Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday (#14)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because everyone loves a good list, don't they? We love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Ten Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would

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Looking back on these books, I realize that I enjoyed them so much more than I originally thought. I review/rate a book as soon as I'm finished with it, so sometimes after sitting for a while my opinions can change. With these books, I've come to realize they are much better than I originally gave them credit for.
  1. Bird Box by Josh Malerman - When I originally rated this book, I gave it 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed it, but was left somewhat disappointed by the ending. However, looking back on it now, this is a solid 5 star read for me. Bird Box stuck with me long after I read it. I even had a dream (nightmare?) definitely influenced by something that happens in the book.
  2. The Children's Story by Robert A. Krueger - When I wrote my review, I gave this book 3 stars. I said it was a strange book. Thinking back on it, though, I lean more towards 4 stars. I think I'd like to revisit this book again. I feel like it would probably be much better on a second read through.
  3. Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton - Originally, I rated this book 3.5 stars and then rated it 4 stars. Thinking about it now, my opinion flips back and forth between 4 and 4.5. This is another book that was strange, but I feel like would be better on another read through. The author contacted me not too long ago with an updated version of the story. I'm hoping to get to it soon. I think it'll be worth another read.
  4. Unbreakables by Joe Pringle - This book wasn't something I'd normally pick up on my own. However, I decided to give it a shot whenever the author contacted me about reading it. It was such a surprise to me that I enjoyed it so much. I liked the sequel, 144, even more. I love when a book surprises you with how great it is.
  5. Clingstone by Marti Ziegler - When I first started this book, I had a bit of trouble getting into the story. I gave it a bit of time, though, and fell in love. This is another book that I was pleasantly surprised by.

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Sometimes, you can't help but get excited about a book. You just know, before you've read a single sentence, that you're going to love it. Whether it's the blurb or the numerous raving reviews, you've got high expectations going in. Only, sometimes, the books falls short. These books are the ones that let me down.
  1. I Am Her... by Sarah Ann Walker - When I decided to read this book, it was because of the numerous 5 star reviews. Yeah, there were a few one star reviews, but I saw more positive reviews than negative. After reading it, though, I'm almost convinced that the people that gave it 5 stars had a different book than I did. I always try to find some positive quality when I negatively review a book, but I failed here.
  2. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson - I almost can't believe I'm putting this book on this list. Especially since I rated it 4 stars. Hear me out, though. This was a fantastic book until the end. If it would have ended earlier, it would have been 5 stars and wouldn't have made this list. I probably wouldn't normally put it on a list of books that disappointed me because it was still a great read, but it's fresh in my mind and so it ended up here.
  3. After You by Jojo Moyes - An unneeded sequel to an amazing book. Skip this, but definitely don't skip Me Before You.
  4. Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones - An unrealistic, cliche book that leaves you with no answers, but plenty of sequels. No thanks. 
  5. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - Though well researched, this book left me wanting. If the story would have focused on one or two characters/view points, instead of four, I feel like would have been a much better book. The short chapters and constantly switching view points made it harder to have an emotional connection to any characters (which is something I definitely need in a book of this nature).
Which books did you like more or less than you thought you would? Leave your Top Ten Tuesday link in the comments below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#23)

"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 Until It Fades
Author K. A. Tucker
Release Date May 2, 2017

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27408566-until-it-fades

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book Review: Paper Butterflies

Title Paper Butterflies
Author Lisa Heathfield
Release Date June 30, 2016

June's life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one—and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net.

But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom... But at what price?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29079057-paper-butterflies
Review

I was not prepared for Paper Butterflies. Somehow, I didn't get abuse from the blurb and it caught me totally off guard. To be honest, I'm not sure what I was expecting since I've reread the blurb and clearly see it's about something dark and sinister. Just be prepared.

Paper Butterflies was an incredibly heartbreaking book to read. The injustice of it all was infuriating. The thought that though this book is fiction that something like this can and does happen in the world is mind-boggling. How can we live in a world so cruel?

Though June's life is filled with horrifying scenes at every turn, both at home and at school, there is happiness in her life. Her time with Blister is so separate from the rest of her life. It astounds me that the author can write both the cruel injustices in June's life and still show her true happiness with Blister. She's able to show these conflicting moments in raw and real ways that you can't help but emotionally connect with June. You can feel her fear and pain just as strongly as her love and happiness.

Though very different from Lisa Heathfield's debut, Seed, I enjoyed this one just as much. She's an author that evokes such strong and powerful emotion. I can't wait to read more from her in the future.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars