Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Release & Review: It's You #2 by Katy Regnery

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The entire It's You DUET by Katy Regnery writing as KP Kelly is NOW LIVE!
"Simply amazing! It's You is everything we wished for Jacob and Bella except better. The love between two characters has never been felt so strongly through the pages as it has with Jack and Darcy. An absolute must read for any fan of true love, soulmates and men with sexy beards." - New York Times bestselling author, Heidi McLaughlin
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Check out the trailer HERE: https://youtu.be/_Y5wIBJwUw0 
Read the AMAZING five-star reviews on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2hMOHd5
My 5-STAR Review of Book #1
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From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes her first duo of paranormal romances! ONCE UPON A TIME… the most beautiful boy in the world kissed me. I’ve never been able to forget. Perhaps it was his jet-black hair, or the changing copper-color of his eyes, the intense way he looked at me… or the fact that he awakened my passion for the first time, at once otherworldly yet heartbreakingly real. But after that kiss, I never saw him again. His name was Jack Beauloup. Jack, my “Beautiful Wolf.” Twenty years passed. He has returned. For me



It's You, book 2 is NOW LIVE!
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The thrilling conclusion of Katy Regnery’s first paranormal romance series! HAPPILY EVER AFTER… To some, they’re just words signifying a fairytale ending. For me, Jack Beauloup, they represent an unyielding desire: Forever with Darcy Turner, the unexpected love of my life. A love that has placed her human life in danger. According to Pack Law, my binding is an abomination that must be severed. It’s ignited a fiery hatred that I must confront and control. But what is bound cannot be broken. I will keep Darcy safe. Even if it means giving up on my dreams. Even if it means giving up my life.

My first thought after I finished Book 2 was, "Dang, it's over." I loved being wrapped up in Jack and Darcy's world and their lives. I loved this duet.

With where Book 1 left off, I knew I needed Book 2 right away, to see how everything would be resolved... if it would be resolved. Of course, spoilers are frowned upon. But I will say that some things went the way I thought they would, and other directions of the story went in new ways I hadn't seen coming. I was completely hooked on this story and invested in Jack and Darcy's lives. They definitely had their fair share of stumbling blocks and obstacles. Sadly, they themselves were sometimes their own worst enemies. But with all the struggle, I found myself not only cheering for Jack and Darcy, but getting wrapped up in the lives of the friends and family and pack. And ultimately, I loved where Jack and Darcy ended up.

My only faults with the story were some of Darcy's actions. I tried to give her leeway as the situation she was in was completely crazy, but even with that, she had some truly cringe-worthy moments. But then there was Jack. And I absolutely loved Jack. He's one of my favorite heroes from this author. I wish the epilogue was longer, because I didn't want to let Jack and Darcy go. I truly hope there will be other books in this world. Not only do I want to see Jack and Darcy again, but there are other characters I would love to read about.


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013. Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas. Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller. In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States. Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
Author Links:
Website/Newsletter Signup: http://katyregnery.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7211470.Katy_Regnery
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatyRegnery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatyRegnery
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/katharineregner/

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (01.15)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, share upcoming news, etc. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme 

What I Read Last Week:
Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

What I Listened To Last Week:

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
(Excellent narrator!)

Top Ten Tuesday:
2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To) 

My Reviews Last Week:
A List of Cages by Robin Roe (my 4 star review)

What I'm Currently RE-Reading:

Love Hacked by Penny Reid (Re-Read)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stacking The Shelves (194)

STSmall_thumb[2][2]Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

*Signed* Paperback Gift:
The Fall Up by Aly Martinez

Kindle Love:

Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (& audio)
Raging Sea by Michael Buckley
Sway by Adriana Locke

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

A List of Cages by Robin Roe
January 10, 2017
320 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Contains: Child abuse, violence

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

This book grabbed my attention because of its description of Adam and Julian, and what I expected to be a story of friendship. What I got was so much more. Without giving away spoilers beyond what the synopsis reveals, we know that Adam and Julian were once foster brothers, and now they have been reunited in the present. What we learn is a combination of the past that brought them together and also tore them apart, and the present in which we discover the depths of Julian's troubles and torment, and Adam as the catalyst to his help.

What we also discover is an incredible journey of friendship, brotherly love, and hope. It's not an easy read. There are some pretty horrible things happening here, and this book does not shy away from criminal abuse. But it also displays a beautiful relationship between Julian and Adam. A unique friendship. A bond that is layered and life-changing for both boys. And I loved that the author used these two boys' stories, threaded them in a way that challenged them, enriched them, and ultimately saved them.

Why not 5 stars? There was a small romance that was in this story that to me added nothing. If anything, it detracted from the story and stalled the plot. I also wished some of the side characters were explored a bit more. Charlie was a great addition to the story, but a deeper exploration of him would have added so much more. And the villain was very one-dimensional.

Overall, this was a harrowing, heartbreaking, yet hopeful story of surviving abuse and finding friendship and family. If you can handle the sensitive subject matter, Julian and Adam's story is worth the journey.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
For more information and a list of past and future topics, go here.

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (but TOTALLY plan to)

(Listed in alphabetical order by author)

 
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Honor by Jay Crownover

 
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

 
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
Marriage Games by CD Reiss

 
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (01.08)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, share upcoming news, etc. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme 

What I Read Last Week:
Retreat by Jay Crownover
Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti

My Reviews Last Week:
It's You (book 1) by KP Kelley (my 5 star review)
Retreat by Jay Crownover (my 5 star review)

What I'm Listening To:

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 

What I'm Currently Reading:
Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Stacking The Shelves (193)

STSmall_thumb[2][2]Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

eARC Goodie:
Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

Kindle Love:
Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley