Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Sunday Post #68: A Packed Weekend



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

Last weekend I finally was able to catch up on some sleep and this week it was back to work again. But I definitely felt so much better. It was a busy week with work from Monday till Friday but it was all good. The week was busy, but not too busy. And since the weather was very nice Monday till Wednesday I was able to take my scooter to work. And that means no traffic jams. What definitely makes me very happy!

On Friday night my husband and I had a dinner date with one of my girlfriends and her boyfriend. It had been a while since we did something with just the four of us, and it was a very fun evening. After dinner, we went to this café were we had some drinks. We laughed a lot and so hard my stomach hurt. It was the perfect evening to start the weekend.

Saturday, today, was also a busy day. I had to do some shopping in the city and it took a lot longer than I anticipated. When I came home I was super excited to see the new ‘Harry  Potter: A History of Magic’ book finally arrived. It’s a gorgeous book! But unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time to look into it. I’ve planned some time for that this Sunday.

A lot of the following afternoon was spend helping my husband with repairing the water tap. Sounds like an easy thing, but it took hours to get it fixed. Nothing fitted the right way and it was very stressful. Especially since we weren’t able to put the water back on. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to use the toilet during the night. But thankfully it worked.

Saturday evening, we went to my mom’s house and had a nice dinner with her and her boyfriend. And Sunday, we have to wake up early to go to my little nieces baptism. Definitely a busy weekend!

Books & Blogging:

Last weekend Maureen’s Books Promotions own website went life. I’m super excited about that. I’m still working on it, but I’m happy with the way it looks so far. If you’re able to visit, let me know what you think. ;)

I also updated my Pinterest account. I’m still not really good with it, but if you’re on their let me know and I’ll follow you! I'm slowly getting better! ;)

This week I definitely had some more reading time and I hope to get some more Sunday afternoon. I also managed to blog a little every evening, which is my goal to make the rest of the week a little easier.

Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • Blog Ahead 2017 #4
  • My Favorite.. Book Character You’d Like To Go Shopping With
  • Review ‘Break In Two’ by M.J. Summers

New Arrivals:


Bought Myself

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Five Things I've Learned As A Blogger


I have been a book blogger for three and a half years now. And I definitely learned a lot during these last view years about blogging and the book blogging world. There have been moments where I didn’t want to do anything else than blogging. There have been moments where I’ve wished I could just take a break. But above all I’ve been loving every step I made as a blogger. There have been great experiences, and terrible experiences. I tried new things and succeeded but also failed miserable. But most importantly I love blogging even more today than I did the day I started. And today I’d like to share five things I’ve learned as a blogger. 

  • As a book blogger you definitely need to be able to plan. Especially if you have a full time job next to your book blogger life. Off course there are some book bloggers that don’t plan at all, but I found that being good in planning made my book blogging life a lot easier. I have this planner where I write everything in down. (Yes I still write things down, because that works the best for me.) I plan my posts at least a week ahead so I know what I have to do. I try to also prepare the posts, and this keeps going better and better, but even having posts only written down in my planner helps me to juggle my busy life. I even plan days where I don’t do anything else then writing posts.  
  • You can’t accept every review request! This is something I learned the hard way. When I just started this blog I was overwhelmed with all the review requests I received. I was just in awe. Authors wanted me to read their book? Wow! I loved it. And I accepted every single request. Even if there where books I didn’t really think I would love. In the beginning this worked for me. But soon I had so many books to read, that I found myself getting stressed because I wasn’t able to read everything, next to working fulltime. And I didn’t enjoy the actual reading anymore.  Thankfully, I was able to stop myself before I really lost the joy of reading. Now I read every review request, but try to honestly accept which books interest me. And when I am too busy to even read those, I decline with a kind email thanking them for thinking of me. 
  • Being honest in you reviews isn’t always easy, and sometimes it even gives you some very unkind responses but to me it is crucial. When you are asked to review a book, it is your responsibility as a book blogger, and reader to be honest. What did you really think about the book? What did you like? What did you dislike? Honesty is was the author asked when you got the review request. But this doesn’t mean you have to be rude about it. I can honestly say I’m never unkind or rude in my reviews. Even when I really didn’t like a book, I try to write my reviews in a way that doesn’t ‘hurt’. Because let’s face it, authors put their heart and souls into their writing and I wouldn’t be able to even write one chapter.  
  • The book blogging community is a nice, kind and loveable community. Not only our love of books is what binds us, but also our ability to keep talking about great characters, beautiful book covers and amazing authors is what I think that makes the book blogger community amazing. I’ve come into contact with so many great authors and book lovers that I can’t imagine my life without them.  
  • You don’t have to post every day! When I started blogging, and even until early this year, I thought I needed to post something on my blog every day to keep people interested. I would wake up early to make a lot of posts, I signed up as a tour host for several bloggers and I would try to think desperately for new post ideas. Don’t do that! You’ll only stress yourself out. If you have enough posts for every day, great. But if you don’t? That’s great too! Blogging should be fun and stressing yourself out isn’t helpful at all. Now I post four, five and sometimes only three times a week. And I still get visitors!   

Remember.. Blogging should be fun and you need to find out what works for you to make this a great experience. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Favorite.. Book I Wish They Made a Movie Off



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

There are many books out there I wished they’ve made a Movie off. But when  I thought of this particular My Favorite subject, I immediately thought of The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa. 

I read the first book in The Iron Fey series ‘The Iron King’ in 2013 and completely fell in love with that series. After reading the first book, I was unstoppable and read the others too. I haven’t read all the novella’s in this series, but I still plan on doing that one day. It’s just an amazing series. Fantasy, Fairytale bits, Romance.. I love it! 

https://www.goodreads.com/series/47329-the-iron-fey

And this is a series I definitely thought they would make into a movie or a tv series. If you ask me this book series has everything you’ll need in a good movie. And I know Julie Kagawa has a pretty big fanbase, so a movie would probably be a win. But what do I know! :)

Have you read The Iron Fey series? What book did you wish they made a movie off?


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review 'Mageborn' by Stephen Aryan


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34219911-mageborn
It's been ten years since the battlemage war, where thousands died as mages sundered the earth and split the sky. 

Habreel believes eradicating magic is the only way to ensure a lasting peace. He will do anything to achieve his goal, even if it means murdering every child born with the ability. 

As deaths involving magic increase and the seat of magical learning - the Red Tower - falls under suspicion, two students and one lawbringer must do everything they can to combat Habreel and his followers, before magic disappears from the world for good.





The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 3rd, 2017
Series:
Age of Dread #1
Genre:
Fantasy
Pages:
432
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy lately. But when I read the book description of ‘Mageborn’, I found myself being excited to read this one. And when I saw that cover, I got even more excited. That cover is just so damn pretty!

From the moment I started reading ‘Mageborn’ I found myself being intrigued by this read. The setting of the world was really interesting and I loved getting to know it bit by bit. It still took me a little while to really get into this story, but this didn’t bother me at all. The whole setting around the ‘Red Tower’ was really interesting and it made me want to keep on reading. 

The characters Stephen Aryan wrote were also really interesting to read about. But there were a lot of them, and especially in the beginning I had some trouble keeping everyone apart. I would have liked the opportunity to get to know some of the characters a little more too. For example Wren. I loved that character and found myself looking forward to reading Wren’s point of view above that of other characters. 

As a fantasy novel, Mageborn was definitely a good one. But I still found myself being unable to be completely hooked to this read. I don’t know why exactly, but there was just something I missed. 

Overall, Mageborn was an interesting and fun read. And I’d definitely like to read more in this series!

My Rating:

About the Author:


Stephen Aryan was born in 1977 and was raised and educated in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. After graduating from Loughborough University he started working in marketing, and for some reason he hasn’t stopped. A keen podcaster, lapsed gamer and wannabe forest ranger, when not extolling the virtues of Babylon 5, he can be found drinking real ale and reading comics. He lives in the West Midlands with his partner and two cats.

For more information about Stephen Aryan please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.   

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Monday, October 16, 2017

Blog Ahead 2017 #3


Blog Ahead is organized by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and it's definitely a great challenge. The Blog Ahead Challenge aims at helping you cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy. Go on and visit Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog, and don’t forget to visit other participants and give them some encouragement. 


Rules: 

  • Any completed and scheduled posts counts.
  • The posts must be dated November 1st or later. They cannot go live in October and count towards the event.

My Goal:


I don’t have the best track record for the blog ahead challenges and reaching my set goal. But at least I always try hard! Right?! And I won’t give up now. For this challenge my goal is to have at least 14 posts ready to go by the end of October.

Post So Far:


* November 1st: My Favorite.. Social Media Account
* November 2nd: HoHoHo Read-A-Thon 2017
* November 8th: My Favorite.. Gift

As you can see I haven't gotten a lot of new posts ready this week. But it’s been going pretty good with perparing posts.  I have the outlines for several posts ready and I feel pretty good about that. Since we're already half way with this challenge (crazy right?) I plan to make some more posts this week!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Sunday Post #67: Sleep Isn't Overrated



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

Another week has flown by and I’ve been really tired. I worked a lot and haven’t been able to sleep as much as a human being probably should. LOL!! But I have a long weekend off from work to fix that. 

