March Book Haul #2

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Books!

I went to the thrift shop last Thursday and got some new books, so I  wanted to share them with you. Technically, the books from my first March Book Haul were purchased in February. They are:

Jay’s Journal by Anonymous

Empress of the World by Sara Ryan

Bite Me by Christopher Moore

My Cat Spit McGee by Willie Morris

The Den of Shadows Quartet by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Good Girls by Laura Ruby

 

I didn’t realize that Bite Me was book 3 in a series, so I’m going to get the first two books at some point. Have you read any of these?

Review of South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

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South of Sunshine is about a girl named Kaycee Jean McCoy who lives in Sunshine, Tennessee. The town is typically southern and church and football are the most important things there.  When  new family moves t town and Kaycee meets their daughter, Bren, she starts falling for her, but she’s terrified about what her family, friends and the rest of the town will think.

I think the author did a great job with the characters and descriptions. Sunshine’s Main Street sounds just how I’d picture a main street in a quaint town in the south. Some characters are a bit cliché (big, bigoted football star, super religious preacher, snotty church ladies), but some of them surprised me in the end. I enjoyed the main character and the three main side characters (Bren, Van and Sarabeth).

The way Kaycee feels stifled by her small town, her upbringing and peoples’ expectations of her felt very real. I love how her relationship with Bren progressed. It was slow and sweet with some hiccups along the way. I love when I get a sense of who the characters are and what they’re feeling rather than having them jump into bed with someone.

After Kaycee is outed and it seems the whole community is against her, including her two best friends, she really has to find herself and figure out who she is and what she wants. Watching her try to hide who she is was heartbreaking. I just wanted to hug her and tell her that things would be ok for her. And they were. The end of the book was great! Kaycee finally start living for herself and she found some friends and allies. I like that it ties things up, but still leaves room for the reader to make their own conclusion about where the characters end up.

I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review of The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read and the characters are entertaining. The main character, Justin, really wants to be a filmmaker and he loves horror movies. He decides he’s going to make the greatest zombie movie ever with the help of his two best friends (Gabe and Bobby), his crush (Alicia) and random people from their town. The script isn’t great, the budget is non-existent and they don’t have much time. What’s the worst that could happen?

Some of the ideas Justin and his friends, especially Bobby, come up with are so ridiculously bad, that they might be good. If they can survive ant attacks, birthday party clowns, meltdowns and mishaps, they might be able to make the movie. It was fun reading about their misadventures and you could tell how much the characters and the author love zombie movies. I liked the little twist in the Epilogue. It was nice update on the characters’ lives.

If you like zombies, comedy and like to be entertained, I think you’ll like this book. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

March Book Haul and a Neat Kindle Update

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Hi, everyone! I went to the thrift shop on Monday and got some new books. They are:

Down A Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

The Green Book by Rogers & Kostigen

Witch Child by Celia Rees

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa De La Cruz

I was excited to find such a nice copy of The Van Alen Legacy for only $0.90. Have you read any of these? If you have, what did you think?

In other news, my Kindle got updated with the new home page. It’s pretty neat!

Kindle Update

The main part on the left side shows what book I’m currently reading, or the first book in my library if I’m not reading anything, and it shows how far I’ve read in the right hand corner of the cover. On the right side, it shows my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf and my Amazon Wishlist. Along the bottom, it shows books that my Goodreads friends have recently added. Under that, it shows a book that Amazon’s advertising.

They also added new butons at the top. There’s a button so you can put the Kindle in “airplane mode” during travel and buttons for Goodreads and Amazon. One of the things that I’ve really been enjoying is the recommendations section under the drop down menu. You can get recommendations from Amazon and Goodreads now. Has your Kindle gotten the new homepage? If it did, do you like it?

Review of Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-Off Riffs, and the Secret History of Rock and Roll by Tim English

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This book was ok, but I thought it would be more interesting. I was surprised to learn about how blatant some people were about stealing other musicians’ songs.

Once the book got to the section about The Beatles, I started losing interest and it got repetitive. Of course John Lennon songs sound like John Lennon songs and Paul McCartney songs could sound like Beatles songs. If it interests you to know that Led Zeppelin ripped off a ton of people and then got ripped off by Black Sabbath, this book is for you. It wasn’t a good one for me.

2/5 stars.

I got this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.