Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cover Reveal: She Runs Away by Jessica Calla

Book: She Runs Away (Sheridan Hall #2)
Author: Jessica Calla
Published: November 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: After tragedy strikes New Jersey University's Sheridan Hall, freshman quarterback Ben Riley’s stable, normal life is turned upside down. Sidelined from playing the game he loves and on the verge of losing his scholarship, Ben wants nothing more than to escape the chaos of college and return home to rural Pennsylvania and his family.

Yet, there is something that keeps him from running. Or someone. A cute blonde he had a chance with but blew off for all the wrong reasons.

Megan Smith has secrets. Secrets that have burned her in the past. Secrets she’s unwilling to share with anyone at Sheridan Hall—especially Ben, her sexy, rough around the edges floormate who broke her heart in a matter of days after moving into Sheridan. Meg decided early on that it’s easier to live life on her own than to share her secrets and let people in.

Meg runs and Ben follows, but sooner or later the clock on their chance at love will expire. With inner demons dragging them both down, they must find a way to stop running and trust one another, or risk losing their perfectly-matched love forever.

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About the Author: Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance and women's fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she's not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you'll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once).

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She recently became the oldest marketing intern ever at BookFish Books, and was named a Young Adult mentor for the FicFest writing contest. A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and dog.

Find Jessica on Twitter (@jess_calla) or at her website (www.jessicacalla.com). She loves to make reader and writer friends.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I STILL Need to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish.

theme: books that have been on my TBR since before I started blogging

Oh my bookish ducklings, this is a sad week. Why can't I just read all of the books without tiring and getting reading slumps? I have only been blogging for a little over a year, and I only joined Goodreads a year before that. So my TBR isn't quite as impressive as some of yours, but it's still pretty big. Make sure to leave your TTT posts in the comments!
Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters, #1) 
1.) My mom has read this series, but I still need to read it. I've seen reviews that people have either loved this book, or they hated it. So I'll hopefully enjoy it.
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The Seeker by Stephanie Meyer
2.) Do you guys when this book was suppose to come out? Ya, I don't either. I doubt that this book is ever going to be released, but if it is I will read it. Probably.
Angelfire (Angelfire, #1) 
3.) This book sounds awesome! But do I still need to read it? (Of course I still need to read it. Why else would it be on this list?) Sounds epic, I think that I have it on my Kindle, but I'm not 100% sure.
Gone (Gone, #1) 
4.) This book is extremely popular, and it sounds interesting enough. I just haven't read it yet. This book just hasn't been able to reach the top level of books on my TBR, and so it hasn't been read yet.

Panic   
5.) I've checked this book out from the library two times now, but I never get to it in time. I really enjoyed the Delirium series, so hopefully I'll enjoy this one too.
Pure (Covenant, #2) 
6.) I read the first book a long time ago, and I remember nothing about it. I want to buy book one and two though, that way I can reread the first book, and then read the second book. I will also be able to add the books to my Jennifer L. Armentrout collection. :)   
Afterworlds 
7.) I have read one other book by Scott Westerfeld, and it was a superhero book. It was pretty epic, but this book is nothing like that one! I'm a little hesitant to try this one. I've heard good things about this though, so hopefully I'll enjoy it. 
Attachments 
8.) I loved Fangirl, and I really enjoyed Eleanor & Park, but I hated Landline. I couldn't even finish it. It was so boring! I'm hesitant go read this one because of it, which I guess is why I haven't read it yet.

Uglies (Uglies, #1) 
9.) I checked this out from the library a long time ago, read a quarter of it, then I had to return it to the library. What I read seemed good, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to read the whole book soon.

Ready Player One 
10.) This is another book that is really hyped up, and it scares me! I'm terrified that it won't be as good everyone says that it is. I'm planning on reading it eventually, but I probably won't get to it soon.
 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Tags: YA, Romance, Retelling, Readathon, Favorite, 4.5 Stars, #COYER

Goodreads/Amazon 

Synopsis: She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
 


-My Review-

 "Long ago, the High Fae had been our overlords- not gods. And they certainly hadn't been kind."

I love Sarah J. Maas's books. It's always a joy when I get to read them. There's something so magical about them, and I always seem to love everything that she writes.

In this book we follow Feyre, as a bunch of crazy (or should I say magical) events occur. Feyre is a nineteen-year-old hunter, and she lives in a small cottage with her family. But one day she kills a Fae in wolf form, and she gets taken away to the Fae land for her crimes.

The world building in this book is spectacular! There is so much in the world and magic system, and Sarah J. Maas executes everything beautifully. I could see every detail in my mind, and the book was so beautify written. The world building and the writing were my two favorite parts of this book.

I liked Feyre, but I didn't quite love her. I really liked her at the begining of the book. She was strong minded, independent, and always had a good comeback. Around the the middle of the story she became weaker, and I didn't like her as much. It was like she had given up. Then she got strong again (even if her plan was incredibly stupid), and she ended up okay at the end. So we left on a positive note there. 

Tamlin was okay. I didn't really like him, but he's a good fit for Feyre right now. I liked Lucien, and I loved Rhysand. For some reason I tend to ship characters with evil and dark characters, but oh well. I though that he was smart, resourceful, kind, and maybe just a little bit evil. I really hope that he a Feyre become a couple in the next book! #TeamRhys

I do wish that there was a little more action in the middle of the book. It felt like there was action in the beginning, none in the middle, and then a ton at the end. So I do wish that the end action spread out into the middle a little bit.

