MEMORABLE MONDAY

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

 

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I read Alice in Wonderland as a child and love going back to that world once in a while. When I read this quote I am instantly transported back into the magical world of Wonderland.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

 

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PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 27th June 2017

 

PAGES: 513

 

 

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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

 

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REVIEW:

 

This book was so much fun! An entertaining romp across the European countryside and cities with pirates, highwaymen, mysteries, and love. I was smiling as I followed Monty and his company across Europe.

Monty is fraught with imperfections, from his almost constant inebriation to his uncanny ability to find trouble wherever he goes. This just endeared Monty to me with his undeniable charm. I found Percy to be a great juxtaposition to Monty as he didn’t mind fun but knew when to get serious. Felicity was also a stupendous character (truly, they all were). She provided a sense of seriousness and a level head on the journey. She had so much character development in this book I am overjoyed there will be a book about her coming up.

Let’s talk about diversity. If you’re looking for a historical fiction book with fun and adventure but also packed full of diversity, look no further… here it is. Not only is Monty bisexual, but Percy is of a darker complexion (which brings up many a conversation about the slave trade). Not to mention Felicity’s femininity is also broached on the grounds of propriety.

With mystery, adventure, diversity and a truly stellar cast is it any wonder I am awestruck by this book? I would also note that I read and listened (audiobook) to this book at the same time. The audiobook narrator does a fabulous job and just added to my experience. I cannot praise this novel enough.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

COVER CHARACTERISTIC

 

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It is Sunday again and that means it’s time for another Cover Characteristic meme post. This meme was created by Sugar and Snark. Every week a characteristic is chosen and we post 5 book covers with that weeks characteristic on it.

 

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EUROPEAN CITIES

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5. Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

4. Rome is Where the Heart Is by Tilly Tennant

3. My Secret Guide To Paris by Lisa Schroeder

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

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And, my favourite cover was:

 

 

WITH MALICE

 

With Malice by Eileen Cook

 

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What did you think of this weeks covers?

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASES OF AUGUST 2017

 

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August has some amazing books coming out and I cannot wait to read them!

 

 

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01ST AUGUST: 

 

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

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14TH AUGUST:

 

Taming the Rebel by Dawn Klehr

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15TH AUGUST:

 

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popović

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A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

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17TH AUGUST: 

 

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

COLOR PROJECT

 

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22ND AUGUST:

 

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

DRESS CODER

 

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29TH AUGUST: 

 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASES OF JUNE 2017

 

 

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I know June is long gone, but I forgot to post my anticipated releases for the month and therefore am posting them now. Without further ado…

 

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JUNE 01ST: 

 

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

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JUNE 06TH:

 

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

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Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

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Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

SONG OF THE CURRENT

 

 

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JUNE 13TH:

 

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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Roar by Cora Carmack

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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

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Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

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JUNE 27TH: 

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SUNDAYS IN BED WITH…

 

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Welcome to Sunday’s in bed with… The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which boom you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Kate from Midnight Book Girl.

 

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This morning I am reading…

 

PAPER PRINCESS BY ERIN WATT

 

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This book is on my August TBR. I loved the last Erin Watt book I read and cannot wait to get stuck into this one!

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

 

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PUBLISHER: Piatkus Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 30th May 2006

 

PAGES: 322

 

 

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Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until she a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she things, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up…for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.

And if that isn’t bad enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she’s allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. Her first thought: seek professional help.

But as Susan’s drawn into Ravyn’s dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize that there’s a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it’s no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it’s a matter of saving their very lives and souls.

Ravyn’s life was shattered over four hundred years ago, when her mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence. He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he’s forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another woman with the secret that could destroy him.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Thrown back into the world of the Dark Hunters is a fantastic place to be. I did feel a little out of sorts as this book was based in Seattle, not New Orleans and there are a whole new cast of characters. However, the foundations are the same and there are cameos from familiar faces that allowed me to feel at home in this new setting.

The reader follows Susan as she learns about the Dark Hunter world and the fight with Daimons. Susan and Ravyn are probably not my favourite pairing. I felt that the romance was too drawn out and was more interested in the fight scenes. The overall development of the plot lines were enjoyable and I loved seeing the underlying storyline develop.

Overall, the romance was not my cup of tea, but the development of the plot lines for the overall series redeemed this book for me.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOK SCAVENGER HUNT – AUGUST 2017

 

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This is a new meme from the creator of Searching Saturdays – The Night Is Dark and Full of Books. The aim of Books Scavenger hunt is to find new-to-you books and broaden your bookish horizon. The directions are connected so that each month, you form a chain of books.

 

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1. Find a book with flowers on the cover.
2. Find a book with the same color on the background as the flowers from book 1.
3. Find a book with written by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as the author of book 2 (so if the author of last week’s book was Stephen King, you have to find a book by an author whose last name starts with a K as well).
4. Find a book that has approximately the same amount of pages as book 3 (± 20 pages).
5. Find a book that has been published in the same month as book 4.

 

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A book with flowers on the cover:

 

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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

 

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A book with the same color on the background as the flowers from Book 1:

 

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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

 

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A book with written by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as the author of Book 2:

 

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Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol

 

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Find a book that has approximately the same amount of pages as Book 3:

 

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Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

 

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Find a book that has been published in the same month as Book 4:

 

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Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

 

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So, this was fun and I really liked each direction linking to the previous book. What did you think? Are you interested in completing the August 2017 Book Scavenger Hunt?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: UNTIL LILLY

 

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PUBLISHER: Smashwords

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 27th February 2014

 

PAGES: 258

 

 

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When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.

When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was.
What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie?

Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?

Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children.

The power of love is a beautiful thing.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

My heart just about melted reading this book. I have really enjoyed this series, but this book just drilled home how much I love this New Adult series. At heart it is a romance book but it is full with so much family, drama and love it could give a soap opera a run for its money.

The book starts off at the meet cute between Cash and Lilly and how their whirlwind romance gets started. Then, just like that… heartbreak. Flashing forward a couple of years the two meet again, this time with children Jax and Ashlyn. The chemistry is still there, but now there is drama too and character development.

This was a novel that really tugged on my heartstrings. I loved following Cash and Lilly and the children as they become a family. The way they deal with issues and the love and care they have for each other was just icing on the cake. I absolutely loved this novel.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati