Thursday, May 12, 2022

Hiatus

 

I am going to be taking a little bit of a blogging hiatus. Things have been pretty hectic here and I just need some time to recharge. These last couple years have been a lot and I think I just need to take a break.

While I am away I am going to be brainstorming ideas to freshen up the blog and determine what I want it to be going forward.

I will be back June 1st with posts. Hope you all have a wonderful rest of May.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Waiting On Wednesday ... Each Night Was Illuminated


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 Each Night Was Illuminated by Jodi Lynn Anderson


Here is the Goodreads synopsis 
With writing that sparks off the page, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson tells a story of saints and floods, secrets and truths, rage and love—and the bravery it takes to bet your whole life on a new kind of hope.

The day the train fell in the lake, Cassie stopped believing in much of anything, despite growing up in a devout Catholic family. Then she set her mind to forgetting the strange boy named Elias who was with her when it happened.

When Elias comes back to town after many years away, Cassie finds herself talked into sneaking out at night to follow him ghost-hunting—though she knows better than to believe they will find any spirits.

Still, the more time she spends with Elias—with his questions, his rebelliousness, his imagination that is so much bigger than the box she has made for herself—the more Cassie thinks that even in a world that seems broken beyond repair, there just may be something worth believing in.
Jodi Lynn Anderson is one of my favourite authors. I have loved each of her novels that I have read. Each has surprised me. Each of them have been exactly what I needed at the time that I picked it up.

Her newest comes out this fall and the synpsis sounds great and I expect it will be incredibly written (as all of her other books have been). 

If you haven't read any of her work previously I highly recommend any of them but Tiger Lily is my absolute favourite.

Expected release date - September 30, 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

Cover Reveal - My Professor by R.S. Grey

We’re revealing the cover of R.S. Grey’s gorgeous new romance, My Professor! Check it out and grab your copy June 2nd!


Title: My Professor
Author: R.S. Grey 
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 2nd 

About My Professor
Young and na├»ve—those are his exact words. Professor Barclay views me as a nuisance, a disruption of his otherwise obedient class and perfectly regimented life. His bad impression of me stems from a simple misunderstanding, and when that impression sours from bad to worse, he decides to make an example out of me in front of the entire class. Every other female student in that auditorium looks on, longing to trade places with me, wishing they were the object of his attention. It’s humiliating. I want nothing to do with him or the tension growing between us, but he feels inescapable.

Deep down, I know I have a crush on him. It’s a shameful feeling I refuse to give life to. Not that it matters—nothing can come from it. Besides our mutual dislike for one another and the fact that he’s my professor, there’s an age gap that should be warning enough. While we might cross the line once—the dark glance across a dimly lit bar…the metallic sound of the bathroom door locking behind us…his hand slowly sliding up my skirt—I know it’s a boundary I can’t break again.

Now, more than ever, he’s off-limits. After four years apart, I’m a brand-new hire at his firm. I’ve convinced myself he won’t remember me. I’m safe here in the wolf’s den. It’s funny, isn’t it? How easily we can delude ourselves if only we want something bad enough.

Nothing has changed.

That same friction roils between us. My gaze still flees from the chill of his glacier blue eyes. At times it seems the only difference is how I respond to his commands. He’s my new boss, so it’s no longer “Yes, Professor”. He expects something a little different—

Yes, sir. 

About R.S. Grey: 

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com  

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday ... Release

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 Release by Lucy Christopher


Here is the Goodreads synopsis 
Ten years ago, sixteen-year-old Gemma Toombs was kidnapped from Bangkok Airport by an infatuated drifter, Tyler MacFarlane, who took her to a secret den in the Australian desert. Now her name is Kate Stone and it’s her turn to confront Ty and try to find answers to the questions that have obsessed her since her ordeal. What is the legacy of this coercive relationship? Who holds the cards now? In the confusion of past and present, will Kate remain trapped in a deranged dance of desire and revenge? Or will she regain control and find release?

Both a courtroom drama set in London and a road trip in the searing heat of the West Australian desert, Release is the story of two people confronting each other, each intent on destruction and survival. A companion to Lucy Christopher’s bestselling novel Stolen, this gripping psychological thriller explores a young woman’s discovery of the complicated truth about a relationship that once seemed alluring.
I love Stolen by Lucy Christopher. It is a book that deals with Stockholm syndrome and asks the reader to sort of feel what Gemma herself is feeling. 

