Posted in 2016, Blogger Love, February

Blogger Love with Rita from BookishR


Hi All!

I am here with our first Blogger Love since…I think 2011 or 2012?? YES! It has been that long!

So without further ado…

I introduce you all to Rita!

How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in mid-December of 2016, so it’s been almost two months now. It feels like such a long time ago, though!

What is the meaning of your blog name or how did you choose it? Well, my name is Rita and I’ve always been called a bookworm. Because I didn’t like the sound of bookworm, I decided to change it to bookish.

What is your favorite genre? I absolutely love non-fiction, particularly essays. That’s something I discovered my love for in the past year by reading essays related to science, feminism and multiculturalism.

How many books do you read each week? When I have to study for school I usually read one to two books a week. During the summer time I tend to read something along the lines of four to five books.

What is your favorite book character and why? That’s a really hard choice to make! After a lot of thought I think I’ll have to go with Elizabeth Bennet. She has a really strong personality and insists on doing things her way, regardless of her family’s opinions. Although she has her faults, she is able to see them and surpass them. God, I just love her!

A little about Rita:

My name is Rita, I’m seventeen years-old and I’m a book blogger based in Portugal. I love writing and anything book related, as well as having bookish discussions. I read mostly adult fiction and non-fiction but I love young-adult as well, as well as graphic novels and comics.

Go check out Rita’s Blog:

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Thank you Rita! You have an Uh-Mazing Blog!!!

heather

Posted in 2016, February

Cover Reveal: Omega by Jus Accardo


Title of the book: Omega (The Infinity Division, #2)

Author’s name: Jus Accardo

Release date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Entangled TEEN

ISBN (if available): 9781633758254

Website: http://www.jusaccardo.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JusAccardo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJusAccardo/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jusaccardo/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33509081-omega

Preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/Omega-Jus-Accardo/dp/1633758257/

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One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.

About the Author

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in thumbnail_jus-accardoher grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I read the first book AND LOVED IT!!!

heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, February

Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the SpeciesThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing!!!

I had heard a lot of hype over this one and why not? I mean…it’s Mindy Mcginnis…duh! But I also heard that it was not a genre that we had seen from her so I really wanted to check it out. I picked up my kindle, paged through and came across this book in my TBR shelf. I had really not looked too much at the blurb prior to reading so I was not sure of what I was in for. Now I am kicking myself in the butt for taking so long to actually read this book! It was that good!

I really enjoyed getting three POV’s and being able to see all sides of the story. My favorite character would have to be Jack. He kind of wrestles with himself internally about what is right and what is wrong and I find it interesting that he has this fascination with Alex since she is so dark. I really liked Peekay too and thought she was a sweet and loyal friend.

The ending was mortifying, but I found myself not shedding a tear??? I think it was because Alex finally got what she wanted and was in peace?

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

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heather

Posted in 2016, February

Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

DNF

I tried, I really really tried to read this book. I had such a hard time following the characters and the different meanings of the words. It just kind of fell flat for me and I ended up not finishing. I am saddened because I had heard such great things about this book and was truly excited to start it:-(

I will not give up on Ms. Schwab’s writing however, I have more books in my arsenal and am hoping that I have the same experience with her as I did with Rainbow Rowell. I read one book and disliked it but read another and ended up loving it!!!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!

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heather

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, February

Blog Tour: Wintersong By S. Jae-Jones w/Excerpt


WintersongWintersong by S. Jae-Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ugh! This book!!! The Feels!!

I have to say that my body went through every emotion while reading this book! I started off as nervous and by the end, I was crying!

I really loved this story line! Elisabeth is the oldest daughter of a poor family whom always is looking out for everyone else but herself. She helped her brother become a violin prodigy and basically gave up on the one person whom she had always had an attraction to her sister to marry. She feels lonely and like the ugly duckling of her family. One day she meets The Goblin King and she still fights to save her sister. But he is not all that he appears to be.

My favorite character was Constanze, Elisabeth’s crazy grandmother! She always talked in riddles and the family just entertained her craziness as long as it was convenient. She was a hoot!

The ending…ugh! Get your tissues ready cuz this one will leave you crying:-( I felt for Elisabeth and Aric. I am not sure if this is a stand alone but I am really hoping that we will get to see more of these characters in the future!!

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy! It was superb! Definitely 5 stars!!

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Excerpt

Overture

      Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head.
     Her grand mother had told her to beware the wolves that prowled in the wood, but the little girl knew the little boy was not dangerous, even if he was the king of the goblins.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not won der at how he knew her name.
     Oh, she replied, but I am too young to marry.
     Then I will wait, the little boy said. I will wait as long as you remember.
     And the little girl laughed as she danced with the Goblin King, the little boy who was always just a little older, a little out of reach.
     As the seasons turned and the years passed, the little girl grew older but the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, yet still ran to the forest to meet her old friend in the grove. Their games were different now, truth and forfeit and challenges and dares.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not yet understand his question was not part of a game.
     Oh, she replied, but you have not yet won my hand.
     Then I will win, the little boy said. I will win until you surrender.
     And the little girl laughed as she played against the Goblin King, losing every hand and every round.
     Winter turned to spring, spring to summer, summer into autumn, autumn back into winter, but each turning of the year grew harder and harder as the little girl grew up while the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, soothed her brother’s fears, hid her father’s purse, counted the coins, and no longer went into the woods to see her old friend.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the Goblin King asked.
     But the little girl did not reply.
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heather
Posted in 2016, Review

Review: I Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben


I Was A BitchI Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book from the author and I am very glad that I was selected to review! I love the idea of any amnesia story because there is this excitement around being able to start over and meet people again for the very first time. Also, you may be a changed person which is what “kind of” happened with this book.

I enjoyed the POV of Lacey and really liked how the book had started off in the hospital. I also enjoyed piecing everything back together. It was like a unique puzzle just waiting to be finished! And every time you thought that you had all the pieces, another piece was hidden and was thrown out at you and you had to start all over again.

Finn was some seriously hot stuff! I really enjoyed him and loved the times that he and Lacey shared. He really seemed to have his act together and I liked that Lacey could really be herself around him.

I have to say that there were a few times that I was internally screaming and wandering what the heck she was doing??? She had two guys and it seemed like her mind had already been made up but she tended to always string the other one along!

The pacing seemed a bit slow but that totally could just have been me since I just wanted to get to the happy ending of the book:) Thanks to Ms. Ruben for the copy! I adored every minute of it!

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heather

Posted in 2016

Happy New Year!!


Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!!

I am so sorry that I have not been able to update recently. Work has been kicking my butt and I am sooo busy! I will hopefully slow down within the next week or two and then I can get back to my regular schedule. I have been reading so please do not fret! My most recent read is the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. GOOD READ!!!

Have a great day!

Muah!

heather

Posted in 2016, December

WOW: WinterSong by S. Jae-Jones


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by S. Jae-Jones (Goodreads Author)
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I really love this cover! I am quite in the mood for a good fantasy and I hope this one rings true! Look for my thoughts during the blog tour in February!

What are you waiting for 2

heather

Posted in 2016, December

Blog Tour: The CEO’s Seduction by Diane Alberts


thumbnail_theceosseductionThe last thing Brett Ross wants is to be back in the same old damn small town he grew up in, but his best friend is getting married, so there’s no way he’s skipping yet another visit back home. He knows what he’s getting into, coming back here, but the one thing he didn’t count on was the way Anna Hamilton made him feel the first time he sets eyes on her…and she’s all grown up.

Anna’s always been in love with Brett, even if she’s always been his best friend’s annoying little sister to him. But when he looks at her, she doesn’t see annoyance in his eyes anymore. If anything, she sees a silent calling for her to save him from himself…and she’s just the girl to do it. All she needs is to find a way to escape her pesky, protective older brothers.

And then the game is on.

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 My Review


The CEO’s Seduction
by Diane Alberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this contemporary romance with it’s dual POV. I enjoyed the story line and really felt for the character of Brett.

Brett was raised by his aunt/uncle as a young child. He was bullied and made fun of in school. His guardians had only cared about one thing….his inheritance and never showed him love or affection. Now he is older and the CEO of his father’s company. He is good looking and rich but still feels that he does not deserve the love and affection of anyone and that he can only give women a good time in bed.

He ends up going home for a wedding of one of his child hood friends. Enter Anna. She is a spit fire and is perfect for Brett, if only he would not have to deal with her four older brothers…whom are his best friends…whom he mad a pact that he would never lay a hand on Anna.

This leads to quite the predicament and the perfect plot but we also have the inner issues of Brett being unloveable to contend with.

I enjoyed the older brother’s protectiveness but felt that at times it went a bit over the top? I really enjoyed the fast pace of the book and liked the idea of getting right to the “guts” of the story quickly.

I LOVED the epilogue which gives us a better look at the future with Anna & Brett. The story was tied up nicely and I do see a series in our future;-)

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About the Author

Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and four cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website:  http://www.dianealberts.com/home/
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DianeAlberts6
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/DianeAlbertsJenMcLaughlin

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Posted in 2016, December

Blog Tour: Serendipity of Fate by Becky Banks



thumbnail_author-becky-banks-serendipity-of-fateSerendipity of Fate
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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