A-Z Bookish Survey

As I have no review for you today, I thought I’d do something fun! This survey is hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner.  So definitely check her blog out.

Let’s Begin:

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Jennifer L. Armentrout – I’m obsessed with her books!

Best Sequel Ever:

Hands down A Court of Mist and Fury! Seriously there is no contest

Currently Reading:

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer, #2) by Laura Thalassa

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Usually tea or coffee

E-reader or Physical Book?

E-reader

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Kayden Rowe – Sweet Evil Series

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Throne of Glass –  I stopped and started this book twice before I persevered and read the whole thing and I’m so glad I did because it’s such an awesome series!

Hidden Gem Book:

Easy by Tamara Webber. This spent a longggggg time on tbr list but boy was it good.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

A couple of months after starting this blog I received my first ever ARC which was pretty exciting!

Just Finished:

The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Thrillers, Crime and true story books do not interest me at all.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Hmmm probably Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Major book hangover because of:

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah j Maas

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Preferred Place To Read:

I have a corner sofa and I like to wedge myself in the corner of it when I read.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

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Reading Regret:

Jumping on the hype train and reading Divergent! It was such a waste of time.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

The Star Bright Series

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Every Last Breath – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • A Court of Mist and Fury
  • Rhapsodic – Laura Thalassa

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Sarah J. Mass and JLA – I have zero regrets about how much I go on about these authors!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

The last book in the Throne of Glass series!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Ok…. This is a bad one but I always priorities books that are written in the first person!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Cinder & Ella – Kelly Oram

Your latest book purchase:

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Nocte by Cortney Cole…


And that’s it! Feel free to do your own 😁

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e-ARC BR: The Foxe & The Hound – R.S. Grey

Blurb

A full-length STANDALONE romantic comedy from USA TODAY bestselling author R.S. Grey. 

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.


Stats

Page Length: 385
Publication Year:
1st June 2017
Genre: 
Romantic Comedy
Characters: Madeline, Adam


Received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thoughts

R.S Grey is fast becoming one of my favorite author’s. I’m so honored to have been chosen to receive an ARC of this book.

Story

This is a stand alone story but it does feature character’s from Any Thing You Can Do. 

It’s told in the first person from both Madeline and Adams perspectives. I writing style was very easy to read and I managed to finish this book in one day.

I really enjoyed the chemistry between Madeline and Adam, I thought the pace that they fell in love was very well done. All the comedic elements of this book were executed perfectly. It had me laughing right to the very end!

Characters

Madeline, I really liked how realistic her character was, she faced real everyday struggles, staying afloat at work and paying rent on time among other things. The way in which she met Adam had me in stitches it was brilliant!

Adam, I thought his character was very charming. His conflicted feelings about Madeline were entertaining no end. I was a little dubious about the way he was acting in the beginning because he was a little bit of a jerk to Madeline, but as the story went it on in became clear that this was because he was fighting feelings for her.

Favorite Quote

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Conclusion

I really enjoyed this story. It’s frothy fun at its finest! If like your romance light with lots of funny moments then you will like this book.

My Rating:  4/5

Pre-order THE FOXE & THE HOUND now:

Amazon US  | Amazon UK 


About R.S. Grey

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I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, metaphors and similes, black labs, and cold weather.

Contact me: AuthorRSGrey@gmail.com

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BR: Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Blurb

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.


Stats

Page Length: 383
Publication Year:
2015
Genre: 
FANTASY/DYSTOPIA
Characters:  Mare, Maven and Cal


Thoughts

I’ve read a lot of hype about this book so I was expecting a lot from this book before I even started. I did enjoy the story but I don’t think it really lived up to the hype and I’ll explain why a bit further on.

Story

This story is written in the first person and is told from Mares POV. I thought the writing was mostly good, I felt the tone of it came off as a little juvenile at times though. I felt the length of time the war had been going a bit unrealistic if I’m being honest. I mean how were there so many Reds left if they are the ones doing most of the fighting? Surely their numbers would be dropping steeply?

Characters

To being with I really liked Mare, I felt for her cause and I really wanted her to triumph over the Silvers. But then she started trusting Maven way to fast. Just because some is kind to you doesn’t mean they are on your side, from that point on I started feeling frustrated with her character. I thought she was very naïve believing everything that was coming out of his mouth. Especially when he was blatantly jealous of his brother and his mother is a heinous bitch. I could see his deception coming a mile away.

I liked Cal way more than I should have, even though he was let’s be honest an ass for 3 quarters of the books. I really feel there is more to him than what we see from Mare’s perspective. I also think that he and Mare are a better fit for one another. – If I read the next books I’ll be interested to see where this goes.

