Monday, December 04, 2017

Manga Monday - L-DK Volume 4

Here we go again! Another Manga Monday! I'm really glad I brought this back as I'm enjoying it very much. 








A series of unexpected occurrences along with some exciting and thrill-filled summer events bring Aoi and Shusei closer than ever before. And with the rising temperature, things start to heat up in their living arrangement! Will Aoi’s seemingly impossible love come to fruition or will it all pass as just another summer romance?







Manga Breakdown

This one starts off with Soju showing Shuusei the photo where he kisses Aoi, but the younger doesn't seem bothered by it at all. He plays it off very well which is more than I can say about Aoi, she punches Soju in the face and it was a wonderful moment. The asshat deserved it! Aoi apologizes to Shuusei for her behavior but he tells her to that Soju's kiss doesn't count as her first kiss and kisses under her eye. 

While studying Aoi’s female friends talk about what parts they like most about men’s bodies and it gets Aoi nervous as everything about ShÅ«sei turns her on. It even gets kind of weird where she's trying to touch him in his sleep. I think this scene was meant to be sexy but it was just awkward to me. 

Shuusei’s little cousin Momo visits and wants him to take her to the water park. Where she treats him like her boyfriend. Again, this chapter in the story is kind of weird too. She's family and yet she's pressing her chest against him and just weird. But again, it is fiction and not real so while it was weird, it didn't really bother me that much. It really came down to her just being so lonely.

Aoi and Shuusei plan to go to the fireworks festival, but her brother Kento shows up and drama unfolds. At first Kento doesn't like Shuusei and thinks he's just using his sister but once he gets to know him, he says he will cover for Aoi with their father. They end up enjoying the fireworks as this volume comes to a close. 

This one is a lot better than the last one but it's still kinda weird compared to the first two. I'm still going to keep reading this series as I do find it fun and like I said in my review for volume 1, I'm so picky when it comes to art style that it's hard for me to find a manga I want to read. So hopefully, volume 5 is more like 1-2 and not 3-4 but we shall see!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

5 Books Coming in December I Can't Wait to Read!

My hours increased at work so I will be bale able to start buying books again and that got me actually looking to see what's coming out next month. I found five books that I can't wait to get my hands on. Let me share them with you.


5) Brave
Expected publication: December 19th 2017





4) Nox: A Royal Protector Academy Novel 
Expected publication: December 15th 2017 



3) Brave 
Expected publication: December 11th 2017



2) Love, Life and the List
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 



1) Undone
Expected publication: December 5th 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2 Mini Reviews - Faerie's Ring & The Fill-In Boyfriend


A fallen demon invades Lara Clint’s beloved city of Sedona and a strange voice calls for her to awaken to her destiny. A demon catcher, she is summoned to capture and reignite the flame of the iris, stolen by the son of Vobris, God of Light. Ironically, her own secret binds her to the demon.

Rafe Avery, a sidhe warrior and protector of dreams, is challenged to remove the black rose of darkness and help the one chosen to replace the white iris. Time has run out. The gates of Elysium and the magic portals will close to humankind, leaving them to the mercy and control of the revenge-seeking demon.

A hot attraction ignites between the human and fae as they struggle to accomplish their goals. Lara’s secret threatens to destroy all their lives. Is Rafe’s love strong enough to break evil bonds and bring the darkness to justice?



Mini Book Breakdown 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I've been looking for a good paranormal romance and I was so happy when I found this one! It's just what I was looking for! Great plot that isn't the same old same old and it has a hot male lead. What more could I ask for? Oh, there is awesome banter between the two characters that reminds me a lot of JLA and I simply love it. The female lead is also someone I found myself rooting for, not the kind that made me roll my eyes. 

I also love the cover, I know, I'm THAT person. The one who likes the cheesy covers that most other don't. Well, I don't care what anyone thinks, I like it so it had a huge part in drawing me in. If the cover is keeping you from reading this novel, I say don't. The story is really good, don't miss out on it just because of the cover. As the old saying goes 'don't judge a book by it's cover'


When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


Mini Book Breakdown 

I feel like I could say this about every Kasie West book I've read but here we go again: it's cute and sweet. Full of fluff and those feel good moments that I have been in need of so much as this month as been hard on me. The writing is fun and nothing hard to understand, just a simple sweet read that will make you feel good when you flip the last page. What more could anyone ask for?

