“Push your boundaries, that's what they're there for.” - Colleen Hoover

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen


It has been a hot minute since I have read a Sarah Dessen book. See I always have the best of intentions on reading her new stuff... but then I don't.
Bad bad book blogger.
Anywho I picked up The Moon and More at the library and told myself, "Self, you are going to read a Sarah Dessen book. No excuses." But then I got mad at my inner self cause like, who likes to be told what to do? So then I had this whole inner conflict going on and lets just say both my selves had to be put in a corner until they could speak again.
The Moon and More is about Emaline who has the perfect boyfriend. The two of them have been together through high school and are now about to go off to college together after the summer ends.
But is perfect enough?
Enter Theo the cute and ambitious boy from New York who is also the assistant of a documentary filmmaker.
While becoming friends with Theo and figuring out her long term plans with Luke, Emaline is also dealing with her father who has come back into her life - this time with her adorable little brother in tow.
Her father has big dreams for her that include going to an ivy league school and Theo is on the same page. Never settle for less. Achieve the very best.
But Emaline also has a close bond with her mother, stepfather, sisters and friends. Can she have the moon and more?
I really enjoyed the time I spent reading this book but I will say it wasn't my favorite Sarah Dessen story. I mean she's got a lot guys. It was almost funny too because one minute I'm like I don't like Luke but I'm digging Theo but by the end I loved Luke and couldn't really stand Theo. I also loved her little brother, and her best friend Morris. Sarah Dessen is exceptional at making you care about the characters she shares with us.
I'm giving The Moon and More 4/5 Donuts!!



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ice Cream Book Tag



Vanilla
 
- a book you wish had more flavor
Star by BB Easton.

Chocolate
 - a long book or an immersive world that you enjoyed indulging in
An Ember in the Ashes!!

Strawberry
 - a romance that was super sweet
I mean, I don't know, now most "romance" book are also rather dirty...umm...does Anna & The French Kiss count?

Ice cream sundae
 - a book encompassing all the elements you love
I'm going to go with the Getaway Series by Jay Crownover because it had steaming hot romance but it also had adventure and was thrilling. Really great series.

Milkshake
 - a book that blends genres
Um...The Getaway series by Jay Crownover because it had steaming hot romance but it also had adventure and was thrilling...really great series.

Sprinkles
 - a book with a colorful cover
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. (Review coming Thursday!!)

Ice cream cake
- a book worthy of a celebration
The Fault in Our Stars. Always, The Fault in Our Stars. Okay?

Ice cream cookie sandwich or three scoops on a cone
- a book with multiple perspectives
November 9 by Colleen Hoover.

Waffle cone
 - a book you felt compelled to read very quickly
Recovered by Jay Crownover.

Pint
 - a book you set aside but plan on going back to later
A Torch Against the Night. I started reading it and was totally into it but I wanted to save it. I'm a creep. I'm a weirdo. Oh oh oh oh.

Your preference
 
- cup or cone?
That is an exceptionally hard question. Some days I'm feeling a cone and some days I want a sundae.

Your preference
 - favorite flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip, or anything with peanut butter.

Your preference
- toppings? y/n
I. Love. Hot. Fudge.

Your preference
- favorite local ice creamery
Can't tell you, I don't want you to eat all my ice cream.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Reputation Book Tag

