February Wrap Up

I know that this is the shortest month of the year but I can’t believe that it is over already! I was actually quite busy this month but I read a lot more than I was expecting to.

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Lucky You by Erika Carter is a book I got from Book Of The Month. It doesn’t come out until March 15th but I guess it was a special for BOTM members. I do have a review up if you want to know a little more about it.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm. I started this back in November but wanted to take my time with it so I read a few a week. I really enjoyed reading the original fairy tales after falling in love with the Disney versions.

After The Woods by Kim Savage. I also have a review of this up if anyone is interested in learning more about it.

Promise Bridge by Eileen Clymer Schwab. This was such an amazing read. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year so far. I will definitely be having a review up soon.

Towering by Alex Flinn. I really enjoyed this Rapunzel retelling and will also have a review of this book up sometime in the next week or two.

Vampire Kisses Blood Relatives by Ellen Schreiber. I read all three volumes and really enjoyed them. I may do a review at some point but I’m not sure as of right now. I loved having faces put to the characters that I have spent years reading about in her Vampire kisses novels. I thought the story was sweet and definitely added a little something to the series as a whole. Volumes One and Two art by REM. Volume Three art by Elisa Kwon.

Vampire Kisses Graveyard Games by Ellen Schreiber. This is another manga story based on the Vampire Kisses novels. This tells a story from beginning to end though so I’m not sure if this series will be continued or not. I thought this was perfect and I might have enjoyed it even more than the other series. It was just so clever to have a play of Cinderella but because Raven was doing the costumes it turned into a Gothic Cinderella. The art work by Xian Nu Studio was amazing.

In Pursuit Of Paradise by Kate Randle. I got this from Netgalley but it was a read now book so it’s already out. I liked this book. It was sweet and romantic but very predictable.

What Janie Saw by Caroline B. Cooney is an e-book special short story. I wanted to read this before I finished up the Janie Johnson series.

Sneaky Snow White by Anita Valle. I love this dark spin on classic fairy tales. The story is so creative and it intertwines multiple fairy tales within each story. I can’t wait for Rotten Rapunzel to come out. This is definitely a series I will have to review once it is done.

So that’s what I read in February, can’t wait to start my March reads.

Keep reading…Lola

 

After The Woods Spoiler Free Review

After The Woods by Kim Savage is what I would consider a YA suspense/mystery novel. It reminded me a lot of In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware just in Young Adult form.

The novel opens with friends Julia and Liv going for a run in the woods. Liv gets ahead of Julia and when she finally catches up she sees Liv on the ground with a man holding a knife to her throat. After Julia goes after him, Liv gets away and the man takes Julia instead. She later gets away and struggles throught the woods for two days before being found and taken to safety. Fast forward to almost a year later, Julia can’t remember much of what happened and Liv has been acting strange. Then the body of a girl is found in the woods in the same area where Julia was taken. Julia then tries to piece together what happened to her while she was with her abductor.

I say this for every book I review so I feel like a broken record but I really enjoyed this book. I think that although a work of fiction, it portrays what I could imagine to be emotions connected to abductions and what victims and their families think and feel and how making it home can impact them all.

I liked how Julia and Liv both dealt with it in different ways and although Julia was the one taken, Liv was the one acting out and being strange. It was almost as if it happened to her and Julia had to make her feel better instead of the other way around. In the beginning I thought they had such a good friendship so it made sense that Liv would feel that way but then I just started to think that she wasn’t good for Julia and was kind of holding her back from moving on. Then secrets are revealed and things become clear, maybe you don’t know people like you thought.

I also liked seeing the progression of Julia’s relationship with Kellan. It wasn’t the central focus of the plot but it still evolved and became more than I thought it would. I enjoyed how it was played out and I was satisfied with where it was at the end of the book.

The one thing I thought was a little weird were the families. Liv’s mother was overbearing and kind of treated Julia like a speck of dirt on her shoe, never really seeming to be grateful to her for basically saving her daughter. Also Julia’s mom and sort of secret father. That at times was confusing. Does her mom have feelings for him as a friend or something more. Why don’t they ever talk their arrangement? I’m not entirely sure how I felt about that aspect of the story.

