Real Steph

Things I like in real life: Coffee, books, makeup, sunshine, laughter, roadtrips. Things I like in books: Serial killers, heartbreak, betrayal, lies, boarding schools, twists.

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Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

  Thoughts:  The His Fair Assassin series has become one of my favorites.  It has made me question my belief that I don't like historical fiction, plus the first two books both have a ton of heart and plenty of swoon.  I was nervous and excited for Mortal Heart because it is about Annith, in some ways the most sheltered and naive of the three friends the series follows, and I wanted to protect her by not reading this book. However, Annith continually surprised me and I enjoyed … [Read More...]

American-Ride

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Host of AMERICAN RIDE, Stan Ellsworth breaks the mold of the stereotypical High School history teacher. Former history teacher Stan Ellsworth tours the country on a Harley Davidson for the television show “American Ride.” Ellsworth’s approach to American history in AMERICAN RIDE removes the “bow tie and sweater vest” of history professors, puts on the “skull rag and denim vest” and breaks down stereotypes. His adventurous spirit and love for the United States is contagious and engaging. His … [Read More...]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Jessica Darling’s It List 2 by Megan McCafferty

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes, and Faux Friends (Jessica Darling’s It List #2) by Megan McCafferty. GoodReads Description:  Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh […]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga. GoodReads Description: Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in […]

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Giveaway Hop: Clear Your Shelf

I’m excited to take part in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop.  My giveaway is US ONLY (sorry, shipping costs are prohibitively expensive).  One winner will win all three of the following books: ARC of Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston Hardcover of  The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa De La […]

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Film Review: If I Stay

**I attended a free advanced screening of If I Stay through GoFobo.com** Film: If I Stay Summary: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with […]

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Interview with Kristi Rose

THE GIRL HE KNOWS by Kristi Rose | Lyrical Press | August 18, 2014 Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? […]

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Hot Six by Janet Evanovich

As is probably obvious… I love this series!  It follows Stephanie Plum, the worst bounty hunter ever.  I’m going to keep my reviews pretty short, because I don’t want to give anything away for someone just starting the series and because there’s not much to say besides “I’m obsessed and still not bored yet…”  I’ll […]

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week.  This week I’m waiting on The Murmurings. GoodReads Description:  A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel. Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. […]

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. GoodReads Description: When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel […]

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Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum 12) by Janet Evanovich

This review is for everyone with a broken heart after last nights train wreck of a Downton Abbey episode. Book: Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum 12) by Janet Evanovich Summary (from GoodReads): Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, where bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is about to implode in Janet Evanovich’s wildest, hottest novel yet! FIRST A STRANGER APPEARSWhile chasing down the […]

Cover Reveal: Endure by Laura Diamond

This is my first time participating in a cover reveal and I’m really excited to be one of the bloggers showcasing ENDURE by Laura Diamond. About the book (which you can also check out on Goodreads):  Seventeen-year-old Justin’s anaemic blood is a blessing. Or a curse. It all depends on who you ask.  To most […]