Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #7: 10 Books I'm Thankful For

It's that time again! For us in the USA, it is time to wrap ourselves up in thoughts of thankfulness and then stuff our faces with some home cooked meals if we're lucky enough. With the holidays just around the corner and end of our year getting closer and closer, it has completely thrown me off my game to realize that Thanksgiving is this week!

Still, I was incredibly excited to see that the theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesdays (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish: click here for details)--Ten Books That I'm Thankful For. As a reader, it is one of our favourite topics; to be given the opportunity to speak freely about the books that have shaped us since reading them.

For me, hundreds of books have woven themselves into parts of me and there's no going around that. I may not be able to remember every last detail, of every page, in every book, that I have ever picked up. But to an extent, they have all given me reason to be thankful. Which leads me to a couple of nods I want to make before diving into this week's post: thank you, to a l l of the authors out there. For believing. For creating. For doing. For being.

Your work means everything. And you mean more.

And to wrap things up quickly, I'd also like to say thank-you to everyone who has ever visited my page or reached out to me in the past. Lastly, to all the book bloggers out there who keep the love of reading alive and present in our world. You mean something. You mean everything. I'm thankful for you.

Let's get down to business, shall we? Here they are! The books (and series) I am most thankful for, now and forever. If the book listed is part of a series, I will link only to the first book/installment. I'm mostly just winging it by picking the first ten books or series that comes to mind. Again, I am thankful for many books--some of these won't be exceptionally moving, some of them will be.

Blog Tour, Excerpt + Review: Rock Solid (Book Boyfriend, #4) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

If you have ever read romance novels, there's a huge chance that the names Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde are at the top of the list--they are currently dominating the genre and even I, someone new to romance novels, knew this. Teaming up again, Phillips and Wilde are more than ready to give readers the steamy standard they have come to know of the two. 

Which is why I jumped at the chance to join in on the blog tour for this delicious standalone. Rock Solid launched officially November 14th, 2017, and all I can say to you is: what are you waiting for? 

To learn more about the novel, read my review and an exclusive excerpt, you know what to do

Follow that cut, ladies and gentlemen! 

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Snow and Seduction by Various Authors

We're going to spice things up the winter--how about that? For all you fearless romance lovers out there, Snow and Seduction is a totally new and totally steamy collection of stories. Best of all? Each story goes where the genre doesn't always go--reverse harem style. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, each story contains multiple love interests in the least typical way possible. 

The collection is brought to you by some of the most prominent writers in romance and will surely captivate their fanbase this holiday season. You won't be disappointed by these steamy tales. 

Let's get down to business, shall we? Follow the cut for all the dirty details (THE COLLECTION IS OUT NOW... buy it!) and your chance at a super appealing giveaway. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | Rating: ★★★★☆

“You are what happiness means to me. And I would rather have today with you than forever with anyone else.” 

I'll admit that this revision of my first review (posted originally sometime around the publication date) is a lot more positive. I had originally given the novel a 2.5-3 star rating but during my series reread, I found I enjoyed The Retribution of Mara Dyer far more than before. Even with this second, more positive experience with the conclusion to the original trilogy, it's--without a doubt--the weakest of the three book run.

First thing's first: Michelle Hodkin is a pro at penning a captivating romance. We knew that from the first moment tension sizzles between Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Up until now, in the startling conclusion to Mara's point of view, we see just how much of an impact this relationship has and to what manners their lives are forever entwined. 

Answers are revealed. There are new spine-tingling revelations. The past comes to play. And... well, RETRIBUTION is an accurate addition to the title because holy moly--BOOM. Let's just say boom. When the series hits you, it hits you hard and reminds you why Hodkin's work has become so beloved in its fanbase. We left Mara Dyer in pieces--she's been taken into the care of some very sketchy people, her "dead" ex-boyfriend really was alive and stalking her, and now it's all too possible that her current boyfriend is dead.

Review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater | Rating: ★★★☆☆

She had still been learning how to live with the hard truth that the most interesting parts of her thoughts usually got left behind when she tried to put them into words.

A quick recap to those who don't know me: this review may, perhaps, appear unfavorable. This is not directed towards Maggie Stiefvater in any way--I adore her writing and almost every book she has penned in her career thus far. Not everything is going to be my cup of tea. All the Crooked Saints, firstly, was not my cup of tea. Now, I wouldn't go so far as to say that  I hated the novel because I didn't. It has her suggestion writing; detailed, haunting, full of that hypnotic prose that makes her stories so brilliant. But at its core, there was so much about it that simply did not strike a cord within me quite like other releases have in the past.

I had a similar problem with the conclusion to The Raven Cycle, which is one of my favourite YA series. What brought me down about All the Crooked Saints (aside from its obvious flaws and previously mentioned critiques from other bloggers, re: problematic) was that despite all its stellar prose and fascinating characters and unique worldbuilding, there was just a lot that didn't feel... there. This isn't to say that the story itself was empty. It was merely lackluster to me in all the points that really and truly mattered.

Blog Tour: Bodyguard by CD Reiss

I've got a special treat for all of you CD Reiss fans today! As of November 14th, 2017, Bodyguard was officially released. You may have heard the buzz surrounding this new standalone novel if you are keen on contemporary romances. If not, it's no worries--now's your chance to learn all you can about the novel.

As part of the blog tour, I have an exclusive excerpt for you and all the details you need to know about Reiss' latest release. What are you waiting for? Follow the cut.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ten Years of City of Bones: Week Six (Who Are You, Really?)

*Sniffles* This meme is officially over half way done and I'm totally not ready to say goodbye. They all just grow up so fast *blows into tissue* don't they? It's not to late to join in on the fun--if you're a fan of The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, you can join in on our weekly celebration at any time you want. It could literally be 2027 and you could join in. To learn more about it, click here.

This weeks theme is the age old question: WHO THE FRICKITY FRACK AM I? Or, rather, who would I be in the pages--ahem, the world--we've come to know and love. Which, to be honest, sent me into a bit of an identity crisis! Who am I? What will I become? What characters would have a restraining order against me IRL?

Yes, yes, yes. I know what you're thinking, "Jessica. Didn't you, like, so totally write the questions for this meme? Shouldn't you have made it easier on yourself?" the answer is yes, I did. But where would the fun be in the easy route? Is it really a day if I haven't spun myself around in about forty different circles?

I'm not sure. Probably not. Sounds pretty fake to me. #ALTERNATIVEFACTS

And now... without further ado...

Book Blitz: Bound for Life (Bound to the Bad Boy Trilogy) by Alexist Abbott

One of the most popular tropes to explore in adult/new-adult romances is the archetype of the *Bad Boy*. In this suspenseful trilogy, Alexis Abbott promises to keep readers on the edge of their seats and to walk away with #ALLTHEFFEELS.  Now's your chance to pick up the first book in the trilogy, Bound for Life--the buzz surrounding it is pretty solid and definitely the next must-read for any romantic with a flare for dangerous leads. And, there's a treat for longtime and new readers as well, in the form of a giveaway!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Blitz: On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner (Now Available for Free on Kindle Unlimited!)


ALERT: ON THE WAY TO YOU by Kandi Steiner is officially out in the wild! And I for one am more than ready to embark on this emotionally charged romance--who can resist!? Now available to purchase--the novel is also available for free on Kindle Unlimited!

To read more about the novel and its beautiful author, follow the cut! Congrats, Kandi! I can't wait to dive into On the Way to You. I'm ready to swoon. 

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Power Struggle by Paige Fieldsted

The time has finally come! We have an official cover for Paige Fieldsted's Power Struggle--a delectable new erotic romance that is launching on November 30th! If you're here for tension filled tales and steamy romance, this book is definitely worth a second glance--and lucky for you, I have all the dirty deets under the cut.

As for the cover art you are about to see: I'm in love with the colouring and the way the photo shoot was cropped to accommodate the novel itself!

In celebration of the reveal and its impending publication date, there's an awesome giveaway for you to enter as well! So, what are you waiting for? Let's get a look!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Blog Tour, Excerpt + Review: Wicked Torture by J. Kenner

It is finally here! J. Kenner's latest of the Stark World series, Wicked Torture, is here to bring you all the satisfaction of a steamy, second chance romance. The question is, are you ready for ALL THE FEELS?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #6: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can learn more about it here

I'm going to lay it out there for you--my maternal skills are lacking in the worst possible ways. No joke, my close friend tried to hand me her three month old daughter once (this was years back, mind you) and I almost started crying. Not to sound like a total b*tch. The little nugget did grow on me with time (not that I had any real aversion towards her--she's an angel and everything but me holding a child is SPOOKY) and I'm perfectly content with spoiling her with gifts and treats.

(In particular, the kinds that make messes for her dear mother. Finger paints. Chalk. So-on.)

So, this list is purely hypothetical. I also don't have any siblings, therefore the future does not hold nieces and nephews for me, and all of my cousins are growing up--so, to my non-existent future child (let's call you Josie, not to be mistaken with Josie Grossie), please read these books and make mama proud.

And guess what? I couldn't narrow it down to ten--literally, the lowest number I could narrow it down to was twelve.

Available Now (Blitz) Defiant Queen by Meghan March

Meghan March's The Mount Trilogy continues with newly released Defiant Queen (out today!). It's time to celebrate. Best of all, the release is followed closely by Sinful Empire. It's time to treat yourself to your next favourite. To learn more about Meghan March's The Mount Trilogy, follow the cut!

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Wild Hearts by Vivian Wood

It's time for a VERY HAPPY RELEASE DAY to Vivian Wood--Wild Hearts is officially out in the--ah--wild and I can't wait for you to see Armed with an appropriate title, Wild Hearts will surely cause your heart to thud, thud, thud in anticipation of romance. Follow the cut for more information and your chance to win one wild giveaway.