Friday, December 15, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Sidekick

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Now what is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sidekick

Robin - Batman

Least Favorite 
Snapper Carr - Justice League

Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Christmas Themed Book (or books that take place during Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Changing Tastes and Tropes I'm Over

It happens to everyone, as we get older our likes and dislikes change. It's not a bad thing and it doesn't mean that the things we are now losing interest in are any less good then when we loved them. 

I'm sure you know where I'm going with this. I'm slowly getting out of YA. Don't get me wrong, I still love YA with all my heart. It's my go to when I enter a bookstore but I'm starting to branch out. I'm learning more toward NA or even just Adult. The main reason, YA is changing in my eyes, it used to be the only kind of books I'd read, now I've found myself looking away from them. 

I feel like I've trapped myself in this little bubble of YA while there is so freaking much more to read out there. So I'm not quitting YA but it's not all I'll be reading anymore.

Everything has to evolve, nothing stays the same. It's just not how the world works. Maybe I'm just starting to 'outgrow' YA. I am not longer the target audience for it. They say it's 15-25 and I'm now 25. I feel so old saying that and I've no idea why, 25 is not old at all. Anyway... the point is, I just wanted to talk about some of the things I dislike about YA. 

The tropes. Every single YA novel has at least one troupe and that's not a bad thing. It's just some troupes I don't like. Insta-love, no way. I hate it. There is no such thing as love at first sight. Lust at first sight, hell yeah, totally a real thing but not love. You can't love someone you don't even know. 

Mary Sue. I'm so sick of the MC in the story being great at everything on their first try, even though they have no idea what they doing but they are freaking amazing at it! Where's the struggle? It's so hard to connect to a character that is amazing at everything because, no one is great at everything. We have strengths and weaknesses. 

Now, this one kinda ties into the love triangle trope which I actually love. Though most love triangles feature two great guys and the most boring girl in the world. Seriously, why on Earth would two awesome guys be fighting for someone so boring? One of my favorite love triangles is in The Infernal Devices. Because I feel like Tessa isn't bland at all. 

There are more, I could go on and on. 

So what about you? Are there tropes you hate? Let me know below and as always butterflies, have a great day!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Avon

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . .

Monday, December 11, 2017

Music Monday - Warmer in the Winter

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

So every Music Monday this month is going to be Christmas music! So grab that cozy blanket and plop down in front of the crackling fire with a good book and let the magic of the season envelop you while the snow falls outside your window, blanketing the ground in a blinding white. 

I'm going to share two of my favorites from Lindsey Stirling's new Christmas album.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scorpio Hates Virgo - Review

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.

Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?

Nobody, that’s who.

Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.

Even his nemesis, Callaghan Glover. 

Especially his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .

That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past . . .

Book Breakdown 

*Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was too cute! I love Cal and Percy so freaking much! I went in thinking that nothing would top Jamie and Theo but these guys.... Anyta has this way of pulling you in and making you fall in love with all the characters and I love it! 

Percy is scared to ket anyone in because they always leave him. So he's closed off his heart, not letting anyone so they can't leave him. He's even started leaving them before he gets left. When his Aunt dies and he goes back to her house.... his neighbor may just be the one to change his way of thinking. 

This also features a Demipan character if you're looking for a book with that label. There is also a gay character... duh this is a m/m romance. Also it's a HEA ending, which I love to death! The banter is great between the characters and I just loved the tension in the air. This is a great book to this standalone series and I highly recommend it! 

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Population - Review

Lawlessness, violence and desperation are all that is left of the world following the coming of the Others. Abel exists only within the boundaries that her rules allow - rules that she created to keep her alive. But when her best friend's daughter is taken by the Others, she can't keep playing by the rule book. Instead, she must begin a life defining journey that will test her survival techniques and bring all of her instincts into question. When she finds herself allied with one of the Others, Abel must confront foreign concepts like allegiance and desire and trust as he challenges her ability to find what she has always feared: hope.

*This series is a science fiction romance and some violent and graphic content may not be suitable for young readers*

Book Breakdown 

I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway

Heart pounding, gritty, diverse, and violent. This book is a wild ride. It does start off slow but once you get through the world building and all that jazz, the story picks up and it never stops. Not once does this book you a chance to breathe. It keeps you on the tip of your toes and the edge of your seat. I being the romance fan that I am, was happy that amid everything else, we get some of that too. 

My biggest gripe with this book.... there is a cliff hanger!!! I need the next book right now. Do NOT start this book without the second one on your kindle, shelf, whatever. I mean it, you will hate yourself if you can't jump into the next one. I know I am. 

The character development is great and the plot moves along greatly. Something I love that I have found some authors have a problem with is the balance of the romance and the actual plot. That wasn't a problem here. The romance never once took away from the plot but instead it added to it wonderfully. 

Overall, get this book and get through the first 25-30 pages and then it will suck you in and refuse to let you go.