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Monday, October 22, 2018

Man Candy by Melanie Harlow

Man CandyMan Candy by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was full of humor and funny little moments that just make you laugh out loud. He is just such an amazing guy and was pushing so hard to show her what love can be like. 292 Pages

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

Wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Wow.

That's a very traumatized, repetitive wow, in case you couldn't tell. The story brutalized me, again. This book inspired just as much of a horrified wow on the second read as it did on the first. I was so verklempt upon finishing this reread, that it took me another 6 days of being stressed out before I could actually get around to writing this review.

But holy wow was this brutal. The ending completely gutted me, and I knew it was coming. The way the plot and storylines are woven together across the course of the series astounds me. It all brought us to this mind-blowing scene in the series where so many different strands and moments come together to create possibly the most epic turning point imaginable. And it's like so much bad and so much good and so much---good lord, did that really just happen?--inside one climatic moment that it's almost impossible to be a functional human again after reading that.

Sarah J. Maas is a fantasy queen, but in order to understand her full brilliance, you have to read yourself through to this moment in book 5 that will show you that everything you thought you knew and understand was only a mere glimpse of the potential that exists for this world, these characters, and this author.

This would absolutely be in my pile of 10 books to take with me, if I was being exiled into a book-less society, even knowing how much that ending completely tortures me and has for the better part of two years.


Book 370 read in 2018

Pages: 693

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Frozen by L.A. Casey

FrozenFrozen by L.A. Casey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my, this book was funny! They have some banner back and forth, that is just hilarious. They stuff they do to each other over the years is just great! I loved how much their families are all friends and play into the games between the two of them. 274 Pages

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the TimeIt Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a first love romance book, that the timing was just off when they first met. The age gap of 15 years and her father played a big part of the timing being off. I really enjoyed how her new step mother was the reasoning for all of them. I just feel like her dad should have still be a little more mad about them getting together and how he found out about them. But over all it was a good second chance at romance book. 287 Pages

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

Hard Sell (21 Wall Street, #2)Hard Sell by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the second book in this series. This book is fun, sweet and had me hoping for a happy ending. I was excited to see how things worked out for Sabrina and Matt, since you meet them in the first book. I just wish there would have been another reason why they decided to give their relationship a go, not because he had to for his job. 247 Pages

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had already read the "Trylle Series" so I decided to read this one. This took a while for me to decide if I liked it or not, and it wasn't until almost the end that I decided that I was liking it. I will move onto the next book, I just hope that it gets better and better as it moves forward. 321 Pages

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

This was so much better than book one. I felt like the story finally got moving a little more in this book. I am very excited to see how this series ends. 309 Pages

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

I was really happy with the way that this story end. There was a lot of death in this book, but it was a nice change of pace from the others. The ending could have been a little better, it just came on so fast. 432 Pages

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oxford Tearoom Mysteries by H. Y. Hanna


Summary: When Gemma realizes she is missing out on the important things in life, she ditches her high-powered, high-stress job and returns to Meadowford-on-Smythe to follow her dream of opening a traditional English tearoom. What she doesn’t expect is to turn into an amateur sleuth. But, as is the case in all good cozy mysteries, that is exactly what happens. With the aid of four little old ladies, affectionately known as the Old Biddies, and her cat, Muesli, Gemma feels compelled to get to the bottom of every mystery she stumbles across.

Review: I find the characters endearing, thoroughly enjoyed binge-reading this series, and can’t wait for the next one to come out!

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Books Read in Series:
1. A Scone to Die For
334
2. Tea with Milk and Murder
326
3. Two Down, Bun to Go
356
4. Til Death Do Us Tart
378
5. Muffins and Mourning Tea
360
6. Four Puddings and a Funeral
340
7. Another One Bites the Crust
322
8. Apple Strudel Alibi
318
9. The Dough Must Go On
340


Wingmen Inc Series by Rachel Van Dyken

The Matchmaker's Playbook (Wingmen Inc., #1)The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was slow going, but once the story started to picked up I really enjoyed it. It’s a cool concept that they offer services to help out people that need help getting the person they desire. 304 Pages

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The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc., #2)The Matchmaker's Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this one even more than the first one!! This one had an added side of humor that made the story that much better!! 320 Pages

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Romance Books

The Soul Mate (Roommates, #4)The Soul Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 This was a short little romance book, to finish out a series that I started a couple of months ago. I don't know that this romance would ever be real, because it's just seems all to far off to believe that this would ever happen. But still a cute little story.  302 Pages

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Thirty Day BoyfriendThirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is just like another book that I have read about a fake relationship, however, there is some humor in this book that made it better than some of the other ones that I have read. 119 Pages

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Splintered Series by A.G. Howard

Splintered (Splintered, #1)Splintered by A.G. Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Going into this book I wasn’t for sure that I would enjoy it or not. I loved it!! It was much more than what I was expecting. It’s like a darker, much more sinister Alice’s Wonderland. I like the love triangle that is going on throughout this book, but I really can’t decide who I think she should end up with at this point.   371 Pages

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Unhinged (Splintered, #2)Unhinged by A.G. Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book even more than the first one! It is so easy to get drawn into this magical world. I listened to it on audio book, she does an amazing job! There are some scenes in this book that are so much better I am sure just by the way she tells it.    387 Pages

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Ensnared (Splintered, #3)Ensnared by A.G. Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!! I am very happy with the way that this all ended, but I am also very sad that it ended. This could have been stretched out to more books!   420 Pages

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Reckless by Lex Martin

RecklessReckless by Lex Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a cute little story, it took me a while to put together that this went with the book Shameless, and that was only after Becky helped point that out to me. :) It was a cute little story and I was very happy with the way that it ends. It has little kids in it which I loved!  406 Pages 

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

I should reread this series every year, because this book is absolute YA fantasy perfection. I was rendered useless today by the need to read this book straight through, despite the fact that I've read it before. It's still fresh and surprising, and I love watching these characters grow and come into their own. And I seriously need a wyvern. It's so unfair that I can't have one.

Book 368 read in 2018

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
This is brilliant. My brain almost exploded while reading.

I am totally in love with this dangerous fantasy world, and I want nothing more than to live inside it with all the incredible, unique, and deadly characters. Every book is better than the last. I actually hope this series never ends. It’s not possible that I will ever get enough of it.

This is book four, so make sure you start with book one: Throne of Glass. Also, the novellas are fantastic and can be read as a complete set before you start book one, if you want. I recommend that, because they provide excellent background information.

Pages: 648

Trylle Series by Amanda Hocking

Switched (Trylle #1)Switched by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was hooked by this book pretty fast!! I was drawn into the world and the characters. Wendy has an okay life when she realizes that she isn’t what or who she thought she was. Than when she discovers what her real family is like she isn’t happy and doesn’t like the way that she is treated.   216 Pages

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

The secrets that were kept from Wendy start to get revealed in this book. I was excited to see that Matt got to come live with her, this was great for her to have that part of her past life. I enjoyed the tension between Wendy and Finn…. And I really am hoping that somehow they end up together in the end. Onward to book 3!   
324 Pages 

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

Over all I was very happy with the ending to this story, even though she doesn't end up with the person that I thought that she should have. I was glad to see the happy ending that they all got and the changes that she was starting to work on for her people.  326 pages

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

Holy. Wyverns. Let's do that again!

Book 3 is where I stopped enjoying this world and started to become absolutely, completely, hopelessly, and irrevocably obsessed with it.

Sarah J. Maas really digs hard into the magical world and structure in this one, and it's like someone breaking out 30 ice cream sundae toppings, when you expected four.

Three of my favorite characters/creatures arrive in this series (Rowan, Abraxos, and Manon), which makes it so compelling I almost want to read it again right now, only I can't, as I'm now desperate to reread book 4. Because, holy wyverns, that ending. I now remember the suffering of waiting a whole year for book four and am so glad I don't have to repeat that part again.

It should be noted that all the Audible books for this series are fantastic, and Elizabeth Evans is an excellent narrator. She brings expression to the story, without getting in the way of the beautiful language and statements. It's subtle and perfect. I could listen to her read all day.

Book 367 read in 2018

Pages: 565

Friday, October 12, 2018

When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We CollidedWhen We Collided by Emery Lord
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed that you got to see this book from both points of view. Both characters have a very story that you need to be able to know what each is thinking to get a better understanding of each. Vivi helps bring Jonah and his family out of the low state that they are in but at the same time she puts herself into an awful state. So this was a very sad but yet happy book for me.   352 Pages 

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

Sarah J. Maas is a literary beast, and I adore her. She claws these magical worlds out of chaos and serves them up still dripping in blood and angst. She holds nothing back and always progresses the story, with every scene and new character or creature.

I loved revisiting Chaol in this story, as so much happens after this point with his character, both good and bad. I was initially worried about reading TOWER OF DAWN (book 6), but I ended up absolutely loving it, which makes me extremely happy to be revisiting these novels again and remembering the early days of Chaol.

I still stand behind my original assessment that every book in this series is better than the one that came before, so make sure you have book 3 on hand by the time you finish book 2.

Pages: 418

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Indestructible by Angela Graham

Indestructible (Harmony, #3)Indestructible by Angela Graham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the final book, I just didn't like how they all kept so many secrets from each other, but that does provide the drama found in this book. It just kind of felt like they would get mad at each other for the secrets while they kept secrets them self.   428 Pages

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

 Playing for Pizza
by John Grisham
Pages: 262
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In honor of football season, I decided to start my John Grisham marathon read with his two novels about football. This one has more about the game and how football is played. The reader follows Rick, an NFL quarterback whose career is on the skids. Rick's agent talks him into going to play for the professional teams in Italy for a year to let publicity about his mistakes calm down.

Once there, Rick meets a few other Americans including the coach, Sam. In Italy, the season is 8 games long plus playoffs and only the American players are paid. The Italians all play for the love of the game and in the case of Rick's team, the Parma Panthers, all the pizza and beer they want on game nights. The different culture and values gives Rick time to examine himself and why he plays football.

Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (Aunt Dimity Mystery #17)

 Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (Aunt Dimity Mystery #17)
by Nancy Atherton
Pages: 232
Rating: 3 out of 5

Amelia Thistle moves into Finch and her new neighbors welcome her with open arms and of course, many questions. Amelia brings with her not only her personal secret, but a family mystery she is trying to solve in honor of her late brother. Lori agrees to help Amelia conceal her identity and solve the family mystery. She of course, goes to Aunt Dimity for help. They soon discover the secret of the village witch.

A fun, light, cozy mystery.

Irreplaceable by Angela Graham

Irreplaceable (Harmony, #2)Irreplaceable by Angela Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my, I sure did fall for Logan in this book. You get a much better understanding of him in this book. He does have something to make up for, but he does a great job making up for it... I could read more books like this over and over.   306 Pages

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Vox by Christina Dalcher

Set in a United States in which half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. 

Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard. 

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

This is just the beginning...not the end. 

4/5

336 pages

Nemesis (Project Nemesis #1) by Brendan Reichs

It's been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

I liked this book.  Will I be reading the second one?  Not sure yet.  I feel as though the author wasn't sure what type of book he wanted this to be.  Dystopian?  Government Conspiracy?  Hunger Games-esque?  Too much good thing can be overwhelming and stray very quickly.  How's this for a compliment: I liked it enough that I wanted more depth within the elements that made it good, not more good things in general with less depth.

4/5

464 pages