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)

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there!

I have been blessed with a wonderful dad and an amazing husband who is also a wonderful dad. I was trying to think up a book related blog to dedicate to them, but neither of them are really readers. Well, I guess my dad does read the newspaper, but I’m not going to review a newspaper. My husband does read Motocross and snowmobile magazines, but I really don’t want to read or review one of those. The review would be something like:

The writing was good and I learned something — maybe — but I still have no idea what they were talking about.

That’s an awesome review, right? So, I think I’ll just recommend an author I really enjoy reading instead.

Colleen Hoover.

Have you read any of her books? If not, you should. They are all AMAZING. Seriously, amazing. They are all 5 star books in my opinion. That woman has a way with words. She knows how to bring on “the feels.” Each of her books is truly unique. I don’t know how she does it, but she manages to encompass so many different and cool ideas into them. I can honestly say I’ve never read one of her books that I didn’t absolutely love. Colleen Hoover is also an author that gives back. She’s started a book subscription service called The Bookworm Box that donates all it’s proceeds to charity. So, my recommendation to you on this beautiful Father’s Day is to read something, anything really, by Colleen Hoover.

Stand Alone Novels:

Ugly Love  Confess

Slammed Series:

Slammed (Slammed, #1)   Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)  This Girl (Slammed, #3)

Hopeless Series:

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)  Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)  Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)

Maybe Series:

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)  Maybe Not (Maybe, #1.5)

Never Never Series (written with Tarryn Fisher)

Never Never (Never Never, #1)  Never Never: Part Two (Never Never, #2)

The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Synopsis:

One evening, Li Lan’s father comes to her and asks her if she would like to become a ghost bride. Li Lan cannot believe that he would be serious. A ghost bride? In 1893 Malaya, it’s rare for people to arrange a marriage with the dead, but the wealthy Lim family wants Li Lan to marry their recently deceased heir.

Li Lan knows she must consider the ghost marriage to Lim Tian Ching, as it would secure her once wealthy family’s comfort for life. As she thinks about it, she is drawn into the Lim family’s secrets and begins to question the mysterious circumstances behind the death of Lim Tian Ching. Her search leads her into the world of the Chinese afterlife.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Ghost Bride is a novel that crosses over many genres. It’s young adult, adult, historical, paranormal, fantasy, romance and mystery all wrapped in one package. I was immediately drawn into the story of Li Lan and the ghost bride proposition. The descriptions were beautiful. I could easily picture the setting in my head. It also had great twists and turns that kept you wanting to read.

My only real problem with The Ghost Bride was the pace of the book. For being such an interesting story with such great twists and turns, it was a really slow read. I had to force myself to continue reading through parts of it. I think the beautiful descriptions I mentioned before might have bogged it down. I mean, I wanted to know what was going to happen. It just took so long to get there. If it wasn’t for the twists in the story, I might not have made it through — which would have been sad since it is a good story.

Overall, I would definitely recommend it to those who like historical fiction and don’t mind a slower pace. The writing really is beautiful and the story is entertaining.

Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read and honestly review The Ghost Bride.

The Mistake

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Elle Kennedy

Synopsis:

Briar University hockey player John Logan is living the life — every night’s a party and a chance to hook up with another hot chick. He’s living the life while he can. Logan knows his time for fun is short. He’s got one more year until he graduates and then it’s back to reality.

Freshman Grace Ivers never expected her crush, John Logan, to randomly show up on her dorm room doorstep. And she definitely never expected to mess around with him or that he would want to hang out again. He’s way out of her league. But it did happen and Grace is all ready to hand over her V-card to him — until John proves what a jerk he really is.

John knows he messed up. If he could, he would take it all back. Now, he has to prove to Grace that he can be the guy she wants him to be. But winning Grace’s heart isn’t going to be easy. Grace isn’t a puck bunny and John’s going to have a lot of sucking up to do if he truly wants to win her back.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

If I loved The Deal, then I’m obsessed with The Mistake. It was sooooo good! I truly couldn’t put it down. I even read it while I was curling my hair! (Gotta love reading on a Kindle!)

Elle Kennedy knows how to write her hockey heartthrobs. I didn’t think I would like John as much as I liked Garrett, but I did. I feel funny admitting it, but I loved his cockiness. It was fun to read how sure of himself he was.

To be honest, I was worried about the whole Hannah thing. I was picturing something very awkward that I wasn’t going to want to read. Luckily, that didn’t happen and we got an amazing story in John’s hook up with Grace.

Grace was a great character. Her strength to walk away and take care of herself first was awesome. Books with strong female characters, like Grace, are great examples for readers.

So…Yes, you need to read The Mistake! I don’t think you necessarily have to read The Deal first, but it does reference people and situations from it. And just like The Deal, it’s a NA novel and for mature readers only.

Other books in this series:

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)

Some Favorite YA Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015

I was thinking back on some of the books I’ve read this year. Having only recently started A Novel Glimpse, there are some really good books I didn’t get to review. I thought for fun, I would give a list of some my favorite YA books I’ve read so far this year. They are in no particular order. Some have been around for a while, while others are new. Maybe my list will inspire you to read one of them.

Saint Anything   Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)  This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales  Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles  V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram  Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver  The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick  Never Never by Colleen Hoover  Home is Where You Are   The Distance Between Us

Bright Side

 Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)Bright Side by Kim Holden

Publication Date: July 4, 2014

Publisher: Do Epic, LLC.

Synopsis:

Kate Sedgwick is the epitome of optimism. Nothing seems to get this girl down. Which is a surprise coming from a such tough childhood. Her disposition is so sunny that she’s even earned the nickname “Bright Side” from her best friend, Gus.

Kate is about to fulfill one of her dreams. She’s leaving sunny California to go to college in cold Minnesota. It’s hard leaving her best friend, Gus, and everything she’s known, but Kate has no doubt it’s going to be amazing.

What Kate doesn’t count on is meeting Keller Banks. She’s having a really hard time not falling for him. It’s hard when he’s cute, funny and smart. Kate’s never felt this way before. She’s starting to rethink her no falling in love stance.

The closer Kate and Keller get to each other, the more each worries that the secrets their hiding may ruin everything they have with each other.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

EPIC. Kim Holden does epic.

Seriously. Bright Side is one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life. It was incredibly funny, smart and sweet. It was heartbreakingly beautiful. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much or cried so hard reading a book. I haven’t read a book this inspiring since I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes a couple of years ago. I’ve already purchased it’s sequel, Gus.

I’m not going to say anything more about the story. I think Bright Side is a book best read without knowing too much. What I will say is this:

READ THIS BOOK NOW! 

Oh, and grab a box of tissues while you’re at it. You’re probably going to need them.

Other books in this series:

Gus (Bright Side, #2)

The Deal

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: February 24, 2015 

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent

Synopsis:

Hannah Wells is crushing on Briar University’s star football player in a major way. Making eye contact with him in their Ethics class is enough to turn her to mush. She just needs to get up the nerve to talk to him. If only Hannah’s past experiences with men weren’t keeping her from doing just that.

Hockey player Garrett Graham cannot afford to fail his Ethics class if he wants to keep playing for Briar. It looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen, if he can’t talk Hannah Wells into tutoring him. Garrett was hoping his way with women could help him sway Hannah, but she’s the only girl at Briar who seems able to resist his charms.

When Garrett notices Hannah’s crush on a Briar football star, he knows he can use the knowledge to his advantage. Garrett convinces Hannah that he can help her win her crush. The plan is fool proof — until one kiss turns into more.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Deal will be going on my list of favorite New Adult romances. It was so much fun to read! Garrett and Hannah’s bickering was too funny.  I found myself laughing so many times.  I liked that Hannah didn’t put up with his “king of hockey” attitude and didn’t fall all over him like all of the other girls he was used to. They were so cute together. I also liked that not only was this a romance, but each of them was dealing with a deeper issue. It was cool to see them help each other through those issues.

Another thing I really loved was Garrett’s hockey team roommates. Their interactions with each other couldn’t have been more perfect! It was exactly what I would have expected from a bunch of players living together. I can’t wait to get to read more of their stories in the future! I’m starting on the next book in the series, The Mistake, right after I finish writing this!

The Deal is definitely a book I would recommend. Just a warning to readers — It is a New Adult and not YA read. There is sexual content and alcohol references, so it is for mature readers only.

Other books in the Off-Campus Series:

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)

Pivot Point

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1) Pivot Point by Kasie West

Publication Date: February 12, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis: 

Addison Coleman is a Searcher. A searcher is someone who, given a choice, can look into the future and see both outcomes. Her ability has been really helpful in making good decisions. She’s hoping it will do the same with her latest choice.

When Addie’s parents tell her they are getting a divorce, they want her to use her gift to decide which one of them to live with. Choosing wouldn’t be a big deal if both of her parents planned to stay in the Compound, a secret paranormal society created for those with special abilities. But her dad is planning on living five hours away in the “Norm” world, while her mom is staying put.

