anna · NA Recs

NA Recs: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Hey guys! There’s going to be an abundant amount of new features on the blog and I cannot wait to share them all with you. I’m going to kick off the new features with NA recs! NA stands for New Adult and I’ve been craving/reading new adult lately so I wanted to recommend you guys some of my favorites.

I decided to start this series with one of my absolute favorites, All Lined Up by Cora Carmack.

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My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

GR Average: 3.92 Stars

Perfect for the reader who:

  • – love romance
  • – love sports
  • – love sporty romances
  • – love novels that have more depth than the romance

Goodreads Synopsis: “New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.”

Sounds amazing, right? The plot in this novel was amazing. I really loved how well it flowed. This was the first novel in forever that I sat down and read while at home. Carmack’s addictive writing style keeps you needing more.

Her characters were rounded and I loved that they seemed so real. The characters had issues that people within the real world could be facing. I loved that Carmack didn’t shy away from the awfulness that can come from certain situations and how Dallas and Carson each faced the situations.

Be sure to check out Cora’s other novels too! I’ll be

picking up more novels by her soon.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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anna · TBR (To be read)

Emojiathon TBR June 2017!

Hi guys! Emojiathon runs throughout June. I will be doing reading sprints on the 21st for the readathon over on Twitter. I am so excited to be a part of this and I hope you all join us.

My TBR:

A present – read a book that was gifted to you: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (from Karla)

A heart – read a romance/contemporary: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Heart eyes – read a book that you bought because of it’s cover: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Scream face – read a thriller: Antisocial by Jillian Blake or Dream Fall by Amy Plum

Robot – read a futuristic/sci-fi book: Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer

Baby – read a 2016/2017 release: Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Excited face – read a book you’ve been anticipating: Miles Morales Vol. 1

Clock – read a book in under 24 hours: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith and Magnificent Mess by Topher Kearby

Dancing group- buddy read a book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with Alyssa from Pucks and Paperbacks!

Laughing face – read book that’s sure to make you laugh until you cry: Really Professional Internet Person by Jenn McAllister

Money eyes – read a book that was expensive: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Face with glasses – read a book without any hype: The Grimm Legacy by Addie J. King

Peace sign – read a book that you’ve had forever and if you don’t like it or don’t read it, time to tell it to “peace out”: Grace & Style by Grace Helbig or Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Music notes (two connected eighth notes) – read a book that features music:  Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Newspaper – read a book about a current event: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Candy – read a book that’s like candy to you (a guilty pleasure): Ouran High School Host Club #6

I’ll probably read more, but I’m not positive what books yet.  I hope you all join in for a great month of reading!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Book Reviews

Soulmated by Shaila Patel

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Edition: Physical, Paperback

Pages: 300

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st (Joining of Souls)

Published: January 24th, 2017

Publisher: Month 9 Books

Goodreads Synopsis: “Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

I fell in love with this novel.

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The characters were great. I loved Laxshmi’s attitude and her goals. Liam was just…… okay he’s one of my new book boyfriends. I loved his personality and his determination. The chemistry between the two was well written and kept me thinking “oh my gosh, please just kiss already. New OTP”. Shaila wrote the characters so well and it was really nice to have information on more than just the two main characters.

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The plot and writing was amazing. Shaila’s writing reminds me of Jennifer L. Armentrout in the best way possible. Her writing keeps you enthralled within the novel and makes you unable to put it down. I loved the plot. It was different than other soulmate novels that I’ve read before. The empathic powers were really intriguing and I really want to learn more.

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If you haven’t picked up this novel, you should definitely add it to your TBR!

Amazon – Book DepositoryiBook – Barnes & Noble

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Waiting On Wednesdays

WoW: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

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Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine

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I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Release Date: May 30th, 2017

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Why I’m Excited: I feel like I’ve been excited about this book for a long time now, impatiently waiting for it to come out. This novel seems right up my alley. I mean, a girl using K dramas for love advice? Count me in! I love K dramas and books so combining them like this will be amazing!

