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Friday, May 6, 2016

Weekly Reading Update, 4/22 - 5/6 (Two-in-one edition)

So not so “weekly” this time around. Last week was insane with crazy thunderstorms and power outages, so I wasn’t able to get the post up and running. Luckily everything else was scheduled so they posted on their own. But - that just means you get two weeks worth at once!

I finished up my Betsy binge by reading Undead and Unpopular (Book 5). The books are starting to run together, so I decided now would be a good time to take a break. And the next book was checked out from my library’s eBook platform anyways.

I’ve also been on a rockstar kick lately - as evidenced by my next two reads. I finally got the chance to check out A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson. I’ve been wanting to read this since it first came out, I just never had the chance, until now. I loved it. I knew I would, since I had read other books by A.L. Jackson and enjoyed them. But I wasn’t aware how emotional this book would be. As soon as I finished it, I had to instantly buy the next book for my kindle. And with that ending - I definitely need to read book 2, asap.

I also read The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle. I think this was a Goodreads suggestion, probably because of my previous rockstar reads. I can’t help myself. I love music, and therefore I love musicians. Sigh. But this book was a good one - and another book that made me want to instantly get the sequel. I’m holding off though, until I get some more stuff read. After the roller coaster that was The Mighty Storm, I need a bit of a break until I read the next one - to give my nerves a break.

I’m read through Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett. I read the first few books in this series years ago, around the same time I started the Betsy books. So I figured since I was taking a break from Betsy, I’d give Glory a re-read. And it’s been long enough that I’ve forgotten exactly what happens, so it’s practically a new read. And oh, to have some of Glory’s problems - like a protective sire who just happens to wear his kilt a lot.

A few weeks ago, I read Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker and LOVED it. So I finally got around to reading the second book, One Tiny Lie. And oh man, I think I liked it just as much, if not more, than the first book. These are definitely both going on my wish-list, because I need them on my keeper shelves. I can see why K.A. Tucker has such a following. I can’t wait to read book three!

I’m working my way through the Kate Daniels series, by Ilona Andrews. I read the first book for the library’s Positively Paranormal Book Club months ago, and I loved it. I now only have two and a half books left, and then I will be caught up. And I already read the short-stories, so I have nothing to tide me over until the next book releases! I went through Magic Slays, Gunmental Magic, and Magic Rises. I have the next two books at home (and I’m waiting on the novella to come in through the digital library), and then I have to wait like everyone else. Sigh!

I’d say that’s enough for now - catch you on the flip side!

Happy Reading
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review: MONDAY by E.L. Todd!

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Type: Series, Book 1, Contemporary Romance, Cliff hanger, Loving the names, Need book 2 now, One-sitting read

About the Book: I don’t believe in destiny. 

In fate. 

Or in soul mates. 

But I believe in Hawke. 

My life has never been whole since my parents left forever. I have my brother, someone I can barely tolerate most of the time, and I have my best friend, Marie. 

And I have myself. 

But when Hawke walks into my life, there’s an immediate connection. Our eyes lock and an unspoken conversation is exchanged. For the first time in my life, I actually feel something. 

But he doesn’t. 

He keeps me at arm’s length and pretends there’s nothing between us when there clearly is. I’m not the kind of girl to wait around for any guy, so I don’t. 

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t in the back of my mind. 

Our paths cross again in a way neither one of us expect and it changes everything. Was it destiny that made it happen? Was it fate? 
Or was it something else? [Description from Goodreads.com]

My Review: I wish I had known going in that this was going to be a cliffhanger - so I'm warning you now. If I had even bothered to look up the description of book two, I would have realized, but alas - I didn't look that far ahead. But lucky for us - all the books in the series are being released AT ONCE. Talk about instant gratification - you can immediately one-click the second book as soon as you finish book one.

Alright, so about the book itself. This book has all the romance tropes that have been overdone time and time again. A guy with a rough past that is only ever interested in one night stands and short flings, until he meets that special girl that makes him want to change. So what I'm saying here, is that "Monday" is far from original. But what it is, is a good read. I devoured this book in one sitting, because I just couldn't stop. I liked their easy camaraderie, I could really feel the connection between the characters. While the attraction is instant, the love isn't - and that's something I definitely respect. Insta-love is fine every so often, but I've seen it way too much lately. I love nothing more than that slow build, and with Frankie and Hawke's friends-to-more relationship, it just felt right.

And while the cliffhanger is rough, I appreciate that not everything was wrapped up in the 250 pages "Monday" has. The story can further develop, and the drama can ebb and flow over time. I'm holding off on purchasing the next book in the series, to try and catch up on everything else - but man, it's rough, believe me.

Cover Lovin': Simple, but eye-catching.

Recommendation: Be prepared to one-click book 2 - what an ending!

Final Rating: THREE POINT FIVE out of FIVE stars! (3.5/5) This would have easily been a four star read, but it felt a little too formulaic for that. But it was definitely a good read, and I can't wait to continue the series.

Get your copy of Monday from Amazon.com today! And be sure to nab book 2 - Tuesday- as well - you'll need it!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~

Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Release Day Blitz: MONDAY by E.L. Todd!

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Book Blurb:

I don’t believe in destiny.

In fate.

Or in soul mates.

But I believe in Hawke.

My life has never been whole since my parents left forever. I have my brother, someone I can barely tolerate most of the time, and I have my best friend, Marie.

And I have myself.

But when Hawke walks into my life, there’s an immediate connection. Our eyes lock and an unspoken conversation is exchanged. For the first time in my life, I actually feel something.

But he doesn’t.

He keeps me at arm’s length and pretends there’s nothing between us when there clearly is. I’m not the kind of girl to wait around for any guy, so I don’t.

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t in the back of my mind.

Our paths cross again in a way neither one of us expect and it changes everything. Was it destiny that made it happen? Was it fate?

Or was it something else?

   

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  Ad3-3 EXCERPT: My phone rang and Hawke’s name was on the screen. I forgot to call him and tell him I’d be late. “Hello?” “I know you’re late to everything but…a phone call would have been nice.” He was half teasing me, half being serious. “I’m sorry. I got a flat tire, and I’ve been trying to change it.” “What?” he barked. “Dude, this is really hard. I’ve been out here for an hour and a half.” Instead of laughing, he growled. “Are you kidding me right now?” Did I miss something? “What?” “Why didn’t you call me? I can change a tire in two seconds.” “I thought I could figure it out until…I realized I couldn’t.” “It’s freezing outside and it’s dark. Are you stupid?” Now I growled back. “You don’t need to be a dick.” “I’m going to be a dick when your head is shoved up your ass. Now where are you so I can come and get you?” “I can change the tire on my own.” “Clearly.” “How will I ever learn if you don’t let me figure it out?” “I could teach you. Did you think of that, smartass?” He was practically screaming at me over the phone. “If you’re going to throw a hissy fit, I’m going to hang up.” “You better not—” Click. I set my phone down and got back to work. He called back in two seconds. I sighed then answered. “What?” “Tell me where you are.” “So you can come down here and yell at me?” “So I can change your tire. Now spit it out.” “I’m almost done. I can figure it out.” “You’re really pissing me off,” he snapped. “Tell me where you are or—” Click. He called back immediately. He was such a drama queen. “What?” I yelled. “HANG UP ON ME AGAIN AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.” I rolled my eyes and stayed mute. “Now tell me where you are before I search the streets.” I looked around and tried to find a street name. “I’m at Gettysburg Park. I’m right at the curb.” Now he hung up on me. Click.  
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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: DON'T BE CRUEL: 2-in-1 edition by Yonezou Nekota

Release Date: June 14th, 2016

Type: Manga, Series, Book 1, Book 2, M/M, Yaoi, Blackmail, 18+, How cheating on a test gets you in trouble

About the Book: Playboy Maya catches studious Nemugasa cheating on a test, and to ensure his silence Maya blackmails Nemugasa into doing whatever he wants. Twice a week Nemugasa must go to Maya's room for some steamy action, but as dense and oblivious as Nemugasa is, he fails to notice Maya’s true feelings for him. With college entrance exams around the corner, Nemugasa must focus on his studies, but Maya won’t stop distracting him, causing him to finally snap! Can a relationship built on harassment ever be more? [Description from Goodreads.com]

My Review: So I'm a little torn about this book. The beginning is definitely a little rape-y - Maya is blackmailing Nemugasa, saying if he doesn't have sex with him, Maya will tell the administration about Nemu's cheating. So this isn't so much a willing situation. It gets there, though. The romance develops at different speeds for each of the main characters, which is pretty typical of a manga. And this book definitely contains well worn manga tropes - for example, a sort of rival trying to break the two love-birds up, but then becoming part of their hangout group later, as there are no hard feelings after that particular episode.

I read plenty of manga, but this is my first foray into the yaoi (m/m) world, so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. I definitely didn't realize how, ahem, graphic the sound effects would be. I'm talking like - squilching sounds during... well, I'm sure you could guess. They weren't out of place, clearly, and maybe this is typical of yaoi comics - I'd have to read more to properly judge. And really, it didn't turn me off the whole idea entirely, so it's clearly something easily ignored and moved beyond.

The characters themselves were interested. They didn't necessarily have too much depth, though it certainly got better as time went on. This leads me to believe that if the series continues for more volumes in the future, they will develop properly in time. I also found it interesting how quickly Nemu just.. goes with the flow. Like "Oh yeah, guys probably blackmail other guys into sex all the time!" Maya himself throws off more of a bisexual vibe, and judging mostly by the blackmail - a bit of a sexual predator vibe as well. But as I said, both characters started to grow considerably by the second half of this book, so I see a promising future.

Cover Lovin': A typical manga cover - but I think it fits their characters very well.

Recommendation: 18+ for sure!

Final Rating: I'm going to go with THREE out of FIVE stars (3/5)! Three stars is my standard "there were parts I didn't like, and an equal number of parts I did like" score. The sound effects were a bit daunting at first, and the whole blackmailing for sex vibe was rough. But the romance itself was fun to read. I'd definitely read more, and check out more by this publisher/imprint.

Make sure to pre-order your copy of Don't Be Cruel from Amazon.com today!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~

Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.