Dec 9, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - Holiday Feels




A Cupcake Christmas
What if you risked losing your baking legacy by cooking up a love truly special?

Florian MacMillian needs a final job to complete his baking resume—preferably a job where he’s unlikely to blow things up with his unruly magic—before returning to the North Pole and taking his rightful place as Master Baker to all the elves.
Kate Delore desperately needs help in her fast-growing cupcake business. Florian is a perfect fit, so she brings him on as baker. For a short time, Florian is happily up to his elbows in batter, and Kate’s business is booming.
But when things heat up between them, Florian wonders if he should risk his legacy to cook up something truly special.




Scrooge
A Christmas Carol, one of the holiday’s greatest traditions told . . . in texts?!

Imagine: What if Scrooge, Marley, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and the whole Cratchit family had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this clever adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

One grouchy old man who can’t stop asking “How did you get this number?!”
Three ghosts who communicate in the most modern ways, including one who ONLY uses emojis!
And a status update with the most “likes” ever: God bless us, everyone!

This retelling will cure even the worst bout of Bah hummingbird! #darnyouautocorrect 

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. 


Dec 2, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - Series I DNF this Year



“So sweet and innocent and just... beautiful. I know it's not a typical word to describe a guy, but there is something about the smooth texture of his skin, long blond eyelashes, and the chiseled cheekbones that brings the adjective to mind.” 



Sweet Venom
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates.

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it's also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters. . . .

My Review: Sweet VenomSweet Shadows






The Gilded Wolves
Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

My Review: The Gilded Wolves



Nov 25, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - My Favorite ARC's of 2019





Repeat
From New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott comes an irresistible new romance. 

When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she's forced to start over. Now she has to figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did - which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before. 

Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can't seem to let her go again. Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?





The Dysasters 
Foster Stewart knows she's different. Her life has never been "normal." Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren't things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate "Nighthawk" Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his "extra" abilities. What quarterback wouldn't want night vision? That's not weird, right? It's cool! 

But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities - the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot. 

Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.




In Another Life
Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for? 

Nov 21, 2019

Echoes Between Us

Echoes Between Us

by Katie McGarry

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pub Date: January 14, 2020
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Book Links: Goodreads  Amazon  Book Depository


Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more...

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose--can they conquer their demons together?

My Review: Veronica and Sawyer may be my favorite pair by Katie yet.

Veronica is weird. She has a small circle of friends, dresses funny, keeps to herself and thus everyone in school thinks she’s weird and a number of other things.  In reality? Veronica is dealing with a medical problem that no one knows about and she wants to keep it that way. She is nothing like what people think. She is smart, funny, kind and the kind of friend you would love to have.

Then you get Sawyer, the popular guy according to everyone. He’s got a good future ahead of him in swim, he’s good looking, has a lot of people always following him. He’s not like that though, he doesn’t see himself as this super popular guy that everyone wants to be around and date. He’s got a secret addiction and is raising his sister and being what he feels like is a parent to his mom.

When an English project comes up, Veronica needs a partner and who volunteers but Sawyer. For fun? As a joke? Who knows. But when these two start talking and get to learn about each other, they find that they are not what their reputation states and become friends.

But after a short time together, they being to like each other more than just friends. And what was supposed to be something casual turns into a love they never thought they would have. Watching them care for each other and sticking through all that came along, it will pull at you.

I loved this book, just as I have loved every book Katie has ever written. Katie has a knack for creating these characters that you can’t help but fall in love with.



My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Nov 19, 2019

Boy in Luv


Boy in Luv
by Jay Crownover and Rebecca Yarros

Book: In Luv Duet #2
Publisher: Jay Crownover
Pub Date: October 21, 2019
Genre: New Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Authors

Book LinksGoodreads  Amazon 


Distance sure as hell made his heart grow fonder… But it shattered hers into a million pieces.

Langley Vaughn knows she's never going to make the same mistake again.

Who falls head over heels in love in a week? Langley did, and she's regretted it every day since she handed her heart to a boy with too many secrets and too much baggage. Iker doesn't fit into Langley's world, and he made it clear he doesn't want to. He left before she even got a chance to try and change his mind or to prove to him how good they could be together. Langley's spent the last nine months healing her heart and making big plans for the future. Plans that absolutely don't include Iker… even though he's back, looking better than ever, and saying all the right things.

Iker Alvarez knows he made the biggest mistake of his life.

At first, the pretty blonde in the red dress was nothing more than a means to an end. But, she quickly became so much more. As soon as Iker walked away from Langley, claiming it was for her own good, he knew he screwed up. He left her so she wouldn't worry about him when he deployed, so she wouldn't waste her time waiting around for a guy who was never going to be good enough for her. Only, nine months and a deployment later, Iker still can't get Langley out of his head… and he totally underestimated the hold she has on his hardened heart. He's a guy who's not sure how love should work, or how to go about winning his girl back…he's about to get a crash course in both.


My Review: YES!!! Total love for this book. I couldn’t wait for this book after I had finished the first and it was even better!

Langley is finally doing better after the whole wake up and no Iker ordeal. She is actually about to graduate and start a career she loves. Everything is going well until Iker….Iker and his brother showed up at graduation and Langley’s world is going to turn again.

Iker has his feelings about showing up at graduation and seeing some guy with Langley. So what’s he to do? Well drink a bit and sit outside her apartment door until she gets home of course!

Things get rocky, heck presents keep popping up every day, even a crate of pineapples! While Langley appreciates the thought, but she just can’t..she just doesn’t want to get hurt again and besides she has to leave for her new job soon. Though Iker won’t stop until he proves to her, he is here to stay and he’s all about her.

Sure enough, these two finally cave and their love just pours out of the pages. Each scene better than the last. Even after Langley moves, they are still together. Yes, it’s tough on them, but what Iker does to show Langley that he will do anything for her, my heart just melts. The best part? The very end, when you know their love will last even longer after just a simple question.

These books have just been amazing and these ladies make a great team!


My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Nov 18, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - Completed Series in 2019




A Beautiful Dark
On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.






Everless
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

My Review: Everless, Evermore

Nov 14, 2019

Bring Me Their Bones


Bring Me Their Bones
by Sara Wolf

Book: Bring Me Their Hearts #2
Publisher: Entangles Teen
Pub Date: November 5, 2019
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Book Links: Goodreads  Amazon  Book Depository

No one can save her.

In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.

But fate isn't ready to give her up just yet.

With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity.

Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder.

But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart?

The hardest thing she’s ever done.


My Review: I was thrilled to receive the ARC. After reading the first book, I couldn’t wait to dive back into this world.

However, I found the second book to be harder to get into.  It started right as the first one left off. Zera is standing by a pile of bodies, the prince isn’t exactly pleased with her and the princess is alive and back. Oh yeah, she’s a witch who just now happens to own Zera’s heart.
They all return to the castle. Zera following the princess closely, as now she has control. The princess leads her into a part of the castle where something horrible lies.  A valkerax, a nasty beast that Zera must tame in order to get her heart back. It’s not an easy beast to deal with, nor is she trilled with the plan that the princess has for it.

From there on, the book seems to be slow. It takes longer to get to the point of some things, the pace remains the same for a good chunk of the book, the tone, the action, etc. I just found that there were too many pieces of the book in where it lacked all these things and more in order for me to continue on and really enjoy the book. However, it did get better as the book neared the end.

Over all, I’m hoping the next book will be much better.


My Rating:
✪✪✪

Nov 11, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - Favorite Authors (Part 3)







C. C. Hunter
Is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her contemporary young adult and hardcover debut, This Heart of Mine. And the first book of her new paranormal young adult series, The Mortician's Daughter: One Foot in the Grave will release on October 31st 2017. C. C. currently resides in Texas with her husband, junkyard dog, Lady, and whatever wild creatures that meander out from woods surrounding home.

My Reviews: Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls), In Another Life, This Heart of Mine, One Foot in the Grave (Mortician Daughters) 




Sophie Jordan 
Took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.




Nov 7, 2019

The Hollow Queen


The Hollow Queen
by Sherry D. Ficklin

Book: Stolen Empire #5
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Pub Date: September 23, 2019
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Author

As a princess of the Romanov Empire, Elizabeth has enjoyed a life of luxury and privilege. But the sudden deaths of her parents leaves her unprotected – awash in the dangerous tide of her family’s political rivals. When the supreme council crowns her half-nephew Peter II in her place, Elizabeth is left with no title, no power—and no allies. Now little more than a bastard in the eyes of the world, she is sent to serve in the palatial home of Prince Menshikov—the real power behind the boy king.

But Elizabeth won’t fade quietly into the background.

Determined to uncover the truth behind her mother’s murder and expose the men who mean to rule Russia in secret, she grows closer to the handsome young king, and swears to protect him and his rule at any cost. But the forces that oppose them are as dark as they are far-reaching--and this time, Elizabeth could lose more than just her title..



My Review: Lizzy is amazing. A kind and thoughtful princess. A princess who would make the greatest queen yet. However, Lizzy is coming home to nothing… 
Lizzy was meant to marry, but we left off with her betrothed passing away to his illness. Her mother was murdered and now her nephew Peter will be king. None of this is right and Lizzy wants nothing more than the truth and the heads of the men behind it. 
When Lizzy meets Peter, he is not what she expected. He could have been cruel and just done anything to her. But instead, offers her gowns back, even finds her precious dog for her. Together they could rule Russia and make it an even more wonderful place…
 As time goes on… Lizzy and Peter grow close together, so close he wants Lizzy to be by his side as queen. Lizzy only meant to teach Peter in how to be a good king and all there was to know. But together they also bring down the one prince who not only murdered her mother, but wanted to rule Russia as his own.
I loved this book, the ending will rip you apart and leave you begging for more. Sherry has always done an amazing job, but I think this may be my favorite one yet.


My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Nov 5, 2019

Lies

Lies
by Kylie Scott

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Author
Pub Date:  July 21, 2019
Genre: Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.

Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancé dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.

Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.

My Review: Betty is done. Done with Thom’s long work trips, lack of communications and the bad sex. So what is she to do? Pack up her stuff and leave her fiancé of course. But just as she is making that step to freedom, she finds that an explosion is going to be the least of her worries.

Betty is rushed off in an ambulance, leaving her friend behind at the scene and clearly worried about her. But these aren’t normal paramedics that just didn’t want her friend along for the ride. No, they just happen to drug Betty, interrogate her, and then Thom shows up and they stop….

Have you guessed it yet? Yup, Thom isn’t exactly who he says he is. In a heartbeat, Betty is tossed into this new world of mystery, lies, secrets and more. Given some time over the shock of it all, Betty listens to Thom talk. He spills a lot of secrets and even manages to get Betty to being his fiancé again after a few more chapters.

Barely halfway and things don’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. This book is AMAZING. Kylie is a Rockstar at writing and I can’t wait to dive into her next novel!



My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪
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