Kiss My Cupcake Review

Author: Helena Hunting
Paperback : 368 pages
Publisher : Forever
Date: August 11, 2020
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Summary:
Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.

From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

My Review:
Oh my gosh! This book made me laugh many times. I so needed this with everything going on in my life. My oldest kid even asked me,” Mom what are you laughing at?” I replied with “This library book that I’m reading. It had some funny parts in it.” The oldest kid replied, “That’s great mom.”

Anyways the main characters Ronan and Blaire are so opposite. I loved it. I love how Blaire is into cupcakes, unicorn glasses, wearing dresses, knowledgeable of Grease and being uplifted by so many things. She is determine to get her bakery up and running on her own. Ronan is so the opposite of Blaire. He’s a prankster, seems a tad moody, wears plaid, has knowledge of Harry Potter, and has tattoos! He is also running a sports bar next door to Blaire. Can we say sparks fly when they first meet?

They become rivals to each other but then slowly that shifts when another store opens up. They began to team up and work together helping each other out! I loved loved loved this. The banter between them was sweet and spicy. Sparks continued to fly! They worked really well together which was great to see. The themes they came up with was so creative.

Another point in the story is when they got to see each other’s family. Ronan’s family was great. They were so down to earth. Ronan’s Grandpa was adorable and made me laugh at some of the things he said. I was glad that Ronan had a cool grandpa like that. Even Blaire liked him when she met him. Blaire’s family was a little strange. I just had to shake my head at some parts but it kept me laughing! I do have to admit that I liked how Ronan was a tad protective of Blaire when he was with her at the family get together.

I am glad that I took the time to read this book from the library. It was just so fun, charming and made me laugh tons. If you are looking for something light, cute, funny and relaxing to read, then this book will do it! Check it out today. I think I am going to read more of Helena’s books!

Check these Youth Books out

All these books are for Grades 3 to 8 to read.
I came across these at work and thought these would be great for anyone who is looking for kids to read for fun!
The covers are stunning and the stories are enchanting.

On Emblem Island all are born knowing their fate. Their lifelines show the course of their life and an emblem dictates how they will spend it.

Twelve-year-old Tor Luna was born with a leadership emblem, just like his mother. But he hates his mark and is determined to choose a different path for himself. So, on the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, where Emblemites throw their wishes into a bonfire in the hopes of having them granted, Tor wishes for a different power.

The next morning Tor wakes up to discover a new marking on his skin…the symbol of a curse that has shortened his lifeline, giving him only a week before an untimely death. There is only one way to break the curse, and it requires a trip to the notorious Night Witch.

With only his village’s terrifying, ancient stories as a guide, and his two friends Engle and Melda by his side, Tor must travel across unpredictable Emblem Island, filled with wicked creatures he only knows through myths, in a race against his dwindling lifeline.

Mallory Estate is the last place twelve-year-old Piper Peavey wants to spend her summer vacation. The grounds are always cold, the garden out back is dead, a mysterious group of children call the property home, and there’s a rumor that Melena M. Mallory—the owner of the estate and Piper’s wealthy grandmother—is a witch.

But when Piper’s father falls ill, Mallory Estate is exactly where she finds herself.

The grand house and its garden hold many secrets—some of which may even save her father—and Piper will need to believe in herself, her new friends, and magic if she wants to unlock them before it’s too late.

Maggie lives in orderly Fennis Wick, protected from the outside world by a boundary. Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special, a hero who will soon go off to fight in the war. But Maggie’s just a middle child, a middler, often invisible and ignored, even by her own family.

When she chances upon a wanderer girl in hiding, she decides she wants to be a hero like her brother and sets out to capture the intruder. But once Maggie peeks past the hedges of the boundary for the first time, suddenly everything she’s ever known about her isolated town gets turned on its head. . .

The Storm Bringer Review

Author: Isabel Cooper
Pages: 352
Release Date: December 29, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

I recieved an E-Arc on Netgalley from the Publisher for an honest review!

