Book Review – The Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth Lewis

September 24, 2016 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2016 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review – The Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth LewisThe Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth Lewis
Published by Crown on July 5th 2016
Pages: 352
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller--narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim.

In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn't her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires--everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements--and each other.

Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents.

But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won't be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she's going to survive, she'll have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about what he's turned her into.

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‘One a’ them rules is don’t go trusting another man’s path…People do it, they do what their mommies and daddies did, they make them same mistakes, they have them same joys and hurts, they just repeating. Trees don’t grow exactly where their momma is; ain’t no room…I weren’t following no one up through life.’

Deep in the woods of what was once called British Columbia, 17-year-old Elka is struggling to survive on her own. After what she refers to as the “Big Damn Stupid”, the two wars that demolished the world that we know, this post-apocalyptic wasteland isn’t for the weak-willed. When she was only 7-years-old, Elka was caught in a massive storm and lost her grandmother but was taken in by a man she called “Trapper”, a man that taught her everything she needed to know about surviving and became the closest thing she could call family. When Elka discovers that “Trapper” a.k.a Kreager Hallet is wanted by the law for the deaths of many, she disappears thinking that she must be next. Her plan is to finally set off to find her long lost parents who left her with her grandmother to go in search of wealth, but her days traversing the woods alone get her mind racing as to the reasons why Kreager Hallet kept her alive all these years.

Her journey takes her north for many months. Seasons change but she continues to walk towards some unseen destination. Things aren’t easy and she constantly encounters obstacles but nothing she’s not able to find her way around, even with the law that is also searching for her assuming that she’s an accomplish for the murders. She even befriends a Wolf who undertakes the journey alongside her. Elka was an extraordinary character and one that isn’t seen often enough. Resilient, resourceful, with an indomitable spirit, she constantly proved herself to be immensely capable of dealing with any situation presented to her. When she’s forced to deal with other people and society, it was baffling to her that all women wouldn’t be just like her: able to take care of themselves in this harsh world.

‘I seen women take this kind a’ help from a man with a look a’ relief on their faces. I wondered if these women knew how much easier their lives would be if they did all this stuff for themselves.’

The comparisons between The Road and True Grit are apt. The world is a desolate place lacking in any redeemable qualities and has reverted to a Western style. Considering this was once British Columbia, it makes sense that individuals still speak French but to ones like Elka that have spent their life away from the company of people, she’s developed her own dialect that is decidedly Western. The language itself is fortunately effortless to read unlike other books I’ve read where new dialects have been created. The writing itself is fluid and promising for a debut author. There was unfortunately one lapse that ultimately changed the entire story for me: it’s told in past-tense and the essence of the ending is revealed in the introduction. For me, too much was revealed and the element of surprise was spent. Yes, there were additional details to add to the ending that weren’t disclosed until the true end of the story, however, I felt that the initial reveal was wholly unnecessary and the entire story would have been far more effective and enticing at keeping the reader interested if left out completely. Nonetheless, this post-apocalyptic western proves to be an auspicious start for debut author Beth Lewis.

‘Memories ain’t no one’s friend. They show you all the good things you had, all the good things you lost, and don’t let you forget all the bad shit in between.’

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Audios

September 19, 2016 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 18 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey [Purchase//Review]
I went through a phase where I tried to read all those books that one typically reads in school that I somehow missed (I went to a shit school apparently.) This was one of them and not only did I adore the narration (by Tom Parker) but this became one of my all time favorite books.

Blindness by José Saramago [Purchase//Review]
Blindness was another one of those lacking any sort of normal punctuation, à la McCarthy, so I opted for the audiobook. Narrated by Jonathan Davis. I was so impressed, I’ll definitely be seeking out more of his narrations.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [Purchase//Review]
A couple years ago one of my kids was assigned this in his English class. Considering it was one of those I’d always been meaning to read, I decided to do an impromptu buddy read with him. I remember vividly finishing this before going to work one morning and thoroughly exhausting myself sobbing. What a heartbreaker. The narrator, Allan Corduner, did an insanely great job at being the voice of Death.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath [Purchase//Review]
I was skeptical when I first picked this audiobook up, but Maggie Gyllenhaal emulates the words of Esther Greenwood flawlessly.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Purchase//Review]
I only just recently read this but I can honestly say I wouldn’t have appreciated it half as much if I had read this in my teen years. I picked up the edition narrated by Dan Stevens, who has the swooniest voice in the world. <3

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Lolita by Vladimir Naboko [Purchase//Review]
I tried to read this at one point in my life and didn’t get very far, at all. When this happens I usually try to pick up the audio just to see if it works out better and it really did with this one. Narrated by Jeremy Irons who does an incredible job.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman [Purchase]
I listened to the version of this entire series which is narrated by Pullman himself and I adored it. Sure made me wish I hadn’t waited till so late in life to finally read/listen!

