The Midnights

by Sarah Nicole Smetana

 

For me The Midnights was good and enjoyable. The cover is eye catching and makes you want to pick that book up at the bookstore or library.  I think high school teen me would have eaten this book up and loved every moment of it. Mom me was just wanting to step in and tell her stop doing some of her risky behavior stuff. It is full of family, hope, loss, grief and finding yourself again, and music. If you are not a big music lover or listener than this might not be the book for you. Susannah and her dad share a bond through the music he creates in the garage studio. She feels close to him and loves being a part of his world, even though sometimes he is so wrapped up into his own world he doesn’t even notice he has a family. The unthinkable happens and her whole live is turned upside down and she is going to have to find who Susannah is again. The Midnights is full of teen angst and learning and growing. Would I suggest this to YA readers? Absolutely, I will caution that this book is very YA and not for middle grade readers like some YA books. The book contains more adult situations that younger YA readers don’t need to read about just yet. Having said that I think that being a bit more adult YA makes this a great book for an adult who maybe wants to give YA a try but not wanting a younger feeling book. This book is perfect for John Green and/or Sarah Dessen fans. The Midnights would be a great book to read over spring or summer break, and I hope you like it. I can’t wait to see what the author writes next.

About the book: Susannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she’s more interested in composing impressive chord progressions than college essays, certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her. But when he dies unexpectedly her dreams—and her reality—shatter.

While Susannah struggles with grief, her mother uproots them to a new city. There, Susannah realizes she can reinvent herself however she wants: a confident singer-songwriter, member of a hip band, embraced by an effortlessly cool best friend. But Susannah is not the only one keeping secrets, and soon, harsh revelations threaten to unravel her life once again.

Thank you Booksparks and HarperTeen for allowing me to read The Midnights. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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The Saturday Night Supper Club

by Carla Laureano

 

 

I knew this book was the book for me when I saw the main character Rachel Bishop was a chef. I love reading about chef’s – always thought it would be a fun (and very hard) job. I blame Friends,  Monica always made it look so fun. 🙂

The author Carla Laureano did a great job at hooking the reader within the first page(s). I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see how this story unfolded before the first chapter ended. The Saturday Night Supper Club is a sneak peek into the world of fine dining. One I don’t know much about, so I enjoyed seeing it through the eyes of Rachel and Adam. The banter/ dialogue in this book was witty and fresh. The characters as well as the story was very well developed and flows so well. The cover is what grabbed my attention and I was so happy that the story was just as great as that beautiful cover. You will go on the journey with Rachel as she experiences some career lows and hard falls to finding a way to pick herself up and not let it keep her down. She has a great support system and friends who have her back. She can rebuild her life and maybe find not only that she still has a passion for food it just might not be what she always envisioned for herself. This book is a christian contemporary fiction book. Please don’t let that put you off from reading it. It is not a preachy christian fiction. This book is for all readers, yes faith is talked about and through out the book, but it is just one element and not the main focus. I saw on GoodReads that it is listed as book 1 in the series.  I was so happy to see that we will get to read more from the Supper Club.

One take away from this book which I’m sure isn’t the real take away: Always wait to post that negative review at a store, site or restaurant. Sometimes in the heat of a bad experience we can say things that maybe we wish we hadn’t. One bad review can cause a ripple effect that trickles down and so many people might face consequences. We all have off days or bad days even customer service people whether it’s a store or place to eat.

About the Book: Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back . . . even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life―and love―outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

Thank you so much Tyndale for sending me a copy of The Saturday Evening Supper Club for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Kill Devil

A Jed Patrick Novel
by Mike Dellosso

I had not read the first book in this series Centralia before Kill Devil, I meant to but there just wasn’t enough time and I felt like I’d be OK without having read it. This book is part of a series but could be a stand alone as well. You will not be so totally lost if you haven’t read Centralia first, however you will want to grab a copy after reading Kill Devil. There were a few times I would have known what they were talking about or more of the background story of a character. That didn’t detract from this book at all though, it just made me want to read the first book even more. I know I will be reading book 1 sometime soon. Kill Devil is a non stop action paced roller coaster ride. Mike Dellosso really knows how to write, the character development was great and you feel like you know them. The story line while it was fast paced was not so far fetching like some novels can be. Jed Patrick is a great series for both men and women and one I would recommend. Many times people are turned off but christian fiction but this is not preachy in your face christian fiction. The conclusion was believable and left it where I think he could write another book about Jed and his family. I hope he does I really liked this one. This was the first Mike Dellosso book I’ve read but it definitely won’t be the last. I know Father’s Day is tomorrow so it is too late to get this for a Father’s Day gift but it would make a great gift for a father who is a reader and looking for a great series. Plus you can read it after them, or before if you want to make sure they would like it. 🙂

summary: Jed Patrick is convinced he’s doing all it takes to keep his family safe–new names, new location, new identity. But just when he thinks he finally has his life back, trained men claiming to be CIA agents break in and threaten his wife and daughter, proving once and for all his family will never truly be safe until he eliminates the agency dead set on hunting him down.Not knowing if Karen and Lilly are better off by his side or in hiding, Jed is determined to protect them while finding a way to use the classified information that he possesses to dismantle the Centralia Project. But he soon learns that eliminating Centralia may require compromising his own values. As danger escalates, Jed isn’t sure whether there’s anyone or anything he can trust–including his own senses.

The Wolves of Winter

by Tyrell Johnson

 

 

WOW! This book was so good. I started it Saturday morning, got up at 4 am Sunday because I had to know what was next. I just finished it and I want to start it all over again. It’s not a book I thought I’d like, its post apocalyptic there is hunting and that makes me sad. I know though sadly it is about survival and sometimes we do things we don’t usually do to survive. In The Wolves of Winter the world has changed first their was the war, then there was the flu. Scary stuff especially with all that is going on in present day times. 3 out 4 died from the flu and the world went cold, winter most of the time and what little seasons that came after all the snow melted were getting shorter. The McBrides have been surviving living a somewhat happy life in the Yukon valley far away from their home in Eagle Alaska, and all that changes when Wolf and Jax show up. Jax is on the run and Immunity is going to find him and they don’t care who they get rid of to get to him. I’m not going to tell you more because you HAVE to read this book. The main characters – Lynn, her family, Jax and Wolf are great I really liked them and was invested in their story. While I don’t see that there is a sequel I really hope there is. It did leave off were maybe just maybe there could be. Maybe it’s just my wishful thinking either way I will be reading anything Tyrell Johnson writes next!

About the Book: Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she’s forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter.

Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.

Simultaneously a heartbreaking sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant.

Thank you so much Simon and Schuster and BookSpark for sending me a copy of The Wolves of Winter for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Restore My Soul

author & illustrator: Ann Margret  Hovsepian



Adult coloring books are all the thing now, they are fun and not just for adults many older elementary through high school kids enjoy them. I know I like them they are relaxing and a great way to wind down. Ann Hovsepian has combined coloring books with a devotional and created a wonderful way for people to create beautiful, frame-able quotes to have around the house and do devotions at the same time. 


The devotional page has a bible quote, which you can just read and reflect on or grab your bible and read the entire passage and reflect while coloring afterwards. After the quote she really dives into a real life application that makes the reflection time more meaningful.  She also includes an activity to do on the color pages besides coloring. The coloring pages are so pretty and different degree’s of coloring from faster and more simple coloring pages that you could finish in a day or two, to ones that might take quite a bit longer. You could use this as a day or weekly devotional. I think I will use it as a weekly that way I can take my time coloring and reflecting. That gives me 40 weeks of devotional time, giving me time to take a break for Lent and Advent devotionals. This would make a wonderful gift or group bible study. Not all quotes on the coloring pages are from the bible but they all go well with Restore My Soul. 



summary: Grab your colored pencils and get ready to refresh your spirit with this coloring book devotional journey!


For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, Restore My Soul is a beautiful, interactive devotional designed to celebrate our unique creativity and connect us with the ultimate Creator. Find refreshment in short reflections on Scripture and be inspired as you color accompanying intricate illustrations created for meditation and prayer. Both contemplative and imaginative, Restore My Soul is the perfect space for the artist in us all.

The Missing Wife

by Sheila O’Flanagan

 

 

The Missing Wife is a don’t judge a marriage by just what you see. Outside Imogen and Vince look like the sweet happy married couple. Both have jobs they like, they seem happy and in love. Behind closed doors there is a totally different view. Vince is a control freak that is verbally abusive to Imogen. She has had enough and it’s time to put her escape into action. She has worked on every last detail for years. She will have at least 24 hours before he finds out she is gone. She needs to follow it word for word for it to go off with out a hitch. I liked the courage Imogen had it takes a lot of courage and determination to walk away from your verbal abuser. So many times they have worn the other one down thinking they are worth nothing. Vince is a total Jerk and I hated him from page 1. This book is a character POV book so you will get to read how both Imogen and Vince view this whole journey. This is a long book coming in at 480 pages so there were a few parts for me that were a bit slower paced than the rest. I did like The Missing Wife by new to me author Sheila O’Flanagan. I would recommend this for anyone who likes contemporary fiction and this would be a great spring read. I will warn you while reading this you will wish you were in the pretty little town in France that Imogen escapes to. The author does an amazing job with all her descriptions. You can visualize everything so clearly, it’s almost like your there.

About the Book: When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She’s always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? And how will she survive without Vince?

What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen’s past is right behind her…

Will it catch up with her? And will she be ready to face it if it does?

Thank you Grand Central Publishing for sending me a copy of The Missing Wife. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Layover

by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer

 

 

Layover was an OK I liked it and it reminded me alot of a chick lit book for YA genre. I had issues with it as a mom that just bugged me. However even my teen had some of the same issues. First off it has these kids just up and throwing away their phones with very little contact with their parents. They are just supposed to accept that their kids are going to not show up to Christmas vacation because they are getting a divorce. The kids hang with a friend, steal his credit card and car and have a grand old-time at Disney Land, and in the end really face no real punishment. I ended up giving it 3 stars because it was bubble gum book as I would call it. The story was well written but I just couldn’t connect with the characters. My teen gave it a little higher 3 stars but said if I pulled the crap they did I would be have been grounded for life. 🙂 Yes you would so remember that.

About the Book: One missed flight was about to change their lives forever….

Flynn: At first we were almost strangers. But ever since I moved to New York, Amos was the one person I could count on. And together we were there for Poppy. (I mean, what kind of parents leave their kid to be raised by a nanny?) I just didn’t expect to fall for him—and I never expected him to leave us.

Amos: I thought I was the only one who felt it. I told myself it was because we were spending so much time together—taking care of Poppy and all. But that night, I could tell she felt it, too. And I freaked out—you’re not supposed to fall for your stepsister. So I ran away to boarding school. I should have told her why I was leaving, but every time I tried, it felt like a lie.

Thank you Crown Book for Young Readers for sending me Layover. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.