May 21, 2018

Mini Romance Review: Maybe Someone Like You

Maybe Someone Like You by Stacy Wise
Length: 366 pages
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: I received a free copy from the publisher. This did NOT affect my honest review.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: Katie Capwell is a bright and accomplished recent law school graduate, and she has her shiny future all mapped out. It's brimming with courtroom victories and creating change. Ryan Brincatt is a tattooed and impossibly cool martial artist, and he’s mastered a fierce roundhouse kick. Their paths never should have crossed. But when Katie lurks outside the kickboxing gym where Ryan works as a trainer, she’s immediately drawn to his casual confidence and playful green eyes. Without making her usual list of pros and cons, she impulsively signs up to train with him. She never imagined that one decision would change. Absolutely. Everything.

My Review

Maybe Someone Like You in Three Words: Flirty. Sweet. Happy.

Although it took me a bit to warm up to the main character and the writing style, once I did I was able to easily enjoy the fun story of Katie and Ryan's romance.

I had many feelings while reading Maybe Someone Like You, ranging from warm and fuzzy to amused and silly. Katie is a young woman looking for her first adult job out of college, and anyone who has ever been in her shoes will be able to relate to her struggles. Katie is smart and funny. Ryan, the sexy kickboxing instructor, is a sweet guy and a great match for Katie.

Maybe Someone Like You was a flirty story that will make you want to take up kickboxing.

The Bottom Line: This book is a sweet and fun read. New Adult romance fans will enjoy the slow burn romance and the right out of college setting.


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May 14, 2018

Review & Giveaway: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over


Aiports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff (May 15, 2018)
Length: 224 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: I received a free copy for this blog tour. Thank you Xpresso Book Tours!
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart... what could go wrong? After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari's. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev! When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!

My Review

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over in Three Words: Musical. Stressful. Entertaining.

What I Liked
  • I was a big fan of the overall plot of Sari trying to deal with her feelings about her boyfriend's cheating when she just can't seem to get away from him! Her Florida vacation turns into a nightmare as she struggles to get back home before a big storm hits. I loved this story line.
  • Sari's best friend is pretty awesome, but I do wish she was in the book more.
  • Sari's parents are present and aren't just in the background! Their worry for her seemed realistic.
  • Fitz and Zev are both fun and sweet characters. 
  • I was really transported into the various settings. Whether Sari was stuck in the cramped airport or in squeezed in the backseat of a car in the middle of a storm, the descriptions were spot on.
  • The beautiful cover!
What I Didn't Like
  • It was too short! I wasn't able to really connect or get to know Sari or her boyfriend as much as I would have liked, which is kind of a bummer.
  • All the miscommunication. It is one of my least favorite romance tropes. This is a personal preference.
  • Although the drama did remind me of my teenage years, it was a little too annoying to read as an adult.
The Verdict: I think teens will enjoy the entertaining plot, be able to relate to having overly worrying (and sometimes embarrassing) parents, enjoy Sari's passion for music, and like the cute romance.

The Author

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.


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May 11, 2018

Bout of Books: Sign Up and Updates

I am finally able to participate in another Bout of Books challenge! I have a month off between my spring and summer classes and Bout of Books falls right in the middle. A week of reading books of my choice and not for school? Sign me up! If you haven't participated in Bout of Books before then you really should. It's fun, you set your own goals, and you can win prizes!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals

Reading Goals
  • Read all four books listed below.
  • Take notes while reading for the review.
Social Goals
  • Participate in one Twitter chat.
  • Participate in one mini challenge.
The Books
  • Dread Nation
  • Starry Eyes
  • The Belles
  • The Wedding Date

Updates

Monday
Although not on my original list, I read and finished Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau! That means I have read a total of  352 pages.

Tuesday
Nothing.

Wednesday
Nothing

Thursday
You guessed it, nothing.

Friday
Nothing

Saturday
Nothing

Sunday
I finally had time to read again! To finish off the read-a-thon I read The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton! This brought me up to having read a total of 792 pages. I'll take it. The Belles was another really good book! I highly recommend it.

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May 2, 2018

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

It consists on answering these three questions:

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

What I'm Currently Reading

I just picked up Time Bomb from the library after a fellow librarian recommended it. I also just started listening to the next Chicagoland Vampire book.

