Top Ten Tuesday! 3/5/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

  1. Jude- The Wicked King by Holly Black
  2. Donatella Dragna- Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  3. Brynn Hilder- The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons
  4. Scarlett Copeland- Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
  5. Noah Oakman- The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold
  6. Brooklyn Stevens- The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  7. Marla Singer- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  8. Hannah- Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
  9. Quincy Carpenter- The Final Girls by Riley Sager
  10. Emika Chen- Warcross by Marie Lu

Which characters made your list?

stacy

*Review* Deeper- Robin York

18525821   In Robin York’s sizzling debut, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.

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My Review: 

“I pack his words around my heart, knowing I shouldn’t because they’re not the right words. It’s dangerous to want West so much that I’ll take any crumb he gives me- any profane, broken piece of him- and turn it into a love letter.”

Why are the forbidden things the things we desire the most?

This was a beautiful and tender read. West and Caroline will make an impact on your life and make you want to fight for the life you want and deserve.

The deep chemistry between West and Caroline is perfect. Like they really belong together. West is swoon-worthy and we all need to be swept off our feet by someone as supportive as him. I mean, he defends your honor, can bake, and makes you melt. What more can anyone ask for?

Deeper takes you into a world of betrayal, acceptance and finally trust. The swoony moments take your mind off of the real monster lurking between these pages. But when the monster rears its ugly head, you can’t put it down.

I really loved this book and desperately need book two. The way it ends will break your heart and we can only hope for the best in the next.

Just remember that what you put out on the internet, stays there.

stacy

*Arc Review* Mammoth- Jill Baguchinsky

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“You can’t hide from assholes. You just have to learn to deal.”

Women in Stem is a hard thing to come by and this puts women right where they belong. That is obviously at the top!

One thing I wasn’t expecting to happen was me wanting to learn more about Paleontology. It was fascinating about all the hard work they put into something that might not give them anything in return.

The story was one that instantly had me hooked. It flowed beautifully and the characters were instantly likable even if some are more douchey than others. But Natalie is the plus size heroine we all needed in our lives right now. She’s a full-figured gal who didn’t let the haters win. She took that hate and made herself more determined. With the way the world is going, we needed someone like her.

This book is a victory for anyone that needs more encouragement, who needs to feel comfortable in their own skin. This is that extra pat on the back we all need and a must read for everyone.

Natalie’s big heart will win you over immediately. Don’t hesitate when it comes to this book.

 

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Thank you, Turner Publishing!!!

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

The Stand-In- Steve Bloom

“Know how when you get high you think you’re saying all sorts of super important crap, crap so heavy and mind-blowing that it would forever change your life if only you could remember exactly what it is you said?And those few times you do remember to write the crap down, the next morning you either can’t understand what you wrote because your handwriting’s totally illegible or if you do understand what you wrote you can’t understand why you thought it was so incredible when you wrote it?”

Reveived at BEA Chicago!

I swear that quote was my life and at one point, stood true to what you were doing. This will make you see that sometimes even white lies can turn into a catastrophe. 

Brooks Rattigan has a dead-end job, finishing his senior year of High School, lives at home with his stoner dad who doesn’t care about the world around him, all while trying to get into Columbia University. 

At work, he overhears that someone was stood up for a dance and Brooks accepts this stand-in date to the dance. After the shindig is over and making almost three hundred dollars from the occasion, he decides to put his name out there while helping these girls and himself into getting what they all want. With everyone being happy in the end, but we all know that this isn’t how it all ends.

Date after date after date, he racks up a nice penny all while breaking hearts and falling in love. 

With his underhanded business in full swing, he breaks hearts, throws rough patches into his dads face and alienates his only true friend. 

Can Brooks see the true hurt he is causing people before it is too late? Will he overcome the need to impress the snob Shelby and find true love with someone who likes him for him?

Love always comes at a price. Be honest with the one you’re with, the tiniest of lies can throw your life and the relationship off track. 

And what you think might be a good dead, could actually harm those in the humiliating end. 

On a side note, someone is a fan of A Christmas Story…

Farkus!!!!

3/5