Saturday, July 20, 2019

24 in 48 Read-thon!

#24in48 is a Read-athon that I've wanted to participate in FOREVER, but I've always worked on the days its happened. And of course, this time I'm at work again too. 

Here's my TBR: 

  • These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
  • House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 11
I also did a spread in my reading journal. Last time I didn't and I had to guess the amount of time I read, so here's what my spread looks like: 

*I broke them into 2 little boxes for each hour to keep track of how much I read. For each 30 minutes I read I colored them in. Some places are colored in because I have already read at those times. 

Even though I'm off, I still have some other things I have to take care of (regular errands) so Idk about the challenges, but I will try to update or look at them if I remember them. 

Anyone else doing the readathon? 
Tell me your TBR in the comments! 
Tell me how much you've already read! 

Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalco

e-Book, 71 pages           
Release Date: July 15, 2019
Published by: James Patterson Presents (Little Brown and COmpany)
Read from: July 15-17, 2019
Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3.5
Source: Publisher (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of: Historical Fiction, Novellas/Short Stories, YA

     In this irresistibly-priced short story, catch a glimpse of the inner struggles and triumphs that drive Stalking Jack the Ripper's endearing but troubled hero.
     Enigmatic, brooding, and darkly handsome, Thomas Cresswell has always been the one mystery Audrey Rose has never been able to fully solve. As brilliant partners in crime investigation, they understand each other perfectly...but as young lovers, their passionate natures have led to both euphoria and heartbreak throughout the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
     This novella features a collection of scenes that takes place during and after the pair's horrifying Atlantic voyage in Escaping From Houdini. Experience new and familiar scenes from Thomas's unique point of view, including an intensely personal look into his plea for Audrey Rose's hand in marriage.
      With a romance for the ages, Audrey Rose and Thomas reach the conclusion to their epic, irresistible partnership in their final adventure, Capturing the Devil.


      As this is a novella I wasn't going to write a review for this at first, but I haven't seen many of them so I decided to give it a go. Mostly I want people to know that Maniscalco's words are still amazing in shorter stories too lol 
     I loved that we got to finally be inside Thomas' head. And although this was an interesting time to do it, I wish we had gotten it during HPD. In that one we would have gotten a way to see the real Thomas. In this one, we got him worrying about Audrey Rose after the events of what happened in Escaping from Houdini. So basically he was worried and love sick lol And I was ok with that. It was interesting to see all that Audrey Rose meant to him. 
     The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was the plot. I don't feel like there was a real reason for this besides showing what we already knew.... They were in love. I was hoping for what was in this story and then showing something that might show a preview of what's to come in Capturing the Devil. But there was nothing there and I was a bit disappointed by that. 
     Although this was a cute love story between the two of them, I expected more. Especially since I love them so much in the rest of the series. But since it's a novella, I'm ok with it not being as good as the others. I'm pretty sure all the good stuff is reserved for Capturing. And I'm ok with that. 
Overall, I give this

Friday, July 19, 2019

Book Blogger Hop: Autobiography Title!

If you were to write your own autobiography, what would the title be?

Easy Peasy:

Nikki Shaw: Wonder Woman

What about you? 
Do you think this fits me?
Did you know I would pick this? 
Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

ARC, 337 pages           
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Published by: Berkley
Read from: July 13-15, 2019
The Wedding Date, #3
Source: Publisher & Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher & Netgalley in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Companion Novel,  Sparkly Covers, Realistic Fiction, Rom Com, Adult, Between the Covers

     Maddie and Theo have two things in common:
     1. Alexa is their best friend
     2. They hate each other
     After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking.
     But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.

*This book is part of the new adult contemporary romance genre! It is more mature than YA. I have featured it in Between the Covers as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"


     When I received The Wedding Party in the mail I actually squealed. This series is one of my favorites and I was so excited to get this in my hands. And as soon as I started it, I didn't want to stop until I finished the book!
     Theo and Maddie are best friends with Alexa but they hate each other. But after one night where they made a huge mistake, they come to an agreement... They can keep this going until the wedding and then that's it. But one thing they don't account for is falling for each other. 
     This was wonderful! My second favorite after The Wedding Date. And it's because the characters made it that way. Theo and Maddie were hilarious both together and apart. And then with the introduction of the other characters like Maddie's mom (which is the main character of Royal Holiday!!!) and knowing more about Alexa's sister, I loved it. As a character driven reader I really loved this. I laughed at their ridiculousness and I was upset at some of the dumb things they did. I was surprised at how emotionally invested I got to these characters. 
      Guillory has a gift of writing. Just like in The Wedding Date, I got lost in The Wedding Party. So lost I didn't take notes. I normally read and take down notes as I find them in the book, but for this one I was so lost in reading that I didn't even write anything down. I just wanted to get lost in the pages. I don't know the last time I did this. 
     As for the romance, I wanted just a little more from it. They spent most of their time in each other's beds and although it's labeled as an enemies to lovers romance, it didn't seem like that at all. We  don't really see them as enemies at all. Just "saying" that they hate each other, not showing that they actually do. But even still, Guillory's writing style still made me love this book. As for their banter and flirting, I LOVED it. It was hilarious. And the way they hid everything from everyone was cute and made me think of them as teens lol They were the cutest. 
     This was a really quick read that I really enjoyed. Jasmine Guillory has done it again! And seeing that she has another book coming out this year makes me so excited! I can't wait to see what else is coming from her.
Overall I give this, 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WoW: The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

The Tenth Girl

     Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.
     At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
     Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young men, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
     One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi's existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

Published by: Imprint
Expected Publication: September 24, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: All I needed to hear was horror and YA and I was good to go. I haven't really read any GOOD YA horror in a long while and I can only hope this will be good. But I can't lie, I've heard some pretty awesome things about it, so I'm thinking it's going to be pretty awesome. Also this cover is so cool and creepy and I really can't wait to see what it's about!

What about you?
What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this one with me? 
Let me know in the comments!