Lots of Stabbing & Brutality: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black & Blood & Sand by C.V Wyck

Posted January 15, 2018 by Nick in 3.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 17 Comments
Lots of Stabbing & Brutality: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black & Blood & Sand by C.V Wyck

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Goodreads – Amazon – Barnes & Noble I wasn’t planning on reading The Cruel Prince, but then Becky had to come in with her raving review and praise, and I knew I had to see what all the fuss was about. I bought a copy and immediately started reading, and it was pretty much love at first sight. The Cruel Prince was only my first book by Holly Black, and obviously something is wrong with me, because what an incredible book this was! I loved how ruthless this book was. It’s even better because I don’t think I quite expected the book to go so far. It’s bloody, gruesome, and so so twisty! I honestly didn’t see a lot of those twists coming, which is something I love in books. I love being surprised when reading a book and The Cruel Prince did a good job at that. I also found the world building to be absolutely impressive. There’s a lot of underlying politics and hierarchy going on in this world of cunning fae, so you can imagine the corruption, the power imbalance and all the backstabbing that exists in this world. Holly Black did a fabulous job at introducing readers to the world. I was seriously in awe. The pacing of the plot […]

The Weekly Recap (264): The One In Which Nick Wins A Contest

Posted January 14, 2018 by Nick in STS / 16 Comments
The Weekly Recap (264): The One In Which Nick Wins A Contest

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Happy Sunday, friends! It’s only me today for the weekly recap. Nereyda is up in the mountains with her family, spending time in the snow. I had a good week back to school. It’s always a little weird trying to get adjusted to a new schedule, but my quarter is pretty spaced out this time around, which I’m happy about. So yeah, it’s been a mostly busy week with me trying to adjust, going to class, getting reading done for school. It was also nice to see my friends after 3 weeks of break. Other than that, I haven’t been doing much. Just watching some TV shows – I have obsessively been watching Chicago Med these past few weeks, so I did a little bit of that. I also caught up on Brooklyn Nine Nine. I seriously love that show and I feel like it keeps getting better and better. Ooh, I did win a contest on Katee Robert’s FB page. She was asking for title suggestions for her upcoming newsletter serial story, and your girl’s title won! It will be called Recipe for Temptation. 😀 I also got a decent amount of books read this, which I’m very happy about especially because the books were so enjoyable: What I Read:      All of these books were […]

2018 YA Titles I’m Willing To Go Broke For

Posted January 12, 2018 by Nick in Let's Talk About / 18 Comments
2018 YA Titles I’m Willing To Go Broke For

Hello, hello! I’m here again with a list of books that I’m eager to read when they release. You all know how much I love my book lists, and you know how much more I love sharing these lists with you guys. Now, I’m not that much of a YA reader anymore, but there are still some books that I know for sure I will be picking up this year. Without further ado, here’s my list!    From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon Everyone and their mother knows that I was absolutely OBSESSED with When Dimple Met Rishi last year. I can’t tell you just how excited to meet Twinkle, Sahil and the gang. The plot sounds so adorable too! I love a good romance that develops over text/chat/email. And just look at that cover! I will always love a cover with a brown girl looking happy. NEED! My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma YES. Another desi girl main character. I love all things Bollywood too, so I cannot wait to read Nisha Sharma’s debut. It sounds absolutely precious. I’m hoping to read this one soon! Not The Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi What’s this??? Another brown girl on a YA cover? YES! This time it features a Muslim main character. Lulu sounds like a […]

I Suck at Blogging

Posted January 11, 2018 by Nereyda in Let's Talk About, Uncategorized / 23 Comments
I Suck at Blogging

I feel like the big blogging trend last year was for everyone to try to make it ‘big’ with their social media platforms, whether it be blogging, youtube, Instagram, etc. I’m always seeing ads for tutorials for blogging and they always makes me laugh because I feel like such a shitty blogger most of the time. But you know what, I’m okay with that. Blogging is a hobby for me and that’s what makes it fun for me personally. I’m not on Instagram or twitter and I’m not active on GR (I only use it to keep track of my books) and I’m terrible when it comes to promoting our blog. We have a plugin that automatically posts our blog links to Nick’s Twitter and Facebook and I don’t even bother to tag authors or publishers… because I don’t care. I just wanna read books and talk about them. I see some people who have scheduled posts for weeks in advanced or they have posts ideas for months in advanced and it kind of blows my mind because I’m just not that organized when it comes to blogging. So for all of you that feel ‘less than’ for not being the best organized blogger, I thought it would be fun to share all the ways I suck as a blogger. […]

A Rakish Duke, Greek Gods & A Missing Penguin

Posted January 10, 2018 by Nick in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 22 Comments
A Rakish Duke, Greek Gods & A Missing Penguin

A Duke In Shining Armor by Loretta Chase I have read several books by Loretta Chase in the past, and have enjoyed them quite a bit. I was quite excited to read A Duke In Shining Armor as a result. I found this new start to a historical romance series to be delightful! I always love an unconventional romance and this was certainly that. On the day of her wedding, Lady Olympia is caught buzzed, crying and running away from the venue in her wedding dress, by the hero, Ripley, best friend of the groom. He attempts to convince her to return back to her wedding, but to no avail, so he somehow finds himself escorting Olympia to her destination. A Duke In Shining Armor is an absolute adventure of a book. It can be tricky to get the romance between a man and his best friend’s fiancee, but it’s done brilliantly here. Ripley and Olympia are complete opposites in personalities, and they clash quite a bit on their journey to Olympia’s aunt’s home, but you know underneath all those quips and fights is an underlying attraction to each other. Olympia herself was a clever young woman, who was very spirited, determined and fiery as a character. Ripley, as expected, is a complete scoundrel, but he is a good-hearted scoundrel. […]

Nereyda’s December Favorites

Posted January 9, 2018 by Nereyda in Monthly Favorites, Uncategorized / 12 Comments
Nereyda’s December Favorites

 December was such a crazy month, I honestly don’t remember most of it. I’m having a hard time remembering my favorites because it felt like so long ago, and also because I got a few Christmas gifts that will be making my list of favorites for next month. Between Christmas shopping, getting ready for the holidays, not having my kids home for the weekdays because of winter break and having a few days off of work, the whole month was so a weird mix of crazy, hectic, relaxed, fun, and boring. I did manage to remember a few favorites that made the month go by so much better. Here are my favorites for December. My Favorites: * I got a new Kindle, which I think has done wonders for my reading progress. I spent most of 2017 ina  horrible slump which mostly had to do with my mood. But it also didn’t help matters that my old Kindle (the Fire edition) was super distracting with all the apps, the annoying reflection and the sucky battery life. It was too big and heavy to carry in my purse so I spent most of the year with my Kindle either lost or with a dead battery when I did feel like reading. This one is so nice because the battery life is […]

More Than Just A Bad Boy/Good Girl Romance: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Posted January 8, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 27 Comments
More Than Just A Bad Boy/Good Girl Romance: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

There’s just something about Katie McGarry’s books that continue to attract me to them. I don’t think I’ve read one book from her that I have disliked. With Say You’ll Remember Me by good-luck streak with her book continues. Once again, she has written an addicting story with a wonderful cast of characters. Like with most other Katie McGarry books, Say You’ll Remember Me is told in the dual POVs of two characters who come from different worlds. Hendrix and Ellison could not be more different from each other, but they are both lovely characters who are easy to sympathize with. Out of the two, I do have to admit that I had a soft spot for Drix. His situation is very heartbreaking – he’s been to juvie for a crime he did not commit, and is forced to be the face of the governor’s new Second Chance Program aimed at helping juvenile delinquents. At the beginning of the book, Drix is reserved and quiet, understably so because of his entire situation, but there’s a strength and bravery to him that shined through from the very start. He’s a boy who is loyal to his very broken, but loving family, and would do anything to protect them. Even though he is thrust into the media spotlight, he takes on the […]

