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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1)Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is cheesy and definitely a bit vampire sterotypical, but I didn't actually mind that. I think the saving grace is that it is occasionally funny.

It's not a bad read, but it's also not an especially exciting or emotional read. It's more of a silly story that catches your attention in the moment, but a short time later, you don't even actually remember what occurred (outside of the--surprise you're a princess trope).

Book 259 read in 2018

Pages: 351

Friday, August 17, 2018

Cake Series by J. Bengtsson

Cake (Cake, #1)Cake by J. Bengtsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rock star meets normal girl at a brother’s wedding. Jake’s past is very hard to learn about and know what happened to him. Casey is just the fun lovely person that he needed to bring him out of his shell.  611 Pages

The Theory of Second Best (Cake, #2)The Theory of Second Best by J. Bengtsson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to agree with Becky, I enjoyed this book so much better than the first one. This one had more humor, and Kyle has such a great personally. I enjoyed that Kyle started to come out of the shadows of his brother. Kenzie is in the same spot as Kyle, she needs to start pulling herself away from her family.  526 Pages

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study (Study, #1)Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a solid, interesting YA fantasy novel about a murderer who is given a second chance at life as the commissioner's taster, ensuring the man doesn't get poisoned. Yelena has to consume poisons, initially, to learn how they taste, smell, and react, which is not even remotely fun (for her).

Beneath that part of the storyline flows a small thread of magic, which is attention-getting, though I think that's why I can't give this book 5 stars. The normal world building is decent, but the magical world building definitely leaves a lot to be desired. Also, I wish, for the length of the book, that just a bit more had actually happened in it.

I believe I'll give book 2 a try, but I considered not continuing on, as I still feel disconnected from this story and world. It's like I either can't or just don't want to emotionally invest in it, which is why I didn't give it 4 stars. I followed along, but this book never really grabbed me by the throat and squeezed. As a result, I took a bit of interest in it but was never fully engaged. So after considering that last statement, I actually don't think I'll move on to book 2 after all.

Book 260 read in 2018

Pages: 409

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Summary: "Forced to work as a Siren and lure strangers to their deaths after being rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen falls in love with a human and defies the rules of her service in order to follow her heart."

I love the cover! And I love the love in this book. It's refreshing and touches my heart. 

Some of the story dragged at times, and I ultimately wanted more time between Kahlen (love the name!) and her true love. They were oooey-gooey sweet together, and I just wanted (NEEDED) more of the good stuff between them. 

327 pages

River's End by Nora Roberts

River's End By Nora Roberts

Sam Tanner and Julie MacBride had been one of Hollywood's golden couples, but all that is destroyed in a haze of cocaine and murder. With Tanner behind bars and their daughter, Olivia, the one witness to the events of that evening, Olivia is swept away to her grandparents' home in Washington state, where the MacBride family runs a lodge and campground known as River's End. At River's End, Olivia thrives. But then Noah Brady, the son of the cop who had worked the scene that night, arrives with the intention of writing a book about the life and eventual demise of Julie MacBride. With the memories lurking just below the surface, the MacBrides find themselves facing, as Olivia called him all those years ago, "the monster" once again.

443 pages.

Wanderlust, The Knocked up Plan, Sexy Stranger

WanderlustWanderlust by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Joy moves to Paris for her job, and she meets a cute British guy, who ends up being her translator. They developed feeling for each other right away, but have to hold back on them because of the work relationship that they have.  300 Pages

The Knocked up PlanThe Knocked up Plan by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nicole and Ryder are love/relationship columnists and radio show hosts, as well as friends. She was looking for a donor and wanted to become a single mom. He agrees to her plan, but prefers the old fashioned method of donation, vs the clinical one.   302 Pages

Sexy StrangerSexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Charlotte gets stranded in a small town, and finds herself meeting the Wilder’s. Luke is very rude to her at first meeting and then he comes around and starts being nicer to her and showing her what her life would be like if she stayed in the small town.  302 Pages

Audible Romance Package Reads

Well, I "accidentally" signed up for the free month trial of the Audible Romance Package, and this is the end result (so far)

The Knocked up PlanThe Knocked up Plan by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a short, sexy read, with excellent narrators. I found it to be absolutely charming, and I was really routing for the couple.

Basically, they are both love/relationship columnists and radio show hosts, as well as coworker friends. She decides she wants to find a donor and become a single mom, and she decides he's the perfect donor. It turns out that he prefers the old fashioned method of donation, versus the clinical one, and that's when this becomes interesting.

Book 254 read in 2018

Pages: 403

Sexy StrangerSexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is short and pretty cliche. The whole thing is full of stereotypes, and it's so stuck in its trope that it forgets to be unique and exciting outside of the formula it is so determinedly following.

