Recently Read Mini-Reviews: March 2019

My house is, yet again, a sick house.

My oldest had a fever on Friday which turned out to be a bad cold and an ear infection that we are treating. Then, today, despite me separating the girls since my 6yo had symptoms, I got a call from my 4yo’s school saying she was running a fever.

And now my throat is scratchy.


Wish us luck! At least next week is Spring Break for them, so they can recover.


Here are the mini-reviews for books that I’ve read recently!

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Giant Book Haul: Book Outlet, Books-a-Million, Paperback Exchange, Thriftbooks

Lesson learned: don’t wait too long to do a book haul otherwise it will be enormous.

Clearly my mission to fill up my new bookshelves plus the discovery of a used bookstore near me has impacted my book-buying habits!

I filmed and posted my Book Haul video for Booktube a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been putting off taking photos of the books since then, however, I finally was able to take the photos, so I’m able to share with you all the glorious books I purchased over the past several weeks!

If you’d like to watch the video, you can do so here:

If you’d rather just scroll through and see the synopses for the books, keep on reading!

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Buzzword Readathon TBR & Recs! + {New Video}

The Buzzword Readathon starts on Monday and I’m SO ready.

OK, maybe not SO ready, but kind of ready and also nervous because I have a lot of physical books on my list and only one audio. Finding time to sit down and read a physical book is always a challenge for me, but that’s the whole point right?

If you’d rather watch this TBR and rec, check out my video here:

Otherwise, keep reading!

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Submission (Submission #1) by C.D. Reiss

Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Submission
Author: C.D. Reiss
Series: Submission #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Jonathan Drazen. Gorgeous. Charming. Smart. Rich.
All the ingredients for a few nights of mind-blowing pleasure are right there. He’s made it perfectly clear he can’t love me, and I’m not out to fall in love either.
But I can’t stay away from him. He’s got this bossy way about him in bed. The word “Sir,” falls from my lips, and when he tells me to get on my knees…well, my knees have a mind of their own.
I got this. I can be his slave for a few nights and walk away unscathed.
We get in. Get it on. Get the hell out. Done.
He knows the line between love and lust. It’s right between my legs.
Now, let’s see if that line blurs for me.



This was the first CD Reiss book that I didn’t love.

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott
Format: Hardcover book purchased from Barnes & Noble
Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?




This book was everything I hope the movie will be. (And I plan on seeing the movie this weekend.)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s topic is really hard for me only because I feel like I read nothing but series/duologies/trilogies, so I have very few standalone books that I’ve read and of those, even less that I truly feel need a sequel.

Therefore, I’m adjusting this Top Ten Tuesday to Top However-Many-Books-I’ve-Read-That-I-Wish-Had-Sequels, which will definitely not be ten.

I’m sorry.

Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Right off the bat, this book popped into my head. I LOVED this book and even though it wrapped up really well, it left me wanting more because I just loved it so very much.

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
This is the second book that popped in my mind out of anger. It ended on a cliffhanger with no sequel in sight and I wanted to throw the book across the room and drown in tears of sorrow over the fact that no sequel will ever be written. I adored the evil book, but I hate cliffhangers!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Ok, so the rest of the books in this list are pure fluff. I simply want sequels only because I feel like I could live in these worlds forever and I wouldn’t even care if the sequel had no plot… I’d read about Lucy and Josh’s day-to-day lives in hundreds of books because I love them so much.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
It’s just that I wanted so much to read more about this couple’s story… so much more than the Happily Ever After… I felt unsatisfied at the end.

Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians #2) by Dianne Duvall

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Night Reigns
Author: Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #2
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she’s no coward, and she’s no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .

Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he’s not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she’s also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can’t bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?



The Immortal Guardians series was such a great way to re-introduce myself to the paranormal romance world after living in the contemporary world for so long.

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The Relentless Warrior (Star-Crossed #6) by Rachel Higginson

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Relentless Warrior
Author: Rachel Higginson
Series: Star-Crossed #6

Jericho Bentley is disillusioned by life. He feels lost in a world of peace and restless in a time threatened by war. He has given up on love, forgotten how to trust others and decided a lifetime of bachelorhood is all that remains for him.

Olivia Taylor was struggling to find her way in a human world. Now taken from the only life she’s ever known and changed on a molecular level, she is more lost than ever. With her sister struggling to survive the after effects of one of Dmitri Terletov’s experiments, Olivia sets off with Jericho to find a cure for both herself and her sister.

Together, Jericho and Olivia find more than vengeance and answers, they find a deep friendship that might teach them both to trust again. Maybe even to love again. As long as they can both put the hurt of their past behind them for good.




Love and literal magic.

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Midnight Mass (Priest #1.5) by Sierra Simone

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Midnight Mass
Author: Sierra Simone
Series: Priest #1.5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

We are told that God will punish the wicked. That sinful men will reap what they sow. We are told to scourge our souls with prayer and pain to become clean once again.

Well, here I am. Wicked and sinful. Desperate to become clean…even though it feels so good to be dirty.

But even I never expected what came next.

Even I never expected my punishment to come so soon.

***Midnight Mass is a novella and a sequel to Priest. It’s intended for mature audiences only.***



I don’t know how I missed this book’s release, but somehow I did. Obviously, I had to rectify that situation.

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The Reluctant King (Star-Crossed #5) by Rachel Higginson {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: The Reluctant King
Author: Rachel Higginson
Series: Star-Crossed #5

Avalon St. Andrews has endured Hell and war in an attempt to secure freedom and immortality for his people. Raised and conditioned to be both warrior and leader, he now sits on a throne with his sister Eden, governing the Kingdom in peace. While his people enjoy the benefits of his struggle and loss, he is restless, bored and alone.

Avalon is summoned to fight to save his people once more as the Kingdom is threatened by a brand new evil. In addition to reigning in a kingship he doesn’t want, he is fighting against the very people he has fought so hard to protect. They are determined to throw away their newfound freedom and their newfound leaders.

In this war and in this kingship he feels alone. And for the first time he feels hollow. That is until Amelia Cartier shows up, invading his every thought and shaking up his carefully controlled world.

Now he faces yet another battle—making Amelia his queen.




The book ended, and my mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe it was already over

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