Thursday, 1 August 2019

2019 Mid Year Favourites Giveaway


It's that time of year again where I run a giveaway for some of my favorite books of the year, so far. This year I have been reading a record amount of romance novels, just because I am doing the NABC yearly challenge. Reading romance novels has been my focus. So all the books in this giveaway are in fact romance novels. Now if romance novels aren't your thing, no worries. I'll be hosting my favorite books of the year in January. I hope to have more variety by that point and I hope you guys will bear with me until then. Now, if you guys are in fact fans of romance novels, well I have quite a few choices here today! Before  I get into the actual options, I just need to remind you guys to read the rules down below so that you know you are entering correctly. I do check.

The Choices:

***If the book is a part of a series and you would like to get one of the previous books in the series then that is also an option***



Without Merit: This is a stand-alone novel from one of my favorite authors Colleen Hoover. I can already tell that this will make it into my end of the year giveaway. If you don't win this one, no worries, you'll get another chance ;)

The Moth and the Flame: This is the second novel in the When Rivals Play series by B. B. Reid. B. B. Reid is one of my go-to authors for a darker NA romance. She never disappoints.

The Savior: This is the seventeenth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward. I had such a fun time reading this book and going back to the roots of BDB.

Roomhate: This is a stand-alone novel. I didn't expect to feel as many emotions will reading this that I did. I actually cried near the end. If you enjoy Penelope Ward novels this is one of the good ones.

Blood and Sin: This is the first book in a series by Laura Thalassa and Dan Rix. I've been reading so many Laura Thalassa books this year and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. While this isn't my favorite overall, it is still up there in the most enjoyed category. If you're interested in more paranormal NA romance I would suggest this one.

Bound by Love: This is the sixth book in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles by Cora Reilly. This one is incredibly long and incredibly worth it. If you loved the first five books then this one is going to blow you out of the water.

Twisted Pride: This is the third book in the Camorra Series also by Cora Reilly. If you like your men a little more wicked then I would definitely choose this one over Bound by Love. Remo was what made this book as good as it was. I think I know who's going to top my book boyfriend list this year *wink wink*.

Drago: This is the Sixth book in the Made Men series by Sarah Brianne. I swear this is the last Mafia romance on this list. It was also a very wonderful one especially since I adored the protagonist.

Killswitch: This is the third book in the Devil's Night series by Penelope Douglas. I don't know if you guys have gathered this from anything I've said in the past, but Damon's my favorite Horseman. I like my book boyfriends to be really bad. He's right up there with Remo, maybe even more wicked. Just saying, this one would be a good choice. Or really any of the books from this series, they definitely need to be read in order though.

Untouchable: This book is a stand-alone. This was my first book by Sam Mariano (who is also popular for writing Mafia romances. Just saying) and I realized almost immediately that I absolutely adored her writing. This book is definitely an acquired taste and I'm definitely going to give a trigger warning as I don't want anyone going into this one blind sighted. If you're really into that Darker NA romance life then this is for you, if you don't really like darker themes then I would say avoid this one.


Rules:
  • The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to you
  • You have to be following my blog
  • You have to be 18 or have parental permission
  • There will be one winner who will receive their choice of one of the above novels.
  • This giveaway will run from August 1st to September 1st, 2019.
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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Top 10 Books I'd Save In a Fire


I was watching makeup videos on Youtube, like I often do, when I stumbled upon a video about the makeup products this girl would repurchase if she lost everything. I liked this idea and turned it into books instead of makeup. Unlike all those other times I'm not cheating with this one! This list is compiled of individual books I would snag on my way out of my house if it were burning down around me. So no series'. There are no ebooks included in this. These are all books on my bookshelf that I would grab in a moments notice. These are in no particular order this week, these are just books that I would definitely grab for if I only had a few minutes.


1. The Chamber of Secrets



I know this one isn't most people's favorite but when I originally read the series this was really up there when I was considering my favorite Harry Potter books. You know, I really would grab this one while rushing out the door.

2. I’ll Give You the Sun



This book is so bittersweet. It's a really sad book, but in the end, the sweetness just rises to the surface. This is also one of my favorite books. You know, if my house burned down I would need a smile after all of that sadness.

3. The Outsiders



Kinda funny that this is on a list of books I would save in a fire considering the contents of this book. If you know, you know. I know I could easily buy another copy of this, but I feel as though it would bring me some semblance of comfort in the face of losing everything to a house fire.

4. Order of the Phoenix



This has always been one of my favorite Harry Potter books. I read this in 5 days and was so proud of myself when I had accomplished such a feat. My copy of the Order of the Phoenix has seen better days. The spine is all cracked up, I dog eared some fo the pages. It's a truly well-loved book and holds a lot of sentimental value.

5. Half-Blood Prince



This was always my favorite Harry Potter book. It's been so long since I've actually read the book, so it's hard to explain exactly what lead this to be my favorite. I just remember loving Ginny in this book, loving her relationship with Harry, loving all the glimpses at the Mauraders, and loving all the little subplots along with, of course, Quidditch.

6. Hopeless



When I was looking at my bookshelf thinking of what I wanted to save, I saw this book and immediately knew I would grab it. I've reread this book maybe 10 times since I first read it in 2013? 2014? This is the first book that after reading an ebook I decided I needed a physical copy and so I bought one. It is well-loved and I couldn't imagine not saving it.

7. City of Lost Souls



I think I may be alone in this but this was my favorite of the Mortal Instruments series. I remember while reading this I just kept putting in little slips of paper on pages where there as something I enjoyed. Needless to say by the end of reading the book was packed full of slips of paper. Not only that but when I lent it to my friend to read she added in a few of her own little slips of paper. Also not to mention my mom picked it up for me on her way home from work. I'm still surprised she actually got the right book considering she knows nothing about YA and literally never remembers anything I ask her to buy. This book just holds too much sentimental value for me to give it up.

8. Hideaway



While the other books on this list are all books I've had for many years and hold a lot of sentimental value for, this is one of the newer books I have read and would risk it in a fire just to grab my copy. I know I've already read this book over a dozen times, but I could read it a dozen more times. It was a hard choice between this one and Killswitch, but I felt like Hideaway was the right choice for this list. Yet another book with buildings on fire ;)

9. Carry On



If my house burned down today I would grab this just because I loved it so much and I would honestly just want my copy to reread right before the sequel comes out.


10. Shadow Kiss



I love the Vampire Academy series so much. Shadow Kiss has by far been my favorite book of the series and I just know that if I could only pick one of them to bring with me it would be this one.


When making this list I actually really surprised myself. I have stacks of special edition books, books signed by authors, books that I won in giveaways, yet none of those actually made it onto this list. Kinda funny how that works, you know. So I gotta ask what books would you guys save if there was a fire?

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Waiting on Wednesday



Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17.5)
Where Winter Finds You
by J. R. Ward


Release Date: November 26th, 2019

Synopsis:


When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.


Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses. 

My Thoughts:

I haven't actually read any of the side novels that are a part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series before as I haven't really had any interest in them. However, this one really speaks to me. When I finished reading The Shadows I felt like Trez got such a shit ending to his story compared to all the others and was hoping with all my heart that he would get his happy ending. I can't remember which book it was in but I do remember Lassiter saying something about Trez having to be patient, that it would end well. I was assuming it was just going to be some sort of subplot in a future book but I'm happy to see that there is going to be an actual conclusive full-length novel bringing Trez's story to a proper ending. I can't even express how excited I am to read this when it comes out in November.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Top 10 Old School Ships



Well, you can tell I had a really slow June. I really only read 3 new books this month so I didn't have much to talk about. It was so hard to pick a top 10. Obviously, I'm not in the same mindset as I was back then so it was pretty hard finding book relationships that I wasn't biased with because of time. I think I have a good arrangement here though. Also, I have to point out that some of these I no longer ship, these were from when I was like eleven to fourteen.

10. Harry and Ginny





They were one of my first ships. When I was really Harry Potter I was never really interested in the romantic relationships of the characters. I mean, I was eleven when I read Harry Potter so romance was sort of the furthest thing from my mind. At the time I honestly didn't ship any of the characters. I only started shipping Harry and Ginny during the Half-Blood Prince because of Harry's blossoming feelings for Ginny. This one is very close to me.

9. Lolita and Humbert




I was actually debating whether or not I even wanted to include this on my list, but I felt it was kind of important that I do so. I was fourteen when I read Lolita, so I was so incredibly impressionable. Now, at nineteen I realize just how fucked up their relationship was. I actually really grosses me out thinking about how I did think their relationship was okay, back in the say.

8. Ella and Micha




The Secret of Ella and Micha still maintains its place as one of my favorite books of all time. I just love the dynamic between these two characters and I will always have this giddy feeling whenever I think back to when I first read their story.

7. Jude and Lucy




This was one fo the first legit new adult romances I was exposed to. I made all my friends read it, I legit loved this trilogy so much at the time and I loved Jude and Lucy so much. They aren't as much of a favorite now as they used to be, but I do still have warm feelings about them.

