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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Bloggers I’m Thankful For

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is a freebie and since its Thanksgiving here in the US I thought I’d talk a little about those bloggers I know that I’m very thankful to have in my life. So in no particular order:

1. Andi @ AndiABCs – a great friend and the best unpaid assistant a girl could have…seriously…one of the best connections I’ve made in the blogging world and I’m so lucky that she’s local so we can hang out off-line as well as on.

2. Sarah @ Treat Yourself with Books – Another really great friend that I can’t imagine not knowing. Sarah gets me…and I love spending time with her when we find ourselves in the same city.

3. David @ From Your Book Shelf – one of my dearest friends and I love all the things that we have in common and that we disagree on. We have some great debates and always have a blast when we are in the same state and get to hang out. Love you bunches BB!

4. Sarah @ Sarah Reads Too Much – this girl!! Seriously I love every moment that I spend with her and the bookish conversations we have. Not to mention her two oh so adorable boys who never fail to make me smile when we all spend time together. Not to mention our love of the Dinosaur BBQ!

5. Sarah @ What Sarah Read – always with an infectious smile this fangirl is sure to get me excited for even the most mundane read…so happy to have her back in MA so we can have more bookish fun together! Be sure to check out her collages on every review they are often stunning!

6. Isalys @ Booksoulmates – A newer friend but no less dear and I’ve had so much fun getting to know this crazy girl since she moved to MA. She and her husband are seriously one of the cutest couples ever. I love Isa’s passion for life and always feel so energized when I hang out with her.

7. Jenn @ Jenn’s Bookshelves – One of my oldest blogging friends, we started blogging and tweeting around the same time and its always a joy talking to her about books. Although most recently she (along with Andi) have been horrible enablers as they’ve sucked me down into the crazy world of planning! Jenn even has her own Etsy shop now and you should check it out…lots of cute stuff to be had there!

8. Jennifer @ Romance Novel News – seriously one of my favorite Twitter accounts….when Jenn live tweets a book you know there is some serious WTF-ery ahead and you’ll be LOLing

9. Brittany @ The Book Addicts Guide – One of the bright minds behind the OTSP Secret Sister Project which is one of the best things I’ve done in recent months. That little box of joy I get each month always brings a smile to my face not to mention the joy that I get from send out a package to my SS every month too. Brittany is such a fun

10. You! There are so many people that make my day brighter just by being around hat its impossible to name everyone and I know the moment I post this I’m going to think of a good 1/2 dozen people that I’d wish I’d listed here….so if your name isn’t here know that its not because you aren’t special too me…because you are!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: First & Then by Emma Mills

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: First & Then by Emma MillsFirst & Then by Emma Mills
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on 13 October 2015
Genres: Adaptation, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Parents, Sports & Athletics, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Place(s) Traveled To: Temple Sterling, Florida // Reeding, South Carolina

First Line(s): My college essay was titled “School Lunches, TS High, and Me,” and it was every bit as terrible as you’d expect.

When I hear that a book is an adaptation of a Jane Austen novel I am both excited and wary not unlike how I feel when Hollywood announces that it will be making a movie out of a favorite read. This is how I felt went I began Emma Mill’s book FIRST & THEN which is based off PRIDE & PREJUDICE, one of my favorite Jane Austen books. (Though much like Devon all Austen books can be my favorite when I read them.) I really enjoyed the character of Devon, even though there were times when I wanted to shake her. FIRST & THEN like so many other books suffers from a lack of character communication and that just frustrates me to no end. This frustration could also be passed on to Ezra who also could have benefited from talking more. But much like Mr Darcy, Ezra definitely falls into the broody, silent type category.

Frustrations aside though I really adored this story. I enjoyed the secondary characters and how both Devon and Ezra interacted with Foster. Foster was adorable and I just loved all the scenes that he was in. I could have done without Devon’s crush on Cas and some of that whole plot line but it was realistic though I do feel that it went on too long in this book. I also wasn’t a fan of how Cas dealt with it all and I seriously could have smacked him at times. But have I mentioned how much I liked Devon and Ezra? Because I did. And I enjoyed how this story played out. FIRST & THEN was a quick read and I finished it in rapid time because once I picked it up I hated to put it down. While its not a perfect book it definitely was the right book for me in that moment that I read it.

