Friday, March 16, 2018

On My Shelf: Crossing The Line by: Katie McGarry

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 love Katie Mcgarry and I bought this novella right when it released, but then I somehow never got around to it. I really need to circle back and read this one because McGarry never ever lets me down.

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mini Review: On Hart's Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7, Hart's Boardwalk #2.5) by: Samantha Young

Release Date: March 20, 2018
from Intermix
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"One of New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young’s most beloved couples returns for the
first time in a brand new novella set ten years after her blockbuster bestseller Before Jamaica Lane…

Nate and Liv have a great life together but they miss the spontaneity and freedom they enjoyed early on in their romance. Careers and their children have inevitably kept them busy, so when Nate discovers Liv is feeling disconnected from him, he plans an anniversary trip to the idyllic seaside town of Hartwell, Delaware. There he hopes they will have the opportunity they’ve been craving—a chance to reinvent themselves and fall in love all over again.

With each new day comes a new adventure, from wedding crashing at the five-star boardwalk hotel to pretending they are two strangers having a chance encounter at the boardwalk bar. In the midst of this daring, sexually charged game of romantic rediscovery, Nate and Liv discover the only constant they need is each other."

My Thoughts:

This is forever my favorite series from Samantha Young and it was so wonderful to catch up with Nate and Liv again. And even better that we got to do so in the lovely setting of Hartwell, Delaware. These two are still as fun as ever and it was nice to briefly catch up with the rest of the gang. I love this series because it always packs a punch and delivers a great romance and this novella did the same. It was a quick read, but it never felt as if it was too quick or rushed, it delivered a full story full of heartbreak and romance in a small package. Nate and Liv have come a long way from the couple we first met, but they are still the same in so many ways. Their chemistry is off the charts and I just love them both oh so much. And I will forever love their “would you rathers?”. It was so cute seeing them with their daughters and how they’ve grown and how in love they still are. And even though they hit a rough patch it was so great to see how they worked through it all. Relationship goals for reals. If you’re a fan of this series this is not a novella to miss.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #255: A Court Of Frost And Starlight by: Sarah J. Maas

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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"Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

I am sure there are zero people surprised by this pick. I am obsessed with this series and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

A Court Of Frost And Starlight will be released on May 1, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Recent Reads: Magic and Angels and Romance

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 magic, angels, and romance.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review: Tess Of The Road (Tess Of The Road #1) by: Rachel Hartman

Release Date: February 27, 2018
from Random House Books for Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one."

My Thoughts:

I have been deceived by that cover. A cover like that basically promises dragons. I mean the dragon is the most prominent part of the cover. Well… this book did not have a single dragon. There was a weird lizard thing and giant snakes… which are like sub-species of dragons maybe (idk tbh) but not one traditional dragon and that cover is false advertising. And look, I know covers are not always indicative of the books insides, but this book was SO not what I was expecting or what I got from the synopsis and it really fell flat for me.

To start, there really isn’t much plot. It’s really just Tess on her journey and she takes different side trips along the way. There isn’t one real destination and the story doesn’t build up to any one thing. The action is minimal and I never fully understood where the story was trying to go. The book is really just Tess’ journey and her journey of self-discovery and while that’s a worthy journey in and of itself, for the reader there’s no real central storyline or overarching plot. Also, Tess’ friend Pathka is also on his own journey and I’m not going to lie, I never came to fully understand what was going on there and I think that was a severe lack in the world building.

While I’m on the topic of world building, I feel like I was really missing something by not having read Seraphina. And I’m kind of miffed by that. I know this takes place in the same world as Seraphina, but from the blurb it seems to be its own series and because of that this book should have presented this world to a reader and not hoped that the reader had read Seraphina. I felt as if there were words and creatures and references that just went over my head and they took me out of the story and left me confused. I know you don’t want to rehash elements for returning readers, but at the same time one book should present the things you need to know and not confuse you. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more had I read Seraphina, but guess we’ll never know. Then again, there still wouldn’t have been much plot.

I’ll also say it was VERY hard to like any of the characters.  I did love Tess. She is strong and flawed and capable and many would deem her unlikable, which is why I loved her. But aside from her I struggled. Her friend Pathka (the weird lizard dragon thing – quitgul) was not at all likable and I wouldn’t even call him a friend. Jeanne (her sister) was the actual worst. She had no backbone and relied on Tess for everything and while everyone called Tess selfish, I'd argue the selfish one was Jeanne. Her mother and father are terrible people as well. The only ones I didn’t hate were Seraphina and Josquin.

What makes me so sad about all of this though is that I truly truly love the message this book tries to get across. It really parallels sexism and the double standards women face with the real world so well. Men are forgiven easily for mistakes that women are not forgiven ever for. Or women even bear all the blame for mistakes of the men. I truly did love that commentary and that message, which is why it breaks my heart that I didn’t love this book.

Tess Of The Road is a book that had so much potential and then just did not deliver for me. I’m forever mad about the lack of dragons and I’m so upset this book was not all I hoped.

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