Thursday, April 26, 2018

Recent Reads: Shadowhunter Heartbreak


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 Bookly 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've been going through some books slowly, so only one book this week, but it was an absolute heart breaker!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #261: Cast Long Shadows by: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

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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"Matthew Fairchild is the Consul’s son and the golden-haired boy of the Nephilim. He has the love of his family and his parabatai James Herondale, and nothing to wish for, except excitement and artistry and beauty that do not seem to fit in with a warrior’s way of life. Matthew gets more than he bargained for at the Shadow Market, where he commits the greatest sin of his life—something he can never tell his parabatai, or any of the honorable Shadowhunters around him.

I am working on getting caught up on all the Shadowhunter books, and while I'm not quite there yet I am still really excited for this novella!

Cast Long Shadows will be released on May 8, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Monday, April 23, 2018

32 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading Finale (Hush Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Release Date: October 23, 2012
from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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"Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for."

My Thoughts:

1. Its been a few years since I’ve read any of this series and I am SO excited to be going back. I miss Patch.
2. Blah I dislike Vee. Idk why Nora put up with her shit.
3. *sigh* Patch. Nobody does swoon quite like him.
4. But like WHY is Vee the worst friend to ever be a friend. She aggravates me every single time and I'm pretty sure my hatred of her is what made me truly appreciate great female friendships in the books I read.
5. Patch is the swooniest. The end.
6. Poor Nora. Girl cannot catch a break.
7. Ugh Dante. Go away.
8. I don’t love this narrator. It's good I already love this book, otherwise I think it may have impacted my enjoyment of the book overall.
9. Nora’s mother must have lost her damn mind letting Marcie move in.
10. God he played this game so well.
11. People are so stupid… lets have a party in the middle of a war. Nora is the only one with sense.
12. See this is what happens when you don’t listen.
13. Stop being impulsive!
14. Scott… asking the important questions.
15. I love Nora… but she makes some seriously questionable decisions right here.
16. Really not a fan of this narrator. She makes everyone sound so whiny and her Patch voice is seriously lacking. This narrator would have definitely impacted my enjoyment of the book had I not already read it.
17. Oh look. See that party turned out to be a bad idea. I mean, who could have forseen that? Oh right… me… and Nora… and anyone with a brain.
18. God he played on her insecurities so well.
19. GAHHH its agony waiting for Nora to fess up! Mostly because that’s one of my favorite scenes in the entire series.
20. PUPPY
21. Oh I forgot about that.
22. Yeah completely forgot about that.
23. Love this scene soooooooo much!
24. *sings* it’s the ten duel commandments
25. Scott really had some great character growth.
26. About time you used your brain Blakely.
27. Marcie is the actual stupidest.
28. Damn… I forgot how we get out of this problem.
29. I will never understand what Hank was even thinking putting Nora in power… like what a dumbass.
30. *sobs*
31. Oh I loved this twist. So so good.
32. That last line is THE BEST.


Wrap Up
This re-read was an excellent idea. Its been a few years since I’ve read anything from this series and it was so great going back. Even though I didn’t love the narrator (seriously so whiny) it was still a great way to make time to visit Patch and Nora again. Patch is forever one of my all time favorite book boyfriends and he stands the test of time. This is one of those series that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Friday, April 20, 2018

On My Shelf: Replica by: Jenna Black

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 Book Outlet purchase. It sounds so good and I really do love that cover. This one has a really cool sci fi concept and I am definitely still intrigued by this one.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Trailer Reveal: Moonlight Seduction by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Moonlight Seduction: A de Vincent Novel from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout is coming June 26th and we have the trailer reveal!

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The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel . . .Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up . . . and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman . . . one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

 

Trailer by: Jillian Stein
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Moonlight Sins (de Vincent series, book 1)

JLA- Credit Franggy Yanez Photography# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.Connect with Jennifer L. Armentrout Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | GoodReads | Website |
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #260: The Beast's Heart by: Leife Shallcross

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 sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast's side of the story at long last.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.

And now I might lose her forever.

Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast's heart." 

I love all things Beauty and the Beast, so of course I am looking forward to this one.

The Beast's Heart will be released on May 3, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie: Favorite Romance Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

So this week is a freebie pick and I wanted to do something fun, so I am featuring my favorite romance covers. And by romance covers I mean swoony couples almost kissing because even if its overdone I love it forever.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Review: Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by: Robin LaFevers

Release Date: November 4, 2014
from HMH Books for Young Readers
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"Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has..."

My Thoughts:

What a way to round out this trilogy! This was such a good book and I am so happy Annith finally got her time to shine. She is so strong, but also so compassionate and is so much more than she seems and she is a fantastic heroine.

Annith grows so much over the course of this book and I love how she came into her own. She wants answers and she will stop at nothing to get them. I loved that she started making decisions for herself and for her happiness. Also I loved that she was a badass.

The new hero we meet, Balthazaar, may be my favorite hero of the three books. And it hurts me a little to say because I loved Beast, but there was something about Balthazaar. He was dark and broody and charming and I’m just a sucker for that. And of course I loved the romance and their dynamic together.

The plot in this book was wonderful. There were new elements introduced that I really enjoyed and I also loved getting answers to some of the plot points that have been woven throughout the trilogy. Finally, I figured out what was up with the Abbess and gosh that question had been plaguing me so much, so I was happy to get my answers. And we also got our resolution concerning the Duchess and I was very happy to see how her story played out.

