Nov 182016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | That Summer

That Summer by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 1st, 1998 Synopsis from Goodreads: The more things change… As far as Haven is concerned, there’s just too much going on. Everything is changing, and she’s not sure where she fits in. Then her sister’s old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect… But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing. Angie’s Review – DNF – No Rating I can’t finish this one. I tried, I really did, but I can’t do it. I almost [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 202016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 16th, 2009 Synopsis from Goodreads:  It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 192016
 
Review: Do You Want To Start A Scandal

Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: September 27, 2016 Publisher: Avon Source: Reviewer Purchase Synopsis from Goodreads: On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. •Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? •Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? •Perhaps the butler did it.All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 292016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Keeping the Moon

Here I am keeping the momentum going with my latest Sarah Dessen read. As usual, she leaves me reflecting on and longing for those days from way back! Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: September 1st, 1999 Synopsis from Goodreads:  While her mother, aerobics queen Kiki Sparks, spends the summer touring Europe, fifteen-year-old Colie Sparks is stuck in sleepy Colby, North Carolina. But she’s not complaining. For one thing, her Aunt Mira is a sweet, laid-back eccentric; for another, no one knows that back home in Charlotte Colie is seen as a formerly-fat “golf-course slut,” [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 292016
 
Review: The Pirate of Fathoms Deep by Megan Derr

The Pirate of Fathoms Deep by Megan Derr Tales of the High Court #2 Genre: M/M Fantasy Publication Date: July 13th, 2016 Publisher: Less Than Three Press Synopsis from Goodreads: High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who’d gotten what he wanted. Shemal just wants to live a [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 262016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | This Lullaby

I am halfway through my ‘A Year of Sarah Dessen,’ and I have to say, this was a great place to start to make sure I get at least one YA read in a month. While I don’t always like everything about her books, I feel like the things I don’t care for are intentional on her part. She has made me rethink my ratings more than once over these six months. I’ve discovered some fantastic books with this feature, and I’m excited to see what the next half of the year of Sarah Dessen brings! This Lullaby by Sarah [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 142016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Dreamland

I’m still going strong with my Sarah Dessen reads! This month continues with Dreamland. While this book wasn’t able to capture me the way previous ones were, it was a decent read and hasn’t hindered my excitement for my next book from the author! Dreamland by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads:  Wake up, Caitlin Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 202016
 
On the Hunt | Tracking an Epic Romance

  Isn’t there no better feeling than finding a book that’s like magic in your hands.  A story that, from page one, sucks you in and holds you hostage.  One that when you get to the end and you can feel your heart squeezing, and your soul aching, and you just clutch the book to your chest because you know that physically putting it down would be like ripping off the toughest of band-aids. I’ve felt that way about only a handful of books and the sad fact is that, despite rereads, I’ll never get that initial feeling again.  There is literally [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 172016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | The Truth About Forever

So far I’ve had a great experience with Sarah Dessen books. The Truth About Forever really upped the ante. I just can’t help but wonder what took me so long to dive into the Young Adult genre. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads: A long, hot summer… That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed [ Read More of this Review ]

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A Year of Sarah Dessen | Saint Anything

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May 312016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Saint Anything

It’s back at it with A Year of Sarah Dessen. This is shaping up to be quite the YA year for me, as I seem to keep adding more and more YA books to my to be read pile and review schedule. Does reading Sarah Dessen have anything to do with it? I can’t say for certain, but her books sure don’t make me want to turn away from YA! These books are filled with emotion and make me want to relive parts of my own teenage years. I’m enjoying every moment of them! Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication [ Read More of this Review ]

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A Year of Sarah Dessen | Lock and Key

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May 172016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Lock and Key

Eeeeshk. Two months in, and I’ve already dropped the ball on this Sarah Dessen feature. It looks like I’ll be doubling up this month. Though at this point, that’s no hardship. I’m loving the stories she has to tell! Today I continue my year of Sarah Dessen with Lock & Key. I loved the first book I read by Sarah Dessen, Just Listen, so Lock & Key really had to blow me away in order to top or meet my expectations. While Lock & Key didn’t conjure quite the same magic as Just Listen did, it was very close. Lock and Key by [ Read More of this Review ]

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Early Review: Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

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May 122016
 
Early Review: Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis The Order of the Krigers #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: May 17th, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons. For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains. Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 042016
 
Review: Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer

Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer Genre: Chick Lit/Romance Publication Date: February 26th, 2016 Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group   Synopsis from Goodreads: Escape to Scotland with the delightful new novel that readers have fallen in love with—inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series.   I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. He was, in fact, the perfect man. That he was fictional hardly entered into it…   On the cusp of thirty, Emma Sheridan is desperately in need of a change. After a [ Read More of this Review ]

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Mar 072016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Just Listen

One of my reading goals for 2015 was to read more YA. Unfortunately, before I knew it, time got away from me and I hadn’t read as much of the genre as I wanted to. This year, I’m determined that I’m going to read more YA, and I’m going to keep myself on track by reading at least one a month. (More if I can manage to squeeze them in!) Sarah Dessen first popped up on my radar when her latest book, Saint Anything was released last year. It was all over my Goodreads timeline, and I was sucked right in by [ Read More of this Review ]

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New Release Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Feb 262016
 
New Release Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Book #1 in The Witchlands Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: January 5th 2016 Book Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden [ Read More of this Review ]

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Review Hodgepodge (#3)

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Feb 212016
 
Review Hodgepodge (#3)

Historical romance used to be my ‘comfort genre,’ but lately it seems all you have to do is take away cell phones and cars, throw a heroine in a frilly dress, give the hero a title, and BOOM! You have yourself an historical romance. Maybe this is why it’s been hard for me to find one that knocks my socks off. (Though it can be done, as I did finally find one!) Luckily, M/M has filled that void for me. It started out as me clinging to the contemporary romance genre in the only way that seemed to work for [ Read More of this Review ]

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Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

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Jan 052016
 
Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

I’ve been sitting on This Is Where It Ends for a long time.  I requested it months ago, but wanted to put my review out closer to it’s release date.  While I waited Violent Ends came out, and I thought it was interesting that the two were very similar.  Not only were both books about school shootings, both of them were also told from multiple perspectives, none of which are the shooter.  I wondered if these books would make for a perfect comparison review, and I was eager to put these two books in the ring and see who came out the winner. If you’ve [ Read More of this Review ]

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New Release Review: Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

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Dec 152015
 
New Release Review: Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: December 1st, 2015 ARC provided by NAL Synopsis from Goodreads: Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing… Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and [ Read More of this Review ]

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Holiday Reads, courtesy of Riptide Publishing!

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Dec 082015
 
Holiday Reads, courtesy of Riptide Publishing!

  Rebound Remedy by Christine d’Abo Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance Publication Date: November 9th, 2015 Publisher: Riptide Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: The last thing Cole expects to get for the holidays is dumped. But there he is, in the airport on his way to Banff for a romantic getaway, helplessly watching as his boyfriend’s ex declares undying love, proposes—and is accepted. With a few weeks to go until Christmas, Cole’s mood dives from jolly to jaded. But instead of sitting at home alone and feeling sorry for himself, he goes to his favorite bar, McGregor’s, for a pint and some company. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Review: The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr

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Nov 112015
 
Review: The High King's Golden Tongue by Megan Derr

The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr Genre: M/M Fantasy Publication Date: July 13th, 2015 Publisher: Less Than Three Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless and throws him out of court. High King Sarrica is ruling [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 11, 2015 at 7:00 am