Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review: The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes


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Summary from Goodreads:

One single mum

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family

Jess's gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess's teenage stepson, can't fight the bullies alone.

Sometimes Jess feels like they're sinking . . .

One handsome stranger

Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it's like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .

One unexpected love story

The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

My Review:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday # 92



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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Summary from Goodreads:

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

My Notes:



I was a huge fan of the second book in the series so I'm super excited for this one! :) It is 688 pages!

Wishlist Wednesday # 92



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.


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It's 1989 and Rae is a fat, boy-mad 17-year-old girl, living in Stamford, Lincolnshire with her mum and their deaf white cat in a council house with a mint off-green bath suite and a larder Rae can't keep away from. This is the hilarious and touching real-life diary she kept during that fateful year - with characters like her evil friend Bethany, Bethany's besotted boyfriend, and the boys from the grammar school up the road (who have code names like Haddock and Battered Sausage).

My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary evokes a vanished time when Charles and Di are still together, the Berlin wall is up, Kylie is expected to disappear from the charts at any moment and it's £1 for a Snakebite and Black in the Vaults pub. My Fat, Mad Teenage Diarywill appeal to anyone who's lived through the 1980s. But it will also strike a chord with anyone who's ever been a confused, lonely teenager who clashes with their mother, takes themselves VERY seriously and has no idea how hilarious they are.

My Notes:

Ever since I watched the pilot episode of the tv show (and want to keep watching) I've wanted to read this! I was able to grab it from netgalley. 

Review: The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry


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Summary from Goodreads:

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

My Review:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: My 2016 Recent 5/4 Star Reads #85




Top Ten Tuesday: My 2016 Recent 5/4 Star Reads #85

Review: All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry



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Speak meets The Scarlet Letter in this literary masterpiece, the recipient of five starred reviews and nominated for the 2014 Edgar Award

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.   Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who's owned her heart as long as she can remember--even if he doesn't know it--her childhood friend, Lucas.   But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal

 A 2014 Edgar Award nominee for YA

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title

A Junior Library Guild Selection

School Library Journal Best Book of 2013 and 2014 "Battle of the Books" contender

Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book for 2013

Horn Book Fanfare 2013 title

 A 2014 TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick


My Review:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #96

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?



THIS MEME COMES NOW COMES FROM THE BOOK DATE


Books I Read Last Week:
In the Woods (#1) by Tana French (4 Stars)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (#1) 
by Stieg Larsson
Veronica Mars: Kiss and Tell (#2) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. 
Rebel Spring (#2) by Morgan Rhodes (4 Stars)

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Number of Pages 1,824

Films Watched (I'm a Film Minor):
Regression (2015)
Digging for Fire (2015)
Mojave (2015)
Clockers (1995)
Ant-Man (2015)
Capote (2005)



Currently Reading:


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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Review: Whisper To Me by Nick Lake


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Summary form Goodreads:

A remarkable story of strange beauty and self-discovery from Printz Award winner Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.

Release Date: May 3rd

My Review:

The plot of this novel was interesting, however, I was not a fan of the format or the mental illness aspect, it even got hard to keep reading (especially when the 'Voice' was verbally abusive).

The main problem I had with it, besides the main character, was the characters in the story, plus the romance was lackluster.

I also picked it up for the murder mystery and the ending/twist was confusing and disappointing.

I recommend checking it out if you enjoy Lake's writing style.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Review: A Study of Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro


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Summary from Goodreads:

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.

My Review:

I'm a huge fan of the original Sherlock novels and the modern television show, and I'm super picky when it comes to retellings of my favorite tales.

I read a Sherlock retelling last year, Lock and Mori, that just did not interest me or really give me the characterization or plot that I wanted from it.

However, A Study of Charlotte, is by far my favorite retelling that I've read this year so far. I abouslety loved the fact that the author did not try to make the characters, Sherlock and Watson, instead she made them the descendants that possess similar drives for solving crimes.

The characterization was great, I loved that Jamie Watson was the sole POV in the novel (finally!!!) because it fit with the classic. All of the characters, Charlotte, her brother and others were well-done and really brought me into the Sherlock world.

I recommend checking this new series out if you enjoy retellings and Sherlock.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #91

Stacking the Shelves



Reviews:

And Then There Were None: Review
On The Island: Review



Library:

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For Review:

Friday, March 25, 2016

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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Debut Author Challenge

1.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

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2. Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
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Review: On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves


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Summary from Goodreads:

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments -- instead of his friends. 

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.


My Review:


I was having a hard time finding a copy of this novel in the library so I went ahead a bought a copy for $5 on amazon and it was the UK copy. It only took me one day to finish it and even though it was not my usual read I enjoyed it.

The main thing I loved about the book, despite the somewhat stagnant plot in the middle, were the two main characters, T. J and Anna. Some people may not like the relationship between the pair because of the age difference. However, I found that it worked, they had a spark, and the book goes against the cultural adherence again an older women with a younger age, compared to a older man with a younger woman. 

Despite a dragged out plot, the main plot with the island was very interesting and kept me reading until the end.

I recommend checking this novel out for the romance and the interesting plot.

My Rating:


Four Stars Out of Five






Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday # 91



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.


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Summary from Goodreads:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

My Notes:

I mainly want to read this because of the epic cover, however, the summary also got my attention. 

Waiting on Wednesday # 91



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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Summary from Goodreads:

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . 

My Notes:

I've enjoyed this author's fairy tale retellings and this Romeo and Juliet retelling looks pretty interesting.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #95

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?



THIS MEME COMES NOW COMES FROM THE BOOK DATE


Books I Read Last Week:
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (4 Stars)
Genre, Gender, Race, and World Cinema edited by Julie F. Codell
All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry (3 Stars)
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (3 Stars)
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (4 Stars)
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Number of Pages: 1,983
Films Watched (I'm a Film Minor):

San Andreas (2015)
The Way Way Back (2013)  3rd time watching :)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Room (2015)

Musical/Play:

West Side Story

TV Watched:

The Family
Gotham
Fuller House


Currently Reading:

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Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


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Summary from Goodreads:

First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

My Review:

I'm trying really hard to read every book I own, and it so happens that it corresponded with the new BBC mini-series of And Then There Were None.

I tend to dislike mutiple povs, but I believe that it worked for the mystery because of the mass amount of characters. However, I was not a fan of many of the characters, which seemed to be the point, but I did like Vera and Phillip.

The ending reveal was done in anti-climatic way, I was hoping for a different endings than we received.

Surprisingly, this was my first Christie novel, I was not a fan of mystery novels when I was younger (expect some YA ones), and now I'm planning on reading some more of her mysteries.

I recommend checking out the novel and the tv show.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #91

Stacking the Shelves



Reviews:

Career of Evil: Review
The Wicked and the Divine Vol. 2:  Review
Under a Painted Sky: Review
The Girl on the Train: Review

Bought:
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella ($1)
Round House by Lousie Erdrich ($1)
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Won:
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For Review:


Library:

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