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Top Eleven Books STILL on my TBR 4 years later...

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Hosted by the fabulous The Broke and The Bookish. This week's prompt:
August 23rd: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet (this is going to be sad considering how many of those I have unread six years later...)

I started my Goodreads in 2011 and here's ten eleven books still languishing on my TBR. They all still interest me. But time and money and omfg new books...

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Check out an excerpt from Unchained Melody by Cynthia Roberts for a chance to win the series

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | 2 Comments

Today, I have steamy romance between a workaholic woman and a dream boat. Check out Unchained  Melody below for your chance to win copies of the whole series and a sale!

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#ARCAugust Review of Bounty by Michael Byrnes: Creepy Techo Thriller

I was lucky enough to win a free copy from Goodreads First Reads.

Bounty follows investigators trying to stop Bounty4Justice, a vigilante democratic website that raises money right the wrongs of the criminal justice system. People submit others for the website, evidence is collected and backers can cast a vote for guilty or acquittal.

While the assassinations are what has most people up in arms, that’s not the only way to claim the money or get rid of your bounty once someone’s deemed guilty. Bringing in the target to the justice system will net the same reward or turn yourself in and the money goes back into the pot. It’s also important to note, the targets are all people that the justice system has failed to convict or received a slap on the wrist.

Before I start my ramblings on the system, let’s review the book, shall we?

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Smoke and Mirrors by Jess Haines: NA Dragon Shifter Romance I Want The Sequel to Now

Smoke and Mirrors follows Kimberly, a sorcerer in a mage’s world, as she tries making her way by finding a familiar. She’s hoping to convince a dragon to give her a shot, and her mentor sends her to meet Cormac, a mysterious bridge between mages and shifters.

While I have a few favorite series, I’m not the biggest fan of paranormal romance. New Adult is even more fraught with issues and I support the idea behind it, but I have even fewer in this category.
And here comes along Smoke and Mirrors, which is both.

The instant I heard “dragon” I wanted in, but the genres did make me hesitate.

The good news is it surprised me in a lot of ways and I can highly recommend it.

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#ARCAugust Review of The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis Releasing August 23rd

I won a copy from Meaghan Walsh Gerard's ABEA giveaway.

First of all, the blurb is misleading. No, the “rumors of Darby’s involvement” DO NOT haunt the halls. No one knows or gives a shit. Rose only found about it by being nosey with the gossiping doorman.

And glitz? I didn’t see much glitz. There’s like one pricey dinner and a floor full of model ‘gazelles’ and that’s it.

The rest is spent in secretary school, a hotel room, and the jazz club. While the jazz club rocked, it’s drab like it’s supposed to be.

It wasn’t fun finding this out the hard way. My expectations were off and that’s the wrong foot to start on. I didn’t regret reading in the end, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. Hopefully, this helps ya’ll!

Trigger Warning: Rape

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Excerpt & Character Interview For Scrying for Summer by Katherine McIntyre Book Tour

Brooke Banks | 7:34 AM | | | 1 Comments

Woo-hoo! I have an exciting excerpt with butting-heads romance and a character interview with our leading lady, Jev.

I wish I had enough time to review this book for the tour, but I will be reading the series soon. It sounds so good. Check it out, ya'll!

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$100 Amazon/PayPal Giveaway for Thirty-Four Going On...Bride by Becky Monson

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Thirty four Going on Bride

Thirty-Four Going on Bride by Becky Monson

Julia Dorning is about to lose it. Between her over-the-top wedding that her sister, Anna, took upon herself to create, and the under-staffed popular bakery that she runs, she can barely find time to breathe.

All Julia ever wanted was a quaint wedding on the beach with family and friends. But now Julia has to contend with not only her sister's plans, but those of her future mother-in-law, as well. Not wanting to step on anyone's toes, especially her mother-in-law's, Julia just goes along with it.

She can only take so much, though, and when her newest employee, Kate, makes things harder at the bakery, Julia has to find a way to simplify her life.

Can she do it or will she end up a basket case? Find out how she does it in this hilarious conclusion to the Spinster series!


Author Becky Monson

Becky MonsonBy day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.

Praise for the Book

"My favorite of the series!" - Author Jennifer Peel
"Becky Monson did it again!" - Amazon Reviewer
"It’s rare that I want to give a book six stars, but this is certainly one of them." -Blogger Connie Fischer, Bookworm2bookworm

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“Pick it up, Julia! You can do this!”
I’m in the seventh circle of hell.
“Come on! Let’s move faster!” My sister Anna yells over the construction that we’re currently passing. As expected, we get a few whoops and whistles tossed at us from the workers. Pity flattery, I’m sure. Well, maybe not for Anna, but certainly for me. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about me right now.
To start, I don’t know if I’ve ever sweated this hard in my life. I look like I’ve taken a shower fully clothed. I’m sticky and perspiring, and it’s not even that hot outside. It’s a typical day near the end of May in Denver, Colorado. How did I let Anna convince me to do this? Oh that’s right, there was no convincing. She forced me. “It’ll be good for you,” she had said, lying through her devil teeth.
At this point I don’t know if my lungs will ever be the same. They actually ache with pain. And then there’s the ache in my calves, and really every other part of my body. Whoever thought of running as an extracurricular activity should be shot. A form of torture, yes. Exercise? I’d rather get a tooth pulled without Novocain.

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#ARCAugust Review for The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson: D'AWW Nerd Love ❤

I won an ARC copy from Lily Anderson (thanks!).

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a teenage nerd retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. But if you’re looking for the opinion of a Shakespearian fangirl, this is the wrong review. I’ve never read Much Ado and hate Romeo and Juliet.

What I can say that if you’re not a Shakespeare fan or involved with the specific fandoms, you can still love this book. The intent of the jokes was obvious to me and that’s just from osmosis and pop culture rather than being properly versed in these subjects. Often they explain it to the non-geek in the crowd to help out.

I’m sure Trixie and Ben would want to take my nerd card for not reading comic books, watching Doctor Who and never seeing the original Star Wars trilogy. But as Trixie says, you can pry it from my cold dead hands, lol.

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#ARCAugust & #ReadThemAllThon Update, Reviews & What's Next

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | 4 Comments

This month I've joined in #ARCAugst and #ReadThemAllThon.

The sign ups are here and here respectively.

Time to check out my progress and see if I'm made any changes to my picks.

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Rewind: Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | 3 Comments

Hosted by the fabulous The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a rewind week so I picked:
Top Ten Popular Authors I Haven't Read

In No Particular Order:

The I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Her Yet Squad:

Any popular authors you haven't read yet either? Any recommendations on where to start with the above authors for me?

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5 Stars for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: Adult Sci-Fi Thriller

You know all those over-used cheesy descriptions like mind-blowing, and mind-boggling? Dark Matter is the kind of book those should be saved for because it brings them back to life with a purpose.

Dark Matter explores well, dark matter. I’m a layman interested in science but honestly, the science of physics is beyond me. So I was uneasy going in, wondering if I would be able to keep up.

Thankfully, Jason is an excellent guide through Schrodinger’s Cat, the multiverse, and game theory. I feel like I understand the concepts better than I ever have. I wasn’t lost or confused ever during the winding travels and tribulations.

I’ve never read anything quite like Dark Matter before. And I don’t think I will again. I haven’t read Blake Couch’s previous work, but I plan to now and I’ll be watching his new releases.

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Interview, Sale, and Giveaway for Rachel Vincent's The Stars Never Rise series

Brooke Banks | 5:00 AM | | | | 1 Comments

I am super excited to be a part of this pre-release blitz to help spread the word that THE FLAME NEVER DIES, the second book in Rachel Vincent’s The Stars Never Rise series, is releasing on August 16th!

For those that are already caught up on this series, the wait is (almost) finally over! For those that haven’t yet met Nina Kane or discovered the dark and dangerous world she lives in, there’s still time to catch up - and a really sweet deal (details below) that will make you want to move this series to the top of your reading pile!

Scroll down to learn more about THE FLAME NEVER DIES and THE STARS NEVER RISE, the author, Rachel Vincent, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardback set of these two amazing books!

And for even more peeks at the fab content being shared throughout the blitz - shareable quotation graphics and excerpts - look for other blogger participants now through August 15th on social media #TheFlameNeverDies.


THE STARS NEVER RISE goes on sale!

In anticipation of the upcoming release of THE FLAME NEVER DIES, the publisher is dropping the price for the eBook version of the first book in the series - THE STARS NEVER RISE! So if you haven’t yet discovered this series, now is the perfect time!

Just head over to your favorite online e-tailer to look for THE STARS NEVER RISE with its newly lowered price or visit one of these online stores - AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY | KOBO.

Please note that at the time of this post some stores may not yet have updated their sites to the promotional pricing. If they haven’t, be sure to check back for this awesome not-to-be-missed deal!


Title & Series: THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

For fans of Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead comes the unputdownable sequel to The Stars Never Rise, a book Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, called “haunting, unsettling, and eerily beautiful.”

ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The Interview

Interview with Rachel by her sixteen-year-old daughter (Codename: Melody), who’s thinking about actually reading her mother’s book.

Melody: So, this is a series is about demons, right?

Rachel: Sort of. Not really. A century ago, Nina’s world was invaded by residents of another reality who can only remain in our world by taking over a human body. People called them demons, because that’s the only association they had for the concept of possession.

Melody: So these “demons” aren’t actually bad?

Rachel: Oh, no, they’re totally bad. They’re entertained by the suffering of humanity. They’re just not the residents of hell most people think of when they hear “demon.” But that’s all I can say without spoiling anything from THE STARS NEVER RISE!

Melody: Okay. But if they’re not religious demons, why is the government in this world run by the Church?

