Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting on Genuine Fraud

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Genuine Fraud

By: E Lockhart

Expected Publication: September 5th 2017 by Delacorte Press

272 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

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Goodreads description--From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

I've been wanting to read more E Lockhart since We Were Liars. I hope this one is just as good. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ten Books I Loved More Than I Expected

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Top Ten Books I Loved More Than I Expected.

  1. Making Faces by Amy Harmon - My sister-in-law recommended Amy Harmon to me in the past (a different book), but I did not expect this book to be so layered and deep and beautiful and sad and happy. It has all the good things.
  2. Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms by Tim Tebow - I'm not a football fan, but this book is one of the few non-fiction books that I've read in a day.
  3. The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep - This particular time in history isn't my favorite to read about, but something about arranged marriages just seem to hook me.
  4. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles - I wasn't sure I'd like a story where the main male character was in a gang, but turns out I did.
  5. Faking Normal by Courtney C Stevens - I'd read a different book by Courtney C Stevens before this one and it was just okay for me so I wasn't sure I wanted to read more by her, but that book had a chapter from Faking Normal at the end of it and I was hooked that quickly.
  6. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West - Kasie West is one of my favorite authors, but this one just seemed to have a little something extra.
  7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick - I saw a ton of bloggers who loved this book when it first released. I was late to the game, but I expected it to be good. Yet somehow it was even better than I expected.
  8. Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea - Colleen Hoover recommended this one on Facebook a couple of years ago. And come on...it's CoHo. She ought to know a good book when she reads on. Yet since I'd never heard of this author, I wasn't sure.
  9. Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks, # 1) by Miranda Kenneally - I wasn't sure I would like a book about a girl who plays football, but I really really did.
  10. Red Rising (Red Rising, # 1) by Pierce Brown - The description of this one didn't really hook me at all, but I kept seeing bloggers give it 5 Stars, so I thought maybe this book was more than meets the eye. And turns out that it's now one of my favorite series.

What about you guys? Which books did you expect to like more or less than you did? Let me know!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chaos - Review

Chaos (Mayhem, # 3)

By: Jamie Shaw

Published: July 21st 2015 by Avon Impulse

432 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--From the moment she saw Shawn Scarlett perform at a school talent show, Kit Larson has loved two things: the guitar, and the gorgeous, green-eyed boy who inspired her to play. But one careless night in high school shatters her hope of ever being more than a notch on his bedpost.

Six years, two bands, and one mostly-mended heart later, Kit’s about to make her rock star dreams a reality as the new guitarist for Shawn’s band, The Last Ones to Know. He may not remember their reckless night together, but Kit has never forgotten… and she’s determined to make him eat his heart out.

The release of their new album means a month cooped up on a tour bus, sleeping inches away from the ridiculously sexy musician she’s never quite gotten over. And as Kit gets to know the real Shawn—not Shawn Scarlett, the rock god, the player—their attraction becomes too hot to resist. But the past is paved with secrets, and when they finally surface, Kit could lose everything: the band, the music, her dreams… and Shawn.

Shawn has been one of my favorite characters of the Mayhem series from the beginning so I was excited to finally get to read his book. (Although I'm probably most interested in Mike's story.) I enjoyed how Riot really set up things for Shawn and Kit. We're introduced to Kit in Riot and we even find out about how she and Shawn shared a night back in high school. Yet I feel like Riot and the description of Chaos made it seem like Kit had some plan to win Shawn's affections only to make him "eat his heart out" by revealing that she was only in it for revenge, but that's just not how things go.

As the description says, Kit did basically fall in love with Shawn when she was fifteen, but in that obsessive, love-you-from-a-distance kind of way you do at that age. She started playing the guitar because of him also, but he broke her heart. She thinks she's moved on, but the pull she feels toward him is even more genuine the more she gets to know the real Shawn.

Shawn's been around over the last two books, but it was nice to see that he didn't take that same approach once Kit appeared on the scene. I'm not entirely sure if that's because he was attracted to her from the beginning or because he was trying to be respectful of having a girl in the band, but either way, it was nice to see him control himself. We learn a good bit more about him with seeing how much he organizes things for the band. It's almost like he's the manager as well as a member of the band. Plus he writes songs as much as Adam. Very attractive. And I have to give him props for not rushing things with Kit even when there were a couple of times that he probably could have.

From a logistical standpoint, Chaos has a lot of f-bombs. They are a rock band. And Kit is surrounded by older, domineering brothers. So be aware of that. Although, I did feel like the physical scenes were toned down from what I expected. Or maybe just coming off Joel and Dee it felt like Shawn and Kit's story didn't revolve around the physical as much. I will say that although I liked Kit's twin relationship with Kale and even her relationship with all of her brothers, I wish we didn't have to delve so much into what was going on with Kale.

The only quotes I highlighted were about Mike, but I'll share my absolute favorite one:

-"Look...when I meet my wife, I don't want to have to explain to her why I slept with a hundred chicks before I met her, okay?"

Amen, Mike! Amen! I can't wait to read his story.

I picked Chaos up when I did because I needed to follow up a more weighty book with something that I could read quickly without too much heaviness. Chaos fit the bill. It was exactly what I needed at the time. Chaos gets 4 Stars. Have you read Chaos? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Post - 235

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This week flew by and was so slow all at the same time. Little Girl had her 15 month check up at the doctor's office on Monday. That went well. She's in the top 10% for her height and top 40% for weight. She's not a baby anymore! Valentine's Day was low-key for us. Husband bought us all chocolate and my mom sent us some homemade cookies. YUM! I don't know what happened Wednesday night, but she kept waking up every 3ish hours. Ugh it was like having a newborn all over again. And even though Little Girl and I are feeling much better from our colds, Husband seems to have gotten hit and is struggling through it all now. I'm doing all I can to keep myself and Little Girl from getting it from him again. Husband's sister and family were here visiting this week to celebrate her birthday.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Making Faces by Amy Harmon (5 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Slow Building Relationships
Wednesday: Waiting on Lucky in Love by Kasie West

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Chaos (Mayhem, # 3) by Jamie Shaw
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2017 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting on Lucky in Love

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Lucky in Love

By: Kasie West

Expected Publication: July 25th 2017 by Scholastic

352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

I love Kasie West. She's one of the most consistent authors that I've read. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!