September 19, 2017

TTT #80: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Although I hardly stick to them, I always love making to-read lists! Fall is my favorite season and I can't wait to be able to wear my boots and scarves while drinking a pumpkin spice latte. I love reading under a warm blanket with my puppy in my lap and a good book that just feels like fall.

1. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
2. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
3. The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz
4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
5. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

6. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
7. Lucky in Love by Kasie West
8. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
9. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Boyle
10. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

September 18, 2017

ARC Review: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (Sept. 26, 2017)
Length: 289 pages
Genre: Young Adult Thriller/Horror
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Source: I received a free copy from the publisher at ALA this year. Thank you! This does NOT affect my honest review.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted. International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

My Review

There's Someone Inside Your House in Three Words: Chilling. Bloody. Magnificent.

There's Someone Inside Your House begins with a chilling opening that will have your hairs standing on end. Set up like a slasher movie such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, this book gave me plenty of chills and thrills.

Stephanie Perkins did an amazing job at setting the scene for this creepy story of local teens being murdered. She has a way with words. Thanks to the amazing descriptions I was able to visualize the town, the fall weather, and everything in between, she made the story come to life like I was actually watching a slasher movie.

I found the main character Makani to be just as unique as her love interest Olly. Yes, there is romance in this horror novel. Although I did enjoy it, I didn't care about the romance as much as everything else going on. I'm not sure these main characters will have a lasting affect on me, but I did find them to be interesting. However, I did absolutely adore Makani's grandmother!

You are probably wondering if this book was scary. I will start by admitting that I personally get scared pretty easily. With that being said, even though at times the story had my skin crawling and made me a little on edge, I don't think too many people would find this book all that scary. What about its mystery elements? Although I didn't guess the killer, I was a little disappointed by that reveal. On the other hand, I thought the overall pacing of the story was spot on and kept me turning the pages. The ending scene was slasher movie perfection.

The Verdict: There's Someone Inside Your House is a must read for the month of October!

September 17, 2017

Book Review: First Step Forward by Liora Blake

First Step Forward (#1) by Liora Blake
Length: 358 pages
Genre: Adult Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: I received a free copy from the author through Xpresso Book Tours. Thank you so much! This did NOT affect my honest review.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: Pro-football player Cooper Lowry is off the field and into some trouble—in the form of a very alluring, very free-spirited apple orchard owner named Whitney Reed—in the first installment in Liora Blake’s all new Grand Valley series. After eight seasons playing pro-football, Cooper Lowry knows all the right answers. Is he stubborn, short-tempered, and impatient? Yes. Are jersey chasers more trouble than they’re worth? Absolutely. Has he ever imagined a life beyond the game? Nope. Cooper has built an enviable career—the result of staying focused, working hard, and keeping his head on straight—even as his body takes the brunt. So when a hard hit during a Sunday home game leaves him in a dazed heap on the field, it’s nothing more than another day at the office. The only thing that’s different about this Sunday is a chance encounter with a certain fascinating, beautiful free-spirited woman. And some sternly-worded instructions from his coach to take a little time off and give his body the TLC it craves—before he does lasting damage. Whitney Reed is a few months away from losing the organic fruit orchard she bought three years ago in the tiny town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. At the time, she was just looking for a place to get lost. Instead, she found a home, somewhere she could finally put down roots. Now foreclosure is knocking on her door—along with a grumpy, gorgeous football player who might be just what she never knew she needed.

My Review

First Step Forward in Three Words: Football. Apples. Swoons.

First Step Forward is a charming romance set in the wonderful state of Colorado. The author's descriptions of the setting really pulls you in, and with the help of its two interesting main characters, it is even easier to get lost in this delightful story.

Cooper has been a pro-football player for years, and it's starting to take a toll on his body. After losing her father, Whitney is trying to start over with a small fruit orchard, but she soon discovers that it is harder than it looks to stay afloat. On a chance meeting in Denver after a rough football game, we get to see their amazing meet cute from the male's POV. Cooper is the best part of this story. He is strong, can be cranky, is sweeter than sweet, and loves football. Whitney is stubborn, organic, and determined. They make a unique pair that made me smile. Although I would have liked a little more time with them, I enjoyed the fascinating minor characters as well.

The plot of First Step Forward is of your standard romance variety, but the important big romantic scenes are perfect. They will make your heart flutter. The only major complaint I had of this book was the pacing of the plot. It just seemed off from the start, especially when looking at how soon these characters seem to genuinely care for each other even though they are strangers. However, I was able to look past this flaw and enjoy its football scenes and romantic gestures.

The Final Verdict: First Step Forward is a sweet story. I recommend reading this book in the fall. It will leave you on the hunt for some delicious apple butter. I would read more books by this author.
September 15, 2017

ARC Review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

One Dark Throne (#2) by Kendare Blake (Sept. 19, 2017)
Length: 464 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: I received a free eARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. This did NOT affect my honest review. Thank you!
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

My Review

One Dark Throne in Three Words: Dark. Captivating. Fierce.

Read. This. Book.

One Dark Throne does NOT suffer from second book syndrome. If you loved Three Dark Crowns you will love this second book in the series. The characters are stronger, the stakes are higher, and the battle is bigger.

If you had a favorite sister in the first book, your opinions may change, your will may break, and your heart may bleed. These girls are strong. The minor characters are interesting. This book is twisty and complex and will hook you from page one. There is so much going on and I loved every freaking second of it. It's crazy, never boring, harsh, and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I know I am being vague, but I don't want to let any fun tidbits slip. I want you to experience this book for yourself. I loved everything about it, and I think you will too.

The Bottom Line: One Dark Throne is a must read fantasy series for fantasy fans of any age.

September 12, 2017

TTT #79: Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog

I only had eight books for this topic because I didn't start using goodreads until I started my blog which was half way through 2012! Without further ado, here are eight of my favorite books during 2012, the year I started my blog. Wow, I have been doing this a long while. I linked up my embarrassing reviews of these books. Enjoy!

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
2. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
3. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
4. The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
7. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

August 28, 2017

Recently Added to my TBR Pile

I love seeing the books people add on their shelves on Goodreads and I certainly really love adding books to my own TBR pile. (Perhaps a little too much.) Therefore, I thought maybe that when I add some good stuff I would share it with you guys! Here are some of the recent books I have added to my Goodreads shelf. I include a short summary from Goodreads along with a link in case you what to add these bad boys to your own TBR pile. Anything I can do to help out my fellow book nerds. ;)

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Jan. 2, 2018)

"Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon. But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules. When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive."

Plague Land by Alex Scarrow (Dec. 1, 2017)

"Leon and his younger sister Grace have just moved to London from New York when news of an unidentified plague begins to fill the news. Within a week the virus hits London. People in the streets turn to liquid before their eyes, and what follows is a frantic hunt for a safety which may no longer exist." 

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen (Jan. 2, 2018)

"A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm. One train ride. Two strangers. Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. But come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Can one night can really change how they feel about love...and the course of their lives forever?"

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (March 27. 2018)

"The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes. The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted. Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided."

All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson (Feb. 6, 2018)

"In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital: Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart...right when they need each other most. Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right. And then there's Skyler, whose sister Kate—the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler's everything—was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she's at her weakest."

Busted by Gina Ciocca (Jan. 1, 2018)

"Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys. But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…"

Everless (Untitled #1) by Sara Holland (Jan. 2, 2018)

"In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself."

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert (May 16, 2017)

"Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land. Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard. Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm."

Will you be adding these to your TBR pile?

August 23, 2017

Review: Wait for You by Jennifer L Armentrout

Wait for You (#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (2013)
Length: 415 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: The library.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: Some things are worth waiting for… Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself. Some things are worth experiencing… Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed. Some things should never be kept quiet… But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her? And some things are worth fighting for…

My Review

Wait for You in Three Words: Cuteness. Courtship. Secrets.

I devoured Wait for You in two days. I was hesitant to read another book by this author after my rather unpleasant experience reading Obsidian, but I think that was just because I couldn't get past the horribly mean, who I thought had no redeeming qualities, love interest in that book. In Wait for You, the guy is a sweetheart. I adored Cam.

The college setting was a realistic backdrop to Avery and Cameron's story. I was reminded of some of my own college experiences while reading. Avery had a horrible thing happen to her at a party when she was only 14. To get away from the rumors and stars she decides to go to a college that is far away from her childhood town. The love interest, Cameron, is a nice guy who wants to get to know Avery and break down all her walls. I love that they start out with a friendship and go from there. I will warn you that Cameron is much more likeable than Avery, but she will grow on you.

Although Wait for You has its fair share of cliches, it had enough uniqueness, a swoon worthy male lead, an interesting MC, and a nicely paced plot to make the book worth reading. I thought the unfolding of past horrible secrets was done at a good pace. I would have liked the characters to get together a little sooner, but I still enjoyed reading about their friendship.

The Verdict: Wait for You was a quick and nice new adult novel.  It made me smile, cringe, and swoon. This book really makes me want to write my own new adult romance... which I am now doing. Wish me luck!

Do you have a favorite new adult book I should read? Comment below!

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