Saturday, July 9, 2016

Make Me Read It Readathon Results

-are getting married! (3)

This is my first time participating in the Make Me Read it Read-a-thon and is hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley  It starts today and ends July 16th. 

People voted on the books that I would read and the results are below.

Reawakened by Colleen Houck 5 14.29% 14.29%
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody 3 8.57% 8.57%
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams 1 2.86% 2.86%
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 13 37.14% 37.14%
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (Would be a reread) 1 2.86% 2.86%
The Selection by Kiera Cass 10 28.57% 28.57%
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt 2 5.71% 5.71%

So, it looks like I'll be reading Snow Like Ashes first!  I'll admit I am nervous.  I haven't read a lot of fantasy and feel like it can be hit or miss. In my initial sign-up, I mentioned that I wanted to read 2 books. If I'm able to do so, I'll read The Selection next.  This month will be busy for me, so I"m hoping to get to a 2nd first, well really finish the first book.  I hope everybody meets their goals that have joined this readathon and enjoy the books that are picked for you!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Make Me Read It Read-a-thon

-are getting married! (3)

This is my first time participating in the Make Me Read it Read-a-thon.  This is hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley  It lasts from July 9-16th.  In this read-a-thon, people will vote on the books that I list.  I want to read at least 2, so I'll read at least the 2 most popular books voted on.  If you click on the first blog I mentioned, it will take you to the sign-ups.

I'll be grateful if you vote for a book!  I would love to know why you voted the way you did.  TIA!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

I saw that the Broke and Bookish had the topic, Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year, as a Top Ten Tuesday.  I was so excited to see this one.  I saw the first half like a month or two ago and found this one on a whim.  So sorry it's 3 days late.  All links go to Good Reads except for #8-10 go to Amazon.  No links are affiliate.

1. Recreated by Colleen Houck coming out August 2.

Colleen Houck is one of my favorite authors.  I haven't read the first to this series, but I have read her Tiger's Curse series except for the novella.  She is one of the authors that have made me cry the most. I might wait closer to this release to read the first book.  I've almost thought about waiting to read them until all books in the series comes out, but I don't think I'll wait that long.

2.  The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson coming out November 8


This is the 7th and last book in her Hagenheim series.  This is a retelling of the The Little Mermaid.  I absolutely love this cover and The Little Mermaid.  For the most part, I can't pass up retellings.  All of her young adult books are retellings of fairy tales which I love.


3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West coming out July 26

I have not read any books by Kasie West yet, but I do want to.  This cover is too cute for words.  The whole premise of this book sounds awesomely fluffy and cute.  I love that this is a somewhat twist of a secret admirer.  I always want more of those type of books.

4. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody coming out August 2

A Week of Mondays

I have read a couple of Jessica's books and have really enjoyed them.  I think this one sounds so much fun.  This is a book where the MC is having the worst Monday ever and wishes she could live the day over.  She should have been careful what she wished for because she gets exactly that.  This book reminds of those Christmas movies with the same theme of living one day over and over, so excited for it.


5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer coming out November 8

Not going to lie, the cover is a big reason I want this book.  I haven't read anything by her yet, and I do plan to.  I'm just not to keen on Cinder because of the cyborg aspect, but this retelling sounds really cool and intriguing.  This cover is just...woah.


6. Nemesis by Anna Banks coming out October 4

I've only read Of Poseidon by her, but I really loved it.  I'm hoping the elements of that book will make it's way into this book.  I know some people don't like this cover, but I think it has some grit to it like the synopsis hints out.  I think it's very suiting to the synopsis

7. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin coming out October 4


This is a book where the MC creates her own boy.  By now, I have probably overused this word, but it is just so cute.  The cover. The premise. The MC.  This is somewhat of dystopian type book which is a genre that I normally don't go for.  However, there are a lot of adorable elements that I can't pass up.

8. Jane Eyre (Manga Classics) coming out July 12

I absolutely love Jane Eyre and have loved the manga versions that this Udon Entertainment has come out with.  This cover is stunning.

