Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins Blog Tour | Book Playlist + Giveaway!

28th Oct 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts, Tunes for Books

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins Blog Tour | Book Playlist + Giveaway!

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins Blog Tour | Book Playlist + Giveaway!Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: November 3rd 2015
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They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

Here’s Renee Collins!

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Music plays a big role in my writing process. It helps capture the feel of my characters or set the mood of the scene I want to write. Film scores are amazing for this. They’re so emotional and dramatic. But usually, I’ll have several non-film scores songs that I listen to repeatedly when I’m working on a novel. Writing on Until We Meet Again was no exception.

With this novel, I had two different lists of songs. One list was comprised of 1920’s and 30’s music.

I listened to these to get in that 20’s feel when writing scenes set in Lawrence’s POV. This list includes:

Anything Goes by Cole Porter
If You Were the Only Girl in the World, sung by Henry Burr
Happy Days Are Here Again, sung by Annette Hanshaw
Maybe, I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire, and If I Didn’t Care by The Ink Spots

 

My non-film scores modern songs:

Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray
Over the Love by Florence and The Machine
Fix You by Coldplay
We Belong Together by Gavin DeGraw

 

I’ve also had early readers send me songs that they think fit the book, which I love so much! Some of those are:

Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor and John Legend
Find You, sung by Alex G
I Was Made For Loving You by Tory Kelly and Ed Sheeran

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/26/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

10/27/2015- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

10/28/2015- Gone with the Words– Guest Post

10/29/2015- Seeing Double In Neverland– Interview

10/30/2015- Wishful Endings– Review

Week Two:

11/2/2015- My So-Called Book Reviews– Review

11/3/2015- The Cover Contessa– Guest Post

11/4/2015- Head Stuck In A Book– Review

11/5/2015- Fictitious Delicious– Interview

11/6/2015- Fiction Fare– Review

 

About Renee Collins

Renee Collins

I’m a YA writer who loves historical settings, magic, and semi-tragic romance. I’m represented by the amazing Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Scary Books On Our TBR

26th Oct 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Scary Books On Our TBR

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You by Caroline Kepnes – Boy meets girl. Boy becomes obsessed with girl. Boy stalks girl. Boy turns himself into girl’s dream man. Boy becomes girl’s boyfriend. Boy is willing to murder anyone that tries to get in his way! O.O

Intensity by Dean Koontz – Dean Koontz has been highly recommended to me and everyone seems to agree that Intensity is one of his best works. It tells the story of a murderous sociopath and a surviving victim determined to stop him.

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – Three teenagers have been randomly chosen for the trip of a lifetime to the moon, but only one is coming back. It doesn’t seem like this book belongs on this particular list, but the friends who have recommended it have all used the words “absolutely terrifying” when describing it!

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski – At a whopping 705 pages, this book is intimidating! People seem to either love it because it is SO good or hate it because they were too scared to finish it! That alone made me add this book to my tbr list!

The Ruins by Scott B Smith – Two couples are on a Mexican vacation when someone goes missing and the others decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. Things quickly take a very bad turn and the horror begins. Just to be macabre, I’ll be squeezing this one in before my trip to the Mayan ruins next month!

 

 

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The Ruins by Scott B. Smith – I have seen the movie based on this book and it totally freaked me out, so I imagine the book would be even better. Four friends get trapped in the Mexican jungle and they find an ancient ruins site one day and everything goes crazy.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich – The first thing that caught my eye with this book was the cover. It’s creepy and looks like it would have some good scares. When I read the synopsis I was even more intrigued because the stories revolves around a girl with two personalities. I love psychological horror stories, and this seems right up my alley.

Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano – A girl from LA moves to Idaho with her mom and brother and are now living in a creepy old mansion. I love creepy old buildings. I would never live in one, but I’m interested in what happens in them. Not only does this book have a creepy mansion, there’s also a crazy cult that used to live there and perform spiritual “experiments.” All and all it sounds pretty awesome and like the kind of book that will have you checking your closets before you go to sleep.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman – In this book a sort of an apocalypse happens. It starts in Russia and spreads throughout the world. People see something, no one can say what, and it drives them to violence. People commit suicide and homicide and no one knows what this something is, what it wants, or even what it looks like. I don’t know about you, but unseen forces are absolutely terrifying to me. Being scared of something that you can’t identify or fight is scarier than any ghost or monster. I can’t wait to read this book and see how it all plays out.

It by Stephen King – I’m going to be honest, I might never read this book. I saw the movie as a kid and it totally scarred me. A thing disguises itself as a clown in order to lured in young children so it can exploit their fears and terrorize them. Yeah, it’s terrifying, but hopefully one day I’ll face my fear and read the book.

 

 

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Review: The Virgin’s Daughter by Laura Andersen

26th Oct 2015 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Review: The Virgin’s Daughter by Laura AndersenThe Virgin's Daughter by Laura Andersen
Series: Tudor Legacy #1
Published by Ballantine Books
Pub Date: May 26th 2015
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback | Source: Author
Genres: Adult, Historical
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5 Stars

Since the death of her brother, William, Elizabeth I has ruled England. She’s made the necessary alliances, married Philip of Spain, and produced a successor: her only daughter, Anne Isabella, Princess of Wales. Elizabeth knows that her beloved Anabel will be a political pawn across Europe unless she can convince Philip to grant her a divorce, freeing him to remarry and give Spain its own heir. But the enemies of England have even greater plans for the princess, a plot that will put Anabel’s very life and the security of the nation in peril. Only those closest to Elizabeth—her longtime confidante Minuette, her advisor and friend Dominic, and the couple’s grown children—can be trusted to carry forth a most delicate and dangerous mission. Yet, all of the queen’s maneuverings may ultimately prove her undoing.

I won a finished copy of this book from the author’s website, though I would have purchased it in any case. This did not affect my review in any way.

The Virgin’s Daughter made me giddy for a multitude of reasons (in no particular order):

-It’s a sequel trilogy to the Boleyn King trilogy, so there are many favorite recurring characters that were such fun to catch up with. Definitely older, sometimes sneakier, sometimes wiser ;) For this reason (and despite the spoilers in the synopsis), I really recommend reading The Boleyn King– it’s EXCELLENT and you’ll get so much more out of Laura Andersen’s Tudor England.

-It’s alternate history that feels like real history. I was enmeshed in the Tudor court, the English countryside, the French manor homes. It feels familiar as a history buff for those reasons but because it’s an alternate timeline, you don’t know how events will actually transpire or turn out! Elizabeth never had a daughter in real life, so how am I to know if Anabel will become Queen one day or who she will marry? I don’t! It adds a delicious layer of tension and excitement to the story. Plus there are really good ships! ;)

-The spies and mystery: the rotating POVs gave the impression of an unreliable narrator, which was great- loyalty, betrayal, treachery,and murder abound. You don’t know who to trust or who is telling the truth. In the end the reader got to know the truth before the characters, or some of the truth anyway, and it made me so nervous and tense!!! I wanted everyone to uncover the secrets already!

-THE CHARACTERS! Both real (Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots) and imagined (Julien LeClerc, Princess Anabel). They are vivid, they are passionate, and they are vibrant. I absolutely loved Lucette Courtenay and her puzzle solving mind. I swooned over Julien, and I loved seeing how much of Anabel’s personality reflected her fiery mother, who in turn is as fully fleshed out as you could wish. Elizabeth is fierce, demanding, and powerful, but has softer moments as well. It humanizes her.

If you’re a history fan with Tudor fatigue, I highly recommend this book! Laura Andersen’s writing feels both familiar to fans of historical fiction and original in its subject matter and characterization. It’s a great twist on English history. The Virgin’s Daughter is compulsively readable, action-packed, descriptive, twisty, and romantic. I can’t wait for the next book.

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And in case you love audiobooks, check out this clip from THE VIRGIN’S DAUGHTER:

 

Buy it at Audible.com!

 

 

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Thursday Tracks: Sometime Around Midnight

22nd Oct 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Thursday Tracks

Thursday Tracks: Sometime Around Midnight

So this was the first song my Discover Weekly spotify playlist, and though it’s not new to me, I FINALLY paid attention to the lyrics… which, SIDENOTE — I think this is happening a lot lately because I’ve been listening to these songs at my desk with headphones on, so it’s easier to focus on the words. Anyway, the lyrics tell a full story from beginning to end and I LOVE that in songs. ENJOY!

And it starts
Sometime around midnight
Or at least that’s when you lose yourself
For a minute or two

As you stand
Under the bar lights
And the band plays some song about forgetting yourself for a while
And the piano’s this melancholy soundtrack to her smile
And that white dress she’s wearing, you haven’t seen her
For a while

But you know
That she’s watching
She’s laughing, she’s turning
She’s holding her tonic like a cross
The room suddenly spinning, she walks up and asks how you are
So you can smell her perfume
You can see her lying naked in your arms

And so there’s a change
In your emotions
And all of these memories come rushing like feral waves to your mind
Of the curl of your bodies, like two perfect circles entwined
And you feel hopeless, and homeless, and lost in the haze of the wine

Then she leaves
With someone you don’t know
But she makes sure you saw her, she looks right at you and bolts
As she walks out the door
Your blood boiling, your stomach in ropes
And then your friends say “What is it? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Then you walk
Under the streetlights
And you’re too drunk to notice that everyone is staring at you
You just don’t care what you look like
The world is falling around you

You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her

You know that she’ll break you in two

 

 


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Review: My Fight / Your Fight by Ronda Rousey

21st Oct 2015 Ashley @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Ashley

Review: My Fight / Your Fight by Ronda RouseyMy Fight / Your Fight by Ronda Rousey
Published by Regan Arts
Pub Date: May 12th 2015
Pages: 301
Format: Hardcover | Source: Author
Genres: Non-fiction
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4 Stars

“The fight is yours to win.”

In this inspiring and moving book, Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC women's bantamweight champion, and Hollywood star charts her difficult path to glory.

Marked by her signature charm, barbed wit, and undeniable power, Rousey’s account of the toughest fights of her life—in and outside the Octagon—reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old, the intensity of her judo training, her battles with love, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth. Rousey shares hard-won lessons on how to be the best at what you do, including how to find fulfillment in the sacrifices, how to turn limitations into opportunities, and how to be the best on your worst day.

Packed with raw emotion, drama, and wisdom this is an unforgettable book by one of the most remarkable women in the world.

I don’t read non-fiction books very much, I don’t read them at all really. But I love reading/hearing about women paving the way for other women. Especially when those women are kicking asses and taking names! I hadn’t heard of Ronda Rousey until a few years ago when my husband was raving about “this bad-ass boxer chick”. My husband is not a sports guy so I knew I had to check her out, and when her book came out, I knew I had to own it. Ronda’s pure determination and persistence paved the way for women fighters everywhere, especially in the UFC.

I had followed UFC fighting off and on for about 10 years, I called it my guilty pleasure because no one I know watches. I stopped watching in 2011 when Dana White, the president of the UFC, said on camera women will never have a place in the UFC.  Enter Rowdy Ronda Rousey. The forward in her book is by this very same man who says Ronda is “a game changer” and “I almost feel like Ronda is writing her book too soon, because she’s just getting started”.

From losing her father at an early age, living in her car, constant fighting with her mother, and hitting rock bottom, this book tells a story of a woman striving to be more, better, the best. Her inspirational story isn’t all roses and rainbows however, she veers off into some dark places, but in true Ronda Rousey fashion, she always ends up on the top. I don’t want to give too much of Ronda’s story away because I think its better to take it all in at once with the inspirational quotes, black and white photos not to mention her drive, determination and devotion.

I really enjoyed reading My Fight / Your Fight and I seriously think every young female athlete should read it.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

19th Oct 2015 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2015, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Meet JK Rowling

This is kind of a no brainer; I would absolutely love to meet my favorite author and have tea with her. Besides the chance to pick her brain about Harry Potter, she seems like she has a wicked sense of humor! I almost got to meet her in 8th grade at a book signing but I couldn’t skip school. Greatest regret of my life.

The ability to know release dates of future books

Even if they’re 1, 5, 10 years off, the chance to know the actual release date of a book would be so exciting! There’s nothing I love more than planning and having something to look forward to, so if I have to circle July 28, 2023 on my calendar for A Dream of Spring, I’ll do it! But really, I need The Winds of Winter and new books from Ken Follet, Jasper Fforde, Kristen Cashore, Margaret George, and Madeline Miller. Chop chop!

 

Build my ultimate library

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of living in a house with a round turret room. Lots of windows but room for bookcases and a fireplace and twinkle lights, with cozy built in window seating that you can open up for storage. Blankets, fuzzy socks, more books. It’s like my ultimate dream. I always pictured it small but I’d love a giant round room too. More room for books, an armchair, and maybe a small section for a fridge with snacks and tea.

 

 

The ability to read at lightning speed but retain the material

Every bookworm’s dream right? So much to read, so little time. Sometimes it’s nice to linger over a book but I’d really like to read super fast but still feel all the feels and thrills of a book.

Another book from Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights is a favorite of mine; I read it in high school and have read it at least 6 times since. Even though the characters are unlikeable, I get swept up in the passion and the violent loveliness of the writing and the Yorkshire Moors. I’ve always wondered what other masterpieces Emily could have written if she didn’t die so young.

Rewrite Little Women so Jo and Laurie end up together

The book makes you feel better about Amy and Laurie than the movie does, but I’ll never be over it. I adore Jo March and Theodore Laurence as individuals, and Laurie and Jo were so good together. Ughhhhh OTP.

 

 

The ability to touch a book and sense whether I will love it/like it/hate it.

I’d save myself a lot of trouble this way! And I’d only want a sense, not necessarily WHY I’d love/like/hate it. I still want to discover the book for myself but know I’m not wasting my time.

A historical fantasy series about the Hogwarts Founders from JKR

I would absolutely die for this, can you even imagine?!?! And clearly I’m requesting this when she and I have lunch together. I love the Mauraders as much as the next Potterhead, but the Founders would be fascinating. Their dynamic, how Hogwarts came to be, not to mention HISTORICAL WIZARDING WORLD!!!

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A bookish credit card

This is kind of ridiculous and sadly adult all at the same time. I’d like a credit card with a huge limit just for books and bookish materials. However, it is always paid off so all it does is build me great credit and get me books! A girl can dream, right?

An Ella Enchanted movie JUST LIKE THE BOOK.

You hear me, Book Genie? Just. Like. The. Book. With perfect casting of course and a beautiful blend of Cinderella 2015 and Ever After for costume and cinematography. Ella Enchanted is one of my least favorite movie adaptations ever, which is a tragedy for one of my favorite books. I want to see everything I love come to life onscreen so I can watch it twice a week on dvd.

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What would you ask the bookish genie for? Do we have any similar wishes?

 

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Review: Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda

19th Oct 2015 Tamara @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Tamara

Review: Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie TejedaHollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda
Narrator: Connor Eiding
Published by Bloomsbury Spark
Pub Date: September 29th 2015
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.

Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.

But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.

Together they're ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that's what witch hunters do.

Welcome to Hollywood.

In Hollywood witches exist, and they have to kill to stay alive. The Hunters are there to protect the humans and keep the witches in line. The witches have to kill to stay young and beautiful, but they only kill the most selfish and self absorbed people.This makes it hard to put the witches in the category of good or evil.The hunters do not see that dilemma and are there to protect everyone no matter what. Iris is the first female born with the witch hunting gene, and no one makes it easy on her. She is the only girl in a big boy’s club and they all treat her like she isn’t as good as them. She has to work twice and hard and she still gets the most criticism.

There are actually two love interests in the book and Arlo, the wannabe rockstar, is the first one we meet. It took almost the whole book for me to warm up to Arlo and I’m still not sure I liked him in the end. Arlo is a new recruit to the witch hunters who came to Hollywood hoping to ditch the witch hunters and pursue he dreams of being a star. Iris is in charge of training him and showing him the ropes and of course sparks fly. There are a lot of twists, turns, and deceptions with this couple, but they do keep things interesting.

The other love interest Silos doesn’t get as much attention until the last half of the book. Silos was a lot more my speed, he’s from Scotland (accent swoon!) and he shares the same strange dreams as Iris which helps draw them together.There’s a lot more about him but I can’t go into it with out giving things away.

I really liked the witched in this book, they weren’t 100% evil and their powers were really interesting. Every witch has a different power, some can control air, others animals, and so on. I loved seeing all the different kinds of powers the witches had.

Another great part of the book is that Iris is half Colombian and very proud of that. It’s always good to see diversity and representation in YA books and this one does a really good job with it.

All in all, I enjoyed Hollywood Witch Hunter. It was more of a light, fun read that’s good for when you want to relax and have a little book adventure. Iris is a great main character, she goes through a lot in this book and never gives up no matter how many people are against her. The ending to this book is a bit of a cliffhanger, it just leaves you with some questions that you want answered right away. I can’t wait until the next book!

 

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Bedtime Stories…

18th Oct 2015 Lety @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories…

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I started reading Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer before bed this week. I know it’s just a genderbent version of Twilight, but I am enjoying the unique re-reading experience of it. It’s a bit of a challenge trying to reimagine the characters as a different sex when you’ve pictured them one way for so long, but it’s a welcomed challenge. I am enjoying it so much I am definitely going to take my time to read it and savor the experience.

 

 

 

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This week I am diving into These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. I’t’s set in New York during the gilded age and the main female character is Josephine Montford. She comes from a very wealthy family with old money. In the first few chapters Jo finds out her father is dead, shot by his own gun. The authorities are calling it accidental, but Jo knows doesn’t believe them at all.

I need a book to grab me quickly or I loose interest, this one is flowing nicely and keeping my attention, I can’t wait to find out what really happened because I’m certain this story is going to end with betrayal of the worse kind.

 

 

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This week I’m still reading Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins. I started it last week actually, and got really into it… but then I went on vacation this past weekend and haven’t picked it up again. I plan to though! I’m really intrigued so far. These two characters meet on the beach by their summer homes and it turns out they are each living in different times! YOU GUYS! He’s from the 1920s and he’s an aspiring poet… *SIGH* She seems bratty so far, but I hope it changes soon.

 

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Thursday Tracks: Hold On Tight

15th Oct 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Thursday Tracks

Thursday Tracks: Hold On Tight

So this is not the song I was planning to post today, but after setting up the post for the other one, something didn’t feel right.. so I looked at my recently Shazam’d songs and came across this one. I couldn’t remember it, so I watched the video and BAWLED MY EYES OUT. I hope it touches your heart as it did mine.

Also! You can now listen to all the Thursday Tracks songs on one playlist! Follow THURSDAY TRACKS @ GONE WITH THE WORDS on Spotify!

 

 

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Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

14th Oct 2015 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Review: The Lake House by Kate MortonThe Lake House by Kate Morton
Published by Atria Books
Pub Date: 20 October 2015
Pages: 512
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Women's Fiction
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4.5 Stars

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read. 

This was one of my MOST anticipated books of the year! My Morton ladies and I couldn’t stop flailing about it on twitter and via text, and The Lake House more than lived up to the wait.

Kate Morton is an auto-buy author for me. Her style is so consistently excellent that it’s more a matter of ranking her books from most favorite to still excellent, rather than least favorite. I love that you know what you’re getting when you read a Kate Morton book on one hand (a suspenseful dual timeline mystery, intricate plotting, lush historical setting, lots of secrets and twists, tragic relationships) but that they feel unique and surprising at the same time. She has an exquisite way with words, of capturing feelings and emotions and of doling out the right helping of intrigue at the right time, and her books stay with you long after you’ve read them.

The Lake House was not my favorite Morton book- for whatever reason I didn’t connect as much with Sadie and her story, which is why it’s not a perfect 5 for me. Sadie felt distant and reserved. But I adored the past storyline, both on its own and how it tied in with the present. And Alice was really interesting; all her authorial writing advice felt very meta! There were actually a few narrators, which was also different from other Morton books. I thought I had the characters pegged and then they would go and surprise me. I particularly fell in love with Eleanor and the many facets of her personality. I also enjoyed the lushness of the English countryside life between the wars. I felt like I was there in the manicured gardens and the charming Lake House, overhearing adult conversations in the stifling boathouse with my heart racing the entire time! It was just as easy to imagine the layers of dust and time in the crumbling house once Sadie stumbled upon it.

The mystery of the 1930’s storyline, both how it tied in to the parallel story and how it actually unfolded was heartbreaking and fabulous. Very compelling and hard to pin down. Just when you think the twist is going one way, she U turns and heads the other direction!

It never feels trite or manipulative either; the intricacies of her plotting and reveals are second to none. The end did feel a bit more saccharine than some of her other books but it was satisfying in its own way. You’ll definitely want to get swept away by The Lake House this fall!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I’d Love To See Write A Book Together

12th Oct 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I’d Love To See Write A Book Together

Sarah J. Maas & Susan Dennard

This one’s probably a given and will be seen a lot. Though I’ve not read a book by Susan, I know they’re IRL BFFs and BFFs can come up with epic things together.

 

Trish Doller & Miranda Kenneally

I know they don’t write similar types of contemporaries, BUT! I think mixing Trish’s honesty and rawness with Miranda’s relatability and romance could really give us something special.

 

Sarah Dessen & Huntley Fitzpatrick

This would be the perfect Summer contemporary book. Something sweet and romantic, with family relationship dynamics that would really hit home. It sounds like I’m describing their books as they are now, but just imagine it as a SUPER contemporary.

 

Gayle Forman & David Levithan

I already know David can collab the shit out of a book, so why not do it with another one of my favorite pros? This could be something diverse and beautiful. GIMME.

 

Emery Lord & Stephanie Perkins

I think Emery could bring the great friendships and Stephanie the romance! I’d love it to pieces.

 

Leigh Bardugo & Marie Lu

Could you imagine the bad guys these two could dream up together?! Our hearts stand no chance if they ever join forces.

 

Emery Lord & Morgan Matson

Lord again. haha I think Emery and Morgan could write something girl power-ish together! Wouldn’t that be fun?!

 

Laini Taylor & Maggie Stiefvater

Duuuuude. Both these authors have created some of my most favorite worlds using the most beautiful prose. The imagination that would be used in the creation of this could-be book would be out of this world.

 

Marie Rutkoski & Kristin Cashore

OH, the fantasy world and characters these two would create would be a dream!

 

Jandy Nelson & Gayle Forman

SHAMELESSLY stole this duo suggestion from Jamie (@brokeandbookish) haha, but c’mon! It’s totally genius. Something profound and beautifully worded.

 

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Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

12th Oct 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins ReidMaybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Washington Square Press
Pub Date: July 7th 2015
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women's Fiction
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5 Stars

From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

This is a story about 29 year old Hannah Martin who has recently moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles. During a night out with her best friend Gabby, she runs into her high school sweetheart, Ethan. Gabby is ready to head home, but Ethan offers to give Hannah a ride if she wants to hang out a little longer. So, does she go home or take up Ethan on his offer? In Maybe in Another Life, the story splits into two storylines and we get to see the aftermath of both decisions. I’m someone who usually thinks through every possible outcome of every decision I make, so I was totally sold as soon as I read the synopsis. I couldn’t wait to see how the two parallel realities developed!

“I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.”

Hannah was a character that I quickly fell in love with. I could really relate to her in some ways. She was someone who didn’t want to settle anywhere because it never felt like she fully belonged. She moved around the US quite a bit, changed jobs frequently, and dated more than Taylor Swift. She loved wearing her hair in a bun and spent her days daydreaming about heavily iced cinnamon rolls. <— All of that basically describes me 2-3 years ago. (Hair buns and cinnamon rolls are still a must!) Slowly things started clicking into place for me, I found true happiness, and then I finally allowed myself to set down roots. Nothing was perfect about the way things fell into place for Hannah, but it was all fate when looking at the big picture.

Her friendship with Gabby was also something I totally loved. That friendship was a constant in both storylines and being able to see Gabby’s life play out along with Hannah’s was exciting! I was so happy that the author doesn’t add any unnecessary cattiness between the two just to spice up the story. These girls share a genuine bond and that’s always a big plus for me.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a genius! This is the first book of hers I’ve read, but as soon as I closed it I jumped on Amazon to order her other two books Forever, Interrupted and After I do. There’s just something about her writing. She doesn’t overdo the dramatics or play up a plot twist just for shock value. As readers, we constantly find ourselves rooting for a specific outcome, but Reid is so brilliant that it allowed me to just trust her choices. I would’ve been perfectly fine with whatever ending she gave this book, but the one she chose was very fitting. The entire idea of the multiverse theory was fascinating!  Some might be left with a sense of wonder; I was left with a sense of peace.

“My fate will find me.” -Hannah

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book before and what you thought of it! Also, look out for reviews on her other two books soon!

 

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Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

7th Oct 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: April 15th 2014
Pages: 355
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her.

They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the first book in a duology and is told from the perspective of Lara Jean over a period of about 5 months. It’s filled with quick chapters (72 in total) that make the story move along quickly. If you’re looking for an action packed suspenseful read, then this won’t be your cup of tea. However, if you love the “fluff” and are looking for a cutesy YA contemporary, then you’ve picked a winner!

This was my second Jenny Han story and she does not disappoint! Her writing style reminds me a lot of Rainbow Rowell, which I love. This specific story’s concept also reminded me a bit of  The DUFF except I enjoyed this one a whole 2 stars more!

Lara Jean is starting her junior year in high school a little different from her previous school years. She is the middle child of three girls and will have to take on a lot more responsibilities at home now that her older sister, Margot, will be leaving to college. Their younger sister, Kitty, completes the trio known as “the Song girls” who live with their widowed father.

Lara Jean has loved 5 boys before, but she’s never had a boyfriend. Writing love letters to these 5 boys has served her as therapy when she falls out of love, except she doesn’t actually give these letters out. She keeps her letters safely stored in a hat box and has never bothered to worry about them getting out. That is until she is approached by her first kiss with one of her letters in hand! Lara Jean now has to figure out how to handle the situation without losing friendships and without having to be home schooled to avoid the embarrassment.

“They’re not love letters in the strictest sense of the word. My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write my letter, I’m no longer consumed by my all-consuming love. My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.” -Lara Jean

A lot of times I’ll read YA books and cringe at the idea of my high school nieces reading it. I know kids nowadays grow up a lot faster than they did in my day, but I still don’t feel comfortable with giving them 300+ pages of ideas. There’s a gap between middle grade books and new adult that is meant to be filled by the young adult genre, but a lot of times that mark is completely missed. I’ll still enjoy the book, however it’s not something I’ll recommend when my nieces ask for a good book. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the perfect example of a great YA! The Song girls set a great example of girls that aren’t perfect, yet they show respect not only for others, but for themselves.

As the youngest of 7 (1 boy and 6 girls), I absolutely related to the Song girls and their bond! You can make thousands of friendships growing up, but the bond shared between sisters is so much more special. You fight about clothes and chores, but at the end of the day those are your best friends. I loved how close these 3 were and how respectful they were to their dad. They were each mature for the age from the beginning, but still did so much growing up throughout the book. My favorite of the bunch was Kitty! Maybe it’s that she’s also the baby, but that girl has so much spunk. To sum it up, I’m pretty sure the phrase “kids say the darnest things” was created for Kitty!

Most of the time, I’ve heard of a book before going into it so I kind of know what to expect and who will (hopefully) end up with who. That was totally not the case with this book. Some people might have realized it early on, but it didn’t hit me until well past the half way mark! Somehow, that helped me enjoy the story even more.

I’m not usually a fan of duologies that could have been summed up in just one book, but I’m okay with it in this case because I’m looking forward to getting more from characters I really enjoyed. The only thing I wish would’ve been done differently, is that we could’ve got at least a few chapters from our male protagonist’s POV. I would have loved to see things develop from his perspective!

My only recommendation when buying this book is to go ahead and purchase book two, P.S. I Still Love You. There’s just no way you can read the ending of book 1 and not be left wanting to know what happens next. Plus, these covers are beautiful and will look fantastic in your bookshelf!

 

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