Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Post - 09/20/20

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.

Monday of this past week seems so long ago. I've been having some technical difficulties with my printer and man is that annoying. I hate to break down and buy a new one, but my research on how to fix it has led me exactly nowhere. Tuesday the weather here was lovely. It was so windy because of the incoming hurricane, but we didn't have any rain. So the kids and I played outside for quite a while and went for a walk. Unfortunately, my sister and her family in Gulf Shores, AL had to endure the stronger parts of the hurricane that night. Their house survived, but they do have some damage. Power was just returned to them last night. The weather hit us on Wednesday. Mostly it just rained through the day, but we lost power Wednesday night a little after 8 and it didn't come back on until about 8 am the next morning. Thursday we went to my mom's. They never lost power and we usually spend Thursdays with her anyway. Friday I had to alter my normal and go to the grocery store. Man I was hit hard with how much more money I spend going into the store rather than doing a grocery pick up. Impulse buys were killing me. Saturday the weather was overcast, but it truly began to feel like fall. We played outside quite a while and even ate lunch at our table by the pool. Little Girl had a birthday party to go to in the afternoon for one of her friends at school. And I've begun to go through boxes of clothes to sell or donate. I had a prosperous couple of days between selling to friends on Facebook and a couple of sales through PoshMark. Still no new books this week, but I've finally started a series that I've had in my possession for years. I'm on book 2 already.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of The White Coat Diaries by Madi Sinha (2.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Line by Line (Love Along the Wires, # 1) by Jennifer Delamere
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: Review of A Portrait of Loyalty (The Codebreakers, # 3) by Roseanna M White

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, September 16, 2020

Can't Wait for Gentleman Jim

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.

Gentleman Jim

By: Mimi Matthews

Expected Publication: November 10th 2020 by Perfectly Proper Press

376 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

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Goodreads description--From USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews comes a swashbuckling tale of Regency era romance and revenge.

She couldn’t forget…

Wealthy squire’s daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it’s bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father’s estate, Nicholas is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nicholas escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nicholas never returns. A decade later, he’s long been presumed dead.

He wouldn’t forgive…

After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he’s on a mission to restore his family’s honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn’t reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She’s bold and beautiful—and entirely convinced he’s someone else.

As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain the other? Or with a little luck—and a lot of daring—will he find a way to have them both?

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

Monday, September 14, 2020

The White Coat Diaries - Review

The White Coat Diaries

By: Madi Sinha

Publication: September 15th 2020 by Berkley

304 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life.

Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she's ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep deprivation, and her duty to be the "perfect Indian daughter" have her questioning her future as a doctor.

Enter chief resident Ethan Cantor. He's everything Norah aspires to be: respected by the attendings, calm during emergencies, and charismatic with the patients. As he morphs from Norah’s mentor to something more, it seems her luck is finally changing.

When a fatal medical mistake is made, pulling Norah into a cover-up, she must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the secret. What if “doing no harm” means risking her career and the future for which she’s worked so hard?

I like stories that have a point. I particularly like stories where the entire point of the plot, characters, and conflict is about love. Relationship love. Not career love. Not mountain hiking love. Not even self-love (although that has its time and place). It's not enough for me to read a story about a character that learns something. It's not enough for me to read about a character that experiences something. As a reader, I get to escape from life and experience for a span of however many pages what the character experiences. And what makes me the happiest is when those characters are falling in love. Does this make me deep or shallow? I don't know. I don't really care. Reading isn't about analyzing my "why." It's about enjoying the process. And so that's what I personally evaluate against when I'm reading a book.

The White Coat Diaries was one of those books that I got to the end of and thought "What was the point?" I know that sounds a bit harsh, but I've got to be real. The beginning was slow to get going for me. I struggled with Norah. I struggled with her mom. Norah is dealing with a lot of self-esteem issues. She's the nerdy girl who has a beautiful, spontaneous best friend. She's always felt a bit of an outsider looking in. She hasn't fully connected with her family and she hasn't fully connected with her friends or colleagues. I felt she was almost self-loathing through much of the book. Dealing with a lot of shame (feeling bad about who she is). This isn't a fun type of character to read about. Norah's mother is a hypochondriac. Her constant worry and nagging through the beginning of the book weighed on me as it did Norah. And Norah's brother Paul and his wife Reema were as well. I could see and understand all perspectives, but it didn't set things up for success when compared to my reading preferences.

Recently, I've read a couple of books with Indian characters and love both of them. I was on the hunt for more of the same when I read the description of The White Coat Diaries. Yet. the description (and this bears more exploration in a discussion post for the future perhaps) left me feeling like Norah's story would be headed in a distinctly negative direction. The description implies that Norah and Ethan fall in love and somehow both of them are pulled into a fatal error which results in a cover-up. A budding relationship likely can't survive that. And if it can, I'm not sure it's a relationship that I want to read about. The conflict is spelled out for the reader, but there's no real hope given of things turning out in any positive manner. And man do I want to discuss what actually happened in detail, but I can't spoil it. Well unless you want me to. *******Highlight for spoiler: I was expecting Ethan to ask Norah to cover his tail. What I wasn't expecting was how far Norah would willingly go for Ethan. Especially given the knowledge of his relationship with Elle. I was really disappointed in her. End spoiler.*******

The medical side of the story was what I would expect. It's what every TV show has shown us about the medical training program. ER, Grey's Anatomy, House, many many more. All of these TV shows reveal the rigorous and difficult training our doctors have to go through. They each show the negative sides to the medical field and the struggles doctors are facing as well. Some moments were presented so well, and I felt Norah's overwhelm. It was easy to see how mistakes could be made at any given moment. Other times, I felt like only the negative aspects of the profession were shown. Of course, I have no firsthand experience in the field. I wondered at times if a political agenda was being presented, but since I couldn't be sure, I have to say that if you're going to include one then this is the best possible way to do it. In a way, where the reader doesn't feel beat over the head with an opinion they are implied to be stupid if they don't agree with.

Since I've already stated that relationships are my favorite parts of stories, I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about them. I liked the camaraderie of Norah's fellow interns. The residents were each hard to like. Is it not possible to have a decent person in this position? The attendings too were all pretty despicable. Norah's family was demanding and not understanding which is odd considering her father was a doctor as well. Meryl, I had mixed feelings about. How things went there just left me feeling sad for and disappointed in both Meryl and Norah. Ethan, I couldn't so much fault him for his part in leading Norah on because he truly felt like he was being upfront with her. Gabe, I was semi rooting for. Overall, I was just disappointed in everyone.

Initially, The White Coat Diaries was slow to get going. I struggled to connect with the characters. I wasn't clear on what the purpose of the overall story was supposed to be other than ultimately taking responsibility for your mistakes even if it means losing what you thought you wanted. When I immediately finished, I thought I would give The White Coat Diaries 3 Stars, but since I've analyzed it more with this review, I'm thinking it's more of a 2 to 2.5 Star book for me. I didn't hate it, but it certainly doesn't align with my reading preferences. And I kind of wish I could have spent the time reading a different book. Have you read The White Coat Diaries? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday Post - 09/13/20

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 had planned on no blog posts for Monday, but somehow I slipped up and didn't have anything prepped for Tuesday or Wednesday either. Thankfully, I, at least, had a review scheduled for Thursday. We did the gender and name reveal for Baby # 3....It's a BOY!!!! Remy Jeriah (The Lord Exalts & Yahweh Sees)! Husband created a moving video of our family journey thus far to share for it. I cried through the whole thing the first time I saw it, and I've watched it probably 3 dozen times since. I'd love to share it with you guys, but I'm not sure how without us uploading it to YouTube, and we don't own the rights to the music he used in the background. I have been working through sorting old girl clothes to sell or donate in my spare time. Even though I've been reading, I haven't been requesting or acquiring new books lately.

THE PAST WEEK:

Thursday: Review of Finding Perfect (Hopeless, # 2.6) by Colleen Hoover (4 Stars)

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of The White Coat Diaries by Madi Sinha
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!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Finding Perfect - Review

Finding Perfect (Hopeless, # 2.6)

By: Colleen Hoover

Expected Publication: December 31st 2019 (first published November 30th 2019)

60 pages

Genre: Youg ADult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Finding Perfect is a novella that brings back several of Colleen Hoover's most beloved characters. Told from the point of view of Daniel from Finding Cinderella, readers will finally get the conclusion they've been hoping for. For the best reading experience, make sure you've read all four books that come together to make up this heartwarming story; Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella and All Your Perfects.

I had kind of decided to take a break from novellas a while back. It seemed like there for a while every author was releasing short additions to their series and even standalone books. It just got to be too much for me. And even though I love Colleen Hoover's books, I just figured I would skip Finding Perfect. Until my friend, Lacy mentioned that she read it and ugly cried. So I picked it up.

I mean I didn't really expect to get much out of it since I basically already knew that Quinn and Graham from All Your Perfects had adopted Six and Daniel's baby. What more could there be to reveal? And really no new or bigger revelations in Finding Perfect. But really it's about the process. The journey. Isn't that the point of a good story anyway?

Daniel and Six have a weird relationship in my opinion. They even mention not talking about deep things. Yet they claim to be a super couple in a lot of ways. Granted they have been through a lot together and have much still to work through.

Favorite quote:

-Becoming a mother isn’t about securing your own happiness. It’s about taking the chance of being terrified and even devastated for the sake of a child.

I didn't cry personally when reading Finding Perfect, but I did very much enjoy this journey. The closure to Daniel and Six's story was something I didn't even know I needed. Finding Perfect gets 4 Stars. Have you read Finding Perfect? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sunday Post - 09/06/20

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.

Another busy and fast week. I got a lot done while the kids were at school Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I'm finally feeling mostly normal from that allergy attack a little over a week ago. Thursday I had another doctor's appointment. We actually did the anatomy scan which is one of my favorite things about pregnancy. We should be revealing the gender and name soon. Saturday we traveled to Georgia for our great-nephew's 1st birthday party. The kids had a blast. We got home late last night.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: August 2020 EOM Wrap Up
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Namesake (Fable, # 2) by Adrienne Young
Thursday: Review of Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (4 Stars)

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: No Blog Posts - Happy Labor Day (US)
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: Review of Finding Perfect by Colleen Hoover

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, September 3, 2020

Little House on the Prairie - Review

Little House on the Prairie

By: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Expected Publication: 1994 by HarperTrophy (first published 1935)

335 pages

Genre: Children's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade

Source: Own (Baby Shower Gift before Little Girl was born)

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Goodreads description--Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books.

Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, and there, finally, Pa builds their little house on the prairie. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairie.

My first time reading The Little House on the Prairie was me reading it aloud to my 4-year-old daughter. At one of my baby showers, we were given a large set of classic books and this was one of them. I never read it as a child or in school. I was a little afraid the content might exceed my 4-year-old daughter's level, and I am certain she didn't fully comprehend some parts of the story, but she asked me questions so I know she understood some. There were a few tense moments and I worried about her getting scared, but the chapter breaks always ended in resolution.

I can easily see how this book is a classic. I have been reading more books in a similar period for my own enjoyment so The Little House on the Prairie enriched the description of what I have been reading.

From a personal takeaway, I have a greater appreciation for the many comforts and the abundance of choices of comforts that we experience today. It makes me realize that not only am I a bit soft (a bit! Ha!), but my children are even more so. I don't know Laura's exact age. I don't think the book stated. She's younger than Mary who was stated to be 8, I believe. So I would imagine she's about 6. She's remarkably self-sufficient...at least compared to kids her age today.

I thought the story was well told by such a young narrator. The description was vast and detailed. The moments of tension were well done and I felt anxious for the characters at several different points. My heart particularly appreciated the Christmas part, and I only wish my 4-year-old was as affected by it as I was--although I do have to say that she has a giving heart.

As an adult, I have to say that I got to the end of the book and thought that's it? We went through all of that for nothing. I suppose I was mirroring Caroline's feelings there. Maybe Charles has the right of it after all, but I was left feeling a little bit like it had all been a waste. Then again, I often have to fight my natural tendency to veer toward the negative.

All in all, The Little House on the Prairie was a pleasant book. I enjoyed most the reading experience of sharing it with my daughter. I appreciated the additional description of the period, living situations, and experiences of the characters. It was a wonderful, enriching book that is a reminder of all of the comforts we have today. Yet the ending left me a little wanting. Hopeful and sad all at the same time. The Little House on the Prairie gets 4 Stars from me. Have you read The Little House on the Prairie? What did you think? Let me know!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Can't Wait for Namesake

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.

Namesake (Fable, # 2)

By: Adrienne Young

Expected Publication: March 16th 2021 by Wednesday Books

368 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Goodreads description--Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.

As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.

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

Monday, August 31, 2020

August 2020 EOM Wrap Up

I have read 8 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge.

Betwixt (Betwixt & Between, # 1) by Darynda Jones
*Igniting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology, # 2) by Robin LaFevers
*Midnight Sun (Twilight, # 5) by Stephenie Meyer
Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
Otherwise Engaged by Joanna Barker
The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, # 1) by Gena Showalter
The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter by Mimi Matthews

I have reviewed 4 books. *These qualify for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, # 1) by Kristi Ann Hunter
Fair as a Star (Victorian Romantics, # 1) by Mimi Matthews
Making a Play (The Field Party, # 5) by Abbi Glines
Fable (Fable, # 1) by Adrienne Young

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 08/02/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/09/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/16/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/23/20
Can't Wait for The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson
Can't Wait for Bewitched (Betwixt & Between, # 2) by Darynda Jones
Can't Wait for Kingdom of Ice and Bone (Frozen Sun Saga, # 2) by Jill Criswell
Can't Wait for Game Changer (The Field Party, # 6) by Abbi Glines
2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up

Goals:
I am 37 days ahead on of schedule my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 68 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read 8 out of 5-10 series enders.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/30/20

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.

The kids have been doing well at school still. Monday the whole family was sneezing quite a lot. The kids seemed fine after taking some allergy medicine, but Husband and I have continued to worsen as the week has gone by. Mostly we have stopped up noses now and a general tiredness. Husband did tell me that a couple of donation boxes in our area are open again, so I was able to take six bags to donate. Four were bags of clothes and 2 were bags of toys. It feels so good to pass those on. I can't wait to go through the rest of our baby clothes for what we can keep and reuse and what we need to donate or sell. We did get to hang out with my Mom on Thursday so that was a nice change of pace from the last couple of weeks. I'm worried about going into a reading rut. I'm craving a very specific type of read and unfortunatly, I don't have any in that genre in my possession right now.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Fable (Fable, # 1) by Adrienne Young (4 Stars)
Tuesday: Fable (Fable, # 1) by Adrienne Young (4 Stars).blogspot.com/2020/08/2020-series-enders-reading-challenge.html">2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up


Wednesday: Can't Wait for Game Changer (The Field Party, # 6) by Abbi Glines

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: August 2020 EOM Wrap Up
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: Review of The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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 Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

By: Mimi Matthews

Expected Publication: January 23rd 2018 by Perfectly Proper Press

226 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

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Goodreads description--A WORLD-WEARY RAKE

After years of unbridled debauchery, Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton has hit proverbial rock bottom. Seeking to escape his melancholy, he takes refuge at one of Victorian society’s most notorious house parties. As the Christmas season approaches, he prepares to settle in for a month of heavy drinking…until an unexpected encounter changes his plans—and threatens his heart.

A PRIM VICAR'S DAUGHTER

Valentine March is not the drab little spinster she appears to be. When her new job as a lady’s companion lands her smack in the middle of Yorkshire with England’s most infamous rake, she resolves to keep her head down and her eyes fixed firmly on her future—a future which most definitely does not include a sinfully handsome viscount.

