monday's book spotlight

Monday's Book Spotlight

The book hangover is no joke, y'all. And I'm suffering. So much! Of course, that means it's time to post a spotlight because I gotta share this series. I feel like a book junkie who is dying for a fix, and I seriously think I may be going a little crazy. I'm craving the next book in this series like crazy, something I haven't experienced in a while and it feels awesome.

But, my goodness, I've been losing my mind since last Wednesday. I need this book. So, I'm going to drop some info about this series with their gorgeous covers and continue rocking in a corner until it releases tomorrow, okay? (Edit: It released early!!!! There went my Monday :D)

This is the first book, the book that gave me the initial hook. Here's my thoughts as seen on Goodreads:

Okay, so the only thing I knew going into this book was that it has bikers in it. Between watching Sons of Anarchy and after I finished reading Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry, I asked for recs for more biker books. This was one of the books I was told about. I bought it without reading the blurb, and I still didn't read it before I started.

So, I open the book on my Kindle and I'm met with an Author's Note, and then some terminology. I got worried. Not the What have I gotten myself into? kind of worry, but an excited Oh, boy. This is going to be interesting kind. I've read one of Cole's books before, so I felt confident I would enjoy this one as well.

And I did.

I was fascinated, absorbed, and completely mesmerized by the book. There's a surprise that I never saw coming, (but then, I rarely do see them coming). And there's this part at the very end that possibly gives you a heads up about other potential couples and my mind is just reeling from one of them. Twenty minutes after I finished, I kept shaking my head and saying, "I can't believe it. How will that turn out? Is it even possible? Just wow." So, I'm crossing my fingers for that potential couple, but I just gotta know what in the hell will happen with those two characters.

I'm not sure if I can pinpoint one thing about this book that made me enjoyed so much. I think it was a bit of everything. The bikers, the couple, their backgrounds, and the writing. I mean, how can you not sigh happily when a book completely sucks you and holds on to you during and after you've read it? I started this book, with the only expectation and hope that it would give me break from my reality, and it did the job perfectly. 

Here's my thoughts on the second book as seen on Goodreads:

Oh. My. God.

I loved this one even more than the first.

Declare me obsessed with this series.

<<<< And I mean, just look at this cover? How can I not be waiting to get my greedy fingers on it?

What are you waiting for? Go check the Hades Hangmen series out!!!

Monday's Book Spotlight

I haven't read at all since my last spotlight post. It's sucked and last night, I said to myself, "If you don't read something soon, you're going to lose your mind." I don't think I was being dramatic. So, I closed my WIP and opened up the Kindle app on my laptop.

Hello, lover.

It felt SO good to read something again.

Even better that it was a book I fell head over heels with. Enough so that it's on my favorites list and I already want to reread it. And that's why Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry is today's book spotlight. Read this book, y'all.

To Whom it May Concern, 

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates. 

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn't plan to stumble into Joe's bar and have Daniel's music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss. 

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons. 

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours. 

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels. 

-Ashlyn Jennings

Things I Highlighted While Reading:
- You know what the best thing about purses was? They could carry around books.

- Why didn’t anyone ever throw reading parties? I would be all over that crap.

Monday's Book Spotlight

This is back too! Only because I've read some books that I have to share with you! If you haven't read Sarina Bowen's The Ivy Years series yet, you're seriously missing out. Each of the (beautiful) covers will take you to their respective Goodreads pages.

I've read and loved every single one of these and I can't wait for the next one.  My favorite (even though I loved them all) is The Understatement of the Year.

Not only does it have a ton of hockey action, but the story is simply touching.

Really, they are all my favorites because they all bring something new and different and you can't help but fall in love with them all!

Go. Read. These. Books!

Monday's Book Spotlight

To kick off my reading-binge last week, I turned to a book that Kristalyn from The Sarcastic Palmtree recommended to me. I had knew nothing about it except that it was supposed to be a fun read and she said it was good. Didn't even read the description before I one-clicked it and added it to my TBR. It was such a fun book, that I'm featuring today.

