Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My recent absence

Hello guys *waves* I wanted to apologise for my absence lately. I have been so busy with the holidays and everything else going on in my life! I wanted to write a post and tell you all that I will jump back into blogging once the new year starts :D 

In other news, I have some very big news, which has to do for some of my absence. I got accepted into college! I know most of you have already heard but for those of you who haven't, I applied to a college in Ireland and got in! I'll be leaving at the end of August and I'm uber excited for this next step in my life ^.^

So, again I am sorry for my lengthy absence but I'll be sure to be back soon! I love you all <3


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Asa by Jay Crownover Cover Reveal

We are so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre-order your copy today!

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About ASA: Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak. A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.   Marked men Banner

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Enforce Promo Tour Part 2

There’s two sides to every story...
And ours? Isn't pretty...
Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We're cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?

Even closer...

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Enforce/Nixon by Rachel Van Dyken from Becca the Bibliophile on Vimeo.

Enforce/Chase by Rachel Van Dyken from Becca the Bibliophile on Vimeo.


I held out my hand to help her up.
She eyed it like it was the plague.
I couldn’t blame her.
Reluctantly, she took it, and I used the opportunity to pull her into my arms and carry her down the hall.
She gasped, and then the fight left her as she leaned her wet head against my chest.
And suddenly everything clicked into place.
It felt so right, having her in my arms, protecting her. I was half-tempted to growl “mine,” as professors watched us walk down the hall. I’d deal with them later, what the hell? A girl gets bullied that bad, and they’d just watched, sipping their coffee like it had been a normal occurrence. Assholes.
Trace’s hand pressed against my chest.
My breath hitched. I fought to keep the moan in. Touch from girls had always been something I loathed because it always seemed like there was a selfish reason behind it. They wanted to be screwed, they wanted to say they’d been with me, or they wanted my money. It was never what was behind the mask of Nixon Abandonato, but what I could offer them.
Touch had been made worse when I was little.
My father used to beat me within an inch of my life, making me shy away from any sort of human contact. Could you blame me for not wanting to show weakness? It just seemed better to hate touch — to hate pity, to hate everything — than show that it was actually a huge chink in my armor. The longer her hand stayed there, the warmer I felt, as if the heat from her palm was cracking through the ice, reaching into my chest and massaging my heart back to life.
Thump, thump, thump. It picked up speed, like it had been starved for years and was finally getting fed.







Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at 

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Enfore Promo Tour

There’s two sides to every story...
And ours? Isn't pretty...
Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We're cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?

Even closer...

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Enforce/Nixon by Rachel Van Dyken from Becca the Bibliophile on Vimeo.

Enforce/Chase by Rachel Van Dyken from Becca the Bibliophile on Vimeo.

