Author: Nick

A Favorite Series Ends

Posted October 18, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, review / 0 Comments
A Favorite Series Ends

Finishing a series is always such a bittersweet experience. I have loved The Gold Seer trilogy since the first book, so I went into this finale with a lot of expectations, but also a bit of hesitancy as I didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters. Into the Bright Unknown wraps up Lee and her friends’ story brilliantly, and I know for sure that this is one series I will be revisiting over and over again. Without a doubt, this book and this series’ stars are the characters. Lee, in particular, is a terrific protagonist. She has come a very long way since the first book when she lost her parents, went on a long trek and faced danger after danger. She has learned a lot from her experiences, and has become a strong, bright and tenacious young woman. I didn’t just love Lee for her strengths – I admired her even more for how kind and selfless she was. Every action of hers was driven by her love […]

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 […]

Time To Drool Over Ice Cream & A Side Of Books

Posted October 13, 2017 by Nick in Beyond Books / 6 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

A Forbidden Romance, Unrequited Love & A Royal Bodyguard

Posted September 22, 2017 by Nick in 3 stars, 3.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 4 Comments
A Forbidden Romance, Unrequited Love & A Royal Bodyguard

Seducing His Student by London Hale I’m not exactly one for student-teacher romances because the power imbalance tends to be off-putting, but the situation here is a little different. For one, the heroine is about to graduate college and secondly, the hero is not exactly her teacher. He’s a dean of education at the college. As always with any London Hale book, you can expect lots and lots of steam in Seducing His Student. The chemistry and tension between Elliot and Sam is hot hot hot! They definitely had a connection there, and when they give in to their attraction to each other, it’s just fireworks everywhere. The sexy scenes are of course, top notch – I mean, London Hale really excel at that. The characters themselves, I liked too. For a short story like this one I felt like they were very well-developed. As far as Sam and Elliot’s emotional connection goes though, I personally would have liked to see them connect on a deeper level on page. Most […]

Just About Everything I Love About Romance: Hot in Hollywood Duet by Katee Robert

Posted September 20, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, 4.5 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, GIVEAWAY, review / 20 Comments
Just About Everything I Love About Romance: Hot in Hollywood Duet by Katee Robert

Ties that Bind is another hit romance story for Katee Robert. Though it’s only a novella, it packs a lot, and you wind up with a story that’s sexy, romantic and plain fun. Sure you’ll be left wanting more, but not because the book is a novella, but because these characters are so lovable, you simply want to spend more time with them. In Ties that Bind, we have the second chance romance of Jack and Cora. These two have a short, but powerful history, and when they reunite, there’s no keeping the sparks at bay. Years ago, Cora and Jack starred in a sex tape that essentially destroyed Cora’s career as an up and coming actress, while boosting Jack’s career as a movie director. Years later, Cora is now an attorney, while Jack is a filthy rich director with many successes under his belt. Ties that Bind may only be a novella, but Katee does a brilliant job with the characters here. Their personalities shine through the story and […]

A Gorgeous & Memorable Book Every Teen Should Read: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Posted September 18, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 23 Comments
A Gorgeous & Memorable Book Every Teen Should Read: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Trigger warnings: Poignant and heart-breaking, Akemi Dawn Bowman’s winning debut novel tells the story of a half-Japanese half-white teen girl struggling with her identity, anxiety, art and family. It’s a story that shines from every page and stands out among other YA contemporaries. The book world is in for some spectacular books if Starfish is just a glimpse at Akemi Dawn Bowman’s elegant writing. Social anxiety-ridden Kiko has one dream – to attend the prestigious art institute, Prism, to pursue her dream career. Bonus, it will also help her escape her narcissistic mother, whose only impact has been to embed a deep lack of self-confidence in her daughter. Starfish is the emotional journey she goes on as she experiences rejection from her dream school, and decides to get out of her toxic home life with the aid of a friend. It’s a journey that is necessary for her growth, and one that helps her understand her self-value. Kiko is a protagonist who will speak to many teen girls, especially mixed-raced […]

