Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Waiting on Wednesday (83)

Hosted By: Wishful Endings




The Bromance Book Club
By: Lyssa Kay Adams
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 15, 2019

Book Summary:

The first rule of book club: 
You don't talk about book club. 

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him. 

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club. 

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.



Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I just love the sound of this story!  It has such a unique premise, and I love the idea behind a secret romance club for men!  I also love that Gavin is going to try to court his wife.  As a married couple, romance, dating your spouse, and courting is so important.  I love that this story will probably be humorous, as well relatable having been married for almost 12 years myself.


What Are You Waiting On?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Release Day Blitz: The Missing Season by Gillian French


The Missing Season

By:
Gillian French

Release Date:
May 21, 2019

Publisher:
Harper Teen

Format:
Hardcover, eBook

Pages:
304

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Book Synopsis:

From the author of Edgar Award finalist Grit and The Lies They Tell comes a tense, atmospheric novel for fans of E. Lockhart and Marieke Nijkamp, about friendship, truth, and the creeping fears that can't be outrun. 

Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the kids in the old factory town of Pender know what is really behind it: a monster out in the marshes that they call the Mumbler. 

That's what Clara's new crew tells her when she moves to town. Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing. Spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year's Halloween prank war. And magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist. 

Clara doesn't actually believe in the Mumbler--not like Kinkaid does. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it's hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender. Lurking in the shadows. Waiting to bring the stories to life.


Book Excerpt:

“It’s sad, you coming here.” Kincaid takes me in, his smile fading. “Now you’ve got no chance.” 

No chance. Like he read it in my tea leaves or the lines of my palm. “Why?” 

“Because he only takes Pender kids. Likes our taste, I guess.” Kincaid drops his board, glides backward on one foot, never breaking eye contact. “Like . . . hopelessness.”

“And Steak-umms from the caf,” somebody says, making people snicker. 

“Liver.” Trace shows his teeth. “God, I love that shit.” 

“What about Gavin Cotswold?” Sage says. “Have they figured out how he died yet?” 

“Mumbler got him.” Trace. 

“He OD’d.” Bree gives Trace a withering look. “He went out in the woods, got fucked up, and died. His own mom thinks so.” 

“I heard the animals didn’t leave enough of him behind to be sure.” Trace says. Then, to Kincaid, “Tell her about the first boy. Ricky Whoever.” 

“Sartain. Ricky Sartain.” Behind Kincaid, most of the activity has stopped, everybody pulling up some concrete to listen. He’s holding court, a storyteller who knows his audience. “It all started, like, twenty years ago. Kid went missing two days before they found him on the banks of the marsh, way out by the railroad bridge.” Kincaid nods slowly, easing into it. “Somebody put their hands all over him.” 

More covert laughter, Trace’s whisper: “Loved to death.” 

Kincaid entwines his fingers, working his palms together in sinuous rhythm. “Squeezed him, crushed him. Mashed his spine, smashed his belly.” 

A voice speaks up: “My mom said that kid got hit by the train.” 

“Of course she did.” Kincaid doesn’t turn. “She also told you that Santa Claus is real and honesty is the best policy and if you’re good, you’ll get into heaven, right?” 

Snorts. Somebody mimics, “But my mommy said,” whacking the boy who interrupted with a baseball cap.

“He was folded in half.” Sage grips Trace’s forearm. “That’s what I heard.”

“No.” Kincaid’s hands are tai chi slow. “Lengthwise.”

“Stop.” Bree says it under her breath; I’m the only one who hears. 

“Ricky disappeared right around Halloween. That’s the pattern.” Kincaid skates a circuit around us, dismounts, and slaps the tail of the board so it pops into his hand again, all one smooth movement that I wish I could watch again frame by frame. “Truth. After, Ricky’s friends told everybody how they’d all gone out to the railroad bridge to smash pumpkins one night, and there was somebody hiding under there. Too dark to see, but they heard him, mumbling and yammering away.” 

Yip, yip, yip! I look up to see audience participation, lumbering shapes aping around the others, sounding like a zoo after hours—Ahhh-ah-ah-ah! Mwaaa-hoohoo! 

“Next time anybody saw Ricky, he was red guacamole.” Kincaid pauses, smiling faintly, but he’s not really seeing me now. “Ever since, Mumbler’s been around. Takes a bad kid every few years, always in October. Grown-ups have some bullshit excuse for what happened to them, but we know.” 

