April Book Haul

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Mythology Books Spotlight

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Since I’m not able to read and review a lot of mythology books this month, I thought I would just spotlight a couple of them that look really interesting. I also asked for some suggestions on my Mythology March post so I want to thank everyone who commented – Emily @ Oh Magic HourMichelle @ In Libris VeritasKayla @ The Thousand LivesValeria @ A Touch of Book MadnessNara @ Looking for the PanaceaAuthor Angela Mcpherson

I linked the images to Goodreads so that you can also check them out. For series books, I only included the first book and linked it to the series part of Goodreads. So here’s the list: Continue reading

AbA: Tellulah Darling – Sassy, Swoony, and Side-splitting

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So without further ado, let’s go to this month’s pick:

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Tellulah Darling

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Tellulah DarlingTellulah Darling
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Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.

Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.

Author Links Blog ll Twitter ll Facebook

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AbA: Kelly Oram – Swoon, Side-splitting, and Superkissing

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So without further ado, let’s go to this month’s pick:

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Kelly Oram

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kelly oramKelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen – a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

Check her out on her: Blog ❘ Facebook ❘ Twitter ❘ Goodreads ❘Amazon

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Her Books and My Ratings:

Currently, Kelly Oram has currently released 6 YA books, 3 of which are Contemporary and 3 have fantasy elements. She has upcoming releases for her Fantasy books too. I have purchased all 6 of her books, and I have read and reviewed all of them. And now I’m  looking forward to her upcoming books. For the “Gist” part below, I used Kelly Oram’s summaries when I interviewed her last Decemeber (which I recommend to be read because it was super fun).

Being Jamie BakerTitle: BEING JAMIE BAKER

Series: Jamie Baker #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

Gist: Jamie learns to control her superpowers before her secret is discovered by bad guys. And Ryan Miller… (Warning: Contains Superkissing!)

What I think: Debut novel faves. Hilarious. Adorable. Swoony Ryan!

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 5-star

More Than Jamie BakerTitle: MORE THAN JAMIE BAKER

Series: Jamie Baker #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

Gist: Jamie Baker goes superhero! More powers. More bad guys. More Ryan Miller. And lots more superkissing!)

What I think: Again, Swoony Ryan Miller! AWFUL CLIFF-HANGER!!! Not as good as book 1, but still makes me want to read book 3.

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 3.5-star

Serial HottieTitle: SERIAL HOTTIE

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery Romance

Gist: Ellie thinks the new hottie across the street might be a serial killer with his sights set on her. Too bad she can’t stop kissing him…

What I think: Very interesting with a hint of suspense. Lovable female protagonist. Very crazy male lead, but still lovable. Super funny!

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 4.5-star

V is for VirginTitle: V IS FOR VIRGIN

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Gist: Val is determined to stay virgin until marriage. Sexy rock star Kyle is determined to change her mind. Chaos and kissing ensue…

What I think: Very unique. Surprising. Inspirational and passionate female lead. Hot males! Funny, heart-breaking and heart-warming

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 5-star

ChameleonTitle: Chameleon

Series: Supernaturals #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

Gist: Vampires, werewolves, warlocks. Dani’s supernatural and destined to save the world. + 2 boys = 2 x the kissing!

What I think: Least favorite of all. Not enough answers to all of the questions. Frustrating characters. I want Russ!!! #TeamRuss

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 3.5-star

The Avery Shaw ExperimentTitle: THE AVERY SHAW EXPERIMENT

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Gist: Smart-girl Avery looks for the cure to her broken heart through science. Golden-boy Grayson has a different plan—lots of kissing!

What I think: Absolute favorite! Very unique. Super adorable characters. Perfect.

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 5-star

Upcoming Books:

UngiftedTitle: UNGIFTED

Series: Supernaturals #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

I have an eARC of this book, but I have yet to read it! It’s set to release this month, and I’m planning to post my review on the release date. Hopefully, I will be able to follow through. I’m wishing that this book would be a lot better than the first.

So for 6 out of 7 books, the final rating for Kelly Oram’s works:

4.5-star

What Kelly Oram offers: I will confess that I really really love Kelly Oram. I will admit that not all her books completely agree with me, but the ones that I love just wowed me enough to read everything she has to offer! I’m most interested in her YA Contemporary RomComs though. She provides very unique settings and characters. All her books are simply hilarious. Most of her characters also have very good family relations.  There are so many swoon-worthy men, most with blue eyes (which I love). She has lovable female protagonists. Oh, and lots of kissing!

The Price? Her ebooks are really affordable at $4.99. Or is it $2.99 in the US? Not sure! Just check. 😛 She’ll be having a sale soon though so watch out for that.

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Final Verdict:

Kelly is an  Author

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Have you read any of her books? Did you love them too? What did you think of them? Who are your auto-buy authors?

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Rating System: (In Stars and Letter Grades)

5 [A+]
4.5 [A]
4 [A-]
3.5 [B+]
3 [B]
2.5 [B-]
2 [C+]
1.5 [C]
1 [C-]
0.5 [D]
0 [F]

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But wait, there’s more! Kelly is hosting a week-long event in celebration of Valentine’s Day. There will be a lot of fun stuff going on, and her books will go on sale! (Click on the banners for more details)

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Kindle ebooks of THE AVERY SHAW EXPERIMENT and V IS FOR VIRGIN by Kelly Oram

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AbA: Rachel Harris – Funny, Flirty, Fabulous

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So without further ado, let’s go to this month’s pick:

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Rachel Harris

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rachel harrisRachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up  late sneak-reading her mama’s romance novels. Today, she still stays up late reading romances, only now she does so openly.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches countless hours of Food Network and reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!

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Her Books and My Ratings:

Currently, Rachel Harris has released 4 books. 2 are Young Adult books while 2 are Adult books, and she has many more to come. I have purchased all 4 of her books, and I have read all of them. And now I’m really really looking forward to her upcoming books.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth CenturyTitle: MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY

Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1

Genre: YA Chick Lit with Fantasy and Time Travel

Gist: Cat Crawford magically gets transported into the 16th century Florence, Italy.

What I think: Hilarious, Swoony, Magical, Love Love LOVE

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 5-star

a tale of two centuriesTitle: A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES

Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1

Genre: YA Chick Lit with Fantasy and Time Travel

Gist: 16th century lady Alessandra D’angeli magically gets transported into the present day.

What I think: Like MSSSC, but SO MUCH BETTER. Inspiring too.

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 5-star

taste the heatTitle: TASTE THE HEAT

Series: Love and Games #1

Genre: Adult Romance

Gist: Chef Colby Robicheaux returns to her hometown after her long absence to temporarily take over her deceased father’s restaurant. However, she unexpectedly meets her childhood crush again and things won’t go according to plan.

What I think: Funny. Touching. Romantic. Swoony.

My Rating: 5-star

seven day fianceTitle: SEVEN DAY FIANCE

Series: Love and Games #2

Genre: Adult Romance

Gist: Angelle Prejean convinces Cane Robicheaux to pretend to be her fiance for one week and meet her family to prove that she’s okay living on her own.

What I think: HOT HOT HOT! Seriously. Cane Robicheaux! LOOOOOVE. So Southern. Sweet. And of course, hilarious.

My Rating: 5-star

So for 4 out of 4 books, the final rating for Rachel Harris’ works:

5-star

What Rachel Harris offers: She offers fun and imaginative stories with her own personal twist. She writes stories that can give so many feels and also make you laugh out loud. She gave me different worlds to experience and enjoy. I’m not sure about their accuracy, but they felt real to me. Her Love and Games series always seem to starve me. Her MSSSC series made me crave adventure. And each book offers hot swoon-worthy men. I badly fell for them! I adore all of her books. I’m sure not everyone else would, but she’s pretty perfect to me.

What I noticed about Rachel’s writing: It gets so much better every single time. Falling in love with sequels doesn’t happen every often to me. I was even doubtful to read A Tale of Two Centuries, but I loved it! I can’t wait what else she has to offer.

The Price? Her ebooks are really affordable! I bought paperbacks of her YA novels though. They’re totally worth it!

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Final Verdict:

Rachel is an A+ Author

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Have you read any of her books? Did you love them too? What did you think of them? Who are your auto-buy authors?

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