Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: The House Mate

Title: The House Mate 
Series: Roommates #3 
Author: Kendall Ryan 
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Self-Published 
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Source: Bought

What’s sexier than a bad boy? A bad ass man who’s got his shit together.
Max Alexander is nearing thirty-five. He’s built a successful company, and he’s conquered the professional world, but he’s never been lucky in love. Focusing so much time on his business and raising his daughter, adulting has come at the expense of his personal life.
His social skills are shit, his patience is shot, and at times, his temper runs hot.
The last thing he has time for is the recently single, too gorgeous for her own good young woman he hires to take care of his little girl. She’s a distraction he doesn’t need, and besides, there’s no way she’d be interested. But you know what they say about assumptions?
This is book 3 in the Roommates series, but each can be read as a complete standalone, as they feature new couples.

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I'm just so . . . meh about this book.  While it wasn't bad, it just felt like it was a compilation of every other romance book I've ever read.  Nothing felt new or fresh, all of it was just pretty standard for the genre and I could guess everything that was gonna happen.  While I'm not against books that follow traditional plot lines and story arcs, I found that I was fairly bored throughout this one.  I can't say it wasn't well-written but my attention to it lagged throughout.  

 I'm a tentative fan of the single dad trope and tend to have fun when reading books like this!  The single dad in this novel, Max, was an okay guy but he felt very . . . one dimensional -- like a cardboard cut out of every other guy like him in novels that fall into this genre.  He was well written and he made me smile while reading at times, he just wasn't super rememberable.  The same is true for the heroine, Addison.  She was a well-written character but lacked the spark that made her stand out for me.  They had some chemistry but nothing mind blowing.  I did like the somewhat slow-burn of their relationship and that they were establishing a friendship before getting together romantically.  

Honestly, I don't have a whole lot more to say about this book.  It was pretty standard for the genre.  There was some unnecessary drama and angst which I wasn't a huge fan of but, for the most part, it was well-written and a decent read.  If you're looking for a quick and easy romance, this one would probably work out for you!  

"It was the most domestic evening of my life, and I was happier that a pig in shit." 

Three Teapots

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #126

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Sky in the Deep 
Series: N/A
Author: Adrienne Young 
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy 
Publisher: Wednesday Books 
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating. 

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Why I'm waiting on Sky in the Deep this Wednesday: Holy cow, this book sounds amazing.  It's giving me series viking vibes and I love that.  Not only does the blurb make it sound awesome, the cover is so gorgeous, I just wanna look at it forever!  I'm so excited to get the chance to read this book in April.  

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?  Have you heard of this book before?  Do you love the cover like I do?!  I mean, come on, it's absolutely gorgeous!  Let me know in the comments below and leave links to your WoW posts! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten OTPs!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten OTPs (One True Pairs)!

1. Feyre and Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses series!

2. Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices series! 

3. Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series!

4. Lucy and Josh from The Hating Game!

5. Kaz and Inej from the Six of Crows duology!

6. Aelin and Rowan from the Throne of Glass series!

7. Lara Jean and Peter from the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series!

8. Nora and Crosbie from Undecided!

These are all the OTPs I can think of!  And honestly, probably more than I need!  But I love these characters so much and it makes me so happy that they're together!  If you want super awesome relationships, check out any of these books and you won't be disappointed!  What are some of your OTPs?  Do we share any of the same?  Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Turtles All the Way Down

Title: Turtles All the Way Down 
Series: None 
Author: John Green 
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: October 10, 2017 
Source: Gifted. Thank you!

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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I really didn't plan to read this book.  The only John Green book I've read and liked was The Fault in Our Stars and even with that, the like kinda wore off after a while.  However, there was tons of hype surrounding this book and a couple of my friends were reading it and saying good things so I decided to pick it up!  While I liked it more than I anticipated, there were still so many things about it that bothered me.

Something I've noticed in all John Green books is the super . . . philosophical and introspective voice.  While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, I have come to the realization that I do not like this writing style at all.  For one, it gets a little boring after reading book after book with the same voice.  It's like each character in his novels is the exact same person with the exact same voice.  Also, while I'm sure there are exceptions, I have never in my life met a teenager -- let alone an adult -- that thinks this philosophically every single moment like the main character, Aza does.  It made me roll my eyes reading that throughout the entirety of the novel.

Another thing I didn't really like (I swear, I did like some things . . . I'll get to those later) was the plot line with the missing billionaire.  I honestly feel so cheated being invested in that storyline because it went absolutely nowhere.  The book would have been better had they just cut that entire section and only followed Aza, Davis, and their friends.  To be fair though, I didn't really like the characters much.  Aza and Davis were pretentious and unrealistic, and Aza's friend Daisy was terrible toward Aza and made some very hurtful and rude comments about Aza's anxiety.  

Okay, aspects I did like: I thought the portrayal of Aza's anxiety was incredibly realistic and well-written.  As someone who also deals with anxiety, it was nice to read about a character who has a similar thought process and feelings.  I really liked that it wasn't something that just miraculously stopped -- Aza dealt with and will deal with it for the rest of her life and that life will still be awesome and worth living.  

For the most part, this book led to a lot of scoffing, eye rolling, and laughing if I'm being totally honest.  The characters just didn't click with me and I found the writing style to be a bit pretentious and not very fun to read.  However, the anxiety representation was realistic and well-thought out and written.  While not my favorite novel, I don't regret reading it!

“The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.” 

Three Teapots 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #125

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Nothing Left To Burn 
Series: None 
Author: Heather Ezell 
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary 
Publisher: Razorbill 
Publication Date: March 13, 2018

The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to evacuate.
Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey--and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks's dark past come to light, Audrey can't help but wonder if there's danger in the pull she feels--both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.

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Why I'm waiting on Nothing Left to Burn this Wednesday:  While I haven't heard much about this novel, I'm incredibly excited to read it!  Having grown up and lived in California for most of my life, I'm not a stranger to the wildfires that happen frequently there.  I'm excited to read about the fires in this one and to see what role they'll play in the novel!

What books are you waiting for this Wednesday?  How do you feel about reading about natural disasters in novels?  I'm really looking forward to see the role they play in this novel and how the characters deal with that threat!  Let me know what you're waiting for down below! 
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