Summer Reading

Guess what?!? My library has an adult summer reading program! Yes, one for adults! I don’t think I’ve seen that before.

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Yesterday, I took my kiddo to the library to check out some Nate the Great books for her to read for the Pierce County Library‘s summer reading program, Every Hero has a Story. At 7, this is the first year she’s really been able to read for the program on her own. It’s been really cool. She loves reading and is so happy to be able to read by herself. I was expecting it to be a chore to get her to sit down and do it this summer, but it’s been surprisingly easy. I also think the prospect of earning three prizes this summer helps.

Anyway. Back to the library. When we were there, my daughter noticed there was a summer reading program for adults,too. She knows I love to read and was so excited that I could read to earn prizes just like her. I have to admit I was excited, too! What an awesome way for a parent to show a child how much fun it is to read! And I love that it’s got the same super hero theme, but the title Escape the Ordinary. So cool! Of course, I immediately signed up. I’m going to have those prizes in like two weeks! ?

The Medium Path

The Medium Path 1600x2400 (Ebook)The Medium Path by Elizabeth Davies

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Publisher: Romance Beckons

Synopsis:

Ruby is a 103-year-old ghost. A spirit guide to be exact. It’s her job to help new spirits go on to the light when they die. It’s a pretty simple job until Ruby starts noticing that some of her spirits are disappearing into darkness. In order to find out what’s happening, Ruby seeks the help of a medium who can see her and other ghosts. As Michael helps Ruby search for the answers, Ruby finds herself dealing with emotions she never expected to have.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve admitted before that I’m not a big paranormal romance reader. For some reason, I just have a harder time getting into the stories. I have a hard time identifying with the non-human characters. I do like variety in my reading, though, so when the author asked if I would be willing to read and review The Medium Path, I said yes.

I’m really glad I did. The story grabbed me from the beginning. It was a really different ghost story. The concept of the spirit guide intrigued me. I liked how the spirit world was set up and the twists in the story were excellent.

The only thing I didn’t really care for in the story was the Ruby-Michael aspect. To be honest, it was the fact that Ruby was a ghost and Michael was a human. It’s definitely the having trouble connecting with the non-human character thing in this one. There were just a couple parts that weirded me out. That’s it. Otherwise, I loved the story.

I would highly suggest The Medium Path to mature readers that love a good ghost story or paranormal love story. There are sexual situations and some violence in this book.

Thank you to Elizabeth Davies for the opportunity to read and review The Medium Path.

Tamed

 Tamed (Tangled, #3)Tamed (The Tangled Series #3) by Emma Chase

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Synopsis:

Matthew is a player, but he’s an honest player. He has no problem letting the women he hooks up with know he’s not interested in more than one night. Well, at least he wasn’t until he met Dee. Dee blew his mind and Matthew wants more than one night with her. Convincing Dee is a lot harder than it sounds, though. Dee’s dealt with her fair share of jerks and isn’t so sure more than one night with Matthew is a good idea. But when phenomenal sex is at stake, Matthew can be pretty persuasive.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Tamed was one of the books I picked up on my trip to Portland’s Powell’s City of Books last weekend. I was drawn to it first by it’s cute cover. When I skimmed the description it sounded like a fun read.

It was totally a fun read. Tamed is written completely in Matthew’s POV and instead of just being what he’s thinking as he’s going through the story, he’s actually telling you the story. His take on relationships and the dating tips on men he hands out made me crack up. It felt like I was being told a story by a male friend.

I really liked Matthew. He was a self-confessed player, but he was also so much more than that. I loved his relationships with his friends and family. Dee was a cool character I would want to be friends with. I loved her craziness. Together they were just so darn adorable.

I would highly suggest Tamed if you’re looking for a fast-paced, fun, steamy read. It’s the third book in The Tangled Series, but it can be read as a standalone novel. I hadn’t read the previous books and it didn’t matter at all. The first two books are another couple in the book, but Tamed takes places concurrently with the first book in the series and it doesn’t really give away much. I’m really looking forward to going back and reading the first two books now. I already have them on hold at the library!

Oh! I almost forgot! I also got a bonus short story at the end of the book called Holy Frigging Matrimony. It’s a novella update to the first book in the series. It was really cute as well.

Other books in this series:

Tangled (Tangled, #1)   Holy Frigging Matrimony: A Tangled Series Short Story (Tangled, #1.5)  Twisted (Tangled, #2)

Sincerely, Carter

Sincerely, Carter Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

Publication Date: April 29, 2015

Publisher: WGW Books

Synopsis:

Arizona Turner and Carter James have been best friends since 5th 4th grade.They tell each other everything. Arizona knows all about Carter’s sexual exploits and he knows all about her relationships. They would do anything for each other at the drop of a hat.

