January Wrap Up!

I’m feeling pretty good so far with my reading! I have read some pretty great books this month and I hope it continues for the rest of the year.

Novel Any Boy But You Saving It Tell Me Something Real It’s Kind of A Funny Story Night Say You’ll Remeber Me
Author Julie Hammerle Monica Murphy Kristen Kehoe New Vizzini Elie Wiesel Katie McGarry
Pages 201 241 251 444 120 400
Star Rating 4 4 4 4 4 5

 

Gracling Three Sides of a Heart Paper Princess Broken Prince Twisted Palace
Kristin Cashore Natalie C. Parker Erin Watt Erin Watt Erin Watt  Total:
471 448 370 370 370 3686
2 3 5 5 5 ~4

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The Ultimate Book Tag – Tag

I was scrolling through different tags and found this one done by Happy Indulgence.

1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?
I do! I can’t focus on anything for a long period of time when in a car, but a plane I’m fine.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
I love Katie McGarry. She makes tough situations sound so not terrible.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter, but they both have defined what YA literature is today.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
If I’m going places and usually contains books, or if I don’t have a bag with me, I just use my kindle.

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes, especially when they are new.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Without, but sometimes it really makes a book unique.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Twilight by Stephanie Meyers, but I still love them!

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Not really?

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

Either The Great Gatsby or The Outsiders.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I read a lot better than I write. It’s like I can’t get the words out that I want.

12. When did you get into reading?
When I was really young, maybe in Preschool?

13. What is your favourite classic book?
Of Mice and Men counts, right?

14. In school what was your best subject?
Math, surprisingly!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
I would return it or donate it to my school or local library.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
Ummm…

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
Listening to music or watching youtube then getting sucked into the world e=where you watch all the videos that pop up on the side.

18. What is your favorite word?
I don’t really have a favourite but, I like the use of sarcasm with that said word.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I’m a massive nerd, I wouldn’t choose to be anything different.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires. But I really prefer Werewolves.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters, I really love to read those WattPad stories.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves, I just love the idea.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires, they were a part of my first series I ever completed.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
All of the Above!

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Romance. Romance. Romance.

Thanks for stopping by, Emily.

The Booktube Annivesary – Tag

I can’t believe I’ve had a book blog for 1 year now! I want to thank everyone who has followed, liked, and supported me. I thought I would celebrate my year as a book blogger! I found this tag done by Book Your Imagination. I have modified some of the questions to fit my personal style of blogging.

1) What anniversary are you celebrating?

My 1 Year on my blog, alotabooks13

2) What genre or genres does your channel generally focus on?

I do reviews and tags and anything relating to books!

3) What are you most proud of on your blog in the last year?

I am proud of the author contacts and the posts I’ve done with some of them!

4) Do you receive ARCs to review?

Yes, I do.

5) What types of posts do you most like to do on your blog?

I really enjoy doing tags and hauls!

6) What types of videos do you like to watch on other people’s channels/blogs?

I love to watch all things book related to Booktube and read others peoples blogs!

7) Was there anything you tried on your channel last year that didn’t work?

Sometimes when I did photography.

8) Is there anything that you’ve done on your channel last year that you won’t continue doing next year?

I won’t be doing TBR’s for the month. I realized I am terrible at sticking to it and I am more of mood reader.

9) Is there anything that you plan to do more of this year?

I plan to do more thorough reviews.

10) What are some of the challenges you face on your blog?

Finding a post that everyone will like.

11) What is your one, best piece of advice you can give to another booktuber/blogger?

Stay connected to your viewers and find ways to connect with them!

12) What is the best part of having a booktube channel/blog?

Being able to communicate and express your passion for reading and books!

Thanks for stopping by, Emily. If there’s anything you want to see or have me read and review let me know in the comments! Or if there are things you think I should change, I would really appreciate it!

You can follow me on Instagram here!

Say You’ll Remeber Me – Release date January 30, 2018

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From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

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SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But the opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

 

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Best books of 2017!

I read 121 books in 2017 and I thought I’d share my top 17 books of 2017!

