Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TTT: Top 10 Books I've Read in 2015!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015
 
I'll Meet You ThereA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
1. I'll Meet  You There by Heather Demetrios: The writing style was so good and the subject matter was so unique. I loved this one and everyone else I know did too! If you haven't picked this one up, DO IT NOW!
 
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I knew that I would love this one when I saw that it was sort of a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. And of course when I read it, I loved it and wanted to reread it all over again. 
 
 The Start of Me and YouThe Fixer
 3. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: I LOVED this mainly because it featured a bookworm, a nerd love interest, and an epic friendship. Emery Lord is a BEAST with writing and after this she landed herself on my auto-buy author list.
 



4. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: This book is like Scandal and YA all rolled into one and it was AMAZING. It was funny, had some epic characters, and was full of twists and turns. It releases July 7th and trust me, YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE.  
 
Emmy & OliverLast Year's Mistake
5. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway: This was seriously like a made for TV Lifetime movie. I can't say if they made it into one I would be disappointed though. It was just that good. The cutesy romance and the emotional turmoil from everyone involved was so engrossing. I tried reading this while I was doing EVERYTHING.
 
6. Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca: I was a little afraid to read this one because of the mixed reviews, but when I finally got my hands on it I was smitten. I loved the back and forth of this one, along with the secret that was kept the entire book. I loved the chase of it. 
Saint AnythingNowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)
7. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. So much so I had to show the "Saint" that was most like me.
 
8. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry: This one was completely different than everything that I was used to from McGarry. I think that's the reason I enjoyed it so much. Add that to the amazing characters and the amazing love story and you have this amazing book.
 
Daughter of Deep SilenceEvery Last Word

9. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: I was expecting something  completely different from what the cover suggested and I almost missed this gem of a book. And I would have been terribly upset if I had. All the twists and turns were unexpected and it made me love it.
 
10. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: This one made me think a lot about me. I actually have the illness depicted in this book and I wish I had had something like this to read when I was a teen. I love that future teens get to read this and feel comfortable with themselves after reading this.
 
What are your favorite books from 2015?!
Anything that I need to add to my TBR or read soonish?!

 
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout




Kindle e-book, 320 pages
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Frigid, #2
Source: Own (Bought)
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Chick-lit, Realistic Fiction, Series, NA, Sparkly Covers

     Sometimes life leaves a mark…
     Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.
     Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.
     Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.
     Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I read the first one, I had to use a Hot Boy Alert gif for Kyler before I started the review, but for this book I just couldn't find the perfect one for Tanner. He was the PERFECT man and he has become my favorite man in NA for 2015. Once you read this, you will definitely understand. 
"Sundays just weren't the same without The Walking Dead."
14%
     Andrea and Tanner are not friends. Andrea doesn't know if she likes him or hates him. Tanner knows that there is something between them, but he isn't sure if he wasn't to bring it to the surface. But then out of nowhere, Andrea's life goes spiraling. And she doesn't want anyone to find out all her secrets. 
"Always rushing toward tomorrow."
14%
     JLA's writing as always was phenomenal, but the main thing that drew me into this book was the realness of it. As someone who can relate to Andrea's sickness, I can honestly say it was definitely real. This book has to be JLA's deepest, darkest realistic fiction book that she's written. It has real issues that featured real people. I think I was so invested because I could realte to the anxiety attacks and the insomnia, and I knew what all Andrea was going through. 
"Andy, you never have to apologize for using me as a pole. Anytime you want to climb on, you let me know."
18%
     Another thing I liked was obviously Tanner. At the beginning, he was there to annoy the crap out of Andrea of course, but he always had a soft spot for her. He always made sure she was ok, no matter what the situation was. It made me happy that he was someone who was understanding. Especially when the situation was something that he didn't know too much about. He never once judged her and for that I appreciated him. 
"You know, usually the people who smile the most and laugh the loudest are the ones who... suffer the most..."
70%
     As for their romance, I wasn't a fan of it at first. I wanted to say it was a little insta-lovey, but remembering the first book and their flirty banter made me think that it wasn't so bad. But then when things started getting interesting, there is nothing that they can do to stay away from the other. Until Andrea's life starts spiraling out of control. 
"You've fought bravely this entire time, but you've lost this fight, [...]. The good news is that you haven't lost the war."
87%
     *SPOILER* I loved that there wasn't a huge happily ever after in this book. With what the story was about, there's not always going to be a happy ending in times like this and some people may have needed that reminder. Much like Andrea had to find out. 
"Hope that had sparked in my chest now lit a fire and I fanned it, wanting it to burn hot and bright because hope... hope was not the enemy. It was a friends, a savior, Hope was more than a new beginning. Hope was tomorrow, and hope was the symbol that I would get better, that I would undo the bad choices that I'd made, and that I'd made, and that I would never make them again.Hope was more than a chance of redemption. It was the promise of one day finding absolution, of forgiving myself."
97%
     Not trying to be cliche, but this book was something I needed to read before I even knew I needed to. Having a character who can relate to my anxiety and insomnia and what seemed like many other things. I've had many other characters that I could relate to, but this one seemed so personal and so true. It was great to see something that's normally kept as a secret put on for all the world to see. 
Overall, I give this


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #132 & 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.
 
For Review:
 
Nothing Left to Burn by Patty Blount
 
That's all I got for the week. Small haul, but looking at my others, this is all I really need!
 
What did you get this week?!
 
 
Weekly Wrap-Up
 
What went on at your blog this week?!

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mini-Review: Dream of You by J. Lynn

Kindle e-book, 131 pages
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Published by: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Wait for You, #4.5
Source: Own (Bought)
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Chick-lit, Realistic Fiction, Series, NA, Sparkly Covers

     Abby Erickson isn't looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she's thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she's ever seen - Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she's in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.

*MY THOUGHTS*

      If you've visited my blog, you know that the Wait For You series is my favorite NA series. So when I heard there was a novella about a character, I was extremely happy. And to find out it was Colton..... Yeah that sealed the deal. I couldn't wait for this novella to come out.
"I love books. [...] There's nothing more powerful than the written word. It can transfer you to a place that exists right noe that yoou'll never get to visit or it can take you to a world that doesn't. It can show you things you'll never experience otherwise in life, and books... most importantly, they can take you out of your own world, and sometimes you need that."
23%
     Abby has been on several dates lately and mostly all of them were terrible. Including the one she just left from, On her way home, she sees something that she shouldn't have seen and suddenly the police are involved. Enter, Colton Anders. He's sent to make sure that what she saw doesn't come back to haunt her, but emotions come up and it's not what they're expecting. 
"...I need to believe - that happily ever after exists in real life too. [...] For all of us."
29%
     The main thing I loved about this novella was the plot. I love that there was still so much action going on even with the small amount of pages. It shows what an amazing writer JLA is. She can turn anything into an amazing story, (In a record amount of time I might add!) But the plot in this one moved steaduly and I was so happy it wasn't choppy because it was a novella.
"Do you believe in second chances?"
36%
     As far as the romance, I was a bit thrown about it. It seemed to be insta-lovey, but I had to make myself remember that this was a novella and not a full fledged novel. This is what I loved most about it. I was LOST in Abby and Colton. I was so happy that Colton got someone like Abby. They both deserved each other. I can't wait to see them in future books. 
"Insta-love didn't exist in the real world."
55%
     This series is still one of my favorites and I can't wait to see what happens next. I really hope that both Colton and Abby will be seen in the rest of the series. 
Overall, I give this

Friday, June 26, 2015

Follow Friday: Unexpected love for Required Readings!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

 is there a book you were required to read in high school that you ACTUALLY loved? 
        
     To Kill a MockingbirdMacbeth

To Kill a Mockingbird featured discrimination to African Americans so I wasn't expecting to like it at all, but it turned out to be about so much more than that. I ended up falling in love with the book and reading it at least once a year when I was in college. 

Macbeth was read around my paranormal romance days, and I was obsessed with the witches that were walking around telling people prophecies and such and it was GREAT. Fun fact: I wrote something from the witches POV for a class project I had. I made an A+ on it and I thought I was the SHIT lmao

What books were you required to read in high school but loved?


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway


e-ARC, 352 pages
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen
Stand-alone
Source: Edelweiss (This book was given to me by the publishers and the Edelweiss. This in no way shaped my opinion on the book. A huge thank you to both the publisher and Edelweiss.)  
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Chick-lit, Realistic Fiction, Stand-alone, YA

     Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?
      Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.
     She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.
     Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.
     He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.
     Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?
     Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     This is my first book by Robin Benway and I can assure you, if they are all as well written and as good as this one, it won't be my last. This book was legitimately like a freaking made for TV Lifetime movie. And let me just point out, if Lifetime would suddenly decide to make this book into a movie, I would NOT be complaining. 
"Oliver's absence split us wide open, dividing our neighborhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you're shaking.."
3%
     Since the beginning of their lives, Emmy and Oliver were best friends. The two of them and their circle of friends would do everything together. And then out of nowhere, Oliver is taken away from his family and friends and shakes up all their lives. That is.... Until he comes back. Suddenly Oliver finds out everything he thought he knew, was a lie, and Emmy doesn't know exactly how to treat him once he's back.
"Sometimes love isn't something you say, it's something you do."
22%
     The first thing I noticed about this book was the amazing writing of Benway. There were huge passages that I highlighted in my Kindle that I wish I could keep forever. The language she used made me wish I had read all her other books. If they are as beautiful as this one, I will be reading everything she has ever written.
"...coming home feels like being kidnapped all over again."
33%
     I also loved the characters. They all felt so real. Will the best they could in this actual situation. I could only imagine what someone like Oliver would actually have went through in this situation. But the way he was portrayed was perfect. Even if I didn't agree with him, I still loved that he was so conflicted. Anyone in his place would never have been ok. As for Emmy, I loved that she was there for him the entire time. Much like he had never left in the first place. That was the way to show that they were truly best friends. 
"You've thought about him every day for ten years, so why is it different now?"
36%
     As for their romance, I think it was one of my favorites of 2015. They were so cute together and I loved the way they interacted together. I loved how they weren't always happy with each other, but when they were, it was obvious they were in love. It seemed as if nothing had ever changed for them. 
"You still love the kid that left, but I don't think you like the one that came back."
68%
     As for the plot, it was fast moving for it to be a contemporary romance. It sucked me in from the very first chapter. The uniqueness of this novel helped as well. I NEEDED to find out what happened to the two of them and what happened to his father. Everything in this book made for more questions and I couldn't put my book down until I found the answers. 
"[...] let me hate her [...] when I should have been hating [...]"
94%
     Everything about this book was amazing. From the romance, to the plot, to the characters. It was such a cute book that I plan to book push for the rest of 2015.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: 06/24/15


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!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Winter by Marissa Meyer

     Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
     Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
     Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Published by: Feiwel & Friends 
Expected Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Why I'm Waiting: If you've visited my blog before today, you know how big a fan I am of the Lunar Chronicles series. It may have taken me a while to read Cinder after it's release, but once I did, I couldn't get enough of this series. And now, the last book in the series is coming out and I can't wait. From reading Cress while I brought in the New Year by myself (2014), meeting Marissa Meyer at Montgomery County Book Festival and crying while talking to her (I was the chick who sung Happy Birthday that one year lol), to getting my blog name in the paperback edition of Scarlet, to reading Fairest in one day.... I have so many amazing memories of the Lunar Chronicles series and I'm kinda sad to see this series end. But honestly, for Winter to be 800+ pages, omg I just KNOW it's going to be amazing. I can't wait to see what happens to my favorite characters. I plan to do a complete series re-read before Winter's release. But most of all, I can't wait to see how Winter incorporates Snow White and how amazing it will be since Winter is a POC. Gah I'm already excited. 

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

Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca


e-ARC, 256 pages
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Published by: Simon Pulse
Stand-alone
Source: Edelweiss (This book was given to me by the publishers and the Edelweiss. This in no way shaped my opinion on the book. A huge thank you to both the publisher and Edelweiss.)  
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, Sparkly Covers, Summer Lovin, YA

Before:
     Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey's parents decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...
After:
     Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.
     Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.

*MY THOUGHTS*

      The thing that grabbed me most was how Kelsey was "turned into the school joke." And then seeing the gorgeous cover was just a plus. After these two things, I quickly added them to my TBR. And rightly so, because I really enjoyed this book.
     In the "Before," Kelsey and David are BFF's. They have so much fun together. But then something happens and they don't seem to be as close as they thought. And then Kelsey's parents decide they want to move. She takes the first out she can and doesn't turn back. In the "After," Kelsey has the perfect life and thinks everything is perfect. That is, until David shows up and starts stirring up the past. And stirring up the past brings up a lot more emotions than they thought.
     One of my only issues with this book was the characters. There were so many things that I wanted to smack both David and Kelsey for through out this entire story. At times I felt like I was reading about middle school kids and not high school kids because they were acting so childish. One was being a selfish, stubborn brat, and the other was being a straight pushover. As a character driven reader, I was really pissed at both of them for putting themselves in that situation. So much could have been accomplished if they both had asked questions and stopped assuming everything. I could tell that I was invested in this story by the amount of  updates on Goodreads and Twitter I had and the amount of notes I took on the story. If I showed the notebook I took notes in lol you'd see how I capitalized notes and screamed at them through out my reading of the book.
     What I did appreciate, was the way the Before and After chapters gelled together. There were certain details from the After that could be found in the Before and it made it that much better. I really liked that there were so many things that put them together. I loved being able to see the smaller details turn up in each chapter and the different ways Kelsey and David had changed to fix them.
     Lastly, I was seriously impressed with Ciocca's writing style. For this to be a debut, it was so easy to keep me captivated. Since the misunderstanding on what happened between David and Kelsey is not fully explained until towards the end, I was kept guessing about what had happened between them. I had a few guesses, but I never got the full extent of the situation. And for that I was happy.
     From the synopsis, this sounded like something I would definitely enjoy. And it was so right. Aside from a few character issues, I loved diving into this novel and finding the root cause of everything that happened. For this to be a debut, it shocked me into how good it was written and how well it gelled together. Now I cannot wait to read whatever else that Ciocca writes!
Overall, I give this

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TTT: Top 10 Favorite TTT Topics We've Ever Done!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Favorite TTT Topics We've Ever Done!



3. Top 10 Favorite Romances! (Since my favorite genre is contemp romance, there is no surprise this is one of my favorite topics!)








Honorable Mention: These were freebies, but were still some of my favorite topics!



And now looking at all of these, I feel the need to revisit all of these later on!
Which topics made your list? 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #131 & 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.

I know this post is normally for Sundays, but yesterday was reserved for my family, so I'm posting it now! Here's what I got over the last week!

Gifted: 

I've heard not but great things about this book, so when I heard I could get a signed copy from a Twitter giveaway I won during BEA, I was overjoyed! Plus, Adam Silvera is super nice! 

Bought:
Scorched (Frigid, #2)Dirty Thoughts (Mechanics of Love, #1)
Every Last Word

For Review:
Reckless Hearts (Wicked Games, #2)Velvet Undercover
The Lies About Truth
I read the first one and wasn't really a fan, so I'm not sure why I decided to read this one..... 
Women spies?! YES PLEASE! 
After her STUNNING debut, Faking Normal, I knew I NEEDED this one. I can't wait to sit and read it. I read Faking Normal in a day and a half. 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Tuesday 06/16/15: Top 10 Tuesday- Top 10 Books on my Summer TBR!
Wednesday 06/17/15: My Wow for the week was for When We Collided by Emery Lord 
Friday 06/19/15: Follow Friday:  Literary Tattoos! 

What went on at your blog this week?!