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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany

Before I start this review I want to say that I was sent this book for my honest opinion. I wanted to put that disclaimer out there because you guys are my friends and I'm always going to be honest with you. If I'm sent a book and I don't like it, I'm going to tell you. If I like it or love it then of course I'll tell you - and I'll be a bit more excited to share it with you.
When I read the plot I immediately was intrigued because I have NEVER read a book like this. To be honest I've never even heard of a book like this.
This book follows a girl who was raped but it's not that simple and that's what makes this book so necessary to read.
It Happens All The Time is told in dual perspectives so we not only get to hear Ambers side of the story but we also hear Tylers. Now before you say you don't want to hear his side because he shouldn't even be allowed to have one let me say something. When I first found out that it was in dual POV I thought that's crazy. Why would I care to hear his side? If he raped this girl then he doesn't deserve to have a voice.
Amber and Tyler are childhood friends. They meet at a party Ambers parents throw and Tyler is the new kid in town. Tyler's dad is plain and simple a huge ass and Amber struggles and battles an eating disorder. Through all of their hardships there is one constant and that is their friendship.
In their 20s now Amber is engaged to a man who is good for her but there's one small thing, Tyler is in love with her and always has been.
These moments happen throughout the book that will grip your heart and pull so hard it almost hurts. You feel for these characters and it makes your head spin in circles questioning everything.
Amy Hatvany did such a beautiful job writing this story and I'm so grateful that I was given the chance to read it.
When I went into this book I hated Tyler without even reading a single word written. It didn't take more than 30 pages for me to actually really love him and pray that I had read the synopsis wrong. I kept thinking there's no way that this amazing character could do such a disgusting and cowardly act.
This book is more than meets the eye and I think that it is not only a book that you should read it's a book that you must read.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Can this woman write anything bad?
No seriously, is it possible?
You know how people say sometimes that they'd read a phone book if a certain author wrote it? Yeah that's how I feel about Colleen Hoover.
In the few years I've been reading her books she has no doubt become an automatic buy author and one of my favorites.
Before I get into the review I have to say that I am so stinkin' excited for the show to come out on the go90 app. Literally the moment it drops I'm going to be one of the happiest book lovers in the world. If you want to read more about the show then you can click the link HERE and it should answer any questions that you have.
Alright on with the review.
Can this woman write anything bad?
Did I say that already? :P
In typical Colleen fashion this book is told in dual POV which as you know is my favorite. Our two main characters are Owen and Auburn. Owen is a charismatic and unbelievably loveable artist and Auburn is a hair stylist who has recently moved to Texas. One day Auburn - who is looking to earn a little extra cash - walks past a place that is covered with confessions from anonymous people. On the door is a help wanted sign and as soon as she starts to investigate a little further Owen shows up and basically begs her to take the job. That night she helps Owen and after his show the two of them go out for drinks and have a serious moment on the dance floor. They make plans to get together the next day but life happens.
I don't really want to tell you to much more for two reasons. One because I don't want to give anything away. And two because I didn't really know much going into this and I'm so happy for that. Usually when I pick up a book I read the last couple of pages so I know how it ends. I also look up reviews and really know what I'm getting in to. When I pick up a Colleen Hoover book I don't want to know much about it. I know it's going to be amazing so why ruin it?
The characters as usual are incredible and Owen is obviously book boyfriend material. I always think that I found my favorite new couple when I read her books and that nobody will ever top them but then I read more of her characters.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Anything But Books Tag

One of my favorite people to watch on YouTube is Dana from The Book Hoarder. She's so sweet and relaxing to watch so if you haven't checked her out before and you also want to see her answers then click HERE
Enjoy!!


1. Name a cartoon that you love.
I used to love Arthur when I was a kid. I know that's probably a different route from what other people will say but my gosh I loved that show.

2. What is your favorite song right now?
Ed Sheerans new album. The album guys.

3. What could you do for hours that isn't reading?
Well in the summer I would say playing outside with my son. In the winter when he's sleeping I'd say watching a movie or tv series.

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
I don't know if this would really surprise anyone but I love to bake. It's calming and I love the way my house smells when I bake.

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
I have no idea how to answer this question. Unnecessarily specific? Uh.

6. What is something unusual that you know how to do?
This tag is making me feel bad about myself :P I don't really know how to do anything unusual.

7. Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.
I made some pictures with my son. Uh. I made cookies. :P

8. What is your most recent personal project?
I haven't really had the time to start a new personal project so I can't answer this one.

9. Tell us something that you think about often?
My favorite little fella.

10. Give us something that is your favorite.
Blue raspberry tootsie rolls.

11. Say the first thing that pops into your head.
Basketball.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

We all have trouble buying books, am I right? I know that when I enter a book store I get overwhelmed with the delicious smell of books and delirious with the adventures that are just sitting there waiting for me. So I've come up with a reward system. Whenever I finish 3 books I'm allowed to buy a new one. Now some of you may think that this is still unfair because some of you negative Nancy's probably think I have unread books already on my shelf.
You know what I have to say to you? You're right but still I like my new system. This is a safe place here. No judgement. ;)
Anyway I had finished my 3 books so I went into a bookstore a few weeks ago and as I began searching for my next read I found this beauty. Yeah I'm not going to lie to you guys, I was attracted to the cover. Look at it!! It's stunning. You can't tell because this is a computer so you can't touch it BUT the raindrops actually stick out. Guys, they stick out!! How cool?!
After I finished admiring the cover I read the back and had to buy it. Like right then.
I have no idea why but once I got it home I wasn't interested in reading it any more. Book buyer problems.
The other day I saw it and that beautiful moment happened. You know what I'm talking about. That moment when you see a book and you have to read it. You need to know what's going to happen and see where the story is going to take you. So I picked it up and once I did...well...I couldn't put it down.
I am confident in saying - remember it's only February - that this book is one of my favorites of the year.
Yeah, I loved it that much.
The gist is that our main character witnessed something pretty horrific and she's been placed into the Witness Protection Program. Her name is now Stella and she lives in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. She's been taken from her boyfriend, a drug addict mother, and everything she's ever known. Her life in Thunder Basin is completely different from her life before which I guess is the point but it makes her pretty miserable. Life pretty much sucks for her until she meets the oh so attractive neighbor Chet who is now one of my favorite book boyfriends.
Stella's new "foster mom" and her don't get along at first because she is anti-"the man" and wants her new "mother" to know that she's not happy to be there.
I read a review on goodreads where the reviewer just tore into Stella and what a terrible character she is but I think they're wrong. Her whole world is taken from her, of course she's not exactly the sweetest for some of the book. Once she starts her new job as a car hop and spends more time with Chet she becomes someone I actually really liked.
Dangerous Lies was exactly what I was looking for. The tension between Chet and Stella was amazing and I loved watching their relationship form. I also really loved some of the supporting characters. Becca Fitzpatrick did an excellent job making us fall in love with -almost- every character. I say almost because the bad guys really were bad. The twists and turns in this book kept me on my toes and I was actually really upset when the book was over.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone!!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Twenty One Pilots Book Tag



I found this tag on BookTube and it was created by The BookTube Girl. If you want to check out her answers click HERE

1. Stressed Out
What is a popular book that you have wanted to read for a long time that everyone has been talking about?
A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas fo sho. Everyone raves about this woman period and I actually own this book I just have been saving it for when I really want it.

2. Car Radio
Name a book that contained issues you felt you connected to on a personal level.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Our main character deals with a boyfriend who isn't really the best guy and the way Colleen wrote this story...I just really identified with it.

3. Ride
Name a book that you never wanted to end.
Recently it was Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have a review that I'll be posting soon, it was so so good.

4. Holding On To You
What is a book/series that you have loved since your childhood?
Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson was one of my favorite books in middle school. I bought it a couple years back off ThriftBooks and I've been meaning to read it again but I'm scared I won't love it as much.

5. Tear In My Heart
Name a book that made you feel all the emotions.
Literally everything by the Queen Colleen Hoover.

6. Fairly Local
What is your personal favorite underground book/series?
I had to ask my brothers girlfriend what this question even meant because I'm almost 27 and not hip anymore. Wait I said hip, that doesn't help me at all does it? I still feel like Jay Crownover doesn't get the love she deserves so I'm going to choose The Marked Men series.

7. Ode To Sleep
Name a book that was full of twists and turns and kept you on the edge of your seat.
I hate to use the same book more than once in a tag but omg guys Dangerous Lies was so full of stuff and it was so stinkin good.

8. Goner
What is a book character that you fell in love with from the beginning?
Owen from Confess. Like he came on the page and I loved him.

9. Migraine
What is one book that gave you a headache to read?
Allegiant.

10. We Don't Believe What's On TV
What is a book that you love that most people seem to hate?
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Fifty Bookish Questions Tag

I had the urge to do a tag because they make me happy and I found this one that looked like fun. I hope you all find this tag as fun as I do and if you'd like to participate link your answers in the comments.
Enjoy!!

