Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (37)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...
Title: To All The Boys I loved
Author: Jenny Han
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
 Release Date:April 15 ,2014
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. 
As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

I adored Jenny Han's Summer Trilogy and have yet to read anything by her again so when I saw this title and synopsis I planned to get my hands on this book when it comes out!!
  So that's what I'm waiting.So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Breathing Ghost

 Title: Breathing Ghost
 Author: Laekan Zea Kemp

She is a winding cosmos, bleeding and bursting into night. She is a dream. She is dead.

River has just lost the one thing that matters most to him—Nia—and all she's left behind is a pile of scribbled love notes detailing their past and a pin-holed map planning out their future. Hopes and dreams confined to one dimension now that she's gone and River’s too afraid to leave his hometown, crippled by the same anxiety that’s plagued his mother for as long as he can remember.

But after a strange encounter with the only girl he ever loved a week after laying her to rest, River, armed with nothing but her map and his memories, decides to finally leave and never look back. And with the help of a pair of eccentrically named siblings as well as a mutt with three legs, he sets out to do the very thing Nia always knew how to do better than he ever could—live.

From the moonlit beaches off of Florida's east coast, to the forests of Mississippi, to Bourbon Street, Cadillac Ranch, and the Arizona desert, River is faced with not only Nia's ghost but his own and he learns that in life there are no accidents, only miracles.

When I got asked to read and review this book, I did not expect to read what I got. The main chunk of this book is about grieving and loss and love. It's also a grief road trip book, a sub-category of contemporary fiction that I'm iffy about.(Think Crash Into Me by Albert Borrisor or  In Honor by Jessi Kirby) Grief road trip books are honestly hit or miss for me mainly cause thay walk a fine line between bittersweet  melancholy or over done nostalgia.Road trips books in general are hit or miss for me as well but I tend to love most of them.
 River the main character  has just lost the one thing that matters most to him—Nia—and all she’s left behind is a pile of scribbled love notes detailing their past and a pin-holed map planning out their future.Opposites tend to attract and that's seen with River and Nia,she's random road trips,getting lost to find the good stuff and escape.While Rivers grounded,stoic and a bit less hopeful in escape.After Nias death River  takes off in search of Nias ghost...
What I enjoyed about Breathing Ghost is that it a ghost story but not a ghost story.It's a story of moving on,love, and of life.With the interesting twins who are plagued by their own ghosts and a three legged dog Rivers journey is haunting.The cover is gorgeous I love it and I think it fits the story perfectly.While I wasn't sure about the book at first I grew to enjoy the steady pace of the story,Check it out to form your own opinion.3/5

Waiting on Wednesday(36)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title: Take Me On
 Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher:Harlequin TEEN
 Release Date: May 27,2014

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Yay I need to get my Hands on this book ASAP
 So that's what I'm waiting.So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)


 Title: Misbeving
Author: Abbie Glines
Published: Dec 17,2013

Jason is sick of living in his rock star brother’s shadow. So when he ships off to Sea Breeze, Alabama, he’s looking for a much deserved escape and a chance to blow off some envious steam. Falling for the local bad girl was definitely not the plan.

 But as the new duo enjoys some naughty fun in the Alabama sun, Jason learns that even though Jax is the musician in the family, he’s not the only brother who can rock someone’s world.


 I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting from this book but what I got I guess was more or less it in a way. So The First two books were about two different girls that come from a troubled home and the good guys they met,then you have the next two books about bad boys and the girls who chill them out.The fifth book was a sequel all about Cage York and Eva.So after all that I hear about this book and I'm thinking we have this book about a bad girl type and the rockstar brother. So while thats true it wasn't my favorite Sea Breeze book.

Jess has lived in this small town in Alabama her entire life. She is the daughter of a stripper.She a wild chick that we have seen a bit of in past books.Jason is the younger brother of a rock star looking to relax and have some fun. We met Jason in in the first book and in Preston and Amanda's book.The two meet in a very Carrie Underwood style and the sparks fly from there.Both charecters come across as a little bit lost and I like the fact that they seem to help the other one out thoughout the story.I adored Jess's mom and her life advice from Gilmore Girls.The final words of from her about Gilmore Girls at the end are priceless.If you like steady/steamy sories with love Misbehaving is for you.

What I liked was that we get  glimpses of all the old characters from past books and get to see where there at just a bit.We also get to more details about character that for the most part were just names brought up now and then like Krit!!We were introduced to Krit in Because of Low when he shamelessly flirted with Low and then in Misbehaving we got to see more of him.We also get more of him in Abbi's next book Bad For You!!
The cover is a bit risque and fits perfectly with the story,however I kinda wish the book had to covers like the first four books.One risque cover and one mellow but still eye catching cover.Alas it seems like the risque covers are the main ones now.While some say that Misbehaving was nothing different…Too cliché … Always been that same old story…I think that the Sea Breeze books are always enjoyable to 3/5

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Theme Of The Day:Our (fictional) Goverment Sucks...the Journey Home

 I haven't done a theme of the day in a very long while so after reading Safekeeping and realizing it reminded me of another book that I always planned on reviewing but never did I decided to make this post.This posts theme of the day focuses on governments that are less than ideal and the main characters the Journey Home

Title: Far From The War
Author:Jeffrey David Payne
Publisher:Roche Harbor Books

Economic ruin and partisan rancor have pushed America to the brink of a new civil war. Esther is caught in the middle, serving as a page in the United States House of Representatives when rogue politicians and military leaders stage a modern day coup d'etat. When the coup turns violent, she abandons Washington, D.C. for home. She must learn to survive on her own as transportation and financial networks fail, as the war disrupts food and water supplies. The result is a cautionary tale about political extremism and the true cost of war

Cover:It took me a while to figure out that the silhouette on the cover was a girl..and now that I know I can't unsee it.I feel like the light colors and shadowy figure fits in with the uncertainy of Esther's journey thoughout the book.

My Thoughts:I received a copy from the publisher way back when the book was released and sadly it's taken me till now to write about this interesting book.At first it was not my cup of tea, I was confused by all the political talk and phases.However I continued on reading and grew to enjoy Esther's story,for story is much different Than Radley's in Safekeeping there's a lot more detail about why the government is fall but the main focus is still survival and Esther journey home-bound.If you're a fan of civil war tales and a brave young women then this book id for you.If your on the fence give it a try you never know.3/4

Title: safekeeping
Author:Karen Hesse
Publisher:Feiwel & Friends

 Radley just wants to get home to her parents in Vermont. While she was volunteering abroad, the American People's Party took power; the new president was assassinated; and the government cracked down on citizens. Travel restrictions are worse than ever, and when her plane finally lands in New Hampshire, Radley’s parents aren’t there.

Exhausted; her phone dead; her credit cards worthless: Radley starts walking

Cover:Not mush to say about the cover other than the fact that the photography is lovely and fits with the story completely.
My Thoughts: Safekeeping I feel like will please a certain type of person one who revels is the everyday.The story revolves around Radley and her journey home as well as her journey to a new place that she can possibly call home.Safekeeping is more about the everyday urge to survive and keep on hoping than the fall of the government. Safekeeping is more about Radleys story than the fact that the government is in shambles.The book is filled with gorgeous pictures that more or less go with the story.While I enjoyed Safekeeping it might not be for everyone.You never know till you give it a try though.2/5

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (35)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title: Dreams Of Gods & Monsters
Author: Lani Taylor
Release Date: April 8,2014

When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat—and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.
And, perhaps, for themselves—maybe even toward love.
From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy

Ahh That cover like the others is stunning.
  So that's what I'm waiting.So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :) 
P.S  Click the pic of all three on the top of this post to go to the Daughter Of Smoke & Bone website.

Not A Drop To Drink

  Title: Not A Drop To Drink
Author: Mindy Mcginnis
Published: Sept 24,2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

When this book first came out I never really was all that excited it seemed like a good book  but it wasn't on the top of my to read list. However it seemed like for a certain point this book was everywhere on the internet.I refused to read the book or to look up  reviews about this book for no reason other than the fact I'm stubborn and refused to be swayed to read it,then one day after talking about it with a friend I figured what the hell and bought the book and guess what....I absolutely love Not A Drop To Drink

Survival isn't always fast paced fights to the death.Or battling demons and monsters.Sometimes it's  slow and steady but still equally as terrifying and gritty.Lynn the main character was raised cold by her mom learning that survival and living day to day protecting the pond is all that matters.However life is filled with twist and turns and Lynn gets tossed a curve ball by life hard. After that the reader get to see Lynn grow and learn that maybe there's more out in the world then just surviving.

What I enjoyed about this story that while it's not flashy like other dystopian novels,it's still a gripping story that keeps you hooked from start to finish.It has a sense of realism that scary and made me grateful for tap water. The cover to me fits the book/story perfectly because the house against the bare background and hills makes highlight the bleak feeling of the story but the splash of color makes it seem almost hopeful in a weird way.
When I finished reading the book I put it down spazzed out/fangirled about it then reread it a few days later.The ending was honestly a bit bitter sweet and perfect,I'm glad I decied to give the book a chance.Don't just take my word on the awesomeness of Not A Drop To Drink though go check it out yourselves. 5/5

P.S There's a companion book coming out in Sept called In A Handful Of Dust.I'm not sure how I feel about this since I thought Not A Drop To Drink was going to be a stand alone but regardless I plan on reading to find out more about the world Mindy M created. (:

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