Monday, February 29, 2016

In My Mailbox- February 29, 2016

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

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4)- Katie McGarry--PaperbackSwap

Book Review- A Walk in the Sun

I finished reading A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

In this Bridges of Madison County for teens, Michelle Zink weaves a magnetic tale about summer love that stays with you long after the seasons change.

Rose Darrow never wanted to spend her life working on her family’s farm. But when her family is rocked by an unexpected tragedy she has no choice but to put her plans for the future—and dreams of escaping her small town—on hold.

Bodhi Lowell left home as a kid and hasn’t looked back. Years of working farm jobs has given him the one thing he wants most: freedom to travel without answering to anyone. He’s already looking past his job at Darrow Farm and plans on leaving in September—until he meets Rose.

Neither Rose nor Bodhi can deny the sparks flying between them, but with the end of summer looming, they must decide if it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all...

This was a sweet, light little book.  YA contemporary books are hit and miss with me.  Sometimes they seem too immature and annoy me.  And other times they're just nice to escape into.  And this book fell into the latter.

I liked Rose.  I felt so bad for her--she was doing the right thing even though she was stuck in small town, running a farm that she hadn't planned on.  And all because she lost her mother, which is devastating enough, which caused her father to become a recluse.  I also really liked Bodhi.  I felt bad for him too. So the two of them were the perfect pair.

I had different ideas in my head of how the ending could have turned out and I liked the way it was wrapped up.  It fit the story well and was just right.  Although, honestly, I could easily have read more and been happy!  I have other books by Michelle Zink on my bookshelves and I look forward to reading them!

I gave this book  a rating of 4/5.

A Walk in the Sun will be released on May 3, 2016.

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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Sunday Salon- February 28, 2016

The Sunday Salon

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White 

I am currently reading A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink and up next will be a tour book.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Review-- The Chaos of Stars

I finished reading The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White last night.

From Goodreads:

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.

I've always loved mythology and even took a class on Greek mythology in college.  But the history in this book confused me.  I guess because I'm not familiar with Egyptian mythology.  But I kept getting the gods confused and their stories confused.  Each chapter started with a mini story about Isadora's family and I couldn't keep it straight.

Other than that, I enjoyed this book.  I liked the Godess aspect.  And Isadora was funny.  I liked how she didn't know all the little things that teens these days do.  And I liked how spunky she was (although I wish she wasn't quite so angry in some parts).  I also really liked Ry.  I had a feeling there was going to be a twist at the end and it was going to be one of two things.  I was right and I'm so glad which one it was!  

Overall, I'm glad I got to read another book by Kiersten White.  Whenever I'm reading her books, they read like I'm talking to a friend.  And that's always a good thing.

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

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

In My Mailbox-- February 22, 2016

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

A Week of Mondays- Jessica Brody--review for an Around the World ARC Tour 

The Cupcake Queen- Heather Hepler--received from a friend

A Walk in the Sun- Michelle Zink--review for an Around the World ARC

The Sunday Salon-- February 21, 2016

The Sunday Salon

I finished and reviewed the following books last 2 weeks:

I just finished The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White and up next is A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Review- A Week of Mondays

I finished reading A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true...

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.

I think the lesson in this story is really a good one.  And no, I'm not going to give it away.  But Ellie finally gets it right--and it's really right.

I enjoyed reading about her antics and what she did during her do-overs.  Some of them were funny, some of there were sad, and some of them I just pitied her for.  Oh, and sometimes I wanted to smack her for not seeing the obvious.  But I guess we've all been there.  ( and don't we all wish we had some do-over moments or days?!?!)

I kept thinking it would suddenly be Tuesday and she'd be stuck in the wrong do-over, but I wasn't left disappointed.  I loved how she did the right thing in so many different aspects of her life, not just her love life.  It really is a feel-good story.

A Week of Mondays will be released on August 2, 2016.

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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book Review- Dreamology

I finished Dreamology by Lucy Keating on Sunday night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Whimsical, romantic and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel will win readers’ hearts.

The idea of this story really intrigued me.  I wasn't sure how the Dream versions of themselves related to the real world.  And I liked the idea of someone's "dream guy" actually being a reality.

It was interesting to find out why Max and Alice dreamed about each other.  It makes me wonder to what extent that could really happen (not really the idea of them having the same dreams and being in them together, but that if a scientist could really create why it happened.  I know it's vague, but I don't want to give too much away).

I liked Alice.  But her dreams were really weird.  Even the ones that didn't have Max in them.  Maybe it's just me, but I rarely have dreams that weird and fantasy-like.  Max--ehh, he was okay.  I didn't think he was all that great.  And I think Alice would have matched up better with another character.

Overall, a light fluffy read, if you're looking for that.

I gave it a review of 3/5.

Dreamology will be released on April 12, 2016

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

In My Mailbox- February 8, 2016

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

Dreamology- Lucy Keating--review for an Around the World ARC Tour