Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Review: The Half Sister by Sandie Jones


Book description: 
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese's Book Club pick The Other Woman, comes a compelling new domestic suspense novel about a family who is forever changed when a stranger arrives at their door.
Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.
But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.
As the fallout starts, it's clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn't as perfect as it appears.

 My review:

The Half Sister is a very gripping story full of suspense and family drama. A girl claiming to be Kate and Lauren's half sister shows up at the very beginning of the story and from there the story twists and bends making you wonder what's the truth and what is this girl's true intentions. I found it all very compelling and couldn't stop reading until I found out the truth for myself. I really liked the fast pace and think the story pretty much led where I was expecting, but still throughly enjoyed the journey to get there. I was a bit confused still at the end of the story about a room found in Jess's place, but other than that the other lingering questions just add to the suspenseful feeling of the story. Overall I think it was a great read and look forward to reading more books by Sandie Jones.
** I received this book through bookishfirst and this is my honest and voluntary review. **

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Review: Summer on Honeysuckle Ridge by Debbie Mason

Summer on Honeysuckle Ridge is absolutely delightful! I don't remember the last time a book made me smile and laugh so much. Abby is so endearing and cute. I couldn't help but cheer for her and her neverending optimism. Hunter is masculine, a bit brooding, and totally hot! I knew from the moment they met that sparks would fly. Speaking of which falling into a pond is a super fun meet cute lol. There were several amazing secondary characters as well and I am super excited to read more about Highland Falls and it's residents. Summer on Honeysuckle Ridge has me under it's fairy magic for sure! Another enchanting story from my favorite author. Highly recommended for all contemporary romance fans.

** I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest and voluntary review. **

Thursday, May 28, 2020

I tried two book boxes

I recently tried out two book box subscriptions I found through Amazon.

My first month's subscription to Romance Reveal Book Box was not only my first book box from them, but it's also my first subscription book box ever! So I'm super excited!!! 😁 Book boxes are so fun! Romance Reveal Book Box is definitely a winner! I love that the books come signed and the candle, bookmarks, notepad, and pen will all definitely come in handy. I also gave the temporary tattoo and candy to my daughter, so that made her happy lol. If you'd like to see some pictures of what I found inside my box check them out  below.

The 2nd box I tried is called Coloring and Classics. This one I thought would be fun because every month you get a hardcover (genre of your choice), an adult coloring book, and an activity book of sorts. I chose Romance as my genre. The Doodling for Bookworms is really fun and I am super pleased with it and this box. You even get coloring pencils with your first box. In this particular box they also included a sucker (I'm not sure if this is something included in every box). Here'sa picture of what I received in my box:

The book sounds super good! I can't wait to read it! 

*I purchased this myself and was not asked to do this post or compensated in anyway. This is 100% all me and just because I love books and figured other readers are curious about these boxes just like I was.*

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn - Blog Tour post with excerpt

Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell. Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stoneinternship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out of this world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her? In More Than Maybe, Erin Hahn’s swooniest book yet, Luke and Vada must decide how deep their feelings run and what it would mean to give love a try.


ERIN HAHN is the author of You'd Be Mine and More Than Maybe. She teaches elementary, would rather be outside and makes a lot of playlists. So many playlists in fact, that she decided to write books to match them! She married her very own YA love interest who she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat named Gus who plays fetch and a dog named June who doesn’t.

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Excerpt from More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn. Copyright 2020 by the author and reprinted by permission of Wednesday Books.

I slip my phone back in my pocket, and the door opens again, causing my heart to flip-flop in my chest. Luke Greenly walks in, looking wet and harried and straight from my nerdiest daydreams, carrying his longboard under his arm and a cardboard coffee cup in his hand. Luke and Cullen aren’t identical twins. Cullen is tall and wiry with dark hair. Luke’s broad shouldered and fair with longish pale blond hair, currently plastered to his forehead despite the hoodie under his black leather jacket. He’s also got light gray-blue eyes behind bold black frames, contrasting his twin’s un-spectacled dark brown ones. Yet somehow, when they’re together, they look the same. They move in a similar way. And, yeah, their accents are yummy.
(I would never, ever admit it, but I play their podcast recordings before bed. Luke’s voice is extra soothing. Deep, lyrical, and crisp.)
The owner of those golden vocals approaches, and I duck, prodding at my nearly empty cup in an effort to hide my flaming cheeks. The Loud Lizard is my territory, and I am cool and calm and not at all flustered by Luke Greenly. We’ve spoken exactly nine times since Christmas and I’m, regrettably, still nervous around him. Also, I’m still counting. So, that’s . . . annoying.
“Hey-hey, Vada.” Luke clears his throat.
“Thought we wouldn’t see you tonight. Didn’t you have plans?” Cullen asks.
“I did, yeah. But Kazi didn’t show.” Thank God Kazi is reliably unreliable. No need to mention my Marcus drama to the Greenly twins.
“Shocking,” Cullen says drolly.
“Yeah, so I’m here. For a little longer anyway.” “Well,” says Cullen, wrapping an arm around my shoulders. The music dies down as the band wraps up their set. Unless it’s a special occasion, our live music usually ends early on Sundays, which is convenient for the Greenlys. The sound booth isn’t exactly soundproof in this place. “D’you need a ride home?”
I shake my head and lean into him. “Nah, I brought my mom’s car since I planned to meet my dad. Wanted a quick getaway.” That part’s true anyway.
Luke’s full lips twist in a half grin, and he removes his frames to give them a swipe on the dry edge of his hoodie.
I pull out the keys Phil left me and lead Luke and Cullen down a dark hallway, away from the noise of glasses clinking and instruments being loaded up. I unlock the sound booth and flick on a light.
“All yours, boys.”
Cullen leans down and smacks a kiss on my cheek. “Thanks, doll.”
I don’t know the Greenly twins super well, but Cullen is definitely the outgoing one. He’s also very, very gay. He’s been with his boyfriend, Zack, for so long they won homecoming kings this past fall by a landslide. Maybe that’s why I can talk to him so easily. Or maybe that’s just Cullen. His superpower is making people comfortable.
But it’s rare for me to see Luke without headphones or even hear his voice in person. I give him my best smile, but he only nods shyly as they pass. I inwardly sigh, all lust and longing and whatever else alliterative pining I can come up with. You know it’s bad when I’m the social one. I wait for them to get hunkered down at the mics before I close the door with a soft click behind me.
Back on the floor, I fill another cup with cherries and settle in to people watch. We have the modern equivalent to a jukebox in the corner that can be fed off debit cards, and someone’s clearly coming off a bad break because a second loop of Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” has started. I skim the club for the culprit. My money’s on the black-haired beauty with Cover Girl’s Matte #5 stained on her one, two, three straws. “Get it, girl,” I mumble under my breath. Demi is a perfectly respectable breakup diva. See also: Sam Smith and Ray LaMontagne.
The door flings open with a gust of icy air, and Kazi appears in his pale, full-on dread-headed glory. I glance at my watch. Ohhhhh, he’s late. Or, later. Phil’s not gonna be happy.
I pass the keys to Kazi with a bored scowl. “You get to wake up Phil,” I say. He winces, and I don’t bother to hide my smile. “Also, he was expecting you half an hour ago, so.”
Grabbing my jacket from behind the bar and feeling for my keys, I wave goodbye to Ben and head out into the night. My breath huffs out in front of me. I unlock my door with a beep and immediately lock it behind me, turning on the heater and heated seats full blast and letting the ringing in my ears from an afternoon spent in a noisy club dissipate.
But I don’t like the silence. What I want is to walk back into the bar and perch on a stool and listen to breakup songs and banter with Cullen and let Phil preach at me. I want to help Ben pour drinks, cast dirty looks at Kazi, and wait for the moment Luke leaves and see if I can’t earn one last shy smile from him. I want to stay here. I want to delay the moment when I have to face my hurt feelings—or worse, my mom’s hurt feelings, because even after all this time, Marcus is still breaking two hearts with one drunken accusation.
After a minute, I release a slow breath and reluctantly pull my seat belt across my lap, backing out of my space to drive home. My real home, and not just the place that feels like it.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Review: Asking for Trouble by Amy Andrews


After three years in Credence trying to fade into the background, Della Munroe is sick of being invisible. She’s ready to take back control. To live a little. Hell, she’s ready to see what this dating fuss is all about. And if that means she has to download Tinder and date every guy in Colorado, then she’s up for it. After her first disastrous attempt, she decides navigating online dating would be better with a wingman, and there’s no better person for it than Tucker Daniels. After all, he is a man. And he owns a bar, which practically makes him a relationship expert. He’s also her older brother’s best friend. Yes, she may have the teeniest tiny inconvenient crush on him, but he’s always had her back. Tucker Daniels would rather eat broken glass than watch Della go out with a bunch of douchebag dudes only out for one thing. Unfortunately, he’s never been able to say no to her, and before he knows it, Tucker’s not only vetting her dates—he’s teaching her to drive, helping her move out, and buying her a puppy! But when Della wants him to tutor her in more intimate arts, he freaks out. Because this little sister is strictly off-limits, and saying yes to Della is asking for a whole lot of trouble.

My review:

Asking For Trouble is fun, sexy, and greatly satisfying, yet emotional and touching in parts as well. I practically devoured it from page one. I loved both of the main characters so much! Tucker is definitely the type of man every girl dreams of and to say Della has had a rough past is a huge understatement. The fact that they've had a crush on each other that neither let themselves fully admit much less tell anyone is so endearing. It made me so happy to see them finally getting together. I was so worried about how her overprotective brother Arlo would react when he found out. This is such a fun series and I am so looking forward to reading the next book. Although each of these books can also totally be enjoyed as a standalone as well. If all of Amy Andrews books are as good as this one though I will just have to read them all!

** Thank you to Entangled and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced digital copy. This is my voluntary and honest review. **

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Book description

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

My Review:

Amazing! The Grace Year pulled me in from the very first sentence and wouldn't let me go. I couldn't put it down. Even after I finished reading I couldn't stop thinking about it. It did remind me somewhat of The Hunger Games, The Handmaid's Tale, and maybe a little Lord of The Flies in some ways. I really wasn't sure how it was going to end and I really really hope that ther will be a sequel. Best dystopian novel I've read all year! Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy. This is my voluntary and honest review.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Review: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Book description: 
From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade.

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.
But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

         My review:

Chain of Gold is pure magic! I was utterly captivated from the very start. I am a huge Cassandra  Clare fan, but this may just be my favorite of all of her books yet! I like that there are familiar names and places, yet this is a brand new adventure with some brand new faces. All of the characters are very intriguing and distinct. I am already torn about which I love more. There are so many things to love about Chain of Gold... friendship, adventure, fantasy, romance, deception, scandal, and of course fighting demons lol. Sometimes I have trouble remembering people and details of a series between one book and the next books release, but I truly feel that this book is so memorable that I will have absolutely no problem recalling the storyline. I am so looking forward to reading the next book. Big A++ for Chain of Gold! 

** I received an advanced copy of this book through bookishfirst. This is my honest and voluntary review.**