Most Anticipated Releases: July-December

These are the books that I am the most excited for that are releasing between July and December.

July

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix. July 13

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell. July 20

Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena. July 27

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin. July 27

August

The Woods Are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins. August 3

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. August 31

September

Spark by Helen Hardt. September 28

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks. September 28

Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber. September 28

October

All The Feels by Olivia Dade. October 26

November

Gilded by Marissa Meyer. November 2

A Psalm Of Storms And Silence by Roseanne A. Brown. November 2

December

If This Gets Out by Cale Dietrich and Sophie Gonzales.. December 7

The Righteous by Renée Ahdieh. December 7

Flame by Helen Hardt. December 28

Those are the books that I’m most looking forward to. Some of them I don’t even know what they’re about but they are by some of my favorite authors so I’m getting them no matter what.

Keep reading…Lola

Reading Wrap Up: May & June

These are all the books that I read in May and June.

May

This is a short novella that follows a young woman as she falls in love with her ex step uncle. I wish this had been a little longer but it was a quick and fun read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the Prime Time series and follows Xander and Sean as the navigate a new and surprising relationship. I loved these two so much. I think they are my third favorite couple from Ella Frank’s Chicagoverse. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The PresLocke series follows Ace and Dylan falling in love while in the public eye. These boys are my second favorite couple. I loved them so much. I also loved getting to see Logan and Tate again. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. This is the fourth volume and follows Nick and Charlie as Charlie returns home from rehab for his eating disorder. I love them so much and can’t wait for the final volume. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chasing Her Fire by Claire Kingsley. This is the fifth book in the Bailey Brothers series and follows Logan and Cara. This enemies to lovers story was hot and everything you want out of an adult romance. There were also a couple of surprises that I wasn’t expecting as well. I can’t wait for Levi’s story this summer. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Desolations Of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs. This is the final book in the Miss Peregrine’s series. This picks up right where the last one ended and we follow Jacob and Noor back to Devil’s Acre and see what the new threat really is. I loved the ending for the series. I think I am in the minority, but I love Jacob and Noor together. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also read the Graphic Novel version of Try and holy crap this was hot. More adult romance books should be graphic novels. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

June

The Sunset Cove duet follows Finley and Brantley and Derek and Jordan as they navigate their complicated relationships. I loved these two couples so much. I loved the friendship between Finn and Derek. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Intentions Duet follows Marcus and Gabe. I am so glad that we got a story for Marcus. I have wanted that since meeting him in the Prime Time series. This did not disappoint and I loved it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Yes I read a Christmas story in June. This follows seven couples from the books of Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine around Christmas time. I loved seeing Logan and Tate because of course I love them. Ace and Dylan were perfect as usual. I loved Robbie, Julien, and Priest. Robbie and Priest ice skating was so cute and hilarious. I laughed so hard. The couples from Brooke’s books I don’t know but reading these stories made me want to get to know them. So I guess my TBR has grown again. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Freed is the 18th book in the Steel Brothers series and the final book of Dale and Ashley’s story. There were some surprises and laughs and cries. This one was hard to read at one point when Dale relives the worst day during his captivity when he was a kid. I can’t wait to see who this series will focus on next because we are getting at least three more books! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blame It On The Tequila is the second book in the Blame It On The Alcohol series and follows Nova and Parker. I love these two so much and enjoyed getting to know Nova after meeting her in the first one. I can’t wait for the last book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Becoming Mrs. Lockwood. This one follows 18 year old Wren after she marries 31 year old Weston after knowing him for a day. When she finds out who he is, she needs to try to fit in with his world and has to figure out how to live this new life that is the exact opposite of her old one. I really liked this one but really wanted to punch Weston in the face numerous times. The part with Wren in the pool and Weston on the treadmill was so funny I laughed out loud. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Freed is Fifty Shades Freed from Christian’s point of view. I like his point if view books better than Ana’s. I like seeing what was going through his head and what he thought about everything that happened. I liked the ending, but wish it would have ended the same way as Ana’s book where we look forward two years. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Things She’s Seen is a YA thriller. It follows a girl who is trying to help her father solve the mystery of a children’s school that caught on fire. Her dad is the only one who can see her though because she died in an accident a few months prior. This one took me by surprise because it was actually really sad at the end and made me cry. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Those are the books I read in the last couple of months. I haven’t had the greatest couple months but I’ve read quite a few that I have loved so much.

