Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Sunday Post #31

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

Pardon me if I sound a tad giddy but northeast Florida is finally getting a little taste of autumn. This weekend has been positively glorious with temps in the 70's. Loving it! What's it like where you live?

Today is the anniversary of my first date with my husband. Twenty-five years ago today I met Robert at a Bennigan's for drinks... little did I know I was sitting next to the love of my life! Every single day since has been a blessing and a joy. My very own real-life book boyfriend.

Thursday, October 20: On Thursday I took part in the cover reveal for Renee Carlino's upcoming release, Lucian Divine. It's already one of my most anticipated titles for 2017 and I can't wait for January to get my hands on it!

Friday, October 21: My fourth Freebie Friday offering was shared this week. I've been thrilled that there's been such a good response to these giveaways. I love sharing books with those that truly want them! There's still time to enter this week if you haven't already. 
**Hint: There will be more than one winner this week! :)



A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
Furiously Happy (Audio) - Jenny Lawson
Hard to Fall - Marquita Valentine 

The Deal - Elle Kennedy
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Audio) - Becky Albertalli

It was an awesome week for books! I received my October Bookworm Box, I placed a Barnes & Noble order with a gift card I'd received for my birthday last month, and my husband bought one for me. All The Books!

Off the Record - K.A. Linde
The Matchmaker's Playbook - Rachel Van Dyken
November 9 (Special Illustrated Edition) - Colleen Hoover
The Best Goodbye (Special Illustrated Edition) - Abbi Glines
The Lovely Reckless - Kami Garcia


Wrecking Ball - B.N. Toler

How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Freebie Friday! Giveaway #04

Congratulations to the winner of Freebie Friday giveaway #3! 
Alyssa chose Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.
I hope you'll enjoy your book, Alyssa!

Freebie Friday Giveaways
Winner of the giveaway will have their choice of any one book listed below. For most accurate selection, check the list below the photo (list is updated more often than the photo).

As a reminder, Freebie Friday giveaways are only open to U.S. residents. I've checked international postage and unfortunately it costs a staggering amount to ship a book outside the U.S. 

Please check the giveaway policy before entering. Thanks!

*All titles link to GoodReads

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake
Blue Notes - Carrie Lofty
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor CLAIMED
Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor (hardcover)
Delirium - Lauren Oliver (personalized to me)
Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel and Raven - Lauren Oliver
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Fallen - Lauren Kate 
Ink - Amanda Sun
Monument 14 - Emmy Laybourne
Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver 
Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
Poison Princess - Kresley Cole
Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins (ARC)
Red Hill - Jamie McGuire
Requiem - Lauren Oliver
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer (hardcover)
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo (hardcover)
The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson
The Gathering Storm - Robin Bridges
The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The Luxe - Anna Godbersen
The Program - Suzanne Young (hardcover)
The Rock Star in Seat 3A - Jill Kargman
The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
You - Caroline Kepnes (hardcover - former library copy)

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cover Reveal! Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

I am so excited to part of the cover reveal for Renee Carlino's upcoming release! Renee's Swear On This Life was one of my favorite books this year and I can't wait to get my hands on LUCIAN DIVINE. It releases on January 9, 2017 so the countdown is on!

Are you ready for it?

Here it is...

How beautiful is that cover?! And the synopsis clinches it. As soon as I read it I just knew this was a "me" kind of book. I'm pre-ordering my copy and will be stalking my mailbox on release day. Check out the synopsis and see if you agree...

“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey's life is at a standstill. She's in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It's absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he's a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he's brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he's brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as ----. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

Pre-order now Available


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Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Sunday Post #30

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

Yes, I'm aware that's it's Monday. What can I say... the weekend got away from me. Work with me, people. :)

Good week on this end - how was yours? It was a good week at the office and the weekend was fun. On Saturday I met sister #1 for a belated birthday lunch (her birthday was October 4) at Bahama Breeze and we had such a great time. Sadly, sister #2 was at home recuperating from oral surgery (feel better, Terri!) but we managed to eat her share of key lime pie so it was all good. 

Monday, October 10: Monday was my stop on the blog tour for The Time Traveler's Christmas by Amy Jarecki. This is the third book in Jarecki's Guardian of Scotland series but was easy to read as a stand alone. I used to read a fair amount of time travel romance and this one was a good reminder of why I enjoy the genre.

Tuesday, October 11: I rarely participate in promo posts so close together because I'm pretty choosy about what I sign up to promote. But it worked out that there were two in a row this week. On Tuesday I took part in the cover reveal for Your Inescapable Love by Layla Hagen. I love the sound of this contemporary romance and I'm interested in picking up the whole series.

Thursday, October 13: I shared a Throwback Thursday review of The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. As much as I love YA contemporary I've come to learn that I just don't really click with Smith's stories. I've read three of her novels so I've given them a fair try. I have much better luck with Kasie West and Miranda Kenneally. 


For some reason I've found little time to read this past week so I'm still reading ACOMAF (loving it!) and listening to Furiously Happy. 

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
Furiously Happy (Audio) - Jenny Lawson


A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
Because owning only the hardcover just isn't good enough.


Welcome Home for Christmas - Annie Rains
Addicted to You - Renita Pizzitola
Your Inescapable Love - Layla Hagen

How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Throwback Thursday Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Series: No

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Originally Read/Reviewed: June, 2014

Format: Kindle

Source: NetGalley

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon


Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.
My Thoughts

Fans of Jennifer E. Smith know what to expect with her YA novels. Contemporary setting, likable characters and a sweet romance. The Geography of You and Me is no exception. Lucy and Owen are teenagers who have a happenstance meeting and spend a brief but unforgettable time together during a blackout. Before they have a chance to truly get to know one another and find out if there could be more, they both move away and are an ocean apart.

And therein lies the story. This is not a typical romance in that the main characters are separated for the vast majority of the book. They do keep in touch somewhat but the story largely revolves around their lives while they are apart. Owen embarks on a cross country road trip with his father, searching for a place to call home. Lucy lives and travels across Europe with her parents. It was during this part that I felt the story lagged a bit and became somewhat repetitive. Two teenagers, unsure of what is coming next in their lives, feeling somewhat directionless about the future, and continually plagued by what-if's over their initial meeting. The re-connection about three-quarters through the book was too brief to be satisfying. While I enjoyed the premise, I felt there was simply too much separation to truly be effective. After so much time apart I found myself losing interest in the would-be relationship.

On the plus side, I really enjoyed the dual POV. It worked perfectly for this story and both Lucy and Owen had unique voices. The multiple settings was also interesting and I enjoyed the brief looks at Lucy's travels through London, Edinburgh, Paris and Prague.

I would recommend this one to fans of Jennifer E. Smith and to those who like their YA romance on the sweet, 'clean teen" side.

3.5/5 Stars 
Do you prefer to read "sweet" YA contemporary or something a little edgier?