Waiting on Wednesday: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

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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.

10 Blind Dates

Title: 10 Blind Dates
Author: Ashley Elston
Publication date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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Title: The Devouring Gray
Author: Christine Lynn Herman
Publication date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

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Waiting On Wednesday: UNEARTHED by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Title: UNEARTHED
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publication date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

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Waiting On Wednesday: Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

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Title: Rosemarked
Author: Livia Blackburne
Publication date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Synopsis

A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.

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Book Review: Nantucket Blue

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By: Leila Howland
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 294 (Hardcover)
Format: Kindle (e-book)
Source: Purchased

About Nantucket Blue:

For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on–most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits–that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.

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MY RANTS AND RAVES OF NANTUCKET BLUE

I have not had that much luck with contemporary reads in the last couple of months. I’m a mood reader, and during the summer, I’m always like, “GIMME ALL THE SWOONY CONTEMPS BECAUSE SUMMER = LOVE.” And sadly, once again, I was unable to fall in love with another contemporary read, in this case, Nantucket Blue.

First, I had a very hard time connecting with Cricket. She seemed off-putting and flat as a character. She is too worried of what everyone thinks, which causes her to fail to focus on the world and friends that surround her. I wanted her to be a stronger character, but with each chapter I failed to like her more and more. And do not even get me started on her so-called best friend, Jules. UGH, worst friend award definitely goes to Jules. I know everyone grieves in different ways, but I honestly do think, and I know from experience with the tragedy she faces, that I would never treat my friend like she treats Cricket. How does treating your friends like crap, help you cope with the reality of loss?! IT DOESN’T! Their friendship is odd, rude, and so complicated for unnecessary reasons, making the whole book less enjoyable.

Furthermore, I think because Cricket is so insecure and worried about what others think, this causes her motivations, interactions, and actions to become too drawn out and over-dramatic, which leads to too much angst.The only rave that I have about the book is the relationship that blossomed between Cricket and Zack. Their interactions were swoony and had me smiling a lot. Zack definitely made up for Jules’ indifference in the friendship department.

Overall, I think this novel had potential. Creating a love story at a beachy, summer location sounds great on paper, but in the long run the chapters were so short and clipped, leaving rarely any room for a story to develop. Cricket goes through a lot, and I mean A LOT, in this novel. She barely has room to work out her problems and maturely grow. I saw that there is a sequel, Nantucket Red, but in all honestly, I do not feel compelled to follow Cricket through another stage of her adolescence after reading Nantucket Blue.

1 star rating

MY RATING: 2 out of 5 Stars

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.