spend most of the afternoon on the lake with cousins. They were so much fun, we had a few too many tasty beverages but lots of adventure, including jumping off the boat in full clothing! We finished the night seeing the Garrison Dam from the lake side.

This Week on A Flurry of Ponderings:
Monday - Discussion Time - Keeping Track of Series
Tuesday - Top Ten Tuesday with My Favorite Top Ten Topics
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday with Placebo Junkies
Thursday - Review of Rouge
Friday - Review of Boring Girls

This Week I Read:

Current Giveaway:

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Time to Talk Posh & Giveaway

As you may have seen, I started selling Perfectly Posh a couple weeks ago. I have to say, I am so impressed with the company and the amount of resources they give their Independent Consultants. I loved the advertising, the fact that the products were all under $25 and the Buy 5, Get the 6th Free Deal. They are naturally based, vegan, free of harsh chemicals and smell amazing! Plus, commission is paid weekly!

So, here is some information about Perfectly Posh and my time with them. I love it so much, I have to share, so this obviously is not my normal bookish topic, but fun none the less!

The Starter Kit is only $99. There are two kits to choose from Lots of Posh or  Double the Posh. Lots of Posh has a variety of popular products, Double the Posh has one for you and one for your business. PLUS so many business tools, tons of the Posh Paper catalogs, labels, a t-shirt and more! PLUS, you get the month's recruiting item (June is Snarky Body Spray) and The Ritual, a consultant-only mask!

So, on top of all the materials in your kit, there are Facebook groups and the Box for more assistance!

On the Box there is the Perfectly Posh Prep Academy. There are videos for 90 days, one for the first 30 days and then one every 5 days until 90. They are quick and informative, like 15 minutes or less!

And Facebook has so many images and ideas from other consultants, it is so fun to use the images and to interact with the group. It really feels like a team, not like you are alone with this business and trying to figure out how to make some extra money on your own. There is a HUGE support staff around you.

To show my love of Perfectly Posh, I am giving away Posh to Meet You! It is the perfect way to check out some of the Posh products. The giveaway is US only.

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Review of Boring Girls

Rachel feels like she doesn’t fit in — until she finds heavy metal and meets Fern, a kindred spirit. The two form their own band, but the metal scene turns out to be no different than the misogynist world they want to change. Violent encounters escalate, and the friends decide there’s only one way forward . . .

A bloodstained journey into the dark heart of the music industry, Boring Girls traces Rachel’s deadly coming-of-age, Fern at her side — as the madness deepens, their band’s success heightens, and their taste for revenge grows ravenous.

I read the synopsis of Boring Girls on a fellow bloggers post and the fact that she rated it so highly, I commented that I needed to read it. I felt so blessed when the publisher contacted me and asked if I wanted a copy of the book to read.
  • I would definitely say that this is the most unique book I have read lately, there is nothing else I could even compare it to.
  • The book was so dark and touched on some tough topics, but not in a way that tried to idolize or diminish them. It was just there, such as they are in life.
  • I enjoyed the writing a lot. I actually read this book in one day, starting it at lunch and then finishing the rest after work. It had great pacing and kept me moving through the story, invested in the main character.
  • Rachel's character arc has to be one of the most complex progressions I have read. She went from being shy, an artsy loner to a music star, front runner and leader of her own band. Plus, she really started to figure out who she was an what she wanted out of life. Well, kinda.
  • The synopsis was so different than what I actually felt while I was reading. The book started with this whole description about being a serial killer and I was way thrown off. I should have maybe figured it out from the "bloodstained journey" comment, but I was more thinking it was just a realistic, dark journey in the metal music world. I think being so thrown off, and then "let in" on the ending at the beginning really made me devour this read.
  • I love how the author really used her background to enhance her book. Sara sings and writes songs for The Birthday Massacre. Honestly, I have not heard anything, so I am definitely going to check out her music too!
  • I want more - I would love to know what happens next, how life completely changes for Rachel. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you have read the book, I am sure that you know what I am thinking!

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Review of Rogue

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

I didn't really know much about Talon when I downloaded the audiobook from the library. I feel lucky that I didn't really pay attention to any reviews before listening to it. My dad and I listened to the audiobook while driving back from Montana. It was the perfect time for the drive through Montana to the North Dakota border. After reading some reviews, I realized that I was in the minority. There seemed to be, sadly, a lot more negative reviews. I think it is definitely one of those series where you really have to let your imagination take control and enjoy the fantasy. I was so blessed to get an advanced copy of Rouge. I really enjoyed it as well, feeling like the story gotten more intense and meaty. 
  • Ember and Dante's story gets so much thicker now that Ember has decided to go rouge. I cannot imagine being in Dante's shoes and having to catch his own sister to punish her for leaving Talon. I would have to really consider why my own sister left and maybe rethink things rather than just work for "the man" and do what he says. 
  • There is a love triangle, but it doesn't bother me as much as normal. The fantasy aspect really changes a love triangle, especially when it is between a human and a dragon. 
  • The plot was high action with lots of twists and turns, I brought it with for a short road trip to the lake and I loved how it kept me going and felt like the time in the car was short. I liked that I was surprised a few times. As a big reader, it is so easy to feel like there is a lack of creativity and that a lot of stories are predictable, but I did not get that feeling with Rouge. 
  • I really liked Ember. I like that she doesn't really know what she wants or who she is. She knows that she does not want to be a murderer, but other than that, she still has more to figure out. I think the struggle to figure out who we are is a lifetime process and I really like how realistic Ember's character was written. There was even a point at the hotel where she was practically crawling out of her skin and needed to get out - I have totally felt that. Ember was very relate-able, other than the fact that she is a dragon. 
  • Oh Garret - I would definitely to say that I was shipping Garret and Ember. I always love romance that crosses boundaries that seem uncrossable. Love that doesn't judge. 

  • I didn't ever read Fifty Shades of Grey, but I did read a bit of it and could not get over all the times the main characters "inner goddess" was mentioned. It drove me insane. Well, a few times in Rouge I went down the same path. I did cringe a couple times with the mention of Ember's "inner dragon." I am not sure if it just reminded me too much of Fifty Shades or if it was just not done in the best way.

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Waiting on Wednesday with Placebo Junkies

Going Bovine meets Trainspotting in this gritty portrait of at-risk teens gaming the prescription drug trial system.

Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.
Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND!

But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.
No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide….

Raw and irreverent, Placebo Junkies will captivate readers until the very end, when author J. C. Carleson leans in for a final twist of the knife.

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