-Caster Chronicles, Beautiful Creatures By Kami Garcis & Margaret Stohl-

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Okay. So this isn’t the first book in The Caster Chronicles and it’s a super old picture, BUT, this still remains one of my most favorite series EVER. I fell in love with the town of Gatlin, and the bat-shit crazy people who lived there 😍.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl!

What’s It All About? 

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Amazonhttps://amzn.to/2DLasoQ

 

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-Bookstagram & Big Little Lies-

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Oldie but a goodie! I read this years ago, and I LOL’d the whole way through.

Weird thing, though, is I have yet to watch the TV series! What book to screen adaptions have you avoided? (I don’t know if I’m actually avoiding it, or I just don’t want to add another show to my list 😂.)

What’s It All About? 

Perfect family, perfect house, perfect life; Jane, Madeline and Celeste have it all or do they? They are about to find out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control.

From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband’s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Jane hasn’t lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives – and their own secrets.

But at the start of a new term, an incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, causing a rift between them and other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until the whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful, and the truths blur into lies.

It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder.

Don’t want Big Little Lies to end? Then why not order Liane Moriarty’s new hit, Truly Madly Guilty.

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2IfU0mc
Amazon U.K.: https://amzn.to/2BEUOvg

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-Fashionable Harry Potter Outfits-

Books & Fashion = some of my favorite things!

    What’s your house? And your fave outfit? 📚 🦉⚡️

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-Soul In Darkness By Wendy Higgins-

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📚Yassss! An ADULT Fantasy Romance by Wendy Higgins (the woman who can do no wrong/write no wrong). 📚

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card through her giveaway: https://bit.ly/2TIClEU

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Read a free sample of Soul in Darkness on Amazon:
https://amzn.to/2WZ9U7V

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-Must Read: The Bird & The Blade By Megan Bannen-

bird-and-badeIf you want your heart shattered and like crying yourself to sleep…. WELL DUH WE WANT THAT! We are readers.

📚Must Read Monday (on Sunday)📚

What’s It All About?

Enslaved in Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom . . . until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father across the vast Mongol Empire.

On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into an impossible love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of . . . even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

Amazonhttps://amzn.to/2E2Nb35

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-Bookish Fun-

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Here are some of my favorites that were posted in the Candace Reads Books FB Page:

  • “We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. – Game of Thrones
  • Elizabeth Fitch’s short-lived teenage rebellion began with L’Oréal Pure Black, a pair of scissors and a fake ID- it ended in blood. – The Witness by Nora Roberts 
  • “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” -Ana Kerenina by Leo Tolstoy

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-Wordy Wednesday – On Sunday –

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-Book Review: Anton By Brenda Rothert-

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Book: Anton
Author: Brenda Rothert
Pages: 194
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4-star

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*

What’s It All About? 

He’s known as Father Anton to his teammates—the brooding, sexy captain of the NHL’s Chicago Blaze has a reputation for…not having a reputation. Just like his diet and sleep routines, celibacy is part of Anton Petrov’s on-ice mojo. Or so they say. Anton stays mum on the subject. If the world thinks he chooses to abstain from sex, so be it. Better that than the truth getting out: there is a woman he burns for, but he can never have her. She’s his teammate’s wife, after all.

Mia Marceau is finally on her own. Now that she and her husband are living apart, she’s finding the peace she was desperate for. She spends her days in classes and late nights bartending, making her own way in the world at last. After what she’s been through, as long as her husband leaves her alone, she doesn’t plan to rock the boat. He still has the power to hurt those dearest to her, and she can’t demand a divorce with such a high cost.

A chance encounter with Mia has Anton hoping for a shot he never thought he’d get. And while she’s drawn to the intense, serious hockey center, Mia’s leery about playing with fire. That’s all Anton has ever known for Mia, though—a living, burning desire that won’t be denied—no matter the cost.

My thoughts?

   Reading Anton was like coming home after a long time away. I forgot how much I enjoy sports romances, especially when there’s a bit of thrill. I don’t know if Anton is officially considered a thriller, but for me, that’s what it felt like. The stakes were HIGH for these characters; like, their livelihood and lives were on the line.

You are probably thinking there’s loads of sex due to the cover, that is not the case. Anton is a delectable slow-burn romance. BUT, I do wish there was more action to fill the void, not sex-action, but kicking-the-asses-of-characters-I-want-to-punch-type-action. Because seriously, I wanted to punch my freaking Kindle. And not because this character was poorly written, but because they were so well-written, I became genuinely angered.

I really enjoyed Anton! I love all of the characters, minus the one I want to punch.

Random Thoughts: 

There’s an old guy. He’s going to make you laugh. A lot.

Such a breath of fresh air for the main dude not being a egotistical cocky douche bag. FINALLY.

A heroine with a sense of humor and a foul mouth. I love her.

Climax lacked a bit. Definitely some missed opportunities.

Favorite Quotes: 

“The measure of a man is in how happy his woman is. You can take that to the bank.”

“I’ll have sunshine comin’ out my ass.”

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-‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ Movie Trailer-

Another book to movie! The Sun Is Also A Star By Nicola Yoon!

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What’s It All About? 

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SByQCX

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-Judge Me By My Cover-

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick: The Proposal

Barnes & Nobles Book Club Pick: The Romantics

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What’s It All About?

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people. 

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…


romanticRead a Sample: https://amzn.to/2t7A0aP

What’s It All About?

It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.

A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.

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