9. Sense and Sensibility (Manga Classics) coming out July 12

I still not have read anything by Jane Austen.  Until I do, I'm going to enjoy them in manga form :)

10. Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy

I am not that up to date on releases for the rest of this year, so I thought I'd close this list with one of the coloring books I am most excited for.  Her drawings are so cute.  I loved the first one and cannot wait. I've thought about doing coloring book reviews every once in a while, but I haven't entirely decided yet.

Honorable Mentions- I picked 3 honorable mentions.  This are books that I'm really interested in but have hesitations about.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab coming out July 5

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill coming out December 27

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige coming out September 20
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All 3 of these books especially the last 2 seem like they could get pretty dark and that is something I want to try and avoid.  I do realize some of the books I have listed probably are dark in some ways, but I have read something or at least a little by those particular authors.

What books are you most looking forward to?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Season to Wed (Year of Weddings) by Rachel Hauck, Cindy Kirk, and Cheryl Wyatt

A Season to Wed: Three Winter Love Stories

Title: Season to Wed, Year of Weddings

 Authors: Rachel Hauck, Cindy Kirk, Cheryl Wyat
  Published: November 3, 2015
 Publisher:  Zondervan
Format: paperback
 Source: for review

I received a copy from BookLook Bloggers

Love at Mistletoe Inn

Hope has sworn off love ever since her quick marriage that ended almost as soon as it happened or so she thought.  While she is with her friend at a Boise Bridal Extravaganza, she finds out that even though her marriage was never recorded she still could be married.
Her ex, John, left town after their “failed” marriage and graduation but has decided to return and put down roots.
I thought the writing style was enjoyable and never felt that it dragged.  I did really enjoy this book, but I thought there was too much mention of the attraction of both characters and adult situations for a Christian story.  It did not go into any descriptions, but I really would have preferred for that not to be there. It just seemed too sudden.  I would read more from Cindy because I did like her writing but would do so after some research on the book.

 A Brush with Love

Ginger tries to make others beautiful through styling hair.  She was in an accident where fire has left her physically and emotionally scarred but that is not the only thing she can’t get over, Tom Wells.
Ginger tutored Tom in high school and even was going to go on a date with him, but he didn’t show up or give or a reason why.

Ginger is not the only one with something to hide, Tom left town for a reason and does not want Ginger to know.  However, it’s going to be hard for him to hide it, especially since he came back to town to start his own ministry.  Tom’s old feelings have started to resurface and spends some time with Ginger because she is doing the hair for his friend’s wedding, at which is going to be part of the wedding.

I probably liked this story the most, but Serving Up a Sweetheart was really close.  I hated to see how the bride treated Ginger.  Bridget didn’t really give much thought in how her actions made Ginger feel.  This story definitely had God has a focus more so than the other books.  I liked seeing that Ginger wasn’t a believer at first because the stories I’ve read in the Year of Weddings series has had both of the main characters already have faith.  However, keep in mind I have not read a lot of these.  I just found it refreshing.  I have read another book by Rachel Hauck before and would do so again.

5/5 Serving Up a Sweetheart

Meadow cannot catch a break first her ceiling collapses, see attacks a snowman, and one of her high school bullies/tormenters sees her fight a snowman and lose, well at least her shoe inside of the snowman.

Colin offers to help her but does not recognize who it is at first.  He apologizes but Meadow doubts his sincerity.  Colin offers to fix Meadow’s kitchen that she has been using for catering, and she eventually agrees after Colin mentions that she could pay him back by doing some decorating for him.  Also, he lets her use his pole barn kitchen to work in while he is working on her kitchen.

I thought the beginning of this story was pretty funny, especially the snowman scene.  I loved that Meadow’s catering team consisted of at-risk teenagers.  In my opinion, it was a very nice touch.  God is mentioned a bit throughout, and I felt that praying/talking to God was done more in this story than the others.  I don’t think I’ve read anything by Cheryl before and definitely would, especially any that had quit a few comedic moments because I thought those were pretty great.

