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I may seriously never leave my new library!!

pic of front.jpg We just got a new town library and it is absolutely gorgeous!  I am so excited!  Not only is it at least five times larger than the previous one, but there is more parking, lots of computers, study rooms- yes, rooms that students can rent out and put themselves in so that they can study in peace, conference rooms, a storm shelter and IT support on hand.  Holy cow!

Did I mention how gorgeous it is?!?  Sky lights and open layout, comfy chairs scattered everywhere.  Tables…. freaking vending machines!!!!  That’s right, we have an eating area where I can see myself having a lot of snacks (brought from home, of course, so that I don’t blow my diet), while I read several papers or magazines.

Warren is excited because we are also supposed to get a 3D printer here, along with other tech in the green room (it isn’t open yet, I think they are still getting equipment).

Here are just a few pics I took in my quick tour:

While I love all this, it does hurt that it is so far from me now- it used to be a five minute walk, now it is across town.  Having our area loose fast access has made me consider things like the Little Libraries that are popping up everywhere.  I am blessed in that I have a car and can get anywhere, and have free time.  Some of my neighbors aren’t so lucky.  I had considered taking some of my books- ones that I don’t mind possibly loosing- and setting up one a Little Library outside my house with the idea of people being able to take a book to read and return, or leave a well loved book for others.

In a perfect world this would work flawlessly.  Everyone would only go to the book area and leave the rest of the house unmolested, books would return, and nothing would get broken or vandalized.  But I worry that this would not be the case.  Is it fair of me to invite strangers so close to my home- a home I share with my husband (and his possessions)?  Also, would this affect the neighbors?  And for the love of God, I don’t want to be part of the Little Library site because I would have to enter my information and address!  You have to pay them at least once, maybe more, and I don’t see how they could make this any safer.  I just want a weather proof cabinet outside that proclaims that it has Community Books- take a book, share a book.  That sort of thing.  One would open the cabinet and see a small selection of books.  They would take one to read, and return it when finished for the next reader.  I want to believe this would work!  I also don’t worry about “getting the word out” because it would be small and, with luck, just for my community.  What do you guys think?  Crazy, right?  I haven’t even asked the husband yet because I know he’s gonna nix it lol.  Let me know your thoughts in comments!

Amber

Posted in Book Reviews, Up and Coming Releases

My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen, David Clawson

my fairy godmother is a drag queenspolier alertTitle: My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen

Author: David Clawson

Pages: 336

Genre: YA, romance

Is this part of a series? No.

Publish Date: May 16th, 2017

Summary:

Chris Bellows is just wanting to get through high school unscathed and keep going.  His stepfamily, the Fontains, have had a reversal of fortunes but still have aspirations.   As the mother throws her daughter Kimberly at every eligible bachelor it is up to Chris to do the shopping, cooking and cleaning- because he’s the only one that has ever done it before and knows how.

One night, meeting Drag Queen Coco Channel Jones changed Chris’s life forever.  Not only does he know someone that he can be open with about being gay, but Coco sends Chris off to the ball of the season where he meets J.J.  Kennerly- the most sought after bachelor around.  A shoe catastrophe puts the two together and they have a moment.

The next morning, though, it seems that J.J. is dating his step sister Kimberly.  He has feelings for Chris, but with political ambitions, he is afraid of being out.  They decide to keep it a secret, and use Kimberly as a beard.  Madness, and hilarity follow the couple… but can this ever be enough?  And, as Chris keeps asking himself, is it fair to his step sister?  True love is seriously complicated!

My thoughts:

I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Skyhorse publishing.  My thanks!

I loved this book.  I found Chris, with his rollercoaster of emotions, honest and refreshing.  It was nice to see that he wasn’t a victim.  He never saw himself as the family’s slave or anything like that.  He tried to come to terms with his lot, and even found good in his family.    While Coco very nearly became cliché at times, she never got there completely.  I loved her interaction with each of the characters, and the fact that we got to see multiple facets there.  I like that they portrayed Kimberly as spoiled, yes, but also sweet at times and willing to include and accept Chris.  The brother actually took me by surprise because he was portrayed at this meathead with moments of brilliance.  He was the most openly accepting of the group, though, even if he was a jerk at times.

While this is a very loose retelling of Cinderella, I liked it better for that fact.  I loved the story line and felt that the writing style was really fluid.  I had a great time getting to know the multifaceted characters.  One thing I did not like was the fact that J.J. was fine using Kimberly as a beard- even when Chris was feeling guilty.  He made a lot of choices that were hard for me to accept… and yet seemed sadly realistic.  That aside, this is a five star book for me still.  Five Stars

As far as the adult content goes, there is some sexual content, language and lewd humor but nothing over the top.  My niece will probably be reading it.  I give it a four.  General.svg

The book comes out tomorrow (5-16-17) but the ebook seems to drop on the 30th.  I highly recommend getting it.

Link to book:

Amazon

Amber

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The Simplicity of Cider, Amy E. Reichert

the simplicity of ciderspolier alertTitle: The Simplicity of Cider

Author: Amy E. Reichert

Pages:  336

Genre: contemporary romance

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date:  May 16th, 2017

Summary:

Sanna Lund is committed to her simple life on her family orchard.  Though the business end is failing, she knows she has the key to getting it back up.  Her cider will be a hit.  She just has to keep things going for a while longer.

Single father Issac Banks is trying his best to give his son Bass one more summer before he has to face a hard truth.  The secret eats at him, but he just isn’t ready.  Coming to Door County seems ideal- fresh air, open space for Bass to play, and best of all work to keep them busy.  The Lund’s farm needs help, and he needs a place to stay.  Win-win right?

As time marches forward and Issac and Sanna begin to trust and care for one another, it becomes apparent that someone is trying to sabotage the orchard.  Can everyone band together and save the orchard.  And what happens after vacation when real life in California calls for Issac and Bass?

My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from Netgally and Gallery books.  My thanks.

I loved this book.  It was well paced, charming and funny in parts.  I think what I loved best was the play between characters, though.  The relationship between Issac and Bass of warmth and easy comradery really touched my heart.  I also loved how Sanna and her father interacted.  Sanna was a tough character at times, very guarded and unsure of her place with others.  I enjoyed watching her warm to Bass especially.  The book really  showcased different facets of certain characters too.  I liked that.  I didn’t feel like any of these were just “throw away” characters, which is always nice to see.

I liked the little bit of magical realism here as well.  The trees doing better with love at the orchard was a charming touch.  Plus there wasn’t so much that it muddied the rest of the story, as I have found in the past.  All in all the book was charming, refreshing, and had the ability to transport me from town into a charming orchard.  I give it five stars.  Five Stars

As far as the adult content goes, there is some sexual content, and language but neither are so graphic that I would say this was an adults only book if a teen were interested.  I give it a three.  Oh, there is talk about drug addiction, but it is done well.  General.svg

The book comes out 5-16-17,  I absolutely recommend it.  In fact I may be buying a copy for myself and my mother.

Link to book:

Amazon

Amber

 

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Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One

wonder woman rebirth 2spolier alertTitle: Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One

Author: Greg Rucka, artist Nicola Scott

Pages: 168

Genre: graphic novel, action

Is this part of a series?  Yes, book two of the Wonder Woman Rebirth.

Publish Date: May 9th, 2017

Summary:

A plane goes down in Themyscira and out of the team of soldiers, only Steve Trevor is left alive.  As the Amazons heal his wounds it becomes apparent that not only has their island been breached, but they must send out one of their own to protect the world.  Diana, Princess of the Amazons, wins that right.  With the lasso, a gift given the islanders by the Gods, she sets out to take Steve and his fallen team home.  There is only one catch- once you leave, you can never return to the island.  Diana must learn her new home and help protect it’s people while a great threat looms…. she is not without her own allies though.

My thoughts:

I received an eARC of this graphic novel from Netgalley and DC Entertainments.  I feel like I need to review in two parts.  First I am going to talk about this book as a stand alone and not part of the series.  As someone fairly new to the Wonder Woman comics, this was easy to get into.  This is the origin story for Wonder Woman, and while a bit choppy in parts, I found it extremely well done.  The story drew you in, and the characters were interesting and unique.  I liked the art work in this book as well.  I had hoped to read her origin story at some point, so I was pleased with this book.

On the other hand, it seemed to have nothing to do with Wonder Woman, Rebirth #1, Greg Lucas except that the characters are the same.  In fact, I feel like this one ought to have been first, and then move to the other story eventually.  Because of this, I could not like it as part of the series- due to placement.  Now, it is possible that the third book will explain why it was done this way… but it is doubtful.  Due to this alone, I have to drop a star from my review.  This is a four star book for me.  Four Stars

On the adult content scale, there is violence.  I would say that this book is geared toward teens and adults, but could be for a younger audience as well.  General.svg

The book comes out tomorrow and I absolutely recommend it!

Link to book:

Amazon

Amber

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Woman No. 17, Edan Lepucki

Woman No. 17spolier alertTitle: Woman No. 17

Author: Edan Lepucki

Pages: 320

Genre:  Contemporary, mystery

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish date: May 9th, 2017

I was given an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Crown Publishing.  My thanks!

Summary:

Lady Daniels has separated from her husband and is trying to juggle writing a memoir of sorts with caring for her toddler son Devin, and attempting to keep her eighteen year old son Seth close.  She needs help.

In comes S. a young artist that Lady and her children are drawn to.  Hired as a nanny for Devin, S. has her own agenda for being there.  Working on a new, out-there art project, she is trying to recreate mothers- including her own.  When the two worlds collide, sparks fly.  This is an intense story of art, motherhood, and female friendships among other things.

My thoughts:

I felt for Lady, not sure what she wants or what she is doing.  I loved her character even as I hated her for choices she made.  I felt the same way for S.  Both are damaged, trying to find their spots, trying to make a connection.  I loved Karl (with a “K” as Lady says) and his crazy love of Lady and his family including his stepson Seth.  The story was interesting, and fast paced, if a bit jumpy in areas.  I still loved it completely.  Five Stars!Five Stars

On the adult content scale, I give it an eight.  There is talk of alcoholism, language, sexual content and drinking.  This is definitely not one my niece will get her hands on.  mature audience.

The book comes out next Tuesday (5-9-17)!  Who’s excited?!?

Link to book:

Amazon

Amber

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April Wrap-up and May TBR!

Ok, I failed to read The Simplicity of Cider this month, thus ruining my TBR goal.  I got side tracked with Hidden Figures and The Little Prince.  Here’s what I did read:

Really, the only one I wasn’t in love with this month was Hidden Figures.  Everything else got five stars from me.

For May, I have way too many Arcs and so will be mostly doing that.

From Netgalley:

  1. The simplicity of Cider, Amy E. Reichart.  (Seriously this time)
  2. My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen, David Clawson.  A new twist on Cinderella- sounds interesting!
  3. Woman No. 17, Edan Lepucki Lady Daniels thinks she found the perfect nanny in S… or has she?
  4. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life, Samantha Irby.  A number of essays that sound hilarious.
  5. Wonder Woman volume 2: the second installment to the Wonder Woman rebirth.

Time allowed, I will also be reading 16th Seduction by James Patterson.  I am on the fence about whether or not to continue with Rick Riordan’s Apollo series.

What are you guys planning on reading?

Amber

 

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The Light We Lost, Jill Stantopolo

the light we lostspolier alertTitle: The Light We Lost

Author: Jill Stantopolo

Pages: 336

Genre: romance

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish date: May 9th, 2017

I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My sincerest thanks.

Summary:

Lucy narrates to Gabe, an old love.  In this she begins with the start of their story, their meeting on 9-11.  Their relationship is crazy and inspired- they push each other toward their dreams.  When Gabe finally has to leave to follow his, Lucy has to pick herself up.  Leaving nothing out, she talks about her time without him.  The pain, separating herself from the things that were “them”, and meeting a man that made her laugh… Darren.  She explains her love for both men, neither relationship perfect yet part of her.  Lucy talks of her life, her dream, her children.

Every so often there’s a moment where the two- Gabe and Lucy- reconnect.  The last time starts another path in motion.  This book is all about chances taken, roads not gone down, and living with the consequences of both.

My thoughts:

There are books that break your heart.  Books where the characters are so real, so imperfect, that you bleed for them.  For me, this was one of them.  While a little odd at times, I loved the layout of this story- just Lucy talking to Gabe.  While I often disagreed with Lucy’s choices, and at times wanted to shake her, it did not lessen my love for her.  I loved Gabe, selfish and self centered dreamer that he could be.  I loved Darren who wanted so badly to be the one for Lucy, and loved her so dearly.  I loved the children, and the friends.  Each character was special and unique.  I think I just loved this story over all.

If there was one complaint, it would be that I am desperate to see into both Gabe and Darren’s minds.  I understand that this wasn’t possible with the layout of the book, but I almost- almost- feel cheated out of their emotions.  Still, this is a definite five star book for me.  Five Stars

As far as the adult content goes, there is a lot of sexual content.  There is also language and drinking to a lesser degree.  I would still let a mature teen read this, but… yeah… while not extremely graphic, there is a lot of sexual content.  A seven.Parental Guidance

The book comes out 5-09-17.  Be ready!

Link to book:

Amazon

Amber