Review

Review: June

June Book Cover June
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Fiction
Crown
May 31, 2016
Hardcover
386
Blogging for Books

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery's vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal.

As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.

I had a really hard time getting into this one. I picked it up a few times before I was able to really sit down and read it. There was nothing that I really didn’t like about it, but the story just didn’t grab me and keep me going.

As in many of the stories I have read lately, the narrative jumps between the past and present. In the past, we see the story of June, Jack, Lindie & Diane, in the present we focus on Cassie, Nick & Tate.

Much of the past is told from Lindie’s point of view. And I really love Lindie. She is a loyal friend, even though she feel taken for granted occasionally, but she is so incredibly vulnerable. While the story she’s telling is really June’s story, she’s the heroine in the piece for me.

The present, is told from Cassie’s point of view. Cassie is June’s granddaughter. The story focuses on Cassie’s relationship with Tate, though touches on her relationship with Nick as well. I would have really liked to see her relationship with Nick explored a little more. But maybe I’m just a sucker for romance.

All of the characters are flawed in some way, which makes them more human, but also makes some of them almost unlikable {Notably Diane and Tate}. The relationships between all of the characters are flawed as well.

All in all, this was a good story and very well written, it just wasn’t something that I personally connected with.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Blogging for Books and the publisher {Crown} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Names for My Babies

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is characters that you would name your child or pet after. Since all of my kids will have fur, I can get a little more creative with the names than people who have human children {in theory anyway}. And I obviously have no problem naming my kids after characters considering my angel kitty was named Disney {I miss her so much!} and my baby boy is named Cheshire {I didn’t purposely plan for them to both have Disney-related names, it just happened}. So here are the character names my future kitties can expect to have…

For the Girls:

Petunia~ Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I would also consider Hermione, Luna, Lily or Lavender as names as well, but Petunia is the less obvious choice.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Amelia~ The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Another good choice from this one would be Maya.

Primrose~ The Hunger Games series The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

While Katniss would be the obvious {and cliched choice} for a cat, I prefer Primrose. Glimmer and Cashmere are also possibilities. I did consider Peeta for a boy, but it just wasn’t quite right.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) Kady~ Illuminae

Ripley~ Heaven and Earth Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2)

Cinderella Bonus: Cinders~ Cinderella

For the Boys:

Grover~ Percy Jackson series {or Sesame Street} The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1) Artemis~ Artemis Fowl series

Grayson~ Will Grayson, will grayson Will Grayson, Will Grayson

I would also consider Tiny if appropriate.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)  Tobias~ Divergent series

The only name under consideration from this series.

Cian~ Valley of Silence Valley of Silence (Circle Trilogy, #3)

The only vampire I would ever name my babies after.

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles, #1) Bonus: Magnus~ Mortal Instruments/Bane Chronicles

I also like the name Jace, but that would be more for a human child.

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon

Monday Update

Monday Update~ 10/17/16

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I will once again be linking up with the Book Date for It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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Recently Completed:

June      Letters from Paris      The Form of Things Unknown     The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)

June//Letters from Paris//The Form of Things Unknown//The Rosie Project

Currently Reading:

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)      Going Home (3-in-1)      The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City      A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Me Before You//Going Home//The Sweet Life in Paris//A Discovery of Witches//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)      Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)      Louder Than Words      The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)      City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

The Wrath and the Dawn//Harry Potter and the Cursed Child//Louder Than Words//The Sea of Monsters//City of Ashes

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

The Happiness Project

 

Up Next on the TBR:

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)      Every Day (Every Day, #1)      How To Say Goodbye      The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)      Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes, #2)

This Savage Song//Every Day//How to Say Goodbye//The Eternity Code//Cupcake Overload

 

**All covers link to Goodreads, titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Sunday Post

Sunday Post~ 10/16/16

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

I am really confused about the job I was waiting to hear about. They decided to go with an internal candidate, but still want to send me to assessment {this has been pushed back a couple of times} on Monday. I’m hoping that this means that I am still under consideration for a position. All I know is that it’s been almost a year and I really need to start working again, much as I love having the extra time to read.

In other news the fall weather has arrived and we have been getting a lot of rain this week. I’ve always loved the rain. When I lived in Southern California we hardly saw rain, but since moving to the PNW {first Seattle, now Oregon} I’ve gotten to bask in the rain so much more. And even see a little snow.

I have still been on my self-imposed social media ban. I did check in on some friends who were in the hurricane affected areas last week, but have not actually spent time on social media sites for about 3 weeks. I have been so much more productive in other areas! I didn’t realize just how much time I had been wasting on social media before. Once I lift my ban, I think that I will still limit my social media time.

Last Week on the Blog:

Sunday Post~ 10/9/16
Monday Update~ 10/10/16
Top Ten Tuesday~ Other Bloggers Made Me Read It
Review: The Perfect Kiss
Review: One Less Problem Without You
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Me Before You
The Friday 56~ A Discovery of Witches
Stacking the Shelves~ 10/15/16

This Week on the Blog:

Monday Update
Top Ten Tuesday~ Names for my Babies
My Life in Books
Favorite Tropes
Stacking the Shelves

This Week’s Reviews:

June
Letters from Paris

Book of the Week:

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

Quote of the Week:

“Matthew’s snowflakes drifted across my face as he watched me survey his belongings.
‘It’s a Matthew museum,’ I said softly, knowing that every object there told a story.
‘It’s just my study.'”

Diana and Matthew, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness {pg. 229}

Last Week’s Goals:

This week I again had all of the weekly posts scheduled by Sunday and completed November’s TTT and all of my Thirsty Thursday posts for the rest of the year.
I wrote out an editorial calendar for January, but that may change as I look at some of the new items I want to add for 2017.
And I completed more than 2 books.

This Week’s Goals:

Schedule 10+ posts
Complete 2+ books
Clean up “To Read” shelf in Goodreads

Notable Posts from the Blog World:

How I Use My Bullet Journal to Keep Track of… Everything! from Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist
Reading Fast Maybe Isn’t That Good for Me from Pink Polka Dot Books
ARCs of Guilt from Readers in Wonderland
Dear Non-Readers: Stop Saying These Things to Us from Book Riot
Discussion: I Don’t Review ARCs from Read All the Things

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves~ 10/15/16

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One of the best things about Saturday’s is getting to join up with the team at Tynga’s Reviews to share my bookish haul from the week.

eARCs for Review:

Addicted to You (Port Lucia #1)      Pretty Little World

Addicted to You//Pretty Little World

Thank you to: Net Galley; Random House Loveswept, Lake Union Publishing

Library eBooks:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Library Audio Books:

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)

The Rosie Project

Gifted:
I received a bunch of books from my sister-in-law. Rather than share them all at once, I’ll be sharing them over the next 10 weeks. This is group 3.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect (Confessions, #1)      The Private School Murders (Confessions, #2)      The Paris Mysteries (Confessions, #3)      Annabel (Delirium, #0.5)      Delirium (Delirium, #1)

Confessions of a Murder Suspect//The Private School Murders//The Paris Mysteries//Annabel//Delirium

Hana (Delirium, #1.5)      Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)      Raven (Delirium, #2.5)      Requiem (Delirium, #3)      Dairy Queen (Dairy Queen, #1)

Hana//Pandemonium//Raven//Requiem//Dairy Queen

The Off Season (Dairy Queen, #2)      Front and Center (Dairy Queen, #3)      Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)      Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society, #2)      Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)

The Off Season//Front and Center//The Heist Society//Uncommon Criminals//Perfect Scoundrels

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ A Discovery of Witches

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

“‘So much energy is bound to attract us,’ she said matter-of-factly, as if I’d asked her a question. ‘The witches were in Oxford for Mabon, and chattering as if the world weren’t full of vampires who hear everything.’ She fell silent. ‘We weren’t sure we’d ever see it again.’
‘See what?’ I asked softly.
‘The book,’ she confided in a low voice.”

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Me Before You

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Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not.

This week I am featuring Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This scene takes place on Lou’s birthday with Will coming to dinner at her family’s home {pg. 197}.

“I was so lost in my thoughts that it took a moment to register Patrick’s expression. I was feeding Will as I said something to Granddad, folding a piece of salmon in my fingers and holding it to Will’s lips. It was such an unthinking part  of my daily life now that the intimacy of the gesture only struck me when I saw the shock on Patrick’s face.
Will said something to Dad and I stared at Patrick, willing him to stop. On his left, Granddad was picking at his plate with greedy delight, letting out what we called his ‘food noises’- little grunts and murmurs of pleasure.
‘Delicious salmon,’ Will said to my mother. ‘Really lovely flavor.'”

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Would this scene have shocked you?

Review

Review: The Perfect Kiss

The Perfect Kiss Book Cover The Perfect Kiss
Kissed By the Bay #2
Susan Hatler
Fiction; Romance
Hatco Publishing
December 27, 2015
eARC
Net Galley

Olivia Lane wants to become the premiere event planner for Blue Moon Bay’s rich and famous. But first she has to impress Greta von Strand—millionaire and bestselling author of Men: Who Needs Them?—by pulling off a two-week luxury getaway for women. The retreat’s all about getting women to embrace their independence by nurturing themselves and each other, and Olivia, who’s never been lucky-in-love herself, is looking forward to it.

