Thursday, June 22, 2017

Love, By Lacey Weatherford

 Living happily ever after has always been part of the plan for Cami and Dylan, but when strange things begin happening around the Wilcock household, Cami simply believes she’s becoming forgetful.

However, when the incidents begin to escalate, both are left feeling vulnerable. Unable to figure out what’s going on, Dylan delves deeper into the mysterious happenings. But when the truth comes out, he finds himself faced with the biggest decision of his life—how far will he go to protect the one he loves?







https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18811265-love?ac=1&from_search=true




Okay Lacey Weatherford, why? Why did you do it again?! How do you know just how to make me fall apart? You make me fall madly in love with your words, and I love it!


This was by far my favourite book of the three. I laughed, I cried (pretty hard actually, I'm kind of ashamed) and just plain loved this book. So much drama and surprisingly is doesn't get boring. Even though this was book three I still enjoyed every moment. It was still exciting and amazing, I never knew what was coming next.


Lacey Weatherford is my favourite writer right now, to have me loving the third book to a series more then the first and second is shocking to me. She nailed throwing people off with her story line. I never expected the person to be behind all this drama and heartache to be the person it turned out to be.





Lacey Weatherford has Captured my heart with these three books, this is a must read 5 star series! I'm not sure how I feel about reading the fourth book (Smolder) which is based off of Russ' life. I usually stay away from books that stray from the original characters as they're not as good. But with Lacey being such a good writer I may have to give it a try, and any other books from her I can get my hands on!




Thank you Lacey Weatherford, Thank you!




Monday, June 19, 2017

Accused Immoral Justice, by K.L. Scott

Have you ever met a five year old runaway? Meet Ryan - a southern boy who never had a fair shot at life. By the time he was eight, he had runaway and caught 54 times - needless to say, he didn't care much for orphanages.
Being labeled a delinquent troublemaker, Ryan quickly became the fall guy for any crime the local police department couldn't solve. Ryan's life changed forever the night the police stormed his makeshift home on vagrant row and arrested him for murder. Although he was a minor, he was bound over as an adult. Worse, he had no alibi, was not granted bail, and was assigned an attorney who had never won a case. The verdict? Life.

Incarcerated in a Southern prison camp he was rapidly stripped of all of his dignity. As the years passed, he became spiritless, unsure of what disgrace tomorrow would bring. 

The Accused Trilogy tells Ryan's story.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35389612-accused-immoral-justice?from_search=true


So, I was going through my bookshelf and came across this gem.  Not sure where it came from.  I thought Lily had shared it with me since we often will pass books off to one another.  So as stumped as I was, I read the synopsis and knew it had to be the next book that I read. 

It captured me from the very first page through emotion. The emotions felt while reading this book were raw.  My heart actually broke for Ryan.  If you enjoy a good emotional rollercoaster, this book is a must read!  

You all know how I feel about character development.  This book certainly did not disappoint.  I love that his story was told by him, in first person.  We learn a lot about Ryan's life throughout the entire book.  It starts off by him giving us a little insight to what his life was like when he was younger, which is key when trying to form a bond with a character in a book.  Then we get into what he is presently going through...feeling his pain, his fear, his sorrow.  Scott did an incredible job weaving Ryan's story.  We meet a couple other characters throughout the story which we end up connecting to the rest of the story in the end.  

My absolute favourite thing about this book is the feel good relationship between Ryan and Jonathan.  In a story with as much anguish as this one has, it was really quite heartwarming to see Ryan discovering real love for the first time.  It actually made me not want to put the book down.

I could go on and on about this book, however I really don't like to give spoilers.  Are you wondering what I rated Accused?  I am giving it a big 4.5 stars!


 I loved this book and I really think you would too.  Unfortunately, it seems to be really hard to come across.  I have searched and was only able to find it to purchase on Amazon (find the link above).  I am super excited that this is only part one of a trilogy!!  I will be searching out the second and third books. I have discovered a new favourite author, and I hope you do too!   


