Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (110)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's this week's WOW pick:

Is it weird that I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a novella? I read Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series for the first time this year and I loved it! I'm so sad that it's coming to an end next year. Honestly, I can't wait to see what kind of shenanigans Merit and Ethan get into next and it's looking like this time it's going to involve ghosts! I'm so excited!

Phantom Kiss
(Chicagoland Vampires #12.5)
Chloe Neill
Release: January 17, 2017
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In this all-new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Marked, Merit, Ethan, and the rest of Cadogan House crew discover that not all undead creatures are kindred spirits…

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that they're being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again...

Includes a sneak peek of Blade Bound, the epic final novel in the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series.

What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

November Owlcrate Unboxing: Wonderland!

I'm still hanging onto my Owlcrate subscription because I love opening those boxes so darn much! For the month of November, Owlcrate's theme is WONDERLAND! I'm a big Alice in Wonderland fan, so I was really looking forward to unboxing this month - and I was NOT disappointed!

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Owl crate Unboxing | November 2016 | Wonderland

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Really Short Reviews: The VIP Series by Kristen Callihan

(VIP #1)
Kristen Callihan
Release: June 6, 2016
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I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?


As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

I have a confession to make... this was the first rockstar romance I've ever read. Crazy, right? I didn't know what to expect going in but I completely fell in love with the characters. Libby is grumpy and introverted and I completely adore her! To be honest, she won my heart the minute she hosed Killian off.

My favorite thing about this book? The banter! OMG! The banter! I laughed so many times while reading this. It was just delightful! The story was cute, the characters were fun, and the romance was hot and full of chemistry. I didn't think I would but I enjoyed the heck out of the band and touring parts of the story. It was fascinating to see the relationship that Killian and his bandmates have with each other and with their fans.

If you've been looking for a hilarious New Adult book, then you don't have to look any further. This book is the one for you.

  4 / 5 Stars

(VIP #2)
Kristen Callihan
Release: November 14, 2016
It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big...ego.

I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.

That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.

I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.

If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool fa├žade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.

Let the battle begin…

When I heard that Scottie was the hero in this book, I nearly broke my mouse one-clicking the ebook. He's the side character who I wanted to know more about in Idol and this book didn't disappoint! I don't know what I had in mind but this book wasn't it. Don't get me wrong. I loved the hell out of it! It just was different than I thought it would be.

I loved Scottie and Sophie! Their banter was freaking adorable! The story was cute too. It felt more like a slice of life story than most New Adult books I've read. It was different and I really enjoyed that about it! And like with the first book, I found myself chuckling in several spots as I was reading. I loved seeing Scottie's interactions with the members of Kill John and Libby and getting more of his backstory. I wish the book had been longer so I could have more Sunshine and Chatty Girl in my life.

The only thing I had an issue with (and it's a very small issue) is how abruptly the book ended. While it was believable, I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if it had been fleshed out a bit more. But that's my personal opinion. Overall, it was a solid sequel that I couldn't put down. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. I wonder who it's going to be about? I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for either Brenna or Jax.

  4 / 5 Stars

Friday, December 2, 2016

Month in Review: November 2016

Wow! November is over and the holidays are here! Can you believe that Christmas is this month? Crazy, right? 2016 is almost over. Here's what the Weres were up to in last month.

What We Reviewed


Rose Red finished up her reviews of Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series with Archangel's Enigma and the latest book, Archangel's Heart. We also got to post an exclusive excerpt from the new book! You can check that out here.

What We've Been Talking About

Gretl started off our holiday gift guide series by reviewing several Novelly Yours candles. There's also a giveaway that runs through December 5! You'll want to enter! Trust me!

Goldilox made a book recommendation video all about the Heroines We Need Right Now.

Gretl wrote a post to introduce us to the Phoebe Meadows series by Amanda Carlson. Norse myhtology! Valkyries! Fenrir! This series sounds amazing!

Subscription Box Reviews

Goldilox and Gretl have been trying out all kinds of different subscription boxes and reviewing them here on the blog. This month Goldilox is reviewing the October Owlcrate Box, the Quarterly Literary YA Sub Box, and the October Nerdy Bookworm Box while Gretl reviews the October Fairy Loot Box!

Reading Challenge Recap

Gretl knocked another romance book off her list by reading Idol by Kristen Callihan.

Rose Red knocked two new releases off her TBR list with Timekeeper by Tara Sim and Fire in You by Jennifer L. Armentrout.


What We're Waiting For

Here are some of the December releases we're excited about:

December 6

December 12

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (109)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Here's this week's WOW pick:

The last few weeks I've been not exactly in a reading slump, but definitely in a reviewing slump. I don't want to think about and analyze what I'm reading, I just want to enjoy it. So I went on a Paige Tyler binge, starting with Hungry Like the Wolf, the first book in the SWAT series. (Book 1 is currently free and book 4 is 99 cents if you're thinking of starting the series. But since today is the last day of the month, I think it's also be the last day of the sale.)

The series centers on the Dallas SWAT team which, in the books, is made up entirely of Alpha werewolves. It's only been a week or two since I ran out of SWAT books but there's another coming out next week. Yay!  (I also read and enjoyed Tyler's X-Ops series in which a variety of shifters work for a covert government agency.)

29155101Wolf Unleashed
(SWAT #5)
Paige Tyler
Release: December 6, 2016
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Wolf shifter Alex Trevino has fallen hard for veterinarian Lacey Barton. Getting her to agree to a date is a lot of work—and winning her heart proves even harder.

Lacey can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex, but she has no intention of letting herself fall for him. In her less than stellar experience, men don’t stick around.

When Lacey’s sister is kidnapped, it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and prove to Lacey that he isn’t going anywhere.

What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Quarterly Literary YA Subscription Box | October 2016

Literary Young Adult Box

This is only my second time receiving the Quarterly Lit YA box since it only arrives once every three months (Quarterly...get it?) and I've been super excited to get this month's box! This one is curated by author S.J. Kincaid and the focus book the box is but around is:

S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic

I'm unboxing the Quarterly box and all its bookish goodies in the video below!

Quarterly Lit YA Unboxing | October 2016

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Bookish Product Review and Giveaway: Novelly Yours

Happy Cyber Monday everyone!
We're working on a few posts this week to help out with your Cyberweek shopping, though this one's more a review than a gift guide. Stick around til the end, because there's also a giveaway.

So a few weeks ago Rose Red asked me if I'd like to review some wax melts from Novelly Yours for the blog. And we all love free stuff, right? I have one candle from the shop which I got as a gift, but hadn't actually ordered anything before. I was somewhat familiar with the products though, having seen them so many times on Instagram, and I was pretty excited to try them out. Which is a long way of saying that I received these products for free for review, albeit indirectly.

Novelly Yours creates candles and wax tarts inspired (mostly) by books and movies. The shop has scents inspired by Harry Potter, Disney Princesses, The Lunar Chronicles, and lots of other popular YA books. Here are some of the ones I tried: 

Night Triumphant, inspired by A Court of Mist and Fury smells of citrus, seamist, and jasmine. I really liked this one in the package! I love citrus scents, but when burning it smells more like soap. I think that's the jasmine that overpowers the other notes. It has a nice clean scent, just not what I expected.

Beast's Library, inspired by Beauty and the Beast, smells of leather, books, and fireplace. For me it had a sandalwood-y, masculine scent that lasted long after it stopped burning.

Villainous, inspired by Disney villains, smells of storms, forest, and fire. It had a strong woodsy scent that reminded me of Christmas at first, but turned more smoky after a while. I burned it for 2-3 hours at night and could still smell it in the morning. This one was probably my favorite of the scents I tried.

I've Put a Spell on You is a seasonal scent inspired by Hocus Pocus that smells of leather, fire, leaves, and storms. It smells similar to Villainous but much more subtle. I felt like the scent was stronger when it wasn't burning, but this is only one of the scents I tried that did that.

Thoughts on the product

In general, what impressed me most is the complexity of the scents, the way different notes come out once burning like the way perfume smells different after you've worn it for a while. Most of the candles I've purchased in the past have one scent that stays the same whether lit or not. 

I also like how long the fragrance lasted after I blew out the candle. In one case, I could still smell it the next morning. For comparison, I burned a Bath and Body Works candle for the same amount of time. The candle's fragrance permeated farther, but it's a big, 3 wick candle. And the scent faded almost as soon as I blew it out.

Because I didn't pick the scents I sampled, I'm not sure I'd buy any of them for myself. But I was impressed enough that I ordered some candles for Cyber Monday. I got Harry Potter-inspired Fred & George and Wizards Pub, and the seasonal Swirly Twirly Gumdrops.

Thoughts on candles vs. wax tarts

I've mostly burned candles in the past, but I can certainly see the appeal of an electric warmer if you have small children or cats. (I used a cheap tea light warmer so there was still a flame involved. My kid is finally old enough to understand "fire bad.") The problem I had was changing scents. It's much easier to blow out one candle and light another than it is to scrape wax out of the warmer. I think if you plan to stick with a favorite fragrance or a few similar ones, the wax melts will work fine. I wanted to try several different scents for this review so it was kind of a pain to switch them out.

We've got a few extra wax melts to share! The giveaway includes Gansey, Manibus, and Cabeswater, all from the Raven Cycle collection and Jasmine's Garden. (The warmer is not included.)

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Book Bonanza

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!
Welcome to our stop on the Black Friday Book Bonanza. This giveaway hop is hosted by Reading Reality and the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Links to the rest of the participating blogs are at the bottom of the post!

Black Friday Hop

A few years ago I started doing a stocking for my niece at Christmas. She's too big for Santa but it's so much fun to pick up little things throughout the year. They're usually Harry Potter things because it's her favorite and because even though I love them, I wouldn't buy most of them for myself. This year I realized I may have gone a bit overboard and there's no way all this stuff will fit in a stocking. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving leftovers. . . 

I've got a Fantastic Beasts calendar, a deck of Harry Potter cards, 4 buttons, and a Funko Pop pen that shall not be named, plus 2 Hogwarts house inspired wax melts from Novelly Yours, Slytherin socks, a chocolate frog, and a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. (This giveaway is U.S. only because shipping.)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (108)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's this week's WOW pick:

I recently got caught up on the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and started this Black Dagger Legacy spin-off. I forgot how addicting J.R. Ward's book are and I'm loving the direction the spin-off is taking. I'm intrigued by all the new recruits the Brotherhood is now training but I must admit that I'm interested in Axe the most. I want to know more about him. Plus, we get more Rhage and Mary in this book which in my mind is always a win! I really can't wait to get my hands on this book! I need to know what's going to happen next!

Blood Vow
(Black Dagger Legacy #2)
J.R. Ward
Release: December 6, 2016
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#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.
What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Heroines We Need Right Now: Book Recommendations

Heroines We Need Right Now

I've been feeling a little down the last two weeks...anybody with me? I could really use some inspiring. And then while in my office where my bookshelves are I started looking at book covers and thinking how it would be great if some of these strong, smart, kickass female characters existed in real life because we could certainly use them right now.

SO, I compiled a list of some of my favorite series that have strong heroines. There are certainly many more that could be added to this group. If you have suggestions for badass book heroines we should check out let us know in the comments!

Heroines We Need Right Now | Book Recommendations

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