Nods pass around the circle. I watch for inside looks—they’ll drop the act when they see I’m not taken in—but the quiet drags on. “What’s the Mumbler look like?” I hold Kincaid’s gaze, willing him to let me in on this, let me prove I don’t scare easy. “So I’ll know him if I see him.” 

Kincaid looks to Trace, again with the smile that creases his eyes into merry slits, a kid showing his little sister where Mom hides the Christmas presents. “We can take you to him.”                    


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About the Author:

I’m a ridiculous, sometimes cranky, often hungry, frequently writing flibbertigibbet who really hopes she can keep doing this for a living. 

My debut novel, GRIT (HarperTeen), was an Indie Next List pick, a Junior Library Guild Selection, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA Booklist, was an Edgar Award Finalist, a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Finalist, and received both a 2018 Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association and a 2018 Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. 

My other novels include THE DOOR TO JANUARY (Islandport Press; Bram Stoker Award Finalist), THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen; 2019 International Thriller Award Finalist, 2019 Maine Literary Award Finalist, 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection), and THE MISSING SEASON (HarperTeen, coming 5/21/2019; preorder giveaway happening now). My short fiction has placed in Writer’s Digest and Zoetrope: All Story contests, as well as appearing in such publications as Weirdbook and Creepy Campfire Stories for Grownups. 

I hold a BA in English from the University of Maine, and I’m a member of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Currently, I still live in my native state of Maine–shocker, I know–with my husband and sons, where I’m perpetually agonizing over my next novel (in the best possible way, of course!)




Giveaway:
4 winners will win a signed finished copy of THE MISSING SEASON, US Only. 



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Monday, May 20, 2019

Blog Tour: Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum


Hope and Other Punch Lines

By:
Julie Buxbaum

Published:
May 7, 2019

Publisher:
Delacorte Press

Pages:
320

Format:
Hardback, eBook, Audiobook

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Source:
eARC from publisher for a honest review

Book Synopsis:

Sometimes looking to the past helps you find your future. 

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: in the picture, Abbi (aka "Baby Hope") wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing. 

Now, fifteen years later, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp two towns away. She's psyched for eight weeks in the company of four-year-olds, none of whom have ever heard of Baby Hope. 

Too bad Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it's a disaster. Soon, though, the two team up to ask difficult questions about the history behind the Baby Hope photo. But is either of them ready to hear the answers?


 

My Thoughts:

I absolutely love the gorgeous book cover of Hope and Other Punch Lines.  I was attracted to this story when I read the book synopsis.  I still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on September 11th, 2001.  I was twenty-one, and I remember the feelings of shock, fear, vulnerability, anger, and deep anguishing sadness as I watched news of the terrorist attacks. I realized that I was officially a part of history, and that while students would one day be reading about what had happened; I actually had experienced it. September 11th having made such an impact on me, is what made me want to read this story.

Hope and Other Punch Lines is about Abbi Hope Goldstein and Noah Stern.  Abbi lives in a small town, and is recognized as "The Baby Hope," wherever she goes.  A photograph captured her on her first birthday wearing a crown, balloon in hand, as one of the trade centers collapsed.  Since that fateful day, she has become an icon and symbol of hope.  However, she just wants to escape this label, and live her life as a normal teenager.  When Abbi starts having trouble breathing and gets the cough, she knows that she has developed, "911 Syndrome," and her time left is limited.  She hides her cough from her parents and gets a job in another town as a summer camp counselor, so she can escape being "Baby Hope."

Unfortunately, Noah Stern, a fellow camp counselor, immediately recognizes her.  He approaches her, because he works for a school newspaper and needs her help locating all of the people that were in the photograph with her, to see where they are today, and if they will let him interview them.  While Abbi, is adamant about not wanting to participate in Noah's investigation; he won't take "no" for an answer.

As a character, Abbi, felt very "real" to me.  In many ways, she came across as a typical teenager, who just wants to truly live and enjoy her life.  Abbi hopes to make new friends at summer camp, since her ex-best friend Cat, decided to stop being her friend. She wants to go to parties, and is interested in meeting cute boys. 

However, we also see how the events of 911 have shaped her in many ways.  She is mature for her age, and has had to grow up quickly.  She feels the responsibility to enjoy her life and be appreciative of the fact that she survived, when many others did not.  She has had to mourn the loss of Connie, a family friend who rescued her when she was a baby; and consequently died from 911 syndrome.

Initially, Noah, came off as pushy, when he approached Abbi, with his own agenda.  He wouldn't give up, until she conceded.  However, I suspected that there was a deeper reason for why his investigation was so important to him. 

As Abbi and Noah embark on tracking down and interviewing the other 911 survivors in the photo, they begin to get closer to one another and experience the excitement of first love.  Noah, who wants to become a stand-up comedian when he grows up, will do anything to make Abbi laugh, and she enjoys spending time with him.  

The first half of the story was pretty slow moving, but the second half moved really rapidly and as the story picked up, so did my enjoyment of reading it.  I liked reading all of the factual information on 911 and found that to be the hook of the story for me.  The romance/love part of the story was okay.  I enjoyed the message that it's important to be able to laugh and find humor in the middle of tragedy.  When life gets us down, we can either choose to laugh or cry, and in this story, our main characters Noah and Abbi chose to laugh.

I liked that the chapters were short and told in the alternating viewpoints of Abbi and Noah.  I really liked the secondary characters.  My favorite was Noah's best friend, Jack.  Abbi's parents and Noah's mother and step-father added to the story, as did, Julia, Abbi's new friend and fellow camp counselor.  I shed some tears in this book, and it really did tug on my heart strings.







Purchase At:

Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Audible | iBooks | Kobo | TBD 



About the Author:

Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, What to Say Next and the forthcoming Hope and other Punchlines (out May 7, 2019.) She’s also the author of two critically acclaimed novels for adults: The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and more books than is reasonable. Visit Julie online at www.juliebuxbaum.com and follow @juliebux on Twitter.





Blog Tour Schedule:
Week One: 
5/1/2019- Dani Reviews Things- Review 
5/2/2019- Lone Tree Reviews- Review 
5/3/2019- Lifestyle Of Me- Review   

Week Two: 
5/6/2019- Jena Brown Writes- Review 
5/7/2019- Feed Your Fiction Addiction- Review 
5/8/2019- Ex Libris- Review 
5/9/2019- Here's to Happy Endings- Review 
5/10/2019- Struck by Stories- Review   

Week Three:
 5/13/2019- Belle's Archive- Review 
5/14/2019- BookHounds YA- Review 
5/15/2019- Life of a Literary Nerd- Review 
5/16/2019- Savings in Seconds- Review 
5/17/2019- Resch Reads & Reviews- Review   

Week Four: 
5/20/2019- A Bookish Escape- Review (You Are Here) 
5/21/2019- Book-Keeping- Review 
5/22/2019- Pacific Northwest Bookworm- Review 
5/23/2019- The Book Dutchesses- Review 
5/24/2019- Popthebutterfly Reads- Review   

Week Five: 
5/27/2019- Down the Rabbit Hole- Review 
5/28/2019- Do You Dog-ear?- Review 
5/29/2019- Two points of interest- Review 
5/30/2019- We Live and Breathe Books- Review 
5/31/2019- The Clever Reader- Review


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (39)

Hosted by:  Tynga's Reviews
Hosted by:  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer


This week went by really fast. We saw a travel agent at the beginning of the week to book a couple of our upcoming summer vacations. That was a lot of fun, and I'm really looking forward to getting away, relaxing, sight-seeing, and having some new experiences!

My daughter has still been under the weather.  As a result, she's been whiny and struggling at school.  Her cold and cough continue to linger, and I'm hoping she'll get better in time for our first vacation.  The weather heated up a bit, so I took her to the park a couple of times, and she really enjoyed it.  

I had my 40th birthday on Friday.  I can't believe how slow time seems to go when you're younger, but then it just seems to fly by once you hit your mid twenties!

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Book Review: Limerence(The Cure #3) By Charlotte McConaghy




Limerence
(The Cure #3) 
by 
Charlotte McConaghy
Published April 2016 
by Momentum, Pan Macmillan
ARC For Review 

Summary
No injection can cure love. Only life can do that.

Deep in the darkest tunnels hide the last of the resistance fighters. Hunted by the savage Furies and the ruthless Bloods, they live in constant peril. The only means of survival is to seek strength in family and find courage in love. So what happens when love is cured, scoured away, leaving death in its place?
In the final battle for freedom, there are no lines that won't be crossed. And for Josi this means becoming the creature she fears most of all: the girl with a blood moon heart.
The gripping conclusion to the dystopian trilogy The Cure, Limerence is a love story for the monsters within.
Perfect for fans of Pierce Brown, Laini Taylor and Maggie Stiefvater.






Forgiveness and Love


Bravo, bravo, bravo! Standing ovaciĆ³n for Limerence by Charlotte McConaghy. It has been several years since I have blogged...Life and such/ BUT I am back! Man oh man so happy to make my return to reviews using this wonderful work of art. McConaghy does an excellent job of making you feel through these broken characters. This is the third installment of a dystopian tale that is set after a major plague has wiped out most of humanity. This book is not only clever, but it is also cleverly written. We jump from present to past, to very past, and the beginning of each chapter has the date of where that character is at that moment. In this installment we get 3 points of view and they are smashingly good!

The Story, we find ourselves right back to where we left off. Things were a bit hazy as it has been years between books but the emotion was there and soon the memories came flooding back. Quite some time has passed between where the second installment left off and where this final book begins. As the story moves forward there are pivotal moments when we get glimpses of things that transpired in the past. Brilliant really, a lot of books give you info dump at the beginning and then move forward but Limerence will feed you morsels at a time, as needed. The world is much smaller and though emotions are being tampered with by those with power our protagonists are doing what they can to save the youth. The next emotion up for reprograming is love. This cannot be and what is left of those with the courage to fight the tyranny will do so until the bitter end something must be done. As the story progresses everything our characters thought they knew will change. The good, the bad, and the ugly get ready for a mysterious and thought-provoking ride.

The Characters, Josi and Luke these two have had such a turbulent time since meeting and falling in love. They have both made grave mistakes some of which no one could ever come back from. Their connection, commitment and strength provides them with what is needed to keep fighting for the world first and I am happy to say for each other. As the story progresses we find out all of their transgressions so heart breaking and awe inspiring. Josi takes the W in my opinion she faced the thing that she despises and with the help of her love she will overcome hate and learn to be free, free to love fully. Luke steadfast albeit stubborn also needs to come to terms with the mistakes of his past. His determination to finally end the tyranny that threatens to destroy what is left of humanity is marvelous to behold. Our third POV takes us inside of the head of someone who has forever been affected by the new government I enjoyed getting to see how different someone without vital emotions battles with inklings of what once was. The secondary characters are so developed they hardly felt secondary at all their journeys are just as gripping as our primary characters.

The End, McConaghy has done it. A good and truly balanced believable ending to a dystopian tale. I am so used to tragic endings when it comes to dystopian I was nervous. Tragic endings are so not my thing! I'll take the fluffy unicorn every single time! However, this ending was PERFECT for this story. The world is still torn apart, but the loose ends are tied in a way that meshed perfectly to each character and their journey. Things are on the mend and our favorites are just exactly where they need to be...slightly broken still, but the promise of healing through time is quite apparent. This is what I loved the most.

Rating

5.0 Because well and truly this book made me feel what the characters were feeling. McConaghy smashes this story out of the park! If you are thinking about picking this up I highly, highly recommend you do so now!








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About the Author 


Charlotte grew up with her nose in a book and her head in the clouds. At fourteen, her English teacher told her that the short story she'd submitted was wildly romantic, so she decided to write a novel. Thus began her foray into epic fantasy and dystopian sci-fi, with sweeping romances, heroic adventures, and as much juicy drama as she could possibly squeeze in.

Her first novel, Arrival, was published at age seventeen, and was followed by Descent, which launched The Strangers of Paragor series, an adventure fantasy for teenagers.

She then wrote her first adult fantasy novel, Avery, the prologue of which came to her in a very vivid dream. Her second adult novel, Fury, is the first in a romantic science-fiction series called The Cure, set in a dystopian future.

Charlotte currently lives in Sydney, having just finished a Masters in Screenwriting from the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. With her television pilot script, she won the Australian Writer's Guild Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay of 2013. She will, however, always be a novelist at heart, still unable to get her nose out of the books.