Now, I do like the character development in this one more than any of her other books. I like that Gia goes from pretty much a brat that does nothing but keeps the peace to a girl who can think for herself and stands up for what she wants and thinks is right. Also Hayden is so adorable, an ass for what he did to her near the end but I still like him. Hey, no one is perfect, no matter what they claim. 

I also really loved Bec, she was probably my favorite character and I hope Jules dies in a fire with the rest of her 'friends'

Friday, November 17, 2017

50/50 Friday - Book You Were Early/Late to the Party in Reading

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



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.


Topic for the Week
Book You Were Early/Late to the Party in Reading


Late to the Party
I've been late to the party so many times. Like with Twilight, Throne of Glass, Game of Thrones, The Lunar Chronicles and Outlander are just a few off the top of my head. 


 















Early to the Party
I've been early for a few books as well. Divergent. Vampire Academy. A Court of Thrones and Roses.




Topic for Next Week
Book That Left You Hungry For More/Satisfied

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2 Mini Reviews - Indecent & The Mistake

Shy, introverted Imogene Abney has always been fascinated by the elite world of prep schools, having secretly longed to attend one since she was a girl in Buffalo, New York. So, shortly after her college graduation, when she’s offered a teaching position at the Vandenberg School for Boys, an all-boys prep school in Westchester, New York, she immediately accepts, despite having little teaching experience—and very little experience with boys. 

When Imogene meets handsome, popular Adam Kipling a few weeks into her tenure there, a student who exudes charm and status and ease, she's immediately drawn to him. Who is this boy who flirts with her without fear of being caught? Who is this boy who seems immune to consequences and worry; a boy for whom the world will always provide?

As an obsessive, illicit affair begins between them, Imogene is so lost in the haze of first love that she's unable to recognize the danger she's in. The danger of losing her job. The danger of losing herself in the wrong person. The danger of being caught doing something possibly illegal and so indecent. 

Exploring issues of class, sex, and gender, this smart, sexy debut by Corinne Sullivan shatters the black-and- white nature of victimhood, taking a close look at blame and moral ambiguity.



Book Breakdown 

*This was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

2.5 Stars

Wow. Where to start? Should I start by saying I didn't like the writing style at all? No, I should start with how much I disliked Imogene. She never got any better throughout the story either. I kept hoping and hoping that she would get what was coming to her for getting into a relationship with a student but.... that leads me to my next point, the ending was such a let down. 

So, I'm sure you're wondering why I didn't give this book one star, Kip. He was the only reason I did not finish DNF this book. I don't know why, he's not the best character either but I just liked him. 






He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.



Book Breakdown 

Logan has a crush on his best friend's girlfriend. He wants her so bad that he hookups with random girls pretty much every night hoping to her out of his system. He gets lost on the way to a party one night and ends up in Grace's room. Things go down and then he runs away. It doesn't take long before he's back in her room, wanting to fix what he messed up last time. 

As they begin to get to know each other, they see that they like each other. Only problem is, Logan was just using her to get over Hannah.... or is he?

The reason I dock a star for this was the part where Hannah and Logan talk and she helps him see that he's not in love with her but wants what Garret and her have. It just seemed like a cheap way to fix all this and throw a curveball right after he tells Grace he can't be with her. 

I love Logan. He is such a messed up ball of adorable manslutness. I loved him even when I wanted to slap him for being stupid. Grace, she is smart and mature and I loved her character so much. She's strong and confident in her own ways. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How My Reading Has Changed Since Blogging (Good & Bad)

I've been blogging since 2014 and before blogging, I would go into the bookstore and the library and just look around at the books, reading the back or inside cover to see if it sounded good. I don't do that anymore. Most of the time, I just read the books that have been so hyped that they are everywhere. I miss reading for my tastes and not just the hyped books because everyone else is reading them. 

In the last month I've changed that a little bit, I've been reading books I want to read again. After my two DNFs, I knew I had to change my reading habits. I've DNF maybe.... 5-6 books in my entire life. Two of those were last month because I've been trying to read the hyped/popular books over books I want to read. 

I started reading the hyped books more and more when I saw that that's the only reviews people wanted to see. I thought to stay blogging I had to read only these hyped books as no one really cared when I reviewed an older book that I loved to pieces. People just want the hyped books, the ones that everyone else is reviewing. There's nothing wrong with that at all. If that's the only books you want to read, then go for it! At least you're reading. But I feel that I am missing out on lots of other good books reading just the hyped books or the well known books. 