When An American & An Aussie Fall In Love: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Posted September 13, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, Author Interview, review / 15 Comments
When An American & An Aussie Fall In Love: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Sarina Bowen has quickly become a favorite author for me. Though I have never read anything by Sarah Mayberry, I have heard really great things about her writing and romances. So I was keen to pick up Temporary, even more so when I learned that we would be getting a hot Aussie as the lead. Temporary turned out to be a fun read for me, and despite the book feeling just a little long at times, I found myself enjoying the book and the characters. Though I was most eager to meet Callan, the hero, it was Grace who completely stole the show here. She is a great heroine, selfless, hardworking and fiercely determined. Life constantly handed her lemons, but even so, she rose up from every obstacle stronger and more tenacious than before. Taking care of her sister is not an easy task, but she does everything possible to make life easier for Olivia. I love how much love Grace has for Olivia and Olivia is her priority all […]

The Most Creative 2017 Debut: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Posted September 11, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 25 Comments
The Most Creative 2017 Debut: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens is a stunning debut novel that will lure readers in with the gorgeous prose, and keep them glued to the pages of the book with its vibrant characters. It might be Margaret Rogerson’s debut novel, but she pens An Enchantment of Ravens like a pro and will leave you in awe. This is a YA fantasy novel that will stick with me for a long time. The book shines for its unique take on magic. In Rogerson’s world, humans have the ability to Craft, basically they all have a talent that the Fair Folk are able to purchase. It was refreshing to see this different sort of power dynamics. Margaret Rogerson takes common themes and elements from fae mythology and puts her own twist on them. The magical world was beautifully and subtly built throughout An Enchantment of Ravens, and most importantly, it was easy to envision. Rogerson’s writing is lush, gorgeous, and vivid, especially when it comes to the protagonist, Isobel’s artistic skills. This is […]

An Emotional Whirlwind: Play On by Samantha Young

Posted September 7, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 29 Comments
An Emotional Whirlwind: Play On by Samantha Young

Anytime Samantha Young announces a new book, I’m ready to pounce on it. With Play On the author takes readers back to Scotland with another intense and passionate romance that sizzles the pages, but it’s also a story that’s got a lot more depth than that. First things first, I really think that the blurb for Play On gives too much away. I know it’s a romance novel, so the endings tend to be predictable, but the events described in the summary do not take place for a while, so I’d recommend not focusing too much on it. Play On is really more than a romance. It’s the tale of the strength and resilience of a young woman who is on a journey to find herself. The book begins with Nora O’Brien, right out of high school, working minimum wage, and taking care of her disabled father along with her mother. Nora dreams of something bigger, but her circumstances force her to remain in Indiana. That is, until Jim. Sweet, […]

Oh, My Heart! : Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Posted September 4, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 31 Comments
Oh, My Heart! : Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren are a wildly popular duo in the romance community, and with Autoboyography, no doubt the YA community will also go wild for this talented pair. Autoboyography is a lovely, heart-felt book about sexual identity, religion, love and family that teens and adults alike will fall in love with. Tanner and Sebastian could not be more different from each other, but somehow the two meet, and fall in love with each other. The book is predominantly told through the voice of Tanner, a proud bisexual boy who is only out to his family in his new Utah town. He is a total sweetheart, who captured my heart with his easy-going personality and kind soul. He is outgoing, smart, level-headed, and loves like nobody’s business. Sebastian on the other hand is more quiet, and very devoted to his Mormon religion. Tanner and Sebastian meet in Tanner’s seminar class where Sebastian is the teaching assistant. Somehow the book that they have to write in the class turns out to be an […]

The Weekly Recap (250): Nick Goes Overboard With The Books

Posted September 3, 2017 by Nick in STS / 26 Comments
The Weekly Recap (250): Nick Goes Overboard With The Books

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! How are you all doing? It’s only me this week. Nereyda is off camping somewhere, hopefully not getting eaten by bears. I swear that woman is always camping and I don’t understand why – haha! I initially was going to skip the recap, but decided to do it because I was bored at home and had some time, and I also have some exciting new books to share which I’ll probably forget about if I skip. Anyways, this week went by really fast. For the most part we were rushing here and there for my dad’s toe surgery. He had to have his toe nail removed because he dropped something on his foot and it caused an infection. He’s recovering now, but oh my gosh, he can be such a baby – haha. Men and their intolerance for pain! Last weekend, I also got to go to the beach, which was fun. It’s winter time here, so it was still a little chilly, but it […]