November 17, 2017

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Haven by Mary Lindsey

Haven by Mary Lindsey (Nov. 7. 2017)
Length: 371 pages
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: I received a free eARC from the publisher. This did NOT affect my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: "We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart. Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

My Review

Haven in Three Words: Mysterous. Dark. Passionate.

Reminiscent of novels like Blood and Choclate by Annete Curtis Klause and Velvet by Temple West, Haven is sure to please fans of young adult paranormal romances.

Unlike your average YA paranormal romance novel, Haven is told from the point of view of a male protaganist. Not only is this a breath of fresh air, but having the female being the strong, dangerous, mysterious one to the normal human boy is pretty fantastic. Although Rain is no weakling, he is merly a human among a world of mythology and magic. Rain is an interesting main character who is forced to go live with the aunt he didn't know he had in a small town he didn't know existed. Inserted into a small town where he is clearly the oustider is barely a problem when he realizes that the small town has more secrets than people.

Mary Lindsey does a magnificant job at describing a small town setting filled with mysterious stories and weird residents. Although Rain is fresh meat at his new school, he is drawn to the dangerous Freddie, a tough girl who Rain finds scary and yet alluring. Their forbidden friendship turns more, and the author does a nice job with its unfolding. Actually, the pacing of the whole book was well done. Although the plot keeps a lot of the usual paranormal tropes, it still manages to bring a few surprises to the reader. I will admit that the foreshadowing was a little heavy handed. Otherwise, it's an entertaining story with great chemsitry between the main characters and a high-stakes ending.

The Bottom Line: Give it a shot.

About the Author

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.


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November 14, 2017

TTT #82: Picture Books

Here are the pictures books my future children must have in their library!

Would any of these books make it (or have made it) on your children's bookcase?

November 9, 2017

Short & Sweet MG Review: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate ( Sept. 26, 2017)
Length: 224 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: The library.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:

Goodreads Summary: Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . . Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

My Review

Wishtree in Three Words: Uplifting. Magical. Unique.

Wishtree is a wonderful story for readers of all ages. Applegate is a magnificant story teller. Told from the point of view of an old oak tree in lyrical prose makes for a beautiful story. Readers will get to meet the many animals that live in the tree, the grumpy lady whose land the tree resides on, and a sweet boy and a shy girl who are destined to become friends. This book explores the important issues of not judging people, to be accepting of everyone, and to be kind. This book couldn't have been published in a more timely fashion considering our current political climate.

The Bottom Line: It doesn't matter whether you buy your own copy or borrow one from the library, all that matters is that you give this book a read.

October 30, 2017

NaNoWriMo Prep - I'm Ready, Kind of

I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November! I have participated twice before and won once. With grad school this year I wasn't originally going to participate, but I have decided to try anyway. If my dream is to be a writer, then I need to make time for that, no matter how busy my life may get.

Prep Resources

Writing New Adult Fiction: I am reading through this book right now and find it full of helpful information. There is advice and exercises.

NaNoWriMo Website Prep Page: There are a few good resources on this page. It is worth a look.

Preptober Workbook: I have heard a lot of good things about this workbook but I haven't used it yet myself.

Susan Dennard Website: She offers a lot of great information for writers.

Pub Crawl: Another great site with an abundance of tips.

Swoon Reads: This publisher website also offers a bunch of writing and publishing advice.

My Novel

*This information is a work in progress, but here is a sneak peek at the novel I will be working on in November. Sorry it's kind of  a mess.*

Tite: Behind the Stacks (Working Title)
Genre: New Adult Romance
Summary: Mia just finished her bachelor's degree and has moved out of her parents house for the first time. She soon realizes that having her own place while working two jobs and taking grad school classes is a lot harder than she thought it would be. She is determined to get a full-time job and make it on her own, all while making sure her apartment doesn't flood, again. She didn't factor in any extra time in her busy schedule for romance, especially with a sexy fireman. It's too bad Wes has other plans for her. Wes and his sister are the youngest members on the local fire crew. Firefighting is hard work, but Wes always finds time for some fun, as long as it doesn't involve any commitments, until now. His new plan, break Mia out of her shell.

Will you be participating in NANOWRIMO?


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. ;)

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre (Oct. 2, 2017)

Four years ago, I lied. I stood in front of the police, my friends and family, and made up a story, my best one yet. And all of them believed me. I wasn't surprised. Telling stories is what made me famous. Fifteen bestsellers. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune. Now, I have one last story to write. It'll be my best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath. They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills me.
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (June 26, 2018)

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 Bronte, 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 (Aug. 7, 2018)

Kate Farrell at Henry Holt has acquired Mary E Pearson's Dance of Thieves in a two-book deal. Set in the universe of Pearson's Remnant Chronicles, the book centers on a reformed thief who is sent by the Queen of Venda to investigate a disturbance in a distant land, where she finds herself matching wits with the leader of an outlaw dynasty.

#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil (Aug. 7, 2018)

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0. When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (April 3, 2018)

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

Meet Cute: Some People are Desinged to Meet by various authors (Jan. 2, 2018)

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (Oct. 3, 2017)

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Have any of these books made it on your TBR pile?

October 24, 2017

TTT #81: Unique Book Titles

Here are some book titles that I think are pretty unique and that I have also read.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

What are some of the most unique book titles that you have read?

October 16, 2017

Book Tag: My Life in Books

I stumbled upon this book tag at Christy's Love of Books! I am not sure where this tag was originally created, but I saw it and knew I had to play along. Thanks to its creator! When answering the questions I tried to use only books I have read. They link to their review or Goodreads. Thanks!

Find a Book for Each of Your Initials

Alex, Approximately by Jen Bennet
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan


Count your age on the shelf. Which book is it?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Pick a Book Set in Your City

Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill

I live in a Chicago Suburb and many of them are featured or mentioned in this series!


Pick a Book that Represents a Destination You Would Love to Travel To

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Can I travel to Scotland and through time?!


Pick a Book That's Your Favorite Color

Traveler by L.E. DeLano
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
All the Feels by Danika Stone

Can you tell that Blue (any shade) is my favorite color!


Which Book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling


Which book did you find the most difficult to read?

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I just really struggled with finishing this book. I think it suffered from second book syndrome, not a lot happened. I was a little disappointed. 

Which book on your TBR will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Ruthfuss

I have been meaning to read this fantasy series for a long while now. At 662 pages I would feel pretty accomplished if I finally read it.

What book do you have a fond memory of?

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