WWW Wednesday – What I’ve been Reading – Summer recap

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

I haven’t posted in a long time!

But that will be changing because I have a new book coming out that I will want to share with you!!

Check back on Friday for more info and details on how to pre-order. Plus – want to be a beta reader for me??!! 

First, let me get back into the swing of things with a WWW Wednesday – it’s a long one!

. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of what I read this summer.

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

What I Finished Reading…

Women’s Fiction:

The Great:

 What would you do to keep your son safe? The zoo is taken over by armed gunmen and a mother must keep her son alive.

Amazing read!!  Gripping, suspenseful and terrifying for mothers.

 

The Glad I Got it Before the Hype Began:

 Great. engrossing read and by the end, I was having problems putting it down.

 

 

 

Wanted a little more:

 Interesting read, but the writing didn’t grab me. Good twist at the end though.

 

 

 

Wanted a lot more, but not in a good way:

I love books about the Russian czar and his family. A secret love affair between Grand Duchess Tatiana and a military officer, that resonated in present day? Got me. But no – great story, but the writing…

Maybe I’m just being too picky, but when I was reading this, I could hear my writing partners in my head – show, don’t tell!  And Gill Paul told the story, not showing me anything. Maybe it’s because I know better (not to sound arrogant or anything) but it was a disappointment for me. This should have been a much better book than it was.

Disappointing 🙁

 Another disappointment. Halfway through the book, I had my breakup letter to Phillippa Gregory ready to send. The first third of the book, the Lady Jane Grey bit, was positively painful to get through. I’ve read about the girl who was queen for 9 days and she’s never been portrayed like this! Self-righteous, arrogant and completely unlikable, Gregory’s depiction of Jane almost made me stop reading. Again, I love reading about the Tudor’s and while Gregory isn’t the most accurate of historical fiction writers, she can spin a good yarn. But this? I hope this is the last one she writes on the scandalous family because she’s just phoning it in. At least the last third of the book, about the youngest Grey sister kept my attention with her heartbreaking story.

But better

 Easy, breezy beach read about twin sisters and the uber summer destination towns of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Heartbreaking story about the survivors of the St. Louis, the ship that left Hamburg full of Jewish families trying to get away from Hitler’s Germany, only to be turned away by Cuba, US and Canada.

 

 

Yes I bought this because of the title:

 Laugh out loud funny in parts, great, believable characters but the ending collapses into a pile of sodden tissues.

 

 

YA:

Is this the end of the series?

I was intrigued by this YA series when it was first released, but now…bored now. The characters are tired and repetitive, and have lost the place they had in my heart. Whether there’s another book or not, I think I’m finished with Victoria Aveyard’s series. 🙁

 

 

Is this the beginning of a series?

 To be honest, I got this one because of the author, even though it’s a vastly different book than what she writes. Cora Carmack is a NA author, with college-aged girls finding themselves and lots of spicy bits – Roar is YA fantasy. A little different. But good. I’ll keep going with it.

 

 

 

 

Awesome!

 I was so jealous when my daughter got the DC origin stories for the 9-12 age set but now I can have them too!  I’ve never read Leigh Bardugo but I’m going to give her a try after this. Can’t wait until Sarah J. Maas comes out with her story on Catwoman!!

 

 

CHICK-LIt:

Cute and sweet. I was able to get an advanced copy of Kate Okeeffe’s second foray into the Cozy Cottage Cafe series and enjoyed it immensely!

 

 

ROmance:

I keep coming back to this series, so that must say something!

 

 

 

Old faithfuls for me:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I’ll Read Next…

Just got a box from Indigo dropped off at the door so I’ll have to see what’s inside!

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a WWW Wednesday that I have to check Goodreads to see what books I’ve read! And I was disappointed to see I really haven’t read that many. April was super busy, with not a lot of time for reading. I’ll have to make up for it in May!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Woo hoo!  Got my copy!

Blurb – Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Pretty excited about this one! But after the first chapter, I considered stopping tore-read the first two because the story and characters weren’t jumping into my mind. I kept going but if there’s a fourth in the series, I’ll have to reread everything before that one!

What I’ve been Reading…

I found a new author friend! Crazy in Love is sweet and touching story with characters like none I’ve ever read about before. It’s great to have writers look outside the norm (normal for chick-lit/rom-com, not the real world) for their characters.

Blurb – They call her Crazy Anna.

Anna Flint won’t shake your hand. She collects tin cans. She cleans her cubicle at work with Lysol several times a day. But Anna doesn’t care that they call her crazy. She’s absolutely satisfied with her life of perfect organization, cleanliness, and most of all, solitude.

Matt Harper likes Anna Flint. He likes that she’s the smartest person he knows and he likes her big blue eyes. He doesn’t even mind her can collection. In fact, he pretty much likes everything about Anna. As his body and his world are falling apart, she still manages to make him happy.

Matt is the only person Anna has ever wanted to be close to. But how can she go on a date with him if the thought of dinner at a restaurant fills her with terror? How can she ever kiss the man she loves if she can’t even touch him?

Maybe it’s time to stop being Crazy Anna. If only she could.

Something new

Not to be confused with the TV show of the same name!

To be honest, I picked up this book because my alter-ego Anna Ellis writes about this premise in her books. She’s a little more…well, graphic, but I wanted to see how a fiction novel dealt with the idea. I’m glad I took a chance. The Arrangement is fun and funny, even when dealing with everyday challenges of marriage, losing your identity and having a son who wipes poop on the wall. Really good read.

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong?

Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.”

When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though-the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-“real life,” or the “experiment?”

A second book that’s better than the first in a series!

I think I’m on a role. For me, second books are usually the downfall of a series. But Royally Matched was even better than the first, with Henry even more charming and adorable than his brother. Funny and sweet and

Blurb – Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

and finally…

 It was okay. No Divergent, but okay. Not sure if I’ll get the second in the series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I’ll Read Next…

I’ve got a couple of good ones in the pile so I shall see where the urge takes me.

WWW Wednesday – What I Wish I Didn’t Read This Week

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

The list this week includes new sci-fi world, a satisfying conclusion, a big disappointment, and a ‘sexy’ fun read that wasn’t sexy at all. Read on!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Blurb – In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

My Thoughts – I wasn’t too sure about this one until I remembered how quickly I devoured Divergent the first time I read it. Maybe I’m not as hungry for Veronica Roth this time, because Mark is moving a lot slower. The different worlds and people and languages and currentgifts are a bit confusing, but I’m muddling through. Maybe it would be better if I stopped thinking of the ‘current that run through the world’ like the Force!

What I Finished Reading…

Something new in YA fantasy?

Blurb – Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

No. Just no. I’m regretting the trip to bookstore than led me to this.

My Thoughts – This is the big disappointment. Huge. And I am blaming myself for part of it. There was so much hype when this book was released; I kept seeing it on all these blogs, so much that I thought this was going to be the next big thing. I remember discovering Hunger Games just before the rest of the world did, and being so proud of being one of the first (in my world anyway!) to fall in love with the series. I thought Caraval would be like that – the next awesome YA series.

Wrong!The premise is great – magic, a cool game, sisterly love but the writing just isn’t there. And again, this is my fault, as well. I’m so immersed in the revisions in Coming Home, that I have my crit partner’s voice in my head – ‘Show, don’t tell.’ Stephanie Garber needs a Nita because she’s ‘told’ the whole story instead of showing us, using pretty,

The premise is great – magic, a cool game, sisterly love but the writing just isn’t there. And again, this is my fault, as well. I’m so immersed in the revisions in Coming Home, that I have my crit partner’s voice in my head – ‘Show, don’t tell.’ Stephanie Garber needs a Nita because she’s ‘told’ the whole story instead of showing us, using pretty, colourful prose that doesn’t do much. I gave this 2 stars on Goodreads, so disappointed that I didn’t leave a review. I will not be reading the second in the series because, frankly, I don’t give a damn about the characters. I wouldn’t have finished the book, but I was so pissed off that I actually went out and bought it, that I made myself. Never again will I fall victim to the buzz of an untried author!

Sexy fun from good NA author?

Blurb – When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry’s newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

Eh. Just eh.

I needed something light and fluffy between deep, dark fantasy reads. I like Alice Clayton…there’s a but here, and I’m not sure what it is. I didn’t love this one, won’t be dipping into the series. Older woman, younger man – you’d think it would be a no-brainer, but there was something about it that I didn’t love. Oh, well. Lots of other books out there.

Conclusion to an epic read?

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

Yes!

Nothing can compare to Red Rising, the first book in the trilogy, but this one comes close. I didn’t love Golden Son, but then I’m often disappointed by second books in the series. But I was happy how this ended and I’ll be looking for more books from Pierce Brown. My only suggestion is that if you haven’t started the series, read the books close together! Much less confusing that way!

What I’m Reading Next…

I’ll need something light and fluffy again after Carve the Mark, and then I’ll dive into the pile of historical fiction on my shelf.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted this. I’ve been neglecting my blog in my rush to get Coming Home ready for re-release, but this reading this is getting too long to hold off another week!

I’ve been hauling in the books lately, thanks to gift cards and Christmas presents, but I thought I’d share that 5 out of the 6 books I’ve read were borrowed either from the library or from friends! Sharing is caring!!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

 Just so you know, I’m not jumping on the Carrie FisherBoba Fett and Princess Leia bandwagon because of her death – I’ve been firmly on board since I first saw Star Wars. I was one of the many fans devastated by her untimely death.

Saying that, yes, I bought this book because it details her affair with Harrison Ford during the making of Star Wars. I would have gotten it anyway because I have her other books, but maybe not so quick after release! C’mon – Leia and Han? IRL?!

What I’ve Read…

Here’s my list, because it’s been a while!

New Futuristic Thrillers with Eve and Roarke!

I should really put J.D Robb on the list of my favourite authors. she never disappoints. The futuristic catch-the-bad-guy books are always entertaining, full of non-stop action and sexy bits with Lt. Eve Dallas and her hubby, ruler of the world, Roarke.

Sci-fi, Romance, insane AI, plague zombies, planet invasions all in one!

Blurb – This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

This was a very cool read. I should use better adjectives, but it is what it is – a very cool book. I’ve never read anything like it and already have the second in the series waiting impatiently for me to pick it up!

Kids threatening world politics, lost princesses – only so-so

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I borrowed the YA Embassy Row series by Ally Carter. I won’t go into many details because I was kind of disappointed. The premise behind the series was great but the writing – the trilogy could have easily be a single book if half of the inane “Are you, okay Grace?” ‘Gracie, are you okay?” comments were cut, as well as all the running going on. Grace never ran anywhere in particular and I suspect the author was trying to imply Grace was running from her problems. I don’t think it was necessary.

Anyway, an easy, fast read. 3 stars for the series. Maybe 2.5

What I’ll Read Next…

Here’s my choices!  Please help me pick one to start!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

On to this week’s WWW – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Blurb – Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to the emergency room and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.

Rachel, the beloved, popular, and protected daughter of two doting parents, grows up wanting for nothing in a fancy Florida suburb. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent that will let him become one of the best runners of his generation.

Over the course of three decades, through high school and college, marriages and divorces, from the pinnacles of victory and the heartbreak of defeat, Andy and Rachel will find each other again and again, until they are finally given a chance to decide whether love can surmount difference and distance and if they’ve been running toward each other all along.

I’ve never read Jennifer Weiner before but I’ll be looking for more of her work after this!

What I’ve Read…

Blurb – Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

I finally got around to reading this and so glad I did. I gave it a 4.5 stars only because I wanted a different ending. Beautiful book – the story and the writing and the characters

Blurb – “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

This book blew my mind, both for the quantum physics involved and just how excellent it was. Five stars all around!  This mind-bending sci-fi thriller should be on everyone’s TBR list and was on my best reads of 2016. Since I finished it on Jan 1, I think it will have to go on my best of 2017 too!!

Blurb – In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.

One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband….

Queen Victoria is a monarch that I knew little about but after reading Goodwin’s book, I can’t wait to find out more.  It’s fascinating to learn about how she came to the throne as a sheltered, naive girl and grew to one of the most influential monarchs. Her era brought change to all aspects of Great Britain. I can’t wait to watch the PBS series when it comes to Canada, as well as look up Goodwin’s other books.

Blurb – First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Here’s a quick little ditty I read to catch up on my Goodreads challenge! Cora Carmack is one of a handful of NA authors I turn to when I want something sweet and sexy.

What I’ll Read Next…

This feels like the ‘I’ve finally read that‘ post, so maybe I’ll keep with it and check out my TBR list to see what else I have to read.  Suggestions are always welcome. As you can see, I’m open to just about anything!!

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading – 1 More Book to Go for Goodreads!

One More Book to Go in my Goodreads Challenge!!

I was a book and a half short in my 2015 Goodreads challenge and I forget how bitter I was about not completing it until I neared the end for this year. 60 books may not seem a lot for some people but it may seem like too much for some. Whatever your reading speed, I recommend signing up to Goodreads and doing a challenge. I love to look back on the books I’ve read – it’s great for end of year lists or to recommend books to others.

Here’s the link to my Goodreads year so far if you’re interested. 2016 challenge

On to this week’s WWW – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

 What I’m Reading…

all-played-outWith just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

Going for quick and easy here, with a side of fun!

What I Read…

beautiful-290x450After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.

Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him…or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.

With this circle of friends, there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are nothing short of Beautiful.

This is part of the Beautiful Bastard series and I should really read the other books some day. It’s one of those funny and sexy NA series that you know exactly what to expect when you go in. A quick, light read with lots of sex and the predictable happy ending.

chemistBlurb – She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. 

