Book Haul: June 2016

Hello fellow readers! For the month of June I wasn’t too bad at the book buying! I accumulated 11 books, but I only paid for 4 (and those were at a super cheap price)!

I went on my annual book buying trip with my generous grandmother and scored some amazing books that I have wanted to buy so without further ado let’s get started!

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At my local bookstore I was able to pick up the missing Outlander books that I didn’t own!! These were an amazing find and I cannot believe I was able to pick them up for super cheap.

I grabbed:

Drums of Autumn (Book 4)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Book 6)

An Echo in the Bone (Book 7)

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Book 8)

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On the trip to Barnes and Noble with my grandmother I was able to grab some full series bundles and some amazing other books.

In this trip I collected:

The Black Prism

The Blinding Knife

The Broken Eye

The Inheritance Trilogy 

The Fifth Season

Night Angel Trilogy

Saga: Book 1 (Vol. 1-3 Included) *Review to come soon*

June has been an amazing book month! I will (hopefully) be holding off buying for a little while and reading what I own. I plan to pick up the rest of the Saga volumes out and continue on soon!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely Thursday!

-Samantha 🙂


Top 5 Wednesday: Settings You Want to See More Of

Hello fellow readers and happy #T5W! I hope that you are doing well and that you are having a great week so far. The weekend is so close!

If you would like to join in on T5W please feel free to check out our Goodreads group. Without further ado lets get into the settings. *All of the images in today’s post can be found on Pintrest.

-Samantha 🙂


1. 1800’s London

I have loved every book I read set in this time period and I would love love love to see more!


2. Seattle

This is a place where I would love to read more about! At one point I wanted to live so reading more about it would be pretty nice.


3. Scotland (preferably 1700’s)

As some of you may know my Outlander obsession is still in full swing and I would love to see Scotland be the setting for more books.


4. 1920’s

Such a fascinating time where things were oh so different. I think it would be great to see more books using this time period and it would be interesting to see how authors can put their spin on it.


5. Outer Space

I think it would be so wicked to read a book with a setting that takes place in space or has an outer space element added in. The options are endless and the space fanatic inside me is slowly dying for this.

This or That? #45

Hello fellow readers and happy Tuesday! Today I will be bringing you my thoughts on this weeks This or That? topic.

This or That is created by Rae over at bookmarkcronicles. Every week a bookish question is tossed out there and a choice must be made! On Fridays the topic choice winner is announced. Please head on over to her awesome blog and share some bookish love!

This week’s topic:

Having some of the middle chapters of a novel missing


Missing the first and last chapters

These are two of the worst things to ever happen! I’m going to have to go with “having some of the muffle chapters of a novel missing.” I feel like that is the better pick of the two. Without the first and last chapter there is so much left to the unknown with a book.

The first chapter and last chapter of a novel are too important to be missed. They set up and close the story so that there is some amount of closure that readers can have.

What do you think? Which is worse? Let me know in the comments!

-Samantha 🙂

Made: J.M. Darhower

23295358Book Information: 

Published: October 27th 2014 by J.M. Darhower

Author: J.M. Darhower

Page Count: 530

Rating: 5.0 ⭐️

Genre: Romance/Dark

Amazon: $3.99 (Kindle)

Barnes and Noble: $3.99 (Nook E-Book)

*Note: This is considered to be the sequel to the Sempre duology but the events that happen in this novel give away spoilers to the ending of Sempre and Sempre Redemption.

Synopsis via Goodreads: 

Corrado Moretti.

The world knows the notorious Kevlar Killer, but few have ever seen what lies beneath his armor. The abused child. The neglected teenager. The broken man. He always did whatever he had to do in order to survive.

It’s kill or be killed.

Throughout his life, he has been there in the shadows, a witness to everything from beginning to end. Bound by loyalty and honor, there’s only one thing he would sacrifice it all for: family.

Never get close. Never get attached. It’s a lesson that has been brutally pounded into him since childhood, but they’re words the DeMarcos make it difficult for him to follow. Through them he finds love and grieves loss, realizing the world isn’t quite as black and white as it’s made out to be.


This novel is in my top 10 best books I have read this year. I have found myself going back and re-reading my favorite parts and all I can think of is “Corrado Moretti, how have you wormed yourself into my mind?” Like the rest of the series, this book contains swearing, violence, abuse, and steamy scenes. 

This book follows the infamous Kevlar Killer from his earliest days. Corrado didn’t have a good childhood. His father is absent quite a lot, his mother is physically and verbally abusive, and his twin sister manipulative.

While reading about his childhood there were lots of times where I felt horrible about the life he had to endure at such a young age. Of course being the emotional reader that I am, I cried at several of the parts. From an early age he learned how to take care of himself and how not to grow attached to anything or anyone.

That flies out the window the moment he meets the stunning (both inside and out) Celia DeMarco. She is everything that Corrado isn’t. She is loud, passionate, and has the biggest heart. It isn’t until they meet later in their teenage years where things are set into motion.

After deciding that the life his father lives is the life he should live Corrado tries to find his ground in La Costa Nostra. The boss of this mafia is none other Celia’s father which means that both Celia and Corrado will be running into each other more than ever before.

