Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #248: Brave by: Tammara Webber

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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"Courage means rising up to defend your beliefs...
or daring to question them.

Erin McIntyre was captivating, but forbidden
His professional subordinate
The embodiment of unearned privilege
The daughter of his sworn enemy

Isaac Maat was impossible to read
Smart, ambitious, and emotionally detached
Hotter than anyone's boss should ever be
And definitely hiding something...

He told himself that getting to know her would help him take down her father.
She told herself that getting under his skin would distract her wrecked heart from its misery.

Neither predicted their private war would lead to an intimate battle in which the victor would be the first one to SURRENDER." 

I have loved Easy, Breakable and Sweet and I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!

Brave will be released on December 19, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Happy Thanksgiving week! Here are the ten books I am forever grateful I read because they will always have a special place in my heart.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mini Review Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher

Release Date: October 18, 2007
from Razorbill
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"You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever."

My Thoughts:

There’s not much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll keep this short. This is one of those books… one of those books that everyone needs to read because it has such an important message. It’s the kind of book that makes you realize that everything you do has an impact and that you never know what someone else is going through. Some of the things that happened to Hannah may seem like nothing, but to someone who was already drowning it was everything. But then there are other things that happen to Hannah that nobody should have to deal with. This book is heartbreaking because every single sign was there and nobody saw them or did anything to reach out to Hannah. And it makes you wonder how many signs you may be missing because you ignore signs or brush them off. This is the kind of book that when you finish you need some time to decompress from and while it is a heartbreaking read, I also think it’s a necessary read.

Friday, November 17, 2017

On My Shelf: Wallbanger by: Alice Clayton

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 have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I even have most of the series on my shelf, but I just haven't gotten around to them. I think it's because I always have so many contemporary reads for review that I rarely get around to the ones on my shelf, but I think I really need to make time for this one.

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: The Afterlife Of Holly Chase by: Cynthia Hand

Release Date: November 7, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and
spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn't.

And then she died.

Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . ."

My Thoughts:

This book was so much fun. It’s one of those books that is relatively light hearted but still manages to punch you in the gut every now and then. This book was filled with such wonderful characters and my Christmas loving heart loved this twist on A Christmas Carol.

I have to start with Holly, because I absolutely loved Holly. And what I loved most about Holly is how unlikable she is. Honestly, Holly is a terrible person when we first meet her and even along the way she grows but she still has her flaws and could be considered selfish and stuck up. To me this is what made her great. Because behind that flawed, selfish, and spoiled girl was a girl who endured a lot of heartache at a young age and coped with it the only way she knew how.

And then there was a wonderful cast of secondary characters. Ethan is another one whose flaws made him better. Grant and Marty were a bunch of fun. Boz was great and Dave was so sweet and kind. And my favorite of them all was Stephanie. She was such a great character and a great friend to Holly.

This book was a great blend of contemporary and fantasy. It definitely takes place in the real world but has this fantasy otherworld aspect to it. Holly comes such a long way over the course of the book and I loved her journey. I also loved Project Scrooge as a whole. The whole idea was so wonderfully put together and the way they orchestrated the Christmas ghosts was great. The book takes place over a whole year and we watch Project Scrooge tackle a Scrooge from beginning to end. I did think it dragged a tiny bit in the middle, but in the end it all came together well.

The Afterlife Of Holly Chase is a great modern day twist on A Christmas Carol. It’s about learning and growth and coming to terms with what life throws at you and what you give back. I truly enjoyed it beginning to end.

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