The retreat and Olivia’s goals hit a roadblock, however, when sweet-talking firefighter, Brody Mitchell, and his smoking hot friends take up residence at the mansion next door. Now, she must successfully keep Greta and the other women away from their male neighbors, fight her attraction to Brody, and pull off the retreat of a lifetime in one fell swoop.

It’s a battle of the sexes she’s determined to win, otherwise she could lose everything—including her heart.

This was a quick read and a sweet romance. It is the second book in a series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Most of the supporting characters do not receive a lot of development, as the focus is on the main character, Olivia. We do get some insight into Charlie, Greta, Brody, and Taylor, throughout the story, but it is all from Olivia’s point of view.

There are some aspects of the relationship that are not wholly realistic as there is a strong instalove vibe to the story. Olivia and Brody are attracted to each other immediately, fine, but they honestly do not spend a lot of time together and are suddenly in love by the end of 2 weeks.

That being said, the story is sweet. There are a lot of distractions as Olivia is trying to run a retreat and build her business, stop herself from being attracted to Brody, mediate her parents’ marital issues, and reconnect with an old friend.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed the story and am interested in the characters. I definitely want to read the rest of the series.

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book through Net Galley and the publisher {Hatco Publishing} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Review

Review: One Less Problem Without You

One Less Problem Without You Book Cover One Less Problem Without You
Beth Harbison
Fiction
St. Martin's Press
July 26, 2016
ARC
336
Goodreads

Meet Prinny, Chelsea and Diana. Prinny is the owner of Cosmos, a shop that sells crystals, potions, candles, and hope. It’s also a place where no one turns down a little extra-special cocktail that can work as a romance potion or heal a broken heart. But Prinny is in love with her married lawyer and she’ll need nothing short of magic to forget about him.

Chelsea works as a living statue at tourist sites around Washington, DC. It's a thankless job, but it helps pay the rent. That, and her part-time job at Cosmos. As her dream of becoming a successful actress starts to seem more remote and the possibility of being a permanently struggling one seems more realistic, Chelsea begins to wonder: at one point do you give up on your dreams? And will love ever be in the cards for her?

Diana Tiesman is married to Leif, a charismatic man who isn’t faithful. But no matter how many times he lets her down, Diana just can't let him go. She knows the only way she can truly breakaway is if she leaves and goes where he will never think to follow. So she ends up at Cosmos with Leif’s stepsister, where she makes her homemade teas and tinctures as she figures out whether she'd rather be lonely alone than lonely in love.

In Beth Harbison's One Less Problem Without You, three women suddenly find themselves together at their own very different crossroads. It will take hope, love, strength and a little bit of magic for them to find their way together.

I really wanted to love this book. It had a lot of the elements I usually enjoy, but for some reason it just really didn’t click with me. It wasn’t terrible by any means, it just didn’t grab me and pull me in.

There were a lot of changes in point of view, not just between the 3 main characters, but also random women who came in contact with Lief {Diana’s husband, Prinny’s brother}. While they were there to show Lief’s character from a young age and throughout his life, there was no connection with the characters and they never appeared in the book again, other than their specific chapter.

Prinny is the strongest of the three women to me. Even though she continues to be terrorized by her brother in his attempts to take control of her money, she is determined to make a success of her business and refuses to let him take control. Her biggest flaw is her infatuation with her married lawyer.

Diana, to me, is the weakest. She takes a stand and leaves Lief, refusing to go back to him and standing up to him, but still caving to desire for him and confessing that even though she knows how horrible he is, she still loves him.

Chelsea falls somewhere in the middle, though is the most realistic of the three women to me. She lacks confidence in herself and exhibits some destructive behaviors.

There were some serious issues that I felt were glossed over in the plot, but I did enjoy the ending.

Disclaimer: I won an ARC of this book from the publisher {St Martin’s Press} through Goodreads. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Other Bloggers Made Me Read It

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is books we read due to recommendations.

Because joining the book blogging community has introduced me to so many different authors and books, I decided to feature books that I read or want to read based on seeing them featured on other blogs. I honestly couldn’t tell you which blog specifically featured which book, most of them have been featured on more than one blog over time. These are the ones that have called to me the most.

Books I’ve Read

The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train

Nevernight Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) Illuminae

Where’d You Go, Bernadette Where'd You Go, Bernadette

All the Bright Places All the Bright Places

Books I Want to Read

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

The Night Circus The Night Circus

The Lunar Chronicles Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Ready Player One Ready Player One

Anna and the French Kiss Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon