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January 2017

Book Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover-5 Stars

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Ooh, another good one by CoHo! I LOVED Slammed. It was, of course, an emotional ride, like her novels usually are. Layken just lost her dad and her mom uprooted her and her brother from their home in Texas to Michigan.

Layken and her brother make friends with the neighbor boys immediately, a welcome relief after moving and not knowing anyone. But as Layken starts to fall for Will, a forbidden romance becomes the thing neither of them want, but can’t push aside.

Will performs slam poetry that is throughout the book and it’s incredible!

The heartache of what Will and Layken have gone through in the past doesn’t seem like it will ever get better, once she realizes the huge secret her mom has been keeping. This book made me sob, I was angry and heartbroken, begging for Layken and Will to find a way to be together. As per usual, CoHo’s books leave you breathless, heartbroken, and captivated by love all at once. Loved this one!

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(Children’s) Book Review: Noah, Noah, What Do You See?-4 Stars

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I wanted to review this book so I could start adding books to my library to have when baby is born in August! This is a precious board book. It’s brightly colored, with short phrases of old and new testament characters and their importance with the bible verse reference. It would be great to read to small children and as they grow, you can look up the bible verses together and read more of the bible passage.

Thank you to HarperCollins/Book Look Bloggers Program for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover-4 Stars

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Out of all the CoHo books I’ve read, this is the one I’ve liked the least. It wasn’t that I didn’t LIKE it, it just didn’t tear up my emotions the way her others have.

Ugly Love is about Tate, a nurse, and Miles, a pilot. Basically, the two start a “relationship” solely revolving around sex. No love. Miles tells Tate not to ask about his past, nor expect a future with him, and she agrees.

It’s obvious there’s becoming more between the two of them. But Tate knows nothing can happen. The story flashes back to about 6 years prior in Miles’s life where something terrible happened to him that has caused him to swear to never give his heart away to anyone. But what happens when “Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly?” 

 

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman- 5 Stars

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Ove is different. He has his routines and he’s set in his ways. But there’s something about him that’s lovable!

A Man Called Ove deals with death, grief, and despair, but the tone of the book doesn’t feel dark. It’s also about hope, love, and forgiveness. You can’t help but love and be charmed by Ove no matter how incorrigible he may be! I loved all the characters in this book. You will sob, laugh, and roll your eyes the whole way through this book!

This novel is just inspiring and thought-provoking. It really makes you reflect on how you react and adapt (or don’t adapt) to changes and how you view life and those around you once you don’t feel like living anymore. But with persistent, incessantly annoying but caring friends, and a mangy ol’ cat, maybe Ove’s outlook just might change?

Book Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover-5 Stars

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Confess tells the story of Auburn and Owen. Auburn fell in love at 15 only to have her boyfriend pass away. She’s guarded her heart ever since, and she has a big secret…

Owen is a painter. At his studio, people can leave anonymous confessions in a slot that he uses to create painting. There’s actually artwork included throughout the book. Owen also has a secret.

So, I don’t want to share the secrets as to not spoil anything, but this is the typical, emotional roller coaster you associate with Colleen Hoover!! This book is sexy, dark scary, heart-breaking, and beautiful. It deals with pain, what it means to be family, and how to love. The way the ending ties Owen and Auburn together is simply wonderful!

(Coloring) Book Review: Everything Beautiful-5 Stars

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This is an absolutely beautiful coloring book! With very detailed, but not too intricate, drawings and inspirational, uplifting quotes and bible verses in beautiful script to accompany the drawings. The pages are not too thin. I enjoy using gel pens and mini markers to color in this book.

Thank you to “Blogging for Books” for this review copy. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Roseblood by A.G. Howard-4 Stars

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From the author of one of my favorite series, Splintered, comes a dark and twisty spin on The Phantom of the Opera. Rune Germain lost her father at a young age. She has memories of him playing arias on his violin and she singing along, having never learnt the song, perfectly and beautifully. When she’s caught drunk and sends a boy to the hospital in a coma, music begins to imprison her. She can’t keep the melodies inside, but after releasing them, she is plagued with sickness or pain. Her mom doesn’t believe in the superstitions and auras Rune and her dad, as well as his family, believed in, which creates tension between the two of them. When Rune’s aunt offers to pay  her way at a prestigious opera arts academy, Roseblood, Rune’s mom hope it will help her get over her “stage fright.” Rune has become obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera rumors that are linked to the school. Soon, Rune is hearing whispers and violin melodies through the vent in her room. Could it be the elusive Phantom, THE Phantom? Could this be the key to helping Rune work through the pain that singing causes her?
Full of mystery and intrigue, as well as family secrets, Roseblood is a beautifully descriptive fantasy novel complete with some steamy romance as well as elements of darkness and evil. Highly recommend! This book is a standalone and I felt the story ended perfectly without any cliffhangers, although I wouldn’t say no to a continuation of the story! 4 stars to the fact I felt it was slow starting off.

Thank you to Netgalley and Amulet books for this review copy! All opinions are my own. Roseblood releases January 10, 2017!

Book Review: Sugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1) by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

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Josephine Rossi is a vivacious Italian woman with a passion for baking. After having her heart broken, she’s shielded herself from relationships and instead is throwing her heart and soul into her job at Bake It! magazine. She tests recipes but would LOVE to ghostwrite a cookbook so that people can taste her recipes for once! When her oven quits working as she’s trying to bake THE best cannoli cheesecake to impress her boss, she ends up having to use Cade Callahan’s oven-hottie and hockey player with a penchant for fighting on the ice! The two spend hours talking about family traditions, history, and each other’s dreams and goals while JoJo’s cheesecake bakes, and immediately sparks are flying! JoJo has on an apron that has been passed down from generation to generation, and like any good family heirloom, it has a story-if a man sees you in that apron, you’re bound to marry him! I loved all the baking and food testing scenes in this book, as well as any scene involving JoJo’s grandmother, Nonna as she is hilarious!

Cade, like JoJo, has been hurt in past relationships, so of course the two of them are taking it slow. JoJo goes on a hike and fishing with Cade, since he loves the outdoors, and JoJo attempts to teach him how to make homemade pasta, but well, other things are on the menu that night!  I really liked the chemistry between the two of them; it just felt so real. Like all of Aven’s books, you really become invested in the characters and truly sense what they would be like if they were in real life! This combination of sugar and ice mixed perfectly together!

Just when I think I’ve found my favorite Aven couple, a new book comes out and I fall in love with another one! This book was just so fun and sweet you can’t help but love it. And now I really want Funfetti cupcakes and cheesecake 😉

*I received a copy of this novel from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*

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