OUT OF BOUNDS: R.S. GREY COVER REVEAL

Today is such an exciting day because we have an extra special cover reveal! If you’ve been following for my blog for awhile you’d know that I’m a pretty big fan of R.S. Grey, and so I’m always ready  jump at the chance to help out with a reveal. This book has an absolutely stunning cover, and it’s the second book in the Setting the Score series, so let’s get going!

SYNOPSIS //

I despise Erik Winter.

 

He’s arrogant and cruel—a man I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy—and by some twisted turn of fate, he’s my new Olympic gymnastics coach.

 

I’ve had to contend with gruff coaches in the past, but Erik is far worse. His stern demeanor complements a body built for intimidation, and his reprimands come from a mouth so cunning, I know it could strip me of my defenses—if I let it.

 

Though each of us would love to be rid of the other forever, we are bound to each other by need and necessity. I’m his rising star, his best shot at proving himself to his critics. And without a coach, I have zero chance of winning gold in Rio.

 

The easiest way forward would be to wave a white flag and make peace with the man I’ll be sharing close quarters with for the foreseeable future, but he is intent on war.

 

Fine. By. Me.

 

If he pushes me, I’ll push back harder. If he wants to test me, to play with my head, I’ll show him just how many boundaries I’m willing to cross. Because I know it’s not a choice between winning or warring—not if you can have them both. At the end of it all, I plan on leaving Rio with gold around my neck and his icy heart in the palm of my hand.

Sounds so good right?!

AUTHOR INFO //


I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

And now what you’re waiting for….


ITS SO PRETTY YALL. I seriously can’t wait to get to this one on August 1st, it’s going to be great!

Love,

Taylor

MOST ANTICIPATED: 2016 FALL + WINTER RELEASES

HEY GUYS! I’m so excited about this post, because we’re going to discuss all of the fantastic books coming out in the next few months. Some of these are sequels, some are stand alones, but all of these make me so pumped! For the rest of the year, there are so many wonderful books popping up, and I have a feeling after this post, I’m going to be even more antsy to get my hands on these gems.

IT ENDS WITH US

RELEASE DATE: August 2nd

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

First off, we’ve got a book by my absolute number one author. Colleen is my favorite person ever, and I would read her to-do list if I could. This one sounds absolutely stunning, and on August 2th, it will be in my hands and I’m going to be an extra happy girl.

*DON’T READ THE NEXT SYNOPSIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES*

EMPIRE OF STORNS

RELEASE DATE: September 6th

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

The Throne of Glass series is one of my favorites, and as expected, I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this book. I love these characters and the world Maas has built, and with each book, I get a little bit more invested.

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RELEASE DATE: September 27th

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy… and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting.

After reading Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound, Rosamund Hodge has created a special place in my heart. She creates characters that stick with you, and brilliant worlds. I will definitely read anything she writes, and I am so excited to read this Romeo and Juliet retelling.

*DON’T READ THE NEXT SYNOPSIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE REMNANT (KISS OF DECEPTION) SERIES*

BEAUTY OF DARKNESS

RELEASE DATE: August 2nd

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

I am SO excited to dig into this one! I have absolutely adored this series, and while I’m sad to see it end, I’m dying to see how it ends for Lia and our assassin and prince.

SWEAR ON THIS LIFE

RELEASE DATE: August 9th

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

First off, THIS COVER IS GORGEOUS! More than this though, it sounds so interesting. I love books with romance as is, but this one has a little something extra that I can’t wait to dive into.

UNKNOWN

RELEASE DATE: August 16th

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

Wendy Higgins is a favorite of mine, and I cant wait to see what this new New Adult series has to offer. She always writes fantastic characters that you fall in love with, and the plots she creates are so creative, I’m just so pumped.

HEARTLESS

RELEASE DATE: November 8th

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

This sounds SO GOOD. Marissa Meyer has never disappointed me, and I’m pretty sure that this one will be no exception. After absolutely loving the Lunar Chronicles, I will definitely be a loyal reader. The Queen of Hearts has always been an interested me, and if anyone can handle telling her story, it’s Marissa.

