Saturday, December 30, 2017

By Your Side & On The Fence - Book Reviews

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?




Book Breakdown 

One single setting. I read this book in one single setting. Yes, I am addicted to Kasie West books. Nope, I do not care nor do I want help. I just want more and more of her books. I think I'm actually close to reading them all, I just need her first two books and I'll be done. Which really makes me so freaking sad. I need more. 

This one follows Autumn who suffers from anxiety disorder while she is trapped in the library over the weekend. Though it doesn't turn out as she thought, she gets locked in with the school's loner boy that everyone thinks is a bad boy. They slowly form a bond during their time together but what happens when they are free? Will they pretend nothing happened between them? 

This has to be one of my favorites from Kasie West, for sure. I loved it so much I stayed up later than I should've and I suffered for it the next day at work but I just could not put the book down. The writing is like all her other books, fun and fast paced. It's great. If you like Kasie West, you'll love this one, if you've not read any of her novels yet, go for this one first! It's just sooooooo good! 





For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.



Book Breakdown 


I read this book in less then 2 hours. I really do have a problem but I don't care. I don't want help, I just want to enjoy Kasie West books in peace and devour them whole. This one is as good as the rest though I could've used a little more cute flirting though. This one is sweet, fun and has some great side characters. The side characters in this one are my favorite side characters. I would love to read a book about Gage. He's such a fun goofball and I would just love that book forever and a day. 

This one follows Charlie, a tomboy and she's just as good as the boys. She doesn't know a thing about girly stuff but when she gets a ticket and her father tells her to get a job.... things change and she's now in this world that she knows nothing about. It's so cool to see how she grows through her life with a bunch of guys after her mother's death. I love how strong she is. 

This has some great character development and is just as cute as the rest. This one is a little darker towards the end as the deal with the mother's death but it's still a cute read. Fully recommend. 




Friday, December 29, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Christmas/Winter Related Trope

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
Favorite/Least Favorite Christmas/Winter Related Trope


Okay, so I will be very very honest, I do not read a whole lot of Christmas themed books but I have read some that take place in winter and there is always one thing that at least one character does in every winter novel I've read. 

Least Favorite 
They fall on the ice/snow 
I know it's slippery but not every single person has bad balance like me. My partner for example, never falls. My sister... never falls. Not everyone falls! 




Favorite 
This is such a trope but I live for it in Christmas books. The one that got away romance but they get back together when their families get together for Christmas. It's overdone but it's just so sweet and cute and I love it so much. 


Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book Read in December








Thursday, December 28, 2017

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART BLOG TOUR + EXCERPT




When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.







Excerpt 


Chapter One

The air reeked of fermented fish and rotten fruit, thanks to the overflowing dumpster from the restaurant behind us. The polluted alley felt narrow and claustrophobic, sandwiched between skyscrapers.

In the city, it was never quiet or peaceful, even at three in the morning. There were more than thirty million humans and supernatural beings coexisting, living on top of each other. It was the only life I’d ever really known, but the noise of the congestion grated on me tonight.

My eyes were locked on the flickering neon lights of the gambling parlor across the street. The u in Shibuya had gone out, so the sign flashed SHIB YA at me.

The sword sheathed at my side felt heavy, and my body felt restless and electric. I couldn’t keep from fidgeting and cracked my knuckles. 

“He’ll be here soon,” my mother, Marlow, assured me. She leaned back against the brick wall beside me, casually eating large jackfruit seeds from a brown paper sack. Always bring a snack on a stakeout was one of her first lessons, but I was far too nervous and excited to eat.

The thick cowl of her frayed black sweater had been pulled up like a hood, covering her cropped blond hair from the icy mist that fell on us. Her tall leather boots only went to her calf, thanks to her long legs. Her style tended to be monochromatic—black on black on black—aside from the shock of dark red lipstick.

My mother was only a few years shy of her fiftieth birthday, with almost thirty years of experience working as a Valkyrie, and she was still as strong and vital as ever. On her hip, her sword Mördare glowed a dull red through its sheath.

The sword of the Valkyries was one that appeared as if it had been broken in half—its blade only a foot long before stopping at a sharp angle. Mördare’s blade was several thousand years old, forged in fires to look like red glass that would glow when the time was nigh.

