Dawning Ascent

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I was given an ARC of Dawning Ascent by Jen L. Grey in exchange for a review.

Overall Rating: 4/5

This is one of those books that definitely had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions while reading it. I didn’t know who I should trust from one chapter to the next and didn’t know what was ever going to happen throughout the story. This definitely had me hooked from the beginning and kept my attention the whole way through.

The story follows Ariah as she comes into her powers that from what I gathered from reading the story, only women have. Hair color also seems to play a part in how strong a woman’s powers are, which I found very interesting.

I loved how complex this story was. There’s dysfunctional family aspects, but also ideal family aspects, which is definitely interesting considering both types of family aspects are in Ariah’s own family. The love triangle in this story also amazed me. It happened so organically that I didn’t really notice it at first. I can’t wait to see how that affects the sequel when it’s released.

The end of the story literally had me shouting at my Kindle because of the very abrupt cliffhanger. This is one of those books that I wish I could know what happens next right away and not have to wait for the next book to be available.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy stories with magic, romance, betrayal, strong and weak family dynamics, and a cast of characters who make you never want to put the book down. I can’t wait to read the sequel to find out what happens!

 

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When It’s Real

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Overall Rating: 4/5

I read this book what seems like forever ago, but really was a little over a month ago. It didn’t take me long to read this book and I actually reread it again a few days later. I enjoyed it both times I read it and have thought about rereading it again in December or January.

This is definitely a quick, lighthearted, and easy read that I absolutely enjoyed. The plot was definitely predictable, but sometimes that’s exactly what I need to get me out of a reading slump.

The characters were enjoyable. Oakley Ford is a teen star who wants to change his sound and wants to be taken more seriously. His management believes that the only way to get him to be taken more seriously is to date an average teenage girl. Vaughn is definitely not the type of girl to date a famous guy. She actually has a boyfriend when the book begins. When the opportunity comes along for her to date Oakley, she takes it. She isn’t a shallow girl, but after her parents passed away she and her siblings could definitely use the money.

I really enjoyed that the chemistry between Oakley and Vaughn took it’s time. It wasn’t completely instalove, which is something that I’m happy about since it’s one of my biggest pet peeves in young adult contemporary books.

When It’s Real is definitely not the same as The Royal’s series by Erin Watt. The Royal’s is one of those series that is full of teen angst and so many other addictive qualities. Both are enjoyable, but if you’re looking for a fun, easy, and quick read When It’s Real is a good choice.

November 2017 TBR

I really can’t believe that November is here and that it’s time for another TBR. This month, I only have one book that I didn’t get to in October. I’m also participating in a book battle so some are specifically for challenges for that.

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Prince with Benefits by Gabriela Cabezut
  • Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

What’s on your TBR for November?

What I Read – October 2017

I seriously can’t believe October is over! In the month of October, I read thirty-three books. I read all but two books from my TBR (actually three, but I accidentally returned it to the library before I completely finished it) as well as many others.

TBR Books:

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo -> Have decided not to add this to my November TBR; will continue to listen to it when I have time
  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare -> Will move this to my November TBR
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Books Read:

Physical Books: 13
Ebooks: 20
Total Books Read: 33

ARCs Read: 3
Books for Review: 3
Books DNF’d: 1

Pages Read:

Physical Books: 5,809
Ebooks: 5,962
Total Pages Read: 11,771

I also participated in one readathon this month. During that time I read five books, which equaled out to 2,139 pages.

I purchased twenty-three books for myself this month. A full list of the books I bought can be found here.

 

What I Bought in October 2017

I’ve bought so many book this month that I actually need to buy a new bookshelf just to have some place to put all the new books. Not only did I buy 23 books and one coloring book for myself, but I’ve bought over 30 for my children, which won’t be listed, for Christmas presents.

During the Book Outlet sale in the middle of the month, I placed an order which included several books for my children, but also included seven books for myself. Those books are:

  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • Until Friday Nights by Abbi Glines
  • The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
  • Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross
  • Snapshot by Angie Stanton
  • Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
  • Under the Spotlight by Angie Stanton

A library near me was having their quarterly book sale one weekend. I stopped by and ended up finding four books that interested me, which are:

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

The same day I went to the library book store, I also stopped by Ollie’s and found two books:

  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
  • Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana

The thrift store in my town has a pretty great book section. Not only did I find several books for my kids over the different times I went there, I also found five books for myself. Those books are:

  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I love going to Half Price Books to find books I want. The location I go to is very close to a Barnes and Noble, so I tend to stop by Half Price Books first before going to Barnes and Noble to try to save money. Most of what I got at Half Price Books this month was actually for my kids, but I was able to find two books for myself, which are:

  • Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I tend to try to stay away from buying books for full price if I can help it, but sometimes there are books I really want that I can only find at Barnes and Noble. This month, I bought two books and a coloring book, which are:

  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses coloring book

The last book I got this month is the October OwlCrate book. I was so thrilled with the choice this month because it’s a book I kept picking up at Barnes and Noble and almost buying and I’m so glad I kept putting it back since it came in the OwlCrate box. That book is:

  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

 

The Genesis of Evangeline

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I received an ARC of The Genesis of Evangeline by Rachel Jonas in exchange for a review.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

I was so captivated with this story from the moment I started reading it. The characters were so fleshed out and felt so real that I honestly felt like I was part of the story with them. The plot line was amazing and the pacing was perfect. I loved that there wasn’t any time gaps and that everything flowed so perfectly.

The story starts out with Evie baring herself to a new psychologist. She’s in a new town, at a new school, and has recently found out that she’s adopted. Though an appointment with a psychologist, especially an appointment where not much is really said, is not the most entertaining way to begin a story, it definitely shows Evie’s personality.

Things start to become strange for both Nick and Evie and even though they don’t realize it until the end, Evie and Nick have more in common than they think.

I got a lot of Twilight vibes from this story. From the girl being in a new town to the love triangle to the aspect of there being shifters. I honestly didn’t mind because I’ve always loved aspects of the Twilight series, but The Genesis of Evangeline was so much better than Twilight.

I also got some Harry Potter vibes from this story with the whole plot of two of the characters being connected. Reminded me a lot of Voldemort and Harry Potter and the whole “neither can live while the other survives” plot.

I absolutely loved that the story alternated between character’s point of views. It definitely shed light on what could have been a very one sided story that wouldn’t have been developed as well if it had just been in Evie’s point of view. The love triangle did throw me off a little bit at first, but when things came to light it definitely made sense.

Overall, I highly recommend this story! The plot is amazing, the pacing is perfect, and the characters felt so real. I definitely can’t wait for the next book!

 

Alienation

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I was graciously given and ARC of Alienation by S.E. Anderson in exchange for a review.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Alienation was so much better than Starstruck. The story picked up right from the epilogue and there was action from the start. I was hooked the moment I started reading and literally couldn’t put it down. I’m so glad that the frequent time skips that were in Starstruck are not in this book. I didn’t feel like I was missing a lot of information in this book like I did in Starstruck.  The pacing was also much better in Alienation than it was in Starstruck. While reading Starstruck, I often felt like I had to force myself to read it and I hate when that happens. I took a long time for me to get hooked on Starstruck (nineteen chapters to be exact), but with Alienation, I was captivated from the moment that story began.

Without giving too much away from this story since it’s not out yet, this story picks up right from the epilogue of Starstruck and brings us back to the story of Sally Webber, Zander, and Blayde. What starts off as fun and relaxing trip to a far off planet for Sally, quickly turns into anything but fun or relaxing.

The ending was kind of abrupt and left a lot of loose ends. I’m not sure if there will be a third book in the series or not, but if there won’t be, the ending left a lot to be desired. Overall, I enjoyed Alienation a lot more than Starstruck and I’m so glad I pushed through the first book so I could experience this one.

 

Starstruck

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I was graciously given a copy of Starstruck by S.E. Anderson in exchange for a review.

Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

I honestly had high hopes for this book because the synopsis sounded so interesting, but I felt so confused throughout most of it. Between chapters, sometimes months would pass and it left me so confused.

I really don’t know what to think of the characters. I didn’t know much about Sally’s past until the end of chapter 17 and even then it was a brief comment from a friend. Zander came out of nowhere from the moment he was introduced and kept coming out of nowhere throughout the story. I definitely never trusted Grisham. He always seemed shady to me. When things finally started happening and all was revealed it definitely made sense.

Luckily things picked up a lot for me in chapter nineteen. I felt like once I got to this chapter, I really sped through the rest of it. It’s unfortunate that it took so long for the pace of the story to pick up and for it to really grab my attention.

I’m really hoping the sequel, Alienation, is better than this one and doesn’t take so long to grab my attention and keep it.

Alienation Blog Hop Tour

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Welcome to the Alienation BLOG HOP TOUR.

Please take your seat and strap yourself in, as we take you on an intergalactic tour. You will be amazed, entertained, and educated. Maneuver through the cosmos and be astounded at all you see. Hunt down the hidden words that will get you to your final destination where a one-of- a -kind award awaits one lucky traveler.

You are here to celebrate the release of Alienation, book two of the humorous Sci-Fi series, Starstruck.

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Sally Webber’s dream is coming true: Zander is back and taking her out for a night on the town–on a planet hundreds of light years away from Earth.

But when an accident separates her from her alien tour guide, she’s thrown into the seedy underbelly of an insane city where nothing is as it seems. Suddenly lost and desperate to get back home, Sally is willing to do anything to get out, even if it means accepting spontaneous marriage proposals, crashing some fancy parties, or joining what appears to be the space mob.

All she wanted was some decent interstellar pizza, but now it might be the end of the world as evil nanobots and an out of control AI try to take the universe by force, and the only one who can stop them is missing in action. Sally has no choice but to try to stop them herself–if she can stay alive that long.

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Alienation is the fantastic sequel to the hit sci-fi comedy, Starstruck by S.E.Anderson.

Starstruck and Alienation Add 

  1. What do you think makes a good story?
    • Compelling characters.  The more the characters have to grow, the more they strengthen the story . I could read books about people eating cereal if the character was charismatic!
  2. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
    • An astronaut! But I stopped growing when I was 16… and I was left 2 inches too short to send my application into NASA.
  3. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
    • I’m seeing Starstruck as an epic TV show. Every book is a separate, self contained adventure, like an episode, while all being connected by a larger ARC!
  4. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
    • I like fleshing out the world first, rather than the plot. Building a world requires a lot of research and prep: trying to make the aliens seem logical, to create new cultures and civilizations! It’s a lot of fun, though it can take ages.
  5. What did you edit out of this book?
    • Alienation has a lot of plot points I had to get rid of. I had too much fun writing Sally’s tour of Da-Duhui (before everything went wrong) and had to cut out chapters and chapters of her shopping and going to museums!
  6. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
    • You bet I do! There’s so many hints in there about where this series is going… And the mystery of the hot air balloon? I hope readers will love the big reveal! Also quite a few jokes I hope readers pick up on.
  7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    • I would love to write full time! To write all the books I’ve put on the back burner. I would love to befriend my favorite authors, and to be someone’s favorite author!
  8. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
    • Sally struggles with anxiety, and depression – but she never gives up. Sally cares maybe too much, even when she tries not to.  That’s what I love about her, and why I keep wanting to write her! I think we need more characters with mental illness in our novels.
  9. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
    • While I might research the worldbuilding a lot, the plot is completely out of the blue. I have a general idea of plot points I want the characters to reach, but everything in between just comes out naturally. It’s only when I’m rewriting, or editing, that I change everything!

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All The Things We Were

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I was graciously given an ARC of All The Things We Were by Kayla Tirrell in exchange for a review.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

I’ve been anxiously waiting to read All The Things We Were ever since reading All The Things We Lost and All The Things We Found. It definitely lived up to all the hype I gave it.

This book focuses on Michelle, the not so nice girl from the first two books in the series. I always felt there was more to be said for Michelle, so even though I’m sure she was written to be a hated character, I always had a soft spot for her. This book definitely lived up to all those expectations. There is definitely more to Michelle than just being cold hearted.  There is so much family drama with Michelle, which definitely has an effect on her life and how she views everything around her.

At the beginning of the story, her father cuts her off and forces her to work at his bookstore. Enter Rainier and things get so interesting. These two couldn’t be anymore different, but somehow they’re drawn to each other.

I felt connected to this story line in so many ways. First in that my own husband and I are such different people, but we fell in love quickly. Secondly in that my husband is also in a band and that is actually how we met.

Though there are a few pieces of information that ties this book into the first two books in the series, it is definitely a book that can be read as a stand alone.

Kayla Tirrell has also graciously allowed me to host a giveaway for an ebook copy of All The Things We Were! The giveaway will be open from October 18, 2017 until midnight EST on October 27, 2017.

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