Summer Book TAG

I love doing little book things, but suck at finding them. One of my favorite blogs () just did this Summer Book TAG. I was completely bummed because I knew I wasn’t tagged, but then I saw she tagged anyone and I just had to do it. So here it is: summer-book-tag

 

Number  ONE:

  What book cover makes you think of SUMMER?

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Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines –  I adore Abbi Glines, especially this series. For one thing the book takes place in a beach town and the two people on the cover are on the beach. Beach = summer. That’s the way it goes. Once I look at this cover I just picture myself on the beach enjoying the sun. Even the bright pink screams summer to  me. As you can probably tell by the cover (if not, there are two people making-out. Like really making out), this book is heavy in the intimate way. There are numerous sex scenes throughout these books (Abbi Glines books in general)  as it is a New Adult novel. I would only really recommend this series for 17+. Many would say 18+ but I started Abbi Glines my Junior year of high school.

 

Number TWO:

What book has BRIGHTENED your day?

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – PTL has held a special place in my heart since my Junior year of high school. I lost half my house during Hurricane Sandy. It was a scary time, something I don’t like to think back on. To this day I panic at the sound of car alarms. I remember picking up PTL though. I was going crazy in my house and needed something. This book was that something. I read it until the sun went away, by candle light, then by flashlight. Over and over again I read it. It’s not a book that’s full of cuteness like Fangirl by Ranbow Rowell. There are tough issues in PTL and maybe that’s why I gravitated towards it. Ever since then I’ve been hooked to Katie McGarry and each book holds some importance to me. I really don’t know what I would do without her. Meeting her was the best day, my brightest day.

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Number THREE:

Find a book with YELLOW on it.

7740225Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton – I had no books with yellow. This was the only one that I could really find that had some hello on it. Tyger, Tyger was an okay book. I still haven’t picked up the sequel because I don’t know if I’m going to continue it. But I do love the cover. I find it beautiful and I love the way it looks like a painting.

 

Number FOUR:

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Tropical Kiss by Jan Coffey– This book has to be THE cutest book of all time. Back when my older sister was my age, these summer romance books would come out and Tropical Kiss was one of them. It takes place in Bermuda and there are many beach scenes. It’s the perfect book to lay and relax to in the sun.

 

Number FIVE:

What action book had you running for the ICE CREAM man?

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Angelfall series by Susan Ee – This series is such a known one yet not at the same time. Basically the premises is that it’s been about a month or so since Angels have caused the apocalypse and now society has fallen. That’s right, ANGELS. There’s a lot of political factors that actually go on in this book. I’ve definitely sat at the edge of my seat while reading both Angelfall and World After. There are so many different reveals and basically you never know who to trust. I’ve also stuffed my face with food while reading these books because GOSH DARN IT THE FEELS ARE REAL IN ANGELFALL. It is a beautiful yet grotesque book.

 

Number SIX:

SUNBURN! What book has left you with a bad/painful ending?

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Allegiant by the Destroyer of all Good Things (or more commonly known as Veronica Roth)- I mean, do I even have to explain why I still feel pain? Miss Destroyer here used to be my favorite author. Now her books are thrown in the back of my bookcase never to see the light of day again. I could also refer you to this lovely POST. If you have read this series, then proceeded to click that like all-caps link and it will send you to a long rant about my hatred for Allegiant. If you plan on reading this series (which you shouldn’t) then do not click said link. Also, here’s a gif that explains my reaction:

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Number SEVEN:

What book gave you a HAPPY feeling when it ended?

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Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson –  Oh Edenbrooke, Edenbrooke, Edenbrooke… 

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No, but it really is. It doesn’t matter how many times I have read this book, I will ALWAYS be filled with this happiness that I don’t get with every book. It takes place during the 1800s (either middle or late, I can’t remember) and is about a young girl who falls in love with this man, but there is also some action and a mystery. I can’t even begin to explain my love for Edenbrooke. 

 

Number EIGHT:

What book cover reminds you of a SUNSET?

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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King – I thought of this book immediately when I saw this question. It also looks like she’s raising her hand to pick the book. I can always feel the heat of the sun on my skin when I see this cover. I think it really captures the sunset to me. Ask the Passengers is about a young girl named Astrid who struggles to break free of societies definitions. She starts questioning many aspects of her life, especially when she starts falling in love with a girl. It’s a beautifully written book and one of my favorites. More people need to read it.

 

Number NINE:

What is one BOOK SERIES you hope to read this summer?

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Beautiful and the Cursed series by Page Morgan – I’ve had The Beautiful and the Cursed sitting on my nightstand for over a month now. But every time I go to pick it up I’m either drawn to another book or an author I like just released a new one. They just sound so interesting. I mean there are gargoyles in the story. That sounds pretty cool. It’s definitely coming with me on vacation this Friday.

 

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So there you go! I TAG anyone too who feels like doing this challenge. It really is a lot of fun. Go ahead and try it!

 

~ Lauren

 

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Blackmoore: A Proper Romance

Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never marry. Her plan is to travel       to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a Regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart. It is Wuthering Heights meets Little Women with a delicious must-read twist. (Goodreads)

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

I read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson back in my sophomore year of high school. (I didn’t even realize Blackmoore took so long to come out.) Julianne Donaldson captured me with, not only her way of writing, but the fact that (as the cover states) the romance is proper. And the cutest thing you’ve ever read.

Blackmoore has to be one of the best Regency novels I’ve read in a long time. I feel that Julianne Donaldson capture Kate in such an amazing way. Numerous of times I was able to feel her emotions. If Kate felt heartbroken or ashamed I swear my chest got tight. I may have cried at some point. I know I never really did that during Edenbrooke. I feel that Blackmoore had a much more emotional plot. Kate, Henry, any character really felt so real. I loved the chapters that went back in time. Each one gave even more insight into the relationship of Henry and Kate and I feel aided in making the story feel so real. I loved the fact that Kate is such a strong character. She knows what she wants and refuses to give up, even if at points she’s about to.

Henry… I don’t even know what to say about him. If I could pick any fictional character to be my Dream Guy (and believe me when I say there are many) I would choose Henry. Even over Jace, Four, Will, and basically a million others. He is willing to do anything for Kate, he understands her more than she understands herself, and by god does he know his way to your heart. There isn’t any intense eye gazing but just simple looks. I don’t even know how to describe the amazingness of Henry. He’s basically what anyone would want in a friend, boyfriend, even girlfriend. Henry does everything in his power to give Kate what she wants. I feel that if the chance, even as cliché as this sounds, Henry would give Kate the world.

I also kept thinking of Kate Chopin when reading Blackmoore. I feel that Blackmoore sort of has the same emotions to it that the Awakening (of course not completely but more 50%). From the caged bird to Kate’s name, I feel that Blackmoore was almost like it. But happy ending involved in Blackmoore.

I loved Blackmoore so much. This review sucked and I apologize for that but I really can’t form my words into a sentence. People need to read this book, to go out and spread the awesomeness that is Julianne Donaldson. Go forth my viewers and READ. THIS. BOOK… and Edenbrooke.

 

~ Lauren

 

Sunday Preview #1

                 I have a number of things that I should be doing right now. Some of these things being 1) college applications, 2) college applications, 3) homework and college apps. I refuse to accept the fact that this is my last year of high school. Instead, I live blissfully unaware choosing to live in a different world with teens who will always be in HS. I swear, this is actually going somewhere. Ah, yes. Books. I have a million five books that I need to read. I’m hoping to finish them all soon. Today though, I will be showing you the book I’m Reading, Will Read, and something else. 

What I’m Reading: 

9644151Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

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I was told by a follower (ScottReadsIt) on Twitter to read this. So far it’s moving a little slow, but I’m hoping it picks up. I know that if this book wasn’t good they never would have recommended it. 

 

 

 Will Read:

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Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a Regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart. It is Wuthering Heights meets Little Women with a delicious must-read twist. 

(Goodreads)

 I adored Julianne Donaldson’s first novel Edenbrooke. Regency Novels are my favorite, especially when there’s romance involved. If you haven’t read Edenbrooke I recommend you do. It’s amazing. 

Something Else: 

A Lesson in Grammer by Sherlock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I giggled at this. 

~Lauren