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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Under The Lights by Abbi Glines

If you read my post on Tuesday then you know that I've been in a reading slump so I picked up an Abbi Glines book to save me. After I finished Boys South of the Mason Dixon I decided I needed more Abbi Glines so I grabbed Under The Lights. I had bought this book over a month ago along with some others and I've been keeping it for this exact moment.
I read Until Friday Night this year too so hopefully you've read that review. If you haven't you can by clicking HERE
In Until Friday Night we meet Brady and Gunner and in this installment we get to see a love triangle form between them and their childhood friend Willa Ames.
Willa and the boys were best friends throughout childhood until she moved away when she was 11 years old. Her mother had her at like 15 years old and unfortunatly never really did a good job at being a mom. When Willa turns 11 her mom is married and having another child so she decides to take her from her grandma and raise her. That is until an extremely traumatic and heartbreaking thing happens to Willa landing her in juvie. The day she gets out her bags are packed and she finds herself homeless so she calls her grandma who is the only person who is willing to take her in.
When they were kids Willa was best friends with Gunner - the rich kid with the cocky attitude and adorable smile - and had a crush on Brady who lets face it is the all american boy. However now things have changed a little and she begins to notice that Brady isn't the boy giving her butterflies anymore.
As are her other books Under The Lights is told in multiple perspectives. I really liked getting to hear from Brady, Gunner, and Willa. I will tell you I was conflicted as to which "team" I was on at first. I mean I went into it thinking she'd be with Gunner but Brady is really nice so it was hard for me to not want to root for him. But after getting a few chapters in I realized there was no way I couldn't be Team Gunner.
So much happens in this installment of the Field Party trilogy and I absolutely loved it. If you're a fan of Abbi Glines - or even if you're not you crazy cat - then I definitely recommend this!!


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Boys South of the Mason Dixon by Abbi Glines


Lately I haven't been posting many book reviews and that's because I've been in yet ANOTHER STINKING READING SLUMP.
I know, it hurts me too.
I was talking to my friend the other day and I was telling her how I thought the only way I could get out of my slump was to read a book that I wouldn't be able to put down. So obviously that means an Abbi Glines book. I've had Boys South of the Mason Dixon on my TBR for quite awhile now so I figured now was the time.
No surprise here, I loved it.
The book follows Dixie and Asher who have loved each other for years. When Dixie is 13 she realizes that she loves Asher but decides she'll never be more than his friend considering hes a couple years older than her and absolutely beautiful. Flash forward to Dixie's 15 birthday and Asher gives her her first kiss and thus begins their love story.
Asher is one of 5 Sutton boys and may I just say that he is so crush worthy it's sickening. I'm not surprised though because Abbi always writes incredible love interests.
Dixie is the girl next door, all american girl that all of the Sutton boys have a soft spot for. Flash forward again years later and Dixie is now dating Asher's brother Steele after he broke her heart and left town without a word to her.
Obviously Asher comes back to town and boy do things get interesting. Now I know what you're thinking - oh good another love triangle. BUT there is a twist to this book that I have NEVER read and boy did it make my jaw drop.
As usualy I'm a big fan of the supporting characters as well as our couple - like Dixie's mom and dad, they're so so wonderful.
I'm sure you saw this coming so there's no point in dragging it out...I definitely recommend this book ;)

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: October 10, 2017



Top Ten Books With Fall Cover/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you or the book gives off a feeling of being fall'ish)



Okay so this reminds me of fall by way of Halloween lol
The cover is spooky and so Halloween it's sickening and I love it!! P.S. This book is fantastic and if you want to check out my interview with the INCREDIBLE and SUPER NICE author Kendare Blake click HERE



The cover for this book is why I bought it. Don't yell at me, I know that's not what you're "supposed to do" but I did it and I don't regret it dang it! It's so dark and reminds me of a thriller which boy oh boy was it.



I think this one reminds me of fall because of the GORGEOUS colors!!
I've interviewed J.J. Howard too and she is so stinkin nice! Check out the interview HERE



It's football. Need I say more?



Those colors though!! <3



Well it's creepy like Anna Dressed In Blood and reminds me of Halloween and being to scared for my own good.



Stunning. Dark. Gawgeous.



I think Twilight reminds me of fall because it takes place in some of fall and because the first time I read it was in the fall. My gosh this book holds a special place in my heart <3



I'm sure a lot of you will say uh Kayleigh this looks summer'y but I disagree. When I see sun like that it just makes me warm which reminds me of sweaters which reminds me of boots and fall.



Vampires. Fall appropriate.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

A few months back I'm going through my emails and I see one from Atria Books. My heart raced, my palms got sweaty, my eyes went a little buggy, wanna know why? Because attached in that email was a copy of Without Merit by Colleen Hoover.
I cannot begin to express how excited I was to receive this book for review. Guys, it's freaking Colleen Hoover. She's like our Queen and we gladly bow to her because she's a stinkin genius.
Obviously once my kindle finished downloading this glorious novel I was on it just about as fast as I'm on a piece of confetti cake.
Our protagonist, Merit Voss, is unlike any character Colleen has introduced to us before. While all of the females she writes are incredible I feel like Merit had a little bit of a harder side and a whole lot more spunk. One day Merit is perusing the shelves of a local antique shop for her next trophy - yes you read that right, trophy. She began collecting trophies the night that her uber lame boyfriend broke up with her by stealing his football trophy. Thus began an addiction to acquire as many awards as possible without actually earning them. Anyway this particular afternoon she meets Sagan who shockingly is an incredible guy that makes you hate all other men. Yes Colleen, thank you for ruining the male species for us.
Unfortunately Sagan isn't available and it's a whole lot more complicated than just "he has a girlfriend".
Like all of her other books this one gave me every single emotion. At some points I was literally laughing out loud while other moments I was crying.
Not only do we have a love story woven in but we also get a family dynamic that we don't always get to see. I absolutely loved this book. Every page. Every sentence. Every single word. If - like me - you are a huge Colleen Hoover fan then by no means should you hesitate in reading Without Merit. I definitely recommend it!!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Autumn Book Tag



1) What is your favorite thing about Autumn? FOOTBALL!! I also love finally being able to wear boots and cute sweaters. Autumn clothes are my favorite clothes.
2) What book on your shelves reminds you of going back to school/your school days? The Outsiders. Whenever I see it I go right back to 11th grade.
3) Find a book on your shelf which has something Autumn related on the cover.
Oooh you guys are gonna be so mad at me...I'm not home so I'm having trouble coming up with one. 4) What is your favorite horror/Halloween story? Is Halloweentown a book? Yes? I mean there is one in the show. That totally counts right?
5) What is your favorite horror film? I LOVE the first and second Insidious movies. They scare the heck outta me but they aren't gross.
6) Which book release are you most looking forward to this Autumn? Um hello, John Greens new book comes out next month!! 7) Which film release are you most looking forward to this Autumn? To be honest I have no idea what movies are coming out right now. I've been slacking and for this I apologize ;)
8) Which three books that you are hoping to read this season. John Greens book Turtles All The Way Down Final Girls by Riley Sager annnnd Under the Lights by Abbi Glines.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Book Blogger TMI Tag


1. How old are you?
27.

2. What book are you reading?
Anti Goddess by Kendare Blake.

3. What are you wearing?
Tank and yoga pants. #basic

4. OTP?
Augustus & Hazel Grace fo ever <3

5. Blogger or Wordpress?
Blogger!

6. Going outside being active or staying in and reading a book?
I have a 2 year old son, this means dirt. Lots of dirt.

7. What is the last book you read?
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher?

8. What is the book that you're going to read next?
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.
9. Ebooks - yes or no? 
I do enjoy an ebook every now and then.

