Posted in ARC Review, June

ARC Review: Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker


Emma in the NightEmma in the Night by Wendy Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anyone whom loves psychological thrillers MUST READ THIS BOOK!!

I have recently become obsessed with these types of books and I tend to just let them consume my life until I hit the very end and gather all info needed to solve the puzzle. This particular book was definitely one of those stay up til 3 AM types of books!

There is so much going on and so much dysfunction with these characters that I do not even know where to start. I can tell you that right off the bat, I loathed Cass & Emma’s mother. If you ever encounter a person like this in real life, then you know exactly what I am talking about because I have! I felt sorry for their father and alot of sadness for Cass herself.

The book was written in dual POV from the view of Cass and the detective on the case that had grown up with dysfunction in her family too. I enjoyed it this way because you got to see what was happening behind the scenes while also seeing everything from Cass’s eyes since she had been the last person to see Emma.

The ending was not exactly what I had expected but that is what made the book sooo good…because you do not expect that crazy ending! I am telling you to pick this one up!!!

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Thank you to St. Martin Press for the review copy!

heather

Posted in June, Waiting on wednesday

WOW: Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson


18054074Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy #3)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.

Why I’m waiting?

I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series and cannot WAIT to get my hands on the third!! I loved the time period and the whole premise and of course…the romance;)

What are you waiting for 2

heather

Posted in ARC Review, June

ARC Review: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts


Royal BastardsRoyal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really, REALLY loved this book!! It was chalked full of bravery, running for your life and romance!! I really enjoyed the story line dealing with all the bastard children and where the story led to. I must admit that I usually tend to lean towards books written by female authors, for some reason they always seem to get the romance done just right, but Mr. Shvarts did a pretty amazing job and I was very happy in that department:)

The ending of the book was explosive and sad but I am very happy to have received this review copy and am really hoping that this is a series!!!

If you enjoy action and adventure, then you need to pick this one up! I thought it was pretty unique.

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Thank you to Disney Hyperion for the review copy!

heather

Posted in blog tour, June

Blog Tour: White Fur by Jardine Libaire


51y0m5V36L._SX329_BO1204203200_A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City

When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in public housing without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.

The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love, but also for their lives.

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My Thoughts:

This was a tough book to read but I really fell in love with both of the main characters. Told in dual POV, I got a feel and understanding of what it was like living on two different sides of the coin per say. Elise is very poor and is not afraid to let people know it. She is brave and full of self confidence. I get the feeling that she does not care what anyone thinks about her and I loved her at certain times when she needed to face Jamey’s stuck up family. Jamey on the other hand was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and I was not sure if he really loved Elise or just used her to irritate his parent’s after being ignored by them for most of his life. One big thing that I learned from reading this book is that no one’s life is perfect. You could have all the money in the world and still not be completely happy.

I must say that there were some points in the book that I felt the story dragged but I was interested enough to keep reading. I loved that it was set in the 80’s since I grew up in the 80’s and love everything about the decade. The other favorite of mine was the setting of the city especially NYC! I love anything that has to do with NY and would have loved to live there at some point if I had not had children at an early age.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and would characterize it as a cross between romance and coming of age. A definite “must read” for anyone whom enjoys those genres!

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for the review copy and invite to be included in this tour!

About The Author:

Jardine Libaire is a graduate of Skidmore College and the University of Michigan2143031 MFA program, where she was a winner of the Hopwood Award. White Fur is her second novel for adults. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: The Tree of Truth by James Huss


Tree of Truth (Book of Pilgrimage 1)Tree of Truth by James Huss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great dystopian read from a “new-to-me” author! Thank you to Elephantine Publishing for the review copy!

The premise of this book is great! It takes place in the far future where there is a “great disease” that takes the lives of many. There is zero technology so they rely on books to get answers to any questions they may have. (LOVE THAT!)

I was a little lost on how the pilgrims were chosen, I believe that only males were sent on a pilgrimage and I believe the only male that was safe was the family leader?? Not sure about that but the idea is that a male gets sent out in search of the cure for the great disease. No one knows where the disease came from and they do not have much knowledge about it.

None of the pilgrims have ever returned from their search and they always “go to the light” (die) somewhere along the way. My favorite part of the book was that the pilgrims will write about their journey in a book that they keep with them until the end. Once the books are found, they get taken to the closest village and placed in the “Pilgrim’s Library”. This is where you can read accounts of thousands of people’s stories about their journey.

The two main characters are Marlowe and Shelley. The story is told in Marlowe’s POV and I normally do not enjoy reads from the male POV but this book was the exception. I think it was because of the story line which really intrigued me. Marlowe and Shelley really like each other but they are not destined to be together.

The ending was a bit sad and we are left on a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next in the series!

