Friday, June 23, 2017

Follow Friday #293, June 23rd

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week's question:

The Post Prompt:


GFC

email

bloglovin

Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!

The Reward Challenge Update #301, June 23rd

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read

which counts twice/# times as a ,

So I have  counts which translates to $ this week! I'll use it to buy

First Lines Friday #319, June 23rd

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Random Reads #291, June 22nd

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got  which turned out to be ! It's been on my TBR pile since , and I added it because ! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #306, June 22nd

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"We may be the only people in history to defect from their religious order not over a point of faith, but over footnotes." -Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire, page 131.

Ok, this line is pretty freaking hilarious! Love it! I want more context!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #316, June 22nd

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

From Goodreads:
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Why the time hasn't come yet...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #319, June 21st

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
Expected Publication: August 15th, 2017
From Goodreads:
The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's "impossible-to-put-down" Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard-hitting crime writing with phenomenal world-building to create a brand of fiction all her own.

When Olivia Taylor-Jones found out she was not actually the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers, her life exploded. Running from the fall-out, she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois, but she couldn't resist trying to dig out the truth about her birth parents' crimes. She began working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer who also had links to the town; their investigation soon revealed Celtic mysteries at work in Cainsville, and also entangled Olivia in a tense love triangle with the calculating Gabriel and her charming biker boyfriend, Ricky. Worse, troubling visions revealed to Olivia that the three of them were reenacting an ancient drama pitting the elders of Cainsville against the mysterious Huntsmen with Olivia as the prize.

In the series' fifth and final novel, not only does Gabriel's drug addict mother, who he thought was dead, make a surprise reappearance, but Kelley Armstrong delivers a final scary and surprising knock-out twist. It turns out a third supernatural force has been at work all along, a dark and malevolent entity that has had its eye on Olivia since she was a baby and wants to win at any cost.

Ferocious by Paula Stokes
Expected Publication: August 15th, 2017
From Goodreads:
Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.

Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her? 

Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie
Expected Publication: August 15th, 2017
From Goodreads:
The peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya's expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she's learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn't immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya's past has returned. And that someone won't be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she's made.

How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat
Expected Publication: August 15th, 2017
From Goodreads:
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are. 

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Expected Publication: August 15th, 2017
From Goodreads:
Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic's debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.

Oh, the books coming out on the 15th! I want to read them so, so, so much! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #323, June 21st

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We Have the Cover of Throne of Glass #6!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas! Well, it came out earlier today, but I didn't have time to post it earlier!

Teaser Tuesday #323, June 20th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #315, June 19th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #314
Teaser Tuesday #322
WWW Wednesday #322
WOW #319
Will the Time Come #313
Third Sentence Thursday #304
Random Reads #290
First Lines Friday #318
The Reward Challenge Update #300
Follow Friday #292
How Well I Stuck to It #144
Wrote that Review Update #149

Week 24 Reviews:
Finding Our Forever
No One But You
Until You Loved Me
The Darkest Promise

Random:
We Have the Cover of In Death #46!!!!
We Have the Title of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #2!!!!
We Have the Cover of The Diabolic #2!!!!
We Have the Cover of The Shaw Confessions #1!!!!

OK, so I got  posts in 7 days, What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read whatever I want! Which is probably going to be last week's books, since I didn't read them them! Hopefully I will this week!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #149, June 18th

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If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Finding Our Forever, No One But You, Until You Loved Me, The Darkest Promise, so I have 2 of 2 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #152, June 18th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 25:
Nothing Planned! (AKA Last week, since I didn't read any of it!)

Yeah, a free week, since I didn't read last week, so I'm going to be reading it this week! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

We Have the Cover of The Shaw Confessions #1!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin! And it's so awesome!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

We Have the Cover of The Diabolic #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover (and the title!) of The Empress by S.J. Kincaid!

We Have the Title of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the title of the 2nd book in the Bright Smoke, Cold Fire series by Rosamund Hodge!

We Have the Cover of In Death #46!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Dark in Death by J.D. Robb! Well, I only just found out the title, too, so yeah! More book information!

Week 24 Review: The Darkest Promise

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him - until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever

My Review:
Reading this book was just absolutely wonderful! Cameo and Lazarus were amazing together, as they struggled on whether or not to be together! And while it did mostly focus on them, we did get another POV here and there, mostly Viola, and a new character who had some interesting insights!

As always for Gena Showalter's writing, and this series in particular, this book was incredible! Cameo's book was something I was looking forward to, given that she's the only Lord. Well, technically Lady, but yeah, this book totally delivered!

In this book, we learn more about the origins of the demons, as in, how they ended up in the box. Because there was a gap between when they were kept in hell, and when they ended up in the box. So that was pretty interesting! And it's a big deal in this book, given that they only find out about it when it's almost too late!

One thing that was really interesting, was that the new character, given what she's goddess of, and her current situation, well, we learned possibilities with William. As in, if he makes different choices, he could end up with someone other than Gilly! Gah! I need more on the situation!

There was a lot of things keeping Cameo and Lazarus away from each other-that she's his obsession (not going to use the Greek word!) and being near her, he slowly turns into crystal, which happened to his dad. And as she's the keeper of Misery, well, she looses any happy memory. But there's more then meets the eye there, in both situations! And I loved how it plays out!

Things are coming to a head, with the battle between Hades and Lucifer, and with Pandora's Box, and I can't wait to see whose happiness-finding we'll read about next!

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #13
Read: June 14th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series so much! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Published: June 13th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 24 Reviews: Finding Our Forever, No One But You, Until You Loved Me



From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner!

The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner--Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager--that decision becomes even more difficult.


Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes you to Silver Springs, a picturesque small town in Southern California where even the hardest hearts can learn to love again

Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn't enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.

Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he's innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.

As Sadie and Dawson's professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there's more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else see she has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for. 

From Goodreads:
Sometimes starting over means finding everything you've been missing…

After catching her fiancĂ© cheating—with another man–usually straight-laced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night-stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy's full name, something that shouldn't have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive.

Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she's carrying his baby, he's stunned. And more than a little betrayed.

But after growing up as an orphan, he'll do anything to stay involved in his child's life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give—certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie too…

My Review:
These books were just so sweet and amazing to read! And I kinda almost read them out out order! Because for some reason, while I downloaded Finding Our Forever from NetGalley, apparently I didn't open it, so I when I started reading No One But You, I thought that it was the first book! I realized what had happened when I was halfway through, and had to force myself away from it, but Finding Our Forever was both amazing and short, so I got back to it quickly!

The town of Silver Springs is small, and the one big connection besides being set there, is that all of these boys were a part of the New Horizons program. There were character overlap in these books, but mostly, they were specific to one group of characters. And they had different levels of intensity-Cora's mom, Sadie's ex, and Hudson's past, well, Sadie's ex was the worst!

I really enjoyed getting to know all these characters, and their stories! Of them all, I do think No One But You was my favourite, because of the stakes and the characters, but I really enjoyed reading all of these books!

These were contemporary books, so they were hit and miss with the romance-these characters would collide, but then something would pull them apart, again and again as they worked through their issues. But they did work through them, so they got happy endings! So yeah, really enjoyed that!

I just really enjoyed reading these books, and I can't wait for more of this series!

Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs #1, 2, 3
Read: June 11th, 11th, 11th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her books so much, and yeah, they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books! And Until You Loved Me is a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition, Mira
Published: April 1st 2017, June 1st 2017
Expected Publication: August 29th 2017

Finding Our Forever:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









No One But You:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Until You Loved Me:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars