Thursday, October 31, 2013

"The House of Dead Maids" (a historically haunted Lexi review)



I just thought I'd let you know, lol. It's me and Ash's fave holiday!!! We dress up and go trick-or-treating which, this year, I'll be using to grab candy and hopefully find my dog as well.

Okay, onto a spooky book!

The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle. Even this cover gives me chills!!!

Summary: "Young Tabby Aykroyd has been brought to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be nursemaid to a foundling boy. He is a savage little creature, but the Yorkshire moors harbor far worse, as Tabby soon discovers. The ghost of the last maid will not leave Tabby in peace, yet this spirit is only one of many. Why do scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House with a jealous devotion that extends beyond the grave? 

As Tabby struggles to escape the evil forces rising out of the land, she watches her young charge choose a different path. He is determined to keep Seldom House as his own. Though Tabby tries to befriend the uncouth urchin, her kindness cannot alter his fate. Long before he reaches the old farmhouse of Wuthering Heights, the boy who will become Heathcliff has doomed himself and any who try to befriend him." (Thanks, Goodreads!)

If you've read Wuthering Heights, or Jane Eyre, or have seen the movies, read this for sure! If not, read it anyways! It's a great scary novel for Halloween, and for whoever enjoys Southern Gothic novels as well. So much history and questions plague you throughout this novel, and you'll be wondering exactly what is going on while you read this. One thing is for sure: you'll be entertained the entire read!

In Conclusion: If you like creepy ghost stories, this one is for you!

5/5 skulls


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"The Storyteller's Daughter" (A Thrilled Ashley Review)

Hey Guys!!!!

  Happy day before Halloween!!!!! Today I am going to be reviewing a very moving, adventures, story that has pulled me into its clutches. "The Storyteller's Daughter" is another exciting book, in the "Once Upon A Time Series, this book is written by Cameron Dokey. This is yet again another beautiful retelling of an old tale.

Here is the summary of this amazing book taken from Goodreads...
   "In a faraway kingdom, a king has been betrayed. Deeply hurt and bitterly angry, he vows never to be deceived again. Unfortunately, the king's plan to protect himself will endanger all of the realm's young women, unless one of them will volunteer to marry the king - and surrender her life.
To everyone's relief and horror, one young woman steps forward. The daughter of a legendary storyteller, Shahrazad believes it is her destiny to accept this risk and sacrifice herself.
On the night of her wedding to the king, Shahrazad begins to weave a tale. Fascinated, the king lets her live night after night. Just when Shahrazad dares to believe that she has found a way to keep her life — and an unexpected love - a treacherous plot will disrupt her plan. Now she can only hope that love is strong enough to save her."
I will admit that this story does start off slow, but that's only because you have to have the background of all the characters to understand the story. This is a very moving tale and shouldn't be missed by anybody. The reader will start falling in love with the king and be rooting for the woman, Shahrazad, to capture the stone cold heart and have her own happily ever after.
This story is so different than the ones we are accustomed to, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't belong right up there with them. I am a sucker for a good romance and being able to see the characters transform into better people. This is a book packed with different stories, romance, plotting, murder, and family. It is a once in a lifetime story that should be read by every lover of books!!!
Happy Reading!!!!
Rating: 5/5 Queen's with lions, just because I thought it was pretty.....

Monday, October 28, 2013

"Red Hill" (A Zombie Loving Ashley Review)

Hey Guys!!!!

  Happy week of Halloween!!!! Today I am excited to do the review of a new book, by one of my favourite authors. "Red Hill" by Jamie McGuire, is about a group of people living and trying to survive during a zombie apocalypse. I was hesitant about if I would like this book or not, because I am not a zombie lover, but this book was so good that I now like zombies. It also gets you thinking if something like this happened what would you do and do you think you could survive.

Here is the summary of this amazing book taken from Goodreads....

   "When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?"

I don't want to say anymore about this book, because I don't want to give anything away. What I will say is from the first page this book will draw you into a whole new world, that will make you a believer that a zombie apocalypse can happen. You will be rooting for the characters and hoping that all of your favourite characters that you come to love will make it. This is an amazing read that doesn't need to be passed up. It is such an amazing story that you won't want to put the book down until the very end. I can't wait for more from this amazing author.



Rating: 5/5 silly cartoon zombies....

Friday, October 25, 2013

"Deadly Addiction" (A Excited Ashley Review)

Hey guys!!!!

  TGIF!!!!! Since the review for the first book "Deadly Obsession" got over 80 reviews, I decided to review the second book of the series for yall. "Deadly Addiction" by Kristine Cayne, is the second book in this amazing series. The main characters from the first book, come into play and you get to see how they are fairing. This book is just as wonderful as the first one and is guaranteed to have you laughing, cheering, and on the ride of your life.

Here is the summary taken straight from Goodreads.....

   "A violent clash of cultures and nations tests the forbidden love between a Native American man and a white female cop.

When beautiful police sergeant Alyssa Morgan enters his life, Rémi Whitedeer never expects her to upend it. Not only does she have his hormones in an uproar, she’s also threatening to take the position he wants—Chief of Police for the Iroquois Blackriver Reservation. But Alyssa is more than a Barbie cop. Her ends-justifies-the-means philosophy, so different from his own, challenges Rémi on every level. With her sharp investigative skills and her fearlessness, she leads Rémi to confront bitter truths about his family and his standing as a man of mixed race within his tribe.

Tall hunky Rémi Whitedeer, of the panty-melting grin and the smouldering green eyes, flips Alyssa’s world ass over teakettle. She’s always had a laser-like focus on the job, but Rémi proves a constant distraction. His inner strength and sense of purpose strip away the winner-take-all attitude Alyssa wears like armor. Soon she’s longing for more—a more that terrifies and intrigues her. If he finds out the fine line she’d walked while undercover, will he still want her? And will she ever find the courage to let him—or anyone—that far in?

When Alyssa and Rémi uncover a drug-fueled scheme involving a biker gang from Alyssa’s past and a militant sovereigntist group led by Rémi’s cousin, they are forced to choose between their growing love for each other and the lives they've worked so hard to build. Will Rémi and Alyssa have to leave everything behind—even their identities—for the chance of a future

If you liked the first book, then you will like this book. Kristine is such an amazing author, that her words are guaranteed to pull you in and you won't want to stop until the very end. I hope you comes out with another book in this exciting series and if she does I can't wait to read it.

Until Monday!!!!


Rating: 5/5 John Smith and Pocahontas......

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"The Predicteds" (a choice Lexi review)


This next novel is about genetic testing, questioning nature and nurture. Which one rules?It's always an interesting thing to think and talk about. So, without any more delay, here's The Predicteds by Christine Seifert.

Summary: "Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse… sort of. He wants to be more than “just friends,” but there’s something he’s not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student’s capacity for violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feelings for Jesse—and what she will do if her first love turns out to be a killer." (YAAAY for whoever created Goodreads!!!)

Kind of predictable, but a very interesting look at the nature/nurture debate. Can you truly predict who is dangerous and who isn't? What are the repercussions of this, and what if it's not correct? Where does your personality lie? Is it embedded in your DNA, or did it develop thanks to how you were raised?

In Conclusion: It's an interesting look at the nature/nurture debate, so go for it if you're really into that debacle, or have debated about it before. It is very interesting nonetheless!

3/5 tests



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"The Viking's Witch" (An Early Halloween Ashley Review)

Hello Peeps!!!!

   Today I am going to be reviewing the wonderful book "The Viking's Witch" by Kelli A. Wilkins. This is such an amazing book, that it has become on of my favourite witchy books by far. It also, in a weird way, made me want to watch "Hocus Pocus" and got me ready for Halloween to be here already.


Here is the summary of this amazing book......

   "Scotland, 803 A.D.

About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.

But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?

After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?

Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up."

I loved how Kelli did the sexual tension between Odaria and Rothgar. There are some abuse and very descriptive killing scenes, so if you have a weak stomach you might not like this book as much. But, I promise that if you can get past the bad parts, the good parts make up for it. It gives you a great aspect of how the Vikings were and a little about their history. This was such a wonderfully written book and I believe that the way it was written and the story, drew me into the book making me love it.



Rating: 5/5 random pictures of a Viking and Vampires...ya I do mean random.....

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Spookygirl" (I'm Back! - a Lexi review)


I'm back for the rest of the week. I still haven't found my baby (2 weeks and 1 day), but tons of people have seen him, so there's still hope. Prayers, good thoughts, anything really, is welcome. But I can't stop doing this and talking to my friends, and everything, but instead, hope for the best, prepare for the worst, but still go on in life.

So, let's get to the book, shall we? Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky. (That's such a mouthful!)

Summary: "Violet doesn't remember much about her late mother, but she is certain of one thing: she too can see ghosts and communicate with the dead. But when Violet discovers paranormal activity in the girls' locker room, she finds herself ill-equipped for handling the school's ghostly echoes. Through Violet's own investigation and with the help of some unlikely allies, Violet discovers there is a lot she doesn't know about her special skill--and more still that can stand in the way of its power. With sharp wit and determination, Violet sets out to uncover the truth behind her school's haunting, to finish the investigation that led to her mother's sudden death, and to learn why the only ghost she has ever wanted to see is the one that has eluded her forever."

So this novel can be cheesy in its events and names (if you read it, you'll get it). With the stereotypical goths, the story was kind of guess-able. You'll know what's going to happen before she does, which is seeming to become more the case in YA books. But the lines, thoughts, and general teenagers are just hilarious (and they're supposed to be). The take on ghosts is interesting, like why they're here and what they like. I REALLY like this novel, and it's a great take on ghosts, but based upon the other paranormal books I've been reading for fall, it's not the best...

In Conclusion: Not the best ghost book, but it's super entertaining, relatable, and funny. It's one of those "eh, read it or don't" books.

3/5 keys

Monday, October 21, 2013

"A Taste Of Blood Wine" (An On The Fence Ashley Review)

Hello Fellow Book Lovers!!!!!

  Over the past weekend when I went to the Texas State Fair I learned that I am descended from the Norse Vikings!!!! I have learned that they had blonde or red hair and blue eyes. I have blue eyes and my blonde hair has a red tint to it. I always wondered why I am the only one in my family to have a red tint to my hair and am happy to find out it is because of my Norse Viking ancestors. Okay now on to my review of "A Taste Of Blood Wine" by Freda Warrington and it's confusing.

Here is the summary taken from Goodreads....

   "Karl von Wultendorf, though a vampire himself, is completely under the power of his maker, Kristian, who demands total servitude.

Charlotte Neville is the daughter of a Cambridge professor. She has grown up questioning all that she sees. Because of this, she is seen as a wallflower by British society. She lives with her father and assists him with his experiments at their home.

When Karl meets, and falls in love with, Charlotte, he realizes that he must find a way to kill Kristian, for Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte."

I honestly don't know what more to say about this book. In all honesty, I skipped some pages because I felt that it went a little slow. This is the first book of a new series and I unfortunately don't think I am going to read the next ones. It's a classic tale of Vampire falls for human, human falls for vampire, maker wants to kill human, vampire saves human and so on. I loved how the author wrote very great detail, but I felt like it went in circles and repeated the same thing over and over again.

It was worth a shot, but I believe that it could have gone better. Some parts were good, other parts you wanted to throw the book across the room. I don't recommend this book, because I don't believe that it is worth the time it takes to read it.

Until Next Time


Rating: 2/5 Sookie and Bill from True Blood......

Friday, October 18, 2013

"Ruined By A Rake" (A Historical Romance Ashley Review)

Hey guys!!!!!

  So, as I am posting this review I am listening to the "Grease" sound track, so please forgive me if any "Grease" songs or words are typed in. Today I am reviewing a new favourite Historical Romance of mine. "Ruined By A Rake" by Erin Knightley, is a thrilling, heart breaking ride. It is a novella, so if your looking for a fun, quick read than this is the book for you.

The summary of this wonderful Historical Romance is as follows....

  "It started with a kiss.

When nine-year-old Eleanor Abbington first met her uncle’s new stepson, Nicolas Norton, the boy rudely stole a kiss from her that set the tone for their contentious and competitive relationship. It wasn’t until years later when Nick introduced her to fencing that they finally had a proper outlet for their frequent arguments.

Having just emerged from mourning following her mother’s death, Eleanor is exactly where she wishes to be at the age of four-and-twenty: an on-the-shelf spinster and unofficial companion to her aunt. Unfortunately, her ambitious uncle has other plans for her future. On the eve of his house party, he lays down his ultimatum: either Eleanor marries the man of his choosing, or he'll force her seventeen-year-old sister to do so instead.

When Nick unexpectedly arrives on their doorstep after a two year absence, Eleanor is in no mood for their normal banter. Seeming to know exactly what she needs, Nick challenges her to pick up the foil once more. During their pre-dawn matches, he shows her just how strong she can be . . . and exactly how much he’s changed since leaving. But when her old adversary becomes her only ally, she may very well find herself . . . Ruined by a Rake."

This is such a wonderful novella and ensnared me to this amazing author that I can't wait to read more of her books. Erin shows you the way a young lady was supposed to act and they were supposed to marry for position be it political or other. This story will have you sticking with it until the end and not wanting to stop until you devoured every last word.



Rating: 5/5 Lucille Balls and Desi Arnez, just because I love them......

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Some Fun Quotes By Ashley Clayton

Hey Guys,

  So since my weekend has been no stop crazy busy, I wanted to do a little something different. I found some fun book lovers and book quotes on the internet and wanted to share them with yall. I hope yall enjoy these quotes and see yourself in some of them, like I did.

Hope yall enjoyed!!!!!


P.S. Here is a pic of me and the ever sexy Tom Felton aka Draco Malfoy......

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Posting & Doggies (a Sunday post by Lexi)


This week, my baby (a 6-lb. Yorkie) ran down the road and immediately disappeared. Weird, huh? We're sure somebody picked him up. But this week has been super hard on me, which means I've been sad and sleeping, but still reading. Actually reading more than usual. But I couldn't bring myself to posting, or really writing at all. However, I needed to talk to you guys and tell you why I haven't been around. I hope that you guys forgive that. I will be trying to get on and posting this week. I mean, I wrote a paper within minutes, but cannot bring myself to write anything person. It's hard because Boo (Boo Radley, my Yorkie) is my baby boy. He's truly my baby. I can't sleep at night without that little bit of weight snuggling my stomach or the space behind my knees. (Hence, the whole sleeping during the day thing.) Prayers are welcome!!! Here's a pic of my baby:



Friday, October 11, 2013

"The Bride Of Devil's Acre" ( A Happy Ashley Review)

Happy Friday Peeps!!!!

  Today I am going to be reviewing "The Bride Of Devil's Acre" by Jennifer Kohout. This is a very good historical book, with a plot twist that you see coming only because it tells you in the beginning, but it's good none the less. Plus, it has a beautiful cover and with the title you kinda don't know what your getting until you read the summary.

The summary is as follows......

    "Douglas "Devil" Radcliffe has spent years carving out Devil's Acre, an area where the titled and entitled lords of London come to play. But when Queen Victoria proposes a reformation plan to the House of Lords that would have the wretched souls of nearby St. Giles moving into his territory, Devil sets out to buy, bribe, and steal the votes he needs to stop her. One vote short and running out of time, Devil has Lord Edwards' daughter kidnapped and held captive. The price of her freedom? Lord Edwards' vote. Lord Edwards' daughter, Jacqueline's life was defined at the moment of her birth. Growing up in the shadow of her mother's death in childbirth, she has spent years trying to make it up to her father. Now a grown woman, she is torn between her duty to her father and her desire for a life of her own. Irrevocably changed after her kidnapping, Jacqueline tries to put the pieces of her life back together only to find they no longer fit."

I will warn you before anything that there is a very descriptive scene of rape and if you don't like reading books with that in it, then please don't read this book. It will have some sex scenes in it, but there aren't that many. All around I recommend this book, because it has a very good story line and a little bit of mystery to it. Yes there are some violent scenes, but its not the entire book. If you can get past the violent scenes than I believe you will like the book as much as I did. It is a very great historical read as well as a not normal romance.

Hope Y'all Enjoy!!!


Rating: 5/5 Devil's holding his bride.....

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Deadly Obsession" (A Thrilled Ashley Review)

Hey Guys,

  Sorry I wasn't able to post on Monday, but I was really busy and didn't have any time. So, this weekend Alexis and I went to Comic Con and it was so much fun. I got to meet Tom Felton, aka Draco Malfoy, and OMG he is hotter in person!!!! All in all we had a lot of fun, like we always do when around each other. Today I will be reviewing "Deadly Obsession" by Kristine Cayne, this is the first in the series.

Here is the summary of this thrilling book taken from Goodreads...

   "When an Oscar-winning movie star meets a department-store photographer…

Movie star Nic Lamoureux appears to have a playboy’s perfect life. But it’s a part he plays, an act designed to conceal a dark secret he carries on his shoulders. His empty days and nights are a meaningless blur until he meets the woman who fulfills all his dreams. She and her son are the family he’s always wanted—if she can forgive a horrible mistake from his past.

A Hollywood dream…

Lauren James, a widowed single mother, earns barely enough money to support herself and her son. When she wins a photography contest and meets Nic, the man who stars in all her fantasies, her dreams, both professional and personal, are on the verge of becoming real. The attraction between Lauren and Nic is instant—and mutual. Their chemistry burns out of control during a photo shoot that could put Lauren on the fast track to a lucrative career.

Becomes a Hollywood nightmare

But an ill-advised kiss makes front-page news, and the lurid headlines threaten everything Nic and Lauren have hoped for. Before they know what’s happening, their relationship is further rocked by an obsessed and cunning stalker who’ll stop at nothing—not even murder—to have Nic to herself. When Nic falls for Lauren, the stalker zeroes in on her as the competition.

And the competition must be eliminated."

This is such a thrilling ride and a surprise ending that you won't see coming. The chemistry of Nic and Lauren is so great. Kristen has a way with words that makes the reader feel like they are in the story with the characters. The second book in the series is just as good, but I recommend reading this one first, because Nic and Lauren show up in the second book.



Rating: 4/5 Woman being stalked...which is so not cool btw.....

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"The Ghost of Graylock" (a phantom Lexi review)

Ah, Readers,

Today, Ash, my little brother, and I went to Dallas's Fan Days, which is pretty much ComicCon at a different time of the year. Tomorrow, (we did 3-day passes) is taking pictures with Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in "Harry Potter") and John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow, Desperate Housewives, etc.)!!!!! We're both so excited!!!!!

Now, to today's book!!! The ghost story called The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki!!!

Summary: "Does an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting?

Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall.

It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods.

As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for himself. Especially since rumor has it that the building is haunted. He's got fresh batteries in his flashlight, a camera to document the adventure, and a new best friend watching his back.
Neil might think he's prepared for what he'll find in the dark and decrepit asylum. But he's certainly not prepared for what follows him home. . . ."

The back story was good, the mystery great, but it was too predictable for me to give a high rating to. It's a good novel, and the characters were okay, but it didn't hit me like the book Project 17 did. These characters weren't really easy for me to relate to, even though I've been in some of the same situations in life. I think that it was a great idea, just not as thoroughly executed like it had the potential to be. I wanted it scarier, more tense, and waaaay creepier for a novel about a haunted (abandoned) asylum.

In Conclusion: Eh, skip it.


3/5 ghostly mists

Friday, October 4, 2013

"Brother's Keeper" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Thank God It's Friday!!!!

  So, I am so excited today is Friday, because Alexis and I will be going to Comic Con and meeting famous people. Of course we are going to join the millions of nerds and dress up, but it is going to be so much fun. I am reviewing "Brother's Keeper" by Elizabeth Finn. This is such a heart warming, thrilling, twist and turns book. Warning there is family abuse in this book, it's not in there a lot, but if your not comfortable with that please don't read this book, because I don't want you to be uncomfortable.

Here is the summary of this amazing book taken from Goodreads...

   "Trapped in a web of hate with no escape, a young woman discovers her attraction to the man determined to protect her may be her undoing. Will time run out, or will he find a way to protect her before her abusive father kills her?

When Rowan is awarded a ballet scholarship to Michigan State University during her senior year of high school, her life’s dream is finally realized. Having lost her mother at an early age and being subjected to the abuse of a destitute drunken father, she has known unimaginable loss and heartache and been left wanting for a better life—a life now within her grasp. But with one ill-fated phone call, her life is turned upside down.

Logan is Rowan's best friend’s older brother whose career is taking off as he prepares to graduate law school and move cross-country to the prestigious law firm that has offered him a very lucrative contract. When Rowan finds herself at Logan’s mercy after he inadvertently learns of the abuse she has suffered at the hands of her father, their lives become intertwined in a way neither ever imagined nor wanted.

In an effort to protect her, but with his own hands tied by her unwillingness to report the abuse, Logan strikes a deal requiring Rowan to stay with him whenever there is a chance her father might be on a drunken binge—which is often. For her agreement and cooperation, he will keep her secret. Soon, their time together weighs on them both, and they find themselves constantly tempted to step outside the bounds of their supposed platonic relationship. But there is no point. The devastating fact of the matter is their lives are moving in opposite directions—a relationship destined to die before it even has a chance to live.

The ever present clock plagues them both as it ticks off the days until they are parted. But one all important question remains—after he leaves, how will he protect her from a father intent on hating her until the day he dies … or the day he kills her?"

I can't say anymore about this book because I might give something away. I will warn you that it does have sex scenes and thoughts of sex, so again if you don't like that you won't like this book. Please give this book a chance and you won't be disappointed.

Happy Reading!!!!


Rating: 5/5 Very random Hatter and Alice.....

Thursday, October 3, 2013

"The School for Dangerous Girls" (a confident Lexi review)


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So I read a book last night. Had to know what was going down in this novel, so putting it down was just not an option. It's called The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer. Here's the cover:

Summary: "Angela's parents think she's on the road to ruin because she's dating a "bad boy." After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate "dangerous girls." But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that recovery is only on the agenda for the "better" girls. The other girls -- designated as "the purple thread" -- will instead be manipulated to become more and more dangerous . . . and more and more reliant on Hidden Oak's care." (Gracias again, Goodreads!)

Another great find for October, though this one is more gritty and realistic, as well as violent. So Angela has her secret of her past, as do each of the girls that go to the school. There are tons of ridiculous rules at the academy, and once you're deemed bad, you're gone. Never seen again by your peers. The secrets of the school start to slowly leak out, and then you're hooked on this novel.

Why so many rules? Where are the girls who disappear? And just how do they rehabilitate these "dangerous" girls?

Sound intriguing? It is.

The characters are whole, and well-written as well as thought out. I love the interaction, though wanted more descriptions when it came to the school itself. I also had a few questions as well, but the ending was satisfying, so I didn't dwell to hard on them. The plot was so fun with every twist and turn. Just when you think it's all been laid out and you know what's going on, BAM! another twist or secret comes along, and you just no longer are so sure.

In conclusion: Read it if you're into mysterious stories and boarding schools.


4/5 rolls


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"The Selection" (A Royal Ashley Review)

Hey Guys!!!!

  Today I am going to be reviewing "The Selection" by Kiera Cass. This is such an amazing book that it will have you laughing and wanting to slap one of the male characters. Kiera brings you into the characters with the details she uses, which make you feel what they are feeling.

Here is the summary taken from Goodreads...

   "For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined."

America doesn't want to be thrown into the selection of girls fighting for the hand of the Prince. All she wants to do is stay with her family and have Aspen declare his love for her. But, as America finds out nothing goes according to your plans and she is thrown into a world where she feels like she is in a different universe. But, when she meets the Prince she starts to have a change of heart, until the past comes back to meet the present.

This is an amazing beginning to the series and if you haven't read it yet you so need to!!!!

Till Next Time!!!!


Rating: 5/5 Get Over Aspen....Just because

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Booklover's TV Guide (a tuned-in Lexi review)

Our Beloved Readers,

There's tons of junk we watch (admit it; you've seen at least a clip of "Honey Boo Boo"). There are actually good programs out there, and on So let me list my top five that you should watch if you love good stories...

"Sleepy Hollow"
Deep storyline that's full of twists and turns. Like watching a novel! (Btw, Ichabod is sexy.)

"Doctor Who"
Learn and be thoroughly entertained while falling in love! (Start with the Ninth Doctor; fall in love with the Tenth.)

I'm going to get yelled at by those who watch "Sherlock" on BBC, but I haven't seen it yet. So, this one is a great twist on Sherlock Holmes! A British cutie (Sherlock) is a recovering addict, and his new handler is a chick (Watson). Hilarious and great!

"Instant Star"
My guilty pleasure. Four seasons long. Watch a regular girl rise up and fall and rise again in this awesome show where a girl becomes a star on a TV show. (Love this.)

"Princess Hours (Goong)"
An awesome Korean drama that lasts 24 episodes! A clumsy girl who's just as messed up as us is set up with a snot-headed prince. Trust me on this one; it's great.

Hope y'all enjoy!!!!!