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

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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

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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!)

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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.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | Rating: ★★★★★

"I’ll walk forever with stories inside me that the people I love the most can never hear." 

There's always this feeling that comes with this trilogy. It is not unlike feeling mildly disturbed. Something about it messes with your senses. I'd released long ago that I love stories that have that creepy edge to them; the kind that makes you question what you're reading and the reliability of the narrator. The Evolution of Mara Dyer dives deeper into the dark end of the plot-line, sprinkling in a great combination of psychological thrills and swoon worthy romance. Further, it conveys just the right amount of coming of age snark that is so very prominent in young adults lives.

To put it bluntly: Michelle Hodkin makes your heart thud in anticipation all the while your skin is crawling at the general creepy atmosphere. I love this trilogy and on my second reading of it, I can honestly say that--despite its flaws--this certainly holds up. It's one of those books that screws with your mind and gets under your skin in a way that makes it impossible to put down. You devour it. Or it devours you.

Blitz + Giveaway: Dirty Morals by Lexi Adams

 
If you're more than ready to dive into winter with some romance novels to curl up to, I have good news for you! Lexi Adams' Dirty Morals has OFFICIALLY launched and I'm hear to spill all the dirty details in celebration.  So follow the cut for that and your chance for a totally swoon worthy giveaway on behalf of Lexi Adams. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ten Years of City of Bones: Week Five (Parabatai)

I've spent the better part of my week (1) Trying to hunt down a copy of the anniversary edition of City of Bones (to no avail--guess I'll have to suck it up and order online and hope my idiot neighbors don't steal the package) and (2) Listening to the new Taylor Swift record on repeat (I'm not going to apologize about this just so we're on the same page) while trying to plot this weeks post out in my head. As you can imagine, that didn't go off as well as I'd hoped--however, I finally got off my arse and got it done. I know, I'm proud of me too.

To be honest, this is a pretty short post compared to the other topics. I have no idea why I procrastinated like I did. Whoops. 

I'm so excited to continue my celebration. Which, if you're confused as to what I'm talking about--click here. Basically, my stan is at its highest level when it comes to Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series.

I'm going to be tackling my favourite parabatai pairings from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices because reasons. So let's get down to business. Grab a drink. And blast "I Did Something Bad" by Taylor Swift because it's what I'm doing--it's a total banger.

Review: Shattered Memories by "V.C. Andrews"

Shattered Memories by V.C. Andrews | Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I'll be honest, I fell into the trap with The Mirror Sisters. The first book was relatively rubbish but the second one was thrilling enough that I had high hopes for the series conclusion in Shattered Memories. Undoubtedly, we all know that V.C. Andrews' name needs to be retired as she passed away decades ago and the ghost-writer has more misses than hits.

While Shattered Memories had the potential to conclude the stories of Haylee and Kaylee, the finale was beyond underwhelming and left me feeling like there was no real end, no closure, and it fell as flat as it felt messy. I'm not sure how it even got published--or if it really is the series end--but damn, it was a let down. Especially when you consider how thrilling (and darkly twisted) the ending of The Mirror Sisters was leading straight up to Broken Glass. It had the potential to build onto that and show both sides of Haylee and Kaylee--but it just didn't.

And, as per usual, it shows how lackluster the ghost-writer has become in the years since he took control of the books published under the V.C. Andrews name. Something about it was all to familiar when it comes to the modern "V.C. Andrews" and that's not even the worst part.

Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo | Rating: ★★★★★

I hope you weren't looking to me to be the voice of reason. I keep to a strict diet of ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret.

Admittedly, Ruin and Rising started off a bit slower than the previous installments in the trilogy. Bardugo doesn't let the pace slack for long though and once it really kicks into gear? BOOM. I'm blown away once more. Ruin and Rising is that perfect combination of romance, action, darkness and fantasy. It is everything I wanted from the conclusion and then some.

While my favourite in the series remains to be the second book, it's still a fantastic novel and positively brilliant. I know that a lot of people weren't altogether keen on the endgames in this novel but I loved that Leigh Bardugo took a path a little less unknown when it comes to, ah, unhealthy relationships in YA literature. You know who I'm talking about--I've been pretty vocal about my general dislike of one relationship and love of another.

