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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!
divider-3I am currently reading three books at the moment! I’m reading Not Just Another Rock Star Romance by Lisa Suzanne, One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh and Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa! It’s been a couple of busy days because of Thanksgiving so I’m trying to play catch up! But without further ado here is the break down of everything I’ve been reading lately!

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Blurb: I’ve never been able to say no to my manager, which is probably why my band instated the No Bang Oath. When she asks me to star on a new reality dating show right before we go on tour, the last thing I want to find is love. But since it was Kylie who asked, I say yes. Besides, I can’t turn down the exposure for my band.

As I forge connections with the women—including the show’s hostess—I can’t seem to shake Kylie out of my head. When I find myself at the center of a scandal, I don’t know what’s worse: the bad press or the disappointment in Kylie’s eyes.

How do I prove I’m not just another rock star before I hit the road with one of the biggest bands in the world?

Release Date: December 3rd 2018
Add to Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2R8pPgQ

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Blurb: First in a brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick about one man’s pursuit of justice—and unbridled desire. 

Law & Order. For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…

Pride and Passion. And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?

Release Date: July 29th 2019
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Blurb: One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart. With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

Release Date: Out now, published October 2nd 2018. 
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I am loving all of three of these books and I am so excited to share my thoughts and reviews on them with you guys! What are you currently reading and loving? Let me know!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Worlds I Want To Live In

t5t-graphicTop 5 Tuesday Hosted by: Bionic Book Worm
Description: A weekly top 5 list, with different topics each week. Topics are announced at the beginning of each month.

This question is from November 13th 2018 but I couldn’t pass it up! 
November 13th 2018: Top 5 Worlds I want to live! 
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1. A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas 
Oh my gosh! I am in love with the world of A Court of Thorns & Roses and honestly I’m a little obsessed with these books and fae! Prythian is such a cool world because it has so many different places with different seasons it would be the perfect world to go because if you get tired from one season, you can go to another court. I would honestly spend a lot of my time in Night and Summer court, maybe in Spring and Autumn too. 

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2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman 
My second pick is The Princess Bride by William Goldman! This book is such a romantic story and I love and adore all the fantasy aspects it has! Pirates, castles, swordsmen, giants, magic and so much more! So many possibilities with this book and I think it would be a complete blast to live in! 

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3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
As a life long Harry Potter fan OF COURSE I would want include the Wizarding World in the list of worlds I would to want live in! I am a proud Hufflepuff and I love, love the books. Hogwarts is definitely the first place I would want to be and visit but I especially would want to visit the Wizarding World because of other places like Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and the Forbidden Forest. 

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4. The Real series by Katy Evans
If you keep up with my blog you know I am a huge Katy Evans fan. Real is my favorite book of hers and honestly it would be so amazing if I could live in the same world as Remington Tate because he’s my hero. His world is basically like ours but I honestly would just like to meet him and have the chance to tell him how much he means to me. 

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Fireblood Dragon series by Ruby Dixon
Besides fae I think dragons are amazing paranormal creatures and although it might not end well for me, I think it would be really cool to be part of the Fireblood Dragon world by Ruby Dixon. It’s a post apocalyptic world so things are bit rough considering dragons have taken over the world but I would still like to visit this world because of the dragons. 

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Those are my picks for Top 5 Tuesday: Worlds I Want To Live In! I think I have a pretty nice mix of choices! Fae, a bit of fairytale with a taste of everything, wizards, a fighter and dragons! If you could live in any book world what would you pick?
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Sex in Young Adult Books

Hello friends! How are you doing on this lovely Wednesday? I’m writing this post because I noticed awhile ago that there is a definite divide between readers when it comes to including sex in Young Adult books. For example I actually held a poll on my Twitter about including sex in Young Adults and this was the result:
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I had around 800+ followers at the time when I posted this poll, (now I’m at 940, yay!) but still I was a bit shocked that 17% said no. Now I feel like I need to clarify a few things about this blog post before diving into it. When I’m talking about including sex in Young Adult books, I think a lot of people would automatically think of what is written in a romance book or something written that is very sensual. The whole purpose of this blog post is not to have the written type of sex that is included in romance books, but to at least include sex in Young Adult books that is at least shows what the characters are doing. For example, I’ve read several Young Adult books that allude to the reader that characters indeed have sex, but instead of going into some sort of detail the section of the chapter ends and the characters wake up together in bed or holding each other somewhere etc. 

Which in my personal opinion, as a reader and an American is frustrating because in the United States including sex or explaining anything that deals with sex is an issue. If you’re not an American and you’re reading this blog post, let me explain: in the American school system its preferred by schools and families in general for students to learn abstinence over sex education. Growing up my school district had an outside group come into the school that was run by the local church and instead of teaching my fellow peers and I sex education, they told us to abstain from sex. This was in 5th-6th grade when I was 10-12 years old and we had several other meetings with this church group in 7th-8th grade. 

Flash forward to 9th grade where I was a Freshman in High School where I was finally in Health class that taught sex education, very little sex education actually. We were taught about sexual intercourse and the repercussions of having sex like sexual diseases and pregnancy. We were also taught the various stages of puberty in girls and boys, even though the various stages of puberty starting happening to us YEARS ago. 

Abstinence over sex education and not including sex in Young Adult books I think the two subjects have a lot of common and it adds up to the whole point of this blog post. That as a generation and Americans are not comfortable with sex. I don’t understand why people are not comfortable with sex, sex education, sex in books/Young Adult books. Sex is part of our lives and I really don’t understand why people are so against it.

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I came up with this blog post because someone made a comment about a book/book series I love and I’ll just say the book series, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Someone said that it was pushing the boundaries of a Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance genre as a book and series and I was just so confused. They continued to say that what was written in particularly A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas was too much like romance erotica and I was laughing very hard. Calling a book by like A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas erotic was a bit ridiculous, because honestly if you want to read something highly erotic you need to look up this book:
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This is just a teaser of Misadventures with a Professor by the fabulous Sierra Simone. She has written some of the most erotic and dirtiest romance books I have ever read in my life and I love them. I’m not going to include a sample of her writing but the teaser picture of her latest release above should give you a clue of exactly what erotica is. 

Calling A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas “too sexual” to be Young Adult is just asinine. For example, in romance books authors call certain parts of the human anatomy names that some may deem dirty or erotic. Maas not once uses those terms and honestly she censors a lot of things too. Not once in the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series does she overstep those boundaries, but you know for sure as you’re reading along with the books, you KNOW what the characters are doing. She does in a tasteful and meaningfully way! Bravo to Maas for describing what the characters are doing instead of trailing off to another page or skipping the encounter completely. 

Circling around to what I said earlier, I feel like people who don’t like seeing sex written in Young Adult books is because of several reasons: one, they are part of that generation where we were taught abstinence over sexual education. Or two they just aren’t comfortable with sex. I don’t think reading about sex should be taboo, for any age. Yes, there should be some boundaries with younger teens and kids reading but taking it out completely? No. Sex is part of our lives, it helps us not only create life but it also connects us to other human beings. Both real and fictional people. I think keeping it out of books, especially Young Adult books is not the right thing to do. 

Those are my thoughts with Sex in Young Adult books. What do you think about this subject? Do you agree that sex should be written in Young Adults books  or disagree? Why? I would love to hear your guys thoughts! 
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Book Blogger Hop: Subscription Boxes

subscription box.jpgThe Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

November 9th – 15th – Do you subscribe to any book subscription boxes?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

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So I actually subscribe to two subscription boxes! I subscribe to Owlcrate and the Romance Reveal box. I’ve been subscribed to Owlcrate for a year and I recently started getting the Romance Reveal box right before summer 2018. In this Book Blogger post I’m going to break down the cost of each box, items that come in and why you should subscribe to these boxes! Enjoy!

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Owlcrate is a monthly subscription box that focus on Young Adult books and bookish goodies! From Owlcrate’s website: “Each box will contain one brand new hardcover Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish keepsakes to help set the mood for your literary adventure. Every box will be built with a super fun and creative theme in mind, and will also include special goodies right from the author!” 

Each month there is a different theme for the box, for example of 2018’s themes have been: once upon a dream, wonderland, epic, classic remix, run away with the circus, sailors, ships and seas, wanderlust, mythical creatures just to name a few past box themes. The book and items center around the theme which have been really interesting in cool! 

The price of Owlcrate depends on what subscription you want. For example I subscribe to the monthly payment of $29.99 plus shipping. But there are options as well, there is a 3 month option plus shipping for the total cost of $86.98 (you will be charged this price every 3 months) and the other plan is 6 months paid for $167.95 plus shipping. 

I really love Owlcrate and it is such a nice way to treat myself every month! It has introduced me to new books and the bookish goodies are so much fun! There are Owlcrates where I don’t like the theme, book or items included in that month’s box but it’s always made it up to me in another box! If you love Young Adult books and bookish goodies you should definitely check out Owlcrate! 

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Romance Reveal Book Box is a once a month subscription box that focuses on romance books and their authors. There aren’t a lot of bookish goodies like there are in Owlcrate, there are author focused goodies like pens and bookmarks, sometimes signed by the author.  I really wanted to subscribe to this box because one of the main genre of books I read is romance and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. 

It is not as known as well as Owlcrate and again the stuff that is included is completely different. For example I’ve gotten little coin purses, artwork, bath bombs and other bookish items from Owlcrate. For the Romance Reveal box their goodies are usually small pieces of candy (jaw breakers, lollipops) little tea cup candles, signed bookmarks and other author related items. Owlcrate also just recently started to include signed books in their boxes whereas Romance Reveal Boxes have ALWAYS had their books signed by the author which is super neat. 

I’m a bit frustrated because I went to the Romance Reveal Box site and I struggled to find payment plan information. For me I pay a monthly fee at the  end of the month of $29.99 plus shipping which gets me two signed books and bookish goodies. Now when I originally signed up there were different plans varying on what sort of box you wanted. Two signed books vs one signed book for example. On their site it does say there is a one time payment for a Romance Reveal Box for $29.95 but that is the only information. I do believe their sign ups for limited as well so you’ll have to pay attention to that too.

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Those are the rundowns of the two subscription boxes I get every month! Two different genres, different boxes, books and goodies but both have pros and cons. If you want to subscribe to a box that has amazing bookish goodies I would suggest Owlcrate. If you’re looking for a subscription box that is new every month again I would suggest Owlcrate. If you aren’t big on bookish goodies and prefer more focus on the book, I would suggest the Romance Reveal box. Both subscription boxes have signed books too which is awesome! 

If you’re interested in checking out more here both
subscription box sites to check them out:

Owlcrate: https://owlcrate.com/
Romance Reveal Box: https://bit.ly/2FrPBGk

Do YOU subscribe to any subscription boxes? If not do you want to?
What are your favorite ones? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books Featuring Paranormal Creature of Your Choice

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October 24th:  Top 5 Favorite Books Featuring [Paranormal Creature of Your Choice] This is a repeat topic from last year, but as it’s a good one AND interchangeable so it can be different each year, it’s back again.
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Oh my gosh! Only five books and I can only narrow it down to one paranormal creature?! This is going to be SO hard because I love fantasy books and there are so many different paranormal creatures that I love reading about! But since I can’t go over them all…I’m going to focus on two: fae and dragons!

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1. A Court Of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

Blurb: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

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My thoughts: The entire series of A Court Of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas are my absolute favorite books.  To be honest I really didn’t read a lot of books based on fairies/fae and I was very curious when I started this book and series. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Literally one of the best written books/series in the history of mature Young Adult, fantasy and romance. Yes I went THERE and you need to read this book and series ASAP. 

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2. A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas 

Blurb: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Buy A Court Of Mist And Fury:
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My thoughts: A Court Of Mist & Fury is my favorite A Court Of Thorns & Roses book. No spoilers but if you took my advice and read A Court Of Thorns & Roses, the world just expands and the story grows even more and A Court Of Mist & Fury will blow you away. 

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#3. Rhapsodic/The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa 

 Blurb: Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. 

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

Buy Rhapsodic ***Available in Kindle Unlimited***
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My thoughts: Again I read this book when I was just starting out reading fae books, it’s a little slow at first but definitely contains a heck of lot of Laura Thalassa magic and Des is hot, hot, hot! Plus it’s not just focused on fae but also the main character is a siren which is pretty cool. 

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#4. Storm Born by Richelle Mead

Blurb: Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants…

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

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My thoughts: Richelle Mead was one of my favorite authors growing up with her Vampire Academy series. As much as I loved those books I really like her strength is in fantasy/adult romance. The Dark Swan series features a lot of creatures but one of the main focuses is fae (mmm Dorian!) and all four books are definitely a ride! I need to re-read and review this series soon but I highly recommend if you are interested in fae and other paranormal creatures.  

