Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Can't Wait for These Infinite Threads

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.

These Infinite Threads (This Woven Kingdom, # 2)

By: Tahereh Mafi

Expected Publication: February 7, 2023

416 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Goodreads description--The second book in an epic, romantic fantasy trilogy based on Persian folklore, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare called “exquisitely crafted,” by bestselling and National Book Award–nominated author Tahereh Mafi.

Alizeh is the heir to the Jinn throne and fulfills a long-foretold prophecy of a Jinn sovereign destined to free her people from the half-lives they’ve been forced to live under the rule of humans.

Kamran is the heir to the human throne, and he’s being pressured to marry before he becomes king. When he falls in love with Alizeh and subsequently learns her true identity, he must question everything he’s been taught about Jinn and their future in his kingdom.

These Infinite Threads picks up at the explosive cliff-hanger ending of the New York Times bestselling novel This Woven Kingdom, and is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Tomi Adeyemi, and Sabaa Tahir.

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

Monday, October 3, 2022

All Things Halloween Review - A Fate of Wrath & Flame

A Fate of Wrath & Flame (Fate & Flame, # 1)

By: K.A. Tucker

Publication: May 25th 2021 by K.A. Tucker

533 pages

Genre:New Adult, Fantasy

Source: Personal Kindle Library (birthday present)

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Goodreads description--She would know the world of vengeful gods and monsters, and the lengths one would go for love. And nothing would ever be the same for her again.

Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.

Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.

Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.

Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.

I have been a fan of KA Tucker for a while. When I saw she wrote a fantasy series, I knew I wanted to read it. However, I've been in a historical fiction mood for a couple of years. I still read fantasy but just not as frequently. I'm glad I finally picked up A Fate of Wrath & Flame because I devoured it.

The beginning was slow for me. Necessary, but slow. The reader needs to understand Romy's life before getting pulled into this fantasy world. But that made me struggle a little because I want to get hooked into a story quickly. Almost as soon as Remy wakes up in the fantasy world, I was hooked like I wanted to be.

A Fate of Wrath & Flame reminded me of Jennifer L Armentrout's Blood and Ash series. The two don't mimic storylines, but you have a twist on typical vampires. They both feel medieval with castles and castes systems, courts and royalty. There's magic because, well, it's fantasy. And there's a lowly girl who finds out that she's not who she's always thought she was. A prince...in one story, the prince is about to be king, and in the other story, the prince becomes king right before we meet him. There are several similarities and a similar feel. Plus an enemy to lover romance in both.

I felt sorry for Romy because she is slammed into this world that she knows nothing about. And she has to pretend to be someone quite hated by pretty much everyone around her. She does come up with an excuse, amnesia, that helps others begin to see that she truly has no recollection of facts she should know if she were lying about amnesia. And she finds a few allies even though those are tenuous at best.

Zander was easy to feel bad for as well. His parents were murdered on the day he was supposed to marry the woman he was in love with...by that very same woman. He is angry and hurt. And he learns that much is not what it appeared to have been nor what appears to be coming. Some of his closest advisors don't understand his choice to keep Romeria alive or close to his side. They believe he's under some sort of spell which makes him a king to be questioned. Most of all, he wants to figure out the plot against his kingdom because he's not the only one in danger.

I ended A Fate of Wrath and Flame and immediately jumped into the second book. I told myself I wouldn't forget where one stopped and the second began, but I was lying to myself to think that I could separate the two books completely when it came time to write my reviews. I get so frustrated with myself when this happens. I remember that Zander and Romy weren't in a good place when book 1 ended and book 2 began. So you've got that conflict spurring you on to keep reading.

Favorite quotes:

-"I am a king. For every enemy I face, there are ten I cannot name, but they are always there, waiting for an opening." "Which one do you focus on?" "The One that is most dangerous at that given moment."

-"Welcome to the throne. Threats come from every direction, and they do not wait in line for their turn."

-"Betrayal rarely approaches from a straight line."

