REVIEW: CHOOSING HAPPY

 

CHOOSING HAPPY

 

PUBLISHER: Limitless Publishing

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 20th September 2016

 

PAGES: 297

 

 

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Madison Buchanan’s life has imploded…

Her husband left her for his nineteen-year-old intern, leaving her alone and faced with starting over in her forties. With the help of her feisty best friend, Madison reinvents herself, armed with a new look and open to new possibilities.

Sean Taylor is gorgeous, fun, and young—very young…

He hasn’t had the best of luck. Sean’s track record with women is less than stellar, but when he walks into The Den one day, he just can’t help but be captivated by a dark haired beauty with the sad eyes and killer legs. She’s a little older, but he doesn’t discriminate. More than anything, he wants to be the one to make her smile.

Sean personifies the only thing that has eluded Madison all of her life—joy…

It was meant to be a fling, something fun, with no strings and zero drama, but Sean wants something more, and Madison is just not ready. She’s lived by the rules her family, her friends, even her boss have laid out for her, but her new life is not what she expected. Being with Sean opens feelings she never thought she’d experience.

The demands of her family and her job throw her boring, simple life into chaos, and Sean is no exception…

Madison is left with a choice. Give in to the expectations of the world around her—or choose to follow her heart and be happy.

But choosing happy is so much harder than it seems.

 

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REVIEW:

 

A fun second book in the Madison Square series. See my review to Somewhere in Between (Book 1) here.

 

Choosing happy follows Madison and Shaun. Madison’s life seems to be on track until her husband confesses he is cheating on her with a nineteen year old and then gets a divorce. Madison utilises her friends to help her bounce back. In the process she meets Shaun, a friend of her brothers. Madison though the book is often overpowered by the will of others characters whether it is her boss or her ex-husband. While she was an enjoyable character I was waiting for the time where she would stand up for herself.

Shaun’s character complements Madison perfectly. The relationship the two start up is clouded by the fact that Shaun is younger than Madison by fifteen years. This is brought up often as a reason Madison should not be in any relationship with Shaun. I liked Shauns personality and charm. The way he treats Madison has her off guard, no one has put her feelings before theirs and this sends Madison into a spin.

A lovely contemporary romance book where the development of the characters are a result of the other person in the relationship. This is a fun contemporary romance with plenty of drama. A great follow up to Somewhere in Between.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP TEN TUESDAY

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is:

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CONTEMPORARY BOOK I WANT TO READ THIS SUMMER (WINTER)

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Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

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Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Isreal

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One S’More Summer by Beth Merlin

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I Am Girl Power by Katie Cross

i am girl power

Lucky In Love by Kasie West

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

i believe in a thing called love

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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There are so many great contemporary books on this TBR. I cannot wait to get to them. What contemporary book are you looking forward to reading in Summer (Jun-Aug) 2017? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: HORIZON

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of Horizon by Tabitha Lord. This Blog Tour is coordinated by iRead Book Tours.

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PUBLISHER: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

DATE PUBLISHED: 01st December 2015

PAGES: 320

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Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it

 

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Horizon is a sci-fi novel based in a war zone. A war torn planet, an empathic girl, a warrior and the need to save those who are left.

When Derek crash lands on a planet he is dying when a girl rescues him and heals him. The girl is Caeli a member of an empathic race who were killed. She is now on the run from the people who killed her race. The book flashes between the present and Caeli’s past through the empathic connection Caeli shares with Derek. This was an intriguing concept and lent itself well to this sci-fi novel.

Caeli’s backstory is horrifying and one cannot help but draw parallels to the potential lives of war refugees, for example, Jews in WW2. This aspect of the book, while terrifying, was important to the motivations of the characters.

There is a growing connection between Caeli and Derek through the book amplified by war and survival. As the two wait to be rescued by the Horizon they must hide from mercenaries. The novel moved fast and was engaging. The world building was done brilliantly in a way that allowed the reader to empathise with what was happening to the characters.

The ending was explosive, leaving off on a cliff-hanger. A thrilling rollercoaster sci-fi novel. If you liked Illuminae or Firefly, try Horizon.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Tabitha lives in Rhode Island with her husband, four kids, black lab, and ragdoll cat. She was a Latin teacher and Admissions Coordinator at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School for over a decade before turning her attention to full time writing.

 

WINNER Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards 2016
FINALIST Next Generation Indie Book Awards
FINALIST National Indie Excellence Awards

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Prizes: ​
Win one of 5 prize packages that contains: Horizon (Book #1) and Infinity (Book #2) by Tabitha Lord and a $10 Amazon gift card (open to USA only – 5 winners)
Ends July 22

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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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This is a quote from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. This is a great quote, it takes me back to the book itself and reminds me that there is always something out there, in every place.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER

BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER

 

PUBLISHER: Spencer Hill

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 19th January 2016

 

PAGES: 378

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In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

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REVIEW: 

This book sings out to readers everywhere. This is a YA rom-com novel with strong bookish ties that lured this reader in. Books and Musical Theatre, this book had me hook, line and sinker.

Phoebe is the focus of this book she is a shy bookish character who pretty much sums up majority of the emotions a reader feels about their favourite books. The main protagonist is relatable to me, I remember wanting to read at lunch and having to make myself interact with others (disclaimer this was not all lunches just when I had a really good book). I enjoyed the fact that while books was a major part of Phoebes life she had other likes such as Archery, Knitting and Band.

The cute slow burn, will they won’t they relationship between Phoebe and Dev was adorable. As the book progressed it was sweet to see all the possibilities of what could have happened.

There was even a scene where Phoebe was waiting in line at the Launch Party for the third book in her favourite series. The cute moments between her and Dev were amplified by all the book jargon and Launch Party moments.

A cute contemporary book that would appeal to readers and book lovers. With the excerpts of Phoebes favourite books scattered through I am keen to see these books come to life in print of their own. Fans of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, definitely try Bookishly Ever After.

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*Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Galley of this book, provided to me by Netgalley and  Spencer Hill Press in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts contained within this review are my own opinion of this book.

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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PENCILS / PENS

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5. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

4. Ink and Lies by S.L. Jennings

3. Sketchy Behaviour by Erynn Mangum

2. All the Answers by Kate Messner

And, my favourite cover was:

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The Writing Class by Jincy Willett

 

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What do you think of this weeks cover?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED

 

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PUBLISHER: Balzer & Bray

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 11th April 2017

 

PAGES: 336

 

 

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

 

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REVIEW: 

 

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.

Molly is the main protagonist of this story. She is a seventeen year old girl who has never been kissed, she has 26 unrequited crushes but is incredibly shy and has never put herself out there. Molly is a fraternal twin and her sister Cassie is the opposite of her both in looks and personality.

It was refreshing to read a book from the first person perspective of a bigger girl. I loved that she was OK in her body and liked the way she was. I found it slightly irritating when others used weight as a classifying factor for her. For instance at a party a boy came up to her and said she was pretty for a bigger girl. Molly’s reaction was epic… read it and find out. These infuriating moments served a purpose in this book and led to some really important moments.

The romance is an important factor of the book. Both Cassie and Molly face romantic moments within this book with different people. It was lovely to see the diversity of sexuality even between the girls. While Molly is heterosexual, her sister is homosexual and they both accept each other for who they are and what they choose in their lives. I definitely had a favourite love interest when the possibility for two boys was introduced to Molly’s storyline. As the story progressed I loved the cute moments between the two characters and was beaming by the end of the book.

So many important topics are touched upon in this book. The concept of the fear of change and looking at it from a teenage perspective was imperative to the storyline. While it is alright not to like change, change must be accepted as a way of life. Other important topics included body image, teen drinking, sex, and Gay marriage. There was so much packed into this book that I feel that you could read it again and again and get something different from it each and every time.

The diversity in this book is unbelievable. There is diversity in sexuality, religion, and ethnicity. Molly’s parents are a Lesbian couple who are hard working and supportive of their three children. They are the picture of a loving couple and it is great to see that this is considered normal in their lives. No-one is making a big deal that they’re gay, they are just a loving caring family. Molly’s family is Jewish and there are some elements of the Jewish faith mixed into the content of this book which was really enjoyable. Ethnicity is another element of this book. There is such a wide range of characters from multiple ethnicities and they are all functioning together within this book. It is fantastic to see a book embrace diversity in many forms without a particular focus on any one type of diversity.

A stunning novel with a protagonist coming into her own. The storyline was beautiful and characters amazing. This is a book that needs to be loved, cherished and talked about.

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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…

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The Royalty Readathon is current happening and this is one of the books I am reading for it. It you would like to join in on the Royalty Readathon check out the twitter page.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE ROOM MATE

 

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PUBLISHER: Kendall Ryan

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 24th January 2017

 

PAGES: 322

 

 

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The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

 

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This book is a New Adult / Adult Romantic Comedy that left me in laughing, crying and falling for the two protagonists. This is a Adult novel, so there is mature content.

After a string of bad break-ups Cannons apartment has been left trashed and he has been evicted. Cannon must now live with his sisters best friend, who coincidentally he had a big crush on during his teenage years. He finds out those murky waters have not calmed as he moves in as her room mate. When the chemistry ignites between Paige and Cannon can the two maintain a friendship and share such close living quarters?

The slow burn development of Cannon and Paige’s relationship was enjoyable as the chemistry was allowed to fizzle and the forbidden nature of a more-than-friends relationship. Paige is four years older than Cannon but age does not play a role in this. She is put together, smart and loyal and makes for a great romantic protagonist. Cannon is in his forth year of Medical School and has come from humble beginnings. These two are both well developed characters who are solid.

A shout out must be made of Allie. She is Cannon’s sister, Paige’s best friend and a fundamental part of the story. She cements the relationship between these two characters and is a key element to both of their lives. Enchilada, the dog is an adorable element of the book that had my heart-melting. The side characters in this book tie it together nicely.

I believe a good romance book needs more than just the romance. There needs to be a plot, believable characters and solid backstory with more in their life than just each other. The Room Mate delivers this and creates an adorable story with a multitude characters who are hard not to like.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: FEBRUARY 2017 FAIRYLOOT BOX

 

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So, there was an issue with the shipping of my February 2017 Fairyloot box and my box was lost in the mail. Fairyloot kindly sent me out a replacement box, one of the items from the original box is not in here but there are replacement items from previous boxes. Thank you Fairyloot for your customer service.

Fairyloot is a monthly subscription service based out of the U.K. that focuses on YA Fantasy books. There is a theme for each month and the February theme was:

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EMPERORS & FUGITIVES

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When the box is first opened this is what you see…

imageThe first item in the box is this Full Size Kalusian Sunset Candle from Happy Piranha. It smells amazing and the tin design is gorgeous. Also the candle was named by the author of the month after something from the book.

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The second item is a pouch from Alisse Courtier. The quote on the pouch is from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.

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The next item is meant to be a baby Groot keychain, but as this was a replacement box there were no keychains left. Instead I got a mystery Funko and a candle from previous boxes.

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The fourth item in the box is a Celestial Gunpowder Bath Bomb created by Bathing Beauties.

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The fifth item is a coaster from Read at Midnight. The design is beautiful and the quote is from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

The sixth item in the box was wrapped in purple tissue paper. This watercolour “Space Girl” bookmark is exquisite and designed by Till and Dill.

The seventh item is this double sided art print from Taratjah. The prints feature Dorian and Manon from Throne of Glass.

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There were some promotional items in the box.

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The first promotional item came in this envelope.

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The item was a fold out postcard for The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr.

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The other promotional item was a discount code for The Most Unusual Bookmarks.

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Fairyloot sends out their monthly book in a black book bag. I love these bags, they are so useful.

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The book for February 2017 was:

The Empress of the Skies by Rhoda Belleza

 

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There is a signed bookplate from the author that I have stuck on the title page.

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The author has also written a letter to the subscribers of Fairyloot.

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FairyScoop is a monthly newsletter sent out for this box which is fabulous:

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There is an interview from the author…

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And the sneak peek at the next months theme on the back.

 

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Fairyloot has a buddy reading system using hashtags, as this box is over two months late this will not be utilised for this box.

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The artwork on the spoiler cards are simply stunning. I collect these cards for the artwork.

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Here is the back of the card with all of the spoilers on it.

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That is it for the February 2017 Fairyloot box! I loved the items in the box, even though there was issues with shipping. The art print and bookmark are two of my favourite items. What was your favourite item from the box?

The theme for the March 2017 box is:

MYTHS & MONSTERS 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati