Stacking the Shelves ~ 10/19/19

Ali here ~

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Ali’s January Review

January was a decent book month for me. I finished 21 books. I gave up on about 10, but I was able to discover some real gems! I gave 8 books 5 STARS!!! Not bad! And, I had a good bunch of honorable mentions.

Let me start with sharing my favorite 2019 read so far ~

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Review ~ Connected by Kim Karr

Connected (Connections #1)Connected by Kim Karr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AHHH!!! I seriously have to wait until October?!?! Kim Karr, you are killing me!!

Okay, so let me start over, now that my little temper tantrum is out of the way. This is one of those books that just grabs you from the start. There’s nothing awesome happening (KEEP READING!!!), but there’s plenty to keep you intrigued. The book was smoothly paced from beginning to end, and I never felt like it was dragging at any point. Now, I must add here that I would have given this book a 4 star rating through the first half. I loved the “connection” between the two main characters, but I was left wanting a little bit more from them. Their sex life was amazing, but I wanted to feel that connection a little bit more outside of the bedroom (again…KEEP READING!!).

So, meet Dahlia, the female protagonist of the story. She’s a good-hearted girl who’s been through a lot. We’re talking about the death of a fiance and life-long friend. She struggles a while, but eventually pushes through – just in time for River to make his appearance (2nd appearance). Dahlia is one of those rare female leads that didn’t have me questioning everything she said and did. I really appreciated that about her. There was only one night that she seemed to overreact, but she was drinking, and regretted it in the morning. She felt real.

Next, meet River. Totally sweet & sexy!! He’s the perfect combination, too. He’s a complete sweetheart in every way, but yet, oh so completely male at the same time. AND, he’s completely in head-over-heels love with Dahlia. So in love, that he totally had me tearing up about 3/4 of the way through the book over a song he wrote for her. I NEVER cry happy tears in a book – EVER!! This was the point where I felt the “connection” so deeply that I had to ratchet up my review to 5 stars!! And, the book just kept getting better from there!

Now, let me not forget good old Ben. He was Dahlia’s life-long boyfriend, and ultimately her fiance, who managed to get himself killed over a story he was going to have published. Dahlia’s learning to say good-bye, but it seems there are still some really bad people out there that are looking for something Ben left behind. This whole situation eventually leads to some twists that may leave your head spinning and have you screaming at the end when you’re left with a cliffhanger. Torn, the final book of this duet is now the book I find myself most eagerly anicipating!! It seems I’m going to have to wait until OCTOBER!!!

EXCELLENT job Kim Karr!!!

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Happy Reading,

Ramblings on a busy Wednesday

Today was a crazy day for me, and I’m just barely getting this out before my Wednesday is up! Nonetheless, I wanted to let you know a little of what you can expect coming your way….

So, I just finished reading Treasure Island to my two boys. They really enjoyed it! I’ll have a review heading your way on that. Next,

My oldest son just finished reading Michael Fry’s first Odd Squad book. I’ll post his thoughts on that for you. He’s a middle schooler & I think what better opinion can you get on a middle school book than from a middle schooler himself?

Friday I’ll post my regular Fabulous Freebies for Friday & Sat. I’ll have my Stacking the Shelves. As per my usual, I have added a lot this week! I’m almost finished with Kim Karr’s Connected, so I’ll have a review on that soon, too! I have a lot of other biggies coming up over the next month, so stay tuned!!

Happy Reading,

Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to my first Teaser Tuesday!!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser today is from:

“All I know is, I was a young college girl who flirted with an insanely attractive guy at a bar and had to leave because she felt like the cosmic universe had crashed down on her. And she couldn’t accept that; she had a boyfriend.”

Yeah, so I”m loving this book! Expect a review soon!!

Do you have any teasers for me today?

Happy Reading,