There was a lot I loved about this book. I loved the romance and I loved the story line and I loved the characters, but my absolute favorite thing about this book was the strong bond between Annith, Ismae, and Sybella. They have such a strong connection and I adored how they always supported and loved one another. There was no cattiness or backstabbing or judging; there was just love and support and helping one another when they needed it most. I am always here for strong and positive female friendships.

Mortal Heart was such a good read and I’m really glad I finally got around to finishing this series. I couldn’t be happier with the way this series all came together.

Friday, April 13, 2018

On My Shelf: The 100 by: Kass Morgan

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.


A few years ago I went to an Ally Carter signing with my sister and Kass Morgan was one of the other authors there. I had never heard of her or this book at that point, but she was so funny and her book sounded so good that I bought the book on the spot. This was before the TV show and I meant to read the book before then but I just never got around to it. I am still definitely curious about this one though and forever a bit sad that this style cover didn't continue throughout the series.

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Book Review: The Black Key (The Lone City #3) by: Amy Ewing

Release Date: October 4, 2016
from Harper Teen
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"For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived a life of
servitude, controlled and manipulated by the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power and knock down the walls dividing each circle.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—for her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return, to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City."

My Thoughts:


I am so glad I finally made time to read this conclusion. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series and I’ve been dying to know how it all came together, but so many books so little time. This was a solid conclusion and it finally brought everything together and gave us the answers we’ve been dying for.

Violet has really come into her own and I love how strong she has become. She is so compassionate and truly cares, but is willing to do what has to be done and will put herself in danger if need be. She has come so far over the course of the trilogy and I love that.

One character who really surprised me was Carnelian. She was truly a pleasant surprise and I really appreciated that. Also loved Raven and Garnet. Garnet is probably one of my favorite characters in the series. I will admit that I was super disappointed with how absent Ash was from this book. I know it’s not his story, but I didn’t expect him to be off page so much and I missed him. He is the best and I ate up every moment with him.

This book was fast paced and addictive. It pulled together all the loose threads and gave the reader the answers they needed. I really enjoyed how it all came together and the conclusion delivered.

The Black Key was a great wrap up to the series. This was a fun series and I’m forever in love with the gorgeous covers.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #259: The Fragile Ordinary by: Samantha Young

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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"I am Comet Caldwell.

And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name.

People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky.

But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.


When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.

Always love Samantha Young!

The Fragile Ordinary will be released on June 26, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Recent Reads: Shadowhunters Again!


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 Bookly 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 am still making my way through the Shadowhunter books!




Sunday, April 8, 2018

Release Day: The Dandelion by: Michelle Leighton (Review, Teasers, & A Note From The Author)

Happy release day to The Dandelion by Michelle Leighton! I am so excited this day is finally here! I am so in love with this book and I truly hope everyone loves it as much as I do. 

Release Day: April 8, 2018
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"At thirty-five, Abigail Simmons has mastered only one thing—running. When tragedy strikes, she runs. This time her urge to flee brings Abi back to her hometown, where she hopes she can find the peace she’s always searched for. That hope is dashed when Abi’s ex, Sam Forrester, bumps his way back into her life.
Sam has flourished in ways Abi hasn’t. From the outside, he has it all—a successful medical practice, a beautiful daughter, and a charming wife.
Who is dying.
Sara Forrester is dying and her final wish is for Sam to find love again so she can meet the woman who will finish raising her daughter and grow old with her husband. Abi seems like the perfect fit, but what Sara doesn’t know is that Abi has a secret, a secret no one could guess.
And it’s a deal breaker."
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
"A true must read"
"A breathtaking story"
"I just could NOT. STOP. READING."
"The Dandelion is simply……..BEAUTIFUL!!!"
"It was worth every single minute."
"Read it. Just...read it."

A Note From Michelle Leighton:

WILL YOU TRUST ME? 

I am so, so excited to tell you that THE DANDELION is live!  I loved everything about this story, from the way it began as a dream to the way I cried a few times as I wrote it.  This book has some of the most real and raw and wounded characters I've ever fallen in love with, but I think that's why I love them so much.  And I truly believe you will, too, but I want to implore you to TRUST ME.  Trust me that, although there are obstacles and struggles that cut to the heart of every woman, this book is one of love and hope and friendship and selflessness of epic proportions.  Trust me to bring you closure and happiness, the kind we all have to work for, but the kind that's made all the more special because we have to work for it.  

Give this book a try.  Give this love a try.  Give this HOPE a try:)  I sincerely hope you adore the story as much as I do!


My Thoughts:

The Dandelion is a stunning read with a beautiful romance, that is not your average love story. It is heartwarming and heartfelt and the author clearly poured her heart and soul into the book. It is a story not to be missed.

This book is impossible to review without spoiling things, so I’m going to go the short and sweet route here. I could talk about this book for days on end, but there are a lot of twists along the way and I don’t want to take those twists away from the reader. This book is simply amazing. It draws you in and doesn’t let you go. Its equal parts devastating and hopeful. It broke my heart in two and made me cry many times, but it also made me smile. I loved every single character in this book and the way they all intertwined. The emotions jumped off of the page and really made you feel. This book caught me off guard and I don’t know if I’ve ever read anything quite like it and I loved it all the more for that. Michelle Leighton delivered a truly heartfelt read and fans who enjoyed The Empty Jar are sure to love this one as well. 


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