Monday, February 4, 2019

My Thoughts: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38251237-fame-fate-and-the-first-kiss
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: February 5th 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062675798
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Free Copy from Publisher

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Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script. (Goodreads)


I’m always super excited when an author I like has a new book coming out, and whenever Kasie West has a new book coming out, I get super excited! Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss sounded super cute, and I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on it. Having finally read the book, I can tell you that I really enjoyed it, though it’s not my most favorite book by Kasie.

Let’s start this off by talking about the characters. Lacey, the main character, is an up-and-coming actress that just got her first big break in a zombie movie. It was really interesting to read the story from Lacey’s point of view, especially the parts on the movie set. I enjoyed watching the relationships between her and her co-stars grow as the story went along, and the relationship between her and her tutor, Donovan, was super cute, even if it did take me a bit to warm up to it. Also, her dad is pretty great as well.

The storyline for this book was a lot of fun. The movie that I mentioned above in which Lacey will star in actually sounded like it would be interesting to watch, and I kind of love that it was based off a book as well. There is also a bit of mystery included in the book, as someone on the set has set out to sabotage Lacey, (not a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis!), and it was constantly trying to figure out what it was. Having that included definitely kept things interesting!

Overall; though Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is not my most favorite book by Kasie West, it was definitely a super cute read, and just the cute read that I needed at the moment. I think fans of Kasie’s books, and of contemporary stories in general, which definitely enjoy this new release!

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up & Book Haul • Week 5


Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Weekly Wrap Up & Book Haul post!

Here I'll be sharing what books I read over the past week,
and what books I bought, borrowed, and received for review as well.

Check back every Sunday for new updates!

This past week was another really great week for books! So many new books were released into the world, and I'm thrilled to have added so many of them to my collection. Here are the books I purchased this week:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307634-king-of-scars?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36300625-99-percent-mine?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39816076-the-lost-girls-of-paris?from_search=true

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
(Already devoured, I need the next book ASAP.)

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
(SO CUTE!)

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
(Reading this now!)

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And since I started reading Courting Darkness this week, I decided to pick this up as well!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38640725-grave-mercy

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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And I received a few different books in the mail from publishers as well!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40409247-the-beast-s-heart https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40719305-fumbled?ac=1&from_search=true

The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
*Provided by Berkley Romance*

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https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Serious-Moonlight/Jenn-Bennett/9781534425149 https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250295521 https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765379320

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
*Provided by Simon Teen*

Enchantee by Gita Trelease
*Provided by Flatiron Books*

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
*Provided by TorTeen and BigHoncho Media

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And a few books from Netgalley and Edelweiss as well!

https://www.avonromance.com/book/9780062872845/fix-her-up/ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35583527-there-s-something-about-sweetie?from_search=true

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon


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I also managed to finish three books as well this week, which is not as much as I had hoped, but is definitely better than nothing!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307634-king-of-scars?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36300625-99-percent-mine?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38251237-fame-fate-and-the-first-kiss

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
99 Perfect Mine by Sally Thorne
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

I really enjoyed these books so much, and I'm hoping to have my thoughts for King of Scars and Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss up on the blog this week!!

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That's all for me this week! How was your week??



Friday, February 1, 2019

My February '19 TBR!!


Happy First day of February, Bookworms!!

It's a brand new month! Have you picked out what books you want to read this month?
I have quite a few that I am hoping to tackle, and I'm really hoping that this month
is a much better reading month for me than last month was.

My TBR this month is a made up of a few new releases,
a few re-reads, a few new-to-me books, and a few review books.
I'm hoping I can keep up!

Here's what I am hoping to read in February!
(In addition to the books from my Jan TBR that I didn't read.)


New Releases:
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Wicked King by Holly Black

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
(Courtesy Harper Collins)
(I can't wait to read these new releases!)


New-To-Me Reads:
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Rogue by Julie Kagawa
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
(So excited to finally read these!)

Re-Reads:
The Selection by Kiera Cass
(I've read the first book in this series, but never finished the rest.)

Review Books:
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
(Super curious about both of these!)


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I also have a few e-ARC's to check out as well:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35215746-the-blood-spell?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39752830-california-girls?from_search=true

The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine
The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason
The Huntress by Katie Quinn
California Girls by Susan Mallery


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And a few pre-orders too:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29774026-the-priory-of-the-orange-tree?ac=1&from_search=true

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon


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So many books, so little time. :)
I am super excited to read as many of these as I can this month!


Now, what's on your February TBR??



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