Waiting on Wednesday- Accidents of Marriage

Waiting on Wednesday-Accidents of Marriage

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Every week, book nerds everywhere gush about upcoming books we CANNOT WAIT to come out!

This book touches on some serious issues that take place in families and relationships. Although it sounds heart-wrenching, it also sounds like one of those books that delves deeply into characters’ motivations and development. I enjoy reading books with such themes. “Accidents of Marriage: A Novel” by Randy Susan Meyers comes out September 2, 2014.

From the bestselling author of The Comfort of Lies, an engrossing look at the darker side of a marriage—and at how an ordinary family responds to an extraordinary crisis.

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids—which works to keep a fragile peace—until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.” (Description from Amazon.com)

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Happy Birthday Book! 8/26/14

Happy Birthday Book! 8/26/14

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“365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts” by R.J. Palacio is a companion book of sorts to his “Wonder” book. This is a collection of advice, wisdom, etc. to live by compiled by 5th grade teacher Mr. Browne. (Children’s book)

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“Broken Eye (Lightbringer Series #3)” by Brent Weeks is the 3rd in the Lightbringer Series. Gavin has lost his powers of magic and Kip’s grandfather is moving to put himself in power.

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In “The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny, retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamanche is drawn out of retirement when his neighbor Clara wants help finding her missing husband.

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“Sisters” by Raina Telgemeier is the story of Raina and her little sister, Amara, who have never quite gotten along. They learn to change that when their family takes a roadtrip from California to Colorado. (Children’s book)

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In “Private Down Under” by James Patterson, Craig Gisto and his crew open a detective agency in Australia. At their opening party, a wounded man shows up and their first casehas begun!

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Man Crush Monday- Eugene

Man Crush Monday- Eugene

Today’s Man Crush Monday is from the book, “The ‘She’ Stands Alone,” by Nadine C. Keels. I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a very short, but cute, story. Sheridan has been unlucky in dating and decides she will just “date herself.” She dresses up and goes out to fancy dinners by herself and goes roller skating alone. While she’s trying to focus on herself, her mailman, Eugene, (who also lives across the street), starts chatting her up and showing interest. Sheridan doesn’t know what to do because she never thought of Eugene as being her type. Should she go for it or stay “dating herself?” WARNING: This post has partial spoilers in it, although I won’t tell you if Sheridan and Eugene end up together.

Eugene, the love interest, is our Man Crush Monday! I love that he is a real man in that he keeps pursuing Sheridan, even when she isn’t sure if she is interested or not. He really takes the lead and doesn’t give up, but he’s not creepy about it. Later, he comes right out and tells her what he wants, but gives her time and space to make up her mind. My favorite part of Eugene is that he sees Sheridan reading books on her front porch all the time and finds out she’s a total bibliophile (as she describes herself in the book). As his first gift to her, he builds her a beautiful, dark wood bookshelf and leaves it on her front porch wrapped in a tarp. What better way to try to win the heart of a book lover? For my full review of this book, check it out on Goodreads here.

 

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Chronicles of the Harekaiian Books 1 and 2 Review

Chronicles of the Harekaiian Books 1 and 2 Review

The children of the Harekaiian book series is about people who can time and distance travel. There are only two novellas in the series so far, but more should be coming. I was gifted the first two books in exchange for an honest review by the author.

Book One: Time Shifters: Episode One of the Chronicles of the Harkaiian

Author: Shanna Lauffey

Genre: Fantasy, Time Travel, Adult Fiction

Pages: 186

3.5 out of 5 chickadees singing! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was an interesting story with a fascinating premise! 

Akalya is a time shifter. She can move through distances or move through time, but never both at the same time. Akalya can only travel to times between her birth and death. She also has to see a place before she can shift into it, because she has to imagine it. I think the author put realistic boundaries on time travel and really explained it well.

Anyway, Akalya can recognize other time shifters because they dress like gypsies, although she isn’t close to most of them. The book begins when many of her fellow time shifters are captured. She is able to shift to where they are and discovers that someone has prevented them from using their powers. Akalya has to save her fellow time shifters while avoiding her own capture. 

