Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Without Merit by: Colleen Hoover (Review & Giveaway)

WITHOUT MERIT
BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.

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Release Date: October 3, 2017
from Atria Books
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"The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit. Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix. Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves. Poignant and powerful, WITHOUT MERIT explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love."
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

It’s been a while since I’ve read a CoHo book, but I’m glad I decided to read this one. She knows how to write an addictive read that really tugs at your emotions. None of her books are safe and she always tackles tough topics and Without Merit was no exception.

Without Merit is very different from a lot of her other reads. For one, the romance is not the central aspect here. It’s a very small part of the story and is very much secondary to the overall plot. This is Merit’s story and is focused on her and her family life. There is a lot going on in Merit’s house and nobody deals with their problems. My heart broke for Merit because she just wanted to be heard.  I wanted to reach into the book and help her so badly. There were so many secrets in this family and when it all comes out things come crashing down.

What’s so interesting about this book though is that while I was fully invested and felt so much for Merit, I’m not sure I actually liked any of these characters. Like Sagan, he had some valid points but I didn’t always like his delivery. I also didn’t like how he pushed people to talk but didn’t really talk himself. I also had some serious issues with Honor. She has her own issues, but she treats Merit horribly and there is a thing I’m not cool with. I won’t even touch her Dad or Utah because I'll rant for days. Even Merit, who I truly sympathized with, I don’t know if I liked her. The only ones I liked were Moby (who is four) and Victoria, which is weird because she is the one most of the characters hated. I just think she got a lot taken out on her. But I don’t think the point of the book is for me to like these characters. They all have their flaws and that makes them real and kind of what makes the story so captivating. People in real life aren’t always likable but it doesn’t make them any less valid and that is the point here and that is what resonated with me and what I liked so much about this book. So yes it’s weird that I didn’t like the characters but I still really liked the book and I’d recommend it.

All in all, Without Merit is one of those books you really need to digest and process and the kind that stays with you. This book isn’t safe, but it makes you feel and realize that everyone is going through something and that it’s worth it to take time to notices those around you.

WITHOUT MERIT
BY COLLEEN HOOVER
Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170621 | October 3, 2017 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170638 | $7.99

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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – forConfess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #243: Say You'll Remember Me by: Katie McGarry

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve. " 

I love Katie McGarry's books so of course I am excited for this one!

Say You'll Remember Me will be released on January 30, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Recent Reads: Babies and Crowns


Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of babies and crowns.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review: Days Of Blood And Starlight (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone #2) by: Laini Taylor

Release Date: November 6, 2012
from Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?"

My Thoughts:

You know… I didn’t really need another obsession… but with this series I got one. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to adequately express my undying love for these books. This book was agony to read but at the same time it was amazing.

Like I said, this book was agony to read. Both Akiva and Karou are so alone and everything seems so hopeless. With the way things left off it’s hard to believe they will ever make it work but my gosh I want it to work so badly. I love those two so damn much and they are breaking my heart. And not even just in terms of their relationship but just everything. They both have so much going on and with every step they take they get shoved back three steps. This book continually takes me by surprise. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so caught off guard by a book and I absolutely love it.

This book delivers such a great world and wonderful side characters. I so adore Zuzana and Mik. Those two are something special. And not only characters I love but characters I hate. Ohhhh there are a few characters I wanted to throw into the pit of despair. And that brings me to my next point. See these characters come from both sides of this war. I love that this isn’t good vs evil and is so much more complex. Both sides of this war have horrible people and both sides have stooped to horrible lows. Its gut wrenching and I love the complexity of it. It’s too simple to be just good vs evil with one clear good guy. This dynamic makes the story so much richer.

Laini Taylor created a stunning world here and her writing is absolutely gorgeous. The way she weaves this all together is amazing and the way she tells the story is beautiful. I love the differing perspectives and I never know who I want to spend more time with. I just love it all.

Days Of Blood And Starlight is a book that destroyed me but I also loved it more than I can say. This series is simply amazing.

Friday, October 13, 2017

On My Shelf: Rush by: Eve Silver

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


I know this will be surprising to some people... but I got this one on Book Outlet! I've actually snagged the entire trilogy and hopefully I can binge them one day. I love the cover and it sounds like such an awesome series. But of course I have this tendency to collect books and then never read them. So hit me with your feedback.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

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