Bookish Somethings

Bookish Somethings

The caffeine induced ramblings of a small town book nerd.

Review
3.5 Stars
Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst (ARC Review)
Searching for Someday - Jennifer Probst

***ARC Provided by Publisher in exchange for honest review***

 

Kate and her friends have opened a match making company called connections together. They are using the science of relationships and psychology, but also a little extra help from a gift of Kate's. She can sense when a couple has a true connection.After taking on a client, they end up with a stipulation they don't expect... the clients divorce attorney older brother Slade. Slade's hot and a major pain in the butt. He challenges Kate and she becomes determined to prove him wrong while continuously reminding herself that he's all wrong for her. But is he really?

I wanted to love this book, I liked it, but didn't love it. I really liked the story line. I thought it was cute and how it was written was great. Probst always has great flow and humor in the books of hers I have read.She also creates great characters. I loved Gen, Kennedy and Arilyn. They were awesome characters and I'm really interested in reading their stories.

Kate was an okay character. She honestly got really annoying at times and just all around ticked me off. She was way to back and forth about things, more so than Slade even, and at times I really felt bad for Slade rather than her. I mean Slade had his fair share of back and forth, but Kate really took the cake. I did love her big heart and her overall view on love. I loved Robert. All I'm saying on that. But Kate was knowledgeable about what she did, as were all the girls, and was so sweet to her clients. I did like that aspect of her. I just didn't like how she tended to treat Slade at times. I also didn't like the whole "first-time" scenario. I didn't like how she played that off at all. Slade was awesome I really liked him. He was funny, smart and could really be sweet at times. His inner commitment turmoil wasn't annoying or over done. He had good reason for things. Together though they did make a great couple. They were written with great chemistry and their sex scenes were pretty hot. I also loved Kennedy and the character she was made to be. I'm interested to read her story because of her past. The background we got in Searching for Someday really intrigued me and it feels like it could be a pretty unique story for her. Arilyn too. 

Overall, it was a pretty good book and series I will follow. Probably not as closely as a few others, but I'd still read the books in the series. Probst created some really creative characters and what I think will be some really unique stories for them. 

Bout of Books 10.0 Goals & Updates
Bout of Books

 

So I have been sucking like majorly since the beginning of the year. I took on more hours at work plus another position... I'm working 11 hours a day at 3 different schools at this point. My challenges are behind and I'm just constantly tired and this summer is probably not going to be any better. *Sighs* Adulthood sucks for hobbies. Anyway... I'm still participating in Bout of Books. I love it! I'm keeping my goals light though...

 

Goals:

Read 2 books

Participate in 2 Challenges

Participate in at least 1 Twitter Chat

 

Like I said... keeping it light. I have several ARCS to finish for the Clean Sweep, but I know at this point I may not get them all done. I'm going to read at least one for Bout of Books. So have fun, happy reading and good luck with your goals!

 

UPDATES:

Monday
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Books: Started Beautiful Addictions

 

Tuesday

Number of book I've read today: 0

Total number of books read: 0

Books: Didn't read today

 

Wednesday

Spring Into Horror Wrap Up
Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon

 

My determination was a fail. I just work way too much and have way too much going on anymore. Sucks. So...

What I read:

 

Finished Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett. 50%

Read my replacement book because my new Kindle is acting funky...

Anna Dressed In Blood 

 

Wasn't as much as I wanted and I didn't make my goals at all. I used to be able to knock out 4 books in a week no problem. Apparently not anymore. It makes me sad. At this point I'm even debating on withdrawing from a couple challenges I signed up for because I just can't keep up anymore. I'd do audiobooks because I do drive a lot, but I'm just not in my vehicle long enough to make a dent. *Sighs* We shall see.

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Sign Up
Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2014

I have quite a few ARC's I need to get read and reviewed. I am behind crazy behind. And this will help... I hope. I want to knock out the ones I need to read. I have a total of 6 egalleys that need read. Not good. So I'm signing up and I am determined to rock this. So here's the rules...

