The gorgeous cover of Winter’s Camp caught my eye on Netgalley, plus I’m always down for anything historical. The Texas setting was described beautifuThe gorgeous cover of Winter’s Camp caught my eye on Netgalley, plus I’m always down for anything historical. The Texas setting was described beautifully and I was drawn to James and Millie’s unconventional romance. This was a super quick novella that I whooshed through on my Kindle app during a day trip for work. As Winter’s Camp stands on it’s own, I really enjoyed it. However, I mistakenly thought it was intended to kick off a historical series. The next book, Ransom Canyon is set in the present which I found super disappointing. I tried reading Ransom Canyon and it just didn’t work for me since it was too big of a time jump from the novella. I understand that Thomas was trying to use Winter’s Camp to introduce the reader to the backstory of Ransom Canyon and how that area of Texas was settled, but it didn’t do much for me honestly. This isn’t a series I’ll be continuing but since I liked Thomas’ writing I fully intend to see if she has written any other historical novels since those are more my speed....more
Bone Gap was one of my most anticipated reads this year and it did not disappoint. I was instantly drawn in to the horrific mystery and kept turning pBone Gap was one of my most anticipated reads this year and it did not disappoint. I was instantly drawn in to the horrific mystery and kept turning page after page to find out who Roza’s kidnapper might be. Finn was such an unreliable narrator which made the story even trickier. I found myself holding my breath and felt my heart racing until the very end....more
I absolutely love anything to do with fairytale retellings and they seem to be making a huge comeback these last few years. I've read some amazing BeaI absolutely love anything to do with fairytale retellings and they seem to be making a huge comeback these last few years. I've read some amazing Beauty and the Beast stories like Beauty and Rose Daughter both by Robin McKinley. I had heard that Cruel Beauty was a unique spin on this classic tale so I knew I had to give it a shot. Well, I read Cruel Beauty in literally one sitting. Like, I stayed up until my eyes hurt and I knew work was going to be seriously rough the next day. The lack of sleep was so worth it though because the story of Nyx and Ignifex was captivating. This wasn't a step by step retelling and I loved it for that. I couldn't predict what was going to happen next because the story was so refreshing. I was sorry to see the end of Cruel Beauty but I'm excited for Gilded Ashes on April 1st which is set in the same world....more
There aren't many books out there for the college age group so when I heard about Beautiful Disaster I was eager to give it a try despite its mixed reThere aren't many books out there for the college age group so when I heard about Beautiful Disaster I was eager to give it a try despite its mixed reviews. I saw it on Netgalley but didn't request it since I had plenty of other books to read. A few weeks later it showed up in my inbox as a featured book available for auto-approve so I figured it was meant to be and downloaded it instantly to my iPad.
I went into the book with an open mind and promised myself that if I didn't like it I could move on to something else. That didn't happen. Beautiful Disaster completely hooked me after the first few chapters and even though I had reading to do for class, I kept reading through the next few days.
I really enjoyed the tension between Abby and Travis and look forward to reading the companion novel, Walking Disaster, since it's from Travis' perspective. A few months ago I had the opportunity to meet Jamie McGuire and get copies of both books signed at Books & Co. in Dayton. I would post pictures but my books are packed away in boxes for the moment. Hopefully I'll get around to reading Walking Disaster sometime soon though....more
I randomly saw Love Overdue on NetGalley and knew instantly that it would be my kind of book. I love romances and the fact that this waWhy I Read This
I randomly saw Love Overdue on NetGalley and knew instantly that it would be my kind of book. I love romances and the fact that this was set in a library definitely captured my attention. I picked it up because I was looking for a light, fun read and that's exactly what I got.
At first I thought Love Overdue was going to be super sexy and amazing. I mean it is published by Harlequin. I liked the premise of a woman moving to a small town to be their new librarian only to run into the guy with whom she had a one night stand. Their romance was certainly cute and the side plot about fixing up the library was interesting but the ending just completely let me down. I mean things were finally starting to happen and then it all just fizzled out. Let's just say I did not enjoy the quick cut to the prologue just when I thought we were going to have a major scene between DJ and Scott. I don't think saying that is a spoiler because you still don't know what I'm talking about when I say that there was supposed to be a major scene. However, I did enjoy everything up until that point and liked the story overall.
I picked up Love Overdue on a total whim so I don't know if I'll be reading anything else by Pamela Morsi. I will continue to read light romances though and so far I'm enjoying what Harlequin publishes. This novel could have been a little steamier and the abrupt ending was a let down but if I come across the chance to read another of her books I'll probably give one a try.
I finished reading Burn for Burn last fall and was left with a major cliffhanger. I was just getting to know Kat, Mary, and Lillia andWhy I Read This
I finished reading Burn for Burn last fall and was left with a major cliffhanger. I was just getting to know Kat, Mary, and Lillia and then Bam! End of story! So when I saw Burn for Burn on Eidelweiss for review I did not hesitate to request it. Thanks so much to Eidelweiss for approving my request so I could continue with this fantastic series!
As with any book in a series it took me a few chapters to remember where Burn for Burn left off. I was surprised by the beginning of the novel because the result was not what I had been expecting. I'm trying my best not to spoil things here so sorry if I sound cryptic. Just read this series and trust me if you want more specifics. Lillia, Kat and Mary continue with their revenge plan which gets even more complex and I think I loved it more than in the first book. I thought I knew everything about the three girls but by the end of Fire with Fire I felt like I knew them even better. The ending just...I'm still thinking about it and was left super confused. I don't even know what to think anymore but I love how crazy things are now. The last few pages completely floored me and if you've read this and want to discuss then feel free to contact me. You know what I'm talking about when I say I never saw that coming.
If someone wants to smuggle me a copy of Ashes to Ashes I will be your friend forever. I have no idea how this series is going to end but I'm excited to find out. I would highly recommend you pick up these books if you want a story that just keeps you guessing and has you turning pages late at night. Someone please explain what happened to you-know-who! I cannot wrap my head around this ending!...more
I randomly discovered Attachments last summer and immediately requested an e-book copy from my local library. I had been in such a readWhy I Read This
I randomly discovered Attachments last summer and immediately requested an e-book copy from my local library. I had been in such a reading slump thanks to starting grad school and I was *gasp* getting a little bored of all the young adult on my shelves. Attachments was the perfect escape for a few days. Told through emails, the story was fresh, exciting, and romantic. When I heard about Fangirl being published I added it to my wishlist and couldn't wait to experience more of Rainbow Rowell's writing. This summer, I was unable to make myself read anything and was completely worn out from finishing graduate school. I picked up Fangirl one afternoon and discovered the perfect mix of a strong young adult voice and the excitement of starting college, aka the New Adult genre I'd heard so much about.
I am becoming the queen of reading slumps this year, and I'm not proud of it. But, I am happy when I find those books that allow me to clear my head of all the stress and what ifs going through my brain and just focus on how much I genuinely enjoy reading. Fangirl is exactly that kind of book. I loved reading Fanfiction.net and FictionPress.com when I was in middle and high school. It was amazing to read about my favorite TV and book characters and there was always the rush of checking to see if certain stories had been updated. So I completed understood Cat's character and how much she enjoyed writing fanfiction and how she was bombarded by comments. I posted a few things of my own back in the day and it was the best feeling to see that someone was actually taking the time to read what I had written. Reading fanfiction and raising kittens on the CATZ computer game was basically middle school Kate's life. I'm sure I'm not the only person out there that did this...I hope. The college life that was portrayed was pretty spot on in my opinion. I had a roommate freshman year who I didn't know and although I'm an only child, I had a best friend at the same school who chose not to room with me and it hurt. We drifted apart and all that jazz but it wasn't the end of the world. College is all about finding yourself and I think Rowell completely captured those feelings.
I love that I was able to discover Attachments before all the hype and I'm happy to see that she's becoming very popular. I have Eleanor & Park on my Nook still to read but I'm trying to savor it since it will be awhile before her next book is published. Definitely excited to see what Landline will be all about next year....more
In Moonlight Mayhem Shiloh and Trent are no longer a couple and are struggling with the aftermath of the events in Beautifully Broken. Shiloh and herIn Moonlight Mayhem Shiloh and Trent are no longer a couple and are struggling with the aftermath of the events in Beautifully Broken. Shiloh and her friend Ari find themselves in the middle of another paranormal mystery after some of the high school football players are attacked. With the help of Evans, werewolf creatures called lycans are determined to be the culprit. Shiloh's initial interest in the attacks are intensified once her father becomes one of the victims. Now, Shiloh is out for revenge against her father's killer and needs Trent's help in order to stop the attacks around town.
During the beginning, I was disappointed by the lack of romance between Shiloh and Trent but that quickly turned around once Trent was enlisted by Evans to train Shiloh to fight. I knew they wouldn't be able to stay away from each other for long! Fighting lead to some hot kissing scenes but then took a turn for the worst once Shiloh realized something was seriously wrong with Trent. I'm curious to see how Trent's new powers will evolve in the next book.
I haven't read many books about werewolves but I loved how they were portrayed in this novel. There was such a great mystery all throughout the book and it kept me guessing until the very end. Some new characters were introduced as well so I'm looking forward to learning more about them in the future. This series just keeps getting better with each book and I love that Shiloh is such a strong character.