Month: January 2016

Jan 29

{Discussion} Do Predictable Books Bother You?

Today I want to have a chat with you about something that I curious about. I feel like I might be in the minority with this one. So I am just going to come right out and say it. Get your tomatoes and stones ready for throwing. Predictable books generally do not bother me.  There is a huge caveat to that statement. It should say, Predictable books generally do not bother me…if they are done well. Yesterday, I put up a review of Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen (review here) and I really enjoyed the book. I thought it was cute, the romance was fun and the characters had great chemistry. But the story was predictable. And while I was writing my review, I found myself warning people of that. And then I thought, but you know what? That didn’t bother me at all when I was reading. So why was I warning people that the story was predictable? Because I have noticed in the review community that seems… Read more »

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Jan 28
{Review+Giveaway} Anatomy of a Player by @CindiMadsen @EPEmbrace

{Review+Giveaway} Anatomy of a Player by @CindiMadsen @EPEmbrace

Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen, is the second book in the new adult Taking Shots series, but it can be read as a standalone novel. The first book in the series was Getting Lucky Number Seven. I really enjoyed Getting Lucky Number Seven, so I was really excited to check out Anatomy of a Player. I remember great romance and wit from Cindi Madsen, and I am happy to say that Anatomy of a Player had both of those in spades. I knew I was going to love Anatomy of a Player from the very first page, when Whitney said that she was doomed because she was missing “playdar” (like gaydar for players.) It just cracked me up. Whitney and Hudson really entertained me. Whitney is sick of always  falling for the player guys, and Hudson is a player to the extreme. Both figuratively and literally (he is a hockey player) Whitney is a journalist, trying to get the scoop on student athletes. While her story was pretty predictable,… Read more »

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Jan 27
{Review+Giveaway} No Promises by N. Raines @nonaraines

{Review+Giveaway} No Promises by N. Raines @nonaraines

No Promises is a stand alone, new adult romance by N. Raines. I really enjoyed No Promises. I found it to be a fun read that was sweet,  but at the same time each of the characters had enough of their own demons to give their story some grit as well. (but let’s call it light grit, because overall I would call this a lighter, feel good read.) No Promises is told in dual narrative between Sam and Rick. Sam feels like she is constantly in the shadow of her prettier cousin. She feels a little plain jane herself, but she has the kindest heart ever. (and she is super cute!) What I immediately loved about Sam is that she is surrounded by great people. Her dad was so awesome. I just loved him to pieces. And her cousin and Sam have a really wonderful bond. I enjoyed the two of them together too. It was no wonder that when Rick came into her life he was taken with her… Read more »

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Jan 26
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto @ellemodesto @BalzerandBray

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto @ellemodesto @BalzerandBray

Revenge and the Wild is a standalone novel by Michelle Modesto. Notice that I did not put a genre in the previous sentence. That is because I think it is impossible to sum up Revenge and the Wild with a single genre. This book is delightfully different. I know words like unique and different get thrown around a lot in review, but in this case it is absolutely 100% true. Revenge and the Wild is like a fantasy and magic novel, mixed with a western, and blended with a steampunk. And of course there is a kick butt romance as well. I know! How on earth did Michelle Modesto do it? I have no idea, and I honestly don’t think it can be replicated. This book was just so well done. I loved the mash up of genres, and I really, really loved the finished result. And to think this is Michelle Modesto’s debut novel totally blows my mind. Revenge and the Wild is set in a small town in… Read more »

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Jan 25
{Review} The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall @PenguinTeen @MaggieEHall

{Review} The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall @PenguinTeen @MaggieEHall

Have you ever picked up a book and by the time you were finished, you were convinced that the author crafted the book just for you? That was what happened to be with The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. It was like the author poked around in my head, and pulled out a bunch of winning elements for me, mashed them all together and popped out a story that was sure to make me fall in love with it. Everyone is comparing The Conspiracy of Us to The DaVinci Code, and I get that comparison, but I feel like it was even more than that. It felt like The DaVinci Code mixed with Tomb Raider mixed with the biggest international secret society of all. Plus the focus was on Alexander the Great, who I think is a fascinating historical figure. (and yes, I do know that a ton of “facts” surrounding Alexander have been fictionalized and sensationalized throughout history, but that just makes him all the more interesting in… Read more »

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Jan 22
{Discussion+Giveaway} Book Lover Wish: Favorite Reading Environment

{Discussion+Giveaway} Book Lover Wish: Favorite Reading Environment

Discussion Post Today I have a fun discussion post dreamt up by The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Kourney. (Note: I  am not getting paid by penguin. I was just given the prompt in celebration for this upcoming release and I thought it would be fun to talk about. all thoughts and opinions are my own.)  I thought it would also be a great opportunity to shamelessly show you my home library. 😉 So what the heck am I going to talk about? I know, I know, I should just get to it already! I am going to talk about what my perfect bookish environment would be. In the Forbidden Wish we are transported to the world of jinni’s. So what kind of bookish wish would I make if I met one? If I could have a book lovers wish and poof into my favorite environment, it would be a combination of what I already have, but with a very magical upgrade! ———————————— I have been slowly working on my home… Read more »

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Jan 21
{ARC Review+Giveaway} It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick

{ARC Review+Giveaway} It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick

It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick is a young adult contemporary novel that will have you laughing your butt off. Leave all of your political agendas, and social views behind and sit back for a couple of hours of really witty dialogue, and pure irreverent hilarity. I thoroughly enjoyed Caitlin and her cousin Heller’s whirlwind weekend. The end was surprisingly sweet too. It’s All Your Fault is a very fun book. You have to put your sensitivities aside, and just let yourself go with it. If you do, I think you will have a blast with It’s All Your Fault. Paul Rudnick is one funny dude. It’s All Your Fault is the story of what happens when you mix a very sheltered, very religious “good girl” with her very famous, very do as you please, try everything once cousin. Caitlin and Heller used to be close when they were younger but they had a falling out over a big (and mysterious) event in their past. You eventually find out… Read more »

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Jan 21
{Exclusive Guest Post+Pre-Order Contest} Author Victoria Scott #TITANSThursday

{Exclusive Guest Post+Pre-Order Contest} Author Victoria Scott #TITANSThursday

Are you guys as excited for the release of Titans by Victoria Scott as I am?? I have already read the book and I am telling you, it is EPIC-ALLY GREAT! With Titans releasing in only 6 weeks, Victoria is hosting #TitansThursday, with different fun guest posts and events each Thursday, and I am beyond excited to have Victoria here on the blog today talking about some of her favorite books featuring animals. Be sure to check out the hashtag #TitansThursday to see more of the posts, and don’t forget to check out the details of the pre-order contest at the bottom of this post! ———————————- You may have guessed that I like animals. Probably because I’m allergic to every living creature on earth except humans. I’m seriously waiting for the day when my husband makes me sneeze. It comes as no surprise that I love writing books with fuzzy, furry creatures in them. Pandoras? Here you go! Steel horses? I got you! A kitten for one Dante Walker even… Read more »

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Jan 20
{Review+Giveaway} Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

{Review+Giveaway} Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Not Okay, Cupid is the first book in the High School Heartbreakers series by Heidi R. Kling. Not Okay, Cupid is a young adult contemporary romance that I think would be fitting for a younger, young adult audience. The end of the book ended up being pretty cute, but it was a rough start for me. The book is told in dual narrative between Hazel and Felix. I really liked the dual narrative, and I really enjoyed Hazel and Felix. They were both good people and good characters, their voices just seemed so young and impulsive. (which I guess they are.) I think a lot of people will enjoy this cute story of wanting to get revenge on your friend and ex, and ending up falling for the guy helping you enact said revenge. (I bet you can guess why revenge was needed…her best friend and ex boyfriend got together behind Hazel’s back.) But to set the scene, we were 4 percent into the book when Hazel and Felix walk… Read more »

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Jan 19
{ARC Review+Guest Post+Giveaway} Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz @TwoHeadedWriter

{ARC Review+Guest Post+Giveaway} Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz @TwoHeadedWriter

Today I have authors Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz here to talk about some of some of the perks and drawbacks/challenges of co-authoring a novel We’ll start with the perks, because there are a lot more of them. It’s fun! Our “writing process” involves a lot of procrastination, which involves lots of talking about movies, TV, junk food, dogs, and whatnot. It’s not as entertaining to talk to yourself. When one of us gets stuck we can just put “You write this part” in the manuscript. That could also be a drawback—depends on who wrote the note and who has to respond. Laura usually throws any sexy stuff to Melinda, but Melinda actually likes to write it, so there you go. We each have someone to complain to about how hard writing is. Two heads make plotting easier. WAY easier. We are almost always in agreement about what we want to do with the book we’re writing. We’re both former editors, so we can edit each other—and neither of… Read more »

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