Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein ~ Waiting on Wednesday




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 ...




  • ISBN-10: 0525577947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525577942
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (September 25, 2018)




About This Book

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable. 

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness. 


Why this book? 

While I don't read much in the horror or dark fantasy genre, I do love to read a good re-telling of classics. This book's title grabbed me and after reading the synopsis, I was hooked!    

My big question? What causes Elizabeth's dark descent? What happens during that descent and how does it change the classic story that we know and love?!




Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum



  • ISBN-10: 1250146119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250146113
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 6, 2018)




Coincidences... 

we all know of them, even if we don't recognize them at first. We credit them for the good and bad things that happen in our lives. Changes that occur on the spin of the dime ... the drop of a pin .... the accidental meetings. 



What if these coincidence's are anything but that!



What if they are  planned, well researched, finely orchestrated events to help give us that little nudge towards finding our path, pursuing our destinies?  

Who are these beings behind the scenes pulling the strings? What right do they have to manipulate us, guide us, push us down a path we cannot recognize till after the events are set in motion? Is this manipulation for our own good? 



A pretty mind boggling notion, wouldn't you say?!


Well, that's exactly how I was feeling when I started reading The Coincidence Makers  and it pretty much stayed with me throughout my reading this book. 

I found the concepts of this story and the author's detail to building this sci-fi/fantasy world  and all it's rules/regulations to be creative, ingenious and it set the stage for one pretty amazing story.

The story was delightful and the characters engaging. I did find the sections about all the rules and regulations a tad bit tedious but the rest of the story well made up for it.  I highly recommend The Coincidence Makers! 



5 Stars



Before I go, let me leave you with one last thought ... 

We humans are diverse creatures.  

When it comes to matters of the heart, 

even the best laid plans can go awry.




I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Mr. Yoav Blum, St. Martin's Press and  Netgalley for the opportunity to read/review this book.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More Than We Can Tell


  • Series: Letters to the Lost

  • ISBN-10: 1681190141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1681190143
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (March 6, 2018)



Synopsis
{Goodreads}


Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.
 








More Than We Can Tell  by Brigid Kemmerer is an emotionally moving, gorgeously penned novel.  While it is the second in The  Letters to the Lost series, it definitely can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone book. 

Rev's and Emma's story moved me through the gambit of emotions. Once I started reading this book, I ended up carrying it around with me everywhere so I could continue reading it every chance I got. The themes of this story are not easy subjects to read about but Ms. Kemmerer has addressed them with honesty, compassion and created a story that just blew me away. 

I loved reading More Than We Can Tell and highly recommend it, along with the rest of this series.  




5 Stars



I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Kemmerer, Bloomsbury Children's Publishing as well as Netgalley for the opportunity to read/review this book.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner


  • ISBN-10: 0399585966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399585968
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 6, 2018)


About This Book ... 
{Amazon}

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life.

But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it.

As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.







Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner is a powerfully evocative novel that just swept me away. As I read this book, I realized I couldn't put it down.  The characters jumped off the page and this achingly beautiful story took hold of my heart and wouldn't let go.   

As I drew to the close of this story, I longed for more. I wasn't ready to say good-bye but I found the end of this book came all too soon.  I so enjoyed this book, I know I will revisit it time and again. 

most definitely recommend Bright as Heaven!   


5 Stars


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Meissner, Berkely Publishing as well as Netgalley for the opportunity to read/review this book.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday ~ City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab






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 ...



  • ISBN-10: 1338111000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1338111002
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 28, 2018)

Release Date ~ August 28, 2019


Synopsis
{Amazon}

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn't like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.

So things are already pretty strange. But they're about to get much stranger.

When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift," she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil -- and herself.

And she'll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.






Why this book? 

 City of Ghosts caught my eye with that catching book cover and after reading the premise, I really wanted to read it. 

What caught my eye?  The premise completed sealed my wanting to read this book with hints like ~ Cass' best friend is a ghost, Edinburgh.  world's most haunted places, another person with the same gift as Cass .... need I say more?   I can't wait to read this one!


What books are you waiting to read?