Friday, August 18, 2017

Listen Up: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I don't normally talk about the audio books I listen to because most of them are backlist, but I really want to start! So, I'm starting Listen Up to write short reviews on the books that I listen to! 
Audio, 10.5 hours
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Read from: July 31-August 4, 2017
Guide, #1
Source: Library (e-Audio through Overdrive) 
For fans of: Adventure, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Historical Fiction, LOL, YA 

     Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
     But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
     Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


      Being honest, I started this book on a different day in July. I had almost given up on it... But that was because it was historical fiction and I knew that me and books like that never really get along. So I almost gave up before I even got to chapter 10. But then I waited for the book to come out and I got the audio from my local library. And that changed my world.
     Percy is all set to travel Europe with his best friend (who he has had a crush on for a long time) and his sister. Percy's father surprises him with an uninvited guest because he thinks he needs to make sure Percy isn't tarnishing their name when Percy must come back to take over his family's estate. But things of course do not go as planned. 
     As someone who isn't a fan of historical fiction, I was excited about this, but I was also a bit weary. A friend had told me to give books I wouldn't normally read a try as an audio book, and this was the first one I tried. It definitely opened my eyes to another way to enjoy this genre. By listening to the audio, it feels less like reading and it helped me to enjoy it more. Granted, it may have also been this book's ABSOLUTELY AMAZING narrator too. I loved the accent he read with because it made me feel more like he was really Percy. 
     I also got really into thier adventures. They really had some fun together and that made this book. I remember sitting at my desk and laughing out loud with my headphones on becasue the naked part came up. They did so many crazy things, and I remember laughing the entire way.
     Although these types of books aren't normally my cup of tea, this book was really great! I can't believe I almost missed it by  just looking at what genre it was. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and see all the hell that Felicity will bring! 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

You Won't Know I'm Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2)

     Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother's death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don't Know My Name.
     Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.
     When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.
     But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she's as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

Expected Publication: January 16, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads

Why I'm Waiting: I read and loved the first one so much. And that freaking cliff-hanger killed me. I really want to see revenge delivered. Also I really want to see more of  Reagan being a bad ass because she definitely was in the first one!

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Book Recommendations for those Readers who Like Their Feels Broken!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Book Recommendations for those Readers who Like Their Feels Broken! 

Little & LionThis is How it Happened
Bad RomanceAftercare Instructions
Letters to the LostGoodbye Days
The Serpent KingSecond Chance Summer
Maybe One DayMy Heart and Other Black Holes

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

ARC, 416 pages
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Read from: DNF
Hibiscus Daughter, #1
Source:  TxLA 2017
For fans of: YA, Paranormal, Witches, Magical Realism

     All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
     But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?


     I realllllllly wanted to like this one. As cliche as it sounds, its the truth. I loved the cover and I loved the synopsis, but I just didn't like the execution. And that really sucks. My expectations for this one were really high and it just didn't live up to them. 
    The number one thing that turned me off was the writing style. I've said before when things get too flowery I tend to lose focus. This was one of those times. Descriptions went on and on and I found myself having to read the same passages over and over. It started taking me longer to read pages I'd already read than the rest of the book. It just got really annoying. 
     Then there was the plot. It was very slow. I'm not saying we should've been thrown into the action, but it took a while to get everything going. Pair that with too flowery words and it just seemed like nothing was really going on in the beginning. And because of that, I got bored. 
     Although these two things aren't my cup of tea, this may be what makes a novel for someone else. If you had this one on your TBR, I would say still read it and let me know what you think! If you like these two things, give it a shot! Just because it's not for me, doesn't mean it's not for someone else! 
DNF @ page 80

Have you read this?
What did you think of it?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #233 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

For Review: 
The Midnight Dance

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

!!!!! I have been WISHING for this book for a long time. And I am SO HAPPY that MacMillan approved my request! Thank you Netgalley and Fierce Reads! 

From the Library: 
Tash Hearts TolstoyHe Said/She Said
Meddling Kids

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 08/07/17:  Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Tuesday 08/08/17: Top 10 Things I HATE about being a Bookworm!
Wednesday 08/09/17: Waiting on Wednesday: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess
Friday 08/11/17: Listen Up: The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
 Saturday 08/12/17:  Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Me on Instagram:

And that was only the beginning. Later that day I had an anxiety attack and more. Oh yeah... And 2 days later I had another flat. This week almost broke me y'all. (Well technically it did because after 2 new tires I have $0 lol But I'm just thankful my insurance was there to help me both times. Thank God for Roadside Assistance!!

What happened at your blog this week? 
Will you be waiting on this with me?