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Tag it Thursdays: This or That

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Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

This or That Tag

I love tags that make me choose between a set of predetermined choices–less work for me…in theory. There are a few categories down here that I wish had a third option for.

This tag was originally created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks and I was tagged by the awesome Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger. Definitely check out her answers because she’s got some great ones.

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

1. Reading on the couch or in the bed?

I’m a bed reader. It’s how I wake up in the morning and how I go to sleep at night.

2. Male main character or female main character?

I want to read more books where the lead is a male. I tend to stick to genres where female characters are more prevalent; though, duel POVs seems to be very popular in New Adult fiction…

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks?

I have such a sweet tooth, it’s insane.

4. Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogies though I honestly prefer duologies. Trilogies have a more natural progression to me, even if they slump a bit in the middle. Quartets are hard to write plot-wise.

5. First person POV or third person POV?

Man, sometimes I wish these questions had a situation to give some context! I tried to answer this exact question in a Throwdown Thursday post earlier last year. Short answer: I prefer my romances to be first person but my mysteries and thrillers to be third person.

6. Reading at night or in the morning?

Damn, I do both. But I find the morning to be most productive in terms of reading more. I get up earlier than I have to in order to get a few chapters in before work/school.

7. Libraries or bookstores?

I am cheap but I also love to support my local library. I would say that 90% of the books I read are from the library though I’ve tried to read more of the books I own over the last year.

8. Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Let’s go with cry. I usually read alone so no one can judge me as I shed a tear or fill a bucket. I prefer my movies to be humorous.

9. Black book covers or white book covers?

Are we talking the hard cover the dust jacket covers? In that case black because it shows less dirt.

If we are talking the cover itself, I like the clean contrast a white cover provides.

10. Character driven or plot driven stories?

I’m going with plot. I can hate the lead characters but still enjoy the plot of a novel; it just helps if I like them or if they have strong character development.


Thanks again Jordan!

Please Tag Yourself and Link Back for me to read!

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The Perfect Match: Spring 2017

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Spring 2017 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

I’m taking a non-contemporary approach this time around and featuring some Science Fiction hybrids in the YA and Adult Fiction universe.

Why This Match?

Inherit the Stars focuses on interplanetary conflict between 3 royal houses. Two of the heirs find themselves in an arranged marriage in the hopes of bring some semblance of peace to their people. Of course, these two being to bond and see that there is more to the other person than the prejudices they’ve grown up with their entire lives. That premise there is the same one you can find in The Book of Ivy and its arranged marriage trope. I picked Academy 7 because the opposites attract relationship is strong in that novel and the secrets the characters are keeping has a lasting impact on the narrative.

Why This Match?

Aza’s lung condition in Magonia readily reminded me of Lily’s allergies in Trial by Fire. But once they leave their worlds, they become a completely different–and healthy–person. Across the Universe might seem like an odd pick but the setting of a mysterious ship that slowly uncovers its secrets is something both it and Magonia share.

Why This Match?

When you take the gritty, take no prisoners attitude of An Ember in the Ashes and add in an outwit and outlast challenge like The Hunger Games, you get the Red Rising Trilogy. Only elevated to a whole new level.

Agree or Disagree with my picks?

Feel free to suggest some of your own in the comments below!

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Blog Tour Excerpt: To Betray My King by Kayla Lavan

Synopsis for To Betray My King (from Goodreads):

Would you choose to save your kingdom or follow your heart?

Brave and kindhearted, Arianna is a princess of a kingdom that nobody wants. The magicless. Marrying the charming, flirtatious, and egotistical Prince Roland was the last thing either of them wanted, but for the sake of their people they agreed. War breaks out with the neighboring kingdom, forcing the prince’s hand to join in the fight. He leaves his new wife with the only man he trusts, his childhood friend, a dutiful, strong, and handsome knight.

A sweet romantic tale of forbidden love in a dark fanatical world.

Other books in the series:
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Series: The Betrayal Legacy
Author: Kayla Lavan
# of Books: 3 (To Betray My King, To Betray My Kingdom, To Betray Myself)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: No, there are sequels planned
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Heat Rating: warm **suggestive content**
Point of View: Third Person, Multiple
Publication Date: May 1, 2017 – ongoing

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The next morning Conrad went to Roland’s room, only to find the prince sitting outside of the door, sleeping. Conrad smirked. With swift kick against his shoulder, the prince fell onto the floor with a thud. Roland groaned, rubbing his face as he sat up.

“I see the princess has been keeping true to her vow to punish you whenever you do something stupid.”

“Quite the jester you are this morning.” He gave a slow mocking laugh and got to his feet. “Her being so jealous was rather adorable, but last night she wasn’t cute at all.” He rubbed his sore back. “She kicked me out of my own bed and threw me in the hall!”

“Good.” Conrad’s smirk grew, enjoying his pain. “Maybe it will teach you a lesson, and remind you that you are a married man.”

“I might be married, but it doesn’t mean I have to ignore every woman for the rest of my life.”

“That’s exactly what that means.”

“That’s absurd–” The door opened, smacking the prince in the face. Roland groaned, bringing his hand up to his nose.

The princess smiled. “Hello Conrad.”

He greeted back with a nod. “Princess.”

She noticed Roland. With an angry huff, she stuck her nose in the air and went down the hall. Conrad patted Roland on the back. “You are married now, get used to unfair things.”



Kayla Lavan

I’ve been writing half of my life, starting at the ripe old age of 13. Back then my favorite pass time was doodling in class, sleeping in class, and studying tests or homework that was due the next class period. But by night I lead a secret life. I would go home, turn on my computer, and get on my dial-up Internet (which makes me sound really old) and I would write. At first it was for fun. I was brave back then and posted everything online. In the 14 years I have been writing, I have posted over 1.5 million words, all of which is still available to read for free. My most well known story being “Fun ‘N’ Games at Ouran”. A year or so ago I posted a one-shot that was 50k-60k in words. Afterwards, I looked at it laughing, and said to myself “I think I would like to get paid for this now” and then ‘To Betray My King’ was born. It seems so simple as I’m sitting here, typing this for you to read, but it’s the truth. ‘Betray’ is my first book, but it won’t be my last. I love writing. I would never give it up for anything in the world.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Monthly Inventory: April 2017

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For most of April, I’ll admit that I felt like I was running around with my head cut off. Adjusting to a life of shift work has been challenging to say the least (you can read about my voyage into the world of “adulting” here). I’m hoping things will mellow out in May and I can get that work-life-balance back.

As I was composing April’s inventory, I for sure thought my numbers were going to be pretty dismal. Honestly, this entire month I felt overwhelmed with all the reading I had to do. I felt like I wasn’t making any progress with my challenges or with my TBR. But as I gathered all my numbers for the month, I realized I actually had a better month than I anticipated! That feeling of accomplishment is why I brought this feature back as a monthly one and it really lifted up my spirits for the month of May.

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Total for April 2017: 18 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read

Last April: 13 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 1 Books

Standout Reads (★★★★★)


Havoc was easily one of my most anticipated sequels of this year (possibly EVER) and I was stoked to finally get my hands on this novel. And it did not disappoint!
Ninja Girl was just a great read. It has such a positive message about staying true to yourself while still maintaining such a fun atmosphere. Devoured this entirely in one sitting.

Biggest Let Down (★★★)


I’m a huge Claudia Gray fan and I was super excited to get an ARC copy of Defy the Stars. And while I enjoyed it,
it just didn’t have that spark of excitement that I wanted it to. That being said, the foundations are all there and I’m hoping the sequel can build upon that.

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I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress on my Kobo every month (and compare it to last year’s numbers). While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. As per my #ShelfLove Challenge, I really want to increase the Total % of Library Complete by the end of the year.

As of:

April 30, 2017

January 31, 2017*

Total % of Library Complete

21%

20%

Total # of Books Finished

548

531

Total # of Reading Hours

2459

2150

*Normally I do a year to date comparison but I couldn’t find my stats for April 2016 🙁

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TTT: Must Read Tropes in Books

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Blog Tour: Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman

View this year’s archives for more posts and reviews!

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

 

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You can always get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated page but here is a quick update:

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 6 of 25 Titles Read

May’s 5Y5B picks: A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights, #1) The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1)

Goodreads Challenge: books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 2 TBR Items

May’s #ShelfLove Priority picks: The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1) The Truths about Dating and Mating (Riordan College, #1)

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: N/A

May’s pick: Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

View my Challenge Progress Here!

In February, I brought back my Tackling the TBR feature and announced my plan to get my Goodreads TBR down to 500 books. Here are my current standings:

  • Current TBR Shelf: 612 books
    • Initial Number in February: 1205 books

So long as I keep an eye on what books I add every month, I should be able to read 100 books by the end of the year and get that number closer to 500.

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You can still join in on these discussions:

Here are some of my favourite posts that I’ve come across the past month. These ones in particular are ones I found during the #BHPChat on Twitter last Tuesday:

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I had this song on repeat all month!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
Leave a comment below!

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Must Read Tropes in Books

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

I always mention my must-read tropes when I write reviews on books with the theme but I’ve never complied a list in one place. So I was excited for the chance to list them all together!

(In no particular order):

Forbidden Love

I LOVE stories where two people who shouldn’t be together can’t help but fall in love. The sexual tension is always brimming to the surface and the “will-they-won’t-they” moments get me every time.

Favourite:

Queen of Blood

Check out some of my other favourite forbidden love reads!

Fake Relationships

I’m one of those romance readers who likes her relationships to be based on a strong emotional connection in addition to passion and I find I get that 95% of the time in fake relationship stories. I find these leads talk more often than their lust-driven counterparts and so the relationship is easily established and obvious to me. Plus, you get some great sexual tension along the way!

Favourite:

One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend, #1)

Check out some of my favourite fake/arranged relationships reads!

Enemies to Lovers

I suppose you could associate this trope with forbidden love but I like to think of this as a subdivision of that trope. Often these two can’t even fathom a relationship and then something happens to change their minds. Again, I feel like the emotional connections are stronger as these characters learn more about each other. Through this, they see how similar they are then different and what great partners they would be.

Favourite:

Lace Up

Check out some of my other favourite enemies to lover (1) and/or hate to love you (2) reads!

Unorthodox Relationships

I’m not talking about forbidden love like teacher-student relationships; I’m talking about romances between characters who aren’t often the leads in romances. Like porn stars or falling for your mom’s younger boyfriend. I like that fiction is an outlet to explore these situations we don’t encounter in real life (and hopefully generate a discussion on why society feels the way it does about the topic).

Favourites:

Porn Star (P*rn Star, #1) and Forbidden

Check out some of my other favourite “taboo” reads!

In Love with Rockstars/Musicians

Musician bad boys are my kryptonite! Who doesn’t fantasize about your fave musician noticing you in the crowd and wanting to be yours forever? Swoon!

But another reason I love band-based stories is the fact that you follow a band! You follow a cast of characters as they pursue their dreams and fall in love. It’s so easy to get attached to the characters!

Favourite:

Mayhem (Mayhem, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite rocktar reads!

Love Games

I kept that heading a little broad because there are two love games I love: 1) trying to hurt the player and 2) trying to get someone else to notice you. Now both of these could be found in other tropes ( 1- players falling in love and 2- fake relationships) but I do think they are a separate category. Again, I enjoy the partnerships and unexpected connections these characters experience as they plot to achieve what they initial think is best for them.

Favourite:

Crushed (Redemption, #2)

Check out some of my other favourite love game reads!

Imperial Russia

This probably isn’t a trope, more of a setting, but it does have certain tropes associated with it like the supernatural elements and royalty. I adore the rich culture of Imperial Russia and I always enjoy the unique approaches author’s take when using this setting.

Favourite:

The Gathering Storm (Katerina, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite Imperial Russian reads!

Shakespeare

I’m a HUGE Shakespeare fan. (I’m one of those people who willingly took a Shakespeare elective in university). It’s a personal lifetime goal to try to read and see all of his plays before I die.

So naturally, I adore any retelling or story that alludes to his work. You can do so much with Shakespeare’s works and the interpretations of it and I love uncovering it.

Favourites:

Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange, #1) or Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite Shakespeare reads!

Faeries

There are a few things I like about faeries. I like that they have the “honesty” policy and how you can never trust them. I like the magic of them and their world (and how it is so unique from story to story). They usually have a lot of action and often have political intrigue too. Throw in some forbidden love and centuries of unrest and you have everything a story needs to be entertaining!

Favourite:

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite faerie reads!

The Jackass Player Falls in Love

While I don’t enjoy like asshole dudes in real life, I have a huge soft spot for them in my romance reads. I think it’s their confidence that draws me in and seeing that confidence shatter when they meet the perfect girl that challenges them in a way they never expected. I just love seeing them put in their place!

Favourite:

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)


What tropes have you coming back for more?

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SERIESous Discussion: How “Adulting” Changed My Reading Habits

Since I started my blog in 2013, I’ve been an academic student. Whether it was as an undergrad degree or completing my post-graduate schooling, I’ve only ever talked about my experiences reading from the perspective of a student. And now that I am finally “adulting” and starting the career that I’ve worked so hard for over the last few years, I’ve noticed quite a few changes to how I read. Below, I’m going to talk a bit about what these changes are and how learned to adapt to them.

Problem #1: Bye-Bye Morning Reading Session

Solution: Workout Instead

I’m a morning person so getting up early has never been a problem. Part of the reason I was able to read so many books in the past is due to the fact that I would get up earlier than I needed to so I could devour some pages. Getting that extra 20-60 minutes really helped me read books faster.

But now, I’m more pressed for time in the morning and simply can’t afford to “just read one more chapter”. I need to be somewhere at a specific time and the time it takes to read one chapter can vary from book to book. So my solution was to find something that had a set time-frame and so I decided to do my workout routines instead. Now, when I get home, I don’t have to dread working out and can instead reward myself by reading.

Problem #2: A Total Commute of 2 Hours Every Day

Solution: Listen to Audiobooks!

Commuting longer than 10 minutes is quite the change for me. It would be different if I was taking public transit because I would just read but I have to drive myself 1 hour each way. So I can’t really read while I drive and my voice can’t take me singing for 2 hours every day either 😉

Before I started my job, I used to just listen to nonfiction audiobooks. I had never listened to a fiction audiobook and so I decided it was worth a shot. I’m really glad I did because it is a great way to pass the time and I actually feel like I did something productive while I drive.

Problem #3: I Moved Back Home

Solution: Set A Reading Time.

I’m really lucky that I am able to move back home for my job. It’s saving me a lot of money which is great. But it is also a big change because I’ve lived on my own for the last 3 years. It’s so easy when you live alone to just read a book all day and not feel guilty but now that I live with other people again, I have more of a social life!

Now I make sure that I go to bed at a set time (which is hard to do when you work shift-work), usually 30 minutes before I want to sleep, so I can read a few chapters before I fall asleep.


These definitely aren’t “problems”, they’re simply changes to my everyday habits that I’ve formed over the last 6 years. I always try to seize every opportunity when it comes to reading (you can see some of my tips here) and that’s what I have to do here as well. It’s just really hard to change your every day habits.

Anyone else struggle with transitioning from student to functioning adult?

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#ShelfLove Discussion: What Books Have Collected the Most Dust?

One of the main reasons I picked the #ShelfLove Challenge this year was the seasonal discussions it had. It’s a fun aspect and one I think will help keep the challenge fresh throughout the year for me.

Top Unread Books That Have Been On Your Shelf the Longest

Bring on the shame!

For this topic, I decided to break it down in a few different ways. The #ShelfLove Challenge is all about books I’ve purchased over the years and, right now, I have 3 “sources” so to speak. I have the books I buy for my Kobo, my Kindle and for my physical bookshelf. So I’ll be sharing some of those below:

Physical Bookshelf

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)

Publishing Date: October 2008  |  Date Purchased: Before 2010

This is one of those classic cases where I bought the book and then read a completely different series by that author first. I originally bought Lament because it was a faerie story and I adore those. But since then, I’ve read two series by Stiefvater and had mixed feelings on them. I’m not sure if this book will survive my cleaning purge but we will see.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Publishing Date: 2003  |  Date Purchased: 2009

Back when I was still buying physical books, this one was on sale for $5. I remember the movie had either just been released or was just about to be so I figured why not? I’ve actually loaned this out to at least 2 people and have yet to read it for myself.

Kobo Bookshelf

Love Struck

Publishing Date: 2011|  Date Purchased: December 26, 2011

Probably the most embarrassing one on this list because this novella is a total of 53 pages. I adored Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series so it was a no brainer to pick this one up during a Boxing Day sale. Hopefully I can find the 30 minutes it will take to read it this summer…

Stolen Away

Publishing Date: January 2012|  Date Purchased: February 7, 2012

Alyxandra Harvey is yet another author I adored as a teen and had to pick up during a sale. Surprise, surprise it’s about faeries! I’ve currently marked it as a “no-go” for now but I’ll probably attempt it in this summer because faeries are something I can’t resist for too long.

Kindle Bookshelf

Possessed by You (Torn, #1)

Publishing Date: May 2014 |  Date Purchased: September 2014

I actually bought the trilogy boxset when it was on sale for $1. I think at the time I was on an adult erotica/contemporary kick and I liked the deal. I’m not sure if I will ever get around to it but I’ll definitely give it a try.

Typist #1, Working for the Billionaire Novelist (Billionaire Novelist #1)

Publishing Date: November 2012 |  Date Purchased: November 2014

For some reason, I was able to get Books 2-4 for free and decided it was an interesting enough concept to get the first book which was only $1. They’re novellas so I think they will make perfect summer reads.


I’m sure you noticed a trend of “I’m not sure if I’ll read it but I’ll try”. Truthfully, a lot of these I’ve marked as pass on my TBR this year because I’m trying to reduce the number of books on my Goodreads “Want to Read” list. The idea was, if I’ve gone 5+ years without reading them, then I don’t need to hold on. But honestly, I’m such a mood-reader that I can never say never.

Have you read any of these? What’s your oldest TBR item?

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Blog Tour: Forever (Friends #3) by Monica Murphy

Synopsis for Forever (from Goodreads):

She’s all I could ever want…

I have a reputation around school. Cold. Untouchable. Unfeeling. Only one girl could ever make me want to change and that’s Amanda Winters. Too bad I broke her heart and drove her away.

So to get through the rest of my days in high school, I tell myself I need to focus on more important things. Like taking our football team to championships. Get accepted to the college of my choice. And finish my senior year without wanting to run away from my problems.

But your problems chase after you no matter where you go. And it’s a lot harder when you fight them alone. The longer I go without Amanda, the more I miss her. Her smile. Her laughter. The things she said. How she looked at me like I was the only person who mattered. The way she made me feel…

Why can’t I have everything, including the girl? I’m determined to make things right. And make Amanda mine…

Forever.

Other books in the series:

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Must Read Author
Series: Friends
Author: Monica Murphy (aka Karen Erickson)
# of Books: 3 (Just Friends, More than Friends, Forever)

There is a prequel novella called One Night.

Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Unsure
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: warm *spicy YA*
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: September 2016 – April 2017
Source & Format: Social Butterfly PR–eARC

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Full Series Review Found Here!

My Expectations:

I went through a major book hangover after I finished More Than Friends in December. I couldn’t even handle the wait for Forever and eagerly awaited its release. Easily one of my most anticipated sequels this year!

I was excited to see how Jordan and Amanda’s story would wrap up and see what everyone else in the story was up to.

My Review:

These two are just the cutest; Tuttle especially. His crush/love just warms my heart. It’s been a long time since I’ve fallen in love with a male hero in a story. Swoon!

It was also just as addicting as More Than Friends. I honestly couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what happened next!

I was really torn on what rating to give this book. While I loved this story and the characters, I was a little let down in the plot.

The whole reason we get this book is because these two have some unresolved issues that they need to work out. I went into this book excited to learn more about Tuttle’s character and see how he would open up to let Amanda in. Unfortunately, this aspect fell flat for me here in this book. We don’t get to uncover more about Tuttle than we already know and this story just goes through the motions of everyday life. Which is fine because I love anything with these two together but I just wanted that touch of depth to take that story to the next level. These two develop as characters in other ways but I wanted to see Tuttle grow that little bit more.

Regardless, I was more than satisfied with the story and everything that happens.

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My Rating: 4/5

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Fans will be more than satisfied with this installment! It has all the drama and teenage angst a fan could want!

Read if You Like: teen angst, love triangles, YA contemporary
Avoid if You: dislike slow stories, want more romance

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Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Release Blitz: Forever by Monica Murphy

After I devoured More than Friends in December, I was dying for the next installment in the Friends Series, Forever.

So I was ECSTATIC when I was able to be a part of the launch for Forever and get a chance to read it a little early. It’s (obviously) fabulous and just as addicting as its predecessor.

You can find my full review of the series here!

My review of Forever will be posted on April 6th.


Title: Forever

Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Author: Monica Murphy
Publishing Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: EM Publishing
Format: Mass Market Paperback & eBook
Find it:Goodreads | Kobo | Amazon

She’s all I could ever want…

I have a reputation around school. Cold. Untouchable. Unfeeling. Only one girl could ever make me want to change and that’s Amanda Winters. Too bad I broke her heart and drove her away.

So to get through the rest of my days in high school, I tell myself I need to focus on more important things. Like taking our football team to championships. Get accepted to the college of my choice. And finish my senior year without wanting to run away from my problems.

But your problems chase after you no matter where you go. And it’s a lot harder when you fight them alone. The longer I go without Amanda, the more I miss her. Her smile. Her laughter. The things she said. How she looked at me like I was the only person who mattered. The way she made me feel…

Why can’t I have everything, including the girl? I’m determined to make things right. And make Amanda mine…

Forever.

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I’m walking through the senior parking lot when I spot Jordan standing near his black Range Rover, leaning against its side. He’s wearing a white Henley shirt, his arms crossed and his biceps bulging beneath the long sleeves. The breeze ruffles his dark hair across his forehead and he stares off into the distance, every inch the troubled, broody boy that he is.

He looks so freaking good, I’m momentarily distracted by him. I stop and stare, my lips parted, my breath becoming shallow. It’s still hard for me to believe that this guy, this gorgeous, sweet, annoying, smart, strong, wonderful, awful boy likes me. That he might even care about me.

“Hey.” His deep baritone knocks me from my daze, and I head over, stopping just in front of him. “Where’s Livvy?”

“She made last minute plans. With someone else.” I don’t say anything else. Livvy’s secret isn’t mine to tell, and I’m afraid if I start talking about it, I’ll get really pissed. So I leave it alone. “Guess I don’t need to drive your car after all, but thank you for offering. I sense it was huge deal.”

“It is,” he agrees, tipping his head toward me. “But you’re worth it.”

Oh. He says things like that and I’m left speechless.

“You don’t have any plans?”

“No.” I shake my head, feeling tongue-tied.

Jordan grabs my hand, lacing our fingers and giving them a squeeze. “Then let’s go to lunch together.”

“Don’t you want to stay here?” He usually does. He’s always out at the quad, holding court over his loyal subjects. I used to sit out there with him, with all of them, just basking in his presence. But once we had the so-called breakup of our so-called relationship, I stopped going. One, because I couldn’t stand to be near him knowing he wasn’t mine anymore. Besides, most everyone who would hang out with Tuttle is annoying. Frustrating. Awful.

All of the above.

“No, not if I can sneak off campus somewhere with you.” He tugs me closer, his expression serious, his voice low. “Let me treat you to lunch, Amanda.”

When he talks to me like that, looks at me like that, I tend to give in easily.

“Okay,” I say softly, a jolt pulsing through me when he runs his thumb over the top of my hand. Sometimes the simplest touch has the most devastating effect.

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Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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SERIESous Discussion: What Makes a Book Reread Worthy?

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SERIESous Discussions: Every once and awhile I will post my random ramblings about a bookish or blogging topic. Feel free to join in by making a comment below or linking back!


If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

~Oscar Wilde

Now who am I to disagree with the great Oscar Wilde?

(Well, I do. But I digress…for now.)

I was inspired to write this post after reading numerous other discussion posts on why people reread books. As someone who rarely rereads books, I have to admit that I was a little surprised by the number of people who do reread on a regular basis. If I do reread a book, it’s books simply to remember what happened in the previous novel, not just for the sake of revisiting a world.

Now, that isn’t to say that I don’t have some books I wouldn’t mind rereading. In the last two years, I’ve started to accumulate physical copies of my favourite series. Because I mostly eRead and/or borrow books from the library, if I do find a series I particularly love, I want it on hand. I want to be able to share it with friends and family…maybe even my future kids one day.

So what makes you want to pick up a book again?

For me, I have two main criteria: characters and the plot.

The series that I have on my shelf have some of my favourite characters ever. They made me laugh, they made me swoon and they probably made me cry. Basically, they made me feel a variety of emotions while I was reading. I love when that happens.  These characters feel like family to me and I couldn’t imagine my reading life without them.

Personal Examples: The Mortal Instruments  |  Vampire Academy

I think it goes without saying that when you reread books, you’ll probably catch things you missed the first time around. This is especially true in series that have intricate, overarching plots where things are constantly building as you read. I love books with complicated plots and I can’t wait to reread these bad boys again to appreciate their stellar writing.

Personal Examples: The Winner’s Trilogy  |  Rook

Now, I do have to give a special shout out to those books that just make you happy. These are the books that you go back to simply for the fact that they can cheer you up and make you smile.

Personal Examples: Victoria and the Rogue  |  Never Love a Highlander

To go back to the quote from Oscar Wilde, I have to say that I disagree. I may never read that book again, but if I enjoyed it, I don’t consider it a waste of time. It’s the same situation with movies and TV shows. You’ll develop your favourites that you will constantly return to. But in between those favourites, you’ll watch entertaining pieces that you will appreciate for what they are in that moment and there is nothing wrong with that.

So what makes a book reread worthy to you?

What are some of your go-to rereads?

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