Top Ten Tuesday: If You’re Looking For Bookish People/Things to Stalk…

…I mean follow!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook — you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!  If you don’t use social media much you can pick your favorite bookish blogs or new blogs you’ve come across to follow.

I had kind of a hard time with this post. I wanted to include a bunch of the book bloggers I follow, but I pretty much love everyone and didn’t want to leave anyone out. I decided to play it safe and list some of my favorite bookish stuff to follow.


1. Maggie Stiefvater, Author

Maggie Stiefvater has some really cool art, opinions, writing, etc that she shares.

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2. Tarryn Fisher, Author

Tarryn Fisher lives north of Seattle and shares images, thoughts and her style.

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3. Colleen Hoover, Author

Colleen Hoover shares all sorts of stuff about her life, her weightloss journey and what she’s working on currently.

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 4. Colleen Hoover’s Wattpad Story Too Late

I know, I already have her on the list but this is a story she’s sharing as she writes it. I LOVE IT! It’s different than what she normally writes. It’s rougher, I guess.

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 5. #ConfessYourTruth

If you’ve read Colleen Hoover’s Confess, you know she includes real life anonymous confessions in the story. She has an Instagram set up where people can continue to submit them and you can read them. It’s very interesting what people willingly confess.

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6. Young Adult Contemporary Romance Group, Goodreads Group

I love doing buddy reads with this group of ladies.

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7. BookBub

So many great e-book deals emailed to me daily!

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8. The Fussy Librarian

Another e-book deal site where you can customize your preferences.

The Fussy Librarian


9. BookPage

I pick up a copy of BookPage Magazine at my local library each month. It’s filled with great reviews of tons of books. You can also sign up for their emails.

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10. HuffPost Books

The Huffington Post website has a book section with reviews, writing tips, recommendations, etc. I’ve found some great stuff on there.

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Burn, Rewrite or Reread Book Tag

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Hey, guys! I was tagged by Raven @ Dreamy Addictions to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag. (Thanks, Raven!) I’ve done this once before and it’s SO much fun!


How to Play

-Randomly choose 3 books.(I used the ‘Random’ option on my Goodreads read shelf.)

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you completed three five rounds.


ROUND 1

Prodigal Summer Delicate Monsters Knockout (Wayward Fighters, #1)

Burn: Yikes! I hate doing this, but Knockout by J.C. Valentine. The fight descriptions weren’t really my thing, even though I liked the love story.

Rewrite: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. I don’t really remember it, but I used to love her books.

Reread: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn. This book was pretty messed up, but it surprised me.


ROUND 2

Take Me (Stark Trilogy, #3.5) I Want to Hold Your Hand (Green Mountain, #2) Say You Will (Summerhill, #1)

Burn: I Want to Hold Your Hand by Marie Force. I love Marie Force, but this isn’t my favorite series of hers.

Rewrite: Take Me by J. Kenner. No real reason why. (I can’t remember it really.)

Reread: Say You Will by Kate Perry. I love her books.


ROUND 3

The Wanderer (Thunder Point, #1) Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold, #11) Three Girls and a Baby (Three Girls, #1)

Burn: Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig. It was my least favorite of the three.

Rewrite: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr. It just wasn’t up to Virgin River status. I think it could have been better.

Reread: Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery. I love Felicia. She’s awkwardly hilarious.


ROUND 4

New Moon (Twilight, #2) Snow Angel (Hope Falls, #5) Running Wild (Sisterhood Diaries, #4)

Burn: Running Wild by Susan Andersen. It was just too boring.

Rewrite: Snow Angel by Melanie Shawn. It wasn’t my favorite book by Shawn. I think it could be better.

Reread: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. I might be the only one who actually loved this book.


ROUND 5

Fortune's Rocks Water for Elephants Abel (5th Street, #4)

Burn: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Yes, I know people loved this book. It was just so slow for me.

Rewrite: Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve. I loved this audio book, but I could see how it would be a little slow for readers.

Reread: Abel by Elizabeth Reyes. I love these New Adult novels. The macho men are so much fun!


I tag:

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Carrie @ Reading Is My Superpower

Claire @ Art and Soul

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

 

ARC Review: Take Me Home Tonight by Erika Kelly

25894552Title: Take Me Home Tonight

Series: Rock Star Romance, #3

Author: Erika Kelly

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

A rocker gets a taste of unexpected passion in the latest red-hot Rock Star Romance from the award-winning author of I Want You to Want Me.

Calix Bourbon might seem like a free spirit, but that’s all a front. In reality he’s just trying to keep his fractured family together while working as a session musician. When Blue Fire hires him to replace their keyboardist, Calix is determined to make the most of the opportunity—but he can’t help being distracted by the band’s sexy personal chef.

Mimi’s temporary gig is great, but she has her heart set on auditioning for a televised cooking show. There’s just one problem: she only has a week to acquire the skills necessary to survive the competition. Luckily, the band’s new keyboard player can teach her exactly what she needs, in the kitchen and in the bedroom…


★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Wow! I didn’t think Erika Kelly’s Rock Star Romance series could get any better, but it did! Not only was Take Me Home Tonight as adorable and fun to read as the previous two books, it also delved into deeper issues.

In Take Me Home Tonight, Blue Fire’s personal chef Mimi is struggling with hurt feelings. Her father doesn’t think she has what it takes to work for him. She’s done everything she can think of to prove herself to him, but nothing works. Mimi’s hoping winning a TV cooking contest will help win her way into her father’s business  — and his heart.

The problem is, Mimi isn’t a professionally trained chef. She can make her family’s Italian recipes perfectly, but that’s about it. She’s going to need to be able to do more to win the competition. Luckily, Mimi’s got Calix to help her.

Calix may be a talented musician, but he’s also a talented cook. The kitchen was his science lab growing up and he knows all the tricks of the trade. Calix hopes teaching Mimi in his childhood kitchen will help more than just her.

Calix’s mom has been avoiding his family ever since a tragedy stuck a couple of years ago. His entire family has been walking on eggshells around her. They have all put their own lives on hold hoping she’ll return to her old self. Calix thinks teaching Mimi in his childhood kitchen will help engage his mom.

As Calix begins to teach Mimi, their attraction to each other become stronger and stronger. Both try to fight it. Mimi doesn’t want to fall for a guy who’s not willing to give her every piece of himself and Calix knows he has nothing left to give. But try as they might, they can’t help but give into to their feelings for each other. And just when Mimi thinks she might have all of Calix, another tragedy strikes his family.

I loved this story so much. I don’t want to say it was fun to watch Mimi realize her relationship with Calix was mirroring her relationship with her father. It was, though. I liked how she realized it, and then stood up for what she really wanted in a relationship. I also liked how Calix learned to deal with the past and accept it for what it was. Seeing him realize what Mimi meant to him and his family was very cool.

Plus, Mimi and Calix were super hot together! I loved their little game about figuring out each other’s fantasies. That was super sexy!

If you’re looking for a great contemporary rock star romance, you should pick up Take Me Home Tonight or any of Erika Kelly’s other books in her Rock Star Romance series. They’re all super sexy and fun.

**I received an electronic ARC of Take Me Home Tonight in exchange for an honest review.

LIFT 4 Autism 2016

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April is Autism Awareness month, shining a global light on the condition an estimated 3 million people in the United States and 70 million people in the world live with every day. 1 in every 68 American children. 1 in every 42 boys. Though Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability, affecting this many, for those outside looking in, it often remains a mystery. This month we hope to shine light and spread compassion for families living with Autism.

In addition to raising awareness, we also want to take action. This is the second LIFT 4 Autism campaign, rallying the romance reading community around this cause. More than 200 authors and bloggers are partnering with this effort, many donating books and other items to an auction the last week of April. Proceeds from this auction will go directly to our charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. Specifically, our efforts will benefit families served through TACA’s scholarship program to offset medical and therapy costs.

To stay abreast of LIFT news and developments this month, join our Facebook Group.

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How can you be involved?

1. Authors – Donate books or other items for auction
2. Bid in the auction, and your money goes straight to TACA’s scholarship fund. (You’ll be asked to register before the auction date to bid.)
3. Purchase a LIFT 2016 t-shirt
4. Make a tax-deductible donation to TACA

LIFT Giveaway! $5 Amazon Gift Card, LIFT T-Shirt and E-Book from any LIFT Author

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Review: Men of Honor by Jasmine Denton & Genna Denton

Title: Men of Honor

Series: Cosa Nostra, #1

Author: Jasmine Denton, Genna Denton

Publication Date: December 18, 2014

Publisher: Sun&Moon Ink

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

An ambitious prince…

Trey DeLuca has it all. Heir to the dynasty his father, a notorious mob boss has built, he’s ruthless and determined to step into his father’s shoes. Until someone threatens to ruin it all…

A prodigal son…

Vincent Marcano walked away from his own life of crime five years ago. Now he’s back and wants in on Trey’s crew. Trey has no reason to trust Vincent—he’s from a rival family and has proved to be a traitor in the past, but the boss allows Vincent to join the team in spite of Trey’s protests. But Vincent’s keeping a lot of secrets…about where he’s been, why he’s back, and the fact that he’s in love with Trey’s younger sister, Bela. Desperate to prove his loyalty to Trey, Vincent plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse that threatens to expose his relationship with Bela and the truth about his past.

And the only girl who could come between them…

The daughter of a mob boss, Bela has grown up to hate organized crime, but she loves Vincent enough to overlook his decision to join her brother’s gang. His mission will test her beliefs, strain their relationship and turn her world inside out. As Vincent becomes more embroiled in the mob’s dark world, the threat of exposure heightens. Can Bela continue to be with Vincent, knowing her love could sign his death sentence?

Disclaimer: Men of Honor is a new adult romance, not intended for readers under the age of eighteen. This story contains graphic violence and sexual situations that may be uncomfortable for some readers. Reader discretion is advised.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


When I think of the phrase “men of honor”, I immediately think of police officers. The “men of honor” in Men of Honor are definitely not police officers. In fact, they’re pretty much the exact opposite. They’re the mob.

Men of Honor revolves around the DeLuca mob family. Trey DeLuca is heir to the throne and is doing everything in his power to prove he’s up to the job. He’s cruel and calculating. His one weakness is Mandi, the stripper he can’t stay away from. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, even if it jeopardized his place in the family.

Trey isn’t the only young DeLuca fighting for his place in the family.  Nineteen-year-old Bela DeLuca wants to escape her family destiny. She’s been kept safe and out of the family business her entire life, but a chance encounter with her family’s arch nemesis has changed all that. Bela has fallen in love with Vincent Marcano. She hopes he is chance to break from the control her father and brother have on her life.

Vincent Marcano left his mob life just when he was set to take over. He wants to be free from the violence of the lifestyle, but it’s hard with a bounty on his head. Things got even tougher when he fell for the enemy. Now, Vincent has been forced to join forces with his enemy to try to free himself and Bela from the life they hate.

Men of Honor was a fast-paced, intense ride. The authors weaved a tale that was constantly changing and surprising me. I loved reading the story from the four different points of view (Trey, Mandi, Vincent and Bela). Their individual voices gave the story more depth and it was fun to find out the different secrets they were each keeping.

One thing that bothered me a little while reading Men of Honor was the amount of violence. I understood its inclusion since this a story about the mob, but it was tough for me to read at times. Another thing that threw me off was the ending. It felt like an odd place to end book one. I was expecting more of a cliffhanger.

Readers who enjoy mob romances with a ton of action and suspense will love Men of Honor. I’m really looking forward to reading book two, Code of Silence, to find out what happens next!

**I received an electronic copy of Men of Honor from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

The “I Messed Up” Book Tag

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I feel like I’m constantly messing up, so this is a good tag for me! Lol. Thanks to Jess @ The Mud and Stars Book Blog for the tag. Check out her amazing blog. It’s a lot of fun. 🙂


 

A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently:

Hmm…That’s a hard one. I’m drawing a blank. Probably any male character from a romance novel. I kind of make up what I think they look like in my head rather than pay much attention to the authors’ descriptions.


 

A character name that you’ve been pronouncing wrong:

Oh, gosh. Of course, that chick from Harry PotterAnd of course Mare Barrow  Bone Marrow from Red Queen. But most recently, it’s Obe from Save Me, Kurt Cobain. In my head his name is pronounced Oh-bee instead of Oh-b.


 

An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure:

I love me some best friends turned lovers. *Swoon*


 A cliché character type that you like better on screen than reading about:

The ugly duckling who is made over into a swan by either a guy or her best friend.


 A word/phrase you learned because of its use in a book:

DUFF from The Duff. I had no idea! (I hope that doesn’t mean I was the DUFF!) Haha!


Have you ever not read or completed a required reading book for school?

I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have finished reading a few Humanities 300 level books back in college…


Have you ever (or wanted to) skipped a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?

Yes, I will admit it. I have. Well, not skipped entirely, but I have skimmed through.


Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book? 

No, I can honestly say I haven’t. Not that I haven’t wanted to…


I tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Beth @ Betwixt These Pages

Carrie @ Reading Is My Superpower

Claire @ Art and Soul

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Maria @ Big City Bookworm

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Sara @ Freedom Library

 

 

 

Review: Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer

22055480Title: Save Me, Kurt Cobain

Author: Jenny Manzer

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father?

Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn’t exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and co-conspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom’s wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won’t let go.

On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


As a Washingtonian who was a teenager in the Kurt Cobain era, I couldn’t wait to read Save Me, Kurt Cobain. While I was never obsessed with them, Nirvana (and several other grunge bands of the time) was the soundtrack to a special time in my life. I was looking forward to see how the author was going to craft a story around Cobain.

I’m shocked that Save Me, Kurt Cobain is Jenny Manzer’s debut novel. It definitely didn’t feel like it when reading. Her story flowed smoothly and her characters were expertly crafted. Each chapter was titled with a perfectly corresponding Nirvana song title. I really enjoyed all of her nods to the rock history, local landmarks of Seattle and the long lost Sonics. Oh, and I especially loved her perfect description of Aberdeen.

My problem with Save Me, Kurt Cobain was Nico. While everything about the set up of Save Me, Kurt Cobain was outstanding, I became annoyed with Nico fairly early on. Her obsession with Nirvana and Kurt Cobain got old fast. I empathized with the mysterious loss of her mother and loved that she felt close to her through Nirvana’s music, but the unsafe things she did based on that drove me nuts.  I agree with her father’s idea that music can influence mood. Nirvana’s had a negative affect on Nico for sure. I wanted to give her a good shake and send her to therapy. Her actions made the majority of the book hard to read. I did enjoy the way the story wrapped up and brought everything full circle, though.

So. Would I suggest reading Save Me, Kurt Cobain? Maybe. It might just depend on how much you love(d) Nirvana or if you’re interested in finding out more about them.

And now for a random fact…

My favorite version of Nico’s favorite Nirvana song Sliver is actually performed by another famous musician: Caspar Babypants. You haven’t heard of him? Well, maybe you’ve heard of Presidents of the United States? Caspar Babypants is PUSA singer, Chris Ballew. He makes awesome kids’ music now. 🙂