January Wrap Up

I can’t believe that the month is over already. Here’s my first wrap up of 2017…

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Cryptic Cravings & Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber. These are the final two books in the Vampire Kisses series. It’s a series about a 16-year-old goth girl who falls in love with a teenage vampire. I have a review of the final book up on my blog.

The Road To You & The Way Back Home by Alecia Whitaker. These are the final two books in the Wildflower trilogy. It’s about a teenager who gets signed to a record deal when she stands in for her dad in the family’s band and the series follows her while she records her first album, goes on tour, rises to stardom and how it all affects her and her family and friends.

Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks. This is the newest Sparks book and like always he did not disappoint me. It’s about a man who quits his job to start his own business and while he’s trying to get back on his feet, his wife leaves him and he is left to raise their daughter alone.

Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman. I got this ARC from Netgalley. The book is set to be released on May 9, 2017. It’s about a teenager whose sister dies on the night of her high school graduation and leaves behind a summer bucket list that she decides to complete with a childhood friend.

Arena Two & Arena Three by Morgan Rice. These are the final two books in the Arena trilogy. It’s a post apocalyptic series that reminds me a little of The Hunger Games.

A Plunder By Pilgrims by Scott William Carter. This is a short story that follows Gage Garrison from the Garrison Gage series. It’s just a short story about a teenage boy who show up a Gage’s doorstep wanting help to find his missing girlfriend.

Those are the books I read in January. I can’t wait to get into my February reads.

Keep reading…Lola

December/January Book Haul

These are books that I bought on Black Friday but didn’t get until December as well as some kindle books that I bought in January and a couple of gifts.

Black Friday Haul from Book Outlet, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository:

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The Road To You & The Way Back Home by Alecia Whitaker

Cryptic Cravings & Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber

Weekend In Paris & Summer In The City by Robyn Sisman

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart

Emma & Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Poor Unfortunate Soul, The Beast Within & Fairest Of All by Serena Valentino

Mermaid & Fairest Of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

Towering by Alex Flinn

The Christmas Town & Christmas Keepsakes (The Christmas Shoes/The Christmas Blessing) by Donna Van Liere

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews

Kindle & Gifts:

Arena 2 & Arena 3 by Morgan Rice
My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews

A Plunder Of Pilgrims by Scott William Carter

The Girl Between by Laekan Zea Kemp

The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde & Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame

That’s my haul for now…Christmas haul coming soon, still waiting on packages…

Keep reading…Lola

 

Immortal Hearts Spoiler Free (until the end) Review

I was planning on doing a review of the whole Vampire Kisses series but there are nine books and it would have ended up being a novella! Instead, I am going to just quickly summarize each book and then do a review on the final book. Also there will be a spoiler at the end because I can’t do this review without it, I’ve waited years for the end of this series!!!

Vampire Kisses is a young adult fantasy series written by Ellen Schreiber.

Vampire Kisses ~ Book One: It follows 16-year-old Raven Madison, a gothic girl living in a polo wearing, ordinary town. One day an abandoned mention gets new residents and the town quickly spreads the rumor that vampires have moved in. Raven has always had a fascination with vampires so she is ecstatic when she finds out the teenage boy, Alexander Sterling, that lives there is in fact a vampire.

Kissing Coffins ~ Book Two:  The book picks up where the first books leaves off. After Alexander has flown away and leaves town, Raven goes to a town called Hipsterville to visit her aunt, but the real reason behind her visit is that she thinks Alexander is there. She ends up meeting another vampire who she finds out wants Alexander so she travels back home, hoping to keep him safe.

Vampireville ~ Book Three: After learning why the other vampire (Jagger) wants Alexander, He and Raven need to find him and his twin sister (Luna) before they turn the town into vampires.

Dance With A Vampire ~ Book Four: In this book we are introduced to Jagger and Luna’s 11-year-old brother Valentine causes a few issues when he befriends Raven’s little brother Billy. Also Raven’s high school prom brings some very interesting entertainment.

The Coffin Club ~ Book Five: Raven returns to Hipsterville and the Coffin Club in this book. While at the club, Raven discovers “The Dungeon”, a place that only vampires circulate. Jagger wants to take over Hipsterville, but when a new vampire names Phoenix shows up, he challenges him for control of the Coffin Club.

Royal Blood ~ Book Six: This book introduces Alexander’s parents. Raven is invited to a dinner with Alexander and his parents and the night takes a turn that can transform Raven’s entire future with Alexander.

Love Bites ~ Book Seven: Alexander’s best friend Sebastian shows up in this book. At first Raven is jealous because she thinks that it will cut into her time with Alexander, but then she grows to really like him as a friend. What will happen to their friendship when Sabastian falls for Raven’s best friend, Becky?

