I'll be perfectly honest. Since I joined NetGalley in 2011, I have been terrible with keeping up my feedback ratio and when I first joined, I went a lI'll be perfectly honest. Since I joined NetGalley in 2011, I have been terrible with keeping up my feedback ratio and when I first joined, I went a little request crazy. I requested way too many books for me to keep up with. That was a rookie mistake that I've learned not to make again. This past year, I've been trying to get to some of these books and, though I haven't done as well as I have planned, I intend on making 2016 the year of NetGalley. I plan on reading as many requested books as I possibly can in the coming year with full intentions of finally getting my ratio to a good percentage (seriously, it's bad).
That being said, The Way We Fall is one of the books I requested a while back and ended up never getting to. Until now, that is. And let me just say that I fully regret never taking the time out of my reading schedule to give this one it's time in the spotlight. This story is absolutely amazing.
For the NetGalley reading challenge I joined this year, my goal was to read a certain number of books. Not a large amount, but enough to force me into reading some that were on the list. It's late November now and I was two books short of meeting my goal so I took a look through my list and decided to pick up The Way We Fall. From the the moment I began reading, I was glued to the story and wanted nothing more than to continue on with it. Every moment that I wasn't reading it, I wanted to be. There was so much heartbreak and yet so much love in this story that it drew me in completely and continually left me needing to find out the answers to Rory and Houston's past.
I honestly could not get enough of this book. It was such an emotional rollercoaster but one that was amazing to be on. The story between these two was absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking that it was impossible not to root for them. The name of the series is very well fitting to the characters and their story and I honestly cannot wait to get a chance to continue on with it.
Such a gorgeous story. If you like a good romance with a side of emotion, I highly recommend The Way We Fall.
I was so insanely excited to see this in the box of used Goosebumps books that my husband found and gifted me for Valentine's Day earlier this year. TI was so insanely excited to see this in the box of used Goosebumps books that my husband found and gifted me for Valentine's Day earlier this year. This is one of the many Goosebumps books that I had yet to read and I always wondered what the story was going to be like.
I love cameras and photography so it was awesome to read a spooky little book about a creepy camera that may very well be evil and I really enjoy the cover of the book. Overall, Say Cheese and Die! was a great addition to the Goosebumps series. It was loaded with twists and turns at every corner and got a bit more serious with the fact that one of the character actually went missing for a short time.
I really enjoyed Say Cheese and Die! and I can't wait to continue the series. I'm very curious about what's going to happened later down the road in the series when I come to Say Cheese and Die - Again!.
Finn. Oh, beautiful Finn. I fell in love with him in Slip of The Tongue, the first book I ever read by Jessica Hawkins. After reading that book, I nevFinn. Oh, beautiful Finn. I fell in love with him in Slip of The Tongue, the first book I ever read by Jessica Hawkins. After reading that book, I never could manage to get him out of my head. At the end of that book, the author got a lot of feedback, requesting a book for Finn, to continue his story, to give him a happier ending. When the book The First Taste was announced, we all jumped with the joy at the idea of a new story, featuring some of the characters we had gotten to meet in Slip of The Tongue. Although that books was absolutely amazing, I was a little bummed because there was still no end in sight for Finn. And oh, how I wanted Finn to have the happily ever after that he deserved.
I was so insanely excited when the announcement when out for Yours To Bare. I was finally getting my Finn! I eagerly awaited the release of the book and, my goodness, it did not disappoint. It was strange reading Finn's story and thinking of Sadie in the past tense, reading how hurt he was by her, after everything that happened. But I think Halston (isn't that such a pretty name?) was a great addition to his life. She wasn't easy. She was a little broken herself and they balanced each other out in a way. They were an anchor for each other in the moment that they needed one the most.
Finn and Halston's story is such an amazingly beautiful one and I couldn't get enough of it. It was nice to see these characters find one another in their creativity. His photography with her writing. It was a beautiful meld of two worlds and they complimented each other well. They also displayed a great example of how two people can come together in the social media age and make something out of nothing. It was nice to see a couple of characters not be stuck in "traditional" jobs. They did something with Instagram, something that a lot of people make a living with this day and age and it I loved that that real world aspect was included in their story.
Overall, I am insanely happy and I feel like this was a beautiful continuation of Finn's story. Halston was a little rough around the edges at times but I also think that that was part of what made her real and made her relateable.
Yours To Bare was absolutely beautiful story about two heartbreakingly beautiful characters and I couldn't get enough.
Man oh man. I cannot believe we're finally at the end of this series! It's been such an amazing ride and it seems like I just started The Prophecy ofMan oh man. I cannot believe we're finally at the end of this series! It's been such an amazing ride and it seems like I just started The Prophecy of Shadows not long ago. I have enjoyed the Elementals series very much and though the story rounded out nicely, I'm sad to see it go.
So for starters, let me say that this cover is my absolute favorite of the entire series. I love the greenery and the natural elements to it. The only thing I was a bit confused about is which character the girl on the cover is supposed to be. So far, each character has been represented on the cover of each book, with corresponding colors representing the element that they have control over. Kate is in control of the earth element and she hasn't been on a cover yet, so it makes sense that The Hands of Time cover would represent her. The cover model looks strikingly similar to the cover model for The Prophecy of Shadows (in my opinion) so it had me a little confused. Maybe I'm just reading too much into a cover. That's very much a possibility as well. :P Still my favorite cover though.
The Hands of Time was definitely a fast paced book that covered a lot of ground. I'm not sure on the sizes of the other books, but I wouldn't be surprised if this one was much larger. There was so much that happened in this story, from trips to the Underworld, battling monsters, losing some beloved characters, and much much more. This book definitely took the reader on an adventurous ride. Filled to the brim with greek mythology, the book was one twist and turn after another and I couldn't get enough. Michelle Madow has done a great job with this series and has created such an amazing world where the reader never quite knows what's going to happen next.
The Hands of Time was a great conclusion to a great series and I definitely recommend it to fans of Percy Jackson!
Hannah, oh Hannah. I am a huge Hannah Hart fan. I've been watching her YouTube videos for a super long time and I never seem to get enough of her. SheHannah, oh Hannah. I am a huge Hannah Hart fan. I've been watching her YouTube videos for a super long time and I never seem to get enough of her. She's funny, smart, compassionate, entertaining, and yeah, I totally have a crush on her. Thankfully, my husbands a fan too, so he doesn't mind. ;)
One of the things I've always been curious about is Hannah's past. She has shared a few little tidbits about her life growing up but has always kept any information about her family or childhood pretty tightly wrapped up. Until now, anyway. I was insanely excited when I learned that she was writing another book and even more thrilled when I learned that it was a memoir.
I received the book for my birthday and, since I was visiting family, I couldn't sink into it until later that night, when every one else was bedded down for the night. I honestly can't even tell you how long I read, but I know that it was quite a while.I devoured chapter after chapter in no time and completely lost myself in Hannah's world.
It was shocking to learn so many of the ins and outs of her past and the conditions in which she was brought up. It was even more shocking to understand so much of it. Coming from a pretty poor town in Eastern Kentucky, I've seen and known a lot of people that have lived in similar conditions and, at some points in my life growing up, I lived in them as well. My life was no where near as extreme as Hannah's but there were many ways in which I found myself understanding and knowing what she was going through.
There's a lot to take in in Buffering; Sexuality, Religion, Family, Lust, Growth, Mental Illness, and many, many more pieces of Hannah's life and her journey. The writing was absolutely amazing and I really enjoyed the inclusion of color photos and pages from Hannah's personal journals growing up. It's a beautiful look into a life that has been perfectly described as fully loaded and I enjoyed every second of it.
I am so happy to be going through the Goosebumps series again. I didn't get to read many of them growing up and now that I have the chance, I'm findinI am so happy to be going through the Goosebumps series again. I didn't get to read many of them growing up and now that I have the chance, I'm finding so many amazing gems! I cannot wait until my daughter is old enough to enjoy the creep that is Goosebumps.
