My Life in Books Tag

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Thank to the lovely Analee @ Book Snacks for tagging me to do the My Life in Books Tag! If you haven’t already, check out her wonderful blog.


1.Find a book for each of your initials.

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2. Count your age along your bookshelf — which book is it?

I counted along my Goodreads Read shelf for this one.

3. Pick a book in your city/state/country.

I don’t know if there is a book taking place in my exact city, but I’m in between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. This book takes place in both of those cities as well as Eastern Washington.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

I’m always down for a trip to Hawaii!

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

I’m not sure if I have one favorite color, but I’ll go with pink or purple for this one.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Hmm…If we’re going back my childhood, I’d pick this one because I can remember my mom reading it in bed to me and my sister.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Hands down it would be this one. It was picked for a book club. I read the prologue and that was about all I could handle. It was like reading a really boring text book.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

I know it’s going to be this one. I have the first 7 books on my Kindle. I am so intimidated to start them because they’re all long and there are so many. It’s going to be like a job reading them!


Okay, so now it’s my turn to tag some amazing blogs. I can’t wait to see your answers.

ARC Review: Firsts

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Synopsis:

High school senior Mercedes Ayres mission is simple. She wants to make sure the girls at her school have a better first time than she did. In order to achieve that mission, Mercedes lets those girls’ fumbling boyfriends prepare themselves for sex by doing it first with her. At least that way she can give them the instructions they so desperately need to make their girlfriends’ first times special.

It’s been pretty easy to keep her mission a secret so far. The guys know that in order to lose their virginity with her, discretion is important. Not even Mercedes own mom or religious best friend know what’s going on in her bedroom.

But Merecedes’ secret might not be as secret as she thought. When Angela’s boyfriend comes knocking on Mercedes’ door, she knows she’s going to have to make some choices. Those choices may expose her little project and ruin the image she has worked so hard to build. Will Mercedes have the strength she needs to not only repair her reputation but to admit she might actually have feelings for the one guy who’s always wanted more?


My rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Firsts was a tough book for me to read. While the storyline sounds new and fun, it wasn’t fun to read most of the time. It was actually kind of depressing. There were so many tough issues going on in this book.

I felt bad for Mercedes. Her parents sucked and she had no support system. She was so busying trying to hide who she really was and what she was doing that even her so-called best friend didn’t really know her.

When things started to take a turn for the (even) worse for Mercedes, the story became uncomfortable for me to read. I honestly considered putting the book down and marking it DNF. I know what happened to Mercedes happens to people all the time in real life, but it didn’t make it any easier to read.

I also think the author could have done a little bit more with the story to deal with the reasons behind Mercedes’ quest. I felt like I was told why she did what she did but there wasn’t any resolution to the reasons.

So, obviously, this book wasn’t my favorite. BUT I do think it was well written and would be a good book for teenagers to read. It does a great job at getting across the point that anything that is written down (even if it’s private and hidden) can find its way to the public. Same with anything that’s said or done. You never know if someone is recording your actions. With technology, you can’t be 100% sure anything is private.

**I received an electronic copy of First from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Deal Breakers

Deal Breakers by Laura Lee

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: LAN Fiction LLC.

Synopsis:

Devyn can’t leave college a virgin. She doesn’t want to start her new adult life without feeling like an adult. So, Devyn asks the one person she trusts the most to help her with her little problem: her platonic male best friend.

Riley’s always thought Devyn was hot, but they’ve kept themselves in the friend zone all through college. Riley is shocked when Devyn asks him to help with her little problem. He jumps on the chance to have one night, no-string attached night with her before they go there separate ways.

Now, it’s five years later and Riley can’t stop thinking he made the biggest mistake of his life walking away from his one night with Devyn. He’s decided to find her and make her see how perfect they are for each other. But Devyn and Riley’s one night together has more consequences than Riley imagined.


My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


I’ve been trying to figure out how to review Deal Breakers for the past couple of days. I’m a huge fan of friends to lovers books, so I should love this book. It was fun to read, but a couple of things felt off to me.

The first thing was the beginning of the book. While I enjoyed getting a glimpse of the evolution of Riley and Devyn’s friendship, Part One’s division into each year of college was a little too disjointed for me. I think I would have liked them more if they had been flashbacks or maybe just senior year.

Another thing that bothered me was Riley’s reaction to Devyn’s betrayal. There was like one day of anger and that was it. I know he wanted her back, but it didn’t feel realistic that he would forgive her so quickly. I also don’t think Devyn would have dove back into things with Riley that quickly either. I guess what it comes down to is the story was so fast-paced that it didn’t go deep enough for me.

Other than those couple of things, I did really enjoy reading Deal Breakers. I adored Riley. His POV was a lot of fun to read. I actually would have enjoyed the entire book in his POV. I also loved Nathan’s character. He was too cute!

I would recommend Deal Breakers to New Adult readers that enjoy a fun, fast-paced romance without a lot of angst.

**I received an electronic copy of Deal Breakers from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Real Neat Blog Award Tag

Real Neat Blog Award

I’ve been tagged by the wonderful Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser for the Real Neat Blog Award. If you haven’t already you should go check out her blog because it’s Real Neat. Thanks, Amy!

The rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you & create 7 new ones
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)

Amy’s questions:

1.Who is your favourite book/film/tv show character?

My favorite book character is Kate from Bright Side by Kim Holden.

My favorite film character is Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect 1 & 2.

My favorite TV show characters (I have two) are Jax from Sons of Anarchy and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.

2. If you could choose to meet any famous person (alive or dead), who would you choose and why?

This is a hard one. It all depends on how you define famous. If it’s a celebrity, I would pick either Ed Sheeran or Britney Spears. If it was someone outside of the celebrity category, I would pick Hillary Clinton.

3. Are you a Harry Potter fan? Be honest.

Yes and no. I truly enjoyed reading the series. I watched the movies. I’m just not obsessed with it. I credit that to the fact I was not a kid/teenager when I read them.

4. If you could live in any time period which would you choose?

I’m good with the here and now. I like toilets, running water, grocery stores, cars and being able to vote.

5. E-readers or physical books?

I like both, but I prefer my Kindle. It’s a matter of convenience, cost effectiveness and less hand/arm fatigue.

6. What’s the last film you went to see at the cinema?

The last movie I saw at the theater was Pitch Perfect 2. I tried to go see Magic Mike XXL with my friend Jaime for fun, but the dang thing was sold out. It was on a Tuesday night at 7:30 pm 2 weeks after the movie came out. I’m not sure what was up with that. 🙁

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What would your ideal life be like?

5 years is going to go crazy fast. Once you have kids, time seriously flies by. I swear it was just 1996. (Oh goodness, I might just be dating myself here!) I’m going to take a guess and say I won’t be a stay at home mom anymore. I’ll be working, still taking my  12-year-old daughter to soccer practice, worrying about her friends/boys, and hopefully I’ll still be reading a bunch.


My questions:

  1. If you could tell me one book to read, what would it be and why?
  2. Who is your favorite musician/band/singer right now and what is your favorite song by them?
  3. Munchkins or Oompa loompas?
  4. If you could visit/tour one destination, where would you go and what would you see?
  5. Drive the car or be the passenger?
  6. Be honest, are you a fan of the Twilight Saga?
  7. What’s the book to movie adaptation you’re excited for the most in 2015-2016?

And now I nominate the following blogs for The Real Neat Blog Award:

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Ally @ I Wuv Books

Audrey @ Forwards and Bookwords

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Paige @ Page by Paige

Skylee @ The Night Girl

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

(Feel free to ignore if you’ve already received this award.)

