Friday, September 21, 2018

Release Blitz: Of Sunlight And Stardust by: Riley Hart & Christina Lee (Review, Excerpt, Teaser, & Giveaway)

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RELEASE DATE: 09.21.18

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Cover Design: JAY AHEER/ Simply Defined Art
Cover Image: Strangeland Photography
After the death of his wife, Tanner Rowe takes a step toward making her dream come true and buys the house with the dilapidated barn she’d been inexplicably drawn to in the picturesque Upper Peninsula. But after a year, he still can’t get past his grief long enough to make the repairs he’d promised.
Recently out of prison, Cole Lachlan has little to his name. Homeless, broke, and without many options as a felon, Cole heads to Red Bluff with hopes of a second chance. There, he meets Tanner, whose loneliness mirrors his own and soon, Cole is trading room and board for rebuilding the burned-out barn on Tanner’s property that hasn’t been touched in seventy years.
Turns out, the barn holds a lot more secrets than either of them could have imagined. After unearthing a hidden journal from 1948, Cole and Tanner spend their evenings poring through the pages and reading about a young man pining after his best friend. As they delve deeper into this forbidden affair from the past, the more Cole and Tanner’s own relationship shifts—from acquaintance to friend…to undeniable attraction.
But as they begin to deal with the newness of falling in love amid Cole’s past and Tanner’s loss, they also become more determined to unravel the mystery of the young lovers who’ve captured their hearts, the rumors about the fire, and what really happened that fateful night.
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My Thoughts:

I loved this book. Oh my it hurt my heart, but it was such a good read. Such a wonderful romance with such great characters.

What makes this book so great is that it’s almost two stories in one. Our main story is Tanner and Cole. Circumstances bring them together at a time when both of them are struggling in very different ways and fate kind of knew they would need one another. Their romance is a slow burn and I LOVED the pace. It builds so slowly but beautifully and I loved watching them help one another get their lives back on track. They both found what they needed. The other story is told through a journal from the 1940s that they find. Tanner and Cole read through this journal that documents another couple at a different time. And even though we really only see this story through journal entries, I was just as invested in this story and like Tanner and Cole I just had to know how their story ended. I really liked the story within a story aspect of the book. It is such an emotional read and I loved all of the characters, both past and present. 

I have a ton more I would love to say and discuss about this book, but I don’t want to spoil a single thing about this book as I really think it’s one you should just experience for yourself fully. I’ll leave it at this. Of Sunlight And Stardust was such a good book. It’s a great slow burn with wonderful characters. Truly just a beautiful story.

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Tanner’s eyes snapped open. He didn’t know what had woken him so suddenly, but the moment he did, he realized he’d fallen asleep with Cole on the couch, that Cole’s head was on his shoulder. It was a little weird…and a little not weird…or maybe he was looking for it to be weird or not? As he sat there a moment, focusing on the heat of Cole against him, the feel of his head on his shoulder, it felt good. Christ, Cole felt good to him. It wasn’t the first time that seeing Cole, touching his skin, studying his hands or his back, felt right. That truth hit him in the gut, so the moment Cole groaned in his sleep and turned his head, Tanner slipped out from under the blanket. For a moment he considered trying to lay Cole down. Did his knee hurt? Was the position uncomfortable? But he didn’t know how to do it or if he should do it, and he suddenly really fucking needed to get out of the house. Tanner shoved his feet into his shoes. Thankfully, he was wearing jeans and a tee he’d put on before going to look for Cole last night. His keys were on the kitchen counter, so he swooped them up and quietly sneaked out of the house. Last night had been…something. How he could breathe easier after the loss of Emma, how much Cole’s friendship meant to him, Tom and Charlie, and falling asleep on the couch. It was…a lot, and he wished like hell he had his fishing supplies so he could go fishing. So what could he do? Guilt made his stomach tumble because he knew Cole would wake up and wonder where he was, might even think he’d done something wrong, which he hadn’t. Tanner just didn’t know how to do…whatever he was doing. It was like he was learning how to live again. He drove around for a little while, taking in the small town he and Emma had loved. What would she think about his friendship with Cole? He knew Emma, and she would be glad Tanner had him, that he’d allowed himself to have someone. The more he drove, the more he began to feel slightly foolish for leaving the way he had. Who cared if they fell asleep on the couch together? Who cared if having Cole around eased some of the weight in his chest? So instead of driving around town for no reason, Tanner turned and headed for the general store. He’d get some bacon and eggs, then go home and make breakfast for them.

Riley Hart Logo BannerRiley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.
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Christina Lee LogoOnce upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Recent Reads: Shadowhunters and Witches

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 shadowhunters and witches.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #272: Fury by: Rachel Vincent

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

"1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.

The Reaping has begun.

Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.

But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined." 

I haven't caught up on this series yet, but I hope to soon and I am still really looking forward to this one.

Fury will be released on October 30, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

70 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 5, 2015
from Bloomsbury USA Children's
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"A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!"

My Thoughts:

1. So excited for my yearly re-read! I love picking up on new things each time.
2. Also there will be SPOILERS for the series cause the book has been out for years now and cause I’m gonna have thoughts about things.
3. There is forever going to be a part of me that resents Elaine and Nesta for what they let Feyre go through alone. They were the older sisters and did NOTHING. Seriously, what would they have done without Feyre? This is my biggest issue with Nesta; she never appreciates what Feyre did.
4. The night sky painted on her dresser. Glorious foreshadowing.
5. Forever wondering if this mercenary is going to show up again.
6. Feyre is steel and I love her for it.
7. It’s small, but I love that the guys take the contraceptive because it’s about time.
8. And there he is. The giant tool.
9. You know… I wonder would Tamlin have killed Feyre had she declined to go with him? I mean those were the only two options he gave.
10. Her family does nothing to stop Tamlin and it’s ridiculous.
11. Also her father telling her to make something of herself is fantastic foreshadowing.
12. Oh man, the “lamb in a kingdom of wolves” line here parallels so well with the line at the end of ACOMAF.
13. Lucian is such a bastard… I know he grows over time… but again another one I will forever hold a small bit of anger towards.
14. Tamlin… such a smooth talker *rolls eyes*
15. It really was low of Tamlin to hold her family against her.
16. *sigh* Tamlin does try to be nice but he’s not so good at it.
17. “If not a Lord than a High Lady, if that was even possible” OH THE FORESHADOWING.
18. Feyre always belonged in the Night Court. Whenever she’s nervous she thinks of a night sky.
19. Yes we know Tamlin has “moods”.
22. Starlight again. Always drawn to starlight.
23. OMG again with the foreshadowing. Feyre's need to learn to swim at a young age literally saves her life.
24. Okay fine the poem thing was funny and sweet.
25. What a stupid liar. Acting like his family was killed for no reason whatsoever.
26. Tugging! It’s so Rhysand that drew her out on Fire Night.
27. There he is! My sexy charming High Lord of the Night Court.
28. In hindsight, it’s very telling that even when Feyre loved Tamlin she still fears him in some way and is intimidated by him.
29. “Don’t ever disobey me again” yeah the signs were ALL here.
31. It’s always so crazy going back and seeing how unsure Feyre was when we first met her. She grew so much.
32. You hold your tongue! Such blasphemy against my Night Court.
33. Feyre on faerie wine is fantastic.
34. I will never get over how good at acting Rhysand was. He played the game so well.
35. “I don’t enforce rank in my court” oh you so funny and such a liar Tam.
36. Chapter 27 – you know the first time I read this chapter I was like “dayummmm Sarah so risky” and then I read ACOMAF…
37. Also such difference in what Tamlin thinks Feyre can handle vs what Rhys thinks she can handle.
38. I did always love Alis and when it came down to it she did the right thing.
39. Gods. Can we just imagine how different things would have been had Feyre just said “I love you” right here.
40. I do give Nesta credit for trying to get to Feyre and being so smart… but she is still so terrible in some ways.
41. Nesta is steel but I really just can’t forgive her for all those years.
42. Yes. There are no limits to what Nesta can do which is why I need her to remove her head from her ass.
43. Oh how dare you Feyre. This is all your fault for not saying I love you to Tamlin. I mean Amarantha isn’t to blame at all. *insert sarcasm*
44. Under the mountain we go.
45. Amarantha is a psycho bitch.
46. Seriously such a psycho.
47. Rhysand forever protecting Feyre.
48. “Rhysand tells me you’re a huntress.” Yes. Yes she is and he knew she could handle this.
49. “I fell in love with you, smartass, because you were one of us—because you weren’t afraid of me, and you decided to end your spectacular victory by throwing that piece of bone at Amarantha like a javelin. I felt Cassian’s spirit beside me in that moment, and could have sworn I heard him say, ‘If you don’t marry her, you stupid prick, I will.” All I could hear was this ACOMAF quote as I read this scene.
50. And look who is here to save Feyre again… Rhys… and Tamlin nowhere to be found.
51. Feyre darling *swooooons*
52. He showed her his wings!
53. She really did always speak her mind around Rhys.
54. Lucian. Always a prick. He can’t help it.
55. Seriously. Rhys is the only thing that got her through these trials.
56. He sent her Velaris and it saved her!
57. Tamlin had the chance to get her out and he didn’t. Because Tamlin does not put Feyre first, not truly.
58. My High Lord of the Night Court is so broken. That scene in Feyre’s cell breaks me.
59. And this is the moment that changes everything. The moment that truly breaks Feyre nearly beyond repair.
60. So cruel. Such a cruel twist from Amarantha.
62. Rhysand is the only one who even reacts!
63. Rhysand is the one who tries to kill Amarantha even without his powers.
65. IDK how so many of us completely missed Rhysand’s visceral reaction.
66. And once again… Rhysand is the only reason she even survives, because of their bond.
67. And then after everything Rhys did, all the maneuvering, Tamlin gets credit.
68. Ugh and I almost forgot it’s Rhys that gets the other High Lords to save Feyre.
70. AND THERE IT IS… the bond... SNAP