6. Daemon and Katy




I get such strong emotions when I think of these two. I first read Obsidian about 6-7 years ago. I had discovered it from a blog post where the blogger posted a few quotes from the book and I instantly fell in love with these two. They have definitely stood the test of time for me.

5. Zoey and Stark




Way back when I used to be obsessed with the House of Night Series. Don't hold it against me, I was 12 and didn't know any better. These two were my goals until I got older and realized how much I hated their relationship. The rest of the couples on this list I still love, but these two were knocked off their high horse.

4. Isabel and Cole




I'm still obsessed with these two. When I first read the original Shiver Trilogy I didn't even really care about Sam and Grace, I just wanted more moments with Isabel and Cole. I honestly hated how things ended up between them so much, but then Maggie Stiefvater blessed us all with Sinner and I haven't been the same since.

3. Rose and Dimitri




You guys know how much I love these two. And if you don't then Hi welcome to my blog, you must be new here. The author doesn't often do this, but whenever she releases a little short or something new I am on it. If she ever decided to rewrite the series from Dimitri's point of view I would read every word because I just want more of these two. They really shaped my little preteen mind.

2. Clary and Jace




The best parts of Queen of Air and Darkness was the moments when these two showed up. I just didn't appreciate their relationship enough when I was younger. I know some of you are gonna be like "What about Will and Tessa?" and I will respond with, I love them just as much, but there is a bit more nostalgia with Jace and Clary and I just didn't feel right about taking up another spot on this list for Will and Tessa. Know that I still absolutely adore those two.

1. Damon and Elena



Who else? I used to post all sorts of Damon and Elena stuff all over my social media. And no it wasn't just from the show, I loved them so much that I actually read the books. I read all of the books that were actually written by L. J. Smith. I was Delena's biggest supported and there is nothing more nostalgic for me than these two.


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Monday, 17 June 2019

Storm and Fury Spoiler Free Review


Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1)Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.


When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

My Thoughts:

I received an ARC for an honest review

I gave this book 4 stars. I was not overwhelmed by this book. I liked this book, it was definitely not a three-star book, but it wasn’t blowing my socks off. I didn’t feel like there was anything really new in this book, but I did enjoy it. I read most of it in one day.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Jennifer L Armentrout’s books, but I feel like she has gotten into a bit of a rut when it comes to her protagonists. They are often characters that I do feel like I relate to a lot, but i feel like she writes so many books that maybe she should take a chance and mix things up a bit. I really felt that way especially while I was reading this book.

As you may know, this book is a spin-off of another popular Jennifer Armentrout series, The Dark Elements. It follows a new character, Trinity, and a character that we met in the original series, Zayne.

Trinity seems to be human by everyone around her, except for the few people that know what she really is. Trinity was a relatable character. I think the fact that she is slowly losing her sight is an interesting new challenge for the author. A lot of authors rely so heavily on what characters are seeing that when you take away that variable it becomes so much harder to world build.

Zayne… I really liked Zayne in the past series. I don’t think I really wanted to read a series about him. Maybe if he had gotten a stand-alone I would have been a lot more excited than I was for this book. I mean, I like him, I’m just not over the moon about him. Right now if I had to rank Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Spinoff series’ it would be Origin, Titan, and then The Harbinger.

Overall, If you really enjoy the authors works or even just read and loved the Dark Elements series, then I would suggest giving this book a read.

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

May Wrap Up


I read a lot and I watched a lot of things. It was a very eventful month in terms of reading. I decided to do the NABC 2019 reading challenge and I didn't think it would go as well as it has. I've gotten things down to 6 books a month in order to complete the Insane Level challenge and I'm really excited about this. I have a lot of New Adult books to talk about with you guys today.

1. Best I've Ever Had



I gave this book 3 stars. I have just not been impressed by this series by Abbi Glines. I thought I was going to love it because I loved their parents, but honestly, thing's are not going well. I'll probably keep reading them, but I have yet to read one I've truly enjoyed.

2. A Bite at the Cherry



I gave this book 4 stars. I got to read an ARC of this and I can tell that it is a great introduction to a series that is going to be really fun. This first book is very much beginning of the story. We haven't gotten to the juicy parts yet but you can tell that will be happening in the next book. You know, I really love YA vampire novels, I feel like now that it's 2019 people aren't that interested in vampire novels anymore. I think I might be stuck in 2012. I'm living for it.

3. Prophesy



I gave this book 4 stars. It took me over a year to read this because I kept going back to the beginning and starting it over again and then stopping at pretty much the same place each time.

4. A Pack of Vows and Tears



I gave this book 4 stars. I keep forgetting to write reviews for all these ARCs I've been reading. I legit thought I had already written this review and I check Goodreads and it turns out I did not. So I'm not going to get too much into this one because I do plan on posting a full review for that. So look out for it.

5. The Moth and the Flame



I gave this book 4.25 stars. The beginning of this book was a little slow, it didn't necessarily feel like it was dragging, but I did expect to get into the action a lot faster than we did thus the loss of .75 stars. Otherwise, this was a great sequel.

6. Royally Screwed



I gave this book 4 stars. I've read Emma Chase books in the past (*cough cough* Tangled) but I wasn't really feeling them. I feel like this book really made me appreciate her writing style so much more. I read Tangled back in the day and it makes me want to go back and read it again and hopefully enjoy it more than I did back then.

7. Royally Matched



I gave this book 4 stars. I was worried about this book having second book syndrome, alas it was just as good as the first book. The characters were just as funny, the situations were so outrageous, and the romance was to die for.

8. Fixing Us



I gave this book 4 stars. This story was short and sweet. It was a very mellow story without too much drama and characters that you can't help but relate to and feel a bond with. 

9. Without Merit



I gave this book 5 stars. I absolutley adore Colleen Hoover's stories, but I haven't personally connected to one of this level since I read hopeless about six years ago. I know a lot of people didn't like this one, but I have to say that this one really did it for me. I loved this to the point where I actually went out and bought a physical copy, which is also what I did with Hopeless.

10. Royally Yours



I gave this book 4 stars. I cried during this book. I legit couldn't control myself. I was not expecting to cry and that's what made it so much worse. It's better to be prepared. This was a very much enjoyed prequel to the Royally series by Emma Chase.

11. Soul In Darkness



I gave this book 4 stars. Ever since I first read the story of Cupid and Psyche I was incredibly intrigued by it. I was so excited to see someone finally write a retelling of it, and one that is so spot on. Maybe there are others out there, but this is the only one that I've ever heard of/read. Would highly recommend if you are into Greek and Roman mythology.

12. Storm and Fury



I gave this book 4 stars. I was a little disappointed by this book. I don't know, I wasn't really that invested in the characters themselves. I feel like Jennifer L. Armentrout has gotten into a bit of a rut where she writes a lot of similar characters. I'm absolutley adoring her Origin series, that one is certainly revving my engine. However, I can't really say the same for this book.

13. I Dare You



I gave this book 4 stars. I tried to read this book back in I think February/March, but I couldn't seem to get into, thus starting a bit of a reading slump. I finally got back to it and really enjoyed reading it. If you are into those edgier, darker NA/YA romances then this one would probably be a good read for you.

14. Darkness of Light



I gave this book 3 stars. I can sense a love triangle about to sprout and I am not here for it. I mean I'll give it some leeway because it was written amidst the love triangle craze.

15. A Different Blue



I gave this book 4.25 stars. This was a very harrowing story. There are so many heavy topics that this book covers and in my opinion, it's done respectfully. 

16. Rewrite the Stars



I gave this book 4 stars. I keep hearing such amazing things about Charleigh Rose books. I tried to read another of her books, but that was amidst a book slump so I ended up stopping and this one was pretty good, not my favorite though. I'm hoping that I will eventually feel about her books the way many others do. fingers crossed.


17. Instant Family



I gave this movie 4 stars. I really didn't ever plan on watching this movie because it really did seem very "white savior" esque. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought. They actually address that in the movie questioning their situation and hilariously comparing their situation to Avatar. 

18. At the Heart of Gold



 I gave this movie 5 stars. This is the documentary about the Larry Nassar scandal from a few years back and how he sexually assaulted hundreds of girls in his care. It was absolutely devastating watching this. I watched it twice and I cried both times. Hearing the testimonies of these girls and seeing how they were affected by this was truly heartwrenching.

19. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again



I gave this movie 4 stars. I watched this right after At the Heart of Gold. It was lighthearted and fun and was the perfect spirit lifter after having watched something so sad.

20. Booksmart



I gave this movie 5 stars. This movie was so fun. I felt this on a spiritual level. This was Olivia Wilde's directorial debut and I have to say she fucking nailed it. It's hilarious and smart. However, if you hate seeing people vomit, even if it's fake then you should be warned that there is some vomiting in this movie.

21. How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World



I gave this movie 4.5 stars. I cried. Enough said.

22. Game of Thrones season 8




I gave this Season 3 stars. This was disappointing. There was only one character arc that I actually really enjoyed. If you know, you know. The rest of the season was just trash. 

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