Genre: Young Adult

The Wednesday Post (10)

Posted April 10, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. I’m bringing them together and calling it The Wednesday Post. Here’s what I’m up to this week.

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?
Fumbled by Alexa Martin | The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen
I finished Fumbled last night and The Shameless Hour the night before last night. Both books were great reads and I’m super glad that I requested Fumbled for review. Poppy could have been me. She even talks like me and I really enjoyed seeing her with Ace and Big Ace. The romance was fantastic, the dialogue was real and I really need to go back and read Intercepted. Alexa Martin has made herself nice and comfy on my auto-buy list with just this one book. Total score for me. Ever since Sarina Bowen put her Ivy Years series on Kindle Unlimited, I’ve been binge reading these books during the day at work. I love this series and it continues to be a favorite of mine. I liked Bella’s story a lot more with this reading than I did the first time and I can’t wait to jump into my work re-read of DJ and Lianne.
What are you currently reading?
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews | Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan
What do you think you’ll read next?
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs | The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Can’t Wait Wednesday

I will always look forward to new releases by Sarah Dessen. She writes the kind of stories that I absolutely love and always want to read. This upcoming release sounds like a great addition to her back list and I can’t wait to dig into my review copy of it. Woot! The Wednesday Post (10)The Rest of the Story
by Sarah Dessen
Published by Harper Collins on June 4, 2019
Genres: Young Adult
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Buy It: Amazon|Barnes & Noble
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Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to The Rest of the Story? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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The Weekly Recap (119)

Posted January 28, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

You guys, Brenna got her first start of this season (she was hurt in pre-season so the coaches were treating her with baby gloves when she got back) and…SHE WAS LEADING SCORER OF THE GAME!! I so happy for her because she’s got such a nice shot and she was finally able to let her shot fly on Friday against a pretty decent team in our conference and Kenna tied for second-leading scorer in the game so woo hoo for my girls! Meghan played in San Diego and then against a really trash team at home this week so I didn’t go to either of her games. She played well and was featured in her school’s article on the games so yay Meg! I didn’t do much but read and watch basketball games this week so that’s all I got for you guys on the real-life front of this post. Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (119)Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
by Kasie West
Published by Harper Collins, Harper Teen on February 5, 2019
Genres: Young Adult
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge

Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

I have two more books to read from my January TBR pile and this is the first book of the double feature for this week. So far, I’m not really feeling it but I’m going to push through this beginning hump and hopefully, the story will pick up and I’ll enjoy it. Wish me luck! I am really looking forward to the next book on my TBR list though…The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath. FINN!! LAVINIA!! I CAN’T WAIT!!
What I Read
One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5 It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5 Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5 Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #3) by Jenny Holiday (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5 From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5 Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. (Audiobook) | 3.5 out of 5
I listened to my first two audiobooks of the year (finally) and I have another one lined up for this week so that I can make my goal of at least 3 audiobooks a month. I read the entire Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series last week and that was such a wonderful reading experience. I loved every single book and was so sad when I finished Gia’s book. What a great group of lady friends who were serious squad goals. Jenny Holiday is a new to me author, my favorite of the year so far and I cannot wait to continue reading through her book log. I just adored every single book. My favorite read of the week is It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday. Wendy is my favorite gal from the Bridesmaid gang. I adored and connected with her so much. Her romance with Noah was such a good one, I loved it so much. My least favorite read of the week goes to Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. I liked it but the asshole boss thing that’s been featured in books lately just isn’t my favorite. The hero in this book does shit that pissed me off and the heroine kind of fell in line with his shit and while she does let her petty flag fly, I was still annoyed. Still, the ending was cute and I didn’t hate it when all was said and done.
Eye Candy Friday
Dr. Conrad Hawkins The Resident on FOX
What I Reviewed
Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins | 3.5 & 4 out of 5 Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | 4 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (118) The Wednesday Post (4) Eye Candy Friday: Conrad Hawkins from The Resident
What I Got
The Secret (Highland Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
What I Got for Review
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren Hot to the Touch (Brotherhood by Fire #1) by Jaci Burton Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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The Wednesday Post (2)

Posted January 9, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

So I’ve been playing around with things that I want to do on this blog and I’ve been wanting to do a mid-week check in so that I can chat about the books that I’m reading that week. What’s working for me and what’s not but I also want to keep a running list of books that I cannot wait to get my greedy little hands on. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Here are the books from my reading week so far.
WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke
With my binge watch of Game of Thrones, my reading has slowed way down but I did manage to finish Governess Gone Rogue and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to know both Jamie and Amanda, I loved seeing Amanda win Jamie’s sons over and I really loved seeing Jamie and Amanda fall in love. All of it was fabulous.

What are you currently reading?

Holiday Hoops (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan
I anticipate being finished with this book by the end of the day since I’m sneak reading this at work. Haha. This is my first read for the TBR Challenge and I can’t wait to dive back in.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins
My first buddy review book of the year with Ames is this book and I need to get it read so that we can work on our review. So yeah, this is what I plan to read next.
Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (2)Somewhere Only We Know
by Maurene Goo
Published by Macmillan, Farrar Straus and Giroux on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Add It: Goodreads

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she's just performed her hit song "Heartbeat" in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She's about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She's in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She's very cute. He's maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

I enjoyed Maurene Goo’s last release, The Way You Make Me Feel so I’m really looking forward to more of the great writing and colorful settings that Goo brings to this book. This one sounds like another cute contemporary YA and I’m so here for it.
So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to Somewhere Only We Know? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted December 12, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and it was based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Can’t Wait Wednesday: Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. SmithField Notes on Love
by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Random House, Delacorte Press on March 5, 2019
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
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Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo's spare ticket offer online, she's convinced it's the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.

When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he'll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they've created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?

I watched a movie earlier this year about a woman who wanted to surprise her boyfriend with a romantic trip and it backfired so hard on her. Instead of not going on the trip at all, she found someone who shared the same name as her ex-boyfriend and took him on the trip and fell in love with him. It was cheesy and the girl in the movie got on my hot damn nerves but I’m going to hope that Jennifer E. Smith handles this telling better. Fingers crossed. It’s been a long while since I’ve read a Jennifer E. Smith book but this one made its way onto my radar after browsing Goodreads and I want to read it. It sounds super cute and Jennifer E. Smith hasn’t done me wrong yet so on my wishlist it goes.
Pre-Order the Book
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith Releases on March 5, 2019 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Books
Are you excited for more contemporary YA goodness from Jennifer E. Smith? Are there any other books you can’t wait for? Share in the comments!

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Buddy Review: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Posted December 11, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Buddy Review: Once and For All by Sarah DessenOnce and for All
by Sarah Dessen
Published by Penguin, Viking Books for Young Readers on June 6, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

You guys, before we jump into our monthly buddy review of Once and For All by Sarah Dessen, please join me in wishing one of my favorite book pimps, Ames, a very happy birthday as today is her special day!! I hope you have a brilliant day because you’re a brilliant friend and deserve all the brilliant things in the world. Big hugs from California and don’t freeze too much in that Canadian madness that is winter. Love you long time, Ames!
Here’s some birthday Bana for you sweets!
Now…on to the review. Louna Barrett is working the summer before her first year of college for her mother’s wedding planning business. She’s busy preparing for events and spending as much time with her high school friend Jilly before she’s off to another city for school. She is in no way looking for any kind of romantic entanglements, even though Jilly keeps trying to get her to put herself out there. Louna had an amazing boyfriend but that relationship ended in tragedy. But when Louna meets Ambrose at a wedding, will she be ready to open herself up to new possibilities? Ames: All right Wena, what did you think of Once and For All. Rowena: I enjoyed this one. I thought it was a good one to read after coming back from a long Sarah Dessen hiatus. I enjoyed getting to know Louna and while Ambrose was a bit much at times (all of that girl juggling), I still really liked him as a character. I thought he was good for Louna too. The bet was fun and meant to get them both out of their comfort zone, not meant to hurt anyone at all so I was okay with it. What did you think? Ames: I had mixed reactions to this. First of all, its been a looooong time since I read Sarah Dessen. Like maybe 3 or 4 years. But having starting this book, I felt like Louna was a ‘typical’ SD heroine – and by the end of the book she really is. However, I liked the world Sarah created for us, with Louna’s wedding planning mom and all that went along with it. I really enjoyed that. And Ambrose was a fun character. I love that he rescued a dog and I agree, the girl juggling was a bit much but he was a great guy underneath it all. My main complaint comes with the relationship between Ambrose and Louna. Yes they had a bet (that was fun, I liked that) but I honestly didn’t feel any sparks between them. I didn’t see the way Ambrose acted towards her as a guy who was interested. So when the big reveal came at the end? I was like “WTH, for reals?” So I think if there had been a bit more there, I would have believed it more. Also, the way she freaked out? That was over the top for me. Rowena: Yes, I agree about how interesting the world of wedding planning was and I thought Dessen captured that part of the book really well and you’re definitely right about Louna being a typical Sarah Dessen heroine because I felt the same way about her character. I remember thinking while I was reading the book, “Here we go, another Sarah Dessen heroine that is going to annoy the snot out of me” but in the end, I liked her so it was all good for me. I did think that the whole Ben thing was pretty dumb. Like, really, really dumb. Other than that though, I could feel the vibes from Ambrose for Louna…or maybe my romance-loving heart pictured it all there because I wanted them to get together? *shrugs* Either way, I still enjoyed this one. Was there anything else that you didn’t care for? Ames: Seriously, if I hadn’t read the blurb and realized Ambrose was supposed to be the love interest, I wouldn’t have expected it. I felt like William telling Louna that Ambrose was into her even made me realize he was…I honestly didn’t see it before William said something. AND what made Louna different to Ambrose from all the other girls? What made her someone he wanted to commit to instead of just enjoying all the beginning parts of a relationship…I wanted more in regards to that relationship. However, I didn’t hate the book. I thought Crawford, Jilly’s younger brother, was super cute. The way he called out Jilly for not wanting to spend time with Ben and Louna had me cracking up. I’m giving Once and For All a 3.75 out of 5. What about you? Rowena: I thought Ambrose was taken with Louna from the very beginning. I could see his interest in her when she walked right up to him at his Mom’s wedding and dragged him away from that girl he was talking to. He wasn’t used to girls being mad at him, well girls that weren’t related to him so I bought his interest and crush on her from the jump. I think because the entire book is from Louna’s POV, it’s harder to get what Ambrose feels and what he thought. I would have liked Ambrose’s POV. I adored Crawford and the rest of Jilly’s family. It would have been nice to get more from them as I thought they were more interesting than Louna’s family but all in all, I can’t complain. I enjoyed it all so I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
Final Grade
Ames: 3.75 out of 5 Rowena: 4 out of 5
four-stars

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