1. What was the last book you read?
Confess by Colleen Hoover.
2. Was it a good one?
Phenomenal. 
3. What made it good?
Uh, it was written by Colleen Hoover, duh.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
Absolutely!!
5. How often do you read?
It depends. Sometimes I go through a book slump and don't read at all, sometimes I read a pretty good amount, and other times I can't stop reading.
6. Do you like to read?
No, not really my think. Geesh.
7. What was the last bad book you read?
Hmm...it's been a while, to be honest I can't even think of one.
8. What made you dislike it?
...
9. Do you wish to be a writer?
I would love to be a writer.
10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
Oh yes, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.
11. Do you read fan fiction?
No I haven't but Tasha from Tashapolis on YouTube has made me interested in getting into it. Oh wait, isn't Fifty Shades fan fiction? I have read that.
12. Do you write fan fiction?
Nope but I think it could be fun.
13. What's your favorite book?
The Fault in Our Stars of course.
14. What's your least favorite book?
I don't know if it's my least favorite book but I did not like Isla & The Happily Ever After.
15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
I go through phases with that one too. Sometimes I like my kindle because it's easier to read in bed but I really love holding a physical book and seeing the progress I've made.
16. When did you learn to read?
I think I was pretty young but I can't give you an exact age.
17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
No doubt, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. If you haven't read that book you should definitely check it out. It's so so good.
18. What is your favorite book series?
I still really love the Twilight saga but I also love the Shopaholic series.
19. Who is your favorite author?
Colleen Hoover.
20. What is your favorite genre?
Probably New Adult or anything Contemporary.
21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
Augustus Waters fo life.
22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
Isn't that the point of reading?
23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
Jay Crownover once said that she wouldn't write a direct sequel to her books because she didn't want to put her characters through any more and that really changed my perspective on sequels. Of course I'd like to read more about the characters that I love but I also don't want them to go through any more trouble.
24. Which book do you wish DIDN'T have a sequel?
Hmm...I wish Divergent was a standalone.
25. How long does it take you to read a book?
It really depends on the size of the book and how good it is, but usually not to long.
26. Do you like when books become movies?
I really like book to movie adaptations because I like to see the characters that I love come to life.
27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
I did NOT like the Vampire Academy movie. Did not. Not any likeage happening during that movie. None. Nada.
28. Which movie has done a book justice?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower and TFIOS are my favorites.
29. Do you read newspapers?
Not really.
30. Do you read magazines?
I used to read them all the time but not so much anymore.
31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Magazines.
32. Do you read while in bed?
I have an 18 month old little boy so that's pretty much the only time I have the time to read.
33. Do you read while on the toilet?
Haha I'm not sure if I've ever read while using the bathroom.
34. Do you read while in the car?
All the time. I read most of Confess in the car a few days ago.
35. Do you read while in the bath?
Isn't that the point of taking a bath>
36. Are you a fast reader?
Depends on if I really like the book.
37. Are you a slow reader?
Uh, depends on if I really like the book.
38. Where is your favorite place to read?
Anywhere where I can get comfortable.
39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
Not if the book is really good.
40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
Not at all.
41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My oh so lovely momma.
42. What book is next on your list to read?
I'd really like to read Abbi Gline's new book but I don't have it yet so I'm not sure.
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
I'm not sure actually.
44. Who is your favorite children's book author?
Does Judy Blume count?
45. Which author would you most want to interview?
I think I'd have a lot of fun interviewing Sophie Kinsella or Cora Carmack.
46. Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
Colleen Hoover.
47. What book have you reread the most?
I've read Twilight 5 times, The Fault in Our Stars 3 times and Rule...2 or 3 times.
48. Which books do you consider "classics"?
Old books.
49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
Perks, TFIOS, The Outsiders.
50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
 I don't believe in banning books.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise

I adore this book.
I love Lucy.
I do not at all hate Adam Connor.
Ella Maise is my spirit animal.
I read "To Love Jason Thorn" last year and adored it, so when I was sent this book I was the happiest little book nerd in all the lands.
I have actually had my greedy paws on this book for a while now but I've been holding it off for the right time.
Well the right time came my friends and once I finished it I almost went into a deep and serious book hangover. 
It was that good.
We meet Lucy in "To Love Jason Thorn" and grow to love her as Olives best friend but she's even better in this book!!
She's nursing a broken heart and since the boyfriend who took said heart moved away she's also homeless, so she moves in with the best friend and the bff's husband.
One day her and Olive decide to put a ladder up to the wall separating them from their new neighbor actor and super babe Adam Connor. After the peeping toms get down Olive makes Lucy promise that she'll never do it again. It's a promise Lucy somewhat keeps but not really because as soon as Olive and Jason go out of town she goes up the ladder to spy on her neighbor yet again. On one particular day Adams son falls into the pool and when Lucy notices that nobody is around to save him she jumps down and rescues the little boy. However when Adam comes out and sees a stranger with his son his instant thought is psycho stalker and he has her arrested.
Jason ends up going to talk to Adam and explains what happens and after Adam apologizes he ends up letting Lucy take care of his son who no longer has a nanny - since you know she wasn't around when he almost drowned and all.
Throughout the story we get to watch all the delicious tension between Lucy and Adam and it's so very good.
I really liked getting to see Jason and Olive again but I really loved Lucy, Adam and his son too.
This book made me laugh out loud in parts but it also gets a little crazy at the end which I did NOT expect and it was pretty awesome.
I loved this book and I most definitely recommend it. 
Ella Maise you are simply amazing.

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