Review for Uncovering Love by Kacey Shea! Happy Book Birthday!

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*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
“Swoon meter activate.”
Oh my goodness! This is just what I needed after reading a book I didn’t like. This book is perfect to get you out of your funk! It definitely did for me. I want to say that I was scared to read this book. The size of it made me nervous. Usually a book this thin gives me a bang it and quit it relationship.
But I was wrong and I couldn’t have been happier!
There’s so much humor in this book but not to the point where it’s annoying. It had me laughing out loud more than a couple times (my brother noticed lol) and I loved it! I admit, I teared up a couple times too.
I love the concept of this book. It’s the first I have read about PI for relationships and I enjoyed every second of it. The characters and back stories were so original and REAL. Kacey has a genuine imagination that is portrayed perfectly through her descriptions. I felt like the characters really did exist.
Don’t even get me started with Tate! He had me smiling a lot and the way he was with Evelyn is just adorable. A man with an amazing body and heart is too rare to find. Their relationship is based on getting to know each other BEFORE anything sexual is involved and gah, I fell in love with them. Their relationship is one of my favorites!! I want to meet my own Tate so bad! I miss him so much.
Evelyn’s relationship with her best friend was also another favorite of mine. I actually believed they loved each other unconditionally and would always be there for each other. I am picky when it comes to fictional best friends and Kacey hit the mark for me.
This book was deliciously unpredictable and the suspense of the plot kept me flipping through the pages until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. There wasn’t anything I didn’t dislike about this beauty! It’s different in so many ways that I wish I could tell you but I don’t do spoilers.
Buy this book! Can’t wait to read Kate’s story!

5/5 stars!

Review for The Exceptions by David Cristofano!

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There is no possible way to review this book with a couple sentences so please bear with me and read it all.
This book means the world to me!

“When violence arrives, it rarely knocks.”

That’s the first sentence and it was enough to make me forget my own name. This book is divided into 4 parts and of course, it starts off slow. Once you get past the first part… Oh, god. Prepare yourself for an intense ride. I quickly learned that every word is crucial to the entire plot so the first part is as important as the rest. The pace is perfect since it allows you to savor every word David wrote. I have never and will never consent to gang/mafia violence but this family has earned my utmost respect. Respect I don’t have for today’s childish interpretation of ‘gang.’
This book definitely includes violence and a fulfilling and complex plot. It makes you THINK about who and what you are or want to become. The world isn’t black and white and the main character and the black sheep in his family, Jonathan, learns it too. The suspense was too intense. I felt like I was going to be sick a couple times. My nerves were clogged in my throat and it was a feeling I never knew a book could cause. Whenever I thought I knew what was about to happen, David goes in another direction and proved to me he’s a master with words. He’s been promoted to an auto-buy author of mine. His characters are incredible and unforgettable. They will always have a place in my heart. This man has gained the respect and awe every author strives for in their readers. This story has become my most treasured book… and my first recommendation to anybody who will listen.

“Whatever it is you like about me, whatever you’re attracted to, it’s because of her.”

Flipping, God. Jonathan is just… beautiful. His thoughts and his actions captured my full sympathy and more than earned a place at the highest pedestal I could create for a character. Being able to be in Jonathan’s mind was a privilege I cherish with my life and will never take for granted. It’s rare to read a novel strictly through a male’s perspective… especially when it’s about a love story. I feel horrible calling this a love story because it feels like I’m cheapening it. It’s SO MUCH MORE than that and you will see what I’m talking about when you read it.

“… no greater thing will ever come and go from my life, that the moments between us were the exact minutes and hours and days that define me. That my life is worth living it for no other reason than to recall what we shared.”

Jonathan’s emotions were at a level of intensity I have never experienced before. Every emotion flowed out of the page and claimed my body and soul. I sobbed (HARD) and laughed with him. I wanted to reach in and be his support… I fell in LOVE with him, his mind. Not like a hormonal teenager but with love reserved for a family member who will always be there for you no matter what. The type of love that swells your heart and leaves no place for sorrow. I never expected to learn and love so much from a fictional man raised and bred in violence. This fictional mafioso is more human than most people I’ve met in real life.
Jonathan broke my heart in the best way… everybody NEEDS to read this book… PLEASE…

“You are my loophole.”

10 OUT OF 5 STARS!

Review for Passions & Scandals by Lee Flack

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Wow, okay. I tried to like this, all 500+ pages, I swear I did but I just couldn’t. I felt NO attachments to any characters, I didn’t mourn for them when something bad happened nor cheered for them when something ‘good’ happened. The ‘relationships’ were TOO FAST. They basically declare their ‘LOVE’ for each other five minutes after meeting. I am not a fan of those types of relationships and never will be. Not to mention that it happened with more than one ‘relationship.’ I use air quotes because I didn’t believe any of it. Supposedly we are supposed to believe that the characters are in love but all they do is talk about the girl’s ass. Gah! When I thought the relationship was about to reach into an emotional depth I get slapped by an unwanted sex scene. How am I supposed to believe that they’re love if all they do is have sex? The dialogue was… more than bad. It was too repetitive and the sex scenes/talk were just not for me.
Anyway, I felt it was dragged. Those 500+ could’ve been used better in my book. I know it’s a debut but oh boy. There’s INTENTIONAL misspelling and it just grated on my nerves. It’s my biggest pet peeve and to read “pleeze” more than ten times is just… no.
There were TOO MANY EXCLAMATION MARKS… in every damn sentence that came out of a character’s mouth. They tried to be funny and ‘joke’ a lot but I just got irritated. I didn’t think any of their ‘jokes’ were funny. There was a little bit of potential for character developments, but like I said before, I didn’t believe anything I read.
Not. One. Thing.
This book is memorable, I’ll give it that… just not in the best of ways. You must have an incredibly open mind for this since there’s big TABOO scenes in it.
Only thing I like was all the business talk in it. Yup, the business talk. It intrigued me more than anything dealing with the petty drama between the characters. It goes without saying that their age didn’t match their level of “maturity.”
Business talk is the only reason I added the second star.
I’m sorry. I would’ve loved to love this book but it wasn’t for me. Glad I gave it a shot though…

2/5 stars.

Review for How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachel Herron!

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“How could her heart hurt so much and still keep beating?”
Oh. My. Goodness!!! This book is so perfect! It intrigued me from the first page and I couldn’t tear my eyes away, not that I wanted to anyway. This is the first book I have read from Rachel and I know it’s the second in the series but it honestly made no difference. I was hooked and nothing was confusing. Could very well be a standalone if I didn’t know it was part of a series. This was also my first read about knitting and I’m glad to say I didn’t mind! I felt like I loved knitting just as much as Lucy by the way she would speak about it.I swear I could hear the passion in her voice. It surprised me how much I related to her although I’ve never picked up needles in my life. The story line is just so easy to submerge into, you can’t help yourself.
Since the beginning of the story, the main characters are going through their own hell and it’s a marvelous and joyful ride to see them grow. The character developments were so heartwarming that I teared up at the end. My cheeks are still hurting from smiling so much!
I loved every second of Lucy’s and Owen’s relationship. They went through difficulties trying to find themselves and each other and the ending was the best I could have asked for. I squealed when I flipped the page and found out I was getting Owen’s point of view through the book too! Gah, gotta love being in a man’s mind. Especially a man trying to be a better version of who he used to be.
All of the characters are incredibly hilarious and so uniquely rare… It’s just what I would expect from people in a small town. (Books like these make me want to live in one!)
Oh, and Lucy being an owner of a bookstore was just the cherry on the already incredible sundae. There’s a part int he book that mentions J.R. Ward (a favorite author of mine) and I couldn’t help and smile widely. It was also a great joy to read about the habit of Lucy comparing people to books! I might begin doing just that since it might make it easier to understand them haha.
There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. It was refreshing and I am so glad I picked it up!

5/5 stars!

What makes me most happy!

Stacks and Shelves nominated me for the tag where I tell you what makes me most happy!

I love this tag!

Here we go:

First spot goes to Xena, my baby girl who I have had since October 2014. I love animals with all my heart and their emotions are my own but my baby girl gets priority. Without her I would still be crawling in the pits of my depression. I’m still its victim but at least I’m smiling and laughing now that I have her. She has brought so  much joy into my life, it’s mind boggling. I never expected to be so swept away by a ball of fur.

She’s my life and I love every day she’s in it<3

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Bookstagram.

I have met so many amazing people and have seen so  many beautiful pictures. I would go crazy without this community. Staring at pictures of books and adding books to my never-ending tbr pile are what I live for! Of course sharing my love for books with all of you as well!

I have built relationships with readers AND authors alike. I’m living a surreal dream I never even knew I had. I also met my best fried: Lindsey Lynn through this community who has been there for me since day one. I never knew people so generous and uplifting existed until I met her.

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I have an unhealthy obsession with water. Be it drinking, swimming or just plain looking at pictures of it, I squeal like a school girl. We have heard of #bookporn but I live for #waterporn.  It gives me a sense of peace and sparks a passion inside of me  that is only matched by books. I wouldn’t mind living IN the ocean for the rest of my life if I could.

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Another obsession of mine that strikes passion, peace and lots of thrill inside of me are abandoned places. I absolutely LOVE exploring them once I find one. Looking at a broken down building that is fighting against nature to remain standing upright is incredible. Every time I gaze upon an abandoned house so many peaceful and wondrous thoughts run through my mind. The larger the building, the happier I am to explore it. It’s surreal to experience something a stranger once did. You are literally walking in their shoes. My dream is to one day stumble upon an abandoned library in one of those buildings.

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Winter! The sun is my enemy. I hate warm weather but I am the happiest when I feel the cold wind against my face. Everything that comes alongside this weather makes me absolutely happy. Rain, fog, snow, you  name it!

One day I plan to move away to somewhere that rarely has sun(:

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Nature! I love woodsy areas, especially at night. There’s a magical aspect to it all when the sun goes away. The twinkling of the stars against branches with a blanket of black surrounding you… it’s out of this world. And of course the slight shiver that crawls up my spine with the promise that there is something in the dark that shouldn’t be there exhilarates me. If I could live in a cabin, in the middle of the woods, close to an amazing waterfall that lulls me to sleep without dealing with the worry of bugs, I would do so in a heartbeat!

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Last but not least, writing. Whenever I am experiencing an excess of any mood I like to write. I used to write lyrics but now I’m writing in the form of a character.

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Thank you for this tag! I think I got everything 😀

I nominate anyone who takes the time to read this<3

Beautiful Blogger Award!

I was nominated by Stacks and Shelves for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thank you so much darling!

Check her blog out and follow if you haven’t yet!

I will list 7 facts about me and nominate 7 other blogs!

(None of these are my pictures)

1) I am bilingual, but Spanish was my first language(:

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2) I’m not a candy person. Chocolate is too much for me as well. I only eat both rarely.

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3) Romance books are my #1 weakness but I don’t like romance in real life O.O

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4) I am in love with tattoos. One day I plan to be covered in tattoos from my neck down:)

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5) I was born and raised in San Jose for 15 years. I will always be a city girl at heart no matter where I live.

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6) I love foreign music more than English music. Gothic music is an exception of course!

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7) I’m in the process of writing my very own novels! It’s paranormal fantasy/romance with some horror. Everything I love in one series!

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I tag:

Miss Book Dependent

Read By Nika

Antebellynn Reads

Big City Bookworm

Martha Sweeney

P.S. Bartlett

The Reader Complex

Thank you for reading! This was so much fun, I hope you have fun as well!

Review for Black and Blue by Gena Showalter!

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“Sometimes the truth could tear a person apart piece by piece but at least the pieces would be welded back together, stronger than before. With lies, the pieces went up in flames before they ever hit the ground, and there was nothing left to patch.”
AHH!!!! 5 epic stars!!

I loved the first book but it was too… soft for me. The romance didn’t have the scorching fire a paranormal romance entitles but this one definitely does! It’s safe to say I love this book the best. This book was raw and sweet. Every emotion had it’s own moment to shine and it was mind blowing! I couldn’t catch a breather, I felt the passion as my own and it was turned up to a suffocating level. I loved the relationship between Evie and Blue better. I got to see their relationship develop a little slower meanwhile the plot is thickening, answering the questions I had from the previous one.
I recommend this book to everyone looking for a wild and passionate ride. Blue definitely delivers. He utterly killed me with his raw, manly appeal. Gah! I want more of him! I hope Gena comes out with another book in his and Evie’s POV. I would die!

5/5 stars!