Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Chat Of Everything or Anything

I feel like chatting with you all. I don't really have any topics in mind. I still can't believe it is December. Anybody else feel this way? Where in the hell did 2017 go? The year started off rocky, and just got a little worse. Between losing 2 pets, some family members, and friends of the family. 2017 was one hell of a kick in the face. I hope 2018 is calmer waters. As far as my reading goals and plans for reading. I am not doing a Goodsread challenge for 2018. I have no idea what the year will be like. I am hoping to get employed. So that might take up a big part of my time.


 I don't want to focus on the number of books I read. Instead just simply enjoy reading again. I felt the pressure to add to my Goodreads goal. A few years back I just read whenever I felt like it. I don't mind reading alot of books. But I just want to not worry if I'm behind on a goal. I am not posting any TBR's. I never NEVER stick to them. I will just pick up whatever catches my eyes from my own bookshelves, kindle, or library. Also will be reading whatever I want. Whether it will be YA or not. I felt like I was growing away from YA this year. Reading more adult books. I still like YA. But I don't want it to be the main genre I read anymore.
Definitely feeling my age.... I still cannot believe I'm 30 years old. CRAZY!!!! There are times I feel like I'm still the same me. And other times I'm like nope definitely older.

I know come late spring and some days in the summer months on Saturday nights I will be helping my brother when he races. I tell him where he starts. Thank goodness for phones with cameras!! I just take a picture of the line up and show him.

Right now I just help take care of the cleaning the home. Making sure the pets have what they need. Not good when you need money. I feel lost... like I messed up somewhere along the lines. I didn't go to college after high school when I graduated back in 2006. I did have a job for a few years. I was a substitute janitor for my old school district. Which I liked alot ,It was night shift. My hours because I am night owl. But I could never get full time. No matter how well I thought I was doing. I ended up quitting when my family and I moved out of the area. I don't have my drivers license because the idea of driving terrifies me. I had a friend get into a bad car accident and it just made my fear worse. I know I need to somehow overcome this fear. I wasted so much time. Time I'm never getting back. I'm not younger. Having people treat me unwell because in their eyes I'm a failure. I reflect the same thoughts.

Life is never what anyone tells you.....




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cover Reveal: Up In Smoke by T.M. Frazier

 Up in Smoke, an all-new gritty stand
alone romance by T.M. Frazier is coming February 19th, 2018!

Up in Smoke by T.M. Frazier 
Release Date: February 19th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer: Wander Aguiar 
Model: Jacob Rodney

"I’m a man without a conscience. 
I deal in murder and mayhem.
I’m the best at what I do. 
Frankie Helburn is supposed to be an easy job. 
A means to flush her father out of hiding.
Simple. 
Except there isn’t anything simple about Frankie or the secrets she’s keeping. 
She’s stubborn as hell and the sexiest god damn thing I have ever seen, sending dark, dirty animalistic desire coursing through my veins. 
She’s cocaine with legs. A f*cking addiction that makes me question things I’ve never questioned before. Want things I’ve never wanted before. 
I might have her, but she isn’t mine to keep. 
If her father doesn’t show his face, she will be mine. 
To KILL."


* Other books in the King Series DO NOT have to be read to enjoy Smoke's book. Up in Smoke can be read as a standalone. * 



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About the Author: 
T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter.
When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance.
Well…it has a beach in it!  

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

TOP 10 of 2017 So Far

I know I still got a whole month of reading to do. But I thought I'd share the Top 10 books of 2017 I loved.


1.A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
How could I have a top 10 and not feature a Sarah book? This book....this series.....
2. King by T.M. Frazier
As I've stated in previous posts. I loved this series. I am so glad to have become a Frazier addict!! I've read all of her published works in 2017!!!
3. I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
I am an Ozzy music fan. I loved the family tv show back in the early 2000s. This book was an interesting insight into his life. I highly recommend it to his fans. And because I named one of my black cats after him. I had to read this book.
4. Into The Fire by Jeaniene Frost
I am sad the Night Prince series is over. I started it last year and quickly fell in love with the series.
5. Where There's Smoke by Sandra Brown
My sister in law is why I like her books. This ending was WOW!!!
6. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Another mind f** book.
7. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Another trilogy over
8. The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier
9. You Do Something To Me by Bella Andre
10. The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

December TBR 2017

It is December...... REALLY???? Anybody else feel like 2017 is flew by? I know I feel that way. That is for another post. Today is about my last TBR for the year. I have been a reading machine these past few months. So with any luck December will be the same way. I am taking part in a bingo event hosted by a book group on Facebook called Life&Lit. They are having a YULE Bingo event the whole month of December. Super excited to take part. The best part is you earn points for your house. I'm a Ravenclaw!!!





















