Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge


When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . 

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
YOU SEE THAT RED THING?
YEAH THAT'S MY HEART
BECAUSE IT GOT
FREAKING RIPPED
OUT OF MY CHEST.
this book is just so good. Gosh dang it these characters stole my freaking heart and then their author ripped it out and crushed it (and I'm still alive)
IT HURTS
OH GOSH. where do I even start????? The world building in this was freaking incredible. It all felt fresh and original and gosh dang it I loved it. Rosamund's writing is just so good. It draws you in and her worlds wrap around you and her characters are people you'd either never want to meet(in a good way!) or people you want to be FREAKING BEST FRIENDS WITH. gosh dang it I want to be besties with Paris so bad right now.
Okay so the friendships in this. Can we just talk about them??? There are two main friendships. Romeo and Paris and Juliet and Runajo. Gosh dang it they murdered me. Romeo and Juliet are the main romance in the story but the cool this is that other than a omniscient scene every ten or so chapters, THEIR POVS ARE NOT USED. This was so cool. I adored it.
And the story. THE FREAKING STORY. It starts have fast-paced and doesn't slow down. It keeps you guessing and--gosh dang it--it doesn't disappoint!
So if you love magic and fantasy and friendship and romance and rich world building(come on who doesn't????) WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE??? GO READ THIS FREAKING BOOK.
(Regrettably it hasn't released yet so unless you have mad skills and got you hands on an ARC(like me) you can't read it until it releases. Also because my brain hates me I have no idea when this releases. Sorry!!)

CONTENT GUIDE -
Drugs/drinking - mild
Intimacy - kissing, mentions to two characters sleeping together, innuendos
Violence - this book is kind of dark and deals with human sacrifice and necromancy and the lines between death and life. Also there is murder and general stabbiness.
Cussing - I don't remember any?? There may be some.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Clear a Shelf August TBR!

It's been a ridiculous amount of time since my last post.
but I'm doing this readathon
and I have a tbr.
I'm not going to explain the readathon because that would take time that I honestly don't have, but hey! I have a review coming at y'all SOON.
I'm using this readathon to clear out a "shelf" on my kindle. My ARC shelf! I will also be reading other books, but those will be for the Great Twitter Readathon.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cover Reveal! A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes

BELOW YOU WILL FIND THE COVER FOR NADINE BRANDES' NEW BOOK







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Isn't it pretty???? I can't wait for it. Since I haven't read book two, I'm not adding the synopsis for this but the Goodreads link is below so you can run over and check it out.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Review! Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Kissed By a Cowboy is the third book featuring the Monahan brothers. I have really enjoyed this series and in a way, I'm sad that the last brother has gotten his HEA. Jarrod is the eldest of the three brothers. He is also the serious one. When he realizes he has a second chance at love with Cassidy, he decides to go for it. Unfortunately, Cassidy has other plans. Coming of a horrible divorce, she doesn't want to ever get married again.

While not my favorite of the three books, I did enjoy Jarrod and Cassidy together. I loved how Jarrod never gave up in trying to win back Cassidy's heart. I was really rooting for them the whole way. For me, it just took Cassidy a little too long to get with the program. In addition to their story, we are treated to the conclusion to a story arc over the series between Pebble and Rand. Their love story was so super sweet and I was so happy with that couple's ending. Along with appearances from previous characters, there is a bit of adventure added into the story. 

I'm not sure what is next for this author, but I hope she will visit with Wishing Springs Texas again in the future!

TBR Death Readathon TBR!

HELLO
so my readathon begins tomorrow. And I have to have a TBR to murder. So here's the six books I hope to read for the readathon!

THE LOST AND FOUND by Katrina Leno

honestly i'm reading this because Cait loved it.

LOST:
Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear. 

FOUND:
They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance.


HOW IT FEELS TO FLY  by Kathryn Holmes

The movement is all that matters. 
For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.
The change was gradual. Stealthy.
Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope. 


RED VELVET CRUSH by Christina Meredith

Rock music, a broken family, challenging sisters, and the crush of first love—Red Velvet Crush has everything you need in a summer read. For fans of Nick & Norah’s Infinite PlaylistEleanor & Park, and This Song Will Save Your Life.











WE WERE NEVER HERE by Jennifer Gilmore

Did you know your entire life can change in an instant? 

For sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stoller that moment is when she collapses, out of the blue. The next thing she knows she’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of. 

But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room.






ROSE AND THORN by Sarah Prineas

After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with—curses that will put her into her own fairy tale and a century-long slumber. Accompanied by the handsome and mysterious Watcher, Griff, and his witty and warmhearted partner, Quirk, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to her story. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the fairy tale they are trying to avoid?





DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY by Brodi Ashton

Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.



The Readathon craziness begins tommorrow! What's on YOUR TBR?

!Review! The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents' New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet's own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind.

WELL THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL
I was determined not to let the gorgeous cover or love for this author win me over. I wanted the Cautious Maiden to woo me with it's plot and characters AND BOY DID IT.
Violet won me right away. DUH. Vance took a few chapters, because I'd seen him in this series before and quite frankly, I hadn't liked him.
YEAH HE'S A FAVORITE CHARACTER NOW.
I love how all of Dawn's characters were perfect in their own ways. And by perfect I mean flawed and so, so real!
I also loved how this was a sweet romance, but there was also a villain! This book refuses to be categorized as merely romance because the villain invites an aspect of suspense.
DAWN CRANDALL KNOWS HER TIME. I mean, seriously. I was so engrossed in this that I could have been IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA.
Like in every other book by Dawn, I adored the family in this. There is always that family aspect to her books. In this one that was Vance's family, the Everstones. They were perfect and also I loved the cameos and mentions to the other characters from the other books.
THE VERDICT?
This book was delectable and is now battling the Bound Heart to be my favorite of the series. It has a swoon-worthy romance, a heart-pounding plot, and characters I would die for.

CONTENT GUIDE -

Intimacy – There was a lot of kissing, and Violet's brother runs a brothel. There's mentions to prostitution, sex, and illegitimate children.

Drugs/Drinking – None.

Violence – Rowen threatens Violet with a gun and kills someone.


Cussing – None.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I Have a Book Club!!

Whaaaat?
I'm basically the social queen these days. Anyways I have a book club called Book Sniffers Book Club.

this is the official graphic for what we're reading for the rest of the year
I'd love it if some of you could join my book club!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/723751587670505/?ref=bookmarks
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/187108-book-sniffers-book-club

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I'm hosting a Readathon????

Okay, so in case you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen this post;


The point of this readathon is to read books that have been sitting on your TBR for awhile. To just read until your eyeballs fall out! (actually no because then you wouldn't read my blog)
Anyway, you can follow along on INSTAGRAM but if you don't have Instagram I will be posting a TBR for the readathon and a wrapup at the beginning and end and you can participate by posting a TBR, plus a wrapup on YOUR blog. Anyone can join. If you're joining on Instagram or Twitter, please share this photo with the hastag #TBRdeathreadathon and tag me. 

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

I'm Doing Camp NaNoWriMo!

HELLLOOOOOO
so I decided last night that I would do Camp NaNoWriMo.
I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED
My summer project wasn't getting done so I'm going to force myself to write the first 20k for Camp NaNoWriMo.
In case you missed my flailing in the monthly Writing Updates, my summer project is a fantasy novel inspired by Ancient Rome.
Anywayyy I thought I'd share my spiffy new synopsis that I whipped up at 3am last night. Also my cool cover. :)


In Castorus, you don't want to be born a empree. Athena was cursed to be the eldest emporee. She spends her nights fighting off her jealous sisters, and her days preparing to become the Empress. In her soul she misses the kinship of her sisters and longs for someone—anyone—to be her friend.
Far away, on the same day of Athena's birth, a coupe prays for another daughter and receives a son. He is, as they feared, paralyzed in his arm and blessed with telekinesis. Over the years they learn to hide it, chalking his paralysis up to an accident when he was younger. If someone becomes too suspicious, they move.
But they can't hide forever. Titus is taken from them and forced to perform in the brutal and bloody Arena as a gladiator against other cursed boys.
They were never meant to meet—the gladiator and the empree. But a chance encounter leads to a forbidden friendship. The stake heighten as Athena nears her eighteenth birthday and her sisters search for a weakness—anything to keep her from the throne. Athena and Titus begin to realize that the friendship that saved them might also destroy them.
Set in a rich fantasy world steeped in the mythology and infrastructure of ancient Rome, this unlikely friendship burns bright in a time when no one is to be trusted.

