Friday Five

1. First off, was actress Gina Rodriquez fab or what with her Golden Globe acceptance speech last Sunday?


2. Got a new Kindle HD Fire and the first thing I did was download the latest Beth Revis's novel:

Loved Beth's ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series and her latest novel doesn't disappoint!

Blurb: The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift--the ability to enter people's dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother--to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things--images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience--and influence--the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love--even though Ella's never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing...

Someone's altered her memory.

Ella's gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn't even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella's head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?

**Best thing?  It's only $4.99!  So worth the cost for yet another amazing Sci fi tale!

3. So excited to pick up this book at local B&N today:

Isn't the cover flippin' gorgeous?

There's a secret society and European locales.  I'm hooked!



















4. Also just ordered based on Cupcakegirly's review:

It's in the recent Tab and Teen Scholastic book orders for $10!

***Can you see a pattern here with my recent book loves?  Espionage, Europe, adventure.

















5. This one is in the February Tab Scholastic book orders for $7 and you get this really cool Parisian necklace too!  What a steal!

Let's add another thing to my now love list: Paris!!!!  And Italy.





















**Plus, finishing up this amazing YA contemporary novel from Cinco Puntos:

There's so much to love about Gabi.  This novel is written in journal form, which helps us see Gabi and her world.  Love this chica mucha!

**YA Books Central review coming this weekend!


And yes, another thing I LOVE about books: diversity.  Books that not only take me to foreign countries but ones that show my Mexican heritage in a positive light, with characters I can relate with. 

WANT MORE!!!!

And yes, I will return to my own YA thriller with Espie, my Mexican-American protagonist who loses not only her home but her heart.








**Guilty pleasure:

So I ended up rejoining Weight Watchers as I need the added push to losing weight.  My big doctor visit is in May--ultrasound on my thyroid and a whole blood panel which includes my cholesterol and blood sugar.  Heart disease runs in my family.  So need to watch it.

Well, that's NOT my guilty pleasure but rather I'm saving points to have a grande Starbucks mocha iced drink with soy and without whip cream.

So worth it!

Photo courtesy of: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/starbucks-libertyville

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