Broken Beautiful HeartsBroken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great book. Very New Adult though as it was a tad graphic in some areas.
There are multiple scenes of alcohol consumption and tons of fighting.
The relationship that Peyton and Owen develop is awesome. I am not usually a fan of the “at first I hate you but now I love you” progression but it really worked for these two. Peyton’s previous relationship lends a helpful hand for the reader to understand her timidness to develop feelings for someone new.
Some of the supporting characters were a little annoying. Like her cousin’s ex-girlfriend. I mean, I understand it was necessary to have that annoying character but MAN! I did not like her.
I also found some of the scenes predictable. That may be the biggest issue I had with this book.
Overall, I loved the story and the progression between Peyton and Owen.
I would love to see more books following maybe Peyton’s bff Tess or even one of her cousins.

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The First to KnowThe First to Know by Abigail Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good story about a hard time for a budding athlete competing with the shadow of her older sister, a dad that’s her coach, and a DNA test to bust an entire family apart.

Dana was completely relate able and genuine.
She orders a DNA test for her dad that was in the foster system and didn’t know his biological family.
She hopes to find some cousins but instead she discovers another closer relative.
In the process she falls for an amazing guy who happens to know the new relative closely.
Ultimately, many people are affected and many emotions are exposed.

Great book and loved the writing. Looking forward to more from this author.

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Book Reviews

Gilded Cage
Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James
Del Rey (February 14, 2017) | 368 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 4

Overall: 29/30 A

Title/Cover Bonus: 3

Overall

Very original, multiple points of view with unforgettable characters.

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Book Reviews, Read in 2016

Impossible Love
Impossible Love by Kimberly Readnour
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An enjoyable New Adult book.
As with any book with racy sex scenes some words come off as alarming. However, if felt that most X-rated words always came off as alarming, which made my reading experience somewhat unpleasant. I honestly think the book would have been much better if some of the more Adult words were not used. I say this because the main character, Kayla, came off as more of a teenager than an adult. Sure, she was 21 but she was a VERY inexperienced adult in many fashions. She portrayed herself as a very naive young lady with some immature reactions.
There were a few pop culture references of a recent Adult series-turned-movies that I also felt were unnecessary.

Favorite scene:
The Skype call.

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Book Reviews, Read in 2016

The Form of Things Unknown
The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good new girl to new town book.
Centers around Natalie who has just had a heck of a break up, and is making new friends in her new home town after moving to help support her grandmother.

Main characters are well developed but I feel the supporting characters lacked in connection to the story. Such as Starla and Colton.

Overall, a decent read and a surprising ending.

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Book Reviews, Read in 2016

In Real Life
In Real Life by Jessica Love
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Most excellent!

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Book Reviews, Read in 2016

And I Darken
And I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book.
The major thing that I loved was that the story begins at the very beginning of the main character’s lives. Right from birth. This frightened me a bit because I thought maybe this would not progress to their young adult and adult lives. I was wrong and I loved having the whole story!
This book is full of details both in character and surroundings.
My first Ottoman Empire read and I truly enjoyed it.

The relationship between Lada and her younger brother Radu was an odd one. Lada is a special girl. She is a strong willed girl-woman in a man’s world. Thus, she must be brutal and overpowering to stand out among the boys and men of her world. Unfortunately she is more man than that of her brother who is weak and cries too much.

Overall, I found the character progression satisfying. I look forward to another story with these characters.

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Book Reviews, Read in 2016

The Winner's Crime
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this was a good book I can’t say that I loved it as much as the first book.
Then again when do we really ever love the second book of a series?

There are several things that happened in this installment that I found very interesting. Such as Arin’s trip East. Kestrel really has her thinking cap on in this book too.

I can say for certain that I dislike the Emperor even more now. I also have a love hate feeling for Kestrel’s father.

I did not like the ending of this book AT ALL.

There is no conclusion what so ever.
Hate endings like this.

I look forward to the next book though.

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Book Reviews, Read in 2014

January 13th, 2015

Damon Braces are On!

So I have my braces on! Woohoo!

2015-01-09 After Braces On
Without getting into too much detail  here, just know it went well.

I have posted a few YouTube videos detailing my experience.

I did NOT edit the first video…I will go back and correct that this weekend. But I did get a chance to edit the other videos. So I apologize in advance for the two encounters with my children while filming.

Questions and comments are always welcome.

I have a few upcoming book giveaways so stay tuned!

Damon Braces Adventure Videos




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Personal Updates

January 6th, 2015

Damon Braces in 3 days!

Book lovers, please excuse these personal blog posts covering my journey with braces. Unless, of course, you are interested!

A few months ago I committed to correcting my teeth. Many never would have thought that my teeth were a sensitive subject of mine but they are and have been from a very young age.

Take these school portrait pictures for example.

000 Jessica Kindergarten

Kindergarten

001 Jessica 1st Grade

1st Grade

002 Jessica 2nd Grade

2nd Grade

003 Jessica 3rd Grade

3rd Grade

004 Jessica 4th Grade

4th Grade

005 Jessica 5th Grade

5th Grade

007 Jessica 7th Jennifer 3rd Grade

7th Grade

 

Up until 4th grade I had a massive cheese going on. 5th grade I was like, “nope, not happening again this year”; maybe the crazy vest made up for it though? Couldn’t find my 6th grade picture but I was back to a big toothy smile in 7th grade with my little sister Jennifer. By then I seemed to have grown into my large smile but still had issues with showing too much gum.

I have since mastered that issue by controlling just how much I smile. That is not fun and no one should feel like they need to limit their smile for fear of showing too much gum or funky teeth but we still do. I am 31 and I have had enough with feeling bad about my teeth and smile.

Many people have vocalized their confusion as to why I think I need braces. “Your teeth are fine.” they say. The simplest answer is because I do. :P I need it for myself. It is not a want, it is a need. I need it for my emotional health. Yes, there are also physical health benefits as well such as correcting my bite. I also have a slight issue with TMJ that braces will help fix once my bite is realigned. I also have overcrowding on top and bottom, which cause the hated issue of food continuously getting stuck in my teeth causing a whole other issue I hate dealing with in public. But mostly I need to be able to feel comfortable with smiling. I need to feel good about my teeth. Because right now I do not.

The orthodontist I selected was based on the location of offices and word of mouth. Dr. Toothman of Toothman Orthodontics is based in Frederick Maryland but also has an office in Hagerstown. They offer a variety of orthodontics but I have selected to go with the Damon System utilizing the Damon Clear brackets on my top 6 front teeth and the metal Damon brackets on the remaining teeth. I initially wanted to do Invisalign but since they are removable I decided I did not want to potentially waste my money because I am a known quitter.

I plan to do vlogs (video blogs) to update my progress with the Damon braces. I hope to start them after my braces are put on and monthly or so afterwards.

My braces go on Friday, January 09, 2015 at 8:30 am. I am excited!

Here are my before braces pictures. Click to see a larger picture! Wish me luck!

2014-11-18 Initial Exam-Composite

 


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