Monday, June 18, 2018

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

e-ARC, 336 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Published by: Berkley
Read from: June 8-14, 2018
Source: Publishers
TW: N/A
Tags for this Book:  Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Adult, Mental Disorders, Diversity, Own Voices Authors, Debut Authors, Recommendations, 

     A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
     Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
     It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...
      Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...
TAKE ME AWAY...

AFTER DARK!

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

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I was a bit late to the party on this one since its an adult title, but as soon as the reviews started coming in about how amazing it was and how sweet, I KNEW I had to get my hands on it. And I'm so glad I did!
      Stella is not one for romance. She thinks math is the only thing in the universe that makes things right. Her mom is pressuring her to get a boyfriend (or something) and she hates not giving her what she wants. But her Asperger's creates different problems (like French kissing). So she calls on a pro. Enter Michael. But before she knows it, Stella begins to find that Michael's lessons are too good and maybe she should try to convince him to stay around.
      Starting with the characters, Michael was amazing. I loved how sweet he was to Stella and how understanding he was. And Stella was an amazing character as well. She was so intuitive and well written. And of course that means the two of them together were gold. And let's not forget the spice level of this off the charts! Those lessons were a lot more spicy than I was expecting and I hope there's more in the next book of the series.
      And then there was the writing style. I found myself getting lost in Hoang's words. I found myself not wanting to stop listening to this. I listened to it everywhere, including at work..... In a crowded workroom. (I had to fan my face a few times and turn the volume down, but it was TOTES worth it!) Hoang has a way with words that will make you put everything else on hold. Or she definitely did for me. And I can't wait to see what else she comes up with.
      As for the plot, it was a contemp romance so it was a bit predictable. It fit directly with the romance troupes, but still was unique enough to keep me entertained. And being able to see from both of their POV's was such a nice touch. It was great to be able to know what they both were thinking. It was a great, quick read.
      I really love seeing this diverse romance getting so much warranted attention. A great writing style, a great plot, and great characters all make for a great contemporary romance. After getting so lost in this one, I can't wait to see what Hoang does with the rest of this series.
Overall, I give this

There will be no quotes because this was read via audio. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #273 & 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 Library: 
Onyx and IvoryThe Wife
Anger Is a GiftBruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas, #2)
The BrightsidersSummer of Salt



From Publishers: 
Mammoth

A HUGE thanks to Turner Publishing who saw me expressing interest in this one on Twitter and reached out to me. I wanted it to pass on to my work teens because it's set in Tx (where we are) and they think its so cool! Now, my plan is to read this one and review it and let them pass it around amongst themselves! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 06/11/18: No Post. 
Tuesday 06/12/18: Top Ten Eleven Books that Gave you the Travel Bug! 
Wednesday 06/13/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Friday 06/15/18: Book Blogger Hop: Book Lottery!

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As I mentioned, the theme for the summer reading program is Libraries Rock. So, for oneof my programs, we decided to hold an intro to guitar lessons. The teens had so much fun and many of them wanted to continue with lessons! (The paper was just a fun game I gave them to play while they waited on the instructors. They had to match the artist to their guitar. I was 1000% impressed they knew who Van Halen was lol Some of the parents didn't even know! 

What went on at your blog this week?
Anything exciting happen?
Leave me a link in the comments! 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Hardcover, 325 pages
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Published by:  Speak
Read from: N/A
Stand-alone
Source: Library
TW: N/A
For fans of:  Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.
     But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.
     Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

*MY THOUGHTS*

   When I first saw the cover at TLA, I was smitten! I hadn't heard of this one, but they had one on display and I remembered I wanted it so bad because the cover was gorgeous. It looked like a nice, sweet contemp, which is my favorite kind. Unfortunately, that’s where the goodness ended for me.     
Megan can’t keep a boyfriend. And once she loses them, they go on to someone else. And that someone else always turns out to be the love of their life. So she’s become the school flirt. And it just so happens, in the midst of rehearsals for the school play, she decides to write her own love story.

     Although I was really excited about this one, unfortunately, I didn’t get very far. As a character driven reader, this one wasn’t great for me because I did not connect with the characters. They seemed like immature to me. And then I felt even more disconnected from them when I realized that there was some sort of weird love triangle thing happening. For example, Megan’s ex is now dating her best friend. Although that may not bother some people, it bothers me and I couldn’t do it. And it didn’t make it better that although they said it didn’t bother them, it still did. They lied to each other about the situation and it made me uncomfortable.

   This isn’t the way I wanted my review to end up, but unfortunately, this is what it came down to. Although this may not be for me, I’m sure someone else will love it. Someone read it and let me know if Owen ends up as the love interest and if he’s as swoony as he was weird lol


DNF @ pg. 75



Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Book Lottery!!




You have just won a $100.00 Visa gift card. Will you spend the entire amount on a rare collector's edition you have always wanted, or buy several newly-published books? Explain your choice.

I'm going to go with the newly published ones. I haven't found a rare edition that I want quite yet. And plus, I'm almost positive that there wouldn't be enough for shipping internationally anyways lolol

What about you? 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi

e-ARC, 256 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Published by:  HarperCollins/ HarperTeen
Read from: June 9-12, 2018
Stand-alone
Source: Publishers
TW: Physical and Emotional Abuse
For fans of:  Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, 

     When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us.
     Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling.
She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     For the most part, these types of books are usually hard for me to read. But knowing that some teens out there may be experiencing these things, I try to stay in the loop to know what to recommend and what not to recommend. And this one, though it has its faults, I would still find myself recommending this one. 
"The way to a girl's crotch is through her taste buds," I advised."
21%
     Betts and Aiden meet by chance at Betts' job. They are drawn to each other like a moth to a flame. But Betts has been keeping a huge secret about him. But her friend Jo sees right through him... She sees what kind of person he really is. It's up to Betts to show Jo that he's not needy, possessive, and controlling. 
"Eric looked at me. "What happened to your face?" "What? Oh." I touched my chin. "I scraped it." He squinted. "On what?" Jo turned back around. "On her new boyfriend's tonsils."
22%
    One thing I wasn't a fan of was the writing style. For the most part, it was ok, but at other times it felt a bit choppy. There were a couple scenes where she was mad with him and didn't want to be around him or anything like that, but then a sentence later she was wanting to be in his arms again without anything happening to change her. I'm sure someone going through this may have a similar thought process, but I don't feel that Rissi did a great job of portraying it. She did a lot of telling vs showing, if that makes sense.This hurt me getting to know the characters as well. I felt like I never got to know Betts and Aiden, and the main focus of the story was on them. It just seemed like it skimmed over the top of them. There was so much backstory to Aiden and we never saw any of it. 
"The storm had blown over, but I still felt the wreckage from the winds."
59%
     As for the message in the book, I was happy that someone actually tackled this subject. It's a bit of a taboo, but after Bad Romance came out and everyone (including myself) loved it, I was happy that more authors are opening up and helping people see that things like this do happen in real life. (I've heard a parent say that these things don't happen anyway so why should their child be reading it...) 
"I couldn't let myself think of the future. I couldn't let myself think of our past. I was spinning in the now, now, now of endless questions my brain didn't want me to ask."
93%
    For the most part, this was an interesting story. It played on my emotions and I swear it was like reading a train wreck- it hurt the more pages I turned, but I just couldn't stop reading it. This is one book that I hope to see people reading for years to come! 
Overall, I give this


     

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WoW: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills


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!

Famous in a Small Town


     For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.
     Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm's length. Sophie in particular.
     Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.
 

Published by: Henry Holt
Expected Publication: January 15, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: ANYTHING by Emma Mills I am down for. She is my jam and this sounds super cute! Also, I'm supeeeeeeerrrrrr interested in the revenge plots and country stars and what they have to do with this story lol I'm sure it will be amazing as is everything else she writes! 

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TTT: Top 10 (Or 11...) Books that Give you the Travel Bug!

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 11 Books that Give you the Travel Bug! 

Listen to Your HeartRoyals

1. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West: OMG everything she was saying about the lake and jet skis and just all the water activities, man I LOVED it! I wanted to jump on the first thing smoking to Lake Conroe in Texas!

2. Royals by Rachel Hawkins: Who doesn't want to go to Scotland?! I mean let's be real here. 

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)Love & Luck
3. The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding: I have never been to LA, but there are some amazing sounding places in this book that I really want to check out. Especially those spots where the burgers are.

4. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch: Who doesn't want to go to Ireland? I mean let's be real here. 

Stay SweetLumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
5. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian: Living in Galveston as a kid I was ALWAYS around ice cream stands and snowcone stands. This makes me miss home in the summer time. I have to say, I don't WANT to go home very often, but after reading this, I wanted to be on the first thing smoking to Galveston.

6. Lumberjanes!: I've never been to a summer camp before, but I ALWAYS want to go to one as cool and as magical as this one when I read one of these! 

Top ElfStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

7. Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett: I'm almost 90% positive that the North Pole is nothing like it is in this book, but I can definitely say, it makes me want to go and see all the different advancements that they have! lol 

8. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: She was in London for this one, and I've always wanted to go there! Maybe not with the killer still there lol But you know what I mean lol 

With MaliceRenegades (Renegades, #1)

9. With Malice by Eileen Cook: Again, who doesn't want to go to Italy? And again, I mean not while the killer is there lol 

10. Renegades by Marissa Meyer: As a huge comics fan, I have always wanted to get to Gatlon City. Now someone PLEASE take me!

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)

11. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu: See #10. Now someone take me to Gotham City. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #272 & 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:

The Resolutions

Only a small haul this week, but I have been SUPER busy with the first week of Summer Reading, so maybe it being small is a good thing! 


The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Tuesday 06/05/18: Top 10 Books I MAY have DNF'ed too early! 
Wednesday 06/06/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Thursday 06/07/2018:  No Post
Friday 06/08/18: Book Blogger Hop: Most Read! 
 Saturday 05/26/18:  Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

ARC, 417 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Published by:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Read from: June 2-8, 2018
Companion to Matson's other novels
Source: Publishers (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:  Romance, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, LOL, Weddings, Family, YA

     Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
     The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.
There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
     There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.
     Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.
     Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     So far, everyone that I've seen that has read and reviewed this has said the same thing: this is their favorite Morgan Matson book. And I have to say, it's definitely my favorite now too. I've said for a long time, Matson is the Queen of Realistic Fiction, but this one by far shows it. Her attention to detail and her imagination just completes the picture for me.
"Is everyone there? [...] The whole circus in town?"
pg. 29
     Charlie's older sister is getting married and all her siblings have come into town to watch the event. Or disaster, based on everything that's going wrong. Like the nosey neighbor, the terrible sound the alarm is making, and so much more. Just when she thought everything good, several other things changed. Over the weekend, Charlie learns a little more about the family she thought she knew all about.
"It didn't say anything about that on the STD. [...] When you and Rodney gave me the STD [...] Dude. Acronymons aren't always a good idea.."
pg. 54
     And again after reading this, I still say Morgan Matson is the Queen of Realistic Fiction. Her attention to detail makes her stories for me. They always feel more like movies than books. She makes it extremely easy to see the story play out in my head. As a reader that's what normally happens when I read books, but for the most part, the background is never in full detail like it is when I read a Matson book. That's the best way I can describe it. Matson always creates an entire world for her readers. And in a world of things going wrong with the wedding, the humor in this one MAKES the story. It wasn't something that we should be laughing at (since those things were important details about the wedding) but laughing was inevitable.
"Did you know 98 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot?"
pg. 89
   I also loved the characters. I mean who wouldn't love them?! To make it even better, I fell for both sets of the Grants. It was so fun to get to know both sets of the family along with Charlie, because everything she thought she knew about them, well she didn't know everything. It was a really fun way to get to know all of them.
"You're wrong, I said to Bill. [...] It shouldn't go there." "Says who? [...] That's absolutely the wrong place for a koala."
pg. 122
    I also wanted to talk about the plot. I've never read anything about a family with a mom who had this profession. To me that shows a lot of her imagination; to go where no one else's mind has been before. I can't wait to read more by her.
"It seemed like the second you tried to tell someone why you loved someone else, it took the luster off it, like pinning a butterfly down in a case- it never quite captured it."
pg. 169
     Last but not least, I really loved the "visits" from the characters in her other books. I always love the Easter eggs of author's previous books, and there is an egg from most of them. Makes me want to go back and re-read all her books again. I love being able to see what they're up to now!
"Have the most amazing adventure."
pg. 416
   The humor, the romance, the family ties, all of it makes this story my favorite. I'm almost positive that I'll say that the next Morgan Matson book is my favorite as well, but at least for now I can say that this one really is my favorite for now.
Overall, I give this

Friday, June 8, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Most Read!




What author have you read the most in the past two years?

Jennifer L. Armentrout

     I'm not positive since Goodreads changed their system. But I will say I read every book of her's that comes out, including her NA and Adult ones, so it's very possible that I have read her the most. Judging by my GR, a close second would be Sarah J. Maas. 

What about you?!