TrueStorm_500L.E. Sterling has a winning trilogy on her hands – at least if we’re judging books by their covers!

The cover for the final book in the True Born trilogy was released today and it is ah-mazing.

If you haven’t read True Born or True North yet, you should definitely pick them up and get them read before True Storm is released!

I can’t wait to have the third beautiful book to complete my collection!

Which cover is your fave? Comment and let me know!



true storm cover reveal

i like you like this.

i spent my friday night reading i like you like this by heather cumiskey. i didn’t intend to read it in one sitting – it just sort of happened. i couldn’t put it down.

hannah zandana is our protagonist in this story set in 1984. she’s not the pretty girl, she’s not the popular girl, she doesn’t have cool parents, she’s seemingly a nobody at her high school. and like most teenage girls in that social caste she very desperately wants the “it” girls to like her. an attempt at elevating her status ends up changing her life dramatically.

heather’s characters are very well developed. she absolutely knows how to write believable teenagers. so many times in YA books i think that teenagers are written more like 25 year olds, but in this book i could see myself sitting with these kids in the cafeteria at school – the nuances and mannerisms were spot on.

this book is heart wrenching, dark, twisty, and yet still beautiful and hopeful.

i am so very glad that i read this book.

4/5 stars from this girl.

get it here!



23492630this book. thiiiiiiiiiiiis book. i will forever be so grateful that my friend siendra had read this book and mentioned it to me.

if you’ve read any of my other posts, you may have noticed i either read dark, dark, dark, or happy-go-lucky. i really don’t have a middle ground. i either want a super cheesy romance or a can’t sleep with the book next to my bed creepy. and while i do 97% of my reading on my kindle, if i LOVE a book – like really, truly LOOOOVE a book – i simply must own an actual copy of the book. i own this book.

you is not a super cheesy romance. you and super cheesy romances don’t even hang out at the same bar.

admittedly this review is long overdue. i read this book in a day – partly whilst sitting by the pool (no longer pool weather in iowa) and mostly while staying up way past my bedtime because i couldn’t go to bed without finishing this book.

you is about joe. caroline tells this story in joe’s voice. caroline writes this book in such a way that i found myself invested in joe’s story. at times i felt bad for joe. at times i could picture joe just like any other guy. but joe was simultaneously this knowable character and then the most vile, horrible guy guinevere beck ever could have crossed paths with. but joe isn’t the only vile person here – beck is not really a peach herself, and a relationship between the two actually didn’t seem that far fetched or gross in the beginning.

caroline kepnes is a masterful writer and i cannot wait to read providenceyou is absolutely not for everyone. it is dark and depraved but gritty and sort of real. this whole story revolves around a relationship born of a book store purchase and a google search. that shit can actually happen. stalkers are real. the internet is powerful. i think that is what upped the creepy factor so much for me.

5/5 girls from this girl. go get a copy here.

find out more about the author on her website:




devils within.

2017 Debut Authors Bash Bannerdevils within by S.F. Henson is hands down one of the best books i read in 2017. this book is dark and tackles some really heavy subject matter that is unfortunately relevant in today’s world.

Nate is born into white supremacy and raised with a level of violence that leads to murder. this story is told with flashbacks and memories that made Nate’s choices both troubling and understandable.

this story is a real look at what makes a family a family, the ties that bind, really brings attention to the struggle of nature vs. nurture and whether we are hard-wired to be evil or have the personal strength to overcome the evils in life to find good.

i loved this book and it stayed on my mind for a long time after i finished it. i highly recommend adding it to your list of books to read!

5-5 from this girl.

S.F. Henson is giving away a signed copy, just click to enter!

the sweetheart sham

TSS-Blurb1the sweetheart sham by danielle ellison was such a fun read.

there are a lot of great characters in this book, but georgia ann, will, and beau are fantastic as this kinda-sorta love triangle’s key players.

georgia ann is what i would imagine to be an all-american southern girl. she is charming and witty and though she’s a belle by upbringing she wants to be more than a pretty girl in a pretty dress.

will is the southern prince charming, all good looks and athleticism and an important family name. but he’s gay, and in this quaint little southern town he is reluctant to just come out. he also happens to be georgia ann’s lifelong best friend and both of their families would just die to have the two of them live happily ever after – together.

beau is just as crush-worthy and happens to be will’s cousin. after leaving town with his mother, he is back for his brother’s wedding – and for a chance to redeem himself with georgie ann after leaving her with no explanation and breaking her heart when he left town with his mother.

now throw in the fact that georgia ann and will decide to have a “fakeship” over the summer so that will can actually go out on dates with the boy he likes, and add to that the fact that they can’t let beau know their secret and you’ve got the makings for quite the summer romance(s).

ellison nailed the character development in this book! i truly love when i read a book and can picture the characters as well as if i’d actually known them somehow.

everything about this book was charming and endearing. definitely a fun read for a cold night! curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea, or coffee, or a rockstar and get ready to fall in love with this southern trio!

4.5/5 stars from this girl!

you can pick up a copy here!


follow me back




this book. you guys. go get this book!

follow me back is an intense read and i loved it so much when i read it on my kindle that when i found it at target i had to have the physical copy as well!

i had the chance to ask AV some questions! see what she had to say and enter to win a copy of follow me back!


M: What is your ideal writing scenario? Do you have a routine?

AV: I prefer absolute silence when I’m writing. I like listening to music when I’m spinning out a plot, but not while I’m drafting or editing. I can’t handle coffee-shop background noise, either. When I’m under a tight deadline, I’m most productive late at night with my house dead quiet, after the rest of my family has gone to bed.

M: How do you start your books? Character development, setting, plot,etc.?

AV: Plot plot plot plot! I’ll churn out a complete outline before I do anything else. Characters come to me as part of the outlining process, but they don’t take shape independently from the story events happening to the them. Once I have the plot and characters settled, I’ll often start drafting pure dialogue first – almost like I’m transcribing the screenplay of a movie I see in my head.


M: What is the most well loved book on your shelves?

AV: My copy of Jane Eyre is falling apart because I’ve read it so many times.

M: What advice do you have for someone trying to get started on their first book?

AV: Just write it. Don’t worry about making it perfect (or even good) when you’re first starting out. I see a lot new writers who draft a few chapters and then scrap the project – over and over again. That doesn’t work. Dissatisfaction with your writing is a normal part of the process! The only way to learn is to write a book start to finish. Then write a second one… and a third one… and a fourth… Follow Me Back was the fifth novel I completed, and I still consider myself a beginner with tons of room for improvement!

M: How long did Follow Me Back take from inception to publication?

AV: I first came up with the outline three years ago, around the holiday season in 2014. Publishing is sloooooow!

M: Any updates on that second book?
AV: Yes! The sequel to Follow Me Back has a title, TELL ME NO LIES. It will release in June 2018 (currently available for preorder), and it picks up with Tessa shortly after the end of the first book. Tessa has left Twitter and migrated to Snapchat… The story follows the same general structure, with lots of police interview transcripts and social media action!

Want to win a copy of Follow Me Back from the author herself? Just click here!

Contest open to US/Canada residents only.

a hundred small lessons

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by Ashley Hay is one of those books that i really enjoyed reading. it is not a fast-paced book, there isn’t any crazy action or catastrophic drama. it is quiet and subtle, thoughtful, and deliberate.

it is the story of a home.  a house that becomes a central character through the lives of two different women who find this place to be home at similar stages of their lives. elsie and lucy each move into this home to raise a family, to be wives and mothers. lucy is our present day protagonist having moved into elsie’s home when elsie suffers a fall and is no longer able to live on her own.

i fell in love with each of these characters and their stories. stories that were so delicately written and woven together that reading this book was like sitting for coffee with two women with wisdom to share. i also fell in love with their home. this idea that this particular house is more than plaster and wood and cabinets – it is a home.

i loved the tranquil intricacies Ashley used to give each of these women strong voices. elsie was not in the house with lucy, but the strength of her character subtly carried through to lucy’s storyline.

a hundred small lessons was a beautiful change of pace for me and i recommend putting it on your list. and grab it for a friend too. it deserves to be shared.

4/5 stars from this girl.

want to win a copy of this book for yourself? Just click here!

This November 28th, 2017, ATRIA BOOKS is proud to publish Ashley Hay’s A HUNDRED SMALL LESSONS, a profoundly relatable tale of two mothers from two different generations attempting parenthood and life and general. Their two stories interweave through the house that bears witness to their lives, a building which becomes a sort of character itself, sharing its secrets and memoriesIn this luminous and deeply affecting novel,  Hay puts into words exactly the small things, feelings we experience daily and the beauty and impact of small accumulating moments across years. Prepare to learn a few lessons….and maybe even cry a little.

When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie’s life with Lucy.

In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life—the moments she can’t bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy.

Over the course of one hot Brisbane summer, two families’ stories intersect in sudden and unexpected ways. Through the richly intertwined narratives of two ordinary, extraordinary women, Ashley Hay uses her “poetic dialogue, and stunning imagery” (RT magazine) to weave an intricate, bighearted story of what it is to be human.

Ashley Hay is the internationally acclaimed author of the novels The Body in the Clouds and The Railwayman’s Wife, which was honored with the Colin Roderick Award by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the most prestigious literary prize in Australia, among numerous other accolades. She has also written four nonfiction books. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.



Expexposure is the only book i’ve read in the incandescent series but i definitely look forward to checking out the other books in the series. exposure is definitely strong enough to stand alone, but i like the idea of getting to know more about some of the other characters via their own books.

but i digress.

i had no idea what to expect when i started this book but i’m glad i gave it a read this weekend. sylvie writes her protagonists very endearingly and although they both have these extraordinarily privileged lives they are at the same time familiar and believable.

there is the perfect amount of intrigue, tension, romance, and a pretty incredible sex scene. sylvie has a style that is smart, witty, and well structured – this would be a pretty fantastic book to curl up with or throw in your bag to hit the beach.

3.5/5 stars from this girl.

you can pick this book up on 11.22.17 right here!


A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.

An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.

Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.

In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at

Book details:
Exposure by Sylvie Parizeau
(Incandescent, #3)
Publication date: November 22nd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

PHILIPPE-OLIVIER TISSEROT’s caffeine addiction is about to land him in uncharted territory and one hell of a ride. One that’s about to go viral.

Current status: Computer whiz to hacker to penpal.

Upgrade status: Lover.

Well, I’m still working on the lover part.

I’m just a computer geek studying at MIT. And now I’m in two places at once – the geek and the lover battling it out to get the girl.

The only problem is, my dream girl doesn’t know she knows me in either one of them.

Now I have to win her in both.

Please wait. Upgrade in progress.