Thursday, 30 June 2016

Let's Chat: 2016

Accurate depiction of my 2016



So, it's the, "Oh My God I can't believe it's July; where has the year gone?", mid-point of the year. Wherein I start looking back on all the shit I didn't get done and thinking there's always next year. Apparently, six months may as well stand in as the full year because I'm that kind of person. Time goes by super quickly, so why not speed it up and pretend like there's no difference between getting that shit down in six months or a year.

That's not what we're here to chat about, so random, pointless tangent aside. I want to discuss my year so far in blogging and reviewing. To put it plainly, this year has sucked. And it's pretty obvious that my mood and personal goings on(or lack thereof) have affected my desire to post regularly or by any kind of schedule. For the most part, my Weekly Wrap-Ups that go up on Saturdays are the only for sure post.  

Like I said, my mood is 100% to blame. We're not going into details, but technically I've been unemployed for almost a year. So the stress and everything else that comes along with not working is, of course, going spill over into other aspects of my life. A major side effect that comes with being unemployed? Laziness. Let's face it, I have all the time in the world to blog. In theory, I should have a post up every day. But that's not how it goes. My brain is mush. Writing a review is hard. Firstly, it takes me forever(the internet does have some blame in this because distractions). And from there I just don't have the words and opinions forming in any logical or thought-out sentences. Seriously, it takes me minutes to come up with words that aren't, so, and , or but. Honestly, that's a little embarrassing. And also makes me hate writing a review. Only one review comes to mind that I wrote out in a few minutes with no thought at all. Mostly it was me fangirling, but still(A Court of Mist and Fury, for those wondering). 


Me thinking about writing a review

Obviously, I could just take some time away from the blog; and with my irregular posting, it may seem like I'm already doing that. I have thought of just taking a month to not worry about my little piece of the interwebs. But I can't seem to actually just flat out stay away. One, I'm still requesting ARC's(I can't not, it's impossible, I want all the shiny books in my grabby hands). So that means things that need reviewing. And secondly, I get anxious with that thought. At least getting a post up a week is something. I'm still kind of active and around and being social and loving you guys. 

I get posts planned. I have the thought to write that review that needs writing. I have a dozen half written reviews and TAGS and other type posts sitting there in that draft folder. And unfortunately, that's where some of them will sit. I've come to the realization that I need to be okay with the number of posts I get out. I need to not force myself to write a review I'm not feeling. This year is stupid, and the only one judging my ability to blog is me. Let's face it, at least when I get a review posted we know it ain't going to be short because well this "chat" be some solid evidence. 

Have some Legolas because he's pretty

All in all, I'm just saying that I know my 2016 blogging year, thus far, has been sporadic. And I'm going to go ahead and forecast that the next few months, at least, will follow the same suit. It is what it is, and I'm trying not to add extra stress and anxiety to my already unemployed stressed out self. I enjoy blogging, it's a hobby that I don't want to make into a chore.

Reading wise we all know isn't suffering. My reading mood is.... interesting. It's the normal NA and romance. But I'd actually be very happy strictly re-reading. More than a quarter of the books I've read this year have been re-reads. It's what I'm craving and feeling. So why deny myself getting reacquainted with some of my favourite romance novels and couples? Well, I'm clearly not.

How I feel re-reading a favourite book


You guys feel my long rant? How's your 2016 been? Let's chat below.

Happy reading!

Brittany

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: I've Changed My Mind

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


This week's topic is: A free week; so I decided to go back and do the prompt from May 24th, "Books I feel differently about after time has passed".



Opinion Lowered

Queen of Shadows: Here's the thing, Throne of Glass was my favourite series, until this book. I inhale read Queen of Shadows as soon as it came out. I walked into my bookstore at opening and read, stopping for nothing. I had reactions well reading. I finished, gave it a 5* and wrote a praise-filled review on Goodreads. Went to sleep. Then I woke up, having had the book sit for so many hours I started to realize how mad I was. And I just kept getting madder and madder. And come to realize that I pretty much hate the book. Even 10 months later I'm still angry. Maas took everything I loved and wanted from the series and destroyed it. So that review I have for Queen of Shadows is false. But I like keeping it around to remind me of the few hours I believed I loved that book.

Ruin and Rising: Again, love The Grisha Trilogy and this was another situation where after some time I came to realize how unhappy I was with this finale. What really did it was that my pre-order shipped about two weeks before release date. So I read Ruin and Rising before anybody; that I knew of. Then the day comes where I can actually discuss the book, my friends had read it, and nothing out of my mouth was positive. That's when I had that huh moment. I was actually pretty pissed off with Bardugo for taking the easy way out and not being brave enough. You can probably guess my two biggest issues; hint, I hated Mal from the get-go and loved The Darkling. But much more than that.

Confess: Colleen Hoover is the queen. I eat up her books like I'm starving for some excellent fiction. So I think this was a case of being blind until I close the book. I like Confess, it just isn't my favourite of CoHo's books. After some time had passed, I realized I wasn't thinking about the story or missing it like I usually do. So I had a quick think and yea, Auburn is a massive idiot who needed to grow a backbone. There was a major case of insta-love that not even close to being believable. Ultimately, I have no desire to ever reread it, and if you know me that's really saying something. 

Losing It: This is a case of just realizing there's better out there. Losing It was one of the first NA's I read years ago. And I finally did a reread the other day, for the first time. I still like it. It's fun, cute and enjoyable. But I've massively expanded my NA repertoire these past few years; this includes reading a lot more from Cora Carmack, she's a favourite author of mine. Losing It just hasn't stood the test of time. It's good but not as good as I thought 2-3 years ago. I also know Cora has better books out there.

Twlight: Surprise surprise. Obviously not. What's there really to be said? I still appreciate Twilight for introducing me into the YA genre. But c'mon, it's not the masterpiece I once believed it to be. In fact, it's highly problematic in a lot of  places. So yes, as I've explored and changed as a reader over all these years, Twilight has lost some of what it once was to me. It's not great, and I know that now. But it will always hold a special place in my reader heart.

Opinion Raised

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: I'm not sure if I underappreciated DoSaB when I first read it years ago or if by rereading it recently via audio enhanced my reading experience(the narrator is brilliant). Either way, I changed my rating from a 3 to a 4.5 because this book/series is gold. Sorry, it took me years to figure that out.

The Martian: Watching the movie last year, which I think is on point, brought book feelings forward. Mainly I figured out that the book is even more clever and funny. The movie skipped a few things but also for it to be that good it had to come from great material. So pretty much the movie made me appreciate the book even more; which is some how possible.

Allegiant: Here's a controversial one. Yes, I'm in the minority here; I loved Allegiant. And honestly, after years of it continuously being bashed, I just want to love it even more. I appreciate where Roth took the story. I like the dual POV. And no, I didn't find them to be too similar. Yup, I'm still heartbroken, but also I think that scene made perfect sense and kudos to Roth being brave enough to write her book the way she wanted to.

A Court of Mist and Fury: This might be cheating a little because I don't really think my love for this book can get any bigger. But it's almost been two months and I've yet to go a day without thinking about the glorious epicness that is this GAME CHANGING masterpiece. Best chapter 55 in the history of chapter 55's.

Krista & Becca Ritchie: With every book throughout The Addicted/Calloway Sisters series that I read I gained more and more respect and love for what these twin goddesses were giving me; writing. Their stories are brilliant. Their characters even more so. And becoming a fan of them as authors and people through their books and online presence, well my love for them grows all the time. I want them to succeed so much with every new venture their announce. They deserve so much. I adore them and that grows exceptionally all the time.


Agree or disagree with any of these? Hook up your TTT's below!

Happy reading!

Brittany

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Haulin' the Books #103

 Friends, it has been too long. In fact, I'm assuming at least six weeks since I've posted a book haul. You can probably guess that there's been thousands of books piling up in that time. You wouldn't be wrong. Whatever. The book bloggers job is to acquire as many books as possible, right? If a job means spending all your money on books and not getting paid in return. That's straight from Webster's. #truestory
Outside of books, which I very rarely venture far from, I am still unemployed and you can imagine that I am stressed to the max. I'll spare all the details, but why can't bills pay themselves without my money? What is this life? Also, 2016 is the year of babies. Not from, thank God. #childrenarescary A lot of my friends are producing these little beings. And hey, I'll even be related to one, as my little brother is going to be a dad. #horrifying #illbethecoolestaunt
In other news, I apparently only talk in hashtags. #sendhelp


Purchased
The good news? All these pretties I've read. Let's just take a minute to drool over The Raven King. I want that print on my wall. Wanderlost, Summer of Sloane, The Way Back to You are all great contemps to add to your summer reading. Highly recommend. All In is the third book in an amazing and truly underrated series. Think Criminal Minds for YA. Read that series, you will not regret it. I grabbed a second/different edition of The Last Letter From Your Lover because of reasons. But also because it's my second favourite of Moyes books. Always With Love is the fourth book by Fletcher, whom easily become a new favourite author of mine when I discovered her last year.


My Lady JaneThe Problem With ForeverStarsThe Unexpected EverythingLady Midnight
Yes, I've had a JLA book for over a month and haven't read it. #dontwanttotalkaboutit  I have started both My Lady Jane and The Unexpected Everything. I had to put MLJ down because review books took over, but was loving the small bit I read. TUE I was not feeling. I'll eventually get back to it. At the beginning of the year, I decided I wanted to acquire and read a whole bunch of Peter Pan retellings. So I can then do a few weeks or month here on the blog dedicated to them. Stars fits that want. Oh, Lady Midnight. I pre-ordered it late last year and as the release date got closer I stopped caring. At this point, I really have no desire to pick it up. Even becoming pure trash for the Mortal Instruments show isn't helping. 

Kindle Purchased
Until November (Until, #1)This Ordinary LifeLast Will and Testament (Radleigh University, #1)Status Update (#gaymers, #1)

For Review: ARCs

All the FeelsThe Vanishing Throne
Thanks so much to Raincoast for sending these my way.

For Review: e-ARCs


Gifted

Clockwork Princess
Samantha went to a Cassandra Clare signing and because she's amazing, she got my favourite book of Clare's signed. Well, Samantha bought the new pretty new edition and got that signed for me. So now I have two copies of one of my favourite books/series enders. Also, because Samantha spoils me, she sent me some HP goodies and a bookmark. <3 <3 <3


What books have you guys been picking up lately?

Happy reading!

Brittany


Saturday, 18 June 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up June 11th-18th


This week I managed to finish five books. Three physical books; one for review. Two e-books; one being a re-read.


Always with Love(Billy & Me #2) by Giovanna Fletcher ****
Just like Billy and Me, Always with Love is utterly sweet and charming. I was so happy to know that we were getting more of Sophie and Billy's story. Yea, I didn't love it as much as Billy and Me, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Sophie and Billy spend quite a bit of the book apart. Being on different continents is hard. Both characters are equally frustrated. Which sucks. So well Sophie and Billy's relationship had its highs and lows, Sophie had a lot of time to really figure out what she wanted aside from Billy. So I saw Always with Love as more of a book focused on Sophie as an individual. Her hopes and dreams were more prominent. I do have to say that I was a little miffed that from 400 pages Billy and Sophie are only together about a quarter of that. Definitely less than half. I know. I know, Sophie being happy with herself is more important and the key to being happy with Billy. But c'mon, gimmie the romance! I do hope we get one final novella though. The last ten pages were so rushed. All discussions and conflicts between Sophie and Billy were left until then and I'm not sure it completely satisfied me. I think a novella of a certain event would do wonders to really wrap up their story. Overall, I love Fletcher's books and Always with Love didn't disappoint. 

