Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #160

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

 "Then it's decided!" Elvis claps his hands and rubs them together. "Grab the disks. It's time for Elvis and Simon's big adventure."  "Not tonight," I say. "Tomorrow." If I'm doing this, I'm going to need a good night's sleep--and some time alone with Kat.

I'm so excited to read this book! I loved the first book in this series, it was one of my favorites a few years ago. I can't wait to dive into this one.  Have you read this one? If so, without giving anything away, what were your thoughs?


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ali's Life Update

Hey everyone! I wanted to drop by and give you a little personal update. My life has been a bit crazy the past couple of weeks. The reason I haven't been around or posting much is that I have moved! With packing and taveling all the way down to FL everything has been a bit in every direction. I wanted to let you all know that blogging here will be back to normal here shortly! Well as normal as I can handle during this adjustement period. I do have a few great posts coming very soon though so please stick with me a few more days/weeks! I promise I'll get it all back to normal very soon.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Review: Only A Breath Apart

Today I'm very excited that I get to chance to tell you all about a new book from one of my all time favorite authors. Below is all the information and my thoughts. Remember I don't share any spoilers in my reviews so it's safe to read if you haven't read the book yet. I also want to thank Inkslinger PR company and the publishing company for letting me be part of this tour!

Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry 
Published: January 22nd 2019
Format: E-Arc
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Challenges: Goodreads
ISBN #: 1250193850
Pages: 368 pages
Goodreads * Amazon

Jesse Lachlin is cursed.

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

There is so many things that I want to say about this fantastic book, let's just start off by saying Katie McGarry does it again! Author Katie McGarry has a way of grabbing your attention and not letting it go. Her characters always have a way of making your feel what they are feeling and Only A Breath Apart isn't any different!  I love that about her books. It's just one of the things that makes her books pull away from the pack in my eyes anyway. 

So with all that being said, I was super excited when I was emailed and asked to read and review Katie's newest release. As soon as I got the email I read the summary and I was so intrigued, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and I of course jumped at the chance.  I'm so happy that I did. Like every other book by this author, I couldn't put this one down. 

 The emotions in this book is just well it's breathtaking how this author can just make you feel so many emotions while reading one book. Have you ever felt that way or had a book do that to you? It only happens to me every once in awhile. To me it shows just how amazing of a writer this author is. I know I've said this before about author Katie McGarry! Mainly because I've read a lot of her books and each one brings something new that I just cling to as a reader. 

In this book, both her characters have a problem, one is cursed, but not a way you would think. The other has secrets that she tries to keep to herself, but the truth has to come out. He also hurt her in the past and she's not sure she wants to trust him. I love these characters! I love Katie McGarry's writing style. There is so much love for this book. 

If you are looking for a fantastic young adult romance, this book is the one you need to grab and read. You won't be disappointed. I need more books by this and can't wait to read Katie McGarry's next one, because she never disappoints to write my next favorite read. 

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Twitter: @katiemcgarry

If you haven't guessed I'm giving Only A Breath Apart an Ali's Bookshelf...


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Janurary's TBR Plan

Hey everyone! It's 2019, can you believe it? Totally crazy right. Anyway, since it's the first day of Janurary I wanted to start the year off right with my TBR Plan for the first month of the year. I'm going to give these posts a try once again and see if it works for me. I don't want pressure in my reading this year so I'm going to stick with the plan not a list, just a plan. Taking the pressure out of reading/reviewing really helped me last year, but I still want to read a certain amount and it to be a little more organized. So hence the plan! 

So let's start off with how last months TBR went. 

How December Went

December didn't go as planned, but then again with all the stuff that life brought me in December I totally know why. I did however get a few books read. My orignal TBR post can be found here.  

I wasn't able to finish any of the books on the list, I did start two of them, I'm half way through the one and ended up sadly DNFing the other. So I didn't do too bad. The main reasons I didn't start the others was that I just wasn't in the mood for Christmas books any longer. I needed something different. 

I did however finish another book. 

 My Angel by Alanea Alder 

This series has become a favorite of mine and they're my go to books when I need a good laugh. I had a really rough month in December and these books got me through. So I did have an okay reading month even though all the choas. 


The Plan for Janurary

So sticking with the plan, here is the books I plan on reading this month. 

First off the first book I'm reading this year is a re-read, but one that is very near and dear to my heart. I know I'm probably going to get some kind of slack for this, but I needed a book to start off the year that I love! So I'm re-reading Twilight! Started it last night actually. 

As for the rest of my TBR plan for Janurary...

For Review (E-Arc's): Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills, The Best of Us by Robyn Carr, and One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh

For Review  (Physical ARC): Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw 
Owned Copy: By the Light of the Moon by Jodi Vaughn

I have a few others sitting on my TBR cart that I might get to if I finish these! You never know with mood reading though. By the way have you all seen my new TBR cart, I'm in love with it and don't know why I didn't get one sooner. Really wish I had! Anyway, if you haven't seen it here's the instagram image I posted in December. Also if you don't follow me on Instagram you so should. CLICK here to do so.

That second shelf is full of books that I really want to get to soon, so if I finish the books above I'll be picking from those! Anyway, I hope you are all having a great first day to the new year! Happy New Year if you didn't see yesterday's post and as always...



Monday, December 31, 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2018

At first I wasn't going to post anything for the last day of the year, I was just going to enjoy the night and ring in the new year re-reading a book that I will always love for many reasons, but I decided to try to put together a top 10 list for the end of the year. So here is my Top 10 Favorite Books of the year! 

2018 has been a fantastic reading year for me, I finished 122 books and I haven't done that in a very very long time. I honestly think I was able to read so many books mainly because I didn't force myself to read anything. There was no pressure this year for me to read certain books. I'm hoping to bring that into 2019 and have another amazing reading year. Anyway, below is my favorite books of this year. 

Let's get this list starter, book number 10 on my list is Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis  

Now I've read a lot of books by this fantastic author and a few of them are on this list, but I loved this book so much. Gave it a five puppy rating and I can't wait to read more Heartbreaker Bay novels. I need more of these characters so much! 

Book 9 on my list is To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury

This book honestly made me cry all the way through it! It's that fanastic and the writing OMG it's just breathtaking. Like all Karen Kingsbury books this one makes you feel every emotion the characters are going through. This one really touched me due the other topic of the Oklahoma City Boming and it explaing the memorial. I helped raise money for a few of the children's chairs back when the tragic event happened, so this really was a hard story for me to read but one I truely loved! 

Now for book number 8... No One But You by Brenda Novak

Anyone that knows me well knows I love Brenda Novak books and this one has turned out to be one of my all time favorites!  I fell in love with the main characters of this story right away and wanted them to get that happily ever after! 

Book 7 on my list is The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis 

Yep I told you I read a lot of books by her this year. A huge thanks goes out to her publisher for this. Anyway, this was one of my favorites of her's this year. It's actually a short read but one that I fell in love with and couldn't put down. 

Book 6 is Crossing Hope by Kimberly Kincaid

Another favorite author from this year, I read this whole series and loved each and every book that I've read by her. She creates the best book boyfriends...just saying! LOL I love her way of making you fall for her characters and really wanting to them to succeed in everything! 

Book 5 on my list is Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire 

Now I know this series is on a lot of people's favorites! I loved this series, so far, so much. I loved getting to see what it's like for those kids that went through those doors them came back and what their lives are like afterward. I can't wait to read the next book in this series when it is released in 2019.

Books 4 and 3 on my list are  Thunderhead Neal Shusterman and Scythe

I know, I know these are two books from the same series, but they both needed to be mentioned. I love love love both of these books for different reasons. One being the female lead character, I love her way of being and the way she is caring. Now I also love the male lead character for the oppsite reasons I love him because he is straight to the point and well okay he's caring too, but in the second book he's just had enough. 

2. My Commander by Alanea Alder 

Now if I was doing a top 20 of this year, each and every book in this series would be on my list. I love each and every one of them. I love all the characters and these books are so freaking funny. I laughed the whole way through the first book and all the others as well. Let's just say Meryn is my spirit animal and she's not even a shifter!!  If you haven't read these books it's a must. OH and I must say right now, these are majorly adult books! Just a heads up.

And now it's time for my number one pick of the year! I read this early in the year and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book. I've told everyone I know to read it and I'll probably re-read it at some point in the near future. Are you ready to see which book I'm talking about? 

1. Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

YES! I love this book so much. It has fanasty and vikings. Something I never thought I would read about and love, but honestly I couldn't put this book down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Sky in the Deep is so well written and the main character, she's a strong female lead, one that I was screaming with and felt like I was right there in every battle with her. I need more books by this author and can't wait to read each one. I can't say enough amazing things about this book. If you haven't read this one, serioiusly trust me it's worth the read. 

Alright so there you have it, my favorite reads of 2018! I can't believe it's almost over. 

Anyway, is there a book that should have been on my list that you loved this year? Or are any of my favorites on your list. Let me know down below in the comments. 

Happy New Year everyone and 

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