New Year’s Eve Countdown Survey!

The lovely Christy and Erica over at Novel Ink are hosting a New Year’s Eve Countdown Survey! It looks like so much fun and I decided to participate in it 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing on the 25th

Top Ten Tuesday is a lovely original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I haven’t done a TTT in such a long time! Man, college has me swamped. This week’s Top Ten is all about the books we’d love slipped under the tree by the Big Man in Red.

Hint hint. 😉

NOTE: All titles are linked to their Goodreads pages, so check them out and add them to your wish list!

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Review: Storm Fall (Rebel Wing #2) by Tracy Banghart

23556036In the action-packed sequel to Rebel Wing, Aris battles for life and love . . . and not everyone will survive.

Aris Haan gave up everything to join the Atalantan Military: her family, her boyfriend, even her identity. In the end, though, it didn’t matter that she was a war hero. When the all-male Military discovered that she was actually a woman, she was sent home and erased from history.

Now she has a chance to go back to the battlefield—as herself. But as hard as it was to be a soldier in disguise, it’s even more difficult now. The men in her unit undermine her at every turn. The Safaran army has spies everywhere, perhaps even on Aris’s stationpoint. And she’s falling for her mysterious superior officer, Milek. But their relationship is forbidden, just stolen moments between training sessions and missions. There’s no room for love in war.

Then Aris discovers that Safara’s leaders have set their sights on her, Atalanta’s hero. And she must find them before they find her . . .

PUBLISHER: Alloy Entertainment

PAGES: 230

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A big thanks to Alloy Entertainment, NetGalley, and Tracy Banghart for a copy of this book so I could write a honest review 🙂

I love seeing the sequels of books that I reviewed at the beginning of my book blog be released… It makes me so excited! I read the first book and reviewed it here (then titled “Shattered Veil”–I love this new cover and title so much more). Tracy Banghart is an emerging voice in YA Fiction and I’m glad that I’ve had the privilege to read her novels. Continue reading

The DNF Factor #2

When I was younger, if a book didn’t grab my attention within the first fifty pages, I would just give up. There are so many amazing books that I missed out on (cough cough The Maze Runner cough cough) as a result of my short attention span.

Some books, however, are just not meant to be. Some books–even after 100 pages–don’t have lights at the end of the tunnel. Here are a few of them that just fell short for me recently.

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Waiting on Wednesday #15

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.

Carrie Ryan is one of my most favorite YA authors. I loved her Forest of Hands and Teeth novels and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I’m a little bummed that I have to wait so long, though… Patience makes perfect?

Three Key Words for This Week’s WoW: Revenge, Danger, Shipwrecks

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Review: Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

20665078A Perfect Blend of History and Romance, with a Whisper of Mystery
All she’s ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn’t be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can’t even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives in town. A traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others’ problems, and after a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger.
But nothing in her wandering life has prepared her for suddenly being asked to raise a child and keep a house. Struggling at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife’s death, and it seems as though Emma’s answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous.

PUBLISHER: Bethany House Publishers

PAGES: 348

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A huge thanks to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of this book to review. All the opinions expressed are my own.

This novel blew me out of the water! I’ve never read a book by Jody Hedlund before, but I will be reading more of her works from now on. What a great mix of suspense, mystery, and romance!

After pirates attack her and her brother’s ship, Emma finds herself stranded on Presque Isle. She reluctantly agrees to a marriage of convenience to the handsome, yet reserved, Patrick Garraty, when she realizes she has no place to stay and no means of supporting herself in the small, unpopulated town. Everything Emma desires–a home, a family, love–is given to her, but is everything what it seems? As she grows in her relationship to the kind-hearted Patrick, she discovers that the lighthouse keeper is keeping secrets that may threaten her hopeful future. Continue reading