Swoony Boy of the Month

Swoony Boy of the Month is our new feature where we spotlight a favorite and/or swoony boy from the books we have read.

This month we are featuring Luke Brandon from the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella! He is totally unappreciated and overlooked. Luke is definitely swoony. He has infinite patience when it comes to dealing with Becky's antics, and is always supportive of her endeavors.

"You don't need to change one hair. One freckle. One little toe. And if its me thats made you feel you should do this...then there's something wrong with me." ~Luke Brandon
~Mini ShopaholicSophie Kinsella

Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

Call Me, Maybe
Author: Ellie Cahill
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Random House - Loveswept
Source: NetGalley
Review by: Jenn
Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with herphone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

1.5 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However my opinion wasn't influenced by it.*

Call Me, Maybe, unfortunately, was a disappointing read for me. The premise sounded like a book right up my alley and I read Ellie's When Joss Met Matt last year but didn't love it as much as her Liz Czukas' books, I was still excited about reading her newest book. Unfortunately, I had some problems falling for this book.

The story starts off strong, drawing me in to Clementine's world. We learn that she is part of royalty-like family in the United States and learns that she is the black sheep of the family for a reason we don't know yet. By a mistake not her own, her phone gets in the hand of a stranger and she has the stranger's phone. Once they realized their mistakes, they contact the other and make plans to return their phones, once they're back in town since both are lying to different ends of the country.

Right after the initial chapters is where it starts going downhill for me. Once I learn of Clementine's past mistake and the reason her family doesn't trust her, I find it hard to believe that she has no protection for her phone. It just really counterproductive in the grand scheme of things. I can see her point of view because her phone is not personalized but if she wants her grandparents off her back and have her family trust her again, not locking her phone is a huge risk.

My other problem was with how the story fell in a insta-love category. After only talking for a week, Clementine and Justin decide to meet up and return their phones and go on a date. I was okay with that up to that point, it the after the date and how fast they "fell" in love that really bothered me. After sleeping with each other on the first date, they want to spend every moment together. Again, that okay but it how they seem to fall for the other without really knowing the other person. Especially considering how Clementine was hiding a big secret.

Which brings me to my next point. Clementine just irritated me throughout most of the book. When she and Justin start flirting when they initially had the other's phone, she did something that seemed out of character. To me, considering her past scandal and the kind of person she seems to be, it seemed like a risk and I'm surprise she did it. I liked how she is a book lover and blogger and her wanting to do something in that respect. But considering her grandparents own a publishing company, I'm just surprised and annoyed she hasn't stepped up to do something with that. It would basically be a book blogger's dream. Also, while I understood some of Clementine's insecurities towards Justin, the fact that she withholds very important work related messages to him because who the person might be, is just too paranoid for someone who just started dating someone.

All in all, I'm sad I didn't end up falling in love with the book. It had great potential but it needed some work for me.  I'm definitely hesitant to try Ellie's next book due later this year so I think I'll wait to see what other people say.

Quotes (#143)


Morning Lovelies,

My lazy weekend went by much too quickly and now I'm regretting not doing any of the stuff I originally planned. I guess I should rethink my being a bum schedule. Anyways, I did finished two books this weekend so not all was lost. I finished the audiobook of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. So today's quotes will be on those two great books!

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It's so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn't have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.” - Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“So what do I wish for? Something I'm not sure I want? Someone I'm not sure I need? Or someone I know I can't have?” - Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” - Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“Being with you is the best thing that's ever happened to me, the one perfect decision I've made in a lifetime of fumbling and poor judgment. I'd go through it all again to be by your side. Never doubt that. Never doubt how I feel about you.”Richelle Mead, The Ruby Circle

“I told you before, we’re the center,” she said. “And the center will hold.” - Richelle Mead, The Ruby Circle

“That creature's staying?' It figured. Her daughter-in-law transforming into an animal? No problem. Having to take care of a cat? Crisis. ” - Richelle Mead, The Ruby Circle

I hope you all have a great week!

Favorite Friday (#55) - Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Have a favorite book? Series? One that you've just read or are currently reading? Favorite Friday is a bi-monthly meme hosted by Books and Swoons where we spotlight some of our Favorite Reads. Everyone is welcome to join. Just leave us a comment!

This week pick is: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi.

The race for survival comes to a thrilling close in the earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s New York Times bestselling Under the Never Sky trilogy.

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to find the fabled Still Blue and bring balance to their world.

I love love love this series. This book has one my favorite ending to a series, ever. I was hooked from the beginning to end and I'm still so sad that this series is over. Pick this book up!

About the author:

Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.
Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (publishing February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.
Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
Author's links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook / Twitter

I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make us happy. 

What are one of your favorite reads?

Mini Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart
(Bloodlines #4)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Personal copy
Review by: Jenn
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the wolds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...
But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

3.5 stars out of 5 stars 

Oh my god. This book is my favorite from the Bloodlines series thus far. It had the wonderful surprise of Adrian's POV! I mentioned how I struggled with Sydney in the previous books and I was slowly learning to like her but with Adrian's POV thrown in the mix, this made The Fiery Heart all the better.

The ending for this book just about killed me. I knew something was happening on the Alchemist side, especially since they involved Sydney's sister. Sydney was busy juggling many responsibilities, tasks and Adrian and was unable to see the threat that came in the end. I am terrified at what will in the next book because Sydney showed us some pretty grim and scary stuff before involving the Alchemist. But knowing Sydney and the gang, I'm sure they'll make up some crazy and elaborate plan and get things done.

Richelle Mead has definitely upped her game with this book. I wish it happened sooner though and I didn't have to wait four books to fully get invested in the story and the characters. Silver Shadows, you're next!

Waiting on Wednesday (#144)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:
Expected Release Date: April 5, 2016
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark's battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.

Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenaged girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from. Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town, which means her life is on the line yet again.

Now, it’s a desperate race for Harper to find and rescue David before she backslides from superhero to your garden-variety type-A belle.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.
I'm looking forward to end of this series and to find out what will happen to Harper and the gang.

What are you "Waiting on?"

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: Library
Review by: Nahomi
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

5 stars out of 5 stars 

It was a wonderful surprise to find out that in Scarlet we still get the povs that were in Cinder! Although the focus of the story is Scarlet and Wolf we still get to read about all of the other great characters too!! There was so much going on in this story, that it made my head spin. I really loved this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet is fast paced and full of action and intrigue. You never really know who you can trust. Also it’s heartbreaking as well. Holy moly towards the end I was in tears for Scarlet.

Scarlet is a kick ass character for so many reasons. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and does what needs to be done even if it takes her shooting someone to accomplish her goal. I love her character so much! She is kind, trusting, but fearless and the same time. Her relationship with Wolf is odd. In the beginning I get that she is using him to get information about her grandmother, but as the story progresses it turns to more.

Wolf is hard to get a read on. He is good looking but aloof and I wanted to trust him but I couldn’t let myself trust him completely. His relationship with Scarlet is interesting in the sense that there are mixed signals coming from him. I didn’t really get a firm understanding of his character until the very end. There were definitely some very shocking moments for me where Wolf is concerned.

Scarlet is action packed and full of plot twists that will leave your head spinning and you itching to get your hands on the next book Cress.

Quotes (#142)

Morning Friends, 

I can't believe we are already in the second month of the year! Jeez this year feels like it's flying by already. February is my second favorite month of the year because I love Valentine's Day! It's just a great month! I just finished the After the End Series by Amy Plum and today's quotes are from this series.

“I want to be someone she respects. Admires. But in order for that to happen, I'm going to have to change. To become stronger. As strong as her.”
~Amy Plum, After the End

“Doubt everything at least once. What you decide to keep, you'll be able to be confident of. And what you decide to ditch, you will replace with what your instincts tell you is true.”
~Amy Plum, After the End

“Something is nagging at the edge of my consciousness. It's a good feeling, but I can't quite place it. And then suddenly I do. It's a feeling of being where I'm supposed to be. A feeling of knowing that I'm in the right place at the right time. With the right person.”
~Amy Plum, After the End

"Is there anything you can't do? I ask, only halfway joking. She considers. There are plenty of things I've never done. Fly a plane. Speak Chinese. But nothing I can think of that I couldn't learn or find a way around."

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

~William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
~Albert Einstein

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
~Toni Morrison

Have a happy week! 

On Our Nightstand (#4)

On Our Nightstand is where we show the state of disarray our nightstand look holding all the books we are currently reading.

One night, I was halfway through a book when I knew I was going to finish it right then and there. So, before snuggling in for the night, I went ahead and grabbed my next TBR book and put it on my nightstand just so I didn't have to get up and get it. I looked at my nightstand, which is just stack of pretty boxes, and had an idea. After talking about this with Nahomi, we're going to be sharing, occasionally, how the towering books on our nightstands look with our readers.

This week, my nightstand look like this:
I am currently reading Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange, I am (hopefully) starting The Epidemic by Suzanne Young this weekend, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling is still sitting there gathering dust as my husband and I don't continue reading it. I might just read myself and forget about him.

Nahomi's nightstand is looking a little scary these days but since she's been listening to audiobooks lately we are spared her mess and get a look at her Overdrive account:

(Let's not mention how her low battery life is giving me a twitch.)

How does your nightstand look?

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