Soundtrack Saturday: The Air He Breathes

Welcome to my second Soundtrack Saturday! I had so much fun coming up with a mini playlist last week that I thought I would do it again. This week, I’m going to spotlight the book The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry. You can find my review here.


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Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. It’s a way to relate songs to books.

Here are the guidelines:

  • You can use The Hardcover Lover’s image or make one of your own
  • Please link The Hardcover Lover somewhere in your post
  • Create a soundtrack or mini-soundtrack for your chosen book
  • Add your name to the link-up tool so others can find and read your post
  • Leave a comment on The Hardcover Lover’s blog post

A song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book:

I’ll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy (I refuse to use P. Diddy, Diddy or whatever. He was Puffy back then!) would be a good choice for this one.

A song you think fits a character in your chosen book:

Every Breath You Take by The Police was the first song that came to mind when I thought of Tanner. I know, the first song I chose is a remake of this one. They’re the same but different and it works.

A song that represents a relationship in your chosen book:

I don’t think I could have found a more perfect song for Tristan and Elizabeth’s relationship than A Great Big World’s Hold Each Other.

A song that fits the ending of the book:

Savage Garden’s I Knew I Loved You is a song that I think fits kind of the whole vibe of the book, especially the ending.


And that’s a wrap. Happy Halloween!

The Halloween Book Tag

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Happy Halloween! I saw The Halloween Book Tag over on The Cyborg Knight and thought it sounded like the perfect post for today. The Cyborg Knight borrowed it from The Bookie Monster.


Favorite horror book?

I don’t really like horror books, so I’m going with my favorite “horror” book from my childhood. Christopher Pike’s Remember Me was my favorite book for a long time.

Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?

I couldn’t think of the scariest moment I’ve read in a book, but Those Girls by Chevy Stevens had a ton of intense moments that stressed me out.

Would you or have you ever get dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

Sure! Why not? I haven’t done it before. One of the evil parents from Disney’s Descendants would be fun! Maybe next year my daughter can be Mal and I could be Maleficent. Or we could be Evie and the Evil Queen.

What do you think your favorite character would dress up as for Halloween?

I’m not sure what Kate from Bright Side by Kim Holden would dress up like for Halloween. Maybe a sunshine, rainbow or unicorn? She’s always looking on the bright side, so something super happy would be my best guess.

What is your favorite kind of horror? (gore, psychological thriller, spooky)

I love me a good psychological thriller! I love twists and turns and being shocked. My favorite right now is the Nine Minutes series by Beth Flynn. (Ha! I worked it into a tag again! I have a goal to include it in every tag this year so more people read it!)

If books were as cheap as candy, which ones would you give out to trick-or-treaters?

There are so many books I would love to give out that would not be appropriate for trick-or-treat aged kids. I’m picking J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for this. They’ll probably all be disappointed because they’ve probably all read it already.

Halloween to-read list / Recommend some reads!


I hope you have a boo-tiful Halloween and get to eat a ton of candy!

Review: A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

A Winter Wedding (Whiskey Creek #9) by Brenda Novak

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

Publisher: Mira

Synopsis:

Kyle Houseman has given up on love. He’s already married and divorced the wrong woman once. He also knows he’ll never find anyone that compares to his ex-girlfriend, Olivia. Kyle knows it’s his fault they didn’t end up together, but the fact that she married his step-brother is still raw. It makes family dinner tons of fun.

Country music sensation Lourdes Bennett came to Whiskey Creek to escape the spotlight and work on her new album. She was supposed to be spending the Christmas holiday squirreled away in Whiskey Creek with her fiance Derrick. Instead, she’s here alone dealing with the possibility that Derrick might not be as loyal to her as she thought.

When Lourdes can’t get her rental’s furnace to work, she calls her landlord, Kyle. As Lourdes and Kyle begin to get to know each other and become friends, they both notice a spark. But will Lourdes be willing to give up Nashville for a quieter kind of life in Whiskey Creek?


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Whiskey Creek is one of my favorite contemporary romance series. I love the group of friends Brenda Novak has created the series around. I’m always curious to find out which friend is the next to fall in love and who it will be with.

I was excited when I learned we were finally getting Kyle’s story in A Winter Wedding. I’ve been waiting to see inside his head ever since I read Olivia and Brandon’s story in When We Touch. Since Kyle’s been (not so secretly) in love with Olivia the entire series, I wondered what kind of woman would be able to capture his attention.

Brenda Novak couldn’t have created a better character than Lourdes to win Kyle’s heart. She was strong and independent — everything Kyle needed in a woman after dealing with his ex Noelle. I loved the connection they had and how protective of Lourdes Kyle was.

Since I mentioned Noelle, I have to say I absolutely loved her part in this story. It was fun to get a glimpse into her head and see what she’s been thinking the entire time she’s been pining after the ex-husband who is in love with her sister.

Kyle’s story was everything I was hoping it would be. A Winter Wedding was the perfect Christmas-time contemporary romance  read. It was fun, fast-paced and included all of the Whiskey Creek characters I’ve grown to love. If you love contemporary romance series, I would highly recommend the Whiskey Creek series and A Winter Wedding.

Other books in this series:

        

Before the Blog: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

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Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Publication Date: August 6, 2009

Publisher: Orion

Goodreads Synopsis:

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

I remember thinking it was pretty hilarious when I read it. I thought they did a pretty good job on the movie version released last year, but (of course) the book was better.

 When did you read this book? 

2009 or 2010. I’m not sure exactly. I picked it up at Borders Books when it was on the new(er) releases shelf.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Adults that enjoy a good, comical book.

WWW Wednesday: October 28, 2015

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

Right now I’m reading Brenda Novak’s A Winter Wedding. It’s the ninth book in the Whiskey Creek series and it’s Kyle’s story. I’ve been waiting for his book forever! This is one of my favorite contemporary romance series. I would recommend it to adults that love sweet romances.


Recently finished:

  

I’m finished an ARC of How to Be Brave by E. Katherin Kottaras in one sitting. It was pretty quickly paced. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting and you can read my review to find out more.

I’ve been waiting for read Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2) by Ginger Scott since the moment I heard it was coming out. I loved Wild Reckless and I’m so happy Ginger Scott decided to give us more from the Harper boys. I’m crossing my fingers for a spin off about Trent now. You can find my review here.

Finally, I read The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry. I read it as a buddy read and was surprised by it. My review of it posted today.


Reading Next:

I feel extremely lucky to have been approved through NetGalley to read The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. Karen White is one of my favorite authors. I’ll read anything she writes.


What are you reading next?

Review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittany C. Cherry

Publication Date: September 25, 2015

Publisher: BCherry Books

Synopsis:

Elizabeth knows she should stay away from Tristan Cole. Everyone has told her he’s bad news. But there’s something inside Tristan that Elizabeth can relate with. Elizabeth sees Tristan and knows he’s not what they make him out to be. She knows he is just damaged like she is.

As Elizabeth gets to know Tristan, she finds an understanding and shared loss they can both relate to. It brings them closer together and soon they find themselves using each other in ways they never planned.

But they can’t go on forever living in the past and the future hold surprised neither of them could ever imagine.


My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


The Air He Breathes began as New Adult romances normally do: Messed up guy meets messed up girl. They are the only ones who really see each other. Then, Elizabeth and Tristan’s relationship went in a weird direction I didn’t like. They started using each other in a way that disturbed  me. The story lost me for a bit. Thankfully, Tristan and Elizabeth’s relationship got back on the right track and it went back to being what I have to come to expect from NA romances. But then, BAM! Surprise twist — in more ways than one.

Holy smokes. The Air He Breathes was not what I was expecting at all. Well, that’s not entirely true. I could foresee what was going to cause the biggest problem in Tristan and Elizabeth’s relationship from the beginning of the book. Other parts of it were a complete surprise, though. I didn’t expect the twist toward the end. That blew my mind.

For the most part, I really enjoyed Brittany C. Cherry’s writing and characters. I loved the bits and pieces I got to read of Tristan’s past life. Even though they had been through a similar situation, Tristan was more interesting of a character than Elizabeth was to me. I would credit that to some of the secrecy behind Tristan.

My favorite character in the whole book, though; had to be Elizabeth’s best friend Faye. She was outspoken and hilarious. Some of the things she said — oh, my! She was such fun to read.

Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure how to rate The Air He Breathes. There was so much going on in this story. It almost felt like two or three different books in one. Some of it I loved, other parts I hated. Overall, it was really good. So when it came down to rating it, I kept having to ask myself if I just liked it or did I really like it? It falls somewhere in between, so I went with 3.5 stars.

So, would I suggest reading it? Yes! If you like NA romances, give this one a try. While my rating is on the average side, I did really enjoy The Air He Breathes.

The Infinity Dreams Award

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I was nominated by the lovely The Girl in Boots @ Being A Book Nerd for The Infinity Dreams Award. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out her blog.


The rules for this award are simple: 
  1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
  2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions set up for you to answer.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and pose questions to them.

11 Facts About Me:

1)My middle name is Faye after my grandmother.

2)My grandmother Faye lived to be almost 104. She died 5 days before her birthday. Getting that old does not look fun.

3)My mother-in-law believes in UFOs and that everything happens in movies happens in real life. I don’t exactly agree with her.

4)I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

5)I broke my wrist twice as a child.

6)I have one kid. Sometimes I wish I had 2 but I’m always thankful it’s just one when I see all my friends struggling to get their kids to practices, etc.

7)I wanted to be a teacher like my mom up until I graduated from high school. Then I noticed all the work she brought home with her and changed my mind.

8)My newest guilty pleasure is FOX’s Scream Queens.

9)I gave my best friend Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover for her birthday to force her to read it.

10)I don’t like hanging out in large groups. It’s hard to talk to people.

11)I should be blow drying my hair right now.


The Girl in Boots’ Questions for Me:

1)What made you start blogging?

As you probably have gathered if you follow my posts, I read a lot. I am the go-to person for my friends to ask what to read next. Several of them convinced me it was time to just go for it and start a blog. Plus, I love to share/talk books.

2)Who are your favourite people?

My favorite people are those closest to me: my husband Jason, my daughter, my BFFs Melissa and Jaime, my mom, my dad and my sister

3) Tea or Coffee?

Both! I like a good green tea with honey and I love decaf lattes.

4) Glass half full or half empty?

It really depends on the situation. I want to say half full and be optimistic but there are just times you know it’s a half empty situation.

5) A wish you want desperately want to come true.

Honestly, it would be to lose weight! (Who doesn’t want that, right?) But that’s not something you can wish to come true. It’s all about action. Other than that, I would like my daughter to turn out to be an amazing person and to stay as sweet as she is now.

6) A Moment/day you want to freeze, Cause it was so freaking amazing!

How do I choose? The day I married my husband? The day I gave birth to a beautiful little girl? It’s more about the happy moments to me. I don’t know if I want to freeze them or just keep having them!

7) A moment/day you wish you could redo.

Oh, goodness. There are many of those. I wish I could redo a time period and give someone a piece of my mind and let go of them way quicker than I did. But that time also made me who I am…

8) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The power to avoid sugar! 😉

9) What else do you do in your free time? Sing? Dance? Draw? Sword Fight? 😉

Read (of course), work out, watch a lot of U8 girls soccer, shuttle my kid around, help her with homework, clean my house, errands, watch a little TV. I’m soooooo boring!

10) Which is your favourite season? why?

I love fall for the cozy clothes and comfort food. But I also love summer and the ability to do fun stuff outside.

11) One random fact about yourself!

Hmmmm….. I hate malt flavor: malt balls, shakes, etc. They literally make me gag.


My Questions for My Nominations:

1)Tiffany or Debbie Gibson?

2)What is the best gift you have ever received?

3)Favorite type of Halloween candy?

4)What is the funniest thing that has happened to you this week?

5) Does a song make an artist popular or does an artist make a song popular?

6)Most over hyped book you’ve read this year? (Was it good?)

7)Who is your celebrity crush?

8)Have you ever heard of / listened to Metalachi and would you go to their concert?

9)What song is stuck in your head right now?

10)How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

11)If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?


I nominate:

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Jess @ Princessica of Books

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Kristy @ Kristy Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

Skylee @ The Night Girl

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Tasha @ Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Great Books/Series with Witches, Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Halloween themed freebie , so I’m going with Ten Great Books/Series with Witches, Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires.


1.  The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

2. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

3. Rooms by Lauren Oliver

4. The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

5. Witching Savannah Series by J.D. Horn

6. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

7. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

8. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

9. The Harper Connelly Series

10. The Caster Chronicles by Cami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The Book Cover Guessing Challenge

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Thank you to Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland for tagging me to complete The Book Cover Guessing Challenge. Erika has an awesome blog. You need to check it out, if you haven’t yet. Now for the challenge!

The Book Cover Guessing Challenge was originally created by Trey Schnarr Books. For this challenge, you first pick a few books (typically well known) that you have little to no knowledge of. Next, you guess what they’re about. Finally, you compare the actual book blurb on Goodreads with your guess and see how close you were.

Now that I’ve typed that out all out, I’m pretty sure I’ve already done this one. But who cares?!?! It’s so much stinkin’ fun that I’m doing it again! 😉


My guess:

The Knife of Never Letting Go is about a girl who can’t let go of her first love. She lost him in a tragic accident and doesn’t want to move on. The pain is a knife in her heart until she meets an angsty, broken guy. He’s everything she shouldn’t want, but he takes the pain away. Until his past comes back to haunt them both.

Goodreads blurb:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

How did my guess compare?

Ha! No where near the actual book blurb! Obviously, I read too many New Adult novels.


My guess:

What We Saw is a kind of a reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan. A group of teenagers is involved in a horrible car accident. They hide what they did but someone knows. He/she taunts the teenagers with cruel revenge.

Goodreads blurb:

Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

How did my guess compare?

Obviously, it was no where close to the real thing. Well, except for a terrible crime was committed.


My guess:

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen is about a family that has a “long lost relative” show up at their door. Annie is strange. She appears in the room with you when you’re not expecting it. She knows what’s been said in conversations she couldn’t have heard. The kids in the family are terrified of her. The parents don’t believe them. The something awful happens to one of the children and only Annie knows what they truth really is.

Goodreads blurb:

It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose petal lips and her entrancing glow. But there’s something about her that he can’t put his finger on that makes him wonder about this intriguing hipster girl from the Village. Why does she use such strange slang? Why does she always seem so reserved and distant? And, most importantly, why does he only seem to run into her on one block near the Bowery? Annie’s hiding something, a dark secret from her past that may be the answer to all of Wes’s questions . . .

How did my guess compare?

So, I got that Annie’s strange and she’s got the answer to the question. That’s about it!


Okay, so now it’s my turn to tag some people! Have fun with this one!

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Bea @ When Curiousity Killed the Cat

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Hayley @ Rather Too Fond of Books

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Jordyn @ J. Bookish

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Kristy @ Kristy Reads

Michelle @ Mishi-Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Syc @ The Lit(erature) Mermaid

Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott

Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2) by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Synopsis:

Andrew Harper knows what people in his small town say about his family. His brother, Owen,  may have tried to protect him from the rumors and hurt, but Owen’s gone now. Andrew’s on his own now to prove everyone wrong.

Then, Andrew meets new girl Emma Burke at school. She’s the most beautiful girl Andrew’s ever seen. She’s also smart and sweet. Emma’s heard the rumors, but she doesn’t seem to care. It makes being stuck in the small town of Woodstock bearable.

Emma may not be the talk of the town, but she has problems of her own to deal with. Problems she’s keeping secret from Andrew. She knows she needs to tell him, but she just wants to be a normal teen for a while.

As Andrew and Emma are quickly falling for each other, they will be faced with a choice that will change the directions of their lives forever. Their choices will not only divide them but ruin them.

Five years later, Andrew can’t let go of the pain. He’s hurt and angry.

Andrew always wondered what he would do when he saw Emma again. Now, he knows: get revenge. He has the perfect opportunity to do it and he’s going to take it. But as he puts his plan in motion, the truth of what happened all those years ago starts to present itself — along with feelings he thought were long gone.

If Andrew and Emma can’t make peace with their past, they may lose out on their future.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Wicked Restless is the second book in the Harper Boys series. I couldn’t wait to read it because I absolutely loved the first book, Wild Reckless. (You can read my review here, if you’re interested.) Wild Reckless was about Owen Harper, while Wicked Restless is about his younger brother, Andrew. Each book can be read as a standalone, but there are some things that carry over from Wild Reckless to Wicked Restless.

Dude, socks. If you just wore socks, this wouldn’t have happened.

Wicked Restless started out sweet, cute and funny like many YA contemporary romances. Andrew and Emma’s instant connection during P.E. class is funny and cute. I was so excited for this couple!

“I want this girl to be the girl – my girl. The one I take to things and experience everything with.”

Then, everything gets all complicated and messed up. It turns into the angst filled NA romance I was expecting. It plays with my emotions in ways I didn’t expect.

The decisions Andrew and Emma make tear them apart. It tore me apart! It was heart breaking to read. I hurt for Andrew. He was trying to be such a good person and all it did was prove the rumors true. I couldn’t help but dislike Emma. I felt like she ruined his life. I kind of hated her. I honestly wondered how Ginger Scott could ever redeem her at this point.

Flash forward five years. Andrew has changed. He’s no longer trying to prove he’s not what people think he is. Andrew runs into Emma again. Understandably, he hates her and wants revenge. (I kind of want revenge on her myself!) He doesn’t care about anything but making Emma suffer.

It’s from this moment that every choice Andrew makes is gut wrenching for me to read. I didn’t like what the past five years had done to him. It was so sad to see who Andrew had become. When Andrew takes his anger out on Emma, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. I went quickly from hating her to understanding her. I wanted Andrew to understand her, too. I wanted the sweet and innocent Andrew back.

I’m not going to give anything else away from the story. Just know that I absolutely loved Wicked Restless. It played with my emotions in so many different ways. One minute, I was happy. The next, I was angry. It went on the entire book! Everything felt so intense. At times, the story took turns I wasn’t quite sure I believed. That didn’t matter, though; Ginger Scott’s writing is so good and packed with so much emotion that I could look past those things. Wicked Restless was an amazing follow up to Wild Reckless. Now, I hope Ms. Scott will give us a spin off in the form of Andrew’s roommate, Trent. Love that dude.

If you are a NA reader looking for an emotionally intense series filled with beautiful writing, I would highly suggest Ginger Scott’s Harper Boys series.

Other books in this series: