Saturday, October 13, 2018

My TBR List Winner for October

My TBR List is hosted by Berls and Michelle @BecauseReading

The books I picked for y'all to vote on were:

The winner is:

I'm kind of glad this one won because it's the shortest book! Bad of me I know, but I just haven't been reading a lot. I've only read one book so far this month I think. Thanks for voting on my list everybody! 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

An Unexpected Romance by Patti Jo Moore

Title:  An Unexpected Romance
Author: Patti Jo Moore
Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances
Published: June 7, 2018
Genres: Christian Romance, contemporary
Pages: 215
Series: Emerald Coast Romance #2
Source: won/own
Format: paperback

Summary from Good Reads:

Gracie Norton has happily relocated from north Georgia to a quaint community on Florida’s gulf coast. Since she loves children and animals, she’s thankful for her new job as a veterinary assistant, and she’s drawn to the precious twins who’ve moved in next door. Their handsome but reserved father is a different story, however. 

Widower Blake Donovan hopes moving his young twins to a small coastal town will give them all a fresh start. Yet his dissatisfaction with his job and his unwanted, growing attraction for his pretty neighbor are frustrating him. He wonders if he will ever feel a sense of peace again. 

When a serious situation occurs, Gracie must overcome her biggest fear to help Blake and his twins. In doing so, she realizes how much she cares for the children and their father. Blake’s medical emergency results in a restoration of his faith—and helps him realize he can’t deny his feelings for Gracie. Could young twins be the matchmakers to bring about an unexpected romance? 


This is my first book by Patti. At times, this book reminded me of a Love Inspired book. It has hooks that are common for that line. I really enjoyed Blake's twins. There were some cute moments. I did feel the attraction to falling in love happened a little too fast because Gracie and Blake didn't know each other that well. Most of their interactions felt like Gracie was mostly only falling in love with the kids and not really knowing anything much about Blake. I wish the interaction with Gracie and Blake was fleshed out more. Although that was too fast for my opinion, I still like this book. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It's where we share an unpublished book we are anticipating.

I've read two books by Jessica Brody and enjoyed them quite a bit. The ones I've read are My Life Undecided and Karma Club. I will note that it's been a while since I read these two, but I do think Karma Club had drinking in it and could have had some cursing. I'm not sure. It's been a while. The book I'm anticipating is Middle Grade, so I hope it will be a clean read. Unfortunately, you just don't know anymore.

Anyway, I absolutely adore this cover and love the movie Freaky Friday movie with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

Title:  Better You Than Me
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: November 13, 2018
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 432
Series: standalone
Format: Hardcover & e-book

Summary from Good Reads

It's Freaky Friday meets Hannah Montana when two twelve-year-old girls--one a famous TV star, the other an obsessive fan--switch bodies with hilarious and disastrous results.

Ruby Rivera is a twelve-year-old superstar with millions of followers. Skylar Welshman is a seventh grader who wants to be cool--and she's Ruby's biggest fan. When Skylar and Ruby meet on the set of Ruby's hit show, Ruby of the Lamp, and wish they could switch places . . . it happens!

Now Ruby is living Skylar's life--going to a normal school, eating fro-yo, sleeping in, texting boys . . . it's amazing. And being Ruby is even better than Skylar imagined--her fancy closet is huge, everyone wants to be her friend, and she gets to spend every day with Ryder Vance, her dreamy costar. Life is a blast!

But when Ruby finds herself dealing with mean girls and Skylar discovers that being a celebrity isn't all red-carpet glamour, the girls start to wonder if being yourself isn't so bad after all. Can they swap bodies again? Or are they stuck being each other forever?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. I don't go out of my way to read really long books, but I'm happy with the page lengths on these.

