Series Review: Flight & Glory (Rebecca Yarros)

At the end of 2018, I read my first book by Rebecca Yarros. I was so impressed with The Last Letter that I vowed to go back and read some of Yarros’ previous releases. It took me a little over a year, but I finally got to the first book in her Flight & Glory series. Once I started with that one, I had to read the rest of the series. Here are my mini reviews for each book that has been released.


Full Measures, Book 1: ★ ★ ★ ★

Full Measures was a great start to this series. I’m impressed that this was Yarros’ debut novel. It was a sweet and somber story full of heat and indecision. Ember drove me a little nuts, but overall I liked her. I loved Josh. Overall, it was a good read that hit the emotional punches it delivered.

Eyes Turned Skyward, Book 2: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Eyes Turned Skyward was a predictable romance, but that didn’t matter because everything about it was fantastic. Jagger is a hero everyone will swoon over. He was a bad boy who was actually really good. I loved the care her took of Paisley. Paisley was a little frustrating at times, but I still loved her. She was sweet and good and perfect for Jagger.

Beyond What is Given, Book 3: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This series just keeps getting better and better. Beyond What is Given was an amazing addition to it. Again, the story was a predictable (as romances often are), but the characters make up for that. I loved how feisty and strong Samantha was even when her world was crashing down around her. I loved how Grayson pointed her in the right direction to put herself back together and ended up doing the same for himself. Grayson… Definitely a new favorite character of mine. I loved his hard shell and quiet demeanor. I think they’re my favorite couple in this series, but it’s hard to pick because all of them are amazing in their own ways.

Hallowed Ground, Book 4: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Hallowed Ground is the book I didn’t think I wanted, but desperately needed. I was hesitant to read it because I didn’t want to go back to Josh and Ember’s relationship and dig up old issues. I sucked it up and read it because a friend told me I would need to read it before book 5 is released. I’m happy I did because even when Josh got dumb and annoying, I could see the importance to and of the story. This was the most heartbreaking to read, but also maybe the most fulfilling. I wish I didn’t have to wait for book #5.

Review: Love Broken (J.D. Hollyfield)

Love Broken
Author: J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: February 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

My name is Katie Beller, but the world, as of late, knows me as Bailey Swan, the love guru behind my bestselling book.

Want the shortened version? Here it is:

Love was stupid.
A fake. A farce
Love was broken.

Women everywhere were eating up my advice and fighting back against fake love. My book started a relationship revolution. And I stood by my story.

Until I met Charlie Bates.

When I throw all my own rules and advice out the window after a week-long rendezvous, I start to wonder just how real my words were. Maybe love might be just a little more complicated than I thought.

Maybe I’m the one who’s love broken.


J.D. Hollyfield is an author I found in 2018 that I tried to read more of 2019. I like her writing and the humor she includes in her romances. I chose to specifically read Love Broken because I was fascinated by the plot of an author who wrote about falling in love but doesn’t believe in it. It’s a plot for a devoted romance reader for sure.

What I didn’t expect was for that whole author falling in love to take the twist it did. Now, this is probably a MINOR SPOILER, but this book has been out for almost 2 years, so not really… What made this book even more appealing once I started it was that Katie, the author, goes on a book signing tour and meets a gorgeous cover model to fall for. THIS WAS CLEVER AND FANTASTIC! Having  been to a couple of book signings myself, it was so much fun to read not only Katie and Bates’s interactions, but her interactions with her readers.

Katie and Bates’s romance was a cool thing to experience. She was so anti love and he was such a force at trying to get her to fall for him. It was funny and sweet…until it wasn’t. Hollyfield went deep into Katie’s head. Katie has some major insecurities and negative thoughts that took over when things weren’t sunshine and rainbows. She drove me a little nuts at time — more than I wanted her to. It made for great character growth, though, and put this story where it needed to be.

Obviously, I enjoyed Love Broken. I think readers who love romance, authors, book events, and cover models will really appreciate this book.

Review: Echoes Between Us (Katie McGarry)

Echoes Between Us
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?


Katie McGarry is one of those authors who I will read whatever she writes. She could write a book about aliens on Mars and I would be all in (Not something I would ever plan to read.). There’s a magic to her writing that pulls me in and makes me fall in love. That’s exactly what happened with Echoes Between Us. It blew me away. Here’s why.

  • Katie McGarry’s writing was as amazing as ever. The story in Echoes Between Us was spellbinding. I read it in two sittings. I would have read it in one, but sleep is important.
  • It pretty much took me most of the book to figure it out, but many of the characters are also from McGarry’s Only a Breath Apart. Once I did, I wish I had remembered that from the start. I loved how the two stories meshed a bit.
  • I loved the emotion of the story. Vi and Sawyer are dealing with some big, emotional things personally and it makes the connection they form so special.
  • The whole ghost aspect was so cool!!! It also creeped me out a bit, but I’m a wimp.
  • There were some twists and surprises I honestly didn’t see coming. That might have been because I was so wrapped up in the story.
  • How everything played out. I just loved this entire book. It’s selfish to say this, but I hope that we get another book with this same setting and group of friends.

Honestly, there wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. It was classic Katie McGarry and I couldn’t ask for anything more or different. Fans of her writing will love this book.

WWW Wednesday: January 8, 2020

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 reading books on my TBR. I read Watch Over Me, Art & Soul, Full Measures (Flight & Glory, #1), and Eyes Turned Skyward (Flight & Glory, #2).


Currently Reading

I’m reading Beyond What is Given (Flight & Glory, #3).

Reading Next

As you can probably tell, I’m on a series binge. I’m going to read Hallowed Ground (Flight & Glory, #4) next.

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

Cover Reveal: Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel (Ginger Scott)

Check out this stunning cover for Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel by Ginger Scott! Add it to your TBR today! You won’t want to miss this twisty romance!

Don’t forget to add it to your TBR! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48840620-cvdd

RIVERDALE meets INCEPTION in this twisty and unique Ya coming-of-age romance by Ginger Scott

Quarterback.
Class president.
Burnout.
We all have our identities.
Most of the time, they come from our circumstances. They’re made by others—shoes for us to walk in whether they fit or not.
But what if?
What if we could take off those shoes.
What if we could wear a different pair?
What if those boxes we put ourselves in are better…worse?
And what if, when we do…we’re trapped there for good?
They all call me Cowboy.
She’s the damsel who doesn’t need to be rescued.
And him…he’s the villain.
This is our story. And this is how we want it to be told.
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).

Social Media Links:
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Twitter: @TheGingerScott
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thegingerscott/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GingerScottAuthor
Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GingerScottAuthor/posts
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/GingerScott
Website: http://www.littlemisswrite.com

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

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:

Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

1. One of Us Is Next
Author: Karen M. McManus

2. Whatever It Takes &
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie

3. Great and Precious Things
Author: Rebecca Yarros

4. Hearts, Heroes, and Heath Hall
Author: Kasie West

5. Undercover Bromance
Author: Lyssa Kay Andrews

6. Heartland
Author: Sarina Bowen

7. Bastard Bachelor Society
Author: Sara Ney

8. Riven Knight
Author: Devney Perry

9. This is Forever
Author: Natasha Madison

10. That Secret Crush
Author: Meghan Quinn

Review: The Map from Here to There (Emery Lord)

The Map from Here to There
Series: The Start of Me and You, #2
Author: Emery Lord
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Acclaimed author Emery Lord crafts a gorgeous story of friendship and identity, daring to ask: What happens after happily ever after?

It’s senior year, and Paige Hancock is finally living her best life. She has a fun summer job, great friends, and a super charming boyfriend who totally gets her. But senior year also means big decisions. Weighing “the rest of her life,” Paige feels her anxiety begin to pervade every decision she makes. Everything is exactly how she always wanted it to be–how can she leave it all behind next year? In her head, she knows there is so much more to experience after high school. But in her heart, is it so terrible to want everything to stay the same forever?

Emery Lord’s award-winning storytelling shines with lovable characters and heartfelt exploration of life’s most important questions.


The Map from Here to There is the sequel to Emery Lord’s beloved The Start of Me and You. It begins at the end of summer before Paige’s senior year of high school. Paige is excited for Max to return from Italy and for them to start their relationship and senior year together. The only thing standing the way of Paige’s happiness is the pressure of choosing a college and what that means for her new relationship with Max.

I’m just going to be blatantly honest with you all. I did not love this book as much as The Start of Me and You. It had some of the things I loved from that book: Paige and Max, Emery Lord’s addictive writing and the feels it gave me, all the friendships, the families, new characters to like, dealing with mental health issues. All of that should have been a recipe for success, but this was a case of the first book ending perfectly and the second book trying to mess with everything. I loved that the story was valid and very realistic, but Paige’s anxiety made me anxious and sad, and her actions made me irritated. I just wanted to love it and I didn’t love the feelings it gave me. I had to push myself to through parts of the middle to get me back to the things that made me love the first book so much.

