Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Review: The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) by: Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: October 24, 2017
from Balzer + Bray
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?"


My Thoughts:

This book let me down oh so much. There is so much potential, but for me it just never delivered. I feel like I never truly got invested in the story or cared for any of the main characters.

What bugged me the most is that we start off with one set of characters in Wil and Owen and Gerdie. And we get to know them and love them, but then at about the 30% mark we switch characters and Wil meets new people in Loom and Zay and I just never connected to Loom and Zay like I did with the original characters. The switch just made the story feel so disjointed and I was upset that I got to know those original characters and then never really got to see them again. And I’m sure they’ll pop back up in the sequel, but I felt like we should have kept up with those characters at some point.

Also I did not love Loom as a love interest at all. I never felt the connection between the two and then all of a sudden they seem to love each other and I dunno, I just never bought into it.

Also the book felt very anticlimactic to me. Things kept happening and there was action, but I never felt like the story built up to any one thing. I never felt like the story was going anywhere in particular and that makes it hard to be invested in the story as a whole.

The Glass Spare had a lot of potential and I really wish it had lived up to that potential. Sadly this one let me down.

Friday, October 20, 2017

On My Shelf: One Past Midnight by: Jessica Shirvington

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 was a gift from one of my very favorite people and I love love love the sound of it.  But of course there is always so many books and never enough time. I love this cover and I still want to make time for this one and I also love that it is a standalone.

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Without Merit by: Colleen Hoover (Review & Giveaway)

WITHOUT MERIT
BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.

Visit www.WithoutMeritbook.com for teasers, tour dates and more.

Release Date: October 3, 2017
from Atria Books
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"The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit. Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix. Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves. Poignant and powerful, WITHOUT MERIT explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love."
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

It’s been a while since I’ve read a CoHo book, but I’m glad I decided to read this one. She knows how to write an addictive read that really tugs at your emotions. None of her books are safe and she always tackles tough topics and Without Merit was no exception.

Without Merit is very different from a lot of her other reads. For one, the romance is not the central aspect here. It’s a very small part of the story and is very much secondary to the overall plot. This is Merit’s story and is focused on her and her family life. There is a lot going on in Merit’s house and nobody deals with their problems. My heart broke for Merit because she just wanted to be heard.  I wanted to reach into the book and help her so badly. There were so many secrets in this family and when it all comes out things come crashing down.

What’s so interesting about this book though is that while I was fully invested and felt so much for Merit, I’m not sure I actually liked any of these characters. Like Sagan, he had some valid points but I didn’t always like his delivery. I also didn’t like how he pushed people to talk but didn’t really talk himself. I also had some serious issues with Honor. She has her own issues, but she treats Merit horribly and there is a thing I’m not cool with. I won’t even touch her Dad or Utah because I'll rant for days. Even Merit, who I truly sympathized with, I don’t know if I liked her. The only ones I liked were Moby (who is four) and Victoria, which is weird because she is the one most of the characters hated. I just think she got a lot taken out on her. But I don’t think the point of the book is for me to like these characters. They all have their flaws and that makes them real and kind of what makes the story so captivating. People in real life aren’t always likable but it doesn’t make them any less valid and that is the point here and that is what resonated with me and what I liked so much about this book. So yes it’s weird that I didn’t like the characters but I still really liked the book and I’d recommend it.

All in all, Without Merit is one of those books you really need to digest and process and the kind that stays with you. This book isn’t safe, but it makes you feel and realize that everyone is going through something and that it’s worth it to take time to notices those around you.

WITHOUT MERIT
BY COLLEEN HOOVER
Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170621 | October 3, 2017 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170638 | $7.99

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #243: Say You'll Remember Me by: Katie McGarry

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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"When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve. " 

I love Katie McGarry's books so of course I am excited for this one!

Say You'll Remember Me will be released on January 30, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Recent Reads: Babies and Crowns


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 babies and crowns.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review: Days Of Blood And Starlight (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone #2) by: Laini Taylor

Release Date: November 6, 2012
from Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?"

My Thoughts:

You know… I didn’t really need another obsession… but with this series I got one. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to adequately express my undying love for these books. This book was agony to read but at the same time it was amazing.

Like I said, this book was agony to read. Both Akiva and Karou are so alone and everything seems so hopeless. With the way things left off it’s hard to believe they will ever make it work but my gosh I want it to work so badly. I love those two so damn much and they are breaking my heart. And not even just in terms of their relationship but just everything. They both have so much going on and with every step they take they get shoved back three steps. This book continually takes me by surprise. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so caught off guard by a book and I absolutely love it.

This book delivers such a great world and wonderful side characters. I so adore Zuzana and Mik. Those two are something special. And not only characters I love but characters I hate. Ohhhh there are a few characters I wanted to throw into the pit of despair. And that brings me to my next point. See these characters come from both sides of this war. I love that this isn’t good vs evil and is so much more complex. Both sides of this war have horrible people and both sides have stooped to horrible lows. Its gut wrenching and I love the complexity of it. It’s too simple to be just good vs evil with one clear good guy. This dynamic makes the story so much richer.

Laini Taylor created a stunning world here and her writing is absolutely gorgeous. The way she weaves this all together is amazing and the way she tells the story is beautiful. I love the differing perspectives and I never know who I want to spend more time with. I just love it all.

Days Of Blood And Starlight is a book that destroyed me but I also loved it more than I can say. This series is simply amazing.

Friday, October 13, 2017

On My Shelf: Rush by: Eve Silver

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 know this will be surprising to some people... but I got this one on Book Outlet! I've actually snagged the entire trilogy and hopefully I can binge them one day. I love the cover and it sounds like such an awesome series. But of course I have this tendency to collect books and then never read them. So hit me with your feedback.

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mini Review: Knocking Her Up (Temperance Falls) by: London Hale

Release Date: October 10, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"She wants a baby
All I’ve ever desired is a family of my own. Too afraid I’ll follow in my late mother’s footsteps, I plan to have a baby before time runs out. Problem is, I fell in love with someone unattainable. John Hamilton is kind, thoughtful, and generous...and it doesn’t hurt that he’s built like a Mack truck. I’m ready to throw caution to the wind and ask him to be the father of my child. The only problem? He’s my stepbrother, and it could destroy our family.

He just wants her
The first time I met Emery Collins, she was a scrawny teenager...and my new stepsister.  She’s a grown woman now, and every long, hard inch of me has taken notice. But with our family ties, she’s officially off limits. Too bad she’s come to me with something she wants, something she needs from me. Now I can’t stop dreaming of filling her...of watching her belly swell with my child. What she’s asking for could tear apart our cobbled-together family. I’m just not sure it’s enough to stop me from taking what I want."

My Thoughts:

Temperance Falls is always such a great place to visit. I loved Emery and John and they were super sweet together. John was so endearing with his protectiveness and he was easy to fall for. He and Emery had such great chemistry and they worked so well together. I loved how their relationship built over years and they really got to know one another well. I loved that they wanted the same things and were on the same page. And John is just ugh. He is such a good guy and I loved how all in he was. And of course the book was deliciously dirty. So much smut and I loved it. Temperance Falls is always fun to visit and I can’t wait to go back.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #242: Brave by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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"Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame
her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.


Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…" 

I can't wait for this one! I am dying to know how this series wraps up. Love Ren and Ivy and TINK!

Brave will be released on December 11, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Recent Reads: Dragons and Assassins and Puppets


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 dragons, assassins, and puppets.



Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by: Kristen Ciccarelli

Release Date: October 3, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her."

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings on this one. It had a good story and premise, but it was definitely lacking in some areas. The dragons were definitely cool and the story had a ton of potential, but I think it just fell short in some areas.

I think the biggest let down for me was the characters. All of them felt very two dimensional and they needed to be fleshed out a bit more. I wanted to connect to the characters more and I wanted to feel the connection between each of the characters more. Asha was a fierce heroine, but that’s about as deep as it went. And there were a lot of secondary characters that were just there and didn’t feel like their own person.

Like I said briefly above, the story had a ton of potential but I think it just needed a little something more. The dragons were awesome and I really enjoyed them, but sometimes you need more than dragons. With all of that being said, I was still invested in the story and curious to see where it all went. I was just let down because it didn’t deliver the way I thought it would.

All in all, The Last Namsara has a really cool concept and the dragons were great, but in the end I just didn’t fully connect. Still there are a bunch of others who loved this and it may just be a me thing.

