Saturday, August 1, 2015

Stacking the Shelves 8.1.15

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews. Its all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether physical or virtual books. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course, ebooks! Tynga posts this meme on Saturdays, but you can post on any day that works best for you! Check out the guidelines by visiting Tynga's blog! 

Another great week in books for me! Although I didn't buy much, I'm really looking forward to these! 


Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey
Kowalski Family #9

I've only read one book by Shannon Stacey, and that was part of the Kowalski series as well, and I really enjoyed it. They seem to be light-hearted romances, which are always my go-to if I'm not sure what to read. 

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

I've read Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens by Genova and absolutely loved them! (You can see my reviews by clicking on the titles) She writes about really important issues and the stories are phenomenal. So I knew right when I saw this one that I HAD to pick it up! 

The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer 

I've seen this book around on the clearance shelf a few times while at my local used book store, but never picked it up. Then I saw it again at the library and they were selling it for 50 cents. I couldn't really pass it up. Plus the storyline really intrigues me and it's set in Wisconsin. (my state, which never happens!)


Torch by Cheryl Strayed

This is for August's book club! A few friends of mine (who are also in book club) really liked Wild by Cheryl Strayed, so they wanted to try this one next. I'm excited to start it soon! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

*TOUR* [Review] Truly Sweet by Candis Terry

Truly Sweet
Sweet, Texas #5
By: Candis Terry  
Released July 28th, 2015


Candis Terry returns to Sweet, Texas for the last time when former Marine Jake Wilder discovers how truly sweet love can be.

When the one you’ve always wanted

At sixteen, Annabelle Morgan hoped her crush on Jake Wilder was just a passing phase. Now she’s twenty-nine and nothing has changed except Jake. The once-carefree marine has come home with a giant chip on his shoulder. He insists a single mom like Annie deserves more than he can offer. Yet no matter how gruff his gorgeous exterior may be, Jake s toe-curling kisses convince her that this attraction is definitely mutual.

Becomes the one who wants you back

Butting heads with feisty Annie was always a thrill. Add other body parts to the mix, and Jake is in serious trouble. He can’t be a forever-and-family guy and Annie s not a friends-with-benefits kind of woman. But love has a way of changing the best-laid plans, and surrender has never been so tempting.

The outcome is truly sweet.

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Buy Links:  Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo
My Review

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

Every time I see these books come around for a tour, or are released, I get so excited! I was first introduced to the Wilder brothers in Sweetest Mistake, which is actually the second in the series. I loved it so much that I went back to the first one and read that! I've been hooked ever since! I couldn't wait to read the youngest Wilder brother's love story, so I signed up for this right away. 
Jake has just come home from serving in the military and he's not too happy about being discharged. Annie has been in love with Jake since high school, but he never noticed her, at least in the romantic way. We get to watch as their friendship grows and turns into love. Plus Annie has an adorable son, Max, who Jake is instantly drawn to, but doesn't want to be. (And I'm a sucker for guys with/around children!)
I really do love these books. They're always so fun and romantic, but have deep sides to them as well. There are points in the story that are really light-hearted and funny, while other times I want to cry for the characters. This book has so many feels! I seriously can't get enough of Terry's writing! I highly, highly recommend any romance fans to pick up her books. They're all great! This series is wonderful and so is her other series, the Sugar Shack novels. 
About the Author
Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

(Sweet Texas Prize Pack with Print Copies of Series and Swag)

Monday, July 27, 2015

[Review] The Fixer by Joseph Finder

The Fixer by Joseph Finder
Publisher: Dutton
Publishing Date: June 9, 2015
406 Pages
Format: paperback, ARC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 4.5 stars


New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder delivers his next breakneck stand-alone thriller about the secrets families can keep, and the danger of their discovery.

When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancĂ©e, and apartment, his only option is to move back into — and renovate — the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home.

As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery — millions of dollars hidden in the walls. It’s enough money to completely transform Rick’s life — and everything he thought he knew about his father. Yet the more of his father’s hidden past that Rick brings to light, the more dangerous his present becomes. Soon, he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried, and only solving the mystery of his father — a man who has been unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years — will save Rick... if he can survive long enough to do it.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Before I started blogging, I had never heard of Joseph Finder or his novels. Now, he's becoming one of my favorite authors. Everything I've picked up by him have been wonderful reads. They're fast-paced, complex, and keep you guessing. This surely won't be the last book by Finder that I pick up. 

Rick Hoffman finds millions of dollars in his father's home when he begins to renovate it. Then he does what I think a lot of people would do, spends a ton of money on silly things like clothing and fancy dinners, all while trying to impress a girl. However, he soon realizes that this money wasn't just left for him, and someone wants it back. His life is now in danger and he must try to figure out where it came from and who's trying to kill him. He uses his skills as a former investigative reporter to figure out just what his father was up to and why he had all of this money. Rick learns things about his father that he never knew before, things that aren't always good. But Rick knows he needs to keep digging for the truth, even if it means it could kill him. 

I love how Finder wrote this book and really enjoyed the characters. I thought the story was pretty complex and I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what was happening. I never really figure out what was going to happen until the very end. I had suspicions about some characters and didn't trust a few of them throughout the story. But sometimes I would be surprised and they were good people; other times I was surprised that they weren't. All in all, this was a good book and I'm thankful that I was given the opportunity to read and review this one. I can't wait to read more of what Finder has in store for his fans. I'm sure I won't be disappointed! 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stacking the Shelves 7.26.15

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews. Its all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether physical or virtual books. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course, ebooks! Tynga posts this meme on Saturdays, but you can post on any day that works best for you! Check out the guidelines by visiting Tynga's blog! 

It was my birthday last week and my family knows me all too well! Got a gift card to Barnes and Noble and it was burning a hole in my pocket; I couldn't wait to get out and spend it (: These are the wonderful purchases I made with that gift card! 


I cannot wait to read this! I've heard such great things about it and the synopsis sounds so good! I have a feeling this is going to be a book that I can't put down. 

I've been wanting to read this for quite a while. When I first read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I fell in love with her writing. Then I heard about this one and it just sounds so cute. I kind of started it last night, but was so tired that I only got about 5 pages into it (: 

Ever since reading Big Little Lies, I've been searching for all Liane Moriarty's books. I own The Husband's Secret (haven't read it yet), and found this one at the store. She's easily going to become one of my favorite authors! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

[Review] Crash by Lisa McMann

Crash by Lisa McMann
Series: Visions, #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing Date: Jan. 8, 2013
233  Pages
Format: paperback, won
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 3.5 stars


If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality. 

My Review

I won this book back at the beginning of 2014 from the 31 Days of Reading giveaway. It was an amazing giveaway and I'm still getting through all the books I got from them! So I finally picked up this one (I'm trying really hard to read books that I already own before getting new ones). 

This was a pretty interesting book that kind of reminded me of the Final Destination movies. Did anyone else who read that get that feeling? Jules sees a vision of a terrible accident that kills 9 people. First she just sees it a few times, here and there. Then she starts seeing it everywhere she looks: on the tv, on stop signs, on store windows. It just won't go away. So she starts trying to figure out what's going to happen and when. She even confides in her brother and the person she's in love with. They're not quite sure what to believe, but one of them does believe her right away. 

This book takes us on a chase of trying to figure out what is going to happen and when. This book is pretty interesting! Like I said, it reminds me of the Final Destination movies as Jules tries to figure out whats going to happen and when. I really kind of liked it. I wasn't quite expecting that when I first picked it up. And then the end throws you for a curve ball a bit, so it makes me want to pick up the next one as well. 

And last thought - that cover is awesome, isn't it?! It's just so unique! 

Others in the Series

Friday, July 17, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday! 7.17.15

Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other blogs also. I follow you, you follow me. 

The general rules are: 
- Follow the Feature and Follow Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read)
- Follow the Featured Bloggers
- Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts. 
- Grab the button up there and place it in a post. This post is for people to say hi and that they are now following you in your comments. 
- Follow, Follow, Follow as many as you can. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Don't just follow, comment and say hi in the post! Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say 'hi'
- If someone comments and says they are following you, please follow back! 

This Week's Question: Post a funny Youtube video! (It doesn't have to be book related)

This is usually the first video I think of when I think of funny Youtube videos! It's super cute and plus I really love kittens, so it's the perfect combination (: Hope you enjoy! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

[Review] All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry
Publisher: Viking Books
Publishing Date: Sept 26, 2013
274 Pages
Format: paperback, won
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 4 stars


Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last. 

My Review

I believe I won this book last year some time, but I honestly can't remember who I won it from or when, so if I won it from you, thank you!! 

This book sounded so interesting when I entered the contest, and when I won, I was very excited. I had read the synopsis, but when I started reading this book, it was so different from what I expected! This book takes place in another time (another world possibly?); Judith lives with her mom and brother. She was kidnapped and held captive for years but when she returns home, she doesn't receive a warm welcome. Her mom is ashamed of the fact that Judith can't speak, or speak very well, so she forbids Judith from communicating with anyone. 

This book is told from Judith's perspective in 2nd person point of view. I don't think I've read anything in this point of view before. It was really interesting to read and I thought it made the story much more compelling. The way the story is written is as if Judith is writing a journal to the boy she loves, Lucas. This story was also so different from anything I've read before. The setting of the story was very unique and original, and the characters were quite interesting. I empathized with Judith because she wanted so badly to fit in and make friends, but is terrified of what people will think of her. After a great deal of confusion and miscommunication, Judith finally gets the life that she's always wanted since she returned from being held captive. 

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to hearing more from Ms. Berry.