Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Vestige by Caroline George

The Vestige
by Caroline George

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Just released: June 30, 2017
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Genre: Dystopia, YA
ebook
Rating: 3

First sentence(s):
"The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly."

Zombie sighting:
"Jack," he says and shuts his book—some obscure zombie novel.
-chapter 1


Choose to see the unseen...

Julie Stryker has spent her life in the scenic streets of Charleston, South Carolina, bicycling to the local college, working at a coffeehouse, watching her family fall apart and back together. She has plans, dreams—all of which seem out of reach. Then she meets a handsome stranger at work, and she believes her life is on the brink of a much needed change. But after a tragic accident, Julie is whisked away from the only home she’s ever known and confronted with a life-altering secret: The end of the world has already occurred and a portion of humankind has been kept oblivious.

Tossed into a hidden world of deception, Julie must confront the truth within herself and reveal the government’s layers before the end of the world becomes a permanent reality.

1st Layer: What you can see.
2nd Layer: What you know is real.
3rd Layer: What you can neither see nor know is real.


My two-bits:

Coming of age and some romance during the perils of a world that has transitioned into a dystopia setting.

The experience of being part of a military unit with missions into enemy territories provide pieces to what has become of this world.

I liked the epigraphs which were mostly from well-known dystopia related books.


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* review copy courtesy of author

* part of Dystopia Challenge (here)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

Jane of Austin:
A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
by Hillary Manton Lodge
narrated by Kate Handford

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Just released: June 13, 2017
Publisher: WaterBrook
Genre: Romance, Jane Austen theme, Retelling, Recipes, California, Texas
Paperback: 320
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
San Francisco, CA 2009
"Well, girls," our father began, "it's been a good run. And I'm not saying it won't be again, but we're going to have to… economize."

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”
― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.


My two-bits:

This definitely captures S&S in a modern setting with lovely characters and gentle romance dramas.

The story starts off in San Francisco (one of my favorite places in the world) and incorporates lots of tea (another favorite). Delicious sweet and savory recipes are interspersed within the story which makes me want to get the print copy to experience the yummy-ness.

Loved learning about Austin, Texas and it's culture including the SXSW scene.

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* check out Hillary's Jane Austen week celebration, July 16-21, 2017 (here)

* part of Foodies Read Challenge (here)

* Listened to audiobook version.

Winner for July


Here are the winners for giveaways that
ended July 23, 2017
during the My Favorite Things Giveaway Hop (here)

Thanks to all contestants!

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - Amazon | Goodreads
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han - Amazon | Goodreads
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - Amazon | Goodreads

Winner: poetry in leaves

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* 7/26/17 updated winner as previous did not have an email address

* I will email winners for mailing addresses within two weeks.
Winners, feel free to contact me with your info if you don't get my email
or if you are just too darn excited and want to let me know -- like NOW ;-D

* contest policy

* if not this time, maybe next time

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 7.22.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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Busy week of work and play. But, did more eating out rather than attending events and films. Experienced yummy dishes.

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Bought:

Made for Love
by Alissa Nutting
-Literary, Humor
Amazon | Goodreads

BEING that I enjoyed Alissa's storytelling style in Tampa, I wanted to see where she goes with this one. Also, looks like a good one to read for summer. Love that cover.


Freebie:

Devotion by Meg Kerr
by Meg Kerr
-Jane Austen theme
Amazon | Goodreads

GIVEAWAY treat from Savvy Verse & Wit (here) book tour. Might have to go on a Jane Austen reading binge.



GET YOURS (here)! For Jane Austen's deathiversary, July 18, Signature is offering an Essential Guide to Jane Austen.


For Review:

Happy Dreams
by Jia Pingwa
-Literary, China
courtesy of Wunderkind -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

LOOKING forward to learning a bit about this part of the world.

The Hawkweed Legacy
by Irena Brignull
-Fantasy, YA, Witches
courtesy of Wunderkind -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

LOVED the first book in the series and ready to read what happens next.



I picked up Eat Pretty Live Well: A Guided Journal for Nourishing Beauty, Inside and Out to get a handle on my world of food.

And, to prepare for the future, I got I'm Dead, Now What.


AND watched: online

Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution (2003)
American Masters series, episode 4
Director/Writer: Doug Hamilton
-Documentary, Biography | imdb | my rating: 5

Follow Alice Waters through a year of shopping and cooking, and discover the vision of an artist and advocate, who has taken her gift for food and turned it into consciousness about the environment, nutrition and a device for social change. -PBS

GOT me thinking of visiting restaurants that are farm to table oriented.


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* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

:-)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy release: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

The Crowns of Croswald
by D.E. Night
-Fantasy, Middle Grade
Release date: July 21, 2017
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In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.


Excerpt:

Prologue

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Read more excerpt (here).
 
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