-"I'm always testing you, Romeria." Quietly, he adds, "And you are always testing me."

-"Tonight did not satisfy your curiosity?" "No, actually. I've been left completely unsatisfied," I counter...

-...I'm used to being abandoned by those closest to me, and I'm not about to beg him to stay.

A Fate of Wrath & Flame was so good. The beginning was slow, but once I got hooked, I was in. I even jumped pretty quickly to purchase book 2 when I often wait because I had to know what was going to happen next. The intrigue about the state of Islor and the plots against the kingdom and against Zander had me trying to figure everything out. Romeria and Zander had a delicious hate to love relationship that, of course, wasn't in a good place at the end of book 1. I can't wait to dive deeper into the series. I've already read book 2, so I'm dying for book 3, which hasn't be released yet. If you enjoyed Jennifer L Armentrout's Blood and Ash series, I think you will like this as well because they are similar without being repeats of each other. And I hate that I waited so long to read this book, except that doing so allowed me to go straight into book 2. A Fate of Wrath & Flame gets 4.5 Stars. Have you read A Fate of Wrath & Flame? 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 2, 2022

Sunday Post - 10/02/22

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 was pretty normal. Tuesday, we took the boys to Walmart. We had to pick up a birthday present for a party today. The boys were fun to have in the store since they don't go with me normally. Tuesday afternoon I had some fall crafts to do with the big kids. The weather has felt absolutely wonderful this week. Wednesday was also normal. Thursday, the big kids had dentist appointments. All went well there. The boys played so well together outside enjoying the weather. Friday afternoon the kids and I made an orange cream pie. Little Girl and I made a blueberry pie about two years ago. Ever since Little Boy has been asking for an orange pie. He wanted one like key lime or lemon meringue, but I couldn't find much. Anyway with living at my mom's last year, I didn't make doing so a priority. Saturday, we got together with my family to celebrate my dad and Husband's birthdays. October is our busiest month of the year, and so far our schedule is even more packed than normal. I do have a few fantasy reviews scheduled for my "All Things Halloween" annual event. Unfortunately, I'm pretty disappointed that I don't have a full month of reviews scheduled ahead. Maybe I'll squeeze out a couple more books before the end of the month in order to fill it out. But I'm not holding my breath.

THE PAST WEEK:

Sunday: 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge - September Wrap Up
Saturday: September 2022 EOM Wrap Up

My annual "All Things Halloween" event is starting. 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.

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Fate of Wrath and Flame (Wrath & Flame, # 1) by KA Tucker
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2022 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

NEW BOOKS:

No new books this week.

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!

Saturday, October 1, 2022

September 2022 EOM Wrap Up

September has been the roughest reading and blogging month I've had this year. I read more than I remembered for the month, but we spent a large part of this month sick, and I ended up watching a lot of TV which I never do. I hope to get back on track in October, but October is our busiest month of the year. So I'm just going to do the best I can.

I read 3 book (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Miss Newbury's List by Megan Walker
*A Daughter's Courage (Brides of Laurent, # 3) by Misty M Beller

I have reviewed 1 book. *These qualify for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Miss Newbury's List by Megan Walker

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 09/04/22
Sunday Post - 09/11/22
Sunday Post - 09/18/22
Can't Wait for Holding the Line (Love Along the Wires, # 3) by Jennifer Delamere
2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge - September Wrap Up
August 2022 EOM Wrap Up

Goals:
I'm ahead on my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 36 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read potentially 3 out of 5-10 series enders.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge - September Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Sandy finished A Daughter's Courage (Brides of Laurent, # 3) by Misty M Beller. Holly hasn't 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 September giveaway runs from September 25th - October 25th. On October 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a grand prize winner.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sunday Post - 09/18/22

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 spent the week sickly. Husband woke up Monday morning with pink eye. He got a prescription from his doctor for that. Wednesday, my doctor called in a prescription for me. And I also took Baby Boy in for an appointment. Turns out he's had RSV and developed a double ear infection. So he got a prescription too. I've been to the pharmacy so many times this week. Thankfully, Little Girl and Little Boy are doing well. My mom did come over Thursday to spend the day with us. And we've had some cooler weather. Now not full on fall weather, but we've had some 80 degree days. Fall is close--what little fall we seem to get here in Alabama. Little Girl had fall pictures at school on Wednesday, and Little Boy had fall pictures on Friday. We also took the kids to the Compassion Journey Friday afternoon. And then we went to dinner and came home. Saturday was a little out of our norm because we didn't go for a walk. But we did play outside much more than normal. I usually love playing outside, but since we moved back home this past April I haven't loved taking the kids outside because there's still a lot they don't need to get into out there. We can only do so much and the outside spaces haven't been our priority. I went through another box from the garage and painted two window casings on Saturday. I don't think I read hardly at all this week. I haven't had the energy so I've been catching up on some Netflix shows.

THE PAST WEEK:

Thursday: Review of Miss Newbury's List by Megan Walker (3 Stars)

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: ????
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2022 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

NEW BOOKS:

A Hard Day for a Hangover (Sunshine Vicram, # 3)

By: Darynda Jones

Expected Publication: December 6, 2022

352 pages

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Humor

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Some people greet the day with open arms. Sheriff Sunshine Vicram would rather give it a hearty shove and get back into bed, because there’s just too much going on right now. There’s a series of women going missing, and Sunny feels powerless to stop it. There’s her persistent and awesomely-rebellious daughter Auri, who’s out to singlehandedly become Del Sol’s youngest and fiercest investigator. And then there’s drama with Levi Ravinder—the guy she’s loved and lusted after for years. The guy who might just be her one and only. The guy who comes from a family of disingenuous vipers looking to oust him—and Sunshine—for good.

Like we said, the new day can take a hike.

The Call of the Sea

By: Sian Ann Bessey

Expected Publication: November 1, 2022

pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--A Viking Historical Romance

On the eve of her betrothal to a nobleman she’s never met, Rhiannon seeks comfort on the shores of the sea she loves so well. But instead of offering peace to her uneasy heart, the ocean heralds doom with the arrival of dreaded Viking ships. A vicious raid leads to the death of her beloved father and leaves Rhiannon’s life in tatters. Heartbroken, she travels to Ynys Môn, where she takes up residence at the royal court of Owain Gwynedd.

Leif loves voyaging on the open water. As the son of a Viking chief, he’s accustomed to his people’s practice of plundering and looting. But when one of his companions ruthlessly kills an old man in front of the man’s beautiful daughter, Leif is haunted by the memory. Desperate to find forgiveness for the atrocity he allowed to occur, he’s offered a chance at redemption through the kindly teachings of an Irish priest and the unexpected arrival of a royal fugitive. Suddenly thrust into the midst of the Cymry’s political turmoil, Leif is reunited with the dead man’s daughter―Rhiannon. Forced to work side by side to uncover the truth behind the turmoil, they come to discover that love can grow from even the most tragic of beginnings. But with such incompatible backgrounds, surely a future together can never be theirs.

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 15, 2022

Miss Newbury's List - Review

Miss Newbury's List

By: Megan Walker

Expected Publication: February 7, 2023

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

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Goodreads description--England, 1820

Rosalind Newbury loves her family and wants nothing more than to add to their legacy. So when an opportunity arises to marry a duke—a dream come true for her family—despite hardly knowing him, she quickly agrees.

But after rediscovering a childhood wish list, Ros realizes that she has dreams of her own and little time left to fulfill them. She recruits her dearest friend Liza and subsequently Liza’s handsome but wayward cousin Charlie—a gentleman turned rugged boxer—to help her complete her list before her wedding.

From boxing lessons to buried treasure, Charlie helps Ros experience a life and love that she’d never dreamed possible. Soon, Ros is faced with the very decision she’s been running from—to save her family’s future or her own.

Like time travel books, I have found that I don't enjoy "bucket list" books. I find them cheesy. Contrived. And forced. I almost didn't request Miss Newbury's List because of my frustration with bucket list stories of the past, but I really liked Megan Walker's previous book, and I've been looking forward to her next book. So I hoped the historical fiction setting would be enough to change my typical dislike of bucket list stories.

In short, it wasn't.

I am sure, as independent and headstrong as I am, that I would chaff against the situation that Rosalind finds herself in. Yet as the reader, I often root for arranged marriages. I like seeing them work out despite the unromantic start. I knew I was fighting a losing battle. The description tells you all you need to know, but I kind of hoped the description would be wrong and maybe Charlie would help Rosalind accomplish her list while still leading to a path where she fulfills her original goal. Ms. Walker wrote the Duke in such a way that you couldn't really root for him in the end. But I just feel like I was predisposed not to like this book. Sometimes I can be too stubborn for my own good.

As I said, I find parts of executing a bucket list contrived. The part where Charlie hangs Rosalind's painting in the opera house gave me secondary embarrassment. I felt so awkward through that scene.

I don't know. I can't put my complaints into words that make sense. Ultimately, I just don't like bucket list storylines. I knew this ahead of time, but this book solidified my determination to stay away from them. I feel like I should apologize for even requesting this book. I'll do better in the future. Rosalind and Charlie were decent, and ultimately, I am glad things ended the way they did. Miss Newbury's List gets 3 Stars. Have you readMiss Newbury's List? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday Post - 09/11/22

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.

Some years I wonder when we're going to forget. I know that I didn't grow up thinking much about Pearl Harbor. But that's because I didn't live it. So I blew it off. And it's hard to imagine, but it's true...there's a whole generation of people already born and some are adults now that didn't live the September 11th attack. But I remember. And I always watch the video of the 911 calls from that day. It gets me every single time. And you know what, I don't want to forget.

This past week was a little bit of the struggle bus for us. Our whole family has gotten sick or been sick this week. Thankfully, we have had a span of almost 3 months between sicknesses though compared to last year when we were sick every other week or so it felt like. Anyway, it started with Little Girl, then Baby Boy, then Little Boy, then Husband, and finally, I joined the sickly crew Saturday morning. We did send Little Boy to school on Wednesday because he'd just started coughing and you never know how bad it's going to be in the very beginning. He actually came home from school feeling better, but the next day he started running a fever. Anyway, so most of the week we did nothing. We watched too much TV. We did walk when we could. And we just snuggled up together which was nice. At the same time, I've been dying to just get out of the house. I finished painting all of our interior door this weekend. Well we still have some bifold closet doors we have to purchase and those will need to be painted, but the ones we have are DONE. I still have some window and door casings left to paint, and we have some exterior doors that need paint as well, but it's a huge check off my to-do list.

THE PAST WEEK:

Tuesday: August 2022 EOM Wrap Up
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Holding the Line (Love Along the Wires, # 3) by Jennifer Delamere

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Miss Newberry's List by Meagan Walker
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2022 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

NEW BOOKS:

Scotland's Melody isn't receiving the best reviews so I'm a little bit regretful that I requested it. We shall see.

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 7, 2022

Can't Wait for Holding the Line

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.

Holding the Line (Love Along the Wires, # 3)

By: Jennifer Delamere

Expected Publication: December 1, 2022

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--A widow at just 30 years of age, Rose Finlay is determined to put all ideas of marriage and family behind her and pursue an independent life. But when she notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat, bitter memories from her past arise, and she feels compelled to intervene. The unintended consequences of her efforts will ultimately force Rose to reexamine her life in a new light.

As the overseer of his two widowed sisters' financial and domestic affairs, John Milburn carries heavy responsibilities for a single man. But he's faced with his biggest challenge when his headstrong niece falls prey to the attentions of a powerful man who could ruin both her and her family.

When Rose and John join forces to protect his niece, they put everything they hold dear--including their growing attraction--in jeopardy.

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

August 2022 EOM Wrap Up

I read 3 book (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Engaging Sir Isaac (Inglewood, # 4) by Sally Britton
The Belle of Bellgrave Square (Belles of London, # 2) by Mimi Matthews
Sword of Rage (Reigning Kingdoms, # 1) by Jennifer Anne Davis


I have reviewed 5 books. *These qualify for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
A Tenuous Betrothal by Jen Geigle Johnson
Saving Miss Everly (Inglewood, # 3) by Sally Britton
FLIP The Gratitude Switch by Kevin Clayson
Junie B Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth (Junie B Jones, # 3) by Barbara Park
Engaging Sir Isaac (Inglewood, # 4) by Sally Britton

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 08/07/22
Sunday Post - 08/14/22
Sunday Post - 08/21/22
Sunday Post - 08/28/22
Top Ten Books I Loved 10+ Years Ago
Can't Wait for Isha, Unscripted by Sajni Patel
Can't Wait for A Hard Day for a Hangover (Sunshine Vicram, # 3) by Darynda Jones
Can't Wait for The Call of the Sea by Sian Ann Bessey
Can't Wait for There Goes the Groom (Romance of Rank, # 1.5) by Esther Hatch
2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up
July 2022 EOM Wrap Up

Goals:
I'm ahead on my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 31 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read potentially 2 out of 5-10 series enders.

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Sunday Post - 09/04/22

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 gone on a work trip this past week. He left Sunday and came back on Wednesday. My parents agreed to keep Baby Boy for me while he was gone so I wouldn't have to interrupt his nap every day with having to get Little Girl from school. Sunday afternoon I took the two big kids to a birthday party for a kid in Little Boy's class. Monday we had a powerline like pop or something. There was a flash of light and a boom and next thing we know the front yard is on fire from the downed wire. So I called the fire department and the power company. But we were without power for several hours. I ended up taking the kids out to dinner that night. Tuesday, I took Little Boy to the park and the library. I cannot believe I've never taken them to the library before. And then Tuesday afternoon after I got Little Girl from school we went to see the new Minions movie in the theater. Little Boy has never been so he was beyond ecstatic. We also grabbed CFA for dinner. Wednesday after school we went to pick up Baby Boy from my parents. They were all so happy when Daddy got home. I don't remember much about Thursday or Friday. Saturday, we went to Birmingham for what was supposed to be a family reunion. We didn't have a big crowd this year, but I really enjoyed the group that was there. Today we're heading to Georgia for my great-nephew's birthday party.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Engaging Sir Isaac (Inglewood, # 4) by Sally Britton (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for There Goes the Groom (Romance of Rank, # 1.5) by Esther Hatch

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Happy Labor Day!
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: August 2022 EOM Wrap Up

Don’t forget to link up for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2022 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

NEW BOOKS:

No new books this week.

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 31, 2022

Can't Wait for There Goes the Groom

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.

There Goes the Groom (A Romance of Rank, # 1.5)

By: Esther Hatch

Expected Publication: May 1, 2023

109 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

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Goodreads description--Catching a husband has never been so complicated.

Matthew Harrison has only one task in life: to marry money. After failing miserably in London, his family takes matters into their own hands by arranging his marriage to the wealthy Lucy Bateman. But when he meets Lucy for the first time, his resolve to save his family from ruin crumbles. Lucy looks to be nothing more than a child, and he cannot fathom going through with the union. Without a thought for the consequences of his actions, he runs away.

Lucy Bateman didn’t like the idea of an arranged marriage, but she agreed in order to save her sister from suffering the same fate. However, when she played a trick on her groom-to-be by sending her younger sister to meet him in her place, he fled without a word. Now, three years later, Lucy stumbles upon her long-lost fiance working as a cart driver. Fate has given her a second chance and this time there will be no tricks… other than pretending to be someone else entirely in order to convince him to come home and marry her.

