Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

e-Audio, 304 pages
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Published by: Gallery Books
Read from: January 4-14, 2019
Source: Library 
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Snark, Rom Coms, Adult, Clean Romance, Realistic Fiction

     In this charming romantic comedy perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella, critically acclaimed author Teri Wilson shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize.
     Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.
     She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.
     Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.


     Sadly I don't read much adult romance, but if all of them are like this, I really need to start. I was originally drawn to this by the cover. I thought it was cute with the tiara, but then I noticed the book underneath that I was SOLD. And trust me when I tell you, the book inside is just as cute as the cover!
     Charlotte is all set for a relaxing time for a vacation in sunny Florida while she watches her twin sister compete for another beauty scholarship pageant. She is all set for visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, because where else would she go as an elementary school librarian, when all of a sudden her sister has an allergic reaction that causes her face to swell. The night before the pageant! So what else could she do, but take her sister's place?
     First off, I LOVED the main character! Charlotte felt real to me and I have to say I was in awe of her. From one librarian to another, THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD HAVE DONE IT lol But I think that's what I loved most about her. Although she was terrified, she was still strong enough to be there for her sister. (Although I can understand that guilt played a big part too lol) I admired how close they were and how she was so willing to get out of her comfort zone in so many ways.
     As for the romance, it was clean (in other words, it didn't go too into detail during the sexy parts) and it was a nice break from other books in this genre. Don't get me wrong, I read them ALL, but it was nice to be able to listen to this at work without worrying to lower the volume lol It was a nice break from having over-exaggerated bits in it as well. I didn't realize that I really like the difference sometimes.
     The clean romance between the characters made for only a limited time that they spent together through out the whole book. But with the amount of things that Charlotte was trying to do and the more than realistic experience of being thrown into a beauty scholarship pageant, never failed to keep me entertained. Although I was really interested in where the romance went, I was ok with keeping him on the back burner while Charlotte found herself.
    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was exactly what I needed at the time. I loved seeing Charlotte jump through hoops and survive them and not be scared to move on to the next. (For example, I'm not sure how she made it through that Talent portion even as epic as it was.) It was an interesting story, and I hope to read more by Wilson in the future.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WoW: The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

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 Kingdom

     Welcome to the Kingdom… where ‘Happily Ever After’ isn’t just a promise, but a rule. 
     Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom™ is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bio-engineered species—formerly extinct—roam free.
     Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.
     But the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty—and what it truly means to be human.

Published by: Henry Holt
Expected Publication: May 28, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: This cover looks amazing and its what drew me towards this. 2019 is filled with cover lust for me this year and I am not ashamed lolol Aside from that, this seems so different from other things I've read and I'm so interested in seeing how the full product comes together! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TTT: Top 10 New to Me Authors I Read in 2018!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top 10 New to Me Authors I Read in 2018!

 Rebecca BarrowRenée Watson

1. Rebecca Barrow: I LOVED This is What It Feels Like and I began kicking myself for not reading her debut almost instantly. 

2. Renee Watson: I finally read Piecing Me Together last year and again I was kicking myself for letting it sit on my bookshelf unread. It was so real and so good and now I can't wait to read everything else by her! 

Alexa  MartinJ.C. Cervantes

3. Alexa Martin: Her book Intercepted came out last year at the beginning of football season and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next one, Fumbled, which comes out in April! 

4. J.C. Cervantes: I mean did you read The Storm Runner?! It was awesome and I loved being able to put our Texas Lonestar sticker on it in my library! Can't wait for more kids to read it! 

Courtney SummersZoraida Córdova

5. Courtney Summers: Although I had so many of her books on my TBR, I had never read one by her until Sadie. And because I loved that one so much, I added the rest of her books to my TBR lol 

6. Zoraida Córdova: See #5 but replace Sadie with Labyrinth Lost and Bruja Born!

Tiffany D. JacksonTomi Adeyemi

7. Tiffany D. Jackson: See #5 & #6 and replace those titles with Monday's Not Coming!

8. Tomi Adeyemi: I wasn't sure if this counted because she was a debut author at the time, butttttt I'm going to make it count anyways! I LOVED CBB and I will defend it at all costs. I loved see a Black lead in a fantasy novel and I loved seeing that it was written and sprinkled with Black Girl Magic. I even book pushed it to my mom who loved it too! 

Maureen JohnsonSarah Glenn Marsh

9. Maureen Johnson: See #5, 6, & 7 but replace those titles with Truly Devious. 

10. Sarah Glenn Marsh: I really loved the first one and I can't wait to see what else she has in the second book! 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

ARC, 309 pages
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Read from: January 9-13, 2019
Source: Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Snark, Slow burns, Realistic Fiction, 

     For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.
      The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.
      What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.


     Whenever there's a new Emma Mills I add it to my TBR with no question. And this one was no different! I don't even remember if this one had a title when I added it, but I did because it had her name on it. And as usual, Mills did not disappoint!
"That's why you're noble, you don't even know that you're noble."
pg. 5
     Sophie and her friends live a small town life and they are all incredibly happy. Until they are selected to march in the Rose Parade with their high school marching band. Sophie knows she'll have to help out with the fundraising if she thinks they'll actually get to go. And what better way to do that than getting their small town's country singer back to Acadia. Along the way there's so much unexpectedness and more, including a romance that will sweep you off your feet!
"Everything worth having is worth working for."
pg. 84
     First off, I LOVED the characters and how they interacted with each other. From the friend groups to the family groups. Her family and friend relationships are always so real Mills definitely has a gift with making them so believable. I found myself wanting to yell at certain people when they did certain things and hug them at other times in the book. All signs of me falling for all of them.
"It might not solve our problems, but it could give us new ones."
pg. 103
     As for the romance, to put it simply, I loved it. It had everything I love about a contemporary romance. There was the slow agonizing burn, the snark filled swoony moments, and my least favorite part that happens in all romances. I seriously loved this one though because there was so much more to this story than just the normal troupe of: They meet, they fall in love, they fight, and they make up. I think that was my favorite part of the whole book. Although it's pitched as a contemporary romance, it's so much more than that.
"Everyone can be better."
pg. 141
             The only reason I couldn't give it five stars is the pacing was a little slow to me in the beginning. At times I had to put it down and read other things because it felt like it was dragging. But once I got past all the introductions (and got over one of her friends because I felt like she was so rude!) and getting to know the story, I found myself getting swept up in it. 
"Everyone had little pieces they kept to themselves the same way I listed my [...]."
pg. 297
      After reading this I am kicking myself for not having read This Adventure Ends! But after finishing this beautiful book, I think I may have to go back and fix that. I need more of Mills' words! This stunning tale of romance, snark, family, and friendship was EXACTLY what I needed and more! 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #303 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

From the Netgalley/ Edelweiss/ Publishers:

From the Library:
Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)The Backstagers Vol. 2: The Show Must Go On
Cover image for Give the Dark My Love

Butterface (The Hartigans, #1)

I bought this yesterday when it was free! Not sure if it still is, but it was free on both Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble e-Book! It sounds super cute so go get it now! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up: 

Wednesday 1/09/19: Waiting on Wednesday: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Friday 1/4/19: Book Blogger Hop: First of the Year! 

Me on Instagram:

Messy bun, perfect reading material, and a lazy Sunday morning! I love this picture and I loved this book! 

I LOVE my Keno Beano and I really hope that people stop with the stereotype of pitbulls. He's the sweetest boy and no one needs to be scared of him. He's so friendly and so sweet! 

What went on at your blog this week?!