Review: Waking Amy (Amy 1) by Julieann Dove

Waking Amy by Julieann Dove
Format: PDF, 107 pages
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, February 23rd 2016
Rating: ★★★

Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness... she just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly... Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.
In this romantic tale, we follow the story of a woefully lost woman in the midst of what I would call a mid-life crisis. She has the perfect life-- a comfortable relationship, a stable job, and a decent social life. But, Amy's always second best when compared to her sister or her friends, and it takes the leaving of her husband for her to tackle this realization head on.

Book Tour + Excerpt: Love's Fury by Violetta Rand

Love's Fury (Viking's Fury Book 1)
Violetta Rand


Caught between duty and passion…

After losing a drinking wager with his eldest brother, Konal the Red finds himself drafted by the Danish prince and fighting in Northumbria. Once his military contract expires, he intends to return to Norway where he belongs. But his exploits have earned him respect, lands, and a few enemies. Rewarded with a Saxon beauty who inspires more than simple passion, he’s determined to win her trust and body.

Caught between a heart locked on revenge and seduction…

Silvia, the only child of the church undersecretary, vows to avenge her beloved father after he’s killed in a siege. It doesn’t matter which Viking wielded the axe—an eye for an eye is the only thing that will satisfy her. When Konal claims her as a spoil of war, she sees it as the perfect opportunity for revenge. She never expects to discover a pure heart buried beneath Konal’s barbaric exterior.

As Konal slowly rekindles a spark of life inside her, their fates become hopelessly entwined. Not only must they withstand the violence of the envious lust-mongers who threaten them, Konal and Silvia must choose what’s most important—tradition or love that cannot be denied.

10 Books Every Hopeless Romantic Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Books of the romance genre are probably my favourite to read. Yes, I like to read epic adventures with bad-ass female leads, but sometimes I've got to put away the sword in favour for a rose. Here are five romantic books I've read and enjoyed, as well as five I'd like to read.

1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Compared to other books out there, I know Twilight may not top many peoples' lists, but personally, I loved this book when I first read it back in middle school. I like to think of this book as my intro into YA romance.


2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
It's beautiful and funny and cute; do I really need to say more? Also check out Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by the same author. They are standalones, but I strongly recommend to read them in the order mentioned. (Lola's my fave.)

3. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
I've yet to read a book by Sophie that I didn't love. Her writing is hilarious, her characters are lovable, and her stories are a heck of a good time. Her easy to read romances are my go-to for getting out of slumps. (Confessions of a Shopaholic anyone?)


4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Although I didn't love the book, I can't deny that I love Hazel Grace and Augustus. It was a beautiful and memorable romance. I do have to admit though, I enjoyed the movie more than the book.

10 Bookish People to Follow

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! Here is a list of my favourite bookish social media accounts (in no particular order):

1. @blueeyedbiblio

2. @booksandbeans

3. polandbananasbooks

4. @futurelibrarians

Review: Crank (Crank 1) by Ellen Hopkins

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Format: Paperback, 537 pages
Published: Margaret K. McElderry, August 6th 2013
Rating: ★★★★★

Life was good before I met the monster. After, life was great, at least for a little while.

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. Then, Kristina meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.
This is the story of a young girl, Kristina, and how the usage of drugs affects her life. We follow her through dealing with relationships, inner conflict, and family issues on this emotional roller coaster (I'm surprised I didn't cry though). The plot was very simple, meaning that there weren't any complex subplots or anything. I'm not particularly fond of the ending, but I suppose that's why there are two other books in the series. Although I feel like the next installments will kind of drag it out. I would have been fine with another fifty pages to wrap up this story, but that could just be me. Admittedly, I'm not too rushed to read the next books.

That's a Wrap: March 2016

I read four books this month, which I think is pretty decent (shush, I'm trying to make myself feel better for the lack of reading I've been doing).

1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis ★★★★✩
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. While there were aspects that I didn't particularly enjoy, the parts that I did like overwhelmed them.


2. The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★
If you've read and enjoyed the other Shadowhunter series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman ★★★★✩
I just love the storytelling in this book. For me, the plot wasn't what made this book. It was the way Forman presented the story. It just all flowed really nicely. I also loved the characters.


4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins ★★★★★
I loved the concept of this book. The story is told using verses and poems, which I originally feared would be difficult to follow, but if anything, it added to the atmosphere of story.

Annnd that completes the month of March. Can you believe we're already at the fourth month of the year? I can't! What books have you read this month? Let me know in the comments!