EVER THE HUNTED

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have this gem. First of all, this cover is BEAUTIFUL. Cover aside though, it sounds so interesting! Fantasy books always make me excited, and after reading the synopsis for it, curling up with it in December sounds like a treat.

That’s all I’ve got for y’all today! There are so many wonderful releases coming out in the coming months, and I can’t wait to read as many of them as I can get my hands on. What books are you excited for? I’d love to hear about some other new releases that are coming out soon, so please, please share!

Happy Reading!

Taylor

BEST BOOKS OF 2015

Hello lovelies! Today I have a very special post to share. Since 2015 is over and I’ve had some time to digest all of the books I have read this year, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorites for the year. Instead of doing a “Top 15 for 2015” though, I’m going to be doing it a little different. I’m not sure how many of you follow Booktube, but Kat from Katytastic, she is amazing, you should go watch some of her videos, but she did a video like this (you can see it here)! I thought it was such a good idea, and since I just couldn’t decide on a regular favorites video, this seemed to be a great idea.

*Disclaimer: Instead of only doing books published in 2015, I’m going to do books a mixture of new releases and books I happened to read in 2015. With this I’ll have more wiggle room, and I’ll be able to make sure I pick books that really are my favorites!*

BEST NEW SERIES: This is going to have to go to Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road series! This year Nowhere but Here came out, and I absolutely adored it. The book was cute and adorable, but it had a certain edge to it that I really loved. The characters were real and unique, and they really worked for what they wanted which was really great to see. Both had to work through life in this novel, and while doing that, you see them slowly begin to rely on one another, which was just  so wonderful. This was actually my first Katie Mcgarry book, and after it, I immediately had to pick up some of the books from her Pushing the Limits series. All in all, I have really high hopes for the next book, which comes out in May, following a different set of characters that we met in the first book.

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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.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

BEST SEQUEL/ADDITION IN A SERIES: My favorite sequel this year truthfully isn’t a sequel, its more so a companion novel, but I’m using it anyway. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge was the second book in the Cruel Beauty series, and I absolutely thought it was phenomenal. The characters were awesome and witty, and the whole retelling of Little Red Ridinghood was extremely well done. The plot line in this book was so well thought out and totally crazy,  and it continued to impress and surprise me the entire way though. I’m not sure if there is going to be a third installment in this series, and at the moment there isn’t one listed on Goodreads, but if another one is released, you better believe it’s going to end up in my hands.

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When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

BEST SERIES FINALE: I completed a lot of series this year, so this particular question was really hard for me to decide on, but after some consideration, I just couldn’t give it to any other book. Winter, the final installment in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles totally rocked my socks off. The book was really long, but we were able to spend a lot of time with every character, and the entire book was spent wrapping up all of the little storylines that had been created through the first three books. I read the entire series this year, and I am so happy I decided to pick it up. The characters were all great to read about, I loved the amazing story Marissa weaved, and I definitely don’t regret picking it up at all.

WINTER

*SPOILERS* IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE OTHER ONES DON’T READ THE SYNOPSIS, INSTEAD GO PICK UP CINDER, SCARLET, AND CRESS, THEN COME BACK. 🙂

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL: I know I said picking my favorite series was hard, but I lied, this was way harder. This year, I took my first major plunge into contemporary, and let me tell ya, I read SO many amazing contemporary novels. For me to talk about a lot of them, I would have to do a separate post, which I may totally do now that I think about it. After arguing with myself for a solid thirty minutes, I finally decided to give this category to Confess, by Colleen Hoover. Confess was one of the most beautiful, wonderful, amazing books I’ve read, maybe ever. The story was so great and I absolutely adored the main two characters. This is a book that I finished, and immediately wanted to pick up and dive into again, like right then. Colleen Hoover has quickly become one of my favorite, if not my favorite author, and to be honest, this category was going to go to one of her books no matter what, it was mainly the issue of deciding which one.

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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

BEST FANTASY NOVEL: SO MANY HARD QUESTIONS. I read a ton of fantasy this year, most of which was really good. I have such a soft side for fantasy, and I find myself always returning to it. The best fantasy novel that I picked up this year definitely goes to Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas though! Everyone raves about this series, and I’m so mad at myself for waiting so long to pick this book up, because it is absolutely amazing! I loved all of the characters and the entire story was just so wonderful, I just can’t. After reading this, I’m definitely convinced that this year I’m going to catch myself up so I can pick up the latest installment in September.

THORNE

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

BEST NOT YA BOOK: The book I selected for this topic is a New Adult book, which has become one of my favorite genres. Since I am in college, I don’t always have time to sit down and read a book that requires a lot of dedication, and I’ve found that new adult contemporaries, specifically ones with romance seem to fit the ticket. The best one I read this year was more so on the heavy side of the spectrum, but it was wonderful all the same. A Lover’s Lament, by K.L. Grayson and B.T. Urruela was a book that absolutely moved me. It follows a set of characters that reconnect years later, and try to figure out how to get through life. This novel also deals with a main character in the military, and the constant struggle he goes through daily with his work. I found this book to be so poignant and beautiful, and to be honest I cried multiple times through the book because it was just so emotional.

LAMENT

In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.

In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.

I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.

Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.

But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?
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I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.

These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.

The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.

I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.

A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.

BEST DEBUT NOVEL: The Wrath and the Dawn definitely wins this category. Retellings always seem to appeal to me, and this one was no different! I absolutely adored this book, and this story just made my heart so so happy. The entire story was so brilliant, and on top of that, the characters developed so beautifully. The romance in this book was so adorable, and the way it ended killed me a little on the inside. It was also a really unique spin on the original story, and it was just so well executed, which made me really happy especially since its a debut!

WRATHIn a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

MOST BEAUTIFUL COVER: One of the most beautiful covers I saw this year definitely belonged to  First & Then by Emma Mills. This book was a Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights story, and I LOVED IT. It was so adorable, and the characters were all so unique and special. There was a lot of development going on in such a short span of time, and the plot line of this book definitely scored a touchdown in my book. (See what I did there?) On the actually subject of cover, this one is so stunning. The colors are so vibrant, and there is definitely a special surprise hidden under the dust jacket which I always really love.

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Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

MOST DISAPPOINTING BOOK: I read a lot of good books, but there were also some that I really had high hopes for, and they just ended up falling a little short. The one that seems to stick out to me the most is Catching Jordan, by Miranda Kenneally. This book had a really awesome premise, and I loved that the main girl character played football and was really a nontraditional female heroine, but the main thing that I struggled with was the way certain things were handled by the characters. There were multiple times were I found myself shaking my head at the main characters because of some of the choices they made. That being said though, I did find this book entertaining and there were some good underly messages that I enjoyed.

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ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

RUNNER-UP: When deciding on my favorite, I was able to narrow it down to two, but I didn’t want to leave one out because they were so very close. The authors of both are already on this list once, but I just enjoyed them so much I had to mention it. My second favorite book of 2015 has to go to Colleen Hoover’s November 9. I absolutely fell in love with this book, and if you want to hear some more details, I definitely did a review on it. The book was just so heart wrenching and beautiful and great, and AH. You really really  just need to pick it up so you can understand all the feelings.

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Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

FAVORITE BOOK OF 2015: So the book that wins this category has an author that has already been mentioned, but this book is just too great to not get recognition. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas, was my favorite book of the year, and maybe one of my favorite books ever. There was honestly not a thing about this book that I didn’t love, and I seriously couldn’t put it down. Its such a slow wait for the next one, and May needs to hustle up!

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

That’s all I have for you today! I have read some really wonderful books recently, and I would love to hear what you guys thought about some of the ones I mentioned. You should also tell me about your answers to some of these topics! I hope you have a really wonderful weekend, I’ll be back in a few days with an equally exciting, at least for me, post so if your interested stay tuned!

