Saturday, June 30, 2018

Just Couldn't Put It Down Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the Just Couldn't Put It Down Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck In Books.
I am giving away Waking Gods and Only Human.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

On My Shelf: Roman Holiday by: Ashleyn Poston

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.

Okay, so I am a bit confused by this one, because it is on my kindle as Roman Holiday by Ashleyn Poston but apparently it was later retitled to The Sound Of Us and republished under Ashley Poston. So this cover and title are outdated, but it is what I own it as so that's what I'm going with. I bought this back in 2013 cause it sounded fun but then I totally forgot about it, but I recently read and ABSOLUTELY LOVED Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston and when I scrolled past this and was like WHOA IS THIS THE SAME PERSON I got super excited. So of course I now have a renewed interest in reading this one.

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Release Blitz: Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout (Review, Book Trailer, & Teaser)

Moonlight Seduction: A de Vincent Novel, from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout is LIVE!

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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.

My Thoughts:

I am seriously loving the tone of this series! It has such a creepy and gothic vibe, but it also delivers the romance and the swoon. The de Vincents are not your normal family and that makes for some seriously complicated relationships and situations, which in turn makes for an addictive read.

I adored Nikki. She was tough and strong and would not take crap from anyone. I just really liked her a lot and I felt like we would have been good friends. And of course I loved Gabe. That man could be super charming when he wanted to be. But he also had his moments and I think I would have had to smack him 22.5 times throughout all of this. He is lucky Nikki is who she is and loved him so much because he could have really messed it up. But he owns up to his mistakes and makes up for them in the end. 

I also loved checking in with Julia and Lucian again. I adore those two and it is so sweet seeing them so happy together. And I have to talk about Dev… because he is an incredibly intriguing character. He is such a jerk and I’m not sure I actually like him at all but it’s also clear there is a lot more going on that we as readers do not have all the facts to and I really cannot wait to find out what is going on. But he has a lot of work to do to win me over, so his book is sure to be super interesting. 

As I said I loved the tone of this book and I loved the suspense woven throughout. I enjoy all the moving pieces and I love the little storylines that are carrying on throughout the series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. All in all, JLA delivered yet again with Moonlight Seduction

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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 a 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 an 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 feature 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.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Release Day Blast: The Way We Burn by: M. Leighton (Review, Excerpt, & Teasers)

Author:  M. Leighton
Genre:  Romance/Romantic Suspense
Series/Standalone:  Standalone
Release Date:  June 24, 2018

Irresistible attraction.  Unimaginable danger. 
I knew from the moment Noah Williamson walked into the diner that he was haunted—deeply haunted—but I couldn’t resist the lure of him.  He was gorgeous and fascinating and mysterious, and like a delicate moth to a brilliant blue flame, I was drawn to him.  Drawn to his fire.
But if I’d known about his job, about what happened to his wife, I’d have run the other way.  Before I got caught up in the red-hot blaze of his life.  Before everything in my world got burned to the ground. 
It’s too late to run now.  I hesitated and that was it. I fell. I fell for him before I knew there was danger in loving him. 
Noah once told me that this is the way we burn—together or not at all.  At the time, I didn’t know what that meant.
Now I do. 
The Way We Burn is a love story…with a kicker!  Suspense, chemistry, and twists galore, I can’t wait for you to jump in!  But don’t be afraid.  This is a stand alone VERY romantic story with a VERY satisfying ending.  I promise:)  xoxo  M
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My Thoughts:

I am so obsessed with this book. I have no idea how to review this book. No idea at all. This book caught me so off guard and it is so much more than what it seems like on the surface, just trust me on that. The characters got under my skin in the absolute best way. This book blends genres so well. At its base, it really is a romance, but it also has a fantastic suspense element. It’s about secrets and healing and like I said, it delivers so much more than you could ever imagine. The Way We Burn is an addictive read and one of my very favorite M. Leighton reads to date (if not my very favorite of them all). Michelle broke my brain with this book. I legitimately cannot remember the last time a twist caught me so off guard. This book gave me the worst (best) book hangover and I could not get it out of my head. Just please trust me on this one and read it!


Something in me snaps.
He’s halfway down the first set of steps when I stop him again.
His head jerks back and he pins me with those glorious eyes. I start toward him before I can change my mind, walking quickly down to meet him on the stairs. 
I stop on the step above his and stare down at him.  The blue of his irises has been overtaken by swollen pupils and his eyes are the black, black, black of the night outside.  
I’m on his level now, nose to nose, and my heart is racing like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff, the wind howling at my back, uncertainty swirling all around me. Chills break out down my arms, but I wrap them around his neck anyway, pressing my chest to his.
“Last week you said you wanted to know what’s going through my head,” I remind him.  “This. This has been going through my head since the day you walked into the diner.”
I mash my mouth to his. Hard. We both just sort of stand there, smooshed together, taken by surprise.  I wait for several seconds, hoping he’ll take it from there before I wither up and die.  When he doesn’t, I start to lean away, humiliation ready to burst forth and drown me.  But before I can turn and run back to my apartment with my tail between my legs, Noah brings one big hand to the back of my head, stilling me.  
Wordlessly, he watches me.  Seconds pass. Or days. I can’t be sure which.  Time ceases to exist, to even matter when he looks at me.
A few achingly slow heartbeats thump by before he tilts his head and leans in, softly brushing his lips over mine.  
I exhale the breath I’d been holding. I was so nervous, I don’t think I’ve breathed since I opened my door.  
But I’m breathing now.  Breathing him in, gulping in this moment, tucking it into some treasured corner of my soul.
I close my eyes, inhaling deeply, memorizing the scent of his soap, the smell of his skin.  Reveling in the hint of peppermint and nighttime leeching from his lips onto mine.
Back and forth, he rubs his mouth over mine, coaxing it open with a sexy artfulness I didn’t think men really possessed. At least not in real life.
But Noah does.
He works my needy flesh like he knows it better than I do.  His tongue whispers over the edge of my bottom lip, breezes past the inside of my top one, and teases along the side of my own until a groan bubbles up and out of my throat, unbidden.
I melt against him, my torso conforming to his as he supports me with his strong arms. I’m not thinking. I’m not worrying. I’m not planning. I’m simply lost, lost to the storm of sensation he’s stirring up within me.  It’s building, the energy, and I know I’m just getting a taste of the tropical storm I knew this man would be.  Beautiful chaos lies at his center.   I’m absolutely certain of it.
And absolutely drawn to it already.

What readers are saying:

“Another story of Michelle’s to fall in love with... I am loving this new side to Michelle. Twist, turns, angst and heart ache combined with a love story only how Ms. Leighton can write them!”  --Rachael

“[M. Leighton] broke my brain with this book. I legitimately cannot remember the last time a twist caught me so off guard.” –Teresa, Readers Live a Thousand Lives

“A smart psychological thriller with a heart stopper of a twist… M. Leighton is on fire!” –Addison Moor, NYT Bestselling Author

“…delivers an unforgettable, heart-pounding story that will leave you thinking about it for weeks after you finish.”  --Courtney Cole, NYT Bestselling Author

“Brilliant. Just brilliant.”  --Stephanie, Stephanie’s Book Reports

“What an epic mindf***!!”  --Maria, Literati Literature Lovers

“Consuming. Intoxicating.  … M. Leighton took what could have just been a suspenseful romance and turned it into something SO MUCH MORE!” –Jessica, Crazy Chaotic Book Babes

“Enthralling. Captivating. Jaw-dropping suspense.”  --Courtney, Read-Love-Blog

“This is at the top of my Best of 2018 list!” -- Jennifer, Book Bitches Blog

“Hands down one of the best romantic suspense books I’ve read this year!” Angie, Liezel and Angie’s Book Blog

