February 14, 2017

TTT #75: My Favorite Contemporary Romance Books

In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some of my favorite contemporary romance books! I stuck with young adult and new adult books for this list.

1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
2. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
3. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
5. Losing It by Cora Carmack

6. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
7. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nyugen
8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
10. 738 Days by Stacey Kade

February 9, 2017

Library Loot #55

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I haven't done a library loot post since December. Grad school really is taking away my reading for pleasure time. Although, I do think I am starting to get into a routine which will help a great deal.

My Library Loot

1. I read a review of this somewhere and knew I had to give it a try.

2. I can't wait to read this. I loved Reign of Shadows!

3. Although this isn't my favorite series, the ending of the last book is making me read this one.

4. A girl who can't leave the house. A boy who doesn't care.

5. I am back into and devouring the Chicagoland Vampire Series.

Have you gotten anything good from the library lately?

February 6, 2017

Bog Tour Review & Giveaway: Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Length: 338 pages
Source: I received a copy of this book through Xpresso Book Tours. Thanks!
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:
Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path. Until she meets Braden Patrick. He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

My Review

Gold Rush in Three Words: Passionate. Endearing. Friendship.

Gold Rush was the perfect getaway read after a really long week of reading nonfiction texts for grad school. It charmed me from the very first page.

Liza's life is all about figure skating. She wants nothing more than to win Olympic gold. It's too bad she meets Braden, a sweet and hot guy that she has an immediate connection with. Life starts to get tricky, and she has to figure out a way to balance it all. I adored Liza and I enjoyed reading about her passion for skating. I know little about the sport, but had no trouble visualizing the amazing jumps and footwork Liza does. I also loved reading every scene staring Braden. These two kids were too cute for words. I felt like their actions and story could happen in real life and I loved that.

I smiled the entire time I was reading Gold Rush. Liza's passion and watching her figure out what she wants out of life gave me all the feels. I was so engrossed in her story that I sat down and read this book in one sitting. Gold Rush is filled with nail biting figure skating scenes, a little family drama, friendship, fun times, and some swoon-worthy moments.

The Verdict: Gold Rush is an adorable must read. I will be reading this author's other works.

The Author

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. When she’s not writing, traveling, or calculating taxes, you can find her feeding her television addiction.

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February 3, 2017

My Short Rant On Spoilers

I know some people don't mind spoilers. Heck, I even have a few friends that enjoy spoilers! They are weird, I know. ;)

As for me, I HATE spoilers. I will go crazy if something is spoiled for me. It can look a little something like this...

So here is my plea. This one is to all the bloggers and reviewers out there. All I ask is that you make a clear warning before you spoil something. I understand that sometimes you MUST talk to someone about something big that happened in a book or tv show as soon as you finish. We have all been there. BUT I really don't think it is too much to ask that you have a spoiler warning before a book review that contains spoiler.

As for Facebook and Twitter... I know that is a little different. Yet it only takes 7 characters to warn of a spoiler before you post/tweet. The only time I somewhat understand when someone spoils a show is when they are live tweeting. That is why I NEVER go on Twitter when one of my big shows (The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, etc.) is on because I don't have cable and watch everything the next day and that would just be asking for trouble. Other than the live tweeting thing, I don't see why you can't put SPOILER before your Tweet or Facebook post. That way I don't actually skim/see something I rather wouldn't.

Rant over. That wasn't so bad was it? I tried to keep it as short and polite as possible.

Do you hate spoilers as much as I do? Share your pains below!

January 31, 2017

TTT #74: My Favorite Graphic Novels

Even though it was extremely difficult, I decided to actually pick ONLY 10 of my all time favorite graphic novels to date. This was super hard. Here is what I chose.

January 23, 2017

Mini Reviews: Crooked Kingdom, The Hating Game, Fate of Flames, & The Sun is Also a Star

Crooked Kingdom (#2) by Leigh Bardugo

WOW. I ended up liking Crooked Kingdom even more than Six of Crows. The characters! The scheming and plans! There is nothing not to love about this book. It was non-stop action, and I have so much love for these Characters. I laughed. I cried. I smiled. I cheered. I gasped. I can't believe I kept putting off reading this book. What is my deal? I a going to have to give this book the status of "probable reread." I am not going to lie, most of the time I was reading I just wanted to push all the couples faces together.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game is an almost perfect romance novel. If you are a fan of the hate to love romance trope then this book is for you. I adored Lucy and Joshua. I was rooting for them from the very first page. This book is full of office shenanigans, funny moments, cute moments, and some heat. I am so glad I saw all the bloggers exclaiming their joy for this book or it would have completely passed me by. It was my first read of the year and I am so glad.

Fate of Flames (#1) by Sarah Raughley

Fate of Flames is a new favorite of mine! Kiss-ass girls. Check. Creepy Phantom monsters. Check. Elemental powers. Check. Fate of Flames is a quick read that reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Maia was always a fan of the Effigies, but when she actually becomes one she doesn't know what to think. I wish I would have gotten to see Maia actually go through some training, but there really wasn't time considering the immediate threats. I look forward to seeing what book two has to offer.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Although I thoroughly enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star, it couldn't top the author's first book, Everything Everything. The Sun is Also a Star is delightfully unique and is very much a romance. I loved the different perspectives featuring Natasha and Daniel along with other people they encounter throughout their day. Their story takes place across one day and I loved that. There were some surprises, but a lot of the book was pretty predictable for me. All around it was a very enjoyable read with two very interesting main characters.

January 16, 2017

Review: Love & First Sight

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist (Jan. 3, 2017)
Length: 281 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Diversity
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: The library.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: Love is more than meets the eye. On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right? As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

My Review

Love & First Sight in Three Words: Brilliant. Funny. Warm.

Love and First Sight is many things. Wholly original and wonderfully funny are just a few of the many ways I could describe this book. This is one I won't soon forget.

Filled with laughter, warm feelings, and struggle, Love and First Sight was much more than I anticipated. I actually just grabbed this book on a whim when it came across my path at the library. I had seen it before but never knew much about it so I just randomly decided to take a chance. I usually always read from a list and choose books from that list based on my mood, but after how well this chance turned out I may have to change my reading habits a bit.

Will is blind and has been his entire life. At the age of 16 he takes a chance on enrolling in a public high school for the very first time. Although his first day has some embarrassing moments, he keeps on keeping on and takes it in stride. Will is brave and clever. It was different and enlightening to experience the world how Will does. I could tell the author did his research on what it may mean to be blind and on the surgery that Will has the option of undergoing so he can see again. (The author also talks about some of his research at the back of the book.) Cecily is another important character and a friend in Will's life. She is one of the first he makes at his new school and over time he starts to fall for her, but life is never that easy.

I think I will just leave you with that thought. Go experience the book yourself.

The Verdict: A MUST read.

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