The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
Published May 10th 2022 by Atria Books
Goodreads Summary: When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah’s mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family’s beach house on Cape Cod. Sarah might be worried, but Veronica is thrilled to be bringing the family together one last time before putting the big house on the market.
But the road to a wedding day usually comes with a few bumps. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit the choices she made long ago, when she was a bestselling novelist with a different life. Sarah’s twin brother, Sam, is recovering from a terrible loss, and confronting big questions about who he is—questions he hopes to resolve during his stay on the Cape. Sarah’s husband, Eli, who’s been inexplicably distant during the pandemic, confronts the consequences of a long ago lapse from his typical good-guy behavior. And Sarah, frustrated by her husband, concerned about her stepdaughter, and worn out by challenges of life during quarantine, faces the alluring reappearance of someone from her past and a life that could have been.
When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light. There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same.
From “the undisputed boss of the beach read” (The New York Times), The Summer Place is a testament to family in all its messy glory; a story about what we sacrifice and how we forgive. Enthralling, witty, big-hearted, and sharply observed, this is Jennifer Weiner’s love letter to the Outer Cape and the power of home, the way our lives are enriched by the people we call family, and the endless ways love can surprise us.
Mini Review: I’m sticking with a mini review on this one because it just really didn’t work for me and I ended up DNFing at 44%. I’ve read a few books by Jennifer Weiner in the past and have enjoyed them for the most part but this one was just beyond me. To say this family is dysfunctional would be an understatement and to me that doesn’t really fit the summer beach read mood. I also was not keen on the way the story was told. There are so many characters and having to go back to each character’s back story and how it fits in with the end game got really old. I also have a hard time reading books that have a lot of adultery. Multiple characters played that game in this book and I was not into it at all. There was just SO MUCH deception on all sides and it got to be more than I could handle. But like I said, this just did not work for me personally. If you’re a big fan of Jennifer Weiner or big family dramas featuring dysfunctional families with secrets galore than you might enjoy this one.
DNF @ 44%
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
Published January 23rd 2018 by Hogarth
Goodreads Summary: In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis’ last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they’ve ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs.
Review: I give up. I was really intrigued by the synopsis and cover of this book but from almost the moment I began reading this book, I was at a loss. I don’t think I have ever disliked a book so much so early on while reading. I hate the characters, the world doesn’t make any sense nor anything in it. I set it to the side for a few days hoping to come back to it a few days later just in case but every time I thought about picking it up again, I felt nothing but dread. DNF for me on this one.
I received a review copy through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.
WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?
I didn’t get a lot read in the last week besides making progress on my current audiobook. I was only able to finish one book and another that I made the decision to DNF. I’m probably going to hear a lot of comments about why I chose not to finish The Knife of Never Letting Go because a lot of people really liked/loved that book. I just wasn’t one of those people. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and the only one I really cared about was Manchee, Todd’s dog and I happened to see some spoilers about what happens to him and it did not make me keen to read the rest of the book. I read 54% of it and I just didn’t really like it at all. So I feel like I gave it a good effort and decided to not read any further.
I decided to start The Symbolism and Sources of Outlander and almost immediately regretted it. I received this book for review via LibraryThing in September so I finally wanted to get into it and review it. I was really disappointed, and annoyed to be honest, that it isn’t just about the first book or the tv show but about the entire series! I narrowly escaped a few spoilers before deciding to put it down until I can get through the rest of the series. I am also reading an ARC of Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan. I’m maybe 30% in and it is really interesting! I have about 4 hours left of my audio re-read of The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon so I will have that finished by lunch time. I also started reading Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover yesterday and I am so hooked on it! It is my second full length book by Hoover and I think I can officially say that I am a fan of CoHo.
After I finish my audio reread I will be starting my next audio reread of The Return of the King. I will also be starting the ARC of Perfect Days by Raphael Montes. I haven’t had very good lucky with thrillers lately so I’m hoping this one turns the tide! The book will be published on Tuesday next week.
What have you been reading lately?
I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Disney Hyperion
Goodreads Summary: Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.
Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.
With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.
Review: The summary of this book sounds awesome! Unfortunately the book did not live up to my hope for a great book. I couldn’t even finish this book. The entire first portion of the book is just a giant dumping ground of information. I like world building when it is gradually laid out so I have time to absorb all of the details. The author decided to go the opposite route and dump everything on you all at once. It was just a confusing mess of details that I didn’t even want to try to get straight. I will not be finishing this book nor will I be recommending it.
April was an awesome reading month for me! I read so many great books and participated in the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge so that really helped me get through a lot of books. Our book club choice this month was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It was very exciting and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
# Books read in April: 18 (including 2 DNF)
# Pages read in April: 6,679 (not including the DNF)
# Books Read YTD: 50
# Pages Read YTD: 18,001
2015 TBR Pile Challenge: 4/12
2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss Challenge: 20/25 Bronze Level Complete
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Blondes by Emily Schultz
Half Bad by Sally Green
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
The Sound of Glass by Karen White (DNF)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (DNF)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Midnight In Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Best Book Read: TIE
Worst Book Read: DNF