Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#16)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event that's hosted by Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm waiting on...

Title Bad Boy
Author Elliot Finley Wake
Release Date December 6, 2016

Vlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity.

But Ren has been living a double life.

Off-camera, he’s Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris. As Cane, he lets his dark side loose. Hurts those who prey on the disempowered. Indulges in the ugly side of masculinity. And his new partner, Tamsin Baylor, is a girl as rough and relentless as him. Together, they terrorize the trolls into silence.

But when a routine Black Iris job goes south, Ren is put in the crosshairs. Someone is out to ruin his life. He’s a bad boy, they say, guilty of what he punishes others for.

Just like every other guy: at heart, he’s a monster, too.

Now Ren’s got everything to prove. He has to clear his name, and show the world he’s a good man. But that requires facing demons he’s locked away for years. And it might mean discovering he’s not such a good guy after all.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Share your WoW in the comments below and I'll be sure to stop by.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Book Review: Butterfly Dreams

Title Butterfly Dreams
Author A. Meredith Walters
Release Date November 24, 2015

In a powerful romance hailed as “heartbreaking, real, and breathtakingly beautiful” by Stacey Lynn, New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters tells the story of a troubled young woman and the unforgettable guy who teaches her to live—and love—to the fullest.

She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.

He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.

Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.

I've read a few books by A. Meredith Walters and I've enjoyed each of them. There's something about her writing style that really draws me into the story. Butterfly Dreams was enjoyable, but didn't feel as strong as the other books by her that I've read.

For books like this, I really need that emotional connection to the characters to thoroughly enjoy the book. While there is a connection there, it doesn't seem very strong. It sort of comes and goes throughout the book. I certainly felt a strong connection with Beckett and I really enjoyed him as a character. He certainly saved this book. I definitely enjoyed Corin as a character as well, but I didn't connect as strongly with her as I would have liked.

Secondly, I wanted more at the end. The way the book ended seemed way too rushed. A slightly more fleshed out ending would have easily bumped the book up to a solid 4.5 stars for me.

Overall, Butterfly Dreams was a good book, but it wasn't the best book by A. Meredith Walters that I've read. It was a slight let down, but I know many people will absolutely love this book.


3.5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (#9)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because everyone loves a good list, don't they? We love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Ten Facts About Me

(bookish or just general about you facts or ten facts about you as a blogger...whatever you want)

  1. I was born and raised in Georgia. I lived there until I was (almost) 24 years old. In 2012, I moved to Michigan after marrying my husband.
  2. I have two dogs that I consider my children. One is a six year old chihuahua (officially) named Buddy. His nicknames include Bud, Tiny One, the Ornery Pup, etc. The other is a year old blue heeler named Silas. His nicknames include Fat One, Goose, Moose, Moo Goo, etc. In other words, we call our dogs pretty much everything except their names.
  3. When I was in kindergarten, I cried because I couldn't read. It took me a normal amount of time to learn to read, but at that age it felt like forever! All I wanted to do was read and it frustrated me to the point of tears when I didn't pick it up instantly. Once I learned to read, that was all I ever wanted to do.
  4. Other than reading, I love playing video games. The main game I play is World of Warcraft. I also enjoy playing Overwatch, Diablo III, and the occasional console game like Destiny.
  5. The best concert that I've ever been to was an Eminem/Rhianna concert in Detroit. Eminem puts on an amazing show and I hope to see him in concert again.
  6. I suck at social media. I mostly just browse Twitter and Facebook without commenting or posting myself. I feel like I'm too awkward for the internet.
  7. Since finishing Some Kind of Perfect, I feel like I've been in a reading slump (and thus the lack of blog posts). I've read a couple of decent books since then, but I feel like the majority of books I've read lately have been disappointing.
  8. I love reality TV! I don't care if it's scripted. I don't care that it's trashy TV. I love it and I'm not ashamed. Big Brother, Catfish, Teen Mom, all of it.... I just can't get enough.
  9. I love writing. I'm not very good at it, but I love doing it. Journaling, blogging, poetry, it doesn't matter. Writing is fantastic.
  10. I've never read anything by Stephen King, but I really want to. I don't know why I've always put off reading his books, but I'm hoping to change that eventually.
Share your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments below and I'll be sure to drop by!