Monday, May 20, 2019

ARC Review: The Lovely and the Lost




I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest review.  My thoughts are my own and mine alone. 








The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published:  May 7th 2019
Publisher: Freeform
Format:  E-ARC
Pages: 328 pages
Challenges: Goodreads


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Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her perfectly. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home. But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone. But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.












Let me first start off this review by saying this isn't the usual genre that I read, now in this instance this isn't a bad thing. I tend to stick the contemporary or fantasy when it comes to young adult, but I am so happy that I jumped out of my comfort zone and picked this one up. I loved this book so much. The story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I had no clue who the real bad person was. There were so many clues pointing me toward one person when it was a person that I didn't see coming. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Like I said I love this book and honestly I've now picked up another book by this author and can't wait to read it as well.

The writing style of author Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one that caught my attention right away. It's the reason I stuck around to see what was going to happen next, well that and the plot of course. This author has a way with words and honestly I was so caught up in the story that my emotions were all over the place just by reading this book. Which to me makes for the best kind of read. If you're that connected to a story then you're reading a great book! I loved how real this book/story felt while I was reading it. It was almost like I could see it playing out in my head as I read each word from the page.

I really connected also to the fantastically written characters. All throughout the book I wanted to know more about each of them and the author in her time gave us details about each. You could really tell that she fleshed out each one of them, even the smaller role characters. I loved that all the information about each of them wasn't just thrown in there in the first couple chapters, but throughout the whole book. Yes! I mean the whole book.

I had to know why and where Kira came from. (Not going to give away any spoilers so no worries.) But I had to know the reasons she was in the woods. I loved the connections that this book showed between her and her dog as well. It showed how much belief she had and trust she had in her companion. I also connected to the mom in this story as well and the whole search and rescue part.

I loved each and every part of this book! I haven't stopped thinking about it since I put it down for the final time. This might be a book that I end up re-reading at some point.  If you haven't read The Lovely and the Lost by author Jennifer Lynn Barnes, you should pick this one up and start it right away. It's my favorite read so far this year. Who would have thought that a mystery young adult would be my favorite book of the year!

Oh and I must say one more thing, I love love love this cover! It's so subtle but so pretty at the same time.







I know a couple months ago I talked about trying to be more critical with my ratings and I have been lately, but The Lovely and the Lost deserves this rating to the fullest. 






Plot: 20/20
Characters: 20/20
Writing: 19/20
Creativity: 20/20
Cover: 10/10
Ending: 10/10

 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Bout of Books 25









Today is the first day of Bout of Books round 25! I can't believe it's already round 25 for this read-a-thon. This is one of my favorite read-a-thons. To learn more about it CLICK HERE! If you sign up please let me know in the comments below.

I'm not really going to post a TBR for this one, I do have several books that I want to read in the next week or so though so I'll post those below. Can't say these are the ones I'll be reading for sure though, but we shall see.




 The Plan 
















Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #169




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.



 From the front-tourret window of Mada Vittora's Paris townhouse, Anouk couldn't see the fountain at the far end of Rue de Amants. She could see, however, the hopeful souls who made their way down the sidewalk, tourists and Parisians alike, some with their noses in guidebooks and others who knew the route by heart, in search of the granted wishes that according to an obcure fifteenth-century lengend (and more recently made famous in a movie from the summer before), they'd recieve in exchange for touching a lucky part of the fountain.









I picked this one up from the library and can't wait to start it. It's one that I've been wanting to read for awhile. If you've read this one, what were your thoughts? No spoilers please! 

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Cover Reveal: Making Up by Helena Hunting






Today I have a cover reveal for a new book that's releasing soon, it's by one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to share it. I will say one thing before I do, somehow this cover was already released early. I don't usually post a cover that's already been released, but for this one, I'm making an exception. I want to show my support for this author. I adore her books and can't wait to read this one! 











Making Up by Helena Hunting 
Expected Release Date:  July 16th, 2019
Published by: St. Martin's Press




A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.

Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.











New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.





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What are your thoughts on this cover? Are you as excited to read this one as much as I am? Let me know in the comments below. 






Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #168




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.


 After his car crashed through the guardrail and over the cliff, careening into rocks and plowing into a tree before coming to a still, smashed stop. After the previously mentioned asshole drove away in a panic, maybe crying and shaking, too spineless to own up to their crime, leaving her father to die in the remains of his ruined fifteen-year-old Toyota. 













Have you read Sawkill Girls? I've seen this book everywhere. As soon as I saw it at the library I picked it up right away and brought it home with me. I can't wait to see what all the hype is about this one. 


 










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