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!

Friday, November 30, 2018

November 2018 EOM Wrap Up

I have read 3 books (children's books not listed below). *These qualify for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum, # 22) by Janet Evanovich

I have reviewed 5 books. *These qualify for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, # 1) by Mary E Pearson
Bible Journaling Made Simple by Sandy Allnock
A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews
The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin
Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

Other Posts:
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/4/18
Sunday Post - 11/11/18
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/18/18
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/25/18
Ten Books I'm Thankful For
Top Ten Villains
Can't Wait for The Sound of Love by Geneviève Reese
Can't Wait for Daughters of the Northern Shores (Sons of Blackbird Mountain, # 2) by Joanne Bischof
Can't Wait for In Another Life by CC Hunter
Can't Wait for Rules We're Meant to Break by Natalie Williamson
2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge - November Wrap Up

Goals:
I'm finished with my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 80 out of 52 books.
I've read 6 out of 10-12 series enders.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Can't Wait for Rules We're Meant to Break

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.

Rules We're Meant to Break

By: Natalie Williamson

Expected Publication: June 11th 2019 by Swoon Reads

304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Amber lives by strict rules to survive her mother’s love life: Always keep your eyes on the horizon and never get close to anyone connected to Mom's boyfriends.

But after they move in with Kevin, the latest of her mom's “soulmates,” the rules become increasingly difficult to follow. Kevin’s daughter, Cammie, keeps acting like Amber’s friend, even though she’s definitely not. And Jordan—star basketball player, hottest boy in school, and Cammie's best friend—keeps showing up at the most inconvenient moments.

Amber has reasons for every one of her rules, and following them is the only way to protect her heart when her mom inevitably moves on. But as she spends more time with Kevin, his daughter, and especially Jordan, she starts to wonder if the rules might be worth breaking this time.

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

Monday, November 26, 2018

Listen to Your Heart - Review

Listen to Your Heart

By: Kasie West

Expected Publication: May 29th 2018 by Point

336 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

I say in every Kasie West book review that I'm a big fan. She publishes a book. I read and review that book. Half of her books I tend to get for review and the other half I get denied for. I don't mind. She's an auto-buy author for me so I know I'll read them all eventually anyway. I also say in every review (because it's true) that I can always count on her for clean and feel good books with happily-ever-afters. She's consistent. I love consistent. I love knowing when I pick up a Kasie West book that I'm going to be satisfied when I turn the last page. And I have been. Some, of course, leave me more satisfied than others.

I loved that Listen to Your Heart had the making of a podcast at the heart of it. I don't listen to podcasts right now as there's no opportunity, but I have in the past and found this to be a fun and unique aspect.

Kate was an interesting character. I can't say that I remember reading too many antisocial characters. She's not really antisocial. She just has a small inner circle, and I see nothing wrong with that. I loved her friendship with Alanna. Alanna makes my list of favorite BFFs. She had Kate's back at every turn.

I find it doesn't happen often when I like the main girl more than the main guy, but for some reason in this case I did. Diego was nice enough but I guess I fought the idea of him actually ending up with Kate and so I resisted liking him a little. Don't get me wrong. I didn't dislike him either.

My one big complaint about Listen to Your Heart was the predictability. Granted, much of the meat of this book is spelled out in the description, but I was a little disappointed to find zero surprises. I don't mind figuring things out, but I have learned that I prefer when there's at least a little doubt in my mind that I'm right.

Despite feeling Listen to Your Heart was too predictable for my preferences, I still ended up cheesing my face off reading the end. Kasie West does it again. This wasn't my favorite of her books, but it was still what I've come to expect from her. Listen to Your Heart gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Listen to Your Heart? What do you think? Let me know!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge - November Wrap Up

Time for our eleventh Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the October Wrap Up, neither Sandy nor Holly finished any series enders.

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 October giveaway runs from November 25th - December 23rd. On December 23rd we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/25/18

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.

Another super busy week. Monday I had a hair cut and had to run by Walmart. Man it was packed. Tuesday the kids had doctor appointments for their one year and three year check ups. Little Girl is in the top 10% for height and top 20% for weight. Little Boy is in the top 5% for height and average for weight. He tested negative for RSV and his lungs and ears were clear so the doctor said he probably just had a sinus infection. After the doctor we ran by my mom's house to eat lunch. Little Girl spent the night with my parents and then went with my mom to my Nanny's house the next day. Wednesday was just me and Little Boy. We had a good time. Thursday we got up early to travel to Mobile to Nanny's house for Thanksgiving. There was a good group of extended family this year, and Little Girl had a blast playing with all of her cousins. We were late getting home Thursday night and so bedtimes went a bit rough. Friday we went to Husband's mom's house for lunch and dinner. Saturday things were mostly back to normal except we took a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to stock up on wrapping paper for Christmas. Busy weeks mean fast weeks which is great, but I'm looking forward to things being back on a more normal schedule starting tomorrow.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin (3.5 Stars)
Tuesday Ten Books I'm Thankful For
Wednesday: Can't Wait for In Another Life by CC Hunter
Today: 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge - November Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Friday: November 2018 EOM Wrap Up

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.

Turbo Twenty-Three (Stephanie Plum, # 23)

By: Janet Evanovich

Publication: November 15th 2016 by Bantam

288 pages

Genre: Adult, Humor, Mystery, Romance

Source: Borrowed from the e-library

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Goodreads description--In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts.

Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body—frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans.

As fate would have it, Stephanie’s mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who’s putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It’s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It’s also going to be hard to explain to Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger, late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs—who are naked and afraid—and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella. Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have “virtually no marketable skills,” these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.

The Beholder

By: Anna Bright

Publication: June 4th 2019 by HarperTeen

448 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts Duet, # 1)

By: Emma Scott

Publication: August 19th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services

292 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Retellings

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow.

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away.

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.

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Bring Down the Stars is an emotional, angst-filled novel of unrequited love by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) It is Book I in the Beautiful Hearts Duet, coming this summer. Book II, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts, to be released a few weeks later. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts Duet, # 2)

By: Emma Scott

Expected Publication: October 14th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services

286 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Retellings

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else.
Never again would I let a man (or men) come between me and my goals.
Never again would I love without feeling the fullness of that love in return.
Not until I knew it was real. And if that took me a lifetime to find, so be it.

Those were my vows, and after all that had happened with Connor and Weston, I was determined to keep them. To protect my heart.
And then he came home, and my vows became his promises.

He held my heart in his hands with reverence and care.
He helped me find my soul’s greatest purpose in life.
He loved me with a love so pure and vibrant, I knew I’d never feel anything like it in a hundred lifetimes.
It was real.

Until it wasn’t.
Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.
Until it was too late.

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Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the emotional, heart-wrenching conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts Duet by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage THIS BOOK IS NOT A STANDALONE. It should not be read without first reading Bring Down 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, November 21, 2018

Can't Wait for In Another Life

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.

In Another Life

By: CC Hunter

Expected Publication: March 26th 2019 by Wednesday Books

320 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Ten Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week's topic is Top Ten Thanksgiving Freebie.

So I decided to go with ten books that I'm thankful for.

  1. Twilight (Twilight, # 1) by Stephenie Meyer - To be honest, Twilight is what rekindled my love for reading. I loved reading in high school but stopped until I picked this book up. And I haven't stopped since.
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Started my love for historical fiction as well as my willingness to give the Classics a chance.
  3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, # 1) by Carrie Ryan - My first zombie book.
  4. Harry Potter (the series) by JK Rowling - Because who knew that a book series could be this epic?
  5. The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian - The book that changed my prayer life for the best.
  6. Crazy Love by Francis Chan - Changed the way I thought about a lot of things related to my faith.
  7. Slammed (Slammed, # 1) by Colleen Hoover - Sparked my love for her books. As of now she's an auto-buy author.
  8. Boundaries by Henry Cloud & John Townsend - This book...It is Christian based, but there's so, so, so much that anyone could get out of it when it comes to setting proper boundaries. I cannot recommend this book enough.
  9. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassins, # 1) by Robin LaFevers - This series has it all. Strong female characters. History and strategy. Twists. Romances. And SYMBOLISM!
  10. Captivating by Stasi & John Eldredge - This book broke me a little bit. It made me cry more than once. This book revealed my heart to me.

Which books are you thankful for? Let me know!

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Brave Art of Motherhood - Review

The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again

By: Rachel Marie Martin

Publication: October 9th 2018 by Waterbrook Press

208 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Self-Help

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Full-time FindingJoy.net blogger, speaker, marketer, podcaster, and single mom of seven, Rachel Martin presents a pivotal book for moms to spark the hope they need to overcome self-doubt, fear, pressure, and isolation.

This book is part encouragement and part rally cry for moms everywhere who have gotten lost within the pages of their own story, undervaluing all they do every day and exchanging the beauty of who they are for a Pinterest-perfect illusion. It gives you the tools you need to overcome fear, loneliness, and inaction. By drawing on anecdotes and lessons from her own life, Rachel empowers moms to forget their past mistakes, celebrate what they've already accomplished, and dare to be real about their struggles. She teaches them to cheer each other on toward better days, so that "alone" is replaced with "comradeship" and "fear" is replaced with "courage." You can make changes. You can overcome fear and doubt. You can pursue dreams, find yourself, and live a life of deep happiness and uncontainable joy.

First I need to say that I've been extremely busy in my personal life. *I'm planning and executing a joint birthday party for my one year old and three year old. I'm cleaning house in all of my free time and when I'm not cleaning house I've been working on a side project. That's left me very little time to read. And while this isn't a fault of the book itself, it does factor into my experience of the book, I fell asleep almost every time I finally got a chance to pick this book up. It wasn't that the information wasn't interesting. But the slow speed I made progress was really dragging me down. Again the book isn't really to fault for this--real life got in the way.

I will say that the beginning of this book was a struggle to me. Rachel Marie Martin spends the beginning of the book setting up her struggles so that she can through the rest of the book show her personal transformation and how far she's come. And I knew that was likely the case, but as is the case with fictional characters, when they're struggling it can be a challenge for me as a reader to go through the struggles with them. She also discusses her assumptions made upon others and the church which turned out to be false assumptions, but this wasn't easy for me to read either. While I might not always remember that what we see isn't always all there is to other people, I do try not to assume that others have it all together or have a perfect life that I don't have. It does help that the spiritual family I'm a part of is very open with each other about our struggles. But what she was seeing--or assuming that she saw--of ofthers and the church hit some nerves with me. Thankfully the point of this section is exactly to show the error in her thinking.

I ended up highlighting quite a few passages from The Brave Art of Motherhood. Here are a few of my favorites:

-"Be brave," says my spirit. "Wait," says fear. "Have courage," says my soul. "Not yet," says worry. "Dare," says my heart.

-Do you know what is on the other side of hiding? Freedom.

-... the heart, left unchecked, can easily override the brain's logic and accept irrational, unwise, and incorrect agreements about self, beauty, worth, and ability.

-No one can create agreements in our hearts without our approval.

-Worry will never change a situation.

-...when it is harvest time, you focus on the harvest, not on the barn.

The biggest complaint--if you can call it that--is that I don't know how to quantify this book. It isn't really a Christian book, it isn't really self-help, it isn't really a book about motherhood, it isn't really a book about friendship... I'm just not sure how to categorize this book. It is all of these things and none of them at the same time.

I enjoyed The Brave Art of Motherhood even though it took me so long to finish it. I couldn't quite figure out how to categorize this book, but that didn't stop me from soaking up each part of it. Rachel Marie Martin was both inspiring and relateable. The Brave Art of Motherhood gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read The Brave Art of Motherhood? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/18/18

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 I decided to go ahead and go see my regular doctor since Urgent Care was ZERO help. Thankfully, my normal doctor was able to give me some shots and antibiotics. Not even 24 hours later I felt like I new person. Husband was so good helping me out with the kids and such this week since I was feeling so poorly. We had a light snow here in central Alabama on Thursday. This is the first I've ever heard of snow in Alabama in November (in my lifetime at least). It didn't stick of course, but we take the novelty when we can. I cannot believe this week is Thanksgiving already. The year is coming to a close very quickly.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews (4.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Daughters of Northern Shores (Sons of Blackbird Mountain, # 2) by Joanne Bischof

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!!

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.

Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum, # 22)

By: Janet Evanovich

Publication: November 17th 2015 by Bantam

282 pages

Genre: Adult, Humor, Mystery, Romance

Source: Borrowed from the e-library

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Goodreads description--Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.

Stephanie Plum might not be the world's greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she's being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren't adding up, and Stephanie can't shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college - and it's not just Zeta fraternity pranks.

As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it's good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken's killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.

You'd Be Mine

By: Erin Hahn

Publication: April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books

304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--"Witty and charming, with an off-the-charts, irresistible blend of romance, humor, and characters who steal your heart from page one. Erin Hahn is an author to watch." - Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut, You’d Be Mine, asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

In Another Life

By: CC Hunter

Expected Publication: March 26th 2019 by Wednesday Books

320 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

Daughters of Northern Shore (Blackbird Mountain, # 2)

By: Joanne Bischof

Expected Publication: March 12th 2019 by Thomas Nelson

368 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon—whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.

Having fled the farm after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he’s pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon’s cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor’s which is already at stake through a grave illness brought to him as the first prick of warfare.

Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she’s been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he’s fighting for.

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, November 14, 2018

Can't Wait for Daughters of Northern Shore

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.

Daughters of Northern Shore (Blackbird Mountain, # 2)

By: Joanne Bischof

Expected Publication: March 12th 2019 by Thomas Nelson

368 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon—whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.

Having fled the farm after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he’s pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon’s cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor’s which is already at stake through a grave illness brought to him as the first prick of warfare.

Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she’s been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he’s fighting for.

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