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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hello? Is this thing on?

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Greetings and salutations dearest readers!

Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been, at least when it comes to this corner of mine of the internet.

Yes, I’ve been on Twitter, Facebook, Litsy (Irisheyz77) and Instagram but lately it may have seemed like I’ve forgotten that I have a book blog.

Sure, I’ve put up the odd posts here and there but now real reviews and you may have wondered why because overall my posts have been few and far between.  I have been doing this blogging thing for almost ten years now and I’ve grown weary. There is so much drama in the blogging world and I haven’t had the energy to deal with that. Work has also been super hectic so when I get home, rather than turn on my laptop to blog, I open a book and read. I have been neglecting my baby and for that I am sorry.

I will do better. I have a plan. I may not be posting 5 days a week as I was before. And until I get caught up I may not be posting full reviews of all the books I’ve been reading. Because I have still been reading and I do miss sharing my thoughts on what I’ve been reading with all of you. So, I am here to say that I’m dusting off the old keyboard and that I will be back to posting more regularly.

I have missed you.

And I hope that you have missed me.

I will do better. Please bear with me. Life has been hectic and it hasn’t left me with much energy to word. But I will figure out a better balance.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Contemporary Romance Challenge – March 2017

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Hello Internet

I’m only participating on one official challenge this year and that’s the Contemporary Reading challenge hosted by my friend, Andi at AndiABCs. Here’s what I’ve read, contemporary wise, this past month:

LEVELS:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books <– Level unlocked
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books <– Level unlocked
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books <– Level unlocked
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books <– Level unlocked
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Current Number of Contemporary Books Read = 18

READ IN MARCH

 

Title: On Point
Author: Annabeth Albert
Diversity: POC, MM Romance

Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse
Diversity: Setting

Title: In a Perfect World <– Many swoons & glorious setting!
Author: Trish Doller
Diversity: POC, Religion, Setting

Title: Letters to the Lost <– LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Author: Bridgid Kemmerer

Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCouer
Diversity: FF Romance, POC

Title: Alex, Approximately <– happy feels!!!
Author: Jenn Bennett

Title: City of Saints and Thieves
Author: Natalie C. Anderson
Diversity: POC, Setting

Title: What to Say Next
Author: Julie Buxbaum

CURRENTLY READING

Title: First & Then (reread)
Author: Emma Mills

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli

ON MY RADAR

These are the books that I hope to get to next month or so, we’ll see how well I do as I’m terrible at sticking to a reading schedule! Have you read any of these? Any I should bump up on my list to read? What books should be on my radar?

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: Bad Romance
Author: Heather Demetrios

Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase

Title: Twist
Author: Kylie Scott

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Tiffany Pitcock

Title: Isla and the Happily Every After (Re-Read)
Author: Stephanie Perkins

Title: The Names They Gave Us
Author: Emery Lord

Title: There’s Something About Nik
Author: Sara Hantz

 

READ IN JANUARY

 

READ IN FEBRUARY

 

 

 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Contemporary Romance Challenge – February

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Hello Internet

I’m only participating on one official challenge this year and that’s the Contemporary Reading challenge hosted by my friend, Andi at AndiABCs. January was a good reading month for me though I seemed to focus more on fantasy reads than contemporary, you can read more about those books in my Monthly Update post which should go live in a few days.

LEVELS:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books <– Level unlocked
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books <– Level unlocked
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Current Contemps Read = 10

READ IN JANUARY

 

Title: Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Title: At Attention
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Hard Wired
Author: Megan Ericsson and Santino Hassell
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Knit Quick
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Something Like Normal (reread)
Author: Trish Doller
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

CURRENTLY READING

I’ve been on a big paranormal romance kick recently so haven’t started a new contemporary book since finishing my last one.

 

 

ON MY RADAR

These are the books that I hope to get to next month, we’ll see how well I do as I’m terrible at sticking to a reading schedule!

