Thursday, November 08, 2012

Spillin' the Beans...

So, since I have been so sporadic in my posting, I thought you should all know why....

I am expecting my THIRD child! I am due in April and we are very excited. But with this happy news comes a bit of heartbreaking (for me anyways...) news.

This pregnancy I have been experiencing blinding headaches--literally. I see spots, get dizzy, and my vision blacks out momentarily on occasion. Luckily, I work for a wonderful chiropractor (my dad <3 a="a" absolutely="absolutely" adjustments="adjustments" almost="almost" am="am" and="and" as="as" be="be" been="been" care="care" come="come" d="d" daily="daily" decision.="decision." good="good" has="has" have="have" having="having" headaches.="headaches." help="help" i="i" is="is" it="it" me.="me." miserable.="miserable." my="my" nbsp="nbsp" of="of" p="p" regularly="regularly" sad="sad" still="still" taking="taking" that="that" they="they" think="think" to="to" very="very" while="while" without="without">
Since I started having these headaches, it has become increasingly difficult to read books. Often times staring at pages or my Kindle screen brings them on or makes them worse. Because of this, I have decided to discontinue blogging for the time being. While this totally sucks for me, I have to be realistic. How can I review books on here if I can't READ books? I know I have to get real about this, but it's been very emotional for me to come to terms with losing my very favorite hobby and pastime (even if it is only temporarily). Even as I write this I'm getting teary.Yes, it could be because I am pregnant and hormonal, but I suspect that it's simply because I will miss all of this more than I can coherently put into sentences.

For all of my awesome readers that I love and appreciate SO much, please don't completely write me off. If I read a book that I absolutely have to talk about (whether it was amazingly GOOD or amazingly BAD), I will try to review it on here. And I'm hoping that by next May, I'll be back for good. Until then....

Happy Reading! 

Thursday, November 01, 2012

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites--like fire and ice--Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye's life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move--only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can't help falling for, and Devin, who she can't stay away from, the consequences of Skye's choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

I can't believe I actually made it through this entire book. It's not because it's poorly written--it actually could have been a decent story because it was written quite well. The problem I ran into was this: I was talking to my friend about this book the other night and when she asked me what I thought I said, "You know, I don't know. I'm 90% of the way through and nothing has really happened." The last 10% wasn't much better. I felt like the ending, while a bit shocking, was a last-ditch effort to draw readers in enough to get them to read the sequel. Don't expect me to be one of them.

I think the only reason I kept reading was the fact that I kept unintentionally comparing Devin to Stefan from The Vampire Diaries and Asher to Damon (SO HOT!!). Only in this version (if Skye was Elena--which she's CLEARLY not),  Damon DOES get the girl. It's about dang time.

While my Vampire Diaries scenario isn't even close to this book (it falls far short)-- I must have had my TV show stuck on my brain!-- it's not enough to ever get me to recommend this book. It was all sorts of bizarre and never really got to the point of all the strange happenings.

All in all, I wouldn't recommend it, but there's nothing "bad" in it. If you want to give it a go, have fun! :)

Happy Reading!