My Best Friend’s Ex by Shannyn Schroeder – Synopsis and GIVEAWAY!

I recently was able to read a copy of Shannyn Schroeder’s newest book, My Best Friend’s Ex. When I was asked if I’d like to participate on the blog tour, I gladly accepted. It was a fun and quick read about second chances at love and learning how to move on after losing a loved one.

Synopsis: Trevor Booth’s life was just thrown a curveball. When his ex dies, he suddenly goes from an every-other-weekend, fun-time dad to a full-time dad. The dad part he’s cool with, but life with two teens is like a roller coaster in hell. Thank God his ex-wife’s best friend, Callie, seems to have secret powers that allow her to deal with the chaos.

Callie is devastated when Lisa dies, and she’s determined to help the kids get through it. She’s concerned about how Trevor will adjust to being a full-time parent, but she’s having a tough time keeping her eyes off his ripped physique. Callie loves being a part of this makeshift family, but no way she’s falling for her best friend’s ex.

Excerpt: Callie needed a drink but knew Trevor wouldn’t have any alcohol in his house. She felt like a crazed woman, pounding on his door, but after overhearing Diane, she couldn’t let it go. She needed to talk to Trevor. She hadn’t expected to catch him dripping wet and mostly naked.

She felt ashamed for checking out her dead best friend’s ex-husband, but she was only human. Trevor had always been a good-looking guy, but he’d really aged well. The construction business kept his body built, and sobriety suited him. He had the bulky, toned muscle of a man who used his body every day. Unlike the gray she kept colored on her head, his sprinkling made him looked more distinguished, sexy.

Callie laughed at her ridiculous thoughts. God, how she wished Lisa were here. She’d laugh with Callie and tell her that it was always okay to look as long as she didn’t touch. Trevor was hers. Until he wasn’t. Because he’d screwed up. Callie’s laugh turned slightly maniacal.

Trevor came back into the room wearing low-slung sweatpants and a T-shirt. “Are you okay?”

She shook her head and took a deep breath. “Fuck no, I’m not okay. My best friend is dead, and you’re thinking about letting her crazy-ass parents take her kids.”

“And something about that was funny?”

“No.” She rubbed a hand over her face. Jet lag was kicking her ass, so her filter was on the fritz. “I was laughing because you opened the door in a towel and I was thinking how good you look, which made me feel guilty because you’re Lisa’s husband—ex-husband. And then I thought about what she would say about all of it, and the whole conversation in my head was a little sick and twisted.” After the words poured out, she inhaled deeply again.

“So it was basically laugh hysterically or cry.”

“Pretty much.”

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Author Bio: Shannyn is an occasional English teacher, who also works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O’Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She’s currently working on her next series.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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April Showers Anthology: Love Like Spring Rain by Rachael Eliker – Guest Post and Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Today on the blog I have Rachael Eliker who is one of the authors in the April Showers Anthology. This anthology is from Literary Crush Publishing and it’s available on amazon now. It’s full of swoon and romance and I hope you like it as much as I did. Today Rachael is talking about her inspiration for Love Like Spring Rain. Don’t forget to look below for a giveaway of April Showers!





Love Like Spring Rain Synopsis:

Gwen Arnold is used to hard work and being overlooked by her peers but she’s determined to make her riding career a success without asking anyone else for help. Sure that nothing can distract her from her dreams, Colton Wood walks into her life as Springbrook Farms’ newest–and decidedly most handsome–boarder. Surrounded by jealous admirers, fast-paced competition, and odds that seem to be anything but in their favor, Gwen and Colton must decide if giving love a chance is worth risking it all.


Rachael’s Writing Inspiration:

Love Like Spring Rain, as all literary works, was a labor of love. When presented with the opportunity to submit to Literary Crush’s April Showers Anthology, I decided to take the plunge and challenge myself to create a story that fit within their parameters. I started writing Gwen and Colton’s story in the middle of autumn and into the cold, bleak start of winter, reveling in being caught up in a world where it was already spring.

