Monday, December 11, 2017

Cover Reveal: Someone in the Way by Rachel Del

Title: Someone in the Way
Series: Someone in the Way #1
Author: Rachel Del
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2018 

Lily Gardner thought she’d found her soul mate when she met and married the handsome and well-off Thomas Gardner. But now, thirty, with a four-year-old son, Lily finds herself wading through the messy waters of divorce and single motherhood, crying herself to sleep at night wondering if she’s just lost her only chance at love—and herself in the process.

Nathan Trainor always falls for the wrong women—and Lily is no exception. But now that she’s practically single Nate knows this could be his only chance to prove history wrong. 
When Lily and Nate are assigned the task of signing a bestselling author who is rumored to be seeking new representation, Lily must put her troubles aside and do whatever it takes to get the job done. And Nate might just get his chance to write his own happy ending.
At once heartbreaking and hopeful, Someone In The Way captures what it feels like to be given a second chance at life—and love.
Someone In The Way was previously published as Finding Lily, but has been entirely re-written and will be re-releasing January 2018.
Someone In The Way is a standalone but can also be read as book 1 in the series.

Rachel Del is a head-in-the-clouds introvert, homebody and thirty-something writer currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and son. Originally from Ontario, Canada she works in publishing and enjoys a cold glass of Chardonnay, road trips and singing in the shower.

Rachel started writing in 1991 with her first journal … and never stopped. She wrote her first novel in the 6th grade, something hopelessly sappy and laced with spelling mistakes.
When she isn’t working or writing, you can find her chasing after her son, reading or sipping on black coffee.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Taken by Jennifer Dawson: a book review

Taken by Jennifer Dawson
Brandon Townsend III

Rich, beautiful and entitled, once upon a time he was king of the trust fund babies. He took anything and anyone he wanted, until one day, he walked away without explanation. Now, he’s an untouchable mystery, one I’m determined to crack. And I’m not talking about anything mundane like his bed. No, I want something far more valuable.

I want into his head.

Veronica Westwood has blown into my life creating chaos in her wake, and I don’t know quite what to do with her. Rich, beautiful and entitled, she represents everything I’ve sworn off in life, and her being unexpectedly clever doesn’t change that. Instincts warn me to stay away, and that’s just what I intend to do, no matter her attempts to wear me down. I’m good at saying no, or at least I was until I met her. I don’t understand it, but she’s like a weakness, and a man like me can’t have weakness.

I simply won’t allow it.

Let me begin by saying that I am truly saddened by the ending of this series. As you can read in past reviews (I'll link those below), I have come to love each character that Dawson shares in this series. She has truly given me a group of friends that I will forever carry around in my heart. A group of friends that, like the main female character of this book, I'd love to have as my own. 

This book, as with all the others, was one that I just couldn't put down. I was drawn back into this world as if I had never left. I loved it! Another thing that I love about this series is that even though each book covers a new set of characters, each book can still be read as a standalone. Reading them as an entire series simply paints a bigger world for you to immerse yourself into. 

As for the subject matter of these books: BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism). Dawson does a wonderful job in covering this particular lifestyle. The sexual scenes are written well & never in a way that I, personally, found to be too uncomfortable or off-putting. At times it was romantic and other times it was straight to the point and raw. Each scenario written in a way that the reader could feel the emotions of both Brandon & Vanessa.

Taken (as well as the other books from the Undone series) can be purchased from:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play

Check out my other Undone reviews by following the links below:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: a book review

The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

"The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 Updates


I wanted to take some time to check in & catch everyone up on what I've been up to. As you can see, I've obviously not been active on here for quite a while.... Here's why:

That's right folks! We finally got moved into the new house. (This picture is, of course, from right before we moved in) It was such a long & sometimes depressing journey but we were finally able to move in on August 28th 😁And let me just tell you- It was totally worth the wait! The only thing that could make it better is when I'm able to actually start putting my office together... Tax refund time can't get here fast enough.

I've also been enjoying spending time with the two youngest while I've been away. Charleigh Grace is 4 now. This means that it's my last year to spend with her before she heads off to Kindergarten next year. It's a bittersweet time for me. I'm going to miss having her around but on the other hand, I just may get more blogging & reading done.... maybe.

That's a big maybe because of my lil' man. He will be turning 8 months old in a few days. It's insane how much time has flown by. He's already low crawling all over the house, cutting his first 2 teeth, & saying 'mama' & 'dada'. I'm not going to lie- I'm sad sometimes thinking about how he's probably going to be my last baby.

Maybe that explains my sudden jump into hyper-drive where my hobbies are concerned.

Speaking of hobbies- I guess I should just jump in and let you know what all I have going on at the moment...

1. I'm here. Trying to get back into book blogging. Reviews & other bookish things are in the near future. After all, there have been tons of books that I've read this year that I just HAVE to share.

2. My Instagram account is becoming more active. Check it out to find book related photos & photos of my numerous pets. My current goal is to gain more followers & up my bookish photo game.

3. I'm planning to participate in NANOWRIMO next month. Who knows, maybe this year I'll actually get something done. hahahaha.... High Hopes, buddy. That's what I've got.

4. Writing has begun on a recent children's book idea. My husband's best friend is going to be doing the illustrations for me. I'll try to keep everyone updated via here & my Instagram account. So keep your eye out. I'm super excited about this project & we both feel that it could become a real hit.

Well, that's about all that I have going on right now. What have you been up to since I've been gone? Leave a comment below & let me know one favorite book you're read in the last 6 months.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

February Bookcase.Club subscription box review


*I received this subscription box for an honest review*
*This post contains affiliate links*

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- Read to Me
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Read to Me- "Four handpicked Children's Picture books delivered to your door every month." ($9.99-$100.00)

Blind Date- "Two handpicked Paranormal Romance novels delivered to your door every month." ($9.99-$100.00)

Strange Worlds- "Two Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels Delivered to your door every month." ($9.99-$100.00)

Thrill Seeker- "Two handpicked Mystery/Thriller novels delivered to your door every month." ($9.99-$100.00)

Booking for Love- "Two handpicked Romance novels delivered to your door every month." ($9.99-$100.00)

Teenage Dreams- "Two handpicked Young Adult novels delivered to your door every month." ($9.99-$100.00)

Quarterly Military History- "Two Military History books delivered to your door every three months." ($9.99-$100.00)

Quarterly Cookbooks- "Two Cookbooks delivered to your door every three months." ($9.99-$100.00)

More About BookCase.Club :
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What I received: I was lucky enough to receive the February 2017 subscription box. (In exchange for my honest review & opinion.)

Inside I found:
- Secrets in the Shadows (The Guardians of the Night bk. 2) by Jenna Black
Jace (The Shadow Wranglers bk. 3) by Sarah McCarty

Secrets in the Shadows
by Jenna Black can be purchased in mass market paperback for the price of $6.50 (Amazon Prime).  Jace by Sarah McCarty can be purchased on paperback for the price of $9.24 (Amazon Prime). That's almost 37% in savings if you pay $9.99 for a single month.

I have to admit that I was kind of saddened by the fact that both books were a part of series. The likely hood that I have already read the previous books from these specific series is very slim. This may not bother some but I, personally, prefer to read books of a series in order. This being said though- Let's be honest. I'm still in love with the fact of saving money on interesting books on a monthly basis.

Give BookCase.Club a try today & receive a 15% savings by entering the coupon code: BEVIL15

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Favorite Reads of 2016

Well folks, it's that time of year again. 2017 is among us & I don't know about you but I'm taking these first few days to think back, regroup, & plan for an awesome year.

I have to admit, I may not have reached my 2016 Goodreads Goal this year but I feel that I still kicked a$$ where reading is concerned.

Here's a quick rundown of my 2016 reading achievements:

Read 38/50 books for my 2016 Reading Challenge. That's 76% & even though I can't recall how many books I read in 2015, I'm pretty sure I blew that number out of the water.

Actually discovered a couple Non-Fiction books that I enjoyed. Even though 1 of them was a children's books. (The Missing Kennedy & Ruger Tails: Ruger Finds a Home)

Started reviewing book related subscription boxes. And so far, I have come in contact with two different ones that you should really check out. (Bookcase.Club & The Book Drop)

Shared 21 book reviews with y'all. That's right- 21 amazing reviews shared. Check out my overall 'Book Reviews' list to see what all I've shared since beginning this blog.

Started a Pinterest group board for book reviews. I look forward to watching it's growth throughout the new year. If you want to join, just let me know your Pinterest name or email below.