Here's my TBR for the challenges and December:
Weasleys: Family Goals: I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre (The Sullivan family)
Chosen One: Apprentice by Rachel E. Carter
Wise Mentor: Candidate by Rachel E. Carter
Marauders: Book With a Map: The Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter
Snape: Morally Grey Character: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Voldermort: Book with a Villain: Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Malfoy: Character You Love To Hate: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Nagini: Book with Betrayal: Darker by E.L. James
Luna: Lovable Sidekick: A Cowboy Christmas by Janette Kenny
Moaning Myrtle: Tearjerker: The Book Thief by Marcus Zuask
Ollivander: Book With Spells: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Room of Requirement: Favorite Genre: (Romance) Kissing Under the Mistletoe
Newt:Book with A Magical Creatures: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Cedric: Friendship Goals: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Tonks: Strong Heroine: TBD
Butter Beer: A sweet book:TBD


I'm currently reading The 52nd by Delta. I probably will be reading that through the month of December. I also want to read as many Christmas themed books as I can. We will see what happens......

What are you reading in December? 
Happy Reading, Ashley 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

November Wrap Up 2017

November was an so so reading month for me. I did read 16 books. I have kindle unlimited until January 2018. I got a code to use.
I didn't finish the series I had wanted to when I posted my TBR for the month. But hey there's always next year.

Here's the books I read in November:

1. Fallen by Lauren Kate 3/5 stars (overdrive)
When I originally read this back in 2010. I loved this book. I was so happy to be rereading this book. Especially when I forgot everything that happened. However I didn't love it so much the second time around. Maybe being older now is a factor. Not sure if I will finish the Fallen series or not.
2. The Outliers by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
I am so glad to have given Tracey a chance. I've loved every single one of her books that I've read this year. This is the sequel and conclusion to the Outliers dulogy. I will miss Finn and Sawyer.
3. Sweet Tooth: Lord of the Pies by R.M. Huffman 3/5 stars (kindle)
A short and quirky book about a vampire on Thanksgiving.
4. Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills 4/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
5. Stealing Christmas by Alexa Riley 4/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
6. Snow and Mistletoe by Alexa Riley 4/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
7. Always On My Mind by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
My mom bought this book back in the summer time. It was a thrift store find. Bella never disappoints me. I loved this Sullivan love story.
8. When He Lusts: Boxset 1-5 by Alexa Brookes 3/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
I reread the first book. I think I read it in 2016 maybe 2015.
9. When He Seduces by Alexa Brookes 3/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
10. When He Possess by Alexa Brookes 3/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
11. When He Provokes by Alexa Brookes 3/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
12. When He Torments by Alexa Brookes 3/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
13. When He Confesses by Alexa Brookes 3/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
14. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and Illustrated by Lee Harper 5/5 stars (kindle unlimited)
This was a cute story about a turkey trying not to become the main course on Thanksgiving day.
15. Non- Heir by Rachel E. Carter 5/5 stars (kindle)
This is the prequel to the first book First Year. It was interesting to see Darren's background before he goes to the Academy. I'm excited to continue on with the series.
16. First Year by Rachel E. Carter 5/5 stars (kindle)
This was a reread for me. I reviewed this when it was first released. I must have sped through it quickly. Rereading the second time through was amazing. I loved the story and the characters. I am super excited to continue with the series in December. I highly recommend this first book if you are a Sarah J. Maas fan or Tamora Pierce fan.

I cannot believe I read 16 books in one month. That is a wrap on November. What books did you read in November?

Happy Reading, Ashley!!!

Friday, November 24, 2017

King by T.M. Frazier

King by T.M. Frazier
Released: June 15th 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace
Series: King, Book One
Page Amount: 303, Kindle Edition
Source: Kindle

"Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go. "



*Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.
 *
- Information and blurb from Goodreads.com 


My Thoughts:
I picked up King for free on my kindle back in May on the recommendation from BookTubingAmy. I am so glad I picked it up. King is the first in a 8 book series. It follows a group of friends; King, Preppy, and Bear. Their troubles and good fortunes. King is told from his point of view and Doe the woman who changes King's way of life forever. I adored their scenes together. I highly recommend this series so much. Once I started this crazy ride I needed to read all of the books. You will too!!!!!

Giving this 5/5 stars isn't enough in my opinion. All of the stars in the whole damn sky!! If you love bad boys with good hearts. Strong female lead characters. Read this series ASAP!!!!

Happy Reading, Ashley 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November TBR 2017

This is a tentative TBR. Since I never stick to TBR's. I read 14 books in October. I hope to read that many in November or more. The first weekend in November I'm helping my brother and his girlfriend move into their house. So I probably won't get much reading done Friday or Saturday. I will try to read before the football game on Sunday.My team is the Philadelphia Eagles. Other than the usual family gatherings for the Thanksgiving holiday. I don't have any other plans.

The books I'm hoping to read in November.....

- to finish either the Fallen series by Lauren Kate or The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
-The Outliers by T.M. Frazier ( expected release date November 9th)

After Thanksgiving I will try to read as many Christmas themed books as possible.

I also want to read some romance books. Whatever catches my eyes.

Here's my TBR for November....

What are you planning on reading in November?

Happy Reading, Ashley

October Wrap Up 2017

October was a great reading month for me. I read 14 books!!! That's the most I've read in one month all year long. Most of them were on my kindle. A couple of short physical books. I'm happy with everything I've read. And how much I was able to get through. I did DNF There's Someone In Your House by Stephanie Perkins. I just couldn't get into it.

Here's the books I read in October:

1. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson 5/5 stars
I'm sad to have finished the Remnant Chronicles.
2. Fliers: 20 Small Posters With Big Thoughts by Nathaniel Russell 5/5 stars
3. You Do Something To Me by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
4. Warcross by Marie Lu 5/5 stars
I need book 2 ASAP!!!
5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling Raveclaw edition (reread) 5/5 stars
I always love revisiting Hogwarts and it was great to learn more about the Raveclaw house. Since that is the house the sorting hat put me.
6. True Scary Stories;Volume: The Shadow Man by Dark Mistress Aurora 3/5 stars
It was free from Google Books
7.Forbidden Affair by Amy Andrews (reread) 5/5 stars
I read this back in 2014.
8. Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts 5/5 stars
I love Nora Roberts. It was great to read a paranormal mystery from her. I need to get books 2 and 3 soon.
9. Halloween Stories by Arnie Lighting 3/5 stars
10. I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano 5/5 stars
I loved this book. As a cat lover I could relate.
11. A Very Scary Pumpkin by Jeff Minich, Renan Garcia 4/5 stars
12. Dirty Little Tease by Kendall Ryan 4/5 stars
13. Naughty Boss by Whitney G. 4/5 stars
14. The Spider Kingdom by M.D. Spenser 3/5 stars

I read some spooky books, romance books, and just random books. All in all I'd called October a success even with my bestie in real life's wedding. Which by the way was amazing!!!

What books did you read in October? Read anything I mention in my wrap up?

Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Simple Post

I finished reading Blood Brothers. Which I posted a review for. I haven't picked up a book since. I caught a cold. Not really feeling the urge to read right now. My family also added another kitty to the household. The number is 11 right now. Some may think it's crazy. But our house isn't a mess. And all of the cats are safe and loved.

I don't know if I will pick anything up before October is over. I want to read but nothing is really catching my eye. I am also debating about participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I didn't even attempt last year. I think I've come to the conclusion I like reading better than writing. I'm not the best story teller. To be honest writing stories aren't my strong suit. I can write song lyrics. Although those days are few in between anymore. I think with getting older my anger and pain I had as a teenager is gone. What did bother me then still does. I just don't channel it out into my songs anymore.

I'm good with just being a reader. A songwriter. Nothing wrong with that.

I hope to pick up another book soon. But I'm not going to push myself. New kitten. Cold.... not the best situation to read in.

Hope your October is going well. I'm not even excited for Halloween this year. It feels like someone stole my excitement for the holiday. I'm so beyond ready for 2017 to be over. This year was so difficult. Losing family members, furbabies and other crazy stuff.

Sorry for the odd blog. but I just needed to get my thoughts out.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
Released: November 27th 2007 (first released January 1st, 2007)
Publisher: Jove Books
Series: Sign of Seven Trilogy
Page Amount: 314 Mass Market Paperback
Source: Own

"Every seven years, there comes a week in July when the locals do unspeakable things--and then don't seem to remember them. The collective madness has made itself known beyond the town borders and has given Hawkins Hollow the reputation of a village possessed. This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book. It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods twenty-one years ago, the signs have never been this strong before. Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly he must rely on Quinn as well. She too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town--and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire. They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness..."
-Information from Goodreads.com

My Thoughts:
I was a bit nervous to pick this book up. I saw so many negative reviews on Goodreads. But I decide to give the book a chance. I'm glad I did. I loved every minute in Blood Brothers. Nora never disappoints me. It was great to see something different from her. I am going to be picking up books 2 and 3 soon.

I know this review is short and sweet. But I don't want to spoil the story for you all. If you like mysteries with a paranormal twist that has witches in it to. I highly recommend this book to you.

5/5 stars
Happy Reading, Ashley 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Recently Read

A little wrap of what I've recently read over the past week.

My last post I said I was hoping to get through a review book You Do Something To Me by Bella Andre. I did read that book. My review is posted if you want more thoughts on the book. I also finished and loved Warcross by Marie Lu. I will posted a review soon. I also read a very short story on my phone called True Scary Stories: Volume: The Shadow Man by Dark Mistress Aurora. It was alright.... my heart did get a little racey. But then again I'm a wimp when it comes to scary stuff. So it doesn't take much.

I'm currently reading Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts the first book in her Sign of Seven Trilogy. I'm really loving it. I hope to finish it this week.

Probably won't get much reading done. My best friend in real life is getting married on Saturday and I'm her maid of honor. I'm super excited to be apart of her special day.

Let me know what you've recently read. Did you read anything of the books I mentioned in this post?

Happy Reading, Ashley

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Currently Reading/Weekend Reading

I do have some plans for today with my family. But I am hoping to get some reading done as well. I have already finished my second book for the month of October. Technology I have read 3 books for October..... I will talk more about that in my wrap up.

I finished reading for review You Do Something To Me by Bella Andre. I needed a book like this at the moment. I loved it and I'm sad I finished it. I do have 2 books from her to read. Maybe I'll get to them this month... we'll see.....

Going to start Warcross by Marie Lu. I have read mixed things about this. Since I loved the Legend trilogy I'm going to give this shot.