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: Young Love by Janelle Stalder


Young Love (Bloomfield, #4)Young Love by Janelle Stalder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love any book that Ms. Stalder produces, she is definitely an auto-buy for me! It doesn’t matter if it is YA, NA, Romance, Fantasy….They are all really good! Her writing is crisp, clean and refreshing and you can never go wrong with one of her tales.

This book was definitely not an exception to the above rule. I enjoyed getting the alternating POV’s of both Honor and Grey. (I love both of those names BTW!) I really enjoyed the fact that it was not insta- love and they started off trying to have a friendship first. It also helped with all the sexual tension.(if you know what I mean? )

I really enjoyed the scenes with Honor’s Mom and her Aunt. They were hilarious and they kind of reminded me of the older women from the movie The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.


I cannot rave enough about this book! Definitely pick it up or even the whole series! They are all really good! Ms. Stalder has done it again! She never ceases to amaze me!

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott


The Way Back to YouThe Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first YA contemporary that I have read in a long time! I really enjoyed the characters and their mission. Anyone whom knows me, knows how much I heart stories that include road trips and this was not an exception to that rule!

This book kind of had it all! Romance, laughter, tears and travel! It also included a little parent deception which is a requirement in any good YA book! I was able to feel like I was right there by the descriptions of the places that the two main characters traveled to. I had never been and I found myself wondering if such places actually exist and wanted to place some on my bucket list.

Even though the story surrounded a dark tragedy, there was still plenty of lightheartedness to be had. I loved the banter between all the characters and grew to love each of them individually. They each played a major role in the story in their own way. We even got to know Ashlyn a bit from flashbacks from each of the characters.

The whole idea of meeting people who were recipients of a friend’s organs is actually quite fascinating to me and I have to say that I am a tad on the morbid side but that is what actually drew me to read this book.

I did shed a few tears which would be impossible not to given the topic but with alternating POV’s, I really suggest this book to any YA fiction lover!

I feel it instantaneously as if this is what I’ve been waiting for all along. A steady thumping. A rhythm that is all Ashlyn’s. My best friend’s heart beating against mine. Again.

This copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, June

Cover Reveal: Torn by Jennifer L Armentrout


The highly anticipated second book in #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy has a cover! The amazing TORN cover was created by Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations with photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton from K Keeton designs. Check it out below! TORN is set to release July 19th. Be sure to grab the first book in the series, WICKED, which is on sale for $.99 for a limited time!

 

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TORN Synopsis:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED, now just $.99 for a limited time only!

WICKED - cover

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Author Photo--JLA_J. LynnAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing

 

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, June

Review: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby


Because I Love YouBecause I Love You by Tori Rigby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a sweet contemporary read! I also love the cover! Very simple but adorable and eye-catching!

This book cut close to home for me, not because of my personal experience but I did have a friend whom got pregnant our senior year in high school. The guy was a major jerk, so I was able to identify with the characters on a much deeper level.

Andie is a great, strong character. She was willing to put herself on the line and really wanted to do what was best for her unborn baby. There was a lot of sadness in her life and during the book, more tragedy strikes but she is able to overcome and still continue on.

Neil, oh dear sweet Neil! I loved that he was written this way. Not too many men are like Neil nowadays and I really loved him. I also enjoyed his snark and wit! He always had a sarcastic come back and repeatedly keeps the reader on their toes.

The ending was not how I had expected and I shed quite a few tears but it ended probably the way it should have. I do not want to give too much away so that is all I am saying:) My lips are sealed!!

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for this review copy!

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Heather

Posted in 2016, June

Review: Chasing Butterflies by Terri E. Laine


Chasing ButterfliesChasing Butterflies by Terri E. Laine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just reading this book gave me butterflies!

OMG! I cannot express how much I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!! Usually in my experience, I can usually tell what is going to happen next or where the book is leading, but oh boy, this one was a complete surprise!!! Those are the books a reader tends to love and those are the books that tend to stay with them forever!

The beginning of this book started off slow for me. The book is in two parts which shows you both how the characters met and their back story before getting into all the grit of what is happening now.

I wasn’t real sure of Kelley at first, he seemed like a complete *ss! But, he quickly grew on me! I felt so bad for all that he had to endure which made me shed a tear or two.

I loved Lenora from the start! I loved her snarky attitude but I have to say that I despised her parents. Sorry but when you are a parent, you do anything in your power for your children, NOT PUT THEM THROUGH THAT!!! I must say that I was completely baffled with the change in Lenora! I figured there had to be a reason why she did a complete 180 but I could not figure it out until it fell in my lap. *smacks forehead* Duh! Why didn’t I think of that, of course! *shakes head* When she was going through all the torment, it literally made me cry.

If you are looking for a gritty, NA read with a tad bit of a dark twist, then this is the book for you!! I really enjoyed it! As you can see, I had a lot to say about it too!! Lol!

*This book is for readers 17+. It contains language and content not suitable for children*

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Heather