Author: Nick

STEM Girls & The Soft Boys That Love Them

Posted February 19, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review
STEM Girls & The Soft Boys That Love Them

A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole Release Date: February 27th 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I’m not a romance reader that veers towards royalty romance. A lot of times, they wind up being cheesy to read. But I took one glance at the cover of A Princess In Theory, and I knew I had to read it. This was my first romance novel by Alyssa Cole, and I’m hitting my head against the wall for not having picked up a book from her before this. But better late than never, right? For me, what takes romance novels to the next level are the characters. In A Princess In Theory, every single character is phenomenal. Alyssa Cole takes her time to not only give each and everyone individual personalities, but she also spends her time fleshing them out. I adored Ledi. She’s mouthy, no-nonsense and absolutely the kind of heroines I gravitate towards. She’s finishing up her graduate program in Epidemiology – heck, yes for a STEM heroine – and is busy also juggling a side-job. I loved what huge parts of Ledi her education and her career were. Alyssa Cole doesn’t just mention that Ledi is an epidemiologist, but she actually has Ledi working for a majority of the book, which […]

The Weekly Recap (269): A Frustrating & Tragic Week

Posted February 18, 2018 by Nick in STS
The Weekly Recap (269): A Frustrating & Tragic Week

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! This has been the most exhausting week ever. I have had so many assignments, projects and exams due. And they don’t appear to be ending any time soon. Add to that the horrible news of what went on in Florida, I was not in a very good mental state. My heart goes out to all the victims, their families and everyone involved. I’ve had trouble sleeping the past few days, so I’ve gone to school with headaches and feeling entirely too groggy. I’ll be happy when I’m done with this quarter. I have been listening to rain and ocean videos on Youtube to calm me down. I’ve also been watching a lot of the Winter Olympics, which always cheer me up. Other than that, I made some new blog buttons, because I was bored and needed to relax. Got some reading done as well. What did you guys do for Valentine’s Day? Hopefully, your weeks were better than mine! Check out my reading updates: What I Read:      It was a good reading week for me overall. I really liked reading Frankie. She was a breath of fresh air, and I related quite a bit to her. I enjoyed Lia Riley’s Virgin Territory as well, though I found it to be on the shorter side. It was still fun though. I liked the character dynamics […]

5 YouTubers You Need To Subscribe To ASAP

Posted February 16, 2018 by Nick in Let's Talk About, lifestyle, Personal
5 YouTubers You Need To Subscribe To ASAP

Happy Friday, everyone! I have something a little different for you, today. Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube vloggers. I didn’t think watching them would be my thing, but a friend introduced me to one of the YouTubers featured below, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve watched MANY MANY videos, and I’ve noticed a lot of vloggers tend to come across as really fake (or they are jackasses like Logan Paul). However, I have found some that I adore. In today’s post, I’m sharing with you all some of my favorite YouTube vloggers. They make me smile, and watching them has become a form of de-stressing for me. I hope you guys will check some of them out and hopefully, you can recommend some vloggers you think I might like! Trina Duhra Trina is the vlogger that my good friend introduced me to. Besides the fact that she’s absolutely GORGEOUS, Trina is also cheerful, and kind and lovely. She makes my day with her love for coffee, food adventures and flawless make-up skills. Her husband, Andy also regularly features in her vlogs, and guys, they are so adorable. I don’t think I’ve ever shipped a real life couple this much! We also get to see a lot of her family and Andy’s family, and it just warms my heart seeing them all interact. I actually binge-watched all […]

Two Books About Growing Up, Two Different Opinions: Frankie by Shivaun Plozza & American Panda by Gloria Chao

Posted February 13, 2018 by Nick in 2.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review
Two Books About Growing Up, Two Different Opinions: Frankie by Shivaun Plozza & American Panda by Gloria Chao

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza Release Date: November 7th 2018 Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Aussie Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I would like to know what the people of Australia are drinking because goddamn can they write. I have yet to read a book by an Aussie author that I’ve disliked. The quality of their writing is so superior to any other writing styles that I’ve encountered. Frankie was no different. It was such a fresh, riveting story with an extremely compelling main character. I loved Frankie. She’s a giant ball of fury and I related quite a bit to her. She’s angry, pissed off and unapologetic about it all. I mean this is a girl who punches a douche-nozzle at school and gets expelled for it, but doesn’t care about it because he deserved it. Her life is thrown upside down when she finds out that she has a half-brother, Xavier, who gets in contact with her. Only a few days later, Xavier goes missing, and Frankie tries to look for him. You get to experience every emotion with Frankie as she navigates finding her brother, new discoveries about her mother, and as she battles real life, in general. Shivaun Plozza writes emotions really well, and I loved that I was so in sync with Frankie. I also liked Xavier a […]

When Waiting For A Book Pays Off : Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen & One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Posted February 12, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, 4.5 stars, ARC, review
When Waiting For A Book Pays Off : Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen & One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen Release Date: February 12th 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I’m so so happy that Sarina Bowen decided to write a Nate and Becca book. I have loved the hidden chemistry and underlying tension that existed between them since the first book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. Going into the book, I had a lot of expectations, and Sarina just about slayed all of them. Brooklynaire was honestly the book of my dreams. There’s so much I loved about Brooklynaire, but perhaps the best part was Nate. He is one of the dreamiest romance heroes to ever have been written. I love how most of Sarina Bowen’s heroes tend to be these guys who are kind, patient, generous and just incredibly sexy. They make me laugh, they make me swoon – there’s nothing more I can ask from my romance heroes. Nate is such a great guy. He may be smart as hell, and filthy rich, but this is a guy who is also humble. Where do I find myself a Nate? *sigh* Becca was a fantastic heroine too. Her life takes a step back in Brooklynaire when she finds herself injured and on bed rest. She’s a hard worker, she’s feisty and an equally kind human being. Honestly, […]

The Redemption of An Anti-Hero & The Rise of a Queen: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

Posted February 7, 2018 by Nick in ARC, Blog Tour, GIVEAWAY, review
The Redemption of An Anti-Hero & The Rise of a Queen: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

To say that I was excited for this book would be a complete understatement. I have loved each and every book in this series, and I count it as one of my favorite romantic series of all time. I went into this book with towering expectations, but I was also incredibly sad thinking about the fact that once I was done with The Bastard’s Bargain, this would be it for me and these characters. But what a book this was! I loved every book in this series, sure, but I firmly believe that Katee Robert has left the best for the last. It’s emotional, tender, sexy and just absolutely a book that I could not stop reading. When we first met Dmitri several books ago, I despised him. He was manipulative, cocky and absolutely a villain, but even going into this book, he was exactly that same person, and entirely unapologetic at that. So the author had an incredibly daunting task ahead of her when she turned him into a romantic love interest for the youngest O’Malley, Kiera. Let me tell you folks, his redemption arc was bloody brilliant. I just loved everything about Dmitri here. Yes, he is absolutely still ruthless, but we get to see the layers to his character in The Bastard’s Bargain. It was all glorious. He was the perfect man for Kiera. After the events […]

Monthly Memories: January 2018

Posted February 5, 2018 by Nick in Monthly Recap
Monthly Memories: January 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to my January recap! Can you guys believe the first month of 2018 is already over? Seriously, time is just flying by! January was a good month for me, though it was an adjustment period. I read some fantastic books and I’m very excited for all the books I hope to read this year! Life Updates I went back for my before to last quarter of graduate school. It’s been a challenging quarter, to be honest, but I’m trying to focus more than I did last quarter, so I don’t end up having a stressful quarter. I’ve got some interesting classes though, which is good! I’m also starting my thesis work, and ahhh! So stressful! It’s hard having to balance school work, thesis and my personal life. I met Katie, my bookish Philly friend, for a coffee date in January. As always, we had a blast talking books. The coffee was delicious too! I tried some new recipes this month. Most of them were hits, but I especially loved this Sesame Chicken Noodle. YUM! It was so easy to whip up also! Reading Updates I read 24 books this month, which was more than I was aiming for. Most of these books were excellent. I think my average for this month was something like 3.9. 4.5-5 stars      4 stars         3-3.5 stars        […]

The Weekly Recap (267): Nick Finally Gets Her Brunch

Posted February 4, 2018 by Nick in STS
The Weekly Recap (267): Nick Finally Gets Her Brunch

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I’ve had such a busy week at school! I had a bunch of assignments and projects to submit, so I have been swamped. The good thing though is that I felt like the week went by quickly, which I can’t complain about given how busy it has been. I started working again in the midst of all the schoolwork, and I’m already swamped. But thankfully, I don’t have to interact with any students this quarter. Phew! Just remembering that from last quarter gives me bouts of anxiety. The only fun thing I did this week was meet Katie for brunch on Saturday. We’ve been talking about brunch for a while now, and we finally went this weekend. We tried a new-to-us cafe, and ummmm the food was delicious. I’m glad we decided to brave the numbing cold to do this. I had a cannoli french toast which was amazing, and Katie had lemon ricotta pancakes which were also A+. We then went to the library and got some studying done like the nerds we are. All in all, a great day! I always have a blast with Katie!   Brunch & Study Date with my girl, @jameshaillers! #rashikaisjealous #nomnom pic.twitter.com/uxq62b7Ahh — nick 😒 (@nickofthebooks) February 3, 2018   Let’s get to my reading updates! What I Read:     I had […]

A Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy: Stud by Kelly Siskind

Posted January 31, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review
A Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy: Stud by Kelly Siskind

Well, wasn’t this a fun read! Kelly Siskind consistently writes sexy and laugh-out-loud rom-coms that I can’t stop devouring. When the opportunity to read and review Stud arose, I couldn’t say no, especially after having a blast with the first book in the series, Legs. Yet again, Kelly has written an entertaining and swoony tale! Ainsley and Owen are two of the most fun characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. Ainsley, especially, was a hoot. Her broken gay-dar and her lack of filter had me in hysterics. I love a female character who is sassy, snarky and unapologetic about herself, so I had no trouble falling for her character. In an attempt to fulfill a birthday resolution before the year is up, she decides to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, which is where she meets Owen. Only, after seeing him with his gay brother, who she also happens to have had a crush on after ogling him at their gym, she mistakes him for gay as well! Talk about a misunderstanding. I liked Owen a lot too. He is dealing with an annoying ex and a divorce that seems never-ending. The guy has a good heart though because I would have thrown that ex off of a cliff for being so irritating. But Owen is a sweetheart, and such a softie on the inside. I loved watching […]

A Diverse Romance That’s Sure To Charm: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Posted January 29, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review
A Diverse Romance That’s Sure To Charm: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I almost didn’t pick this book up, but then Ari came screaming into my DMs about how wonderful this book was. She is annoyingly bossy but, I guess I have Ari to thank for for picking up The Wedding Date. This book was just absolutely precious, and I had a lovely time reading it. If you like fake-dating, diversity and all things swoony romance, then The Wedding Date definitely needs to be on your TBRs. For me, what takes a romance novel to the next level are the characters. I connected so much with the characters in this book. I was enamored by both Alexa and Drew. They are both very admirable, passionate and hardworking, so it was easy for me to see how the two easily clicked together as a couple. I was particularly a huge fan of Alexa. She works at the mayor’s office as his chief of staff and is so passionate about her job and her projects. I loved that she was someone who put 100% into the things that she loved. Drew was also equally lovable. He is a pediatric doctor who was, for the most part, an adorable dork. He’s been burned in the past with relationships, so he doesn’t always fully involve himself emotionally, but the guy has such a good heart. His kindness and respect for Alexa were especially qualities I loved […]

Fall In Love With Jill Shalvis’ Latest, About That Kiss

Posted January 26, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review
Fall In Love With Jill Shalvis’ Latest, About That Kiss

Hi friends! I’m excited to share with you all an excerpt for the wonderful, About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis. If you have not read The Heartbreaker Bay series yet, you absolutely must. It’s full of swoony romances, banterific friendships and the cutest furry side-characters. This is a series I 100% recommend to everyone who loves their romances to be uncomplicated. Anyways, that’s enough rambling from me! Let’s get to the excerpt! Excerpt Aren’t they just previous? You must read more of this book ASAP! In case you missed it, I also posted my review a couple weeks ago. I’ve posted it below for those who may not have seen it! Review I swear Jill Shalvis can do no wrong with the Heartbreaker Bay series. I’ve loved every book to date, and About That Kiss was no different. Once again, Jill Shalvis has written a sweet and swoony story that left me smiling for hours after I was done reading the book. Kylie and Joe are so damn adorable together. Seriously, these two are precious. Not only that, these two also had super sexy chemistry between them. I love that Jill Shalvis writes these couple that you can’t help but ship with all your heart. Both of them are initially wary of any kind of relationship, especially after that steamy kiss they share, but fate has other things in store for them. They are […]

A Book That Slayed Me & Another That Entertained Me

Posted January 24, 2018 by Nick in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, Book Review, review
A Book That Slayed Me & Another That Entertained Me

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon Goodreads – Amazon – Barnes & Noble Wow! Just wow! Can I leave my review at that? Because honestly, I don’t feel like any review I write for You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is going to do the book any justice. It’s such a breath-taking story, and it’s one that made me feel all the emotions. This might only be Rachel Lynn Solomon’s debut, but judging from this piece of work, she’s here to slay. This was such an emotional story, and not one that was easy to get through. I knew I had to mentally prepare myself for the waterworks that was obviously going to erupt as soon as I picked this book up, and I’m glad I did. This is a story of twin sisters, Adina and Tovah, who are about to take a test to determine if either carries the gene for Huntington’s disease. What ends up happening is, one sister tests positive, while the other tests negative. Talk about a heart-breaking premise. Both of these girls get their own POVs in the book, and they will both tug at your heartstrings. Rachel Lynn Solomon did a fantastic job at not only giving the two of them very differing personalities, but she made sure that both are given equal importance to the story. I found bits and pieces of myself […]

A Stunning & Heart-Wringing Tale: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Posted January 22, 2018 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review
A Stunning & Heart-Wringing Tale: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Well, this book just about destroyed me, folks. I wasn’t sure if Next Year in Havana would be my kind of book, but when a friend recommended it, I had to see what all the fuss was about. It’s safe to say, this friend definitely has incredible tastes, and I’m so grateful that she got me to pick this book up because it’s one that will stay with me forever and also one I will eagerly revisit in the future. Next Year in Havana is told in two POVs that cover two different timelines. The first timeline tells the story of Elisa in 1958 Havana, Cuba, and the second timeline follows Elisa’s granddaughter, Marisol, as she travels back to Havana to scatter her grandmother’s ashes. I’m always wary of books that tackle dual timelines, but I had nothing to worry about here because Chanel Cleeton weaves the two of them beautifully. I think why it worked brilliantly here for me was because of the equal attention she gives the two characters. I had no favorites when it came to the characters. I found both to be equally powerful, and equally enticing. Elisa’s story is perhaps more heartbreaking, and more infused in danger, given the political climate of Cuba during her years of growth. I loved Elisa’s story. It’s just full of emotions and it’s so poignant. She grows up part […]

The Weekly Recap (265): Meeting Book Friends, Indian Food & Fire Alarms

Posted January 21, 2018 by Nick in STS
The Weekly Recap (265): Meeting Book Friends, Indian Food & Fire Alarms

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week. Mine was pretty uneventful other than Friday night. I’ve mostly just been going to classes, cooking, doing homework, watching TV and working out. Of course, there was some reading in between all that too. My friend and I did try a new Indian restaurant in the city, and we were both big fans because the food was actually as spicy as we wanted it to be. Both of us have expressed frustration how not spicy restaurants in America tend to be even though the meals are advertised as spicy, so this was a pleasant surprise. I had Monday off of school, so I met with one of my bookish friends, Katie. We went to a coffee place and chatted about books. Mostly, we fangirled over Lucy Parker and talked about how excited we were for Lucy’s upcoming book! We then went to Barnes & Noble and scanned the bookshelves and talked even more books! I always have a nice time meeting Katie! On Friday evening, we were all forced out of our apartment building when the fire alarm went blaring. We spent about 1 hour outside in the cold 30 degrees (about -1 degrees Celsius) weather, while we waited for the fire department to clear everything. I was actually quite alarmed at how much time they took […]

Why Do I Rate Books Highly?

Posted January 19, 2018 by Nick in Discussion, Let's Talk About
Why Do I Rate Books Highly?

Happy Friday Folks! Well look who is writing a discussion post! I know, I know. It’s been so long. I have been thinking about this topic for a while now and wanted to address it on the blog, and also get your guys’ input about how you feel it as well.  If you’ve been a long-time follower of my blog, I’m talking dating back to my Nick’s Book Blog days, you will  have noticed that I don’t write as many negative reviews as I used to. I feel like I used to have at least one negative review per week when I blogged solo. Looking back to my 2017 in reading, my average rating is 3.7, which is higher than it normally is. This means that most of the books I read were in the 4 stars range. So, how did that happen? I actually have a few possible reasons why I might be rating books higher than ever. I Know My Reading Tastes By Now This one is pretty obvious, in my opinion. I’ve been doing this reading/blogging thing for a looooong time now, so I know what I will like, what I’m comfortable just from reading a book’s summary or a review from trusted bloggers. So, most of the time, my instincts don’t fail me. I tend to stick to the same genres, age-group, and authors, so I […]

Hackers, The Bachelor & Love : Zero Hour by Megan Erickson & Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

Posted January 17, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review
Hackers, The Bachelor & Love : Zero Hour by Megan Erickson & Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

Zero Hour by Megan Erickson Goodreads – Amazon – Barnes & Noble Is there a more perfect combination than hackers, romance, suspense and Megan Erickson? I don’t think so. I’ll admit, I was teensy bit nervous going into Zero Hour, and that’s mostly because even though I love romantic suspense, I haven’t had the best luck with the books that I have tried. I had nothing to worry about though because Megan Erickson is good at what she does, and I can trust her to write anything at this point. I love books and series that have a solid team and in Zero Hour, we get a pretty badass team of hackers. The main characters here are Roarke and Wren. Roarke is on a mission of revenge for his brother’s death and he bands together a team that will help him take his enemy done. Then comes along our heroine, Wren, who also wants revenge on said enemy, but for her own reasons. But Roarke is protective of her and doesn’t want her anywhere near this mission. I liked both Roarke and Wren a lot. Roarke was dark, broody and very very private, so I was really glad we got to be inside his head too throughout Zero Hour. He is completely devastated after the loss of his brother and he channels his grief into making sure no one else […]

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
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 sneaked up on me too – it had somewhat of […]

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

Posted January 14, 2018 by Nick in STS
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 truly wonderful. Holiday in the Hamptons was an adorable second […]