While there are so many fun, fantastical tropes in romance, I find myself drawn to include details from reality to keep it grounded. Horses have always been a part of my life, from my earliest memories, and when I was finally blessed to have a horse of my own, it was only natural that my own romance had horses playing a prominent part. While working long, backbreaking hours mucking stalls and stacking hay to earn my horse’s keep, I started dating my now-husband, who often came out to the barn to lend a hand. It isn’t the most glamourous work but that in itself is a testament to how much he liked me—he put up with hay fever and literally tons of manure to spend time with me! In a lot of ways, I see that attraction between Gwen and Colton blossoming in a challenging environment that could test even the strongest of relationships.

Love Like Spring Rain is an underdog story where determination, patience, and swoony romance win out. I rooted for Gwen and Colton the whole time, enjoyed getting to know the horses as characters themselves, and felt so satisfied as when I wrote The End. Hope you enjoy the entire anthology, complete with Gwen and Colton’s happily ever after.


Rachael Eliker lives in Indiana with her husband and children on their own slice of paradise. When she’s not writing, she’s probably running lonely stretches of country road, riding her old horse, or working on a home improvement project. She enjoys reading just about anything, having a good laugh, and making memories with friends and family most of all.
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When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington Blog Tour: Dream Movie Cast and Giveaway

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Hi everyone! I’m here today to talk about When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington. I absolutely adored this book. It’s a swoony summer romance, with substance behind it, and I couldn’t recommend this book enough. Below you’ll find the summary and my dream cast (I wish I could use actors from my favorite teen shows, but they’re too old now).

Two teenagers discover how an unexpected turn of fate can bring new love to heal old wounds in Jessica Pennington’s stunning, romantic YA novel When Summer Ends.

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

Dream Cast:

Olivia: Bailee Madison
Aiden: Peyton Meyer
Zander: Colin Ford
Emma: Kiernan Shipka
Ellis: Cody Simpson
Mom (Joanie): Michelle Williams
Aunt Sarah: Busy Phillips

What do you think of my casting? Would you choose anyone differently?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in a Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.

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April Showers Anthology: The Umbrella Diaries by Stella Quinn: Guest Post & Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Today on the blog I have Stella Quinn who is one of the authors in the April Showers Anthology. This anthology is from Literary Crush Publishing and will hit the shelves on April 9th. It’s full of swoon and romance and I hope you like it as much as I did. Since Stella knows my blog is geared toward reading and travel, she decided to share the destinations that two of her books take place in. Don’t forget to look below for a giveaway of April Showers and check back on Friday for a post from Rachael Eliker, the author of another story in the April Showers Anthology!

Three things every romance reader needs: romance, adventure and escape

Hi, my name is Stella Quinn, and I believe romance is our chance to say goodbye for a while to the humdrum of work, drama and bills, and say hello to a well-earned book holiday where we can indulge ourselves in the thrill of reading about two characters overcoming challenges and capturing for themselves a well-deserved Happy Ever After.

And hey – if we’re having an indulgent book holiday, why not set the book somewhere delicious? Like the South Pacific? Or the Caribbean? Or a fictitious historic town set between mountain and lake where the people are adorable and the air smells like fresh-cooked cinnamon donuts?

Romantic destinations in fiction are such a treat to visit. They are even more of a treat to write. Today I’m going to share with you two locations I’ve used.

Romantic destination #1: Cathedral Springs, Upstate New York

Okay, I made this place up. But I made it up to be beautiful, as I am writing a small-town romance novel series set there. I needed historic buildings, snow-capped mountains, and a lake large enough to have an old paddlesteamer still operating on it as a tourist boat during the summer months. I needed grassy valleys where horse studs could be found, and I needed the sound of church bells ringing on Sundays. I needed an old-fashioned cinema, and a new coffee shop with a charming barista who made world-class coffee.
Sound like a nice place? Sounds like heaven to me. You can read about Cathedral Springs in my novella, The Umbrella Diaries, which was launched on April 9 by Literary Crush Publishing in the latest of their popular seasonal romance anthologies, April Showers, which you can find here. Here’s a sneak peek in which we meet the hero, Duncan James:

The Umbrella Diaries – extract from Chapter Two

Duncan hated the autumn rain. On an ordinary day it was a nuisance, a wet menace, a sure sign that his boofhead of a dog would go and roll in some filthy puddle and require a bath, which neither of them would enjoy. But when it rained on the day of a funeral … that’s when he hated rain the most.

He stood on the top floor of his home watching the mourners gather in the churchyard below. Not a crowd today, not in this weather, but enough people to keep Reverend Jones and her husband busy in the great hall after the service, dispensing fruitcake and milky tea by the fire. Good. The busier the Reverend was over there, where she belonged, the less likely she’d be pestering him.

An odd noise sounded, filtering up through the timber floors somewhere in the house below him. A banging. A shutter loose in the wind, perhaps? He eyed the oak tree in his side yard, one he had climbed as a boy. Even a small breeze could set its upper limbs to shivering, so an adventurous lad could imagine himself up a mast and out at sea, on the hunt for desperate pirates. But the giant oak was still; not a twitch disturbed its wet, leafless branches. Not a shutter banging, then.

He cocked his eyebrow at the dog. “Well? Aren’t you the security around here? Go and see what it is, you great lump.”

The dog rolled onto his back and gave a wide yawn.

“Thanks, pal.” The noise stopped and then started up again, and Duncan finally realized the banging was coming from his own front door. When had he last heard that?

Sighing, he gripped the handle of the cane he still needed to navigate stairs and gave the dog a whistle. “On your feet, Jelly Bean. We’ve got someone at the door who needs sending on their way. Try and look vicious, would you?”

The old Labrador skidded down the stairs ahead of him, his nails clicking on the polished wood. Duncan followed at a slower pace, cursing with every step. The physiotherapists reckoned he’d be off the cane by spring, and the day couldn’t come too soon. He was looking forward to having a ritual burning of it in the back yard. That’d give the Reverend and her husband something to talk about.

The sound died off as he rounded the final newel post and arrived, out of breath, in the hallway. Typical. He’d risked his barely working limbs to hurry downstairs so he could shout at whoever was banging on his door to clear off and leave him be, and now that he was finally at the door, they’d gone and left.

He looked at the dog.

The dog looked at him, gave a whiffle, then pushed at the door with his nose.

“Oh, I suppose you can go out,” he said. “Make it quick, and no rolling in puddles. You hear me?”

He limped over to the door, stroked the dog’s soft ears to take the sting out of his words, and pulled back the heavy bolt. “Off you go, pal.”

But when he pulled his front door open, the porch wasn’t empty. A woman stood there, dark haired, dark eyed, dressed in a riot of color that lent a cheerful note to the bleak grey of the day.

Too bad he was in no mood to be cheered up.

Romantic Destination #2: The Australian Outback

Okay, I made this place up too, but I based it on pictures of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. And hey – I’ve seen Crocodile Dundee. I used a fictitious hiking trail in the outback as the setting for a short story called The Crocodile Track. This story needs a rugged, harsh landscape because its heroine, Lara, needs to go on a journey of redemption. She’s lost in life – and she needed to get lost in the outback to remember who she was.

Synopsis:

Lara Campezi is not coping. She’s left her job, she’s sublet her apartment, and she’s given away her furniture. The only things she’s kept are her camera and the rose quartz necklace her father gave her before he died; quartz he collected himself from the remote North West of Australia.

Lara decides to go on a journey to see the land where her father once walked. She doesn’t know what she’s expecting to find, but it’s definitely not Charlie Flinders, the guy she had a crush on twenty years ago when she was sixteen.
Anything can happen when you’re on the journey of a lifetime in the remote Australian Outback. Even romance.

The Cockatoo Track is free to download for the month of April 2019 for everyone who subscribes to my mailing list – and the plus side is, then I can let you know when the next Cathedral Springs story is coming out (hush … it’s a secret .. but The Patchwork Project, a full-length romance novel starring café-owner Vera and town vet Josh will be out before Christmas.

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January Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

Hi everyone. I’m going to try to get better at this blogging thing in 2019. One way I hope to keep everyone (lets be real, there’s like 5 of you. LOL) updated is by doing these monthly wrap ups. I usually write a review of some sort for the books I read, so I figured why not include those too!

The month of January went kinda fast? Sometimes it flew by and others it dragged! I didn’t do much this month travel or fun wise. I did however, start going back to the gym, tried barre (at work, also never again!), and booked my big trip for 2019. For those who don’t follow me on twitter, the last three years I’ve done a big trip to somewhere in Europe. It’s a way to treat myself and see more of world. Three years ago I went to Rome & Florence. Two years ago was Ireland (I drove on the left!) and London. This past Fall I went to London, Luxembourg, Germany, & Belgium! This year I saw a flight deal that I couldn’t pass up for SCOTLAND!!! I’ll be flying out of London to go home, so I might stop at a few English cities along the way too. I’m beyond excited for this trip and if you have any recommendations please share them.

I’m excited for February, because I’m traveling to a new city, hosting an event at work, and starting a new round of #otspsecretsister. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically secret sister + pen pals for people in the book community. It’s so much fun “meeting” people from all over the US and forming friendships. Plus I love snail mail.

In January I read 5 books. I think that’s a pretty good start for me. I set me Goodreads goal to 50 books for the year, and I’m currently ahead, so yay! I also joined Andi’s Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge & I’m giving the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge a shot. The five books I read were Hung, Bird Box, It Ended Badly, One Perfect Kiss, and Strange the Dreamer (which I buddy read with Alex). I also DNFed This Lie Will Kill You, but I plan on giving it another shot when I’m more in the mood. Below are some mini reviews for the books I read in January.

Hung: A Billionaire Bad Boy Romance by Simone Sowood
This book was a quick read (read it in one night). I liked Skye, but at times her storyline seemed repetitive (hate rich people, blame them for everything). Lawson reminded me a bit of Christian Grey. There were some hints of domineering, so if that’s a trigger I’d avoid this book. Otherwise, it’s a quick, smutty read.

One Perfect Kiss by Jaci Burton
I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. The character of Zach reminded me so much of a friend of mine. He too had a high paying job, but left it to teach HS history and coach. That aside, I loved Zach and his dog Wilson. I think he and Josie were well developed characters. I enjoyed that they weren’t perfect and each had their own troubled/rocky pasts. The supporting characters were all fun additions too.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
This book took awhile for me to stick with it. I wanted to give up about 100 pages in, but then I got to Part II and the story really picked up. I also have to say buddy reading this really helped me push through. Laini Taylor has such a unique writing style. It’s so lyrical and whimsical. I loved Lazlo Strange and I could tell he was different & will say that I guessed correctly about something the reader discovers towards the end of the book. Lazlo has an interesting background and I enjoyed how non judgmental and selfless he was. Sarai was also a unique character. I liked how she stood up for what she believed in. The supporting characters were all wonderful too, even the villains. 

That’s it for January. Here’s to hoping February is another good reading month. What are you planning/hoping to read? I just got some library holds, Muse of Nightmares and The Geography of Lost Things & my Book Outlet order came in!

Starting 2019 off on the right foot: Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge!

Well, it’s been almost three months since I’ve posted. Sorry about that. The end of the year is always rough for me. I’m either working, reading or traveling and tend to neglect the blog. I’m also horrible at posting reviews on here even though I do post them on Goodreads. 

At Wembley for the Eagles game

In October/November I went to Europe. While there I went to London with my mom and we saw the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. I got to meet up with my friend Marissa and went to Windsor Castle. My mom went home and I continued on to Luxembourg where I met up with Gail. Her and I traveled to Germany and Belgium as well. I came home for a little over a week then went to Williamsburg, VA with some of my family. Now the holiday season is upon us and I’m going crazy getting gifts, baking cookies, reading books, and tying up projects at work. 

But all that, means that a new year is coming and with that comes new reading challenges. I’m such a mood reader, so I’m not sure how well this will go, but I’m signing up for a contemporary reading challenge for 2019. The challenge is hosted by my friend Andi at Andi ABC’s and I’m hoping to hit a Home Run! Contemporary books are my go to whenever I’m in a reading slump. I have no clue why, but they work and I’m sticking to the formula. If you’d like to join me, follow the link HERE!

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Dare You To Lie Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hi everyone! Today on the blog I’m sharing an excerpt of Amber Natusch’s upcoming book Dare you to Lie! Dare you to Lie will be the first book in the Hometown Antihero YA mystery series!

