Mini Review Recap 2016 (2)

*waves* Soooooo…how has everyone been? I’m once again in a bit of a reading slump, a book here and there, but it’s not regular for some reason so I wanted to share some of the titles I’ve recently read: *edit…I wrote this back in May so, fair warning I’m just posting this late 😦


The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Maggie Stiefvater

Well after this novel had been delayed for a while and then my shipping mishap, I think I wanted to enjoy this last book in The Raven Cycle series, to milk what it was worth–which was worth a lot. From the past three novels we finally got some closure for our friends who live in Henrietta along with a little heartbreak as well as some self-discovery. Certain ships set sail…yes I think you know which ones I speak of, so much so I could pinch myself and well worth the wait. [I basically spelled that out for you so don’t nit-pick my literal misspell so throw me a bone here] I was really happy with the way the series ended although I think I would’ve liked to see a bit more of an epilogue and a few scenes could’ve used a little more backstory BUT overall I was really happy with the novel as a whole. A few new characters were my favorites and others finally started shining through which was a nice transformation to read for their group.

Now to go find some fanfic about a few of these ships I enjoy so much . . . . . .

The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years #4)
Tiffany Reisz

This book came out back in October of 2015 and once again Tiffany’s story works it’s magic and I find a way to get out of my reading slump and simply devour this novel in a day. WHICH IS AWFUL yet spectacular. I say this is awful because there might still be a handful of novellas I haven’t read yet and another story which is kind of a companion but that’s it. THE SERIES IS DONE. I’ve been on this journey of Original Sinners for EIGHT novels (and numerous novellas)! I have a long, sexy history with these characters and my gut simply ached as I finished it. All my favorites were spectacular and Tiffany always finds a way to give us the drama, heartache, passion, and intrigue placed in a beautifully wrapped up–tightly–gift which we open and are left in a most enjoyable sated state. Nora and her crew are well written and continue to shine. Again I implore anyone who is looking for an erotica series to pick up, Tiffany has you covered! She’s the best in person and online and I hope she continues to keep some ideas in her mind to write more about our favorites some day.

When We Collided
Emery Lord

Reading this book had me completely sucked in! The story was really easy to get into–new girl in town meets a quiet boy who’s very townie in a quaint …town. She meets me, flips his world upside down and in the process starts throwing her world upside down as well. While I flew through the book, my issue for this one is that the characters didn’t feel very established–certain ones. Vivi is the new girl in town and comes at you so fast. I definitely could figure out there must’ve been more to her past that she wasn’t sharing with the reader but she comes into other MC, Jonah, like a whirlwind and it just didn’t…the elements didn’t feel believable. I am the first one to admit, that’s usually how YA novels are–there’s a lot of unbelievable things that find their way into happening, but Vivi’s obsessing just never sat well with me even after I consumed the book in less than 24 hours. I did like the character development of Jonah and how there felt like a balance of his storyline but Vivian’s storyline and her character overall I just didn’t fall in love with. So far Emery’s stories go: Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, When We Collided.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most edition

August 11: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish


    
    

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All my favs 😉 until next time! Linz xx aka The Kid

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases Ending 2015

Sorry all—I’ve been seriously slacking on my posts, but I’m back this week with a Top Ten Tuesday!


June 9: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015 (typically when we make this list in December/January each year it’s pretty heavy for the first half of the year especially because we don’t always have covers for books published later at that point so let’s talk about what we are excited about for the rest of the year)
, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

There are a bunch of novels I wish I could’ve included but I was able to wrangle up a top ten, so get ready for the upcoming Fall/Winter releases for the rest of 2015:

(in no particular order)

Truly, Madly, Famously (Famous in Love #2) by Rebecca Serle
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Stand-Off (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholkeby

    

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1) by Eleanor Herman
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
First & Then by Emma Mills
The Queen (The Original Sinners: The White Years #4) by Tiffany Reisz

    

While I know this last one is not YA related, but an erotica title, it’s still a series I am in love with and never stop book pushing! (Especially if one is looking to read something in this genre for the first time. Tiffany writes well-written, beautiful, passionate, and sometimes suspenseful novels and novellas and this is the last in this series so I will book push it FOREVER!)

For the other nine titles that are YA-centric, I am super pumped for! A few new authors in there but mostly titles I’ve been waiting on for a while now and SQUEE ANOTHER THRONE OF GLASS NOVEL!!

Make sure you add these titles to your TRB list or your Goodreads account! You won’t want to miss out!

Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS

March 3: Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to), the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

There is nothing more that I love than to be a book pusher—an activity I can never get bored of! If anyone is in need for a good recommendation I will always happily give them some of my beloved titles. As I started writing the list I found myself going back through my reading list and actually there are a whole bunch I had a hard time not putting in my top ten. Decisions were agreed upon, so here are my all-time favorite reads from the past few years:


   

Anna and the French Kiss
Just One Day
The Siren (The Original Sinner’s series)
My Life Next Door


(Loved these titles so much the first time they’ve still won my heart):

                       
Attachments
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Throne of Glass
The Winner’s Curse
Pivot Point
Something Real
                      

As I rounded up my list I found that I had a lot of novels where I had identified with the characters on their self-discovering journeys. I seem to fall in love with the MC who figures it out, probably a direct correlation to what I’m clearly missing in my life, but that’s for another time, haha!

Have you read any of these? What are some of your recent ALL-TIME FAVORITES!!?? #iwillalwaysaddmorebookstomyTBRlist

Au revoir 😉 xx The Kid

The King – Tiffany Reisz, the author you want to know in erotica

In light of this week where a certain “erotic” story is officially going from page to theaters near you, I decided to share the love of my favorite erotic author and my thoughts on her latest novel.

In all honesty, I can’t support the-film-that-shall-not-be-named-from-the-book-that-shall-not-be-named for NUMEROUS reasons and politics that I don’t want to bother listing but know they’re there and that’s that. But because of this getting unnecessary press, I wanted to remind readers out there that there IS well-written and delightful erotica available! And if you enjoy erotica YOU MUST READ TIFFANY REISZ’S BOOKS! I hadn’t been blogging when her first part of the Original Sinners series started but I was able to read an ARC of The Saint, her first novel in the second part of the Original Sinners series called The White Years, and posted it all here.

The King (The White Years  #2 – Original Sinners series) Available for Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Pages: 443, Kindle Edition
Received Copy: Personal library, was approved by Harlequin via NetGalley but approval was on actual release day

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a ruler of Manhattan’s kink kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin.

Kingsley’s plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can’t subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s…

Tiffany writes in this way that gives you a mix of everything. You can get all of these different angles and perspectives through each novel. The Saint starts off with present time of Nora, ex-Mistress/dominatrix-turned erotic author, going off to be with thoughts of her recently passed mother as well as spending time with Kingsley’s, owner of NYC’s most prestigious underground BDSM club,  adult son Nico. While spending time in Europe Nora describes on how she first met Søren, the demi-god himself…(actually not a demi-god but a priest who’s into S&M, yeah I know it SOUNDS insane and probably sacrilege, but don’t worry it works, I SWEAR!) and how they fell in love.

In book 2, The King, we get a glimpse into what was happening to Kingsley while Søren was shaping teenage Nora into the woman she was made to be. We also find out the deep and dark path Kingsley goes on to find his new beginning and the early stages of the Eighth Circle the BDSM club that’s now famously known in their world. I have a hard time describing this because, the more I read the universe which Tiffany has created, I fall in love with Kingsley’s character more and more. I find him raw and passionate, I understand his loss and suffering, I sympathize with his yearning and envy his confidence. He’s everything I need from a character, and he’s foreign AND is very non-judgmental on what’s considered sexy.

So in relation to The King, I find I can give this book more depth than others because of my feelings for King. And again, if you’ve read the series, kudos and keep reading, if you haven’t you might want to look away because it’s semi-spoilery but…… I happen to LOVE, LOVEEEEEE the relationship between King and Søren, more so than Søren with Nora. I know, it sounds crazy, but I can see that their love is different. It’s got a dark past and I have no problem telling and fangirling to Tiffany on Twitter about it because I need to express my Kingsley love! UGH! Anyway, Tiffany continues to deliver and keeps the story going and does not disappoint with the sex and drama. You hate characters, then you love them, you want to smack them (not always in the kinky way) and then you want to pet them (yes in the kinky way). TIFFANY JUST MAKES YOU FEEL THINGS AND BY GOD, IF THEY HAPPEN TO BE SHOWING OFF A KINKIER SIDE TO YOUR LIFE SO BE IT!
 

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Rawness and demons…
So I have a slight confession, I’ve been going through a really rough time mentally and where Kingsley has spiraled to, I’ve definitely touched on that and I could relate completely. I’m not as dramatic as him, and I’m most DEFINITELY not there sexually, haha, because if I was well…anyway, I got it. I loved it. Because it made me feel even the tiniest bit happy knowing that a fictional character could get there…which means Tiffany either knows of the struggle personally or knows from others but she got it. And I got it too.

The Break…
I kind of enjoyed a break from Nora to be honest. She showed up a little less in The Angel (Reisz’s second novel in the Red Years for the Original Sinners series) but she’s barely a blip in this book and I’m okay with the other characters getting a little more love. Not to say that I don’t love Nora, because I do, but again I’m all for the Kingsley/ Søren bickering, lovefest, and sometimes Søren can get clouded by Ms. Nora. But this also makes me VERY VERY excited to see more of Kingsley’s side of a Nora introduction when she was younger. It’s gonna be good.

The Phrase…
And FINALLY–we can see how that infamous line got started, “Have you ever had sex in the back of a Rolls Royce?” Oh Kingsley, you cheeky man, you!

History…
Once again, I love that we start off the story in the present yet we dive right back into what happened, the creation of the club. Even more so, we travel even further back during the high school years at St. Ignatius where Søren and Kingsley were the naughtiest of school boys.

Again, I don’t have much to say, one thing that I was curious about (didn’t love or hate it) the present time’s storyline. I’m still slightly confused and I literally keep thinking a major character has died and I’m not ready for that punch to my gut just yet. But I’m probably wrong. And I KNOW for sure that things are going to start coming together soon and we can see where it’s going. But for right now, Nora hanging out with Nico, Kingsley visiting Grace and Zachary in England….the Kid is confused. But again, I have faith all will unfold in due time.
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Most definitely check Tiffany’s novels and novellas. I swear you will NOT be disappointed, you might even find yourself a new fan of all things kinky 😉 Also, the first two novels, The Saint and The King are Kindle deals on Amazon for a limited time! Make sure you grab your ebook copy today!

See ya ’round, the Kid xx

Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I Own the Most Books From

I feel like this summer I’m only liable to complete one Top Ten Tuesday per month haha! Let’s dive into this week’s topic, shall we?

 

July 29:  Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From hosted by The Broke & the Bookish (weekly bookish topic)

My make-shift library contains an array of titles, but only a few are written by the same author. This author usually has to take me to a different world, explains detailed and beautiful description, characters that I feel for and read as real instead of just fictional. Few make the list, but I do have some favorite authors and I also have a few titles from the same author that enraptured my heart once but some of their other works just didn’t read the same way.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Tales of Beedle the Bard


Attachments

Eleanor & Park
Fangirl
Landline


Anna and the French Kiss
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Isla and the Happily Ever After


If I Stay

Where She Went
Just One Day
Just One Year
Just One Night


Pivot Point

Split Second
The Distance Between Us
On the Fence


Boy Meets Boy

Every Day
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Two Boys Kissing
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List


My Life Next Door

What I Thought Was True

Delirium
Pandemonium
Requiem
Before I Fall
Panic

Looking For Alaska
Paper Towns
The Fault in Our Stars
Will Grayson, Will Grayson


The Siren

The Angel
The Prince
The Mistress
The Saint
The Gift
Submit to Desire
The Last Good Knight (#1-5)
The Mistress Files

GUYS! I can’t tell you hard FREAKING difficult and LONG it took me to find all of these similar fonts the authors have on their novels! WOOT! But I did it! Such a trooper I am!

Who are your favorite authors that crowd your bookshelves?

Linz xx

 

The Saint ARC Review

The post I’ve been waiting to….well, post….

via Goodreads

The Saint (The Original Sinners: White Years #1)
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Pages: 420 pages, paperback
Received Copy: Electronic NetGalley Advanced Copy
Available for Purchase via Amazon

(Warning, this book is highly adult. It’s erotica and if that isn’t really your cup of tea, I’d suggest skipping reading up on this review. If you DO enjoy it or find it intriguing, please by all means continue to read on)

 

I was so SO lucky enough to be given access to to one of my favorite series, The Original Sinners by the lovely and brilliant Tiffany Reisz. I cannot express how much Harlequin rules in my book for giving me access through NetGalley–especially since I haven’t been blogging for long or have much luck scoring the awesome ARCs I usually look forward to getting my hands on!!!

 

ANYWAY….a little briefing:

For those of you who have no idea who Tiffany Reisz is or what The Original Sinners novels are, you MUST go and check them out before you read this review or novel! The Original Sinners is a fantastic story told through a series of erotic novels and novellas about the underworld of doms and submissives with a twist, but oh so good of a twist. Nora Sutherlin was a catholic school girl who then grew up and turned submissive, turned dominatrix, turned erotica novelist. PHEW haha, is this making you intrigued or uncomfortable? 😉

The Original Sinner series consists of four novels, starting with The Siren, where Nora completes and promotes her novels to later touching on the backstory of her life and the relationships she’s grown to fiercely love and respect. The cast of characters include, king of the BDSM underworld himself, Kingsley, Søren, bff to Kingsley as well as Nora’s everything: mind, body, and soul are owned by him….oh yeah and he’s a Catholic priest. I know, it’s a pretty crazy storyline, LOTS of sexual encounters to make you need to cross your legs or take a cold shower but I promise it’s SOOOO worth it!!

The newest series is a continuation of The Original Sinners called The White Years. The Original Sinners storyline takes place most in present time, with added reflection in days of past, but The White Years go back to the start. Søren as a freshly pressed priest at a small parish in Connecticut home to the sassiest and badass teen you’ll ever meet: Eleanor Schreiber. Eleanor is a free thinker, has a sassy mouth, bluntly speaks her mind, and does not mind being a sinner, not one bit. In The Saint you find out her moves and decisions made for the path she chose in life that you read in the stories before. You have insight to all of this and never mind a younger Søren: yes. please. It’s actually the ORIGINAL story of how the Original Sinners got their name, haha, or at least Nora. You travel from mid high school until mid college ending where her old life will cease to exist and she moves on into a world she never could have expected to exist.

Synopsis via Goodreads:

In the beginning, there was him. 

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets. 

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

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Things I Liked:

the Characters…
I was so happy to read teen Nora/Eleanor. She has such a mouth on her but that’s to be expected because of reading the first series. She goes through much more than I expected. When you’ve read The Original Sinners series, much of her story has been told but a good portion has been left out. It was very interesting to get this new perspective. I also really appreciated the flow of Tiffany’s characters. Never did I once think the story lost it’s purpose or the characters lose their voices. Everything flowed beautifully.

Tipsy Søren…
I mean honestly, I’m not going to say anymore on this, but this scene was BY FAR my favoritest (yes, it’s a word) of the book!!! This scene also involves might involve the official meeting of Kingsley. With this, you already see the dynamics there for the three of them to be the ultimate trifecta. UNF!!

the Storyline…
Once again Nora keeps up with the present timeline but also finds a way to explain her days of past. The flow is refreshing and I never was confused. It is a heavy recalling of her youthful days but there are some lovely, intimate times in the present for Nora Sutherlin.

the Continuation…
After flying through the ARC I had to make sure I emailed Tiffany my thoughts. I wanted to gush about this book but didn’t have a bunch of people I could tell so I went straight to discuss it with the source herself. I cannot express how excited and thrilled I am that Nora/Søren/Kingsley’s storyline continues!! I find these days erotica is hard to find: GOOD erotica. Not something cheap. Not something written for a paycheck. These characters have been given life and I’ve read it through all of Tiffany’s work. I thank her for that…so much!

the Lovin’…
Oh dear god. The passion is back! You feel it all and then some. The heat between Søren and Nora is there from Day 1. You understand it. It’s already been ingrained into your brain that these two have quite the history but The Saint certainly explains the beginning of it all and you’re the lucky reader to gets to happily enjoy the ride.
Things I Didn’t Like:

Present Time…
I will need to go back to re-reading the end of The Mistress to remember a certain character’s involvement, but said character is back and I’m not sure where this will all fit in. It’s not really something I *disliked* about the story but more light could’ve been shed on how connect they are with Nora. But I know Tiffany’s stories and I began to realize that throughout the The White Years series, this subject/character will be explained entirely. We’ll see the big picture eventually but this is only a little sliver of the storyline.

 

Other than that I don’t have much else to gush about other than if you’re a fan of BDSM, any fantastically, well-written erotica you will have to own this!! If you haven’t read the first series, The Original Sinners, I highly recommend starting it!! The novellas Tiffany has available are also great purchases to get as well as free treats on her website! YES. FREE!!!

If you’re just starting the series, I’d suggest you start with a novella called The Gift. I originally knew it as Seven Day Loan but this short story is a nice insight into Nora’s world. It’s a perfect mix of introduction and sexiness that you’re looking for. It’s a good glimpse that will leave you seriously wanting more! Then dive into The Siren, first of The Original Sinners series!!

Later sinners….

Linz aka The Kid xx