Friday, February 22, 2019

Discussion: I LOVE Easter Eggs!

This Week’s Topic: Easter Eggs

Well, I love dying and hunting for eggs each spring, but I'm not talking about those Easter eggs. You know how Disney animators "hide" other Disney characters in their animated films, and you can actively hunt them? Those are the Easter eggs I am talking about, and I absolutely love when authors do that too.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Blog Tour: The Beauty of the Moment - Tanaz Bhathena

The Beauty of the Moment
Tanaz Bhathena
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Focused & Night Music

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for 
Focused & Night Music !

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: My Little Known Gems

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

My Little Known Gems!

This week we are looking at books I LOVED that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. I apparently read off the beaten path, because many of my favorites fall into this category, however, I will be focusing on those I read in 2018, which I have not previously featured on my hidden gems post. I also noticed that I picked those books that clocked in between 4.5 - 5 stars, AND were written by authors I keep returning to for more. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Discussion: Why I Didn't Feature You

I read A LOT of books, and I review each and every book I read or listen to, yet you will not find them all on the blog. So, I was wondering: Am I the only one who does this, and if not, why do other bloggers not feature books on their blogs?

This Week’s Topic: Why I Didn't Feature You

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blog Tour: You Asked For Perfect

You Asked For Perfect
Laura Silverman
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 4  out of 5 stars
Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard - really hard - to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In a Nutshell: Adult Edition

In a Nutshell Reviews are my version of mini-reviews, because sometimes, you just want the highlights.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Perfectly Paired

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Perfectly Paired!

This week I am talking about those book couples I love. Those couples, who were perfect for each other, and I couldn't help shipping. As always, I took a look at my more recent adult romance reads, and decided upon the list below. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Blog Tour: To Night Owl From Dogfish

To Night Owl From Dogfish
Holly Goldberg Sloan, Meg Wolitzer
Genre: Middle Grades, Contemporary
Publisher: Dial Books
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.

Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.

When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends--and possibly, one day, even sisters.

But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?

Friday, February 8, 2019

Book Confession: Find Another Book!!

I am about to confess to something I am sure will fall into the "unpopular opinion" category, but after seeing a reference in THREE consecutive books, I can't help but shout:


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Blog Tour: The Deceivers

The Deceivers
Kristen Simmons
Series: Vale Hall, #1
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: Tor Teen
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean's 11 in this intrigue-filled contemporary drama from acclaimed author Kristen Simmons.

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom's loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials--because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that's before she meets her mark--a senator's son--and before she discovers the school's headmaster has secrets he'll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she's in way over head.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

To Read or Not to Read!

Every year, when the new releases are announced, I start clicking that "to-read" button and my TBR grows exponentially. Fast forward, and now I am having second thoughts. I must admit, it is commonly early reviews that put me on the proverbial fence, and here are a few I am trying to decide,  if I should or shouldn't read. Most are ARCs I kept moving down my list, but two were releases I was really excited about. What are your thoughts?

Friday, February 1, 2019

Discussion: What's In a Name?

This Week’s Topic: What's In a Name?

Back when I debuted my One Old, One New feature, I reviewed two books with the same title, and I didn't think it was such a commonality. Fast forward, and we have an episode of "authors behaving badly", when one author accused Nora Roberts of trying to leverage the book's popularity to advance her new release.

And this got me thinking about - what's in a name? How did this same title phenomena occur? Well, let's take a look.