Rachel: Because people assumed that only the Holy could fight the unholy. So a fictional “Church” stepped in to do just that. To fill the power vacuum, when secular government couldn’t protect the people.

Melody: So THE STARS NEVER RISE is a book about faith?

Rachel: No. It’s a book about false faith. About the frailty of untested beliefs. About how accepting everything you hear as the truth can mean living a lie. That’s true with every predatory situation, from abusive relationships to investment scams. I just chose to tell that story on a larger scale, where the entire world has accepted a lie because it was easier to believe a hero has come to save us than to stand up and fight our own battles. Take from that what you will… ;)

Melody: Wow, Mom. That was deep. (Teenage eye roll.)

Rachel: (shrugs) There’s also lots of fighting, kissing, and setting demons on fire.

About Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.


Title & Series: THE STARS NEVER RISE (The Stars Never Rise #1)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook***
***See above for details on the promotional pricing of the eBook

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

The Giveaway

Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED hardback set of THE STARS NEVER RISE + THE FLAME NEVER DIES
Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on August 14th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

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#ReadThemAllThon TBR List: I Will Be The Very Best

Brooke Banks | 4:22 PM | 2 Comments

Created by Aentee @ Read At Midnight: Sign Up Post, which goes into the maths part that I haven't included + her TBR Post

Disclaimer: Pokemon belongs to Nintendo. I make 0 monetary profit from my blog, please don’t sue me!

What Is It?

The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon is a 3 weeks long reading challenge based on the Kanto’s Indigo League. Long-time fans of the series would recognise this as the first set of gyms Ash Ketchum had to conquer in his quest to become the Pokemon Master. Now you, my friends, will also embark on a journey to become the very best. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead!

When Is It?

The read-a-thon will run for 3 weeks between Sunday 14th August to Sunday 4th September.
You can sign up anytime between now and the end of the read-a-thon.

How Do I Join?

Create a sign-up post on your own blog/booktube/booklr/etc with the books you will read for the challenge below and title it #ReadThemAllThon TBR or something similar. Then add your link to the link widget below. Please add a link back to this post!

The Challenge/Gyms

There are 8 reading challenges within this read-a-thon, based on the 8 gyms that are in the Indigo League. Earn a badge every time you complete a book!

My Pokemon:

I've always loved Pickachu. I played Pokemon Yellow, had him follow me around plus all three starters. BEST original Pokemon game. And NO ONE will convince me otherwise.

Well, pick a two-evolutioner would short change me on points and honestly...I never evolved Pickachu in the beginning. I couldn't decided when, okay?

Since I'm terrible at picking starters and LOVE dragons, I'm going with Dratini. I refused to pass the Safari Zone til I had one.

So, I'm starting with + 10 CP. The one thing I'm worried about with this challenge is keeping track of the math and social shares. Oh. my. gods.

You don't need to do the points but come on, I MUST BE THE VERY BEST DAMN IT!

The Badges & Books:

Since I'm participating in ARC August as well, most of these will count for both. But I will be adding in a few towards the end to earn all the badges. Probably. We'll see how I do...

Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price (Also ARC August)

352 pages = 35 CP

Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne (Also ARC August)

I thought this would be harder pick since I rarely cry, but holy shit. This one was just perfect and has been waiting for me.

474 pages = 47 CP

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Also ARC August)

I only heard about this book because of the hype. While it seems to be a love it or hate it, it still counts for me. It road the hype train and now some are trampling on it, but it'd never cross my path without it.

416 pages = 41 CP

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (Also ARC August)

250 pgs = 25 CP

This is a hard one because none of my books are straight romance and how do I know if it's epic without reading it? I'll have to pull out Of Fear and Faith by N.D. Jones from my finish copies pile and read it in the beginning of September.

288 pages = 28 CP

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar (Also ARC August)

366 pages = 36 CP

The Gentleman by Forrest Leo (Also ARC August)

304 pages = 30 CP

Rootless by Chris Howard (Also ARC August)

This one might have to go under the red cover and pick another dystopian. I haven't decided. I do have Resist sitting on my shelf...

326 pgs = 32 CP


Total CP from books = 274 CP. If I finish them all.

Completing the badges earns + 20 CP = 160 CP

That's 434 CP!

Evolving bonus at 150 points and 400 points earns +50 CP.

So if I do it all right I'll have 534 CP before points from sharing and review. Which I have every intention of doing.

SO....see ya soon. I've got to #ReadThemAllThon.

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Blurb & Cover Reveal for Oak and Mistletoe by J.Z.N McCauley with $10 GC Giveaway

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | 1 Comments
On tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Oak and Mistletoe
By J.Z.N. McCauley

Come check out this reveal for Oak and Mistletoe. We've got the blurb for this paranormal romance set on Emerald Isle with its MC on the cover in glowy, flowy glory  today. If you're interested there's pre-orders and a review opportunity for reviewers and bloggers.

I'm happy to support J.Z.N McCauley's second novel. You can find her first, A Bell Sound Everlasting on Goodreads.

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