Friday, August 18, 2017

On My Shelf: Sneaking Candy by: Lisa Burstein

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


This cover is so adorable and the synopsis is super cute! A secret author alter ego is just so fun. This sounds like simply a fun read and one to pick up when I need something light. Of course it has been sitting on my kindle for years now.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Long May She Reign by: Rhiannon Thomas

Release Date: February 21, 2017
from Harper Teen
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone
about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown."

My Thoughts:

This book surprised me in that I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The premise here is so cool and the execution is not lacking. I love how this book blended fantasy with science and I LOVED how smart our heroine was.

Freya is a fantastic heroine. She is immediately likable and easy to root for. She is also incredibly smart, like genius smart. Freya is a scientist and that is how she approaches everything in life. She dreams of creating an invention that will enable her to get away from court life. But those dreams go up in smoke when the majority of the court is murdered and twenty-third in line Freya becomes Queen. This is nothing she ever planned for and she isn’t good at playing court life so she approaches this with her analytical mind and I loved that. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a Queen who was so methodical in her approach. And naturally she puts that mind of hers towards finding the murderer.

This book kept me guessing and I didn’t know who the murderer was until right before Freya did. The author did a fantastic job at keeping the reader guessing and questioning everyone’s motives. I won’t even discuss any secondary characters because I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say it has a great secondary cast of characters. Also, I loved Freya’s kitty.

The only tiny complaint is that I wish the romance had a tad bit more closure BUT I also get it. This book isn’t about the romance and it shouldn’t be about the romance. We get a pretty clear picture where things will go, but I just would have liked to seeeeee that. But that’s just the romantic in me.

Long May She Reign was a great read and I loved how it blended fantasy with a murder mystery and science. So far I’ve truly enjoyed everything from this author and I look forward to more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Recent Reads: Queens and Action and Hollywood


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 Bookout 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 queens, action, and hollywood.

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Release Blitz: Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by: Santino Hassell (Review & Excerpt)

Release Date: August 15, 2017
from InterMix
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…"

My Thoughts:

I need to have a serious talk with myself. I always talk about fluffy books and how much I love them, and I do, but then I get my hands on a real and gritty book and I just go head over heels for it and that is Illegal Contact in a nutshell. This book was so so good and it just felt so real.

The hate to love trope can be one of my very favorites, but it is also so hard to execute. Illegal Contact executes the hate to love perfectly. It is such a wonderful build up and their banter is amazing. They are at each other’s throats and they call one another on their crap constantly and it’s awesome. And over time it slightly changes until they genuinely want to be with one another. It was such an amazing dynamic and I adored it.

Both Noah and Gavin are great characters and I loved them together. And while I liked Noah, it was Gavin who really stole my heart. Gavin is such a cranky asshole, but there is also a vulnerability to him and he just grabbed me. I loved him and I loved his give no fucks attitude, because underneath it all he has a huge heart. I think it also helped that I fully agreed with his football is practically a religion attitude. Basically I feel like Gavin and I would get along, even with his cranky ass.

What I also loved about this one was how authentic NYC it is. Living in the city, I often nitpick books set in NYC that don’t get it quite right, but there is nothing to complain about here. It was perfect and even the smallest things were on point.

Illegal Contact is one of those books that caught me off guard and knocked me on my ass. I cannot wait for more from this series. This is my first Santino Hassell book, but it definitely won’t be my last.


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