Month: August 2016

Aug 31
{Interview+Giveaway} XODUS by @KJ_McPike

{Interview+Giveaway} XODUS by @KJ_McPike

Today, I have author K.J. McPike here to talk about the first book in her young adult Astralis series, Xodus. Book #1.5, Nemesis, released yesterday so be sure to check it out, and enter below for your chance to win ecopies for both Xodus and Nemesis! Thank you for being here K.J. 🙂 1) Describe XODUS in a tweet (140 characters or less) A girl discovers she can astral project and uses her ability to bargain with a questionable boy who claims he can find her missing mother. 2) Can you share something about Lali and Kai that we would be surprised to learn? Readers might be surprised to learn that Lali never snuck out or broke the rules (before XODUS, of course) because she was afraid that her younger siblings would think it was okay if she did, and she feared something bad would happen to them if they followed her bad example. I think readers would also be surprised to learn that Kai was bullied in middle school. That’s… Read more »

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Aug 30
{Review+Giveaway} Mind Mates by @MaryHughesBooks @Barclay_PR

{Review+Giveaway} Mind Mates by @MaryHughesBooks @Barclay_PR

Mind Mates is the second book in the Pull of The Moon series by Mary Huges. I had no idea that this wasn’t the first book in the series while I was reading it, but it does make sense because there are a lot of terms and things going on. But Mary does include a glossary of terms at the start of the book to help you keep foreign words in order, which I really appreciated. I enjoyed Mind Mates. It is a quick paranormal romance read dealing with wizards and shifters and a nice little action adventure mystery. Mind Mates alternates between Emma, a wolf shifter, and Gabriel’s, a wizard, point of view. I do wish the point of view shifts were a little better labeled, but overall it wasn’t too hard to keep track of who was speaking or thinking. I really liked Emma and Dr. Light. I loved that Dr. Light is a big ole techie. And Emma is pretty quirky and cute herself. They make a… Read more »

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Aug 29
{Review} King of Wall Street by @LouisesBay

{Review} King of Wall Street by @LouisesBay

King of Wall Street is a sexy, standalone, contemporary romance by Louise Bay. Louise Bay is a go to favorite of mine for sexy romances. I have seriously loved all of her books. I don’t think she has ever gotten lower than 4.5 stars from me. (you can see my reviews of her books HERE) King of Wall Street might be my favorite book of her yet! I loved, loved loved that it is a standalone romance. Harper and Max are fantastic together and i am super excited that I didn’t have to wait for multiple installments to continue with their story. King of Wall Street is told in dual narrative between Max King and Harper Jayne. Harper is Max’s newest employee, and she also lives in his building so their paths just keep crossing. Which is bad news for both of them because Max can’t stop thinking about her, and the only way he knows how to deal with that is to be a grade A jerk to her…. Read more »

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Aug 27
{Review} UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor

{Review} UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Unscripted Joss Byrd is author Lygia Day Peñaflor’s debut novel. I found Unscripted Joss Byrd to be a very interesting read. One that I don’t see too much of in young adult literature. I think the fact that the novel draws on Lygia’s firsthand experience as a teacher for young Hollywood stars adds a level of credibility that made me feel like what I was reading was part expose and part fiction. I consider Unscripted Joss Byrd to be young adult fiction because of the maturity and nature of some of the situations and themes, however the main character is a little on the young side. I think I would have preferred Joss to have been a couple of years older. In the end, it worked out alright because I think Hollywood ages you so much that you end up being older than your years, but that was my main hold back with the story. What I loved the most about Unscripted Joss Byrd was that I felt like we… Read more »

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Aug 26
{Review} Captive by @Aimee_Carter @HarlequinTEEN

{Review} Captive by @Aimee_Carter @HarlequinTEEN

Note: Captive is the Sequel to Pawn, which must be read first to fully understand and enjoy Captive. You can check out my review of Pawn HERE When I read Pawn a few years ago, I told you I was a little burnt out on dystopian. And that was at a time where Dystopian novels were at their peak. They seemed to be everywhere! And they all kind of started to look the same to me. And I got kind of bored of reading the same formula over and over again. But I really enjoyed Pawn. It didn’t seem to be just like all the other dystopians out there, and it was really well executed. I loved the world building that she had in Pawn. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and the world is awful and disgusting enough to have you completely invested in the series. But after I finished reading Pawn, there was such a long wait until Captive came out, and I… Read more »

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Aug 26
{Review+Giveaway} Seducing the Boss by Mari Carr

{Review+Giveaway} Seducing the Boss by Mari Carr

Seducing the Boss is an adult contemporary romance by Mari Carr. I picked this book up because I loved the summary, but I didn’t love the title (still don’t because I don’t believe that really fits the tone of the story) and I don’t love the cover, but I wanted to give it a shot because the summary sounded like it would be a cute romance that I would enjoy. I think I should have trusted my gut on this one, because while I did like it a little, I didn’t love it. I will say that I seem to be the odd one out on this opinion because on goodreads everything I saw was 4 or 5 stars. Seducing the Boss is told in dual narrative between Sara and Kellum. I think part of my problem is that I just didn’t love Kellum. I know, go ahead and stone me now, but I found him to be kind of a shallow jerk. Especially at the start of the story,… Read more »

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Aug 25
{Review} Bad Judgment by @Meghan_March

{Review} Bad Judgment by @Meghan_March

Bad Judgment is a new adult standalone romance by author Meghan March. This is the first book that I have read by Meghan and I am seriously kicking myself for that, because Bad Judgment is one of my favorite books I have read all year. I loved it so much, I wish I could drop everything I am doing right now and read it again. I love a book with a law school setting. (yes, I know I am a weirdo, but it gives me some sort of sick pleasure watching characters deal with the joy of law school.) Everything about Bad Judgment was perfection to me. The characters were great, the romance was scorching and setting was very accurately portrayed. Someone point me in the direction of all Meghan’s other books ASAP because I feel a binge read coming on. Bad Judgment is told in dual narrative between Justine and Ryker. Justine is an uber committed law student that has just had her scholarship yanked, and Ryker is…well, the… Read more »

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Aug 24
{Review+Giveaway} Blind Spot by @KatanaCollins

{Review+Giveaway} Blind Spot by @KatanaCollins

Sometimes you just need a good college romance to get your romance feelers satisfied. At least, sometimes I do. And Blind Spot by Katana Collins totally hit the spot for me. Blind Spot is a new adult college contemporary romance, and I really enjoyed it. I had a little snag with the plot details early on, but the characters more than made up for it. Overall, this was a satisfying romance for me. Blind Spot is told in dual narrative between Shelby and Tate. Shelby is your classic stubbornly independent college girl. She falls into the new adult stereotype that I have seen a bit too much of. The, had a hard past, but determined to make it on your own- and stubborn to the point where you refuse to accept help of any kind from anyone. It is the last part of the stereotype that irks me. I get wanting to make it on your own. I really do, but being stubborn to a fault is something I could… Read more »

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Aug 23
{ARC Review+Giveaway of #TaherehMafi ‘s favorite things} #Furthermore by @Tahereh Mafi

{ARC Review+Giveaway of #TaherehMafi ‘s favorite things} #Furthermore by @Tahereh Mafi

I loved Furthermore, and you will see why in my review below, but today’s post is a little something different. Because Furthermore takes place in Ferenwood, a town where color kind of takes on a life of it’s own, I decided to share some of my more colorful #bookstagram pictures with you. My feed has been very colorful lately (which is a big change from my normal wardrobe…) So, check out some brightly colored book pretties, check out my review and then be sure to enter the awesome giveaway below, which I partnered with Penguin Random House to offer. You can win a copy of Furthermore and some of Tahereh’s favorite things!   Day 13: Book Rainbow. Seeing rainbows always makes me happy and seeing a book rainbow with all the brightly colored books makes me extra happy. This is the perfect way to start a Saturday 🙂 #thebooksparrowaugustbookchallenge16 A photo posted by @bookbriefs on Aug 13, 2016 at 6:30am PDT A little late but this picture took some time… Read more »

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Aug 23
{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

✮✮✮ THE SAPPHIRE HEIST is here! From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely’s book two in her contemporary romance Jewel Novel series, this enemies-to-lovers series is filled with sex, wit, glamour, and high stakes, with a rugged, ex-military, dirty-talking alpha hero! Don’t miss this explosive and passionate series! ✮✮✮   The Sapphire Heist is the second book in the Jewel series by Lauren Blakely. The Sapphire Heist is an adult romantic suspense series about bodyguards and jewel heists and all kinds of things that are sure to get your heart pumping. The novel is told in dual narrative, which is really my very favorite narration method. Nowadays, whenever I pick up a book told entirely from one person’s point of view, I find myself missing the other person.  I really enjoyed the tension in the air throughout the story, and the passion between Jake and Steph. This was a great read for me and I can’t wait for more. This is a continuation of the first book in the… Read more »

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