Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I think this is more of a BookTube thing, but I thought I would post my answers here as well!

All of the books I mention here can be found and purchased on my storefront.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.
I don’t think I can pick just one, so I’m going to pick two (which was also difficult.)
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Brooklynnaire by Sarina Bowen took me completely by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to become obsessed with this book, but here we are. It is part of the Brooklyn Bruisers series, but it can be read as a standalone. Our heroine is the former assistant to a socially awkward, but brilliant owner of a tech company (think Apple) and hockey team. They had a very close working relationship until he moved her to Brooklyn to manage the hockey team. I loved this so much because the hero is adorably awkward, but also super smart and the heroine has absolutely no idea that he has been in love with her this entire time. Like, she can’t even fathom it. It was just so swoony and there were so many moments that gave me so many butterflies. This is how I love to feel while I read a romance.
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Fall Back Skyward by Autumn Grey is another one that surprised me. I read this because my daughter picked it out for me and it’s a book that I got at Shameless Book Con from Autumn last year. I immediately fell in love with this book and the way this story was told, both in present day and in flashbacks. It’s an emotional contemporary second-chance romance between a girl who moves in next door to these two brothers who both end up caring deeply about her. The hero is deaf and his brother is much more of your typical good-looking, talented, charismatic, nice guy, but she is much more drawn to his brother who is a bit darker and quieter. This had the epic love story that contemporary romances rarely have.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.
This is actually really easy.
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Undercover Bromance (The Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kaye Adams. I loved The Bromance Book Club so much, but this one is my favorite so far. Mostly because it was so freaking funny and swoony. I adore Mack, the hero, so much, but I’ll talk more about that later. A lot of people didn’t like Liv, the heroine, but I loved her snark and attitude! This continues the story about The Bromance Book Club, a book club that Mack started because he relys heavily on romance novels to give him relationship advice. He’s very popular with women, however, he hasn’t been able to find a long-term relationship despite following all the romance novel rules.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
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I flipped out when I saw that this book was a thing because Jo and Laurie from Little Women is a ship I will so go down with. I’ve loved them together since I first watched the movie that came out in 1949 as a kid. This is basically fanfiction retelling the story, but with Jo and Laurie ending up together.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I did this tag on my channel before Mariana Zapata announced her latest book, but I had said whatever book she comes out with this year is my most anticipated. Well, we have a title and a cover now!
*Hands Down by Mariana Zapata
This is about one of my favorite characters from The Wall of Winnipeg and me, Zac!!
5. Biggest disappointment.
Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)
I honestly don’t really have one that stands out, but if I had to choose it’d be: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I was expecting an epic romance, but it was just ok. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t epic as I would expect a forbidden romance in a YA fantasy would be.
6. Biggest surprise.
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I’ve mentioned two books that surprised me this year already, but for this specific question, I’m going to go with *Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #2.6) by Alyssa Cole.
I really didn’t have any expectations going into this one. I thought it would be a cute, quick read, but I didn’t love the first book in this series because I don’t love the royalty trope. This book had nothing to do with royalty, despite mentioning some of the characters from the other books briefly, and it had everything to do with a smart, geeky couple falling in love and having the best meetcute ever.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
*Autumn Grey
Like I said earlier, my daughter picked her book Fall Back Skyward for me to read and I fell in love. Since then I’ve read Desolate and really enjoyed that as well. She doesn’t have a huge backlist yet, so I’m pacing myself reading her books, but I already know she’s going to be a favorite. Her writing is beautiful, I love her story-telling, she creates such swoony and realistic relationships with tons of chemistry, and she’s an awesome human on top of it all.
8. Newest fictional crush.
There are a lot of heroes I’ve been loving this year, but I think Mack wins because he’s such a conundrum. He’s super successful, seemingly alpha guy, but he’s also self-depricating and a big softy. He loves reading romance novels and he is a feminist.
9. Newest favourite character.
Regina is such a badass. She’s hardworking and super smart and geeky. She runs a very successful website pretty much on her own. This is one of those situations where, though I loved the hero as well, the heroine was my favorite.
10. Book that made you cry.
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I legit got teared up a few times reading *Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda because, though it was written back in 2016, reading it now and how relevant it is – how filled with hope it is – just really hit home for me.
11. Book that made you happy.
The House in the Cerulean Sea
OMG, so many! I rarely read books that make me feel any other way. But I had a big smile on my face while I read The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. It’s so full of magic and whimsy and sweetness. I loved it.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
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I just bought the collectors edition of Anna and the French Kiss. I haven’t received it yet, but it’s absolutely stunning. Buy this version here.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
All the books. Seriously. So many. I want to continue reading at least one Brittainy C Cherry book per month. This month I’m going to read Loving Mr. Daniels. I want to read the rest of Autumn Grey’s back list. I’m definitely going to read Mariana Zapata’s new release.

