Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Waiting on Banished

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

Banished (Forbidden, # 2)

By: Kimberley Griffiths Little

Expected Publication: February 2nd 2016 by Harpercollins

416 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

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Goodreads description--She thought she’d lost everything . . .

After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the Kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.

But the trek to Sariba is fraught with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that will change everything.

This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden, is full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.

I enjoyed Forbidden more than I expected. I can't wait to see what happens next. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings.

I’m not even sure I’ve read 10 retellings—much less specifically fairytale retellings. But these are my favorite retellings the only retellings I’ve read period.

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – Beauty and the Beast
  3. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – Hosea
  4. Darcy’s Story by Janet Aylmer – Retelling of Pride and Prejudice but from Mr. Darcy’s POV
  5. The Fall by Bethany Griffin – The Fall of the House of Usher
  6. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – Little Red Riding Hood & The Girl with No Hands

What are your favorite retellings? Let me know!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Chasing Impossible - Review

Chasing Impossible (Pushing the Limits, # 5)

By: Katie McGarry

Published: July 1st 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library (as a gift for pre-ordering Nowhere But Here)

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Goodreads description--Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

Abby has been a character since Crash Into You. She and Isaiah have been friends from way back. Isaiah is probably the closest person to her (that we know about), yet she’s slowly let more people into her life recently. Rachel, Isaiah’s girlfriend, and her brother, West, and all of the people who come along with them. I’ve been intrigued by Abby. She’s crazy. She says the weirdest things. And she’s a drug dealer. Can’t say I’ve ever really read a book where the main character was a drug dealer. So I wanted to know more. What’s it like inside her head?

The answer to that question wasn’t as weird or as crazy as I expected. When we start Chasing Impossible, Abby is realizing that she’s about to get drawn into the world of dealing so much deeper than she wanted to be. Her employer is showing more interest in her because she’s done her job too well. Because things are never simple when dealing with the illegal, Abby gets pulled into turf war issues. Shots are fired. Sides are blurred. And Abby isn’t sure where she stands anymore. What she realizes more than anything is that this isn’t the life she wants for herself. It never really was, but it was a means to an end.

Logan’s been attracted to Abby for a while. They play a lot of games of pretending and dares, but they’ve never crossed any lines. Yet, Logan can’t help but get pulled into Abby’s troubles. She needs help, and he’s the person standing the closest when everything breaks loose. Logan’s been keeping a secret of his own. It’s not quite the same thing that Abby’s dealing with, but it does help him understand how to relate to some of the things she’s going through. Logan’s life has to be controlled and so any time he can he finds a way to cut loose and do something crazy. What’s crazier than falling for the girl who sells drugs?

I think I’ve established that I’m a Katie McGarry fan. I find myself hooked into her stories and her characters. And I care about what happens to them. But I wasn’t completely sold on Chasing Impossible. Being inside Abby’s head wasn’t as crazy as I expected it to be. She’s dealing with a lot on her plate, but I didn’t buy it all at the same time. Logan and Abby’s relationship was easy to understand. I was rooting for them, but I felt like they progressed to the love stage a little too quickly. Deeply caring for each other I could buy, but love I found a bit skeptical. I can totally see where they could make their way to that place eventually, but not yet. And then there was the ending. Things wrapped up a little too neatly for me. I have a problem with cookie cutter endings. I like happily ever afters, but Chasing Impossible had one of those endings that felt a little too perfect for me.

I do have to say that if anything, Chasing Impossible solidified my opinion that Isaiah might just be my favorite guy out of all of the Pushing the Limits characters. And that’s tough since Noah was my first love from the series. Isaiah is just always in the mix. He’s always involved. He’s really the center of the group (since we branched off into West and Abby’s stories). And he’s always about protecting those he cares about. And every now and then the wise words that make all of the difference come from his lips.

Favorite quotes:

-”But you can’t protect someone who decides to play with live explosives.”

-“I’m a ghost. I always have been. Occasionally, I just pretend to be real.”

-“I’ve learned that none of us are really aware what we’re capable of until we’re confronted with the options.”

It is my understanding that Chasing Impossible is a limited time release for those people who pre-ordered a copy of Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry. Considering how many people I’ve already heard say that they need to get their hands on this, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I expect Katie McGarry to release Chasing Impossible through some other means eventually. Otherwise there will be a lot of complaining and whining among those who didn’t get the memo. Because Chasing Impossible wasn’t released through a traditional publisher, I did find some mistakes—grammatical and even the wrong character name at one point—but I didn’t let that affect me too much.

Chasing Impossible was an enjoyable read from Katie McGarry and I’m glad that I’ve read it. It makes a nice addition to the Pushing the Limits series and of course makes me want more—Chris and Lacy, Ethan? But it had some flaws and issues for me as well. Not my favorite in the series but still enjoyable. Chasing Impossible gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Chasing Impossible? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Post - 159 & Stacking the Shelves - 114

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.

So this past week...wasn't the greatest blogging wise. Not going to go into that much, but sometimes people suck. I have to say, that I'm finding it really hard not to be a passive aggressive jerk, but I'm doing my best to fight that side of myself and take the high road whenever possible. I went out on Friday with my work team for lunch for my birthday (over a month late). Husband and I thought we might have some A/C issues, but all turned out okay--praise God. We watched About Time Friday night not really knowing much about it. Wow. Good movie, but unexpectedly really emotional--especially with everything Husband has been through with the loss of his father recently and with our little one on the way. I got my hair trimmed and highlighted on Saturday. The joys of a fresh hair cut. Oh and my computer updated to Windows 10. I'm still feeling things out to see whether I like it or not. This upcoming week should be eventful, but I'll wait to share that with you guys next week.


Monday: Review of Beautiful Sacrifice (The Maddox Brothers, # 3) by Jamie McGuire (4 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Book Nerd Characters
Wednesday: Waiting on The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door, # 2) by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Thursday: Review of Deep (Stage Dive, # 4) by Kylie Scott (2.5 Stars)
Saturday: July EOM Wrap Up


Monday: Review of Chasing Impossible (Pushing the Limits, # 5) by Katie McGarry
Tuesday: Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: Review of The Selection (The Selection, # 1) by Kiera Cass
Saturday: Discussions Only We Know: Blogging Manifesto

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2015 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!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

A Thousand Nights

By: EK Johnston

Expected Publication: October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion

336 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, # 1)

By: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Published: June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers

394 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Source: Borrowed from the library

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Goodreads description--"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

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!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

July EOM Wrap Up

I have read 8 books this month. *These qualify for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Lead (Stage Dive, # 3) by Kylie Scott
Chasing Impossible (Pushing the Limits, # 5) by Katie McGarry
The Selection (The Selection, # 1) by Kiera Cass
*Deep (Stage Dive, # 4) by Kylie Scott
The Elite (The Selection, # 2) by Kiera Cass
All Played Out (Rusk University, # 3) by Cora Carmack
*PS I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, # 2) by Jenny Han
Unbreakable (Unbreakable, # 1) by Rebecca Shea

I have reviewed 9 books this month. *These qualify for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Chasing River (Burying Water, # 3) by KA Tucker
Forbidden (Forbidden, # 1) by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Prodigy (Legend, # 2) by Marie Lu
Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, # 3) by Miranda Kenneally
*Champion (Legend, # 3) by Marie Lu
Lead (Stage Dive, # 3) by Kylie Scott
What If by Rebecca Donovan
Beautiful Sacrifice (The Maddox Brothers, # 3) by Jamie McGuire
*Deep (Stage Dive, # 4) by Kylie Scott

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 156 & Stacking the Shelves - 112
Sunday Post – 157 & Stacking the Shelves - 113
Sunday Post - 158
Top Ten Hyped Books I've Not Read
Last Ten Books I Received
Top Ten Books that Don't Celebrate Diversity
Top Ten Book Nerd Characters
Waiting on A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston
Waiting on Surviving Ice (Burying Water, # 4) by KA Tucker
Waiting on Riders (Riders, # 1) by Veronica Rossi
Waiting on The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door, # 2) by Huntley Fitzpatrick
2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge – July Wrap Up

I'm 6 days ahead on my daily Bible reading.
I've read 64 out of 104 books. (6 ahead of schedule)
I've read 8 out of 10-12 series enders.