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April Wrap-Up

Happy Saturday friends! I cannot believe how fast time is flying by…how is it almost mid May!? Last month was such a great reading month for me and I thought it was time to share my April wrap-up. I read a total of 12 books! Out of the twelve that I read, four of them were children’s books and one was a middle grade novel that I had the opportunity to read via Netgalley. Being that I am a nanny, I love to be able to read up and coming children’s books that I will hopefully be able to purchase for my kiddos later on. The others were romance and YA fantasy/horror.

  1. The Girls of Firefly Cabin by Cynthia Ellingsen
  2. Livi Grace by Jennifer Lynch
  3. Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau
  4. Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias
  5. Jocelyns Box of Socks by Kristen L. Jackson
  6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  7. Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
  8. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  9. War of the Roses by Iris Moreland
  10. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  11. This is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Megale
  12. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

I am so thankful to have had a great reading month and hope that May will turn out to have the same outcome! I will be traveling to New Mexico the end of the month and I am planning to get a lot of reading done on the plane and while I am at the airport during my layover.

What are some of your go to genres while flying or road tripping? Let me know down in the comments!

Xoxo,

Nicole

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Thrifty Thursday: Cheap or Free Kindle Books

Happy Thursday bookworms! Today I coming at you with a list of cheap or free kindle books! I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new books and as much as I love physical copies..my bank account does not love spending the money! Thankfully, e-readers ALWAYS have amazing deals on books and often times they have a ton of free books! If you are a kindle user, you do have the option to pay for Kindle Unlimited which gives you access to a plethora of free books! Where are my romance fans? Kindle unlimited is literally calling your name because they have soooo many romance novels! 

Now onto the books!

  1. Verity by Colleen Hoover is free if you have Kindle Unlimited or is only $4.99! I have not read this yet, but it is definitely on my TBR.
  2. A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert: The first book in Hibbert’s Ravenswood series is only $2.99! I read this as part of the Dragons and Tea book club in February and it was so good!  Review can be found here.
  3. War on the Roses: A Steamy Romantic Comedy by Iris Moreland is free and you guys this was such great novella to start Morelands new Flower Shop Sisters series! Definitely check this out if you are into contemporary romance novels. Plus book 1 in the series is only $3.99!
  4. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell is $2.99! If you are a fan of Rowell, than definitely check this short story out! It was so good!
  5. Finally for those who are into graphic novels, I recommend the first five volumes of Lumberjanes because they are all part of Kindle Unlimited!

Are you a kindle or e-reader fan? Let me know down in the comments!

xoxo

Nicole

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What I am Reading 04.24.19

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Happy Wednesday bookworms!

It has been such a great reading month for me. After my March Mystery Month, it ignited a fire in me and I CAN’T STOP READING!! I am just so happy I am out of my reading slump. So what I am reading this week?

 

 

 

  1. This is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Meagle: Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me with the eARC of this book!
  2. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: This is the second book in the Wayward Children’s Series and you guys…it is so good!
  3. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker: I have heard so so so much about this book and I finally got my hands on a copy and all I can say is…WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ IT!!? I cannot wait to get my review up this weekend!

Have you read any of these? What are some books you are looking forward to reading?

 

xoxo

Nicole

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella

5star

Synopsis


Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Review


If you know me, than you know I am a huge Disney fan! So when I heard that Geekerella was a fandom retelling of Cinderella, I knew I needed to get my hands on it! You guys, this book was perfection! The story, the characters, the love, and even the horrible step-sisters and step-mom. When I finished the book, I was literally on cloud nine!

What I loved most about Geekerella was how it switched perspectives between Elle and Darien. On paper they were completely different people with nothing in common; however, they were so much alike! Not only were they both HUGE Starfield fans, they both found themselves in unlikely situations. Elle had to deal with going through life alone because both her parents had died and now her evil “stepmonster,” made sure to make her life hell. For Darien, he had to deal with his father being his manager and controlling EVERY.SINGLE.THING in his life…to the point of hiring someone to follow him and essentially tarnish his name. He could not do what he wanted and if he tried, someone would find out and force him to stop whatever it was he was doing. So when Darien texted Elle thinking he was talking to someone from Excelsicon to cancel his appearance, he ended up with much much more. The two of them would text each other as often as they could mainly talking about their love for Starfield, but little did they know they would be each other’s saving grace.

