April Recap

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Hello book lovers and happy May!
How have you been the past month? Since March was such a slow reading and reviewing month for us, we were very happy that April was the total opposite. Besides reading and reviewing books from our ever growing TBR, we were able to review a few ARCs as well as our first two NetGalley books! Yay! In case you’ve missed a few reviews, here are the links once again for you to catch up:

And here is a list of our reads and hopeful reviews in May:
The Summer Remains by Seth King, The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda, The Siren by Kiera Cass, The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon, Here’s to Tomorrow by Teagan Hunter, and Wait for Me by Caroline Leech.

Lots of bookish love,
♥ Ashley & Sabrina ♥

 

The Gravity of Us – Release Day + Giveaway!

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The Gravity of Us, an all-new gripping and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is LIVE!

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The Gravity of Us – Review

Let me start by saying, whatever I write about this book will not be able to do it justice. Last year I was gifted a copy of The Air He Breathes by a lovely person in Colleen Hoover’s CoHorts. I subsequently devoured the novel, along with all of the other books in Brittainy C. Cherry’s Elements Series. Each book was better than the last. Any author that can invoke such deep emotions within me is an author I am going to stick with and read as long as they keep writing.

The Gravity of Us is not an exception and became my favorite of this series a quarter of the way through the book. Graham has to be one of the best male leads in a story. He is deep, angry, and downright mean in the beginning. But, as we learn more about Graham’s past, readers come to understand his guarded personality. Lucy was the light of this book with her carefree spirit and the love she showed to those around her. Continue reading “The Gravity of Us – Review”

The Gravity of Us – Cover Reveal

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The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry

Release Date: April 13th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

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December Recap

Happy New Year dear book lovers! ♥  It has been a great year of reading for us, and we’re excited to see what great books 2017 will hold.  Before we head into the new year, we need to recap our final month of 2016.

Reviews:

Cover reveals:

Book releases:

 

Be sure to check out our favorite books of 2016.
Sticking to our TBRs is always a challenge each month when great new books are released or our moods change, but here is our tentative list for January:
The Siren by Kiera Cass, Matched by Allie Condie, Moore to Love by Faith Andrews, Black Box by Cassia Leo, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, and Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino.

Wishing you health, happiness, and great books in 2017,
♥ Sabrina & Ashley

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Sabrina                                                              Ashley
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The Bookworm Box Book Signing

On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the signing at Colleen Hoover’s The Bookworm Box bookstore in Sulpher Springs, Texas featuring Colleen Hoover (obviously), Christine Brae, Amy Harmon, Brittainy C. Cherry, Alessandra Torre, BB Easton, and Christina Lauren.coho.png

I bought my ticket for the signing the day before Halloween, so I have been anxiously awaiting meeting my favorite authors for weeks!  The night before, I could hardly go to sleep, like a kid on Christmas Eve!  Saturday morning I woke up early to head out, since it is about a three and a half hour drive to Sulpher Springs. Christine Brae (!!!) invited three of us “Brae’s Butterflies” to lunch before the signing- Ashleigh, Rachel, and Me.  I was running a little behind schedule — slow poke Texas drivers were in between Christine and me for too long!! Finally, I made it to town to Muddy Jake’s restaurant to eat lunch with Christine and my book buddies.  I felt like I had a million things I wanted to talk to Christine about, but couldn’t think of any of them when I was actually there.  It was exciting to finally be with her in person after talking to her all year on Facebook, nonetheless!  I can’t say enough good things about her, she is the sweetest, most impeccably dressed woman!  Of course, I already knew I would love her, but I just wanted to spend all day with her! lunch.png

Christine and Kiki had to head over to the Bookworm Box to set up for the signing, so the Butterflies and I finished our lunch, went back to our cars to get our suitcases full of books (ha!) , and get in line.  While we were having a blast and waiting in line, we were able to spot Kim Holden, author of Bright Side and So Much More, when she hopped in line behind us and J.R. Rogue, the poetry goddess and author of La Douleur Exquise and Burning Muses!  Our stalking skills were on point, to say the least.jen.png

Finally, we made it in the store to Brittainy C. Cherry’s line first.  It was surreal to see the authors in person after watching their careers and lives unfold on social media for so long.  Everyone talks about how nice and genuine the authors are after they meet them, but that is such an understatement.  They are humble, and almost fans of their readers as much as we’re fangirls of them.  I was worried, much like Colleen is about meeting Ellen DeGeneres, that the authors may not live up to my expectations in person.  I am happy to be wrong, I only love them each So Much More after meeting them. 😉authors

I have a journal to write my favorite song lyrics, movie and book quotes inside that I was anxious to have the authors sign by their quotes, along with paperback copies of their work.  I was able to spot Kim Holden and JR Rogue again in line and find their quotes in my book to have them sign as well!

I was completely in awe of how the writers were signing unlimited books for their fans, especially Colleen and Amy!  Talk about hand (or neck) cramps from writing non-stop for 3+ hours!  My favorite moments were simply being able to chat with everyone, lunch with Christine, and snagging an indie copy of Making Faces!  The day was such a blast, I wish I could go back in time to relive it again.  amy

This book community has become one of the highlights of 2016 for me, and I’m just so thankful to be a part of it.  Readers and authors are so down to earth.  I’m convinced the ability to put ourselves in our favorite character’s shoes makes us more compassionate and loving towards others.  This is one of the most supportive communities there is- people go out of their way to take care of others they have only met through social media, and if and when book friends finally meet, it is as if they’ve been friends for life.
I’m speaking from experience!

 

Now it’s time to build a bigger bookshelf… 🙂 Though my books aren’t quite ready for the shelf yet.  I have to keep holding them and looking at them because I can’t believe I really have these awesome signed copies of my favorite books! ♥

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Lots of love & literature,
♥Ashley

The Silent Waters – Review

silent-watersI can’t get this book out of my head. I keep reflecting on the characters, the emotion of the storyline, and the growth the characters experienced throughout the novel.  I loved “aging” with the characters. This is something I wish more authors would incorporate in their novels, by allowing characters and readers to come full circle together within the pages of the story.

Maggie is a cheeky little girl, ecstatic about planning her “wedding” with her brother’s friend, Brooks.  When Brooks shows up late to their wedding rehearsal in the woods, Maggie heads off to look in another location for him when she comes across an unfortunate scene, which leaves her a shell of the child she once was.  When Brooks finds Maggie, he thinks he is the cause of the horror she faces and decides to never leave her side, making a promise to be her friend and love her forever.

The story is divided into three parts, when the kids are 10, then 18, and 10 years later at 28 years old.  I found the middle section of the novel dragged slightly with little developments until the very end. However, the end of the story sucked me in and didn’t let me go. I’m still reeling and emotionally touched by this beautiful novel days later.

As someone who hates spoilers or knowing too much about a book, I don’t want to give too many details away.  I feel like books are enjoyed in the way they were meant to be when the reader knows less information.  This book is about overcoming deep hurts from past events.  We sometimes don’t realize how much past traumas can continue to hurt us, if we refuse to confront them head on.  Maggie did the best should could with overcoming her circumstances, but kept being dragged back to the day in the woods by people’s perceptions of her. With the help of Brooks and several years, Maggie was able to find her inner strength and move on to a better life. Continue reading “The Silent Waters – Review”