Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#18)

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

This week, I'm waiting on...

Title In the Wake of Wanting
Author Lori L. Otto
Release Date October 27, 2016

Even before the second semester of his sophomore year at Columbia began, Trey Holland knew his life would be completely different by the end of it. He had yet to meet the pretty–yet flustered–freshman who he’d be mentoring on the school paper. He had yet to discover the despicable secrets his new best friend was hiding.

All Trey knew at the time was that the relationship with his high school sweetheart was nearing its end.

In those days before the spring semester began, life for Trey was simple. School was a place to learn. His fraternity was a community of like-minded brothers. Life was full of well-intentioned people. Complications were tiny bumps in the road, easily smoothed over, leaving no trace behind.

In a matter of weeks, Trey is thrust into a jaded reality brought on by choices he makes and by the vile actions of those around him. It won’t take long for him to look back and see the wreckage left in the wake of wanting.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Portions of this book deal with the sensitive subject of rape and sexual abuse. While the incidents are not 'experienced' first hand, they are retold in hindsight by characters. The descriptions of the events are brief, and while they are not graphic, they may be considered disturbing to some.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Share your links in the comments below and I'll be sure to drop by!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Book Review: I'll Meet You There

Title I'll Meet You There
Author Heather Demetrios
Release Date February 3, 2015

If 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 separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.

Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg 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 Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and, soon, something deeper.

Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience.

I'll Meet You There was a fantastic book. In fact, I would have loved it even more if it was longer. Don't get me wrong, the ending was satisfying, but I'm certainly not one to turn down more of a good thing.

There's so much to love in this book. We've got flawed characters that just want to be more than where they come from. Yeah, they don't always make the greatest decisions, but that's what makes them such great characters for this story. The setting was perfect. You really get the feelings of a small town where everyone knows your business. I loved the Paradise. It's cute and quirky and a great setting for a good chunk of the story. I really enjoyed the parts of the book that talked about Skylar's collages. The details were so vivid that I could picture them so clearly. It was a neat aspect of the story that I don't see too often. And, finally, the emotion. You know I love stories that make me feel things. And boy, did I feel things while reading this book.

I'll Meet You There is character driven and has a slow build up to a satisfying conclusion that leaves you wanting more. If this sounds good to you, pick up this book. You won't be disappointed.


5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review: One Was Lost

Title One Was Lost
Author Natalie D. Richards
Release Date October 4, 2016

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…

I have mixed feelings about One Was Lost.

On one hand, I was interested the entire time I was reading. I really wanted to know who was behind all of the things that was happening. I didn't figure out who was behind it before the big reveal which is a total plus for me.

However, on the other hand, something was missing. It's hard for me to pinpoint exactly where it fell short, but if I had to guess it would be the lack of depth for the characters. One Was Lost was very action based (and there's nothing wrong with that at all), but I always want to connect to the story. It's hard to do that when your characters feel one dimensional.

As far as the reveal and reasoning behind what was going on to Sera and the others, eh. Not bad, but not fantastic. Again, it needed to be fleshed out more. It was too rushed to really be fulfilling.

Overall, decent book that kept me guessing. Could have been better, but it did hold my attention throughout my time reading it.


3 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *