Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Review: Sex, Love, and Stiletto

I've been bingeing Lauren Layne titles little by little via hoopla. For some reason, I prefer listening to romance novels as audiobooks and hoopla finally uploaded all four books of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto series so I got to finally finish it! I wanted to make it a habit of having more romance reviews on my blog as well, so enjoy my mini reviews!

Here we go!
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review: Follow Me Back

Title: Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1)
Author: A.V. Geiger
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: Physical

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…
Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.
When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts (goodreads).

Follow Me Back was suspenseful. 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#139]

Title: These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace (goodreads).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

First Thoughts [#171]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sequels and New Adventures: An evening with the Boldly Bookish

Bloomsbury's Boldly Bookish tour made a pit stop at Anderson's last weekend and I knew I had to be there. It was an intimate group filled with laughter and interesting tidbits about the writing process. Below you'll find something interesting tidbits I learned from Sarah Tolcser, Carolyn Mackler, Jeff Giles, and Tara Altebrando. 
Friday, June 8, 2018

Book Review: Sweet Black Waves

Title: Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1)
Author: Kristina Perez
Genre: Young Adult | Retelling | Romance
Publisher: Imprint

Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Not you without me, not me without you.
Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them. 
As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she's ever loved (goodreads)

Sweet Black Waves was a romance that did not live up to my expectations. 
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Book Review: The Opposite of Here

Title: The Opposite of Here
Author: Tara Altebrando
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC

There's no hiding on a cruise ship-not even from yourself. Natalie's parents are taking her and her three best friends on a cruise for her seventeenth birthday. A sail-a-bration, they call it. But it's only been a few short months since Natalie's boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but here. Then she meets a guy on the first night and sparks fly. After a moonlit conversation on a secluded deck of the ship, Natalie pops down to her cabin to get her swimsuit so they can go for a dip. But when she returns, he's gone. Something he said makes her think he might have . . . jumped? No, he couldn't have. But why do her friends think she's crazy for wanting to make sure he's okay? Also, why do they seem to be hiding something from her? And how can she find him when she doesn't even know his name? Most importantly, why is the captain on the intercom announcing the urgent need for a headcount (goodreads)?

The Opposite of Here was unexpected!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Amber Reads Her Shelves: June 2018

Amber Reads Her Shelves is my attempt to actually read the books I read. Every month I will choose 3 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. Voting will be open until June 19.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

First Thoughts [#170]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.