Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bout of Books Wrap Up

I haven't had a chance to post my wrap up for the read-a-thon Bout of Books mainly because I ended up getting the flu. EWWW anyway, I figured I would go ahead and share with you what I read and all that jazz. 

So for Bout of books, even though I ended up getting sick, I was able to finish two books and started the third. Which for me is great. During read-a-thons I always lose interest around the end of the first beginning of the second book. So for me this was a sucessful read-a-thon. 

Books Read: 2 
Pages Read: 463 pages 

I haven't decided if I want to participate in any other read-a-thons this year, but I'll let you know if I decide to do so.  

If you participated, how did you do? 


Mini Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Publication Date:  July 25th 2016
Format: Ebook
Pages:  370 pages
ISBN #: 1682305031
 From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.


Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.


Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

I know you're already heard me say a few times how much I adore this series and the second book was just as much perfection as the first. Well guess you have to read me saying that again. LOL. Anyway, I adored this book as much as the first, at first I wasn't sure I was going to, mainly because we all know how second books in series that we love tend to be, but this one wasn't at all like that.

I love Reed Royal and the whole Royal family so much. Yes there is tension between the whole family and Ella at first, but I love how they come together. Even when she thinks that they aren't right for each other we all know that they are just perfect. Ella and Reed became one of my all time favorite ships. No matter what each of them go through they always pull through and are stronger than they think they are. I for one love that about these characters, they are all flawed but so strong. They never just give up even if they really want to.

I read this whole series in just a few days and I can't wait to read the next one. Yep I already have it! This duo of authors are amazing. Their writing style is perfection and honestly before now I had no clue that it was two authors and not just one. Which says a lot about the writing. It's so seemless. I also really enjoyed the action in this book, just as much as the first! Which is saying something as well.

I can't get enough of this family and their story. I need more!  Especially because of the freakin ending. Seriously I think these authors enjoy killing us with cliff hangers! Fair warning.

To read my review for the first book in this series...CLICK HERE

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Top 10 Books I Want To Read In 2018

So today I wanted to share with you the top 10 books I realy want to get to in 2018. I know you're going to look at this post and say " but Ali I thought you weren't going to post any TBR's this year." I'm not, these are just a list of books that I would love to get to this year. It doesn't mean I'm actually going to read them, I'm going to do my best though because they are books I'm dying to read. I am cheating a little with one of the choices, mainly beacause it's a box set lol. (And as you're reading this I've already read two of the books in the set!) So without further ado, let's do this! 

These are in no certain order, but there is one on here that scares the crap out of me mainly because of it's size. It's the reason I haven't read it yet. You'll know exactly which one I'm talking about as soon as you see it! 

1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - I just got this book and I can't wait to read it! More than likely I'm going to read in it Feburary! That's exactly how excited I am about it. I just hope it exceeds the hype. 

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - Now I have read this one before, but I want to finish the series so I'm going to be doing a re-read of this one so I can get back into the world and remember all the different London's!  

3. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry - Okay this is the book/books I'm cheating with on this list. I've already read The Giver and Gathering Blue this month and I'm going to try to finish The Messenger by the end of Jan. That's the reason I'm counting this as one! I love this series so far but I really need to know how it's all going to connect!  

4. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - This book series has me so intregued!  I can't wait to start this one, but it's rather large. (not the one that I was talking about earlier) I hope to be able to tackle this one this year, plus I already have the second book in the series waiting as well. 

5. Everless by Sara Holland - Now this book has had me going crazy over the cover and the plot since I first heard about it. I got my copy from Amazon the other day and I want to dive right in so bad. I'm just worried about the hype. So I might wait a few months till the hype dies down a bit before I start it. Though it sounds amazing! 

6. Half Bad by Sally Green - Now this series has been on my shelf for awhile now and I think it's time to finally read it. Everyone keeps telling me to pick it up, so it's time. I've honestly heard nothing but great stuff about this book. 

7. And I Darken by Kiersten White - Another book that's been on my shelf since last year and I really really want to get to it this year. I love this authors writing style and I can't wait to dive right in.  I don't even have a good reason why I haven't read this one yet, I even have the next book in the saga!

8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown - Again I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I have no reason for why I haven't read it yet. I think it's time to pick this one up right away!  

9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Yep you guessed it, this is the one that scares the crap out of me because of it's sheer size. Have you seen how many pages are in this book? 850 Pages! I have it on audio as well and it's over 32 hours long. I will get to this book this year though. This is one of my goals, I love this show so much, I just know I'm going to love the book even more. 

10. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch - I have this whole series just sitting on my shelf and I want to get to the whole series this year, but if I can't I want to at least start it. This is another series I can't wait to jump into. 

Like I said above, this isn't really a TBR post, it's just a list of books that I would really love to get to this year. The main goal this year is to bring the joy back into reading for me and if I get to these then that's awesome, if not then there is always next year. Though some of these I know I will read! 

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts and what are a few books that you're dying to read this year? Let me know in the comments below. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Blitz: Asleep From Day by Margarita Montimore

Contemporary/General Fiction
Date Published: January 10th, 2018

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Astrid can’t remember the best day of her life: yesterday.

A traumatic car accident erases Astrid’s memories of September 9th, the day she spent with an oddly charming stranger named Theo. Ever since, she’s been haunted by surreal dreams and an urgent sense that she’s forgotten something important. One night, she gets a mysterious call from Oliver, who knows more about her than he should and claims he can help her remember. She accepts his help, even as she questions his motives and fights a strange attraction to him.

In order to find Theo and piece together that lost day in September, Astrid must navigate a maze of eccentric Boston nightlife, from the seedy corners of Chinatown to a drug-fueled Alice-in-Wonderland-themed party to a club where everyone dresses like the dead. In between headaches and nightmares, she struggles to differentiate between memory, fantasy, and reality, and starts to wonder if Theo really exists. Eventually, she’ll need to choose between continuing her search for him or following her growing feelings for Oliver. Astrid might go to extreme lengths to find what she’s lost . . . or might lose even more in her pursuit to remember (like her sanity).

 “A compelling and original take on the classic amnesia tale . . . The narrative bursts with detailed, vivid characters . . . The dialogue is expertly crafted.” – The BookLife Prize

“Simply riveting from start to finish... a captivating, literary piece that winds a path somewhere between mystery, romance, and psychological thriller.” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


What’s the last thing you remember?

A rumble, a static rush, the world on a dimmer switch.

Outside, everything was gray.

But inside, a galaxy of color and light. Fireflies behind my eyes, neon in my bones. A nerve net of bioluminescence.

Radiant with hope. Glorious.

Do you know where you are?

In the heart of a storm. Give me lightning. Give me the flood. I’ve bled the sky of pigment, devoured its clouds. They remain like honey on my tongue, crystalized with promise. Nothing was ever sweeter.

What happened?

Something incredible.

Something terrible.

No more color. Fade to grey.

I’ve been robbed of this elation.

Stay with me.


I have the weirdest taste in my mouth. Metallic, like I’ve been sucking on pennies, and spicy—no, not spicy. Stinging. Blood. What the—? I move my tongue and feel tiny pebbles. They’re sharp, cutting my gums and the insides of my cheeks. Not pebbles. Teeth? No. Glass.

I turn to spit out pieces of broken glass, but there’s something around my neck and I can’t move it. Okay, don’t panic. I push the glass out of my mouth with the tip of my tongue and pieces roll down my chin on a trail of saliva and blood. Now let’s turn on a light in here.

I open my eyes. Huh.

What is this place? There are shelves of equipment, strange monitors, dials, wires. Some kind of . . . storage room? The image blurs and wobbles. If my head is a handheld camera, whoever’s operating it has a serious case of the shakes. I can’t get a steady picture and I have no idea what this place is.

Have I been kidnapped?

That thought should trigger some modicum of fear. But it’s like I’m trapped in a block of ice and fear is on the other side of it. I can barely muster any curiosity to figure out where I am. The rest of it—how I got here, if I’m safe, hurt, etc.—will have to wait.

So let’s see. The room is tiny, and moving, and noisy. There are beeps, the hiss and tinny chatter of a walkie-talkie, the looped bellow of a siren.

Seriously, where am I?

Nowhere good, a black whisper warns, and a fog in my mind parts, clearing a path for fear, the belated guest.

The image finally snaps into focus and it registers: an ambulance.

Why the fuck am I in an ambulance?

I sit up with a—nope, I can only lift my head maybe an inch.

Why aren’t you panicking more?

