Cover Reveal | Stop Me by Michelle Jester

Stop Me
Michelle Jester
(Rue the Day Series, #1)
Publication date: February 1st 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

After moving to a new city with her parents, Jeselle Parsons quickly found friends and a life full of money, power, and privilege. Even though her parents weren’t wealthy like the other kids’ parents, Jeselle felt lucky to be welcomed into the circle of friends, until she learned how costly that type of life could be. A life that would cost her everything.

For fifteen years, Jeselle, with the help of her friend Dennis, worked to ensure nothing would stand in the way of her revenge on the people who played a part in ruining her life.

All the years of planning, all the years of working, have all come down to this.

Her enemies will learn that revenge has never been so cold.

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Author Bio:

Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!

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Review | Martian Ghost Centaur by Mat Heagerty

The town of Southborough used to be a major tourism destination, drawing folks from all over in the hopes they’d spot the famous Sasquatch, reportedly seen in the town many times over the years. But it’s been ages since anyone’s spotted the ‘squatch, and tourism is starting to dry up. A tech company called (a start-up that helps people start their own start-ups) decides to begin buying up places all over town in order to build their techie headquarters, driving out all the local townspeople. Luckily, Southborough is also home to Louie O’Connor, firm believer in the Sasquatch’s existence and all-around, mega ’squatch fan.

When Louie’s dads’ restaurant, Squatch Burger, starts to go under and fall prey to the techie start-up, Louie and her best friend Felix decide they’ll do whatever it takes to save the town from losing all the people and places that make it special. In hopes that convincing people the Sasquatch is real and to drive back tourism, Louie and Felix plan an elaborate hoax in hopes of saving the town from the dot-com takeover. But when Felix starts talking about leaving their hometown for college in LA, Louie will have to face some tough questions about herself, her future career, and her place in her beloved hometown.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Just the premise of this one sounded fun to me, so I knew I wanted to pick it up. We follow Louie who is trying to save her town after the tourism market seems to dry up. Woven into the story is also her going through that period of late teens where she’s trying to figure out what she wants to do and what comes after high school. It has a diverse and unique cast of characters and Louie is quite a character herself, but I was surprised when I discovered she was 17 as she does read a tad younger. There were times that her reactions were a little more adolescent than her age, but those were minor things. It’s a fun adventure of one girl trying to save her town from being bought up and renovated and all the different things she tries on the way there.

Happy reading!

NaNoWriMo 2020 | Week Two Update

So here we are, almost two weeks into NaNoWriMo and I have to say I am happy with how it is going. I am below target right now, but I’m not bothered by it. My initial plan for this round was to write what I can during my work week, but not kill myself trying to hit the goal every single day. I figured I could catch up and get on par during the weekend.

So far that plan has gone as expected. I’ve made sure that I write at least something each day, but I used my time off on the weekend to get myself on target heading back into the work week. I haven’t felt the best this week, so I’m glad I haven’t forced myself to write more than I’ve felt like writing.

As of this writing I’m sitting at 15,356 words and I am perfectly happy with that total. I’ve added something every single day and anticipate holding my plan through the month.

Making the decision to not push myself extra hard through the work week was definitely the right decision as I’m not nearly as stressed as I have been in the past and the writing is flowing pretty well.

How is everyone else doing?

Happy writing!

Review | In Love & Pajamas by Catana Chetwynd

When you’ve reached that sweatpants-wearing cozy place in your relationship, it’s all In Love & Pajamas!  This brand-new collection of Catana Comics presents some fan favorites and half of the book features never-before-seen comics that delight and amuse readers of all ages.  Wholesome, sweet, feel-good humor!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I had no idea that Catana Chetwynd was releasing another collection of her comics, but as soon as I saw it I had to give it a read. Her comics are so relatable and easy to identify with, especially when you’re able to see your own relationship in her vignettes and snapshots of her relationship. If you’ve seen her comics on the internet, then you will recognize her style. She perfectly captures situations that can be both common and rare, but equally special, in a great relationship. This one definitely ends up being a great companion to her other collections.

Happy reading!

Tag Tuesday | End of the Year Book Tag

This one is floating around on youtube this time of year and I believe it was originally created by Ariel Bissett. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to do on the blog so I decided to tackle it!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yeah, there are a few books that I currently have bookmarks in right now. I did do a great job of clearing out my currently reading shelf on Goodreads earlier in the year, but I haven’t been adding to it either. I’d say the book I’ve started that I definitely want to finish is The Silence of Bones by June Hur. I started this one and immediately got sucked in, it just got set down because I had to take care of some review books that had deadlines, but I’m hoping to finish it this month, fingers crossed!

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Hmm, not so sure on this one. I still have a number of spooky books that I wanted to get to in October which I’m still hoping to get to and most of those are set in fall or winter – so I’d say there’s quite a few.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I need to pick up a few books that have come out recently, but I’ve been resisting because my owned TBR is a very good size, but I would say the next new release I will probably pick up would be Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao (which came out today)!

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

I’m still planning on picking up Home Before Dark by Riley Sager, and I’m fairly sure from what I’ve been hearing that I’m going to love it!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Yes, I always have my physical TBR to pull from, and I do already have some blog tours set up for next year. Here’s hoping it ends up being a better year than 2020 has been!

Happy reading!

Blog Tour | Claiming the Rancher’s Heir by Maisey Yates | Review

Arrogant, infuriating, insufferable… And the sexiest man she’s ever met.

Wren Maxfield hates Creed Cooper, but now she’s working with the wealthy rancher over the holidays! Those strong feelings hide undeniable chemistry…and one wild night results in pregnancy. Now Creed vows to claim his heir. That means proposing a marriage in name only. But as desire takes over, is that a deal they can keep?

Includes Rancher’s Wild Secret, a bonus story!

Emerson Maxfield is a sheltered beauty who never steps out of line. Now she must marry her family’s enemy before desire spells downfall for them all…

Sales links | Harlequin | B&N | Amazon | Indie Bound | Walmart

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From page one you could tell that this was going to be hate to love, with very intense hate going on. I did enjoy the characters and their interactions, but there were definitely times when I felt there was just a little too much of the discourse. I also enjoyed the family interactions and side characters.

The writing was fast paced and easy to read, the book itself can easily be read in a single sitting as it does suck you right in with the way it starts. I do think that the extreme nature of the characters dislike for each other could be polarizing for some people, but if you like hate to love you’ll probably really enjoy this one.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances  set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

Author links | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Happy reading!

Review | Katie the Catsitter by Colleen A.F. Venable and Stephanie Yue

Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp–something that’s way out of Katie and her mom’s budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor, life get interesting. First, Madeline has 217 cats (!) and they’re not exactly . . . normal cats. Also, why is Madeline always out EXACTLY when the city’s most notorious villain commits crimes?! Is it possible that Katie’s upstairs neighbor is really a super villain? Can Katie wrangle a whole lot of wayward cats, save a best friendship (why is Beth barely writing back? And who’s this boy she keeps talking about?!), AND crack the biggest story in the city’s history? Some heroes have capes . . . Katie has cats!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was initially sucked in just from the description because it mentioned lots of cats, but I loved this! The surface layer of the story is a superhero/supervillain story, but beyond that it is a story about things that happen when a friendship starts to become distant and fade away. All of us have gone through it at some point, but an often time it does happen is in those transition years between middle school and high school.

It isn’t just a story about Katie catsitting and finding out things about the superheroes and villians in her city, it’s also somewhat about her figuring out what trajectory her life is going to take and who she’s going to spend time with.

I loved so many things about it and have to point out the details and personalities that went into all of the cats. I’m not going to say much more because spoilers, but I adored it! The art also was a shining part of this book, with a muted palette that perfectly suited the mood.

Happy reading!

Discussion | TBRs and Wrap Ups

I don’t know if you all noticed, but the last few months I haven’t really been doing TBRs or wrap ups. This hasn’t been because I didn’t want to, but my reading has been so all over the place this year that I consciously decided to take a break from doing them so I wouldn’t get upset with myself when I recapped what I did and didn’t read and how may plans failed.

I don’t need to tell you all what 2020 has been like, you all know. On top of being the year of the dumpster fire, my workload at my day job went up dramatically – and while I have been able to handle it, there has been effect on my mental health. This year has been a lot of lost focus, hard time concentrating, etc. So reading everything I want to read has been hard. My main focus for a couple months were simply to get review books done – and I did enjoy most of what I was reading, but I would have liked to work on some of my existing TBR too.

The last time I did a monthly wrap up here, I was super disappointed and upset with myself for not having read more – and honestly I didn’t want to experience that every month, so I stopped doing wrap ups for the time being. The same thing with TBRs, I didn’t want to specify which books I wanted to pick up – and then not be able to get to any of them.

So where does this leave us? Well, the last couple months have actually been better! In October I let myself mood read a bit and was super excited that I got 5 print books off my TBR and read a total of 23 books in the month.

I’m probably not going to do TBRs or wrap ups for the rest of the year to be honest, just for my own mental health – but I do plan on starting them back up in 2021!

In the meantime if you want to check out what I’m reading and working on, be sure to follow me (or add me as a friend) on Goodreads!

Happy reading and stay safe! 😀

Review | The Weirn Books Vol 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova

In the Night Realm, vampires, shifters, weirns, and other night things passing for human prowl the streets… but they still have to go to school! Ailis and Na’ya are pretty average students (NOT losers), but when a shadow starts looming and a classmate gets all weird, they are the first to notice. It gets personal, though, when Na’ya’s little brother D’esh disappears-It’s time to confront the secrets of the forbidden mansion in the Silent Woods!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have read some of Svetlana’s previous works and absolutely loved them, so I was excited to have the chance to read her newest one. This is set in the same supernatural world as her Nightschool series and features some young Weirn teens who are not only living in their night world, but also dealing with some of the insecurities and difficulties that young teens face. The adventure that the two cousins go one while trying to solve the mystery before them is fun and has the perfect amount of spooky elements.

Chmakova’s art style is beautiful and the color palette perfectly suited the story and characters. I really enjoy how she depicts astrals especially and how each one of them had a different personality and look.

I think people of all ages would enjoy this story and it’s great if your looking for a light spooky read for younger readers. Svetlana Chmakova writes amazing stories for the middle grade age range and I recommend checking out any of her works if you think you might like her artwork or style.

Thank you again to the publisher for reaching out and sending a copy of this book to me!

Happy reading!

Review | The Getaway by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

In this short thriller from number one New York Times best-selling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, a young woman’s dream getaway becomes her worst nightmare.

Prepare yourself for a transformative experience. Sometimes, life’s setbacks contain hidden gifts. Here at Lakewood, you’ll find the space to unwrap them.

A weekend at the Lakewood Retreat is exactly what Chloe Powell needs. Freshly unemployed after her boss loses a reelection campaign, the former press secretary desperately wants a break from the bustle of Washington DC. A flier posted at her yoga studio leads her to the getaway, which looks amazing: organic meals, celebrity testimonials, and a serene private property within driving distance of the city.

It’s so perfect, in fact, that Chloe’s barely bothered by the intensely personal questions she’s asked in her application, or the unnerving social experiments her enigmatic host, Sebastian, imposes on her once she arrives at his remote cabin. But when a mysterious new guest shows up, Chloe can no longer suppress her rising panic: This place is not at all what it seems.

A pulse-pounding story from the first minute to the last, The Getaway explores the weight of the small choices we make every day, and their staggering, unintended consequences.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If you’re looking for a short thriller that has a couple decent twists, then this one is a great example. At first I was definitely unsure of where it was going, but the reveals definitely snuck up before the pieces fell into place. I did enjoy the dual timelines that slowly converged to tell the story. As with a lot of short stories, especially those with lots of twists, I did find myself wanting a little more character depth and backstory. What was written was sufficient to tell the story, but I definitely could have enjoyed it longer if there was a little more to it.

Happy reading!