WWW Wednesday: January 25th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m still reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I’ll keep reading it slowly. Then I started The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui, I’m like 1/3 done and I’m really enjoying it.


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This week I finished Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, and it was, so far, my favorite book of the year :D. Then me and Cátia finally read Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein, which BAHHH. After that I decided to read Losing It by Cora Carmack, and then me and Cátia finally read How Not To Let Go by Emily Foster, and wow… way better than book 1.


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Next I’ll read 2 eARCs I have for the first week of February, The Feeling of Forever by Jamie Howard and Nine Kinds of Naughty by Jeanette Grey. And me and Cátia decided to read a book that has been sitting on our kindles forever, Slightly Stalky by Amy Vansant.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Underrated Books

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Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Favorite Underrated Books .

Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.

I have to say, it’s the second time this year that the T5W coincides heavily with the TTT themes. TTT did this theme just last week… last week! You can check out mine here.


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Cover Reveal: A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

Check out the cover of A BOY LIKE YOU by Ginger Scott! Don’t forget to preorder your copy today!

 A BOY LIKE YOU
NA Contemporary Romance – book 1 in the Like You series
Scheduled to release: March 3, 2017
Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks | Barnes and Noble | Kobo


BLURB:

They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me.

We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.

And then he disappeared.

Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with scars — the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into darkness. But more than anything else, that day — and every day since — has taken away my desire to dream.

I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things — they weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed… until the new boy. 

He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer, and his body is lean  — strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me — his eyes constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him — it feels…familiar.

He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else. Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.

This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew, is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from myself.


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, and Hold My Breath.

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).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Miscategorized Books

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

FREEBIE — that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!

We have all sometimes looked at the categories the books are inserted and then think “WTF? HOW IS THIS BOOK CLASSIFIED AS THAT?!?!?!?!”. Yeah, it happens to me a LOT, so why not do a post about that, right? So, here you have, 8 Miscategorized Books.


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2017 New Adult Reading Challenge: Book Recommendations (1)

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Hey guys! As you know, this year I’m doing the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge, created by the amazing Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, and because I’ve read some amazing NA books last year, I thought that I could recommend some to you that fit in the Book Bingo from the challenge.

Today I’ll focus on the first 5 topics:

1. Book set in college
2. Hyped Book
3. Debut Novel
4. 2017 Release
5. New Adult best seller

Most of the books here are books I’ve read and really really liked. Click on the names of the books to be redirected to my review of said book


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I love books set in college, and these belong to some of my favorite series.


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All these books deserve all the hype they have.

The Deal
November 9
Losing It
Archer’s Voice
Him


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Again, try some of these amazing debut novels. I loved most of them. I had some issues with Wrong, but the writing is just fantastic.

Chasing Crazy
Loud is How I Love You
The Keeper
More Than Music
Wrong


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 I’ve read the first 2 books here, but I’ve started the other series, and I’m predicting that the sequels will be fantastic.

The Rule Maker
More Than Distance
The Feeling of Forever
Royally Matched
Catching Carly


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Finding NA best sellers is not that easy… so just to clarify, ACOMAF, Fangirl and Hopeless are classified as Young Adult a lot, but they are totally New Adult for me, because of age and content.

Ugly Love
The Score
A Court of Mist and Fury
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Hopeless


So, I’ll keep posting recommendations for this challenge, as well as updating the challenge with the books I’m reading for each category each month, ok?

Just a reminder:

Next saturday, January 28th, at 9 pm GMT (4 pm EST), Cátia is hosting her first Twitter Chat of the challenge. You can see the announcement HERE. So, mark your calendars and let’s all talk about how we’re doing in this 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge, ok?

Trust (Jana Aston)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | One World Title

“Knock knock!”
“Um… Who’s there?”

Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not. 

Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.

But I’m going to get it together. I am. 

I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.
I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself. 
I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after. 

Right after I get out of this interrogation room. 


OMG, this one was definitly my favorite book of this series so far!

WRONG (WRONG #1) | RIGHT (WRONG #2) | Fling (Wrong #2.5)

I had found book 2 hilarious, but this third book just blew it out of the park for me. I liked it so much! Once again, the writing was hilarious, with the added bonus of this one being told in dual POV. AWESOME!

But for me, the thing that makes this book apart from the previous two is the big shift of power. Just like the 2 previous books, and the novella, Boyd is older than Chloe, he’s got money, he’s established, but unlike the other stories, Chloe holds all the power in their relationship, even when she’s not truly aware of it.

I really liked both these characters. Chloe was just as funny as her BFF Everly – and I was so happy to see all the girls together having regular time with each other. But contrary to Everly, Chloe suffers from social anxiety, which seeps into her life regularly and especially affects her disastrous dating life. I really like how the author dealt with her anxiety, and the fact that the problem doesn’t go away magically just because she finds a great guy. Instead, it takes her a long long time to be comfortable with her new reality, and I found that extremely believable.

Boyd really surprised me. Yeah, he was an alpha male, just like all the other dudes, but he was incredibly patient, and I loved that he read Chloe and tried to keep her at ease at all times. I felt like he truly understood her problems and tried to be there for her as best as he could, while dealing with his own feelings at the same time.

I just really liked their connection, and that contrary to the previous 3 stories, this one didn’t go way too fast, because I don’t think that Chloe would be able to deal with that. Instead, Boyd and Chloe took their time, became a very cool and low key couple, without any of the pressure that plagues their best friends. I thought the pacing was just right!

Also, I’m so glad that this plot was completely different from Wrong and Right. One of the things that bothered me about Right, even though I totally loved it, was that the plot felt a bit too much like Wrong. But not in this one!

This was a great ending to the series, and I have to say that I highly recommend it. The books are hilarious and such fast reads. Amazing great times reading them 😉 .

To Professor, With Love (Linda Kage)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOOK Set In College

Junior in college. Star athlete. Constant attention from the opposite sex.

On this campus, I’m worshiped. While seven hundred miles away, back in my hometown, I’m still trailer park trash, child of the town tramp, and older sibling to three kids who are counting on me to keep my shit together so I can take them away from the same crappy life I grew up in.

These two opposing sides of myself never mix until one person gets a glimpse of the true me. I never expected to connect with anyone like this or want more beyond one night. This may be the real deal.

Problem is Dr. Kavanagh’s my literature professor.

If I start anything with a teacher and we’re caught together, I might as well kiss my entire future goodbye, as well as my family’s and especially Dr. Kavanagh’s. Except sometimes love is worth risking everything. Or at least, it damn well better be, because I can only resist so much.

-N. G.-


I decided in December that the Forbidden Men series was one of those I wanted to finish in 2017, so I took the first opportunity I got this month to read book number 2 of this series. While I didn’t quite like it as much as book 1, Price of a Kiss, it was still very entertaining.

This one, however, is not fit for every NA lover. See, it involves a teacher-student relationship, and while I think it was all handled quite well, it is still a problem for a lot of people, so if you’re not comfortable with that trope, maybe skip this book.

To Professor, With Love starts off very differently than the previous book, mainly because this one is dual POV, in contrasts to the single female POV of Price of a Kiss. So, I really liked this change, because it gives two very different perspectives of the romance, which is a good thing, considering how forbidden it is.

One thing I really did like were both main characters, Noel and Aspen. Noel really surprised me, because at first I thought that he was an entitled player, but he worked so hard for everything and the fact that he was trying to have a better life, so he could provide for his younger siblings was just amazing. He turned out to be a very strong willed guy with the most amazing heart.

Aspen was a little harder to get, but once I did… oh boy, poor girl. She tried her best to please two people who never gave her any value, and she ends up finding love in the least likely of places. She freaks out a lot during the book, and while I understood her completely, her back and forth was a bit much at times.

The romance is where things get a bit tricky, because I can spin it all I like, but at the end of the day, Aspen is still Noel’s literature professor. But here’s the thing, the first is only 23 yo, yes, she had a PhD and is in a position of power, but she’s just a young girl herself. Even though they do use their classes to advance their relationship, I was kind of ok with it because I think that she found a fair way to not let their relationship influence her grading. I also really liked her ethics, and how they survived despite everything. I did like their connection, they had a bit of a love/hate relationship, and there’s no doubt that their relationship was all kinds of hot. It did advance pretty quickly though, but again, super ok with it, because it was based on them really getting to know each other and falling in love.

I did like the plot, even though I wasn’t super crazy about some elements, and I think the overall story is a sweet and deep romance. There’s more to them than at first meets the eye, and that’s always something good, right?

Overall, I’m really really enjoying this series. It was very cool to see the main characters of the first book here, and see how the rest of the series is shaping up. I’m excited!