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson [Purchase//Review]
This is hands down the funniest audiobook/book I’ve never listened to/read. I made the mistake of listening to this while at the gym on the treadmill and about injured myself laughing so hard. Narrated by the author herself.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy [Purchase]
This is another one that I tried to originally read but it didn’t work out, mainly because of McCarthy’s refusal to use quotation marks. Never fails to cause my eye to twitch. Can’t tell when you listen though! hahaha Narrated by Tom Stechschulte.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood [Purchase//Review]
I’d been wanting to read this one for years, but I finally discovered that Claire Danes was set to narrate this classic and I decided to wait for its release. This story consists of a heavy and distressing subject matter but Danes did an amazing job at thoroughly enthralling you.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 19th, 2016

September 19, 2016 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

Something To Look Foward to
Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of September 19th, 2016

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen

Metaltown by Kristen Simmons [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen

The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2) by Erin Bow [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Witch’s Pyre (The Worldwalker Trilogy #3) by Josephine Angelini [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Harper Voyager

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Untitled Trilogy #1) by Kerri Maniscalco [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Jimmy Patterson

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Zero-G: Book 1 by William Shatner & Jeff Rovin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Simon & Schuster

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The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Simon Pulse

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

Afterward: A Novel by Jennifer Mathieu [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press

The Dark Army (The Starblade Chronicles #2) by Joseph Delaney [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Greenwillow Books

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The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by HarperCollins

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

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The Other Side of the World: A Novel by Stephanie Bishop [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Atria Books

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Tor Books

Warp by Lev Grossman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Thunder Moon Rising (Deadlands #2) by Jeffrey Mariotte [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Tor Books

Red Tide (The Chronicle of the Exile #3) by Marc Turner [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Tor Books

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Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #3) by Liu Cixin & Ken Liu [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Tor Books

Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24) by Lynsay Sands [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Avon

The Iscariot Sanction (The Apollonian Case Files #2) by Mark A. Latham [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Titan Books

The Warren by Brian Evenson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Tor.com

Dead Souls: A Novel by J. Lincoln Fenn [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Gallery Books

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Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Minotaur Books

Blind Sight (Kathleen Mallory #12) by Carol O’Connell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8) by Karin Slaughter [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by William Morrow

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Flavia de Luce #8) by Alan Bradley [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Delacorte Press

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No Echo (Hanne Wilhelmsen #6) by Anne Holt [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Scribner

Home (Myron Bolitar #11) by Harlan Coben [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Dutton

Infamy (Butch Karp #28) by Robert K. Tanenbaum [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Gallery Books

Kiss of the Sun: A Thriller (The Girl in the Maze #2) by R.K. Jackson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Alibi

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company

Six Days in Leningrad by Paullina Simons [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by HarperCollins

The Confectioner’s Tale: A Novel of Paris by Laura Madeleine [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books

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Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Riverhead Books

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Hogarth

The Real Liddy James by Anne-Marie Casey [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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Blog Tour Review + Giveaway! Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith

September 16, 2016 Bonnie Book Reviews, Book Tour, Giveaways, Read in 2016 8 Comments

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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway! Pasadena by Sherri L. SmithPasadena by Sherri L. Smith
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on September 13th 2016
Pages: 240
Genres: Coming-of-Age
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
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Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses.

When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay.

Now everyone is a suspect--family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own.

About Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of YA novels LUCY THE GIANT, SPARROW, HOT SOUR SALTY SWEET, FLYGIRL and ORLEANS. In October 2015, she makes her middle grade debut with THE TOYMAKER’S APPRENTICE from G.P. Putnam and Sons for Penguin Random House.

Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. FLYGIRL was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist.

She loves her family, travel, chocolate chip cookies, reading, and and a really good cup of tea.