 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Smitten, By Lacey Weatherford

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Life is good. Cami is away at her dream college with her dream man by her side. She thinks if she can just get through with meeting Hunter’s family that everything will be perfect. Little does she know that life’s about to turn upside down again when Hunter is called to infiltrate a gang whose specialty is chopping and racing cars. His contact happens to be a beautiful curvy girl who is the gang leader’s sister and he has to pose as her boyfriend. Communication with Cami is basically forbidden to help keep his cover.


Hunter, however, can’t stand being away from the girl he really loves, and he sneaks away one night to meet her across town. He doesn’t know the gang leader, Ripper, has suspicions about him already and he’s following him to see where he goes. He surprises Hunter and Cami, and Hunter quickly introduces her as his foster sister who is having some car trouble. He thinks all is well until he discovers he has one serious problem. Ripper likes Cami and decides to pursue her, drawing her into the same dangerous world he’s supposed to bring down.

Can he keep his cover without having Cami get caught in the crossfire? Will the two of them survive having to watch each other fake it in the arms of another? Or will their hot stolen kisses destroy everything?








https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17252101-smitten?ac=1&from_search=true



After reading the first book and knowing it ended with a solid ending, no strings attached kind of way, I sort of wondered why there was a second or even third book to the series. Well I very quickly found out its because Lacey Weatherford is a bad ass writer and she can, that's why!

Again I fell in love with this story. Not any more then the first book, but not less either. I just have pure love for both stories. I loved that the beginning was Cami was being introduced to Hunter/Dylan's family, with an embarrassing but fun introduction. Then it turns dramatic and exciting all over again. I found myself screaming, telling characters what they should do at certain part of this book. I also liked that you got to see more of Russ' character in this book, it was nice to get to know him more.

I loved how Lacey Weatherford made Cami such a strong, independent, and smart female lead. You don't see that very often in books. The way Cami went along with such a scary situation, so she could help Hunter/Dylan stay safe and keep his cover made for a amazing read. Then after all the drama comes and goes and you think your coming to a calm ending to finish off this amazing book, Lacey Weatherford shocks you once more with a strong, dramatic, crazy twist ending.








This is another 5 star review from me! If you were ever unsure about reading the second book of this series, which I don't know why you would be, you really shouldn't stop yourself! Let yourself enjoy another amazing book by Lacey Weatherford... and let me know what your thoughts are on both books!









Thursday, June 1, 2017

Crush, By Lacey Weatherford

Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.


Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.


As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.






https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045855-crush?ac=1&from_search=true



This book is amazing! I haven't  felt so much emotion from the characters in a book in a long time. I found this book on Kobo`s free list, and I'm so glad I did! I very quickly fell in love with it. In fact I was so into this book that as soon as I finished I went searching for the other books of the series and bought them right away. Look out for those review soon!


This book starts off kind of slow but then starts to show all the drama, love, jealousy, and excitement. Lacey Weatherford never disappointed me, she really knows how to capture her readers and make them feel every emotion the characters go through, and the added bonus of making you fall in love with the characters Dylan and Cami.




This book had a great story line, I have a tendency to be able to predict what's going to happen in books and movies and I can honestly say you wont see the ending coming! It flowed very well and you defiantly wont be disappointed if you decide to pick this book up. A solid 5 stars from me!





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review - Elite by Rachel Van Dyken




For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late.


 



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25369192-shtum



 
This novel, to put it nicely, was a complete confusing mess, starting out with promise and then derailed so quickly, my head was spinning.
 
I am not really sure where I will begin.... I will try not to spoil anything but I just have to rant.
 
Tracey Rooks just won some big lottery and got into this 'elite' school. Dropped off by gramps, she is greeted very poorly by the 'popular kids'. In fact, she is treated like complete sh*t, and brought to tears by the horrible reception. 
 
Fast forward 1.5 weeks, and the same guy that did this to her not only is looking at her with adoring eyes and would take a bullet for her, but she is utterly and completely head over heels.
 
