Stacking the Shelves [36]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

Here’s some more of the books I’ve bought over the past 9+ months, a few eARCs from Netgalley, a couple things I borrowed from the library, and some books I’ve won recently.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

    

 

Netgalley:

  

 

Borrowed:

 

 

Won:

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday [56]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Title: Top Ten
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: October 3, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship:

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you?


Why I Chose This Book:

This one sounds super adorable. I love friendship to more stories, and I’m here for this one. I’ve only read one book by Katie, but it was pretty good, so I definitely want to read more by her. I pre-ordered this one, so maybe I’ll actually read it soon after I receive it.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Feature Characters That Play Sports

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________. I went with Ten Books That Feature Characters That Play Sports. I’m doing half the post for books I’ve already read, and then half of the post for books I really want to read. If you have any favorite sports romances that I didn’t list, tell me ASAP. I want all the recs.

 

        

1. Hundred Oaks series  I read all of these books this year, and really enjoyed them. My favorites were probably Coming Up for Air, Defending Taylor, and Breathe, Annie, Breathe.

2. Off-Campus series  I’ve only read books 1 and 2, but I really enjoyed them. Especially 1, because Garrett. I’m hoping to read books 3 and 4 soon.

3. Roller Girl – This is a MG graphic novel, but I really enjoyed it. It’s about roller derby, and I learned a lot about the sport. Astrid is a great main character, and I highly recommend this one.

4. Calling It series – I had an eARC from Netgalley for book 1, and really enjoyed the story. I have to finish reading the series soon. The small town vibe was nice, and the characters were entertaining.

5. Play by Play series – I’m reading book 1 now, and I bought several more from my local used bookstore (see my Stacking the Shelves post on Saturday to see which ones) to start once I finish it.

      

6. The Boys of Summer series  I got the first book from the library to hopefully buddy read with Jessica soon. I can’t wait to dive into another baseball sports romance.

7. Game On series – At least book 1, not sure about the others, has some mixed reviews, but I definitely still want to read it and see for myself. I need all the sports romances I can get.

8. The Ivy Years series – This one’s been on my radar for a while. I’ve heard good things about Sarina’s writing, so I want to get around to reading these in the future.

9. Cold Fury Hockey series  As you’ve noticed, there’s a tendency for sports romances to be series. And here’s another one I really want to read. I’m not a big hockey fan (or sports in general), but give it to me to read please.

10. Gridiron series – A couple people I know didn’t really enjoy this one, but I’m all for trying books for myself…unless there’s problematic representation or something. So this is definitely on my TBR.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Title: Roar
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Stormheart #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Pages: 380
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

 

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

 

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

 

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

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First off, what did I just read? It wasn’t terrible (okay maybe the last 50 pages were), but this book was pretty boring. I’m sorry, but I’m just being honest. The writing style was good, but I felt like I read almost 400 pages of nothing. It was just world-building, traveling, some twisted stuff, and quite a bit back and forth between POVs. I can only give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

 

One major disappointment was that there was only a teeny, tiny bit of romance, and it was pretty late into the book. And honestly it felt like it was put there just because the author figured the readers would want some kissing. Like hey, I guess they should kiss now. It didn’t feel organic to me. It felt forced, and honestly the affection in this book kind of made me uneasy. I’m not going to go into details, but the romance I was expecting did NOT happen.

 

Aurora/Rora/Roar was not my favorite character. She was okay sometimes, but I honestly felt like her mind frame was kind of childlike. She’s supposed to be getting married, and ruling her lands, and I just don’t feel like she was anywhere near the preparedness that her situation required. Her behavior reminded me more of a younger teen in many ways. The beginning of this book was probably my favorite…even though it was kind of an info dump. I liked Locke for the most part, but I wouldn’t say he’s a book boyfriend. Maybe someone I’d try dating, and decide from there if he’s a yay or a nay.

 

As the story progressed, there were a lot of people that got left behind and only randomly got thrown a few pages here and there of their POVs. It was kind of off-putting, because I’d almost forgotten all about them, and then we were in their minds again. I felt like nothing really interesting happened; nothing that shocked me and made me want to applaud the cleverness of the writing. And then the last 50 pages (yes, I’m talking about them again) were beyond bizarre. It was like the author felt the need to completely change the story, that she veered off the path that the previous 300+ pages had set up. I was reading it, and was like what the heck just happened? The last 50 pages were the worst of all the pages. I rolled my eyes quite a bit. Sorry, not sorry.

 

On top of all the above, the font is pretty dang small, and it gave me a headache if I tried reading more than 50-100 pages a day. Honestly, I should have just marked this one as DNF long ago, but I thought maybe there’d be more romance, action, and adventure. Plus I was buddy reading with Jessica, so that motivated me to read more as well. I’m not continuing this series, because I have a ton of books on my TBR, and I need to find things I love. Maybe I’m the black sheep with this book, because I see lots of 4-5 star reviews, but I just can’t. Baaaaa.

 

Stacking the Shelves [35]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

Here’s some more of the books I’ve bought over the past 9+ months, one eARC the publisher granted my wish for, some books I borrowed from the library this past week, and some more books I’ve won in the past several months.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

   

 

Netgalley:

 

Borrowed:

   

 

Won:

   

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

The Sunshine Blogger Award

 

I was nominated by Jessica from Reading with Jessica. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to do this one.

 

Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

 

Jessica’s questions:

1. What’s your most recent favorite song?
It’s a few months old, but one of my new favorites is Crying in the Club by Camila Cabello.

 

2. What are some of your hobbies besides reading?
Writing, listening to music, baking, dancing, and binging shows on Netflix/Hulu/via library DVDs. Some of the recent shows I’ve loved are The Mindy Project, Mom, and The Bold Type.

 

3. How many bookmarks do you own?
Well I’ve gotten a lot of swag from pre-orders and things I’ve won, so if you count those, probably 30 or so? But I don’t use those, so I’ve got about 5 bookmarks that I use. Although sometimes I just use a piece of paper to hold my place. I do NOT dog-ear pages.

 

4. Most anticipated Fall TV show?
I’m looking forward to more Grey’s Anatomy, the Chicago shows (Chicago Fire & Chicago P.D.), and the new season of Mom. As far as new shows, one that looks really good from the previews is The Mayor.

 

5. If you could star in a book what would you want it to be about?
I have no idea haha. Um me being a famous author. My brain is out of creative juice at the moment to think of some awesome story idea where I’m the star. I’m pretty boring IRL.

 

6. What is your favorite snack?
I’ll go with chips, seeing as how dessert is a few questions below. I also like gummy worms quite a bit.

 

7. What is the most recent book you’ve purchased/received?
I pre-ordered Save the Date by Morgan Matson after I saw on Instagram that she’s signing all the first edition copies.

 

8. Do you like warmer and cooler weather?!
Definitely warmer weather. I live in Wisconsin, and the winters SUCK.

 

9. How often do you visit the library?
I’m trying to go less often in an attempt to read my own books, but I probably still go at least once a week.

 

10. Who is the newest author you’ve discovered and loved?
Probably Leila Sales. I absolutely loved This Song Will Save Your Life.

 

11. What is your favorite dessert?!
Probably cheesecake. Although a recent favorite is the Black Tie Mousse Cake from Olive Garden. It’s so yummy! Thanks Jessica for the recommendation. 🙂

 

I’m nominating whatever blogs want to do this. It’s super fun, and I think it’s nice to know more about bloggers. My questions for you are below.

 

Nominee questions:

1. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
2. Are you a mood reader, or do you follow a strict TBR schedule?
3. If you could be friends with any fictional character, who would you chose and why?
4. Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?
5. What’s your favorite book? Or if you can’t choose, what’s your favorite genre of books?
6. What are 5 things you’d want to have with you if you were stuck on a deserted island?
7. What’s your favorite food?
8. When it comes to book boyfriends…nice guy, bad boy, or a little of both? 😉
9. Do you have a number of books to read yearly goal? If so, what’s your goal for this year?
10. What’s your favorite movie/TV show? Name both, if you’re so inclined.
11. When it comes to shopping for books, do you prefer online or a physical store?

 

Once again, thanks for the nomination Jessica!

Waiting on Wednesday [55]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.


