My Month in Books: May ’18 Edition

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I last posted. I took a bit of a hiatus as a bunch of things came together. May is AP test season and since I was taking 5 exams (I know!) there was a lot of last minute studying and brushing up to do. After that the school year began to come to a close and a bunch of end of the year projects and paper were dumped in my lap, which left me scrambling. Toss in the beginning of Ramadan and this past month was a whirlwind. but now, as of yesterday I am done with school and have endless amounts of free time and so I’m back with a vengeance. I’m so excited I graduate in exactly one week and then I’m free for a couple months and then off to college!

Although the month was pretty busy I did manage to squeeze in reading time for quite a few books. I’m really excited for the next few months cause I’ll get a bunch of reading done. There are quite a few books I’ve had my eyes on that I’m excited to dive into. My goal for the summer is not only to read more but also review more. Something I haven’t done in what feels like forever. I also want to catch up on my TBR and will hopefully be reading more of those books rather than new releases. I’ve gone on for quite a while now so here are the books I managed to read this month.Read More »

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My Month In Books: March ’18 Edition

I’m not really sure how I feel about this past month, it actually went by really fast. A lot faster then I was expecting at any rate. There were a few ups and downs over these past few weeks, but I’ve managed to power through. The school year is almost over for me and that seems crazy. In a little more than two months I’ll have graduated from high school and I’m really not ready for that.

I’ve heard back from all my colleges at this point and after a few acceptances, some rejections and one waitlist, I now need to decide where I will spend the next four years of my life. I’ve been living in a constant state of denial trying to deal with the changes coming up ahead. So far my coping technique has been burying my head in the sand and attempting not to dwell on my future by distracting myself the best way I know how: reading. Because of that I’ve read quite a few books this month so let’s take a look at those very books.Read More »

My Month in Books: February’18 Edition

Another month and more books read. February was a weird month, looking back on it, it seems to have lasted forever, but it’s the shortest month. That probably has to do with the fact that I’m a second-semester senior and time just seems to be dragging on. I did manage to read a grand total of 16 books this month (YAY) and really enjoyed them.

In non-bookish news, the school year seems to be dragging on and college is looming large. Decisions need to be made-soon! as my parents keep reminding me- and I’ve had the last of my interviews over the past month. Back to book-ish news; I went to LibraryPalooza again this year, and had a lot of fun at that bookish convention. With all of that out of the way, let’s get back to why were here, the books I read this month:

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Blog Tour: Fire’s Kiss Review

51ydE8iw91LTitle: Fire’s Kiss

Author: Brittany Pate

Release Date: November 21, 2017

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Pages: 385

Rating: 2000px-3-5_stars-svg

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Fiery Seas Publishing in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:

Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history. For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife.

He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.

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Blog Tour: Heart of The Highlands Review

heart-of-the-highlands-beast_1Title: Heart of the Highlands: The Beast (Protectors of the Crown #1)

Author: April Holthaus

Release Date: July 2017

Publisher: Grey Eagle Publishing, LLC

Pages: 326

Rating: 2000px-3-5_stars-svg

 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis:

For hundreds of years, Scotland has battled the English for their freedom. Now, they face a new enemy. In a divided world between politics and religion, the young King James V faces the threat of his own people rebelling against him. As civil war breaks out among the Highland clans, James recruits a secret group of warriors for protection. He calls them the Protectors of the Crown.

Ian MacKay has one mission; to defend the crown no matter the cost. Along with his men, Ian’s mission is to hunt down one of the most dangerous men in the Highlands. But when the daughter of an enemy enters his life, his heart becomes captured instead.

Keira Sinclair has lived a life of peace and simplicity until now. With her clan on the verge of losing everything, she is forced to wed a Laird from a neighboring clan to ensure that hers survives. During her travels to her new home, her carriage is attacked and Keira is taken hostage by a ruthless man.

Caught in the middle of a war that she does not understand, will Keira’s secrets be safe, or will she succumb to the Highland warrior who now threatens to capture her heart?

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My Month in Books: November Edition

The end of another month and the tally of my read books is complete. It’s crazy to me that it’s already December. 2017 is about to come to an end and we have an entire year ahead full of possibilities. But before I get ahead of myself let us now look back at the books I’ve read this past month.

Paranormal

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan 4_stars-svg

The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter 2000px-3-5_stars-svg

The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones 5_stars-svg

I’ve read so many good paranormal books over the past couple years that I sometimes feel as if I’ve read them at all. That of course is not true. After discovering the Charley Davidson series and reading the first 11 books in under a week back in July, book twelve recently came out and I devoured that as well, now a years wait for the finale to this epic series. I also decided to give a couple new authors a try and really enjoyed their books.

Contemporary Romance

 

Bad at Love by Karina Halle 2000px-3-5_stars-svg

Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan 535px-3_stars-svg

The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey 535px-3_stars-svg

2017 has been a year full of romance novels and this month I added another 3 to the read list. They were enjoyable and helped me escape reality for a good couple hours, which is what I hope any good book would do.

How was the month of November for you in terms of books?

Happy Reading!

 

August Wrap-Up

Summer is over and the school year is in full swing bringing with it all the hectic deadlines and countless assignments. But before all of that I had quite a successful reading month, devouring a sum total of 25 books. Nowhere near the 50 of July but a real feat nonetheless. Despite the differences in the number of books, the trend generally remained the same of me reading paranormal and romance novels. Here are the books I read this month.

Paranormal

Patricia Briggs

Moon Called Mercy Thompson #1 2000px-4-5_stars-svg

Blood Bound  Mercy Thompson #2 4_stars-svg

Iron Kissed  Mercy Thompson #3 4_stars-svg

Bone Crossed  Mercy Thompson #4 4_stars-svg

Silver Borne  Mercy Thompson #5 4_stars-svg

River Marked  Mercy Thompson #6 4_stars-svg

Frost Burned  Mercy Thompson #7 4_stars-svg

Night Broken  Mercy Thompson #8 4_stars-svg

Fire Touched  Mercy Thompson #9 4_stars-svg

Silence Broken Mercy Thompson #10 4_stars-svg

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Hunting Ground Alpha and Omega #2 4_stars-svg

Fair Game Alpha and Omega #3 4_stars-svg

Dead Heat Alpha and Omega #4 4_stars-svgalphaandomega

 

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole 2000px-2_stars-svg

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Paranormal as a genre is great cause their are so many books in one series that if you end up liking them you have about a dozen books lined up that’ll generally last you awhile. But since I am a fast reader I tend to read a book or two a day and so I usually end up finishing said 12 book series in just under a week. So that is how I ended up reading the entire Mercy Thompson series along with the spin off series. I ended up trying Kresley Coles series as well but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked so I stopped at book 1.

Romance

Wardrobe Malfunction by Samantha Towle 535px-3_stars-svgwardrobe malfunction

Tyed by L.J. Shen 4_stars-svg

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Nero by Sarah Brianne 535px-3_stars-svg

Vincent by Sarah Brianne 535px-3_stars-svg

Lucca by Sarah Brianne 535px-3_stars-svgmademen

 

Royally Endowed by Emma Chase 535px-3_stars-svgroyally endowed

Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe 4_stars-svg

Scoring the Billionaire by Max Monroe 4_stars-svg

Banking the Billionaire by Max Monroe 4_stars-svgbillionaires

 

Beautiful by Christina Lauren 4_stars-svg

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At this point I’m sure it’s pretty obvious that I enjoy me some romance novels but in the past few months I’ve read quite a few and the genre itself is getting a bit repetitive for me. Despite that I enjoyed a lot of these books, I finished the Beautiful series and discovered a new favorite author Max Monroe. Her billionaire series is hilarious, i was in stitches the whole time I was reading her books.  

Classics

The Awakening by Kate Chopin 4_stars-svgthe awakening

This was my summer reading assignment for my AP English class and it wasn’t all that bad. It was super easy to read and although at times it was a bit dry I didn’t end up hating it as I usually do with reading assignments.

That is it for all the books I read this month! What are some of your favorite reads this month?

Happy Reading!

 

August Anticipated Book Releases

Books, Books, Books! There are new ones coming out this month (as well as every other) and these are just a few that have caught my eye!

Wonderwoman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo August 29

wonderwomanShe will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first, she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war

I love Leigh Bardugo and Wonder Woman individually so both these things combined makes twice the fun. I’m really excited for this and can’t wait to read it!

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic August 15

wickedlikeawildfireAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

This seems like it is going to be a great YA fantasy which will heavily explore family and have a large emphasis on that and I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie August 15

Crystal BladeThe peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn’t immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned. And that someone won’t be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she’s made.

I read the first book last year and I loved it! I’m super excited for the sequel and how this story will progress. Honestly, I can’t remember all the details from the first book so I may have some refreshing to do before I read it but I’ll definitely be getting to it soon.

Royally Endowed by Emma Chase August 14

royally endowedLogan 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.

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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

There’s nothing better than a good romance and Emma Chase does them well, I read the first two books earlier this year and really enjoyed them and I’m looking forward to this one as well!

What books are you eagerly anticipating this month?

Happy Reading!

My Month in Books: July Wrap-Up

June as a reading month sucked because I was in the middle of a book slump but if June was the equivalent of a reading drought July was a flood. After getting over that book slump I quite simply devoured books this month from last month’s measly 5 books this month I read a total of 52 books! Even I can’t believe it was possible but I somehow managed to do it. I read an overwhelmingly large amount of romance this month but managed to sneak in a couple of other genres in their midst. All in all, I had a great reading month and now this wrap up is huge.

I decided to take part in the Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges earlier this month but a series of unfortunate events (computer breakdown as well as internet problems caused by a blackout) prohibited me from doing so. Thus that is the reason why I’ve been MIA the past week and only managed to get the first day of challenges done. Now as for the reading challenges, let’s just say I suck at sticking to TBR’s I read a few books from that TBR but my subconscious decided to rebel and wanted to read everything but what’s was on that list. Since the list is huge along with breaking it down by genre I’m also listing them by the author since I read multiple books by the same authors. So now with that cleared up here is my ginormous wrap-up for this month.Read More »