Monday, October 20, 2014


In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week

I forgot to do this for three weeks again.  And I even forgot which days I got which books.  So here's just a list of the books I got in the past 3 weeks.


Snow Like Ashes- Sara Raasch--review for an Around the World ARC Tour













Werewolf in Seattle (Wild About You #3)- Vicki Lewis Thompson--PaperbackSwap













Talon- Julie Kagawa--review for an Around the World ARC Tour














Rites of Passage- Joy Hensley--review for an Around the World ARC Tour












The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2)- Richelle Mead--contest win from Lola's Blog Tours












Dead Beautiful- Yvonne Woon--PaperbackSwap















The Crown (Queen of Hearts #1)- Colleen Oakes--from publisher for review












The Wonder (Queen of Hearts #2)- Colleen Oakes--from publisher for review


Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Sunday Salon- October 19, 2014

The Sunday Salon

I have been so slacking on blog posts lately.  I haven't done a Sunday Salon in two weeks!

I finished and reviewed the following book the last 2  weeks:
White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout












Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout












I am currently reading Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross and up next is a tour book.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review- Stone Cold Touch

I finished reading Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout on Tuesday for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Every touch has its price


Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…


I was so glad I had this book to read right after I finished White Hot Kiss.  Only problem...I want the next book in my greedy little hands like yesterday!

Once again the love triangle between Zayne, Roth and Layla was hot hot hot!  I do think it was a liiiittle too played out but I still enjoyed it anyway!  I think in this book, my heart would have slightly edged to Zayne.  Only slightly though.  

There are definitely a few twists and turns and surprises.  The ending...wow.  I didn't see that one coming.  And I have to admit that I'm not sure I quite get how it's possible.  I can't really say more without giving it away.  But the agony of waiting until I can get the next book is just not fair! :)  

This book just further proved that the Dark Elements series is one of my favorite series ever!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Review- White Hot Kiss

I just finished reading White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

From Goodreads:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


After reading the prequel, I couldn't wait to start this book.  And it didn't disappoint!  I loved reading about the girl who was half demon, half gargoyle/Warden.  I found it so intriguing to read about both sides of her.

And speaking of both sides..the boys from both sides are H-O-T.  I've said it before, but I'm not usually the girl that goes for the bad boy.  But Roth just had something in him that didn't scream bad boy to me.  And the ending proved this.  Then wholesome Zayne is totally my type.  If I were Layla, I wouldn't have had a clue who to pick!  And the scenes between her and Roth are scorching!

There were some nice little twists and turns in the book and the ending made me feel sad.  I have the next book, Stone Cold Touch to read next but I haven't even let myself read the synopsis.  I don't want anything to be spoiled.  I can only hope it's as good as this one is!

I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Monday, September 29, 2014

In My Mailbox- September 29, 2014

I kinda forgot to do this last week, so this is two weeks worth

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week


TUESDAY
The Fine Art of Pretending- Rachel Harris--review for an Around the World ARC Tour












FRIDAY
The Perfectionists- Sara Shepard--review for an Around the World ARC Tour













Ghost House- Alexandra Adornetto--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

SATURDAY
Magnolia- Kristi Cook--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











Spellbound (Hex Hall #3)- Rachel Hawkins--PaperbackSwap













TUESDAY
Chasing Power- Sarah Beth Durst--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











Wildcat Fireflies (Fenestra #2)- Amber Kizer-- PaperbackSwap












SATURDAY
Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)- Jennifer L. Armentrout--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Sunday Salon- September 28, 2014

The Sunday Salon

This week was another, wait for it...busy week.  Shocker, huh?  On Monday I met up with some friends at the Boardwalk hotel then had a softball game and dinner with the team.  On Tuesday, I had a Yelp event at Hawkers.  On Wednesday I had amazing free dinner at Eddie V's with a friend.  On Thursday I had a Fit2Run fun run.  I bailed on my Friday night plans so Kory and I could stay home and watch a movie.  Yesterday I had the 5k at Oakland Park and then dinner out with the girls.  Then today I had to work at Disney.  Whew!

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 












I am currently reading White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) and up next is Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review- Bitter Sweet Love

I finished reading Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout on Wednesday.

From Goodreads:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.


Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.
And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…


Don’t miss White Hot Kiss, book one in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements series from Harlequin TEEN!

Ok, I'm not sure why, but I had NO idea this book was a paranormal.  Which is in no way a bad thing since I love paranormal books.  But it's like when you take a drink of something, thinking its something off.  Throws you off for a few seconds.  I guess I had just never read the premise of the series.

But I really enjoyed this short little novella.  Gargoyle Wardens are something new! (at least to me!)  I liked getting a little taste of this world that I'll be diving into for the new two books.  Yup!  I have White Hot Kiss up next and then Stone Cold Touch right after.  I can't wait!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I bought this book.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Sunday Salon- September 21, 2014


The Sunday Salon
Mark another one down as a busy week--softball, Open House, Dance Trance Class, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Magical Dining Month at Fogo de Chao, Miracle Miles 15k, Gator Game, and working at Disney.  Whew!

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:
Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson












I am currently reading Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout and up next is The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review- Catch a Falling Star

Last night I finished Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson.

From Goodreads:

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?


Okay.  So I'll admit it.  I'm one of those girls that loves Hollywood.  I've always been into acting and came thisclose to moving to L.A.  So I was excited about reading this book.

And yes, it's mostly fluff (although there is slight discussion of gambling addiction).  But it was right what I needed.

Most of the characters were enjoyable.  Carter was a great small-town girl who never wanted to leave.  I do wish we knew more about the dancing thing, but that's okay.  Chloe was a great sidekick.  Funny and true.  And Adam.  There was more to him than just movie star-ness.  But Alien Drake bugged me.  I mean, I guess I kind of get it, but he didn't seem like the nicest guy.

As for Carter and Adam's relationship--I think Carter was good for Adam.  Brought him back down to Earth.  That being said, I didn't really see the chemistry between them.  I thought they came off more as friends.  But no matter.  I still really enjoyed this one!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for a review.

Monday, September 15, 2014

In My Mailbox- September 15, 2014

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week

MONDAY
Sublime- Christina Lauren--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios--review for an Around the World ARC Tour










Death Date- Victoria Laurie--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











This Shattered World (Starbound #2)- Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











THURSDAY
Messenger of Fear- Michael Grant--from publisher for review












The Swap- Megan Shull--from publisher for review