Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Book Review: Chasing Christmas Eve

*Book 4 in the Heartbreaker Bay books *
Colbie needs a break from life and all her responsibilities, so she bags a bag and heads for the airport. A hurricane keeps her from going south, so she picks a destination: San Francisco.

Except once she arrives, it's a disaster or maybe it's fate meeting Spencer. Because now she has a place to stay and someone to show her the city.

But she has secrets she's keeping and Spencer doesn't do relationships. Could a short fling just before Christmas be just the thing for them?
My Thoughts: So I love Colbie's job - how could I not? I love that she needed to run away and just chose her destination on whim. And that she went to the magical fountain first off. I love the meet-cute. I loved learning more about Spencer. I loved the banter between Colbie and Spencer. I enjoyed visiting with old friends from the series; it would be fun hanging out with all of them. I can't wait to spend more time in Heartbreaker Bay!

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Final Thoughts: I'll read anything Jill Shalvis writes. And I'm at the point where it's not Christmas unless there's a Jill Shalvis holiday romance. This series should be in all public libraries. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mini Review: Dear Martin

When Justyce gets falsely arrested; he no longer has patience for the injustices around him.
The Good:
Racial discussions
How the threads of the story all come together
Debate team
Doc Dray
Class discussions
That surprise ending

The Bad:
Nitpicking here, but I wish there had been a few more letters to Martin Luther King, Jr. and more about the project.

Final Thoughts: Wow. This is one of those books that make you think long after you finish the novel.

Cover Thoughts: Love it
Source: Book sent for review
Library Recommendation: This should be in every public and every high school library. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: City Baker's Guide to City Living

Olivia Rawlings had a tiny mishap at her job in Boston. In order to escape the humiliation, she flees to Vermont and her best friend. Her escape turns into something more permanent when a local inn needs a pastry chef.

But life in the country moves differently than life in the city. Small town charm has it's pitfalls too.Gossip spreads faster than wildfire. Since her father died, Olivia's been feeling alone in the world. Could coming to Vermont be just what she needed?
My Thoughts: I really liked this book. Like country life, this book was full of small details that made you read slowly. I really liked the small town charm and the people in it. I enjoyed the descriptions of food, especially of pastries. I adored the apple pie contest and the competition. Of course the dog was adorable. The McCracken family was my favorite part of the book with their relationships, their loudness, and their togetherness. The friendships, the way of life, the food, and the slow burn romance made this book.

Cover Thoughts: I LOVE this cover! It's the paperback cover  and it speaks of Vermont to me. It's perfect.
Source: Book sent for review
Fun Fact Louise Miller is a pastry chef who works in Boston
Next Book: Louise Miller’s second novel, The Late Bloomers' Club, comes out July 17, 2018 Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. Check out the cover:

The Late Bloomers' Club

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Princess in Black: Mysterious playdate

Princess Magnolia has a play date - but what happens when monsters come out during it?  She has to take long breaks. There's no monster in sight, but the alarm sounded. Plus there's another monster fighter in the area, who could it be? And does she know the Princess in Black's true identity?
My Thoughts: I was finally able to get my hands on this book; it came out in September. It was super cute. I loved how the monster blended in. I loved the play date - both as the Princesses and as monster hunters. Another winner for the series!

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Final Thoughts: If you don't have this series in your library, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

This week's topic is favorite books read this year. It's always one of the hardest posts to write. But luckily, there's a librarian favorites thread on twitter, so I have those all picked out. Except I didn't pick any picture books for that list. Still, I'll give you the top ten and then the ones that I really wanted to include too. Let me know if you've read any of them too!
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

The Top Ten:
Wonder Woman by Leigh BardugoThe Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLeanThe Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth DurstReal Friends by Shannon HaleBrave by Svetlana Chmakova
Letters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererThe Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie BurgisThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasMoxie by Jennifer MathieuWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Others I Really Loved:
Renegades by Marissa MeyerAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanLove & Gelato by Jenna Evans WelchThe Unicorn Quest by Kamilla BenkoJust Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg
Coming Up for Air by Miranda KenneallyAll's Faire in Middle School by Victoria JamiesonWhat to Say Next by Julie BuxbaumDie for You by Amy Fellner DominyGirl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca ZappiaMarch by John             LewisThe Other F-Word by Natasha Friend

Ones I hadn't read at that time:
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Book Mini Review: Merry and Bright

Merry's life is filled to the brim that she's not even thinking about romance - until her brother and her mother sign her up for a dating service. Now she's talking with a stranger over email and he's looking pretty good. Should they meet?
The Good:
You've Got Mail Christmas story (and the role reversal)
Her relationship with Patrick
Patrick chatting with Jayson
Her Boss
Her moments at work
Getting ready for Christmas
The emails and their conversations

The Bad:
Nitpicking: I could have used another page or two at the end.

Final Thoughts: It's not Christmas without a new holiday romance from Debbie Macomber!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Puppy Update

I haven't posted a puppy update in while and the other day she was sleeping so cute in her bed. So I snapped a few pictures. She's gotten so big; she's almost as big as her brother. She's roughly 8 months and I think she's still growing. 

She's adorable when she's sleeping and crazy when she's not. She loves chewing bones.
Just a lazy morning in the sun

Nope, it's Monday, I'm not getting out of bed.

I like you so much!

Oh hi, are you talking to us?

Maybe he'll let me take it.

Just a little nibble.

How about a lick instead?

They trade bones often. And they've become quite good at stealing from each other. 

She's also the reason I haven't read as much this year. But she's certainly stolen my heart!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas: YA Books

YA book gift ideas from the books I've read this year.

For the romance fan:
I Never by Laura HopperChanges in Latitudes by Jen MaloneAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanInternet Famous by Danika StoneLove & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
In Some Other Life by Jessica BrodyWesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer HoneybournPrince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate StrohmComing Up for Air by Miranda KenneallyI See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Once and for All by Sarah DessenThe Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey  LeeLittle Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura StamplerAlex, Approximately by Jenn BennettBy Your Side by Kasie West
The Truth About Forever by Sarah DessenWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonP.S. I Like You by Kasie WestWindfall by Jennifer E. SmithEveryday Magic by Emily Albright

For the realistic fiction fan:
Just Another Girl by Elizabeth EulbergAll About Mia by Lisa  WilliamsonGirl Out of Water by Laura  SilvermanLetters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Moxie by Jennifer MathieuWhat to Say Next by Julie BuxbaumDie for You by Amy Fellner DominyVigilante by Kady CrossEliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend

For the thriller fan:
Never Say Die by Anthony HorowitzEnemy Exposure by Meghan RogersTake the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally CarterYou Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

For the Fantasy fan:
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasEver the Hunted by Erin SummerillWayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

For the superhero fan:
Wonder Woman by Leigh BardugoRenegades by Marissa Meyer

For the non fiction fan:
Girl Rising by Tanya Lee StonePumpkin by Laura YoungPassive Aggressive Notes by Kerry MillerThe Greatest Builds of All Time by Nathan SawayaTaylor Swift by Tyler Conroy
The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren

For the graphic novel fan:
Archie, Vol. 2 by Mark WaidMarch by John             LewisThe Stone Heart by Faith Erin HicksCrystal Cadets by Anne TooleOperation by Kathryn Immonen
Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3 by Kelly ThompsonGoldie Vance Volume 1 by Hope Larson