Goodreads Tag -Tags

I was browsing on WordPress and I came across Nicola Alter and she has some amazing posts go check her out! While I was looking I saw the Goodreads tag and I was like that sounds fun let’s do it! So here I am.

What was the last book you marked as “read?”

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Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #5) by Addison Cole.

What are you currently reading?

 

285205 Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

What was the last book you added to your TBR?

248704 It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

What book do you plan to read next?

 

1412138 Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Do you use the “star rating” system?

Yes, I do, but I wish there were half stars. Sometimes I think a book isn’t quite a 4 but not quite a 5 either.

Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

Yes, and my is completed as well, I have read 109 out of 100 of my goal.

Do you have a wishlist?

No.

What do you plan to buy next?

I’ll probably buy the next Patricia book in the Mercy Thompson series. 3128411

Do you have any favorite quotes?

“So many books, so little time” – Frank Zappa

“I love you enough to never make you chose.” – Katie McGarry

“Running is still running. It doesn’t matter if it’s a physical move from one place to another or if it’s within yourself.” – Katie McGarry

Who are your favorite authors?

I have so many it’s unreal. Katie McGarry, Sarah J Maas, Patricia Briggs, Richelle Mead, Mila Gray, Emily Barr, Colleen Hoover, Miranda Kenneally, and many many others.

Have you joined any groups?

I am apart of two groups Austentatious Book Club and Perustopia Book Club. I am not that active or join into the discussions but I really should.

 

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Secrets at Seaside – Book Review

Title: Secrets at Seaside

Author: Addison Cole

Publisher: Word Literary Press

Pages: 288

Publication Date: October 25, 2017

Series: Sweet with Heat Book 5

*Thanks to the author (Addison Cole) and the publisher (Word Literary Press) for sending me an advanced copy.*

You can get your copy on Amazon here. 

Synopsis: Amy Maples, the good girl, the one who always does what she’s told. She is a very consistent person. She’s been going to the Cape for as long as she can remember. She’s also been consistently in love with surfer Tony Black. They used to date back in the day but ended up apart from a major event that happened. Amy dealt with it all by herself and kept it from her three best friends: Jenna, Leanna, and Bella.

Tony Black, the famous surfer, who gets all the women, except for the one he wants, Amy. He had her at one point over fourteen years ago, for an entire summer, but then lost her. Tony is like Amy’s guardian, always making sure she makes it home safe and sound, he holds her hair back when she throws up if she has had too much alcohol.

Will Tony and Amy be able to get together after an event that has turned into a secret, from 14 years ago?

Thoughts: My heart broke for Amy and Tony, I had tears falling down my face. I really felt for them both. I have been waiting for Amy’s story, probably ever since I started this story and I was not disappointed. It’s amazing how one person can hold onto a secret like this and not break. Amy is stronger than she looks to have been burdened with this kind of secret. I could reread this story many, many, many times and I would fall in love with it all over again and feel the same heartbreak and love.

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Favorite Retellings – Favorites

I have read a couple of great retellings and I think you should check them out.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (the entire series if fantastic) by Sarah J Maas 16096824

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and kill something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 18798983

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets? (Synopsis from Goodreads)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 36381037

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

The Book I DNF’d

I have only ever DNF’d one book and I just couldn’t make my way to the end of it.  Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs left me so bored. I only enjoyed one story out the entire 160 pages and of course that story was only like four pages long. I just don’t understand the point of the book in its stories. I enjoyed Mis Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, no I haven’t continued and I honestly don’t think I can. I don’t want to ruin the first book anymore now that I DNF’d Tales of the Peculiar.

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my rant, Emily!

Exciting Book Releases! – Part Two

Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Olivia “Liv” Blakley knows how important it is to look good. Her father is running for governor, and Liv will be making public appearances with her family. Liv has an image to uphold—to her maybe boyfriend, to the new friends who suddenly welcome her into their circle and to the public, who loveto find fault on social media. Liv’s sunny, charming facade hides a dark inner voice that will settle for nothing less than perfection. No matter who she has to give up to get there. No matter what she has to lose to do it. Liv is working for the day when what she sees in the mirror is worthy…worthy of confidence. Worthy of success. Worthy of love. But as the high price of perfection takes a toll, placing her body and soul at risk, Liv herself has to realize what she has to live for.

This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

Publication Date: February 27, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened. Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

Layover by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

FLYNN: At first we were almost strangers. But ever since I moved to New York, Amos was the one person I could count on. And together we were there for Poppy. (I mean, what kind of parents leave their kid to be raised by a nanny?) I just didn’t expect to fall for him–and I never expected him to leave us.
AMOS: I thought I was the only one who felt it. I told myself it was because we were spending so much time together–taking care of Poppy and all. But that night, I could tell she felt it, too. And I freaked out–you’re not supposed to fall for your stepsister. So I ran away to boarding school. I should have told her why I was leaving, but every time I tried, it felt like a lie.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Publication Date: November 28, 2017

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year. She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died. But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her. And his name is Xander. When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy is hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes because Ryn can’t get her brilliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head. Ryn can’t move on. But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follows a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty. “Should” being the keyword. Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that? All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye. But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

Thanks for stopping by, Emily. **All information and pictures are from Net Galley.*

 

Exciting Book Releases! – Part One

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Publication Date: May 31, 2018

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

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.

Just One of the Boys – Leah and Kate Rooper

Publication Date: October 2, 2017

Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons. But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality…even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is until she starts falling for one of her teammates… Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box. Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning…

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string. They’re wrong. Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future. He shouldn’t. And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart. They’re right.

Run Away With Me by Mila Gray

Publication Date: November 28, 2017

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but as their friendship starts to morph into something more a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar. Seven years later, Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping run her family’s business. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembers—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away. Forced to work alongside him for the summer Emerson can’t help but fall for Jake, and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate romance that neither of them wants to end. But both Emerson and Jake know that if they’re to have any kind of future they must first confront the past—a past that most people want to stay buried.

Hey guys, thanks for stopping by! I think I am going to do a part two and include 5 more exciting releases.  *All information and pictures are from Net Galley.*

Favorite Recent Reads – New Favorites

I haven’t read much lately but what I have been reading has been great.

Paper Hearts – Ali Novak

You can check out all my thoughts here. All of Ali’s novels are so good that I have reread them several times and fall in love all over again!

Moon Called – Patricia Briggs

I really enjoyed getting to experience life through Mery Thompson’s eyes. Nothing like having an overprotective Alpha living next door you. Or being friends with vampires, while still being a mechanic. I really enjoyed it and got some great laughs while reading.

 

September Wrap Up and October TBR

I literally can’t believe that it’s almost holiday season. This year has flown by. These past few months I haven’t had the best reading but I’m slowly but surely get back into the swing of things.

September Wrap-Up

Moon Called – Patricia Briggs – 5 stars

Paper Hearts – Ali Novak – 5 stars

Lucky In Love – Kasie West – 3 stars

I did really enjoy the books I read except for Lucky in Love, I was really disappointed in it. I read a total of  1,009 pages, I feel pretty proud of that number.

October TBR

I have some high hopes to read some spooky, Haloween, vibed, books.

Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs

Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs

Blood Bound – Patricia Briggs

Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia and Magaret Stohl

The Black Prism – Brent Weeks