Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Title: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5/5

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Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

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Sydney is having a rough 22nd birthday. She found out her roommate and her boyfriend of two years have been going behind her back, she lost her job, and doesn’t have a place to stay. But thanks to Ridge, she now has a roof over her head.

Ridge is her mysterious neighbor who lived across the courtyard of her apartment complex. He is a musician who likes to play his guitar outside on his balcony and Sydney never misses her chance to sit out the and listen to him play. He one night asks her to send him lyrics that she made up to one of his songs. She does and he instantly wants more. He’s in a band and he is having a rough patch with writing. But he also catches her roommate and boyfriend on her balcony. He doesn’t tell her at first but once he does,everything goes crazy.

Sydney finds herself staying with Ridge at his apartment. It’s there that he tells her he’s deaf. His friends are funny. Warren is always pulling pranks and the first time be met Sydney, he wrote on her forehead with a marker.

Ridge and Sydney’s story is heartbreaking. Ridge has a girlfriend, Maggie, and is completely devoted to her. But at the same time, you can see the love between him and Sydney develop. Their love for music connects the two of them in a way that is beautiful and raw.

Just like every other Colleen Hoover book, my heart overflowed with sadness and happiness and so much love. These two characters are so well written and their love story isn’t your typical “girl meets boy and they fall in love” story. Maybe Someday is a story about two people falling in love at the wrong time. Love doesn’t always happen when it should and sometimes people who are meant to be together, have issues with timing along the way. Their story, to me, was real. I felt many emotions for these two characters.

I really enjoyed this book. I laughed, I cried, I got angry…every emotion caught up with me at least once while reading Maybe Someday. The characters were relatable and the plot was beautiful written. Every time I read a Colleen Hoover book, all I want to do is fall in love. I know some say that “it’s just a book” but I rather spent my life waiting for my Ridge to come than settle for a Hunter.

If you want more information on Colleen Hoover, you can find her website here. If you want to read Maybe Someday, you can buy it at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Monthly Wrap Up: October 2016

This month felt like it flew by so fast! I feel like we just started October and it’s already over. Now the holiday’s are going to start and I will be a happy girl.

October was a slow month though, when it came to books. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to but hey, things happen. In total, I read six books. Not bad.

Here is my list:

Light of Dawn (The Crucible Series Book 2) by Angela Colsin | 4/5

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Hired to find a curse box, the draconian mercenary, Ulric Dra’Kai, is directed to seek out the human Charlotte Mulligan who’ll lead him to his ultimate goal. Expecting to get information from her with ease, Ulric instead meets a determined mortal who refuses to be intimidated—and draws him in like no other.

As that attraction grows, he comes to believe Charlotte may be his destined mate, but there’s a problem—he’s immortal, making that impossible. Answers could possibly lie in the dormant supernatural side of Charlotte’s lineage, but getting them proves difficult when vampires are out for her blood.

Charlotte thought she was an ordinary human living an average life until receiving an odd package in the mail containing a unique trinket box. Soon after, she’s attacked by vampires and swept up in a hunt by a dangerous but attractive stranger who not only reveals the truth of the supernatural world, but also informs her that she’s a part of it.

Trying to survive while her life is coming apart, a passion for the draconian protecting her sparks to life, one she has to guard her heart against when being mortal makes a union between them difficult, if not impossible.

I was given this book to give an honest review. I LOVED IT. You can check out my review for it that is linked above.

Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 5/5

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

A perfect way to end a series. I loved it.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover | 5/5

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Colleen Hoover can do no wrong. I swear, every book by her that I read gets better and better.

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco | 5/5

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

One of the best books I’ve read this year. You can find my review linked above.

Until Friday Night (A Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines | 4/5

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To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

This book reminded me of being back in high school. This book is like an episode of Friday Night Lights. I loved it.

Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward | 4/5

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Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world—to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers…

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him…

These vampires are my fave. I really enjoyed reading Butch’s story.

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Happy Book Review Thursday! I decided that every Thursday, I will upload a book review. I had something pretty cool planned for Friday’s but that didn’t quite work out. Maybe in the future..who knows?

Anyways, Halloween is only days away!! That being said, I decided to upload a book that is filled with all things spooky. Anna Dressed in Blood is perfect for the Halloween season. Any other horror books that I should be reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, if you aren’t following me on Instagram, you should cause I have a super cool giveaway going on right now on @harleereads that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Enough with the talking, on to the review!

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Title: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Rating: 3.5/5

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Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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This story gripped me after the first chapter. Cas is a ghost hunter who spends his days rekilling ghosts and sending them back to the dead. He is following in his father’s footsteps and travels the country looking for jobs with his mother.
Cas’ next job is in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He’s out to kill a ghost they call ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’. She was a girl who was murdered on her way to a school dance and has been killing anyone who steps foot in her old house ever since.
The first encounter we have with Anna is pretty scary. It’s gory and creepy and everything I hoped it would be. She seems hauntingly beautiful and absolutely terrifying.

Everything about this books is scary. I liked how I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The mystery behind who killed Cas’ father and who was terrorizing people had me constantly wondering who it could be.

I like Anna. I think she is a strong young woman who died too soon. Her mother was horrible and her stepfather was even worse. The night the gang finds out about Anna’s death made me cry. She’s not a monster that everyone believes she is.

Cas has some of the coolest friends. Thomas and Carmel are the perfect sidekicks for him. Carmel is smart and the voice of reason and Thomas is the psychic who would do anything for his friend. They make such a great team.

I gave this book a 3.5 and I hate that I had to. Everything to me was great; the horror factor, the suspense, and the laughable moments. But what I didn’t like was how fast Cas and Anna’s relationship started. I would have wanted to see more of them bonding. I would have wanted more scenes between the two of them in general. I feel like they barely had any time together and for a love story, I need more.

Overall, this book was a fun read. I enjoyed myself while reading it and I’m super pumped about the movie coming out. I think Cameron Monaghan will be the PERFECT Cas!

If you would like to find more information about Kendare Blake, you can find here here.  And if you want to buy Anna Dressed in Blood, you can do so at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Book Two’s review will be up as soon as I read it!

Hope you enjoyed this review! See y’all soon 🙂

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Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 5/5

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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The story follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a girl who is working as her Uncle’s apprentice as a mortician. She is an intern for her uncle and attends his classes without anyone knowing. Her father would not approve of her doing what his ‘mad’ brother does for a living.

“Once I was standing over the body, I no longer saw the person she was in life. I only saw the shell left behind, and curiosity took hold in the worst of ways.”

It is in a class that she meets Thomas Cresswell, another apprentice of her Uncle. He seems to know an awful lot about murder and how the recent dead took place. There were a woman who was murdered by who the news papers are calling “the Leather Apron.”

Many women keep popping up dead and Audrey Rose discovers that her father might have known them. When her father gets sent to the country for health reason, she takes the time to investigate on her own. Her and Thomas Cresswell become partners in finding how her father knew of these women. They go to the home of her fathers old friend, and on his death bed, he rambles about someone named “Alister” and how “he knows,” right before dying. The mystery is thickening.

“I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother has said I could be. Just because I was interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I had to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?”

Another gruesome death occurs. This book is full of gore and in a way, I like it. It’s true to the story of Jack the Ripper and adds depth to the book.

One night, Audrey Rose and Thomas discover that her uncle has been arrested as a suspect for the murders. Which is crazy. The man is trying to solve the murders, not commit them!

“Jack the Ripper came back with a vengeance after nearly a month of peace. He hadn’t made idle threats in the “Dear Boss” letter. Jack had promised violence untold, and that’s percisely what he’d done.”

More deaths and more accusations are thrown about during the last quarter of the book. I will say, that the last maybe six or seven chapters sealed this book in my top favorites of the year. Everything about the story wraps up so beautifully in the end. Yes, I was a sobbing mess once I found out who the Ripper actually was. I felt so betrayed. You put so much trust in a character that when they do something that takes away that trust, it hurts. I cried a lot in the last few chapters. The monstrous things going on in those final moments left me terrified and heartbroken.

Let’s talk about Audrey Rose for a second. I LOVE this character. She’s headstrong, confident, and can hold her own in this world that she’s living in. Seeing a woman doing this type of job in this time period is huge! I love how she stands up for herself in such a mans world. I love her so much. Her mindset and attributes as a character is something woman should strive for.

Her and Thomas’ companionship is wonderful. If you know me at all, then you know I love a sarcastic, dark minded character. Thomas is the perfect example of that. He’s smart, cunning, and sassy. He and Audrey Rose make the perfect team. They both care for each other and work together to solve this case. I can’t wait to see more of them in book two.

Overall, I think Kerri Maniscalco has written a fantastic novel. Everything from the Victorian dialect to the wardrobe to the scenery, it was wonderful. This book was thrilling and beautifully written. I loved every second of it. With so many twists and turns, I never wanted to put it down. If I were you, I’d pick this book up immediately. I PROMISE you won’t regret it.

If you would like to learn more about Kerri Maniscalco, you can check out her website! If you would like to buy Stalking Jack the Ripper, you can do so at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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Mailbox Monday #3

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. This is a weekly meme at Mailbox Monday. Link up and check out everyone else’s post!

I recently got some super cool books in a mini haul I did at Barnes & Noble. I walked in with plans of buying one book but ended up buying four. Oops. I’m really excited to read these and write more reviews for you guys.

I know I’ve been MIA for a while and I promise to get better. I have a few book reviews lined up for the rest of the month and I will be doing a cool giveaway on my Instagram very soon!

Enough talking, let’s get on with it!

Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) | Marie Lu

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The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

The Fever Code (The Maze Runner #5) | James Dashner

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Once there was a world’s end.
The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
Now there are secrets.
There are lies.
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
All will be revealed.

The Lovely Reckless | Kami Garcia

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I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

Melody’s Key | Dallas Coryell

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“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

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Book Review: Light of Dawn by Angela Colsin

Title: Light of Dawn (The Crucible Series Book 2)

Author: Angela Colsin

Rating: 4/5

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Hired to find a curse box, the draconian mercenary, Ulric Dra’Kai, is directed to seek out the human Charlotte Mulligan who’ll lead him to his ultimate goal. Expecting to get information from her with ease, Ulric instead meets a determined mortal who refuses to be intimidated—and draws him in like no other.

As that attraction grows, he comes to believe Charlotte may be his destined mate, but there’s a problem—he’s immortal, making that impossible. Answers could possibly lie in the dormant supernatural side of Charlotte’s lineage, but getting them proves difficult when vampires are out for her blood.

Charlotte thought she was an ordinary human living an average life until receiving an odd package in the mail containing a unique trinket box. Soon after, she’s attacked by vampires and swept up in a hunt by a dangerous but attractive stranger who not only reveals the truth of the supernatural world, but also informs her that she’s a part of it.

Trying to survive while her life is coming apart, a passion for the draconian protecting her sparks to life, one she has to guard her heart against when being mortal makes a union between them difficult, if not impossible.

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Let me just say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I have been reading many paranormal romances recently and this one made it to the top of my favorites list. It has a bit of everything you want: action packed scenes, humor, a beautifully written love story, and amazing characters.

The story follows Charlotte and Ulric, who by strange circumstances, have become intertwined with each other. Ulric is a Draconian. He’s basically an immortal man who has the blood line of the Great Dragon. He’s super badass with a sad history. He fights vampires and babysits baby wyverns. Charlotte is a normal woman who gets a mysterious box in the mail. It’s this box that leads Ulric to her. Their first meeting is great. He practically breaks into her house and demands the box while killing vampires along the way.

Their relationship is a slow burn and realistic. We learn that Charlotte is actually a mortal born Fae. And that the vampires are after her because her blood will help them for important reasons. Ulric becomes the man to make sure that she stays safe. It’s also his job to bring the box and receive payment for it.

Their little road trip to Florida was nice. I liked seeing their relationship bloom and them grow as friends into something more.

Ulric and Charlotte are meant for each other and he realizes this early on. There were a few moments when she is hesitant towards him and I wanted to shake her and tell her to love him back!! She’s had a complicated love life and I understand she is afraid but come on girl!!

The final few chapters had me on edge. The fight with the vampire Lillian was epic. That entire scene was like an action movie on a page. It was awesome. And it brought us to the happy ending that I was hoping for these two characters.

This book was a fun, exciting read. A little bit sexy and a little bit thrilling. I will be sure to check out the rest of Angela Colsin’s books in this series. I like that they are all stand alones but can be combined as a series. Her writing style is fantastic and the ideas are great. If you like paranormal romances, I would 100% recommend this book.

If you would like more information on Angela Colsin, you can find her website here. And if you want to read Light of Dawn, you can buy it here at Amazon.

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Monthly Wrap Up- September 2016

October is finally here! October is my favorite month because it starts to cool off here in Louisiana AND its holiday season!!! I’m so pumped for Halloween it’s unreal.

This month was a busy month for me. I started a new job that has be pretty busy. I love it but I’m still adjusting. I’m ready to establish my routine so that I can make sure to schedule time for my bookstagram and this blog. I’m getting better but I feel like I’ve been MIA for a while and I hate it. I promise to be better at updating and posting!! Next month will be better!

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Let’s get on to the books I read, shall we?

Paper Princes (The Royals, #1) | Erin Watt

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You can check out my review that I posted earlier this week.

Fortune (High Road Divide, #1) | Tia Giacalone

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I LOVED THIS BOOK! I think it was every fangirl’s dream. Having your favorite band memeber fall in love with you? Yes please.

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) | Samantha Young

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I liked this book. It was heartfelt and sexy. If you’re into New Adult, I would check that out.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) | Sarah J. Maas

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I’M STILL NOT OVER IT. I WANT TO CRY JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. You can go check out my review and cry with me.

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1) | Colleen Hoover

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This was such a brilliant love story. Such a beautiful, real life story. I loved every second of it.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) | Kendare Blake

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I liked this one. It hasn’t made it into my faves but it was very enjoyable.

There you have it. It’s a short and sweet list. I was going to make this post longer and kind of talk about my book writing progress but I’m in a wedding later today and I have to get ready.

Have a great day, ya’ll.

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