Over the years, everyone has always assumed they have slept together. How could a guy and a girl possible be just friends? The truth is they have always only been platonic best friends.  And they would never ever cross the line with each other.

Until one night they do. Then, Arizona and Carter are left trying to figure out if they are really just friends or something more.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love, love, love this book. I love it. Sincerely, Carter was everything I like a book to be. It was funny. It was sweet. It was hot. It brought out the all the “feels”. I adored Arizona and Carter’s relationship. I loved watching their relationship change and all their uncertainty. This book was just so much fun to me. I didn’t want to put it down. I wish I wasn’t finished reading it because I want more!  I am going to have to go through Whitney Gracia William’s back list and read more of her books.

Sincerely, Carter is a New Adult book and for mature readers only. There is sex and alcohol in the story.

Book Tagged Again — “Would You Rather”

One of the things I love about writing a blog dedicated to books is the book blogging community. They’re so nice and so much fun! I had the privilege of being tagged by HardworkBoulevard in a “Would You Rather” tag. Tags are a lot of fun because the questions they ask can give blog readers a look into the blog writer. So, here it goes…

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

  • Standalones. Trilogies can be good, but the first book is always the best. There are a lot of trilogies that I could read just the first book and be done. Plus, no cliffhangers in standalones.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

  • Honestly? Female. I don’t have anything against male authors, it’s just that when I look at the books I’ve read the majority of the authors are female. Plus, I’m a big romance fan and it seems to be women writing those.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

  • Oh, man. Well, I have a Kindle and I love reading on it, so that pretty much means I buy most of my books from Amazon. The only physical bookstore close to me is Barnes and Noble, so if I’m buying a hard copy, it’s definitely Barnes and Noble. But my favorite bookstore I’ve ever visited is Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

  • Neither. I actually had this conversation with my BFF recently. There are some good movies made out of books, but there aren’t really any amazing ones. You just can’t put everything that’s in a book in a movie. In a book, it’s like you’re reading the characters’ minds. You can’t really do that in movies unless you’re using a narrator all of the time.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

  • 5 books per week. 5 pages per day would drive me nuts. I’d never get through all the books I want to read.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

  • I’d love to be a professional author. I have such respect for anyone that can write a really great book. There’s so much creativity in writing.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

  • Hmmm….I’m going to say librarian. Just because there wouldn’t be the pressure to sell, sell, sell.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

  • Just my favorite. I already know I like it.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

I like both, but if I had to choose it would be ebooks. I like that you can get some for free, share them and they don’t take up as much space on your shelves.

Now I’m going to share this book tag with a couple other bloggers:

The Night Girl

Erika in Bookventureland

Anyone else is more than welcome to join in as well!

Ever After

Ever After by Jude DeverauxEver After (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #3) by Jude Deveraux

Publication Date: June 23, 2015

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Synopsis:

Growing up, Hallie Hartley was forced to give up everything for her Victoria Secret model look-a-like step-sister, Shelly. Not only did she “give up” her boyfriends to Shelly, she gave up her dream college. Now Shelly is pressuring Hallie to sell her beloved childhood home and give her half the proceeds. All pampered Shelly does is take, take, take. She always gets what she wants.

Well, at least until Hallie comes home early one day to find Shelly impersonating her. Hallie learns that she has unexpectedly inherited a house on the island of Nantucket. Shelly pretended to be her in order to steal the house out from under Hallie. That’s not the worst of it, either. Shelly had planned to pretend she was a physical therapist just like Hallie is. Shelly was going to rehabilitate a ski injury for rich man staying in the house. Hallie is mortified and makes a split decision. She hops on a private jet to Nantucket to care for the injured man herself.

Halllie’s first impression of Jamie Taggert isn’t great. He’s exactly what she expected: a rich, gorgeous, pampered man. But as she works with him, her impression changes.  Maybe this rich guy isn’t just a spoiled brat after all. Maybe there’s more to his story than Hallie realizes.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Ever After is the first novel I’ve read by Jude Deveraux. I’m kind of wishing it wasn’t right now. I wish I would have read another of her novels prior to reading Ever After so I had something to compare it to. She’s obviously a very well respected and popular author. I can see why. So, then why the 2.5 star review? Well, let me explain.

The first 30% of this book killed me. Killed me. I honestly couldn’t believe what I was reading. I hated Hallie. First, she had no big reaction to Shelly’s betrayal. I know she was shocked and was generally a doormat, but Shelly was trying steal a house from her! A house!

 Second, when Jamie meets Hallie he looks her up and down and likes what he sees. Hallie immediately jumps on him and tells him off. I know she was tired of guys using her to get to Shelly, but it still seemed out of character for her. Especially with how fast she changed her impression of Jamie. The next thing I know, she’s telling him she’ll stop putting her breasts in his face when she’s treating him if he doesn’t do something.

My biggest reason for hating the first 30% of the book, though, was Hallie’s night visits to Jamie. When Hallie hears Jamie having nightmares, she goes to his room. She sees he’s taken sleep medication and that she won’t be able to wake him up. Hallie tries to sooth him…by kissing him. (Kissing him? I thought she couldn’t stand him?) Then, when he pulls her into bed with him, she sleeps next to him. This continues nightly and she never tells him. It comes to a point where she almost has sex with him while he’s sleeping.

This was so wrong in so many ways. It made me want to put the book down and DNF. I get that she was just trying to sooth him, but it became more when she didn’t tell him and didn’t stop her actions. She was taking advantage of him while he was under the influence of drugs, whether she meant it that way or not. I just kept thinking that if the roles had been reversed and Jamie was doing that to Hallie, it wouldn’t fly. It would be equated to a guy trying to sleep with a drunk girl. I know it was probably meant to be cute or something, but all it did was anger me.

Obviously, I kept reading. Ever After did get better. The second 2/3 of the book was really good. It was almost like the first 1/3 of the book never happened. If the book had started at 2/3 I would have rated it 4 stars. I was pulled into the story. Jamie and Hallie falling for each other was cute. I loved what the ghost story added to their romance. I also absolutely adored Jamie and his entire family. There were some really good twists, too.

Would I recommend it? Well, I’ve seen a lot of 5 star reviews out there, so it’s obvious other people love the story. I’m sure Jude Deveraux fans will love it. I did really enjoy it after the creeper parts were over.

I would like to thank Ballantine Books for the opportunity read and honestly review an ARC of Ever After.

Other books in the Nantucket Brides Series:

True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy, #1)  For All Time (Nantucket Brides Trilogy, #2)

I took my bestie to see Ed Sheeran in concert. She took me to Powell’s City of Books. Perfect trade. 


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This past weekend, I took my first girls’ trip in seven (yes, seven) years. It was definitely overdue and so worth it. We headed down to Portland, Oregon to see Ed Sheeran in concert. (If you don’t know him, search for him on Google or Youtube him and then listen. He’s super talented.)

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When we get to Portland, my friend says, “I think we’re staying close to Powell’s Books. Have you ever been to Powell’s Books?”

I’m like, “No. I haven’t been to Portland in a long time.”

Then she gets all excited and tells me we have to go there while we’re in town. After all, a girls’ trip really should end at a book store.

So, we go to the AMAZING concert Saturday night and have the best time. She only knew one Ed Sheeran song, but experienced his greatness and loved it. Then on Sunday morning, she takes me to Blue Star Donuts (YUM!) and Powell’s Books.

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Powell’s City of Books is so AWESOME. I have never been in such a large book store. I loved it. I think I could have spent hours there. They have new and used books and a ton of really cool merchandise. I can’t wait to go there again. Next time, I’m taking a list of books I want to read! I was so overwhelmed, I couldn’t remember what I’ve wanted to read! If you’re ever in the Portland, OR area, it really is worth a stop for book lovers.

Just in case you’re curious, here’s my haul from the visit to Powell’s. You may just see a review in the future on a couple of those books…

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The Liebster Award (Helping Promote New Bloggers)

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I need to thank thenightgirl for nominating me for this really cool thing called The Liebster Award. This fun award is one that’s passed around between bloggers. It’s kind of a way to help promote blogs that are just getting started. In order to receive the award, you must have less than 200 followers.

Once you are nominated for the award, you can choose to nominate other new bloggers for the award yourself. There are some rules, though. In your award post, you must:

  • Thank and link to the blog that nominated you.
  • Answer the 10 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 10 blogs (Must have less than 200 followers each.).
  • Propose 10 new questions for your nominees
  • Include these rules in the post

So, here are the ten questions I received their answers:

Tell me about your favorite book genre? or sub genres? Why is it your favorite?

  • Contemporary Romance is my favorite genre. It can be YA, NA, or Adult. I just like a good love story.

Do you have any other passions? if so, what are they?

  • Hmmm….I’m not sure if I have any other passions. I do like music and working out, but I wouldn’t say they are passions.

Favorite summer activity that isn’t reading?

  • Boating and camping.

How do you feel about gardening?

  • I don’t do it. Well, my husband and kiddo planted some snap peas and carrots this year. I helped pick them. Does that count? I’m all for it, but haven’t really done it. I do hate yard work, though. Allergies ruin it for me.

Do you believe in mermaids?

  • Do I believe in mermaids. Lol. Well, let’s see. No, not really. Maybe they could have centuries ago since they’re part of legends, but in this day and age it’s a definite no. Sorry Discovery Channel “Documentary.” Not buying it.

What historical period of time do you think you would have liked to live in?

  • Honestly, I’m good with the here and now. I like running water, toilets and such. I can’t really imagine any other time. I got to see the 80’s and 90’s. That was pretty dope.

Do you prefer stand alone books or trilogies or even series?

  • I love them all. Each of those categories has excellent books in it.

If you could choose a best friend from a book (e.g. what main characters best friend would you want to be your best friend) who would it be and from what book?

  • That’s an easy one for me. Right now I’m obsessed with Bright Side and Gus by Kim Holden. That series is AMAZING! So, I’m going to say Kate and Gus. You can’t pick between the two because they make a whole.

If you could acquire any type of skill in the world, what would it be?

  • I would like to be more outgoing.

Do you judge books by their covers?

  • Yes and no. A beautiful cover obviously helps, but I go more on what people are saying about the book.

Now for my nominations:

Shelf Defense

WrittenByMimi

Entertain Me

ephemeralwriting

My Ink & Wit

allthingslovely13

To Mommy and Beyond

Seals of Approval Books

Dreary Romance Book Blog

Your 10 questions to answer should you accept the challenge:

  1. What is your favorite book right now?
  2. What is your least favorite book genre?
  3. If you could be friends with any author, who would it be?
  4. Do you have to finish every book you start?
  5. What book has inspired you or touched you the most?
  6. If you could be a character in any book, what book would it be and what part would you play?
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  8. Do you believe in UFOs?
  9. If you were going to get a tattoo right now, what would it be of?
  10. What is your favorite song right now?

Okay, go! (I swear it’s fun.)

Split Second

Split Second (Pivot Point, #2) Split Second (Pivot Point #2)  by Kasie West

Publication Date: February 11, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis:

In Pivot Point, Addison Coleman was forced to choose between living with her mother in the Compound or her father in the normal world. After Searching for the best potential future, Addie chose to stay with her mom. She can’t believe she chose to stay because this future seriously sucks.

First, her boyfriend used her. Then, her best friend betrayed her. Now, she’s the object of the entire high school’s gossip. Things really couldn’t get any worse.  Luckily, Addie’s going to get a break from it all when she visits her dad for the winter break. She’s hoping everyone will have forgotten her relationship with Duke by the time she returns.

After just a couple of days in Dallas, Addie meets this guy, Trevor. He’s cute, but she can’t help but wonder why she’s so attracted to him. It’s almost like she’s met him before. Addie wants Trevor to like her, too, but it seems like he has something against her.

Back home, Leila can’t help herself and opens the letter Addie gave her before she wiped her memory. Leila needs to learn how to restore memories. She’s not sure how to do that, so she enlists the help of a guy named Connor.

As Addie starts to get to know Trevor, the normal and Compound world start to collide. Leila and Addie are doing everything to they can to get Addie’s memories back, but someone may not want that to happen.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Split Second was an awesome follow up to Pivot Point. It was the same, yet different. Instead of alternating between two potential futures like Pivot Point does, it alternates between Addie and Leila’s POV. When I started reading, I was wondering if I was going to like that. I didn’t really care for Leila in the first book. She didn’t seem like a very good friend by the end. Leila totally redeemed herself in Split Second. What she was willing to do for her best friend was awesome. I also liked seeing more of her relationship with her family. And I loved her interactions with Connor. He was a really great addition to this story.

Reading Addie’s one POV was so much easier in Split Second than it was reading two of them in Pivot Point. I got the Addie I liked in this one. Which was weird considering she picked the potential future I didn’t enjoy reading the first time. It was fun to see how she dealt with meeting Trevor again. I do wish I got a little more Trevor in this book, though. He was such a great character in the first book.

As for the storyline, Split Second was just as interesting as Pivot Point. It started right where Pivot Point left off and kept going. It was faster paced than the first book, but I think that was because you weren’t alternating between potential futures. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved it. I would highly recommend reading it if you liked all or parts of Pivot Point.

Other books in the series:

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)