So overall, I loved this book! While the storytelling and world building are hight parts of this book, the suspense, action, and romance will leave you wanting more.
             
 

Cover of the Week: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Been Here All AlongBook: Been Here All Along
Author: Sandy Hall
Published: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Number of Pages: 224

Goodreads/Amazon 

Synopsis: Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…


Why I Love this Cover: This is just a gorgeous cover. It's a simple cover art wise, with just basic lines. I love how the two guys are looking at each other through their windows, and how everything is darker compared to the windows and title. Do you like this cover? Let me know in the comments! :)  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Weekly Recap: Reading Slumps, They Come and They Go (Week of 8/14/16)

The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

-MY LIFE-
How's it going bookish ducklings? Hope that everything is well for you all. Last Sunday was the beginning of the #ReadThemAllThon, and I started off strong with a reading slump. I know, horrible timing. I had just finished Serenity by India R. Adams, and that book is fucking brilliant. It left me in pieces, a book hangover, a reading slump. I didn't read for a couple of days, then I picked up A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and completely devoured it. Now I'm craving some more high fantasy, so I'm just going to keep on riding this train for a little bit. Hope that you guys have a good week. :)

-CURRENTLY READING-   

Nothing at the moment! But I'll start something today.

-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED- 
Faery Marked (The Faery Series Book One) 
  
-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-
   -THIS WEEK'S POSTS-
   -PIC OF THE WEEK-
 

-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-

Can you recommend me a few high fantasy books? I would really appreciate it. :)
  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book I Really Want to Read: Beast by Brie Spangler

BeastBook: Beast
Author: Brie Spangler
Published: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 305

Goodreads/Amazon 

Synopsis: Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?


Why I Want to Read this Book: I love retelling books. I think that it is so cool to be able to read a twist on a classic book. This one sounds even cooler though because one of the characters is transgender. I have never read a retelling where a character wad LGBT+, so I'm excited about this. Do you want to read this book? Let me know in the comments. :)  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blog Tour: Serenity by India R. Adams



Serenity (Forever, #1)Book: Serenity (Forever #1)
Author: India R. Adams
Published: July 26, 2016
Publisher: India's Productions
Number of Pages: 509
Format: ebook (.mobi)
Source: I received a copy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Tags: Love Story, Cry Baby, YA, Romance, Received for Review

Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble/iBooks/Kobo 

Synopsis: To say I know where this story begins is to say I remember what lifetime started it all…and why. What I do know is this lifetime is hard and cruel…maybe like the rest. That is until I meet him–the light that shines and guides me. To where, I don’t know, but my soul chooses to follow regardless. I believe my soul has done this before. I believe I will follow him…forever.

"The toll on my spirit had slowly broken me down—day by day, night by night, drink by drink, hit by hit—to the limp, fragile, lost girl that Dereck Hamilton . . . carried away."
 
A destructive home life silently destroys Serenity, a 16-year-old girl, until her broken spirit is given a gift in the form of an old journal that sends her a visitor in the night. The cloaked woman teaches Serenity that the lingering feeling of missing a part of her soul may not be a figment of her imagination, and with these words, Serenity’s journey, of this lifetime, begins.

"Away from the sun I close my eyes
and release myself into the unknown
I hope she is there
I hope she is there…"


-MY REVIEW-

“Moments come and moments go. And some stay with you forever.”



This is what this book did to my emotions. Imagine my emotions took a human form, and are standing on the edge of a cliff. This book runs up and yells, “Don’t jump!” My emotions agree and say “Thank you. You just saved my life.” This book then tells me not to thank him, and kicks me over the edge into a pool of hungry alligators. This book destroyed me (in a good way of course).



I don’t know how to explain this book because I know that I wouldn’t give it justice. I also think that this is one of those books where it’s better going in not knowing a lot.



I loved Serenity and Skyler in this book! I just adored them. I feel like one of the big reasons I loved them so much was because I was able to find pieces of myself in both of them. Sky’s fierceness, Serenity’s want to comfort, and the loyalty that both of them have to each other. I loved watching them join the crew, and how they formed their own family.
The humor in this book was outstanding! With such an emotional book, you wouldn’t think that it would be so funny. I found myself laughing at one in the morning, just because of this book.

This book had what I would call emotional levels. The first half of the book was super emotional, and just a complete laugh and sob fest. Then it kind of leveled out, and it wasn’t as emotional. This was really good though because I needed a break from my emotions going haywire. Then, well, I traveled back to the sob fest. Because how dare this book <spoilers have been removed>. 


I also really enjoyed reading the Halloween scene! I loved the scenes where the guys were just doing things to make the girls happy. It was really sweet, and I hope that one day someone will dress as a mermaid for me.

So overall, I loved this book! It played with my emotions, and was such a joy to read. With fantastic writing and humor, I insist that you read this book.  
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About the Author: India R Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels such as Blue Waters (A Tainted Waters Novella), My Wolf and Me, Steal Me (A Haunted Roads Novel), Rain (A Stranger in the Woods Novel), Serenity (A Forever Series Novel) and also The Forever Series music.

India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).

Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”

Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.
 
 
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