War by Laura Thalassa

wARPages: 427

Goodreads Rating: 4.27 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5  stars

Genre: New Adult, Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy

Publication Date: July 10th 2019

Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing, LLC

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They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp.

Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist.

However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.

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Blog Tour: Broken Knight by L.J. Shen (Late post)

IMG_9194Pages: 367

Goodreads Rating: 4.48 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 17th 2019

Publisher: Self-published

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Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.

Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.
Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar.

This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.

But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.

Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

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Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day

butterfly in frostPages: 204

Goodreads Rating: 3.84

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 27th 2019

Publisher: Montlake Romance

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From #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Sylvia Day comes a hotly anticipated and passionate new love story.

Once, I would never have imagined myself here. But I’m settled now. In a place I love, in a home I renovated, spending time with new friends I adore, and working a job that fulfills me. I am reconciling the past and laying the groundwork for the future.

Then Garrett Frost moves in next door.

He’s obstinate and too bold, a raging force of nature that disrupts the careful order of my life. I recognize the ghosts that haunt him, the torment driving him. Garrett would be risky in any form, but wounded, he’s far more dangerous. I fear I’m too fragile for the storm raging inside him, too delicate to withstand the pain that buffets him. But he’s too determined…and too tempting.

And sometimes hope soars above even the iciest desolation.

Emotional and heartrending, the Butterfly in Frost novella marks a brilliant return by global sensation Sylvia Day, the #1 international multimillion bestselling author of the Crossfire saga.

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Things We Never Said by Samantha Young

thingswenever saidPages: 357

Goodreads rating: 4.08 / 5  stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 5th 2019

Publisher: Self published

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Local metalsmith and gift shop owner, Dahlia McGuire, likes her quiet life in Hartwell, Delaware. It’s the perfect place to hide from her family and the tragic events that led to their estrangement. However, when her father, the person she loves most in the world, needs her Dahlia has no choice but to return to Boston to face her ghosts. One of those happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Michael Sullivan. The man she was never supposed to fall in love with.

Michael Sullivan has never forgotten Dahlia McGuire. Some might say he’s never gotten over her. For years he lived with the anger of her desertion, and now, newly-divorced, he’s finally ready to move on. That proves impossible when Dahlia returns to Boston and reawakens their explosive connection. Despite everything, Michael wants her back, but Dahlia can’t seem to let go of the tangled emotions of the past. When she flees home to Hartwell, Michael follows, determined to do everything in his power to convince her they belong together.

However, when the unthinkable hits the quiet seaside town, Michael finds himself trying to unravel more than the mystery of Dahlia’s broken heart. It’s time for truths left unsaid to finally be spoken or Michael and Dahlia might find themselves torn apart forever…

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hey guys! It’s been a while. I’m busy with work and I’m too exhausted to write a post. I’m checking in as we’re halfway through 2019. It has been a slow reading year and I have read 58 books. I’m done with my reading goal and I don’t want to pressure myself to keep up with everything. Let’s proceed with the tag!

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

TBTPages: 296

Goodreads Rating: 4.06 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 7th 2019

Publisher: Berkley Romance

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Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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The Annual Book Blogger Awards 2019 | Nominations

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great day and it’s been a week since I’ve posted on my blog. I’ve been busy with work and I’d rather much eat and sleep from exhaustion (also I’m distracted playing video games instead of reading haha! If you’re playing Mobile Legends add me — Ladyvantassel).  My smutathon wrapup is still on my drafts as well as my reviews for Rip by Rachel Van Dyken and The Bride Test by Helen Hoang.  I’ll catch up on that soon but first, I’m excited to nominate book bloggers for The Annual Book Blogger Awards 2019 hosted by May of Forever and Everly.

This is my chance to give recognition to book bloggers who have been working since day one, sharing their passion and love for books and supporting the book community as a whole. Some of these people became my friends and have met in real life (to those who I haven’t meet, I hope we’ll see each other in the future!), I am truly proud of their achievements and they deserved to be recognize.

Without further ado, here are my nominees for each category:

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