Showing posts from September, 2015

Release Day: Devil and the Deep (Ceruleans #4) by Megan Tayte (GIVEAWAY!)

Happy Release Day to Megan Tayte--who releases her fourth book in the Ceruleans series, Devil and the Deep! I absolutely LOVE this author and this series--I can't say enough good things! I am so excited for the fourth book and look forward to posting my review in the near future! In the meantime, here's some info about the new release:

STORM CLOUDS ARE GATHERING, AND THEY WILL RAIN BLOOD.  Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic. For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke. Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey. But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, …

Review: The Admissions

Title: The Admissions
Author:Meg Mitchell Moore
320 pages, published August 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction

Note: I received this book from NetGalleyto facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

The Hawthorne family has it all. Great jobs, a beautiful house in one of the most affluent areas of northern California, and three charming kids with perfectly straight teeth. And then comes their eldest daughter's senior year of high school . . .
     Firstborn Angela Hawthorne is a straight-A student and star athlete, with extracurricular activities coming out of her ears and a college application that's not going to write itself. She's set her sights on Harvard, her father's alma mater, and like a dog with a chew toy, Angela won't let up until she's basking in crimson-colored glory. Except her class rank as valedictorian is under attack, she's suddenly losing her edge at cross-country, and she can't…

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts for September 24

This is a weekly meme hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

1.  I recently finished reading two great books that I got from NetGalley--The Admissions and Rescue Me, Maybe. I loved both for different reasons. Reviews for these two will be on the blog next week!

2. It's FALL! Fall is my FAVORITE! Chilly mornings, warm afternoons, boots, leaves changing colors, and FOOTBALL IS BACK.

3. Speaking of football, I am 0-2 in BOTH my fantasy football leagues. I am NOT happy about this. Hoping this week goes better.

4. Last weekend I went to Seattle to visit my sis Breanne!  It was a perfect girls weekend. We went to a new bookstore (Queen Anne Book Company) went to a UW Huskies football game (she is an alum and season ticket holder), ate yummy thai food, drank wine (and coffee, of course!) and had a fantastic time! I love Seattle! I rode the train there and back (about a 4 hour ride) and had a lovely time reading all the way there and back (reading books mentioned in item #1).

5. This face. Your da…

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR! Some are new releases, some are not. Here they are, in no particular order:

What books are on your Fall TBR? Happy Reading!

Review: Who Do You Love

Title: Who Do You Love
Author: Jennifer Weiner
400 pages, published August 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she's intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy's taken back to the emergency room and Rachel's sent back to her bed, they think they'll never see each other again.

Rachel, the beloved, popular, and protected daughter of two doting parents, grows up wanting for nothing in a fancy Florida suburb. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent that will let him become one of the best runners of his generation.

Over the course of three decades, through high school and college, marriages and divorces, from the pinnacles of victory and the heartbreak of defeat,…

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie! Top Ten Books I've Read in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is....FREEBIE! So I picked Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015! Here they are, in no particular order:

Happy Reading!!

Review: Everything Everything

Title: Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon 320 pages, published September 1, 2015 Genre: YA Contemporary
Note: I received this book from NetGalleyto facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
From Goodreads:
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
My Review:
I've read quite a few reviews on this book, as it has a lo…

Release Day Blitz: Beautifully Damaged by Gina Sevani

Beautifully Damaged by Gina Sevani
Genre: Contemporary Romance PublicationDate: September 10, 2015
  Purchase Links: AmazonSmashwords BLURB Beautiful and Dangerous Damon Black isn’t what Ariel Montgomery expects, not at all. Living with the all-consuming darkness of her tragic past, she’s always kept everyone and everything at a distance. And love? Impossible! Not if she wanted her past to stay in the past or her dark secrets to remain secrets. The future was never even a real possibility, but between Damon’s lyrical voice and devastating good looks, she’s finding it hard to stay away. Their white hot chemistry has her re-thinking everything. For the first time since she’s lost her family, Ariel dreams of a life she knows she’ll never deserve. He’s determined to win her heart, body, and soul. But can she trust him? Trust his promise to save her from herself? Or will his attention be the final catalyst that breaks her forever?


W… W… W… Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words, is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.

What did you just finish reading?  What are you currently reading? What do you plan on reading next? What are you reading this week? Happy Wednesday!

Beat the Heat Readathon Wrap Up

Whew! Those two weeks went fast! I really enjoyed the Readathon but am sad to say I didn't read as much as I'd hoped. As I mentioned in previous posts, my black lab had to have a tooth pulled  a couple weeks ago and it took its time healing, so I couldn't take him to doggie daycare during the work day. This meant he had to be at home so I had to go home on my lunch breaks (my main reading time) and check on him.  I absolutely love my pup so I was more than happy to have him as my lunch date, but it did interfere with my reading on this challenge. BUT...the challenge is supposed to be FUN, so I'm not stressing about my lack of meeting my goal! Especially since my pup is all healed up good as new now (minus one tooth!). As you can see in the picture he is happy and full of energy!

My goal was to finish four books, but I finished three. However, I'm still really happy with this progress considering Who Do You Love was nearly 400 pages! Here are the stats:

Readathon Summ…

Beat the Heat Readathon: Goals and Updates

This week and next week is the Beat the Heat Readathon! More information can be found here if you're still interested in joining in the fun!

Goals: Most of all, my goal is to have fun! Since the readathon is two weeks, my goal is to finish four books (two a week). I finished four books in a week last week for Bout of Books, but I had a few extra days of lots of reading time that I don't expect to have in the next two weeks, so four is my goal! Updates: Week 1: Monday 8/24
Currently reading: Rainy Day Sisters
Pages read today: 60
Books completed today: 0
Tuesday 8/25
Currently reading: Rainy Day Sisters
Pages read today: 99
Books completed today: 0
Wednesday 8/26
Currently reading: Rainy Day Sisters
Pages read today: 121
Books completed today: Rainy Day Sisters
Thursday 8/27
Currently reading: Luckiest Girl Alive
Pages read today: 70
Books completed today: 0
Friday 8/28
Currently reading: Luckiest Girl Alive
Pages read today: 46
Books completed today: 0
Saturday 8/29
Currently reading: L…

Review: Rainy Day Sisters

Title: Rainy Day Sisters
Author: Kate Hewitt
368 pages, published August 4, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction

Note: I received this book from NetGalleyto facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.

Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of qu…

Teaser Tuesday: Luckiest Girl Alive

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 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 Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll! Enjoying this crazy book so far! Here's the teaser, from page 196:

"It felt so much farther than that. Like another dimension, like a life of someone else who I felt sorry for now. She had been so naïve and unprepared for what was to come, it hadn't just been sad. It had been dangerous."