Friday, March 24, 2017

On My Shelf: Crave by: Monica Murphy

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 snagged this book ages ago because it sounded like a me read. But now I've kinda gotten over the whole Billionaire romance thing. Still though, I do love me some quick romance read and this does sound like that. I am really undecided on this one.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mini Review: Untamed (Splintered #3.5) by: A.G. Howard

Release Date: December 15, 2015
from Amulet Books
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"A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

This collection expands upon Ensnared's epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters."

My Thoughts:

**spoilers for Splintered, Unhinged, and Ensnared ahead**

This was a fun little extra for fans of the Splintered series. I had already read Moth In The Mirror when it originally released and really enjoyed it. So with Untamed, I only read The Boy In The Web and Six Impossible Things. I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Boy In The Web. This one is told from Alison’s (Alyssa’s Mom) point of view and I just don’t love Alison. She has never been my favorite. This one also didn’t really give us anything new; we all kinda knew this already. It was a fun read but I was a bit meh on it. As for Six Impossible Things, this one was fun and was what I was looking for from Untamed. This story dove into six of Alyssa’s memories; three with Jeb and three with Morpheus. The Jeb ones were okay but I ADORED the Morpheus ones. If I’m being honest, those memories are what I was most looking for out of these novellas. I wanted to see some more Morpheus and Alyssa and I wanted a peek into their happily ever after. I will forever love Morpheus and I ate up every bit of his presence. So all in all, Untamed was a fun little trip back to Wonderland for fans of the series.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Recent Reads: Wizards and Vampires and Demons and Gods


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 of wizards, vampires, demons, and gods.




Waiting On Wednesday #222: Dark Breaks The Dawn by: Sara B. Larson

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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"On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price." 

I adore this cover and it sounds like a me read!

Dark Breaks The Dawn will be released on May 30, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read When You Are Short On Time


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

This week I'm going to feature some of my favorite novellas! Perfect to read when you are short on time.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review: The Struggle (Titan #3) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: March 20, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…"

My Thoughts:

This world always sucks me right in. I love Greek Mythology to begin with so mix in my favorite author and this series just works so well for me. The Covenant series is forever one of my favorite JLA series and the Titan spin off lived up to my love for that series.

Honestly, I never thought I would love Seth as much as I do. He was never my favorite in the Covenant series (look I was really devoted to Aiden okay) but he has grown so much. Seth basically defines character growth. He has become such a great character and he has really atoned for his mistakes. I simply adore him and I adore how much he cares for Josie. But I also love that he is still the same Seth. He is still his sarcastic self who never wears a shirt (thankfully) and who has no problem crossing certain boundaries to do what he thinks he has to do.

I also adore Josie. That girl is made of steel. She has adjusted to the crazy so well and really come into her own. She is a fighter who does not give up. What she goes through is horrible and I love how she kept fighting. I also love that she doesn’t let Seth get away with nonsense. He is an idiot at the end of The Power and she doesn’t just let him get away with it. I love the dynamic between these two and the way they have evolved as a couple over the three books. Plus the chemistry and swoons are so lovely.

I also love getting to see my favorite characters again. I absolutely adore Deacon and I just eat up every single scene he is in. He is hysterical and I just love his whole personality. I also love him and Luke together. Of course I also love catching up with Alex and Aiden. Those two hold a very special place in my heart and I love seeing them basically live out their HEA (even with all the crazy around them).

The Struggle was easy to devour and I loved the pace of the book. Things have gotten so crazy and so much took me by surprise. I honestly never saw this series going the way it has but I love the direction it is taking. I cannot wait to see how everything wraps up in the next book.

This was a great read and once again JLA did not disappoint. This world of hers is one of my favorites and each book continues to deliver. I love Seth and Josie and I know I’ll revisit this series again and again.

Cover Reveal: Tortured by: Nicole Williams


Coming April 9th
Pre-order exclusively via iBooks HERE

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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."


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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Cover Reveal: Undone by: Wendy Higgins


Undone by: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: November 7, 2017


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Friday, March 17, 2017

On My Shelf: Fallen Too Far by: Abbi Glines

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 am very very torn on this one. Back in the day I read Abbi's Existence trilogy and absolutely loved it! Then I read The Vincent Boys and absolutely loved that. But then I just could not keep up anymore. Abbi releases books ridiculously fast and I fell behind and now there are so many and they all seem to intertwine that it is just so daunting to even pick one up. Also, about a year ago I tried her new YA Until Friday Night and well.. I'll be blunt... I HATED it.. I didn't even finish it. So now I am VERY hesitant about picking this one up.

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review: Beauty Of The Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) by: Rachel L. Demeter

Release Date: March 15, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic
twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

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Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.

Disclaimer: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18."


My Thoughts:

I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan. It's my favorite movie and I'm obsessed with anything slightly related to it. So obviously I was immediately drawn to it the moment Michele (A Belle's Tales) introduced me to it. This was a really enjoyable twist on one of my favorite stories and I liked the slight Phantom of the Opera vibe it had too. That is another one of my very favorite stories.

Isabelle and Adam are both really great characters. They have both been through hell and through fate they find one another. They both have a very dark past and grow a lot over the course of the book. They both broke my heart, but I loved watching them grow to love one another. Adam in particular grows a ton over the course of the book and really becomes the person he always had the potential to be. Clearly, I adored him.

This book moves at a slow pace, but it's a good slow pace. It's the kind of book you pull back piece by piece and the romance is such a slow burn. Also, the setting will pull you in and you will get lost in the pages of this book.

Beauty of the Beast was a good read and one Beauty and the Beast fans won't want to miss. It's a dark take on one of my favorite fairy tales and I really enjoyed Adam and Isabelle's story.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #221: Master Professor by: Tara Sue Me

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 New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive novels launches a new erotic romance series...

Students are begging to be held after class...

Andie Lincoln is madly in love with Terrence Knight--her childhood friend-turned-Hollywood's newest golden boy. But he's a Dominant and wants her trained as a submissive before he'll consider a relationship with her. He enrolls her at the RACK Academy with strict instructions for her teachers: Do whatever you need to, but don't take her virginity.

Fulton Matthews, the director of incoming students, is enthralled by Andie. Though he questioned her enrollment at first, watching her discover her submissive nature is hotter than his most intense fantasy. Under his control, her sexual awakening brings him to his knees.

Yet they can go only so far. Andie belongs to another, and Fulton is bound by a contract that strictly forbids relationships between teachers and students. But when Terrence comes to collect his prize, Fulton discovers it's not easy to let Andie go. . ." 

I love this author's other series, so I am excited to see what she does with this one!

Master Professor will be released on April 4, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR


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

Even though its snowing, it's time to share my Spring TBR!


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