Tuesday, February 18, 2020

TTT: The Last 10 Books that Gave me a Book Hangover!

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:
The Last 10 Books that Gave me a Book Hangover!

Not So Pure and SimpleScars Like Wings
Tweet CuteClean Getaway
When the Stars Lead to YouAll-American Muslim Girl
The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)Well Met (Well Met, #1)
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1)Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stacking the Shelves #360 & 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:
All Eyes on HerThe Dark In-Between
Cemetery BoysSix Angry Girls

Got my ARC box in, so a HUGE Thank you to Fierce Reads and MacMillan! They all sound AMAZING! 

Got this one from Edelweiss. Another book that promises a story about witches and popular girls. Or in other words, just my kind of read! 

From the Library:

Cover image for A Match Made in MehendiCover image for Loveboat, Taipei
Cover image for Our Wayward FateCover image for A River of Royal Blood
Cover image for Echoes Between UsCover image for If You're Out There
Cover image for Pretend She's HereCover image for Tarnished are the Stars

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Wednesday 02/12/20: Waiting on Wednesday:  Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
Friday 02/14/20: Book Blogger Hop:  Favorite Genres?

Me on Instagram:

I didn't want to try to upload the video I had filmed, so I settled for the pictures that I took of them. 

I took one of my pictures from my Diverse Books shoot so that I could have a professional shot. And now its my favorite picture of all time lol 

Excuse my face in this one lol I was in the middle of talking. This was a shot from when we were shooting. I took a pic of the camera during playback because I thought it looked cool. I still haven't seen the final cut, but I may upload it (if I can) when I get it. 

What about you?
What did you get this week?
Did you get anything that I did?
Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

E-Audio, 08:11:10
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
Release Date:  January 7, 2020
Published by:  MacMillan Audio
Read from: February 10-12, 2020
Source: Library 
TW: Teen Abduction, Abuse, Stockholm Syndrome, PTSD, Panic Attacks, Trauma, Guilt, and maybe more. (Read with Caution)
For fans of: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Psycological Thrillers, Suspense, Tear-Jerkers, YA

     Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.
     Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.
     Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?


     I waited to read this because reading the synopsis I KNEW it was going to be intense, but it was moreso than even I suspected.  Like it moved me to tears, and that's not something that normally happens when I'm reading a thriller. 
     Jane Anonymous was kidnapped, but she was able to escape. Now she's struggling with trying to fit into her old life from "before." Before she was just an average teen girl with normal teen ideals. Now, 3 months after she's escaped, she can't forget what it was like to be trapped by someone she didn't know with nothing but lies. 
     I'm just going to go ahead and say it, this book stressed me out. I thought I was ready for it, but I really wasn't. So, if you have a trigger from any of the CWs, be careful when you're reading this. This book is really gripping and intense, but its also really well written. I will say I thought some of the things in it were written for shock value and I found that hard to be ok with because this is a situation that might really happen to someone. After trying (and failing) with what I wanted to say, I saw that there was a BookTuber who got it more right than I could in her review.
     As for the audio, I really liked it. There was no full cast, and there was nothing extra special about it, but the reader sounded scared, upset, etc. at the appropriate times in the book and it was an enjoyable listening experience. Not my favorite, but the narrator was good and easy to understand, even when I had the speed up to 2x's the normal speed. Definitely a format to consider if you're thinking of going this route.
     As for the writing style, it was a bit predictable, but I didn't mind because of how mindblown I already was with the story. I felt like I was listening to it on 2x's the normal time and I still couldn't listen fast enough, so guessing the plot twists early on didn't really bother me. I was way more into the story itself and wanting to know what happened.
     As a thriller, this novel was gripping and the main character was unreliable. It was such a sad situation that brought forth a really intriguing story. If this is the type of story for you, give it a try, but be careful.
Overall, I give this

Friday, February 14, 2020

Book Blogger Hop: Favorite Genres?

Which genre do you like best?

I have 2 favorite genres.... One that's actually perfect for today: Contemporary Romance and Thrillers! 

As long as the book is one of these genres, I will add it to my TBR.

What about you? 
Do we share a favorite genre?
Let me know in the comments! 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

E-Audio, 11:00:25
Narrated by: Korey Jackson
Release Date:  January 21, 2020
Published by:  Quill Tree Books
Read from: February 9-10, 2020
Source: Library 
TW: Toxic Masculinity (but they learn from it)
For fans of: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Sparkly Covers, e-Audio, YA

An Indie Next List Pick!
     In his first contemporary teen novel, critically acclaimed author and two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a “real man.”
     Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. Though he quickly realizes he’s inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge.
     His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del’s not about to lose his dream girl, and that’s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers’ questions…about sex ed.
     With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He can’t think about that too much, though, because once he gets the girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?


     I was a little iffy about this one because of the religious aspect, but I really didn't have anything to worry about. This book was so good and the twist was so unexpected. Definitely wasn't something I expected. 
     Del has had a crush on Kiera since he could remember. Now he's down to the very last thing he could think of.... Joining a church club with her just so she could notice him. But his best friend doesn't believe anything in just one girl and his friend Jameer is not really any help. Del isn't the only one that likes her, so things start to get crazy as Del tried to fight the others off. But no one even thinks about what it is Kiera wants. 
     I was scared I wouldn't like this because of the religious aspect. But I gave it a try anyways. And I'm so glad I did! I didn't see the twist at the end coming. I was glad for it though, because at first I wasn't too happy with some of the things that were happening in the story. But it all turned out for the best. 
     The characters were a different story. I liked most of them, but the main character wasn't really my favorite. He definitely grew on me, so I can't be too mad at him. Kiera and Del's older sister what made me keep reading this book. They were what made this story for me. 
     As for the plot, I felt like there were too many story lines going on. The pastor, the Purity Pledge, the Youtube Videos, the best friend's drama, it kept going on and on. I know that seems normal in a realistic fiction novel, but its normally just an event or something. In this one its the same events that happen throughout the entire novel over and over. I would have just rathered it just wasn't so much going on. 
     This was full or surprises! It wasn't something I would have normally picked up, but it was great to read something out of my comfort zone. I always like to find something different than the usual I read, so this was a welcome surprise. I hope this one will surprise other readers as they read and like it too. 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

WoW: Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

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!

Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon a Con, #3)

     In the third book in Ashley Poston's Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.
     Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.
     On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he's forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.
     When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.
     But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

Published by: Quirk Books
Expected Publication: June 16, 2020

Why I'm Waiting: I LOVE this series and this time its a re-telling of my favorite fairy tale!!!!!!!!! How can I NOT be excited for this? And of course, there's a library, so I'm almost positive this is going to get at least a 3 star rating lol Also, this is on Edelweiss! Go request it! I almost broke my mouse trying to click "request!" So worth it!!!!

What about you?
What are you waiting on this week?
Let me know in the comments! 
And don't forget to look at my post from yesterday! I had it scheduled to go up today instead of today, so make sure you give it some love too! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Top 10 LOVE FREEBIE! Top 10 Contemp Romance Books that Remind me of Assorted Chocolates

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 Contemp Romance Books that Remind me of Assorted Chocolates!

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I wrote this original blog post for my work blog, and everyone thought it was really cute. So, I decided to carry it over! 

1. A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison & Dark Chocolate Vanilla Creams: I chose this combo because although I liked it, it didn't stick out. Just like vanilla, it's a nice safe choice, but nothing that will make me look inside the box for another piece like it. 

2. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord & Milk Chocolate Caramels: I chose this pairing because the caramel in the center is always really gooey and sweet, just like the budding romance between the characters. They are so sweet together and I loved seeing them fall in love. 

3. Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles & Milk Chocolate Toffee: I paired these two together because the MC learns some really hard lessons about love in his story. If you've ever had toffee before, you know its hard to bite into, but the candy itself is always amazing. 

4. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest & Milk Chocolate Pecan Delight: I paired these two together because their relationship was a bit bumpy like the bits of pecan, but it still turned out nice and smooth like the caramel. And its still my favorite, just like the candy lol 

5. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn & Milk Chocolate Strawberry Cream: If I remember correctly, there is something to do with a strawberry mochi in this one, so it's only right that I paired these 2 together!

6. Jackpot by Nic Stone & White Chocolate Truffles: I paired these two together because looks can be deceiving with these two. There are 2 other books I know of that have the same premise of Jackpot, but this actually my favorite. The truffle is just like that. It looks like vanilla, like something you've had many times, but as it turns out, its actually white chocolate, the best kind there is. 

7. Maybe This Time by Kasie West & Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts: I chose these two because Kasie West books are like comfort reads to me. Easy and enjoyable. Just like chocolate covered peanuts. An easy choice that you know you'll enjoy. 

8. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver & Milk Chocolate Pecan and Walnut Cluster: Ben ran into SO MANY roadblocks when all they were trying to do is just live. Their love interest came along and actually made Ben's life a little sweeter than it was. Just like the candy, the nuts are all over the place, but the sweet chocolate made it all better. 

9. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale & Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds: I put these two together, because I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate almonds and I thought this book was just getting hype for no reason. I went in not expecting to like it, but it's still my favorite genre and I LOVED it. Just like regardless of if its my favorite or not, chocolate covered anything is amazing. 

10. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston & Sugar Free Milk Chocolate Nut Caramel: Although these two are some of the cutest reads of last year I paired them with the sugar free candy. Why? So you can gobble them all up at once and not have to feel guilty about it! And of course, even though its sugar free, its still sweet and its still really good! 

What do you think of my pairings?
Have you read or tasted any of these? 
Do you agree?
Which books would you pair together?

*All pictures of chocolate (besides the very first one) are Russel Stover's chocolate and can be found on their Chocolate Guide which I have linked HERE