Other than work there hasn’t been a lot going on. It’s definitely one of those weeks where I wish I could work less and have more of life. But hopefully thinks will slow down a little. 

Books & Blogging:

Blogging wise I’ve been trying to make some posts for November for the Blog Ahead Challenge. It’s been going pretty good, not that I’ve got a lot of posts finished yet. But I have the outlines for several posts ready and I feel pretty good about that.

My Maureen's Books Promotions Celebration Party Giveaway ended this week. The winners has been notified. Thanks to everyone who joined me in the celebrations. I'm super excited about this new step in my blogger career.

I also joined the #HoHoHo Read-A-Thon in November as a host, which is really exciting and I can’t wait for it to be November! 

Reading wise I’ve been having some troubles. I can’t seem to concentrate on my reading as much lately. Not for any particular reason. At least not a reason I’m aware off. But I hope to catch some reading hours this Sunday.

Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • Blog Ahead 2017 #3
  • Review ‘MageBorn’ by Stephen Aryan
  • My Favorite.. Book I Wish They Made a Movie Off
  • Five Things I’ve Learned As A Blogger

New Arrivals:


Received from Little, Brown Book Group
Received from Little, Brown Book Group

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blog Tour 'Happy Days of the Grump' by Toamas Kyrö


Today I’m excited to participate in the blog tour of ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ by Tuomas Kyrö. ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ was published on September 21st 2017.


The Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35699064-happy-days-of-the-grump?ac=1&from_search=true
For fans and readers of ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Stepped Out Of The Window And Dissapeared’ by Jonas Jonasson, ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ by Rachel Joyce and ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion.

The Grump, at eighty years old, is more focused on death than life; building his own coffin and keen to write his will in ink - who can trust technology, after all? - he knows that everything was much better in the old days.

But when the Grump finds himself in hospital in a semi-conscious state after falling down his basement steps, his life passes before his eyes. Thinking of the people closest to him and reflecting on the changes society has brought about, he realises he must come to terms with the cards life has dealt him.

With wry humour and sharp observations on family and relationships, The Happy Days of the Grump is a black comedy, sure to bring a smile to the face of even the grumpiest among us.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
September 21st, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Comedy, Fiction
Pages:
320
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


A little while ago I was asked to be a part of the blog tour of ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ by Toamas Kyrö. Since I was looking for a read, a little different from my normal reads, this book sounded like a great next read. So after I received the book, I started reading as soon as possible.  

In ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ we meet, yes, the Grump. The Grump is an eighty year old who has had enough of life. He is building his own coffin, and writing his own will all with the idea of being dead soon. But then the Grump falls and is hospitalized and soon the Grump is forced to think about his plans and the life he led. 

Although this book definitely had its funny moments, it was much more serious than I anticipated. The Grump really is this old grumpy man I would probably dislike in real-life. Especially since the Grump has very old fashioned ideas about woman. But aside from that he has his charms. And in the end I really came to like him. 

The writing in ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ was definitely a little different. And it took some getting used too! But after a little while I started to appreciate, being inside the Grumps head. It was different, but good. 

Overall this book was a fun read, but I did miss a little more depth into the character. But it was definitely an enjoyable read.

My Rating:



About the Author:


Tuomas Kyrö is one of the new voices in Finnish literature, whose talents were first showcased in his debut novel, Leather Jacket. Kyrö draws on the long tradition of Finnish prose to tell compelling, even tragic stories with great authority. He is also a prolific cartoonist and columnist.

I received this book from Bonnier Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  

http://www.bonnierpublishing.co.uk/

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Favorite.. Thing About Fall



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I love summer time, but winter is definitely my favorite season. But fall also has its charms. Here in the Netherlands, we seem to forget that sometimes. Why? Fall brings a lot of rain with it. And I really don’t like rain. Sometimes it seems to rain weeks in a row. Everything gets muddy, and grey and the temperatures drop. Blegh..

But what I do love about fall are all those beautiful colors out there. The different orange colors, those pumpkins. It definitely looks very pretty. We don’t celebrate Halloween here, but I always try to decorate our home a little with some Halloween stuff and pumpkins. And I love that.

Another great thing about fall is definitely the candles. When it’s fall I get all our candles back into the living room. It’s just so cozy. Especially when you’re sitting on the couch with your cup of tea and a nice blanket.

What is your thing about fall??

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review 'Be With Me' by J. Lynn


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20879772-be-with-me
From the bestselling author of WAIT FOR YOU, prepare to be blown away by her next New Adult story of love, lust and longing - containing an exclusive bonus scene that isn’t in the ebook that you won’t want to miss!

There are a lot of reasons why Teresa and Jase should steer clear of each other…

Firstly, Teresa is Jase’s best friend’s little sister – and Jase has a pretty good idea of how Cam will feel about anyone messing her around.

Secondly, Teresa’s dreams of being a dancer have just been put on hold – maybe permanently. The last thing she needs is a player like Jase distracting her when she needs to find direction.

Thirdly, Jase has a secret. A big one. And he’s not ready to risk sharing it with anyone apart from the people closest to his heart.

But there is one electric reason why they can’t stay away from each other…

The Facts:


Publication Date:
February 13th, 2014
Series:
Wait For You #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
416
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


Lately I’ve really been in the mood for romantic reads. I just love to be swept away in a nice romantic book with awesome characters. And although I really should have been reading books on my deadline list, I decided to finally read ‘Be With Me’. I’ve had ‘Be With Me’ for a view years and it was definitely time I read it. Especially since this is the second book in the Wait for You series, and I loved the first book

In ‘Be With Me’ we meet Teresa and Jase. Teresa has had a crush on Jase forever. But Jase is Teresa’s brothers best friend, and he seems to be keeping his distance. When Teresa’s dream of being a dancer suddenly ends, she is forced to the college ‘thing’. And now Teresa even has some of the same classes as Jase. And although there are many reasons why Teresa and Jase can’t be together, sometimes things are just meant to be.

From the moment I started reading about Teresa and Jase I just completely fell in love with these two characters. Not only do they have some very sweet chemistry going on. But there is just something about these two I loved right away. Teresa has this big crush on Jase forever, but she isn’t one of those girls who just get swept away. No Jase definitely has to work for it, and he did. 

I loved how Teresa and Jase were first and foremost friends. Jase was there for Teresa during some very hard times. And it was just so sweet to read about their growing relationship. Jase was a guy I definitely had a crush on. He was just so good for Teresa, and although he made some mistakes he clearly was a good guy.

J. Lynn has a way of writing that makes you want to devour her books. And ‘Be With Me’ is no exception. I loved every single page, and it was definitely a nice extra to also read about two of the characters out of the previous book. 

‘Be With Me’ was a great read and I definitely need to read more books in this series.

My Rating:


About the Author:


# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

J. Lynn is a pseudonym for Jennifer L. Armentrout. 

For more information please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blog Ahead 2017 #2



Blog Ahead is organized by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and it's definitely a great challenge. The Blog Ahead Challenge aims at helping you cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy. Go on and visit Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog, and don’t forget to visit other participants and give them some encouragement. 


Rules: 

  • Any completed and scheduled posts counts.
  • The posts must be dated November 1st or later. They cannot go live in October and count towards the event.

My Goal:


I don’t have the best track record for the blog ahead challenges and reaching my set goal. But at least I always try hard! Right?! And I won’t give up now. For this challenge my goal is to have at least 14 posts ready to go by the end of October.

Post So Far:


* November 1st: My Favorite.. Social Media Account
* November 8th: My Favorite.. Gift

Yes, I haven't gotten as many posts ready as I hoped I would. Life has been pretty damn busy. But this week is going to be better!! I hope! :D

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Sunday Post # 66: Work Work Work



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week has been a crazy busy one. On Monday morning I finished my last nightshift. I spend the day cleaning up our home and trying to get back in my normal rhythm. On Tuesday my best girlfriend came by. We did some very necessary catching up, had a nice homemade lunch and then we watched wedding pictures. She hadn’t seen them all yet, and it was nice to finally be able to show them to her.

Wednesday and Thursday I had to work again. Thursday after work I had a dinner date with another girlfriend. We hadn’t seen each other in a view months so it was very nice to catch up. We had dinner in this nice café/restaurant we’ve never been at before. The food was very tasty, and not very expensive and I’ll definitely be going there again someday.

Friday was another busy day at work. And this weekend, well… I had the weekend off but we were really understaffed so I’m working this weekend too. Not the whole shift, only till 1 pm since I also have to work Monday and Tuesday. But it will be a pretty long week. Working 7 days is just too much. But I’ll get through it!

Books & Blogging:

I didn’t get a lot of reading time in this week. Between working, spending time with my girlfriends, and spending some quality time with my husband, life has been pretty damn busy. Blogging wise I did make some posts. But my Blog Ahead Challenge isn’t going very well! Hopefully this week will be better.

Maureen’s Books Promotions is celebrating! There’s a giveaway going on since starting my new business is definitely worth a little party I think!! So don’t forget to enter ;)


Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Blog Ahead 2017 #2
  • Review ‘Be With Me’ by J. Lynn
  • My Favorite.. Thing About Fall
  • Blog Tour ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ by Tuomas Kyro


New Arrivals:


Received from Netgalley
Received from Netgalley

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Maureen's Books Promotions Celebration Party Giveaway


I recently started my very own Maureen’s Books Promotions business. A promotion business were I help authors promote their books with Cover reveals, Blog Tours, Release Events, Promo posts etc. This is a dream of mine that I’ve had for a long time now and I just decided to do it. And because I’m super excited and like to get Maureen’s Books Promotions a little more known out in the world I’m doing this Giveaway!! A celebration definitely seemed in order if you ask me.

So enter the Giveaway and join my celebrations!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Favorite.. Book Mom



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

Over the years I’ve read many books and there have been many ‘book’ moms that I loved reading about. But thinking about ‘book’ moms there is one character that immediately comes up: Molly Weasley. Yes, no doubt.. she is just an amazing character. And not only because I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, but also because she is just.. well great.

Molly Weasley is a kind and hardworking mom. They don’t have a lot of money, but Molly never complains and makes the best of it. There is always food ready for her kids. She’s always positive and takes amazing care of all her children. And not to forget, Molly is also very great for Harry. She is definitely a mother figure for him. And those moments between Harry and Molly have definitely brought tears to my eyes.

I love reading about Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter books. She just has this thing about her that makes me want to visit her house and help her cook or something.


Who is your favorite book mom?

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review 'Beautiful Oblivion' by Jamie McGuire


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20764636-beautiful-oblivion
The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
July 1st, 2014
Series:
The Maddox Brothers #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
368
Formats:
Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


A view  years ago I read ‘Beautiful Disaster’ and ‘Walking Disaster’ by Jamie McGuire. And man did I love those books. I’ve read many more of Jamie’s books and she is definitely one of my favorite authors. But somehow, probably because of my big TBR, I hadn’t read ‘Beautiful Oblivion’ yet. And I should have known I would be addicted from the moment I started reading. 

In the ‘Beautiful Disaster’ book we met the youngest Maddox brother Travis. This is the story of his older brother Trenton and Camille Camlin, a college girl and bartender. ‘Beautiful Oblivion’ is told from Cami’s point of view and I just loved her. Cami is definitely my kind of female character. She is strong, independent and takes care of the people she loves. But Cami is in a very strange relationship with a guy she barely sees. And when Trenton starts paying attention to her, she knows she’s in trouble.

The chemistry between Cami and Trenton is amazing to read about. You can definitely feel it. And I loved reading every minute of their story! It was just so much fun getting to know them, and reading how they fell in love each other. It was sweet, entertaining and definitely gave me butterflies while reading it. 

Trenton Maddox is definitely another great Maddox brother. He is just so sweet, and the way he takes care of Cami is just swoon worthy. I was rooting for him the entire book. And let me tell you, I didn’t stop reading this book until it was done. Yes, I devoured this book! I honestly can’t believe it took me so long to read this one.

Jamie McGuire definitely is a great author. She knows how to write amazing love stories, filled with strong characters, a lot of chemistry and some heartbreaking moments. And that last sentence in the book.. Wow!! I mean Wow!! Jamie definitely knows how to keep her readers wanting more. I’m on my way buying her other books in this series ASAP!!

My Rating:

About the Author:


Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists in all four categories. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. In 2015, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, respectively, also topped the New York Times, as well as a Beautiful series novella, Something Beautiful. In 2016, Beautiful Burn made an appearance on the New York Times and USA Today, and was also named iBooks' Romance Book of the Year. The same year, A Beautiful Funeral also topped the New York Times bestseller list.

Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller and 2014 UtopYA Best Dystopian Book of the Year, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters, Happenstance: A Novella Series, and Sins of the Innocent.

Jamie is the first indie author in history to strike a print deal with retail giant Wal-Mart. Her self-published novel, Beautiful Redemption hit Wal-Mart shelves in September, 2015.

Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband, Jeff, and their three children.

For more information about Jamie McGuire please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
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