WWW Wednesday: July 10, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

This week was again all about the NetGalley ARCs. I read Past Perfect Life, Say You Still Love Me, The Last Hope (The Raging Ones, #2), On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romantics, #1), and Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact, #2).


Currently Reading

I am taking a break from ARCs to read Beth Flynn’s new release Better Than This (A Nine Minutes Spin-Off Novel).

Reading Next

I am planning on reading yet another NetGalley ARC. Gotta get that shelf cleared off! This time it will be Twice in a Blue Moon.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Unreliable Narrators

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Character Freebie

For this freebie topic, I’m going with:

My Favorite Unreliable Narrators


1. Nick from Gone Girl

2. Towner from The Lace Reader

3. Cadence from We Were Liars

4. Nick from Vanishing Girls

5. All 4 Main Characters from One of Us Is Lying

6. Aaron Soto from More Happy Than Not

7. Jam from Belzhar

8. Verity from Verity

9. Fig from I Can Be A Better You

10. Bee from Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Review: Things You Save in a Fire (Katherine Center)

Things You Save in a Fire
Author: Katherine Center
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Romance, Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about family, hope, and learning to love against all odds.

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage.


How to Walk Away was one of my favorite books from 2018. When I heard Katherine Center was releasing another book, I knew I had to read it. Things You Save in a Fire was exactly what I was expecting. The writing was brilliant. the characters were fleshed out and lovable. The story and drama were entertaining and pulled me in. There wasn’t much about this book that I didn’t love.

Cassie was this tough as nail firefighter who didn’t want to stand out in the crowd of firefighters. She tried to blend in as much as could with her fellow male counterparts. While I was impressed with her ability to do so, I was sad that she had to do that in 2019. I know a lot of women do, though, in many jobs. It added a very interesting aspect to this love story. It made Cassie’s feelings for the rookie a tad bit stressful and emotional in a way I couldn’t have seen coming.

I loved everything about Cassie and Owen’s (non-)relationship. The way everything built between them was perfect. I felt their connection. I enjoyed how Cassie tried to avoid it. It was just really cute…and emotional. I won’t go into why it was so emotional because I don’t want to ruin anything, but Cassie had some healing to do where love was concerned. I enjoyed how she worked through her issues with love.

Part of those love issues for Cassie had to do with her mom. I adored her mother in this book. I get why Cassie had to work on forgiveness. Forgiveness was a huge part of this book, and I liked how it was done — with one exception.

One of the biggest villains was forgiven more quickly than I liked. The severity of the hurt they caused felt almost brushed over by the rate of forgiveness. I am glad this person was forgiven, but I wanted more legal retribution. This person didn’t have to deal with their actions in the way I thought they should have. I did like how they atoned and made a huge effort to apologize, though.

Other than that, this story was perfection in my eyes. It was a great inspirational story that has me eagerly anticipating Katherine Center’s next book.

Review: Kozart (J. Nathan)

Kozart
Author: J. Nathan
Publication Date: July 10, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Kozart Savage is the world’s biggest rock star.
At twenty-five, he’s got it all. Money. Fame. And the adoration of fans everywhere.
He thought that was enough to make him forget his past.
Enough to transform his distrusting heart.
Turns out that’s not how it works…
Then he meets a bridesmaid hiding out in a hotel bar.
Probably the only girl on the planet who doesn’t know who he is.
But she seems to be the one girl who can give him something no one else can.

Aubrey Prescott just discovered her boyfriend cheating—at her sister’s wedding.
Trying to escape humiliation, she seeks refuge in a hotel bar.
While trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of what was supposed to be an amazing senior year in college, a handsome stranger interrupts her wallowing.
A stranger who quickly makes her forget why she’s there.
One who, after an unforgettable night, disappears without a second glance.

But walking away doesn’t always mean letting someone go.


Rock star romances aren’t always my favorite, but I knew I had to read Kozart for a couple of reasons. One, I love J. Nathan’s writing and new adult romances. Two, there was something about Aubrey meeting Kozart in a hotel bar after finding her boyfriend cheating on her that caught my interest. I think it was partly that she didn’t know who he was. The entire scenario sounded fun. It was, too.

Aubrey and Kozart had a fun chemistry. I loved how they met and the instant connection they had. Things moved a little slowly between them at first and they way their relationship progressed was perfect. They truly got to know each other. I loved the secrets they shared and the excitement of their romance. It didn’t feel like the typical rock star romance other than the very start. It was a sweeter story.

The only thing I could possibly complain about was that the plot twist was slightly predictable. That didn’t bother me, though. I liked being able to figure things out ahead of time because it took some of the angst out of the situation for me. It was had just enough angst to feel believable, but also left me feeling happy.

