Book Reviews

This Heart of Mine | C.C Hunter

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Release Date: February 27, 2018

Goodreads Synopsis: 

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.

So, I got this book as an ARC and I am so glad I did! I’m learning to speak up more about the disease I have and well, I could TOTALLY relate to Leah on a more personal level. I do not have heart failure but I do have Addison’s Disease which is adrenal failure. Adrenal glands are in fact an organ and it’s taken me 4 years no to grasp the fact that I do have a form of organ failure and this is something that I’m going to have to live with for the rest of my life. The steroid dreams that Leah has are something that I experience all the time. C.C Hunter’s description of those are spot on. I’ve had some really some weird ones that make no sense and when you wake up… you actually think they’re real when you wake up. I also totally get Leah’s paranoid moments about her medicine and taking it on time: That actually sucks in real life.

Okay, on to the actual book part of this: I don’t want to ruin it but this has become one of my favorite books in 2017. It’s up there with a A List of Cages for me, and if you know me, you know I LOVED that particular book. Even though the effects of Leah’s disease are real, you can tell that this is a work of fiction and it just enraptures you to the point that I became a really snappy mean person when I was pulled away from the book.

Anyways: This is an OBVIOUS 5/5 stars for me! It’s fantastic and I think you should preorder it ASAP.

FTC: I received an ARC of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ❤

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Book Reviews

Breakwater | Catherine Jones Payne

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Okay, so some you know that I went to World Fantasy Convention in Texas this past weekend. It was great and a lot of fun even though I was having anxiety attacks just about every day. I’m still recovering from that, so my actual post about the *experience* will have to wait a few more days.

ANYWAYS.

I got books, a lot of books. Enough books to make my heart and soul very happy. Some I bought, some were given to me. PEOPLE GAVE ME BOOKS. I’m still stuck on that. This is the first book that I’ve read from my stash. I LOVED this book. The entire time I was reading it, it didn’t feel like a book about a debut author!

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

A red tide is rising.

As the daughter of one of the mer-king’s trusted advisors, seventeen-year-old Jade has great responsibilities. When her fiancé murders a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she’d ever imagined. And as she fights against the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers danger lurking in every canal, imperiling her family and shattering the ocean’s fragile peace.

Can the city’s divisions be mended before the upwelling of hate rips apart everything Jade loves?

Okay, so we’re going to take THAT and then look at that GORGEOUS cover and go “Okay, I would have picked this baby up too. ” This book reminded me a lot of the Winner’s Curse trilogy, but in a very good way! (I happened to love the Winner’s Curse, so it could never be in a bad way..) ANYWAYS. I’m already planning on buying a friend a copy of this book because I am sure she would love it just as much.

Again, SO GOOD. Get you a copy and read this bad boy!

Amazon

4/5 stars! Looking forward to the sequel and will probably reread again!

 

 

 

Book Tags

A Game of Thrones Book Tag!

I got this tag from The Book Nut but it was originally created by Claire Roussaeu on youtube! I’ve been in a Game of Thrones frenzy lately, as of now I’m almost done with season 4!

 

Arya Stark- a character that’s all about revenge

daughter of deep silence

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan! Frances totally reminds me of Arya with her attitude.

 

Varys- A book featuring political intrigue

Dividing Eden

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau. This book is just so good. I can’t wait for the next installment.

 

Joffrey- A villain you just love to hate

an ember in the ashes

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Keris Ventura AKA the Commandant is a freaking bitch and I hate her so much. She’s up there with freaking Umbridge.

 

Jon Snow- A coming of age story

a list of cages

A List of Cages by Robin Roe. Adam and Julian will break your heart every time.

 

Jaime & Cersei- A ship you just can’t get behind

a life apart

A Life Apart by LY Marlow. Morris and Beatrice have a special place in hell waiting for them.

 

Lady Olenna- A kickass older character

harry potter and the order of the phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. McGonagall is amazing and I LOVE HER. This was the book that really made me love her so much. If she’s not a little bad ass, who is?

 

Dany- A book featuring dragons

a clash of kings

The last book I read that had any kind of dragons in it was A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

 

Sansa Stark- A character you grew to love

our dark duet

Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab, Kate really redeemed herself in concluding book to This Savage Song

 

Melisandre- A favorite magic system

the black prism

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Tyrion- A character whose weapon is their mind

empire of stoms

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas. Aelin is just way too smart for her own damn good!

Book Reviews

Drumline by Stacy Kestwick

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I found this gem on kindle unlimited, and I haven’t found many books lately on there that I truly enjoyed.. But hopefully this was a end of that problem. This book is a new adult romance, and I loved every minute of it. I was in marching band throughout high school, and it’s one of the things that have helped shaped me into the person that I am today, so getting to relive parts of that band mate bond was really fun and I really enjoyed getting to do that.

Goodreads

 

Traditions are important. Especially in the South.

College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows.

Some things just don’t change.

Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullsh*t attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line.

It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it.

She expects there to be tension. Even friction.

But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.

 

***Drumline is a standalone college romance.
This has became my FAVORITE new adult romance. It’s perfect, and I think I’m going to look up Stacy Kestwick and go on a reading binge. It was everything I wanted and needed plus some.

5 out of 5 stars! (Seriously, I neverrr rate new adult books this high! <3)

Reading, Watching, Listening, & Trying

Currently Reading,Watching, Listening to, & Trying (#1)

I found this here and loved the idea so much, I decided to take it and do it myself! Here we gooooo!

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Currently Reading: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
I LOVE Outlander and waiting for the show to come out each week is wearing on my patience! I have loved every book that I have read in this series thus far. Dragonfly in Amber was my least favorite, but I think this is becoming my favorite because of the location that they’re at.

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Currently Watching: Game of Thrones, season 3. I’m slowly making my way through this show. I was confused on why everyone was obsessed with it but I’m starting to learn why! Also, the books that I’ve read out of this series are all fantastic! I’ve been into really long epic fantasies lately and this one does hit the bill!

Currently Listening to:

Life Changes- Thomas Rhett
Young & Crazy- Frankie Ballard
Happy Endings- Old Dominion

Currently Trying:
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Yall know how I was in that wreck? (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read this) Anyways! I hurt my knee and I feel like this is making a major difference in the pain I’m dealing with concerning walking. I bought it from walmart, here’s a link

So this was an enjoyable way for me to get some content out on my blog, hopefully, this is something that I can keep up for a minute!

Enjoy! ❤

Life updates

I was in a car wreck last week :(

This post isn’t going to be related to reading- unfortunately. Instead, I’m going to use this space to kind of journal my feelings at the moment.
Let me start from the beginning.
On August 28th, I signed papers on a brand spankin’ new Jeep Renegade Latitude.
I named her Khaleesi.
Here’s a picture of her in the car lot, is she not GORGEOUS?!
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Anyways, I have quite enjoyed her. This was the first vehicle I have ever gotten into and enjoyed driving. I have loved driving her.

Here comes the bad part.
On last Monday (September 18th), I got into an accident. The other driver was drunk and drugged and well. This is their car. Or what’s left of it.

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They crossed into my lane, and then well did that. Unfortunately, Khaleesi didn’t make it out unscathed. She does have some damage but NOTHING like the other car. Most of the damage to me happened to the undercarriage but here’s my jeep. The tire is not turned, that’s a bent axle.

I feel SO lucky to even be alive right now, I was hurt some physically, but for the past week, I have been having pretty much near constant anxiety attacks, and nightmares from hell. I was hurt some

Obviously, I haven’t felt like reading lately.