Bitsy Words: Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

29th Jan 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

Bitsy Words: Anything for You by Kristan HigginsAnything for You by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #5
Published by HQN
Pub Date: December 29th 2015
Pages: 410
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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5 Stars

Before you get down on bended knee…

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her.

But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…

And thus, one of my favorite Contemporary Romance series comes to an end. *queue the tears*

Connor and Jessica have always been a bit of a mystery, and in Anything For You we find out why! They’ve kept their on-and-off relationship a secret from everyone for YEARS. Jessica had a really rough childhood. She’s grown up having to take care of herself and her brother. She’s super guarded and headstrong (ok, maybe stubborn is the better word), and she also doesn’t believe her and Connor could ever have a real future, due mostly to the fact that her brother HATES him. There’s a whole childhood flashback story that explains the sad circumstances as to why this is the case that totally made me cry. I’m a sucker, ok! There was a dog involved.

Connor is overly positive that if Jessica just let him try, her brother could get past it. He goes above and beyond in this book, but sometimes behind her back and yes, it backfires at a certain point. It felt like Connor was always trying and Jess was always shutting him down, so of course they frustrated me at times. But it all works out in the end! Connor stops trying so hard and Jess learns to let go of the tightly held reigns of her life and they are able to work things out… in the very end. :)

I’m sad to see this series come to a close but it was a great ending. I look forward to seeing what new characters Kristan Higgins will make me fall in love with next.

About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins writes down-to-earth romantic comedies…real life, true love and lots of laughs.

Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.

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Bitsy Words: The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

22nd Jan 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Bitsy Words: The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

Bitsy Words: The Nethergrim by Matthew JobinThe Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin
Series: The Nethergrim Trilogy #1
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: April 8th 2014
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover | Source: Library
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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5 Stars

Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes' honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together--and work apart--in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.

I’ve been holding onto this mini review since I read the book in April 2014 and with the sequel coming out in May, it seems like the perfect time to share! I was so very impressed by The Nethergrim. It was darker and grimmer than I expected, but had that thread of hope in it that reminded me of both the first Harry Potter and the Seven Realms series. I was drawn in from the start and thought it was such an enthralling adventure. I loved Edmund and Katherine and Tom, though I felt desperately sorry for him. They were believable albeit very brave 14 year olds. I loved the legends and the magic system. And I just loved the writing, it was crisp and melancholy, menacing and exciting. I also thought the story wrapped up nicely for a first book while leaving plenty of adventure to be had. Highly recommended for fantasy fans, it’s the kind of book I would have loved in middle school that can still be enjoyed and appreciated by adults. To wrap up, I thought a little quest music was in order (primarily from 0:01-0:55)!

 

 

 

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Bitsy Words: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

18th Dec 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Bitsy Words: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Bitsy Words: The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: May 1st 1993
Pages: 197
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
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5 Stars

aulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

This book was filled with quotes I want engraved in my brain for life! My only regret was deciding to read it while taking a bubble bath, because I didn’t have any sticky tabs to bookmark all these amazing quotes.

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”

The Alchemist is a story of a shepherd boy named Santiago who sets off on a journey in hopes of achieving what he feels is his destiny. Along this journey he meets several people that help him on his way and others that hinder him. Several times he is faced with having to choose between stopping in his tracks or continuing to his final destination. Santiago’s struggle was very relatable because we’ve all been there. At some point in life, we think we know what we are destined for and are faced with the decision of fighting for our dreams or settling for what is comfortable. Throughout Santiago’s journey, you find yourself rooting for him to not give up but also understanding his reasoning for wanting to stop.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

Santiago’s story is inspiring and written in such a beautiful way! It reads like a fairy tale and that only helped to make it even more intriguing. Not only will I revisit this book again before this year is over, but I am positive that I will read it many times to come!

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

 

 

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Bitsy Words: Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

9th Dec 2015 Ashley @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Ashley

Bitsy Words: Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

Bitsy Words: Above the Waterfall by Ron RashAbove the Waterfall by Ron Rash
Published by Ecco
Pub Date: September 8th 2015
Pages: 272
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult Fiction
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3 Stars

Les, a long-time sheriff nearing retirement, contends with the ravages of poverty and crystal meth in his small Appalachian town. Nestled in a beautiful hollow of the Appalachians, his is a tight-knit community rife with secrets and suspicious of outsiders.

Becky, a park ranger, arrives in this remote patch of North Carolina hoping to ease the anguish of a harrowing past. Searching for tranquility amid the verdant stillness, she finds solace in poetry and the splendor of the land.

A vicious crime will plunge both sheriff and ranger into deep and murky waters, forging an unexpected bond between them. Caught in a vortex of duplicity, lies, and betrayal, they must navigate the dangerous currents of a tragedy that turns neighbor against neighbor—and threatens to sweep them all over the edge.

(Originally posted by Ashley on Must Love Books)

Les is in his last three weeks as Sheriff of the town he grew up in and he is more than ready to retire to his newly built cabin in the woods. His past is haunted by a failed marriage and he still carries a lot of regret. Before he can retire, one more case comes across his desk and it’s a doozy! Becky is a nature enthusiast who works as a park ranger. She arrived in North Carolina to escape her past that is full of tragedy. Les and Becky’s relationship is complicated and it only gets more so during the case.Told in alternating chapters, Les and Becky work the case and begin piecing together the disturbing truth, what they discover will not only test their relationship but Les must decide where to draw the line between the law and his morals.

This is the first book I’ve read by Ron Rash so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a quick easy read and I enjoyed reading it and I think I’ll try another one of his books soon.

 

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Bitsy Words: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

4th Dec 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Jess, Tunes for Books

Bitsy Words: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Bitsy Words: Until We Meet Again by Renee CollinsUntil We Meet Again by Renee Collins
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: November 3rd 2015
Pages: 336
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

Until We Meet Again wasn’t a typical time travel book, and I really enjoyed that about it. The main characters met on a beach, and that was the only place they could see each other. Lawrence lived in 1925 and Cassandra in 2015. How will they live happily ever after?! Admittedly I thought I knew what would happen in the end but I was pleasantly surprised! Another thing I didn’t expect was to have this be more of a mystery. I enjoyed the suspense of it all though!

I thought Lawrence was really sweet and romantic. He was also a bit more mature than Cassandra, even though he was only a year older. I’m sure it also has to do with them having to grow up way faster back then. Cassandra got under my skin at times. She was really sulky and bratty at first, but by the end she’d matured some. I loved that she had a family that cared about her well being and didn’t take any of her crap. Way to go, mom! And her stepdad was really sweet.

So while I was reading this I kept hearing Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams in my head. The video implies the song is about being involved with a bad guy and even though Lawrence was from that, there’s other aspects from the story that fit it well. So that’s why I’m making it my song for Until We Meet Again!

 

 

About Renee Collins

Renee Collins

I’m a YA writer who loves historical settings, magic, and semi-tragic romance. I’m represented by the amazing Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media.

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Bitsy Words: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

6th Nov 2015 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan, Tunes for Books

Bitsy Words: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Bitsy Words: The Deal by Elle KennedyThe Deal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #1
Published by Author
Pub Date: February 24th 2015
Pages: 358
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy...

