Monday, February 17, 2020

In a Nutshell Reviews: YA Edition


In a Nutshell Reviews are my version of mini-reviews, because sometimes, you just want the highlights.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Discussion: #AmReadingRomance


This Week’s Topic:
#AmReadingRomance

I was thinking about the origins of this hashtag, when I saw this recent tweet from Penny Reid:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

One Old, One New: YA Mystery Edition

One Old, One New features two books - one old, one new, which are connected in some way. Today, I am sharing two YA mysteries, that kept me guessing, and I loved it!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: I'm in the Mood for Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

I'm in the Mood for Love!

It's a freebie week, and since Valentine's Day is later this week, we are going with some sort of love theme. I feature mostly YA books on the blog, but I read a LOT of contemporary romance. Yesterday, I reviewed two fantastic romances, and today, I want to share some of my recent favorites. These all had fantastic characters, swoony romance, white hot chemistry, and stupendous HEA endings -- all things I look for in a good romance. They also made me feel a lot of things, and I am pretty sure I cried both happy and sad tears as I read each and every one of these.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Five Star Friday: January 2020



On the first Friday of each month, I will share my five-star reads from the previous month. Fingers crossed, I have lots of books to tell you about.

I read 38 books in January, and though many did not earn the full 5-stars, I had quite a few that came close. I did DNF 4 or 5 books, but I still have an overall great reading month.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

One Old, One New: YA First Love Edition

One Old, One New features two books - one old, one new, which are connected in some way. Today, I am sharing two books, which feature first love.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: I'm Seeing Stars

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

I'm Seeing Stars!

This week, I was challenged to take a look at my TBR, and predict which books would earn 5-stars from me. My goal, when picking books, is for each to potentially be a 5-star read, but I took a critical look, and went for sure things, when I assembled this list.

Monday, February 3, 2020

#AmReading YA - The Bookish Edition

Today I bring you two wonderful YA books with some similarities. Both feature some family drama, and more notably, feature bookish characters. I always love reading about readers, and there were some great moments in both stories, that involved books. 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

Discussion: How I Feel About Self Indulgence


This Week’s Topic:
How I Feel About Self Indulgence


I constantly lament my lack of free time, and therefore, authors who waste my time inserting things into a book, that have no place in the plot frustrate me. It's not that I don't get that it's THEIR art, and they can do what they want. I'm just saying, that I don't care for it.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

#AmReading YA


I am thinking of calling this the "difficult to properly express my thoughts" edition. Everyone knows sequels are tricky to review, but the standalone was no walk in the park either. I have to be a little vague, because I cannot bring myself to spoil it! So, this is me, apologizing in advance, if I seem a little evasive in the reviews below. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Getting Personal

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Getting Personal!

This week is a cover freebie, and I wanted to focus on covers featuring people. I remember having a long debate with my daughter about covers, and she doesn't tend to like covers that feature people. She allows, that it is ok, as long as there are no full faces, such as people turned around or in profile. I am not sure where I stand on that whole issue, but I have liked lots of covers, which showed people, both illustrated and photographed - some with faces, some without. I think I can be initially drawn to a cover, because it is simply attractive, but I tend to really like, or even love, a cover after I have read the book, because I tend to understand or connect to it more. Anyhow, here are some favorites from the past year featuring people.

Monday, January 27, 2020

In a Nutshell Reviews: YA Edition


In a Nutshell Reviews are my version of mini-reviews, because sometimes, you just want the highlights.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Blog Tour: Echoes Between Us - Katie McGarry


Echoes Between Us
Katie McGarry
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Tor Teen
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry's breakout teen novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose:

Veronica sees ghosts—more specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines that consumes her whole life and keeps Veronica on the fringes. But the haunting makes her wonder if there is something more going on….

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but this All-American is hiding an adrenaline addiction that could kill him. Drawn to each other after a chance meeting, can they help each other battle the demons that haunt their every step or will they push their luck too far and risk losing it all…including their lives?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Blog Tour: The Hand on the Wall - Maureen Johnson


The Hand on the Wall
Maureen Johnson
Series: Truly Devious, #3
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.

In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Added

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Recently Added!

I sort of always share my stacking the shelves via my Sunday Post. I cannot really remember the last time I added a physical book. I think I won one last year, but I sent it to a blogger in Puerto Rico for her classroom. Therefore, I want to talk about books I've added to my TBR, since I sort of just do that (a LOT) on the DL.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Blog Tour: Tweet Cute - Emma Lord


Tweet Cute
Emma Lord
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
Purchase
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

  Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

  All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

  As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Blog Tour: Finding Mr. Better-Than-You - Shani Petroff


Finding Mr. Better-Than-You 
Shani Petroff
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
Camryn has been dating Marc FOREVER—since freshman year! She dropped out of volleyball to go to all his games, switched her schedule around to be in his favorite class, and has been busting her butt to get into Columbia so they can go to the same college. So when Marc suddenly, and very publicly, breaks up with her a week into their senior year so that he can date the new transfer student, she’s absolutely devastated.

But why be sad, when you can get even? Inspired by her favorite movies, Camryn decides that the best revenge is a Senior Year well lived, starring a boy who is ever so much better than her ex. With a little help from her friends, Cam is going to have the Best. Senior. Year. Ever.

Or else!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for: