Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Recent Reads: Witches and Heroes

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of witches and heroes.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Mini Review: Sherwood by: Meagan Spooner

Release Date: March 19, 2019
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancĂ©.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood."

My Thoughts:

I didn’t end up enjoying this one as much as I thought I would, which is such a bummer. On paper this looks right up my alley, but it just didn’t fully work for me. I did enjoy Marian as a character and how strong she was and how she fought for what she believed in. I also enjoyed the Robin voice she heard in her head that acted as her conscience at times. I just found those thoughts to be funny. But there were just other things that kept me from fully loving this one. For once, it took me a really long time to get through. The pacing was super slow and once I put the book down I never really had that drive to pick it back up ASAP. Also at times I felt like I wasn’t even sure where the story was going. The story arc was a bit up and down. But most of all I HATED the romance. I almost wish it hadn’t been included. Honestly when the romance kinda came to a head and was revealed I had a moment where I was like REALLY?!?! HIM?!?! So the fact that I didn’t recognize the love interest for a long time really says it all. I also HATED that we had to do the thing where it was “oh no I actually don’t think I loved Robin.” And I hated it because I just feel like this is a thing where of course she realizes she didn’t actually love him because then how could we really love this new guy and NO. You can have more than one love in your life. So yeah, the romance was a big turn off for me with this one. All in all, Sherwood just wasn’t all I had hoped it would be. It’s a twist on the Robin Hood story that I think had a lot of potential but just missed the mark in some ways.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Book Review: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by: Patricia Briggs

Release Date: July 29, 2008
from Ace
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"Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

It is recommended you read the prequel "Alpha & Omega" before reading Cry Wolf."

My Thoughts:

This world is so fascinating and I am so hooked. I loved Moon Called, Mercy is my girl, so I was hesitant to leave Mercy and go hang out with Anna and Charles. But man did I love them both so much.

Anna is so great! She is so strong, but different in the way than Mercy is strong and I love it. I love when our heroines show their strength in a way that is different from the norm and that is Anna. She has been dealt such a bad hand, but she never lets it fully break her and she perseveres. And Charles! What a mother hen he is! I adored him. He can be so closed off, but Anna just gets to him. And I adored them together. They just complement one another so well and while I needed them to communicate a bit better, I loved watching their journey.

Aside from Charles and Anna, I am just coming to love this world and all its characters. Bran is just so sweet yet such a strong leader. Asil won me over and I felt so bad for what he has been through. I loved seeing sweet puppy Sam again. And Sage! I know we will get along splendidly. Leah though… she can go die in a fire.

All in all, Cry Wolf is just so good. I am so hooked on this world and I want to just devour them all.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Recent Reads: Celebrities and Roses and Fae

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of celebrities, roses, and fae.



Monday, August 12, 2019

Mini Review: Bad Apple by: Elle Kennedy

Release Date: August 13, 2019
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Source: I received a complementary copy and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"A flirty standalone novel* from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

One night with him will change her life...

Between her waitressing job, volunteer work, and college classes, there are never enough hours in Maggie Reilly’s day. Especially not for a relationship. Luckily, she’s got the perfect arrangement: a lover she meets three or four times a year. But when she shows up at the hotel expecting to hop into bed with one man, she accidentally ends up with another—Ben Barrett, Hollywood’s most notorious bad boy.

Ben, determined to lay low after another scandal, just wants some much-needed sleep. What he gets is a scorching make-out session with a gorgeous, naked redhead. He won’t accept her apology, but what he will accept is a place to hide out…and if there’s some hot, no-strings sex involved, why the heck not?

But Ben soon discovers that one week with his sassy, bed-hopping waitress is definitely not enough. He wants more. A lot more.

Now he needs to convince relationship-averse Maggie that a bad boy might be oh so good for her—and the best thing that’s ever happened to both of them.

* Previously published in 2008, Bad Apple (formerly Midnight Encounters) features almost entirely new content, including a point-of-view switch. Enjoy this new version of an old favorite!"

My Thoughts:

This was a fun one! It was a super quick read and just a great romance from beginning to end. Maggie and Ben were both so much fun and they had some great banter. They meet each other in not the most normal of circumstances and from there it is just a whirlwind! I had so much fun with Maggie and Ben. They both come from very different worlds, but they just work together. Their chemistry is off the charts and they play off one another in the best ways. And like all Elle Kennedy books, this book is fire. Some of these scenes are just off the charts and it’s all just so good. But I also loved how these two complemented each other. They are both a bit lost in their own ways, but coming together they start to find what they have been looking for. It is then just a matter of these two deciding if their differences and the complications that come from a relationship like this are worth it in the end. All in all, I speed through this book and it is simply a fun escape. Elle Kennedy never disappoints.

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