Thursday, August 9, 2018

Book Review: Holiday Secrets (McKade Law #1) by Susan Sleeman

When his ex is thrust into the crosshairs of a deadly syndicate, FBI agent Gavin McKade will do whatever it takes to protect her. Even work the case with his stubborn sheriff dad. Gavin’s holiday homecoming isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy, but he must set aside the past to make sure Lexie Grant survives. As if protecting Lexie from professional killers isn’t difficult enough, the unlikely reunion has rekindled their complicated romantic connection. But if Gavin can’t untangle Lexie from this dangerous web, the blurring line between duty and love may not matter
…because this Christmas could be their last."

I received this book from my best friend's grandma. She reads a ton of these all the time, but I view these books as "the same." I felt like writing these books required little to no brain power, likewise with the reading of them.

Sleeman quickly made me realize that even though these are mass-marketed paperbacks, they still pack a punch with the story development, or, at least Sleeman does.

The McKade family resides in Texas. Gavin has a fight with his father and can't bear to be on the same squad as him, so he makes the big decision to leave town.

In doing so, he left behind Lexi and her younger brother, Adam. Lexi is having a hard time forgiving Gavin for abandoning her when she felt as if she gave him her all and trusted him for him to just throw it away like it was nothing.

One day, Lexi gets a call from her distant father telling her he needs to meet with her. When she shows up, major things happen and it gets ugly quick.

With the help of Gavin, Lexi goes on a wild ride to chase down a killer who may be coming for her and her brother next.

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Graces by Laure Eve

"Everyone said the Graces were witches.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

All I had to do was show them that person was me.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town
, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?
This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page."

Y'all...I have very conflicting views on this book.

 I was put off initially because of the main character, River. She was super creepy right off the bat with her obsession with the Graces. I'm aware this is marketed as a YA novel, but I'm super annoyed at how immature the main cast of characters are. I feel like Eve tried too hard to portray the cliche teenager role in this book. Everything was over the top and over dramatic that I swear I rolled my eyes every other page.

The characters are horrible. River is a god-awful main character, and the family she's obsessed with is just as bad.
The only person I liked in this whole story was Wolf. He's mainly the reason why I'll be picking up the second book!
There were a few positives to this book that I won't fail to mention. I really liked the world-building. There are beaches and coves which really set the mood for me. I love beach towns in books!

I appreciate the way the book is illustrated. Purple writing with an easy to read font with beautiful chapter headers. So for what the story lacks, it's made up by the beauty of the book.

I feel as if the book did pick up the pace at the end, enough to spark my curiosity to pick up the sequel to this. I'll have to see if my library has it on my next trip there. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan + Life Update

Hey, everyone! It's 4 days into August, and I know everyone says it, but really! This year has gone by so insanely fast it's blowing my mind.
One more month until my birthday! I'll be 23. No plans set in stone yet but I still can't believe I'll be 23. Where did all the time go?

I'm excited the weather will be switching to autumn soon. It's my favorite time of the year.

July was a good, albeit stressful month. We struggled to find a house that would take us and our dog, and we finally found one! It's a few streets over from our current apartment but it's a house with a yard so our dog can run around in it. She'll be happy with that! We also adopted another dog named Indi. She's a Retriever-Lab mix and she's the goofiest dog I've ever had the privilege of owning.

Now, onto the book review!

King Midas once had The Touch, but when his ability nearly cost his daughter her life, he relinquished it. 10 years goes by, and Princess Kora is still hindered by her curse. Her skin is pure gold, rumors of grisly things she could do have been circulating, and she's hiding a massive secret about some of her own powers.

Kora floats around the castle like a ghost. Trying to blend into the background despite the whispers of her fellow courtiers. A duke named Aris arrives and things get ugly quickly. Kora is finally able to set sail, but it's only to save her father from his ever weakening state.

What she finds on her trip will be life-changing for everyone involved.

I really enjoyed this book. It has mild romance, involves a high seas adventure with pirates, and it's a re-telling of a myth we all know well!

Princess Kora felt like a character I knew immediately. She suffered with anxiety, feelings of neglect and shame, family problems. These are all things we as humans feel during our lifetimes. She shows that she could persevere which made me feel as if I can too.

There is a lot of fighting and plotting to outwit the other pirates during this book. When they were out on the seas was my favorite part of the story. I loved how the pirates were described and I could see all of the characters perfectly in my head. I'd love this book made into a movie. The imagery really is something else.

I love the fact that this was a refreshing book. It's so unique that I can say I've never read another book like it. It was a quick read as well, which I always enjoy. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (1)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Book Review to showcase the books you've gotten whether they be virtual or physical.

I was blessed with two books this week! The first is House of Gold by Natasha Solomons thanks to G.P. Putnam's Sons. The second is The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles courtesy of Riverhead books. Massive thanks to both publishing companies for providing me with these copies for review purposes.

Life Currently:

My new sandals I got are featured as well! I fostered a dog for a couple days and within those few days she manages to chew my flip-flops up. Summer isn't over so I decided to go out and get more. They're super comfortable and they give me a little height to my short stature so I'm in love!

My friend Amanda moved in with me due to circumstances out of her control and she noticed how much I love incense. Her and her friend came back one night and handed me a massive pack of incense that smells amazing! I love when friends notice things about you you think is insignificant but end up showing you it's not. She's great!

I also went to Wal-Mart today with my fiance and I bought two bath bombs. I'm super excited to use them because they both smell absolutely amazing.

Nothing else to report here right now, so I hope you all have a good weekend! See you all on Monday. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

It's Friday! Have a great weekend!

Today I'm joining a few bloggers for some Friday book memes! Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader as a way to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading and share your thoughts about it. Feel free to check her blog out!

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

"Once upon a time, a little girl helplessly watches as liquid gold spun a web across her tiny frame, racing to wrap her up in an icy cocoon. Her mouth hung agape. Her limbs stayed outstretched toward a father she could not reach. Her legs refused to respond, to carry her far away. Only the sound of bones crackling, drying into rigid metal fossils, sliced through the night air."

This first paragraph had me hooked immediately. I've never read a re-telling of King Midas but I'm 177 pages in and I love it! It will be published on August 14, 2018 so be sure to add it to your TBR list because you're not going to want to miss this one.

I'm also joining Coffee Addicted Writer in her weekly meme. A weekly prompt is given featuring a question related to books. The point is to find new blogs to follow, a chance to learn about new books, make new friends, and get followers for you blog as well. It's all about growth and friendships, baby!

Today's prompt is below.

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? A blogger's first name should be in a prominent place on his/hers blog.

I believe a blogger should run her or her blog the way they want. Sometimes a blogger may not put their name to protect their identity, even if it is just their first name.
I'm more likely to follow the person if they put their first name and a photo of themselves. I'll feel closer to them and want to read their posts more, but I can also understand wanting to remain anonymous on a blogging platform.

And last but not least I'm joining Freda's Voice for The Friday 56. In this one, you turn to page 56 in the book you're currently reading and share any sentence from the page you want to.
I'm sharing a sentence from A Touch of Gold as shown in the photo for the Book Beginnings meme.

"One time I had to climb up to the crow's nest naked and sing an ode to Poseidon after losing at a game of Drown the Cup."

This part cracked me up because Princess Kora immediately blushes after Aris says this. She's so pious and sweet it's adorable!

Well, that's all for today folks! I had fun joining on on three different memes today and I look forward to looking at what your answers are. Feel free to leave your link down below so I can visit your post as well!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Reading Quirks and Habits

I decided to make today's post a fun one! Readers have a lot in common, but there's a lot we don't have in common. Some people read "normally", others have quirks and habits that others don't. Below are a few of mine.

Where do you read?
I read one of two places, my bed or my recliner in my living room. I'll occasionally read if I'm out and about but I hate having to stop when someone wants to speak to me, so I tend to try to read only when I'm alone and at home.

What do you read?
I read a ton of different genres. As as book blogger I get a ton of books sent to me. They range from children's books to YA to popular fiction, to historical fiction or fantasy. I prefer YA books that deal with female teenage detectives, books that deal with circuses or carnivals, or murder mysteries.

How do you read?
My favorite thing to do when I'm reading is snack. I love pretzels or a massive bowl of cereal.

How many books are on your TBR list?
Too many! On my Goodreads it's telling me I have 437 books on my TBR list. And that's even after I cleaned the list up. Don't judge me on my own blog, okay?

Audio books, paper books, or e-readers?
I'm old-fashioned and love paper books. I love dog-earing books and highlighting them with my markers. The smells of books is superior to the smell of electronics.
E-readers are a close second, though. I despise audio books and can't pay attention to them when they're playing for some reason.

What trope makes you not want to finish a book?I hate the mass market romance paperbacks as well as "old lady erotica." Nothing against the people who read them, I just can't get into it!

What's your earliest memory of reading?I remember going into Wal-Mart with my dad and picking up a book when I was 4 or so. It had all the names for the body, cars, fruits and veggies, animals, numbers, colors. My mom was upset he bought it because we didn't have a lot of extra money at the time, but I read that books until it fell apart. Then my dad duct taped it back together and I read it after that. 19 years later and I still have the book. 

Who are three authors you have on auto-buy?I honestly only have Jodi Picoult and Brenda Novak on auto-buy. I haven't found a third favorite author yet.

What's your top three favorite bookish worlds?Harry Potter will be my first obvious choice. My favorite is fall time in the Harry Potter books. The second is The Night Court, and the third is Caraval.

Well, that's all folks. Leave me some love below if you're feeling up to it and I'll return the favor!

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Monday, July 23, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme held by BookDate where you've read or are currently reading over the last week. Don't forget to join in and meet up with some fellow bloggers and leave some love on their posts as well!

What I Read Last Week:

I read The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp last week. It was an ARC that I got ages ago but just now got around to reading. I'm happy I finally did as I logged it in as a 4 out of 5 star read. I'd recommend this one to anyone who likes thrillers, modern stories with social media as a major selling point, or characters with massive personalities. 

What I'm Reading Currently:

I got this ARC in the mail a few days ago. I liked the cover so I decided to immediately start reading even though I had no idea what it was about. I'm only on chapter 3 currently but I like it so far. It has an extremely unique premise and I'm loving Princess Cora and her personality already!

Up Next:

I really have no idea what I'm going to read next. I usually don't plan monthly TBR's because I never, ever stick to them. I just go out on a whim and pick a book that has a cover that draws me in and I read from there. :)

And that's it, folks! My first IMWAYR post! I'm headed on over to everyone who posted in the linky to get better acquainted with my fellow book bloggers. See you soon!