Posts By: Michelle @ Book Briefs

Apr 12
{Review} Twist by Kylie Scott @KylieScottbooks @StMartinsPress

{Review} Twist by Kylie Scott @KylieScottbooks @StMartinsPress

Twist is the second book in the Dive Bar by Kylie Scott. This series is an adult contemporary romance series, and it is a spin off of her Stage Dive Series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dirty, but you don’t have to read Dirty before you read Twist. Each of the books in the Dive Bar series can be read as standalones.   I really like the Dive Bar world and the characters are great. I am so happy that I have read this series from the beginning (Lately, I have had this habit of picking up books in the middle of series, which most of the time works out just fine because they can be read as standalones, but I sometimes forget how much fun it is to revisit your favorite characters and how much it adds to the series if you know the characters really well.)  This is a series that I know I will be continuing. Twist is the story of Jo and Alex,… Read more »

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Apr 11
{Review+Random Things+Giveaway} TOWARD A SECRET SKY by @HeatherMaclean @BlinkYABooks ‏

{Review+Random Things+Giveaway} TOWARD A SECRET SKY by @HeatherMaclean @BlinkYABooks ‏

Toward a Secret Sky is a young adult supernatural romance by Heather Maclean. It has been a long while since I have read fantasy in the supernatural genre. I tend to lean more towards the paranormal side of things and the magic fantasy side of things, but I really really enjoyed Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean. It made me want to find some other supernatural romances to pick up, in fact. Toward a Secret Sky is the start to Maren’s story. And unfortunately, it starts off in the sad way that many YA books do, with Maren losing the last of her parents. Right before she is sent off to live with relatives in Scotland that she has never met, she finds a cryptic note from her mother warning her of danger and telling her to trust no one. Yes, I am so in. The story that follows was very quest like, which I loved. It reminded me a bit of National Treasure and I know other people… Read more »

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Apr 11
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Duels and Deception by @CindyAnstey @Swoonreads

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Duels and Deception by @CindyAnstey @Swoonreads

Cindy Anstey has done it again! Love, Lies and Spies was one of my favorite books of 2016. And now Duels and Deception is one of my favorite reads of 2017! I just love Cindy’s books. Duels and Deception is a companion novel, set in the same time period as Love Lies and Spies. So while you do not need to read Love Lies and Spies to understand Duels and Deception, both of these books are seriously so good that you need to read both. Trust me on that one! Duels and Deception is a young adult historical romance by Cindy Anstey. Young Adult historical is a genre that I don’t read too much of…not because I don’t enjoy it. When it is is well done, I love it. But I am super picky when it comes to the writing and world building in my historical books. And Cindy Anstey has the historical writing IT FACTOR in spades. I felt like I was reading a young adult Oscar Wilde. Cindy is… Read more »

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Apr 10
{Review+Giveaway} Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis @AuthorJennifer

{Review+Giveaway} Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis @AuthorJennifer

*Please note: This is a series that must be read in order. If you are new to this fantastic series, check out the first book, Cage of Deceit!* Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis is the second in a young adult series called the Reign of Secrets series. It is a young adult fantasy series that totally rocked my world! The first book, Cage of Deceit was my favorite books of 2015. And it continues to be one of my favorite fantasy series I have ever read. It is seriously that good.  As soon as I finished the first book, I was dying and I do mean dying to get my hands on the second book. So as soon as I got an advanced copy of Cage of Darkness, I immediately went on a binge read fest. I re-read book 1, and I loved it just as much as the first time reading it. And then I dove directly into book two. I loved the disclaimer that she put on page… Read more »

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Apr 07
{Review} 72 Hours by @BellaJewel73 @StMartinsPress

{Review} 72 Hours by @BellaJewel73 @StMartinsPress

  72 Hours is a romantic suspense novel from author Bella Jewel. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Jewel and I have to say I really dug it. The suspense part was a little heavier than the romance part, but there was a still a kind of cool concept second chance romance featured in this one. All in all, if you are a fan of creepy suspense/thriller novels, you will not want to miss 72 hours. Lara and Noah used to date but they wouldn’t call each other friends now. But they are unwittingly picked to star in this creepy, and sick and creepy guy’s twisted version of a game. A life or death game. I was so icked out by the villain in this book. He is someone that will keep you up at night. That is the level of his twisted desires. I loved Lara and Noah. I thought they were really strong characters and they stood up well to the masterful suspense plot-line…. Read more »

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Apr 05
{Review+Giveaway} Zenn Diagram by @WendyJoBrant @KCPLoft ‏

{Review+Giveaway} Zenn Diagram by @WendyJoBrant @KCPLoft ‏

Zenn Diagram is ayoung adult magical realism novel by Wendy Brant. Zenn Diagram was a super cute read that I quickly finished in one setting. It left me with a big smile on my face. It kind of reminded me of the last magical realism book I read, and loved, The Secret of  Heart Note. It was an adorable, quick and light hearted read. Zenn Diagram is the story of Eva, who is a big math lover. I found Eva totally adorable. All on her own, but when you add in her unique gift she became extra interesting. You see, Eva can touch someone and know their thoughts and feelings. But what is even cooler, she can touch an object and know someone’s emotions and experiences as it pertains to that object. For example, she can touch someone’s graphing calculator and figure out what area of math is giving them troubles and is able to help them really easily. She makes a kick butt math tutor. Seriously, I thought this… Read more »

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Apr 05
{Review+Top 10+Giveaway} Spurt by Chris Miles @simonschuster ‏

{Review+Top 10+Giveaway} Spurt by Chris Miles @simonschuster ‏

Spurt is a young adult humorous contemporary by Chris Miles. It features a guy named Jack who has not yet gone through puberty and he decides to fake it to fit in with his friends. Stop. Stop right there, I didn’t need to read any further. Christ Miles already had me. Spurt is a hilarious book. It is a book I think will appeal to all readers of all ages and genders. I really can’t say enough good things about this book, other than it was a blast. All of Jack’s friends have either gone through or are currently going through puberty and he feels left in the dust…so he comes up with a genius idea…he can just fake puberty. I still crack up every time I think about this, because puberty is no fun for anyone, so I can’t imagine faking it is any more fun. But either way, Spurt was a hilarious ride through Jack’s various antics with his friends. The humor is spurt is at times outlandish,… Read more »

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Apr 04
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Perfect by @Cecelia_Ahern @FierceReads

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Perfect by @Cecelia_Ahern @FierceReads

I am so excited that PERFECT by C is available now and that I get to share the news! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Cecelia Ahern, be sure to check out all the details below.   This blitz also includes a giveaway for 2 sets of finished copies of FLAWED & PERFECT courtesy of Fierce Reads and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.    Title: PERFECT (Flawed #2) Author: Cecelia Ahern Pub. Date: April 1, 2017 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Pages: 352 Find it: Amazon, B&N, Audible, iBooks, Goodreads              Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone.             Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust.        … Read more »

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Apr 04
{Review} So Twisted by Melissa Marino @MelissaWrites2 @ForeverRomance

{Review} So Twisted by Melissa Marino @MelissaWrites2 @ForeverRomance

So Twisted is the first book in the bad behavior series by author Melissa Marino. The Bad Behavior series is a series of standalone contemporary romances that straddle the line between new adult and adult. I would still put them in the new adult category because the main character for So Twisted was in her twenties. But I can easily see this appealing to fans of both new adult and adult contemporary romances. So Twisted is a feel good romance and is a very quick read. It had its’ fair share of funny moments too. (And some moments that made me beyond embarrassed.) Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and I can’t wait to read books 2 and 3 of the series, both of which are already out. Binge readathon, anyone?? So Twisted is told in dual narrative between the two main characters, Callie and Aaron. Aaron is a single dad and Callie is the new live in nanny. While the overall story line is rather predictable (we all know… Read more »

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Apr 03
{Review+Giveaway} Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

{Review+Giveaway} Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong is a young adult magical fantasy by S. Jae-Jones. Wintersong is the story of the Goblin king. It is also a retelling of Labyrinth, but I know very little of that story so I can’t really speak on how good or bad of a retelling it was in that regard. But I can tell you that this was an enjoyable story with lots of music woven in. I liked the musical elements of the tale best. Overall, I found this story to be lacking…something…but I don’t really know exactly what it was. I’m not really sure it was that was holding me back from going from like to love with this one, but it was something. Overall though, Wintersong was a good read. I enjoyed it. Wintersong is the story of the Goblin King and Liesl. I loved the musical feel of the writing. Music plays a big part in the storyline of Wintersong but it also played a part in the flow of the story. Author S. Jae-Jones… Read more »

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