Month: December 2014

Dec 31
Favorite Books of 2014!

Favorite Books of 2014!

Yesterday I did my 2014 year in review post, where I shared way more blog stats and info than you ever wanted to know about Book Briefs and my 2014 reading and ratings. If you missed if, you can check that Post out here Be sure to come back tomorrow to check out my 2015 new years resolutions Today I am going to talk about my favorite books of 2014! I read 240+ books this year, and these are some that stood out as over the top awesome to me. *Note: not all of these books were published in 2014, I just read them in 2014* Click on the Covers to learn more about the books Young Adult              New Adult                      Adult        ___________________________________________________ It looks like the types of books I enjoyed most of all were new adult contemporary romances. And there was even one series where all three books ended up on my favorites list- the finding fate series by Chelsea Fine. As for… Read more »

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Dec 31
Year in Review: 2014

Year in Review: 2014

Can you guys believe that we are at the end of 2014 already?? I can’t 2014 has been a very busy year for me book blog wise and life wise. I quit my first lawyer job and got a much better lawyer job. I moved to a new city, got my own apartment, my boyfriend passed the bar exam. And all of this happened within the last few months, so the end of 2014 has been hectic to say the least. And to show you just how busy this year has been, I have lots of stats, graphs and lists for your enjoyment. (or boredom) Warning: This post will be long. I just think it is kind of fun to see how much Book Briefs has done this year First let’s check out how many books I read in 2014 according to goodreads. 2014 Reading Challenge Michelle has completed her goal of reading 175 books in 2014! hide 240 of 175 (100%) view books *Note: this number might be a… Read more »

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Dec 29
{Audiobook Review} The Quiet Game by Greg Iles

{Audiobook Review} The Quiet Game by Greg Iles

The Quiet Game is the first book in the Penn Gage series. He is a prosecutor turned author, turned detective (kind of). I thought the mystery in the Quiet Game was really compelling, but the audiobook narrator kind of took away from the story. He did about 3 or 4 of the voices well, but all of the other voices sounded comically bad. He could not do a woman’s voice at all. And the story is a serious one, so it was distracting. But if you could get past the bad female and secondary character voices, you can’t help but get sucked into the story. There is a decades old civil rights murder in this small southern town. It is a cold case and because of some meddling from a journalist and some help from Penn Gage, the case is about to get re-opened. There are national forces involved and the whole thing gets crazy really quickly. It was a pretty good murder mystery and there was a lot of… Read more »

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Dec 28
{Review} She Dreamed of Dragons by Elizabeth J.M. Walker

{Review} She Dreamed of Dragons by Elizabeth J.M. Walker

She Dreamed of Dragons is a young adult book, although I think it would be better in the middle grade market, that creates a lovely new world of witches and mages. I liked the tension between the wiches and the mags because it added to the history behind them. Because they were in a constant feud, we actually learned a lot more about each of the races. There are all different kinds of mages, and one of the rarest of all is the dragon mage. I personally think the mages are more interesting than the witches. They have the power of various creatures living within them. She Dreamed of Dragons has a main character, but this is more of a book with a cast of characters. I liked the main girl, Trina and a few of the other characters, but for the most part the characters were kind of lackluster. And that was my main problem in this book. No one had any real depth, which is part of the… Read more »

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Dec 27
{Trailer+Giveaway} Angel Burn by @LA_Weatherly

{Trailer+Giveaway} Angel Burn by @LA_Weatherly

Angel Burn is one of those books that I got years ago, and haven’t gotten around to reading. I have no idea why. It looks great. So today I have the trailer and a giveaway for those of you that are like me and have missed out on this awesome book when it was first released. Get re-inspired to read it and enter for a chance to win a copy for yourself 😉 Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly WEBSITE: http://www.leeweatherly.com/index.html TWITTER: @LA_Weatherly GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3465557.L_A_Weatherly FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/angel.trilogy   To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below —Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter 6 Winners will receive a Copy of Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly. Note: This giveaway is NOT sponsored by Book Briefs…. Read more »

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Dec 26
{Review+Giveaway} Beautiful Collision by T.G. Ayer @tgayerauthor

