Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Guest Review: Mike by: Andrew Norriss

Today my sister Samantha has dropped by to review MIKE by: Andrew Norriss.

Release Date: February 26, 2019
from David Fickling Books
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: Received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"MEET FLOYD. He's a tennis star. Possibly good enough to win Wimbledon one day. MEET MIKE. He's... different. Apart from anything else, Floyd seems to be the only one who can see him. But Mike must have appeared for a reason. And finding out why is perhaps the most important thing Floyd will ever do..."

Sam's Review:

Today I’m reviewing Mike by Andrew Norriss and I think the best way to start this review would be to talk about my first impressions based on the cover of the book and the description on the back. The summary on the back tells about how the main character Floyd starts seeing this boy named Mike, that nobody else can see. Floyd throughout the novel has to figure out why Mike is there, and what he wants. It is a tale of self discovery and learning to follow your own path. The cover is a teenage boy holding a fish. I’m not above admitting that before starting the book, I was positive that Mike was the fish Floyd was holding. Not my best guess, but what the book actually ended up being was so much better, I can’t really explain why without spoiling the story, so you’ll just have to read to find out.

The story is told from the third person point of view, which I really enjoyed. As much as I love first person stories and hearing everything from the perspective of the main character, there was something about the detachedness of the perspective that I liked. The reader didn’t have to go through every thought Floyd had, but instead we only saw what was most important, how he felt going through everything. In a way it made Floyd a character that was easier to see yourself in, because although not everyone has been through specifically what he has, we’ve all felt the way he has and we can recognize that through this method of storytelling. Or at least I was able to. Maybe I’m just rambling, because I always see myself in characters told in first person, but this was just something I personally haven’t seen too often that I really enjoyed.

I think the lesson I learned from this book is that in some sense or another we all have a Mike. Not in the sense that we all have an imaginary boy showing up at the most inconvenient yet important moments, but more in that we all have somebody that shows up when we need them and that we take those people with us through the lessons they teach us. Much like Floyd learns in the novel, it’s important we listen to them and find what makes us happy.

Now comes the part where I ask myself “would I recommend this to other readers?” No surprise here, I totally would. As I said, it’s an interesting story, with an amazing lead character and an even better lesson to be learned. Also added bonus if you’re an animal geek like me, they talk about fish, like, a lot. I actually learned some things about marine biology which I think is just overall super cool. Basically, if you’ve liked other books I’ve reviewed for Teresa, you’d probably really enjoy this one as well. It was right up my alley while also veering me into a new direction of books I never would’ve picked up otherwise.

Friday, February 15, 2019

On My Shelf: Parallel by: Claudia Lefeve

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 found this one on my kindle and I think I grabbed it as a freebie years ago! Honestly, I kinda forgot I had it but as I was scrolling through my kindle the cover caught my eye. It definitely sounds interesting, but I'm not sure the series was ever finished so that makes me nervous.

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mini Review: The Date Deal (The Date Dare #2) by: Tara Sue Me

Release Date: February 11, 2019
from After Six Publishing
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Seven years ago, I went from being America’s Golden Son to That Idiot, faster than you can say, “Foul ball”.

At the time, I thought I was making the right decision and today, I know I did. But I’ll admit, being the punch line of every late night comic changed me.

The paparazzi no longer follow me and the media’s forgotten my name, but I still live my life around rules I put in place to ensure I never found myself in that place again.

The rules are restrictive and controlling. They dictate what I do and who I do it with.

They do not allow for a free spirit bound and determined to make it in Nashville. A woman actively chasing a life I turned my back on. And they certainly will not accept that woman to be the little sister of the man who just married my ex.

Unfortunately, that’s the only woman I want.

So I made a deal…


Tate "Tommy" Maddox and Carsen Taber will put 'Love Conquers All,' to the ultimate test."

My Thoughts:

This was such a cute read! I read The Date Dare last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was really excited to see Tate’s story. He was so closed off and it was nice to see him open up. He is such a good guy and he really deserved to truly find happiness. And Carsen! I adored her. She was such a fun character and so strong. And together they had fantastic chemistry. I loved that Tate broke his rules for Carsen and I loved that Carsen got to see what she really wanted. You just root for these two right from the start. Even though their lives seem to be going in opposite directions, they just work. It was also great getting to see Elliot and Darcy again and see that they are so happy together. What I also really loved about this book was that it was really light on the angst. Tate and Carsen have some things to work out but it was never over the top and was the perfect book to get lost in for a few hours and read cover to cover. Overall, The Date Deal is a really quick and sweet read that’s just easy to devour.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Recent Reads: Myths and Beasts

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 Bookly 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 myths and beasts.

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