Thursday, October 17, 2019

My Thoughts: The Diviners by Libba Bray

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The Diviners
(The Diviners #1)
by Libba Bray
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Publication Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 578
ISBN: 9780316126113
Genre: YA | Historical | Paranormal | Fantasy
Source: Own

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Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. (Goodreads)


The Diviners by Libba Bray is one of those books that has been on my TBR list for FOREVER, but for some reason or another I never read it, even though I have been trying to for the longest. Well, that finally changed and I’m thrilled to have absolutely devoured the book. I’m totally wishing that I would have read it sooner!

So, wow, there was a LOT going on in this book and it was all very interesting. I really enjoyed the time period and setting of the book, I haven’t read nearly enough books set in the 20’s, and it’s absolutely fascinating to read about. And while the book was set in New York City, (for the most part), it felt both familiar, yet kind of eerie as well, which was pretty cool. The storyline for the book, however, was insane. This storyline was one wild ride after another, and I never knew what to expect as I turned the pages. It was great!

There are also SOOOO many characters in the book to love! (And a few to not so much, but let’s skip over them.) I love Evie, and Jericho, and Theta, and Memphis, and so many more! I really hope we will see all of these characters in the next book, because I seem to have become really, really attached to them. *grin*

I also want to add that while I have both the ebook and print copies of this book, I opted to listen to the audiobook, (yes, I now have the book in all the different formats), and I’m so glad that I did! The narrator, January LaVoy, did an amazing job narrating all the different voices in the book, and kept me thoroughly entertained as I listened to the story. I was beyond thrilled to discover that she narrates the audiobooks for ALL the books in this series!

Overall; I really don’t know why I waited so long to read The Diviners, but I am SO glad I finally did so! I am definitely excited to read the rest of the books in the series now, and I have Lair of Dreams on my TBR for next month! I am hoping to be completely caught up on the series before the newest book, King of Crows, is released in February 2020!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: Call Down the Hawk & The Guinevere Deception

Call Down the Hawk
(Dreamer Trilogy #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
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Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9781338188325

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The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . . (Goodreads)

WHOOO! A new book from Maggie Stiefvater!!
I don't know about you guys, but I love The Raven Boys series SO much,
and I can't wait to get my hands on this new book!
(I have both the book AND the audiobook pre-ordered for this ones!




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The Guinevere Deception
(Camelot Rising #1)
by Kiersten White
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Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780525581673

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From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

*THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY* (Goodreads)

Ummmm, did you read that summary?!?!
This. Book. Sounds. AWESOME!!
I just received a finished copy in the mail last week,
and I'm SO super excited to dive into the book!!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

My Thoughts: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Serpent & Dove
(Serpent & Dove #1)
by Shelby Mahurin
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 519
ISBN: 9780062878021
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Witches
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Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all. (Goodreads)


I have to admit that the first thing that drew me to Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin was that absolutely gorgeous book cover. (Snakes seem to the new thing for book covers lately, and the cover for this book is definitely eye catching.) After reading the summary for the book I was not only intrigued, but I also thought this would be a great addition to my Halloween TBR. And it WAS.

It’s been quite a while since I read a good witch story, so I was super excited to read Serpent & Dove. I very much enjoyed the storyline for this book. It’s all about witches and magic and so much more, and I was hooked as I turned the pages. The book ends in a way that definitely left me wanting more, and I’m super curious to see what’s going to happen in the next book.

I have to say I love SO many of the characters in this story. SO MANY. Lou, the main character, is definitely my favorite. I loved her sass and humor so much. Watching the relationship between her and Reid grow over the course of the story was both interesting, and, I dare say, quite intense. (It’s a very well written enemies-to-lovers storyline.) This was really fun to watch. (I also want to add that there is a pretty graphic sex scene in the book, which kind of caught me by surprise, because this book is a YA book, and I don’t see that in YA very often. It didn’t bother me, I read a lot of romance, but if that’s not your type of thing, be prepared.)

While I had a review copy and a finished copy of this book, I opted to listen to the audiobook after checking out a sample clip on Audible. I am SO glad I did! I have listened to a few audiobooks narrated by Holter Graham in the past, and I very much enjoyed his voice for Reid. The voice for Lou was also familiar, and I can’t tell you how many books I’ve listened to that have been narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. SO MANY BOOKS! I love her voice, and I was beyond thrilled to have her tell me Lou’s side of the story.

