Love-A-Thon 2015: Mini Challenge #1 Book Spine Poetry

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Hey everyone!

Trying to catch up on the #LoveAThon posts today. I’m probably only going to be able to do this one challenge today and hopefully all of them tomorrow. Since I won’t really be near a computer the rest of today, I’m just going to focus on comment and tweet lovin’ for the rest of today! Also, just be warned, the poem below is totally awful, I kind of just grabbed books that were near me at the time. ;) I’ll try harder, later maybe? Anyway, I can’t wait to see what other more creative people came up with!

Without further adieu:

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Bound by Night,
nevermore.
A beautiful blue Death–
Her,
at grave’s end.

Thanks again for stopping by! Can’t wait to see everyone else’s Book Spine Poetry!!

xo,

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Love-A-Thon: Day 1

Hey All!

So I’m embarrassingly behind on this wonderful event! I got tied up with work and my birthday party and the dates simply slipped from my mind. Hope you don’t hold it against me ;) I’m super excited to be participating in Love-A-Thon for my second time! When I first participated in this event last year, it really touched me how supportive the Book Blogging community was. I just knew I had to sign up again this year. Before I go on to my questionnaire, I just want to thank every reader, blogger and author who stops by during this event and even just everyday. You all mean so much to me and I hope you know you’re appreciated!!!! Sending lots of love your way :)

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QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. What’s your name?  Nicole, but for writing I like to go by my middle name as well: NicoleLynn. 
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Pennsylvania – USA 
  3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I started blogging about my everyday life back when Xanga was still a thing. Then I got distracted by making Xanga layouts and Myspace. Eventually, come college I found myself learning about this awesome site called WordPress and my writing itch sprung up again. I didn’t have any direction when I started blogging and then about a year or two ago, I decided to focus on books and anything bookish related (with a few spurts of travel and music). I absolutely adore reading and thought: why not share this with everyone?! The bookish community was really welcoming and I learned a lot. I’m still learning to be honest–there’s just so much to know sometimes! Lately, though, I’ve just been starting to focus only on blogging when I can and not taking on anymore real ARCs, because it’s been hard for me to hit deadlines with my work schedule. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take on more at another time and finally catch up on my reviews, but for now I’m just doing what I can, when I can :) 
  4. How did you come up with your blog name? I don’t even remember. I think it just came to me one day and I was like..hmm those words sound good together. lol. Since I started this blog before it was a book blog, the name really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I tried my best to make it work ;) 
  5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I review YA and NA the most on my blog, but I also add in some classic lit, memoirs and some adult fiction (mostly romance) since that is what I read. I’m trying to broadening my reading habits, but I think for the blog I’m going to stick to these genres for now. 
  6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I also try to add in some of my music tastes into some posts. I also will do a few travel posts (with food involved…yum!). I always try to add in a bookish-tie, but sometimes it doesn’t always happen, which I’m totally okay with :)
  7. Best blogging experience so far? Hmm this is hard. I really loved last year’s Love-a-Thon. The support from the bookish community really touched me. I would also have to say whenever an author stops by and comments on my review. The last time this happened was when Jessica Evans stopped by and commented on my review of her novel, The Muse. I felt like my review matched what she wanted to convey in the novel and that just made me so happy!! 
  8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? One of my favorite things about the blogging community is the fact that I’m not alone. Knowing there are other people out there just as obsessed as me about books is so fantastic! I don’t have very many friends who read, so having a community I can discuss books with or fangirl over a character with is just so amazing. It kind of blows my mind sometimes. Plus, I also love being able to discover new reads and/or a favorite new author through this community. It’s like the best “what should I read now?” resource! 
  9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! These books are on my TBR for this year and I can’t wait to read them!  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (which I just bought…eeps!), Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry, and Mosquitoland by David Arnold. (For more books that I want to read this year, you can check out my Good Reads 2015 Debut Author List). 
  10. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? I wouldn’t say it’s underrated per se, but I think it is less read these days and that is Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals quartet.
  11. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Hmm, I just recently read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas so I’m currently girl-crushing on Calaena and would love to have her as a BFF to teach me some badass fighting moves ;)
  12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I love to cook and eat wonderful food. Sometimes I love to workout (though I really do love Yoga). I also like to partake in Netflix binges and listen to music. Sometime I even go out with real friends to real places–those times are pretty cool too ;) 
  13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Music, SHOES, and vintage-y things 
  14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? Ahhh I can’t make that decision, so I’m just going to say that right now I’d love to hear “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon :) 
  15. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. Another hard question, can I cheat and just say I’m looking forward to how they are going to turn The Mortal Instruments series into a show? Also I’m totally obsessed with The 100 right now!! Bellarke <3 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope this shared some info about me that you might not have known! I’m going to try my best to get around to everyone else’s posts and comment! Have a lovely weekend and an even greater Love-a-Thon!! Hugs and Kisses your way!! :)