What are you currently reading? Planning on reading for the weekend.... Let me know.

Happy Reading, Ashley 

You Do Something To Me by Bella Andre

You Do Something To Me by Bella Andre

Released: October 11th 2017 (expected release date)
Publisher: Oak Press LLC
Series: The Sullivans # 17
Page Amount: 225 kindle edition
Source: Publisher

"Alec Sullivan has always believed he has it all. A billion-dollar private aviation business. A penthouse apartment in New York City. Beautiful women who know better than to expect him ever to fall in love. And great siblings for whom he’d do anything. But when Alec's business partner passes away and leaves everything to a daughter Alec never knew about, in an instant everything in his life turns upside down…all because of Cordelia. 

Cordelia always thought she was perfectly happy with her life. She owns a garden store she loves, lives in a pretty little cottage in the same town as her adoptive parents, and figures there’s plenty of time to meet Mr. Right. But she never counted on becoming the surprise heir to a fortune…or on meeting a man like Alec Sullivan. A shockingly sexy billionaire who makes her heart race and melt all at the same time.   

Neither Alec nor Cordelia plans on getting any closer than they have to. Only, how can either of them fight this kind of heat, this depth of desire? And when Cordelia needs Alec’s support, it’s pure instinct for him to be there for her. But when it’s her turn to help him confront his deepest pain, will Alec let her in? Or will he push her away, just as he’s pushed away everyone who's loved him for the past thirty years…  "


YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME is part of Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today #1 bestselling series about The Sullivans. While it can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the other books, too. 

"Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last. Bella Andre never disappoints." Revolving Bookcase Reviews 

"The New York Sullivans are every bit as fantastic as their cousins." Deanna on Goodreads 

SAN FRANCISCO SULLIVANS: 
The Look of Love 
From This Moment On 
Can't Help Falling In Love 
I Only Have Eyes For You 
If You Were Mine 
Let Me Be The One 
Come A Little Bit Closer 
Always On My Mind 
Kissing Under The Mistletoe 

SEATTLE SULLIVANS: 
One Perfect Night 
The Way You Look Tonight 
It Must Be Your Love 
Just To Be With You 
I Love How You Love Me 
All I Ever Need Is You 

NEW YORK SULLIVANS: 
Every Beat Of My Heart 
Now That I've Found You 
Since I Fell For You 
Sweeter Than Ever 
The Best Is Yet To Come 
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You 
You Do Something To Me 
More New York & Maine Sullivans are coming soon! 

THE MAVERICK BILLIONAIRES: 
Breathless In Love 
Reckless In Love 
Fearless In Love 
Irresistible In Love 
More Maverick Billionaires are coming soon! 

THE MORRISONS: 
Kiss Me Like This 
Tempt Me Like This 
Love Me Like This 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and she has sold more than 6 million books so far! Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. She also writes "sweet" contemporary romances as Lucy Kevin. There are more than 50,000 5 star reviews for Bella Andre's books on Goodreads!
-Information from Goodreads.com


My Thoughts:
I've received this from the publisher exchange for an honest review. I have yet to read a Bella Andre novel where I don't fall in love with the characters and story. Each of her books brings me such happiness and You Do Something To Me is no different from the other books I've read by her. In You Do Something To Me. We are introduced to the oldest of the New York Sullivan clan Alec Sullivan. He has been in charge of taking of the family since he was five years old. After losing his mother to suicide and his father to the grief of losing his wife. For the reason alone Alec has decided not to become a helpless victim to love. But when his long time business partner and father figure Gordon has an unexpected heart attack.  He comes face to face with Gordon's secret daughter Cordelia. They quickly become friends. And start bonding over the loss of Gordon. Slowly they each open up to one another. Will Alec over come his resistance to love? You should pick this up to find out.

I loved watching Alec and Cordelia's interactions in this story. I adore the Sullivan family so much. And always happy to read another story about them. I needed a pick me up and You Do Something To Me was that.

I cannot wait for more from this family and Bella Andre. If you haven't picked up one of her novels yet you seriously need to ASAP!!!!

5/5 stars

Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fliers: 20 Small Posters With Big Thoughts by Nathaniel Russell

Fliers: 20 Small Posters With Big Thoughts by Nathaniel Russell

Released: October 3rd 2017
Publisher:Clarkson Potter an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Page Amount: 21 pages USA paperback
Source: Blogging For Books


"The perfect present for bros and dormroom inhabitors, this collection of viral fake fliers is at once strange, thought-provoking, and hilarious. Printed on heavy, cardstock-like paper, these 20 "fake" fliers both celebrate and embody surreal posters--like the kind plastered all over college campuses, only taken to the next level. As a bonus feature, the sturdy paperback comes with a french-fold jacket that, when removed, opens up to reveal a larger poster. Images include a duck posting about the pet dog he found and an anonymous group posting about a quiet universe. There is something in this collection for everyone who ever looked at a postered telephone pole or coffee house bulletin board and wondered "is there more out there?"
- Goodreads.com



My Thoughts:
I loved this odd book with some very cool posters. I think this would be a great addition to your bookshelves if you love silly and funny books. The cover for the paperback can come off and is a poster of a big tree with just a glimpse of a house. I was excited to request this from Blogging For Books. My favorite poster is the cat with bright eyes. Being a big cat lover and all.

I needed a book like this to cheer me up. So whenever I feel down in the dumps I will look through this corky book from time to time.

5/5 stars
Happy Reading, Ashley

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Released: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Page Amount:320 pages ebook edition
Source: Overdrive


"Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…"

-Goodreads.com



My Thoughts:
This is my second Colleen Hoover novel. Owen ands Auburn I fell in love with them. I was rooting for them. Flinching during some tough scenes. But all in all I adored Confess. The painting are a lovely addition to the story.I really need to get a physical copy to look at the paintings in person.

I Confess you should definitely read this amazing, heart breaking, have you on the edge of your seat New Adult novel. 

Excited for November 9, the sequel (?).

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley.

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Released: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children USA
Series: Throne of Glass, Book #0.1 - 0.5
Page Amount: 435 pages, USA Hardcover Edition
Source: Gift

"Discover where Celaena Sardothien's thrilling saga began

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes—and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches—and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives...

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling—and deadly—world."

Included in this volume:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire
- Goodreads.com





My Thoughts:
 It was great to get the back story of Celaena before Throne of Glass. How those events shaped her into the person we meet. I loved Sam Cortland. And I hate how betrayed them. Seriously didn't see that coming.

Sarah did it again. Her writing is beautiful and enchants you from beginning to end. I believe this is a must in order to fully understand why Celaena acts the way she does.

I'd give this all the stars if I could. 5/5 stars!!! Happy Reading, Ashley.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Currently Reading

I'm reading two ebooks at the moment. One on my kindle and one on my phone because of Google Books on my smartphone.

Kindle book: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson the final book in the Remnant Chronicles.
Google book: The Book of Halloween by Ruth Kelley

Hoping to finish these both up over the weekend. Or atleast the first week of October.

What are you currently reading?

October TBR 2017

I love OCTOBER!!!!!!! The month I live for!! I love Halloween!! It has always been my favorite holiday. Even when I was a kid. I get sad when it is November 1st. Even though some of my family members make fun of me for not liking scary movies. I think you can still love Halloween without some of the spookiness.

My hopes for reading October. Is to read alot. I do have one weekend where I won't be focused on reading. My best friend is getting married. I'm the maid of honor.

Misty over at The Book Rat is doing the 30daybookbinge again. I am totally in. I know I should list the books I want to read. But we all know I never really stick to it. Instead of saying these are the books I want to read. I'm just going to go with the flow. I do want to read Halloween like books.

What are your reading plans for October? Will you be reading scary books? Or are you like me and keep it tame... I can read R.L. Stine. So yeah....


Happy Reading, Ashley

September Wrap Up 2017

Is it just me or is 2017 flying by way too fast? I feel like it was just the beginning of September and it will be over on Saturday. I know I'm posting this early. But I don't see myself finishing a 600 something page book before the month is over. I 'm a slow read at times. September wasn't a busy month for me. My brother had one race left for the season and then we were done for this racing season. He finished 7th in points!! Also visited a big fair that happens every year here. I scored a big bag of candy for 28.00. It is one of those stands you can choose what candy you want. 

Anyways here is all the books I read in September. 

1. Color Squared by Lee Meredith 4/5 books
I received this from Blogging For Books exchange for an honest review. This is an interesting coloring book. I liked the images and the ideas the author gives you.
2. Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington 4/5 stars
I struggled with this book. I honestly just wanted to give up on finishing the series.
3. Endless by Jessica Shirvington 5/5 stars
This was a lot better for me then book 4.
4. The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier
I am in love with anything Tracey writes. So when she released this gem, I needed to read it. Luckily I can person in the Frazierland group gifted it to me. To help deal with the scary hurricane weather going on. I loved this book. and the cliffhanger at the end. Grr..... good thing book 2 is going to be out November 1st.
5.Empower by Jessica Shirvington 5/5 stars
This was a crazy ride from start to finish. I am so happy to have completed this series. 
6. Sweet Tooth by R.M. Huffman 3/5 stars
A short story about a vampire going trick or treating at a hospital on Halloween night. I loved it.
7. Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan 5/5 stars
I received this from NetGalley exchange for an honest review. This one gave me some 50 shades vibes. I enjoyed reading about Emma and Gavin. Eagerly awaiting for more in this series.This was my first time reading anything by Kendall. I hope to read a few more of her books before 2017 is over.

That's a wrap on September. I read everything on my kindle minus the coloring book. I go through phases of loving read on my kindle. It is so helpful at night. Especially with having Oliver in  my room still. 

What all did you read in September? Did you read any of the books I talked about in this post? Let me know in the comments or email at booksarediamonds@yahoo.com

Would love some feedback.