This my Goodreads review: I’m giving this a 3.5. I feel sympathy for the fans of Stephenie Meyer. She’s obviously trying something new with The Chemist – no vampires, werewolves or aliens. They might be disappointed by this latest forays, but I was pleasantly surprised. Alex/Juliana is no Bella. Yes, she falls for Daniel a little too quick, but it works. The story is a little slow to start, but it quickly picks up and some parts are non-stop action. I feel like I want to give Meyer’s a pat on the back – good job for trying something new!

What I’ll Read next…

Good question! Here are my choices for what might be the last book I read in 2016. It might not be, but with getting ready for Christmas right around the corner, and a trip to Mexico to pack for, my reading time will be limited. Of course, I have a week on the beach to look forward to as well so the rest will be packed to read there!

What do you think I should end the year off with?

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WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

WWW Wednesday -What I’m Reading – The Chemist and The Couple

WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

 What I’m Reading…

chemistBlurb – She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. 

To be honest, I didn’t expect much from this. I’ve read Meyer’s Twilight series (who hasn’t) but not her adult fiction. I picked this up as research for the spy series I’m writing and while it hasn’t given me much insight, I am enjoying it more than expected! I’m pleasantly surprised by it. Even though Meyer’s writing is more telling than showing, I’m caught up with the story and the characters. So much that I’m looking forward to a chunk of time to finish the thing. I expect bedtime might be later than usual tonight so I can find out what happens!

What I’ve Read…

couple-next-doorBlurb – Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora, but one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family, a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

I liked this better than Girl on the Train. While I figured that one out about halfway through, The Couple kept me guessing. And I definitely didn’t see the end coming!

What am I Reading Next…

After I finish The Chemist, I’ll only have 3 more books to go to finish my Goodreads challenge of 60 books! I’m looking for light and fluffy, something I can whip through before Christmas. Any suggestions? I’ve got a Christina Lauren and a Cora Carmack on my pile that will be quick reads.

What about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesday – Mount! I’m enjoying the ride

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

Jilly Cooper’s new book is out!!!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

mountBlurb – Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.

Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace . . .

Why I love Jilly Cooper:

It’s been six long years since Jilly Cooper put out a new book and I was very excited to get my hands on a copy. I’ve been in love with her Rutshire Chronicles for over twenty years, after finding dog eared copies of Riders, Rivals and Polo at a yard sale. These books are smut, plain and simple, full of adultery and betrayals set in the British world of horse racing and for those who enjoy those kind of books, there is nothing like them. Cooper writes from her own experiences, crafting multiple story lines and large case of memorable characters, including the infamous Rupert Campbell -Black. Other than fantasy novels, I’ve never been so immersed in an author’s world before.

Her last novel, Jump! was published in 2010. Six years is a long time between books but understandable when you consider Jilly is 79 years old, recently recovered from a stroke and her books are 600 pages long! She writes however she wants to – with multiple POVs often changing mid-page and colourful descriptions of gardens and dinner tables. I think it’s a JK Rowling thing – no one wants to edit her! For those who have never experienced the joy of following the antics of Rupert Campbell -Black, I don’t suggest starting at this book. Go back from the beginning and read Riders. And the series isn’t for everyone – the sex is raunchy, the comments sexist with plenty of despicable characters and changing the POV like she does is kind of jarring. But it’s a wild ride and I, for one, am thoroughly enjoying it!

What I Read…

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

I had such high hopes but this book proved to be a disappointment. Here’s my Goodreads review:

There was so much potential to this book – great premise, fun way to connect Outlander, talks about my favourite book boyfriend Jamie Fraser, wonderful to explore Scotland. The main thing that didn’t work was the main character. Emma was…just stupid. There’s no nice way to put it. At 29 years old, she hasn’t got her life together, or even attempts to. Instead she runs off the Scotland to find her ‘Jamie’. Sometimes I don’t think she realizes Jamie Fraser is an actual fictional character. The character of Emma is why chicklit gets a bad name – she’s every one of the stereotypes of flaky, annoying characters so focused on finding a man that she can’t see what’s in front of her. It’s too bad because this book does have a lot going for it, including a plug from Diana Gabaldon herself.

It received 2 stars. 🙁

What I’ll Read Next…

couple-next-door Unless I find something exciting at the library during my next visit. But it will take me a while to finish Mount, so I’ll return to WWW Wednesday when I do!!