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#5 Fire In His Blood by Ruby Dixon 

Blurb: Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons – once creatures of legend – are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.

Claudia’s a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she’s left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive – to somehow ‘tame’ a dragon and get it to obey her. Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other…and he’s not interested in obeying. What he is interested in is a mate.

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My thoughts: Ruby Dixon is one of the best paranormal romance authors around and she is some of the best Kindle Unlimited books around. She is known for her alien paranormal romance series but I prefer her dragon series. Fire In His Blood is the first of five books out so far and tells the story of how dragons came from a hole in the sky and destroyed the world. Humans are in hiding while dragons roam around searching and attacking. When a woman finds herself alone with a dragon she finds out the truth of the situation and honestly I wish there were more books out because this story is SO interesting and different! Plus I think dragons are awesome and they deserve more book time when it comes to all genres of books, but especially romance. 
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Those are my top picks for paranormal creature books! I’ve REALLY been into fae books lately and they kind of have taken over my life and that is 100% okay because I really love them. Right now I feel like they are the vampires that were super popular several years back but when it comes to fae there are so many different types of them with different backgrounds and stories that make it really interesting to read about. Plus dragons, do I need to say more? DRAGONS. Anyway, what is your favorite paranormal creature to read about?  

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WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!
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The Three Ws are: What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am currently reading The Day I Stopped Falling For Jerks duet by Max Monroe! This is my first Max Monroe book and I’m super excited to be reading it! 

Blurb: I’m Luciana Wright. Everyone calls me Lucky, but when it comes to love, I’m anything but. I have a long history of dating the wrong men.
You know the ones I’m talking about.

The beautiful, charming guys who are quite literally too good to be true. The ones who are impulsive in love and prefer short flings over long-term relationships. I’m talking about the jerks. The guys who taste so good, but are so very bad.

After going through the most ridiculous breakup in the history of breakups, I thought I’d learned my lesson. I officially put myself into jerk rehab and committed to changing my ways. But, let’s be real here, love is never that easy. Especially when an arrogant, charming, he-devil of a sexy alpha man gets involved.

Aussie accent. Tanned skin. Muscular, surfer bod. Gorgeous brown eyes. And the kind of sexy smile that brings women to their knees. Oh, did I mention that he’s also my best friend’s brother? Yeah. This story, my story, it’s a real doozy you guys. The day I stopped falling for jerks, I met Oliver Arsen—the biggest jerk of all.

Pre-order The Day I Stopped Falling For Jerks duet here ←

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What did you recently finish reading? The Necromancer’s Bride by Brianna Hale! Oh my goodness! This book was a novella but it completely blew my socks off! It is the perfect dark romance/Halloween read! 

Blurb: When I was a child he brought me back from the brink of death. Since that day I have borne his mark, a black star in the center of my left palm. The villagers say it brands me as evil. I think it means something far worse. It marks me as his.

The disease that nearly killed me has returned to the village and children are dying. I’m the only one who dares to climb the mountain and learn his secrets. In exchange I’m to clean his house and help with his strange experiments, but Meremon wants more. He wants me. And it isn’t long before I discover that his demands are as twisted as his experiments.

Warning: This story is a dark fantasy romance with scenes of non-consent and dubious consent. Additionally, Meremon is a necromancer and enjoys unusual things. Some sex scenes might be strange or creepy for some readers.

As always with Brianna Hale books, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily ever after. THE NECROMANCER’S BRIDE is a novella of 16,000 words.

Pre-order The Necromancer’s Bride here ←

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What do you think you’ll read next? I have been fortune enough to receive ARC’s of Royally Yours by Emma Chase and Long Road Home by Stacey Lynn! Once I’m finished with The Day I Stopped Falling For Jerks duet I’ll be diving into these bad boys! I’m super excited! 

Royally Yours Blurb: Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t… is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them.

** Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.

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Long Road Home Blurb: I left home ten years ago, promising myself I’d never return to the place where I had never been accepted. I was despised and ridiculed for circumstances completely beyond my control.

But when my grandmother passes away, I’m forced to return to Kansas. I will have to face everyone who hated me. But they’re not who I’m most afraid of. My biggest fear? Facing him.  Jordan Marx. The boy I once loved more than life itself. The boy who defended me from them. The boy I’d disappeared on, leaving him nothing more than a horrible nasty lie and hastily scribbled note.

When Jordan finds out the secret I have carried for so long, I’m in for the battle of my life.  Or so I thought. I might have wandered for years on a path riddled with thorns but with Jordan by my side, taking the long road home means more than reuniting with the only man I’ve ever loved. It might just mean finding myself, and the family I never thought I could ever have along the way.

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Those are my WWW Wednesday updates! What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? I would love to hear your picks! 

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Book Blogger Hop: It’s getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer — urban fantasy, or horror, and why?

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

October 5th – 11th – It’s getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer — urban fantasy, or horror, and why? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

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Oh my goodness! As I’ve stated before in a previous book blogger hop post I am NOT into horror, AT ALL. It stresses me out and gives me anxiety so I will definitely not be choosing horror if I had to choose a genre I had to read forever! One of my favorite genres to read is fantasy so I think reading urban fantasy would even be more fun to read about. 

I actually googled the description of urban fantasy and this is what Google came up with: Urban fantasy is a sub genre of fantasy in which the narrative has an urban setting. … A contemporary setting is not strictly necessary for a work of urban fantasy: works of the genre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, actual or imagined. (via Wikipedia.) 

I think from just reading that description that reading urban fantasy over horror would be an absolute for me because picking urban fantasy gives me more options. I feel like horror is just one genre you really can’t add or stray from, whereas urban fantasy could branch off into so many other things and scenarios when it comes to books and reading so I definitely would pick urban fantasy.

What would you choose if you could choose one one of these genres: horror or urban fantasy? 

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Waiting on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about! This week I am waiting for…..
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The first book I am waiting for is Royally Yours by Emma Chase! Out October 30th 2018.
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Blurb: Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal.
 When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t… is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them. Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.

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Why I’m excited: I really love the Royally series and I’m really excited for Royally Yours because it’s set in a different time with new characters. I really enjoy boys that are in the same universe as other books but has a different plot with new characters we haven’t read about. It’s familiar but contemporary. 

The Necromancer’s Bride by Brianna Hale, out October 20th 2018.DocW0u9W0AA2qFm.jpgBlurb: When I was a child he brought me back from the brink of death. Since that day I have borne his mark, a black star in the center of my left palm. The villagers say it brands me as evil. I think it means something far worse. It marks me as his.

The disease that nearly killed me has returned to the village and children are dying. I’m the only one who dares to climb the mountain and learn his secrets. In exchange I’m to clean his house and help with his strange experiments, but Meremon wants more. He wants me. And it isn’t long before I discover that his demands are as twisted as his experiments. Warning: This story is a dark fantasy romance with scenes of non-consent and dubious consent. Additionally, Meremon is a necromancer and enjoys unusual things. Some sex scenes might be strange or creepy for some readers.

As always with Brianna Hale books, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily ever after. THE NECROMANCER’S BRIDE is a novella of 16,000 words.

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Why I’m excited: I’ve been following Brianna Hale for awhile now and I am kicking myself I haven’t read any books of hers yet! But I’m super excited for The Necromancer’s Bride because I feel like it’s perfect for October and the Halloween season; but also because I enjoy reading darker romances and the blurb really got me interested! 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black out January 8th 2019
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Blurb: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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Why I’m excited: I just finished re-reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (if you’re interested check out my review here⟵) for review and I liked it a lot more than the first time I read it. Although it really didn’t end on a cliff hanger I do have some questions and I’m really curious to see how everything that happened in The Cruel Prince play out in The Wicked King. We have a long time to wait for it though, January is three months away! 

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Those are my picks for Waiting On Wednesday! Do you have some books you’re waiting for? I am so impatient so it’s hard for me to wait on things, ESPECIALLY books. One of the reasons I love the romance genre book world so much is because the waiting isn’t bad, usually only a few months which isn’t bad at all. Compared to the Young Adult which usually takes a year or more. Anyway please let me know what your Waiting On Wednesday picks are! 

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How To Relax with Reading!

1Hello friends! Happy Weekend and Happy Saturday! So I wanted to write a blog post talking about how several things: the main focus on reading routines and how to relax before or while you’re reading but I also wanted to discuss the importance of self care and taking a break. I’m very open about this and I’ve discussed it before on my blog but I have suffered from anxiety and depression my entire life and five years ago I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) I lost my Dad at twenty years old in August 2017 and I have struggled with balancing my mental heath issues ever since. Most days I am fine and then there are others that completely just knock the life out of me. I don’t want to move, I don’t want to do anything and it’s just a horrible, horrible thing to deal with on a daily basis…mental illness. 