Addie’s Search suggests two very different potential futures. If Addie chooses her mom, she’ll stay at the compound and continue to develop her special ability. Duke, the popular high school quarter back, will take an interest in her. She will get to hang out with her best friend for the past ten years, Laila. Nothing will really change. It should be the perfect choice, considering she loves her life.

If she moves to the Norm world with her dad, she’ll be the new girl at a regular high school. She will have to hide her abilities and make new friends. Addie will meet Trevor, an injured football player and aspiring artist, and his friends. Trevor will become her new best friend and, for the first time, she’ll feel like someone really gets her.

It’s a tough choice made tougher when her dad starts consulting on a murder case that has an effect on both futures. Addie will have to decide between the lesser of two evils.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pivot Point is a hard book for me to review. I have a love-hate relationship with it.

It starts out in present day with Addie being given the choice to make between her parents. Once she Searches the future, the book alternates back and forth each chapter between the potential futures. When I think about it, it’s actually a really cool idea — BUT (and that’s a big but) I liked one potential future way more than I liked the other. That made it very annoying each time I switched from the future I liked to the one I didn’t. I would just be getting sucked into the story, only to have to read one I didn’t really like. It was frustrating. I hated it.

That being said, after reading the entire book, I get why Kasie West set it up the way she did. It was actually perfect. I was able to see how the same events could affect both futures. It made the ending all that more powerful. Kasey West just might have used her special abilities to make me like one side of the story more than the other…

Now for what I absolutely loved: Kasie West’s writing. She had me laughing from the beginning with “hotlicious.”  I loved Addie and her parents. I liked how they were a bigger part of the story than most YA fiction parents. I don’t think Kasie West could have picked better abilities for them. I know this was more of a fantasy/science fiction YA novel, but I found it to be a really great contemporary romance read as well.

When I finished reading and closed the cover, I felt torn. I loved so much of this book. I totally would have given it 5 stars, but I just kept thinking of my frustration at times. Even though I know the parts I hated help make the story stronger, I couldn’t get past the fact that I didn’t like them. That’s why I took away a star. I still highly recommend reading it. I think it has a little something everyone will like: romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, family relationships.

I’m looking forward to starting on the sequel Split Second soon. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Addie next.

Note: I wasn’t going to review Pivot Point until next week, but I noticed the ebook is on sale for $1.99 right now! I wanted to make sure you would be able to take advantage of the deal if you’re interested in reading it. Download it from your favorite ebook provider now!

Other books in this series:

What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants (Fillmore & Greenwich, #1)What a Girl Wants (Fillmore & Greenwich) by Kate Perry

Publication Date : June 15, 2015

Publisher: Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc. 

Synopsis:

Ariana Warren has always felt like she didn’t quite fit in her family. Her father, mother and sister all found their talents early and quickly. Ariana has spent years searching for hers, but she’s finally found it in her natural skin care line. She loves her small business. If only that was good enough for her businessman father. But it’s not and now he’s sicking his business associate on her.

Sebastian Tate has returned to the U.S. from his extended visit to London to fulfil a debt to an old business partner. Edward Warren wants Sebastian to help his daughter, Ariana, expand her skin care line. Once he sees the skin care line, Sebastian knows he can accomplish this goal — if only Ariana was willing to accept his help…and his love.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Kate Perry never fails at delivering books that make me smile. Her stories always make me happy. They’re filled with fun, interesting and sometimes odd characters. I love how they’re always finding their happily ever after, while also finding themselves at the same time. I also really enjoy how Perry always works in a secondary love story into her novels.

As for What a Girl Wants, it was fun getting to know Sebastian from the Summerhill Series a little better. He always seemed like he might be hiding something in that series and it was finally nice to find out what that was. I liked how his business minded personality melded with Ariana’s free spirit approach to life. I would have liked to read even more of his life in the novel. The storyline mainly revolved around Ariana.

Ariana was definitely my favorite character in What a Girl Wants. I liked the storyline involving her family as much as I liked seeing her falling in love with Sebastian. It was really cool to see how her family viewed her compared to how Ariana viewed herself. I think there are a ton of people who can identify with the feelings Ariana had.

I also thought Esme the psychic was a cool addition to the story. I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in store for the characters in future Fillmore & Greenwich books. I can’t wait to read about George, the mechanic.

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a Kate Perry contemporary romance novel. They’re filled with great relationships, laughs and some fun, steamy scenes. Not to mention, they always end with a happily ever after. I like that even though they’re part of a series with related characters, you can easily read each novel as a standalone.

I would like to say thank you to Kate Perry for the opportunity to read and honestly review an ARC of What a Girl Wants.