It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 5/13/19

This week I’ll be reading two books that the publisher sent me and a book for the book club I started at the Library.

What are you reading this week?

Baby Teeth- Zoje Stage

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Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

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Montauk- Nicola Harrison

41150486Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

A simple town on the brink of a glamorous future.

A marriage drifting apart.

A life on the edge of what is and what could be…

An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city.

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was.

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart…

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The Perfect Wife- J.P. Delaney

42927050The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . .

“Dynamic, razor-sharp, and thought-provoking . . . a cutting-edge suspense novel unlike any you’ve read before.”–Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives–and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .

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Top Ten Tuesday 3/12/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

*Click on the images of the books to see a synopsis on Goodreads!*

Verity- Colleen Hoover

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Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

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Baby Teeth- Zoje Stage

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Love and Other Words- Christina Lauren

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People Like Us- Dana Mele

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There’s Someone Inside Your House- Stephanie Perkins

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism- Grady Hendrix

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Daughter Unto Devils- Amy Lukavics

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The Problem With Forever- Jennifer Armentrout

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Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

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Which books made your list?

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*Review* Deeper- Robin York

18525821   In Robin York’s sizzling debut, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.

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My Review: 

“I pack his words around my heart, knowing I shouldn’t because they’re not the right words. It’s dangerous to want West so much that I’ll take any crumb he gives me- any profane, broken piece of him- and turn it into a love letter.”

Why are the forbidden things the things we desire the most?

This was a beautiful and tender read. West and Caroline will make an impact on your life and make you want to fight for the life you want and deserve.

The deep chemistry between West and Caroline is perfect. Like they really belong together. West is swoon-worthy and we all need to be swept off our feet by someone as supportive as him. I mean, he defends your honor, can bake, and makes you melt. What more can anyone ask for?

Deeper takes you into a world of betrayal, acceptance and finally trust. The swoony moments take your mind off of the real monster lurking between these pages. But when the monster rears its ugly head, you can’t put it down.

I really loved this book and desperately need book two. The way it ends will break your heart and we can only hope for the best in the next.

Just remember that what you put out on the internet, stays there.

stacy

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This week I’m going to be reading a book that I picked up earlier this year and some highly anticipated book mail!

What are you reading this week?

Deeper- Robin York

18525821    In Robin York’s sizzling debut, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.

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Deeper was one of those cheap buys that I found at Dollar General about a year ago. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to start it. It’s amazing so far.

On The Come Up- Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it 35887567out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be, and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

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I think On The Come Up is on everyone’s tbr. I freaked out when I received this arc in the mail last week. HarperCollins knows the way to a book nerds heart!!

Quarantine: A Love Story- Katie Cicatelli-Kuc

39983526   Oliver wants a girlfriend, and there’s a girl back home who might be interested in him. The problem is, he has to spend his spring break on a volunteer trip in the Dominican Republic. Flora, on the other hand, isn’t really looking for a boyfriend. She just wants to end a miserable spring break visiting her dad and her new stepmom in the D.R.

The solution to both their problems? Get back home to New York ASAP. Sadly, they won’t be getting there anytime soon.

Their hopes are dashed when Flora’s impulsiveness lands them in quarantine — just the two of them. Now, the two teens must come together in order to survive life in a bubble for 30 days. In that time, love will bloom. But is it the real thing, or just a placebo effect?

In her debut novel, Katie Cicatelli-Kuc delivers an introspective and witty story about finding love in the most unexpected place.

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This one just sounded amazing and Scholastic supplied. They are one of my favorite publishers and their team is super friendly and awesome.

Happy Reading!!

stacy

*Blog Tour* A Map of Days- Ransom Riggs

BOOK DESCRIPTION 

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery–a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited–truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom–a world with few ymbrynes, or rules–that none of them understand. New wonders and dangers await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again fully illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure–full color.

My Review:

“Never have I doubted my soundness of mind as often as I did on that first night, when the bird-woman and her wards came to save me from the madhouse.”

The Peculiars have finally made it to America!!

My friends and I jumped at the chance to receive an advanced copy of this book at Ala. It was worth every minute we waited in line. I’m so over the moon that I’ll finally have a galley of a Peculiars book to add to my collection.

We were all saddened by the death of Abe and it still tears me apart to think about it. The Peculiars are here on official business and to also say goodbye to a dear friend, but we all know that when they all get together something devious always gets in their way.

I really enjoyed this one even though I didn’t find it as adventurous and mind-twisting as the others in this series. It did capture my attention and I couldn’ put it down. There was just something different about this one.

I loved reconnecting with the Peculiars. Everything about this was just fantastic.

What really got me was finding some truths about an old friend. What comes to surface will shock you and I can’t wait for another book in this series. I’m saddened that we’ll have to wait over a year for another one.

The Vintage and creepy photographs are back and if you don’t add this to your tbr then you’re really missing out.

Map of Days Playlist

  1. Life is a Highway- Tom Cochrane
  2. New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones- FEAR
  3. Anarchy in the U.K.- Sex Pistols
  4. Born to Run- Bruce Springsteen
  5. American Girl- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  6. Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
  7. On the Road Again- Willie Nelson
  8. Midnight Rider- Allman Brothers Band
  9. Drive My Car- The Beatles
  10. Where Eagles Dare- Misfits
  11. Should I Stay or Should I Go- The Clash
  12. Add It Up- Violent Femmes

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AUTHOR BIO 

Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels. Riggs was born on a farm in Maryland and grew up in southern Florida. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi, and their family.

Blood Of A Thousand Stars- Rhoda Belleza

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Thank you for hanging out with us today! We hope that you enjoyed your visit. We now leave you with our review and hope you add this title to your tbr!

“I don’t like any version of my past, not even the imaginary ones.”

Empress of a Thousand Skies left us with our heart in our throats and many unanswered questions. None of us were sure what to do with our lives after being crushed with an ending like that. Then this beauty shows up on my doorstep and the world rights itself and I get sick. But the universe didn’t stop me from tearing through this wild ride.

This one started off with my heart racing as I remembered the ending of the first book. I needed to know what was going on and I needed to know now!

I felt myself being torn with some of the parts in this book. It would pick up just a bit and drop down like a plane in turbulence. But as I neared halfway through the book, it got to where I lost sleep and couldn’t put it down. It was so worth it in the end.

The ending of this book is worth the wait and it makes these books so much more enjoyable. It was exciting to see the growth of not only the characters in this book but Rhoda’s writing style. It was mesmerizing.

I hated to see this one come to a close but I’m excited to see where Rhoda takes us next.

Always remember….. Honor. Bravery. Loyalty.

 

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