Friday, April 28, 2017

On My Shelf: The Edge Of Never by: J.A. Redmerski

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 for my kindle ages and ages ago... pretty sure I grabbed it early in my blogging days. I remember a time when everyone was reading it and loving it. For whatever reason I never got around to it. I am 100% positive that the Teresa who bought this book would have adored it, but it's today Teresa that I'm not so sure about and it wouldn't even be the books fault. At this point, I've probably read a bunch of books similar to this and even though this came first it didn't for me (if that makes any sense). So basically I just need to know if this one stands the test of time. 

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mini Review: Teaching Willow: Session Four by: Paige James

Release Date: May 2, 2014
Goodreads

"Find out what happens in the exciting conclusion...

After everything we’ve been through, after all that has happened, it’s finally time for us to come clean. Both of us.

There’s so much I want to tell him, and so much I want to know. But there’s still one thing that could ruin it all, one thing that could change the game completely.

How can I put this weight on him? But then again, how can I not? He deserves to know."


My Thoughts:

This was my favorite session of the four. I just loved how everything came together in this one and that we finally got all of our answers. Ebon and Willow have both made mistakes, but they both acknowledge that and move to make amends in this one. It’s clear they love each other and just needed to move beyond all the hurt and lies. And then it doesn’t help when there is interference from outside forces. Willow’s parents are a piece of work and so are Ebon’s. But I loved watching them both move beyond their past and their families. I was so happy with the way this wrapped up and all the angst and heartache was worth it.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #226: If There's No Tomorrow 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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"Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances. 

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened. 

For what she let happen.  

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?" 

It's JLA.... obviously I need this book in my life.

If There's No Tomorrow will be released on September 5, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Review: Midnight Target (Killer Instincts #8) by: Elle Kennedy

Release Date: April 25, 2017
from Berkley
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a review.
"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Score and Midnight Revenge...

Four years ago, Cate’s entire life changed when she discovered she was the daughter of a supersoldier. But Jim Morgan’s overprotectiveness has pushed her away. These days, she’s working as a freelance photographer and living the dangerous life Jim never wanted for her.

When Cate snaps a photo linking a corrupt South American politician with the leader of a notorious drug cartel, her mercenary father leads a team to rescue her—only to get shot and critically wounded in the process.

As Morgan’s operatives rally together on a revenge mission, they’re faced with new alliances and old heartaches. Cate is forced to work with David “Ash” Ashton, the man who broke her heart two years ago, while Liam Macgregor and Sullivan Port resurface after years apart to finally try to deal with everything they’d left unsaid.

Soon it’s all-out war between the cartel and the mercenaries—with two couples caught in the middle of the blood feud. Love and redemption are within their reach...but first they have to make it home alive."

My Thoughts:

Midnight Target was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and this book met every single one of my expectations. I absolutely loved this book and it is one of my favorites of the series. This book delivered everything I have come to love about this series.

Cate and Ash had fantastic chemistry and I adored them together. Cate has become such a formidable force and I adored her. She is strong and feisty and takes no crap from anyone. And Ash is just sex on a stick. He is so easy to fall for and I loved him. These two together were incredible and I loved their dynamic.

But let’s be honest here… Sully and Liam are the ones who stole the show. Their story has been building for what feels like forever and it was so wonderful to see it all finally come to a head. I absolutely adore those two and they ripped my heart to shreds. The tension between them is ridiculous and I just love them. These two have been my favorites for a while and I was so glad to finally see their story come to a close. It broke my heart in the process but it was wonderful.

Midnight Target was great in that it brought the whole gang back together. Almost everyone makes an appearance and I loved catching up with everyone. I have loved this series and I loved seeing everyone again. Elle Kennedy has created such a great cast of characters and I am so sad to have to say goodbye.

As always, the suspense delivered with Midnight Target. There was action and drama and fighting and risks and I ate it all up. The stakes are as high as ever and she did not hold back with this one. I always love how Elle balances the suspense with romance because she does it perfectly.

Midnight Target was a fantastic read and I loved every single second of it. This is a series I know I will read again and again.

Friday, April 21, 2017

On My Shelf: Tumble & Fall by: Alexandra Coutts

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 won this book a while ago at a book signing. It sounds good but the reviews for this one are not so good. Since the overall consensus is not so good, I'm curious to see what some of my fellow bloggers thought of this one.

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review: The Dead List by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: April 25, 2017
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"It's Ella's senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran's end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella's carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.

Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn't done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn't the only one being tormented.

With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can't seem to shake the feeling that there's a dark pattern hidden in the killer's every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust."


My Thoughts:

The Dead List is a suspense filled read that keeps you guessing. It is dark and twisty and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Readers who enjoyed JLA’s Don’t Look Back and Till Death are sure to enjoy this one. The Dead List perfectly combines suspense with the swoon.

