The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer, in which you answer a book related prompt. The Book Blogger Hop, helps you discover fellow contributors to check out and follow! You can view Coffee Addicted Writer’s post here.
This Week’s Question
What book/books got a lot of hype but were a disappointment for you? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I was very excited to read about a strong woman at a magical library, but it wasn’t what I expected! I felt that Elisabeth’s character needed more development.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
I really, really wanted to love this book! The Scooby Gang grown up and solving a mystery from 20 decades prior…but I couldn’t get myself to enjoy it.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
I was looking forward to reading Moriarty’s work, but this book was missing something. I began to pick up interest at the middle of the story, but it still wasn’t enough!
What overhyped books were dissapointing for you? Feel free to share in the comments!
I finished ‘When Life Gives You Mangos’ by Kereen Getten. I absolutely adored this book! It’s a very moving Middle Grade story set in the Caribbean. Clara has many feelings to sort through after a horrible storm hit a year ago, and issues are confronted. My review of ‘When Life Gives you Mangos’ is soon!
My next story will be ‘The Existence of Amy’ by Lana Grace Riva. From the little I’ve read so far, It’s about a woman handling OCD. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy, I look forward to diving in!
What are your reading plans this weekend? Feel free to share down below!
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? You can view Wandering Words’ post here.
If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above and follow the rules below:
Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
Finally… reveal the book!
“Candlelight reflected off the silver anchor etched onto my sister’s necklace. It was an ugly piece of jewelryand something Eulalie would have never picked out for herself.”
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
This fairy tale retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses is both frightful and captivating. I was engaged from start to finish!
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
What are your thoughts on House of Salt and Sorrows? Feel free to share!
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that first originated with Jill at Breaking the Spine. It has now linked up with Tressa at Wishful Endings (under Can’t Wait Wednesday). You can view Tressa’s post here.
This Week’s Post
The Shadows by Alex North
Decades after a murder took place, Paul only wants to put the past behind him. Unfortunately, life has other sinister plans! The Shadows comes out on July 7th!
The haunting new thriller from Alex North, author of the New York Times bestseller The Whisper Man
You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile–always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet–and inspired more than one copycat.
Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree–and his victim–were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and senile, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.
It’s not long before things start to go wrong. Reading the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. His mother is distressed, insistent that there’s something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.
It wasn’t just the murder.
It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again…
What do you think of The Shadows? Would you put this on your TBR? Feel free to share in the comments!
**I received a copy of ‘Hope Unashamed’ by the author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
‘Hope Unashamed‘ is the sequel to ‘Love Unfeigned‘. This time, we hear Arthur’s perspective of love, loss, and rebirth. Arthur is focused on his studies, yet his infatuation with Lorraine Tyson sets him on a course to marriage. A relationship between the two begins, yet sadly, Lorraine doesn’t reciprocate Arthur’s feelings. He is devastated, yet Arthur learns a powerful lesson of forgiveness and patience.
I love reading Nadine C. Keels’ stories, since they all share a strong message of friendship and devotion. We learn the backstories of all the characters as they go about high school’s struggles and triumphs. Strong friendships blossom into deeper connections, as shown in both Love Unfeigned and Hope Unashamed. What’s especially meaningful is that romantic scenes in these stories are meaningful and wholesome. A deeper message, centered around a higher power, is valued among all characters in the story, which is very refreshing.
Hope Unashamed is another good story in Nadine C. Keels’s collection. I highly recommend it!
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Rating: 4 out of 5.
He’s never been so mesmerized by a girl before. Can’t help getting his hopes up…
Arthur is a studious, “all or nothing” kind of guy with his life planned out. Even before he’s old enough to drive a car, he knows he wants a career in computers. Since he sees no need for romance until he’s ready for marriage, Arthur keeps his focus on his education.
Then, a new school year brings a stunning young lady into Arthur’s path, blindsiding his ideas on romance. As a result, his transition from boyhood to manhood includes the pursuit of the woman he wishes to make his wife. But when his pursuit falls through, Arthur must realize when it’s time to give up the shame of a broken dream—and learn what it truly means to hope for more.
What are your thoughts onHope Unashamed? Feel free to share in the comments!