Thursday, August 15, 2019

Book Review: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by: Patricia Briggs

Release Date: July 29, 2008
from Ace
Goodreads | Amazon

"Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

It is recommended you read the prequel "Alpha & Omega" before reading Cry Wolf."

My Thoughts:

This world is so fascinating and I am so hooked. I loved Moon Called, Mercy is my girl, so I was hesitant to leave Mercy and go hang out with Anna and Charles. But man did I love them both so much.

Anna is so great! She is so strong, but different in the way than Mercy is strong and I love it. I love when our heroines show their strength in a way that is different from the norm and that is Anna. She has been dealt such a bad hand, but she never lets it fully break her and she perseveres. And Charles! What a mother hen he is! I adored him. He can be so closed off, but Anna just gets to him. And I adored them together. They just complement one another so well and while I needed them to communicate a bit better, I loved watching their journey.

Aside from Charles and Anna, I am just coming to love this world and all its characters. Bran is just so sweet yet such a strong leader. Asil won me over and I felt so bad for what he has been through. I loved seeing sweet puppy Sam again. And Sage! I know we will get along splendidly. Leah though… she can go die in a fire.

All in all, Cry Wolf is just so good. I am so hooked on this world and I want to just devour them all.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Recent Reads: Celebrities and Roses and Fae

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 celebrities, roses, and fae.



Monday, August 12, 2019

Mini Review: Bad Apple by: Elle Kennedy

Release Date: August 13, 2019
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"A flirty standalone novel* from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

One night with him will change her life...

Between her waitressing job, volunteer work, and college classes, there are never enough hours in Maggie Reilly’s day. Especially not for a relationship. Luckily, she’s got the perfect arrangement: a lover she meets three or four times a year. But when she shows up at the hotel expecting to hop into bed with one man, she accidentally ends up with another—Ben Barrett, Hollywood’s most notorious bad boy.

Ben, determined to lay low after another scandal, just wants some much-needed sleep. What he gets is a scorching make-out session with a gorgeous, naked redhead. He won’t accept her apology, but what he will accept is a place to hide out…and if there’s some hot, no-strings sex involved, why the heck not?

But Ben soon discovers that one week with his sassy, bed-hopping waitress is definitely not enough. He wants more. A lot more.

Now he needs to convince relationship-averse Maggie that a bad boy might be oh so good for her—and the best thing that’s ever happened to both of them.

* Previously published in 2008, Bad Apple (formerly Midnight Encounters) features almost entirely new content, including a point-of-view switch. Enjoy this new version of an old favorite!"

My Thoughts:

This was a fun one! It was a super quick read and just a great romance from beginning to end. Maggie and Ben were both so much fun and they had some great banter. They meet each other in not the most normal of circumstances and from there it is just a whirlwind! I had so much fun with Maggie and Ben. They both come from very different worlds, but they just work together. Their chemistry is off the charts and they play off one another in the best ways. And like all Elle Kennedy books, this book is fire. Some of these scenes are just off the charts and it’s all just so good. But I also loved how these two complemented each other. They are both a bit lost in their own ways, but coming together they start to find what they have been looking for. It is then just a matter of these two deciding if their differences and the complications that come from a relationship like this are worth it in the end. All in all, I speed through this book and it is simply a fun escape. Elle Kennedy never disappoints.

Friday, August 9, 2019

On My Shelf: Six Of Crows by: Leigh Bardugo

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 know I know I know... I really can't believe I haven't read this one either. I really enjoyed the Grisha trilogy and I know that people absolutely adore this book but I just never got around to it and now there is just so much hype. But I know I need to make time for this one eventually because I just know I am going to love it.

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019

114 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 6, 2016
from Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads | Amazon

"The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart."

My Thoughts:

1. Spoilers for the entire series.
2. Ugh stupid Elena and Gavin.
3. SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO BRANNON ELENA.
4. Elide is so damn strong and fierce.
5. These two and their damn tension.
6. “Fireheart” “Buzzard”
7. And Erawan is here to play for real now.
8. Every time we hear the history of the original Valg war Maeve is portrayed as a savior… still terrible… but on the right side and its astounding she pulled that off so long.
9. Ugh Ren shut up and go away and stop being a little shit.
10. Aelin should have burned Darrow to ash right then and there.  He put his pride and need to play King and keep the little power he had ahead of Terrasen and completely ignored the fact that the only reason they were able to start this rebellion up again in the first place was because Aelin made a stand.
11. Rowan calling Aedion and Lysandra brother and sister is everything.
12. “Win me back my Kingdom Evangeline” AND SHE DOES.
13. Ren is a shit.
14. “To call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners. To finish what was started long long ago.”
15. Just taking a moment to appreciate how perfect Dorian is.
16. Fierce King Dorian.
17. MANON TO SAVE THE DAY.
18. “Get up.”
19. “Hello witchling” “Hello princeling”
20. And here comes Rowan!
21. Lorcan you just met your future hahahaha.
22. I can never decide if I love Lorcan or if I hate him.
23. Go Petra go.
24. Kingsflame!!!
25. The Dorian and Rowan bromance is so great.
26. “Aelin is my heart.” *melts*
27. Aelin does dramatic entrances great.
28. BRANNON.
29. Brannon and Aelin really would have been such fun together.
30. It kills me that even Brannon didn’t know what Maeve was. Outright says she isn’t a valg. GAH.
31. “Find the lock” UGH just sending her to her doom.
32. THAT’S MY WITCH QUEEN.
33. Everyone always underestimates Elide and they pay for it.
34. Lorcan always being so negative and cranky.
35. Hey hey hey Gavriel and Fenrys.
36. I love Fenrys.
37. Maeve is such shit.
38. Vaughn got lucky flouncing off forever. I sometimes like to picture him off “looking” for Lorcan and just not getting involved and enjoying life.
39. Dorian is so smart and always underestimated.
40. Aelin’s reintroduction to Rolfe is EPIC.
41. “She must be a rare staggering beauty to make you so faithful.”
42. I just CANNOT. This scene is one of my very favorites.
43. “She must be the most wonderful person who ever existed.”
44. “You will find Rolfe that one does not deal with Celaena Sardothien, one survives her.”
45. “Rowan’s always looking for an excuse to show off; dramatic rescues give him purpose and fulfillment in his dull immortal life.”
46. Stop complaining Aedion. And stop being a brat towards Dorian, he is perfect.
47. “We are allowed to make mistakes” YES LYSANDRA YES. GOSH I LOVE HER.
48. I’m really never going to forgive Aedion for all his bullshit.
49. LORCAN. DON’T BE STUPID. OF COURSE MAEVE WOULD ALLY WITH THOSE MONSTERS.
50. Fenrys loves Aelin already and is trying so hard not to show it and it also kills me cause this is what he always wanted so bad.
51. KITTY KAT.
52. “He was hers and she was his.”
53. “Dorian stirred… squinted at them both, then at the clock atop the mantle. He hauled the pillow over his eyes and went back to sleep.” How can anyone dislike Dorian?
54. I get Aedion’s anger with Gavriel but like Gavriel didn’t know he existed.
55. Aelin is so ridic smart figuring out Rolfe’s secret Mycennian claim.
56. Low blow about Sam. And I love Rowan’s reaction here cause there are just certain lines he will not allow people to cross.
57. The Sam memories *sobs*
58. THESE MOTHER EFFING GODS.
59. Fenrys can totally winnow and I’m convinced that at some point the ACOTAR world bred into this world to cause it. I mean Kingdom of Ash establishes that gates can be opened to one another.
60. Aedion is such a brat here (again). Hating Aelin for asking Lysandra to fight, like Lysandra wouldn’t want to or couldn’t think for herself. He pushes people to give and give, but the moment it’s something he doesn’t like he gets bratty. This is the beginning of my break up with Aedion.
61. Lysandra is a BADASS and I love that she was such a surprise to us readers.
62. I mean Aedion and Lysandra are so cute together, BUT HE BECOMES SUCH A SHIT LATER.
63. “I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you. No time I need. Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars I will love you.” This quote is such a nice parallel to what he says to her in Heir of Fire.
64. I love that Aelin no longer has any chill when it comes to Elena.
65. STILL LYING ELENA. I HATE HER.
66. Nice of you to drop in Manon.
67. I love how Elide continually puts Lorcan in his place.
68. Haha Lorcan’s so mad he doesn’t have a wyrd key.
69. “My name is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius and I will not be afraid.”
70. Of course Lysandra is right she’s ALWAYS right.
71. I love this scene where they bet on Rowan hitting the ilken with the arrow while Fenrys is almost dying.
72. “Slip between folds in the world” THIS HAS GOT TO BE ACOTAR RELATED.
73. My poor Fenrys, he just wants to serve and do it well and for someone who is worth it.
74. “Nameless is my price.”
75. I hate those bastard gods so damn much.
76. This is such a huge moment for Lorcan and Elide… because he comes back for her… he doesn’t leave her alone.
77. Every time Aelin thinks about the price she has to pay I hate these gods more and more, demanding a sacrifice from someone who has nothing to do with any of their problems. My only consolation now is that Aelin gets her revenge in the end. I got immense pleasure when she ripped open that door to a hell dimension.
78. Maeve didn’t even deserve Lorcan… cranky bastard that he is. But also, Lorcan is such an idiot thinking he loves Maeve and like honestly not sure Maeve didn’t weave into his mind to make him think so.
79. In more evidence of “these gods are the worst” they send Aelin through this ridiculous place just to have to find out how to kill herself in the end.
80. How is it possible for Dorian to be so perfect? Cause perfect he is.
81. “”Blame my ancestor” she certainly did for many many things” SAME AELIN SAME.
82. Aedion. Just go away. Everyone blames her for things and here he is doing it again. Acting like everyone else when he should be better. BLAMING HER FOR THINGS AND TELLING HER SHE ISN’T HANDLING THINGS SHE IS ALREADY PUTTING INTO MOTION. Honestly every re-read he pisses me off more and I just don’t think I like him anymore.
83. If you don’t think Aelin is a savior to rally behind Aedion then maybe you should just get the fuck outta here.
84. “We like to call it territorial male nonsense.”
85. ANSEL OF BRIARCLIFF.
86. Aelin’s surprises give me life.
87. UGH STUPID LORCAN LOOK WHAT YOU DID.
88. I hate Maeve… I hate her so much.
89. My Rowan… doing everything he can to help his Fireheart.
90. Dorian… so so smart figuring out the puzzle with the mirror.
91. I’ll never understand how Gavriel… Gavriel who is SO good… ever followed or believed in Maeve when she is clearly cruel. I get Lorcan, he thought he loved her. And I get Fenrys, he wanted to save his brother. But Gavriel I just do not understand.
92. I hate Elena. This is all her damn fault.
93. SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO BRANNON ELENA.
94. MAKE ELENA PAY THE PRICE YOU STUPID WORTHLESS GODS.
95. Ugh and Nehemia. So much manipulation. Sending Aelin or Dorian to their death. But even then it all  goes back to Elena and her STUPIDNESS.
96. WHITETHORNS COMING THROUGH.
97. FRIGGIN MAEVE BEING THE EVIL BITCH SHE IS.
98. This always makes me so angry because it is SO NOT FAIR. Aelin and Dorian did not deserve this.
99. Oh shut up Elena, I do not feel sorry for you.
100. The Thirteen have excellent timing.
101. Maeve is worse than Erawan. She is cold and heartless and endlessly cruel.
102. WHAT THIS BITCH DID TO ROWAN.
103. Can’t wait for Cairn to die.
104. These last words from Aelin. My heart.
105. “Where is my wife?” ROWAN *sobs*
106. Screw you Aedion. Aelin doesn’t have to tell you anything. She doesn’t owe you anything. She would tell you when she was ready. This was obviously something she was still processing and she didn’t owe it to you to tell you immediately. And for you to be mad at Lysandra for not betraying Aelin’s confidence is shit and I’ll never forgive him for how he treated her here.
107. That image of Rowan sitting on his knees on the beach sat in my head for two damn years while I waited for Kingdom of Ash.
108. YOU GO GET OUR GIRL ROWAN.
109. “He would not accept it” AND HE DOESN’T.
110. “Terrasen remembers Evalin Ashryver do you? I fought at Mistward for your people, return the godsdamnmed favor.” My Queen has such a way with words.
111. And the silent assassins!
112. You should feel bad Aedion. Aelin delivered big time and you just crapped all over her at every turn.
113. Prince Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius.
114. So I went back and noticed my Goodreads status the first time I finished this book was “so this is what pure devastation feels like” and you know, upon this whatever number re-read now… SAME.


Wrap Up:
This ending is always devastating and man that wait for Kingdom of Ash was killer. At least now I can just keep powering through. But the ending is killer cause I love this world and these characters so much. Still so good.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Recent Reads: Vampires and Fae and Werewolves and Second Chances

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, fae, werewolves, and second chances.



Monday, August 5, 2019

Blog Tour: Say You Still Love Me by: K.A. Tucker (Review, Teasers, & Giveaway)


SAY YOU STILL LOVE ME
BY K.A. TUCKER
Atria Books Paperback ǀ On Sale: August 6, 2019 ǀ 320 pages ǀ ISBN: 9781501133442; $17.00
eBook ISBN: 9781501133466; $7.99


"Tucker skillfully builds both romantic tension and suspense, and delivers an immensely satisfying conclusion in this stellar page-turner." 
– Publishers Weekly
"The bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Keep Her Safe and “master of steamy romance” (Kirkus Reviews) delivers a sizzling novel about an ambitious and high-powered executive who reconnects with her first love: the boy who broke her heart.
Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.
On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.
Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counselors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.
Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is still alive and strong, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences."

My Thoughts:

From beginning to end I just absolutely loved this book. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by K.A Tucker, but I think this is my favorite of them all and please nobody tell River that. This book is just so good and it hits you right in your heart.

First things first, I loved how this story was told. We get alternating perspectives between the past when Piper and Kyle first meet and then the present when they reconnect. I loved getting to see both their first and second chance because it really lets the reader know how intense things were the first time around so you want their second chance to work out even more. I admit I enjoyed the present a bit more than I enjoyed the past, but I think that’s because I identified more with present day Piper. Which brings me to my next point.

As a character I just loved Piper. She is a strong woman who is working in Corporate America and getting ready to take over the business from her Father. But never once does she take that for granted. She works incredibly hard and is incredibly smart and unfortunately has to deal with working in a position that is traditionally filled with men. And of course this means she has to deal with misogynistic assholes from time to time. But all of this is why I related to her so much. I get dealing with these kinds of guys and like Piper, my career is important to me, which is why I really appreciated that Piper got to have her second chance romance without sacrificing her career. So many stories like this, in the end the woman realizes she’s working too hard and sacrificing her life and walks away from her career… and if that’s what a woman wants fine, but it’s nice to see a story where she can have both. Because women contain multitudes and can be more than one thing. And this now brings me to Kyle who I just loved. He was so sweet and so charming and he supports Piper in any way he can. I adored him so much and I especially adored them together. They have a lot to work through and of course there is more going on than either of them know, but I just loved them and loved seeing them get a second chance. Sometimes the timing just isn’t right the first time around, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t real and Piper and Kyle deserved another chance. 

Say You Still Love Me is easily one of my favorite reads this year. I loved the romance, but I especially loved Piper and her story. K.A Tucker always delivers a romance that has so much heart and feeling and just fills you up inside and Say You Still Love Me was all of those things and more.
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.




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K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. She is the bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series and the novels He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and The Simple Wild. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Lindy of A Bookish Escape tagged me in the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag and I am so excited to participate! Lindy has one of my favorite blogs and I always enjoy her reviews and posts.

Best Book You've Read In 2019 So Far:
I loved this book so so much and I just adore Zayne and Trinity. You can check out my review here.

Best Sequel You've Read So Far:
I loved Rory and Nash and their chemistry so much. Check out my review here.

New Release You Haven't Read Yet, But Want To: 
I love the sound of this one and I am so obsessed with the cover. I seriously need to make time for this one.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year:
I cannot wait for this one! It is so great being back in the Lux world and Luc gives Daemon a real run for his money.

Biggest Surprise:
I expected to enjoy this book, but I did not expect to love it the way I did. Check out my review here.

Favorite New Author: 
This was such a great debut and I LOVED the world and characters so much. Check out my review here.

Newest Fictional Crush: 
ADAM!!!!! I love him so damn much. He is grumpy and cranky but also sweet and caring and I just adore him to bits.

Newest Favorite Character: 
Mercy!!!!! I absolutely love her. She is strong and fierce and just ready to smash the patriarchy and I am ready to help.

Book That Made You Happy: 
This book was just so sweet and put a smile on my face. My review here.

Book That Made You Cry:
SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE DID.

Favorite Review You Have Written This Year:
I just really like the way this review came out.

Most Beautiful Book You've Gotten So Far:
This cover is so pretty and it is even prettier in person.

Books You Need To Read By The End Of The Year:
I adore this series and I have got to get caught up so I am ready for Chain Of Gold because I am so stupid excited for that book.

I am going to tag whoever wants to participate!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Releases I Am Looking Forward To


This is a relatively new feature I have started on the blog. Each month I am going to feature the upcoming releases I am most looking forward to. August has some good looking books on the way.

August 6, 2019
I always enjoy K.A. Tucker and I especially love the sound of this one. Second chance romances are a favorite of mine and I am sure Tucker will deliver a great one.

August 6, 2019
Sea Witch was a great retelling and I am really curious to see how this story continues.  I also really love these covers.

August 13, 2019
Love me some Elle Kennedy and this one sounds so good. I am here for some Hollywood bad boy goodness.

August 26, 2019
I have been loving this series and I am SO excited to finally get Ronan's story. I am sad to see this series come to an end but I am sure it will come to an end in a great way.

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