Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic:
 
Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would
 
When I first saw this topic,I thought the "More" category would be easier...it turned out the "Less" category was easier. I read some books by my favorite authors in 2016 (Hilderbrand, Giffin, Green) that I was disappointed in. 
 
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Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

What I Just Finished Reading
 
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What I'm Currently Reading/Listening To
 
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What I Plan To Read Next
 
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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: Always

Title: Always
30213116Author: Sarah Jio
288 pages, Release Date: February 7, 2017

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads: 

While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle's chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can't believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt "right." But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what and whom she wants.

Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she's willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.


 I'm a big Sarah Jio fan, and this book was no exception. But first, can we take a minute to swoon over this GORGEOUS cover?! I LOVE a beautiful cover! This book was beautiful, heartbreaking, and emotional. My heart broke for Kailey and Cade throughout the book.

If you're familiar with Jio's work, you know that she loves to add a historical or past element to her books. This book followed the same format--as Kailey tries to help Cade in 2008, the chapters alternate to their relationship back in the late 1990's, ten years earlier. I'll admit at times this made me frustrated because I really wanted to know what happened in 2008--but it definitely kept me reading the book! I did enjoy the 1990's story, I was just eager to know what happened in general. This book sucked me in and kept me up late reading!

This was definitely one of my favorites of Jio's--if you haven't read her books, I highly recommend them!

Overall rating: 4.5 stars



About Sarah Jio

Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, THE BUNGALOW, BLACKBERRY WINTER, THE LAST CAMELLIA, MORNING GLORY, GOODNIGHT JUNE, THE LOOK OF LOVE--all from Penguin (Plume), and ALWAYS, forthcoming on February 7, 2017 from Random House (Ballantine). Sarah is also a journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, and many others. She has appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her novels are translated into more than 25 languages. Sarah lives in Seattle with her three young boys. 

Happy Reading!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Release Day Blitz: To Rome, With Love by T.A. Williams




34017119Author: T.A. Williams
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: HQ Digital

About TO ROME, WITH LOVE
It’s a summer of second chances…
Just a week before her big day, Sarah returns home to find a note from her husband-to-be – the wedding’s off! So when her boss decides to send her on an epic cycling trip, from Venice to Rome, it seems like the perfect distraction…
Although she never expected the distraction to come in the form of her oh-so-handsome, but slightly serious, cycling companion, Miles. And with still 600 miles of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food and delicious wine yet to cover, anything could happen!


Purchase Links: Amazon  iTunes  Barnes & Noble

Watch for my review on the upcoming blog tour! 

About T.A. Williams


Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.
Find Trevor Online

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: All About Romance


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic:

All About Romance!
My list features some of my favorite romances!
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What are some of your favorite romances?

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

I got a lot of reading done this weekend!

What I Just Finished Reading/Listening To
 
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Enjoyed all three books!

What I'm Currently Reading

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What I Plan To Read Next

 ...not sure yet!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: Scrappy Little Nobody

29868610Title: Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
304 pages, published November 2016
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”


Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).


This book was absolutely delightful! I laughed out loud SEVERAL times and couldn't stop reading. I'm a big fan of hers and I feel like her personality really shone through in this book. I think my favorite part in the book was the "Boys" chapters--they were a perfect glimpse into how teenage and young adult women think--and so well written!

What I loved most about this book is that you saw how REAL she was--so easy to relate to. I felt like I related to her in so many ways. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it!

Overall rating for "Scrappy Little Nobody": 4.5 stars 

Happy Reading! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

What I Just Finished Reading

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Loved both of these books!!

What I'm Currently Reading/Listening To

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Just started 1984 last night, and almost done with The Violets of March.

What I Plan To Read Next  

...no idea! 

What are you reading this week?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: The Twilight Wife

29562590Title: The Twilight Wife
Author: A.J. Banner
304 pages, published December 2016
Source: Goodreads Giveaway winner

From Goodreads:

From bestselling author A.J. Banner comes a dazzling new novel of psychological suspense in the vein of S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep and Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl that questions just how much we can trust the people around us.

Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob.

But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions—or are they memories?—of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends.

As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare. A twisty, immersive thriller, The Twilight Wife will keep readers enthralled through the final, shocking twist.

 

I first was interested in this book because of the psychology aspect-- brain and memory stuff is so interesting to me. I am happy to say I was not disappointed with this book! I flew through it in two days and was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I've been on this kick of creepy books with creepy main male characters (unintentionally) and this was no exception. For me, I thought of this one as a more tolerable version of Behind Closed Doors, but with  the psychology and memory loss aspect. I also loved the Pacific Northwest setting.

Throughout the book, I really enjoyed Kyra as a character. The author did an excellent job of portraying just how terrifying it would be to not remember 4 years of your life. Not remember the man who says he's your husband. Not remember your wedding. Not remember anything, only to have random snippets of memory come back that make absolutely no sense.

If you like psychological thrillers, this one is for you! I highly recommend it!

Overall rating for "The Twilight Wife": 4.5 stars

Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ceruleans Anniversary GIVEAWAY!



I loved the Ceruleans series! To celebrate the two year anniversary of when she first published the series, author Charlotte Wilson (books were published under pen name Megan Tayte) is hosting a giveaway of the series!! 

Purchase Links for the series


Here's a story she wrote to get you excited about the giveaway:

Anniversary
The cake was homemade. Lopsided. Slathered in gloopy frosting. Judging by Adam’s previous attempts in the kitchen, it was safe to assume it would be inedible.
Estelle loved it.
‘You baked? For me?’
She reached over and pulled Adam into a hug, awkward with the massive baby bump wedged between them.
‘Happy anniversary!’ he said.
Estelle pulled back, frowning. ‘That’s tomorrow.’
A year since she had Become a Cerulean. A year since she had died.
‘I know,’ said Adam. ‘But I have a surprise for you. A… gift. And I wasn’t sure how you’d take it, so I thought: give it to you today, and if you… well, if it’s not what you want, then it hasn’t spoiled tomorrow.’ He smiled at her – nervously.
‘O-kay,’ said Estelle. She couldn’t fathom what gift she could potentially dislike that much. Unless he’d bought her something girlie. She didn’t do girlie.
‘Good,’ said Adam. He grabbed her hands. ‘Ready?’
She’d barely begun to nod when it happened… the picnic blanket, the beach, the ocean, all gone, replaced, in the bewildering blink of an eye, by a grimy urban alleyway.
What came next was not pretty. Estelle hadn’t been that sick since her first trimester.
‘Are you insane?’ she hissed eventually, when she was done and could get a word in edgeways between Adam’s apologies and panicked are-you-okay-is-the-baby-okays. ‘You Travelled us to…’ She looked about and recognition made her jaw drop. ‘No,’ she said. ‘Truro?’
White-faced, Adam nodded. He didn’t say anything; he just pointed at a shopfront visible at the top of the alley. The sign was so weathered it was unreadable. That didn’t matter; Estelle knew exactly what it said: Tattoo Tony’s.
Furious, she rounded on Adam. ‘You’d better start explaining right now.’
‘The nightmares you’ve been having about… him. I couldn’t do nothing. It’s not right, Estelle, that he’s living his life here. Unpunished. So…’ He held out his hands. Ethereal blue light lit the alley.
‘Quit it!’ Estelle slapped his hands, hard. ‘Adam…’ She stared at the one person she loved, who’d given her a home and a purpose – to whom she’d confided her deepest, most painful secret: that when she was nine, the year before her mother ODed, a man named Tattoo Tony had abused her.
Adam stared right back at her, and there was a spark in his eyes she’d never seen before. ‘What’s the point of having power over life and death,’ he said, ‘if you can’t use it to take out a bad guy? One touch, Estelle. That’s all it would take.’
No! she should have yelled. No, Adam, that’s sacrilegious, against everything the Ceruleans stand for. But the words wouldn’t come.
She looked up the alley again, at the shop. She lay a hand on her swollen belly. Then she reached out and took Adam’s hand, and they walked toward the street.
They would have looked an odd couple – he the picture boy for geek chic, her Gothed out from head to foot – had they been visible. They weren’t, though, thanks to Adam’s power. They could walk right across that street, into the tattoo parlour and kill a man, and no one would ever know it was them.
At the door to the shop, which was propped open, Estelle pulled Adam to a stop. She could see an old man inside. He was gaunt and stooped, and his breath was coming in wheezy pants.
‘Do you feel it?’ she murmured to Adam.
‘Yes,’ he said. ‘Lung cancer, I think.’
‘How long does he have?’
‘Months, if that.’
Estelle thought carefully before asking the next question: ‘Do you feel the pull? Are you meant to heal him?’
She saw Adam shake his head. No. This man was destined to die. Slowly. Painfully.
Suddenly, she realised that she could see Adam; he was no longer shielding them from view. That’s how well he knew her. There would be no wicked deed here today, no Falling from grace. Only justice of the karmic kind.
‘God I love you,’ she said, and she pressed her lips to his.
‘Er… can I help you?’ Tony had come to the door and was frowning at the couple kissing on his doorstep.
Estelle and Adam broke off, but they didn’t even look at the man beside them.
‘Take me home,’ Estelle told Adam… and he did.
They stayed on the beach for the rest of the day, lying in the sun, paddling in the surf. When the sun set there wasn’t a crumb left of that cake. It was dry. It was salty. It was crunchy with egg shell. But it was the most delicious thing either of them had ever eaten.


About Charlotte Wilson

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess. ‘Write, Charlotte,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Charlotte is a professional writer. For authors and publishers, she writes and edits books as The Book Specialist. For herself, she writes soulful, coming-of-age romance for young adults.

Charlotte grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in a village of Greater Manchester with her husband and two children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, baking up a storm, or embarking on a DIY project. She recently achieved a lifetime ambition of creating a library in her home to house her ever-increasing collection of books. She pretends not to notice that the shelves are rather wonky.


Connect with Charlotte:  Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  Goodreads

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