🎄Top Ten Female Characters 2018

So with all the books I’ve read this year, there have been some female characters who have stuck out more than others. Most of them were badasses, completely sassy and didn’t let the men in their lives (or, well, anything) put them down or walk all over them. I love good strong female characters.

These women are the absolute best I have read in novels this year. I’m so excited to see more of strong female characters in future books.


Rosie (Moonlight Scandals)
Layla (White Hot Kiss)
Sara Burns (Pestilence)
Audrey Rose
Eelyn (Sky in the Deep)
Feyre (ACOTAR)
Starr Carter (THUG)
Kelsey (Tiger’s Saga)
Rowan Platts (Pulse)
Meridan Cummings (Death Island)

Until next time,

Bree

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🎄Merry Christmas Review! Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you have a safe, cozy Christmas and get all the amazing books ❤ My Christmas is going to consist of playing a video game with my husband and then having dinner at my grandmothers. It’s sure to be an amazing time

Stick around, Blogmas has been extended until December 30th. Since I missed 5 days when my laptop crashed on me. So we’re not done yet!

Much love Xo


Harry Potter 3Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.


I completely forgot how much I absolutely adore the third Harry Potter. The book, the movie, it doesn’t even matter to me. The entire story is just the absolute bomb.

I love how J.K Rowling was able to make everything surrounding Sirius sound so negative, yet, he is one of the most amazing characters ever. Even though… well, the 5th book happens and then my heart is broken into a million tiny pieces.

At least in this one Harry hasn’t gotten all angsty yet. I know it’s coming… but I dread it everytime. Also, Lupin is the bomb . com. Love him.

Also… am I the only one that keeps thinking that everyone’s crazy to hate Care of Magical Creatures. Okay, one… Hagrid is the best. Two, wouldn’t it be absolutely freaking fascinating to learn about all these amazing creatures?

Who wants to pet a Hippogriff.. uhh.. me!?🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

I’m so happy I decided to reread these. There’s nothing better than spending Christmas Eve and parts of Christmas immersed in Harry Potter. Between reading all the books and mostly likely watching most of the movies, this is going to be great!

Of course this is a five star read ❤

Until next time,

Bree

🎄Christmas Eve Foster Update: George, Ruby & Noah!

I decided to update George and Ruby’s biography on the foster site and thought I would share it here. After being around them for six months, I have learned so much about their little personalities.

George is the biggest love bug ever. You can literally feed him a little bit of a different type of kibble and he will think it’s a treat just because it’s different from his food. He loves food. (I think he’s my spirit animal)

Ruby may be semi-feral. She may not like being pet that much, but that doesn’t mean by any means that she’s not affectionate. She’s just affectionate in a different way. She will sit there and purr while kneading the floor if I’m talking to her. Yes, definitely affectionate. She’s also started sleeping in bed with me every night. She’s finally become adapted to indoor life.


Hi everyone,

My name is George and this is my Ruby.

I got some things to tell you:

We’ve been inside for over six months now and we are loving it.

Ruby and I were outside for a really long time. We had babies together and worked really hard at keeping us and them alive. Thankfully, the ladies at FFR came and found us and although it was really scary at first, I’m really happy they did.

It took us a while to adjust to being house cats and being around people… but now I just love everyone. Especially if you have treats. The way to become our friends is through our bellies for sure. But that’s how we know we can trust you.

My Ruby is way more shy than I am.. but once she get comfortable, she will follow you around and chirp and chirrup. Same as me! We’re a vocal pair and we love to tell you how happy we are all the time.

My favorite thing is hugs. Rubys favorite thing is scratches, so I think it works out really well. We also love to play! With each other or with all types of toys. I love catnip balls and laser pointers and Ruby loves scratching posts and fishing rod toys.

We love having other fur friends around, but proper introductions should always be followed. We also groom each other a lot, so sometimes a little coconut oil is needed so we’re not coughing. Or a lot of coconut oil… please? We really love it.

If you’re looking to add some fur babies to your house, what about us? We’re a pretty great pair. And, if I do say so myself, we are pretty darn cute. My foster Momma tells me all the time that I’m a handsome boy and tells Ruby that she’s the prettiest little girl.

We can’t wait to meet you❤

George and Ruby


I also got a pretty fantastic update!

You all remember Noah? My little territorial work buddy? Wellll… Noah got adopted and he has a brother now! And they looove each other. They are now considered bonded. I am so very happy he’s found a friend. He just needed to find his other half ❤

Noah Dec 2018 Update


Until next time,

Bree

🎄Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Harry Potter 1Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!


 

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read the Harry Potter books. And Ive never actually sat down to review them.

It feels almost weird doing a book review on a book that I know the story inside and out. I’ve been in this fandom since the very first movie released in 2001. My father used to bring my sister and I to see all the movies as they released and it’s one of my fondest memories from my childhood.

These books and movies are like a big warm hug. The nostalgia is so real.

It’s amazing though, how much they left out of the movies and I always forget that when I read the books. Like the potion protection room for the philosopher’s stone. That was no where to be seen in the movies. Or the descriptions of the characters, they’re always so different from what i remember.

JK Rowling does have a way with storytelling though. A way to draw you in to this amazing, complicated world. I really can’t wait to continue my reread of these❤

Until next time,

Bree

🎄My Year In Books 2018

Goodreads always has that amazing My Year In Books option and I always love looking at it.

Not only does it let you reflect on all the amazing (or not so amazing) books you read in that year, it also gives you pages read and little stats like largest and smallest book.

I don’t know about you all, but I love seeing that stuff.

This year has been amazing for so many different reasons. I met and started talking to my three amazing book friends, I wrote a book, I read a bunch of fantastic books and arcs. I met Indie authors who are absolutely amazing and I was able to talk to so many amazing people. I am truly thankful for all the connections I made this year and am so excited to see what next year brings.

I also started my fostering this year which has both taught me so much about cat behaviors and let me help so many cats. I fostered 5 cats this year and it has been an adventure, that’s for sure.

I learned so much about myself and plan on continuing that journey next year. Thank you all for being involved in my little nook of the internet.

Ily all❤

🎄A Beginners Bullet Journal Flip Through

I have seen a ton of people starting bullet journals for 2019 and the more I looked into it, the more I’ve realized that I need this in my life.

I’m turning 26 this year and I have realized a lot of things. I’m not the healthiest, I’m not taking control of my mental health as much as I should and I have some medical issues that I need to track to be able to give accurate information when I go see a specialist in a few months.

You’ll notice on one of the trackers that I have a ‘tummy tracker’. I have been dealing with stomach issues for almost 9 years that I have cutely referred to as ‘tummy issues’. Well, I’m tired of them, so I need to work on this.

Everything from behaviour to weight loss tracking to budgeting, savings and writing. I have nearly everything in this journal.

If you’re interested in starting one… I have one piece of advice: Pintrest is your friend. Thank you to Ann for that advice because I went crazy on there.

Check out my spreads below 🙂

(Also, if you hate period talk… I have an entire spread for it. It’s a thing🤷‍♀️)

Let’s chat!

Until next time,

Bree

🎄Lucid Dreaming by Heather Blair

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Alison Waverly was born into a family of science geniuses, but the brainiac gene apparently skipped her. Still, her artistic and literary passions are supported by her parents, especially her doting father Charles, who also happens to be the Chairman of the Psychology Department at the prestigious Grayson University. When Alison spies her father sitting in his office looking distressed, she learns that an unknown 27-year-old “kid” has been invited into the Psychology department without her father’s knowledge or approval. Quinn Kaneko, an eccentric, enigmatic figure who rarely wears shoes and looks as though he never sleeps, is surprisingly unobtrusive and quickly develops a lasting friendship with the formerly skeptical Charles and his fetching daughter.

Conventionally attractive, well-rounded and charming, Alison could date any man she wanted– so it comes as a surprise to everyone, including herself, when she begins to fall for her friend and former professor, Quinn. He is nothing like anyone she’s dated before, but as she matures, his unusual appearance, odd demeanor, and incomprehensible brilliance begin to intrigue her. Upon discovering her growing feelings for him, Quinn is equally surprised– and stunned to realize he has begun to feel a connection with Alison as well. Together they unearth a previously undiscovered world of romantic possibilities, their days and nights suddenly consumed with intense passion.

Taking the road less traveled comes with its own set of challenges, however, and the lovers quickly find out that being together will not be a walk in the park.

Quinn, the man who knows everything, is disillusioned by the fact that relationships have stumped him, and when the underlying cause of his unorthodox behavior rears its ugly head, he is frustrated in trying not to entangle Alison. Meanwhile, Alison struggles to be supportive to a man who refuses to open up to her, concealing his darkest secrets, and constantly keeping her at arm’s length.

But when the truth and consequences of Quinn’s dark past finally come to light, can their relationship survive the storm?


I won this in a giveaway from the author.

And oh my actual hell I am so glad I did.

Okay… so a few thoughts I had while reading this book:

  1. Quinn reminds me of Spencer Reid from Criminal minds. Which is amazing.
  2. I did not expect that twist that essentially turned it into a Criminal Minds/Law and Order SVU episode, which was also amazing.
  3. The book was so amazingly written. And that bet. That bet was amazing.

So to summarize… this book is amazing.

I don’t normally enjoy books that follow years and years of the characters lives. I usually find them jumpy and they never seem to run seamlessly. But this one completely did. I loved that even though it’s kind of a student/professor relationship, it’s main form of conflict isn’t the taboo-ness of their relationship. It was beautiful.

Allie and Quinn were so amazing together. Allie didn’t try to fix him. She recognized and accepted that he had his own issues and she didn’t try to force anything on him. That is an unbelievably important message to get across. Sometimes a person just needs support and that is exactly what she provided for him.

This was so sweet and romantic and heartbreaking and wonderful and infuriating and… yeah, let’s just say I have feelings.

I absolutely cannot wait to read Heather’s next book. This was a fantastic debut and she is definitely someone you should keep your eye on!

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If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
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Until next time,

Bree

🎄Friend Zoned by Jennifer Sucevic

Friend Zoned

Is it wrong to suddenly find yourself crushing on your best friend? The one person who has always been there for you? I’m kind of thinking that it is. What I know for sure is that absolutely no good can possibly come from it. My relationships tend to expire long before the gallon of milk sitting idly in my fridge. So why would I want to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had?

No brainer- I wouldn’t.

And yet I can’t stop noticing the way his piercing blue eyes pin me right in place. Or the unexpected urge I have to drag my fingers through his short thick blond hair. And those killer abs I sometimes catch a fleeting glimpse of when he stretches that big muscular body of his next to me in class? Yeah, you know you’re in trouble when your panties instantly flood on the spot. And don’t even get me started on the way soft cottony t-shirts fit across his ridiculously broad shoulders…

Nope… I should most definitely not be noticing any of this. Nor should I want to claw out the eyes of the waitress who keeps flirting with him right in front of my face…

Clearly you can see why I’m starting to freak out here.

So, exactly how do I go about getting rid of these traitorous feelings that have oh-so-unexpectedly taken root? How do I rewind time to when I wanted nothing more than a platonic friendship with him?

I haven’t the faintest clue… I just know that I have to try my damnedest to stop these nonsensical feelings from becoming even more entrenched. Because Sam is the one person I can’t afford to lose. He’s my absolute everything. Without him… yeah, I can’t even begin to imagine my life without him filling it. I refuse to throw away eight solid years of friendship on fickle feelings of sexual attraction.

So, no matter what happens, I can’t give in to these feelings.

Piece of cake, right?

Wrong.

So, so very wrong.


Enemies to lovers and now friends to lovers? Fuck yeah I’m glad I continued reading this series.

Sam popped up briefly in King of Campus but nothing was really talked about him. Just a “hey, this is the roommate”, so I definitely wanted to know more. He was the sweetest love interest I think I have ever read.

His and Violets relationship was so amazing. Their friendship was rock solid and the way it turned into romantic feelings was so natural. There was no forcing anything.

This book was adorable and it’s definitely one of those feel good cozy romances that I highly recommend for the Christmas season❤

🎄King of Campus by Jennifer Sucevic

King of CampusRoan King.

The uncrowned king of Barnett University. He’s like a freaking celebrity around here. It’s totally ridiculous. People, by which I mean grown women, actually stalk him on the internet. And around campus. Apparently he’s god’s gift to both football and the ladies (I’m using that term loosely). All he has to do is smile and girls just fall right onto their backs before spreading their legs nice and wide. I’ve heard that he’s already plowed his way through half the female population here at Barnett. I’m sure he’ll work his way through the second half before he gets drafted to the NFL later this year.

Yeah… I don’t plan to be one of them. The guy is nothing more than a conceited player. You know the type—a steroid infused meathead jock coasting through college on his football prowess.

Ugh.

I have three words for you—avoid, avoid, avoid.

Need I say more?

I don’t think so.

I’ve had the sad misfortune of running into him on campus. Literally. As in—I literally slammed into him before spilling my iced coffee drink all over that wide rippling chest of his (did I just say that?). What I learned from the experience is that Roan King is one hell of a cocky son of a—

I also learned that he has the most spectacular chest…

And don’t even get me started on those abs… I could probably cut diamonds on them.

Unfortunately for me, Operation Avoid-Roan-King isn’t going so well. Everywhere I go, there he is. If he wasn’t so ridiculously hot, he would be a hell of a lot easier to forget. With his dark hair, shocking turquoise colored eyes and (damn him) buff body, he’s easily the most gorgeous guy I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Crap… see what I mean?

Why do I suddenly have the bad feeling that Roan King is going to lead to my utter ruin and downfall?


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Not going to lie… I thought I was going to hate this book. At first, Roan was SUCH a douche canoe I couldn’t even see straight, he pissed me off so bad.

Like seriously… his first run in with Ivy was : Do you want to go back to my place? I have a couple hours to kill.

After she’s like… wtf O.o

He goes “I usually go for girls with a little more on top, but you’ll do.”

Ex-fucking-cuse me? Nah… I’m all for enemies to lovers and bad boys. Maybe a little cockiness or protectiveness, fine. But this? Naw.. that even pisses me off.

However, even though he’s the douchiest douche that ever was… I did end up enjoying their relationship and enjoying the story itself. So much so that I’m currently reading the second book (which is a companion).

This book started out pretty terrible, but if you stick it through, it’s actually quite sweet and a nice romance. Ivy doesn’t let Roan use her or walk all over her. She’s just as sassy as can be and I think that seriously saves this book.

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Also.. I totally picked up this book because the cover models are the same as on the Lux books.

haha

Until next time,

Bree

🎄Bring Me Home Excerpt

Hey all!

Since I did an excerpt for Blogtober, I thought I’d do one for Blogmas as well. So here you go!

My book is currently on a Blog Tour, so make sure to check out all these wonderful supportive bloggers ❤

Bring Me Home Blog Tour


When the old man walked up to Cole I was able to get a good look at his face. A strong jaw covered with stubble, broad cheekbones, and an expressive mouth. His lips looked so soft, marred only by a thin hoop of metal pierced through the right side of his lip. I wondered what it would be like to kiss him. Would I be able to feel that ring?

I shook my head, trying to rid myself of those thoughts. This was my friend. Not some random guy I could check out.

It almost worked, until Cole’s brown eyes met mine and I nearly melted in my chair. His eyes widened before a huge grin split his face.

Thanking the cashier, he took the coffee and walked over to my table. I thought he was going to sit down across from me, but he placed his cup on the table and pulled me out of my seat before hugging me tightly to his muscled chest.

“Kail…” he whispered into my hair. “God, I have missed you.”

Feeling the heat from his body soak into mine, I tried to speak but found myself tongue tied. I hugged him back tightly.

Cole pulled away from me, a hand on each shoulder and gave me a slow once over. I could feel his eyes as he took in my long hair piled in a messy bun, the fitted sweater and jeans I was wearing, down to my painted toes peeking out of my sandals.

“You…” he smiled, “haven’t changed a single bit.”

I felt myself deflate a little bit, kind of bummed out that he would still see me as his nerdy friend from high school. Sure I’d changed. Well, I thought I did anyway. My hair wasn’t as flat and messy anymore once I figured out what a hair straightener was. That fixed that problem. I stopped wearing oversized sweaters and swapped my glasses for contacts whenever I was in public.

I laughed to cover the awkwardness. “Gee thanks Cole, how sweet of you.”

“I just mean you’re still gorgeous of course.”


Until next time,

Bree