April Wrap-Up

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Hey people. I can’t believe that another month is gone – where is 2016 going?!o_O Well, after an awesome reading month in March, I set up to read 12 books in the month of April, as you can see in my TBR. I ended up not managing to read Ugly Love and The Year We Fell Down, but those will be read pretty soon. I did managed to fully read 21 books and I DNFed one other. Yep… I wasn’t expecting to that that well reading wise this past month, mostly because I had a huge book to read – Lady Midnight – and I was going home, and I always read way less while I’m home.

The prospect got a little worse when I had to anticipate my trip to Portugal, and ended up staying there 2 weeks instead of one, during which time my cell phone decided he needed repairs… damn! Juggling my recovering dad, work, family and friends was not easy. I ended up reading more that I was expecting though, which was somewhat awesome.


This Month I Read:

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Books Reviewed:

  1. In Your Dreams by Ginger Scott
  2. Eight Ways to Ecstasy by Jeanette Grey
  3. Changing his Game by Justine Elvira
  4. Once Upon a Dream (A Twisted Tale #2) by Liz Braswell
  5. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  6. This is Falling by Ginger Scott
  7. Roommates by Erin Leigh
  8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  9. Catch You by M.H. Soars
  10. Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts
  11. PUCKED by Helena Hunting
  12. Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher
  13. Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  14. Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  15. The One That Got Away by A.J. Pine
  16. You and Everything After by Ginger Scott
  17. That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J.J. McAvoy
  18. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach
  19. The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott
  20. Love on the Ledge by Zoraida Córdova
  21. Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark
  22. Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

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Awards, Tags and Challenges:

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So, tell me. How was your month of April?:)

Hickville Confessions (Mary Karlik)

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New town. New look. New beginning. High school junior Ryan Quinn has a past. She will do just about anything to keep it hidden, even if means joining the ultra-conservative, no fun allowed, Purity Club. But secrets are hard to keep in a small town and when the Purity Club girls discover the truth, they viciously attack Ryan.

Justin is the kind of guy who can make Ryan forget her vow to change. He’s the kind of guy she should avoid at all costs. But he knows her soul secrets. He understands her and it is torture when she is away from him. But as she deals with the outward scars on her face and the inward shame of her past and Justin’s home life continues to spiral out of control, their relationship becomes as convoluted as their home life. Will they find the courage to open their hearts to each other in spite of their family drama?


I’ve had this ARC sitting on my kindle for months! MONTHS! But as April came to an end, I thought it was the perfect timing to finally get to it. I wasn’t expecting this book to deal with such serious and deeps subjects, but I’m glad it did.

The writing was OK, but I felt that it was a bit repetitive, and this lead me to appreciate it a bit less. I really liked the themes in this book though, it deals with important and difficult subjects, such as dating violence, rape, bullying, PTSD, depression, suicide, …, but ultimately not all the subjects were handled well, and neither was tackled full on – because if you have so many hard subjects, it’s almost impossible to do them all properly.

I did like both main characters, and that made the book enjoyable. Ryan was such a strong young girl, I really appreciated how she managed to keep strong, facing those who had done such a vile thing to her, as well as trying to help other people not to go through what she did. Justin was such a great character too, I think his side of the “drama” was better done, and my heart broke for him, when he trying to deal with his anger issues, while trying to be there for his mother and Ryan.

The character development is great, especially for Justin, but I think that everything was wrapped up quite fast and super nicely, when the subjects begged for a messier ending, because those kind of problems don’t fade that fast. The romance was a bit fast for my liking, but I really liked the support and care that they brought into each other’s lives.

In the end, it was an enjoyable read, but it didn’t leave super curious to read the rest of the series.

April Book Haul

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Another month is over, so it’s time to show you what I hauled during the month of April. Be warned… there are a LOT of ebooks…


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A lot of deals this month… I blame Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much for the quantity of ebooks I bought… granted, most of them were free, but I still should have had some self control.


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I think I reigned myself in this month, and managed to get only 10 review copies. Hurray!

Tone Deaf (Olivia Rivers)

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Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century — until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.


Going into this book I was fairly certain that I would enjoy it, because Kat @Life and Other DIsasters did, and I trust her opinion. You can check her take on this book here.

I LOVED IT! In my head this book is kind of like a mix between The Mortal Instruments and Everything Everything, but the plot has nothing to do with either one of those stories, lol, it’s just the vibe… is it weird?!

