Showing posts from June, 2017

Cloudy Jewel by Grace Livingston Hill

A older woman who never had a family of her own cared for others her entire life, until two unexpected people came and cared for her.
Goodreads blurb;
“Gentle Julia Cloud has devoted her life to caring for others. After her invalids mother’s death, she is without financial means to live on her own. Having just rejected her cruel and selfish youngers sister’s offer to come live with her-she is forced to thinking of a bleak future. Then out of the blue her niece and nephew appear to proposition her into joining them in a new exciting adventure. Through her new adventures and experiences more love and happiness than she could ever imagine.”

This book was heartwarming and refreshing to read. It reminded me heavily of Aunt Cretes Emancipation but more fleshed out, kind of what would have happened if the book was longer. I truly enjoyed the love the niece and nephew showered on Cloudy Jewel but more so how they appreciated, loved, and truly listened to her opinions. If Julia’s opinion was se…

July Releases

here are the this month's new releases

July 4th
Blurb: Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win? July 11th
Blurb: The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper …

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Goodreads Blurb: The untold story of Thomas Jefferson's slave children

Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jefferson's children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, and while they do get special treatment - better work, better shoes, even violin lessons - they are still slaves, and are never to mention who their father is. The lighter-skinned children have been promised a chance to escape into white society, but what does this mean for the children who look more like their mother? As each child grows up, their questions about slavery and freedom become tougher, calling into question the real meaning of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Told in three parts from the points of view of three of Jefferson's slaves - Beverly, Madison, and a third boy close to the Hemings family - these engaging and poignant voices shed light on what life was like as one of Jefferson's invisible offspring.
My Thoug…

The Walking Land by Callie Bates

“Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter, but when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.
Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reconcile with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.
Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.”

I got this book as a part of an ARC giveaway at bookcon. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author, I simply looked at the cover and I knew it was something I would like. I have to say the cover did the book complete justice.
I’m hoping that the fina…

The Dark Prophecy (trials of Apollo 2) by Rick Riordan

Blurb: Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he's gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . . My thoughts: I love Rick Riordan's books. i have read every single book he has ever …

The Villains Trilogy by Serena Valentino

The Villains Trilogy by Serena Valentino
Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen
Goodreads Blurb: The tale of the young princess and her evil stepmother, the Wicked Queen, is widely known. Despite a few variations from telling to telling, the story remains the same—the Queen was jealous of the girl’s beauty, and this jealousy culminated in the Queen’s attempt on the sweet, naive girl’s life.

Another tale far less often spoken of is the one that explains what caused the Queen to become so contemptuously vile. Still, some have attempted to guess at the reason. Perhaps the Queen’s true nature was that of a wicked hag and her beautiful, regal appearance a disguise used to fool the King. Others claim that the Queen might have hated the girl for her resemblance to the King’s first wife. Mostly, the Queen is painted as a morally abhorrent woman who never loved another being during the course of her miserable life.

In fact, the theories about exactly what cause the Queen’s obsessive vanity …

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

“It began as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person."
Love Letters to the Dead is told in letter format to several deceased persons- from Janis Joplin to Amelia Earhart. It tells a story of a girl named Laurel who needs to accept and write the truth of what happened to her, in order to accept what happened to her older sister, May. Through these letters-she can begin to accept herself as well as the person her sister was.

I never actually intended to finish reading this book. It belongs to my younger sister and I desperately needed a book to read. Therefore, I picked it up, read the description, and thought “eh..this will do”. The main character Laurel is boring and quite frankly annoyed me. For the rest of the story, especially what happens to May, I was trapped. It took my emotions and life experiences and made me look at them face on. My overall thoughts of the book are conflicted I enjoyed it and it made me emotional but I also hated it.…

Taming a Maverick (streling shore 11) by C.M.Owen

Sorry for not having a post out for Monday but i will try my best to get a post up every week from now on.
Blurb: SALEM 

Just some fun. Just one night of reckless, harmless, wild fun. 

That's what I told myself the night I hooked up with quite possibly the sexiest guy I've ever known. Only, I didn't want to KNOW him. Life is a series of temporary situations, or so it's always been for me. A future revolves around the next move, but I'm still the type to live in the moment on a seldom occasion, consequences be damned. 