Friday, October 6, 2017

On My Shelf: See Me by: Wendy Higgins

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 grabbed this book so long ago because I  love Wendy Higgins but then I never got to reading it. I really should have though because I love books set in Ireland and I just really think I'll enjoy this one. I seriously need more hours in the day.

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mini Review: Crisis In Cali (Great Exploitations #5) by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: October 13, 2014
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"In the fifth and final conclusion of the Great Exploitations series, find out what will happen to Eve, the career she's spent five years devoted to, and the man who betrayed her in the worst possible way. In the world she's spun for herself, nothing's as it seems . . ."

My Thoughts:

We finally have our answers and I loved how this all came together! We finally get our answers as to what exactly went down with Henry and Eve all those years ago and while I knew it couldn’t be what it seemed, I did not expect it to be what it was. There were quite a few scenes that took me by surprise and who orchestrated it all kinda blew my mind. I really came to love Henry and Eve and I’m sad to say goodbye but I say goodbye with a happy heart. I adored how this ended and all the drama leading up to this point was so worth it. Once again, Nicole Williams did not disappoint.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #241: The Silver Mask by: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

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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"A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium, thought to be responsible for a devastating death and an ever-present threat of war. As a result, Call has been imprisoned and interrogated. Everyone wants to know what Constantine was up to-and how he lives on. But Call has no idea. It is only when he's broken out of prison that the full potential of Constantine's plan is suddenly in his hands . . . and he must decide what to do with his power. In this spellbinding fourth book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take us beyond the realm of the living and into the dangers of the dead.

I cannot wait to see where this series goes! The end to the last book was bananas.

The Silver Mask will be released on October 10, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Puck Love by: Carmen Jenner



Title: Puck Love
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Stella Hart is the hottest thing in country music. For ten years, she’s been Nashville’s darling. She’s pure, sweet, and a positive role model in an industry rife with scandals, sex, and sequins. Men want to own her, women want to be her—everyone wants a piece of her, and Stella? Well, she wants out.
As the center for the Calgary Crushers, Van Ross isn’t afraid of the spotlight, but he doesn’t much like it either. Despite his reputation as a player, the NHL’s bad boy lives for only two things: the game, and his younger brother. That’s why when he comes across a country music superstar seeking refuge at his home in the Canadian Rockies, he’s not too happy with the media shitstorm this surprise houseguest brings.
With a nationwide manhunt, paparazzi dogging their every move, producers of a reality TV show baying for blood, and a record label desperate to see their “good girl” returned safely home, Van and Stella’s lives are snowballing out of control.
While Van would like nothing more than to show the purest of them all how well he handles his er ... stick, Stella is no puck bunny. Nor is she as innocent as she’d have the world believe.

With chemistry like theirs, tension runs high on and off the ice, but the end game is the same for both players: line up the puck, take the shot, and score. If only their hearts understood the play.
Puck fame and fortune.
Puck right and wrong.
Puck love.


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Free in Kindle Unlimited


Excerpt:
“What are you running from?” I say, echoing the me from several months ago when this strange and beautiful creature had arrived on my doorstep, lost, and seeking refuge from a world that might have destroyed a lesser woman.

She takes several steps back until there’s nowhere left to go but on top of the counter. “I’m not running from anything.”

I press against her. She’s stiff as a board. That makes two of us. “I miss you, Stella. I jack it every day thinking about you, sometimes twice a day. I want you.”

“You can’t have me, Van.”

“Bullshit,” I hiss. I slide my hand into her hair, and pull her closer. I lean in, but I don’t kiss her. “Tell me you miss me. Tell me you’re thinking about me, too.”

“I don’t . . .” She shakes her head, but her breath is hot and heavy against my face. “I’m not.”

I close my eyes and rub my cheek against hers. My stubble is likely scratching her delicate skin, but she doesn’t pull away, and I slide my hand under her shirt. She’s braless. I groan. All those long days and nights she tortured me at the cabin by wearing only my flannel shirts with no bra, and probably no panties either, for all I knew. This little cock tease needs a taste of her own medicine.




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 makeup 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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Recent Reads: Assassins and Dances


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 assassins (for like the third/fourth time) and dances.


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