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists—meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list—a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

My Thoughts as Seen on Goodreads:
I'm not even going to lie. I ended with book with a happy sigh. I seriously sighed happily and with so much satisfaction. That's a first.

I don't think I've ever laughed so much and felt so connected to the characters at the same time. I laughed out loud a lot. And then, something would happen, and I was, "Aw...Poor kid." It was adorable, touching, hilarious, and simply one of those feel good books. I loved every single character. The family, friends, almost everyone really was unique and lovable. 

I probably wouldn't have discovered this book if not for my blogger friend, Kristalyn, so thanks, girl! You were right. It was a fun book, and such a perfect one to kick off my reading-binge.

Monday's Book Spotlight

Two weeks in a row? I'm on a roll! :) Let's get right to it.

This week's book is by one of my favorite authors. It just released last week and I can't wait to read it. I'm sharing because I'm super excited about it and the cover is just gorgeous. Be sure to add it to Goodreads.

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Monday's Book Spotlight

It feels like it's been forever since I've posted one of these, and it probably has been! I've been reading, of course, but nothing that has really stood out. (Or I forget to post about it. Oops.) Anyway, this week, I'm putting a big, fat, bright spotlight on The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen. Add it on Goodreads!!

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

My Thoughts As Seen On Goodreads (Short and Sweet):
Loved, loved, loved it. All the characters were great and I couldn't stop reading...I had a smile on my face the entire time. So yeah, loved it.

Sarina Bowen just earned herself a new fan.

What I Highlighted While Reading:
“No,” he whispered into my ear. “No, no. Perfect isn’t real.” I took a deep, shaky breath, and the feel of his strong arms around me began to feel steadying. “There’s no more perfect, Callahan. Now there’s only really damned good.”

Monday's Book Spotlight

What a better way to kick off a Monday and the end of my two week "vacation," than to share a new release? I'm excited to read this book and it's only 99 cents! Be sure to check out As I Am by Annalisa Grant on Goodreads and snag a copy from Amazon US, Amazon UK, or iBooks!

“You’re not invisible. You’re invaluable.”

When Kinley Carmichael looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, size 4 twin sister. She sees her dark-haired, brown-eyed, size 12 self. 

Kinley and her twin sister Addison are excited to start their second summer as counselors at The Camp at Lake Hollis. All Kinley wants is to earn enough money to meet up with her mother so they travel the world as professional photographers. All Addison wants is to work on her tan, seduce a boy, and build her fashion budget. And while Kinley and Addison couldn’t be more opposite, nothing has ever stopped them from being the best of friends. 

It’s an especially great summer for Kinley as the official camp photographer and Notre Dame Quarterback Cal Harper showing interest in her. But when poet Miller Conrad arrives and rejects Addison’s advances, showing more interest in Kinley, true colors will shine and the sisters’ bond will be tested.

As Kinley and Miller’s connection deepens, Kinley feels like she can truly be herself without the internal scrutiny she’s developed in the shadow of her sister. But when Kinley inadvertently uncovers a terrible secret at the camp, Miller is left facing the demons of his own reasons for coming to Lake Hollis.

What was supposed to be the greatest summer of Kinley’s life turns out to be more life-changing than she ever imagined.

Monday's Book Spotlight

I read a book this weekend and I had to share it with y'all. Check out When It Rains by Lisa De Jong and what I thought about it.

When It Rains (Rain, #1)

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…


My Thoughts As Seen on Goodreads:
I started reading this at about 11pm last night and I didn't stop reading until I finished it. My Kindle warned me at 93% that my battery was low and I seriously almost had a panic attack at the thought it would die before I finished. I would have thrown it across the room if it had. I was too absorbed from something like a stupid battery to die, especially when my charger was in my car. So yeah, I was very addicted to this story. I need this book on my bookshelf so badly that the first thing I did this morning was order a copy.

I was swept away almost immediately and there were SO many times when I just wanted to put it down and stop because I couldn't handle reading anymore. I was crying too much. I cried constantly after a certain point. I felt all the happiness, but I felt all the pain and heartache as well. Just thinking about this book brings me to tears and makes me want to curl up into a ball and just cry.

