Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of 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.
This week's pick:
Series: Traitor's Trilogy (Book 1)
Release Date ~ May 9, 2017
An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.
With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a proper lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.
As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.
With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, The Traitor’s Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies.
Why This Book?
I must confess the book cover caught my eye. After reading the book jacket promising romance, intrigue, espionage and drama ~ my heart sang with excitement. how could I pass up all that? I most definitely can't wait to read this!
Link Whitman has settled into the role of bachelor without ever intending to. Now he's stuck in a dead-end job and, as the next Whitman wedding fast approaches, he is the last one standing. The pressure from his sisters' efforts to play matchmaker is getting hard to bear as Link pulls extra shifts at work, and helps his parents at the Chicory Inn.
All her life, Shayla Michaels has felt as if she straddled two worlds. Her mother's white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn't repeat in polite--well, in any company. Her father's family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry's incarceration, life has left Shayla's father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn't people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts?
Everything changes one icy morning when a child runs into the street and Link nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with the little girl's aunt, Shayla, the beautiful woman who runs Coffee's On, the bakery in Langhorne.
Can Shayla and Link overcome society's view of their differences and find true love?
Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?
I have truly enjoyed reading the Chickory Inn Novel series. Home At Last is the 5th and final book so I felt like I was saying good-bye to dear friends as I read it. Bittersweet but oh, such a wonderful book!
This book brings the story of the Whitman family full circle. It is an endearing romantic story full of faith, joy, family, overcoming challenges and well, life! Ms. Raney truly knows how to write a story and characters that come to life as her story unfolds making you wish they were your friends and neighbors.
Planning your Spring or Summer reading? Add them in or better yet- read them any time of the year.
Home At Last and the entire series is well worth the reading!
I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Abingdon Press, Ms. Raney and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (January 17, 2017)
Age Range: 8 - 12 years and kids of ALL ages
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Meet Nosewise. He’s spunky. He’s curious. And he’s a dog who can’t understand why his pack mates Merlin and Morgana spend all day practicing magic tricks. If it’s a trick they want, he’s the dog to ask! He can already Sit!, Stay!, and Roll Over!
But there’s no way Nosewise is staying when his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped. There’s nothing Nosewise won’t do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone. But it may take more than sniffing out a spell to do it!
Nosewise’s hilarious escapades and steadfast loyalty get him and his companions through King Arthur’s Dark Ages.
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I am a strong proponent that children's books are not just for children. If the story is well written (or in the case an audio version ~well written and well performed) it truly can be enjoyed by "kids of all ages". 🙋
This delightful talehad me smiling, chuckling and at times riveted to the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. I was very impressed that this novel had quite a bit of Merlin/Arthurian lore weaved into this tale as well as humor, action, suspense and so much more. And who can resist Nosewise? I sure couldn't!
I had so much fun listening to this as an Audible audio-book. The narrator, Grahm Halstead did a superb job. I couldn't have asked for a better listening experience. Having shared that, I still hope to soon pick up a copy of the book so I can enjoy the illustrations as well. I'm definitely keeping this one in mind as a future gift over this year's upcoming (and future) holidays.
The Wizard's Dog is a fantastic story and one that children, families and kids of all ages will thoroughly enjoy.
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
I fell in love with the cover of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden the minute I saw it. I felt drawn into the beautiful artistry and colors, the homey house lit by firelight and the open door asking me to enter and find out what this magical tale was all about. I became even more intrigued as I read this book's synopsis. I came away eager to explore the pages of this adaptation of a new-to-me Russian fairy tale.
While it started out a bit slow for my taste, I soon found myself lost in the richness of this tale, the gorgeous descriptions and it's engaging characters. As so often with fairy tales, the story's basis is fantasy but within that frame work are deep glimpses of Russian history, human nature, religion and so much more!
The Bear and the Nightingale is truly a beautifully written story and I am in awe that this is Ms. Arden's debut novel. I am very much looking forward to reading more of her work.
I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Del Rey Publishing, Ms. Arden and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.