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Jude is visiting her estranged father on the East Coast when she receives the call about Maggie. They tell her she committed suicide. That she was found floating in her pool with a belly full of drugs. But that simply doesn’t make sense, because everyone loved Maggie Kim’s vivacious and charismatic attitude; she was a girl who truly had everything to live for. Jude flies back home immersing herself in the mystery surround her death, convinced that it wasn’t suicide and that she’s going to discover the person truly responsible for her death.

‘Maggie Kim was the sun in our universe. We all circle her. Never the other way around. And now that she’s gone, we’re shifting orbits.’

Maggie was Jude’s best friend, however, once her absence becomes all the more apparent, she begins to recognize that Jude wasn’t necessarily Maggie’s best friend. Her group of friends are a diverse bunch that come together to celebrate her life but clash constantly with one another. Maggie was the bond that linked everyone and now that she’s gone, there’s nothing left to keep the friendships from surviving. As Jude begins looking beneath the glossy veneer of Maggie Kim’s life, she starts to realize that there was a reason for it: to cover all those fine cracks hidden just below the surface. All the unexpected secrets slowly being uncovered that Jude would have expected a best friend to confide to her. We’re frequently shown flashbacks of time spent with Maggie, and with all the new knowledge she’s exposed, Jude reflects on these encounters with her best friend in a different light.

While the mystery itself was appealing on its own merits, the coming-of-age type story and self-reflection it causes Jude to go through is a surprisingly heavy yet affecting facet. The story uncovers Jude’s own past, the inner demons which she is constantly struggling with, and forces her to finally bring them to the light. The glitzy L.A. backdrop is vivid, describing the stifling heat and the wildfires that constantly consume the hillsides surrounding the city. Each aspect of this story is written with a startling intensity that manages to be completely captivating. Pasadena is just my second read by this author, Orleans being my first, and I continue to be riveted by each story she’s told, regardless of genre.

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Thanks to the wonderful individuals over at Penguin Books, I have a finished copy to share with one lucky reader! Leave a comment expressing your interest in this story to enter.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on September 30th, 2016.

Good luck!

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Pasadena Blog Tour

Wednesday, September 7 – Teen Librarian Toolbox (guest post)
Thursday, September 8 – The Book Smugglers (guest post)
Monday, September 12 – I Read Banned Books (guest post)
Wednesday, September 14 – Finding Wonderland (interview)
Thursday, September 15 – Portrait of a Book (review)
Monday, September 19 – In Wonderland (interview)
Tuesday, September 20 – The Forest of Words and Pages (review)
Wednesday, September 21 – Here’s to Happy Endings (review)
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Book Review – The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano

September 15, 2016 Bonnie Book Reviews, Middle Grade, Read in 2016 1 Comment

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review – The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefanoThe Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 13th 2016
Pages: 208
Genres: Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
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three-stars

Lionel is a wild boy, who doesn’t much like to be around other people. He’d rather be a purring cat or a wolf stalking the woods.

Marybeth is a nice girl. She doesn’t need to be told to comb her hair or brush her teeth, and she’s kind to everyone at the orphanage . . . Lionel most of all.

Different though they are, Lionel and Marybeth are best friends in a world that has forgotten about them. So when a mysterious blue spirit possesses Marybeth—and starts to take control—they know they must stop it before the real Marybeth fades away forever.

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‘Lionel already understood. He could make the chickens lay eggs and he could reason with the most stubborn of foxes. But he had learned years ago that humans were more dangerous than the things that stalked about the wilderness.’

Lionel may be a wild boy and Marybeth may be a nice girl, but these two 9-year-olds are one another’s only friends in a world where they have no one else. Lionel and Marybeth, along with six other orphans, live in the care of widowed Mrs. Mannerd who more than has her hands full. Much of their free time is spent traversing the woods surrounding the house where Lionel especially feels most at home due to the fact that he himself feels more animal than human. He likes to feed the wild animals from his hand and refuses to eat at the dinner time, preferring instead to eat beneath it. Marybeth is a perfectly normal little girl that manages to soothe the rougher edges of Lionel’s wildness. During one of their excursions in the wilderness, Lionel tells Marybeth of a blue fox that he’s currently trying to get to trust him, but to no avail. When Marybeth spots the blue creature from her bedroom window one night, she rushes to get a look at it only to find that it’s not a fox at all but something that ends up possessing and changing Marybeth.

