Monday, January 16, 2017

Top 5 Best Books of 2016

Most posts I have seen of yearly updates have been a top 10.  I read 42 books this year, and for the most part had a lot I liked, but not a lot of books I loved.  I decided to share a top 5 books.  There is a series that I combined because I didn't want to have so many spots occupied by that one series.

These are in no particular order.

The Selection by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera CassThe One by Kiera CassThe Heir by Kiera CassThe Crown by Kiera Cass

1. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I really loved this series as a whole.  I read the last four books pretty much back to back.  These were so fun.  I did enjoy Heir over the Crown though.  I know some say this series shouldn't be as long as it was, but I actually think the second half of the series should have had 3 books as well.  The Crown was not fleshed out as it really should have been.  I'm so excited for the movies.  I still wish it would have just been turned into a TV series, though.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

This was my first book by Kasie West, and it was so much fun.  I smiled so much during this book.  I really can't wait to pick up more of her books.  Some reviews thought it was predictable.  To me, I went back and forth who I thought was writing the main character back.  I should have probably stuck with my gut. This was a light and breezy book I thoroughly enjoyed.
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

3. Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Anne Campbell

Before I started to read this book, I thought it would take me a while just because of the nature of the book.  This is a steampunk retelling as Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast.  I definitely picked up elements from both of those classics.  I loved this book so much.  I read this one fairly quick.  There is a scene that is a seance, so I really hated that part of the book. This was definitely an atmospheric read.  I didn't find it scary except for that once scene.  I highly recommend this book.

 The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos

4. The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos

I've read the first two books in her series, Everblue and loved it so much.  That series is a book about mermaids, this one is a books about vampires.  I loved reading about vampires when I was younger.  I do think that has lessened a lot as a got older, but there are still vampire books I want to read.  I didn't expect to love this one as much as I did because I really don't enjoy that sort of thing as much as I did.  
When Magic Sleeps by Tera Lynn Childs

5. When Magic Sleeps by Tera Lynn Childs

I have read a couple of her mermaid books and one of her goddess books.  I don't feel like this novella series gets any attention.  I really enjoyed this one a lot.  I do wish she would have done this as a full length model.  I think there are 5 books to this fae series, and Tera does have all of these now bound in the same book.  Get the first two free with this link: 

What were your favorite books?  Do any of these interest you?  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Blind Date (Timeless Romance Anthology) by Various Authors

Blind Date Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 18)

Title: Blind Date: A Timeless Romance Anthology
 Authors: Annette Lyon, Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore, Victorine E. Lieske, Rachel Branton, Sariah Wilson
  Published: September 13, 2016
 Publisher: Mirror press
 A Timeless Romance Anthology Series
Format: e-book
 Source: for review

Summary from Good Reads

Blind Date (Timeless Romance Anthology)
A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: BLIND DATE COLLECTION: Featuring New York Times bestselling author Victorine E. Lieske. Readers will love this collection of six novellas—three contemporary and three historical—all with one thing in common: Romance.

Three Historical Romance Novellas:

THE PROMISE THAT KATY DID, by Annette Lyon: After the death of Sue Ellen, the closest thing she has to family, Katy knows it’s time to leave the house she’s lived in as a guest and start over in the city. She quickly secures a job, but before leaving, she must honor the unusual promise she made to Sue Ellen on her deathbed: meet with Mr. Balmer. The elderly gentleman arranges for his grandson Barrett to escort her to a town dance. That evening, shy Katy quickly feels at ease with her partner. If her new position weren’t taking her from town morning after next, perhaps something could develop between them. But Barrett may not feel the same about her, and besides, they don't have enough time to find out.

A LADY OF SENSE, by Sarah M. Eden: Eleanor Sherwood has lived her entire life under her parents’ thumb with little hope of escape. When they choose the unbearable Mr. Broadstead to be her future husband, she begs her father for another option. He arranges for her to meet Peter Havensham, who quickly proves himself a good and kindhearted gentleman, completely different from Mr. Broadstead, and utterly undeserving of a forced engagement. Eleanor cannot bring herself to prey upon Peter’s honor, but neither can she imagine a life with Mr. Broadstead. What is a lady to do when faced with such an impossible choice?

A SECOND CHANCE, by Heather B. Moore: Virginia needs a new start in order to recover from her broken marriage and vicious gossips of her neighborhood in Boston, so when her best friend Millie invites Virginia to Chicago, she goes to live with her friend’s family. But when Millie asked Virginia to participate in a double-date, Virginia knows she’s not ready to start dating again. Reluctantly she agrees, only to find out that Max might just be the man who can repair the cracks in her heart.

Three Contemporary Romance Novellas:

BRAELYNN’S BLIND DATE, by Victorine E. Lieske. When Braelynn agrees to go on a blind date, she thinks she’s hit the jackpot. Tyler is gorgeous and the perfect gentleman. Of course she should have known it was too good to be true. It turns out that Tyler really wasn’t Tyler, but a random stranger who went along with Braelynn’s mistaken assumption. So, she chalks it up to a dumb mistake until she gets to work Monday morning and discovers that her gorgeous blind date is now her new boss.

BIANCA’S HOPE, by Rachel Branton: A blind-date-gone-wrong is not the way Bianca would have chosen to celebrate the news that she might be losing her business, but saying no to the sister who took care of her after their mother’s death proves impossible. So for one date, one torturous evening, she’ll endure the company of an infuriating, heartless man she has no intention of ever seeing again. She doesn’t expect her heart to have other plans. Bianca soon learns that sometimes the unexpected is not only what you need, it’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for all along.

BLIND SPOT, by Sariah Wilson: Ria has prepared most of her life to meet her prince, trouble is, her mother keeps yanking her back to reality. So when Ria reads about a country teeming with princes, she drops everything and applies to grad school. But every blind date goes wrong, and while Ria commiserates with her roommate Tessa and Tessa’s totally un-prince-like brother Paolo, Ria discovers that all the things she thought she wanted in a man are far from what she really needs.


I received a copy for review.

I’m not the biggest fan of historical books, but do tend to like the regency era and medieval settings.  I was not expecting to like those novellas in this set like I did.  I also did not expect to enjoy them more than the contemporary ones. 

Novellas normally always follow the plague of being too fast-paced.  There were some that did this a tad, but again, I felt that the historical novellas handled that slightly better.  If I had to pick a favorite of the historicals, it would probably be A Lady of Sense.  For the contemporaries, my favorite would be the one by Sariah Wilson.  I have read her first full-length book in the Royals of Moneterra and enjoyed this novella set there as well.  It’s hard to go wrong with princes.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Recently Added to My TBR: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. "This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day's posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers."- from their website.

Swear (My Blood Approves, #5)The Rejected Suitor (Clearbrook Regency, #1)The Book Jumper

1. Swear by Amanda Hocking

It's been soooo long since I've read anything in this series.  I definitely chose a team in this series, but I'm not going to spoil anything.  I remember loving the books I've read by her.

2.The Rejected Suitor by Teresa McCarthy

I've never used to be into historical type books, but I've know started liking to find clean Regency romance books, and this one sounded fun to me. If you have any suggestions let me know!

3. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

I absolutely loved this book cover.  It kind of makes me think of the book by Jodi Picoult and her daughter.
 Hunted (Hunted, #1)Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows #2)In Some Other Life

4. Hunted by Megan Spooner 

I love Beauty and the Beast retellings.  I am wary though because of Beauty hunting the Beast.  I really hope this will be a romance book.  She just can't kill the Beast.

5. Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

I've been wanting to read the first book, Reign of Shadows, for a while now.  I loved her YA Firelight trilogy a lot.

6. In the Other Life by Jessica Brody

I've only read 2 books by Jessica Brody, but I really enjoy her contemporaries.  I still have some more I need to read though.  This one won't be out until next August though.

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the BeastScarlet (Scarlet, #1)These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, #1)

7. Beauty by Robin McKinley
Once again another Beauty and the Beast Retelling.  I have a Spindle's End by her that I got recently, but I haven't read it yet.

8. Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

I don't read a lot of books like this, but I really love the cover and retellings.  I'm hoping I'll like it.

9. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

I recently heard about this book, and someone mentioned this book feeling like Jane Austen.  I have tried to read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and have yet to get past page 48.  I love Jane Austen retellings and books inspired by it, but I'm having trouble liking the actual book.

Does anybody else have this problem?  I love the movies and readaptations...just not the book. :(

Kingdom of Ash and BriarsEleanor and the Iron King

10. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

This is supposed to have parts inspired by Mulan, Cinderella, Jane Austen's Emma, and Sleeping Beauty.  I really hope this works.  It could go really wrong or really great. I'm not sure.

11. Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines

I love the cover to this.  Eleanor basically marries the enemy or her land that just happens to be a Welsh King.  I'm looking forward to the setting to this one.

Do any of these look or sound interesting to you to add to your list?  Feel free to leave your links for me to check out :)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

October Wrap-Up and November TBR

Royal Date by Sariah WilsonScarlet by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
The Heir by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera CassThe One by Kiera Cass

    Royal Date (Royals of Monterra) by Sariah Wilson

    I've had my eyes on this one for a while.  As you can see, I have been on a huuuge royalty reads kick.  Although, I did enjoy this one a lot, I feel like not a lot happened in it.  Also, I really didn't care for some of the innuendo.

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    I have always been hesitant to read this series.  I will say I still don't care for the cyborg aspects of this book/series.  I do really love Iko, and she is definitely one of my favorites in this book.  As I got into the 2nd book, the cyborg part of the book bothered me less.

    Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

    At first, I wasn't really interested in Scarlet's POVs in the story.  I was definitely wanting to stick with Cinder's POV for a while until about half of the way or so. Then, I started really getting into Scarlet's story and started liking Wolf a lot more.  I'm pretty sure a lot of people like Thorne, but I'm not entirely on board with him.  I think he is funny, but I don't like what Marissa in

    The Elite by Kiera Cass

    I like read the 2nd and 3rd book in this series back to back, so I'm kind of not sure a lot of what happens in this book at the moment.  However, I do know I still enjoyed it.  The books in this series have gone by so quickly, and I'm already wanting to reread at least the first 3.  I'm so excited for the movie and the coloring book that's coming out this December.  Any fans of the series might want to check it out.  It looks great so far.

    The One by Kiera Cass

    This was my favorite of the entire main books in the Selection series.  I really loved how America stood up for people, especially in the Convicting scene.  I sometime think I am more Team Aspen than Team Maxon, but maybe I'm more in the middle.  I do really like both guys in different ways, but I do think both Maxon and Aspen have done a lot of things that have annoyed me in the overall series.  I didn't like some of the revelations in the series as a whole.  I want go into details because of spoilers.

    The Heir by Kiera Cass

    I know a lot of people do not like the continuation of the series, but I loved this one a lot.  I think Maxon has a lot of funny lines in this one.  A lot of people don't like Eadlyn, but I really loved her POV.  I thought she had really funny POVs in the beginning.

    I absolutely have enjoyed the Selection series so much and hope more people will give it a chance.

    As you can see, this month has had pretty good books. I will say I only read 2 books on my October TBR.  I just wasn't really in the mood for the creepier books I thought about reading.  I do plan to continue the Lunar Chronicles series, but I kind of want a break from that series for a little bit.

