Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads!

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

Happy Halloween! Here are some great reads for Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mini Review: Tapping That Asset (Temperance Falls) by: London Hale

Release Date: November 2, 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 only wanted one night
Being on the road all the time because of the family business makes for a lot of lonely nights. So when handsome, charming AJ Phelps finds me in the hotel bar, I’m ready for more than casual conversation. After an amazing night, my hope to continue a brief affair with the town charmer is derailed when I come face to face with him the following day. This time, he’s not just handsome, charming AJ. He’s all business...and the owner of the brewery my brother is dead set on ruining. All may be fair in love and war, but there’s nothing as cut throat as beer and business.

He wants it all
As an ex-pro baseball player turned business owner, I have it all. Or I thought I did until Kennedy Rochester crossed my path. A one night stand with a woman as hot, intelligent, and feisty as that? No brainer. At least not until the following morning when she steps into my brewery and tells me in no uncertain terms her family business is there to put me out of mine. I should loathe her for threatening my livelihood, but I don’t. I can’t. Not when all I think about when I look at her is our single, toe-curling night together. Not when I’d give nearly anything for just one more."

My Thoughts:

“Charles sighed loud and long. “Here we go. You gonna climb back onto your feminist high horse today? Because I’m not in the mood.” And that was the moment I killed him Your Honor.” From the moment I saw that quote I knew this was going to be my new favorite London Hale read. I loved AJ and Kennedy so so much. AJ is fantastic. He is such a great guy and so charming and I fell so so hard. And Kennedy is my kind of girl. Kennedy is CFO of her family’s company, so she is a numbers girl like me and I really appreciated that. I loved her work ethic and her drive and I loved her compassion and how she went for what she wanted. AJ and Kennedy together were explosive and I adored them. They both worked so well together and I loved that even with all the problems in their way, they acted like adults and didn’t start flailing around all angsty. The dynamic between these two was great and I loved watching Charles, aka douche canoe of epic proportions, get what was coming to him. Also a moment to appreciate that fantastic title. Tapping That Asset was super fun and dirty and a quick read and I loved it.

Friday, October 27, 2017

On My Shelf: Velveteen by: Daniel Marks

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 was drawn to this one because I am so in love with the cover! And the synopsis just pulled me in. Then it came out and the reviews were super super mixed so I never got around to it. But I am still in love with the cover and still intrigued. So talk to me! 

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mini Review: The Faintest Spark (Roadmap To Your Heart #1.5) by: Christina Lee

Release Date: March 27, 2017
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"Malachi O’Rourke spends his years as president of the Disciples of the Road cleaning up his father’s mess, grieving a broken heart, and protecting the men under his charge. Sawyer Malone hasn’t had it easy either since joining the Scorpions. While paying back a personal debt for his club seems gratifying on the surface, he ends up sacrificing way more than he bargained for.

When Mal recognizes that Sawyer is struggling, he offers him needed support. Something about the man’s quiet strength stirs deeply inside him. Sawyer knows he shouldn’t rely on the solace Mal provides, but he’s been the only ray of light in an otherwise bleak few months. So after a tender moment passes between the men, they simply chalk it up to their newfound friendship.

Besides, no one will ever measure up to Mal’s former old lady and Sawyer’s just been through his own tragic ordeal. But when they’re thrust together for a weekend event involving both of their clubs, they can no longer deny their attraction. Except time-honored loyalties and hard-fought tradition will not only force them to risk their standing—but also gamble with their hearts."

My Thoughts:

I’ve really enjoyed this series and this novella was no exception, this is actually one of my favorites of the series. I really enjoyed going back to the MC part of this world and quickly catching up with some old friends again. I loved both Mal and Sawyer and together they were great. Their relationship is a tricky one to navigate with the world they live in and not everyone is so accepting, but I loved watching them come to terms with it and realize what is worth fighting for. This was a quick and sweet and steamy read and I enjoyed this quick trip back to the world. I’m glad I finally saw Mal get his happy ending.

Cover Reveal: Almost Impossible by: Nicole Williams

Coming May/June 2018
Fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han will delight as the fireworks spark and the secrets fly in this delicious summer romance from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. Jade hasn't been in suburbia long and even she knows her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

And when Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer hiding out reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Sneaking out, staying up, and even a midnight swim, Quentin is determined to give Jade days--and nights--worth remembering.
But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. And when rumors of a jilted ex-girlfriend come to light, Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret--and she's determined to find out what it is.

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, October 25, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #244: Reign The Earth by: A.C. Gaughen

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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"Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

I love this cover and the book sounds so so good.

Reign The Earth will be released on January 30, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Big Apple Author Event Recap & Giveaway

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Big Apple Author signing in NYC. This event had a great lineup and the organizers did a fantastic job putting it together and everything ran so smooth. I got to meet some amazing authors and I also got to spend time with some wonderful people. Bookish people are the best people. 

So the entire reason I went to this signing was to FINALLY be able to meet Carmen Jenner! This was a meeting nearly six years in the making and I am so so glad we finally got to meet in person. She was so super sweet and she introduced me to these wonderful things known as Tim Tams. I placed a giant stack of books on her table and she signed them all without complaint. So so grateful I finally got to hug this wonderful person. 

I also got to meet some other wonderful authors and it was so much fun to gush over their books. And I also got to hang out with some wonderful bookish friends!
with Sarina Bowen
with KA Tucker

with Emma Chase
with my Minxes

So I was so exhausted when I got home that I completely forgot to take a picture of my books and goodies and I just went into "must put all these books away" mode and now I am too lazy to bring them all back out for a picture so I am just going to list all the wonderful pretties I was able to get signed at the event. 
Welcome To Sugartown by Carmen Jenner
Enjoy Your Stay by Carmen Jenner
Greetings From Sugartown by Carmen Jenner
Now Leaving Sugartown by Carmen Jenner
Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner
Kick by Carmen Jenner
Tank by Carmen Jenner
Toward The Sound of Chaos by Carmen Jenner
The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner
Revelry by Carmen Jenner
Finding North by Carmen Jenner
Puck Love by Carmen Jenner
Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
In Her Wake by KA Tucker
Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
Royally Matched by Emma Chase
Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
Sustained by Emma Chase
Love Me In The Dark by Mia Asher
After The Rain by Renee Carlino
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino
Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
Inked Armour by Helena Hunting
Pucked by Helena Hunting

And because I never come home from these things empty handed, I brought back a signed book to giveaway. So one winner will have a chance to win a signed copy of Greetings From Sugartown by Carmen Jenner. This book forever holds a very special place in my heart because I love Ana and Elijah and because I helped Carmen title this book... so yes I am biased but I promise this is a super fun and schmexy read.

-one winner will win a signed copy of Greetings From Sugartown by Carmen Jenner
-giveaway is open to the US only
-must be 18 years of age to enter
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged items
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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)


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.

Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170621 | October 3, 2017 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170638 | $7.99


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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – forConfess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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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.

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