Waiting on Wednesday: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Publication date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Synopsis

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author: Adrienne Young
Publication date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical

Synopsis

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home. 

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Book Review: War by Laura Thalassa

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Title: 
War
Author:  Laura Thalassa
Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing, LLC
Release Date: July 10, 2019
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: ★★★

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Synopsis:

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp. 

Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist. 

However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.


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After reading Pestilence last year, and enjoying the hell out of it, I could not wait to read War. I love apocalyptic books that not only mix in a story of survival, but add in a dash of romance and a light fictional take on Biblical references, and I am all over it. Just like his brother Pestilence, as one of the four horsemen, War is also a cruel and stubborn anti-hero. But as the current terror on humanity, he meets his match with a just as stubborn heroine named Miriam.

The romance in this book is a very slow-burn and a hate-to-love mess of attraction, loathing, and adamant quarreling. The chemistry between the two main characters is fiery and teeth-clinching. While War is determined to do his holy job by destroying humanity, Miriam’s goal is to save mankind by defying War’s orders. However, as a divine being, it’s hard for Miriam to get an upper hand on his destruction. 

The entire book is action-packed, but oftentimes the internal and external battles are so exhausting and heartbreaking. Compassion plays a huge part in War, while the struggle between holy duties and redemption is tugged and pulled back and forth throughout the pages. I am looking forward to see how the next of the four horsemen reigns the earth. 

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Note: I bought this book with my own funds. I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in an exchange for a review; I reviewed it at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Waiting on Wednesday: Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
Author: Laura Ruby
Publication date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Historical

Synopsis

From the author of Printz Medal winner Bone Gap comes the unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.

When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That’s why Frankie’s not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket.

Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans—two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.

And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America—every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she’s able to carve out will be enough.

I will admit I do not know the answer. But I will be watching, waiting to find out. 

That’s what ghosts do. 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Publication date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Redhook
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical

Synopsis

In the summer of 1901, at the age of seven, January Scaller found a Door. You know the kind of door–they lead to Faerie, to Valhalla, to Atlantis, to all the places never found on a map.

Years later, January has forgotten her brief glimpse of Elsewhere. Her life is quiet and lonely but safe on her guardian’s estate, until one day she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds in its pages, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure, and danger. A book that might lead her back to the half-remembered door of her childhood.

But, as January gets answers to questions she never imagined, shadows creep closer. There are truths about the world that should never be revealed. 

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Book Review: Stealing Home by Becky Wallace

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Title:
Stealing Home
Author:  Becky Wallace
Publisher: Page Street
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Source: Netgalley e-arc from publisher
Rating: ★★★

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Synopsis:

Fight for your dreams, even if it means breaking a few rules.

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Russell has life perfectly planned. If she keeps up her hard work, one day she’ll take over the family business: owning the Buckley Beavers, a minor league baseball team, and become one of the only female General Managers in the sport.

But when the newest member of the Beavers, child-phenom Sawyer Campbell, shows up, Ryan’s carefully laid plans are thrown a major curveball. Sawyer is far more charming than the arrogant jocks she usually manages, his ambition rivals her own workaholic nature—and he’s completely out of bounds. Fraternizing is against every rule in the Beaver’s handbook.

Then Ryan’s divorced parents butt heads over the future of the Beavers, and her mom plans to sell her shares to a business group known for relocating teams. If this happens, Ryan’s dreams of becoming GM disappear. In a bid to save her future, she partners with Sawyer to use his star power to draw in sponsors who will keep the team in Buckley. But the more time she spends with him, the more impossible it becomes to play by the Beaver’s rules, and she can’t afford a strikeout on the path to her dreams.

Full count with two outs, Ryan’s one pitch away from losing the whole ball game. 


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One of my favorite things about summer is reading swoony books, and Becky Wallace’s Stealing Home is a contemporary romance that you do not want to miss. This novel contains the right amount of emotional frenzy and excitement, which create a slow-burn romance blossomed from friendship and commonality. 

The main character, Ryan, is a very driven and focused person. She has dreams and aspirations to follow in her dad’s footsteps, and as a summer intern for her parent’s co-owned minor league baseball team, Ryan is one of the most determined, organized, and follows the rules to the T type of person. Enter Sawyer Campbell, the new baseball player who is also goal-oriented, career-driven, and puts his family first. Both characters are so much alike that it is hard not to root for a love connection between them throughout the book. 

Overall, Stealing Home is a quick and constant page-turner. This novel definitely has its drama and angst, but add in positive friendships, baseball games, and breakfast burritos, and you have a story that hits a home run. Each chapter is a brand new step in helping Ryan and Sawyer fulfill each of the their personal dreams and get the happy ending that they both deserve.

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Note: A huge thank you to Page Street Publishing for providing me an e-ARC to read and review for free in exchange for an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own.