WWW Wednesday: January 25, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

I’m reading Sawyer Bennett’s (Cold Fury Hockey, #7) now.


Recently finished:

This week I was laid up in my comfy reading lounger for the week, so I read:

Back Check (Aces Hockey, #4)
The Sun is Also a Star
Just Kiss Me
Bossman
The Feeling of Forever
Lila (Boyle Heights, #1)

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

Next up is an ARC of the first book in Marie Force’s new Butler, Vermont series, Every Little Thing.

 

Cover Reveal: A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

Check out the cover of A BOY LIKE YOU by Ginger Scott! Don’t forget to preorder your copy today!

 A BOY LIKE YOU
NA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: March 3, 2017
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BLURB:

They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed
to save, but I know who saved me.

We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me
from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a
blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.

And then he disappeared.

Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While
death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with
scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into
darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has
taken away my desire to dream.

I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they
weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.

He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer,
and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for
him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first
saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes
constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it
feels…familiar.

He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else.
Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.

This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew,
is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from
myself.

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, and Hold My Breath.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Website: http://www.littlemisswrite.com

Review: On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

On Second Thought
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Following in the footsteps of her critically acclaimed novel If You Only Knew , multi-bestselling author Kristan Higgins returns with a pitch-perfect look at the affection—and the acrimony—that binds sisters together. 

Ainsley O’Leary is so ready to get married—she’s even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn’t anticipate is for Eric to blind side her with a tactless breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her half-sister, Kate, who’s already struggling after the sudden loss of her new husband.

Kate has always been so poised, so self-assured, but Nathan’s death shatters everything she thought she knew—including her husband—and sometimes the people who step up aren’t the ones you expect. With seven years and a murky blended-family dynamic between them, Ainsley and Kate have never been overly close, but their shared sorrow dovetails their faltering worlds into one.

Despite the lifetime of history between them, the sisters must learn to put their differences aside and open their hearts to the inevitable imperfection of family—and the possibility of one day finding love again.


I was so impressed with this book. Not because I haven’t always loved Kristan Higgins’ writing, but because On Second Thought felt so much more raw than her other novels. It still had that sassy humor and sparkling romantic element to it, but it also had heartbreak so deep and jarring. I wasn’t expecting it, but I loved it. (Here’s where I have to admit that I didn’t expect it because I didn’t read the blurb of this book before reading it. I just saw Kristan Higgins wrote it and was in.)

The characters in On Second Thought were spectacular. I loved ever single one of them — even the evil ones. I was especially impressed with the two main characters, Kate and Ainsley. Kate and Ainsley were sisters, but they weren’t close. When both of their lives implode, they find themselves leaning on each other for support. I empathized with both of them. I’ve never been through what Kate was going through, but I could understand her despair and confusion. I loved the frankness of her point of view. Her thoughts and feelings felt natural. Ainsley was very easy for me to identify with. The feelings of contentment with taking care of her loved ones and being pleasant with those around her really hit home with me.

One of my favorite characters in this book was evil Eric. Higgins couldn’t have made him more perfect. Everything he did made me want to smack him. I hated him, but I loved what his character brought to the story. Plus, his stupidity made me laugh.

The thing that made On Second Thought truly special was the journey Kristan Higgins took the reader on. I experienced heartbreak, grief, healing and the possibility of life after all of those things. The journey through all the emotions was beautifully crafted and well-timed. I loved every moment of this book.

On Second Thought is Kristan Higgins’ second foray into women’s fiction and exploring the bonds of sisterhood, but hopefully it won’t be her last. I loved this story so much, and I know other readers will as well.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Made Me Crave A Tasty Treat

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Freebie. My choice for this week is Ten Books That Made Me Crave A Tasty Treat.


1. Garden Spells
Sarah addison allen

2. Sweet addiction
j. Daniels

3. deep dish
Mary kay andrews

4. sweet on you
Kate perry

5. savor the moment
nora roberts

6. nuts
Alice clayton

7. cream of the crop
alice clayton

8. candy store
Bella andre

9. garlic and sapphires: the secret life of a critic in disguise
Ruth reichl


Have you read any books that have made you crave tasty morsels?

Review: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Accidentally on Purpose
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #3
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There’s no such thing as a little in love…

Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer… which should only take a lifetime…

There’s no such thing as a little in lust…

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him…

There is such a thing as…

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along…


Accidentally on Purpose is hands down my favorite book in the Heartbreaker Bay series so far. It was filled with Jill Shalvis’ trademark humor, diverse characters, and a romance I had to root for.

In Accidentally on Purpose, Elle and Archer have carefully constructed a working relationship and friendship. They’ve silently put their shared past behind them and set about being the best at their jobs. Neither is willing to address the elephant in the room: their crazy chemistry. But when Elle decides it’s time to put her feelings behind her and dive into the dating world, Archer will decide there is only one man good enough for her.

