Sunday, November 18, 2018

Release Day Blast: Tequila High (100 Proof #1) by: M. Leighton (Review & Teasers)

She has one unbreakable rule, and he's determined to make her break it.

Release Date: November 18, 2018
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review. 
"Haley Brandt isn’t the one-night-stand type, but too much tequila and a man with two sinfully dark eyes left her breathless and willing to break her own rules. Her only solace was the fact that she’d never see him again.

Until the next morning, when she finds out he’s her ride out of town and back to the ranch where she grew up. 

Nixon Holt works with Haley’s father, so Haley makes her position clear—she doesn’t get involved with ranch employees. Ever.  At nineteen, she’d learned that lesson the hard way, and it became her one unbreakable rule."

My Thoughts:

I have been an M. Leighton fan for years now and with each and every release I dive into the book with excitement. I was extremely excited for this one because I am a tequila fan and couldn’t wait to see the tie in. I dove into this one almost immediately and it was so hard to put down.

Never have I ever wanted to visit a ranch so badly. I am not a country girl, I am city born and raised, but if they make them like Nixon there then I could maybe figure out some way to make it work haha. I adored Nixon; it’s kinda ridiculous how quickly I fell for him, but he was just so great. He is charming and sweet and funny. The banter… OH MY GOSH THE BANTER. Nixon and Haley go back and forth so much and they go a mile a minute and it’s fantastic. And speaking of Haley… I love that woman. She has been through quite a bit, but I love how she keeps picking herself back up and doing what she needs to do. The chemistry between these two is through the roof and they just work so well.

I also have to take some time to talk about Haley’s sisters, because honestly one of my favorite things about the book was the relationship between the sisters. Haley, Hope, Harper, and Hannah are great together and their relationship feels so true to actual sister relationships. They bicker and tease and they fight but at the end of the day they put one another first and have each other’s backs.

If you were a fan of some of Michelle’s older work (think The Wild Ones, Down To You, etc) then Tequila High is going to be perfect for you! It feels so much like those books. It is very much its own story and it’s not just a repeat of something she has already done, but this book elicits the same type of feelings those books did. It has so much heart and romance, all served with a side of heartache. And it’s addictive, so so addictive and easy to get lost in.

All in all, Tequila High is another hit from M. Leighton. Her books always make me feel so much and Nixon and Haley got under my skin in the best way. 


Friday, November 16, 2018

Mini Review: The Date Dare by: Tara Sue Me

Release Date: November 19, 2018
from After Six Publishing Co
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Who knew three words held such destructive power? No, not THOSE three words. I'm talking about the evil word trio that's my own personal kryptonite, that stole my best friend, and took away the only woman I've ever loved:
I dare you.
I was six when Darcy Patrick moved next door.
By the time we were eight, we were best friends.
At fifteen, I gave a classmate a black eye for calling her names.
At sixteen, she talked me through asking my crush to prom.
I helped her get over her first heartbreak at nineteen.
Two years later, she returned the favor.
It wasn’t until I was twenty-nine I realized I loved her.
And because I was too stupid to do anything about it,
at thirty, I lost her for good on a dare.
Darcy Patrick is tried of watching her best friend, Elliott Taber, date the wrong kind of woman. When his latest flavor of the month walks out on him, she dares him to let her find his next date. Elliott agrees, but only after Darcy agrees to allow him to do the same.
The dare is on.
The dates take place on the same night. One is an epic fail. The other is just plain epic.
Elliott isn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions hitting him as Darcy seemingly finds everything she ever wanted with the man he set her up with. He should be happy for her. He should leave her alone.
But he can’t.
So he makes one more dare…."

My Thoughts:

This was such a quick and fun read! It’s seriously quick, I think I read it in like an hour and a half, but I loved being about to sit down and just enjoy this story beginning to end. I love the best friends to more trope, so this was extra fun for me. Darcy and Elliot just work so well together and they were so fun. Poor Elliot is clearly head over heels for Darcy and he winds up setting her up with the perfect guy. It’s so not easy for him and you really feel for him. It’s so hard because as a reader you want him to just tell her but you also understand how they don’t want to risk their friendship. And then Darcy is fun too. She clearly loves Elliot, but poor girl doesn’t even realize it herself. It was fun watching these two dance around one another and when they finally stop dancing it’s so great and rewarding. All in all, this is a really fun and sweet read and perfect for romance fans.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

On My Shelf: Destiny by: P.T. Michelle

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 read the first two books in this series and I really enjoyed them, but then when this one released I was busy and never got to it and then I just fell behind in the series as a whole. It makes me sad because I still want to know how this story concludes but I also know I've forgotten a lot from the first books. 

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #278: Stain by: A.G. Howard

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


"A high-fantasy gothic fairytale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea.

Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins...

