Most Anticipated Books of January 2016

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Well it is finally 2016!! I still can’t wrap my head around that. I am so excited about this year, first because I get to plan my wedding! Yes, you read that right I got engaged on Christmas Eve and I am so excited! And the second reason is because there is so many good books coming out!! So let’s talk about what books I am so excited for in January!

January 1st

Built (Saints of Denver #1) By Jay Crownover

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Passenger By Alexandra Bracken

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Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1) By Brenda Drake

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Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) By Susan Dennard

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January 18th

The Heir and The Spare By Emily Albright

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January 19th

Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse #1) By Kathy Macmillan

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January 26th

Sage’s Eyes By V.C. ANdrews

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Shallow Graves By Kali Wallace

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The Prophecy of Shadows ( Elementals #1) By Michelle Madow

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So many great books coming out this month and I am pretty sure there is others but these are the ones I am most excited about! Let me know down below what books you are excited for this month!!

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My 15 Favorite Books of 2015

**Sorry this is late, I thought this would be up before 2016…oopsie!**

Hi everyone! Can you believe it is almost 2016?!?! This year went by so fast! I have read so many amazing books this year and went way over my Goodreads reading goal (which made me very happy). I ended up reading 125 books this year, which is 35 over what I thought I would read. I have read some amazing books and some books I wish I never picked up. lets get started.

15. Kiss of Deception By Mary E . Pearson

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This book was a total surprise for me, I am not a big fantasy reader. I read this because one of my groups were reading it and I decided to join along. To my surprise I loved this book. The characters were so easy to connect to and I love the depth of this novel!

14. The Dolls By Kiki Sullivan

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I love all books set in Louisiana and this one was amazing. I am not big on witch books but this one was so different that I honestly loved it. I know the cover is kind of ugly but what’s inside is amazing.

13. Amulet Vol. 1-6 By Kazu Kibuishi

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This is a middle grade graphic novel and it is so much fun to read. It has a lot of heart in it and really makes you love middle grade books more. I smile every time I think about this series!

12. My Life as a White Trash Zombie By Diana Rowland

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This book was on my TBR the longest and I finally picked it up. This was another surprise and I really loved it. The many character is feisty and easy to love and the whole story was a good time.

11. The Heir By Kiera Cass

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I know many people who do not like this series but I love it! I thought this was a great continuation and I enjoyed being back in this world. This might be one of my favorite dystopians.

10. Nowhere But Here By Katie McGarry

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This is such a great contemporary. This was my first Katie McGarry book and I can’t wait to read her other series. If you like bikers and romance than you need this book in your life.

9. Stronger Than You Know By Jolene Perry

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I picked this book up on a whim when I was searching the shelves at the library. I fell in love the first couple pages and knew this would be one of my favorites for this year. This is such a heartbreaking book but so worth the read.

8.The Book of Ivy By Amy Engel

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I am not a big fan of dystopians but I fell in love with this book. This was the first book I read in 2015 and it got me out of a big book slump. Also Bishop is a great book boyfriend!!

7. Rat Queens Volume 1 and 2 By Kurtis J. Wiebir

This is such a kick ass, girl power graphic novel! I love absolutely everything about this series so far and the art is so pretty and I need more!

 

6. Saga Volume 4 and 5 By Brian K. Vaughn

Anyone who reads my blog or Goodreads knows how much I love this series. It honestly gets better and better with every issue, I can’t get enough of it!

 

5. Maybe Someday By Colleen Hoover

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I could gush about this book over and over. Mrs. Hoover knows what she is doing when it comes to writing a book. I felt so much pain and love in this one book to last me a life time. Ridge will always have my heart!! Read this book!!!!!!

4.Dumplin’ By Julie Murphy

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This is one of the books that I could relate to on many levels. I thought Willow portray a overweight high school girl amazingly. I also think she is such a kick ass girl and is someone everyone can learn from!

3. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts Bu K.c. Tansley

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I read this book because of NetGalley, I fell in love with this book because it is Freakin’ fantastic! I love ghost books, I honestly love anything about ghosts. I really love ghost stories with a little bit of romance in it. One of the best books I will ever read!

 

 

2. The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall By Katie Alender

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This shouldn’t be a surprise that this is one of my top favorite books. I loved this book before I even read it. Ms. Alender knows how to write a good horror/paranormal book. I ❤ this book!

1.A Magic Dark and Bright By Jenny Adams Perinovic

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This book has stuck with me ever since I read it in April. Again it is a horror/paranormal with just enough romance to hook me. I can not wait to read the next one and I honestly will read anything this author releases!

So that is my top 15 of 2015. Are you surprise by any of the books I picked? What books were your favorite for this year? Let me know down below!

 

 

 

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Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

jamie kainHe prepared their family for every natural disaster known to man—except for the one that struck.

When Nicole Reed’s father forces her family to move to a remote area of the Sierra Foothills, one without any modern conveniences, it’s too much too handle for her mother, who abandons them in the middle of the night. Heading out to track her down, Nicole’s father leaves her in charge of taking care of the house and her younger sister, Izzy. For a while, Nicole is doing just fine running things on her own. But then the food begins to run out, the pipes crack, and forest fires start slowly inching their way closer every day. Wolf, a handsome boy from the neighboring community, offers to help her when she needs it most, but when she starts to develop feelings for him, feelings she knows she will never be allowed to act on once her father returns, she must make a decision. With her family falling apart, will she choose to continue preparing for tomorrow’s disasters, or will she take a chance and really start living for today?

Instructions for the End of the World is a gripping, young adult novel that explores family, friendship, and love in the midst of the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.

Title: Instructions for the End of the World

Author: Jamie Kain

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published: December 9, 2015

First Sentence: “By the time you return, maybe the end will have come.”

Last Sentence: “We are a part of every living thing around us, and we are a whole world unto ourselves.”

Cover Rating: 5/5 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

My Rating: 4.75/5 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ .75

My Thoughts:

*** I was sent a copy from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.Thank you St. Martin’s Press.***

This was a very interesting book. I didn’t know what to expect going in but I was intrigued. The first thing I really liked about this book was the cover, the simplicity of it makes me want to read and go to that spot. I also liked that it wasn’t an huge book. It is 214 pages and it is just nice to read a book that isn’t 400 or 500 pages. Now let’s talk about what is inside this little book. The main character is Nicole and she has a very interesting way of living because of her dad. Her dad is always planning for the end of the world or a major disaster and he is trying to raise his two daughters like that to. Nicole listens to her father and try to be the daughter he wants, her sister Izzy is the total opposite. Their father moves them to the middle of nowhere and their mother has had enough. So while their dad is trying to find their mother they are left alone to survive and figure out who they are. You also meet Wolf who lives in a spiritual retreat center, who is making a tree house on Nicole’s dads property. Nicole is very hard on herself and just wants to do what her dad says and that’s it, but with her dad gone she has to learn who she is and wolf and her sister helps her with that. I feel like Wolf was my favorite character and I love the way he described nature and the trees, I honestly stop now and admire the trees a little more.I also appreciated Nicoles and Wolfs relationship, it wasn’t instant love. It felt very real and how teenagers would be. I truly love the writing of this book. Ms. kain is an amazing writer and I love how her writing is almost poetic. I feel like this book could be  be a required book that all teenagers are reading in high school, I just feel like it has such a deeper meaning. I think everyone should pick this up and give it a try.

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The Howling Heart By April Bostic-Review Blitz and Giveaway!

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Book Title:The Howling Heart
Author:April Bostic
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2013
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Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack. Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

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I stood in the hardware section looking at flashlights, when I suddenly felt someone staring at me. I tried to remain inconspicuous as I glanced to my left without turning my head. At the end of the aisle stood a slender, young man at least six feet tall, wearing a red and black plaid, flannel shirt with cut-off sleeves. Lean muscles flexed on his bicep as he grabbed something off the shelf. His bare arms revealed a tattoo on his right shoulder, but I wasn’t close enough to read it.

He must’ve felt my gaze on him, because he looked over at me. The sun gently kissed his skin with a golden tan, and his full lips spread into a charming grin. He had a clean-shaven, square jaw and sharp cheekbones that would make any woman envious. His sandy blonde hair flowed like waves and curled softly on the ends, brushing his ears and collar. A few, untamed strands fell in his eyes, making his hair appear disheveled. There was no doubt in my mind he was handsome.

Immediately, a heat wave crashed beneath my skin…and I knew it wasn’t due to the summer weather. I blushed under his steady gaze and looked away in an attempt to ignore him. For some reason, I couldn’t control myself.My gaze kept finding his. A smirk played on his lips—the color of a summer peach—and I wondered if they tasted as sweet.

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Meet the Author

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, adult romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.

Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.

After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.

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Most Anticipated Books of December 2015!

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I can’t believe it is already December and the end of the year is here, where did this year go!? There are some exciting books coming out this month and I am hoping I get them all for Christmas!!!

Let’s talk about books!

December 1st

Oblivion (Lux #1.5) By Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I am so excited for this! Who doesn’t love Daemon??? 

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) By J.R. Ward

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I really love the Black Dagger Brotherhood and was so excited when I saw this! I am still reading the BDB series but this coming out motivates me to read faster!

December 8th

Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

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I am currently reading this, Thank You St. Martins Press for sending this to me. I really love this cover and I am enjoying this book. Look for my review on the 8th!

