Welcome to my weekly wrap-up! Here is where you can see my books read during the past week, books I have added to my shelves, any bookish happenings and the like. I have linked to Stacking the Shelves, the Saturday Situation, the Saturday Review of Books, Talk of the Town, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, The Sunday Salon, the Sunday Showcase, Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-Up and Mailbox Monday. So check out what I’ve been up to this past week.
Books Added This Week
Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole. I was so excited to get this one. Kresley Cole is one of my favorites and I have all of the other IAD books. – Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.
No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn. I love the take on the “mommy” novel this has. – Suzanne Redfearn delivers another gripping page-turner in her latest novel, a story about a young mother’s fight to protect her children from the dangerous world of Hollywood. Emotionally riveting and insightful, NO ORDINARY LIFE is an unforgettable novel about the preciousness of childhood and the difficult choices a mother needs to make in order to protect this fragile time in her children’s lives.
She’s Not There by Joy Fielding. A ripped from the headlines type of read. – “I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.” Carole Shipley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she’s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico—and the fateful night her world collapsed.
The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule. The cover alone has me intrigued, it is stunning. I hope the book matches it. – For eighteen years a girl with no name, a Redwing, has been hidden away in a small attic room within a city of hissing pipes and curving temples perched on the side of the great volcano, Mol, while her sister, Jey-identical except for her eyes-has lived her life in public as an only child. Their father had hoped the hidden girl would one day grow up to be a normal human girl and not the wicked creature mythology has promised, so he secretly spared her life as an infant.
Keep You Close Lucie Whitehouse. My psychological thriller addiction just keeps getting added to. – When the artist Marianne Glass falls to her death, everyone insists it was a tragic accident. Yet Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, suspects there is more to the story. Ever since she was young, Marianne had paralyzing vertigo. She would never have gone so close to the roof’s edge.
The Bricks that Built the Houses Kate Tempest This sounds like a great NA read. – At a party in London, Becky meets a woman named Harry. They connect, they part, and they reconnect when Becky starts, coincidentally, dating Harry’s brother. When Harry is forced to set out on the lam, Becky goes with her. But are they meant for each other? Or no good for each other at all?
An Unattractive Vampire Jim McDoniel. Since I am one of those who love a good handsome vampire read, I figured it would be fun to have a read from the other side. – After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile—also known as the Curséd One, the Devil’s Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors—awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly—modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good.
Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard. Sounds like a more serious Marian Keyes read. – Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet taking portraits of school children and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward. He’s drifting away from her, fast.
What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin. True Hollywood Story in book form, yes please. – On June 28, 1980—the hottest night of the year—Kelly Michelle Lund shoots and kills Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a party in his home. . . . And instantly becomes a media sensation, her chilling smile fodder for national nightmares. For years, speculation swirls over the enigmatic seventeen-year-old’s motives, information she’s refused to share. Convicted of the murder, she loses her youth and her freedom—but keeps her secrets to herself.
Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs. Tale of a gifted YA time traveler, the synopsis sounds great. – Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life–or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporation selects her for a top-secret project, she can’t say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she’ll be set for life.
The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. I know I have wondered what would happen if I could go back and change a turning point time in my life, so this book should be an interesting take on that. – If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This heartwarming and hilarious novel from the authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future.
Barnes & Nobel – Blood Kiss J.R. Ward. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood so this spin-off series was a must buy for me. – Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.
Amazon – Oblivion by Jennifer Armentrout. I have the rest of the series so it only made sense to get the new one. – Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black… I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it. And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. Falling for Katy―a human―won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…
Books Read This Week
Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward
Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
Opal by Jennifer Armentrout
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
What She Left by T.R. Richmond
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
I had a really slow bookish week. I have a huge year end project due at work so I am really glad I schedule my reviews out at least two weeks ahead. I do have a few really exciting things coming up, so next week I should have much more to report.
Up Next for Author Tuesday – December 8, 2015 – Lynsey James author of Just the Way You Are and The Broken Heart’s Book Club. Lynsey will be giving away a Kindle or e-book copy of each of her books.
December 22, 2015 – Lene Fogelberg author of Beautiful Affliction. Lene will be giving away a print copy of her memoir.
My Weekly Posts
- [29 Nov] Through Infinity by Libby Austin ★★★
- [30 Nov] Carry On by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★½
- [30 Nov] Monthly Wrap-Up – November 2015
- [1 Dec] Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels I Need
- [1 Dec] Author Tuesday Countdown – Lynsey James author of Just the Way You Are
- [1 Dec] Waiting on Wednesday – Half Lost by Sally Green
- [2 Dec] Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper: A Novel by Hilary Liftin ★★★★
- [3 Dec] Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole ★★★★½
- [3 Dec] #FF Feature & Follow Time – Featuring Me!
- [4 Dec] Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan ★★★★
- [5 Dec] Weekly Wrap-Up – December 5, 2015
So how was your bookish week?
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