Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Spooky Settings

Posted October 26, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is: Favorite Spooky Settings

These can be settings that exist in books or ones you’d like to see in books. Also, if you are like me, you don’t really have to make this about horror or scary settings. You can also use eerie, atmospheric settings. Macabre settings. Eclectic settings. I’m not a scary horror person either, but I do enjoy the latter.

I don’t read any horror or scary books so for this week’s topic, I’m going to share five settings that creeped me out in the books that I’ve read.

1. That room where Sahara was taken to and held captive in Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh: Sahara was held captive for YEARS. She was held by this really ugly person and he did everything in his power to break her, break her spirit and he just creeped me the heck out. I associate him with the dark that was in Kaleb and the stuff that he did to Kaleb and then to Sahara before they were both able to break free from him was seriously creepy. He really messed them up so it was good to see them find each other again and heal from the cruel things of their pasts.

2. The place Sully was held captive in Mexico in Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy: Sully was taken captive by mistake and the place where he was tortured for information and the things that were done to him broke my heart. He suffered greatly at the hands of his captives and just thinking about the place where he was kept gives me the creeps.

3. Anna’s first Alpha’s home in Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs: Ugh, this whole place was just creepy AF. Her first Alpha, his wife, the people in her pack, all of them were just eww. I would have a constant case of the creeps if I had to go there all the time. Ewww, just freaking gross.

4. The villains lair in Angels Blood by Nalini Singh: The villain in this book was dis-flippin-gusting. He was feral and bloodthirsty and just all around gross and creepy as hell. His lair was filled with every freaking gross thing you can think of. All bad stuff. All bad and bloody. My skin crawled just reading about it. I can’t imagine ever actually visiting that place.

5. The entire town where Cryers Cross by Lisa McMann was set: This whole book was dark and the town that this book was set in was creepy as hell. The people were strange, the feel of the place, the tone of the story just added to the creepiness of the town so yeah, this town was total Creepville.

Have you read any books that were spooky or just all around creepy? Which ones?

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Week in Books (39)

Posted October 24, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

Week in Books v2

Brenna is playing in a pre-season fall league with her high school basketball team and she played two games this past weekend. Her second game was one of those made for movies games. You know, the games that are physically and emotionally draining because the other team is playing aggressive and low key dirty but you’re not getting any calls so you have to fight for your teammates and for points. We went toe to toe for every minute of the game and were down with under a minute left in regulation when my niece shoots and makes two clutch free throws that take us into overtime. In overtime, we’re still trading baskets and with 1.6 seconds left in OT, we’re down by 2 and the youngest girl on our team brings the ball up the court and shoots a beautiful three-pointer with time winding down and MAKES IT! We won!! We were celebrating like we won the Super Bowl and not just some measly fall league game. It was great! To that jerk that kept screaming, “And one” after every defensive stop we got, suck on that!

We also got Bren’s senior portrait proofs back and I would share them on the blog but there are big ol’ COPYRIGHT PROTECTED marks all over them and I’m not trying to have Lifetouch sue my ass for sharing so you’ll just have to take my word for it, they came out great! 🙂

Something else that happened this week that kind of freaked me out was my nephew was walking home from work earlier this week and some guy ran up on him and stabbed him three times! He’s doing okay, had surgery and is on the mend so thank goodness for that.

Currently Reading

Ruled (Outlaws #3) by Elle Kennedy.

The latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, from the New York Times bestselling author of Claimed.

In the latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, one woman must choose between the two men who want to claim her…

…Or does she?

Despite his magnetic personality, Rylan can’t seem to seduce Reese, the deadly leader of their town of outlaws. Winning her over is a welcome challenge, but her indifference isn’t the only thing standing in his way. If he wants Reese, Rylan must also win over Sloan, her stoic protector…

Sloan has always loved Reese, but their painful past has stolen his chances of a future with her. Rylan’s interest in Reese only intensifies the tension—until Sloan begins to wonder if the reckless man might be the one person who can bridge the distance…

The last time Reese fell for the wrong man, she had no choice but to kill him. Now, she desperately wants to take what both Rylan and Sloan are offering. But if she makes the wrong call again, she risks losing them both.

I read the first chapter of this book last week and then I realized that I only had one week to read and get my discussion prepared for my book club meeting today so I put it down to get down to business on that and then Twisted Palace by Erin Watt came out so I had to jump on getting that read and then I got Someone Like You by Lauren Layne for review and there was no way in hell I was going to put anyone else before Lincoln Mathis so that happened. I read that entire book yesterday and so sometime today, I’m going to finally be reading this book.


Keepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Shadow Rider (Shadows #1) by Christine Feehan | 2.5 out of 5
Twisted Palace (Royals #3) by Erin Watt | 2.5 out of 5
Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne | 4.75 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Lincoln Mathis from Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne.

You’ll have to take my word for it. This guy is probably my favorite hero that I’ve read this entire year. Lauren Layne just keeps right on impressing the socks right off of me with each book she comes out with. I knew that I was going to adore Lincoln but I wasn’t prepared for how much I was going to enjoy getting to know him.

I’m still not over his story and I don’t think I will be any time soon. He was just….everything. I freaking love him to pieces. Boy do you guys have so much to look forward to. Fans of this series, this author and just romance in general will love this book. I promise!

This was me the entire time I was reading this book:

Gah, so freaking good.


The Boy is Back (Boys #4) by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5
To Love and To Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Addicted (Outlaws #2) by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
Results May Vary by Bethany Chase | 4 out of 5

Posts You May Have Missed

10/17: Week in Books (38)
10/18: Movie Review: Undrafted
10/19: Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Canon Ships
10/20: Mini Review Round Up (2)
10/21: Eye Candy Friday: Carter from Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

New to My Bookshelves

Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase

New to My Review Shelf

Keepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen
Solo by Jill Mansell
Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Eye Candy Friday: Carter from Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia-Williams

Posted October 21, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments


It’s been quite a while since I’ve read Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams but when I was prepping for this post, I picked up the book to browse it only to close the book at 2 in the morning, having read the entire book all over again. I did the same thing with Crosbie Lucas’ post.

Carter is Arizona’s best friend. He’s loyal. He’s caring. He’s everything.

Here’s his book info:


Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

It didn’t take much time for Carter to win me over. He was just so insanely cool and confident that I ate up every scene he was in. There wasn’t a thing that Arizona couldn’t talk to him about or ask him for that he wouldn’t do for her. He had her back and knew implicitly that she had his. They’d never crossed the line with each other, have kept their friendship completely platonic but you know that it was only a matter of time.

I loved the gradual pull between Carter and Ari but what I loved most about it was how Carter never wavered either way. When they were just friends, he was firmly in the friend zone. When they became more than friends, he moved himself firmly into the more than friends zone. There wasn’t any of that messy flip flopping for him. He said things like this that completely melted me.

“You belong to me, Ari, and you always will…You’re more than ‘just’ my best friend, and I never want to be ‘just friends’ again.”

In any situation, Carter just owned it. He was unfazed by most everything. He was just inately cool. The morning after they finally do the deed. Arizona is set in the “let’s not talk about it or tell anyone what happened” phase. They’re discussing where to meet and Carter suggests his place.

“What’s wrong with my place?”

“I would answer that, but it never happened…”

Haha, I loved this scene. There are plenty more scenes like that so really, give this book a go. Will ya?

Here’s who I picture as Carter:



This guy is all that and then some. You should read his book and fall in love with him just like I did.

Buy the Book

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams
Sincerely, Carter #1
Released on April 30, 2015
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Series Order

Sincerely, Carter | Sincerely, Arizona

Until next week…enjoy!

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