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Mar 21
{Review} There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz

{Review} There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz

There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz is a young adult contemporary romance. It’s about an undercover prince and I have had such great success with the Entangled crush line that I so wanted to love this one. I really really did. But it just didn’t work for me. I’m not really sure why. Sara Hantz did a fine job with the writing, and I wouldn’t be opposed to reading another one of her books, but this plot wasn’t for me. And that is ok. If you think you would love a book about a mysterious guy who is really a prince, you should check out some of the reviews I have linked below. Lot’s of people really enjoyed this book. There’s Something about Nik is the story of Nik and Amber. Nik comes to an american boarding school and he is so clearly hiding a secret. And honestly, I liked Nik for the most part. I hated how everyone treated him. I mean they were all huge jerks and… Read more »

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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 15
{Review+Giveaway} Swinging At Love by @KendraHighley @entangledteen

{Review+Giveaway} Swinging At Love by @KendraHighley @entangledteen

Swinging at Love is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called the Suttonville Senitels by Kendra C. Highley. I was so excited when I found out about this book. Seriously. I read and LOVED The Bad Boy Bargain and I thought it was just going to be a standalone, so when I found out it was going to be a series centering around a baseball team. I thoroughly enjoyed Swinging at Love. Just as much as The Bad Boy Bargain. This series is a welcome smash hit for me! 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… Read more »

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Mar 09
{Review} Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

{Review} Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

Garden of Thorns is a young adult fantasy by Amber Mitchell. I love the concept behind this book. The Garden is a captivity like setting where girls are taken and forced to join a burlesque type troop and perform. The main character Rose escapes and immediately tangled with a group of rebels. They take off on an adventure with differing end goals. I really liked the concept of Garden of Thorns, but the book ended up being just ok. Plus, I do have to point out how beautiful the cover is! I seriously love it! Rayce and Rose are the two main characters in this story, and while I liked them both well enough, something was missing for me. I’m not really sure what it is, and that is the frustrating part. I guess I was just wishing for more on all fronts. I wanted more description for sure. I was very unclear on a lot of aspects of the garden. Where did they get the girls from. Was it… Read more »

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Mar 01
{Review+Kindle Fire Giveaway} Off the Ice by @JulieCross1980 @EntangledTEEN

{Review+Kindle Fire Giveaway} Off the Ice by @JulieCross1980 @EntangledTEEN

Off the Ice is the first book in the young adult Juniper Falls series by Julie Cross. I have read a bunch of Julie’s books, and I love how diverse of an author she is. She can write all genres and moods of stories. I really enjoyed Off the Ice and I can’t wait to continue on in the series. It was a bit more drama filled than I was expecting. This is not a super light and fluffy young adult contemporary. This story has some grit to it. Off The Ice is the story of Claire and Tate. I liked both Claire and Tate but it took me some time to warm up to them. I didn’t instantly fall in love with them. In fact, the whole story takes some time to warm up. Off the Ice has a slower, more deliberate pace than some of Julie’s other stories. I could even see this story appealing to both young adult and new adult fans. It is upper young adult… Read more »

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Feb 27
{Author Spotlight +Giveaway} Heather Hildenbrand @HeatherHildenbr

{Author Spotlight +Giveaway} Heather Hildenbrand @HeatherHildenbr

For my blogoversary this year, I am hosting several authors that I have discovered through my six year blogging journey. I will be sharing book spotlights, author interviews, guest posts and lots of other fun features to share with you some of my favorite authors! I am also hosting a HUGE giveaway. In fact, the giveaway is the biggest I have ever hosted on my blog, and each of the authors featured has a prize in the giveaway, so be sure to check that out! Today I have Heather Hildenbrand on the blog. She is going to be sharing one of my favorite series of hers! The Dirty Blood series! So be sure to check it out, and be sure to enter the giveaway down below! You can win a SIGNED copy of the fifth book in the Dirty Blood series, Broken Blood! Other books in the Dirty Blood Series You can find more information about all of her books on Goodreads- HERE And if that is not exciting enough,… Read more »

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Feb 24
{Author Interview} Riven by Jane Alvey Harris

{Author Interview} Riven by Jane Alvey Harris

Today I am really excited to have Author Jane Alvey Harris here as part of my 6 year Blogoversary, for an interview. I will have a couple of interviews from authors today and tomorrow, and today there is going to be a HUGE giveaway with so many awesome prizes! (and one of the prizes will be a copy of this book! hinthintwinkwink! So be sure to come back in a bit and check it out!) What inspired you to create Riven and the My Myth Trilogy series? Honestly, when I began writing Riven, I was just looking for relief. I was struggling through a really dark time in my life and was doing therapy with an amazing counselor who encouraged me to write. I didn’t have a synopsis or even an outline; I was just writing scenes from my head and connecting them together. It took me a couple years to get the first draft out and even longer to realize what the story was really about. Somewhere in the… Read more »

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Feb 22
{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

Weariland is a young adult fantasy retelling by Mary Shotwell. Weariland is perfect for fans new and old alike of alice in wonderland. Weariland is a modern day take on wonderland. I really enjoyed this story. You might know by now that Wonderland retellings are my favorite kind of retelling, because I feel like there is so much the author has to work with. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics. I love how magical it all is, there are so many cool characters to work with. Wonderland is a complete world, so there are just a million different directions a retelling can go. Weariland takes place a few generations after the story of Wonderland leaves off. Here we get to see Alice’s granddaughter, Lason. And Wonderland is not the same place we knew from the classic tale. It is now a place called weariland and the Queen of Souls rules over the land. I loved this broken and creepy concept. This felt like a dark tale. I… Read more »

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Feb 21
{Review+Giveaway} Any Boy But You by @JulieHammerle @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Any Boy But You by @JulieHammerle @EntangledTeen

Any Boy but You is the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called North Pole Minnesota by Julie Hammerle. I have Julie’s other book, the Sound of Us sitting on my TBR pile, but after having read Any Boy But You, I need to bump it up the pile. Because Any Boy But You was super cute. I loved the concept behind it. Elena and Oliver start texting anonymously through a popular app game, but little do they know they are from rival sporting goods families. I cracked up when I saw the concept behind the story. Like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but for the texting and app generation. It was super cute. I totally dug the fun and flirty writing style, and I adored the characters. The book is set up in my favorite narration style as well…dual narrative with both Elena and Oliver’s points of view. The writing in Any Boy But You is great. It is quipy, with plenty of pop culture… Read more »

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Feb 16
{Review+Giveaway} Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is the sixth book in the Creative HeArts series, and the second, and final :(,  book in the Finn and Willa trilogy by Emily McKay. I have still not read the fourth or fifth book in the series,  but I have read books 1-3. I have said it before and I will say it again, I freakin love the way this series is done. Let me try and break it down for you, because it can be kind of confusing. The Creative HeArts series is all set at the same performing arts high school in Texas. There will be somewhere between 8-11 books in the series, and it will center around 4 different couples (at this time anyway). Each of the couples will get their own duology or trilogy, and each trilogy is written by a different author. But the books in the overall Creative HeArts series will rotate through each one of the three couples, so no two sequential books will be about the… Read more »

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