Monday, November 23, 2020

Secrets and Suitors - Review

Secrets and Suitors

By: Joanna Barker

Publication: October 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications, Inc.

256 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Personal Kindle Library (birthday present)

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Goodreads description--Reluctantly returning to London for yet another Season, shy Nora Hamilton has nearly given up hope that she will ever find the love match she longs for. After all, the one man she does harbor feelings for—her closest friend, James—has made it perfectly clear he views her as just that: a friend. With James traveling half a world away and Nora's father pressuring her to marry for wealth and status, Nora is forced to set aside her desire for love and accept the future she has always dreaded. Until James returns unexpectedly and Nora's feelings once again rush unbearably close to the surface. Determined to save what is left of their friendship, Nora ignores her own heart and allows herself to be swept up in the London Season, soon finding herself the object of two very different gentlemen's affections. Though she should be thrilled, both men come with a glaring fault: neither is the one man who holds her heart.

But there is much more at stake than heartbreak. When long-kept secrets are laid bare, Nora must face the fears that have plagued her all her life and decide what true love is worth.

Secrets and Suitors starts off with Nora dealing with the emotions of hope being crushed. She's in love with her best friend. They had a moment but he pulled away and then left for his family's sugar plantation in Jamaica without even saying goodbye except a short note. She's trying to come to grips with her new belief that he doesn't in fact love her in the same way as she loves him. But she still hopes to marry for love. Even if she has to look elsewhere for it. The only problem is that her father wants her to accept the hand of a gentleman that is very stuffy and boring.

James returns and interrupts Nora's proposal. Of course, she's grateful because she doesn't want to marry anyone but James. Yet he continually does things or says things that confuse her. Sometimes he seems to specifically discourage her but other times he does the opposite. James keeps popping up where Nora is. It wasn't hard to tell his feelings as a reader, but Nora had a hard time reading him because she was afraid to read too much into his actions.

Beyond the love story between Nora and James, the biggest piece of the puzzle dealt with the secrets Nora's family has been keeping. They're not some nefarious secrets, but they are secrets that keep them from connecting with each other and being authentic.

I found myself getting frustrated with Nora. She was constantly telling herself to move on from James yet she actually took no real steps to do that. Obviously, the story is about them, but I find it really difficult to connect to characters who know they should do one thing and then do the opposite. Plus I don't think it is possible for two people of the opposite sex to remain friends when one or the other has feelings. It's just not possible. The person with feelings will constantly be reading into actions and remain hopeful. Or miserable. Or both. It just doesn't work. And I felt myself getting frustrated with these two more than I was rooting for them. I mean I knew they'd end up together in the end.

Secrets and Suitors was a fast read for me. I had a few issues with it that kept me from rating it higher. I ended up settling for a 3 Star rating. Have you read Secrets and Suitors? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/22/20

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.

Let's see. Monday was a pretty normal day. Tuesday I planned to take the kids to the park--our first time going since before March. Well, we got loaded up in the car, and my car wouldn't crank. Of course, meltdowns insued. We did walk and play outside, and then we did a video chat with their cousin. Husband got me a new battery when he got home from work and that seems to have been the issue. Wednesday was a normal day. Thursday, I had an early doctor's appointment. So we loaded up and went to Gramma's house. I ran to the doctor. All is well there. Spent the day with Gramma and then came home. Friday was mostly a normal day. I ran to the eye doctor to pick up my contacts and vacuumed my car. Saturday, we took the kids to the park. It was nice to have Husband with me so I wasn't chasing them both by myself. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Moment of Truth (Love, Life, & the List, # 3) by Kasie West (4 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Secrets & Suitors by Joanna Barker
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

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From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, # 1)

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Expected Publication: March 30th 2020 by Blue Box Press

634 pages

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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 18, 2020

Can't Wait for The Dating Plan

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 Dating Plan

By: Sara Desai

Expected Publication: March 16th 2021 by Berkley Books

352 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Even with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiances might accidentally fall for each other in this hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy from the author of The Marriage Game.

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can't give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend's little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy's matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather's will. If only he hadn't broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago...

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren't about to follow the rules of this engagement.

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

Monday, November 16, 2020

Moment of Truth - Review

Moment of Truth (Love Life and the List, # 3)

By: Kasie West

Publication: March 3rd 2020 by HarperTeen

352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library (birthday present)

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Goodreads description--At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree.

So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is.

The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley's ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.

As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity, she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices…and that she's falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like.

While I won't say I've ever been a fan of the lengthy titles for this series (Love, Life, and the List & Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss), I will say that I like consistency. Hearts, Heroes, and Heath Hall stuck with the alliteration pattern of the series so I was a little confused and disappointed with the title change.

Oh, I love Kasie West. I can always count on her. Always. Her books are clean. No language and no sexual scenes. But seriously for those who might argue differently, Kasie West 100% proves those things aren't necessary for a good story...for a good love story. I will devour all of her books as long as she is willing to keep writing them.

Sometimes I do find the plots for Kasie West's books not to be unique. I never tend to mind because she does each book so well by connecting me to the characters. In this case, I loved the Heath Hall aspect of the plot. I thought this was unique and maybe even something I would like to see done in real life. I had some predictions, but Kasie West kept me guessing, and I never felt fully confident in my predictions. There was one trope used where the main character is conversing with an anonymous person and she needs to figure out who she's been chatting with. But the characters bring everything to life.

Hadley, as the description says, is a swimmer. Her ex-boyfriend actually broke up with her because she was so singularly focused on swimming. But who can really blame her when she's working towards a scholarship for college. Yet Hadley learns that she's been unconsciously competing with her dead brother, who died before she was born from leukemia. She has a lot of fear of addressing her feelings with her parents. I felt like this part of the story was so moving.

Jackson is the class clown. The prankster. And Hadley seems to be the only one who isn't charmed by him. If anything she finds him childish and annoying. I loved their transition from antagonism to friends and then more. I connected with Hadley's feelings toward Jackson because I truly found guys in school who behaved in a similar way to be annoying as well. But Jackson is deeper than what he appears.

Moment of Truth was so enjoyable. I blew through it in one day which says a lot because I didn't have a babysitter that day and I still managed to squeezed every free moment into reading it. I kept guessing and I just cheese my way through the whole book. Moment of Truth gets 4 Stars. Have you read Moment of Truth? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Sunday Post - 11/15/20

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.

We've had some warmish weather so the kids and I have been getting outside to walk and play. They're at ages where they're playing more independently so I'm able to rest from our walks while they get their energy out. No school on Wednesday because of Veteran's Day. A big thank you to all of the Veterans out there. My grandfather on my dad's side was in WW2, but he died before I was born so I didn't get to know him much. I do know he was in the Navy and their ship broke down in enemy water. The mechanics on the ship weren't able to fix it and my grandfather stepped in and got it running again. He had to do so without making any unnecessary noise as well. He and my grandmother met shortly before he shipped out, and they wrote letters to each other while he was overseas. Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, Husband's sister from Georgia stopped by (she was visiting their mom). Thursday, we spent the day with my mom. Friday was spent mostly on admin stuff. All of the finance prep that needs to happen before Christmas shopping begins. I'm in the mood for Christmas, but we always wait until Thanksgiving to decorate. I have been listening to Christmas music though. No new books this week.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Lost on the Way (West Side, # 4) by Isabel Jolie (3 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Sunkissed by Kasie West

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Moment of Truth (Love, Life, and the List, # 3) by Kasie West
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2020 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!

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 11, 2020

Can't Wait for Sunkissed

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.

Sunkissed

By: Kasie West

Expected Publication: May 4th 2021 by Delacorte Press

320 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--A lighthearted and swoony contemporary YA romance by fan-favorite author Kasie West about a girl who finds that a summer spent at a family resort isn’t as bad as she imagined…and that falling in love is filled with heartache, laughter, and surprises!

After being betrayed by her best friend, Avery is hoping for a picture-perfect summer. Too bad her parents have dragged her and her sister to a remote family camp for the entire summer. And that’s not even the worst part. Avery also has to deal with no internet, a cute but off-limits staff member, and an always-in-her-face sister.

But what starts as a disaster turns into a whirlwind summer romance as Avery embarks on an unexpected journey to figure out what she truly wants and who she wants to be.

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

Monday, November 9, 2020

Lost on the Way - Review

Lost on the Way (West Side, # 4)

By: Isabel Jolie

Publication: September 21st 2020 by Noctivity, Inc.

