Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by 

This week I've chosen to spotlight ... 

Release Date ~ September 15, 2015

From the Publisher:

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.  
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

What books are you waiting for?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

  • ISBN-10: 0152061541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152061548

Book 1 in this 4 book series

I have had this book in my TBR pile for  few months and have been eagerly awaiting reading it.   I love the cover  ~ that's what caught my attention at first and then when I read the book jacket review - the deal was cinched! 

Life As We Knew It  by Susan Beth Pfeffer is told from the perspective of Miranda, a high school girl who writes about her life and the struggles she and her family face after a climate changing catastrophic event occurs. It's tough being a being a teenager but being one as the world ends?!  


Overall, I felt this was a smashing good story! While reading this book, I would get so drawn into it that when I  would come up for a breather, several times it would take me a few minutes to remember that I still had electricity, chocolate and all the good things we enjoy on a daily basis. I was surprised to find how deeply engaged I was with  the story!

The only issue I have with this story and it's a small one, is how naive the people were when they found out that a rare occurrence was going to happen to the moon. They didn't think about the danger involved - I mean really, how could they not have some clue?!  Some communities were having block parties and some had home parties to celebrate this odd, rare event. 

I just found it rather hard to believe that they would not recognize even a smidgen of the danger that was coming their way.   

 Life As We Knew It was originally published in 2008 and since then the author has published three other books in this thought provoking series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I can't wait to read the other three!

Book Rating: 4.5 stars

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

  • ISBN-10: 0718011783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718011789

From the Publisher: 
Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille must allow a mysterious stranger to come to her aid.
Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content to work as the village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may be the answer to his many questions.
Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, these two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, they will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.

I enjoyed reading The Curiosity Keeper by Sara  E. Ladd.  The story is a nice blend of romance and mystery with a tiny bit of thriller in there too.  The characters are well developed with just the right amount of goodness vs flaws to make them believable but still lovable. Well, most of them.   

What did I like about the heroine?  

Camille is spunky, independent and not at all like the women of her time. She is also quiet, thoughtful and kind.  She didn't let the challenges she faced overcome her and she met each one head on, albeit with a bit of help from a charming gentleman.

Would I read it again?

Absolutely ~ I really enjoyed reading this book and am eager to read more books the author has written.

I give The Curiosity Keeper 4.5 Stars!

I received a free copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Redeemed by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week's pick is ...

  • ISBN-10: 1442497564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442497566

Release Date: September 8, 2015!

From the Publisher:

After traveling through history multiple times and finding out his original identity, Jonah thought he’d fixed everything. But some of his actions left unexpected consequences. His parents—and many other adults—are still stuck as teenagers. And now Jonah has a new sibling, an identical twin brother named Jordan.

As odd as all this is for Jonah, it’s beyond confusing for Jordan. How does everyone in his family have memories of Jonah when he doesn’t? How can his annoying kid sister Katherine speak so expertly about time travel—and have people from the future treating her with respect? A few rash moves by Jordan send them all into the future—and into danger. What if he’s also the only one who can get them back to safety, once and for all?

Why this book? 

I've been reading The Missing series with my kids for several years. We have enjoyed it and on more than one occasion it's sparked one conversation that has led to another and another (a true sign of a good book)!

This series has time travel, history all wrapped up in a great story. I can't wait to read the final conclusion to this series!

I should share that technically this series is targeted for middle school age children but it is so well written, I believe that it can be enjoyed by anyone who loves time travel and history! 

What books are you waiting to read?