My Reading Stack (#24)

reading stackSoooo… It’s been a long time since I last did this… December 20th was the last time I did this.. So I’m playing catch up. For this post, I’m just showing the weeks I missed with their reviews.

Week of December 20th-27th:

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  • Night Fox by Tia Giacalone: I felt like I read a completely different story to be honest — in the best way possible. This was a completely different vibe and tone compared to Hey Sunshine. I was anxious and nervous pretty much this entire book. I wasn’t sure how this was going to play out. Also, because Tia hates all of us (TOTALLY kidding 120%; just my fangirl speaking), this ALSO ends in a cliffhanger — be warned! HOWEVER, you HAVE to read this if your a fan of new adult. I will continuously recommend this series at every opportunity I get. I personally think cliffhangers are fun! Yes, the waiting is not all that fun — but we get all excited for the sequel! Tia Giacalone is one of my all time favorite authors; she’s an incredibly talented author and her books aren’t getting the love they deserve. You need to meet the gang; Avery, Annabelle, Fox and the whole family! It is IMPOSSIBLE not to fall in love with them, they all have a HUGE chunk of my heart and will continue to hold that chunk forever. AB-SO-LUTE-LY LOVED!
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey: WHY did I wait until now to start her books?! HOLY COW! All time favorite for the year! Everything about this book was perfect, Kinsley’s inner monologue was the best! I listened to this as an audiobook and I’m sure while driving some people thought I lost my mind. There were times where I tried to hold in the laughter, but I lost it MULTIPLE times! I couldn’t help the excitement at the end either… I’m sure I REALLY look like someone who had lost their marbles, fangirling like a crazy person. ;) I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book to pieces! I’m so beyond excited to read more of her books!!!
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Winter Wishes by Karina Halle: Absolutely loved – of course! Kayla and Lachlan are probably hands down my favorite couple so far. And after reading The Offer, I doubted anyone could beat Bram, nope… This was perfect to get into the Christmas spirit! Absolutely LOVED!
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Waiting for Wyatt by S.D. Hendrickson: Everything about this book was tragically beautiful, which I think is the best way to describe it. This book broke my heart MANY MANY times and I honestly lost count after the 10th time. This book truly affected my emotions. I can’t stress my love for this book, The Mason List and Mrs. Hendrickson enough.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: IDK what to do now…
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆

WEEK OF DECEMBER 28th-JANUARY 3rd:

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  • Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons: Thought it was a cute story. The main focus wasn’t of the romance – it didn’t really come into effect until the last 15% which was shocking for me. I wasn’t expecting for it to come that late. But I really enjoyed this story overall. I found myself laughing and smiling way too many times to count.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆½
  • Beloved by Corinne Michaels: Thank GOD I own the boxset… Dang cliffhanger… I don’t know who I love more Liam or Jackson. This is very hard to decide. I absolutely loved this book! I guess I’m really at a loss for words honestly. I don’t know what else to add in this review.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Beholden by Corinne Michaels: *starts dancing* PERFECT! PERFECT! PER-FECT! Loved everything about this duology! I thought I knew Jackson’s past, but as usual I got it wrong. I loved Catherine and Jackson so so much. I literally cannot pick between Jackson and Liam. The epilogue was so cute and hilarious. Being me, I always want more to a couples story. Loved this story so much. :)
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Never Never Part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher: It is driving me absolutely bonkers not knowing what the heck is going on. This one doesn’t leave on as big of a cliffhanger as the first one does, but big enough that you need the 3rd immediately. I’m not sure if the 3rd is the final book, but I’m hoping we either find out what’s going on or get clues!
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆
  • Finding It by Cora Carmack: yay!!! this really could have counted as my first read of 2016, but considering I read the majority of the book before midnight, it’s my last book of 2015. :) I really liked this book, I felt I didn’t connect to Jackson and Kelsey as much as I did with the previous 2 books, but all the traveling made me want to go out and do it. I wanted more to both their stories and especially the ending. it was a good ending, but I wanted to see what happened next.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆
  • Built by Jay Crownover: I have only read Rule from the Marked Men series so I was really worried I would get spoiled. Built is a spin-off from Marked Men so we do see some of the boys from the previous series make their appearance with their significant others. My biggest concern was having major plots spoiled from the series, but that wasn’t the case. Yes, we get a glimpse of who they end up with and what happens years down the road (as in kids), but that didn’t bother me. I have been dying to continue the MM series since I read the first, now I feel even more excited to do so. I have fallen completely head over heels over Zeb (then again, who wouldn’t?!). I haven’t met too many bearded men, let alone ones that are also tattooed. I think Zeb has ruined all other future book boyfriends for me.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆

WEEK OF JANUARY 4th-10th:

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  • Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole: Wow, if Sweet Home crushed my heart, then Sweet Fall just gutted me. I knew going in, it was obviously going to be an emotional read after having read Sweet Home, but wow…. I adored everything about this book. I’ve know alot about what happened with Lexi, keeping spoiler free so those that don’t know what happens stay spoiler free, but I think it’s mentioned… Anywho, I’ve had some background knowledge about it, but reading a book with a character experiencing it?! Wow, my heart seriously shattered. I adored Austin and Lexi to pieces. Please don’t make me choose my favorite right now- I love both Rome and Austin just as much as the other but all for different reasons mostly. I can’t get over this book and honestly? Probably won’t ever. This has already made it to my top reads of 2016 and this was only book 2 of MANY this year and I have A LONG time to read others. But without a doubt, I know it will make the list come end of year. Loved!
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Corrupt by Penelope Douglas: I haven’t read many or any dark romance so this was my first taste of the genre. Wow… Is all I have to say for this. I did have some high expectations because of all the hype. Many people made it seem EXTREMELY dark and that the first 30% was just too much… It was never THAT intense! I really liked this book! It is DEFINITELY different from other books I’ve read and I’m pretty sure this was my first dark book… But seriously, wow. This book had everything for the most part! I definitely love Michael and Kai. Will is okay for me — don’t care too much for him. Rika was an interesting character, she basically became a new character by the end of the book. At least, that’s what I saw. Maybe it was different for others. But loved this book! Can’t wait for more books by this author and can’t wait to dive into more dark books!
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆½
  •  Finding Serenity by T.E. Black: This book could have gone so many ways and I’m very happy with the ending! I was getting very nervous about how this book would play out. I caught on to a couple of the secrets but some completely took me by surprise.You will hate Trent to the ends of Earth, want to punch him at times, but then fall hardcore for him. He’s a very frustrating character, yet you can’t help but fall in love with him like Shay did. Especially the ending… My heart.. I was sooo close to happy tears at the end and usually it’s sad tears. I don’t normally get happy tears while reading, so I guess that should say something?
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Fading by E.K. Blair: I have finally finished this book!!!! I listened to the first 75% as an audiobook, then decided to read the last 25% because I wanted to finish it already. I’m mad that there’s a sequel and I don’t think I own it. But I loved this book, despite the topic it covers. I think what really threw me and what makes it different at least from other books I’ve read that are surrounded by this topic, was the prologue. You immediately know something that doesn’t get discussed until later in the book (which drove me crazy). Had they left it out, I may not have caught on. But I was just waiting for the conversation to happen… I’m really looking forward to the second book! I HATED Candace’s parents and LOVED Ryan’s mom. I got tears at the end- she’s literally one of the best moms. Loved Jase, Kimber and Mark.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆½

WEEK OF JANUARY 11th-17th:

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  • Defenseless by Corinne Michaels: If any of you make me choose between Twilight, Muffin and Dreamboat, I might cry. Usually I have a favorite in a series, but I LITERALLY CANNOT pick, I love these 3 men so so much and all for very different reasons! I’m so glad this wasn’t a cliffhanger- if you’re familiar with Corinne’s previous 2 duets, you’ll know those have cliffhangers, this one does not. Like the previous 2, this is intertwined. This follows Mark and Charlie – both characters we meet in Consolation Duet. (Mark before in Belonging Duet). Even though I read backwards and read the Consolation duet, I have been absolutely beyond excited to read Mark’s story – he was HILARIOUS. And ohhh boyy was this book hilarious!!!! I cannot tell you how many times I highlighted different quotes and scenes! I absolutely loved this book, can’t stress my love for these books enough!
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson: Absolutely freaking loved every bit of this book! Definitely didn’t expect how devastating and sad this book was going to be. I knew from the blurb it wouldn’t be a light read, but wow, I was blown away. I was getting some serious anxiety towards the end because I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out. Loved it all, especially the extra point of view, I thought that was awesome having that.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson: Ugh, absolutely loved this one too! It’s fairly late for me to be up… That’s how badly I had to finish reading. The last 100 pages or so keep you on your toes wanting more and I knew I wouldn’t go to bed not knowing what was going to happen next. Usually I can go to sleep and continue the following day, nope.. Not with this one!! How I’ve managed to stay up this late is beyond me… But this story was just as amazing! I have no doubt the next book(s) will be just as amazing! I fell hard for Dylan (who wouldn’t!? He has a southern accent– one of the things I like most). ;) Mia was just awesome. Words cannot describe how amazing of a person she was. Ugh, this book. Just too good. Suspense was ON POINT. I seriously could not put this book down. It is crazy just how quickly things can turn for the worst. I’ve never really had the urge to go snowboarding, I’m already not coordinated on just bare land… I cannot tell you how many times I’ve hurt myself.. Trying to snowboard would be scary. But reading this definitely made me more nervous for sure.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆

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