Because it’s getting foggy inside my head again and blurry outside of it. I could really use a nap. It’s so chilly in here. And bright. Might as well close my eyes and deal with this in the morning. Ah, the dark is much better.

Hang on. Let’s get some questions answered first, maybe make sure I’m not missing any limbs. I try to sit up again and a hand on my shoulder prevents me from rising any further. No, it’s not just the hand. I’m strapped in.

“Nice to see you coming around, but don’t try to sit up. My name is Leo and I’m a paramedic. Do you know today’s date?”

I squint but can’t make out the face above me.

“September ninth, 1999,” I mumble.

“It’s actually September tenth,” he corrects me. Close enough.

“What happened? Am I hurt?” Of course you’re hurt, genius. I doubt you’re tied to a gurney, with a mouthful of glass, just joyriding in an ambulance.

“It’s going to be okay, Astrid, we’re almost at the hospital.”

How does this guy know my name? Why am I going to the hospital? Because that’s usually the drop-off destination of ambulances. Try to keep up here. What happened to me?

My head is so damn heavy. Back down it goes, more blood, more spit trickling out of the corners of my mouth. I form words but can’t speak them. I manage a garbled whisper, but it’s drowned out by sirens, rattling noises, and the tapping of heavy rain on the ambulance roof.

I need to take stock. I’m mostly immobile, but am I paralyzed? I try to wiggle the toes. Okay, those work fine. Fingers? The ones on the left hand move then seize up in pain. Blinded? Obviously not, but my vision is still fuzzy at the edges. Obviously, I can’t move my head much, but I shouldn’t anyway, in case I have a concussion. Or worse. Go away, black whisper, I don’t need you scaring the shit out of me right now.

Back to my self-assessment. Do I feel pain anywhere else in my body? Now that I mention it, hell yes. Where? Everywhere, especially my left side.

Why can’t I remember how this happened? I keep asking the paramedic, but he won’t tell me. Why won’t he answer me?

Oh yeah, because he can’t actually hear me. Because my lips are barely moving and no sound is coming out.

It’s an effort to form any more words or keep my eyes open. Is there a cold, heavy blanket over me? Uh-oh, those blurry edges are going dark. It’s like someone pushed me into a deep well and I’m falling in slow motion.

“Try to stay awake, Astrid.”

Fingers snap in front of my face.

Cut it out, ambulance man. You’re messing up my nap. It’s so much nicer with my eyes closed. All you do is boss me around with “Don’t sit up” this and “Stay awake” that. The darkness is quiet and doesn’t make annoying demands.

“Astrid. Astrid!”

His voice is like a megaphone in my ear. Where is your mute button, ambulance man?

I think I found it. It’s here, further down in the dark.

I hear two voices, growing fainter as they speak.

“She’s out again, but vitals are stable.”

I’m not out, yet, ambulance man. Give a girl a break, would ya? It’s not my fault I have anvils on my eyelids. Besides, the light in here is too bright. And you are too loud. But I can still hear you fine . . . Mostly . . . Kind of . . .

“You’d think people would know not to drive like assholes in this kind of rain.”

“What is this, third one today?”

“Fourth. You hear about the wreck by the BQE? Five cars and a motorcycle. Two fatalities.”

“This one got lucky.”

“So to speak.”

“So to speak.”

“Want to get breakfast after this?”

“It’s lunchtime.”

“So? I want breakfast. Couldn’t you go for some French toast or pancakes?”

“Maybe eggs. Some strong coffee, bacon . . .”

“Extra bacon.”

How about taking my order, ambulance man? I’ll have—


Margarita Montimore received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She has blogged for Marvel, Google, Quirk Books, and When not writing, she freelances as a book coach and editor. She grew up in Brooklyn but currently lives in a different part of the Northeast with her husband and dog.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Cover Reveal: Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol

Hello Readers. It's time for a cover reveal!!!
Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol!
Be on the lookout for this upcoming title from
Inkspell Publishing!

What do you think of the cover?

A girl looking for a way out.
Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.
A boy looking to be a hero.
Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.
A love that could kill them both.
Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.
A near-future YA biopunk retelling of Robin Hood.
Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol Publication Date: February 13, 2018 Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Available for pre-order: Amazon | Kobo

Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she's still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she's likely freezing at the hockey rink.

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