Monday, April 24, 2017

From The Stars, To The Stars

"He'd been nothing but an angry boy in the shadows for so long...
A boy who'd thrived in the shadows.
Now he had to live in the light.
To live...fiercely.
To fight for every breath."
--Renee Ahdieh

: YA Fantasy
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 420
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Source: Bought
Previous Books in Series: The Wrath and the Dawn
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts
The Belle

Listen. Y'all know I keep it real here. Today I'm going to be reviewing The Rose and the Dagger but I have almost zero words for a real review so I'm going to tell you the Top Five Reasons You Need to Read The Rose and the Dagger.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mug Life {1}

Hello, all! Today I'm introducing a new feature I came up with that I'm really excited about. It's no secret that I love a cute mug. I love book-inspired ones, Queen-inspired ones, funny ones, love them all, can never have enough! So the feature is obviously called Mug Life and will include a picture of one of my favs, the current book I'm reading, and the nail color I'm currently rocking which all will be described in the acronym of MUG! But thanks to Hannah's input, I'm not stopping there. So Mug Life becomes...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Best of Mt. Kilimanjaro

After recapping my experience on climbing Mt Kilimanjaro last week, I wanted to highlight my favorite photos from my trip. It's no secret I love taking photos. I love Instagram. I love grabbing good angles, experimenting with selfie angles, and shamelessly asking people to take photos of me from behind. What can I say? I love that look! It's definitely an amateur hobby but I love taking and sharing photos so I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from my eight days on the mountain. Definitely leave some love down below if you enjoy them!

Day 1
Rainforest climate

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Final Shot

"Was she wrong to want more than that?
To want passion? She wanted someone who stormed the castle, who was so overcome with need that he'd tear down the walls to get to her.
Maybe it was archaic to crave that but she did.
Of course, she also wanted her freedom and independence.
Was that even possible?
To have it all?"
--Elle Kennedy, Midnight Target
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 384
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Previous Books in SeriesMidnight Rescue & Midnight Alias & Midnight Games & Midnight Pursuits & Midnight Action & Midnight Captive & Midnight Revenge
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts

The Belle
Le sigh. From the very beginning of this series, I have loved it. The badass female heroines who take no shit and give zero fucks and the men that love them. Midnight Target is the long-awaited final book in the series that brings us Sully and Liam and Cate and Ash, respectively. It makes me so sad to say goodbye to this series and these characters but Midnight Target did not disappoint in the least.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Words Have the Power to Change Us // JR Ward and The Chosen

As we all know, the Black Dagger Brotherhood is my all-time favorite series. It just connects with me and speaks to me on a very deep level for whatever reason. The characters feel like family, the story that JR Ward tells goes beyond the conventional paranormal romance genre, and every time a new book comes out it feels like coming home.

I'm going to go super emo about this quote because I think the quote speaks for itself and says everything. I will say that when I read this I had only my second moment ever of dumbfounded stunned silence while reading because this quote states exactly how I feel some/most of the time. It's like Ward had looked directly into my heart and wrote these words for me. However, I think most single women, especially perpetually single ones, can relate to this quote. It's honest. It's brutal. It's heart-breaking. But it's real.

Thank you JR Ward for writing this and understanding a single girl's heart.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

If you've been following me on Instagram you'll have already seen some of my Mt Kilimanjaro photos and--spoiler alert--I made it to the top! It was without a doubt, the most incredible experience of my life. I have been thinking about climbing Kili for my 30th birthday for almost 5 years. Ever since reading Me Before You where the main character, Will, says that's what he did for his 30th birthday, I've been inspired to do something epic when I reached that milestone. When I first read it, I thought to myself, 'Yes, I'll do something really exciting but I could never do that.' And after thinking about it a few weeks, I couldn't get it out of my mind and my stubborn streak reared its ugly head and finally said, 'Why CAN'T you climb Mt Kilimanjaro? What's stopping you?'...and from there the dream was born.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Family Affair

"Reformed rakes make the best husbands."
--Julia Quinn, The Duke and I

The Bridgerton Series
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Source: Bought & Borrowed

After being pushed towards this book by Alexa and then knowing Sarah read and loved it, I knew I had to finally read the infamous Bridgertons...and it was one of those series that I WISH I would have read sooner! The prologue immediately engaged me and endeared me to the hero. Legit, almost had tears...okay maybe the vision was a little blurry. I digress. The Bridgerton family overall steals the show. Eight children ranging from 9 years old to almost 30, this family of siblings and their matriarch are amazing! Funny, honest, loyal, and did I mention funny? I loved them. I knew almost immediately I would be reading this entire series! Daphne is the heroine and fourth oldest, and in order to try and garner some positive attention on the marriage front she makes a deal with Simon to look like they are together. He never wants to get married so he doesn't want to be hassled and showing interest would keep other women off his back. Recipe for love if you ask me, and it is. I loved how they go together. I love that they both let down their guards and were so easy going with one another. I especially love when authors give us books when the couple gets together and then has to work through problems after marriage. Love love love this! If you love witty banter, sibling relations, and a bit of Victorian Gossip Girl, you need to check out this series!
Rating: Backstage Pass

Friday, April 7, 2017

Itinerary Update {5}

Hello, friends! It's been awhile! Hope you're all still here...was anybody there to begin with? Oh, well. Per usual, after a trip it takes me awhile to get back into a blogging routine, it's one of my many flaws. I just keep reading and writing reviews and just never schedule them. No idea why I do this when all the hard work is already done. Oy vay. 

What's new with me? I got back from my birthday trip a few weeks ago! It was so much fun! Rome was incredible and I found new restaurants and places I haven't been before. I also was able to see different parts of the Colosseum that were previously and currently off-limits unless you book a special tour. AND!!! I succeeded in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and it was hands down the most amazing and incredible thing I have ever done in my life. It was 8--long--days and we summited on Day 7 and I actually reached the top! I say actually because nothing about that climb is a guarantee. Two people in my group of seven alone didn't make it to the top due to acute mountain sickness so shit is real up there to put it in perspective. I'll definitely be writing a post about it and including pictures--goal is to have it up next week Wednesday for Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere--so hopefully y'all stay tuned for that! I don't really know what I want to write about it so if y'all have any suggestions of what you wanna hear I'll do whatever. Otherwise I'll just do a quick write-up of what it was like/how I felt going up. *shrugs*

Monday, April 3, 2017

I Heart Drew Evans 4Ever

"Mackenzie raises her hand proudly. 'I have a bagina.
I smirk. 'Yes, you do sweetheart. And someday, it’s gonna help you rule the world.'"
--Emma Chase, Tangled
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 232
Publication Date: May 20th, 2013
Source: Gift from my Mom for Christmas :)
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts

The Belle
After going through a string of DNFs on the romance front, I felt like Rudy Steiner. I needed a win, you guys. Enter Emma Chase and Tangled. I got this book for my birthday and was saving it for a time when I needed a good book, a 100% success of a read. Tangled did not disappoint. Oh. My. Gosh. You guys. It was SO funny. Perfect. The story is told from Drew's POV and it is just too good. He is a guy. He is blunt. He is raunchy. He is unapologetically only after one night stands one to two times a week. He never leads girls on but he always leaves them behind. Until he meets Kate Brooks. The newest associate as the investment banking firm he works at. He has a rule that he never shits where he eats but she is an exception he's willing to make...there's just one problem. She's engaged.
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