Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge

Beat the Backlist

Hi, fellow book lovers! I’m coming to you today to talk about the first ever book challenge I will be participating in. It’s a year long challenge and as procrastination is a close friend, I’ll be working on creating a schedule so I do not end up having to read more books in the last month of the year. The challenge is Beat the Backlist and is hosted by NovelKnight! I absolutely love NovelKnight’s blog, so I am super excited to take part in this challenge.

The Rules of Beat the Backlist:

The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. You have an ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal!

Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge. Although we love new releases, too, this isn’t the challenge for them.

Luckily for me, I have over five hundred books that I’ve bought in the past few years that are dying to be read. Yep, over five hundred. And I only chose a certain amount. Since I am one of those people that has a hard time reading fifty books a year, I decided to go with a number that I think should be easy to reach in twelve months.

My Goal for Beat the Backlist: Read 24 books in 2018.

That’s two books a month. Easily accomplishable, right? I hope so, considering I have my reviews of 2018 arcs scheduled all the way through May. We shall see.

Since I had over five hundred books, I decided to do a random number generator to choose my twenty-four books. Some are books I started but never finished, some are books I haven’t read yet, and some are books I will be re-reading.

The 24 Books are (in no particular order):

  1. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
  2. Timeless by Alexandra Monir
  3. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
  4. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
  5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  6. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
  7. A Sky Full of Stars by Samantha Chase
  8. Endure by Sara B. Larson
  9. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
  10. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
  11. The Affiliate by K.A. Linde
  12. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  13. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  14. The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier
  15. The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
  16. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
  17. Hidden by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  18. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  19. Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer
  20. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  21. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  22. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  23. Ruined by Amy Tintera
  24. Timebound by Rysa Walker

I can’t wait to start this challenge tomorrow!

Do you have a mountain full of books that you need to read? The perfect way to read those books is by joining the Beat the Backlist challenge! You can join any time throughout 2018, and you get the chance to win prizes! More information on the Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge can be found here.

Happy reading everyone and have a Happy New Year! See you all in 2018! 🙂

♥ Nikole

Wednesday Readings – WWW

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I enjoyed spending the time with my family and reading in front of the fire place…when I had time to myself. I have family still in town so I won’t be posting much this week, or reading for that matter. But I did have enough time to squeeze in the three WWW’s: What I am currently reading, what I recently finished, and what I plan on reading next. I changed the name so our awesome readers do not get confused with the other Waiting on Wednesday posts created by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


What am I currently reading?

Cruel Prince

This book is so. Freaking. Good. I’m a little over half way through (I’d hoped to be done reading The Cruel Prince by now but not everything goes as planned), and I am just loving the characters and faerie aspect. Holly Black sure knows how to weave a wonderful tale!

Charm

I recently started By a Charm and a Curse. I’m not too far into the story but I know I will be by the end of today. This book pulls you into a unique carnival setting, and I can’t wait to see what happens to the characters.


What book did I recently finish?

Everless

Everless comes out next month, and this is a must-read. If this book is not on your TBR list, it needs to be! Everless was such an excellent read, with a unique build-up and setting. Sara Holland did a fantastic job with building suspense, and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!


What book do I plan on reading next?

Hazel

The Hazel Wood has been on my TBR list since June, so I am excited to enter this fantastical world and see what Melissa Albert has in store for her readers. Plus, the cover is just GORGEOUS! I am all about fairy tales and myths, so this book is definitely right up my alley.


What book(s) are you currently reading?

I hope you all have a great week and Happy New Year!