Overall, I think this book as a whole mentioned God more than the other Year of Weddings more than Winter Brides and thought that was definitely important to note.

Dream on Amber by Emma Shevah

Dream On, Amber                         Title: Dream on Amber

 Author: Emma Shevah  Published: October 6, 2015
 Publisher:  Sourcebooks
Format: e-book

 Source: for review

I received a copy from the publisher via Net Galley.

Amber is going to a new school and is having trouble coping with her father not being with her family anymore.  It doesn’t help matters when her little sister decides to write their Dad and see if he will come for her birthday.  Amber doesn’t want to let her sister down and responds back to her letter.  Unfortunately, Amber makes an enemy of a troublemaker at school and finds herself in several stressful situations.

I liked that this story dealt with a serious issue in a lighter hearted way that kids can find relatable.  This book also touches on topics of lying and bullying. I found the end of the book endearing and found it really believable in how Amber coped with the situations she had at her middle school.  She often imagines her “Dad” and talks to him whenever she finds herself stressed or when she has made some decisions that she shouldn’t have made to begin with.

I did feel like the book dragged in places.  I am pretty particular when I read children’s books, so I do not really know how kids would respond to the places that seemed slow.

I would not recommend a child reading this book until the parents do because I remember reading it mentioning something that I was shocked was including for a children’s book.  It might not be a big deal for some parents, but I would not be okay with it and am not okay for a children’s book.  

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour

Title: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
 Author: Anne Michaels
  Published: November 3, 2015
 Publisher:  Tundra books
Format: e-book/hardback
 Source: for review/own

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Immediately when I saw the cover of this book, it reminded me of Mary Poppins, but I’m not sure if I ever watched any of Mary Poppins.  However, it was enough for it to remind me of her.  She even flies in the air by using a tablecloth and almost always travels with her 16 cats. Yes, 16.  I loved some of the names of them, but it did annoy me some when it would list all of the cat’s names.
I didn’t know much about this book when I started to read it, so I was surprised to see that it had 5 short stories in it.  I’m not for sure what age I’d recommend this for, but I believe each story is short enough to keep the child’s attention, especially since of the cute pictures.  The stories really are essentially Miss Petifour’s adventures.  They had a story about a decoration competition, a yard sale going awry, a hunt for her postage stamp that flew out the window, and two others.  Even though not much happened in it, I found that I liked the postage stamp story more.  I have no idea why though.

I did like the book and preferred some stories over others, but the pictures and the actual designs of the book itself are so cute and pretty.  There is a very brief introduction to show who Miss Petitfour is and as a brief information and pictures for each cat, which I thought was adorable.  This would be good for kids who like quirky stories and who are fond of cats.  I will say this book is kind of expensive considering the size of the book.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson

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  Not Always Happenstance  
Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment. But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar. As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her. ***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.*** amazon get it add to goodreads   RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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My Review:

Not Always Happenstance is the second book in a series, and I use that term very loosely because so far Pearl, the Matchmaker is the only thing shared in the stories. At least for now, I don’t know if any other authors in the series have tried to do any more cohesion than that.

I will say I wish Pearl would be more meddlesome.  When I first heard about this series, I immediately thought of the elder, Chinese women that plays in the Freaky Friday version with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.  I kind of wish Pearl could have this facet to her, too.  She does meddle some, but I’m kind of been wanting some comedic aspect.  Then again, it might would not be that cohesive since multiple authors have her appear in their respective books.

Anyway, I didn’t like Easton that much for a while. Even though the girls he was with knew he had no intentions of staying, I hate how he used the locals for his own personal gain.  He does change which is nice.  I really liked Lani and wish her family was closer knit.  I kind of wish Derek was more in the book, but I kind of understand why he wasn’t.

I did like this book, but I feel like not much happened.  I never had a problem reading this book or found that many lull moments, but I do wish more bigger events happened.  I loved that Rachael included Hawaii words, but I do wish there were more cultural aspects.  

  I grabbed the picture below from Rachel Anderson's blog