Friday, April 3, 2020

Review and Giveaway: The Sinner by J.R. Ward

I am super stoked to be sharing my thoughts on one of my favorite author's books today. I want to thank Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of The Sinner for review. You all are amazing!  Author J.R. Ward is one of those auto-buy authors for me, you know the ones that as a reader as soon as their books are released you are there buying your copy, yep that's how it is for me with this spectacular author. She's also an amazing author to see in person, you will laugh so hard, so if you get the chance to hear her speak about her trust me! Anyway, below is my thoughts about her newest release The Sinner. 

 The Sinner by J. R. Ward
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Published: March 24th 2020
Format: Hardcover
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood
Pages: 496 pages
 Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong.

Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally in Syn. But can he trust the male—or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication?

With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail...or was the prophecy wrong all along?

First off I want to start this review by saying a huge thanks to this author for writing this whole series, in times like we are living right now, these books are the best stories to dive into and forget everything else around you. That's exactly what I did with The Sinner. I honestly squealed like a little girl when this one arrived. Then I stopped and thought about one of my best friends and how I knew she was going to kill me as soon as she found out I had my hands on this book lol. Just kidding, she might not actually kill me but...that's the kind of passion these books kindle though. Which isn't a bad thing! That's the kind of passion these books kindle though, she had been waiting to get her hands on this story. Once you finish one you can't wait to have the next and it's hard to wait. Though I try very patiently to wait each time. 

There are so many things I want to say about this book but I'm not sure where to start, I guess I'll just start with the writing itself and go from there. It's hard to actually describe how happy this book made me, it was so full of emotion. I love that about this series as well, J.R. Ward can write books that have you laughing one minute and holding your breath the other. I will say I have found a new favorite in this story, which I didn't think would happen because Z is my fav. But I'm getting ahead of myself here, back to the best part... the writing. I really don't know how she keeps up with everything in these books, so much happens the twists and turns, not that I'm complaining one bit, but I would love to know how she keeps track. I love the style in which she does tell her stories, they grab you and don't let you go even after you finish each book. They make you want to dive right back in and re-read the whole series. It doesn't leave you! Which makes them some of my favorite books of all time. 

  Now let's talk about characters, OMG let's talk about these characters. Funny, sexy, with dark pasts, families and all that goes with them being vampires! That's just a couple of words that I can come up with and honestly I have about a dozen more.  I love these characters. Syn has become a new favorite of mine! Like I said above I wasn't sure that would happen. I love Z! He's still my all-time favorite, but Syn and Butch are up there on the list now too. J.R. Ward knows how to create characters that make you fall in love with them just as much as their true love.  Honestly, she knows how to make you want to be their love!  That's one of those things she knows how to do best. That's one of those things that keeps us all coming back for more each and every time. I know for me I can't get enough of it. 

These books, including, The Sinner plays out in your head as you're reading them, like a movie that you star in. (Again, the best part!) I loved reading this book as I knew I would. If you couldn't already tell, I love this whole series. 

Oh, I have to mention two more things real quick, then I'm going to stop rattling on about this amazing author and her books. I must mention this cover, I think it's one of my favorites. The color is just perfect with the cover model OMG. I think when I opened this book standing at my mailbox I stood there staring for a little bit longer than I meant to. Whoever that model is WOW!  Her covers are always amazing and eye-catching but they really did an amazing job this time. 

Once this book was released I made sure I purchased the audiobook,  Jim Frangione has the perfect voice for these books, making us all love them even more than we already did! I listen and follow along as I read. I love doing this. Makes it come alive even more. If you have a chance to listen and read this book, do so! 

All in all, The Sinner is one of my favorite of the Black Dagger books. I loved this book, I'm pretty sure you already know that by now! Anyway, if you haven't read any of this series, what are you waiting for, get a copy today and start. If you have, let me know below your thoughts! I love hearing from you all. 

As if you didn't already know this, I'm giving The Sinner by J.R. Ward Ali's Bookshelf...

J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

The awesome publisher is offering one copy of this fantastic book for one of my readers. This giveaway will be for U.S. readers only. You must also be 18 years old to sign up!

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Book Blogger Hop #87

Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop!
31st - February 6th - What is your opinion of bibliotherapy? Do you think this is a useful way of dealing with psychological issues? If you've used it yourself, or know someone who has, what book(s) would you recommend? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

I've never known anyone that's used this therapy treatment, but I honestly think it would help. I think it's a great way to help people. I mean come on, what does reading do for all of us. If reading can help someone I say that's awesome!!

What are your thoughts on this one? Do you think it would help someone? I honestly think it would.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Blog Tour Review: Tweet Cute

I am so thrilled to be part of this tour. As soon as I was asked to be part of this tour for Tweet Cute I jumped at the chance. I read the summary and knew I had to read this book right away!  Anyway, below you will find everything you need to know about this amazing book and its author, as well as my thoughts about the book. 

I want to thank both Emma Lord and Wednesday Books for letting me be part of this fantastic tour. 

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: January 21st 2020
Format: E-ARC
Pages: 368 pages
 A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected

If you didn't get the hint above that I love this book, well let's just say it again, I love this book. I loved the characters and really connected with Pepper. While reading you can tell the author really knew these characters and the writing just flowed.  I loved reading every single word of this book and it was such an easy and fun read. Which was just what I needed first thing this year. I needed a light and fluffy read, Tweet Cute fit that bill. 

Tweet Cute was the perfect HEA, one that had me giddy to continue till the last word. I read this one in one day and I didn't want it to end.  This was one easy and very believable read, one that teenagers and even us adults can connect with. Especially that guy that drives you insane. I'm pretty sure every teen girl has that one guy in their lives.  I know I did!  I can't wait to read more from this author and hope she has more coming very soon!

I loved the relationship even from the beginning. It was just perfection! I also loved the "You've Got Mail" feel about this one and that just made this book even better.  I couldn't get enough of this story and everything it had to offer. This was the perfect debut for this fantastic author. I highly recommend Tweet Cute to anyone who loves young adult contemporary romance, I know you will love this one. 

Also, I must note how much I love this cover as well, isn't it just the cutest thing? 

I'm so happy to give Tweet Cute my first....

Of the year! 


Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.

Teaser Tuesday #189

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.

 Nine windows, two doors, a wrap-around porch, and two balconies--that was just the face of our looming two-story Victorian on Juniper Street. The chipped blue paint and the dusty windows seemed to sing a violent song about the century of relentless summers and brutally cold winters that house had endured.

Alright, have any of you read this one? It's one that another friend of mine told me about and I'm not too sure about it so far.  I'm hoping I love it, but we shall see. I usually like author Jamie McGuire's books though so I'm pretty sure I will love it. Anyway, let me know your thoughts below but as usual, please no spoilers. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Life Update: I Broke My Thumb!

I just wanted to pop on and let you all know why I haven't been around lately. I had so many amazing posts scheduled to post, well scheduled to write then post. Anyway, I got a new job and ended up falling at work. I broke my right thumb and badly sprained my wrist. (I'm right-handed, if I didn't mention that.) I haven't been able to really type till now. I'm not really typing now, it's one finger typing right now lol. As of right now, I'm reading and just trying to heal.

I hope you all stick with me and just know I have a bunch of posts coming as soon as this heals and I can really type again. 

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