WWW Wednesday: March 15th 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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At the moment I’m reading  Goodnight, Nic by Marley Jacobs. I finally started Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, but this one is gonna take me some time… Have I mention how much I hate protected pdfs? I’ll also start listening to Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie, which I’ve had on my audible for ages 😀 .


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This week I finished Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen, which I loved, Sugar, We’re Going Down by M. H. Soars, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde and Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen. I also finished listening to The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata and Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward (single dads… *sigh*).


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I have a few ARCs due soon, so I better read Styled by Piper Lawson, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner and Could You Love An Apple? by Becky Jerams.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Felt Betrayed By

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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 Books You Felt Betrayed By.

Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

Here are some books that I felt betrayed by, mostly because the blurb and the publicity forgot to mention some pretty important things…


Egomaniac (Vi Keeland)

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.


I’m going to keep this review super short because I sure as hell don’t want to spoil the story for you guys…

I’ve been enjoying the collaborations between Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, but this one? This was one of my favorite romances from this year. Keeland’s writing is amazing on this one. The book is told in the first person, dual POV, and Emerie and Drew’s voices are super different and they complement each other so well.

I loved both main characters. LOVED THEM!!! They had both such strong personalities and convictions, but they were able to listen to each other and understand one another, and ugh, their relationship and chemistry was just AMAZING.

The book has a few twists and I have to say that I was super surprised that I didn’t see the finish line right from the start. It’s a sign that this romance is super well written. I did see the conflict, but it didn’t make it any less heartbreaking…

This book made me cry, people. It did. And it was awesome.

If you’re looking for a great romance, with an amazing and strong couple, read Egomaniac, you won’t be sorry.

Operation Prom Date (Cindi Madsen)

Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains stargazing, accidental swimming, and poker swindling. This kissing practice will melt your ereader…and give you a new couple to ship.


This has to be the cutest, most adorable teen Entangled romance that I’ve read in a while! This book is all kinds of amazing 😀 .

I had read one book by Cindi Madsen before, but it was a NA book, Crazy Pucking Love, and I wasn’t impressed by the book or the writing. But this one is a totally different story. Operation Prom Date is told in the first person, dual POV, and it’s fun and light, and it makes so many pop culture references that my heart was just about to explode from happiness.

Which leads me to the characters, and oh boy, these 2 were kind of great. Kate is a serious student, super smart, who loves to watch tv shows and ship the couples in them… but she wants a fairy tale moment and that’s why she is convinced that she has to go to prom with Mick. I really liked Kate, I thought she felt real, because she had so many different sides to her. I liked to read about her.

Cooper though… WOW! The guy is kind of dreamy. I loved that he didn’t keep the different parts of himself hidden, he truly didn’t care what other people thought, and he was happier for it. I liked that he knew what he loved, even if felt trapped by his dad’s choices for him. I loved that he put friendship and Kate’s needs ahead of his own, because that is love.

I’m a fan of these kinds of romances, where the girl thinks she wants one guy and ends up falling for the guy who is right next to her, and it was super well done here. The author managed to show their friendship and how much they meant to each other as friends, before the romance crept in the way, and that just made the romance all the better.

I shipped them… BAD! They were so cute together, and they talked about everything, from the most inconsequential thing, to very deep and heavy stuff, and their connection was so well achieved.

To sum it up, if you’re in the mood for a very cute and heartwarming teen romance, with a slight dose of angst (small), give this one a chance, I’m telling you it’s very worth it!

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)

From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found.

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.


You know when you request a book on Netgalley and you’re so sure you’ll be denied for it? Yeah… After reading and loving Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I was pretty damn excited to be able to read an ARC of the new Benjamin Alire Sáenz book, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.

The first thing that stood out for me on this book, were the chapters. This book consists of short (and some longer) scenes, and each of these scenes are basically chapters. They are each an important moment between the characters. And the titles describe what we’re about to read, like this:

I absolutely loved this formating and the way the story was told. I was reading this when I was also reading A Boy Like You and the chapter’s lenght couldn’t have been more different, eheh. I really really liked these short and very on point chapters. It made the book go super fast for me.

The second thing to note is that the writing is just magical. MAGICAL!!! I had loved Ari and Dante‘s writing, but I fell in love with the writing on this book.

This book is purely character driven, which are my favorite kind, to be honest, and it deals with love and family and friendship. And loss and how to deal with it. How to confront fears. The feeling of belonging somewhere or to someone. And what weights more, nature or nurture.

The story is mostly about Salvador and his two friends, Sam, who has been his best friend since he was little, and Fito. All of them go through some pretty heavy stuff during the book, and they’re all so different, it warmed my heart the depth of their love for one another. They also grow up so much during the book, and they support each other through it all.

I really liked the Sal, Sam and Fito and the relationships they shared. They each had their own personality and quirks, and they tried to make each other better.

Also, it should be noted that there’s no romance in this book, at least not with our 3 main characters, and that was a relief, because I truly thought that there would be, and it wouldn’t feel natural.

But I think that my favorite person in this book was Vicente, Sal’s adoptive dad and a father figure to all the teens. He was just such a great person, who tried to show the best ways to the kids, but never impose his view, and instead let them reach their own conclusions. He was also always there for all of them, and he had a special bond with each of them. I loved him!

I have to mention that I saw a few critiques to this book, mainly to the use of some expressions used, either ableists or heavy on the stereotypes. I saw them. But I have to say that they didn’t feel out of place to me, and I felt that there was a narrative in the story, with the growth of the characters, that pulled them away from such narrow minded views.

Well… I loved this book, I think I even liked it more than Ari and Dante. I loved the writing and the characters. I loved the story and the growth. I loved that it made me cry like a baby each time I read more than two sentences.

I would highly recommend it, from my experience reading.

But if you’re in doubt, maybe check out some other reviews and see how you feel about the problematic aspects that those reviews point out.

Broken Prince (Erin Watt)

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These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all — looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely — keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.  

Warning: This book ends in a cliffhanger.


OMG! This series is awesome! You can check my review for Paper Princess here, but while I loved book 1, this one, Broken Prince, definitly won my heart. I’ll keep this review short, because I don’t think I should talk about the story… I don’t want to spoil anything.

To start the writing is still highly addictive, maybe even more so, because on this book we have dual POV. Yeah guys, dual POV!!! We finally get to see what goes on in Reed’s head, and I loved it.

It was great to see Ella stick to her guns, even if I just wanted her to listen to Reed and for them to be happy. I needed my babies together. But it was so worth it. The angst and the confrontations and the fights… all worth it.

I also loved to see the guys bonding with Ella even more, even if the relationship between them was strained… my poor Reed… he did deserve it though. I really loved the fact that there was a lot more Callum in this book, because I love him and I liked to see him more involved in everyone’s lives.

The drama! Oh my… the drama in this series is unbelievable and so exciting!!!

I don’t know what else to say. Except that I fell for this series and the characters. So good.

Disney Princess Book Tag

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A while back I did a tag called THE DISNEY BOOK TAG, which I thought was the same as this one, but it turns out, it isn’t! So, Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much tagged me for this one ages ago, and it has been sitting on my endless list of to be done posts. This tag was originally created by Soudha of Stacks and Cups.


My Disney Princess Facts:

  1. Growing up, my favorite Disney movie was Pocahontas. This only changed when Tangled was released.
  2. Tangled is now my favorite, and that has a lot to do with the fact that the “prince” in this story is heavily involved, and their interactions are awesome.
  3. I never liked Aurora and Snow White, probably because I always hated those two movies. I always found Sleepy Beauty and Snow While and the Seven Dwarfs boring as hell.

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I Tag:

Ari @The Daydreaming Bookworm
Shannon @Clockwork Bibliophile
Lily @Pages and Tea
Aira @Aira Reads
Kat @Life and Other Disasters
Sara @Freadom Library
Inês @MsCarrowl
Bianca @Ultimate Fangirl
Deanna @A Novel Glimpse
Flo @flowlessbooks
Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Fadwa @Word Wonders

Optimists Die First (Susin Nielsen)

Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she’d kept an eye on her sister, if only she’d sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only…

Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world’s most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula’s ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she’s paired with Jacob for a class project, there’s no denying they have brilliant ideas together – ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats.

But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts – and when the truth comes out, there’s no way Petula is ready for it.


As per usual, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too. Go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

I have to say that I was a tiny little bit scared of starting this book. I read a few mixed reviews, and some that claimed that the book suffered from “the boy saves her from her issues“, and I was scared. But still, we needed to get to it, and we were late already, so I sucked it up and read it.

And guys, I was pleasantly surprised.

The first thing that struck me was how much I actually enjoyed the writing. This was my first book by Susin Nielsen, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The book is told through Petula’s POV, and when she starts the book and calls Jacob “Bionic Man”, I cringed a little. But then it was super enjoyable, fun and fast. Even when dealing with super difficult and important topics.

I enjoyed the characters too. Petula was a bit weird sometimes, but I liked her quirks, and I understood them. The world is a big and scary place, and what she went through at such a young age? Yeah… it would mess anyone up.

I also liked Jacob, I liked his easygoing nature and how he faced life, but because the book is told through Petula’s POV, I felt like something was missing.

This was also my issue with their group of misfit friends. I thought there was so much potential there, but I wanted more interaction, more scenes between them. I wanted them all more fleshed out.

I thought it was great that Petula’s parents were such a huge part of the story, because their grief was palpable, and I thought it was so well represented.

My main issues with this book was actually the super fast pace and some points of the plot. Optimists Die First is super fast, and that didn’t allow for the full flesh out of some characters, but it also took away from relationship development. Like the one between Petula and Jacob.

I thought that particular relationship developed super hyper fast, and one moment they were kissing, and in the next they were taking their clothes off. It didn’t feel natural to me, at all. Petula had some pretty big issues with contact, and no matter how horny she was, I don’t believe that she would jump into a sexual relationship that fast. Also, she was super young and Jacob was her first real boyfriend, and while I could see them taking steps and it happening eventually, it didn’t feel right at the moment it did.

I didn’t feel like the Jacob “cured” Petula AT ALL! Jacob did try to bring her out of her comfort zone, but it was their group and the friendships she formed that help alliviate some of her biggest fears. She tried, she wanted to get better, and I don’t think that was all due to Jacob. But the book messes a little up when at some point it says something along the lines of “Jacob brought you back to life“. That wasn’t necessary and it takes a bit away from the story and the roles of the other characters.

Overall I really enjoyed this one, and I would still recommend it. It deals with several types of grief and sentiments of guilt and inadequacy, and those are so important. Give it a try.

Blog Tour: The Cad and the Co-Ed (L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid)

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The Cad and The Co-Ed, a quirky and sexy romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is available now!!


Review:

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Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

THE CAD
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option — by far — places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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I will admit that when I requested this book I failed to read the blurb. So, I knew nothing about it when I got it except that it was about rugby and people seemed to love this series. This means that I failed to understand that this book contained one of my biggest pet peeves in romances ever… a hidden pregnancy.

But you see that rating right? 4.5 stars! Which means that even though the book included one of my most hated scenarios ever, it was very well handled and in the end, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story.

While I had read a book by Penny Reid, this collaboration was totally new to me, and I have to say that it really worked for me. The book is told in the first person, dual POV, and both voices are super distinct and funny, and both show the personalities and their differences perfectly. Reading this one made me want to pick both previous books ASAP.

The story starts 5 years prior to the main timeline, and it starts right off with a morning after, and I have to admit that I was confused for a few pages, but that quickly passed. We see the result of that ONE night and then we go 5 years into the future. This was the part I was super scared about. I’m gonna talk about it because it’s in the blurb, so it’s not really a spoiler. So, after that one night Eilish finds out she’s pregnant, and because Bryan didn’t even remember her the morning after and was a general screw up, she decides to keep her baby a secret. That is, until she comes face to face with him 5 years after, and he’s a in a much better place.

Last year I read a book with a very similar plot: jock + innocent girl, one night, pregnancy, he doesn’t remember and is a drunk, she doesn’t tell him, they end up working together, etc. That book was The Total Package and I honestly didn’t like it much. But The Cad and the Co-Ed took a very similar route and made it enjoyable and funny, and it just made sense.

I loved the characters and the character growth that goes on in this book. Eilish is such a strong and determined person, who has her head on straight and knows her priorities. And Bryan is very self aware and the fact that he fought for the life he has now, really made me like him even more.

The romance made sense! They were cute together, and super hot, and I love that they took their time. And most of all, even though Bryan was all alpha sometimes, he was never extremely possessive and jealous, because he was conscious that he had no right or claim to do that. Also, Patrick? That kid was all kinds of amazing.

The plot and the pacing of the story really worked for me. There were a few misunderstandings along the way, and I wish they had communicated a bit more sometimes, but I overall really liked it.

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So, guys, have you read this series? You should pick this one up at least. I’m a sucker for second chance romances, and big jocks with kids? Yes please! Also, this book is set in IRELAND!!! So, yeah, GO READ IT.


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About the Authors:

Meet Penny Reid:

pennyreidauthorpicPenny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Meet L.H. Cosway:

lhcoswayauthorpicL.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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