I was pretty surprised that the novel went the way I wanted it to. As always, Alina is fantastic and just what I want from my main characters.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Blog Tour, Review + Excerpt: Most Eligible Bastard by Annika Martin

Here we go! NYT Bestselling Author, Annika Martin, returns with Most Eligible Bastard! I'm not sure if it's inappropriate to be THIS excited about being a host on the blog tour but when the damn description involves the end-note of "Oh well, who needs panties anyway?" I think it's safe to say you are in for a fiery treat. And who can say no to an enemies-to-lovers standalone full of just as many comedic elements as romantic ones? 

Let's get started! I'm so excited to be participating. Today I have an excerpt and review for you guys.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: In for the Win by Melynda Price

 
Melynda Price's Against the Cage returns with its fifth installment--In for the Win! And I'm so, so excited to celebrate its November 7th release with you guys! Described as one of the most romantic and suspenseful sports novel as of late, Price knows how to hook her target audience--so buckle up, ladies and gentlemen! 

P.S., to learn more about the novel you should definitely follow the cut. Did I mention GIVEAWAY?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reveal: Under Northern Lights by Sonya Loveday

 
Get ready, Sonya Loveday fans! Under Northern Lights is just around the corner--its expected launch date is November 16th, 2017!--and is just in time for the holidays. Get ready to curl up with the latest contemporary romance. How gorgeous is that cover? And to sweeten the deal for old fans and new--the first book in The Six Series is currently on sale for .99 cents on Amazon and the rest of the series is FREE TO READ only on Kindle Unlimited.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: This Piece of Our Being by Robyn M. Ryan


In just under a month, Robyn M. Ryan releases the third installment of fan-favourite series Clearing the Ice. Just in time for a little holiday treat! If you're a fan of New Adult Romances and sports--This Piece of Our Being is the perfect little love story to curl up to this winter. Best of all? Not only is there a giveaway headed your way--there's an exclusive pre-order deal for you under the cut.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Rating: ★★★★★

When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.

It's not a shock to me that I devoured Siege and Storm almost as quickly as Shadow and Bone. If the first book in the trilogy captivated me, I would say the second engulfed me in a sea of emotions. All too easily the second installment of a series can become mundane in comparison to the first but in the case of Siege and Storm, it was even better than the first book and this is entirely due to Bardugo's unique prose and compelling, fantastical weaving of stories.

There's something about the way she builds characters and worlds and power. It's all about the balance of many things but still managing to keep his readers on their toes. Bardugo manages to explore many traits that make the genre of fantasy so intriguing, whilst still sprinkling in other plot points. There's magic, intelligence, action, thrills and romance--all of it blends together effortlessly and in one of the most delicious of ways. I loved the way the story unfolds and how much Alina has changed from the first book right up to the end of the second. Siege and Storm would be nothing without change. Because, trust me, there are a lot of changes in this book.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Choosing Hope by Holly Kammier

 
From Acorn Publishing and Holly Kammier comes a new thriller with hints of romance--Choosing Hope. Just in time for the autumn and winter, it is a passionate story that is both suspenseful and surprising. Kammier is a best-selling author with good reason--Choosing Hope promises to be one for the ages. 

As of October 31st, 2017, Choosing Hope has officially launched and is waiting for you to devour it! 

To learn more about this exciting novel, read an exclusive excerpt and enter one wicked giveaway, follow the cut.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Rating: ★★★★★

There's something about a place you've been with someone you love. It takes on a meaning in your mind. It becomes more than a place. It becomes a distillation of what you felt for each other. The moments you spend in a place with someone... they become part of its bricks and mortar. Part of its soul.

Five months. Five. Freaking. Months. That's how long it has taken me to recover from Lord of Shadows and I have to admit, I'm not even remotely over it. I just reread Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows over the course of one week because (1) I missed this world and (2) It's getting to be chilly outside so I typically go for comfort in Harry Potter or Shadowhunters. I figured now was the time to get up and write my review despite my inability to come to terms with the final chapter of this book as well as who we lose this time around. Basically, I am having a struggle when it comes to comprehending my emotions.

I think we all know how far up Cassandra Clare's ass I am at this point. That is a very vulgar way of putting it but, eh, what can you do? The Dark Artifices began with a really solid first installment and I briefly wondered if she could top it. I know better than to underestimate Clare because once again she proves she just keeps getting better with age--the writing in Lord of Shadows was phenomenal. I felt every word. Every heartbreak. Every butterfly. Every tingle and shock. There was something so good about Lord of Shadows that I can't quite put my finger on its pulse--it is perhaps one of her best works to date.


Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | Rating: ★★★★★

They are orphans again, with no true home but each other and whatever life they can make together on the other side of the sea.

OH MY GOD, you guys. This book. I'm completely in a pile of emotions over here. I read it in one sitting, after just procrastinating picking it up for a while--much like I did with Throne of Glass. Except, in this case, I cannot fathom why it took me so long to get up off my arse and read it. Shadow and Bone was nothing like I expected but everything I desired when it comes to YA literature. I was emotional. I was cheerful. I was angsty. I swooned often. The world building was incredible. Leigh Bardugo really created something special with this one and based on all of your insistence that it only gets better from here on out, I am so beyond hyped to give the rest of the series a go.

There's something about the world in Shadow and Bone that is so compelling and dark; woven tightly in fantastical elements and intrigue. It lays somewhere between fantasy genres and keeps its pace up wonderfully. I genuinely had such a fun time reading this book that one minute, it was 9AM and the next it was early afternoon. I didn't move at all. See, Bardugo has a prose that is dark and mysterious and at its core, what fantasy needs to be to keep things fresh. Something about it blends entertainment into fantasy, which blends fantasy into romance, and romance into something obtainable. Even in all its magic, you can't help but to feel as though it's bordering on real life and fiction. I can't explain it other than that, but there was something striking about it--it makes you root for the characters even against your better judgment.

Ten Years of City of Bones: Week Four (Couples, Friendships and Families)

First of all HOW ARE WE ALMOST HALF WAY THROUGH THIS CELEBRATION?! This is nuts. Completely bonkers. It's, dare I say it, cuckoo bananas. This week's topic in my celebration of the 10th anniversary of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones is all about the relationships of The Mortal Instruments. Romantic, platonic/parabatai, family bonds, etc. Part of me wants to really expand this week's theme to extend to The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices since they all technically do make an appearance in one way or another throughout all the Shadowhunters novels.

So. Guess what I'm doing? *Evil laughter* Besides drinking coffee and ogling lipsticks on Temptalia, of course.  I'M GOING WILD WITH IT. Or, at the very least moderately untamed fangirl levels of joy and squeals and probably a lot of tears because Cass does tend to have that effect on us, right? Right?! No--but for real, I am extending this weeks theme to those three series because I'm a little feral this evening, as I just finished rereading Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows this week. And it's one of those moments where our beloved characters just pop up at random or are at least mentioned.

(And I'm still procrastinating writing a review for Lord of Shadows. Which, yes, is pretty sad as I've read it twice since it was released in the spring.)

I feel winded. Can you possibly feel winded from typing? I am pretty sure you can. Let's just get down to the good stuff. Grab a drink. Snuggle in. Find something to use as a tissue just in case the mere mention of a relationship causes total tears and distraction. We're going to be here for a good bit of time.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Butterly by Cambria Hebert


Cambria Hebert returns with her latest NA romance--Butterfly! And I, for one, am beyond stoked to get my hands on a copy.  As of today, it has officially launched. Longtime fans will attest to the fact that Cambria knows how to captivate readers--and Butterfly will likely be no different in that regard. 

To learn more about the novel, the giveaway in celebration, as well as more info on Cambria Hebert and an exclusive first look at the prologue of Butterfly, follow the cut! 

Now Available on Passionflix: Afterburn Aftershock (Based Upon Sylvia Day's Besteller of the Same Name)

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★ ★ ★ Afterburn Aftershock is now live on Passionflix! ★ ★ ★
Never bring politics into the bedroom.
Never mix business with pleasure.
New York Times and international bestseller Sylvia Day’s Afterburn Aftershock is live and STREAMING NOW only on Passionflix! Follow the cut to see the trailer and find out more.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing

 
Mick & Michelle has officially landed! It's no secret that more LGBTQ+ representation is needed desperately in literature/entertainment. Nina Rossing has you covered with Mick & Michelle, a YA contemporary coming at you from Harmony Ink Press. 