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Summer 2020 TBR

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I don’t usually set up seasonal TBRs since I do monthly TBRs, but I thought it would be fun to put together 10 books that give me summer vibes that I’d like to read this summer. Whether or not that actually happens is debatable, BUT at least I’ll have this list for reference!

Summer 2020 TBR

*=Author of Color

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This one gives me all the summer vibes from the cover… the main character becomes Misty Haven’s Summer Queen.

*If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kahn

Winnie is living her best fat girl life and is on her way to the best place on earth. No, not Disneyland–her Granny’s diner, Goldeen’s, in the small town of Misty Haven. While there, she works in her fabulous 50’s inspired uniform, twirling around the diner floor and earning an obscene amount of tips. With her family and ungirlfriend at her side, she has everything she needs for one last perfect summer before starting college in the fall.

…until she becomes Misty Haven’s Summer Queen in a highly anticipated matchmaking tradition that she wants absolutely nothing to do with.

Newly crowned, Winnie is forced to take center stage in photoshoots and a never-ending list of community royal engagements. Almost immediately, she discovers that she’s deathly afraid of it all: the spotlight, the obligations, and the way her Merry Haven Summer King, wears his heart, humor, and honesty on his sleeve.

Stripped of Goldeen’s protective bubble, to salvage her summer Winnie must conquer her fears, defy expectations, and be the best Winnie she knows she can be—regardless of what anyone else thinks of her.

 

 

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*Sexy in Stilettos (In Stilettos #1) by Nana Malone

I feel like this one will be light and fluffy – perfect for summer!

What’s worse than having to watch your sister marry your ex-fiancé? How about when that fiancé fires you from the family business?

Hyper-organized, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux is used to doing things by the book and never making waves. It’s a strategy that’s served her well until she finds herself in failure alley with no fiancé, no job and her thirtieth birthday looming. Maybe it’s time to change her methods. Starting with an unlikely date to the wedding from hell.

The only thing that can tie carefree, playboy, Alec Danthers down is his formidable step mother. When she calls him home to help find his wayward brother, he never imagines an uptight, list making, sass-talking woman would make him think about putting down roots.

Can Jaya put the lists down long enough to enjoy the ride that is Alec? Will Alec stop running long enough to recognize true love?

Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

 

 

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*Game, Set, Match (Love Match #1) by Nana Malone

For some reason I relate tennis to summertime. I think it is because my dad and brother play tennis all the time and I have memories of going to the park with them and watching them play in the summer.

Off the court, tennis star Jason Cartwright’s playboy image is taking a public beating. On the court, he’s down 40-love. A knee injury is shutting down his game, and the paparazzi are splashing his love life on every magazine. A comeback is in order, but the makeover he needs to save his faltering career is in the hands of the woman he loved and left 15 years ago.

While single-mom Izzy Connors sees people for who they really are through the lens of her camera, even without it, she knows Jason isn’t the star he appears to be. Although his charm and good looks haven’t dimmed since he broke her heart, all she sees is his wasted talent and playboy lifestyle.

Can Izzy put the past behind her and help Jason get his game, and his image, back on track? Or will the click of her camera shatter his world as well as his heart?

 

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*Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn

I think it’s pretty obvious why I chose this one. Nyrae Dawn is a new-to-me author!