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On thing I did wish in this book was that there was more to the relationship of Ezra and Devon. I get that its a PRIDE & PREJUDICE retelling and Mills really followed that story line well but I wanted more kissing! I wish that there was more to the story so we could see Ezra and Devon as a couple because so much of the book was spent with them apart and being all angsty and in like with each other. This is where communication skills really could have helped the situation. Although, this again is reflective of real life as humans often have trouble talking about feelings with other humans.

Overall, I thought that FIRST & THEN was smart and funny and I loved how it was written. This is a great modern adaptation for PRIDE & PREJUDICE and I think it will appeal to fans of that story as well as those who have never read a Jane Austen novel. There is a simplicity to this story that works well and makes a good escape from the every day. FIRST & THEN is a feel good novel that will make your heart ache (in that way that I love) and will leave you with a smile on your face. This is a book that I know I’ll be reading more than once and this is an author that I am looking forward to reading more books from.


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Monday, November 16, 2015

Review: Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

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Review: Just Visiting by Dahlia AdlerJust Visiting by Dahlia Adler
Published by Spencer Hill on 17 November 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, People of Color, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 348
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Place(s) Traveled To: Charytan, Kansas // Lawrence, Kansas // Various Unnamed Places, Kansas

First Line(s): There comes a crossroads in every great friendship in which one of you has to tell the other a painful, ugly truth.

Its no secret that I love a good road trip book and so when I heard about JUST VISITING by Dahlia Adler I knew that I had to read it. JUST VISITING is the story of Reagan and Vic who are best friends and seniors in high school. Since they met, two years before the start of the book, all they’ve talked about is going off to college and leaving their small town. They have a plan and they are counting down the days until graduation when they can start the next stage in their life. JUST VISITING shows Reagan and Vic heading off to various colleges that while still in their home state are far enough from home to offer a whole new start. Along the way though they learn that maybe all their carefully laid plans may not be what is the best thing after all.

I loved the friendship in JUST VISITING. Reagan and Vic were so real and you feel their bond. They aren’t perfect and they get into fights but they make up, they apologize and move on. There is no fake-BFF syndrome to be found in this story so when they hit a rough patch your heart breaks for them. Just as when Reagan and Vic start to realize that their paths might not be going in the same direction your heart aches for this bump in the road. But at the same time you know that these girls are going to be ok. They are in it for the long haul and they will be stronger because of it. Part of what I love about JUST VISITING is how Adler shows that its ok to change your plans even though you were certain that they were set in stone. That the world won’t end because you decide that may this college over that one is really the right one for you. That life is about making choices and finding your path and that even if you make a wrong turn you can always find your way back to where you were meant to be.

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There is more to JUST VISITING though than just the friendship although that is the main story line. There is also a romance and family drama. Oh is there family drama. And then there is this whole random story line about why Reagan is a bit of a social outcast in her small town and that just bugged me throughout the book. I get that small towns can hold a grudge but this just seemed so extreme and just took me out of the story. Just as the over emphasis on race and the huge chip on Vic’s shoulders. I loved how there was a lot of diversity in this story but Vic just seemed to hate on everyone and make such snap, harsh judgement on what people were thinking before they even spoke because she was Mexican. Those moments often had me sighing a bit and seemed a little out of character for Vic who was always so happy and looking on the bright side of life. In my opinion, the judgementalness would have seemed more in character for Reagan over Vic.

My issues aside, I did love Reagan and Vic and I also adored the character of Dev. Oh he annoyed me at times but then so did Reagan and Vic. The annoyances are part of what made all these characters seem so very real. There were times when JUST VISITING was a bit hard to like but that was partly because the book was so real. JUST VISITING is a fun read but it does deal with real world issues. There are times when JUST VISITING is very raw and powerful and its definitely a book worth reading. JUST VISITING is also one of those rare unicorn books where the epilogue did not suck. Its an epilogue with substance and I liked it. Though I do feel like there could have been another chapter or two between where the book ends and where the epilogue begins. It just felt like something was missing between the two and I just wish that gap had been filled. But overall, I was very happy with JUST VISITING and its a book that you should have on your shelf.


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult3 Comments

Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn BarnesThe Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer, Book 1
Published by Bloomsbury on 07 July 2015
Genres: Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Mystery & Detective, People & Places, Politics & Intrigue, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, Montana // Washington DC // Boston, Massachusetts // Unnamed Virginia

Fist Line(s): As far as I could tell, my history teacher had three passions in life: quoting Shakespeare, identifying historical inaccuracies in cable TV shows, and berating Ryan Washburn.

If you’ve ever heard my stance on book epilogues then you know my stance on book comparisons, you know what I mean, when a book x is compared to book y or z because so rarely is the initial book anything like the ones its compared to. So when I heard that THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was compared to Scandal and Veronica Mars I was intrigued but wary. Veronica Mars is among my more favorite of television shows and while I am not as big a fan of Scandal as I once was I do still tune in every week. With both shows I loved the mystery and the drama and the snark of the characters and these are all things that you will find in THE FIXER. Rarely has a book comparison ever been more perfect because THE FIXER is a combination of those two things and more.

The story centers around Tess Kendrick who is uprooted from her home in Montana to live with her sister, Ivy, who is the Olivia Pope-like character in this book. And because of who Tess’s sister is she sort of gets forced into that role in her new school where things quickly spiral out of control. Along the way you meet a wonderful cast of side characters that really bring this whole story to life. THE FIXER is a fast paced story that I found absolutely addictive. It was smart and funny and kept me on the edge of my seat until I hit the last page. I loved how all of these characters interacted and my only real complaint is that there wasn’t enough romance in the story. Although there is plenty of potential and in some ways I do like how this one just has the beginnings of a relationship because its more real than insta-love.

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THE FIXER is filled with mystery, drama and suspense but at its core its a story about family and friendship. Tess and her sister were estranged for many years and there is much animosity and secrets that exist between them. There is tension and angst and anyone with a sibling can probably find something in their relationship to relate to. Not to mention the friendships because as I said the secondary characters in this book are really something special. THE FIXER is a book with meat behind it and when you read it the story feels real. Barnes creates such a vivid world that its so easy to picture the events in your mind as they unfold and this is a book that I would love to see as a TV Series.

THE FIXER is also really hard to talk about without giving anything away. Its a mystery and as such there are twists and turns along with various red herrings to try and fool the readers. There is no major cliff hanger to the book but there are enough open threads that will easily feed into its sequel, THE LONG GAME, which is due to be released in June 2016. Words can’t express just how excited I am for this book and with luck maybe more books to follow because I really enjoyed Tess’s story and I don’t think that I’ll be ready for it to come to an end. This is definitely a book that you don’t want to miss.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: Leveled by Jay Crownover

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Leveled by Jay CrownoverLeveled by Jay Crownover
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
Series: Saints of Denver, Book 0.5
Published by William Morrow on 02 November 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, GLBT, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Short Story / Novella
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Publicist
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Place(s) Traveled To: Denver, Colorado

First Line(s): Leveled. Laid out. Knocked sideways. Flattened and collapse. Breathless and stunned.

LEVELED by Jay Crownover is a novella that is billed as a bridge between her two series, Marked Men and The Saints of Denver. Although I do think that BUILT makes a better bridge based on how close those main characters were to the characters in Marked Men I just have to shrug and sort of accept this explanation. For when I first learned that Crownover was sticking around Denvery, so to speak, I was hoping that Dom and Lando would get a story. Those who have read the Marked Men books may remember these two, Dom is Royal’s (ASA, my review) good friend and Lando knew Rule’s (RULE, my review) twin brother Remy. (Hmm…Perhaps the bridge comes because RULE was the first book in Marked Men and ASA was the last.) Anywho, Dom and Lando meet when Rule, through Royal, helps get Dom into Lando’s physical therapy program as he’s recovering from an on the job accident. There is instant attraction and angst and heart achy feels that have you flipping the pages to see how things will work out.

