Waiting on Wednesday: 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:
Waiting on Wednesday: I’ll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosI'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Published by Henry Holt and Company (BYR) on 2015-02-03
Genres: Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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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?



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Top Ten Tuesday (89) : Top New Series I Want To Start

Oct
21
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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top New Series I Want To Start.

For this topic, we’re allowed to use any series that has started in the last year or two. So I’m considering any series that started between today and January 2013 that I haven’t already started reading as fair game. There are so many out there, I know I’ll be leaving out some good ones. After my list, I’d love for you to tell me which series you think I should start first. Ok, ready? Here we go…

 

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) Avalon (Avalon, #1) To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)
Nantucket Blue (Nantucket, #1) Splintered (Splintered, #1) The Rules for Disappearing (The Rules for Disappearing, #1) A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Nantucket Bleu by Leila Howland
Splintered by A.G. Howard
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I know some of them are much more recent than others and A Thousand Pieces of You hasn’t even technically come out. But I’m so excited to start it that I just couldn’t leave it off of this list! The others are all series that I’ve heard people talking about and enjoying and all ones that I meant to start as soon as they came out but for whatever reason, just never did. I’d love for you guys to tell me in the comments which one you think I should start first or which one is your favorite. Also, which series that has start recently is one you’re dying to read but haven’t yet? I’d love to know!



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Book Review: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’BrienThe Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Published by Macmillan on 2014-09-16
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 432
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three-stars
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.



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Cover Reveal: Hurricane Butterfly by MeChelle Vermeulen

Oct
17
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I’m excited today to have a cover reveal for a New Adult romance coming out this December. Below you’ll find the cover as well as information about the book and a link to its Goodreads page and the author’s Facebook page. So check out the cover, add the book to your Goodreads TBR and get excited for what sounds like some extra heat coming this December!

 

 
Hurricane Butterfly (1)

 

Hurricane Butterfly by MeChelle Vermeulen 

Publication date: December 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Synopsis:

Twenty-year-old Sophie Blake, is trying her best to get her life back after a horrific dog attack ten months ago. However, this proves to be more difficult than she anticipated. With the help of her best friend Ben Slone, it seems as if she’s making progress, but the truth is that she can feel herself sinking deeper into a black hole…until a tall dark stranger comes knocking, looking for Ben.

Joshua Roxwell has been drowning his demons with Whiskey and women in an attempt to deal with his guilt after the tragic death of his sister. When he finds an envelope addressed to Ben Slone, written by his sister before her death, he decides to track him down. Instead of resolving their differences, he meets the one girl who silences his demons…but redemption comes at a price.

This is a story of heartache, friendship and love, with a wicked twist…



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Book Review: The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker by E.D. Baker

Oct
16
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker by E.D. BakerThe Fairy-Tale Matchmaker by E. D. Baker
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2014-10-07
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Middle-Grade
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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three-stars
Cory is a young tooth fairy in training who wants to be anything but that, except there's no way the Tooth Fairy Guild or her mother will let that happen. After yet another bad night on the job, Cory quits to explore other things—like babysitting an adventurous Humpty Dumpty, helping Suzy organize seashells by the seashore, and attempting to finally rid the spiders that plague Marjorie Muffet. But it isn't until Marjorie asks Cory to help set her up with a boy that Cory taps into a power s he never knew she had. As she tries to understand her new-found romantic visions, will Cory finally discover her own true path?

Just as she did with her Wide-Awake Princess series, E. D. Baker spins a tale that is poised to launch her to the top of the fairy tale canon with a new series that fans of Gail Carson Levine and Diana Wynne Jones.

Honestly, it was difficult for me to get through the first part of this book. I really thought I was going to give up on it. But because I was sent an ARC and because it looked so cute, I didn’t put it down. I’m still a little undecided as to whether I’m better off having finished it or not, but I can say that the second half of this book is WAY better than the beginning. I will also say that I don’t think this book offers quite as much appeal for adults as some middle-grade books I’ve read and what I would have wished for with this book. But I do think that the younger audience will enjoy and appreciate this book more than adults. The fun and cute factor is high, high quality plot and adult crossover appeal, a little low.

When the book opens, Cory is a tooth fairy and right in the middle of one of her worst nights ever. She does not enjoy collecting teeth, she does not enjoy the dangers and obstacles that come along with the job. She also doesn’t like the low pay and the poor hours. Because she is having such a bad night, she is extra whiny and annoying and sounds very spoiled. This was the first time I almost put the book down. I did not like her attitude at all. Of course later on I was able to sympathize with her a bit more when she took the time to explain her feelings about the job but I did not like or appreciate all of the complaining in the beginning. After this night on the job, she decides to quit the Tooth Fairy Guild and try to find a job that will let her help people and make her happy. This is when the book turns around and I started enjoying it more.

The best parts of the book are when Cory goes out into her world by taking on odd jobs to help people in her community. She accepts jobs doing things from babysitting to canning to mowing and lots more. She meets people she’s never known and makes new friends. But because her work hours aren’t in the middle of the night anymore, she also gets to see her friends more often and we get to know them as well. I liked getting to see this side of Cory, the side that liked helping people and working with them and doing things that she enjoyed. I liked the message that life shouldn’t just be about what your parents want from you or that you should accept the easy way in life even if it isn’t what you want. It may be a lesson that’s maybe aimed at an audience a little older than the actual book’s audience’s age, but still a good lesson to hear about.

There’s also another part of the book that is a sort of mystery and shows what can happen when people don’t stand up for what’s right. It was an interesting addition to the book and thought it added some much needed depth to the plot. It was also another good lesson about not giving up when you know something is wrong and finding and trusting the right people to help. Cory has a couple friends that she trusts and who prove to her that they’ll be there for her, even when she’s fighting a more powerful enemy. I liked that it wasn’t necessarily the people you would have thought it would be.

In the end, The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker was a cute book. It’s a fast read for adults but not necessarily one that might hold their interests. The plot isn’t quite developed enough and the characters are a bit too shallow for an adult to truly like this book. But as far as the intended audience, I think this book will be one they’d enjoy. It has a cute romance that begins as friendship, it has a main character who makes a decision she feels is best for her and sticks with it, and ends up fighting for her rights. Fair warning, the book does have a bit of a focus on the girls having boyfriends especially in regards to one friend who it mentions always has a new boyfriend (it is a matchmaking story after all), she has a terrible relationship with her mother, and there is a scene in which someone is kidnapped. It isn’t a violent scene but there are moments of pain. Overall, I’d recommend this book to young middle-grade readers but I’m not sure I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13.



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