It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


What you read last?

The third book in the Hudson Valley. I enjoyed this trilogy for it is fun and not all about the sexy times. The main characters have a lot of baggage and it was fun to watch them work it out with their guys.

What Are You Currently Reading?

This is a reread which am 168/375. Am hoping to finish this series by the end of the year.

Am 18% in this and it’s a m/m ranchers who live in Australia.

What do you plan on reading next?

These both go with my scallywagathon tbr so of course there next in the lineup.

Here you go me trying to be more active on here let’s see how long that will last.

September Wrap Up


21. That’s the number of books I’ve read in the month of September. I’ve been listening to audiobooks then actual reading physical books isn’t working for me currently. So here’s all I’ve read in September

Hitched Trilogy & The Fix UP by Kendall Ryan

Hitched vol. 1-3 should been just one book so that the audiobooks would have been cheaper to get. Especially since they had cliffhangers. Then we have The Fix UP which is a spin off to Hitched but about the best friends of there’s. I enjoyed The Fix Up more for the reason it was just one book. Plus if there was a misunderstanding they talked it out instead of dragging it out. Another plus Sterling had a accent which sounded beautifully on audio.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco  (ya/ historical /mystery)

3/5. A bit slow and guessing who the Jack was I had it down to two and was right. However I loved Audrey Rose and the banter she had with her love interest. Also this was historical fiction where women are supposed to ladies and yet Audrey wants nothing to do with it.

Bennett(aa)

Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett (summertime contemporary)

4/5. It was about email exchange which of course yes. I loved the relationships in this book. I loved that Porter and Mink had a hate to more relationship. Didn’t like that who Alex was revealed so early. Or that there was no sign of Minks mom. It was some what explained however was some what open ended.

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Secret in Death (in death #45) by J.D. Robb (mystery/romance)

5/5. Every book in the death series a full star because I love this series. Wish there was more of my favorite side characters instead of glimpse of them. However something finally comes to light that I have been waiting for awhile now. Can’t wait until next year for the next one.

Temptation series by Ella Frank (m/m)

I read all the books that are currently out. 1-4 of them where audiobook while the last one hasn’t came out yet. I loved all the audiobooks the narrator Shannon Gunn does very well with male voices. So far the whole series I give 4 stars. For its about a straight male who just got out of a marriage and is being courted by a another man. This whole series is about excepting of oneself and family issues about those chooses. I love Tate and Logan. Forewarning though every book has a cliffhanger you’ve been warn.

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Depth of Field by Riley Hart  (m/m romance)

4/5.Shane & Maxwell doesn’t have the best past where Shane was greatly bullied by Maxwell and his friends. However years later Maxwell comes back after living right after high school and rock Shane’s world. I loved how slow they took to become more especially since they have such a ugly and hurtful past. Once they work that out though it was still a tough road and I loved it.

Kage Trilogy by Maris Black

3/5. Each book had a element of the reporter and the boxer. Its a trilogy about there struggles with long distance, jealous, dark past, and mafi elements in each story. The whole trilogy is pretty short and if listening to them in 2x can finish each in a day. Plus another book trilogy that has cliffhanger ending just so you know.

 The Royal Series by Erin Watt (new adult romance/ bad boys)

4/5. I know a lot of people dislike this book however I ate them up. Especially since it had a family of bad boys which I have a really soft spot for. Plus Ella was a bad ass all by herself. She was put into this family pretty much against her will and the boys where just demons to her. However she never backed down from those or those in her new prep school. The whole school situation was missed up. For it is ruled by the students and the teachers can be paid off. I need the to read the spinoff but not all the books are out so am waiting because I know there are cliffhangers.

Zapata (twow&m)

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata  (sports romance)

3/5. This has a hate to love relationship between employee for her boss. For though Vanessa has worked and hated her employer Aiden never seem to care. Except if it has to do with working out and his career. That was until Vanessa has enough and quit and Aiden needs her help. This was a over 600 page book which was okay in audiobook however for most of it nothing really happened.

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Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (reconnection/long-distance/romance)

3/5. This was a cute story of old friendship reconnecting thanks to a drunk call. I loved how cute this story was and wish it was a bit longer. I feel like there was loose ends that I would like to see resolved and not just mentioned in the epilogue.

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren  (ya/coming of age/mm)

4/5. I can see a lot my own personality in Tanner especially when it comes to laziness and process of writing a book. Though I didn’t fully understand the religious aspect of this book especially it being set in such a religious setting. Also we have mostly Tanner Point of view, however Sabastian does it one with a different voice which threw me. I’ll have a better review later am still thinking on it.

So yeah here’s my ramble review and hopefully I’ll have some reviews up that make a bit more sense later on. Thanks if you made it though and see you next time with my haul for September.

 

 

BR: Rebel of the Sands


Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: The Rebel of the Sands-1
Publisher: Viking Books-2016
Format: Hardback/Audiobook
Page Count: 314/ 9 hrs. 31mins
Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Rating: 4/5

Summary: Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. 

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

PRO’S:
The writing was beautiful. The way that Hamilton describe things just made me want to highlight all the passages. Especially when listening to it because Soneela Nankani has a beautiful storyteller voice that brings the images more real.

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This book gripped me from the first because I loved how tough Amani is and how hard she worked to changing her life. She wasn’t going to be like all the other girls in her small town. Amani taught herself how to shoot and raised money to get out of her uncle’s thumb and I have to give her props for that. The smart mouth on Amani and how quick she is with her comments while having a smile on her face. From the first paragraph, I could tell that Amani is going to be a straight up badass and I was right.

“I’m looking for a man.”
“Funny, most men round here are looking for a woman.”-16%

You stole it first. If you hadn’t set such a bad example, maybe I would’ve never stolen your broken compass.”-36%

The humor between Jin and Amani is so adorable. They both are quick with a comment and are sarcastic which I totally get behind.

“You’re too smart to play dumb, Bandit.”
“You’re mistaking my playing dumb for my thinking you’re an idiot for wanting a beat-up compass”-36%

“I don’t mean to worry you and all,” I said, trying to keep my voice calm, “but have you noticed that you’ve been shot?” “Ah.” Looking at him closer now, I could see he was clutching the counter to stay upright. “I’d almost forgotten about that.”-18%

I could predict Jin’s secret so when that was revealed I wasn’t surprise. Jin was supposed to be this mystery who’s that guy type of thing, but it didn’t really work on me. I loved though that he didn’t try to stop Amani from being herself.

However, when Amani twist came I was actual surprised. I probably should have seen it coming, but since I didn’t I had a bit of a shock. Plus, the tag on the cover that says she’ll always be more gunpower than girl. The desert has other plans. Is very true once you read the book.
Disliked:
Something I didn’t like about Amani is her breaking promises. She left her best friend to suffer and promises herself she won’t break another and does it anyway. Which came back to bite her as things like this usually happened. But then when she had the option to leave Jin after he is injured Amani stays with him.

Currently there is no love triangle which is a relief and how it carries onto the second book.
Which because there wasn’t a cliffhanger I can wait a bit before I pick up the next book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the ending, and that there isn’t question I need answered. I just have plenty of books to read currently first.

BR: Tell Me Three Things


Author: Julie Buxbaum

Series: N/A

Publisher: Delacorte Press-2016

Format: hardback

Page Count: 328

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved.

FIRST THOUGHTS:

a contemporary that I actually liked based in a high school who would have thought. I don’t do much contemporaries because there predictable and can be very much drama base. However this book though had the drama and predictable nature of a contemporary I couldn’t stop reading it.

For one thing to see Jessie as she struggles with all the fact that her dad remarried when she didn’t even know he was dating again. The whole move from her small town to a place like CA where you meet her new stepmom and stepbrother. To going to a new school full of rich kids have a awkward start and it not getting much better. Jessie was feeling so alone especially since her best friend Scar was back home and her dad pretty much left Jessie to fend for herself. I could feel her struggle of trying to fit in a new place and my heart went out to her.

Pros:

So I love messages between characters. Especially if its a secret one which is probably why this part kind of reminded me of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens. SN always knew who Jessie was and was trying to be helpfully by giving her the tools to survive school.

How Jessie goes all Spy Kids trying to go through the boys she meet and connect them to their online conversations. It was even more fun when her friends got involved and was going over the pros and cons with her.

The friendship being realistic Jessie makes new friends in CA while still keeping contact with Scarlet back home. I loved how Buxbaum showed the struggles of long distance friendships because it can be hard for both people. And they talked about it instead of just drifting apart and never speaking again. Then we have the two different friendships that become one.

The meaning behind title was one of my favorite parts and couldn’t help but think how cute this method is to get to know someone. To watch the romance between SN the online verison along with the in person SN was cute. How Jessie was falling for both and didn’t know it, and was thinkin it was someone else. Fun times.

How her and her stepbrother bounded from not speaking to each other to actually him having her back. Theo was a funny character and I just wanted more of him.

Love that she found a place among books to work. Do you know how much of a dream it would be if I could be surrounded by books all day and get paid.

Negative:

How I knew who the love interest was way to soon. Which is weird since I can’t predict a mystery plot very well however who the mystery love interest is I get. Which isn’t to say am disappointed in who SN is because am not. It would have been better to length it out a bit.

That there wasn’t more family moments between Jessie’s blended family. There was plenty between the stepsiblings but nothing between the parents and the kids that made it look like they’ll work it out.

The bullying I don’t know why Jessie was targeted and it went on forever. At first it was name calling and under breathe comments. But then it got physically, and nothing really happens about it. I could of done with these parts.

I didn’t like how long it took Jessie to tell her father off. I get that she wanted to make him happy by making it seem that the whole situation didn’t bother her. However I felt that she should have blown sooner.

The how it played out wasn’t my favorite for the big reveal either. I could have probably seen it coming and I actually laughed at how awkward that must have been. But it worked out and now SN & Jessie are together without the use of a secret.

Tell Me Three Things is something to pick up if your into the secret relationship along with some real things happening as well. Its cute and recommended for those contemporary lovers out there.

June/July Wrap Ups


So I finally got this up. I read a totally of 5 books in June and 1 in July so I decided yeah lets just combined them. So here is my wrap up with short summaries and what I thought. There will be reviews for all of them and not just the three I linked below. Am slowly getting back to reviewing so it will be up soon-ish.

Hunting(su)Rating: 4/5

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: He owned her since he was the reason she blew her audition which caused her to lose her place.

I enjoyed this book it had plenty of humor and romance plus a cute ferret added into the mix and yet I wanted more. 

Albert(su)

Rating: 3/5

Series: gaymers-1

Genre: m/m romance

Summary: Two men who are totally opposite bound over a road-trip across country.

Another gay romance that I thought was cute especially with them being on the road in a RV with two dogs. However though the book was cute and I didn’t have many problems with it. It was a meh  read for me.

 

McCormack (fu)

Rating: 3/5

Genre: male/male romance

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: story about two men who bound while remodeling a house.

In my review I write how this book was very meh compared to his other books that I’ve readMcMonus (ofil)Rating: 5/5

Genre: YA/Mystery/Thriller/Contemporary

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: 5 Kids from different school status get detention and only 4 survive. Now the rest have to deal with being suspects and having everything changing.

Favorite read of June I could not stop listening to the audiobook because I just needed to know more. Yes it is predictable at times however McManus knows how to weave a good mystery together along with friendship and a dash of a romance. PLEASE GO READ IT.

Gaiman (tgb)

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA/ Paranormal/Horror

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: This is the childhood of Bod the orphan who is raised in a graveyard to keep away from a killer.

This book was just his adventure as he grow up with the undead. It was cute because it showed him get lesson from the ghost and go on adventures that got him in trouble. Its my second favorite and highly recommend the audio for its a full cast of fun

Zabo(t)

 

Rating: 3/5

Series: takeover-1

Genre: male/male romance

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: It was supposed to be a one night thing on a topical island with no names exchange and that is it. However comes out they meet again with one being the boss. OOPS.

I believe that though this book is cute I had a problem with the reason why one of the guys in the closet. Plus how it seems they could never figure out if they want to be together or not. 

 

There it is the rambles of a this quick overview of the books I’ve read. Thanks for reading and look out for more reviews soon. 🙂

 

BR: Fixer Uppers


Author: Devon McCormack

Series: N/A

Format: kindle

Page Count: 328

Genre: M/M Romance

Publisher: Devon McCormack

Published Year: 2017

Rating: 3/5

Summary:

MIKEY
I’ve never messed around with a guy before. Not that I haven’t been attracted to guys. The opportunity just never came up.
I stand at the front door, naked. My bro’s roomie, Scott, is pissed about how much noise I made with the girl I just escorted out of their apartment, but I figured we were alone, and I couldn’t help that she liked to scream out to let me know she was enjoying herself. Just like I can’t help that the raging boner I have right now is for Scott, not her. I don’t know what it is about the angry glare he’s giving me that turns me on so much, but I just want to tug on his curly brown locks and hear him call out my name as I show him a good time.
Scott doesn’t want anything to do with me. At least, I think that’s the case, but I learn just how wrong I am one night when we wind up tearing each other’s clothes off and racing for the bedroom. He blows my mind…and well, me too. We spend the next few days messing around before I head back to California. That’s supposed to be the end of it. But after my sister makes a crap investment on a rundown house near my bro’s apartment in Atlanta, I jump at the opportunity to help her fix it up. I don’t want her to have to stay with our parents, who I’ve avoided since I left for college–don’t get me started.
Scott volunteers to work on the project too, which gives us plenty of time to have a little fun together. It’s supposed to be about fixing up the house, but the more time I spend with him, the more I realize it’s not the only fixer upper Scott’s working on. He’s doing something to me–making me better. And even though I’m heading back home when this is all over, I don’t want it to end. Because I’m falling for Scott…so hard.


This hurts me for the fact that am a fan of Devon McCormack books after reading three of his other books other and loved them. However this book was missing what I loved about the other books.

I Think my biggest issue is the writing felt off to me. It just felt different from hi other books I’ve read. It was a bit cheesy for me that I had some omg I can’t believe they said that.

I still loved the two main characters Scott and Mickey and have a soft spot for what they went through. They both have family issues that they have to deal with. And they also was each others support system when needed it was sweet. However for a duel POV it was a bit one sided with Mickey being center which is fine since he has the most family issues. However Scott to had some issues that was glimpsed at then wrapped up pretty fast. I would of just liked it to be more equal and seeing more Scott with his family and not just a couple times.

There is somethings I did like about this book. Like the sibling relationship. Mickey may not have the best relationship with his parents however he has a real tight one with his siblings. The building aspect when it actually was getting done was cool with Mickey doing that for a living and being a good teacher to Scott the graphic designer they made a good time.

The romance was a up and down thing to me. Sometimes I was so for it other time it was just straight up cheesy. They seemed to want to just have the relation part but not the ship part. Which is annoying how they kept everything in there head and asked what’s going to happen next their like I don’t know. If they talked about it more it would have been much easier to mange but of course need the drama.

I liked this book for the relationship between Mickey and his sibling and how Mickey and Scott did start to bound. On the other hands it was cheesy read and has lots of weird worded things in it, and the spacing was off. So for your first of these who are first time with these author these should be your first book to read of his. I would recommend Between these Sheets, Filthy Little Secret, and Tight End.  These are the reason I enjoyed the author so much and should be tired out.

June Bookish Haul


 

So here is all the books I’ve brought in June it being physical to kindle and lastly audiobooks. There is a lot so please enjoy..

Physically I finally caved and brought the boxset for the mistborn trilogy. Am proud though since bookoutlet had that 15% sale that I sadly didn’t do. However these are so pretty that I have no regrets.

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Kindle buys was a little more crazy because I love the deals for them. So this is where my buying went a little crazy. However I only brought one book over 3.99 so that’s not bad for me.

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Side note: I’ve read all the Devon McCormack books Between the Sheets and Tight End where 5 stars. However FU: Fixer Uppers was a three.

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Now to my audible buys which wasn’t bad since there is only 7..

So in total I brought:

3-paperbacks

65-kindles

7-audible books

Bringing my total to: 75 and I’ve only read: 5

I want to say I want to go on a ban however I already brought 5 books and its only the first of the month. Yeah no control people. Also am behind on these but don’t know if I should post them. Let me know if you may be interested to see how bad my kindle buying is.

until next time 🙂

Bookish Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

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Best sequel you’ve read so far?

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New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?Saenz(teloml)

Most anticipated release for second half of 2017?

Biggest disappointment?

fixer Upper

Biggest surprise?

McMonus (ofil)

Favorite new author?

Newest fictional crush?

Book that made you cry?

bardugo(ck) (I didn’t actually cry however I was close)

Book that made you happy?

Favorite book to movie adaption you saw this year?

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Favorite review you’ve written this year?

I really liked my One of Us is Lying review even if it seems pretty rambling lol.

Most beautiful book you brought so far this year?

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What book do you need to read by the end of the year?

To dang many to be absolute truthful

So yeah I did a tag and so glad you read and see the few books that’s I’ve read.

February Wrapped Up


I did better this month then January which makes me really happy. So here is my month wrap up for the shortest month of the year.

Books Read:8

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Rating:

6-*****

2-****

Format:

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kindle-3

audible/kindle-1

audible/paperback-1

BOOK HAULS: Both from book outlet the first 10 are from the beginning of the month. The second half is the end of the month.

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   Last  Kindle Buys:

Audible Buys: Thanks to them having a deal on 1st books in series. So now I have plenty of starters to get through.

Links to my post for the month of February…

Book Review: Collide

Book Review: Crossroads

Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Kindle Haul: Two Weeks Worth

Kindle Sunday Haul

Audio Review: A Monster Calls

So that was a lot of work to show me buying plenty of books. However I went from reading O books to 8 which I call progress. Hope everyone had a good month, and got plenty books read. 🙂

 

Kindle Sunday Haul


This is so late so its just going to be pictures. Going to keep myself accountable for my addiction:)

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So there you go these are consist of new releases. continuing on books that I haven’t even read the first one. Plus squeal that you did read the first book but didn’t know if you wanted to continue. Wanting another format because why not for cheap. Plus some standalones that didn’t sound bad that’ll probably seat for awhile.

Until next time have a good week 🙂