{Review+Giveaway} Beautiful Collision by T.G. Ayer @tgayerauthor

Beautiful Collision is the first book in the new adult suspense thriller series, Desperation. It starts off right in the middle of the action too. The main character is on the run. We don’t know from who yet and we don’t know any of the details as to why, but you are thrown right in the middle of the action. It certainly was an effective way to draw the reader in. Beautiful Collision is told in dual narrative between Gray and Thane, the guy sent to keep an eye on her. I loved the way T.G. Ayer told the story. It flips back and forth between Gray and Thane, with more chapters from Gray’s perspective and also scattered throughout where flashback that gave us details slowly on the who and why Gray was running from. I really liked both Gray and Thane. Gray is a tough girl, that is very apparent right from the start of the story. And she certainly has not had an easy life, but she never… Read more »

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Dec 24
{Giveaway} Travel the Holidays  with Audible and @JessicaPark24! @wordsmithpublic

{Giveaway} Travel the Holidays with Audible and @JessicaPark24! @wordsmithpublic

Ho Ho Ho…we’re on the road for the holidays with audiobooks!  You can check out my first weeks post HERE  and Last Week’s Abbi Glines Post HERE if you still haven’t entered the giveaway This event will run until December 31. This week we’re featuring:Jessica Park FLAT OUT LOVE by Jessica Park Mature YA Contemporary Romance Goodreads Amazon | iBooks Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest… Read more »

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Dec 24
{ #Giveaway } WHERE SILENCE GATHERS by Kelsey Sutton @KelseyJSutton

{ #Giveaway } WHERE SILENCE GATHERS by Kelsey Sutton @KelseyJSutton

Tis the season of giveaways! Here is another great giveaway for you guys to enter. Up for grabs are 2 copies of WHERE SILENCE GATHERS Good luck! ———————————– Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton Series: (Some Quiet Place #2) Age Group: YA Fantasy Paperback, 360 pages Published July 8th 2014 by Flux Synopsis    In this companion novel to the critically acclaimed Some Quiet Place, Alex must choose between Revenge and Forgiveness.For as long as she can remember, Alexandra Tate has been able to see personified Emotions, and she’s found a best friend in Revenge. He’s her constant companion as she waits outside Nate Foster’s house, clutching a gun. Every night since Nate’s release from prison, Alex has tried to work up the courage to exact her own justice on him for the drunk driving accident that killed her family.But there’s one problem: Forgiveness. When he appears, Alex is faced with a choice—moving on or getting even. It’s impossible to decide with Forgiveness whispering in one ear . . …. Read more »

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Dec 23
{Review+Giveaway} One Song Away by Molli Moran @MissMolliWrites

{Review+Giveaway} One Song Away by Molli Moran @MissMolliWrites

One Song Away is a standalone new adult romance novel that is perfect for people looking for a really sweet friends to lovers/second chance at love type of read. I loved it for all of those reasons. I had a few minor issues with the book, but the overall feel of the story made me happy- which is kind of the whole point. I loved Jake most of all. This guy is a teddy bear if I ever did see one. It was so clear to me from the start that he had real serious feelings for Sophie-Claire. (who I only saw as Claire because that’s what Jake called her.) The book is told entirely from Sophie- Claire’s point of view. I found myself wishing for some Jake POV thrown in, but it was easy enough to figure out what he was thinking and feeling, so it never really detracted from the story. I mostly wanted some of his point of view because I liked him more than I liked… Read more »

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Dec 22
{Review} Jinxed by @DonnAugustine

{Review} Jinxed by @DonnAugustine

If you guys remember my review of Karma last month, you will know that the book took me by complete surprise and made me fall in book love. I was so excited to get the second book as well that it pained me to put it on the bottom of my TBR pile. But my other review books gave me sad eyes, and so I reluctantly put it on the bottom anyway. But then the unspeakable (to a book blogger) happened. I was in the dreaded reading slump. It didn’t matter what I picked up, I was uninterested. I can’t even tell you how many books I picked up and put down 10-20 minutes later. So I started scrolling through my kindle and seeing what would catch my eye. (and can I just say how freeing this is when I normally have my book reading order set out for months in advance.) When I came to Jinxed, I got a huge smile on my face. Yes! This was just the… Read more »

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