Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

It’s been a REALLY long time since I did a book tag. I’ve been seeing a ton of people post the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. It’s one of my favorites to do, so here is A Novel Glimpse’s Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

I actually listened to this one, but it’s still my favorite. I felt like this book could have been non-fiction. It felt that realistic. It was so epic! I highly recommend it.

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

There have been a lot of good ones, but these three are my absolute favorites.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO

I downloaded it, I just need to get to it!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

This looks like it should be a romantic comedy. It wasn’t.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

It was actually a surprise release, so I was surprised!

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

Devney Perry and Miranda Elaine.

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t really do fictional crushes, but my favorite new male character is Knox Gentry.

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

The entire cast of characters from this book!

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Daisy Jones & The Six was just a moment at the end. The Other Side a couple of tears a couple of times.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

It was just so fun and funny when I needed it.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

I need to read several, but these two for sure.

And that’s it for my Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! HAPPY 4th of JULY!

WWW Wednesday: July 3, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

This week was all about ARCs. I wanted to get some off my plate so I can read some books off my back list TBR. I read Kozart, Making Up (Shacking Up, #4), Handle with Care (Shacking Up, #5), and First and Forever (Heartache Duet, #2).

Currently Reading

I am reading an ARC of Things You Save in a Fire. I’m also reading an ARC of Past Perfect Life. That one is more slow going because it was a protected PDF and I have to read it on my phone. YUCK.

Reading Next

I am planning on reading yet another ARC. This time it will be

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Childhood Favorites

I feel like I’ve shared my favorite childhood books before, so I’m going with my favorite books I’ve read to my daughter.


1. The Belly Button Book
Author: Sandra Boynton

2. Fancy Nancy
Author: Jane O’Connor

3. Pinkalicious
Authors: Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

4. Wet Dog
Author: Elisa Broach

5. Princess Bess Gets Dressed
Author: Margery Cuyler

6. Thea Stilton and the Dragon’s Code
Author: Thea Stilton

7. A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle

8. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Author: Jane O’Connor

9. Return to the Isle of the Lost
Author: Melissa de la Cruz

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling

Review: The Rest of the Story (Sarah Dessen)

The Rest of the Story
Author: Sarah Dessen
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Publisher: HarperAudio
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?


Do you want to know why I ALWAYS read (or listen to in this case) books written by Sarah Dessen? She really can do no wrong when it comes to writing an amazing young adult contemporary novel. That was proven once again with The Rest of the Story.

As with all Sarah Dessen’s books, The Rest of the Story is set in the summer. This time it’s Emma’s turn to discover who she is. Emma grew up with her dad and now deceased mom in Lakeside. She’s slightly uptight and always does what’s expected of her. She craves control.

Emma isn’t just Emma, though. She’s also Saylor. At least that’s what her mother’s family and friends who live in North Lake call her. This other persona is confusing to Emma because she doesn’t remember being Saylor or the people who think of her this way. When Emma suddenly returns to North Lake, she has to figure out not only what being Emma and Saylor means.

I loved everything about this book. I loved how the past and present collided. It was fun to go along with Emma on her journey to find out more about her mother’s past as well as her own. The mystery of it all was so interesting. The family connections and friendships Emma made along the way were so important and heartwarming. I loved her new-found relationship with Mimi and her cousins. I especially adored Emma’s friendship with Roo. There was such an ease to it. I could imagine them being connected at the hip as young children. I even loved the drama Emma had to go through with her dad. It was such a great coming of age story. I highly recommend it.

Cover reveal: Drummer Girl (Ginger Scott)

Check out this amazing cover of DRUMMER GIRL by Ginger Scott! Don’t forget to add it to your TBR!

Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott

Mature YA/New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release day: July 30, 2019

Drummer Girl
A mature YA/New Adult contemporary rock star romance by Ginger Scott

Arizona Wakefield was a beat without a melody. Living a half-breathing life in a half-finished neighborhood with parents who always wore half-hearted smiles, the high school senior only had one thing that let her color outside her family’s perfectly drawn lines—her drums.

Jesse Barringer was a song without a chorus. The son of a washed-up rock star who’s also one hell of a deadbeat dad, he was given two things from his father—musical genius and a genetic link to the bipolar disorder that drives him mad.

One night in a garage at the end of a cul-de-sac in the middle of a bankrupt California neighborhood, Jesse’s melody found Arizona’s rhythm. An angry boy with storm-colored eyes found a blonde angel in Doc Martens with missing lines in her own story. Where her rhythm stopped, his words took over, and together, they wrote one hell of a story.

** Drummer Girl is a mature YA/New Adult romance that touches on mental health, drug abuse and includes mature sexual situations.

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, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

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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Review: Heartache and Hope (Jay McLean)

Heartache and Hope
Series: Heartache Duet, #1
Author: Jay McLean
Publication Date: June 28, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Ava Diaz needs saving.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.
He thinks she’s a brat.
She thinks he’s entitled.
Maybe first impressions don’t always last…
Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.
He just doesn’t know why.


From the blurb, it sounds like Heartache and Hope is an enemies to lovers (for a lack of better word for a YA book). The line “Maybe first impressions don’t always last…” is accurate and this story quickly shifted away from that trope. Heartache and Hope was really about two high school students who have heavy burdens to carry. Ava and Connor should both be avoiding distractions, but they can’t get past their attraction for each other. Their relationship can’t be what a normal high school relationship should be, so there’s some heartache and some hope.

Since this is a duet, I don’t want to say too much about the plot. What I will tell you is that Jay McLean is back in a big way. She’s given us an emotionally charged romance filled with angst. There are so many ups and downs my head was spinning. I have to admit the angst was hard for me at times — but that’s because of some stuff I have going on in the background, not the book.

Ava and Connor… Man, their lives were tough. They each had something big they were dealing with and I was actually pretty amazed at how they handled things. I don’t know that I always agreed with their decisions, but I understood them. They were a very sweet couple.

As for the rest of the gang, there were characters I loved and characters I loved to hate. Trevor, Rhys, and Corey were my faves. Peter needs to go. I don’t like him and his being involved in the story makes me nervous.

Heartache and Hope ends in a cliffhanger. It wasn’t one that completely shocked me, but it did make me wish I already had the second book to read. I’m very curious to find out where things are going to go for Ava and Connor. I’m not just talking their romance. I am curious how life is going to evolve for them separately as well.

Review: One Little Lie (Whitney Barbetti)

One Little Lie
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Publication Date: June 27, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Blurb:

Adam Oliver hated me. Loathed my very existence. He had every right to, but that didn’t make my life any easier the afternoon I had to rescue him on the side of the road. But worse than rescuing a guy who hated me to his core was the lie I told my parents. Because I’d just told them that my long-term boyfriend was finally back in town. My long-term boyfriend who didn’t actually exist. The one named Adam Oliver—the guy I’d crushed on all through high school. So the real Adam had no idea that he and I were engaged in a years-long, committed, serious relationship. And, somehow, some way, I needed to convince him to play along with my one little lie.


I have been obsessed with Whitney Barbetti’s writing since I read her Mad Love duet. I was so impressed by that duet that I read some of her back list books. I’ve also kept an eye out for her new releases. When I read the blurb for One Little Lie I knew I had to read it. I love enemies to lovers romances and this one sounded pretty epic with that one little lie.

Ms. Barbetti’s writing was just as addictive as I remembered it being. I was immediately wrapped up in the characters and the emotions of the story. The tension between Hollis and Adam was palpable. The angst… There was just the right amount of it. I didn’t feel too overwhelmed by it. It was spread pretty evenly throughout the book and only really amped up in the right moments. There was also a ton of fun banter to even things out and bring a lighter feel when needed.

I really loved both Hollis and Adam. Hollis was the good girl from a rich family that did as she was told. She didn’t seem to have much of a backbone, hence the one little lie. I liked how she grew throughout this book and learned to be her best self. Also, her crush on Adam was super cute. Adam was Hollis’ opposite. He was a guy who dealt with the hardships life tossed at him. He stood up for his beliefs without worrying what others thought. He also had this huge chip on his shoulder.

Hollis and Adam’s fake relationship felt different from ones I have read before — even the enemies to lovers one. I think that’s because it felt more slow burn. It wasn’t just slow burn in the romance department. It was slow burn in the tension between the characters and Adam getting over his feelings of being wronged by Hollis. He really held onto his preconceived notions for a long time. I liked that because it made the story feel more real. People can hold grudges. They don’t always hold them for very long in books. Adam was the exception and his reasoning was easy to relate to.

Another great thing about One Little Lie was the secondary characters. I loved how Hollis and Adam were connected through their friends. I really liked Keane and Navy. I’m hoping they will each get a book. I also really loved Adam’s sweet relationship with his sister Casey and his grandmother.

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about One Little Lie. It was just such a great enemies to lovers romance. You won’t want to miss it if that trope is your jam.

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Review: The Accidental Girlfriend (Emma Hart)

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The Accidental Girlfriend
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Top Tip: Don’t put out an online ad offering your services as a fake date. Someone will take you up on it.

And it won’t just be for one night.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I ended up being Mason Jackson’s fake girlfriend.

He didn’t even want me to be. No—his sister was solely responsible for me being his date for his ten-year high school reunion.

Now, she’s responsible for telling his parents our relationship is real.

We have no choice. We have to act like this isn’t all a mistake, like it’s not all fake, like we’re totally, completely, utterly, head-over-heels in love with each other.

Simple, right?

Wrong.


Things have been stressful the last couple of weeks, and I have been looking for a book that would take my mind off things. The Accidental Girlfriend was the perfect book to do just that. It was an incredibly funny romantic comedy.

Lauren was a character — literally and figuratively. She had this self-proclaimed odd sense of humor. I dug it. Her comments had me cracking up constantly. What made this even better was that Mason got it. Where others might have found Lauren certifiable, Mason had a similar sense of humor. It made their witty banter even more enjoyable and made their chemistry undeniable. I couldn’t get enough of them together. The way everything went down between them was perfection.

Not only were Lauren and Mason romantic comedy gold, the supporting characters were just as funny. Lauren’s friends were funny and made for a great team, but Mason’s family almost stole the book. Oh my goodness. Pru and the old men killed me. They were priceless. I just couldn’t get enough of their antics!

If you want a funny romantic read, you must read The Accidental Girlfriend. It might just have eclipsed Miss Fix It as my favorite Emma Hart book. It’s made me excited to see what’s coming next from her.

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Review: Let Go (Allie Winters)

Let Go
Author: Allie Winters
Publication Date: June 30, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

She keeps her heart locked up tight

Putting yourself out there? Getting close to others? No, thanks, I’ll pass. It’s safer to keep to yourself. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way. So when I accidentally tell the muscled hunk I’ve been secretly drooling over all semester how I really feel about him, it’s not like I meant for him to take an interest in me. I don’t want a boyfriend. Not even when it turns out he’s so much more than just brawn.

My goal for so long has been simple – get into grad school. And when I get a dream TA position at the beginning of the new semester that will help me achieve just that, I’ll have to forget about him now that he’s my student. Easy, right?

He wants her to let go of all that control

I can’t get her out of my head – the shy, sexy brunette that’s trying so hard to keep me at a distance. I can be patient, though. Anything to break through that reserve and get under her shields. But just when I thought I’ve succeeded, she’s off-limits. Say hello to my new TA. Even though I’m hot for teacher, there’s no way she would risk this opportunity. Right?


I had a hard time melding all of my thoughts for Let Go into a review, so I’m going to be breaking things down by the good, the bad, and the confusing. Here we go!

The good:

  • Let Go is Allie Winters’ debut novel. Her writing was good. What happened in Let It Go felt like something that could happen in real life. The descriptions were great and she was able to blend both seriousness and humor into one story. It was filled with awkward moments that were priceless. I can imagine that over time Allie Winters’ writing is really going to shine.
  • Charlotte and Luke’s relationship was cute. I liked them together. She was kind of weird and uptight, and he was more relaxed and fun. Luke balanced Charlotte out in a lot of great ways.

The bad:

  • Let Go started out slow. The first couple of chapters are Charlotte’s thoughts and stuff that happens to her without any real interactions from Luke. I found Charlotte annoying in those first couple of chapters. It wasn’t until Luke and Charlotte actually interacted that I became invested. It would have been nice if that would have happened in the first chapter.

The confusing:

  • This felt almost like two books in one. When you read the blurb, it sounds like a student – TA romance. I actually forgot all about that part of the blurb because the first 44% was Charlotte and Luke building up to a relationship. Then at 44% the student – TA thing popped up. It was slighting jarring.
  • The switch at 44% also brought with it a different feel to the book. The only way I can think to describe it is that Charlotte’s character quickly changed a bit. She was more awkward in the first part. In the second she became more mature and adventurous. It’s not that I didn’t like this Charlotte, I just wasn’t completely sold on the change.

Back to the good:

  • Luke was the character who shined. He was the constant in this book. His feelings and thoughts never wavered. I liked how pure his intentions were and how he pushed Charlotte a bit.
  • Looking back on the entire book, I can say I really enjoyed Luke and Charlotte’s relationship. There were so many funny and entertaining things that happened or were said. Like I said before, it was cute.

Overall, I would say I enjoyed reading this book despite feeling a little thrown off by some of it. My favorite thing about it was how humorous and close to real life it was.

WWW Wednesday: June 26, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

 I read ARCs of Heartache and Hope (Heartache Duet, #1), Let Go, and The Accidental Girlfriend. I also read A Pizza My Heart (Slice, #1).


Currently Reading

I am reading an ARC of One Little Lie.

Reading Next

I am not sure what I will read next. I’ve definitely been mood reading lately.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