Sunday, December 16, 2018

Guarded Crown by Addison Carmichael

*I was sent an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, my thoughts and opinions are my own!*

Title: Guarded Crown

Series: Book 3 in the Guarded Trilogy

Author: Addison Carmichael

Published: September 15th, 2018

Andee Peters, the sole regal heir of Umbrey, now faces the ultimate challenge—to contentedly live her dream life here in this world, or return to Noma in order to fight her dictator father, Lydon tel-Mortem, for her family’s crown and stop a world war that would ultimately kill millions of people and enslave the rest.
That means not only choosing between two worlds, but between two lovesMick Barron, her sexy Guardian Prime and the man of her earthly dreams, or Leotner c-Tallega, the dark, attractive prince of her country’s ally Cirkna and the father of her unborn child.
Two Worlds.
Two truest loves.
One choice Andee must make…
If she can survive her father’s ultimate trap.


   So to recap my thoughts on this series so far (with spoilers of course):

  •  I love Mick and Andee (or Peter and Sandy, depending which names you use).
  • I also really liked Leot and Andee- but only when I was pissed at Mick and thought he was a douchebag.
  • I was probably just as tormented and confused as Andee in this last book because I wanted her with Mick- but I also really liked Leot...
 That was a short recap, Lol.

 The Romance. I think we can all agree that the person who should've kept their hands to themselves most of the time- was Andee. Though certain bad decisions that she made because of her hormones, did make great ammunition for later scenes.
 I was tense throughout reading because I wanted and needed her to be with Mick and I was so worried- but the author continuously kept making me laugh or cheer both guys on!

 Another thing I have discovered about this series: if you think a character is dead- do not trust that thought! Though the author always managed to make it humorous and exciting when someone turned out to not be dead- even if you were totally okay with that but not really (because you're torn between the same two guys as the main character).

 I have issues in case you can't tell lol.


Onto that ending...
 I may or may not have cried when one of the attractive men that were fighting for Andee's hand died (no spoilers for who it was though ;P).

 I also may or may not have laughed giddily while crying- because I'm a fangirl now- and made my family deeply concerned. 

Then the epilogue made me scream in pure excitement, so now I will be getting off here to go pester the author to write more about this.
:D I can't stop smiling just thinking about it!!

 But in terms of rating and favorites between each book in the series... Guarded Crown would be ranked last. Guarded Wish (book 1) is definitely my favorite, Guarded Heart (book 2) had so much going on and so many things that were revealed and like it was leading up bigtime to book 3.
 Now don't get me wrong it is a good book- but comparing each book to each other this is the outcome for me.
 Unless we're talking about endings- in that case, this one wins everything. Hands down, no competition.

 [My Rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐] [3.5 stars]

 Author's website:


 Guarded Wish (book 1) Book Review:

Guarded Heart (book 2) Book Review:

 Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

P. S. Some of you may have heard of Addison Carmichael a few times on my blog! In fact, two books that were on my Wintry TBR are the new books that she sent me!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

My Weekly Pull | 6 |

   My Weekly Pull is something I'm going to be doing every Wednesday to show which anime or manga I had pulled for myself that week. My friend Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? hosts My Weekly Pull for comics that she has read or is reading, so make sure to check her out because it was such a cool and fun idea that I asked if I could do it for anime and manga (I don't get to read a lot of comics sadly)!

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So I know I skipped last Wednesday's My Weekly Pull- but I had been so busy from Nov. 29th - Dec. 4th, that the only time I had to do my November Wrap Up was last Wednesday :(

BUT now we can discuss what anime/manga I plan to start next, and which ones I have finished!

Last Week's Anime...

  Last week, I didn't really get to watch a lot of anime (I know I'm such a disappointment) but I did get an episode or two of Fairy Tail's season two in!

  As much as I would love to stay up all hours of the night watching this anime,  I do actually have a life I have to live (I know, I'm surprised too).

Last Week's Manga...

I did, however, get to read three volumes of manga this past week!

Bleach Vol. 1

Bleach Vol. 2

Bleach Vol. 3

I definitely am going to continue with this manga, so it's a good thing my brother has volumes 1 - 10 of the manga!

It's nice to have certain series where I specifically like either the anime or manga better, and then there are series where I want everything to do with its existence (such as Fairy Tail- I want the manga and anime Lol).

This Week's Anime...

Some more Fairy Tail!! I can't get enough, Lol :D

I'll set a goal of a few episodes- because I don't know how much time I'll actually have to watch the anime *wipes away tears*.

Season 2 Episode 2

Season 2 Episode 3

Season 2 Episode 4 

Season 2 Episode 5

I'll let you guys know what I think of the episodes and how far I got next week!

This Week's Manga...

One Piece Vol. 3

I only have one manga set aside for me this week because I have a lot of ARCs to get through this month. One is better than none!

Wish me luck!!

What are you guys currently reading/watching for anime or manga?? Have you seen or read any of these?

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Epic Winter TBR + Snowy Goodies

It. Is. December!!

I can now have lovely pictures of snowflakes on my blog!! 😍😀

As promised here's my TBR post, I don't do these too often...but sometimes I just have a big urge to do here we go!
*REAL QUICK!* I will also be sharing some baked goodie recipes for the winter season! (Or as I call it- the Happy Season!)

The Death Messenger by Henry Taba

A book I've desperately needed to read and review but has sadly taken me a while...

Guarded Crown by Addison Carmichael (Book 3 in the Guarded Trilogy)

I can not believe it has taken me so long to get halfway through this book I was so excited about! Though that is really all due to my hectic work schedule right now...

Jingle Hell by Holly Jane

Super psyched to read this short horror novel- the name fits rather well with Christmas right? Right?
No, just me?

Okay then...

Knight by Addison Carmichael (Book 1 in Sons of the Alpha series)

Addison Carmichael has a new series coming out in 2019 Y'all!! It's a werewolf series too!!

Beauty and Her Beast by Addison Carmichael
(Short story/prequel to The Sons of the Alpha series)

Need I say more? A Tale as old as Time... with a twist!

The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett (Book 3 in the Nightmare Affair series)

So this is one book I meant to finish in November...but I wasn't able to so I'm going to finish it this month!

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones

So I haven't read this series, but I won the first giveaway in my life and received this book! The last book in the series by the author!

So now I have some catching up to do...

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What baked goodie recipes do I have to share with you??? Here they are!
(As always, the links will take you to the recipe as they are not mine!)

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes 🎄

Fluffy Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Peppermint Sugar Cookies 🍪

Gingerbread Pancakes!!

Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls (My personal favorite!)

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What's on your TBR for December??
Any baked treats you're excited for?!?!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!
~Books with Noel