Don't Starve Together

I wanted to share Don't Starve Together today - it is such a fun computer game and I love the graphics.

Don't Starve Together is the new multi-player addition. The game is all about survival. You gather supplies and try to survive the night and darkness. Now you get to play with friends! Honestly, I just started the game and have only been able to survive a few nights, but it is fun. It is challenging, but there are lots of videos out there to help with game play. I am really excited to actually play with someone else and learn more. The game has been compared to Minecraft, but more on just the survival side, rather than the creative side. I haven't played Minecraft so I can't really compare.

The game is actually pretty cheap - you can get both Don't Starve and Don't Stare Together, plus two expansion backs for only $14 on Steam.  If you decide to play, let me know! I would love to play together! My Steam screen name is Missie1457.

Review of The Lies We Tell

It's 1974 in suburban Maryland, and Martie Wheeler is consumed by anxiety. Her father has just dropped dead from a heart attack, two girls have disappeared from the local mall, and President Nixon has turned out to be the liar of the century.

When her mother moves the family to Milwaukee, Martie becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to the missing girls while her depressed older sister, Blaire, befriends a strange artist known as "the witch."

While trying to survive her new life on the shores of moody Lake Michigan, Martie learns of a dark family secret that threatens to upend her world altogether.

 I haven't read a Netgalley book in a while, so I was excited to get my hands on The Lies We Tell. It sounds interesting - a little mystery in a unique time in history.

  • I loved the time period. I don't think I have read a book that was based in the 70s in a long time. It was fun to have the Nixon administration and Watergate woven into the story. 
  • I have gone through some of the things that Martie experienced, definitely not in the same way, but I think that it helped me relate to her story. 
  • The characters in the book were interesting - they were realistic and there were times that you wanted to hate them and then the next minute you loved them.
  • I didn't love the writing. I felt like it was a little juvenile.  As interesting as the characters were, they weren't fully developed. It felt like a debut, I am not sure if it was or not, but there was potential for more good works. 
  • I almost wish that Blaire was the main character, rather than Martie. I just did not connect to Martie as much.
  • The mother drove me insane. I hated how she acted and the way she kept secrets.

2016 - The Year of Re-Reads

Blogging makes you read a lot and new books. You need content - so re-reading loves fall to the wayside. I decided since I needed to change my outlook on the blog, that I needed to read what makes me happy. I loved some of the reads I read in the last couple of years so much that I wanted to revisit them.

One of my biggest wishes with reading is to be able re-read with the same feeling of magic I had with the first read. Even though that is not possible, it is so fun to re-live the characters and places. The first set of books I re-read were the Grisha series.

Secondly, I hit up The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I seriously, seriously have girl crushes on Karou and Zuzana! They are so amazing and I want to be their friend in real life. I want to go to Poison Kitchen, have goulash and an apple dessert. I want to meet Brimstone and work with the Chimera. I want to be part of this book, so badly! Send me to Morocco NOW - after a small stop in Prauge!

Do you re-read? What books do you want to re-read the most?

Review of All In (The Naturals Series #3)

 Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days.

After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team's unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.

Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there's been a break in her mother's case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.

Since I waited so long between the first and second book in The Naturals series, I decided I would binge 2 and 3 in a much more respectable amount of time. LOL. I was glad I started the third one, the second was fairly slow for me, but the 3 book went right into the action.

  • Things are tied together. I really don’t want to give anything away, but things come around and situations are clarified. I liked how we were give me inside knowledge.
  • The Fibonacci Sequence the main aspect of the murders was really interesting. I also love the setting of Las Vegas.
  • Even though Cassie and Dean are not very snuggly, I do love the briefest of looks into their little romance.
  • I love that these teens are teens. They rebel, the make stupid decisions but for the most part, they get what they need to done. I just feel like they are true to real life, well as real life as teens working with the FBI would be.
  • I love all the kids quirks. I laughed out loud a few times at Lia. I love Sloane mind. They are just so fun and written so distinctly.

  • The ending got complicated. It set up for the fourth book but who knows when we get our hands on that. It would have been nice to get pieces of the puzzle on the whole background a little earlier so that it wasn’t all dumped on you at the end. There are parts in this book, like the others where the villain’s POV is show, I would have liked some of the information put into those chapters.

Review of Leave Your Mark

Aliza Licht is a social media superstar. A global fashion communications executive, she is the voice behind the wildly popular @DKNY PR GIRL twitter feed that now boasts over half a million followers. Known for her chatty and intimate tone, she has also become beloved for her top-notch career advice and her enthusiasm for mentoring. Thousands of online conversations have led to many a coffee, mentoring strangers. But who can have coffee with everyone who asks? LEAVE YOUR MARK is her way of grabbing that coffee.

Now, in her first book, Aliza is here to tell her story, complete with The Devil Wears Prada-esque moments and insider secrets. Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience as a top fashion publicist, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in LEAVE YOUR MARK. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers (“ ‘To Whom It May Concern’ never concerns anyone”) and for people who are well on their way (“Don’t just learn your job, learn everyone else’s”). With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, something she knows a thing or two about, Aliza is your sassy, knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self. 

A few month ago I was looking to transition my career in mortgage from the operations side of mortgage, to actual origination. I decided to prepare for my interview and for some general good life advice, I would pick up some books. I started with Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht. I am happy to say that I landed the new job at the beginning of February and am now working as a loan assistant to two of our loan officers. I am really liking the position and almost regret not making the move years ago!

  • Even though I have nothing to do with the fashion industry, Aliza’s advice worked for all careers.
  • I loved the personal stories and experiences that were mixed in with advice and lists of do’s and don’ts. It made the read a lot more enjoyable and entertaining.
  • Aliza had a great amount to say and could back it up with her personal experience. Sometimes you don’t know if the person really can “walk the walk” but Aliza really made a name for herself.
  • Not a whole lot of gripes. Honestly, it was mostly stuff I know from working for the last 10 years in my chosen profession. BUT, that being said, the book would be great for newbies just coming on the field. This would be an awesome college graduation gift!