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Confessions of a Queen Bitch

Book:       Confessions of a Queen Bitch
Author:   Crista McHugh
Genre:     Young Adult – Contemporary Romance


Synopsis:

Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch. 

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways. 

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check. 
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check. 
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan. 

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.


Rating:

five-stars


Review:

Oh, my word!! I cannot remember the last time I started and finished a book in one day… This is not one of my usual genres to read, and yet, I loved and hung onto every word as I read. I could even ignore some of the small grammatical errors I found while reading, it was THAT good!!!

First off, the plot made me think of a mashup of The Duff and Mean Girls – it was certainly just as entertaining as those movies were. And the story itself, damn fun to read. It had me frustrated and giggling at the same time. If you root for the romance in stories, then you’re in for one heck of a ride, and you’ll crave more when this one is done, believe me on that….

The character growth is for sure there, and, as this series progresses, I certain there will be much more to come for this main protagonist. You’ll love to hate her and root for her in every way possible. Because every one of us had that Queen B*tch we hated in school, to be reminded of. This one is different though, I promise.

Romance wise, you’ll get the frustration there, and that is all I’m saying on that front. So, if you want to find out what I mean, read this book. And recommend it to anyone who loves quirky, fun, laugh-out-loud reads about high school life….

The writing style was extremely well thought out, and gives nothing away – well maybe some, but not nearly enough to be boring. I clung to Crista’s every word and couldn’t wait for the conclusion – which I didn’t get. And now I’m in need of the second installment asap!

Now, if only I can read more of this…. Please don’t stop writing Crista, I’m definitely a fan!

Love Always,
C

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I’ve made some printables…

Bonus post today, just for you guys.

These printables are available on Bid or Buy, and will be sent via email to you guys.
Follow this link for the printables:  Journal Printables

Here is a look at what I’ve made so far:

This is a daily page set, with a to do checklist and deco.

Next is a decorative set, for your wall – or to use as journaling cards.


This is my favorite set, bohemian chic – a to do list, notes page and combination of the two.

Here is a feather set – with notes and two combo pages.

A scenic set with notes, to do and a combo page.


This is my basic pages, available now.

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These are my monthly 2018 layouts pages, one for each month.  You can add your goals, birthdays, what you need to remember for next month, payments to make and add notes.

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Next up is monthly covers for your journal/planner.  Customise it as you like, and send me a link – I’d love to see your creative designs.

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Quotes for your wall, desk, journal or planner.

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Seasonal markers.  I love autumn.


Lastly, some weekly spreads, for being creative and wanting something different.


That’s all for now, more to be released Friday, so keep an eye out for those.  Will be adding some bookish pages and more quote pages…

See ya soon,
C

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Nerve Damage

Book:       Nerve Damage
Author:   J.L. Myers
Genre:     Adult – Psychological Thriller, Horror


Synopsis:

A fatal car crash. The sole survivor. And the dark hooded stranger that wants her dead.

When a terrible accident—not accident—stole my parents’ lives, my whole perfect life changed. My memories are hazy, and there are scars on my wrists. I’ve been locked away for my own protection…until I prove my sanity, until I lie. There was no hooded figure on the road that day, no one standing over me as I lay paralyzed watching my parents burn.

I am Cassidy Lockheart…20-year-old orphan.

Determined to free my caged mind, I find myself far away on an unexpected trip to help return my forgotten past. The snow was part of my life before, but now it’s like a blank slate, until an avalanche changes everything. But I’m not alone. These other ‘lucky’ trip winners may not be the strangers they pretend to be. And my hooded attacker…I see him everywhere.

Is this real? Or delusion caused by head trauma?

Either way, I’m being watched. I can sense it. I can feel it. Someone is after me; maybe they’re after us all. The avalanche was no accident. It was staged to deliver us to this abandoned place. A place where the walls whisper dark secrets of a sinister past… a past no one can escape. Trapped, this snow won’t let up…it won’t let us leave. My lost memories hold clues, but they’re buried so deep, polluted and twisted in my every waking nightmare. What is real? I don’t have the answers. But I need them. Time is ticking and if I don’t figure this all out soon it will be too late.

The past is coming for us all…and it wants blood.

Warning – This book contains some graphic scenes that are only for an adult audience.


Rating:

four-stars


Review:

First off, this is not a book for teens at all. There are scenes depicted in this book that is graphic and can be terrifying for some readers. Bearing this in mind, the book was really worth the read. I was kept glued to my seat, wondering what will happen next.

Now, you need to ensure you keep up because there isn’t a single dull moment while reading this one. If you like books that test your ability to follow, then this is a definite must read. This can be seen as a murder mystery – you’ll be taking the journey through both the main victim and the murderer’s eyes. I couldn’t, at first, figure out who the murderer was at all. But it will become clear after a bit of investigating.

The writing was intense and strong. The more graphic scenes were well thought out and the author doesn’t dwell too long on these scenes, making them easier to read and digest.

The character growth, don’t know how to say it, was incredible. Not knowing for a large chunk of the book, who the ‘villain’ is – makes this all the more fun to read.

Love Always,
C

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The Treachery of Beautiful Things

Book:       The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author:   Ruth Frances Long
Genre:     Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction.

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.


Rating:

four-stars


Review:

Oh my goodness… This book surprised me to no end. I got lost, rooted for the protagonist and her quest.

What made this so good was that the protagonist was not perfect, and got herself into so much trouble. It was insane… The story itself was well written and had so many layers, that you got knocked on your butt around every bend. The mythology woven into this plot was well thought out – and I love mythologies in stories.

There is some romance, but it is not an ‘insta-love’ thing at all. This happened slowly over the span of the book and was just so much more realistic.

If you love fairies and myths and all things odd and different, then I’d suggest you find and read this story asap. Ruth’s writing style is incredible and will keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole book.

Love Always,
C

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Song Walker – Starseed One

Book:       Song Walker
Series:     Starseed One
Author:   Ellis Logan
Genre:     Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

Will you fight to free your mind?  There’s a new world coming. One where your thoughts aren’t always your own. Callie Winters is just a regular party girl playing drums in a band, until a lunar eclipse awakens strange abilities in her and an ancient secret organization seeks her out. Who can she trust, in this dangerous new world? A war is brewing and no one will be safe. But maybe, the power of song can light the way to freedom.

Best-selling author Ellis Logan delves deep into the world of urban fantasy with her new psyops series, Starseeds.


Rating:

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Review:

Let me just start out by saying that, as soon as I can, I will be purchasing the next book in this series. I believe there is still so much to learn from this world, and that I will be surprised by more incredible plot-lines and character growth. And I cannot wait for it… at all!

Now the reason this is not a 5-star review, right?
It would have been, but there is this one part where so many characters were introduced one after the other, that it took me some real brain power to keep up with it all. Information was thrown at me so fast – headache fast. But when you get that all together, and you keep up as much as possible, the roller coaster ride is insanely good, fast-paced and wonderful.

I love the characters. They are flawed, they make mistakes and they grow. And you want them to grow.

The romance in this one is great, you root for it, wish for it, and believe in it. It doesn’t just happen. You even yell that it should have happened already, at one point or another…

This plot, this story is what will keep you coming back for more, and the writing style was superb.
Thank you, Ellis, for giving me the opportunity to immerse myself into your world, and I cannot wait to get to the next book…

Love Always,
C

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The Fallen Star

Book:       The Fallen Star
Author:   Jessica Sorensen
Genre:     Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy

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Synopsis:

For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.


Rating:

three-stars


Review:

The Fallen Star, how to explain this one… First off, I really like Jessica Sorensen’s writing and this story intrigued me after reading the first chapter. But some parts seemed to drag on way longer than necessary, and it took more time than I care to admit to finish this book. That could be because I’m in a huge reading slump – not the book’s fault.

Now, the plot was great, I cannot find any fault there. This was somewhat different to what is currently popular on the market. I was also surprised by how much was included into this plot, without seeming as too much or getting lost in the story. This added to the interest of what could happen next.

I loved Alex – the male lead character. Gemma, as the main protagonist, was sometimes too repetitive and this could contribute to the slow read, but I still think that there is a lot of growth opportunity there for her. The other smaller characters has definite stories to tell, and I’m hoping that these will be featured in the next installment.

The cover is stunning and what first drew me to pick up this book in the first place. Sometimes I think that the best stories are never read, because the cover did not entice readers into picking it up.

Overall, I’d say this is an easy read for when you don’t know what to read next, but still crave something with a great plot.

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Love Always,
C

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Missing in Action

Hey everyone.

I’m so sorry for being AWOL for so long.  Things have just been such an adjustment for me and took way longer than I had hoped.   But I’m back, and will be posting again every second week.  As soon as I back into things completely, I’ll look into posting weekly again.

Update, started a planner printables Etsy store, and all new releases are shown on my additional blog – CG Printables.  While this is the main focus now, I want to get back into regular reading and reviewing, since I truly miss it.  And I have also missed interacting with all of you.

Also, if you want to check the printables out, follow this link to the blog – there is a few unclaimed freebies to find….

CG Printables Blog

Reading now – The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen. (Expect a review soon)!

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Thanks for sticking with me anyway.

Love Always,
C