Cover Reveal: The Beau and the Belle by R.S. Grey

I am so excited to show off the cover for R.S. Grey’s next book The Beau and the Belle! Last year I picked Anything You Do on a whim wanting something quick and fun to read and I got that and more. I fell in love with the characters and R.S, Grey has a thing for witty banter, which is my all time favorite! I will be doing a review on that later reviews are going to be a little slow, because right now I am without internet so I am blogging on my free time at coffee shops or the library until I can get back to the 21st century.

Enough of the rambling, its time to show off the cover of The Beau and the Belle!

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I absolutely love this cover! The purple! The ombre! The scruff! Ah I just love it! I am so ready to read another romantic comedy by R.S. Grey! You can get your copy on February 1st!

I hope you bookworm’s have a wonderful day and happy reading!

XOXO

Courtney

 

One True Loves Review

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Publication Date: June 7th 2016

Publisher: Atria

Genre: Adult Fiction

Edition: Paperback

Page Count: 327

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Goodreads:

“In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.”

This is my first time reading Taylor Jenkins Reid, although I have heard her other works are definitely worth reading soon and don’t worry I had ordered her other books once I hit the half way point of One True Loves, because I was hooked.

At first though I was not sure if I was going to enjoy this book or not. This is a book that is completely out of my element and is now a genre that I am wanting to dive more into. I am usually one to read YA, but now I want to explore more of adult fiction. Once we were past the part where we introduce the characters I was invested and  ready to see where the story was going to go.

I felt like Emma was relatable, even though I have never been in her situation before I could relate to the turmoil that she was going through of moving on from a long relationship and stepping into a new one. I have recently ended my longest relationship, because things were sizzling out and we were growing to be two different people who didn’t blend together anymore like we did when we were younger. I also really loved her character development throughout the story with her parents, sister and really how she views things.

Even though the topic is pretty heavy in this book, I read this book quick and practically devoured it at any chance I could. One True Loves is a book that makes you question and think on your own life. It is a heartbreaking, moving and a book that will make you feel overwhelmed with love.

I cannot wait to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid so that I can compare this one to her other books. Have you read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid? If so which are your favourites?

Reader Problems Book Tag

So I found this book tag on YouTube that is pretty old, but I thought it would be fun to do it anyways. So lets get started, shall we?

You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I go off what I am in the mood for really. Or if I read the synopsis of a book and it sounds interesting then that is what I read next. I tried using at TBR jar, but I ended up never in the mood for that book, so now I go off of my moods.

You are halfway through a book and your just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you fully committed?

It all depends on why I am not enjoying that book. Is it it because it is just awful or is it hitting the slow part of the book. Usually I power through, but if I am not enjoying the book, then I put it down and maybe come back to it later.

The end of the year is coming and you are behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up and if so how?

Is it a year where I am having the worst book slump ever? Why would I be behind? I would do everything I could to reach my goal. If I have to read a bunch of shorter books to get me to goal, than that is what I will do.

The cover of a series that you love does not match, how do you cope?

WHY DO PUBLISHERS DO THIS?!?! IT IS NOT OKAY, I DON’T COPE! PUBLISHERS STOP DOING THIS TO ME!!!! I sell my series, yes I would do that and get the ebook format. My shelves do not have the time to have mismatched series sitting on them.

Everyone and their mother like a book that you don’t like, who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Goodreads. There is always someone out there that does not like the book. Also Instagram, you can find that brave soul that declares their dislike for the book.

You are reading a book in public and you are about to start crying, how do you deal?

Own it. I am not ashamed that someones writing has brought me to tears.

The sequel of a book you love just came out and you have forgotten a lot about that book, what do you do?

If there is time I try to reread it or I watch book talks that have spoilers in the review to refresh my memory.

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no to someone who ask?

I just say no. I don’t lend out my books, because this is not the public library. It’s a personal library. Call me a book snob, I don’t care. There has been too many times where I have lent out a book and the book never makes it back to me. I am still needing to replace Perks of Being a Wallflower…

You have picked up and put down 5 different books, how do you get out of this slump?

Either binge watch something on Netflix like Parenthood or Gilmore Girls until I get out the slump and then dive right back in. Or I keep picking up and putting down books until I get that one book. Sometimes I reread a book to get me back into the grove of things.

There are so many books coming out and your dying to read, how many of them are you going to buy?

ALL THE BOOKS! Is there any other answer?

After you purchased all these new books that you are dying to read, how long do they end up sitting on your shelf before you get to them?

What are you talking about I have read all my books on my shelf… Really though it all depends, sometimes I read them instantly other times I find that I am not in the mood to read them right away.

So there was Reader Problems book tag! Now I tag Mollys Book Nook, The Bookish Khalessi, Aimee

Happy Reading!

Outlander Book Tag!

So my first year of being on bookstagram and I kept seeing people posting about Outlander the book and the show. I had no idea at the time what it was, but curiosity got the better of me and when I was wandering around Barnes & Noble I finally picked it up. Flash forward to now and you have one obsessed lassy. When I saw the Outlander tag I knew I had to do it. So let’s get started!