If you'd like to check out my Taylor Swift Book Tag click HERE

1. ...Ready For It? Your favorite first book in a series. I think I've answered this before and said Twilight but now because I've been thinking about it I'm going to go with Rule - have I picked that before? ;P
2. End Game The biggest endgame you've ever rooted for. Ever?? Geez way to make me pick. You know what? I'm going to go with Edward and Bella cause they're OG.
4. Don't Blame Me The most embarrassing/unlikely book you were crazy for. Fifty Shades hehe.
3. I Did Something Bad A book you spoiled for someone. I honestly don't think I've ever spoiled a book for someone. Maybe on here I have but I don't know.
6. Look What You Made Me Do A character that rose up from the dead. (like figuratively. Like they came back 2.0) I'm not really sure how to answer this question. Oops. Umm, Simon from The Mortal Instruments I guess.
5. Delicate A book you fell in love with from the first page. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.
8. Gorgeous A character so gorgeous they make you want to sink and drown and die. Currently Cable from Recovered by Jay Crownover.
7. So It Goes... A series that made everything else disappear. The Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines.
9. Getaway Car A book or series you abandoned. Uh, The House of Night series, is that what it was called? I really loved the first couple but then so many came out I just stopped reading them. I also quit reading the Pretty Little Liars series because hello there are like 354 books.
11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied A character you would stick by through an avalanche. Augustus Waters <3
10. King of My Heart Your OTP. (One true pair) Forever Augustus and Hazel Grace!!
12. Dress Characters you don't want to be best friends. (wink wink) I've been reading The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen -review to come- and I honestly love Morris who is the best guy friend in the book.
15. New Year's Day A book-related memory you will always hold on to. The moment Twilight came in the mail from Amazon. It was my very first order and I couldn't wait to get my package. I remember opening it up and starting the book and it felt like my world changed. Don't laugh!!
13. This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things A book you physically ripped or damaged. I through Dear John by Nicholas Sparks when I finished it and I also threw Allegiant by Veronica Roth and left it laying there for a while.
14. Call It What You Want A book you finally finished this year. Well we're only in April guys, and I don't know if I've read anything I've been waiting a long time to finish.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Withholding Nothing by Victoria Bright

   I'm not going to lie to you guys, I was sent this book for review and then forgot that my review was due...today. Yesterday I was looking at my planner that is specifically for my blog and I saw that my review was supposed to be up on April 10th. I thought okay cool that's a while away, um no, it was the next freaking day. So as soon as my son was occupied with his movie for the evening I turned on my kindle and started reading.
   Again, I'm not going to lie to you guys.
   I hated it.
   Like within the first couple of pages.
   I didn't like Ashton, I didn't like her friends, couldn't stand the way they talked to each other, hated the stupid stupid decision she makes in the beginning, and thought O'Shea was a tool. It was like the author was trying to make them funny in scenes and have that whole "witty banter" but I thought it was reaching. It wasn't easy and funny like I've read before and it bugged me. I almost put it down multiple times but then a nagging little part of me wanted to know what was going to happen.
I'm glad I kept going because I did end up liking it. It's kind of funny because I feel like the more the book continued the more natural things became and that's what I was looking for. I hate forced comedy and romance and I thought that's all I was in for.
   The gist of the book is Ashton is recently single after being dumped by her douche of a boyfriend who is now engaged to one of her former best friends. What a witch with a b, am I right? Not only is she reeling from her recent heartbreak she also is in desperate need of a roommate to share the expenses of her apartment. Her only source of income is working as a Phone Sex Operator. Oh yeah, you read that right.
   Enter O'Shea who is the new mechanic at Ashtons best friends uncles auto shop. Was that confusing enough for ya? Phew. Anyway the two meet and instantly Ashton can't stand him. **Que the third time I almost put the book down***
   Back at home while taking phone calls Ashton gets a call from a guy who she's instantly attracted to, which has never happened to her while working. Not only does she have a very intense conversation with him she also gets an email from someone wanting to be her roommate. Yay, things are looking up. That is until she goes to meet up with her potential roomie and it's non other than O'Shea. After much discussion she reluctantly lets him move in. Flash forward and she's sitting at home taking calls and the sexy caller from before hits her up again. She finds herself wishing she could be with him in person when bum bum bum, she finds out that her sexy mystery man is none other than her rommate the oh so infuriating O'Shea.
   As I said earlier I wasn't a fan at the start, probably about 30-35% of the way through, but once I got invested I really didn't want to put it down. I really grew to like them as a couple and even found myself laughing in certain parts. I also finished this in about 5 hours so that should tell you all something. :)
   I'm so happy I ended up liking it too because I never want to give bad reviews. Authors work really hard writing stories to share with us and I never want to discourage someone from their dreams. Thankfully I had a happy ending with Withholding Nothing.

I'm giving Withholding Nothing 3/5 Donuts!!




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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

90s Book Tag


1. BAGEL BITES & ZEBRA CAKES:
What is your guilty pleasure go to series?
...Fifty Shades...

2. NO SCRUBS:
A male character that you absolutely hated
I know there have been male characters I've hated but my mind is literally stumped.

3. BLOCKBUSTER:
A book you wish you could re-read over again for the first time
The Fault In Our Stars.

4. NICK AT NIGHT:
A book that kept you up all night reading
Anything by Colleen Hoover, specifically It Ends With Us.

5. RECESS:
A book that helps you relax when you are feeling stressed

Honestly...as weird as it may sound, Twilight. It just takes me back to the first time I read it and how enthralled I was. It's a nice feeling.