 

Rules

  • Link-up and add button to your blog
  • Arc must be read between May 1st and May 31st, 2014
  • Challenge starts and ends at midnight in your local time zone
  • All ARCS/finished copies that were provided by publisher/author are eligible. They can be in any format (eBook, physical, audio)
  • Post start up post with goals.(can be posted during event)
  • Tweet using hashtag #CleanSweepARC
  • You do not have to post review on blog during the month of May. Just provide a link to Goodreads showing read May 1 to 31st with a two sentence review.
  • Twitter Party Wednesday May 14th 7pm (EST) #CleanSweepARC
  • Participate in challenges
  • The Participant Giveaway will include entries for each linked book read, posting about challenge, start up/results post (can be combined), having button on your sidebar, participation in Twitter party, entering challenges and for following hosts.
  • Grand Prize- One winner will receive a new release of their choice (can be audible, novel or gift card) valued at up to 20.00 US dollars. Open internationally.
  • Challenge Schedule and entry form will post on May 1st and participant giveaway will close on June 3 at 11:59 (CST)

 

My goals are:

 

For Everly by Raine Thomas

Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst

The Vampire Underground by Brian Rowe

Beautiful Addictions by Season Vining

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Touching Smoke by Airicka Phoenix

 

So I hope everyone has fun and gets all those ARC's out of the way!

Bout of Books 10.0 Sign Up
Bout of Books

It's coming... it's really coming... I flippin' love Bout of Books! Like love it! It's a lot of fun, even though I'm horrible at keeping up, I still love it. I always meet someone new. I always have a blast even if I don't make my goal. So without further ado....

 

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 

And this is the conclusion of my sign up post. I will post a starting line with my goals the day before start or the day of. So... get ready!!!

Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon #SpringHorrorRAT Starting Line

Hello All! It's time for another Seaons of Reading Read-a-thon and this one is a fun one! Horror! I love a good horror book or thriller as I am a lover of all things Halloween, so a horror read-a-thon in Spring is just what I need for a good pick me up! I have plans... not big ones, but still plans. This read-a-thon requires at least ONE horror novel. I'm going to get that in. Plus I just got a new Kindle for my birthday... so this is just awesome! Perfect way to try it out.

 

GOALS:

Read The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto

Read Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

and If I can't get The Haunting Season to download... Anna Dressed In Blood will be my replacement

 

I'm also in the process of finishing a book, Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett. Plus i have a book due back to the library, White Hot Kiss, I'm going to try and get it in.

So my goal is 4 books total.

 

I am determined to do this! This is going ti be a crazy week of my own making. For work I have to re-interview to get a summer position and well I'm trying to get a promotion in the Summer Program. I got it for the School Year, but now let's see if I can achieve it with Summer. So I'm a basket case... So I'm going to read and calm myself and enter a different world to do so...So good luck and happy reading people! And wish me luck! *Crosses Fingers* I hope this is a fun one for all!

Review
0 Stars
Fight For You by Magan Vernon (DNF Review)
Fight For You - Magan Vernon

I have to say that I really wanted to like this book. Badly. I love a good mafia romance and I really have not found a great one yet. I haven't read any of Magan Vernon's book except for her  novella from Christmas, Off The Market, and I enjoyed it. It was a cute read. I also plan on reading her Alien series. Fight For You, however, was not a book for me.

The blurb drew me in and I also really liked the cover. Nicky Ragusa is the son of a mafia boss and he doesn't want to except his position within the family business. He's a fighter and wants to stay there. Then he meets Jackie. The situation she's in has Nicky fighting to get her and to keep her. A fight that puts him in the last place he wants to be... right in the middle of a war and in the middle of the family business.

I had many reasons for not finishing this book. First of all the characters kind of annoyed me. They moved way too fast and the timing just didn't appear accurate or real to me. Then it felt like she did not keep true to her setting. It was set in Chicago, but yet they're at times speaking like they're in Jersey or New York. My husband and his family are Italian and are not from either place and they do not speak like that. It's not an Italian thing or a mob thing... it's a Jersey or New York thing. It just came off as too Soprano's... and when it comes to that... I hated Tony's son, he drove me nuts, and there is a secondary character that came off like him to me, so I didn't really like him. And as I said before, I really wanted to like this book. It sounded awesome, but I just couldn't keep myself in it. She had great writing and a great story, I just didn't like how it was told.

Review
4.5 Stars
Broken Dreams (Broken #2) by Kelly Elliot
Broken Dreams (Broken Series) - Kelly Elliott

I really like this series and book 2 made me like it more!

