Oh look at that, another romance! I'm a junkie, what can I say? Easy, breezy, fun, and a good laugh. If you need a pick-me-up or a good mental cleanser and you crave a love story here's your next read.
Olivia is a self-dubbed trainwreck. Mess and disaster seem to follow her and are tenfold when she only has the BEST of intentions. At least that's how she reasons that she's ended up crashing in her brother's and his friend Colin's spare room (office). It was totally not her fault that she was fired and her apartment building caught fire in the same day! She is a victim. A victim forced to sleep on an air mattress next to a computer monitor.
Despite the chaos of her life, Olivia is still a pretty big optimist, and things begin to look up when a new job opportunity comes her way; a job she would kill to have. And to top it off she has a new texting buddy. He's fun, flirty, and completely matches her banter. The problem is, she has no idea who this mystery man is. One misplaced text to a wrong number and Olivia finds herself unable to quit Mr. Wrong Number. What could be the harm? There's no way she could incinerate another apartment at the very least... right?
This is not the Great American Novel, but it has some fun quips, I snorted a time or two, and it is a great literary palate cleanser. Stop in for your next mental vacation!
I am not a child, but I play chess like one. Never did I foresee learning chess as the newest hobby of my 28th year, but here we are and in all honesty, it is slow going. I am terrible and have the bad fortune of being an impatient and highly-competitive person. The desire to learn chess was not born from any impulse to better my brain, but rather a desire to crush my roommate into the ground and claim victory as my own. -A difficult task when the person teaching you is the one you are trying to defeat. Be it fate, the chess gods, or one of our publisher reps, I happened upon The Batsford Book of Chess for Children fresh off my latest loss, and I figured it couldn't hurt! It has been the best thing to ever happen to my chess game. I am actually understanding some strategies, I have a few openings memorized, and while I haven't yet tasted sweet victory, I have held up longer than ever before!
This book is full of everything you could possibly need from the very basics of identifying each piece and the ways in which they can operate, to actual strategy and in-depth explanations of plays, defenses, and how to think more than one step ahead. So yes, this book may technically be for children, but I am proof that it can help anyone who is just beginning to learn about chess! The child focus gives the added surprise bonus of goofy doodles and fun rhymes that aid in remembering specific rules and strategies! Get it for your chess nerd or to indoctrinate one of your own, and some day you too shall stomp your opponent into the checkered board.
If you're a fan of psychological cults, mass manipulation via social media, and the turmoil of what repeatedly running into ex boyfriends would do to a woman, then look no further! Lola is in her late thirties, engaged, and honestly having a bit of a mental breakdown. But only just slightly. She's on the verge of one, really. It's not that serious. Only as serious as deciding if her fiance is truly the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. He's totally wonderful but is he that wonderful? Yes? Maybe? She just doesn't know. So like any good millennial she will ignore the problem either until it goes away or she says, "I do." Whichever comes first. Except what actually comes first is her ex...and then another...and then another. As a resident of New York City, the chances of running into an ex are small. Possible, but small. Three exes in a week? That has to be impossible... but perhaps not with a little persuasion. This book is so weird and so fun. If you're a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, Cult Classic reminded me so much of Cat's Cradle. Life seems normal, then before you know it, you're stranded on a deserted island, pressing the bottom of your foot to a stranger's. That's the kind of weird I'm talking about, and if that kind of weird is your jam, then you've got to pick up this book. We want you to read this book. You want you to read this book.
My heart beats for this writing duo. They make some of the best romances of all time (hello, Unhoneymooners). Something Wilder is no exception. It is the absolute perfect summertime read. This time, they are taking us along the journey of facing the ex who broke your heart. Lily was abandoned, and left to run a dude ranch on her own. Leo left, never checked in, and the last she heard from him was when he told her he'd get in touch in a few days... ten years ago. Flash forward to present day, and Leo is shocked to see Lily running the adventure tour that his friend signed them all up for on this latest guys' trip. What he doesn't get is why she's giving him the cold shoulder, and when they do speak her voice is laced with hostility. She's the one who never returned his phone call after he got things with his family sorted. She called it quits on them. She doesn't get to be mad.
With miscommunication like that, how could these two NOT rekindle their lost romance while on a treasure-hunting horseback tour through the wild wild west? Obviously, this is some serious literature. (insert wink here) This book is so much fun, full of snarky comebacks, conveniently inconvenient opportunities for Leo and Lily to be forced together, and horses. What is there to resist? How could you possibly? If you're looking to feel all those squishy love feelings that a good romance can drum up, look no further. Fall into the arms of Something Wilder. I promise you won't regret it.
Sarah J. Maas has been ruling the world of YA fantasy for awhile now and recently made the jump into adult fantasy with her Crescent City series. House of Earth and Blood is the first installment in the series, and there is a huge amount of world-building involved in this novel as it sets the stage for not just the characters and Crescent City itself, but for the entire universe Maas has built at large. We are dealing with several major cities, countless species living in these cities, and the hierarchy of each of these species and how they operate under the ruling class of the Asteri (angels that have god-like powers). The story follows Bryce, a half-human, half-fae hybrid who lives in Crescent City as a post-undergrad just trying to figure out her next steps. Her biggest concern is what her Friday night plans will bring until the city she lives in is ripped apart by a demon that literally pulps its victims. That's a sure way to ruin anyone's Friday night. In a city that has a myriad of dangers for anyone with mortal blood (partial or full), Bryce finds herself in the middle of this crisis when the minor angels investigating turn to her to help catch this monster and put a stop to these grizzly murders. This is a true high fantasy read with a murder mystery, a slow-burn romance, and a lot of character and 'bigger picture' development. It's an extremely fun start to this series and if you are a longtime fan of Maas or you've never touched one of her books before but adore fantasy you definitely need to hop on this train.
I am a long-time fan of Tieghan Gerard's. I am not someone who likes to cook. I have always seen it as a necessity and a chore which is unfortunate, because I do love to eat! Slowly, I've been trying to get better at not just adding to the catalog of dishes I'm able to make, but to actually enjoy the whole process as much as I can. Every Half Baked Harvest cookbook is a huge stepping stone toward marrying the necessity with the enjoyment of cooking. Each recipe not only thoroughly explains the dish, but also is rooted into some part of Gerard's life. Whether it is a dish her grandmother taught her, an experiment she made trying to copy one of her siblings' favorite dishes, or just a dish that reminds her of a specific season. They each have a lot of heart to them as well as accessibility, no matter your cooking level. Both of these are big draws to me. If I can have a heartwarming or funny story and it's also something delicious, I feel capable of taking on I'll give it a try!
This latest in her cookbooks is exceptional, because it truly is for the everyday and holds a lot of family favorites and comfort foods. As someone with strong Polish roots, I was obligated to look through it from the covershot of pierogies alone but was happily surprised with how many true comfort dishes are inside. It's like taking a trip to your grandma's, your favorite childhood birthday party, and all of your favorite holiday dishes in one place. The ultimate everyday cookbook. If you have the other Half Baked Harvest books obviously you have to pick this one up, but if you don't and you've always been torn on where to start, this is the one!
The Paris Apartment is the first thriller I have read in such a long time that I've been excited about! At the same time, this book also made me feel like I was going to jump out of my skin and gave me two nightmares, so, reader beware! I'm definitely a bit of a chicken, but Lucy Foley does such an incredible job of building the unease and suspense you can't help but be a little spooked! Her latest takes place in an exclusive apartment (gasp) in an equally exclusive neighborhood of the City of Lights. Ben Daniels, said apartment's resident, is a budding journalist trying to make a name for himself. When his half-sister Jess reaches out looking for a sympathetic place to crash, he's not surprised, since he is used to being Jess' lifeline, Ben agrees. He gives her the address to his new residence and the promise that he'll be there for her when she arrives. Of course, there is much more waiting for Jess in Paris than just her brother. This one hit all the top marks for me that generally turn me off of mystery thrillers; there was excellent suspense, growing unease (hello nightmares), the characters were believable and dynamic, and the twists that I genuinely did not see coming and were realistic to boot. The story was perfectly summed up and the ending was wild. This is a great pick to shake up the winter blues, or if you need a little thrill on these frosty nights!
This book was not at all what I anticipated. I am a huge Shakespeare fan and have long been a sucker for good Anglican lore, so when Learwife was released, it felt like a no-brainer. A telling of what happened to King Lear’s banished wife after his and their children’s downfalls? Yes please! What I didn’t expect is that the entirety of the story would be told in an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative from the banished Queen's point of view. Thorp was very clearly inspired by the old epics and Learwife could easily fit in beside The Odyssey. It is very much written in a poetic manner and there is no actual dialogue, only rememberings in our leading lady’s head. That being said I really enjoyed it! It takes some getting used to, but once you’ve accepted that the novel is basically a ballad, Learwife is a really captivating tale. This is not the book for everyone, but if you have a love for the Bard and you enjoy a little bit of a challenge, this will not let you down. I would also highly recommend that you are at least familiar with the play King Lear before jumping in with Thorp’s novel. It’s not a must, but it will help keep you from being clear on the timeline and also who is who. Here's a good resource/summary. I’ve been trying to shake things up a little and step away from my comfort zone of fantasy. This definitely did the trick. Also, fear not, there were no nightmares attached to this novel for me! Just a lot of intense imagery and an itch to reread King Lear.