As with all novellas, I wish that this one had been longer as I would have loved to have seen more of Lando and Dom’s families in the books. What little we did see had me smiling and wondering just how much better this could have been. I did enjoy this book but just felt that something was missing because we didn’t have a ton of time to develop the relationship between these characters. And then there was the dreaded epilogue. I always say that I won’t read them but then I do and always end up being disappointed and this one was no exception. It was just so vague and abstract and I would have preferred to have more pages of Lando and Dom in the now then in this weird time in the future that really doesn’t add anything to the story.

As a bridge between the two series I don’t really think LEVELED fits as Dom and Lando make such small cameos in each but as an introduction to Crownover’s writing and this world I think that this novella works. Its a quick read and Lando and Dom had some great chemistry. I’m glad I read this book and while I’ll always want more I do hope that we get to see more of this duo in the Saints of Denver series.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is about the book to movie adaptations that we are looking forward to. For the most part my list is mostly a list of deals that have been announced or options bought and so there is always the possibility that these may never been seen on the big screen. These are all books that I enjoyed and I would love to see them visually and hope and pray that if they come to be that Hollywood does a good job with them. Recent book to movie adaptations have been promising but there are always those ones that make you cringe (JEM remake anyone) because of just how wrong things go. How about you? What book to movie adaptations are you looking forward to?

5th Wave

1. The 5th Wave (Review // Goodreads // IMDB)

2. Tomorrow When the War Began – TV Series (Review // Goodreads // Announcement)


3. Dumplin’ (Review Coming Soon // Goodreads // Announcement)

Eleanor and Park

4. Eleanor and Park (Review // Goodreads // Announcement)


5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Review // Goodreads // Annoucement)

Immortal Rules

6. The Immortal Rules (Review // Goodreads // Announcement)

7. Mockingjay Part 2 (Goodreads // IMDB)

Simon vs the home sapien agenda

8. Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Review // Goodreads // Announcement)


Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Chase Me by Tessa Bailey

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Chase Me by Tessa BaileyChase Me by Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful, Book 1
Published by Avon on 17 March 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Place(s) Travled To: New York, New York

First Line(s): Today’s weather forecast: imminent shitstorms across the tri-state area.

CHASE ME by Tessa Bailey is the first book in her new adult trilogy about three 20-somethings who share an apartment in New York City. This first book is told from the POV of Roxy and Louis who meet when Roxy is sent to his apartment as a singing telegram from one of his one night stands. Roxy is a struggling actress filled with sass and spunk and her witty banter intrigues the jaded Louis who becomes determined to find her again. There were things I liked about CHASE ME, I liked the chemistry between Roxy and Louis and I liked how this was a quick read. I enjoyed the budding friendship between Roxy and her roommates. But I disliked all the cliches that filled this book. CHASE ME is so very formulaic and while I do expect a romance to follow a certain formula I like when things aren’t so angsty and predictable.

I did like how Roxy would often call her own self out for acting crazy and irrational but even as she came to these conclusions she would’t stop her actions. And then there were some crazy random escalations that almost gave me whiplash. The pointless breakup so was pointless and then the ending was super rushed and felt incomplete. While this was a fast, brain candy read it wasn’t without flaws and a few eye rolls as I worked my way through the book. Some things just seemed forced and unrealistic even as I was hoping for these two characters to work through their issues and find their HEA.

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The side characters were ok but from early on in CHASE ME you can predict just how their stories will play out. There isn’t very much that is fresh or new within CHASE ME and I’m not entirely sure that this is a book that I’ll actively recommend to others. Its not a bad book but there really isn’t anything special about it either. The banter between the characters is fun and I enjoyed meeting Roxy’s roommates but if I didn’t read this book in a single sitting I’m not 100% certain that I would have picked it back up again. As I mentioned there are a lot of cliches in CHASE ME and there were times when it repeated itself.  But all the flaws aside there is always a time and a place for a brain candy read. Sometimes you just need that predictable fun story to lose yourself in for a few hours. While I didn’t love CHASE ME I didn’t hate it either nor do I regret the time I spent reading it.


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Friday, November 6, 2015

Review: George by Alex Gino

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Middle Grade, Review0 Comments

Review: George by Alex GinoGeorge by Alex Gino
Published by Scholastic on 25 August 2015
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, GLBT, Middle Grade, Social Issues
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
Source: Book Expo (BEA-ALA-et al)
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Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, USA // Bronx, New York

First Line(s): George pulled a silver house key out of the smallest pocket of a large red backpack.

***There will be spoilers in this post so read at your own risk***

I first learned of GEORGE by Alex Gino when I received an ARC of it at BEA and I loved the premise and how the back of the book read “Be who you are.” I think that GEORGE has the potential to be a very empowering book but while I wanted to love it there were parts of it that just fell flat for me. For one, GEORGE is very short which isn’t uncommon for a middle grade read but as such I think that things were a bit rushed and felt unfinished. I also thought that the book was filled with extremes that while might be a good way to get a point across to a tween it just didn’t sit well with my adult self. The emphasis on gender separation was a bit grating and how boys were always represented by a blue color had had to do certain things and girls by pink. How the class lined up by gender and seemed to have separate entrances.

But even with the over emphasis on gender I did love George as a character. She was so sweet and genuine and made my heart ache with the responses of adults around her. Like her teacher insisting that the part of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web could only be played by a girl and how she laughed when George tried out. That wounded my heart so much because there is no reason why a boy couldn’t play the role and also because George, while born in a male body wasn’t a boy. I loved how sure and secure George was in her thinking and I hated the doubts she had about telling the truth of her idenity to those around her. I loved how accepting her friend was and I hated the response she got from adults. Especially her mother.

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For months, George has been collecting girl magazines and hiding them in her room. They are her treasures and she loves to look at them and imagine how life would be if she looked like the girl she knew she was. When her mom finds this stash, mind you these are magazines like Teen Vogue, she flips out and yells at George that ‘he better not dress up in her clothes.’ As if that was something shameful and wrong. One of my favorite moments in the GEORGE was when she and her friend Kelly go to the zoo and she gets to be Melissa, which is the name she’d go by if she had a choice. She gets to wear a skirt and be the girl she is on the outside as well as in and she is just so happy. That’s how I wanted George to feel throughout the book.

I also felt that the reactions of George’s mother and teacher went from horrid to not in a whiplash inducing way. George’s mom went from telling George to not dress in her clothes and thing that ‘he’ was gay to being ok with George knowing she was a she. Although when George asks to be able to grow out her hair and live as a girl her mother still seems phobic about it. And that unsettled me as it seemed to put a grey cloud over the positive message that GEORGE was trying to be. But even though GEORGE unsettled me at times I do wonder how actual tweens will react to this book. Perhaps the extremes are needed to get points across to younger minds that see things more in black and white than in shades of grey. I also think that GEORGE is an important book and a good introduction to what it means to be transgender. I hope that we get more transgender books in the future for all age levels


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Top 12 List: October 2015 / Month in Review

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Hello Internet!

By now you know the drill with this post. I list out the top books that I read and loved this past month and from them I choose the best of the best. This book then gets listed in my Top 12 List (check out my sidebar) and at the end of the year those 12 books are pitted against each other and my top book for the year is chosen.


The Contenders – 5 Star Reads

First Edit….because I someone managed to post this without picking out what my  favorite book of the month was! Ugh…I am so out of it this week. =( Anywho as seems to be the norm these days I don’t have any 5 star reads so looking at my 4 star books for my favorite book of October 2015. Of them, I liked them all and found them to be quick and enjoyable reads but the one that stood out the most was FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. Its not a perfect book and the MC got on my nerves at time but its raw and edgy and I can not wait to see what Flynn comes up with next. FIRSTS doesn’t come out until January 2016 but you are definitely going to want to check this one out so add it to your Goodreads lists now.


What about you? What was your favorite book read this month? Let me know in the comments below. =)


Month in review – Here’s the other books I read this month:


4 Star Reads

Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highly
Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Hexed (Iron Druid, Book 2) by Kevin Hearne (Audio, Re-Read)
Locke & Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
Locke & Key Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill

3 Star Reads

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3) by Marissa Meyer) (3.5 stars, Audio)
The Fifteenth Minute (Ivy Years, Book 5) by Sarina Bowen (3.5 Stars)
Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill (3.5 stars)
Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler (3.5 stars)
Break Me Down (Loving on the Edge, Book 8.5) by Roni Loren
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, Book 2) by Robin LaFevers
Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3) by Kevin Hearne (Audio, Re-Read)
Leveled (Saints of Denver, Book 0.5) by Jay Crownover
Locke & Key Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill
Thor Volume 1: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron


2 Star Reads


1 Star Reads


DNF Reads – maybe I’ll try these again at some point, but for now they don’t resonate with me

Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh
Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne


Books read in cover form:


Book reviews:

Still trying to get my blogging mojo back from my break in September so really didn’t post much during the month.

