Friday, June 14, 2019

Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop

Hello my lovely readers!

I am participating in the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds

You can enter to win a copy of Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti (This is an ARC copy of the book, to learn more about the book, click HERE)

When you're done entering my giveaway, make sure you check out the rest of the amazing blogs that are participating, using the linky list below.


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Time for the Rules and Regulations:

My Giveaway is only for residents in the US 

My part of the giveaway will go live at 12am ET on June 14th and will end at 12am ET on July 1st, and the winner will be notified shortly after that.

If the winner doesn't respond to claim their prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen

I am not responsible for any lost/stolen/damaged items

Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: Drop Dead Demons by A & E Kirk

Drop Dead Demons (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, #2)Drop Dead Demons
By A & E Kirk
My Rating: 5 Stars
Paperback, 598 pages
Published May 27th 2014

Summary From Goodreads:
Aurora Lahey finally knows why supernatural slayers salivate to slaughter her, but how to stop them? Not so much. Sure, she's discovered her own lethal powers, and has six sexy, super-charged, demon hunting Hex Boys watching her back--the hottest one watching every part of her. But when a seductive stranger delivers a deadly ultimatum, Aurora and the Hex Boys plunge into a do-or-die hunt for a legendary Mandatum treasure, which will finally shift power in their favor. Or unleash hell on earth.

Pursued by demons of mythical proportions, Aurora and the Hex Boys race deeper into the shadowy world of a centuries-old mystery and brutal conspiracy, where no one and nothing is what it seems. Where love and betrayal go hand-in-hand, and trusting the wrong person not only breaks your heart, but gets you killed.

Uncovering shocking secrets from the Hex Boys' past, hiding her Divinicus Nex identity, lying to her pretend-wish-he-were-real boyfriend, dodging demons, breaking into ancient tombs, taking the unexpected side trip to the dark depths of the Waiting World, tracking a traitor, and passing Physics...Aurora could do that in her sleep. Or more likely, die trying.

My Review:
Oh my.... I just, I don't even know how to properly explain just how much I adore this series. AND I'M ONLY ON BOOK 2! It was funny and swoon-worthy, and I just... I don't know, but it makes my heart super happy. I'm obsessed. And I'm still kicking myself in the butt for not reading this series long ago. I't had been popping up in my feeds for awhile,but it wasn't until recently that I decided to give it a go.

I love Aurora and Ayden together, and I love her attitude and humo
r and the family dynamic. Such a great continuation of the series!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review: The Geography of Lost Things By Jessica Brody

The Geography of Lost ThingsThe Geography of Lost Things
By Jessica Brody
My Rating: 3 Stars
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published October 2nd 2018

Summary From Goodreads:

In this romantic road trip story perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, a teen girl discovers the value of ordinary objects while learning to forgive her absent father.

After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?

Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.

He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could have expected.

And it’s through Ali’s travels, through the strangers she meets and the things that they value—and why they value them—that Ali eventually comes to understand her father and how his life may not have been as easy and carefree as she previously thought. Because just like the seemingly insignificant objects Ali collects, not everything is exactly as it appears.

My Review:

I think a lot of Ali and Nico's problems could have been solved if they had take the time to sit down and talk about what was happening instead of assuming and making a mountain out of a mole hill.

 There was a lot of overreacting, and miscommunication, and sometimes that was a little bit much for me. But I guess it works because they're teenagers and that's what's expected from that age group?

Overall, this was a pretty decent book, if you can get past the teenage angst. And I liked that there was a slight mystery aspect to it as well. 

And that cover is absolutely gorgeous.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Review: Claimed by the Assassins by Stacey Brutger

Claimed by the Assassins (Academy of Assassins, #3)Claimed by the Assassins
By Stacey Brutger
My Rating: 5 Stars
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 7th 2019

Summary From Goodreads:

The assassins have their hands full chasing down the creatures who've fled to the human world. Too bad Morgan has been consigned to the schoolroom, too valuable as the future heir to the crown to be risked. Not one to kick up her heels and do nothing, Morgan is determined to find out how to control her powers so she can protect what is hers...even if she has to sneak behind her team's backs to do so.

But what should've been a time to settle down with her mates turns deadly when secrets are exposed. Morgan is furious, but determined to fight for the chance to have a future with her men...even if she must challenge the sea queen to prove her claim on Draven.

