Top Ten Tuesday | Hidden Gems in YA

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is: Top 10 Hidden gems in YA


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

Matched (Matched, #1)

Synopsis:

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)

Synopsis:

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Synopsis:

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)

Synopsis:

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

Synopsis:

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Synopsis:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

The Heir and the Spare

Synopsis:

In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Synopsis:

An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

Synopsis:

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

BONUS:

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

Synopsis:

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?


Each of these books touched me in one way or another. I feel every one of these either isn’t well known or gets a bad rep. Sometimes we rely too heavily on others opinions and forget that we like things that others don’t. Not everyone loves the same books. We all have different likes and dislikes. So what your friend hates, you may turn out to really enjoy. Saying all that, I recommend you give the above books a chance. Check out the synopsis and see what you think 🙂 I  hope you enjoy them if you do pick something up. Hope you all have a great day!

Jessica

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Stacking the Shelves | 1

Stacking the shelves
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

*Side note: I’m not a photographer. I don’t have enough props or patience to take a semi decent photo. Major props to all of you Bookstagrammers out there. It looks very simple but it’s anything but simple.

Here are the books I got from Book Outlet:

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So….the whole reason I made a Bookoutlet purchase was to get Everyday Magic by Emily Albright and to get the Throne of Glass coloring book. I previously purchased the Throne of Glass coloring book BUT quickly realized that I suck at coloring. So I decided to just keep it blank and add it to my collection. I still need to get the ACOTAR coloring book but there’s no rush.

My library had a book sale, here’s what I got:

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So…..my library had a sale and I found a ton of goodies. Usually I find 1-2 books but this year….I hit the jackpot. I’ve been looking for Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning for awhile now. I can’t believe I found it at a library sale and in a HC. As you can tell, I found a ton of Richelle Mead’s books. I haven’t read anything by her yet but my friend Stacie convinced me to give her a shot. She thinks I will love it so I’m going to trust her and go for it.

My friend Stacie sent me these:

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Stacie sent me 800 books!! I can’t believe it! She’s just the best book friend ever!! I’ve wanted to read Poison study by Maria V Snyder forever but none of my libraries (I go to 4) had it. I could read it on kindle but that just gives me headaches. I prefer physical books over e-books, just because of headaches and I feel like out of sight, out of mind. I take a million times longer to read an e-book as opposed to a physical copy that sits on my nightstand. I can’t thank Stacie enough for sending me all these amazing books. I’m most excited to read Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman. Hopefully I can read it next (she says giggling and knowing that’s a lie).


I hope you enjoyed my latest haul. It was quite a HUGE month for adding to my book collection. Do you see any books that you absolutely loved and highly recommend I read ASAP?! Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Jessica

Star Studded Saturday | 2

Star Studded Saturday

This week I would like to review some movies that I recently watched. Sadly, I haven’t had the best of luck. This is strictly my opinion, and I mean no disrespect. If you loved these movies, that’s awesome. Unfortunately, they weren’t my favorites.


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Here’s the deal, I love this franchise. I know it’s getting to be a bit redundant BUT it’s still a pretty good series. I think they just need to revamp things and try to mix things up. Movie wise, things were pretty slow pacing wise. I kept waiting on things to happen. However, when things finally did happen….they fell flat or were highly exaggerated. It’s like they couldn’t find the balance between being over the top and nothing happening at all. It may just me, but I had no idea the Rock had a kid on here?!?! Am I just blanking out or what?! On the positive side, I loved the ending. It felt fulfilling and was a nice conclusion. Not sure if anyone else caught this, but Gaston (from the latest Beauty and the Beast movie) was Jason Statham’s brother. I was hoping for more screen time but maybe next time. Overall, I would give this a 3 out of 5 stars. It had funny moments but fell a little flat compared to the others.

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I wanted to see this in theaters but NO ONE would go with me. It finally arrived at Redbox so I snatched it up. Here’s the deal, I don’t know the story of King Arthur. I just saw Charlie Hunnam and that’s all it took basically. I wasn’t prepared for the magic that played a fairly large role in this. The magic/mage/etc. threw me off a lot. Maybe if I knew that going in….I could’ve enjoyed it more. I did enjoy all the fight scenes, and you could tell all the actors worked really hard on their scenes, especially Charlie. Overall, I would give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. It felt pretty long winded and I was ready for it to just end after awhile.

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Here’s the thing, I loved the book. I really did. I wasn’t sure how they would turn such an awesome book into a mind blowing movie. Well……..in my opinion, (Sorry guys!!) they didn’t…….I haven’t read the book since December 2015, so I’m sure I’ve forgotten a LOT of details in this book. I did read this one within 48 hrs so obviously it was a truly great read. The movie had several moments where Madeline would enter a “dream state” and act things out or think things through. This happened several times throughout the movie and got old pretty fast. I felt we were in this dream state more so than actual life. Obviously in the book, we are able to “hear/see” her thoughts but it’s not able to translate into a movie for obvious reasons. Maybe I just put my expectations WAY too high for this and it ruined my ability to enjoy it Overall, I would give this 3 stars. I liked it but felt it could’ve been improved on.


As you can tell, I didn’t have the best luck with movies here lately. I’m ready for a mind-blowingly good movie. If you have any recs, leave them down below. Hope you all have a great day!!

Jessica

Blogger Interview with The Reader and The Chef

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Hey everyone!! I am here with an interview with the AMAZINGLY talented Melissa from The Reader and The Chef. Melissa is a huge part of the book community with many successful social media platforms. She is also one of the sweetest persons I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. I just had to introduce her to all of you and have her answer some questions on the blog.

Here are the questions I asked along with Melissa’s answers:

When did you first start blogging?

I believe I started blogging back in 2013! I joined the book reviewing team of a website and it was both wonderful and nerve-racking since I wasn’t that good at writing back then. However, it was a fun experience & it led me to opening my own book blog where I could review books with my own style!

What inspires you to continue blogging?

Oh, so many things! The amazing friends I’ve made in this community who continue to inspire me, the wonderful books being published every week that need promoting (and love) and just, the sense to have a small corner of the internet world that is just yours to spread the bookish love. Book blogging is the best thing in my life and I can’t imagine being without it!

Do you have a favorite memory from being a blogger?

My favorite memory is becoming good friends with my favorite author. It’s something I never dreamed happening and I appreciate it so much. ♥

I’m also a huge fan of your Instagram. Do you have a favorite season for Bookstagram photos?

YES! My sister & I love Fall/Autumn season. We are highly anticipating for September to roll by so we can get out all the scarfs, warm drinks, and start baking all the fall season favorites! I cannot wait to eat more pumpkin pie & drink hot chocolate! Oh, and we are already collecting fall props for our photos LOL. SO EXCITED! Is it Fall yet???

What was The Chef’s favorite treat to make for your Instagram? *The Chef is Melissa’s sister who helps run the Instagram account*

The Unicorn cake! It was such a fun cake to bake & decorate (quite quickly too!) and everyone seemed to love it as well.

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What has been your (The Reader’s) favorite treat The Chef has made?

Besides the Unicorn cake, a recent favorite was Harry Potter’s birthday cake! My sister made one last year and we just could NOT not have it again for Harry’s birthday this year. 😉

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If you could have any future book release right now, which would it be?

I am highly anticipating Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore since I loved Graceling and cannot wait to read this one. The cover is pretty darn cool and the premise so intriguing. 😀

Okay, here’s a really hard question. If you had to choose only one book boyfriend would you choose Ash from The Iron Fey Series or Tristan from The Malediction Trilogy? ((Both are her absolute FAVES))

First of all, I HATE YOU (not really, but still!!!!). Secondly, WHY MUST YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE? This is the hardest, most terrible question I have ever been asked and I just cannot choose. It’s impossible. I love both boys with all my heart for separate reasons and while I always say that Tristan is my favorite book boyfriend, Ash is just a hair’s breath away from being at the top. I seriously get jealous when someone tries to lay claim on them!!! However, I must grudgingly admit that while I might let some people love my Ash (from afar), Tristan is clearly OFF LIMITS so don’t get any funny ideas.

What’s one piece of advice you would give beginner bloggers?

I think the most important thing about blogging is finding & trusting your voice. Your voice is your style, how you interact with your followers. It’s the window to your blogging soul! Have fun developing it and instead of stressing about sounding cool or imitating a style (been there, done that) you’ll find yourself and accurately portray how passionate YOU are about blogging.

Finally, where can we find you on social media?

I’m EVERYWHERE. Haha just kidding, it’s still a work in progress. Besides my book blog, you can also find me at YA Books Central where I am the Instagram Manager & a staff reviewer, and at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers. I’m also a bookstagrammer at @thereaderandthechef and I also hang A LOT on Twitter as @MeliRobles.


Melissa’s Bio:

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Melissa is a YA book blogger, bookstagrammer, and a Slytherin living in Mexico. Her favorite genres are fantasy, contemporary, historical, and basically all things YA with a hint of romance. When she’s not reading, Melissa loves to sing out loud, eat sweets, and take lots of bookish photos. You can find her on her blog, The Reader and the Chef, on YA Books Central as the Instagram Manager, and contributing posts on Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers.


Where to find Melissa:

Blog: http://www.thereaderandthechef.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeliRobles
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thereaderandthechef/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6383562-melissa-robles


Thank you so much Melissa for allowing me to interview you. I had a blast and loved reading your answers. Everyone, be sure and check out Melissa on her blog, Instagram, and on her other platforms. I hope you all enjoyed this interview and learning about another fellow blogger. If you enjoyed this let me know in the comments below 🙂 Have a great day!!

Jessica

My battle with migraines

Hey everyone, I’m here today with a discussion post on migraines. I’ve been dealing with migraines since I was a teenager. It’s really hard to explain to someone what you go through while having a migraine. I thought I would share some experiences I had as well as share a few facts about migraines. I also want to include some tips and tricks for you all in case some of you are sufferers of these awful headaches.

Disclaimer: I don’t have a medical license, and this is only from my personal experience.

Migraine definition:

  •  a condition marked by recurring moderate to severe headache with throbbing pain that usually lasts from four hours to three days, typically begins on one side of the head but may spread to both sides, is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound, and is sometimes preceded by an aura and is often followed by fatigue
  • an episode or attack of migraine

*Definition provided by Merriam-webster


Migraine symptoms:

The most common migraine symptoms are:

  • Throbbing, pulsating pain – 85 percent
  • Light sensitivity – 80 percent
  • Sound sensitivity – 76 percent
  • Nausea – 73 percent
  • Pain on one side – 59 percent
  • Vision changes, blurred vision – 44 percent
  • Aura – 36 percent
  • Vomiting – 29 percent

*Symptoms provided by Migraine.com

**My symptoms usually (not always) include: Light sensitivity, Pain on both sides of my head, Nausea, Vertigo, and fatigue.


Migraines are awful. I hope none of you have experienced a migraine in your lifetime, but chances are some of you have. If not you, then one of your loved ones. It’s hard to describe the pain felt during a migraine. It’s like a constant pain with no relief. In April of 2016, I had the worst migraine I have ever had in my entire life. I could barely move, walking required help from my family, and I was confined to my bedroom with blankets covering the windows. I end up going to the emergency room later that evening. I had been dealing with the migraine for around 48 hours and just could not handle it anymore. I go to the emergency room and have to have all the lights off in my examination room because it hurt so much having them on. The doctor comes in and says “do you have migraines?”, I reply “yes”, and he says “so does my son, I’ll give you what I give him and that’ll fix it”. So a nurse comes in and gives me an IV with some type of concoction to make me feel better. Once the IV is finished, the nurse asks how I am. I tell her that “it helped a tiny bit but not really”, she replies “that’s great, I’ll get your discharge papers”. At this point, I just want to go home. They weren’t able to help me and weren’t listening to my issues. I mean, the doctor didn’t even ask me questions other than asking if I had migraines. He didn’t even come back in the room to check on me. I forgot to mention earlier when I was checking in, the receptionist asked me how old I was…..and I had no idea. The pain was that bad. Luckily my parents were with me and able to answer all the questions to get me checked in. So after I was discharged, I go home and just fall into bed to try to go to sleep. At this point, I didn’t even change clothes, brush my teeth, etc. I just took off my shoes and went to bed.

The next morning, I’m still in pain so my stepdad suggests going to see the chiropractor. I thought why not, it couldn’t hurt right? So he made an apt for me and off we go. I’m in a baggy shirt, sweat pants, and walking with the help of my family pulling my trash can alongside me. I go in and the doctor asks me what’s going on. I tell him my symptoms (migraine, nausea, light sensitivity, and pain). He then asks me to lie back on the table and he starts to do his chiropractic thing. I instantly feel relief. It was truly a miracle. After the adjustment, he helped me sit up and I was fine. I could walk on my own, no longer had the excruciating pain, or nausea. The headache was still there but it was nothing like what it was before the treatment. I say all this to maybe help someone whose dealing with migraines. Maybe try another avenue other than medicine. I’m not guaranteeing this will work for you because each case is different. I will also add, that I’ve had another migraine where I have went back to the chiropractor and it didn’t help me like that time. I feel each migraine has its own set of rules and you just have to figure out what works and what doesn’t for each episode.


Since April of 2006, I have stopped drinking caffeine. That’s right, no more sodas, coffee, etc. in fact, I pretty much only drink water now. This has helped my migraines decline tremendously. I’m not saying I don’t have them anymore but they are few and far between now. This is a huge sacrifice for me, I loveee me some sweet tea and coffee. To only drink water is very frustrating at times but I try to focus on the positives. I will drink a ginger ale (caffeine free) when I’m getting a migraine or intense headache. Other than that, it’s strictly water for me.

I think it’s crazy how were told lack of caffeine causes migraines AND caffeine causes migraines. Which is it? How are we supposed to know what to drink/eat when the “professional” aren’t sure themselves? I want to add that when I quit caffeine, I had another horrible headache. Once I had it all out of my system, I was okay. I do still eat chocolate which has caffeine in it BUT not huge amounts. I’m not sure how much caffeine is in chocolate but I try to not eat a lot just in case.

Just a heads up, I tried to get decaf  tea to be able to have tea in my life again…but guess what? Decaf has caffeine in it. Crazy right? It isn’t a large amount but it still has caffeine in it. I read this on the tea bag box after I made some sweet tea and got a headache from it. Maybe this is common knowledge, but I had no idea. I expect something that says decaf to not have caffeine in it…


I want to share a few tips and tricks that worked for me during different migraine episodes:

  • Ginger ale. It must be made with real ginger or it won’t work. Click here for more information on ginger and migraines.

Canada Dry Ginger Ale, 12 fl oz, 12 pack

*This is the brand of Ginger Ale I buy. Notice it’s made from real ginger.

  • Warm bath with a cold rag on your forehead. I will fill up the tub with warm water and place a cold rag or freezer pack on my forehead and soak. I usually turn off the lights and have a nightlight or something with a soft light in the background.
  • Freezer packs. These are life savers for me. I get these and wrap in a towel then place on my forehead. When it starts to lose its cool, I switch it for another freezer pack in the freezer. Something about cold makes the muscles in your head “relax” (for lack of an official medical term). Mueller Reusable Cold/Hot Pack-6" x 9"
    *The bottom one is the one I use. If you click the picture it will take you to Walmart.com
  • Another method is getting a bowl, filling it with ice and cold water. Then you make a fist and place your hand in the water. Slowly open and close your fist in the ice water. Keep a towel nearby for when it becomes too cold and you need to take your hand out. I do this a few times and it usually helps dull the pain.
  • Covering up your windows is another huge help when dealing with a migraine. I’m not sure if everyone experiences light sensitivity when having a migraine, but I do. I’ll get a darker blanket to cover up the windows or you could ask a family member to help if this is too difficult for you to handle. You could also use aluminum foil but that process may take longer than you want. One time, I used a storage container lid and just put behind the blinds to help block out the sun. Whatever you have on hand, use it!
  • There is also the medicinal route. I can’t afford the migraine medicine so I use ibuprofen. Tylenol doesn’t work on me but it may for you. Ask your doctor and parents about what medicine may be helpful to you. Be sure to ask about dosage and how often you should take the medicine  should the pain continue.

Migraine Facts:

  • Migraine affects three times as many women as men.
  • Migraine affects about 28 million women in the U.S
  • 18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children experience migraines.
  • Migraine is most common between the ages of 25 and 55.
  • Migraine tends to run in families. About 90% of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine.
  • Amazingly, 12% of the population – including children – suffers from migraine.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine.
  • Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world.
  • About 20 percent of migraine sufferers experience an aura as the first symptom of an attack. The aura may be a pulsing star of light, or a dance of geometric forms across the visual field.
  • Migraine is an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms.
  • Every 10 seconds, someone in the U.S. goes to the emergency room complaining of head pain, and approximately 1.2 million visits are for acute migraine attacks.
  • While most sufferers experience attacks once or twice a month, more than 4 million people have chronic daily migraine, with at least 15 migraine days per month.
  • More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine.
  • Attacks are often accompanied by one or more of the following disabling symptoms: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face.

*Facts provided from the Migraine Research Foundation.*


I hope this was helpful or interesting to at least one of you. If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll try my best to answer them.

Jessica

WWW Wednesday| August 23, 2017

WWW Wednesday

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. It’s a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you plan to read next.

The Three Ws are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)

So……I’ve recently started reading Fallen Heir. Then came some personal things that I’ve been dealing with these past few weeks. It’s really taking a toll on me and my family. It’s been hard to motivate myself to blog, read, etc. I am trying to just pray about these situations and push myself forward. Certain things just aren’t in our control and we have to realize that. I do hope to finish this book before release date, which is the 28th. Not sure if I’ll be able to, but I’ll definitely try.

Recently Finished:

Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3)

As you all know, Preethi and I buddy read Twisted Palace by Erin Watt together last week. We really enjoyed it and I couldn’t wait to continue with Fallen Heir. Hopefully everything will calm down to where I’m able to relax and catch up on my reading. Wish me luck!

Reading Next:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)

I’m such a mood reader so I struggled with what to pick for reading next. I recently recorded the Hallmark movie adaptation of this book so I should probably start this one! I think I’m in a mystery mood so this should be perfect!!


If you participated in WWW Wednesday, share your link in the comments below for me to check out!! Thanks everyone, have a great day!

Jessica

Top Ten Tuesday | College Romance 101

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Top 10 recommendations for taking College Romance 101


This week I would like to share with you my required reading for taking College Romance 101. These books are on my TBR that take place in college and involve romance. Please note: these are New Adult reads and are intended for mature readers alone. Sexy times are in all of these listed below.

*Clicking on the book cover will take you to its Goodreads page.*

Becoming Us (London Lovers, #1)

Synopsis:

This is about a girl who really wants to be with her friend, Jake. He only sees her as a friend and it drives her nuts. Then a betrayal happens that blindsides Fin. Enter Brody. Brody makes Fin feel things she hasn’t felt before, but he has a past that gets in the way of their relationship.

*The kindle edition is currently free on Amazon*


Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)

Synopsis:

19 year old Avery has traveled thousands of miles away to college to escape an event that happened at a Halloween party five years ago. There she meets Cameron who makes her want things but isn’t ready for. She tries to avoid him but he seems to pop up everywhere so she eventually gives in. Avery starts receiving threatening emails about what happened at the Halloween party years before and is forced to confront her past.


Losing It (Losing It, #1)

Synopsis:

Bliss decides to have a one night stand before going off to college. What started off as a simple idea turns out to be complicated. Bliss freaks out and leaves the man in her bed. As she goes to her first class, she immediately recognizes the professor as……you guessed it….the person she left in her bed that morning.


The Hook Up (Game On, #1)

Synopsis:

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?


The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1)

Synopsis:

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.


Scoring Wilder

Synopsis:

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player and America’s favorite bad-boy.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.


All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)

Synopsis:

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.


Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)

Synopsis:

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother’s death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn’t expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she’s ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her.


Palm South University: Season 1 Box Set

Synopsis:

Welcome to Palm South University.

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in South Florida. At a school where fraternities and sororities don’t exactly play by the rules, relationships are bound to be tested.

Follow Cassie, Bear, Jess, Skyler, Erin, Ashlei, and Adam as they tackle college at a small, private beach town university. Written in television drama form, each episode of this serial will pull you deeper and deeper into the world of PSU.


*Last but most certainly not least, I HAVE to mention the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. I’ve read all but book 4 of this series and they’re each beyond amazing. My favorite would be book 1 with Garrett. I call DIBS!!

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This series is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! It follows 4 college roommates who all play hockey.

The synopsis for The Goal (Book One) is:

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

*Make sure you don’t read the other synopsis because of spoilers. 


Whew, does anyone need a glass of water after reading about all these books? If you’ve read any of these, please let me know what you thought (excluding spoilers please). I’d also love any other college romance recommendations. Sports romances are my favorite 🙂 Hope you all enjoyed this edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Have a great day!

Jessica

Star Studded Saturday | 1

Star Studded Saturday

Lately I’ve been binging several shows. I requested some from the library, Netflix DVD, and watched episodes on TV. I’m one of those people who can only focus on one hobby at a time. It seems that TV shows and movies are the current obsession. Here are a few of the things I’ve been watching:

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Mom– I’ve always wanted to check out Mom on CBS but didn’t have access to the DVD’s. I received a free month of Netflix DVD so that was at the top of my list for shows to try out. I requested season 1 and quickly fell in love. Mom is a comedy about a mom (Anna Faris) who used to be heavily involved in drugs and alcohol. She has since turned her life around and trying to fix her past mistakes to be there for her children. Kristy (Anna Faris) has two children named Violet and Roscoe. We also get Kristy’s mother, Bonnie, thrown into the mix and trust me she’s a great addition to this series. I currently just finished season 3 and hope to finish season 4 before the next season airs in November.

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Fear the Walking Dead– Here’s the thing, I love the Walking Dead. It’s not my usual go to type of series but I tried it on a whim one day and needless to say, I watched about 5 seasons in less than a month. OOPS! Sorry, not sorry. However, when I attempted to watch Fear The Walking Dead…..things didn’t go as smoothly as they did with the original series. Don’t get me wrong, I think it has a ton of potential to be a great show……but for me it wasn’t a good fit. Mainly, the pacing was a huge issue for me. I didn’t have time to “catch my breath” so to speak. I felt there was too much going on the entire episode for EVERY episode. I never realized the importance of filler/calmer episodes until now. Sometimes you just need to episodes to focus on characters or share back stories, etc. While I enjoyed the characters, the story, etc. it was also WAY more gory and graphic than The Walking Dead. It took me a bit to get used to it in twd and this one was 10x worse in my opinion. Overall, I stopped watching on season 2 episode 6, I just couldn’t handle it anymore. Maybe one day I’ll try again but not any time soon.

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The Middle– I love a good comedy as well as a family focused series. My mom raves about The Middle and catches them when they show reruns on TV. Well…..I’m the type that has to start at Episode 1. I can’t just watch randomly or start at the current season etc. I’m always afraid of missing out on something or spoiling myself on future things that happen before I start the series from the beginning. With all that being said, The Middle focuses on a family of 5 who all struggle with day to day life. The show is very quirky which I adore. The daughter, Sue Heck, is very unique. She has her own personal style and doesn’t care what others think about her. Sue also is notorious for being “invisible”….you’ll see what I mean if you watch lol. The oldest son Axl is your typical teenage boy; he loves lounging around in his boxers, eating everything in sight, and giving his siblings a hard time. Then we have the youngest child, Brick. Brick has some social issues which takes up a lot of the focus on the series. Brick is also a HUGE book lover. Every time you see him, he has a book in his hands. It’s nice to see reading being focused on in a TV series, because you just don’t see that very often anymore. Overall, this is a great comedy show that focuses on a family who is far from perfect but love each other no matter what.


What TV series are you currently binging?? Do you plan to watch any of the ones listed above? Let me know in the comments below!! I would love any TV series recs as well. Thanks everyone and have a great day!!!

Jessica

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt Review

Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3)

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

*5 Stars*

I think it’s best if you haven’t read books 1-2 of the series to skip this review just in case. 