A moment can change everything…Charlotte Gates is tired of being Charlie Rae. She loves the lake she was raised on, their rental cabins, and spending her nights under the stars…but inside she yearns for more. After his freshman year, Nathaniel Chase’s family spends their first summer at The Village. From the beginning Charlotte intrigues him. She’s the girl who always says what’s on her mind, wins at night games, and gets lost in the sky, each time she looks through her telescope. Over the course of four summers together, Charlotte and Nathaniel become best friends, share firsts, mend broken hearts, protect each other’s secrets, overcome tragedies…fall in love. And say goodbye…Charlotte wants out of The Village. Nate wants her to have her stars. And they dream of being able to do it all together. But life isn’t as easy as their summers. Each summer is told in alternating points of view between Charlotte and Nate. Journey with the pair, and their friends, as they share their story about growing up, discovering who they are, making tough choices, and falling in love again and again.

 

 

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Sunshine and Bullets (The Bullets #1) by CoraLee June

The main character’s nickname is Sunshine!

Sunshine. It’s a nickname I haven’t heard since I lived on Woodbury Lane, where the houses were pretty, but the secrets? Deadly. It was a pet name known only to the Bullets. Rough, violent, and ruthless, they laid claim to the town – and my heart.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks‚ especially not four of them. But they were the only ones who understood that sometimes hell hides in plain sight. I was the girl with all the conveniences a privileged upbringing could provide. The world only saw two loving parents and a pristine home life, but I knew the truth. And it was going to get me killed. So I disappeared from everyone and everything I’d ever known. I changed my name and my appearance, but the scars I carry, they’re still the same.

The Bullets are all grown up now, too – a crime boss, a pro fighter, a bounty hunter, and a federal agent. Life took them in different directions, but they once shared the bonds of a brotherhood forged under the harshest conditions. Together, they were fearless. Brutal. Unstoppable.

I’m praying they can find that unity again. If I’m going to survive this, it’ll take everything they have. Because that’s the thing about running from the past. It catches up with you eventually.

 

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

The blurb says, “It was a summer of secrets.”

The dying wish of 16-year-old Lina’s mother was for her daughter to live in Tuscany and get to know her father, whom Lina has never met.

“Howard is the best man I’ve ever known,” her mother says, “he’ll keep you safe.” Why did her mother wait so long to tell her about him? Lina has a happy life in Seattle and doesn’t want to leave. Shortly after she arrives at Howard’s home, Lina meets Sonya, who gives Lina a diary that belonged to Lina’s mother, the one she had kept while she was a photography student in Florence. While Lina is living her life and exploring Tuscany with her handsome neighbour, Ren, she follows in the footsteps of her mother and gets to know her as never before. She also finds out the truth about her father. Mostly she finds out about herself.

 

 

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*Like Lovers Do (Girls Trip #2) by Tracey Livesay

This is an ARC I received from the author and it sounds like such a sweet beach read! This comes out in September!

Sometimes faking it can lead to the real thing…

Driven and focused, Dr. Nicole Allen is an accomplished surgeon. With a tough past, Nic’s gone above and beyond everyone’s expectations. But when she disciplines an intern—a powerful donor’s son—a prestigious fellowship she’s awaiting is placed in jeopardy.

Coming from a successful family who runs a medical business empire, Benjamin Reed Van Mont is the black sheep, having chosen to start his own business instead. Though he’s not ready to settle down, he knows when the time comes it definitely won’t be with a workaholic doctor like his friend Nic—even if she’s had him re-examining his edict…more than once.

When Ben’s status-climbing ex-girlfriend finds her way back into his orbit, Nic proposes a swap of services. She’ll spend the week with Ben on Martha’s Vineyard, pretending to be his girlfriend—but only if he’ll have his family intervene on her behalf so she won’t lose her fellowship. How hard can the charade be?

But as they’re about to discover, they’ve sorely underestimated their true feelings for each other…

 

 

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This has been on my TBR for far too long! I loved The Sky is Everywhere by this author and have heard great things about this book.

“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

 

 

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Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

This book cover gives me all the summer vibes and it sounds SO good.

Ruby has always been Ruby Chertok: future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition for the prestigious music school where her father is on faculty, it’s clear that music has publicly dumped her. Now Ruby is suddenly just…Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants away from the world of classical music for good.

Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who’ve watched him conduct on YouTube – or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who’d name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok – not for a crush. He’s all too aware of how the ultra-privileged world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor’s white daughter. But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon, their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself.

Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?

 

 

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The Music of What Happens Next by Bill Konigsberg

This book takes place during the summer!

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn’t want to think about, ever.

Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His “wives” and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won’t like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he’s the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what’s considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.

Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they’re willing to risk – to get the thing they want the most.

Top 10 Tuesday: Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Whew! I almost forgot to post this today, but we’re here! Let’s do this!

 

Book Titles (I’ve Read) that Would Make Good Band Names

 

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Credence by Penelope Douglas

I kind of feel like this already is a band name, it sounds so band name-y. I feel like this would be a rock band.

 

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Beautiful Liar by Lauren Rowe

If I make a girl band, I’d call us The Beautiful Liars. Just sayin.

 

 

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The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata

I want a really terrible band to be called The Best Thing. Oh, irony.

 

 

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The Bromance Book Club

This would be my favorite ever. I’m picturing a 98 Degrees type of boyband – a bunch of buff guys that all used to be football players that decided to form a boyband.

 

 

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Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

This is 100% an Evanescence cover band.

 

 

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Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie

K-pop band with, like, 20 members.

 

 

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

This is a heavy metal band that seriously thinks they are vampires. They drink blood on stage.

 

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Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner

This would be the only singer-songwriter duo that actually stays in love and stays together.

 

 

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I only picture a heavy metal band with a bunch of buff red-headed dudes wearing kilts.

 

 

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

The next Billie Eilish.

The Awesome Blogger Award

Hey there lovely book lovers! I hope everyone is doing well and reading #allthebooks!

I was tagged a little while ago by the lovely Whimsically Megan.

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

 

  1. Who or what are you most grateful for in life?
    I know this is a pretty standard, but I am so grateful for my family. Obviously, I adore my little family – my husband and two little girls. Especially now that we’ve been able to be home together every day, all day, you’d think we’d get sick of each other, but it’s been wonderful – all of us working together at the dining room table/library all day. I’m also SUPER close to my parents and siblings. I consider my two sisters and my brother my best friends, and I’ve always had a really good relationship with my family. We’re very low key drama and we all appreciate how uniquely close we are.
  2. Who is your favourite musician/band/singer?
    I think Ben Platt has the most gorgeous voice and I could listen to him sing all day. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jason Mraz as a singer/songwriter. HIM has been my OG fav band. I’m also a diehard Swiftie. I have so much respect for that woman.
  3. What would you like to be remembered for?
    Interestingly enough, unlike a lot of the MCs in the books I read, I don’t really care if I’m remembered in the historical sense. Obviously, I want to be remembered fondly by those I love, but I’m not over here trying to leave a legacy. I just want to be happy and spread happiness. Whether anyone remembers my name doesn’t really matter to me.
  4. Do you prefer Bookstagram or Book Twitter? Share your social links.
    I’m partial to Bookstagram. I have some of the best interactions and conversations with fellow book lovers there. My handle on both is @inloveandwords.
  5. Random question: do you have a specific mug for specific beverages? Ex. a mug only for coffee, a mug only for tea, etc.? (I can’t be the only one!)
    LOL! Not necessarily. I definitely prefer my tea in a mug and my water in any type of insulated cup that has a straw.
  6. Sequel, prequel, or spin-off?
    Standalone!
  7. Do you prefer a boring protagonist or a prickly protagonist?
    Prickly, for sure!
  8. Do you prefer unexpected death or unexpected betrayal?
    Oooo great question. Hmm… I think unexpected death, even though it usually KILLS me.
  9. What’s your favourite trope?
    I don’t know if it’s a trope, but I LOVE the virgin hero in romance.
  10. What’s your least favourite trope?
    Bullying in romance.

 

Tags!

The Cozy Pages
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Reading With Wrin
Books are the New Black
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My Questions

  1. What is your favorite trope?
  2. What is your favorite book from that trope?
  3. What are your favorite traits in main characters?
  4. What is your most recent all-time favorite book you read?
  5. What is your most re-read book?
  6. Tag some of your favorite book bloggers.
  7. Name your Top 5 authors you’d like to meet?
  8. What would you ask those authors if you had a conversation with them?
  9. What type of blog posts are your favorite to write?
  10. What are your favorite blog posts to read?