I don't think I would read another book by this author, as the writing isn't brilliant, and she states the obvious a lot, instead of expecting the reader to understand (which just annoys me). The characters are more like caricatures, and the world building is surface level. Also, it plays into a lot of sterotypes, but not in a way that shows discovery or growth. Instead, it just perpetuates the sterotypes, which I don't like.

There are just so many better romance novels out there these days. No reason to settle for the kind that get churned out by the hundreds every year and you can pick up for a quarter at any garage sale.

So it's not terrible, but really, it's not worth your time. However, it is short, so there's that.

Book 255 read in 2018

Pages: 302

WanderlustWanderlust by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun story for those who have itchy feet (the urge to travel, not a fungus...). The female lead relocates to Paris for her job, and she has a meet cute with a British guy, who works as a translator. Things get more interesting and conflicted from there.

If you listen to the audio, you'll enjoy the different languages and accents in the narration. French sounds so much better when spoken by someone with some level of fluency, as opposed to how it sounds when I'm butchering it inside my mind (sorry, Mom!).

Book 256 read in 2018

Pages: 300

Cake (Cake, #1)Cake by J. Bengtsson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was absolutely delicious. It's an emotional read, with a strong story line and fascinating characters who grow right in front of you. Sure, it's the "rock star meets regular gal" trope, but it's so well written that it never felt cliche or stereotypical. I even fell in love with some of the side characters.

I now understand why it won an Ab award for best book boyfriend with Audible, as it was well deserved.

Book 257 read in 2018

Pages: 611

The Theory of Second Best (Cake, #2)The Theory of Second Best by J. Bengtsson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I almost love this one even more than book one, which I didn't think was going to be possible. Kyle and Kenzie are both such interesting characters that I was completely charmed from start to finish, even at points when neither of them was particularly charming.

The whole reality show twist to this one was a lot of fun, too, and again, I adored so many of the side characters.

Book 258 read in 2018

Pages: 526

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tijan Books

Hate to Love YouHate to Love You by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kennedy “Kenz” is starting college and would like to remain unknown, then she walks into Political Science Class and it all changes. The star quarterback Shay is in there, and they get grouped to work on a project together. Kenz is stubborn, na├»ve, spoiled, feisty, snarky and impatient, while Shay is charming, cocky, private, possessive, and intense.  330 Pages

Anti-StepbrotherAnti-Stepbrother by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just another great book by Tijan! Tijan does an amazing job of pulling you into the characters life and makes you feel like you could easily be back in college with them. Summer had lusted after her stepbrother Kevin, decides to follow him to college. Her first day their she meets Caden Banks, one of Kevin’s fraternity brothers. They soon develop a very close friendship and spend all their time together. They both have pasts they need to work their way through. I wish that Tijan would hurry up and write more books, I get very addicted to each and every one that I have read. 267 Pages

The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not an Alice retelling with zombies, so get that out of your stubborn head right now. If that's what you wanted, I'm sorry. Honestly, it's what I wanted, too, which is why I delayed in reading this book for 6 years.

What this happens to be is a very interesting YA zombie novel, with a unique approach to zombie culture and zombie fighting. Yes, it does make Alice references, but that is all. The main character's name, the white rabbit references, and the title of each chapter is something totally pop culture Alice---it's so surface level Alice though, that even if you haven't read the real Alice in Wonderland and only saw the movie once about 20 years ago, you'd still be able to pick up on all the references, as it really only uses surface level references.

Now that we have that out of the way, I did really enjoy this book. It could have dug even deeper on the character development and world building fronts, but it was a solid first effort. I went straight on to book 2.

Book 250 read in 2018

Pages: 404

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, this was an excellent follow-up, and it took me to all kinds of interesting and unexpected places that I really enjoyed. I did have to shout at Ali a few times, because she kept me on edge with her precarious inner-struggles.

Overall, I liked this better than book 1.

Book 251 read in 2018

Pages: 480

The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles, #3)The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I confess that I had trouble sticking with this one. A whole lot of interesting and unexpected things happen to really build the world, but it just all somehow felt like way too much all at once. I found myself stopping and rewinding a lot, though I think I am partly to blame for being inattentive to the book.

This is one where there is a whole lot of action and forward motion, but I had trouble wanting to stay connected and interested in that. As a result, I'm not going to continue on to book 4, though I hear from others that this was their absolute favorite book in the series, which means, it likely really is just me.

