Friday Finds and Reader Recommendations!!! – February 3rd 2017

by Maryse on February 3, 2017 · 106 comments

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!! AND HAPPY SUPERBOWL WEEKEND!!! Right? Am I right? NOT last weekend, like I was saying (and confusing everybody) but THIS weekend. :D !!! I got it right this time, right??? *snort*

Anyway… all that to say, today we’ve got an equal mix of new releases (3 of ‘em are now on my TBR list – that first one, especially), bargain finds (like that HUGELY popular one to the left) AND ADAMANT reader recommendations (these excite me even more today ’cause there’s a few that are totally new to me). And I’m still adding them in, as we speak. We’re already up to 27 goodies!!

PLUS… Tasha and Jennifer found some super-forbiddeny books. ;)

Now… take a look at what else we found! (NOTE: some are bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Fallen Woman by Stephie Walls <— LIVE!!! SHE’S A SINGLE MOM & DESTITUTE ALERT! ”…she’s alone with three children, destitute and desperate. Finding herself in the same hell she’d fought so hard to escape, and determined to find a solution, she compromises who she is….” Both Grey and Nancy enjoyed this one!

Grey: …I gave it 4.25 stars. There’s angst, but not of the traditional romance – book trope variety… Hot smut…lol, and a good plot. It checked all my boxes haha!

Nancy: I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy. It is a story of a woman who has hit rock bottom, and her difficult climb back up.

  • Anything You Can Do by R.S Grey <— LIVE!!! HE WAS ONCE HER RIVAL... “The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard. I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too...”
  • Ryan (The Mallick Brothers Book 2) by Jessica Gadziala <— LIVE!!! SHE’S AGORAPHOBIC ALERT!!!…when would a man like that ever want to be with a woman who was too anxious to even walk into the hallway? Let alone go on a date with him. Or meet the family he was so close with. That being said, he seemed interested for some reason...”
  • Gravity by H.J. Bellus <— LIVE!!! HER FIRST LOVE BROKE HER HEART BUT LEFT SOMETHING BEHIND FOR HER…My first love, Amos Marshall, left something behind for me. He promised me forever and gave that to me. It’s the GRAVITY that keeps my universe held together. This natural phenomenon keeps me whole to move forward every single day of my life.” IT CAN be read as a standalone (even if it’s part of a series) and Jean found it for us!
Jean: Oh, another book that came out on Jan 30 is Gravity by H.J. Bellus. This is the author of Royal Atlas which I loved!
  • Just for the Rush by Jane Lark <— LIVE!!! SHE’S IN LOVE WITH HER BOSS ALERT!!! When her boyfriend asks her to marry him, she runs because… “…her heart only beats harder when she’s with Jack her playboy boss. While Rick’s comfort is cosy, Jack’s protection makes her feel like she’s in a fortress…
  • The Man Who Won the World (1) by O. E. Boroni <— HIS LIFE CHANGES WHEN HE SAVES A MYSTERIOUS GIRL ALERT!!  Grace is LOVING this new release!

Grace: I finished Mists of The Serengeti after your review Maryse, and it was amazing! I loved the immersion in a completely different world so I’m starting The Man Who Won the World from your list. It is set in in korea and by the reviews so far so many people love it. I am a fan of Korean dramas so I am excited to dive into this one.

bev: Hey, Grace. That sounds like an interesting read with an unusual time and setting. Keep us updated.

Grace: Maryse I was just about to leave an update for bev and Amy. I’m 70% in Maryse, and there are tears in my eyes. I hardly ever cry for books but this one is tearing my heart apart. It is not sad but it feels so real. I’ve never read anything like this. It’s a completely different world. And its not horror Maryse, its romance. It’s just so different, perhaps its because of the setting and I’m already quiet familiar with the korean culture. I need to finish it then I’ll come back with full feedback. Right now i feel disoriented.

