Bippity-boppity-boo OH MY

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

–Marie Hall, Kingdom Series Collection: Books 1-3

Kingdom Series Collection: Books 1-3 by Marie Hall is a collection of the first three books in her Kingdom Series (Bad Five), starring the bad boys of your childhood fairy tales.  This series includes the titles: Her Mad Hatter, Gerard’s Beauty, and Red and Her Wolf.  I was expected a dark twist when I started book 1, Her Mad Hatter…


I quickly realized 1) I apparently had forgotten the premise of the book or had misread it, 2) this was certainly going to be interesting, and 3) even the bad boys need a happy ending too.

I absolutely could not put this down for the first two books.  I slightly delayed reading book 3, as the prologue didn’t suck me in as much as the previous two had, but was sucked in even faster in that one.  Not only am I wanting to read this entire series now, but I want to re-read these.  I LOVED THEM.

I’ve been telling everyone about them, which can be kind of awkward when you are telling a male colleague you don’t exactly know all because you two connected over a Mad Hatter coffee cup (which I now own) and Cheshire Cat.  I’m following the author on Facebook and Twitter, and I hope to email in to get some freebies once we close on our house.  I LOVED them THAT much.

I’m not a sappy, romance girl, but I love dark twists.  These books have them from the start.  Who wouldn’t love a fairy godmother for bad boys!?!  I will warn you-you will want to slap the “head” fairy in her bippity-boppity-boo face.  Fairies are supposed to be good, but hey, let’s add a twist in there.  And then let’s have all the stories start entwining together, so you get the main story you are reading but more of the others too.

Twist here, insert there, fold back here, push through here, etc.  You never know where this story is going to twist, turn, pop up, or “explode”.  “Wink wink.”

Oh, and there’s RECIPES!!  Too bad I am not exactly known for my cooking skills.  I might need to work on this.

I cannot praise these books enough.  Just know they are A-MAZ-ING and I love them.  Thus, READ THEM.

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All Our Yesterdays – I should have read YESTERDAY

I just finished listening to All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.






I don’t even know where to begin.

Since I was listening to it while I worked, it admittedly took a bit to get sucked in.  About a fourth of the way through, it started transitioning from “noise in the background” to “let me eavesdrop on this conversation”.  Halfway through, I was hooked, but could leave it for a break, the day, etc.  Three-fourths of the way through and I was not only disappointed to leave work, it was all I thought about until I got back to my computer at work so I could finish it.

James is a teenage genius who loves his studies/work.  Marina is in love with James.  Finn is the third musketeer Marina can’t stand but tolerates.  Finn and Marina bicker but leave you feeling as if there is more there.  Boy meets girl, girl loves boy, second boy causes trouble, the three amigos try to solve a murder which leads to more questions and discoveries, duplicate…literally DUPLICATE.  I don’t even know how else to describe this book without giving away important information you need to discover yourself.

This book has me super excited about the second book that is a continuation of the lives of Marina, James, and Finn, only I have to wait for it because it is scheduled to come out September 2014.  *SIGH*  Jerks, making me wait.  Talk about RUDE. 

This wait is going to be infuriating to say the least.  In the meantime, I think I might just try to find a version to read myself, just to see what else I can pick up on.  I’ve added it to my Goodreads list, as if there is any chance of me forgetting this one.  Sheesh.

This book is sensational.  Read it YESTERDAY.

Audio information:

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Narrator Meredith Mitchell
Format MP3 Audiobook
Publisher Tantor Media
Source Audiobook Sync
40 Chapters, sorted into 9 parts
9 hours, 25 minutes, 55 seconds long