Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Wait for You by J. Lynn

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)Wait for You by J. Lynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been collecting this series forever, and just never grabbed for it. I am not sure why as I love JLA! I decided to start and now I am not sure if I can stop! I absolutely loved this!

I just love Cam! He says he is not a good guy, but that is all he is too Avery. I absolutely loved him and I loved the relationship between the two. I loved how even though they meet within the first few pages, their relationship was still slow to develop. It was not too insta-lovey.

This does have triggers for rape and self-harming behaviors.

I do not know what else to say but that I need the second book now!

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Losing the Field by Abbi Glines

Losing the Field (The Field Party, #4)Losing the Field by Abbi Glines

I am not too critical of books for the most part, but this one was just not for me. Being plus sized, this was making me so mad (and I am not usually sensitive). Do not get me wrong! There are tons of stories following a fat character who is not noticed for their beauty until they lose weight. Yes, it is problamatic but it never bothered me. But this was on a differnet level. When our main character was fat, she was not only ugly, but a loner. She was not noticed and did not have any friends. I just could not deal with so much negativity around someone being plus size. This was a DNF for me.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Dead Ringers by Wayne A.D. Kerr

Dead Ringers (Black Swann Investigations #1)Dead Ringers by Wayne A.D. Kerr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was sent this book to review. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

This started off with a bang. The writing and plot were addicting and I could not put it down. This does deal with a an ex-detective being in jail for a crime she did not commit. The drama while she was in jail was intense, and I was hooked. Then the story switched perspectives and I was still loving the story. However; as soon as Reggie gets released from jail the story did slow down or me a little bit. I had a hard time wanting to reach for this after that point, but I really wanted to know what happened.

This does switch perspectives and I wish chapters would have been names the character names. You had to wait a few sentences sometimes to even know who you were reading about. It was not hard to follow, but this would be a nice addition.

Overall, great start and finish. I was able to predict the killer but it was still a great read.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Score by Victoria Denault

Score (San Francisco Thunder #1)Score by Victoria Denault
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love a good sports romance, and so when I saw this was a hockey romance I knew I needed it. I loved that this is a second chance romance as Jude and Zoey knew each other when they were in school. Years later they reconnect and the fire is still there. This did have a typical plot and did not really throw anything extra in to make it stand out. However; I still did enjoy it for what it was. It is very steamy (a little too much steam for my liking), but I am not holding that against the story as I expected that going in.

Overall, this was ok.

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AetherBorn by Alexis N. Sage: Book Tour Spotlight

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The SixDaisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I did not even attempt to read this in physical copy based on others reviews/recommendations. I am really glad I chose to listen to the audiobook! I could see right from the start how reading this would be harder to connect with the story. The points of views change so often it was hard to get into the groove of this right away. Once it started though, I really was invested in the story. I really like the full cast of narrators as it also helps follow the story easier.

This is a story that is hard to describe or at least in a way to portray my feelings around the story. Yes, it is following a band but it was so much more. It was told in a way that just ended up working in the end. It kept my interest the whole time. It was not your typical rock band story. I highly recommend it.

Overall, I loved this.

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The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

The Queen of HeartsThe Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When a book is described in any way being like Grey’s Anatomy, just know I am in. This has been on my TBR for so long, but I was worried about reaching for it based on others reviews. I knew I still wanted to read it though so when I found it for a great price I had to pick it up.

I just never connected with this story even from the start. Within the first 100 pages, I had no clue where the plot was going or what the point of the story was going to be. I feel the story was all over the place, and I just did not find myself caring for any of the characters or what was going on with them.

Yes, this follows medical students while in the hospital and then follows them as they are older. There was medical jargon thrown in, so you might like that if you love medical dramas. I just did not love any of it.

I did like the romance aspect of this story and I wanted to know more about Zadie and Nick. As soon as I was interested within this aspect of the story, it stopped. You go several chapters where it was not a focus at all. I also hated the direction their story took towards the end.

Actually, I hated the direction of the story in general. Overall, this was a fail for me. I was very disappointed. I am giving it 2 stars as I was able to finish. I did not hate it, but I did not like it either. (Changed to a 1 since it was did not like).

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone

Little Do We KnowLittle Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have heard so many amazing things about this book, so I was so excited when I found it for such a great price. I started it the same night! However; it was not what I was expecting at all.

This took me several weeks to finish where I normally finish books within a day or two. I kept wanting to DNF this, but I was hoping it would get better as it went on. The first half was very slow and boring. I could not get into it. I wanted to know what happened between Hannah and Emory though, so I kept reading.

This does deal with several issues including a student/teacher relationship which was never really addressed. It also deals with sexual abuse. This is a great book to bring up the discussion with your teenagers around when a secret is worth telling someone about. The one thing I did not like is that this was not really brought up until the end of the story when it was revealed. The secret was never made to be such a big deal, but it ended up being huge. This also deals heavily in religion which I did not mind, but again was not expecting.

The second half was much better than the first half though. It was the saving grace for me. Overall, I am happy I finished it. The first half was like a one star and the second half was more of a three to four star. This one is tricky to rate since I could have done without half of the book. I going give it about three stars as I ended up enjoying it for what it was.

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When You Close Your Eyes by Roxanne D. Howard: Audiobook Tour Spotlight with Giveaway

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Put on Your PJs, Piggies! by Laura Neutzling

Put on Your PJs, Piggies!Put on Your PJs, Piggies! by Laura Neutzling
5 out of 5 Stars

My best friend has a one and a half year old and another one on the way. Since I am such a big reader, I love giving books as gifts. I also know her son is loving books. I thought Put on Your PJs, Piggies! was adorable, and would make the prefect gift for anyone with young children.

This is a board book as well, so it is a stronger material to help while in those little hands. I love how this can help learn bedtime routines. The story and illustrations were perfect. I highly recommend this!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah

Distant ShoresDistant Shores by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars

I was in the mood for a contemporary romance, so I went to the queen of romance hoping for a homerun. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with this one.

I really enjoyed this story when it started, but the longer it went out, the longer it dragged out. I enjoyed learning about Elizabeth and Jack: how they met, their marriage, their current struggles. I liked seeing Jack as an ex-football star and trying to find himself. When he broke the story around college athletes and rape, I thought this was going to be amazing. However; it really did not focus on much besides the relationship between Jack and Elizabeth, and it did this over and over again. It dragged on way too long for what it was. I found myself ready for something else to happen or to capture my attention.

Jack was so selfish. I just never was routing for him. I was getting so mad with Elizabeth and wanted to scream at her. It just went back and forth with not being happy, but not making any changes or communicating about it. They never talked about their issues, just knew the both had concerns. It would have been fine if this happened once or twice, but it was the majority of the story. I feel like I could have read the first and last part, skipped the middle, and would not have missed a thing.

Yes, there were still things I enjoyed or I would not have finished it. But, I was forcing myself to finish it towards the end.

This does have triggers for rape and infidelity.

Overall, I just did not connect with this one like I have with other Kristin Hannah reads.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Light We LostThe Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Do you ever really move on from your first true love? This is a love story following Lucy and her long love Gabe. They have gone their separate ways, and Lucy has moved on with her life. Or has she? Gabe seems to always be right there or in the back of her mind. This does deal with love, loss, and infidelity. It deals with 9/11 and War (not too much, but mentions things going on around this time and does start off with 9/11) It was pretty slow for me, but I still found myself interested in the story. You can tell something is going to happen as Lucy is telling us this story from the past. I was waiting for the gut-wrenching moment, but it never happened. Was it sad? Yes. But, I was just let down. I never connected with the love story.

Overall, this was only ok.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed book one, so I was excited to see where the series would go. I was happy to see that the series is following the same characters. I do feel this can be read as a standalone, but since it does follow previous characters, you might enjoy it more already knowing them a little from the previous book.

Where I really enjoyed book one, I did not love this one as much. I cannot really pinpoint why though. There was just so much going on that I never cared about. I still enjoyed the romance between our two characters, and wanted a little more within that. I also loved the murder aspect, but also wanted more around that too. I was just waiting for this to catch my attention like the first book, and it never took me there. It was very similar to the first story but just a different setting and way people were being found murdered. I still enjoyed it though.

Overall, this was still pretty good though and I plan to continue with the next book in the series.

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Tethered Trust by Jade Royal: Book Tour Spotlight

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

One Summer in ParisOne Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was sent this book from the publisher. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

This story started off from two perspectives: Grace and Audrey. Our characters will not actually meet one another until almost 130 pages into the story. However; I loved their individual stories. I flew through the first half of this story. This does deal with some series issues including cheating, alcoholism, and dyslexia. I could not get enough of either story and could not wait to see what would happen when they finally did meet.

The story itself did slow down a little for me once both Grace and Audrey get to Paris. This went from the individual stories to an unlikely friendship. I loved how they both took on a role in the others life in just the way they needed. Both were missing something, and their friendship began to repair these missing pieces.

A few things to mention that I am not sure where to throw into my thoughts. I loved Mimi! She was so funny. I would love to see a book around her life. I also wish there was more information around Grace and her childhood as there was a mystery around what happened to her. I would have liked to know more about that.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I have already went out and bought another book by the author to explore more of her work.

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Mamma's Moon by Jerome Mark Antil: Book Tour Spotlight with Giveaway