What have you been reading?

Keep reading…Lola

April SpearCraft Book Box: Revenge Is Golden

This is the Unboxing for the April SpearCraft Book Box.

The theme this month was Revenge  Is Golden. The spoiler card artist was @readthewriteart.

Exclusive socks inspired by An Ember In The Ashes designed by @raraavisnyc.

Pink Lemonade.

Glinda the Good Witch body scrub by @themadalchemistshop. Coconut scent.

Close up of the socks.

Sabrina inspired bookmark from @netflix.

Promotional bookmark for Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang.

Other side of the bookmarks.

Collectible bookworm problems magnet by CollartStudio.

Exclusive enamel pin inspired by Furyborn by @readthewriteart.

Close up of the magnet.

Close up of the pin.

Shadow And Bone inspired cards from @netflix.

The other side of the cards.

The book this month was Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart. We also got a signed bookplate and letter from the author.

The letter from the author.

That’s what we got in the April SpearCraft Book Box. We also got a little booklet with short stories in it I think, but I forgot to take a picture of that close up.

Keep reading…Lola

PRIDE Month Recommendations

These are some of my favorite LGBTQ+ books and since June is PRIDE month, I thought I would share them with you.

Welcome To My World by Johnny Weir and Out Of Sync by Lance Bass are autobiographies that follow the lives of a figure skater and a former ‘NSYNC member and are a couple of my favorites.

Try, Aced, Inside Affair, and Robbie by Ella Frank are all different male/male romance series and although they can be read on their own, some of the characters pop up in other books as well.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki are all graphic novels that follow gay characters.

Lovers by Fiona Cole is a male/male/female romance.

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley are all books that follow gay characters.

Those are some of my favorites, but of course there are so many more.

If I had to pick one for you to read it would be Try, which is the first book in the Temptation series by Ella Frank. It follows Logan, who is bisexual and Tate, who is straight and divorcing a woman, and you will fall in love with them so hard I promise.

Keep reading…Lola

March SpearCraft Book Box: Frozen

This is the unboxing for the March SpearCraft Book Box.

The theme for this month was Frozen.

Disney licensed Frozen socks.

Olaf sticker by @spearcraftbookbox.

Art print inspired by Shadow And Bone by @myvalenstyles.

Double sided bookmark inspired by Snow Like Ashes by @heyatlastcreative.

Bookmark inspired by The Winter Duke.

Ghirardelli hot cocoa mix.

Wax melts by fivesessentialoil.

Book lovers magnet.

Close up of the magnet.

Lovite Ore necklace. This is exclusively from the book pick this month.

The book this month is The Bright & The Pale by @jessrubinkowski.

We also got a signed bookplate and letter from the author.

Letter from the author.

That’s what was in the March box. I think this is my favorite one so far this year. I can’t wait to see what else these boxes bring.

Keep reading…Lola

February SpearCraft Book Box: Home Is Where The Heart Is

Here is another really late unboxing. This one is for the February SpearCraft Book Box.

The theme for this month was Home Is Where The Heart Is. Spoiler card was designed by @readthewriteart.

Alice In Wonderland inspired face mask by @lolagraphicimages.

Union Jack spy candle by the Mad Alchemist Candle Co.

London tour bus keychain from @spearcraftbookbox.

Harry Potter inspired art print by @myvalenstyles.

Oregon Chai Vanilla Chai Latte drink.

Promotional bookmark for The Awakening.

Eco friendly cotton tote.

The book this month was As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper.

We also got a signed bookplate and letter from the author.

Close up of the author letter.

Also, I just had to share the cute box it came in this month. Feyre and Rhysand. So cute!

That’s what came in the February box. You should really check SpearCraft Book Box put if you haven’t already because it’s such a fun Box and you can use everything even if you aren’t part of the Fandom. You can also get a book only box or and items only box.

Keep reading…Lola

January SpearCraft Book Box: Journeys And Destinations

This is my VERY late unboxing of the January SpearCraft Book Box.

The theme this month was Journeys And Destinations.

Berry Merlot loose leaf tea from Dollar Tea Club.

Enamel pin inspired by The Lord Of The Rings by @readthewriteart.

Paper Towns inspired bookmark by @spearcraftbookbox.

Vintage destinations quote necklace.

Close up of the necklace.

Close up of the pin.

Travel tote bag by @catarinabookdesigns.

Pillow case inspired by Up by Handmek.

The book this month was One Of The Good Ones by @maikamoulite and @maritzamoulite.

We also got a signed book plate and letter from the authors.

Close up of the letter.

That’s what came in the January box. There might be some left in their shop so take a look. There are a lot of other things to buy from their shop as well.

Keep reading…Lola

Reading Wrap Up: February, March, & April

After taking an unexpected month off and not being very good at blogging this year at all, I’m back and hopefully going to stay on schedule.

These are the books that I read in February, March, and April.

February

A Court Of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. This is the first book in the spin off? A Court Of Thorns And Roses series. This one follows Cassian and Nesta. I will have a full review of this up on my blog soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Vow So Bold And Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer. This is the third and final book in the Cursebreakers series and I will also have a full review of this up soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tales From The Hinterland by Melissa Albert. This is an anthology of dark fairy tales from The Hazel Wood series. I wanted this book from the moment I read the first one and I’m so glad that this was published. I might do a review but if I don’t, just know that I loved it and you should read it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson. This book takes place several months after If You Come Softly and follows the characters from the first book as they live this new life and deal with everything that happened in the last book. I loved this story so much. It made me cry and was so beautifully written. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Ugly One and Stalking Aaron by Angela Lynn Carver. These two books I found on a Facebook ad and paid by chapter on the Storyaholic app. The price was ridiculous but I got swept in. The Ugly One follows Jane, who is bullied by Jake whose brother Aaron wants to date her. It’s high school drama and it’s corny but it was good. Stalking Aaron is the sequel and follows Aaron as he is stalked by a former neighbor. Both of these I gave ⭐⭐⭐⭐.

Marrying Mr. Wrong by Claire Kingsley. This is book three in the Dirty Martini Running Club series. I haven’t read the first two books yet but I am going to. This follows Sophie who finds herself married to her childhood nemesis after a drunken night in Vegas. This was funny and sexy and such an enjoyable read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Inked by Tracy Lorraine. This is s spin off book from the Rebel Ink series and follows Corey, who we meet in Hate You as he lives his life in LA after moving there from the UK. We get to see Corey fall in love and open up in ways he never has before, but of course it’s not all sweetness and roses and he goes through some things throughout the story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

March

The Temptation series by Ella Frank. OMG, I can’t say enough good things about this series. Logan is a lawyer who like both men and women and Tate is a bartender who is finalizing a divorce from his wife. They meet at the bar one night and Logan wants him immediately, but Tate is straight and wants nothing to do with him until Logan asks him to Try and then Sparks Fly, clothes come off and damn it’s hot. I read this series in seven days and then turned around the next day and reread the entire series. I am planning to do a review with and without spoilers because I loved this series so much. Every book was ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

Cherished by Helen Hardt. This is book 17 in the Steel Brothers series and the second book that follows Dale and Ashley. I can’t wait for the next one in June and just found out that there are going to be at least three more books so I’m excited. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blame It On The Champagne by Fiona Cole. This is the first book in the Blame It On The Alcohol series.  This one follows Vera, who after college is arranged to marry a man of her father’s choosing and won’t be allowed to work for his shipping company like she wants. After using a fake last name and getting hired at another shipping place, her boss decides they should get married. She can work and he gets to have revenge years in the making, but she doesn’t know that. This was a cute enemies to lovers office romance and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

