Royal Romance Recommendations

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With the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle everywhere, I’m a bit swept up in the romance of it all. Since I’m in that particular mood, I thought I’d share a few “royal romance” type titles. To be totally honest, I’m usually a sucker for this genre subset anyways. I’ll be sharing three titles, one of which is one of my favorite books of all time, and the other two being books I’ve heard good things about. Without further ado, here they are:

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A Quick Currently Reading Update

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I hope everyone who celebrates had a good Thanksgiving holiday. I know it was crazy for me, and I haven’t gotten much reading done. To try and get myself back into routine, and to give myself a bit of a kick in the butt, I figured I’d share the books I’m currently reading. They are:

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?


It was supposed to be epic.

During a late-night poker game, tennis teammates Colin, Ceo, Grahame, and Rhody make a pact to go on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park. And poker vows can’t be broken.

So the first sign that they should ditch the plan is when Rhody backs out. The next is when Ceo replaces him with Ellie, a girl Grahame and Colin have never even heard of. And then there’s the forest fire at their intended campsite.

But instead of bailing, they decide to take the treacherous Snow Creek Falls Trail to the top of Yosemite Valley. From there, the bad decisions really pile up.

A freak storm is threatening snow, their Craigslist tent is a piece of junk, and Grahame is pretty sure there’s a bear on the prowl. On top of that, the guys have some serious baggage (and that’s not including the ridiculously heavy ax that Grahame insisted on packing) and Ellie can’t figure out what their deal is.

And then one of them doesn’t make it back to the tent.

Desperate to survive while piecing together what happened, the remaining hikers must decide who to trust in this riveting, witty, and truly unforgettable psychological thriller that reveals how one small mistake can have chilling consequences.


Those are the books I’m currently reading. I’ve started Roomies, and I’m about 20% in, while I’ve only read a few pages of Bad Call. I’m loving Roomies so far, and I’m so excited that I actually have time to read now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over. So, what are you reading right now? Half of my TBR comes from “currently reading” posts, so please share!

Review: Fluidus Rising by Margo Ryerkerk (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Fluidus Rising (Ardere Series #1)

Author: Margo Ryerkerk

Genre: YA Paranormal

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Torn away from her high school graduation, Sierra Reeves discovers that everything she thought she knew is a lie.

In a flash, she’s no longer a normal girl preparing for college, but a Fluidus—a rare supernatural with telekinetic powers. Her new abilities attract the attention of both the Ardere regency and the Culpatus, a group that wants to overthrow the supernatural government. Fearful for Sierra’s future, her grandmother decides to leave their home state Vermont and hide out in Savannah, Georgia.

In Savannah, Sierra forms an alliance with the overprotective and handsome Ardere marshal Gavin McLoughlin. With his help, she slowly accepts her new powers and that she’s a part of the supernatural community.

Just when Sierra begins to settle into her new life, her world is rocked again. In addition to the Culpatus discovering her location, a serial killer is on the loose in Savannah.

Fighting to control her developing power, and facing danger on multiple fronts, Sierra will have to use all her resources to stay alive.

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Book Outlet Black Friday Sale 2017

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Just a short post for today. I’m hopping on to share Book Outlet’s Black Friday sale for 2017. The sale will start on Thursday, November 23 at 10 AM Eastern and ends Tuesday, November 28 at 10 AM Eastern. Everything on the website will be 30% off, so be sure to take advantage of this sale and pick up some new books for your collection! I plan on picking a few things up, so be on the lookout for a book haul coming soon!

Books I Share A Birthday With (2017)

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Today is my birthday, so I figured I’d tie that in with my post for today. This idea turned out to be slightly easier said than done, because it’s a holiday week, and not many books come out around major holidays. However, after searching for a while, I was able to find two books that come out today. Here are my book birthday twins:

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Review: One Summer With Autumn by Julie Reece (Spoiler Free)

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Title: One Summer With Autumn

Author: Julie Reece

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen-year-old Autumn Teslow arrives at her father’s job fair knowing she’ll never measure up to the perfect image of daddy’s little girl—her twin sister.

Wearing anger management issues like a second skin won’t help Autumn win her dad’s approval for the big trip she’s been planning—or meet his condition that she successfully complete a summer internship for college.

Autumn’s cool unravels when her sister lectures against disappointing the family again. And when a young, bearded guy steps through the crowd to settle the growing argument between siblings, Autumn lashes out, dubbing him a “Duck Dynasty wannabe.”

At Nineteen, Caden Behr is clueless as to why his man parts are threatened by the fearsome girl before him. He’d only come to find an intern for his recreational equipment company, not break up a girl-fight between two sisters.

Unfortunately, the only candidate left is the girl who just told him off. Without her, he’ll never prove to his CEO mother that he’s ready for more responsibility.

Autumn and Caden agree that if they can keep from killing one another, they can use one another to get what they want and then never have to see each other again. Which is what they want.

Until it isn’t.

Because despite her best efforts to scare him off, and his fading desire to push her into the lake, they’re beginning to enjoy the time they spend together. But pride is a hard habit to break. And if neither will admit their changing feelings, they could lose a whole lot more than one summer.

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Calling In A Sick Day!

I was going to just send a tweet, but I figured I’d make a short little post. I had full intentions of writing a post for today, but I am just physically exhausted from being sick for the last few days. I’ll be back in action Thursday or Friday, when I’ll hopefully be feeling better. I’ll see you all then, and thank you for being so understanding. ❤️

Playlist: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

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My wifi seems to be finally back, so I can finally get this post written up. Some of you may know that I love music just as much as I love books. As a result, I make playlists for certain books, series, and characters from time to time. I’ve shared my playlists for the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi on this blog before. I recently finished The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin, and I felt like this world needed a bit of a soundtrack. The inspiration for this playlist was The Becoming of Noah Shaw, but different elements of the Mara Dyer trilogy snuck into a few of the songs. My music taste is a bit all over the place, so my playlists never really have a solid genre or really much of a coherent theme, so there’s usually something for everyone. Like in my past posts, I’ll share some of my favorite lyric, and also link to Youtube so you can listen for yourself. Without further ado, let’s get started.

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Discussion: Book to Movie/TV Show Adaptations

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So, funny story. Today’s post was supposed to be a playlist for The Becoming of Noah Shaw. However, some unknown force has intervened, and my WiFi has been down half of the weekend, preventing me from being able to properly write that post the way I want it. I didn’t want to put out a mediocre version, as I already have a bit of an established format for playlists, so I decided to go with a more “posting from my phone with basically no formatting options” friendly discussion-style post. Today we’re going to be chatting about book to movie/tv show adaptations, as I’m sure you’ve already gathered from the title. I’ll be sharing some of my personal favorites, my least favorites, and I’ll even share a few that I think are *gasp* better than the book.


Better Than The Book

There are three different movies/shows that immediately come to mind when I think of adaptations that I enjoy more than the source material: The Hunger Games trilogy, The Maze Runner trilogy, and The Vampire Diaries.

My dislike of the Hunger Games books has always been a bit of a controversial opinion in this community, so I’m always a wee bit hesitant to share it. I only read the first book, as I thought that the writing was extremely dull, and Katniss just felt like this one dimensional blob of a character. With that said, I really did love the movies. I went to go see the first one pretty reluctantly with a friend, but I found myself actually actively wanting to see the subsequent films when they released.

It’s roughly the same story with The Maze Runner trilogy. I only ever read the first book, though I may have skimmed the second one at some point. The writing just wasn’t for me, and I found myself being extremely bored, wishing for the book to be over. With the movies, I was without a doubt entertained. The pacing was so much better, and I was actually interested in what was happening.

I know that many share my opinion on The Vampire Diaries show being worlds better than the books. I have only read the first book or two in the series, but I’ve heard that they just continue to get worse the farther you go. The Vampire Diaries is one of my favorite tv shows of all time, and I appreciate all of the changes that were made from the source material that made it a much more entertaining story to consume.


Favorite Adaptations

Now that I’ve gotten my more controversial opinions out of the way, I’ll share some of my all time favorite adaptations. I do want to say that I’m not someone who necessarily needs an adaptation to be 100% faithful to the source material. I am very open to change, within reason. As long as the heart of the story isn’t ruined, I’m willing to see what liberties different productions take.

The first favorite that comes to mind is one that many people would also say: Harry Potter. I’ve read the books and seen the films countless times, and I’m always up for a rewatch/reread. I think that they did an absolutely wonderful job on the films, and I’ll always come back to Harry’s story, whether it be on a screen or on a page.

Another favorite is Shadowhunters. Now, this one is a bit more polarized. I know quite a few people disagree with the changes that have been made in the tv show, but I still find myself to be hooked on it. That’s not to say that there haven’t been moments where I’ve thought “alright, this just might be too far from where I want it to be”, but overall I’ve stuck with it through two seasons, and I plan on watching the third.

When I think of adaptations I love, I always feel compelled to include Twilight. Twilight had such a monumental affect on my reading, and as cheesy as it sounds, it really helped to solidify my love for YA. I think it’s because of this that the Twilight films have always been something that I can pop on and just relax while watching.


Adaptations That I Didn’t Like

Of course, there are some book adaptations that just really didn’t work for me. Whether they strayed too far from the source material in my opinion, or they were just poorly done, a few stick out in my mind.

The first thing I think of when I think of bad adaptations is Beautiful Creatures. I liked the books alright, so I was extremely excited to see the movie. I actually almost walked out of the theater. Without spoiling anything, the movie takes an entirely different direction towards the end. Like.. Its like they knew they weren’t getting the green light to adapt the second book, so they just made it so there really wasn’t any way to do so.

Another “bad” adaptation I can think of is the movie version of City of Bones. I love Lilly Collins, so I was disappointed when the movie wasn’t that great. I didn’t like most of the main cast, and the writing was horrible. They managed to suck almost all of the humor out of the story, and it killed it. Cassandra Clare’s stories always have such a solid level of snark, and I think by cutting a lot of that out, the movie failed.

The last “bad” adaptation that comes to mind is Vampire Academy. Now, this one wasn’t bad per say, but I think it really missed the mark on the tone of the source material. I think that they spun it as too much of a teen comedy movie, when the tone needed to be a bit more dramatic and serious. I thought that the actress for Rose was amazing, and I even liked Dom Sherwood as Christian, but other than that, the casting was a bit off also.


Aaaaaaand there we are. What are some of your favorite adaptations? Least favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Enchant (The Enchanted Series #1)

Author: Micalea Smeltzer

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: November 17, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.

Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.

The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.

When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.

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