You touch the standing stones and get transported back in time, what era do you hope to land in?

I want to say Victorian era, but this time I will choose something different. Pre or post World War 1, any Downton Abbey fans here? I need my Matthew and I will be fine.

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Claire is a really good nurse, what type of skill would you want to have that fictional character excels at?

Okay I would be pretty useless if I got transported in time. I am just a girl who spends her time with a nose in a book and a lot of computer/gaming time. If I could find a way I would be a hacker like my homegirl Felicity Smoke from Arrow or like Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. Or I would be an inventor, I can be very crafty at times.

Jamie and Claire are ultimate relationship goals, who is your favourite fictional couple?

Well aside from Jamie and Claire, because of the obvious I will go with Magnus and Alec from TMI or Will and Tessa from TID, because by the angel!

The ending of Outlander was shocking, what is one ending of a book you read that totally blew your mind?

City of Glass, because come on you could not have been shocked by that. Just thinking about it makes my mind go, dajfuipenawjvepagjnveapghnjreakar! Yeah…

Scotland has a lot of castles and we see quite a few from Outlander. What fictional kingdom would you want as your own?

This one is so tough to choose! I will go with Prythian form A Court of Thorns and Roses, because of Tamlin or Lucien, I cant decide between the two. Or could I have both?

Outlander has some very steamy romance scenes: What is your favourite romance novel?

I actually don’t really read romance novels, but it is something that I would like to start reading. But Cassandra Claire knows how to write a good romantic story line.

The Jacobite rising is a huge plot point in the Outlander series: What book has your favourite battle in it?

Another tough one. The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien has a pretty epic final battle, or George R.R. Martin knows a thing or two about how to write exciting battle scenes and really just fight scenes in general.

Jamie and Claire get married very unexpectedly: What fictional character would you want to marry on a whim?

Will Herondale. How could I not?

Scotland is a beautiful place: What is one fictional place you would love to visit?

Hogwarts, it would be a sin if I didn’t chose Hogwarts. There is magic, what else do you need?

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If you could change the past, would you?

A part of me would want to. I would make sure slavery was never a thing, I would make sure racism did not exist. But something tells me that if I did that then that would effect the present day. So no I would not change anything.

Now it’s your turn to do this tag!

Happy reading!

 

The Selection Review

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Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult

Page Count: 327

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America, Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a firerce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My rating 4/5 Stars

Review

This book was the perfect slump breaker and the best way to cure my winter blah that I had been in. I read this book in one sitting, while I was curled up on the couch with hot coco sitting by the fire. It was the perfect story just to do just that.

I really liked how this story reminded me of the Bachelor just set in a future dysptopian world of the United States now called Illéa. The plot was entertaining with 35 girls competing to be chosen as The One, who would be princess of Illéa. The girls were all different and from different caste system, which added some interest in the story. You had the nice ones, shy ones and of course your bitchy ones. The caste system was interesting and how each level decided what you did for a living. The political aspect of the story was in the background of this story and I kind of wished that it was more prominent in the story, especially with rebels attacking the palace.

Characters

Every review I have read was about how much people hated America, I actually liked her. Although there were moments where I was tempted to scream in frustration at her. Especially when she would get melodramatic over Aspen, instant eye roll. What I really loved about America she was not like the other girls, she didn’t fall instantly in love with Prince Maxon.

Speaking of Aspen, I hated him from the start. All the no for that boy. Aspen would have been alright, but when he got mad at America when she tried to give him something all because he wanted to the ‘man’ and wanted to do everything for America and provide for her. Just hush. I really like how Kiera Cass tried to break that sterotype that men should be the ones to provide for the woman.

I was instantly charmed by Maxon from the start. Prince Maxon is definitely a character that could make anyone swoon. And his chemistry with America just made my heart happy. I mean he gave her time to figure out what America felt, which made me want to scream at America to fall for him already but I enjoyed the pacing on their relationship. I also have to mention his concern over America and how he is willing to do anything for her.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone. It is fun, light and the romance in it pulls at your heartstrings. I am so happy that I finally made time for this series.

Happy reading,

Courtney

 

 

Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

I was watching some videos on YouTube and I saw the Unpopular Opinion Book Tag video and thought I would do it on this blog. The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag is a tag were well I share my opinion on things that people may or may not agree on. So lets get started!

1. A popular book or series you did not like.

For me this is going to have to be Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I tried so hard to get into the series and even read all the books in the series (it took me a year to read each one), I just couldn’t get into it.

2. A book series that everyone hates, but you love.

This is a tough one, because I am not sure if I have read anything people hate. But I will go with Red Queen on this one. I actually ended up liking the story, I didn’t love it but I did enjoy it. I am hoping it is a series that grows stronger as it goes.

3. A love triangle where the main character ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with.

I am going to go with Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, its really the only series that breaks my heart a little that it did not go my way.

4. A popular book genre you rarely reach for.

Contemporaries. It is not like they are bad or anything, I am more into fantasy and historical fiction.

5. A beloved character you didn’t like.

I am not sure if he is a beloved character, but I am going with Four from Divergent series. He was just dull to me and got annoying in Allegiance.

6. A popular beloved author you didn’t like.

John Green. I just had to get it out, I am not into John Green. I have tried so hard to see what people love about him, but I just feel no connection to anything. I did enjoy The Fault in Our Stars, but other than that everything else he has written has fallen flat to me.

7. Popular trope you’re tired of seeing.

There is a lot of things I am tired of seeing in YA, like for instance love triangles. One thing though I am tired of seeing is the boy who is not noticed who is love with the popular girl and somehow they end up together at the end. Or the bad boy turns good, because of a girl. Insert eye roll.

8.Popular series you have no interest in reading.

This is a tough one. I always give a series or a book a chance. I also never say I wont read something, because you never know I may end up liking it after all. For instance I thought I would hate TMI, but I ended up really enjoying it. However I do not see myself reading The 100, mainly because I started the show before I read the book and I love the show.

9. The saying goes, “the book is always better than the movie,” but what movie do you prefer more than the book?

Another tough one. I am going to go with the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Don’t get me wrong, I love the book as well, it is one of my most recommended books. The movie is beautiful and I cannot help but swoon a little over it. Also the acting was wonderful. Th movie score is also just beautiful. It is a beautiful movie that is all. I also know that it did not follow the book all that well, but I still loved it.

 

My Life in Books Tag!

Yay my first blog post with a tag! I am so excited about this (I am such a nerd)! Thank you The Bookish Khaleesi for tagging me!

Find A Book For Each Of Your Initials

My initials are C A B

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Cress for C

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Allegiant for A

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Battle of the Labryinth for B

Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf: What Book is it?

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Mystic City by Theo Lawrence, which I have yet to read.

Pick A Book That Represents A Desitnation You Would Like To Travel.

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Outlander. Scotland is beautiful, filled with great history and it is just gorgeous. How could I not want to go there?

Pick A Book That Is Your Favourite Color.

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Seraphina. Look at how beautiful that cover is! My favourite color ranges all over the place, but I am really loving the shade of purple that was picked. It is much better than the original cover that was picked for the hardback eiditon.

Which Book Do You Have The Fondest Memory Of?

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The Hobbit. My dad introduced me to the Lord of the Rings, he read me the Hobbit when I was a little girl right before bed time. I absolutely loved hearing the adventures that the dwarves, the wizard and a Hobbit went on. When I got older he gave me his copy and told me I know the cover is dangling, but I know how much you love books, so take it and the rest of my book collection I have. Needless to say my dad is one on of the reasons why I love reading and he is responsible for my love of fantasy books.

Which Book Did You Have The Most Difficult Time Reading?

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Finding Paris by Joy Preble. I just find it  boring and the plotline reminds me of Paper Towns, even though I have not read that book, but I have seen the trailer and it reminds me of that. Except instead of the pretty girl that goes missing it is a sister and the boring sister is left to find.

Which Book On Your TBR Will Give You The Biggest Sense of Achievement?

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Grapes of Wrath. It is a longer read and is a classic, which is a genre I usually don’t read and I need to start reading.

A Monster Calls Book Review

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

Page Count: 205

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

So we are only on the second day of October and I have already knocked out a book that was on my TBR. I knew A Monster Calls was short, what I didn’t know that once I started reading the book that I would not be able to set it down or that I would loose track of time and not realize that when I started reading in the morning with my cup or two of coffee that I would be finished by the afternoon where my dog looked at me impatiently wondering when we were going to go on our walk.

I am going to keep this review short and simple mainly due to the fact that I will giveaway the book. One of the things that I will say is the writing is well done. Patrick Ness is a natural story teller, and his writing style is beautiful. That is really the only way to describe it, its just beautiful. This is the first book by Patrick Ness that I have read and I must say that I am now a fan of his work and I will start collecting his books from now on.

The characters in this story are well drawn out, even characters that are only in one or two pages are well thought out and you can tell there was a wealth of time and attention focused on them. Nothing in this story seemed like it was not supposed to be there or that it was a filler. I will say based off the title and the cover I was suprised by the contemporary atsmophere, but it only added to my intrigue to the story.

Not only was the writing beautiful and well done, the illustrations enhanced the story, letting you see what was happening in the story. I liked that the illustrations were not on every page, and that sometimes they took up two pages so you can get the full imagery of what you just read. Like I said earlier everthing was part of the story for a reason and things floated together so wonderfully creating a truly remarkable story.

A Monster Calls will be a story that I will never forget any time soon, in fact I cannot stop thinking about it now, even though I have been trying to move on after I sobbed for a solid hour after finishing. If you have not read this book yet, I highly suggest you pick it up and give it a go. You will not regre it, I promise you that.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and happy reading!