Ella is a great heroine and what she deals with is so rough. I really admired Ella for how she handled it all. She kept trying to live her life and not let anything stop her and that is something to really admire. Then we have Jensen, and let’s be honest, we all knew I was going to love Jensen. JLA seriously writes the best guys and Jensen was no exception. He is funny and sweet and clearly cares for Ella and I loved it. And I also loved how clear he was about what he wanted. No mixed signals or hot and cold messages, because let’s be honest Ella did not need that on top of everything else she had going on.

The Dead List is a fun read, even though the clown stuff haunts my nightmares. I had a great time reading along and trying to guess who the killer was. I changed my mind so many times. I was right at one point, but I was never confident enough in my guess so the book kept me on my toes.

The Dead List was a twisty read that will keep you guessing throughout. As always, JLA delivered with this book.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Recent Reads: All The Feels


Recent Reads is feature I recently started 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 fulls of feels.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Mini Review: Teaching Willow: Session Three by: Paige James

Release Date: April 21, 2014
Goodreads

"It started with waking up in a strange place.

It ended with everything that I thought I knew coming into question.

Now, I’m watching love turn into hate, bend turn into break and lies turn into truth that hurts worse than the deception ever did.

Such is my life, The Wicked World of Willow Masters."


My Thoughts:

Session Three is the game changer of the series. This is the one where things come to light and we are finally getting some answers. But with those answers comes a ton more problems. I feel terrible for Willow because the people in her life suck. They really truly do. I can’t entirely blame her parents for their reaction in the past, but I can blame them now and blame them I do. This session makes it clear that there is much more going against Willow and Ebon than we originally thought. These books are not for everyone, because there is some stuff that may make some uncomfortable and certain things may cross a line, but I’m just eating it all up.


Friday, April 14, 2017

On My Shelf: The Way Of Kings by: Brandon Sanderson

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 got this book ages ago at either NY Comic Con or BEA, I can't remember. It sounds like the kind of fantasy I would adore and I've heard great things about the author but I just never had the time for it. Definitely sounds like a Teresa read though.

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Tortured by: Nicole Williams (Review, Excerpt, Teaser)


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"When he left for a twelve-month deployment, she knew it would feel like forever before they saw each other again. She didn’t realize how right she was.
When Lance Corporal Brecken Connolly gets taken as a POW, Camryn hopes for the best but steels herself for the worst. In the end, steel was what she needed to survive when he didn’t. She moves on the only way she knows how—gilding herself in more steel.
Years go by.
She builds a new life.
She leaves the old one behind.
Until one day, she sees the face of a ghost on the news. Brecken seems to have risen from the dead, but she knows she can’t perform the same miracle for herself. While Brecken was held in a torture camp for the past five years, she’s been trapped in her own kind of prison. One she can’t be freed from.  
The man she mourned comes back to join the living, but the girl he wanted to spend his life with isn’t the same woman he comes back for. Brecken isn’t the same person either. The past five years have changed them both. While he’s determined to put the pieces back together, she’s resolved to let hers rot where they shattered.

Broken or not, Brecken wants her back. He’ll do anything to achieve that. Even if it means going against the warden of Camryn’s personal prison—her husband."
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

This is the kind of book that is a continual emotional sucker punch to the gut, but it is also worth the pain. It’s such a good story and I adored the characters so much. It’s not necessarily an easy read; actually some of it is very difficult to read. But it is such a good story and so worth it.

I loved both Camryn and Brecken. Their story is so painful. They loved one another so much, only to have it all ripped away. And then when a miracle occurs, everything has changed and things can’t be the way they once were. I loved them both because they were both survivors. My heart broke for them for everything they endured and everything they lost and everything that could have been.

I say this all the time with Nicole’s books, but I’m saying it again. Nobody writes an emotional rollercoaster the way she does. Whether it’s one of her lighter stories or her gut wrenching ones, she always makes the reader feel. I connected to the characters and I felt their pain. And that to me is the sign of a great read.

There is so much more I want to say about this book, but it’s also the kind of story I think the reader needs to experience for themselves. I devoured this book in one sitting. It’s an addictive read and even though it’s painful, it’s worth it. I loved this book and can’t recommend it enough. 


Excerpt:

“It’s been six years. Everything’s changed. I have. You have.” My eyes lifted. “Why? Why are you trying to win me back?”
He exhaled, his lips parting. “I’m going to win you back.”
When his hand slid around the bend of my waist, winding behind my back, I jerked. His touch was different tonight, hungry, determined. My head clouded, blocking out reason or letting it surface to the top, one or the other.
“I married him,” I whispered even as my hand found his chest.
“But you belong to me.”
My eyes closed as he bowed me against him. I wasn’t sure how two bodies that had been as broken as ours could be so strong when joined. “How do you know?”
“I can see it in your eyes. Every time you look at me.” His other hand lifted to my chin, tipping it until our eyes connected. His brow rose slowly, like I was proving his point right that very moment.
“That’s a confident statement.” My voice shook, but my body felt steady. Unwavering.
“It’s the truth.”
My chest was moving so hard, it brushed his with every breath. What was I doing? Where had I found myself? The man holding me had died only to be resurrected six years later. It was too late, but it wasn’t over.
No matter what, Brecken Connolly and I would never be over.
“Twenty-six days,” I said slowly. “That’s all I have to give you. That’s all I have to give. Four weeks. Once he’s back, you know the way it has to be.”
His face broke, but his hold didn’t budge. “It’s not enough.”
My fingers curled into his shirt, looking for some way to hold on to him. “I know.”
His other arm suddenly looped around me and he lifted me off the ground, his grip going around my backside when my legs tied around him. “But a fucking eternity wouldn’t be enough either, so it’ll just have to do.”
He carried me through the sand and up the stairs of the cabin, then he propped me against the wall so he could open the screen door. Something slipped out of my mouth when he flexed his hips into mine.
“Told you it wasn’t a morning issue,” he whispered in my ear, but I could hear the smile in his voice. “Just a Camryn one.”
He made the same motion with his hips, applying a little more friction this time, causing a louder sound to echo from my lungs.
Opening the screen door as silently as he could, he carried me inside.
“You can set me down, you know?” I whispered.
“I know,” he said, his arms tying tighter. Once all of the lights were off, the cabin closed up for the night, he padded down the hall.
“You know where you’re going?”
His head nodded beside mine. “I’ve always known.”
My hands went behind his neck. His skin was warm and familiar. “And where’s that?”
He exhaled against my skin as he closed the bedroom door. “Toward you.”
He set me down once he’d untied my legs from around his waist, and he took a few steps back. He stared at me for a moment then reached for the lamp on the dresser.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“Turning on the lights.”
I watched him flip on another. “Why?”
“Because I want to see you. Because I want to watch your face as I move inside you. Because I want to see your skin flush when I make you come.” He flipped on one more light, then all of his attention turned to me. “Because I want to see everything.”
My heart took off as I imagined being intimate with him with every light in the room on. My body wasn’t the same one he’d left. It had carried a burden; it bore the scars of a shattered soul and a broken body. “I don’t want you to see me. Not like that. In the dark, you can imagine the way I was before.”
When I reached for the closest lamp to switch it off, he stopped me. “I don’t want to imagine.” His hand curled around mine, guiding it away from the lamp. “I want the real thing. I want the real you.”
“You’ve seen my body. You know what I look like beneath all of this.” I motioned at the fresh clothes hanging off of me, covering me from my wrists to my ankles to my neck.
“When I look at you, I see beauty and strength, and the one person in the world who gives me a reason to live and a reason to die.” He drew me to him, his face creased in lines of concentration. “That’s what I see when I look at you.”



Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #225: Before She Ignites by: Jodi Meadows

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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"Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse. " 

I am in love with this cover and the synopsis is awesome!

Before She Ignites will be released on September 26, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I've Read


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

This is kind of a tough topic because a book that may be unique to me may not be unique to someone else... so take this list with a grain of salt.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review: Night's Darkest Embrace by: Jeaniene Frost

Release Date: November 13, 2012
from Pocket Star
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"Enter the dark realm of Nocturna in Jeaniene Frost's redhot tale, where blisteringly sexy Raphael dominates the demons of a lawless dimension and tries to help a beautiful young woman avenge her cousin's disappearance. Originally appeared in the Haunted By Your Touch anthology."

My Thoughts:

This is my first taste of Jeaniene Frost outside of the Night Huntress world and what a good first taste it was. This is a super quick read, but it still delivers the great story and wit and romance Jeaniene Frost is known for.

In Night’s Darkest Embrace we are introduced to the world of Nocturna. Because it’s a novella we have to dive in pretty quickly and as a reader you are thrust into this new world immediately, but Jeaniene Frost does a good job making sure the reader has all the information they need without it being an info dump. I loved this world and thought the concept was so cool. A dangerous world of endless night where time doesn’t move was just really appealing to me. I kinda wish she had expanded on this world with more books because there is so much that could be built on here and I love it all.

Our main characters Mara and Raphael were ones I took an immediate liking to. Mara is feisty and strong and smart. I loved her from the get go. And I absolutely adored Raphael. He was oh so swoony and sexy and just yumm.

Night’s Darkest Embrace was a quick and fun read. I absolutely loved this world and I know I’ll revisit this story again.

Friday, April 7, 2017

On My Shelf: Oceanborn by: Amalie Howard

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 loved Waterfell and I have been meaning to read this forever! This author has never let me down so I can't believe I haven't gotten to this sequel. One of these days I really need to because I need my closure for these characters. 

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

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