MAY IS FINALLY OVER!!! This month has been a hectic time. And in about 2 days, it'll finally be summer and I have so much planned for June as well as the rest of summer.
This month really was hectic. I had so much going on; for school and for this blog. For one, I finally learned how to use twitter and I’ve found some awesome people on there. (originally I was going to list some of them but that’ll simply take wayyyyy too long). Also I joined in on some projects such as the Book Blogger Creativity Project hosted by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. I seriously am so happy to be part of an amazing team and can’t wait to share what we are doing with all of you!
Now onto some of the books that happened this month. I didn’t have much time to read new books this month but re-read some old favorites.
Old Books that I re-read:
Book that I am currently reading:
Posts this month:
Alright, that’s it for this month’s wrap up. Come back tomorrow for my June TBR. Leave a comment down below about your May reads or leave a link to your May wrap-up down below and I will go and read them. :)
Road Trip Collection by Jolene Betty Perry, Sarah M. Eden, Ranee` S. Clark, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore & Aubrey Mace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication date: May 10, 2016
Format: This book was provided in a PDF format by Annette Lyon as part of her Street Team.
You can read the collection here: https://www.amazon.com/Road-Collection-Timeless-Romance-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01C13N136/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&refRID=VT7QC2EDCAVDK6KE443N&linkCode=sl1&tag=annelyon-20&linkId=e14c4d6e54973fc2b7317d9943b63c1c
Ok, so this book is a collection of 6 short stories, all set in a road trip setting. Each one varies in nature making them all different from each other and interesting to read. For the review, I will be reviewing each separate story, so this may turn into quite a long post.
I know I already posted today with a review but Nichole from YA Reads needed some help so here's a post about a new book!
Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis
About the Book
Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal
Published on March 22nd, 2016
Published by BMJ Chanapi Press
Amazon sell link: http://goo.gl/DJ2w6n
Crossing the Barrier will be FREE on Amazon during May 26th through May 30th!
High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.
Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.
Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?
Here are some teasers:
About the Author
Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.
Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.
All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on fanfiction.net.
Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.
Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.
Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.
Author links: website: www.martinelewisauthor.com
Goodreads author page: www.goodreads.com/martinelewisauthor
Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/martinelewis
Amazon sell link: http://goo.gl/DJ2w6n
There is also a Goodreads giveaway here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/186041-crossing-the-barrier
Without Faith by Ashley Lauren
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Format: I received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
You can find the book on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Without-Faith-Soulless-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01DK0Q9JM?ie=UTF8&ref_=nav_custrec_signin
Book Summary provided by the author:
The Veil is growing thin, and War is coming.
17-year-old Michael Stone hunts demons that have crossed through the Veil to obtain a human host. His angelic heritage guarantees him a future spot on the Demon Hunter Council, but Michael has seen too much evil in his line of work and is tired of bearing the weight of his family name. Then, he meets Payton Matthews. Intelligent, strong and able to tell the future, Payton is going to shake up Michael's world.
Becoming the first female Demon Hunter Operative has been Payton's life-long dream. The Council finally agrees to give her a shot at taking the Operative Assessment. Payton is shocked to find that her official observer for testing is none other than Pureblood Angel Michael Stone, her teen crush for the past two years!
A vision hits Payton during her first in-the-field test. Demons are coming through the Veil at an unprecedented rate with a sinister purpose. They are hunting for a boy. Michael and Payton must rescue him from certain death. The only problem is they don't know who he is or how to find him. Can they find him before the demons do?
Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: Adventure, Middle Grade read, Disney, Magic
Publishing Date: May 24, 2016
Format: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
You however, can purchase the book from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Return-Isle-Lost-Descendants-Novel/dp/1484750713/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464400999&sr=8-1&keywords=return+to+the+isle+of+the+lost
First of all, how awesome is this series? As you probably could tell by my review of the prequel (if you haven’t seen it yet, here it is: Isle of the Lost Review)
Summary from Amazon:
Mal's an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she's broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can't believe it. Sure, she's King Ben's girlfriend now, and she's usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn't think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around.
Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: Adventure, Middle Grade read, Disney, Magic
Publishing Date: May 5, 2015
Format: I borrowed the e-book from my public library. You can purchase the book from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Lost-Descendants-Novel/dp/1484720970/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0E1BR58ER0W0DQMT69GC
First of all, this book is a PREQUEL to Disney’s Descendents. I did not figure this out until a couple weeks after I read it because I still haven’t watched Descendents yet (but I really want to because it stars some of my favorite Disney actors). Also, the SEQUEL to Descendents is called Return to the Isle of the Lost and will be released May 24th, 2016 (TOMORROW!!). I already have a copy to review and that review will be up by next week. Now with that said, let’s get started with the review.
So as many of you book nerds may know, BEA16 happened last week and now all of us who didn't go (aka me) are getting real jealous over the insane amounts of fun that they had and the amounts of books and the number of bloggers that they all got to meet. But one topic that stands out right now on my twitter feed is the topic of ARC selling. (I would just like to make sure EVERYONE knows that I have never sold or bought any ARCs). There are several problems that I find with this so I thought, why not make it a blog post?
So in all, I guess what I'm trying to say is that ARC selling is bad and please don't ever do that or encourage the people who do by buying the copies. Let's all stay nice and use them for their intended purpose.
I hope that wasn't too long and if you actually read all the way to the end, I give you a virtual high-five. As always, pitch in on what you think in the comments below or find me on social media! (I've been using Twitter a lot more so tweet me! My handle is @Brookeevans2001)
I should have a review up soon this week so until then, happy reading!
Royal Games [ARC Review] by Sariah Wilson
Publication date: 05 July 2016
Format: I received this book as a ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
You can preorder your copy of the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Royal-Royals-Monterra-Sariah-Wilson-ebook/dp/B01B1OGQFQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1461971424&sr=1-1&keywords=royal+games
Also, don’t forget to check my review for Royal Chase here: Royal Chase Review
If you enjoy The Royals of Monterra, you can find more on this blog post: The Royals of Monterra
Summary from Netgalley:
Genesis Kelley didn’t just get her heart broken. The aspiring veterinarian had it crushed in front of millions of viewers on the dating reality show Marry Me. Now, just as she’s getting her life and dignity back together, her royal heartbreaker, Prince Rafael of Monterra, has landed in Frog Hollow, Iowa. And he’s renting out her aunt’s guest cottage.
Deceiving TV audiences for his brother’s sake cost Rafe the girl of his dreams. But he’s going to fix it, even if it means moving from his mountain-kingdom home to small-town Iowa. A prince doesn’t give up on his rightful princess—especially once he realizes Genesis is in deeper danger than she knows.
Between fixing her truck, whisking her off to Monterra for a whirlwind date, and charming the entire town, Rafe is thawing the ice around Genesis’s heart. Will it be enough to earn back her trust, protect her from her past—and sweep her into a real-life fairy tale?
Ok, I know, I know, I've been a really bad blogger these past couple of weeks. I've basically been MIA. Truth be told, I haven't really felt like blogging. It takes a lot of energy out of me and I can't afford to lose the little energy that I have.
I have SO many tests and projects and due dates coming up in the next 3 weeks so there won't be as many posts as I had anticipated. For the most part, I'll still be active on my email and social media (I particularly like Twitter so go and follow me on there. My account is @Brookeevans2001) but I'm just not exactly in the blogging mode right now.
I have a few new collaborations and projects that I am still working on. I want to reach out and meet more bloggers and readers and authors. In the past few weeks, I've met some amazing people on twitter and I cannot wait to meet more.
I will have some new posts up soon...actually I have no idea when... but if you follow me on Bloglovin, you can find out exactly when the posts come out! (Also follow me on twitter!)
I will talk to y'all soon!
May is here!! (Actually it was here yesterday but we can ignore that fact)
May is here and it’s going to be an amazing month!
I have SO, so much planned for this month. First of all, some amazing books are released on the 3rd. Epic Reads has a compiled a list of 30 books which you can find here: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/were-all-gonna-be-broke-af-on-may-3rd-because-30-books-go-on-sale/
Ok, now that I’m done fangirling over all the books that I wanna read, here’s the books that I actually have:
That’s about all the books I have so far for this month. I’ll have another post soon outlining the posts that I want to have this month.
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