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Guest of the Month Club: MC From Blame It On The Books

January 31, 2016 Features 1

For those of you that may not be familiar about Guest of the Month, it’s a monthly feature hosted by Emily Reads Everything. We get paired up with a different partner each month and the guests talk about whatever the theme is. You can read more about it on Emily’s blog! This month, we get to hear from MC from Blame It On The Books. It’s been so much fun getting to know her! I’ll let MC take it from here.

There are SO MANY books that I want to read in 2016. There are going to be so many amazing 2016 releases, and I also have some great backlist titles sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. I tend to be really bad at sticking to a plan, so who knows if I will get to these books in 2016 or if I will get distracted by other pretty books (the probability of distraction is pretty high). But here are the books (in no particular order) that I really hope to get to this year….

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


I have been itching to read this book for so long, and I had the pleasure of seeing Adam speak at ALAMW and I got a signed copy! I have plans to read this with a book club I am part of in March and I can’t wait!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows


Ideally, I want to read this entire series in 2016. I’m so excited to read it and see why everyone loves Jodi Meadows so much.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss


I read book one of this series, *The Name of the Wind*, at the beginning of 2015, and I LOVED it. I find myself thinking about that world all the time. I can’t wait to dive into *The Wise Man’s Fear* and visit these characters again, even though it’s quite a beast of a book.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor


I have no idea why I haven’t continued on with this series yet, because I loved *Daughter of Smoke and Bone*. I hope that I can manage to complete the trilogy in 2016.

Winter by Marissa Meyer


No, I still haven’t read this yet. I know, it’s horrible of me. I really need to buckle down and get this series finished so I can know how it ends!

What do you want to read in 2016? Thanks for having me, Rachel! It’s been a lot of fun getting to know you!


Mini Reviews: New Adult Edition

January 28, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

Mini Reviews: New Adult EditionFighting Temptation (Men of Honor, #1) by K.C. Lynn
on January 18th, 2014
Pages: 399
Source: Purchased
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Jaxson is arrogant, angry and aggressive. Yet he’s also beautiful, strong and honorable. I unconditionally and irrevocably love every damaged part of him. And for the boy, who didn’t believe in love, he would always and forever have mine. ~Julia Sinclair
Julia was different from anyone I’d ever met. I never thought someone so good and genuine existed until her. The more I saw of her the more I became addicted to her. Every time I was around her she would destroy some of the darkness that lurked inside of me. She made the bad shit in my life seem not so terrible. Then, before I knew it, I had fallen for a girl from another world. ~Jaxson Reid
Two unlikely friends—the innocent, good girl and the notorious bad boy. One fateful night brought them together, and they formed a bond—one so strong it was unbreakable—until one night they gave into temptation.
Fast forward five years and Jaxson is back to fix the mistakes he’s made with the only girl who’s ever mattered to him. Only someone isn’t happy with his return, someone who thinks Julia is theirs and they will stop at nothing to make sure it stays that way—forever.
Jaxson will not only fight to protect Julia, but will also battle the new and existing demons that haunt his soul from death, corruption, destruction and war.
This is Book One in the Men Of Honor series. It can be read as a standalone and has a HEA. It’s New Adult Romance and is told from both character’s POV. Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter this book is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

So I’ve been reading a ton of books in January and just not posting reviews for them. My solution for this is putting together some of these into one post. All of these books share at least one common theme: they are all New Adult books. I hope you enjoy this edition of mini reviews!

I’m a big fan of the friends to lovers trope, and I feel like it worked rather smoothly here. While not the best book, it still was able to hold my interest extremely well. I had to keep reading so I could make sure the couple ended up together! What made me enjoy this book were a few key things: the love interest, Jaxon, the supporting characters, and the military part of it all. I could give or take the MC, she was far too mopey and reminded me a lot of other NA main characters.

While Jaxon’s character isn’t all that unique either, I still found myself totally falling for his actions and him in general. You have to read it to understand, I’ll just say that he’s one that you’re sure to love and cheer for. Though I personally have no experience with the military nor do I know anyone close to me who is, I felt like the military part was easy to understand even if you know little about it. Mostly, the author handles how being in the military has changed Jaxon, and he experiences a very real and heartbreaking event while over there. The reason why I didn’t rate this one higher is because of Julia (the MC) and some of the drama wasn’t needed. I’d recommend this if you love broody and bad military men and a friends to lovers story all in one.

