The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech

27213207The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech

Published June 6th 2017 by William Morrow

368 Pages

Goodreads Summary: A ferocious talent on the brink of making it big in Nashville must confront her small town past and an old love she’s never forgotten in this engaging novel—a soulful ballad filled with romance, heartbreak, secrets, and scandal from the author of Season of the Dragonflies.

Playing to packed houses while her hit song rushes up the charts, country singer and fiddler Jo Lover is poised to become a big Nashville star like her idols, Loretta, Reba, and Sheryl. To ensure her success, Jo has carefully crafted her image: a pretty, sassy, down-to-earth girl from small-town Virginia who pours her heart into her songs.

But the stage persona she’s built is threatened when her independent label merges with big-time Capitol Records, bringing Nashville heartthrob JD McCoy—her first love—back into her life. Long ago Jo played with JD’s band. Then something went wrong, they parted ways and took their own crooked roads to stardom. Now, Jo’s excited—and terrified—to see him again.

When the label reunites them for a show, the old sparks fly, the duet they sing goes viral, and fans begin clamoring for more—igniting the media’s interest in the compelling singer. Why is a small-town girl like Jo so quiet about her past? When did she and JD first meet? What split them apart? All too soon, the painful secret she’s been hiding is uncovered; a shocking revelation that threatens to destroy her reputation and her dreams. To salvage her life and her career, Jo must finally face the past—and her feelings for JD—to become the true Nashville diva she was meant to be.

Review: Overall I really enjoyed this book about two fictional famous country artists. I really felt for Jo and JD and was definitely hooked on their sort of estranged relationship. There were a few times I almost cried because of something that was revealed about Jo’s past. I really loved the chemistry between the two of them. Her engagement to Nick just felt bland and boring. The one thing I wasn’t completely sold on with this book was the side story of Denver and Alan. I liked them but didn’t really think their part of the story added anything to the main character’s storyline.  Upon further reflection of their story though, I believe that it was in the book to add to the message that country music, and the music industry in general, isn’t very inclusive, doesn’t allow for a lot of creativity beyond trucks, drinking, and girls in bikinis.  Denver and Alan are a two man band called the Flyby Boys with Alan as the lead singer and guitarist and Denver on the drums.  They play in a club every night, hoping to get noticed by a record label.  I don’t want to say anymore about it because it kind of gives it away.  It felt a little bit like a Nicholas Sparks books mixed with the movie Country Strong.  I’m a fan of some country artists, including some of the classics like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash so it was fun seeing them mentioned throughout the course of the book.  Even if you’re not a fan of country music I think you will enjoy this book if you’re looking for a good romance with a splash of scandal.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

Reading Update

Hey guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted so I thought I would do an update post for you today.  I’ve been reading some great stuff lately so I’ve been pretty excited about that.  Lately I have been trrying to get caught up on review copies so I can fully dive in to my Outlander series re-read.

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So as you may have seen in my last post, I recently read and reviewed Little Monsters by Kara Thomas.  It was so good!! I preordered it before I was even halfway through because I was hooked.

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After that I read and enjoyed Into The Water by Paula Hawkins.  It was a good mystery and I had fun making theories and seeing which ones were right.  The last chapter totally threw me for a loop!

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Next up, I started my review copy of The Heirs by Susan Riegler but it was really not my thing so I ended up DNFing it.  It just felt like a dull family history of a wealthy New York family and I just didn’t feel connected in any way to the story or characters.

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I then started another review copy I received called The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech.  I’m a fan of country music so I really liked reading this one.  I love the two main characters and totally shipped them hard.  I just finished it last night before bed and it almost made me cry a few times.

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Thursday night I got super excited that Tarryn Fisher’s latest novel, Atheists Who Kneel and Pray, was published!  I snatched that one up instantly and started it on Friday.  It was so good that I ended up staying up super late on Saturday night to finish it.

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Last week I received a review copy of Sleep Like A Baby (book 10 of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries series) by Charlaine Harris.  I read the entire series (books 1-9) last year and was super excited when the publisher approached me about reading book 10.  I started reading that one this morning on my commute in to work.

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Next up I have two more review copies and then I should be free and clear to start my Outlander series re-read.  I was so excited when Invictus by Ryan Graudin was available as read now on NetGalley for the first 500 people.  I’m looking forward to starting that one next.  Then I will be reading Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang.

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With my Outlander series re-read, I’m really hoping I will be able to read through Voyager (book 3) before season 3 starts in September.  Yesterday I saw the new cover of the TV tie-in and it’s my new favorite new image of Jamie and Claire so I had to preorder a copy from Diana Gabaldon’s local bookshop down in AZ.  The new tie-in edition releases August 15th.

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I’m also planning on joining in on the Plenty of Hobb readalong that starts August 1st.  I’ve never read any books by Robin Hobb but have heard so many great things about them so I’m excited to join in.  If you’re interested in joining, click the above link to check out the readalong schedule.  The readalong follows The Realm of the Elderlings as shown above, one book per month.  So starting with Assassin’s Apprentice on August 1st.  I’m going to do my best to keep up with this readalong but I’m not going to push myself too hard.


So that’s what I’ve been reading lately!

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

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Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Delacorte Press

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: For fans of Pretty Little LiarsLittle Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Review: I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Darkest Corners last year so I knew I wanted to read this one no matter what.  And wow!  I was completely blown away by this one!    Little Monsters completely hooked me right from the start.  I did not want to put this book down at all so I read it over the course of two days.  The first chapter reminded me a little bit of my group of friends in high school. There is an abandoned farm outside of our small town that we liked to go drive by and dare people to walk up to at night.  One night we did this, things definitely did not go well and we never went back again.  And the book takes place in Wisconsin, my neighboring state, so it was very easy to connect with the midwestern vibes.  So needless to say I connected with Kacey almost instantly.  I totally felt for her having such a rough background before she moved in with the father she never knew and his family.  Her new family dynamic and new friends made it look as though things were looking up for her.  I loved her relationship with her siblings (both step and half) and even with her step-mom.  But when things with her best friends start to go a little iffy, things go south quickly.  There were so many incredible twists and turns to this story and I did not see any of them coming.  Just when I thought I had things figured out… BOOM! That is my absolute favorite part about mysteries and thrillers!  I have to say that this is one of the best thrillers I have ever read! Even before finishing eARC copy, I preordered the book because I just have to be able to read this one again with a finished copy.  So if you’re looking for a fantastic psychological thriller to give you all the thrills and chills, I highly recommend you check out Little Monsters!  You will not be disappointed.

I received an eARC from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars

**While you wait for the publication date check out this unpublished short story that takes place before the events in Little Monsters!  Sure to give you chills!**

Reading Update

Hey everyone!  Just thought I would pop in for a quick reading update.  I haven’t had a lot of spare time for reading lately so I’m pretty behind on my 20 Books of Summer TBR.  So I’ve decided that any book I read during the challenge timeline will count towards my 20 books.  I have some ARCs I need to read this summer and we are in the process of boxing things up and getting our house ready to sell.  So lots going on this summer.  So even though I’ve only read 4 books from my TBR, I’ve read 6 books total.

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I recently finished reading No Ordinary Stars by M.C. Frank and it was really great!  It’s a scifi dystopian world taking place on the cusp of the year 2525.  Check out my review here in case you missed it!  I also finished Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and the hype did not let me down at all.  That was an incredible book!  I posted my review yesterday which you can check out here.

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Last night I started my ARC of Godsgrave, which is the sequel to Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.  If you’ve been following me since last year, you’ll know how much I loved Nevernight.  I am so stoked to get to read Godsgrave early.  We’re taking a mini getaway this weekend to go up north and spend the weekend with my parents at their condo on Lake Superior so I’m hoping I’ll have plenty of reading time.

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In other news, I joined Litsy yesterday!!  I am having a lot of fun with it.  Feel free to follow me there and I will follow back!

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How is your summer of reading going?

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

31371280The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

Published May 2nd 2017 by Harper Perennial

384 Pages

Goodreads Summary: England, 1815: Two travelers—Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane—arrive in a field, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. They are not what they seem, but colleagues from a technologically advanced future, posing as a doctor and his spinster sister. While Rachel and Liam aren’t the first team of time travelers, their mission is the most audacious yet: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen.

Carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, disaster-relief doctor Rachel and actor-turned-scholar Liam have little in common except their extraordinary circumstances. Circumstances that call for Rachel to stifle her independent nature and let Liam take the lead as they infiltrate Austen’s circle via her favorite brother, Henry.

But diagnosing Jane’s fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the convolutions of living a lie. While her friendship with Jane deepens and her relationship with Liam grows complicated, Rachel fights to reconcile her true self with the constrictions of 19th century society. As their portal to the future prepares to close, Rachel and Liam struggle with their directive to leave history as they found it…however heartbreaking that proves.

Review: I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and I love reimaginings of her books and pretty much anything that has to do with her so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! Add in the time traveling factor and you have the makings of a really fascinating book! The two main characters, Rachel and Liam travel back in time to England in 1815 with the mission of infiltrating Jane Austen’s circle, diagnosing her fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel. I loved the majority of this book. While they are in the past, the author does a fantastic job at recreating the time and setting. It’s really interesting to see two modern people attempt to fit in a time where things are so much different. I enjoyed seeing Rachel and Liam really struggle with not altering the past and leaving history unaltered. I feel like if I was to ever time travel, that would be something I would have a hard time leaving alone. The only part of this book I really struggled with was the author’s portrayal of the futuristic world where Rachel and Liam traveled from. It was really hard to get a clear image of what the world was like and how it got to be that way. But overall, I really enjoyed this book and will be interested to read any future books by this author.

4 Stars