Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop!


Avoid the crowds and get your book-ish shopping done from the comfort of your own home during the 5th Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza Hop  - hosted by BookShelfery & Caffeinated Book Reviewer

The winner can select any one book (up to $15 value)
International entries welcome as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.

To enter fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

Winner will be  contacted via email and announced on this form on December 1st

Good luck!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I always take this time to thank the bloggers and followers who I’m so thankful to have in my life.

I’ve really struggled to hang in there with this blogging thing the past few years so I have a few special bloggers I want to thank for helping me stick it out and remember why this community is so special.

Geeky Bloggers Book Blog
 The Geeky Blogger – I consider Felicia my blogging role model. She has FUN  with her blog. She takes breaks when she needs to. She spotlights authors,  narrators, bloggers, libraries - not just whatever is trendy. She co-hosts  #fitreaders which keeps me moving and motivated. She has such a healthy  attitude about the whole thing and whenever I start to feel overwhelmed I look  to her to center myself and to remind me why I blog.

Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
 Books for Life – Blodeudd is my unofficial (she doesn’t even know it)        blogging assistant. Because of our time difference she comments on my posts  in the middle of the night (my time) so I wake up to an email from her almost  every morning. It’s the first thing I read everyday. She’s the first to alert me  about a formatting problem or– if I don’t get an email – I know that blogger  didn’t post as scheduled. It's happened a lot! lol And she writes hilariously  honest reviews.

One Curvy Blogger
 One Curvy Blogger – One of the saddest things over the past few years, is  how many of my favorite bloggers have quit. It’s been difficult to find newer  blogs that are honest, review a variety of genres and that are hosted by people  that actually want to connect with readers – not just get hits or fangirl. I  discovered One Curvy Blogger a few months ago (she’s been blogging for 1  yr - but seems much older and wiser) and she has restored my faith. It’s all  the things I love in a blog – fun posts, variety, interaction and through Sarah I  have found several other new blogs to follow.

YA Romantics

 YA Romantics – I’ve been lucky enough to meet Jen in *real life* and  consider her a good friend. I honestly don’t think I would have hung in there  without her. She’s supportive, a great sounding board for those times I've  needed to vent and there isn’t anyone I trust more for sound advice or a  book  recommendation. She’s been around for all the big blogger kerfuffles  over  the years and has a way of bringing me down off the drama llama cliff.

Offbeat YA – Roberta and I don't have much in common when in comes to reading genres but she’s become a good blogger friend. She’s a dedicated supporter of overlooked YA and her fellow bloggers and it’s that enthusiasm that makes her one of the people I’m most thankful for this year. She’s like my own personal cheering squad on the days I need it most. {hugs}

My 5 Monkeys – Julie is one of the bloggers who quit this year. It was sad because she’s been there since the beginning with me but I also get why she needed to. The reason I’m including her in this list anyway is because even though she isn’t blogging anymore it hasn’t changed our friendship one bit. You can make lifelong and real friendships through blogging.

And I want that message to get out there. People have been looking negatively on the book blogging community recently. I can’t even say there isn't good reason because there have been quite a few incidents that have shaken my own resolve, BUT if you seek out the bloggers that fit in with your mindset – they're out there – then this is a hobby that has more rewards than negatives.

And of course that’s not everyone I adore and I don’t want to leave anyone out – so here’s my list of my must visit blogs.

Talk Supe | Herding Cats & Burning Soup | Du Livre | Books and Things | Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf | Shooting Stars Mag | Pen and Paper | Brandi Breathes Books | Boricuan Bookworms | Caffeinated Book Reviewer | Addicted to Romance | It Starts at Midnight | Keionda Hearts Books | Night Owl Book CafĂ© | In the Hammock Blog | Fictitious Delicious | Brooke Reports | The Book Swarm | Addicted to Novels

And thank you to @luarroyave for *all the things*! & @LRAtRandom for the zombie/bad movie talk Smile

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DNF Review: Steal Me (New York’s Finest #2) by Lauren Layne

25058352-1IN HOT PURSUIT
Being a cop might be in Anthony Moretti's blood, but protecting and serving the city of New York has always been more than just the family business. If that means his love life stays locked up, well then that's just another sacrifice made in the line of duty. That is, until he sets eyes on the gorgeous new waitress at The Darby Diner and suddenly Anthony's morning coffee is leaving him a whole lot more hot and bothered than usual.

Though waitressing at The Darby isn't exactly Maggie Walker's dream job, it pays the bills and gives her time to work on her novel. Now if only she could stop fantasizing about gorgeous Anthony Moretti every time he sits down at her table, she'd really be in great shape. But when he needs her help identifying a criminal threatening The Darby—and Maggie recognizes her ex-husband—she fears her fresh start might be a pipe dream. Faster than a New York minute, Maggie and Anthony find themselves in one perilous pursuit that only gets hotter with each and every rule-breaking kiss. ~

Source: e-arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Review: Lauren Layne is an author that several of my followers recommended to me so I snapped up this book when it became available for review.

I barely made it it to the 100 page mark though, so this is a DNF review, based only on what I read & why I didn’t finish - not the book in it’s entirety.

We’re introduced to the hero, Anthony, while he’s having dinner with his family at a local diner. He is supposed to be gruff and under stress from his job as a cop but he was such an asshat – especially to the heroine - that I disliked him instantly.

Anthony comes off as a throwback to the Neanderthal hero type from older romances and Maggie is the sweet heroine who is a clumsy waitress, spilling things all over Anthony because he’s…good looking? I don’t really know because otherwise he’s such a jerk. He’s super mean to her but then of course the clumsy waitress says something plucky and then BING! he wants her!

I do understand that there is a character arc. The hero is a Mr. Grumpy pants and the love of the heroine softens him. He'll end up nice. It takes a little time for all of that to play out and usually I’m patient but I just couldn't connect to either of these two.

During the scene at the diner with Anthony and his family, I found ALL of his siblings more interesting than either Maggie or Anthony so I wouldn’t mind trying a different book by the author with a different couple. Maybe this just wasn’t the one for me.

If you’re a fan of Layne, feel free to recommend your favorites to me in the comments.

* One of my fave bloggers Anna, at Herding Cats & Burning Soup loved it so check out her Quote-tastic review before deciding to read/pass.