Posts By: Michelle @ Book Briefs

Aug 06
{Review} All I Need by Callie Harper

{Review} All I Need by Callie Harper

All I need is the fourth book in the adult romance All In series by Callie Harper. I didn’t realize this book was part of a series while I was reading it, so suffice it to say it can be read as a standalone. I would be interested in seeing who the previous three books featured. I wasn’t sure if there was character overlap in this world or if they are really standalones. All I need had a contemporary beauty and the beast vibe. I enjoyed this book throughout, but it didn’t blow me away. The writing and romance were good, but I think the main male character rubbed me the wrong way so I didn’t fall head over heels with him. All I need is told in dual narrative between Annie and Ian. Annie is hired by Ian’s father to be a live in caretaker for Ian, who was injured as a teenager in a boating accident. I liked Annie but Ian was way too much for me. Too much… Read more »

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Aug 03
{Review+Giveaway} The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

{Review+Giveaway} The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

The Thirteenth Gate is the first book in the Dominion Mystery series by Kat Ross. I have previously read The Daemoniac by her, which I thought was going to be the first book in the series, but really ended up being more of a prequel. I have also real the first book in her Fourth Element series, and I while I enjoyed that one was well, the Dominion series is really shaping up to be my favorite! But, what is cool about The Thirteenth Gate  is that there is character overlap between the two series. It was very creative and well done on her part. I enjoyed getting to see Alex and Vivienne, though I have not read all the books in the Fourth Element series. The Thirteenth Gate did not disappoint. I loved this atmospheric read. It was exactly what I wanted, and I can’t wait for more. The Dominion series is a young adult detective mystery story with a flair of the paranormal. It felt like the anime Ghost Hunt (which I am… Read more »

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Aug 01
{#Giveaway } August New Release Giveaway!

{#Giveaway } August New Release Giveaway!

Hello my lovelies! I have been loving new releases this year, so I have decided to start joining new release books. Big thanks to our host of this giveaway hop: It Starts at Midnight Today’s giveaway is super simple! Feel free to pick any book you want!  Paperback, Hardcover, ebook, New release, Old release…anything!!!   These are some books I am really looking forward to this month (but you can pick anything)           While you are here, have you entered any of my THREE instagram giveaways?  click on the pictures to enter 🙂 (they are super easy entries. no hoops to jump through) A post shared by BookBriefs (@bookbriefs) on Jul 29, 2017 at 4:50pm PDT A post shared by BookBriefs (@bookbriefs) on Aug 1, 2017 at 9:04am PDT A post shared by BookBriefs (@bookbriefs) on Jul 22, 2017 at 4:52pm PDT To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win I’ll be selecting one (1) winner to receive one (1) new book of their choice worth up to $15. Open… Read more »

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Jul 31
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman ‏@SwoonReads @FierceReads

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman ‏@SwoonReads @FierceReads

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman is a young adult contemporary romance that put a huge smile on my face. I really, really loved this book. It was cute, it was swoony and it was a whole lot of fun. Just what I love in my summer beach/pool reads. Max Holden is total book boyfriend material. I did have a few minor issues with the story, which I will discuss below, but overall I really enjoyed Kissing Max Holden. Kissing Max Holden is told from Jillian’s point of view. She grew up next door to Max Holden and they used to be very close, but because of personal issues in Max’s family, he has withdrawn a lot and because distant with Jillian. It is interesting because Jillian and Max still ran in similar friend groups at school so they are circling around in each other’s lives. I love a friends to more story, so I really liked the various facets to Jillian and Max’s relationship. It is clear that they… Read more »

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Jul 28
{Review+Giveaway} Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser @lhauser27 @PenNamePublish ‏

{Review+Giveaway} Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser @lhauser27 @PenNamePublish ‏

Chasing Eveline is a young adult contemporary by Leslie Hauser. This book felt so different than the books I normally read. It was like a breath of fresh air for me. Overall, I relaly enjoyed this book. It started out as a bit of a surprise for me because it was much more somber and melancholy in its’ tone than I was expecting, but I quickly fell into the groove of the story and I really came to like to characters and their journey. Ivy is the main character of the story. She is going through a tough time after her mom left her and the only thing that makes her feel close to her mother is the band Chasing Eveline. Her mom used to love the band and Ivy has become obsessed with it. I loved that it was a non-mainstream indie rock band that was the focus of the story. Now, I will be the first to admit that I know little to nothing about indie rock, but… Read more »

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Jul 27
{Review+Giveaway} The Dragons of Nova by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

{Review+Giveaway} The Dragons of Nova by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

*Please Note: This is a series that must be read in order. If you are new to the series, check out my review of book one- The Alchemists of Loom HERE** The Dragons of Nova is the Second book in the Loom Saga by author Elise Kova. The Loom Saga is a young adult high fantasy series that I have completely fallen in love with. I absolutely LOVED the first book, The Alchemists of Loom, and the second book- The Dragons of Nova was every bit as good as the first! In the Dragons of Nova we get to really delve more into the politics and struggles in the worlds of Loom and Nova and we get to revisit old characters and get to know some new characters as well. This series is one that instantly grabbed me and has yet to let go. It is by far one of the best series I have read in 2017. And the third book, The Rebels of Gold is scheduled to release in December of… Read more »

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Jul 26
{Review} The Alchemists of Loom by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

{Review} The Alchemists of Loom by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

The Alchemists of Loom is the first book in the Loom Saga by author Elise Kova. The Loom Saga is a young adult high fantasy series that I have completely fallen in love with. You know the feeling you get when you pick up a book by a new to you author- you are excited and hopeful that the book will be excellent. (but also a little nervous because you want to enjoy the novel so badly…and what if you don’t. What if you are the person that the book didn’t work for.) But then, as you read, the story exceeds all of your expectations. You completely fall in love with the characters and the story and the world. And then you finish the book and you find out that the author has SO MANY OTHER BOOKS! Multiple series with multiple books written. It is like stumbling on to a gold mine. That is what discovering Elise Kova felt like to me. She dropped a gold mine in my lap! And I couldn’t… Read more »

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Jul 24
{ARC Review} Need You by Stacy Finz @sfinz @KensingtonBooks ‏

{ARC Review} Need You by Stacy Finz @sfinz @KensingtonBooks ‏

Need You by Stacy Finz is the first book in the Garner Brothers series. The Garner Brothers series will be a series of interconnected standalone romances, set in a small mountain town on the west coast. I enjoyed Need You by Stacy Finz. I thought it was an enjoyable story and I loved getting to know the people in the town. I think this is a series I will look forward to continuing. In the end, this book didn’t blow me away, but it was a good read. Here is what I liked about Need You: I loved the small town setting. I thought the town sounded beautiful. I loved that it was surrounded by mountains and lakes. And I really love that in a small town book you really get to know a wide group of secondary characters. Especially when the series is going to be set up to be a group of interconnected standalones. Now all of the secondary characters can really come to life throughout the books…. Read more »

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Jul 21
{Review} Artificial Sweethearts by @JulieHammerle ‏@EntangledTeen

{Review} Artificial Sweethearts by @JulieHammerle ‏@EntangledTeen

Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle is the second book in the young adult contemporary North Pole, Minnesota series. I liked the first book in the series, Any Boy But You, but I enjoyed this book even more! Each of the books in the North Pole Minnesota series can be read as standalones, so you don’t have to read them in order, though if given the choice, I always prefer to read a series in order. Elena, the girl from the first book, only makes very small appearances in this story, so there isn’t much overlap. Artificial Sweethearts is the story of Sam and Tinka. I flat out loved Sam. He is the biggest sweetheart on the planet. And Tinka is so fabulously complex that I found her fascinating. Overall, this couple won me over. Here are the things that I loved about Artificial Sweethearts. Sam and Tinka are up front with each other right off the bat. That was so refreshing to see. Yes, Tinka had her own secrets that… Read more »

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Jul 19
{Review+Giveaway} Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer @Honeybourn @SwoonReads @FierceReads

{Review+Giveaway} Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer @Honeybourn @SwoonReads @FierceReads

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn is a young adult standalone contemporary romance. I loved this book. This is going to be a unique review because there were a few issues I had with the main character, but they really didn’t detract from my enjoyment one bit because while reading Wesley James Ruined My Life, I had a major case of perma-smile. I really really enjoyed myself while I was reading this story. It just had this adorable quality to it that I can’t pin point. Jennifer Honeybourn did a great job with the writing, because this book won me over big time. Wesley James Ruined My Life is the story of Quinn and her ex best friend turned bitter enemy Wesley. Wesley and Quinn used to be super close, then they had a huge falling out when they were younger and Wesley and his family moved away for five years. Quinn basically blames Wesley for every bad thing that is going on in her life. Now that Wesley… Read more »

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