17. The Inexplicable Logic of my Life – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

16. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

15. The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

14. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

13. Breaking the Ice – T. Torrest

12. Sad Perfect – Stephanie Elliot

11. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella

10. Long Way Home – Katie McGarry

9. Whatever Life Throws at You – Julie Cross

8. Not After Everything – Michelle Levy

7. Sunsets at Seaside – Addison Cole

6. A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

4.  Moon Called – Patricia Briggs

3. Throne of Glass –  Sarah J. Maas (the whole series)

2. Tell me Three Things –  Julie Buxbaum

1.Eliza and her Monsters –  Francesca Zappia  

I hope you all had a great reading year! Share in the comments your favorite or least favorite reads.

Goodreads Challenge Wrap Up!

Earlier this year, I set a Goodreads goal of 100 books for me to read. As of right now with a few more days left of the year, but I don’t know how much more I will be able to read.

These are all the novels I read in 2017! I might finish 1 or 2 more books if I do I’ll post them on my Instagram!

October Wrap up and November TBR!

Another month came and gone! I can’t believe it’s November already, which means it’s almost Christmas!

October Wrap Up

I read a few books again this month, but not as much as I would have liked.

Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs – DNF

Blood Bound – Patricia Briggs – 5 Stars

Of Mice and Men (Class assignment) – John Steinbeck – 4 stars

Secrets at Seaside – Addison Cole – 5 Stars

I enjoyed MOST of the books I read, except for Tales of the Peculiar, you can find out my thoughts about it on a recent post of mine called The Book I DNF’d.

November TBR

November 9 – Colleen Hoover

Iron Kissed – Patricia Briggs

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I don’t want to have too many books on my TBR for the month, with the holidays coming up and all. What you plan to read this month let me know in the comments?

Thanks for stopping by, Emily.

Photography – Book Pictures

I have taken a lot of pictures recently and I thought I should share them. Some of them are on my Instagram, but not all of them!


In case you didn’t notice, I really like black and white pictures with a pop of color!

Contmeporary-a-thon

I plan on taking part of Contemporary-a-thon this week from February 12th – February 18th. I don’t plan on reading seven books, but I do plan on completing a few challenges!

Read the Most Recent Contemporary Book You’ve Bought 

Read a Book with Pink on the Cover – OCD Love Story – Corey Ann Haydu

Read a Hyped Contemporary 

Read a Diverse Contemporary – OCD Love Story – Corey Ann Haydu

Read a Dark or Taboo Contemporary – Jordan’s Return – Samantha Chase

Read a Contemporary Graphic Novel

Read a Book that has been Recommended to You – One More Kiss – Samantha Chase

This is my TBR for this read-a-thon! I hope you all take part of these challenges and have fun while doing so. I would love to hear your TBR’s in comments or you can share them with me on Instagram.

 

The Dating Debate – Book Review

Title: The Dating Debate

Author: Chris Cannon

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: February 5, 2018

Pages: 242

Series: Dating Dilemmas

Synopsis: Nina Barnes is anti-school dances and Valentine’s Day. When her high school plans a Valentine’s Day dance she can’t handle herself. She thinks this way until she moved next door to West Smith. Nina suffers from separation anxiety or a form of it ever since her father left to make a new family. When she first moves in, West’s house is completely dark by curtains. As West and Nina get to know each other more and bond over Harry Potter, Nina learns that West’s mom is a hoarder. West’s dad doesn’t want anyone near or talking to his wife because it minds worry her. Will the couple be able to survive their crazy home life’s to be together or will their pasts and parents keep them apart?

Thoughts: I have never read anything like this and was very intrigued. I was on the edge of my seat when a few moments of drama occurred. I really enjoyed ready this and seeing the love of bookworms in boys and girls. I also loved Nina and West’s love for Harry Potter. Overall this was a super fun read and I can’t wait to continue on with the series!

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Paper Princess – Book Review 

Title: Paper Princess 

Author: Erin Watt 

Publisher: EverAfter Romance 

Pages: 370

Publications date: Arpil 4, 2016

Series: The Royals 

Synopsis: I can’t do the synopsis justice so here’s the one from Amazon. 

These Royals will ruin you


Ella Harper is a survivor―a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from. 

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals. 

He might be right. 

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.
Thoughts: I have never been in so much suspense! I absolutely loved this! I haven’t been this excited about a books in forever and I want to thank Erin Watt for that. This is a wonderfully constructed, keep you on your toes kind of novel. I didn’t want to put it down and I managed to read it in a few short hours! This just may be my new all time favorite series and I can’t wait to read more from the dynamic duo!

