Welcome to my weekly wrap-up! Here is where you can see my books read during the past week, books to be read next 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, Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-Up, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday. So check out what I’ve been up to this past week.
Books Added This Week
Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast – Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before… Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.
Glitter by Aprilynne Pike – Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison. When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates. Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed. But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell – It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time. But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over. Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.
Miss You by Kate Eberlen – “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knick-knack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London. Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover who he really is. A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight. But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again. . . .
Everyday Magic by Emily Albright – Maggie’s dad is a Hollywood director, and he has her whole life planned: Not only will she grow up to be an entertainment lawyer and work for him, he literally blackmails her to date the boy who’s starring in his new movie. But Maggie loves Preston, the British boy who stole her heart, and despite the risk that her dad will make her mother miserable if she doesn’t give in, Maggie decides to go for it, designing a red-carpet gown for a young duchess that puts her and the duchess in the limelight. Once there, she turns to Preston and issues a challenge: Can a girl who has given up the glamorous life any other girl would want…be the girl for him?
The Angels’ Share by J.R. Ward – In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder… No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself. Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior…or the worst of all the sinners?
Shizzle, Inc by Ana Spoke – Fifteen minutes of fame is all Isa Maxwell needs to solve her financial woes and win back Brad, the love of her life. Thanks to her clumsiness, street smarts, and an unbelievable bit of luck, Isa lands her dream job, becoming the protege of Mr. Hue, the playboy billionaire owner of Shizzle, Inc. She even gets a number of new love interests, but all is not what it seems. In fact, absolutely nothing is what it seems. Can Isa survive the tough world of corporate intrigue and constant looming bodily harm? Or will her efforts be the end of Shizzle, Inc and possibly her life?
Books Read This Week
The Angels’ Share by J.R. Ward
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
The Regulars by Georgia Clark
Books to be Read Next Week
How to Party With an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Results May Vary by Bethany Chase
This Week in Review…
Work = busy (I know you are all shocked).
School starts next week for Little One and she is starting middle school so having to figure out a bus for the first time, buying cloths and supplies and registering her has been a lot this year.
Boy Child turns 21 (when did that happen!) on Monday the 1st. It just amazes me that we made it this far. Most said that having him when I was 16 would be the worst thing in my life, but just the opposite, it made me strive to achieve.Without him, I doubt I would have ever even finished high school. I am just really proud of the man he is becoming and that I helped shape him.
I am super behind on both posting and reading. I hope to knock out at least 5 reviews this weekend. July has just been a cluster between life and work. I did get new hair last week. I like it, but it is sadly grown up hair. I figured after getting my promotion last month I should be a little more professional. It is just hard for me to let go of as I loved my funky hair. But I had a good ride with it and acting more adult at 37 is probably the right way to go.
Stuff I Enjoyed This Week…
Paige at The Paige-Turner – I am YA
Karen at Kissing Blue Karen – My Favorite Online Tools
Jenn Renee and Ash at Jenn Renee Read & Ash Too! – Are You A Seasonal Reader?
Cait at Paper Fury – 30 Bookish Facts About Me You Didn’t Even Know That You Wanted To Know
Up Next – August 2, 2016 – Kristina McMorris author of The Edge of Lost with a paperback giveaway.
August 16, 2016 – Eric Smith author of Inked with three eBook copies up for grabs.
My Weekly Posts
- [25 Jul] United States of Books – The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- [26 Jul] Author Tuesday Countdown – Kristina McMorris
- [27 Jul] Freezer eCookbook Bundle by ★★★★½
- [28 Jul] Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker ★★★★
- [29 Jul] Weekly Wrap-Up – July 30, 2016
So how was your bookish week?