This is a sequel set ten years after the events  of Stolen and it sounds like Gemma is really going to dela with the aftermath of what happened and how she feels about those events with some distance and perspective behind her.

This, sadly, does not have a North America release date at this time. It is releasing in Australia first so you will need order from a  book seller who will ship to North America if you want to get your hands on it. It'll roll out to the UK on June 30th. 

Expected release date - May 31, 2022 (Australia) June 30, 2022 (UK)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Monthly Wrap Up and TBR

I cannot believe April is already over. It definitely flew by on my end. I am still adjusting to my new role so I am not 100 percent back to blogging as much as I wish I was. 

Leading in to the summer I am hoping to read more books and am looking forward to peppering in more light, fun reads. 

Before I talk about what May will bring for me reading wise I have to recap April. 

The books that were on my list are:

A Night to Die For by Lisa Schroeder (goodreads)
Anatomy by Dana Schwartz  (goodreads)

I also had some ebooks that I hoped to read:

The Club by Ellery Lloyd (goodreads)
Birds of California by Katie Cotugno (goodreads)
Groupies by Sarah Priscus (goodreads)
How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder (goodreads)

Here is what I managed to read in March:

Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman (goodreads)
Fresh by Margot Wood (goodreads)
The Club by Ellery Lloyd (goodreads)
A Night to Die For by Lisa Schroeder (goodreads)

I managed to read four books this month. I am going to call that a win because my work/life balance has not been great recently. 

My #PopCultureResolution book for March was Saga: Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, which I managed to read and will review soon. The movie was A Star is Born and that has already been reviewed.

Here is what I hope to read in April :




Anatomy by Dana Schwartz  (goodreads)
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston (goodreads)

I also have some ebooks that I am hoping to get to:



Birds of California by Katie Cotugno (goodreads)
Groupies by Sarah Priscus (goodreads)
How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder (goodreads)

My #PopCultureResolution picks for this month are Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. I had switched it and Monstress in my reading list because my library hold of Heartstopper took a bit to come in. I have already read it and it is amazing! My review is up if you want to read it. My movie is Funny Girl. I am excited to watch it soon! 

Next up is an update on my two reading challenges:

I am not doing any new reading challenges this year. My goal is to finish the one from last year so I am posting what I have left to read here. I have made no progress, but hopefully I can scratch these off this summer.

Jan - The Seven Husband's of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Kelly)

Feb - 
The Birthday List by Deveny Perry (Emilie)

Mar - Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine Von Radics (Ciara)

April - Marriage for One by Ella Maise (Katie)

May - Written In The Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur (Christy)

June -  The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth (Christa)

July - The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Jess)

August -  The Grace Year by Kim Leggitt (Christa)

Sept - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Meaghan)

Oct -   Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston (Katrina)

Nov - Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Kim)

Dec - Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney (Julia)

As for the reading challenge inspired by The Bachelor. No progress to report this month, but i am hoping to sneak in one this month. We'll see how it goes. 

1. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
2. If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy
3. Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
4. Further to Fall by Catherine Cowles
5. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
6. Isn't it Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams
7. My Favorite Souvenir by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
8. Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
9. Marriage for One by Ella Maise
10. Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by Nathan Burgoine
11. Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
12. Open Book by Jessica Simpson
13. Isn't it Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

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

Monday, April 25, 2022

Summer Reading 2022

 

The weather is ever so slowly becoming warmer and it has brought to mind frozen cocktails, ice cream, and pool side reads. This time of year is always when my mind starts to drift to the books that I want to read this summer. 

1. Groupies by Sarah Priscus (goodreads)

I immediately wanted to pick this one up after reading the comparisons to Daisy Jones and the Six. The rest of the synopsis immediately sold me. It sort of reminds me of Almost Famous and I cannot wait to devour this in one sitting.

2. By The Book by Jasmine Guillory (goodreads)

This is the second book in the Meant To Be series (the first is If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy). These are modern Disney retellings and the one is Beauty and the Beast retelling. I have loved all of Jasmine's previous books so this is a highly anticipated read for me.

3. Family of Liars by E. Lockhart (goodreads)

I enjoyed We Were Liars and was pleasantly surprised to learn that a prequel novel was going to be release. This sounds like a perfect summer reading choice for those who want a mystery book in their beach bags. I cannot wait to continue the story of the Sinclair family and find out what other secrets they are hiding.

4.Release by Lucy Christopher (goodreads)

This book does not currently have a North America release date, but it is release in the UK/Australia in time for me to read it this summer. I am eagerly awaiting this to arrive in my mailbox as it is the sequel to Stolen (which is one of my favourite books). This is going to continue Gemma's story ten years after her kidnapping.

5. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid  (goodreads)

It just doesn't feel like summer now without a Taylor Jenkins Reid book. I love that Taylor's newest is releasing at the perfect time to be a final summer season read. It revolves around tennis, has a connection to Malibu Rising, and is written by one of my favourite authors. This inclusion should surprise nobody.

6. Misfit by Elle Kennedy (goodreads)

I have enjoyed many of the Elle Kennedy books that I have read and this one definitely caught my interest when I read the synopsis. This boarding school set read sounds perfect for a summer read and I am already looking forward to meeting this cast of characters.

7. Six Ways to Write a Love Letter by Jackson Pearce (goodreads)

This was compared to A Star is Born so I was immediately interested. I have enjoyed previous books by Jackson so I was pretty excited when this was announced. The synopsis definitely sounds like it'll be a book I enjoy. 

8. I Kissed a Girl by Janet Alexander (goodreads)

This one sounds adorable! It revolves around an actress and a makeup artist falling in love on the set of her newest creature feature. If you gravitate towards fun and romance filled in the summer this may also be one you want to check out.

9. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (goodreads)

This one has come highly recommend to me by a bunch of people (specially my friend Kelly) and I have decided that this summer is when I finally read this one. It  certainly starts off with a interesting premise as the main character randomly marries another woman while in Las Vegas.

10.  More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez (goodreads)

This is for those of you who want a mystery read to help you get that summer sunburn. This featuresa woman married to two men and when the men find out one of them kills the other. Obviously things are not what they appear and there is a mystery to figure out but that premise instantly sold me.

What's on your list for this summer? What are some of your favourite places to read when it gets nice outside? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Elle Kennedy New Book Announcement


I am very excited to share some amazing news for those of you who are fans of Elle Kennedy's books! She is not only releasing a new book but that book is the start of a new series. The cherry on top of this exciting news sundae? The release date is not that far away!


Misfit is the first book in the Prep series and it is definitely going to appeal to those of you who have loved Elle Kennedy's previous books. It definitely sparked my interest after reading the synopsis. 
Finding out your mom is marrying some rich dude you’ve never met is enough to make any eighteen-year-old guy’s head spin. But for RJ SHAW, it only gets worse: he’s being sent to Sandover Prep for senior year. If there’s one place a misfit hacker like RJ doesn’t belong, it’s an ivy-covered all-boys boarding school for rich delinquents.

RJ knows his stay at Sandover will be temporary. Which means there’s no point making friends or trying to fit in. But the plan to remain antisocial goes awry when he meets a gorgeous girl in the woods on campus. SLOANE TRESSCOTT is pure temptation, with a sharp tongue and an ice princess attitude RJ’s determined to crack. Except there’s a catch. Sloane is the one girl he is forbidden from touching.

The headmaster’s daughter.

Good thing RJ doesn’t believe in rules. Sure, Sloane insists she’s swearing off guys this year, but their connection is impossible to deny. He wants her bad, and he’s going to win her over if it kills him.

Unless her ex-boyfriend kills him first.

DUKE, the ruling king of Sandover, will stop at nothing to get rid of his competition. Luckily, RJ’s unwittingly made some friends—his new stepbrother FENN, a pretty boy with a self-destructive streak; LAWSON, self-proclaimed agent of chaos; and SILAS, the All-American Good Guy who can’t actually be as nice as he seems. 

If RJ wants to survive prep school and win Sloane’s heart, he’ll need to adapt—and fast.
How fun does this sound? I cannot wait to meet this cast of characters and figure out who might be the focus of the other books in this series.


You can preorder this at your favourite retailers and it'll be ready for you during prime beach read season. It sounds like it'll pair perfectly with a frozen cocktail of some kind while enjoying the sun.

Amazon // Apple // Kobo // Nook 


Are you counting down the days until July 26th like I am? Do you love books set in boarding schools? Let me know in the comments!

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