Waiting on Wednesday (#3)

Waiting on Wednesday - BannerWaiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, in which we spotlight upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Cherry Money Baby by John M. CusickCherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Hollywood glitz collides with workingclass aspirations in this satirical tale of an impulsive starlet and a sharp-witted small-town teen.

Cherry Kerrigan loves her simple life, her family’s tiny trailer, even working at Burrito Barn. Forget college — she’s marrying her sweetheart from next door. But here comes Ardelia Deen, a glamorous starlet who sweeps Cherry into a world of fast cars and penthouse parties. Now Cherry’s small-town life just seems so . . . small. When Ardelia drops a bomb of an offer — one involving a baby — Cherry knows her life will change forever, no matter what she decides. John M. Cusick focuses his signature wit on Hollywood royalty and the wide-eyed dreams of Small Town, U.S.A. in a novel about discovering who you are . . . and changing your mind.

Gaaah this book just sounds so GOOD. A girl who lives in a small town and is then swept into a big town with parties and rich cars? This book just screams ME. I want. So. Badly. I was already denied on Netgalley for this book, so I’ll actually have to wait until September 10, 2013 by Candlewick Press for this one. Sigh.

What are you waiting on this week?

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Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker | Review

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa WalkerUnbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

Bloomsbury USA Childrens

May 22, 2012

SeriesStandalone

It’s summer, and everyone needs at least a book or two that will lift them up into the light summery mood that we all love. Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker proved to be a perfect beach read. This effortless read takes place on a boat, has an adorable romance, and an endearing character growth. Coming highly recommended from me, Unbreak My Heart is a summer book everyone should pick up.

Clementine starts off her summer on a low-note: she did something mysteriously unforgettable that caused her to lose her best friend– and all friends for that matter. Now, her parents are dragging her onto a boat for the entire summer with her little sister Olive. She’s down in the dumps, but she slowly brightens when she meets another teenage sailor.

This book was just so darn cute! There were quite a few things that I liked about this book: first, the setting! I’ve never read a book that takes place on a boat and on the lake, and this was a really good experience. It felt very beachy and light and just pure bliss! I think Walker really captured the fundamental atmosphere of being on a boat. In addition to the setting, the romance was really great as well. The romance wasn’t insta-lovey; it started off friendly and then it progressed from there, which I love. I think James, the love interest, really helped Clementine as a character grow. This leads me to my next point: Clementine developed into a stronger character in this story. If you know me, you know that I love when characters change positively and end up being dynamic characters by the end. As I mentioned before, Clem starts off on a bad note, and the fact that she was able to forgive herself and learn from James was just heart-lifting and pleasing.

The only little complication I had with Unbreak My Heart was that the “issue” that Clem went through wasn’t revealed until a looong time in the story, and I hate the anticipation– it’s not even in a good way, the waiting. That was a bit annoying, but I can see why Walker did it. This hardly affected my enjoyment for this novel by the end though, so it’s negligible.

So if you’re looking for a beach read that’s spot-on, Unbreak My Heart would be an excellent choice. With a nautical-feel, a heart-warming romance, and steady character development, this one did not disappoint and completely satisfied my summery reading.

rating system 4 out of 5

Stacking the Shelves (#5)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It gives us book nerds to share what awesome books we got this week, may it be from the book store, library, mailbox, or from friends!

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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)        Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)        Losing It (Losing It, #1)        Faking It (Losing It, #2)        The Great Gatsby

Elite        Facade (Games, #2)        The Luxe (Luxe, #1)        Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)        The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

(Click image to link to Goodreads):

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard | Bought on Kindle

Pivot Point by Kasie West | Bought on Kindle

Losing It by Cora Carmack | Bought on Kindle

Faking It by Cora Carmack | Bought on Kindle

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald | Bought on Kindle

The Elite by Rachel Van Dyken | Netgalley – Forever

Facade by Nyrae Dawn | Netgalley – Forever

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen | Online Audiobook Library

Across the Universe by Beth Revis | Online Audiobook Library

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne | Online Audiobook Library

I finally caved and decided to hop on all of these awesome Kindle deals! Thanks to Netgalley and the awesome publisher as well. What books did you get this week?

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay | Review

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja MillayThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Atria Books

June 4, 2013

Series: standalone

It’s always hard to read a book after so much hype has been surrounding it for months. For me, getting into the The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay proved to be an extremely difficult task. The story as a whole is quite problematic, and it isn’t until the ending (perhaps the last 10%) that really redeems itself.

Firstly, my main issue with this book was the pacing and the plot. The details of Nastya and Josh’s everyday life is verbose and not much actually happens. Sure, the reader gets to know each character oh-so-agonizingly slow, but I have to admit that I was bored to death for the majority of the novel. I considered DNF-ing this book because of the pacing (the reason why I didn’t was because of some very persuasive Twitter friends). If it weren’t for the climatic ending that I was looking forward to, I would have easily put this book down simply because it didn’t hold my interest.

One of the main points in this story is that Nastya’s “dark history” isn’t revealed until very late in the story, and the reader has to take the little hints dropped here and there and slowly piece it together. Nastya is a very broken character from this dark past in the beginning. However, I felt that her ominous past was a bit… over-exaggerated once it was revealed. Personally, it seemed like Nastya overreacted, and her whole silence/not speaking thing caused a some eye-rolling. Perhaps it’s because the situation isn’t described in detail enough, but I just couldn’t relate to her reasoning why she was so deeply wounded. This brought about my lack of connection with Nastya herself. Josh, the other POV we get in this story, wasn’t particular special (or swoon-worthy, for that matter), either. Although, I did feel like his background was more evocative than Nastya’s. Josh proves to be a sweet love interest, but nothing more.

As previously mentioned, it wasn’t until the last 10% that this book really clicked for me. Millay’s writing explodes with color and my eyes really opened. I was able to fully appreciate the ending and it definitely bumped it up half a star. I have to mention how fascinating it all was, how everything comes together, especially the little things. The last couple of sentences of this story wrapped up Nastya and Josh’s story perfectly.

For my final opinion for this book, I’d say read this book with caution because it failed to live up to my expectations. It’s an extremely detailed and slow-paced story, and it’s definitely for patient readers. The romance is a gorgeous one though, and I’d say it’s worth reading about if you love satisfying endings!

rating system 3.5 out 5Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy!

Waiting on Wednesday (#2)

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, in which we spotlight upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A young adult novel about bucket lists and boys, death and destiny.

Rebecca “Rebel” Blue, a loner rebel and budding artist, reluctantly completes the bucket list of Kennedy Green, an over-committed do-gooder classmate who dies in a car accident following a stint in detention where both girls were forced to consider their morality and write bucket lists. In this hilarious and life-changing journey, Rebel meets up with a nice boy, a gimpy dolphin, and a past she’s tried to forget as this bad girl tries to do good.

Aww, this book sounds so good! As the tagline says, “A girl dies, but her bucket list lives on.” Sounds like my kind of read! AND DID YOU SAY DOLPHIN? I’m in. Plus, that cover. So, so gorgeous! Goodbye, Rebel Blue comes out on October 1, 2013 by Amulet Books.

What are you waiting for this week?