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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Top 5 Automatic Buy Authors

I saw BethJune327 do a video on BookTube about her Top 5 automatic buy authors. Basically she chose 5 authors that she loves so much that she'll buy their books without even worrying what the plot is. I thought it sounded fun so I wanted to do it also. However before we get started I wanted to say that John Green isn't on this list because we all love John Green and I wanted to give a bit more variety. With that being said let's get started! Enjoy!


5. Cora Carmack
Cora writes the most beautifully awkward books. The only book I read by her that I didn't enjoy was a novella that went along with Finding It. She's the queen of awkward yet sexy romance.

4. Jay Crownover
I'm a massively large fan of The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover! It's one of my favorite series of all time. The reason Jay is number 4 though and not number one is because I'm currently reading her newest release Better When He's Bad and I'm not loving it. However I'm going to give it a damn good chance because I love her. Jay is also one of the only authors that I continually pre-order books for.

3. Jamie McGuire
Travis Maddox. Trenton Maddox. Need I say more? Jamie McGuire writes magic so of course I need every one of her books.

2. Colleen Hoover
This woman. I mean come on. She's amazing. My first book by her was Slammed and I was instantly drawn to her writing. I was lucky enough to interview her and she told me to check out Maybe Someday when it came out and holy Sarah Jessica Parker am I glad I did. So. Good. I was also lucky enough to receive an ARC of Ugly Love and yet again fell in love. She's the best.

1. Abbi Glines
I have not read one Abbi Glines book that I didn't enjoy. My first book was The Vincent Boys and I thought it was pretty good. Not my favorite but still enjoyable. Then I read the Vincent Brothers and was like whoa Abbi Glines is good. Then I read the Rosemary Beach series and fell head over feet in love. Whenever she releases a new book I'm all over it!

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

I think it's impossible for Cora Carmack to write a bad book. I'm actually going to go so far as to say that I think it's impossible for Cora to even write a bad sentence.
This. Woman. Is. Genius.
I've read Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It by Cora and I LOVED them all! When I found out she was coming out with this book, I'm not going to lie, I had mixed feelings. I like football but for some reason I thought it might overtake the book and be annoying. Ye of little faith. I also wasn't a huge fan of the cover so I've been putting off reading this for a hot minute.
The past few months I've been going in and out of a reading slump (it's awful-truly awful) so I said to myself, "Self? You love Cora Carmack, her book is only one dollar and 99 freaking cents atm so maybe you should read that."
I'm so smart.
This might be tied with Faking It as my favorite book by her.
Dallas is the coaches daughter and has been around football since she was a kid. Although dancing is her passion her father won't allow her to leave the state of Texas to attend the dance school she wants to go to. So Dallas attends Rusk University which also happens to be where her father works as the head football coach.
Dallas isn't much of a partier but one night her best friend drags her to a party where she meets Carson.
The two meet in a very odd way (typical Cora Carmack meet cute and I love it). They fall pretty fast for each other until bum bum bum Dallas finds out Carson is on the football team. After having her heart broken by a football playing asshat in high school she wants nothing to do with dating Carson.
Of course the two can't stay away from each other because duh they're meant to be.
I absolutely adored Dallas and Carson as individuals and as a couple. Dallas was such a cool chick and made me want to be best friends with her. Sometimes girls in books can be whiny and annoying but Dallas is neither. She's strong and has a big heart even if she doesn't know it.
And as for Carson oooooh buddy I loved him. First of all he sounded uber hot (doesn't the dude on the cover look like Daniel from Revenge? Yes? No?) and he was also really funny and so darn sweet.
I also have a soft spot for Dallas's dad. At first he seemed like a character I wouldn't like at all but he really was a good guy who loved his daughter.
This book was delicious and I ate it up. Whether you've read Cora Carmack before or you haven't you HAVE to check out this book!


All Lined Up Playlist
Into Your Arms by The Maine
Ain't It Fun by Paramore
Love Like Woe by The Ready Set
I Just Wanna Run by The Downtown Fiction
Roar by Katy Perry
Brave by Sara Bareilles
Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift Feat. Ed Sheeran
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shame by Rachel Van Dyken Cover Reveal


Everything done in darkness, will eventually be brought into the light.

I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can't change your soul.
A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one that seemed confident, but it was a lie.
When guys kissed me--I felt only pain. 
When they touched me--Nothing but fear.

Deep inside, every girl wants to be the beauty in the story, to find someone that will see you as their world. 
But the truth? I was the beast. And as much as I wanted redemption, I wasn't fool enough to think I'd ever get it. 
Until he walked into my life.

I wasn't prepared to fall for someone. My scars were too deep, the wounds too raw. But he offered me peace, he offered me security. I should have known it was just another lie--I should have known that falling in love with my professor was a bad idea.
But I was powerless to stop myself from falling. 
And he was powerless to catch me.

Because the darkness finally caught up to me, and as fate would have it, a cruel twist almost bled me dry. But I'm stronger than I knew. I'm stronger than you think.
You think you know my story, but you don't....after all everyone has Shame in their lives-- and I'm no longer afraid to show you mine.

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About The Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching the Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey HERE

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: August 26, 2014

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

10. Forever by Karen Ann Hopkins
I've read Temptation and Belonging which are the first two books in the Temptation trilogy and I'd really like to finish it up and read Forever.

9. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
I read The Darkest Minds last year and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a copy of Never Fade that wasn't full price (I hate paying full price--especially for hardcover books) so cross your fingers that I find it on sale soon.

8. Anti-Goddess by Kendare Blake
Everything else I've read by Kendare Blake I've loved so I'd really like to pick this one up soon and see what it's all about.

7. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I absolutely freaking adored Obsidian and as soon as I finished it I went out and bought the 2nd and 3rd books in the series. I wasn't crazy about Opal so I haven't continued on with the series but I think it's about time that I do.

6. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Mattson
I've seen this book all over BookTube and it looks like the perfect summertime chick lit book. Must. Have. It.

5. Isla & The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Every fan of Stephanie Perkins have been waiting for this book for what feels like decades so obviously I want to read this.

4. Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
I've been a HUGE fan of Sophie Kinsella for years and I've been slowly making my way through the Shopaholic series for a while now. I'm currently reading Shopaholic & Sister and it's making me want to the get the next book reeeeal bad.

3. Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
Hopeless was sooooo good and I really want more of the story so I definitely need to get my hands on this book asap.

2. Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines
If you've been following my blog for a while then you know that I am a massive Abbi Glines fan. The Rosemary Beach series is probably in my top 5 favorite series ever. Like of all time. It's fantastic. Basically Rush Too Far is Fallen Too Far but in Rush's POV and to me that sounds wonderful.

1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
I'm not explaining myself for this. You all know why.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summertime Madness Tag

1. Name a book with a summery cover.
Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen.

2. Pick a fictional place that would be a perfect place for a summer vacation?
Most of the places I've read about that I'd actually want to go to aren't fictional...Can I just name a place from a fictional book? Is that allowed?

3. Pick a novella for your trip?
Maybe the new Veronica Roth book about Four. That seems like it'd be entertaining.

4. You have a case of summertime sadness--what book puts a smile on your face?
This is probably predictable but Anna & The French Kiss puts a smile on my face every time I read it.

5. You're sitting at a beach all alone, which fictional character would be your beach babe?
I re-watched New Moon just the other day and was reminded how good looking Taylor Lautner/Jacob Black is without his shirt on so I'll have him as my beach babe please.

6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick, which fictional sidekick do you pick?Sticking with Twilight I'm going to go with Alice. Why? Because she's a vampire who's ice cold and also because she's awesome duh. ;)


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NSFW Tag

I saw the N(ot) S(afe) F(or) W(ork) tag on BookTube and thought it looked like a lot of fun so I wanted to do it. Enjoy!!

1. What is the LAST book you would want your parents to walk in on you reading?
There really isn't any book that I wouldn't want my parents to see me read. My dad hasn't ever paid attention to what I read and my mom is pretty cool so she wouldn't care.

2. It’s storming outside, and you’re home alone for the night. What book would only make matters worse?
The first book that came to my head when I read this question is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This book scared the crap out of me at some points. It was dark and uber creepy.

3. Have you ever read a book simply because of the controversy surrounding it?
I'm going to go with Fifty Shades of Grey because there was a ton of controversy however I also read it because I was intrigued. EVERYONE was talking about it and I wanted to see what the hype was all about.

4. What is the most cringe-inducing romance or sex scene you have ever read?
Ana's period in Fifty Shades. I need not say more.

5. What book has made you question the author's sanity?
I questioned E.L. James' sanity when I read the period scene in Fifty Shades.

6. Have you ever put down a book and not finished it because the content was too much for you?
I recently read a book that I might have put down if it wasn't for review. There was a scene where a girl watches people...ahem...do the...ahem...naughty. It's very weird. Highly uncomfortable. In fact I'm blushing a little bit just telling you guys.

7. What fictional character do you have the most NSFW thoughts about?
Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster can give any girl naughty thoughts so I'll go with him. ;)

8. Show us your most NSFW book cover (or drawing/photo inside a book).
These book covers make my slightly uncomfortable with all the naked male chest. Considering the fact that I take care of 3 kids for a living, there is absolutely no way I would read these books while at work.

9. Have you ever read something from the erotica/romance genre, and what did you think?
I have read erotica/romance and to be honest it all depends on the book. I've read some and thought, "OMG are you serious right now? That's so weird." or "Ew." or to quote middle 2000 Paris Hilton, "That's hot."

10. You stumble across a portkey. What fictional world would you NOT want to be transported into?
I'm going to be predictable and say the Hunger Games. I'm to old to have to participate but I'd like to have kids someday and I'd rather not have to watch them fight to the death with 23 other children.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover



I'm not sure if I just read a book or listened to the most beautiful song I've ever heard.
I've been a fan of Colleen Hoover for a while now and have read most of her books and I can tell you that she just keeps getting better.
Ugly Love was poetic, lyrical and pure genius.
I said on twitter when I finished the book that Colleen can't write a bad sentence let alone a bad book. I meant that.

She also does one of my favorite things in the world which is dual perspectives. I can't express how much I love that. It helps you understand the characters so much more than if it's written in one person pov.
Our female protagonist, Tate, moves into her brothers apartment while she saves up money for her own place. Her first night there she finds an attractive man laying against her front door passed out drunk. After a phone call to her brother--where she finds out that the two are friends--she lets the man in.
The two don't get along at first but then find themselves around each other a lot. Of course the more time they spend together the more they realize that they have some serious chemistry.
Tate and Miles decide to start up a friends with benefit type relationship but soon Tate realizes that she wants so much more. What she doesn't know is Miles has a dark past and he's not willing to open up to her.
I've got to say Tate and Miles are one of the most beautiful couples that I've ever read about.
Tate was such a good person and I really grew to love her character. Miles was also an amazing character. He had so much depth to him and I wanted to reach inside the book and hug him.
Colleen Hoover has done it again.
This book is breathtaking and I most definitely recommend it to anyone who believes in starting over, believes in the future, and believes that love isn't always ugly.

Ugly Love Playlist
Down by Jason Walker
Pour Me Out by He Is We
Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute
Falling Slowly by Kris Allen
Night Minds by Missy Higgins

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Her Destiny by Monica Murphy Cover Reveal

 
About Her Destiny: I knew from the moment I first saw him he was the one. The only boy I could ever want. The only boy I could ever love.
They say he's bad for me.
But I know he's not.
Until the day he rejects me.
And breaks my heart.
Completely.
Everything changes in the blink of an eye. My entire life as I've known it is...gone. Secrets are revealed. Promises once made are irrevocably broken. There's no way my family can get back to what we once were.
So when Nicholas Fairfield walks back into my life like he never left it, I'm furious. Thrilled. Irritated. Excited.
Conflicted.
Despite my confusion, I want to be with him. I love him. But danger lurks where we least expect it.
 Someone will do whatever it takes to tear us apart.
Because Nick Fairfield? He's mine.
*This is a sequel to Monica Murphy's His Reverie






About Monica Murphy
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.









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