 

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett

Title: In a Perfect World
Author: Trish Doller

Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Bridgid Kemmerer

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Tiffany Pitcock

Title: Isla and the Happily Every After (Re-Read)
Author: Stephanie Perkins

Title: First & Then (reread)
Author: Emma Mills

READ IN JANUARY

Title: The Sweetest Goodbye 
Author: Christina Lee
Genre: MM Romance, New Adult

Title: Danced Close
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Special Note: This one is a tear jerker so have tissues nearby!

Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Title: All in Pieces
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

 

 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Contemporary Romance Challenge – January Update

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Hello Internet

I’m only participating on one official challenge this year and that’s the Contemporary Reading challenge hosted by my friend, Andi at AndiABCs. January was a good reading month for me though I seemed to focus more on fantasy reads than contemporary, you can read more about those books in my Monthly Update post which should go live in a few days.

LEVELS:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books <– Level unlocked
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Current Contemps Read = 5

READ IN JANUARY

Title: The Sweetest Goodbye 
Author: Christina Lee
Genre: MM Romance, New Adult

Title: Danced Close
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Special Note: This one is a tear jerker so have tissues nearby!

 

Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Title: All in Pieces
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

CURRENTLY READING

Title: Good Boy
Author: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Title: In a Perfect World
Author: Trish Doller

Title: Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch

ON MY RADAR

These are the books that I hope to get to next month, we’ll see how well I do as I’m terrible at sticking to a reading schedule!

 

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett

Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Bridgid Kemmerer

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Tiffany Pitcock

Title: Isla and the Happily Every After (Re-Read)
Author: Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Book Exchange: Traveling Letter Library

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Hello Internet!

Last month I read an amazing book called WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley which is about so many different things that its hard to describe it in words. Throughout my read of it though I fell in love with the Letter Library. This was a section of the bookstore where the main characters worked that shelved books that we not for sale. They could be read and they were and as they were read people added notes in the margins, highlighted favorite passages, and even left letters tucked in the pages. I loved this idea and wish that a letter library existed in a bookstore near me. It also got me to thinking that maybe I start a version of it with some of my favorite people….you.

The “rules” of this exchange are as follows:

  • Fill out the form below
  • Choose a book that you love, or one that you have wanted to read, and mark it up with your own notes throughout.
  • When done with the book write a letter to tuck in the pages.
    • This letter can be to the next person who reads the book, to a character, or to a stranger
  • Mail the book to another reader who will repeat the above steps.
    • Ideally each person would send their book out by the end of February
  • Wait for the your book to be returned to you.
  • Flip through book to see the added notes and letters from its travels.

Currently I am thinking that a book will travel between 3-4 people which I’ll do my best to pair up based on preferred reading genre. There will be no time limit for reading or passing a book a long but I’d hope that each person would try to read and mail their book off to the next person in a timely manner.

 

 

 

Click here to access the sign up form if it doesn’t appear below.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Blog Tour: A Week of Mondays

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Blog Tour: A Week of Mondays

Guest Post

If you could relive the same day over and over again, what would you do? What would you change? Would you change yourself?

As I started writing A WEEK OF MONDAYS, I knew I wanted this to be a reinvention story. I wanted Ellie to essentially re-create herself every single day in order to figure out who she really is by the end. Because that’s what we do, isn’t it? We try on different personas. We post different kinds of pictures on Instagram. We reinvent ourselves over and over in hopes of finding our true identity.

 

The key to Ellie’s reinvention, when it came to this novel, was her 7 different looks for the 7 different Mondays. Each day she tries on a different version of herself. Fortunately, for this piece of the story, I had help. My little sister, Terra Brody, is an assistant costume designer in Los Angeles. She’s worked on hit TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Scandal, and Shameless. For each Monday, I gave her “character notes” for the role Ellie was trying to play and she helped me put together a concept board to represent the “look” for that day. She does similar boards for when she’s costuming a character in a TV show.

As part of the A WEEK OF MONDAYS blog tour, I’ll be sharing 6 of the 7 concept boards that we created for the book, as well as the final “looks” we put together for each Monday.

The 7th board is a secret…as is Ellie’s true identity. (Until you read the book, anyway.) ☺

Here is the concept board for the Third Monday.

Character Notes: Ellie now realizes that she’s reliving the same day and wants to use her predicament to stop Tristan from breaking up with her. After googling, “How to stop a boy from breaking up with you” she finds a book called The Girl Commandments, which is supposed to teach women exactly how to act around men. (Obviously this is meant to be a joke.) The book tells Ellie that women should always look feminine and put-together. So that’s what she attempts to do.

 

The Third Monday - Board

 

Third Monday - final look Tour Stops

See the rest of Ellie’s ‘looks’ here!

First Monday: Fierce Reads

Second Monday: Andi’s ABCs

Third Monday: Ticket to Anywhere

Fourth Monday: For What It’s Worth

Fifth Monday: Mundie Moms

Sixth Monday: Nite Lite Book Reviews

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A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Amazon, Goodreads

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true…

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hamilton Book Tag

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Its no secret that I am among the multitude that has fallen into the Hamilton fandom. I’ve been listening to this album almost non-stop for MONTHS. I went through serious withdrawal during the week I spent in Disney with my family back in December when I didn’t have time to listen to it at all. Like many others I know, my brain tends to think in Hamilton lyrics and I am saddened when I use one and people around me don’t get it. There has also been a time or two when reading a book when a certain phrase has cause me to burst out into song. Its a sickness, really, but one that I am not looking for a cure for. So the moment I learned of this book tag I knew that I *HAD* to do it. And since today I am going to see Hamilton (I am in a car driving to NYC as this posts, SQUEE!!) I thought that today would be a great day to post it. BECAUSE HAMILTON!!!

This tag was created by a booktuber named Maureen and I have tagged myself in it and I first learned of if via Angie at Lady Knight Reads (Text in black). Then I may have also scoured the internet looking for others who have done the tag and added in some more categories (text in red) and then maybe added one or two of my own (text in green). Me being me, I’ve organized this in the order that the songs appear on the soundtrack.

 

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton – A book with an underdog protagonist

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Ash Mistry from Sarwat Chadda’s Ash Mistry series. Ash is the total opposite of a what you think a hero is, at least at first. I loved reading about his journey and how he found turned himself into a hero despite the odds. This series is also filled with some great mythology and action sequences and perfect for Percy Jackson fans.

 

 

My Shot

My Shot – A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

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Laurent from the CAPTIVE PRINCE series by CS Pacat. He is the Crown Prince fighting for his crown and his country and he is doing it with no real allies to speak of. He’s smart and ruthless and I just feel in love with him and his story. Laurent reminds me a lot of Gen from Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series. Just older and a little more devious.

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Story of Tonight

The Story of Tonight – a book you stayed up late reading

Love Lessons

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LOVE LESSONS by Heidi Cullinan – There are several books that I could put in this category because some books are just THAT good and this one kept me up until 4am after I accidentally started reading it.

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The Schuyler Sisters

The Schulyer Sisters – underrated female character

Clarity

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Clare Fern from Kim Harrington’s CLARITY series – she’s smart and she’s sassy and people just don’t talk about her or this series enough.

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You'll Be Back

You’ll Be Back – Sassiest villain

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This goes to Damien from Chelsea Campbell’s RISE OF RENGADE X – he’s the son of a superhero and a supervillian and he’s trying hard to figure out which side he falls on. This book was laugh out loud funny at times and just so smartly written. Writing this makes me think that its time for a re-read. Its been far too long since I’ve visited these characters.

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Right Hand Man

Right Hand Man – Favorite BrOTP

Lion Heart

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This one is a tie between Allen a Dale and David from LION HEART by AC Gaughen and Tobiah and James from Jodi Meadow’s ORPHAN QUEEN. Such great bromances in these books and I’m really sad that both series are finished and I have no new adventures with them.

Orphan Queen

 

Helpless

Helpless – A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

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Laurent and Damen from the CAPTIVE PRINCE series by CS Pacat. Talk about your star crossed lovers!! Not only is Damen a prince sold as a slave to a rival nation but he’s also the one who is responsible for the death of his older brother. This series is filled with series, intrigue and tension….I just couldn’t get enough and I was cheering for these two from their very first tension filled meeting!

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Satisfied

Satisfied – Favorite book with multiple POVs

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I don’t read a ton of books that have more than two POVs…or at least the ones I have read I haven’t loved. I thought about listing a dual POV story here but thought that might be cheating a bit so instead I’ll use GAME OF THRONES which I read eons ago (2011) and still need to finish the rest of the series but I did really enjoy it so there is that.

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Wait for It

Wait for It – A book that was worth waiting for.

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My first real experience with knowing a release date and actively counting down to a book was with HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. It was a book that I went to a midnight release party for dragging a friend with me who hadn’t yet read the series. I even blocked off the whole weekend with friends and family just to devote all my time to reading it. And even when my aunt planned a family birthday gathering I didn’t complain (much) but I did bring along my book and as soon as we were just mingling with cake snuck into a corner to read (and get yelled at by said aunt) but it was all good because this story was worth it. It was magical and wonderful and everything I’d hoped it would be. Not that I’ve been blogging for almost 9 years I’m more in tune with book release dates and the waiting doesn’t effect me as much (most of the time.) But there was just something so super special about this first eager anticipation for a book that will stay with me forever.

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Stay Alive

Stay Alive – A character you wish was still alive

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This one is too painful to think about. There are so many lost book characters that I wish I could bring back. To name them here would be to risk spoiling the books but just know that some of my favorite books have characters that died that I wish had lived.  If you know the book then you’ll know the character that I mean.

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Ten Duel Commandments

Ten Duel Commandments – Favorite Fight Scene

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I’m not sure that I have a favorite fight scene and I’m honestly drawing a blank here despite many books I’ve read with fight scenes. The one that comes clearest to mind is from a series that I’ve just read and have mentioned a lot here. So I’ll just go with that. There is one scene in KINGS RISING between Damen and Laurent where they both show off their skills and fight enough other and as with everything they do there is much tension because when is happening on the surface is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many underlying currents that it makes the whole scene tension filled and exciting all at once as you don’t know if they are fighting to the death or will end up kissing.

 

That Would Be Enough

That Would Be Enough – A series that should have ended long before it did

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I really loved the Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones when it first started but there are now 11 books planned and its just starting to seem really drawn out. After all how many times can a character be in believable mortal peril when you know that there are several more books in the queue. I’m currently on book 8 and after that I’m going to have to think long and hard before continuing on with this series.

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What Comes Next

What Comes Next – A series you wish had more books

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So Many!!! Lumateire Chronicles by Melina Marchetta, Captive Prince by CS Pacat, Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, Clarity by Kim Harrington, Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda are just few that I can think of off the top of my head. I loved how they all ended but I wouldn’t be sad if each of these authors announced another book or two in the series.

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Dear Theodosia

Dear Theodosia – A book that blew you away

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THE REMEDY and THE EPIDEMIC by Suzanne Young – I read both of these recently and was just totally blown away by them. Young is an evil genius and I love her for it!! How she connects these prequel books to The Program is just amazing and I am so super glad that there will be another duology set in this world because I NEED MORE!!!!! Though its going to be a long wait until 2017 for THE ADJUSTMENT.

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop – A series you marathoned

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Captive Prince Series by CS Pacat – I’m talking about this one a lot in this book tag but that’s just how good it was and how much it was on my mind. I read the first book quickly and I liked it. I then totally binged on books 2 and 3 and read them both in under 24 hours. All 700+ pages of them. This series is total book crack and I know that it has flaws but I just can’t get this one out of my head and am so sad that there are no more.

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What Did I Miss

What’d I Miss – A book or series you were late to reading

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Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series. This is one of those series that I had heard a lot about but never seemed to have time to read. I finally changed that about a year ago and I was kicking myself for not doing so sooner. I adore Gen!

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Cabinet Battle

Cabinet Battle – A book that you would always defend in an argument

26 kisses

26 Kisses by Anna Michels – I know this one isn’t for everyone but I also know a lot of people who judge it prematurely. I found it to be a really cute read with some quirky characters. Did I agree with everything that happened? No, but I was engaged and I smiled and I read this one pretty quickly.

 

Take a Break

Take a Break – Book Started But Put Down & Haven’t Finished Yet

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – I started this one not long after receiving an ARC of it and I really liked it when I was reading it. But then I had to put it down and haven’t picked it back up again. I really do need to get on that especially since the series is finished and easy to binge it.

 

Say No to This

Say No to This – Guilty pleasure read

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I don’t really have any guilty pleasure reads anymore. A few years ago I would have listed romance novels here or maybe not as I was in the romance reading closet. But since I came out of the romance reading closet way back in 2010 I’ve fully embraced that genre. So no real guilty pleasures here…I feel no shame in reading any of the books that I read.

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Room Where it Happens

The Room Where it Happens – Book world you would put yourself in

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ALL OF THEM!!! Ok…so maybe not some of the dystopians like HUNGER GAMES or ILLUMINAE but there are just so many worlds that I would love to experience. So that pretty much leaves the one book series that would allow me to do that, the THURSDAY NEXT Series because the characters in that book can hop in and out of the books that they read. Which just sounds divine, don’t you think?

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I Know Him

I Know Him – Favorite Cameo Character

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Character cameos are things I love that some authors do. Yes, its something expected when an author writes a companion read but some authors will have characters cross over into books that aren’t directly connected to the story that they are telling. These are often blink or you miss them moments because they are more like Easter eggs for the long time reader. For example, I love how Amy and Roger will pop up in Morgan Matson’s other books. But my favorite would have to be Freddie Stanhope who is first introduced in Sarah MacLean’s YA book THE SEASON. I just love this character and I love when he pops up in random scenes in her adult romances and I’ll never stop hoping that one day this rake will get an HEA of his very own.

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The Renyolds Pamphlet

The Renyolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

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To quote Cuddlebuggery “FUCK YOU ILLUMINAE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID.” Because seriously!!! I laughed out loud when I read her response and nodded because its just so true!!

 

 

Burn

Burn – The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

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I don’t really read many books where the characters don’t end up in a HEA. Which means I’m not sure what book to put here so I’m just going to leave this one blank.

 

 

It's Quiet Uptown

It’s Quiet Uptown – A book you wish more people talked about

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There are so many books that I want to list here but I’m going to go with THE DEMON’S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan (which is also a series I came late to and blitz read.) It was just so good from start to finish and I loved this world and all these characters and wish that Sarah would give me more of their story!! And on a plus not she was adding in GLBT characters before it was mainstream…just saying.

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Election of 1800

The Election of 1800 – A book revolving around a competition

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I’ve read a few books that involve a competition of some sort or other but one of my very favorites is CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins. This book totally blew me away in all the best possible ways. I liked the movie but man of man did this book gut me!!

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World Was Wide Enough

The World Was Wide Enough – A Series that ended just right

 

Secret Society Girl Series

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Two series that I thought ended really well were Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund and The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas. Do I wish that there were more books? Of course!! But I am happy with how these authors wrapped up the stories of my beloved characters. Oh the feels that they both made me feel!! If you haven’t read these yet do so now!!

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Elemental Trilogy

 

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Who Lives Who Dies

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story – A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

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This one kind of goes without saying and I know its been mentioned a lot in the Hamilton Book Tag posts that I’ve seen but for me its the same….The Harry Potter Series.

 

Harry Potter Series Tagging

Anyone who wants to do it!!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Book Exchange: Are You Feeling Lucky?

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Feeling Lucky Book Exchange

 

Dear Reader,

I have a question for you, are you feeling lucky? Well, are you? If so then have I got the book exchange for you! With St Patrick’s Day coming up I released that there is a missed opportunity for giving things away! And since I’m a bookish sort then why can’t we turn St Patrick’s Day into a day to exchange books. After all, it works in Iceland for the Christmas Holidays. Now, unlike other book exchanges you will get no say in the actual book you get but it should be a book that the person who sends to you loves. Which means there is a little risk involved which is where the idea of luck comes into play.

The book that you get may be something that is out of your wheelhouse but it could be your most favorite book ever if you just give it a chance. So I am asking that all participants actually read they book that they receive and post a review on their blog or Goodreads. You don’t have to like the book, you don’t even have to finish it if you find it to be an absolute train wreck but I do as that you read at least 25% of the book to give it a good solid chance.

I’m also asking that participants send out a book that they really enjoyed and that comes off their bookshelf. I am not asking anyone to buy any books for this exchange but if you do then know that is totally up to you and you may get a gently used book in return. Since we are all lovers of books I am giving the open to receive an ARC, a paperback or a hardcover title and will do my best in order to pair people up accordingly. All books should be in like new condition (ie not ripped, water damaged or falling apart) and include a note on why you loved that book.

To try and prevent sending your partner a book that they already have participants should also check that person’s Goodreads account. But if a duplicate does happen because the participant hasn’t fully updated their Goodreads (as I can be bad at doing) than that’s just a luck of the draw. Perhaps its just fates way of telling you that you really do need to read book x.

The highlight reel:

  • Participants agree to exchange a like new book that they love from their shelf.
  • Participants should include a note with the exchange and mention what it is about the book that they loved (characters, scenery, plot, etc)
  • Recipient will post about the book on their Twitter and/or Instagram when they receive it in the mail using the hasttag #IrishsBookExchange
  • Recipent agrees to read and review he book that they receive in the mail

Important Dates:

  • Sign ups will be open from 23 Feb 2016 to 01 March 2016
  • Pairings will go out by 04 March 2016
  • Books should be mailed out no later than 11 March 2016 (which means hopefully they’ll arrive by St Patrick’s Day)
  • Reviews should be posted within a month of receiving the book so by around 17 April 2016. (Please use the hashtag if you mention your review on Twitter/Instagram)
  • A link up will be available on my blog starting around 17 March to share your pictures and reviews

 

It all sounds simple enough right? If you have any questions please leave a comment otherwise go forth and fill out the form below and may the odds be in your favor!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

The Disney Book Tag

Posted by Irish in Misc2 Comments

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This tag was created by Katytastic over on YouTube to celebrate the release of The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz. I was tagged by Emma @ Miss Print (you can check out her post here). Graphics were found via a google search and were made by Shouni @ Through the Book Portal for her turn at the Disney Book Tag.

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

Oliver from EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway (Goodreads) – When Oliver was a child he was kidnapped by his dad. When he’s 17 he is found and returns to his childhood home. Life has moved on in the 10 years since he’s been gone and yet its also stayed still. There is a big adjustment for all the characters in this story as they learn to settle into who they are now and how they all fit. A wonderful story and you should read it.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

Jimmy!!! Jimmy is the male lead in Kylie Scott’s book LEAD (my review) which is the third book in her Stage Dive series. Oh how I disliked Jimmy in the first two books. He was rude and obnoxious and didn’t seem to have a redeemable bone in his body. I was prepared to hate his book and only picked it up since I am a sucker for reading a book series in order. Image my surprise when I fell head over heels in love with him!! Jimmy is now one of my favorite characters ever and LEAD one of my favorite reads.

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

This was a hard one for me as there was nothing that immediately jumped out at me. But then I was talking with Andi earlier about the Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series I realized that while its not one book its a series that would totally work for this catagory. All the characters in this book are unique and special and you fall in love with them all…even though sometimes you just want to reach into the pages and shake some sense into them.


4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (Goodreads) – I’ve tried this book several times but each and every time it just bores me and puts me to sleep. I did watch the movie and I liked it but don’t think I’ll be giving this book another shot any time soon…unless I go through a bout of insomnia.


5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

How do I choose just one? Seems to be a trend in YA, NA, and adult reads to go through something traumatic and then come out on top in the end. But for this one I’m going to go with Callie from THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN (my review). Kayden too could fall under this head but there was something about Callie and her story that really touched me when I read it.

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson (my review) – This book is over 1000 pages and I had mistaken bought it in hardcover making it a daunting book to read. So I broke it down into more manageable chunks and read it over a months time. I just love this world that Sanderson is building and can’t wait for more books in this series.

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

Alina from SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo (my review) – All her life Alina wanted to be special instead she spent most of it as just average. Until one day she wasn’t and then she learned that maybe being special wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be after all.

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Eugenides from THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner (my review) – Gen is a character that I wasn’t sure I liked at first but over the course of the series its hard not to fall for him and his tricksy ways. Also Isabeu from FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Ack! This is a hard one!! I’m just gonna say ALL OF THEM!! Ok…not all of them…there are some pretty scary characters out there so lets just limit it to those that are on my favorites shelf on Goodreads.

10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

There are a few villains that come to mind for this one but the two that stand out the most are Zhong Ye from SILVER PHOENIX (my review) / FURY OF THE PHOENIX (my review) by Cindy Pon and AIDAN from ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Aimee Kaufman (goodreads). Zhong Ye is a character that you just hate in the first book but by Fury of the Phoenix you see another side of him and it becomes a little harder to hate him as much. I won’t say much about AIDAN now but just know

Tagging
Andi @ AndiABCs

David @ From My Bookshelf

Kristina @ Gone Pecan

Nova @ Out of Time

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Blog Tour Excerpt: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Posted by Irish in Blog Tour, Contest, Excerpt, Misc0 Comments

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Cora Carmack’s ALL PLAYED OUT! ALL PLAYED OUT is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is the 3rd book in the Rusk University Series, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.

 

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About ALL PLAYED OUT:

First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

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The door opens, and my stomach dips at the sight of Nell’s bleary eyes and rumpled hair. She squints at me, and then winces at the sunlight, instinctively taking a step back into the house.

I step in after her without waiting for an invitation, and shut the door firmly behind me.

“I brought coffee,” I say, lifting the tray up into her line of sight.

Shhh!” She holds one hand up to me and the other to her forehead.

“I think,” she says, her voice raspy, “there’s a herd of elephants in my head.”

“Welcome to the world of hangovers, sweetheart.”

She blinks at me, then says matter-of-factly, “I’m going back to bed.”

She shuffles down the hallway, and I follow her, still holding the coffee carrier and resisting the urge to laugh. Then she swings her bedroom door wide, and doesn’t bother to close it before tumbling headlong into her bed. Again, I take that as permission, closing the door in case Dylan comes home unexpectedly.

Before Nell can slip back into sleep, I force the coffee into her hand.

“Drink a little of this,” I tell her. “It’ll help clear up the headache and nausea.” She doesn’t look like she believes me, but she takes a sip anyway. “Aspirin will help, too, if you have some.”

“Bathroom,” she says, and I go out to the hallway bathroom. I find a bottle in the second cabinet I open.

When I return to her room, she asks, “You find it?”

