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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Kiro's Emily by Abbi Glines

I don't think I knew how wonderful life could be until I picked up the Rosemary Beach series.
Ah.
If you've been following my blog for a while then you know just how much I love Abbi Glines and her books--especially her Rosemary Beach series. It's simply fantastic.
I hope that you too love these books and have already read the others. If not...get on that...quick.
Kiro's Emily is a free novella that Abbi released a couple weeks back as the best Christmas present to her fans.
Did you read that part where I said it's free? What did we do to deserve such a wonderful gift?
Kiro and Emily are the parents of one of my favorite characters Harlow. We get to see a bit of Kiro in her books and in some of the others which is great because he's awesome. In Harlows book we also hear a lot about her mother and then get a brief glimpse of her mother now.
This book takes us back to when Kiro and Emily first met and shows us how they started their relationship.
I absolutely loved this novella. It made me love and respect Kiro even more and I finally feel like I know Emily. There relationship is tragic and heartbreaking but also beautiful and heartwarming.
Abbi Glines can do no wrong.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

All I Want For Christmas Tag 2014

I did this tag last year and had a blast doing it. Since a whole year has passed I thought it would be fun to do it again and see how much my answers change. I hope you enjoy!!

1. What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?
Could Santa please leave Augustus Waters for me? Please? Like healthy beautiful and safe Augustus Waters.
  
2. What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?Ridge from Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover!!
  
3. You write your Christmas wish list for Santa. What are the top 5 books on it?
-A NEW JOHN FREAKING GREEN BOOK!!
-Confess by Colleen Hoover
-Asa by Jay Crownover
-Kiro's Emily by Abbi Glines
-Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire
 
4. It's secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?
Still haven't read Harry Potter so I'm going to do Secret Santa with the peeps from Perks. Annnnd I'd like to receive an awesome album from Charlie.
  
5. You get to spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom. What do you pick?The Fault in Our Stars. Hands down. No doubt about it. Final answer. No takesies backsies. TFIOS for the win!!
 
6. What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph with and be able to meet on your roof?
I still stand by my answer from last year. Rudolph is irreplaceable.
 
7. You invite 10 fictional characters to your New Years Eve party, who do you pick?
1. Augustus Waters & Hazel Grace (TFIOS, duh)
2. Rome & Cora (The Marked Men series)
3. Trenton & Cami (Beautiful Oblivion)
4. Lila & Ethan (Temptation of Lila & Ethan)
5. Harlow & Grant (Rosemary Beach series)
6. Harrison and Katelyn (My Unexpected Forever)
7. Ridge & Sydney (Maybe Someday)
8. Dallas & Carson (All Lined Up)
9. Ellie & Julian (He's Come Undone)
10. Bethy & Tripp (Rosemary Beach series)
(It's New Years Eve I need the person and their bf/gf so they have someone to kiss at midnight. Yes I thought to much about this.)

8. What character would make a good Santa?
I think Trenton Maddox would be a funny Santa so I choose him fo sho.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tis The Season Tag

1. Do you have a favorite Winter read?
I really enjoy reading Twilight in the winter. I don't think I've ever read it at any other time of year.

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Boom. Blue.

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree?


4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a Winter vacation!


5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your Winter vacation!
Augustus Waters. Or Edward Cullen because he wouldn't complain about being cold.

6. Name one book on your Wishlist this year!
Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire. I. Need. It.

7. Favorite Holiday drink, treat, & movie?
I'm going to go with hot cocoa or pumpkin spice cappuccino as my favorite holiday drink. As for treat I'm going to go with something my mom makes. Every year on Christmas Eve she makes a TON of yummy goodies but my favorite is these little peanut butter rice crispy balls dipped in chocolate. Ah so good. And my favorite holiday movie is Christmas Every Day or The Year Without a Santa Claus.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Let It Snow Tag

1. What book gets you in the holiday spirit?
I don't think that I've ever read a Christmas book so I really can't answer this. HOWEVER I've always wanted to read Let It Snow and I do believe that would put me in the holiday spirit.

2. It's a blizzard outside and you're snowed in, which character would you want to be stuck inside with?
Hmm...Patrick from Perks of Being a Wallflower. I bet we'd have a lot of fun hanging out all day.

3. You're having a snow fight, which cold hearted character would you aim for first?
Nan from the Rosemary Beach series. Oh man would I love to pelt her with a snow ball.

4. Which family would you like to spend the holidays with?
Well my first thought was the Cullen family but I'm prone to paper cuts so that might not be the best idea.

5. Who would you want to kiss under the mistletoe?
Augustus Waters.

6. Which character was on the Naughty list, but made his/her way on to the nice list?
Rosalie from Twilight. She started off pretty freaking bitchy but got a lot better.

7. You're HOME ALONE, when two burglars come into your house. Which character would you want to help fight them off?
Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. Stickin' with the Twilight family :)

8. The Hallmark channel is having a holiday movie marathon, what book has the cheeiest cover?
I think the Vampire Academy books have somewhat cheesy covers. I also am not a huge fan of some of the covers for my beloved Abbi Glines.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Classic Christmas Cinema Book Tag

1. Elf- choose a book that puts you in the Christmas mood
I haven't read a Christmas book but I think Let It Snow or My True Love Gave To Me would put me in a wonderful Christmas mood.

2. It's a Wonderful Life- choose a book with a character who goes through some serious character development
Woods from the Rosemary Beach series is who pops in my head. He started off kinda cocky...okay he's still pretty cocky BUT he falls head over heals for Della and really becomes a strong man.

3. Christmas Carol- choose a book/series with a character you didn't like at first, but grew to love
I wasn't instantly sold on Christian from Vampire Academy but he grew to be one of my favorite characters.

4. Home Alone- choose a book where the parents aren't present and if they are, they aren't such a good influence
There's a Sarah Dessen book where the girl goes to live with her...sister I think? So yeah if you know what I'm talking about I pick that one.

5. Frosty the Snowman- Find a book with a snowy cover
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares.

6. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer- Choose a protagonist you couldn't help but root for
Hazel Grace Lancaster.

7. Polar Express- Find a book where characters travel somewhere cold
The Marked Men series takes place in Colorado and that's cold. I mean they live there, they don't travel there but I think that counts.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Choose a villain you couldn't help but love
Aro from Twilight.

9. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation- Choose a character with a goofy sense of humor
I'm sorry...I didn't want to answer two separate questions with TFIOS but...Augustus Waters.

10. Lifetime/Hallmark movie- Choose a book with the cheesiest romance
The couple in For Now by Chelsea M. Cameron was kind of cheesy. I wasn't a huge fan of that book.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Trip Down Memory Lane Tag

1. The first novel you remember reading?
I remember my teacher reading us The Hobbit in 4th grade but the first novel I remember reading myself is A Bend in The Road by Nicholas Sparks. I was in eighth grade and I thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever read.

2. The first book you fell in love with?
I know that I fell in love with many books before this one but my mind instantly went to Twilight. I can't help it, I love it.

3. Your favorite children storybook?
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is the first thing that came to my mind. Hmm..OOOOOH The Boxcar Children. Oh man I loved those books.

4. The first book you became obsessed with?
Twilight of course. I was a total fan girl. I had posters, t-shirts, jewelry, bags...oh yeah.

5. The first book that taught you something about yourself?
I'm going to go with...Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants.

6. A book you will always remember reading for the first time?
Turns out that the name of this tag is the Twilight tag not Trip Down Memory Lane tag. Just kidding. Seriously though I have to say Twilight again.

7. The first classic you read?
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

8. The first book to movie adaption you saw?
Tuck Everlasting? I'm not sure.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Cracker Book Tag

That's right, I'm starting the Christmas tags already. What can I say? I love Christmas!! Enjoy!!

1. Pick a book with a wintery cover.
Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson. I'm thinking about the one with the snowflakes on the cover btw.

2. Pick a book you're likely to buy as a present.
I don't really have a lot of friends who read so I don't usually buy books as gifts. However I was talking books with a friend the other day and I told her I was going to let her borrow Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I think that is the perfect gift for people who dig contemporary/new adult. I'd totally give that book as a gift.

3. Pick a festive themed book.
My  True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins and a million other authors :)

4. Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace.
Twilight.
Leave me alone.

5. Pick a book you you want to read over the festive period.
Let It Snow!! I've never had a chance to read it but I've always wanted to.

6. Pick a book that's so good it gives you the chills.
The Fault in Our Stars. You thought we were finally going to get through one book tag without me mentioning that book, didn't you?

7. Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist.Just one? You want me to pick. Just. One. ???? Urm probably Nev Shulmans book...I forget the title. He released it MONTHS ago and I never got my hands on it.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

You Were Mine by Abbi Glines

I'm not sure Abbi Glines is human. I mean I don't know any other human who consistently writes epically incredible books.
Whether she is in fact human life form or not she's amazing.
It's no surprise that I'm
A) A HUGE Abbi Glines fan
and
B) A HUGE fan of the Rosemary Beach series
I'm not going to lie I was pretty pissed at Bethy after one of the books in this series. I have since seen the light and I no longer harbor any hard feelings.
We meet Tripp in Twisted Perfection (Woods and Della's story in the series) If it weren't for this beautiful man Della and Woods would've never started dating and that would've been a damn shame.
Bethy and Tripp fell in love when they were 16 and 18 years old. Tripp was the older rich boy who fell in love with the poor young innocent girl.
Of course it's not all peaches and sunshine because Tripp leaves and breaks Bethy's heart. We aren't mad at him for leaving though because he didn't want to. He left to get away from his shitty parents with the intention of coming back for Bethy once she was 18.
Years go by though and Bethy begins dating Jace (Tripps cousin) which you know if you've read the rest of the series.
Things happen--which I won't tell you in case you're just plain silly and haven't read the rest of the books yet--and Bethy and Jace are no longer together.
You know what? It's really hard to explain things when I can't tell you what happened.
Since I don't want to be a spoiler I'll just say that this book is about Tripp and Bethy finding their way back to each other.
It's beautiful and heartbreaking as are most of Abbi Glines books are. I was highly impressed with this book and I DEFINTELY recommend it.
P.S. Tripp is my new favorite out of the Rosemary Beach boys.

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