This was such an endearing tale of friendship that will touch hearts of all ages. Lionel and Marybeth are the unlikeliest of duos, however, their friendship becomes vital to both of them. Their friendship helps Lionel to reacquaint himself with his emotions and come to terms with his loneliness at the orphanage which Marybeth also deals with similar feelings of isolation. When Marybeth is no longer Marybeth, having been inhabited by the ghost, it’s up to Lionel to take charge like he’s never had to before in order to help his friend solve the mystery of who this ghost is. The mystery and paranormal aspects were curious yet left me with more than a few questions (unlikely to be a problem with the appropriate age group) but the real story here is the friendship and the lesson in mortality.

The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart is yet another unexpectedly sinister Middle grade adventure from DeStefano. The bleak undertones are paired well with a message of hope and a mystery that will keep any reader in this age group speculating. Lauren DeStefano has definitely found her niche in the Middle Grade genre.

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The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint [Purchase//Review]
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker [Purchase]
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Weight of This World by David Joy

September 14, 2016 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday – The Weight of This World by David JoyThe Weight of This World by David Joy
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on March 7th 2017
Pages: 272
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: Hardcover
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Critically acclaimed author David Joy, whose debut Where All Light Tends to Go was hailed as “a savagely moving novel that will likely become an important addition to the great body of Southern literature” (Huffington Post), returns to the mountains of North Carolina with a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past.

A combat veteran returned from war, Thad Broom can’t leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind, nor can he forgive himself for what he saw there. His mother, April, is haunted by her own demons, a secret trauma she has carried for years. Between them is Aiden McCall, loyal to both but unable to hold them together. Connected by bonds of circumstance and duty, friendship and love, these three lives are blown apart when Aiden and Thad witness the accidental death of their drug dealer and a riot of dope and cash drops in their laps. On a meth-fueled journey to nowhere, they will either find the grit to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.

About David Joy

David Joy is the author of the novels Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015) and Waiting On The End Of The World (Putnam, 2016), as well as the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey (Bright Mountain Books, 2011), which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. His work is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

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I was a big fan of Joy’s Where All Light Tends to Go and I’m looking forward to what is bound to be more crazy adventures in the mountains of North Carolina.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Swoons

September 13, 2016 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I think when most consider “romances” in terms of genre, anything with someone looking Fabio-esque comes to mind. I love a good bodice ripper, although you might not know that considering I never actually review them. I feel like there are only so many ways you can describe something as “steamy” but maybe that’s why I’m not a romance author. Or maybe I just need a better thesaurus. When I think of romances though, I think of a multitude of genres, because for the most part, the majority of books contain a romance in some way shape or form.

These ten are my favorite non-romances but I threw a few bodice rippers in there for good measure too.

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Contemporary
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell [Purchase//Review]
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie [Purchase]
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes [Purchase//Review]

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Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase//Review]
Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach [Purchase//Review]
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle [Purchase]
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning [Purchase]

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Historical
Some Like It Wild (Kincaid Highland, #2) by Teresa Medeiros [Purchase]
Unclaimed (Turner, #2) by Courtney Milan [Purchase//Review]
Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1) by Tessa Dare [Purchase – Only $1.99!]

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 12th, 2016

September 12, 2016 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

Something To Look Foward to
Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of September 12th, 2016

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The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Putnam

Another Me by Eva Wiseman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Tundra Books

Gamescape: Overworld (The Nova Project #1) by Emma Trevayne [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Greenwillow Books

Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Overdrive by Dawn Ius [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Simon Pulse

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The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Candlewick

Radical by E.M. Kokie [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Candlewick

Dark Horses by Cecily von Ziegesar [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Soho Teen

When They Fade by Jeyn Roberts [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

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The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Scholastic Press

The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Into White by Randi Pink [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

Watched by Marina Budhos [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Wendy Lamb Books

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers

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Going Geek by Charlotte Huang [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Delacorte Press

A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Children of Exile (Children of Exile #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Candlewick

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The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Wendy Lamb Books

The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Candlewick

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The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

The Memory Wall by Lev A.C. Rosen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story by R.L. Stine [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

The Mighty Odds (The Mighty Odds #1) by Amy Ignatow [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Amulet Books

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The Sound of Seas (Earthend Saga #3) by Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Simon & Schuster/ Simon451

