Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Knowing by Sharon Cameron ~ Can't Wait 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 I'm highlighting ... 



  • ISBN-10: 0545945240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545945240

Release Date ~ October 10, 2017!

Synopsis


Samara is one of the Knowing, and the Knowing do not forget. Hidden deep in the comfort and splendor of her underground city, a refuge from the menace of a coming Earth, Samara learns what she should have never known and creates a memory so terrible she cannot live with it. So she flees, to Canaan, the lost city of her ancestors, to Forget.


Beckett has flown through the stars to find a dream: Canaan, the most infamous social experiment of Earth's antiquity. Beckett finds Samara in the ruins of the lost city, and uncovers so much more than he ever bargained for -- a challenge to all he's ever believed in or sworn to. When planets collide and memories clash, can Samara and Beckett save two worlds, and remember love in a place that has forgotten it?


What books are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

For Love and Honor by Judy Hedlund



About the Book

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Book: For Love and Honor
Author: Jody Hedlund  
Genre: Young Adult Historical  
Release Date: March 7, 2017


Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?





Knights, medieval castles, a flawed yet endearing hero and heroine along with a delightful romance story that takes hold of your heartstrings and won't let you go.  Romance reading at it's finest! 


For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund is the third book in her Noble Knights series yet it can easily be read as a stand alone novel  as well. I truly enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to catch up on the first two books in this series, Uncertain Choice and Daring Sacrifice.

If you're looking for some romance reading bliss .. pick up a copy of Love and Honor

4.5 Stars


And don't forget to check the amazing give away at the end of this post! 



Tour Blog Stops

May 4: A Greater Yes
May 6: The Scribbler
May 8: Book by Book
May 9: A Path of Joy
May 11: Radiant Light
May 12: Pause for Tales
May 12: Just Commonly
May 13: Bigreadersite
May 14: God1meover
May 15: thewitsabout
May 15: Baker Kella
May 15: Remembrancy



Give Away!



To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away all three books in the Noble Knights Series! 


Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!   
I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Hedlund and Celebrate Lit Blog Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer




  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (April 4, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1681190087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1681190082


Synopsis

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.






Have you ever read a book that you knew after only the first few pages, the story and it's characters were going to merge with your heart strings and never really let go?  

Where you just had to finish the book  even though you wanted to read it ever so slowly to savor the reading experience of each page? 


Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer is all of the above and so. much. more!


I fell in awe of Letter's to the Lost's  book-cover the minute I came across it a few months ago. When I went to pick up a copy of this book, I was a bit nervous wondering if this story would live up to it's beautiful cover.   I need not have worried because the story far surpassed the cover!

It had me spellbound and captivated from the first page to the last. It's well written plot and engaging characters struck such a deep chord within me that even after finishing it, the story is still swirling around in my heart  and mind. 

Letters to the Lost with it's it's gripping emotions of grief, loss and love has become one of the best books I have had the pleasure to read this year!



5 Stars!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Literally by Lucy Keating


  • Publisher: HarperTeen (April 11, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0062380044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062380043


Synopsis 

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.
It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. 
But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? 
The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut novel, which School Library Journal called “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”





I found the concept of Literally  - a character in a story realizing she is being written by an author and butting heads with said author to be uniquely refreshing and brilliantly creative! I was really interested to see how this book would turn out. 

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. While the plot was very creative and well written, the story fell short of what I had hoped it would be. I found the characters to be a bit shallow and the story-line never really moved me or engaged me.  I am sad to say - I went away from reading this book feeling "blah" about it. 

Having shared the above, let me also ask that all of you out there in blog land, make your own decision regarding Literally. Give this book a chance. What may not be my cup of tea might just be something you would love and enjoy to read!

  3 Stars 


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Harper Collins Publishing, Ms. Keating and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails



  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 11, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0062427601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062427601


Synopsis
{Amazon}


  • Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with beloved Auntie Gina. But when Steffy and Nina’s dad comes home to live with them, everything changes.
  • So Steffy does what she does best: She cooks her way through the hardest year of her life. But sometimes her life feels like a kitchen-sink meal—too many ingredients that don't quite work. All Steffy wants is for her family to be whole again. Can her recipes help bring them back together?
    Steffany Sandolini is…
    1 cup perseverance
    2/3 cup listening skills
    2 tablespoons talent
    1 teaspoon loyalty
    A dash of stubbornness
    And more ingredients she hasn’t thought of yet. How will she mix them all together?





I started reading One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails and at first, I was a  bit miffed because the start of the book really didn't engage me. Still, I decided to read on and boy, am I so glad I did!  

The story really picked up in the second chapter (or maybe I just began to understand what was going on  in the story). Once that happened, I was glued to the pages of this book to the very end. Half-way through this book, I took  a breather, shook my head and told myself, "how could I ever have thought I didn't like this story!?"  

I was deeply touched by Steffy, Nina and their family. While One Hundred Spaghetti Strings is not a smiley, everything is roses kind of book, it is about a family in chaos searching for healing both as individuals and as a family.  My hat goes off to Ms. Nails for creating such a moving story that is definitely Well Worth the Reading!


5 Stars


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Harper Collins Publishing, Ms. Nails and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book.