Month: April 2015

Apr 30
{ARC Review}  The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

{ARC Review} The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is a young adult contemporary romance about a seaside town on the jersey shore. I really liked that the story takes place after the vicious hurricane Sandy because I thought it added a lot of depth to the story. There were some parts of The Summer After You and Me that I really liked, but overall this book was not a hit for me. And those of you that are familiar with my reading preferences will know what a bummer that was for me because I love contemporary romances so much. First, I am going to talk about the things that I did like about The Summer After You and Me and then I will talk about what didn’t work for me. I loved that Lucy wants to be a marine biologist and how much time she spends studying and helping the marine life at her beaches. I thought that aspect of the book was beautifully done. And I love… Read more »

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Apr 29
{Review} Reap and Repent by @LisaMedley

{Review} Reap and Repent by @LisaMedley

Reap and Repent is the first book in the Reaper Series. It is an urban fantasy series about reapers and about a new mysterious untrained reaper. I love the concept of the book, and I think the rest of the series has potential, but the first book was a little bumpy for me. I still liked it, but I didn’t love it as much as I initially hoped that I would. I read another book (I can’t remember the name) about a girl that could see aura colors for different paranormal creatures and I was fascinated by that idea. So when I found out that this main character, Ruth could see aura colors and could use that to determine when someone would die and what they were feeling, I was super excited to see what kind of world Lisa Medley had created with her reapers. And I did really like the world of her reapers. I loved that instead of being scary that within the first (really second) meeting between… Read more »

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Apr 28
{Starting Post+Goals} #CleanSweepARC Challenge 2015 & #BlogAhead2015

{Starting Post+Goals} #CleanSweepARC Challenge 2015 & #BlogAhead2015

So guys, I have a confession to make. I have wayyy to many ARC’s and review books. And  I currently have a 0-2 day blog cushion. That means that I am reading books and writing the posts normally 1 or 2 days in advance of it posting. I need more of a cushion AND I need to start reading some of my review books. So I am joining #CleanSweepARC Challenge 2015 & #BlogAhead2015. Hopefully I can read 25 or more review books and get 2 weeks of posts schedule AHEAD OF TIME! Join in! Get more information about the event and sign up over at Kimba’s blog. You can sign up HERE Here are the books I am hoping to read this month Goals Goals: Read 25 books Take in less than 20 books for review Get 14 posts pre-scheduled   Progress: Additional Challenge I am also joining blog ahead. Hopefully schedule some of these reviews for all the books I will be reading.   (click on the button to… Read more »

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Apr 28
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Getting Lucky Number Seven by @CindiMadsen @EPEmbrace

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Getting Lucky Number Seven by @CindiMadsen @EPEmbrace

Getting Lucky Number Seven is my favorite kind of new adult contemporary romance. I love the flirty nature of the friends to something more trope, I love the URST, I love nerdy humor, and I love a good college bucket list. So I knew this book was meant to be for me. And I loved it just as much as I was expecting to. It was such a fun read. I was so sure that I would love this book that I signed up for two blogs tours for it by accident. Opps. Sometimes I get a little overly excited for a book. But I was happy that I did for Getting Lucky Number Seven. I loved cute and adorable awkward science nerd Lyla. And I beyond loved her friendship with hot and smart hockey/science guy Beck. It was a winning formula for me. Lyla is an awesome girl, but she feels a little invisible to guys. When her roommate set her up on a group date at the start… Read more »

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Apr 27
{ARC Review} Hot @nd Nerdy by Shannyn Schroeder #klovers @KensingtonBooks @SSchroeder_

{ARC Review} Hot @nd Nerdy by Shannyn Schroeder #klovers @KensingtonBooks @SSchroeder_

Hot @nd Nerdy is the compilation of the three books in the Hot @nd Nerdy trilogy by Shannyn Schroeder. I picked up this book to read the last story, Her Winning Formula and to have all three of the books in one place. I knew after I read the first book, Her Best Shot, that this was a series formula that I was going to love. First, I love that the books are told in dual narrative between each of the main guys and girls and I think you all know by now that is my favorite story telling narrative method. and Second, the trilogy follows a group of three friends. The books are each of their stories, BUT the cool part is that each of the books take place in roughly the same time period. For example, Her Best Shot is the story of Layla and Phin. Layla was on her way to spend spring break with her friend Felicity when her car broke down and she met Phin…. Read more »

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Apr 26
{Weekly Wrap Up} April 19-25th

{Weekly Wrap Up} April 19-25th

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews Hey guys! How has your week been?   Last weekend was my best friends wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and so much fun. I had a blast and she looked beautiful. I love her and her new husband. I have known them both since high school, so that was pretty special. (They have been dating for 10 years!) This week was a catch up week at work. Even if you take 2 days off, there is always plenty waiting for you when you get back. I went to a wine walk yesterday with my boyfriend and his parents. That was a lot of fun. You buy a book of tickets and a “wine passport” and you walk around the street festival and sample different wines. It was a very nice day. And my books this week were pretty epic because I did my sunday post early last week, so this… Read more »

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Apr 25
{ARC Review} Halfway Perfect by @JulieCross1980 & @MarktPerini @SourcebooksFire

{ARC Review} Halfway Perfect by @JulieCross1980 & @MarktPerini @SourcebooksFire

Halfway Perfect is a young adult novel by Julie Cross and Mark Perini. It is about the not so pretty underside of the modeling world. I loved that Julie Cross paired up with a model turned writer to collaborate on this book. I thought that both Julie Cross and Mark Perini did an excellent job. I felt like I was at the castings with Eve, Elana and Alex. And while this book was darker than I initially thought it would be, it was a really good read. Eve used to be an up and coming model when she was a young teenager, and then something happened and she walked away from the whole world right after she landed a huge designer shoot. It was scandalous. But Eve didn’t care so much about the rumors that spread about her, and she starts the story enrolled at Columbia. I loved that she worked hard against everything working against her and got herself to an ivy league school. Props to her! In fact,… Read more »

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Apr 24
{ARC Review} Flirty Dancing by @JennyMcLachlan1 @FeiwelFriends

{ARC Review} Flirty Dancing by @JennyMcLachlan1 @FeiwelFriends

Flirty Dancing is such a fun read. It kind of reminded me of the British Georgia Nickelson series. Laugh out loud antics with a refreshingly levelheaded main character. I don’t know how to best describe Bea. She is her own person, she is nice, has a good little group of friends (most of the time), is quirky funny, has eclectic interests and is such a great big sister. She just seems like a well rounded girl that I would love to be friends with. And she brings Flirty Dancing to life. I loved watching her Jive. The more she jive danced, the happier she got. It was like she just started glowing as the book went on. I know that sounds kind of dramatic and strange, but dancing really brought Bea to life. It was lovely to see. In Flirty Dancing, a show like Britain’s got Talent, was search for high school students all across the country. First up was dancing. And Bea’s school was one of the schools on… Read more »

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Apr 23
{Review} Fated by @DonnAugustine

{Review} Fated by @DonnAugustine

If you guys remember my review of Karma and Jinxed last year, you will know that the series is one of my very favorite Urban Fantasy series. Ever. Fated is no different. It is an excellent continuation of the series, and the action and plot of the novel really picks up steam in Fated. It was pretty much non-stop action right from the start. Jinxed leaves the reader off with the bad guy running around and an epic war is starting. And I am here to tell you that it is a very fast paced and epic war. It looks pretty bleak for humankind, and for Karma. But luckily, Karma had Fate. I still stand by my comment from my second review that “Fate does funny things to my heart. I just love him. I love how gruff he is and most of all, I love how determined he is to be there for Karma. It is so strange because he is not the romantic, sweet, or cuddly type at… Read more »

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Apr 22
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Paradise City by @CJ_Duggan @HachetteAus

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Paradise City by @CJ_Duggan @HachetteAus

Describe Paradise City in a tweet (140 characters or less). Paradise City is quintessentially Australian, heavily focused on family, friendships, love and pushing the limits. A sexy, sassy and witty character novel with plenty of twists and turns. What are some traits that you look for in your book boyfriends? There has to be an element of intrigue; discovering who they are is half the fun. Always love a character who can banter with a leading lady, and have amazing tension. Someone who is a strong, loyal male without being an Alpha jerk, because you know what? Sometimes the nice guy does get the girl. What are some of your favourite trends in YA right now? Dystopian, Paranormal, Contemp, Coming of Age: it all depends on my mood but I love them all and like to think that there is always something available for no matter what mood I am in, as long as there is a hint of romance. I adore a variety of YA. Which of your characters… Read more »

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