xo,

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A Quick Note…

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let you know why I’ve been so absent recently. I’ve been super busy at work as my co-work went out on maternity leave (yey! adorable new baby!!). Anyway, I’ve been staying at work a lot later to cover some of the added work.

On top of that, I’ve been slightly under the weather, so I’m hoping to bounce back soon, especially with #ApollyCon happening in the next few weeks! (Who else is going?! I’m super excited!!!).

And lastly, I decided at the beginning of the year that I wanted to apply for Graduate School. So these past two weeks, I’ve been knee deep in applications and finding the right program for me. I’m super nervous, but definitely excited! I have my eye on one program in particular so keep your fingers crossed for me!

What I can do, is promise you that I’ll be posting reviews up for three books this week! Yey!! (No seriously, you should cheer for this ;) ). Stay tuned to read about Island Escape by Viv Daniels, Green Card by Elizabeth Adams and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas!

I am also participating in the Covenant Series Read-Along so I might be posting lots of reviews on this as I’ve only read the first book in the series. I need to be prepared for JLA’s The Return before ApollyCon so I’m going to do my best to marathon these books.

I will also be debuting my new feature this weekend, if I have time!

So thanks for stopping by and checking up on me. I hope you understand and forgive me for my absence. In the mean time, check out these awesome things some great bloggers are doing!

Love-a-Thon by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books

Spreading Kindness by Jamie at Perpetual Page-Turner  

Happy Reading!

Later Booknerds!

xo,

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January in Review

Hello lovelies,

So I’ve been MIA the past two weeks now and I’m sorry for that. I work full time and the past two weeks at work have been super busy. Plus, I had two family birthdays to attend and buy presents for. Excuses aside, I’ve been neglecting my reading. I’m not sure if I fell into a reading slump or if my emotions were just all over the place that I didn’t have the energy to pick up a book. I’ve started about four books that I haven’t finished yet, but I’m hoping to push through and complete them. I know I’m behind on some reviews that owe people so I’m hoping to get those up sometime this week and have a good start to February.

I’ve also decide to take a break from ARCs. I went a bit request crazy on NetGalley and have about 10 ebooks that I need to read and review. Luckily some of them are spaced out timing wise. I won’t be requesting more or accepting any requests unless I really want to read the book. Lately, ARCs have just been stressing me out because I feel like I’m glued to this immovable schedule sometimes. Plus, it’s hard when I end up not liking the book to push through and finish. I’m currently in that position with 2 of the books I mentioned starting above. So for now, ARCs and me are on a break. Plus my TBR books I own pile has gotten so large that I need to start focusing on that anyway. :)

With that said, I am planning on going to BEA for the first time this year and I’m also going to ApollyCon in February. So I may or may not be coming back with some physical ARCs. In which case, I’ll hopefully have de-stressed somewhat and will be ready to take on more ARCs. Book Blogging was also a hobby for me. Something I did to connect with other readers as I don’t have many friends who read. I also blog to feed my writing habit. I love to write so what could be better than to write about something I love?! Bringing ARCs into my life has been a little bit stressful this year, so I need to take that step back and get back to enjoying what I started here and reading in general. Maybe once I balance my life out more this year, I’ll be able to take on more reading :)

Now to reflect back on this past January!