    November TBR

    The Crown (The Selection, #5)
    I'm currently reading

    The Crown by Kiera Cass

    I have started this one and am almost halfway finished with it.  I will say I wish this part of the series was a trilogy with it like the main Selection books.  I just feel like there are certain parts to the book I wish was more fleshed out. One of the parts is the actual Selection process of the boys getting to know each other and Eadlyn.

    I was going to do a November TBR with this post, but I'm really not sure what books I want to read for sure.
    The Siren

    The Siren by Kiera Cass

    I really have enjoyed all of her books so far, so I thought as well might as read this one, too.
    Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)
    Reawakened by Colleen Houck

    I've been wanting to read her new series for a while now. The books in this series are still pretty long.  This first one is just shy of being 400 pages.  I wish they were as long as her Tiger Saga series

    Blind Date Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 18)
    Blind Date Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology) by Various Authors

    I received this for review.  This includes a short story by Sariah Wilson, and it happens in Monterra, so it will include another royal.

    Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)

    Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

    This will be a reread.  This might be a book I do not get to this month.  I've been really wanting to reread the entire series lately.  I just know it will be a huge time commitment since all of the books are like 400+ pages.  I really love that they are that longer, however, I've started reading other series lately and I kind of want to finish the series that I start right then.

    Monday, October 10, 2016

    October Monthly Recommendations: Monster Mash

    This is my second time doing a monthly recommendation through a group on Good Reads named Monthly Recommendations. This group was created by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla Rayne.  The book links go to Good Reads plus the creators of the group's Youtube channels.

    This month is Monster Mash.  The group had a list of creatures and monster and we could recommend books pertaining to the list.  There are a number amount of ways this could be done.  Could pick just 1 creature, like a vampire, and just recommend all vampire books or pick monsters from certain books who you'd invite to your party.  

    I decided just to pick certain creatures/monsters from the list and recommend books I really liked or loved based on the monster/creature being in the book.


    Amy and her friends love a vampire series and find two of the main
     characters from the book series somehow are now in her world.  
    One is a vampire hunter, Alexander, and the other one is a vampire.
    The vampire attacks Amy and is saved by the vampire hunter.  
    Both of them must figure out how to get Vigo out of Amy's world.

    I really loved this book when I read it. I think this can appeal to
    because I know I've wondered what it would be like if a book 
    or characters from
    a particular book were real.  Unfortunately for Amy, it just included 
    an evil vampire :)
    I really don't think this is a scary read, but a good read nonetheless.


    Matt and his family are vampires.  One night Natalie is babysitting 
    Matt's younger sister, Ashley, and Natalie throws a fit and bites Natalie, 
    turning Natalie into a vampire as well.  Matt has been taking care of Natalie ever sense.

    This is a novella, so it's a really quick read.  It may not have a lot of depth,
     but I loved it so much.



    Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

    Good Reads Summary

    Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast.

    When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?

    First off, can I mention it has elements from Beauty and the Beast and Jane Eyre.  My favorite fairy tale meets my favorite classic.  Now, this book is not what I'd classify as a retelling of either, but I definitely can see the parallels of both.  This book has vampires, a werewolf, and  a ghost.  Combines three of the categories in one.

    This is a steampunk, romance book.  This one definitely has creepy moments in this book.  There is like a conjuring scene I really hated.  I don't like that sort of thing in my book, but other than that I devoured the book.


    Mia has been asked out by a popular, football player, Rob.  But, Rob is starting to show interest in another girl.  With the help of Mia's best friend, Candice, they set out to make a love potion, but instead, they actually create a zombie virus that affects her classmates.  Suddenly, Mia is popular, or at least, she thinks she is.

    Chase, a zombie hunter, enters the scene and tells Mia her class is actually just trying to make her fat so they can eat her.

    It's been a while since I read this one.  I might reread this one because I forgot how fun this sounds.



    Winnie Price has written for a while.  She dreams of a fae realm almost every night and has notebooks about her dreams.  She thinks, along with her friend, that she is a good writer until the owl that visits her turns into Cathair, a dark Fae Prince whom she has dreamed and written about.

    This is the first in a novella series.  I have read books by Tera before, but this is one of my favorites of her.  I still like Forgive My Fins more by her, but this is really a close second.  I didn't not expect to like this as much as I did.  I haven't read a lot of faery books, but I highly recommend this.

    You can get the first two free, but you need to confirm the subscription.

    Feel free to recommend me some books or which one you think sounds the best out of what I listed! :)

    Friday, October 7, 2016

    The Selection by Kiera Cass


    Title: The Selection
     Author: Kiera Cass
      Published: April 24, 2012
     Publisher: HarperTeen
    Series or standalone: The Selection #1
    Format: paperback
     Source: own

    Summary from Good Reads:

    For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

    But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

    Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

    My Review:

    I started to read this before and remember loving it so much, but I feel like I didn’t love it like I did then.  I only got to like 100 pages I think.  I believe I would have given it five stars if I didn’t wait so long to read it. 

    I don’t read a lot of dystopian books, and I always say that I’m iffy on them.  I do get intrigued by some.  One element that I feel like I enjoy are the caste systems in dystopians.  I really enjoyed this one and do believe I enjoyed this so much because of the competition, royalty, and contemporary aspects of the book.

    I definitely remember rooting for the opposite person in the love triangle and found myself wanting to root for that person this time, but I think I am close if not to switching sides.  I do know who America ends up with though.  That still doesn’t change the love triangle struggle for me. 

    I will mention that I felt uncomfortable through some of the kissing scenes because of some occurring in America’s bedroom.  I do not like those kind of scenes in books.  I know others won’t be bothered with it, but I definitely was.

    I think that is one reason this book got a 4 stars for me.  I’m still looking forward to reading the other books in this series and the duology spin on this trilogy.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch


                                                           Title: Snow Like Ashes
     Author:  Sara Raasch
      Published: October 14, 2014
     Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Series or standalone: Snow Like Ashes #1
    Format: paperback
     Source: own

    Summary from Good Reads:

    A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

    Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

    Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

    So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

    My Review:

    I saw the cover of this book in Wal-Mart and was immediately drawn in.  I will say I’m not particularly a huge fan of fantasy.  I like some of it especially when it deals with mermaids, but this is clearly not a mermaid book.

    I was hesitant after I read the synopsis because I try, for the most part, to stay away from dark books. Definitely was afraid to pick up the book because of this.  I finally decided to read it about 2 years later and was right on it being a darker book.  Maybe, the better word would be heavy. 

    I never have read fantasy books that had kingdoms based on seasons, and I really enjoyed that.  I really am a newb when it comes to fantasy. I loved that people from a specific kingdom looked a certain race, similar clothing, etc.

    Character-wise, I did not care for Meira much.  I sometimes felt for her, but I am put off my the war torn, hard-edge girl that can is displayed a lot.  I loved reading about Meira and Mather together but that quickly changed.  There is a love triangle in this. Enter Theron, a prince of the Summer Kingdom.

    I was like, “oh, no,” when I Theron entered the picture.  I normally don’t have problems with love triangles and actually prefer having them in books.  However, I was already invested with Mather.  I really ended up liking Theron and do think I’m leaning forward more to his direction.

    Meira was so blasé in how she dropped her feelings for Mather so quickly at a certain point in the book because I feel like someone in that situation would have at least felt sad instead of cutting feelings off completely.  This made me have very negative feelings toward Meira. 

    I do like Theron and am unclear if I really like him more than Mather.

    Meira and Mather have been through a lot and I believe he deserved better.

    There was something that I suspected would happen and it did.  However, something happened that reversed it, which I feel happy and cheated.  I am so conflicted on how I feel about what I’m alluding, too.

    Overall, I’m pretty surprised that I loved the book like I did, but I didn’t like how violent it got or some cursing.  It only cussed maybe 4 or so times, so it’s not as much as I have read.