My sword was called Sigrún, a present on my eighteenth birthday from Marlow. It was a bit shorter than Mördare, with a thicker blade, so it appeared stubby and fat. The handle was black utilitarian, a replacement that my mom had had custom-made from an army supply store, to match her own.
The ancient blade appeared almost black, but as it grew closer to its target, it would glow a vibrant purple. For the past hour that we’d been waiting on our stakeout, Sigrún had been glowing dully on my hip.

The mist grew heavier, soaking my long black hair. I kept the left side of my head shaved, parting my hair over to the right, and my scalp should’ve been freezing from the cold, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t feel anything.

It had begun—the instinct of the Valkyrie, pushing aside my humanity to become a weapon. When the Valkyrie in me took over, I was little more than a scythe for the Grim Reaper of the gods.
“He’s coming,” Marlow said behind me, but I already knew.

The world fell into hyperfocus, and I could see every droplet of rain as it splashed toward the ground. Every sound echoed through me, from the bird flapping its wings a block away, to the club door as it groaned open.

Eleazar Bélanger stumbled out, his heavy feet clomping in the puddles. He was chubby and short, barely over four feet tall, and he would’ve appeared to be an average middle-aged man if it wasn’t for the two knobby horns that stuck out on either side of his forehead. Graying tufts of black hair stuck out from under a bright red cap, and as he walked ahead, he had a noticeable limp favoring his right leg.

He was a Trasgu, a troublemaking goblin, and his appearance belied the strength and cunning that lurked within him. He was over three hundred years old, and today would be the day he died.
I waited in the shadows of the alley for him to cross the street. A coughing fit caused him to double over, and he braced himself against the brick wall.

I approached him quietly—this all went easier when they didn’t have time to prepare. He took off his hat to use it to wipe the snot from his nose, and when he looked up at me, his green eyes flashed with understanding.

“It’s you,” Eleazar said in a weak, craggy voice. We’d never met, and I doubt he’d ever seen me before, but he recognized me, the way they all did when their time was up.

“Eleazar Bélanger, you have been chosen to die,” I said, reciting my script, the words automatic and cold on my lips. “It is my duty to return you to the darkness from whence you came.”

“No, wait!” He held up his pudgy hands at me. “I have money. I can pay you. We can work this out.”
“This is not my decision to make,” I said as I pulled the sword from my sheath.

His eyes widened as he realized I couldn’t be bargained with. For a moment I thought he might just accept his fate, but they rarely did. He bowed his head and ran at me like a goat. He was stronger than he looked and caused me to stumble back a step, but he didn’t have anywhere to go.

My mother stood blocking the mouth of the alley, in case I needed her. Eleazar tried to run toward the other end, but his leg slowed him, and I easily overtook him. Using the handle of my sword, I cracked him on the back of the skull, and he fell to the ground on his knees.

Sigrún glowed brightly, with light shining out from it and causing the air to glow purple around us. Eleazar mumbled a prayer to the Vanir gods. I held the sword with both hands, and I struck it across his neck, decapitating him.

And then, finally, the electricity that had filled my body, making my muscles quiver and my bones ache, left me, and I breathed in deeply. The corpse of an immortal goblin lay in a puddle at my feet, and I felt nothing but relief.

“It was a good return,” my mother said, and put her hand on my shoulder. “You did well, Malin.”

Copyright © 2018 by Amanda Hocking in Between the Blade and the Heart and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.





AUTHOR BIO: 
Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.



Social Links:
Twitter: @Amanda_Hocking

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday


Expected publication: March 8th 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Covenant and Lux series comes the pulse-pounding fourth novel in the electrifying Titan series.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

10 Controversial Books YOU May Have Read



Books are banned all the time and if they aren't banned... well they sure are a hot topic with people lining up to say what is wrong with these books and why no one should read them.

I'm only listing what has been said about each book. Not my opinion on them as they'd all be the same. Also some of these I've read and loved. I'm that rebel that loves reading books that people say I shouldn't. Also, I say, you should never let what someone else says keep you from reading a book you want. You do you. Always.

 So let's jump into the list, shall we? 


10) Harry Potter
Yep! That's right. Something like HP has been at the center of controversy for years! I actually remember this one when I was younger and just getting into reading, my mother would not let me read this series or even watch the movies! 

She had pamphlets all around the house with these pictures of Harry and the devil holding hands. Anyway, the thing around this series is the witchcraft it entails. Parents thought it would turn their kids over to the dark side and they'd all go to hell. 


9) The Black Witch
This one has been a hot topic for pretty much every 'ist' you can think of. People have said it's hurtful to some groups of people and just so full of nasty stuff that shouldn't be in books in 2017.


8) Empire of Storms
So.... this is on my list for a few reasons. Some people have said the series is racist because there's not enough diversity...to the point she was sent death threats. The biggest thing settles on this book and the sex in it. Some people were not happy at all with the sex in this book and it being geared towards young adults. 


7) The Hate U Give
This book has mostly been praised and pretty much everyone loves it. So why is it here? Well, there are some out there that say this book is racist and has too much police violence and the 'foul' language it uses isn't suited for young adults. Thus it was banned at a school in Texas. 


6) Forever
This was Banned. Not just a hot or controversial topic. Why was it banned? Well... sex. Yeah... lots of parents at the time wanted their children to know nothing about sex and what it entails. My parents were no different. I wasn't allowed to read this one either.  Sex is going to be a theme with these it seems. 



5) Two Boys Kissing
This one will come as no surprise to you... sadly. Why is this one banned? Well, the cover... the two boys kissing on this cover was enough to send some people over the edge. They thought it would promote the 'gay agenda'. You really can't make this weird stuff up. This is one I've not read yet but I hope to do so soon.


4) Blood and Chocolate
This was wasn't banned because of the bloody scenes with werewolves fighting. No. It was banned for how the teenage girl accepted and reveled in her own sexuality. Told you most of these were about sex.


3) TTYL
This was has been called racist and it uses too much offensive language and it was way too sexually explicit for some people.


2) Carrie
The book that gave me my name has also been banned. Too much sexual content and violence they say.



1) Looking for Alaska
This one is banned for a sexually explicit scene that might make a student or young adult 'experiment'. Yeah I know...




So that's it! Let me know below if you've read any of these books and what you think about them! 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Music Monday - K-Pop Christmas

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. 

Merry Christmas to all! I hope you are all enjoying the best time of the year.



Saturday, December 23, 2017

Batman: The Killing Joke - Review





For the first time the Joker's origin is revealed in this tale of insanity and human perseverance. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point and go mad, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. 

After shooting and permanently paralyzing his daughter Barbara (a.k.a. Batgirl), the Joker kidnaps the commissioner and attacks his mind in hopes of breaking the man. 

But refusing to give up, Gordon maintains his sanity with the help of Batman in an effort to beset the madman. 





Breakdown 

This is my first time ever reading a graphic novel and I am impressed. I will admit I was one of those people who thought these things of things were for little kids. How freaking wrong I was! I should have known better as I read manga and it's not that way. I mean they make some for kids but some are not kid friendly.... okay I'm getting off topic.

I finally decided to try a comic/graphic novel because it's all over my Twitter feed, also my partner has been trying to get me to read some since probably the first day we got together. I caved, I was in a reading slump and I thought the Killing Joke would be a great thing to help me out of it. It's another reason I read manga, they offer the same thing to me. 

So I started this story... it's dark, gritty, violent, and it even has some nudity. So everything I thought about comics were blown out the window in the best way possible. I loved the moral dilemma that Batman is facing in this one. Should he finally kill the Joker? If he doesn't, will the Joker finally kill him? 

The Joker is so perfectly insane. He's so broken and it shows, even though he's the bad guy and does terrible things in this one, the flashbacks make you feel badly for him. Alan Moore did a great job writing this! It's one of the best written stories I've ever read. It all ties in so wonderfully. I love how he doesn't look down his nose at the material he's given. He's treats these characters as mature and something worth while, he doesn't treat them like something geared towards kids.

The art style is flawless, I'm one of those people if I don't like the art style it takes away half the enjoyment of reading or I won't even read it to begin with. Here that's not a problem. Brian Bolland is one talented guy! I wish I had half his talent. 