 

 

Kindle Klean-Up #1

The Kindle Klean-Up challenge was started over on The Cozy Pages.

Rules

  • Make a list of the books on your kindle/ e-reader under consideration.
  • Select the first 3 or 4 (or more depending on your mood).
  • Read the blurbs of the books.
  • Decide if you’re going to keep and read; or discard from the TBR.
  • Announce your verdict.
  • The next time you’re ready to post, continue from where you left off on your list.

I’m not going to list every book on my Kindle here because I have over 400. I think I’ll just list the books that I am going to determine whether they stay or get deleted.

I think I’m going to start with my oldest books and work my way up to most recently added. I went through a phase where I was adding books ALL the time … and proceeding to never read them. So… that will be fun.

Let’s do this!

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Stained (Stained Series Book 1) by Ella James

Seventeen-year-old Julia is finally living the good life. She’s traded a hard cot in a Memphis orphanage for her very own room in a perfect little house, on a perfect little street, with a perfect set of parents who picked her to be their daughter.

But Julia is hiding a secret – and one fall night, she returns home from a friend’s house to find that her secret has found her. Her ‘forever home’ is ashes. Her parents are dead. And, in the sky above the flames, a winged creature hunts her.

The Nephilim King, Samyazua, has taken everything from Cayne. After struggling in the darkness for years to piece together his shattered life, Cayne is finally ready to confront his past and avenge the loss of everything he loved. He tracks Samyaza to a Memphis warehouse, where he winds up flat on his back, in the healing hands of a beautiful, dark-haired girl he doesn’t need to know.

Unbeknownst to either of them, they are already bound. Cayne’s past holds the answers to Julia’s future. But what will pose the greatest threat to her? The bounty placed on her head by the leaders of two Celestial realms, or giving her heart to a man who is bound, by birth, to break it?

My Thoughts:I full-on was about to ditch this book when I saw “YA Paranormal Romance,” but then I read the synopsis and now I’m kind of invested. I’m all about the Nephilim romance!

Verdict: KEEP

AMAZON | GOODREADS

 

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Ember (Death Collectors Book 1) by Jessica Sorensen

What if you knew when someone was going to die?

For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can’t sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.

But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher’s death and what he may be hiding.

My Thoughts: Let’s be real, though the premise is intriguing, I will never pick up this book. It has too much of a chance of being super cheesy Twilight-era trash.

Verdict: DITCH

AMAZON | GOODREADS

 

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Game, Set, Match (Love Match Book 1) by Nana Malone

I am a cautionary tale…The tennis golden boy who trusted the wrong person.

And now my image and my body have taking a beating. On the court, I’m down forty-love. But I’m wiser now. I won’t make the same mistake again. All I have to do is convince the woman I loved and left behind to trust me again.

My career and my heart depend on it.

Easier said than done. Good thing I’m up for the challenge. Game on.

My Thoughts: This does not have great ratings on Goodreads, and though I like the idea of a tennis romance, I don’t think I’ll enjoy this one.

Verdict: DITCH

AMAZON | GOODREADS

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Beautiful Demons (The Shadow Demons Saga Book 1) by Sarra Cannon

Harper Madison isn’t like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she’s lost count. Shadowford Home for Girls is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs.

At first, life appears to be looking up for Harper. She’s making new friends and is strangely drawn to the guy next door. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.

My Thoughts: Ahhh, the whole “not like other girls” thing. ::insert eyeroll::

Verdict: DITCH

AMAZON | GOODREADS

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Carpe Noctem (Immortalis Vampire Series Book 1) by Katie Salidas

Bloodlust, fanatical vampire hunters, thousand-year old vendettas, and a pair of sharp, new fangs. Newly-turned vampire, Alyssa got a lot more than she bargained for when Lysander saved her from a pair of rapist on the college campus of UNLV.

Immortality is not as pretty as all the books and movies had portrayed it, and Alyssa’s having a hard time with the change.

“Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition, that’s the hard part.”

Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she barely has a chance to break in her sharp little fangs before her immortality is put to the test.

Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where Alyssa and the clan can be found.