Mini Reviews: New Adult EditionDearest Clementine (Dearest, #1) by Lex Martin
Published by Lex Martin on July 14th 2014
Pages: 368
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Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn't mind being called bitchy and closed off. It's safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.
Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making the name of research, of course.
As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.
DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone with two companion novels. Look for book 2, FINDING DANDELION, on July 11, 2014. This contemporary New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

Dearest Clementine was definitely not the best book that I’ve read lately, but it wasn’t the worst either. I’d say it lands somewhere in the middle of the two. I liked that Clementine was a YA author with a ridiculously popular book that she published under a different name. Clementine was a girl that I could relate to for some of the book, however, I felt like she was extremely whiny at times. Truthfully, she wasn’t an all that memorable MC as a whole, despite the fact that I liked some of her characteristics.

At times, there was just WAY too much going on. I felt like there was an insane amount of subplots and unfortunately, not all of these were wrapped up and handled in a positive way. Additionally, the love interest was not very swoony to me. Gavin had a few moments here and there, but there was just quite a bit of miscommunication going on between the two that made it difficult to truly love the romance part of it. Anyway, this is a fast paced novel and all, it’s just not one that made that huge of an impact on me personally.

Mini Reviews: New Adult EditionForever with You (Wait for You #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Avon on September 29th 2015
Pages: 370
Also by this author: The Problem with Forever, Fire in You (Wait for You, #6)
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In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…
Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.
Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .

The Wait For You series is by far one of my favorite NA series out there. Thus far, I’ve found all of the couples to be likable and also very steamy. With all that being said, the fifth book continues that trend in an awesome fashion. Truthfully, the writing style does sort of blend together with the other books, but I found the plot itself to be much more unique than the others. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to connect with Stephanie at all considering what we’ve seen of her so far in the other books. I shouldn’t have been so quick to judge though, J. Lynn makes us cheer for and understand her from the very beginning of the book. Nick definitely wasn’t my favorite book boyfriend of the series, but he did have some swoony moments sprinkled throughout the story which I always love to see.

I don’t want to say much else about the plot in order to avoid any spoilers, but let’s just say that it’s definitely different. I also loved getting to see this relationship slowly but surely grow. Nick is a guy who has some major issues, and Stephanie is a girl who has more than a few of her own. The two deal with these issues by having sex with random people. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I like how J. Lynn tackled being completely comfortable with your sexuality without being labeled anything. I recommend buying this book right away because it’s only $1.99 on Amazon currently so take advantage of that deal while you still can!



Blog Tour: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

January 26, 2016 Blog Tours 1

Blog Tour: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

Blog Tour: Concentr8 by William SutcliffeConcentr8 by William Sutcliffe
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on January 19th 2016
Pages: 256
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In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn't it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What's good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They're not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick - the only one Blaze really trusts. They're not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random - a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn't even have a good phone - hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They've got a hostage, but don't really know what they want, or why they've done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they - and we - begin to understand why ...This is a book about what how we label children. It's about how kids get lost and failed by the system. It's about how politicians manipulate them. Gripping and controversial reading for fans of Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness.

Hi all! Concentr8 is a book that deals with underage crimes, as well as many other issues including mental health! I felt like it would be most fitting to focus more on books that also feature underage crimes of some form taking place. Here is what author William Sutcliffe came up with:

Top 10 novels featuring underage felons and/or criminal behaviour:

  1. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  2. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  3. Holes – Louis Sachar
  4. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  5. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  6. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  7. Weightless – Sarah Bannan
  8. Rumble Fish – S.E Hinton
  9. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  10. In Darkness – Nick Lake


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William Sutcliffe is the author of the young adult novel The Wall, which was published in 2013 to much critical acclaim, including being short-listed for the 2014 Carnegie Medal and long-listed for the 2013 Guardian Fiction Prize. He also wrote five adult novels, including the international bestseller, Are You Experienced, and a middle-grade novel, Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom. William currently lives in Edinburgh.

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

1/18: Who R U Blog – Guest Post

1/19: Reading Is Better With Cupcakes – Pocket Letter

1/20: A Book & A Latte – How I Write

1/21: Kelly Vision – Review

1/22: The Cover Contessa – Q&A


Week 2:

1/25: The Petite Book Blogger – Review

1/26: Go Read A Book – Top 10

1/27: Resch Reads & Reviews – Review

1/28: Emily Reads Everything – Q&A

1/29: Avid Reader – Review

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Magnolia Review

January 25, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★

Magnolia ReviewMagnolia by Kristi Cook
Published by Simon & Schuster on August 5th 2014
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased
Reading Challenges: Backlist Reading Challenge, Contemporary Romance Challenge
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In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.
Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.
But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

If you’re looking for a sweet and fast paced story, Magnolia is probably just up your speed. While I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite book, I was still very intrigued by the plot and characters. I feel like some specific storylines weren’t explored like they should have been, but I am glad that I picked this one up. It was the somewhat fluffy and light contemporary romance book that I really needed. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read it, but later is better than never, right? If you missed this one somehow, I recommend that you give it a try.

So the plot for Magnolia is incredibly unique if I say so myself. Basically, the plot is pretty much the opposite of Romeo and Juliet. Jemma and Ryder’s families have been best friends and neighbors since the Civil War and they want to unite the two families by marriage. Born around the same time, Ryder and Jemma are the only hope of this happening. However, the pair just so happens to hate each others guts. The banter between the two sworn enemies throughout the novel is hilarious. I just think it’s such a fabulous idea to have the reverse Romeo and Juliet occurring here. I definitely ship Ryder and Jemma, that’s for sure!

As far as the characters go, Ryder and Jemma were by far the most developed of all. While I enjoyed all of the supporting characters, I feel like the readers really didn’t get invested enough in the characters to really LOVE them. Regardless, I still seriously loved both our main characters more and more as we got further into the book. Jemma wasn’t my favorite protagonist though, but I did believe in her voice as a whole. Ryder was a little bit of a jerk at the beginning, but the more we learned about him, the more we fell in love with him. Personally, I believe that you need to read it in order to get the full experience of how swoony he truly is. This is a book that I very much enjoyed and I recommend it!


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Blog Tour: Heart in a Box Review

January 22, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 4 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Heart in a Box Review

Blog Tour: Heart in a Box ReviewHeart in a Box by Catherine Stine
Published by Inkspell Publishing on December 20th 2015
Pages: 270
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Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.
Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.

I was pleasantly surprised by this fast paced and adorable coming-of-age story. I think the key to writing a convincing tale about a high school girl just trying to figure out her place in this world is to make the reader really believe in the character. I personally felt as if Catherine Stine did a fantastic job at properly conveying this. Joss was a great protagonist, I found myself really cheering for her throughout Heart in a Box. My favorite character was definitely Will, the love interest in the book. I’ll talk a lot more about him a little later on in the post. If you’re looking for a well written high school story, check out this one. I’m sure you’ll like what you find!

This book really captures the mess that is growing up. More than that, Joss struggles with her identity which is something that anyone who made it through high school (or even middle school for that matter) can relate to. As I said, I really enjoyed this character. I felt like her personality just got better and more developed with every single page. Additionally, I felt like Joss’s mother was a very important and memorable character. Like her daughter, she is also extremely headstrong and stubborn. Anyway, I found myself completely intrigued by this dynamic.

Will was a super swoony love interest. Seriously guys, Will was a fantastic character all around. He and Joss were two characters that simply worked together. That may not make a whole lot of sense, but basically, they felt like a realistic high school couple to me which can be tough to find in YA at times. I loved how supportive he was of Joss, I just loved everything about this honestly! Should you read this? Definitely. This is definitely your kind of book if you want a realistic look at a teenager that also explores identity, family, and of course, love.

About the author:

Catherine Stine

Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.

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The prize pack includes:
A $40 gift card, 2 hand-painted heart-boxes with secret treasure inside, a signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, a signed paperback of Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine, a great YA ebook pack of novels: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec, When Sorrows Come by Katie M John, and Time Runs Away with Her by Christine Potter.

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Blog Tour: Not Okay, Cupid Review

January 20, 2016 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews, Young Adult 3 ★★★

Blog Tour: Not Okay, Cupid Review

Blog Tour: Not Okay, Cupid ReviewNot Okay Cupid by Heidi R. Kling
on January 11th 2016
Pages: 234
Also by this author: Paint My Body Red
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Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart...
Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.
Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.
With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.
WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.

So far, I’ve found Entangled Crush’s books to be light and fluffy contemporary reads that are loaded with high school drama. Some of that drama works for me, but some of it just feels like overkill. In the case of Not Okay, Cupid, I thought it was sweet at times but the drama did bother me at certain times. However, the awesome banter between Felix and Hazel kept me going. I’m always a sucker for the brother’s best friend and also the best friend’s older brother trope, and this was no exception. There’s just something about these types of relationships that feels more real due to the longtime history that exists between the two of them. So to summarize, some aspects of the book really worked for me while others fell a little short. I recommend this to anyone that wants something short and sweet, filled with plenty of drama within the pages!

Truthfully, I think it was the characters that were my favorite part of the book. Specifically, Hazel and Felix and the witty love-hate friendship to relationship that built. I’m not always a huge fan of fake relationships, but I felt like in this case, it allowed for the pair to get to know each other in a completely new way. While I did enjoy both Hazel and Felix, I wasn’t a fan of the supporting characters, Hazel’s boyfriend and her best friend (also Felix’s sister) who had an affair together. I felt like her best friend’s character wasn’t fully explored, she never was genuinely sorry for what she did and that bothered me a lot. I wanted more depth to the character.

As I already said, definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a lighter read. Yes, there’s a lot of drama, some of which I think the book would have worked better without, but it was still a quick fluffy read which I needed. While you’re at it, check out some of the other Entangled Crush titles, because the majority of them are very cute!

About the Author:


After earning her BA in Literature & Creative Writing Literature from UC Santa Cruz and finding her voice in YA, Heidi went on to earn her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She has directed and written children’s theatre on both coasts and lives with her husband and two children in Palo Alto, CA.






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I watched in horror as Kimmy’s lips grazed Jay’s ear. He leaned back and laughed. What the heck was going on?

“Oh God!” Hazel said, grabbing my hand. “Look at her hand.”

Kimmy’s hand was riding high up Jay’s shorts. High, high. Like top of thigh high. The kind of move that usually let me know a girl was ready to get down to business.

“Dude,” I said, because what else could I say?

Hazel swallowed. “Did you know about this?”

“Me? No way. Hell no. I’ve been looking for her all day, too. Look, Baze, don’t overreact. We don’t know anything. Who knows. He might have…lost a match and she’s…comforting him. Or his turtle died and they’re planning a eulogy together?” I was grasping and we both knew it, but I couldn’t stand to see that pained look on her face. “I once heard the best eulogy for a frog. It was amazing. It was all about the life cycle from tadpole to amphibian to…”

“Shut up, Felix.”

“Shutting up.”

Hazel brushed past me and barreled toward them. It was no turtle eulogy, and I knew it. I mean, I didn’t know I knew it, but I knew the look of two people who were digging on each other, and those two were certainly all about the other one. God, poor Hazel.

Oh no. There she goes.

I had to follow her. I had to help.

“Excuse me,” I said to a group of three ladies in my way. Two of them grinned at me, one glared. The glaring one was a girl I’d forgotten to call back. I ducked, sheepishly, with a little apologetic wave, and came out on the other side.

I’d never even heard Hazel raise her voice, never mind cry. Never mind cry in public. But I didn’t need to use my astute Sherlock skills to see Hazel was on the verge of doing all three. She stopped close to Jay and Kimmy, like she was verifying what she was seeing was real.

One more intimate touch from Kimmy on Jay and that was it. Hazel moved in for the kill.

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The Tour Schedule:

January 11th
The Phantom Paragrapher – Review
The Book Beacon – Top Ten Post
January 12th
Cassandra M’s Place – Promo Post
[Not] Write in the Head – Promo Post
January 13th
Addicted to Books – Review
RoloPoloBookBlog – Review
January 14th
The Procrastinator’s Corner – Review
The Shadow Realm – Promo Post
January 15th
Book Briefs – Review
YaReads – Review
January 16th
The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review
Roxy’s Reviews – Guest Post
January 17th
The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Guest Post
January 18th
Beanie’s Book Blog – Review
January 19th
Crossroad Review – Promo Post
January 20th
Just One More Chapter – Promo Post

Go Read a Book – Review
Book Briefs – Review
January 21st
Jody’s Book Reviews – Promo Post
January 22nd
OriginiquEquanimity – Review
Media Geeks Unite – Promo Post
January 23rd
YaReads – Interview
January 24th
Adventures in Writing – Review

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books Recently Added to My TBR List

January 19, 2016 Features 5


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is where we share lists based on a new theme each week. For this week, the theme is ten books that I’ve recently added to my TBR list. I found this a fun list to make for sure!  Instead of reflecting on why I chose each of these books to add to my TBR list, I’m just going to show you the covers since that’s a much quicker process. I’m excited to see what you guys came up with for this.

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So I realize that a lot of these are older books instead of being upcoming books that I’m anticipating. However, I feel like a lot of lists that I’ve been posting lately have been focusing more on those books. Besides, I also have a separate shelf dedicated to 2016 releases so this one focuses more on backlist books that I missed/forgot to add to my Goodreads shelf. Anyway, that’s all for this weeks list. I hope that you enjoyed it. Be sure to share your lists with me in the comments! 🙂


Blog Tour: The Heir and the Spare Review

January 17, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 1

The Heir and the Spare
by Emily Albright
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: January 18th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, British Literature, New Adult
Rate: 3/5
Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.
In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.
Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.

To be honest, I was expecting a little more of a fairytale element to this book. Instead, Evie is actually a pretty normal girl who is just trying to live her life in her first year at Oxford, a school she attended after being led there courtesy of letters her deceased mother wrote her. But yes, she does get involved with the Prince, who she initially doesn’t recognize. I found it weird that he was attending university, but I also understand that the author wanted to paint Edmund as a character who desperately craved normalcy and found it from Evie. As a whole, I’d say this was a fun and fluffy read that was fast paced and easy to read in just one sitting. I never felt bored or like the story dragged on at any point, it went my pace the whole time. I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for a book that has a Princess Diaries feel to it. It’s a sweet romance that I definitely enjoyed!

The characters were very much well rounded and layered. I loved Evie’s voice and felt like she was headstrong but also had some of her slightly awkward moments from time to time. What really made the book for me was Edmund and the gang, which consists of fascinating supporting characters that Evie meets early on during her stay at the university. They all had distinctive personalities and I loved reading about them and following their journey alongside our main character Evie.

The romance between Edmund and Evie was pretty great. My only complaint is that the drama was a bit too much at times. At times, I was afraid that the two wouldn’t even end up together because of all the drama that kept getting in the way of them just being together. However, I really did like how the book ended. So though it wasn’t my favorite book, I definitely enjoyed it as a whole. I recommend it if you’re looking for a fast paced novel that has a beautiful setting!

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Emily Albright’s debut novel, THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, is releasing January 18, 2016 from Merit Press.

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Mini Review: The Impostor Queen

January 16, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★

Mini Review: The Impostor QueenThe Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen, #1) by Sarah Fine
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on January 5th 2016
Pages: 432
Source: Edelweiss
Reading Challenges: Flights of Fantasy, Rock My TBR
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Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

I’ve seen basically nothing but good reviews for this book, but I sadly didn’t love it as much as everyone else has. Though I read more contemporary than anything else, I do enjoy fantasy books from time to time, so the genre wasn’t the problem for me. I felt like the plot was unique and Sarah Fine has built a brand new world that will stick with readers beyond these pages. I wasn’t a fan of the pacing, it would get kind of boring, then all of a sudden everything happens at once. I get that most people probably have no problem with this, but it just didn’t completely work for me as a reader. For fans of fantasy, I do think that you should pick this up because it’s a bold YA story and it also has a seriously swoony romance that was probably my favorite part!

To be honest, this wasn’t a book that blew me away and it wasn’t all that memorable for me as a whole. The general plot is extremely unique and instantly fascinating. I feel like it was a slow read, at times I had to force myself to keep reading despite my pretty clear boredom. All criticisms aside, I do think that this was a good book, it just wasn’t one that stood out to me. Additionally, the ending had me on edge. This isn’t a negative, in fact, it made me want to pick up the next book in this series as soon as possible! However, don’t let my opinions discourage you. Like I already said, this is a book that the majority of readers will likely LOVE, I just happened to like it. Hopefully I’ll find the next book more my speed, besides I think all of the best action is still yet to come!


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The Score Review

January 15, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

The Score ReviewThe Score (Off-Campus, #3) by Elle Kennedy
on January 11th, 2016
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: The Deal (Off-Campus, #1), The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2), The Goal (Off-Campus, #4)
Reading Challenges: Contemporary Romance Challenge
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He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

It’s no secret that I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the third book in Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. It’s safe to say that this book definitely lived up to all of my expectations. Not only is it my favorite in the series (so far) but one of the best New Adult books I’ve read in a VERY long time. Personally, I recommend reading the first two books before picking up this one. Not only are they awesome college sports novels, but they also contain fabulous supporting characters. Two of those characters that make appearances in the other books are Dean and Allie, who receive their own story here. What makes this book so special is: the low drama, likable characters, steamy scenes, (even more than the other books) and just a well done plot all around.

Fair warning, my review is just going to be me basically fangirling over Dean and The Score as a whole. So I decided to add a little organization here and break it down by going into more detail about why this book was so memorable to me.

1. The dual POV’s felt extremely real to me.

Often in New Adult books, the narration going back and forth between the two main characters doesn’t always feel authentic. However, Elle Kennedy definitely nailed Dean’s voice perfectly. I just loved how clever and real he was from page one. The best example I can think of is when he drops a Twilight reference. Note: Dean’s quotes are in blue while the other quotes belong to his friend Beau. You’ll have to read the book to get the whole context because it’s so funny, but I love this conversation.

“You know Twilight?”

He blinks. “Excuse me?”

“Twilight. The vampire book.”

His wary eyes study my face. “What about it?”

“Okay, so you know how Bella’s blood is extra special? Like how it gives Edward a raging boner every time he’s around her?”

2. More swooning over the beauty that is Dean Di-Laurentis.

Sure, Dean comes off as a total douchebag in the beginning. Therefore, I found his gradual change and incredible development to be amazing. He’s instantly shot up to the top of my favorite book boyfriends list for sure. All I’m saying is that he’ll surprise you with how caring and loving he is to Allie, even early on in the story.

3. The sex is pretty kinky.

From what we saw of Dean in The Deal and The Mistake, we could tell that he was obviously a seriously sexual person. But Allie never really came off as being that way. So it did surprise me that this one was A LOT more kinkier than the other books. Let’s just say that Allie and Dean were never shy about trying different things while having sex. So if you’re into that kind of thing and just want to see sex scenes that aren’t the same thing over and over, you’ll like this.

4. Allie is a badass bitch.

While I’ve already expressed my love for Dean, I haven’t talked much about Allie. She definitely surprised me with how hilarious and headstrong she is. Yes, we saw a glimpse of this side of her before, but I felt like she still managed to exceed all my previous impressions of her. Most of all, I loved how she didn’t take Dean’s shit at any point during the book. She also is a character who is pretty clear about what she wants out of life, which is to be an actress. Not to say that not knowing is a bad thing is real life, but sometimes it becomes a lot of unneeded drama in NA books. I also loved how she was such a loyal friend and a loving and supportive daughter to her father. Allie was an amazing character all across the board!

5. The minimal drama.

The drama here was fairly minimal and actually realistic. I loved this because we had more time to see the pair as a happy and loving couple, which ultimately means more sex scenes.

6. The ending will have you on the edge of the seat.

I’m not saying anything else about it, just be prepared to experience a ton of anger that you have to wait for the next book in the series (which is Tucker’s story) to be released.

There you have it, six reasons why I loved this book. Of course I obviously have many many more, but I figured I’ve rambled on long enough. Basically, I hope that you give this one a read, I’m sure that you’ll fall in love with Dean and Allie’s story just like I did!


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