BOUT OF BOOKS ROUND 21 TBR

 

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

Bout of Books is a low pressure readathon with no reading challenges that runs through the year for one week each round. I am going to join in for Bout of Books 19. There are challenges presented through the week and I am planning on participating in as many of them as I can.

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas

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Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

GUNSLINGER GIRL

 

 

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

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Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER

 

 

The Soul Mate by Kendall Ryan

SOUL MATE

 

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What do you think of my TBR? Are you joining in on Round 21 of Bout of Books?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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REVIEW: HEAT OF THE MOMENT

 

HEAT OF THE MOMENT

 

PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing Ltd.

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 17th June 2008

 

PAGE: 68

 

 

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Shelby Harper has lusted over Navy SEAL John Garrett for over a year, but no matter how many sexy signals she sends out, the man shows a complete lack of interest in getting naked. Then she overhears Garrett talking to his SEAL teammate–a discussion in which they conclude she’s vanilla. Stung, Shelby sets out to show them exactly how un-vanilla she is.

Garrett can’t believe it when sweet, sexy Shelby suggests a wild and sweaty menage. He’s been trying to figure out how to ask her out without coming off as a guy who only wants to get in her pants–her friendship is too valuable to him to risk it. But if a crazy, heat-wave three-way is what Shelby wants, then he’s ready and willing to give it to her.

Once she gets it out of her system, however…well, then he’ll let her know he wants her all to himself.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Short and steamy sexy read about Marines and a cute baker who wants to prove she is not as wholesome as she seems. I loved the characters and the chemistry that was highly evident in such a short book. Shelby is a fun character with her own charisma that I really enjoyed. I loved her and Garrett together; the relationship really picks up over one night but is explained by a year long flirting war between the two. This is a great little read for fans of Elle Kennedy or even people who want to give Elle Kennedy a try.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

JANUARY 2018 TBR

 

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New year, new reading list. My TBR’s are going to be similar to last years with the addition of a new section, #ReadYourShelf Challenge. Let’s get into my TBR…

 

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FANTASY NOVEL:

FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS BY JULIE C. DAOforest of a thousand lanterns

 

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CONVEMORARY NOVEL:

 

THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMASthe-hate-u-give

 

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NOVEL RELEASED IN 2018:

GUNSLINGER GIRL BY LYNDSAY ELY

GUNSLINGER GIRL 

 

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READERS CHOICE: 

 

THE WINNERS CURSE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

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TBR JAR PICK: 

 

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS BY MELISSA BASHARDOUST

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#READYOURSHELF CHALLENGE NOVEL 

 

THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC BY CRYSTAL CESTARI

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ARC NOVEL:

 

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER BY TAMORA PIERCE

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER

 

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What do you think of my January TBR? Have you read any of the books I’m planning on reading?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: ONCE UPON A ROYAL CHRISTMAS

 

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PUBLISHER: The Tule Publishing Group

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 20th October 2016

 

PAGES: 244

 

 

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Rowan Palotay hopes she never runs into the too-handsome Prince Theodore Chenery ever again after she leaves an embarrassing first impression. But fixing her mistake garners even more attention from the prince, and when he requests she be his reporter for a news story, she can’t say no.

Prince Theo is completely enchanted with Rowan and finds her special brand of kindness and honesty impossible to ignore. Back home, his choices are made for him, but here in this small town where his mother grew up, he feels connections he never has before. And the more time he and Rowan spend together, the more he wants her—all of her.

When obligations back home take a turn he didn’t see coming, he’s ready to stake his claim. But when his father and the media get wind of his relationship with Rowan, Theo must decide whether to follow his heart or his royal duty.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

A heart-warming royal Christmas read based in Montana that is the perfect example of romantic holiday escapism. With a royal prince in Montana to meet his long lost maternal grandparents and a fateful meeting curtesy of dogs… this is the ultimate meet cute light-hearted holiday romance.

With regards to the characters, I loved Rowan, she was a little firecracker with so many odd jobs and a passion fir painting. I just wanted her to get her happily ever after. Theo has a lot on his plate but I think his time in Montana was the perfect opportunity for him to open up and eventually fall for this girl from his late mothers home town.

With a ball, a beautiful transformation to envy Cinderella and a handful of holiday cheer this book is pure bliss.

 

🌟🌟🌟

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge 2018

 

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This is the second year Gather Together Read has hosted the Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge. I am joining in again this year. The general concept of this challenge is to go to your shelf and pick a starting point. The next twelve book are the ones you will commit to read in 2018.

In 2017 I didn’t do so well in this challenge. So, I mixed it up a little this year. I picked out the 12 books from my shelves…

 

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After they were picked out I placed them all in sewn gift bags…

 

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I will get a friend or family member to pick out a bag each month of the year and the book in the bag will be added to my monthly TBR. Hopefully, this will help me with my motivation for this challenge.

 

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What do you think of this idea? Are you going to participate in the Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge in 2018?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT

 

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PUBLISHER: Swerve

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 02nd January 2018

 

PAGES: 86

 

 

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WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.

Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.

Wolf Shifter.

Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don’t quite fit in in the “normal” shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home…if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it’s not much of a favor when you’re helping the hottest shifter in town…

Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven’t had a child born in over a hundred years…and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn’t count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn’t about to let her go…

 

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REVIEW: 

 

A short and sweet shifter romance novella as a sort of taster for the new series by Christine Warren. With sexy shifters and an intelligent woman who gives as good as she gets, this short look into Alphaville has definitely piqued my interest.