Summary:
The Witcher goes fiercely feminist in this gripping paranormal romance from noted author Isabel Cooper.

Raised to be weapons against the darkness, Sentinels spend their lives fighting the monsters that prey upon humanity. Their hands will shape the world, and their swords will seal its fate.

A warrior lost to time…

Pursuing her latest quarry deep into the wilderness, Sentinel Darya finds herself in an ancient city that should no longer exist. There she comes upon a handsome warrior in ancient clothing, held in a deathlike sleep—Amris, hero of the last great battle against the Traitor God. His discovery, and the weakening wards about the city, can only mean one thing: the Traitor is gathering his armies again, and the storms are returning.

Amris has been trapped in dreamless sleep since the final battle raged centuries ago. Now he is awake…and so, it seems, is humanity’s greatest threat. Determined to save the world from being swallowed by the oncoming storm, Amris and the fiercely beautiful Darya must learn to trust each other—and the powerful bond that’s formed between them—as they fight their way through a land swarming with monsters in a last desperate bid to get word back to their allies before it’s too late…

My Review
I was so excited to get this book. I love love the cover even though it was an E-Arc. Perhaps I will buy the book when it comes out in December. Anyways, the story is so epic! It’s fantasy, adventure, fighting, love, magic, swords and more. So if you like all those type of things then this book may be for you.

The main characters are Amris and Darya and Gerant. I love their interaction with each other. Darya is connected with magic which ties her to Gerant. I thought their relationship was interesting on so many levels. She is also a warrior who can kick butt. To me she has the same level of fighting as men do. I love how that women and men in this story are on the same page. The fighting is awesome. The jumps, the swords and moving was just fantastic. I felt like I was watching a movie when this was happening in the book. The whole vibe is fantasy. Darya has so much strength in many rules which makes me like her!

Amris is such a male warrior. He thinks and acts like a warrior. I think that is one of the reasons why he connects so well with Darya other than the fact he also knows Gerant. I loved the description of Amris armor. You can actually picture Amris wearing such an armor. I liked this character too.

Other than the fighting the bad guys and magic happening, Amris and Darya are fighting an attraction against each other. I thought those bits were pretty fun to read. I loved Darya’s thoughts this matter. I even had to smirked at some of the thoughts. Amris had some thoughts that were interesting as well. It was kind of interesting to see how male and female thoughts were portrayed here. They tried to suppress their feelings for the sake of Gerant, does that happen? You got to go get the book to find out.

The creatures mentioned in this book, oh my gosh! My imagination went wild and I had to stop myself. It was like “no no don’t think of those creepy things!” Then I was also trying to picture how they would make those creatures in a movie. I loved how the author had such a vivid description of the creatures. Very very cool.

At the end of the book, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Plus I had questions of how did Gerant become how he is, what is the background on Olivr, will there be more awesome fighting and strange creatures? Who will win? I admit that now I want to own a sword. Can I find one that Darya has? Should I get a chakram like Xena? Or a cool ax like Buffy had at the end? Or Sais that Elektra had? I can dream can’t I?

Cover Reveal – Bag of Tricks

Title: Back of Tricks

Author: Carmen Webster Buxton

Publisher: Crimson Fox Publishing

Genre: fantasy-romance

Cover Reveal Date: September 16th, 2020

Cover Designer: Najla Qamber

Release Date: September 22, 2020

Blurb:

Aveline is a trained magician, but Princess Inessa, the Heiress of Mazuria, hired her to pose as a lady-in-waiting, to protect her from court intrigues and literally sniff out lies. When a wicked duke tries to force Inessa into marriage, Aveline uses a spell to hide the princess. But even magic has limits, and when Aveline stumbles over Zarek, a man whose life has been cursed by more than one tragedy, she demands his help in getting the princess back to the capital. Zarek is on his own errand, and he’s suspicious of Aveline—magicians are feared—but he does help. As he and Aveline travel Mazuria in company with the princess and his wolf-dog Burden, they come to rely on each other and to respect each other’s skills. After Zarek leaves the two women in what he thinks is a safe refuge, he learns they’re in more danger than ever. So of course he and Burden go back to save them.Now if only Aveline can bring herself to believe that Zarek wants to save her even more than he wants to save the princess—and admit to herself that what she feels for him goes way beyond gratitude.

