Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Review: The Summer Games: out of Bounds by RS Grey!

The Summer Games: Out of Bounds
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Published: CreateSpace
Source: Author

My Rating:

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.

With this year being a summer Olympic year, this book couldn’t have come at a better time. The final five blowing it out of the water in Rio, and this final five doing the same. Add some romance into the mix, I felt like I had a front row seat to the action.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #65

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Author: Sarah Maria Griffin
Release Date: October 4, 2016

Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. As her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary idea when she has none of her own?
Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.
This just sounds hella cool. Like Frankenstein on acid or something. Plus, the cover is equally as cool.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday! Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

This is going to be a big list for us because we both have 10 books each. Just bear with us.

1. The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott
I have no idea how long this has been on my TBR pile. I would guess over ten years. I also have no idea how many books are in the series.

2. Courtesan by Dora Levy Mossanen

3. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
The receipt is from Boarders (I miss them!) and is dated March 26, 2008!

4. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
This is a signed copy I bought from Housing Works in August of 2005. Eleven years!! Ok, I have to move this up and read it in 2016.

5. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
I bought this while on a cruise in September 2009. I loved her other novel Rebecca, but I kept putting this novel off. Partly because my sister tried to read it before me and didn't like it, though she also loved Rebecca.

6. The Vespertine (The Vespertine #1) by Saundra Mitchell
I probably bought this because I liked the cover. The receipt says April 30, 2011.

7. Vixen (Flappers #1) by Jillian Larkin
I bought this because I knew someone with the same last name. And I liked the cover.

8. Illuminae: The Illuminae Files - 01, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I still have the ARC from Book Con 2015 on my TBR(among others I picked up from Book Con 2015.) And now there is a sequel coming out.

9. Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice
I never read the book and I picked up a 20th Anniversary edition while at Book Con 2014. Still waiting there, but since they are vampires they can wait longer.

10. The Untamed, Sebastian A. Jones, Peter Bergting, Darrell May

I have many, many, many books, some ARC, that I picked up from New York Comic Con over the years. But this is one, a graphic novel, I should read before this year's NYCC. This is only a fraction of my TBR. I think there are about 80 books just stock piled. There are also the Star Wars novels that I have accumulated. Most not even considered "canon" anymore. There are also ebooks on my nook. I buy or collect books faster than I can read. I need to make it a mission to read the TBR pile before collecting more.

11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Every since I've seen the movie, I knew I needed to read the book. And I still need to.

12. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Another movie favorite. I've flipped through some pages and it is still on the top of my list.

13. Something Blue by Emily Giffin
I loved the first book and I've been kind of iffy about starting this one but I refuse to take it off my TBR.

14. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This was recommended to me and I just never got to it.

15. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I was all ready to read this and then the movie came out and everyone talked crap about it. My need to read went down.

16. Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick
Another rec but I just keep forgetting about it. I have it, I just need to be in the mood.

17. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Huge ER fan, so I love Michael's work. Jurassic Park being one of my favorite movies, I want to know how the book holds up.

18. Easy by Tammara Webber
When I first went into the New Adult world, Easy was everyone's top read. It is still on the deck for me to pick up soon.

19. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
My friend told me I should read this. I can't even remember why now but I know it's been on my list for a while.

20. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
I got this book from NYCC one year. I was so excited because I met Mindee and she talked the book up. Once NYCC was over, it kinda left my mind. 

Most of my TBR list consist of recommendations or pretty covers that I see around. One of these days I'm going to get to it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #64

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Author: Jocelyn Davies
Release Date: September 20, 2016

A bolt of lightning inspires an incredible journey in this charming, magical realism adventure that takes four teens on an all-night journey through the streets of New York City.
Extraordinary things happen when we least expect them.
Tiny, Lu, Will and Nathaniel used to be best friends. Then life-defining events the summer before high school tore them apart. Now, three years later, they hardly talk anymore. Nathaniel has become obsessed with winning the prestigious science scholarship that his genius older brother once won. Will has risen from anonymity to popular soccer star. Lu grew into a brash, impetuous actress. And shy, poetic Tiny has slowly been fading away.
But fate weaves their lives together again the night before the SATs, during a wild thunderstorm that threatens to shut down New York City. And lightning strikes.
Before they know what's hit them, the four teens embark on an epic all-night adventure to follow their dreams, fall in and out of love, reconcile the past, and overcome the fears that have been driving them since that one lost summer. And by the time the sun rises, odds are they’ll discover that there’s a fine line between science and magic, and that the mysteries of love and friendship can’t be explained.
Another New York inspired story. I think I'll connect with this one because it's about friendships and growing up. I went through the same thing kind of with my high school friends. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday! Books With School Setting

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

High school is a drag no matter who you are. So I always wanted to go away to a sleep-away camp or a boarding school. Basically when I was younger, I just wanted to get away. But that's why we have books. 

  1. Anna and the French Kiss (Boarding School)
    This may be one of the best because it's in Paris. Who doesn't want to go to school in Paris?
  2. Vampire Academy (Supernatural Boarding School)
    What I loved about this one is that everything happens at night because of the vampires. Like a slumber party every day!
  3. Twilight (High School)
    There was nothing special about this school besides the fact that sparkly vampires went there. But the scenery was gorgeous.
  4. Harry Potter (Magical Boarding School)
    This is the boarding schools to end all boarding schools. Still waiting for my letter to arrive by owl. Maybe they have a continuing ed program.
  5. Looking for Alaska (Boarding School)
    This felt more like a realistic take on boarding schools. And since John went to one, I believe everything.
  6. The It Girl (Boarding School)
    This was hilarious at how over the top it was. Now all I think about is the cliques and mean girl shenanigans that happen at boarding schools.
  7. The Catcher in the Rye (Boarding School)
    School wasn't the best for Holden, but who could blame him really?
  8. Never Let Me Go (Kind of a Boarding School)
    I know this wasn't really a school but to the kids it was all they knew of it. Kinda like a school meets an orphanage meets a holding facility for clones.
  9. Rites of Passage (Military School)
    Again, not really a school but more like a school of hard knocks. I loved this and it made me want to go to military school. Good thing I'm too old because I know I wouldn't have survived.
  10. Gossip Girl (Rich High School)
    High School for the rich and somewhat famous. Before snapchat and instagram, this is what high school was all about for the preppy's. Or I like to think so. xoxo 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen!

Steadfast (True North #2)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Published: Rennie Road Books
Source: Author

My Rating:

She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.
For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.
She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

This book hit home, it ripped a little bit of my heart out. Now, I didn’t have long emotional drawn out tears like I’ve had with some books but I did have tears a lot, like A LOT throughout this book.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #63

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Author: Emma Chase
Release Date: September 19, 2016

Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series & Legal Briefs Series, returns with the first of three sizzling standalone books about a family of racy, irresistible Royals.

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness”, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant—hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.
Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately—the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia—Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is, but more importantly, who he wants to be: a King…or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
Who isn't a sucker for a royal family? I haven't read an Emma Chase book in a while, but this one has me excited. Kind of reminds me of the movie Prince and Me, sorta.