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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

After finishing The Wonder of You, I can say my heart is about the size of Alice when she gets to big for the White Rabbits house.
   Once I started reading this book I could not put it down! I finished it in about 3 hours. Yeah, I wasn't joking, I couldn't put it down!

  Southern belle Alice has recently moved to New York City to get her doctorate in clinical psychology and human sexuality. When she's not studying she's having "tea parties" with her sister Caroline and her friends Lulu and Rayna. While bringing bags into the apartment she shares with her sister she gets into a verbal sparring match with an attractive stranger who's trying to get her ass in gear so he can take her cab. It is obvious right of the bat that the two have steaming hot chemistry and I was praying to the book Gods that this bearded and oh so dreamy man was going to be our love interest. Ahem. I mean Alice's love interest.
   Our attractive and vocal fella is named Dare and he happens to be a famous artist who has set his sites on Alice. So of course when he notices that she's left her purse in the cab he so kindly commandeered, he tracks her down and asks for a date.
   I absolutely loved how quick and witty this book was. The banter was hysterical and sexy and pretty much everything I could ever ask for. 
   I will throw out there that a lot of people don't like the "insta-love" thing and I've told you my feelings before. (In case you don't know my thoughts insta-love doesn't bother me if I like the characters and it's done in the right way.) This is an example of how to do it the right way. From the moment they met it felt like Alice and Dare were made for each other. They fit together and played off each other so perfectly. 
   I also LOVED the way that Harper Kincaid included pieces of Alice in Wonderland. I'd find myself actually smiling while reading this. With that being said I wanted more! If you sign up for Harpers newsletter you get an epilogue but I want even more than that. I'm greedy. 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

   Back in August I went to the glorious Books A Million and I scored some really great finds, this being one of them. I've had them in a pile on my shelf since then and periodically pick through them. Last week I was having a great reading week, in fact I read about 5 books! Because I was reading so many New Adult romance-esque books I decided to spice things up with Vanishing Girls.
   Now, going into it I thought it was about 2 sisters who were in love with the same boy and then one girl goes missing. I thought the sister and the boy went looking for the other girl and in the process hooked up but then ultimately found her. I was wrong. Why I thought this was the plot I'm not sure but as I was reading I almost laughed at my self. There are two sisters and they are both in love with the same boy. Oh and a little girl does go missing. What I did not expect was how deep and twisty this book would be!
   The chapters go back and forth between Dara and Nick and also back in time before they stopped talking and then present day. Dara is spunky and a party girl who every one loves. She's beautiful and likeable and hard to resist. Nick is more put together and brainy and while she's beautiful as well she doesn't draw the attention that Dara does. One night Dara and Nick get into a car accident and Dara is hurt really badly. After that night the two won't speak and Nick goes to live with their father while Dara stays with their mom. Summer comes and Nick has to go back with her mom which she isn't thrilled about in the least. Her mom got her a job at Fantasy Land which is the local amusement/water park and Parker - the boy the girls are in love with and Nicks best friend - also has a job there. So add in that she gets to see his pretty face every day and the fact that Dara avoids Nick like the plague and also throw in a missing little girl and Nick is ready for an interesting summer.
   I did not think Vanishing Girls was going to throw curveballs at me the way that it did and obviously I'm not going to tell you what they were because I don't want to ruin anything for you. It was exciting reading it and being like whaaaaaaat?! And because I love you all I want that for you too :P
4/5 donuts!!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Riverdale Book Tag

I'm a HUGE Riverdale fan so when I just saw that someone had made a tag I actually squealed. Loudly.
You can check out the original tag on Youtube by clicking HERE

1. Archie
A book with great side characters
All the side characters in Without Merit by Colleen Hoover are absolutely fabulous. I love them all <3

2. Jughead
A character from a broken home
Um, almost every character from New Adult books :P

3. Veronica
A character who very easily could have been one dimensional
Nan from The Rosemary Beach series. For a while she was but then Abbi had to go and make us love her.

4. Betty

A great sibling relationship
The brothers from the Getaway series by Jay Crownover.

5. Cheryl
A character who acts tough, but is secretly an emotional wreck
I don't think she's an emotional wreck necessarily but Rosalie from Twilight. She's pretty snooty and angry but then when we find out her reasons for disliking Bella it kinda makes sense.

6. Josie and the Pussycats
A strong marginalized female who is more than just their stereotype
I'm going to pick Katniss for this one because she is so much more than a poor girl from District 12.

7. Polly
A character who gets locked up (can be physically, emotionally, mentally etc)
Colin from See Me by Nicholas Sparks.

8. Kevin
A character who is LGBTQ
Jacob from Wait For You by J. Lynn.

9. Jason
A characters death that broke your heart OR a character death that made you cheer "finally!"
TFIOS broke my heart. You know why.

10. Riverdale
A world building win
I loved the world building in The Mortal Instruments, I've actually been thinking about rereading the series lately.

I tag anyone who loves this show! And if you do the tag please let me know so I can check out your answers :)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I'm A Duff: Abby

Hi guys! We're back with a Duff story!
Today my new friend Abby from Abby's Reading Corner shared her story with us. Before we get to the reason we're here I just want to tell Abby thank you so much for writing her story for all of us. She leaves the nicest comments here on a Book Lovers Playlist and I couldn't be more grateful. Also you guys need to check out her blog for real, she's been around since 2010!!
Check out Abby's blog HERE
Without further ado here's I'm A Duff: Abby.

"A time that I felt like I was a DUFF was back in middle school. I had just moved to a new school and was struggling to find friends. There was a girl who lived near me who started to reach out to me, and we started to hang out at school. Later, we started to hang out with her other friends. We didn't have much in common, and I felt like I was only there for convenience. I felt like I couldn't be myself around them, and I tried to pretend I liked the same things they were into. I just didn't feel like myself around them.
Luckily, a girl that was in one of my classes noticed I wasn't really fitting in and she started talking to me. At first, I din't want anything to do with her, but I discovered that she was making an effort to help me fit in. I am so thankful that she helped me feel better about myself, and she's still one of my good friends today. I would probably still be in the other group if my friend never reached out to me. With her help, I've been able to develop my own personality and style that was my own and not me faking it just to fit in. I've discovered that I'm a very good listener and can give good advice to my friends when they need a listening ear. I'm still a shy person, but I'm not afraid to be myself around my friends. I now am comfortable in my own skin and am not afraid to be me.
A recent song that inspires me is This Is Me from The Greatest Showman. It's a song about embracing who you are and not giving up. It's a song everyone should listen to."

Listen to Abby's song choice HERE

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New Years Resolutions Book Tag

Should I have posted this right after the New Year? Yes. Why didn't I? Because I'm a slacker and just now got around to it. :)

I saw this tag over on Heather's channel which you can check out by clicking HERE

1. An author you'd like to read (that you've never read before)
Sarah J. Mass.

2. A book you'd like to read.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass.

3. A classic you'd like to read.
I'm not really much of a classic book reader. Please don't throw things at me.

4. A book you'd like to re-read.
I really wanted to re-read Rule by Jay Crownover which I've actually already done. Yay me ;)

5. A book you've had for ages and want to read.
I've actually had The Maze Runner for like 3 years now and I still haven't read it, maybe this year.

6. A big book you'd like to read.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. That book is a honker!

7. An author you've previously read and want to read more of.
I've read two books by K.A. Tucker and they were both so different from each other. I like that she can write different genre's so well.

8. A book you got for Christmas and would like to read.
I didn't get any books for Christmas. It's sad, I know.

9. A series you want to read (start and finish)
The Glittering Court series by Richelle Mead. I bought the first one back in August and I keep staring at it but I've been waiting for the right time.

10. A series you want to finish (that you've already started)
Lately I've really wanted to finish the Beautiful Creatures series. I read the first one years ago and when I was moving things around a couple months ago I saw them and decided I'd like to try and read the rest of them.

11. Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2018?