Wrap Up
Reading this book after finishing the series is such a stark contrast. Everything looks so different now that everything has come to light and I really think that’s brilliant. Sarah hid so much in plain sight. This book is really like on giant prologue in how it sets up events to come. The layers are forever one of my favorite things about this series.

Friday, September 14, 2018

On My Shelf: The Forgetting by: Sharon Cameron

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I got this as an unsolicited ARC, but when I got it I had a bunch of other books to read and just couldn't squeeze this one in, but it sounded so good so I held onto it. Plus, I really do love that cover.  

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Nicole Speaks: Turtles All The Way Down by: John Green

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts. 
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Release Date: October 10, 2017
from Dutton Books for Young Readers
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"Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship."

Nicole Speaks:

I have read books about vampires, zombies, aliens and every monster under the sun, but none have ever crept into my brain and nested in my mind quite like the villain of this story; Azas’ anxiety.  I am not proud to admit how much I relate to Aza in this book.  That is not a good thing, but it is something I have been accepting and working to overcome, long before I began reading this story.  Aza struggles with severe anxiety that disrupts her ability to live her everyday life.  She is crippled by thoughts surrounding germs, illnesses and her own impending death.  Her mental health issues caused her fear over her physical health.

As I read this book, I found myself screaming how terrible of a friend Daisy was to Aza.  Daisy is the embodiment of my fears.  She is how I imagine every “friend” I have feels about me.  She refers to Aza as her “best friend and greatest burden,” and as “exhausting.”  Reading this felt like a punch to the chest.  Depression is not an easy thing to live with.  Anxiety can be suffocating.  You live life feeling as Aza puts it, “clueless, helpless, useless.  Less.”  When someone tells you you’re “exhausting” or in my own personal experience “draining,” you’re overcome with a confusing mix of emotions; anger, guilt, sadness.  But that is why this book felt so important to me.  Daisy isn’t really a terrible friend, and Aza isn’t a horrible person.  Mental health issues are exhausting, and while you’re own world feels too much to handle, sometimes you forget that other people are living their own lives around you too.  Daisy and Aza’s friendship reminds you that you cannot fully understand what someone else is feeling.  They may not understand what you are going through, and you may not understand their point of view, but that does not make their feelings any less real or valid.

This book was especially important to me because so often books about mental health show this great journey to recovery, and while seeing the light at the end of the tunnel can be helpful and encouraging, seeing Aza struggle to live with her issues and move forward, felt much more realistic.  Recovery isn’t always easy, quick, or permanent, but it is so important to remember that working towards becoming a healthier you, is progress.  You may trip and fall along the way, but “you pick your endings, and your beginnings,” and as long as you get back up, you will be one step closer to being okay. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #271: Kingdom Of Ash by: Sarah J. Maas

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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"Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series." 

I have been with this series from the beginning and I have been waiting years for this book! I cannot wait to finally have my hands on this one.

Kingdom Of Ash will be released on October 23, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

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

These are some of my favorite books that I wish more people knew about!

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