The Bookish Alphabet Tag (Romance edition)

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Hey guys! So, I was going through my drafts, some as old as 2 years, and I saw that Emma @Emma the Book Lover had tagged me awhile back to do the The Bookish Alphabet Tag. So, I’ve decided that I’ll do 2 versions of it, one for YA books and another for Romance, because I have a lot of those too. The Bookish Alphabet Tag was created by Mariana @FireHeartBooks. Keep in mind that ‘The’ is mute!

I’m using New Adult and Romance books for this tag, and every time possible, I’m using less known books. For the YA edition, go here.


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A: Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
B: Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson
C: Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind
D: The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
E: Extreme by Lark O’Neal

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F: Finding London (Flawed Heart #1) by Ellie Wade
G: The Girl I Was Before (Falling #3) by Ginger Scott
H: Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince
I: In Your Dreams (Falling #4) by Ginger Scott

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J: Just One Moment (Black Alcove #4) by Jami Wagner
K: The Keeper by Jillian Liota
L: Lessons in Gravity (Study Abroad #2) by Jessica Peterson
M: More Than Music (Chasing the Dream #1) by Elizabeth Briggs
N: Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew

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O: Outside the Lines by Caitlin Ricci
P: Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) by Linda Kage
Q:  I have no book starting with a Q
R: Right Where You Are (Second Chances #1) by L.E. Bross
S: Stay Until We Break (Hub City #2) by Mercy Brown

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T: Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine
U: Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
V: V-Card (Sharing Spaces #1) by Alicia Michaels
W: Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark
X: I have no book starting with a X
Y: You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini
Z: I have no book starting with a Z


I TAG:

YOU!!!
Whoever wants to do this one :D.

Give a shout out to your favorites.
Promote your reviews.
Promote indie books and diverse reads.
Have fun with it.

Summer of Irreverence: The Rock Star (Cathrine Goldstein)

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Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?


I feel cheated! I requested this book because the blurb sounded interesting, but also because Netgalley had it in the New Adult category, so, being a sucker for NA, I requested it. This book is not NA!

Summer is a 28 yo veterinary surgeon, and my problems started with her. The plot balances on the fact that Summer has the need to “feel like a woman” because she was never “had”, as in, her ex boyfriend treated her too much like an equal, and while I do think that most of those things were disturbing and a bit bullshit, I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around the fact that this book kept putting a wrong emphasis on the roles of a “real man” and a “real woman”. I don’t think there’s a guideline and points that people need to hit to fill in the roles, so this plot point really bothered me. I didn’t like how insecure Summer was, how she let her best friend lead her in some crazy sexist ideas, and how she was willing to be insecure and stay at a job with someone she didn’t like, even though she didn’t look anywhere else.

Now onto Malcolm… first of all Malcolm is 39 yo. This is what stumped me, because until he said it, I was still kind of hoping that this would be somewhat NA, but nope. So, Malcolm is a rock star, Summer wants him, he notices her, and then she makes him realize how alone he’s been and he ends up sharing his past with her. Malcolm didn’t think he deserved to be happy and he hadn’t allowed himself to actually live until this point. I did like this, I thought that they had some really great moments, especially when his past is revealed. She supported him and it felt real.

I didn’t like the beginning of their romance, but I did like their connection a lot, but I wasn’t a fan that they both kind of thought of it as going nowhere, even if for different reasons, and I HATED that after Malcolm opened up to her like he did, she kept lying to him.

I do think the whole story would have worked a little better if the main characters were younger though, even if by just a few years. They both lived repressed for way too long.

I have to say that I really didn’t care for the writing. The book is told with a dual POV, but in the third person, and it was not always 100% clear whose POV it was sometimes. The overall writing style just didn’t do it for me… sorry.

Overall, I didn’t really love it, but it did have some great elements, and it was definitly a very deep book dealing with serious issues. If the blurb intrigues you, maybe give it a shot.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book Set In a Fictional World

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Here’s to different worlds… Choose a book set in a fictional world“. For today I’m using The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski, which I totally loved, by the way, and you guys should all read.


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I love the original US cover. Love it! Especially because of the way the title and name are positioned sideways.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

                                              

The Portuguese cover is similar to the original one, but the tones are a bit different… I like it. I even like that Kestrel is a bit further away. The Spanish cover is just like the original one, which is always good.

FAVORITE COVER(s):

I think my favorite version though, it’s the one I own. I love these Square Fish editions, where the outer cover is just slightly smaller than the interior one. I always love this effect.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(S):

Without a doubt my least favorite cover is the reprint edition one. I don’t know why they decided to change all the covers when the third book came out, but it was a bad move.