This book is exactly what I like in shifter romances. There is the beginning of the shifter rules engrained in the basic plot while the steamy romance between Annie and Jonas was nothing short of perfect.

Annie comes to Alphaville to assist in a fertility problem where she runs head first into Jonas who is a headstrong and at times asshole-ish Brown Bear shifter. It was great to see some backstory into the Brown Bears curtsey of Jonas’ mother with a taste of things to come.

Overall, a brilliant sample of a new series that I will absolutely be picking up. With a great basis of shifter lore and a steamy interspecies couple there is surely plenty more fun times to be had in Alphaville.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP 17 BOOKS I READ IN 2017

 

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It’s time to announce my Top Reads of 2017. The follow list is the 17 books I read in 2017 that surpassed all the rest and I read 250+ books.

 

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17. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson 

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This was a high fantasy book that had a plus sized heroine. The character relationships were what really sold this book for me.

 

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16. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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The lyrical style of the prose mixed with the mythology was what had this book making the list.

 

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15. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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The intrigue and character development was rife in this book. Not knowing which boy was the prince and which the assassin added something extra to the book.

 

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14. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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Political intrigue and edge of your seat action. Need I say more?

 

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13. Ensnared by Rita Stradling

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A futuristic Beauty and the Beast retelling that held my attention.

 

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12. The Off Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

 

A steamy sports romance series with hot hockey players.

 

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11. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

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A new take on the Fairy Godmother with an intimate magic system.

 

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10. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

CARAVAL

 

A book from early on in the year that ticked all the boxes for a fantasy with a circus theme.

 

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09. Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds

 

Another smoking hot romance series with strong alpha males.

 

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08. Confess by Colleen Hoover

CONFESS

 

This romance is fraught with angst and second chances and waiting for everything to eventually unravel itself and come to a satisfying conclusion.

 

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07. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Geekerella takes the fairytale Cinderella and mixes it with Popular Culture and the convention scene. This leads for an amazing read that is a love letter to the inner geek in all of us.

 

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06. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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The Upside of Unrequited delivers a one-two punch with adorable heartfelt moments and hard-hitting, important topics. The characters, the storyline, the diversity and the romantic moments all combine to create this gem of a book.

 

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05. The Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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This high-seas adventure has it all; swashbuckling action, romance, mystery, a little magic, saucy one-liners and an utterly loveable heroine.

 

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04. When It’s Real by Erin Watt

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This book is the epitome of the contemporary romance genre in a YA setting, punctuated by stunning characters and an engaging plot.

 

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03. Vigilante by Kady Cross

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An exploration of rape-culture, victim-blaming and slut-shaming in a small community.

 

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02. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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A cute contemporary romance with Inidan main characters that were simply adorable.

 

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01. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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An entertaining romp across the European countryside and cities with pirates, highwaymen, mysteries, and love.

 

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What do you think of my list? What was your favourite book you read in 2017?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER

 

PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER

 

PUBLISHER: First Second

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 13th February 2018

 

PAGES: 288

 

 

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Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This is 19th Century French Fairytale crossed with Project Runway with elements of self-acceptance and cross dressing. I loved the artwork, the overall story plot, and the characters so much. I finished this book in under one hour and got the warm and fuzzies all the way through.

Frances is a working class seamstress with big dreams. She gets pulled into the life of luxury to make dressed for the Crowned Prince… Frances is very singularly focused on becoming a known fashion designer and making it in the fashion world. Through the book she develops and starts a friendship with Sebastian. I loved both characters coming of age journeys and the level of true friendship between them.

The primary plot was that of self acceptance for Sebastian and the fashion dream of Frances. There are side-stories of Sebastian’s parents trying to marry him off and a big department store opening, keeping the book jam-packed with something for everyone.

Beautiful dresses and self acceptance leads to a fabulous story with fantastic art that is such a quick read I finished it in under one hour.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

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OLIVIA TWIST BY LORIE LANGDON 

 

 

OLIVIA TWIST

 

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 06th March 2018

 

PAGES: 336

 

 

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Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.

 

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Oliver Twist has a special place in my heart. I read the book in high school and also participated in the musical when I was in high school. I am so excited for a gender swapped retelling of this Classic Book.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE RAVEN BOYS

 

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PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 18th September 2012

 

PAGES: 409

 

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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

A lyrical page turner with one of the best bookish squads I have read. Beautiful prose, detailed plot and a lovely friendship add to this dark magical realism novel. The way this novel is constructed has left me curious for the future of these characters and confused as to who my ship is… I want to ship Blue but don’t know who with.

I was invested in the lives of each of these characters. I wanted each of them to have happy go lucky lives… but knew that this of course would not happen. I love Blue as a character. She is truly a wonderful character who is her own person that I want all the best for. The Raven Boys are also fabulous and intricate characters that each have their own specific characteristics.

This is a slow burn novel with the plot slowly unravelling until your reach the heart stopping conclusion. I usually don’t like slow burn novels, but this one just works for me. It might be because I listened to it on audiobook.

Overall, a magical gem of a novel with characters that I am fully invested in now after just one book in this series. I will absolutely be finishing this series.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati