Monthly Archives: June 2015

Teaser Tuesdays #2

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser

22718685“My legs involuntarily run toward the door, bursting through it, making the jingle bells angry. I’m not graceful, either, like in the movies when an organized SWAT team busts in on a hostage situation. I’m all elbows and knees, running like an ostrich in boots and coordinated as a dazed fly that just got swatted.”

– pg. 8, Joyride by Anna Banks

 

 

 

So what do you guys think? Would you read it? And feel free to add links to your own teasers so I can check them out 🙂

Book Review: All It Takes by Sadie Munroe

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Title: All It Takes

Author: Sadie Munroe

Length: 193 pages (eBook)

Genre: New Adult

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Nineteen-year-old Star Collins never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue. That part of her life ended when she was nine years old, and child services took her away from her hoarder mother. Her mother chose her stuff over her daughter. That part of her life was supposed to be in the past.

But her mother has just passed away and Star finds herself giving up her summer to quietly clean out her old home. She just wants to sell it and move on with her life. However, things aren’t going the way she planned. With her dyed-black hair and tattoos, she’s attracting almost as much attention from the small town residents as Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison.

All Ash wants is a chance to start over. He screwed up and he knows it, he’s going to have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. But he’s stuck in Avenue until his parole ends, and no one, not even his own parents, wants anything to do with him. Nearly out of money and completely out of options, Ash takes the only job he can, helping Star haul stuff out of her mother’s house.

Neither of them expects anything to happen between them, or for their lives to change. But sometimes meeting the right person is all it takes.

My Review:

Wow. Just wow. I absolutely loved this book. I don’t even know where to start.

Okay, let’s start with my initial impression of the book. I really liked the cover. I just had to know more about this girl, and I felt like I could relate to her just by looking at her. Then, I read the first page, and I was hooked. Sometimes judging a book by its cover really pays off, and it definitely did here.

Star and Ash may be my new favorite book couple. Star didn’t have the best childhood. Her mom was a hoarder and ended up choosing all her junk over her daughter, leaving Star in foster care. Ash hasn’t had it easy either. He has been in prison for the last five years. Having to live with what he did, everyone in town, including his parents, make it even harder for him to move on. Being the outsiders in their own hometown, they are instantly drawn to each other.

What I really loved about their relationship was that they gave each other a chance. While everyone else was completely rude and looked at and treated Ash like he was some horrible, dangerous murderer, Star saw something in him. And when everyone gave Star weird looks because of her tattoos and dyed black hair, Ash didn’t care; he actually thought she was gorgeous. And the way they started out as employee and employer and then turning into friends and then possibly something more was realistic. So many times, I’m disappointed in books because the relationship is rushed or takes way too long, but this was perfectly paced. Kudos to Sadie Munroe!

Speaking of this amazing author, I was so surprised when I found out that this is her debut novel. It was written so well! Not many authors can turn me, a grown adult, into a neurotic fangirl who has just found her perfect book boyfriend to obsess over, but Sadie Munroe clearly accomplished this. In addition to unforgettable characters, who are completely relatable, the plot was so unique. I haven’t read anything similar, so that was refreshing.

Overall, this was an amazing book, and I MUST own a physical copy of the book. I won’t be happy until it is on my bookshelf, ready and waiting for me to reread over and over again. I REALLY hope to see many more books by Munroe. I’ll be impatiently waiting for more…

Check out the author here: http://sadiemunroe.com or on Twitter

*I was provided with an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Stacking the Shelves #2

STSmall[4]Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course eBooks!

Oops, I did it again! I thought I went a little overboard last week with my haul of books, but I kinda went crazy again. I couldn’t help myself! So here are the books I got within just a few days this week:

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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

The Ex Files by Jane Moore

Bookends by Jane Green

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Married Lovers by Jackie Collins

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

I have wanted to read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and White Oleander for SO long, so I just had to get these. I’ve heard great things about Bookends from other blogs I follow, so that was a must-buy. And the others just sounded interesting. Plus, the used bookstore was having a sale: 3 hardcover books for $1.00. Of course, I had to buy 6!

FREE/FOR REVIEW

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The first five were eBooks that I just HAD to have, so I requested them on NetGalley and was so happy to be approved for them. I saw The Accident Season at First to Read, and it sounded pretty awesome so I used my points to guarantee access to that one. And Haunted on Bourbon Street was a free Nook book at Barnes & Noble that I’ve heard good things about.

Okay, I need to ban myself from bookstores and from NetGalley for now. I just can’t not get more books. It’s like I have no control when I see a cute cover or interesting synopsis. No more! As I’m writing this, I’m looking at the NetGalley tab that is open, and it’s calling my name. I need help!