Synopsis: When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.
All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly attractive rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.
Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

DARE YOU TO LIE, a young adult mystery read perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, Pretty Little Liars, or Riverdale.

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EXCERPT

I raced through town and into Gramps’s neighborhood. When I got to the house, there was a generic-looking sedan, not unlike the one my father used to drive, parked outside. I hadn’t even pulled all the way into the driveway before Agent Douchecanoe was out of his vehicle and headed my way, file in hand.

“So you’re the errand boy,” I said to him as he scowled at me.

“You know you can hear that environmental hazard coming from a mile away, right?”

“Weird . . . kinda like your hostility and hubris.”

His frown deepened as he extended the file in his hand toward me. I reached for it, but he pulled it back at the last second.

“Striker said to make sure you got this.”

“Hence the errandboy comment—”

“Do you know what’s in here?”

“Do you know what’s in there?” I countered, knowing damn well he would have looked. The suspense would have killed him.

“They’re copies of evidence from you father’s trial.”

“Ding, ding, ding!” I exclaimed, snatching the file from his hand. “Consider your errand complete. I’d tip you, but . . . I don’t get paid until next week.”

“Why did Striker want you to have those?” he asked, totally unfazed by my jab.

“Because I asked for them.”

He shook his head.

“That’s adorable. You think you can find something that a defense lawyer and a team of FBI agents couldn’t find.”

“They weren’t really looking, though, were they? They approached his investigation as if he was already guilty. Hard to be objective when your singular focus is to bring down the fall guy.”

“Says the girl with the singular focus of freeing her daddy,” he replied. “What a sad day it’s going to be for you when all you find in those files is the truth of your father’s guilt.”

“We’ll see about that.”

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About the author: AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel with Tor Teen.

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Book Info:
Genre Young Adult Mystery / Suspense
Publisher Tor Teen
Publication Date September 4, 2018
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To celebrate the release of DARE YOU TO LIE by Amber Lynn Natusch, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!  ENTER HERE

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to internationally. One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Amber Lynn Natusch.  Giveaway ends 9/18/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per reader. Duplicates will be deleted.

 

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#ARCAugust Completed: 7 Books Read

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Hi everyone! So this past month I participated in ARC August, hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie of Read. Sleep. Repeat, for the first time and I’m so glad I did. In my original post I mentioned 8 books I was thinking of reading. That went out the door though due to my mood reading and a trade I made. Below are the SEVEN (that’s a lot for me) ARCs I read, my mini reviews for them, links to their GR paged and my Bingo Card! I also read 4 other books/grapic novels this month for a total of 11 books(3,314 pages). To put that in perspective, I’ve only read 46 total this year.

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The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle: 4 Stars

I hadn’t read any books by Rebecca before, but I loved the TV show she produced based off her Famous in Love series. When I first heard about this book on her IG, it sounded interesting. I feel like everyone at some point in their lives thinks about who (dead or alive) they’d love to have a meal with. My answer was always JK Rowling, she’s still one of my top five. I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this book and how the story would unfold. But let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised and even cried at the end (I rarely cry!).

I think Rebecca did and extraordinary job writing the dinner and flashback scenes. I didn’t want to put the book down. I wanted to know more and more about Sabrina’s life and why she chose Robert (dad), Conrad (college professor), Jessica (best friend), Audrey (yes THAT Audrey), and Tobias (you’ll have to read to find out about him). The character interaction at the dinner were well thought out and flowed so well. The flashbacks, which happen every other chapter, help fill in the story and give everything substance. I think what I liked most of all was that all the characters seemed so real. You could see yourself in their shoes. They had real jobs that aren’t glamorous, but are important and creative. This was a great read and the little twist at the end was genius.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey: 3 Stars

While I did enjoy this book, it was rather difficult to read at times due to the setting of 1800’s England. There were many words I didn’t know and had to look up, a few weren’t in the glossary in the back of the book. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story between Juliana and Spencer. The spy angle was intriguing and added an element of surprise to the book. I did think it was a bit rushed at the end though. Carrie & Lord Bobbington were great supporting characters and I’d be interested to read their story.