Released on October 31st, 2017, this novel joins the list as one of the books young readers should be looking out for. Which is why you should take my word for it now and join the celebration! To learn more about the novel, its author and try your hand at an exclusive giveaway--well, you know the drill. Follow the cut!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Book Blitz: Tempting Sophia by Jessica Prince

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Are you ready to be tempted by an epic new romance? Jessica Prince's novel Tempting Sophia is here to save the day. Contemporary romance has never looked so appealing--so prepare to be breathless. It is officially out there in the wild--released literally today, November 2nd! Follow the cut for all the information you need to know.

Best of all? The book, along with Seducing Lola, is free to read on Kindle Unlimited. Users should definitely take advantage of that!

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G.

 

Fans of NYT and USA Today bestselling author Whitney G. will be beyond thrilled to get their hands on her latest novel--Thirty Day Boyfriend

The novel itself has officially launched as of today, November 2nd 2017. It's the perfect steam read to get you through the chilly nights ahead--full of romance and all the things readers of the genre desire. To learn more about the novel, and try your hand at one delicious giveaway, follow the cut! 

Book Blitz, Excerpt, Q & A + Giveaway: Winter's Siren by Krystal Jane Ruin


Yesterday saw the release of one of my most anticipated releases of November 2017--Krystal Jane Ruin's YA novel Winter's Siren. Do you want to know why it's on my list of most anticipated? I'll give you a hint in its tagline: DARK REIMAGINING OF SWAN LAKE. I know, right? It sounds beyond appealing--just wait until you read the blurb. 

Massively congratulations are in order to Krystal Jane Ruin and I'm almost certain you will be hearing a lot about this book before the year is over. 

To learn more about the novel, and its author, as well as enter an exclusive giveaway and check out the fantastic Q & A, follow the cut! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: I Wrote This For You 2007-2017 by Iain S. Thomas

I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017 by Iain S. Thomas | Rating: ★★★★☆

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

Sometimes, poetry is the only thing that speaks to certain parts of our souls or minds or hearts. It can scrape past the superficial lines of who we are and touch on something deeply. I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017 is one of those collections that touches on something so raw and vulnerable, you often squirm from the way it makes you feel. This is my first experience in Iain S. Thomas' work but I can see what compels his fans to reach out and hope to touch the words he pens.

Life is full of so many complexities and like so many of his counterparts, he exposes parts of these traits in a way that makes readers feel attached to the very words he writes. It also lends a hand in exploring who we are as people--connecting our thoughts to his and then back again. When reading I Wrote This For You, you find yourself in the lines of a poem and suddenly, you're no longer completely alone. This is not something to be taken lightly; you will find yourself highlighting and tabbing many sections of the prose. It is the very type of collection you pick up and by the time you're finished, you are itching to submerge yourself in the pages once more.


Teaser Campaign: The Right Direction by Kathy Coopmans

Okay, ladies and gentlemen! Today, I have an exclusive teaser in promotion of The Right Direction by Kathy Coopmans for you. Are you ready for a second chance love story? Here's your first look!

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Love, Secrets and Absolution by K.L. Loveley

 
Happy November, everyone! Where has the year gone? I mean, wasn't it just January of 2007? Am I the only one who is feeling a little lost as to where the time has gone? 

With a new month comes a world of new releases to look out for, though, so there's always a bright side to the passage of time--and as for new releases Love, Secrets and Absolution is one of the leaders of the pack! K.L. Loveley, congratulations on your release! 

To learn more about Love, Secrets and Absolution--and to enter the fantastic giveaway in celebration of its release--follow the cut! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #5: Ten Books That Are Perfect For Halloween


If you're new to my blog, or book blogging in general, or just new to Top Ten Tuesday, it is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and its title means exactly what you think it means. Each week, bloggers are given one topic to write about--it's the ultimate book lover meme and I adore it. This week is a freebie post, in honor of Halloween, meaning whatever topic my little heart desires. Which is both exciting and oddly daunting because who has creativity these days?*

*You guys are all creative. I am not. And it's Sunday, I wanted to write this early and have it scheduled. I'm also hungover which is never a good combination.