“The Way We Burn is a MUST read!!!”  Catherine, Cat’s Guilty Pleasure

“Michelle Leighton takes her writing to a whole new level. This book was riveting.”  Michell

“Brilliantly written…a definite must read!!”  Kathryn, Tsk Tsk What to Read

“I am blown away.  [The Way We Burn] is spectacular!”  Theresa

“I’m convinced this is [M. Leighton’s] best ever!”  Becky

“Michelle Leighton throws one curve ball after another in this fascinating romantic suspense.” – Nadine, Nadine Bookaholic

“…grab this book now and call into work, put the closed for business to family and friends. You are welcome.” – Jeanine, Goodreads Review

“…brilliantly executed.”  -- Kat, Kitty Kat’s Crazy About Books

“…[The Way We Burn] will forever be one of the best I have ever read.”  -- Theresa, Goodreads Review

“Bravo to the author!  This is a must read!  Five stars!”  -- Kim, Blogging for the Love of Authors Blog

“Brilliant!  You, too, will be burned to ash in the most beautiful way.”  -- Lee, A Story Book Romance Blog

“I want to write an amazing review that gets across to you how epic this story is… Once you start reading, you won’t be able to let go…ever.  This story will stay with you.”  --Rosa, iScream Books Blog 

“This story was unlike any other and is possibly one of the best I have ever read.”  --Natalie, Literary Epic

“I am so obsessed with this book.”  Teresa, Readers Live a Thousand Lives

“M. Leighton writes a brilliant story. I was captivated from the first few pages and couldn’t put it down!” - Amanda Lee, Disheveled Book Blog

“This book just claimed the #1 spot for my 2018 Booklist.”  -- We Review Books

“A fantastic journey that Michelle Leighton has penned with such ease it should really be a sin!! Trust me….add this one to your MUST READ list today!!”  --Julie, Little Read Riding Hood 

“Insanely awesome!  Seriously amazing.  I have one of the best book hangovers!”  --We Do What We Want Book Reviews 

“Wow.  Just…wow!” -- Sandy, The Reading Cafe

“HOLY WOW!  This book blew me away!”  --Jenn, The Geekery Book Review

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Friday, June 15, 2018

On My Shelf: Lirael by: Garth Nix

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 bought this one a while ago, not long after I read Sabriel. I really enjoyed Sabriel, so naturally I am looking forward to more from this world. One of these days I will need to make time to get caught up on this series!

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles by: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
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"Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material."

My Thoughts:

The Shadowhunter world is one of my all time favorites and The Infernal Devices is a series that holds a special place in my heart, but in recent years I have fallen behind on the new releases and the time has come for me to rectify that. So I finally made my way through The Bane Chronicles and overall it was a fun ride and I really loved getting to spend some more time with Magnus. I especially loved visiting with some of my favorites again (WILL AND TESSA AND JEM). So here is a quick recap of each of the novellas in The Bane Chronicles and my quick thoughts on each.

What Really Happened In Peru: This was a really short and fun read. It was nice hanging out with Magnus again, even if I never really truly found out what happened in Peru.

The Runaway Queen: I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed the first. It was quick and fun and Magnus is always great. It also helps you start to understand how Magnus became Magnus.

Vampires, Scones, And Edmund Herondale: Those Herondale boys really know how to steal your heart. For a short book this one packed a punch.

The Midnight Heir: WILL AND JEM AND TESSA AND MY HEART. I forever love those three and Will is still as dramatic as ever. My only complaint is that this book definitely feels more like a prologue of a story to come and not it’s own individual story.

The Rise Of The Hotel Dumort: I really enjoyed the setting of this one and how it all played out against the backdrop of the stock market crash. These stories get better as the anthology moves along.

Saving Raphael Santiago: This was interesting getting the deeper backstory for Raphael. Funny too.

The Fall Of The Hotel Dumort: This one wasn’t my favorite. Nothing about it really grabbed me. Still love Magnus though.

What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything: This one is my favorite of the novellas so far. Magnus is SO endearing and adorable. And gosh he is so gone for Alec and it’s too much.

The Last Stand Of The New York Institute: This one was fantastic! I loved getting to see the backstory on the Circle and seeing the first time Jocelyn met Magnus. And I got to see my fave Tessa!

The Course Of True Love (And First Dates): This was adorable. I forever love Magnus and Alec.

The Voicemail Of Magnus Bane: I had the pleasure of experiencing this at the City of Heavely Fire launch event in NYC. Cassie Clare and the other authors there read this aloud and it was hysterical. Such a fun little story.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Excerpt Reveal: The Fragile Ordinary by: Samantha Young

  From the New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible Vastness of Us and the On Dublin Street series comes a heartfelt and beautiful new young adult novel, set in Scotland, about daring to dream and embracing who you are. Don’t miss THE FRAGILE ORDINARY releasing on June 26, 2018, and get a sneak peek of the book below!
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.
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“Endearing and relatable, Comet-the girl who is searching for her place in this world-will shoot through the sky and into your heart.”— #1 New York Times bestselling author Erin Watt



Hearing and feeling Tobias’s heart beat beneath my cheek was the most wonderful feeling in the world. Despite my worry for him and for Stevie, I couldn’t help but feel happy as the boy I loved slept in my bed with his arm around me.
The morning sun woke him around nine in the morning. He groaned and then grew still, maybe realizing I was curled up against him. For a moment I tensed, fearing he was going to regret everything he’d said last night.
Instead he trailed his fingers down my arm. “You awake?” his voice rumbled above me.
I smiled, liking the tingles that bubbled and fizzed in certain parts of my body at the mere sound of his voice. “Yeah.”
“What time is it?”
I told him.
“What?” I asked, sitting up as he reached across the bed to where his phone lay on the bedside table.
“Stevie and my mom.” He cursed again as he flicked the screen. “They’ve texted and called a bunch of times. I better call my mom back first before she calls the police or something.” He pressed the screen and held the phone to his ear. “Mom,” he said almost immediately. “I’m fine.” Tobias scowled. “I’m a big boy…no…no, I didn’t…I’m with Comet…” Streaks of color appeared high on his cheeks, surprising me. Tobias rarely got embarrassed. “No, we just fell asleep…yeah…I’m on my way.” He hung up and gave me an apologetic look. “I have to go.”
At his beleaguered tone, I placed a reassuring hand on his arm. “She’s your mum. It would be weird if she wasn’t worried you didn’t come home.”
“Yeah, whatever.” He shook his head and got off the bed, leaving me to frown at him.
Tobias seemed to be in a continually bad mood with his mother. I wish I had the guts to tell him to talk to her about why he was so mad, but I didn’t want to push too hard too soon on such a delicate subject.
“I’ll go appease her,” he said, slipping his trainers on. “Then come back?”
I opened my mouth to agree and then remembered my promise from the night before. “I’m going over to Vicki’s this morning.”
“Right. How about I meet you outside the Espy around three o’ clock?”
Relieved and delighted that he not only didn’t regret saying what he had last night but that he wanted to see me again so soon, I grinned and got off the bed. Tobias gave me that boyish smile of his and I reached for his hand, needing to touch him.
He squeezed mine, a solemnity entering his gaze. “I want to invite Stevie to meet us. I’m hoping that together we can talk him out of this bullshit. When it was just me I wasn’t getting anywhere, but he cares about you. Maybe he’ll listen.”
I nodded, loving him even more for wanting to help his cousin. “Definitely. If we let him know we’re here to help him through everything with his mum but that we can only do that if he walks away from Dean and the drugs…maybe he’ll see sense.”
I hoped.
Tobias hoped, too. I could see the turmoil in his eyes and I wanted desperately to be able to take it away.
It was as I was leading him from my bedroom to the front door that I heard the hallway floor creak behind us. I turned ever so slightly, catching sight of my dad in my peripheral. Ignoring him I hugged Tobias goodbye and waved him off down the garden path. I closed the door and turned to face my father. He stood frowning at me in his pajamas, a cup of coffee in one hand, a piece of toast in the other.
“Did that boy stay over?” he asked, sounding incredulous.
His tone suggested I’d done something wrong. I stiffened. “Yes.”
Dad took a step toward me, glowering now. “Don’t you think that’s something you should run past us first? You’re only sixteen, Comet.”
“Almost seventeen.” I bristled. How dare he suddenly play the parental card! Just when I was happy and didn’t need him, he wanted to stick his nose in where it was not wanted! A fire lit inside me and swept out of me before I could control it. “And let’s not play the concerned parent act, Kyle.” I strode toward my bedroom and shoved open the door. “You don’t get to decide which parts of my life you want to take an interest in. Having a kid? Kind of an all-or-nothing deal.” I stepped inside, gripping the door in my hand as I sneered at him. “You decided long ago it was nothing for you. No changing your mind now.” And with that I slammed the door in his shocked face.

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017 Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015. Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Recent Reads: Fae and Swoon and Hearts and Twists

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 dove into worlds of fae, swoon, hearts, and twists.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Readers Live A Thousand Lives Turns Six

Not sure how this happened.... but somehow I have been blogging for six years. This has been such an incredible journey and one I am forever thankful for. I am so glad that one random day six years ago I started this blog on a whim because I wanted a way to share my love of books with others and through that I found a community that is just as passionate about books as I am and it was such a wonderful thing.

So a quick recap, here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:

I say it every single year, but I am forever grateful for the friendships I've made because of blogging. I wouldnt be who I am today without my wonderful Wifey Michele... a day rarely goes by where we don't speak and I've never met anyone who just gets me the way Michele does. And of course there are my lovely minxes (Kat, Donna, Lauren, and Kiki) who are the most supprotive group of ladies in the world. And us minxes were brought together by the one and only M. Leighton who is the kindest person in the entire world. And of course I am so thankful to have met Vi, Jessica, and Magen. There is no greater friend than a book friend.

And now it is giveaway time!

Box of Books

-one winner will win the books pictured above
-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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Mystery Swag Pack

-one winner will win a mystery package of swag (basically I am going to throw a bunch of swag into a yellow envelope)
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Book Review: Almost Impossible by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: June 19, 2018
from Crown Books For Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

YA Contemporary normally isn’t my thing, but Nicole Williams is an exception to that rule because she is one of my favorites and I adore everything she writes. So of course I thoroughly enjoyed Almost Impossible. It was such a quick read and it was so much fun and it was oh so adorable.

Quentin and Jade were both such great characters. I especially liked Jade and found her to be incredibly likable. She has lived a very different life and finally wants to experience some teenage normalcy. This leads her to a summer spent with her Aunt and Uncle and to Quentin. Quentin is so damn adorable and charming and I cannot. These two together just make you smile. They have great chemistry and great back and forth and they are super cute together.  I really liked how sweet this was and that it was never over the top angst. I mean they are teenagers and there is drama, but it’s never unbelievable or too much.

I do admit that I figured out the twist very early on, but I found I didn’t even care. I really just enjoyed being along for the ride and watching Jade experience her first real teenage summer. Jade learns a lot about herself over the summer and really comes into her own. Her and Quentin just made me smile so much.

Almost Impossible was another wonderful read from Nicole Williams and she never ever lets me down. The adorableness level was off the charts here and this is the kind of book I know I’ll pick up again when I need a pick me up. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

On My Shelf: Jane's Melody by: Ryan Winfield

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 at BEA years ago because I had heard good things about it, but then of course I just never got to it because there are so many books to read. It sounds like a heartbreaking one and it has good reviews.

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #265: Sea Witch by: Sarah Henning

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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"Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.


Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch. 

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain. 

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster." 

This cover is SO stunning! It sounds so fantastic and cannot wait for it. 

Sea Witch will be released on July 31, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

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