Jan Reviews

  1. My 2015 Reading Challenges
  2. The Muse by Jessica Evans – * * * * *
  3. Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan * * * * *
  4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – * * * * *
  5. Wrecked by Priscilla West – * *

book hauls

Who doesn’t love a good book haul? If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen all the books I’ve gathered this month. If you don’t, then feast your eyes on these bookish beauties ;)

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I also was lucky enough to get a box full of books from my friend Ardenis. She’s amazing and sent me these from her current internship :)

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Lastly, here’s a look back at my time spent during this past month :) I spent a day in NYC with my friend A catching up and dreaming of one day working back at Hearst or somewhere in the Big Apple. NYC is a city that breathes life and I want to be a part of it very badly. With that said, dreams change. While I had my mind set on writing for a magazine or jumping into the publishing world any way I could, I’m now seriously considering going back for my Masters in Library and Information Science. I think being a librarian is something that I would not only love to do day in and out, but also something I feel like I could really excel at. NYC is still my main dream, but now I just might be doing something different in that city ;)
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While visiting with A, we got to chat over the most delicious chicken quesadillas I’ve ever had! Just yum!!

This past month I also got to attend a book signing with Holly Black, one of my favorite paranormal writers!! She was so funny and down to earth and most importantly honest. Her Q & A session was so great! She was nice enough to get a picture with me too :)

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The last two week of January were crazy, like I mentioned above. I was however able to squeeze in a trip to see comedian, John Oliver. He’s my favorite comedian and I am so grateful and ecstatic that I was able to catch his stand-up show. He was just (if not more) wonderful as I knew he would be. It was snowing that night and it actually took my friends and I almost 3 hours to get home! It was a bad storm and the road (of course) were not plowed…soo….yeah that happened. It was a little scary, but we obviously survived :)

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Lastly, this past week I helped celebrate my brother’s 30th birthday at a home Flyers game. I’m a big hockey fan, so this was almost like a present to me as well ;)

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Here are some of my favorite things this month and another epic food shot! I’m only slightly obsessed with taking photos of food. Okay maybe like a lot obsessed lol. I just can’t help it when it looks so pretty and yummy! I just have to share :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! This past month has been crazy, but I think it’s been a pretty okay start to 2015. I know things can only get better from here and I cannot wait for February!

What have you read, done, seen, ate this past January?! Let me know in the comments below!! 

Happy Reading!

Later BookNerds!

xo,

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Wrecked by Priscilla West Book Review

Hello my lovely Booknerds!

Hope everyone’s week is going well so far! Today’s review was a bit hard for me to write, so bare with me!

I was given a free eBook copy of Wrecked by Priscilla West from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. This has not altered or influenced my thoughts and opinions on this novel. Thank you to NetGalley and Blackbird Publishing for giving me an opportunity to review this book.

Short on time? Check out my Need to Know section below!

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Wrecked by Priscilla West follows Lorrie, a college freshman, as she returns to her university after tragic events. It’s been two years since she lost her parents in separate, but equally devastating ways. Now she’s just fighting to get back to “normal”–to survive. This means no distractions–no boys or relationships. She wants to focus on school and putting the pieces of her life back together. Then she meets Hunter and she’s as confused and as torn as ever. Hunter is a cage MMA fighter who takes on every fight without thought of tomorrow. He’s caught up in a never ending cycle of girls, booze and fights. But while he seems high on life on the outside, he’s battling his hardest opponent on the inside. As Lori and Hunter grow close, will Lori cave to her feelings and break her own rules? With both them so fragile, will they even survive?

Let me start by saying how much I wanted to read this story! Two broken characters coming together by the power of love? Sign me the heck up! Throw in a delicious MMA fighter and I’m a goner. However as much as I had high hopes for this novel, I’m very sad to say that this story just didn’t do it for me. :(

The idea and concept was there-bringing two damaged characters together to grow and learn from each other as they became more open and vulnerable with one other. West was showing the power love can have–how it can not only heal, but bring needed change, growth and understanding.

With that said, West’s characters were just not up to the standards her story arc required. Lorrie as a main character wasn’t strong enough. She came across younger than her age and seemed immature at parts. While I understand the damage, fragile personality West was going for with Lorrie, it just seemed a bit too overdone for my liking. Losing both parents so tragically can definitely put you into a tail spin of numbness and loss, but Lori seemed all over the place emotionally. She went from being okay, to depressed to seeming more worried about gossip then her grief over her parents. I just felt like her “damaged” personality could have either been matured a bit more or possibly researched a bit more. Most times I was just annoyed with her. I couldn’t sympathize and that never really happens to me. Frankly it was a little weird to me that I didn’t connect with her a bit.

Hunter was better. I would have liked to have seen more from his POV or at least gotten some insight into his head a bit more. He was a stronger character than Lorrie, but still needed to be fleshed out more. His personality seemed to flip a bit in the book–from being a strong, “bad ass” guy to a less than alpha male. I’m definitely an alpha male kind of girl, so he left things to be desired as a love interest for me. I couldn’t really swoon, but he was a kitty lover–so there’s a lot of hope for him as a character. :) Plus, I did sympathize with him, especially when it came to Lorrie and him.

Speaking of which…I wasn’t a fan of Lorrie and Hunter together. I was rooting for them throughout the book, mainly because in the end I want the two characters to end up together and have their happily ever after. But I just couldn’t feel the chemistry between the two. There were some moments when it was there, but they were pretty few and left me wondering how there was even a connection between the two characters. Once things did heat up, it was way too much for my taste. West seemed to over due this part from my perspective. (I’d definitely recommend that only 17+ read this novel). 

In the end I was left unsatisfied. I wanted to like this novel, I really did. Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t for me. Overall, it felt a little disjointed and I couldn’t connect with the MC, which pulled me out of the story. I won’t be following up with the second novel, but I might attempt another of West’s books. Maybe I’ll connect with one of her other MCs. Not every book is for everyone, but while I might not have enjoyed this, I’m sure others have.

My Rating:

rating 4

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  • Wrecked by Priscilla West follows Lorrie, a college freshman, as she returns to her university after tragic events and Hunter, a MMA fighter lost in a never ending cycle of booze, girls and fights. Both are damaged, fragile. Can they come together to save each other or will they just end up wrecked?
  • As much as I wanted to love this story, I did not end up liking it. The story just wasn’t for me.
  • While the overall story idea was there, West lacked strong characters to pull it off. Lorrie was younger than her aged and I found her annoying most of the book. Hunter was better, but still needed to be fleshed out more. I wasn’t swooning for him which made me a little sad :(
  • Chemistry was lacking throughout the whole book, until WHAM it was way to much chemistry for my liking before switching back to nothing. I needed more sparks between the characters for a better build up.
  • 2 STARS! In the end I was left unsatisfied. I wanted to like this novel, I really did. Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t for me. I won’t be pursuing book two, but might check out another of West’s novels in case I can connect with one of her other MCs.

where to go

Genre: New Adult Contemporary 
Publisher:
Blackbird Publishing  
Published: December 2013 
Page:
286 
Price:
$4.99 (Kindle)
Place:
Amazon, B & N, IndieBoundGoodReads

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Thank you for stopping by to read this review! What are your thoughts on Wrecked? Did you enjoy it or…not so much, like me? Hunter lover? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear your opinion on this one. 

Happy Reading!

xo,

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