Promises I Made – Michelle Zink

Published May 18, 2015 by chrisalys820

★★★★★

I was lucky enough to be able to meet Michelle Zink (and her children) last month. She lives not far from me and she had a book signing near where I live. I went, after much convincing from my fiance that he and the kids would be fine without me for 2 hours.

I was the only one there for a while. I got one of my favorite authors to myself for half an hour. One of the high points was when she pulled out an advance copy of her next book and gave it to me.

After a month of emergency rooms and doctors offices with my daughter, I finally was able to read the first book yesterday (even though I’ve been carrying it with me in my bag the entire month.) I finished it around 3 am yesterday and picked up Promises I Made. I finished it about 3 hours ago and I loved it as much, if not more than Lies I Told. I recommend that you read the first one and then pre-order this one. :)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25056008-promises-i-made

In the thrilling sequel to Lies I Told, Grace learns that the most difficult thing about pulling off the perfect crime is living with the consequences.

Grace Fontaine was trained to carry out perfect crimes. But when a mistake was made the night her family tried to execute their biggest heist yet, her world fell apart. Now her brother is in jail, her mother has disappeared with the entire stolen fortune, and her father is determined to find a new mark, no matter the cost.

Haunted by the way she betrayed her friends—and Logan, the only boy she’s ever loved—as well as the role she played in her brother’s arrest, Grace decides she must return to the place every thief knows you should avoid: the scene of the crime.

Returning to Playa Hermosa as a wanted criminal is dangerous. But Grace has only one chance to make things right. To do it, she has to use everything she’s been taught about the art of the con to hunt down the very people who trained her: the only family she’s ever known.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Lies I Told – Michelle Zink

Published May 18, 2015 by chrisalys820

★★★★★

I stayed up until 3 am to finish this. I have small children who don’t care that Mommy was reading all night. Was it worth it? Yes. Yes, it was. I probably shouldn’t have started reading the advance copy of the next book right away but what’s done is done.

Grace is a great main character. She’s not really the good person. The person who is trying to do the right thing? It is soooo easy to hate her. This book seriously played with my emotions once I realized that. I shouldn’t have been rooting for Grace to go through with her family’s plan.

This book is going on my reread shelf. If you read one book this week, make it Lies I Told. And if you do, or have read it already, let me know what you thought in the comments. :)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20983351-lies-i-told?ac=1

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you’ve told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family. 

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines’ biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught…including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

“Highly readable, gripping and touching.” – Kirkus (starred review)

“… searingly honest…” – School Library Journal

“… a gripping, edgy thriller…” – Publisher’s Weekly 

“An addictive read.” – Booklist

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Edgewater – Courtney Sheinmel

Published May 18, 2015 by chrisalys820

★★★★★

I read this while hanging out at the Ronald McDonald House (love that place!) during nap time, in between appointments. It was a good distraction to everything that was (and is) going on.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20879891-edgewater#

Tamar Brazis at Abrams/Amulet acquired world English rights to Courtney Sheinmel’s Edgewater, billed as a “YA Grey Gardens,” about a teen who lives in squalor in a crumbling mansion on Long Island and subsists on a mysterious trust fund – but who stands to lose everything when the secrets, lies, and scandals of the people around her are revealed. Publication is planned for fall 2015.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

In Search of Sam – Kristin Butcher

Published May 18, 2015 by chrisalys820

★★★★★

I did not read the first book in this series but other than some small references, I was able to keep up.

The ending was a little predictable but it was well written enough that it still came as a shock when it ended that way. This book was awesome.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22780060-in-search-of-sam

Raised by her mother, eighteen-year-old Dani Lancaster only had six weeks to get to know her father, Sam, before he lost his battle with cancer. It was long enough to love him, but not long enough to get to know him especially since Sam didn’t even know himself.