BUT (and that’s a big but) I recognize that The Map from Here to There wasn’t written for me. I’m not a teenager. I can see a ton of value in this book for a teenager. It deals with a multitude of issues relating to senior year, picking colleges, relationships that might change with choices made for the future. It also does a good job portraying stress, anxiety, and being overwhelmed by the future. So while it wasn’t my favorite read, I see a need for it. I see younger people connecting with and enjoying it more than I did and absolutely loving it.

Review: #IMomSoHard (Hensley & Smedley)

#IMomSoHard
Authors: Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: HarperOne
Genre: Memoir, Humor, Non-Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

In their highly-anticipated first book, the hilarious mom duo with millions of followers explores all the ridiculous shit you’re expected to do to keep multiple humans alive and happy-ish, and celebrates the love for the friends who get you through it.

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators of #IMomSoHard, are just like you and your best mom friend, only funnier and with more wine. Perhaps you’ve seen one of their insanely popular videos musing on everything from impractical swimsuit fashions to “Things I Found in My Bra.” Or maybe you’ve gone to one of the shows on their sold-out tour, hailed as “monster truck rallies for moms.” Or you might have just taken a break from mom-ing so hard yourself and decided to read some adult words for a few minutes. Did you pour yourself some wine?

This is not a self-help book. Kristin and Jen know that you probably didn’t get to shower today and that the last thing you need is advice on all the stuff you’re doing wrong. Instead, Kristin and Jen talk nipple hair, sex after marriage, Mom-bods, and their unhealthy obsession with Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones. #IMomSoHard is packed with the back-and-forth laugh-out-loud best-friend banter that Kristin and Jen are known for, with plenty of real talk about post-partum depression, bullying, and the dark thoughts that plague every mom. Throughout it all, they know the ups and downs of motherhood often have nothing to do with your kids—it’s the female friendships and solidarity you have with other moms that makes it all worthwhile.

#IMomSoHard is like a long, funny, gab session with your best mom friends. Kristin and Jen know 6:00–8:00 pm is the worst time to call you. They know not to give harass you when you show up to a playdate in a free t-shirt you got from the dentist. They won’t give pep talks, but they will talk you down from the motherhood ledge, because, congrats: you’re passing with a “C”—and that’s all any of us can hope for.


I put #IMomSoHard on my Christmas list after watching Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley’s comedy special of the same title. I laughed my butt off watching that show, and I knew I would do the same reading the book. I totally did. These ladies know how to make life entertaining. I identified with so much of their mommy, body, pregnancy, life talk. I loved how they took boring facts about themselves and made them funny. #IMomSoHard was a hilarious read.

Review: Bitter Falls (Rachel Caine)

Bitter Falls
Series: Stillhouse Lake, #4
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: January 21, 20120
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

She’s investigating a cold case no one else could—by going places no else would dare.

In spite of a harrowing past still haunting her, Gwen Proctor is trying to move forward. Until a new assignment gives her purpose: the cold-case disappearance of a young man in Tennessee. Three years missing, no clues. Just Ruth Landry, a tortured mother in limbo. Gwen understands what it’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects…and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family—paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?


I’m a fan of Rachel Caine’s Stillhouse Lake series. I love how she writes a good, fast-paced thriller. Since Bitter Falls contains a thrilling mystery, I’m going to keep my review to what I liked and didn’t like about this book.

Likes:

  • Rachel Caine’s writing was just as easy to get swept away in as always. She kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was coming next.
  • I loved the Prologue. It made me so curious as to what was to come.
  • Seeing how Gwen’s kids’ lives continued to be burdened by their father’s notoriety was interesting.
  • The whole cult aspect of this book was fascinating. It gave an even more twisted feel to things — especially with its connections to Wolfhunter River (book 3).
  • How everything came together in the end.

Dislikes:

  • I hate to say it, but some of the continued themes that have traveled through each book are starting to feel a little too repetitive.
  • Some things that happened felt a little unbelievable.

Overall, Bitter Falls was a great addition to the Stillhouse Lake series. If you like thrillers and haven’t yet read this series, I highly recommend going back and starting at Stillhouse Lake.

WWW Wednesday: January 1, 2020

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S DAY! I hate to say it, but I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump over the past couple of weeks as well as super busy hanging with my family. The only book I was able to finish was an ARC of The Fight for Forever (Legend Trilogy, #3).

Currently Reading

I’m started reading #IMomSoHard earlier this week and am about half way through it. I’m also a little less than half way through Love Broken.

Reading Next

I think I’m going to read  Art & Soul.

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