Wandering Star (Zodiac #2) By Romina Russell

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This is the second book for Zodiac that came out last year, which I haven’t read yet but I own. I love YA Sci-Fi books and I keep hearing so much good things about both.

December 15th

Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) By Morgan Rhodes

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This is the 4th in this series and I loved the first one and so excited for all the books!

December 22nd

This Raging Light By Estelle Laure

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I am not big on YA contemporaries but this one caught me eye. The cover is beautiful and it sounds like a book that has a lot of heart in it!

They are all the books I am excited for this month. Let me know down below what books you are excited for? Have you read any of these?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Favorite Audiobooks

It’s time for Top 5 Wednesday and this week is Top 5 favorite audiobooks. I have to admit I don’t think I have ever listen to an audiobook but there is some I really want to get. So I am doing my top 5 audiobooks I want to listen to. Also Top 5 Wednesday was started by Gingerreadslainey over on YouTube.

5. A Crown for Cold Silver

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This is a pretty long book and I think I would like it more on audiobook.

4. The Martian

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I have been wanting to read this but I keep hearing the audiobook is great.

3. Night Film

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I feel like all the books I want to listen to are all more long or serious books. I honestly don’t think I could read this without the audiobook.

2. An Ember in the Ashes

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I have been going back and forth on buying this! Maybe i’ll buy it for myself for christmas.

1.Yes Please

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I heard Amy  reads it and it is hilarious!

That is my top 5 audiobooks I want. What are some of your favorite audiobooks or what ones do you want to listen to? let me know down below!

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November 2015 Wrap Up!

Hey Guys! I am here to do my November  wrap-up! I ended up reading 20 things this month, 10 books and 10 graphic novels. I am so proud of myself and I can’t wait to talk about them!

1.The Goddess Legacy 

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I really love this series and this book was a nice add on for it. This has 5 novellas in it and some I liked more than others. I really enjoyed Ava/Aprodite’s story. I love her as a character and was so sad by what she went through. I also really enjoyed Henry/Hades’s story a lot. I really understood how much he loved Kate. All in all this was great to read and I honestly wish there was more books in this series.

2.Timeless

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

This book has been on my TBR since 2012 and I finally picked it up. This is a fun YA time traveling book. I really love the history in the story and I adored the romance in it.

3.Princeless, Volume 3

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

This was such a fun graphic novel to read and I didn’t realize it was the third in the series until after I finish it but I wasn’t confuse at all. I really want to read all of them now!

4.How to Be Brave

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I was sent this book by St. Martin’s Press and I was so excited. This book is beautiful and has so much heart in it. I fell in love with the main character and really love the journey she goes on to find herself! One of my favorite books of the year. ❤

5.Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, Vol. 1

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ .5

This was another fun graphic novel. I love the art work in it and I love the adventures they went on. Can’t wait for volume 2.

6. Timekeeper(Timeless #2)

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

This was the second book in the Timeless series and it was a nice ending. This was a sweet and cute duology.

7.Frost

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤

I got this book from Netgalley and really loved the cover. This book had its  good parts but there was parts that needed work. If there is a second one I will probably read it.

8.Baba Yaga’s Assistant

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

This is a really fun and cute graphic novel for all ages. I honestly never heard about Baba Yaga until this book but I love it!

9.Saga, Vol. 5

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I don’t need to say anything about how much I love this! Amazing!!!!

10.What We Left Behind

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ .5

This was such a powerful book, I learned so much from it. I am so happy I picked this up!

11.StepBrother Dearest

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

This was picked for by one of my groups on Goodreads. I have owned this since last Christmas. This was a sexy, fun read and I enjoyed it.

12.Diamonds are Forever

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

This is the last in The Secret Diamond Sisters trilogy. I have loved this series from the first book to the last. This one wasn’t my favorite and I do feel like it was a little rushed, but I do think it answered all the questions we had. I really love Michelle Madow’s writing.

13.Injection, Vol. 1

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I won this off of Goodreads and was super excited.  This is very interesting and very confusing but I think that is why I like it so much. Can’t wait for the next one.

14.The School of Good and Evil

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ .5

I am the first to admit I am not big on middle grade books but this looked so cute I needed to read this and I owned it. I thought it was cute and will read the rest of the series. I will probably give them to my nieces for their shelves.

15.A Barricade in Hell

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

These are great books, I really love the mystery and the ghosts in them. I hope there is more in this series!

16.Chew Vol.1-5

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I read the first 5 volumes in this series and I am so surprise how much I love it! Even if you don’t think you would like it, still give it a try it might surprise you.

So that is my huge wrap-up! My favorite have to be either How to be Brave or Saga Vol. 5, they both are amazing! My least favorite was Frost, It just didn’t click with me.

What did y’all read this month? What was your favorite book? Let me know below!

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