Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blog Tour: The Storybook Knight Review


Title: The Storybook Knight
Authors: Helen Docherty, Thomas Docherty
Published: September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Source: Finished copy sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Even dragons can’t resist a good story…

Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…"

Review: I honestly didn't know what to expect when I was first introduced to THE STORYBOOK KNIGHT. The covered definitely drew me in, and the story itself also sounded intriguing. Why not give it a go? What I found out was the cover and the summary (though both fabulous) do not do this book justice. Once you tear open the first page, you'll truly see how elaborate the illustrations are. There's no detail left behind, and to top it off, I was blown away by the limerick.

THE STORYBOOK KNIGHT is a fantastic adventure, probably more suited for kiddos 4 and up. I truly believe they'll enjoy each and every bit of the story, and there's always some new piece to catch every time you go through the artwork.

Rating:

5 Stars



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blog Tour: Max At Night Review


Title: Max At Night (Max)
Author: Ed Vere
Published: September 3rd 2015 by Puffin
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Source: Finished copy sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Meet Max - the mighty kitten and New York Times bestseller.

This is Max. Max is very sleepy. It's way past Max's bedtime. Max has drunk his milk. Max has brushed his teeth. Max has cleaned behind his ears. Now Max just needs to say goodnight...

Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can't find the moon to say goodnight to, he sets out to find it. But that's not as easy as Max had hoped... Witty and heart-warming, this stylish and beautifully illustrated book is the perfect bedtime read."


Review: What a great bedtime story! The illustration was just too cute, and the story itself is just as charming as sweet little Max. This is a wonderful picture book for both girls and boys of all ages.

First off, I loved where the story took us with the whole search for the moon. Like I said before, Max is a charming kitten who simply wants to say goodnight to the moon. I loved how the illustration completely focuses on Max and his journey, and everything else was merely background. He stumbles across a few obstacles that has you guessing how he'll find his way to say goodnight, which I believe will intrigue both children and adults. Part of me does wish the story itself was slightly more elaborate, but all in all, a great book to help tuck in your little ones at night.

I can't wait to read this to my soon-to-be little one to help tuck her in at night.

Rating:

4 Stars



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Holding Up The Universe


Title: Holding Up The Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Expected publication: October 4th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Review:
This book! This book is so powerful and has so much soul that it completely touched me in so many different ways. From the writing to the characters to the overall story, I was completely moved and, needless to say, devoured this novel in one sitting. What do you expect when it's written by Jennifer Niven?

Jack and Libby are such wonderfully written characters, flawed in every way you and I are, yet still striving to be better. Yes, there's definitely bullying in this book, and yes, you will feel hurt, but there are moments where you'll be swooning and smiling so hard that you think your lips are going to fall off. It makes up for all the times you're cringing and wanting to simply throw the book across the room just to be done with it. Let's be honest, you don't know true happiness unless you've encountered the deepest of sorrows.

I could go deeper into the story, but I feel like it would ruin it for everyone. Just know that this book offers so many lessons including finding peace in who you are and not who everyone thinks you should be. I feel like I grew as a person after reading HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE and others will as well. For anyone who feels offended by the summary, know that the author drew in both her's and her friend's personal experiences, and it is in no way meant to be offensive. Personally, I feel it's meant to help others and let them know they're not alone.

Rating:

4.5 Stars



Friday, September 9, 2016

The One Real Thing Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway + Excerpt


Title: The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #1)
Author: Samantha Young
Published: September 6th 2016 by Berkley
Source: Finished copy courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her. Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for….


Review: There is absolutely nothing better than curling up with the latest book by one of your favorite authors. Samantha Young just has this incredible talent for sucking you into a story from the very page...Heck, first line! THE ONE REAL THING is not an exception to this. It's quirky, fun, sexy, and just downright good!

The two main characters are easy to love. Both find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. You have Jessica, a doctor at the Wilmington prison who stumbles across some letters that ultimately lead her to a life changing journey. If you've ever read THE LUCKY ONE by Nicholas Sparks, it kind of reminded me of Logan's journey sans angst. Then you have Cooper, a man whose ex-wife cheated on him, running his family bar (with angst!). When these two collide, as cliche as it sounds, sparks flew. Their chemistry is electric. You could feel the sexual tension and oh, when they finally got together...Wowsas! I loved them together more than I did when they were apart. I loved that the author chose to have them build that sexual tension rather than rush into an insta-love relationship. This made me devour the book even faster.

The novel is told through both Jessica's and Cooper's point of views. One thing I found odd was that Jessica's POV was written in first person and Cooper's in third. I wonder if the author did this so readers would relate more to Jessica than Cooper? Either way, it was a little odd to me, but it didn't necessarily take anything away from the overall story.

From the quaint beach town to the sizzling romance, I highly recommend everyone check out THE ONE REAL THING. If you live in an area where the weather still permits, take it to the beach or pool with you, drink a couple cocktails, lay back and enjoy. It really is the best way to savor this fabulous novel.

Rating:

4.5 Stars





Excerpt: Why did it feel like having sex had complicated things so much? Usually sex was complication-free for me.

But before that night I’d been completely sure that Cooper was interested in exploring something more with me, and now I was freaking out that his interest would wane now that he’d had me.

I shook my head slowly. “No. It was good.”

He scowled, his arms tightening around me so much there wasn’t an inch of space between us. “It was better than fucking good, Jessica.”

I scowled back and pushed at his chest for some breathing space. “Well, I’m sure you’d know all about that.”

“What the fuck does that mean?”

“You use the word ‘fuck’ a lot.”

“It’s a good fucking word.”

I was tempted to laugh at how disgruntled he sounded and he seemed to catch my amusement because his hold on me eased.

“What’s going on in your head, Jess?”

I thought about evading this conversation. I’d never had to have an adult, open conversation with a man about sex. However, I realized, somewhat reluctantly, if I wanted something more with Cooper Lawson I was going to have to give him more than I was used to giving.

I couldn’t change his past, but I could figure out what it was he wanted in the future by just being honest and asking the question.

“You still want something with me, right? This”—I gestured behind me to the table—“it wasn’t just about sex.”

“No,” he said. “It’s not just about sex.”

As I heaved a sigh of relief, he let go of my waist to cup my face in his hands, dipping his head down to mine so our noses almost touched. He stared deep into my eyes and I shivered. I felt like he was trying to see right into my soul.

“I’m in this for the long haul, Doc. I was before you walked into my bar tonight, but now, after the best fucking sex of my life, after how wild that was, there’s no way I’m letting you walk out of here without me.”
And there he went doing it again.

His words resonated deep within me along with giving me that deep, sexual belly flip of arousal.

My fingers curled into the top of his biceps. “Best sex of my life, too,” I murmured. “It stunned me a little. Confused me . . . I thought maybe . . . you . . . this was old hat for you . . .”

He gave me a crooked grin. “You think I make a habit of fucking women in my bar.”

“You could,” I said. “You are definitely a man who could pull that off.”

Cooper threw his head back in laughter and I pressed my body deeper into his to feel his joy.

And then he wrapped his arms around me and hugged me.

Just as I’d suspected, he was a really good hugger.

When he pulled back he was smiling gently at me. “You’re the only woman I’ve had in my bar.” He let me go only to take my hand in his. “No one sits at that table anymore.” He gestured to the scene of the best sex we’d both ever had. “It’s now a shrine.”

“You can’t do that!” I was mortified at the possibility of people finding out why there was a table in Cooper Lawson’s bar that no one was allowed to sit at.

“I can. It’s my bar. I think I’ll even carve ‘Coop and Doc were here’ on it.”

Finally getting that he was joking, I made a face. “Funny.”

“You’re slow on the uptake tonight,” he teased.

“My brain was just frazzled by the orgasm to beat all orgasms.”

He squeezed my hand. “You up for more brain frazzling?”

I shivered at the thought. “Definitely.”

His eyes darkened. “Let’s go back to my place.”

Exhilarated by the prospect, I followed him, and it wasn’t until we’d stepped outside the bar into the cool night air that I said, “I don’t suppose you know where my panties are?”

“I do, actually.” He led me to the back of his bar to the parking lot. A dark-colored GMC was the only truck there.

“Um . . . could I have them, please?”

He stopped me at the passenger side of the truck, pressing me up against the car. “Why?” he whispered against my lips before he kissed me deeply. He came up for air a few seconds later. “You’re not going to need them where we’re going.”

The nagging pressure between my legs increased. “You are so very, very good at stringing the exact right words together.”

He kissed me again.

“You’re just good with your mouth in general,” I murmured.

Cooper grinned and brushed his lips over mine. “In the truck, Doc.”


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Monday, September 5, 2016

Papillon Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway




Title: The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon (Papillon #1)
Author: A.N. Kang
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Finished copy received by the publisher/tour in exchange for an honest review
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Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he's lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly. One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window! Exploring the wide world is exhilarating, but it's also a little scary. Will his new friend, a bird, be able to help him find his way home?

Whimsical art and airy text come together seamlessly in this delightful debut by A. N. Kang.

Review: You guys, this book is TOO stinking cute! As a fellow cat lover, I couldn't help but grin like a maniac as I flipped through the pages and read the story. Yes, I was cheesing HARD!

Papillon (which is French for "Butterfly") is a cat who is so fluffy that he actually floats. His owner loves him so much that she starts trying to weigh him down to get him to stay. The thing is, he doesn't want to be weighed down. He wants to float, float, float, and explore.

From the illustrations to the quirky and darling story, I simply loved every minute of this picture book, especially the part that involved costumes. You'll see. I truly cannot wait for my little girl to be born already, so I can read this story to her over and over again. I also can't wait to see when and where Papillon's next adventure will be.

Oh, and be sure to take off the cover jacket once you get your hands on this book. What's underneath is precious!

Once you're done reading, you'll want to pick up your cat and cuddle with her/her for days!

