Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

E-Audio, 08:24:55
Narrated by:  Stella Bloom & Lance Greenfield
Release Date:  August 7, 2018
Published by:  Hachette Audio
Read from: October 21-24, 2019
Source: Library 
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Second Chance Romance, Adult, LOL, Audio

     Is it love, or is she just his good luck charm?
     New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting absolutely delights with this witty and fun standalone contemporary romance.
     Lilah isn't sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she's no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.
     Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.
     Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan's already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he'll do anything to keep from losing her again.

*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!"


     I wasn't going to review this since it came out last year, (and because I'm not reviewing a romance book on Halloween lmao) but I decided to do it anyways. It's still popular enough (I just got my hold in from work) that it could help having a review.
     Years ago Lilah's first love broke her heart. Ethan left her (over the phone no less) for a hockey career and didn't look back. Or so she thought. Eight years later Ethan comes back home after being traded to his home hockey team. He quickly realizes what he had for Lilah never went away, but also that she is not who she used to be and doesn't want to be. Just as Lilah is finally coming into her own true self, Ethan comes back and his being here threatens to unravel everything she's done to change. But she still loves Ethan. Can she be herself and protect herself all at the same time? Is he doing this because she's good luck or because he really misses her?
     Because I've been in a sports romance mood lately, I saw this was available and I KNEW I needed to get my hands on it. I immediately checked it out and started listening to it the same day. I loved when I met Lilah, but as Ethan was introduced, I found that I was not impressed. First off, the phone thing. What kind of a person does that? Have some respect for her smh And as the book went on he just never understood that some things she needed to do for herself and she shouldn't give up those things because he may not always be there.... As his previous example showed. If he had any respect for her, he wouldn't have needed to explain that. The one thing that saved him was the fact that he let her go when she asked.
     As for the romance, like I said I wasn't a real fan of Ethan, but I thought their love was really sweet. I loved that they had all these inside jokes and memories from back in the day. This is the reason I love second chance romance. I love thinking that the memories and the romance can survive all of the things we put it through. And, let's be honest, the smexy times were in fact smexy. Like the car scene?! Holy hotness Batman! I listened to that part at work (of course smh lol) and I remember my cheeks turning a bit pink and having to lower the volume even though I had on ear buds lol
     This wasn't my favorite sports romance or second chance romance, but it worked for what I was looking for. I still enjoyed this enough to want to see what else Hunting has written and if the romances are just as good as the others.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

WoW: This Coven Won't Break by Isabel Sterling

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!

This Coven Won't Break (These Witches Don't Burn, #2)

     In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic.
     Hannah Walsh just wants a normal life. It's her senior year, so she should be focusing on classes, hanging out with her best friend, and flirting with her new girlfriend, Morgan. But it turns out surviving a murderous Witch Hunter doesn't exactly qualify as a summer vacation, and now the rest of the Hunters seem more intent on destroying her magic than ever.
     When Hannah learns the Hunters have gone nationwide, armed with a serum capable of taking out entire covens at once, she's desperate to help. Now, with witches across the country losing the most important thing they have—their power—Hannah could be their best shot at finally defeating the Hunters. After all, she's one of the only witches to escape a Hunter with her magic intact.
     Or so everyone believes. Because as good as she is at faking it, doing even the smallest bit of magic leaves her in agony. The only person who can bring her comfort, who can make her power flourish, is Morgan. But Morgan's magic is on the line, too, and if Hannah can't figure out how to save her—and the rest of the Witches—she'll lose everything she's ever known. And as the Hunters get dangerously close to their final target, will all the Witches in Salem be enough to stop an enemy determined to destroy magic for good?

Expected Publication: June 2, 2020
Published by: Razorbill

Why I'm Waiting: I'm not a witchy person, but I still liked the first one. And because of that, I really want to try this one as well. Also I want to try this one because the bomb drop from that one was pretty crazy. I'd like to see more of what happens in this one. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top 10 Halloween Freebie: Books that Remind me of (Halloween) Costumes!

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 Halloween Freebie: Books that Remind me of Halloween Costumes!

Last year I did books as candy, but I didn't want to do the same thing, so I tried something else. Hopefully this is as cool as I thought it was in my head lol 

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1. Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab & Skeletons: This is a MG book and second in a series, but if you've read it, you know why this would make you want to be a skeleton for Halloween!

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2. Renegades by Marissa Meyer and Superheroes: This was the book and costume combination that made me decide to do this topic. If you've read it, you know why I chose superheroes. If you know me, you know why I chose Wonder Woman lol 

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3. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh & Dracula: This book has the creepy, blood thirsty vampires that I have been dreaming of, so if I was to see a Dracula costume, I'd be thinking of that. 

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4. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin & Witches: I don't normally like witches, but I really enjoyed this book and this witch lol 

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5. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly & Minerva: If I was to dress up as a Disney character, I would choose Minerva from Brandy's Cinderella. And of course, this made me think of Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. I never did feel like it was their fault, I always knew it was the stepmother. 

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6. Shuri by Nnedi Okoragor & Shuri: Even from just watching the movie I knew I loved her. And this graphic novel was also good. She's smart and strong and bad ass. I would wear her costume even when it's not Halloween. 

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7. Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson & Biggie Smalls: No lie, I added this because my husband was Rick Ross one year. I bet he could also do Biggie Smalls lmao (The third picture is if you didn't believe that my husband dressed up as Rick Ross bahahaha) 

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8. Lovely War by Julie Berry & Aphrodite: I loved this retelling and I thought it was told in an intersting way. It definitely made me want to try dressing up as her once or twice. 

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9. Spin by Lamar Giles & DJ Marshmallow: In Spin there is a DJ that everyone loves, and if you know DJ Marshmallow, I'm sure you love them too!

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10. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller & a pirate: Alosa is pretty bad ass and again, I would definitely wear this costume on days other than Halloween lol 

What about you?
What books make you think of costumes?
Would you wear these costumes? 
Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Institute by Stephen King

Audio CD, 16 CDs
Narrated by:  Santino Fontana
Release Date:  September 10, 2019
Published by:  Scribner
Read from: October 7-25, 2019
Source: Library 
TW: Vioence
For fans of: Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Adult

     In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”
     In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
     As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.


     I wasn't sure about this one because it didn't seem like my thing, but because it's Stephen King, I had to give it a try. Although I was hoping for more scary, this one was creepy as well, but it was no where near what I was expecting. 
     As Luke is sleeping, he's woken up and kidnapped. He's then taken to The Institute where there are other kids and they are split into weird places called Front Half and Back Half. As he stays, he begins to realize what they're doing there.... And it terrifies him. As all his friends are taken away, he realizes he needs to get help. But how when he knows no one has ever escaped from the Institute before?
     As weird as this was, I did actually like this. The plot was slow, but I think that was because of Stephen King and how he always gets so long winded. But, as you know, you can't skip anything because of the way he is. He may give you these extra details, but about 85% of the time they might be useful in the end.
     As for the characters, I didn't like anyone besides Annie and Tim. Not even the main character was good. But then again, I think this was the purpose of certain things. The line between good and evil has never seemed as gray as it does in this book. The characters show how difficult it is to try to make the right choice as well.
     This wasn't something that I thought I should write home about, but it was still an entertaining story. It still had me yelling at my car CD player when certain things happened and I still sat in my car when I got where I was going to make sure I could hear the end of that chapter. It was a good book, but it wasn't what I was expecting. 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #344 & 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:
Cover image for The Beau & the Belle

For Review:

JackpotTristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1)

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 10/08/19:  Top 10 Tuesday:  Top 10 Books I'd Give Different Titles to!
Wednesday 10/09/19: Waiting on Wednesday: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Friday 10/11/19: Book Blogger Hop: Book to Movie Adaptation! (Horror Edition) & READy to Talk: Reading in Public!
Saturday 10/12/19: Jackpot by Nic Stone

Me on Instagram: 

The Astros made it to the World Series again and our community is excited. So we made a #TakeItBack display.

Both of my pre-orders came about a week later. Thanks B&N for having free 2 day shipping and still giving to us about a week late. But whatever. They made it to me and I'm ok lol (But they did both come damaged &%#*()**&^%$#)

What did you get this week?
See anything you got too?
Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Jackpot by Nic Stone

ARC, 352 pages           
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Published by: Crown Books for Young Readers
Read from: October 19-25, 2019
Source: Trade with Miss Print
TW: Poverty
For fans of: Vampires, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fiction, Sparkly Covers, Diverse Authors, POC MC, YA

     From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin --which Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read"--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life.
     Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide?
     Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money--both too little and too much--and how you make your own luck in the world.