Bullsh*t
 
Gawd, it was too damn much. I love romance like most gals, and I will even put up my hand and actually ADMIT that I enjoyed the Twilight series, but this was at nauseum!  I needed a bucket for the pukefest that ensued reading this ridiculous lovey dovey dialogue... and not quite understanding how we went from this girl being shredded apart, to her being wooed this way. I know that I, for one, would have lifted my middle finger to this guy over and over and over again. Stockholm syndrome anyone??

The whole entire mystery surrounding her identity was just ridiculous. And frankly there was so much lead up that I thought she was the princess of Monaco or something.. uhmmm I guess in some circles maybe she would be close to the equivalent... but it was just kind of silly, honestly... And then to find out that both Tracey and Nixon were THE BEST of friends as children, just blew my mind. I have friends that I left behind in my home country when I came to Canada as a child, and I can assure you I still remember their names and what they looked like. To be that close to someone and completely not remember them (especially a guy named Nixon, how many of those are around??) a few years later is crazy to me. It was almost like this girl had blocked a part of her life completely out, but with no confirmation of amnesia or why she wouldn't remember not only this guy, but the house she grew up in, and even her last name?

Again, Bullsh*t

The ending of this novel did not make it more satisfying. In fact it just pissed me off more. It was just utterly convenient that a family war would have started off in that fashion. Furthermore, to give this girl the option of making a decision as to whether someone lives or dies felt so farfetched, even in that lifestyle. She had just 'found out' whose granddaughter she was and she's being called on to make those kinds of decisions already?
 
And just to digress a little. What was so 'elite' about this school? I seriously have no freaking clue.

I was happy to end this book. I wanted to end it sooner but kept hoping that it would turn around somehow, somewhere... Nope! 

That being said, there are many positive reviews out on this book and its series. I clearly do not share those opinions.
 





I seldom give out 1 stars, but this one was totally and completely not for me. However, there is enough positive feedback that I am clearly in the minority, so if you feel that it's for you, and you are curious about it, give it a go. Just don't say that I didn't warn you!

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Cover of the Month



It's baaaaack!  I am really interested to see if any of us pick the same covers this month!  Make sure you weigh in on which cover appeals to you the most in the comment section!




Okay so what I did not bank on when deciding that Book Cover of the Month feature would be a go for 2017 is how many books I would be adding to the 'to read' list as a result... arrrghhhh... I guess there are worse problems to have, right?

Again it was a hard one this month, but I finally settled on the cover of 'Into the Water' by Paula Hawkins. Not only is this an anticipated novel from the author that brought us 'The Girl on the Train', but it is a beautiful eye-catching cover.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33151805-into-the-water?from_search=true

Both beautiful and ominous, this cover wins hands down for me. Gorgeous color scheme, great font, and the hint of that faded face in the background. It certainly does reflect the mystery that this novel promises to be, and I am sure the author will again deliver.

Excited to get into this one soon!



I tossed between two covers for a long time.  One of them, funny enough was the one that Lily picked.  It grabbed me, but I kept going back to this one...



This cover completely drew me in.  The colours, the way the face blends into the sky and the water.  I found it stunning and really made me want to pick it up.  On a side note, the title is great!  Haha!  It is always the husband! ;)  Of course once I picked the book I had to take a look at the synopsis and a few of the reviews and it has made its way onto my "to read" list!





Another hard choice for me this month. Like Erin I was having a hard time choosing between two books. Funny enough, Erin's second choice was Lily's book and my second choice was Erin's book! But in the end I settled for 'Saints for All Occasions' by J. Courtney Sullivan.




Now this is not a book I would read, good thing this is about looks and nothing else. This book drew me in with the amazing detail of the houses and skyline. The colour of the sky also grabbed my attention, it really does make this book pop. Unfortunately I wont be adding this one to my reading list, it just doesn't sound like my kind of book. However, this truly is a beautiful book cover.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Legally Yours, by Nicole French

Skylar Ellen Crosby is a typical redhead: blunt, passionate, with a bit of a temper. Okay, so maybe she's a little neurotic too. At the end of her third year at Harvard Law, all Skylar wants is to figure out her next steps: ones that will hopefully include a job, an apartment, and enough money to help her father stop getting into trouble. She simply has no room for romance, especially the kind that might break your heart. But on a dark, snowy night, when she's stranded in the living room of the notorious CEO of Sterling Ventures and one of the best attorneys in Boston, her carefully constructed boundaries are about to be knocked down.

Brandon Sterling never believed in fate. A man of his own making, he firmly credits his successes to hard work. How else could you explain his rise from the poorest of backgrounds in South Boston to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Boston? Living in luxury in his big house on Beacon Street, it never mattered to him that increasing success meant increased isolation. After all, when you have everything, everyone else always wants something. But when he comes home to find a gorgeous redhead sitting on his windowsill, the idea of love at first sight suddenly seems like the most plausible thing in the world...if only the one person he wants to give his heart to would actually take it.

Together, Skylar and Brandon have the kind of passion few hope to find, but things keep getting in their way. Between school, business, her father's gambling troubles and Brandon's history of personal struggle, will their complicated lives prevent them from making it work together? Or, as they both suspect somewhere deep down, have they finally met their match in each other's stubborn hearts?



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34136432-legally-yours




One word.  SEXY!  This book is so damn sexy!  I knew when I read the synopsis that it would be a steamy book, but I didn't realize until I started to read the book just how unbelievably sexy it was.  We're talking heart thumping, pulse racing, I'm going to bed early kind of sexy!  This was just one of the reasons why I really enjoyed reading this book.


French nailed the character development, the emotional connection felt with the two main characters was intense.  You got to know Skylar and Brandon bit by bit throughout the entire book.  I found that slowly unraveling the characters drew me in and completely captivated me.  I had a really hard time putting it down when I started to read.

My favourite character is Skylar, without a doubt!  I love that French made her such a strong, independent woman.  She doesn't take shit from anyone!  I loved that she made it very clear to Brandon from the beginning that she works hard for everything she has and doesn't need a man to take care of her.

I loved the humour in this book as well.  There were lines that literally had me laughing out loud. 

I gave this book...


I can't wait to read the next book in this series!!!

We will be doing a Author Spotlight on Nicole French in the upcoming weeks!!  Make sure you follow, because there will also be a giveaway for you!



Friday, May 26, 2017

Let's Chat - Bookish Gifts Part II




It goes without saying that the best gift you can give a book lover simply is... a book!! But I sure know, as a book lover myself, that even though there is no such thing as too many books, the thoughtful gesture of someone finding me something different and special that is book related, does give my heart a twitch of happiness.

Last year, I had a great time preparing a similar post about booking gifts - Let's Chat - Bookish Gifts. - but there are so many great ideas out there that I definitely found many other favorite items to showcase here. If you are looking for a gift for a fellow book lover, or a little something to gift yourself, here are some of my favorite ideas for creating the perfect reading corner for yourself or that special someone.

If you want to check the items more closely, click on the captions and you will be taken to their respective pages.

The Literary Collection Loose Leaf Tea - Etsy

This gift is so fitting for all the Bookluvrs Haven ladies, and it should be a hit with any tea loving book lover in your life. So cozy for the fall time especially, where that warm steaming mug of tea and a warm soft blanket just takes you to the next level in your reading time.  And for those warm days? Make it ice tea! The packaging on these tea bags is what makes this gift so special and different. 

Book lover mug - Etsy

And where to steep that tea you ask? There are no shortage of bookish mugs out there. I have found quite a few different ones at our local book chain stores. But I love this one, because I am that kind of cheeky person, and I have stated this a few times to my dear husband, who chooses all the wrong times to want to talk.



Turquoise throw pillows - Etsy

If you have a special spot where you like to sit and read, this beautiful turquoise pillow certainly is an eye catcher. This would be a gorgeous addition to your special space, a great resting place for that tired elbow from holding up that tablet, kindle or real book!

