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It’s hard to pick just *one* fave romance book for a Valentine’s feature, but FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell is a forever fave and one of the earliest romance books I’ve ever read. If you ever get a chance to read the Five Boroughs series, just know that yeah, you may hate Caleb in Sunset Park, but just wait until this book!!! He’s a cinnamon roll who deserves all the love. I love Caleb and Oli and *cough* I need that proposal short, <a href='/santinohassell' target='_blank'>@santinohassell</a>. 😬💕😂
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It’s hard to pick just *one* fave romance book for a Valentine’s feature, but FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell is a forever fave and one of the earliest romance books I’ve ever read. If you ever get a chance to read the Five Boroughs series, just know that yeah, you may hate Caleb in Sunset Park, but just wait until this book!!! He’s a cinnamon roll who deserves all the love. I love Caleb and Oli and *cough* I need that proposal short, @santinohassell. 😬💕😂 • {day 14: a character who deserves love #beastlybooksfebruary18, favorite love story #febbookstagram18, book bf/gf #febbookishcorner, fave love story #allthebooksfeb, favorite bookish romance #fanaticalbirdfeb18, #otp #dreambunnybookishfeb18 #lilfavoritethings, valentine’s day #bookishgalsfeb18} .
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    Here’s your last chance to win a featured book this month! Remember that you need to follow all the co-hosts of the challenge (@bookbriefs @seeing_double_in_neverland @awaytogreatread and @bookish_notes) and tag your pictures with #AddictionFictionFebruary and #AddictionFictionFriday in order to win! • This week’s theme is RUTHLESS ASSASSINS and my pick is EVENFALL by Ais and Santino Hassell!!! Pictured is the edited Vol. 1 edition of the first book to the In the Company of Shadows series. This book is epic and very long and one of my absolute faves. I love Hsin and Boyd, and all the other characters who get introduced into the series! I’m planning on doing a re-read of the entire series later this year, and as fast as I can read, I’m blocking out an entire month to re-read this series, I think. 😬 • THINGS TO KNOW: This series is available free from the authors online in digital format!!! Just google for In the Company of Shadows and the website should pop up. The paperback is just for those who want a physical edition, but you don’t actually have to pay to read this series! Also, book one (EVENFALL) is the only book that’s been edited as a “Director’s Cut” so the rest are quite different style-wise. Personally, I prefer part I of EVENFALL in the original version and part II in the revised edition, but that’s only because I’ve read both. 😅 Any questions on the series - just let me know! ☺️
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Each week we pick a theme and share a 4.5 or 5 star read from that category. This’ll be a great way to find some book recommendations!! • {day 23: written by 2+ authors #febbookstagram18} . . . . .
{#icos #inthecompanyofshadows #ais #santinohassell #romancebooks #mmromance}

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    “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.” • I’m so glad I got a copy of The Cruel Prince in HC from Owlcrate!!! I was not a fan of the original copy because there’s an insect on the cover and detailed insects are a hard and instant NO for me. Like, if they were more like the US Strange the Dreamer, I’m okay with. 😕😅 • Also, bless everyone on Twitter helping me locate an ARC as well since that didn’t have the final cover art on it and thank you to the Owlcrate team for answering my email asking if GR exclusive had an insect on it or not. 💕 • Are there any cover choices that are an instant no or an insta-buy for you? My insta-buy is shiny foil covers. I am weak. lol ✨ • {day 22: favorite quote #februarysbooks18, re-read #fanaticalbirdfeb18, #favoritegenre #lilfavoritethings, doomed love (? I guess we’ll see) #bookishgalsfeb18} .
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    I can’t let the Olympics go by without talking about my fave sport-that’s-not-a-real-sport book series, the All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic (better known as The Foxhole Court series probably). I LOVE this series. It’s pretty wild and super addicting. I still wish Exy was a real sport. lol • I think it’s hilarious that when I started this series I thought the endgame was Neil and Kevin. It was the most confusing thing to realize the endgame was Neil and Andrew. 😂 • {day 21: last book in the series #febinbooks18, otp #bookishgalsfeb18} .
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{#aftg #allforthegame #allforthegameseries #norasakavic #thefoxholecourt #thefoxholecourtseries #tfc #bookstagram #mmromance #sportsbook #theravenking #thekingsmen #lgbtbooks}

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    So sad I missed @stdennard tonight in Austin!!! I was worried about the weather and it is raining in San Antonio and I didn’t want to risk driving up in the rain at night by myself. 😔 Hope everyone who went to the event tonight had a good time!!! ❤️ • I got my B&N edition of SIGHTWITCH last week and isn’t it gorgeous??? All these books have the most beautiful covers and I’m due for a reread of the TRUTHWITCH soon so I can catch up with this series. I love that SIGHTWITCH has deckled edges, and even with the journal format, the text is a readable font (I did have a fear that it was going to be all in a script font that can be difficult to read, but thankfully that’s not the case). The designers did an awesome job! 😍 • {day 20: one word title #febbookishcorner, favorite color #februarysbooks18, book cover with fave color #febinbooks18, met the author #allthebooksfeb} .
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{#truthwitch #windwitch #sightwitch #susandennard #yalit #yabooks #bookchallenge #thewitchlands #witchlands}

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    What kind of covers do you guys like? THE SERPENT KING has some of my favorite HC and pb editions. Just look at the details on the logo on the HC cover and I LOVE the text quote for the pb. 😍 • The book breaks my heart (although not as much as the author’s second book - GOODBYE DAYS) and reminds me of where I grew up in AL, which is like, half the reason I love this book so much. I mean that in the setting sense, not so much the snake-handling bit. 😅 • Have y’all SEEN the German and Polish editions of this book? I want them even though I said I wasn’t going to spend more money on foreign editions anymore. They’re just so gorgeous. 😍😭 • {day 19: books from your country #februarysbooks18, simple/minimalistic cover #beastlybooksfebruary18, multiple editions #febbookstagram18, best friends #bookishgalsfeb18} .
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{#theserpentking #jeffzentner #yalit #yabooks}

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    If you want a book that smells of ink, check out the Death Note omnibus!!! lol I go into a sneezing fit every time I take this out of the box. 😂 I do like that 1) it’s cheaper than buying all the individual volumes, 2) it’s heavy enough to use as a weapon lol, and 3) the text is actually readable and not too impossibly small. • {day 18: illustrated books #februarysbooks18, toxic characters #beastlybooksfebruary18, impulse buy books #febinbooks18, #openbooks #lilfavoritethings} .
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{#deathnote #manga #funkopop #funko #candles #bookishcandle #acourtofcandles #deathnoteallinoneedition}

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    It’s been absolute months since I’ve posted with SJM books. I feel like it’s because I’ve been unnaturally bitter about ACOWAR, and it’s caused me to not having finished TOD yet tbh. At the moment, my favorite books from the TOG series are TAB and EOS. TAB because of poor Sam (my faves are always the ones who die I swear) and EOS because it’s the first book where I actually looked forward to reading all the POVs. • I started this series after reading ACOTAR and when all the books up to QOS has already been released, so...*awkward cough* I read the first two books in four days before moving on to HOF which is why I don’t really ship Aelin and Chaol like everyone else does? By the time I was done binge reading the books I’ve had more of Aelin and Rowan than anything else. I HARDLY KNEW YOU, CHAOL. And the chapters with Sam destroyed me so thoroughly that he’s my fave forever. Until this series is done, I’m going to be in denial about Sam’s death until the very bitter end. 😅😭 • {day 17: dark books #beastlybooksfebruary18, book and candle #febbookishcorner, let’s #ditchthatjacket #febinbooks18, favorite fictional couple #allthebooksfeb, star-crossed love #dreambunnybookishfeb18, fantasy lovers #bookishgalsfeb18} . . . . . {#throneofglass #throneofglassseries #sjm #sarahjmaas #blackbooks #nakedbooks #bookmarks #happyhelloco #candles #bookishcandle #themeltinglibrary #acourtofcandles}

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    Here’s your chance to win a featured book this month! Remember that you need to follow all the co-hosts of the challenge (@bookbriefs @seeing_double_in_neverland @awaytogreatread and @bookish_notes) and tag your pictures with #AddictionFictionFriday and #AddictionFictionFebruary in order to win! • This week’s theme is MEET CUTE and my pick is LIFE ON PAUSE by Erin McLellan. I love, Love, LOVE this book and the meet cute moment between Niles and Rusty is so adorable. Niles is dressed in his Buffalo Bill-like homestead outfit from work and one of his tires blew out and Rusty stops by to help. It’s an awkward and they’re instantly attracted to each other. 💖 Did you guys see the cover reveal last week for book two, LIFE OF BLISS??? I can’t wait to read it!!!
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This is a giveaway that takes place every month where we’ll choose our favorite photo from participants to win one of the books a host features and recommends for the month! This is open internationally, as long as Book Depository ships to you! Valued at $20! ✨
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Each week’s photo challenge starts on Friday, so post anytime from that Friday to the next Thursday!
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Each week we pick a theme and share a 4.5 or 5 star read from that category. This’ll be a great way to find some book recommendations!! • {day 16: happy books #beastlybooksfebruary18, broke your heart #allthebooksfeb, #authorlove #lilfavoritethings} . . . . .
{#candles #bookishcandle #lifeonpause #lifeofbliss #erinmclellan #romancebooks #mmromance}

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    Every time I pick so much as look at this book, I just want to re-read it. There’s just *something* about the characters and the story that sucks me in every single time. I love this book and I can’t WAIT for book two. 💖 Book description: At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies. . Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear. . Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent. 💖 {day 15: pretty books #beastlybooksfebruary18, favorite author(s) #febbookstagram18, #bookboyfriend #lilfavoritethings} .
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{#permanentink #avongale #pipervaughn #artandsoul #artandsoulseries #romancebooks #mmromance #candles #bookishcandles}

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    It’s hard to pick just *one* fave romance book for a Valentine’s feature, but FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell is a forever fave and one of the earliest romance books I’ve ever read. If you ever get a chance to read the Five Boroughs series, just know that yeah, you may hate Caleb in Sunset Park, but just wait until this book!!! He’s a cinnamon roll who deserves all the love. I love Caleb and Oli and *cough* I need that proposal short, @santinohassell. 😬💕😂 • {day 14: a character who deserves love #beastlybooksfebruary18, favorite love story #febbookstagram18, book bf/gf #febbookishcorner, fave love story #allthebooksfeb, favorite bookish romance #fanaticalbirdfeb18, #otp #dreambunnybookishfeb18 #lilfavoritethings, valentine’s day #bookishgalsfeb18} .
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{#firstandfirst #fiveboroughs #fiveboroughsseries #santinohassell #mmromance #romancebooks}

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    I feel like I have one too many copies of this series. lol I’m going to get my hands on the French edition of AGOS whenever there are decent price copies online that’ll ship to the US. I do very much love the UK editions though. I LOVE this series and Holland remains my favorite forever and ever. ❤️ • There was also news today that we’re getting a prequel comic series that’ll focus on King Maresh before he was king!!! I can’t wait to read them!!! • {day 13: books you want to reread #februarysbooks18, supernatural powers #febinbooks18, favorite fantasy world #fanaticalbirdfeb18, until the very end #dreambunnybookishfeb18} .
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{#adsom #shadesofmagic #veschwab #victoriaschwab #agatheringofshadows #aconjuringoflight #agos #acol #eviebookish #eviebookishdeaigns #candles #bookishcandle #alchemyandink}

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    Have you guys read Emma Mills’ books? These are the prettiest covers and I absolutely adored FIRST & THEN. I still need to read THE ADVENTURE ENDS and FOOLISH HEARTS. 🙈 • {day 12: otp #febbookstagram18, enemies to loves #bookishgalsfeb18}

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    I’m so excited to be able to share the COVER REVEAL for FORSAKEN by @hipsterwriter!!! @anoveltakepr🔥🔥🔥 Read on for more info on this book!!! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 Release Date (Print & Ebook): February 26, 2018 Length (Print & Ebook): 72,000 words Subgenre: Contemp m/m romance
🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 BLURB: Titus has lived and breathed religion his entire life, tucked away from the rest of the world in a compound in northern Wyoming. He’s destined to be the next leader of the church, deemed so by the Prophet. . God spoke and with His word He created. But God made a mistake. Titus isn’t worthy. He was born sick and it’s solidified when he rescues the most beautiful man he’s ever seen. . Torn between fidelity to his faith or his soul, Titus must reconcile the two parts of himself before he’s discovered hiding among the chosen.
🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 EXCERPT: He looked from Titus to the road and took a few steps back. “What are you doing out here if we’re in the middle of nowhere like you say?” He narrowed his eyes like Titus was about to lie to him. . He almost laughed, and probably would have it if wasn’t for the reason he was out here. He felt a pang in his chest and he pushed his hand into his sternum. “Penance.” . “What was that?” Both the man’s brows shot up and he did an odd movement with his fingers. Sassy almost. If fingers could be sassy. “You’re doing penance?” Before Titus could answer realization washed over the man’s features. “Penance for what?” . Titus closed his eyes closed and took a breath. To be ashamed of what he was, was against God’s law. He shouldn’t be ashamed. He should be quick to defend his faith. Lots of shoulds, and he still fumbled over the words as he said them. “Sins.” After the day he’d had, he didn’t have it in him to defend any of it and he’d have to confess later for this as well. He could add it to the list of the ways he was a disappointment. .
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{#mmromance #romancebooks #jrgray #forsaken #forsakenbook}

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    Are you guys watching the Olympics? I feel like it’s taken over my life right now. lol • I did finally get my HC for TARNISHED CITY last week and look how pretty the US cover is!!! 😍😭 I love it even more in HC and I can’t wait to see how the US edition for book three will look!!! ❤️ • {day 11: candles or fairylights #beastlybooksfebruary18} .
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{#gildedcage #tarnishedcity #vicjames #darkgifts #darkgiftstrilogy #candles #bookishcandle}

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    Have you guys checked this out P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon? The title is kinda cheesy, but I really liked the story! It kinda like PsyCop, but less problematic and scary (don’t get me wrong, I love reading the PsyCop books, but yeah). This is a second chance romance and involves a murder mystery. One of the detectives can see and talk to ghosts. I’m really hoping there’s more books because the story does leave room for more. • Are there any mystery romance (okay, I’m terrible with genre names) books you guys like? Rec me some books!!! 💜 • {day 10: books and flowers #febbookstagram18, cover love #febbookishcorner, purple #dreambunnybookishfeb18}

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    Here’s your chance to win a featured book this month! Remember that you need to follow all the co-hosts of the challenge (@bookbriefs @seeing_double_in_neverland @awaytogreatread and @bookish_notes) and tag your pictures with #AddictionFictionFebruary and #AddictionFictionFriday in order to win! • This week’s theme is SWOON ROMANCE and my pick is MURMURATION by TJ Klune. This pick may be a bit...unconventional. The two love interests are adorable and just seeing these two get together throughout the book makes me root for them to be together. Sean works at a diner and Mike is a bookshop owner. They live in a small town where everyone knows one another and it’s the year 1954. HOWEVER. Not everything is as straightforward and serene as it seems. Mysterious things are happening to the little town and Mike is desperate for answers. This book has a swoony romance (especially when you add the fact that Kirt Graves does the narration for this audiobook and I MELT every time it’s Sean’s turn to talk lol). This book is also a bit...dark. I love this book. It’s unexpected and not at all the kind of romance book I was ever expecting to read. 💖
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This is a giveaway that takes place every month where we’ll choose our favorite photo from participants to win one of the books a host features and recommends for the month! This is open internationally, as long as Book Depository ships to you! Valued at $20! ✨
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Each week we pick a theme and share a 4.5 or 5 star read from that category. This’ll be a great way to find some book recommendations!! • {day 09: under appreciated character #beastlybooksfebruary18, soul mates #bookishgalsfeb18}
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{#tjklune #mmromance #romancebooks #bookishcandle #candles #acourtofcandles}

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    Have y’all read THE RUIN OF A RAKE by Cat Sebastian yet? I listened to the audiobook and these characters are EVERYTHING. I am in love with this book. I actually listened to the audiobook through Hoopla and then winded up buying it because Gary Furlong as the narrator is totally worth it. • Who is ready to watch the Olympics? I’ve already been watching curling, and it looks like figure skating is starting before the Opening Ceremony! Is this new or has it always been like this? ⛸ • {day 08: books that make you happy #februarysbooks18, lgbtq+ couple #febbookstagram18, book title that starts with “t” #febinbooks18, green #dreambunnybookishfeb18, slow burner #bookishgalsfeb18}

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    Read on for a giveaway! • Lovestruck (The Donovans series) is a sexy M/F standalone featuring a woman who needs to stay away from the hot young stranger at all costs...until she learns she actually knows him! The book came out February 7th! To celebrate we have 7 days of #bookstagram photos hosted by some gorgeous instagram accounts! • What it is: For seven days, 2/5 - 2/11, stop by each of the hosts to see their photos of the book and take part in the tour challenge. • Tour challenge: Comment on any of the host tour photos & use the hashtag #LovestruckRelease, tag any of the daily hosts, tag the author (@nanamalonewriter) and A Novel Take PR (@anoveltakepr) and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. You can enter on every post from one of the hosts. • ***Giveaway details: Open internationally! Win one of three paperbacks: Mr. Dirty, London Bound, or Shameless! Winners chosen by February 20 and contacted about their prize via the instagram account they used to enter.*** • #LovestruckRelease Tour Presented by: @nanamalonewriter and @anoveltakepr 2/5: @bookishwonderland, @apolishedreader, @thefictionfaery 2/6: @xx_eclypse_xx, @redbggo, @lifeinlit 2/7: @collectorbookbf, @musingsofthemb, @schmexygirlbookblog, @midnightclockwork 2/8: @bookish_notes, @bookbruin, @fortheloveoffictionalworlds 2/9: @ankitaam_, @flo_grugel, @karenboudoir 2/10: @southernbabesbookblog, @fernsbookblog, @beccalovesbooksblog 2/11: @kimberlyfayereads, @rentasticreads, @hoards.jumble

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    I literally just finished this book and I’m just...feels. I CRIED the entire last chapter simply because it WAS the last chapter. This was the perfect ending to the most amazing series. My faves were treated well and ahhh I love IMMORTAL REIGN and the Falling Kingdoms series as a whole. My heart is happy and don’t mind me. Just over here crying happy tears. 😭❤️ @morganrhodesya .
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    “There are enough people out there that will be more than willing to knock you down. There's no reason for you to do it to yourself.” • What book makes you cry the MOST? I would say it’s probably a toss up between Adam Silvera’s books and this book - Bear, Otter, and the Kid by @tjklunebooks. I was a mess reading this book, a crying mess reading book two, sort of a break reading book three, and then way sentimental reading the final book in this series. • Before this book, I had read Wolfsong and Murmuration, so the pure angst in BOATK completely took me by surprise. I mean, there’s some hilarious moments too, but I cry at everything and this was almost too much for me. 😭 That said, this is one of my favorite books ever and I did splurge and get the hardcover. ❤️ • I’m currently listening to Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes right now and I’ve been doing almost nothing but binge reading this series the past week. The Falling Kingdoms series started out with a murder, so it doesn’t do to forget how brutal this series can be. 😨⚔️🗡 • {day 06: a ship that didn’t sail (I’m saying this in a lol way, but Bear and Creed) #febbookstagram18, book quote #fanaticalbirdfeb18, orange #dreambunnybookishfeb18 #bookishcandles #lilfavoritethings, bad breakup #bookishgalsfeb18}