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.

Waiting on Wednesday: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

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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: Once & Future
Author: Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Publication date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Science Fiction

Synopsis

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Stealing Home by Becky Wallace

waiting on wednesday

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: Stealing Home
Author: Becky Wallace
Publication date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Page Street
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

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.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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I adore Becky Wallace and her first two books: The Storyspinner and The Skylighter. I will read anything and everything Becky puts out in this world because she is so passionate about her work and, you guys, her storytelling is so extraordinary. IS IT JULY, YET?!!! Please, can I have it now?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

Formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s topic is…Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

(CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER TO BE LINKED TO ITS GOODREADS’ PAGE)

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What are some books have you recently added to your TBR?

Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Want to Reread

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Bionic Book Worm

Today’s topic: Top 5 Books I Want to Reread

Click on my photographs to be linked to my review or the book’s Goodreads page.

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Before I started blogging, I remember reading Fangirl and loving it. I adored the romance aspect and I was ecstatic that it took place in a college setting.

IMG_8191I was so afraid that I wasn’t going to love this book as much as everyone else raved about it. But I am so glad I pushed myself to read it last year, and I’m excited to give Scorpio Races a reread this autumn (it’s definitely an autumnal read). 

IMG_8192Fantasy is one of my favorite genres to read, and The Storyspinner did not disappoint in that category. I read this book a few years ago, and I would love to dive back into it someday. 

IMG_8193This fall I am planning to reread a few of my favorite witchy and horror books. Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies, and I am looking forward to diving back into the book again (it’s probably been over 10 years since I read it) and possibly doing a comparison post on the differences between the book and the movie.

IMG_8194You probably know by now, because I never shut up about it, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE A Million Junes by Emily Henry. And when I finally do a reread, I cannot wait to swoon and laugh and cry; this book has all the feels!

What are some books you want to reread?

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

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What are some underrated/hidden gem books you have read in the past year or so?

Top Five Wednesday: Gateway Books to My Favorite Genre

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is currently hosted by Samantha @ Thoughts on TomesEvery Wednesday a new topic is listed on the Goodreads group, and you list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.

This week’s topic is…

Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

My go-to genre is fantasy. I love the world-building, the variety of characters that can show up, and more importantly I love the magic that usually encompasses the story. So below, here are my Top 5 Books that I believe are perfect to introduce a new reader to the genre of Fantasy. 

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The Night Circus is 387 pages of mystery, kittens, the aroma of Kettlecorn, romance, and intense magic! If you are looking for a good fantasy read, this book will definitely win you over.

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The Storyspinner is an engaging, high fantasy read. It intertwines reality, magic, and a badass heroine. Definitely add this to your TBR list now! 

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This fantasy series needs no explanation. JUST READ IT! 

The Winner’s Trilogy contains no magic, but it definitely has elaborate world-building and a historical feel to it. The way the two main characters challenge other is intense, gut-wrenching, and beautifully executed throughout the whole series.

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In 2012, I was going through a reading slump. I had just finished my first year of graduate school for English Literature, and I was in the dire need of a good book. I could go on and on about how great this series is, but trust me, it’s amazing in every way.