That’s what this book really did. It made me incredibly happy. I loved every minute of reading Kozart. It’s definitely one of my favorite rock star romances now.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

It’s been a REALLY long time since I did a book tag. I’ve been seeing a ton of people post the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. It’s one of my favorites to do, so here is A Novel Glimpse’s Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

I actually listened to this one, but it’s still my favorite. I felt like this book could have been non-fiction. It felt that realistic. It was so epic! I highly recommend it.

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

There have been a lot of good ones, but these three are my absolute favorites.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO

I downloaded it, I just need to get to it!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

This looks like it should be a romantic comedy. It wasn’t.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

It was actually a surprise release, so I was surprised!

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

Devney Perry and Miranda Elaine.

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t really do fictional crushes, but my favorite new male character is Knox Gentry.

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

The entire cast of characters from this book!

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Daisy Jones & The Six was just a moment at the end. The Other Side a couple of tears a couple of times.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

It was just so fun and funny when I needed it.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

I need to read several, but these two for sure.

And that’s it for my Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! HAPPY 4th of JULY!

WWW Wednesday: July 3, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

This week was all about ARCs. I wanted to get some off my plate so I can read some books off my back list TBR. I read Kozart, Making Up (Shacking Up, #4), Handle with Care (Shacking Up, #5), and First and Forever (Heartache Duet, #2).

Currently Reading

I am reading an ARC of Things You Save in a Fire. I’m also reading an ARC of Past Perfect Life. That one is more slow going because it was a protected PDF and I have to read it on my phone. YUCK.

Reading Next

I am planning on reading yet another ARC. This time it will be

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Childhood Favorites

I feel like I’ve shared my favorite childhood books before, so I’m going with my favorite books I’ve read to my daughter.


1. The Belly Button Book
Author: Sandra Boynton

2. Fancy Nancy
Author: Jane O’Connor

3. Pinkalicious
Authors: Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

4. Wet Dog
Author: Elisa Broach

5. Princess Bess Gets Dressed
Author: Margery Cuyler

6. Thea Stilton and the Dragon’s Code
Author: Thea Stilton

7. A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle

8. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Author: Jane O’Connor

9. Return to the Isle of the Lost
Author: Melissa de la Cruz

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling

Review: The Rest of the Story (Sarah Dessen)

The Rest of the Story
Author: Sarah Dessen
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Publisher: HarperAudio
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?


Do you want to know why I ALWAYS read (or listen to in this case) books written by Sarah Dessen? She really can do no wrong when it comes to writing an amazing young adult contemporary novel. That was proven once again with The Rest of the Story.

As with all Sarah Dessen’s books, The Rest of the Story is set in the summer. This time it’s Emma’s turn to discover who she is. Emma grew up with her dad and now deceased mom in Lakeside. She’s slightly uptight and always does what’s expected of her. She craves control.

Emma isn’t just Emma, though. She’s also Saylor. At least that’s what her mother’s family and friends who live in North Lake call her. This other persona is confusing to Emma because she doesn’t remember being Saylor or the people who think of her this way. When Emma suddenly returns to North Lake, she has to figure out not only what being Emma and Saylor means.

I loved everything about this book. I loved how the past and present collided. It was fun to go along with Emma on her journey to find out more about her mother’s past as well as her own. The mystery of it all was so interesting. The family connections and friendships Emma made along the way were so important and heartwarming. I loved her new-found relationship with Mimi and her cousins. I especially adored Emma’s friendship with Roo. There was such an ease to it. I could imagine them being connected at the hip as young children. I even loved the drama Emma had to go through with her dad. It was such a great coming of age story. I highly recommend it.

Cover reveal: Drummer Girl (Ginger Scott)

Check out this amazing cover of DRUMMER GIRL by Ginger Scott! Don’t forget to add it to your TBR!

Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott

Mature YA/New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release day: July 30, 2019

Drummer Girl
A mature YA/New Adult contemporary rock star romance by Ginger Scott

Arizona Wakefield was a beat without a melody. Living a half-breathing life in a half-finished neighborhood with parents who always wore half-hearted smiles, the high school senior only had one thing that let her color outside her family’s perfectly drawn lines—her drums.

Jesse Barringer was a song without a chorus. The son of a washed-up rock star who’s also one hell of a deadbeat dad, he was given two things from his father—musical genius and a genetic link to the bipolar disorder that drives him mad.

One night in a garage at the end of a cul-de-sac in the middle of a bankrupt California neighborhood, Jesse’s melody found Arizona’s rhythm. An angry boy with storm-colored eyes found a blonde angel in Doc Martens with missing lines in her own story. Where her rhythm stopped, his words took over, and together, they wrote one hell of a story.

** Drummer Girl is a mature YA/New Adult romance that touches on mental health, drug abuse and includes mature sexual situations.

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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