How to Game the Walk of Shame

How to Game the Walk of ShameTitle: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.


How to Game the Walk of Shame is my kind of book. I adore the fake-dating trope. There is something about it, that just tends to work for me. I think it allows the characters to fall for each other slowly, and it creates a lot of adorably awkward moments.

Many of the elements of this story have been done before, but it just worked for me. I loved Taylor and Evan and the differences in their personalities. If it wasn’t for their little mix up, they wouldn’t even be friends. But it’s those same differences that make them work. Taylor needs to learn to chill out and enjoy life, while Evan desperately needs direction and some one to push him to do his best.

How to Game the Walk of Shame is not original in concept, but I still freaking adored it. It’s the kind of contemporary that pulls you in and just won’t let you go until you read the last page. If you’re looking for a romantic story you can fly through, How to Game the Walk of Shame is for you!

Character Book Tag

Last week I decided to do the character book tag. Loved filming this one!

 

 
Do you have a character you love to hate? Had a lot of trouble answering that question 🙂

August Most Anticipated New Releases

It looks like August is going to be a really exciting month! I’m reading an awesome book (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), I’m going to be spending some time with my family, and I plan on deep cleaning the house. That last one isn’t so exciting, but it fell by the wayside in July so it’s much needed.

Here is a look at a few books coming out this month that I’m really excited about:

 

 
What books are you looking forward to? Do we have any in common?

The Head of Medusa

The Head of MedusaTitle: The Head of Medusa
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #3
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Date: June 29th 2016
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
4.5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

The epic story of witches, gods, and monsters that USA Today called a "must read" continues in the third book of the Elementals series!

When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake -- the fire Elemental -- is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him -- the head of Medusa herself.

Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the Earth, facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.


The Head of Medusa was as exciting as I was expecting it to be! Michelle knows how to write books that just keep you turning pages. The chapters are short and always end on a cliff hanger. Similar to the prior novels, I’m really curious to see where this is going to happen next!

One thing that surprised me with the Head of Medusa is that the story takes a darker turn than the previous novels – I wasn’t expecting that. I suppose things got pretty dark in book 2, but I wasn’t invested in the particular characters that were affected, so it didn’t seem like too big of a deal to me. Book 3 is a different story!

There are a lot of parallels to Rick Riordan’s series, which may bother some people. If you loved Rick Riordan’s work  and are looking for a similar story, I think you’ll love this!

Booktube-A-Thon TBR and an Update

I decided to participate in the booktube-a-thon because I feel like I don’t read very often anymore. All of my reading takes place on the weekend and I feel like my weeknights have gotten a little crazy and I’m definitely prioritizing making videos over reading. I love making videos and it’s not something I plan to give up, so I just need to figure out a new schedule as I find a balance between my new-ish job, blogging, and reading. It’s a lot more challenging than it sounds!

Here’s a look at what I’m planning to read:

 

 
I put together a very ambitious TBR and I know I won’t get to a lot of these. So far I’m only about 5 chapters into Shiny Broken Pieces – that’s disappointing, but hopefully I can make up some ground this weekend?

Are you participating? If so, what are you reading?

Top 5 Books of 2016

Now that we’re half way through 2016, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my favorite books so far:

 

 
What books have you have absolutely loved this year?

Favorite Faerie Books

love faerie books. I’ve read quite a few over the years and I am always taken in by the world building, the characters, and the darkness that are typically included in the story. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

What are your favorite faerie stories? If you have any recommendations definitely let me know!

Dream On

Dream OnTitle: Dream On
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Silver #2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over—in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?


Dream On is even stronger than Dream a Little Dream,. Now that the initial world building is out of the way, we’re able to get a little deeper into the crazy dream world that Gier has created — and it’s awesome. With the way book 1 ended, you might assume that the creepiness is over and I am happy to say that is not the case at all. If possible, Dream On is even more creepy.

Dreams can be very happy and whimsical, but they can also be terrifying. As someone who is prone to nightmares, I enjoyed seeing the darker side of dreams — although, Dream On got much, much darker than my dreams. The elements I loved in Dream a Little Dream are still present (mystery, romance, awesome characters), but what’s really sucking me into the story is the exploration of the dream world.

While it was wonderful getting a more in depth look at the whole shared dreaming thing, I know we’ve just started to scratch the surface. I’m really looking forward to seeing how everything wraps up in the final book and seeing what fun secrets are in store for us!