(Elite from  Nixon/Chase’s POV)
Nixons POV
Chapter One
            I watched as the parade of cars made their way through the black iron gates, as if somehow those gates would protect them if the country went to war. Funny, they had no clue that the war—Lucifer himself, was already parading around inside, safe from the police- the feds- anyone who would be a threat.
            Safe from everyone but me.
            My eyes flickered to Phoenix on my right, he grinned as a new girl walked up to him and gave him a flirty wave.
            I elbowed him hard in the ribs.
            His grin turned sour as he glared at the girl and flipped her off.
            Remember your place.
            I’d said it once, twice, a million times to the guys, and they were still struggling with the idea that they weren’t here to go to school, they weren’t here to make friends. We weren’t at peace. We were in a freaking war zone.
            And Phoenix’s family was our only key to redemption.
            “That seems to be the last of them.” Chase’s cool gaze surveyed the main road that led into campus. It was easier on security to have one road in and one road out. Too bad life wasn’t that convenient.
            If someone didn’t belong—it would take us minutes, scratch that, seconds to eliminate them, their family, all while making it look like a very unfortunate accident.
            “Wait,” Tex squinted towards the iron gates, “I think there’s one more car.”
            “The hell there is.” I muttered, “I counted the cars, I’ve looked at the lists, we aren’t missing anyone.”
            Chase yanked the list out of my hand and started reading through the names of all the freshman enrollees. His grin made me about lose my shit as he lifted his head and handed back the paper.
            “I hear Wyoming’s beautiful this time of year.”
            “What?” I jerked the list away and started greedily reading through the names.
            One stood out.
            Trace Rooks, Female, 18, Casper, Wyoming.
            “Great.” I dropped the list onto the ground and smirked, “A girl who probably smells like cow shit. What’s her background?”
            Nobody answered.
            I said it louder, this time grinding my teeth together.
            Tex was the first to answer, “We couldn’t really find any.”
            “Couldn’t. Really. Find. Any.” I repeated. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”
            “Look,” Tex shook his head, “We have Sergio on it, but the girl doesn’t really have a lot of information about her. Parents dead, Grandma dead, Grandpa her only living relative and somehow her social as well as her birth certificate were both lost.”
            “Lost.” I licked my lips. I told my head not to go there, told my heart to stay in my damn chest and stop hoping as images flooded my mind. Dark hair, dark eyes, “Nixon, I’ll save you.”
            “Dude, you okay?” Chase elbowed me.
            “Let’s go welcome her to Eagle Elite.”
            Nobody moved.
            “I said,” I started marching towards the girls dorms, “Let’s go welcome her.”
            “Why do I have a feeling this is a really bad idea?” Tex said under his breath.
            “For once, Tex, keep your mouth shut and stay in the background, paste a shit eating grin on your face and let me and Chase deal with this. Do you think you can do that? Hmm?”
            “Take a Xanax.” Phoenix grumbled.
            I sent a seething glare in his direction.
            He mumbled a curse and walked off with Tex to wait by the tree while we continued the next few feet to the girls dorms.
            The car was a rental.
            The grandpa was ancient.
            The girl was…young.
            And she had shit as belongings. Her suitcase was covered with stickers, her grandpa handed her a small box, and I could have sworn I saw a tear escape her eye and roll down her smooth cheek.
            “Hell no.” I grumbled, “She’ll be destroyed here.”
            “Won’t last five minutes.” Chase agreed.
            “Tears.” I wiped my face with my hands, “Tell me I’m not seeing tears.”
            “Girls don’t cry here.”
            “They don’t.” I agreed.
            “She isn’t like them.”
            “We need Mo.”
            I laughed at that, “We need a miracle.” With a curse, I quickly dialed the number for orientation and made arrangements for the New Girl to be moved to the United States room. Mo was supposed to be on that same floor. I figured she needed all the help she could get. No way would little Wyoming survive the year with anyone else, not that I was happy about it. I mean in hindsight that was probably my first mistake.
            I’d officially invited her into my life—by way of my sister.
            “New girls here.” I said loud enough for Tracey to turn around and gape. So squeaky clean and innocent. Like a little lamb, right, Chase?” I tilted my head and offered her a smirk.
            The old man reached in his jacket. It was a move I knew well. Another clue. He wasn’t what he said he was. He wasn’t who he said he was. As if noticing my calculating glare, he removed his hand and offered a forced smile, “A welcoming committee? This place sure is nice.”
            I had to respect his control. The way he protectively stood in front of Tracey as if he was the only thing standing in the way of my devouring her.
            “Is there a problem?” He scratched his head, causing his shirt sleeve to fall, revealing a small tattoo. One I’d seen as a child but couldn’t place.
            “Do I know you?” I blurted.
            He laughed, “Know any farmers out in Wyoming?”
            It was his tone that convinced me, the way his shook his head slightly, waiting for my challenge. It was the same look my Uncle gave me when he wanted me to stop pushing.
            It was the look that my dad taught me when I was ten and witnessed my first torture.
            The girl was still staring at us. Easy target. I’d leave the old man alone, he reminded me too much of mine. And I didn’t need that reminder, not now.
            I lifted my arms and stretched lazily.
            The girls eyes went wide as she stared at my body.
            Chase hit me in the stomach.