As for the reporter. Was she friend or foe? At times I thought she really cared about Julia’s well-being but then other times she came off as a bitch who only cared about getting the story before anyone else. And her son was a little A-S-S.

Now for the ending… I liked the ending a lot. I thought it gave some closure to many of the characters and everything was tied up enough for my liking. Parts of the ending I figured out early on while other parts I was surprised by. Regardless it was definitely satisfying.

I gave After The Woods 5 stars on Goodreads and highly recommend it.

Keep reading…Lola


February Book Haul

This is my massive February book haul. I got all of these books with money and gift cards that I got for Christmas but just got around to spending them. There are a lot, more than I have ever bought in one month so I’m not going to go into detail about them because I’m sure a lot of them will have reviews one of these days!

BOOKOUTLET: I made THREE separate purchases. This website is dangerous!

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A Tale Dark & Grimm, In A Glass Grimmly & The Grimm Conclusion all by Adam Gidwitz.

Vampire Kisses Blood Relatives Manga Volumes One and Three & Vampire Kisses Graveyard Games all by Ellen Schreiber.

After The Woods by Kim Savage.

Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne.

Borrowed And Blue by Emily Giffin. This is two books in one, Something Borrowed and Something Blue.

The Fill In Boyfriend & One The Fence by Kasie West.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Bad Romeo & Broken Juliet both by Leisa Rayven.

Frozen: The Junior Novelization adapted by Sarah Nathan & Sela Roman. YES I am a child!

The Double life Of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz.

The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell by Marilyn Manson.

The Face On The Milk Carton, The Voice On The Radio, What Janie Found & Janie Face To Face all by Caroline B. Cooney.

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark.

I also got two Rapunzel books because she is my favorite Disney princess and it’s my favorite fairytale and I want to have a collection! The one on the left is by Paul O. Zelinsky and the one on the right is retold by John Cech and illustrated by Fiona Sansom and the art work is so pretty in this one. I also included the covers of Frozen and Pocahontas.

AMAZON:

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Vampire Kisses Blood Relatives Volume two by Ellen Schreiber. Bookoutlet didn’t have this one.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I am excited to finally complete my Austen collection.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell.

Misery & The Shining by Stephen King.

Whatever Happened To Janie by Caroline B. Cooney. Bookoutlet didn’t have this one as well.

THRIFTBOOKS:

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See Me. Three Weeks With My Brother & Message In A Bottle all by Nicholas Sparks. These were the only three I needed to complete my collection!

BOOK SUBSCRIPTIONS:

BOOKCASE.CLUB:

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Blonde OPS by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman.

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum.

BOOK OF THE MONTH:

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough.

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.

KINDLE:

In Pursuit Of Paradise by Kate Randle. I received this one from Netgalley. 

What Janie Saw by Caroline B. Cooney. This is an original e-book short story. I got it for $1.99.

Sneaky Snow White by Anita Valle. This was also $1.99.

Just Breathe by Heather Allen.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell. I reviewed this ARC from Netgalley. It will be released on April 25, 2017.

8 Weeks by Bethany Lopez.

All but What Janie Saw and Sneaky Snow White were FREE.

That’s my huge February haul. I don’t think I will ever have one this big again but it was Christmas so why not?!

Keep reading…Lola

 

January/February Book Of The Month

I have been wanting to give Book Of The Month a try for a while now and in January I finally went ahead and did it. I like that you can choose the book you want every month and you also have the option of adding up to two more books for $9.99 each. You can also pick books from previous months as well.

JANUARY BOX:

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Lucky You by Erika Carter. This was my pick for the month and then I chose another one because I couldn’t decide between the two. I have already read this and there is a review up on my blog.

The Most Dangerous Place On Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson. This is the extra book that I chose. It takes place in a high school sometime after a student has committed suicide I believe.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. This was a free book for new members that signed up in January.

I also love that you get a bookmark for each of the current months books with a little review by the judge for that book.

FEBRUARY BOX:

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. This was my pick for the month. I want to read more thrillers and this one seems interesting. This is about a woman who kisses a man one night in a bar and then finds that he is her new AND married boss. She meets the mans wife and things start to come out about their marriage that I am assuming is not very good.

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I have been wanting to read this since I read In A Dark Dark Wood in November and when I saw that this was in a previous months box I had to get it. It’s about a journalist who is given an assignment to spend a week on a luxury cruise. One night she sees a woman being thrown overboard but all passengers are accounted for….I can’t wait to read this one.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. I have been hearing mixed reviews about this book and when I saw that this was also a previous months choice, I decided to go ahead and get this one as well. It’s about a couple who go to their neighbors one night to have dinner and while they are gone their baby is kidnapped (the babysitter couldn’t show up so they decided it was ok to leave a baby alone!).

Those are the books that I picked for the last couple months and I have my eye on a few more so this is probably not the best subscription service for my wallet! I really am looking forward to each of these books and cant wait to see what other books they have to offer in the coming months.

Keep reading…Lola

Fictional Boyfriend Tag

So it’s been a little bit since I did a tag and I think they are so much fun so I decided to do another one. This one is the fictional boyfriend tag and I thought that it was perfect for Valentine’s Day! The original tag was created by Rachel Reads on YouTube.

*Most romantic boyfriend~

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Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I tried so hard to use a different character so I’m not like a broken record but come on, he built her a house and she wasn’t even with him!

*The dark and moody bad boy with a good side~

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Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This was by far my favorite couple and book from the Lunar Chronicles.

*Paranormal boyfriend~

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Alexander from the Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber. Who doesn’t want a romantic vampire boyfriend?!

*Boyfriend you want to tame~

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Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer. He’s the play boy of the Lunar Chronicles bunch.

*Boy you friend zoned~

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Ben from the Elixir series by Hilary Duff. I just didn’t feel a love connection with him.

*Your soul mate~

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Chase from Sex On The Beach by Alyssa Rose Ivy. This was my favorite book from the Hazards series and I fell in love with Chase. He was so romantic and would just drop everything if he thought his girl needed him.

*Boyfriend you want to elope with~

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Reed from The Hazards Of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy. If I can’t be with my soul mate Chase then I will take Reed!

*Boyfriend you would venture anywhere with~

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Christian from Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James. Money doesn’t buy happiness but I chose Christian just because I could go anywhere and money wouldn’t be a problem.

*Boyfriend you would want to be stranded on a deserted island with~

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Ben from Arena One by Morgan Rice. Ben can hunt so I think he would be perfect to be stranded with, we wouldn’t starve or have to live on fish and bananas!!!

*The most bad ass boyfriend~

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Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. He’s a vampire, master of the city and an old romantic soul, what else could make him more bad ass?

So that’s the fictional boyfriend tag. I tag anyone who wants to do it.

Keep reading…Lola

 

 

 

Lucky You Spoiler Free Review

Lucky You by Erika Carter was my January Book Of The Month Club selection. This is also a special release for BOTM because the novel doesn’t officially come out until March 14th.

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Lucky You focuses on three woman in their early to mid twenties, Rachel, Ellie and Chloe. They are not your typical friends but they work at the same bar. Rachel and her boyfriend decide to live off-the-grid for a year and Ellie and Chloe soon follow her.

Rachel is in a relationship with Autry when the book begins. She is in the habit of always living with her boyfriends, never really being alone. She and Autry decide to move to a remote, rural house in the Ozarks owned by his parents. They begin “The Project” which is supposed to return their “health” in a year. Rachel asks Chloe and Ellie to join them.

Ellie doesn’t want to have any feelings. She spends her time drinking alcohol and being sexually promiscuous. At the start of the novel she is in a relationship with Jim, a member of a band. She ends up leaving the bar and goes to work for a Wal-Mart executive named Michael who is married and whom she starts an affair with. When she and Jim break up she decides to move to the Ozarks with Rachel.

Chloe pulls out patches of her own hair and struggles with the beginnings of mental illness, much like her mother had. She decides to join Rachel in the mountains as well.

First of all, I really liked this bunch of characters. They were all different and had their own issues to deal with. They weren’t the best of friends but they came together and kind of built their own type of friendship. Even the male characters of Autry, Jim, Michael, Jim’s former band mate Phoenix and their closest neighbor Ran. Each man has his own personality that is different from all the others but the whole group of characters just work well together no matter how small their part in the novel is.

Second, I enjoyed seeing the development of the women. Some made positive changes to their lives while others still struggled or went back to the versions of themselves before “the project”. I enjoyed getting to know them before and after and also to follow each of them on their journeys, together and separate.

Last, the story itself. I loved how the author told each of their stories separately and then told their stories as they came together in the house and then followed up with how each character turned out after the year was over.

Without giving away any spoilers, I loved where Chloe was at the end of the journey, Rachael, for the most part, I was happy to see where she went and as for Ellie, I am kind of half and half on her. I liked some aspects of where she was at the end and then other aspects I wasn’t much of a fan. That being said, I still loved spending time with these women.

The men were a different story. There wasn’t really much change to any of them but the focus was on the women so I didn’t really mind that at all. I must say that Jim and Ran were my favorite male characters. Towards the end, Autry got on my nerves and Michael was kind of a love/hate for me. Sometimes I loved him and other times I hated him. All of them were well written in my opinion though.

There are so many negative reviews on Goodreads but I tend to try things out for myself and I’m really glad that I decided to give this one a try. I gave it four stars on Goodreads and would definitely love to pick it up in the future for a reread.

There are many things that went on throughout the novel, but I don’t want to spoil or give anything away and I feel like if I give any more details or talk about it any further I might do that. All I can say is definitely check this one out. It was such a good read and I really did enjoy it.

Keep reading…Lola

February BookCase.Club Unboxing

These are the books that I got in the February BookCase.Club box. I chose the YA box this month as well.

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Blonde OPS by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman. This is about a teenage girl names Bec, who gets sent to Rome to intern for a fashion magazine after being expelled from another school. The editor ends up in a coma and then there is threat on the first lady leading Bec to believe that her boss’ accident wasn’t an accident at all.

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum. This is a YA thriller about a robot revolution. The robots were created to fight wars but then one day abandoned the battlefield and went after the people they were made to protect. Only a few survive and secretly live in the woods with their families but one day they are found and captured and its up to three teenagers to save their families by going to the place where they are the least safe, the city controlled by the robots.

I haven’t heard of either of these books but they sound interesting and I’m excited to get into them. I’ve never read a book set in Rome so that is the most exciting to me. I love reading books that take place in other countries.

Keep reading…Lola

February TBR

These are the books that I want to read in February…

Lucky You by Erika Carter. This is a January Book Of The Month book, it is also not being released until March 14th. It’s about three twenty-something women who decide to move off-grid in order to flee their pasts.

After The Woods by Kim Savage. I saw this book on Bookoutlet recently and needed to pick it up. It’s about these two friends Julia and Liv, and while in the woods Liv is about to get abducted and Julia steps in and is taken instead while Liv gets away. Julia ends up escaping and is found two days later with no memory of what happened. One year later a girls body is found in the same woods and Julia starts to get her memories back.

Promise Bridge by Eileen Clymer Schwab. This is about a plantation mistress and a slave girl who form a bond and then rumors of an underground railroad threaten to tear them apart. I thought this was the perfect read since February is African-American history month.

Towering by Alex Flinn. This is a retelling of Rapunzel and I can’t wait to read this. Rapunzel is my favorite fairy tale but the only retelling I have read is Cress by Marissa Meyer, which I loved so I’m excited to read another retelling based on her.

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives by Ellen Schreiber. This is volume one of the Manga series based on the Vampire Kisses series which I just finished up. I have a review of the final book on my blog. I just picked up the Manga series and I am so excited to read it.

That’s my February TBR. What do you want to read this month?

Keep reading…Lola