Wayback Wednesday – The Ghost in the Gallery – Carolyn Keene

Published April 16, 2014 by chrisalys820

Shortly after I discovered Nancy Drew, I discovered The Dana Girls. When I found out that the books were written by the “same author” as Nancy Drew, I had to read them all. I think that The Ghost in the Gallery is what kicked off my interest in the theatre. It was the first of The Dana Girls books that I read and one of the ones that I keep going back to. Anyone who likes Nancy Drew should read The Dana Girls. :D


The Ghost in the Gallery (Dana Girls Mystery Stories)

The Ghost in the Gallery (Dana Girls Mystery Stories)

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A ghostly figure, a walking suit of armor, and a gargoyle in the prompter’s box confront Jean and Louise Dana and their Starhurst classmates as they rehearse for a musical at Mozart Hall.

The owner, a retired singer, and the watchman assure the performers there is nothing to worry about. The students wonder whether their imaginations are playing tricks on them. Or are spooky things actually happening each time they visit the opera house?

A contest is held for an original song to be used in the play. The Danas’ music is stolen but they make a copy and submit it. When their song is chosen as one of the winners, a listener says she has heard it before! Louise and Jean face danger and intrigue, but they work hard to solve several mysteries and to win out over their enemies.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Beastly – Alex Flinn

Published April 15, 2014 by chrisalys820


One of my favorite movies is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I could watch that movie for days. And Beastly makes me feel the same way. If I know that I’m going to reread it, I clear my schedule for the day. This is my favorite of Alex Flinn’s books. I love Will. He’s on my Fictional Character Crush List.

Bastly is a wonderful book. But don’t take my word for it. Go and read it. And let me know in the comments what you thought of it. :D


I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright–a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever–ruined–unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Super Series Saturday – Assured Destruction – Michael F Stewart

Published April 12, 2014 by chrisalys820

I requested this series on Netgalley because it looked good. I was wrong. It was great! I started reading it on Tuesday, around 10 pm. By 8 pm on Wednesday, I was done with the last book. I only put it down to sleep and take care of Baby. (I’m on limited activity so I didn’t feel so bad that I wasn’t up and running around.) I was kept guessing and the endings of all three books totally surprised me. I would absolutely read anything that Michael F Stewart threw at me. :D


Assured Destruction

You can learn a lot about someone looking through their hard drive…

Sixteen-year-old Jan Rose knows that nothing is ever truly deleted. At least, not from the hard drives she scours to create the online identities she calls the Shadownet.

Hobby? Art form? Sad, pathetic plea to garner friendship, even virtually? Sure, Jan is guilty on all counts. Maybe she’s even addicted to it. It’s an exploration. Everyone has something to hide. The Shadownet’s hard drives are Jan’s secrets. They’re stolen from her family’s computer recycling business Assured Destruction. If the police found out, Jan’s family would lose its livelihood.

When the real people behind Shadownet’s hard drives endure vicious cyber attacks, Jan realizes she is responsible. She doesn’t know who is targeting these people or why but as her life collapses Jan must use all her tech savvy to bring the perpetrators to justice before she becomes the next victim.

“Stewart seamlessly incorporates the fast-paced world of social media into a unique writing style that perfectly captures the world of a modern teen. Janus’ complicated web of computer networks is intricate enough to leave readers thoroughly engrossed by her hacking acumen while remaining accessible to even the least tech-savvy readers. Many teenage girl readers will find unconventional, strong Janus to be an intriguing role model, but as a clever, talented and often slightly dark hacker, she transcends gender stereotypes and will find fans among teen boy readers as well.

A fun, fast-paced thriller guaranteed to distract teens from Facebook for at least a little while.” –Kirkus Reviews

Script Kiddie

Jan Rose no longer steals data from the old computers she recycles. She doesn’t need to. As the newest member of the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit, the laptop of a murderer has landed on her desk. Her job: to profile and expose a killer.

But that’s not all.

A creep lurks in the shadows, stalking a friend, and Jan must stop him before the hunt turns deadly. The clock counts down for Jan to save her friend, her job, her boyfriend–maybe even her life.

With Zombies

The final book in the Assured Destruction series!

Jan Rose may already be expunged from the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit. Her mother’s hospitalized, and Assured Destruction’s on the cusp of bankruptcy. But Jan doesn’t wait on anything, she seeks out the customers who used to keep the family business afloat. That’s when everything starts to go wrong.

A computer virus–aka the Zombie Worm–threatens not only her school and Shadownet, but the entire city. A skull with a chain running through its socket links a powerful gang to her former customers, and holds the secrets to why her father left and the identity of her mother’s boyfriend.

To save her family and the business, Jan must determine who is friend and who is foe. And decide what type of hacker she wishes to become: Gray, white, or black. Not only her life hangs in the balance.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Friday Five

Published April 11, 2014 by chrisalys820

I sprained my knee so I haven’t been very mobile this last week. I have had a lot of time to read.

Suite Scarlett – Maureen Johnson


Not the first time I’ve read this book but, I swear, it gets better every time. My favorite character is Spencer, Scarlett’s older brother. He’s the wacky older brother that I always wanted.


Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn’t quite know what to make of this C-list starlet and world traveler.

And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery and romantic missteps. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.

Fallen – Lauren Kate


My bffsister is finally reading this! I’ve been trying to get her to read it for two years. I picked it up again so that when she texted me to ask questionss or gush or whatever, I would know what she was talking about.

On this reread, I’ve found a lot of things that I didn’t pick up the first time. It’s wonderfully written and keeps you guessing.


There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

The Lying Game – Sara Shepard


I started reading this 2 years ago because I was in love with the show. I reread it this week because I missed the world of Emma and Sutton. It was worth every word.


I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does–an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me–to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.

We Are the Goldens – Dana Reinhard


I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It was slow in some places and it just cut off in the end. Good story, great characters, but I just wasn’t really into it. :( But, like I always say, read it for yourself, form your own opinions.


Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses – Jenni James


Stay awesome ♥ Christa

A Temptation of Angels – Michelle Zink

Published April 10, 2014 by chrisalys820


There are some authors, that when I see that they have a new book out, a feeling of dread comes over me because I *need* to read that book and I won’t get anything done until I have read that book. Michelle Zink is one of those authors. I love her books.

When A Temptation of Angels first came out, I had a small child to take care of and I found myself reading out loud to soothe him to sleep. A recent reread has reminded me how magical this book is. I love every thing about it. The characters, the setting, even the font was fantastic. Everyone should run out and get a copy and read it. :D


Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Wayback Wednesday – Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery

Published April 9, 2014 by chrisalys820
    The summer I turned 10, I was given a box of a bunch of different books. The first three Green Gables books and the first Emily book were in that box. If books were food, I wouldn’t have needed to eat that entire summer. I consumed the four books as fast as I could and I fell in love with Prince Edward Island. I will always have a spot in my library for any of L. M. Montgomery’s books. Any young person would be lucky to have her books in their collection.





    Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia (based upon the real community of New London), is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their fifties and sixties, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm. They live at Green Gables, their Avonlea farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne Shirley.
    Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne tells Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is “so much more distinguished.” Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead.
    As a child of imagination, Anne takes much joy in life and adapts quickly, thriving in the close-knit farming village. Her talkativeness initially drives the prim, duty-driven Marilla to distraction, although Matthew falls for her charm immediately. Anne says that they are ‘kindred spirits’.
    The book recounts Anne’s adventures in making a home: the country school where she quickly excels in her studies; her friendship with Diana Barry (her best or “bosom friend” as Anne fondly calls her); her budding literary ambitions; and her rivalry with classmate Gilbert Blythe, who teases her about her red hair. For that he earns her instant hatred, although he apologizes many times. As time passes, Anne realizes she no longer hates Gilbert but cannot bring herself to admit it. However, by the end of the book they become friends.
    The book also follows Anne’s adventures in quiet, old-fashioned Avonlea. Episodes include her play time with friends (Diana, Jane Andrews and Ruby Gillis), her run-ins with the unpleasant Pye sisters (Gertie and Josie), and domestic mishaps such as dyeing her hair green (while intending to dye it black) or accidentally getting Diana drunk (by giving her what she thinks is raspberry cordial but is currant wine).
    At sixteen, Anne goes to Queen’s Academy to earn a teaching license, along with Gilbert, Ruby, Josie, Jane and several other students. She obtains her license in one year instead of the usual two and wins the Avery Scholarship for the top student in English. Her attainment of this scholarship would allow her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree at the fictional Redmond College (based on the real Dalhousie University) on the mainland in Nova Scotia.
    Near the end of the book, Matthew dies of a heart attack after learning that all of his and Marilla’s money has been lost in a bank failure. Out of devotion to Marilla and Green Gables, Anne gives up the Avery Scholarship to stay at home and help Marilla, whose eyesight is diminishing. She plans to teach at the Carmody school, the nearest school available, and return to Green Gables on weekends. In an act of friendship, Gilbert Blythe gives up his teaching position at the Avonlea School to work at White Sands School instead. Anne can teach in Avonlea and stay at Green Gables all through the week. He knows that Anne wants to stay with Marilla because her sight has become poor. After this kind act, Anne and Gilbert’s friendship is cemented, and Anne looks forward to the next “bend in the road.”

    Stay awesome ♥ Christa


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