100 Books Read!

Since I just hit a hundred books read in 2018, I thought I’d write up a quick post to give you my top 5 favorite so far this year!

My Goodreads challenge this year is 150 books and I feel like I’m going to surpass it! I don’t want to write this post to brag, I’m just seriously excited that I have read so many amazing books this year! I have no life. I literally work and read… that’s it. My husband works on the weekends(my days off) so it’s not like we can go out and do stuff. I’m really a homebody and literally don’t go anywheres.

Anyways.. on to the books!


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You can click on the book covers to read my reviews!

I have read so many amazing books so far this year, but these will definitely be making it onto my top 10 favorites list!

What’s your favorite books you’ve read so far this year?

Until next time,

Bree

The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

23485372Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she’s kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She’s discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own — an ability long thought impossible.

While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook – KU

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
The Paper Magician + The Glass Magician

Genre?
YA Fantasy

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
Eventually

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I’ve completed this arc of the series. The 4th book was released this past month which I will read soon.

Is this a part of a challenge?
This completes my #ASeriesAMonth2018 for this month 🙂

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves YA Fantasy magic novels with a touch of romance.

Conclusion:

I’m really impressed with the ending of this series. I can kind of understand how people are thinking “Oh, that’s it?” because it definitely wasn’t a dramatic ending by any means. But it did end pretty perfectly for this series. My only qualm is I really wish you would of heard more about the romance between Ceony and Emery. The author could of really capitalized on the forbidden romance but it kind of fell short in my opinion.

Regardless, I felt like the world was really put together well, the magic system was interesting and logical and I’m so happy I read this series!

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

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Fostering Cats: Update #3 Noah and Meet Pixel!

Hey gang!

So something excited started this week with Noah! I started introducing him to the resident furballs! That’s right, finally seeing how Ms. Sassy (Precious) and Mr. Grumpy (Finn) takes to meeting a new feline friend.

Well, here’s how it went.

I moved my office from the spare room to my bedroom so that the spare room is now my foster room. I decided to take Noah into my room with me and leave his room open for my two to explore. This is called scent swapping. And if I’m going to be completely honest, neither cats really gave two shits about it.

Noah slept on my bed and my two took a couple sniffs around his room and went back to sleep in the livingroom.

That is until I opened the door to go on my lunch break and Precious decided to run into the room. Rather than freak both cats out by frantically trying to grab her, I just sat quietly and watched as she made her way around the room. She finally noticed Noah and there was some growling and some hissing but all in all I was really impressed. Both cats, although slight cranky, weren’t showing too much aggressive behavior. Their ears were front facing and curious, their body language was pretty relaxed.

It’s going to take a couple days for the hissing to stop, or maybe it won’t. I’m not sure. But I’m not overly concerned because each cat has their own place where they can retreat and hide if they want to. As long as their not lunging and attacking each other, I’m pretty happy.

We’re doing pretty slow face to face visits, but I’m pretty proud of my kitties. Precious may be acting like she’s a cobra, but she’s also rolling onto her back in plain view of Noah. My sassy girl secretly wants to be friends. On her terms. When she wants to.

At least both of them love the laser pointer and I can get them to stop hissing at each other for up to five minutes while they both play with it!

Win for Momma!

Nighttime is still a lock down time. Noah goes into the foster room and stays until morning which he is hating more and more. I feel bad, but I think all cats need a little bit of space and cool down time before we try again the next day. He whines quite a bit and looks sad when I shut the door, but he’s always happy to come out in the morning.

Noah also met some children this weekend! My nine year old niece, another nine year old and a five year old. And he did wonderful with them. This is fantastic because cats who are tolerant of children are much easier to adopt.


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Name: Pixel
Age: 6-7 Months
Intake Date: May 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across someones post about a cat they found outside their house. Immediately I noticed that the little kitten was full out in heat. I messaged my cousin and her and I took a trip to the ladies house to try to find the little kitten. We had no luck unfortunately. But I left a carrier and some wet food and let the woman know to message me if she found her.

On Saturday, the woman messaged me for my address. She had found the little kitten and her boyfriend was going to bring the cat over. So I got my bathroom all ready and waited. When he showed up, Pixel was angry. She was hissing, growling, lashing out. She wanted nothing to do with no one or nothing. So I pretty much left her alone.

Finally she warmed up to me, especially after I moved her to the laundry room.

She’s now through her five day hold with animal control and is officially a Fortunate Feline. She’s doing fantastic, eating well, and heading for her spa day next Friday. I’m looking forward to getting Noah fully integrated into the house so I can get her into the foster room so she’s not in my laundry room. This little one absolutely hates the sound of the washer and dryer and hides behind the water heater whenever they’re on.

As usual, if you guys have any questions about either cats or fostering in general, let me know 🙂

Until next time,

Bree

Return To Wonderland by Tanya Lisle

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00002]Years after that fateful fall down the rabbit hole, Alice has moved on from the memories of Wonderland and is now attending the prestigious Lucena Academy to get a fresh start.

Unfortunately, a purple haired boy appears at school and reveals himself to be the Cheshire Cat. He speaks in riddles about how Wonderland is a much different place than when Alice last visited and tempts her with a visit back. Alice must decide whether or not she will go back, or the Cheshire Cat will make the choice for her.

 


*Received in exchange for an honest review

Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
No

Genre?
Middle-Grade Fantasy

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
Yeah

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I think I might check it out

Is this a part of a challenge?
No.

Who would you recommend this for?
Definitely a younger crowd

Conclusion:

This was really quite cute. I like how the author basically answered the ‘what happened to Alice after?’ question that a lot of people wondered. She didn’t try to change or retell the story, but she continued it and I honestly loved that.

This novel is definitely a middle-grade but with some oddly proper speech. I guess it is set in England years and years ago, but the authors word choice definitely didn’t blend well with the characters that she was writing for.

I’m mildly interested in seeing where this author goes with the story. I think I may pick the rest up at a later date.

Thank you so much to the author and Voracious Readers Only for sending me this book for review!

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

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The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

22341276Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
I read the first in the series. Check it out here

Genre?
YA Fantasy

Star Rating?
3 Stars

Rereadable?
Maybe if I decide to reread the whole series, I’d kind of have no choice

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Yes

Is this a part of a challenge?
#ASeriesAMonth2018

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves magic books and YA books

Conclusion:

I was slightly disappointed in this one. I still definitely enjoyed my read, but it was extremely boring compared to the first one. If I have ever seen a case of second book syndrome, this one definitely has it. It was a filler book, it seems like it was literally just to move along the time line enough for the author to show what she wants to in book 3.

Although, I really love what was discovered about the magic system.

And that kiss, though…

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Although the romance is very insta-lovey and literally has no development in this novel.. that kiss literally made up for everything.

I’m excited to see how everything works out in the next novel.

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

*This series is available through KU!

Until next time,

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Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout

36301030The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel…

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up… and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman… one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.


“And if you don’t love me anymore, I’m going to spend however long it takes making you fall in love with me again. And I have a lot of time on my hands.”


*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review
Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
EARC

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
I really just have to make a list of JLA books on Goodreads and link to it for this question.

Genre?
Adult Romance

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
Oh… So rereadable ❤

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
1000% yes. I need to know about Devlin

Is this a part of a challenge?
Nope.

Who would you recommend this for?
Everyone who loves JLA or even just Adult romance

Conclusion:

So I thought Lucian was the sweet de Vincent. Well… I was wrong. Fucking Gabriel! Ughhh, I loved him so much. Him and Nikki have that perfect history that makes the drama just oh, so perfect. I was so sad for it to end.

Even though they definitely needed some semblance of happiness.

It’s like every time Jen puts out a novel, I think… okay, this is the best.. this is where it peaks. I’m wrong. Every single novel is better than the last one. The woman’s a fucking genius with love stories. I ship Gabe and Nikki so fucking hard. I love them both so much.

I never know where Jen is going to take her novels, and I’m always pleasantly surprised to find out. I love how this novel basically continued right after Moonlight Sins and you were able to see how Lucian and Julia were doing. See how they were dealing with the aftermath of everything that happened in Moonlight Sins.

I’m going to cut off this review before I just continue to ramble. This is amazing and I loved it and you need to read it.

When it releases.

Because somehow I was blessed with being able to get this novel early.

I’m dying.

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

It’s up for preorder now. Releases June 26!

Until next time,

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The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

35804626Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.


*I received this earc for free in exchange for an honest review

Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
No

Genre?
YA Contemporary Romance

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
Probably not.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Yeah

Is this a part of a challenge?
No

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who enjoys light hearted YA Romance like Anna and the French Kiss or anything by Huntley Fitzpatrick!

Conclusion:

This was absolutely fantastic. It was like watching an episode of Chopped or Masterchef and then there was an adorable hate-to-love romance in it. Seriously, what could be better? Nothing. The answer is nothing.

Okay, so at first, Carter kind of got on my nerves. She escalated the little rivalry between her and Reid unnecessarily. But I mean, she’s a 17 year old girl in a competition that decides whether she goes to college or not. She grew on me after a while. Even Reid was kind of annoying for a bit, but I can’t not love a hate-to-love romance that’s super cute and not abusive.

There’s not a whole lot to say about this. It was sweet, adorable and obviously had a HEA cause otherwise I’d be pissed.

This releases June 5th, and I highly recommend it being on your radar!

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

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The Moon Shines Red by Pamela Sparkman

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Award winning author, Pamela Sparkman’s fantasy debut novel is tantalizingly wicked, drawing the reader into a world of forbidden love where nothing is quite what it seems.
 

Lord Lochlan was cursed in the womb, condemned by the perceived crimes of his parents.

On the thirteenth year of his birth, the red glow of the moon washed over land and sea like a faded bloody stain. A constant reminder of the curse that marked him before he was born. Every night he gazed at it like he was lured and haunted by it. It followed him, it beseeched him. It called out to him. Just once he wanted to see the moon glow as everyone else saw it. Bright and illuminating. But he knew that would never be possible.

The all too familiar feeling of despair suffocated him, like long gangling fingers squeezing his neck, cutting off his air. He fell to his knees and begged for the sky to fall on him. He had suffered long and tirelessly and he was desperate for it to end. And yet, he fought to breathe. He fought to stand back on his feet. Because fighting back was as instinctual to him as breathing. He had come too far to let his loneliness and despair get the best of him now. He was battle worn and weary, but he still had a reason to live.

Or so he hoped.

He stood back on his feet and he fought against the doom that hovered over him since the day he was born and he stared up into the darkened sky.

At the moon that shines red only for him.

I should have stayed away from him. But I couldn’t.
HE was my love…my life. And he just might kill me.
I suppose that means…he may also be my end


“First I would hold you… like this.” He moved in a fraction. “I would memorize the color of your eyes, the slope of your nose, the shape of your mouth, and I would think… I am never going to be the same after this.”


*Received a copy for free in exchange for an honest review from the author

Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Never, but I can’t wait for more

Genre?
YA Fantasy Romance

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
Absolutely!

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Yes! The next book comes out later this year and I am super excite for it!

Is this a part of a challenge?
No.

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves YA Fae novels like Julie Kagawa’s series or The Cruel Prince!

Conclusion:

I was so happy when I got approved for a free copy of this book because I was so intrigued when I first read the synopsis! This book… it’s everything, guys!

Elin is a fantastic character! I loved reading directly from her perspective as much as I enjoyed reading from Lochlan’s. The fact that this is a romance but he can’t touch her or he’ll kill her… is heartbreaking. I know this has been done in YA before, but I seriously have never had an interest in reading it before. I loved it! It made the romance so much better in my opinion.

I loved all the secondary characters in the novel and I am so excited to read Zeph’s story later this year. I love reading things from the ‘villains’ perspective who perhaps isn’t so villainy after all!

This book has so many twists and turns and things that you honestly don’t expect but makes so much sense later on in the novel! This book is everything. I’m not joking.

This author is an indie author and I’m bummed that I never would of come across this book if not for Voracious Readers. So a huge shout out to them for their amazing e-mail list! If you want to support an indie author and you love Fae, please check this out! You won’t regret it at all!

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

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Fostering Cats|Update #2 Noah

Hey guys!

So I have had Noah for a little over a week now and he is absolutely fantastic. He’s always super lovey, wants all the attention and eats like crazy! He had a vet appointment on Wednesday and I’m happy to say that he has gained over a pound since he was first brought in! Which brings him right around the healthy weight range for his age and size.

So there was a couple times this week that I thought he was getting sick. I saw him excessively grooming himself (particularly in his genital area) which can be a sign of UTIs or other urinary issues, so I had the vet check him out for that. The vet said that everything looked alright. There was some crystals in his urine but that could of been because it was an older sample (I had managed to only get a sample from him at around midnight and it was noon the next day before the vet got it). They gave him some anti-inflammatory medication just in case he was having spasms.

