Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Can't Wait for With This Pledge

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.

With This Pledge (Carnton, # 1)

By: Tamera Alexander

Expected Publication: January 8th 2019 by Thomas Nelson

352 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of Tamera Alexander's new series, The Carnton Novels.

On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity of his wounds, believes his life will be spared. But a life without his leg, he can't abide. He compels Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston—governess to the McGavock family at the Carnton mansion—to intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. True to her word, Lizzie speaks on his behalf and saves not only the captain's leg but also his life.

When a fourteen-year-old soldier dies in Lizzie's arms that night, the boy's final words, whispered with urgency, demand that Lizzie deliver them to their intended recipient. But all she has is the boy's first name. And, as she soon discovers, there's no record of him ever having enlisted. How can she set out alone across a land so divided by war and hatred to honor her pledge? Even more, does she dare accept Captain Jones's offer to accompany her? As he coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

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

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge - April Wrap Up

Time for our fourth 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 March Wrap Up, Sandy finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, # 8) by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. Holly hasn't 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 April giveaway runs from April 25th - March 25th. On April 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Sun is Also a Star - Review

The Sun Is Also a Star

By: Nicola Yoon

Publication: November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press

348 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from the e-library

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Goodreads description--Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I enjoyed Everything, Everything so I knew I'd want to read more from Nicola Yoon. I'd seen some good ratings for The Sun is Also a Star so when I went looking through the e-library for a contemporary read and saw it was available I went ahead and checked it out.

I have to say that typically I don't enjoy books that jump around in chronology or between too many narrators. Even up until the 20% mark this was still bothering me with all of the jumping around. Of course even more so than many other books, Nicole Yoon had a specific purpose in writing this way.

Even though I typically have a 48 hour rule to write my book reviews within this window of time from finishing the book, it's been more than two weeks since I finished The Sun is Also a Star. Having young children doesn't exactly lend to having the opportunity to sit and think methodically and then type up a review post within that allotted time these days. Hopefully when Baby Boy starts napping in his crib by himself this will be a little easier. That being said, I've already forgotten a lot of details to The Sun is Also a Star, but I'll do my best.

If you struggle with insta-love/insta-relationships then you'll struggle with The Sun is Also a Star. Daniel finds himself quite attracted to Natasha essentially from the moment he sees her. Natasha is more skeptical due to her families immigration status rather than actually holding back because of Daniel. Most of the story takes place within the span of one day. Their limited time together both holds them back and encourages the two to pursue things further than either would under normal circumstances. I personally don't usually take issue with books that span only a day, but for some reason Natasha and Daniel's story did have me seeing a bit more of the impractical than some other stories that have tackled the same feat.

The theme of The Sun is Also a Star seems to be that everything happens for a reason and all things are connected. Again, I don't typically take issue with these particular themes, but I did feel a little bit of the cheesy in the story because of this. I went back and forth on whether I thought the story would have been deeper if things simply ended with the storyline of the security guard or as things actually ended. I decided that the ending of the book was to real winner if only because of the amount of time spent with the two characters at the center of the story. I know I'm being vague, but I don't want to give anything away even though I did feel things were a bit predictable.

Ultimately, The Sun is Also a Star was an easy read. The jump in chronology as well as the periodic random narrator weren't my favorite parts, but they did serve the overall purpose of theme and story. I can't say that I was blown away, and I didn't like this book as much as Everything, Everything. However, The Sun is Also a Star was still enjoyable and gets 3 Stars from me. Have you read The Sun is Also a Star? What did you think? Let me know.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 4/22/18

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.

Husband was off work Monday through Thursday of this week and boy was it nice to have him home. Of course the kids, especially Little Girl, loved having him here. But I certainly enjoyed it too. I mean aside from the help he gives me around the house and with the kids, I actually enjoy spending time with him. We're coming up on our 9th anniversary next month and I can still say he's my favorite person. That being said we had some difficult parenting aspects this week. Little Girl is firmly in the stage of "I can do it myself" and "no I don't want to" and meal times have especially become a chore as she doesn't want to eat ANYTHING you put in front of her. I don't know how but at some point early this week she hurt her foot. We took her to the doctor Wednesday morning because she wasn't bearing weight on it. He says it's a sprain of some short and should heal quickly. We know that signs to look out for if it doesn't seem to be getting better. Poor Husband had a list of chores he wanted to do while off and even though he did get several of them done he is just realizing that his days off from work simply won't be work at home days for him anymore. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. It just means his expectations have to adjust a bit.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Lucky in Love by Kasie West (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for From Here to You (Crash and Burn, # 1) by Jamie McGuire

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday & 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge - April 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.

If There's No Tomorrow

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Expected Publication: September 5th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

480 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from the e-library

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Goodreads description--Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?

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, April 18, 2018

Can't Wait for From Here to 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.

From Here to You (Crash and Burn, # 1)

By: Jamie McGuire

Expected Publication: October 9th 2018

384 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that of all the bad decisions she's made in her life, marrying her abusive fiancé would be the worst. She's never been able to stand up for herself, but she'll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With just the cash she has on hand, she runs to get a bus ticket to the farthest place she can afford. Between her sheer grit and pageant-queen smile, she lands a job as a front desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Hotel. It's not a glamorous life, but she and her baby are all that matters.

A former Marine, Scott "Trex" Trexler has worked in the most dangerous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. Now he finally has a chance to return to the last place he'd felt at peace--Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take a new job with the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a top-secret military installation buried deep within the granite.

The moment Trex walks into the inn, Darby knows he's dangerous. There's no way she wants to get involved with another man who seems to be keeping way too many secrets. As charming and devastatingly gorgeous as Trex is, he clearly isn't telling her everything. But as wildfires rage on the mountain and Darby's ex-fiancé shows he isn't so willing to let her go, both she and Trex are soon to find out that what you don't know absolutely can hurt you.

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