I can't waiiiiit!!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Explanations of Absence

OKAY SO THIS GRAPHIC HAS A TYPO *becomes a hermit*

HELLO it has been ridiculously long since I posted. You guys deserve to know why.
Life has been freakishly crazy recently. A few weeks ago I visited a school in the bush with some friends and we had a ton of fun ministering to those children. I've been having some trouble spiritually so I was stopped up creatively.
ALSO the biggest reason I haven't blogged was that my computer broke(basically my tiny little siblings threw it) and it was broken up until yesterday. I'm horrible at writing on my Kindle or phone so I just abstained from blogging while my computer was broken. 
So here's the scoop about the blog. I don't have a ton of computer or internet time every day, especially when it comes to the monthly posts. So I will still have a post linking to every post posted that month, plus my TBR and bookhaul and Life Updates.
Mainly what's changing here is the wrap-up. I read a lot every month, and tracking down each book, my rating, and what I thought is sooo time consuming. So I'm going to stick a poll on the top of the blog for y'all to vote. I can either post a post once a month with my favorites of the month and recommend them OR I can stop posting that. 
Also I don't get a lot of writing done so this summer I'll continue with a monthly Writing Update but then they might taper off to bi-monthly? I'm just trying to figure out a system that's easy to maintain but also keeps a lot of fun and interesting content posted a few times a week. 
I have some fun ideas for posts but I need opinions. Did you like the BookTube Tags series? Or the Ryebrynn Recommends post? 
PLEASE TELL ME if you like a post. It helps me hone my creative content down to stuff y'all will enjoy.


ALSO I'M GUEST POSTING on http://thessalexa.blogspot.com/ sometime this week with advice on writing reviewssss! It shall be fun and is kind of the unofficial sequel to Becoming a Book Blogger

I promise I'm going to try and blog more. BUT I NEED YOU TO TELL ME WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE. If there's something you want to see that I haven't done? COMMENT IT BELOW. If I've done something before that you liked? COMMENT IT BELOW.

AND THANK YOU. y'all are literally the best.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPER FURY

HEY
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HEY
HEY
HEY
HEY
(most importantly I'M BAAAAACK)
BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT IS THAT IT'S CAIT'S BLOGVERSARY!
Her blog and her words and herself means the world to me, so I  want to take a second and talk about that. I first discovered Cait when it was her and Mime, blogging on Notebook Sisters. I was googling a book and I found her review. I fell in love with Cait's humor and style and I've been a loyal minion ever  since. I don't comment much, but I read every single post and impatiently wait for more. I think Cait's the  best evil overlord ever

(also GIVEAWAYS)
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i'm back people


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blog Tour! Her One and Only by Becky Wade


Her One and Only (Bethany House, May 2016)

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans.

But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt---none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she's determined to find Gray's stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they'll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives---and their hearts---to one another. 

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1NrA4cO

Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan,and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and an INSPY Award.


Join Becky in celebrating the release of Her One and Only by entering to win her Porter prize pack and $100 cash card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Her One and Only
  • A $100 cash card
  • Follow Your Heart tote bag
  • 24 oz Tervis Wonder Woman Tumbler
  • The Blind Side DVD
  • Necklace with star charm
  • Porter Family navy jersey
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 31st. The winner will be announced June 1st on the Litfuse blog.

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Blog Tour! The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

The Beautiful Pretender (Thomas Nelson, May 2016)


What happens when a margrave realizes he's fallen in love with a servant?


The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave's bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina's best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can't deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse---far deadlier---consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost? 

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1NZuPiD


Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.



Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie's blog.

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Blog Tour! Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin.

Someone Like You (Bethany House, May 2016)

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father's less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort's general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can't ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1TPfW3k

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.



 



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hiatus


HEY PEOPLE. I have been completely blindsided by a sudden hiatus need. I am completely unprepared, with no posts scheduled, no reviews pre-written, nothing. So I ardently apologize and I beg you forgiveness. I am taking just a minute to write this post until I'm off the blog until the 27th or later. Thank you all so much for your support and love. Don't die from the loss of my wit and humor. :D