Overall, I loved this book and look forward to reading the second book in the series called The Princess and the Fangirl.

Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

Are you a fan of Cosplay/Cos-Cons? Let me know!

xox,

Nicole

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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5star


“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”

 

Daisy Jones and The Six is the first novel that I have read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and you guys….it was so good! For months all I kept hearing about was Daisy Jones and that was enough for me to check it out. Once I read more into it, I was on board being that it’s main focus was set in the 70’s.Starting off, the first thing you notice is the book being written in an interview style which I thought was so fascinating! It was easy to keep my attention because each character had their own personality and you could easily find what their roll was among all the characters.

The story opens up with us getting to know Daisy Jones. The one thing that is mentioned often is how beautiful she is. She is that kind of girl that will just grab your attention the moment she walks into the room. What I loved most about Daisy is that she started off as a fragile little girl with no direction and grew into an empowered woman who knew what she wanted. She wanted to write music and she wanted to do it her own way. When she would finally get the chance to do so, she was not going to back down. 

The story also follows the band The Six, whose lead singer is Billy Dunne. As like Daisy, Billy is strong willed and he knew what he wanted when it came to the band and he was not going to stop until he got it. So when Daisy joined the band on an album, it would prove to be a difficult road. The reason being that the two of them both wanted to write music and they did not want compromise. Thankfully, when they were able to find some common ground they created some of the best music out there. 

Although The band and Daisy were known separately; when they were together as Daisy Jones & The Six it was pure magic. They were selling out shows, hitting record highs, but like any story you always have a falling out. At the end of the Aurora tour, every band member hit a low in their life and they had to figure out where to go from there. Although it ended with the band splitting, every member of the band was able to find happiness with where their life had taken them and they now had the memories of being one of the greatest bands in history. 

This book was all rock n roll, meaning it was filled with music, alcohol, drugs, and sex. It was brilliant! I felt like you truly got to know each of the characters and when they were going through something you felt their pain or you would be angry because you wanted a different outcome. To me that makes for a great book.  I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself and be prepared to finish it in one sitting! The best part of all, at the end of the book you get the lyrics of the songs Daisy and Billy have written.

Are you a fan of the 70’s? Let me know in the comments below!

 

xoxo

Nicole

 

 

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A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

5star


Jules Capshaw has finally recovered from the murder that took place during the summer and is hoping that the fall season will bring lots of baking and sales for Torte. Now that she is co-owner of her mother’s bake shop, it is time to begin updating her little family owned bakery. Thankfully, Jules will have the opportunity to win $25,000 by competing in a reality TV show called Take the Cake! As easy as that sounds, it will take a turn for the worst….a murder! Once again, Jules finds herself constantly running into bits and pieces of clues that will help her solve the case. Turns out, it was someone she would least expect. Was it someone in her hometown or one of the visitors from the show Take the Cake?

Once again, Ellie Alexander did a fantastic job writing this novel. What I love most about her books so far is that she paints a picture for you so well that you feel like you know the characters first hand. I could see myself sipping on a cup of joe in Torte by a window and eating a delicious pastry having conversation with the locals. I just love this little world in Ashland, Oregon and want to visit ASAP. I also enjoy how she adds in a little bit of suspense into each of these novels without completely going overboard in detail *hence being a cozy ;)* Again, I would highly recommend reading Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery Series! If you are an audio book fan, the first three novels are on audible!

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Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

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stars

Synopsis:


Welcome to Torte-a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

Review


Meet Your Baker was the perfect cozy mystery! It had such a great balance of suspense, love, humor, and great relationships.  It was the first novel that I have read by Ellie Alexander and it did not disappoint. Once I finished, I was eager to start the second book!

