Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #181

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Catching up on some bookmail from last week! Raincoast Books was kind enough to send me two graphic novels to try out. I loved The Prince and the Dressmaker :D Then Indigo Teen sent me their Indigo Staff Pick of the Month: The Hazel Wood. I've heard such great things about it, definitely go check it out!

Pickles with Speak, The Prince and the Dressmaker and The Hazel Wood.
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

180 Seconds by Jessica Park
180 Seconds
by Jessica Park
April 25, 2017
300 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WoW #188: An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

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An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia BoeckerAn Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason
by Virginia Boecker
September 1, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:
Philippa Gregory meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this witty and thrilling action-adventure novel of star-crossed assassins in Elizabethan England. Perfect for fans of My Lady Jane and A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue.

When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and to take it one step further--kill the queen herself.

Katherine's opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn't know is that the play is not just a play--it's a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.

The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play's leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.
I have been waiting for more from Virginia Boecker ever since her Witch Hunter duology ended. FINALLY! Yesssssss! (I'm not particularly fond of the cover but it definitely has a Shakespeare-y feel to it.)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #3) by Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire by Amanda BouchetHeart on Fire
(Kingmaker Chronicles #3)
by Amanda Bouchet
January 1, 2018
380 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step--reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #180

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I didn't have time to take photos of the books with the kitties this week so I improvised. Please enjoy my book mail with a collage of Ripples from my work desktop XD Thank you HBGCanada!!

Ripples and Defy the Worlds and The Astonishing Color of After.
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: The Queen's Rising (The Queen's Rising #1) by Rebecca Ross

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca RossThe Queen's Rising
(The Queen's Rising #1)
by Rebecca Ross
February 6, 2018
464 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WoW #187: All the Wandering Light (Even the Darkest Stars #2) by Heather Fawcett

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All the Wandering Light by Heather FawcettAll the Wandering Light
(Even the Darkest Stars #2)
by Heather Fawcett
September 4, 2018
304 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
After the terrifying events on Mount Raksha, the witches have returned, and River has betrayed Kamzin to regain his dark powers. The witches’ next step: march on the Three Cities and take over the Empire—led by River’s brother, Esha.

If Kamzin is to save Azmiri and prevent the fall of the Empire, she must find a star that fell in the Ash Mountains to the north. Fallen stars have immense power, and if Kamzin and Lusha can find the star, they can use its magic to protect the Empire. To get there, Kamzin has allied with Azar-at, the dangerous and deceptive fire demon, who can grant her great power—in exchange for pieces of her soul. But River wants the star too, and as their paths collide in dangerous and unexpected ways, Kamzin must wrestle with both her guilt and her conflicted feelings for the person who betrayed her.

Facing dark magic, a perilous journey, and a standoff against the witches, can Kamzin, Lusha, and Tem find the star and save their Empire?

Look at that stunning cover!!! I loooooooved book one and I'm so ready for this sequel!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Excerpt & Giveaway: Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) by Brenda Drake

Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake
Assassin of Truths
(Library Jumpers #3)
by Brenda Drake
February 6, 2018
403 pages

Goodreads Summary:
The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.

And it’s not your normal bump-in-the- night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down.

Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world’s most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them.

The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1) by A.C. Gaughen

*Review contains mild spoilers (as it was difficult to talk about this book without touching on certain points).
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
Reign the Earth
(The Elementae #1)
by A.C. Gaughen
January 30, 2018
448 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #179

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A small bookhaul this week. I received The Rogue Queen from Thomas Allen & Son, thank you! The bottom book is the Mandarin edition of Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen which I won from her giveaway~ A foreign edition I can actually read! Thank you Danielle <3

Pickles with The Rogue Queen and Warrior Witch Mandarin Edition <3
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Review: Society of Wishes (Wish Quartet #1) by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

Society of Wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn LarshSociety of Wishes
(Wish Quartet #1)
by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
January 29, 2018
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Goodreads Summary:

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.
With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.
Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of her existence itself.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WoW #186: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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Starry Eyes by Jenn BennettStarry Eyes
by Jenn Bennett
April 3, 2018
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

From the love-to-hate-to-love relationship to surviving in the wilderness with fresh air and winking stars, this sounds all kinds amazing!!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Blog Tour - Favourite Panel & Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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Hi everyone! Today on the blog I have an amazing graphic novel to introduce to you! Author/illustrator Jen Wang's The Prince and the Dressmaker was adorable read and it's coming out next month~ Thank you to First Second Books for the opportunity to participate! Keep reading to sneak a peek at my favourite panel(s) and see my thoughts on the story :)

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang
February 13, 2018
288 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #178

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I've had two weeks of no physical bookmail and it's been a strange but good feeling lol. I really have more than enough to read so I've been trying to buy less and be pickier. It's worked pretty well so far but we're only on the first month of the year so we'll see how that goes XD

A few days ago I picked up a copy of one of my most anticipated 2018 book: Dark of the West! Thank you so much Raincoast Books <3

Now here's a funny story with Almost Midnight. I ordered the book from TBD almost 3 months ago and it literally just arrived. I had given up hope. In all fairness when I went searching on the TBD website they had a little Delivery to Canada note under their Help section. Apparently they're experiencing problems outside of their control with shipping to Canada (and Brazil) so delivery time will be longer than usual (which is to say unpredictable). I'm still amused that it took 3 months vs. the less than 3 weeks I used to get. As long as it arrived safely I guess...

Pickles with Dark of the West and Almost Midnight.
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Review: The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser
The Forgotten Book
by Mechthild Gläser
January 2, 2018
368 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.

Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she's convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.

As it turns out, Emma hasn't seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma's way: anything she writes in the book comes true.

But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her—and they'll stop at nothing to succeed.

A new boy in school—the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter—becomes Emma's unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WoW #185: Twice Dead (The Necromancer's Song #1) by Caitlin Seal

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Twice Dead by Caitlin SealTwice Dead
(The Necromancer's Song #1)
by Caitlin Seal
September 18, 2018
336 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She's struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she's become an abomination--a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She's been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.

I don't think I've read any necromancy books yet and this sounds like the perfect one to try!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Infraction (Players Game #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken
(Players Game #2)
by Rachel Van Dyken
January 9, 2018
284 pages

Goodreads Summary:
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.

Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.

Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.

Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Event Recap: Lianne Oelke Signing

Lianne Oelke Event
Last Sunday I attended debut author Lianne Oelke's signing in Vancouver, Canada. I'm always excited when an author has an event near me (especially a local author!) so I make sure I can go. I wasn't too sure what the setup would be like so I go to the bookstore early. I managed to grab a front row seat~

Nice Try, Jane Sinner signing.

While waiting I got to chatting with another reader- hi Cheryl! We actually recognized each other from previous book events haha! She told me Nice Try, Jane Sinner was the bookstore's book club pick of the month which I think I will try to go to the discussion meet up~

Lianne Oelke talking about Nice Try, Jane Sinner and her publishing experience.
When the time came for the event to start, Lianne came out. She was very humble and talked about her debut novel Nice Try, Jane Sinner and her publishing journey. I actually had the pleasure of meeting her last year at a Raincoast Books preview event but it was still really lovely to see her with her published book! I loved listening to her talk about her publishing experiences. Some things she said:
  • Her writing started with Lord of the Rings fan fiction.
  • She wrote Nice Try, Jane Sinner in secret and didn't tell anyone until she had a publishing deal.
  • The reality tv idea came from her watching America's Next Top Model (and another show I forgot, sorry) at the time she was writing.
  • The book was originally titled House of Orange which is the name of the reality show in the book but the marketing department thought it was too Netflix-y (a mashup of Hose of Cards and Orange is the New Black). They asked Lianne to come up with a few alternatives with Jane Sinner's name in it and Nice Try, Jane Sinner was born!
  • Her advice to new writers: "Don't compare yourself with other authors. Focus on your writing."
  • She's currently writing a fantasy novel with Vikings/a Viking setting.
  • Not to get anyone's hopes up but she has a film agent ;)

Nice Try, Jane Sinner signing!
Thank you to Melissa and Brooke from Raincoast Books for taking and sharing this fun signing photo on Instagram XD
Photo with Lianne Oelke~
Mandatory author photo!
The goodies!! Besides the signed books I got I also managed to snag a Jane Sinner tote bag and some buttons and stickers (oops I forgot to include them in the picture but they're awesome!). Lianne is a huge cat lover so the first five people to show her a cat picture won a tote bag. I instantly whipped out my phone since my cats were my wallpapers LOL. I mean, I'm pretty sure the internet knows I'm a cat lady by now ;)
Nice Try, Jane Sinner and swag <3
I asked Lianne to write her favourite Jane line in my book and I love it <3 So much love for book! If humorous heartfelt stories with a heaping side of snark is your thing then pick up a copy of Nice Try, Jane Sinner asap!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #177

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I haven't gotten any physical books lately so I thought I'd do an ebook haul. I haven't done one in a while. Most of these I received for review but some I got because I've been on a romance kick XD

Heart on Fire by Amanda BouchetSociety of Wishes by Elise KovaAssassin of Truths by Brenda Drake
Infraction by Rachel Van DykenUnconditionally by Erin LyonDreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell
Hideaway by Penelope DouglasAnything You Can Do by R.S. GreyThe Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: Blood and Sand (Blood and Sand #1) by C.V. Wyk

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
Blood and Sand
(Blood and Sand #1)
by C.V. Wyk
January 16, 2018
320 pages

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Goodreads Summary:

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WoW #184: Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny

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Summer Constellations by Alisha SevignySummer Constellations
by Alisha Sevigny
May 1, 2018
264 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?

But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.

Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.

Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine.

As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.

But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?

Sounds like a contemporary I could enjoy ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: The Key to Everything by Paula Stokes

The Key to Everything by Paula StokesThe Key to Everything
by Paula Stokes
January 2, 2018
328 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
College senior Oakland Fuller has always believed in signs and soulmates, so when both a therapist and a fortuneteller say that her repeated relationship failures are due to unresolved feelings for her high school boyfriend, Seth, Oakland tries desperately to get back in touch with him. Problem: Seth isn’t responding to her online messages.

To rescue Oakland from a pathetic Christmas break of sitting in front of the computer, her best friend Morgan books the two of them on a guided excursion of Thailand. When the girls meet a pair of American soldiers in Bangkok, Oakland takes Morgan’s advice and engages in a little harmless holiday hooking up. Sergeant Tyson Banks is the perfect mix of sexy and fun. Two weeks with him might just turn out to be the best relationship Oakland has ever had.

Until the day she spots someone familiar across a crowded temple complex—it’s Seth! Somehow the boy she’s been trying to reconnect with is in Bangkok too. If that’s not a sign, then what is?

Filed with friendship, romance, and gorgeous faraway settings, The Key to Everything is a book for anyone who's ever dreamed of finding love when (or where) they least expected it.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #176

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Surprise mail from Thomas Allen & Son! Thank you for this sequel!

Pickles with Into the Black.
My most anticipated 2018 book!!! Thank you so much to HCCFrenzy for sending me a copy <3 Also Ripple was sleeping very peacefully, I didn't want to wake him up so here's a sleepy pic XD 
Ripple with Ace of Shades!!!!!
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Blog Tour - Q&A, Review & Giveaway: Unconditionally (Contract Killers #2) by Erin Lyon

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Hey guys! Today on the blog I have a review and fun Q&A for you with author Erin Lyon! I read the first book in her Contract Killers duology last year and really liked it so I couldn't be more excited to get my hands on the sequel Unconditionally! Enter the giveaway at the end for your chance to win copies of this fun duology ;)

Unconditionally by Erin Lyon
(Contract Killers #2)
by Erin Lyon
January 9, 2018
336 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.

In this hilarious conclusion to Erin Lyon's I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions, Kate has accepted a job practicing signing law, the one type of law she swore she'd never do - especially since what she thought was her very own happily ever after turned into just another expired contract. But between Kate's embarrassing penchant for running into exes in court, clients determined to use her as their very own therapist, and a couple having a knock-down, drag-out over the custody of the family guinea pig, at least the job's never boring.

But while Kate finally has a handle on her career, her love life is still, well, complicated. The former love of her life, Jonathan, wants her back. Her current main squeeze, Dave, wants to take things to the next level, but she still can't shake her wolf-in-sheep's-clothing vibe about him. And then there's Adam, her mad crush who really wants to be her friend. So, to sum up, one questionable ex, one player with a capital "P," and one guy who's kind of stolen her heart even though she's in the friend zone. This should be a piece of cake.

Unconditionally is both a sweet and sexy romantic comedy and a hilariously relatable look at finding happiness where you least expect it.

1. How did you come up with your book titles? Were the lengths (one long, one short) intentional?

Ah, titles. I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions was originally titled The Contract Killers. Since my publisher is full of smart people, they said ‘Nope – sounds too thriller-y’ (okay – they didn’t say ‘thriller-y…I’m paraphrasing). They turned out to be 100% correct since – depending on which site you are looking at – some will still describe the book as ‘murder for hire’ and that’s just with the “A Contract Killers Novel” part. So, I said “well, the basic idea is “I love you…subject to the following terms and conditions” and it stuck. When it came to book two, other ideas were thrown around, but I kept coming back to Unconditionally (because I’m a romantic at heart despite the whole 7-year contract thing). The long title / short title thing was a happy accident that I rather like.
2. What made you want to write about contracts and marriages?

It actually started with the idea of short-term marriages given the divorce rate in this country. I told a co-worker “Maybe humans weren’t meant to mate for life” (I know – so profound). Then I went to law school and learned all about contract law and the two ideas merged. Voila. Seven-year contracts.
3. Do you have a favourite guy out of the three? If not, then who did you enjoy writing the most?

Um, Adam. Is there really any question? I do love Jonathan, too though (just like Kate – hence the conundrum). Ironically, Dave was more a portrayal of the very real, somewhat douchy guys I’ve met and I was a little surprised that some women actually liked him best.
4. Who was the hardest character to write? Why?

I guess Dave was the hardest to write, I think because there is a little of me in all of the other characters. I could relate to them – feel what they feel. I’ve known Daves, even felt like I understood what made them tick, but I can’t really put myself in their shoes, if that makes sense.
5. What are some advices you'd give to Kate to help sort out her relationship troubles?

I did give Kate brilliant advice on her relationship troubles! I was able to do that as Logek ;)
Thank you so much for answering my questions Erin! I love how you came up with the idea for the books. And ADAM. There's definitely no questions about it. Ever.

Erin LyonAbout the Author
Erin Lyon graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and then worked in broadcast television at the Sacramento ABC affiliate for 10 years before going to law school. She is now a practicing civil attorney and blames all of the people in her life for not trying to talk her out of the whole “becoming a lawyer” thing. After finishing law school, she completed her first novel and began working on the sequels. Erin lives in Northern California with her husband of nearly 20 years (the Saint), her two daughters (the Girls), her three rescue dogs (the Boys), and three cats, who, let’s be real, belong only to themselves. The Contract Killers is her debut novel.

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