After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest ... disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra's rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not." 

I love this cover and I always adore A.G. Howard's books!

Stain will be released on January 15, 2019.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Recent Reads: Vampires and Tequila

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 vampires and tequila.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Book Review: Shades Of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) by: Jeaniene Frost

Release Date: October 30, 2018
from Avon
Goodreads | Amazon

"In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!

The Rule Breaker

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences…"

My Thoughts:

Ian’s book has been a long time coming and man oh man did this book deliver in every single way. This is one of my all-time favorite paranormal series and I love that it continues to deliver so many books in.

Ian has been coming along for a while now and slowly but surely he was becoming one of my favorite characters. And then Into The Fire happened and Ian STOLE that book. Vlad was never my favorite but throughout Into The Fire I was so much more invested in Ian than I was anyone else. Ian is just SO ridiculous and just himself and he legit says whatever comes to mind, but guys there is so much more to Ian than you could have ever guessed. I can’t believe I’m about to say this but I may love Ian more than Bones… it’s neck and neck… Ian is that good. And well… infamous chapter 32? This book puts that to SHAME. And Veritas! THAT WOMAN. I can’t. She really took me by surprise and there is so much more there than what we knew so far.

This book was just ridiculously good. It was HYSTERICAL and action packed and so damned hot and swoony. I mean, I think we all knew Ian’s book had to be hot, but this was fire. I never wanted to stop reading.

Also I have to talk about the narrator Tavia Gilbert. She is phenomenal and does such a great job with this series. Every character has a distinct voice and she just does such an amazing job. This is by far my favorite narration for any series ever. I’ll listen to anything this woman reads.

Shades Of Wicked was a fantastic read and easily one of my favorite reads of 2018. I’m already ready for the sequel because I’ll never get enough Ian.

Friday, November 9, 2018

On My Shelf: My True Love Gave To Me by: Various Authors

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 grabbed this one from Book Outlet and since the Christmas season is almost upon us figured it was a good time to feature this one. I know a lot of people enjoyed this collection so I think I may too.

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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Review: The Reckoning Of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) by: Michelle Hodkin

Release Date:November 13, 2018
from Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah’s reckoning is here.

Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.

He can’t.

He’s sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.

They aren’t.

He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.

He’s wrong."

My Thoughts:

*spoilers for The Becoming Of Noah Shaw*

I’m going to cut to the chase here; I really wish that we had never gotten this continuation to Noah and Mara’s story. In so many ways I feel like it has ruined what made that original trilogy great. And while I’ll forever love Noah and Mara because of that original trilogy, both of them have been a bit tainted by these new books and I’m forever going to be sad over it.

Look here’s the thing. Absolutely nothing happens in this book. Literally Noah and Goose just wander around getting drunk and what not and then every now and then there’s an info dump. I think we were supposed to believe they were being led places by other forces, but to the reader it was just a lot of Noah and Goose doing random crap and its tedious. There’s minimal plot if any and I never know what’s going on. And not in the good way from the first trilogy, I’m just annoyed and confused a lot. Also the fact that Noah and Mara had to break up at the end of the first book still annoys me. It didn’t need to happen and I think this book is weaker because Mara is so absent. Like why is she even on the cover?!?! She’s barely a part of this, other than Noah’s pining and then being mad at her. And then that damn ending. A whole book and nothing happens and then the last few pages throw in this ridiculous twist that somehow made me angrier than Noah and Mara’s breakup at the end of the first book. I’m already dreading how it’s going to play out in the next book. Which, yes I’ll read, because I’ve come this far and at this point I’m hoping and praying the last book will fix all this nonsense that was done to one of my favorite couples.

One thing I did like though was getting to see some of The Retribution Of Mara Dyer from Noah’s point of view. He was gone for so much of that book and I’ve always wondered what he was up to, so I very much enjoyed that piece of the book and it made me wish that instead of this trilogy we had gotten a Noah POV book from the original trilogy instead. And even though I’m annoyed with him right now, I do still love Noah and I hope he comes around and I hope Mara shows up soon and puts an end to this nonsense going on. Cause really, if Mara was around right now things would be going a lot differently and Noah wouldn’t have been herded so easily.

All in all, The Reckoning Of Noah Shaw and I have some real issues. I just really wish we had left that first fantastic trilogy alone. It had such a good ending and was such a ride and now I’m just perpetually sad.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Recent Reads: Sirens and Queens and Reckoning

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 sirens, queens, and reckoning.

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want To Read

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

Love this week's topic! There are so many books sitting on my TBR just waiting to be read.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Book Review: Kingdom Of Ash (Throne Of Glass #7) by: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: October 23, 2018
from Bloomsbury YA
Goodreads | Amazon

"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."

My Thoughts:

*spoilers for the previous books in the series*

Where do I even being. This was my most anticipated book of the year. This book has been six years in the making and it truly built to something phenomenal. I first read Throne Of Glass as an ARC, so I’ve been with this series from the beginning and it’s so bittersweet having to say goodbye. I was dying to see how this all finally ended. How an assassin built her way up to Queen, but I also didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters. Sarah J. Maas is probably my favorite author and I love her books, but this series is my favorite of them all. At the end of it all, I am emotionally spent, but man was it worth it.

Aelin. Oh man. Aelin is such a force and I forever love her. Waiting these two years with Aelin in that gods forsaken box has been killing me and the journey Aelin goes through in this one is not easy. Aelin has been through so much already, but the world just does not seem content to let her be. I’m forever in awe of her determination and her strength. She gives so much and never asks for anything in return. I have loved watching her grow over the course of this series and she'll forever be one of my all-time favorite characters. And then we have Rowan. We all know how much I absolutely love Rowan. It’s always crazy when I remember that he wasn’t even around until the third book and even then it takes him a while to get his act together. But man I can’t even begin to imagine what this series would be without him. He’s become so integral to it all and he’s just wonderful. And the way he just adores Aelin is heartwarming. I love those two together and it’s just abundantly clear that this was where they were always meant to be.

And now where do I even go. I guess Lysandra. Lysandra is probably my favorite character in the entire series (aside from Aelin and Rowan). She’s just so strong and fierce and will not cater to others. And her friendship with Aelin is one of my favorite things. Another character who didn’t become a real presence until later in the series, but I can’t imagine it without her. She does so much and deserves so much more appreciation. Then there is Dorian who has held my heart since the first book. Another one who has come so far. I love him. He’s become such a good man and King. And when one mentions Dorian, you also have to mention Chaol. He and I went through a rough patch, but I love the man he’s grown into. In so many ways this all started with Chaol and Dorian and Celaena and while the cast has grown quite a bit, none of this could have happened without a Prince, a Captain, and an Assassin. And I can’t forget Yrene. Oh how do I love Yrene. And Elide! So many strong women and I love how they each bring their own strengths to the table. All of the women in this story truly shine and get to show their dynamic personalities and different kinds of strength. Oh and I can’t forget Fenrys who just…I love him so much. And Lorcan and Gavriel and Aedion and Evangeline and Nesryn and Sartaq and Manon and Abraxos and Asterin and Ansel and The Thirteen. I just love them all. I even love the villains for the evil they bring. Both Maeve and Erawan are chilling.

This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. This book is long and there is so much that happens, but I still could have kept reading and reading. These books never go the direction I think they are going to go and they somehow wind up better than I could ever guess. I will never get tired of the twists and turns and all the secret planning. I live for Aelin’s scheming and surprises. But really, all of these characters excel at surprising the reader. Gosh this book, there’s a lot that happens and it’s not all easy. This book is emotionally draining and I cried through a good portion of it and man did it devastate me in parts, but I also loved it with all my heart. It’s just so good and this series built to such a stunning conclusion.

Kingdom Of Ash was everything I could have ever hoped for. It’s always daunting going into a conclusion for a beloved series, but this delivered in every single way. I know this is a series I will continue to revisit again and again.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Books I'm Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Books I'm Grateful I read Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds.
I am giving away a kindle copy of The Way We Burn by M. Leighton.


-one winner will win a kindle copy of The Way We Burn by M. Leighton
-giveaway is open to the US only
-must be 18 years of age to enter
*see full terms & conditions within the rafflecopter


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Friday, November 2, 2018

On My Shelf: The Moon And More by: Sarah Dessen

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 have so many Sarah Dessen books on my shelf but I picked this one today because this pretty is sitting signed on my shelf just waiting to be read. I got it at a signing years ago and have always liked the sound of it. But I am also really picky with YA contemporary and I have to be in the mood for them so I haven't got to this one yet. 

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mini Review: Every Exquisite Thing (Ghosts Of The Shadow Market #3) by: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Release Date: June 12, 2018
from Shadow Market Enterprises
Goodreads | Amazon


"Anna Lightwood, eldest child of Gabriel and Cecily, is mad, bad and dangerously dapper. Every rake has an origin story, though: now under Brother Zachariah’s eye we see Anna’s doomed love story unfold."


My Thoughts:

These stories have been so good and this addition was no exception. I absolutely adored Anna and my heart broke for her. But I was also so damn proud of that girl. I just know I’m going to adore her. I’m actually really loving this cast of characters and I am DYING for their series to be released. I can already tell it’s gonna break me and I’ll gladly take the pain. Also I need to note how wonderful Cecily and Gabriel are and that I love them. Also those revelations Jem found out!!! I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. So all in all, this was another great trip to the Shadowhunter world.

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