Apr 16
Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Favorite Fictional Characters

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Favorite Fictional Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by The Broke and the Bookish   Favorite Fictional Couples in Books    Rose’s Top Ten 1.  Alexander Belov and Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman 2. Jamie Fraser and Clare Beauchamp, Outlander 3. Dean Holder and Linden Sky, Hopeless 4. Lucas Maxfield and Jacqueline Wallace, Easy 5. Will Cooper and Layken, Slammed 6. Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace, The Fault In Our Stars 7. Reid Alexander and Dori Cantrell, Good for You 8. Jace Garret and Samantha Reed, My Life Next Door 9. Josh Bennett and Nastya Kashnikov, The Sea of Tranquility 10. Noah Hutchins… Read more »

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Apr 12
The Sea of Tranquility Review

The Sea of Tranquility Review

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay Publisher: Atria Books Date Published: June 4, 2013 Genres: Young Adult Format: eBook Source: Netgalley Rating: Description:  I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk. Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get… Read more »

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Apr 10
The Host review: Movie vs. Book?

The Host review: Movie vs. Book?

The Host by Stephenie Meyer Series: The Host, #1 Publisher: Little Brown and Company Date Published: May 6, 2008 Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction Rating: Description: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man… Read more »

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Apr 09
Nightline Segment

Nightline Segment

NIGHTLINE SEGMENT!!!! As if one trip wasn’t enough fun, I got invited back by ABC’s nightline to take part in a segment discussing the genre shift from YA to NA.  It was a blast! I got to meet the ever personable Colleen Hoover again! Along with Losing It author, Cora Carmack!  If you missed the air on TV, I posted the video below.  I have to admit I was a bit disappointed by the producers insistence that sex and sensationalism is what is selling NA books.  Everyone present for the taping insisted that the reason we enjoyed NA so much… Read more »

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Apr 09
City of Bones review

City of Bones review

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare Series: Mortal Instruments #1 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Date Published: March 27, 2007 Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult Format: Paperback Rating: Description:  Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013. When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the… Read more »

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Apr 06
Giveaway: Signed Copies of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Giveaway: Signed Copies of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire came to Katy Budget Books to do a signing and we picked up a copy of each book, Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, to giveaway to *one* lucky reader!  See, they’re signed! This signed copy and its mate will soon be in the hands of one lucky reader!  See that photo below? That’s her signing one of the copies. Look how excited she is to be talking with her fans! Goodreads description of Beautiful Disaster: INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE. Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby… Read more »

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Apr 05
Why I started this blog – Julie’s story

Why I started this blog – Julie’s story

 Hey everyone. I’ve been a reader on and off during my life. I would read a book a night back in elementary and middle school. But at some point in high school I lost my way. I’m happy to say I got back on track toward the end of college and have been making up for lost time ever since. When I was first introduced to Goodreads several years ago I started tracking how many books I read per year. I went from reading mid-30s number of books one year to over 100 books the next and have been keeping… Read more »

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Apr 04
Walking Disaster Review

Walking Disaster Review

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire Series: Beautiful #2 Publisher: Atria Books Date Published: April 2, 2013 Genres: New Adult Format: eARC Source: Netgalley Rating: Description: Can you love someone too much?Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brin…more Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Can you love someone too much?Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died:… Read more »

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Apr 04
Dallas Book Signing

Dallas Book Signing

On Sunday, January 20, 2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a book signing at A Real BookStore in Fairview, Texas, just north of Dallas.  Was this signing close? Not exactly. I made the 4.5 hour (300 miles) trip by car and stayed overnight with a friend in Sherman, Texas which is just over 20 minutes away from the book store.  I know, crazy, right? Well, not really when you consider that Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber and Colleen Hoover were all going to be under one roof to sign books and answer questions and WOW! But still, 300 miles, Rose! Well, sheesh, there was a woman who… Read more »

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