Saturday, December 16, 2017

Heartless - Book Review

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Book Breakdown

Buddy read with Katherine - paperbackdreamer

This story follows a girl named Cath on her path to becoming The Queen of Hearts that we all know.

I've noticed that everyone either hates this book or loves it to the point of wanting to die to keep it safe. I fall in the middle, I didn't hate it and I don't love it. It was a meh kind of book. It was very predicable and sometimes that made me want to put the book down but other times it was a fun ride. I loved Jest so much. He was such an awesome character. I could totally see why Cath fell for him. Cath... I liked her in the beginning, even though most of the time I wanted to reach into the book and slap her. She never stood up for herself when it came to her parents or the king. She just let them decide her life for her.

The writing flows nicely, if you've read anything by Marissa Meyer, then you know the writing is simple and sometimes a little over foreshadowing. It's also fun and the perfect amount of description.

I'd say read this if you want a super quick, fun, and yet sad read. If you are looking for something deeper, pass on it.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Undone Blog Tour + $50 Giveaway!

From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life and entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. UNDONE, the stunning conclusion in the Unknown Trilogy is now available! Grab your copies of the Unknown Trilogy today!

About UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1):

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

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About UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2):

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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About UNDONE (Unknown Trilogy #3):

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

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Wendy Higgins’s Unknown Trilogy Series Review and Excerpt Tour Schedule:

December 6th

Candace Reads – Review and Excerpt

Literary Dust – Review

Once Upon a Book Blog – Review and Excerpt

The Lovely Books – Review and Excerpt

December 7th

By Valia Lind – Review and Excerpt

Ficwishes – Excerpt

Mes Livres – Review

YA Fantasy Worlds – Review and Excerpt

December 8th

Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review and Excerpt

Sister Sister Book Blog – Review and Excerpt

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Review and Excerpt

December 9th

Amy’s Review Obsession – Review and Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review and Excerpt

Rad Babes Read – Review

December 10th

Ceres Books World – Review

Julalicious Book Paradise – Review and Excerpt

December 11th

Lovely reads publishing – Review and Excerpt

Nerdy Soul – Review and Excerpt

Two Chicks on Books – Excerpt

Words We Love By – Excerpt

December 12th

Binding Addiction – Excerpt

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review and Excerpt

Moonlighting Scrivener – Review and Excerpt

Reese's Reviews – Review snd Excerpt

December 13th

Book Reader Chronicles – Review and Excerpt

Jen in Bookland – Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review

The Book Maven – Review

December 14th

Books Make Me Happy – Excerpt

Ms. Me28 – Review and Excerpt

December 15th

Novelgrounds – Review

PBC – Excerpt

Sharing Inspired Kreations – Review and Excerpt

The Butterfly Reader – Review and Excerpt

About Wendy Higgins:

Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

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Excerpt from UNREST, book 2: Amber and Rylen

It took half a minute for Rylen to open the door. He was in boxers. That’s it. And it did nothing to slow my heart or breathing. I tore my eyes up from his waistline, over the pepper tattoo on his pec, and to his face.

“Hey, Pep.” He shifted to the side. “You okay? Let me just…uh…” He glanced behind him and the absolute worst thought struck me.

“Are you alone?” I whispered.

“Yeah.” He cocked his head at the fear in my voice. “I’m just gonna grab some pants. Come on in.” Oh, thank God.

I put my hand on the door but gave him a second to go inside. When I went in, he was stepping into track pants. I leaned against the wall, more nervous than I’d ever been, as he sat on the edge of the bed, legs wide, and gazed up at me.

“What’s up?” he asked. He sounded tired.

Say it. Say something. “I know it’s not my place to say this, but…I think you should be careful of Linette.”

He grasped the back of his neck and stared at the floor. “Nothing is going on with us—”

“I know.” I rubbed my face. Every word I’d planned to say sprinted out of my mind and left me standing there completely empty headed. Awkward, expectant silence stretched between us.

“I don’t think she understands or respects where you’re at, and what you need.”

He looked at me then, with such suffering in his gaze, and asked, “Where am I, Pepper? What do I need?”

The anguish there made me nearly slide to the floor. I closed my eyes against the wave of emotions and forced myself to speak.

“I think you’re hurting and you need time.”

His eyes dropped to the floor again, silent. Was I wrong? Was Linette right, that he needed her affections to help him heal?

No, damn it! I could not stand the thought of her ever touching him again like she’d done tonight. I was going to comfort him my own damn self. I took shaky steps forward until I stood between his knees. I saw his shoulders hitch with an intake of air, but he didn’t raise his head. I moved forward until his forehead was pressing against my stomach. Then I slid my hands around the back of his head and held him there.

Before I could be self-conscious or wonder if I was forcing affection on him, his arms went around my back and pulled me closer, his face pressing against my abdomen. I felt his warm breaths through the cotton of my shirt as we held one another in the most tender moment I’d ever experienced

with him. I knew in the way he pressed into me, pulling me tighter, his fingers rubbing into my skin through the shirt, that this was exactly what he needed.

I held him, and held him longer, and felt him, and though it might not have been sexual to him, it was the most sensual moment of my life. My entire body went taut and heated at the feel of his hands on my back. His face pressed to me. My hands in his hair.

Footsteps and voices coming up the hall shattered the delicate moment. I moved away from him at the sound of the door unlocking with a click. New York Josh was talking loudly about the Yankee’s baseball record; apparently Tater had tried to bust his balls. They both stopped and shut up when they saw us—Rylen still sitting on the edge of the bed, and me now standing a couple feet away.

Josh hitched a thumb over his shoulder. “You need us to find another room?”

“What?” Rylen said. “Man, shut the fuck up.”

“All right.” Josh winked at me. “My bad.”

Tater looked between the two of us.

“I was just leaving,” I said. “Good night.” I gave them an awkward wave and shot a glance at Rylen as I turned to leave. His elbows rested on his knees, watching me go, the heat of his gaze steaming me from the inside out. 

My Review

*I was given a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I was so lucky to get a copy of this! I've been dying to read it since I finished the second one and I felt like I was blessed by the reading Gods when I saw the sign up sheet for an ARC. So with all that said, you know I've got nothing but great things to say about the ending to this wonderful series. 

It picks up right where the second one left fell, which I loved! We left off in such a scary place that I was glad to see how it played out. The story seems to move faster in this one ten in the other two, it might be because their are two POVs and the author just wanted to give us the good parts of the story or the parts that moved the plot along. Which was fine by me! I loved this book just as much as I did the rest of them.

I thought that I wouldn't like getting Remy's POV, because while I like her, she wasn't my favorite character but after getting into her head, I like her a whole lot more! I found her chapters sometimes more interesting than Amber's! I did not think that would happen! 

The ending tied everything together perfectly. It was a very satisfying ending, it made me happy even though there were some deaths that hit me hard. I like that though, if no one had died.... it wouldn't felt fake to me. So The ending was perfect in my eyes and this series will always hold a special place in my heart.

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Sidekick

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Now what is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sidekick

Robin - Batman

Least Favorite 
Snapper Carr - Justice League

Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Christmas Themed Book (or books that take place during Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Changing Tastes and Tropes I'm Over

It happens to everyone, as we get older our likes and dislikes change. It's not a bad thing and it doesn't mean that the things we are now losing interest in are any less good then when we loved them. 

I'm sure you know where I'm going with this. I'm slowly getting out of YA. Don't get me wrong, I still love YA with all my heart. It's my go to when I enter a bookstore but I'm starting to branch out. I'm learning more toward NA or even just Adult. The main reason, YA is changing in my eyes, it used to be the only kind of books I'd read, now I've found myself looking away from them. 

I feel like I've trapped myself in this little bubble of YA while there is so freaking much more to read out there. So I'm not quitting YA but it's not all I'll be reading anymore.

Everything has to evolve, nothing stays the same. It's just not how the world works. Maybe I'm just starting to 'outgrow' YA. I am not longer the target audience for it. They say it's 15-25 and I'm now 25. I feel so old saying that and I've no idea why, 25 is not old at all. Anyway... the point is, I just wanted to talk about some of the things I dislike about YA. 

The tropes. Every single YA novel has at least one troupe and that's not a bad thing. It's just some troupes I don't like. Insta-love, no way. I hate it. There is no such thing as love at first sight. Lust at first sight, hell yeah, totally a real thing but not love. You can't love someone you don't even know. 

Mary Sue. I'm so sick of the MC in the story being great at everything on their first try, even though they have no idea what they doing but they are freaking amazing at it! Where's the struggle? It's so hard to connect to a character that is amazing at everything because, no one is great at everything. We have strengths and weaknesses. 

Now, this one kinda ties into the love triangle trope which I actually love. Though most love triangles feature two great guys and the most boring girl in the world. Seriously, why on Earth would two awesome guys be fighting for someone so boring? One of my favorite love triangles is in The Infernal Devices. Because I feel like Tessa isn't bland at all. 

There are more, I could go on and on. 

So what about you? Are there tropes you hate? Let me know below and as always butterflies, have a great day!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Avon

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . .

Monday, December 11, 2017

Music Monday - Warmer in the Winter

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

So every Music Monday this month is going to be Christmas music! So grab that cozy blanket and plop down in front of the crackling fire with a good book and let the magic of the season envelop you while the snow falls outside your window, blanketing the ground in a blinding white. 

I'm going to share two of my favorites from Lindsey Stirling's new Christmas album.