I would have liked to have known more about Akalya’s back story and personality from this story, although, because it is a novella, I get the idea that more is coming in sequels. The book ended on a satisfying note, but left the reader wondering about one of the subplots and wanting to read the second to discover more. Not my usual genre, but pretty interesting. I think this series has potential if the characters become easier to connect with.

Book Two: Children of the Morning: Chronicles of the Harekaiian Book Two

Author: Shanna Lauffey

Genre: Fantasy, Time Travel, Adult Fiction

Pages: 118 (estimated)

3 out of 5 chickadees singing! I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

This time shifters book begins where the other one left off. The main male character (trying not to spoil the plot!) and Akalya are trying to discover more of the kidnappers’ plots, how much information they have, and what their next move is. The plot was not well defined- it didn’t seem like they had a specific goal that was met by the end, other than continuing the saga. I was surprised when I realized it had ended.

Again, the idea of time shifters is fascinating and I enjoyed learning more of the “tricks” that they use, such as in the casino. I would still like more background on Akalya and the other main character and a little more personality from the former. It’s hard to see her as a human being because she doesn’t have a lot of emotions and is just laser focused on her task. I hope she feels more like a “real” character in the next book.

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Throwback Thursday- Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted inspired Shannon Messenger to write children’s and YA fiction. (For more on how I met Shannon and some other awesome authors, see my post here.) It also happened to be one of my favorite stories as a youngin’, too!

Ella Enchanted

This Newberry Honor book is a Cinderella retelling that transforms the traditional image of the princess. “Cinderella is kind of a wuss of a character, if you think about it,” Shannon reasoned. She was mild-mannered, cleaning the house from dusk until dawn, allowing mice to sew her clothing… NOT SO in Ella Enchanted!

Can you tell I'm a sucker for princess stories?
Can you tell I’m a sucker for princess stories?

In Gail Carson Levine’s version, Ella was given a “gift” by the fairy Lucinda as a baby. This “blessing” turned out to be more of a curse. Ella was gifted with obedience. She was compelled to obey every command given to her- even if it was to cut off her own head!

Her mother and faithful cook protect her as much as possible, and Ella is incredibly close to both women. When her mother dies, she is devastated. At her funeral, she befriends the prince of the kingdom, Char.

Still grieving, Ella is forced to attend finishing school by her father. She is accompanied by the bratty daughters of a wealthy neighbor, who soon discover and exploit Ella’s compulsion to obey. Her only friend at school is from a neighboring kingdom, and with her, Ella finds fun and companionship. When one of the evil girls orders Ella to stop being friends with her buddy, Ella runs away.

Somehow (It’s been a long time! I don’t recall all the details!), Ella ends up at a giant’s wedding and pounces on the fairy, Lucinda. She begs the fairy to take away her gift, but Lucinda misunderstands her and refuses.

Ella’s father marries the wealthy neighbor whose girls tormented her, and at the wedding, Ella encounters Prince Char once again. They begin writing each other letters, and their friendship soon turns into something deeper.

When Ella’s father leaves for work purposes, the new stepmother and stepsisters force Ella to become a servant in her own home. She has no choice but to obey.

Even though Ella is now deeply in love with Prince Char, she realizes that she will never be able to be with him. Enemies who discover her curse of obedience will use her to harm him. She tricks Prince Char into thinking she has married another man, and Prince Char is heartbroken.

I won’t go into any more details about the rest of the story (Y’all know how much I DETEST spoilers!), but know that instead of meekly accepting her curse, Ella fights to undo it.

Ella is a seriously kick-butt amazing heroine who shows strength, creativity, and gumption. By far, one of my favorite literary heroines!

Be sure to buy and read the book, and then gift it to a young lady in your life! The book is infinitely superior to the Anne Hathoway movie (as most books are!), and you WILL NOT regret it! I guarantee it!

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