Friday, February 28, 2020

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Sci-Fi of 2019

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sci-Fi of 2019
Rules are the same as last week. You can choose a book that was released in 2019 or just one that was new to you in 2019. Your choice! No wrong answers! Let's get down to it! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Honey-Don't List - ARC Review

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…


Book Breakdown

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Guys. Guys! GUYS!!! This is my favorite book but this duo yet! It's funny, sweet, and even had a moment where I teared up because of how everything went down. Plus, the heroine shares my name, how could I not love her? I also liked James even though he's not my 'normal' type of book boyfriend.

The writing is great as always, flows fast and makes you never want to put the book down. It's also cool that interview/book snippets/twitter stuff are in the book. That's a cool little bit that usually made me laugh and smile but also kept me wondering... just what the heck is going on? I won't go into spoilers so I'll leave that there. You'll see when you read.

This is so much better than Twice in a Blue Moon which I know some people didn't like but I did like. There are sex scenes in here but they're glossed over pretty quickly. I'm just glad it was there, if I read an adult romance, I expect adult content. Otherwise, I'd just read a YA or something.

The tension is strong with this one. Not the sexual tension but between the couple that our MCs have to babysit. You just never know what is going to happen next.

I do have two small nitpicks... parts of the ending just kind of didn't work for me. When things are starting to wrap up with the couple that Carey has spent ten years with... I just wanted more personally. Other than that, I loved this novel so much! It's so cute!


Monday, February 24, 2020

Music Monday - Recent Japanese Favorites

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

Alright, it's time to break out some Japanese hits. With K-Pop taking over the world, I felt it was only fair to show off some awesome Japanese songs too! Enjoy! 








Friday, February 21, 2020

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Paranormal of 2019

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Paranormal of 2019
Second verse, same as the first! You can choose a book that was released in 2019 or just one that was new to you in 2019. Your choice! No wrong answers! Let's get down to it! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Once Upon a River - Mini Book Breakdown

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.

Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known.

Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned.

Mini Book Breakdown

I don't think I've ever read a novel where the main character of a story isn't a person at all but a place. A magical and beautiful place. This isn't my normal type of novel but I saw it on a blog that I love Keep the Wisdom, she named it one of the best reads of the year so I thought I'd jump on it.

I'm so glad I did! Now, this is a very very slow burn novel and it's got a hefty page count so at times it can be hard to get through but it's so rewarding. I usually don't like stories that talk to the reader but this novel just swept me up in its story and like the river, I flowed along not minding the journey at all.

The prose is perfect! It's too not flowery so the reader is confused and having to read the same sentence again and again to understand. No, it's simple to understand but it takes you off into another world. A whimsical place where anything can happen. I loved it.


Monday, February 17, 2020

Music Monday - Adrian von Ziegler

This meme is hosted by Always Me

Happy Monday! It's time to get back to work or school. I hope you're all having a wonderful February! I personally wish we'd get some snow around here but that's unlikely. But I can share some epic instrumental Nordic music with you! Enjoy and have a great week!




Friday, February 14, 2020

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Romance of 2019

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Romance of 2019
Rules are the same as last week. You can choose a romance that was released in 2019 or just a romance that was new to you in 2019. Your choice! No wrong answers! Let's get down to it!