So what do you think of my ridiculous haul? Any books you recommend reading first? And what books did you get this week? Please share and let me know I’m not the only one with a problem 🙂

*Click on the links or book covers to see their Goodreads pages*

Friday Book Beginnings #1

BB.ButtonThanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this every week!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Here is my Book Beginning: 

22843165 “Like everything bad that has ever happened in my life, it started with a phone call. But sometimes just a simple phone call is all it takes, and that innocent ring that breaks through the smiles and laughter beforehand can interrupt more than your day. It can change your life.”

All It Takes by Sadie Munroe

Not only did this opener make me want to keep reading, but it’s also completely true. I love relatable quotes like this. I’m only about 40 pages in, but I am loving this book. So far, two outsiders with troubled pasts meet, and I cannot wait to see where it goes from there.

What do you guys think of this opener? Feel free to share yours or the link to yours. I’d love to check it out 🙂

Real Neat Blog Award!

Thank you so much to Shakera over at morebookspleaseblog for the nomination! For being a fairly new blogger, I really appreciate it! And she writes some pretty awesome reviews, so check out her blog if you haven’t already 🙂

Well, off to the post! Here are the usual prerequisites:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)

Now to the questions:

1. Why do you like/love to read?

I love getting away from reality and entering these new worlds. No matter what kind of mood I’m in, reading always relaxes me and puts a smile on my face. If I could, I would just sit and read all day. Too bad I have responsibilities 🙂

2. What’s your favorite genre?

Oh, that’s a tough one! Hmm…I’ll have to say New Adult right now. I love the stories that take place in between the character’s teen and adult lives. That stage in our lives where we’re starting college or our careers is so important, in my opinion. Plus, it’s the perfect blend of young adult and adult books. 

3. Do you listen to music while you read? Or do you find that distracting?

I actually find it distracting. I like to lay in bed and read in complete silence. It’s soothing.

4. Who do you get your book recommendations from?

I get my book recommendations from people on Goodreads and from other blogs I follow. Sadly, hardly any of my friends and family are readers, but I have come to love and appreciate all my fellow bookworms I find online.

5. Do you prefer an actual book or electronic book?

The ultimate question! I prefer physical books. Nothing beats the smell or feel of a real book. And I love turning real pages and adding finished books to my collection. BUT, I do use my Nook a lot more often because I tend to read at night, and the glowlight is very convenient. Plus, most of the books I review are eBooks.

6. What’s your favorite book?

Right now, I think my favorite is either The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. Very different books but equally amazing!

7. Favorite couple?

Back in the day, I would’ve said Bella and Edward, but those movies kind of ruined it for me. Now, I would have to say Jolie and Rand from the Jolie Wilkins series by H.P. Mallory. LOVE that series! 

And my nominees are:

The Librarian’s Bookshelf

Cinderella Stories

A Reader’s Thoughts

Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Romance Novels for the Beach

My questions for my nominees to answer:

1. What is your favorite genre and why?

2. Where is your favorite place to read?

3. What are you reading right now? What do you think so far?

4. What made you want to start a book blog?

5. Do you prefer physical books or eBooks?

6. Who is your favorite author?

7. Favorite series?

Happy reading! 🙂

Book Review: Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You and I by Albert Espinosa

 25700476-2Title: Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You and I

Author: Albert Espinosa

Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Length: 107 Pages (on my Nook)

Genre: Science Fiction (but it says YA on NetGalley)

My Rating: ❤❤

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Can you imagine a future where everyone has given up sleeping?

From the creator of the television series Red Band Society and author of the international bestseller The Yellow World comes this uniquely special novel.

What if I could reveal your secrets with just a glance? And what if I could feel with your heart just by looking at you? And what if –in a single moment– I could know that we were made for each other? Marcos has just lost his mother, a famous dancer who taught him everything, and he decides that his world can never be the same without her. Just as he is about to make a radical change, a phone call turns his world upside down.

My Review:

First things first. I actually really liked the cover. The title, which I LOVE, is the focus, as it should be, making it very simple in a pretty perfect way. I was intrigued from the start.

Let me start with the positives. The writing style was incredible. I was hooked from pretty much the first line. I knew right away that Albert Espinosa is clearly talented. And there were so many thought-provoking sentences and phrases. I was constantly highlighting my Nook throughout the entire book so that I could look back at them. He made me look at life, death, and even pillows in a completely different way, which was awesome and so unexpected.

HOWEVER, for me, I felt like the plot was a little all over the place. The constant back and forth between the past and present made it a little difficult to follow at times and made what the book was about very unclear. And the storyline was just strange. That’s really the only word I can use to describe it. It started off fairly interesting with the main character trying to decide if he should get this new popular injection that makes you stay awake FOREVER and never need sleep, which I was curious about. But then it turns into this weird cross between Inception and E.T. and some movie about a sex-obsessed mother who talks to her child WAY too often about sex that I’m sure exists somewhere in Hollywood. Yes, it got a little weird.

Overall, I was disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book, especially when I saw that the author was the creator of Red Band Society, which is a great show by the way. Don’t get me wrong though. The writing was SO good, which made it very difficult for me to give it less than 3 stars, but the plot and the weird fascination with sex negatively impacted my opinion of the book. BUT, I would definitely check out Espinosa’s other books because I love the writing style.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Top 5 Wednesday #2

Hosted by the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads

This week’s topic is Characters You Wish You Could Drown.

5. Lottie AND Fliss in Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

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I’m going to cheat a little and put two characters for this one because they both equally annoyed me. I usually LOVE Sophie Kinsella books, but the two main characters in this one kind of ruined it for me since they were just so irritating. One was way too controlling and the other was just constantly making dumb decisions.

4. Curtis in Don’t Mention the Rock Star by Bree Darcy

Curtis is the husband in this love triangle. Oh, he made me so mad. I wanted to punch him on a few occasions while reading this book. When I read what the topic was for this week, drowning sounded like the perfect thing to do to him 🙂

3. Jaden in Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett

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First of all, this is an amazing book, and you should check it out if you haven’t already. And when you do, you will understand my hatred for Jaden. I won’t give too much away, but let’s just say he’s a pathetic and horrible boyfriend.

2. Sinjin Sinclair in The Witch is Back by H.P. Mallory

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This is book #4 in the Jolie Wilkins series, which is AWESOME by the way. I know a lot of fans of these books love Sinjin, but I CANNOT STAND HIM, especially in this book. It’s a long story. Read it, and you’ll get what I mean. Team Rand!

And the character I would most like to drown is…

1. Jacob Black in New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

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Am I the only one who hated Jacob?? It has been such a long time since I have read the Twilight books, but my hatred for Jacob is still very much alive, especially when I think about this book. Yes, I was Team Edward, and I wanted to strangle Jacob for trying to take Bella away from him, but that wasn’t the only reason I didn’t like Jacob. I can’t even explain it. I just despised him. End of story.

What do you think of my list? Who would be on your list? Feel free to comment or share a link to your top 5 so I can check yours out 🙂

*Click on book covers to check them out on Goodreads.*

Book Review: Alaina Claiborne by M.K. McClintock

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Title: Alaina Claiborne (Book 1 in the British Agent Novels series)

Author: M.K. McClintock

Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing

Length: 257 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

My Review:

In Alaina Claiborne, the first book in the British Agent Novels series, by M.K. McClintock, the setting is nineteenth-century England. Alaina’s life is forever changed at the age of ten. Years later, she is still dealing with the tragedy and often suffers from nightmares about that night. She needs to find the people responsible and finally know the truth. Then she meets Tristan. Not only are they instantly drawn to each other and there is an undeniable attraction, but their lives also seem to connect in more ways than one. They soon find themselves searching for a man who has caused so much pain to so many people. But will their newfound love for each other help or hinder their mission?

I’m a big fan of historical romance, and this one did not disappoint. The time period and the setting were all realistic and written well. And I really enjoyed the beginning of Alaina and Tristan’s relationship. Even though parts of their relationship seemed a bit rushed, how they met and how they talked to one another was equally believable and butterflies-in-my-stomach worthy. The balance among romance, mystery, and adventure was perfect. Usually, one outweighs the other, so I was pleasantly surprised. In addition, the plot had some unexpected twists, which made the story that much more interesting. With memorable characters and an entertaining plot, Alaina Claiborne has it all. M.K. McClintock has definitely written a great start to what I know will be a great series. I look forward to reading the rest.

Reviewed for Readers’ Favorite

Teaser Tuesdays #1

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser

25700476-2“But what I have always believed is that pillows hold a part of your nightmares inside them, part of your problems and your dreams. And that’s why we put those cases on them: so we won’t have to look at those traces of our lives.”

– pg. 5, Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You and I by Albert Espinosa

 

I just started reading this last night, and I’m hooked. I love the writing style, and there are a lot of thought-provoking quotes. I’m very curious to know where this story is going. I’ll review it as soon as I’m done.

So what do you guys think? Sound interesting enough to read? Feel free to comment or add a link to your own teaser. I love seeing other ones 🙂

Stacking the Shelves #1

STSmall[4]Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

I am going to do this post on Saturdays normally, but I was busy this weekend with Father’s Day celebrations, so here it is.

I went a little book crazy this past week, so I thought it would be the perfect time to start my first Stacking the Shelves post. I won’t usually have this many…at least I hope not. Otherwise, I’ll never be able to read them all!

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I found these books at my local used bookstore. I’ve been wanting to read the Bridget Jones books forever, and the other two sounded pretty good, so I had to get them, especially since I spent a total of $4.50! This is exactly why I go there every week…and why I should probably stop because my pile of books that need to be read is getting ridiculous.

FREE/FOR REVIEW

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I was approved for the first 6 e-books at NetGalley. I was selected to receive an e-book ARC of Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase at First to Read. And I received my paperback copy of Joyride, which I won from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program.

So, as you can see, I have a lot of books I need to read and review. Now to find the time…

*Click on any of the book covers to see their Goodreads page.*

Feel free to comment about any of these books or anything else you want 🙂