Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Blitz + Giveaway: Right Kiss, Wrong Guy by Natalie Decker

Natalie Decker is back with the second installment of Offsides! Armed with just as much swoon worthy YA romance as any lover of the genre could want--this book will surely quench any thirst romantic-at-heart-readers have. Plus, how cute is that name? 

In celebration of its publication--today is the day, people!--there's a sweet little giveaway going on! To learn more about the book, Natalie Decker and your chances at entering the giveaway, follow the cut.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Blitz + Giveaway: Quest for a Popstar by Katie Hamstead

With 2018 in full swing, the publishing world is on fire with explosive new releases in every genre. Just over two weeks into the new year, and Quest for a Popstar is officially out in the wild. Katie Hamstead promises readers a ride of music, contemporary new adult romance and some seriously fun-times. Which is why I'm so excited to celebrate the official release with you guys! 

To learn more about the book, its author and to try your hand at an exclusive giveaway, follow the cut.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings | ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.
The first thing you must know about Zenith is that it's fun. Pure, simple, fast paced fun--with fantastic characters and a whole lot of action. The second thing you must know, is a fact that lay in the blueprints of the beginnings of the series--Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings are a dynamic duo both on and off page.

Between the two, when story meets paper, Zenith is as unstoppable as any devoted reader could hope. It is every bits as spellbinding as any sci-fi enthusiast could hope. Both the authors and the characters found in the book command your attention instantly. In short, Zenith is the sort of novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seat in suspense and promise.

Readers who hope to find the perfect combination of angst, intrigue and an out-of-this-world cast of characters, will be satisfied with the roller coaster Zenith takes them on. In terms of science fiction, it is not easy to come by one that is wholly satisfying but Alsberg and Cummings take the genre and make something entirely their own. While there was the occasional miss and pages that felt to drag on, it was still a fun experience to flip through its pages and get lost in the spaces between.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goodbye, 2017!: The Best Books of the Year

Well, the end of the year is upon us. Already?! Goodbye, 2017! I'm unfortunately ringing in the new year just as I did last year--sick and at home. You can't have everything. And the good news is that I have a marathon of The X-Files planned and, of course, you guys!

In celebration of the upcoming new year (!!!!!!) and all the fantastic book releases we've been graced with for these twelve months, I'm gathering a list of my favourite books of this last year. Me? Avoiding finishing up my City of Bones celebration? What-ever-do-you-mean? Why, I never!

Picking just a few of my favourites that were published throughout the year would have been hellish, so there's no limit to this list. I'd call it an excessive list if I was being honest.

Which is why my introduction ends here and with a Happy New Year to all of you! Let's get started!

Review: The House Mate by Kendall Ryan

The House Mate (Roommates, #2) by Kendall Ryan | Rating: ★★★★☆

Kendall Ryan does it again! What do you get when you stir in sexual tension between two amazingly complex characters, a live-in situation, one cute kid and a whole lot of potential angst? A fantastic love story to wrap yourself up in. You know the drill with Kendall Ryan; this queen of romance knows how to keep readers feeling electric and compelled in her character's relationships and this book is no different.

In The House Mate, we meet a new kind of "bad boy" leading man--Max Alexander is a newfound father with a whole new lifestyle change and the soon-to-be object of his affection, Addison Lane. As per usual, the chemistry between the two leads sizzles right off the pages and as lines between them blur, the further a girl falls into their connection.

What I liked most about The House Mate was that it was so very different from the previous two installments in the Roommates series. Whereas the previous two novels followed an entirely different, and ultimately similar trope, Kendall Ryan steps out of the routine with the relationship between a single dad and his nanny. Ah, yes, this isn't exactly a fresh and new connection but Ryan, as usual, makes it her own and continues to revitalize a tired genre.

Review: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore | Rating: ★★★★☆

...that hearts that loved boys and girls were no more reckless or easily won than any other heart. They loved who they loved. They broke how they broke. And the way it happened depended less on what was under their lovers’ clothes and more on what was wrapped inside their spirits. What secret halls and trapdoors their souls held, and what each one hid and guarded.

This is my first experience with McLemore's writing but it will certainly not be my last. You know when you pick up a book and the writing is just so special, so artful, you want to just live in it? That's the best way to describe the way that Anna-Marie McLemore wields a pen.

Wild Beauty is one of the most wonderfully crafted YA reads in recent memory--it is descriptive, poetic, romantic and utterly whimsical in the way that not many authors are able to accomplish. When I say that there is something special about Anna-Marie McLemore's writing, I have no doubt that words could describe it otherwise but for me the first word that comes to mind about her writing is special.

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | Rating: ★★★☆☆

She knew that women were rarely the centers of such stories. Instead, they were eye candy, arm candy, victims, or love interests. Mostly, they existed to help the great white hetero hero on his fucking epic journey. When there was a heroine, she weighed very little, wore very little, and had had her teeth fixed.

Based on the magnificence that is Lockhart's prose, with what we saw in We Were Liars, I wanted to love Genuine Fraud. My problem was that while the writing was utterly luscious, it just didn't compel me in the many ways that Lockhart's previous release had. Which is seemingly an unfair thing to say, surely, considering the stories are two very different ones--but it just didn't do it for me quite like it should have.

I enjoyed it but only just. Lockhart has that way with her words that makes her one of the most enjoyable writers of her time. You know the type. You dive into their tales and get lost in their prose. They could literally type up a little commentary along the sides of a phone book and you'd be right there with your highlighter, marking away at the good bits. Genuine Fraud had plenty of moments in the narration that were so smooth and easy to fall into, I had many tabs present.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

It's a Top Ten Tuesday (#10) Charlie Brown: Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Woo! Happy-almost-Christmas, if you celebrate. If not, happy Wednesday. I'm a day late on this post but to be fair, I have been tired all week from finishing up holiday shopping. And lazy. For those of you who are new to Top Ten Tuesday, it is presently hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (soon to be found at That Artsy Read Girl) and its title means exactly what you think it means. Every week, the book blogging community comes together with one topic to talk bookish.

This weeks topic is all kinds of jingle and jangle and I'm more than ready to participate. The top ten books I hope Santa brings me this year! I surprisingly didn't ask for that many books this year as presents because I have been trying to finish what I already have on the back burner. Plus, there's that little problem in the fact that I want ALL THE MAKEUP right now.

(I'm moving into Sephora and Ulta. Oops.)

That doesn't mean I couldn't come up with ten books that I have been eying. I mean, who would I be if I couldn't? So, while the books bellow are definitely going to be on my wish-list, I don't expect most of them to actually be under the tree come December 25th. Some of the books on my list are novels I hope to snag physical copies of in the future, after purchasing digital ones or reading eARC copies of throughout the year.

Only one is one I haven't read yet. 

So, let's get down to the jingle jangle part.

Blog Tour: Crave by Shanora Williams


I have some exciting news for you guys! 

 As of December 15th, Shanora Williams' latest novel, Crave, is officially available! Before we get into all the dirty details of this blog tour, I just want to give a massive shout-out of congratulations to Shanora on her latest release. She's definitely serving us some heat for the chilly winter months ahead! 

 Crave is a must-have for the romantic at heart and is bound to be a "devour in one sitting" read. So, get ready. Get cozy. Buy and read! Follow the cut for all the information you need.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Jewel of the Gods by Mary Bernsen

Get ready for Mary Bernsen's next compelling installment of Beyond the Gods, an adult fantasy that is sprinkled with the best of the genre. Including mythology and romance, Jewel of the Gods is a total smoke-show and will captivate you instantly.

To learn more about the book, and enter the generous giveaway that was provided, follow the cut!  

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Review: The Play Mate (Roommates, #2) by Kendall Ryan

The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan | Rating: ★★★★☆

Can I start by saying how much I genuinely love Kendall Ryan's work? All of the books I have read have been so outstanding. The Play Mate is the kind of novel that leaves you feel flushed and buzzed. Just a touch of this series and you're left glowing, breathless and maybe a little overwhelmed with emotions. In the case of The Play Mate, it contains all the things that make us love Kendall Ryan's novels: swoon-worthy alpha males and the bad ass women who love them, sizzling chemistry, classic banter exchanges and delicious backstories.

Best of all? The Play Mate primarily takes place in (one of the two cities*) the city I call  home--Chicago! Okay, okay, so maybe that's not the novels best side-note but it's just one of those little things that I appreciate in settings. If the book is set in New York City or Chicago, I'm there. Sprinkle in the beginning of the novel set in Paris and I'm already swooning.

Admittedly, I definitely think this one may be the weak link in the Roommates series. Does that mean it is a bad novel? Hell, no. It's just as appealing as you'd expect--a tantalizing relationship between two fantastic characters who have been friends since they were children, smoking chemistry and a whole lot of wit spicing up the dialogue. As per usual, Kendall Ryan writes a total smoke show of a novel and keeps readers on the edge of their seat, anticipating the--ahem--big bang and hoping for a happily-ever-after for a set of characters who truly deserve it.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Blog Tour & Excerpt: The Vixen's Lead by Tate James

And just like that, it's the final day in the blog tour for The Vixen's Lead. Tate James' novel may have been released in September of this year but it is the perfect December read. New Adult fans with a bit of a taste for paranormal romances, a little walk on the wild side, will flock to the beginning of this series.  

So curl up, ladies and gentlemen. Get cozy and check out this exclusive excerpt before buying. And don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review: The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy


The time is here! Yesterday saw the release of one of the most explosive debuts this year in YA: The Truth Beneath the Lies. I'm so excited to share my thoughts with you guys on this COMPLETELY DELICIOUS AND UTTERLY BONKERS novel by Amanda Searcy. This is the sort of novel that will need no introduction--so, let's just cut to the chase, shall we? 

Follow the cut for all the information you need to know about the YA thriller everyone will be talking about. Under the cut you will find my review and an exclusive giveaway in celebration of its release. Are you ready?!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: I've Been Looking for You by Jennifer Dean

I'm so excited to be a stop on the I've Been Looking for You blog tour. Words cannot do my feelings justice, but I'm certainly going to give it a go when sharing my thoughts with you all. Jennifer Dean's latest was released at the very start of the month and I promise you, it's an unforgettable YA read for all ages. 

To learn more about the book, including my review of it, follow the cut! And don't forget to try your luck at entering the giveaway.