Saturday, March 30, 2019

#ARCReview: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
Format: egalley
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. 
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy
I heard a ton of people talking about this book, that I thought it was super interesting. I was pretty excited when I got the chance to read it ahead of its publication. The book is touted as kind of a fantasy Joan of Arc, which I guess makes sense, but there are a lot of gods in this book and it's not really that clear why Nadya is the only Cleric that can talk to all of them. I think this is somewhat explained by the end of the book, but I still have a lot of questions. This is a series, so I expect I will get those answers later on.

Friday, March 29, 2019

#REVIEW: Game on (Aces Hockey #8) by Kelly Jamieson

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Game on (Hockey Aces #8)By Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: January 15th, 2019
Format: Kindle
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all 
day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season, because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.

Olivia Lockwood, heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money, since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him . . . besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.

Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.
Okay, so clearly I am on a romance kick right now, and I think I've found my niche. (Sorry, I'm totally not sorry about it and get used to it). I'm getting more comfortable with adult romance, but it's definitely something I don't shout to the rooftops about. I don't know why I am like this, because I really don't think you need to be afraid of liking what you like. I'm going to blame society!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

#Review: Pucked By Helena Hunting

Pucked by Helena Hunting
Publisher: City Edition
Release Date: May 3rd, 2015
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn't interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet's misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match. Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants.

Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant - and quirky - gifts. Suddenly he's too difficult to ignore and nearly impossible not to like. The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn't want to be part of the game.
I don't read a lot of adult romances that have a lot of sex scenes, I have talked about this before, but I'm starting to try to open my horizons in the terms of what type of books I read. It's totally okay to read these kinds of books! I was totally one of those people that felt weird about it. Also in the interest of looking for books about hockey, I found Helena Hunting's series. I'm not sure if I'm going to read the other books yet, as this one just didn't really wow me.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

#REVIEW: Just one of the Royals by Leah and Kate Rooper (Chicago Falcons #2)

Just one of the Royals (Chicago Falcons #2) By Leah and Kate Rooper
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: June 4th, 2018
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.
Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.
Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever
Just one of the Royals is book two in the Chicago Falcon series by sisters Leah and Kate Rooper. I LOVED the first book Just one of the Boys, but unfortunately the second book was a huge miss for me. I think part of the problem was that I wanted this book to be more about hockey and less The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Seriously, the plot of this book seemed eerily familiar to The Princess Diaries movies (not the books, which I love). Which is FINE, but it's not what I wanted out of this book.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

#DeannaPlays: Spyro Reignited - Ripto's Rage

Deanna Plays is a monthly feature on this blog where every third Thursday of the month I talk about something related to video games. Sometimes these are reviews of the games themselves, sometimes it's a list of books to read if you play X, and anything in between!

This is part two of my three part installment talking about the Spyro Reignited game. If you want to see my post about the first game Spyro The Dragon go here. Today I'm going to be talking about the second game in the series Ripto's Rage.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

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Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: July 16th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
In this hilarious follow-up novel to the New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone But You, long distance best friends Ava and Gen have finally made it to the same time zone (although they’re still over a thousand miles apart).

Through their hilarious, sometimes emotional, but always relatable conversations, Ava and Gen are each other’s support systems through internships, relationship troubles, questionable roommates, undercover reporting, and whether or not it’s a good idea to take in a feral cat. Please Send Help perfectly captures the voice of young adults looking to find their place in the world and how no matter how desperate things seem, you always have your best friend to tell it like it is and pick you back up.
File this another another book Deanna read and had NO idea it was actually a sequel. HOWEVER, I feel like not reading the first book didn't take away from this novel AT ALL. I love books that are written in interesting ways, and this one was written in emails and texts, and was really fun to read. It reminded me a lot of Meg Cabot's The Boy series that was written similarly. I LOVE books like this, mostly because they are quick to get through and are just an interesting way to tell a story.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

#ARCReview: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: May 14th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
I kept on seeing this book everywhere, but wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. A friend (not a book blogger) mentioned it to me, so I decided to look into it and saw how it was getting such great reviews. I also want to point out this is book is definitely NOT YA. This book is techincally New Adult, but I would argue you could even just say that it's an adult contemporary romance. Which is totally fine, I just want to point it out because the protagonists are just out of college (or about to graduate) and there are a lot of steamy scenes in this book. So a teen reader may or may not be ready to read books that have definitive adult content.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

#AudiobookReview: Sadie by Courtney Summers Narrated by a Full Cast

Sadie by Courtney Summers
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by a full cast
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. 

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.
I haven't read anything from Courtney Summers yet, but I kept on seeing so many other book bloggers rave about Sadie so it was on my radar. I decided to listen to it audiobook because the story is told half in a podcast, and I felt the medium really lends itself to the structure of the story. I am definitely glad I listened to this on audio!

Friday, March 15, 2019

#MeetTheBlogger: Girl Plus Books

Hi, everyone! Something new for Deanna Reads Books, is a feature I have been wanting to do for awhile. 

I am a big supporter of other bloggers, and for the positivity in the book blogging community so I decided to start a feature to showcase other bloggers. This is a completely new feature on the blog, so if you are still interested in being featured you can fill out the google form here. I'm not sure yet if this is going to be a monthly or bi-monthly yet...but we shall see!

Up first I have Tanya from Girl Plus Books!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Again, but better by Christine Riccio
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: May 7th, 2019
Format: Egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

From one of the most followed booktubers today, comes Again, but Better, a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane's made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? 

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time's a ticking, and she needs a change—there's nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She's going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! 

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. 

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.

I'm not really big on Booktube...look I am lazy and get distracted by videos...I know that sounds weird, but it's just not my thing; however, I knew of Christine's name because she is a pretty big booktuber. So if you have ever dabbled in that part of the book community, this author is probably familiar to you. This is a debut, so I tend to be a little more lenient in my reviews, but for me this book was just okay. There a certain tropes I hate in books, so it makes me rate books lower had they not been included. Let me explain.

Monday, March 11, 2019

#Review Breakaway by Cate Cameron (Corrigan Fall Raiders #4)

Breakaway by Cate Cameron
Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush
Release Date: August 4th, 2017
Format: Ebook
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Eighteen-year-old NHL player Logan Balanchuk came to Corrigan Falls to distract himself from his career-ending injury. He doesn’t want to even hear the word “ hockey,” so when he meets Dawn, a beautiful, free-spirited girl who goes skinny-dipping instead of watching the draft, he’s intrigued. Neither of them is looking for anything serious, anyway.
Dawn is happy to be a distraction, happy to have an adventurous summer romance with the dashing guy from the big city. She’s busy working three jobs and counting the days until she can move away from her tiny, hockey-obsessed town. Plus, she’s already done her time as a hockey player’s girlfriend—now she wants to live her own life and have her own adventures. But as things heat up with Logan, she realizes they aren’t as no-strings-attached as she thought...
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, melt-the-ice kisses, a drool-worthy hockey player, and a fun summer romance that will leave you smiling.
This is the fourth book in Cate Cameron's Corrigan Falls Raiders series, but they can all be read out of order. I mean you will kinda of know who ends up with who if you start with this one, but I don't think it takes away from the other books if you decided to pick this one up first. I've really been enjoying this series, but I have to admit this one was my least favorite of the four of them.

Friday, March 8, 2019

#Review: Back to Me (Carolina Rebels #1) By Lindsay Paige

Back to Me by Lindsay Paige
Publisher: CreateSpace Independant Publishing
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Format: Ebook
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Noah Ramsey has a great hockey career, wonderful parents, and a good best friend, but what he wants most is to be with the love of his life who walked away from him years ago. When he finds her at the airport, he realizes she's changed, and she's struggling with things she doesn't want to tell him about. Noah also realizes just how much she scarred him when she left. 

Meredith Quick has always planned everything out. She chose her tennis career over love in order to better succeed, but her plan dissolves when an injury threatens her career and her fiancĂ© leaves her. Struggling through pain and the uncertainty of her future, she realizes her first misstep was walking away from Noah. She impulsively decides to go back to him while she attempts to put her life back together. 

Reacquainting isn't easy when Noah doesn't quite trust Meredith to stay and Meredith struggles with overcoming the pain she's endured without him. Can they work through their issues and move forward, or will their past ruin things between them forever?
This isn't a book I would normally have picked up, but I am trying to branch out of my comfort zone and read more adult novels. If you are sensing a pattern of all the hockey related books I have been reading lately, it's because I'm looking for comps for my own WIP. So that's how I stumbled upon Lindsay Paige's adult hockey romance series Carolina Rebels. I actually got this one free on ebook, but I'm not sure if I really want to read the rest of the series.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Deanna Listens: Lethal Lit - a Tig Torres Mystery

Deanna Listens is a monthly feature on the first Monday of every month...err sometimes when I remember to do it, I created to showcase some of my favorite podcasts. 

This is a fun one this month, because I am talking about an audio drama podcast that I was psyched to listen to -- Lethal Lit!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

February Wrap Up

I know that February is a shorter month, but it seems like this one really flew by! I am surprised I have been able to get some blogging in, mostly because I have been spending all my free time working on my writing. So much that I actually started another blog! It's mostly a website for my writing, so it's pretty much me writing about my story. So if you are interested in reading about that you can here. Fair warning, it's a lot of me just rambling and bitching.

So I might really only be popping in here and there for reviews for awhile since I am getting back into writing.