Miscellaneous Posts:

Places “Traveled” to this month:

See my “travel” index for a complete list of all the places I’ve been through books. (This is list currently out of date, my apologies for that! So check out my Month in Review posts in the interim.)    


  • Check back later and I’ll have this filled out!!



Random Moments from October 2015:

Be sure to check out my instagram to see what I’ve been up to! Overall October was a great month! I went to a pumpkin carving party at a friends house in Salem. I also jumped on the planner wagon and started buying stickers and making spreads and just having fun….here’s hoping this helps me keep a planner for more than a few months! Tickets also went on sale for the JK Rowling’s play The Cursed Child which is set in the Harry Potter Universe…and I decided to be adventurous and I bought a ticket! So in early 2017 (seems so far!) I’ll be going on a long weekend to London to see a play and soak up some of that wonderful smoggy air. I can’t wait!! I also decided to see what the fuss was about over this musical called Hamilton and I’m totally hooked on the soundtrack! Now I am plotting on traveling down to NYC to try and get rush tickets to go see it live….fingers crossed for me!! 





Currently on repeat:

I love music and if I’m not listening to an audio book then you can be sure my trusty old iPod is getting a major workout. This month the song I gravitated to most was Beating Me Up by Rachel Platten.



Monthly Contest


This month I’m going to take a break from hosting a montly contest. I’ve invested a lot in prize donations for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-at-thon so need to recover from that plus buying theatre tickets and some upcoming life events means that I may not put a contest back up until after the new year. But I still hope that you’ll leave me a comment letting me know your favorite book of October or the song you just can’t get enough of!

The winner of last months contest is: NA



Monday, November 2, 2015

Excerpt + Contest: Leveled by Jay Crownover

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>Leveled - RDL Banner

We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for LEVELED by Jay Crownover! LEVELED is a Contemporary Romance novella in The Saints of Denver Series being published by HarperCollins. This amazing novella releases TODAY, so be sure to grab your copy now!


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He reached out and shut the medical file in front of him and leaned back in his chair. His eyebrows arched up, and he laced his fingers together and put his index fingers under his chin.

“What exactly are you after, Mr. Voss?” His voice was smooth and modulated. I was a disaster, a bundle of nerves and anxiety, and this dude was acting like we were talking about the weather, not
my entire life and everything I had ever worked my ass off for.

Defiantly I spread my legs apart and slumped back in the chair across from him, making it a point to affect a posture that was as casual as his was professional. I had on a faded DPD T-shirt and a pair of jeans with a hole in the knee, and both were a little baggy since I’d lost some of my bulk being laid up in the hospital after the accident. If the guy across from me was a cherry-red Ferrari, then I was a rusted-out and battered John Deere tractor in comparison.

“I want my life back, Mr. Frederick. I want to be able to move the way I used to. I want to pass the department physical so I can go back on patrol. I want to be able to walk without needing a crutch or a cane. I want to be the way I was before I got hurt.” I was asking for the impossible and I knew it. “And please call me Dom.”

He dipped his chin down a little, and the edge of his mouth tilted up in a slight grin. Damn the man was good-looking. I blew out a breath and lifted up my hands to run them over the top of my shorn hair. I was hanging on to my sanity by a thread and my unexpected reaction to the guy that I was hanging every hope I had left on wasn’t helping matters.

“All right, Dom. You can call me Lando. That’s what my friends call me.”

I felt one of my eyebrows shoot up. “Are we going to be friends?”


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Don’t miss a Sneak Peek of BUILT, the first full-length novel in the Saints of Denver Series, in the back of LEVELED!



We all need a hero…let the Saints of Denver begin.

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure if he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working towards a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.


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Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The
Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.






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