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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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Dec 30
{Top 10 of 2016} Most Anticipated Books of 2017!

{Top 10 of 2016} Most Anticipated Books of 2017!

This year the event is being hosted by  Jaime of Two Chicks on Books , Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader,  Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales ,and Rachel of Fiktshun. Check out my other posts this week: Top 10 Covers of 2016 Top 10 New Adult Books Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2016 Today’s prompt is Most Anticipated Reads of 2017 WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2017? Let me know 🙂 To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win an ARC of The Diabolic (US only) Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Jun 16
{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} One Lucky Hero by @CodiGary @AvonImpulse

{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} One Lucky Hero by @CodiGary @AvonImpulse

One Lucky Hero is the first in a new, adult contemporary romance series, called the Men in Uniform series, by Codi Gary. I loved this book! plain and simple. I really loved it. I thought it was an awesome romance full of wit, sass and good times. If you are looking for a feel good romance, this is it. Violet and Dean (and Dilbert the dog!) totally won me over. They each have their own demons, but what I loved about them is that when they are around each other they seem to be so full of life. They can push each others demons away. They felt lighter when they were together, and that just made me smile. Plus I loved their back and forth banter. I have been really into books featuring military men in some way (I think I can blame it on watching American Grit…) and One Lucky Hero has to be one of my favorites. Dean can brood with the best of them. So if that… Read more »

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Dec 09
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Dirty Deeds by @MeganErickson_ @avonbooks

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Dirty Deeds by @MeganErickson_ @avonbooks

Dirty Deeds is the third book in the Mechanics of Love series by Megan Erickson. It is the story of Ivy’s sister- Alex. I am going to let you guys in on a little confession…I totally thought this was the second book in the series. I had no idea that Megan Erickson snuck book 2 by me completely. I am so bummed that I missed Brent’s story. I have to go back and read that ASAP. The second book is also where we find the link from the Payton boys to the new girl at their garage- Alex. ivy is Brent’s love interest from book 2, and Alex is her sister. I was able to figure it all out on my own, and wasn’t lost at all while reading, but it would have been nice to have known all that going in. (which is why I am telling you guys) Dirty Deeds is every bit as good as the first book, Dirty Thoughts. I might have even liked it more… Read more »

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Jul 25
{Review+Giveaway} Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber @TNZFiction @mchristineweber

{Review+Giveaway} Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber @TNZFiction @mchristineweber

Siren’s Fury is the second book in the young adult fantasy trilogy series by the same name. I absolutely LOVED the first book, Storm Siren. It was one of my favorite books of 2014. So I was super excited for Siren’s Fury to come out. Especially since Storm Siren ended on one um-dinger of a cliff hanger. I am starting to think that Mary Weber loves torturing us because Siren’s Fury both started out and ended with something that just about stopped my heart. I absolutely loved the ending though. I may or may not have actually hugged the book when I was done. #IsThatWeird? Siren’s Fury is not as heavy on the romance as the first one was. Rather, it is focused on the mounting war aspects and building up the history of the various nations involved. Mary Weber is a world building genius in my opinion. Her writing is not overt, but the magic is in the way that she subtly weaves in so many details, that this… Read more »

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Jun 26
{Review+Giveaway} Dirty Thoughts by @MeganErickson_ @avonbooks

{Review+Giveaway} Dirty Thoughts by @MeganErickson_ @avonbooks

Dirty Thoughts is the first book in a new New Adult series from Megan Erickson, called the Mechanics of Love series. I love Megan Erickson, so I was extremely excited that she had a new series out, and I don’t know why I was a little slow on the uptake, but I only realized who this series was about as soon as I started reading the book. Remember Max and Lea from Make it Right? Remember Max’s yummy older brothers- Cal and Brent? The Mechanics of Love series is their stories! Super exciting, right? Dirty Thoughts is Cal’s story. And it is a really sexy, fun and beautiful second chance love story. Cal was totally head over heels in love with his high school girlfriend, Jenna, and the feelings were mutual. For reasons that are revealed pretty early on in the story, they break up and Jenna moves away for ten years. Well, now she is back and Cal and Jenna’s chemistry is stronger than ever. Cal is a stubborn one, so there are… Read more »

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Jun 22
{Review} Crimson Bound by @RosamundHodge @BalzerandBray

{Review} Crimson Bound by @RosamundHodge @BalzerandBray

Crimson Bound is a standalone young adult fantasy. I am hesitant to call it a re-telling or even a re-imagining of Little Red Riding hood (or the Girl with No Hands, which I have not read) because it is so utterly unique and different from anything I have read, that it almost isn’t fair to Crimson Bound to be making those comparisons. I have not had the chance to read Cruel Beauty yet, but the book is basically at the very tippity top of my wishlist! I want it so bad, and I have to admit that I want it even worse after reading Crimson Bound. It is hard for me to put into words the way that Crimson Bound made me feel, and exactly why I loved it so much. But I do know this…it was the writing. Rosamund Hodge is an incredible story teller. Her writing feels rich and thick. Her words wrap you up so completely until you are a part of the world she is creating…. Read more »

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Jun 17
{Review+Giveaway} The Night We Said Yes by @LaurenGibaldi @HarperTeen

{Review+Giveaway} The Night We Said Yes by @LaurenGibaldi @HarperTeen

The Night We Said Yes is Author Lauren Gibaldi’s debut book. It is a really fun and cute story about a group of friends about to graduate high school. I love the layout and idea behind the story. The Night We Said Yes is told on two parallel timelines, featuring two different nights about a year apart from each other. Each night features the same group of friends, and each night is a night of saying yes. Meaning that whatever any one of the friends suggested doing, they did it. I love the idea of a night where you have to say yes to everything because you have no idea where it is going to lead to. Anything could happen. The Night We Said Yes is told in alternating chapters between the Now night and the Then night from a year prior. it was really cool reading back and forth between the two nights. I think I liked “then” night more, but I was more anxious to read the “now”… Read more »

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Jun 04
{Review} The Fill-in Boyfriend by @KasieWest @HarperTeen

{Review} The Fill-in Boyfriend by @KasieWest @HarperTeen

The Fill-in Boyfriend is Kasie West’s latest young adult contemporary romance. I loved her last book, On the Fence, so I was super excited to read The Fill-in Boyfriend. And I thought it was really cute. It dealt with some deeper friendship and self identity issues that were unexpected for me. I really liked the growth that Gia went through. She was a real winner in my book. That paired with the cute romance, made the Fill-in Boyfriend a hit for me. I ran into a couple of bumps with her friends, but I think they were intentionally pretty awful. Gia is a popular girl in her senior year. She is going to UCLA in the fall with  scholarship and a best friend as her roommate. Life seems pretty sweet, right? Well the book opens with Gia getting dumped in the parking lot before prom. So maybe not so sweet. But luckily for Gia, she meets Hayden- her fill-in boyfriend. I thought it was super cute how he wouldn’t tell… Read more »

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May 26
{Review+Giveaway} Illusionarium by Heather Dixon @GreenwillowBook

{Review+Giveaway} Illusionarium by Heather Dixon @GreenwillowBook

Illusionarium is a young adult fantasy novel that is super vivid. The sky is the limit with Heather Dixon’s Illusionists, and the world(s) she created are both captivating and freaky-deaky. I blew through Illusionarium in one quick sitting. This book grabbed me right from the start and I couldn’t put it down. The concept was crazier than I initially thought it would be, and I enjoyed the twists and turns that Heather had in store for Johnathan and the readers. Set sometime in the future, London as we know it is no more. Instead people live on airships. A deadly disease called the venem is spreading so rapidly. It is only affecting women, but once infected with the disease, 100% of the victims die within a week. Scientists are working as quickly as possible to try and find a cure. The nations best scientist and Johnathan’s father (the second best scientist) are called in to try and find the cure. Lady Florel is the top scientist and she has discovered… Read more »

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