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer 827 pages
  2. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer 563 pages
  3. Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck 560 pages
  4. Cress by Marissa Meyer 552 pages
  5. The Hollow by Jessica Verday 509 pages
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 507 pages
  7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 498 pages
  8. I Am Here by Ema Toyama 496 pages
  9. The Complete Chi's Sweet Home by Konami Kanata 480 pages
  10. Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck 479 pages

Out of my list, my favorites are the Tiger books, Winter, and Jane Eyre. All of these I liked pretty well.
I will admit that Cress was my least favorite of the Lunar Chronicles. The Lunar Chronicles series
was definitely out of my element for a genre I typically don't read. I'm not the biggest into sci-fi
and for the longest time avoided the series because of that. I am glad I read it. I really love fairy tale
retellings. Jane Eyre is also my favorite classic, but it's been like 8 years since I've read it.

I don't go out of my way to read really big books, but it makes me want to keep that in mind and pick
some out at some point in time. Personally to me, I would consider anything over 400 a long book.
I know Tome topple is 500+ when the readathon is going on. Just curious, what do you consider a
minimum for a long book?

*All pictures are from Goodreads

Saturday, October 6, 2018

My TBR List Meme #1

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My TBR List is hosted by Berls and Michelle @BecauseReading

The first Saturday of the month, you list 3 books on your TBR, digital or physical, and let people vote on it. On the second Saturday, you announce the winner. Read the book and post a review on the fourth Saturday. Michelle mentions what to do when the months vary on the amount of weeks in the month, so I won't go into anymore details on how that will change the rules.

Since this is October, I decided to pick more thriller and mystery type books.

The only thing worse than forgetting her past . . . is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance--and perhaps even her father's death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city's underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto's premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever--if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

*Pictures and summaries from Goodreads

Friday, October 5, 2018

P.S. I Love You by Jo Noelle (A Twickenham Time Travel Romance)

Title:  P.S. I Love You
Author: Jo Noelle
Publisher: Little Box Press, LLC
Published: February 20, 2018
Series: companion series
Source: own
Format: e-book

Cora Rey wanted a fresh start in life, but being thrown back in time to 1850 isn’t how she expected to do that. She discovers that Victorian England isn't the pleasant social whirl Jane Austen led her to believe, but when in Rome—or in this case Twickenham . . . She’s determined to have the vacation of a lifetime, especially in the company of a certain duke. 

Simon Tuttle never expected to become the duke of Hertfordshire, never wanted it, but now he is, and eligible women seeking a title consider him the next trophy to be taken in the marriage mart. A union of convenience is the most he hopes for due to the shame-filled secret he bears—until he meets Cora. Now, he imagines that a love match could be possible after all. Hiding his secret from society has been easy—hiding it from Cora proves impossible. Can Cora love a man like him despite learning the truth? 

This delightful romance is a little Regency, a little contemporary, and a lot Victorian. 

Summary from Goodreads.

At least 3.5 stars.

I remember getting this book free. I absolutely love the cover. It’s really cute. There are two other books in this Twickenham Manor series by two different authors. I’m definitely interested in reading the others because I really enjoy time travel books. I haven’t read much. The main character Cora Rey travels back to the Victorian era, so that is definitely a plus. I really enjoy books set in that time period.

The very beginning made me think of Austenland. I do wish the author spent more time in present day and showed more of the immersion program. Another negative, I wish the author had more and in-depth scenes with her four friends that got sent back in time with her. The other 2 books in the series that the other author's wrote in this series features the other friends, so I’m not for sure if that is why. There are some funny scenes and had some that dragged a little for my taste. 

This book is fairly clean. No bad language. There are some kissing scenes and ones of tension. 

Even though this does have flaws, I did enjoy this one and am looking forward to this author/mother-daughter duo’s Christmas Twickenham Manor book that will be coming out later.

Series in a Month Challenge

I'm going to participate in the Series in a Month Challenged hosted by Berls and Michelle @BecauseReading. There are several rules in the challenge, but I'm not going to list them. Feel free to click the their blog's name that I have linked.

I'm going to pick the Reawakened series by Colleen Houck.

picture and summary from Good Reads

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been 
reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

I have read the first book but can count it by rereading it. There are rules about rereading and such so make sure to look them up if interested in joining next month.