Throwback Thursday: Mini reviews of books I read in June

I decided to start doing this post when I am in a book slump and then my books read start adding up to the point where I just have enough time to do a mini review. I don’t know if this is actually a thing already, but if it is I am not trying to steal anybody’s ideas. Just trying to get some reviews in. It’s sometimes hard to write book reviews when all I have to say is that it was really good and here, read it!!

Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

I absolutely LOVED Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch. This book was the sequel to Love & Gelato though I think I liked this one even though I love all things Italy. I’ve actually been to Ireland. I was able to revisit some of the places that I had been to before via this book and that was the main reason why I enjoyed this so much.

I got this book from the library as a library ebook, but I definitely want to own it sometime to have it next to Love & Gelato. I liked the siblings relationship in this book. I liked how supporting they were of each other and the girl practically gets a Lizzie Mcguire movie like adventure and the characters from the previous book make an appearance. You don’t really have to read the previous book at all. It was a five star read because of all the traveling, and because it was a fast paced read. I may have stayed up until 11:30 on a weeknight finishing it.

Listen to your heart by Kasie West

I was in a book slump still when I tried to decide what to read next. I didn’t want to read my ARC’s, I wanted to read something I had owned since I had been reading a lot of advanced reader copies lately. I decided to go with Listen to your heart by Kasie West because the first book I read this year was Kasie West’s Love, Life, and the Lists and that was a very strong read. Kasie West is not only the queen of contemporary young adult, but the queen of getting me out of book slumps apparently.

Listen to your heart was a really cute fast read for me. I liked that it was kind of like a summer type book, but it took place in the beginning part of the school year. The cover made me think that it was going to be a summer book. It’s definitely still one to read by the pool this summer.

Kate Bailey is your average teenager who doesn’t like talking to people. Her best friend and her mom talk her into taking a podcasting class to branch out, meet more people and find more passions since her whole life has been about the lake and the marina where her parents work at. It turns out that Kate starts liking podcasting and the whole book was just good. I liked all of the characters, even the secondary characters and the arch nemesis. It was originally a four star read, but it’s a five star read now.

Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren Queen was actually one of the books I actually owned on my Kindle, but I know I will want to get the DTB sometime soon because it definitely was as good as Daughter of the Pirate King.

I wasn’t sure I would like this book because of the mixed reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised when I did like it. I liked that Riden was back in it, and I liked Alosa’s loyalty to her crew even when they didn’t think she was loyal. I liked all of the headstrong characters in it, and the siren aspect of the story. I usually have to be in the mood for a fantasy book, but this one kept my attention for the most part. The plot had me on the edge of my seat. I’d definitely read this series again. It also makes me want to watch Pirates of the Caribbean. It was another five star read.

To Kill a Kingdom

I was VERY happy when I received To Kill a Kingdom from my library as an ebook. I’ve been waiting to get it checked out from the library since it came out. This one also had mixed reviews but I actually liked this one. I usually don’t like stories when they have mixed reviews or when they are hyped up.

To Kill a Kingdom was basically like a darker Little Mermaid fairytale retelling story, except the siren was after the prince’s heart. This whole book was a game of cat and mouse, but I liked the fact that we had the prince’s point of view and that he was a pirate. That made it really interesting for me. It was an easy read for the most part, though there were a couple of confusing chapters and I had to go back to read it. I’m usually in the mood for contemporary instead of fantasy.  To Kill a Kingdom is a four star rating based on it’s unique fairytale retelling and plotline.


That’s all for now! Sorry I haven’t been very active within the last week. I just wanted time away from my blog to actually read, and then work got busy and I was in a book slump. I hope I will get more active soon. P.S. I actually FINALLY have 100 followers! Thank you everybody for following even though I haven’t been very active in the last couple of weeks. What books are you guys reading? 

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WWW Wednesday (6/20/18)

I know it’s not quite Wednesday yet. But an early post never hurt anybody. And I’ve been slacking on the blog. Sorry, I will try to get back to it this weekend. Anyway, onto the post.

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This tag is hosted on Taking on a World of Words It’s easy to do, just answer the three questions below!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Sorry if the photo is too big. I am on my phone at the moment can’t tell how big the photo really is. I will edit later on the computer. Anyway, I FINALLY got To Kill a Kingdom checked out from my library. It’s really been ages since I requested this book.

But it’s going good most of the time. I’m at 78 percent so that means I’ll probably be finished by Thursday depending on how distracted I am. I’ve been pretty distracted because I’m trying to make sure everything is done at work.

