Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I last did one of these posts, and I figure which better topic to start with than the one for this week? Today's Top Ten Tuesday is about our top 10 most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019. Can you believe it's that time already? Where did the time go? Anyway... Let me tell you guys, there are a BUNCH of them that are coming out that I am dying very excited about. Let's get started!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Down The TBR Hole #15

Down The TBH Hole @ Ruby's Books

Hello dear book lovers and welcome to another post in the Down The TBR Hole feature hosted by the awesome Lia.

It is with great pride that I start today's episode of Down The TBR Hole feature. Why, you ask? Because I managed to not add one book on my TBR. That's right, people! My TBR today is where I left it off last week, at 2830 books. I know this number is not mind-blowingly impressive, but to me this is a step in the right direction. Let's start fast before this changes, shall we?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Blog Tour Book Review & Playlist: Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett + Giveaway

Author: Mindee Arnett
Series: Rime Chronicles #2
Audience: YA
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: June 4th 2019
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: The Fantastic Flying Book Club
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From acclaimed author Mindee Arnett comes the thrilling conclusion of the stunningly epic, action-packed, and romantic fantasy adventure about a powerful girl possessed of strange magic, the outcast prince she loves, and the kingdom that has torn them apart.

Kate and Corwin are on the run, desperate for allies in a new world of war among the kingdoms of Rime. As the book opens, Kate suffers a massive loss, one that will shape the struggle for freedom of all wilders and magic folk—that is, if Kate can learn to control her own power.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

What an ending, guys. I have been waiting for this book for a year now, hoping to be just as great as the first one, and I got my wish. The book starts on a really high note and it just goes up from there.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wednesday Chatter: Ratings, Reviews, and Drama

Wednesday Chatter @ Ruby's Books

Wednesday Chatter is a weekly feature at Ruby's Books where we'll be talking about anything and everything related to books and reading. Click here if you want to see what we talked about in the previous weeks

WARNING: Some bad words might be used in the following post. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Hi everyone! I was browsing on Twitter a few days ago and I stumbled across a tweet from AudioShelf about ratings:
Now, conversations about how the desired reviews are 5 star ones are nothing new in the book blogging community, in fact I think it's been a recurring theme since book reviewing became a common thing to do among the general public, not just something literary critics did. So we've all heard about how 5 star reviews are good, everything less is bad.

At the same time with this conversation there was another one about an author and their bad reaction to seeing a reviewer gave their book a 1 star review. I'm not going to link to that conversation and to the entire situation, because I could never do it justice, but if you want to know more about this Paige from The YA Kitten talks about it in depth on her blog.

As if that wasn't enough, that same week yet another author took to Twitter to discredit any reviews with a lower rating than 5 stars because they have no value, and said that the readers who gave a lower rating are confused and they need to be handheld by the authors.

Source: Giphy

Before we get started I want to say that this is mostly about my own rating system and what is behind my rating, and also how I view ratings and reviews, and it is possible that my views don't match with how some other people view ratings. This is my personal experience, and you are more than welcome to share your opinions or disagree (respectfully) in the comments.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Cover Reveal: Breaking The Habit by Ember Leigh

Today we have the cover reveal for BREAKING THE HABIT by Ember Leigh! Check out the beautiful cover and pre-order your copy today!


Title: Breaking the Habit

Author: Ember Leigh

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Blitz: June 18th



He’s on a war path to fame.

  And Levi Swain doesn’t care who knows it. The more people that know him, the better. As the hottest MMA rising star, opportunities are materializing out of thin air. When a wealthy sponsor approaches him, looking to have Levi cause a tabloid-worthy scandal, Levi only knows how to say yes. He didn’t come to war to lose.

  Except he never counted on meeting Riley. The glam-shy bombshell who won’t touch fame with a ten-foot selfie stick. Levi planned on her ending up another notch on the bedpost, where every girl ends up. Instead, Riley is everything he wasn’t looking for. The artistic dark angel who can knock him out faster than a middleweight champion with just one glance.

  Out here in Hollywood? He can have fame, or he can have true love.   But he can’t have both.


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Exclusive Excerpt:

Riley blinked at the swirls of her name freshly inked on a contract that she and Travis and Levi had drawn up. She wanted it to cover her ass. She trusted Travis, but Levi was a wild card. She could see it in the molten glint in his eye, the undercurrent of lust or mischief or something that set her on edge faster than an errant grope in the nightclub.
Her body responded to him way more than she wanted. She was on a self-imposed hiatus from men, ever since her shitty ex had made her private life go viral. It took time to recover from deception like that. Like maybe an entire lifetime.
Which meant Levi, the epitome of a Hollywood newbie hungry for the spotlight, couldn’t get anywhere near her. No matter how much those abs whispered sweet nothings to her.
“We’re legit!” Levi raised his fists in the air. “Welcome aboard, Riley. My professional MMA photographer.”
She could only manage a small smile. At least he was wearing a shirt today. Hiding his body from view helped things slightly, but the white tee clung to his shoulders and biceps in a way that only reminded her of the sculpted expanses below. And dammit, she wanted to see those freckles again.
“You’ve got to be at least a little excited,” Levi said.
“This is going to be interesting. And very different from what I normally do.” She paused, drumming her nails against the table. “I hope I can, you know?”
“Riley, we just met, but I believe in you one hundred percent.”
Levi’s sincere tone made her pause. She dragged her gaze up to his. What was this guy’s deal? He was some sort of inspirational, happy-go-lucky hunk. “Thanks.”
“But if you need help on anything, let me know.” He leaned back in his chair, resting his palms behind his head. It made his shirt stretch tighter over those biceps. Knocked the wind right out of her.
“I appreciate that.”
“I’m available for…anything, really.” And there it was. The smirk that promised so much more. Frustration burbled hot inside her.
“I do have one consideration so far, during my first day on the job. Did you or did you not hire me because you want to fuck?”
Levi’s eyes widened, and he slammed his chair back to the ground with a loud thud. “Fuck?” The fake astonishment pushed his voice to a falsetto. It was almost funny. Almost. “Like…the two of us having sex?”
“You heard me.”
“It hadn’t even occurred to me.” He paused. “Today.”
“That’s quaint. But please know—this is a job for me. You need to keep your hands to yourself.” She jabbed her index finger toward him for good measure. Made her feel like she was driving the point home. “Got it?”
Levi raised his palms in submission. “Never thought otherwise.”
The way his cinnamon gaze settled on her was the only sign she needed.
No matter how badly she’d been burnt the last time around, if she gave her heart an inch, it would take a mile.
Levi wouldn’t even get a millimeter.

About Ember Leigh:

Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Down The TBR Hole #14

Down The TBH Hole @ Ruby's Books

Hello dear book lovers and welcome to another post in the Down The TBR Hole feature hosted by the awesome Lia.

I decided on a goal with these weekly cleanup, guys. Since I know myself really well, I know I won't be able to control my tendencies to add more books on the TBR, mostly because I keep discovering new authors to love, so I have decided that I will be happy with getting my TBR a little under 2500 books. I think that is doable, don't you? Let's get started!

Oh by the way, we're starting at 2836 books, because yes I did add 4 books on my TBR since last time nervous laughter
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