10. Where do you prefer to read?
Anywhere I can. Seriously. Anywhere.

11. Who is the last person you tweeted?
KA Tucker.

12. Whose blog did you look at last?
The blog where I got these questions from :) Samantha's blog Spines and Covers

13. Who is your favorite blogger?
I've been following Just Another Bookish Blog the longest and I love it!!

14. Who is your favorite booktuber?
Heather from Bookables

15. What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring?
Cry. Laugh. Shake my head. Sigh.

16. Who is the last author you spoke to?
Um, Tess Wakefield I think?

17. Who is the last person you texted?
My friend Frankie.

18. Who is your all time favorite book character?
Augustus Waters <3

19. UK YA or US YA?
US YA.

20. What do you drink while reading?
Water...juice...pepsi.

21. If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead?
You bite your tongue. Or well...umm...whatever you would bite in the interwebs.

22. How many bookshelves/bookcases do you have?
I have like 4 bookshelves, now ask me if they're big. No they are not. I have books everywhere. Piles and piles.

23. If you had the choice to meet all of your favorite bloggers or all of your favorite authors who would you pick?
I love a lot of bloggers but if I could meet all of my favorite authors...shoot. I'd meet the authors.

24. Insta-love: yes or no?
Depends.
25. Favorite author?
Colleen Hoover and Abbi Glines!!

26. What is the number one book on your wishlist?
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green.

27. Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists? 
Female because I happen to be a female. BUT I don't always mind reading from a dude's perspective either. I'd prefer if I can get dual pov please.

28. What is the last song you listened to?
I had A Great Big World in my car but I don't remember which song was playing.

29. Which do you enjoy reading more - negative reviews or positive reviews?
Positivity peeps.

30. Who are you going to tag?
Everyone!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ex's & OMG's Review: Atheists Who Kneel & Pray by Tarryn Fisher

On Tuesday I told you all about the new series I'm starting on my blog that I'm doing with my good friend Heather. The series is called Ex's and OMG's and Atheists Who Kneel & Pray is our first book. Enjoy our thoughts!!

Kayleigh:
If you follow Colleen Hoover to the extreme like I do - wow stalker much? - then you all know that she's friends with Tarryn Fisher. Even though she doesn't like her at all of course. (See if you stalk her...I mean follow her...then you'll get that little joke.)
I'm a huge Colleen Hoover fan - whaaaaat? I know, you're shocked - and when I saw her talk about this book on her CoHorts Facebook page I knew I had to check it out. I mean look at that cover.
The book follows Yara who is basically a gypsy. The girl can't stay in one place for to long, always needing the thrill of something new. She's also a self proclaimed muse and lucky for her our love interest David is in need of that very thing. So muse she becomes. But of course the two fall for each other and end up married. Now I know you're probably like um Kayleigh thanks for spoiling that but I swear I'm not. The reason I liked this book was because Tarryn is a really great writer and I've never read anything like this. Plus David was perfection. (Anyone remember that scene from Friends with Chandler and the gum? Gum would be perfection?)
What I didn't like was the back and forth. There were sometimes through out the book where I got really confused because she starts it back in time and then goes to present day. But then goes back again. And then back to now. If you aren't paying close attention it's easy to get confused.
All in all though I did enjoy it!!

Heather:
Okay so I went into the book not knowing much about it which is how I like to start most books, with a clean unbiased slate. So to my surprise it was nothing at all what I was picturing. I fell in love with Yara right away...this brash outspoken woman that was riddled with complexity. Then you meet David, this mysterious guy that sweeps in, is all kinds of charismatic and then leaves you wanting more. There is this push and pull between them that makes you feel like they are meant to be, but then you quickly realize this isn't a fairytale at all.
As I continued to read I found myself drawn more into the story, I needed to know what was going to happen, how would it end? I liked how it was written in dual perspective so I was able to feel from both of their points of view, which were drastically different. I ended up reading it in two days and when I was finished with the book I was left feeling closure, like I could move on with my life and not constantly wonder about it. Now I will say that there were times when I found Yara to be a bit dramatic for me, like she's too much in her head in my opinion and I would need to take a break because I found myself getting annoyed with her. David however sucked me right in, I felt like was this old soul trapped in a younger body and he was the reason that I needed to know what was going to hapen. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a true believer in real love, the messy complicated kind that doesn't always make sense on paper.


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