 

GoodReads Synopsis: “Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

 

Is this book on your TBR too? Let me know in the comments below so we can freak out together over this novel.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Why The Upside of Unrequited is Important to Me

If you guys follow my bookstagram, booktube, or twitter, you know I’m not a small girl. I never really see myself in books when I read them because most YA novels feature a small female character as their main character. I’m not saying that those books are bad, they are just as important to some people as having a bigger character for the main character is for me. I am just stating that there is a lack of bigger or “fat” characters within novels (this goes for all genders). If they are in a novel, they are typically a funny side character, a side character who gets joked “funnily” about because of their weight, a side character who is the bully, or simply just making them a character who kills another character by sitting on them. This novel was not that stereotype of a YA novel. This novel had a fat main character who wasn’t the laughing stock.

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(That’s me)

In The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, I saw myself truly in a novel for the first time. The main character, Molly, is a girl who isn’t small. On the first page, she sucks in her cheeks to make it appear like she had cheekbones. I don’t want to get into how many times I have done this because I started to feel self-conscious. In fact, I caught myself doing this today.

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Okay now leave till you read the book then promise to come back and read the rest of this post. Please. I mean, they are not necessarily spoilers, but more like character development/how they are spoilers.

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She has a fear of rejection. I have a huge fear of rejection. That’s why I never go for the things I really want. I stopped auditioning, I stopped trying. I just did not want to face rejection. I have trouble being in groups of people for fear that I’m being rejected by being left out of conversations. I begin to worry whether I did something to make them ignore me or not. Molly may not have her fear to this extent, but I do and I could see myself through her fear.

The whole crushing thing with her is exactly how I am. I have crushes, but I never act on them again for fear of rejection. Molly is such a careful person. She doesn’t put her heart out in the open. I try not to either. After so much pain/anxiety/fear, you have too many walls up.

I cried while reading the acknowledgements because it says “To the fat kids. You’re beautiful”.

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I met Becky Albertalli last month, March 2017, and I almost started crying when I was telling her how much her novel meant to me. I cannot thank her enough for this novel.

Be sure to pick up this novel! It’s written fantastically and it touched my heart and I hope it touches yours.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Cover Reveals

Spent by Deirdre Riordan Hall Cover Reveal!

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be revealing Deirdre’s new novel’s, Spent’s, cover! Eek! It’s super cute guys. I cannot wait for you guys to see it. But first, I’d like to start off with some information about Spent so you can understand what the book is about and maybe add it to your TBR!

Genre: Contemporary Fiction // Age Group: Young

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young thief. A golden dragon. A stolen life. A modern Romeo and Juliet and heist mashup.

Sysnopsis:

“Rule #1 Never get caught.

Rule #2 Never admit to anything.

Rule #3 Never get involved with boys.

It’s not until Ru Rocklin is caught shoplifting that she considers exactly what has been taken from her. For sixteen years, she’s lived on the fringe and in isolation with her older sister, Silky, a master thief who doubles as Ru’s guardian—lying and thieving is the family biz. After she’s given the ultimatum to go to school or kick it in jail, Ru meets Julian Freese, and finally feels, well, normal. At least until the shame of her not-so- normal life pushes them apart. But when he reveals his own secrets, she realizes love is one con she can’t pull. When tragedy exposes the mystery of Ru’s past, she’s determined to finish the job Silky groomed her for: stealing the famed golden dragon, Mǔ long, from the Institute of Fine Art. It’s a heist she can’t do alone so she gathers a crack team of liars and thieves to help. As she tries to avoid the attention of the authorities, the crew embarks upon a wild game of give and take, bluffs and blunders, and twists and turns. Though it felt like the perfect plan, the dragon only leads to more questions. Ru will have to break every rule she knows to find the answers to Silky’s finely-woven lies and get her life back, or make a new one.