April

The Confessions series by Ella Frank. This is a spin off series that follows Robbie, who we briefly meet in the Temptations series. The first four books are all about Robbie’s journey to happiness. I loved Robbie so I was so glad he got his own story. Also we see a few glimpses of Logan and Tate that are just everything! All books were ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

Henri and Bailey are the final two books in the Confessions series by Ella Frank. We meet Henri in a phone call in Robbie’s book and then again in person in Priest’s book. Bailey we meet in the fourth book. This is their story and how they find their happy endings. Both books were ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

The Exquisite series by Ella Frank is actually the series that came out before the Temptation series and follows three side couples from that series as they meet and fall in love. Exquisite follows Mason and Lena, Entice follows Josh and Shelly, and Edible follows Cole and Rachel. Edible was my favorite because after meeting them in the Temptation series and getting to know Cole and Rachel and then going back to read their story, there are so many surprises that I never would have thought were possible for these two. All books were ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

The Deal by Stella Gray. This follows Tori and Stefan as they enter an arranged marriage that will allow her to go to college and him to take over his father’s modeling company. I thought Stefan was such a jerk in this book and really hated him. ⭐⭐⭐.75 stars.

This is the second book in the Arranged series. After Tori learns something at the end of the last book she begins to wonder what she got herself into. As the book goes on Tori sees a different side to Stefan and as the grow closer. Tori learns even more secrets and the cliffhanger at the end threatens everything that she and Stefan have found. I liked Stefan much more in this one for sure. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the final book in the Arranged series. This one was my favorite by far. There were many surprises and I really loved how everything came together in the end. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Those were the books I read the past few months. Hopefully I’ll be going back to a monthly schedule but who knows.

Keep reading…Lola

December SpearCraft Book Box: YA High Theater

Here is my December SpearCraft Book Box Unboxing. This is so so late because I didn’t realize that I never scheduled it to post. I haven’t been doing very well with my blog lately and I honestly don’t even know why but hopefully that will change soon.

The theme for December was YA High Theater.

Hamilton soy candle by @shaked_creates.

Hamilton magnet and booksleeve by @spearcraftbookbox.

Christmas bath potion scented in Christmas Tree by @oilyblends.

Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s lip balm by @philosophersguild.

Mean Girls inspired button pins by @spearcraftbookbox.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them art print by @myvalenstyles.

Dear Evan Hansen double sided bookmark by @heyatlascreative.

The other side of the bookmark.

The book for this month was The Love Curse Of Melody McIntyre.

We also got a signed bookplate and letter from the author.

This is the letter from @robin_talley.

This is the naked book and I think it is so pretty, I had to include a photo.

That’s what came in the December SpearCraft Book Box. I will be posting the January and February boxes soon.

Keep reading…Lola

What I Want From A Court Of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

*This will contain spoilers if you haven’t read the ACOTAR series.

IT’S HERE……….

These are some of the things that I would like to happen in A Court Of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. This book is coming out tomorrow and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

1. NESSIAN smut. I think when these two finally come together it is going to be so hot!

2. What did Cassian throw into the Sidra in ACOFAS? I want to know what his solstice gift to Nesta was.

3. FEYSAND baby. I’m excited to see more of Rhysand and Feyre and hope we get the baby we have been waiting for.

4. Lucien and Elain. Are they going to become true mates or is Elain going to want to break the bond to be with Azriel. I need an answer.

5. Tamlin redemption. Now I don’t hate Tamlin, I think he made some horrible decisions and he was such an asshole during the meeting of all the courts, but I really hope to see him get his happily ever after.

6. Mor. I would love for Mor to come out to her family. They will love her no matter what.

7. Lucien needs to find out who his real father is. I can’t wait for that.

Those are some of the things that I want to see in ACOSF. I pre-ordered the book but it’s the 19th and I haven’t gotten it yet so I’m getting antsy!

Keep reading…Lola

*book cover from Google images.