6. BEANIE BABIES:
An overly hyped book that everyone else loved but you hated?

I say it all the time, Isla & The Happily Ever After.

7. FRESH PRINCE:
Pick a book where the MC leads a double life

Well it's not really a double life I guess but Meg from The Rules for Disappearing is in the Witness Protection Program so she leads like a lot of lives.

8. POKEMON CARDS:
Which author do you have the biggest collection of books from?

Abbi Glines. I think I own almost every one of hers aside from the Sea Breeze series.

9. LISA FRANK:
Most beautiful and brightest book cover you own

Wake by Amanda Hocking.


10. BABY Gs:
A book that came into your life at exactly the right time
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I was going through a lot when I read that book and it really helped me through things.

11. DIAL UP:
A book that took too long to startup

Recently I felt like Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb took a bit to startup. It was a lot of backstory throughout most of the book so sometimes it felt like forever to find out where we were going with it.



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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Twenty Questions Book Tag


I found this tag HERE on Goodreads if you'd like to check it out!

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?
I think 5 is enough but I've read books with more and enjoyed them.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Usually hate them.

3. Hardcover or paperback?
Floppy paperback.

4. Favorite book?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

5. Least favorite book?
There's a couple I'm not a big fan of. Ruby Red, Isla and The Happily Ever After, Crash Into You or Me or whatever the heck it was called.

6. Love triangles, yes or no? 
Hmm...we've talked about this before...it depends.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
It was something by Emily Giffin, it wasn't her fault, I just couldn't get into it.

8. A book you’re currently reading?
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?
I think it was Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
I honestly have no idea.

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
I think Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan which came out February 9th. However I'm about to start Colleen Hoovers new book which doesn't come out until July.

12. Favorite author?
Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Jay Crownover...

13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Lately I've been borrowing from the library a lot.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?
Isla and the Happily Ever After.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Dog ears?! You animal! Bookmarks all the way, I'll use anything as long it doesn't hurt my precious.

16. A book you can always reread?
The Fault in Our Stars, Rule, Beautiful Disaster.

17. Can you read while hearing music?
Absolutely, that's how this blog was created.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)
Oooh I'm a sucker for multiple. But not too many, let's not get crazy.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
It really depends on how long the book is, how interesting it is, and if my son is sleeping.

20. Who do you tag? (You can invite them to the group to do the tag)
Everybody!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

   Last year I read and raved about the book Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick. For those of you who haven't heard me gush about it then here's a brief synopsis, girl goes into Witness Protection Program because she witnesses something reeeeeally bad. While in her new home she ends up making new friends and falling in love with her new place. Add in some action and you've now completed D.L.
   Since reading Dangerous Lies I've been on the hunt for a book that would give me the same excitement. The other day I was in my local library and stumbled upon The Rules for Disappearing. The cover and title intrigued me so I picked it up and read the plot. Literally one paragraph was all I needed to add it to my pile. Once I got home I was nervous going into it because I didn't know if I was building it up in my head to be as good as Dangerous Lies and I really didn't want to do that considering they're two different stories, just both centered around WPP. I'm happy to report that I was NOT disappointed. At all. I loved it!!
   Megan Jones has been 6 different people, in 6 different places in no time at all. She's tired of being someone she's not so she vows that Louisiana will be the last place her family is moved. She's going to find out why they are in the Witness Protection Program no matter what it takes. Over and over she's asked her father what he has done to land them in this position but it doesn't matter, he won't answer. Without his help it's up to her to find things out herself.
   Enter Ethan Landry the hot farm boy who isn't fooled by Meg. He knows something is off and like her he won't stop until he finds answers. I absolutely loved Ethan's character, I thought he was smart and kind but also sounded like a total babe. He seemed reliable and definitely book boyfriend material. I really enjoyed watching him and Meg together even though sometimes I couldn't help but wish she'd spill everything. It was hard because I felt like Ethans character could handle her secrets but she wasn't ready to share them.
   There were so many twists and turns that I never wanted to stop reading which was fantastic.
   All in all I enjoyed this book very much, so much in fact the moment I finished it I almost started it over.
   I'm giving The Rules for Disappearing 4.5/5 donuts!!

           

**I just found out there is a second book and I'm so freaking excited I just can't hide it**


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