Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Title: Until It Fades 
Author: K.A. Tucker 
Source: Publisher 
Publisher: Atria 
Published: June 27th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades? 


“Life is too short to do what other people think you should do.” 

K.A. Tucker has written a book in a genre I didn’t think I was in the mood for, but she delivered a story that turned out to be exactly what I needed. Until It Fades is so beautiful, incredibly sweet, and a perfect modern-day fairy tale.

Catherine Wright and her adorable and precocious daughter Brenna may not have much in the way of material things, but they have each other and that’s everything. Living in a small town, Cath is still trying to live down the events that transpired when she was seventeen years old. Events that the residents of Balsam (population 3,000), Pennsylvania won’t let her forget. On her way home one night, she comes upon a wreck and saves an unconscious man’s life by pulling him from a burning car. She wants to remain anonymous; but the man whose life she saved is none other than Brett Madden, the famous and beloved hockey star of the Philadelphia Flyers. Brett isn’t about to let the good Samaritan evade him without a proper thank-you, but the last thing Cath wants is to be in the public eye and have the rumor mill stirred up yet again and her difficult past broadcasted for all to see. But when Brett and Cath finally do come face to face, neither are prepared for the spark that ignites.

This is such an enjoyable and satisfying story with characters that are easy to fall for and root for. Though it was an unexpected change of pace from the thrillers I’ve been reading, it was one I found so rewarding and I fell head over heels in love with it. From Cath and Brenna to Brett and his family, Lou and Leroy, best friend Keith, and Cath’s brother Jack, this book is packed full with a lovable cast.

Ms. Tucker subtly reminds us that victims deserve compassion and not blame, that our past should not define us, and moving on and taking chances are a part of living. This delightful stand-alone moved me to both laughter and tears and warmed my heart long after I turned the last page. This is a book for readers who believe in happily-ever-afters, who know that without mistakes there are no lessons, and who realize that we all deserve a second chance.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

On My Shelf: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab

On My Shelf is an awesome feature hosted by Teresa at Readers Live A Thousand Lives that anyone can join. The idea is to spotlight a book from your TBR shelf; it's a fun way to discuss books with fellow bloggers and, with their help, decide which books are must-reads... and which ones can wait a while longer.

On My Shelf is usually a Friday post, but we have to cut out early this week and we're getting a headstart on the weekend!

I got Our Savage Song last year, and I was reminded by the newly released sequel and conclusion Our Dark Duet that it was still on my shelf! I've seen this shelved as YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Dystopian...

Seriously -- I'm not sure which one of those it is, but we like them all! These lines from the synopsis of book two are what makes me think this series would be a perfect read for Mckenzie and me:

"Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost." 

I'd love for my fellow bloggers and readers to weigh in!

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

Have you read This Savage Song? What are your thoughts? 
Do I drop everything and start reading -- or put it back on my shelf for later?

Hope everyone has a great weekend! See you next week! 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #68: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,
that showcases our most anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, #3) 
Author: J.K. Rowling 
Illustrator: Jim Kay 
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. 
Expected Publication: October 3rd, 2017 
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts . . . he's at Hogwarts."

Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst. 


We can't wait to add this third illustrated edition to our collection! Jim Kay has stunningly illustrated these amazing books, and they are treasures for new and old fans alike.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Release Day Review: The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Title: The Space Between the Stars 
Author: Anne Corlett 
Source: Publisher 
Publisher: Berkley 
Published: June 13th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.

All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit...

Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive. 

Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be...


This debut novel by Anne Corlett isn’t at all what I expected, and I ended up enjoying it even more because of what it really encompasses. When I hear “science fiction” and “apocalyptic,” my mind goes to a very distinct kind of book with a certain feel. While this book has the setting of both of those things, it is more about humanity and main character Jamie Allenby’s experiences in the aftermath of a virus that has wiped out most of the population and her determination to return to Earth. The loneliness that Jamie feels in the beginning of the book is palpable, and my mind was spinning with “what would I do in this situation?” thoughts. Fortunately, Jamie is not completely alone, but meeting other survivors is an experience all on its own. I felt for Jamie not only because of what is happening currently, but because of what Jamie has been through. She has experienced such incredible loss in her lifetime. I found it completely understandable and quite realistic that she would be cautious and a bit reserved toward her fellow survivors. I was glued to the pages, wondering what would happen next for Jamie as well as the other characters.

This book is beautifully written; and though it sets a leisurely pace at times, there is a thrilling twist near the end. I was very much drawn in by the author’s writing and Jamie’s story. It’s a frightening concept that the world as you know it could change so drastically so quickly. I want fellow readers to know that this isn’t the kind of story you might envision when you hear “sci-fi” and “post-apocalyptic.” Those descriptors are the backdrop for this thought-provoking novel that feels to me more like literary fiction. This book is about self-discovery and second chances. It’s about hope and love and realizing what to hold onto and knowing when to let go. It’s about one woman courageous enough to face her fears and strong enough to overcome them. Jamie survived the end of the world, but now comes the hard part: living in it.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a great weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It's where we share what we've just read, what we're currently reading, and what we're starting next. 

I only managed two posts last week; and after my second post, I had to desert the blog and my blogging buddies because I was brought down by a tiny, one-pound monster. Here's how it all began: the weekend before last, we heard pitiful cries coming from the woods by our house. When we went outside to investigate, this is what we found:

We searched for siblings and a mom but didn't find anything; he was all alone, filthy, and starving. It took most of the day to earn this little guy's trust, but we finally did, with patience and bribery.

We took him to the vet, and he got a clean bill of health along with shots and everything a new kitten needs. He's a little small for his age, which the vet estimated to be seven weeks, but he is doing amazing and we're sure he'll be caught up in no time.

So meet Loki, god of mischief!


Here's the part where I should probably tell you that not only am I more of a dog person, but I am also very allergic to cats. Not that I let this stop me because I love all animals. I had a rough reaction last week and thought we would need to find the little guy a new home, but I'm on some new meds and am feeling better. I think he'll be staying with us for three reasons:

1. my self-portrait:

2. this widdle face:

and 3. he's clearly a book-lover:


I'll be by to catch up with all of you later today; and of course, if you have any advice on kittens and allergies and introducing Loki to the other pets (which we haven't done yet), please feel free to share :) Now, onto the books!

Previously read:


Currently reading:  


Up next: 


Previous posts: 

Review: The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
Mother-Daughter Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Review: Spectacle (Menagerie, #2) by Rachel Vincent
Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Review: Skitter (The Hatching, #2) by Ezekiel Boone
Review: Flame in the Mist by RenĂ©e Ahdieh

What are you reading this week? 
We hope you have a happy Monday! 

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