Monday, April 6, 2020

Cover Reveal: The Dare by Elle Kennedy

Today we've got an exciting cover reveal for you. The anticipated fourth novel in Elle Kennedy's Briar U series is being revealed and I personally love it.

The colour scheme is fantastic. I love how bright and fun it is! It also fits with the other covers in this series which is always a bonus.

Now that we've shown off the eye catching cover, it's time tell you a little bit about what the book is about.
Get ready for another binge-worthy romance from New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

College was supposed to be my chance to get over my ugly-duckling complex and spread my wings. Instead, I wound up in a sorority full of mean girls. I already have a hard time fitting in, so when my Kappa Chi sisters issue the challenge, I can’t say no.

The dare: seduce the hottest new hockey player in the junior class.

Conor Edwards is a regular at Greek Row parties…and in Greek Row sorority beds. He’s the one you fall for before you learn that guys like him don’t give girls like me a second glance. Except Mr. Popular throws me for a loop—rather than laughing in my face, he does me a solid by letting me take him upstairs to pretend we’re getting busy.

Even crazier, now he wants to keep pretending. Turns out Conor loves games, and he thinks it’s fun to pull the wool over my frenemies’ eyes.

But resisting his easy charm and surfer-boy hotness is darn near impossible. Though I’m realizing there’s much more to Conor’s story than his fan club can see.

And the longer this silly ruse goes on, the greater the danger of it all blowing up in my face.
Who doesn't love the 'fake dating turns into real feelings' trope so  I am immediately interested. There is a lot of excitement over the fact that this is Conor's book so hopefully it'll please fans who have been waiting to read it.

The Dare releases in June, but you can pre-order it now at your favourite ebook retailer.

Amazon // Apple  // Kobo // Nook

You can find out more about Elle Kennedy by visiting her on various social media platforms, and signing up for her newsletter (which even gets you a free short story). You can find out more about the Briar U series by visiting the website dedicated to the series. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Weekly Obsessions

The awesome Kelly at KellyVision started posting a weekly post highlighting whatever she happened to be obsessed with that week. I LOVE this idea, so much in fact that I will be doing it myself every weekend.


First look at Ryan Murphy's Hollywood

One of Netflix's Twitter accounts revealed a bunch of images from the limited series that will be released on May 1st.

I particularly love the above image, but so many of them are great so I urge you to take a look. I am looking forward to a trailer being released so we can see what the tone and feel of the show will be.

What are you obsessed with this week? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Monthly Wrap Up and TBR

Life sure looks a lot different from what it did when I posted last month's reading pile (and March felt like it lasted a year). We are now in the midst of a global pandemic and we're all social distancing and not going out. I am adjusting to working from home.

I am not going to lie, it's been hard for me to not see people. I miss so many of the people I care about. I know that why we are doing it is important and that I have it much better than others, but I am not doing well with it at all. I feel very isolated and lonely a lot of the time.

All of this means that reading is not something that was happening much in March. I did mange to read a bit, and I am in a place where I seem able to focus better so I hope to get more books read in April.

Before I get into what I am hoping to read in April I have to wrap up March.

The books that were on my list are:

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (goodreads)
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (goodreads)
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas (goodreads)

Plus I had some ebooks on my list:

Interference by Harlow Cole (goodreads)
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (goodreads)
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (goodreads)

I managed to read just two books. It's awful, but I was just not in the head space to read at all.

Here is what I managed to read in March:

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (goodreads)
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas (goodreads)

My #2020PopCultureResolution book for March was The Devil in the White City. My review will be going up pretty soon but it was a lot different than I was expecting it to be.

Here is what I hope to read in April:

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (goodreads)
Something To Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (goodreads)
The Goal by Elle Kennedy (goodreads)
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (goodreads)

I also have some ebooks I am hoping to get to. I am keeping this light this month.

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow (goodreads)
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams (goodreads)
The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren (goodreads)

My April #2020PopCultureResolution choices are Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow for the book, and Sabrina for the movie! Excited to get to both of these this month.

What books are you reading this month? Have you read any of the ones on my list? If so, let me know what you think in the comments.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Waiting On Wednesday .... Rodham

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
From the New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Eligible, a novel that imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?

In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise: Life magazine has covered her Wellesley commencement speech, she’s attending Yale Law School, and she’s on the forefront of student activism and the women’s rights movement. And then she meets Bill Clinton. A handsome, charismatic southerner and fellow law student, Bill is already planning his political career. In each other, the two find a profound intellectual, emotional, and physical connection that neither has previously experienced.