He’s taking the pills like a champ! Hide them in the middle of a pile of treats and he eats it right up. Definitely a lot easier than trying to pry his mouth open.

I also noticed he was getting a little lethargic, he stopped running to the door whenever I opened it and stopped meowing, so I thought that maybe he’s not feeling well. But everything else is fine so he may just be a little bored. Stuck in a room for over a week straight can’t be too amusing. I left him out some toys to play with and I’m going to give him a run around with the laser pointer every night, so I’m positive that will help! The vet again didn’t find anything that could be wrong with him. He’s not showing any other signs of a kitty cold or anything, so he’s in good shape.

Noah is officially up for adoption after he’s done his medication! He’s done absolutely amazing during his 10 day quarantine. A few quirks I’ve noticed:

  • He’s a mean stoner. He cannot handle his cat nip at all so he’s banned from it.
  • He loves his paw being held and will let you just rub the top of his paw and knead your fingers. But try to cut his nails and you get the side eye and a warning growl.
  • He is the gentlest cat ever. If you hand feed him treats, he’ll pick it up with the very edge of his teeth to make sure he doesn’t hurt you.
  • The only wet food he likes is in a cheesy bacon sauce.

I’m so excited for him to find his permanent home. But I’m going to miss his sweet little face.

I’ve posted this on my social media’s, but ICYMI:

 

I’m having a hard time believing that this is the same cat. In just the 10 days he’s been with me, he’s gone from being scruffy, overly skinny and terrified cat that looked three times his age to this super friendly, soft, baby-faced cat that’s right around the perfect weight.

He loves being brushed, LOVES treats, and loves being told how handsome he is.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this update about Noah! I will be sure to update everyone soon on his adoption status. This little one isn’t going to be in care very long… I can feel it ❤

Until next time,

Bree

One Upon A Night by J.F. Kaufmann

37889216Midnight… She knows she must leave. He knows he can’t let her.

Once Upon a Night
At first glance, Angela and Nick don’t seem to have much in common: she’s a young widow trying to make ends meet, and he’s a self-made billionaire in his mid-thirties. He’s confident, well-educated and eloquent; she’s shy, has struggled through school and communicates more easily with horses than with people.
But they share a deep, aching loneliness and the need for a brief escape – Angela from the ghosts of her past, and Nick from his uncertain future.
When the clock strikes midnight, will it bring the end or a new beginning?Blind Date
Two years after her divorce, Hannah is ready to move on. But when her friend pushes her to go on a blind date with a gallery owner, Hannah is hesitant. She’s attracted to Edward, an architect who works in the same building, even though they’ve barely exchanged two words.
Edward also has a blind date. The woman he’s about to meet, according to his friend, is “brilliant and gorgeous”. Edward would be intrigued, if only he could stop thinking of the quiet, shy and sexy-as-hell Hannah, the book editor from the top floor.


*Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review
Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
No

Genre?
Adult Romance

Star Rating?
3 Stars

Rereadable?
No.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
No.

Is this a part of a challenge?
Nope

Who would you recommend this for?
People who love Adult Romance

Conclusion:

This book doesn’t really sit well with me. There’s a couple reasons. The first being that Angela goes home with a man the night of her husbands funeral and sleeps with him. That man is also her dead husband’s cousin? What? It was just so random and so weird that I was stuck on that almost the entire time. Not to mention that Nick is married, although he is ‘technically’ separated from his wife? At least keep it in your pants until your divorce is finalized.. or hell, at least filed. They pop out multiple children and live happily ever after. Of course, because there would be no trust issues…

The second novella in this is regarding Nick’s wife (now ex-wife) Hannah who gets trapped in an elevator with someone at work. Of course they instantly have a heart to heart and mind-blowing sex before Hannah finds out, Oh surprise, this is the guy that you were supposed to be meeting for a blind date. The pop out twins and live happily ever after. Right, because Hannah wouldn’t deal with issues stemming from her first husband cheating on her.

I don’t think this one was for me. I didn’t like the whole premise of the story line, which is cheating and sex with random people you barely know.

The author has an absolutely wonderful writing style, though and I did thoroughly enjoy reading it even if the story itself wasn’t my thing. I will definitely be taking a look at the authors other works.

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

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