I absolutely loved it. So much emotion. So much. I already want to reread it, but I'm still emotionally drained from last night, so I'll wait until my paperback comes.

The only other time I've felt so attached to a book, kept wanting to use "perfection" to describe a book, was when I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I have favorites among my favorites that sit in a small, hard to get into, category and When It Rains now sits there too.

Without a doubt, I'll be reading more by Lisa De Jong.

Monday's Book Spotlight

You all know that I'm a fan of Sawyer Bennett. She has some new releases out and you need to read them! I've read all three that she's released with these serial romances. I'm addicted to this story, y'all! The first one in the Legal Affairs serial is free! You might as well give it a chance. I don't think you'll regret it.

Objection (Legal Affairs, #1)
One year ago, I graduated from law school and embarked on a career as a purveyor of high priced legal shenanigans. 

Six months ago, my boyfriend dumped me when I thought he might be proposing. 
Two weeks ago, I got drunk and joined a secret sex club. 
Two days ago, I had a torrid one-night stand with a stranger. 
Today? Well, today I’m contemplating having an affair with my boss. 

Matt Connover is all kinds of forbidden temptation wrapped up in a deliciously wicked package, and he’s made it clear… he’s only interested in sex. 

My name is McKayla Dawson but everyone calls me Mac. I work at the powerhouse firm of Connover & Crown, LLP, where the law has never felt so hot. 

But between you and me, I’m afraid my heart won’t survive these Legal Affairs.

Each new volume releases every two weeks and the third just came out last week! What are you waiting for? Go get your copy! If you've already read them, tell me what you think. Are you loving them as much as I am? What do you think is going to happen with these two?

Monday's Book Spotlight

This week's book spotlight is a book that I read last week and I mentioned in my January newsletter as the book I was most excited to read this month. It has two beautiful covers and I need both editions on my bookshelf ASAP. I have also added something new to this feature. At the end, I've shared what I highlighted while reading. Without further ado, here is this week's book spotlight.

Left DrowningLeft Drowning
What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

My Thoughts As Seen On Goodreads:
Good lord. What has this book done to me? 


Jessica Park is amazing. 

Wow. I need a good cry now. I don't think any of my words are going to do this book, the writing, and how much I loved it justice. Just go read it. You'll see.

What I Highlighted While Reading:
"…while I am painful aware of my feelings and symptoms, I'm unable to shake them and move forward."

"It’s a constant struggle to stay near the surface. I have just enough air to stop me from totally going under, but not enough to thrive."

"I got myself out of hell. I dealt with it and moved on."

"I know too much not to be affected by his presence."

"My heart is a stupid asshole."

Monday's Book Spotlight

I read Bet in the Dark last week and I have to share it with you. I can't stop thinking about it. Not only did I really like this book, but I was hoping one of the characters (Beckett) would get a book. So, I started "stalking" Rachel Higginson on the internet and I may or may not have squealed like a school girl when I found Beckett's first chapter. I need that book! Soon!

Bet in the Dark

All Ellie Harris wanted was a life of her own.

In a shortsighted decision, she follows her high school boyfriend to college, only to get cheated on and then dumped. And to add insult to injury her overprotective family is suddenly clinging to her again, fighting to control every part of her life.

Bad luck follows her hasty decision and when her roommate steals her identity and leaves town, Ellie is left to clean up a gigantic mess.

Fin Hunter insists Ellie owes him seven thousand dollars from an online poker game and he is determined to get it from her. Determined to keep her family out of her life, Ellie agrees to work for Fin in his illegal online poker operation. He’s given her six weeks to pay off the debt.

Soon sparks are flying between them and the only thing keeping her from falling for him is the debt she still owes and the money she doesn’t have.

At the end either Ellie will have to pay the mistaken debt or bet in the dark that her feelings for Fin will be worth more than the money.