A MATCH MADE IN SCANDAL

A friendship is impossible. An affair out of the question. But when one reckless act binds them together, will two star-crossed souls discover there’s more to each other than meets the eye? Or will revelations from the past end their fragile romance before it begins?

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, August 26, 2020

Can't Wait for Game Changer

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.

Game Changer (The Field Party, # 6)

By: Abbi Glines

Expected Publication: November 17th 2020 by Simon Pulse

336 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--The sixth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a Southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Welcome to the Field Party. Where you bring the party to the field, where you dance all night, where anything goes. From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next book in this series about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and wild parties that stir up some major drama.

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August 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!

Sandy finished Igniting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology, # 2) by Robin LaFevers & Midnight Sun (Twilight, # 5) by Stephenie Meyer.

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, August 24, 2020

Fable - Review

Fable (Fable, # 1)

By: Adrienne Young

Expected Publication: September 1st 2020 by Wednesday Books

368 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn't who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they're going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

Like stories about mermaids, I've struggled to find a book about pirates that I have connected with. While Fable isn't exactly a pirate book, it is as close to one as I've read that I enjoyed. Adrienne Young has created a world that is unique and intriguing.

Fable grew up on her father's trading ship, the Lark. Her mother was a dredger and started teaching Fable the skill since she was 6 years old. When the Lark sinks killing Fable's mother, Saint leaves her on the island of Jeval and tells her to survive. If she finds her way off the island then he will give her what is rightfully hers. On Jeval Fable uses her dredging skills to mine for gems underwater. But competition is fierce. And she's completely alone. Everyone on the island is out for themselves and surviving is difficult. West has become a repeat customer trading coppers for the jewels Fable dredges. His consistent business has kept her alive. But as Fable's copper stash grows in hopes of buying her passage off the island and back to her father, enemies begin closing in and Fable finds herself desperate for escape sooner rather than later.

West is the helmsman of the Marigold. When Fable comes flying down the dock fleeing for her life, he makes the decision to allow her passage on his ship. His crew isn't happy because their agreement is to vote on decisions like that. Plus the last dredger they had on their ship stole from them. They're not feeling particularly welcoming of Fable. But Fable has a way of finding her way under their armor.

The entire world Adrienne Young created is a hard place. Not just Jeval. Fable has 5 rules that she's lived by, taught to her by her father. 1) Keep your knife where you can reach it. 2) Never, ever owe anyone anything. 3) Nothing is free. 4) Always construct a lie from a truth. 5) Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you. These rules make it difficult to make connections with others. And until Fable meets the crew of the Marigold, she's been without family or friends or...anyone she could depend on since the night the Lark sank. And regardless of how much we might try to go through life alone, each of us craves connection with other human beings.

Of course for me, the drive behind my favorite books focus around the relationships. It was easy to see that West and Fable have a connection they, he especially, are trying to ignore. But this is a harsh world, and one of Fable's main rules is to never reveal who matters to you. It's dangerous to care about others. Doing so can get you killed much faster than anything else. And the Marigold crew has enough enemies as it is.

Favorite quotes:

-It was unnerving to see the sea asleep when I’d seen how bloodthirsty she could be.

-Nothing is free. He wasn’t just talking about food or passage or the clothes on your back. He was talking about respect. Safety. Protection. They were things no one owed you. And one way or another, you always paid.

-Anything given freely was probably a lie.

-“I’m not saying I don’t want you to love him. I’m only saying that if you get him killed, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep myself from cutting your throat.”

Of course, my favorite quote would spoil too much. So I left it out.

Truly, I have barely touched the surface of the events of Fable. I got sucked into this book and these characters from the opening line of this book. I basically read it in 24 hours which is so rare these days. The copy I read did have a few typos that I imagine will be ironed out by the time the book is published. Things end in a cliffhanger that wasn't entirely unexpected but certainly did its job having me dying to get my hands on Namesake. Fable easily gets 4 Stars. Have you read Fable? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/23/20

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 good week. The kids seem to be thriving at school. No tears this week for Little Boy. I've gotten a good bit done during school days, but not quite as much as last week. Tuesday and Thursday were both a little bit rough behavior wise. But sometimes that just happens. I think everyone is still adjusting to the different schedule. I finished Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover. My review for that might be November at least before it goes live (I'm schedule until then already and review books always take priority over non-review books. So pleasure books often get pushed further and further back for me.) I had no idea that A Wild Hope was over 800!!!! pages when I requested it. And even though it sounds really good, I likely would have taken a pass if I'd realized that it would be so long. I always seem to put off really long books, however, I am ahead of schedule with reading and being scheduled so far in advance with reviews, I might end up reading it sooner rather than later. We'll see. I cannot believe August is almost over. Things ought to be super busy from here through the end of the year. And well beyond since Baby # 3 is due in January.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Making a Play (The Field Party, # 5) by Abbi Glines (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Kingdom of Ice and Bone (Frozen Sun Saga, # 2) by Jill Criswell

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Fable (Fable, # 1) by Adrienne Young
Tuesday: 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up & Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

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Heart Bones

By: Colleen Hoover

Expected Publication: August 27th 2020 by Hoover Ink, Inc.

300 pages

Genre: Young Adult?, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Beyah comes from a life of poverty and neglect; Samson from a family of wealth.

When the two find themselves spending the summer as neighbors, they soon realize money is one of the few things they don't have in common.

Their bond is too intense to ignore, but with only ten weeks separating them from the start of their new lives on opposite ends of the country, Beyah and Samson decide to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling.

What they don't realize is that a rip current is coming and it's about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

A Wild Hope (Wild Swan Trilogy, # 1)

By: Celeste De Blasis

Expected Publication: October 8th 2020 by Bookouture (first published 1984)

843 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Goodreads description--Banished from her uncaring family home for her growing friendship with older neighbor St. John, Alexandria Thaine is unprepared for the new life she encounters with her distant cousins in England’s West Country. She blossoms under the warmth of the Falconers, and as she throws herself into the thrilling danger of the family’s smuggling trade, Alex forms an unbreakable bond with the eldest son, Rane.

But just as Alex begins to imagine a future in Devon with Rane at her side, the death of her older sister forces her back home to care for her sister’s motherless twins. Still yearning for Rane, Alex grows to love the helpless babies, and as she rekindles her friendship with St. John, she finds herself caught between her heart and her home.

When the opportunity comes to start anew in Maryland’s lush horse country, Alex faces the agonizing choice between the life she dreamed of and the promise of the new world. But starting over in a golden land on the brink of war brings unforeseen dangers to her door, and when Alex’s new family is threatened, can she find the strength to risk her happiness today for the wild hope of a brighter tomorrow?

The sweeping, epic and emotional novel by beloved storyteller Celeste De Blasis, available in eBook for the first time. Perfect for readers who love Poldark, Outlander and Daphne du Maurier.

A Wild Hope was originally published as Wild Swan.

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, # 1)

By: Gena Showalter

Publication: June 25th 2019 by Inkyard Press

544 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

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Goodreads description--WELCOME TO THE FOREST OF GOOD AND EVIL.

A DREAM COME TRUE…AND A LIVING NIGHTMARE.

Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future.

Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real-life fairy-tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.

Look. See… What will one peek hurt?

Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.

With powers beyond her imagination or control, Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As the prophecy unfolds, Everly faces one betrayal after another, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Can she resist, or will she become the queen—and villain—she was born to be?

The battle between good and evil is on.

The Glass Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, # 2)

By: Gena Showalter

Expected Publication: September 29th 2020 by Inkyard Press

324 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

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Goodreads description--Once Upon a Time meets Game of Thrones in book two of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s magical, romantic dark fantasy series, in which the fairy tales we know and love are prophecies of the future. Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil, where villains may be heroes and heroes may be villains…it all depends on who you ask.

Ashleigh Anskelisa may be called the Glass Princess due to her weak heart, but Saxon, king of the Avian, knows she is more dangerous than broken glass, in this Cinderella retelling that sweeps readers into the magical land of Enchantia, filled with treacherous enemies, unexpected allies, forbidden love, and dangerous magic! Can destined lovers find their way to each other, or will evil win the day? Everything changes at the stroke of midnight as one determined princess fights for her legacy, her love, and the crown that is her destiny.

Otherwise Engaged

By: Joanna Barker

Expected Publication: October 1st 2020 by Covenant Communications

262 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Regency

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Goodreads description--She’s never been afraid of breaking the rules—until she risks breaking her heart

Constantly stifled by the rules of Society, spirited Rebecca Rowley enjoys finding ways to quietly—or not so quietly—rebel. But riding bareback and avoiding nosy neighbors are nothing compared to the thrilling secret she is keeping from her family.

When Rebecca’s quick thinking saves the life of a young girl, she unwittingly attracts the attention of the child’s dashing brother, Lieutenant Nicholas Avery. As that attention turns flirtatious, Rebecca is forced to tell him the truth: she is secretly engaged—to the one man her family would never approve of. Fortunately, Lieutenant Avery is a navy man with no wish to marry, or so they both assume as they enter into a friendship.

Rebecca hopes to change her family’s mind about her betrothed, but the more she comes to know the handsome lieutenant, the more she wonders if she promised her hand too hastily.

After all her carefully laid plans are shattered during a family crisis, Rebecca must force her heart to decide. Should she stay true to the promise she made or fight for the future she’s only just begun to imagine?

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, August 19, 2020

Can't Wait for Kingdom of Ice and Bone

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.

Kingdom of Ice and Bone (Frozen Sun Saga, # 2)

By: Jill Criswell

Expected Publication: September 22nd 2020 by Blackstone

300 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Goodreads description--Lira and Reyker have lost everything. Including each other.

Lira of Stone watched her home burn and her clan fall beneath the sword of the warlord known as the Dragon. She believes the man she loves, a warrior who defected from the Dragon s army, is dead. Alongside her exiled brother and his band of refugees, she will fight the forces that conquered her island. But the greatest danger may come from Lira herself with the blood of banished gods running through her veins, she s become a weapon, and no one is safe from the power of her wrath.

Reyker Lagorsson thought he was done being a Dragonman. That was before he saw Lira leap from a cliff and vanish into the sea. Determined to honor her memory by protecting her people, Reyker must feign loyalty to the warlord, undermine him at every turn, and seek alliances with renegade soldiers without succumbing to the battle-madness that threatens to possess him once more.

When the Fallen Ones offer Lira a chance to defeat the Dragon, her quest leads her to a place she never expected Iseneld, the warlord s homeland. Her journey into the heart of the Frozen Sun will put her on a collision course with Reyker, costing both of them more than they ever imagined, and leaving her with a terrible choice: to save their countries, she must forsake everything she loves.

Honestly, I didn't completely love the first book in this series, and I'm still torn on whether I'll end up reading this one or not. But I am following this book so I thought I would feature it anyway. What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Making a Play - Review

Making a Play (The Field Party, # 5)

By: Abbi Glines

Publication: August 20th 2019 by Simon Pulse

320 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from the e-Library

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Goodreads description--The fifth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Ryker Lee is finally enjoying his senior year—he has great friends, hangs out with hot girls, and is on track to get a football scholarship that will set him up for college. Despite this, a small part of him wonders if there’s more to life than parties and meaningless hookups—and if football even means as much to him as it does to his fellow teammates. And when he meets the new girl at school, his world totally changes…

Aurora McClay is new to Lawton. She’s grateful that her twin brother, Hunter, is star of the football team and can help her adjust to her new school, but she’s not grateful at how overprotective he is over every person she meets. Just because she is deaf does not mean people have to treat her differently. When she meets Ryker Lee, the two of them spark an instant and intense chemistry, one that proves to be controversial not only because of Ryker’s reputation as a player, but also because of Aurora and Hunter’s father’s bigoted views about who Aurora can and can’t date.

Aurora and Ryker know in their hearts that they are meant for each other. But can their relationship endure the turmoil of rumors and prejudice?

I say this pretty regularly, but Abbi Glines is an author that can easily pull me into her characters and story, but I often have issues with her books that keep them from being 4 and 5-Star reads for me. Each book varies when it comes to the things that bother me, yet I consider her to be a pretty consistent author. Because Losing the Field was tame with the physical descriptions, I kind of expected Making a Play to be on the opposite end of the spectrum. I was happy to find that it was not. I will say that language was fairly common and on the more frequent scale for my preferences, but I can mostly skim over that.

love the representation of deaf culture in Making a Play. My friend's 4-year-old daughter was born deaf and I have witnessed a lot through her journey. I can't speak to the accuracy of the representation entirely, but I appreciated it nonetheless.

Ryker and Aurora have an instalove kind of story. Ryker is the typical bad boy that Abbi Glines is famous for writing. And even though we know he's been affected by his relationship with Tallulah, his cousin Nash's girlfriend, due to some harsh and mean things he's said about her in the past that he's already had to face some uncomfortable facts about himself and change, but he goes from player to committed in literally the span of an eye lock. To make the instalove comment even more true, the majority of the book spans a week. Aurora is sweet and innocent and never has to see Ryker at his worst because he basically changes upon meeting her.

The other big conflict for these two characters is the racial differences. Ryker is black and Aurora is white. And Aurora's father is labeled as a racist throughout the book because he wouldn't be happy knowing that his daughter is dating a black guy. Now I just don't know how I feel about all of this. Certainly, racism still exists. Stereotypically racism exists in the South. Even more stereotypically, racism exists in Alabama. And this is true. To an extent. I will say though that I have watched interracial relationships grow in increasing numbers from when I was in elementary school to today when my nieces and nephews are in high school and college. And the stigma just isn't the same as it used to be. Are there some who still look down on interracial relationships? Of course. But I have some mixed feelings upon whether disapproval of interracial relationships equals racism. One thing is for sure, I don't have all of the answers.

I enjoyed Ryker and Aurora's relationship and story. It was a little "insta" for me, but I go into Abbi Glines's books expecting fun, light and fast. I don't expect every piece to be 100% realistic. So I don't hold it all under a microscope like I might for something else. Making a Play gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Making a Play? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/16/20

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.

Kiddos started back school Monday. It's such a hard decision to make as a parent. Little Boy has been having some separation anxiety, but he seems to be fine once he gets to school. I've been doing a lot of chores that I don't get done regularly, purging some of the cabinets in the bathroom and such like that. I have gotten some reading done. I finished Midnight Sun, but my review won't go up until October. But mostly I've been spending any extra time working on a personal project. My mom came to hang out with us on Thursday. That's always nice. I'm so thankful she's now retired, and we're able to spend more time together. Little Girl has been asking for sushi for some reason. She's never had it before, so we attempted to go to a Japanese food restuarant but the wait was too long. So we opted for a different place to eat. She told me after she was glad the other place was busy because the food she had was so good! Both kids were a bit overtired on Saturday and their behavior reflected it.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Fair as a Star (Victorian Romantics, # 1) by Mimi Matthews (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Bewitched (Betwixt & Between, # 2) by Darynda Jones

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Making a Play (The Field Party, # 5) by Abbi Glines
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

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A Portrait of Loyalty (The Codebreakers, # 3)

By: Roseanna M White

Expected Publication: September 8th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Zivon Marin was one of Russia's top cryptographers, until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee after speaking out against Lenin and separated from his brother along the way, he arrives in England driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits.

Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera--and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and recreating photographs. With her father's connections in propaganda, she's recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove.

After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily. He sees patterns in what she deems chaos; she sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed. But both have secrets they're unwilling to share. When her photographs reveal that someone has been following Zivon, his loyalties are called into question--and his enemies are discovered to be far closer than he'd feared.

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!