Characters:

Ella: I’ve always enjoyed Ella’s character but we kind of clashed in this one. She felt content to bury her emotions and try to hide from the tough stuff. Who knows what I would do in her situation though *Shrugs*

Reed: Oh Reed……he went from a jerk with a capital J to a sweetie-pie. Ella has him wrapped around her little finger.

Easton: I feel like Easton has really grown as a person in this third book. He’s my favorite Royal so I can’t wait to start Fallen Heir right after this ❤ *googly eyes*

Quotes:

“I’m a Royal, baby. I don’t run. I fight.”

“She got under my skin the moment I met her, and she’s still there, in my blood, in my heart.”

Overall:

First of all, I buddy read this with the AMAZINGGGGGG Preethi for The Reading Quest we’re both participating in. I had a blast reading with her this week. She’s a super fast reader and agreed to set a daily reading schedule so she didn’t leave me behind haha. We had an awesome time going over all the details of this book and trying to solve the mysteries. Preethi is one of the best buddy reading partners ever!!

As I mentioned in the “Characters tab” above, Ella irked me a bit in this one. I felt she tried to solve her problems with intimacy or just ignoring what was going on. I get it must be a ton of weight and pressure on her shoulders but sometimes we have to face difficult things in life. I also felt she could’ve been more supportive at times when Reed was wanting to discuss the issues going on and she wasn’t having it.

On another note, this book was very fast passed. Something was ALWAYS going on and that’s what I love about this series. Drama, drama, drama. I really enjoyed all the story lines taking place, sometimes it can feel overwhelming if not done correctly but that was not the case here. Wade has really grown on me in this series. I feel like he’s similar to Reed in that he puts up this facade so he doesn’t get hurt but if you dig a little deeper, you will see who he really is. Callum is also turning into one of my favorite characters. I wasn’t sure how I felt about him in book one, but I really like the way his character is evolving.

Man, oh man did we have some secrets come pouring out in this book. I won’t go into detail but you just never truly know what is going on with someone at any given moment. I loved the mystery aspect to Twisted Palace. I love a good mystery and this one definitely kept me on my toes trying to solve the case.

Overall, if you haven’t started the Royal series, PLEASE go pick it up. Disclaimer: This series does have some sexy times, so if you aren’t into that I suggest skipping these. I’m thrilled the authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) came together to make this stunning series. They are truly great writers and I hope they continue with many more series in the future.

Let me know if you’ve read this series or if you plan to. I hope you all enjoy it if you do pick it up. Hope you have a great day!!

P.S. I’m trying so hard not to talk about that “one” awful character but I don’t want to spoil anyone so my lips are sealed.

Jessica

WWW Wednesday| August 16, 2017

WWW Wednesday
The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. It’s a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you plan to read next.

The Three Ws are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:

Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3)

I’m buddy reading this with the amazing Preethi from TheLoneReader for The Reading Quest Readathon. I’m really loving this book so far. We love sharing theories on things that happened, it makes reading this book that much more exciting. Plus buddy reading with her is the best!! We’re constantly messaging each other and flipping out over every thing that happens haha!!

Recently finished:

The Broken Ones (The Malediction Trilogy, #0.6)

I really enjoyed reading the latest installment of the Malediction Series by Danielle L. Jensen. I gave this book 4 stars and you can find my review on it here. This series/author is highly underrated. I’m trying to get the word out there so others pick up her books and fall in love like I did.

Reading Next:

Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)

I was one of the lucky readers who got an advanced digital copy of Fallen Heir by Erin Watt. I still cannot believe it honestly. I entered for a chance on Facebook along with 2300 readers and 800 bloggers. I think it’s funny I won this but can’t win a Goodreads giveaway with 30 people lol!! This is the fourth book in the Royals series and it focuses on my favorite Royal, Easton!! *Squeals for days* Super excited to finish Twisted Palace and move on to this one.


I’m really loving this new meme/feature and can’t wait to share future WWW with you all! If you participated in WWW Wednesday, share your link in the comments below for me to check out!! Thanks everyone, have a great day!

Jessica