Month: May 2015

May 30
{Review} Under The Lights by Shannon Stacey

{Review} Under The Lights by Shannon Stacey

Under the Lights is the first book in the contemporary romance series, called the boys of Fall series. I originally thought this was going to be a new adult series, but it is an adult contemporary romance series. The cover was a bit misleading for me, so I wanted to be sure to point that out. I really liked this as a small town sweet romance, but the book didn’t blow my socks off. I liked Chase and I really liked Kelly. And I loved what they were doing for their towns football team. The love that everyone has for coach is so evident throughout Under The Lights. The town is going through some hard times, and their high school’s football team is being cut within the next school year if the town can’t raise the funds to keep the program running. And for Kelly’s dad, coach- football is basically his life. He loves coaching and all of his boys. I thought it was so heartwarming how the whole town,… Read more »

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May 29
{ARC Review} Powerless by @TeraLynnChilds & Tracey Deebs @HeroAgenda @SourcebooksFire

{ARC Review} Powerless by @TeraLynnChilds & Tracey Deebs @HeroAgenda @SourcebooksFire

Holy Cow, did I love Powerless. The book just kept getting better and better. I love me some super powers books and this world was just plain cool. There are villains, super villains, heroes and superheroes. And then there are the ordinaries. I don’t know the breakdown of how many villains there are versus heroes and versus ordinaries. That was my only sticking point with Powerless. It felt like we were just kind of dropped into this world without any real explanation. Kenna, the main character just starts talking about heroes and vilians and all these organizations like it is totally normal, without really telling how the world got to be this way. Scientists and experiments played a role in creating the first wave of powers, but you don’t learn too much more than that. You do learn some more as you go along. And honestly, I was so quickly swept up in the thrill of the storyline that I didn’t care too much about being dumped into this world…. Read more »

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May 28
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Charlie Presumed Dead by @AnneHeltzel @RockstarBkTours @HMHKids

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Charlie Presumed Dead by @AnneHeltzel @RockstarBkTours @HMHKids

Charlie Presumed Dead is a young adult suspense thriller that will have you jet-setting all over the world just to find out if Charlie is really dead or not. The book starts out with Charlie’s funeral, where there are two girls who both think they are Charlie’s girlfriend. Serious girlfriend, at that. Neither one knew about the other, and as soon as they become aware of the other one, they find themselves confused by the other person’s Charlie. That was actually the aspect of Charlie that intrigued me the most. Sure he was a cheating jerk. That is obvious from the book summary, but Lena’s Charlie loved Olives and Aubrey’s Charlie Hated them with a passion. As soon as I read that, I knew this was going to be more than just a morbid scavenger hunt. There are so many layers to Charlie Presumed Dead. It is one hell of a ride. The book is told through the points of view of Lena and Aubrey mostly, with a couple of… Read more »

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May 27
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Nowhere but Here by @katiemcgarry @HarlequinTeen @InkSlingerPR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Nowhere but Here by @katiemcgarry @HarlequinTeen @InkSlingerPR

Nowhere But Here is the first book in a new young adult contemporary series by Katie McGarry, called Thunder Road. 2015 is the year where I finally start to read some new- but-insanely-popular-YA-authors. Because guess what? I haven’t read a Katie McGarry book yet. Craziness! I know. But when I saw that she had a new series coming out, I thought this was the perfect time for me to jump on the bandwagon and experience what all the ya romance hype is about. And I get it, people. I really do. I have never been one for motorcycle books. I know it is a huge trope out there, but I could never really get into it. Until now. I absolutely loved the family and brother ship that Katie McGarry painted with the Reign of Terror. Trust me, their name is way meaner than they actually are. Nowhere But Here is told in dual narrative between Emily and Oz. Oz is the son of one of the big ups in the… Read more »

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May 26
{Review+Giveaway} Illusionarium by Heather Dixon @GreenwillowBook

{Review+Giveaway} Illusionarium by Heather Dixon @GreenwillowBook

Illusionarium is a young adult fantasy novel that is super vivid. The sky is the limit with Heather Dixon’s Illusionists, and the world(s) she created are both captivating and freaky-deaky. I blew through Illusionarium in one quick sitting. This book grabbed me right from the start and I couldn’t put it down. The concept was crazier than I initially thought it would be, and I enjoyed the twists and turns that Heather had in store for Johnathan and the readers. Set sometime in the future, London as we know it is no more. Instead people live on airships. A deadly disease called the venem is spreading so rapidly. It is only affecting women, but once infected with the disease, 100% of the victims die within a week. Scientists are working as quickly as possible to try and find a cure. The nations best scientist and Johnathan’s father (the second best scientist) are called in to try and find the cure. Lady Florel is the top scientist and she has discovered… Read more »

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May 25
{Review} The Last One by Tawdra Kandle @tawdra

{Review} The Last One by Tawdra Kandle @tawdra

  The Last One by Tawdra Kandle is the first book in a contemporary romance series, called the One Series. It is told in dual narrative between Sam and Meghan, and I absolutely loved it. It is technically adult contemporary romance but I think it will appeal to fans of new adult and adult romances alike. The Last One allowed me to totally tune out the world. I could not put this book down, for anything or anyone. I was so engrossed with their story. I loved the dynamic between the two of them. They started out on the total wrong foot and became bicker buddies for a long time after that. Sam had the wrong first impression of Meghan, but I loved the happenstance that brought them into each others lives for longer than their first meeting. Let me back up and explain. Meghan is a junior in college that has been having a rough time with some family stuff. So her and her best friend go out one… Read more »

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May 25
{Mini Review+Giveaway} Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie @daviskaitlyn

{Mini Review+Giveaway} Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie @daviskaitlyn

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! is written by ya author Kaitlin Davis, writing new adult as Kay Marie. This book is a hilariously good time. I honestly don’t know any other way to describe it. I struggled with this review because every other sentence I wrote kept repeating how funny and witty and quirky this book was. So I decided to scrap that whole long meandering and honestly just repetitive review and write a mini review instead, telling you that this book is funny and a great time and you should read it. Period. End of story. Ok, I will say a little bit more about the book. But you should read Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! because you will really enjoy it. Fans of romantic comedy movies will get a kick out of Skyler. I can’t imagine anyone not taking an immediate liking to her. I know that I did. I empathized with her, I saw bits of myself in her and I saw bits of so many… Read more »

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May 24
{Weekly Wrap Up} Weeks of May 17th- 24th

{Weekly Wrap Up} Weeks of May 17th- 24th

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? I have been busy and tired and trying my hardest not to get sick. I want a vacation. haha But I have also been trying to cut down on my amount of review books. My calendar is looking pretty full for the summer. And I know that I still need to go back and add a bunch more review books to my schedule, so yea this week I took in less books than usual, and I was pretty pleased about that. I am also reviving an old project that I had where I provide authors and publishers with a list of book bloggers that are looking for book to review. (Its not a tour company or any kind of paid service, it is just a read-only form that I provide to people that send me review requests) If you would like more information on… Read more »

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May 24
{Book Highlight} Gown Girl by Kat Cazanav

{Book Highlight} Gown Girl by Kat Cazanav

Title: Gown Girl Author: Kat Cazanav Series: (Lost in Lace Book 1) Release Date: May 18, 2015 Genre: New Adult Romance ASIN: B00XVI8IHU Goodreads Buy the Book Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes and Noble  When Maddy Gill loses everything in a fire, her life is turned upside down. As she tries to regain her life, she encounters a million dollar wedding gown, a zipper that just won’t budge and brooding young artist, Atticus Wolfe. This recipe for disaster spirals into a night to remember forcing Maddy and Atticus to fear the desire they can’t control will destroy the only love they’ve ever known. Less Life has a few harsh surprises for Maddy Gill. When a fire sweeps through her Seattle apartment and destroys the little she has left, she finds herself living out of her car. But not the kind of gal to feel sorry for herself, she scrambles to get back on her feet. As a reporter for a local newspaper, she seizes the opportunity to interview the elusive wedding couture designer, Sophia Nicoletta. When she unintentionally tries on Sophia’s… Read more »

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May 22
{Review+Giveaway} Center Ice by Cate Cameron @CCameron_author @crushcraveep

{Review+Giveaway} Center Ice by Cate Cameron @CCameron_author @crushcraveep

Center Ice is the first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series, a new young adult (possibly new adult in future books) contemporary romance series about a Major-minor league hockey team. It is told in dual narrative between Tyler and Karen. I really enjoyed that because I have been reading more paranormal books lately and I have to say I have missed my dual narrative contemporary romances. And I didn’t even realize that I missed them until I started reading Center Ice. One of the great things about Center Ice…other than the Hockey players…is that the characters are so completely read. You are going to see the good, the bad and the ugly from Karen and even Tyler. They are both great, but Karen especially found herself in a less than desirable situation, and she is a 16 year old girl. So she sometimes had a tendency to let her snarky and bratty side show. Not that I really blamed her though. I think having to go live with the… Read more »

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