Archives for July 2017

Jaclyn’s Review: Jay Walking by Tracy Krimmer

Jay Walking (Pastime Pursuits #2)

Jay Walking
written by Tracy Krimmer
published by Amazon Digital Services, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book? 
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t. The more I read, the less I liked the characters. The idea of this book is good–single mom with toddler decides to take her life back, starting with an exercise program. She bumps into random, gorgeous stranger who immediately takes a liking to her, and they embark on this healthy lifestyle together. Sounds great! Obviously the plot needed some drama, so the author chose to introduce the biological dad as a protagonist. Again–the IDEA of that is OK, but the execution was not good.

The main character is in her early twenties but behaves as if she’s 14. As you read deeper into the book, she just becomes less likable. The hottie that she meets isn’t realistic at all. A gorgeous doctor suddenly starts chasing a young girl with baggage? His behavior is borderline obsessive. As if that’s not enough, he’s very secretive about his own life–then introduces all sorts of restrictions on their relationship. Now let’s talk about the biological dad. What a deadbeat! A character like this can be good for a plot, if done well. But he just wasn’t. Every part of this book was a flop.

 

Would I recommend it? Nope. There are just too many things wrong with this plot and the characters aren’t written well. I would definitely recommend skipping this one.

 

jaclyn

About the book – from Goodreads: Chelsea Wyatt, a single mom trying to build a life for her and her son, is sick of the body she sees in the mirror. A daily diet of Cookie Crisp cereal is not doing wonders for her mood or her figure, and it’s time for a change. Setting out to get fit, she commits herself to a daily walking plan, forcing herself to give up her all-sugar and carb diet, a difficult task at her donut obsessed job.

But her plan goes sideways when a stumble on the ice puts her in the arms of Jay, an attractive young man out on a run. They grab coffee together, and Chelsea finds herself thinking about him long after their short meeting. The thought of dating again hadn’t crossed her mind in years, and she doesn’t even know if Jay is available, or if he would be interested in her despite her unfit body.

Just when she has a handle on her new routine, her past catches up with her, throwing her blossoming relationship with Jay and the rest of her life into chaos. Can Chelsea hold onto the people she loves most, or will a wrong turn set her up for failure?

This is book 2 of the Pastime Pursuits series, and can be read as a stand-alone novel.

 

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Chrissy’s Review: The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

The Island of Dr. Libris
written by Chris Grabenstein
published by Random House, 2015

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Did I enjoy this book: 
I did, but not as much of the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series. 😉 That series is just fantastic, but I digress.

The Island of Dr. Libris follows Billy Gillfoyle during his summer at the lake with his mother. He embarks on a pretty cool adventure on the island in the middle of the lake. It was neat to see the characters from classic literature come to life on the island as he reads the books. There is adventure and suspense. Time travel and a space lizard. There is a subplot about Billy’s parents. They are separated and headed for divorce. Billy wants to get them to reconcile. He does use the books and stories as well as his imagination and ingenuity to formulate a plan.

Billy and his new friends have a great summer as part of Dr. Libris’s experiment . . . a summer without electronics and with BOOKS!

 

Would I recommend it: Sure! I think your younger readers will enjoy it.

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson, celebrates the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?

 

 

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Book Blogger Hop – July 21 – 27, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

Have you ever read a book or books you would consider ‘toxic’ because of the effect it(they) had on you? If so, which one(s)? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

I can’t say that I have.

 

I don’t care for thrillers, especially the creepy serial killer kind. Human depravity just haunts me.

 

Have you? What was the book?

 

My Favorite . . . Book Friendship — July 19, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Book Friendship

 

Do I really need to say it? Harry, Hermione, and Ron!

 

Sam and Frodo

 

Boost It Tuesday! – July 18, 2017

Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance Books.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

Boost It Poster

 

We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

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Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!




 

       
 

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Blog Tour: Shadow by Colleen Oakes (Chrissy’s review)

 

Shadow (Wendy Darling, Vol. 3)
written by Colleen Oakes
published by SparkPress, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book? 
I really did. The Wendy Darling series is a fantastic series that gives a different glimpse into the Neverland world. You can read my reviews of Stars and Seas at the links provided.

I don’t want to spoil Stars and Seas, or Shadow for that matter, so my review will be on the vague side. Read those books, then this one. Seriously.

Shadow had me staying up WAY past my bedtime reading. I had to know how this story ended. The emotions were there, and dang it if Ms. Oakes didn’t have me tearing up again. (I’m telling you, I don’t cry during books, movies, etc. But man, this one had me misty-eyed just like Seas.) Seriously, I was on the edge of my seat. I was heartbroken. I was happy. I was every emotion at some point. Some questions were answered; some hopes were dashed.

Shadow is a fitting end to this fabulous Peter Pan retelling. Am I satisfied with the finale? Yes. Do I wish for more? Absolutely. But, sadly, all stories must end sometime.

 

 

Would I recommend it? Yes, but definitely read the first two books first. Seas is my favorite.

 

Chrissy

About the book: 
Wendy Darling has found herself once again in the arms of charming Peter Pan, the god-child who desires power above all things. This time, though, Wendy burns not with passion but with a secret: with Hook as her ally, she is there to defeat the evil that lies inside of Peter, the evil that holds all Neverland hostage—the Shadow.

To do this, Wendy must quietly undo Peter from inside his heart while at the same time convincing Tink to betray the twisted love that binds them together. This is a task made nearly impossible by the arrival of Booth, her sweetheart from London and a new pawn in Peter’s manipulative game—a boy whose heart she must break in order to save his life.

As all of Neverland prepares to fight, Wendy races to untangle Peter’s connection to the Shadow, a secret long buried in the Forsaken Garden. When the time comes, pirates, mermaids, Lost Boys, and the Darling family will all rise—but if Wendy can’t call the Shadow, they will all be destroyed by Peter’s dark soul. War has come to paradise, and Neverland will never be the same.

 

 

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Summer Reading Challenge 2017: The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

 

The Best of Adam SharpThe Best of Adam Sharp
written by Graeme Simsion
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooksTargetWalmartBook DepositoryGoodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
It’s a good read. Simsion’s prose is lovely, and his characters are full and round and flawed and REAL. I’ve been thinking a lot about the complexity of relationships lately–about why people make the choices they make–and though this plot is a bit more exciting than everyday, the messages still translate: There are different kinds of love; they’re all valid. Choosing to spend your life with someone is just that–a choice. One you must make over and over and over again, constantly. The relationships between Simsion’s characters are spot-on, and while there are just a few too many lyrical references for my taste, I suppose it fits for a book about a pianist. The Best of Adam Sharp is a solid novel. I enjoyed it.

GOLDEN LINES

“They were deep into a conversation about tactics for defending a drunk-driving charge, and Angelina managed to convey without words that she was pleased that I had come and if I could put up with her friends’ rudeness in not pausing to let her introduce me, she would do so in due course. Although she might like to contribute to the discussion first. And, in the meantime, don’t go away.”

 

 

Would I recommend it: It’s certainly an interesting story.

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads:

From the #1 bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, an unforgettable new novel about lost love and second chances

On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT.

But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown who taught him for the first time what it means to find—and then lose—love. How different might his life have been if he hadn’t let her walk away?

And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?

 

 

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Book Blogger Hop – July 14 – 20, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

What is your go-to drink and/or snack while reading? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

 

Anything . . . usually coffee in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon, and hot tea or wine at night. And I drink water all day. I don’t usually snack while I read. Sometimes I will eat my lunch and read, though.

 

Morning: black coffee

Afternoon: hot tea

After 5: VINO!

 

What is your go-to drink and/or snack while reading?

 

Jaclyn’s Review: Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis

Waiting For Prince Harry (Dallas Demons, #1)Waiting for Prince Harry
written by Aven Ellis
published by Aven Ellis, 2014

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: 
This book is adorable!!! Poor Kylie is an introvert, but her family seems to ignore this. In an attempt to escape them, she bumps into a strange man who entices her to stop and talk for a bit. They have deep conversations and a strong connection, but she never learns his identity. As fate would have it, he finds her a few days later–and she learns that he is the star of the Dallas hockey team. We spend the rest of the book attempting to navigate their complicated attempt at a relationship.

This is the first book in a series about the “Dallas Demons” hockey team.

 

Would I recommend it: Absolutely! This is a fun read. The characters are well written and the whole plot is fun. Even the low points weren’t really all that sad. I’m looking to add the next books in the series to my To Be Read pile!

 

jaclyn

About the book – from Goodreads: Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer…Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…

 

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My Favorite . . . Music — July 12, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Music

 

We listen to a lot of different music in our house. If I’m picking my favorite go-to artists, I would say Ed Sheeran, Adele, Birdy, Five for Fighting, and 2Cellos. And I like rocking out to the Moana and Trolls soundtracks in the car with the kids.

 

Low energy techno

 

What is your favorite music? What artists or albums would you recommend?