Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
by Karole CozzoAfter a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance in this swoonworthy new novel from the author of How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That's all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl's suicide. Now Nikki's been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can't look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates - almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it's like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance... and everyone deserves to be loved.

Releases: August 2nd 2016 by Swoon Reads

What are you waiting on?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang


This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place.
Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship, as long as no one finds out about it.
But when Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school—a guy she’s had a crush on for years—she finds herself ostracized by all the people she thought were her friends. Now only Micah seems to believe she’s telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubt about whether or not she was “asking for it,” it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing.
Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang’s astonishing second novel masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance.
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Publishes in US: March 22nd 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Genre: ya contemp
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.

This is a book with dark or difficult themes. Young adults that have made hard choices from hard backgrounds. It deals with depression,drinking, and alludes to sex. It is a young adult book, but if under 18, ask parent's guidance.

Series? no

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    I wanted to read this one because it deals with friendship and two characters who are very different but seem to work together. The issue of date rape and then even Micah questioning if she was asking for it provides a very tense platform for testing that friendship and its limits. 

    The story is told in dual narrative and it goes Back and forth from before and after Janie's disappearance. through this type of storytelling were able to get a good glimpse of both Micah and Janie and how they interact with each other and what the relationship is like. after Janie disappears Micah has a lot of retrograde amnesia and he isn't remembering much about what happened the night of Janie's disappearance that was apparently a party that got out of hand and her house burned down but he cannot remember any of it.

     They had a complicated relationship that they kept secret from school. they were neighbors and opposites just attract and they clicked and fit together well they trusted each other and confided in one another and it was hard on Micah because no one else knew how close they were. whenever the police showed up in the hospital after asking questions about Janie and what happened that night and not only did he not remember what went wrong he didn't have the backing of his classmates so his claim that they were close sounded I don't know... out of place or suspicious.

   There were a lot of lies and cover-ups in this book, and since Janie is so charismatic and Micah is a follower, there is some manipulation from her. As far as the plot, there aren't a lot of surprises since the synopsis is pretty thorough. But that wasn't an issue for me it was more about the journey and what the characters become and how they affect each other. The ending was pretty simplistic, and I still can't figure out if I wanted more or if its perfect for this kind of story. 

   I will read more from Amy Zhang, because she has a poetic, flowing writing style, and she really gives her characters like Janie a beautiful voice to her issues. 


Bottom Line: Beautiful writing, flawed and complicated characters.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever had a friend go missing?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  here
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.


Currently reading
Catching Jordan

What I read:
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen, #2)

Last Week on the blog:
Racing Savannah
source: library

Bloodlines / The Golden Lily / The Indigo Spell / The Fiery Heart / Silver Shadows
source: library
Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1)
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss
The Year We Fell Apart
Source: Simon teen via Edelweiss



My week: Wow, I feel like I have been mostly disconnected for the blog, and that won't change because we are headed to Disney-- left last night... I usually take my computer, but won't really have much time unless I am in too much pain and not going to the park.
I fell down the stairs right after new year, and now I have a sprained hip and my knee was dislocated... so it has been semi immobilized, and on a crutch. My back still isn't a whole lot better-- fell in the ice storm we had last week. But I did get to do a bit of sledding with my cousin-- one of my best friends and this was one of the things we got so excited about-- winter weather and sledding on the hill in backyard; It was fun to have our kids join in tradition. They pulled me back up the hill the few times I went.
 our kiddos-- mine is on left (jill) and Katie is in the back in purple

 me (right) and my cousin



What are you reading? Any of my books new to you or have you read any of my books? If so, what did you think?
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally


Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally
They’re from two different worlds.
He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.
With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

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Publishes in US: December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: ya contemp
Source: library
Series? yes. Hundred Oaks
BUT didn't and don't need to read in order

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    I wanted to read this one because I've seen a lot of good things about the series and the author. This is the only one in the series that I have read, and I wasn't lost, there were other characters mentioned and it did seem like a drop in to see how they were doing, but that was okay with me. It especially spoke to me because when I was younger I love the Thoroughbred series and I rode horses of my own so that's always something that's interesting story line for me with the personal connections as well.

   While racing Savannah that was some pretty heavy issues including are losing her mother. she also takes on some of the responsibility for her family they are pretty low income and her step mom is pregnant and having a hard time working social take on some of these shows that her step mom supposed to do. this really told me a lot about Savannah's character that she was very giving and she had a really good heart that she wanted to help. I also liked how determined she was and that she learn to dream and she learned sometimes helping herself in the short term will help family and friends in the long term as far as her dreams and aspirations and finally entertaining the thought of college for herself.

   Racing Savannah also dealt with some classes since the romantic interest jack is currently working under his father learning to take over running their farm which entails breeding horses racing horses and the care of them. Jack and his family are really well off they have people to take care of their house their horses and all sorts of things and Savannah and her family are hired by Jack's father.

   I like Jack, he really seemed to bond with Savannah and he really respected hard time because Savannah just had a way with words of understanding them and figuring out what they want and how to get them to perform. there's a lot of chemistry between Jack and Savannah but Jack is also just learning to take over the business and he very much considers what his dad would think and how he would react to basically dating the help. His family is also in negotiations with another Pharm and he has kind of been pushed up on the daughter and order to help seal a business deal and this also affects the kind of how I saw Jack. But I love his character development even though for quite a while in the book I kind of question his motives and if he was going to be the man that Savannah needed him to be set of just two people who have a lot of chemistry and then she kind of moves on to someone else but I really appreciate how it was done and I ended up liking that romantic angle by the end of the book.

   I would read more of the Hundred Oaks, but am a little sad that horses won't be featured in the other books. 


Bottom Line: Quick, entertaining, like the horse aspect and Savannah as a character.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Like riding horses?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
P.S. I Like You 

P.S. I Like You
by Kasie West

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

Releases: July 26th 2016 by Point

What are you waiting on?