Chocolate Books Tag

I was tagged for this, uh, tag, by Sarah over on Lights and Shadows. Basically, you match up books with chocolate, which I don’t even eat, so I’m relying on the explanations… 😉 This is my first tag, so… I hope I’m doing this right. 😀

1. Dark chocolate (a book that covers a dark topic):

The Merciful Scar. It’s a beautiful book about redemption and love, and a girl – I say girl, but she’s twenty-something – trying to overcome cutting.

2. White chocolate (a favorite light-hearted/humorous read).

Oh, this one is easy. Because New Kid Catastrophes Book 1: TJ And The Time Stumblers by Bill Myers is a book you cannot read without laughing. Seriously. I mean, everyone who reads this should go buy this book. (Should’ve said that when it was free the other day) I mean, with “goofballs Tuna and Herby from the 23rd century” and TJ Finkelstein, and Hesper Breakaheart, and “one disaster after another”… Okay, so maybe the description doesn’t quite do it justice, but let me just say that Tuna and Herby have some interesting inventions that create some very interesting situations, like Chad, the most popular guy in school, turned into a goldfish and in the Finklestein’s toilet… And I mean, with quotes like “‘Run for your lives; it’s a crazy girl riding a piano!'” how could it not be a hilarious book? TJ is such an awesome narrator as well. Okay, I am officially adding this book to my list to review…

3. Milk chocolate (a book with a lot of hype that I’m dying to read).

Well, okay, let’s back up. I’m not on much social media and such, so I’m not sure what has a lot of hype and such, but I’d have to say the second book in The Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet. And I’m only saying the second book because I’ve already gotten to read the first book… Go Cinder!!!!

4. Caramel chocolate (a book that makes me feel all gooey inside).

If by gooey you mean that it makes me want to squeal because I’m so happy, then I can answer this one. If not… well, I don’t really feel gooey… But No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe just made me want to jump up and down while spinning in a circle and squealing with happiness. But you might not feel that way if you’re not familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories and can say “I REMEMBER THAT FROM THAT STORY!!!!”. And the sequel, The Future Door, was pretty good, it’s only problem is… well, all the time-travel stuff is kind of hard to wrap your mind around…

5. Waferless Kit-Kat (a book that surprised me).

A book that… surprised me. Bad or good? One of each, hehe… Bad surprise: The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff. For some reason I was expecting this book to be epic, but it just felt really slow. Too much narrative summary. Don’t get me wrong, it had an awesome plot, just a little too much explanation. I may or may not have just read it because the series had “Britain” in the name… 😀 Good surprise: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. This was in the same stack as The Eagle of the Ninth. But it was like a game of Clue with characters and a twist ending and I was even keeping notes and I still totally failed but my guess was right but only because of my super crazy logic…. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it, and you can read my review here.

6. Snickers Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (a book I’m going nuts about).

Ew, nuts… 😉 Hang on, let me go ask someone… Okay, so apparently I’ve been talking about Thor and The Princess Bride and my other awesome favorite movies too much to have bored anyone to death by talking about a favorite book… *goes to check kindle* Wait… wait… skip the Kindle, I want my paperbacks! Ugh, this is hard!!!! Okay, I have to say either The Discovery by Dan Walsh. And, in case you couldn’t tell, my White Chocolate book, too.

7. Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows (a book you turn to for a comfort read).

Ugh, this one’s hard, since I don’t reread books very often. I have so many new books that it just doesn’t happen! But I guess Invisible, the first Ivy Malone mystery from Lorena McCourtney. Mostly because it was really funny, ironic, and most of the other books I’d use here I’ve already mentioned. 😉 You can read my review here.

8. Box of chocolates (a series I feel has something for everyone).

Dare I be classic? The Chronicles of Narnia! And in case that’s just too easy, the Antarctica books by Peter Lernagis. Seriously, there’s only two books, so I’m not sure if that counts as a series, but it was awesome! 😀

So, that was fun! I’m going to tag Icedmocha34, erinkenobi2893, and awkwardlyartistic.  What do you think of my choices? Have you read any of these, and do you agree? Comment below!

Book Review: Invisible by Lorena McCourtney

WARNING: This is book one of the Ivy Malone Mystery Series. So just keep in mind that it’s part of a series if you decide to buy it and read it.

Hello, fellow booklovers. Let me start off by saying that the description for this book ended up being a little misleading, but I definitely enjoyed it in spite of that. Here’s the description from Amazon.com:

She’s not your average crime fighter!

Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it’s only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation.

Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can’t resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities’ attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor’s match-making schemes can’t slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?

*MINOR SPOILER WARNING: If you want to be completely surprised when you read this book, don’t read any farther. I will not reveal any big spoilers, only a few things that show what was misleading about the description (to me, at least). You have been forewarned.*

So now that we got that out of the way, let us begin. First off, my interpretation of this description was that Ivy Malone finds out that she can turn invisible.

I quickly found out that Ivy Malone was not a teenager, a twenty- or even thirty-something-year-old, but was a… well, she was somewhere between sixty and seventy, I believe. Never figured that out for sure. However, because I had already gotten connected to her as only awesome authors can do, I continued to read, and soon found out she was not literally invisible, she was LOL invisible. No, no, not laugh out loud. Little old lady.

Trust me, I didn’t come up with that myself. There’s a reason I kept reading.

So maybe the character wasn’t what I was expecting, but other than that, this book was awesome! Lorena McCourtney kept me on the edge of my seat with her awesome suspense building, whether it was with the mystery or with the slight bit of romance mixed in. And of course, all that humor… I was LOL-ing while reading about a LOL.

And then the quotable moments, of course.

“…if I had to spend the next three months hiding in a closet eating grits.”

“‘BLOL.’ ‘What?’ ‘Busybody Little Old Lady.'”

“The good Samaritan with a gun. I didn’t stop to ponder the inconsistencies inherent in that.”

There were so many more awesome funny spots and memorable quotes in this book that I’d have to reread it and highlight (on my Kindle) if I wanted to find them all. And Lorena McCourtney has an awesome way with words. There’s also a lot of good messages in this book, and Ivy Malone’s faith is so strong and such a great example. Read it.

There is some mention of blood, bullet wounds, murder, death, uh, Ivy visits a morgue, and she also does some crazy LOL things, like camping out in a cemetery, but no gory descriptions of any of that. And the ending definitely entices you to read the next book. 😉

Oh, and did I mention that it’s free on Kindle? 😉

So go read it! You’ll enjoy it, that’s for sure!