Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review: Ruby Red

 Title: Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Time Travel
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased (Audible)

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust (goodreads).

Ruby Red is a fast past time travelling novel with memorable characters! I wish I had known about this series earlier!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

[Book Review]Americanah

Title: Americanah
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: Contemporary // Social Issues
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased (Audible)

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.
Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet (goodreads).


This was one of those books that I had head A LOT about, but had always said "eh, one day." Finally, I took the plunge and purchased the audiobook, and it takes so much energy for me to stop singing its praises!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#67]

Title: Where the Stair Case Ends
Author: Stacy Stokes
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 19, 2015

After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky.
Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable -- unless the staircase breaks her first (goodreads).

This sounds like it has an element of redemption to it! And I'm curious to see which direction Stokes will take the afterlife!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#63]

"I'll be around my whole life," I whispered, not quite under the breeze in the forest, the pounding of my heart, and the beating of my invisible and incorporeal wings. "That's a long time to me." 

Page 73

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows [GoodReads] 

Monday, March 23, 2015

[Discussion]"What are You Reading?"

Hello, my name is Amber and I have major anxiety. As I'm sure that I'm not the only person on the internet with anxiety, I'm sure most of you know that anxiety stems from freaking out over (make believe) situations. I can sit and ponder about a situation and how to best respond for hours  or days. One of the questions that causes me the most anxiety is a fairly simple one. 

"What are you reading?"

Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary // Romance // Young Adult
Format: Physical Copy
Source: Library

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all (goodreads).

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is sweet. Cotton candy sweet. A sweet that makes you smile hours after you finish the novel. 
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book Review: Tangled

 Title: Tangled  (Tangled #1)
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date:  August 2, 2013
Genre: Romance // Contemporary // Humor // New Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased (Audible)

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? 
He’ll tell you he has the flu.
But we all know that’s not really true.
Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. 
Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? 
Can Drew Evans win at love? 
Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without (goodreads).

I did not expect to laugh that hard at a romance novel! Equal parts heart and humor, Tangled knocked my socks off!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#66]

Title: Rook
Author: Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse (goodreads)

I'm always excited for an alternate universe. I live for rebellions as well. Plus this Sophia sounds like sh'ell be the ultimate badass. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#62]

Kestrel saw Arin flinch away, hard, from the hand she'd lifted to touch him. It fell as if burned.

Page 177

The Winners Crime by Marie Rutkoski [GoodReads]