Wind Warrior... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

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Current book:

Wind Warrior
By: Jon Messenger

Sneak Peek:

"I used to come up on the rooftop too, when I was younger. But when I was younger, I came up here usually to get away from my brothers and sisters."  p 111

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Oh and here are some rules if you decide to join in:
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 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 teasers!


If you want to just leave your two sentences, book title, and author just here, please do so in the comments.  I'd love to get a sneak peek of the book you're reading!

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With No Regrets: A Book Review

Friday, July 31, 2015

There is no point in hiding it, I love a good love story.  So when the opportunity presented it self to read With No Regrets, I figured why not.  It was presented to me as a clean contemporary romance fiction. Since I've been on a YA/teen action sci-fi kick, I figured I could use the change.

I'll admit, this was not what I expected, but then again, I didn't really know what to expect as this is a genre I generally don't go searching for.  But Ford brought to life a group of characters that were all hurting and searching for answers in a way that drew me in.  I had to find out how each character fared.

With No Regrets  by Julie N Ford   a Book review on Reading List

Story Overview 

With No Regrets by Julie N Ford follows Finley as she tries to find her footing as life swiftly changes. She just divorced her husband of twenty years when she found him cheating, again. Her children have moved out to go to college. Which means she has plenty of time to finally discover what she wants out of life.

Her best friend, Cathyanne, seems overly interested in making sure Finley finds a real love in a hurry. So she gently, well not too gently, pushes Finley into going on a date with their gorgeous and younger fitness trainer.  Soon Finley is loving the active life Josh introduces her to, but she still longs for more.  

She is torn between a long time friendship with her Country Music star neighbor, Quinton, the fun life Josh offers, and the familiarity of life with her ex-husband, Roy.  All while trying to find her own path.  

Personal Likes

I enjoyed the change in voice in that made this a contemporary novel.  The topic of a uber-rich divorcee wasn't really my first choice, but as I kept going (I always read at least 100 pages on a book submitted to me, before deciding to put it down) and honestly I was into the characters before that point.  There was just something about Finley's inner dialogue about her life that interested me.

I also really clung onto the side characters.  Cathyanne, Finley's best friends, for some reason, really drew me in.  She was outgoing, and really loved Finley.  While I don't want to give away the big twist in the book, hint, it involved Cathyanne, I was shocked and moved.

The other side character that grabbed me was Quinton, Finley's next door neighbor. He was one of those characters that I wanted to dislike, or brush aside, but couldn't.  He just had a certain connection to Finley that kept getting pushed aside.

With No Regrets   by Julie N Ford    a book review feature on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

With No Regrets is certainly mainstream, which can be a shock to the system if you have been reading Christian books, both non-fiction and fiction.  So heads up, this is not really a Christian novel. There are many adult scenes in relationships outside of marriage, so if that makes you uncomfortable, you might want to avoid this.  Granted they aren't graphic, but I'll be honest there were some that just didn't read well for me.

Also I felt like I couldn't really get a hold on Finley.  She just didn't grab my full attention.  Yes I was curious how her love life would turn out.  Maybe it was because she is an older lady, and I haven't reached that point in life... not sure...

Reasons to Read

If you really enjoy romance and love stories, this could be for you.  Finley reads like a modern Southern Bell, living in Tennessee.  She loves gardening and coaxing plants to life.  So if you are into gardening, and being outside, you could really get into this one.

Also, if you are divorced, this could grab your attention. 

Reading List Rating

Three heart rating on Reading List

I'm giving this book a three heart rating. While I enjoyed it while I was reading it, and at times was very interested, I doubt I'll read it again.  For some, who really enjoy this genre, this will seem like an unfair rating.

My Suggested Audience

This book is probably best for women over thirty-five.  While you don't have to be divorced to like it, you might enjoy it more if you have been divorced... maybe...

This isn't a book for teenagers surely, it probably wouldn't interest teens anyway.  Also, if you want completely clean Christian stories, you might want to pass on this one. 

Are you into Contemporary Clean Romance books? Do you tend to read Christian Romance?  Share with me your favorite. 

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Marissa @ Reading List

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Cozy Reading Spot #103

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

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The Digital Book Novella Picks Up Speed

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Since you are spending some of your valuable time today reading this little corner of mine, I am willing to bet you enjoy reading at some level.  Am I right?

Do you wish you could find more time to sit back with a good book? Are you feeling like you simply don't have the time to read anything besides some short internet articles?

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I hear you, I really do.  I know so many who stop by here are sure I spend all day reading books since I review many and share even more on social media.  To be honest, I do read a ton.  I love books.  I love learning about culture and the world, even in fiction, through stories that others have experienced.  Recently I've been told this is a key part to why I'm an introvert.... But that's not the point.

The fact is that our society is seeing a dramatic shift away from reading books because it requires the reader to wait and work towards the reward of learning the story.  In other words, attention spans are shortening as we get more and more instantly. And publishers are realizing they have to adapt slightly in this new market.

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Enter the ebook novella trend. This is especially popular with the younger audiences of fiction, mostly those twenty-five and under.

Since I have spent the month of July thus far sharing from The Selection Series, I am going to use this as my example, just know this is not exclusive to this series.

Fictional series are becoming very popular, although the idea is not new.  Think Anne of Green Gables,  The Boxcar Children, The Hardy Boy Mysteries, etc. What is new, is how quickly readers want the newest edition.  Authors can only write so fast, especially authors who value writing well developed and edited pieces (these are my favorite authors by the way).  So what is a publishing company supposed to do?

Put out novellas to help fill in back story to the series of course!

In The Selection Series there are four novellas that add to the story through some of the side characters

  • The Queen - Find out how Queen Amberly's Selection process was. Side note, this is not the fairy tale you'd expect
  • The Prince - Get the back story of Prince Maxon, and who the first girl was that caught his eye.
  • The Guard - Dive deeper into Aspen Leger, the third corner of this love triangle.
  • The Favorite - This story gives more detail to one specific event from The Selection story, and it is only available as part of the collection book until Oct 2015... and it's the only one I haven't read yet
There was a high demand for more from author Kiera Cass, and the publishing copy could quickly turn out these quick little additions. While these were all originally released as ebooks, they are going to be available in print, Happily Ever After, come Oct 2015. 

To be honest, I really enjoy this trend.  I love rich, deep characters in fiction. In fact I expect a good author to put time into each character, not just one or two.  These short books allow for that to a new extent. 

The best part?   These can be read in just a couple of hours!  The perfect fit into crazy busy schedules.  

Why am I telling you this?   Well if any of the reviews I have shared this month intrigued you, but you do not have much time to devote to a long series, try one of these novellas and see if you enjoy the way Cass writes.  If you are still interested, then go for the series, you will already know that it won't be a waste of your reading time!

Is there a book series you would have loved to have gotten more details out of? A character you wish the author could have expanded on in this fashion?  

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