12. Any other reading goals?
I did a post about Bookish Goals that you can check out HERE

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

   I wanted to start this year off right so I decided to pick up a book that I've read before and loved. I don't know about you but if I stop reading for a little bit it's hard for me to get back in to it sometimes. I don't want the dreaded book slump to come over me anytime soon so I want to read anything and everything that I can.
   As I was perusing my shelves I came across this bad lad and thought to myself, "Self, I think this is an excellent choice to start off the new year." So I grabbed it and started reading. Honestly 10 pages in and I was brought back to when I read this book the first time.
   When I read Beautiful Disaster back in 2012 I reviewed it on Goodreads and then the following year I reviewed Walking Disaster which is basically the same book but in Travis's POV. (Both reviews will be found linked below)
   Because I never properly reviewed this one and it's fresh in my mind from reading it the second time I wanted to come on here and tell you all my thoughts.
   For starters this book is about Abby and Travis who are one of my top 10 favorite couples ever. Actually they're probably top 5. Abby has an interesting past and she moves away to college with her best girl friend in hopes to forget her previous life and forge a new path for herself. Travis is the schools sexy, bad ass, man whore who also happens to participate in underground fights to put him through college.
   The two of them meet one night when Abby's best friend drags her to a fight. See her best friend, America, is dating Shepley who is Travis's cousin. From the moment they meet the two have a connection and quickly become friends - even though Abby is kind of a witch with a b at first. The girls end up staying with the guys because the hot water is out at the school and in the weeks they're there Travis and Abby get even closer. When their stay is coming to an end Abby and Travis make a bet. If he can get through a fight without being hit then Abby has to live with him for one month. She loses and now she's living in his apartment sharing his bed. Platonically of course. Mhm. Right.
   After dates with other people and a lot of drama the two finally get together and my gosh is it wonderful when they do. I absolutely loved watching their relationship grow and I also really enjoy their friends. The first time I read this story I finished it in two days...this time it took me one day. If you're in the need of a love story with some serious action - like fighting not sexy time action...geesh pervs - then this is the book for you!

5/5 donuts!

Walking Disaster review from 2013 HERE
Goodreads review for Beautiful Disaster (Way back in 2012) HERE

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Escape by Jay Crownover

   It's been 5 years since I first proclaimed my love for the fabulous Jay Crownover and I'm very happy to say that the love has only grown. By now you all know how much I adore the Marked Men series and I have to say the Getaway series is just as good!
   Last year I was sent Retreat for review and I LOVED it. If you'd like to check out the review click HERE When I saw that Escape was up I jumped on it. FYI I have not read the second one. I apparently was living under a rock last year and not paying attention to the fact that Shelter was released. I do plan on reading it but because I was sent Escape for review I had to have it up by a certain time. Anyway enough of that boring stuff, on with the review!
   Through out Escape we follow Lane - one of the Warner brothers who are the lead men in the other two books - and Brynn. If you haven't read the first book let me give you a little back story. Lane and Brynn were best friends growing up and he took on the role of her protector because her home life was terrible. When Brynn got older and was beat up by another one of her mothers drunken boyfriends - this one even trying to sell her into human trafficking - Lane proposed to her to get her out of her mothers house. After telling him no because she didn't feel like he was asking for the reason she wanted him to his father proposed to marry her in name only because he was ill and could bring her into his family. She said yes and from that day forward there was tension between Lane and her. Okay now flash forward years and years and Brynn is being proposed to by another man that she isn't in love with and Lane takes off. After a few days she goes after him and asks him to come home to which he agrees.
   Now what's great about this is through out the story we get to watch them finally do something about their feelings for one another and we also get to see characters we fell in love with in the start of this series. But what I love is that Jay also includes this thriller aspect to it which she did in the first book and from the sounds of it the second as well. So not only are you getting this love story but you're also getting to experience this thrilling ride. It's awesome.
   Lane is by far one of my favorite men that Jay Crownover has ever written. He's the kind of guy that I would love forever and ever. Brynn is also one of the best girls she's ever written because she's sweet but she's also a bad ass - as are a lot of her characters.
   I also loved the guest appearance of a character from the Marked Men series but I'm not telling you who it is. Just know that when I read it I got very very excited.

I'm giving Escape 5/5 donuts!

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