Carmen Webster Buxton

About Carmen Webster Buxton:

Carmen writes science fiction, fantasy, YA, and romance.  She had a peripatetic childhood, as her father was in the US Navy. She has lived in eight different states, but no matter where she lived, she was always reading books. Her tastes were eclectic, ranging from mysteries to science fiction to romance. Having raised two wonderful children, she has settled in Maryland with her husband and a beagle named Cosmo.

Her first novel with Crimson Fox Publishing, Back of Tricks, releases September 2020. Additionally, through Snowy Wings Publishing, Carmen is the author of Drifters (2020), a YA sci-fi adventure all about family and self-discovery.

Author Links:

Website:http://carmenspage.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carmenwebster.buxton

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarmenWBuxton

I want to read this!
The story sounds so good!
Isn’t the cover stunning??

Midnight Sun Review

  • Author: Stephenie Meyer
  • Hardcover : 672 pages
  • Date: August 4, 2020
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Summary:
    When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

    This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

    In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

    My Review:
    The story took me down memory lane of reading Twlight back in the day. I did rush out to grab the books and waited for each one to arrive! Anyways, it was interesting to see Edward’s thoughts and perspective of meeting and connecting Bella. Wile I was reading it, the vibe gave me a sense of Louis from Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. The emotions of dealing with the hunger, guilt and wrestling with emotions. To me the writing from Meyer and Rice felt parallel to each other just a bit. I think this shows Edward’s darker side that he battles with his darkness. There was so much more drama, emotions, personality and flirting between Edward and Isabella. Even the cute moments between Edward and Isabella was thrilling. I think this book just takes you down memory lane and the writing is just so rich. I can’t explain it. So if you are fan of Twilight, pick this book up and read it. I am glad that I purchased this book. This book is going to hang out with the other books.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

CURRENTLY READING

Soooooo excited for both of these!!

FINISH READING

Review coming soon!

WHAT TO READ NEXT….

Sitting on my coffee table….

Time for Picture Books

Check out these Picture Books…
Beautiful illustrations and wonderful stories..
Which one will you pick up to read?

A bear sits in his quiet, colorless home in a forgotten place. He feels invisible; no one comes to see him, and he spends his days alone.Then someone moves in next door. Madame Odette is sound and sunshine, and at first, the bear isn’t sure about this colorful new neighbor. But through an act of kindness, the bear and the Madame Odette meet, and as time goes by, they become friends. And in the end, they are both forever changed by the gifts they bring each other.

With clever, inventive art and universally relatable themes, A Little Space for Me by Jennifer Gray Olson is a heartwarming picture book about the importance of mindfulness, understanding, and finding a moment of peace within a big, busy world. Sometimes, when it’s too loud, too crowded, too messy, too smelly, or for no reason at all, you might just need a little bit of space to feel like yourself again.

A perfect story for worriers big and small. When Weasel is caught in a storm, he builds a fortress to hide in. But then he meets Mole, who loves to play in the wind and splash in the rain. Can Weasel learn to overcome his fears and find joy, whatever the weather?

Little Turtle loves the ocean with her whole heart. As the years pass, she repeats an incredible journey across the world to the beautiful coral reefs. But one day she finds that plastic has invaded her beloved ocean. Could Turtle’s journey be over forever?

Dog longs to visit the ocean, but it is MILES away. “Impossible!” he sighs. After using a new laundry soap called “Ocean Magic” a crab appears and needs help getting home. Will Dog take this chance to make his dream come true?

Love Your Life Review

  • Author: Sophie Kinsella
  • Hardcover : 432 pages
  • Date: October 27, 2020
  • Publisher : Random House Publishing Group: The Dial Press

I received a free e-arc from publisher on Netgalley for an honest review!