The writing is wonderful. I never read a book about a deaf MC, and I was curious to see how that would be incorporated to the story and I was pleasantly surprised by the result. Not only was ASL well explained and included, but each reference to vibrations and what Ali felt when someone was talking, walking, moving, felt real.

I loved all the main characters of this book. Ali was an amazing protagonist, she was so damn strong! I really liked how she hadn’t lost hope at a better life, even after everything she endured. I also liked Jace a lot, yes, he’s a much darker character, because there’s so much in his past, and he thinks he’ll stay like that forever, but still, even being down, pessimistic, he still cares and hopes, and he’s just great. The rest of the band is bonkers and amazing! I loved Killer most of all – bonus points for him for liking Doctor Who and David Tennant – , and I loved that all the band supported Jace, even when they didn’t agree with him completely.

Also, Jace, Arrow and Killer reminded me so much of TMI! Jace because of the name and attitude, Arrow just reminded me of Alec, always making sure his family is ok, fiercely protective, and Killer read like a mix of Magnus, Isabelle and Simon!

The romance was so sweet. I really liked how it evolved, how they became close, and shared parts of themselves with each other, understood each other, before anything else happened. And Jace with Ali was the sweetest thing. The way he touched her, and cared for her, was a huge contrast to the persona he showed the world, and that was amazing.

This book also highlights a huge problem in our system: how easy it is to hide that a child is victim of abuse at home. It will definitly make you think about it.

To sum it up, I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you like YA contemporary romance, with a touch of dark subjects, give this book a shot. You won’t regret it.😀

Waking Olivia (Elizabeth O’Roark)

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“That girl isn’t just trouble of the not-a-team-player, not-a-reliable-runner variety. She’s trouble of the devious, manipulative, too-f***ing-hot-for-her-own good variety. She’s the kind of girl who causes trouble merely by existing, and then makes sure to cause more. And the last thing I need right now is more trouble.”

A failing farm.
His father’s debt.
And a struggling college track team.
Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia Finnegan, a beautiful but troubled new transfer student.

A smart mouth.
A strong right hook.
And a secret that could destroy her.
Olivia is her own worst enemy, with a past she can’t seem to escape, and the last person she wants help from is a cocky track coach she can never seem to please.
Refusing to be pushed away, Will is determined to save her.
And determined to resist an attraction that could destroy them both.


HOLY S**T!!! This book is good! I don’t know what I was expecting going into it, but not what I got, that’s for sure. Also, it shouldn’t come as a surprise by now, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog for her take on this book.

This book is intense! The writing is simple, but beautiful, and it fits so well with the personality of both MCs. And sometimes it’s just so dark… it gives you a clear picture, without any hint of what’s behind it, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat, anxious to find out more.

I really liked both main characters, they fit each other so well! I know that some of you will think this is a student/teacher kind of romance, and you won’t like it, but it honestly is nothing like that. Sure, Will is Olivia’s coach, but he’s much more than that, and the age difference between the two of them is minimal. Also, I think Olivia holds all the power in their dynamic.

Olivia is such a complex character, and it took me a little while to love her completely, because she doesn’t love herself… heck, she thinks no one can love her, but when you start to know what’s behind her story and abrasive persona, you can’t help but feel for this girl. Will is much of the same, he’s not perfect, he’s a hothead, who thinks he needs to prove something and give up his dreams, but he’s loyal to a fault and he does the best he can – even if he has some serious jealousy problems… lol.

The plot is so dark, twisted and complex! OMG! So good! This story sure does have some dark spots in it, and the romance isn’t easy at all. There are a lot of things working against them, most of all themselves, but it’s so worth it. Also… so freaking HOT!

I really loved this story and would highly recommend it. But be prepared for some serious feels… 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (8): Day 3

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Hello! I was tagged, for the 8th time to to the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge, this tag was ages ago – October I think – but hey, I’m here now… Thanks to Deanna @A Novel Glimpse for tagging me, you guys can see her post here.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (consider yourself tagged!)

On the first day I shared a quote from The Girl From Everywhere, and yesterday I shared a beautiful quote from #Rev. Today I needed to share this Lady Midnight quote… I just had to! It’s beautiful, just like the person who said it… *sigh*
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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (8): Day 2

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Hello! I was tagged, for the 8th time to to the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge, this tag was ages ago – October I think – but hey, I’m here now… Thanks to Deanna @A Novel Glimpse for tagging me, you guys can see her post here.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (consider yourself tagged!)

Yesterday I posted a quote from The Girl From Everywhere, and you can check it out here. Today I’m posting a quote from the book I’ve just finished reading yesterday… #Rev by Cambria Hebert.

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