Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Can't Wait for The Last Letter

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.

The Last Letter

By: Rebecca Yarros

Expected Publication: February 26th 2019 by Entangled: Amara

432 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

When It's Real - Review

When It's Real

By: Erin Watt

Publication: May 30th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

413 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from the e-library

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Goodreads description--Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?

I started When It's Real because I remember that Holly enjoyed it, and I needed a book to get my out of a reading slump. Often times what I'm looking for in a book to get me out of a slump is a contemporary, fast read that doesn't have to have much depth. In this case, When It's Real didn't necessarily pull me out of my reading slump entirely, but it was interesting enough to pull me out temporarily.

Don't go into When It's Real expecting a book that feels like it could actually happen. Books about celebrities dating normal people aren't usually going to feel too real. And in this case, Oakley and Vaughn fake date first before developing real feelings for each other. So we've got that trope added in as well. But honestly, I didn't mind one bit. I'm not always looking for real when I need something fast and fun. I just want emotion-driven, cheesy even at times, happy love stories.

Because of Oakley's celebrity status, Vaughn and a couple of other people in her real life have to sign non-disclosure agreements. Vaughn's open to this fake relationship because of the big, big bucks it can bring to her family. She's completely unsure of what she wants to do with her life, and her older sister has taken the huge burden of providing financially for their family after both of their parents died in a car accident. Vaughn wants to contribute and this would lighten the load enormously. But back to the non-disclosure, I appreciated this being included because I haven't read this in other celebrity/normal book relationships in the past. It also had me thinking that conflict was going to come from one direction that ended up being different from how I imagined it.

Oakley's coming at this relationship for the PR stunt. The idea is that dating a good, normal girl will clean up his bad boy image and show a particular record producer that Oakley wants to work with that he's serious about his music. And he is serious about his music. He wants to change his sound, if not his image exactly, and he's sure this producer is the right one to help him do it. So he agrees to the PR stunt, but is Vaughn just another person using him?

I liked the side story of Vaughn's sister and Oakley's bodyguard starting to develop some feelings and I would really love to dive in and read their book if Erin Watt ever decided to write it.

When It's Real was exactly what I needed at the time I read it. It was quick. It hooked me. I didn't expect too much of it. I found a relationship that I could root for, but I likely won't remember the details of this one a year or two from now. I still feel like When It's Real deserves 4 Stars. Have you read When It's Real? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 12/9/18

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.

Somehow I completely forgot to prep my Sunday Post/Stacking the Shelves post last week. So I'll be doing a two week recap. Sorry about that. The week I missed was pretty busy. I took food to a friend of mine who had a baby recently on Tuesday. Wednesday I took the kids to Daddy's work to visit him and see all of our friends. (Both of my parents work at the same office, and I worked there too before Little Girl was born so we have quite a lot of people to get around to and see.) A man I used to work with was having his retirement party that afternoon so it was a great excuse for us to get by there. Thursday and Friday were normal days. Saturday my cousin got married in Mobile so we drove 3 hours there. Spent 2 hours at the wedding and reception. And then drove another 3 hours home. The kids did really well considering. The trip home is always more stressful than getting there. Sunday we ate lunch with our church family and then dinner with Husband's mom and sister. Monday of this past week I had to get 2 cavities filled (so frustrating when I try so hard to keep my teeth in good shape). The kids spent the day with Husband's mom so they had fun. Tuesday afternoon, Little Boy woke up from nap running 104.3 fever. I got him a doctor's appointment on Wednesday, and turns out he has a double ear infection. Bless him. I feel so guilty because he likely had it since at least Friday of the past week. But he hadn't been showing any other symptoms really. Thursday I had to do grocery shopping since we wouldn't be home on Saturday. Friday was a normal day. And Saturday we drove to Anniston for an annual family reunion for Husband's extended family.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Rules We're Meant to Break by Natalie Williamson
Friday November 2018 EOM Wrap Up
Monday: Review of The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, # 1) by Sarah E Ladd
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of When It's Real by Erin Watt
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!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

The Sound of Drowning

By: Katherine Fleet

Publication: March 12th 2019 by Page Street Kids

384 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Meredith Hall has a secret. Every night she takes the ferry to meet Ben, her best friend and first love. Though their relationship must remain a secret, they’ve been given a second chance, and Mer's determined to make it work. She lost Ben once before and discovered the awful reality: she doesn't know how to be happy without him…

Until Wyatt washes ashore―a brash new guy with a Texas twang and a personality bigger than his home state. He makes her feel reckless, excited, and alive in ways that cut through her perpetual gloom. The deeper they delve into each other’s pasts, the more Wyatt’s charms become impossible to ignore.

But a storm is brewing in the Outer Banks. When it hits, Mer finds her heart tearing in half and her carefully constructed reality slipping back into the surf. As she discovers that even the most deeply buried secrets have a way of surfacing, she’ll have to learn that nothing is forever―especially second chances.

Crazy on You (Love and Harmony, # 3)

By: Crystal B. Bright

Publication: February 12th 2019 by Lyrical Shine

pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Shut out the noise and listen to your heart . . .

Worse than a one-hit wonder, Tassia Hogan is a one-line wonder. Infamous for a memorable, extremely provocative verse, her music career is going nowhere. Finding a decent man to date has also proven fruitless . . . they all think she’s as wanton as those lyrics. But now her label is offering Tassia the chance to shine—with a catch. The album is duets. Her partner is a Country Western singer. And he’s just as reluctant to agree as she is.

Hyde Love has been in the music business since he was eleven, and he’s becoming more and more disenchanted with it. Collaborating on an album seems great in theory, but Tassia is an R&B singer. Melding their sounds and personalities will be difficult—though not as tough as keeping things strictly business. Getting involved with his partner could prove career-wrecking, yet discovering the real Tassia could be earth-shattering.

Maybe Now (Maybe, # 2)

By: Colleen Hoover

Publication: November 29th 2018 by Hoover Ink, Inc

296 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library (freebie)

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Goodreads description--What is more important? Friendship, loyalty or love?

Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson collaborate once again to bring fans of Maybe Someday back into the musical world of Ridge Lawson and Sydney Blake.

And Maggie.

And Warren and Bridgette.

This full length novel is a follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel, Maybe Someday. For the best reading experience, Maybe Now should be read after Maybe Someday and the spin-off novella, Maybe Not. However, Maybe Now can also be read immediately following Maybe Someday.

Verity

By: Colleen Hoover

Publication: December 7th 2018 by Hoover Ink, Inc.

397 pages

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, releasing December 7th.

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, December 5, 2018

Can't Wait for Finding Mr. Better-Than-You

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.

Finding Mr. Better-Than-You

By: Shani Petroff

Expected Publication: June 18th 2019 by Swoon Reads

240 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Camryn has been dating Marc FOREVER—since freshman year! She dropped out of volleyball to go to all his games, switched her schedule around to be in his favorite class, and has been busting her butt to get into Columbia so they can go to the same college. So when Marc suddenly, and very publically, breaks up with her a week into their senior year so that he can date the new transfer student, she’s absolutely devastated.

But why be sad, when you can get even? Inspired by her favorite movies, Camryn decides that the best revenge is a Senior Year well lived, starring a boy who is ever so much better than her ex. With a little help from her friends, Cam is going to have the Best. Senior. Year. Ever.

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Curiosity Keeper - Review

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, # 1)

By: Sarah E Ladd

Publication: July 7th 2015 by Thomas Nelson

337 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Regency

Source: Personal Kindle Library (freebie)

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Goodreads description--“It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail’s egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whomever possesses it.”

Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop on Blinkett Street. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille has no choice but to accept help from the mysterious stranger who came to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content working as a village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may or may not be the answer to his questions.

Curious circumstance throws them together, and an intricate dance of need and suspicion leads the couple from the seedy backwaters of London to the elite neighborhoods of the wealthy to the lush, green Surrey countryside—all in the pursuit of a blood-red gem that collectors will sacrifice anything to possess.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, each will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.

I've only read one other book by Sarah E Ladd (The Weaver's Daughter), and I enjoyed it. I wasn't blown away by it, but I did enjoy it. One thing I remember striking me was that it wasn't a book driven by the romance, and now I feel I can say this is likely the case for her writing style because that was certainly the case for The Curiosity Keeper. And while I was interested in the main story and conflict of The Weaver's Daughter, I wasn't as excited about this in The Curiosity Keeper, unfortunately.

Based off the description, I kind of thought Camille and Jonathan would be going on an adventure to hunt down the stolen ruby. That was not the case at all. In fact the entire story around the ruby and the hunt for it just fell flat for me.

Camille herself was fine. She wasn't a highborn lady. And she's been working as the book keeper of her father's shop. She both resourceful and vulnerable. But as her storyline progresses I just kept wondering how things would wrap up in the obvious way that had been set up from the beginning. Yet it just didn't seem like there was any way to get there. And when we finally did, I felt disappointed in the journey.

Jonathan is the second son. He was never intended to inherit so he set out to develop a career as an apothecary--a career he cares about. I could understand his desire not to give up his profession due to the change in circumstances, but I wished he'd seemed to care about the family's situation a little more.

The romance. Oh I just wished the romance had been done better. If this aspect had been on point then it would have made up for the other disappointing factors. Mostly I felt like the relationship between Camille and Jonathan went from zero to seventy-five to one hundred. The relationship didn't seem to be progressing until next thing I know we had arrived leaving me feeling like I didn't know how we got there.

The Curiosity Keeper was a disappointment for me. I expected more given my prior experience with Sarah E Ladd. I'm not quite ready to write her off as an author not for me, but I'm close. The Curiosity Keeper gets 2.5 Stars. Have you read The Curiosity Keeper? What did you think? Let me know!