Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Teaser Tuesday # 166

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.

 True, Dixon was more swaggering Texan than mannered British, but Shackelford Oil was just as much American royalty as Saybrook's Diamonds. They'd become a couple effortlessly, and shortly thereafter a plan was put into place.

I haven't read a Sara Shepard book in a long time, saw this one at the library and thought it sounded pretty good. We shall see! 

Have you read this one? What were your thoughts? No spoilers please. 


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Cover Reveal: Better Than Me

You all know I love me some Kimberly Kincaid books! I mean what's not to love right? Anyway, today I get to share with you all a cover reveal for her newest up coming release! Are you ready? 

OH MY God!!! Look at this cover, I thought I loved the first one in this series, if you haven't seen it you can see it here. I think I love this one even more. Anyway, below is all the information you need to know about this hot book! 


Better Thank Me by Kimberly Kincaid 

Expected Publication Date: May 7th 2019

What happens when Remington's most notoriously single, notoriously sexy surgeon falls for the one woman he can't have? Did I mention that she's A) his best friend, B) immune to his charm, and C) sleeping on his couch for the next six weeks?

Familiarity breeds temptation for Jonah Sheridan and Natalie Kendrick in this steamy friends-to-lovers medical contemporary romance. While part of the Remington Medical world, this book is a complete standalone and can be read as your first Kimberly Kincaid novel, or your twentieth. No cliffhangers, no spoilers, all red-hot HEA!

I can not wait to read this book! Make sure you pre-order  your copy today! You can do so by clicking the link below. 

 Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-seller and 2015 RWA RITA® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

Let's Chat 

What do you think of this cover? I would love to know your thoughts! 


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April's TBR Plan

I know I say this pretty much every month or so, but I can't believe it's already April. This year is already flying by, it seems like it just started.

I'm trying to take away the pressure that a TBR used to put on me, honestly I think it was more of blogger pressure than reading pressure, but we shall see. Anyway, the idea behind this came from Girl in the Pages. Her TBR's are called a plan and I thought that was very fitting for me. It's just a plan, not a have to!  If you haven't checked her blog out, please go do so now, she's one of my favorite bloggers/blogs. I read this one pretty much every time she posts.  I've also been loving Bookmark Lit lately and I love how she picks her TBR books. So, I thought I would give it a shot as well. If you haven't checked her blog out, it's a must. You should head there and read her blog as well!


March Update
March was a pretty good reading month for me. I finished 4 books that were on my TBR Plan for March and that makes me very happy. As I've stated before I'm working on reading more ebooks. I tend to forget about them since they aren't right there for me to see them. 
April's TBR Plan 

So for April I'm going to stick with catagories but I'm going to tweek it a bit from what I did in March, don't get me wrong I really loved reading the way that Lauren over at Bookmark Lit does with the catagories, just that a few of them didn't work for me. So below you will find the new ones. 
                 Future Release                  Current Release              Current Release
                 Audiobook                          Audiobook                          Audiobook/Purchased


Fake it till you Break it by Jenn P. Nguyen
Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire 
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Otherearth by Jason Segel  
California Girls by Susan Mallery

There won't be any physical copies for review this month, but I have a few Scholastic children's books that I will be adding to this list and several of these audiobooks I have the physical copies of. So I guess those count! Maybe LOL. 
 There you have it, my April TBR! I'm still crossing my fingers that this reading by catagory thing helps me get caught up on my reading, so far it's starting to work. Happy April everyone and as always...

Month In A Glance: March 2019

So as you can see I'm bringing back my month in a glance posts. I've been wanting to do so for a bit, but the end of the months lately have been a bit crazy! Anyway, it's time to bring them back with a new logo as well. I hope you all enjoy this post as much as I do.  Also, I want to mention another amazing blogger in this post, if you haven't checked out Bookmark Lit you should. I love her posts and the idea for this new format is from her amazing blog.  I adore her posts and how real she writes her blog.

March was a bit of a blur for me, I moved and all that goes with moving happened. I now reside in a beautiful house with plenty of space for my books and I moved to a place with so much sunshine. Oh and did I mention that I love it, well even if I did I'm going to say this again...I LOVE IT HERE!  

I read 4 books in March, that is way better than I had been doing and they were four books that were on my TBR plan, which is amazing for me. There were no DNF's and no re-reads. Three out of the four were books from my Netgalley list and that's something new for me too. I have a problem usually reading books on my Kindle. I tend to forget they are there. March was a fantastic month for me. I'm hoping I can keep it up in April. 

Total number of pages read: 1,307 pages! 

The Books I Read in March  

 Challenge Update

CLICK here to see all the challenges I'm working on for 2019

2019 Tackle my TBR Challenge

Read 3 this month /  Total of 7 / Little over 50% finished 

Audio Book Challenge 2019

Listened to 0 this month / Total of 0 / I need to work on this one! 


Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 

Read 0 this month/ Total of 0 / Yep I need to get to work on these challenges. Need to work on the bingo too! YIKES

I've been wanting to share more of my Instagram images here on the blog as well, so I figured my wrap up posts would be the perfect place. Below are a few of my favorites from the Month of March. 

 This last one is of my new house and I had to add it to this favorites of the month list! 

Posts from this Month

These goals will be bookish and blogging ones, not really personal goals like the other post I do sometimes.  I really want to start keeping track of my goals and actually keeping myself accountable for them. I figured the best way to do so is to post them here on my blog. 
March Goal: Read 75% of my TBR Plan! (I failed, but it was close) 

The main goal I had in March was to read at least 75% of my TBR Plan. It had 7 books on it and I read 4.  So I didn't fully reach that goal, but I was dang close! A lot better than I had figured I would do. March was a great reading month for me,  I feel pretty good  about it. I 'm hoping I can keep that up in April! 
April's Goal: 50% Audiobooks and 50% Ebooks
Now for April, I think I'm going to try a goal that I've seen a few bloggers try. 50% audio books and 50% ebooks. I need help when it comes to reading ebooks, so maybe this will push me a bit more.  We shall see! 
Possible TBR Plan for April
If you would like to see my TBR for April CLICK HERE!


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Blog Tour Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

 I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest review.  My thoughts are my own and mine alone. 

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan 

Published:  April 2nd 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Format: E-ARC
Pages: 400 pages
Challenges: Goodreads, ARC Challenge

Goodreads * Amazon *  

“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

“This book destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

Initial Thoughts 

When I first heard about Wicked Saints I was super excited to get my hands on it and read it right away. I loved the cover and the book sounded like something I would love. Then I recieved an amazing email asking me to be part of the tour and I of course jumped up and down for a few mintues then jumped at the chance to be part of the tour. As soon as I receved the book I again jumped right in and I couldn't put it down! 

While Reading 

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time reading this book. I must say right away that my emotions while reading Wicked Saints was up and down the whole time.  The way author Emily A. Duncan writes is just breathtaking. You can feel everything that the characters are feeling and I never knew what was going to happen next. This book was exactly the kind of book I needed to read when I read this one. I've been needing something gothic to read and did this one hit that right on the head. I'm going to talk about the world building in just a few, but I didn't want to come out of this world and for that I can't wait to read the next book in this series. The world building was just so delicious that you can tell that this amazing author took a lot of time building it. You could tell she knew exactly what she wanted and was seeing as she was writing, because you see it as you read. 

If you love Fantasy books as much as I do, lets be honest here, I'm not sure there is a person out there that does, but if you do then this book is for you. It has everything you would expect in a fantasty but so much more. The funny thing is while I was reading this book, I was trying to be a bit more critical with my thoughts about it. I just made a post a few weeks ago about how I was going to be more critical of what I'm reading. It was so hard to do so with this book, because I was so hooked and there wasn't anything to be critical about. It's that good, at least to me, there are some mixed thougths about this book already, but I couldn't get enough of this storyline.

I don't usually like too many books that have multipul POV's but since this one only had two it was easy to keep up. I'm not even going to mention the ship to die for that's in this book. One that had me screaming at my Kindle at two o'clock in the morning. Nope not even going to mention that at all! 

My Thoughts After Reading

At first I wanted to just jump right back in and start this book all over. That's how amazing this book is and how amazing the world building is. After I sat there for a few hours, I couldn't get this book out of my head, even after a few days. Now that it's been released, I need this book to be on my shelf where all my favorites fit. I'm pretty sure this is my favorite release from this year! I've already told about 5 of my besties about this book and they can't wait to read it now too. You won't be dissapointed if you love fantasty and amazing ships like I do!  Honsetly, I think this might have to be a re-read for me. I'm not sure I can wait till the next one is released and this one just came out today! 

All in all, I love this book so much! If you didn't already relalize this from this review. Go pick up your copy today! 

Of course I'm giving Wicked Saints an Ali Bookshelf....

Plot: 20/20
Characters: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Cover: 10/10
Ending: 10/10

 If I could give this book a higher rating than a 5 puppy I would! It's really that amazing.


Horz stole the stars and the heavens out from underneath Myesta’s control, and for that she has never forgiven him. For where can the moons rest if not the heavens?
Codex of the Divine, 5:26

Its certainly not my fault you chose a child who sleeps so deeply. If she dies it will very much be your fault, not mine.
Startled by bickering gods was not Nadyas preferred method of being woken up. She rolled to her feet in the dark, moving automatically. It took her eyes a few sec- onds to catch up with the rest of her body.
Shut up!
It wasn’t wise to tell the gods to shut up, but it was too late now. A feeling of amused disdain flowed through her, but neither of the gods spoke again. She realized it was Horz, the god of the heavens and the stars, who had

woken her. He had a tendency to be obnoxious but generally left Nadya alone, as a rule.
Usually only a single god communed with their chosen cleric. There once had been a cleric named Kseniya Mirokhina who was gifted with unnatural marksmanship by Devonya, the goddess of the hunt. And Veceslav had chosen a cleric of his own, long ago, but their name was lost to history, and he re- fused to talk about them. The recorded histories never spoke of clerics who could hear more than one god. That Nadya com- muned with the entire pantheon was a rarity the priests who trained her could not explain.
There was a chance older, more primordial gods existed, ones that had long since given up watch of the world and left it in the care of the others. But no one knew for sure. Of the twenty known gods, however, carvings and paintings depicted their human forms, though no one knew what they actually looked like. No cleric throughout history had ever looked upon the faces of the gods. No saint, nor priest.
Each had their own power and magic they could bestow upon Nadya, and while some were forthcoming, others were not. She had never spoken to the goddess of the moons, My- esta. She wasn’t even sure what manner of power the goddess would give, if she so chose.
And though she could commune with many gods, it was im- possible to forget just who had chosen her for this fate: Mar- zenya, the goddess of death and magic, who expected complete dedication.
Indistinct voices murmured in the dark. She and Anna had found a secluded place within a copse of thick pine trees to set up their tent, but it no longer felt safe. Nadya slid a voryen from underneath her bedroll and nudged Anna awake.
She moved to the mouth of the tent, grasping at her beads,

a prayer already forming on her lips, smoky symbols trailing from her mouth. She could see the blurry impressions of fig- ures in the darkness, far off in the distance. It was hard to judge the number, two? Five? Ten? Her heart sped at the possibility that a company of Tranavians were already on her trail.
Anna drew up beside her. Nadyas grip on her voryen tight- ened, but she kept still. If they hadnt seen their tent yet, she could keep them from noticing it entirely.
But Anna’s hand clasped her forearm.
Wait, she whispered, her breath frosting out before her in the cold. She pointed to a dark spot just off to the side of the group.
Nadya pressed her thumb against Bozidarka’s bead and her eyesight sharpened until she could see as clearly as if it were day. It took effort to shove aside the immediate, paralyzing fear as her suspicions were confirmed and Tranavian uniforms be- came clear. It wasn’t a full company. In fact, they looked rather ragged. Perhaps they had split off and lost their way.
More interesting, though, was the boy with a crossbow si- lently aiming into the heart of the group.
“We can get away before they notice, Anna said.
Nadya almost agreed, almost slipped her voryen back into its sheath, but just then, the boy fired and the trees erupted into chaos. Nadya wasn’t willing to use an innocent’s life as a distraction for her own cowardice. Not again.
Even as Anna protested, Nadya let a prayer form fully in her mind, hand clutching at Horzs bead on her necklace and its constellation of stars. Symbols fell from her lips like glow- ing glimmers of smoke and every star in the sky winked out.
Well, that was more extreme than I intended, Nadya thought with a wince. I should’ve known better than to ask Horz for any- thing.

She could hear cursing as the world plunged into darkness.
Anna sighed in exasperation beside her.
Just stay back, she hissed as she moved confidently through the dark.
Nadya . . . Anna’s groan was soft.
It took more focus to send a third prayer to Bozetjeh. It was hard to catch Bozetjeh on a good day; the god of speed was notoriously slow to answer prayers. But she managed to snag his attention and received a spell allowing her to move as fast as the vicious Kalyazin wind.
Her initial count had been wrong; there were six Tranavians now scattering into the forest. The boy dropped his crossbow with a bewildered look up into the sky, startling when Nadya touched his shoulder.
There was no way he could see in this darkness, but she could. When he whirled, a curved sword in his hand, Nadya sidestepped. His swing went wide and she shoved him in the direction of a fleeing Tranavian, anticipating their collision.
Find the rest,Marzenya hissed. Kill them all. Complete and total dedication.
She caught up to one of the figures, stabbing her voryen into his skull just underneath his ear.
Not so difficult this time, she thought. But the knowledge was a distant thing.
Blood sprayed, splattering a second Tranavian, who cried out in alarm. Before the second man could figure out what had happened to his companion, she lashed out her heel, catching him squarely on the jaw and knocking him off his feet. She slit his throat.
Three more. They couldnt have moved far. Nadya took up Bozidarka’s bead again. The goddess of vision revealed where

the last Tranavians were located. The boy with the sword had managed to kill two in the dark. Nadya couldnt actually see the last one, just felt him nearby, very much alive.
Something slammed into Nadyas back and suddenly the chilling bite of a blade was pressed against her throat. The boy appeared in front of her, his crossbow back in his hands, thank- fully not pointed at Nadya. It was clear he could only barely see her. He wasn’t Kalyazi, but Akolan.
A fair number of Akolans had taken advantage of the war between their neighbors, hiring out their swords for profit on both sides. They were known for favoring Tranavia simply because of the warmer climate. It was rare to find a creature of the desert willingly stumbling through Kalyazin’s snow.
He spoke a fluid string of words she didnt understand. His posture was languid, as if he hadnt nearly been torn to pieces by blood mages. The blade against Nadyas throat pressed harder. A colder voice responded to him, the foreign language scratched uncomfortably at her ears.
Nadya only knew the three primary languages of Kalyazin and passing Tranavian. If she wasn’t going to be able to com- municate with them . . .
The boy said something else and Nadya heard the girl sigh before she felt the blade slip away. “What’s a little Kalyazi as- sassin doing out in the middle of the mountains?” he asked, switching to perfect Kalyazi.
Nadya was very aware of the boy’s friend at her back. I could ask the same of you.
She shifted Bozidarka’s spell, sharpening her vision further. The boy had skin like molten bronze and long hair with gold chains threaded through his loose curls.
He grinned.

 EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.



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