Overall, this is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who loves very dark Batman stories but it's definitely not for children.


Friday, December 22, 2017

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Christmas Themed Book

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
Best/Worst Christmas Themed Book (or books that take place during Christmas)


Best
This was so cute and filled me with such happiness and I just ugh. It's perfect for Christmas time!



Worst
I'm not a John Green fan. Yeah I know, I'm like the only one in the whole world who doesn't like him but it is what it is. Different tastes and all that jazz. So of course, when I set out to read this one... I should've known better.




Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Christmas/winter-related Trope







Thursday, December 21, 2017

One More Light


I don't normally talk about these kinds of things but after what has happened with Chester and now Jonghyun, I feel I need to say something. Suicide is not the answer. Never. If you're feeling down and think there's nothing happy left to live for, you're wrong. If you have depression, seek help. Talk to someone, anyone and if you can't talk to anyone, there are hotlines for you. People there 24/7 that will talk to you, help you see why ending your life isn't worth it. If you need medication, don't be ashamed of it. 

Mental health is still treated as something taboo or something we make up in our own minds. Some people think it's something we just need to get over. Why on Earth can't we treat mental health the way we treat our physical health? I mean, when we get the flu, we go to the doctor, why don't we treat mental health the same way? 


 1-800-273-8255 - suicide hotline USA (International numbers)


Don't let your light go out. Your life matters.  

I've been there, it was just after my first panic attack when I was 17, I didn't understand what was going on. After it ended, I wanted to kill myself so I would never have to deal with that again. I didn't think I could handle anymore of those.

I've had other dark times in my life. So I can understand wanting to stop the pain, not knowing that it can get better. All you have to do is don't give up. Never stop fighting and get the help you need. 

We need to stop the stigma around mental health so people won't be ashamed of seeking the help they need. No one ever worries what other people will think when they break a bone and have to go the doctor. 

Don't throw away your life. 





Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Gemini Keeps Capricorn Spotlight + Giveaway + Review

A Spotlight on Book 3 in the Signs of Love series by Anyta Sunday!


Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love #3)


Release Date (Print and Ebook): December 18, 2017

Book blurb:

Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes…to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths.

Wesley loves annoying his RA Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules.

Of course Wesley wants Lloyd to break one…or three hundred.

Sometimes, one diabolically grinning Gemini is all it takes...to have Lloyd laying down the law and marching Wesley straight back to his dorm room.

It doesn’t stop Wesley teasing again. And again. And again…

But damn. Lloyd doesn’t crack easily. He’s full of principles. He’s unshakable.

He’s the perfect friend to have when Wesley needs help. Like with his truant brother and his old high school principal.

Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes… to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA.

What can he say? It seemed like a good idea in the moment . . .




Teaser:


“We can’t have coffee. We have to leave. Now.”

“What do you mean, we can’t have coffee?” Lloyd sounded incredulous, as though Wesley had casually suggested castration as an alternative to daily washing.

Wesley tugged Lloyd out of the line they’d been waiting in for ten minutes. “I’m the one up at nine in the morning with a grumpy RA. If anyone needs coffee, it’s me.” He glanced across the room at a top-button-collared man weaving his way in their direction. “But it has to wait.”

“Wesley? Right now? I legitimately fear for your life.”

“I’ll get us coffee later. More than one. My treat.”

Lloyd gave up resisting, and they almost escaped the bustling café.

“Young Mister Hidaka!”

Wesley swallowed a groan and clutched Lloyd’s forearm as he turned them around to face his childhood pastor. Pastor Geoff had a gray beard, rim-free glasses, and a condescending regard—like usual.

“Your mother prays every week that you come back home.” Pastor Geoff registered Lloyd’s presence, and his face shadowed. “You’ve lost your way, son.”

That was about as much as Wesley would put up with. “I am very sure of my way, and I’ll keep walking it. In fact, I’m going to walk it right now. Vigorously. With my fiancé.”

Wesley steered Lloyd out the door, leaving the pastor gaping behind them. He didn’t stop walking or let go until they were safely ducking down behind Lloyd’s car. Well, Wesley was ducking down. Lloyd was staring at him with disbelief and amusement—and something else.

“Has he stopped watching us yet?” Wesley asked, noticing how close his face was to Lloyd’s crotch. Lloyd jerked and bumped against the car door.

Wesley took a moment to absorb Lloyd’s reaction, and a smile quivered at his lips. He straightened, keeping barely an inch between them.

Lloyd caught his elbow and helped him along, muttering under his breath. “I really need coffee.”

“Is that what they’re calling it these days?”

Lloyd closed his eyes and took a calming breath, then opened the passenger door. “Get in, flirtster.”

Wesley smirked, and jumped in.



About Anyta Sunday:



Heart-stopping slow burn.



Anyta Sunday is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.



Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.



Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French. 



Member of Romance Writers of America.



Connect with Anyta: Website | Twitter | Facebook | To receive a free e-book, sign up for Anyta’s newsletter here!




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My Review 

I have one complaint about this novel.... it was too short! I need more! I love Wes and Lloyd! They are cute and adorkable and it's just perfection! 

Wes has had a crush on his RA Lloyd for quite a long time but their signs just aren't compatible... also Lloyd doesn't seem to be to into him. Will Wes get his happily ever after? Wes is the cutest thing ever. He's also got a heart of gold but he and his mother don't see eye to eye when it comes to his being gay. She thinks it's a phase and hopes he will give it up. I also loved his younger brother. Ugh, every single character in here is great in their own way. So well written. 

Also the main character is Japanese-American, if you're looking for something like that.

Overall, this book is a perfect addition to the series and I need the next one now. I just can't wait. I need more cute fluffy books in my life. This book gave me all the feels and made me laugh and smile so much and since my life has fallen apart, I need books like this more then ever. 

I'm so thankful to have gotten a ARC and to have gotten to read this early. I was just inching to read it after I finished book two. If you like m/m romance with HEA endings, this series is for you. Grab it now!



Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Imprint

In this gritty, contemporary romance, an injured star athlete escapes to a small southern town after an abusive relationship leaves her reeling.

Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her, causing her injury, and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and twin cousins in their small, football-obsessed town seems like a great escape plan. 

There, Peyton meets Owen—high school classmate and local MMA fighter. Though Owen is charming and gentle, Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. But when her old and new life collide, Peyton must reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future. 

With southern charm, underground martial arts, and red-hot chemistry, Kami Garcia’s second contemporary romance will steal your breath away.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Bennett Book Blitz + Giveaway



Bennett
Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising #4)
Publication date: December 19th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Being the drummer for the hottest new rock band should’ve been a dream come true. Sold out shows, women, more money than I deserved…

But I didn’t want any of it.

The fame sucked, the money was a burden and I’d given away my only chance at ever having her—my best friend’s sister.

I wasn’t supposed to touch her. My best friend made me swear I wouldn’t. Then he was deployed, and he told me to look out for her. Except being around her while still keeping my distance was slowly killing me. Touring with the band should’ve been the perfect escape… Until I fucked up.

I fucked up so bad, she was half-conscious in my arms, fighting for her life.

* BENNETT is the fourth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series.

The Uncompromising Series:


TALON


NEIL


ANDRE


BENNETT




EXCERPT:

I backed her against the wall and took her face in my hands. “I’m not leaving you alone.”

Her breath hitched, and her hands wrapped around my wrists, but she didn’t say anything.

I gripped her harder. “You’re not alone, you hear me? You will never be alone. I’m always going to be here for you. Always.”

Her grief, her tears, the tension in her muscles—it all stilled.

Then she stood on tiptoe and her lips landed on mine.

First shock, then eight years of blind fucking need surged, and I let loose. Growling with repressed desire and want, so much fucking want, I roared as I slammed my body against hers and shoved my tongue into her mouth.

Sweet fucking Jesus.

My hands tangling in her hair, my tongue dominating, I didn’t kiss her. I fucking took.

I took her kiss.

I took her grief.

And I took her fucking trust.

For one unbelievable moment, I had everything I’d ever wanted.

Everything.







Author Bio:

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she

can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.





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Monday, December 18, 2017

Music Monday - Country Christmas

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. 

Let's get into some good old American country Christmas music for this week, shall we?





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 

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.