 

WWW What I’m Reading/ This Week in Books

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

A friend asked recently if, being a writer, that I felt reading was ever like doing homework. I told him no, because I rarely read in the same genre as I write. I obviously read in just about every genre, as shown once more by my WWW list!! Thriller, sci-fi, women’s fiction and New Adult. Not a chick lit in sight!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHANT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

girl on the trainIt’s been more than a year since the beautiful sunny weekend I first picked up Girl on a Train…and put it back down because it was too dark to read. Actually, it’s not because it was dark, it was because I found the main character to be so pathetic I couldn’t bear to read any more.

I decided to try again, because the movie is out and one of my friends absolutely raved about the book. So I picked it up again…and I’m still at the spot where I put it down the first place. What to do? Do I perverse with it or give it up for good? Help, please! What do you think?

 

When I got frustrated with Girl on a Train, I picked up this. It can’t be any different!

roman-crazyBlurb – Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

I really like Alice Clayton. She writes fun, sweet and sexy books. This one…it seems to be missing something. Possibly, in-depth conversations between the main character and everyone. If I ran to Rome after finding hubby cheating, I’d be talking about it. If I rain into ex-love while in Rome, I think I’d be wondering what he’s been up to with his life! But so far, it’s an easy read, kind of like one of those mindless, entertaining movies that you really enjoy watching until you get home and start picking holes in it! I suspect I will be picking holes in Roman Crazy when I’m finished!

What I Read…

life-debtI threw a Star Wars in. If you’re into the movie/books, you need to read this series because it’s what happens between movies 6 and 7. And Chuck Wendig is pretty good at delving into the Star Wars universe. Plus, Han Solo is in this one and I loove him!img_4788

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the-hiveIt’s the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power…and how to get invited to lunch.

Beatrice — undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fundraising, this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come.

Heather — desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong.

Georgie — desperate for a cigarette.

And Rachel — watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover taht the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.

THE HIVE is a wickedly funny and brilliantly observed story about female friendship, power plays, and the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of trying to do one’s part.

I liked this read – I really did. Loved the ending. But I found that the characters cut a little too close to home! I know a Bea, a Georgie and a Heather at my kids school and so reading a fictional account of what happens there was a bit scary! And I would have run her over a lot sooner! But a good read and thanks to Claire @Art and Soul for the recommendation!

 

eligibleBlurb – This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

Loved it! One of my favourites for the year. Best retelling of Pride and Prejudice ever! Crumbling houses, spiders, transgenders, reality shows and Mr. Darcy – it’s got everything!!

What I’ll Read Next…

I’m going to try to get through Girl on a Train because that’s who I am. And then I’ll need something fun. I found this on Amazon and I’m looking forward to it!

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

What about you? What are you reading this week?

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

My ‘What I’m Reading List’ list is short and sweet this week. Maybe not that sweet, because I only give Empire of Storms 3.5 stars and include my criticisms of what should have been a kick-ass read. 🙁

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHANT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

eligibleI had a stack of magazines to read after Empire of Storms, so I took my time deciding on my next book to read.. A visit to the library helped, especially when I saw this sitting on the shelf. A modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Perfect! And I’m already in love with Mr. Bennett’s character!

Blurb –

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

My first impression is pretty favourable!!

What I’ve Read…

empire-of-stormsBlurb –

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 who 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?

My Goodreads review:

It started great, maybe because I was so excited to get into the world of Sarah Maas again. And she can write a good world! I’m giving this a 3.5 because while I did enjoy it, I have some criticisms.
1) There are A LOT of hook-ups and sexy bits for a YA book. I, myself, am not opposed, but I’m hesitating passing this on to my fourteen year old. Mothers, if you share books with your daughters, be warned.
2)Too much Rowan. No, I do not love him and Aelin – or ship him, if that’s how I’m supposed to say it. I liked Chaol. And he’s not in it, which upsets me as well.
3) Not enough Lysandra. Because she is cool! Loved her transformation in the last book, but she’s been dropped in this one, other than all the nifty animals she can change into. But Maas has continued on with the Manon transformation, giving her a more important role, which is good. I like the witch
4)It was long. I don’t think it needed to be that long. There’s a lot of descriptions of fire, of sexy bits, of Rowan’s ‘Aelin is everything to me’. In my opinion, all of those could have done with some editing. And the ending. Didn’t love the ending.

5) But what really disappointed me – I like Celaena better than Aelin. She loses her spark when she’s Aelin, which is ironic because she’s all about the fire as the queen!
This sounds like I’m being too critical of the book, and maybe I am, because I did enjoy it. But since I loved the last book, as well as the latest in her new series, A Court of Mist and Fury, I was expected to be WOWED! I was only wowed. But I’m still eagerly anticipating the next one

What I’ll Read Next…

One of these is up next

 

couple-next-door the-hive