I first thought I'd do one that was devoted exclusive to various forms of horror, and creatures of the  supernatural/paranormal variety and sprinkle in some magic and mythology.

To my utter shock (see: sarcasm) I couldn't focus on that and was drawing a complete blank because (1) Hungover. (2) Stupid. (3) I am SUPER DUPER TIRED. (4) My mind is elsewhere because I am daydreaming about the fact that I ordered some new lipstick last night. #JUSTADULTTHINGS. And then, just as quickly as the thought came it went the heckle away from me. I decided on horror/thriller/mystery/emotionally disturbing theme instead.

The very sort of books (one graphic novel*) that make your skin crawl--or at least, they made mine crawl. Some of these are books I adore--others are ones I don't but are still included because they freaked me the frickity frack out.

Book Blitz, Excerpt + Giveaway: Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

MY QUEENS ARE BACK WITH THEIR LATEST RELEASE: Lovers Like Us. That's right, NA fans! Krista and Becca Ritchie are here to destroy you in the best way possible. I'm already #SHOOK, I'm already crying and wishing I could high five them or interview them. My favourite NA family is back and better than ever--I can't wait to see more of Farrow and Maximoff. Basically, I'm always ready for more books by these two.

For those of you who are new to my blog, you should know that their Addicted and Calloway Sisters novels have defined my twenties in the same way that Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments defined my teenage years.  And that's kind of a big deal.

If you haven't read any of their books yet, now is the time. You won't regret it. I've said it once and I'll say it until I'm blue in the face, I adore them and the way they explore the complexities of life and love and true-to-life issues.

Now's the chance to learn more about them, this series or just to catch up. We've got a fucking brilliant giveaway going for you guys that you don't want to miss. So follow the cut!

And don't forget to purchase the book and send your congratulations to the amazing duo for another fantastic installment.

Book Blitz: Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken

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Rachel Van Dyken fans, rejoice! Darkest Temptation has officially landed on the most perfect day imaginable--Halloween! As a standalone novel in The Dark Ones Saga, this paranormal romance will have fans glued to its pages until the final chapter. Follow the cut to find out more info on this steamy and suspenseful read--as well as the series and its wonderful author.

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass


It's official, guys! The cover art for Eliza Wass' seoncd novel The Life and Death Parade is here. We have a while to go when it comes to the release (can it be June 26th, 2018, now?) but today--I have your exclusive first look!

And to sweeten the deal: A GIVEAWAY.

Anyone else vibrating from excitement? 



Monday, October 30, 2017

Cover Reveal: On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner

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Today's the day! On the Way to You, a new standalone novel for contemporary romance fans to eat up before the year is through, officially has a cover. And it's gorgeous! Like, "I need to take a ton of pictures of the book and its spine" levels of gorgeous. Penned by Kandi Steiner, and out November 16th, the novel is sure to be one massive emotional rollarcoaster ride.

Book Blitz, Excerpt + Giveaway: The Lovely Dark by K.A. Last

Are you guys ready for a SUPER AWESOME YA Urban Fantasy novel entwined with horror? As I am typing this, I'm reading it to my friend and she is all: OKAY, I'LL BITE. Because AUTUMN IS THE TIME FOR CREEPY READS! I mean, Autumn is the time for #ALLTHEREADS but ugh, there is just something about the two extreme ends literature: fluffy and terrifying.

They don't go hand-in-hand with each other. But with AUTUMN? Yes, please. And The Lovely Dark by K.A. Last is here to slay your entire existence and chill you to the bone. So, do yourself a favor--follow the cut, find out all you can, read the excerpt and ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Owl Post + Review: Paperless Post

Step out of the ordinary with some of the most darling designs over at Paperless Post. Who doesn't love a good owl post, right? The trade of online card and invitations exchange can be tricky at best. Paperless Post knows how frustrating and unappealing that can be for those who want to send out online cards to their loved ones; pairing up with some of the best in the stationery and design world (such as Rifle Paper Co., Kate Spade, Sugar Paper and more) they are the leading source for customizing your online cards.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the site thanks to a partnership with the lovely people over at Anagram Interactive and Paperless Post. While they provided the coins for me to test out Paperless Post's services, this does not effect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are based upon my own experiences with the site itself.

So let's jump right into it!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Ten Years of City of Bones: Week Three (Adaptations)




I don't know what's more shocking--the fact that City of Bones is 10 or that we're on week three of the celebration already! Nuts. Completely. I'm actually in shock about this because apparently I'm easily shocked. Or just #shook. I have a busy weekend ahead of me so your girl actually wrote this ALMOST A WEEK EARLY to schedule it in. Believe me, I'm just as surprised as you are.

If you're wondering what the fresh hell (do the kids still say that?) I am babbling about now (...as opposed to whatever it is I typically babble about on here?)--to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cassandra Clare's beloved introduction to The Shadowhunters Chronicles/The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones, I decided to host a little meme to get better acquainted with my fellow TMI fans. Which you can read more about here.

I'm not going to lie to you guys. This weeks topic is the one I've been most looking forward to. I was *almost* tempted to make it the first task/theme/topic/trumpet (???) when I came up with the list but decided to pace myself. Adaptations are on the table--including both the film and Freeform television series. Are you excited? Am I vibrating?

For starters, I didn't used to be so mellow about my favourite books being adapted for screen. From the time that Gossip Girl was first aired (honestly, I hated it) and made me flinch into my beloved pieces of trash (the books, obviously) to the Harry Potter films, whose problems were less frustrating for me than Gossip Girl because at least Harry Potter stuck to the general plots, I would analyze and nitpick EVERY LAST DETAIL of everything. Because that's what us book lovers tend to do--we love the way it translates on screen more or equal to the source material or we loath it. And that's that.

As I got older and saw more television and film adaptations of work I'd been familiar with or loved--such as The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Game of Thrones, The Secret Circle, Pretty Little Liars, The Giver, Outlander, The Hunger Games, Divergent--I began to be able to separate the original vs. the adaptations bit by bit. I'm not saying I loved them but I'm not saying I hated them either way, I just slowly began to loosen my grip on the work in question and embraced changes with a little less stubbornness.

(Grumbles into her coffee about Gossip Girl and The Lying Game for life, though.*) 

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Made by J.L. Lora


All right, fans of J.L. Lora's thrilling The Trinity! The day has come and gone--Made is officially out in the wild and I just know you're tripping over yourselves to order a copy. Lora is known for her delicious/lush style of story telling that is both vivid in life and developed in all ways. She has a knack for writing characters that captivate her audience and tip-toe the lines of gray--in other words, she is a total pro. 

And definitely someone you should be reading more. Not only is Made one of my most anticipated reads this year, the cover is STUNNING and the suspense proves to be there just by checking out the summary. Which, if you hadn't caught on yet--you need to do! Follow the cut for more information. 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway! 

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Personal Escort by Ainsley Booth

 
The time has arrived. Billionaire Secrets is back with Personal Escort and it's safe to say that fans of USA Today bestselling author Ainsley Booth has another hit on her hands. Longtime readers will be swooning over the latest in her impressive catalogue and that's just a fact.

Personal Escort has already captivated her doting audience (those of you who frequent romance bloggers and their reviews don't need me to remind you of the substantial hype!) in the couple of days since its initial release (October 24th, 2017) and it would be a shame to not let it warm you up on the cold days to come. 

To learn more about the novel, the series and its author--as well as your chances to win a wickedly delicious giveaway in celebration of its release--follow the cut.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Blog Tour + Excerpt: A Little Too Late by Staci Hart

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I have a serious treat for you guys today! In particular, for fans of Staci Hart--her latest standalone novel A Little Too Late is officially available and sure to satisfy your every desire when it comes to contemporary romances. There's something about it that will make readers feel not unlike they've fallen in love and that's all we can ask from a good romantic read! 

Which is why I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour and share with you an exclusive excerpt to capture your attention. If you're anything like me, now is the time of year where you want nothing more but to snuggle up with a good book--A Little Too Late has you covered.