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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Dec 1st-7th


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: 1st – 7th – What is your favourite Christmas-themed read? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

This is a little hard for me. I can’t think of anything on my shelves that has a Christmas-theme. There are books that have Christmas in them, but it isn’t a major focus. So I guess I will just have to go with a classic.

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I remember this book being read almost every year in school and I always loved it, because it meant Christmas break was starting soon!

What is your favorite Christmas-themed book?

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Goodreads Monday (12/4/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness #1)

Author: Lili St. Crow

Published: April 4th 2013 by Razorbill

Goodreads Summary:

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth… to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

Nameless (Tales of Beauty and Madness, #1)


How is it already December already?!?!?! This year has just flown by and I’ve had so many life changes in just this year alone, it has been a whirlwind!

This week I have chosen Nameless by Lili St. Crow for Goodreads Monday. This has been physically on my TBR shelf since one of my book hauls from BookOutlet back in October. I have read St. Crow’s Strange Angels series and really loved it, so now I’m going to dive into her other series. I have been on a retelling kick lately, and this fits right in with the other books I have read this past month.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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NeverSea Book Review

NeverSea (Echoes of the Lost #1) by Jenetta Penner and David R. Bernsteinneversea

Expected Publication: December 12th 2017 by Torment Publishing

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

An eARC was provided free in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Can a pure, but broken heart fuel the war to control the NeverSea?

“The Little Mermaid & Peter Pan together in a sci-fi retelling.”

Forced under the sea, seventeen-year-old Arya fights, alongside her sisters, to take down the Syndicate—a group looking to genetically redesign humanity against their will. When a routine patrol goes horribly wrong, she reunites with Peter, the ousted former leader of the Lost Boys. Arya and Peter’s tortured past, filled with genetic experimentation, fuel their need for justice.

Years earlier, Peter left young Arya when she needed him the most, leaving her torn from James, the love of her life.

Now, Arya has no choice, but to trust Peter or risk losing everything.

In a future where a constantly rising sea has swallowed nearly all the land on Earth, Arya and Peter fight to regain control of Neverland, a massive floating settlement, now controlled by the Syndicate.

The abilities forced on them years ago, are now the weapons they need to fight back.

Fans of The Lunar Chronicles series will love this exciting and epic new, young adult series.

I love retellings, and this was a great start to a new series. This story was very fast paced and I probably could have read it in one sitting if I didn’t have to do adult things (like cleaning =/). The story starts off with Arya and Peter inside the Syndicate being tested on and altered “for the greater good”. They break out one day and then we jump forward a couple of years to where the main story takes place. Their sole mission in life is to take down the Syndicate. Albeit Peter and Arya both have different reasons for taking them down, but it boils down to revenge and making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to anyone else. The authors merged the two stories very well into one, and gave each one their own spin to it. Many of the elements from the original stories were very much evident in this one, and I liked how they were fitted into this dystopian world.

This story wasn’t without it’s flaws though. The plot is there and it moves fairly quickly to keep you entertained. However, I wish there was more backstory to the characters so that we can have a better connection to them other than their current situation. I wish there was also a little bit more of a world building. For instance, why is the Earth covered in water? What happened for the NeverSea to take shape?

Hopefully the next book will answer some of the questions for me!

 

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November Wrap Up

Hello December!!! My Christmas tree has been up for over a week now, and the next thing that has to go up are my lights around the house! Maybe I can convince the hubby to do it with the promise of pie or cookies as a reward. December is one of my favorite months, and I can’t wait to see what this month has in store for me, my family, and my blog!

November was a busy month for me! I read quite a few books and most of the ones that I had put for that month’s TBR. I am still many many books behind schedule on my GoodReads challenge, and at this point I am just going to have to be okay with not finishing my goal of 75 books (maybe I can read baby S size books and count that towards my reading challenge ;)).

This month I read:

  1. Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski
  2. Cinderella.com by River Laurent
  3. Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels
  4. NeverSea by Jenetta Penner and David R. Bernstein
  5. I also read a few baby S books to her that I might have included in my GR account (some books I didn’t add, but maybe I should?)

Last month I said I wasn’t going to buy any books, except for one. And well I kind of broke that rule last weekend during Black Friday. #sorrynotsorry

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I think I did pretty well. I only bought myself three books, and I bought three books for baby S. Her collection is looking pretty good right now, and I can’t wait to really start reading her bedtime stories. I read to her now, but I can’t wait until she can start engaging in story time. =) (The last book is Baby Beluga by Raffi Cavoukian)

This month I plan on reading:

I’ll be traveling for a couple of weeks, so I really plan on reading some books off of my Kindle and save Renegades and Windwitch for when I return home.

How was your November? What do you plan on reading this month?

Currently I am reading two books that I hope to finish before Sunday:

  1. Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness #1) by Lili St. Crow
  2. Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff
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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Nov 24th-30th


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: 24th – 30th – What’s your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

My immediate feeling when entering a bookstore is oh em gee where do I start first? Then I normally hightail it to the young adult section first to see what new books have come out or if any are on sale. When I enter a department store, normally I am there for a specific reason so I just go to that section get what I need and leave. For instance this past Monday, I went to Kohls and only looked in the baby section for cold weather clothes for baby S. We’re traveling to South Carolina next week to visit family and introduce baby S to my grandma who lives in assisted living, and it is much colder there than where I currently live (we are still wearing shorts and tank tops and it’s almost December!).

Long story short, I love to browse and look around at bookstores. Sometimes I’ll even go and read the back cover of every book that I want to get to decide which one to buy then. When I go to department stores, I am on a one track mind and hardly ever just wander around unless I have a lot of time to kill or just want to be out of the house with the baby.

How do you feel walking into a bookstore compared to a department store?

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Waiting on Wednesday (11/29/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Three Sides of a Heart: stories about love triangles

Author: Edited by Natalie C. Parker

Expected Publication: December 19th 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

Goodreads Summary:

You may think you know the love triangle, but you’ve never seen love triangles like these.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle.

I normally don’t like love triangles, but if they are written very well then I am all for them. Hopefully this anthology based on them are written very well!

What trope do you find very particularly annoying? Mine would most likely be cliche romances

What are you waiting for this week?

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Bellamy and the Brute Book Review

Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels

Published: March 13th 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

When Bellamy McGuire is offered a summer job babysitting for the wealthy Baldwin family, she’s reluctant to accept. After all, everyone in town knows about the mysterious happenings at the mansion on the hill—including the sudden disappearance of the Baldwin’s eldest son, Tate. The former football star and Golden Boy of Wellhollow Springs became a hermit at the age of sixteen, and no one has seen or heard from him since. Rumors abound as to why, with whisperings about a strange illness that has caused deformity…turned him into a real-life monster. Bellamy wants to dismiss these rumors as gossip, but when she’s told that if she takes the job she must promise to never, ever visit the 3rd floor of the mansion, she begins to wonder if there really is some dark truth being hidden there.

Tate’s condition may not be the only secret being kept at Baldwin House. There are gaps in the family’s financial history that don’t add up, and surprising connections with unscrupulous characters. At night there are strange noises, unexplained cold drafts, and the electricity cuts out. And then there are the rose petals on the staircase. The rose petals that no one but Bellamy seems to be able to see. The rose petals that form a trail leading right up to the 3rd floor, past the portrait of a handsome young man, and down a dark hallway where she promised she would never, ever go…

As Bellamy works to unravel the mysteries of Baldwin House and uncover the truth about Tate, she realizes that she is in way over her head, in more ways than one. Can her bravery and determination help to right the wrongs of the past and free the young man whose story has captured her heart?

This month I’ve been reading mainly retellings, and this one so far is probably my favorite of the month. There have been a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings lately, especially thanks to Disney’s live adaption that was released this past March. I like that Michaels put her own spin to the original and made it very fresh.

This is set during modern day society in a little town in Georgia (very Riverdaleesque). Bellamy is a high school student just trying to survive since everyone thinks her father is crazy and makes fun of her for it. To help out with finances around the house, Bellamy takes a summer job as a nanny for the Baldwin family. (Remember that movie with Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer? Beastly? Kinda got that vibe a little bit) Once she starts working there is really when the plot starts to take shape and move along. As much as I enjoyed the book, it almost seemed as if it was on a rotating checklist. For a few chapters we will focus on the relationship between Bellamy and Tate. Then we will rotate to the ghosts haunting the house. Then we will go back to Bellamy and Tate for awhile. Then back to the mystery. You get the idea. Overall though Michaels tied everything up very neatly and all the different checklists merged into one for the climax. The ending kind of dragged a little bit for me after everything was resolved, but the author sets it up for the next book. Thankfully, the author didn’t leave us on a cliffhanger it’s more of a Nancy Drew type of situation where each book will be it’s own mystery for our MC’s to unravel.

Overall, I really enjoyed how Michaels interwove the original story with her own. She gave us just the right amount of elements from the original that we love and gave her own spin to make a fresh new story. Also, I liked how Bellamy is a person of color and not just your stereotypical white girl with blonde hair main character with parental issues. I also liked how then the author incorporated an inter-racial relationship. As I am part of one myself, it made the story a bit more relatable (minus the ghost seeing part).

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Goodreads Monday (11/27/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

ourdarkduet

Title:  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Goodreads Summary:

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Happy Cyber Monday!!! I waited all weekend to see if Amazon would have this book on sale, but alas they didn’t =( But I ordered it anyway and I can’t wait for it to come in so that I can finally start reading it! I loved the first book, and I can’t wait to be able to dive into the second one.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Cinderella.com Book Review

Cinderella.com by River Laurent

Published: April 22nd 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 20th 2017)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Once upon a…hot cowboy

Loan sharks are circling, I’ve got my dad’s hospital bills to pay, and my landlord is about to kick me out onto the street.
It’s all doom and gloom until my best friend, Jesse, tells me that she’s found me a job impersonating the famous hotel heiress, Tamara Honeywell.
I get to live on a ranch in Montana for a month and take care of all my money worries. The only snag is I’ll have to have my lips injected, and act like a spoilt, demanding, selfish brat. but, what the hell? Collagen is temporary, and I can act like the world’s most bitchy heiress for a month.

Until I see the jaw-droppingly handsome cowboy who comes to collect me. All flashing eyes, sun drenched skin, steely muscles…and spitting venom. Oops, he can’t stand talentless celebrities. Absolutely hates them. Damn, he looks like he wants to put me over his knee and spank me.

This is going to be interesting!

In Montana it’s not just the sky that’s big. So saddle up for the hottest cowboy that ever walked the pages of a book.

This is a standalone with HEA and no cheating. ADULT content over 18

I received this book during one of LitCube’s live sale a few months back. After reading Lady of Sherwood, I didn’t have any expectations going into this book since the last one was an epic fail (to me). I actually ended up liking this story,  although I should have read the description to know that it had adult content. For most of the book I kept thinking this is a YA book? This can’t be a YA book, it has too much adult content to be a YA book. Well, it definitely isn’t a YA book and very much so a contemporary romance (but I imagine not as romancey as those books with the half naked sweaty guys with better hair than me). I thought LitCube was a middle-grade to YA subscription box, but I guess I am wrong about that. This is the first adult book I have ever received from them, and looking at the contents in the box (and the cover) I wouldn’t have expected that.

Anyway, on to the real review. Our Cinderella in this story is Cass who is a bit down on her luck and struggling to make ends meet. From the description (that I just read), you would think that Cass reads and understands guys body language very well. But, this is not the case, every time Lars (our prince) was upset or looked angry she would always ask why he hated her. So as our main character/princess Cass was ok, she wasn’t very re-memorable to me at least. My biggest problem with her is that she accepted a job to pretend to be this rich bratty celebrity for a month, and the whole time she complained about having to pretend to be someone she isn’t. If she was going to have such a hard time acting to be someone else, then maybe this job wasn’t for her but then we wouldn’t have had a book.

The plot in this book moved fairly well until the ending. I felt like the book needed a bigger ending than what happened, and everything felt very rushed. We had this sort of slow build up to the end of her month stay, and then all of a sudden the book was over in like 10 pages. The author did include a deleted scene at the end, that I think would have helped the story out a little bit.

Overall, I think this book is decent and has potential to be better if it had gone through one more edit. Although this wasn’t in my normal genre of reading, I enjoyed it. Sometimes it’s good to step out of your typical genres and find something new. Although I wouldn’t have picked this up myself if it wasn’t for LitCube.

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Waiting on Wednesday (11/22/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


 spartanheart

Title:  Spartan Heart (Mythos Academy: Colorado #1)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Expected Publication: December 5th 2017 (originally published October 2nd 2017 by ivi Piper)

Publisher: Kindle edition

Goodreads Summary:

New school year, same old problems . . .

At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers.

Even though I fought alongside my cousin Gwen Frost to save the mythological world from Loki and his evil Reapers of Chaos, I’m still the most hated girl at the academy because of all the horrible things my parents did. I had hoped that this school year would be different, but the other kids just won’t let me forget about my parents.

But something strange is going on at the Colorado Academy. First, I run into a Viking guy who dislikes me more than most. Then I notice some odd artifacts in the Library of Antiquities. And worst of all, I start hearing rumors about a new group of Reapers who can summon mythological monsters.

I might be the most hated girl at Mythos Academy, but I’m also the only one who can save it . . .

I think I read all of the original series, and I enjoyed them for the most part. I think I definitely enjoyed her Black Blade series a little bit more than Mythos Academy, but I am interested to see how the spin off goes. I really like Greek mythology, especially when it is interwoven with modern society in a cohesive way.

What are you waiting for this week?