As always, Jill Shalvis’ writing was amazing. There was something exciting going on in this story every moment. I didn’t want to put the book down because I wanted to know what was coming next, whether it be for the main characters or what was going on around them. I really liked the way Shalvis crafted this story sp that all of the characters from the entire Heartbreaker Bay series were involved in it, but it still felt like it could be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

I loved Elle and Archer so much. Elle was this badass chick in a business suit and heels. She knew what she wanted in life and went for it. The only person able to bring out the softer side in Elle was Archer. Archer was the man no one wants to mess with. He exuded strength and seriousness when it came to everything around him. He was never one to show his feelings, especially when it came to Elle.

Elle and Archer’s relationship was perfectly volatile. There was just the right amount of push and pull between their characters. The frustration between them brought out the ideal amount of heat and sexual tension. It made giving into their true desires so much fun to read. I loved every minute of Elle and Archer’s romance.

Another thing Accidentally on Purpose had going for it was a little suspense. It didn’t take over the entire story, but added to the tension between Elle and Archer. I liked how it helped make their story complete.

Accidentally on Purpose was everything I love in a contemporary romance. It’s my one of my most favorite Jill Shalvis romance novels yet. It’s a must read for contemporary romance fans.

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Thanks to Birdie Bookworm for tagging me for the Book Blogger Insider Tag!


Rules:

  1. Answer the questions below
  2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  3. Tag at least 5 people
  4. Have fun!

Questions:

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Imagine a white bedroom filled with black office furniture. Below the black table desk there is a computer. On the top of the desk, a monitor and keyboard. The monitor is framed by a window in the background that look directly at the house across the street. This is where the magic normally happens. Otherwise, it’s downstairs on my laptop at the kitchen table.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

I would say too long, but others would probably say too long.

3. When did you start your book blog?

June 1, 2015 was the day I pulled up my big girl panties and went for it.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Coming up with fresh sounding reviews.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I love the bookish community. I feel like we’re all “soul sisters/brothers”. We get the compulsion to read and desire to own everything bookish.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Last year, during Valentine’s week, I came up with love song themed posts. They were so much fun!

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Top Ten Tuesday posts are always fun to write, but my favorite are probably reviews where the book blew me away and I can’t wait to share it.

8. When do you typically write?

Usually, it’s during the day when my daughter is at school. Sometimes, it’s about 9pm when she’s gone to sleep.

9. Do you review every book you read?

Pretty much. Yes. I should just say yes.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I always have a huge water bottle next to me or a cup of hot water with lemon. Sometimes there is a little snack. Most of the time I have music playing.

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I try to write them soon after finishing so I can remember everything I want to comment on.

12. How often do you post?

Usually Monday through Friday. Every once in a while there will be a post on the weekend.


I Tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsession
Krysti @ YA and Wine
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Delacourte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


Before I begin my review, I must thank my fabulous blogger friend Kelly from Here’s to Happy Endings for sharing her ARC of The Sun Is Also a Star with me. I feel very fortunate to have been able to read this novel thanks to her generosity. 🙂

I am one of the few people who did not read Nicola Yoon’s début novel, Everything Everything. I’m ashamed to admit that because it got such rave reviews. It just wasn’t on my sexy romance reading radar at the time of its release. I’m really regretting that after having read The Sun Is Also a Star.

The Sun Is Also a Star is a brilliantly written book. No matter what I write, it won’t be enough to explain how important a book like it is in this day and age. The Sun Is Also a Star encompasses emotions so many people are feeling right now: anger, frustration, loss, fear, hope and love. Those emotions were worked into a plot that could easily be my story, your story, your friend or neighbor’s story. I can’t exactly say I could identify with it, but I could empathize with it — which is exactly what is needed in this day and age.

I was equally impressed with the set up of Natasha and Daniel’s relationship as I was with the message of this book. I loved the bouncing back and forth between their point of views, as well as the supporting character view points and facts included throughout the story. The little extras made their relationship feel even more special. I loved every minute of Natasha and Daniel’s time together and their ending left me feeling such a satisfying hope.

The Sun Is a Star is a book teens (and adults) should be reading this year. It’s a cute teenage love story that encompasses the issues of immigration, discrimination, race, family and truth.

Review: Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith

Pasadena
Author: Sherri L. Smith
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses.

When Jude’s best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay.

Now everyone is a suspect—family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that’s the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude’s got a few skeletons of her own.


I once again need to thank Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings for sharing with me her ARC of Pasadena. Without her generosity I might not have read this amazing book.

“Maggie always was a fucking train wreck.”

From the moment Pasadena began with that crazy sentence and the paragraph that followed, I knew it was going to be good. And it was very, very good.

Sherri L. Smith is a talented writer. Her characters and their story took on a life of their own. There wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t completely invested in what was happening. I read Pasadena from beginning to end, not wanting to break from the action.

My favorite thing about Pasadena was its quirky bunch of characters. Each one played an important role in the mystery of Maggie’s death. Most important was the narrator, Jude. Jude could not believe her best friend had committed suicide. There was no possible way, so Jude set out to find Maggie’s murderer. I loved Jude’s snarky personality. The interactions she had with all of the other characters were priceless. What she discovered about herself, Maggie and the others as she searched for Maggie’s killer made for an interesting coming of age tale.

Pasadena was filled great insights, surprising discoveries and so much fun. This was my first time reading Sherri L. Smith’s writing, and I was so impressed with it that I can’t wait to read another one of her books. Pasadena is a mystery young adult fans are sure to enjoy.

Review: The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

The Fifth Petal
Series: The Lace Reader, #2
Author: Brunonia Barry
Publication Date: January 24, 2016
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?


Brunonia Barry is an author I fell in love with through a past book club. When I first picked up The Lace Reader, I wasn’t sure why a club member had chosen it. It didn’t seem like anything special, but it was. It was the first book I read with an unreliable narrator and it blew my mind. I went on to re-read it multiple times, and that’s not something I normally do. When I saw Barry was releasing a new book, I was excited. When I realized it was a second book in The Lace Reader world I was ecstatic. I was hoping to find the mystery of The Fifth Petal to be just as engrossing as the original novel.

The Fifth Petal wove past and present to create a brilliant mystery. Young Callie Cahill witnesses the brutal murders of her mother and her friends that is never solved. Years later, when a new death becomes linked to the past murders, she returns to Salem to help Police Chief John Rafferty search for the truth about the night her mother was killed.

I was drawn into The Fifth Petal during the Prologue. The mystery began immediately and I wanted to know the answers to all of the questions the characters had just as much as they did. I loved the way Brunonia Barry wove this tale and kept me guessing almost up until the end. She also did an amazing job creating imagery and describing the Salem area. I could picture the entire story vividly in my head.

Callie’s point of view was especially interesting to me. Her lack of memory from that original night and her special “powers” made for an unusual combination. The deeper the story got, the more Callie would remember. The more Callie remembered, the more exciting the story became. I loved the way she pieced everything together.

Rafferty’s police perspective on the mystery added a critical element to the story. It took the supernatural aspect of the story and gave it much-needed grounding in reality. I also loved watching him piece together the answers while wading through the past and present cases. I hate admitting this, but I wasn’t as keen on the way his past with Towner was used. I loved seeing them involved in the story, but at times it just felt like extra added stuff. That may be because it’s been a few years since I’ve read The Lace Reader, and my memory of their relationship isn’t as strong as when I first read it. I wasn’t as drawn to their relationship as I was to what Callie was going through.

While I truly enjoyed reading The Fifth Petal, I did find it to be a little bit long. I was invested in the story the entire time, but there were parts that felt dragged out. The story probably could have wrapped up a little quicker. I had already correctly guessed some of the answers to the mystery at about 75% in. I was just waiting for it all to be presented to me.

Overall, The Fifth Petal was a great mystery to unravel. It’s one fans of The Lace Reader will love and new readers will also enjoy.

Review: P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


Why did I wait to read this book? No, seriously, why? I adore Kasie West’s books. I’m not sure what had me waiting so long, but I’m mad at myself because P.S. I Like You was so much fun to read.

I have to admit the entire time I was reading this book, I was enjoying it but it wasn’t standing out as much as Kasie West’s other books. The writing was just as amazing. The story was just as cute. My issue was I didn’t fall in love with Lily as quickly as I have done with all of Kasie West’s other main characters.

Lily was one of those quirky YA leading ladies. She didn’t dress like everyone else, was into different music and saw herself as an outcast. I have to admit that all of this combined with her attitude didn’t make her my favorite character. She used all of the reasons she found herself lacking to judge people she deemed popular. Lily had a cool edge that could have made her a cool person, but instead her attitude made her standoffish. Luckily, this was a coming of age novel where she could grow and learn that people didn’t see her as she saw herself. By the end, I really liked who Lily had become and I loved how she got there.

I may not have immediately fallen in love with Lily, but I did with the rest of the characters. Even though P.S. I Like You was written solely from Lily’s perspective, I loved how I could still tell how other characters were feeling or what they were thinking. They gave so much insight into how the world truly saw Lily. Isabel and Cade were my favorite of the group, but I also enjoyed Lily’s entire family. They were full of love and fun shenanigans.

By the time I got to the end of P.S. I Like You, I was in love with everything this book had to offer. It had an amazing lesson in how there is more to people than what they present to you. There was also one of the cutest love stories and endings ever. P.S. I Like You was so much fun. If you’re a fan of adorable YA contemporaries, this one is for you!