Thursday, July 24, 2014

Giveaway: The Vacationers by Emma Straub


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Cool off your summer with our final bonus #SRC2014 book, and a hot YA launch!

Emma Straub joins the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge!

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The Vacationers is an irresistible, deftly-observed novel about the secrets, joys and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid


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After I Do
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Just released: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Genre: Chick-lit
Paperback: 352 pages
Rating: 4

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.


My two-bits:

Nice chick-lit contemporary romance that examines love and long term relationships.

What I liked about this story is that it went a bit beyond the usual cliche of an adulterous affair to bring about the questions about the meaning of marriage and commitment and soul mates.

About the author:

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Media Studies.

Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. Her forthcoming novel, After I Do, will be published July 1, 2014.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop

Christmas in July
Giveaway Hop

July 22-31, 2014
hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Laurie Here

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Christmas in New York
by Daniel Pool
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New York is seemingly the center of the universe during the Christmas season, beginning with Santa's arrival in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and culminating with the dropping of the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve. And why not? After all, New York is the birthplace of electric Christmas tree lights, Lionel trains, F. A. O. Schwarz, "White Christmas," and, of course, Santa Claus.

In Christmas in New York, Daniel Pool takes the reader on a tour of present-day New York Christmas attractions (the Rockefeller Center Tree, the store windows, the shows, the songs, the smells.) He tells little-known facts and stories about the history of Christmas in New York (how Maurice Sendak's career started designing F. A. O. Schwarz windows; how Guy Lombardo's "Auld Lang Syne" became the official New Year's song; a complete "Santology"). And finally, there is a section on "The Ghosts of Christmas Past"--long-time New York Christmas traditions that have fallen by the wayside. A marvelous mingling of the now and then, Pool's book, with fifty unique photographs and a characteristic biting wit, conveys the true New York Christmas spirit.


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - 7.19.14

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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For Review:

Serenade
by Emily Kiebel
-Paranormal, YA
courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2014
Thanks Janay!
Amazon | Goodreads

After I Do
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
-chick-lit, romance
courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2014
Thanks Janay!
Amazon | Goodreads

Descent: A Novel
by Tim Johnston
-thriller
courtesy of edelweiss
Thanks !
Amazon | Goodreads

A Sudden Light
by Garth Stein
-ghosts
courtesy of edelweiss
Thanks !
Amazon | Goodreads

Library:

Reality Boy
by A.S. King
-YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Published: 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Paperback: 416 pages
Rating: 5

Starbound series:
These Broken Stars
This Shattered World - release date: Dec 2014 -win this on Goodreads here (exp: Aug 11)

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

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A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


My two-bits:

Loved how this story mixes romance, sci-fi, and YA.

The pacing and gradual transformation of the two main characters in this story is what I found appealing in this story of survival on a lonely planet. Through the eyes of each, you begin to fall in love with each.

Although the next part of this trilogy will introduce another couple, I must get book 2, This Shattered World, to see what happens next in this world.

fyi: I listened to the audio version which was a treat because it is narrated with two voices for the two main characters. Definitely give it a listen if you like audio books.

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* optioned for TV series - details here

* part of my Dystopia Reading Challenge

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge

* i love the gorgeous poster for this book...