Summary:
Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps that filter men by height, job, or astrological sign. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. She’s determined to finish writing the novel she’s been fantasizing about, even though it means leaving her close-knit group of friends and her precious dog, Harold, behind.

At the retreat, she’s not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by “Aria,” meets “Dutch,” a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair, cliff-jumping into gem-colored Mediterranean waters and exploring the splendor of the Italian coast. Things seem to be perfect for Aria and Dutch.

But then their real identities—Ava and Matt—must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. From food choices to annoying habits to sauna etiquette . . . are they compatible in anything? And then there’s the prickly situation with Matt’s ex-girlfriend, who isn’t too eager to let him go. As one mishap follows another, it seems while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together?

My Review:
I have read other Sophie Kinsella books before and was so excited to read this one. The main character Ava is a character who likes to multi task with many things and never seems to finish any of them. So her newest thing is to write a book and ends up going on writing retreat. I loved how this character wanted to write a book. It’s one of my dreams to do one day too! Anyways at the retreat she uses a fake name “Aria” and ends up meeting “Dutch.” She and Dutch have an instant spark which I thought was adorable. They become an item which I was excited for. I began to wonder what was going to happen next with them.

While at the retreat she and Dutch find out that they both live in London. They decided to actually meet up and date in the real world. Well things change! Drama ends up coming! Dutch’s real name is Matthias aka Matt and Aria is Ava. Well Ava as I mentioned is a person who multi tasks and is such a free spirit. She’s a vegetarian. Matt on the other hand is completely the opposite. He is more orderly and modern. He even eats meat. There are many more quirks about them that are so opposite.

I love how they are so different from each other. They learn from each other. They began to wonder if this relationship is worth it? Can they live with such differences between them? I love this part of the story: how they see the differences between each other and how real emotions come out to play to seeing their differences. Can they make it work?

I liked this book because it was so different. It showed a relationship with characters that are opposite attract. I thought it was a cute, funny and such a rom con, chick lit adventure. I am glad that I got to read this heartwarming story. If you want something different to read, check this story out!

Not a newbie book blogger and more

Happy Friday


The weather is fantastic here this morning in Illinois. I wish I could read all day but that will have to wait. So I decided to share my information about my blog information and updates in my world of reading! Hope you enjoy.

1. How old is your blog?

I started in around in the year 2007 then became a full time mom so my book blog posting were irregular. I was not on wordpress at the time. Then later in life my blog was all over the place and my life was a bit hectic. Within the last few years I have decided to challenge myself and blog more! I think 2019 and onwards have made me blog more because I want to. I am making the effort (I am trying!)

2. What are your favorite posts to make?

Vampire posts! Right? Who’s on board with that?
To be honest I like reviewing books that I really like (romance, adventure, supernatural..my taste is all over the place). If there is a book I do not like I won’t post it. If there is a book that is okay I will post it and others might give a shot. I also love to inform others what kind of cool books are out there to read for all ages. That’s the librarian side of me!

3. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to start a book blog?

Find your genre. Write and work with it. Enjoy yourself. Be true to yourself.

4. Since joining have you run into any unforeseen challenges?

Challenge – time! Balancing work, reading books, being a mom, having fun and blogging isn’t easy. Sometimes having a schedule helps but life doesn’t always go the way you expect.

5. What is a favorite book/series you’ve read because of blogging?

Ooh I have to think on this. Let’s see I did read the whole Twilight series back in the day. Colleen Gleason Stoker and Holmes series and Gardella Vampire series! Kerri Maniscalco Jack the Ripper series. I think I have way too many favorites. I love reading when I can and be plunged into new stories and/or worlds.

6. Overall, what is your favorite aspect about book blogging?

Having a creative outlet, expressing my thoughts/love for books, inform people about books, and meet new people through the world of blogging!

Update on Reading

I am currently reading these books!

Stephenie Meyer
Physical Hardcover book
August 4, 2020
Love Your Life
Sophie Kinsella
E-Arc – October 2020