Weather in Books Tag

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It’s tag time again! I’m not sure who originally created this tag, but I found it over on Use Your Words and thought that I would give it a try. If you know who created this tag, please let me know so I can credit them. I love how this tag is short and sweet. I actually ended up writing a lot more for each prompt than I normally do. That really surprised me! Anyway, on to the prompts and answers…

Sunshine: A book that made you smile


40281342Over the past year or so I’ve discovered the romance genre and I seriously don’t know what took me so long. I absolutely love it! So, if you have any recommendations for me I’m so open to them.

I recently read Damaged Goods, a novella by Talia Hibbert. The story is all about second chances and rediscovering love. It features a white heroine and a Moroccan-Italian hero. The main characters and their interactions just made my heart explode with happiness. And….there’s a guaranteed happy ending. *sigh* I need to read more of Talia Hibbert’s books in the near future.

Rain: A book that you couldn’t put down


15749186After years of people recommending the trilogy to me, I finally picked up To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Once I started I just couldn’t stop reading it. I loved how it was so character driven, an intimate look into the life of Lara Jean and what it’s like to be a teenager. I could identify with a lot of things that happen in the book. Growing up is hard! People say that high school doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but it’s where a lot of young people experience the ups and downs that prepare them for later in life. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that this book was so addictive that as soon as I finished I downloaded the other two books in the trilogy and started reading them right away. This never happens! I’m now eagerly waiting for movie based on the books to be released on Netflix.

Wind: A book that blew you away


36086513Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed blew me away because I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. The novel is aimed at middle grade readers, but I truly believe that people of all ages can enjoy and learn from it. The story was terribly sad but beautifully and powerfully written. The book focuses on Amal, a young girl who is forced to become an indentured servant after a run-in with a wealthy family in her village. I really like how middle grade novels are pushing boundaries and bringing a variety of social issues to the forefront. Besides slavery, the book also tackles topics such as the treatment of women and girls, education for all and corruption. I can’t recommend this book enough!

Hurricane: A tragic book


25480342A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness completely destroyed me. I haven’t cried so hard while reading a book in ages. I didn’t expect it to hit me as hard as it did. If you haven’t read it than you really should. It tells the story of a young boy who is struggling alone through some very difficult experiences. On top of this, he is visited by a monster who tells the boy stories in an effort to help him work through his emotions. This book was simple but absolutely beautifully written. Plus, the mixture of reality and fantasy really added depth and kept the reader on edge. The ending is what really got me. It packs an emotional punch that really stayed with me long after I finished reading. I haven’t read any of the author’s other books, but feel like I really should. I just don’t know if my heart can take it.

Blizzard: A book you had high expectations for


36373464I really wanted to love From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon for a variety of reasons. I really enjoyed her previous book When Dimple Met Rishi…it was super adorable with swoon worthy moments and laugh out loud dialogue. However, this book ended up being the opposite of what I was expecting. I found the lead character, Twinkle, too self-centred and irritating. It was really difficult to like her and when the book is told from her POV that’s really a problem. Also, there was an unnecessary love square, which is totally worse than a love triangle. One romantic interest would have been enough. The “extras” created silly amounts of drama that had me rolling my eyes…A LOT!

Tornado: A book that you didn’t like at first but ended up loving


15993203The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman was one of my most anticipated reads in 2016. As soon as a I heard about it I added it to my TBR. What wasn’t to love? It’s set in Regency England and features a mix of historical fiction and fantasy with magic and demons. So, when I began reading it everything felt so…so flat. The first 40-50% of the book was very slow. Actually, it was quite boring! It was a just lot of promenading around the park, descriptions of clothing, etc. However, the second half more than made up for the slow start. It’s full of demon slaying, mystery and slow burning romance. It was what I was wanting and so much more! And the sequel….oh my gosh was it so good. I guess this is why you should always give a book a chance and not set it aside right away. Sometimes you have to push through to get to the good stuff.


And of course anyone else who would like to give this tag a try! Remember to link back so I can check out your answers. ❤

Pre-Order Book Blitz: Fragments of Ash by Katy Regner


36173885Fragments of Ash by Katy Regner
Release date: October 1st, 2018
Genres: Young adult, fantasy, romance
Format: eBook


My name is Ashley Ellis…

I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.

When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.

With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father

…dead or alive.



About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.

Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Click here to enter a pre-order blitz giveaway. It’s international and you could win:

  • A Cinderella-blue, leather tote bag
  • A glass slipper necklace (made from Austrian crystals!)
  • A DVD of the official Disney live-action movie of Cinderella

*** A special $2.99 pre-order price is being offered for a limited time. The book will be priced at its regular $5.99 starting on Monday, October 7th! ***

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018!

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I can’t believe it’s June already….we are halfway through the year! This year is going by so quickly. I’m already out on summer vacation, my baby is due in a few weeks and life is about to change big time! As for reading, this year so far has been a mixed bag of ups and downs. I’ve gone through periods where I love to read and actively make time for it, as well as times where I’m just not feeling anything that I pick up. Here’s hoping that the second half of the year is much more even. There are so many good books that I still want to read!

The Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018:


It was very hard to narrow it down to one book because I’ve had some excellent 5-star reads so far this year. I settled on Amanda Lovelace’s poetry collection because it’s something that I’ve gone back to multiple times this year. It’s uplifting, heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful.

Your Favourite Sequel of the Year:


Kat Ross is the most underrated fantasy writer out there. Her books deserve so much more love! Solis was the perfect follow-up to Nocturne. There was excellent character development, twists and turns…I won’t say anymore but you seriously need to read her books!

A New Release That You Haven’t Read But Really Want To:


I adored The Bone Witch and its ending floored me. There was no closure whatsoever and I had more questions than I began with. That’s why I cannot for the life of me explain why I haven’t read this sequel yet.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year:


I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this book. The way The Dark Days Pact ended broke my heart into a million tiny little pieces. This book will probably break it again, but the pain will be more than worth it! Plus, the cover is perfect! ❤

Your Biggest Dissapointment:


OK…before I start, I do want to say that I enjoyed reading this book. It was adorable and quirky, it wasn’t When Dimple Met Rishi (a book that I LOVED!). I guess I built it up too much in my head before reading? I don’t even know. But it did come across as predictable and a bit of a rehash of things that have been done before. I really need to write my review soon for it.

Biggest Surprise of the Year:


This middle grade novel took me by surprise. It touches on some very important topics, is heartbreaking, uplifting and left me wanting to stand up and make a change. Since I finished reading it I’ve been recommending it to all of my friends. It has an important and powerful message that simply cannot be ignored.

Favourite New-to-You or Debut Author:


Why did it take me so long to start this trilogy? Why?!?! It’s super adorable, fluffy and fun. Jenny Han really knows how to write a story that totally invests you in its characters. I’ve already read the sequel and just need to pick up a copy of the third book in the series. It’s been a while since I’ve been so excited about a trilogy!

Your Fictional Crush:


I’ve been crushing on Darius, a magical daēva, since he was introduced in 2016’s The Midnight Sea. So, when Kat Ross announced that she was continuing the series that featured him I was beyond happy. Every time he appears on the page my heart skips a beat. ❤

New Favourite Character:


Lara Jean is such a lovable protagonist…cute, quirky and full of flaws, she totally reminded me of what it was like to be a teenager. High school was such a confusing and fun time where everything little thing was blown out of proportion and revolved around friends and boys. I haven’t been this invested in a character in ages. I’m so glad that I finally gave this series a chance!

A Book That Made Your Cry:


Amanda Lovelace did it again! This collection of poetry was amazingly well written and at times completely broke my heart into a million pieces. I’m always amazed at how much she can say when only using a limited number of words. I can’t properly describe how reading this collection made me feel.

A Book That Made You Happy:


Jennifer E. Smith has this way of writing simple, emotional and thoughtful romantic contemporaries. I loved every second of this book! It was totally the perfect beach read.

Your Favourite Book-to-Movie Adaptation That You’ve Seen This Year:

I honestly can’t think of a single book-to-movie adaptation that I saw or enjoyed. Hmmm…I usually don’t like them anyway. The book is always better! 🙂

The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought/Received This Year:


Don’t purchase a digital version of this book. You need to experience the gorgeous illustrations in all of their glory with a physical version. They really bring the stories to life and make you feel as if the book actually came directly from Ravka.

What Are Some Books You Need to Read by the End of the Year:

This tag is quite old and people do it every year. I’m not going to tag anyone for that reason, but if you do decide to do it, please link back (or add your link below) to me so I can check out your answers. ❤

The ABC Book Challenge | “C”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂

Memorable Titles That Start With “C”

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is without a doubt one of my favourite books EVER! It’s truly fantasy at its best…complex world building, diverse characters, political intrigue, slow burn romance. YOU REALLY NEED TO READ IT! Cold Summer by Gwen Cole was a fantastic debut. If you like stories involving time travel, World War II and romance than this book is most definitely for you! And…Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Oh my poor, poor heart. I just adore everything about this book that when I think about it my heart explodes. Everything she writes is pure gold!

