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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Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James

Quick Review, Kim-style:  Last summer, I read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the first time.  It blew me away, as it was funny and charming and wonderful.  Then I heard about Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James.  I was nervous because it was a sequel not written by Austen and the story revolved around a murder.  However, I loved this book. I was really impressed by James' ability to capture Austen's voice.  It sounded authentic, but keep in mind I'm a Jane Austen newbie.  However, … [Read More...]

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All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Quick thoughts: I've been a fan of Ally Carter's since I first read I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You.  I read all of her Heist Society books and was very excited about her new series: Embassy Row.  Book one, All Fall Down, introduces us to Grace, adventurous yet troubled, and quite possibly crazy.  As a character, this is a departure for Carter, and her writing feels edgier because of it. Plot-wise, it is everything you would expect in an Ally Carter novel: teen girl … [Read More...]

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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 […]


American Ride!

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 […]

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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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How Writing Is Like Falling In Love With the Wrong Person

1. I have butterflies.  My heart feels like it might fly away.  I’ve never had an idea like this and I can’t wait to start writing and get to know the story better.  I hope things work out, I hope the idea is good to me. 2. It’s getting quite serious.  I’m writing every day and […]


Sundays In Bed With The Murmurings… and Stacking the Shelves

Sundays in bed with is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl.  This weekend, I got some quality time with my niece and nephew, but not much reading time. Tonight, I’m going to finish strong for Bout of Books.  You can see my week’s progress here.  As soon as I drop the kiddos off to […]



Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler was one of the books that I had on pre-order this season.  I was really excited to read it and, mostly because it’s short, read it during the readathon.  The main story focused on Lisabeth’s battle with anorexia.  The writing sucked you in with it’s horrifying and realistic logic of […]


Sundays In Bed With… Wishful Thinking

Sundays in bed with is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl.  This weekend, I have a crazy amount of homework.  I have been working steadily on it all week and yet I can’t even see the end (yes, I can, it is my 11:59pm deadline tonight and my 6pm deadline tomorrow).  But this is […]


Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging

Even though this is a reread and I’ve posted about some of the books in this series, I haven’t actually reviewed Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging on the blog.  But I want to talk about comedy in this post, so I’ll leave the review to this: It’s funny, it’s charming, and it’s one of my […]