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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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 grade -- finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new … [Read More...]

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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 […]

If I Stay Movie Review feature

Film Review: If I Stay

**I attended a free advanced screening of If I Stay through** 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 […]


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? […]


Release Day: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Out Now! August 14th, 2014 Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is […]


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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten (Tuesday) Books That Lived Up To the Hype

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books.  This weeks topic is… a freebie week, so I’m doing books that lived up to the hype.  These are a mix of super-hyped debuts and series that could have gone horribly, horribly wrong. As always, covers link to […]


TBR Intervention: May 2013 Redux

TBR Intervention will run on the first Friday of every month in 2013. Since this is the second Friday of the month, I get to announce the winner. Check out last week’s post to read the rules and see how things went down. Last week the choices were: Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner Blood […]


I wonder if you only liked it because it was Harry Potter

I went to a midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 at 12:01 Friday…. that’s really Thursday night and yes I’m exhausted.  I usually try to avoid spoilers, but THIS POST WILL HAVE SPOILERS.  The book has been out for three years and there have been numerous interviews talking about where […]

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Novel: Six Years by Harlan Coben; narrated by Scott BrickSource: Bought through Audible.comRelease Information: March 2013 from Brilliance Audio Summary: Harlan Coben, the master of domestic suspense, returns with a standalone thriller—in the vein of #1 bestsellers Hold Tight,Caught, and Stay Close—that explores the depth and passion of a lost love . . . and the secrets and […]


I Can’t Say No!

Why, yes… I did join two more challenges.  Keep track of my (lack of) progress here. Take A Chance Challenge hosted by Life…With Books will be a fun way for me to read books I normally wouldn’t pick up.  I’m looking forward to it. Hogwarts Reading Challenge is a way for me to finally go […]