Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 4/22/18

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Husband was off work Monday through Thursday of this week and boy was it nice to have him home. Of course the kids, especially Little Girl, loved having him here. But I certainly enjoyed it too. I mean aside from the help he gives me around the house and with the kids, I actually enjoy spending time with him. We're coming up on our 9th anniversary next month and I can still say he's my favorite person. That being said we had some difficult parenting aspects this week. Little Girl is firmly in the stage of "I can do it myself" and "no I don't want to" and meal times have especially become a chore as she doesn't want to eat ANYTHING you put in front of her. I don't know how but at some point early this week she hurt her foot. We took her to the doctor Wednesday morning because she wasn't bearing weight on it. He says it's a sprain of some short and should heal quickly. We know that signs to look out for if it doesn't seem to be getting better. Poor Husband had a list of chores he wanted to do while off and even though he did get several of them done he is just realizing that his days off from work simply won't be work at home days for him anymore. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. It just means his expectations have to adjust a bit.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Lucky in Love by Kasie West (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for From Here to You (Crash and Burn, # 1) by Jamie McGuire

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday & 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge - April Wrap Up

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

If There's No Tomorrow

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Expected Publication: September 5th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

480 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from the e-library

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Goodreads description--Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Can't Wait for From Here to You

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

From Here to You (Crash and Burn, # 1)

By: Jamie McGuire

Expected Publication: October 9th 2018

384 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that of all the bad decisions she's made in her life, marrying her abusive fiancé would be the worst. She's never been able to stand up for herself, but she'll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With just the cash she has on hand, she runs to get a bus ticket to the farthest place she can afford. Between her sheer grit and pageant-queen smile, she lands a job as a front desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Hotel. It's not a glamorous life, but she and her baby are all that matters.

A former Marine, Scott "Trex" Trexler has worked in the most dangerous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. Now he finally has a chance to return to the last place he'd felt at peace--Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take a new job with the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a top-secret military installation buried deep within the granite.

The moment Trex walks into the inn, Darby knows he's dangerous. There's no way she wants to get involved with another man who seems to be keeping way too many secrets. As charming and devastatingly gorgeous as Trex is, he clearly isn't telling her everything. But as wildfires rage on the mountain and Darby's ex-fiancé shows he isn't so willing to let her go, both she and Trex are soon to find out that what you don't know absolutely can hurt you.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Lucky in Love - Review

Lucky in Love

By: Kasie West

Publication: July 25th 2017 by Scholastic

352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

This was the last of Kasie West's currently published books that I needed to read. I requested it for review before it published but didn't get approved so Husband bought it for me for Christmas. As with all of Kasie West's books, the subject matter is clean and there is no language. She is proof positive that you don't have to write about sex and characters that curse every other word to produce a good book.

Lucky in Love is the second book that I've read about a young adult character winning the lottery. The other was Windfall by Jennifer E Smith. And I definitely preferred Lucky in Love out of the two.

Maddie has been working hard to plan for her future and college. Her father lost his job three years ago and her family has been struggling financially and emotionally ever since. The financial burdens have put pressure on all of the members of her family so when Maddie wins the lottery she expects all of their problems to just be solved. Yet money brings it's own problems and everyone (those close to Maddie and those she's never even met before) now seem to want something from her.

I really loved Maddie and I thought her personality was perfect for this storyline because it wasn't what I would have expected. Normally you expect someone who wins the lottery to just go spend crazy, and Maddie does make some large purchases, but she's much more pragmatic and slow to spend than you would expect. Maddie's hard work is part of who she is, but understandably winning the lottery is quite distracting.

Of course, once you have a ton of money people come out of the blue wanting something from you and Maggie learns that not everyone is honest or trustworthy. I did enjoy the secondary characters. Maddie's two best friends were great and I appreciated them for how different they were from each other and from Maddie. Although she and Blair were very similar. Maddie's parents' struggles and arguments felt so authentic to me, but at times their points of view seemed to blur and it wasn't always clear who had what issue. Maddie's brother was a jerk but more along the lines of what you might expect from someone who comes into a large sum of money without working for it. And I actually really appreciated what Kasie West decided to do with Trina's character, but I don't want to say more than that.

And then there's Seth. I adored Seth. Just as a person. As a character. I do have to say that how he felt about Maddie wasn't always clear. I think Kasie West wrote him that way intentionally, because Maddie doesn't always know where Seth stands either. It reminded me of how I often had a crush in high school and the other person flirted with me, but it seemed they flirted with others too so it was hard to tell if they were just friendly. While I was rooting for Seth and Maddie, this did keep me a little more emotionally distant than I typically prefer.

Lucky in Love was just the cute, fun, clean book that I needed at the moment that I read it. I can always count on Kasie West to do me a solid. That being said, even though I did enjoy Lucky in Love, I wasn't completely blown away. Lucky in Love gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Lucky in Love? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 4/15/18

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

The kids are much better. Thanks to everyone who wished them well last week. Husband was off work on Monday and Friday of this past week. That was so nice having him home. It makes a huge difference having an extra set of hands. We went for a walk almost every day which was so nice. Baby Boy still isn't sleeping consistently at night. I've read multiple sleep training books, but I've yet to figure out his problem. He doesn't sleep with a pacifier and he puts himself to sleep on his own. But he still wakes throughout the night. Any advice?

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E Ladd (4 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, # 3) by Kendare Blake

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2018 to sing up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

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The Opposite of Innocent

By: Sonya Sones

Expected Publication: September 4th 2018 by HarperTeen

272 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Verse

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Heartrending and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet—the story of a girl who finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship with a man twice her age.

Lily has been crushing on Luke, a friend of her parents’, ever since she can remember. He’s been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at fourteen, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops.

Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. His lingering looks set Lily on fire. Is she just imagining them? But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. At first, the secrecy and danger of their relationship thrills Lily. But soon Luke begins to expect, then demand much more than kissing. He won’t stop pressuring her to do things she doesn’t want to do. Lily wishes she had never flirted with Luke. She feels imprisoned in a situation that’s all her fault. How will she escape?

In this powerful tale of a terrifying leap into young adulthood, readers will accompany Lily on her harrowing journey from hopelessness to hope.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Can't Wait for Two Dark Reigns

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, # 3)

By: Kendare Blake

Expected Publication: September 4th 2018 by HarperTeen

320 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Goodreads description--Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.

To be honest, I'm not 100% sure that I want to continue this series. But I haven't counted it out yet either. What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!