Goodreads Monday ~ Bad Romance

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My (Not So) Random Pick

29102896.jpgBad Romance
By Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN13: 9781627797726
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Contemporary


Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

Okay, so I am very aware this is not a typical read for me, but I am trying to expand this year. Lilly at Lair of Books is fantastic for featuring diverse reads and she reviewed this yesterday. I could not shake the desire to pick this up after reading her review. Check it out here.

Have you read this? what are your thoughts on the synopsis?

Happy Monday!

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Sunday Sum-Up


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

This past week has been one of little complaints. I have had the house to myself for the majority of the time and it has been quite. I have been working, cooking, reading and catching up on a few shows. While, I am struggling with my son being away, it has been an opportunity to allow myself some rest and take some “me time”.

Mini Review

A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
By Ray Bradbury
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN13: 9780060785697
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Stories


With his disarmingly simple style and complex imagination, Ray Bradbury has seized the minds of American readers for decades.This collection showcases thirty-two of Bradbury’s most famous tales in which he lays bare the depths of the human soul. The thrilling title story, A Sound of Thunder, tells of a hunter sent on safari — sixty million years in the past. But all it takes is one wrong step in the prehistoric jungle to stamp out the life of a delicate and harmless butterfly — and possibly something else much closer to home …

My thoughts:

For this review I am looking solely at the story A Sound of Thunder. Aptly titled, this short work embraces the finer and more familiar elements of science fiction: time travel and the butterfly effect. It is hard to really divulge or explore the events contained within to any real degree due to the brevity of the tale, but it manages to present the age-old “small actions have larger consequences” in an entertaining  but somewhat haunting manner. A brief thought to consider though, as I usually discover when reading older sci-fi, it helps to keep in mind exactly how dated the collection is. What might tempt us to label it as overdone or cliché, certainly was not always so. If you like Bradbury, I would recommend this collection. I am enjoying my time picking through it.


Mapping the Interior


Long Black Veil

This was a great week for me in terms of books. I highly recommend Long Black Veil and the novella Mapping the Interior to all.


I am still reading The Waking Land by Callie Bates and Shadow (Wendy Darling #3) by Colleen Oakes. I added another title via audio to accompany me during those times I cannot read.

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN13: 9781427267948


Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


  • Goodreads Monday featured The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.
  • My 2nd You Choose, I Read selection is The Princess and the Goblin.
  • I am hosting a Belated Birthday Bash to celebrate BVT turning 1. You can enter to win a $15 Teavana e-Gift Card and $15 to spend on a book of you choice. There is still time to enter.

I have a few items on the “to do” list today and seem to have a small cold (which is insane in this 90º+ heat) so I am going wrap for now. Happy reading and have a wonderful week ahead!

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
― Ray Bradbury


Danielle ❤

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Belated Birthday Bash!


Better late than never , but over a week ago when I found myself having to take a break, BVT and myself both aged 1 year 😉 So today I am celebrating each of you who have made this year one that I will not forget!

What This Year Has Meant

When I first started this blog, it was a frightening time. Opening up to others and posting my thoughts can be challenging. I struggled to even share a review on Amazon or Goodreads. And I certainly had no idea what this journey would entail.

But as fate would have it, I have an amazing nonhusband who saw my passion and pushed me to take the leap. Since that time, I have discovered that BVT would soon become something more than just a blog. It quickly grew into an outlet and second home. I could never have been prepared for the amount of support and friendship that awaited me. Each of you have provided positive feedback and encouragement. You have listened when I needed an ear and you have taken time to know me and reach out when I was unwell. Each day has been filled with a newfound happiness that I have drawn strength from, even on the hardest of days. Truth be told, it is each of you who make this blog successful and all that I want it to be.

Thank You ❤


In order to thank you for all you have given me this last year, I am hosting a small giveaway. I have 2 drawings. One is for a $15 e-gift card to Teavana, which can also be used at Starbucks (unfortunately, this is open in the US only). The second is for up to $15 US dollars to spend on the book of your choice with Book Depository or Amazon which is open internationally to anyone that Book Depository ships to. Both giveaways are open for 1 week.

(This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Teavana, Amazon or Book Depository)

A couple small details:

  • You must be 18 years of age to enter and able to provide a valid email and shipping address.
  • You must be willing to have your name mentioned on the blog and social media (I will not share your email or personal details).
  • The Teavana gift card will be sent electronically through email.
  • The $15 to spend on a book will be open internationally and may be sent Amazon (if winner is US) or Book Depository (International).
  • I will notify winners in one week. You will have 7 days to respond before another winner is selected.

Enter to win $15 Teavana e-Gift Card here (US only)

gft2Enter to win $15 US Dollars to spend on a book of your choice (International)

Good Luck!

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