April 2018 Wrap Up

Wrap Up

This month I read a total of 11 books. *Faints* I don’t think I’ve ever read 11 books in one month before. I think the most I’ve ever read was like 5, maaayybbbeeee 6 but that’s pushing it. I don’t know what’s come over me but I’m loving it!!!

Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard: 5 Stars, check out my review here.

Wait With Me by Amy Daws: 2 Stars, check out my review here.

Maybe Someone Like You by Stacy Wise: 4 Stars, check out my review here.

On the Line by Liz Lincoln: 5 Stars, check out my review here.

Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando: 2 Stars, check out my review here.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: 5 Stars, check out my review here.

The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise: 5 Stars, check out my review here.

Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard: 2 Stars, check out my review here.

Blood Type by K.A. Linde: 5 Stars, check out my review here.

I Dare You by Ilsa Madden Mills: 4 Stars, check out my review here.

Bro Code by Kendall Ryan: 4 Stars, check out my review here.

Book Club

In the month of April, we read two books for book club!! First off, we read Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. You can check out the post here. We had 15 people join in on this one: Myself, Kris, Nicole, Stacie, Linda, Sarah, Danielle, Mel, Cody, Libby, Lauren, Miranda, Sahitya, Erin and Dorka. This was the biggest group we’ve had since starting Book Club!!! I’m so happy to have people join in and read one of my favorite series. If you would like to check out my review, click here.

Secondly, we continued with our Red Queen series read along and started King’s Cage. You can check out the post here. Joining us for book three was: Myself, Kris, Nicole, Stacie, Linda, Danielle, Mel, Cody Levi, Libby, Lauren, Miranda, Sahitya, and Erin. Review to come next month.

This month I read 0 books from my list.  If you’d like to see the books on my list, check out my sign up post here.

Total: 1

This month I finally started King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I didn’t finish in time for this wrap up, but look for my review next month! If you’d like to see the books on my TBR for this challenge, click here.

Total: 0

This challenge was created by Nori at Read, Write, Love 28. Check out the details here. I thought it would be fun to share with you the blogs I visit each month for this challenge. I’ll link you to the post I commented on but please check out their other posts as well! At this point, I’m not going to keep up with each individual blog I visit. It just adds too much stress. I will still post each blog I visit and visit at least 365 blogs by the end of the year. I just can’t be 100% sure it’s 365 unique ones. Ain’t nobody got time to keep track lol.

  1. Coffee Addicted Writer
  2. Absolute Shannoningans
  3. Fantasy Book Chick
  4. Every Free Chance
  5. Just Another Girl and Her Books
  6. Fit Kitty Mama
  7. Herding Cats & Burning Soup
  8. Ellesea Loves Reading
  9. Okbo Lover
  10. Dusting the Soul
  11. Inkblottings
  12. Bernard’s Book Blog
  13. Erica Robyn
  14. Nicki J Markus
  15. Words I Write Crazy
  16. Port Jericho
  17. Sunny Buzzy Books
  18. The Book Supplier
  19. Laina Has Too Much Spare Time
  20. The Crafty Engineers BookShelf
  21. Dorie’s Reading Corner
  22. Melina Elisa
  23. Lil Kady Kitty
  24. Girl Plus Books
  25. Book Twins Reviews
  26. Wolf Libby 0914
  27. We Live and Breathe Books
  28. A Novel Glimpse
  29. The Bookworm in me
  30. The Calico Books

Total: 120

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So this month has its pros and cons. I went way up in the books I read this month as opposed to last month. However, I went down in my stats for pretty much every category. That makes me pretty sad because I want to be growing each month BUT it’s still great stats overall. I need to push myself to network more and not get caught up in only commenting on the same few blogs each month. I hope you all had an amazing month and I look forward to May and seeing what all we will accomplish.

Jessica

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Blood Type by K.A. Linde Review and Blitz

 

A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.

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REVIEW

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

WOW!!!! I could not put this book down!!!! I think I read 68% in the first sitting. I took very few breaks to rest my eyes. I ended up putting the book down around 11 or 12 at night. My eyes betrayed me and wouldn’t let me finish the book….traitors. The next morning, I woke up bright and early…..keep in mind that I am NOT a morning person…..and finished reading. Gah…it was so good!!! I really enjoyed diving back into the paranormal romance world. It’s been so long since I’ve read one. I adore this genre and hoping it makes a come back like everyone is predicting.

It’s really hard to express my feelings on this one without giving anything away. I really enjoyed Beckham’s character. I could just see all the reasons for him going back and forth with his feelings. There was just something about Reyna that he couldn’t resist.

As far as Reyna goes…..this girl attracted trouble like nobody’s business. I think Reyna made some really stupid choices and decisions. It’s like she didn’t think past the initial decision into what could go wrong. She just wanted to do whatever she wanted and throw caution to the wind. I found myself wanting to slap some sense into her several times.

I liked the world building in this story. It was fun to get back into a vampire world and learn about this breed of vampires. I will say I wished we got to know more about the powers this world of vampires had. Not much was said as far as their abilities and disadvantages. I also didn’t care for a certain scene involving the Vault. When you get there, you’ll understand. As far as my rating goes, I’m going with 4.5 rounding up to a 5. Just a few minor things that I wish were different. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue on with this series.

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That was the moment Beckham appeared in the doorway like a storm cloud.

Reyna straightened in her seat at the expression on his face. He walked across the room like a tightly coiled spring ready to explode.

“Ah Beckham, there you are,” Harrington said.

“Excuse me, William. I need to speak with Reyna. Alone.”

She hastened out of her seat and followed him around the corner. He tugged her straight through the kitchens, out the back door, down a corridor, and into a dead end. Then her back was slammed against the brick wall. His fist connected with the wall behind her, and she felt the wall shudder. Debris floated onto her shoulders.

“You left,” he growled.

“I . . .”

“No.” He pressed his finger to her lips roughly. She stopped breathing and just stared up into his eyes as dark as night. Her body trembled under the feral stare. “You left without me.”

The silence was weighted. All she could do was sit with their bodies nearly touching. His finger on her mouth. Her mind wandering to hellacious places.

“You are my subject. Can you imagine what it was like when I found you missing? When you turned up with three of my kind?” She shook her head minutely. He bared his teeth to her, and she shrank back. “These are meant to drink your blood. To drink you dry until there is nothing left of your body but a dry corpse. We are killers. We don’t hesitate. Just because we’re wearing suits and seem more like you . . . does not mean we are like you. We are not like you. They especially are not like you. The only way you get to the top of Visage is to be fucking ruthless, Reyna. Do you understand?”

“You’re . . . scaring me,” she whispered.

“Good.”

 

 

Reyna Carpenter and Beckham Anderson return in the exhilarating follow-up to the provocative paranormal romance Blood Type.
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KylaK.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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Star Studded Saturday | 35

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: May 2018 TV


May Premieres:

Colony: Season 3 premieres the 2nd on USA

Total Bellas: Season 3 premieres the 20th on E

The Bachelorette: Season 14 premieres the 28th on ABC

May Finales:

10th- Big Bang Theory

10th- Mom

10th- Young Sheldon

17th- SWAT

23rd- Survivor


I’m excited for the annual changing on the shows. Where my Fall TV changes over to Summer TV. I cannot wait for Big Brother to come back in June. I look forward to it all year long. What shows do you anticipate each year?

Jessica

First Lines Friday | 6

First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

I was locked in the library trying not to panic. Literally locked. As in, no escape. Every door, every window, every air vent. Okay, I hadn’t tried the air vents, but I was seriously considering it. I wasn’t desperate enough…..yet.

 

Ready for the Reveal!?!?!

 

Arrow

 

By Your Side

By your side by Kasie West

I have yet to try this author but I definitely want to asap!!! This book sounds absolutely adorable!!! Being stuck in a library?? YES PLEASE!!!!

What are your thoughts on the teaser and the cover? Have you read this one?!  Let me know your spoiler free comments below!!

Jessica

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard Review

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

5 Stars

Quotes:

“No heart can ever be truly understood. Not even your own.”
“I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin.”
“While they stand with me, there’s no one beside me. Even with an army at my back, I am still alone.”

Review:

This book had me on the edge of my seat for literally every single page!! I’m not even kidding. It was so much more than I expected from a sequel. I tend to have a lot of problems with book two in a series. It seems they’re simply there as a filler book and serve no purpose. That definitely wasn’t the case for Glass Sword. This book involved a LOT. We had so many character developments and changes to the overall movement from the Scarlet Guard.

It’s really hard to talk about a sequel without spoiling things that happened in book one. I will say it was action packed. We also got to meet a ton of new characters. One of my favorite newbies was someone named Nanny. I won’t give anything about her away, but let’s just say she’s a great addition.  While we met some new faces, we also got to keep some of the older ones. Red Queen really did a number on those who survived though. I just wanted to reach into the book and bear hug every single one of them.

May I just add, the villains in this book….BLEW ME AWAY. They were awesome. I could feel the hatred rolling off of the characters. Trust me, I was feeling their anger as well. It was so easy to immerse yourself in this story and go through all the emotions the characters were. Overall, I adore this series. I cannot wait to read the next book and see what happens next. After the ending to this one…..I’m not sure if I’m ready for it….EEK!

Jessica

 

 

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard Review

Cruel Crown (Red Queen, #0.1-#0.2)

Cruel Crown features two novellas set in the Red Queen world. Queen Song focuses on Queen Coriane (Cal’s mother) and her courtship to King Tiberas (Tibe). Steel Scars focuses on the Scarlet Guard, mainly on Farley and the events leading to Red Queen.


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. It adds SO MUCH to the series.

Steel Scars (Red Queen, #0.2)

2 Stars. 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.


I recommend you read Queen Song after Red Queen, and Steel Scars after Glass Sword. Just a heads up.

Jessica

The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise Blitz and Review

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The Hardest Fall, an all new tantalizing contemporary romance by Ella Maise is NOW LIVE!

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Synopsis:

The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.

At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus.

I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried.

Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either.

He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently whenever he’s around.

He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.

The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re doing, I think.

Falling.

Hard.

Review:

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

Wow!! This was such a great story!!! I’m not usually a fan of slow burn romances but this one really did it for me. This was my first book by this author and I cannot wait to read more by her. She did such an amazing job with this one.

You guys, Dylan was THE book boyfriend. Man, I wish I could take Zoe’s place in this one haha!!! He was so swoon worthy. I loved how strong and hard working he was. Dylan had a heart of gold and it was amazing to read about the man he was. Dylan was a star athlete at this college but you wouldn’t know it by talking to him. He never let his status go to his head. He was just your everyday, average good guy. I swooned SO HARD for him. It’s rare to find this all around amazing guy so he definitely made it to the top of my book boyfriends list.

Zoe was this shy, quirky girl. I loved how she was embarrassed so easily and super shy. Usually shy characters break out of this within the first few chapters but Zoe was truly shy to her core. I loved that about her though. She was another great character in this story, although her love for pizza and m&m’s scared me at times, lol jk.

I love how throughout this book I thought I could predict what was going on or about to happen…..but that wasn’t the case. There was plenty of plot twists and turns to keep me completely engrossed into the story. I’ll admit, the slow burn romance really got to me at times. I just kept yelling to “just kiss already!!!!!!” several times while reading. But when the romance did finally happen, it was THE BEST.

Without giving anything away, the ending of this book was what really made it over the top for me. I truly enjoyed it and wish I had 5 more books with this couple. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

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Excerpt:

I stopped speaking when Dylan’s gloved hand—his huge gloved hand—cupped my cheek and gently tilted my face up. The world around me slowed down, and I stood still. I swear to you, I watched his eyes roam my face in slow motion.
“I like having your eyes on me, Zoe.”
I managed to force a nervous smile. His thumb moved on my cheek, rendering me…basically completely helpless.
Forgetting myself, forgetting where we were, I whispered, “I like watching you.”
His tongue peeked out and touched his lower lip. “I know.”
Oh, Dylan, why did you do that?
“I meant I like watching you—liked watching you play tonight. I didn’t mean it to sound like I like watching you when you’re not playing. I definitely wouldn’t watch you if you were just standing there, or I don’t know…I wouldn’t watch you when you’re working out, and I would never watch you if you were—”
“You know why I like watching you?”
The question shut me up pretty quickly, which was probably for the best; who knew what else I would spew out.
“Because I can’t take my eyes away from you. Everything else…it all disappears, and…”
And… And…
“And?”
I tried my best not to look eager for his answer—or let’s say not too eager, because there was no way he couldn’t tell I was very interested and invested in hearing what he was about to say.
He let out a heavy breath and decided not to finish that particular sentence. I’d seen it in his eyes, a slight change, there and gone.
Goddammit!
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About Ella

I’m a big dreamer. And that’s how it all started for me, really. Reading and dreaming. I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one-person smile, it means I’ve done my job well.

Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.

Connect with Ella

Website: http://www.ellamaise.com
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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review

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.

Jessica

Star Studded Saturday | 34

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: TV Pilot Reviews


*Clicking the photos will take you to the IMDB page.*

Rise Poster

Rise-

Really enjoyed this!! It felt like Glee 2.0  I even feel like it may be better than Glee in some ways. Excited to see where this series leads us.

Station 19 Poster

Station 19-

The second I started this, I was comparing it to Chicago Fire. I couldn’t help it. Sadly, this show just couldn’t measure up to CF. I wasn’t into the cast, story lines, etc. I have too many other shows to keep up with to watch something that I don’t love.

Life Sentence Poster

Life Sentence-

I think this one was too depressing or something. It felt too deep. I also didn’t vibe with the story line or cast for this one either. Can’t win them all I guess.

Splitting Up Together Poster

Splitting up together-

Hilarious!!! And also…..cringe worthy at times lol!! This was a fun spin on a modern family dynamic. I’m interested to see how the story progresses. It was fun seeing Oliver Hudson!! He’s such a great actor.


These are the latest TV pilots that I’ve tried out. Have you watched any of these!? Did you try some other new TV pilots this season? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Jessica

Reading with Jessica Book Club: April 2018 (2)

Book Club

As most of you know by now, I’m a huge fan of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I thought it would be fun to re-read the series in anticipation for the final book in the series, War Storm. Book three, King’s Cage, read-along will take place on April 22nd-May 4th. I took the total number of pages (507 in the HC) and divided it by 14 (the amount of days for the read-along). That comes to roughly 37 pages per day, give or take a few. With all that being said, the schedule is as follows:

April 22nd: Chapter 1-3

April 23rd: Chapter 4-6

April 24th: Chapter 7-9

April 25th: Chapter 10-11

April 26th: Chapter 12-14

April 27th: Chapter 15

April 28th: Chapter 16-17

April 29th: Chapter 18

April 30th: Chapter 19-20

May 1st: Chapter 21-22

May 2nd: Chapter 23-25

May 3rd: Chapter 26-28

May 4th: Chapter 29-End

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

You are welcome to read ahead or at any pace you like. We will discuss the book on the last day of the read along. The groups are very relaxed. If you fall behind, just catch up before the last day. No worries! We don’t include spoilers in chat until the last day when we discuss. I also give full notice before the discussion begins so you aren’t caught off guard. If this is something you’d be interested in, please let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @ReadingwJessica. Don’t forget to use the official hashtag: #RWJbookclub on all social media ❤

Check out my Book Club tab here to see when we will read the rest of the series and future read-alongs. Would love to have you all join us!!!!

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