Tag: 4.5/5 gavels

Mar 16
{Review+Giveaway} Traveler by @LE_DeLano @SwoonReads

{Review+Giveaway} Traveler by @LE_DeLano @SwoonReads

Traveler is the first book in the young adult science fiction/time travel series by the same name from author L. E. Delano. This is L. E. Delano’s first book. I really loved this story. I found it to be a really cool concept that I think will be even more fleshed out in the upcoming books. So you can imagine my surprise when I head over to goodreads and I start seeing some two star reviews. I was shocked in fact. But that just goes to show that different books will work out differently for different people. Traveler is the story of Jessa and Finn. And bear with me, because while this review is not necessarily spoilery, it does explain the concept of the book because I think the concept is so freakin’ cool!  Jessa is just this normal girl until the guy that she has been seeing in all of her dreams shows up in real life and tells her that she is in danger. And things are just… Read more »

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Mar 02
{Review} THE WRIGHT BROTHER by K.A. LINDE @authorkalinde

{Review} THE WRIGHT BROTHER by K.A. LINDE @authorkalinde

The Wright Brother is the first book in the new adult/adult contemporary romance series, called The Wright series by K.A. Linde. I read another one of her books, Avoiding Commitment, back in 2013 and I really enjoyed it so I was excited to start a different series from her. It follows my favorite kind of series format for contemporary romances. Each book is set in the same world, but follows a different couple. I love this because it is kind of a standalone, kind of a series. You can pick and choose which books you want to read and if you really don’t like one of the characters you can skip their series. I can already tell that this is a series, where I will not be skipping any of the books. I am already kind of obsessed with each of the Wright brothers, and if they are all half as awesome as Jensen, I am in for a big treat with every story. The Wright Brother is the Jensen… Read more »

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Feb 17
{Review+Giveaway} Riveted by @JayCrownover @Morrow_PB

{Review+Giveaway} Riveted by @JayCrownover @Morrow_PB

RIVETED by Jay Crownover is the third title in her Saints of Denver Series, which is a spinoff of her Marked Men Series. Riveted is a new adult contemporary romance. I have not read any of the books in either of these series, and even though each of the books can be read as standalones, i really regret not having read books 1 and 2 in the Saints of Denver Series. Because I already love these characters and I want to know their stories! Riveted had me completely riveted from the very first page. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist) This book is seriously so good y’all! Riveted is the story of Dixie Carmichael and Dash ‘Church’ Churchill. I loved the stark differences between Dixie and Church. Dixie is this eternal optimist. A total hopeless romantic that believes in the perfect fairy tale love story. I loved Dixie. You can’t help but want her to get her happy ending. And Church is jaded. Very jaded. How can he not be from his past…. Read more »

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Feb 01
{Review+Giveaway} Frostblood by @Elly_Blake @TheNovl

{Review+Giveaway} Frostblood by @Elly_Blake @TheNovl

Frostblood is the first book in the young adult fantasy Frostblood Saga series by Elly Blake. Frostblood is author Elly Blake’s debut novel, and I have to say, I was super impressed with it. I loved the lore and myths behind the Firebloods and the Frostbloods. I found it to be super interesting, and in a world where every idea feels like a derivation of another, I couldn’t find another book that was quite like this one. The take on fire and ice wielders felt fresh and interesting. I really loved Frostblood and I am super pumped for Fireblood. (and I crazy excited that the third book is called darkblood because after reading book one, that titles gives me all kinds of awesome ideas about what might be coming in the future of this series.) One thing is for sure, Elly Blake is an author to keep your eye on. She is going to have so many more awesome books for us in the future. I just know it. Ruby… Read more »

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Jan 30
{ARC Review} Caraval by Stephanie Garber @sgarbergirl @FierceReads @Flatironbooks

{ARC Review} Caraval by Stephanie Garber @sgarbergirl @FierceReads @Flatironbooks

Caraval is the first book in a new, young adult fantasy series of the same name by author Stephanie Garber. Caraval has gotten so much excellent hype that when I grabbed a copy at ALA last year, I could hardly contain myself. I am always a little weary of books that have so, so much hype surrounding them, but I am happy to say that Caraval certainly delivered. And then some. I loved this book and I cannot wait for book 2 when we get a chance to journey back to this magical world Stephanie Garber created. Caraval does have a romance in it, and it was a romance that I really enjoyed, but what I liked even more than the romance was that the main characters, and main focus, of this book were the two sisters. It was really refreshing to see such a great bond between them. And trust me, no matter what your initial impressions might be, there is a great bond between the two girls. Scarlet… Read more »

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Jan 10
{Review} Love and First Sight by @JoshSundquist @TheNovl

{Review} Love and First Sight by @JoshSundquist @TheNovl

Love and First Sight is a young adult standalone romance by Josh Sundquist. This is the first novel I have read by Mr. Sundquist and I was so delighted by it. I immediately fell in love with the main character Will. I found him to be hilarious, bright and so personable. And his story was fresh, engaging and totally heartfelt. Love and First Sight made me think. What would I do in Will’s position? I honestly have no idea, but I loved that Josh Sundquist completely made me step into Will’s shoes and give that question some thought. Will was born completely blind, and our story starts in high school when he is first attempting to mainstream into a normal high school. I loved watching his interactions with everyone on his first day. He cracked me up right from the first page. I really enjoyed Cecily and all of Will’s other friends as well, but Will was the star of this show for me. I was totally enamored with him… Read more »

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Nov 15
{Review+Giveaway} The Bad Boy Bargain by @KendraHighley @entangledteen

{Review+Giveaway} The Bad Boy Bargain by @KendraHighley @entangledteen

The Bad Boy Bargain is a young adult contemporary standalone romance by author Kendra C. Highley. This book is chock full of cuteness. That is the best way to describe it. It is like a smile in a box. I thoroughly enjoyed The Bad Boy Bargain. Lately I have been finding myself gravitating more towards New Adult for my contemporary romances, and young adult for my fantasies. Oftentimes I am finding young adult contemporaries just a bit too immature in the characters. But the big exception to this seems to be the Entangled Crush line. I really enjoy their YA romances for the most part. (And I don’t think that just because a book is young adult that the characters get a free pass on being immature- not all young adults are immature, and I expect that to follow through in YA books too!) The main characters in The Bad Boy Bargain were a breath of fresh air in this regard. And yes, even though the book had a “revenge”… Read more »

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Nov 03
{Mini Review+Interview} We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

{Mini Review+Interview} We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

When and how did you guys decide to work on this book together? What inspired WeAre Still Tornadoes? Michael: Well, I’ve written a couple epistolary novels over the years – The Locklear Letters and Everybody Says Hello. In both of them, the readers only saw one side of the correspondence and had to use their own imaginations to fill in the other side, which I hope was fun for them. I had the idea of writing an epistolary novel where the reader would see both correspondents’ letters, and specifically the idea of having two friends write to each other when one goes off to high school and the other stays home. I wanted one of the friends to be a boy and one to be a girl, but I was worried about the authenticity of the girl’s letters. I’ve read a few novels by male writers where they have tried to write in a woman’s voice, and they didn’t ring true to me. So I just kept that in the back of my… Read more »

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Oct 28
{Review} Chasing Rabbits by @Erin_Bedford

{Review} Chasing Rabbits by @Erin_Bedford

Chasing Rabbits is the first book in The Underground series by Erin R. Bedford. The Underground series is a new adult fantasy romance that is a really cool take on Wonderland. Think Alice in Wonderland, mixed with the Fae. Wonderland is really called the Underground and it composed of shadowlands, inbetweens and both the seelie and unseelie courts. I absolutely delighted in Erin Bedford’s take on the story. I thought it maintained the perfect craziness of Wonderland, which mixing in perfectly suited Fae fantasy elements. I think it is the perfect marriage actually. I loved this book, and I have already started read the second one. I couldn’t help myself. I needed more! The main character of Chasing Rabbits is Katherine. A young woman who stumbles into Wonderland chasing a rabbit. Sound familiar? Well, trust me, she is no Alice and though the characters might seem similar this is not the same tale of Alice in Wonderland you are used to. However; lots of my favorite elements were there. I… Read more »

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Oct 25
{Brief Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield @MegWestfield @EPEmbrace

{Brief Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield @MegWestfield @EPEmbrace

Lessons in Gravity is such a magical read. I really, really loved this one. In fact, I think it is one of my favorite reads of the year. Lessons in Gravity is a new adult contemporary romance between a famous rock climber ready to take on his biggest climb ever and a documentary filmmaker hopeful determined to be a success at her internship. I loved the setup of this story, and the only reason my review is not 7 paragraphs long is because there is a big spoiler in this story, and I am unaware of how to write about some of the details without broaching the subject and I am also unaware of how to not get overly gushy with everything I write. So I am going to keep this one brief, and give you the takeaway right now- you need to read this book. I love Josh and April. But mostly Josh. Ok, that is not entirely fair because April is an excellent character. She is spunky and… Read more »

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