Vintage Writer’s Feather Quill Fleece Blanket - zazzle.ca

If you want to take your book reading nerd-dom to a whole new level, go all the way with a book related fleece blanket! This one from zazzle.ca is more my style, with its subtle design and neutral colors. But there are tons of these blankets out there!! Who knew?!

 

If You Can Read this Please Bring me a Book- Funny socks - Etsy

Easily my favorite of the bunch!! Need to put these on a wish list or something. I would LOOOOOOVE to get a pair of these. 


New York Photography - Etsy

There are some really beautiful prints and photographs of book related places, such as this gorgeous print of a New York corner book store. Put it in a nice frame, and you have another fitting addition to your little reading niche at home.

Off To The Library! Tote Bag - Etsy

Last but not least, something to help you carry those books home from the library.  Now that is a cute tote bag to put in all of your library books in! My only problem would be if it is large enough to accommodate the number of books I usually check out. LOL

 

There are no shortage of interesting items out there, and only when setting up these posts did I actually realize how much. My wish lists are certainly growing with some of these thoughtful gifts that reflect the love of books.

I hope that I have helped inspire you for your own reading space, or give you some ideas for great gifts for your other book loving friends.

Happy Reading! (And shopping)


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Until you, by penelope douglas


Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.


Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her...they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.


Now, when I push, she pushes back.
  








https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20803962-until-you?ac=1&from_search=true




So I think you already know how much I loved the first book of this series, Bully(If you haven't already seen that review, go check it out!), This book I liked just a little bit less. This book is the same story line, just told from Jared's (the main male character) perspective.


I Honestly was hesitant to read this book, it seems a little redundant to read the same cook twice, however Penelope Douglas knocked this out of the park! She did such a amazing job at making sure this was a different book. Although parts were the same, she really took you into the mind of Jared. You dive into getting to know everything about him. Why he bullied Tatum, what he was doing the times he would drive off for days at a time, and what was going through his mind.







I was pleasantly surprised how fresh and exciting this book was! I cant wait to read the other books in this series. I give this book three stars... Well done Penelope Douglas, well done!











  








Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review - The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl 2), by Laura Thalassa



When eighteen-year-old teleporter Ember Pierce wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, she remembers only the basics: she’s been trained by the government as a spy, she’s sent on dangerous missions, and her last assignment—the one that landed her in the hospital—was a setup.

Caden Hawthorne has spent the past ten months of his life grieving Ember’s death. So when she shows up in his room like an apparition, he can’t believe his eyes. But this Ember is different. Her hair is longer, her skin is paler, her gaze is haunted. She tells him what he’s already begun to suspect: someone he trusted betrayed her.

Now, uncertain who is friend and who is foe, Ember and Caden face the toughest mission of their lives—to stay together and survive, as they run from danger toward an unknown future.


 



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25369192-shtum



 


Last year I had the priviledge of reading the first of this series and reviewed The Vanishing Girl here.  I enjoyed the concept of this novel, but it was a little overshadowed by the budding relationship, sex and slight airheadedness of the main female protagonist. The plot though, was intriguing enough that I grabbed the second in the series.  Glad to say that I actually enjoyed the second book more than the first!

So in keeping this review spoiler free, I will write in generalities about what I really enjoyed about this novel, and hope that is sufficient to get your interest. The book blurb itself is quite a bit of a spoiler... so here goes!

Continuing in great cinematic fashion (BONUS), this book takes off from the major cliffhanger that we were left with from the first book. HATE major cliffhangers, but I had access to the next book immediately, so I didn't have to wait very long to continue the story.

Ember is much more likeable to me this time around. I didn't find her to be so damn clueless as before, which had annoyed me to no end.  Caden tells part of the story from his own POV which is interesting, and I found myself feeling more enamored with the guy than I thought I would be. And of course... I am a sucker for romance!!! And these two have insane chemistry.

I found that this one was action packed from beginning to end, and I tore through it as I usually do with books I can't put down. It does end with another cliffhanger though..... SIGH. So underhanded, I tell ya! I have no choice but to join the ranks of other eager readers impatiently waiting for the next installment. 

An easy 4 stars, cliffhanger and all.


Happy Reading!


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