A Month in Review: Challenge Update – September 2016


Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 3 other challenges for 2016. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.


Love at First Page and Gone with the Words 2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. You can find out all the details you need to know HERE. There are different levels to this challenge and I decided to go for the grand slam level.



Title: The Score
Author: Elle Kennedy
Dates Read: September 8-12 (Reread)

My favorite book of this series. Had to reread it and hang out with Dean and Allie all over again. Oh and Winston. Can’t forget Winston.





Title: The Deal
Author: Elle Kennedy
Dates Read: September 15 (Reread)

The book that started my love for this series! I was hooked the first time I read it and hooked again the second time. So much in fact I read it in a day.




Title: All Broke Down
Author: Cora Carmack
Dates Read: September 16-19 (Reread)

Silas! All the heart eyes for Silas. What more can I say? I just love him so so much. I can’t wait for Stella’s story.






Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Dates Read: September 16-23 (Reread)

I have loved this book since the first time I read it. It’s a book everyone needs to read. It will hurt your heart but make you smile. And you will see what it it like to grow up and grow apart.



I didn’t read a lot of new books in September. My month was mostly spent reading Empire of Storms. But I did some rereading so it totally counts. So far this year I have read 30 for this challenge.



Sarah at The YA Book Traveler is hosting Rock My TBR challenge. It is no secret that as book bloggers we have a lot of books that don’t get read. We get busy or getting something new and shiny (we are an easily distracted bunch) and things we were excited about reading don’t actually get read. This is my chance to change that and to read some of the books that have been collecting dust since before I was blogging. You can find more information HERE


I did not ROCK MY TBR this month. OOPS


So far I have read 4.


Lauren from Bookmark Lit is hosting The Must Read in 2016 “Challenge”. This challenge isn’t really a challenge per say. More a way to push yourself to read some books you were excited about in 2015 that you just never got to. Find out more HERE. This challenge will over lap a lot with Rock My TBR. Because of that I am just going to post a picture of what I read in the month from my original post:


Still only at 4. I really need to read another one of these.

How did you do in your September Challenges?


September Wrap-Up: Post Edition





Blog Tour: The Black Key – Amy Ewing (Top 10 + Giveaway)


Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Amy Ewing’s final book in the The Lone City trilogy, The Black Key. I have been a fan of this series (and Amy) since the beginning so I am very happy to take part in this tour and share one of Amy’s top 10 lists.

I had given Amy 3 options to pick from and I must admit I’m happy she went with the one she did!


Amy’s Top 10 Favorite Fictional Boys!

Because fictional boys are the best.

bk110. Legolas from The Lord of the Rings. Yes, Aragorn is also sexy as hell, but I always loved Legolas. Maybe because he’s sensitive and can commune with nature. Maybe because of his badass bow and arrow skills and his amazing hair.

9. Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights. He’s a classic bad boy with a heart of gold and the way he looks at Lyla Garrity makes me weak in the knees.

8. St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss. Not only is St. Clair funny and smart with a sexy accent, but he is shorter than Anna. As a tall girl, this made me so happy.

bk27. Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier). Is it wrong that I like totally tortured guys with a dark past?

6. Khalid from the Wrath and the Dawn. See explanation for #7…

5. Dr. Reid from Criminal Minds. First of all, yes, I admit it, I love Criminal Minds. Call it a weird guilty pleasure. And I find a super genius nerd with an eidetic memory and long crazy hair to be extremely sexy.

bk34. Edward Cullen from Twilight. I know there are a lot of haters out there, but Edward Cullen made me swoon and I’m standing by that.

3. Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. I feel like I’m in the minority on this one, but I don’t care. Stefan Forever. Also he’s who I (physically) based Ash on.

2. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. Peeta is sweet and sensitive and could make me bagels in the morning. I never understood the attraction to Gale when there was Peeta. True story: being single in New York can be hard, so sometimes I take out my battered copy of The Hunger Games and just read the Peeta parts. Peeta makes everything better.

bk41. Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. I feel he requires no explanation. Just…Jon Snow.








Blog Tour: The Black Key – Amy Ewing (Top 10 + Giveaway)The Black Key by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #3
Published by HarperTeen
Amazon, Goodreads

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads


About Amy Ewing

Amy Ewing earned her MFA in Writing for Children at The New School and received her BFA at New York University. The Jewel started off as a thesis project and became her debut novel. She lives in New York City. You can visit Amy online at or on Twitter @AmyEwingBooks.


Tour Schedule

Week One:
9/26/2016- The Cover Contessa– Interview
9/27/2016- Once Upon a Twilight– Excerpt
9/28/2016- Take Me Away To A Great Read– Guest Post
9/29/2016- Andi’s ABCs– 10’s Post
9/30/2016- A Dream Within A Dream– Interview

Week Two:
10/3/2016- Lisa Loves Literature Excerpt
10/4/2016- Literary Meanderings– Guest Post
10/5/2016- Fantasy Book Critic– 10’s Post
10/6/2016- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
10/7/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book– Excerpt



Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE JEWEL & THE WHITE ROSE. US Only.


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Other Books: The Jewel || The White Rose


The ABCs with Sophie from Book Wish


Welcome to The ABCs where you can see what accessory, book and clothing item others are lusting after! If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE. I’ve also created a place for authors to sign-up and do the ABCs for one of their main characters. Check that out HERE.

Today on The ABCS we have Sophie from Book Wish showing off her accessory, book and clothing item of choice.

Let’s give Sophie a warm ABCs welcome!



Accessory: Over-the-Knee Boot
Winter is approaching, which means it’s time to go boot shopping! My favorite style of boots are over-the-knee boots, because I love how they look with skirts and jeans. This pair of boots by Unisa Adivan is so cute, especially because of the tie in the back.

Book: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Obvious I had to use my most anticipated book of 2016 for this! Marissa Meyer is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I know this book is not going to disappoint. I remember when Marissa first started talking about this book — way back in 2012 — and I’ve been waiting and waiting ever since. This book follows the Queen of Hearts before she was evil, and I know Marissa is going to make her back story very interesting.

Clothing: Cold Shoulder Fit and Flare Dress
I am so in love with the off-the-shoulder trend right now, and this dress caught my eye immediately. I also love skirts that you can twirl around in, so this dress is a perfect match for me. I think this is a perfect dress to wear while reading Heartless. I’m sure the Queen of Hearts gives a lot of people the cold shoulder, which also happens to be the name of the sleeve in this dress. I am definitely going to buy it when it goes on sale.


Thanks Sophie for sharing your ABCs with us!

If you would like to play like Sophie did, sign-ups are open HERE.




Top Ten Tuesday – Fall 2016 TBR


Ah, the Fall TBR list. Truthfully I am an epic failure at this TBR lists. I very very rarely read the books I set out to read, yet I do these lists all the time. I mean, I mean well saying I plan to read them, and I do read one or two so there is that. Who knows, maybe this time I will read all ten. Here is a list of 7 books I hope to discover, 1 book I want to reread, and 2 I pray become available for me to devour.


The Black Key – Amy Ewing


The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You – Lily Anderson


It Started with Goodbye – Christina June


Heartless – Marissa Meyer


The Goal – Elle Kennedy


The Long Game – Jennifer Lynn Barnes


The Memory Book – Lara Avery


Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkin (reread #13)


Corruption – Jessica Shirvington (dream book)


By Your Side – Kasie West (dream book)

What’s on your Fall TBR?


*Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish


Backlog Review: These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (audio)

Backlog Review: These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (audio)These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Format: Audio
Source: Library
Amazon, Goodreads

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.


Everyone I know has seemed to love this book. Like insanely love it. I had thought about it once or twice as the cover is GORGEOUS, but I always held back as I had read space books before and they aren’t my thing. But once again it was suggested to me right around the time I was looking for a new audio. I decided to take a chance and see what the fuss was about. Sadly, I was right in my initial reaction. Space books just aren’t my thing, or I have yet to find the right one.

These Broken Stars is a very Titanic like story. It is about Tarver, a lower class war hero, and Lilac, the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver and Lilac are traveling on board the Icarus together when there is an accident and the ship is taken out of hyperspace and falls to the nearest planet. Now alone together they must rely on each other not only to survive but to live. But nothing is as they thought and when they start to uncover some truths nothing will even be the same for them again.

This was a strange reading experience for several reasons.  I LOVED the narrators. Their voices were really great at telling the story of survival and love and uncovering truths. I felt like they did a good job of engaging the reader and telling the story of what was happening. I also really loved Tarver and Lilac (plus Lilac LaRoux just sounds AWESOME when you say it out loud). They had that wrong side of the tracks things going on and I loved the push and pull between then. I mean Lilac was so spoiled but she was tougher than anyone gave her credit for. You would think that would make me love the book. That is where the strangeness comes in. As much as I loved the narrators and the characters, I couldn’t stand the setting and the plot.

It was going along okay for a while. I mean I thought it was silly, as I find space books silly, but it was still going okay. And then it took a turn and I was left trying to figure out what the what was happening and why I was still reading. I just didn’t get the need for things to turn the way they did. To me it didn’t fit and from that point on the reading was downhill. I couldn’t come back from that feeling unfortunately and the book suffered because of it.

I guess what I am trying to say is that although I liked the narration and the characters, it just all didn’t work. It wasn’t my kind of book which is okay. I tried it and I finished it. No one says I have to love it. I will say that I would love to listen to another book with these narrators. That is definitely on my list of things to look for.