Friday, January 27, 2023

We Have the Cover of Sigma Force #17!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Tides of Fire by James Rollins and it looks fantastic! 


Book Blogger Hop #277, January 27th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Question of the week is: Do you prefer to read in a quiet or noisy setting? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

If it's noise that I've chosen like my music, then I'm fine with noise. But if it's noise that I didn't choose, like someone watching tv, then quiet, because it can be distracting. What about you guys? Happy reading! 

First Lines Friday #611, January 27th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

"The California coast. Soft, hot sand beneath her feet and an expanse of blue before her eyes. Cassandra pulled a deep breath in through her nose: dry heat, and oil from the fryer in the cafe behind her. A hint of engine exhaust, too, from somewhere, and underneath all the rest, barely detectable on the edges of he air, the smell of salt and deep, dark cold."-Ungodly by Kendare Blake

That is pretty expansive use of senses! Must read more now! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Random Reads #584, January 26th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 7494 which turned out to be Unstoppable by S.R.Johannes! It's been on my TBR pile since March 7th, 2013, and I added it because I loved the first two books in the series! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #598, January 26th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"The vampire laughed." -Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco, page 11.

Depends on why they laughed, but having read the book, this doesn't sound good! What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #608, January 26th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV…no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed. Something happened on my parents' research trip in Charleston—and now I'm being stalked by some truly frightening other beings. Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my parents' creepy occupation a secret from my friends—and potential boyfriends—is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear.

All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with ghosts of my past and present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive….

Why the time hasn't come yet...
This book just got lost in the shuffle of all the books that I want to read. But I just bought it yesterday, so hopefully I read it soon! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Waiting on Wednesday #611, January 25th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating! 

The Quarantine Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Expected Publication: March 7th, 2023
From Goodreads:
Mia Thermopolis knows just what to do in a crisis: Rule.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, a section of the diary of Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia fell into the hands of Meg Cabot, the Princess’s royal biographer.

As reported in media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, The Mary Sue, Refinery 29, Bustle, and more, from March until June of 2020, sixteen entries of the princess’s diary were leaked onto Ms. Cabot’s blog, to the delight of over a million fans.

In these entries, titled The Coronavirus Princess Diaries, the princess recorded her most heartfelt emotions while dealing with her husband’s quarantine after exposure to the virus; her personal (and political) battles while imposing health restrictions on her small European nation; life during lockdown (even in as idyllic a location as a palace on the Riviera); and of course, dealing with her demanding royal family, especially her grandmother.

Since then, readers have been clamoring for more chapters of Mia’s coronavirus diary . . . and here they are at last: The Quarantine Princess Diaries include not only the previously released entries (now edited and updated with new content), but two hundred more pages of entirely original, never-before-seen entries, including the princess’s worries over a possible royal affair; a showdown between Mia and Grandmère over the latter’s intended nuptials; the eventual development and distribution of a groundbreaking intranasal vaccine for every citizen in Genovia; and, as always, a royally happy ending.

After all we’ve been through, what could be more comforting for any lover of royal romance than snuggling up with a brand new installment of the diary of Mia Thermopolis, the princess who started it all.

The Queen's Price by Anne Bishop
Expected Publication: March 7th, 2023
From Goodreads:
"Enter the dark and sensual realms of the Black Jewels, a world where power always has a price, in this sweeping story in the New York Times bestselling fantasy saga. They are Warlord Princes, men born to serve and protect. They are the Queen's Weapons, men born to destroy the Queen's enemies--no matter what face that enemy wears. Daemonar Yaslana knows how to be bossy yet supportive--traits he shares with his father, the Demon Prince, and his uncle, the High Lord of Hell. Within his generation of the family, he assumes the role of protector, supporting his sister Titian's artistic efforts and curbing his cousin Jaenelle Saetien's more adventurous ideas. But when a young Eyrien Queen, someone Titian thought was a friend, inflicts an emotional wound, Daemonar's counterattack brings him under the tutelage of Witch, the Queen whose continued existence is known only to a select few. As Daemonar is confronted by troubling changes within and around the family, he sees warnings that a taint in the Blood might be reappearing. Daemonar, along with his father and uncle, must uncover the source of a familiar evil--and Daemon Sadi, the High Lord of Hell, may be forced into making a terrible choice...

Backpacking Through Bedlam by Seanan McGuire
Expected Publication: March 7th, 2023
From Goodreads:
Now in trade paperback, the twelfth book in the fast-paced InCryptid urban fantasy series returns to the mishaps of the Price family, eccentric cryptozoologists who safeguard the world of magical creatures living in secret among humans.

With the wonders of the cosmos open to them, Thomas and Alice Price have returned to the most exciting place they could think of: home.

But it's been a while, and they're out of step. What's more, trouble is brewing in New York, trouble that threatens both their family and the fragile peace they've been maintaining for generations. Time to get weird.

A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn
Expected Publication: March 7th, 2023
From Goodreads:
"Veronica must find and stop a devious killer when a group of old friends is targeted for death in this new adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn. Veronica's natural-historian beau, Stoker, has been away in Bavaria for months and their relationship is at an impasse. But when Veronica shows up before him with his brother, Tiberius, Lord Templeton-Vane, he is lured back home by an intriguing job offer: preparing an iguanodon for a very special dinner party. Tiberius has received a cryptic message-along with the obituaries of two recently deceased members of his old group of friends, the Seven Sinners-that he too should get his affairs in order. Realizing he is in grave danger but not knowing why, he plans a reunion party for the remaining Sinners at his family estate to lure the killer out while Veronica and Stoker investigate. As the guests arrive and settle in, the evening's events turn deadly. More clues come to light, leading Veronica, Stoker, and Tiberius to uncover a shared past among the Sinners that has led to the fatal present. But the truth might be far more sinister than what they were prepared for...

Conquer the Kingdom by Jennifer Estep
Expected Publication: March 7th, 2023
From Goodreads:
Magic reigns, plots abound, and a new love might not conquer all, in this must-read finale to the epic Gargoyle Queen trilogy by international bestselling author Jennifer Estep.

Time is running out for crown princess Gemma Ripley. Despite being a cunning spy and a powerful mind magier, Gemma hasn’t been able to track down the most dangerous enemy her kingdom of Andvari has ever seen. Adding to her worries is the Sword and Shield tournament. With gladiators flocking to the capital city of Glanzen, Gemma can’t tell who is friend—or foe.

Determined to protect Andvari at any cost, Gemma hatches a bold plan, but things aren’t what they seem. Soon, everything she holds dear is being threatened, including her burgeoning relationship with Prince Leonidas Morricone.

With the kingdom she holds dear slipping through her fingers, Gemma will have to conquer her fear and unlock the true secret of her magic—or watch her friends and family die and her beloved Andvari fall . . .

Royal Blood by Aimee Carter
Expected Publication: March 7th, 2023
From Goodreads:
An American girl becomes the British Monarchy’s greatest nightmare in this thrilling new series where royal scandals just got deadlier.

As the King of England’s illegitimate daughter, 17-year-old Evan Bright knows a thing or two about keeping secrets.

But when she’s forced to spend the summer in London with her father and the royal family, who aren’t exactly thrilled she exists, her identity is mysteriously revealed, and suddenly the world is dying to know every juicy lie the press prints about her.

After a fun night turns deadly and Evan becomes the primary suspect in a murder investigation, the escalating rumors and fallout threaten to tear her life apart. As she fights to uncover the truth about what happened, she discovers royal secrets that are even more scandalous than she imagined – secrets that could change the monarchy forever.

And her own may be next.

The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten
Expected Publication: March 7th, 2023
From Goodreads:
In this lush, romantic new epic fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Hannah Whitten, a young woman's secret power to raise the dead plunges her into the dangerous and glamorous world of the Sainted King's royal court.

When Lore was thirteen, she escaped a cult in the catacombs beneath the city of Dellaire. And in the ten years since, she’s lived by one rule: don’t let them find you. Easier said than done, when her death magic ties her to the city.

Mortem, the magic born from death, is a high-priced and illicit commodity in Dellaire, and Lore’s job running poisons keeps her in food, shelter, and relative security. But when a run goes wrong and Lore’s power is revealed, she’s taken by the Presque Mort, a group of warrior-monks sanctioned to use Mortem working for the Sainted King. Lore fully expects a pyre, but King August has a different plan. Entire villages on the outskirts of the country have been dying overnight, seemingly at random. Lore can either use her magic to find out what’s happening and who in the King’s court is responsible, or die.

