The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

3/5 stars

Normally, I refuse to read any novel with a dog as a protagonist (blame that on Old Yeller); however, this book was not what I expected it to be. The book follows the life of racecar driver Denny, through the eyes of his beloved dog Enzo, in some of the hardest years of his life. The way it is written in Enzo’s eyes brings some much needed comedy to the book. Enzo is a dog who ungoodreadsderstands the way humans work, seemingly more than the humans around him do, and shares the perspective with the reader. It was also interesting to read an adult novel (due to content and language) written from a dog’s point of view, something I have never seen before. Now I will admit that it was hard for me to get through this book. Since the book focuses on a racecar driver, Enzo talks a lot about racing but he went into too much detail for my tastes. When he would start talking about the specifics of how to drive a race car, my mind would wonder which made it harder for me to get through the book. Other than that, the story line of this novel is amazing. I was gripped at the last 100 pages and couldn’t put the book down. I think this novel is great for all adults to read, especially at hard times in their lives.

You can find a summery of this book on goodreads.

You can also purchase this book on amazon or book depository. 

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Book Traveling Thursday

Hey Bookends,

It is time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This is a meme in which you pick a book based off of a theme. After that you pick that you look through all of the different editions and show the original cover, the cover from your home country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. You can go to the goodreads group to find out the weekly themes.

This weeks theme is: A Book that was a Surprise for you.

For this topic I picked The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I picked this book up for my summer reading so I was already dreading it because of that. However when I started reading I was infatuated with the story and character development. I would seriously recommend this to anyone in high school and above, it does contain some mature content.

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This is the original hardback cover and from what I can tell it is also the edition for my home country, the USA.

437129This is my favorite cover. This is a really significant scene in the book and I love the way it was represented.

65438This is my least favorite cover. I don’t like the colors and I think it is just plain ugly.

So that is all I have for this post. I would love to know your thoughts on either of these covers for this book and what book you would choose for this topic. You can follow me on goodreads to see what I am reading. Thanks for reading.

A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

4/5 stars

This is going to be a shorter post because it is hard for me to review a collection of stories without going by each story one by one and spoiling everything but I will try my hardest. Overall I thought that most of these stories were wonderful. They focuses on “badass girls” through out history. I absolutely loved this concept and thought that most of the authors captured this aspect through different types of women in different eras. Many of the stories I found myself looking for a whole book to continue the story. There were a couple that I did not like; however, you’re bond to get one of those out of 15 stories. I would recommend this book to anyone interested reading about badass women.

You can find a summery of this book on goodreads.

You can also purchase this book on amazon or book depository. 

Once again, sorry this post was so short!

The Billionaire’s Bet by Victoria Davies

The Billionaire's Bet Book Cover

 

Release Date: 1/23/17

Synopsis:
Hailey Mitchel wants one thing. Her boss. The only problem is he’s never looked at her as more than a loyal employee. At least, not until his charming business rival, Caleb, drops into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. He’s willing to bet he can make her fall in love with him in a month, and if he’s wrong, he’ll help her find the keys to her boss’s heart.
Caleb Langston wants one thing. Revenge. Hailey is his ticket to finally evening the score with his old adversary. There’s just one problem. The more time he spends with her, the less he cares about his grand plans for payback. But love is always a gamble, and soon he’ll have to choose between his past and his future. And pray Hailey never discovers the secret he’s been hiding from her.
Excerpt:
“I’m attracted to men of substance. Guess that rules you out.”
“But not my rival. Alec is your paragon of honor, isn’t he?”
“He’s an excellent man,” she agreed.
“One you just wish would walk over to your desk and sweep you off your feet, carrying you out into the sunset.”
“I’d probably break his back, and we’d both end up on the floor.”
His gaze raked down her body. “I’d be willing to risk it.”
“Luckily, you’ll never have to.”
His eyes returned to hers. “Why not just tell him?” he asked. “Confess your undying devotion and see what he does?”
She knew what he’s do. He’d get flustered trying to figure out how to tell her he didn’t return her affections. She wasn’t petite or blond, two things all his previous paramours had in common.
She wasn’t pursuing a career in acting, and she didn’t have trouble calculating the percentage of a tip. Worse, she didn’t come from old money the way Caleb and Alec did. She hadn’t grown up in that privileged world, didn’t understand the deeply ingrained rules. Alec had said more than once that when he settled down, it’d be to make a good alliance for his family. Keep all that lovely money in the right bloodlines.
No, she was nothing like the woman he would eventually fall in love with.
Not that logic stopped her from wishing for the impossible every now and then.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“All right.” Caleb straightened from the bar. “Why don’t I go ask him these questions and see what he thinks?”
Her fingers sank into his arm before he could move.
“Don’t.”
The movement had been a mistake. An admission. A certainty filled his expression that hadn’t been there a moment ago.
She shook her head, knowing she was steering toward a cliff. “What do you want?” What would buy his silence?
“I want many things,” he said, swirling the liquor in his glass. “Chief among them is you.”
“It’s just because you love the chase,” she said, rolling her eyes. “We’d never work.”
“Maybe,” he replied with a shrug. “But it’d be fun to try.”
“I’m not sleeping with you in order to keep your mouth shut.”
“I don’t remember asking you to.”
She resisted the urge to stamp her foot. “Then what are you asking?”
“I’m going to make you a bet,” he said, his eyes capturing hers. “Give me one month.”
“To do what?”
“Make you fall in love with me.”

Buy links:

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About the author:

Victoria Davies’s passion for writing started young. Luckily she had a family who encouraged believing in magic and embracing imagination. From stories quickly scribbled in diaries, her love of storytelling developed. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy but she never lost her love of the written word. Writing is not only a way to silence the wonderful voices in her head, but it also allows her to share her passions with her readers.

Currently she writes from Toronto, Canada. While she has a healthy love for the unknown, this corner of the world will always be her home.

 

Connect:

Website: http://www.victoriadavies.ca

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VictoriaDaviesR

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaDaviesAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4026601.Victoria_Davies

 

 

 

 

Book Traveling Thursdays

Hey Bookends,

It is time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This is a meme in which you pick a book based off of a theme. After that you pick that you look through all of the different editions and show the original cover, the cover from your home country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. You can go to the goodreads group to find out the weekly themes.

This weeks theme is:Fictional Worlds

For this prompt I picked the most recent book I have finished that was set in a fictional world: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (I did put up a review for this book if you want to check it out).

22328546This is the original hardback cover and from what I can tell it is also the edition for my home country, the USA.

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Surprisingly, this was my favorite cover, even though I really really really like the original cover. I think I like the way the crown kind of looks like a mask and if you have read the novel you know she is masking herself as a silver.

23623862And this is my least favorite cover. I know I have mentioned this before but I really hate models on book covers. I don’t know why but I do. From this picture the cover looks like it had that weird matte finish which is also something I don’t like on book covers, it reminds me of books from my school’s library.


So that is all I have for this post. I would love to know your thoughts on either of these covers for this book and what book you would choose for this topic. You can follow me on goodreads to see what I am reading. Thanks for reading.

 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating 4/5 stars

I absolutely love Colleen Hoover novels! I can’t exactly give a summery of this novel without giving anything away so I will just tell you my thoughts. I have only read one other CoHo book before, Ugly Love (Review Here), and I read the entire novel in one sitting. I almost did the same with this novel. I was mesmerized by the characters and story line and did not want to put it down. *The character development of this novel is phenomenal.** The way Holt wrote the novel, using a journal from Lily’s teenage years, made it easy to really see her character development. This novel was not predictable in any way.*** Like all Colleen Hoover novels, this is not just a romance story; this novel does speak on the topic of spousal abuse and readers should be warned that there are some violent and graph descriptions. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a short, gripping read and to all females because I believe that it starts a conversation that we should all have.****

You can find a summery of this book on goodreads.

You can also purchase this book on amazon or book depository. 

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARE SPOILERS TO THE NOVEL. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

*Why did Ryle have to be so charming. I wanted to hate him so bad, but like Lily I loved him too much to actually hate him.

**At the beginning of the novel she saw her mother as a weak individual; however, at the end she understands not only what it’s like to be in her position but why her mother didn’t leave. And why her mother continued to “ignore” the problem.

*** I did not see Ryle being abusive until the second it happened. I also thought the Lily would totally stay with Ryle at the end and was surprised when she said she wanted a divorce.

**** Like Lily says, we should stop blaming the abused for not leaving, and start asking the abuser why it seems ok for them to do so. Being honest I have always wondered how one could stay in an abusive relationship and this book gave some great insight to that exact question.

Release Day Blast:Worth The Wait by A.J. Pine

Release Date: 1/16/17

 

About Worth the Wait:

 I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure…

I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.

I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.

I know I should walk away, but I can’t…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.

The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.

 

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Goodreads

 

About A.J. Pine:

 

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs. AJ is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary.

 

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