My Thoughts As Seen on Goodreads:
Once I started reading, I was hooked. I abandoned my friends. I ignored my dad and my dog. I barely ate supper. I MISSED A HOCKEY GAME! (Okay, I missed watching tweets about it and listening to it on the radio. I don't even know who won yet.) That right there should tell you something.

Els has *such* a clear voice in this book. She put everything out there and I heard her loud and clear. That really resonated with me, how much of a voice she has. I related to her just because of that. I didn't really connect with her until about 30ish % through. There was a paragraph that clicked with me and suddenly, she was like a friend telling me all her secrets.

And Fin. My God, what a man. I knew for a while there had to be something more to him, but I couldn't put my finger on what it might be. He is definitely a book boyfriend that everyone should love. He deserves so much more than this measly paragraph.

This is my first Rachel Higginson book and it will not be my last. There's something about her writing that allows her characters to speak volumes in every action. You know what, the best way to describe how I feel about her writing, these characters, and this book is this: I'm completely smitten and I need to read more by this author!

Edited to add: Now that I think about it, I think Beckett needs a book. That seems like a story that should be told…or at least, I want to know it.

Monday's Book Spotlight

You may have heard of this author because she happens to be my coauthor for The Penalty Kill Trilogy. Mary Smith recently released the second book in her Ice series and I loved this one more than the first! That's why today's spotlight is on Breaking the Ice. Y'all should definitely check it out. I'm a huge fan of Max and I'm sure you will be too.

Breaking the Ice (The Ice Series #2)

Rachel Silver is independent and likes it that way. It hardly bothers her that she hasn’t even had a relationship in over a year. Her goals are firmly set on her career. That was until her love of hockey crosses paths with Max Crawford.

Even though Max Crawford has had a wild side, there was something about Rachel when he saw her for the first time. Maybe it was her smart mouth, or her sexy lips? Nonetheless, he wanted her. 

Finally, Max is able to start a relationship with her, but will her stubborn attitude be the downfall of their relationship? Or could Max break the ice that holds her firm?

Monday's Book Spotlight

I just discovered this book last Friday when I saw someone post about it on Facebook. I wanted to share this 2014 release for two reasons. 1: North Carolina is mentioned in the synopsis. 2: After reading the synopsis, the slight smile of the man on the cover felt fitting. Of course, I had to share it. It's releasing wayyy in the future, but I'm still excited about it!

Off the Record (Record, #1)
Liz Dougherty has no idea a single question is about to change her life.

Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.

But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozying up to a reporter. And Liz isn’t sure sneaking around is enough for her—especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.

Sleek, sexy, and smart, Off the Record ventures into a high-stakes campaign and an even higher-stakes affair to answer the question: When politics and love collide, can there ever be a winner?

What 2014 releases are you excited about?

Monday's Book Spotlight

This week's spotlight is featuring a recent release that I'm excited to read. Comment if you've already read it or if you're planning to soon!

Unexpectedly You

Brooke Winters has every second of her day planned out. She makes lists for the satisfaction of checking things off. When Marks Events and Weddings has an opening, she knows she’s perfect for the job. What she doesn’t expect is that the boss’s unkempt and full of bad attitude son will be the person she works most closely with.

Nate Marks lost his fiancé and his best friend the moment he walked in on them sleeping together. He finds himself back at home in Las Vegas with his mother, taking photos for her wedding planning business instead of creating a portfolio to show at art galleries. Heartbroken and lost, Nate couldn’t care less about how he’s perceived by wedding clients… or the newest hire, Brooke.

When Brooke finds Nate at the office passed out and hung over, she quickly fixes him up to look presentable for their meetings. Nate spills about his broken relationship, and soon their clashed personalities balance each other out. But when they both discover there might be more between them, they panic.

Brooke’s determined to live life on her schedule, which never included a relationship with a co-worker or friend, and with Nate still aching over the girl he thought he’d spend his life with—they’re both about to lose a love they never expected to find.

Monday's Book Spotlight

This week I'm sharing a recent release that I'm excited to read!

Broken (Broken, #1)
Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home, no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other.

When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focuses all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of. He makes a vow to himself to never let love in again. The last thing Layton needed or wanted was more heartache.

Whitley Reynolds grew up in a privileged home in upstate New York. When she landed the star football player in high school no one was surprised, not even Whitley. She dreamed of a life with Roger living in New York City and happily followed him there. 

The first time Roger hit her for arguing with him about a dinner party, she forgave him. The more it happened, the further Whitley withdrew from her friends and family. One fateful day things go to far. Whitley makes a promise to herself and finds the courage to do the one thing she thought she’d never be able to do.

Fleeing with her best friend Courtney, Whitley was determined to put her past behind her and start a new life in the small town of Llano, Texas, where no one would ever find out about her past.

Will they both ever learn to trust and love again, or will their pasts come back to haunt them, keeping them both alone and…


Monday's Book Spotlight

I am a HUGE Sawyer Bennett fan and her books have appeared in my spotlights before. Today, her latest release, which went live yesterday, is my spotlight. I can't wait dive into this one and meet the sexy Flynn. Who else is going to read Off Chance this week?

Off Chance (Off, #5)

He is seeking absolution.

Flynn Caldwell has a hero complex and it’s one of the reasons he joined the New York City Fire Department. He has spent his entire professional career trying to atone for that one person he failed to save. Because, if he can do that, then perhaps he can be worthy of love again.

She is seeking escape.

Rowan Page’s life is nothing short of a disaster. Always immersed in trouble, she has only herself to depend on. She’s determined to pull herself out of this mess and make something of her life, despite the hard years she has lived on the streets of New York.

Together, they have the chance to become complete.

Flynn and Rowan’s worlds exist miles apart, but when a chance meeting brings them together, neither of them can deny the instant pull that connects them to each other. What starts as a tiny spark eventually flares into a fire so hot, it refuses to be extinguished. 

For it to work, both of them will need to jump feet first into the flames to see where it takes them, despite the risk of being burned.

Monday's Book Spotlight

This week, I'm spotlighting a free novella that I'm so excited about. If you know me, then you know that I'm a HUGE Colleen Hoover fan. Well, on October 14th, she has a new story releasing. You can preorder your free copy on Amazon now! Check it out and add it to your TBR!

Finding Cinderella

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Monday's Book Spotlight

I read this book two weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it. I can't wait for the third book in the series, but this week's spotlight is on the first book. You should really add this book to your to-read shelf on Goodreads or just go ahead and buy it! It's also being made into a movie and I've included a video at the end for that. If you know of more books that are like this one, let me know in the comments!

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Last week, I was in a reading frenzy. I read more than I wrote! The four books I read were Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis, Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James, and Divergent and Insurgent both by Veronica Roth. I was torn between two books, but decided to feature my next read instead.

I have started this book twice, but something always got in the way and I put it back down. This week, I'm going to finally read it start to finish. Has anyone else read Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith?

Kiss Crush Collide
What Leah did—only she really shouldn’t have—one hot night at a country club party.

What Leah has—only she really shouldn’t have—on the guy with the green eyes, the guy who is not her perfect boyfriend, the guy who does not fit in her picture-perfect life, the guy her sisters will only mock and her mother will never approve of. Not in a million years.

What happens when everything you always thought you wanted—having cool friends, being class valedictorian and homecoming queen—runs smack into everything it turns out you really do want.

Kiss. Crush. Collide.
For Leah and Porter, summer is only the beginning.

Monday's Book Spotlight

Between school and being sick last week, I didn't get much done. This week's spotlight is featuring an upcoming release that I am beyond excited about. I read the first book in the series and loved it. Is anyone else excited about Torn by Kim Karr? If you haven't read Connected yet, go buy it. But don't read it until Torn releases. That way you can read them back to back. By the way, Torn is available for pre-order.
Torn (Connections, #2)
Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entangled history is about to test the strength of their relationship…

Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her 'Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.
River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain. But how many times can one broken heart be mended?  Will River and Dahlia be able to stay together or will they be torn apart?