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Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes Book Review

Santorini Sunsets
The seventh intoxicating love story by Anita Hughes, set in beautiful Santorini, Greece. When a Hollywood superstar and a NYC society girl fall in love, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.
Brigit Palmer is thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini. She's here for her wedding to Hollywood heart-throb Blake Crawford, one of America's most eligible bachelors. Brigit's parents have rented a villa, and soon guests will arrive from all over the world for the intimate ceremony.
Brigit is a New York socialite, and she's just given up her position at a Manhattan law firm to run her father's philanthropic foundation. Things are finally falling into place. Love, career, family. Everything is going so well...until she steps into the garden and sees her ex-husband Nathaniel hiding in the rose bushes. 
Nathaniel, a failed novelist, announces that Blake sold the rights to the wedding to HELLO! Magazine for two million dollars (donated to charity), and he is the reporter assigned to write the story. Everyone expects Brigit to have her happily ever after, including her mother who taught her how to lead the perfect lifestyle, her younger sister Daisy who impatiently wishes for her own love story, and of course, her fiancé. Things are supposed to work out for them. But when Brigit discovers an unsettling secret about Blake, she questions everything she's ever believed about love, and wonders if she's better off alone.
Told in Anita Hughes' spectacularly descriptive prose, SANTORINI SUNSETS is a story about family bonds, first loves, and the question of when to let go and when to hang on as tight as you can. 

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan Book Review

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.
With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Book Review

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Hi everyone! I missed doing this topic last week, so when I saw that this week's one was a freebie, I was really happy. There's been so many amazing 2016 releases, and having to narrow it down was definitely difficult. However, here are my picks so far this year:

1) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

This book was so incredible! It blew away all of my expectations and the writing was absolutely stunning. I don't think I've ever read a better sequel.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You

My review of this will be coming in the next week or so but the voice of the main character Trixie was so unique along with the plot and romance. I loved both and the cast of characters in the novel was awesome.

738 Days

This is one I'd been anticipating for a while and it didn't disappoint. I had so much admiration for the main character and the romance was done perfectly.

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

Katie McGarry is definitely an auto-buy author and Razor and Breanna's story was great! The Thunder Road series is one of my favorites and I'm so excited for Chevy and Violet's novel.

Suffer Love

This debut is as amazing as the cover (which I find especially gorgeous) suggests and the "star-crossed" element of Sam and Hadley's relationship was done so much better than I expected it would be.

Defending Taylor

This is another series I'll never tire of reading, and each book never fails to suck the reader in and feel every emotion that the characters go through. My review for this one is coming up on July 5th and it's an amazing addition to the Hundred Oaks series!

The Distance from A to Z

I gushed quite a bit about this one in my initial review but it's a seriously adorable story! I loved Abby and Zeke.

Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, #2)

Winterbourne and Helen are one of those couples where the build up to their relationship is especially amazing. After the teases of it in Cold Hearted Rake, their relationship was just as incredible as I hoped it would be and Rhys had so much more to him that I initially thought <3

Lady Bridget's Diary (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #1)

Lady Bridget's Diary is such a great retelling mashup of Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones Diary and even Mean Girls a bit. There were so many hilarious moments interspersed with the romantic ones. Chasing Lady Amelia  (its companion novel) releases today as well, and I'm so excited to continue on with the series!

Love Me Never

I was unsure of this one when I first started reading it, but I got hooked on the story and can't wait to continue on with the series.

What were your picks this week? I'd love to visit your Top Ten Tuesday! :) 

TBR Takedown TBR and Goals

I've seen so much about TBR Takedown on my Twitter feed in the past few days and decided to participate. I love the challenges and it seems like a great time to get caught up on reading and reviews! :) I'll be posting a weekly update on this page and a final wrap-up at the end of the challenge. TBR Takedown is hosted by Shannon and the following are my TBR and goals:


1) First Book in a Series: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
2) Unread Sequel: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
3) TBR for Over a Year: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
4) Out of Comfort Zone: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
5) Most Recent Book Haul: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

-Write 3 Reviews and post at least 2 of them within the next week
-Film a Book Haul Video

Are any of you doing TBR Takedown? What books are you planning to read?