Overall; If you like a good witch story, then you definitely want to look into Serpent & Dove! This book was a really quick read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, Blood & Honey, which is set to release in 2020!
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Monday, October 14, 2019

My Thoughts: Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Ayesha At Last
by Uzma Jalaluddin
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Publication Date: June 4th 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 351
ISBN: 9781984802798
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
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A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices, and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself. (Goodreads)


The moment I discovered that Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin was a Pride and Prejudice inspired retelling, I knew I would have to read the book. I love ANYTHING Pride & Prejudice, and I especially enjoy seeing an author take my favorite classic and give their own spin to it. This book sounded very promising, so I was super excited to check it out!

Not only is Ayesha At Last a retelling, it’s a modern day Muslim retelling, which is also set in Canada. (I have not read many books set in Canada, so this was especially interesting.) The storyline felt both familiar, yet completely fresh and new as well. Other than a few character changes, (and the obvious modern conveniences), it actually follows pretty closely along with the original storyline, which I liked. I did myself getting a little bored a few times in the book, but this was a really quick read, and the story always picked back up to grab my attention, which was nice.

The story is told through two of the main characters viewpoints. Ayesha is our modern day Lizzie Bennett, who dreams of being a poet, but is instead trying to find work so she can pay back her uncle. Khalid is the Mr. Darcy of the story, and much like the original Mr. Darcy, he took a while to warm up to. (Don’t worry, he won me over by the end.) I really enjoyed the alternate narration to the story, and I actually wish the original had had that as well. There are a lot of interesting secondary characters in the story as well, some that you will like, and a few that you will despise with a purple passion. Read the book to meet them all!

I also want to add that while I started reading the actual print copy of this book, I ended up listening to the audiobook about a fourth of the way through. I’m so glad I did! The story is narrated by Roshni Shukla, who has a fantastic voice, and I hope to find more audiobooks that she has narrated in the future!

Overall; Ayesha At Last was a very fun, quick modern day retelling of my absolute most favorite book, and I am very glad to have to read the book! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Uzma Jalaluddin in the future! If you like a good Pride and Prejudice retelling with a modern day twist, do check out Ayesha At Last!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

My Thoughts: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

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Royal Holiday
(The Wedding Date #4)
by Jasmine Guillory
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Publication Date: October 1st 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781984802217
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory makes her hardcover debut with a heartwarming Christmas romance.

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can't refuse. She's excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn't expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain Private Secretary and his charming accent and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has been the Queen's Private Secretary for years and has never given a personal, private tour...until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy fling come New Year's Day...or are they? (Goodreads)


When I discovered that there was going to be a fourth book in the Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory I was instantly curious, as I had thought the series ended after The Wedding Party. I was definitely wrong! Royal Holiday is a quick, fun read that you should definitely have on your holiday TBR list!

Royal Holiday is a continuation of the Wedding Date series, but this book is about Maddie’s mom, Vivian. (And we do get to see Maddie in the book as well, but that’s the only character we know from the previous books.)

I have to admit that the storyline for this book was pretty cute. When Maddie lands a job in England dressing a royal family, she asks her mom to tag along with her to take a royal vacation. Cute, right? (Being a mom myself, I kind of love that Maddie asked her mom to go instead of her man.) I definitely enjoyed all the royal parts of the story, as I’m always a little fascinated by that anyway. I could have done with a little more as well!

Along with the storyline, I also really enjoyed the setting for this book. It’s set in London, (a place that I would LOVE to visit sometime), and I loved reading all the descriptions for the places visited in the story. (One day I will visit as well!) I especially loved the descriptions of the cottage, (aka MANSION!).

The characters in the book were all interesting. Vivian definitely had the mom vibe going on, and she was very mature compared to the other ladies in the series. This was both interesting, and a little awkward at times. Her relationship with Malcolm was super cute though, and I enjoyed watching their romance grow over the course of the book.

Overall; Royal Holiday was not at all what I was expecting, but was a fun addition to the Wedding Date series! I definitely want to visit London even more now than I did before. I am assuming that this is the last book in the series, but considering that I thought The Wedding Party was the last book in the series, who knows! If you enjoyed the first three books in the series, definitely check out this newest edition!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10 Things I Love About Autumn!

Did you know that Autumn/Fall is my MOST favorite time of year??
I seriously love EVERYTHING about it, and if I could live in a place where there was autumn year round, I would totally do so. :)

Here are some of the things I love most about Fall!!

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Fall Colors
I love when the leaves change colors in the fall!
It never lasts long here in the south, but I love all the gorgeous yellows, oranges, and reds!



Sweater Weather
There's nothing I love more than getting out my sweaters and hoodies!
(AND my sweatpants too!)
There's just something about curling up and being warm!



Warm Drinks
Technically I drink warm drinks any time of year,
but doing so in Fall is my favorite!


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Curling Up with a Good Book
What is better than curling up with a good book and a warm blanket??
I can never do this in the spring and summer, so it makes me love the fall and winter even more!



Halloween Movie Nights
I looooove Halloween movies, (the not-so-scary ones, anyway!)
Bonus points for when we do movie nights outside!


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Long Walks
It's so much better to walk outside in the fall! It's not too hot, and not too cold.
I love talking long walks with just my audiobooks to keep me company.
AND you get a really awesome view as well!



Bonfires
I haven't done a bonfire in awhile, but I love them, and I'm definitely hoping to do so this year!


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Sweet Treats
Though I don't really eat sweets, I still enjoy baking them!
Also, I love buying Halloween candy!



Carving Pumpkins
While I'm not very good at it, I LOVE carving pumpkins!


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HALLOWEEN!
Last, but definitely not least, is Halloween!
I love everything about this holiday, and it's probably my most fave of ALL!
The decorating, dressing up, treats... I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!

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There you have it! Just a few of my favorite things about Autumn!!

What's your favorite season??

Friday, October 11, 2019

My Thoughts: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

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The Lady Rogue
by Jenn Bennett
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 372
ISBN: 9781534431997
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical Fiction
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The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it. (Goodreads)


I am a huge fan of Jenn Bennett’s contemporary novels, so of course I was excited to check out this new historical fantasy by her, The Lady Rogue! At first, I was intrigued by the books cover, and then I read the summary, and KNEW I would have to check out the book. I am so glad that I did!!

There were so many things that I enjoyed about this book, and one of my MOST favorite things were the characters! The main character, Theodora, is pretty great, and is obviously more than capable of taking care of herself during a time when women normally aren’t allowed to do so. I love her curiosity and ambition. When her father goes missing and she’s reunited with his long-lost protégé, Huck, adventures ensue.

Theodora and Huck are probably my most favorite part of this book. They are SO cute together, and their relationship is so well written. I love them both! There are a few interesting secondary characters in the story as well, but, Theodora and Huck are my favorites, obviously!

I very much enjoyed the storyline for the book, especially the journey to find Theodora’s father. While I’m not the biggest fan of Vlad the Impaler, or reading anything about him, (so cruel), it did make for an interesting story. And if there’s one thing that I’m pretty bummed about with this book is that it’s a standalone novel. Normally this doesn’t bother me, but I would love to follow Theodora and Huck on even more adventures. Who knows, maybe a sequel will pop up one day in the future. (We can hope, right?!)

Overall; The Lady Rogue is the first fantasy book that I’ve read so far by Jenn Bennett, but it definitely wont be the last! I enjoyed both the storyline and the characters, (the characters were seriously the best), and I wish this book had a sequel so I could read more! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Jenn in the future, and I will most definitely be checking out the books that I haven’t yet read by her!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

My Thoughts: American Royals by Katharine McGee

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American Royals
(American Royals #1)
by Katharine McGee
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781984830173
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley Review Copy | Finished Copy from Publisher

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What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she's breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there's Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson. If he'd been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart. (Goodreads)


I had not originally planned to read American Royals by Katharine McGee, but after hearing a lot of interesting things about the book, I decided to check it out. TI thought I knew what to expect when starting this book, but it was actually not at all what I was expecting.