“I did. Right next to your box of tampons. The things I endure for you, woman.” She rolls her eyes and takes the aspirin, and she drinks about half the coffee before placing the cup on the nightstand and sinking back against her pillows. She must be feeling better because she finally asks the question I’d expected to hear the second she opened the door. “What are you doing here?”

I shrug, toe off my sneakers, and throw myself down on the covers on the other side of her bed. She groans when the mattress bounces, but other than that doesn’t complain.

“I knew you’d be miserable this morning …”

“And you decided that was something you needed to see?”

“I decided I could be of some help. I’ve had more than my fair share of hangovers. When that coffee kicks in all the way, we’ll get you showered and dressed, and then we’ll go out for some greasy breakfast. You’ll be good as new in no time.”

“You’ve done this more than once? Are you crazy? I never want to drink again.”

“Everybody says that. If you don’t, you’re not doing it right.”

“I don’t feel like I did anything right.”

“You checked another thing off your list, didn’t you?”

She throws an arm over her eyes in lieu of an answer, and after a minute or so of silence, she asks, “Why are you really here?”

“I told you, I—”

“If you feel sorry for me because of what happened last night or what I said, don’t. Please. I’d really rather you just leave.”

“I can’t do that. Sorry.”

“Why?”

“Because last time I let you get away from me, you called some giant ginger-bearded monster to get you drunk, and look how well that turned out. Face it. You need me.”

She makes a groan that sounds vaguely laughlike. “Matt is not a monster.”

“We’ll agree to disagree.”

She sighs, and rolls on her side to face me. I suck in a breath because even hungover, she’s beautiful. And that fiery, challenging look in her eyes always goes straight to my cock.

“And if I had wanted to call you?” she asks. “I don’t have your number.”

“You could have just thought of me. I would have known and come running. I’m practically a superhero in that regard.”

Riiight.”

“Why so disbelieving? Unless you thought of me, and it didn’t work? Were you thinking of me last night, girl genius?”

“Not even a little bit.”

“I thought about you. Even during the game last night when I should have been concentrating on not getting my ass kicked, you kept popping up. I think I might be addicted to you, Antonella De Luca.” 

“How do you know my full name?” 

“I might have done a little snooping last night while you were out of it. So you were valedictorian in high school, huh?”

“Just how much snooping did you do?”

“Relax. Your list is safe. I promised I wouldn’t read it, and I didn’t.” My eyes drop to her lips, which she keeps pressing together in what I assume is nervousness. “It was tempting, though.” 

All of her is tempting, and I should probably get out of this bed right now before I drag her beneath me and remind myself just what her skin tastes like. 

Regretfully, I pull myself up to a sitting position and say, “All right, sweetheart. Go shower so we can get breakfast. Unless you need assistance, then I’d be happy to—” 

She cuts me off. “No. No, I think I can handle that alone.”

“Pity,” I say. “Well, I’ll be here waiting in your bed in case you change your mind.” 

She stands up and faces me, still all cute and rumpled from sleep. “You are so …” She trails off, and shakes her head, turning for the door instead. 

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May 7

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May 8

Ali’s Reviews & More-Review & Excerpt
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May 9

Addicted to Books-Review & Excerpt
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May 10

Anatea’s Bookshelf-Review & Excerpt
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May 11

Always YA At Heart-Review & Excerpt
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Prisoners of Print-Review & Excerpt
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May 12

Book Labyrinth-Review & Excerpt
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Margay Leah Justice-Review & Excerpt
New Adult Addiction-Excerpt
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Tar Heel Bibliobabe-Review
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May 13

Babbling Chatter Reads-Review
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Grown Up Book Reviews-Review & Excerpt
Read Between the Books-Review & Excerpt
Reese’s Review-Review & Excerpt
What Sarah Read-Review & Excerpt
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May 14

Bibliobelles-Review & Excerpt
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Book Bitches Blog-Review & Excerpt
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