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TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books On Our Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Today we’re sharing Books On Our Summer TBR.  And they are….

(Arielle’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson (Releasing 6/05)
Amazon * Goodreads


2. Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Releasing 6/21)
Amazon * Goodreads

(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

3. Alpha (The Infinity Division #3) by Jus Accardo (Releasing 7/03)
Amazon * Goodreads


4. Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez (Releasing 7/05)


(Jen’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

5. The Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas (Releasing 7/10)
Amazon * Goodreads


6. The Darkest Legacy: Book 4 (The Darkest Minds #4) by Alexandra Bracken (Releasing 7/31)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Jen’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

7. Keeper of the Bees (Black Birds of the Gallows) by Meg Kassel (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads


8. Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

9. Sadie by Courtney Summers (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads


10. Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco (Releasing 9/18)
Amazon * Goodreads

So these are the Books On Our Summer TBR.  Are they are your Summer TBR too?  If not, then what books are?

Welcome Post: Say hello to my dearest friend, Cassie!

I am SO beyond honored to be introducing one of my ‘REAL LIFE’ best friends in the whole world to the blog-Cassie!

It’s so funny to think that Cassie and I met randomly at a spin class we both went to after work-only TWICE a week! We sat on total opposite sides of the room from one another, which just goes to show you how big of a loud mouth I am (and apparently she is, too, since here we are today lol). One day I randomly yelled something across the room to her (she seemed nice enough?) and she smiled and yelled right back…while everyone else stared at us. Losers didn’t know what they were missing out on 😉. Not the most lively group, they weren’t.

After class we met up and decided to sit together for the next class-and so it began. The next time we got to class-somehow, and I’ve no clue how-the conversation of books came up. I’m almost positive it went like this:


Cassie: Yadda yadda yadda and finished up a book I’m reading



Cassie: Red Queen?


Cassie: No. I don’t like Cal-I LOVE HIM!



Chelsea: ……..
And Maven?

Cassie: Nah, I just don’t understand why people are so obsessed with him!

And the rest was history.

I soon learned she’s a thriller book junkie (yikes) and that she loved some of the same YA fantasy books that I did, and that she loved recommendations. Since then we’ve bonded over books, book boys, and whining about our husbands together. And, really, what else do you need? I hope you all grow to adore her just like I do!

Better yet? NO MAVEN LOVIN’ THERE! Muahahaha

Here’s what Cassie has to say about herself ♥

Hi! I’m Cassie and I’m a dog and cat mom and wife to my wonderful husband. I’m from the United States but love to travel for both work and leisure. I’m a pop music junkie (late 90’s/early 2000’s preferably) and enjoy Netflix-binging and putting my MoviePass card to work. I love diet coke, chapstick, cruelty-free beauty and listening to true crime podcasts (hello Murderinos!)

But I also LOVE to read. I always have, but these past two years I have been obsessed. My favorite genres are mystery/thrillers and young adult. I will read books outside these genres (I’m a sucker for a good celebrity memoir or GOOD contemporary romance), but I just drawn to these two genres the most. A common theme in my favorite books is a strong female lead character. She absolutely can have flaws (I encourage it!) and struggle and make wrong choices, but as long as she can ultimately persevere and learn from the past, I’m a happy gal. A good romance to go with it doesn’t hurt either, especially of the slow burn or hate-to-love variety. I’m ok with a good love triangle, but keep any kind of insta-love away from me.
I’m so thankful for this opportunity to join these wonderful women at the Star-Crossed Book Blog. I’ve been a follower of theirs for awhile now and am so excited to join this amazing team and share my love for all things books. My favorite authors are Victoria Aveyard, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbot, Lauren Oliver, Megan Miranda and V.E. Schwab to name just a few!


Re-Read Blog Tour: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

Re-Read Blog Tour: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

And here it is-My final Ember Re-Read Post. Tired of them yet? Too bad-I love this series too dearly to not honor it so. And, with this final post, I have the most freedom. Why, you ask? Well, as you know, Reaper hasn’t been released yet. Sooooo I don’t have any format or review or ANYTHING but the horrifying snippets Sabaa has posted (what doozies they have been-yikes)-so, I’m choosing to do what I do best: fangirl. Fangirl about my favorite boy in the whole wide world. Emberlings rejoice, for this is my Elias Appreciation Post. All my fellow Elias fans, this sheer rambling is for you and I. Enjoy.

Re-Read Blog Tour: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa TahirA Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3)
by Sabaa Tahir
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
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Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion–even at the cost of his humanity

I’ve done favorite (not near as many as I’d like) quotes. I’ve done favorite moments. If it’s a favorite, it has to do with Elias. So now…it’s just all out Elias lovin’ time. (OH! And on a side note: Sabaa and Tomi Adeyemi did a Youtube post where they read each others’ fan’s reviews….and MINE WAS FEATURED!!!!! I AM CHELSEA! I AM THAT PSYCHO! Check out the video here at 2:55. And the somehow more psycho (yes they tamed it down) review it originated from is HERE)

The guy who was top dog-the man who had everything. The student who had the brightest future, if only he’d reach high enough. The dreamer who wished for more. The soldier…that didn’t want to be a soldier at all. An Ember in the Ashes, a spark that didn’t want to ravage and destroy, but to be free. Turns out, fate had other plans. One of those plans? Another young spark in the form of a slave girl. A forbidden love. The beginning of a treacherous journey; his destiny. And, perhaps, the end. 

“All things have a price, Elias Veturius. The price of saving her will haunt you for all your days. Will you pay it?”

This quote. Seriously. Doesn’t this just say it all? My poor boy. My poor, heroic, noble boy. 


Faithful (I wanted to use fierce…but this is a given, I suppose.)

-No matter the situation, no matter how hard, how scary, how difficult…Elias is faithful-to a fault. We learn this as he pays the ultimate price in book two. You think you know, you understand-but you don’t. His hero complex is so deep rooted and unbreakable that no amount of obstacles could shake his honor. He will keep as many as he can safe, even after it’s not smart to do so (can anyone say Blood Shrike?)-namely, Helene and Laia.


– He always saw the inequality. He hurts when he sees youth going through what he had to. He hates it. Despises it. He sees Laia, and hates that she is stuck with the woman who would do anything to hurt you. That would brand you just to make a point. He wants things to be different…but for this to happen, he can’t escape. He has to stay…see where that bravery comes in? (I wrote this in reference to Ember (book one) when I wrote my original post that I have now since altered. It still fits, though-his empathy never ceases).


-He only knows the brutal and unyielding world he grew up in-but he longs for a different life-one where he can be free and without the chains that constrict his every movement. But, as mentioned above, he gets a warning before making his escape-run, and it’s a world of suffering. Stay, and perhaps make a change. In the end, he makes a run for it with the girl he can’t stay away from-he further cements that he is up for an adventure when he helps Laia attempt to rescue her brother-even as his world is falling apart.


-He had a rough go of it in book one-and, even worse, as I mentioned above, in book two he is in for a hell of a ride. Even through his painful journey in the second book (Anyone who has read even a couple chapters of book two knows he is fighting death all through book two because of a certain showdown at the beginning) he perseveres and fights the ultimate battle for the girl he promised he would-I am seriously swooning here, guys.

                                                                                                         S P A R K


-Again, I know I’m a broken record-BUT DUDE. NEVER. GIVES. UP. I am super firm and serious on this. I will beat it into your heads if I have to!


One quote.

-“Laia. The Scholar girl. Another ember waiting to burn the world down,” she says. “Will you hurt her, too?”

That. Is. ALL.


-This is an odd choice of wording, but I like it for the simple fact that, if you follow this series at all, you know how this word shapes both how he enters/handles every situation, how he never gives up on what he’s going for, and, well….he certainly has a long life ahead of him, doesn’t he?

                                                                                                      R A V A G E


-Anguished beyond words over what he had to do to survive the trials, Elias goes through many stages of grief in these two books so far-and I’m sure we’ll see much more of that in this final installment, if what the author has been saying is true (Which we all know it is).


-Completely smitten with Laia, Elias chooses her over everyone, in the end. Many people didn’t like this in book one, because Helene has been there for him always and he (I guess?) turns his back on her and the academy, becomes enemy number one, and ultimately runs off with a girl he barely knows. Well. I dug it. These books wouldn’t have so much angst if not for this moment-and we’re all the better for it.

…“We should talk about it.”
Oh skies. “Talk about what?”
“Whatever it is that’s bothering you. I can take a guess, but it might be better if you tell me.”
“You want to talk now? After weeks of not even looking at me?”
“I look at you.” His response is swift, his voice low. “Even when I shouldn’t.”


-In the quotes and excerpts we have been given, it’s clear that Elias isn’t happy and wants a different card than he’s been dealt-but he’s trying his best to make the most of a bad situation-that doesn’t mean it’s not killing his hero-complex vibes because, well, duty comes first. Ugh.


-He still very clearly cares about taking care of those he loves (ahem, Laia), and he does so with pride and with all his heart. He’s always been passionate about helping others, but Laia is dear to him, so he always is pushing it to the limit for her. 

Laia is curled in a ball on the other, one hand on her armlet, fast asleep.
“You are my temple,” I murmur as I kneel beside her. “You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release.” Grandfather would scowl at me for sullying his beloved mantra so. But I think I prefer it this way.


-He has a new opportunity to test his epicness…I’ll leave this word be and let’s see how he handles it.


-This could be considered repetitive, but I think of this word more as a battle word. He sees the enemy. He barrels through-and if he can’t? He fights and fights and fights until he can’t anymore. Much like his goals, he doesn’t give up. And, I’m sorry, this is just the most wonderful quality.

 D E S T R O Y

 So. Yeah. I guess I could go on and on and on…but my point is made. Elias is the hero of all heroes. I couldn’t do or say as much as I’d have liked, because, MORE spoilers than even I used, but I wanted to do something fun with a play on words. And, frankly, I’ve shoved so many quotes in your face over the last few posts I didn’t want to do that again. I hope you enjoyed it!




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An Ember in the Ashes

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A Torch Against the Night

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A Reaper at the Gates

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A little about our amazing, EVIL favorite author:

Sabaa Tahir is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes and its sequel, A Torch Against the Night. She grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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April 30 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture

May 1 – My Friends are Fiction – Review

May 2 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures

May 3 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

May 4 – ButterMyBooks – Review

May 5 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture



May 7 – PaperTrailYa – Reasons to Start Reading The Series

May 8 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram

May 9 – A Perfection Called Books – Reasons to Start Reading The Series

May 10 – ABibliophilesbkm – Creative Instagram Picture + Observations Blog Post

May 11 – The Young Folks – Reasons to start reading the series with GIFS

May 12 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture



May 14 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture

May 15 – My Friends are Fiction – Review

May 16 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures

May 17 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Favorite Moments In The Series + Hopes For Book 3

May 18 – ButterMyBooks – Helene Aesthetic

May 19 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture



May 21 – PaperTrailYa – Theories About Book Three

May 22 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram

May 23 – A Perfection Called Books – Helene Appreciation Post 

May 24 – ABibliophilesbkm – The character’s choices, consequences, and expectations

May 25 – The Young Folks – Favorite Moments

May 26 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture



May 28 – Fiction Fare – Reasons Why You Should Be Reading The Series

May 29 – Book Is Glee – Creative Instagram Post

May 30 – That’s Normal – Catch Up + Book Three Predictions + Fan Art

May 31 – Bibliophile Gathering – Favorite Moments From Book 2

June 1 – The Fandom – Author Interview  

June 2 – The Eater of Books! – 100 Thoughts I had While Reading Book Two




June 4 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture

June 5 – My Friends are Fiction – Reasons to Read the Series

June 6 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures

June 7 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Elias Appreciation Post 

June 8 – ButterMyBooks – What to do after reading the book

June 9 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture



June 11 – PaperTrailYa – Theories About Book Three

June 12 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram

June 13 – A Perfection Called Books – How our lives will never be the same

June 14 – ABibliophilesbkm – Creative Instagram Post + Character’s Playlist

June 15 – The Young Folks – What to read after you’ve finished REAPER AT THE GATES

June 16 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture



June 18 – Fiction Fare – Books To Tide You Over While You Wait For The Next Book

June 19 – Book Is Glee – Creative Instagram Post

June 20 – That’s Normal – Review + What To Read Next

June 21 – Bibliophile Gathering –  Favorite Character Appreciation Post

June 22 – The Fandom – Top 5 Most Important Moments in the series so far

June 23 – The Eater of Books! – Top Ten Reasons to Stan Laia

TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Decided to DNF

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Today we’re sharing what Books We Decided to DNF.  Some of them we only made it a chapter or two (I personally like to call those Read Sample Wasn’t For Me ha!) and others we lasted longer.  But ultimately these books just weren’t for us at all.  And they are….

(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Amazon * Goodreads

Could not force myself to finish.  The ONLY good thing about this book is her time eating food in Italy.

2. Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by E.L. James
Amazon * Goodreads

The only reason I tried reading these books is because I needed to see for myself what all the hype was. Unfortunately though, between the bad writing and plot points that I didn’t like and couldn’t look past, I had to stop. In the end it just wasn’t worth it to me!

(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

3. Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
Amazon * Goodreads

While I liked where the story was going, I struggled with some of the descriptive texts.  There was this scene, near the beginning, where the creature waited for the human to wake up before killing them….and then the way those moments were described ehhhhh.  Yup.  I couldn’t handle it at all.

4. Never Tear Us Apart (Never #1) by Monica Murphy
Amazon * Goodreads

I made it to 50 pages and had to stop.   The flashback moments with her child molester and also the moments between that man and his son, I just couldn’t stomach any of it.  I felt sick to my stomach and it hurt my heart too much to continue.

(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

5. Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader
Amazon * Goodreads

I felt kinda lost with all of the hockey info and then when we switched back and forth using the characters first and last name, well I couldn’t connect to any of them or the story.  I’ve heard amazing things about this author so I’m going to try another one of her series and hopefully that’ll be a better fit.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
Amazon * Goodreads

I didn’t end up liking Lara Jean and the story dragged for me.  I made it partway through chapter 3 and then I had to put the book down and move onto something that made me want to turn the pages.

(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

7. Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #1) by Jillian Dodd
Amazon * Goodreads

Yikes….I don’t even know what to say…Overly cheesy, unrealistic, corny dialogue, switching from boy to boy, and insta-love on every street. I just can’t do it. Everything that’s a trigger for me was in this book. Not not not good.

8. Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A. Tucker
Amazon * Goodreads

I just can’t. I can’t I can’t I can’t anymore.
-Dumb shit heroine.
-horrid writing (which I suspected but wanted a tortured male lead)
-stupid story line.

(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

9. Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt
Amazon * Goodreads

One of the most ridiculous, asinine, overhyped books I’ve ever read.  Period.

10. Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard
Amazon * Goodreads

It’s a shame I’m such a wuss, because this was so creative and fun and could have been something great and different for me. The romance was very sweet and I actually found myself enjoying all parts Jeb and Alyssa. Then the fantasy elements with tests for Alyssa would resurface and I would sit looking at the Ipad with mild disinterest, because I’d have to skim if I didn’t want to be disgusted. I wanted to love it. I begged and I bargained with myself, but I just couldn’t do it. Too many books to try, and way too much fantasy in this one. If only, if only….

So these are the Books We Decided to DNF.  Have you DNFed any of these books too?  If not, which one have you DNF?

#RT18 – My Saturday at RT Booklovers Convention

You guys.  I had the most amazing experience at RT!  My childhood friend, Astin, and I only attended Saturday’s events, but it was a whirlwind of a day.  We got to meet so many amazing authors and even made some new friends.  ♥

First off was the Giant Book Fair.  It was 3.5 hours long and it wasn’t near enough time for us to meet everyone we wanted to.  We each brought huge stacks of books to be signed and we did get that accomplished.  But there were still so many authors we wanted to meet.  Here are the books I brought….


We took pictures with the authors who signed our books and also who’s books we’ve read.  I’m sure I was a huge, smiling, rambling mess.  In case you haven’t picked up any of these author’s books yet, which we can’t recommend enough, I linked each author to their Goodreads, Amazon and Website.

Lorraine Heath (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Rachel Van Dyken (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Astin & C.L. Wilson (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Jill Shalvis (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Kimberly Bell (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Mary Ting (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Jennie Marts (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Jennae Vale (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


JoAnn Sky (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


We also met some of the cover models………

Astin and I both yelled REN (HA that’s a Jennifer L. Armentrout character reference!).  We’re with Dillion Lalor and Justin Edwards.


And Stuart Reardon


We also met so many other authors, here’s just a few……

Avery Flynn was absolutely hilarious and had Astin and I cracking up!  I definitely need to pick up one of her books! 

Sonali Dev was the sweetest person ever and she’s another author I’m looking forward to reading! 

Tina DeSalvo had the most amazing sweater!  It had holes on the sides and it felt like it was meant for hugging.  We got to receive the hugest hugs ever and I made sure her books are on my TBR! 

Ginger Scott was so much fun to talk to but Astin and I totally embarrassed ourselves in front of her.  *Deep breath* Astin and I were talking about how much we loved a side character in one of her books, A Boy Like You.  Astin and I kept going back and forth over what one of the character’s initials were.  We weren’t even close and Ginger Scott had to tell us his correct initials.  Oh we felt so bad *hides face*!  We swear we love him!

We also got to talk to Sylvia Day, Shaila Patel, Anne Bishop, Anne Eliot, Rebekah R. Ganiere, Dakota Willink, Brenda Novak, Elizabeth Hoyt, Shayla Black, Victoria Dahl, Rebecca Zanetti, Jasmine Guillory, Lexi Blake, J. Kenner  and so many others.  And we came home with a huge tote bag filled with swag that we’ll treasure forever! ♥

After the Giant Book Fair we got to run out to my vehicle to put all of our books and swag in.  We grabbed a sandwich to go and then sat in line for the next event which was Berkley’s Talk Wordy To Me Party.  At the party we got to chose a few authors who’s books we’d receive for free and also have signed by them.  We had NO clue that would happen.  So amazing!  Also, at that party they had the yummiest dessert bar and lemonade.  I don’t even want to say how many brownies and cookies I ate, but the part cookie part brownie?!  That one definitely had my heart! 

We then went to Audible’s event.  It was filled with lots of fun games and cocktails.  We left with a fabulous t-shirt and this picture which we will treasure forever.  We met a Highlander!


And after all of that we attended the FAN-tastic Day Party.  Soooooooo, like above, call us clueless, but we had NO idea that you got free books at RT for just attending the Saturday events.  We also didn’t know that a lot of them would be signed while you got to talk to the authors.  We were shocked and beyond grateful!  It was so overwhelming how giving these events were.  We had so much fun talking with the authors and also getting a lot of fabulous books!

I got to meet all of these authors and have the books signed. ♥

These are other books I received. ♥


So all in all…..we had truly no clue what we were getting ourselves into.  It was an amazing fun-filled day and I’m so thankful we got to attend!  RT Booklovers Convention was an absolute blast and Astin and I kept saying ‘oh my gosh this is better than Christmas’!

PS I received a copy of Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf at RT and then I received a fabulous box from Entangled Teen with the same ARC.  So I’m giveaway a copy of the book on our Instagram and Twitter.  It ends tomorrow and you can find it here on Instagram and here on Twitter.

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