April 2017 to-read

After not reading for two months, I’m frustrated at how quickly it seems I stopped reading! Here’s what I hope to accomplish this month!

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Like A Memory by Abbi Glines

Yes, I planned to read this earlier – no I never got to. I know it sucks. But I really want to read it now so…

 

 

 

 

 

 

So yes, I do like reading – I’m also a student working hard to fix my grades! Haha – so can you guys all do me a favour and comment either 1. a book suggestion (NA romance please!) or 2. something motivating

 

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review: Once She Dreamed part 2

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The second and final addition to Sammy Jo Knox story… what began as one thing will end in another. A love she wasn’t looking for becomes something she can’t hold. And the hero may just be someone you knew all along…

Abbi Glines

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Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.
You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

REVIEW: 4 stars

After disliking the first one a great amount, I read this on the sole idea that Abbi Glines is one of my favourite authors. And I couldn’t put into words how much I enjoyed this book. It was unexpected, and with the little spin in the end of the story I just couldn’t handle it.

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Sammy Jo’s character, although still very frustrating, was more bearable. She started to have more personality then the stale “Mary Sue” persona she had in book 1. However, I was more intrigued by Ezra then Hale. Although I feel Glines could’ve made Hale and Sammy’s confrontations and conversations more believable, I was still quite happy with the outcome. I had wished the book had a little more length, and perhaps not a different ending, but a more detailed one. It was confusing in some ways.

As I’ve mentioned, Glines is one of my favourite authors, I still would recommend this series last to any of her others as I feel this one is inferior to Rosemary Beach or Sea Breeze.

February 2017 to-read

I read 7 books (?!) in January 2017. Very proud of that shit.

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I’m still going to keep my goal low for February – this is always how my year starts. I read a lot in January, then a lot in April, then maybe November. I am praying that it sticks to at least one book a month. In order to do that, I’m going to try to stick to my favourites: romance and more romance!

Without further thought:

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Like A Memory by Abbi Glines

Another Abbi Glines, and yes I plan on reading this right away! Comes out Valentines Day; it’s a spin off from Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach where Cage’s daughter meets Rush’s son! Holy shit I’m too excited!

 

 

 

Touching Jace by Mallory Crowe

25500846An ARC I got a while back, I’m trying to (slowly but surely) catch up on my ARC reviews left over on NetGalley. It can get difficult when I get pre-approved but don’t feel interested in reading the book, however this one is one I really want to read. I liked the authors other books in the series.

 

 

 

 

News guys! I’m in the works on getting onto Bloglovin’ so that’s very exciting! It was brought to my attention by Jess from Fairytales and Books (go check her out!). I’ll update you guys on more once I finally get on! Happy reading.

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review: Origin

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Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.
After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.
All Katy can do is survive.
Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
Together, they can face anything.
But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?
And will they even be together?

Jennifer L. Armentrout

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# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.
All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.
Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.
She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.
Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

REVIEW: 4 stars

I recently realized my lack of reviews for the book’s I read in 2016 – I never thought I’d be so busy to miss a review. However, Origin is one that needsto be reviewed. This book was probably one of my favourite books in the entire Lux series due to it’s high intensity, high stakes, and high anticipation – especially in Katy and Daemon’s romance.
After reading the third book in the series about three years prior to this one and I felt I had tortured myself by waiting long enough for this book. I actually read the fifth one directly after this read too because the series is addictive.
Jennifer L. Armentrout does a really good job of creating an enticing world that I am really upset to have to say good-bye to. I highly recommend this book – Armentrout creates a desire in the reader to never stop, keeping them up until 3am. Once I finished the book, I was unable to sleep for another two hours from the adrenaline.
If you like Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other series, or paranormal romance, please give this series a read. I can’t imagine someone not enjoying at least some of this series.

Daemon = cute, romantic, sexy as hell; Katy = strong, passionate, funny.

review: Doing It For Love

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The first in a trio, can be read as a standalone. Written by Cassie Mae, who I’ve personally experienced is an author that can actually make me smile and laugh out loud.

Cassie Mae’s charming, sexy new novel, perfect for fans of Emma Chase, puts a steamy twist on modern love as one bride-to-be tries to put the spark back in the bedroom—by any means necessary.
Elizabeth Fanning’s life looks pretty perfect, judging by the diamond ring on her finger. Her fiancé, Landon, is sweet, handsome, and hilarious. The trouble is, before they’ve even tied the knot, their sex life has gone from mind-blowing to “meh”—and Liz isn’t ready to be part of an old married couple. After a cathartic call to her best friend, Liz comes up with a brilliant idea. She and Landon may never be able to re-create the magic of their first time, but how amazing would their wedding night be if everything below the neck was off-limits until then?
Liz thinks it’ll bring them closer together. Landon’s convinced she’ll cave first. So they raise the stakes: Whoever lasts longer gets to pick their honeymoon destination. With her heart set on the Bahamas and Landon fighting for snowbound Utah, Liz simply has to win. But pretty soon, her body is screaming for attention, and Landon’s never seemed so far away. Has Liz’s experiment backfired? Losing their little competition would be frustrating—but the one thing she can’t afford to lose is him.

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Cassie Mae is the author of a few hundred… okay, maybe not that many… books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.
Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and is the founder of CookieLynn Publishing Services. She is represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)
Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Once Upon A Time and The Flash. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.

REVIEW: 4 stars

“I don’t want you to think I’m just trying to get in your pants. I want in your brain too.”

I don’t know why I even wasted time putting off this book. It was sweet and laughable – many moments made me genuinely laugh out loud. The author is one I’ve read before and I don’t know why I would’ve expected less – the first novel I read by this author was Switched. It was just as funny as this one – I may’ve enjoyed this more.

The main premise of the book was one of a common problem I’ve heard of many couples over time. The relationship get stronger, but the sex gets… well less then. It’s normal – there’s social science research to back it up. Passionate love will over time decrease and companionate love increases over time.

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Anyway, now that I’m done nerding out…

The book was relatable and the author did a great job on supporting characters. I pray that one of the books following this is about Alec and Theresa. Please Cassie Mae, please. The tension and humour from Landon’s side of the family was hilarious. His mother hated Liz and his father was just confused.

“I bet Helen wonders if one of us needs a green card.”

And I think my favourite laugh out loud moment was when Liz and Landon announced their wedding date to Mr. Wangford.

“We’ve set the date for Jan-” “The baby is due in January?” Mr. Wangford says, eyes wide…

I like the realness of the novel – Liz and Landon fight because, yes that happens in real life. Liz worries that they don’t have passion, and Landon is oblivious. I love the realness, this is exactly why I will continue to read Cassie Mae. Amazing writing with comedy throughout and some steamy scenes.

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The best part of the novel is that there is already past between Landon and Liz; the novel wasn’t lengthly and wasted on trying to create how they meet and getting to know one another. This way I’m not judging if they’re going to fast or any of the stuff that can usually cause waves for me.

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review: Once She Dreamed

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The first in a series of two novels about Sammy Jo Knox. Sammy Jo Knox is from Moulton, Alabama, and has always had a desire to escape to the big city and find more. Written by one of my personal favourite authors, Abbi Glines (the author of the Sea Breeze series and Rosemary Beach series).

Everyone in the small country town where Sammy Jo Knox had been born and raised, never left. They made their life there. Got married, had kids, lived in the same houses that were always there along the streets that never changed. The whole white picket fence and tree swing might look good on greeting cards but in real life it was boring, at least to Sammy Jo.
When Sammy Jo was a little girl she began dreaming of something bigger. Brighter. Something that wasn’t her town. She wanted to see the world and experience it all. Just how she was going to do that she had no idea. Because if her momma had her way, she’d marry one of the boys in town and be spitting out babies and going to church on Sunday with them all lined up in a row.
The day Hale Christopher Jude III walked into the bakery she worked at, she knew he was it. That part of life she was missing. He smelled of foreign places and exciting things. He represented all the bright lights she dreamed of and simply put, she hoped he was her way out of this place.
What Sammy Jo didn’t realize was things that appear perfect… aren’t. And chasing her dreams could lead to something very different.

Abbi Glines

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Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.
You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

REVIEW: 3 stars

 I feel that maybe I’m being to hard on this book. But then I remember the ending.

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I love Abbi Glines; I haven’t given one of her books a rating lower then 4 in a very (very, very) long time. I’ve read every book she’s released as a New Adult contemporary romance and loved the entire journey. I’ve been eagerly waiting for what comes next and when I saw that she ALREADY had not one BUT TWO books released?? I went to Amazon and bought it on kindle right away. First off they felt very easy to read (which I found out is because they’re novellas which I obviously didn’t know), so that was a plus. However, I expected more. Normally I love Abbi’s characters, and their counterparts. Something about Sammy Jo bothered me.

Sammy Jo Knox was so encompassed about leaving Moulton it was sickening. Her character also really annoyed me in the fact that she contradicted herself a couple times. She also was too perfect; I’m assuming this is something I’m starting to notice because of my getting older. The contradiction was how Sammy Jo “never lies”. It’s seen throughout the first 50%. Most important when Hale comes into the cupcake shop and asks her recommendation for dessert, and she thinks to herself that she never lies and couldn’t recommend because she’s never tried them. Then, when Hale asks her out, she says to herself that she’d “lie to Momma if I have to”. Ohhh that made me very angry.

Hale I didn’t like, wasn’t charmed by in the least. It was around 85% of the story that I decided against reading the second because of how shitty Hale was. I hated him and everything that came with his character (the money, the clothes, the penthouse, blah blah blah). Then all of a sudden Hale wants to be all “I love you” to ‘Samantha’ and just make out with her. That wasn’t even the worst, it’s that Sammy believed it was so romantic and shit.giphy1

By the end of the book I was ready to toss my computer at a wall, and Sammy all of a sudden turns this book into a New Adult real fast. It was awkward, out of place, and overall a disappointment. I will be reading the second one.

Leave me a comment linking to your review, whether its on goodreads or your blog!

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January 2017 to-read

January 2017 approached quicker then I expected. What did I pledge to read this year? A measly 9 books – the reason is last year I fell out of touch with reading. I’m going to adjust my goal every month to reflect how I feel and what I expect of myself.

What do I want to read January 2017?

Once She Dreamed by Abbi Glines

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A short novella written by one of my favourite authors, I’ve read almost every other book this author has released and why not start the year with one of my favourites. I’m slowly easing my way back into reading with novellas and short stories for my favourite couples and authors.

 

 

 

 

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

15858248I actually started this one late 2016 when my boyfriend was away for three weeks. I wanted humour and I really did get it; I’m excited to finish it and see where I get with the series. I’ve had it recommended a multitude of times but always find the title quite intimidating but I’m glad I finally plan to read it.

 

 

 

 

I know, I know I’m only choosing to read two but see it from my point: I one read 8 books last year. Let’s not be too ambitious or the fall will be one so big I may choose not to get back up again. I’ve already read three short (very short) stories so far – I plan on having their reviews posted with their counterparts (the first, second, third, etc book in the series that it matches).

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