Rating:

5 Stars


LINKS: Amazon | B&N


ABOUT A.N. KANG:
A. N. Kang (www.annakangdesign.com) was born in a little town in South Korea, with endless rice fields around her house. She grew up entertaining herself with picturebooks, and drew constantly. After moving to the United States as a teenager, she graduated from art school and began to design jewelry, greeting cards, and holiday installations all over New York City. She now lives and works in New Jersey with her sassy cat, Papillon. This is Kang’s debut.


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9/5: Addicted 2 Novels
9/6: Mundie Kids
9/7: That Artsy Reader Girl
9/8: Vi3tbabe
9/9: FangirlConfessions
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Show Me How Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Title: SHOW ME HOW (Thatch #3)
Author: Molly McAdams
Published: August 23rd 2016 by William Morrow Impulse
Source: eARC courtesy of the publisher/tour in exchange for an honest review
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After her first love was ripped from her grasp four years earlier, Charlie Easton was sure she would never be able to trust anyone with the shattered pieces of her heart again. That is, until Deacon Carver forces himself into her life, and makes those pieces swirl in chaos. But Charlie doesn't know how to let him in… until a stranger stumbles upon a notebook filled with her innermost secrets, and shows her how.

Deacon Carver is known for sleeping his way through the town of Thatch, as well as the surrounding cities—something he used to take pride in. But that persona has haunted Deacon ever since he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton.

But when another girl falls into Deacon's life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie … even if he's never seen her?


Thoughts: To be honest, I didn't read the prior two novels before reading SHOW ME HOW. Like most NA novels, it can be read as a standalone, but I'm thinking it would've been better as a set. At any rate, I feel like this kept me from truly connecting to the characters. Yes, SHOW ME HOW does give you a bit of a recap to everyone's background, how their relationships are, and where they came from. It definitely has spoilers for the other two novels, but as the reader, you already know most love interests typically end up with together and with a HEA. With all of this said, though I liked SHOW ME HOW, I never really loved it.

The story starts off with Charlie. You can already tell she's a very shy girl with issues that go beyond merely wanting to fade into the background. Though I liked that she adored romance novels (win!) and is a great mom to her son (double win!), I truly never connected with her. She was there but she wasn't, and even though half of the book is from her point of view, I kind of feel like the other characters stood out more. I felt awful for her whenever certain things were said, but other than that, I just found her a bit ho-hum.

Moving onto Deacon. Okay, I don't understand how he can go from despising Charlie to falling for her in such a short time frame. Yes, he completely misunderstood a situation and was genuinely apologetic about it, but he still did really (for a lack of a better word) dumb things that just didn't compute with me. I liked that of all the characters in the book, he grew the most, but I never really swooned over him, which I found disappointing. I'm a swoony kind of gal, and he just didn't do it for me. I will say that I think he would make the most amazing friend in the world, if he will just let you in.

Now, Charlie and Deacon together. Truthfully, I never really felt the chemistry between the two. It felt rather forced, and I couldn't get over why either of them were ever attracted (outside of physical attraction) to each other. How many times will Charlie get mad at Deacon and have Deacon try to apologize? I understand why she was upset, and Deacon did constantly put his foot in his mouth, and because of this, I felt like the majority of their relationship was based on arguing. Also, Deacon never questioned who "Words" was? How strange is that? I felt like it was rather obvious.

I know my review is very critical, and it seems like I didn't enjoy it at all, but I really did like the story. I loved Keith and his supapowers. Who will he be today? He's adorable, and probably my favorite character in this whole novel. I liked Graham's humor and how caring he can be to those he loves. Grey is a wonderful sister-in-law, friend, mother, and person, and though I felt Jagger was a little too protective sometimes, I was comforted by the fact that Charlie had him as a big brother. Both Jagger and Charlie lost in the parent lottery game, but they definitely won in the siblings one.

All in all, SHOW ME HOW was a well-written story with diverse characters and a great small town vibe. Though I didn't love it, I did like it. This was my first Molly McAdams' novel, and I definitely plan on checking out her other books.


Rating:

3 Stars






ABOUT MOLLY MCADAMS:
Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornadoes. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

LINKS: Website | Twitter |Facebook | Goodreads | Google+ | tumblr



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Week 1:
8/29: Bookish Lifestyle - Review
8/30: Addicted 2 Novels - Review
8/31: Stuck In Books - Review
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9/2: Who RU Blog - Q&A

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9/6: BCS Reviews - Review
9/7: Rebel Mommy Book Blog - Review
9/8: Chapter By Chapter - Review
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Every Little Thing Cover Reveal




Addicted 2 Novels is so excited to be part of the cover reveal for EVERY LITTLE THING by New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Young! The second book in the new Hart’s Boardwalk series returns to the picturesque Delaware beachside town for another heartfelt and sexy story…



Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…

Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.

Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.
Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.

We can’t wait for Bailey and Vaughn’s story! But in the meantime, we’re looking forward to the first book, The One Real Thing, that goes on sale September 6th! Pre-order the first book in the Hart’s Boardwalk series today!



Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for…

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About the author: Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Echoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.

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