Amy: “Right now i feel disoriented.” <——- Sure sign of a great read, Grace! :D

Grace: Okay, I’m done Maryse, and bev. I finished and didn’t know what to say, so I slept on it, and I still don’t know what to say. So I’ll say this. You know that feeling when you read an amazing story and then you go about your daily life but then at random moments the characters pop into your mind and you feel this pull in your heart as though you are suffering from love, or heartbreak or a deep dissatisfaction with your life.. I don’t know how to explain this but I hope you understand. It was amazing, and it made me think, and i don’t know how much to say lest I spoil you. But its different in that there are full blown sword fights, and executions and of course the setting makes you feel like you’re in medieval Korea. But there is also a budding romance that feels like a bomb waiting to explode. I’ll stop here. Ask whatever questions you want… lol. xo

Tasha: Grace, that sounds so good, I added it. :)

  • Embody (Full Circle Series Book 1) by S.E. Hall <— S.E. HALL ALERT!! This one went LIVE a few days ago! It’s a spinoff from her “Evolve” series but can be read as a standalone… He’s afraid of commitment until he meets her. “...When I do cross paths with her, everything starts to slowly make sense. Why men change overnight — suddenly blind to all women but her, happy to hold her purse and watch corny movies. Just one problem — she’s my little sister’s best friend…
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber <— LIVE!!! TWO SISTERS ESCAPE THEIR FATHER AND ENTER A GAME ALERT!!! The game is once a year and the audience participates and these sisters want to go to it badly… “…But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner...”
Tasha: So far, still really enjoying it! I love her descriptive writing. It’s beautiful, magical, and I almost want to say sometimes delicious. Like it makes me hungry when food words are used. Sugary beaches and what not. LOL It’s completely unique, but if I had to pick ways to describe it so far it would be a little like Alice in Wonderland, maybe some Hunger Games too. I’m loving the potential love interest. Is he a prick, really? Or is he someone else perhaps? Or maybe this guy could play in here…..?
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel by Carol Rifka Brunt <— UNFORGETTABLE ALERT! SHE SEES HIM LINGERING AT A FUNERAL... “…two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them…“ One of MichelleS’s absolute favorites for January!
MichelleS: Tell the Wolves I’m home is RIGHT THERE in front of my eyes and in my heart. All the feels and the whole story. Haven’t forgotten a thing about it. First world problems!
  • Lost in Scotland by Hilaria Alexander <— LIVE!!! FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT!!! She leaves L.A. after heartbreak and moves to Scotland and becomes a makeup artist on the set of a T.V. series… “…but she can’t help feeling lost and a little bit homesick. Until she starts falling for Hugh MacLeod, the actor set to impersonate the titular role of Abarath, dragon slayer and part-time Casanova...”
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han <— HER SECRET LETTERS TO HER CRUSHES WERE ACCIDENTALLY MAILED ALERT!! ohhh sounds like fun angst! bev found us this one on sale.

bev: For my YA book buddies To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is on sale. This one is a bit more on the sweet side but I really liked it, loved Lara Jean the heroine. It is a first book of three, though was going to end on the second book. So happy a third is coming out. However, not cliff hanger endings at all.

Jeanie: Just finished To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before last night. I loved it and I hate reading about young love or characters in high school, BUT, the writing was so gooooood and the story really surprised me. It kept me guessing the whole time. Except for the end… (which made me yell WHAAAT???) Not really a cliffy but there is a book #2

  • Perfect: A Novel by Rachel Joyce <— WOW THIS BLURB HAS ME!!!!!!! WHAT THE HECK DOES THIS MEAN???? He wakes up to a normal day with his mom and sister, but… “…when the three of them leave home, driving into a dense summer fog, the morning takes an unmistakable turn. In one terrible moment, something happens, something completely unexpected and at odds with life as Byron understands it. While his mother seems not to have noticed, eleven-year-old Byron understands that from now on nothing can be the same…” and it’s super-bargain priced right now!!!
  • Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters) by Becca & Krista Ritchie <— CONCLUSION TO THE SERIES ALERT! & even though Leslie’s SUPER PICKY she LOVED this one!! BUT!! It’s part of a series and the authors STRONGLY suggest you read it within the series. “It is highly recommended to read this book after Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters). Otherwise, it will spoil the entire series. Some Kind of Perfect is meant to be the 10th book in the series.”
Leslie M: Ok, Miss Picky-Pants here hardly ever has 5-star read, but I did have one in January. Yippee!!! Some Kind of Perfect by Becca & Krista Ritchie. What can I say about this series besides a-freaking-mazing?!? This was extended epilogue and end to series of 10 books. I am so in love with these flawed and beautiful characters that it actually hurt reading last book and saying goodbye.
  • Hot Mess (Love is Messy Duet Book 1) <— LIVE!!! SHE’S INTO HER BOSS… & THEN SHE HAS A ONE-NIGHT STAND WITH A BARTENDER……the perfect man just happens to work in my office. But there’s just one small problem: he’s my boss, and is totally off limits. But hey, if it’s meant to be, it’ll find a way, right? Then a night out with friends turns into a night in with the walking-talking bad boy cliche of a bartender. It’s just one night. No harm, no foul, right? Except when the hot bartender turns out to be my boss’s trouble-making brother…
  • Rock the Dream: A Stand-Alone Novel in the Redfall Dream Series (Book 1) by BB Miller & Leslie Carson <— LIVE!!! ROCK STAR ALERT!! “…Everything is at his fingertips… until a tragic accident twists his dream into a nightmare. Haunted and lost, he’s desperately wanting more, and losing hope that he’ll ever find it...”
  • Lovesick by T.L. Smith <— LIVE!!! HE’S SO BROKEN……despite it all, I couldn’t stay away from him. It was like he was drowning in an ocean, and I wanted to grab his face, and whisper to his lips, “Don’t forget to breathe.” This was how I fell for a man. A man who was so lovesick, I was afraid he would drown me in that same ocean he was lost in.
  • Unbecoming: A Novel by Rebecca Scherm <— AMY FOUND US A PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!!! She screwed over two men (the one she’s married to, and another that she’s in love with) in a heist and she escaped to Paris with the goods… “Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad—but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravels—and she becomes another young woman entirely.” (It’s super-bargain priced!!)
  • Little Girl Lost: A gripping thriller that will have you hooked <— PSYCH THRILLER ALERT!!! HER BABY HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED…Abigail lives the perfect life with her doting husband and adorable baby Izzy. But someone knows a secret about Abigail and they want the truth to be told...” AND it’s super-bargain priced today!
  • Lives Collide by Kristina Beck <— SHE’S RECLUSIVE AFTER AN ACCIDENT…Following Lisa’s near-death experience as a teenager, she is haunted by the emerald-green eyes of the stranger who saved her life. Her only connection to him is the leather jacket he left behind. Years later, she’s still reeling from the aftereffects of her injuries, convinced that no man will love her once he uncovers her secret. She lives a life of solitude and hides behind her days of monotony. And then James storms into her life…
  • What Lies Beneath The Flowerbed by <— LIVE!!! SHE’S A VIGILANTE SERIAL KILLER ALERT!! AND SHE HAS THE PRETTIEST GARDEN…That’s because she uses the most organic fertilizer she can find. Who knew the corpse of a human body could produce the most beautiful flowers in all of Kansas? Gray is not your typical serial killer. Not by a long shot. She’s unorthodox in her approach and her victims are hand-picked based on one common thread—they have all brutally abused women...” Eeeeeep!! That crazy cover. BUT!!! It’s only in her POV, so for me that means YAY!!! :D
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard <— FANFREAKINGTASTIC FANTASY IS ON SALE RIGHT NOW ‘CAUSE book #3 will be out in just a few days!!

Tessa: Red Queen is definitely fantasy. Awesome book. … *does creepy whisper thing* Read Red Queen. It will be good. It will be kind of odd. You will like it.

Fabi: Tessa! Holy crap woman! Thank you so much for encouraging me to read Red Queen. Fanfreakintastic! It easily stands up against the greats in the genre. I want to go to go straight into book 2 so bad!

Tessa: Fabi, I’m so glad you liked Red Queen. I read the second but I’m scared of the novellas. One sounds like a tear jerker.

Tasha: Game Misconduct by Bianca Sommerland. It was actually pretty good, too. I still remember most of it even though it was years ago when I read it. And I’ve read loads of naughty books, but something about that felt so forbidden.

Angela: I just finished reading – game misconduct, by Bianca Sommerland. Talk about steamy. I’m not usually into menage and this book definitely pushed my comfort zone, but it was a fantastic read and free right now in the kindle store ;) happy readings

Bianca: game misconduct. Its pretty graphic but I can’t help but be enticed!

Melissa:  It is sooo good and I am only on chapter 8!! Loving Dominick.

  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold <— ONE OF TASHA’S ALL TIME FAVORITES and it sounds like quite the journey!! “ order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between...”

Jennifer: I also read Kids of Appetite in January also a great read and different story

Tasha: I’m so happy someone else read Kids of Appetite too! If I’d had read it sooner I would have said it was my favorite book last year, hands down. It’s definitely one of my all time favorites.

  • Hell And Back by Natasha Madison <— BROKEN COP SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! The author says: “With the new release of Pieces Of Heaven: Pieces Of Heaven (Heaven & Hell Book 2) I have just put my book Hell And Back that was released in October on sale … in celebration of my new book.”
  • Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway <— THEY WERE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER UNTIL HE DISAPPEARED… and now… “Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared. Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart. . . . He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who had kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing, and his thoughts swirling…” (P.S. It’s super-bargain priced).
  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel by Bryn Greenwood <— FORBIDDEN LOVE/TABOO ALERT!!! So many of us read this one when it was just released, but some are jumping in right now! And if you’re looking for unforgettable and a book that will make you uncomfortable, and have your heart and mind debating with each other, this is the one!

Tasha: Jennifer, it sounds like we have really similar tastes, you have me excited to read it!

Jennifer: Tasha, fairly taboo due to h’s age, lots of drug references, hard childhood upbringing and mental illness, but a beautiful, emotional, moving story. I loved it…but I don’t mind taboo.

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel by Fredrik Backman <— SOUNDS LIKE AN EPIC EMOTIONAL JOURNEY ALERT! HER GRANDMOTHER IS HER BEST FRIEND AND THEN SHE DIES… but leaves letters of apology. “When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other...”
Jennifer: My best of January read is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Bachman….same author as A Man Called Ove…he’s a genius. …My Grandmother Said to Tell You She’s Sorry is amazing…F Bachman is so imaginative…had some of the same feels I got while reading Rainbow Rowel books…completely different plot but the feels were similar.
  • The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon <— HUGE HIT FANTASY ROMANCE that everyone loved!! And it’s back on the list ’cause Amy just deafened my with her squeeing. ;)

Tessa: The Bird and the Sword was the best of the month. It just flowed correctly, and never felt odd or rushed. Also, to keep me engaged with a mute character who isn’t speaking in italics really says something about the author’s writing ability. Everyone who recommended it… THANK YOU!

Amy: Just finished The Bird and The Sword and OMG loved it!!! *squeals and happy dances* You are so right, Fabi. SO right!

Jean: Amy, wasn’t it amazing and unforgettable?!?!

Fabi: I’m so glad Tessa and Amy read The Bird and the Sword. It’s such a unique and perfect fantasy romance.

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bev February 3, 2017 at 9:48 AM


Grey February 3, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Pblt. *Razzes bev.*

Maryse February 3, 2017 at 10:42 AM

*snort* :P

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Seriously!? I JUST got the notification!

Stephie Wals February 3, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Thank you so very much for sharing! And thank you both Nancy and Grey for reading and reviewing. <3 You guys are awesome!

Linda February 3, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Lol. Yo!

D.G. February 3, 2017 at 1:40 PM

I’m not first!!!!

Amy February 3, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Holy MOLY!!! So many new-to-me reads up there!!

Oh, and hey…Tears of Tess is FREE right now. Great darkish read with an even better ending. Also, Under the Never Sky is .99 and is a really good YA dystopian read (or is it sci-fi? Fabi?) And a couple of other new-to-me reads that look intriguing and are on crazy-good sale are Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (1.99 normally 11.99) and A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander (.99 normally 14.99).

Happy Friday, my lovelies! :D

Maryse February 3, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Oooooh good finds Amy! I’m especially excited about Unbecoming!!!!

Fabi February 3, 2017 at 3:06 PM

I agree Under the Never Sky is really good. It’s YA morphing into NA as the series progresses. dystopian sci-fi.

I started my Feb challenge pick today. I don’t know what the heck I’m reading, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, ???, no idea yet other than it started out pretty dark.

Jean February 3, 2017 at 3:38 PM

I LOVE the cover of The Man Who Won the World!

Trying to refrain from buying today, but I did 1-click Red Queen and Unbecoming because I can’t resist a sale!!!

Fabi February 3, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Jean, I just recently read Red Queen at Tessa’s suggestion and I loved it. It’s really good.

Jean February 3, 2017 at 3:46 PM

You guys have seriously pushed me to step out of my box and I usually love the books you recommend and find them to be unforgettable because they are so different! Love yas for that!

Jean February 3, 2017 at 3:53 PM

And I had to buy Fallen Woman because Grey is like my book twin!

Tessa February 3, 2017 at 3:55 PM

If you like it, you can read the novellas Jean! I just don’t want to read something that will make me ugly cry.

Cristina February 3, 2017 at 3:56 PM

I have been adding books left and right to my TBR list these last couple of weeks! I’m knee deep in the Charley Davidson series right now by Darynda Jones. I just finished book seven today. I haven’t been able to step away from it yet! LOVE IT!!!! I have laughed the whole way through!! Romance, great characters, AND fantastic plots in each book which is tied to an even bigger plot! I’m on a roll!!!! ;-)

Jean February 3, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Tessa, I don’t always like ugly crying, but sometimes it’s necessary! Lol!

Did anyone cry at the end of Mists……I kinda sat there for a second after the end of the Epilogue…..and then I had a real quiet cry, not ugly sobbing, but yeah I was a little emotional……I still have to go back and read Maryse’s review for that one.

Christina, that is good to hear….I downloaded that whole series the other day when it was on sale.

MichelleS February 3, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Is Red Queen anything like Sarah J Maas books? Then I’m all in

MichelleS February 3, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Also considering Dark Matter as my February challenge read

Jean February 3, 2017 at 4:53 PM

R, I’m sitting here requesting books I’m finding on NetGalley based on Maryse’s upcoming releases and guess what was available for request?!?!? The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…..of course, I’ll probably get denied, but still…..thought of you right away!

Teri W February 3, 2017 at 5:04 PM

After reading Grace’s comments and the fact that I live in Korea right now how could I pass up The Man Who Won The World? And also Red Queen sounds fantastic. One click. A great way to start out my Saturday.

Tessa February 3, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Michelle, I won’t ever compare the two just because that might give overly high expectations, but I will say I absolutely loved it and felt the world was really unique. Also, I can’t wait to read three! *Squee* STUFFS WILL HAPPEN!

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 5:06 PM

Jean! LOL that’s the ONLY reason I signed up. I requested that one and only that one! I also contacted TJR directly trying to weasel an ARC out of her but I was shot down! Something about a publicist and me living in a dream world and how I’d have a better chance at winning the lottery. Just kidding she was super sweet and very kindly directed me to netgalley! :D

Fabi February 3, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Michelle, I liked Red Queen much better than the Sara J Maas books.

You should totally try Dark Matter. So freakin good!

Melanie February 3, 2017 at 5:22 PM

I agree that the recommended books push me out of my comfort zone but in a great way! I love reading everyone’s recs and comments of course.

“If you’re not first, you’re last!”

Jean February 3, 2017 at 5:38 PM

Oh, I have Dark Matter…..I could make that my February challenge.

R, did you get it through NetGalley?

Fabi February 3, 2017 at 5:42 PM

You could Jean. It’s sci-fi(ish) so it fits the theme. It’s not a romance novel, but it has enough emotion to keep you glued to the plot.

Grace February 3, 2017 at 5:42 PM

Oh my God! Teri you live in korea? Screams!!!! I want to move there later this year…(waiting on funds lol) Let me know what you think about this book. I didn’t know maryse was going to put my comments up there like that, I’m kinda new. felt so shy. hehe.

Fabi February 3, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Jan,I can wait to see how Seveneves works for you. I may have to revisit that one. I think it’s on my GBL shelf.

Teri February 3, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Grace I will let you know!

Nay February 3, 2017 at 6:49 PM

Oooh and Dark Matter’s by Black Crouch. He is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve tried to get Maryse to read his Whispering Pine series. It’s so good! I loved it so much more than the tv series.

And his Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite series is phenomenal! Luther Kite is is baddest bad guy I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about!

Maryse, if you were in a thriller mood and you were going to pick one of the two to read, I think I might actually suggest the Luther Kite series, but they’re both awesome imho.

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 6:56 PM

Jean no, I just requested it. I doubt I’ll get it since it’s my first and only request!

Jan February 3, 2017 at 7:36 PM

Fabi, GBL is go back later? Yeah, I think I should make one of those shelves. I’ve got a few of those books. I want to start Seveneves but I’m still wading through Juniper Smoke. I like it but it’s kinda loooongggg.

Yup there’s some beautiful covers up there. The Man Who Won The World; Lives Collide; Caraval.

I’m getting a sample of The Man Who Won The World and also Lost in Scotland. That one could be fun.

Grace February 3, 2017 at 8:23 PM

Hiya Jan… you might not like a sample cos there a few footnotes at the beginning that link to the back of the book and you won’t have access to that. Don’t worry though they’re only a few in the first few chapters to establish some terms and then it dies down later on. So perhaps get the book and return if it doesn’t pique your interest. xoxo

Also Teri, any updates?

And I’ve been meaning to try Red Queen for so long but the reviews on goodreads kinda discouraged me. Perhaps I should look past that. hm..

bev February 3, 2017 at 9:13 PM

Bad day at work today.
Not horrible just …..

Starting Throne of Glass tonight….I think. Hope it provides some escape.
I’m a bit worried because of upset readers cause of the different ships and potential triangles. Yet, MichelleS & Tessa love it so I’m guessing on a win.

Tessa February 3, 2017 at 9:33 PM

The ships… yeah. I still love a specific character, and MichelleS loves a different one, and yet… We both love the books. Any more on that will become a spoiler.

Jan February 3, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Thanks for the tip Grace. Samples aren’t always an accurate guide to a book, are they? Still, a sample is better than just a blurb LOL. But the best of all is a rec from someone whose book opinion you trust. So thank you Grace for suggesting such a different book. It’s not something I would have ever found on my own.

Jan February 3, 2017 at 9:41 PM

bev thank heavens for the books that can transport us somewhere else when we’ve had a s#%t day. I hope tomorrow is better for you :)

bev February 3, 2017 at 9:59 PM

Tomorrow is Saturday so that’s already better. ;)

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 10:05 PM

Saturday’s are always better!

MichelleS February 3, 2017 at 10:11 PM

Tessa: who do you love? I love Chaol, Rowan & Aedion. Heck, I love ALL her characters!!! Manon Blackbeak, Lorcan… the whole crew!

Maryse February 3, 2017 at 10:12 PM

bev, do you wanna talk about it?

MichelleS February 3, 2017 at 10:13 PM

And Bev – the books just get better & better & better! This last one blew me away.

bev February 3, 2017 at 10:16 PM

Yes, Maryse.

My boss brought me in to sign a very disturbing contract.
I was so shocked all I could do was bite my lip and stare.
I mean it wasnt right at all.
She isn’t handsome, broken, or rich. Or, you know, a man.

bev February 3, 2017 at 10:20 PM

Really, you all are sweet.
It is nothing horrible, just you know…work and work enviroments. Even great ones can sometimes surprise you.

Amy February 3, 2017 at 10:34 PM

Aw bev, if you would let me I would give you the biggest hug right now. So instead…what’s your shot of poison tonight? Jager, vodka, tequila?

I’m sorry you had a bad day. But it speaks volumes that you can hold onto your humor even with all that. “I mean it wasn’t right at all. She isn’t handsome, broken, or rich. Or, you know, a man.” <—— That right there…LOL!!!!

Luffs ya. ;)

Leslie M February 3, 2017 at 10:51 PM

Hee hee….I didn’t get Bev’s joke at first and thought for a second she was serious. I’m all like “what kind of kinky job does she have?”

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 10:53 PM

OMG LOL Leslie!

bev February 3, 2017 at 11:00 PM


Its ok Leslie, I don’t get my own jokes sometimes.

bev February 3, 2017 at 11:01 PM

Thank you Amy.

Tequila. .

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 11:05 PM

Yes. Me too please. Cold, no salt, no lime. But I’ll take a cupcake with it.

Kathy P February 3, 2017 at 11:06 PM

Maryse, if you ever add to your M/M list, I am reading Borrowing Blue by Lucy Lennox. I am over 60% and I love it! I have laughed out loud more than a few times and there are such sweet moments too. This is the first book in a 4 book series and I am definitely going to read the rest. Bonus, it is free on KU.

Jan February 3, 2017 at 11:17 PM

Cupcakes and tequila. Now that’s a combo I haven’t tried. And probably never will…….. You guys crack me up.

bev February 3, 2017 at 11:24 PM
R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 11:26 PM

Whoa bev. This is everything. I need to regroup.

Tessa February 4, 2017 at 12:02 AM

Am I the only one who hates the taste of tequila?

MichelleS, I love all of them, but you and I ship different guys, though at this point it seems obvious who she’ll pick. (Seem, because books.)

Jan February 4, 2017 at 12:14 AM

OK bev I can see where you’re going. I could totally eat those cupcakes :D (And I don’t hate tequila)

Grey February 4, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Ugh, I put my back out, so I am doing NOTHING but reading/writing this weekend. And whining. A lot of whining.

bev, I hope this weekend is a lot better for you… I’ve had days like that too. *hugs*

Red Queen is on my list, and my daughter’s too… strangely enough. (she’s almost 15…. appropriate?)

Fabi February 4, 2017 at 8:59 AM

Grey so sorry to hear you’re hurting. Ugh. Not much worse than back pain.

I think Red Queen is appropriate for a 14 y.o.

bev February 4, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Grey, I hope you feel better soon. Back pain is no fun. When ever my lower back has gone out I try to keep moving as painful as it is.
Of course I’m not dealing with any major issue.
But I hate that moment when it goes out and you try and straighten up and are all …uh-oh.

bev February 4, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Oh, and apparently I bought Throne of Glass in the summer of 15. I guess I can return that overdue library book.

MichelleS February 4, 2017 at 10:45 AM

I just put a hold at library for All the Ugly and Beautiful Things. Amazon Kindle price was $13, so I’ll wait for it. Sounds good!

Fabi February 4, 2017 at 12:09 PM

Michelle, I’m finally starting The Legend of the Bloodstone today. You rec’d it a while back and it’s been in my reading schedule ever since. Finally getting to it!

bev February 4, 2017 at 12:16 PM

Maryse, what are you reading this weekend?

Cheryl February 4, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Bev, sorry for your bad day at work. That sucks, but yum those cupcakes sound great!!

Grey, sorry about your back. Not much worse than a bad back. Hard to escape the discomfort.

I’m on my second week of a bad cold/sinus infection and have decided to embrace it and whine to my husband so that he leaves me alone and does all the chores so I have the entire day to just lay around and read.

I just finished the Girl Duet by Julie Johnson. I LOVED it and towards the end really tried to slow down because I didn’t want it to end. I laughed, cried, my heart hurt and I yelled in frustration at my kindle. It was a wonderful read that I hope the author continues in some way with a new story about one of the supporting characters. If you read it, you’ll know who I am talking about-just broke my heart and I hope their heart can get mended and it wouldn’t hurt to read more about the MC’s from the duet too. *sigh*

bev February 4, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Thanks Cheryl.
I’m not sure if I should be intrigued or run away from those books, lol.

Rainy Saturday of reading, cleaning and some Alabama Shakes.

Seriously, how freaking awesome is she??

Tasha J February 4, 2017 at 5:18 PM

So, I completely missed this list yesterday. I always check fb around the time you usually release Friday lists and click the link to direct me here since I operate from my phone, but there wasn’t anything. All day, I checked. And today too. And I kept thinking you must be busy with the 50 shades premiere or possibly sick or something. I had last Tuesdays list still on my phone in the safari app (I just refresh the page) and there were no comments there either and I thought, ‘Wow, this is the longest time I think anybody has not said anything, I wonder what’s going on.’ Then I thought, maybe I’ll just check the blog page. Lol drrr, here it is! Now I have to go back up and read it! ;)

Jan February 4, 2017 at 5:54 PM

LOL Tasha.
Grey, sorry to hear about your back. *gentle air hug* Hope you’re feeling better soon. Sink your teeth into a nice juicy read to take your mind off it.

Cheryl February 4, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Bev, nothing happened with that link.

Cheryl February 4, 2017 at 6:12 PM

Ok, I asked the author of Imperfect Harmony on GR if book one was a standalone or a continuing series about the same MC’s. This was her answer. Is it me, or is that clearly, unclear?! I’m thinking I wait until this series is complete.

“Imperfect Harmony is the first book in the House of Archer series. The main characters will continue their story in future books, but other characters will have their stories explored, too.”

bev February 4, 2017 at 6:47 PM
Grace February 4, 2017 at 6:53 PM

Hey Jan, I just hope you like it as much as I do. I’m still waiting for updates from Teri. The book leaves you with a million theories for where the next one will head and I want to hash that out with someone.

bev February 4, 2017 at 6:53 PM

So maybe multiple story lines in each book?

Grace February 4, 2017 at 6:59 PM

Cheryl this means it will be a series and there will be spin offs of the other characters in the story. I think lol. I’m 99% sure thats what she meant.

Jan February 4, 2017 at 7:11 PM

Grace I’m definitely going to give it a try, but at the moment I am committed to finishing Juniper Smoke (which is long! but I’m 3/4 there!) and then my February read for bev’s tbr challenge which is also LONG! (Seveneves). So I mightn’t get to it for a little while.

Teri February 4, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Grace and Jan no updates yet. I can’t start the book until I finish my current read, which is for my book club, and I’m struggling to get through it.

Jen C February 5, 2017 at 2:00 AM

Eeee Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes is on super sale for $1.99 (down from $10.99!)

Cheryl February 5, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Jen C- is Hidden Bodies a sequel to You?

Tasha J February 5, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Hidden Bodies is the sequel to You, Cheryl. Maryse read and reviewed that one pretty recently. I still haven’t finished, but it was good! Almost better than the first!

Amy February 5, 2017 at 1:24 PM

“You two should get a barn…Seriously, with a carcass at your feet?”

LOL!!!! I love Goma!!

bev February 5, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Um….ok, Amy.

*backs away ….Then runs*

Amy February 5, 2017 at 2:39 PM

That comment up there probably doesn’t make sense out of context but that comic relief is very much needed in the midst of some heavy subject matter. Not just the grief but the other difficult subject this book is tackling.

So get your a$$ back here, bev!! :P

bev February 5, 2017 at 3:56 PM

What book are you reading?

Amy February 5, 2017 at 4:18 PM

The Mists of Serengeti. I’m loving it.

bev February 5, 2017 at 5:01 PM

It’s on my tbr.

Amy February 5, 2017 at 7:51 PM

Oh, my poor heart…it hurts. HURTS.

And the stupid Super Bowl is on and I’m supposed to be watching that but I want to be in Serengeti and yet Serengeti is hurting my heart and I want to wave a magic wand and make it all better for them but then it wouldn’t be the kind of book ride I like and…and…and…

Oh just dammit.

bev February 5, 2017 at 8:12 PM

A rock and a hard place, Amy.
A rock and a hard place.

bev February 5, 2017 at 10:20 PM


Maryse has a fever and the only cure is New Zealand.
Whose driving.

Amy February 6, 2017 at 1:28 AM


Serengeti was beautiful.


Heart-wrenching, sometimes difficult, and tear-inducing, but above all else it was beautiful.

I can’t even think of what to read next. Another sure sign of a great read. ;)

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 11:55 AM

I know it Amy… I’m still stuck on it and I need to write a review for another book. *sigh*

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 11:57 AM

LOL!!! Goma was my favorite. So wise and so witty. She had NO qualms about saying stuff as it is.

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 11:59 AM

How are you liking it Jan?

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM

LOL Tasha!!!

Ugh… sometimes Facebook hides posts for some reason. *sigh*

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM

How is your back feeling today, Grey?

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Thank you Kathy!!! I shall look it up. :D !!

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 12:03 PM

LOL bev!!!!

How DARE she?!! :P

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 12:06 PM

*whoops* Sorry Grace. LOL!!!

I’m glad you posted that, because real-reader reactions helps others decide if it’s something they might be interested in. I love it when you guys let us know what you’re enjoying (or not enjoying).

Maryse February 6, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Jean… I cried at the airport. SOBBED. The whole night before, too.

R. Renee February 6, 2017 at 12:26 PM

The Butterfly Project just got a 2/28 release date :)

Amy February 6, 2017 at 1:39 PM

I started crying in Wanza. Because I just KNEW. And the crying just got uglier from there.

Then the epilogue happened.


Amy February 6, 2017 at 1:41 PM

I meant I just KNEW what was coming. That might make a little more sense. ;)

R…the Butterfly Garden movie? If so, that was pretty quick. I’m curious to see how it translates to film…

Grace February 6, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Alright Teri and Jan, I’ll wait on you both. But perhaps take a little longer to get to it. The next book comes out soon so you guys will have two books to read at once while i sort of continue on. That makes me super jealous though.

Also Maryse what are you reading next? I wanted to try red queen i swear i did, but i can’t get over the reviews on good reads. I always push it down my tbr. A friend recommend Wheel of time series today but it has like fourteen books. Can’t wait for your next review so I can find something to squeal to. xo

Grey February 6, 2017 at 4:12 PM

My back is sh*t. Ugh. Thanks for thinking of me Maryse. I’m trying not to let it get me down, I am not a patient patient though. LOL!

I want to read the Red Queen series too…

Tessa February 6, 2017 at 4:16 PM

lol I’m gonna confess. I loved Wheel of Time until I didn’t. I started it and all my friends were telling me, it’s good until it isn’t. Basically, the first book and the story itself is good. After a while, though, there became more and more people. Full backgrounds of people who only last a chapter and are throwaways. You may be able to keep track, but I got lost to the point that I didn’t remember the name of one of the main secondary characters. :/

Grace February 6, 2017 at 6:12 PM

Uh OH. My friend’s recommendation today was off the first book which she read and absolutely loved. Uh Oh..

Tessa February 6, 2017 at 7:27 PM

lol Give it a try. I know a few people who loved it and could keep track. I just couldn’t. The story is really good and the world is well imagined.

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