Monday, August 29, 2016

Under the Lights - Review

Under the Lights (The Field Party, # 2)

By: Abbi Glines

Published: August 23rd 2016 by Simon Pulse

320 pages

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Sports

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

I feel like that book description isn't really accurate. Here's what you need to know. Willa used to live with her grandmother until her mother decided to bring her into her finally stable family in Arkansas. But Willa made some bad decisions that ended with her mother kicking her back out so she's back to live with her grandmother again. She's permanently changed as a result of her decisions, and she carries a lot of pain, guilt, and grief around with her as a result. Brady, Gunner, and Willa were a best friend trio before Willa moved to Arkansas. Brady and Gunner as still friends but not as close as they once were. Both boys are interested in the grown up Willa, and she has to decide which one she wants.

Brady has gotten himself into a situation where the girl he's dating is altogether attached to him, but he's not feeling it. He's been with her because it was easier than not being with her. While Gunner has been the guy always looking for a sure thing that will be over before it's really begun. Brady is surrounded with a good and loving family. He's the star quarterback. He has it all. And to top it all off, he's a good guy. Except I personally find it completely annoying that he's only with Ivy because he "doesn't want to hurt her." Man up, grow a pair, and realize that you're not saving her any pain by remaining with her. Ugh. Pet peeve.

Gunner, like I said, has been the kind of guy who doesn't commit. He doesn't do relationships. Part of that is because his family life is so messed up. He's the younger son that doesn't feel wanted at all. And truth be told, he's not off base for thinking such things. His family life was even more messed up than I could have imagined and was just as bad as an episode of Days of Our Lives. Gunner's has precious few people in his life that have really cared for him and that's affected him deeply.

I thought Abbi Glines did a pretty good job keeping me guessing in the beginning over who Willa would choose. I thought she now had more in common with Gunner, but Brady was the one she was crushing on from childhood and those kinds of crushes can be hard to kill. I did predict who her choice was, and I was happy about that.

Abbi Glines has a few things that are pretty common in all of her books that tend to annoy me. While they all mostly seemed present in Under the Lights as well, I felt they were minimized in comparison to many of her other books. I really appreciated how tame this book was which is a completely opposite of almost every book by Abbi Glines that I've read since Breathe. Kudos man.

I do have a few small complaints. I felt like the last chapter--the "six years earlier" chapter--could have been completely left out. It felt a bit cheesy to me after everything that the characters had been through. And even though it never really came out and said "I've been in love with you all along" that was essentially the vibe that it gave off. Plus it really felt like the only reason that chapter was included was to make the title make sense. Oh and while I'm thinking about it...I've kind of felt like the whole football/sports theme has been promoted by the book covers much heavier than it is actually present within the books. While I don't want football to dominate the book, it feels like it's missing a bit considering how they're titled and covered. Also there was something that should have extremely bothered me based on my current life situation but the tears just didn't flow. It was sad, but I would have expected to be blubbering like a baby.

All things considered, Under the Lights gets 3.5 Stars from me. I appreciated the lack of physical scenes than Abbi Glines usually includes. The family dynamics were quite soap opera-ish. But I blew through this book and kept wanting to come by to it if I had to put it down for any reason. Have you read Under the Lights? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Post - 210 & Stacking the Shelves - 151

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.

Another good week. Baby Girl and I got out walking about three times this week. It wasn't scorching but it wasn't quite "nice" either. I'm so looking forward to fall. Baby Girl and I went to my old work for a baby shower for my sister. Since most of my family still works there plus all of the friends I had while I worked there, we had quite a lot of people to stop by and see. Saturday night we went out to eat to celebrate my sister's birthday. That's pretty much all that happened this week. The book that I received this week is a bit outside my normal, but something about it called to me.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks, # 4) by Miranda Kenneally (4 Stars)
Tuesday: Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR Since Before Blogging
Wednesday: Waiting on Replica by Lauren Oliver
Thursday: 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Under the Lights (The Field Party, # 2) by Abbi Glines
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: August EOM Wrap Up

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2016 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.

The Captive Heart

By: Michelle Griep

Expected Publication: October 1st 2016 by Shiloh Run Press

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Suspense

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a an angry duke. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.

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!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up

Time for our eighth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the July Wrap Up, I have finished one series ender this month: Winter (Lunar Chronicles, # 4) by Marissa Meyer. Holly didn't finish any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link the up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the August giveaway runs from August 25th - August 25th. On September 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Replica

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

Replica (Replica, # 1)

By: Lauren Oliver

Expected Publication: October 4th 2016 by HarperCollins

544 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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Goodreads description--Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever...

Truth be told, I'm a little worried about this book. I loved Lauren Oliver's Delirium. And I really enjoyed the rest of the series plus Before I Fall, but Panic left me disappointed and Vanishing Girls ended up being a DNF for me. So that being said, I feel like this could go either way. I could love it or...well...not so much. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR Since Before Blogging

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Top Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR Since Before Blogging.

This is really hard for me to say for sure because I didn't really keep up with them before blogging, and I certainly had never heard of Goodreads either. So I'll just do the best that I can. Also, I'm avoiding the business books that I have on my TBR list from when I was in college. I still hope to read many of those but for the purpose of this post, I'll skip them.

  1. A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, # 1) by Francine Rivers
  2. Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, # 1) by Kiersten White
  3. Nightshade (Nightshade, # 1) by Andrea Cremer
  4. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, # 1) by Rae Carson
  6. My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, # 1) Rachel Vincent
  7. Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, # 1) by CC Hunter
  8. Rapture (Fallen, # 4) by Lauren Kate
  9. Finale (Hush Hush, # 4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
  10. Significance (Significance, # 1) by Shelly Crane

I know, I know! Some of these are so old. But I just can't seem to remove them from my TBR list. I actually have a couple of these in my possession. Which books have been on your TBR list the longest? Let me know!