Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Review: Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

Shuffle, Repeat
By Jen Klein 
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Source: Publisher
When Harry Met Sally for YA romance readers. This opposites-attract love story is perfect for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han.
 
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.
 
Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.
 
Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.

It has been far too long since I've read and loved a YA contemporary. Lately, I haven't been into YA and I was scared that it was because I was growing out of the genre. Thankfully, I picked this book up and fell utterly in love with it. 

June thinks that high school is a cliche that won't matter as soon as graduation comes. Oliver, on the other hand, thinks that high school is important in defining who you are and who you will become. So when June and Oliver's mom arrange for Oliver to drive June to school, the two immediately clash and fight over everything and anything, especially their high school experience. But arguing is their thing and soon the two start to look forward to their drives to school together, hoping to prove to one another their beliefs about high school and life. As June and Oliver become friends, though, they both find it hard to truly trust one another and forget all of their thoughts about friendship, high school, and, most of all, love. 

Oh my goodnessssssss, this book. I loved Oliver and June. Loved loved loved them! I think that what made this book so strong was the fact that Oliver and June were both in relationships when they started to hang out, so they just became really good friends with no expectations. I loved their banter and how they fought over music. Their bet was so fun and they really pushed each other to think in new ways. June grew so much in this book and while I was annoyed with how pretentious she was (what senior in high school has a vocabulary that large and extensive?), I liked watching her start to actually get to know the people she had been around her whole life and actually experience high school. 

I am a huge fan of a good friendship in books and both June and Oliver actually had very interesting friends. It was refreshing that Oliver's girlfriend wasn't a total snob, but instead a really nice person who actually became friends with June. Nothing about this book was that cliche and June's gay best friend was the perfect best friend for her. He wasn't her only friend though, and it was fun to see her have a group of friends who commented on her changing view on high school and were there to support her, not judge her, the whole way. 

Overall, I absolutely LOVED Shuffle, Repeat. Oliver and June really take a look at what high school really means and just let themselves live for once. With a super cute romance and a whole cast of lovable characters, you HAVE to pick up this book! 



Thursday, August 25, 2016

#IndieReadathon2016 TBR


My BFF Sarah from Words With Sarah is hosting a readathon with the lovely Angie and Lacey. This readathon is the #indiereadathon2016, which means that the goal is to read independently published books! I recently got a few self-published books for my birthday, so I knew that I had to participate in this readathon. It takes place from August 29th to September 12th and the goal is to read as many self-published books as you can! I am so pumped for this readathon and had so much fun putting my TBR list together! Here are the books I'm definitely going to read: 


The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
Paper Princess by Erin Watt
With This Heart by RS Grey
Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
HardBall by CD Reiss
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

I know that this is a pretty ambitious TBR, but just look at all of the beautiful books! I have been dying to read these books and I'm so happy to have the excuse to finally do it! Are any of you participating? What are you going to read? 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (155)



This is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers highlight a book that they are eagerly anticipating the release of!

Just Friends
By Tiffany Pitcock
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Jenny met Chance for the very first time when she was assigned as his partner in their Junior Communications class. But one clever lie to rescue a doomed assignment later, and the whole school was suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A's and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever.

It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow—especially when you really, really want it to be the truth. With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that television has always promised her. And through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are 'just friends.' But that might be the biggest lie of all.
 


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No, that release date is not a type. This book does not come out for AN ENTIRE YEAR. Seriously? Why tease us with that gorgeous cover and super intriguing synopsis? I mean, how cool does this book sound? This story sounds like it's going to be very interesting and I can't wait to see how two opposites like Jenny and Chance go about being friends and denying their feelings for one another. It needs to be next year now! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review: Furious Rush by SC Stephens

Furious Rush 
By SC Stephens
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Source: Publisher
For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she's determined to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie's skin and she can't help but be distracted.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense - and strictly forbidden - attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can't.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren't their only obstacles . . .

Words cannot even begin to describe how excited I was when I heard that SC Stephens was writing a new book  that wasn't associated with her Thoughtless series. Don't get me wrong, I love every book in that series, but I was excited to see SC Stephens write all new characters in a completely new world. 

Racing is in Mackenzie Cox's blood, and it's finally her time to race for her dad. The last thing Mackenzie needs is a distraction, especially in the form of the gorgeous man that is Hayden Hayes. Even if Mackenzie did want to admit her attraction to Hayden, he just so happens to be the newest racer for her father's enemy, the man who ruined her family and who Mackenzie despises more than anyone else. As Mackenzie works to help save her dad's racing company, she soon realizes that nothing causes her to race faster than racing against Hayden. Mackenzie needs to keep her mind of the track and off of the man who is the last person she should be feeling anything for. 

I LOVED THIS BOOK. Okay, sorry, I had to say that right away because I SERIOUSLY loved this book. It shouldn't be a surprise seeing as I love SC Stephens, but the whole racing world and insanely passionate chemistry our two main characters had sealed the deal. Let's start with the racing first. I love sports romances and motorbike racing is no exception. I loved how dedicated both Mackenzie and Hayden were to the sport and the adrenaline rush they had while racing, especially when they were racing each other. From the first race Mackenzie races in this book, I was hooked on the action and literally could not take my eyes off the pages until the race was over and I knew the outcome. I was rooting for Mackenzie to just win and prove to everyone, including herself, that she really was good enough. 

But let's move on to the real reason I loved this book. HAYDEN. Oh. My. Gosh. The chemistry between Hayden and Mackenzie was through the roof, but they took forever to act on it because they were both trying so hard to resist each other since they raced for rival companies. It turns out I love books that make you crazy when the couple just won't get together yet because that makes their romance that much more addicting. I gobbled up every moment they spent together and needed them to finally get together! 

Overall, Furious Rush has it all-- a sizzling romance, intense sports action, and a main character that I really cared for. Mackenzie was so relatable and I was hoping for the best for her. And Hayden! YUM. The ending of this book left me begging for the next book and I am already waiting for more of this world and its amazing characters! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On Your Shelf Since Before Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read


This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. So hopefully I'll have a new list to share with you all each week!

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Books On Your Shelf Since Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet

I have been blogging since May of 2011, which is over FIVE YEARS AGO. How crazy is that? My book collection has exploded since then, but I have had a decent amount of my books since before I started blogging. Sadly, there are still some books on my shelves that I haven't read yet. Here are some of the ones that have been on there for more than five years! 


1. Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown
2. Lucky T by Kate Brian 
3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


4. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
5. Crazy Wild by Tara Janzen
6. Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham


7. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
8. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
9. Something Blue by Emily Giffin


10. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Review: Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer's Voice
By Mia Sheridan 
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Source: Amazon
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

It's official. Mia Sheridan is AMAZING. I've read two books by her now and am completely in love with her storytelling and her deep, emotional characters. Archer's voice was a romance unlike any other romance I've ever read and I loved it. 

Bree Prescott is running from her past after her father died and arrives in the sleepy town she visited as a kid. Adjusting to life in a small cottage with the job as a waitress, Bree is trying to find peace. When she runs into a big and gorgeous, yet silent man, Bree is intrigued. Archer Hale has not spoken since tragedy struck his family when he was a little boy and he tries his best to stay alone and unnoticed. When he runs into Bree, though, he finds himself drawn to her and wanting to actually get close to another person. Bree and Archer slowly start a relationship that tests them both in ways they had never imagined. 

Wow, this book. It seems like every romance now has the cocky main character who has tons of experience and has all the right moves. That is definitely not Archer. Archer has grown up not speaking to anyone and only interacted with his uncle who was a little on the strange side. So when Bree started popping up at his place, Archer had no idea how to act, he just knew that he really liked Bree. Their relationship was so adorable and I loved every moment they spent together. Archer really started to open up and Bree was able to find the peace she needed after what had happened to her in her past. 

While there was a sweet romance, there were also some suspenseful and mysterious parts that really had me hooked to the story. We had no idea what had happened in Archer's past or what was going to happen to Bree since she ran away from home, which kept me invested in their story, just dying to know their secrets. 

Overall, Archer's Voice has made me the newest member of the Mia Sheridan fan club. I loved the unique storyline, the super sweet man that Archer was, and the slow development of the relationship between our two main characters. For a refreshing and sweet romance, you definitely need to read Archer's Voice!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (207)

 
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

From Amazon
I loved Leaving Amarillo so much that once I finished it, I made sure that I got the third book on Amazon so that I could binge the next two books in the series. I can't wait to read it! 


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 
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