246 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--They were friends—just friends. Now they’re something else entirely…

Jason

I remember everything about the day I met her. I might have asked for her number, but I had bigger things to think about that day than trying to score a date.
I remember everything about the second time we crossed paths. By then, she had a boyfriend. Of course, she did. A girl like Maggie Gray Thompson wouldn’t stay single long.
It’s hard to believe freshman year passed ten years ago. Now Maggie’s my best friend, my family. A friendship like ours, it’s irreplaceable. When we buried Adam, I stood by her. When my cancer returned, she stood by me.
Then, in one night, I throw that friendship away.
Maggie

Last night was the best—and worst—night of my life.
He made it clear he only wants a friendship. Then last night happened.
And now he knows how I feel.
Some part of me knows he’ll always see me as his best friend’s girl. He can’t look at me without seeing Adam.
Jason is my best friend. I love him with everything I have—mind, body, and soul.
The problem? His love for me isn’t that kind of love. And that’s okay. I can live with that.
I can’t lose him. If he wants to stay in the friend zone, I’ll need to somehow accept that and move on. Find someone else to love. I know it’s true.
But convincing my heart…well, that’s another story entirely.

I've found in the past that I struggle with reading while pregnant. Mostly in the past, this has been because I find myself more easily annoyed with the characters and plot. For some reason during this pregnancy, I don't feel that's been the case. What I have struggled with this time is being at a loss for words when it comes time to review a book. So bear with me while I sort out my thoughts.

I don't think I went into Lost on the Way with any particular expectations. It's the 4th book in a series where I haven't read the prior books, but since each book is about a different character, I didn't feel like I'd be missing anything by coming in mid-series. More than anything I've been craving either contemporary or historical fiction. Mostly because these two genres tend to focus on love stories. And that's about it. I haven't been in the mood for other genres as much. So with those expectations Lost on the Way got the bill.

The book description pretty much spells out the entire book, and not much happened outside of what I expected. There were definitely no surprises.

Maggie and Jason have pretty much been in love with each other for years, but have refused to move past the friend zone. Maggie is all for it but Jason is dragging his feet for various reasons. I found myself being annoyed with Maggie. I wanted her to stand up for herself sooner. These types of relationships where one character is open to more and the other isn't reciprocating can be draining to me even when the end result is that the other character wises up eventually. It was obvious Jason wanted more as well but his reasons for not moving forward weren't so obvious. Their journey was one I read quickly, but I also found myself rolling my eyes quite a bit.

My biggest frustration with Lost on the Way was the commentary about faith in a higher power, namely God. I'm always going to take issue with times I see characters or authors portray God in a negative way. Much could be said in opposition to the statements made within the story, but I'm not going to preach a sermon right now. Just know, I disagree with all that was said about God and faith within this book.

In the end, Lost on the Way was no more than what I expecting it to be. I found the characters a little grating but only slightly. The commentary and disparaging remarks about God and faith didn't endear me to the story, characters, or author. I wasn't surprised or particularly impressed with any aspect of Lost on the Way, but I did read it quickly which is always a good thing. Lost on the Way gets 3 Stars. Have you read Lost on the Way? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/08/20

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This was a week about playing catch up. I'd been lazy last week as much as I could so I was behind on things this week. No matter which side you fall on, I think we can all agree that this election stuff is a mess. And that's all I want to say about that. Thursday my mom came to hang out with us and babysit while I ran to the chiropractor. We've had some nice weather this week. Typically it has been cool in the morning and in the 70s by the afternoon. So we've gotten to walk twice this week. Friday I had an eye doctor appointment just to double check my trial contact. We've been trying to get some design/construction companies to come look at our house to see about adding on an additional bedroom. But getting someone to call us back has been ridiculous. You'd think people don't like to get paid. It's been a frustrating process for sure.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Bad Boy and the Tomboy by Nicole Nwosu (3.5 Stars)
Tuesday: October 2020 EOM Wrap Up
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Lost on the Way (West Side, # 4) by Isabel Jolie
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2020 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.

First Comes Like (Modern Love, # 3)

By: Alisha Rai

Expected Publication: February 16th 2021 by Avon

432 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes...

Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.

There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.

The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. As much as he’d like to focus on his Hollywood fresh start, he can’t get Jia out of his head. Especially once he starts to suspect who might have used his famous name to catfish her…

When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family. But as the whole world swoons over their relationship, Jia can’t help but wonder: Can an online romance-turned-offline-fauxmance ever become love in real life?

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 4, 2020

Can't Wait for Twice Shy

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.

Twice Shy

By: Sarah Hogle

Expected Publication: April 6th 2021 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--From the author of You Deserve Each Other comes an unconventional and laugh-out-loud new romantic comedy about a woman who inherits a rambling Tennessee estate—and, with it, a groundskeeper whose cranky exterior masks a vulnerability that matches her own.

Maybell Parrish has always been a dreamer. But living with her head in the clouds has always felt preferable to dealing with reality, whether it's managing her panic attacks, navigating the wild world of dating apps, or getting her coworkers to show her a little respect. So when Maybell inherits a stately old Tennessee manor from her eccentric Great Aunt Violet, she realizes it's the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start, and finally take control of the life that's making her increasingly unhappy.

But when she arrives at her new home, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the manor practically falling apart around her, but its handsome yet reclusive groundskeeper, Wesley Koehler, who lives in a cabin on the property, seems to want nothing to do with her. Worse still, Great Aunt Violet left Maybell a bucket list of tasks she has only six months to complete if she wants to retain control of the estate--and Maybell won't be able to tick off all the items without Wesley's help.

Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her is a task more formidable than anything on Great Aunt Violet's list. But when Maybell discovers that beneath his brooding exterior lies an anxiety that exceeds her own, she realizes they might have more in common than she ever dreamed. And as the two slowly begin to let down their guards, they just might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one's comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

October 2020 EOM Wrap Up

I have read 3 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge.

Bewitched (Betwixt & Between, # 2) by Darynda Jones
The Bad Boy and the Tomboy by Nicole Nwosu
Lost on the Way (West Side, # 4) by Isabel Jolie

I have reviewed 11 books. *These qualify for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
*Hidden Knights (Knights of the Realm, # 3) by Jennifer Anne Davis
The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, # 1) by Gena Showalter
Vow of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, # 2) by Mary E Pearson
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 2) by Sarah J Maas (Upon Further Review)
The Glass Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, # 2) by Gena Showalter
The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, # 1) by Richelle Mead
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 3) by Sarah J Maas (Upon Further Review)
Betwixt (Betwixt & Between, # 2) by Darynda Jones
A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 3.1) by Sarah J Maas
*Igniting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology, # 2) by Robin La Fevers
*Midnight Sun (Twilight, # 5) by Stephenie Meyer

Other Posts:
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 10/04/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 10/18/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 10/25/20
Top Ten Book Covers for Fall
Can't Wait for Beguiled (Betwixt & Between, # 3) by Darynda Jones
Can't Wait for A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram, # 2) by Darynda Jones
Can't Wait for Sword of Rage (Reigning Kingdoms, # 1) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Can't Wait for A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 4) by Sarah J Maas
2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - October Wrap Up

Goals:
I am 42 days ahead on of schedule my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 79 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read 8 out of 5-10 series enders.

Monday, November 2, 2020

The Bad Boy and the Tomboy - Review

The Bad Boy and the Tomboy

By: Nicole Nwosu

Publication: October 20th 2020 by Wattpad Books

360 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Some love stories begin in all the wrong ways.

Always comfortable being one of the guys, Macy Anderson is laser focused on only three things: studies, soccer, and a scholarship. Romance is the last thing on Macy’s mind, until Cedric Cahill ― the one boy she’s ever crushed on ― asks her out on a date.

Handsome and charismatic, Cedric’s everything Macy has ever wanted in a boyfriend. There’s just one problem: Cedric’s cousin Sam. Brazen and unapologetic with a bad-boy reputation to match, Sam has an annoying way of constantly showing up in Macy’s life. Something crackles beneath their “just friends” relationship, and soon Macy’s thinking about him in all the ways she shouldn’t ― pushing things too far when she’s around him.

As the tension between them escalates, Macy needs to decide if it’s worth risking both a friendship and a relationship to find out where her heart’s loyalties truly lie. Especially when the truth behind Sam’s bad-boy demeanor changes everything between them forever.

I don't typically like love triangle books. I abhor cheating stories. I do tend to enjoy stories about characters who grow and move from one relationship to a different one that fits them better. So that's kind of the background of my typical reactions to stories that have these components.

I've mentioned in another review recently how I've been creating assumptions based upon book descriptions that have been turning out quite inaccurate. In the case of The Bad Boy and the Tomboy, the description was right on, but I was surprised by how much of the story was taken up by Macy and Cedric being together given the indications in the description that Macy would end up with Sam. I truly felt like more could have been done to set up Macy and Sam's relationship build besides him flirting and her deflecting. It felt a little jarring to me how she went from being about Cedric to realizing she has a crush on Sam.

I cannot and will not ever support characters who choose to cheat. I was so disappointed with these two, especially given that Sam and Cedric are cousins. I realize that they have never had a great relationship, but sheesh. And not just that, how far Macy and Sam went in their physical relationship without considering Cedric. The ignorance and willful disregard for thought of the future was just beyond me.

Throughout the entire book, I felt like The Bad Boy and the Tomboy could have used a little more editing. Maybe my egalley version is to blame for not being formatted 100% correctly, but I couldn't really tell when section breaks should be except that all of a sudden the subject changed. I found a couple of grammatical errors. And I also felt like there was a couple of times when I must have missed some information only to backtrack and not be able to find where I must have skipped anything. More editing and polishing could have made this book even better.

I know this review comes off as a bit negative, but overall, I actually enjoyed this story. I was intrigued by the family dynamics between Cedric and Sam and their other family members. I appreciate books where a character outgrows a relationship and chooses to move on to a different relationship that better fits them. But I don't enjoy stories about cheating in any way. So The Bad Boy and the Tomboy had pieces that I liked and didn't like. Overall, I'll rate this book as 3.5 Stars. Have you read The Bad Boy and the Tomboy? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Sunday Post - 11/1/20

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.

I allowed myself to have a lazy week this week after coming off a super busy week last week. Monday through Wednesday were pretty normal and lazy for us. Thursday, Grammy came to watch the kids while I went to the doctor's office for my glucose test and ultrasound. Baby Boy is measuring at 2 pounds 12 ounces right now. He is a little ahead of schedule, but not a full week. All looked good. Friday was Little Boy's birthday. I can't believe he's 3 years old. Friday was also dress up and party day at the kids' school. They got to wear their Halloween costumes and each class had a party. We did birthday presents after Daddy got home from work. I don't think I'll ever forget how disappointed Little Girl was. She thought brother was getting a ton of toys she would be interested in playing with. So even though he was excited about all of his gifts, watching her face fall with each present is something I'll never forget. Saturday we cleaned up falling tree limbs from the Hurricane that came through Wednesday night (Zeta). We didn't have much damage except a few shingles off the roof and a piece of one of our trees fell onto the fence between us and our neighbor. She's elderly so Husband went over Saturday to help cut up what fell in her yard too. Saturday night we went trick or treating. Our neighborhood always does really well for Halloween and this year was no different. Plenty of people left bowls on their porches to maintain social distancing but still allow the kids to participate. It was a great night.

THE PAST WEEK:

Sunday: 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - October Wrap Up
Monday: All Things Halloween Review of Igniting Darkness (Courting Darkness, # 2) by Robin LaFevers (4 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 4) by Sarah J Maas
Thursday: All Things Halloween Review of Midnight Sun (Twilight, # 5) by Stephenie Meyer (5 Stars)

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Bad and the Tomboy by Nicole Nwosu
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

My annual "All Things Halloween" event ended yesterday. This is my month-long event where I feature reviews from Halloween-y genres (fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, sci-fi, horror, mystery, thriller, and suspense). Over the last few years I've had mostly fantasy books as I just haven't been in the mood for much horror, but still...these are books that can get you in the mood for Halloween.

Don’t forget to link up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2020 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!

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, October 29, 2020

All Things Halloween Review - Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun (Twilight, # 5)

By: Stephenie Meyer

Publication: August 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

672 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Vampires

Source: Own, Personal Library

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Goodreads description--When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and, drawing on the classic myth of Hades and Persephone, brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

Sigh! I just finished Midnight Sun. I know you guys know just how long I've waited for this book because most of you have waited as well. I was talking to my friend, Amanda, about the release and she was telling me that she feels like she's moved on and doesn't really want to go back to Edward and Bella. I can completely understand that. I mean how many books have I read in between my first reading of Twilight? I can't even be sure because I wasn't keeping track of what I was reading in any kind of way back then. But for me, knowing that Stephenie Meyer intended to publish Midnight Sun and hadn't done so (we all know the story of why) left me without closure. Sure, I read the version that was released. More than once. And loved it. So when I heard she was finally publishing this long-awaited book, I was elated. For her, and for myself and all of the other readers who had once waited expectantly for this book and long ago gave up on the idea. So there was never a question for me about whether or not to read this book. And honestly, I'm glad that I did. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

I was telling my husband that between the two, I think Edward has a more interesting story. Of course, Bella is relatable. She's the clumsy, high school girl who falls for the wrong guy. Who can't relate to that? But Edward's story is so much more complex given his ability to read minds. He has to react to everything that people are thinking and not just saying. This is one of the reasons why Midnight Sun is so much longer than Twilight. Not to mention his vampire brain that can think and act in a shorter amount of time than a human one so he's able to accomplish more thinking and more doing in between the actions of the same scenes from the original text.

The thing that hit me the most, that perhaps I enjoyed the most, was how much more complex Alice's and Jasper's talent were. For some reason, I seem to have been under the impression that Alice only saw two visions under any given situation. Two different outcomes based upon any single decision that is made. But that's not the case. She sees many more pathways than I could have fathomed, which actually makes more than just two simple paths. Because we make infinite small decisions constantly and the futures she sees aren't just influenced by one person's decisions. Jasper also had a much more active role in using his talent and in a more complex way than simply making Bella feel calmed down in anxious situations. I appreciated this and felt like I'd done him a little bit of a disservice in my prior readings of the series. But I'll leave you to explore that on your own.

I am sure that the original illegally released section of the book was edited, added to, and all that but I didn't feel much like it had been. I didn't notice much additional content so I was anxious to get past the place in the story where the original illegal release ended. Looking back on it, the number of pages definitely increased so I know additional content must have been added.

I know many people took issue with various character traits of both Bella and Edward. But I never minded those details and so even though I could see Stephenie Meyer amping up the amount of self-deprecation Edward feels for some of his behavior, I never felt like it was necessary. Yet the addition of his constant putting himself down because of what he is and his obsession with Bella felt in line with what I already knew of his character. I wasn't expecting how frequently and thoroughly he was devoted to his plan to leave which we know he does in New Moon. I guess I was fooled the same as Bella when he said he would stay. This was the only time I was really miffed with him. I would have preferred for him to have changed his mind when the events that spurred him to leave in New Moon occur as if he yet again changed his mind to what he'd always thought would be required of him rather than for him to be biding his time until he felt it was the right moment to leave. Planning to leave all along leaves a bad taste in my mind.

Favorite quotes:

-I struggled to find words to name the feelings that flooded through me, but I had no words strong enough to hold them. For a long moment I drowned in them. When I surfaced, I was not the same man I had been. My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?

-I'd always envied Carlisle's perfect control, but at the same time, believed it was impossible for me to duplicate. I realized now that I'd chosen the lazy way, the path of least resistance, admiring him greatly, but never putting in the effort to become more like him.

I also appreciated the story ties into the cover. The cover graphics have been inconsistent (at least to me) concerning their relevance to the story content of each book. So I always appreciate when the cover actually does have a connection to the story.

All in all guys, I loved it. Sometimes books that feature the alternate main character's POV don't actually feel like they're adding any benefit to the original. But that was not the case for Midnight Sun as I felt it added to the original story in more ways than one. I actually think Edward has a more interesting story, but perhaps I wouldn't think so if I didn't have Bella's side of the story first. I felt extremely anxious during the scenes focused around James even though I knew the outcome. And I fell in love with the characters and story all over again. If you already feel like you have closure with Edward and Bella's story then maybe you will be perfectly content without reading Midnight Sun, but I can say I only feel closure having finally completed this book, and I'm so grateful to Stephenie Meyer for finally finishing it. Midnight Sun gets 5 Stars from me. Have you read Midnight Sun? What did you think? Let me know!

P.S. I also want to mention that while I can still picture Kristin Stewart as Bella, Robert Pattinson's portrayal of Edward never set right with me, and Midnight Sun concretes my belief that he didn't understand Edward in the same way that Stephenie Meyer wrote him. So I had to erase all movie scenes from my head. Which wasn't too terribly hard to do.

P.S.S. I had no idea that I would hate Rosalie as much as I do given what I now know about her thoughts. She was never my favorite character, but now I am so angry with her.

This review is part of my All Things Halloween event--a month of fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, mystery/thriller, etc reviews and books.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Can't Wait for A Court of Silver Flames

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.

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 4)

By: Sarah J Maas

Expected Publication: February 16th 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing

648 pages

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Fae

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Goodreads description--Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre's Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta's orbit. But her temper isn't the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other's arms.

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

Monday, October 26, 2020

All Things Halloween Review - Igniting Darkness

Igniting Darkness (Courting Darkness, # 2)

By: Robin LaFevers

Publication: August 4th 2020 by HMH Books for Young Readers

496 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--From New York Times best-selling author Robin LaFevers comes the follow up to “sharp and breathless” (Kirkus Reviews) historical fantasy Courting Darkness. Set in the world of the beloved His Fair Assassin series, this is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones.

When you count Death as a friend, who can stand as your enemy?

Sybella, novitiate of the convent of Saint Mortain and Death’s vengeance on earth, is still reeling from her God’s own passing, and along with him a guiding hand in her bloody work. But with her sisters on the run from their evil brother and under the watchful eye of her one true friend (and love) at court, the soldier known as Beast, Sybella stands alone as the Duchess of Brittany’s protector.

After months of seeking her out, Sybella has finally made contact with a fellow novitiate of the convent, Genevieve, a mole in the French court. But when Genevieve mistakenly draws the attention of the French king to the convent of Saint Mortain and its deadly arts, she may do her sisters (and herself) more harm than good. Sybella, having already drawn the ire of the French regent, may not be able to depend on her sister and ally as much as she hoped. Still, Death always finds a way, even if it’s not what one expects.

No one can be trusted and the wolves are always waiting in this thrilling conclusion to the Courting Darkness duology, set in the world of Robin’s beloved His Fair Assassins trilogy.

Man I could kick myself. It's been 13 days since I finished Igniting Darkness and I'm finally forcing myself to write this review. And in those 13 days, I've finished 3 other books. I used to have a rule of not letting 2 days go by without writing a review and not finishing another book before reviewing. I knew I'd regret waiting so long and now I'm really struggling with remembering what I wanted to say at all. Well, all of that and pregnancy brain which is very, very real. I'm going to do my best though.

I was so angry with Genevieve at the end of Courting Darkness. She puts the entire convent at risk of the king's anger. And her disregard for her feelings for Maraud in an attempt at manipulating the King for her own benefit had me wanting to shake some sense into her. Thankfully she had Sybella to help get her back on the right path as well as fix some of her mistakes. Especially considering the terrible position she put Sybella in. So I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about her during Igniting Darkness, but she was able to put some distance between herself and the King, physically even if he did come to rely on her thoughts as an impartial friend.

I knew that Genevieve and Maraud would have to reconnect with each other and I both dreaded it and anticipated it more than anything else about the book. I just knew that if she got caught with him then the King would punish one or both of them. I worried how Maraud would handle Genevieve sleeping with the King. Of course the two weren't committed to each other, weren't even sure they would ever see each other again, but it has to feel like a betrayal nonetheless. Yet he never even questioned her about it. How convenient.

Sybella is still one of my all-time favorite heroines. She's struggling with a lot in this book...well really that's not unusual for her. She's gotten her sisters to safety but keeping them there isn't as easy as it may seem. Beast finds himself in jail for something he didn't do. A twist of the Reagent as always. Pierre plagues her on all sides. Aligning with the Reagent to turn the King against Sybella and by default the Queen. Plus she's struggling with her faith now that Mortain has become human. Who does she serve now? Even though I anticipated Genevieve and Maraud's reunion most in the book, Sybella's story always ends up being the most interesting.

Favorite quotes:

-A knowledge both primitive and true rises up from deep within me, and I feel the power of the Dark Mother fill me. Understand in my bones that while I have been broken and beaten and beyond despair, I have also rebuilt myself and have risen from the ashes of my own funeral pyre.

-“Knowing a miracle will occur does not keep one from marveling when it does.”

-And though this moment feels hopeless, that doesn’t mean I must give in to despair. Hope need not shine brightly. It need only be a dogged refusal to give up.

Igniting Darkness is so much better than my review of it. Robin LaFevers does a wonderful job of weaving a story together. So many pieces that must come together. So many characters with different motivations each. Wonderful heroes and heroines, but also equally challenging villains that thwart our heroes at nearly every turn. This story has a lot of focus on fathers. Different types of fathers who each have differing influence over their children. There's also a more feminist message to Igniting Darkness even though the entire His Fair Assassins and Courting Darkness Duology stories have focused on strong female characters leading countries, making major decisions that affect many, saving the day, and protecting others. This book had a less subtle message on the ill treatment of women from the time these books are supposed to take place. I don't mind stories that focus on strong female characters. I love them actually. And I don't mind since this is a fantasy series that the author wants to stray from social norms of the time to write what she would like to see. But I guess I just always get hung up on books with a message, even if the message is one I'm in agreement with. I end up feeling preached at and I just wonder why make the distinction in the first place? Write the story you want to read. Make society be more accepting of women if that's what you want to see, but don't put up a billboard about it so to speak. Anyway, overall I enjoyed Igniting Darkness and give it 4 Stars. Have you read Igniting Darkness? What did you think? Let me know.

This review is part of my All Things Halloween event--a month of fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, mystery/thriller, etc reviews and books.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - October Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Neither Sandy nor Holly finished 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 October giveaway runs from October 25th - November 25th. On November 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.

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Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 10/25/20

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This has been a hectic and super busy week. Most of the week has been spent cleaning house in preparation for the kids' birthday party Saturday. But unlike a normal week, I couldn't clean while they were at school for the most part. Monday I had an eye doctor appointment. Tuesday was Little Girl's actual birthday. We had a great day, but yet we didn't overdo anything. She even told me that this was her best birthday ever. Wednesday was my only normal day and I did clean house while they were at school. We did find out that my nephew has tested positive for COVID-19. I haven't seen him in almost two weeks and he wasn't showing any symptoms then. My mother came to visit Thursday. She was a big help in entertaining the kids so that I could clean more. Friday the kids had a field trip to a local farm and pumpkin patch. I did more cleaning once we got home. Saturday we celebrated Husband, Little Girl, and Little Boy (his birthday is next week) with a lunch for family to come. Since my nephew tested positive for COVID his immediately family didn't come, and then my sister and her family were unable to make it because my other nephew had a band competition (it's his senior year). So it was much smaller gathering than we anticipated, but that's probably for the best. That afternoon, Little Girl had a party at a local trampoline park for her friends from school. They had a blast. And I am thoroughly worn out.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: All Things Halloween Review of Betwixt (Betwixt & Between, # 1) by Darynda Jones (4 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Sword of Rage (Reigning Kingdoms, # 1) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Thursday: All Things Halloween Review of A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 3.1) by Sarah J Maas (4 Stars)

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: All Things Halloween Review of Igniting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology, # 2) by Robin LaFevers
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: All Things Halloween Midnight Sun (Twilight, # 5) by Stephenie Meyer

My annual "All Things Halloween" event started last Tuesday. This is my month-long event where I feature reviews from Halloween-y genres (fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, sci-fi, horror, mystery, thriller, and suspense). Over the last few years I've had mostly fantasy books as I just haven't been in the mood for much horror, but still...these are books that can get you in the mood for Halloween.

Don’t forget to link up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2020 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 Knockout

By: Sajni Patel

Publication: January 26th 2021 by Flux

360 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--A rising star in Muay Thai figures out what (and who) is worth fighting for in this #ownvoices YA debut full of heart.

If seventeen-year-old Kareena Thakkar is going to alienate herself from the entire Indian community, she might as well do it gloriously. She’s landed the chance of a lifetime, an invitation to the US Muay Thai Open, which could lead to a spot on the first-ever Olympic team. If only her sport wasn’t seen as something too rough for girls, something she’s afraid to share with anyone outside of her family. Despite pleasing her parents, exceling at school, and making plans to get her family out of debt, Kareena’s never felt quite Indian enough, and her training is only making it worse.

Which is inconvenient, since she’s starting to fall for Amit Patel, who just might be the world’s most perfect Indian. Admitting her feelings for Amit will cost Kareena more than just her pride–she’ll have to face his parents’ disapproval, battle her own insecurities, and remain focused for the big fight. Kareena’s bid for the Olympics could very well make history–if she has the courage to go for it.

A Captain for Caroline Gray

By: Julie Wright

Publication: March 2nd 2021 by Shadow Mountain

336 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Regency London

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the “Fishing Fleet,” he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met—thus securing a future for her and her mother—or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

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!