Say You’ll Remember Me – Book Review

“I got the good boy cut with the bad boy stride.” (location 78)

“She was beautiful. She was poised. She was a cool breeze after a hot rain. She was that first ray of sunshine in the darkwood. She was the smell of honeysuckle in bloom. She was the first damn thing that made me forget who I am and what I’ve got myself into over the past year.” (location 253)

Title: Say You’ll Remember Me

Author: Katie McGarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 464

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

**Thanks to the publisher and author for sending me an advanced copy.**

Synopsis: Hendrix or Drix as he goes by, has just got back after being in a Second Chance program, after being convicted of a crime he didn’t do. Since Drix is apart of the Second Chance program that the governor has created, helps get delinquents off the street and reconstruct them to fit back into society. Drix has to live in the limelight for a while being the “poster” child.

Elle is the daughter of the governor and has lived the advantaged life. She is able to do pretty much anything by just sharing her name. Elle isn’t given much or any freedom and is supposed to be a prime example of the “perfect” child since she’s the governor’s daughter.

Elle and Drix meet in a public place neither of them knowing who the other is. They can an immediate connection. But will they each be able to understand the other’s lifestyle.

They fight against the media that doesn’t want them together, against Elle’s parents, and Drix’s brother. They learn to trust each other and step out of their comfort zones.

Thoughts: Another extraordinary novel written by Katie, Drix and Elle are such a perfect couple. They complement each other and bring out the best. Katie is so good at writing novels with the “bad boy” but she took Drix to an extremely new level. He is probably the most swoon-worthy male character, Katie has written. Elle is so real in a world full of the lying media. She thrives to be something that makes her happy, not just her dad. Elle is fierce and bold, she’s not afraid to say what she wants. Throughout all of Katie’s novels, there is a common theme of friends are your family, you don’t need to be blood-related to be family. That along with all of her swoon-worthy and sweet and sarcastic remarks is one of my favourite things about Katie’s novels. They make everyone feel wanted. Every book that Katie publishes gets better and better. This one by far is my favourite read so far! I love that everyone is given a second chance to prove themselves before they are written off.

You can get a copy on Amazon here!

 

 Excerpt:

~Ellison~

The sights and sounds of the midway fade, and all I hear is buzzing. I close my eyes as more pissed-off tears fill my eyes.  Why won’t they go away?

“You okay?” a guy asks.

I open my eyes and focus on the ground. My eyes are red, I know they are. I can feel the puffiness of my skin. I take a deep breath, look up to explain I’m okay, and freeze.

Holy hell. It’s the boy from Whack-A-Mole. He’s so much more breathtaking this close, and I have no idea how that’s possible.

“Are those guys bothering you?” he asks.

My forehead furrows.  Yes, they are, but telling him the truth and inviting him into my problems seems wrong.  

“Since you’re so talkative, I’ll start the conversation,” he says. “If you want to get rid of those guys then stand here and talk to me, and I’ll stand here and talk to you. You can smile like you know me because it’s tough to make me smile, and it will seem fake. Then I can try to win you a stuffed animal. Won’t be a snake, but it will do. Those losers will catch on we’re friends. Eventually, they’ll keep walking, and then they’ll return to their loser frat house where they’ll play with themselves for the rest of the night because they don’t know how to properly talk to a girl.”

I blink because all thought processes have taken a mini break. Either that or I’m having a stroke.

“Just a smile. Maybe a few mumbled words. Tell me anything. Doesn’t have to be poetic. Just your lips moving in my direction without your current blank expression.”

I blink again, many times, as the sights, sounds and smells of the midway blast back as if someone had pushed the play button on my life. I flash the perfectly practiced public smile I’ve used too many other times in my life.

“I don’t know how to get them to leave me alone.” I pause, then the bitterness leaks out as well as a grim grin. “At least not without a baseball and a well-placed throw. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to continue their genetics.”

The right side of his mouth tips up, and my eyes narrow on him. “I thought you didn’t smile easily.”

“I have a twisted sense of humor, and I didn’t think a girl like you could make me laugh. You’ve done it twice now. That’s a record for the past year.”

I bristle, still on the dangerous edge of anger. “A girl like me?”

“Yeah, one that’s out of my league. Listen, if you want to get out of this situation without it escalating, let me know. Otherwise, I’ll take a step back, and you can do whatever you need. I’m all about helping, but I’m not looking to get into a fight. Your call on how this goes down, but if it’s violence, you’re on your own.”

He says he doesn’t want to partake in violence, but there’s an essence about him that says he could drop anyone at any time and do it without breaking a sweat.

He’s looking at me, I’m looking at him, and the flutter in my chest returns. 

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From the Pushing the Limits series, Noah, Beth, Isaiah, West and Logan are all grown up. Catch up with your favorite characters as one of them finally says, I do.

Pigpen, Eli and Addison from the Thunder Road series: Three separate personalities who still needed to find love…and still had someone important to meet.

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Bring Me Their Hearts – Cover Reveal 

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

In a new series Publishers Weekly has listed as “one of the most anticipated YA’s of 2018”, we’re excited to share the cover for Bring Me Their Hearts! NYT bestselling author Sara Wolf delivers a fast-paced, gritty fantasy sure to thrill fans of Holly Black, Sabba Tahir, and Sarah J. Maas.

About the book:

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

Entangled Publishing: https://entangledpublishing.com/bring-me-their-hearts.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07232WZBF

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bring-me-their-hearts-sara-wolf/1126358416

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bring-me-their-hearts/id1237042410

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bring-me-their-hearts

Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35144326-bring-me-their-hearts

Release Date: June 5th, 2018

About Sara Wolf:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

True Storm – Cover Reveal

Let us know what you think of the cover for True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3) by L.E. Sterling, which releases May 1, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

About True Storm:

If you can’t beat them, change them…

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3) by L.E. Sterling today!

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Earlier Books in the True Born Trilogy:

Entangled Publishing                                             Entangled Publishing

About L.E. Sterling:

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Hiding Lies Cover Reveal! 

Let us know what you think of the cover for Hiding Lies (Eleanor Ames, #2) by NYT bestselling author Julie Cross, which releases April 17, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

About Hiding Lies:

At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.

Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school’s upcoming field trip quickly consume her.

But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of.

Now, more than just Ellie’s reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Hiding Lies (Eleanor Ames, #2) by NYT bestselling author Julie Cross today!

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About Julie Cross:

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, Chasing Truth, Off the Ice and many more to come! Julie Cross was a longtime resident of central Illinois but has recently moved her entire family across the country to continue her academic studies at Stanford University.

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 Share with me in the comments if you like the cover! Thanks for reading, Emily. 

2017 Reading Survey

I saw Booksandlala doing this video and I know it’s a bit late but I still wanted to make it! You can watch her video here.

How many books did you read?

120

Did you meet your goal?

Yes, I had set a goal read 100 books and surpassed it by reading 120 books.

Most read genre?

Contemporary and romance.

Longest and shortest books you read?

 (I think that these are right but some might have 5 pages more than one of these here) Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas and Of Mice and Men by John Steinback.

Favourite book published in 2017?

Eliza and her Monsters By Francesca Zappia.

Favourite debut book in 2017?

I didn’t read any debuts for 2017.

A favourite book not published this year?

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum.

A book that lived up to the hype.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

A book that did NOT live up to the hype.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

A book that felt like the biggest accomplishment?

The whole Throne of Glass series that is published.

Favourite character.

Tyler from Not after Everything by Michelle Levy.

Least favourite character.

All the characters in Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

Most shocking book/moment.

I really was shocked at the ending of Come Back to Me by Mila Gray.

Favourite couple/OTP.

Emily and Oz from Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry.

The best-written book you read this year.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

A book that you pushed the most people to read in 2017.

Any Katie McGarry novel.

Favourite book cover of the year.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. 23677341

Favourite adaptation.

Wonder or Beauty and the Beast.

What book made you cry the most?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

What book made you laugh the most?

There’s too many to count.

A new favourite author you discovered this year.

Mila Gray.

A guilty pleasure read of the year.

I reread a few of my favorite books.

Favourite book you re-read this year.

Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry.

Were you happy with your reading year?

Yes.

What will you do differently in 2018?

Try to read more diversely.

Thanks for reading, Emily.

My Goodreads Challenge!