In the real world, Hillary followed Bill back to Arkansas, and he proposed several times; although she said no more than once, as we all know, she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton.

But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s powerfully imagined tour-de-force of fiction, Hillary takes a different road. Feeling doubt about the prospective marriage, she endures their devastating breakup and leaves Arkansas. Over the next four decades, she blazes her own trail—one that unfolds in public as well as in private, that involves crossing paths again (and again) with Bill Clinton, that raises questions about the tradeoffs all of us must make in building a life.

Brilliantly weaving a riveting fictional tale into actual historical events, Curtis Sittenfeld delivers an uncannily astute and witty story for our times. In exploring the loneliness, moral ambivalence, and iron determination that characterize the quest for political power, as well as both the exhilaration and painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world still run mostly by men, Rodham is a singular and unforgettable novel.
This book immediately caught my interest due to the 'what if' element combined with it being based off of real events and involving a real person.

It seems like it'll be thought provoking, and interesting to read at the very least. It also might be a great one for book clubs as I anticipate many conversation starters from this book.

It's set to come out in May (as long as there are no delays) so there is a bit of a wait for it, but I think it'll be a popular one to read this summer.

Expected release date - May 19, 2020

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Weekly Obsessions

The awesome Kelly at KellyVision started posting a weekly post highlighting whatever she happened to be obsessed with that week. I LOVE this idea, so much in fact that I will be doing it myself every weekend.

I feel like TV is really the only thing getting announcements right now. Everything is kind of on hold while we practice social distancing for the foreseeable future.


Trailer for The Forgotten West Memphis Three 

The West Memphis Three case is one of those cases that I wish was definitively solved. It's always angered me that this case was so badly handled and that the three victims never really got justice.

There is a new two night special event airing on the Oxygen network (which we cannot get in Canada) that I am hoping to eventually be able to check out.

I am curious to see what new leads might come out of this special. It seems like they are doing a lot of forensic testing so hopefully something comes from it.

The first episode actually aired yesterday on the Oxygen Network, with the second to air this evening. I think it is available to stream on the Oxygen app in the United States for those interested.

Defending Jacob Trailer

This immediately caught my attention because it has Chris Evans in it. It also happens to be based on a book which also tends to make me pay attention to something.

This looks really good, and I am glad Chris is taking so many different kinds of roles right now. It is going to help distance him from just being seen as Captain America.

This will be on Apple TV+ in April and I cannot wait to check it out.

What are you obsessed with this week? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

#2020PopCultureResolution - An Affair To Remember

An Affair To Remember

Director: Leo McCarey

Length:  115 minutes

Cast: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr,

Release Date:  July 111957

Synopsis: A man and a woman have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps her from the reunion, and he fears that she has married or does not love him anymore.

I have many friends who adore Cary Grant and ensured that they suggested his movies when I asked for recommendations. It is the main reason I have two of his movies on my list. One that came up a bunch of times was An Affair To Remember.

It starts out as a sweet enjoyable romance. Cary Grant is enticing charming and Deborah Kerr is very enjoyable as well. They certainly have chemistry (even though I think he had better chemistry with Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story) which is important for this genre. Especially the stuff on the ship! Their banter was fun and that the relationship was deepened by getting to know each other better was a bonus. It really was Cary Grant's charm that sold the romance for me though. I believed that he was worth waiting six months for by the time they get off the ship.

Their first kiss takes place off camera with the above shot being what we see and it still manages to exude sexual chemistry.

I also loved the comedic elements that are more prominent at the beginning of the movie. Everyone on the ship being so invested in what Terry and Nickie are doing and all of the humour around that was especially on point.

The story, naturally, has to have some obstacles for the couple to overcome and I found those to be well done but not original. This movie ultimately felt like a warm blanket on a cold day. It is comforting in its familiarity. It plays the usual tropes of the genre but that is what makes it so enjoyable in the end.

The ending packs the emotional punch that is needed and is even a bit of a tearjerker. It's a memorable scene that caps off the movie perfectly.

I highly recommend this to those who love their romances with a bit of drama mixed it. It has two solid performances from its main cast and a fantastic use of the Empire State Building. It also made me want to check out more Cary Grant movies (as this was only the second one I have seen him in).

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Waiting On Wednesday .... The Betrothed

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.
This sounds like a fun, romantic read that will definitely offer a distraction from everything going on in the world right now. It seems like Hollis might have two suitors vying for her attention! I enjoy a love triangle if it is done well so I am curious to see how this one might play out.

I love that all of Kiera Cass' books have pretty gowns on them. This one matches the synopsis perfectly.

Expected release date - May 5, 2020

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