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 […]

2018 YA Titles I’m Willing To Go Broke For

Posted January 12, 2018 by Nick in Let's Talk About
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 hot mess, which means she’s exactly my kind of girl. […]

I Suck at Blogging

Posted January 11, 2018 by Nereyda in Let's Talk About, Uncategorized
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. 🙂 Ways I Suck At Blogging: – I constantly have […]

A Rakish Duke, Greek Gods & A Missing Penguin

Posted January 10, 2018 by Nick in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review
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. I adored the dynamics between the two, especially all the […]

Nereyda’s December Favorites

Posted January 9, 2018 by Nereyda in Monthly Favorites, Uncategorized
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 amazing, no reflection or distracting apps and it’s so light […]

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
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 Second Chance Program because he knows that it will be […]

The Weekly Recap (263): First Recap of 2018

Posted January 7, 2018 by Nick & Nereyda in STS
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, I was home, doing some chores here and there, cooking […]

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

Posted January 5, 2018 by Nereyda in Uncategorized
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 and he told me I HAD to go to dinner […]

2017 Memories & 2018 Goals!

Posted January 4, 2018 by Nereyda in Beyond Books, Uncategorized
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. We love camping so that was also a lot of […]

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
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 working as a successful website designer. In the process, she […]

One Word for 2018: Me

Posted January 2, 2018 by Nereyda in Beyond Books, Uncategorized
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 some annoying medical symptoms these past few years and after […]