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!

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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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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:

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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. 

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!

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