With Romeo and Juliet inspired romance and a caper with Ocean’s 11 tension and thrills, fans of Heist Society by Ally Carter will enjoy this story of thieves and thugs, love and loss, and high-stakes action.”

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Isn’t it so pretty?? I love the flowers in the bottom and top!  I also love how the cover has shadows on it inside of a photo of a person. I feel like that technique isn’t used often in YA literature, but it looks amazing and makes me wish that there were more books with shadows. I think that the cover resembles the synopsis well and I’m so excited to dive into the book! Spent releases on April 11th, 2017!

 

20150308deirdrehall-lr-lf2b32b230Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of the young adult bestsellers, Sugar and Pearl along with women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s probably surfing or in pursuit of magic. She also has a healthy case of wanderlust, loves chips and salsa, and dreams about learning no less than three languages. Join her monthly newsie.

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Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Blog and Promo Tours · Book Reviews

Shattered Blue and a 20% Check In of Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz

**** I am reviewing this for part of a blog tour. I was supposed to receive an ecopy, but I ended up buying my own copy after not being able to find the link and not wanting to bother anyone by emailing them. All opinions are my own.****

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Edition: Kindle

Pages: 336 and 420

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st and 2nd

Published: September 15th, 2016 and March 14th, 2017

Publisher: Papaloa Press

Goodreads Synopsis for Shattered Blue: “For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

 

I am not sure at this point in time whether I will finish this novel or not.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Read-a-thon Wrap Ups

Read-O-Rama Round 6 Wrap Up

I ended up reading four books for this read-a-thon. That is less than what my goal was, but I ended up spending the week cleaning and getting some new furniture.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi 4.5/5 Hot Aliens. I read this book in one sitting, staying up all night to finish it. This book was phenomenal. I think everyone should read this. It was an eye-opening book for me that toyed with my emotions throughout it.

  • A book with RAMA in the title/author name

Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison 5/5 Hot Aliens. I really enjoyed the plot of this volume. It was kind of all over the place and it held my attention the entire time.

  • Book with an animal on the cover

 

Soppy by Philippa Rice 4.5/5 Hot Aliens. This was an extremely quick read. I really liked the art style.

  • random book I decided to pick up

 

Started:

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz – I started this yesterday and I can’t wait to continue reading it.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

 

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#FemPowerAThon and #BorrowAThon TBR

Hey guys! So these two readathons started today and I’m hoping to participate in both!

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I’m looking for recs because I still have spaces to fill. Plus, I’m always up for switching a book I already have listed for another one if you guys tell me that I have to read a certain book now because of how amazing it is

woman in a position of power – Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen possibly?
a woman of color – Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas or possibly another book because I have a ton of books that would fit here
a LGBTQIA+ woman – The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen (?)
prominent sister relationship –
a woman with a mental illness – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstorm
an own voices novel – Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas
read a book about a woman not set in the western world –
a graphic novel by a female – Bee and Puppycat by Natasha Allegri

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I’d also love to get recs for this readathon! I haven’t gone to the library yet and I’m planning on going tomorrow to pick some up for this.

a book that you’d like to purchase –
a graphic novel – Bee and Puppycat by Natasha Allegri
an author you’ve never read – Deliah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
a book that’s been recommended –
a book that’s cover is your favourite colour –
a book that features a library –

Are you guys participating in one of these readathons?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Read-O-Rama Round 6 TBR

So I’m joining in slightly late for the Read-O-Rama readathon, but I am super excited! I have the week off for break so I will be reading the entire time.

A book with RAMA in the title/author name – American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Book with an animal on the cover – Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison

Main character that shares your initials – I honestly have no clue for this one. I can’t think of any book character with the initials AR so we shall see if this challenge gets done.

Book with Irish elements – Soulmated by Shaila Patel

Book about a mental or physical illness – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

Start a new series – Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Read a book blind – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Read 7 books – And then I’ll pick up another book or two to try to read seven books.

Are you guys participating in Read-O-Rama?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna