The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Strutskie

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Strutskie

February 9, 2016 Reviews 4

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Strutskie Series: The Abyss Surrounds Us #1 Published by Flux on February 8th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, YA, Romance Pages: 288 Goodreads For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight… Read more »


[Giveaway!] Book Connection with Ella Martin: Guest Post!

[Giveaway!] Book Connection with Ella Martin: Guest Post!

February 8, 2016 Features & Spotlights, Giveaways, Guest Post 0

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to kick off this awesome book tour! In this unique blog tour, Ella Martin is presenting us with her favourite romances and why we should read them! Hope you enjoy this tour and learning more about the awesome books featured! About the Book I Love Him, I Love Him Not by Ella Martin Talia Nicoletti’s life has been turned upside down–and that’s probably an understatement. Her mother goes off on a business trip… and comes back married! Her estranged father wants to be less estranged. And her best friend Jake DeSantos suddenly has a new confidante who Talia doesn’t want to like but kind of does anyway. Talia has to unravel her tangled up emotions to figure out what she really wants. Does she want to accept her father back in her life? Can she trust her new-stepfather? There’s too much hitting Talia at once, and she’s not ready to deal with any of it. The one… Read more »


Stop & Chat ~ All That Glitters Isn’t Gold…. ~

Stop & Chat ~ All That Glitters Isn’t Gold…. ~

February 6, 2016 Features & Spotlights 6

HAPPY SATURDAY!!! Welcome back to Stop & Chat my loves! This week’s topic is about something I think we are all guilty of (just a bit?) and I noticed right here on RSR. Where are all the reviews for older books?! A few weeks back I reviewed, Storm Front, a book released in 2000. To be honest I didn’t think anything of the review but when I was looking at our past reviews it struck me how few books we review that are more than 2 or 3 years old. And then I started looing at the blogs I follow and saw it’s not just me. Obviously this isn’t a “shaming” post where I try to make everyone feel bad about neglecting our elders but it really made me think. If you look at your blog or goodreads how many books have you read in the past 6 months that were published more than 3 years ago? How much comment… Read more »


January Is OVER!!

January Is OVER!!

February 1, 2016 Features & Spotlights 8

Happy February lovelies! I hope your new year is off to an amazing and bookish start. I personally am counting January as a trial month and plan on going into February with guns blazing and balls to the wall. (You all have no idea how long I’ve wanted to do a post full of Deadpool gifs!!!) That’s not to say I didn’t have big plans and amazing intentions for January. Oh no! I wanted to read ALL the books, and make ALL the post, and chat with ALL the bloggers; and I did! Sort of…I managed to mark off this beauties Armada by Ernest Cline was a DNF for me. Just too slow. Hunter by Mercedes Lackey was AH-MAZING! A full 5 out of 5 stars for me! Storm Front by Jim Butcher was great! 4 out of 5 stars with me itching to start the sequels! I Married A Billionaire by Melanie Marchande was God awful! I should have… Read more »


Stop & Chat ~ BEA…..Is Coming ~

Stop & Chat ~ BEA…..Is Coming ~

January 30, 2016 Features & Spotlights 7

Happy Saturday lovelies! We’re getting closer and closer to the most wonderful time of year! NOT CHRISTMAS! I’m talking about BEA! For those unfamiliar with this magical event may I direct you here. For everyone else I wanted to do a Q&A style Stop & Chat to help you first, or second/third/fourth, timers out. Last year I did an entire BEA series and, if I may be so bold, it kicked ass! I hit a lot of topics and tried my best to make sure all comments got a reply. Those post are still up if you want to check them out, but I wanted to do something less formal and separate for those “quick” questions we all have about the event! So….any questions, comments, concerns please leave in the comments and we’ll get to them ASAP! There are no “stupid” or “unnecessary” questions and this is a judge free space so leave your question with confidence loves! Anything you… Read more »


Today in YA: Podcast 7, with special guest Michael Waters!

Today in YA: Podcast 7, with special guest Michael Waters!

January 24, 2016 Podcast 2

Hello all! I’ve decided to put this podcast on a special list for you because it has a super awesome guest, Michael Waters. In this episode, we talked about LGBTQIA+ YA Representation and some books we like. My favourite part about this podcast is that Michael got to talk about some great books, and you can hear me in the background going “yessss”. A huge thanks to Michael for recording this podcast with me, and for putting up with all my computer difficulties! (Also the podcast does make Michael sound dismissive at the end based on my editing but don’t fret, he said it was a lot of fun to record and he has a blast doing it so yay!) — List of the books we discussed: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera Every Day by David Levithan Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire… Read more »


Stop & Chat ~ Losing Interest…It’s not you it’s me ~

Stop & Chat ~ Losing Interest…It’s not you it’s me ~

January 23, 2016 Features & Spotlights 12

Ok so today’s Stop & Chat is kind of embarrassing for me to admit because I feel like a total weirdo. Let me give you a scenario…. let’s say you’re reading a book you’ve been itching to get your hands on. You’re loving the characters, you’re loving the plot, you’re loving the world building and the writing is simply beautiful. You are full on LOVING this book! So much so you’ve made it to the 40/50% mark! And then, for whatever reason you put said awesome book down and that’s all she wrote. You didn’t DNF it, not really, but you just lost interest and kind of forgot about it….   This happens to me ALL THE FREAKING TIME! I don’t know why or how or even if I’m doing it on some weird subconscious level because I can’t handle the awesome and I’m not ready for it to end but ARGH!   The most recent victim of this madness?… Read more »


Mini Review – The Billionaire Bargain –

Mini Review – The Billionaire Bargain –

January 17, 2016 Reviews 1

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.The Billionaire Bargain by Lila Monroe Series: The Billionaire Bargain #2 on January 29th, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 88 Goodreads It was a deal made in the boardroom and sealed in the bedroom. It all seems so simple: pretend to be his fianceé, his company share prices stabilize, and everyone wins. It’s all just for show. So why does he keep kissing me? And why do I let him? Grant Devlin is the bane of my existence — not the man of my dreams. But now the lines are getting blurred, and between the kissing and the champagne (and did I mention the kissing?) I’m getting way too comfortable as the future Mrs Devlin. Something’s got to give, and it better not be my self-control… Ok I pretty much did this to myself. I read… Read more »


Throwback Review – Storm Front by Jim Butcher –

Throwback Review – Storm Front by Jim Butcher –

January 14, 2016 Reviews 9

Storm Front by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files #1 on April 1st, 2000 Genres: Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy Pages: 352 Goodreads Harry Dresden — Wizard Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment. Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And… Read more »


The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

January 12, 2016 Reviews 5

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry Published by Razorbill on January 26th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult, YA Pages: 316 Goodreads Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right. That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful… Read more »