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 to Find Me At BEA

I’m headed to New York on Wednesday to attend Book Expo America for the second time.  I’m so excited to see old friends, make new ones, and get a handle on the awesome books that will be coming out in the following year.  If you are going, here’s how you’ll recognize me and a few […]


Beware! No Really…

As is pretty obvious if you read my blog… I like Twitter.  A lot. One of my favorite people to follow is R.L. Stine.  You may remember him from fourth grade when he ruled reading time with Goosebumps!  Then as you got a little bit older, he kept you up all night with Fear Street. […]

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Authors Are Rock Stars: Scott Tracey

I am so excited to host Scott Tracey here!  He is a rock star, because he is so entertaining.  Not only did I love Witch Eyes (read my review), but I’ve been following him on twitter since before I read his books.  His tweets always make me laugh and one time he tweeted about how […]


Audio: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I read Artemis Fowl years ago and loved it, so I really couldn’t resist when I saw the audiobook sitting at the library. Artemis Fowl by Eoin ColferNarrated by Nathaniel ParkerRunning time: 6 hours/ 5 CDs Summary: Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who has finally found a challenge.  He has found proof that […]


Best Blog Posts 2/10-2/124

DID YOU SEE THIS????  JK ROWLING WILL PUBLISH AN ADULT NOVEL WITH LITTLE, BROWN.  Thank you to GreenBeanTeenQueen for posting this first! Now back to the regularly scheduled post… Because of all the unexpected travelling I was doing, this post is going to be two weeks worth of posts.  What I hate most about travelling […]