Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Always and Forever, Lara Jean

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, # 3)

By: Jenny Han

Expected Publication: April 4th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

320 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Truth be told, I'm a little nervous about this one. PS I Still Love You was a little rocky for me. But I love the Song sisters, and I'm interested to see how Lara Jean handles the decision of going off to college. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Fall 2016 TBR List

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Top Ten Fall 2016 TBR List.

  1. Like a River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy, # 2) by Rae Carson
  2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  3. The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, # 1) by Richelle Mead
  4. The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology, # 1) by Wendy Higgins
  5. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, # 4) by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. The Last Star (The 5th Wave, # 3) by Rick Yancey
  7. What Light by Jay Asher
  8. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  9. Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy, # 1) by Sally Green
  10. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Some of these have been on my TBR list for way too long. And some of these have even been in my possession for way too long. I don't have TOO many new releases on my TBR list for this fall because I am trying to keep those to a minimum until I get some older ones read, but there are a couple on my list. What's on your fall 2016 TBR list? Let me know!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Captive Heart - Review

The Captive Heart

By: Michelle Griep

Expected Publication: October 1st 2016 by Shiloh Run Press

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a an angry duke. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.

I don't know what it is about stories where the characters end up in a marriage that they didn't start off wanting that I love so much. Do you guys have any idea? Arranged marriages, Vegas sporadic marriages, marriage as a means to an end, fake marriages turned real. These stories intrigue me and pull me in just about every time. Think My Lady Jane, The Kiss of Deception, A Thousand Nights, Lick, Waking Up Married, and Redeeming Love. And The Captive Heart was no different. As a matter of fact, I think The Captive Heart and Redeeming Love have a lot of parts in common.

Honestly guys, despite my penchant for forced marriages, this book was really outside of my norm. I'm not normally a big fan of historical fiction even though I read it occasionally. While I always want my books to have some sort of love story in it, I'm also not usually into "romance novels". Even the book cover design isn't what I normally go for. I usually avoid books where someone's head or body seems to be floating in the clouds above some landscape scene. And what I didn't even know until I started reading this one is that this a Christian book as well. I don't usually avoid Christian fiction, but I don't always seek it out either. Even though I'm a Christian myself, sometimes the genre can be overly cheesy. But each one of those things added into a book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Everything about this book pulled me in. Eleanor's found herself in an impossible situation. She was a governess for a wealthy family, but she finds herself married to a man to keep from being basically sold into slavery or sent to jail. She's immediately thrown into the role of caregiver (or mother) and wife even though she didn't choose either role. But she's tries to make the most of the hand she's been dealt. Samuel is a hardened man. His first wife is dead, he has this man set on destroying his life, and most everyone in town is afraid of him. He's lived a rough life for sure. Both lean on God to direct their paths.

Personally, I enjoyed the Christian aspects of this book. It wasn't a book that hit you over the head with a message like the author was trying to teach the reader as sometimes happens in this genre. I would recommend The Captive Heart both because of and despite of the religious parts. If this concerns you because you don't normally enjoy this in your books, I would encourage you to read The Captive Heart anyway. There was this one scene in particular that I would wager was just as hot if not more so than many steamy scenes in other books yet it was completely clean in language and action.

I feel like I'm not doing this review justice. My thoughts are all over the place, and I just have so much to say. I'll just include my favorite quotes and then wrap this up.

-"I am a man who's loyal to God alone."
-"Perhaps God is not calling you to live for peace, but rather to fight for it."
-He'd learned long ago that when a woman said nothing, she meant she'd die a bloody death before divulging what she thought he should already know.
-"Honor always comes at a price, else it would be worthless."

The Captive Heart is a book that is going to stick with me. I can see this being one that I'll want to re-read in the future. Fans of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers will love this one. The Captive Heart proves that you don't need to dirty up a book with language or steamy bedroom scenes to make a book exciting or hot. The Captive Heart gets 4.5 Stars from me. Have you read The Captive Heart? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge - September Wrap Up

Time for our ninth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the August Wrap Up, I haven't finished any series ender this month, but Holly was able to finished one: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, # 3) by Mary E Pearson.

Which series enders did you finish? Link the up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the September giveaway runs from September 25th - October 25th. On October 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Sunday Post - 214

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This has been a really fast week. Monday was about our only normal day. Tuesday was grocery store day. Wednesday my sister had her baby. She and Baby Girl were so close to being the exact same size. Baby Girl was 7 pounds 5 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. Baby Niece was 7 pounds 2 ounces and 20 inches long. I'm so excited that they're 11 months apart. I hope they're always going to be good friends. Thursday Baby Girl and I made a trip back to the hospital to visit. And then Friday night Husband and I had our first date night. We've snuck in going to see a movie here or there, but this was our first real date night since she was born. It was much needed. We just went to eat and did some shopping at Hobby Lobby. I did borrow a couple of books from the library this week, but I haven't decided whether to feature them on the blog or not yet.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, # 1) by Simone Elkeles (4.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Audiobooks
Wednesday: Waiting on RoseBlood by AG Howard

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep
Tuesday: Top Ten Fall 2016 TBR List
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Saturday: September EOM Wrap Up

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2016 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!