Saturday, November 10, 2018

Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #1)Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every now and then I am in the mood for a great fantasy. I went into this with low expectations and ended up really enjoying it.

I love a good assassin story, and that is what initially grabbed my attention around this story and these characters. I especially loved the way Selene was able to kill others. This also introduces Damien who I loved. I was routing for the couple the whole time and could not wait to see what happened.

There were a few parts that were a little too slow and I was ready for the story to move on. Other parts were very fast paced. It was a pretty good mix.

Overall, this surprised me. I really enjoyed it.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Barely Breathing (Breathing, #2)Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was not really sure what book two was going to bring to keep the story moving, but it did deliver. This continues to follow the same characters from book one. Emma is moving in with her mother which you know is going to bring some issues/drama/trauma based on their past together.

I enjoyed this one, but again, feel it was a little too long for what it was. However; the author had a way of keeping your interest during the whole story. I was never bored and I finished it pretty quickly for being such a big book.

Overall, I did not love this one as much as the first but it was still pretty good….on to the conclusion!

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Guardians by Lindsay Chamberlin: Book Tour Spotlight with Giveaway

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Friday, November 2, 2018

The Smell of Other People's HousesThe Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was not really sure what I was in for when I started The Smell of Other People’s Houses. I have heard that it was a one of those books that will be your favorite without you even knowing it. I definitely get that thinking.

This story follows four different teens: Ruth, Dora, Alyce, and Hank. When this started it was almost like four separate stories. However; the stories all come together in the end. I did like some of the characters more than others. Some of the stories dragged on and I was ready for them to move on.

Overall, this was pretty good. It did not blow me away as I was expecting it too.

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The Vampire Knitting Club by Nanacy Warren: Book Tour with Review

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was expecting so much out of this story, and I just did not end up loving it. I understand and respect the message, but the story itself was flat for me. I never connected with the story. I only forced myself to finish since it was so short.

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Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross: Review

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane (Honeymoon Harbor, #2)Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series. However; this can be read as a standalone. I did not previously read the first book, and had no issues jumping into the story.

I am not really sure why, but this was a slow start for me. I picked this up and put it down several times before actually jumping in. I think I read over the first chapter three different times. I liked the beginning, but I was not loving it. I liked enough to want to read more and I am happy to have finished the story following Jolene and Aiden. I was finally in the mood for a holiday read, and this was the perfect book to jump into the holiday season.

It is no secret that I love a good second chance romance, and I loved how Jolene and Aiden come back together after so many years. Aiden is also a Marine which is another thing I love about a story. I loved the plot surrounding our characters and the direction the story took as I continued to read. I do feel there was some pacing issues and I found myself wanting to skip ahead on some parts.

Overall, an enjoyable read. I look forward to checking out more from the author in the future.

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Holly's Hurricane by Marie Carter: Release Day Blitz with Giveaway

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this knowing it was going to deal with abuse and that it was heartbreaking, and it was. This deals with abuse (physical and emotional). Your heart will break for Emma as you know things with her Aunt were just going to get worse and worse.

I do think this was a little longer than it needed to be. All though this deals with Emma facing the challenges of living with her Aunt and Uncle, it was also about a high school romance. There were other high school issues as well. The love story took up more of the story than the issues with Emma and her family. If you like reading a story that deals with these issues but also focuses on other things you would love this.

I do feel this story brings the opportunity to discuss abuse with teenagers (school aged children) and the importance of this topic when someone knows abuse is occurring. Emma puts her best friend and boyfriend in a complicated situation to keep her secret about the abuse occurring from her Aunt. They do not want to betray Emma’s trust, so they do not say anything. I think it is important topic to cover with our teens/kids around what to do if they know a friend who is being abused.

Overall, this was pretty good. I own the bind-up of book one and two so I will be continuing with book two in the series.

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Wicked Harvest: Book Tour Spotlight with Giveaway

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started with book two in the series without knowing it and went back and read book one. I enjoyed seeing the story from Rachels POV more than I did Darcy. Rachel was just more likable. Not much more happened for Rachel than you learn in book two, you just get a deeper look into what happened.

This was such a fast read as I read it in one sitting as well. Overall, a quick series that was ok.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Something Blue (Darcy & Rachel, #2)Something Blue by Emily Giffin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I put this on, and was almost half way through when I realized it was the second book in the Darcy and Rachel story. I decided I was too far into the story to go back and start book one. I just finished this one first.

This was such a fast read as I read it in one sitting. Darcy was pretty unlikable in the beginning, but the story was intriguing enough for me to continue on to find out what happened. I loved Ethan once he entered the story. I love how he Darcy how self-centered she was, and pushed her to be better.

I do feel the story was almost surface level though. The story would jump before really digging into the plot point. I wanted a little more, but still enjoyed it.

Overall, this was cute. I hope reading book one will not make me not enjoy book one as much. I own both, so moving on to book one now!

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More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1.5 Stars

This was so disappointing. I went into expecting such an amazing story following Rev and his journey. It was not anything like I was hoping it would be.

I do not feel Emma brought anything to the story. She was so unlikable, and I just did not care for any of the parts in which she was involved. Yes, her story covered some important topics but that was taken away with how bratty she was. I could have done without her throughout the whole story.

I was also expecting so much more out of Rev and his story with his father. I was expecting to have this story tear my heart into pieces, but was instead just left unsatisfied.

Overall, I just did not like this one.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Good Me, Bad MeGood Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This story was so disturbing and had so much potential. However; it fell a little short for me.
This does have triggers for abuse (physical and sexual), bullying, and child murder.

The parts around Milly and her past were thrilling. I wanted to know more and the more you learn the more disturbing it becomes. However; then you jump back to a game of mean girls at school and it just took away from the story. I was so bored with the foster family stuff in the first half of the book. Yes, there is mean girls, pranks, cheating, and scandals, but they were nothing that caught my attention. I just wanted to know more around the murders and what Milly went through. The second half did start to pick up a little. Everything does come together in the end. I predicted what was going to happen in the end, but there were still some twists I did not predict. I ended up skimming the first half to find out what happened.

I also did not love the ending. Overall, this was only ok.

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The Last Weekend of Summer by Peter Murphy: Book Tour with Review

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Bless Your Husband: Creative Ways to Encourage and Love Your Man by Angela Mills: Review

Bless Your Husband: Creative Ways to Encourage and Love Your ManBless Your Husband: Creative Ways to Encourage and Love Your Man by Angela Mills

I am not one to normally reach for Non-Fiction, but I loved the idea around Bless Your Husband and decided to give it a chance. I am so glad I did.

This was amazing. I started to skim through it the day it came in the mail. I ended up wanting to start to read it that night as well. I was not expecting this to be like an interactive journal. It was my favorite part. This was not only a powerful read for myself, but it also helped start some conversations with my husband that we needed to have. I loved all the tips and topics. I enjoyed writing down my thoughts and look forward to looking through this again in a few years to see how our answers may have changed.

If you love inspirational journals, I highly recommend picking this up. I have not finished it yet, as I want to take my time going through the prayers but I loved it from page one. I think it is very beneficial to your mental strength when it comes to marriage.

Overall, this was so much more than what I was expecting.

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Stalk by Victoria Danann: Release Day Blitz

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner: New Release with Review

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Every BreathEvery Breath by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, and was excited when I got an early copy of his new release. I really enjoyed the introduction to this story from the author and where he got his inspiration for this book. I think I enjoyed this even more knowing a little about the back story and that it really based off true events.

I do feel it was different than his other work. It was not my favorite book I have read from the author, but it was still great. I loved the story between True and Hope. I liked learning about how they met, their life when they were apart, and especially when they come back together. I think the mailbox at Kindred Spirit sounds amazing and a place I would love to visit one day.

This was emotional at times when talking about the parents of both True and Hope. I was waiting for the signature heart-wrenching moment that is in all of Nicholas Sparks books. Although this was very sad at times, it just never hit that level that most of his books have in the past. I know some people hate those, but I personally love that about his stories. I was a little let down when it came to that. Do not get me wrong, there were still several times your heart will break as you learn more about their story.

Overall, this was an amazing and crazy love story. I would never have guessed that this was a real story without knowing it from the beginning. I really enjoyed it.

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Haunted by Darkness Book Tour Spotlight with Giveaway

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Don't GoDon't Go by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars

Torn on this one. This was my first Lisa Scottoline and so many people rave about her books. There was things I enjoyed about this one and other parts that dragged. It was not at all what I was expecting. The ending did bring everything together for me, and I ended up tearing up. It was the saving grace for the whole story for me personally. Still, not my favorite. A lot of details that really did not bring much to the mystery. Overall, this was only ok.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Twisted Truths (Blood Brothers, #3)Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Twisted Truths is the third book in the Blood Brothers series. I did not previously read the other two books, and I had no trouble getting into this. I do want to learn more around the brothers and assume each book followed one of the brothers (but I am not sure). I plan on picking up book one soon as I enjoyed this one that much.

This started off with so much going on. You get a stolen baby, a tiny look into the backstory of the brothers, gangs, and two people on the run for different reasons. It had me hooked.

I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

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