 

What I Recently Finished Reading

I read Not if I Save You First for work to see if it would be a good choice for our middle school book talks, and I think they are going to like it! I also just finished the graphic novel Monstress. It was not what I was expecting, but I did really like it! 

 

What I Plan to Read Next

As soon as ACOFAS lands on my doorstep I will be diving in! I also will be reading Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over for a blog tour.

 

What are you currently reading?



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May 1, 2018

TTT #89: Books I'd Slay a Lion to Get Early


I can't wait for these books to be published! I would slay a lion for them if I could. ;)



My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
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You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)Or does she?Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
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When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty's resentment and anger. At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.


Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
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The Final installment to the Throne of Glass series.Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates. Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian-while Aelin's mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love. As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. 



Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future. 




Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! 


Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.




That's Not What Happened by Kody Kiplinger
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It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story--that she died proclaiming her faith. But it's not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did--and didn't--happen that day. Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . . 

Sip Sip Bang Bang by Danika Stone
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Haylee Campos is living the New York dream. She’s landed an impressive publishing internship at Folio-Echo, made great friends, and is finally starting to feel at home in the city. At work, Haylee spends her time putting out fires and, of course, making the occasional coffee run to Caffeine, the shop across the street. In spite of her mother’s worries, Haylee’s life is practically a Taylor Swift song. Until she gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Trapped in Caffeine by a group of rogue criminals, Haylee and Carter (the super hot barista whose inability to get her order right is what landed Haylee in this situation in the first place) must rely on their extensive knowledge of action movies in order to save themselves and the other café customers. But time is running out…

Did any of my choices make your list?



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April 20, 2018

Giveaway & Review: Suitors and Sabotage


Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey (April 17, 2018)
Length: 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: I received a free copy as part of the Xpresso Book Tour. Thank you!
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
My Rating:
Synopsis: Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception. Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother. Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended. But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . . In Suitors and Sabotage, author Cindy Anstey delivers another witty young adult historical fiction novel that is the perfect mix of sweetly romantic and action-packed.

My Review

Suitors and Sabotage in Three Words: Fun. Charming. Cozy.

Suitors and Sabotage is as charming as its cover. It's a delightful historical romance that I am sure will make all its readers smile as much as it did me.

The story starts off with a daring rescue of Imogene's beloved dog by the most charming of gentlemen, Ben Steeple, who just so happens to be the younger brother of Ernest Steeple, the man who is courting Imogene Chively. From page one readers get to watch the budding friendship between Ben and Imogene grow into feelings that they try to deny, since Ernest is courting Imogene and her best friend Emily has her sights on Ben. The story gets even crazier when a series of "accidents" seem to be focused on harming Ben. This mysterious element adds even more fun to this historical romance novel. 

Although I enjoyed every aspect of Suitors and Sabotage, I give all my praise to the wide range of interesting characters. I truly enjoyed reading about their adventures. Imogene is an awkward, and shy adorable main character while her friend Emily is bold. Ben is charming and funny while Ernest is kind and patient. There were also a handful of minor characters that added their own flair to the story, each one was appreciated. These are all characters readers will want to get to know.

The historical English setting is a delight. I could picture the most interesting old castles and buildings thanks to the apt descriptions. This may be my favorite historical romance by Cindy Anstey, but I still highly recommend her others as well. Here is my review of Love, Lies & Spies and my mini review of Duels & Deception.

The Verdict: Suitors and Sabotage is the perfect book for a rainy afternoon. Readers will delight in the charming setting, likable characters, and fun story.

The Author

Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.

She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.

Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.


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April 11, 2018

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

It consists on answering these three questions:

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

What I'm Currently Reading

I Hunt Killers is for class and Suitors and Sabotage is for a blog tour!

 

What I Recently Finished Reading

I highly recommend these two very different but both really good graphic novels. Olga is a comic hybrid that will make you smile. The Best We Could Do is a sad, powerful, beautiful, and heartbreaking memoir. I am really loving the variety of books I am reading for my comics class.

 


What I Plan to Read Next

I will finally be reading Code Name Verity for my YA literature class!

 

What are you currently reading?


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