It’s almost November! So how’d you guys do with your October reading? Were you able to keep up with all of those amazing releases? I wasn’t. There are still so many that I want to read! But looking forward to November and it seems that book releases really slows down after the first half of the month. So if you need some time to get caught up on October and September books (like I do), November might be a good time to do that!
Even though there aren’t nearly as many books coming out this month as there were last month, doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to a bunch of them! Did you guys see? It’s finally time for the third Mara Dyer book!!! Also coming out this month is the third Finishing School book, Waistcoats & Weaponry. If you haven’t started this series by Gail Carriger, I definitely recommend it. It’s fun, steampunky, and has great characters. Also, The Walled City comes out. I’ve already read this and it’s fantastic. So intriguing. Remember when you’re reading this that it’s not a dystopian, it’s more historical fiction. The city where these characters live was an actual place. Google it, it’s fascinating. And lastly, I’m super excited for A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. This book might have my favorite cover from the entire year. I also hope that what’s in the book is good as well.
Go ahead and take a look at the books I found for November. If I missed something, please let me know!
That’s all I have for this month. So tell me, what books are you most excited for?
Come Back To Me by Mila Gray
I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Macmillan, PAN on 2014-10
Genres: Contemporary, Military, New Adult, Romance
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.
But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.
What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.
When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.
Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.
A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book because I haven’t read any of Sarah Alderson’s books but the synopsis sounded compelling so I went with it. And I have to say, it was impossible not to get completely caught up in the emotions of this book. I feel like New Adult romances can be very hit or miss for me but this one was definitely a win. Very well done. The characters weren’t always my favorite but I was cheering for them the whole time and really wanted a happy ending for them.
The book starts out with a huge moment. We don’t really know the characters or their stories yet but we know this moment going to bring out lots of emotions towards the end of the book and because we sort of know what’s coming now, it changes the way the book reads. Instead of not knowing what’s going to happen and reading freely and hoping for all good things, we are a bit more cautious. I found myself feeling things and hoping things for Kit and Jessa and other characters and then reminding myself that this scene is coming and thinking maybe there was a way to avoid it, to save the characters (and myself) from the heartache that was coming. But I couldn’t. Kit and Jessa made it impossible for me to not want them to be together. And when you’re reading a romance, even when you think you know what’s coming, you want to want the characters to be together. And those feelings coupled with the feelings from earlier in the book created very layered emotions for me. I definitely liked how it was done.
Another one of my favorite part of the book was the chemistry between the two characters. But there were a couple of things I wasn’t a huge fan of. In the beginning, we know that Jessa has had a crush on Kit for a long time. We also know that Kit has a history of being a bit of a player. The two have been friends for a long time because Kit is Jessa’s brother’s best friend. But her father does not like him at all and blames Kit for anything bad her brother has ever done, whether he was responsible for it or not. But the thing I didn’t really like was that Kit and Jessa get together rather quickly. They’re drawn together and that’s fine, there just wasn’t a lot of build up or much to make me believe that what they were feeling was more than just crushes. And then they decide they need to keep it all a secret so they sneak around for quite a while. I never understand why characters think this is the way to go. But it’s what happened and it was fine, just not my favorite part.
I loved Kit’s dad and liked learning about Jessa’s family. It was interesting to hear about their pasts and while I don’t want to give anything away, I will say that it became fairly obvious what had happened in the past and I wish it could have just been left out so the younger generation could figure out their stuff in their own way without the past influencing them in that way and making other’s feel bad. It’s hard to explain without giving it away but it just seemed to take away more from the characters than it gave.
Overall, I really liked this book. I read it very quickly and with the big, emotional scene at the very beginning of the book, I was hooked. I had to know what was leading up to that moment and what the outcome of it was going to be. I also really liked the characters, though not all of their choices, and couldn’t help but get swept up in their romance. The emotions are very high in this book and run the range from extremely happy and content and deeply in love, to pain and anger and hurt and depressed. So be prepared when you start this. You will get hooked and you will feel things. I definitely recommend this book to fans of NA Romances.
I do want to say when I was approved for this book for review,I thought it was going to be released in the US in October. Now I’ve seen that it’s not out until much later here. But the book has been published in the UK so if you would like it now, you can order it from The Book Depository.
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine
and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Published by Henry Holt and Company (BYR) on 2015-02-03
Genres: Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
Besides the fast that the synopsis of this one makes it sound amazing, I’ve also been seeing a lot of positive reviews for it already. I’ve seen several reviewers whose opinions I trust making comments on how much they’re loving this one. I haven’t read any of Heather’s other books yet, but I’m very much looking forward to this one. I hope my high expectations won’t come back to bite me in the ass.
What are you waiting on this week?
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
I received this book for free from First Reads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Macmillan on 2014-09-16
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Young Adult
Source: First Reads Giveaway
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The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.
From Caragh M. O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.
I enjoyed this book when I read it. It wasn’t amazing or the most shocking book I’ve ever read but it was enjoyable. I’m a fan of boarding school books and thrillers and reality show books, and all of those elements are present in this book but unfortunately, they just aren’t done as well as I would have liked.
The beginning of The Vault of Dreamers was a little confusing for me because there wasn’t much explanation for what was going on or where Rosie was. We just see her leaving her sleep pod. We don’t know why this isn’t allowed or why the other girls are all sleeping or why it’s so dangerous for her to be doing what she’s doing. And because I hadn’t read the synopsis of the book first, I didn’t even know she had been accepted into an arts program at a school that was part of a reality show. (I admit, that part was my fault.) But the rest of it was confusing for a little while there and because of this I had a hard time really getting into the book. But once the big elimination happened and the plot started moving, I got more involved. I read the second half of the book pretty quickly and enjoyed most of it.
The parts I liked most dealt with Rosie trying to figure out what was going on at the school. The whole psychological thriller part, is she insane or is something totally creepy going on behind closed doors? I really wanted to know what the Dean was up to (if anything) and why Rosie was the only one concerned with it. I also had to know if Linus was in on it or if he really could be trusted. I liked him, I liked how he was with Rosie and I needed to know if my feelings were accurate or not. I also liked Rosie’s backstory and learning about her family.
Unfortunately, like I said earlier, pretty much every aspect of this book fell short of really good for me. The thriller was interesting, but sort of just fizzled at the end of the book. There was no huge ‘holy shit!’ moment or ‘I DID NOT see that coming!’ moment. And when I read a thriller of any kind, I really want those moments. It was just sort of an ‘okay, that’s it’ moment. And that’s not what you want at the end of any book, least of all of thriller. Also, I really hated that I felt that Rosie kept making stupid choices. I really want to be able to support a main character and while I don’t always need to agree with them, I really want to be able to feel like there is at least a good reason why they would make that choice. So many of the things she did just felt really stupid in the moment, and resulted in bad things happening. And I really hate that. And in regards to the reality show aspect, again, it just fell short and was kind of boring. It wasn’t used nearly as well as it could have been. Same with the science-fiction part and the secrets the school was keeping. Everything just kind of fell short. They weren’t used as well or explained as well as they should have been. It was almost like there was too much going on for any one thing to really be explained in enough detail to make it worthwhile. Even at over 400 pages there is still stuff I’m confused about in regards to what really was going on and why. It was just an okay book and that’s unfortunate.
In the end, I did still enjoy this book. But I really don’t think it’ll be one that is a favorite for most people. It was just okay. And I had hoped for much more. I haven’t read O’Brien’s other series so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I love science-fiction and psychological thrillers, so I did have high hopes for this one. If you end up picking this up, I hope you’ll enjoy it and take it for what it is. If you’re picking it up because you love books like The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and want more psychological thrillers, this one will not live up to your expectations.