Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Crown (Red Queen, #0.1-0.2)

Cruel Crown is a novella bind up for Queen Song and Steel Scars of the Red Queen series.


Queen Song (Red Queen, #0.1)

“We are the same, she thought. Searching for something to keep us anchored, both alone in a crowded room.”

5 Stars easily!!! This book fascinated me. I loved Queen Coriane. I fell in love with her seamlessly. Coriane was a whisper but she didn’t use her powers for evil. Coriane was content to tinker with odds and ends and live her life. She wasn’t prepared for King Tiberas to come along and upturn her world. This is a beautiful, yet heartbreaking novella. I highly recommend you read it after Red Queen. It adds SO MUCH to the series.

Steel Scars (Red Queen, #0.2)

This novella really confused me. It has so much useless info and military talk, I just couldn’t keep up. I love learning more about Farley and Shade but that was the only saving grace to this story. I just feel this wasn’t 100% necessary and was just too confusing to be of any help overall. 2 Stars.

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Review: Tequila, Tequila by Emma Hart

Tequila, TequilaTequila, Tequila by Emma Hart

3 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Let me start by saying this book had some really great aspects to it. I loved Luke’s family, the small town vibes, the ongoing mentions of food, and the overall story line. Having said all that, this one didn’t work for me 100%. I struggled with the maturity levels of practically everyone mentioned. The amount of eye rolls I made in this one…

First off, I’m not much of a drinker. It’s just not my thing. So I may be off but it seemed like this group was a little old for the getting “black out drunk” phase. Once again, that’s just coming from someone who doesn’t really drink.

I also felt we harped on the “oh man, we’re best friends how will we ever be romantic?” way too much. Like I get it, you are best friends who want more….either try or move on. Clearly this was a case of everyone knowing they should be together except the actual couple. I felt it was just common sense based on their attraction level to give this thing a go. I’m sure it’s awkward moving from a platonic relationship to an intimate one, but they would’ve transitioned flawlessly if they had just gotten out of their own heads.

Okay, negative stuff out of the way and onto the positive. Luke’s Abuelita stole the show for me lol. I loved how passionate she was for her family. I also loved her passion for cooking. I swear I was drooling over all these food references. It made me wish I had her in my family.

Overall, I enjoyed this one but didn’t love it. I’m still a fan of this author and her writing, it’s just that this one didn’t knock it out of the park for me. But that’s okay, we can’t love every single book we pick up.

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Wintertime Love Bingo Announcement

Nicole and I absolutely LOVE romance books, so we thought what better way to showcase that love than with a romance based wintertime bingo?!? Yassss to curling up with a steamy book on a cold day/night!

Wintertime Love will run from December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019.

Be sure to use #wintertimelovebingo for any updates on social media!


Rules:

  • Read as many books as you can, and try to get at least one bingo in one of the following directions: diagonal, up-and-down, or across.
  • The books don’t have to be read in any particular order. Feel free to jump around on the board as much as you want.
  • You can use a book for two circles max. Example: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne could be used for both the workplace romance, and the enemies/friends to lovers circles.
  • Books can be any length and any format: physical copies, ARCs, audiobooks, and ebooks.
  • Re-reads are allowed. If you love a book, and it’ll work for one/two of the circles on the board, go ahead and read it again!
  • Books must be started on/after December 1st. Please don’t use a book you’re partway through reading for one of the circles.
  • You don’t need a blog to join in on the fun. Feel free to post updates on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, etc.

Bingo Circles FYI:

  • Love Triangle: can also be other shapes like a love square.
  • New Author: new to you, and/or a debut author.
  • Red/Green Cover: a cover with any red/green on it: text, images/clothing, the main color of the cover, etc.
  • Buddy Read: if you’re having trouble deciding on a book/finding a buddy, feel free to join a group buddy read of Pucked by Helena Hunting.
  • Pregnancy/Baby: doesn’t have to be one of the main characters, just a book where any character is pregnant/has a baby.

Bingo Board:

Wintertime Love

My TBR:

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Some of the photos may be hard to see. If you have any questions, just post in the comments below and I’ll try to help you out.


If you have any questions/comments, feel free to reach out to Nicole (@nicolelynnhoefs), or I (@ReadingwJessica) on Twitter or leave a comment below. We’re super excited for everyone to join in! Let us know if you’re planning on participating!

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Hiatus

I just wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be taking a blogging hiatus. Someone very close to me passed away and I need some time off from blogging for a bit. I usually post 6-7 times a week but I’m just not up to that right now. I’m not sure how long this hiatus will be. I plan on just playing it by ear. Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts for me and my family during this time. ((hugs))

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Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

5 Stars

Quotes:

“Anyone can betray anyone.”

“Words can lie. See beyond them.”

“With great effort, I push my fear away. Fear will get me killed.”

“And we will rise up, Red as the dawn.”

Overall:

The purpose of most reviews are to help others decide whether or not to pick up a particular book. I’m here to tell you that you definitely should pick up Red Queen. This will be my third time reading this book. I read it in 2015, 2016, and 2018. I loved it every single time. My rating has been 5 stars and I see no need to change it. I adore this story. I love the characters, the plot, the drama, etc. It’s such a fascinating tale.

To give you a little background on what it’s about…..Mare Barrow is a 17 year old Red. This world is divided into Reds and Silvers. Reds are normal humans basically. They don’t have supernatural abilities or strengths like the Silvers do. Silvers on the other hand consider themselves better than the Reds due to their powers. Silvers are the celebrities/upper class of this world if you will. Mare discovers by off chance that she has powers. The Silvers can’t have that because it will create chaos in their perfect world. So, the Silvers take Mare under their wing and make her one of them. I don’t want to say anymore, so the rest you’ll have to discover by reading!!!

If you know anything about me it’s that I love reading romance. I immediately fell in love with Cal from the first moment we met him. There was just something swoon worthy about his character. I loved how loyal and protective he was. Cal seemed like he really wanted to make a difference but wasn’t sure how to execute his plan the safest way possible.

I also loved the Silver world. It was so awesome to discover each of their special talents and seeing what all they could do with them. Sign me up for being a whisper please lol!!! Don’t worry, I won’t let the powers go to my head, haha.

Another thing I enjoyed about this series was Mare and her family bond. This family cared about each other SO MUCH. I absolutely loved seeing a strong family in a Fantasy setting. They truly had each other’s back and would do anything for each other. It was very awesome to see.

Overall, you know I highly recommend this book. It was such a thrilling read. You didn’t know what would happen and couldn’t see the twists and turns coming until they were unfolding. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. The only thing I would add would be more POV. I would’ve like to see what was going on through other’s eyes.

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Review: All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

All Chained Up (Devil's Rock, #1)

All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

2 Stars

The synopsis drew me in for this one. I thought it was going to be like the TV series Prison Break with Michael and Sara…..sadly, it wasn’t anything like it.

I really didn’t care for the main characters in this one. Briar was so naive. She had no idea what Knox went to prison for and was a-okay going into their relationship blind. She also got herself into too many dangerous situations by simply not using common sense. Knox was a very complicated character. His excuse for everything was that he was a bad person and deserved prison and everything that came with being convicted felon. I won’t go into details about why Knox was in prison so you can experience it while reading.

I felt like Knox treated Briar like crap. Half the time he didn’t want Briar but he didn’t want anyone else to have her either. On the rare occasion that Knox did want Briar….it was a wham, bam, thank you ma’am type of situation. Knox tried to cure everything with hot, sexy times. There’s so much more to being in a relationship than just the physical stuff.

I also have no idea why these two were so into each other. There was zero buildup to their relationship. They only had physical attraction that some how turned into feelings with very little communication in between. I just didn’t feel their bond as anything other that sexual attraction. I think Briar deserves so much better. Knox needs to get his head on straight from all the drama that has happened before he tries getting involved with someone.

Overall, this had the promise of being a great story but it just didn’t work for me. I do plan on reading about North, Knox’s brother, in book three. I just won’t be picking it up anytime soon.

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Star Studded Saturday | 1

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Star Studded Saturday is where I discuss all things TV/Movie related. I’m a huge TV fan so I wanted to have a place on my blog to feature that part of my life.


Today’s Topic: November 2018 Movies I want to see

*Clicking the movie poster will take you to its IMDb page*

The Grinch Poster

The Grinch

Releases: November 9th

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Poster

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Releases: November 16th

Instant Family Poster

Instant Family

Releases: November 16th

Robin Hood Poster

Robin Hood

Releases: November 20th

Ralph Breaks the Internet Poster

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Releases: November 21st


Which movies are you looking forward to watching in November? Let me know in the comments below!! I’m most excited to watch Robin Hood from this list!!!

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My Net Galley TBR

We’ve all been there. Requesting WAY too many books on Net Galley and then struggling to find time to read them all. Well….here I am. I have 8 books that I need to read and review to up my Net Galley ratio.

I thought I would share with you the titles I need to read and see which ones you loved to bump up my list. Thank you for your help with this ❤


Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6)

Published: July 17th 2018

When I requested this book I didn’t realize this was a series. I have since learned to always check Google to make sure a book isn’t a series before requesting. I really want to read this entire series from the beginning so that’s why this one got pushed back.

Handle With Care (Saddlers Cove #1)

Published: July 30th 2018

There’s really no excuse why I haven’t gotten around to reading this one.

Butterface (The Hartigans, #1)

Published: July 30th 2018

I adore this cover!!! Pink and Yellow are my favorite colors!!!

Smothered

Published: August 7th 2018

This one is getting a lot of mixed reviews. It kind of scared me off from reading it.

Swagger (Milwaukee Dragons, #2)

Published: September 18th 2018

I really loved book one in the series so not sure why I haven’t picked this up yet. I hope to read it soon!!! ((just like I’ve said for all of these))

Perfect Harmony

Published: September 18th 2018

As I’ve said 900 times on this blog (lol!!!), I’ve found myself leaning away from Young Adult books. I’m not sure if I’m ready to move on to a different genre or I just burnt myself out on too many YA books.

Up in Flames (Flirting with Fire, #2)

Published: October 9th 2018

This cover though…….I didn’t LOVE book one in this series mainly because of the couple. I was excited that this book featured Reece, the brother of the first book’s female lead. To be honest, I forgot I had this one so it may be bumped up my list!!

The Proposal

Published: October 30th 2018

While I was reading The Wedding Date, I couldn’t wait to read more about Carlos Ibarra. Now he has his own book and I still haven’t read it……So many books, so little time is all I have to say lol.


There are my 8 books just sitting on my Net Galley waiting to be read and reviewed. Let me know if you’ve read any of this and what your thoughts were on them. I really would like to have all of these read by the end of 2018. Wish me luck!!!

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The ABC Book Challenge | E

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I saw this book challenge/tag floating around the blogger world and just had to join in. This looks like such a fun feature!! What better way to share your book favorites?! I’m not sure where this originated from, if you know please leave a comment below so I can credit them.


*Clicking each cover will take you to its Goodreads page.*

Memorable Titles That Start With “E”

Everything, Everything

I read a quote once by William Styron that said, “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.” this book did just that. This story did not disappoint.

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

This story was so unique and so different from anything else I’ve read before. I really enjoyed it and would definitely look into other books by this author.

Eleanor & Park

This book was absolutely adorable. I will say the ending could’ve been better but that’s just my opinion.

Books Starting With “E” On My TBR

Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)

I’ve been wanting to read this series forever it seems like. I’m hoping it will be like The Royals series by Erin Watt.

Escape to You (Montana Heat, #1)

This sounds like the perfect romantic suspense story!!! Plus it has a high rating on Goodreads so that gives me high hopes that I’ll enjoy it too!

Everless (Everless, #1)

I’m just obsessed with this cover. It’s so gorgeous!! Everyone on my Goodreads list has given this a 4 or 5 stars. Let’s hope I’m not the only one to hate it lol!!

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Blogtober Wrap Up/Update

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Annnnnndddddd that’s a wrap on Blogtober 2018!!!!! I officially posted every single day in October. I will say some posts were later than usual and others just barely made it up on certain days. If you participated in Blogtober, I hope you were able to complete the goals you set for yourself!! If you didn’t, that’s a-okay. Sometimes life happens and we have to roll with it!

Update: I just realized I didn’t post anything on the 5th….what the world?!?!?!?! I wonder if I did the “schedule date” wrong or just completely forgot for that day. Well…rats!!! A-for effort I suppose lol!!!


Up next:

In the last few months of 2018 I plan to read whatever I want. I really want to concentrate on Kindle Unlimited and books I own. It’s silly to keep buying more and more books and never reading the ones I already own. It’s also goofy to let Kindle Unlimited just sit there month after month without reading anything from it.

I also really want to wrap up some YA series that I’ve started. I only have 1 book left on a ton of series so it’s time to finish them. Another thing on my list is to continue with my re-read of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas.

I think I only have 1 more ARC that I signed up to read for the rest of the year. That should help lessen the pressures of reading.

Blogmas is just around the corner and I cannot wait to participate!!! I look forward to the Christmas season every year. It’s my favorite time of year. I practically listen to Christmas music year round so it’s nice to be able to listen without people yelling at me lol!!!


Goals:

My goal for the rest of the year is to reach 1,000 followers on my blog. I’m currently at 930 with 70 more to go. If you could help me reach my goal, I would be forever grateful!!!!! Thank you to everyone for all your love and support. I love blogging and talking about books with all of you guys!!! The blogging/reader world is just the best!!!


I hope you all have an amazing and safe Halloween!! May you get to eat all your candy favorites!!! Save me some Kit Kat bars and Twix please ❤

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