Lore is thrust into the Sainted King’s glittering court, where no one can be believed and even fewer can be trusted. Guarded by Gabriel, a duke-turned-monk, and continually running up against Bastian, August’s ne’er-do-well heir, Lore tangles in politics, religion, and forbidden romance as she attempts to navigate a debauched and opulent society.

But the life she left behind in the catacombs is catching up with her. And even as Lore makes her way through the Sainted court above, they might be drawing closer than she thinks.

Oh wow, there's some really fantastic books starting March of! I'm so excited for these books to come out, I've read one or two and they were amazing, and all of these are from authors and series that I love! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

WWW Wednesday #615, January 25th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme! And thanks now to Taking on a World of Words for reviving it! 

I'm reading Silver Under Nightfall, and I'm loving it! 


















I read In Her Highlander's Bed and it was a really great, really fun read!


I'm going to be reading Chain of Gold, and I can't wait to read this series almost back and back! 

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Teaser Tuesday #615, January 24th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from A Fatal Illusion by Anna Lee Huber, page 20.

"However, Dr. Baker had said his patient was on the mend, and I had believed him. What reason would he have to lie?"

Yeah, what reason! Inquiring minds would like to know! Must read more now! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, January 23, 2023

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #607, January 23rd

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!
What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #606
Teaser Tuesday #614
WWW Wednesday #614
WOW #610
Will the Time Come #607
Third Sentence Thursday #597
Random Reads #583
First Lines Friday #610
Book Blogger Hop #276
22 Books to Read in 2022 Update 11
The Reward Challenge Update #592
Wheel of TBR #139
How Well I Stuck to It #444
Wrote that Review Update #441

Week 3 Reviews:
Roxy

Random:
Polarthon Readathon February 2023 Sign Up

OK, so I got 24 posts in 7 days, it was a pretty quiet week, but I have my doggies, and will for another 2 weeks, so I'm getting lots of cuddles in! Plus I've booked off the end of this week off, so 5 day weekend for me this week, plenty of time for reading and blogging! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read In Her Highlander's Bed!

For fans of Outlander, New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' newest installment of the Highland Brides series brings us a sweeping tale of passion as a laird's swim in a loch leads to the love of a lifetime.

An invigorating swim in the loch was exactly what Calan Campbell, Laird of Kilcairn, needed after defeating his enemies in battle. What he didn't need was a thief running away with his plaid while he swam. Calan gave chase and managed to catch the lad, only the lad turned out to be a lass, and obviously a lady. Having hit her head when he'd tackled her to the ground, the woman was now unconscious and couldn't explain how she had ended up bruised and naked in his woods. He'd have to take her back to his castle and tend her wounds to learn that.

Kidnapped and forced to wed her clan's enemy, Allissaid MacFarlane had risked death to escape. But after a struggle over a plaid she tried to "borrow," she awakens in a strange bed with a strange man seated in a chair beside her. Unsure if he is friend or foe, she claims not to remember her own name or how she'd come to be in the clearing. However, the more time she spends with Calan, the more she falls for this strong, honorable laird. She soon decides she can trust him with her life. . . but can she trust him with her heart?

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Polarthon Readathon February 2023 Sign Up

So I'm signing up for Polarthon, taking place February 6th to the 12th. You can check out the twitter here, and the announcement video here, hosted by Jade at Jadeyraereads.

This year there's a spinner wheel for prompts. I'm going to spin 7 times now, and if I finish these books, then I'll spin for more then.

Polar Fantasy-
Cold Word-
Watery-
Foiled Cover-
Magical-
Adventure-

Wrote that Review Update #441, January 22nd

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If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Roxy, Eleanor, A Dowry of Blood and An Encore of Roses, Masques, Magic Tides, Gravity, Hover, Collide, Stay With Me, Fall With Me, Dream Of You, Forever With You, so I have 7 of 7 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #444, January 22nd

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 4:
In Her Highlander's Bed by Lynsay Sands

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: NA.

New Books: 1. Check.

Another week where there's one book that I need to read, and I can't wait! 

Week 3:
Magic Tides by Ilona Andrews

vs.

Roxy by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman, Eleanor by Penelope Wren, A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson, An Encore of Roses by S.T. Gibson, Masques by Patricia Briggs, Magic Tides by Ilona Andrews, Gravity by Melissa West, Hover by Melissa West, Collide by Melissa West, Stay With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dream Of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Yeah, another week where I've read what I really wanted to read, and I read more, so yeah, another week where I'm happy, and I can't wait for next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wheel of TBR #139, January 22nd

I saw Codie's Book Corner doing the Wheel of TBR, and I thought that sounded like a great way to pick what to read from your TBR. So thanks to her! I'll only do 3 spins, because I'm doing this every week, and so it won't make up my total TBR of the week, but it'll be a start!

Rules:
1. For each week of the month, I'll do 3 spins each week to read each week though I do have the rest of the month to read them. Once a prompt is used, I'll randomly choose one from the list, keeping track of how often a colour comes up. If colour comes up 3 or more times in month, I'll do another spin once it comes up 3 times.
2. If I don't read a book that week or at least start it before the end of the month, then for my next week of spins, I have to add a punishment for each book unread. I'll roll for each unread book, and have to apply each and every punishment chosen to the week.
3. Each month I'll get a prompt from my Binge Read Wheel (either specifically picking the prompt, or spinning the wheel) and I have to read at least 9 books, though I can read more!

Of the books from the last week, I read A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson, Masques by Patricia Briggs, The Villa by Rachel Hawkins, Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Binge Read Wheel:
For this month, the picked Reading Challenge. I read Gravity by Melissa West, Hover by Melissa West, Collide by Melissa West, Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout, so I've read 5/9+.

Prompts Used This Week:
No Article Words Title, Series Not Touched in 2023, More Than 1000 Ratings, Series Started and Unfinished/Current 2020.

No Article Words Title-Azure-Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco-This book has no article words in the title, so that works! 

Series Not Touched in 2023-Spring Green-A Fatal Illusion by Anna Lee Huber-I haven't touched this series in 2023, so that works! 

More Than 1000 Ratings-Spring Green-Steal the Dragon by Patricia Briggs-This book has over 6800 ratings, so that works! 

Bonus Spin for Spring Green-Series Started and Unfinished/Current 2020-Spring Green-Ungodly by Kendare Blake-This series was started and unfinished in 2020, so that works! 

Colour Totals:
Red: 0
Orange: 1
Yellow: 0
Chartreuse: 1
Green: 1
Spring Green: 
Cyan: 1
Azure: 2
Blue: 0
Violet: 3
Magenta: 2
Rose: 0

Prompts for Next Week:
Restart the Series-Red
Owned Pre-2020-Orange
2021 Purchase-Yellow
Ebook-Chartreuse
#Currentlyreading-Green
Big Book-Spring Green
#Bookstagram-Cyan
Series Continued and Unfinished/Current 2021-Azure
Paperback-Blue
Narrator-Violet
Goodreads Choice Book-Magenta
2+ Authors-Rose

So those are some of the books I'm going to try to read this week. What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #592, January 22nd

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Roxy which counts 3 times as a SAC 2023 Book and a WoW Book, Eleanor which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2023 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book, A Dowry of Blood which counts 4 times as a 2023 Retelling Reading Challenge 2023 Book, Historical Fiction 2023 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book, An Encore of Roses which counts 3 times as a 2023 Retelling Reading Challenge 2023 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book, Masques which counts 3 times as a DAC Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book, The Villa which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, SAC 2023 Book and a WoW Book, Magic Tides which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book and a WoW Book, Gravity which counts 4 times as a 2023 Dystopian Book, NetGalley Book, and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book, Hover which counts 3 times as a 2023 Dystopian Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book, Collide which counts 4 times as a 2023 Dystopian Book, End of Series 2023 Book, and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book, Stay With Me which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book and a RR Book, Fall With Me which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book and a RR Book, Dream Of You which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book and a WTC Book,
Forever With You which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Book.

So I have 45 counts which translates to $22.50 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Week 3 Reviews: That's Forever, Stay With Me, Fall With Me, Dream Of You, Forever With You




Cam and Avery Bonus Scene.
The Proposal from Avery's POV.

From Goodreads:
At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She's never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom's mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother's bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla's business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she's got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.

Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of the Wait for You series, delivers a new novel of first love, second chances, and scorching chemistry between an artistic bartender and the tough, sexy cop who's determined to win her.

Roxy's loved Reece Anders since she was fifteen, so when the straitlaced cop finally surrendered to a steamy encounter years later, Roxy hoped he'd fall for her, too. He didn't. Or that's what she's always believed. But then Reece storms back into her life when the man who injured her childhood friend is out of prison and wanting to make amends—something Roxy cannot do.

The last thing she wants is to go there with Reece again, but he's determined to prove to her that he's exactly what she needs. Especially when a sick creep starts messing with her. But what's more dangerous to Roxy—a psycho after her or the past that refuses to let go and allow her to open up her heart again?

Abby Erickson isn't looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she's thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she's ever seen - Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she's in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.

From Goodreads:
In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .

My Review:
I loved reading these books! I'm so glad that I finally continued on with this series, I really enjoy these characters, and it means I'm one step closer to having read all of Jennifer L. Armentrout's books! Yeah! Because I love her writing so much!

I think the running theme in this series is that at least one member of the couple has a big reason why they don't want to be in a relationship. Which may or might not be a common thing in NA books, but I don't read a ton of them, though I've read more recently, and really enjoyed them!

I loved all of these couples! They had their issues and their quirks, but they were all so interesting to read about! It's wild how this series came to be from one stand alone at the time self-published book But I'm so glad that this series exists! I had such a great time reading it! 



These were really great reads, and I can't wait to read the final book in the series! 

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Wait for You #2.6, 3, 4, 4.5, 5 
Read: January 19th, 19th, 19th, 20th, 20th, 2023
Source: Library, Own/Library, Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Books, and Stay With Me and Fall With Me are RR Books, and Dream of You is a WTC Book!
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout, William Morrow Paperbacks, Avon, Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Published: January 10th 2016, September 23rd 2014, March 31st 2015, June 16th 2015

That's Forever:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Stay With Me:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Fall With Me:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Dream Of You: 
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Forever With You:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 3 Reviews: Gravity, Hover, Collide



From Goodreads:
In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don't. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she's been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she's falling for him. But Ari isn't just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She's a military legacy who's been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because in this world, pleasure is everything, held up by a ruling body that keeps their people in check by giving them what they want and closing their eyes to what's really happening around them. The only hope Loge has is to move its people to Earth, and they have a plan.

Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth's atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems…and no one can be trusted.

From Goodreads:
Ari Alexander is now back on Earth, and the world she left behind has been turned upside down. A new leader has risen to power, her friends have become her enemies, and Jackson is thought to be trapped on Loge with her archrival, Zeus.

Now Ari must determine who is the true enemy before Zeus attacks and Earth is forced into a battle of the dominant species.

Will Ari and Jackson's love give them the strength to survive the greatest war in human history?

My first review of Gravity, Hover
My Review:
I had a really great time reading these books! I'd previously read Gravity and Hover, but that was over a decade for the former, and 8 months under for the later, so I'd basically forgotten everything that happened, so it was basically like reading it for the first time. And then I finally read Collide, and see how things end!

Ari has known, and has been trained since she was little, to become the Commander. But what she doesn't know is that Earth doesn't intend on keeping their promises to the ancients, that they believe there can only be one dominant species on Earth, and they intend on it being them. Though my question would be, isn't the ancients keeping the plants and such that provide normal food going? I know there's the artificial stuff that the scientists are coming up with, but would that really sustain humanity? 

Man, the complicated politics of it all! These are really high stakes, the survival of the species, and both sides are taking it pretty seriously. Both sides where going about it wrong, but Ari and her group seemed to be the only ones who wanted to find a better path forward. 

There is a prequel novel coming out soon, which is pretty exciting, because it seems to be set before the arrangement was made between humanity and the ancients. That it has some characters with familiar last names is very exciting!

I loved reading these books, and I can't wait to read more by Melissa West! 

Author: Melissa West
Series: The Taking #1, 2, 3
First Read: December 5th-6th, 2012, August 11th, 2013
Read: January 17th, 18th, 18th, 2023
Source: NetGalley, Library
Reason Why: Rereading, and they're 2023 Dystopian Books and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2023 Books! And Collide is a End of Series 2023 Book!
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published: August 16th 2022,  August 13th 2013, January 28th 2015

Gravity:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Hover:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars


Collide:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars