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Monthly Wrap-Up – August

During our Monthly Wrap-Up, we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what’s happened in my life, what the four of us have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on, our most popular Instagram posts, and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

*We linked this post to the August Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from the summer were:

We did a 9 day staycation before our kiddos went back to school.  We did tons of hiking, bike rides, beach time and my favorite was going on a new hike that led us to teaching our littles to jump off of the rocks into the lake.  You can see some of the pictures here, here and here.
✮ We celebrated tons of birthday and anniversaries this month!  It was my Aunt’s birthday, my Mom’s birthday, then my parent’s wedding anniversary, my Grandma’s birthday, my wedding anniversary and then my husband’s birthday.  We had soooooo many parties every weekend lol.  I think I’m officially ready to take a break from cake and icecream!

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Kulti by Mariana Zapata
The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Kulti by Mariana Zapata

4 Stars:
Mine by Courtney Cole
Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack
✮ She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

3.5 Stars:
Coral by Sara Ella
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Kulti by Mariana Zapata (Chelsea’s Choice)
And this, ladies and Gents, is how you obliterate a reading slump.

 

 

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The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2) by Krista and Becca Ritchie (Arielle’s Choice)
Honestly the best part of this series, unique plot aside, is always going to be the characters. I can say that about any of their books, actually. They always take the time to curate this characters that anyone can find similarities with. They sink their hooks into your soul and never leave.

 
 
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Mine by Courtney Cole (Cassie’s Choice)
I seriously finished it in a few hours over two sittings. I couldn’t put it down.

 

 

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Other Posts:

COVER REVEAL: Broken Knight (All Saints High #2) by LJ Shen

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Giveaways:

✮ $50 Amazon giftcard – Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack
✮ Win (1) of (2) finished copies of SHE’S THE WORST by Lauren Spieller (US Only) – She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

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Instagram:

We thought it would be fun to share our most popular posts for August. And they were….

 
 
 
 
 
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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

I just keep adding books to my tbr lol…..

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So that was our August! Did you read any of the same books that we did? Or share the same favorite book as us? If not, then what was your favorite book? Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful August too. And cheers to September being fabulous for all of us!

 

 

 

 

Monthly Wrap-Up – May, June & July

During our Monthly Wrap-Up, we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what’s happened in my life, what the four of us have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on, our most popular Instagram posts, and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

*We linked this post to the July Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from the summer were:

May – The weather was dreary and snowy, so we were counting down the days until it was hot and my boys were out of school.  Here’s a picture of me driving in another winter wonderland, here.
✮ June – My kiddos finished up school and I cried during my youngest’s kinder graduation.  Time goes by too fast!  Right after that we had over a month of out of state family and friends staying with us.  We live in an area where so many people vacation, so we usually have a ton of visitors.  We hiked, swam, biked, went to a baseball game and spent countless hours at the beach.  Here are some pictures from one of our hikes, picture 1, picture 2, video 1.
✮ July – July was just like June, but with no visitors.  So we got to spend every single day outside and playing around in Tahoe. My favorite thing was how many days we were at the beach, it was the perfect month ever. ♥ Here are some pictures from another one of our hikes – picture 1, picture 2.

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Worlds Collide (Sunset Rising #2) by S.M. McEachern
The Maddest Obsession (Made #2) by Danielle Lori
New World Order (Sunset Rising #3) by S.M. McEachern
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
Breakout by A.M. Rose
Superfan (Brooklyn #3) by Sarina Bowen
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard
Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey
Bad Influence (Bad Love #3) by Charleigh Rose
The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


4.5 Stars:

Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn #2) by Sarina Bowen
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn #1) by Sarina Bowen
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Kickin’ It (Red Card #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

4 Stars:

Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne
Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool
Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack
Say You Still Love Me by K. A. Tucker
On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romatics #1) by Nina Bocci

3.5 Stars:
Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

3 Stars:
You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

2.5 Stars:
You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber (Chelsea’s Choice)
There’s just something so magical about this series that goes beyond the actual, well, magic. The words transport you. The world makes you so thirsty for more. The boys are just so addicting and drag you in, even if you don’t want to…and the relationships make you stay.

 
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Bad Influence (Bad Love #3) by Charleigh Rose (Jen’s Choice)
Her writing is addicting, her characters are consuming and Bad Influence is my new favorite Charleigh Rose book!

 

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Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard (Arielle’s Choice)
Why. Aren’t. More. People. Reading. This. Series?!@?!?! WHY. I’m serious. Sooz’s writing is on an entirely different level than like 80% of the stuff currently out right now in YA fantasy.

 
 
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Hello GirlsHello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry (Cassie’s Choice)
From the opening chapters, I knew I was going to be hooked into this book.

 

 

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Instagram:

We thought it would be fun to share our most popular posts for May. And they are….

 
 
 
 
 
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June:

 
 
 
 
 
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July:

 
 
 
 
 
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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

I just keep adding books to my tbr lol…..

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So that was our May, June & July lol! Did you read any of the same books that we did? Or share the same favorite book as us? If not, then what was your favorite book? Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful summer too. And cheers to August being fabulous for all of us!

 

 

Monthly Wrap-Up – March

 

During our Monthly Wrap-Up, we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what’s happened in my life, what the four of us have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on, our most popular Instagram posts, and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

*We linked this post to the March Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from March were:

We still have SO much snow!  Spring?!  Yeah right, it’s all a total lie here!  I finally took a picture in front of our snow berms.  That isn’t a hill.  There’s only houses 20-30 feet behind the berms.  You can check it out here.
We went to a Monster Truck Show.  My two little boys had an absolute blast, even though my oldest couldn’t believe that Grave Digger didn’t win, and they are already counting down till next years show!
My youngest turned 6.  On his actual birthday I brought cupcakes into his classroom and the weekend before we had a big birthday party with all of our family.  There was lots of chocolate cupcakes, In N Out burgers, baseball and bike riding.  He said it’s good to be 6 lol!

 

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
Fraternize (Players Game #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard
Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by LJ Shen
Risky Play (Red Card #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose


4.5 Stars:

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber 
Dangerous Hearts (A Stolen Melody Duet #1) by K.K. Allen
Destined Hearts (A Stolen Melody Duet #2) by K.K. Allen
Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

4 Stars:

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Make Me Bad by R. S. Grey
The Au Pair by Emma Rous


3.5 Stars:

We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott


2 Stars:

Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf

 

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Arielle’s Choice)
I’m just going to hit the ground running here by saying that this is now one of my favorite books of all time. I honestly don’t even know how I’m supposed to review this?? Other than to just do my usual fangirl flail and hope I properly can get my feelings across to all of you about this wonderful, beautiful book.

 
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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Cassie’s Choice)
It’s sexy, it’s funny and it’s emotionally heart-warming.  I can’t wait to get this in printed form and read it whenever I need a pick-me-up. 

 

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Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by LJ Shen (Chelsea’s Choice)
I loved The Kiss Thief-more than was safe for my own health-but when I picked up this book? It sang to my soul and dragged me down into the watery grave of obsession, because I literally could not get enough of each word spoken on every page. It was like there weren’t enough words, yet they were all so perfect no more could be said. Which is the best kind of predicament to be in, naturally, for a book DEVOURER such as me. But now, of course, I’ve spiraled into a void I can’t get out of, because literally no other book is going to compare now. Like, ugh.

 
 
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Fraternize (Players Game #1) by Rachel Van Dyken (Jen’s Choice)
With hilarious humor, lovable characters and a story line that was to die for, Fraternize became one of my favorites by Rachel Van Dyken.  I easily found myself emotionally invested and I couldn’t stop the gasps, screams, happy tears or ugly crying that happened.  This book was absolutely everything.

 

 

Instagram:

We thought it would be fun to share our most popular posts for March. And they are….

 
 
 
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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

I just keep adding books to my tbr lol…..

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So that was our March. Did you read any of the same books that we did? Or share the same favorite book as us? If not, then what was your favorite book? Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful March too. And cheers to April being fabulous for all of us!

Monthly Wrap-Up – February

 

During our Monthly Wrap-Up, we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what’s happened in my life, what the four of us have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on, our most popular Instagram posts, and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

*We linked this post to the February Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from February were:

The area I live by has had SO much snow!  As of February 22nd, when I typed up this post, Lake Tahoe had received almost 250 inches of snow.  That is just for the month of February.  Here are some of my snow pictures throughout the month….picture 1picture 2  and  picture 3.
I went to the #sfggae19 last month, which is a book signing in San Francisco.  I had SO much fun and met some of my favorite authors!  I’m working on a wrap up post right now, but I almost didn’t think I was going to be able to attend.  We were hit with the worst storm ever. We got 41 inches of snow in under 8 hours, and of course it was when I was driving there Friday.  The weekend totaled almost 9 feet of snow, so it was fun trying to come home too lol.  Here’s a picture of me trying to get back home here.
My kiddos had ski week off from school, so we worked on learning how to snowboard.  Their enthusiasm was so much fun and I was so proud of how far they came!

 

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins
Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Bad Intentions (Bad Love #2) by Charleigh Rose
The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen
Darker Water (Once and Forever #1) by Lauren Stewart
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy
The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young


4.5 Stars:

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight #2) by Katherine Arden

4 Stars:

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo
The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0 (The Boyfriend Whisperer #2) by Linda Budzinski
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden
The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by Holly Black


3.5 Stars:

To Dream Is To Die (Dead Dreamer #1) by Sarah Lampkin


3 Stars:

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga #2) by Elly Blake


2 Stars:

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight #1) by Katherine Arden

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Darker Water (Once and Forever #1) by Lauren Stewart (Jen’s Choice)
Darker Water was a steamy, heart-felt story that constantly had me smiling.  Just within those first few pages, I was already laughing and obsessed with our two main characters.  It all flowed so seamlessly and I devoured it in no time at all. Darker Water became an instant favorite and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t pick it up sooner.  Especially since I bought this book four years ago.

 

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The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy (Arielle’s Choice)
This was everything I wanted it to be AND MORE. Guys. At this point I could literally read Elle Kennedy’s grocery list and probably fall in love with it. She is the queen of hilarious banter and steam and I am all here for it.

 
 
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The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen (Chelsea’s Choice)
Upon finishing this, I looked up this author and immediately added the original mafia book this author wrote a while ago (people said to) because she is clearly a genius who knows how to cut the boohockey (Friends lol) and get straight to the lustful, hate-filled, passionate enemies to lovers I-Hate-You-But-I-Have-To-Make-Out-With-You-Because-You-Are-So-HAWT ness. Oh….did I not mention this is enemies to lovers?? MY BAD.

 

 

Instagram:

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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So that was our February.  Did you read any of the same books that we did?  Or share the same favorite book as us?  If not, then what was your favorite book?  Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful February too.  And cheers to March being fabulous for all of us!

Monthly Wrap-Up – January

 

During our Monthly Wrap-Up, we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what’s happened in my life, what the four of us have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on, our most popular Instagram posts, and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

*We linked this post to the January Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from January were:

My oldest turned 8 *cries*.  Time is going by so fast!  He wanted to spend his birthday go-karting and then having all of our family over for pizza and cake.  It was such a fun day!
My youngest lost his first tooth and he wondered out loud if every single house has a tooth fairy that lives under it. 😉
The four of us have been obsessed playing different kinds of board games that we got for Christmas.  And it’s been so much fun having game nights together.  My favorite so far is Walls and Warriors, my husband is obsessed with Anti-Virus, the boys love Twister and we all love Otrio which is like a suped-up tic tac toe.

 

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson
The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Tangled Like Us (Like Us #4) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4.5 Stars:
The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black


4 Stars:

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis
Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black (Chelsea’s Choice)
You love the first, you anticipate the second, and then wonder what’s to come with the third-but you can’t ever really know if that author is going to do what you want. Yes, I have MANY favorites. YES, lots of things happen that I like and that placate me. But rarely-VERY RARELY-does an author do every maniacal thing I could possibly imagine-and even take it farther than I could even fathom. And this is what Black did. She came. She wrote. She F****** conquered.

 

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Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (Jen’s Choice)
Only a Breath Apart was a beautifully, emotional story.  It held my heart in the palm of its hand and I kept finding moments here and there that stole my breath away.  This book was filled with heartfelt characters and friendship, love, forgiveness, bravery and finding oneself was a huge part of this story.  

 

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Tangled Like Us (Like Us #4) by Krista and Becca Ritchie (Arielle’s Choice)
Lololol I’m in so deep with this family it’s not even funny at this point. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more, to say the least. I have been wanting Jane and Thatcher’s story since the time Thatcher made sure all of Jane’s cats were safe when they escaped the townhouse. We never truly saw much from him other than a tough and stoic exterior so you better believe I was dying to dive into his POV.

 
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Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson (Cassie’s Choice)
“Even If I Fall” by Abigail Johnson is a hauntingly beautiful YA novel about love, family and forgiveness.

 

 

Instagram:

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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So that was our January. Did you read any of the same books that we did? Or share the same favorite book as us? If not, then what was your favorite book? Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful January too. And cheers to February being fabulous for all of us!

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