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

I’ve only recently gotten into New Adult books and The Deal was recommended to me by quite a few people. Good news because I super loved this book! It was hot and funny and had just the right amount of reality and drama; it felt real, like I could picture being at college with these people. Plus sports!!! It was a really fun book with all the tropes that I love: fake dating, slow burn romance and best of all, hate to love by way of a tentative friendship AKA my kryptonite! Parts of the book were more serious than I anticipated but it didn’t feel exploitive or drama for the sake of drama, which was good. Also ONE DIRECTION REFERENCES. So here for that haha :)

 

 

Besides TOTALLY loving Garrett (oh my god) and Hannah, I love that they communicated like adults. It didn’t take half a book to resolve an argument, it took a few pages. So refreshing. They had the most amazing chemistry and I loved how they bantered with each other. And hot damn was this book super sexual sexy. Oh my godddd. Like, my face was burning while I was reading but I loved it haha. I also loved Garrett’s friends, I’m so glad there will be companion books! I also read The Mistake and loved that too ;)

 

 

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Bitsy Words: Where Sea Meets Sky | Flirting with Scandal

22nd Jul 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, ContemporaryRomance2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: Where Sea Meets Sky | Flirting with Scandal

Bitsy Words: Where Sea Meets Sky | Flirting with ScandalWhere Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle
Published by Atria Books
Pub Date: March 31st 2015
Pages: 384
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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3 Stars

A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.

Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye.

Where Sea Meets Sky was really HOT. Like, sexytimes were ON POINT. And there were a lot of sexytimes in this book. I have to say that while hot, they weren’t necessarily appealing to me. I’m not an outdoors person, so a lot of the places where the sex took place were not for me. See, this is a road trip across New Zealand story, which was AMAZING. I loved all the New Zealand stuff… but it lead to unappealing (for me!) sexytime places. I just mean things like tents, van, hostel, against a tree once… that sorta thing.

Josh was HOT AF. In fact, I kept picturing this…

I did have a harder time liking Gemma, but it wasn’t a major thing for me either. I really enjoyed Karina Halle’s writing so I’m looking forward to reading more from her.

 

 

Bitsy Words: Where Sea Meets Sky | Flirting with ScandalFlirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Capital Confessions #1
Published by InterMix
Pub Date: May 19th 2015
Pages: 267
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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4 Stars

The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

Flirting with Scandal was a really fun book! The characters had great chemistry. They were sexy and really honest. The scandal part of the story was like a ticking time bomb and Chanel Cleeton handled it very well. There was THE FIGHT, but it wasn’t overly dramatic which I SO appreciated. I was really surprised at how young they were because they were very mature, but it didn’t take away from the story for me. Really liked this one. Can’t wait for the next in this series!

And because I showed you my Josh, I HAVE to show you my William Andrew Clayton:

I know, right?

 

 

About Chanel Cleeton

Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband. Chanel writes New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers. Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 3, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.

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Bitsy Words: Jesse’s Girl | Stitching Snow | Serafina and the Black Cloak

20th Jul 2015 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Bitsy Words: Jesse’s Girl | Stitching Snow | Serafina and the Black Cloak

Bitsy Words: Jesse’s Girl | Stitching Snow | Serafina and the Black CloakJesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #6
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: July 7th 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
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4 Stars

Practice Makes Perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?


Thank you Sourcebooks and Netgalley! This was adorable; I really liked Maya’s vibe, all the music, and her relationship with Jesse. It was great to see how they progressed over days/weeks/months and felt believable despite his celebrity status. I especially loved their Ferris Bueller day!! And her friend Dave. And SAM AND JORDAN!! It got a little cheesy in the second half but I read it in an afternoon so I obviously enjoyed it :) Her family was wonderful and it was a great summer read. “You know I wish that I had Jesse’s girl…”

 

 

Bitsy Words: Jesse’s Girl | Stitching Snow | Serafina and the Black CloakStitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Published by Disney Hyperion
Pub Date: October 14th 2014
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover | Source: Library
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4.5 Stars

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.