Unless that moment happens to be unknowingly landing in bed with my brand new stepbrother. The universe is a mean, twisted jerk. And one consequence is that I have to be around him and get to know him. The worst consequence is the fact that Maverick Sterling, the infamous playboy who can't possibly be tamed, is really hard not to want more of once you've had a taste. So long as I'm not stupid enough to fall in love, it shouldn't be a big de…

When Nobody Was Watching by Carli Lloyd

When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer by Carli Lloyd
Goodreads Blurb: From the celebrated star of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there.

“If a player trains when nobody is watching, she might be able to do superhuman things when the entire world is watching. Like scoring a hat trick in the first sixteen minutes of a World Cup final, an eventual 5–2 victory over Japan. Or topping off that hat trick with an astonishing fifty-yard strike from midfield, the greatest goal in U.S. soccer history, a shot so audacious that it's surprising to learn that Lloyd had actually practiced it for years with [James] Galanis on an empty field in New Jersey, far from any crowds.” – Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated

In 2015, the U.S .Women’s National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in sixteen years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a g…

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

A fifteen year old girl who is goofing off with her friends discovers she is the missing girl on the milk carton. Skeptical and unsure of her “parents”, she begins to put together information to complete the full picture.
I picked this book up on a whim from a local thrift book shop. It is for middle school/younger teenagers and I was just looking for an easy summer read. I enjoyed the plot and it was entertaining. There was just enough information and thrill to keep the reader entertained, especially when finding out the truth of how she got to her new family. The book was entertaining enough I bought the rest of the books from Thriftbooks. Figured I’d read them and then pass them down the future generations and my younger sister. I would recommend for middle school or freshman/sophomores to read...I'll make another post when I finish the other books.

Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby by William Ritter
Goodreads Blurb: “Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets

Heartbreak for Two by Maysie Greig

I actually found this book at a local thrift bookstore. When I went to add it to my “To-read” list on Goodreads, there was no book listed, so I had to make my own entry. There was a different titled that it was published in England and there is no entry for that title either.
Goodreads blurb;
“When Jacqueline Brooks was detailed to chauffeur Major Wilson’s car, it was poetic justice. Major Wilson was the son of her late father’s chauffeur. Then Roderick Tresmond, son of Lord Mandon asked her to marry him. Simply by explaining that he was not in love with anyone else at the time and it would be a “suitable” marriage. Having accepted a proposal by one of these men she was faced with a decision of choosing a man she thought she loved and the man who needed her. Maysie Grieg’s story of Jackie’s disillusionment and love in wartime England is told with poignant tenderness”

This book was a good hearted light read, it reminded me of a movie one would see from the 1940/50’s. It’s based in World…

Tomb of Khan ( Assassin's Creed: Last descendant 2) by Matthew Kirby

Sorry for posting so late in the day. I want update everyone on a post that i put out a couple of weeks ago. For the June releases i told you that Xander book 2 will be out on the 25th. well that dat has been changed to July 20th. now into the review: Blurb: In "Last Descendants," Owen and a group of other teens located the first piece of an ancient and powerful relic long considered a legend-the Trident of Eden. This piece was sought by the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order, but before either organization could take the piece, it was stolen by an unknown, third party. The tenuous relationship between Owen and the teens fractured, with some taking sides with the Templars, and others with the Assassins.
"Last Descendants" book 2 picks up weeks after the events of book 1. There are still two pieces of the Trident of Eden to find, and both groups are determined to not repeat their mistakes. The next piece is said to have been buried with Mongol Warlord Geng…

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.


A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.


Once and for All

I’m an avid Sarah Dessen reader and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on (and signed!) at Bookcon. I’m always nervous about reading the new book from a favorite author, silently hoping it lives up to what I’ve built up in my head. Well let me tell you, it definitely did!!
This entire book felt real down to the cynicism and critiquing of the weddings from Natalie and William, to the realistic view of today’s dating from Ambrose, to how prevalent and worldwide school shootings are and how much they impact the families and loved ones of victims.
The book touched on the sensitive topic of losing a loved one, especially a walk-in-the-sunset love, at a young age and how it is hard to find oneself afterwards. It shows a mature understanding and hopefully a reassurance to any young reader who can gone through such a thing, that you will love and find yourself again.
Once and for All felt more mature than other Sarah Dessen books and I think that’s good because her readers are getting older.


The Hooker and the Hermit (rugby 1) by L.H. Cosway & Penny Ried

Blurb: Blogging as *The Socialmedialite*
April 22
LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!

You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the anger management issues, the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy.

Well, I have a confession to make…


Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.


Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—s…

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Goodreads Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
My thoughts: I have a weird obsession with Jack the Ripper, can’t explain why but I find his history fascinating.I am also a fan of James Patterson who has a hand in this book so those two factors caught my attention. I love how Kerri put her twist on the “monster” jack the Ripper and I was completely blown away but the ending of this story, I had to read it…

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Goodreads blurb;
“When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. When Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot Meg never told her. About her roommates, Ben McAllister, and about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open. Until she does and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.”
I went to Emily’s house one day and she had gone through her To Be Read books to look and see if she was still interested in them. This book was in the pile she was going to donate. I picked up this book, read the description, and much like Love Letters to the Dead I thought, “Eh...this will do”. There are a few moments where I was disappointed, such as the romance aspect of the novel, but for the most part I enjoyed it. The characters were fleshed out and the plot was solid but I overall…

When It's Real by Erin Watt

Blurb: Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star's fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author duo Erin Watt Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.  There's nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star's got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he's settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.  Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley's image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers t…

Falling Down is Free for a limited time!!!!!

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UK: BN: iTunes: Kobo: Blurb: I was twelve when I started crushing on him. I was seventeen when I met him by chance and our connection was made. Now here I am, twenty-three, and I’m one of the two actresses in the video for his band’s latest single. Jesse Kingston is a tall, dark, and gorgeous temptation I’m finding hard to resist. It ends up not being as simple as doing a job and going home. It can’t be when he continually makes his presence known with his not-so-innocent touches and sexy words. There is no avoiding him and after spending so much time with him, I’m not sure I want to. So, when he proposes a weekend together, knowing I should say no, I throw caution to the wind and instead I say yes. I’m going to ignore the warning signs and do what I normally wouldn’t--I’m going to give in to my desir…

Bookcon Afterthoughts

As many avid readers know, this past weekend was Bookcon in New York. It was amazing. It was great getting to meet individuals who are as passionate of reading as I am. Also, I was able to get a ticket to meet, one of my favorite authors, Sarah Dessen!! She was definitely sweet and down to earth. Other than that I wasn’t able to meet any other of my favorite authors, besides a few ARC/Galley giveaways that were signed by the author. Only downside was being stuck in a mob-like-group of three hundred people when I was trying to just get to the other side and having to push my way out. Also, getting up at 3 and 4 am was not a highlight, but definitely a bonding moment with my friends/fellow bloggers Emily and Leah.

Make sure to check our Instagram soon to see our individual hauls from this weekend!

Bookcon madness

Well bookcon was a success this weekend. I got to meet all of my authors that I wanted to. Super happy about that. I meet people from all over the world and from other states. So much swag but who does not love swag. The only thing I didn't like was have to wake up at 3 in the morning to get there but it was worth it. I had an amazing time and if you ever get the chance to go to bookcon go.

Pirates! by Celia Rees

Pirates! By Celia Rees
Goodreads Blurb: Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family's plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother's willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates.

For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a society where both are treated like property, rather than individuals. Together they go in search of adventure, love, and a new life that breaks all restrictions of gender, race, and position. Told through Nancy's writings, their adventures will appeal to readers across the spectrum and around the world.
My thoughts:I personally have a high interest in pirates, even before the Pirates of the Caribbean came out. This particular story interest me because two girls from different backgrounds are in a sense forced into piracy in order to find freedom. From the start of the st…

The Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill

Shirley Hollister is the oldest sibling who is the caretaker and provider for her family and sick mother. With these responsibilities, she never became pessimistic but remained humble and loving. When the lease on their city home comes to an end- Shirley is forced into looking for other accommodations for her family. When she least expects it she finds a Barn 10 minutes out of town, that will fit her family perfectly. When locating the barn’s owner, she finds rich and loving Sidney Graham. Slowly he turns the barn into a real home, but without Shirley’s permission. When revealed- their true hearts are shown as well.

Growing up, my mother always told me of this book. So when I recieved the shipment of Grace Livingston Hill novels, I made sure to read it first. The description I gave makes it sound as if it is only a romance novel, but I assure you there is adventure and excitement in it as well. I honestly couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. I highly recommend it.

June release

Below is all of the books that i think will be good for the month of June:

June 6th 
Blurb: Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romanti…