Déjà Revu April 24th, 2017

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Déjà Revu is a weekly review round-up that is open to all book review blogs.
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Contemporary

Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic

Paranormal

Religious

Romance

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Contemporary

Romance

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Contemporary

Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic

General Fiction

Non-Fiction

Paranormal

Romance

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Romance

Woman’s Fiction

Stacking the Shelves — April 22nd, 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

eReaderIQ Freebies:

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Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny (Taking Shots #4) by Cindi Madsen from Entangled: Embrace (Entangled Publishing LLC) — releases May 8th, 2017.  I’ve become behind on this series and because of things going on in my life at the time, I didn’t get a chance to read the NetGalley ARC of book 3 I received, so I went out and bought it instead.  I was trying to read the books in order, but I’m not going to fail this time and am just going to skip ahead to this one.  It sounds AMAZING.  I’ll get back to the others hopefully this summer or fall.
  • True Colors (True Love #2) by Anyta Sunday from the author — released March 14th, 2017.  Technically this one was a Read Now on NetGalley, but I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Sunday’s M/M’s, so I clicked that Read Now button.
  • The Doctor’s Redemption (Shadow Creek Montana #3) by Victoria James from Entangled: Bliss (Entangled Publishing LLC) — releases May 22nd, 2017.  I’ve read the first two books in this series, and enjoyed them with some caveats (see my reviews for Christmas with the Sheriff and The Baby Bombshell).  So I knew I’d need to find out what happened with Gwen.
  • The Nanny Arrangement (Country Blues #2) by Rachel Harris from Entangled: Bliss (Entangled Publishing LLC) — releases May 22nd, 2017.  I actually read the first book in this series, and really enjoyed it (see my review for You’re Still the One), so obviously I wanted to read more.

New Releases:

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  • Locked Tight (Mindjack #4) by Susan Kaye Quinn — released April 17th, 2017.  I have the first three in this series, but haven’t read them yet.  But I’m very intrigued, and have enjoyed other books by Ms. Quinn.  So when I saw that this sort of spinoff extension of the series was being released and would be 99 cents on release week, I said OK!  Unfortunately that sale is over.  Yay for me, boo for you.  😉
  • Edge of Brotherhood (Love on the Edge #5) by Molly E. Lee — released April 19th, 2017.  I’ve been collecting this series by Ms. Lee, even though I still haven’t read one yet.  So when I saw this new release on The Rock Stars of Romance daily newsletter, and then saw it was only 99 cents, I said YES PLEASE!  AND it’s still just 99 cents!

Had to Get the Next Book in the Series:

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  • Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2) by Ginger Scott — I’m reading in preparation for Romancing the Falls in May, and this is one of the main authors I’m going all the way there to meet.  I LOVE her.  I had the first book already, and read it, and of course had to buy the next one and find out what happened with Andrew.  You can read my review here.

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013 as top ten words/topics that will make me instantly want to read a book) — so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book. My list will likely be called Jamie-bait because there are soooo certain things you can say in a summary or a review that will just instantly draw me to it!”  I’m a bit late, but I really wanted to do this topic!

Lenoreo’s Top Eleven:

OK, these won’t necessarily immediately make me want to read a book, but will definitely put the book on my radar every single time.  I’ll still likely read some reviews and make a final decision that way.  These probably all look like contemporary tropes, but some of them can be found in non-contemps too, I’m just such a sucker for the romance parts that those are the things that stand out.

  1. Ugly Ducklings!!!  Oh yeah baby, I LOVE me an ugly duckling book.  By that I mean a heroine (or hero if it’s an M/M book) who feels ugly and overlooked.  Low self-esteem, yes please!  I know that sounds horrible, but what can I say, it’s easy to relate to.  BONUS points if the heroine doesn’t go through some stupid makeover or plastic surgery that makes her traditionally beautiful, but rather that the hero just *sees* the beauty she always had.  This one’s definitely top of the list.
  2. Sort of related is the popular/hot boy noticing/being slayed by the plain/shy/dorky girl.  I even enjoy the opposite too, swapping the girl and boy.  I don’t always love these ones, but I’ll always look into a book further if it has this story line.  It’s a bit of opposites attract I guess.
  3. BETA BOYS!!!  OMG I love me a beta boy.  Give me some shy, give me some sweet, give me quietly adorable, I’m all in.
  4. Celebrity romances!!!  Obviously I’m more attracted to the hero being the celebrity, but I’ve enjoyed the other way too.  There’s just something about a “normal” person connecting with a celebrity that makes me happy sigh.  Semi-related is Royal romances.
  5. And an offshoot of celebrity romances is secret identity romances!!  Where one of them is a celebrity or royal or something and they go undercover and falls in love while pretending to be normal.
  6. Older Brother’s Best Friend romances.  Maybe b/c when I was a kid I had a crush on my bro’s best friend.  Especially if he’s secretly in love with her too, but has stayed away.
  7. Best friends to lovers!!  Especially if one has secretly been in love with the other, but too afraid to make a move and assumes it’s unrequited.
  8. Secret baby/pregnancy!!  ROFL, this one doesn’t make sense to me.  I’m not a kid person.  Seriously.  But I think it’s just the dynamics of why it’s remained a secret, and what happens when the guy finds out, etc.
  9. Arrangements that turn to love — like forced marriages/relationships for some ulterior purpose where the couple is forced into close proximity and feelings develop.  I think this is a holdover from my Harlequin days.  Actually, a lot of these are.
  10. Hockey romances.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for most sports romances, but I will always look closer to hockey romances.
  11. (sneaky bonus) Gay for you!!  These don’t always work, but I often end up being attracted to M/M romances where they don’t know they’re gay/bi (sometimes just one, sometimes both), but then they find that one guy that they can’t deny.  *sigh*

So what about you??  What “things” are guaranteed to have you looking closer at a book?

Stacking the Shelves — April 15th, 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

eReaderIQ Freebies:

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Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Eye Candy (Real Love) by Jessica Lemmon from Loveswept (Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept) — releases July 25th, 2017.
  • Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly #4) by Lauren Layne from Loveswept (Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept) — releases April 18th, 2017.  I can’t even tell you how excited I was to see this available for request, and I totally squeeed when I was approved!!  LOVE Lauren Layne, and have been so excited for this one!!  She’s one of the authors I’m most looking forward to meeting at Big Apple Author Event in October.
  • 180 Seconds by Jessica Park from Skyscape (Skyscape and Two Lions) — releases April 25th, 2017.  I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book, I’m very excited I was approved!

NetGalley ARC Widgets Offered (and Taken):

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  • Back Piece (Skin Deep Inc. #1) by L.A. Witt from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases April 25th, 2017.  Already read this one and enjoyed it, see my review here.

ARCs from Authors/PR Companies:

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  • The Bohemian and the Businessman (The Story Sisters #1, Blueberry Lane #15) from L. Woods PR — releases April 25th, 2017 on Amazon, no preorder.  It’s actually releasing on the other buying sites 2 days earlier because then it will be taken off and placed on Kindle Unlimited, so if you’re not an Amazon person, snatch it up quick!  I was so excited to get approved for this one, can’t wait to dive in!  This is an author I’m most excited to meet at Romancing the Falls in May!!  I’m hoping she’ll have paperback copies!

Preorders That Went Live:

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  • The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry — released on April 13th, 2017.  I have the first in this series (but haven’t read it yet), and just recently read the third book because it was on sale (see next section).  This one was on a preorder sale for 99 cents, so I figured why not?  Especially since this author will also be attending the Big Apple Author Event in October!
  • Happily Ever After (Cinder & Ella #2) by Kelly Oram — released on April 11th, 2017.  The much anticipated sequel to Cinder & Ella is here!!  I can’t believe I haven’t dived in yet, but I have to get some ARCs read first!!

Got It On Sale:

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  • London Lovers: Volume One (London Lovers #1-3) by Amy Daws — I actually already had the first book in this volume, but when I saw this volume of the first three books for only 99 cents on BookBub, I had to one-click.  This author has been recommended to me by some of the Platypires.  No longer on sale.
  • Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn — I love this author, and so when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $5.99, I had to one-click.  It’s still on sale too!  (I actually even saw it on BookBub today I think)
  • The Silent Waters (Elements #3) by Brittainy C. Cherry — Another BookBub deal for 99 cents from it’s usual $3.99 (I think)!  And as I mentioned with the fourth book I preordered up above, this author will be attending the Big Apple Author Event in October!  I actually couldn’t contain myself and already read this one and loved it, see my review here.  Unfortunately this sale is over.
  • Royal Games (The Royals of Monterra #3) by Sariah Wilson — I technically didn’t get a notice about this particular book, but book 1 in the series was on Book Bub AND My Book Cave, and when I went to make sure I already had it, I noticed that the only one in the series that I didn’t yet have was also on sale for 99 cents (from its usual $3.50 or so (not sure because it’s still on sale).  I have read book 1 in this series and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I took I chance in getting this one too.

Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read (topic originally done 4/14) Some variations: top ten unique sounding books on my TBR, top ten most unique books I’ve read in X genre, etc.”

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

And each book is unique in different ways…  I’ve got 5 contemporaries, and 5 non-contemporaries.  😉

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  1. Road to Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris — I loved that this story may have contained some romance, but it was really about the relationship between two sisters…I found that very unique.
  2. Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious #1) by Sara Wolf — Our heroine, Isis, is incredibly unique all on her own.  Her inner thoughts were out of this world.  See my review here.
  3. Loving Libby (College Life) by Mia Josephs — Formerly titled 3 Sides to a Circle, I found this one so unique in the NA genre because it focused not just on romance but on friendship relationships that are created in college.
  4. Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn — This story was actually told over the course of 4 summers and I really enjoyed how that played out.
  5. The Real Thing by Cassie Mae — Hero is a virgin, need I say more?
  6. The Rush (The Siren #1) by Rachel Higginson — A paranormal series around the mythos of Sirens that involves sex trafficking?  Yup, definitely unique.
  7. Heir of Skies (Starbright #1) by Rachel Higginson — Another paranormal series about *STARS* that are beings?  Yup, unique.
  8. Gathering Water (Gathering Water #1) by Regan Claire — I can’t even describe to you this paranormal world, b/c it was just so unique…I loved the way it played with elements and grabbed things from different mythos but made it its own.  Oh, and the romance also took me in places I didn’t expect.  See my review here.
  9. Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane — This was just a bizarre erotic fairy tale, though I can’t quite pin down what fairy tale.  It was just strange but awesome.
  10. Ride the Wind (Flipped Fairy Tales) by Starla Huchton — And speaking of odd fairy tales, I had never heard of the fairy tale that this story was based on.  And the thing I love about this series (though I’ve still only read this one so far) is that they are gender flipped!  I can’t wait to read more.  See my review here.

So how about you guys?  What books did you find unique in some way or another?

Déjà Revu April 10th, 2017

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Déjà Revu is a weekly review round-up that is open to all book review blogs.
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Classic

Contemporary

Fantasy

Non-Fiction

Romance

Science Fiction

Stacking the Shelves — April 8th, 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Widgets Offered (and Taken):

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  • Shacking Up by Helena Hunting from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases on May 30th, 2017.

Preorders That Went Live:

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Amazon Purchases:

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  • Hunt (The Grizzly Brothers Chronicles #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy.

My Book Cave Freebies:

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eReaderIQ Sales and Freebies:

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Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

Preorders That Went Live:

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  • Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae — released on April 4th, 2017.  I alpha/beta read this book last fall, and just recently reread it on release day, you can read my review here.  If you follow this blog at all, you’ll know that this is one of my favourite authors, and she does such a fantastic job with this book.

 Got It On Sale:

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  • Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots #3) by Cindi Madsen — I actually have a NetGalley ARC of this book from November when it was released, but November – January was just an utter failure for me in terms of ARCs, and so I haven’t read it yet.  But I enjoyed book one in this series (see my review here), so when eReaderIQ alerted me that it was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $3.99, I had NO QUALMS about one-clicking.  It was also featured on BookBub the next day, so the universe really wanted me to buy this book.  It’s still on sale!
  • Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase — I got an eReaderIQ alert that this one went on sale for 99 cents from its usual $4.99, only as is wont to happen it wasn’t on sale for me (as a Canadian).  So I totally beat the system by sending Curly Carla a $1 gift card and getting her to gift me the book…  And you know what’s funny?  It’s now on sale for me too.  If only I had patience.  I actually bought the paperback of this one b/c I’m confident I will enjoy it, and this author will be attending the Big Apple Author Event in October.  But as I prefer reading on my Kindle, I couldn’t pass this up.  Still on sale!

Top Ten Fandoms I’m In

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.”  Curly Carla’s doing Top Ten Fandoms I’m In.

Curly Carla’s Top Twelve:

Ok, I’m gonna mix both book and TV with this one because I can. 😉

Books:

  1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. I know I know. Whatever, I like it.
  2. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is the book that got me into this genre! Loved it.
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Even though the last book was a HUGE fail IMO, I did like the others.
  4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Dayum have you read this series!!!
  5. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Claire. I haven’t finished this series yet. I’m on like book 5 I think. But I do love what I have read so far.
  6. Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance Chronicles) by Margaret Weiss. I’ve read almost every book by this author…twice. This series is by far my favorite and if you don’t know it, I feel bad for you cause you are really missing out.

Now onto the TV shows:

  1. Once Upon A Time (ABC) This series ya’ll.
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO) I do realize this is a book series but they were too dry for me to get into so I switched to the show.
  3. Survivor (CBS) This is one of those shows that my husband and I watch together. We don’t watch many together.
  4. Doctor Who (BBC) How could I forget this one!!!!
  5. Stranger Things (Netflix) This one is so spooky.
  6. Jessica Jones (Netflix) I love this series.

Welp, that’s about it for my fandoms.

How about you guys?  What fandoms are you in?

Déjà Revu April 3rd, 2017

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Déjà Revu is a weekly review round-up that is open to all book review blogs.
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Contemporary

Fantasy

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Paranormal

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Stacking the Shelves — April 1st, 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

Amazon Purchases:

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  • Pirates of Venus (Venus #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is April’s book in my Decades of Sci-fi challenge so I bought it. Only a buck!
  • Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas. A friend of mine told me I should read this, so I listened and bought it. See Caylie, I take recommendations!! Hehe.

Freebies on Amazon:

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Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

ARCs from Authors/PR Companies:

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  • Who She Was by Stormy Smith — releases May 4th, 2017.  I’m part of the Rebel Writers Street Team, of which Ms. Smith is a member, so I was able to sign up for an ARC of her upcoming contemporary novel.  I’m very excited to dive into this one.

Preorders That Went Live:

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  • Holding (Playmaker Duet #2, Prescott Family #3) by Mignon Mykel — released on March 28th, 2017.  Last week I snagged book one and one of the prequels on the recommendation of a fellow blogger.  So I figured I’d preorder this one on the assumption I enjoy it.  *fingers crossed*
  • The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract #1) by Rachel Higginson — released on March 30th, 2017.  I got the chance to beta read this book, you can read my review here.   It was freaking amazeballs.  I adore this author.

Won It:

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  • In Your Dreams (Falling #4) by Ginger Scott — I’ve read the first three books in this series and truly loved them (in fact, book 1 was the first book I ever read from Ms. Scott), but I haven’t had a chance to catch up with this unexpected 4th book.  So when Ms. Scott had a contest on her Facebook page, I eagerly entered!  And I won!!!  So excited, will be reading it this month in preparation for meeting Ms. Scott in May at Romancing the Falls!

 Got It On Sale:

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  • Undercover Fan: A Kpop Romance Book by Jennie Bennett — Again, this author is part of a group I’m in and I truly enjoy interacting with her.  I still haven’t read any of her Kpop books yet, but when I saw this was free on My Book Cave Team email from its usual $2.99, I snagged it.  Sale is now over.
  • Openly Straight (Openly Straight #1) by Bill Konigsberg — Curly Carla sold me on this book in her review here.  So I put it on my wishlist.  And I got an eReaderIQ alert earlier in the week that the price had dropped to 99 cents from its regular $5.99, but it kind of got lost in the shuffle.  Luckily my co-pilot posted it on our Facebook page and reminded me, so I snagged it!  Still on sale!
  • The Prince & The Player (Dirty Players #1) by Tia Louise — This author is going to be at both the signings I’m attending this year (Romancing the Falls in May and Big Apple Author Event in October).  And I was sort of interested in this one after Curly Carla read it (see her review here), but I’d also seen some mixed reviews, so I decided I didn’t need more books.  But then I saw it on my BookBub email for free from its regular $4.99 (I think), so I figured I couldn’t lose.  Still on sale!