My London Trip!

Our 2017 summer vacation this year was London, England. I was pretty excited!

First stop was Stonehenge!

 

Second stop was Legoland. This was for my daughter. I absolutely hate pretty much all theme parks. I hate standing in lines because all it does is make me feel claustrophobic. Needles to say… she loved it! I did, however, love the miniature version of the city that was build entirely out of legos! Amazing!

 

Drove around the city some!

 

Next stop was Bodiam Castle which was my favorite! This castle had me at moat. I also need that barn owl!

 

The British Library is A+. I scored my one and only souvenir because hey it’s Mr. Darcy. I am not a big souvenir fan at all!

 

Next stop was to check out the actual Harry Potter film set. Again for my daughter, but it was freaking great!

 

Overall, minus the traffic, it was thoroughly awesome! I am already ready for our next family vacation next year!

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Where are you going this summer?

My Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Hearts Are Like Balloons

  1. Today is the cover reveal for Hearts are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Jenny Zemanek from Seedlings Online.

Hearts are Like BalloonsHearts are Like Balloons
By Candace Robinson
Genre: Contemporary
Age category: upper Young Adult
Release Date: June 30, 2017

Blurb:
May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

You can find Hearts are Like Balloons on Goodreads

Pre-order your copy of Hearts are Like Balloons for only $0.99 on Amazon

Candace RobinsonAbout the Author:
Candace Robinson is just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She resides with her husband and daughter.

You can find and contact Candace here:
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Review: Death and Night

Title: Death and Night

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Date of Publication: May 2nd, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

An exclusive Star-Touched novella over 100 pages long!

Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only Death and Night.

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

My Review:

I love love love Roshani’s writing. I liked A Crown of Wishes a lot more than The Star-Touched Queen, but I really wanted to read this prequel to TSTQ. It pretty much entails how Maya (Night) meets Amar (Death).

The writing is exquisite and captures my soul into its beautiful pages. There was also some humor with Gupta and Death. Gupta is one of my favorite characters, and I feel like he needs his own book! The meetings between Death and Night had me feeling butterflies, and I need more!

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“She tasted like the edge of imagination, like the shadows of a new idea, which chases away your thoughts and leaves you lost in dreams.”

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Review: The Beautiful Ones

Title: The Beautiful Ones

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: October 24th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society.

But Antonina, who prefers her family’s country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can’t help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent.

Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she’s willing to sacrifice.

My Review:

So, I really loved this one. It had a slow pace that was very character driven, but I never found myself bored with it at all. I was really interested in the characters throughout. There are three POV’s which include Hector, Antonina, and Valerie.

Valerie was a real piece of work, and I truly hated her throughout the book. Hector at first was just so melancholy with his love (obsession) over Valerie. This guy had been pining away for this woman for ten years even though she had married someone else more for status. I wanted to shake him—-HARD.

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Antonina was my favorite character because she was just so cool, she was interested in different types of bugs, and maybe that is the nerdy side of me kicking in, but it was great! I never quite knew how the story was going to play out with betrayal going on, misunderstandings happening and heartbreak occurring. Overall, I definitely recommend this one.

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What do you think of the cover?

Review: Goblin Market

Title: Goblin Market

Author: Christina Rossetti

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Goodreads Summary:

Experience the temptation, pleasure, punishment, and redemption of Christina Rossetti’s brilliant poetic masterpiece in this classic keepsake edition, gorgeously illustrated with Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Christina’s brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Published in 1862, this phantasmagoric tale of two maidens seduced by lewd goblin men provides a startling glimpse into the depths of the Victorian psyche. Full color throughout .

My Review:

So, I had never heard of this poem until after I read a couple of books featuring goblin themes and people kept talking about it. I am like… what am I missing here? How did I miss that???

I was lucky that Janet from http://www.oceanviewsandbookreviews.com was nice enough to send me the poem! I normally DO NOT read poems because the only poetry I understand is my own, and that is because I know what I was feeling or meaning when I wrote it.

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However, I loved this one. To me it read more like a story, and it was enchanting and dark, and the words flowed beautifully. The atmosphere had me sucked right in along with the sister bond. Plus goblin themes of course! If you haven’t read this one, definitely read it!

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June 2017 Reads

So, this month I have two for sure reads and that is Our Dark Duet which I am aching to read this amazing finale or I hope it to be awesome. Second, I have an ARC of The Waking Land to read. The cover looks spectacular!

Other book releases this month

My cover isn’t up yet for Hears Are Like Ballons, but it’s on pre-order for .99 up until after the first week if you want to order it on Amazon

 

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What are you reading this month?

Keeping Kyler: Blitz + Giveaway

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Keeping Kyler by Siobhan Davis. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blitz runs from 30 May till 5 June. You can see the tour schedule here.

Keeping KylerKeeping Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #3)

by Siobhan Davis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Upper Young Adult/ New Adult

Release Date: 30 May, 2017

Blurb:

Nothing or no one will keep them apart…

Kyler Kennedy is in the wind.

Shocked and upset, he has taken off on a solo mission—to track down his mom’s ex and demand answers.

Faye understands what it’s like to have your world turned upside down. Determined to support her boyfriend, she gives chase. Yet nothing could prepare her for the ugly truth. Ky has always been plagued with inner demons, and as he falls apart, Faye finally discovers what he’s been hiding from her—from everyone.

When serious accusations arise, Kyler’s future hangs in the balance. But Kennedys stick together in times of crisis, and they rally around him now.

At least there is nothing to prevent Faye and Ky from being together. They go public with their relationship, but not everyone is thrilled for them. Enemies reappear, and fresh battle lines are drawn, but Faye is ready to fight back.

No one is taking her new family from her.

Especially not a manipulative ex.

With time running out for Kyler, Faye takes matters into her own hands.

But when you play with fire, you risk getting burned.

You can find Keeping Kyler on Goodreads

You can buy Keeping Kyler on Amazon

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Previous books in this series!

Finding Kyler

Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads

Buy your copy of Finding Kyler on Amazon for only $0.99!

Losing Kyler

Can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

Losing Kyler is the second book in the Kennedy Boys series.

You can find Losing Kyler on Goodreads

You can buy Losing Kyler on Amazon

SiobhanAbout the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:

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Giveaway

There is a giveaway during the book blitz for Keeping Kyler. The giveaway is open International. These are the prizes you can win:

– a $10 Amazon gift card

– a signed paperback copy of Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

– a paperback copy of Fallen Crest High by Tijan

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