Favorite Quote:

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 Conclusion:

This was an entertaining read but as said before I don’t really get all the hype that surrounds this book. I would recommend this book. I’m fairly certain I’ll read the 2nd book just to see where the story goes.

My Rating:  3/5  🌟🌟🌟

Let’s Talk (#4) – Tamlin the Man Behind​ the Mask

For this week’s post, I’m taking a look at of Tamlin from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series.

I have been toying with the idea of writing this post of a couple of weeks, and I almost didn’t write it, but after seeing so many comments on social media that are supportive of Tamlin, it’s compelled me to do this.

I realize he is just a fictional character but it’s important to recognize his character portrays very real life abusive behaviors. I’m staggered by the sheer number of people who fail to see this. The worst of which are that he acts this way out of love which is simply not true. There even some people who blame Feyre for his behavior!

This book series has huge fandom and most of the people I have spoken to agree that Tamlin is abusive. So this post is for all the Tamlin Lovers out there who think his behavior is ok.

I’m going to start by listing the 7 typical personalities of the Abuser:

  1. The Bully
  2. The Headworker
  3. The Badfather
  4. The Jailer
  5. The King of the Castle
  6. The Sexual Controller
  7. The Persuader

Tamlin exhibits the traits 1, 5 & 6. These are the ones I’m going to look at in more detail:

 The Bully 

Uses intimidation to control us, eg glares, shouts, smashes things, sulks

 Examples of this;

We see this behavior right from beginning in ACOTAR, when Feyre begins to spend time with Lucian:

 Whatever tentative truce we built that afternoon vanished at the dinner table. Tamlin was lounging in his usual seat, a long claw out and circling his goblet. It paused on the lip as soon as I entered, Lucien on my heels. His green eyes pinned me to the spot. Right. I’d brushed him off that morning, claiming I wanted to be alone. Tamlin slowly looked at Lucien, whose face had turned grave. “We went on a hunt,” Lucien said. “I heard,” Tamlin said roughly, glancing between us as we took our seats. “And did you have fun?” Slowly, his claw sank back into his flesh. Lucien didn’t answer, leaving it to me. Coward. I cleared my throat. “Sort of,” I said. “Did you catch anything?” Every word was clipped out. “No.” Lucien gave me a pointed cough, as if urging me to say more. But I had nothing to say. Tamlin stared at me for a long moment, then dug into his food, not all that interested in talking to me, either.

Not only is he sulking here he is also acting jealous. Jealousy has nothing to do with love; it’s a sign of possessiveness and lack of trust.

“You don’t get to speak to me like that. You promised you wouldn’t act this way.” “You have no idea what’s at risk—” “Don’t you talk down to me. Not after what I went through to get back here, to you. To our people. You think any of us are happy to be working with Hybern? You think I don’t see it in their faces? The question of whether I am worth the dishonor of it?” His breathing turned ragged again. Good, I wanted to urge him. Good. “You sold us out to get me back,” I said, low and cold. “You whored us out to Hybern. Forgive me if I am now trying to regain some of what we lost.” Claws slid free. A feral growl rippled out of him. “They hunted down and butchered those humans for sport,” I went on. “You might be willing to get on your knees for Hybern, but I certainly am not.” He exploded. Furniture splintered and went flying, windows cracked and shattered. And this time, I did not shield myself. The worktable slammed into me, throwing me against the bookshelf, and every place where flesh and bone met wood barked and ached. My knees slammed into the carpeted floor, and Tamlin was instantly in front of me, hands shaking

Here in a fit if rage her physical assaults her!

Continue reading “Let’s Talk (#4) – Tamlin the Man Behind​ the Mask”

Book Blog – Newbie Tag

newbie TagI wish I had found this earlier! I found this tag on Love and Other Bookish Things blog. As my blog is still only 6months old I consider myself to still be a bit of a newbie!

So let us being!

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1. Why did you start this blog?

Like my about page says I began this blog to share my love of reading!

2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

I like to think that my reviews are pretty unique.  I am very blunt about what I like and don’t like. I also like to think that although I do have some sort of posting schedule I do to pepper this blog with other random posts which hopefully keeps it fresh.

3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?

Connecting with people who also share my love of books and learning all there is to know about blogging!

4. Why do you love reading?

For me reading is the ultimate escapism, I love that I can take time out of my real life and disappear into a magical world with endless possibilities!

5. What book or series got you into reading?

Hmm, that’s a hard one to pinpoint. I’ve always loved books from a young age but I think my love of reading was cemented after I read the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

Where do you get your inspirations from?
Have you always known you wanted to write?
What’s your favorite book?

Not super original but hey! Lol

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

So far it’s been creating a schedule that works for me, making time for to actually get posts written and to make them as engaging as possible.