Much Love,

Taylor

 

 

BALANCING READING AND COLLEGE: TIPS

Hey everyone!

I hope you are all having a great week, today I have an exciting post for you. I’m going to try and give you some tips and tricks that I have used to try and fit some reading every day. I definitely don’t have a fool proof system, but it works out well for the most part, I can’t wait to share it with you!

1. Read at the same time everyday, schedules are so helpful.

For me, if I set aside a certain amount of time to read, normally right before bed, I tend to stick with it. I normally read until I’m tired, and then I put my book away so I can sleep. For this to work, you have to pick a time that works best for you, so whether its between classes or after lunch, create a plan that works for you!

2. If you’re studying, take breaks, and if you want, read!

This is my new favorite method! When I’m studying I will study for 40 minutes, then read for 20. I tend to focus better because I’m able to focus on my studying, and then I am able to take a mental break and do what ever I want. For this tip, it can apply to anything, so if you want to watch Netflix for a break, go for it. 

3. Pick books that are easier and don’t require a ton of brain power.

My new favorite genre to read since I’ve gotten to college is new adult, because it requires limited to no effort. As much as I would love to read a super long fantasy book, it’s too hard for me to dedicate  enough effort and time to a book that requires a decent amount of thought. As of now, I’m going to dedicate my breaks and summers to some of the books that I want to read but also want to fully appreciate.

4. Keep a book handy.

No matter where you’re headed, always take a book with you. If there is always one with you and you have some spare time, you can just whip it out and read some!

5. If you don’t feel like reading, don’t make yourself.

This is the most important rule of all! If you don’t feel like reading, please, please don’t force it. You don’t want to make something you enjoy a chore, and if you are constantly forcing it, you could ruin it for yourself. Sometimes I feel like watching movies, so when I do, that exactly what I do. It’s important to use your free time in a way that makes you happy, and the more you force it, the less happy you will feel.

I hope these are so, so helpful, and happy reading!

Taylor

NOVEMBER 2015: MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Today I’m going to be sharing my top five most anticipated releases for November, which starts tomorrow! These past few months have flown by, and I can’t believe that it’s already almost November! So without further ado, here are the books that I can’t wait to read next month!

1. November 9: Colleen Hoover

november 9Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

So I know I did an entirely separate post on this book, but a most anticipated list wouldn’t be completed without it!

2. Winter: Marissa Meyer *FINAL BOOK IN LUNAR CHRONICLES SPOILERS AHEAD (SYNOPSIS)*

winterPrincess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

I absolutely loved this series, and I can’t wait to see how everything wraps up for all of these great characters!

3. The Revolution of Ivy: Amy Engel *FINAL BOOK SYNOPSIS SPOILERS*

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Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this one and find out what is gouging to happen to Ivy and Bishop!

4. Ten Thousand Skies Above You: Claudia Gray *SEQUEL SYNOPSIS (I’M SORRY)*

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Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above Youfeatures Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

The whole premise behind this series is so great, and the gorgeous cover aside, I can’t wait to see what happens with this set of characters.

5. Cam Girl: Leah Raeder

cam girlVada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:

Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

This one is so intriguing! I stumbled upon this one, and the synopsis is so entirely different, I can wait to see what how it plays out!

There you have it, my top five! I would love to know what you’re anticipating, please share it with me in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Taylor

FALL TIME COZY BOOK TAG

I’m very excited about todays post! I saw the video version on Peruse Project’s channel, and I loved it. Fall is my favorite season, so what better way to celebrate the leaves changing colors than with a post completely inspired by this beautiful time of year? Let’s get going, I’m so excited to share this with you all!

1. Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color, choose a book that has reds, oranges, and yellows on the cover.

OTLLivie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

I absolutely loved this book, it was so fantastic, truthfully, I’m dying to reread it already! The cover just happens to have some of the prettiest leaves I’ve ever seen on a book. It may not be all red, orange, and yellow, but it definitely reminds me of autumn in the best way.

2. Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm, cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

IMG_1021“ONCE UPON A TIME” IS TIMELESS.

Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Pennington is accustomed to a very comfortable life. Although war rages abroad, she hardly feels its effect. She and her mother travel from their home in Britain to the family estate in Belgium, never imagining that the war could reach them there. But it does.

Soon Emma finds herself stranded in a war-torn country, utterly alone. Enemy troops fight to take over her estate, leaving her with no way to reach her family, and no way out.

With all of her attention focused on survival and escape, Emma hardly expects to find love. But the war will teach her that life is unpredictable, people aren’t always what they seem, and magic is lurking everywhere.

To be honest, I can’t even tell you how many times I have read this book. It’s in between the middle grade and young adult age group, but I love it all the same. It definitely always makes me feel cozy and happy, and it has been a comfort to me since I picked it up years ago.

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

cobWhen fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

So you probably have heard of the Mortal Instruments, and if you haven’t picked them up, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? It’s so good, and after you read it, you can read the Infernal Devices series, and you’re going to be set for a while. Since we’re here, my favorite genre for storms is either something with a fantasy element, or a romance aspect. Recently I’ve been leaning toward romance, but I think it’s because I’m so busy, and I don’t really have the time to get really into a new fantasy world, which sucks. When I do have time to though, I will definitely dive into some new worlds.

4. Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

IMG_5764When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Feyre is such a badass, and I love her as a character. She is such a strong willed character, and I think that switching shoes with her (especially if Tamlin is around), would be so cool. On top of the awesome plot line, the world that Maas has created is awesome, and I loved it.

5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

ill meet youIf seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

When this book came out, there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but after it had been out for a while, I’ve heard little to nothing about it. This book is so fantastic, and I love it so so much, I definitely think that more people should pick it up, and it is so worth your time!

6. Coat, Scarf, and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you’d like to keep hidden in public?

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Everything’s coming together for budding fashion designer Carolina Preston. Only months away from having her own line, she could use some publicity. That’s when her brother suggests his best friend as a model – hockey player Drew Hogan.

Carolina and Drew already have a history – a hot one, back in college. Unforgettable for Carolina, but for Drew, just another slap shot. This time, though, it’s different. His perfect body would be for professional use only. This time, she could use him.

Drew is all for it. He’s looking forward to the exposure. Plus, it would give him a chance to prove to Carolina that he’s changed. If only he could thaw her emotions, convince her to let down her guard – and let him in just one more time…

So this book has a cover that is a little weird to show off in public. It’s definitely a steamy read, and I really liked it but reading a book with a half naked man and a eight pack front and center means that its more of a “read at home” kind of book. This book is definitely for older audiences, but if you’re in the right age group, and you like romance, you should definitely give this one a whirl!

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comfort food(s)?

My very favorite thing to eat in autumn is a bowl of soup. I don’t know what it is about the weather starting to get chilly, but I just want to curl up and eat something that makes me feel warm and happy on the inside, and soup is a pretty great way for me to get in the fall mood!

So that is all I have for you guys! If you have done this tag, please link it for me in the comment section, I would love to see some of your picks. If you haven’t, I tag you! This is a great way to get in the seasonal spirit, and I would love to see what you guys think!

Happy Reading!

Taylor

COLLEGE + READING

So I decided because I haven’t really done any ‘what I’ve read’ updates, that today, I would tell you what I have read since I’ve gotten to college. It’s really not a ton, but I have loved everything I’ve read, and I truly recommend them!

1. Making Faces: Amy Harmon // 5 out of 5 

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Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

I LOVED this one! It was so fantastic and moving, and at times, it had me in tears. It has such a fantastic message, and i highly, highly recommend it. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but the characters were so extremely well done. I loved each and everyone, and I fond myself cheering them all on constantly. After finishing it, I was honestly  in a mini reading slump, which is a rarity for me.

2. Lux Beginnings: Opal and Onyx: Jennifer L. Armentrout // 4.5 out of 5

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There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot… until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

So this is a bind-up of the first two books in the Lux series, both of which were fantastic! Above I just included the first book synopsis, because I don’t want to spoil anything. I had heard such fantastic things about all of J. Lynn’s books, and so when I finally got to dive in I was so excited, and I was definitely not disappointed. This book was such a fun, fast-paced read!

