Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag | YA + MG Edition

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Hello everyone,
I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend! The next few days I'm going to be posting my top books for 2017 lists and my blogging plans for 2017. But first, a tag all about the looks of books.

Okay, so I'm basically a cover whore. I LOVE looking a pretty covers and have been known to purchase a book based on how gorgeous its cover and overall appearance is more than its content. So, when I came across the Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag (originally created by Book Syrup) I tagged myself and got to looking through my shelves.

I limited myself to middle grade and YA titles this time around because I want to this tag again later on and do it for romance/NA titles.

Best color combo on a book cover

I love the teal/yellow/orange/black color combo of this cover. I initially wanted to buy this book because of the color combo just grabbed me, but when I read the synopsis and found out it's a road trip book that pretty much sealed the deal. And now it's sitting pretty on my shelf.

Best typography/font on a book cover

I love the typography of the title--like it's legit written by Lara Jean. If you look closely, you can see that it's written in Sharpie with all the little kind of flaws in the ink on paper. Also, I wish my cursive writing is as neat as this.












Best simple cover

I love a good, simple white cover and I really love this one. The heart-shaped waffles are so cute (yep, they have something to do in the story). 



Best endpages

Yeah, no contest. Gotta be endpages from The Wrath and the Dawn. First of all, I love that shade of purple and I'm a sucker for damask patterns. I basically want to wallpaper my future library with that exact pattern and shade there on the left. Then, we have Shazi there on the right and she's just gorgeous in her dress and jewelry. 😍 😍



Best map

This is one gorgeous map! I love the attention to detail on map itself and then to the drawings below it. It's from the Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson and it sets the perfect tone for the series. 









Best naked hardback

The hardcover edition of First and Then by Emma Mills is, hands down, one of the best naked hardbacks out there. I love the dark blue and silver foil combination. I love the raindrops (which are also featured on the cover) form a heart. And I LOVE that the raindrop design is both on the front and back cover. That doesn't happen very often.




Best back cover
I debated whether to feature Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton as my favorite color combo pick or my best back cover pick, but I ultimately decided to put it under best back cover because I love the front cover of this book and the back cover is basically the same without the place and horse and rider silhouette. I really like how they kept the basic design (which is gorgeous) all around. I love that the cover designer took the same gold and teal (love this color combo!) border that is on the front cover to the back cover as well. They sort of remind of peacock feathers. 







Best chapter headers

I didn't want to include any of the Harry Potter books on this list because it's such an obvious and basic answer, but for this particular category the Harry Potter series was the only one that came to mind for the absolute best chapter headers. I LOVE the chapter header art in the series because they give you a clue about what's to come in the chapter. When I was a kid reading the series for the first time (before the movies came out) the pictures helped me visualized the story. All of the chapter header pictures were always on point.




Best illustrations
My new favorite graphic novelist is Raina Telgemeier. My youngest sister had always read her books, but it wasn't until late 2016 that I picked up one of her books myself. Ever since I picked up Smile (the picture on the left is from Smile with a gorgeous drawing of San Francisco), I have devoured as many of her books as I could get my hands on. I love her biographical-based graphic novels best of all, but all of her books are all so beautifully drawn. I love her art style.

Best spine

I've been meaning to read the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, but I haven't finished the Grisha trilogy so I didn't want to pick up SoC before finishing that series. Anyway, I fell in love with SoC cover ever since the cover reveal in late 2015. Even though I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader's copy at the ALA conference, I bought the hardcover edition when it came out because I love the cover so much. Then, I pre-ordered Crooked Kingdom even though I haven't gotten around to reading SoC just so that I can put the two books together on myself and they just look so beautiful. Really, the publish has outdone itself in the design of the hardcover edition of both books  because both are just gorgeous all around, from the covers to the stained pages to the spine to the pages inside.





Favorite cover on your shelves
My overall favorite cover on my shelf was a very hard decision to make, but I decided to go with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I absolutely love this book, and even now, five years since I read it, I can still visualize scenes from the story and of the circus in my head, and that's amazing because I'm the type of person who forgets characters' names five minutes after I finish reading a book. But besides the content, the book design itself (in this instance I'm talking about the first edition hardcover, which is the copy I own) is all around perfect and amazing. The cover art matches the story perfectly and I love that it's simple and somewhat understated but coveys so much about the story. I love that they used only black, gray/shiny silver, and red (another color combo I love). When you remove the dust jacket, the naked hardback is beautifully designed and is reminiscent of antique leather bound books. The end pages are black and white stripes that make me kind of dizzy when I stare at them for too long. The spine and back cover are perfect as well... Basically, I picked The Night Circus because this one book can be my pick for a lot of the other categories on this tag.

So, these are my picks for the Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag. I really enjoyed doing this tag because it gave me a chance to feature books based solely on their design and appearance and not the content since, unfortunately, I haven't read a majority of these books. Out of the eleven, I've read only six but I highly recommend The Night Circus, Smile, the Harry Potter series, The Kiss of Deception, The Wrath and the Dawn, and Tell Me Three Things if you haven't read them.

Happy reading,
Michelle

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Hello everyone,
Checkmate: This Is Love by Kennedy Fox comes out today! I'll be sharing my thoughts about the Checkmate Duet by the end of the month, but for now, here's more info about Checkmate: This Is Love.

Title: Checkmate: This Is Love
Series: Checkmate Duet #2
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance
Release Date: December 13
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The anticipated conclusion of The Checkmate Duet from a secret duo of bestselling authors! Checkmate: This is War is an enemies to lovers romance that will have you crying with laughter one moment and screaming in frustration the next... but you'll be begging to play the game with The King.

Game on.

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Viola Fisher is the epitome of perfection.

She despises my one-night stands and mocks my less-than-classy habits.

She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true.

And I want her.
If she were anyone else, I’d have made my move years ago, but considering she’s my best friend’s little sister, she’s always been off-limits. Not to mention how much she loathes my very existence.

Hating me is her religion, but needing her is mine. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make me want her even more, and I’m more determined than ever to change her mind.

I’ll prove I’m done playing games.

But until then, we’ll continue to play by her rules.

Viola Fisher may have won the battle, but the war isn’t over yet.

Checkmate, princess.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

**This is Love is book 2 in the Checkmate Duet. You must read This is War first.**


If you haven't picked up the first book in the duet, here's more info about Checkmate: This is War.

*An enemies to lovers romance*

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.

He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.

He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.

And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

Checkmate.
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Meet the Author
Kennedy Fox is a duo of bestselling authors who share a love of You've Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren't bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate together under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that'll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hello everyone,
To celebrate the release of the last book in the Wild Aces series by Chanel Cleeton, Berkley Romance invited a few romance lovers like myself to reread one of the books in the Wild Aces series to prepare for the release of On Broken Wings.

A year after losing her husband, Joker, the squadron commander of the Wild Aces, Dani Peterson gets an offer from his best friend, Alex “Easy” Rogers, to help fix up her house. Dani accepts, and their friendship grows—along with an undeniable attraction.

Racked by guilt for loving his best friend’s widow, Easy’s caught between what he wants and can’t have. Until one night everything changes, and the woman who’s always held his heart ends up in his arms. Yet as Easy leaves for his next deployment, he and Dani are torn between their feelings and their loyalty to Joker’s memory.

But when Dani discovers something that sends them both into a spin, the conflicted lovers must overcome the past to navigate a future together…

I decided to read (not actually reread since I'm just now picking up the series) Into the Blue, the second book in the series. So, yeah, I'm going to be reading the series out of order since I haven't picked up the first book, Fly With Me, yet. But, I'm a sucker for second chance romances and Into the Blue just called out to me.

Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancée.

Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.

Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?

I haven't finished reading Into the Blue yet because my mom hijacked my copy when it came in the mail because she just finished reading Fly With Me and wanted to read Eric's book right away. She just recently given it back to me and I'm still reading it so I can't give you my full thoughts on it but omg soooo GOOD!

Basically, Eric and Becca were childhood sweethearts, but Eric left Becca to pursue his dreams as an Air Force pilot. But after a horrible accident, he returns home for the first time in ten years. Guess who he sees? Becca, his former fiancee and now a successful deputy solicitor. Becca is surprised to see Eric again after all these years and understandably angry at the man who shattered her heart after he left her. She tries to push him away but she also can't help remembering the past and how good it was. She's also still very much attracted to him.

From what I read so far? It has everything I love in a second chance romance. Eric and Becca are so sweet! I love them both. They also have great chemistry and there's been some very swoon-worthy moments between them. It's just been such a treat every time I pick up Into the Blue and I keep wishing for bigger chunks of time so I can read longer.

Anywho, look for my full thoughts on Into the Blue soon. I'll also be reading On Broken Wings as soon as I'm done with it and I'll also be reviewing it hopefully by the last week of December.

If you have a hankering for a steamy fighter pilot romance series, look no further than the Wild Aces books. I feel funny recommending it since I'm still reading Into the Blue and it's my first read by author Chanel Cleeton but from what I've read so far I already know that it won't be my last read by her. I really enjoy her writing, I love the tension and chemistry between Eric and Becca, and it's steamy and sexy, which is always a plus.

And if you're curious about the first book, Fly With Me, here ya go:

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.

Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six feet, two inches of sexy swagger asks her to dance and turns her world upside down.

One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they can’t leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noah’s job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love…

Author Bio:
Chanel Cleeton is the author of the e-books Flirting with ScandalPlaying with Trouble, and Falling for Danger. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She’s also a graduate (survivor) of law school—she earned her J.D. from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. A summer cruise in the Caribbean changed Chanel’s life when she met and fell in love with a fighter pilot. A happily ever after later, she’s currently living an adventure with her husband and three pups.

Happy reading,
Michelle

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hello everyone,
I've been really horrible with blog posts lately, and that's because I also been horrible at picking up books and actually finishing them. In the last month and a half, I've picked up maybe five or six books, read almost to the halfway point, and stopped reading to pick up another book read almost to the halfway point... you get it. And it's not because these books are bad or anything (a couple are even some of my most anticipated reads of 2016), it's just me. I've been feeling restless lately with blogging and reading and in the coming year I'm definitely going to reevaluate where I stand with my blog.

Anyway, I'm making this post today to say happy book birthday to two books that are hitting coming out today. Unfortunately, I couldn't get to them because of my weird reading mood, but I wanted to feature them here on the blog to get the word out about them. I will eventually be picking up these two because they're both amazing.

The first is Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton. Check out that sexylicious cover!

A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…

After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.

Amelia is genuine and fun and Flynn can’t get enough of her—and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough but tender Flynn. But trust is a hard fought battle for both of them. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was easy, but are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?

Rules of Contact is the 12th book in Burton's Play by Play series, and I gotta say this cover is one of the best in the series **fans self.**

The other book releasing today is Lock & Mori: Mindgames by Heather W. Petty. I read Lock & Mori last year and really, really liked so much that I begged Simon & Schuster for an early copy of Mindgames.

Sherlock Holmes and Miss James “Mori” Moriarty may have closed their first case, but the mystery is far from over in the thrilling sequel to Lock & Mori, perfect for fans of Maureen Johnson and Sherlock.

You know their names. Now discover their beginnings.

Mori’s abusive father is behind bars…and she has never felt less safe. Threatening letters have started appearing on her doorstep, and the police are receiving anonymous tips suggesting that Mori—not her father—is the Regent’s Park killer. To make matters worse, the police are beginning to believe them.
Through it all, Lock—frustrating, brilliant, gorgeous Lock—is by her side. The two of them set out to discover who is framing Mori, but in a city full of suspects, the task is easier said than done. With the clock ticking, Mori will discover just how far she is willing to go to make sure that justice is served, and no one—not even Lock—will be able to stop her.

Check out my review of Lock & Mori: Mindgames here and my interview of author Heather H. Petty here.

I am so excited for these two. I'm hoping to pick up both by winter break, which will give me a bit of time to do some catch up reading.

Let me know if you're read either of these books.

-Michelle