Tuesday, August 22, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #45: The Dazzling Heights

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Title: The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)
Authors:  Katharine McGee
Expected publication: August 29, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy


New York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Monday, August 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #78: Back To School Freebie





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Back To School Freebie: anything "back to school"

Shon's Pick: My College theme TBR


The Southern Nights Series (The Southern Nights Series #1) by M. Never 

Cross Check (Bayard Hockey #2) by Kelly Jamieson

3:AM Kisses (3:AM Kisses #1) by Addison Moore

My Roommate's Girl by Julianna Keyes

Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood 

180 Seconds by Jessica Park 


The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen


The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

Monday Reviews: Eliza and Her Monsters


Eliza and Her Monsters
Published May 30th 2017 by HarperCollins
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Page: 385
Rating:
5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina



Synopsis

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


Thoughts

This book is such a gem. As soon as I picked it up, I could not put it down. There's something about creation and being lost in your art that I find so appealing. There are times when I truly wonder if the most brilliant writer/artist is an emotional wreck. The main character Eliza completely embodies what I "think" a true artist is, an introvert, lost in the vast universe of her creation, and unwilling to face reality. I love how Eliza is such a relatable character and how she struggles to come out of her shell. I love her journey and her stories; it is such a great read!




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #44: The Soul Mate

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Title: The Soul Mate (Roommates #4)
Author: Kendall Ryan
Expected publication: August 14, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance


The smoking-hot one-night stand I was never supposed to see again?

Yeah, well, I might be pregnant, and he’s my OB-GYN.

Get ready to fall head over heels madly in love with the hottest OBGYN doctor you have ever met! This full-length standalone contains the most hilariously awkward lady-doctor visit, lots of playful banter and some good ol' fashioned baby-makin'! One-click now for this summer's swooniest read.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Top Ten Tuesday #77: Ten Book Recommendations For People Who Are Not Fans Of...





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten book recommendations for. . .

Shon's Pick: 

Book recommendation for people who are not fans of New Adult



The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy

Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt ( Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick)

Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1) by Sarina Bowen

Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Tina's Pick:

Book recommendation for people who are not fans of YA Contemporary


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Reviews: What to Say Next



What to Say Next
Written by Julie Buxbaum
Published July 11th 2017 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Page: 292
Rating:
5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina



Synopsis

A sweet and unlikely friendship sparked between popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker. Kit is emotionally vulnerable and David is inquisitive and bluntly honest. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find.


Comment

It's been a while since I've last posted. I felt I needed to take a break and return to reading with fresh eyes. But getting back into reading took some effort. Nothing peaked my interest. So I decided to look into a contemporary novel. Boy were there plenty to choose from.

Review

The story of Kit and David all began when Kit sat down at David's lunch table one day. She wanted some peace and quiet from everyday chaos and loner David saw this random occurrence as his chance to make a friend. Kit recently lost her father to a car accident and feeling emotionally frail and vulnerable, she couldn't face her peers and sought friendship from an unlikely loner. David, who turns out to be an Asperger, used this chance to find other interactions with Kit. Together they found comfort and joy in each other's company.

I felt this novel is such a cute and sweet contemporary. I really felt for David Drucker. His insecurities, his misunderstandings are so genuine. And the things that he say are witty and intellectual. He has great family support and his interactions with Kit are funny and joyful. Really enjoyed this story.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review on "The Lucky Ones" by Mark Edwards

Goodreads:



It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realizes she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.


A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorizing his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

The Lucky Ones is the terrifying new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of Follow You Home.

My Review

I would definitely recommend this book if you are into shows like Dexter and a little mix of CSI. Mark Edwards is a great psychological thrill writer. In this book he gives you the point of view of two people who play a major role in the story. The plot had many twist and turns and there was no way I could have predicted that ending! This book kept me on the edge of my seat and did not disappoint. I also liked that he was very detailed and that made me feel like part of the story. I enjoyed this thrill thriller :) Thanks for the awesome read!

XO,
Wendy

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #43: Royally Endowed

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.


Title: Royally Endowed
Author:  Emma Chase
Expected publication: August 14, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary


Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
***
Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday 56! August 4, 2017

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice. Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it. Post it.

" The day's heat had left the black, shingled roof sticky and hot. But the night was a cool one-desert nights always were, the temperature dropping like a rock as soon as the sun set-and the breeze off the ocean ruffled Emma's damp hair."




Happy Reading
Xo,
Wendy


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #42: Miles Morales

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Title: Miles Morales
Author: Jason Reynolds
Expected publication: August 1, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Comics, Fantasy


"Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you're on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins."

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man.

But lately, Miles's spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad's advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can't shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures on the historical "benefits" of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It's time for Miles to suit up.




What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Shon's August TBR & Most Anticipated Releases!!

Helloooooooo, August!!  I read nine books last month. Here's are the books I'm *hoping* to read this month.


~ August TBR ~

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1) by Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2) by Rick Riordan
The Titan's Curse: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #3) by Rick Riordan
Sherlock: A Study in Pink (Sherlock #1) by Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Jay (Illustrator)
Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson 
Trust by Kylie Scott
The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Most Anticipated Releases for August!!!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo 

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee

The Silver Mask (Magisterium #4) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare 

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase 

The Soul Mate (Roommates #4) by Kendall Ryan

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Tell me, what's on your August TBR??
What are you Most excited to read in August??

Happy Reading!!