Imagine a world where George Washington became king after the Revolutionary War instead of president. And two and a half centuries later, his descendants are still on the throne. That is the world you will experience when you read American Royals.

Let’s start this off with the characters. There are a lot of characters in this book, and you read the story from quite a few different viewpoints. (I admittedly got confused by this more than a few times, especially when I wasn’t paying close attention between the chapters.) There are two princesses and one prince in the story, and all are children of the current king. One of the princesses is set to become the first queen ever, which I thought was interesting, and I am definitely curious to read more about this as the series goes along. My favorite from the story was Nina, who was a friend of one of the princesses, and who felt the least dramatic and most down to earth.

The storyline was definitely my most favorite part of this book, and I like that it felt very original. I can’t think of any book I have read with a storyline like this, though I am sure there are probably some out there. It was interesting to think of American with a king instead of a president, and I think the author did a good job of creating this world where that actually happened. That was all definitely interesting, and I’m curious to see where it is going to go in the next book, especially after a pretty massive cliffhanger ending.

Overall; American Royals was not at all what I was expecting, but was a pretty interesting read nonetheless. I’m curious to see what happens in the next book, which is currently untitled and without a release date, and I’m also curious to know how many books will be in the series. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for that information.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

My Thoughts: Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne

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Love on Lexington Avenue
(Central Park Pact #2)
by Lauren Layne
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Publication Date: September 17th 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781501191602
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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A Goodreads Best Romance

“Fans of The Devil Wears Prada will flip over Love on Lexington Avenue.” —Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne comes the second delightfully charming installment in the Central Park Pact series, following a young widow whose newfound cynicism about love is challenged by a sexy, rough-around-the-edges contractor.

There are no good men left in New York City. At least that’s Claire Hayes’s conviction after finding out her late husband was not the man she thought he was. Determined to rid her home of anything that reminds her of her cheating husband, Claire sets out to redesign her boring, beige Upper East Side brownstone and make it something all her own. But what starts out as a simple renovation becomes a lot more complicated when she meets her bad-tempered contractor Scott Turner.

Scott bluntly makes it known to Claire that he only took on her house for a change of pace from the corporate offices and swanky hotels he’s been building lately, and he doesn’t hesitate to add that he has no patience for a pampered, damaged princess with a penchant for pink. But when long workdays turn into even longer nights, their mutual wariness morphs into something more complicated—a grudging respect, and maybe even attraction...

Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes that blend perfectly with the touching friendships Layne brings to life on the page, this “hugely entertaining” (USA TODAY) novel is perfect for fans of Lauren Weisberger. (Goodreads)


Love on Lexington Avenue is the second book in the Central Park Pact by Lauren Layne, and I was super excited to read this brand new sequel! I read the first book in the series, Passion on Park Avenue earlier this year, and really enjoyed both the story and the characters, and I was so excited to get started on this second book!

In case you haven’t read this series, but are curious, here’s what you should know: The Central Park Pact series is about three women, Naomi, Clare, and Audrey, who meet under the most unusual circumstances. (A man.) Because of this, and unlikely friendship is formed, and a series begins!

Each of the women in this series get their own book. Passion on Park Avenue is Naomi’s book, and Love on Lexington Avenue is Claire’s. (The third book in the series, Marriage on Madison Avenue, is Audrey’s book.) As I mentioned above, I read Naomi’s story earlier this year, and I was super excited to finally get to Claire’s story!

Claire was an interesting character. She definitely seems more mature than the other two ladies, and is self-described as the mom of the group. I was definitely curious about her story, and this book explains so much.

The storyline for this book was a lot of fun, and I very much enjoyed the following along as Claire and the very rugged Scott remodel her house. I loved the chemistry between the two of them, which often resulted in some pretty intense moments. There were a lot of cute moments, and some serious ones as well.

If I have one complaint about this series so far, is that there are a lot of intense build-up, but not enough sexy times. *wink*

Overall; Love on Lexington Avenue was such a fun second book in this super cute series, and I’m so glad that I read it! I am even more excited for the third and final book in the series, Marriage on Madison Ave, which is Audrey’s story, and which is set to release in January!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Starless Sea & Twice in a Blue Moon

The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern
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Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Doubleday Books
ISBN: 9780385541213

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose--in both the mysterious book and in his own life. (Goodreads)

You guys.... A new book by Erin Morgenstern!
I actually have a review copy of this book, and I have read a few chapters so far, and it was SO good!
I can't wait for my finished copy to arrive.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45186670-twice-in-a-blue-moon
Twice in a Blue Moon
by Christina Lauren
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Publication Date: October 22nd 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781982135706

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment Weekly) My Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it…

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances. (Goodreads)

AND a new Christina Lauren book too!!
I am halfway through this one as well, and it's SO good.
I love Christina Lauren!
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

My Thoughts: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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The Turn of the Key
by Ruth Ware
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Publication Date: August 6th 2019
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781501188770
Genre: Adult Fiction | Mystery | Thriller
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is. (Goodreads)


The Turn of the Key is the fifth book that I’ve read by Ruth Ware, and I have to tell you, her books get better and better the more I read them! Ruth has definitely become an auto-read author for me, and I can always count on her when I want a fast paced, creepy read. This book definitely fit the bill, and I really enjoyed reading it!

The Turn of the Key was a really interesting read. It felt both modern, (with the smart house), but also a little classic as well, (with the setting). Both gave off a creepy vibe, which was interesting, as I didn’t expect a smart house to be quite so creepy. (I was definitely giving my Google Home the stink eye while reading this book!) The was a little slow at times, but the twists and turns in the story make up for that time. (Especially the one big twist that I totally didn’t see coming!)      

The book also had some really interesting characters, including the main character, Rowen, who answers the add to become the nanny and live in the creepy smart house. Rowan’s story is told in a series of letters that she writes to her attorney from jail, (this is not a spoiler, it’s literally in the summary), and the more you read her story, the more you start to question everything she reads. I love that she kept me guessing on what the heck happened to land her in jail!

I also want to add that I opted to listen to this book in audio format, and I’m so glad I did. The story is narrated by Imogen Church, who has narrated ALL of Ruth’s books, and I very much enjoyed her familiar voice, and the voices she made for each of the characters. She did a wonderful job of reading the story to me!

Overall; The Turn of the Key was a very interesting read, and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read it! Though, I’m kind of bummed that I have to wait, once again, for info on Ruth’s next book, but I imagine that it will also be worth the wait. If you’re looking for a creepy read to add to your upcoming Halloween TBR, or just to your regular TBR, do check out The Turn of the Key!

Monday, October 7, 2019

My Thoughts: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely
(Cursebreakers #1)
by Brigid Kemmerer
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Publication Date: January 29th 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Pages: 484
ISBN: 9781681195087
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Own

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Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she's pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin. (Goodreads)


A Curse So Dark and Lonely has been on my TBR for the longest, and I’m not even sure what took me so long to read this book. I absolutely adore all of the contemporary novels that I’ve read by Brigid Kemmerer so far, and I was super curious to read this fantasy retelling. Let me tell you, it was SO good. So, so good, and I’m kicking myself for not having read it sooner!

If you know me at all then you know I love a good fairytale retelling! It’s so much fun to get an authors spin on a much loved story, and I’m always up for reading these retellings whenever I find them. I have read a few Beauty and the Beast retellings so far, and I am thrilled to tell you that A Curse So Dark and Lonely is at the top of my list of favorites!

There are so many things that I liked about this book. The characters were so great, and the main character, Harper, (the Belle in this book), is an awesome heroine, and not at all your average, ordinary girl. She really made this book special. Prince Rhen, (the Beast), was also a really interesting character. But, my favorite character in the book would have to be Grey. So mysterious and loyal, and I need to know more about him asap!

The storyline for this book felt familiar, yet completely new as well! I enjoyed the parts that reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, but I enjoyed the new twists as well. The story was fresh and exciting, and I absolutely can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Overall; As you can probably tell by these thoughts of mine, I really, really enjoyed A Curse So Dark and Lonely! I am seriously kicking myself for not having read the book sooner, and I have now learned my lesson that I must read any book by Brigid as soon as I get my hands on it! I am now SO excited to start A Heart So Fierce and Broken, which is set to release January 2020!!
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