So, I am going to just read books that sound good to me, even if they aren't popular and no one else wants to see my review. 

Now the negative being out of the way, let's say something positive about how my reading habits has changed. Since blogging, I have discovered some great news authors that I would've never known about. Some great indie authors and even a few new big ones that I didn't know about.

I also read more contemporaries since blogging. I never used to pick up any books unless it was paranormal or fantasy or just something that deals in mythology. So I feel like I've branched out some and I really love that. 

I've read more books since blogging. Which is good and bad. Good because yay more books! Who doesn't want to read more books? Also bad because sometimes I feel pressured to read a book and make sure I have a review every week. If I don't read a book a week at least, my anxiety starts to get a little crazy. Anyone else that way? 

Now my favorite thing that has changed since I started blogging, is that now I have two favorite authors instead of one. Sarah J Maas, I never would've picked up ACOTAR without everyone hyping it up. I am getting tired of retellings and so that's how this was marketed so I was like.... nope! Then all the reviews poured in and I knew I had to read it. Amazing and such an epic book and then the series got so much better. 

There are bad and good things about pretty much everything and I just wanted to share some of mine and let you guys know that I will not just review hyped books anymore but books I just want to read because they sound so good. 

Let me know below what's something that has changed in your reading since you started blogging, it can be good or bad or heck, one of both! Just let me know. 

As always have a great day and happy reading little butterflies! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

9 Books That Made Me Cry

We've all been there, a character death? A romance ended? The plot just ended horribly? Or maybe, they are happy tears! Something grand happened and you just can't help yourself. That's what these books made me do, I cried. I will point out which are happy tears and which were sad tears. Here we go!


9 ) New Moon
Sad Tears
I mean come on! Edward left! It was heartbreaking and seeing Bella suffer for months. Sure it was an unhealthy way for her to act but I still felt her pain and cried like a baby. 



8) Mockingjay 
Sad Tears
That part of the story... you know the part. It broke me down and just... I cried so hard my mother came to check on me and make sure I was okay. Yeah I read this series a long time ago.


7) Thirteen Reasons Why
Sad Tears
This one... I just couldn't take it. I mean, hearing Hannah's story... 




6) Everything, Everything
Happy Tears
This book is so cute and while it does deal with some heavy matter, it was still cute and I loved it. 



5) Clockwork Princess
Sad & Happy
I'm sure by now that everyone had read this series and if so, you know why I cried.




4) The One
Happy Tears
I knew it was going to work out the way it did, I mean, duh. We all knew what would happen going into this series, it was so easy to guess. Even still, it was so cute and wonderful when it finally happened that I simply cried tears of happiness.




3) Forbidden
Sad Tears
I love books that make me question things. Everyone knows incest is wrong, at least I hope everyone knows this. That being said, I won't lie, I wanted these two characters together. I was rooting for them. So when things went the way they did.... sobbed. 




2) A Court of Mist and Fury
Sad & Happy Tears
When Tamlin locked Feyre in the house.... I was sobbing and angry but mostly sobbing because it was so hard to watch. It broke me into little pieces. I couldn't handle it. Happy tears when things started to turn around and she finally accepted Rhys. 




1) Outsiders 
Sad Tears
I read this way back when I was in 5-6th grade (I did two full school grades in one year). It was one of the first books that ever made me cry. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

NaNoWriMo Update - Pinterest Pins



I am now up to 31,074 words. I am on fire! Though to admit, I write every single chance I get. I write and write and write and that's it. Besides work and taking care of my daughter of course. So I've had no life since this started. Not that I have much a life in general... I'm a really boring person. 

This update, I wanted to share a few pictures I've pinned form Pinterest and explain them a little bit. So let's go!


So werewolves are in my story and in order to stay hidden, they turn here in the woods, where no one else can see. Also this is where my MC first meets her love interest. 



Meet Derek Nakashima. He is the oldest of four brothers. He's half Japanese and Half American. He's protective and cocky with a deep love for steak.

I know this model doesn't fir that description but in my mind, this is close to how I see him. He's a little more built and has tattoos in my story but this is as close a picture of him as I could find. Isn't the model freaking dreamy though? 



My MC has some wicked powers. This picture is a hint to them. 





Now let's share a song I've been listening too while I write. Warning! It's very dirty.





I guess that's it for this update! Keep your word count high and your stress level down! 





Saturday, November 11, 2017

2 Mini Reviews - Twice Bitten & The Flexible Vegetarian


Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.




Book Breakdown 

Okay this one is full of action. Not a single dull moment in this one. From the sexual tension and break up to the shifters and even to Ethan's ex coming back into town. I will say that this one had a plot twist that I actually didn't see coming and I loved it! The other's were a little more easy to guess but this one wasn't. The author is getting better as the series goes on and I'm living for it. 

This series is what I have been looking for! Something paranormal and adult but not dripping in sex scenes. It's freaking perfect and I actually look forward to work knowing I will get to listen to this and that in itself is a miracle. I hate work. 

If you are deciding if you should read this series or not or maybe you didn't really like the first two and are iffy about continuing, read it. You will not regret reading this one and all the stuff that goes down. 

Also, Ethan is sure missing out, I'd snap up Merit in a heartbeat and treat this awesome lady as she deserves. Just saying.





Whether you’re an occasional meat-eater, a vegetarian who needs to cook for meat-eaters, or even a dedicated veggie, you’ll find something for you in this book filled with delicious and practical flexitarian recipes for every lifestyle from celebrated chef Jo Pratt. Choose between cooking each recipe as a completely vegetarian dish, or select to add one of the simple meat, chicken or fish additions, making them suitable for meat-free days and meat-eaters alike.

From spiced poke to peashoot and asparagus gnudi, the range of international recipes spans the globe and are all quick, simple, well-balanced and packed with protein. As well as easy meat and fish additions and hacks for each vegetarian recipe, this original cookbook shows you how to ace a handful of classic recipes, from the perfect roast chicken, to the perfectly cooked fish fillet. For both health, eco and sustainability reasons, there has never been a better time to join the growing flexitarianism movement and expand your culinary skills.




Book Breakdown 


So I was Vegetarian for 5 years and then I met my current partner and he loves meat. Even pork, which I never touched even when I ate meat. A religious reason and now I don't eat it because I know how bad it is for you. Not that any meat these days is really good for you... I'm getting off topic. 

I stopped being a vegetarian because it was too hard (too expensive) to cook two different meals every single mealtime. I wish he were up to trying more of my kind of foods as I tried his nasty bacon once. Though that will never happen. He's so narrow minded it's not funny. Also, am I the only one who has noticed that meat is often a guy thing? Like my brother, father, future father-in-law, all three of my male grandparents... they simply can't live without meat! 

Point is, I was hoping this would show me dishes that maybe had the lighter meats, like fish and chicken rather than beef and pork. It did show some good ones but most of the recipes in here were very 'fancy', I love to cook and I am pretty dang good at it but I'm a Southern cook, we aren't all about how fancy a dish or how good it looks. We value taste above all that so while this did show some great ones most just aren't going to work in my house. 

So if you want more fancy dishes, grab this, otherwise... I'm still holding out for that perfect dish that may just convince my partner to give it a try even though it has no meat. 

Thanks for NetGalley for this cookbook in exchange for an honest review. 


Friday, November 10, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Movie Tie-In Cover

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




So most every bookworm I've ever known doesn't like movie-tie covers. We all prefer the original covers but I finally found one TV show tie-in cover that I liked more than the original and that's what lead to this topic. 



Favorite 
 13 Reasons Why

TV Tie-In
Original


I think the Netflix cover just makes more sense. Yes, I know the swing/playground is kind of all where it started for Hannah but the story deals with Clay listening to her tapes... so I just think the cover with him wearing headphones listening and her in the background all foggy because he can't reach her anymore. 
     







Least Favorite
TV Show Cover
New Moon Movie Cover
Insert any other Movie/TV tie-in cover here. Though If I have to chose, I have two that really just hurt my eyes. 



Both of these are just ugly to me. New Moon looks like some kind of erotica novel. Also I just dislike the actor and actress for Jace and Clary in the TV show that it bothers me and looks cheap with the design. 






Topic for Next Week
Book You Were Early/Late to the Party in Reading















Wednesday, November 08, 2017

October 2017 Wrap Up! I Read THAT Many Books!


I read 26 books. I don't know how I did it with my daughter being sick and working over 40 hours a week for two weeks this month but I did. Granted a few of these were short horror stories for Halloween and some were audiobooks at work but still. I also went on a Kasie West kick. Without further ado, let's just into this wrap up. 



Kasie West Novels I Read













Manga/Graphic Novels 







Audiobooks












Short Stories









NetGalley/Giveaway
































Cookbook




Buddy Read




Last But Not Least!