Cryptic Cravings ~ Book Eight: Raven finally feels like things can be good in Dullsville, when Jagger decides to open up a teen dance club called The Crypt. Raven tries to convince Alexander that it can be a good thing, while the two of them try to convince Jagger that the club should only be for humans and the few vampires already in town, and not be open for outside vamps. Will this put an end to Alexander and Jagger’s truce?

Immortal Hearts Review

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Immortal Hearts is the final book in the Vampire Kisses series.

In the final book, Raven is now seventeen and more in love with Alexander than ever before. She keeps bringing up him changing her and he never really wants to talk about it. Alexander’s sister Stormy heads to Dullsville for a visit with her brother. Raven worries that Stormy won’t like her and that they won’t have anything in common. When the day finally comes for them to meet things go smoothly. Storm loves the room that Raven has designed for her and she and Raven have lots in common. The one thing that makes Raven feel bad is that Storm wants to hang out with Luna, who isn’t exactly nice to Raven and wants Alexander for herself. Another conflict is Trevor, Raven’s enemy since they were kids. Although they don’t get along and Trevor constantly picks on Raven’s goth appearance, it is obvious that he secretly likes her. Jagger also tries to throw a wrench in her relationship with Alexander by offering all the things that she wants, except she would have to leave Alexander to be with him. Raven begins to question what it would be like to be a vampire in the Sterling family. Would she be a good vampire? What will she be giving up? Does Alexander really want to be with her for all of eternity? Will he ever change her? Will she ever become what she has always wanted to be?

I have been reading this series since for years and although it’s not what you would consider great literature, they are fun and easy reads. I really enjoyed this final book and I thought it had the perfect ending for the series. I loved the relationship between Alexander and Raven. It was just so sweet and fun to read about and watch evolve. I also really loved the friendship between Raven and Becky. I feel like this book touched on their friendship the most out of the series and we really got to see the way the felt about each other. They were more like sisters and didn’t want to be without each other. I enjoyed the humor in this book as well. I found myself laughing out loud during some of the scenes. I just love the general flow of the series. There wasn’t ever anything too dark or serious where you would think something bad could happen and I liked that. I liked the balance between things being serious to an extent and things being light and fun, it’s the way life should be.

I don’t want to say anymore. These books are so short but so much happens in them, They are fun and I think they could be enjoyed by anyone who loves YA, vampires, teen romance, short and quick reads. I gave all the books four or five stars on Goodreads and would definitely recommend them.

Keep reading…Lola

SPOILER: Don’t read if you don’t want to know the ending, although it may or may not be a surprise for you, I was expecting it.

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SHE FINALLY BECAME A VAMPIRE! AND ALEXANDER TURNED HER HIMSELF! BEST ENDING EVER!

 

December/January Book Subscription Unboxing

These are the books that I got in the December 2016 and January 2017 And The Story Begins and BookCase.Club subscription boxes. Also December was the last month that And The Story Begins sent out a box. They decided to stop the service. I also realized that I must have confused about which box I started with because I have books that I thought were January but obviously aren’t since they stopped service in December but we’ll just go with it.

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December 2016:

And The Story Begins/Adult Fiction Box:

Promise Bridge by Eileen Clymer Schwab

Berlin Game by Len Deighton

BookCase.Club/YA Box:

Diamond Boy by Michael Williams

A Matter Of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy

January 2017:

And The Story Begins/Adult Fiction Box:

SS-GB by Len Deighton

The Territory by Tricia Fields

BookCase.Club/YA Box:

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano

North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen

I’m sad to see And The Story Begins go. I loved their cute packaging but it opened the door for me to try Book Of The Month so look for that blog soon.

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Someone Else’s Summer Spoiler Free Review (ARC)

Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman is an upcoming Young Adult novel. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The book is scheduled for release on May 9, 2017.

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Anna is eleven months younger than her sister Storm. Growing up Anna always followed in her sisters footsteps, she looked up to her, it was always the two of them. Then Cameron, the boy next door moved in and it was the three of them. They spent their summers using their imaginations and when Storm and Cam started kindergarten, Anna was left waiting at home until their school bus pulled up in the afternoon and their adventures could begin again. By the time Anna starts high school, she has drifted away from Storm and Cam. She joins the cheerleading squad, makes new friends and spends less time with her sister and their friend. Then on the night of Storm and Cam’s high school graduation, Storm is killed in a car accident. Anna’s world is torn apart and she has no idea who she is or what to do without Storm there to guide her in some way. Then one night she ends up in Storms’ room and finds a journal with a summer bucket list of 15 things that Storm wanted to do that summer. She grabs the journal, her sisters Polaroid camera and her car, as well as Cameron, and they head out on an epic summer road trip to complete Storms bucket list and along the way find out who they are and where they belong.