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

Monday, August 29, 2022

Engaging Sir Isaac - Review

Engaging Sir Isaac (Inglewood, # 4)

By: Sally Britton

Publication: February 26th 2020 by Blue Water Books

280 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

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Goodreads description--She swore she would win the baronet’s heart in order to break it, never dreaming she would lose her own in the process. Millicent Wedgwood will never obtain her rightful place in Society, which means she will never have an advantageous reputation, marriage, or fortune. All because Millie's sister eloped years before. But there is a chance to rise above that disgrace if Millie will take part in a dare. If she can win the baronet who insulted Lady Olivia, and then shatter his heart, she will earn back her position in Society with Lady Olivia’s sponsorship.

Sir Isaac Fox returned from war with one less arm and a weight upon his soul. Where once he easily charmed Society, he now prefers to remain quietly alone at home. With a failing estate to manage, Isaac is determined to be more responsible and less foolhardy, which leaves no time for romance. Certainly no time for the infuriatingly enchanting Miss Wedgwood.

When Millie realizes her game has put her own heart in jeopardy, she risks losing everything she has so desperately sought to replace in her life. And though Isaac refuses Millie's advances, he cannot deny her charm. But falling for Miss Wedgwood would mean reentering society and losing the peace he has found since the war. Can they find a way to heal their hearts together? Or will Millie's deception ruin them both?

Isaac was introduced as a character in book one, as all of the other characters that have ended up with their own books in this series. Through the previous three books he has been morose at worst and merely happy for his friends and family at best. He's been sad and down. And well, that's understandable given the state he returned home from the war in. He was a happy guy before the war and was often engaged in society with parties, dinners, and balls. And apparently he enjoyed them. But he doesn't see much joy in them anymore.

Millie's family has faced society's scorn since her sister broke off an engagement with a duke's son to run off and marry a solicitor. Millie's mother has been pushing her to find a way back into society's good graces by concocting a scheme for Millie to become friends with a daughter of a Marques. Only this young lady has drama and hate in her heart, it seems--most of which is directed towards Sir Isaac, who once spurned her advances. She wants revenge and tasks Millie with finding out any means of ruining Sir Isaac.

I liked that Millie actually confides in Sir Isaac much sooner than I expected about the predicament that she's in. Their relationship was fun to read as it developed. I did find the excuse about using Edith's help to launch Millie back into good society a bit flimsy. But I'm no expert on the ins and outs of regency society. It just felt like an excuse to keep the conflict resolution from being too easy.

I wasn't sure I liked the way the climax was leading. But ultimately, Sally Britton handled the situation differently than I was expecting which I appreciate. And that kept it from being too obvious.

Favorite quotes:

-Millie was used to facing life's difficulties alone. She would manage. She had no other choice.

-"Misery seeks its own, miss," Sarah had said when Millie voiced her confusion. "People can't accept that they're the only ones unhappy. They're jealous, and waste their time trying to make others feel the same, when really they ought to put their energy into fixing their own problems."

Engaging Sir Isaac hasn't been my favorite of the Inglewood series, but I did enjoy it and didn't want to stop reading. I read it quickly given everything that was going on in real life. I liked Isaac from the moment he was introduced back in Rescuing Lord Inglewood, and Millie was a good match for him. She brought out all of his good sides. Engaging Sir Isaac gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Engaging Sir Issac? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Sunday Post - 08/28/22

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 had a mostly normal week here. It was rainy off and on most of the week so we didn't get out as much as I like to. We did walk a couple of days even though it was sprinkling. Husband got my pantry shelves installed on Thursday. I am so excited to finally be able to use that space. Friday, Baby Boy and I ran some errands. I wanted to see what bins the Dollar Tree had, but unfortunarly I didn't like their selection. I did grab some fall and Halloween things that I want to include in a sensory bin for the kids during those seasons. We ran into Walmart and I was able to find a few bins and containers for the pantry that I liked. I had to get a few things from Walmart anyway. Saturday we had a volleyball party at the house. We spent most of Saturday getting ready for it. The party started at 5 so we ate dinner first and then played. I am quite sore already. I consider myself athletic, but let's be honest, I haven't done much more than a brisk walk and carrying around some heavy babies in a few years. Husband is off on a work trip. He left really early this morning. He'll be back on Wednesday, but the kids and I will miss him. Baby Boy is actually going to spend the time with my parents and that's going to be a huge help so that his naps won't be interrupted with having to get Little Girl from school every day. I'm looking forward to some one on one time with my big kids and hopefully I'll be very productive with some painting and general things that I've been putting off so I can show off my progress when Husband gets back.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Junie B Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth by Barbara Park (3 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Call of the Sea by Sian Ann Bessey

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Engaging Sir Isaac (Inglewood, # 4) by Sally Britton
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

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NEW BOOKS:

Miss Newbury's List

By: Megan Walker

Expected Publication: February 7, 2023

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

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Goodreads description--England, 1820

Rosalind Newbury loves her family and wants nothing more than to add to their legacy. So when an opportunity arises to marry a duke—a dream come true for her family—despite hardly knowing him, she quickly agrees.

But after rediscovering a childhood wish list, Ros realizes that she has dreams of her own and little time left to fulfill them. She recruits her dearest friend Liza and subsequently Liza’s handsome but wayward cousin Charlie—a gentleman turned rugged boxer—to help her complete her list before her wedding.

From boxing lessons to buried treasure, Charlie helps Ros experience a life and love that she’d never dreamed possible. Soon, Ros is faced with the very decision she’s been running from—to save her family’s future or her own.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Thursday, August 25, 2022

2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Neither Sandy nor Holly has 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 August giveaway runs from August 25th - September 25th. On September 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a grand prize winner.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Can't Wait for The Call of the Sea

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 Call of the Sea

By: Sian Ann Bessey

Expected Publication: November 1, 2022

pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult

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Goodreads description--A Viking Historical Romance

On the eve of her betrothal to a nobleman she’s never met, Rhiannon seeks comfort on the shores of the sea she loves so well. But instead of offering peace to her uneasy heart, the ocean heralds doom with the arrival of dreaded Viking ships. A vicious raid leads to the death of her beloved father and leaves Rhiannon’s life in tatters. Heartbroken, she travels to Ynys Môn, where she takes up residence at the royal court of Owain Gwynedd.

Leif loves voyaging on the open water. As the son of a Viking chief, he’s accustomed to his people’s practice of plundering and looting. But when one of his companions ruthlessly kills an old man in front of the man’s beautiful daughter, Leif is haunted by the memory. Desperate to find forgiveness for the atrocity he allowed to occur, he’s offered a chance at redemption through the kindly teachings of an Irish priest and the unexpected arrival of a royal fugitive. Suddenly thrust into the midst of the Cymry’s political turmoil, Leif is reunited with the dead man’s daughter―Rhiannon. Forced to work side by side to uncover the truth behind the turmoil, they come to discover that love can grow from even the most tragic of beginnings. But with such incompatible backgrounds, surely a future together can never be theirs.

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

Monday, August 22, 2022

Junie B Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth - Review

Junie B Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth (Junie B. Jones, # 3)

By: Barbara Park

Expected Publication: August 24th 1993 by Random House Children's Books (first published 1993)

69 pages

Genre: Children's Fiction, Humor

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Sometimes life is P.U.

Junie B.'s having a rough week. First she got punishment for shooting off her mouth in kindergarten. And now she's in big trouble again! 'Cause Monday is Job Day, and Junie B. told her class that she's got the bestest job of all. Only, what the heck is it?

My daughter is now 6.5 years old. She's finished kindergarten and can finally read. Over the last two years, we've dipped our toe into the world of chapter books. I've read The Little House on the Prairie, Mercy Watson to the Rescue, and we started reading The Secret Garden. I've been wanting to do more read-alouds with the kids, so I looked at what the elibrary had available to borrow immediately and saw some Junie B Jones. I knew nothing about the series, except I remember my niece reading them when she was younger.

Guys, I struggled with this one. For one, Junie B. Jones does have a terribly sassy, disrespectful mouth. I didn't like how she talked to her friends, the kids that were not her friends, her teacher, her parents, or well...anybody. She also has terrible grammar. I don't know if the goal was trying to make her sound young, but if so, I don't think the execution was successful. She just sounds uneducated. And rude. And mean. And I even found myself editing her words while I was reading.

I guess some people could find her humorous, but I don't think I'll be seeking out any more Junie B Jones books for my kids for read-alouds. Of course, we can read books and easily see what we don't want to do by what the characters do and the consequences, but I would prefer read books with better role models for my kids. At the very least, I'd rather not be constantly reading out loud such bad grammar to them. And at most, I don't want to need to edit a children's book language for my kids.

Junie B Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth gets 3 Stars. The kids liked it. But from a parent standpoint, I don't think I can recommend it. And I don't think we'll be reading any other Junie B. Have you read Junie B Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Sunday Post - 08/21/22

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've had a good week. I don't remember too much about Monday. Tuesday is Husband's off day so he went for a walk with us. I took the boys swimming while Husband ran to the store. I think he ended up going to Lowes/Home Depot every day this week. Wednesday it rained almost all day so I wasn't able to go for a walk. Baby Boy and I just hung out and played. I was able to go through some boxes of hand-me-down clothes from Little Boy to see what will be fitting Baby Boy next. I reorganized some of that and go some stuff in boxes to try to sell at consignment in the fall. Thursday, Baby Boy had his 18 month check up (one month late, he's 19 months old today). All that went well. We went to hang out with my mom until I needed to leave to get him home from nap and get Little Girl from school. Friday was nice because I did get to walk even though it looked like it was going to rain at any moment all day long. It didn't end up raining at all. The pantry shelves arrived this week so hopefully we will get those installed ASAP, and I can finally start using my pantry. I'm so excited. Husband and I have been doing keto again since right after my birthday. I'm down 9 pounds and so excited about it. I've got to get this baby weight off. Saturday was mostly good for me. Husband got one of Little Boy's closet doors hung and I started the first coat on the other door. We walked. We swam. I painted. I cleaned Little Girl's room with minimal protesting from her on things I was throwing out. My, oh my! She is a hoarder at heart. She's like a squirrel storing away all kinds of trash.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of FLIP The Gratitude Switch by Kevin Clayson (4.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved 10+ Years Ago
Wednesday: Can't Wait for A Hard Day for a Hangover (Sunshine Vicram, # 3) by Darynda Jones

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Junie B Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth (Junie B Jones, # 3) by Barbara Park
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

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NEW BOOKS:

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, # 1)

By: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Expected Publication: February 6, 1924

160 pages

Genre: Children's, Classics

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Goodreads description--The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

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 17, 2022

Can't Wait for A Hard Day for a Hangover

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 Hard Day for a Hangover (Sunshine Vicram, # 3)

By: Darynda Jones

Expected Publication: December 6, 2022

352 pages

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Humor

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Goodreads description--Some people greet the day with open arms. Sheriff Sunshine Vicram would rather give it a hearty shove and get back into bed, because there’s just too much going on right now. There’s a series of women going missing, and Sunny feels powerless to stop it. There’s her persistent and awesomely-rebellious daughter Auri, who’s out to singlehandedly become Del Sol’s youngest and fiercest investigator. And then there’s drama with Levi Ravinder—the guy she’s loved and lusted after for years. The guy who might just be her one and only. The guy who comes from a family of disingenuous vipers looking to oust him—and Sunshine—for good.

Like we said, the new day can take a hike.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Top Ten Books I Loved 10+ Years Ago

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week's topic is Top Ten Books I Loved 10+ Years Ago.
  1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
  7. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
  8. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  9. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  10. Crazy Love by Frances Chan
  11. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Which books were you loving ten years ago? Let me know!