My Challenge of 2017 was to read 100 books! I surpassed my goal with a total of 125 books! For 2018, I again plan to read 100 books and I hope I can read as many as possible. This year I also plan to:

  • Read at least one book from my TBR shelf every month

  • Try to read at least half the books on my TBR

  • Finish the Mercy Thompson series

  • Do more reviews

Breaking the Ice – Book Review

Title: Breaking the Ice

Author: Julie Cross

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Pages: 300 in paperback

Publication Date: 12/26/17

Synopsis: Haley Stevenson is the girl everyone thinks she’s the ‘perfect’ head cheerleader and princess of Juniper Falls. On the outside, she might look like she’s holding it together, but on the inside shes struggling to keep her GPA up. She still is trying to get over her first love and when she has to take summer school Civics, she meets Fletcher Scott, someone who might be able to take her mind off of all the things going wrong in her life.

Fletcher Scott a homeschooled, hockey player who joins public school again, is allergic to almost everything and has asthma. He distances himself from almost everyone except his family. When he realizes be is done just warming the bench and being the invisible guy no one knows, he starts to put himself out there. 

When a life threating scenario brings two people together will they be able to set aside past problems and move on to become happy?  

Thoughts: A realistic romance with a cheerleader and hockey player, makes you rethink their “lives” and your assumptions about them. These two characters complement each other a way I have never read before. Haley is finding herself and getting over her first love, while Fletcher is learning to trust people. Each aspect of this novel made my heart so full and happy! This was such a great wintery read, I know I’ll reread when I’m need of a happy yet, sophisticated read! 

You can add it on Goodreads here! 

 You can get on Amazon here! 

Thanks for reading, Emily! 

Most Disappointed Reads of 2017!

Although I read some amazing books this year, I also read some not so amazing books. I was pretty excited to read most of these, but once I finished reading them, I was disappointed.

The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten

Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks

Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs

Overall of the books I read this year, I enjoyed most of them and that’s all I can ask for!

Let me know you’re most disappointed reads in the comments!

Over-rated Books!

Can you believe its almost Christmas? This year has flown by,  but anyway lets continue. There are a lot of books these days that are over-rated. I have read them, and didn’t think they were worth my time. So here my top 3 over-rated books. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I knew going into this book I wouldn’t like it, but I was told to read it because it’s such a great book. I just felt like it dragged on and their wasn’t really a point in reading it. Needless to say I didn’t like nor enjoy it.

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner 

I really enjoyed the first and I thought if it could be a little longer and wrap up all books, that would be great. There was definitely no need for it to be such a long series. I was completely bored by the end and was wishing James had stopped writing after the first one.

Paper Towns by John Green 

I knew I wasn’t the biggest fan of John Green when I entered the story, but the books went downhill soon after I started it. I felt like it was a pointless novel and I really didn’t like the writing in this novel or any of his others. 

Thanks for stopping by, Emily. 

The Sweetheart Sham – Book Review

Title: the Sweetheart Sham 

Author: Danielle Ellison 

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush 

Pages: 211

Publication Date: 12-4-17

****Thanks to the publisher and author for sending me an advanced copy!****

Synopsis: Georgia Ann has been good at keeping secrets in her small town of South Carolina. Her best friend, Will, hasn’t come out of the closet and has only told Georgia Ann. Will starts to see someone but can’t tell anyone except for Georgia Ann which arises a new problem for Georgia Ann which would have her being Wills “fake” boyfriend. Georgia Ann agrees but starts to regret it when non other the Beau Montgomery returns their little town. She has to put up with the person who broke her heart all over again, but will he have a good reason? 

Thoughts: I really connected to the story and didn’t want it to end. Beau and Georgia Ann’s relationship starts out rocking but turns into something worth the effort. A super cute and family filled novel. 

You can get it TODAY! On Amazon and Barnes and Noble! 

Where I Found You – Book Review 

Title: Where I Found You (was originally Sea)

Author: Heidi R. Kling

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush 

Publication Date: 12-4-17

Pages: 230

Synopsis: Sienna Jones hasn’t been herself ever since her mom died in a plane crash, that has never been found, over five years ago. This has meant no flying, swimming, or being anywhere near the ocean. On her seventeenth birthday her dad gets her a plane ticket for Her, her dad, her uncle, and her used to be therapist, to go and help a village that as been dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami, in Indonesia. Sienna made the decision to take the risk and go help out. Whilst there she meets Dani, a dark eyed boy, who is as mysterious as they come. As they both get to know each other, Sienna realizes how good she has had it and really feels for Dani. They form a little relationship but how can it last when they live half way across the world? 

Thoughts: I had many realizations while reading and discovered how good I have it, living in the US. I loved learning about the Indonesian culture and being emotionally invested in the story. Sienna was a great protagonist and I really enjoyed reading her story. As heartbroken as I was with something that occurred, I love it just the same! This is a must read for 2017 and a masterpiece written by Heidi R. Kling. I am so thankful she was written and shared it with world.

You can buy it from Amazon and Barnes and Noble  with the links! 

Author take over! 

The author of The Heartbreak Cure, Amanda Ashby, contacted me and wanted to know if she could do a post of some sort for the release of her upcoming release. And I said sure, why not! She included some of what she most enjoyed and why she chose certain things. She also was kind enough to include an excerpt from her novel! A big thanks to Amanda for contacting and sharing with me her thoughts on The Heartbreak Cure! 


One of the things I enjoyed most about writing The Heartbreak Cure was creating the legend of the heartbreak brownies that Alex’s grandmother Birdie gives to people who need them.

I loved the idea that while the brownies themselves didn’t actually have any magical ingredients, they always seemed to work. In Cat’s case it was because the brownies were delivered by Alex, which brought him back into her life after not seeing him around much. Of course the fact that Birdie is eighty-six and in an assisted living facility across town made Cat realize just how far the news of her heartbreak had spread!

As for why I decided on brownies, it’s because they are one of the few things I can bake without burning! Plus, obviously they are delicious and you would have to be heartbroken indeed to not eat them! 


EXCERPT:

He grabbed a shower and was just toweling off his hair when there was a knock at the door.  He frowned as he hastily dragged his T-shirt on and stepped into his jeans.

It would be Pete, the other mechanic, probably kicked out again by his girlfriend and wanting to bunk on Alex’s couch. He yanked the door open, and his mouth dropped.

Cat.

She was wearing her favorite band T-shirt tied in at her waist to show off just a hint of stomach. She looked cute as all hell. His skin prickled, and his eyes drifted to her full lips, slick with some kind of pale gloss. Edible.

Oh, crap.

“What are you doing here?” The words came out harsher than he intended, and he watched the color rise in her cheeks. Smooth.

“Hey,” she said as she clutched at her backpack. Her hair was hanging down around her shoulders, and her dark eyes were shining. “Your hair’s wet.”

“Shower,” he said before wincing. He was really mastering the inane today.

“Oh.” She looked down to her boots and then peered up from between her lashes. “Is it weird I’m here?”

Weird? Dangerous? Brain melting?
Tough one to call.
“Um, no I guess it’s fine. Is everything okay? It’s not Bennet?”


“What?” Her face wrinkled before understanding seemed to dawn. “No, nothing like that. It’s good news, and I wanted to tell you, but then it seemed dumb to call when I had to run an errand and was walking straight past here. But then when I knocked, I suddenly wondered if it—”

“Might be weird,” he finished. She was still on the top stair while he clutched the door in some kind of stand-off. “Do you want to come in?”

“Sure. I mean, yeah,” she said, though her mouth was set in an uncertain line as he stepped back. He caught her scent—it was sunshine and oak trees and safety.

And it could lead directly to trouble.

“Cool.” He took another step back as she swept past and scanned the room, no doubt taking in the wallpaper, which was an explosion of brown swirls. It might’ve worked in some hipster café, but in a beat-up old apartment it was headache inducing.

“I’m not sure what I imagined your place would be like, but this wasn’t it.” She looked around.

“Yeah, well, I’m in the middle of changing decorators. You know how tough it can be.”

“The pain is real, my friend.” She grinned as she walked over to the old couch. 

End of excerpt

Her novel is out now! You can get it on Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Go check it out! You can also add it to your to-read shelf on goodreads

 

November Wrap up and December TBR!

I seriously can’t believe its already December! November flew by and I enjoyed all the books I read.

November Warp Up:

The First Kiss Hypothesis –  Christina Mandelski – 5 stars

The Hunters Daughter –  M.F. Lorson  – 3 stars

Falling for Bentley –  Shawnte Borris – 4 stars

Catching Haley –  Shawnte Borris  – 4 stars

Haley and Bentley –  Shawnte Borris – 5 stars

The Heartbreak Cure –  Amanda Ashby – 5 stars

The Sweetheart Sham –  Danielle Ellison  – 5 stars

Where I Found You – Heidi R. Kling  – 4 stars

December TBR:

Breaking the Ice – Julie Cross

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

Iron Kissed – Patricia Briggs

I hope you all had a great reading month!

The Heartbreak Cure – Book Review 

Title: The Heartbreak Cure

Author: Amanda Ashby

Publisher: Entangled Crush

Publication Date: December 4, 2017

**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an advanced copy**

Synopsis: Cat Turner has recently been had her heart broken. She has the perfect cure to get over with the help of brownies and finding the perfect fake boyfriend.

Alex Locke is the notorious bad boy who can’t possible be smart or anything good. When things occur that cause him to live with his grandma, Birdie, unexpected things come his way. He is guilty of many things but should he be?

Cat has Alex to be her fake-boyfriend. But is he willing to risk it all again, after everything that’s already happened to him? Can he let this crush his dance of going to school, after all he’s worked for?

Thoughts: I really connected to both of these characters in different ways. You sympathize with each situation they are put in. I craved more moments of Alex and Cat together. Their “fake” relationship is one that I’ve never read before. It’s a total swoon worthy read and makes you want brownies right along with Cat! Overall I loved reading The Heartbreak Cure. 

You can buy it here:

Amazon 

Barnes and Noble

The First Kiss Hypothesis – Book Review 

Title: The First Kiss Hypothesis

Author: Chistine Mandelski

Publisher: Entangled Crush 

Pages: 250

Publication Date: November 6, 2017

***Thanks to the publisher and author for sending me a copy. 

Synopsis: Nora Reid is everything a scientic need would be. She always compared everything to science and everything has a scientific explanation. She comes up with a “First Kiss Hypothesis” where you fall in love as soon as your first kiss.  

Eli Costas is a hunky lacrose neighbor to Nora. He drives her around and was her first subject of the “First Kiss Hypothesis” , but the kiss only happen when they were 13, does that still count or can you have more then the “First Kiss”? 

Thoughts: I flipping adored this book. It was so cute but not over power so. I loved the relationship build up through out the entire novel. The writing it self was fenominal. I honestly don’t have anything bad to say about it. You should read it. 

Thanks for stopping by, Emily. 

Worth the Hype? – 3 authors worth the hype

I have read a lot of popular and hyped books. Some of them are worth the hype but some are not.

Sarah J Maas

I fully think she is worth hype. I have loved all the books I have read from her. All of her novels have made me emotional and fall into a phase of only wanting to reread her books.

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Rainbow Rowell

I have read a few of her books but not all. I have enjoyed them but not to the extent of some people. She has a very realistic addition to the YA genre.

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Colleen Hoover

I have read 7 of her novels and I have enjoyed most of them. I want to read her recent releases but I haven’t bought them yet. I will continue to buy and read her books, but I won’t like them all.

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 I have enjoyed all of these authors. Do I think they are worth the hype? Yes. I have learned several things from all of these authors.

3 books that will make you fall in love with reading all over again

Do you ever just find a book and want to keep reading it or just read another right after? Well, I do. I love reading contemporary and fantasy. Although most always contain some kind of relationship.

Hopeless – Colleen Hoover

Sky has been homeschooled most of her life and decides to go to public school for her senior year. She has lived a sheltered life and is learning to come out of her shell. Sky meets Dean Holder. He is the known “Bad Boy” and has several rumors going on around him and what happened at his old school. Sky also finds it hard to distance herself from Dean and getting hurt.

After reading this, I wanted to continue reading all of Colleen Hoover’s novels.  I just had the need for another romance novel.

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Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Auggie was born with a facial deformity, that prevented him from going to school, until now, he is about to start 5th grade. He is about to be the new kid and Auggie doesn’t know if he will be able to make friends or if he will be made fun of for because of his face. Is Auggie able to make friends even with him not looking like everyone else?

This is such a heartwarming novel. It really makes you go back in time and relive when you were in the 5th grade.

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An Ember in the Ashes – Sabba Tahir

Lia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Lia is being held in the Empire that belongs to Elias. Elias doesn’t want to kill or be apart of the Empire.

I love the suspense and thrilling aspect of An Ember in the Ashes, I also love the romance that is there but not there. I needed the next book in the series and once I finished it I needed to find a book similar.

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