Monday, November 24, 2014

Not the Boss's Baby by Sarah M. Anderson

Release Date: September 2nd, 2014


Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Age Group:

Pages: 192 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

What the boss wants...

As the oldest son, Chadwick Beaumont has sacrificed everything for the Beaumont's company, but he swore he'd never follow in his father's philandering footsteps. So, for years, he's dutifully kept his distance from the temptation outside his office door--his beautiful secretary Serena Chase.

But now everything has changed. The family business is in jeopardy. His personal life is in shambles. And his sexy assistant is suddenly single--and flirting. Chadwick is tired of doing what's expected. It's time for him to go after what he wants. And what he wants is Serena--even if she's expecting another man's child.

Let me start by saying I've been reading Harlequin romances for a long time & I'm addicted! Although this story was predictable I enjoyed it a great deal & read it straight through! I actually liked both Serena & Chadwick throughout the entire book. I couldn't help but feel bad for Chadwick's wife (who he was attempting to make his ex-wife), it seemed like she had spent so much time trying to get his attention & she never got it, so she was doing all she could to try to hurt him. As bad as I felt for her I still didn't like her & am glad that the book didn't focus much on her!

This book is the perfect romance to put on your list this fall! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Afterworld Series by Karice Bolton

Book 1-RecruitZ by Karice Bolton 

Genre: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic 

Scientists are the new rock stars. The infection has been contained for nearly three months, and the world is celebrating. But humans are still dying. Rebekah Taylor has seen it firsthand. Her husband was killed right in front of her by the very creatures that humans were told they no longer had to fear.

Rebekah is determined to find out who is responsible for the death of her husband and the obvious cover-up. Fueled with revenge, she begins to find answers that lead to one frightening conclusion. The apocalypse might be over, but the battles are just beginning.

Book 2-AlibiZ by Karice Bolton 

The outbreak might be over, but the nightmare is just beginning...

Rebekah vows to expose the truth behind the RecruitZ that are killing the innocents. These creatures must be stopped, but so should the people controlling them. When Rebekah uncovers who is behind the uprisings, her own life becomes in danger.

Rebekah knows that she is not alone in this fight but vengeance alone won't help her and the others to victory. It is up to her to uncover the truth for the public before the world is turned over to an elite few.

Regardless of what may happen to her, she knows it's a race against time to destroy these creatures and the monsters controlling them before there is no one left worth saving.

I have really been getting into Post-Apocalyptic books lately, and these books were a great edition to that genre! Rebekah is a great character and I loved her in both novels! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of this genre!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

His For a Price by Caitlin Crews

Release Date:  September 16, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Pages: 192 pages

Genre: Romance

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Greek tycoon Nicodemus Stathis was never able to forget beautiful heiress Mattie Whitaker. And now, ten years of delicious tension later, Nicodemus finally has her right where he wants her!

Mattie's once powerful family dynasty now lies in ruin, and only Nicodemus can offer them a solution--a solution with vows! She might not have a choice, but Mattie refuses to be the sacrificial queen to his king.

But Nicodemus's slow, deliberate seduction wears down his new bride, and the word checkmate lies on his lips like a promise..

I loved seeing Nicodemus & Mattie's relationship unfold, but the one that that I didn't like was that the issues that they seemed to have could have been resolved had they both been willing to learn about the other & let each other in. Obviously the book wouldn't have been as exciting if they had communicated well from the beginning. Besides that, I loved the story! I thought Nicodemus & Mattie were absolutely perfect for each other. 

This is the first book by Caitlin Crews that I have read but I can guarantee it won't be the last! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Release Date: February 14, 2012

Publisher: The Dial Press

Author Info: Website & Twitter

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Pages: 433 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 3 stars

I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

This is my 4th book by Kinsella & I must say it was my least favorite. I HATED Magnus & pretty much all of Poppy's "friends", I wasn't a fan of Magnus' family either. The only characters I liked were Poppy & Sam, and to be honest, I wasn't even a huge fan of either of theirs. I thought the preface for the book was cute & there were definitely some funny portions, I just feel like it could have been better. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Picture Book Sunday: The Boy in Number Four by Kara Kootstra

Illustrated by:Regan Thomson

Release Date:
October 2, 2014


32 pages

Buy it Here:

Bobby Orr played in the NHL with the Boston Bruins for ten seasons leading them to two Stanley Cup victories. He also played with the Chicago Black Hawks for two more— all the while wearing jersey number 4. In the Boy in Number Four, readers will get a glimpse of this hockey legend as a boy and discover the hard work, commitment, and fun it takes to make a dream into a reality.

This book also includes an afterword by Bobby Orr with an inspirational message for kids today.  

I've never really gotten into hockey. The area I live in is more focused on football & basketball, so I never had much reason to watch. In recent years I've gotten more interested in it & I thought this book gave kids a glimpse into the game of hockey. I thought it was a cute book & I liked the afterword by Bobby Orr!

*By the Book Reviews received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We were in no way compensated for featuring it.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Pages: 400 pages

Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2-stars

From the servant halls of Cleopatra’s Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.

Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC

Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm's length. She's been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.

But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she’s had to family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.

Trapped among the scheming women of Herod’s political family—his sister, his wife, and their mothers—and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.

I found this book when I was browsing the "New Books" section at my library. The cover grabbed my attention and reading the back made me sure that I needed to get it. I love historical fiction, but I tend to be very picky & critical when reading it. This book however, was great & the only reason it didn't get 5 stars was because I thought the beginning was a bit slow.

I didn't realize when I checked this book out that it was Christian Fiction and I actually didn't realize it until I was almost half way through. I love Christian Fiction, but sometimes it can come off as being overzealous, which this book was not. I don't think you'd have to be a Christian to enjoy it, but I think you'll enjoy it a little more if you are, because some things will really click into place. The characters were so diverse and well developed, I found it impossible not to grow attached to them. I'm definitely glad that I picked this story up & I would recommend it! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Release Date: January 10th, 2012

Publisher: Dutton Books

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Pages: 318 pages

Genre: Young Adult

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 5 stars!

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Honestly, I had avoided reading this story because there was so much hype surrounding it & I was afraid that it might disappoint. When browsing my library's new arrivals I spotted this in the "Express Checkout Section" (meaning you only got it for 7 days & the fines were ridiculous).  I decided that since the movie was coming out on DVD soon, and I always like to read the book before I see the movie (so that I can confirm that the book is indeed superior, which it almost always is!) I would give this book a try. I finished it in two days. I could have easily finished it in one, but I got a little emotional & had to stop. I really connected with a lot of things in this book & some of the things made me feel like I was reliving things I have experienced, which made me really emotional when reading. 

All of the characters were wonderfully unique & it was impossible not to connect with at least one of them. John Green does an incredible job weaving a story that is impossible not to fall in love with. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Picture Book Sunday: Chu's First Day of School by Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex

Release Date: June 24th, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 32 pages

Theme: Back to School

Buy it Here: Amazon

It is Chu's first day of school. Chu is nervous.

He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him?

What will happen at school today?

Will Chu do what Chu does best?

As the mother of a 2 year old, I'm always picking up new books for him! When I read him this story we both enjoyed it. The pictures held his attention and were very well done. The story was cute & I didn't even mind reading it three times in a row! Definitely one to pick up for your little ones, especially if they have recently started school!