Feature & Follow Friday

 

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Welcome Friends!  TGIF!!  Time for another Feature & Follow Friday!

If this is your first time visiting be sure to let me know so I can check you out and follow back.  Make sure to also let me know how you followed, I prefer email subscriptions orBloglovin’ follows but you can also find me over on Twitter.

If you are completely clueless about what I’m going on about or want all the info so you can participate too, check out Alison Can Read or Parajunkee for all the details.

This Week’s Discussion:

Is there a book series that everyone loves but you can’t stand it? Why?

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The one book series that I just can’t seem to get on board with is The Lunar Chronicles.  I know! I know! How can I NOT love this series?!  I don’t really know to be truthful,  I just couldn’t get into it.  I was able to finish Cinder and started Scarlet but I quickly lost interest/motivation and gave up.  So sad since these are some seriously gorgeous covers plus fairy-tale retellings are my jam but it just isn’t meant to be.

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

My Thoughts

The Hating Game is an easy to jump into, easy to finish type of book. It’s your run of the mill love/hate workplace romance. Lucy and Josh were extremely likeable for the most part, and I definitely was rooting for their ship but there were a few issues that kept me from falling hard for the book.

For one, Lucy is incredibly dense. The relationship between her and Josh is classic grade school “I like her so I’ll pull her hair” behavior and the fact that it took so long for her to acknowledge her feelings and admit to the truth grinded on my nerves. Once she admits things to herself things started to get more fun for me as the reader, but I also felt at odds with how quickly things escalated (I know, there’s just no making me happy). Lucy basically goes from “stab Joshua’s eyes out” to Stage 5 clinger in a matter of a few pages. It was a little close to insta-love for my comfort. It really comes down to the fact that there wasn’t really a solid moment where it made sense for Joshua to jump Lucy’s bones in the elevator.  I mean, they’ve been working together for how long? It just didn’t make sense that a short dress and mention of a date would be what causes Josh to lose his control.

I’ve never understood how people can seem to hate each other so much but really like each other deep down… but the more angst and sexual tension there is in a book the more I love it, and The Hating Game certainly drew out the burn. Between the chemistry and my overall affection for the characters the book was salvaged for me, meaning I did enjoy myself for the most part while reading it. I recommend it if your looking for something that isn’t too serious and can be finished in an afternoon, while still making you feel something.

SIDE NOTE:  This is Sally Thorne’s debut novel, that being said, I’m looking forward to her future works because I have a feeling they will keep getting better and better!

4star

 

Waiting on Wednesday

 

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I am so excited about Jennifer L Armentrout’s newest title.  It sounds so FREAKING good, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!!

 

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It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

Review: Unknown by Wendy Higgins

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Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

My Thoughts

There is something about reading a book that takes place at the beginning of an “apocalypse”.  It fulfills me in a way that dystopian novels don’t, I don’t know.. I guess actually seeing society break down makes the events seem all the more possible.

I really enjoyed the fact that Wendy Higgins set up the story so that we get to have history with the characters.  Instead of jumping into the action we get to start at the beginning, we get to learn about the complex relationship between Amber and Rylen,  it really helped me to connect on a deeper level than I normally do.  I’m also happy that while there is promise of romance, Unknown isn’t completely focused on that relationship between the MCs.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally on the “Amlen” ship, but I’m just really invested in the story as a whole.

Wendy Higgins newest book is brilliant.  It provides the perfect set up to what I’m sure will be a kickass story about taking back humanity.  Yes, I’m left with so many questions unanswered, but I’m not angry about it.  Instead I’m anxiously awaiting book two, I can’t wait to see what Higgins has planned!

4star

 

Monday Morning Spotlight

 

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Monday Morning Spotlight is a weekly feature where I recommend a book to you all without adding a review.  It will simply showcase a book that I loved and that I think you will love, a book that I feel a review can not do enough justice for.

Feel free to share your recommendations with me!

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Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

 

Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop

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Welcome Friends!!  Today marks the beginning of Banned Books Week.  If you are unfamiliar with what Banned Books Week is about then click HERE for lots of facts and info!

Obviously as an avid reader I fully support our freedom to read but the fact is there are lots of books that were once or are still considered too “controversial” and are subsequently banned/challenged by schools, libraries, or even governments.  So for this week the goal is to spread awareness! Because when books challenge standards they open our eyes to new ways of thinking.

ONE lucky winner will get a paperback copy of: Thirteen Reasons Why, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and To Kill a Mockingbird.  Must be 13 years or older to enter and sorry friends, but this giveaway is US only!

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Feature & Follow Friday

 

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Welcome Friends!  TGIF!!  The week always seems to drag on and on and on!! But alas, we have made it and it’s time for another Feature & Follow Friday!

If this is your first time visiting be sure to let me know so I can check you out and follow back.  Make sure to also let me know how you followed, I prefer email subscriptions or Bloglovin’ follows but you can also find me over on Twitter.

If you are completely clueless about what I’m going on about or want all the info so you can participate too, check out Alison Can Read or Parajunkee for all the details.

This week’s topic for discussion is “Book Betrayal”.  What is your book horror story?

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I really don’t have any book horror stories, mostly because I don’t have friends to loan books to… womp womp.  I do have a work friend who is working her way through the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I had all three of them so I’m letting her borrow them.  She has made it through the second book and is moving on to the third, but the books come back same as they left so she’s a good person to lend them to.

I’ve heard several horror stories that definitely make me apprehensive about the thought of lending books out but again, I have no one to lend them to so no problem! What about you? Have you had a case of “Book Betrayal”?

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in F&F Friday!