The sea queen is vicious and will do whatever is necessary to get what she wants...and she wants Draven. There is always a price to pay for defying the queen, but her mates refuse to let Morgan pay the price alone.

When a deal is struck, Morgan and her team must survive the next three days of being hunted by the queen's mightiest champions. If she fails, she and her mates will die, and Draven will be forced into a life of slavery for all eternity.

My Review:

I am SO glad that there is going to be one more book in this series. There are so many things that I still need answers to! 

The character and world-building in this series never fails to amaze me, and this one gave me just as many feels as the other two.

If you're looking for a hot and fast romance book, then this one isn't what you should be reading. The Academy of Assassins books are very much a slow burn series. And I love them all the more for it. Instead of hopping right into, well, you know... Character development happens, and we get to see the friendships build among the characters. 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Review: Evermore by Sara Holland

Evermore (Everless, #2)

By Sarah Holland
My Rating: 3 Stars
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published May 1st 2018

Summary From Goodreads:
The New York Times bestselling series!

Jules Ember confronts the girl who is both her oldest friend and greatest enemy in the highly anticipated sequel to Everless, praised by New York Times bestelling author Stephanie Garber as “an intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology.”

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.

Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard, Kiera Cass, and Kendare Blake, Evermore is the high-stakes, star-crossed follow up to the New York Times bestselling Everless that fans have been waiting for.

My Review:

Is there going to be a third book? I feel like it ended pretty solidly, but at the same time, it's left a few things open for another book.

I thought the whole premise of this series was pretty interesting, and I loved that whole enemies to lovers element in the first book.

The second book in the series focuses more on Jules growing as a character and learning how to handle the power that she has, and more of the history/background of her and Caro.

In my opinion, this was a lot slower going, and it took a lot longer for things to happen. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I like when things are happening a little bit faster, because it keeps my attention longer. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Review: Mystery Train by Carolyn Keene

Mystery Train (Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Super Mystery #8)Mystery Train
By Carolyn Keene
My Rating: 4 Stars
Mass Market Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 1st 1990

Summary From Goodreads:
NANCY DREW joins some of the best minds in the mystery field to help crack a famous unsolved case: the theft of the Comstock diamond. A private train will take the elite group from Chicago to San Francisco, the same route taken by the jewel thief fifteen years before. But someone is out to derail the search for clues and send Nancy on a chilling cross-country ride to terror. 
FRANK AND JOE HARDY climb on board, lured by the promise of a $25,000 reward for whoever finds the diamond. Instead they find trouble: an open-air fist fight atop the speeding train, a runaway locomotive, and a beautiful gem of a different kind -- actress Kate Harkins. Joe is dazzled by her entrance -- and stunned by her exit. 
The teen detectives suspect she's been kidnapped, and it soon becomes clear they've all been ticketed for disaster... on the
"Mystery Train"

My Review:

So, it's been a hot minute since the last time I read a Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew book. And I picked this one up because we're doing a reading challenge at work and this one fit all the qualifications of the category.

I forgot how much I enjoyed reading Nancy Drew. The very first "big girl" book I remember reading was The Ice Scream Scoop, which was part of the Nancy Drew Notebooks series, and after that I was obsessed. With that series, and with reading in general. It's one of those random "fun facts" that I can tell people. But I'm getting off topic, so lets rewind and redirect my thoughts.

I thought this was a fun book. It reminded me why I liked reading these mysteries when I was younger. I especially liked the interaction they had with the Hardy Boys. It made me happy and nostalgic and everything in between.

I wish there had been some romance in it, but that's because I'm a YA/NA romance reader. But it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.

It was fun getting to "look" for clues and see if I could figure out whodunnit before the rest of the gang.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

By Naomi Novik
My Rating: 2 Stars
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published May 19th


      Summary From Goodreads:

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
My Review:
I read this whole entire book for a reading challenge at my workplace, but I honestly couldn't tell you any IMPORTANT details about it. It's not that it was a bad book, because it had a lot of interesting plot points and potential.

It just wasn't my favorite. 

I felt like when I started reading it, I was dumped into the middle and I should have had all this background information from a previous book, and it was a very slow moving story.
 Don't let my opinions stop you from reading it though, give it a read!