I really loved this, I’m so glad I gave it a chance!! I had a few issues but overall I thought it was wonderful. While I certainly understand the comparisons to the Lunar Chronicles, Stitching Snow is unique and stands on its own, while still being perfect for fans of that series. Essie is self-sufficient, badass, and brave (she cage fights!) and I loved the droids, especially Dimwit. I also loved learning about Essie’s past, and Essie’s relationship with Dane (total hate-to-love). They learn to work together and trust each other despite many obstacles. The setting and worldbuilding was extensive but not confusing, the villains were disturbing, and I loved all the Snow White allusions throughout the story. I’d definitely recommend it for fans of Cinder, fairy tale retellings, sci fi, awesome characters, and standalones! (Reading Challenges: FairytaleRC, 365 Days of YA)

 

 

Bitsy Words: Jesse’s Girl | Stitching Snow | Serafina and the Black CloakSerafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Published by Disney Hyperion
Pub Date: July 14th 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
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4 Stars

"Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there and they will ensnare your soul."

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There's plenty to explore in the shadowed corridors of her vast home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate's maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore's owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina's hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

Thank you Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley! Serafina was a great surprise. I loved the writing and the atmosphere of the Biltmore Estate and surrounding grounds. For some reason I thought the book would be set in England but it was set in the South which added a lot of grit and character to the story, as well as Serafina herself. The Chief Rat Catcher! The book starts off on a unique and macabre note, it was fantastic. I loved that it was a historical fiction mystery mixed with the supernatural. It was engaging, well-written, scary, mysterious, and captivating. The word choice and vocab was interesting and one of the things I enjoyed most. I also loved the graveyard scene in the woods. “Rest in peace and don’t return.” So creepy!

Serafina’s friendship with Braeden was really wonderful; I liked getting to see her open up and work together while still keeping the essence of herself and her bravery. My only caveat was that the ending seemed abrupt, a little too tied in a bow. I thought there would be more of a giant struggle with the antagonist, or some consequences for Sera and her father. But it actually made it better for its intended MG audience. I would recommend this book without hesitation to people who enjoy historical fiction, mysteries creepy supernatural stories, friendship, brave and resourceful girls, and grand old-fashioned storytelling.

 

 

About Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit www.mirandakenneally.com

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Bitsy Words: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

6th Jul 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, ContemporaryRomance2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess, Tunes for Books

Bitsy Words: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia AdlerLast Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Series: Radleigh University #1
Published by Author
Pub Date: December 9th 2014
Pages: 414
Format: eBook | Source: Gifted
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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4 Stars

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

So while I was sitting around wondering how I’d write my review of Last Will and Testament, this song came on. It instantly caught my attention because it fit Lizzie and Connor. The lyrics are exactly what they felt for each other, the music is sexy like them, and the feel is warm and romantic at is core. So if you’re looking for the feel of this book, here you have it…

 

 

Song: “Fallingforyou” by The 1975

What time you coming down?
We started losing light.
I’ll never make it right
If you don’t want me around,
I’m so excited for the night,
All we need’s my bike and your enormous house
You said some day we might
When I’m closer to your height
‘Til then we’ll knock around, endlessly
You’re all I need

Don’t you see me now?
I think I’m falling, I’m falling for you,
Don’t you need me?
I, I think I’m falling, I’m falling for you,
And on this night and in this light,
I think I’m falling, I’m falling for you
Maybe you’ll change your mind
I think I’m falling, I think I’m falling

I’m caught on your coat again
You said, “Oh, no, it’s fine,”
I read between the lines
And touched your leg again, again
I’ll take you one day at a time,
Soon you will be mine,
Oh but I want you now (I want you now)
When the smoke is in your eyes,
You look so alive,
Do you fancy sitting down with me? Maybe?

You’re all I need
According to your heart,
My place is not deliberate,
Feeling of your arms
I don’t wanna be your friend,
I wanna kiss your neck

Don’t you see me?
I, I think I’m falling, I’m falling for you
Don’t you need me?
I, I think I’m falling, I’m falling for you
And on this night and in this light
I think I’m falling, I’m falling for you
Maybe you’ll change your mind

 

 

 

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Bitsy Words: How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

22nd Jun 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, ContemporaryRomance2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess, Tunes for Books

Bitsy Words: How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

Bitsy Words: How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartoloHow to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo
Published by Sourcebooks
Pub Date: September 1st 2005
Pages: 417
Format: Paperback | Source: Gifted
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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5 Stars

Written in her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band Bananafish. Eliza's reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul's, and the two fall wildly in love.

When Bananafish is signed by a big corporate label, and Paul is on his way to becoming a major rock star, Eliza must make a heartbreaking decision that leads to Paul's sudden disappearance and a surprise knock-your-socks-off ending.

I don’t think I’ll be able to really express how much I loved this book, at least no with a proper review. Thank you, Ginger, for putting this book in my hands. <3

Eliza and Paul have that crazy in love kind of relationship, where it’s passionate but not destructive. They make each other better and their souls really know one another…

 

Sometimes people will do things because they think it’s the right thing to do or because they think it’s what you want, all with good intentions that really are so off base. Eliza and Paul go through this very thing and it made my heart ache SO MUCH.

 

So this is Paul’s song.. I feel this is him in his darkest, most devastating moment.

Lyrics: “Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent

 

 

I hope you guys will pick up this book! It’s definitely at the top of my favorites this year, and probably for always.

 

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Bitsy Words: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

22nd Apr 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, FlightsofFantasy2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Bitsy Words: The Orphan Queen by Jodi MeadowsThe Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Pub Date: March 10th 2015
Pages: 400
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

Top 5 Things I Loved About The Orphan Queen!

 

Unputdownable Status

It started out a tad slowly for me but I hit a point near the middle where The Orphan Queen became unputdownable. TRUST. I couldn’t read it fast enough.

 

Masked Hot Guy Vigilante Alert!!

How do I know he’s hot if he’s masked, you ask? Because there’s only the hot guy kind when it comes to masked vigilantes, okay?! BATMAN, heeelllloooo! It wasn’t too difficult for me to figure out who was behind the mask, but I enjoyed every second of it. And the big reveal was SO GOOD. It was subtle, but oh so good.

 

Undercover Hijinks

Ok, so maybe not so hilarious, but funtimes were had! Our Orphan Queen, Wil, infiltrates the castle and doesn’t totally hate it. There’s dancing and spying and handsome guys. What’s not to love? Oh! Yeah. That royal family murdered her parents in front of her. No big.

 

Forbidden Magic


The use of magic has been outlawed but Wil is not afraid to use it in times of need. Still, it’s a secret she’s kept very close and no one knows about it… for a while anyway. There’s a lot more going on with this toward the end of the book, and I can’t wait to see how it changes things.

 

CLIFFHANGER ENDING MUCH?!

I can see how this might not make you run out and get this book, BUT YOU’RE WRONG. You DO want to read this now! Even if Jodi Meadows is playing with our emotions…

 

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Bitsy Words: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1 by Kieron Gillen

22nd Mar 2015 Tamara @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Tamara

Bitsy Words: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1 by Kieron Gillen

Bitsy Words: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1 by Kieron GillenThe Wicked + The Divine by Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations), Kieron Gillen, Matt Wilson (Colorist)
Series: The Wicked + The Divine,
Published by Image Comics
Pub Date: November 12th 2014
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Comics/Graphic Novels
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5 Stars

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5

I just started getting back into comics. I used to love them when I was a kid, but I lost interest somewhere in high school. The Wicked + The Divine is amazing; the artwork alone is just incredible. The story is all about gods. Gods from all different times and religions resurrect every 90 years and for 2 years they live and people adore them or hate them, then they die.

This time the gods come back as pop stars and Laura is their ultimate fangirl.

Just look at all that gorgeous artwork! It’s so amazing

I highly recommend The Wicked + the Divine even if you don’t like comics. The artwork is beautiful and the story is amazing. It will keep you captivated from start to finish. There are lots of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seats and the twist at the end of Vol. 1 will have you begging for more.

 

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Bitsy Words: Dearest by Alethea Kontis

20th Mar 2015 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, FairytaleRC2015, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Bitsy Words: Dearest by Alethea Kontis

Bitsy Words: Dearest by Alethea KontisDearest by Alethea Kontis
Series: Woodcutter Sisters #3
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BfYR
Pub Date: February 3rd 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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5 Stars

In her third book about the delightful Woodcutter sisters, Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves "The Wild Swans," "The Goose Girl," and a few other fine-feathered fairy tales into a magical, romantic companion novel to Enchanted and Hero.

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell?

Dearest by Alethea Kontis is the 3rd book in the Woodcutter Sisters series and my favorite so far! I loved Friday Woodcutter and picking out the fairy tale influences in the story, from Peter Pan (her darlings!) to Rapunzel to the six swans.

I also liked how closely it related to the other two books though I had trouble recalling some of the incidents. I can’t wait to get the rest of the sister’ stories- Thursday the Pirate Queen is next! If you like sweetness, irreverent humor, fairy tale mashups, and romance you’ll enjoy the series. It requires suspension of disbelief in that fairy tale way but that’s part of the charm.


Even though Cornelius is a fairy, this reminded me of Friday and Tristan while I read :)

 

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Bitsy Words: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

30th Jan 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Audiobook2015, Bitsy Words, FlightsofFantasy2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess, TBR2015RBR

Bitsy Words: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Bitsy Words: Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Series: The Grisha #1
Published by Henry Holt BfYR
Pub Date: June 5th 2012
Pages: 358
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Format: Audiobook, eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is one of those books I’ve had on my shelves forever and I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner. I LOVED IT. The world, the characters, THE DARKLING.

DAMMIT, THE DARKLING!


 

The Darkling had me like…

 

But by the end I was like…

 

It was a beautifully written book and it was wonderfully performed by Lauren Fortgang. It brought on SO many emotions. The world was so vivid and dark! I just completely fell in love with all of it. I can’t wait to read on! I hear there’s a Sturmhond or something I should keep an eye out for? 

 

 

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Bitsy Words: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

23rd Jan 2015 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Bitsy Words: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Bitsy Words: Every Breath by Ellie MarneyEvery Breath by Ellie Marney
Series: Every #1
Published by Tundra Books
Pub Date: October 14th 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
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When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft's numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft's passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn't right--and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he's busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den--literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again...

To start off, I loved Every Breath (5 stars) and read the sequel Every Word IN A DAY. I ordered it from the Australian publisher because there was no way I could wait for the September US release date! My immediate reaction? “Heart wrenching and LONDON and duuuude some fiery hot scenes like whoa.” So yes. Read this immensely clever Aussie series with complex characters, an excellent mystery, tension, great friends, and a ship the size of the Titanic. WATTSCROFT. Seriously, their chemistry is electric. Which brings me to this song:

Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon

 

I heard it on the radio. I liked it. I Shazaamed it. I bought it. I now listen to it 10 times a day because I’m OBSESSED. It’s so dancy and fun and upbeat, and I love the 80s vibe and the lyrics and just how happy this song makes me feel!!

And somehow, all I could picture in my head while driving home one day was an awards event where Mycroft was being honored. A crowded room with an open dance floor, with Rachel in a black dress not caring for once and just enjoying herself. Maybe dancing with her friend Alicia. And Mycroft on the other side of the room with his curly black hair, in a white button down shirt and slacks, a giant grin slowly spreading across his face as he stares at Rachel dancing. She catches his eye and beckons him to come over, Mycroft shaking his head with a smile, and Rachel runs over to grab him by the arm and drag him to her. They jump around and spin to the music, grinning, as Mycroft slides his hands around her waist and pulls her close. And then they share a mind meltingly hot kiss. Oh look at that, I just wrote Wattscroft fanfic in my head BECAUSE OF THIS SONG. You’re welcome. 

 

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