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What did you currently finish reading?

I just finished Daughter of the Siren Queen and Listen to your heart by Kasie West. I do not have reviews of them yet, but soon. I’m very happy that I decided to take a break from ARC’s. These were ebooks I own. Again, sorry if the photos are huge. Will edit that later.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is always a question with me. I am a mood reader. I need to read my library books though. I have some good ones, like Legendary and From Twinkle with love. I also have To Kill a Kingdom but I am reading it now.  I didn’t get to list that in this post last week.

 

What do you think? What does your WWW Wednesday look like? Feel free to drop a comment! 

WWW Wednesday (6/13/18)

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This tag is hosted on Taking on a World of Words It’s easy to do, just answer the three questions below!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am reading Daughter of the Siren Queen and Desperate Play by Barbara Freethy. Desperate Play is an ARC book. Daughter of the Siren Queen is a Kindle book I bought this year. Daughter of the Siren Queen is going well so far! I’m waiting to read more of Desperate Play though I have read a few chapters of it so far.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished reading Love & Luck, One Small Thing and reread Love & Gelato. I liked Love & Luck more than Love & Gelato this time around but Love & Gelato was still good. I really liked One Small Thing and want to read more of Erin Watt’s books.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

I literally have no idea what to read next. It’ll probably be one of the below… I got From Twinkle With Love from the library as well as Legendary! I’m very excited about that! Or it could be Ace of Shades, or Girl Online… or a random romance. Depends on what sparks my muse. I could reread All American Girl, The Princess Diaries, or The Mediator or Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.

 


What do you think? Sorry I was a bit behind on this today. Work has been pretty busy and haven’t been into blogging this week. I’d still like to see everybody else’s posts!

ARC review: One Small Thing by Erin Watt

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received One Small Thing from Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed it. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

I did not expect to get this book, but I was very happy that One Small Thing was my first Erin Watt book I read. I liked her style and definitely want to check out more of her stuff now.

One Small Thing deals with a family who is trying to pick up the pieces after their loved one died. Beth’s parents deal with her sister’s death by being extremely protective of her; almost to the point that they try to control her entire life. Beth spends most of the book trying to do her own thing anyway. And then she accidentally meets Charles.

Her friendship with Charles is basically like a screwed up Romeo and Juliet relationship, or a Spencer/Toby relationship from Pretty Little Liars. (I kept picturing those two during the whole book. I basically shipped them throughout the whole book.

The writing was well done and I even forgot the fact that I was reading an ARC book because I was enjoying it so much. I just liked all of the plots and turns and one particular scene at the very end. I’m trying not to spoil much here because I don’t want to spoil the plot. I also read this book in a day, which is hard for me to do these days. I stayed up late reading it also when I shouldn’t have.

Basically, you will want to read One Small Thing because it will tug at your heart because of all the emotions and characters. It was a five star read for me. I really didn’t have anything bad to say about this. Thank you Netgalley and publishers for letting me read this!

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Oh, look! I actually posted a review! So sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL this weekend. I was relaxing before a busy work week. There’s a chance I may not do my weekly posts this week either, but I should be back to normal this weekend or next. I absolutely loved this book though! It was one of those reviews were I struggled to say why it was good. Sometimes I just want to say it’s good but I know reviews are all about the why it’s good part.

Cover Reveal: Hot Pursuit by Kay Marie

Hot Pursuit
Kay Marie
(To Catch a Thief #1)
Publication date: August 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days meets White Collar in this sassy and sweet romantic comedy, new from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie.

All Jolene Carter has ever wanted is to own a bakery of her own. There’s only one problem. Her father, Robert Carter, is a world-renowned art thief and she’s, well, sort of his protégé. But he’s promised her that this next job in New York will be their last, and she won’t let anyone get in the way of her dreams…especially not the distractingly delicious FBI agent hot on her tail.

Agent Nate Parker has been on the Robert Carter case for years, and if the rumors of the aging criminal’s retirement are true, this might be his last chance to nail him. With the legacy of his late father in the back of his mind, the stakes are more personal than anyone realizes. He won’t let anything stand in the way of justice…especially not the red-headed vixen who keeps giving him the slip.

He’s a cop who’d never bend. She’s a con who’ll never break. But all’s fair in love and larceny…

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Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Blog Tour review post for Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi


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Today I’m bringing you my review for Always Forever Maybe! I’m excited to be part of the book blog tour for it. Here’s some information about the book before we get to the review.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis: When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Even before they share a first kiss, Betts already knows the two of them are destined to become an us. Betts has a bruised, cautious history with love, but she feels safe and empowered in Aiden’s arms.

He trusts her with the darkness in his troubled past, and his devotion opens up a new future for Betts just as everything else in her world is changing. With graduation inching closer, Betts and her best friend, Jo, have been sliding slowly apart, and that fissure is blown wide open by Aiden.

Betts has only ever kept one secret from Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling.

She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.

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My review:

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not have an impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.

Betts meets Aiden in a candy store and their meeting is one of those meet cute scenarios that set the book up to be one of those cute fluffy romances, but it ended up being a little bit darker than I expected it to be since it dealt with emotional and physical abuse. Betts still believes the best in Aiden because he keeps reminding her that nobody else matters in their relationship and he’s pretty much her first love but them and this triggers some warnings about his character for her best friend and parents especially.

I liked Betts’s best friend Jo because Jo stood by her side even when Betts started forgetting stuff that they had planned because she was with her new boyfriend and experiencing all the highs of first love. She was a loyal friend and wasn’t afraid to go after what she wanted, and tried her best to remind Betts who she really was and why she didn’t need a guy like Aiden. She was the type of best friend anybody would need during this situation and she wasn’t afraid to stand up for best friend when she got into a bad situation.

Despite the trigger warning for emotional and physical abuse, I thought this book was well written. The author had a lesson behind everything and it was handled in a good way that would help anybody.

The writing style was good. It was fast paced despite all of the heavy drama stuff that went along. The characters were also likable. This would be good for anybody that likes a slightly different contemporary book. It was a four star read.

Thank you publishers for giving me the chance to read it!

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Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine. After college, she moved

to New York City, where she worked as a cheesemonger and book editor. She now writes,

fiddles in the electro-country band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves, and walks with her dog, Arugula, near their home in Princeton, New Jersey. Anica is the author of

several books for younger readers, and her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times. Always Forever Maybe is her YA debut. Visit her online at anicarissi.com , and follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @anicarissi.

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WWW Wednesday (6/6/18)

Yay, another WWW Wednesday!  WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Worlds!

All you have to do to enter is answer the three questions below:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I was starting Daughter of the Siren Queen yesterday morning, but I liked Love & Luck so much that I decided to do a reread of Love & Gelato because I haven’t read that since it came out I think.

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What did you recently finish?

I finished four books between the last time we met. I finished A Cowboy’s Sweetheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Love & Luck and One Small Thing.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have two more advanced reader’s copy books to read….big surprise there, haha. I want to start Daughter of the Siren Queen or Girl Online. Or When It’s Real since I liked the ARC One Small Thing so much. Or any library ebook I have to read still or any book I bought recently. I’m on a book buying ban this month until I get stuff read. I also don’t really plan on what I’m going to read next. I also feel like I might start a romance book or another re-read.


What do you think? What is your WWW Wednesday like? Feel free to share what books you are reading! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is books that I decided DNF. I don’t think I decided to finish all of these quickly. I actually feel VERY guilty about not finishing a book, especially if it’s an ARC and some of you probably know that it takes DAYS for me to finally let it go.

  1. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf. This was my latest book I did not finish. I REALLY wanted to like this one because I liked Kiss of the Royal so I thought I was totally ready for another fantasy that sounded like it was going to be like The Selection meets Once Upon a Time. It ended up not meeting my expectations.

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Verdict: Did not finish about fifty percent. Even tried starting it a second time after more people raved about it. Gave it an honest effort.

2. Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen. I wanted to like this book. It was about prom, fandoms and OTP’s and fake dating I think and what not. It had the potential to be a super cute, fast read.

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Verdict: Most likely will not pick up again. Might be too old to read prom related books, but it had great potential.

3. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. Ok, before you hate me forever for hating the most popular book series in the young adult fandom please note that I actually gave this series an honest effort. I made it to the end of the fourth book.

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Verdict: Did not finish, gave it an honest effort but could have gotten through Wings and Ruin a bit further than I actually did. It had really good potential. A Court of Thorns and Roses was a hard book to push through but I did actually like Mist and Fury. I just couldn’t try anymore with Wings and Ruin. It has a really cool cover though and a cool plot. I will admit to that. Maybe one day!

4. These Vengeful Souls was a library ebook. I didn’t feel too guilty about not finishing this one because it was a library book. It was kind of like X-men!

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Verdict: I also gave this series an honest effort. It had such a cool spin and potential but it kind of got lost on me sadly. Will most likely remain on the DNF shelf.

5. I have lost my way by Gayle Forman. I TRIED so hard to get an ARC for this book, but ended up getting it as a library ebook. But it was a DNF.I have lost my way

Verdict: I may have judged too quickly because I did not finish before 30 percent. I got annoyed that the title kept being repeated every so often in some relation to the story and decided not to put up with that. Maaaaaaaybe I will try rereading it sometime in the future but it is doubtful. It was another book that had potential for me.

6. Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy. I still feel really guilty about this one. This one was another highly anticipated book because it was about Ireland and it had a good plot. It just didn’t meet my expectations at the time. Now A

Verdict: I might give it another shot when did not finishes are not making me feel so guilty or making me cringe or whatever.

7. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. This book had serious potential for me because it sounded like it was going to be more like the Pretty Little Liars tv show instead of the PLL books. But it wasn’t a hit for me.One of us

Verdict: I gave it away to someone I thought might like it.

8. How to Hang a Witch. I think this one got a low rating for me and a low DNF book. It was about witches and Salem and had all the makings for it to be a good book.

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Verdict: I might try reading it maybe in October or something again since I really LOVED The Wicked Deep. Maybe. It would have to be a library ebook again.

9. Breakaway by Sophia Henry. The cover pretty much says why I didn’t finish it here. A friend recommended this book to me when I was on a sports romance kick but uhhhh it was a bit more steamy for me than I would have liked. She laughed at me because I did not finish it quicker than she had. Breakaway

Verdict: Couldn’t DNF soon enough. It was a digital ARC from Netgalley but it was definitely steamy, haha.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Ok, this is actually a finished series. BUT. The Hunger Games was on my DNF list from 2011-2017. I couldn’t stand the hype of it and remained far away. But the movies kept popping up and a friend got me to watch the first movie with her for free back in school. I didn’t like it the first time. Then last year I watched the second movie one night. I liked it, and Finnick Odair became my favorite character. I ended up going back to the books through Kindle Unlimited and my used bookstore and I also bought the movies.The Hunger Games

Verdict: Originally skimmed just to say I read it, but really I did not finish it and I judged it way too quickly. It was better the second time I read it. IDK if this counts, but it was a forever DNF book for several years. I was proud of myself for giving it another chance.


What do you think? Did you ever did not finish a book you were highly anticipating? What about one that is really popular? Does the hype make you stay away? Do you feel guilty for marking books as DNF? I have SUCH a hard time with that. Feel free to comment below! 

Blog Tour+ giveaway post: Just One of the Royals

 

 

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Tour Date:

June 4-10

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39861093-just-one-of-the-royals

Purchase Links:

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Link to Tour Schedule:

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Giveaway Details:

$20 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

 

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Just One of the Royals (The Chicago Falcons #2)

by Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper
Publication Date: June 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush

 

Just one of the royals

Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.

Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.

Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever…

Feel free to check out my review for Just One of the Royals here!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books – lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they’re not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.

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ARC Review: A Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Crista McHugh

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received A Cowboy’s Sweetheart from Netgalley. This has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.

When I was little I would read any horse book I could get my hands on. Black Beauty, Thoroughbred series, Heartland, The Saddle Club. I loved pretty much all of them. A Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Crista McHugh reminded me of a little bit of all of them even though it still held it’s own. Kensi reminded me of Veronica from The Saddle Club, but I ended up really liking her.

Kensi came to Wyoming from New York City because she got in trouble with the last party she had and her parents thought her aunt and uncle would be able to straighten her out more than they could. They were rich and they weren’t really there for her a lot of the time so she didn’t hear the word no very much, and she also didn’t hear praises very often either from her coach. Kensi was into dressage, which is like horse dancing and she spent a lot of the book training for a competition in Germany. Things began changing for her when she switched coaches and when she met Javier.

Javier comes with his own baggage from the past and he spends the majority of the book trying to deal with his situation. What is shocking to everybody is that Kensi thinks about somebody other than herself for once and wants to help him out with his situation.

Both of these characters were likable and I liked how they changed in the book. I really liked the romance part of it too. The horse crazy part of me wished for more horse related moments but the book was still a good read. It’s a strong three out of five star read. I’d recommend it to anybody who misses their favorite children’s horse books. It’s an easy book to read for the summer time. Thank you Netgalley for giving me the chance to read it!

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