Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Burying Water by K. A. Tucker

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly feature where bloggers share what they are excited to read next.  Here is my pick this week:

Publisher: Atria
Publishing Date: October 7th, 2014
Genre: New Adult/Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 368 pgs
ISBN: 9781476774183

Summary from Goodreads:
The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

A book about memory loss and it's by K.A. Tucker? Yes, please! Can't wait for this one. 

Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly feature where bloggers share what they are excited to read next.  Here is my pick this week:

Publisher: Random House
Publishing Date: September 30th, 2014
Genre: Adult, Non-Fiction, Memoir
Pages: 288 pgs
ISBN: 9780812994995

Summary from Goodreads:
"There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told," writes Lena Dunham, and it certainly takes guts to share the stories that make up her first book, Not That Kind of Girl. These are stories about getting your butt touched by your boss, about friendship and dieting (kind of) and having two existential crises before the age of 20. Stories about travel, both successful and less so, and about having the kind of sex where you feel like keeping your sneakers on in case you have to run away during the act. Stories about proving yourself to a room of 50-year-old men in Hollywood and showing up to "an outlandishly high-fashion event with the crustiest red nose you ever saw." Fearless, smart, and as heartbreakingly honest as ever, Not That Kind of Girl establishes Lena Dunham as more than a hugely talented director, actress and producer-it announces her as a fresh and vibrant new literary voice.
I really like the show Girls and I love that Lena Dunham is just herself. She is not afraid to be quirky and doesn't conform to what is expected of her. I am really looking forward to her new book. 

Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly feature where bloggers share what they are excited to read next.  Here is my pick this week:  

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date:  September 30th, 2014
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Pages: 336 pgs
ISBN: 9781443435901

Summary from Goodreads:
Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. If you were swept away by Graeme Simsion’s international smash hit The Rosie Project, you will love The Rosie Effect.

The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge.

Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia back together, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him most.

Get ready for The Rosie Effect, the new hilarious and heart-wrenching romantic comedy of the year.
I think The Rosie Project is one of my favourite books of all time. When I heard there was a second book I knew I had to have it. I honestly can't wait for this one! 

Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: These ones are underrated

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's edition is: 
Top Ten Books That are Underrated.

I've decided to do 5 adult novels and 5 YA novels that I love and that I don't think get enough buzz.

Here they are:

 Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin- This is an adult novel about someone who is intersex and a major crisis situation happens that forces the protagonist to really question his identity.

Textual Healing by Eric Smith- This book was sent to me by the author, who works at Quirk Books. This story is just funny and endearing and I really enjoyed reading it.

 Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill- I feel like Hill's Horns and even NOS4A2 are pretty well known but this book gave me the heebie jeebies. That doesn't happen often.

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie- This one is about a woman who decides to try her hand at an arranged marriage when things in the dating scene just quite aren't working out. Super great read. In fact, I love all of McKenzie's novels.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid- This is a recent read for me. I hadn't heard of it before but found it browsing around my bookstore. I read through this one really quickly and I felt like I could relate to the main character in this story.

Under by Skin by Charles de Lint- My friend and I went to de Lint's book launch for this one here in Ottawa. I wasn't expecting much considering how horrible the cover is but I have to say I was really impressed with the writing. Fun YA read about shapeshifters.

 The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth- This is a novel about a young girl who is learning to come into her own as a lesbian. She lives with a very strict family and when they find out about her sexual orientation they send her to a camp to help "reform" her. I keep pushing this book on everyone I know.

The Last Summer (of You & Me) by Ann Brashares- Everyone knows The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series but this stand alone is not one that I hear a lot about. This is just one of those books that makes you cry (in a good way). Very good!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- This book came out a couple of summers ago and it got a bit of hype but I don't know many people that read it. It's a very cute YA contemporary and I really liked the story.

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter- This is a series about a girl who goes to a summer camp and realizes not everyone is who they seem. Essentially a paranormal YA camp book. It doesn't get enough credit.

Hope you enjoyed my list and I can't wait to see yours.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

ARC Review: Eyes on You by Kate White

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: June 24th, 2014
Genre: Adult Mystery
Pages: 320 pgs
ISBN: 9780061576638
Source: received from publisher for an honest review

and a half

Summary from Goodreads:

From New York Times bestselling author Kate White comes a riveting psychological suspense in which a media star must battle a malevolent enemy who may be disturbingly close to her.

After losing her on-air job two years ago, television host Robin Trainer has fought her way back and now she’s hotter than ever. With her new show climbing in the ratings and her first book a bestseller, she’s being dubbed a media double threat.

But suddenly, things begin to go wrong. Small incidents at first: a nasty note left in her purse; her photo shredded. But the obnoxious quickly becomes threatening when the foundation the makeup artist uses burns Robin’s face. It wasn’t an accident—someone had deliberately doctored with the product.

An adversary with a dark agenda wants to hurt Robin, and the clues point to someone she works with every day. While she frantically tries to put the pieces together and unmask this hidden foe, it becomes terrifyingly clear that the person responsible isn’t going to stop until Robin loses everything that matters to her . . . including her life.

My Review: 

I was asked to review this back in June and I am just getting to it now. I was excited to read this book because I've always wanted to read something by Kate White. I have her novel Hush but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. This novel is about a television personality slash author named Robin with is just coming back into the limelight after a slight scandal. Her book is fast becoming a hit and she is impressing the audience of her newstalk TV show. Well, not everyone is impressed with Robin's fast track to success and they are starting to show their discontent by trying to sabotage her. The mystery culprit begins with some small scale scare tactics and then it escalates and Robin is actually physically hurt. Robin and her trusted friends spend most of the novel trying to figure out who is behind all these occurances.
Well, I don't know if it was my high expectations, or the mood I was in when I read this book but I have to say that while I really wanted to like this book I was more or less meh about it. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. It's been about a week since I've finished this mystery but I already forget some of it. To me this means it wasn't that memorable. I was a little bit disappointing for me. I did enjoy the story while I read it but it did awe me.
I have to admit to figuring out who the wicked saboteur was pretty much from the 3rd chapter. There were times when I questioned it and thought of others but I had it pretty much locked in. In some ways I like figuring it out early because when you read the book you can look for all the subtle clues the author puts in. In other ways, I really like a good mind fuck. I like when the author makes my mouth gape in wtfery and when I never see it coming. In this case, it was fun seeing all the little signs but at the same time it also made the book slightly less interesting.
As a whole this is a decent read if you like adult mysteries but it isn't one that will blow your mind. This is no Gone Girl.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly feature where bloggers share what they are excited to read next.  Here is my pick this week:  

Publisher: Quirk Books
Publishing Date: September 23rd, 2014
Genre: Adult, Horror
Pages: 240 pgs
ISBN: 9781594745263

Summary from Goodreads:
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds clearly, someone or something is up to no good.

To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-firstcentury economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!

I mean, look at the cover. It just screams Ikea catalogue and I can't help but want to pick it up. 
Happy Reading!