            I sauntered forward and tilted her chin towards me, closing her mouth in the process. “Much better,” I licked my lips and fought the urge to kiss her. Yeah, I was losing my shit. “We’d hate for our charity case to choke on an insect on her first day.” Her lips trembled as she looked from me to her Grandpa. I released her before she could do anything, and walked past, with Chase in tow.
            I needed to talk to the girl at registration anyways. We disappeared behind the building, but I’d be back. I just needed the Grandpa to leave.
            Within seconds the rental car was driving away. And the girl as all mine. My heart thudded against my chest, and for a second, I regretted what I was about to do.
            But every possible outcome ended with either her death, or her in danger. And for some reason, I didn’t want someone like her at Eagle Elite. She didn’t belong in my world.
            She deserved a picket fence.
             A husband.
            A good college experience without classmates who’d rather see her commit suicide then survive the next four years.
            They would destroy her.
            And she would make it so damn easy to do so.
            The only way—was to beat them to it. To be the first, marking her as our target, our play-thing.
            Nobody messed with what was mine.
            And in the end, nobody would mess with her. They’d allow me to entertain them with her innocence. I’d dangle her in front of them like a carrot, and at the end of the day, she’d be untouchable.
            I sighed as she looked up at the building gaping like someone who’d been homeschooled and never seen a sky scraper before.
            She was too skinny.
            I made a mental note to get her one of my access cards—she didn’t need to know how much they cost—or that every single student at EE would kill to have one. Mo would take care of the rest.
            She’d eat with us.
            She’d want for nothing.
            It was the least I could do after what I was about to make her endure.
            Licking my lips I approached her again, this time, damning myself to hell with each step I took. “Are you lost?”
            “Nope.” She grinned, damn it made her prettier. “Apparently I live in the United States.” With a shrug she tried and failed to lift her heavy suitcase and nearly toppled over onto her cute ass.
            I muffled a laugh, knowing that Chase was doing the exact same thing. Being mean to her would be like kicking a puppy. But the world was ugly. I just hated that I would be her tutor in the ways of reality—her prince of darkness.
            Damn, I would have done anything to be the hero.
            “I’m Nixon.” I stood directly in front of her, shifting my eyes from her poorly fitting clothes to her ugly shoes.
            “Tracey, but everyone calls me Trace.” She held out her hand.
            I itched to touch it.
            To touch her skin.
            Instead, I scowled, shook her hand, then wiped that same hand on my jeans as if she was diseased.
            “What?” She took a step back.
            Chase moved past me, “He’s right. As cute as you are, Farm Girl, someone needs to tell you the rules.”
            Her gaze narrowed, “Can it be fast?”
            Yeah, again, I almost lost my mind. Chase was probably ready to shit his pants. The last person that talked back to him was Phoenix and that ended with a few broken bones and a trip to the dentist.
            “You hear that Chase?” I said amused, “She likes it fast.”
            “Pity,” Chase took a step closer, nearly touching her with his body, “I’d like to give it to her slow.” His eyes raked her in, as if she was the first girl he’d ever seen in his entire existence. Jealousy surged through me. What he hell? She wasn’t’ his. Not that she was mine, but still. He was standing too close, too close.
            “The rules.” He stepped back. My heart beat returned to normal, “No speaking to the Elect, unless you’ve been asked to speak to them.” He circled around her staring a little long at her ass before he continued.
            “Who are the--“
            “—Nope. You’ve already broken a rule. I’m speaking New Girl.” Chase smirked. “Geez, Nixon, this one’s going to be hard to break in.”
            “They always are.” I said without taking my eyes from her, “But I think I’ll enjoy this one.” The first true thing I’d said. I would enjoy it too much. I’d enjoy her too much, because she reminded me of someone I used to know. Someone who offered to save me, when I was already past saving, someone who wiped my tears, and cried as if they were her own.
            Chase continued with the rules. Making me sicker as her face continued to fall.
            Finally she asked, “Is that all?”
            “No.” Raw desire pulsed through me as I approached her, needing to touch her, needing to make sure she was real even though I knew I was acting like a complete and utter lunatic. Chase and I would have words later. He knew me better than I knew myself sometimes. I was going too far, pushing myself, pushing him.
            My hand caressed her face, then moved down her smooth neck to her shoulder. I wanted to claim her, to possess her, to make her scream—but not with fear, with utter ecstasy. I had no idea who she was, but she made me want. And that was the problem.
            For the first time in years. I wanted.
            I wasn’t allowed to want.
            I had to die to myself.
            Because in the grand scheme of things? It wasn’t about me. It was about blood, family, protection. Blood in, blood out.
            Her eyes dilated. Furious that she’d reacted so easily, upset with myself for making my own body suffer, I snapped.
            “You feel this? Memorize it now, because as of this moment, you can’t touch us. We are untouchable. If you as much as sneeze in our direction, if you as much breathe the same air in my atmosphere. I will make your life hell. This touch, what you feel against your skin, will be the only time you feel another human being as powerful as me near you. So like I said, feel it, remember it, and maybe one day, your brain will do you the supreme favor of forgetting what it felt like to have someone like me touching you. Then, and only then, will you be able to be happy with some mediocre boyfriend and pathetic life.” Away from me. Away from it all. Safe.
            A few more tears escaped down her cheek.
            And I knew in that moment. It was the beginning of the end.
            My end.
            My downfall.
            My demise.







Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish!

This week's topic is the top ten 2015 releases I'm looking forward to

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Angelfall 3 by Susan Ee

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Joyride by Anna Banks

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I know there are more books I'm looking forward to next year but for some reason I'm blanking on nearly all of them o.O So I only have 8 books today

What books are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers #2

I was tagged by the lovely Nori at ReadWriteLove28! Now since I was just tagged not that long ago by Dana, I'm just going to answer Nori's questions and skip the part where I tag people :)


1.) Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their blog in your post.
2.) Post the award’s logo on your blog.
3.) Answer the ten question asked by the nominator.
4.) Nominate ten bloggers for the award
5.) Ask your nominees ten questions.

Questions from Nori:

1. What is your favorite book that the title starts with the first letter of your name?
That would probably have to be Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep. I obsessed over that series for so long...I still haven't read the last book though come to think of it o.O *adds to list* 

2. What was the last ebook/eARC that you read?
If this is only counting ones I finished then I think that would be Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake last month...If I can count DNF books then it's We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist

3. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?
I actually prefer paperbacks because I'm not as afraid to open the book if it's new xD I guess I'm afraid the cover could get bent but I hate opening a new hardback because I think it's worse to crack the spine of a hardback than a paperback

4. What book is at the top of your I NEED NOW list of 2015 releases?
Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead...Oh my gosh I need that book now...I don't just want it, I NEED it more than anything.

5. Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what type of music?
I can't really listen to music while I read, it makes me read passages over and over again because I keep losing my place.

6. How long is your TBR list on Goodreads?
Ha. I don't think you want to know XD There's almost 1,000 books on it, I can tell you that much

7. What is your favorite book quote?
I know this is going to sound cliche or whatever, but my favorite quote is 
"Pain demands to be felt." 
I related to that quote a lot when I read The Fault in Our Stars. *shrugs* It's just really true.

8. Who is your book boyfriend?
Adrian Ivashkov *sighs dreamily* <333

9. If you could live in any fictional world, what world would you pick?
I think I would live in NeverNever from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I think it would be so pretty to live there even if the Fae are sneaky, vindictive people xD

10. What character (in any book) reminds you the most of yourself?
Cath from Fangirl. I share a lot of the fears she had in the beginning of the book and have slowly learned to overcome them like she has. She was one of the first characters where I was like "that is so me" and not just because she was a fangirl as well xD

It's that thankful time of year

I know not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving, but we all have something to be thankful for.To those who DO celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving. I hope y'all have a good one :) I almost forgot to write this post to tell you the truth xD but I want to tell all of you that I am so, so thankful that I've met you and that I can be apart of the blogger community. 

I have met so many people in my short time of blogging and I have to say that it has been the best 4 months. I wouldn't be here, writing this post, today if it weren't for Cassie and Belle from Fangirling Misses. We didn't meet by blogging, but they were the ones that showed me what it was like to blog and helped me out when I first started. I owe a lot to them. Then there's Bee over at Let Books Bee...she helped me a lot when I first started too. We actually made our blogs together! We Skyped as we were coming up with our names and we went through the beginning process together. I'm glad to have her as a friend. 

Then I'm grateful for the publishers and authors. I never thought that after only a short time of blogging I would have the chance to read any ARCs, e-Copies or otherwise, But thanks to Netgalley and Edelweiss, I've been given the chance to read some pretty good books! 

So thank you, thank you to everyone who has helped me and thank you to all of my followers and friends that I have made during this journey. I hope to have many months and years to continue talking with everyone. I love you guys. Have a happy Thanksgiving


Monday, November 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish

This week's topic is top ten books on your winter TBR

Usually I don't make a TBR list because I never stick to it but maybe if I do end up making one it'll help me choose which books to read next! Let's see how well this goes...xD

1. Envy by Gregg Olsen
I just started this one...it's okay so far :)

2. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
I received this one from Netgalley and need to start reading it soon!

3. Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank
I got this one for review from Edelwiess :D I love Greek mythology books!

4. The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons
I've heard great things about this book!

5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I need to read this...asap..

6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Heard it was weird but good so I want to give it a try

7. In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
*grabby hands* GIMMIE

8. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Yes...I need to finish this series even though I'm scared out of my mind..

9. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Last book *sniff* I don't want it to end D:

10. Ruins by Dan Wells
I love Samm and Kira and I can't wait to finish this series...they need to be together already!

What books are on your winter TBR?

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Average Rating on Goodreads:3.75 of 5 Stars
My Rating: DNF at 25%
Page Count: 336


A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.

Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places. 

**I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review**

I thought that this book would end up being a little more like Love and Other Unknown Variables, but it really wasn't...I was sorely disappointed in this book and I really wanted to like it. The writing wasn't as strong as it could have been, the characters had no deapth, I just could not connect to anything that was happening on an emotional level and considering Josh's past, you would think I could.

I had the intent of finishing this book because I really hate marking books DNF, I feel like I'm shirking my duties as a blogger, but then I realized that I have so many books I need to read right now and I don't have time to spend it on a book I know I will never like regardless of how much of it I read.

So, no, I didn't like this book, but that doesn't mean other people won't enjoy it.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Blogger Tag

Thank you Anna for tagging me! I feel like I've done a book blogger tag before but these questions are new so I figured I would do it ^.^

1. How many times do you check your email a day?
So much I can't even count xD If I leave it for a couple hours I'll come back and have like 25 emails *shakes head*

2. How many times are you on Goodreads?
A few times a day, although I'm on less now because it's lost the wow factor it had when I first joined over a year ago

3. How long does it take you to edit your posts?
I don't really edit so not that long

4. What kind of laptop do you use?
An Acer Aspire

5. How often do you check Twitter?
I'm on it 24/7 pretty much unless I don't have wifi, which doesn't happen very much

6. Why do you use the blogging website you do?
Because when I first started blogging, I had started on a blog with my friends and it was what they used so when I branched out and made my own blog I just made one using Blogspot because I already knew how to use it and thought it was fairly simple

7. Are you good at keeping up with reviews, tags, ect? 
Well considering I've written three tags and one review today and I still have one more to write I would have to say I do my best xD Usually I'm pretty good at keeping up with all of my tags and things but this week I didn't have my laptop and I hate writing posts on my iPod

8. How many times a week do you post?
That really just depends on how busy I am that week and if I get time to read. I usually post my memes on time and I only really do 3 of those so at the least I post 2-3 times a week

I tag:
Nori at Read Write Love
Belle and Cassie at Fangirling Misses
Sandee at A Whimsical Reader

Sisterhood of World Book Bloggers

I want to thank Dana from Dana Square for nominating me for this! You're the best!


1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site
2. Post the award's logo on your blog
3. Answer the 10 questions you've been asked
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 new questions

Questions from Dana:

1. What was the last book that you gave 5 stars to?
Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

2. What book got you into reading YA?
I actually don't remember o.O I would just read whatever books I thought sounded interesting. I didn't even know what YA was xD

3. What character from a series deserves their own spin-off book or series?
Celeste from The Selection by Kiera Cass. She was actually one of my favorite characters even though she was a bitch

4. What is your most recent favorite genre?
Contemporary...I've been reading a lot of it lately

5. Do you collect anything other than books?
Owls...anything that has an owl on it, I tend to accumulate. Especially statues

6. What is you favorite TV Show?
Currently? Once Upon A Time...but I also really really love How I Met Your Mother!

7. What is the next book in you TBR pile?
Um...well I'm supposed to be reading Want To Hang Out Sometime but I just started Envy so I haven't been keeping to my TBR list at all this month :P

8. Who is your most owned author?
Margaret Peterson Haddix. She was my favorite author in 6th grade and I bought so many of her books at one time because I missed the chance to meet her because my school was like "You can't stand in line unless you have a book" It was devistating...

9. When did you start blogging?
I started July 30th so not that long ago

10. Which book that you love do you think deserves more hype?
Love and Other Unknown Variables...I've seen people talking about it but not as much as other books that have recently been released.

My Questions:

1. What is your favorite song(s) (and yes I'm just looking for recs xD)
2. How many books on average do you read a month?
3. What is the one book you absolutely cannot live without?
4. Ninjas break into your house and plan on stealing your bookshelf, what character do you channel to beat them?
5. Have you ever read a book because you wanted to cry?
6. What Disney character do you think you are most like?
7. How long do you think you would be able to go without reading?
8. On a scale of 1-10 how crazy do you get if something doesn't go right on your blog?
9. If you were to meet your favorite author of all time, how would you react?
10. Coke or Pepsi?

I tag:
1. Anna at Unquenchable Reads
2. Paige at The Paige Turner
3. Helena at Book Nerd Addicts
4. Emma at Awkwordly Emma
5. Anna at Enchanted by YA
6. Lauren at Never Anyone Else
7. Carmel at Carmel and Kyla
8. Lupe at Lupee Reads
9. Divya at Girls Who Love to Read
10. Aimee at Deadly Darlings

Liebster Award!

I want to thank both Carina from My Addiction Books and Kitty and Fari from My Little Corner for Books!


1. Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions asked
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4. Ask them a set of 11 questions

Questions from Carina

1. In a perfect world, what mistake would authors avoid?
Insta love definitely...drives me crazy

2. What book character can you most relate to and why?
Cath from Fangirl because I always have the same fear she does, especially when it comes to school and new things. Also...she's a fangirl xD

3. If you could get any author's signature, who would it be and why?
Richelle Mead...because she created Adrian duh ;)

4. Do you like to write stories as well as read them?
Yes!! I have stories posted on Wattpad (links are in my bio page) and then I have little snippets of stories that I haven't written saved in various places

5. What is the first book ever that you remember reading and liking (picture books too!)
Picture book: Green Eggs and Ham xD
Regular book: Harry Potter :D

6. What are your favorite and least favorite genres?
Favorite: Dystopian 
Least Favorite: Non-fiction

7. Do you prefer a female or male POV?
I guess it just depends on who the author is. I have quite a few books that are my favorite books of all time and they are in Male POV...but I do tend to read more books in Female POV

8. What's your biggest book-related pet peeve?
Folding the corners to mark a page....last year I got a book with all the corners cut off as a gag gift -_- I still have the book but I can't read it because the corners bother me..

9. What's your favorite part of blogging?
Meeting new people! I've made so many friends blogging and I wouldn't change a thing about it 

10. What subject do you think more books should be written about?
I think there should be more books about what happens after characters get their "happily ever after" We always get them falling in love but we never get the hardships of the relationship after they've become content (I actually started writing this book...)

11. Besides reading, what's your favorite thing to do in free time?
Talk and hang out with friends and write ^.^

Questions from Kitty and Fari

1. Your favourite book cover(s)?
I'm really in love with the Snow Like Ashes cover! It's so drool worthy xD

2. 'Evil' characters you can't help but like? 
Draco Malfoy. He's supposed to be one of the bad guys because his father works for Voldemort but I actually like him...

3. What is your bookmark? (EX. an actual bookmark, pieces of paper, dog ears) If it's an actual bookmark, what does your current bookmark look like? 
My bookmark is an actual bookmark :) It's a purple ribbon that has the quote "You're worth fighting for - West, Take Me On" and I received it from Katy McGarry :D

4.  What is one series/trilogy you really, REALLY want to get to by the end of next year?
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgans...I've been meaning to read it for the longest time now and I just haven't gotten around to it

5. A book everybody loves but you don't?  
I really cam't think of a book o.O maybe These Broken Stars? I really didn't like that book at all and most people I talk to say they loved it and that it's one of their favorite books

6. Favorite book couple
Sydney and Adrian of course! Even though I wish Adrian was mine and mine only, Sydney is really good for him and they balance each other out fantastically

7. Recommend us a book that isn't really well-known
The Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis! It's not veeeery well written but the humor makes up for it. It's my comfort read :)

8. What book have you refused to read despite the hype around it?
I'm going to say Cinder because every time I'm given the chance to read it and actually have time I just...don't. I can't say why, but I've done my best to steer clear of reading it

9. Favorite booktubers?
Kelly from Kelly's Book Spills! Shes's my absolute favorite because she's just so sassy. She reminds me of my best friend xD
I don't really watch anyone else :P

10. How many books do you own? (Physical or e-books?)
Um...the last time I counted I owned 301 books...that was 4 months ago...and I really don't want to count them all over again xD So lets just say its around 325-350

11. Do you prefer longer books or short, quick reads?
It just depends on the book. If it's a good book I'd rather it be longer so that it won't end as quickly, but if it's a bad book I want it to be a short quick read

Bee from Let Books Bee
Suzanne from Librarian Lavender
Ivey from The Hopeless Reader
Beth and Selia from Don't Dis Disney

My Questions:
1. What is your favorite song(s) (and yes I'm just looking for recs xD)
2. How many books on average do you read a month?
3. What is the one book you absolutely cannot live without?
4. Ninjas break into your house and plan on stealing your bookshelf, what character do you channel to beat them?
5. Have you ever read a book because you wanted to cry?
6. What Disney character do you think you are most like?
7. How long do you think you would be able to go without reading?
8. On a scale of 1-10 how crazy do you get if something doesn't go right on your blog?
9. If you were to meet your favorite author of all time, how would you react?
10. Coke or Pepsi?
11. Tell me 3 facts about you that I wouldn't know just by looking at you

Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Lailah by Nikki Kelly
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.9 of 5 stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Page Count: 352


The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is

So...Laiah...gosh not writing a review for a book in so long puts a damper on things...I know what I want to say but then at the same time I don't..

I guess I'll start with what my expectations had been. You guys will not believe how excited I was to get this book from the library. I had been waiting forever to read this because every time I went online my library card wouldn't work and I didn't have enough money to buy it. I had also talked to Nikki on twitter and found that she was an amazing person! I just had to have her book and when I finally got it I figured that I would devour it within a day...however that was not the case. It actually took me three weeks to finish it. The main reason for that was because I was just busy but I also felt no motivation to read...like at all /:

The book itself was actually pretty good! It wasn't magnificent like I had been thinking it would be but I would still read the sequel because the ending was fantastic! All the back and forth between Jonah and Gabriel got on my nerves a little because I felt that the book should have focused more on who the hell Lailah really was and not who she loved. I wouldn't have minded a little romance because a book is not complete without at least something romantic happening...but it was kinda insta loveish and I didn't like that.

Also the word choices were a little off o.O Like...certain words Nikki used for certain actions just didn't seem like the best words she could have used...and a lot of the time it felt like she was personifying everyone as animals...

Other than those things though, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The concept was unique and she is a really talented writer. The chracters were pretty relatable which is hard to do and I could easily feel the emotions of everyone within myself :D I do recommend this to others, especially those who are looking for something new :D