Month: March 2016

Mar 31
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman @cookieowrites

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman @cookieowrites

Adorkable is an adorably cute young adult contemporary romance by Cookie O’Gorman. I really, really enjoyed this book. It had my inner dork smiling and cheering for Sal the entire time. Sure, the main characters were a little clueless, but they were completely, well…adorkable!Fans of light and fluffy contemporaries will eat this one up and be asking for seconds. Adorkable is told entirely from Sally’s point of view. While, I loved Sally, I was hoping for a little glimpse into Becks mind. Poor Sally has had to deal with people trying to set her up all the time. I still have no idea why Sal’s best friend was so hell bent on setting her up with every guy under the sun. She wasn’t even subtle or nice about it. She was even telling the guys that Sal was desperate. (which I thought was pretty rude, considering Sal explicitly told her that she wanted her to cut the matchmaking out.) To get her off her back. Sal hears a rumor about… Read more »

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Mar 31
{Review} Out of the Ashes by @kellyhashway @SizzlingPR

{Review} Out of the Ashes by @kellyhashway @SizzlingPR

Please Note: this review may contain spoilers for book 1. If you have not yet read Into the Fire, you can find out more information on that book HERE. Out of the Ashes is the second book in the young adult fantasy series, Into the Fire by Kally Hashway. I read and reviewed the first book in 2014, when the series was under one of Kelly’s pseudonyms. She has since moved the books under her main author name and has given the series a cover face lift. I love the new covers a lot more than the old ones, so I am happy with the change. If you recall my review of the first book, you will remember that I loved the idea of a book centering around the magical creature, the pheonix. I still do. A lot of the first book dealt with the “before” and worries of the main character, Cara’s rebirth. Cara was scared that she would forget her her first love Logan once she was reborn…. Read more »

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Mar 30
{Giveaway} Spread Some Indie Love Giveaway Hop

{Giveaway} Spread Some Indie Love Giveaway Hop

As the title suggests, for this hop I am going to share some awesome books that are from indie and small pub authors. I read a wide mix of big publishers, small publishers and self published books spanning across genres and age groups. So you will find books in YA, NA and adult from everything from Contemporary to High fantasy. Something for everyone. I would highly recommend each and every one of these books. It is my hope that the winner will find something new to try! 🙂 The winner can choose any of the books listed and I will send them an ebook from amazon. If the winner wants a different book in the series, that’s ok too! (and if they don’t see any book below they think they might like…shame on them! No, just kidding, they can choose another indie published book from amazon and I will send them an ecopy. (Up to $8 us)) PRE- 2015 favorites   2015 favorites To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below… Read more »

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Mar 30
{Review+Giveaway} The Awakening of Ren Crown by @AnneZoelle

{Review+Giveaway} The Awakening of Ren Crown by @AnneZoelle

 Welcome to The Awakening of Ren Crown Tour! Today as part of the tour, I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you on the first book in the Ren Crown Series! Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win some great prizes including an Amazon Gift Card, Special Edition poster and coloring book and pens! The Awakening of Ren Crown is the first book in the young adult fantasy & magic series, Ren Crown, by Anne Zoelle. It was very fun and very magical.  I really enjoyed this book. And instead of doing a traditional review, I am going to give you reasons you should read this book, and this series. I love a magical boarding school setting. The Awakening of Ren Crown takes place at Excelsince University, and it is every bit as magical as you would hope. Full of secrets, eccentric teachers and secrets. I loved how unique their take on magic was too. I knew right away when Ren was developing artistically when she made paints, that… Read more »

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Mar 29
{Review} Slumber by Christy Sloat

{Review} Slumber by Christy Sloat

Slumber is the first book in the young adult Slumber Duology by Christy Sloat. I liked Slumber, but in the end it was just an ok read for me. Slumber is a fairy tale re-telling and I loved the twist that author Christy Sloat took on the tale. It is the story of sleeping beauty but it takes place in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where they have convinced the princess that she murdered her boyfriend. Interesting starting point, right? I thought so too, and the idea behind the story I still think is great. I think it would be better suited for younger, young adult readers as it is. It is a very quick, and enjoyable read, but it didn’t have the depth or development I was hoping it would. It does have one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen in a long time though. I still can’t stop staring at it. I liked the main character, Rory. I thought she was really interesting, and… Read more »

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Mar 29
{ARC Review} Hold Your Breath by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

{ARC Review} Hold Your Breath by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