Books Starting With “C” On My TBR

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson has been on my TBR for over a year now. I have a copy downloaded onto my Kindle, I’m just not sure why I haven’t started it yet. Chainbreaker by Tara Sim is also another book I was crazy looking forward to reading but haven’t started yet. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman is an older book that I think I simply forgot about. I loved its predecessor Prisoner of Night and Fog, but got caught up in my rediscovery of fantasy books and it got left behind. I have a lot of reading to do!

Which memorable books that start with an “C” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

Blogging Break

Hello everyone! I’ve been pretty absent lately…from the blog, social media, everything! I hate to have to do this, but I’m going to be taking a few months off from blogging. With work and other commitments I just don’t have the time right now to dedicate to reading and writing posts.

Thank you so much for all of your support over the past year and a half. I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for that long. Take care and see you all in November! ❤

Blog Tour | Traveler by L.E. DeLano

travelertourbannerI received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

27242803Traveler by L.E. DeLano
Release date: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.


Traveler is about a Jessa St.Clair, a teenager with a vivid imagination who has a natural talent for writing. She’s constantly scribbling down story ideas based on her dreams. One day her rather ordinary life is turned completely upside down when one of her characters, a boy from her dreams, approaches her in real life. He tells Jessa that she’s a traveler, a person who can travel between dimensions and worlds. The catch? She’s in grave danger. Someone is trying to murder her in every dimension and they both need to work together to find out why.

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  • The pacing was was very slow at the beginning. I didn’t initially connect with the story or the characters at all. To be completely honest, I would have given up if I didn’t have to write a review for this blog tour. I’m very glad that I didn’t because about a quarter of the way into the story things start to pick up and it’s pretty fast paced from there on.
  • I really enjoyed the characters. Jessa was the type of character that I could see myself being friends with in real life. She’s tough, caring and made tons of comic book references that made my little nerd heart happy. Jessa’s older brother Danny has autism but it doesn’t define who he is. There were tons of hints that he was the only character to actual know Jessa was traveling between dimensions, he just couldn’t properly articulate it. I think he’s going to play a much larger role in the sequel. How? I’m not really sure but there’s something definitely there. And I can’t talk about the character without mentioning Finn. Oh, Finn *sigh* I loved him to pieces.
  • The book doesn’t give anything away and I really enjoyed that about it. I had no inkling about who was targeting Jessa until the last few chapters. It kept me guessing and that’s what really kept me going through the slow parts of the story. I hate it when books reveal everything to the reader too soon.
  • The ending was so, so good! It was shocking but in a good way. I’m now completely hooked and want the sequel in my hands right away. My mind was racing trying to figure where the author will take the characters next but every scenario I come up with leaves me with just too many questions.
  • I loved how the author included a recipe for glitter mousse at the end of the story. What is glitter mousse you ask? You just need to read the book to find out. 🙂


  • It’s advertised as being about steampunk pirates and yeah, a charming pirate appears but not nearly enough. I kind of feel ripped off in a way. Like I signed up for something and only got half of what I was promised.
  • There is a love triangle and I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES so yeah…NO!
  • There was one scene in particular that rubbed me the wrong way. In it Jessa judges another girl based on her tight clothes and heavy makeup. I hate it when books have their female characters judge each other. It’s hurtful and damaging. It’s basically saying if you dress like this then you are this type of person. NO! This scene also stood out because it didn’t fit Jessa’s characterization.

So, while Traveler wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it to be, I did quite like it by the end. I think it’s one of the book series where each book is better than the last. The author has setup a solid foundation and left me wanting more. The sequel, Dreamer, is scheduled to be released next year.


headshotL.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary, author of the upcoming Traveler (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer.

Probably best known under her alternate moniker, Ellie DeLano, she has blogged for both Woman’s Day and Mom’s Magazine, and runs her own blog on parenting and autism at

She lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.

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Blog Tour: Finding Paradise by V.P. Ortiz (Guest Post)


I’m very excited to be hosting a stop on the Finding Paradise blog tour! Since the book is all about Hawaii and romance, author V.P. Ortiz has put together a list of some of the most romantic things to do in Oahu, Hawaii. *sigh* I totally need a vacation!

32192952Finding Paradise by V.P. Ortiz
Release date: September 24th, 2016
Publisher: V.P. Ortiz Publishing
Genre: New adult, romance
Formats: eBook, paperback

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Mila Quinn is ready to finally move out of the college dorms into an apartment with her longtime boyfriend, Ethan Lowe. But when Ethan reveals a big secret, her world is suddenly turned upside down, stirring up old memories of love and loss. Completely torn apart, she boards a plane to Hawaii to escape for the summer.

