What Is Family, Really? Read This Beautiful Story To Find Out

Posted October 16, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 13 Comments
What Is Family, Really? Read This Beautiful Story To Find Out

Quite frankly, I’m of the opinion that Robin Benway can do no wrong. Far From The Tree just went ahead and proved me right in that regards. It’s a poignant and powerful tale of love and family that struck deep with me, and is one of my favorite reads of the year. This is a book of three teens who are each at different points in their lives, but who are linked to each other through their birth mother. Far From The Tree is told in the compelling voices of Grace, Maya and Joaquin, who have grown up in very different homes. Grace has just given birth and has given her baby, who she lovingly names Peach, up for adoption. Though she knows that Peach is growing up in a good home, she’s still struggling with regaining normalcy in her life. Her grief and guilt are palpable throughout the book. My heart would ache with her. Robin Benway did such a lovely job with her characters. She made me feel […]

The Weekly Recap (255): Nick Sticks With A Goal & Nereyda Needs A New Name

Posted October 15, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 20 Comments
The Weekly Recap (255): Nick Sticks With A Goal & Nereyda Needs A New Name

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hello friends! How’s everyone doing? I had a shorter week this week since we had Monday off, but I was still pretty exhausted by the end of it. I came back home on Thursday and napped for like 3 hours … and then went back to bed a few hours later and slept more! We finally got some cooler weather down here, which has been so nice. It’s supposed to be hot again over the weekend, so ugh, but hopefully, fall is finally here. On Wednesday we had a quarterly event at school where they bring in someone working in our field to talk, and have lunch. We had an interesting man from a big pharma come in and give us a talk. It was good to hear about all the types of jobs that there are within the field, but he also mentioned how this other major is starting to steal jobs meant for people with a degree in statistics. So that was depressing. Overall though […]

Time To Drool Over Ice Cream & A Side Of Books

Posted October 13, 2017 by Nick in Beyond Books / 5 Comments
Time To Drool Over Ice Cream & A Side Of Books

Happy Friday, friends! I hope your weeks have been going splendidly. If not, we’re close to the end, so yay! I’ve decided to go with a fun book tag post today. I saw this book tag while exploring Kristin’s BookTube, and thought it sounded like a blast. I decided to stick with books that I had read in 2017, which is why you’ll notice a lot of them are 2017 releases. Anyways, so the book tag was created by Kristin @ Super Space Chick & Alex @ Alexa Loves Books! Be sure to give their YouTube pages a check. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it up! Vanilla – a book you wish had more flavor    First of all, I think vanilla ice cream is amazing. It’s my 3rd favorite flavor! But anyways, based on the prompt, I picked up Lucky In Love. I thought it had a lot of potential, and usually Kasie West writes sweet books, but this was missing the […]

Underwhelming & Soooooo Annoying: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Posted October 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 5 Comments
Underwhelming & Soooooo Annoying: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Holy crap, this book was so annoying! If you haven’t noticed by now, I am so out of the loop when it comes to what books are currently out/coming out. I pretty much read what Nick tells me she thinks I will like, a romance book by an author I love or an audiobook that I think sounds interesting. This book fell into the last category. It showed up in my audiobook monthly email and I was like ‘hmmm, this one sounds like it could be pretty good’ *hits download.* Sadly, in this case I was wrong. I found myself in a constant state of annoyance. Annoyance with the characters. Annoyance with the plot. Annoyance with the way the story was told. And annoyance with myself for not being able to DNF this book because I simply had to find out just what the hell happened between Emma and her sister Henri that would make Henri turn into such a rotten bitch and Emma into a doormat. Spoiler alert, the […]

Fall In Love In 36 Questions – A Love Experiment

Posted October 11, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 14 Comments
Fall In Love In 36 Questions – A Love Experiment

I heard about this book from Lucy Parker when she retweeted a link to it. I read the summary and was immediately intrigued. As much as I adore romance, there’s no denying that there’s sometimes a lack of creativity in the genre. So, the concept of The Love Experiment was a breath of fresh air. I just loved the idea of two people who would otherwise never connect falling in love through a proven survey experiment, and I thought Ainslie Paton  worked with the concept beautifully. One of the reasons why this book stands out is because of how well-developed the characters are. When authors take their time to build up their characters and flesh them out slowly over the course of the book, it makes any book a 1000 times more enjoyable. I loved what Ainslie Paton did here with our two protagonists, Derelie and Jack. Both could not be different from each other in terms of personalities, but we get to see growth and progression in both their […]

Imaginative & Addicting: Warcross by Marie Lu

Posted October 10, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 12 Comments
Imaginative & Addicting: Warcross by Marie Lu

I’m not normally into sci-fi books like this, but there was something about this book that was calling me. I would like to say that the fact that I enjoyed Marie Lu’s last series was the main reason that I got this book, but let’s be real, that eye-catching cover probably had more to do with it. This book is a little bit longer than I normally like my books to be (especially if they aren’t contemporary books) so I ended up saving this one for last when it came to listening to my audiobooks. Right away, I really fell in love with Emika. There’s just something about a normal girl in a high-tech and advanced world who is just doing her best trying to get by in life. Her mother abandoned her as a child and her father passed away a few years ago, leaving her in a mountain of gambling debt. Emika has a dead-end job but she makes ends meet (barely) by using her hacker skills to be […]

Girl Power, Girl Power & More Girl Power: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Posted October 9, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, review / 13 Comments
Girl Power, Girl Power & More Girl Power: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Can Leigh Bardugo write a bad book? I think not! Once again, she’s written a novel that’s a complete blast to read from start to finish. Though I’m not as excited about this new YA superhero series as a whole, I was itching to get to Wonder Woman for two reasons. Firstly, it’s Leigh’s first full-length book outside of the Grishaverse. Secondly, after that amazing WW movie, I was ready to devour everything and anything Wonder Woman. Thankfully, I was entirely satisfied by this book, and I’m hoping that we’ll get to see Leigh write more books for teen Diana! There are innumerable reasons why this book and I clicked, but mostly, I just loved all the girl power. I have been loving this trend of female empowerment in YA lately, and Leigh Bardugo takes it to a whole other level. It’s a book that focuses 100% of femininity, the power of female friendship and the absolute strength that women wield. Diana, our beloved Amazon princess, is just the perfect […]

The Weekly Recap (254): The Slump That Won’t Go Away

Posted October 8, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 22 Comments
The Weekly Recap (254): The Slump That Won’t Go Away

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hello friends! How are you all doing? This was week 2 of school for me and I think I’m finally getting used to being back at school. The work load is pretty intense though, and sometimes all I want to do is procrastinate. But there’s no time for that! I had an incident again this week with my damn closet collapsing for the second time this year. I was so annoyed because I had just cleared it up and organized everything last weekend. My landlord decided to charge me $50 to repair the thing. Literally all he had to do was tighten the screws in the bars again, but he still wanted $50 … I was kind of annoyed because I’m on a budget and all. It’s repaired though now. Anyways, I ended up going to Reading Terminal Market for ice cream with some friends on Thursday, because I was a little down at the end of the week. I had a pomegranate ice cream with blueberry […]

Monthly Memories: September 2017

Posted October 6, 2017 by Nick in Uncategorized / 11 Comments
Monthly Memories: September 2017

Hello, friends! I hope everyone is doing well. It’s a new month, so it’s time for my recap of the previous month. We have 3 months left before the year ends. 3 MONTHS. WHAT. HOW??????? Anyways, September was a bittersweet month for me as it was my last month home with my family back home. I have fond memories of the month for sure, but it’s also sad thinking of it. Honestly, most of my memories around September surround food – haha! My parents and I went to so many different restaurants. Then at home mom would make ALL my favorite foods. I’m not kidding when I say I gained 10 lbs. Also, the desserts, folks! I have such a terrible sweet tooth so I can never say no to dessert! Currently back trying to get back to my weight before I left for home in June. Isn’t it annoying how easy it is to gain weight but so much harder to lose it? Talk about unfair! I tried this […]

Smart & Brilliant… Yet Pointless: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Posted October 5, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
Smart & Brilliant… Yet Pointless: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

I have such mixed feelings about this book… I don’t even know where to start. In all honesty, I probably should not have read this book. I hated We Were Liars and I had a feeling that this book would make me feel the same way as that one. But,  I am such a sucker for Rebecca Soler as a narrator that I caved and ended up downloading this book when I saw she was narrating it. Despite the fact that Soler was brilliant in her performance of the book (what else is new?), I was not a fan of this book. The sad thing is that it had so much potential and the writing was great, but it just fell flat for me in more ways than one. The book starts with Jules in a luxury resort in Mexico, she’s living the life and soon we find out that it may not be her life she’s actually living. She’s  a con artist and uses other identities to live her […]

Romance, Wine & A+ Female Friendships: Legs by Kelly Siskind

Posted October 4, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 16 Comments
Romance, Wine & A+ Female Friendships: Legs by Kelly Siskind

I knew I loved Kelly Siskind’s writing and books, but I didn’t realize just how much until I had the opportunity to read Legs. This is the sort of romance that I love to devour. It’s got so many great elements that make it pure fun to read from start to finish. I mean I was already a fan of Kelly’s, but after this, I’m pretty much a super fan! 🙂 Rachel, the heroine, is a blast! I loved being inside of her head. She’s going through a bit of a tough time not knowing exactly what she wants to do with her life – she waffled between multiple career paths, not quite happy with any of her options. I connected with that aspect of her personality as I too went through something similar a couple of years back. She’s very genuine as a person, and witty and simply just personable. So, it’s easy to root for Rachel and her happiness. Jimmy is the perfect companion for someone like Rachel. […]

Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (September)

Posted October 3, 2017 by Nereyda in Monthly Favorites / 9 Comments
Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (September)

 September passed by in a blur, it was a little bit tough to remember what my favorites were for the month because they kind of all blended together with August. I did manage to remember a few things I was loving in September and I hope you guys share some of your favorites too! My Monthly Favorites:  I am so in loooove with our new blog design!  We have been itching for a new design for a while now, especially something more ‘fall-looking’ and this was more than what I was expecting. Once again, Aentee did our blog design and she really nailed it. We sent her our inspiration photo (below) and she really captured the feel of what we wanted. Having a co-blogger, it can be tricky for two people to agree on something like this. Luckily, Nick and I were both able to agree on what we liked and didn’t and everything turned out great. Inspiration: I have had two other Fitbits in the past year (the Fitbit […]

Time-Traveling Thieves, Soulmates & Books With Cool Concepts

Posted October 2, 2017 by Nick in ARC, review / 33 Comments
Time-Traveling Thieves, Soulmates & Books With Cool Concepts

I read Julie Halpern’s The F-It List a couple of years ago and adored it. I haven’t picked up anything else by her since, but when I came across Meant To Be, I got curious. Unfortunately, for me, this was one of those books that has an interesting concept that’s just not executed to its full potential. In Halpern’s world, on your 18th birthday, your soulmate’s name becomes etched onto your skin, a phenomenon that’s gone unexplained. Isn’t that such an interesting story line to explore? Anyways, our protagonist, Agatha, wants nothing to do with this soulmate. She wants to make her own choice on her own terms. Agatha wasn’t the easiest character for me to get behind. She has a very dry sense of humor, and is also very sarcastic. Typically, I enjoy these sorts of heroines, but I don’t know, Agatha rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe, because I felt like she tried too hard at times? She mentioned her farts, her giant breasts frequently throughout the story, […]

The Weekly Recap (253): Back To School Blues

Posted October 1, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 12 Comments
The Weekly Recap (253): Back To School Blues

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hey everyone! Well I’m back in Philly and I’m already over it! It’s been a really busy week since I left home. Getting back into the groove of school is taking longer than I would like. Everyone was really sad when I left home, and to be honest, I’m still a little homesick. Hopefully, when the school work begins to pile up, I’ll be able to get over it. Flying went okay for me this time around. I honestly thought immigration and customs on entry to the US would be a pain, but it surprisingly went smoothly for me. I even got through the whole thing in less than an hour, when normally I would wait 1 to 2 hours in line. I was also able to get over my jet-lag pretty quickly. School was off to a good start. I think I’m going to enjoy most of my courses this quarter. It does seem like the work load is pretty hefty, but I’m hoping I will […]

Irritating But Redeeming: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Posted September 28, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 12 Comments
Irritating But Redeeming: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

I do believe that I downloaded this audiobook by mistake. I was sending Nick a list of the audiobooks I had to listen to so she could pick one for me to listen to next and this one was on the list. Neither of us had heard of it so once I looked it up and read the summary, I knew I must have downloaded this one on accident. Since it wasn’t that long and the summary did sound interesting, I went ahead and kept it on my list. I did struggle with this one a bit in the beginning because Wren was so damn irritating. Also, the narrator’s… raspy/skeaky voice, especially in the beginning was kind of annoying. But I kept with it, and I’m glad I did because seeing Wren grow up was so damn satisfying and totally redeemed the book for me. Wren has been on a downward spiral for the last few years. It was hard for me to figure out at first why the hell […]

A Story of Love, Passion & Hope: Completely by Ruthie Knox

Posted September 27, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 10 Comments
A Story of Love, Passion & Hope: Completely by Ruthie Knox

If you’ve read my review for Truly and Madly, then you already know how deep my love for this author’s writing runs. Ruthie Knox writes stories about love, family and finding yourself, that may not be unique themes, but they will touch every fiber of your being. Completely was no different. Yet again, Ruthie Knox has expertly crafted a story full of love, passion and hope, one that will speak to many romance readers. Rosemary Chamberlain is the heroine of Completely. We know her as Winston, hero of Madly‘s, ex-wife. I initially wasn’t sure how to feel about her because from the snippets we got of her in the previous book, we know that she left her relationship with her daughter fractured and ran off on an adventure. But Ruthie Knox does a beautiful job here at building up Rosemary’s character with layers and layers of complexity. She makes you understand her thought process and her motivations. All her life, Rosemary has felt like she was in the background, and […]

I Don’t Know What I Just Read But I Really Liked It: A Semi-Definitive of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Posted September 26, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 15 Comments
I Don’t Know What I Just Read But I Really Liked It: A Semi-Definitive of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I think I can honestly say that this is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read! I’m not even sure what category this would really fall into, it’s definitely contemporary, it has great friendships, a crazy family, a sweet sibling bond, a super adorable slow build romance, it deals with mental illness (which was done really well) but it also has some quirkiness, some mythology (maybe?), and a bit of silliness all the while hitting you with some hardcore feels here and there. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and it was such a refreshing story, nothing like what I was expecting! Esther and her twin brother Eugene have grown up on stories of when their grandfather met Death. Since then, it seems her family is cursed. Cursed with their one great fear that will eventually lead to their death. Esther’s mother is obsessed with bad signs that pretty much make her useless. She refuses to pick up her daughter from work because she saw […]

I Was In A Bubble of Happiness: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Posted September 25, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 19 Comments
I Was In A Bubble of Happiness: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Lia Riley’s small-town romances are so heart-warming. I loved loved loved the glimpse we got of Tuesday and Beau in the previous book, and waiting for The Corner of Forever and Always was torture, even though it was only a few months wait! I started this book one evening with a giant smile on my face, and excitement buzzing in my veins, and I finished the book with those same feelings, only heightened. I truly think this is one of Lia Riley’s most memorable book to date, and it’s safe to say, it’s all because of the characters. Heroines like Tuesday can be very frustrating for readers. She is flighty, a little bit all over the place, and happy-go-lucky ALL THE TIME. But the author writes her here with so much personality here, that it’s easy to fall for her character and root for her happiness. Tuesday is all sunshine and rainbows, and she brings a lightness to the story that kept me in the clouds at all times. I […]