8. When did you start reading?

I started properly around the age of 14/15

9. Where do you read?

On my Commute to work, my sofa (which is one of my favorite places) and in bed.

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi and Paranormal


That’s it feel free to try it yourself and leave a link in the comments so I can read your answers! 🙂

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY – JAY ASHER

Blurb

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.


Stats

Page Length: 336
Publication Year:
2007
Genre: 
Young Adult
Characters:  Hannah, Clay


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Thoughts

To start off the main reason I decided to read this book was because everyone at work was raving out the TV version of it that has been on Netflix. After some googling, I realized that it was a book first. So I halted watching the show and read it first.

This is very different to what I normally read in that I read usually go for happy themed books which don’t really deal with such a serious subject line.

Story/ Characters

I thought the way it was written was very cleverly done. It was very easy to follow and I had now problems keeping up with the flow of the story.

I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed the story but I do see the importance of it. I thought the accumulation of events that lead Hannah to take her life to be realistic.  I know from my own experience of being at high school that rumors are the norm and can make a person’s life miserable.

The most disturbing thing was Hannah’s witnessing of the rape of a fellow classmate and the sexual assault that she herself suffered. The fact that she felt she couldn’t tell anyone and that because she didn’t say no it, this was somehow ok, she didn’t recognize that she didn’t say yes either and therefore kind of blamed herself.

I also felt the lack of input from her parents to be a little shocking, I mean they were just never there… and nobody else saw the signs that Hannah’s mental health was slowly deteriorating.

I’m not sure how I feel about Clay. At times I felt really bad for the guy but other times not so much.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

From the outset, I knew that this wasn’t going to be a favorite of mine. I liked the writing and I understood Hannah’s story but it just wasn’t for me.

However, if you like books that touch on true life then you will probably like this books.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Country Kisses – Addison Moore

Blurb

I fell hard for Cade the moment I met up with those bedroom eyes of his, but it’s not my heart I’m interested in gifting him.

Cade James is my best friend’s brother, well bred and well bed. To him I’m just another plaything, but I can’t blame him for that. I’m not much to look at, and there’s not a man on the planet that would be willing to make me his own.

But Cade is pulling me deeper, asking questions, wanting to know what makes me tick—wanting to know who gave me the scar that takes up the landscape over half my face.

Cade wants far more than what I’m willing to give him. If I let him in, let him into the most sacred chamber of my heart, I might end up with a wound far greater than the one that left that scar.

The wound Cade James has the power to inflict could never heal.


Stats

Page Length: 284
Publication Year:
2015
Genre:  New Adult/ Romance
Characters:  Cassidy, Cade


Thoughts

This is book 8 in the 3: AM Kisses Series. This is one of those books that you when you’re looking for a bit of sweetness and light relief, I really enjoyed the romance between Cassidy and Cade.

Story/ Characters

This story is told in the first person from both Cassidy’s and Cade’s perspectives. Cassidy meets Cade in a bar knowing that he is that he is her roommate/best friends brother. She decides to have hook up with him and have a casual fling with him because in her eyes there is no way he could want anything else with her.

This is because Cassidy has a huge scar on the side of her face from when she was attacked by a dog as a child. Cade, however, doesn’t care about her scars and thinks she is beautiful anyway.

I really enjoyed both Cassidy and Cade’s characters, neither of them was annoying. I love how their feelings for one another developed and I felt that this was paced nicely.

I did think the drama over the fact that Cassidy kept Cade’s sister in the dark a little strange but overall this didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the book.

Favorite Quote:

“I see you—the real you.” His voice softens a bit as he presses me close by the small of my back. Our hips connect, and I would swear on my momma’s soul that sparks just lit up the night sky. There has always been something electric about Cade’s touch. He touches his finger to my chin and sears his gaze over mine. “When I said I love you, I meant it. I love the inside, the outside, and I especially love your heart of fucking gold.”

Conclusion:

This was a real feel-good read if your looking for something that will give you warm and fuzzy feelings then this is defiantly worth a read.

My Rating: 3/5  🌟🌟🌟

Let’s Talk (#3) –  Top 5 book Turn On’s

Last week I talked about all the things that put me off reading a book. To balance this out I thought it would be good to list the things I enjoy the most.

  1. If the story is written in the first person. This is my preferred narrative because I feel like I can connect to the story better when it’s written this way and, I just get find more enjoyment reading from this perspective.
  2. Retellings of Fairytales – I adore these, the more creative the better!
  3. Slow building romance, when this is done well it’s a joy to read!
  4. Stories that take place in space or on another planet hugely fascinate me.
  5. A strong female lead – I love nothing more when reading than having the lead female character be strong independent women who don’t need a man to save the day!

I’d love to hear your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment

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