Courtney Will loves books...always has. She has always believed in her Prince Charming and at one time thought she'd found him, but he turned out to be a real nightmare. Reed Moore tries to come off as a bad boy or a player. He has decided against settling down and falling in love because of a really rocky past. One full of mistakes and watching other people's pain. But neither expected to be thrown together when their best friends unexpectedly meet and fall in love. Both Courtney and Reed spend much of their time fighting what they feel and people get hurt. But sometimes you just can't fight what's really meant to be. Sometimes someone can fix things you never thought could be fixed.

I really loved Reed and Courtney in Broken. They were great characters that I really loved. They were really great with Whitley and Layton. We get to know them better in Broken Dreams and I love them as much as Whit and Layton! Courtney is spunky and loving. She has a great personality and is a very caring person. Same with Reed. Courtney and Reed have some pretty hilarious antics! I really enjoyed their story and how it came together. For me it felt realistic, just a little sappy. BUT Kelly can write a heck of a romance. It was sweet and fun. I liked how she made two damaged people, but they weren't ruled by it. They weren't whiney, they didn't dwell much... she created characters that were like this happened to me, but I have got to keep going. They issues came up, but they felt real. She did a very good job addressing what Courtney went through and creating a different type of situation. Elliot created a character that handled things in a very different way, but a realistic one. Everyone handles tragic or horrible situations differently. I liked how she did Courtney's. I also liked how she wrote Reed's as well. How it affected him as a person. I just liked the over all flow too. I have so many highlighted portions! They were hilarious together! 

Kelly Elliot wrote a great story and created a great world. I cannot wait to see more books come from this world she has created. I'm excited to see the next book (she has said who it's about, but it'll be a spoiler). Although I wish she would wait for them and give us Kevin and Jen or bring Courtney and Whit's friend Stacey into it. What about Courtney's brother and fiancee... we got their beginning, but she really set up for a great story about their future. I hope to see more of this series and more from Elliot!

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I saw this on my Dashboard this morning and loved it, so I had to re-blog it for others to see!

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Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon Sign Up

 Current Read-a-Thon!This one is hosted by Seasons of Reading. It runs from Monday April 28 at 12:00 AM CST to Sunday May 4 at 11:59 PM CST and the hashtag will be #SpringHorrorRAT. YAY! One for my birthday which is actually Tuesday May 6! Loving that!

I usually participate in her read-a-thon's or ones she advertises. They're usually pretty laid back and fun. I for one do not read enough horror though I love the genre. I mean my favorite holiday is Halloween, so anytime I get a read-a-thon for a few horror books I am so in! I'm not sure what I plan on reading exactly (actually I have some idea), but it will be books I already have on my Kindle. I am determined for that one... I will not get books from the library for this one. I have plenty of horror... I think. Anyway... I'm all sign up and waiting for the start day!

Review
5 Stars
Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott
Play - Kylie Scott

Anne Rollins's life just got complicated...again. She has lived with ups and downs all her life, so she can make it. What she doesn't expect is for the rock star that plastered her walls as a teenager to walk into her life and take over... literally. Mal Ericson, drummer for Stage Dive, is wild. He's is outgoing and fun. The life of the party, but he needs to slow down and his life is taking a turn he never expected. After seeing one of his life long friends settle down he's thinking a good girl is just what he needs for...well...everything. So he takes over Anne's life... I'm not kidding. Little do either realize just what is going to happen between them or expect anything of the sort.

I LOVED Lick! It was a great story that introduced us to some great characters... one of those being Mal. I love Mal! He is my favorite... if you've read my reviews of the rock star related books I've read than you know I have a thing for drummers apparently. Mal just has a personality and image I sincerely love. He is a fun loving guy with a big heart and is a lot deeper than he seems. He's a breathe of fresh air to the intense broody guys. We really get to know him much better in Play and I was excited for it. I liked Mal even more than I thought I would. Anne is a good character, but not my favorite. I did like her and she balanced Mal out really well. She just seemed a little to excepting for me. She just let Mal walk right in with hardly any fight. She was depicted as a fighter or a strong person, and in many instances she was, but when it came to some things she wasn't. It didn't mesh for me. She was however a great match for Mal. I liked them together. I liked their chemistry and their dialogue with each other.

We got to see Ev and David.. they really are great together. They are a power couple lol. Jimmy has me curious. We see more of him and Ben in Play...both of them have me curious. I'm really excited for their books, especially Jimmy's. Just something about him has me wanting to know his story. 

These books have solidly slid into my rocker series spot. That spot came open with the ending of Olivia Cunning's Sinner's Series. I really loved that series and always anticipated the release of the next book. The Stage Dive guys have really become that for me now. I enjoy Kylie's writing style and the voices she gives her characters. I look forward to Lead!

Reading progress update: I've read 76%.
Play - Kylie Scott

I have made so many bookmarks and highlights! This one is absolutely hilarious! Mal was by far my favorite in Lick because of his personality, but I never expected this! He is so awesome. He reminds me of Eric from Olivia Cunnings Sinners series. Then add in Anne! LOL! I like them each as seperate people and together. Great characters! And I have laughed so hard! I wish I had found this one on NetGalley! I can't put it down! I'm so tired because I haven't had a decent night sleep because I've been reading Play lol!

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Take Control of Your TBR Pile 2014 Goals, Updates and Finale Post
Take Control of Your TBR Pile 2014

 

So here we are again! I love the month long read-a-thon's... they're great! I like this one because I can make it a goal to really dig into the books I've had sitting around forever or loaded on my Kindles for so long I forgot they were there. I originally signed up using my Goodreads, but I will be keeping up mainly on here. I will be making my updates and my wrap up with this post too. So let's get started with my goals...

 

GOALS:

Read 1 book a week for all of March

Read a minimum of 850 pages

Keep up with updates and reviews!

That is my start. I'm hoping to go above and beyond my goals, but work has taken away most of my reading time at this point. Plus stress has kept me from getting into books all that well. Updates will be kept on this post too.

 

 

UPDATES:

Week 1-

Read 1 Book. All the Truth That's In Me

Week 2-

Had something come up and didn't get a book read until the end of the week during the Ides of March. I read Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Week 3-

I didn't read a book. I'm behind, but I am almost done with one and plan on finishing another by the end of the week as well. I will be caught up by the end of week 4!

 

 

 

WRAP UP:

So I didn't fair as well as I would have liked.

Books Read: All The Truth That's In Me, Divergent and a novella Dane (I'm not sure the novella counts, so I actually didn't include it in the page count)

Pages Read: 599

 

Again not as well as I wanted, but taking ANOTHER posistion at work on for more hours does that. It was still fun and I will definitly be participating again next year!

 

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Audiobook Challenge First Quarter Wrap Up

This quarter was a slow one for me in the audiobook area. I only got one audiobook in, but it was an amazing one.

 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

It was an epic book and of course I saw the move. Since signing up for this challenge I have gotten several more audiobooks to read. I am planning to read Cinder at some point and to try Coldest Girl In Coldtown on audio since I couldn't get into CGIC just reading. I hope everyone is having a good challenge year so far and having fun!

Seriously Series Challenge First Quarter Wrap Up

 

Reading the Paranormal - 2014 Seriously Series Reading Challenge

 I did not get a lot of progress with this one. I actually started a new series instead of worked on any of the ones I already have started.

 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

 2. All the Pretty Poses by M. Leighton (which completes series until next book)

 

It was a good series start and I may end up starting another series for this year too. I'm just not sure as of yet. I hope everyone had a good first quarter of the challenge and that everyone is getting a lot of reading done!

Review
4 Stars
Dane (Mackenzie Family Novella #1) by Liliana Hart
Dane (The MacKenzie Brothers #1) - Liliana Hart

This was a very, very short read... but good. The pacing was really nice and you got the right amount of info for as quick of a book as it was. 

Dane Mackenzie has been gone for ten years following Military units through the Middle East as a journalist. He left a lot in his hometown including the girl he has loved all his life. But she left too after he did. Returning home is bittersweet, especially when he walks into Charlie's automotive and comes face to face with said girl... Charlotte. Charlotte had to leave, but when circumstances forced her to go home after ten years she sets up home. Things have changed for Charlie and she avoided the Mackenzie brothers as well as she could... but coming face to face with the one she loved not in the plans. Face to face once again things heat up and secrets come out.

It was short and sweet... and steamy. The characters were simple and fun. It was worth the read and I plan on reading more of the Mackenzie novels.