Monday, December 11, 2017

Music Monday - Warmer in the Winter

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

So every Music Monday this month is going to be Christmas music! So grab that cozy blanket and plop down in front of the crackling fire with a good book and let the magic of the season envelop you while the snow falls outside your window, blanketing the ground in a blinding white. 

I'm going to share two of my favorites from Lindsey Stirling's new Christmas album.





Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scorpio Hates Virgo - Review

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.

Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?

Nobody, that’s who.

Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.

Even his nemesis, Callaghan Glover. 

Especially his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .

That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past . . .




Book Breakdown 

*Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was too cute! I love Cal and Percy so freaking much! I went in thinking that nothing would top Jamie and Theo but these guys.... Anyta has this way of pulling you in and making you fall in love with all the characters and I love it! 

Percy is scared to ket anyone in because they always leave him. So he's closed off his heart, not letting anyone so they can't leave him. He's even started leaving them before he gets left. When his Aunt dies and he goes back to her house.... his neighbor may just be the one to change his way of thinking. 

This also features a Demipan character if you're looking for a book with that label. There is also a gay character... duh this is a m/m romance. Also it's a HEA ending, which I love to death! The banter is great between the characters and I just loved the tension in the air. This is a great book to this standalone series and I highly recommend it! 

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Population - Review




Lawlessness, violence and desperation are all that is left of the world following the coming of the Others. Abel exists only within the boundaries that her rules allow - rules that she created to keep her alive. But when her best friend's daughter is taken by the Others, she can't keep playing by the rule book. Instead, she must begin a life defining journey that will test her survival techniques and bring all of her instincts into question. When she finds herself allied with one of the Others, Abel must confront foreign concepts like allegiance and desire and trust as he challenges her ability to find what she has always feared: hope.

*This series is a science fiction romance and some violent and graphic content may not be suitable for young readers*






Book Breakdown 

I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway

Heart pounding, gritty, diverse, and violent. This book is a wild ride. It does start off slow but once you get through the world building and all that jazz, the story picks up and it never stops. Not once does this book you a chance to breathe. It keeps you on the tip of your toes and the edge of your seat. I being the romance fan that I am, was happy that amid everything else, we get some of that too. 

My biggest gripe with this book.... there is a cliff hanger!!! I need the next book right now. Do NOT start this book without the second one on your kindle, shelf, whatever. I mean it, you will hate yourself if you can't jump into the next one. I know I am. 

The character development is great and the plot moves along greatly. Something I love that I have found some authors have a problem with is the balance of the romance and the actual plot. That wasn't a problem here. The romance never once took away from the plot but instead it added to it wonderfully. 

Overall, get this book and get through the first 25-30 pages and then it will suck you in and refuse to let you go.

Friday, December 08, 2017

50/50 Friday - Oldest/Newest Book I Own

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Newest/Oldest Book You Own




I got this book back in 2007, it was the first vampire book I ever read and it set me down the wonderful path of my extreme love of vampires.

Oldest




Newest


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sidekick








Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Kodansha Comics

The guardians in sailor suits return in this definitive edition of the greatest magical girl manga of all time! Featuring an extra-large size, premium paper, and an all-new translation and cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi!

Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she's never gotten good grades, and, well, she's a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon! Experience the Sailor Moon manga as never before in these extra-long editions (about 300 pages each).



Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Hard Bitten - Book Review


Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals—and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan, are tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of an underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society—a world full of vampires who seem to be ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands.




Book Breakdown 

No. No! NO!!!!!

I can't even right now. I did not see that coming and I am losing my mind! How could that happen?! Ethan.... no...

Okay, rewind, let me clear my mind and get my thoughts together. This is the 4th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series, a series that I've been audiobooking while at work. I love this series. I remember reading the first book when it first came out but I never read the others when they came out. No idea why but I didn't. So now I am going through this whole series and I'm loving it so much. It keeps getting better and better. The writing is snarky and fun. The action is top notch and the romance is hot... when our characters get their act together. 

This one though... it ripped my heart out. It ripped it out and threw it on the ground, without even feeling bad about it. It started out great, Merit has to figure out who is dealing V to the vampires and what is going on. She needs to do it fast and without the GP finding out because they are assholes. So it started out like any of the other books did. It's fun and action filled and everything is great and then the climax hits... and I died. 

Read this book/series. You'll love it. It's got everything in it for anyone. It's funny, mysterious, and filled with wonderful characters that you will fall in love with and then drown in your own tears when they die.

Delayed Departure - Blog Tour




Delayed Departure
Abigail Drake
(Passports and Promises, #2)
Publication date: August 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When Bethany Beaumont finds a book about life in the sultan’s harem, she discovers it’s actually a guide to the lost art of seduction. Just what she needs as she departs on a study abroad trip to exotic Istanbul. She’s struggling to get over her ex, and the book of dirty little secrets might be just the thing to help…if only she could find someone to practice on.

Half-Turkish and full of Australian swagger, teaching assistant Adam Kent seems to fit the bill. They decide to become lovers for the duration of the trip, and then part ways. Forever.

But not every lesson can be found in a book, and sometimes falling in love changes everything. When Bethany is forced to confront her past, and the promises she made to someone else, will it really be as easy as she thought to let Adam go?


Review 

Bethany has been in love with her best friend Greg for years. She wants nothing more then a happy life with him. Though it can never happen. Instead they play pretend, just so he can keep his secret.

Everything changes when he backs out of their trip to Turkey and she goes alone. Things change as she slowly starts to learn why she can't keep living a lie.

First thing I want to say is how stupid Bethany is. She keeps going out along in a foreign country... even after she's been warned not to and even after she's been chased by a pimp. Yeah the girl isn't very bright. I don't even care her reasoning. She does get a little better towards the end. So that's something good. I do feel bad for her struggle, I think she should've come to decision a lot faster but hey, everyone is different.

Adam was cute, a little too beta male for my tastes but it was so cute to watch how much he cared for Bethany. How much he wanted her to choose the right thing. I think he should've left her and found someone else after she still planned to meet Greg at the hotel with the intent to go along with his plan. I just think that he's a more interesting character then Bethany, he seems to have more going on. I loved watching them fall in love.

Now even though there's a murder in this book, it's very fluffy. Fluffy like the white clouds in the sky. There is small little subplots that try to be darker but the overall arc is just a sweet romance at it's core. If you're looking for a quick romance, this is for you.

There is some cheesy parts in this book and I loved them. I'm a sucker for cheese in romance novels. That being said, there was some parts that made me roll my eyes and want to throw my kindle at the wall. These parts got easier to overlook as the book went on as I just wanted to know if Bethany was going to wise up and take her life for herself.

There is also a few gay characters in here if you're looking for that.

So overall, yes, I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fluff-ball book.









Author Bio:

Abigail Drake has spent her life traveling the world, and collecting stories wherever she visited. She majored in Japanese and International Economics in college and worked in import/export and as an ESL teacher before she committed herself full time to writing. She writes in several romance genres, and her books are quirky, light, fun, and sexy.


Abigail is a trekkie, a book hoarder, the master of the Nespresso machine, a red wine addict, and the mother of three sons (probably the main reason for her red wine

addiction). A puppy named Capone is the most recent addition to her family, and she blogs about him as a way of maintaining what little sanity she has left.

She is a member of Pennwriters, RWA, Three Rivers Romance Writers, Mindful Writers, Women's Fiction Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She teaches writing to children through the Young Writers' Institute and at local libraries.





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Monday, December 04, 2017

ARC Review - Undone

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins, brings you the gripping, sensual conclusion to her apocalyptic trilogy.

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, marred by one ugly fact; it’s under enemy control. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been captured, and it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the only precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.




ARC Breakdown 

*I was given a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I was so lucky to get a copy of this! I've been dying to read it since I finished the second one and I felt like I was blessed by the reading Gods when I saw the sign up sheet for an ARC. So with all that said, you know I've got nothing but great things to say about the ending to this wonderful series. 

It picks up right where the second one left fell, which I loved! We left off in such a scary place that I was glad to see how it played out. The story seems to move faster in this one ten in the other two, it might be because their are two POVs and the author just wanted to give us the good parts of the story or the parts that moved the plot along. Which was fine by me! I loved this book just as much as I did the rest of them.