3. Pushing the Limits: Katie McGarry // 5 out of 5

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So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Pushing the Limits was so fantastic. This is the third Katie McGarry books I’ve read, and she is quickly gaining ground as one of my favorites. She has a knack for writing these storylines that are so well connected and heart wrenching. The characters are complex, which I adore, and she has yet to let me down.

4. The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden: Jessica Sorenson // 5 out of 5

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For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck — and his life — might finally end… until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved…

This was another fantastically well done new adult book. The characters were raw and emotional, and while reading this one, I wanted them to be so completely happy. This ended on a massive cliff hanger, which leads us to the next book I so obviously had to pick up…

5. The Redemption of Callie and Kayden: Jessica Sorenson // 4 out of 5

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I’m not going to post a synopsis because spoilers, but if you want to check it out, click here.

I enjoyed this, and I thought it was a fantastic conclusion. I did not enjoy it near as much as the first book, but as a whole, I was extremely satisfied with the way this story wrapped up. I think there may be a third book out for Callie and Kayden, which I will definitely pick up sometime in the near future!

6 (or 6, 7 and 8). The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy Bind-up: Jenny Han // 4.5 out of 5

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Belly has always lived for the summertime because it means all her favorite things – swimming, the beach and the Fisher boys: Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent every summer of her life with them at Cousins Beach. All the while Belly has loved Conrad from afar, until finally, one fateful summer, it seems like he might feel something for her, too. But as it turns out, so does Jeremiah.
As the summers go on, Belly must choose between the two brothers and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.

This was quite the adventure. Although this book is romantic, it is so much more. The characters have families that they love, and that play a huge part in the entire trilogy. Jenny Han definitely made me cry a few times, but honestly, it was so worth it. She managed to take a story that could have been done strictly romance based, and turned it into something that was so much more powerful and wonderful.

7. The White Rose: Amy Ewing // 3.5 out of 5

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Since this a sequel, this is the synopsis for the first book in this trilogy, The Jewel.

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.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

While I did enjoy this one, I didn’t enjoy it near as much as I enjoyed The Jewel. The plot was extremely slow to start, and while it did pick up near the end, it wasn’t quite enough to make up for the rest of the time. I will be continuing on when the third and finally book comes out next fall, and I am interested and invested in the story and the characters enough so that I am pretty dang excited for it!

8. The Edge of Never: J. A. Redmerski // 4 out of 5

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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

 I really enjoyed this one, it wasn’t my favorite, but it was still great and entertaining. There are some super sweet moments between Andrew and Camryn, and seeing how far Camryn comes over the course of the novel was fantastic. There is a huge plot twist, which was… WOAH AND SO CRAZY SCARY. I was so completely shocked, and I will definitely be picking up the second one very soon!

9. Ten Tiny Breaths: K. A. Tucker // 5 out of 5

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Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

So there is about to be some serious gushing because I LOVED THIS BOOK. K. A. Tucker is seriously gaining ground as one of my favorite authors, and this book has made it so hard to pick out a favorite. Trent and Kacey are seriously one of the strongest couple I’ve ever read about. They both have been through so much, and seeing them fight and work was so beautifully done. I have read the other three books in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and I plan on picking up the Burying Waters series as soon as I have a spare minute.

10. Five Ways to Fall: K. A. Tucker // 5 out of 5

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Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

Since I already have a review up for this, and I just freaked out over my love for K. A. Tucker, I’m just going to tell you that I loved this book. It was fantastic, andI just don’t even really know how to express my love in words for this series.

I hope you enjoyed this little update! I know I haven’t really read a ton, but since I am in college I hope you can forgive me. I’m still trying to adjust and get into a schedule that allows for reading. I think I have finally got a general plan picked out, but I’m still learning and trying to adjust and figure it out.

Happy Reading!

Taylor