With danger looming on the horizon and the vampire hunters closing in, Alyssa will have to find the strength to accept this terrifying new reality. There’s no turning back now. It’s either, Carpe Noctem (seize the night), or final death.

My Thoughts: This sounds like a New Adult version of Undead and Unwed.

Verdict: DITCH

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Top 10 Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR (Books I Own)

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

We’re homeschooling right now due to COVID-19, and it’s going as well as can be. Thank goodness the girls’ school was prepared and the teachers have made it a lot easier for those of us who do not have the same skills that they do!

It’s stressful trying to homeschool two young kids who require a lot of guidance AND work from home, but we’re managing. Luckily, my husband is able to work from home as well, so we tag team. I’ve also put together a daily schedule that we follow and I make checklists for the girls every day.

I’ve also worked in reading time for the three of us once I finish with my work for the day. I’ve been loving the Forest app. The girls love growing trees by having focused time reading. They are terrified of killing the tree if they lose focus LOL!

Anyway, sorry for the long intro. Here are some books on my Spring TBR. I do make monthly TBRs that I use as more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast MUST-READ list. This will be the same.

  1. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas
    I will read everything SJM writes. #SJMtrash
    ⮕ Adult fantasy
    ⮕ Party girl MC
    ⮕ Revenge story
  2. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller 
    I am SO all about the shadow king thing. 
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ Deception
    ⮕ Hate to love fake marriage

  3. The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by  Kiersten White 
    I’ve been intrigued by this book since it came out!
    ⮕ Gender-bent King Arthur retelling
    ⮕ YA
    ⮕ Secret identities

  4. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
    I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Becky Albertalli so far.
    ⮕ YA Contemporary
    ⮕ Political
    ⮕ Diverse

  5. Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart 
    I got this one at Shameless Book Con and I’ve heard so many good things.
    ⮕ Adult contemporary romance
    ⮕ Emotional military romance
    ⮕ Love triangle

  6. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 
    I’m dying to read one of this author’s contemporaries. I loved her YA Fantasy.
    ⮕ YA Contemporary
    ⮕ Overachiever MC
    ⮕ Forced togetherness 

  7. Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
    Ever since Chan gushed about this on her channel (Chandler Ainsley), I’ve been wanting to check it out.
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ Prophsized queen
    ⮕ Bounty hunter

  8. The Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum
    This one not only looks really interesting, but I’ve heard that it’s really, really good.
    ⮕ Hard-hitting, dark YA contemporary
    ⮕ LGBTQ
    ⮕ Mental illness rep

  9. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 
    Give me all the witchy books.
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ LGBTQ
    ⮕ Devils and witches

  10. Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1) by Emma Scott 
    I love Emma Scott’s duets!
    ⮕ New Adult contemporary romance
    ⮕ Love triangle
    ⮕ Emotional military romance

Top 10 Tuesday: Books With Single-Word Titles

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m going to translate this to mean books I love with single-word titles because otherwise it’d be kind of random.

So, let’s go!

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Credence by Penelope Douglas

 

Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue…

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.

As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

 

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Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa

 

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

 

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Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

 

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

 

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

 

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

 

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

 

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Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen

 

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

 

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Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

 

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

 

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Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

 

Some love is infinite

“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past.

“You can help me fix it,” she says.

And then she hands me a list.

 

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Priest (Priest #1) by Sierra Simone

 

There are many rules a priest can’t break.
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I’ve always been good at following rules.
Until she came.
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I’m twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.
I am a priest and this is my confession.

 

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Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting

 

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

ZUZANNA

From: Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
I’d love to see Zuzanna’s take on her crazy life after being thrown into Karou’s world. I also want all the cute photos of her and Mik.

MONTY

From: Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Monty is one of my favorite irreverent characters and being inside of his head in this book was so much fun. I’d love to see his updates, especially since he also leads a pretty adventurous life.

RHEN

From: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Rhen is an interesting mix of low-key sense of humor, but he’s also very broken. I’d totally be here for his dark, but humorous tweets.

HOWL

From: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl is one of my favorite characters and he’s so relatable. He’s a bit of a drama queen and I’d so enjoy his overdramatic tweets.

KEANE

From: Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe
Keane has a YouTube channel in his book and his videos sound AMAZING. Also, I’d be waiting for any videos of him dancing 😉

ROSE

From: Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
I feel like Rose’s snark would be so on point. Also, her life (killing Strigoi) would be super interesting… and I’d love any photos of Dimitri she’d post.

VIOLET

From: Pucked by Helena Hunting
Violet is kind of ridiculous, but I’d totally be here for her presence on social.

THE INNER CIRCLE

From: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I feel like The Inner Circle needs to have their own social media accounts. I’d love to hear from ALL of them.

BETSY

From: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
Betsy is the girly girl that I am so here for. Her take on becoming a vampire was absolutely hilarious and I’d love to hear about her life and what she thinks of it.

TYLER

From: Misadventures of a College Girl by Lauren Rowe
Tyler is the perfect combination of super charming and charismatic, hilarious, and inspirational. I feel like he’d fill that inspiring quota for my feed.

 

Top 10 Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I feel like this week’s prompt is going to be detrimental to my well being.

Not to be dramatic or anything.

It’s just that, when I have a book hangover, it hits me HARD. Reliving all of these hangovers is going to be brutal!

The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

These are in order of most recently read.

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#1 Credence by Penelope Douglas
I just finished this book last week for Contemporaryathon and I’m not OK. I knew I was either going to be appalled by it or love it… and I loved it. I. Need. More.
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#2 Behind the Bars (Music Street #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry
I had such a great reading week for Contemporaryathon because this was another book I read and I need more books with this type of sweet, swoony, passionate hero!
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#3 A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
This was such a great YA and it was everything I wanted from it when I read the synopsis originally. I want all of the YA novels I read to live up to this one!
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#4 A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
I have no idea how I’m going to wait for the next book in the series!
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#5 The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry
I need more of this type of grumpy hero in my life. This was my first Brittainy C Cherry and I’ll never be the same again.
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#6 Marriage for One by Ella Maise
This is the first non-Mariana Zapata slow burn chunky romance that hit the spot for me.
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#7 The Simple Wild (The Simple Wild #1) by K.A. Tucker
I haven’t read anything quite like this book since I read it a few months ago. I don’t know if it was just the romance or the combination of the Alaska setting and the love story, but I’m so excited that the next book is coming out soon!
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#8 Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
This was such a fantastic forbidden romance full of all the longing that I love. I had to reread it almost immediately after reading it the first time.
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#9 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
This book hit me like a freight train. I’d been putting it off for a long time, then I finally picked it up and it swept me away as Colleen Hoover’s best books do.
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#10 Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
This was the finale I’ve always wanted in any series and I finally got it.
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Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged by Books are the New Black – if you’re not following her you should be! Thanks, Leslie!

RULES:
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Sorry! I didn’t see the link to the creator anywhere!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate blogs you love
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
THREE THINGS ABOUT ME
  1. I am the youngest of four. I have two sisters and an older brother
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  2. My sisters, mom, dad and I are all in a romance book club called Talk Darcy to Me.
  3. My dad loves reading romance novels. His favorite author is Mariana Zapata. He got into reading romance when he was babysitting my youngest a few years ago and randomly took a book off of one of my bookshelves and read it!
LESLIE’S QUESTIONS

What has been a great TV show/Movie that you have recently seen?
I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do go to the movies whenever there is one out that I really like. I think the most recent one I saw that I really enjoyed was Little Women. I watched the 1949 version of the movie a million times as a kid.

What is winter like where you live?
It’s basically nonexistent LOL! Actually, the weather is usually gorgeous – in the 70s, occasionally dipping down a little lower, but mostly beautiful!

What are your favorite blogging posts to read?
I love favorites lists, recs, and discussion posts the most.

What was your favorite book of 2019?
Finale by Stephanie Garber – it was the best ending to a series I’ve ever read.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to heal.

I NOMINATE…

EvelynReads
Confessions of a YA Reader
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MY QUESTIONS
  1. Who are three of your favorite book bloggers?
  2. What are your favorite genres to read?
  3. Where do you purchase the majority of your books?
  4. If you could dream cast the main characters in your favorite book of 2019, who would the actors be?
  5. What is your current favorite song?