Category: Recommendations

Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Kulti by Mariana Zapata on March 20, 2015 Buy on Amazon, Buy on Audible Goodreads Source: ebook Pages: 495 “Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.” When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to. It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies. Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been. Nothing could have prepared her […]

Posted December 22, 2015 by Erin in Recommendations, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review + Giveaway: Brooklyn & Beale by Olivia Evans

Review + Giveaway: Brooklyn & Beale by Olivia Evans

Brooklyn & Beale by Olivia Evans on December 1, 2015 Buy on Amazon Goodreads Genres: Contemporary, Romance Source: ARC via author Pages: 311 The life of a session musician is rarely easy. After consecutive tour cancellations and a stack of unpaid bills, Chloe Bennett fears her dream has come to an end. Then everything changes. Indie rocker Reid Ryder needs a replacement violinist for his tour. For Chloe, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. For Reid, it’s a checkmark off his list. Already battling addiction, guilt, and his inability to write new music, Reid’s hopeful that things are finally falling into place. But life is never predictable. When the tour begins, he finds himself drawn to Chloe. She challenges and inspires him. Their onstage chemistry is electric. To the outside world, they’re the perfect match. To those involved, however, it’s not so simple. When Reid’s no longer sure that the […]

Posted December 7, 2015 by Bethany in Giveaways, Recommendations, Reviews / 0 Comments

Winners & Flops: All the Books I Read in November

Winners & Flops: All the Books I Read in November

Source: Audiobook, ebook I basically took off the entire month of November from reading ARCs and writing formal reviews with a couple of exceptions. I’m super surprised by how many books I could read in one month. It was so much fun reading/listening to book after book with basically no pause. And, reading so many different genres was also a blast. Thought I’d post a quick rundown and the rating I gave each one.  Mostly I listened to audiobooks using the Overdrive app with a few ebooks mixed in. Maybe you will find a book or two to add to your TBR. So, what books did I read?   Audiobooks: • The McCabe Trilogy by Maya Banks (Historical Romance) – 4.5/5 STARS! Ignore the cheesy covers because this series was the bomb diggity. Each book in the trilogy is a different McCabe brother’s love story. These guys a hot Scottish alphas! The […]

Posted December 1, 2015 by Bethany in Recommendations, Updates / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday: Our Most Anticipated Reads of 2016!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Releases May 3, 2016   Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two. With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive […]

Posted November 25, 2015 by Bethany in Waiting on Wednesday / 14 Comments

Review: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

Review: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center on March 24th 2015 Buy on Amazon, Buy on Audible Goodreads Genres: Chick Lit, Romance Source: ebook A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother’s even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can’t imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen’s well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls. Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen’s own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her […]

Posted November 13, 2015 by Erin in Recommendations, Reviews / 2 Comments

A Romance Enthusiast takes on her first Stephen King novel.

A Romance Enthusiast takes on her first Stephen King novel.

The Shining by Stephen King on July 1, 1980 Buy on Amazon, Buy on Audible Goodreads Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Suspense, Thrillers Source: Audiobook Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control. As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine… Audiobook Review I have to admit to two things. First, this was my first ever […]

Posted November 10, 2015 by Bethany in Recommendations, Reviews / 2 Comments

Audiobook Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Audiobook Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel on September 9, 2014 Buy on Amazon, Buy on Audible Goodreads Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction Source: Audiobook Pages: 352 A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving […]

Posted October 24, 2015 by Bethany in Recommendations, Reviews / 9 Comments

Fall Reading & Creepy Stories!

Fall Reading & Creepy Stories!

Fall is in the air! Leaves changing colors, bonfires, smores, hoodies, football, pumpkins. It’s that time of year when you want to curl up with a fleece blanket and read certain kinds of books. Something Fall-ish, maybe something creepy, mysterious, and about the things that go bump in the night. Here are a few recommendations, and we think there’s a little bit of something for everyone: Fall-ish Romances I recently read this 3-book series from M.J. Haag. If you love Beauty and the Beast then A Beastly Tale definitely worth checking out because the first book is FREE! The author puts her own spin of the classic fairytale. This really was a great fall read because there’s an apple harvest that is major part of the plot. I’d classify this as New Adult Fantasy. Amazon | Goodreads We absolutely adored Penny Reid’s Truth or Beard. We first met the Winston […]

Posted October 10, 2015 by Bethany in Recommendations, Updates / 3 Comments

ERIN’S September Book Wrap Up!

ERIN’S September Book Wrap Up!

September was a great reading month for me. I kind of went on a review/blogging hiatus. Between school starting and getting back in the mom groove again. I read, and sometimes skimmed parts, that bored me. Lol! If I am reading an ARC I read every word, not wanting to miss a thing. Reviewing has that thought in the back of my head, knowing I have to write about this after and it puts a certain pressure on my reading zen. When I read for my own pure pleasure, I am a skimmer! Yep, I love the dialogue between the MC’s and some of the stuff in between isn’t entertaining to me so I just skim on by. The point to all that is, when I read whatever I finish a book and pick one up right after and so on. It’s so fun, almost like stretching out the book […]

Posted October 1, 2015 by Erin in Recommendations, Updates / 3 Comments

Bethany’s 6 Favorite Reads of Summer 2015!

Bethany’s 6 Favorite Reads of Summer 2015!

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson ‘Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. This book. This chilling, intoxicating, thrilling, addictive book. The Kind Worth Killing is the novel of 2015! The unique cast of characters, the plot twists, the setting, and Peter Swanson’s captivating writing style made this book one of my top ten favorites of the year. Seriously people, read this now!’ Read my full review | Amazon         YOU by Caroline Kepnes ‘I’m not sure if I would have loved this book as much if I had read the ebook instead of the audio version because the narrator (Santino Fontana) brought Joe to life. He was perfect for the role, and his voice was so damn sexy. I’m telling ya, that man can narrate the hell out of a book! Ms. Kepnes’s words and Mr. Fontana’s voice had me hanging on the edge of my […]

Posted September 23, 2015 by Bethany in Recommendations / 0 Comments