Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #263: Empire of Storms

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
By: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 6, 2016

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down? (Goodreads)


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

By: Jen Malone
Released: May 31, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon

Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe. Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe. Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story. But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up. (Goodreads)  

I really enjoyed Wanderlost a lot! This book was a sweet contemporary story that takes you along on an adventure.

Wanderlost is the story of Aubree who takes her sister's place as the guide of a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe. Aubree's sister planned the whole trip out down to the final detail, but before Aubree even gets to the first stop, she loses her phone and her sister's binder. Then to add to it, the owner's son joins the tour.

Aubree was a well developed character who really learns a lot about herself over the course of the story. She's never been far from home before and now she's spending the summer in Europe. I admired how she learned to handle things for herself. Sometimes her methods to getting out of a situation even turned out to be quite funny. 

I really liked how realistic the relationship between Aubree and her sister was. Aubree and Elizabeth haven't always gotten along too well or had much in common. Elizabeth is a complete perfectionist and puts a lot of pressure on Aubree, especially regarding this tour.

There were several interesting side characters. I loved the whole group of senior citizens. They were so funny and I loved what they each added to the cities they visited. I especially loved Sam though. The banter between Aubree and him was so cute. I loved the way the relationship developed between the two of them.

The plot was paced well and I finished this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. There was a good balance of drama, humor, and romance. I especially loved the little moments in this book. I loved the conversations and small moments that Aubree shared with the senior citizens on the trip. I absolutely adored the setting in all of the different cities across Europe the most though. I really felt like I was there with these characters while I was reading.

Overall, I really enjoyed Wanderlost. It was a cute story that takes you along on an adventure through Europe. If you're a fan of contemporary books, then I highly recommend picking this one up.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Book Recommendations

Summer Book Recommendations:

Happy First Day of Summer!  
I've come up with a list of my top favorite books that I've either read in the summer or like to reread during the summer. These are the books that I think are great to take along with you on a day at the beach. 

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson's books just bring to life all of the aspects of summer. Whether that be taking a road trip across the U.S. in Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, spending a summer at a lake house and working in the snack shop on the beach in Second Chance Summer, completing a to-do list your best friend left for you in Since You've Been Gone, or competing in a late night scavenger hunt in The Unexpected Everything. Matson knows how to create that summer feeling in her books which is what makes them the perfect summer read.  

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
On the Fence by Kasie West
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West 

Kasie West's contemporary books are great for the summer. Her books are filled with realistic and memorable characters. The storylines have a great balance of serious topics and light cute moments. If you're looking for a contemporary book to read, I highly recommend picking up any of West's books.  

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To are both great books set in the summer and focus on a large family. The Garrett family is definitely one of my favorite book families. Both books deal with a variety of serious issues, but they also have really sweet moments too. 
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I've grown up reading Sarah Dessen's books every summer. While all of her books are great summer reads, one of my top favorites is Along for the Ride. I love the setting in the beach town and the journey that Auden experiences through the course of the story.

Open Road Summer follows Reagan as she joins her best friend, who just so happens to be a huge country singer, on tour. The book is fun and difficult to put down for long. While When We Collided follows the summer that Vi and Jonah met in a small coastal town. When We Collided takes a serious look at mental illness in a very well done and realistic manner. Both books are great to add to your summer to be read list.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is the perfect suspenseful and mysterious summer read. You will not want to put this book down until you find out what really happened that summer between these best friends.  

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Deadly Cool is a suspenseful murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. It's a quick and enjoyable read. My favorite aspects of this book are definitely the hilarious characters though. 

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl From Everywhere is an exciting adventure set on a pirate ship that will take you along on a journey to a different time. This book left me dreaming of Hawaii for weeks.

Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Breathe Annie Breathe is a beautifully written story about Annie who is training to run a marathon to honor her late boyfriend. This book will show you how difficult running a marathon can be, but also how rewarding it can be too. 

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios 

I'll Meet You There is set in the summer and the story of Skylar and Josh who work at the Paradise motel. It's an unforgettable story that will send you through a wide variety of emotions.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

If you love Peter Pan, I highly recommend picking up Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily is the story of a young Tiger Lily as she meets and falls in love with Peter Pan. This book tells of a whole new adventure in Neverland.

The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt 

The Distance from A to Z is an adorable contemporary story that is packed with great characters. It's the story of Abby who is spending her summer taking French classes at a college to become fluent in the language.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard  

Wanderlove is a great summer read that follows Bria as she backpacks around Central America. It's a beautifully written story that will make you want to step out of your comfort zone and go on an exciting adventure.

What do you plan on reading this summer?
What books would you recommend reading this summer?  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sing by Vivi Greene

By: Vivi Greene
Released: May 31, 2016
Source: Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon

America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music. Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same): 1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.) 2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)  3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.) But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months until her fall tour starts-three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys. That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose. (Goodreads)

I liked Sing. It was cute book that is perfect for the summer.

Sing is the story of Lily who is a famous pop star. After a break-up, she chooses to spend her summer in a small town in Maine with her best friends. She plans to work on new songs, but then she meets Noel.

Lily was an interesting character who appreciates her fame, but still wants an average life. I could definitely understand Lily's desire to still have a normal life on the days when she's on the cover of every tabloid. However, I could also see how passionate she was about her music and how grateful she was for her fans. I wanted her to be developed more thoroughly though because at times I did find her to be quite a flat character. She's had a few failed relationships and now she wants to just focus on herself. As much as I did love Lily with Noel, I did want to see her focus more on herself a bit longer. 

Sing had some interesting side characters. I really liked Noel a lot. He has a complicated home situation and he's trying to help out his dad. The scenes between him and Lily were really cute. I loved Lily's best friends, Tess and Sammy, the most though. They've both put their own lives on hold to work for Lily. I just really wanted even more of them in this book and more of a side story surrounding their characters. I especially wanted to read more scenes between Tess, Sammy, and Lily.

The plot was paced fairly well. At times I felt myself getting a bit bored, but then other times I felt like everything was moving too quickly. I did manage to finish this book all in one sitting though. I loved the setting in the small town in Maine. It was fun to see Lily in that atmosphere and it really gave you that whole summer feeling.

Overall I liked Sing. If you're looking for a short and sweet contemporary book to read this summer, then I recommend picking this one up. 

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