Why I Chose This Book:

I’ve seen a lot of praise for this book, and it sounds pretty interesting based on the summary. Not sure I’ll pre-order it, but I’ll definitely be checking it out after it’s published. I hope it lives up to my expectations.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Ten Books On My Fall TBR List. Most of these are books I already own, but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Oops.

 

        

1. The Upside of Unrequited  I absolutely loved Becky’s debut book, and this one sounds equally amazing. The reviews are pretty overwhelmingly positive, so yay!

2. Alex, Approximately  I think I helped pick this cover, and I absolutely adore it. This one sounds like my kind of read, especially since I loved Jenn’s debut YA book so much.

3. The Names They Gave Us – Emery everything please! I really enjoyed all her books, especially The Start of Me and You. The religion aspect is kind of iffy for me, but I’ll read anything she writes.

4. The Hate U Give – This one has gotten so much praise, and I bought it with the intent to read it right away. As usual, I epically failed at doing that. I do want to read this one soon though.

5. Lucky in Love – Kasie’s stories are always super cute, and usually pretty fluffy. If you’re looking for a cute contemp read, check her out. I can’t wait to devour this one.

        

6. When Dimple Met Rishi Such a cute cover, and I’ve heard great things about this one. There was some small controversy, but I think it was kind of blown out of proportion. I am so ready to read this one.

7. Scoring Wilder – I need to read this one ASAP! I requested it from the library based on my friend Jessica’s raving about how good it was. This will probably be one of my first fall reads, once I get my hands on a copy.

8. Fraternize – I requested this one from Netgalley to read, and then I read a review that made me even more excited. I need to make it a priority to read it soon.

9. The Score  I read book 1 and 2 of this series, and then kind of didn’t want the series to end, so I’ve been procrastinating on reading this book and book 4. But I need to soon, especially since I’ve been told Dean is pretty great.

10. How to Make a Wish – I loved Ashley’s debut book, and I was super excited for this one as soon as I heard about it. I am ready for the feels. Bring them on!

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Book Review: Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Awakened
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Publisher: Signet
Publication date: September 5, 2006
Pages: 434
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

 

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

 

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

 

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Sooooo freaking good! I decided to get the first several books in the series from my local used bookstore, and quickly devoured book 1, which I enjoyed. Book 2 was even better, although some parts were kinda like OMG what’s happening. Somewhere along the line, I ended up buying 10-11 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, just because I like the characters so much. And I have a thing for vampires. So here we are with book 3 and my review. I was so nervous about reading this one based on the couple (mostly the male); that is until my friend Jessica read it and loved it hardcore. I also loved it so much. There are no words that can fully express my love. This book definitely gets 5 stars.

 

There were so many emotional parts; it broke my heart sometimes. I definitely cried while reading this book, especially towards the end. That ending was absolute perfection. 5 extra stars just for that haha. I don’t want to give things away, especially for people who haven’t read any of the books. But I’ll say that I knew who the club owner really was way before he was revealed. I’m definitely excited to read the next book, to see what happens going forward. I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book, because it’s exactly what I needed right about now. Vampires will always be a love of mine, and I don’t read about them nearly enough. So give me all your favorite vampire recs now! Please and thanks.

 

One thing to note about these books is the fact that they kind of jump around from head to head, showing you a little of what this person is thinking/feeling, and then this person, and so on. It’s a little annoying at moments when you just want to stay in someone’s head at a really good/intense part, but then it jumps to someone else’s head for a while instead. I think the different POVs are well done though, so no complaints really from me. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes vampires, paranormal romance, and some alpha males.

 

 

Stacking the Shelves [34]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I haven’t done a Stacking the Shelves post in over a year, so I’m going to slowly start showing you books I’ve bought over the months. I’ll probably just do mostly 2017 books, because yeah…it’ll get too crazy otherwise. With that said, I bought some books from Amazon, BookOutlet, and Half Price Books. I’ve borrowed books from the library (I’ll only show recent ones). I’ve gotten some new approvals from Netgalley, and I’ve won a couple books here and there.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

       

 

Netgalley:

    

 

Borrowed:

     

 

Won:

   

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?