Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged #77

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)

I hope y'all had a wonderful week! And, if you celebrate, a wonderful Thanksgiving! We've been having snow...and I'm not complaining one bit. :) My younger daughter passed her driving permit test, so she'll soon be taking to the roads to practice. Egads! 

Once again, my one-click finger needed some exercise...I *had* to work off the turkey and pie somehow.  ;)

Paradise Road (Paradise #2)Fighting for Devlin (Lost Boys, #1)Mischief Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Hotties Just Waiting To Be UnwrappedFalling to PiecesUncivilized (Uncivilized, #1)King (King, #1)
Paradise Road, King, and Fighting for Devlin were titles I couldn't resist thanks to Naomi @Naomi's Reading Place (the first two) and Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Mischief Under the Mistletoe, Falling to Pieces, and Uncivilized were great deals at 99 cents. 

Anarchy Found (SuperAlpha Series)Masters for Life (Masters Saga, #2)
I received Anarchy Found and Masters for Life for review. Thanks, JA Huss and Ginger Voight!!

Last Two Weeks' Reviews
Upcoming Reviews
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley
Trust by Ella Frank
Lead by Kylie Scott
Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashley
Anarchy Found by JA Huss

Saturday, November 28, 2015

My TBR List Review ~ Ignite Me ~ Tahereh Mafi


My To-Be Read List is a meme hosted by Michelle @Because Reading. I think it's a fabulous idea because it gets y'all in the game and it helps me knock off some of the many, many books on my TBR list. You're more than welcome to join in the fun! I've included the basic rules below but you can click on the graphic above to hop over to Michelle's site where you can find all the details. 

Here's how it works:
On the first Saturday of each month, I will make a post with three books from my TBR List (these books can be already on your ereader or bookshelf OR books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on Michelle's post. Y'ALL will help me choose which book I will read next. The following Saturday, I will announce which book won. Then the last Saturday of the month, I'll post my review.

Fun, right?!?


Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me #3
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased paperback
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms


With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn't know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won't keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world...but that's not all he wants with her.

Holy WOW! What an ending! I've heard this book was rather polarizing but I obviously fall on the positive side of camp because I can't even fathom what was not to like.

  • I adored that Mafi explored the themes of self discovery and self-realization in this way. It's something every teen experiences, although not necessarily under such extreme circumstances. We all have differences in how we were raised, in our abilities, our fears, etc. And I think she also aptly described how things sometimes work out when people grow and change.
  • Mafi's prose is incredible, in my opinion. Her use of metaphor - particularly in reference to words and language - is genius. I kept having to stop and read passages to whoever happened to be close by.
  • Her characters are so well developed. Their personalities are so distinct and I felt their reactions - especially in certain situations - was so real. No, I may not have liked those reactions, but they felt authentic to me.
  • Mafi's depiction of how desolate the world could become sans hope, and how hope, even the tiniest glimmer of hope, can add so much vivid color to our lives was visceral.
  • Warner *sigh* I adore Warner. He said something about Adam maintaining his humanity when he couldn't and it made me sad to think that he couldn't see his own humanity - and happy that Juliette could.
  • I admired and adored Juliette as well, for reaching deep and finding her strength...for having the courage to become what she was meant to be, embracing it even.
I think that's all I want to say. I'm quite satisfied with how Mafi wrapped things up. And I'm eager to see what she'll come up with next.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

That's What HE Said #46 ~ Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #25

That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies @Chapter Break. Here's the deal: every Thursday, post a line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from dialog in the books. The quote doesn't have to be romantic - just something our hunky hero said to his lucky lady. Be sure to link up over at Chapter Break as well.

Before I get to the good stuff, Happy Thanksgiving to all y'all who celebrate it! I'm enjoying turkey and football today. :D

My pick this week for That's What He Said is from:

Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashley


"I'm in love with you," he announced, and her mouth dropped open but he went on. "We're not over. We're never going to be over. There isn't going to be an end."


It was complicated, including hammering some ice between tea towels to crush it (because she didn't like "big ice," whatever-the-hell that was), using only chilled diet cola, a shot of amaretto, a dash of cherry juice and three cherries.
The drink itself sounded disgusting. The exacting way she desired it was hilarious.

I'm thinking I might try to get my man to make this drink for me.  ;) And just so you know, Cash decided he really liked how Abby tasted after drinking this drink. ;)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#TravelingtoTerminus Audio Review ~ Five Weeks ~ Dannika Dark

Five Weeks (Seven, #3)
Five Weeks by Dannika Dark
Seven Series #3
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Release Date: July 27, 2014
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: Audible
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Destiny will find you.

Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she's recently decided to settle down--as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again. 

Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion--until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.

Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.

Oh-hoho! Jericho and Isabelle's story was fraught with danger and crackling with sexual tension. It was a thrill ride and I loved every minute of Five Weeks.

I knew there was more to Jericho than partying and girls. Getting a little glimpse of the man he was and of the man he could be was startling. Izzy is a force to be reckoned with. Of course, it would be a fiery redhead to bring Jericho to his knees. I adored the interactions between these two as they worked through their past and found their way back to one another. The added suspense and tension via Izzy's ex/current boyfriend had me biting my nails and breaking out with chill bumps with all the danger he posed to Izzy, Jericho, and his brothers.

Another thing I adore in this series is seeing the dynamics between all the Cole brothers. They may not be close in age but they're tight. They all have each others' backs even if they don't always agree with the other's decisions.

Nicole Poole continues to wow me with her narration. She somehow creates distinct voices for all the characters and manages to keep them straight. That all the characters are present in varying degrees in each book makes it that much ore satisfying to spend time in this world, because we get to know everyone a little bit more.

I loved what Jericho and Izzy brought out in the other - despite their past, they actually bring out the good in each other. And I really liked that Jericho was willing to fight to keep Izzy in his life this time around - he wasn't going to give up. That's my kind of guy!

Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Anarchy Found ~ JA Huss

I am super-excited to be able to share the cover of JA Huss' upcoming release! What do y'all think?

Anarchy Found
J.A. Huss
(SuperAlpha Series)
Publication date: December 2nd 2015
Genres: Superhero Romance

Everyone needs a hero.

That’s what Detective Molly Masters tells me. “What we need,” she says, “what the whole world needs,” she pleads, “is a champion.”

The only thing I want to talk about with Molly Masters is how I’d like to make her scream my name when I push her up against a wall, slide my hand up her thigh, and live out my wildest fantasies.

“Someone who will fight against injustice,” she says.

I’ll fight against anything you want, honey. Just come a little closer.

“Someone who will stand tall in the face of adversity,” she says.

I’ll do it standing, sitting, or lying down. See how easy I am?

“Someone who believes in the value of a good deed,” she says.

I believe in the value of me, sweetheart. Because I’m Lincoln Wade. Jaded genius, obscenely wealthy, capable of violence, and looking for revenge.

Molly Masters might have delusions of grandeur. She might see me as some superman capable of cleaning up the scum, filth, and corruption in Cathedral City.

But I’m not the hero she’s looking for.

I’m the dark alley where all her good intentions hide.

So be careful what you wish for, Molly Masters.

Because you’re about to get it.

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Cover reveal video:
This is a hand drawn cover by Ambro Jordi – watch him draw the main image in time-lapse:

Author Bio:

JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (, Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Brandee's Bookish Babble #8 ~ What's on Your Ereader?

Welcome to Brandee's Bookish Babble. There are many, many similar posts to this one - but basically I wanted a place to discuss bookish and/or blogging stuff and I needed a title. :) So this is my new discussion feature.


Last month, I discussed how I organize my shelves. That got me to thinking about how my genres shake out. So I took a look at my 2 nooks, since it's easier to organize on them. The first thing I noticed was how many amazing books I have waiting to be read. *winks* The second thing I noticed is that my genre phases are evident with Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance being more prevalent on my older nook, while Romance in general took over on nook #2. Anyway, here's the spread:

So, what's on your ereader?

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Release Review ~ Eighteen (18) ~ JA Huss

Eighteen (18)Eighteen (18) by JA Huss
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Taboo Romance
Source: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased my own copy on nook.
Rating: 4 Bookworms

Eighteen is hard.
And so is Mateo Alesci.
He's hard to read, hard to predict, hard in every way that counts. He wants things from me. 
Dirty things, nasty thing, forbidden things.
And I have to give in.
His attention is completely inappropriate, but I can't say no. The way he looks at me...the way he watches me through my bedroom window...the way he drags me deeper and deeper into his completely forbidden fantasy world just...turns me on.
He knows it turns me on.
He holds all the power. He holds all the cards.
He holds my entire future in his hands.
And I have to give in.
Because Mr. Alesci is my teacher.
And I need everything he's offering.

**Please note this is labeled as a taboo romance. If that's not your thing, you have been warned.**

JA Huss is one of my favorite authors. I never know what she's going to throw at me. I like that because I usually get something different and I'm always satisfied. With Eighteen, I knew something really different was coming my way. And although I had some difficulty with parts of it, Huss still left me feeling satisfied when I was finished.

Shannon has had a helluva life so far. In the last year, she's moved 3 times and lost her sister. When we meet her, she's celebrating her 18th birthday by having a mini-meltdown in the counselor's office where she's just been told she needs several more credits in order to graduate on time. I admit it took me a little while to connect with Shannon. Her woe-is-me attitude, along with getting high to escape the woe (we actually never see her get high - she only talks about having done it in the past) was bothersome. But I did come to understand her attitude. She lives with her jerk of a brother-in-law and her infant niece - the only living relative she has left. She's been struggling with life for awhile having lost her mom and then being dragged around the country by her older sister, who was given custody of her. There's not a lot to be happy about. But she does have a few people who look out for her - a friend at school, her counselor, and then she meets her new math teacher, Mr. Alesci.

Mateo Alesci is gorgeous, smart, and funny. He's bossy but caring and kind. He knows how to teach math to Shannon in a way that really works - even if it's completely unconventional. (and one I'd not approve of being used on my daughters) But I had some issues with him. It wasn't that he was 28 and clearly attracted to his student - Shannon's 18 and legal. It wasn't exactly that he seemed to have been stalking her. And it wasn't that he had interesting proclivities. It was more that, once they began a relationship, he ruled. He didn't always allow Shannon to think or decide things for herself which contradicted his assertion of her intelligence.

The reason this is a 4 Bookworm rather than a 3 Bookworm rating is that Huss somehow got me completely invested in both Shannon and Mateo and I was pleased to have been a part of their emotionally maturing journey. Because that's what I experienced. I got to witness Shannon grow and change - pull her shit together and become an adult. I watched Mateo change - realize what he had and that in order to keep it, he had to loosen this hold - actually let go - and allow Shannon the time she needed to figure out what she wanted and choose how she'd get there. So yeah, incredible character growth. And it's something Huss is superb at conveying.

Then there are a couple of supporting characters that rocked their roles. Huss gave Shannon the support she needed in Mr. Bowman, her counselor, and Sunday, a boy from school - people who genuinely cared about her and were there for her when she needed them the most. The kind of people you'd hope all kids have in their lives.

Eighteen was interesting - not what I was expecting. But Huss has a way of always delivering a much deeper story than what appears on the surface. So even though I wasn't immediately enamored with Shannon or Mateo, in the end I was completely satisfied.

Friday, November 20, 2015

#TravelingtoTerminus Review ~ Magic Rises ~ Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels #6
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased Paperback
Rating: 5 Bookworms


Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Best Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack's shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there's little available in Atlanta.

Kate can't bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute--and they'll pay him in medicine. With the young people's survival and the Pack's future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer--but they have little doubt that they're heading straight into a trap...

It's been a few years since I read the Andrews - they welcomed me back into the Keep with open arms...and bared teeth.

Magic Rises evoked so many feelings, I thought I'd list them here.

  • Sadness and Anger

I felt sadness over what the Pack was dealing with watching their kids go loup - and not being able to do a thing about it. I was sad and angry that the Pack was pulled into a trap with a cure being dangled as bait. And I was sad but mostly mad at Curran over behavior and my lack of understanding it for a large portion of the book.
I was saddened and angered that Kate was made to feel as though she'd never fit in the Pack - that no matter what she did, how loyal she is, how long she'd fight, some would never fully accept her.

  • Surprise

I was shocked at who was behind the trap and all that went down after the reveal. I was surprised at some of the horrific things that occurred while the Pack was performing their duties away from the Keep. I was surprised at the many new creatures introduced and the mythology behind them.
I was shocked, horrified, and deeply saddened by certain events that happened at the direction of the one who set the trap as well.

  • Satisfaction

The Andrews know how to deliver a well-crafted story. It was engaging and compelling. It was action-packed with incredibly choreographed fighting scenes. They inject just enough humor to keep me from wanting to curl up and cry. Their characters are exquisitely crafted, personalities crystal cut and clear. And their mythology and world building is riveting.

Magic Rises has it all! And I'm chomping at the bit to read the next installment. I can guarantee it won't be years in between.