Monday, July 31, 2017

August releases

sorry for posting so late today but below are all of the books that i think will be a good read for the month of August:

August  1st
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Blurb:
A contemporary YA perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Jessi Kirby, THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who accidentally caused her best friend’s death and, a year later, is still grappling with the consequences.

Before:
Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.

After:
It's been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn't racked with guilt over her role in her best friend's death. Dara thought nothing could be worse than confronting the memories of Aubrey that relentlessly haunt her, but she soon realizes it isn't half as difficult as seeing Ethan, Aubrey's brother, every day. Not just because he's a walking reminder of what she did, but because the more her feelings for him change, the more she knows she's betraying her best friend one final time.
August 8th
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Blurb:
After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories.

But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must now harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.

With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

Reunited is the heart-pounding conclusion to the Reawakened series. 

It is time for Lily to find her sunset.
August 14th
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Blurb:
Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him?? 

Sexy. As. Hell. 

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really. 

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after. 

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely. 

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts. 

Any woman would be proud to call him hers. 

But there’s only one woman he wants. 

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her. 

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits. 

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

August 22nd 
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Blurb:
The third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, everyone called her a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s.

Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.

When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid.

But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?
August 28th
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Blurb:
These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.
 
August 29th
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Blurb:
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
 

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Blurb:
New York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….
 

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Blurb:
In the fast-paced, high-stakes conclusion to Caragh M. O'Brien's Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie travels to a derelict theme park to shut down dream mining once and for all.

Driven by fear when Dean Berg kidnaps her family, Rosie Sinclair strikes out across the country to rescue them. When an elusive trail leads her to Grisly Valley, the contaminated ruin of a horror theme park, Rosie has to consider that Berg may once again be manipulating her every move to make her fearful, priming her for a final, lethal dream mining procedure. As Rosie struggles to outmaneuver Berg, she unearths the ultimate vault of dreamers and the hint of a consciousness more powerful and dangerous than any she's imagined before. Faced with unspeakable suffering and otherworldly beauty, Rosie must discover how to trust her mind, her friends, and reality itself.

Propulsive and deeply speculative, The Keep of Ages concludes the Vault of Dreamers trilogy with stirring possibilities for what it means to be alive.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cover Reveal for Anne Malcom

Let me Just say if you have never read any books by Anne Malcom you don't know what you are missing! I am a huge fan of this series. I am so excited that Sam's book is next. So without any more of my ramblings he is is the cover reveal for Broken Shelves:


My thoughts on this cover:
I am in love with this cover! i feel that it fits sam perfectly and sets the tone for the book. i can not wait to read it.
Title: Broken Shelves
Series: Unquiet Mind #3
Author: Anne Malcom
Cover by Simply Defined Art
 https://www.simplydefinedart.com/
Release date: TBA

Blurb

Gina:
Freshly brewed tea. Earl Grey, loose leaf.
Rain on the windowsills. The smell of library books. Escape into worlds greater than this.
Solitude.
Invisibility.
A quiet life. Maybe boring, but boring was never dangerous. Until I saw what I was missing out on. Who I was missing out on. The man who shattered my boring, safe life and lay it to ruin.
The man I’d been in love with since I was a teenager. Who I’d been invisible to since I was a teenager.
The man who just happened to be a world-famous rock star.

Sam:
Whisky. Neat. Leave the bottle.
Crowd of hundreds of people. No, make it thousands. All shouting my name. Live fast. Die...
Die? I’m too young, too famous and far too badass to die. Death doesn’t happen when you stop breathing, it’s what happens before that. Death is the monotony of life. The grave? Well, all the greats live there. You’re not a rock star until you die before you’re thirty. The grave doesn't bother me.
Just the quiet.
That is death in the life of rock.
But then... her.
She’d been there all along and I’d been too blind, too obsessed with the fast, loud life to realize where the real Nirvana lay.
In the silence.
Even the grave couldn’t hold me if I didn’t get her.
And I’m a rock star.
And a badass.
And as stubborn as I am good-looking.
I know how to get what I want.
I also know how to kill anyone who gets in my way.

Let's look at the cover one more time


Other books in the series:

Echoes of Silence (Unquiet Mind #1)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2iSczN1
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2iRTKv9

Skeletons of Us (Unquiet Mind #2)
Amazon US:http://amzn.to/2iWVKTu
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2jrpg4l


About Anne:
Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth, then as she grew up her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon.

Raised in small town New Zealand, Anne had a truly special childhood, growing up in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. She has backpacked across Europe, ridden camels in the Sahara, eaten her way through Italy, and had all sorts of crazy adventures. For now, she's back at home in New Zealand and quite happy. But who knows when the travel bug will bite her next.


Stalk links:
Website: http://annemalcomauthor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1675233696132142/

Friday, July 28, 2017

Not Under the Law by Grace Livingston Hill


“Desperate and on the run, Joyce’s only hope is a man who betrayed her.”


Another one of the many novels my grandparents sent from California in that lovely large box of Grace Livingston Hill books. My mother has been hounding me forever to read this book, and I am so happy I finally did.


This may be one of my favorite grace Livingston hill books I have read this far. It simply made me want to re-evaluate my life and living arrangements. It sent me dreaming of a tiny home life, how it would be to leave and disappear to another state and town-how my life could change just by one decision and making the choice to be true to myself.


This book had it all, love, trial, grave robbers (!!), and of course, like every Grace Livingston Hill book, God.


It was an absolute joy to read this book, it's truly a treasure, and especially so when I can talk about it with my Mom, Grandmother, and Aunt. I absolutely love that these novels have been passed down through generations.


I did not want this book to end!

But seriously...who saw the grave robbers coming!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor




This is an ARC I picked up from Bookcon last month and I was so excited to get it...it truly was just as good as I hoped it would be.

I finished this book in a day, it just kept you wanting to read more and on the edge of your seat. These children were stranded on an island after witnessing one of their friends die and then have to deal with the repercussions of being stranded- learning and adapting to survive on a tropical island- as well as their past issues with themselves and each other.

When reading other reviews on Goodreads, I know there are a lot of people who are unsure of the probability of a 17 and 16 year old going out every night to party, but trust me it happens...I was one of those kids. It’s exactly how the author portrays it, it’s dirty, crude, and not at all glamourous. I feel like the party scene outlined and described in the book was necessary, it gave more depth to the entire story and background of Henri and Emma.

This book hit on so many issues teens are having, the dangers of not seeking help and spiraling out of control, and the overall anxiety of being a teenager in this day and age.


What I absolutely loved was the sister relationship. It’s truly my relationship with my younger sister and I found myself reading out loud passages from the book and her just saying, “Why is this actually us?”. It showed the true complexities of a sister relationship, and even if one is angry/upset with the other, the love you have for one another will never die or change. It is truly a deep and rooted love.

I just whole heartedly hope that the novel does not change that much from the ARC. Regardless, I’ll be buying the final version when it hits the stores.

Monday, July 24, 2017

My Interview with Jake Ingrassia

Hi everyone! Today I will be doing something different on my blog. I was lucky enough to get to do a character Interview with someone from the Rockstar series by Anne Mercier. If you have not read any books by this author before you should go check out her books they are amazing. I know that everyone out there is sad that Xander did not come out last week but Anne needs to focus on her health right now. So to cheer everybody up here is an interview with one of the Blush Babies:  Jake Ingrassia!!!!
Leah: Thank you for coming out and talking with me today. I am excited to get to know you better just like everyone else must be as well.
            Jake: Thank you for having.
            L: Congrats on becoming a Blush Baby.  What was it like meeting the band?
            J:Meeting Falling Down and Blush was awesome. They're so cool and just regular guys. I                   wasn't expecting them to be so normal.
           L: How has your life changed since becoming part of the Blush campaign? 
           J:The only thing that's changed is I have the money to pay for college without having to get                loans. Other than that, not much has changed. Every now and again someone will recognize                me.
           L: What made you apply to become apart of the Blush campaign?
          J: It seemed fun. I really liked Blush and their sound so when it came out about the campaign, I            threw my name in. The money and college were big factors as well.
           L: What have you done since becoming the Blush Baby?
           J: I'm in college, studying to become an actor. I'd like to be on the big screen someday.
           L:  What is the craziest thing that has happened to you since becoming apart of this project?
           J:The girls. The girls throwing themselves at me, lifting their tops and flashing me. That                      doesn't go over well with my girl, but she's a good sport about it. Do those girls think I'd go for            someone like that? Someone with so little respect for themselves?  Man, I'm really no fun, am              I? 
L:What do you like to do for fun?
J:Hang out with my girlfriend. I'm in the plays we put on at school so that takes up a lot of my extra time. I occasionally go to parties. Usual college kid stuff, I guess.
           L: Have you always been a fan of this type of music? 
           J:Heck yes. I love rock music. Don't get me wrong, I like pop as well, but rock is my go-to.                  Always.
           L: Since you could not go on tour with the band, did you get to go to any of their shows?                      J:Yes, I went to a couple of the shows. My mom's pretty strict but once I turned 18 she couldn't            stop me from going to see them live.
           L: Was it weird seeing your face on billboards? 
           J:Yeah, very weird. I still see myself up there from time to time and it seems surreal. When                  people see me near the billboards and point, that's just craziness.
          L: What has been the best part of this whole experience?
          J: Not having to worry about finances. Becoming friends with Lucy, Sera, Jace, Meggie, and               Trace. They truly are my friends and I feel very lucky to have met them.
L: I feel like I got to know you a little bit better now. I think the fans will enjoy getting to know you a little bit better as well. Thank you for letting me interview you and good luck with collage.
J: Thank you for having me.

Well there you have guy. We now know a little bit more about Jake. I hope this can hold you over till Xander is released. I have a couple of other interviews lined up with other characters from the Rockstar Series. So check back often. If there is anyone else you would like me to interview let me know in the comments. Otherwise, never stop reading.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye


The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Goodreads Blurb: Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

My thoughts: So many lies and secrets throughout the entire book and that is probably the best part. Trying to remember all the stories and who knows what. I thought the magic each enchanter has was interesting in who each enchanter found where their strengths were and such. The game itself fell flat for me and to me there wasn’t really much focus on the game itself just the drama behind the curtains. The enchanters was supposed to wow the tsar with their abilities and one-up each other but their tricks where dull and boring to me. There is a sequel to the book, The Crown’s Fate which I hesitate to read because the ending of the Crown’s Game kind of plateaued after the last test, I’m not sure if I’m going to like where the story is headed.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What Janie Saw by Caroline B. Cooney (#4.5 Janie Johnson)



“Discover what still matters to Janie, who was kidnapped as a toddler and reunited with her birth family as a teenager, and who may still be in danger as a young woman.”



In this ebook short story, Janie’s story becomes once again in the media spotlight by help of the Visionary Assassins, a band that Reeve brought into the limelight while in What Janie heard. This song and video unfortunately seen by everyone in the country, more specifically Hannah Javerson.

This short story I’m not too sure of, it was only 32 pages, but showed a somewhat evil side of Hannah. It was a strange leap from the 4th installment of the series when Hannah got the remaining amount of money in her father’s account.

In this story, Hannah is working two jobs to stay afloat and live, but more importantly has it out for Janie. While Janie is trying to decide what she will do for college, where she can go to disappear, and if she can fully love and trust Reeve again.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Royally Matched (royally 2) by Emma Chase

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Blurb:
Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.
 

My thoughts:
Emma Chase is an amazing author. When you read her books you fell like you are in the book with the characters. That is how you know you are reading a good book.  There is never a dull moment in this book. After the bomb was dropped in the last book I was not sure that he could handle the job or would be up for it. Why he thought that it would be a good idea to be the star of a reality show I have no idea. I found this book to be super entertaining but still sexy at the same time. I would recommending adding this book to your to be read list or any book b Emma Chase. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Looking Glass Wars By Frank Beddor



The Looking Glass Wars
By Frank Beddor

Goodreads Blurb: Alyss of Wonderland?
When Alyss Heart, newly orphaned heir to the Wonderland throne, flees through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!

Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss' story - and he's searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland, to battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions of mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

My thoughts: If I could give this book infinite stars I would. A co-worker of mine recommend this book to me, I didn’t even know it existed, and I fell in love. I love how her name is spelled, how are the characters I know from the Disney story are there but better, and possibly my favorite part was how the tied in Lewis Carrol. I couldn’t put the book down once I started, the story kicks off with a bang, and if I didn’t have to work I probably would’ve finished it sooner. If you are a Wonderland fan I highly suggest you read this book, it is the first in the trilogy and I believe Hatter Madigan might has a spin-off, not 100% sure though.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler



“In California’s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens.”


I’ve watched this movie a few times and have absolutely loved it. When I found the book at the local thrift bookstore, I was beyond excited. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the hype I created for it. 

Even though I’m fully aware that books and movies can have two very different story lines, I was truly hoping that something would just happen in the book so I was would be hooked. Sadly, that moment never came. 

Overall the entire book just seemed bland to me, the characters, story plot, and just about everything else was poorly written. In a few months I may try to read it again...I honestly may have just been in a mood and not the right frame of mind to finish and enjoy the book.

It was truly just hard for me to finish the book, but I felt like I needed to because I love Jane Austen.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Like a Memory ( sea breeze meets rosemary beach 1)by Abbi Glines

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Blurb:
One memory. 
One special summer. 
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now. 

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. 

She had leukemia. 

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancĂ© open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart. 

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one. 
My Thoughts:
I was really nervous to read this book. I bought it and it was just sitting there on my kindle. I think I was nervous to read this book because I loved both of the other series that brought this book together. I am not sure as to why I was so nervous because Abbi Glines is an amazing writer and would never disappoint her readers. I am in love with this series even more now. I loved learning about the kids and how they have grown up. I wish there was more story but I say that about every book that I have read. My only problem that I had with this book was that I need a chart to remember what children went with what parent. So Abbi if you are reading this can you make us a family tree. Other than that an amazing story.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Last of August (Charlotte Homes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro



The Last of August (Charlotte Homes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro

Goodreads Blurb: Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

My thoughts: After reading the first book I was excited to read the second. This book deals with a little of the aftermath from book 1 and how the Watson/Holmes relationship has changed. I loved the character development and the mystery but I have one thing that I’m “eh” about, the possible romance between Holmes and Watson. Currently I’m leaning towards having the two of them remaining friends but I’m waiting for book 3, The Case for Jamie to come out next year to decide.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney. (#3 in the Janie Johnson series)

“Reeve get his chance to be the voice on the radio. Where tells the most interesting story he knows, Janie.”

The story takes place in the fall and the start of a new school year. Reeve is off to college and Janie is home finishing up her last two years of college. When Reeve finds his calling, being a radio host, and freezes on air...he spills the story and secrets of Janie and her two families.

This book had a lot more meaning than just the boyfriend being greedy and using Janie’s story to become famous. It has a lot about forgiveness and about acceptance of oneself and of others, coming to terms with who you are, and also growing up. In the end, Janie learned to love herself, accept the situation she was in with the two families, and find place for both of them in her life. She also learned to forgive Reeve as well as Hannah for ruining both set of parents lives.

It was honestly a great book. I’m not going to lie, it was a little annoying at times, but if you read through and past that...it’s a great continuation of the Janie Johnson series.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Royally Screwed (Royally 1) by Emma Chase

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Blurb:
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
 
My Thoughts:
this book is funny, romantic, and sexy. I have read other books by Emma Chase and they are just as funny and entertaining. One of my main reasons for liking her books is because se lives in jersey. us jersey girls have to stick together! there is never a dull moment in this book. the characters alone i felt that i could be best friends with. that is one of my main thing that i look for in a book. if i can bond with the characters, then that book will be one of my ride or die books. you will not be able to put this book down. i finished this book just under five hours. i can not wait to read the next one.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz



Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Goodreads Blurb: High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their experiences. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a dare quickly escalates into a nightmare. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

My thoughts: This book was recommended to me by my bestie/co-blogger. I have been in love with Laurie Faria Stolarz since the Touch Series so I was really excited to read this. To me this book has the same “scare’, suspense factor has her other book Shutter. I really like the way Stolarz write, she always keeps you guessing until the very end and then she hits you with an ending you’re not prepared for. I read this book in a day, the events of the story go by fast once all the main characters are introduced, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro


“A remarkable novel about secrets, desire, memory, passion, and possibility”



A few times I’ve picked up this book, but I’ve never been able to sit down and finish it. It’s an amazing story, going between the years 1925 and 1955, as well as a few years in between.

Personally, I thought the storyline of Eva was more interesting and captivating more than Grace’s.


It had a few plot twists, there were a few fun surprises along the way, but mainly you knew the biggest one from the start. This book also showed the hidden demons and past lives people hide and hold close to their chests. Throughout the novel it showed personal growth, truly finding oneself, as well as being confident in your own skin. Most of the characters have this inward growth and character development


There are also a lot of darker topics that came from the book and I was surprised, for example finding out Grace’s adopted father's death wasn’t an accident and that Grace was conceived by an act of hate, the darker topics kept coming and it kept me morbidly intrigued.


This book really had it all. Truly I simply could not put it down. Definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Monday, July 10, 2017

For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla, Guide to the Norse Worlds (Magnus Chase 1.5) By Rick Rordan

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Blurb:
So you've made it to Valhalla. Now what? This "who's who" guide to the gods, goddesses, and other important figures of Norse mythology was commissioned by Helgi, who, after more than a millennium as manager of Hotel Valhalla, became fed up with answering the same questions from newly deceased heroes at check-in. The profiles provide essential stats, interviews, and personal reflections so you can identify the gods and avoid those awkward introductions. Handy facts about other beings round out this go-to tome. You'll never see Ratatosk as a cute little rodent or confuse a dwarf with an elf ever again!
My Thoughts:
If you have ever read on of Rick's book you would know that that is usually a companion book or a guide book that goes with the series. sometimes there is one or there could be more. I find this super helpful. not only does it help  you learn more about the characters in the book but if you ever forget something it is a great reference. I find if i am reading other books that have to do with mythology i can just look in one of Ricks books and i will get a brief overview of the character that i  need help with. I really enjoyed the interviews with the gods that are in this book. it was a fast read but you don't want to read this book for the series you don't have to but overall a good read.

Kiss this by Anne Mercier

Blurb: When I’m dragged to a party by my best friends, I don’t plan on having a good time—and I’m not, until “he” finds me alone on the...