I absolutely loved this book! I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the romance. I loved how the author took a tragedy and turned it into something even more life changing. The writing was done beautifully. I enjoyed the little twists toward the end of the novel, those were unexpected for me and I really think that it just made the book come together even more. I appreciated that the author didn’t drag anything out. I find that in many books I read that have road trips or a blossoming relationship that leaves someone questioning if it’s right or if there is some kind of conflict, the author drags them and turns it into chapter after chapter of should I or not? can I or not? or they use multiple pages to describe a location or what a town looks like and it just feels like they are never going to get to the bones of the story. This book was nothing like that. There was just enough detail so that I could imagine what these characters looked like, what the places looked like. I could imagine being there right along with them. I went on this road trip of self discovery with Anna and Cameron. I felt what they felt and did all the things that they did with them. I love when I can just sit back and enjoy a book without it being filled with details that just don’t matter when you get right down to it. This book had structure and balance and it gave me all the feels. I will most definitely be rereading this one in the future. I highly recommend trying to get a copy from Netgalley if you can, otherwise definitely go and pick it up in May. You won’t regret it, this absolutely got 5 stars on Goodreads.

Keep reading…Lola

In A Dark Dark Wood Spoiler Free Review

In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware is a psychological thriller.

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Leonora “Nora” is a crime writer, who one day receives an invitation for a weekend getaway in the English countryside to celebrate an old friends “hen”; a friend that she hasn’t seen in ten years. forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital only knowing that someone is dead. Nora has to piece together what happened and as she does so, revisits parts of herself that she would rather keep in the past.

I heard about this book from booktuber Andbookhoarding. She reviewed it on her channel and said that she guessed the killer halfway through the book. I found her review interesting so I wanted to pick it up and check it out for myself, although I am always disappointed when I can pick out the killer early on.

While reading the book, I thought I had the killer figured out right away. I thought to myself “it’s so obvious who it is, that’s so disappointing.” Imagine my shock when I get almost to the end of the book and it’s NOT who I thought it was at all. Not only was I shocked by the killer’s reveal but also by this person’s motives and history.

I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely a page turner and I had trouble putting it down. I thought the writing was done beautifully and loved the transitions between present day and forty-eight hours earlier. I really liked the characters as well. I never felt like one of them wasn’t needed, they all had their place within the novel.

Surprisingly, I didn’t really have any issues at all. I wish the ending was a bit more conclusive, but at the same time I think that it ended where it needed to, if that makes any sense.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads and definitely recommend it to everyone!

Keep reading…Lola

5 Worst Books Of 2016

These are 5 of the worst books that I read in 2016. I didn’t necessarily hate them all but they just are not books that I would read again or recommend personally, but of course this is just my opinion and a lot of other people may enjoy them.

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Utopia by Thomas More. I thought a lot of the concepts were interesting and some of the points that he was trying to get across were thought-provoking but the book as a whole just wasn’t really something that I enjoyed.

Nightwork by Christine Schutt. This was a book of short stories and honestly I did not enjoy any of them. I actually can’t even remember what any of them were about. I didn’t like this book at all and it was actually the second book of hers that I read and didn’t enjoy.

All Souls by Christine Schutt. This book was about a young girl in an all girls school (If I remember correctly) that was sick and in the hospital and it’s told through many different characters. I was not a fan of this book at all.

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah & Skye Chatham. I didn’t hate this book but I also didn’t love it. It was about a couple who start an online relationship. It was told through text messages and emails between the two of them as well as their two friends. I think that the story being told the way it was is what turned me off. I didn’t become invested in the relationship. It was hard to feel for these characters when you really didn’t see them interact personally, but rather hear about it after the fact. I think I would have enjoyed it a little more if there were fewer emails and more direct contact.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I wanted to love this book so badly. I heard some great things about it and I had watched the movie. I wasn’t really all that impressed by the movie but I always love books better so I thought I would still give it a chance. I read about a quarter of it and then bought the audiobook and read along with it and I just couldn’t wait for it to be over. I did not like this book at all and I think this was the worst book that I read in 2016.

So those are the worst books I read in 2016, like I said a lot of other people may enjoy them but they just weren’t my cup of tea.

Keep reading…Lola

January TBR

Here is my first TBR of 2017!

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Cryptic Cravings and Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schrieber are the final two books in the Vampire Kisses series.

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The Road To You and The Way Back Home by Alecia Whitaker are the final two books in the Wildflower trilogy.

I am looking forward to finishing both of these series this month. What is on your first TBR of the year?

Keep reading…Lola