♥ Nikole

Darker by E.L. James

Ahh yes that’s right it’s another fifty shades book ;). 50/50 split for people a lot are saying nooooo my eyes. Take example my friend jennifer and her doggie blogger Bella from a Bella faerie tale she will be like my eyes noooo!! While I’m here yes yes yes. But going in I waited 2.5 years for this book that’s a life time in book years atleast though not GOT author who takes almost 5-10 years. But this is book 2 from christians pov. The first book left a tad later than Anastasia’s pov which I find oddly interesting. One thing going for book one was big gaps between Anastasia and Christians so was like reading a whole new book, unlike where I will say not going into much detail it is his pov for second but but to the extreme sounded like reading book 2 over again like i was Anastasia than Christian. Also like most shade books the writing is not very good but gotta love it for what it is I think if still are reading you knew this already. But some of the things I still loved is when Christian is not with Ana can see what he does he compassionate, besides so demanding. But get to see the scenes that we didn’t froms Ana’s like the fight with mrs Lincoln at christians party to Leila. But yea over all 4/5 stars since I can’t get enough but hoping last book isn’t 3 years away like book 1 to 2 was.

4/5 stars ~~~~ JUSTIN

Society of Wishes- Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh Cover Reveal and Interview

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORS

 

E = Elise’s Answer
L = Lynn’s Answer

1) What made you want to start writing?
L: Is saying fan fiction too lame? Because it was definitely fan fiction.
2) What was your favorite part about working on this project?
L: Honestly, just being able to work with original characters and concepts was so exciting for me. And having someone so talented to collaborate with just made the whole experience that much more fun.
E: The collaboration was definitely an exciting and new element. Lynn really helped bring a fresh perspective to my writing and a new voice to draw from—especially regarding her personal heritage that really gave the character Jo so much more depth.
3) What part of the process did you find the hardest?
L: Everything was so new for me, but I probably had the hardest time keeping on myself to make sure I didn’t fall behind. I wasn’t used to working on a schedule, but I think I handled it well enough!
E: I really wanted to make sure that the work was divided evenly and it was our story. I’m so happy with the final product though. I really think it’s the perfect merger of both of our abilities.
4) Who is the character you relate to most and why?
L: Probably… Wayne? Because I’m charming and debonair and possibly, despite my heart of gold, most likely an annoyance to all. I also occasionally call people doll face.
E: Likely Nico. I was a studio art minor in college and was that girl who always had paint staining her fingers. Plus, even if I don’t always succeed, I really like making people smile.
5) Why the switch to new-adult, and urban fantasy?
E: I always want my work to be growing, changing, and evolving. I don’t want to be an author where people always know the story they’re going to get before they even pick up the book. Plus, it was really fun to write some super steamy romantic tension!
And for the big reveal…..
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Waiting On Wednesday!

Hello Everyone!!!

It’s our favorite Wednesday of the week and we are bringing you our three W’s for this week.

 

1. What I’m currently reading is The Devil’s You Know by M.C. Atwood! I received this at ALA and I forgot that it was hiding in my book closet.

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2. What I recently finished is The Devil’s Song by Lauren Stahl. The publisher sent me this one and I let my husband decide what to read. This was his pick!

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3. What I plan to read next is? 

I feel like one lucky girl! This arrived at work for me today and I couldn’t be more excited to read this!!

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Before I Let Go- Marieke Nijkamp

Synopsis:

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

My Review:

”The feeling of being watched doesn’t abate. It grows stronger. A chill runs along my spine. I close my eyes, shift my head, and force myself to look into the room. No one.”

I won’t sugar coat this at all. This was kind of spooky. It reads just like an M. Night Shyamalan script and it ends just like one of his movies, in total confusion. I have so many questions and I’m very grateful that my library will be Skyping with the author very soon.

This book took me no time to read. It was so hard to put down and there were parts that were so good, that I reread them again. From page one, I was glued to the bitter cold of Alaska, broken ice, and a mysterious death.

The only thing that halted me was the ending and the bazillion questions running around in my head. We know how Kyra died but what about all the paranormal spookshow that took place throughout the entire book? I need answers and I kind of need them now.

The picture that Marieke paints (😉😉) lets you travel through the eyes of the characters. Her words were mesmerizing and beautiful as they lead you to this forbidden fortress of dark secrets.

Before I Let Go was an addictive creepy read that will have you gasping until the last page. Just beware of the humming, that’s when you need to run!

 

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Too Late- C. Hoover

Synopsis:
        Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.

My Review:

“Until this moment, I had no idea what it felt like to be valued. What it felt like to be respected. Until this moment, I had no idea what it felt like to be cared for. No one should have to experience a life never feeling truly cared for- not even by the parents who created them.”

This is definitely not your typical Hoover book, but this was dark, twisted and absolutely astounding.

You can tell by the cover that this won’t be anything you expect it to be. It leaves you shook with how gripping and shocking this turns out to be.

Your heart continuously breaks with the life Sloan is forced to live. She’s trying to better her life so she can help her brother and escape the painful life she’s currently trapped in. With each page, you hope and pray that she finds her knight to save her.

You really need to applaud CoHo for stepping out from her comfort zone and writing something so soul-crushing and demented. But you will still get to experience her typical love and twists.

I think you need to have an open mind before stepping into this world. I also believe that you should try it before you tear it to pieces. Yes, it’s different but it will open your eyes to the fact that not all love is picture perfect.

 

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Roomies- Christina Lauren

Synopsis:

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

My Review:

Christina Lauren has this way of making my dark soul feel overjoyed. They can take any situation and turn it into something magnificent. This book officially has my heart for the best contemporary this year.

I’m sure we all had that crush where we did some unthinkable things to get their attention. Sometimes it can get a wee bit creepy. The way Holland tries to capture Calvin is way too sweet for words.

The main character, Holland is so selfless and lovable. You can’t help but love her and her upbeat attitude. There are a few times where you just want to shake some sense into her but she learns quickly from her mistakes. The confidence she exceeds is where we all want to be, even if our lives aren’t the most perfect.

Calvin looks like the bad boy guitarist but has a heart of gold. This is the male lead character we all look for in a swoon-worthy hero. And on the plus side, he has a gorgeous accent! (Flutters eyelashes)

Roomies is a flawless read. They truly captured the heart and soul of the characters and their dilemmas. This deserves only the highest of ratings and I’ll be forever bragging about this book.
This is the perfect book to read to bring yourself out of a funk and lift your mood.

I’m ready to read it again!

*The synopsis gives away too much of the story*

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The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby

The Heartbreak CureAn excitedly fast and romantic read with a swoon worthy bad boy. 


Goodreads Summary:

How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…


Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was cute and most definitely swoon worthy! I finished this book in one day, and for me, that’s a huge feat, as I am not that fast of a reader. But The Heartbreak Cure was a fast and wonderful read. And the plot and characters were beautifully written. I enjoyed this book so much that when I had to put it down for work or school, I felt like I was dealing with separation anxiety. I had to know what happened next so when I was not reading this book, I was thinking about the characters and what was going to happen next. I am not a huge contemporary reader, so the fact that The Heartbreak Cure stayed on my mind days later after reading the book, demonstrates just how good this book is.

What I enjoyed about The Heartbreak Cure:

  • The swoon worthy romance: The romance between Cat and Alex is full of tension and swooning moments. Alex already likes Cat in a more-than-a-friend way, so knowing that from the beginning definitely adds to the romance throughout the book. I also liked how Cat liked Alex for who he is and did not try to change him; that is romance right there, and it was beautifully written.
  • The relationships between family and friends: I really enjoyed reading about Cat’s relationships with her mom and best friend. These relationships added a balance to the story, so the book was not all romance, but rather a mix of romance with healthy relationships between family and friends.
  • Cat and Alex: There is no doubt that I loved the two main characters. They both have passion for different things, but those passions helped shape each character, and it very much worked for this story. Also, Cat was dealing with her present issues while Alex was dealing with the demons from his past. Both of their issues helped bring them together.

Overall, Amanda Ashby wrote a wonderful book, and if you are looking for a new romantic read with a swoony bad boy, a relatable main character, and enjoyable banter, then The Heartbreak Cure is for you! The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby releases this week!

Thanks to reading The Heartbreak Cure, I will definitely be reading Amanda Ashby’s other books. The characters from The Heartbreak Cure are still in my mind days later, so this is a book you will remember!

Rate: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

♥ Nikole