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Spell Book & Scandal (Review)

Book details:
Spell Book & Scandal
by Jen McConnel
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Shelby King is tired of living in her sister’s shadow. Just because Christina is the most powerful caster in school doesn’t mean Shelby’s any good at magic; she’s a scribe, like her mom, and everyone expects her to write spells for her sister, the way her mom always has for her dad. But Shelby’s spells fail spectacularly, and by the time she’s a sophomore, Christina won’t touch them with a ten-foot-pole; their parents aren’t much better. Shelby is fed up, and she decides to show the world she doesn’t care if she isn’t as good as her stuck-up sister, or as talented as their powerful parents. In fact, she decides it’s time to break all the rules, magical and otherwise, and she starts sneaking out to meet Jeremiah Smallwood, the second-best caster in school at illegal pop-up spell battles around town. She may not be able to scribe for him, but she doesn’t mind letting him think that she could; Shelby’s been half in love with Miah as long as she can remember, but he’s never paid attention to her until now, and she’s not going to risk her chances worrying about a pesky thing like the truth. But when Christina rats her out to their parents, Shelby can’t control her anger, and words come pouring out of her that she can’t take back even if she wanted to, threatening Christina’s future…and Shelby’s own chances with Jeremiah. It’ll take more magic than Shelby’s ever dreamed of to set things right, but no scribe has that much magic…right?

Review:

4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I don’t usually read paranormal, but I liked the synopsis, so I got the chance to read it in exchange of a review. I’m so happy with my decision because this was a good start for this series.

Shelby is a ‘normal teen’ And goes through typical teen problems, like doubting herself and her abilities, family problems, boy-crush, etc. How she affronted it, her development turn her into a strong girl. She went from rebellious without a proper cause to fighter for a real reason.

Another thing I felt a connection with was the relationship with her sister because I saw similarities with mine with my sister.

Now I’m patiently waiting for the second book.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31197542-andr?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spell-Book-Scandal-ebook/dp/B074MG89NT

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spell-book-scandal-jen-mcconnel/1126944895

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/spell-book-scandal/id1268923231

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/spell-book-scandal

AUTHOR BIO:

Award-winning author Jen McConnel writes NA, YA, and nonfiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Visit www.JenMcConnel.com to learn more!

Author links:

http://jenmcconnel.com/

https://twitter.com/Jen_McConnel

https://www.facebook.com/jenmcconnelauthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6451403.Jen_McConnel

Read,

Bhaltair.

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Drumline (review)

Drumline

Author: Stacy Kestwick

Genre: NA college romance

Publication Date: September 5th 2017

Rating: 3.5 🌟

Traditions are important. Especially in the South.
College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows.
Some things just don’t change.
Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullshit attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line.
It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it.
She expects there to be tension. Even friction.
But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.

Review:

Overall Drumline was a good, entertaining reading, that came in a very good time in my life (I’ve been stuck without finding a passionate read).

I’d catalogue this book as an easy-read-for-a-weekend or a read-after-book-hangover. I like the story and the characters in general but it was too fast paced for me and I would have liked a bit more of drama.

The heroine is a strong woman, having gone through hard moments in her childhood (you’ll have to read it if you want to know). Her passion and independence are something I loved, how she fights for what she wants and doesn’t let anyone get in the way. I admire when female characters are written that way, it’s inspiring.

The hero is brave, courageous and a touch nerdy. Having live own drama a few years back, he has had to grow up faster, but that just adds to the character. He’s also hot and I’ve always had a thing for drummers.

Both connected since the beginning, with a fight of the sexes. Their chemistry is extreme. The connection as a couple gets behind, I think there should have been more personal talk, to know the small details about someone.

On the whole, Drumline is a book I would recommend as an easy read for a weekend.

P.S: when she swears is really funny, they keep growing longer and funnier.

P.P.S: Batman is mentioned a lot (that’s a perk)

Read,

Bhaltair.

#Blur & #FinishLine Review

blur-final-ebooksm.jpg#Blur

GearShark Series #4

Author: Cambria Hebert

Rated: 4,5 stars

There’s a new kid in town, and he’s hell on wheels.
From what we’ve heard, it may be because
he knows exactly what hell’s like.
Lonely.
Scorching.
Unforgiving.
You may know his brother,
the NRR hotshot
(and former GearShark cover model)
Lorhaven.
It’s only natural a driver with
his background and family connections
has sped his racecar
into the newest, hottest division.
But that’s not all.
Arrow may be following in big bro’s tread marks,
but he doesn’t plan to stay there.
He’s swerving onto the road less traveled…
and a lot more controversial.
he’s opening up about his private struggles with sexuality
to tell a story that’s gone unheard until now.
One thing’s for sure; Arrow may have a painful past,
but his foot is heavy on the accelerator.
With speed like this, he’s bound to leave everything behind
nothing but a #blur.

My Review

Arrow’s story was long awaited, almost since I read about him the first time. He was always on the side, occupying a 2nd place, it was about time he took control.

The book is divided in two parts, the past and the present.

The past is sad, emotional and it can be hard to read, bit it’s necessary to understand why the main characters are that way. Arrow’s transformation in who he is now it’s heart-wrenching, the relationship with his family and what he has to get through to be himself. I loved and hated to have to read it because I already loved Arrow so much. Although, the big surprise carme with Hopper, his past made me cry. I didn’t really like him but I knew there was more to him than what I had read before so I gave him a chance and what a great decission.

The present is pure love and understanding. How two lost and broken souls find each other and collide, how the broken parts complemented. It’s magical. there’s no real angst in this part, but it’s not necessary after the past. The developpement of each character, how they find their way not only together, as humanas too. Also, it’s a sexy, hot book, the sparks between them are visible, you can feel them.

In my opinion, the author, Cambria Hebert, made them justice. It’s a must-read if you’re a fan of this series or this autor, but also if you like this genre.

finishline-ebooksm#FinishLine

GearShark Series, #5

Author: Cambria Hebert

Rated: 5 stars

Every race has a finish line.
Where you go after you cross it is what matters most.
And sometimes, that’s the most intriguing.
Here at GearShark, we’ve featured lots of drivers.
All of them are well acquainted with the finish line.
And as race fans, we’re well acquainted with cheering as they cross it.
What we aren’t privy to is riding shotgun, seeing where they drive once the race is over.
Our interviews barely scratch the surface,
offering just a glimpse of the men and women behind the wheel.
The discovery of vanished Motocross sensation Jayson Hamilton,
who has been right under our noses for years, proves secrets abound.
It’s time to dig deep. Look beyond the racetrack at the drivers who continue to pique our interest. In addition to scoring an exclusive, all-access interview with the elusive Jayson Hamilton (his first and only since the death of his fellow racer and partner Matt Lewis),
we’ve caught up with some of our most popular featured men and women in the racing world.
Where are they now?
Who are they now?
What do these hot commodities do when they escape the spotlight?
Rumors of weddings, babies, and new tattoos swirl through the media on a weekly basis.
And though we’re headlining the hashtag #Finishline, we’re far from finished.
In fact, we’re just getting started.
This newest issue of GearShark is jam packed with everything you’ve been dying to know…
and it just might be our biggest page-turner yet.

My Review

It’s the perfect ending. The closure the characters needed. This book was a surprise. It takes time a few months after #Blur

The first two parts of the book are about Arrow and Hopper, they’re now an established couple. There’s no drama just love. It may seem a bit fast how they formalized their relationship but it’s understandable.

Joey (Josie) and Lorhaven are my favorites. I loved their book (#Swag). In this book we have 1/3 of the book in their POV’S. The relationship is at the best and OMG the events that take place. My heart was screaming. I don’t know how say all this without spoilers. So just read it. And we also get to know a bit about Trent and Drew and more.

Cambria did an amazing work with this entire series. I’ve read the Hashtag series and the Gearshark series and I love it, so it’s so sad to see it ending, but I think she wrote the perfect finale. If she writes another book about any of the characters of this series I’d totally read but if she decides that this is the last one then it’s how it should end. (I don’t think she should write another one because with #FinishLine was the ending the characters deserved).

#Blur cover reveal

So excited for this book. Here’s the cover.​




#BlurCambria Hebert(GearShark, #4)Publication date: January 10th 2017Genres: M/M Romance

Nothing but a #blur…

There’s a new kid in town, and he’s hell on wheels.

From what we’ve heard, it may be because

he knows exactly what hell’s like.

Lonely.

Scorching.

Unforgiving.

You may know his brother, the NRR hotshot

(and former GearShark cover model)

Lorhaven.

It’s only natural a driver with his background and family connections

has sped his racecar into the newest, hottest division.

But that’s not all.

Arrow may be following in big bro’s tread marks,

but he doesn’t plan to stay there.

He’s swerving onto the road less traveled…

and a lot more controversial.

He’s opening up about his private struggles with sexuality

to tell a story that’s gone unheard until now.

One thing’s for sure; Arrow may have a painful past,

but his foot is heavy on the accelerator.

With speed like this, he’s bound to leave everything behind in

nothing but a #blur.

Check out the full feature article inside…

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo


Author Bio:

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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P.S.: the cover model is really hot( all Gearshark series models are) and he is how I imagine Arrow.S

The Goal 

The Goal (Off-Campus, 4) by Elle Kennedy.

This is Tucker and Sabrina’s book, you’ve met them in the other books.

It’s been an instahooked with this one. I was waiting for it, but I forgot last minute, thank god I read it in recommendations in a book group.

There are like 3 parts in the book. The first one is more lust-college, the second shows internal problems of and between them and the third one is the final struggles they have to face. If you’ve read the anterior book (The Score) you’ll know there’s a big event happening. Well that’s just part of the drama, though there’s not real big drama. The characters are so not what I think they would be. He’s a perfect gentleman with a cocky side. She’s focus and intelligent. They both make a great team together but don’t quite see it.

I feel silly and weak and I don’t like it. I should be immune to this. I mean, he’s just a guy. I’ve slept with lots of guys before and I’m sure there’ll be many in the future. So why am I all weak-kneed and fluttery around this one?

The book is about how can you face things that life puts you through better when you have someone with you, and someone to fight for.

I’ve read The Mistake and The Score (2&3, not the first one, I’m weird like that) and these books just have something, it’s so sad that this is the last one, though it’s gonna be an spin-off (maybe about Fitzy, I think). I could totally re-read it a few times. Totally recommend it. My fav is The Score, I fell in love with Dean, but the first one to aattract me was Logan, that’s why I started with the second in the series, although there’s something about Garret and Hannah that doesn’t appeal me (though I think I’ll read it soon).

Warning: there’s a really gross character (from his very first scene) but the book is worth it, so. 

The Hard Count

Title: The Hard Count
Author: Ginger Scott
Release date: July 15, 2016

The Hard Count is one of those books that you have to re-read after finishing them. Right away. This book left me in what I think it’s called ‘book drunk state’, I don’t know. It’s the feeling of not being able to read anything else because you haven’t gotten over this one special book. 

The main characters are so special and something different. Reagan is a strong and independent girl, a loner with a love for film. She comes from a good family, lives in a good neighborhood and her family is prestigious, but she knows that there’s more to life than that. Nico is a good boy from a bad neighborhood, he’s intelligent and never forgets his values. He has some special abilities and though he has seen some bad things growing up he doesn’t let them get in his way. 

They built a bond so beautiful and I love that even though it seems they’re so different they’re more alike. They both grow together, and I love to watch them together. 

It’s written from Reagan’s point of view but there’s a few chapters from Nico’s perspective that show us his past. I found them so mature and their romance doesn’t take up the entire book because they know there are more things in life. Also how they develop. I don’t know, I just think that I see myself in both of them, because I don’t usually like both characters.

Ginger Scott has rapidly become one of my fave authors, she sure can write some good books that gets to you. In this book may not be a lot of drama but it gets you all the same. You won’t stop reading once you’ve started it.