I thought that I wouldn't like getting Remy's POV, because while I like her, she wasn't my favorite character but after getting into her head, I like her a whole lot more! I found her chapters sometimes more interesting than Amber's! I did not think that would happen! 

The ending tied everything together perfectly. It was a very satisfying ending, it made me happy even though there were some deaths that hit me hard. I like that though, if no one had died.... it wouldn't felt fake to me. So The ending was perfect in my eyes and this series will always hold a special place in my heart.


Music Monday - Christmas

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 


So every Music Monday this month is going to be Christmas music! Simply because I am listening to it nonstop at work and it really just feels me up happiness and some sadness that I can't be with my family during this time of the year... wow. I didn't mean for that to get a little sad. It really does feel me with happiness and happy memories, it also makes me long for colder weather and snow! I love snow and there is never any out here in the Midwest where I live. I miss the North! 

Anyway, let's start off with some classics! These are two of my parent's favorites and while we didn't celebrate Christmas, we still listened to the music, mainly the Christian ones but still. 






Sunday, December 03, 2017

ReMade 2.2 - Signal to Noise

This is the 2nd episode in the second season of ReMade, a 14-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Matt Cody. 

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN.

Upon arriving at Sanctuary, the group is faced with two clearly malicious and dangerous caretakers. But they’ve come this far, and are determined to get inside. The only thing to do is stand and fight—whatever that may take. 

One moment proved fateful for a group of teenagers—and not just because it’s the moment they all happened to die. At the moment of their deaths, they were snatched forward into the future and remade in a world they hardly recognize. Now, after facing murderous robots and an unpredictable environment, the teens have begun to find their footing. But can they survive long enough to figure out why they were remade? And will they ever be able to stop running?



Episode Breakdown 

*Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This time we follow Holden, one of my favorite characters in this whole serial but damn... he keeps going on like he and Seyah were married and she filed for divorce, thus ruining years of wonderful love between them. She never returned his feelings! Nothing ever happened between them! GET OVER IT DUDE!!!! There are much better girls out there... like Nevaeh. She's so kind and sweet. 

Anyway, Holden's group is in search of Sanctuary but he's starting to question himself and can't get his mind off HER. The one that he loves so much that it's rather creepy. Just saying. Dude is too good for her. 

They do end up working together and find something they believe might be Sanctuary and this episode ends with the door to the place opening up after they get rid of two Caretakers. As always we are left with more questions then answers and it's driving me insane! I want to know everything now. Hopefully we get a few more answers in the next one.

The Hundredth Queen - Mini Review

He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.



Book Breakdown 

*Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

First off, the cover is stunning. It's the whole reason I wanted this book. I am that person that judges a book by it's cover.... I mean the blurb helps too duh. 

Now for the short review. It's not a bad book bur it's not the best book either. The world building is top notch and the characters are great. The ending though.... towards the end rather... it just fell apart to me. I was loving this book at first, I was planning to give it 5 stars and then ending... 

Don't even get me started on the insta-love! Just no. I hate insta-love with a passion.

Overall, I'm nervous to continue in case the next book is more like the ending... 

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Now or Never - Book Blitz


Now or Never
Lucy Smoke
(Iris Boys, #1)
Publication date: November 29th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

“Harlow Hampton meets the Iris Boys.”

All I needed was a break. A sign. Something.

Nearly getting run over was not the sign I was looking for, but it’s what I got. That and a group of guys who say they work for something called Iris.

No, thank you.

I had enough to deal with, thank you very much. No brother. No dad. No sanity most of the time. I certainly didn’t need to be dealing with thieves and wild cats and guys that were way too good looking. That is…I didn’t need them until they were all I had left. Now I have to make a decision about my future and whether or not they’re going to be in it.

Goodreads / Amazon



Author Bio:

Lucy Smoke is a self proclaimed creative schizophrenic. She suffers from severe wanderlust and enjoys people watching to find her next character. Who knows, maybe you're in one of her stories as well.

Lucy Smoke is a writer of dark romance, new adult romance, and young adult romance. Many of her novels experiment with newer sub genre's such as reverse harem. You can like her facebook page and keep up to date on her teasers for future novels and chances to win free books and prizes!

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


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Friday, December 01, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book Read in November

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book Read in November




Best
The Mistake
(Review)





Worst
Confessions of an Assassin 
(Review)





Topic for Next Week
Newest/Oldest Book You Own









Thursday, November 30, 2017

ReMade S2E1 - Patch Job - Mini Episode Breakdown

This is the 1st episode in the second season of ReMade, a 14-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Andrea Phillips.

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN.

A figure from the group’s past reappears, bringing up some serious questions about their remade lives. Is anything they thought they knew true? Can caretakers ever be good? And, most important, who can they trust?

One moment proved fateful for a group of teenagers—and not just because it’s the moment they all happened to die. At the moment of their deaths, they were snatched forward into the future and remade in a world they hardly recognize. Now, after facing murderous robots and an unpredictable environment, the teens have begun to find their footing. But can they survive long enough to figure out why they were remade? And will they ever be able to stop running?




Mini Episode Breakdown 

Nothing much happens... I mean we do get to see that Jing-Wei isn't dead and that she can somehow talk to the caretakers but mostly this episode was a let down, other than Jing-Wei because I love her so much. I am glad to know I still hate Inez though. She's even worse then before. I am eager to see what happens and I really hope that no one hurts Sparky. I like him so much! 

*I received this episode free for an honest review*


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by HarperTeen


Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters. 




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Yoga for the Creative Soul - ARC Review





Get in touch with your true spirit and explore the deeper aspects of your creative self with yoga. This book combines expressive arts and yoga therapy exercises to guide you on your journey of creating a joyous life. Discover how to bring color, movement, and melody into everyday moments with the five paths to self-realization: Karma, Jnana, Raja, Bhakti, and Tantra.

Through meditation and relaxation, words and images seem to arise of their own accord, offering deep insight into the hidden soul and inner landscape. Yoga for the Creative Soul shows you how to manifest your dreams and create change in your community and the world.







ARC Breakdown 

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

So I'm just getting into Yoga.... and I do mean like basic as basic can get. That being said, I found some really cool stuff in this book. Some things that will actually be useful. Lots of things in here feel like too much for me so if you're more experienced you'll find something in here too. There is so many exercises in this book, from journal writing, meditation and then of course the actual yoga parts. 

I fully recommend this book. It's awesome and I think anyone can get anything out of it. It also seems to be helping my creative side, which is greatly in need of help.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Music Monday - Reputation

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 


Okay, so I've actually been listening to Taylor Swift's new album over and over again. It's my favorite album from her ever. I love every single song. That never happens to me! There is always a song or two that I never really like from every single album ever but not this one. Every song is perfection and so just so good. Of course I love some more then others but I don't even skip any of them.


Favorite Lyrics 
But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time








Favorite Lyrics
My castle crumbled overnight
I brought a knife to a gunfight
They took the crown, but it's alright
All the liars are calling me one
Nobody's heard from me for months
I'm doin' better than I ever was

Sunday, November 26, 2017

My Top 10 Vampires



So I'm a vampire lover. Anything at all to do with vampires will grab my attention instantly. I've seen movies, video games, books, and other media all about the best supernatural creatures ever. The creatures of the night. So I wanted to share some of my favorites with you today. Not all of these come from books, just my favorite vampires in general. Here we go!



10) Serana - Skyrim
She's badass! She is powerful, smart, and loyal. She's been through some hard times and yet she is still feminine and so damn awesome. I totally married her in the game.



9) Damon - The Vampire Diaries 
I love me a good anti-hero and Damon fits that perfectly. 




8) Rayne - BloodRayne
She's half human, half vampire with a soft side for humans. She's freaking cool as can be. 



7) Angel - Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
I love Spike too but I don't know... there's just something about Angel like I like more.



6) Selena - Underworld
She is sexy and independent. I love how much her character has grown over the movies.



5) Eric - True Blood
This picture says it all. I'll just leave it here. 



4) Mimi Force - Blue Bloods
She has such great character development. She starts out a bitch and moves on to become one of my favorite vampires in all of Blue Bloods.




3) Dimitri - Vampire Academy 
Yeah, he's awesome, hot, and super protective of those he loves. 





2) Allison - The Immortal Rules 
She's not scared of getting her hands dirty. She will do anything to reach what she wants. 



1) Dracula 
Like there was anyway I could leave Dracula out.