The hardships that both Corrado and Celia go through before they have her father’s blessing is saddening. Corrado wants nothing more than to be with Celia but he knows that without the blessing he is as good as dead if he tries to make a move. As time goes on things work out and the romance really begins to bloom and take off.

The couple have a love like no other. They both know the risks of the life Corrado lives and they know that certain things just won’t be in their life plan, such as having children. This part broke my heart because Celia would have been such an amazing mother.

The love that these two had for one another is truly heart stopping. Corrado isn’t the typical husband but no matter what he loved his wife fiercely and she would be the only woman in his book. He knew how their story would end and he wanted to try and give her moments to remember.

He is a ruthless killer, he has done terrible things, he has destroyed things in his wake, but no matter what he will always bring home flowers to his wife. He will always make sure she is okay and not hurting. He holds her above himself and will gladly die to protect her.

What I also loved seeing was the different relationships between the characters in this novel. We get to see more of Vincent, Celia’s brother and Carmine’s father, and see how he fell in love with the sweet Maura. We got to know Antonio, Celia’s father and the head of La Costa Nostra during this time.

We also get to see different scenes that happen in Sempre and Sempre Redemption through Corrado’s eyes and in my opinion it made them even more heartbreaking. He was in this lifestyle much deeper than Carmine or Vincent ever were. He knew the outcome of these situations before he even walked through the door.

I was so intrigued about Corrado from the moment that we met him and I am beyond thrilled that he has his own book! This story was utterly perfect, there is not one thing that I would ask to be changed. It is real and it is raw. Corrado is one of those characters that will stick with you.

There is no way that I could ever forget this man.

Favorite Quote:

“Smiling, Celia leaned up on her tiptoes and kissed him. She pulled back, pressing her hand flat against his chest. His heart thumped erratically against her palm.
“You’re wrong about yourself,” she said seriously. “You said you were heartless, but that’s not true. I can feel it, Corrado. It’s in there. And as long as it’s beating, I know it’s there, working overtime, and you’ll never convince me otherwise.”


Sunday Post: 6/26/16

Hello fellow readers! Happy Sunday, I hope that you are doing well and that your day is being good to you.

The Sunday Post Meme was created by Kimberly over at  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Please go check out her blog and share some book love!

Personal Update:

I made it through my first week of work!!!! Ahhh what a week it was. I have been overwhelmed and an anxious mess since I started so I can only hope that lessens as time moves forward. I apologize for the lack of posts this week, I will be catching up this coming week.

I am enjoying what I am doing and everyone has been so kind, for that I am lucky. My people person persona is popping up more and more!

This Week’s Posts: 

This or That? #44

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Videos/Posts

Upcoming Posts:

Made: J.M. Darhower (Book Review)

This or That? #45

Top 5 Wednesday: Settings You Want to See More Of

June Book Haul

Currently Reading/Soon to be Reading:


Thanks to Regan from PeruseProject over on Youtube I have decided to pick up this novel!

Synopsis via Goodreads: 

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

I hope you all have an amazing week ahead!

-Samantha 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Videos/Posts

Hello fellow readers and happy Tuesday! I hope that you are all doing well and that your week so far has been kind for you. Today’s #T5W is all about highlighting you favorite posts/videos that you’ve made!

f you would like to join in on T5W please feel free to check out our Goodreads group. Without further ado, let’s get started on showcasing some posts!

1.  Totally Should’ve Book Tag

I loved participating in this tag! It was definitely fun and unique. I had to rack my brain for some answers and had fun doing so.

2. This or That? #44

This a more recent favorite post of mine (I posted it yesterday) where I made a choice between two options! For this particular week the question posed for readers was “A single character’s perspective OR Multiple perspectives”

3. Outlander Book Review

I was able to go on and on about one of my favorite books in this review and it is easily in the top 3 reviews that I have done!

4. Top 5 Wednesday: Book Theme Songs

This T5W topic was so unique and different that it had to be on this list as one of my favorites! I love sharing some music recommendations and this was a great way to do so.

5. Lady Midnight Book Review

I have to put my first ever blog post on this list because it will forever hold a special place in my heart.

-Samantha 🙂

This or That? #44

Hello fellow readers! Today is This or That Tuesday! I look forward to these days. I hope that you are doing well!

This or That is created by Rae over at bookmarkcronicles. Every week a bookish question is tossed out there and a choice must be made! On Fridays the topic choice winner is announced. Please head on over to her awesome blog and share some bookish love!

This week’s topic:

A single character’s perspective


Multiple perspectives

AHHH I love this topic so much!! This is usually an internal battle I have with myself. I’m going to have to go with multiple perspectives for this one!

I think it really comes down to the characters themselves. I am more likely to fall into the “multiple perspectives” category if I am invested in all of the characters! I find that a single character’s perspective can at times, dare I say, be boring. Having a variety of different voices each with unique personalities is great!

Following multiple characters in the story really makes it more unique in my eyes. For example, The Diviners by Libba Bray is told in various perspectives by the characters. Without those different perspectives the story would have had a totally different vibe.

More perspectives builds the story to new heights and really fills in some missing details that could have been left out from just following around one character.

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

-Samantha 🙂