What were some of your 2016 Reading Achievements?

*(Find my past book reviews via my 'Reviews' page & also, this post contains affiliate links)*

Now for my Top Reads of 2016...
Drumroll please

1. Calico by Callie Hart: This full length standalone novel was everything I've grown to expect of Callie Hart... and so much MORE! Not to mention- look at that cover?! After reading it on my Kindle, I've definitely added it to my list of books to purchase for my shelf. And trust me- you should too!

Synopsis: Coralie Twelve years ago, I ran to stay alive. Port Royal, South Carolina, was my home. I was born there. I fell in love there. And I nearly died there. I never thought I’d go back. Now, after so many years, I have to return to bury the man who made my life a living hell. Some nights, I used to cry myself to sleep, praying my father would die. Other nights were different. Other nights, there was him. Callan Cross. My first confidante. My first kiss. My first love. My first everything: Callan was the glue that held me together when everything else was falling apart. He was my savior. He was there for me whenever I needed him… Until he wasn’t. Every night, I’ve seen the love of my life in my sleep. I just never thought I’d have to face him again. Callan Twelve years ago, I f*#@ed up big time. Living life through a camera lens is sometimes easier than dealing with it head on. Scratch that. It’s always easier. For over a decade, I’ve been a master of my art, taking photographs all over the world. Yet despite all of the countries I’ve visited, the amazing things I’ve seen, the beautiful women I’ve screwed, my heart has remained in pieces. Coralie’s the only woman I’ve ever loved, will ever love. And I’m determined to show her that we’re meant to be together. Even if it means unearthing the bones of the past in the process. A lifetime and a thousand miles have stood between us. Now, there’s no length of time I won’t wait, no distance I won’t travel, in order to make her mine.

2. And I Darken by Kiersten White: Having heard this book mentioned a few times on 'Booktube', I decided to take the time to check it out from my local library. It's a hefty book that can be intimidating at first glance. Once I started reading though- I was hooked. I mean... I could not put it down.

Synopsis: NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

3. The Diviners by Libba Bray: I shared in my review of this book that I actually did not read it right away. It actually sat on my shelf f.o.r.e.v.e.r before I made myself sit down & start reading. (I'm a bad procrastinator) Once I started reading though... I just could not put it down!

Synopsis: Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfield girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her Uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....

4. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout: This is another book that I had heard numerous people talking about for a few months. I found it at my local library one day and figured, 'What the heck?' & picked it up. It took me a little while but by the end, I was hooked.

Synopsis: Some loves will last 'til your dying breath 
Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. 
Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. 
Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell… 

5. Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: After enjoying 'The Raven Boys' (first in the Raven Cycle series) I decided to continue with this second book. I've heard that this is actually the best out of the 4 in the series. I'm yet to read the other 2 but as of right now- I have to agree with the popular vote. I loved this book!

Synopsis: If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys - a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface - changing everything in its wake.

6. Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas: If we're being completely honest here, I have to admit that this was a complete 'cover buy'. Even though technically I just checked it out from my library. I knew nothing about the book & chose it solely on the cover. And boy am I glad I did.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz's weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times--as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.

Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz--two extraordinary new voices--this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale is completely unforgettable.

7. Just Life by Neil Abramson: If you follow the blog regularly, you'll know that I recently named this book my favorite read of 2016. Not only was it's plot & characters written wonderfully but there were so many lessons intertwined within the story. I'll definitely remember this novel for years to come.

Synopsis: Veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned dogs in New York City. But every day it gets harder to operate her no-kill shelter. Sam is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community can only determine that animals are the carriers. Amid growing panic and a demand for immediate answers, suspicion abruptly falls on dogs as the source. Soon the governor is calling in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine--no dog may leave the area.

Samantha knows from her own painful history that, despite the lack of real evidence against the dogs, a quarantine may only be the beginning. As questions about the source of the virus mount and clash with the pressure for a politically expedient resolution, Sam is forced to make life-altering choices. She finds allies in a motley crew of New Yorkers--a local priest, a troubled teen, a smart-mouthed former psychologist, and a cop desperate to do the right thing--all looking for sanctuary from their own personal demons. But the person Sam needs the most to unravel the mystery of the virus and save the dogs is the last one she'd ever want to call on--because contacting him will mean confronting the traumatic past she has fought so hard to escape.