Hold Your Breath is the first book in the adult romance series, called Search and Rescue, by Katie Ruggle. Oooeee, did I love this book. So much love. Without a doubt, this is an author I want to be on the lookout for and a series I need to be continuing. I really loved everything about this book. I loved the characters (especially Callum), I loved the concept of a series centered around various responder units (Hold your Breath is about a search and rescue dive team, but there are also cops and firefights in the town that I think will get their own stories), I love the idea of a overarching plot line with a murderer throughout the books; and I really, really loved Callum. (did I already mention that?) Hold your Breath is told in dual narrative between Callum and Lou. Lou is a new diver on the team and is relatively new to the area. Lou certainly has attached a fair bit of attention, and I have… Read more »

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Mar 28
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Lucky Me by @saba_kapur @amberjackpub

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Lucky Me by @saba_kapur @amberjackpub

Lucky Me is the first book (at least it better be! (more on this later)) by Saba Kapur. It is a young adult contemporary romance about a girl who is seemingly living a very lucky life. She is the daughter of two famous actors and she wants for nothing. Except, as the book so aptly points out, disaster does not discriminate and it can and will strike anyone it chooses. Lucky Me deals with a disaster in the form of a crazy stalker/killer that is out to get Gia’s family. This is a very hard review for me to write because there were a few things that did not work for me at all with Lucky Me. Things that in other cases would have annoyed me and made me think this is not the book for me. However, I could not put this book down. I really enjoyed it and after it ended, I found myself really really wishing that I had the next book so I could find out… Read more »

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Mar 26
{Review+Giveaway} Playing the Witch’s Game by Zoe Forward @entangledpub @AuthorZForward

{Review+Giveaway} Playing the Witch’s Game by Zoe Forward @entangledpub @AuthorZForward

Playing the Witch’s Game is an adult paranormal fantasy, and it it s the third book in the Keepers of the Veil series by Zoe Forward. Each of the books in the series can be read as standalones, but I wish that I had read each of the books in order. This was the first book in the series that I have read, and while I loved it, I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I had some more familiarity with the backstory on the witches and the world. Nonetheless, this was a great book. If you are a fan of romances that happen to be paranormal in nature and not the other way around, you will totally dig this story. It is told in dual narrative between Jen and Nickolai, which worked out great to advance the story. I loved seeing inside Nick’s head, and I think I enjoyed his chapters more than Jen’s. He is exactly my kind of paranormal book boyfriend. Sweet but totally… Read more »

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Mar 25
{Review+Giveaway} Traveller by Abigail Drake @DrakeAbigail @WildRosePress

{Review+Giveaway} Traveller by Abigail Drake @DrakeAbigail @WildRosePress

Traveller is a new adult paranormal romance by Abigail Drake. (It is marked on goodreads as adult, but the main character is college aged, and the overall story had a new adult vibe, in my opinion.) Traveler has everything a good paranormal romance should have in my book. Interesting creatures/powers, a secret society is always a plus, a mysterious adventure, and great characters. I really enjoyed this one. Emerson and Michael are the main characters. I liked both of them a lot. Emerson has a dry sense of humor that had me snickering throughout the whole story, and Michael is pretty swoon worthy. There are some weird quirks throughout that left me a bit puzzled, like the whole part of the society where women were not allowed to leave. I still don’t get that one. As much as I loved Emerson’s sense of humor, her reactions to some of the situations she found herself in seemed underwhelming to me. I liked that she took things as they came at her… Read more »

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Mar 25
{Review} Playing Defense by Cate Cameron @CCameron_Author @EntangledTEEN

{Review} Playing Defense by Cate Cameron @CCameron_Author @EntangledTEEN

Playing Defense is the second book in the young adult Corrigan Falls Raiders series by Cate Cameron. I really enjoyed the first book, Center Ice. It was a cute hockey story. And Playing Defense is no different. I love me some hockey and I love me a good tutoring trope, so I knew that Playing Defense would be right up my alley. And it was. Playing Defense is a fun read. Playing Defense is told in dual narrative between Chris and Claudia. And while their romance is great, they were only one of the relationships that I adored in this book. The friendships really shined as great examples of wonderful and supportive friends. I want to see more of this in young adult books. These kinds of friendships make me just as happy as a great romantic couple does. Chris had me wearing a perma grin on my face the whole time I was reading. He is such a smitten kitten with Claudia, that you just cannot help but think… Read more »

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