Monthly Archives:: January 2015

Jan 30

Review * The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

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Review * The Boy Next Door by Katie Van ArkThe Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
Published by Swoon Reads on January 6, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

What I Thought…

• The Cutting Edge is one of my all time favorite movies. I love figure skating and romance so it sounds like the perfect win, unfortunately The Boy Next Door and I were not a perfect match.

• I really did love the figure skating aspect of The Boy Next Door.

• Maddy was alright except for the over the top swooning of Gabe, her skating partner. I didn’t understand her attraction to Gabe at all. He was a total jerk to pretty much everyone. I didn’t like him at all.

• I did not ship this romance. At all. The romance at the end was way too much, even for me. View Spoiler »

• The storyline with Maddy’s parents and what was happening with her dad was infinitely more interesting than the main storyline of the book. This is a problem.

Overall The Boy Next Door just wasn’t for me.


Jan 28

Waiting on Wednesday * February Releases

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases.

Today I’m waiting on a few February releases.

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The Sequels:

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (I seriously cannot wait for this to end, yet I am not ready for it to end.)

The Rest:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers




Jan 26

Review * If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review * If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Published by Speak on April 2, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 259
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

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Jan 22

Review * Rebound by Noelle August

Reviews 2 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Rebound by Noelle AugustRebound by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #2
Published by William Morrow on February 10, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also in this series: Bounce
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Hooking up is only the beginning of the fun in this sexy and irresistible second installment of the thrilling New Adult series, Boomerang.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.

But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.


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Jan 19

Review * Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Review * Wicked by Jennifer L. ArmentroutWicked by Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #1
Published by Self Published on December 8, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

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Jan 18

Sunday’s in Bed With… A Tour of the New Book Room!

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

If I have time today I’ll be reading Into the Fores by Jean Hegland for book club. Not sure how much time I’ll have as I’ll be working in the morning and there is a Packer game in the afternoon.

I wanted to take out today to show you my new & Improved Book Room/Office. On Friday I had a sudden late night need to fix the hot mess that was my book room/office. I should have taken a before picture (it was so bad). I purchased a new TV for the living room so the old one went into the office and there just wasn’t enough space, so I decided to switch the guest room and office so I could fit all the things.

While doing this I also culled a ton of books, ones I know I’m never going to read or finished ones that just weren’t that interesting.

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Jan 15

Review * Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Review * Open Road Summer by Emery LordOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on March 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O'Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. Her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah's 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of healing hearts and break-up ballads.

But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in this growing genre, Emery Lord's gorgeous debut hits all the right notes of contemporary romance.

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Jan 13

Top Ten Tuesday * 2014 Releases I Missed

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t

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I own all of these books… of course lol. The two biggest ones I can’t believe I didn’t read were Shopaholic to the Stars and In a Handful of Dust as I was looking forward to these books so much!


Jan 12

Review * Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Perfect Couple by Jennifer EcholsPerfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #2
Published by Simon Pulse on January 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also in this series: The Biggest Flirts, Most Likely to Succeed
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Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

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Jan 09

Review * Zodiac by Romina Russell

Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Zodiac by Romina RussellZodiac by Romina Russell
Series: Zodiac #1
Published by Razorbill on December 9th, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

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