Showing posts from December, 2015

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish! Each week they select a new topic. This week's topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016. Here's my list!
April 26th
January 5th
January 19th
February 2nd
June 14th
June 28th
March 29th
February 16th
What books are you looking forward to in early 2016?

Bout of Books 15 Sign up!

It's that time again!!! Bout of Books 15 is next week!! Bout of Books is my absolute favorite reading event. I was just counting back how many I've participated in and this will be my SIXTH Bout of Books!!  I love this event so much mainly because of the opportunity to connect with other readers and bloggers. You don't have to have a blog to sign up--you can use any social media platform to participate. Here's the official blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 What are my goals and what's on my TBR? Watch for …

Review: Saint Anything

Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
417 pages, published May 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

My Review:

Wow! This is hands down my favorite Sarah Desse…

Review: Winter

Title: Winter (Lunar Chronicles, #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
824 pages, published November 2015
Genre: YA fantasy, sci-fi
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

My Review:

Wow. This was a LONG book. Over 800 pages. It was daunting. It was heavy--as in the physical book. It just kept going. wa…

Top Ten Books I'd Like Santa to Bring Me This Year!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish! Each week they select a new topic. This week's topic is Top Ten Books We Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under Our Tree This Year! Always a fun topic! Here's my list:

A physical copy of the Lunar Chronicles series--I borrowed from the library!

I don't have physical copies of the HP series either!

Love her!
Have the e-book...would love a physical copy!

What's on your list this year? Merry Christmas! :)

Review: The Cranes Dance

Title: The Cranes Dance
Author: Meg Howrey
373 pages, published May 2012
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

 I threw my neck out in the middle of Swan Lake last night.
So begins the tale of Kate Crane, a soloist in a celebrated New York City ballet company who is struggling to keep her place in a very demanding world. At every turn she is haunted by her close relationship with her younger sister, Gwen, a fellow company dancer whose career quickly surpassed Kate’s, but who has recently suffered a breakdown and returned home. 

Alone for the first time in her life, Kate is anxious and full of guilt about the role she may have played in her sister’s collapse.  As we follow her on an insider tour of rehearsals, performances, and partners onstage and off, she confronts the tangle of love, jealousy, pride, and obsession that are beginning to fracture her own sanity. Funny, dark, intimate, and unflinchingly honest, The Cranes Dance is a book that pulls back the curtains to re…

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 theme is Top Ten Books I've Read in 2015! It can be new releases, any books, etc. I've chosen to go with Top Ten Books (any year release) I've Read in 2015! Here's the list:

It's been a great reading year for me!! Looking forward to 2016! What are the best books you've read this year?

Book Beginnings: Winter

Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
Just yesterday I was THRILLED to find out that my turn on the library hold list for Winter had arrived! Thanks to Mel at Double Stacked Bookshelves, I fell in love with this series! Here's the first bit (and isn't that cover GORGEOUS?!)
"Winter's toes had become ice cubes. They were as cold as space. As cold as the dark side of Luna."
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of …

RABT: Five Days on Ballyboy Beach

Five Days on Ballyboy Beach
By David J. O'Brien
205 pages, published September 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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

Purchase Links:
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A startling revelation - the long-time friend you never viewed romantically is actually the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. 

But what do you do about it?

For Derek, a laid-back graduate camping with college friends on Ireland's west coast in the summer of 1996, the answer is … absolutely nothing.
Never the proactive one of the group - he's more than happy to watch his friends surf, canoe and scuba-dive from the shore - Derek adopts a wait and see attitude. Acting on his emotional discovery is further hindered by the fact he's currently seeing someone else - and she's coming to join him for the weekend.
As their five days on the beach pass, and there are more revelatio…

Promo Blitz: Riverview Series

YA Clean Romance “A Healing Heart” – Riverview Series Book 1 – Updated 7/4/2015 (orig publish 2012)

On a bitter cold winter night Bailey Walsh’s family was killed in a traffic accident. Two years later as she lives with her aunt and uncle in Southern California, Bailey is still plagued by the nightmares of that terrible night. Everywhere around her are reminders of what she lost. Even her aunt, in a cruel twist of fate, is not just her mom’s sister, but her identical twin.
Babysitting Riley, a spunky two-year old, is a sweet distraction and one constant light in her life. One day as she takes Riley to the park she meets Collin McKenna, a senior at her high school and her life is changed forever as he helps her find herself and realize her life is worth living.
As the romance between them grows her broken heart begins to heal. However, still nagging in the back of her conscious is the fear that her new found happiness could come crashing down and she could lose everything she loves, yet ag…