Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 10 of 2016: Best Couples of 2016

Day 3: Best ________ of 2016 -- Reader's choice of top 10 best villains, contemporaries, dual POV’s, novellas, adult titles, NA titles, love triangles, couples, bad boys or debuts (Reminder: this list is made up of books I have READ this 2016). And just like last year, I chose best COUPLES of 2016.

**I was just complaining about the nonexistence of emojis in blogger but then I remembered...I can actually use emojis now. HOW CAN I FORGET?? 😭😭😂

Thanks to Rachel of Fiktshun, Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales for hosting this event.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 10 of 2016: Best Book Covers of 2016

Day 2 is Best Book Covers of 2016 featuring my top 10 list of favorite covers of books that were released this 2016. There are SO MANY new releases with gorgeous covers to choose from -- the kind that makes me want to buy a physical copy (in HARDCOVER!) just because of it. This is actually harder than choosing my top 10 favorite reads this year.

Thanks to Rachel of Fiktshun, Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales for hosting this event.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Top 10 of 2016: Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

Merry Christmas!!! I hope you had a great one. It's that time of the year again! These last several days of 2016 will be full of yearly recaps and, of course, the Top 10 of 2016, which I now consider a tradition. Thanks to Rachel of FiktshunJaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales for hosting this event.

First up is the Top 10 Best Books I've Read in 2016. This year is probably my lowest read count since 2010?? I usually read more than a hundred per year but I don't think I'd be able to read 80 by the time 2016 ends. Sad. At least it makes it easier to come up with this list. Only three 5-star reads this year! :(

Saturday, December 24, 2016

December 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this December 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland
by Rebekah Crane
Published: December 1, 2016
The Book Depository

According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place—and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head—and her home state—and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens.

Zander does not fit in—or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis. There’s her cabinmate Cassie, a self-described manic-depressive-bipolar-anorexic. Grover Cleveland (yes, like the president), a cute but confrontational boy who expects to be schizophrenic someday, odds being what they are. And Bek, a charmingly confounding pathological liar.

But amid group “share-apy” sessions and forbidden late-night outings, unlikely friendships form, and as the Michigan summer heats up, the four teens begin to reveal their tragic secrets. Zander finds herself inextricably drawn to Grover’s earnest charms, and she begins to wonder if she could be happy. But first she must come completely unraveled to have any hope of putting herself back together again.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star
The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
Published: November 1, 2016

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Monday, December 5, 2016

[BLOG TOUR] Review + Giveaway + Excerpt: Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams

Welcome to my stop for this blog tour celebrating the release of Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams!

Trophy Wife
by Noelle Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2016


From the New York Times bestselling author of Fooling Around comes a steamy novel about a pampered princess who’s starting over—and the hot guy next door who knows exactly how to melt that tiara right off.

Alison Davies used to just be a trophy wife. Now she’s just flat broke. Thanks to an ironclad prenup, she’s worse off than she was before the day she rushed down the aisle with a wealthy jerk eight years ago. After her steep fall from riches to rags, Alison refuses to shackle herself to any man who treats her like a possession—no matter how good he looks in a pair of well-worn jeans, or how his muscles ripple while he’s carrying her couch.

Underneath his rugged exterior, Rob West is a gentleman. So when he sees his beautiful new neighbor moving in, he’s going to help her out no matter how loudly she protests. In fact, Alison’s determination to go it alone just strengthens his resolve—and his desire to find out what makes her tick. But after one spur-of-the-moment tumble in the sheets, it’s clear that their connection goes way deeper. And that Rob won’t be happy until Alison surrenders to the passion they share.

Find out more at: Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Kobo

Saturday, December 3, 2016

November 2016 Reads + Monthly Recap

Is anyone else freaking out that it's ALREADY DECEMBER? Seriously, as much as I am excited about a few things that will come this 2017, right now I really need the remaining days of 2016 to be calm and SLOW THE HECK DOWN. Oh-my-gosh. Is it obvious that I am freaking out? Because I am. Why? I have one word: DEADLINES.

On a positive note, despite the busy month (which is nothing new) I think I did pretty well on reading and blogging. At least not as bad as the previous months. And I didn't spend much on books even with all those sales this November! I ALSO did not watch any of the films that came out this month no matter how much I wanted to. The restraint, you guys.

November 2016 Reads:

Monday, November 28, 2016

[BLOG TOUR Spotlight] Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement by Jane Peden

Jane Peden returns with an all new Miami Lawyers novel releasing November 29, 2016. Maria is raising her 13-year old brother Joey alone, and it’s clear he’s headed for trouble. But what happens when the only man who can save Joey is the same man Maria holds responsible for destroying her family? Find out in this steamy must read Fall title which fans of Jackie Braun's Revenge Best Served Hot will love.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this November 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

by Alice Hoffman
Published: November 1, 2016
The Book Depository

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Review: The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley

The Bad Boy Bargain
The Bad Boy Bargain
by Kendra C. Highley
Published: November 14, 2016

Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Monday, November 7, 2016

November TBR

We only have less than two months left before 2016 ends and I am still far from reaching my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. At this point it is safe to say that I am going to fail it. For the first time in 5 years I am going to fail my Goodreads Reading Challenge!!! *insert sad faced emoji* This sucks.

Even so, I am not losing hope. I may not be able to read 100 books this year but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop reading (never gonna happen). I am still trying my best to beat this annoying reading slump that's taken hold of me since May (seriously, longest reading slump EVER). It wasn't really that I am not in the mood to read AT ALL. It's just that I can't seem to finish the books I am reading. I have started SO many books this year that I wasn't able to finish for some reason. Not officially a DNF (did-not-finish) that I don't plan to finish ever, more like a I-lost-interest-so-maybe-next-time. So this month's goal is to finally pick up and FINISH all those books that I have left... well, unfinished.

November TBR

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) Nightfall

Saturday, November 5, 2016

October 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this October 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

(American Royalty #1)
by Nichole Chase
Published: October 4, 2016
The Book Depository

From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

October 2016 Reads + Monthly Recap

These past weeks have been busier than usual. I've been out of town a lot and didn't really get a chance to spend valuable time with my laptop. I missed quite a few blog posts I've been meaning to do and for that I am sorry. I will do my best to catch up as soon as I can especially in reviews! Megosh. Adulting is exhausting *LOL*

Anyway, it's already November and what-the-heck I am still in a reading slump. I can't believe I've been in a reading slump for more than half of 2016! It's very frustrating.

October Reads

I was only able to read four books this October. I actually started reading more than that but I didn't get to finish them because, as I have said, buuuuusssy :(

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1) Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (Conqueror's Saga, #1)
And I Darken
(Conqueror's Saga, #1)
by Kiersten White
Published: July 7, 2016

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

Monday, October 10, 2016

October 2016 TBR

Another month, another attempt at a TBR. Eternally hoping I follow through THIS TIME.

Without further ado, here are the books I plan to read this month:

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Untitled, #1) Places No One Knows

Monday, October 3, 2016

[RELEASE EVENT] Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: A Fool For You by Katee Robert

He never thought he’d get a second chance. A Fool For You is the third and final novel in the Foolproof Love series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katee Robert and Entangled Publishing. Check out the rest of the books in the series: Foolproof Love and Fool Me Once.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

COVER RE-REVEAL + Giveaway: Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram + More Exciting News!!

Exactly two years ago, a little book titled Cinder & Ella made its way onto Amazon. And then it exploded, making it's way to # 1 on Amazon in all of its categories and even hitting the top 20 on all of Amazon. (Way to go Cinder & Ella!)

**It's a really great book and you all should go read it if you haven't yet :)

And nearly every day of the two years since its release, author Kelly Oram has received requests for an epilogue or a short story or something--anything--that would give readers more of their beloved Brian (aka Cinder) & Ella.

It may have taken 2 years, but Kelly has finally decided to grant all of those requests, which means:

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September 2016 Reads + Monthly Recap

Let's keep this short and sweet because it's actually already almost 5 in the morning as I am making this post. Well, anyway, there goes another month. It's already October! I like October. Hopefully this means I will have an even better month. September was a good one if I do say so myself :)

I read a total of 6 books not counting the two I started but wasn't able to finish before the month ended. And I only spent $4! See? I can so stick to a book buying ban.

September Reads:

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) The Female of the Species

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this September 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Graces
(The Graces #1)
by Laure Eve
Published: September 1, 2016
The Book Depository

Everyone said the Graces were witches.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

COVER REVEALED: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I just saw something that made me smile and feel really giddy. The third, and most probably final, book to Jenny Han's contemporary series To All The Boys I've Loved Before now has a cover. Let me put the covers of books 1 and 2 first, coz they're awesome and I love them.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
A Torch Against the Night
(An Ember in the Ashes #2)
by Sabaa Tahir

Amazon | National Book Store

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 2016 TBR

So I haven't been reading that much lately. Well, actually, I read A LOT. I just can't seem to finish an entire book. It's very frustrating.


Monday, September 5, 2016

August 2016 Reads + Monthly Recap



Same as it was a few months ago.

But it's fine. I'm starting to accept that adulting is really effing exhausting. What can I do except learn to adjust.

Let's move on to my recap.

Books I read this August:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this August 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

A Promise of Fire
(Kingmaker Chronicles #1)
by Amanda Bouchet
Published: August 2, 2016
The Book Depository

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

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