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin: 4 Stars

To Be Honest was such a wonderful read. I loved Savvy, her best friend Grace, Grace’s cousin George, and the family dog Fiyero. This book was so body positive and as a plus size female is was refreshing to read a book with a main character that was like me. I’m also glad it addressed the issues with rapid weight loss and what happens if you don’t treat your body properly.

Savvy was such a fun character. She was strong, stubborn, smart, and intuitive. I liked how real she seemed and that she wasn’t cookie cutter. One thing I enjoyed was that she was smart and wasn’t afraid to show it. I always hate when pop culture depicts a girl “dumbing” herself down to get a guy. Speaking of guys, George was such a sweetheart. I loved all the looks into his family life and his passion for music. One thing that did irk me was George just kept dropping the ball and I thought there was going to be some big reveal about his past, but there was nothing. I definitely recommend this book and can’t wait to read more from the author.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: 3 Stars

I have very mixed feeling about this book. I loved the Scream/I Know What you did Last Summer vibes and the small town setting. I think the secret Makani was keeping was a bit odd and still don’t understand why she put so much responsibility on herself. I think the reason for the killings lacked some imagination and I didn’t love that there was still 1/3 of the book left to read after finding out who had been doing the killing. The ending seemed abrupt and like everything just needed to be tied up in a bow.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco: 4 Stars

I have so many thoughts regarding this book. I loved the mystery and it was the first one I didn’t guess correctly. I loved the setting of the carnival and cruise. I enjoyed the secondary characters from the carnival and the different acts they specialized in as well as the cartomancy. I even liked Mephistopheles as a character and the mystery surrounding him. I did not enjoy the love triangle, especially since there’s been nothing but Thomas & Audrey for the two previous books. I’m happy with how it ended and look forward to seeing what the 5th and final draft is versus this 3rd draft ARC.

Sadie by Courtney Summers: 5 Stars

** spoiler alert ** Wow. I think that sums up how I feel about this book. It was gritty, real, thought provoking, and heart breaking. There definitely is some strong subject matter and it could trigger some people, but Sadie was such a well written and thought out book. I loved the structure of it and the use of the podcast. I felt the pain Sadie went though on her road trip and I just wanted to help her. This book can be a very quick read because it just pulls you in (like any great book/podcast) and you want to know what’s going to happen next. While I think the ending of the book was fitting, I choose to believe something a bit happier, because I think Sadie deserved it. I can’t recommend this book enough.

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason: 5 Stars

I truly adored this book and even though I’m an only child I was able to connect with it. Lizzy’s writing was so beautifully heartbreaking. I loved the flashbacks at the end of each chapter, they added so much depth to the story. The character building was so well done and they felt so real, nothing seemed forced. I related to Harley the most and was happy to read her story and how she progressed throughout it. I loved that it wasn’t a typical YA contemporary romance. The characters dealt with loss, life choices and their consequences, heartbreak, and love. There is also the aspect of self medication and addiction, which I think was handled so well. Y’all I read this book in less than 24 hours and I can’t recommend it enough!

The Dinner List | Love, Lies, and Spies | To Be Honest | There’s Someone Inside Your HouseEscaping From Houdini | SadieThe Art of Losing

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Did you participate in ARC August? What did you read? Let me know in the comments!

Cover Reveal, Synopsis & GIVEAWAY for When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington!

WHEN SUMMER ENDSSummary:

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend dumps her right before summer break, she starts to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery.

Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan

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ARC August Newbie- Challenge Accepted

arc august headerWhat is ARC August? It’s a great reading challenge hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie of Read. Sleep. Repeat. that allows bloggers to focus on the all the ARCs they have. They can be ARCS for books that are already released and you haven’t read yet or they can be ARCs for books that have not been released. I’m not one who gets a lot of ARCs, but I have won a few, got approved on NetGalley & Edelweiss for some, and traded for others. I only have one on NG and one on EW in my current backlog that I hope to read in August. All the others are physical copies I have.

Here are the books I’m going to attempt to read in the month of August.

ARC August

The Wedding Date | Escaping From Houdini |The Dinner List | The Lies We Told

My Oxford Year | Girl Made of Stars | Trouble Never Sleeps | The Art of Losing

Are you participating in ARC August? What’s on your list? Which book do you think I should start with? Let me know in the comments!