This particular novel follows Jules Capshaw who just moved back home to Ashland, Oregon after being on a cruise ship for several years working as a chef. Her plan was to stay at home for a short while and then move on to her next adventure. Little did she know that her heart would rekindle the love she once had for her small town and her families bakery Torte. However, when one of Torte’s customers is murdered, Jules finds herself in the middle of the investigation. Whether she was seeking answers or not, some how she would find bits and pieces to help her solve the case. Sadly, when Jules finally figures out who committed the murder, she would find herself in the act of another murder….or does she?

I will most definitely catch up on the series and hope to be done before the next novel comes out! I would highly recommend Meet the Baker if you are at all interested in cozy mysteries!

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What I’m Reading 03.13.19

Happy Wednesday bookworms! We are almost done with the week and I am ready for some down time with a good cup of joe and a book! I have been so pleased with how many books I have read this month and know that I will finish the month out with a bang! I have continued on with Cozy Mystery March, but have added in a couple of non-mystery books to my list. This particular week I am reading

  1. On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander- I am about 50% done with this one and have truly loved this series so far!
  2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- This was my Book of the Month pick and IT.IS.SO.GOOD!!!
  3. Deadly News by Jody Holford- Another cozy mystery series I am starting. I have an eARC of the second book of the series so I am hoping to finish this first novel in the next day or so.
  4. Lemonade and Lies by Agatha Frost- I just finished the first book of the Peridale Cafe Mystery series and it was so so so good, so I am excited to dive into this second novel.

How is your month going? What has been your favorite book you have read so far?

xoxo

Nicole

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Mystery Monday: Top 5 Favorite Sleuths

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Happy Monday bookworms! How was your weekend? My weekend was very relaxing as I spent it in the mountains of West Virginia. We had a day of snow and a day of sunshine, it was absolutely perfect! I am glad to be home though and I am already dreaming of the weekend.

Today I coming to you with our first official Mystery Monday post! I want to talk about my top five favorite sleuths, but first what exactly is a sleuth? According to Merriam-Webster it is to act as a detective. Cozy mysteries are always filled with an awesome sleuth who just cannot seem to stay out of the investigations going on in their towns. It is always fun to follow each of these sleuths as they try and crack the case before the town Detective! So here are my top 5 sleuths!

  1. Lacy “Pink,” Pinkerton from the Port Danby Series by London Lovett
  2. Jules Capshaw from the Bakeshop Mysteries Series by Ellie Alexander
  3. Sunni Taylor from the Firefly Junction Series by London Lovett
  4. Julia South from the Peridale Cafe Mystery series by Agatha Frost
  5. Nora Pennington from the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series by Ellery Adams

Do you have any favorite sleuths? Let me know down below!

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Review: A Killer Bridal Party by London Lovett

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★★★★

Title: A Killer Bridal Party

Author: London Lovett

Series: Firefly Junction, #2

Pages: 200

Genre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery

My Rating: ★★★★

The second book in the Firefly Junction series follows a bride and her bridesmaids as they work along side Lana to plan a “glamping,” event before the bridal shower takes place. It is a perfect opportunity for the bridal party to grow closer and have some fun before the big day. However, there is some tension between the maid of honor and one of the bridesmaids. Sunni our Junction Times reporter and amateur sleuth notices the tension right away when she walks into her sister Lana’s house. Little did they know, there would be a murder investigation the morning after the “glamping,” event where the bridal party found the maid of honor dead. Did she fall to her death? Did the bridesmaid kill her? Or was this an act of a known murderer?

London Lovett is such a great writer and this second book of the Firefly Junction did not disappoint! I actually can say that I enjoyed this book more so than the first. I loved that we were able to get a better idea of the relationships between Sunni and her sisters as well as with her best friend. However, I hope we will get to know more of Detective Jackson who has played a vital role in the first two novels.