Happy Reading, Ashley 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Weekend Reading/Currently Reading

This post is me just updating you all on what I'm reading for the weekend/currently reading. I started Empower by Jessica Shirvington. The final book in the Embrace/The Violet Eden Chapters series. I'm 22% into the book. It picks up 2 years after the events in Endless. I'm looking forward to finish this book and the series. I still have to read the three review books I need to read for this month. But so far I've read the books I wanted to get read. Minus one book that I got to read unexpectedly. The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier. I read her King series a couple months back. I fell in love with her writing.

That is my weekend reading and currently reading for now. What are you all reading for the weekend? Are you tackling your TBR's for the month?

Let me know down in the comments. Would love to read some comments.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Series I've Finished In 2017

This is a list of the series I've finished reading in 2017.

1. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
2. Fireside series by Stacey Lynn
3. Night Prince series by Jeaniene Frost
4. A Court Of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas
5. King series by T.M. Frazier
6. To All The Boys I've Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han
7. Embrace/The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington
8. The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
9. The Outskirts Duet by T.M. Frazier
10. English Dulogy by Ilsa Madden-Mills

September TBR 2017

I normally do not make TBR's. For the reason is that I never follow through with them. But since we only have 4 months left of 2017. I do want to make sure I read the books I want to read before the year is over. So I think starting this month and into October. I will be reading some spooky books. Since you know Halloween is 60 days away. Best get to started on some book Halloween-ish books.

I want to finish some series during the next 4 months as well. I am bad at finishing series I previously started. Anyone else have that same problem?

Without further ado here is the books I'm hoping to read in September:

I know I said I'd wait to finish this series but I'm going full steam ahead to get it done.

Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington
Endless by Jessica Shirvington
Empower by Jessica Shirvington

Review Books:
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown ( was supposed to read this back in July oopies)
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond ( another book I should've read in July)
Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan (expected release date 9/14/2017)

I will add more books as the month goes. But these are the books I'm going to focus on the first 2 weeks of September.

Happy Reading, Ashley

August Wrap Up 2017

August was my worst reading month so far in 2017. I only managed to read 5 books. I feel so disappointed in myself. I had every intention of getting alot read. But nope, that didn't happen. But hey not every month will be getting 10 or more books read. Life gets in the way as it does. Just going to hit the reset button for September.

Here is the books I read in August:

1. On The Fence by Kasie West
I borrowed this from the library. I heard alot about Kasie's books from Booktube.
I enjoyed this fun, but at times serious book. I rated it 4/5 stars
2. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
A graphic novel. Borrowed this from the library as well. It was an interesting graphic novel. 4/5 stars
3.Surviving Death: Evidence of the Afterlife by Leslie Kean
A nonfiction book about past lives. And how some people can recall who they were in past lives. I've always been interested in this subject matter. 4/5 stars
4. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
A reread for me. I first read this book back in 2012. 5/5 stars
5. Entice by Jessica Shirvington
This is the sequel to Embrace. I wasn't as hooked with this one as book one.
4/5 stars

That is a wrap on August!
What books did you read in August? Read any of the books I mention in my wrap up

Happy Reading, Ashley

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bout of Books 20 Wrap Up

I had good intentions of getting some serious reading done during the Bout of Books 20. However life had other plans. On Sunday August 20th, my mom found a cat who had been thrown out a car window right in front of my mother's car. I've been taking care of him. He was unwell the first few days. He is doing good. He is in heat, meowing all the time....I mean all the freaking time. But he will be getting fixed in 7 days as of today!!!! Then it will be introducing him to his other siblings and the dog.

So needless to say I didn't succeed in my TBR for Bout of Books 20. I still do want to finish The Violet Eden Chapters series. I am almost finished with book 2 Entice. I might take a short break and read some other books and then go full steam ahead with books 3,4 and 5.


I hope September will be a less crazy month in my personal life. And that I can get some good amount of reading done. I'm currently thinking of maybe doing NaNoWriMo this year. I can write songs. Stories are my trouble area. I really want to write a story and turn into a novel. That would be awesome. But I don't think it's in the cards for me. But right now I'm just thinking of maybe doing NaNoWriMo. We will see.

On Saturday August 26th my brother race the final points race at the Selinsgrove Speedway. He might be up for Rookie Of The Year. I hope he gets it. He puts his heart and soul into racing.

How did you during the Bout of Books 20? If you participated in the readathon.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Friday, August 18, 2017

When I'm Not Reading # 3

When I'm Not Reading # 3
A look into what I do when I'm not reading.



I wanted to share with you all what my family and I do on the weekends. As I've mentioned in my Back Again post. My brother races at a local dirt track, Selinsgrove Speedway. I wanted to share some pictures of his car and my family at the track. It is scary seeing him out there racing with the other cars. I know it is something he's always wanted to do. He is getting better with each race. He started late last year 2016. He's been in 3 wrecks. He was okay, the car needed some work done to it.





If you've ever gone to a race you know it is crazy. The excitement from seeing the cars on the track. Hoping the guy you are cheering on can win. It feels different when it is someone you know. A family member. Every time my brother is out there I say a little prayer for him to be safe. I also think back to when we were kids and he was obsessed with playing this Nascar computer game that can with a steering wheel. He'd play that game for hours.



This is from when he first started last year. Duck tape number and letter. The trailer you see behind it was borrowed from a friend of his.
















From May 20th 2017

The painting on the car was done by a family friend.








 This was last year. Waiting for him to go out onto the track. In the photo is my brother, sister in law, and Dad.


This was from last Saturday watching the late models.












Hope you enjoyed insight into what do besides reading.

Bout Of Books 20 TBR and Updates

I wasn't sure what books I wanted to read during the Bout of Books 20 readathon. I'm currently trying to finish The Violet Eden Chapters series by Jessica Shirvington.


Here is my TBR for the readathon:

Entice by Jessica Shirvington  465 pages
Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington 465 pages
Endless by Jessica Shirvington 480 pages
Empower by Jessica Shirvington 493 pages
The Bartender Piper Rayne  270 pages

Total number of pages: 2,173

My goal is to read all 5 of these books. If I managed to get through them all. I'll just pick something from my bookshelves or kindle.

Monday:
Number of pages I've read: 32 of Embrace  and 129 of Entice
Total number of pages I've read:161
Books: Finished Embrace and started Entice


Tuesday:
Number of pages I've read: 41 pages
Total number of pages I've read: 202
Books: still working on Entice. I'm  39% done

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Total number of pages I've read:202
Books: still at 39% done with Entice

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Wish me luck. I never set TBR's because I never stick to them.
Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books 20 will be here next week! I am so need of a readathon to help me get back into reading again. And just my luck Bout of Books is here to help with that. With that being said I will be participating in Bout of Books 20. If you want to as well go sign up at Bout of Books 20.
Cannot wait for the readathon to begin!! Happy Reading, Ashley


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team




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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Currently Reading

I've been having a not so great reading month so far in August. I've read 3 books. I've taken breaks in between reading. My addiction to Supernatural is to blame.

Anyways I thought I'd share a post on the book I'm currently reading. In this case it's rereading. Embrace by Jessica Shrivington I read this book back in 2012. I want to finish more series in 2017. And since it's already August I need to up my A game. So I picked this from the overdrive website of my library. I love overdrive. I know ebooks are a bit misunderstood by some. I personally love reading on my kindle. I sometimes prefer it over reading a physical book. I hope to finish Embrace in a few days and start book 2.

What are you currently reading? Plan to read for the rest of August? Finishing any series?

Happy Reading, Ashley

Surviving Death: Evidence of the Afterlife by Leslie Kean

Surviving Death: Evidence of the Afterlife by Leslie Kean
Released: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Page Amount: 320, hardcover edition
Source:  Blogging For Books


"While exploring the evidence for an afterlife, I witnessed some unbelievable things that are not supposed to be possible in our material world. Yet they were unavoidably and undeniably real. Despite my initial doubt, I came to realize that there are still aspects of Nature which are neither understood or accepted, even though their reality has profound implications for understanding the true breadth of the human psyche and its possible continuity after death. 
So begins Leslie Kean s impeccably researched, page-turning investigation revealing stunning and wide-ranging evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death. Here she continues her examination of unexplained phenomena that began with her provocative and controversial New York TimesbestsellerUFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. Keanexplores the most compelling case studies involving young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and the material world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and ordinary people who recount some of the most extraordinary near-death experiences ever recorded. Kean's first book, and her credibility as a seasoned and well-respected journalist, made people take notice of a topic that many considered implausible. This book will do the same this time enriched by Kean s reactions to her own perplexing experiences encountered while she probed the universal question concerning all of us: Is there life after death?""
Information from Goodreads.com 

My Thoughts:
I've always had an interest in past lives. And have found it fascinating that there are people that can recall a past life that they lived at one point. This book was a great insight into people giving information on a past life they lived. I did receive this book from Blogging For Books exchange for an honest review. I am glad to have been given a chance to read and review a book on a topic that hits close to home for myself. I have a family member that for years as a child would recall dying in a plane crash. No one believed the person. However years later and thanks to the internet the person found out about said plane crash that it was real. And even found out who they were on the plane.
If you are interested in past lives and learning more about them you should give this a book a read.

4/5 stars
Happy Reading, Ashley

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Library Haul July 2017

Since I needed a break from my books. I decided to hit up the library and found some good books to read. I also found two at the thrift store for .49 cent. You can't beat that deal.

Here is the pictures of the books I borrowed and bought. I don't get books alot. I do sometimes get free kindle books. I'm a free kindle book addict.

Library Haul

Thrift Store




This is my short book haul. Have you read any of the books I got? If so what did you think of them?

Happy Reading, Ashley 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Wrap Up 2017

July was another great reading month for me. I was busy with watching Supernatural and watching my brother race.


Here are the 2 physical books and 7 kindle books I read in July. I go through phases of loving reading on my kindle fire hd 7" and loving reading physical books. I love them both.




July 2017:


1. Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown
My sister in law got me into Sandra's books. 4/5 stars
2. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
3. Where There's Smoke by Sandra Brown
This book was messed up. 5/5 stars
4. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Another freaking messed up book. 5/5 stars
5. The Dark Light byT.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
6. Dark Needs by T. M. Frazier 5/5 stars
7. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 3/5 stars
8. The Deadly Dozen America's 12 Worst Serial Killers by Robert Keller 3/5 stars
9. The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre 5/5 stars




I also sorta took part in the Booktubeathon.


Happy Reading,Ashley

January-June Wrap Ups 2017

This is my wrap ups for the months of January through June 2017. I did really good so far in 2017. I made my original Goodreads goal of 20 books. I surpassed that number. So I decided to change my goal to 100 books now. Currently at 61 books read so far.


But anyways here is my wrap ups for the past 6 months. July will be getting a separate post in a bit.


January 2017:
Like I mentioned in the beginning I set my Goodreads challenge at 20 books. I did this because half way through the year I get anxious with my reading goal. I also decided to focus less on YA fiction and read more adult fiction.


1. The Bookshop On The Corner by Jenny Colgan
I borrowed this from overdrive. I loved it. 5/5 stars
2. Where There's Smoke by Jodi Picoult
This was a free kindle book I got ages ago. Was great. 5/5 stars
3. The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
I adored the original triogly by Julie. And was happy to be back in this world once more. 5/5 stars
4. The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
Goodbye is bitter sweet. This was a great ending to the series. 5/5 stars
5. Sacred by Elana K. Arnold 5/5 stars
6. Ray of Light by E.L. Todd
received this for review from the author. Was a new adult fiction. 4/5 stars
7. The Barking Ghost by R.L. Stine 3/5 stars
8. The Summer Wedding by Lucy Kevin and Bella Andre
I received this for review from the publisher. 5/5 stars
9. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard 4/5 stars


Feburary 2017:
1. I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
This was a great read. I learned a lot about how and why Black Sabbath started. I highly recommended if you are an Ozzy fan.8/8 stars
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 5/5 stars (reread)
3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard 5/5 stars (reread)
4. The Unfurtunate Valentine's Scam by Alannah Rogers
A cute Valentine's Day story. 4/5 stars
5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This book was freaking fantastic.LOVED it!! 5/5 stars
6. His To Seduce by Stacey Lynn 5/5 stars
7. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I read this because it was going around Booktube in 2016. It was an interesting read and my first actual poetry book. 3/5 stars


March 2017:
1. The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters by Logan Marshall 4/5 stars
2. Irresistible In Love by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully 5/5 stars
3. Pennsylvania Driver's Manual 4/5 stars
4. Into To the Fire by Jeaniene Frost
Sad this series is over. 5/5 stars
5. You Own Me by Katelyn Skye 4/5 stars
6.The Kiss of the Concubine: The Story of Anne Boleyn 5/5 stars
7. Dirty Doctor by Whitney G. 4/5 stars
8. Truce by R.L. Mattewson 5/5 stars
9. Sweeter Than Ever by Bella Andre 5/5 stars


April 2017:


1. Possessive Daddy/Second Chance/ Raging Hard: A Stepbrother Seal Romance by B.B. Hamel 5/5 stars
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass 5/5 stars (reread)
3. From This Moment On by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
4. Can't Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 5/5 stars (reread)
6. When the Storm Breaks by Avery Hart 4/5 stars
7. Hung: A Bad Boy Romance by Simone Sowood 3/5 stars
8. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard 4/5 stars
9. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han 5/5 stars
10. The Locked Room by M.D. Spenser 4/5 stars


May 2017:


1. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han 5/5 stars
2. The Best Is Yet To Come by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
3. Walker Island Romance Boxset by Lucy Kevin and Bella Andre 5/5 stars
4. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas 5/5 stars
5. Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown 4/5 stars
6. Love In Lingerie by Alessandra Torre 5/5 stars
7. King by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars


June 2017:


1. Tyrant by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
2. Lawless by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
3. Soulless by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
4. Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
5. Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
6. Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
7. All The Rage by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
8. The Things We Do For Love by Anita Louise 5/5 stars
9. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han 5/5 stars


That is my reading for the past 6 months.
Happy Reading, Ashley







Back Again

Hello My Lovely Booknerds, I know it has been a while since I've posted anything on here. But since my family and I got a "new" computer. I will be back to blogging once a week or so. I've been reading a lot and also I have a new obsession. I became addicted to the tv show Supernatural. Right now I'm almost finished with season 6. My goal is to be caught up in time for season 13 premiere in October. Besides reading, watching tv, been spending some weekends at a local dirt racing track Selinsgrove Speedway. My brother stared racing there last year. It has been an interesting experience. He is getting better with each race. He has had 3 wrecks. One was from himself. The other two were because of other drivers. I will post some pictures of his car soon. We have added some new kitties to our clan. We had nine. One passed away. But then a little angel know as Cupcake appeared on our porch. She has been ours for almost 3 months now. Besides her we still have Fiona and Sofia. As well as Bam, Binx, Ozzy, Romo, Sniffles, and Bella. Our dog Sadie passed away back in January. Life hasn't felt the same. 2017 has been a tough year.


I miss talking about books and life with you all. I hope you all are looking forward to my reviews and posts about life and what not.


Sorry for being MIA. I found it difficult to blog from my phone and kindle. But if you follow me on Goodreads. You will see everything I've been reading.


I will post my July wrap up tomorrow.


Happy Reading, Ashley