Even though Mila wants to spend her time in paradise in isolation, fate has other plans when it drops sexy local Gage Madden in her lap. Hesitant at first, she agrees to let him take the reins on her island exploration. As Mila discovers the wonders of Oahu with Gage, it becomes harder for her to fight the budding attraction between them.

But behind the curtain of island adventures and undeniable chemistry, trouble is brewing where Mila least expects it. Secrets begin to bubble to the surface that could destroy her all over again. Will Mila find her paradise? Or will she leave Hawaii with another broken heart?


Hawaii is a beautiful place. From the ocean waves to the warm weather, it’s hard not to fall in love with the islands. I know the feeling myself. I’ve only visited Oahu twice, but I’m already planning out my retirement in Hawaii.

Finding Paradise is a romantic story that takes place on the gorgeous island of Oahu, which is the most visited island in Hawaii. Today, I am bringing you the Ten Most Romantic Things to Do in Oahu! If you’ve read Finding Paradise, some of these might even seem a bit familiar to you.

  1. Watch the sunrise on the windward (east) side of Oahu: What could be more perfect than watching the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean? Snuggling next to someone you love while you do it! Don’t worry about cold weather – even at the crack of dawn, the weather is fantastic. Just be weary of rain during the winter months.
  2. Go paddleboarding: Stand-up paddleboarding is a cool way to get in some exercise and get out further on the ocean, especially if you don’t know how to surf. In the winter, Waikiki Beach is your best bet because the waves are much too large on the North Shore to paddle. But in the summer, the opposite is true. The North Shore has calmer waves and you might even spot some sea turtles like Mila and Gage did in Finding Paradise!
  3. Have a picnic at the Liliuokalani Botanical Garden in Honolulu: This botanical garden is the garden of all gardens. Some of the tropical plants in the Liliuokalani Garden can only be found on the Hawaiian islands. There are plenty of places to have a sweet and romantic picnic. Just be sure to clean up after you leave! Hawaiians take great pride and care of their home.
  4. Hike up to Manoa Falls: Just as Mila and Gage did during one of their first few outings together, hiking up to Manoa Falls is a great way to get some quiet, romantic time together. Tucked in the neighborhoods of Honolulu, Manoa Falls offers a gorgeous waterfall at the end of the hike. Just try not to sneak in a smooch in this place!
  5. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay: Grab your honey’s hand, put on your flippers, and snorkel your way through Oahu’s most famous snorkeling beach. Together, you’ll find multitudes of coral and fish. Maybe you’ll even spot the Hawaiian state fish – the humuhumunukunukuapua’a (“who-moo-whoo-moo-new-coo-new-coo-ah-poo-ah-ah)!
  6. Go on a helicopter tour: There’s no shortage of helicopter tours on any of the Hawaiian islands and some tours if you’re willing to fork out the money and the time, will take you to multiple islands. Nothing beats seeing the beauty of the islands from the sky while holding your lover’s hand. Just remember to keep your seatbelts fastened, no matter how much closer you want to get.
  7. Go whale watching: In the winter, the humpback whale ventures down to the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and can be seen all around the island. Book a boat tour and while there’s no guarantee that you will see a whale, it’s a romantic ride that will only be made even more perfect by seeing one of those majestic creatures leaping from the ocean.
  8. Hike up the Koko Crater Trail: Since the Haiku stairs closed to the public, the next best hiking trail to get a panoramic view of part of Oahu is through the Koko Crater Trail. Though it is strenuous and a bit crowded later in the day, the view is astounding and breathtaking, much like you’ll feel when you have your sweetheart by your side for the ride.
  9. Go on a dinner cruise: Taking off just before sunset, most dinner cruises will take you past Waikiki Beach, around Diamond Head crater, and to the windward side of the island. Enjoy a glass of champagne with your loved one while taking in the views of the island from the ocean before sitting down to a five-star meal. Some dinner cruises offer live entertainment and dancing. What could be better than learning the hula together?
  10. Watch the sunset on Waikiki Beach: As your day winds to a close, the hotel patios welcome live music from local artists and their melodies travel through the salty air. The ocean roars in the background just as the sun begins to set over the ocean. The orange sky reflects off the ocean and into your lover’s eyes. As the ukulele plays a Hawaiian song of love and forever, you realize that paradise isn’t just on Oahu or Hawaii. It’s with the person in your arms.

Many of the locations visited by Mila and Gage in Finding Paradise, some of which are on this list, are actual places that I have visited multiple times. Because I’ve been asked several times since Finding Paradise was published for photos of those tourist spots, I posted a photo tour guide on my website at I hope this brings your experience of Mila and Gage to life even more! If you haven’t picked up Finding Paradise yet, I hope this intrigues your curiosity for both Hawaii and for Finding Paradise!