Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #292 - Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
by Jennifer E. Smith
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Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780399559372

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Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

If you know me at all, you know I'm a HUGE fan of contemporary novels.
I can't help it, they are my faves.

Windfall showed up on my doorstep a few weeks ago, and I absolutely can't wait to start it.
Just judging by the summary, it sounds like it's going to be a really great read.
And I've really enjoyed all the books I've read by Jennifer in the past,
so I'm sure this one is going to be great as well. :)
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Week in Review • Week 7

To be honest, Week 7 of 2017 was a bit of a disappointment!
I set out to accomplish so much, and then life stepped in the way.
Isn't that how it always goes??

Here's what I've been up to this week...

I didn't finish ANY books this week, which really sucks, and which really puts me behind on my reading schedule. Sigh. But, I'm currently reading Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan, and I also just started Wonder by R.J. Palacio today for book club, and I'm really excited to read it.

I only watched one movie this week, and it was When Harry Met Sally, which I watched with my book club girls! I hadn't seen it before, and I really enjoyed it!

(Side note -- I've never been much of a movie person until recently, so every month my book club girls pick a movie that I've never seen before and watch it with me, as a way to get me caught up! It's really SO MUCH FUN, and they have picked some really awesome movies so far!

Good news for me, basketball season is officially over!
Which means cheer season is over as well.
Which means I will have free time to read again. YAY!!
Here's hoping I can get back into a reading groove soon,
because I am SO behind. Ahhh!

That's all for me this week, so...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Top Five Reasons Why I'm Excited for Traitor of the Throne! (& Rebel of the Sands Giveaway!!)

Hey Bookworms!!

Today I'm sharing my *Top Five Reasons why I'm SUPER Excited for Traitor of the Throne* by Alwyn Hamilton, and sharing a giveaway so YOU can win your own copy of Rebel of the Sands!

I've just recently finished my reread of Rebel of the Sands, which I started in anticipation of the Traitor of the Throne release in March. I was super excited to have the opportunity to reread Rebel of the Sands, as really wanted to have the story fresh in my mind before I started Traitor of the Throne. This reread, of course, just made me even more excited to start Traitor, and I can't wait to dive into the story!!

Check out my Top Five reasons why I'm excited for
Traitor of the Throne:

1. Amani Al'Hiza.

Amani is the main character in this series, and she alone is reason enough to be excited for Traitor of the Throne. This girl is AMAZING. She's strong and courageous, and proves
over and over again throughout Rebel of the Sands that she can take care of herself. I love Amani, and I absolutely can't wait to see what she's up to next in Traitor of the Throne.

2. The Secondary Characters.

I had to put Amani in her own category because she's just so awesome, but I also have to mention the secondary characters that are in the story! There are SO many well written characters in this book, and I can't wait to see what all they're up to, and to meet all the new characters that I'm sure will be in Traitor to the Throne as well!

3. The Story.

I can't seem to get enough of the world that Alywn created in Rebel of the Sands. The descriptions of the setting are perfection, and the story is one that will keep you completely captivated as you turn the pages. It's full of action and suspense, magic and mystical creations, and, most importantly, djinni! I can't wait to completely immerse myself in this world again with Traitor of the Throne!

4. The Cover.

I'm not really a fan of cover changes mid series, and while I still love the old covers a lot, I actually really love the new covers for Rebel and Traitor as well! Amani looks amazing and fierce on these covers, and I definitely love that.

5. That Ending.

If you've read Rebel of the Sands, you'll know that it ends in a way that will leave you pining away for the next book in the series. I am absolutely dying to know what is going to happen next for Amani and her friends in Traitor of the Throne! Not too much longer until we find out!

There  you have it, just a few reasons why I'm excited for Traitor of the Throne.
So tell me, are you excited as well???

If you've not yet read this series, you totally should!
Keep reading to learn more about Rebel of the Sands,
and it's lovely author, Alwyn Hamilton.
And don't forget to enter to win your own copy as well!!


The Giveaway:

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She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands. Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.


Author Bio:

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often. Follow her at @AlwynFJH.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #291 - A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin
(A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
by Sarah J. Maas
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Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
ISBN: 9781408857908

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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. (Goodreads)

Ahhh, the cover for this book is SO pretty!
I had to admit, this series definitely has the best covers.
I still need to read A Court of Mist and Fury, which I'm hoping to get to soon,
but I can't wait to add this book to my collection. :)
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, February 13, 2017

My Thoughts: Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
Wait for Me
by Caroline Leech
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Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062459886
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
Source: Review Copy

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The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, Wait for Me, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

One of the goals that I set myself for this year was to read more historical fiction novels. I love the genre, but haven't had the chance to read nearly enough of them, and I really wanted to find more to read this year. When I discovered Wait for Me by Caroline Leech, which is set during WWII, I couldn't wait to check it out. This book, you guys, it was a really great read.

As I mentioned above, the storyline for the book was set during WWII, but the location was set in Scotland, which I found fascinating because all the other books I've read during this time period have been set in London and such. There were some moments throughout the story that had me holding my breath in anticipation, sometimes for good reasons, and sometimes bad. I can't imagine living during that time period, but the author did a great job of describing everything for us.

There were so many characters in this book that I really loved, including the main character, Lorna, who was just an awesome young lady. There's also Paul, who you really just can't help but love for all sorts of different reasons. I could seriously go on and on about some of the characters in the novel, but I'd really rather you read the book and discover them yourself!

Overall; Wait for Me was such a great read. I seriously didn't want the book to end, and I totally plan to reread it again soon. I'm really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future, and I also can't wait to read some more historical fiction books I have picked out soon. Add this book to your TBR, and read it asap!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week in Review • Week 6

Another insane week in the books! And by insane, I mean INSANE!
Birthday's and holidays and school closings, and SO MUCH GOING ON.
Here's what I've been up to...

This week I finished two books, Wait for Me by Caroline Leech, which was a great historical fiction novel set during WWII, and Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, which I have a fun post coming up for this coming week. This was my second time reading Rebel of the Sands, which I read as a refresher before starting Traitor to the Throne. I'm so glad I reread it, as there were some things I had forgotten!

This week I started my Valentine's Day rom-com fest. (I can't resist a good rom-com!)
This week I watched The Wedding Planner, Clueless, The Proposal and Princess Diaries 2.
These are just a few of my favorite rom-coms, and I can't wait to watch even more.

We also went to see The Space Between Us in the theater, and it was really good.
I'm hoping to get in a few more movies for Vday, but we shall see how this week goes.

As I mentioned above, a lot has been going on here lately. We have 2 birthdays this month,
so those are always fun. Then we have the holidays as well, which can be super fun.
But then we have school closings due to widespread illness in the area, which is not fun.
Seriously, I live in a pretty big city, and I've NEVER heard of our schools closing for illness.
Yes, the smaller counties around us have, but never ours. So things must be pretty bad.
I am keeping the Lysol company in business lately, because I SO do not want to get sick.
Fingers crossed!

That's about all for me this week. How was your week??

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #290 - Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
Blood Rose Rebellion
(Blood Rose Rebellion #1)
by Rosalyn Eves
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Publication Date: March 28th 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781101935996

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The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever. (Goodreads)

Ahhh, is that cover gorgeous, or what?? And the story sounds awesome as well.
I managed to snag a review copy of this one, and I can't wait to dive into it!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, February 6, 2017

My Thoughts: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything
(Untitled #2)
by Jeff Giles

Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781619637535
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: For Review

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It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who's still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods--only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was super excited to find The Edge of Everything on my doorstep one afternoon. I had seen the book cover around quite a bit, and I was super curious to see what the story was about. While it wasn't at all what I expected, I found it to be an interesting read.

The two main characters in the story were Zoe and X. I love that Zoe was kind of snarky and sarcastic, and her fierce love and need to protect her brother was awesome. X had a sense of innocence about him that was adorable, especially considering he was basically born and raised in hell. Together they made a nice pair, and the romance between the two was cute at first, but then moved towards insta-love, and it felt a bit rushed. There are some interesting secondary characters in the story as well, some I hope we learn a lot more of in the next book.

As I said above, the storyline for the book was not at all what I expected. For some reason I thought the book was a contemporary novel, but it definitely more of a fantasy instead. (This is my fault, as I should have read the summary a little better before starting the book.) There were quite a few twists and turns as the story went along that kept me turning the pages, and I was left with more than a few questions after I closed the book. Hopefully we will see answers to those in book two.

Overall; while the storyline was not at all what I expected, I found The Edge of Everything to be an entertaining read, and I'm curious to see what's going to happen next for Zoe, X, and the rest of the crew.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week in Review • Week 5

Happy February, Bookworms!!
Geez, can you believe it's February already??

It's been another busy week, but I did manage to accomplish a few things!

I managed to finish two books this week, The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles, and the audiobook for Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I'm so glad to have finally read this book, and I'm super curious for the movie as well. I'm hoping to have more books read by this time next week.

I only watched one movie this week, Groundhog Day, of course! AMC had a Groundhog Day marathon, so I totally watched it more than once. I love this movie!

Also, I'm SO behind on the movies I wanted to watch this month. Ooops.

I finally found time to watch the first two episodes of Riverdale, and I think I like it! I never really had time to read the Archie comics when I was growing up, but I know the basics of the characters. I think Jughead is going to be my fave. :)

I also checked out the first episode of Powerless, and I really liked it! And, since it's only a 30 minute show, I think I may actually be able to keep up with it. Hah!

I am also FINALLY caught up on This Is Us, and I need the next episode ASAP.
This show is killing me, I love it so much.

Not much else has happened this month, other than basketball games and planning an upcoming birthday for one of the kids. My February is not off to the best start, but I have high hopes that it will get better. I really need to buckle down and read this month, so I'm hoping I can focus long enough to do so. Haha!

That's all for me this week...
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