Review: A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson

20665062Beloved Author Tracie Peterson Concludes Her Popular LONE STAR BRIDES Series
Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two men come into her life and both manage to stir her heart. Harrison Gable is a rich young lawyer who intends to travel the world and live a life of opulence. His ambitions match Jessica’s dreams, but her heart has begun to change.
Austin Todd, former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he’s drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Austin is well-thought-of and admired in the community. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes.
Will Jessica choose financial security or follow her heart?

PUBLISHER: Bethany House

PAGES: 313

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A big thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Tracie Peterson for sending me this book to read and review! I appreciate it. As always, the following review is completely honest and not affected by the fact that I was given this book for free.

A Matter of Heart follows the story of Jessica Atherton, a young woman of wealth and prestige, who decides to change her outlook on life after a particularly hard heartbreak. When two men come into her life, she finds herself torn between the two. One man is a reflection of who she is, and one man challenges her to become a better, stronger woman. One is an easy choice and the other is much harder. Whom will she choose? Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday #13

img-thing-pink2Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Gah, have I been a loser with posting content on this blog in the past couple weeks! I’m usually so on top of things, but school has seriously taken a hold of my life. Reading has taken the backseat, but I’m hoping that I can find time to start posting more content and reading more books as soon as possible. 🙂

And… that brings me to this week’s WoW pick! 🙂

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Review: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler (I can’t)

unnamredSixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza’s Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF’s ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what’s a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother’s copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It’s too bad Austen’s heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza’s determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can’t trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

PUBLISHER: Swoon Romance

PAGES: ??

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I signed up for the book tour for this book. Since my review was going to be less than 3/5 hearts, I was told to post a promotional post. Even doing that made me cringe, to be completely honest. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book like this one. Some books are so bad that you cannot finish them. Other books are so bad that they end up actually being good in a weird, twisted sort of way. This is one of them. While I did end up finishing this one, I skimmed it and looked for all of the ridiculous quotes.

I read this book while babysitting. Coincidentally, it was the first day that the couple I babysit for had installed “nanny cams”. I’m glad that they didn’t install any in the main living room of their apartment because they would’ve seen me making faces, slapping my knee, and lots and lots of ugly laughter. No parents should see their babysitter’s ugly laughter while reading a bad book. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday #12

img-thing-pink2Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book centered around dance… In fact, I don’t even know if I’ve ever read a dance-centered book. So excited!

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Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

2236-1Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths

PUBLISHER: Dutton Children’s

PAGES: 368

Will Be Available: October 28, 2014

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I received an ARC of this book through Penguin’s First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Penguin and Ally Condie!

I read Matched a couple years ago and, while I think I’ve become more critical of my YA lit in the time since then, I liked the series then. Or, at least, I liked the first 1.5 books. I gave up on the trilogy after that because I was bored. Continue reading

Book Tour: Storm (Salt #2) by Danielle Ellison & GIVEAWAY!

23011500Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when
she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went
through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has
more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the
demons away?
But power has a dark side.
Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who
formerly had no magic are developing terrible, out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter
swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons―it’s threatened by the same
witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change.
Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope changes
into something far beyond his worst fears…

PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen

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Waiting On Wednesday #11

img-thing-pink2Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m so excited for this release and also bummed that it’s only available for reviewers in the UK on Netgalley. 😦 But, doesn’t this cover look absolutely breathtaking? And don’t get me started on the blurb. Continue reading