Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Review- The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

I just finished reading The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back with a life-affirming Christmas romance starring Dash and Lily.
 
Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. 
 
With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December. 
 
Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season.


Who doesn't love a good Christmas book in August?? (I know I read an ARC so it won't be released until closer to the holiday season).  I love the holidays so I'm up for a holiday themed-book any time of the year!


This book kept me entertained.  It wasn't necessarily deep but it wasn't completely light either.  It was perfectly somewhere in the middle.


I liked Lily more this go round.  I thought she was more real and more depth.  And Dash got on my nerves this time.  He didn't seem as invested as Lily and there were several things he did that made me question if he really was as into the relationship as she was.  


But all ends as it should and kept this reader quite happy.


I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.


The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily will be released on October 18, 2016.


*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review- Stealing Snow

I finished reading Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.


I've said it many times before and I'm sure I'll say it many times again...I love fairy tales.  And if there's a retelling of one, I'm going to want to read it.  Unfortunately, this retelling of the Snow Queen story just didn't do it for me.

I can't pin it exactly.  But something about the flow of the story or the plot didn't work for me.  Snow jumped from here to there and guy to guy.  And things were too convenient.  They weren't believeable at all, even in the realm of fairy tale.

Sadly, I didn't care for Snow at all.  Or any of the other characters for that matter. I mean, I didn't dislike her.  But I just didn't care about her.  And I want to care about the main character.  Or hate them.  Or feel something for them.  But nope.

Ehh...I think this is supposed to be a series, but I'm struggling with whether I'll continue on with it.

I gave this book a rating of 2.5/5.

Stealing Snow will be released on September 20, 2016.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Book Review- One Plus One

I finished reading One Plus One by Jojo Moyes last night.

From Goodreads:

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being
bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages... maybe ever.

I really liked the book Me Before You by this author so I decided to give this one a try.  Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me.

I loved the idea of the poor single mom working hard make ends meet for her two unique kids--a math genius and a teenage son that's a little different.  But I never connected with any of them.  If I had to pick one I liked the best, it would be the male lead, Ed.  I felt like the portrayal of Jess was maybe too extreme or something.  I wanted her to be more likeable.

Also, I think what made Me Before You so great was the heavy topics and it drew you in.  This book didn't really have anything like that to keep me hooked.  I didn't find myself looking forward to reading more--I just did it because it was there.

I do have the sequel to Me Before You to read too, so we'll see how that goes.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I bought this book.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Book Review- The Sun is Also a Star

I finished reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon today for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:


Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


This book had promise.  The idea how small, insignificant decision or action can change your whole future intrigued me.  And two strangers meeting and falling in love did too.  Unfortunately, I just didn't get invested in the story.


Maybe it was because the narration changed hands so many times.  And most of the chapters were extremely short--a page or two, or sometimes only a paragraph or two.  And so I never really connected with Natasha or Daniel.


And talk about a quick love--too immediate for my tasting.  It was more of a falling in lust.  They didn't truly know each other in the short twelve hours so I don't believe it could be love.  I did like the ending, before the epilogue.  It gave this idealistic story a nice dash of reality.  


I gave this book a rating of 3/5.


The Sun is Also a Star will be released on November 1, 2016.


*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book Review- What Light

 reading What Light by Jay Asher last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.


I read one of the authors more famous books a few years ago and wasn't a fan of it like everyone else was.  So I was skeptical going into this one.  I have to say, I enjoyed this one more.

A plot of living in two cities during the year because of your family business was an interesting one.  I can't imagine having two lives each year.  Sierra and Caleb were a cute couple but Caleb had a secret from his past. I'm all about second chances, but his mistake was pretty serious.  I'm not so sure most parents would be understanding.

The story ended sweetly, but I could easily see room for a sequel.  And I'd gladly pick it up to read.

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

What Light will be released on October 18, 2016.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Review- Me Before You

I finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes last week.

From Goodreads:

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?



We were leaving for a cruise and I wanted a good chick-lit book to take with me to read while lounging in the sun.  I really had no idea what I was in the mood for, but once in the store I saw this book and knew immediately that it was the one I wanted to read.

Yes, this book definitely has some chick-lit qualities but it has a  much more serious undertone.  And without giving anything away, it's a highly debated topic and one that I side with Will completely--I can't say that I wouldn't choose it if I were in his shoes.

Anyways, I loved Lou.  She danced to the beat of her own drum, especially fashion-wise and accepted it.  She was totally relatable and someone I could easily see being friends with.  And Will--yeah, he's the type I would have crushed on.  I liked watching their relationship grow and it made me sad to read the climax of it.

I'm really looking forward to the movie.  I hope it lives up to my expectations.  And I'm hoping to get my hands on the sequel soon!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I bought this book.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Review- The Lovely Reckless

I just finished reading The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?


This book reminded me a lot of the books by Katie McGarry. I love those books and loved this one just as much!

I think I must love stories that have rich girls crossing over to the other side of the tracks.  Kinda like a backwards Cinderella story, if that makes sense.  The perfect girl with the perfect life that falls in love or becomes friends with people who don't have it so easy.

I really liked Frankie.  For the most part, I thought that she was so real and I felt bad for her.  I do think the romance between her and Marco was way too quick, especially since it had only been a few months since she watched her boyfriend being killed and still had PTSD about it.  But it is what it is.

I liked all the secondary characters too--Lex, Cruz, Abel, even the positive adults in the story.  They all had depth to them and I liked that.  

I do have to say that there is mystery in Frankie's boyfriend's murder.  And I did not see it coming.  

I really flew through this one.  Read most of it in one sitting and only put it down because I had to!

I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.


In My Mailbox- May 30, 2016


In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox in the last 2 weeks: 

The Lovely Reckless-Kami Garcia--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











Chasing Stars (After Eden #2)- Helen Douglas--received from a friend












Walk the Edge- Katie McGarry--received from a friend












Unrivaled- Alyson Noel--from publisher for review

Monday, May 16, 2016

In My Mailbox- May 16, 2016


In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week: 

MONDAY
My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows--review for an Around the World ARC Tour










TUESDAY
Sing- Vivi Greene--from publisher for review

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Sunday Salon- May 8, 2016


The Sunday Salon

I finished and reviewed the following books last week:
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows











I am waiting on a tour book to get here, and then I'll try to read In The Shadows by Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo again!