Friday, May 27, 2016

On My Shelf: The Kiss Of Deception by: Mary E. Pearson

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.

I have heard nothing but good things about this one and it really does sound like a "me" book. I remember really looking forward to this one too, but then I forgot to read it. I am also in love with the covers for this series, so that makes me more excited.

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Review: Outlander (Outlander #1) by: Diana Gabaldon

Release Date: July 26, 2005 (this edition)
from Dell Publishing
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"The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with
her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives."

My Thoughts:

At this point there isn’t much I can say about Outlander that hasn’t already been said. It truly is a fantastic read. It took me a while to listen to and at times it felt like I would never finish it, but it was so so so so good. I loved Jamie and Claire so much.

Claire is an amazing character. She is so strong and fierce and smart. I absolutely loved her. And of course I adored Jamie too. I mean how could I not? And the best part is that they were even better together. They are such a strong couple and they work well together. Jamie can be overbearing and stubborn and Claire just gives it right back. THEY ARE SO GREAT TOGETHER AND I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

This book had everything I love in a book. A fantastic romance, a fantasy twist, guys in kilts, danger, action, drama, swoons, kissing, seriously everything I want. It also had its darker aspects and those aspects truly hurt my heart. It is a rich and vivid world but it is realistic to the time and those aspects make it dangerous.

Outlander is a great read and I’m sure you didn’t need me to tell you that, most people would say the same. I have found my newest obsession and I regret nothing.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #192: Into The Fire by: Jeaniene Frost

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s…. 

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever." 

I am obsessed with all things Night Huntress, so of course I am excited for this one. I love Vlad and Leila and I am dying to see how their story wraps up.

Into The Fire will be released on October 25, 2016.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Release Day: Dangerous Heart by: Fiona Paul

Happy release day to Dangerous Heart by Fiona Paul! I read this book when it first released as Starling and I absolutely adored it (check out my review here). I truly think this series deserves all the love! 

"Cassandra Caravello and Luca are fugitives, on the run from the law and the deadly Order of the
Eternal Rose. As they pursue the only evidence that could save them, their worlds—and their romance— are torn apart by spiteful friends and murderous enemies.
When Cass finds herself ensnared in the Order’s twisted plot, Falco emerges once again as her only hope for freedom…but this time, Luca has a shocking scheme of his own.
From ancient mercenaries to sly magicians, clever courtesans and vengeful killers, no one can be trusted. In the breathtaking conclusion to the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy, Cass must confront the Order and decide where her heart lies, once and for all.
Formerly published as Starling, this romantic mystery is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl and Jennifer Donnelly’s These Shallow Graves."

Find out more about the rest of the series:

About The Author:
Fiona Paul lives in St. Louis, MO where she managed to persuade fancy universities to award her degrees in psychology and nursing. Between her studies, she traveled around five continents and spent time living in Thailand and South Korea (which is probably why she finds the idea of wearing shoes in the house a little weird).

In addition to writing, Fiona is somewhat obsessive about coffee, music, and adventure sports. Her future goals include swimming with great white sharks and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order. For updates about Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, follow Fiona on Twitter @fionawritesYA.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Monday Musts 5/23/2016

The Monday Musts is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome Jessica at Lovin Los Libros. This is a fun way to share a must read book, a must listen to song/album/artist, and a must see (can be anything). I'm really excited to be taking part in this feature and I'm sure it will be a ton of fun.

Must Read:
So much action and steam and noms! This was a fun read. Elle Kennedy does not disappoint.

Must Listen:
I lurveeee this song!

Must See:
I love Kate Beckinsale and this had me cracking up!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Weekly Recap 5/22/2016

So I only got two books this week... I know... Who am I and what have I done with Teresa? But anyhoo, I grabbed Lawless while it was free cause my Wifey said I had to and because that cover is noms. Then I also got the newest Harry Potter coloring book. Huge thanks to Scholastic!

Goodreads Links:
Lawless by: TM Frazier

A Court Of Mist And Fury by: Sarah J. Maas
Me Before You by: Jojo Moyes

Other Fun:
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up On A Whim
Waiting On Wednesday: Empire Of Storms by: Sarah J. Maas

Friday, May 20, 2016

On My Shelf: Deadly Little Lessons by: Laurie Faria Stolarz

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.

Years ago now, back in my pre-blogging days, I binge read the first four books in this series and really enjoyed them. I then settled in to wait for the final fifth book to release. However, once it came out I was in full on blogging mode. We all know how those first few months of blogging are. I got caught up and when it released I just never got around to it. It is now 2016 and I still haven't read it! I don't even really remember much of the series, except that I loved Ben and was cranky that those two hadn't figured things out yet. So I think I really need to make time for this one soon so I can close the door on this series and hopefully I still enjoy it as much as I did a few years ago.

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Review: Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by: Jojo Moyes

Release Date: December 31, 2012
from Viking Adult
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"Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and
home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time."

My Thoughts:

I was warned. I knew going in that this book would hurt and it really did. There were tears and ugly sobbing. It was not pretty. But at the same time this book is gorgeous. I loved every single word of this book and its one of those books you know you will never forget.

Louisa and Will were both wonderful. I loved Will and his grumpy ways and dry humor. I loved Louisa and her quirky attitude and crazy clothes. I loved how they brought out the best in each other. I liked watching these two people go from hating each other to so much more. I just loved it all. It was crazy to see both characters evolve so much over the course of the book. I also loved the view of both families in this one. Neither of these families are perfect and I was so mad at so many of them a lot of the time, but I really appreciated certain people towards the end.

I know I’m being intentionally vague but I don’t want to spoil anything and I’m really a bit at a loss of what to say so I’ll leave it at this: Me Before You is a gorgeous and heartbreaking read and I recommend it to all.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Release Blitz: Toward The Sound Of Chaos by: Carmen Jenner

A heart-wrenching new military romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Carmen Jenner.

Available exclusively on Amazon and KU

Jake Tucker is broken. At twenty-two, he went into the Marine Corps a naïve, troubled youth. Nine years and four tours later, Jake finds himself back on US soil, though his mind remains firmly planted in the sands of Afghanistan with the men he left behind.
Wounded, chewed up and spat out by war, Jake has only his dog, Nuke, PTSD, and survivor’s guilt to keep him company. He’s lived every day for nine years wondering when it will be his last, but there’s little comfort in the fact that he’s still standing when his platoon isn’t.
Ellie Mason doesn’t have time for broken. She’s too busy trying to put food on the table. And keeping up with the demands of her autistic son, Spencer, is sometimes like fighting behind enemy lines. As if navigating the minefields of single parenthood isn’t enough, Ellie finds herself drawn to the quiet Marine who’s just as lonely as she is. But she’s loved damaged men before, and it left her wounded.
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Fairhope, Alabama, Ellie and Jake find themselves running toward the sound of chaos.
Love is war.
Only the strong survive, and surrender is inevitable.

I ease her down on her feet, before the bed and take a step back. I want this, God do I want this, but I’m terrified. Elle’s eyes roam over me and she takes in a deep breath, and I won’t lie—it hurts like hell. I don’t want pity, and I don’t want the woman I care about looking at me like a monster just sprouted from my back. She reaches out a hand and trails her fingertips over my scarred flesh, feeling the hard, ugly edges. I flinch a little, and she pulls away as if she’s been burned.
“Did I hurt you?” she whispers.
“Angel, it hurts just looking at you.”
She smiles and continues her exploration of my body, openin’ old wounds with every scar she touches, and yet it’s as if she’s tenderly sewing them shut at the same time. I haven’t felt the touch of a woman for a very long time, and never again did I think I would, especially not one as perfect and kind-hearted as this.
“What did they do to you, Jake?” Her eyes are bright with tears, and I grab her hands and hold them flat to my chest.
“I don’t want your pity, Elle.”
“You think that’s why I’m here?” she says, staring up at me with those incredible eyes. “You think that’s all this is between us?”
“I thought about it.” I nod. “I can’t see much other reason that a woman like you would want someone like me. I’m a freak and a drunk, and you? You’re so goddamn beautiful it hurts.”

About the Author:
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore lipstick addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.

A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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Waiting On Wednesday #191: Empire Of Storms by: Sarah J. Maas

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?" 

I'm sure a ton of people are going to feature this one this week but I just had to spotlight it! I've been waiting for a cover to do this post and now I can. I adore this series, it is probably one of my all time favorite series in the history of forever and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

Empire Of Storms will be released on September 6, 2016.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Release Week Blitz: The Problem With Forever by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER - a young adult title about friendship, survival, and finding your voice. This incredible book is available today! Read more about this stunning new novel below and be sure to order your copy today to receive an amazing FREE fan pack while supplies last!

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.For some people, silence is a weapon.
For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.
Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Register your preorder of THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by May 20th to receive a FREE fan pack! Includes inspirational wall art, a colorful poster, and flag-as-you-read stickers. You will also get immediate access to an extended excerpt from the book.

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Dusty, empty shoe boxes, stacked taller and wider than her slim body, wobbled as she pressed her back against them, tucking her bony knees into her chest. 
Breathe. Just Breathe. Breathe.
Wedged in the back of the dingy closet, she didn’t dare make a sound as she sucked her lower lip between her teeth. Focusing on forcing every grimy breath into her lungs, she felt tears well in her eyes. 
Oh gosh, she’d made such a big mistake, and Miss Becky was right. She was a bad girl. 
She’d reached for the dirty and stained cookie jar earlier, the one shaped like a teddy bear that hid cookies that tasted funny. She wasn’t supposed to get cookies or any food by herself, but she’d just been so hungry that her tummy hurt, and Miss Becky was sick again, napping on the couch. She hadn’t meant to knock the ashtray off the counter, shattering it into tiny pieces. Some were shaped like icicles that clung to the roof during the winter. Others were no bigger than chips. 
All she’d wanted was a cookie. 
Her slender shoulders jerked at the sound of the all cracking on the other side of the closet. She bit down harder on her lip. A metallic taste burst into her mouth. Tomorrow there would be a hold the size of Mr. Henry’s big hand in the plaster, and Miss Becky would cry and she’d get sick again. 
The soft creak of the closet door was like a crack of thunder to her ears. 
Oh no, no, no…
He wasn’t supposed to find her in here. This was her safe place whenever Mr. Henry was angry or when he—
She tensed, eyes peeling wide as a body taller and broader than hers slipped inside and then knelt in front of her. In the dark, she couldn’t make out much of his features, but she knew in her belly and her chest who it was. 
“I’m sorry,” she gasped. 
“I know.” A hand settled on her shoulder, the weight reassuring. He was the only person she felt okay with when he touched her. “I need you to stay in here, ‘kay?”
Miss Becky had said once that he was only six months older than her six years, but he always seemed so much bigger, older than her, because in her eyes, he took up her entire world. 
She nodded.
“Don’t come out,” he said, and then he pressed into her hands the redheaded doll she’d dropped in the kitchen after she broke the ashtray and rushed into the closet. Too frightened to retrieve her, she’d left Velvet where she had fallen, and she’d been so upset because the doll had been a gift from him many, many months before. She had no idea how he’d gotten Velvet, but one day he’d simply shown up with her, and she was hers, only hers. 
“You stay in here. No matter what.”
Holding the doll close, clenched between her knees and chest, she nodded again. 
He shifted, stiffening as an angry shout rattled the walls around them. It was her name that dripped ice down her spine; her name that was shouted so furiously. 
A small whimper parted her lips and she whispered, “I just wanted a cookie.”
“It’s okay. Remember? I promised I’d keep you safe forever. Just don’t make a sound.” He squeezed her shoulder. “Just stay quiet, and when I…when I get back, I’ll read to you, ‘kay? All about the stupid rabbit.”
All she could do was nod again, because there had been times when she hadn’t stayed quiet and she’d never forgotten those consequences. But if she stayed quiet, she knew what was coming. He wouldn’t be able to read to her tonight. Tomorrow he would miss school and he wouldn’t be okay even though he would tell her he was. 
He lingered for a moment and then he eased out of the closet. The bedroom door shut with a smack, and she lifted the doll, pressing her tearstained face into it. A button on Velvet’s chest poked at her cheek. 
Don’t make a sound. 
Mr. Henry started to yell. 
Don’t make a sound. 
Footsteps punched down the hall.
Don’t make a sound.
Flesh smacked. Something hit the floor, and Miss Becky must have been feeling better, because she was suddenly shouting, but in the closet the only sound that mattered was the fleshy whack that came over and over. She opened her mouth, screaming silently into the doll.
Don’t make a sound.

The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” –Kirkus“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly

I love The Problem With Forever too and you can check out my review here.

 About Jennifer L. Armentrout: 
Author Photo--JLA_J. Lynn # 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

So this week I am featuring ten books I picked up on a whim and ended up loving. 

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