Although I have to live with these struggles every day, I know the good days outweigh the bad and like I have for all my life, I will continue to fight against the bad days. One of the things I do when I’m having a bad day is read! So I got to thinking and came up with this blog post! I thought it would be fun to ask other readers what their reading routines and rituals were and what they did to relax before they sat down to read. In this blog post I’m going to share my relaxing reading routine along with other readers! After you read this post I hope you take some of these suggestions and tips to heart and take some time out to relax and exercise some self care for yourself! Enjoy! Xo! 

2.jpgMy ideal reading routine would be somewhere quiet, either on my bed or a big comfy chair but DEFINITELY somewhere quiet. I wish I could be one of those people who could read anywhere especially with noise, but I am not. Before I settle in I usually pick several of my favorite essential oils and pop them in the diffuser! I use Young Living Essential oils and my favorites are peace and calming, joy and orange! Those scents calm me and just make me feel immediately relaxed. Once I am settled I love cuddling up with blankets and I LOVE blankets especially big, fuzzy ones! And cozy socks are a must too! Usually I have a small stack of books next to me (even if I’m reading from my kindle) and I have some sort of stone nearby. My go to feel good stones are Opal and Himalayan salt. Then I start reading! 

That’s my reading routine and I want to hear yours! Your habits, tips or suggestions! Please comment and tell me your thoughts! Below are other reading routines and rituals from fellow readers and bloggers, each username is tagged so you could follow them on twitter! Enjoy! 

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Get comfy on the sofa or bed (usually the bed), turn off the tv, play some instrumental music (for a few minutes only! I like the background noise), then I’m ready to not get up EVER lol –  

I read at bedtime, so I take a bath (always with lavender body wash to relax), put on comfy pajamas, and crawl into my cozy bed. Then I’m ready to read all night.  

I like the quiet, turn off the tv, grab a cup of coffee and cover up with a blanket 

Definitely a blanket, drink and snack also my baby monitor!  

Blankets blankets blankets! @Cat_book_tea 

Definitely a blanket.. settle down in my recliner and put my feet up.. and probably will have some old favorite tv show on because I don’t like Silence.. 

Run a bath – a nice hot one and soak for a couple of hours while reading 🙂  

I make sure I have everything I need to sit for a while: a nice blanket, a comfy pillow, something to drink nearby. 🙂  

Cushions and a nice cuppa does it for me x – 

Beverage: hot or cold depending on weather/time/mood Pillows &/or blankets = snuggly pup Front door locked. I’m not home, as far as you know. Electronics on DND Pee. (me & the snuggly pup) Not getting up in 5 minutes, thanks.  

Cushions, tea/coffee, snack, phone within reach (so I don’t have to get up) – or better still, switched off. This scenario is perfected when the cat turns up to sit on me, which she invariably does thirty seconds before I have to move. 

A nice tasty drink and a comfy seat. –

I can read anywhere, no matter the noise, location tv on or kids running around. Writing is a totally different animal since people and noise are a major inconvenience. – 

Take off my shoes, grab a blanket and a snack, and shut the bedroom door so the cat can’t come in and sit on my book. –

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Book Blogger Hop: Do you like to finish one book before starting the next or do you read several at once?

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

21st – 27th – Do you like to finish one book before starting the next or do you read several at once? (submitted by Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next)

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This was a question that ended yesterday but I’m not interested in answering the 9/28-10/4 question so I’m doing a bit of back pedaling 🙂 

I am a bit strange when it comes to reading orders of books. I am not a patient woman, especially when it comes to waiting for books. So in regards to the question, I like to wait for a book series to finish and then I will read all the books in a row. I am definitely the kind of reader that will binge a series all at once if I really like it. For example, I started reading the A Court of Thorns & Roses series July 2017. I picked up the first one and read it without realizing the trilogy just finished. Usually I NEVER do that and instead look up book series to see if it’s completed or not and that will sway my decision when it comes to reading a book because again, I DO NOT like to wait. 

Are you the kind of reader that likes to finish a book and take a break or do you finish a book then continue to next book in the series? Let me know! 

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