Description from the publishers through Netgalley
From the New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March comes a gripping, poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart’s capacity to remember.
While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.
When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense—everything connected and felt right. But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what—and whom—she wants.
Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she’s willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.
I fell in love with Sarah Jio’s writing a long time ago. Her story telling is exquisite and realistic. You can feel what the characters in her stories are feeling in such a dynamic way.
Her newest release is no different. Always is a tug at your heartstrings story about love and friendship. What would you do if you were once again face to face with a lost love? Years have gone by and things are completely different in the lives of Kailey and Cade but there is a magnetic pull that draws them together.
I tore through this book. I did not want to put it down. I highly recommend it.
I give this book 5 crowns.
I received this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I listened to The Goldfinch last year and liked it. I purchase this book to see if how I would feel about another book by the same author and this time around, I was disappointed. I listened to the majority of this on audiobook and I am glad I did. This book is close to 600 pages and the story itself was a bit monotonous. It was long and drawn out. I enjoyed the first half of the book but then it just went on and on.
When I got to the end of the story which I had to physically read, I was so confused. There was no wrap up; no answers. I was at a loss and very annoyed. This is a long book for there to be such a crappy ending.
I may try to listen to The Secret History such everyone raves about it but, I will not be purchasing it.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Description from the publishers through Netgalley
Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone.
Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust.
But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.
Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.
And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?
I read the first book in what I believe is a duology last year and loved it. I was so excited to be approved for an e-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I can’t get into detail for this story because it is the sequel but it was not disappointing.
This book really asks the question, can you really be either flawed or perfect or can you be perfectly flawed? I enjoyed this sci-fi, dystopian series and that is saying a lot because that is not normally a genre I read let alone like.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I learned about a project by Loot Crate where fans and looters can create a post about their dream crate. Loot Crate is a geek gift and subscription service that “offers up a unique monthly box of awesome for every fandom, enthusiast group and style. Pick your crate and get excited.” Check out www.lootcrate.com to see what it’s all about.
Thank you to Loot Crate for the information about the project! If you had the opportunity to create your own Loot Crate box, what would you include?
So, I was excited to come up with my very own Dream Crate. I had a hard time deciding on a theme but finally determined that my theme would be: The Geeky Family. My husband and kids are among the most important people in my life and we are a family of nerds. We each have our own favorite fandoms and I couldn’t put together a box without included them.
My first items would be t-shirts. image from ThinkGeek.com
Next up: Candles. Believe it or not, my husband loves to light candles and he is pretty cool about the scents that he likes. I am obviously a book nerd and my daughter is a candle freak too.
I have been wanted to get my hands on these candles for the longest time. I found them here. https://www.etsy.com/listing/255085920/bibliophile-tea-light-sample-pack-book?utm_campaign=shopping_us_Frostbeard_sfc_osa&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_custom1=0&utm_content=5269172&gclid=Cj0KEQjwnsPGBRDo4c6RqK-Oqu8BEiQAwNviCaOI5RW2zcV3y5qrOmjWIAqtlOkyNbcD3pFjrVNUs4oaAjGI8P8HAQ
Now, we wouldn’t be happy with a box unless it had some collectibles.
For my daughter: She is obsessed with the Nightmare Before Christmas movie and the characters. Her collection is a bit crazy.
For my husband and son: They love to collect Star Trek ships.
For myself: I am an Alice in Wonderland fan through and through. I am collecting as may different Alice items as I possibly can and this is very unique. I found it here: http://www.hallmark.com/gifts/home-decor/figurines/disney-showcase-alice-in-wonderland-masquerade-figurine-4050318.html?mc=T_S_G_PLA_H%26G+-+FigurinesBrand+PLA+-+Willow+Tree+-+1C1&gclid=Cj0KEQjwnsPGBRDo4c6RqK-Oqu8BEiQAwNviCR8JnPeeB5xABasb2HVU1NVgBW4QBhzANhWl0X9RF2gaAiG98P8HAQ
As long as there was something for everyone in this box, this would be the perfect Dream Crate for me!
Get excited everyone! If you could create your Dream Crate, what would it include?
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.
But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.
I haven’t read a middle grade book in so long but the cover of this book intrigued me. I think the illustrations in this story are adorable and add so much to this story. This is a sweet story about a boy whose nickname is Bat because his initials spell it out. He is a young 3rd grader who is on the autism spectrum. He loves animals and he loves learning about them. Lucky for him, his mom is a Veterinarian. Bat’s social skills are challenged because of his autism but this is a story about learning how to be responsible and making friends.
Bat’s parents are divorced and he has an older sister who sometimes get frustrated with him. He attends a school in which there are other students like him and his teacher is someone who is caring and willing to help his students. Bat’s mom finds a rescues a baby skunk and Bat becomes very attached to his “new pet”.
I really loved this story and recommend this to everyone.
I gave it 5 crowns.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse–a gorgeous mare named Rainbow–and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content.
Photo Credit Melissa Hockenberger
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Description from the publishers through Netgalley:
The author of the smash bestseller, I Let You Go, propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world…
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…
It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her, a grainy photo along with a phone number and listing for a website called findtheone.com.
Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including rape and murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…a discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. For now Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.
And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…
I read I Let You Go last year and really enjoyed it so I was happy to read and review Clare’s newest book. The image that came to mind when reading this book was this:
Now, I know this seems crazy but hear me out. As I kid, I loved these straws. I used them all of the time and would love to watch the milk on its slow ascend up towards the twists and turns until I was able to drink it. I would could make the liquid go as fast or as slow as I wanted once it hit the twisty section.
I See You reminded me of these straws so much. It started out slowly but once you hit that action it was a crazy, can not put down, full of twist and turns kind of book. I loved it for that reason. If you want a psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes until the very end, get this book. Just know that after the slow beginning, the payoff at the end is worth it!
I gave this book 4 crowns.
I received this e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Queen of Hearts Saga #1
I love Alice in Wonderland and have found some really great re-tellings. I was disappointed in this version, however. It was very drawn out and nothing seemed to happen until the last third of the book.
Since this is a saga, there is obviously more than one book so this story ended on a cliff hanger. I will not be purchasing the rest of the series but I may borrow it from the library if I am looking to continue on. I didn’t really stay with me and I don’t know how interested I am in this saga. The one thing I did like is how the original characters and their names were mixed up in this story. That was a fun twist to the original.
I gave this book 2 crowns.