The Weekly Recap (263): First Recap of 2018

Posted January 7, 2018 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 14 Comments
The Weekly Recap (263): First Recap of 2018

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! Long time no see! This is our first recap of the year, and I can’t believe it’s 2018 already! I hope everyone had a good holiday season with their family and friends. I sure did! I went to Colorado to visit friends, and it was very fun. It was nice and relaxing to be out of Philadelphia. Then I came back to freezing temperatures here! I know I was complaining about how warm it is last year, but this is too cold! I had to run some errands this week before school starts on Monday, and nearly froze my fingers off! This was my last full week of winter break. I head back to school on Monday. I didn’t do much other than go to Barnes & Noble on Tuesday to get a planner and some books because I got a gift card. I spent a few hours investigating the book shelves and came back home with two new books. I also went to see The Greatest Showman at the cinema. It was a lot of fun. I loved the songs in the movie, but there were some minor issues with the pacing of the movie and I thought there were some holes in the story. Still, I had fun watching it! Other than that, […]

One Letdown, One Redemption: Sacked & Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Posted January 5, 2018 by Nereyda in Uncategorized / 10 Comments
One Letdown, One Redemption: Sacked & Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Sacked by Jen Frederick I seem to have a bit of a hit or miss relationship with Jen Frederick’s books. There are some that I really love (like Undeclared) and some that I think or so ridiculous over the top in terms of sex scenes. Sacked was like a mix of both, there were parts I really liked, but there were also some parts that just felt so hard to believe for me which took away some of my enjoyment of the book overall. Sacked is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while now but I’m always wary about books with male virgins.  Depending on the situation, most of the time I just find it… not realistic? I’m not saying I think every guy is a man whore, although it is nice to have that change.  Unfortunately, in this case I did find the situation hard to believe that a super popular football player was a virgin. But whatever, I went along with it and that wasn’t even really what bothered me about the book. What I struggled with the most was Knox’s character. He was just so intense, and not always in a good way. The whole ‘everyone does what he says’ situation got on my nerves. I don’t have a brother, but if I did […]

2017 Memories & 2018 Goals!

Posted January 4, 2018 by Nereyda in Beyond Books, Uncategorized / 18 Comments
2017 Memories & 2018 Goals!

 2017 was a tough year all around. I personally felt… down most of the year. It had been 4 years since my last job and while being a to be a stay at home mom was great, I was also fucking bored. I missed adult interaction and getting out of the house and just having a job and a career. Luckily, a few months ago I found a great job which has helped immensely with my mood and my confidence. It also seemed to help me get out of my dreaded book slump and blogging drought. I did have some pretty great memories last year and one of the great things about keeping a bullet journal is being able to note and document these things. 2017 Favorite Memories: I took a weekend family trip to Pinetop with my family in January, which was very nice since it had been years since we all went on a trip together. I got a chance to go to a few concerts last year including two concert trips to Phoenix and one to El Paso, which ended up being a fun weekend getaway for the boyfriend and I. We also went to our summer vacation to Cancun again last year which was fan-freaking-tastic. In September, we took another weekend camping trip to Fossil Creek. […]

A Love Story & A Survival Story: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Posted January 3, 2018 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 39 Comments
A Love Story & A Survival Story: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away was an emotional and riveting love story between two people connected by a shattered past. What could have easily turned into an angst-filled novel full of dramatic moments was in fact a sweet, but hot story about two people trying to move forward from a harrowing experience that has changed their lives forever. The Ones Who Got Away is a book that will grab readers’ attention from the first scene during which Olivia, our protagonist, has returned to her high-school for an interview about the shooting massacre that left many of her classmates dead, and others wounded, physically and emotionally. While this start was certainly shocking and heartbreaking, Roni Loren manages to make the book hopeful and inspiring. She doesn’t ignore the shooting – in fact, it’s always looming over the characters throughout the whole book and it has shaped a large portion of their lives – but she executed the story in a way that makes you believe that these characters will find their happily every afters. The characters themselves were flawlessly fleshed-out. These were characters with a lot of depth and emotions, something that readers who enjoy character-driven stories will undeniably appreciate. Both Liv and Finn were complex and multi-layered, making them stand-out. Liv is a reformed bad-girl, who is now […]

One Word for 2018: Me

Posted January 2, 2018 by Nereyda in Beyond Books, Uncategorized / 41 Comments
One Word for 2018: Me

 This is my second year doing the one word goal for the year. I’m really big on setting goals, whether they be small or big and I like to set them throughout the year. If you guys aren’t familiar with this method, you basically pick one word that you want to represent your goal or focus for the year. Last year my goal was stronger. I wanted to focus on making myself stronger, mentally and physically and I think I did a good job on it. I went from establishing a regular five day exercising routine that I look forward to. I started doing weight training and went from struggling with 3lb dumbbells to being able to use 15lb. dumbbells.  I went from barely being able to run one full minute to being able to run 3 miles. This year, my word goal for the year is… me. I think sometimes we get too carried away on all our goals and everything we have to do in life that we tend to forget about taking care of ourselves. I’m guilty of this and I didn’t realize how bad until I started taking care of myself physically last year. Self care is so important so I’m deciding to focus on myself and not feeling guilty about it. I’ve been dealing with […]

Monthly Memories: December 2017

Posted January 1, 2018 by Nick in Monthly Recap / 25 Comments
Monthly Memories: December 2017

Hi everyone! I’m wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year! I hope 2018 is amazing for all of you and your loved ones. I’m excited to be back to blogging. Nereyda and I took a break for the holidays, but we’re back for the new year, refreshed and rejuvenated (haha!)! Let’s get to my December recap! I was up to a lot of fun stuff! December was the last month of my 1st quarter of my final year of grad school, so it was hectic! I had finals, studying, and a whole bunch of assignments. I have to admit, that this quarter wasn’t the best for me – I was stressed out a lot, but it worked out in the end, and I did well on my exams and got good grades. As soon as school finished, I headed off to Colorado to meet up with my friends and to spend Christmas with their family. I had so much fun just being there. I absolutely miss Colorado, and being there just made me feel so much lighter and happier. My friends were wonderful hosts, and they took me to do lots of fun activities. They also have an adorable chihuahua named Pumpkin, so I was happy to be reunited with that sweet fella. On my way back from […]

The Cream of the Crop of 2017

Posted December 22, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in Favorites / 19 Comments
The Cream of the Crop of 2017

Hi readers! As our last post of the year, we’re here today to share our favorite books of 2017. We’ve read some pretty fantastic books and as always narrowing it down was tough, but we’ve managed! Nick’s Favorite YA         Nick’s Favorite Romance Nereyda’s Favorites: Picking my favorite books is the year is always so hard because I usually have so many favorites. This year, it’s hard picking my favorites for an entirely different reason. As most of you know, I’ve been in a horrible book slump most of the year. I’m just barely out of it, luckily, but I didn’t read many books this year, I mostly listened to audiobooks and even then most of the books I read and listened to were re-reads. In fact, as of right now, out of the 97 books I have read this year, only 15 of them weren’t audiobooks.  3 of those 15 were re-reads at the beginning of the year and 6 of those I read in the past month… so between January and November I only read 6 books. That was a really bad book slump!  Anyway, here are my favorites of the year, I did end up reading a lot of books I liked and loved but these are the ones that really stood out for me:       *** […]

A Celebrity Romance Done Well & An Author Who Does Not Use Her Full Potential

Posted December 20, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 9 Comments
A Celebrity Romance Done Well & An Author Who Does Not Use Her Full Potential

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa I feel like a terrible blogger because I read Acting on Impulse at the end of my summer break, but never reviewed it. I was writing a list of book recs for Nereyda when I realized it! Oof! Acting on Impulse was such a fabulous book! It had everything that I enjoy in a good romance – it was honestly a pure joy to read this book, and I’ll certainly be re-reading it when I’m in a book funk. I’m not usually one for celebrity romances, because I feel like a lot of the drama in the book comes from the celebrity status, but I still couldn’t wait to try this one because of that adorable cover. As I said, I adored every moment of this book. It had some fabulous characters, a swoony romance, and a very fun writing style from Mia Sosa. Tori, the heroine, was a breath of fresh air! She’s sassy, confident,but also has her vulnerabilities. She is absolutely a character with a giant heart, and I loved how kind and humble she was. As much as I loved Tori, for me it was Carter who stole the show. What a fantastic love interest he was! I’m such a sucker for a down-to-earth, genuine beta male in romance books – […]

It Felt Like a Real Life Fairytale: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Posted December 19, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 11 Comments
It Felt Like a Real Life Fairytale: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

I had just finished the worst book I’d ever read and after that mess I needed something sweet and happy to mentally rid of of my last read. Nick recommended this one as my next read and it was exactly what I was looking for! There just something magical about books set in a charming small town and this one had a great one. It also had such a whimsical feel to it that reminded me of a real life fairy tale, and not just because the heroine works as a princess in the town’s historical amusement park. Tuesday never quite made it to her dreams of being an actress, but for now, she’s stuck working in Everland as a princess. Despite the fact that she could be wallowing in self pity and loathing for her failed career, Tuesday actually loves her job, the people in Everland and she’s also a damn good princess. One person is particular who hasn’t fallen for her charm yet is the town mayor. Beau is a surly and serious guy, he’s nice and friendly with everyone, but also keeps them at a distance. But Tuesday gets under his skin and the chemistry and tension between them was hot. The one minute they are fighting, the next they are making out kind of hot. Meanwhile, Everland […]

It’s Time For Me To Let Go Of This Author’s Books: Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

Posted December 18, 2017 by Nick in 3 stars, ARC, review / 19 Comments
It’s Time For Me To Let Go Of This Author’s Books: Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

As much as it pains me to say this, Kasie West’s contemporaries just aren’t as alluring as they used to be for me. Her past few books have been fails for me, but I keep picking up her newer stuff in the hopes that it will live up to some of her old stories. I think it’s time for me to break up with the author. Love, Life, and the List wasn’t all bad – it had some qualities to it that reminded me of the old Kasie West YA contemporaries, but there was still the magic from missing. This is the story of Abby, a teen artist, who hopes to have her art featured at the museum she works at. Only issue? The director doesn’t think her work has pizzazz, or heart if you will. So she goes on a journey, which includes a list, in the hopes of adding more emotions to her art. I liked Abby for the most part. She’s a go-getter when it comes to her goals and inspirations, and you can tell that she’s absolutely passionate about her artwork. The only thing about her I didn’t care for was how hung up she was on her best friend, Cooper. Abby’s dynamic with the secondary cast was what I enjoyed the best in Love, Life […]

The Weekly Recap (262): The Last One For 2017

Posted December 17, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 15 Comments
The Weekly Recap (262): The Last One For 2017

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hello friends! I’m so excited to be finally done with school. I had my finals this past week. They were stressful as expected, but I’m glad that they are all over. I’m glad that I don’t have to pick up another textbook for about 3 weeks. Right after my last presentation, I went to get some shopping done at King of Prussia with two of my friends. I needed to buy some Christmas presents for some of my friends and I also needed to get a dress for myself as I was invited to a Christmas party at some fancy restaurant. I was able to find gifts for my friends fairly easily – there were some really good deals the day I went – but omg, finding a dress was such a process. I don’t wear dresses, because I hate the way my legs look. I have these big chunky calves and ugly ass knees, so I choose not to display them. I tried on maybe 10 or so dresses until I found one that I liked. I’m still going to wear tights with them because I’m not imposing my ugly legs to others around me haha! I don’t really have big plans for the break besides going to Denver. I’m hoping to just relax and take […]