Rev Me Up

Rev Me Up (Clover Park #6) by Kylie Gilmore

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Extra Fancy Books

Synopsis:

Classic car restorer Nico Marino’s happy with his bachelor status. He has no plans to give his heart away again. He’s perfectly content working in his shop and hooking up with random hot chicks. Which is why he’s stoked when the redhead his brother sends his way shows up at his garage. She’s beyond hot.

The last thing Lily Spencer expected when she walked into her wealthy father’s favorite car restoration shop was to be kissed senseless. Lily’s not used to being kissed. She’s used to be ignored. That’s normally what happens when men find out they won’t get a cent of her trust fund.

The kisses quickly come to halt when Nico realizes Lily isn’t who he thought she was. There’s no way Nico can seduce his wealthiest client’s daughter –even if they both want it to happen. No way.

But Lily isn’t ready for the seduction to stop. She’s had a long dry spell and she wants it to end with Nico. So, she does the only thing she can to entice him to finish what he started. Lily offers Nico a rare 1969 Mustang she inherited from her father — if he goes on a rode trip with her to pick it up and spends every one of those nights in her bed.

Will a case of mistaken identity lead to a lifetime of love for Nico and Lily?


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Rev Me Up is exactly the type of story I want when I’m reaching for an adult contemporary romance. It was well written, fast-paced, steamy and fun. Both characters had their issues to work past, but those issues didn’t overshadow the fun of their new romance.

While Rev Me Up is the sixth book in the Clover Park series, it can be read as a standalone. I’m sure there were nods to the series previous romances, but I couldn’t tell. I haven’t read any of the other books and I wouldn’t have realized there were more if not for the “a Clover Park novel” on the front of the book. I am happy there are more, though; because I want to read them all.

I truly enjoyed Rev Me Up. I’m pretty sure the Clover Park series is going to end up on my favorite adult contemporary romances series list, if the other books are as good as this one. I would recommend Rev Me Up to contemporary romance readers who like Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, Rachel Gibson or Brenda Novak

**Thank you to Goodreads and Kylie Gilmore for the opportunity to read and honestly review Rev Me Up.

Other books in the Clover Park series:

  

  

Before the Blog #11: Belzhar

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Synopsis from Goodreads:

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book?

Belzhar as one of my favorite books I read last year. It was dark. It was mysterious. It was enthralling. It was full of surprises. I didn’t want to put it down. When it was over, I wanted more. I know that I’m going to be telling all of my friends to read it. I really loved it.

When did you read this book?

December of 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

Readers that like YA fiction with a little but of magic and a bunch of surprises.

WWW Wednesday: September 23, 2015

Lately, A Novel Glimpse has been reviews, reviews, reviews. While I love to review books, I needed something to break up the monotony a bit. I read a lot of different book blogs and one of the memes I’ve always been interested in is one called WWW Wednesdays. Since it’s once again Wednesday, I decided to go ahead and start including WWW Wednesdays on A Novel Glimpse. So, here it goes! Welcome to my first WWW Wednesday post!


WWW Wednesday is a meme started by MizB at Should be Reading and now hosted on Taking on a World of Words. To participate, you answer the three questions below.

1. What are you currently reading?

2. What did you recently finish reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?


 Currently Reading:

The Girl I Was Before  by Ginger Scott

The Girl I Was Before is the third book in the Falling series. Each book in the series is about different main characters, but they overlap in time, events and characters.

I decided to read the three books in this series in a row. I am thinking that I will review them all in one post/review.


Just Finished Reading:

  

This is Falling and You and Everything After by Ginger Scott

So, obviously, I just finished reading This is Falling and You and Everything After. They’re the first two books in the Falling series. I would say you should read the books in order to get the most impact out of them. Each has its own little twist that is mentioned in the next book.


Reading Next:

A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson

I’ve had this book on my bookshelf since early this summer. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to reading it. I want to. I’ve heard great things about it. So, I’m thinking about making it my next read.


So, that was my first WWW Wednesday. I’ll be back next week with more of the fun! Thanks for reading!