King of Battle and Blood is the fastest read I’ve had in awhile; clocking in at just about a day and half of my time. Time well spent if you ask me, especially if you’re a fan of kingdoms on the brink of destruction, tough as heck female protagonists, and you believe that sparkling is the greatest disservice vampires have ever been dealt. Princess Isolde has two great loves: her kingdom and her father. As the sole heir to her father’s throne she has been raised as not only a princess but a warrior. Isolde’s entire life has been spent in the shadow of King Adrian, the king of the undead, who has slowly but surely captured every kingdom between him and Isolde’s own. It is well known that the Vampire King shows no mercy on his path for control, but for Isolde, he may make an exception: marry him and her kingdom will not only be left to govern itself in peace but her people will also have his protection; a priceless offer when the threats upon her people have been all Isolde has ever known. More than willing to protect her world, Isolde agrees, not realizing that Adrian will be the least worrisome of monsters she encounters on her journey to her new home. This book is so much fun and a breath of fresh air on the vampire trope! It can be found in the young adult section of the store, but reader beware, this book is Ow Ow level spicy!
Kings of the Yukon is probably the most beautifully written book I have read in a long time. And it is about salmon. King salmon. Adam Weymouth is a freelance journalist who has long harbored a love of the outdoors and specifically the water (a relatable admiration for us Michigan natives). He also has long been interested in salmon, perhaps one of the most well-recognized fish in the world. The culmination of these two passions is a four-month-long trip rafting and canoeing along the Yukon River to the furthest point in the northern hemisphere where king salmon are known to spawn. Weymouth takes you across every glassy lake, to every town meeting of native elders, and through interviews with both the US and Canada’s authorities on wildlife protection. It really is an incredible journey to be taken along on, and I’m telling you at the end, you will be in awe of the resilience of this famous fish and the people who rely on them. This book is soft enough to be the perfect gift for your “outdoorsy” friend and rugged enough for your dad ...whose perfect day is spent in waders.
Kell Kressia was the living hero by definition: a boy of seventeen who traveled across the kingdom to face an unknown horror and returned as the lone survivor and savior of the people. Ten years later we catch up with Kell again, covered not in honor, but in excrement. Literally. He's living on the edge of his hometown, in a farm left to him by his deceased parents, and all he would like is for everyone to forget that he ever saved the kingdom. These days Kell spends most of his time throwing himself into the hard labor of keeping up his farm until he is too exhausted to make it to his bed, and if that isn’t enough to get him to sweet oblivion he’ll swim to it at the bottom of any bottle he can find. Heroism and fame were not supposed to come with nightmares, ghosts of the dead, and a curse. Kell is in a living hell. When he feels that there is no possible way things could get worse, a messenger arrives on his doorstep to tell him that the King is seeking his expertise with a problem that once plagued their lands ten years ago. A problem that Kell had supposedly taken care of ten years ago. When it becomes clear that he cannot refuse the King, Kell decides the only option is to run.
This is the first installment in a trilogy, (I know, I know!) but trust me this is another great fantasy read, and you do not want to miss out! Have I steered you wrong yet? I didn’t think so. It’s so much fun and is a great journey-tale with sharp wit and lively characters. I read the whole thing in just a few days, so if you’re looking for another fantasy series that you can agonize over the release of the next installment, here it is! You’re so welcome.
If you walked by or stopped in the store at all this summer you definitely would’ve noticed our ‘summer of the myth’ window and probably a nice earful if recommendations if we noticed you admiring the display for longer than a millisecond. Well, if you loved every second of that then Sistersong is the next book for you. The story is split between the perspectives of three royal sisters; Riva, Keyne, and Sinne. All very different, growing more willful, and fearful of their futures and the future of their people. Their people are steeped in an old magic that intertwines them with the land. Each year they celebrate their gods with lavish festivals and in turn the gods offer protection of their lands, health to their people, and a strengthening of the royal family and their powers. Until King Cador no longer remembers these traditions and turns toward a new religion to save his people. His daughters in turn each feel their powers growing weaker as their festivals, traditions, and prayers to the old gods are slowly pushed aside and even banned. Worried for their futures and the futures of their people the sisters begin taking matters into their own hands as they carve out places for themselves in the community; even at the expense of angering their father the king. Each chapter jumps from the perspective of sister which I really enjoyed because they are such different characters with opposing personalities, voices, and view on each other and their surrounds that it really kept me on my toes. There were a lot of times where I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen next or how something would play out and I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely a great read if you’re still on a mythology kick but want to spice things up with a more nature-based religion rather than your typical Greek and Roman mythology. It’s full of magic, deceit, and the joys and pains of growing into who you are. A perfect read for this halloween season!
I am a sucker for a good romance, but the genre itself turns off a lot of readers. They think of syrupy proclamations of love; a woman splashed across a paperback cover who looks like she never met a ruffle she didn't like; and then of course the muscled hunk of man meat holding her up because everyone knows when you're in love you can't stand on your own two feet... Well this is not one of those romances, but it IS about them. Stay with me here folks! In this story our lovestruck heroine is actually our lovestruck hero. Gavin Scott is a professional baseball player for the Nashville Legends; his career is at the top of its game and he's the team's latest MVP. At home Gavin is not so beloved, and his wife has just asked for a divorce. Our hero is at a standstill, watching his home life go up in flames and believing this is truly the en. Then, a teammate throws him a lifeline with the Bromance Book Club. The Club is made up of all high profile men from the Nashville area who have all been in a similar position to Gavin and on the verge of losing their wives/fiances/girlfriends. They read romances that are specific to each new member's love life woes and then try and help them use what that book says about women and the way they perceive relationships and love to win back their partner. Gavin definitely does not want to reveal his marriage troubles to a group of men, and he especially doesn't want some fictional Duke's advice on the matter ...but he's sort of out of options. Now, I totally took this home with a grain of salt expecting it to be cheesy, lame, or make me roll my eyes at least at some points, but it didn't. This is actually a really great read and a touching story about giving it your all and standing by your partner when your relationship isn't all rosy and perfect any longer. Also, it's really just fun and hilarious to read the perspective of men in a romance-only book club. Seriously, don't skip over this one!
I spent a better part of last fall and winter just hoping, praying, wishing that someone, somewhere would return us to Camelot when, BAM! in walked Laura Sebastian. This is probably one of the most unique versions of this classic tale that I have ever read, and I enjoyed it so much. In this Camelot, our focus is on a young Seer by the name of Elaine. She is descended from a long line of women gifted with the Sight although she has been raised by a mother fearful and unaware of the full spectrum of their gift. Elaine is growing up in a Camelot where magic is strictly forbidden and punishable by death. In an effort to protect them both, Elaine's mother has been smothering her own gift and her daughter's for years, expressly forbidding Elaine to ever speak of it. This has made for a miserable existence indeed ...until Elaine meets Arthur's sister Morgana on a visit from the island of Avalon. Morgana is feared even as a young girl of 14 within the palace. She crackles with energy and magic in her very person, and Elaine cannot help but be fascinated by the bold girl who is so unlike herself. When offered the chance to leave Camelot behind and join Morgana on Avalon to live out from under the shadows and learn to control her Sight, she jumps at the offer. She won't be alone either. Elaine knows that Arthur has been living out his childhood on the island under the protection of the Fey folk who inhabit Avalon as well as Morgana's other closest friends, Lancelot and Guinevere. The storyline hops between Elaine's childhood in Camelot and her early years on Avalon growing as a Seer, to her present as Arthur's Advisor, helping guide him to his rightful place on the throne. Throughout this whole book I was a bundle of anticipation wondering if Elaine would be able to steer the four of them from the fate we know so well of Arthur and his Round Table. If you're at all a King Arthur fan, this one is definitely worth the read.
I am a huge fan of this writing duo when it comes to easy, breezy, fun reads. Unhoneymooners is one of my favorite weekend reads of all time (seriously, if you haven’t yet, check it out) and The Soulmate Equation doesn’t disappoint, either! Jessica Davis is a 30-year-old single mom who is tired of the dating game. She barely has enough personal time during the week as is, and she hates wasting it away from her kid, on dead end guys. It’s time to throw in the towel and just embrace her future: flying solo and raising her daughter with the help of her best friend Fizzy and her grandparents who raised her. That is, until Jess and Fizzy find themselves being invited to be part of a test group for a new dating app that pairs singles based on their DNA compatibility. Forget trying to bond with a guy because he has the same coffee order as you; what if you could know you were aligned on a biological level? All you have to do is swab the inside of your cheek, send in your DNA, and the company will send you matches of people who are genetically fit to be your equal. Seems harmless enough and a good way to cut through all the red tape. That’s what Jess thinks as she sends in her kit only to find out she’s matched with someone very unexpected. She’s a 98% match for someone she knows she could never be with. How do you say no to science? This book has a fun and unexpected twist on the will they/won’t they trope, and it’s how I spent my whole afternoon last Saturday (yeah, start to finish I read this in one go). So, if you're looking to fill an afternoon just get The Soulmate Equation already!
Oh, and pssst: For those of you who were wondering, Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings.
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