All the Feels by Danika Stone ****
Find the review here.

The Falconer(The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May ****
Find the review here.

Dearest Clementine(Dearest #1) by Lex Martin ****.4(re-read)
Still just as good the second time. I love Clementine(and Gavin).

Finding Dandelion(Dearest #2) by Lex Martin ***
This is a story that's been told a billion and one times. And yea, romance is known to not be on the super creative side, but after finding Dearest Clementine refreshing a pure charm, Finding Dandelion just didn't come close to giving me those Clementine feels. Really that falls on the two leads shoulders. Dani, I liked for the most part. But she's also easily forgettable as in she's nothing different. Jax, on the other hand, is a clueless rich asshole. I understand growing up the way he did can leave its mark. But whatever, that doesn't negate his less than charming ways. And the sad part is that Dani would let them slide. Jax was always forgiven(until the obvious blow up). So well I had issues with Dani and Jax, the book is still readable and for the most part enjoyable. 




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What did you guys read this week?

Happy reading!

Brittany

Friday, 17 June 2016

To All the Books I Failed to Review #2

Well, it looks like it's time for another one of these. I haven't been sitting on these books for long, but they definitely need to be reviewed and let's face it me=lazy. Soooooo let's just get these lovely books reviewed already.



The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 378
Series: The Falconer #1
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4/5

Well, colour me surprised. I thought I was going into some kind of Scottish based fantasy story, and well that's sort of true, The Falconer was much more. Seriously, it's a historical set in Scotland with steampunk elements and a bunch of nasty fae trying to kill the humans. Enter our heroine, Aileana. After witnessing her mother's death, she's out for revenge; killing fae, training so she can prepare herself to eventually destroy the fae that murdered her mother. Aileana is fierce. She's becoming this strong defender, totally unafraid of what she knows she has to do. Well in that aspect of her life, in the one that public sees Aileana is a Lady and certain things are expected from a Lady. Aileana doesn't want to conform to societies expectations and rules. Aileana doesn't want to marry and she certainly doesn't want to answer to any man. Fortunately, Aileana is smart enough to know that she must act the part of a Lady, though. Especially when Aileana realizes there's more to her mother's death and what it means for herself. Aileana has a few complicated relationships, the main one being with her mentor, Kiaran. Being an immortal male fae, you can assume he has the broody secretive attitude down to a science, and you'd be right. Kiaran is frustrating in his want to see Aileana develop with as little help as possible.  Although Aileana and Kiaran form a strong bond through all their arguing and banter. I was pleasantly pleased with how their relationship developed. Thankfully there is also a strong female friendship between Aileana and Catherine. One that doesn't get pushed to the side. Add in her other childhood friend Gavin, who returns to Scotland with a secret of his own, but shows his worth in how much he cares for Aileana in a very platonic way. And there's Derrick. Oh man, a drunk on the honey little pixie. He's Aileana's sidekick and little protector all rolled into one feisty little package. Honestly, I thought the ending was going to be super predictable, thankfully I was proven wrong. And also very happy to have the sequel in hand because major cliffhanger! Which I think sets up for what should be a spectacular second book.
As a side note: Fans of JLA's Wicked should definitely check The Falconer out. It has a lot of the same elements.


The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
Publisher:
Littel Brown Books
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 352
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 4/5
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Death is something I, thankfully, do not have a lot of experience with. I have not lost anyone close to me. I've been to funerals and have seen friends and family grieve. But for me, it's that emotion and thing I don't know how to handle very well. I'm awkward as hell and will probably be the asshole that laughs because I don't know what to with myself in this situation. In that way, I totally connected with and understood Maddie. Although she's more afraid of death. Maddie pretty much wants to pretend it doesn't happen. Which you know is kind of hard when her Grandmother books the family of what is essentially a death cruise. I think The Loose Ends List is going to be hit or miss for readers. Not only is death a very prominent subject throughout the story, it's also a book full of ridiculous characters and dark humour. Which the latter two or totally my things. And the whole death and dying thing is not as depressing as it could have been. There were tears and emotions, but I felt like Carrie Firestone kept it as light as possible and more about living life to the fullest. It's all about firsts and lasts. I liked that the focus wasn't the romance between Maddie and Enzo(even though I enjoyed their romance, their connection and where their relationship went) but on the family. And the O'Neil clan is an interesting bunch. There seem to be no boundaries between them, uncle, brother, parents, Gram, cousin; everyone's in each others business. Maddie will pretend she's put out by it, but in that's a lie, she loves how close they are in all their weirdness. Gram is the star of the show. What a women. She doesn't take any shit, she's hilarious and worldly, with stories from a full life. If nothing else, reading The Loose Ends List and meeting Gram was so worth it. Add in all the other guests on the ship, who are all full of personalities and stories Maddie comes to love too. This is a book for the character driven reader. The Loose Ends List is funny and emotional, with that spark of something different. I cannot wait to see what Firestone comes up with next.


The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: 368
Series: The Witch Hunter #2
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 4/5
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What this series has done wonderfully is cut out all the mundane, drawn-out bits that can make me a pissed off reader. You know the plot devices that will push the story forward in the most annoying way? Well, The King Slayer is the second and last book, thus making this a duology. Which means there isn't the time for all the crap. Instead, the story and characters move forward quickly and I loved it. The world is not overly complex, There's magic in a historical type fantasy world. And after the events of The Witch Hunter Elizabeth, John and the gang are left to start building a revolution. The bad guys don't give them much time to do so. Elizabeth's only problem isn't Harrow being attacked; there's the fact that the residents aren't so accepting and trusting of an ex-witch hunter. Even with John and Nick's backing. The biggest problem, though? Apparently saving John's life is coming at an even biggest cost than expected. It's taking a toll on their relationship, both are feeling resentment, keeping secrets well wanting to be the one that saves the other from certain death. It's really quite dramatic, but in a good and feeling way. The hardest part was seeing John's nice and sweet personality take an 180. Elizabeth had to some things that were near impossible, like the possibility of losing John's love. But I agreed that she had to do them to try and save his life. I saw their struggles and fall out as a side effect of the dark war looming. And although I wanted an immediate reconciliation it was more realistic how their relationship had to learn to trust again. Don't worry there's still some swoon because John. The characters are certainly what this series does best. From Fifer, Schuyler, Nick, Peter the Pirate, George and a few new faces in The King Slayer they're all fantastic and add so much to the story.
Although I didn't find the series to be totally original at its core, the good magicians trying to overthrow the evil magicians(or those that oppose magic), the elements, like the marks the witch hunters received and how that spiraled out to create a bigger plot point then I expected. Which in turn lead to an intense conflict and a few jaw dropping moments amongst all the magically fighting.
I truly enjoyed this finale. It wrapped everything up in a most satisfying way. There were some predictable moments and some that shocked me, which I believe is on point for a good finale. The King Slayer is fun and magical and a real treat for anyone looking for a quick character filled series with witches.




Happy reading!

Brittany

Monday, 13 June 2016

All the Feels Blog Tour: Author Post + Review + Giveaway


Hello friends. Today I have the lovely Danika Stone, author of All the Feels stopping by. Danika's book is about college freshman Liv, and her life being heavily involved in a fandom. Here's Danika's story on how she first became a fangirl.


Losing a Beloved Character: The Making of a Fangirl

2009 was a difficult year for me. My father had died that spring, and I was deep into my post-graduate studies. My joy for literature had disappeared. I couldn’t make myself write anything I liked, let along find the passion I’d once had for storytelling. The combination of personal and professional stresses left me desperate for distraction.

Seeing me struggling, my husband suggested we start watching Battlestar Galactica, a scifi series that had been on our ‘must-watch’ list for many years. With little expectation, we started the miniseries.

And just like that, my fangirl brain ENGAGED.


I don’t know what it was about the miniseries that captured my attention so much, but once I was hooked, there was no going back. The characters, in a post-apocalyptic battle with humanoid robots called Cylons, were real and flawed. Their struggles were so much more than mine, and I felt a kinship for them as they forced themselves to go on, day by day. Beautifully written, with all the difficult moral questions that made me think, Battlestar Galactica brought a new level of fannish interest to my world. Even now, more than seven years later, episode 33 is my all-time favorite piece of television.


My husband and I watched a season a week that summer. (And likely would have watched a season a day, except I had to do classwork as well.) BSG was the carrot for every project I completed, the reward at the end of each class. I loved the characters, the plot, the whole experience. In my own, sheltered bubble, I let myself soak it up.



And then… ***SPOILER ALERT*** Kara Thrace died.

Irked fans produce fanfic like irritated oysters produce pearls.
                                                                 Jacqueline Lichtenberg in Fic by Anne Jamison

I remember my complete disbelief that this character who’d come to represent everything I believed about forcing yourself to go on after the worst had happened, had died by her own hand. It was so out-of-character (in my eyes) that I couldn’t let it go. My husband wanted to watch the next episode, but I was certain that there’d been a mistake. That couldn’t have happened, right? With a fervor born out of desperation, I headed to the internet to find something to make it right.


In the end what I found was a community of fellow fans who helped me come to terms with Kara’s death. And it was through that same community of support that I found my own writing energy renewed. I wrote my first “fix-it” fic, to come to terms with her end, but quickly moved onto bigger and better AUs. Through the positive voices of those in fandom, I found my urge to return to so-called REAL writing. In essence, the positive play of fanfic had reignited my writing muse, and once back, I could write my original stories once more.

All the Feels is an homage to that experience. Liv and her loss of Captain Spartan is a struggle I know too well. I hope that her journey is one you enjoy, too!


Review

All the Feels by Danika Stone

Publisher:
Swoon Reads
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 336
Source: From publisher
Rating: 4/5
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College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.



This is the type of book that is super relatable for a lot of people. Liv is a heroic won't take that shocking and bullshit death of a character fangirl. How many of us wish our fandom could have done what Liv does? She helps start a fire that ignites and actually brings attention to the creator and stars of her beloved Starveil. Imagine if Fox had actually listened to the fans and brought back Firefly? Or if we'd had Netflix or Hulu back then to come in a rescue it. Liv and the Starveil fandom accomplish something I wish could happen in some of my fandoms too; bringing a character back from the dead.

Liv's life centers around her love of Starveil. She eats and breaths the fandom. Like many of us who live on the internet, she found an outlet and friends who are alike in their obsession. Liv has some anxiety when it comes to real life; having friends, going outside, being social, you know the ones that a lot of us geeks face. She is quiet and happy being in the shadows. That doesn't mean she isn't clever. Liv has the skills when it comes to vidding(as she so put it). Which includes graphic design, editing and mixing videos, the things that come in handy when igniting a fandom.

Besides her online friends, she has her best friend Xander. Who is a character all of himself. Steampunk cosplay is his daily life. He's pretty much a 19th century guy living in the 21st century. Xander is a fun juxtaposition. From his clothes, his love of fast food, texting, being an actor yet kind of hating on actors, and how much more sociable he is than Liv. That's what makes their friendship spot on, opposites yet they get each other through their geekiness. Through banter, a little bit of flirting and being there for each other, Liv and Xander build a solid friendship that has the spark for something more. It's one of those everyone can see and soon the friends will let that flirting sprout wings and evolve(which it does very naturally). Such a sweet romance going down.

All the Feels has its fair share of interesting characters. But all in all I was invested in Liv succeeding in her quest to bring back Spartan. I think we fangirls/boys can agree that our obsessive personalities can take the drivers seat. It's something a lot of our friends and family don't understand. Liv's character does a great job showcasing that in a relatable yet fun way. Liv's woes through real life, her mom, dating, school get drowned out when she gets online. Escape. The build up and than arrival at Dragon Con is the best part. It's not only where Liv and Xander's relationship comes to the forefront, but Liv finally feels at home. And getting to meet the Starveil creator and cast certainly helps(even when that doesn't go to plan).

All in all, All the Feels is exactly the story a fangirl/boy can relate to. It's fun and sweet in its characters and look at the power of a fandom.  


Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win this All the Feels prize pack.



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Happy reading!

Brittany

**Thanks so much to Raincoast Books and Danika Stone for allowing me to participate in this blog tour. As well as providing the giveaway prize.**

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up June 4th-10th



So I went on a wee bit of a re-reading binge. All four of my physical books this week were re-reads. And than I also had one e-book.

Dark Wild Night(Wild Seasons #3) by Christina Lauren *****(re-read)
#Loliver that is all.

Dirty Rowdy Thing(Wild Seasons #2) by Christina Lauren ****(re-read)
Re-reading Dark Wild Night made me want to re-visit Finn and Harlow as well.

Moonlight on Nightingale Way(On Dublin Street #6) by Samantha Young *****(re-read)
This is my favourite book in the series. There's just something about Logan, Grace and Maia's dynamic.

This is One Moment(Come Back to Me #2) by Mila Gray ****.5(re-read)
This book was still just as romantic and heart breaking the second time around. Here's my original review.

Linemates by Van Barrett **
Ignoring the God awful cover, I picked this up hoping to get some Him feels. Because let's be honest, Jamie and Wes are still my everything. Well Linemates is nowhere close to giving me any sort of Jamie and Wes vibe. The good; it was fun and quick. Involved a lot of hockey. The relationship between Cal and Tyler had a lot of time to develop. Beyond that, the dialogue was lackluster and repetitive. Like seriously juvenile responses, a lot of "hehs" "duhs" that kind of  shit. This is supposed to be a hot romance, yea that does the opposite of making me fan myself. I was eye rolling all over the place. Also I found the talk from Cal and Tyler surrounding Cal being in the closest to be super passe. And downright insulting at times. Tyler and other people some pretty rude things about being gay or Cal being gay and Cal just shrugs it off. Especially when it comes to Tyler. I'm pretty sure you're not going to sit back and let some insult you or take advantage of you, laugh about it. For a romance story that is supposed to be fluff, I definitely find myself pissed off more than enjoying some steaminess between two hot as hell hockey players. 



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Brittany

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 352
Source: ARC from publisher
Rating: 4/5
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From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour and USA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancĂ© who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancĂ©, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.



I do not know the last time I inhale read a book like I did with One True Loves. I sat down to check out the first few pages and next thing I know I'm done the book. Obviously One True Loves is utterly readable and compelling. I was hooked from the first page, invested in Emma's life from the get go.

One True Loves is split into three sections; before, after and present. The before is a bit of Emma growing up, getting together with Jesse in their last year of high school, them falling madly in love and moving to the west coast to live their life together. Then Jesse is gone. Emma is devastated and struggling to cope. She also doesn't want to give on Jesse; she knows he's still alive. The after is Emma dealing with her grief, moving back home and learning to live her life without Jesse. Years on and she runs into an old friend, Sam. Sam who she use to have a crush on. Emma feels like she's ready to step into the dating pool again, mostly because she trusts Sam. The present, Emma is happy. She's engaged to Sam and life is good. Until Jesse is found alive. He's been fighting all these years to get back to her. Now Emma has a husband and a fiance, both whom she loves madly and doesn't want to hurt. But unfortunately somebody is going to be left brokenhearted.