            Normally when I finish a book, I start writing the review right away. But this time, I had to wait and sit with it for a while because I felt SO MUCH when I was reading this. This book brings up some questions and discussions that need to be happening in YA. These things are happening more and more and finally having books about it can help so much.
"...when you live as tenuously as my family does, there's nothing worse than having even the slightest glimmer of hope dashed against the ugly boulders of life."
pg. 13
Rico is a high school senior who lives with her mom and brother. She’s been working at the Gas N Go to help her mom make ends meet. That’s where she met the little old lady who buys two Lottery tickets… and gifts her one. Next thing she knew, someone wins the Jackpot and never comes forward. AND, they bought the ticket from her store! She enlists the help of Zan, someone she never thought she would talk to, to find the woman who Rico thinks is the winner. As their story goes on, they both find out the Jackpot brings about some strange things….
"I don't actually know all the pieces. I'm black by societal standards- something mama's been drilling into me since I made the mistake of requesting a blond/blue eyed American Girl doll for my sixth birthday."
pg. 76
For things first, I LOVED the writing style and the way this was written. Of course Stone writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading non-stop, but I also thought it was a pretty cool HOW she wrote it. She wrote the chapters as the characters are going through the story, but she also throws in some chapters that are from the point of view of some of the inanimate objects that are met along the way. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this, so it was interesting to see it executed.
"Pretty is too flimsy a word to describe Rico."
pg. 99
The characters were amazing as well. I really loved Rico. She was real and tough and resilient, and it was great to see how she took care of her family. It really hit home to see how she had to contribute to the bills and work to take care of her family and she was still a teen. Although this wasn’t my lifestyle, it was for a lot of my friends so I can say this is a real lifestyle for some. Its something you don’t really see in YA, so it was good to see it portrayed in YA. And then there was Zan. I loved him for Rico. I didn’t necessarily like the way Rico treated him all the time, but I did like the way he treated her the entire book. It was never less than she deserved.
"You know, you really could have told me this at school tomorrow," I say. "Ah, I just wanted to hear your voice." Roller-coaster drop. "You flirting with me, Mackin?" "You bet your beautiful ass I am." "Don't look at my ass." "Oh, it's much too late for that, Danger."
pg. 169
This was different than the other books Stone has written and I that’s one of the things I’ve loved about it. It really shows how great her writing is. After reading this, I can’t wait to see what else is up there under Stone’s sleeve. 
Overall, I give this

Friday, October 25, 2019

READy to Talk: Reading in Public!

     READy to Talk is a new discussion meme that will come up few and far between, just when I have something bookish on my mind. Something that I want to get y'alls opinion on!

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     Have you ever been reading a book in public and accidentally laughed out loud or had to stop for a second and fan yourself because the book got a bit too steamy? I have. As a matter of fact, a co-worker was the reason I was inspired to write this blog post. 
     I was having lunch at my desk and I got to a funny part in Jackpot by Nic Stone (and trust me, there are A LOT of them) and I remember actually laughing out loud. My co-worker looked over at me puzzled. Remember I said, there's only 2 of us that actually read here, so he didn't get it. He thought I was strange for reading something and then actually enjoying it lol 
     So, I started thinking about the things you might risk from reading in pucblic.... 

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1. Strange looks at the cover/title of the book you've chosen lol 

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2. When the book gets to be too much and you have to raise your eyebrows or fan yourself and put it down for a minute. 

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3. Reading something completely hilarious and then actually laughing out loud

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4. Reading something you weren't expecting to be sad and then suddenly you're bawling (Man, I made the mistake of listening to The Serpent King on audio while I was driving to work and I got all the WEIRDEST looks. It was a DISASTER lmao)

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5. Getting mad while reading 

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6. Looking up and realizing you're not actually in the fantasy land you've been reading about. 

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7. Actually talking out loud to the characters in the book (Am I the only one that does this? lol) 

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8. Reading a super sweet scene and physically swooning. 

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9. People talking to you while reading. (It drives me NUTS. They assume you're reading because you don't have anything else to do, so they talk thinking they're more interesting. NO.)

     These things make me look crazy and it's always embarrassing, but I couldn't stop it if I tried.

What are some of the things you risk while reading in public?
Do any of these things happen to you?
How do you react? 
Let me know in the comments!