Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 86: Light (Gone # 6)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Name: Light (Gone # 6)
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
576 pages
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It’s been more than a year since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California. In that time, countless battles have been fought: Battles against hunger and lies and plagues and worse, battles of good against evil, and kid against kid. Allegiances have been won, lost, betrayed, and won again; ideologies have been shattered and created anew, and the kids of the FAYZ have begun to believe that their new society is the only life they’ll ever know. But now that the Darkness has found a way to be reborn, the tenuous existence they‘ve established is likely to be shattered for good. Will the kids of Perdido Beach even survive?

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series (which has spanned more than 3,000 pages!) asks as many profound and provocative questions as it answers, while bestselling mastermind and author Michael Grant creates an unforgettable, arresting conclusion that readers won’t able to stop talking about.


My Thoughts:
I can't believe that it has already been almost 5 years since the first book in this series came out!  I was hooked from the very first word and these books have quickly become some of my favorites.  I cannot wait for this final book, and I hope that the ending is as good as the beginning!  If you haven't read any of the Gone series you should definitely check these books out (don't let the 6 books spanning "more than 3,000 pages" total scare you - the font is quite big, the pages are small, and the reading is very quick).

What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire # 3) by Courtney Allison Moulton Review

Name: Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire # 3)
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Format: E-book copy
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469 pages

Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .
Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

She must fight for humanity.
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

And Ellie must save herself.
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.


My Review:

What a fantastic end to a great series!  This is one series that I think gets better with each book: I liked the first book, loved the second, and the third blew me away.  With a constant stream of action, romance, suspense, and even more action, there was literally never a dull moment in this book!

I loved the way that Ellie's character progressed throughout all three books.  At the beginning of the series she was really hesitant to fully leave her human life behind in order to become the archangel Gabriel and save the world.  However, by the end of the series she has accepted and even embraced her destiny.  She no longer finds herself interested in getting drunk and going to parties, and instead is more focused on saving the world; in other words, she really grows up.  Ellie certainly has a lot of sides to her character, and I love how Moulton is able to make her seems so relatable - so human - even though she is something more than just a human girl.  I did wish, however, that we had seen a little bit more of Cadan's development as a character.  He switched sides to fight for good rather than evil, but I think it would have been nice if Moulton had expanded more upon his change, which I can tell was not an easy decision for him to make nor an easy promise for him to uphold.

Ellie and Will's relationship is also another reason why I loved this book.  Not only were the two sweet and adorable throughout the book, but they also had to make some tough decisions and I loved watching them work things out.  This book picked up right where the last one ended, and after finishing the end of the cliffhanger, there was just so much more plot constantly taking place.  The battle at the end was a little predictable, but of course it was hard not to guess the way that it would end.  However, Ellie and Will had to travel so far - both physically and mentally - throughout the book, and while some parts were definitely sad to read, in the end I was so happy to see how far the two of them made it, both as individual characters and as a couple.

That being said, the epilogue was just an amazing way to end the series, and I don't think that Moulton could have done a better job!  I really enjoyed watching this series unfold, transforming from just one book that I thought was interesting into a wonderful series that I will never forget, and will definitely be rereading in the future.  If you haven't already read this trilogy you should definitely pick it up, especially this fantastic conclusion!

My Rating:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 85: This Is What Happy Looks Like

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Name: This Is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
416 pages
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If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs? 


My Thoughts:
Doesn't this book sound adorably interesting?  Not to mention that I loved Smith's other book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.  I have high hopes for this endearing book, and I would be thrilled if it was as cute of a read as her other novel.  I can't wait to pick this one up in April!

What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Madly & Wolfhardt (Madly # 1 & # 2) by M. Leighton Review

Name: Madly & Wolfhardt (Madly # 1 & # 2)
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: M. Leighton Books
Release Date: July 22nd, 2011
Format: E-Book
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323 pages

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. 

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?


My Review:

I won a kindle copy of the first two books in this series and had no idea what the series was about (I'm glad that I did not know, though, for I don't think I would have picked up a book with such a description that sounded more like a little kid's book than a YA one).  I was quite disappointed with the first book, which was only 57 pages long.  There did not seem to be much of a plot and I found myself completely lost in a magical world of humans and mermaids that was hardly explained.  However, as the series continued on I found myself enjoying it a little more.

There is definitely a strong plot in this novel, what with Madly's home and the majority of her race being trapped due to a prison break.  Yet for some reason I find myself oddly detached from this plot line.  Everything just seemed predictable.  Even the characters (including Madly and Jackson) make obvious choices consistent with their personalities and never choose to do anything crazy once in a while; sometimes I just wished that something super exciting would occur to remind me why I was continuing to read the book.  Don't get me wrong, the characters and plot were not entirely unlikable; I just did not find them to be anything special.

The core of this novel, thankfully, is not the plot, but the love story between Madly, a princess betrothed to another man, and Jackson, the best Sentinel in the world who was assigned to protect her.  Fortunately this did not turn into a predictable love triangle; Madly's fiance, who also happened to be her best friend, quickly fell in love with another girl, leaving Madly free to be with whomever she wanted.  I loved the relationship between the headstrong Madly and the protective Jackson.  While their relationship certainly has its highs and lows, the couple has been able to keep a steady partnership because all the rulers have been trapped underwater due to the prison break.  However, I am quite interested to see what might happen if/when Madly's parents are freed; I am sure that they will cause trouble because of Madly's relationship with a man whom her parents have not chosen to be her fiance.

This series definitely takes some getting used to, and if you want to see Madly and Jackson's relationship progress, you really have to stick out this book and continue grinding through it, even when it seems uninteresting.  While these first two books were definitely not any of my favorites, I think that I will continue to read this series (though I may not dwell on it for very long) just to see what happens next!

My Rating:

Short Break!

Hi everyone! The next two weeks are going to be crazy for both Jaime and I with midterms and such coming up for school, so we are taking a SHORT break and will be back in the beginning of March! Don't worry guys..Catching Books isn't going anywhere :)

Sarah and Jaime

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Unravel Me (Shatter Me # 2) by Tahereh Mafi Review

Name: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Format: E-Book
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461 pages

it's almost

time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.


My Review:
You know those books you read, the ones that you think about for days after you've read it and the words keep replaying over and over in your head? This above description exactly fits how I felt when I finished Unravel Me. This whole past day, all I've been thinking about is how jaw dropping Unravel Me was and how it took my breath away from start to finish.

Tahereh Mafi's writing style is so fantastic and brilliant, and really gets me swept into Juliette's story. The words are so poetic, and I really feel that I can actually feel what Juliette is going through when I read this book. This was the type of book that I stayed up so late in the night to finish because I had to know what going to happen next. The plot of Unravel Me was fantastic..it picks up right off where Shatter Me ended. It was interesting to see Juliette interact with different people then just Warner and Adam, and I liked seeing her go out of her comfort zone. Her whole life she has been afraid of being near other people and now she is around so many different people. Plot wise, Unravel Me was fantastic. The only thing that made me a little sad was that the ending was a cliffhanger!! Not as bad as Shatter Me's ending, but this one for sure will make the wait for the next book feel like forever.

Now onto the romance, literally this part of the book took my breath away. All throughout Shatter Me, I was always such a big fan of Adam. He is so sweet towards Juliette and puts his whole heart into everything for her which is so great. Warner, literally is the opposite of Adam. During Shatter Me I really really really didn't like him, especially after seeing all of the horrible things he had done. I didn't think I would like Warner at all during Unravel Me, but I was totally shocked. Warner goes through some major character development in this book and I really felt like he became almost a new character. I've definitely warmed up to Warner (just like Juliette has) in this book and I am excited to see where this love triangle will take us next.

Overall, this book literally was so brilliantly written, so earth shattering, that I still can't stop thinking about it. Tahereh Mafi is a fabulous writer, and probably one of the best YA authors out there. If you haven't read this series yet GO READ IT. It literally is such an amazing series and you won't regret it.

My Rating:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 84: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices # 3

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Name: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices # 3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Book
Release Date: March 19th, 2013
592 pages
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If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.


My Thoughts:
I wish there was more of a summary on this book!  I started this series after I read (and loved) Cassandra Clare's other books, The Mortal Instruments.  My favorite thing about both of these series is the writing style - after all, the Shadowhunters can get old after a while, but Clare's witty and captivating writing never does!  While I don't love this series as much as the other, it is still quite good and I can't help but admit that (for once in my life) I am hopelessly in love with this love triangle.  I am definitely Team Will, but Jem is great too, and I cannot wait to see who Tessa ends up with!

What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Timekeeper (Timeless # 2) by Alexandra Monir Review

Name: Timekeeper (Timeless # 2)
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Format: E-book
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288 pages

When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor's high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn't remember her. In fact, he doesn't seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.
Michele then finds her father's journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.
Alexandra Monir's Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.

My Review:

What a great sequel!  Although I cannot say that I enjoyed it quite as much as its predecessor, Timeless, I still enjoyed this book very much.  Leaving off right where the first book ended, Michele finds herself in a place where time seems to have caught up with her; instead of chasing the boy she loves throughout time, he shows up right where she is.  The love story in this sequel was definitely not as much of a focus as it was in the first book (which was, primarily, a love story), but the parts with Michele and the new Phillip were inherently sweet.

I loved how much we learned about Michele and being a member of the Time Society in this book.  After finding her father's journals, Michele learns much about both her parents and about the society.  I also enjoyed the mystery and action in this book.  There was a great plot that kept me wondering the entire time how Michele would be able to save herself, her family, and Phillip.  One thing that bothered me, however, was that I felt that the book just came together a little bit too easily.  Every single thing seemed to just fit in too perfectly: Phillip's arrival, the explanation of exactly who he is, and of course the dramatic ending.  Although I was glad to see such a happy ending, I did not find myself particularly surprised; instead, I had rather expected something along the lines of those events to occur throughout the book.  Although I still enjoyed reading it, my favorite books are always those that surprise me and are entirely unpredictable.

In the end, I thought both Timekeeper and the Timeless series in general were a great read!  I am not sure that I would ever call this one of my favorite books, but I am hard pressed to find myself disliking any quick, fun read with a little love story, action, and mystery.  And of course, the traveling through time was wonderful as well!  I would recommend both this book and the series if you are looking for a short, interesting read that delves into the whims, loves, and disasters of time.

My Rating:

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Follow Friday # 51

Hi everyone..Happy Friday!! Follow and Feature Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.

Hi everyone!! I hope you all are having a great week! Sorry for the lack of commenting on everyone's blogs lately...I'm trying my best but school is crazy! I rarely have even enough time to read! This weekend hopefully I will be doing some catching up in the blogging world! If I don't end up commenting back on your blog I am SUPER sorry..I do follow every blog that comments so if you think I didn't check out your blog don't be mistaken! Thanks for all the support everyone :)
Anyways..here's this week's question!
Q: Happy Mardi Gras! If they were throwing the HOTTEST books off a Mardi Gras float, what you do to have them thrown at you?

A:  Hmmm..maybe I would try to get to the front of the line? I'm not really sure what I would do in this situation...I think it depends on the book! :D

What's your answer?! Let us know in the comments!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Flukes by Nichole Chase Review

Name: Flukes
Author: Nichole Chase 
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 6th, 2012 
Format: E-Book
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162 pages


Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea, and buried just as deep. When court appointed community service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise line contract.

Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community service gig cleaning fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heart strings.

When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold onto all that really matters.


My Review:
I haven't really read any self published books in awhile..not because I haven't wanted too but I just haven't seen any ones that sparked my interest. I happened across Flukes on Amazon a couple of weeks ago and I decided to give it a shot. Overall, I was surprised on how much I enjoyed Flukes.

While the beginning of Flukes was a little bit rocky, I have to say eventually the book got progressively better and I think that this series really has the potential to be something great. What definitely worked for me in this book was how great the main character, Meena was. She is a very strong and independent character which I really liked. At first, I didn't think I was going to like Meena but I'm glad she turned out to be a really great character! Plot wise-this book was really short which was both good and bad. It was good because the plot moved along quickly and it was fun short read. I did think, however, the author could have expanded more on the plot and dragged out a few scenes that seemed kind of rushed.

The only thing that kind of bothered me about this book was the romance. It definitely was sort of "insta-love" which I didn't really like. I wish Meena and Blake had more development into their relationship instead of falling in love right away.

Overall, Flukes definitely has the potential to be a great series. With a little bit more plot development I can really see this series becoming something great. If your interested in reading any sort of mermaid type book check this book out!

My Rating:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 83: Fragments (Partials Sequence # 2)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Name: Fragments (Partials Sequence # 2)
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: February 26th, 2013
564 pages
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Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence--it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what's left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira's journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus both will discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn't even know existed.

The second installment in the pulse-pounding Partials saga is the story of the eleventh hour of humanity's time on Earth, a journey deep into places unknown to discover the means--and even more important, a reason--for our survival.


My Thoughts:
I loved the first book in this series and am so looking forward to this one! I can't wait to see what Kira learns about herself as she travels with a drifter and two Partials. Also, the summary makes it seem like some of the book will show what Marcus is up to at home, and I hope that's true!

What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Crash (Visions # 1) by Lisa McMann Review

Name: Crash (Visions # 1)
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Format: E-book
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256 pages

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.
What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.
The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.
In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

My Review:

I had very high expectations for this book, and though it was not as excellent as I had hoped (at times, it was just mediocre), I still thought enjoyed reading this fun quick book by Lisa McMann!  Though the setup of the book is very different from her popular Wake series, her brilliant writing style still shines through in this fast-paced read.  I found the plot of this book to be very original.  Although at some points Jules seems to struggle with her own sanity, throughout most of the book she seems to be confident in her assertion that her vision is going to happen; she recognizes that the vision keeps changing as her actions change, and determines that the fate of the nine people in the body bags rests on her own shoulderson the shoulders of a sixteen-year-old girl.

I really enjoyed the love story that was prevalent through the book.  Jules and Sawyer have a sort of Romeo and Juliet love: their families are rival pizza companies, which began when Sawyer's family stole the secret sauce recipe that Jules's family had originally created.  Now, while Sawyer's family's restaurant is thriving and loved by the entire town, Jules's family is struggling majorly, especially with her father's depression.  While this rivalry seems a little bit ridiculous (I mean, really?  That much angst over a sauce recipe?), McMann really makes it work.  Besides the fact that Jules and Sawyer act so much better when they are together, it is also nice to read a book where the two main characters are not kept apart because of some supernatural aspect, but for an actual reason that could occur in anybody's lives (well, anybody who owns a pizza restaurant, that is).

One thing that I wish McMann had expanded upon, however, was Jules's life at school.  Although she makes it clear that most of the other kids bully her for being antisocial and smelling like pizza, it seems as though something else must have happened between Jules and the other girls for them to be that mean to her.  It also would have been nice to see more about Jules's brother, Trey; he was definitely one of the most interesting characters in the book, and a look more into his life would have been greatly appreciated.  However, I still love the direct storytelling nature of McMann's writing, and her cliffhanger at the end of the book was very well created.  Overall, I enjoyed reading this quick book, and cannot wait to pick up the sequel when it comes out in October!

My Rating:

Friday, February 1, 2013

January Recap!

Hi everyone! I've decided to have a day at the end of the month where I give a recap on the books Catching Books has reviewed, what books we are waiting for, and any other interesting posts that I see in the Book Blogging World!

If you would like to have a post featured on one of our monthly recaps send us an email or tweet us on twitter!

Books Reviewed:
Reached by Ally Condie
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Partials by Dan Wells
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Books Received (via Publisher, Kindle, Purchased, Library, etc.)
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What we are SO excited for:
Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Trailer Talk:

Interesting Links/Blogging News:
We're going to BEA!! Jaime and I are headed to BEA this year for the second time and we are SO excited! If you are going to BEA let us know in the comments :)