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.
West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.
I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.
In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.
When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

French Fries With A Side Of Guys

 


French Fries With A Side of Guys
Rebekah L. Purdy
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: September 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Payton Carter is one of six kids (all of which are named after famous football players), not to mention the only girl in the Carter household. With this much testosterone and no mother, it’s no wonder she’s absolutely clueless when it comes to makeup, dances, and talking to guys she’s crushing on. And now she’s about ready to start her freshman year of high school, which is nerve wrenching enough, but when she ends up running into her crush, Chance Montgomery, at her dad’s sports restaurant, she finds out that the quarterback for their rival team is moving to Aller Falls. This is nothing short of fate.

Payton realizes she has to find a way to impress Chance and get him to ask her out or at least know she’s interested in him—preferably without dropping a plateful of fries on his head, like she did last time. After taking her two oldest brothers’ advice, she decides to go out for the freshman football team, figuring that between practices and games she and her crush will surely be able to talk. And maybe talking will lead to something more permanent or at least to a first kiss. Only this plan backfires in ways she never imagined, when she beats Chance Montgomery out of the starting quarterback position. Now not only does she make him the laughing stock of the team, but also has to figure out how to avoid the snotty cheerleaders, a traitor best friend, not to mention winning games for her team. Too bad this is just the beginning of her freshman year.

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Author Bio:

Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids) she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

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#BAE (hashtag,8) cover reveal.

(Hashtag #8: Conclusion)
Publication date: September 16th 2016
Genres: New Adult College Romance

BEFORE ANYONE ELSE

The Hashtag Series #8

Happily-ever-after.

That’s what happens when you get married.

Right?

Turns out sparkly rings, cake and a fantastic wedding do not automatically grant you that, not even when it’s all you truly want.

I’m even starting to doubt the bottomless, unconditional love I share with the man I married will be enough.

I can’t have happily ever after, know why?

Because I can’t give Romeo what he truly wants. I’ve tried. So hard. I won’t be happy unless he is and something is missing. Someone.

Paparazzi are in my face. The flashing cameras and prying eyes are everywhere. My secret is getting harder to hide, and I know the second the scoop is dished the grip I have on the fraying rope of that happily ever after will snap right in my face.

In our face.

I can’t let that happen. No matter what.

Because with or without a happy ending, Romeo comes Before Anyone Else.

Author Bio:

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Huge X3

Huge X3 by Stephanie Brother. 

Received and ARC from the author.

It’s a sexy book that will fulfill your wickedest fantasies. You’ll need a very open mind to get the book but you’ll have a very fun time reading it. I liked the book even though I’m not one for those kind of relationships long term. Those would be great for a few months. The book has drama all along. If you want to have a good and hot time for a few hours and want to get some new fantasies/experiences, then this is your book. 

Ps.:The heroine, Katelin, could be consider a hero for the women.

Having Hope

Having Hope (Blow Hole series, 4) by Tabatha Vargo.



This is the story of Chet Rhodes drummer of the Blow Hole, and Hope Iverson, drummer of the Red Room Sirens. They’re going on tour together. Chet is a ‘live the moment’ guy, drugs, alcohol, sex, parties and rock ‘n roll. He has suffered too much in life and doesn’t want to waste time. Hope is a dreamer, that works hard to have a good life, but also enjoys a good party. They have more things in common than what it seems, just not because of the drum. Throughout the book we see them grow and show how they are, not how they they want the others to see them. Hope is strong and independent, but also needs someone who can fight with her and show her other parts of life that se has hidden for so long. Chet is jealous of the life their band mates have, but he think his opportunity flew away. It’s a really easy to read book and you get caught from the beginning, you can read it as a standalone, though you’ll have a few spoilers of the previous books. I highly recommend reading it, and also I loved that it was about two drummers, boy and girls. The rest of the characters complement the story and some of them, the band girls, make you want toknow more about them. It has even some funny parts, but it’s a bit too dramatic at times.

I started this one without reading the others in the series but now I’m gonna make them a summer read.