REVIEW: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

 Title & Author: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
 Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #2 
 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 416 pages
 Release Date: March 3, 2015 
 Genre: Fantasy
 Source: ARC provided by publisher (thank you!)
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 SYNOPSIS: (According to my husband, who has NOT read the book —  see how well he listens to my bookish ramblings)

Betty cried a lot because she just wants heart confetti to happen.  The boy and girl long for each other but its forbidden and it sucks that they can’t just be lovers.  The tension is like… OMG GIRLFRIEND.  READ THE BOOK.

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I am so excited for Apollycon this weekend!

Are you going to be there?

Throughout the week I have been setting aside books I want to have signed at the event.  Most of my JLA books are already signed because I was lucky enough to have her visit my local Barnes & Noble, but I do have a few new ones!  I’m ridiculously excited that Katie McGarry will be there, as well as a few other faves including Sarah J Maas, Susan Dennard, and Jay Crownover!  Wendy Higgins, from what I’ve been told by fellow book rockers, will likely be added to my list of faves!  I am starting Sweet Evil later this week and hope I love it!  Have you read it?

I had a big decision to make in regards to the Throne of Glass series.  I own book 1 in paperback and it is signed.  However, I bought this book during BEA 2013 before I even knew what the series was about.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into!  If I had known, I definitely would have bought a hard copy, then again… it was the old cover, so that probably would have driven me just as crazy as the paperback.  After much debate, and against Mr. Betty’s advice (LOL.. he thinks a paperback and the ARCs are sufficient– $%#@!!!), I ordered the first 3 books in hardcovers.  I just had to.  I want them all to match, especially because it is one of my all time favorite series.  I can’t wait to get them all signed and have these beauties on my shelf!


But really, guys… this event is going to be freaking awesome.

Check out the list of authors that will be there!  There are quite a few I have not read before!  Please let me know who I am missing out on and specific books that I might want to purchase prior to this weekend!


I have not read The Darkest Minds yet and will definitely be getting it — still need to decide on paperback or hardback.  I hate making that decision.  If I end up loving it I will regret getting paperback (helllooooo throne of glass!), but if it is just “okay”, I’ll wish I had saved my money!  How do you make this decision??  HELP!

Random Rantings: THESE ARE MY BABIES!!


You all know that I moved.  Things were so crazy that I just kind of threw books on the shelves because I knew I planned on reorganizing them soon anyway.  I just wanted them out of boxes.  Well, organization day finally came and I was so excited!!  I was ready to get it done.  I had a mission and I was ready to complete it.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Related Problems

Today’s post will be words only.  The topic this week is book related problems…. one of these problems will explain why!  Some of my problems involve things that get in the way of my reading time, others are problems I have with books in general!  Not sure these are my TOP TEN… but they are the first 10 that popped into my head!  Do we share any of the same problems?

In no particular order…

1. COMPUTER IS CRASHING:  So this is more blogging related, but considering I blog about BOOKS, it is also a book related problem.  My iMac has been on its last legs since before Christmas, but about 2 weeks ago it has really gotten bad.  My screen is frozen 75% of the time and it takes about 2 minutes to load a page.  This makes creating graphics and having multiple windows open at a time a nightmare.  It has been VERY difficult to blog.  I can barely email!  I did take it (okay, Mr. Betty took it) to Apple and according to the testing they did, it is still alive, but I’m not buying it.  We are now debating on what to get next, but with moving and the new baby, $$ is not our friend right now!

2. BABY BETTYS:  I love my girls!  They are only little once.  I will never be one to overlook this very important aspect of having kids.  Every single word and action has a huge impact on them.  I always want them to feel important and valued because they are!  I never want them to resent books or feel as though books keep me from them.  I want them to see my passion for reading as a positive thing!  However, this does cut into a lot of “reading time”, which does upset me sometimes.  Being a Mama has forced me to be less selfish with my time!

3. BABY:  My baby is almost 5 months old!  He is freaking amazing and I am loving every single moment with him.  I wasn’t planning on baby #3.  Once the girls were out of the baby stage, I realized how much of it I spent complaining and just trying to get through each day!  This time around I am eating it up and appreciating it all.  But… babies are a TON OF WORK.  He never stops.  I don’t get a ton of sleep and as soon as I pick up a book, I usually have to put it right back down.

4.  MOVING:  We moved into a new house right before Christmas.  It was insane and not fun.  Moving a family of 5 (including a newborn) is disastrous in itself, but throw in a bazillion unexpected house problems and I can tell you that reading was the last thing on my mind.  We are finally mostly settled in and just now getting back to my reading routine.

5. SICKNESS:  My family is generally pretty healthy, but this year has kicked out butts.  No joke.  3 of us had the flu over Christmas, Mr. Betty got it a couple of weeks after.  Once he was better, we got hit with the stomach bug going around, which took about 2 weeks to filter through our house.  I know this comes with the territory of having a child in kindergarten, but I am so over it!

6. TOO MUCH EROTICA:  I love romance… you know I do.  Can I admit to you all that I am a bit romanced out?  Sometimes I’m lucky and I find books that have a solid plot, the perfect amount of tension, and just the right amount of sex appeal– but MOST of the time it feels like flat out erotica and instasex.  I catch myself either cringing or rolling my eyes and skimming.  I need more.  I need build up and I need to FEEL the relationship.

7. GENERIC NEW ADULT:  I love the idea of New Adult… the phase of life and the age of the characters, but there are so many bad ones out there.  I hate the “sex sells” attitude.  I don’t mind the sex if there is a solid and unique plot to back it up, but so much of New Adult is the same… and really, even I am sick of the XL muscles, tattoos, and random piercing that doesn’t always mesh with the character.  Give it a rest.  Give me an average joe for a change!

8. OVERLOADED SHELVES:  I have too many books.  I just reorganized my shelves this week– READ on one side of the room, UNREAD on the other.  I have so many unread books yet I keep buying more.  It has to stop.  But can I be honest with you??  I plan to head over to Amazon after I finish this post to order one.  Shame on me!

9.  REVIEW BOOKS:  I love review books, but sometimes I let them dominate my reading choices.  I’ve been better with this lately, have been alternating in reads of my choice and older books, but this has been hard based on my lack of time and life changes over the last few months!

10.  ORGANIZING MY SHELVES:  I will probably do an entire post on JUST THIS fairly soon, but I gotta say, THIS IS STRESSFUL!  I asked twitter how they organize and got some great ideas.  I took some and ran with it!  Only a serious reader understands how big of a deal organizing books is!!