I think what really drew me in, besides the story being fascinating, was Emma. Her character is so very real and struck a chord with me. Emma is a child that wants to get out from under her sisters shadow, into a teenager that doesn't want to be stuck in her hometown like her parents want, to somebody that finds their person, a person that makes you be brave and realize it's your life; so travel the damn world. So somebody who is slightly changing their ideals and wants and is scared to tell their partner. To somebody that is lost and grieving and trying to see that their will be a new life and happiness in the future. To somebody that makes a new life, one they love, well finding love again. And finally to somebody that is trying to listen to their heart and what it's trying to say will lead them to happiness. I mean, Emma goes through a lot, clearly. And she is so strong and brave even when she's at her lowest point. I think the real moment for me was before Jesse disappeared and Emma was realizing that she's seen so much of the world, her and Jesse have done what she thought she never would, now maybe she's starting to think settling down isn't so bad. If Jesse hadn't of disappeared I would be interested to see how that change would have come to fruition. Not the most important point, but it caught my attention.

I guess One True Loves is truly a love story; a multifaceted one. Emma is trying to come to terms with the fact that it's possible to have more than one true love throughout your life. That maybe a love can be everything but only for a specific time in your life. It doesn't diminish the meaning of that love, it just shows how people change and grow apart. Jesse and Emma were Jesse and Emma, their love was massive and all consuming. They were able to pull each other away from the life that was set up for them and make the one they wanted. They believed that if one thing never changed, it was their love for each other. Well Jesse disappeared and Emma changed through her grief for him. She wanted home and started to live the life her and Jesse got away from, except it provided happiness for Emma and brought Sam back into her life. Patient, endearing and loving Sam. And now Emma has found another love that is true. One True Loves does a spectacular job of exploring love and what it can mean between couples. The differences it can bring into a relationship, yet still be the same, its the people that shape it.

We can call this like it is, a love triangle. You're going to be seeing end game for Emma. There is guy you're going to be gunning for. Jesse and Sam are both amazing guys. Jesse is the adventurer. He's handsome and adoring towards Emma. Sam is the quite, happy to be at home building a family man. Both so different, yet exactly perfect for Emma at those periods in her life. Of course I have a favourite. I'm just not going to mention who. Jesse's story is heartbreaking. Lost at sea, fighting to survive so he can back to his wife. Than returning and realizing she's moved on and having to acclimate to society again. It's hard to see his struggle, the hopes that his wife was waiting for him and now having to fight for her to come back to him. It's sad. And poor Sam, getting ready to marry the love of his life and suddenly her supposed to be dead husband returns. Sam is so understanding. He doesn't get mad at Emma for being shocked and confused. He's devastated that he could lose her. But he also doesn't want to get in the way, Sam wants to fight for her to choose him; he wants her to see that their life is where her heart lies now. Sam is really admirable. That right there, this "love triangle" pulls you in.

Yes, One True Loves is a love story. But it's also about Emma and her changing growing life. Her relationships with Jesse and Sam, her relationship with her parents and sister. Emma being true to herself and learning to grow as person through these major life events. Just a fantastically emotional unputdownable read. I now get the love Taylor Jenkins Reid receives. Late to the game, but at least I showed up.

Happy reading!

Brittany

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up May 28th-June 3rd


This week I managed to finish four book. All being in physical form; two re-reads and one ARC.


Wanderlost by Jen Malone ****
Find my review here.


The Witch Hunter(The Witch Hunter #1) by Virginia Boecker ****(re-read)
I had to give this one a re-read before jumping into the sequel because I pretty much rememberd nothing. So it was like reading for the first time. And I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Great success.


The King Slayer(The Witch Hunter #2) by Virginia Boecker ****
Review to come.


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes *****(re-read)
I re-read this for some very obvious reasons. But also it's be three years since I first discovered this book and Jojo Moyes. Since then I've read most of her books and Me Before You still remains my favourite. This time around I did have some differing opinions and thoughts on Will. Not 100% love. But ultimately I still love this book with all my heart and it will remain an absolute favourite forever.



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Brittany