Monster Blood was a great installment to the series. There was a lot of curiosity and creepiness that came along with Evan and his monster blood. His weird great-aunt Kathryn was definitely odd and left me wondering the entire time what secrets she held.
R.L. Stine is great at making you wonder how the story is going to end. He loves to write twists and this story was definitely not a disappointment in that sense. The ending of this book was such a twist that I was honestly shocked. It turned out waaay different than I thought it was going to but I loved it nonetheless.
I bought this book a while back at a thrift store, though I had seen it a long time ago on different websites here and there. I knew that The NightmarI bought this book a while back at a thrift store, though I had seen it a long time ago on different websites here and there. I knew that The Nightmarys would be a great read come October and when it came time to make my horror TBR for the month, I immediately put it front and center on my list.
The cover of this book has always been super creepy to me and very reminiscent of The Shining. I always wondered who the Nightmarys were and what kind of story they had to tell.
Starting the book, I admit that I was slightly disappointed. For whatever reason, the fact that this was a middle grade book, always seemed to slip past me. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely no problems with middle grade novels (and this was a good one) they're just not my normal choice in reading (unless it's R.L. Stine related). That fact was easy to dismiss however because the characters were well thought out and didn't seem as juvenile as their ages would suggest.
This story, though it did seem a big dragged out at times, had a lot of twists and turns and was not always easy to figure out. I really enjoyed the addition of the interludes and how Poblocki stuck in the point of views of some of the older characters. I feel like that was a great addition to the story and made it deeper and creepier, to know that older adults were affected by the events just as heavily as the children.
Overall, this was a great book. I would definitely recommend it to lovers of horror, especially if they're of a younger age.
Oh, this book was a long time coming. I'm a huge fan of Cambria's so I've always been well aware of the constant barrage of questions that she has recOh, this book was a long time coming. I'm a huge fan of Cambria's so I've always been well aware of the constant barrage of questions that she has received this past year about whether or not Romeo and Rimmel would have a baby of their own, and whether or not we would get the lovely chance of reading it.
I'm so glad that we did.
I admit that I was a little turned off by the title of this book at first. I've just always really disliked the term "bae" but it was easy to get over, especially considering it worked for the story and it fit. Like most things, Cambria used it in a way that made it special.
I was shocked at how the book was going in the beginning. The characters touch on a pretty sensitive topic that tugs at a lot of heartstrings for a lot of people, me included. But at the same time, it was nice to read a story that was so real and raw. It wasn't a perfect little fairy tale for the couple, at least not in the beginning, and it made them even more relate-able and easy to fall in love with.
It took me forever to read this book, though I'm not exactly sure why. I just kept taking breaks from it but, as soon as I could, I would delve back into it. I'm not sure if it was the subject matter or just life in general (keeping with the theme, I'm pregnant too! Yay!) that kept me from sitting down and finishing it, but I'm glad that I finally got to.
Romeo and Rimmel's story is a beautiful one and, though I'm bummed that this will be the last book in the series, it wrapped up their story nicely and was well suited to the Hashtag family.
I was super excited to continue on with this series. Each book before this has been an action packed adventure full of monsters, gods, magic, and mayhI was super excited to continue on with this series. Each book before this has been an action packed adventure full of monsters, gods, magic, and mayhem and I knew that The Portal To Kerberos would be just as amazing.
I'm so happy to say that it definitely did not disappoint. This book stood up well to those that came before it and I couldn't get enough of it. I was so wrapped up in reading it that I eveb forgot to change it to "Currently Reading" on GoodReads!
After the way the last book, The Head of Medusa, ended, I couldn't wait to read this one. I was insanely curious about what was going to happen next and what it would be like once the remaining three entered Kerberos. I was really impressed with how Michelle Madow wrote the prison world and all the twists and turns and monsters and creatures the group had to face. It was fascinating all the different things they had to overcome and how they managed to survive in certain situations and outsmart the inhabitants of the torture realm.
I was so upset when I got to the very end of the book because I didn't realize that I was already at the end. I thought I still had a little ways to go and I found myself annoyed because I wanted to keep reading and find out what was going to happen next.
I'm extremely eager to get my hands on the next and (I believe) last book in the series, The Hands of Time. I need to know what happens next!
Alright, so I was first introduced to Andrew Beckwith in the book Slip of The Tongue. That book completely ripped my heart out but Andrew played a verAlright, so I was first introduced to Andrew Beckwith in the book Slip of The Tongue. That book completely ripped my heart out but Andrew played a very small role in the story. I was so insanely excited when Jessica Hawkins announced that she was giving him his own book. Even with such a small role in the previous novel, he was easy to fall for. I mean, what's better than a badass, sexy man that happens to be great in the bedroom and is an awesome father to top it all off? Yeah, he was easy to fall for
In this story, we also get to learn a little more about another character that made an appearance in Slip of The Tongue, Amelia, who is the boss of Andrew's sister, Sadie. I admit that I wasn't crazy about her before reading this book but it was so great to learn more about her character and begin to understand exactly why she has the personality that she does. She was a much more likeable character than I had originally given her credit for and it didn't take me long to fall in love with her as well.
The First Taste was an amazing book. It was a beautiful story of two people with nothing in common but their broken hearts and how they manage to find love and happiness in the most unlikely of places. I absolutely loved this book and I couldn't get enough of Andrew and Amelia.
Oh, this book. As soon as I finished Taint, I knew that I had to read Tryst once it was available. Taint was a great story so I couldn't wait to sinkOh, this book. As soon as I finished Taint, I knew that I had to read Tryst once it was available. Taint was a great story so I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into this one. And it didn't disappoint.
Tryst took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I was super excited at the prospect of Heidi and her husband experimenting with Ransom because I haven't read many threesome (or partners watching) scenarios in books and I couldn't wait to see how it was going to play out. That particular scene in the book was amazing although I always felt uncomfortable towards Tucker. There was just something about him that I didn't care for. Ransom, however, I always had a soft spot for. Maybe it was his bad boy rocker persona that attracted, who knows.
As the story continued to unfold I found myself constantly confused. I didn't like what Heidi was doing and it made me uncomfortable for the sake of her marriage and her husband, but at the same time, I liked the idea of her being with Ransom. As they got closer and closer, my heart continued to break for each of the three characters and I couldn't decide who I felt more devoted to. I still felt off about Tucker throughout the whole story, but that didn't mean I couldn't feel bad for him. I just wanted him to suck it up and tell his wife exactly what he wanted from her.
I was really happy to see that Justice and his Oasis was pulled into this story. It fit really well and brought up some of the hottest scenes in the entire story. His playroom was definitely something I would enjoy witnessing in real life.
Closer to the end of the book I found myself completely thrown for a loop. There was such an insane turn of events that I couldn't believe what I was reading. It was interesting, definitely, but I can't say that I was entirely sold on the ending. It worked in the way of not necessarily being a happily ever after (at least for the two characters I wanted to be together) and for giving the readers something a little unexpected, but heart still broke a little for how I wanted the story to end in my head.
Overall, a great, sexy read. If you've read Taint, you definitely need to dive into Tryst.
I was so insanely excited to continue on with this series! I enjoyed the first two immensely and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happenI was so insanely excited to continue on with this series! I enjoyed the first two immensely and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next! There's so much action and adventure in these books and I can't get enough. I've said it before and I'll say it again; if you're a fan of Percy Jackson or The Secret Circle, then you definitely need to check out the Elementals!
So we left off from the last book with the teens satisfied with their progress on closing the portal to Kerberos but deeply affected by the fact that they lost a new friend. In The Head of Medusa, we're brought back into the story not long after the last one left off. Relationships are deepening and friendships are growing stronger but there are also problems that Nicole must face and deal with on her own. Why doesn't her father want to see her? Can she ever forgive herself for letting Rachel die? Did she really let Rachel die or was the situation entirely unavoidable? And what's really up with Ethan?
It's interesting to see how the group figures out ways to defeat their foes and how they deal with their growing powers. The Head of Medusa was a great addition to the series and I loved reading it. I was sucked in from the first page and read almost half the book in one sitting. If you haven't given the Elementals a try, then I suggest you do so!