Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 1/21/18

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.

Monday and Tuesday were pretty normal days. The snow came in Tuesday night. Wednesday Husband was off work due to roads being impassable. That was so nice because he was able to go out with Little Girl in the morning to play in the snow. He let me get a nap as Baby Boy hasn't been sleeping the best this week. And then he took Baby Boy so that I could go out in the snow with Little Girl that afternoon. Having him here to help was a game changer. I truly wish he could be with us every day like that. Thursday and Friday were pretty much back to normal. Baby Boy is so close to laughing. I can't wait to hear him really get a good belly laugh for the first time.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (4 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge - January Wrap Up

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Iron Gold (Red Rising, # 4)

By: Pierce Brown

Publication: January 16th 2018 by Del Rey Books

480 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Honor and betrayal fuel a caste-shattering revolution in the action-packed new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Rising Trilogy. Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

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, January 17, 2018

Can't Wait for Pacifica

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

Pacifica

By: Kristen Simmons

Expected Publication: March 6th 2018 by Tor Teen

384 pages

Genre: Young Adult,

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Goodreads description--Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she's meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council's favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.

Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president's son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam's safe return.

When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Quiet Kind of Thunder - Review

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

By: Sara Barnard

Publication: January 9th 2018 by Simon Pulse

400 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--A girl who can’t speak and a boy who can’t hear go on a journey of self-discovery and find support with each other in this gripping, emotionally resonant novel from bestselling author Sara Barnard. Perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Jandy Nelson.

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life. The condition’s name has always felt ironic to her, because she certainly does not “select” not to speak. In fact, she would give anything to be able to speak as easily and often as everyone around her can. She suffers from crippling anxiety, and uncontrollably, in most situations simply can’t open her mouth to get out the words.

Steffi’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to help him acclimate. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk. As they find ways to communicate, Steffi discovers that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. But as she starts to overcome a lifelong challenge, she’ll soon confront questions about the nature of her own identity and the very essence of what it is to know another person.

I've always wanted to learn ASL. I've always thought it would be a great language to know, and then my friend had a baby born deaf and my desire to learn grew even more. I still haven't taken to learn beyond a few signs/words. Regardless, I was interested in the dynamics between a deaf boy and a mute girl. But I didn't really focus on the part of the description that says Steffi suffers from anxiety which is essentially what causes her inability to speak.

Aside from the actual details about what happened within A Quiet Kind of Thunder the biggest thing I took away from this book revolved around the difference between knowing something intellectually and knowing something from experience. I am convinced that no matter how sympathetic we might try to be to others you just can't understand or empathize until you've been in the exact same or similar situation. I struggle with people like Steffi because I don't have the anxiety issues that she has. Sure I'm not always confident. I don't always have everything figured out. I don't always enjoy speaking up in a crowd or with people that I don't know. I prefer to have an idea in my head of what to expect from any given situation, but I've never (up to this point in my life) been crippled like she has with the what ifs and the negative self talk. In years past, I probably would have read this book and hated Steffi as a character, but I didn't hate her. I felt bad for her and was proud of her when she had a victory. Yet her issues did keep me from connecting to her all the way as well.

The side characters were a mixture of characters that I loved and ones that I only slightly enjoyed. Rhys was awesome. I loved just about everything about him. Rhys's mom--what little part she played--was great. Tem was up and down for me. I loved how she was there for Steffi up front, but I saw some destructive behavior in her that worried me and had me distancing myself a bit emotionally. Steffi's dad was great too. He seemed so compassionate. Her mom on the other hand annoyed me a little because she just didn't seem as supportive of Steffi as she should have been. This is totally ironic because I can actually see myself being similar to her mom and my husband being more similar to Steffi's dad. Husband is definitely the more compassionate out of the two of us. And I tend to be more of the "oh suck it up and deal" type of person.

I enjoyed the honest portrayal of family, friendship, first love, and even first time physical experiences. Sara Barnard wrote these things in such a real way that I never questioned the probability that life could happen this way. Nothing felt beyond the realm of possibility.

I will say that A Quiet Kind of Thunder was not a book that had me feverishly turning pages. I'd read some, be happy and involved, and then have to put it down. And I was just fine with putting it down. I picked it back up with a fondness to return to the story but not with a passion to find out what was going to happen next.

I enjoyed A Quiet Kind of Thunder. The focus was more on Steffi's anxiety than I expected, but I found that this didn't annoy me as much as I think it once might have. I appreciated the amount of thought concerning sympathy vs. empathy that this story made me ponder. In the end, A Quiet Kind of Thunder gets 4 Stars. Have you read A Quiet Kind of Thunder? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 1/14/18

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 has been a fast week. Not much going on though. We all seem to be over our colds. I'm so thankful for good health. Little Girl spent some time at Grammy's house on Wednesday playing with one of her big toys that she got for Christmas. That allowed me to finish packing up my Christmas tree. However, I am DYING for a date night with Husband. Truly what I want is an entire meal where we can have an actual conversation without being constantly interrupted. And then I'd love to have a few hours kid-free to clean my house. I am really considering that if we end up having a third child one day that I'd like to hire a cleaning service for the first three months because there is just NO TIME to get the basic house cleaning stuff done. We had lovely weather this week, but we're back to cold temps this weekend and this coming week.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole (4.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017
Wednesday: Can't Wait for 99 Lies (100 Hours, # 2) by Rachel Vincent

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2018 to sing 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!

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The Sun Is Also a Star

By: Nicola Yoon

Publication: November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press

348 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from the e-library

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Goodreads description--Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

The Heart's Appeal (London Beginnings, # 2)

By: Jennifer Delamere

Expected Publication: March 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

368 pages

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Amazon description--Strong-minded and independent Julia Bernay comes to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. She witnesses a serious accident, and through her quick actions saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its money and its respectability, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought was impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to rise above his family's stigma and set him on the path to wealth and recognition. But his well-laid plans are upended when the accident brings Julia into his life.

Michael soon discovers he's met a woman every bit as stubborn and determined to make her mark on the world as he is. Sparks fly--but will they find common ground?

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, January 10, 2018

Can't Wait for 99 Lies

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

99 Lies (100 Hours, # 2)

By: Rachel Vincent

Expected Publication: June 26th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--They wanted Spring Break to be memorable. Getting kidnapped in the jungle? Impossible to forget.

Lie # 1: I’m Fine Truth is, Maddie’s heart is buried with the hostages who didn’t make it, while Genesis is still fighting to free herself—from her own lies and her vindictive ex.

Lie #16: I’m Still Me Home in Miami, the former hostages try to return to normal life: high school, dating, million-dollar pool parties. But with headlines that declare Maddie and Luke the new “it couple,” Holden a hero, and Genesis a traitor, there’s no escaping the spotlight—or the truth about the ways they betrayed each other in the jungle.

Lie #3: I Forgive You They may have stopped their captors’ main threat, but everyone has a plan B and this time the danger isn’t coming from the outside … it’s what they might do to each other.

Told from the alternating perspectives in countdown format, the gripping conclusion to 100 HOURS delivers an explosive mix of non-stop action and emotional intensity as five elite teens discover that lies are nowhere near as dangerous as the truth.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!