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Book Review: Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott

30612667Title & Author: Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott

Genre: YA- Contemporary, Action, Romance

Release Date: April 4th 2017

Series: Standalone?

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: ARC via Publisher

Description: Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows true danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal or more special than her boyfriend, Oliver.

But when she’s jumped by a hit man, and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. With professional killers stalking their every move, can Oliver and Kaia protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review

This book took me forever to finish. Partly because I was juggling three books at any given time and partly because it had its ups and downs. I would get sucked into the amazing detail and super spy like action but then Kaia would do something really stupid like try to abandon Oliver at a random gas station and I would just have to set down the book. There was also a lot of give and take with the characters and a LOT of miscommunication. Which helped character growth but still really ticked me off at points. Overall I would say its pretty good with plenty of crazy action scenes and a pretty unique story. What threw a wrench in it was the ending where everything got wrapped up into a neat little bow in a matter of like 5 pages. If that. It was just so… anticlimactic. With all the traveling and gun slinging and henchmen bashing Kaia and Oliver did I was hoping for more of a bang at the end. Or a lead up into another book?

Either way I’m happy I read it but don’t plan on running out to buy it.This is the first book by Scott I have read and although I didn’t love Pretty Fierce I have a feeling I might like her other work.

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My Top Ten Favorite Book Romances and Couples

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week is all things Romance and so I decided to not only list my favorite couples but also my favorite types of relationships.

My Favorite Types of Romance/Relationships

1. Bromance

I love Bromance. Two male characters that are the best of friends and willing to go to the end of the earth for each other. What would be better?

Recommendation: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2. The Build-Each-Other-Up

Romance is almost always 1000% better if each participant helps one another. Although this is not romantic love my favorite is Aelin and Lysandra from the Throne of Glass series. They have this amazing friendship and love for one another (that started out very rocky) that they would do anything for each other. They are constantly helping each other better themselves and see their full potential. Another great example is Feyre and Ryhsand.

Recommendation: Throne of Glass series and the ACOTAR series both by Sarah J. Maas

3. Star-Crossed Lovers

Two people who would love to be together but due to circumstances they are unable to make it a reality. The first couple that comes to mind is Eleanor and Park and let me tell you their relationship is a ship I am willing to go down with.

Recommendation: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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4. Enemies to Lovers

Who doesn’t love a steamy hate/hate relationship that morphs into steamy love?

Recommendation: Bully and Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas, The Deal by Elle Kennedy

5. Retellings

Whether its a fairytale or some other remake I am a sucker for a good retelling. Enough said.

Recommendation: ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas, Crimson Bound by Roseamund Hodge and Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

6. Fake It Till You Make It

Stories that start off with a fake relationship that slowly morphs into a real one are so good. I am a true sucker for them.

Recommendation: Faking It, The Fill-In Boyfriend

My Favorite Book Couples

1. Feyre and Rhysand from ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas

2. Cather and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

3. Mercedes and Adam from The Mercy Thompson book series by Patricia Briggs

4. Ronan and Adam from The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater

 

That’s it for me! Did you make a Top Ten Tuesday this week? If so I would LOVE to see it.

 

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February 2017 TBR & Upcoming Posts

Three posts in a row, what is this? A miracle? Probably.

TBR posts tend to give me anxiety because then I feel pressured to read all the books. As we all know pressure and Ashley doesn’t mix well so I’m making this VERY loose. More like a suggestion post. Which is exactly why I added an upcoming post section at the end. This was you’ll know what I have coming up for the month!

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Ultimatum by K. M. Walton

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

All three of these are released in the first half of March so I have to finish them to post my reviews. Luckily I’m nearly done with The Bone Witch and Ultimatum is queued up right after that. Plus after reading The Homecoming and You Before Anyone Else I’ve really fallen in love with contemporary so Ultimatum and Done Dirt Cheap are a perfect choice.

Upcoming Posts

  • 2017 Books I’m Excited For
  • Top Ten Books I Wish Had More (To Be Determined) In Them
  • Resolution Vox Box Review from Influenster
  • Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would
  • Favorite Werewolf Reads

There you have it. What are you reading this month? I’d love to know, please link your post if you have one in the comment section so I can hop over and check it out.

Monthly Wrap Up

January 2017 Wrap Up

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a wrap up and to go along with my bookish & blogging resolutions I am going to start posting more hence starting wrap ups and TBRs!

January was a very slow month for blogging but fast in all things IRL. I visited my family up north, took up sewing, played a lot of WOW, read a lot of random books/manga and worked a f#$% ton. I mentioned earlier that I work in healthcare and the first of the year is always super crazy as insurances are changing and everything needs to be looked over with a fine tooth comb. I also did a lot of freelance work.

booksread

Lingus by Mariana Zapata (3/5 on Goodreads)

Wait For It by  Mariana Zapata (4/5 on Goodreads)

Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi Volumes #2-5 (5/5 on Goodreads)

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon (5/5 On Goodreads)

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All books were purchased unless otherwise notes. (ARC, KU, etc.)

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  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – ARC
  • Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson – ARC
  • Noteworthy by Riley Redgate  – ARC
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston -ARC

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  • Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally – ARC
  • Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger – ARC
  • Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis – ARC
  • Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz – ARC

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  • I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski – ARC
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – ARC
  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

  • HIM by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

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  • The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
  • The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid – Kindle Unlimited
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

book-reviews

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean

November Fox, #1. Following Joy – A Metaphysical Visionary Fable by E.E. Bertram

Lingus by Mariana Zapata

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2017 Blog & Bookish Resolutions

Cover Real: True North by L.E. Sterling

My Top Ten Books I read in 2016

Life Update · Lists

2017 Blog & Bookish Resolutions

 

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I’ve been hooing and humming over what my resolutions for 2017 might be and although I am making the conscious effort to eat healthier and stress less I wanted to make some concrete blog resolutions. When it comes to holding myself accountable it can only go two ways. I will strive my very best to reach my goal or the simple fact that I made it a goal will turn me off from every even putting any effort forward. Therefore I am going to keep this simple.

Comment and Blog Hop More

I really enjoy checking out other blogs and reading their posts and I am SO BAD about leaving comments. I try to be engaging with others but I really think the fact that I treat book blogging like my namesake, part-time that I don’t ever get to connect with others.

Make More Art

I started off great in 2016 with making little quote graphics to go with my reviews and then that just fizzled out like a firework. Even if it’s one graphic for every four or five reviews I would be happy. It takes time but I enjoy the end result and me being lazy just needs to stop being in the way.

Read According to Release Date

I get a lot of ARCs. That isn’t me gloating, trust me. I do this lovely thing where I only get on Netgalley once a month because I have NO WILL POWER AT ALL. I only request books I want to read but alas I am a victim of being a mood reader and that sometimes doesn’t fly when you get a contemporary that is due out in less than a month and you are on a massive fantasy kick. How do people juggle reading ARCs and their own personal TBR? I have physical books I have yet to read, ebooks I have yet to read, and a Kindle Unlimited subscription that always seems to be maxed out. So I want to start reading according to release date. Seems simple enough right? If the book is out within one or two months I will read it then make a draft of the review so I don’t completely forget what I read and if I liked it. Then I can set it to publish on or around the release date. I’ll just have to ignore the summer releases sitting in my kindle and focus on the up and coming. (I’m eyeing you Coming Up For Air)

Be More Active

When I first started blogging I was posting 3-4 times a week. Now I blog 5-6 times a month. On a good month I might add. I’ve always got such cool ideas and posts I want to write but when I get home at the end of the day I’m just wiped out. I’ve had ZERO motivation to do anything even when I like the idea. Anyone have tips for being more productive even when you don’t want to do anything but lay around?

That’s it for my 2017 resolutions! Have you made any? I would love to see them.

 

Reviews

Mini Review Round Up: Love and First Sight and This Is Our Story

24921988Title & Author: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Genre: YA- Contemporary, Romance

Release Date: January 3rd 2017

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: ARC via Publisher

Description: Love is more than meets the eye.

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

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This was so cute and funny. I’ve never read a book from a blind person’s point of view and found this very interesting. I really didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did. I loved that Will was able to make friends so easily and none of them cared that he was blind. Everyone was really supportive of him and that is something I love seeing in books. More often then not we see people bring others down or bully scenarios more than supportive roles taking the lead.

After the surgery I was glad to see Will struggle a little bit with grasping sight for the first time. As bad as that sounds it’s realistic and that made it better in my opinion. He obviously got the hang of it eventually but being able to read about someone growing and changing in such a huge way was very humbling. I rooted for Will every step of the way and couldn’t even begin to imagine what it must have been like to go through such a transformation.

Goodreads | Amazon | Authors Website


23341252Title & Author: This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Genre: YA- Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Release Date: November 15th 2016

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Source: ARC via Publisher

Description: Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.reviewstar

I don’t read a lot of thriller/mystery so I was really hoping to find something new to enjoy when I received This Is Our Story. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype and my expectations. I’ve never read anything by Ashley Elston but I can tell she is a great writer. I just couldn’t connect with the story and characters and although I wanted to know what happened I kept putting down this book over and over to read something else. I know a lot of other people enjoyed this so I’m hoping if you enjoy mysteries you will like this but it just was not for me.

Goodreads | Amazon | Authors Website

 

Blog Tour

Cover Real: True North by L.E. Sterling

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Let us know what you think of the cover for True North by L.E. Sterling which releases April 4, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Interrobang!

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About True North (True Born, #2):

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True North (True Born, #2) by L.E. Sterling today!

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le-sterlingAbout the Author:

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate.

Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.