Book 252 read in 2018

Pages: 464

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Roommates Series

The Room Mate (Roommates, #1)The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paige offers up her spare room for her best friends little brother, he will only need it for a few months before he moves onto another job. Cannon has always had a little crush on Paige since they first met, but his past relationships have caused lots of issues so he can’t start anything new.  Paige makes him an offer he can’t turn down. They both soon realize that they like each other much more than planned. Of course they don’t let his sister in on what is going on. 322 Pages

The Play Mate (Roommates, #2)The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evie knew what she wanted and she went for it! The way this book first started out was super amazing and funny. They had to work together because Smith was helping Evie and her brother expand their company into more. This met that Evie and Smith had to start working together, making it harder to fit the feeling that they had for each other.  275 Pages

The House Mate (Roommates, #3)The House Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my favorite of the three in this series. Max’s whole world is changed when an ex drops by with his daughter Dylan. Max didn’t want a family or marriage, so this is the last thing he expected to happen. He does an amazing job of pulling himself together really fast and realizes that he needs to hire a full time nanny to help him take care of his new daughter. Addison is a younger women who he realizes day one he is attached to her and she also has an insist connection with Dylan. Addison turns out to be more than what Max was expecting.   306 Pages

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be FeministsWe Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adichie thoughtfully and profoundly writes about what it means to be a feminist today. We should all be feminist because the feminist tenet of social and economic equality of the sexes frees us to be the people that we are rather than who gender tells us that we should be, enabling humankind to have a happier, healthier existence.

52 pages

The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another story set in the troll world, but with a different tribe (um--tribe is probably the wrong word for describing the different troll cultures, but I can't remember the correct terminology, so just roll with it).

The main character in this series is a scrappy underdog, and I really enjoyed how she sticks to what she thinks and believes. She is also brutally honest, which sometimes results in some hurt feelings, but it makes her a fascinating character.

This story shares a lot more information about the wider world of the trolls, which I really loved.

Book 247 read in 2018

Pages: 321

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, #2)Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These book are so easy to consume, and I also enjoyed this one. It did feel a bit more all over the place than the first book, but not necessarily in a bad way. I think the plot is just a bit more random for this story, though I almost didn't notice, as I enjoyed the characters so much.

When you read all 3 books back to back, it's a bit difficult to think of them as separate books, rather than one really long story. If you asked me to tell you at what point book one ends and book two begins, I couldn't.

Overall, I'm still enjoying this. I went straight on to book 3, and the audiobooks are excellent.

Book 248 Read in 2018

Pages: 309

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles, #3)Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m going to miss this world.

Lots of death and chaos in this one. The end felt a bit abrupt to me, but it’s reasonably thorough, which means it was probably just me.

Book 249 read in 2018

Pages: 432

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Logan Kade (Fallen Crest High, #5.5)Logan Kade by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was really excited for Logan’s story. The first few books Sam and Mason where the main characters so it was nice to see a little more into Logan’s way of thinking. I was hoping that him and Heather would end up together but in the end I was still very happy with the person that he ends up with, she is perfect for him. They have a great story.  302 Pages

Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest High, #6)Fallen Crest Home by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first I thought this book was going to be all about Sam’s mom. Since that is what it started out as, but I was glad to see that they moved onto better things. I was glad that her mother got the help that she needed, but I don’t think that  could figure her for all the hateful things that she did in the past. The ending of this book was just crazy!! I am glad that I was able to move onto the next book right away.  300 Pages

Fallen Crest Forever (Fallen Crest High #7)Fallen Crest Forever by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, I am very happy with the way that this series ended, however, at the same time I am sad that its over. I was very happy with the way that they ended the long journey that Sam and Mason went on. This final book you got to see them all grown up and finally dealing with all their mistakes in the past. They have grown so much as characters since book one.  356 Pages

Awakened (House of Night #8) by Kristin Cast and P.C. Cast

Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa's House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn't it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same―and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either…

And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?

In the pulse-pounding eighth House of Night Novel by PC Cast and Kristin Cast, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl's heart?

We may have finally reached that point. You know, the one where the world starts to stink as bad as the writing? I'm not pumped for #9. I haven't even started it yet. So, my sordid love affair with these awful, engrossing books may be over. Maybe.


304 pages

Ascend by Amanda Hocking (Trylle Series)

Ascend (Trylle, #3)Ascend by Amanda Hocking  (Book 3)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent conclusion to an interesting trilogy. I would definitely listen to this audiobook again one day, as I really enjoyed these characters. It didn't end quite the way I hoped, to be hones, but it was still a satisfying conclusion in most ways.

Book 240 read in 20180 (Yes, I'm back from the future!)
(Not really, but once I saw 20180 for the year, I wasn't inclined to change the typo.)

Pages: 326

Ever AfterEver After by Amanda Hocking  (Novella 3.5)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's short and mostly sweet.

Book 241 read in 2018

Pages: 24

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bright Side Series by Kim Holden

Gus (Bright Side, #2)Gus by Kim Holden (Book 2)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was difficult at first, as Gus worked through his grief, but it then became a heartfelt story about rebuilding your life after loss and trauma. Gus is wow, but I almost enjoyed Scout more. She had a hard time finding her strength, but it was always there, which made her a fascinating character who showed a lot of growth throughout the story.

Book 245 read in 2018

Pages: 389

Franco (Bright Side, #3)Franco by Kim Holden (Book 3)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure if I could love this one at first, because it's a big change from stories that primarily revolved around Bright Side. However, the longer I read it, the more I loved it. Franco is fantastic. This book has a lot of humor and warmth, which was needed after all the tragedy and drama of the previous books.

That's not to say there is no hardship experienced in this story, because there is. But you leave it feeling refreshed, instead of crushed.

Book 246 read in 2018

Pages: 207

Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High, #1)Fallen Crest High by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was about a group of teenagers that deal with family drama, friends drama, and the crazy secrets that come out. Samantha’s whole world is changed when her mother decides to leave her husband and then she learns that they are moving in the with Cade brothers, Mason and Logan. She doesn’t care anymore after her mother leaving her husband, cheating boyfriend, back stabbing friends.  375 Pages 

Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High, #2)Fallen Crest Family by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This continues with the life of the three teenagers, Logan, Mason, and Sam. Sam and Mason have declared that they are together, this doesn’t go over well. You realize how crazy both of their families are and the things that her mother does to try to keep Sam away from the brothers is just crazy.  287 Pages 

Fallen Crest Public (Fallen Crest High, #3)Fallen Crest Public by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sam starts at Fallen Crest Public and things don’t go well at all. This book brought a whole new meaning to the word mean girls. These girls are very awful and come up with very hateful things to do to Sam. Mason has a plan to get back at the head of the mean girls, and I don’t agree with that they did to her but at the same time I am glad that it wasn’t Sam. It turned out to be good that Sam made a friend with the other side because they helped protect her. Sam developed so much as a character in this book though, she stepped up and became the better person even though she should not have because of what they did to her. I am also glad to see that Sam is working on her relationship with her dads and that she has a nice step mom now.  312 Pages

Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest High, #4)Fallen Fourth Down by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mason goes onto college leaving Sam and Logan to finish out their senior year. Sam spends most of this book dealing with the bomb shell that was dropped at the end of the last book. Sam is working on getting into the same college as Mason with a track scholarship. There is still the teen drama that has to finished cleaning up and then they start the new college drama.   402 Pages

Torn by Amanda Hocking (Book 2 in Trylle Series)

Torn (Trylle, #2)Torn by Amanda Hocking (Book 2 in Trylle Series)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, I actually liked this better than the first book (which I also enjoyed), and that’s rare for a 2nd book in a series. This one charmed me with strong character growth and development.
The narrator is Therese Plummer, and she does a great job!

Book 238 read in 2018

Pages: 324

One day: Three Ways (A Trylle story)One day: Three Ways by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This 2.5 novella was fun. It highlighted a day in the life of 3 of the most interesting side characters. I enjoyed the added insight.

Book 239 read in 2018

Pages: 26

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Bright Side by Kim Holden

Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)Bright Side by Kim Holden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars





I am not okay today, on any level, and this book is to blame.


I was even less okay last night, when I finished this.


And I'm already worried about tomorrow.


Book 244 read in 2018

Pages: 423

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am loving this series and I am loving that the characters from the first book are still a big part of the next book. This is also the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet grandmothers is missing. Scarlet meets Wolf, a street fighter who may have information to her grandmother's whereabouts. As they unravel one mystery, they encounter another .  454 Pages

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoy how they are all still working together to try to overthrow Queen Levana. Scarlet and Cinder attempt to rescue Cress from her isolation.  

Cress, was imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her net-screens as company. While being rescued it goes wrong, the group is separated. 552 Pages

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Fairest by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really glad that Tammy recommended that I read this book before moving onto Winter. This gives you the needed background that you need about the queen and as well as the Winter. 

This gives the background into Queen Levana. This books helps give you the background into Winter, which really helps with the understanding of why Winter is the way that she is and why she fits in the story so well. 222 Pages

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Winter by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was worried about the length of this book… but I found that I just could not stop. Even when I was half way I could not wait to keep moving and see what was going to happen. I am still really enjoying the different take on these storytelling’s and that you still get to see how they are all working together to defeat the Queen.  827 Pages

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is 9 short stories to finish out the Lunar Series. This was just a nice little additional part to each of the characters past stories. Then ending with what happens after Winter.   400 Pages