Posted in 2016, December

Blog Tour: Serendipity of Fate by Becky Banks



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by Becky Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an exciting tale of unexpected passion, romance, loss and recovery. I really enjoyed every bit of this book. I was given the first chapter to ponder over and immediately fell in love with the story line and characters enough to want to grab the whole book and engorge myself in the life of those from New Orleans.

Cason and Savannah have one thing in common……Savannah’s brother, Ryan, whom lost his life fighting for our country alongside his best friend Cason. Cason survived but Savannah blames him for her brother’s death.

I loved the witty banter between Savannah and Cason. They were definitely meant for each other even though they were not aware of it at first. This is the main plus to the storyline, the fact that the author kept it interesting between the two main characters. Also, I loved that Cason challenged Savannah in every way, he did not just give in to her and made her think outside the box.

Superb contemporary romance, kudo’s to Becky Banks!

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About Becky Banks

Becky Banks grew up, like the generations of Bankses before her, in the Hawaiian Islands. With the islands as her roots, Becky was raised within the time-honored tradition of beckybanks-1-of-1“talking story” before a backdrop of grassy fields, blue waters, and cloud-clad mountains. She moved to the mainland after high school to attend Oregon State University, where she studied forestry, natural resources, and science education. One fateful day she realized that her decades of scribblings promised the makings of a romance writer. Becky’s first novel, The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, achieved the Night Owl Reviews Top Pick Award and Amazon’s Best Seller for Historical Romance.

Becky lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Keith, and their wild toddler, Sammy.

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Posted in 2016

Review: Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra


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Kevin Panetta & Paulina Ganucheau

Paperback, 136 pages

Published March 9th 2016 by Dark Horse Books
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters–not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself–and the world–from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!

From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship–with plenty of magical-girl fighting action–delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics!

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My Thoughts:

The more I think about it, the more I like it.

I think this book was natural, relatable, and realistic. The problem that I usually have with YA is that the teenagers are unrealistic, but that’s not a problem Starforce has. Though it did have a small case of insta-love I didn’t mind it because it was super cheesy and cute and I adored it.

ITS DIVERSE! There are LGBTQ characters, and the characters are drawn realistically and are all different shapes and sizes.

I loved there costumes, and the clothes. Also, BIG HAIR, DON’T CARE

The artwork was gorgeous, bright, and colorful.

The plot wasn’t the most spectacular, but the groundwork is set and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. I just wish the characters were more fleshed out, especially Diana. There is so much

Lily, Kim, & Molly are my fav.

If there was a Scorpio, I would give this a five!

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Posted in 2016

Winter Wonderland Book Tag!


Considering that it’s December now, I thought this Tag would be perfect! This tag was started by JackEatsBooksI wasn’t tagged by anyone but, I tag anyone who wants to do it!

1.What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?

I don’t usually read sweet books, so this was a hard question! But I found a book that was sweet and warmed my heart: Dash and Lily’s book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. This book was super sweet, funny, and it did warm my heart, and it’s the perfect book for this time of year!

2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater! Ohmygod, that cover is so beautiful! I just need to read book 2 &3 before I can get to it though.

3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?

I’m probably reading the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. This series has faeries, werewolves, vampires, shifters, and witches. Also its an amazing series!

4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Gabriel Walsh from Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series. He’s such a puppy with bags and bags of issues, and I want to make him HAPPY!  

5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

50 shades of Grey! I would be very happy to tear pages out of that book to feed to the fire. I wanted to punch Christian in the face the whole time, and Anna was so annoying!

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger! This is my all time favorite book, I’ve read it so many times and it never fails to make me smile, laugh, and cry. I recommend it to everyone!

What are some of your favorite books to read this time of year?

 

Posted in 2016, December

Promo Post: Butterfly Bones by Rebecca Carpenter


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Genre: YA Sci-fi

Lakewater Press

Summary:

Bethany should be dead, just like the doctors predicted. But along came the butterflies, altering the order of nature. And now nature is hell bent on revenge. Because when fate’s path is disrupted, it’s only a matter of time before balance must be restored.

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Rebecca Carpenter is a native of western Colorado. She is married with two grown children and has been blessed with four amazing grandchildren. She owns and directs a large childcare center where she shares her love for books. In her spare time, she freelances as a copy editor, helping others attain their writing dreams. She finds solace and clarity while spending time with her husband exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

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Posted in 2016, ARC, November

Happy Book Birthday Balance by Janelle Stalder!


Balance (The Balance Series, #1)Balance by Janelle Stalder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Janelle has done it again!! I honestly do not think that I could ever read something that she wrote that I do not like!

This is a paranormal romance about fallen angels and demons. I have not read a book in this genre in such a long time, so when I saw this one, I was immediately intrigued! I was completely sucked in from the moment I started it until the very end! This is definitely a one-sitting kind of book! You all have been warned, so I can easily say “I told ya so!”

My favorite character would have to be Caleb! Can I say “la swoon?” I really liked him from the beginning with his silent sexy smirk and his don’t care about anyone attitude! I loved how much he got under Viv’s skin before she had even started talking to him!

Oh holy son of a cliffhanger!!! Janelle is superbly good at these also and darn it, she has done it again! She has left me wanting even more after I had spent a whole day with these characters only to leave me hanging!!! BUT…She was nice enough to let us know that the second installment is right around the corner…which makes me INSANELY happy!!!

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Posted in 2016, Book Discussion

Books I’m Thankful For!


Considering that today is Thanksgiving, I decided I would share the books I’m thankful for! The six books that I chose have really touched me and have stuck with me long after I finished reading them, and I included my favorite quotes from them. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

A Mouthful of Forevers – This book was so relatable and honest it blew my mind. I think about this collection so often, and I quote it, it’s amazing!

Fav Quote: I will love you when you are a still day. I will love you when you are a hurricane.”

Giovanni’s Room – I could go on and on about why I love this book and why I’m so thankful for it, but I can’t. I would spoil the whole entire thing for you, so I’m going to put in the quote that touched my heart and made cry.

Fav Quote: “Somebody,” said Jacques, “your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour – and in the oddest places! – for the lack of it.”

Salt –  It was everything I needed to hear, without even knowing I needed to hear it. This book is basically my heart laid bare.

Fav Quote: in our own ways we all break. it is okay to hold your heart outside of your body for days. months. years. at a time. – heal

The Kite Runner – I read this one in high school, it is such an amazing book! Honestly I read it four years ago and I always think about it. It was amazingly written book, about immigration, war, culture, family and friendship!

Fav Quote: “It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…”

The Bluest Eye –  This one changed my perspective on everything. It made me think about how we treat people knowingly, and unknowingly and reminded me to always treat people the way you want to be treated. And Toni Morrison has a way of making you question Love. Very thankful for this one!

Fav Quote: “Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe.

Twilight – I honestly hate this book now. But I’m thankful for it, it was the book that made me a reader and though I hate it, I will always love it.

Fav Quote: “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

What books are you thankful for?

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Posted in 2016

Happy Thanksgiving


We wanted to take the time to wish all of you a…

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We are so very thankful for each and everyone of you!

We hope you have a great turkey day!

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Posted in 2016, November

The Winter Wonderland Tag


I found this tag over at Kayla @kdrekthebookworm, go check her out! She has an awesome blog and very insightful reviews:)

I am not a big fan of winter but thought this would be the perfect post since here in PA, we have begun to see the winter like conditions outside and it has gotten very cold, very quick!

 Do you like the cold?

NO! I hate the cold! I love the summer so much more!

Favorite part about winter?

Hot chocolate, snow days and fuzzy slippers

Does it snow where you live?

I live in Northeast Pennsylvania so yes, we do get snow. Some years, we get next to nothing but other years…it can blizzard!

Favorite clothing item in winter?

Big comfy sweaters or turtle necks!

Your favorite winter memory?

Sledding with my husband in our younger years!

Favorite hot drink?

Hot chocolate

Best winter book to read curled up in a blanket?

Anything with a good romance!

Best winter movie to watch?

I love watching old 80’s movies like The Breakfast Club, 16 Candles or License to Drive!

Do you do any winter sports? (e.g. Skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating)

Not in a long time but I use to love to ice skate

Favorite Christmas/holiday/New Years’ tradition?

I love Christmas eve! Our family all meets up at my Grandmother’s house and it is our tradition. We have been doing this since I was a kid.

I TAG ALL OF YOU!!!

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Posted in 2016

Guess who is back?!?!


Hi Everyone!

I am excited to let you all know that Sam is back here on NightlyReading. She had taken a short hiatus to complete some college credits but now she is back in full force!

Welcome back Sam!!

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Posted in 2016, November

Discussion: Help! I am drowning in a huge TBR pile!


I am dying to know how others handle their TBR pile!

As a blogger, I receive tons of review requests! I do not accept all of them but I do accept some. AND then we have the blog tours that we get invited to and of course…they are so much fun that we just HAVE to accept those invites. But then…as if those were not enough…we have those beautiful ARC’s that are offered to us from the publishing companies and heaven forbid if you are a Netgalley or edelweiss user…then you have even more to worry about because you end up with 1200 ebooks on your kindle and are so overwhelmed and do not know where to start or even what to do next!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you see my current problem?

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As a huge book nerd (which I believe all of you to be also, otherwise you would not be here) I just have a very hard time saying NO!!! Especially to a book with a pretty cover! I like to see them on my shelves and hold them and maybe even pet them. (don’t judge)

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I feel like I have so many books that I am very choosy when picking which ones that I will read. And don’t even get me started on the ones that I actually purchase….those never seem to get read:-(

These last two months of the year, I am going through my kindle and trying to read as many Netgalley/edelweiss books that I possibly can. I am embarrassed to say that my Netgalley reviewed percentage is only at 13%!! (this is very bad since it is supposed to be 80% people!)

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So, I am here to ask all of you…how do you keep track of your TBR pile? I feel like anything that I have not read by the end of this year needs to be gone through and be tossed out to get ready for 2017 and a whole slew of new books??

HELP!!!

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