Left on the doorstep of an elderly couple when he was just days old, and raised in a series of foster homes, Sam had no idea who his parents were or why they had abandoned him. Dani is determined to find out. With nothing more than an address book, an old letter, and a half-heart pendant to guide her, she heads into B.C.’s Interior to Kamloops, Barriere, Merritt, and finally to a small, forgotten town teeming with secrets and hopefully answers.”

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Currently reading – Lies I Told – Michelle Zink

Published May 17, 2015 by chrisalys820

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20983351-lies-i-told?ac=1

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you’ve told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family. 

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines’ biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught…including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

“Highly readable, gripping and touching.” – Kirkus (starred review)

“… searingly honest…” – School Library Journal

“… a gripping, edgy thriller…” – Publisher’s Weekly 

“An addictive read.” – Booklist

Super Series Saturday – AlphaOops – Alethea Kontis

Published May 2, 2015 by chrisalys820

Happy Baby Princess day! A Girl, Some Books and A Blog is back! We are changing some things up, making things better, not posting as much as we were a year ago, but we will be posting some. :)

Now on to the review!

I picked up the AlphaOops books the other day to read to my 4 year old. I am now not allowed to read him any other books. “Mommy, I want one of the AlphaOops books, please.” He doesn’t even want to read his Thomas the Tank Engine books. And I am completely fine with the AlphaOops books. They are amazingly well written and have awesome illustrations. The only thing that upsets us about the series is there isn’t another book!

★★★★★ for both of them! :D

https://www.goodreads.com/series/121931-alphaoops

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/963735.AlphaOops_

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alphaoops-alethea-kontis/1111671799?ean=9780763660840

http://www.amazon.com/AlphaOops-The-Day-Went-First/dp/0763660841

AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First (AlphaOops!)

by Alethea Kontis, Bob Kolar (Illustrations)

It’s backwards! It’s inside out! It’s every letter for itself! This laugh-out-loud romp is not your average alphabet book!

Z is tired of always having to be last when the alphabet family lines up. He is demanding fair and equal treatment! The letters (more or less) agree to go backwards, but it’s not long before P has some ideas of his own. And so does H, for that matter. In fact, it seems as if almost every letter has a different opinion about how the alphabet should be arranged. It’s chaos! It’s pandemonium! And it’s definitely not as easy as A-B-C! Filled with visually humorous details, Bob Kolar’s colorful illustrations are the perfect foil for Alethea Kontis’s snappy story about the comic confusion that comes when the letters of the alphabet, like a class of unruly children, step out of order and show that each one has a mind of its own.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7016200-alphaoops

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alphaoops-alethea-kontis/1110947394?ean=9780763639662

http://www.amazon.com/AlphaOops-Halloween-Midi-Alethea-Kontis/dp/0763656860/ref=la_B001H6KG3M_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430607643&sr=1-7

AlphaOops: H Is for Halloween (AlphaOops!)

by Alethea Kontis (Goodreads Author), Bob Kolar (Illustrator)

H gets top billing — but a stubborn B has something scary to say — as the inside-out alphabet gives a howl-arious Halloween performance.

Ack! It’s time for the show, and A isn’t ready. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter, no matter how the A-B-Cs normally go! The misbehaving alphabet is back, and there’s no telling who will take the stage next. Z for zombie? P for pirate? Will X think of something good in time? Neon-bright, comically detailed illustrations show a cacophony of costumed letters, each with a mind and personality all its own. Along the bottom, tiny pumpkins arrange the players in proper order, making this alphabet story letter-perfect for Halloween.

Stay awesome! ♥ Christa

The Third Twin – C.J. Omololu

Published January 31, 2015 by chrisalys820

★★★★★

I started this book around lunch yesterday not really thinking that I would finish it. I thought it would be like all of the other books that I’ve tried to read lately and I would lose interest halfway through. Nope. I was itching to get through this one. I needed to know who the killer was. I finished it a bit after dinner last night and was suffering from a serious book hangover. If you are going to read this, prepare yourself to be reading for a while. And expect both the expected and unexpected.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18135437-the-third-twin

Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

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