Navigators of Dune (Schools of Dune #3) by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Tor Books

Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Tachyon Publications

Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Tor.com

A Shattered Empire (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #3) by Mitchell Hogan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Harper Voyager

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Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Picador

Darktown: A Novel by Thomas Mullen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Atria / 37 INK

Black Water: A Novel by Louise Doughty [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Sarah Crichton Books

Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Minotaur Books

The Empress of Tempera by Alex Dolan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Diversion Publishing

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The Apostle Killer by Richard Beard [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Melville House

Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the “Jeff Davis 8?” by Ethan Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Scribner

Nutshell by Ian McEwan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Nan A. Talese

Red Right Hand by Chris Holm [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Mulholland Books

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness (Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency #1) by David Casarett [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Redhook

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Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Dutton

The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Doubleday

The Secrets of Wishtide (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery #1) by Kate Saunders [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA

Ascension by Gregory Dowling [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books

Jerusalem: A Novel by Alan Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Liveright Publishing Corporation

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The Spice Box Letters: A Novel by Eve Makis [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Harper

Umami by Laia Jufresa [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Oneworld Publications

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The Sleeping World: A Novel by Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Touchstone

Intimations: Stories by Alexandra Kleeman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Harper

The Virginity of Famous Men by Christine Sneed [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA

Little Nothing by Marisa Silver [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Blue Rider Press

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Audiobook Review – The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

September 8, 2016 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews 3 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review – The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy SchumerThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Narrator: Amy Schumer
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on August 16th 2016
Length: 8 hours and 6 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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four-stars

The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend—an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably—but only because it’s over.

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I didn’t quite know what to expect from this memoir. I knew very little about Amy Schumer prior to this memoir, only having seen some of her skits as well as her hosting the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, but I thought she was funny and I’m a complete sucker for memoirs narrated by the authors themselves. But after this book? I love her. She’s absolutely hysterical with her self-deprecating sense of humor while still managing to be completely empowering as well as her candid talks about her sex life which are totally amusing.

“I’m a real woman who digests her meals and breaks out and has sweet little pockets of cellulite on her upper thighs that she’s not apologizing for. Because guess what? We all have that shit. We’re all human beings.”

You can’t help but love that honesty. It’s straightforward and sincere and only helps to make us females lacking that “perfect body” feel a little bit better about ourselves. It is what it is, people. Move along.

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“I also want to clarify that this book has NO SELF-HELP INFO OR ADVICE FOR YOU […] I’m a flawed fuckup and I haven’t figured anything out, so I have no wisdom to offer you. But what I can help with is showing you my mistakes and my pain and my laughter […]”

While Schumer is widely known for being a Comedian, this book isn’t all fun and games. While I would have adored a book from her composed of nothing but sidesplitting humor, I can understand why she took the opportunity to voice her opinions and include a few more insightful notes. And while she does clarify at the very beginning that there is nothing self-help about this book, there are still many lessons that can be learned from her words. She discusses in depth the amount of time and energy she spent to build her career from the ground up, to always stand up for who you are and what you believe in, and to learn to roll with the punches life throws at you with the determination that you will eventually come out of this. The types of stories she shares though are widely varied going from hilarious recollections of her childhood stuffed animals that now look like something out of a nightmare to reading clips from her teenage diary entries (including present day footnotes). She speaks openly about being an introvert and these parts were like preaching to the choir.

‘I really don’t do well at parties or gatherings where I feel like I am obligated to be more “social.” Usually I will find a corner to hide in and immediately begin haunting it like the girl from The Ring, just hoping no one will want to come talk to me.’

But on the opposite end of the spectrum, she tells us tragic stories about the loss of her virginity, about her own personal story of domestic abuse, her terrifying stories of blacking out, and a very stirring statement on gun control that I at one point even said “Fuck yeah, Amy!” while listening. While those entries aren’t funny or entertaining to read about, it’s a part of what makes Amy, well, Amy and for that I appreciate her honesty. She knocked it out of the park with her narration and I do so hope she writes more in the future. I’ll leave you with this gem.

‘He walked down the aisle and I watched him, his arms bulging and his huge hands gripping his bag as he navigated his way between the seats. I was thinking, Maybe when he walks by I can pretend to sneeze … and fall on the floor in front of him … and he will trip and fall inside of me.

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