Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read (or you could do fairytales I want to be retold or fairytales I love). My list will also include fables and Shakespeare since I haven’t read a ton of fairytale based novels. I guess I need to branch out more! Here is my list:


1. Impossible 
by Nancy Werlin

– Scarborough Fair

(Read)

Impossible (Impossible, #1)


2. Extraordinary 
by Nancy Werlin

-Wicked / The Wizard of OZ

(Read)

Extraordinary


3. Isn’t She Lovely 
by Lauren Layne

– Pygmalion

(Read)

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)


4. Broken
 by Lauren Layne

– Beauty and the Beast

(Read)

Broken (Redemption, #1)


5. Crushed 
by Lauren Layne

-The Ugly Duckling

(Read)

Crushed (Redemption, #2)


6. Cinder & Ella 
by Kelly Oram

-Cinderella

(Read)

Cinder & Ella


7. Finding Cinderella
by Colleen Hoover

– Cinderella

(Read)

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)


8. Vendetta 
by Catherine Doyle

– Romeo and Juliet

(Read)

Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)


9. A Court of Thorns and Roses 
by Sarah J. Maas

– Beauty and the Beast

(Want to read)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)


10. The Iron King 
by Julie Kagawa

–  Midsummer Night’s Dream

(Want to read)

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

What are some of your favorite fairytale retelling or ones you would like to read? Tell me in the comments!

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Publication Date: January 2, 2014

Publisher: Viking Children’s

Synopsis:

Hayley Kincain is spending her senior year of high school in high school. For most kids that would be normal. For Hayley, it’s a tough transition from being homeschooled on the road with her Iraq war veteran father.

Hayley’s trying to lead a normal life. She has a new best friend in Grace and a possible boyfriend in Finn. If only her father’s transition was as easy. Riddled with PTSD, he can barely keep it together. Hayley’s doing everything she can to keep him safe, but she’s worried it might not be enough.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The Impossible Knife of Memory left me feeling kind of…blah. I had such high expectations for it. It just didn’t meet most of them. I can’t decide whether I liked it or not. There were some really great things about it, but there were also things I didn’t like or get.

The writing was amazing. It flowed well and kept me reading when I might have wanted to set the book down. I read it in two days.

I liked the PTSD topic and how Hayley’s dad was portrayed. Even though he wasn’t very likeable, he felt real and I couldn’t help but feel compassion for him and anyone else dealing with returning from war.

I couldn’t stand Hayley most of the time. Her denial of her dad’s condition was understandable, as was her warped sense of the past. Her habit of referring to her classmates as zombies drove me nuts. I just didn’t get it. The only time I really felt like I could connect with her character was toward the end of the book.

I also couldn’t stand Hayley’s dad’s flashbacks. I don’t know why we were treated to them, but they didn’t add anything to the story for me. At least the memories Hayley had were able to show how she was twisting her own truth.

So while I loved the writing and the issue the story was tackling, there were just too many things I didn’t like. I will be trying another of Laurie Hulse Anderson’s stories in the future since she’s obviously a talented author.

Saving Toby

perf6.000x9.000.inddSaving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link

Publication Date: August 26, 2013

Synopsis:

Everyone in town knows the Faye boys are bad news, but Claudia can only remember Toby Faye as a nice kid. So when Claudia receives a job offer that will have her working with Toby and his mother, Julia, she accepts it.

Claudia never thought working near Toby would be such a measure in self-control. Toby’s made it obvious he wants her. Claudia can’t deny that she wants him, too. Just as they’re beginning to fall for each other, Toby is linked to a brutal hate crime. Claudia knows Toby couldn’t be involved, but her policeman father isn’t so sure.

As the police investigate, Claudia is be forced to choose sides and try to hold together a relationship that may have been doomed from the start.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Saving Toby. It was fun, romantic, intense and fast-paced. The chemistry between Toby and Claudia was amazing.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Toby’s cocky personality. The way he antagonized Claudia made me smile. It was just what her uptight personality needed. 

Despite her age, Claudia was very mature. I was surprised at how mature she was through the second half of the story. I don’t think many young adult women could handle things the way she did.

The hate crime part of the book was so intense! I could see what was going to happen and I was so worried for Toby! (I admit I may have had to take a little break from reading because it was stressing me out — but in a good way!)

Overall, Saving Toby was an amazing New Adult read. The writing was excellent and I was completely drawn into the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Keeping Claudia. I would highly recommend Saving Toby to fans of authors Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, and Jessica Park.

Thank you to Suzanne McKenna Link for the opportunity to read and honestly review Saving Toby.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten is Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.).


1. Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

The main character, Cath, is a huge fan of Simon Snow series. She writes fan fiction stories about Simon and his world.

Fangirl


2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

Margaret Lea is a biographer who grew up in her father’s bookshop. She is asked to write the biography of a famous British novelist.

The Thirteenth Tale


3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist whose expose has caused him legal problems.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan is compiling a collection of stories about the help in her 1962 Mississippi town .

The Help


5. Mud Vein
 by Tarryn Fisher

Senna Richards is a reclusive novelist that awakens to find herself trapped in a secluded house.

Mud Vein


6. Slammed 
by Colleen Hoover

Laken falls for her new neighbor, Will Cooper, who writes slam poetry.

Slammed (Slammed, #1)


7. The Time Travellers Wife 
by Audrey Niffeneger

Librarian and time traveller Henry DeTamble falls for artist Claire Abshire. Their love story flows across time.

The Time Traveler's Wife


8. Dream of You 
by Kate Perry

Novelist Lola Carlisle falls for sports radio host Sam “Touchdown” Taylor.

Dream of You (Laurel Heights, #5)


9.
 Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

Novelist Liz Sutton gets a second chance at love with Ethan Hendrix.

Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold, #2)


10. The House on Tradd Street 
by Karen White

Real estate agent Melanie Middleton can see ghosts. Her writer friend Jack Trenholm helps her discover the mysteries behind the ghosts.

The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)

What is your favorite book about a book nerd? Tell me in the comments!

Nine Minutes

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1)Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Publication Date: July 19, 2014

Synopsis:

One day and one decision changed Ginny Lemon’s life forever. On May 15, 1975, the fifteen-year-old was abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale, FL by a motorcycle gang member. From that day on, Ginny’s life depends on the goodwill of Satan’s Army leader, Grizz.

Grizz may be the frightening gang leader, but he has a soft spot for Ginny. She’s his obsession and he’s dedicated to keeping her as safe and happy as a captive can be.

Ginny is forced to trust in Grizz and try to adjust to life in the motorcycle gang. As time goes by, Ginny wonders if she will ever be able to get out alive or if she’ll be a prisoner forever.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh. My. Goodness. My mind is blown. BLOWN! I am honestly struggling with what to even write about Nine Minutes.

Nine Minutes was amazing. I loved it…but I hated it! The entire premise was so messed up. Everything that happened in this book was so disturbing! But the writing was so good. The surprises I didn’t see coming were amazing. The cliffhanger was awesome. I must have reread the last few chapters two or three times just to wrap my head around it.

So while I hated everything that was happening to poor Ginny, I couldn’t help but love this book. It’s going on my list of best books I’ve read so far in 2015. I highly suggest to READ. IT. NOW. Seriously. I would warn, however; Nine Minutes is filled with violence, sexual situations, and anything else you could think of happening in a motorcycle gang story. Think of a Sons of Anarchy type story.

If you’re interested in reading it, as of now Nine Minutes is $1.99 on Kindle and the second book in the series is releasing this Thursday, July 23, 2015!

Other books in this series:
Out of Time (Nine Minutes, #2)

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ, etc.). Below (in no particular order) is my list of books celebrating diversity or diverse characters.


1. The Year We Fell Down
by Sarina Bowen

Corey Callahan is beginning her freshman year of college in a wheel chair. It’s not how she planned it. Corey was supposed to be on the varsity hockey team. Now, she’s learning how to navigate the Harkens campus in her wheel chair. Luckily, she has her hot and injured neighbor, Adam Hartley, to help her. Too bad he already has a girlfriend.

The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1)

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson is not the only Will Grayson–or so he discovers one night in Chicago. After meeting, their lives begin to overlap in ways they never thought possible. It all leads up to a hugely fabulous high school musical.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson


3. 
 Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

High school senior Celeste Watkins is different than her classmates. She’s smarter than them. She talks differently than them. She’s also horrible at letting people in and making friends. Then, she meets quirky college student Justin Milano. He’s exactly what Celeste needs to break out of her shell.

Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love, #2)


4. Home is Where You Are
by Tessa Marie

Anna’s a privileged high school student. Dean’s a homeless kid. Neither of them expected to fall in love. Can Anna’s love help Dean survive his tough life?

Home is Where You Are


5. Lola and the Boy Next Door 
by Stephanie Perkins

Funky designer wannabe Lola Nolan has the perfect life. Hot rocker boyfriend? Check. Cool gay dads? Check. Awesome best friend? Check. Then the boy she crushed on years ago moves back in next door and throws everything all out of whack.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)


6. 
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Bree Prescott is running from the horrors of her past. She’s hoping the lakeside town of Pelion will help her heal. What she finds in Pelion, is Archer Hale. She can’t help be drawn to Archer — and his silent demons. Can they help heal each other?

Archer's Voice


7. Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

She’s a weird red head. He’s half-Korean. They couldn’t stand out more in their Midwestern town if they tried.

Eleanor & Park


8. OC Me 
by Kristin Albright

After Amy’s aunt is in a tragic accident, Amy becomes obsessed with irrational fears. She tries to hide them from her friends and family. This becomes even harder when she falls for James. When Amy finds out she has OCD, she must learn to admit the truth to herself and those closest to her.

OC Me

9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

College student Sydney has an amazing life–then everything comes crashing down when she learns her boyfriend is cheating on her. Having no one else to turn to, she befriends her neighbor, Ridge. Ridge is cute and talented. Sidney loves listening to him play music on his balcony. Ridge’s just as captivated with Sidney as she is with him. There’s something about her that he can’t shake.

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)


10. Dinner with Buddha
by Ronald Merullo

Otto Ringling goes on a road trip with his Mongolian monk brother-in-law, Rinpoche. Otto hopes to find a new meaning for his life, while Rinpoche searches for the next place to serve.

Dinner with Buddha

What are books you have read that celebrate diversity or diverse characters? Leave them in the comments below.

ARC Review: Him

HimHim by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Synopsis:

Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley were best friends. They may have only seen each other every summer at hockey camp, but their friendship lasted for years–until their very last night at camp when Wes made the biggest mistake of his life by manipulating his best friend. Wes has no one to thank but himself for ruining their friendship.

Jamie never understood what happened with Wes. One day they were best friends, the next Wes was just…gone. Well, things might have gotten a little weird that last night at camp, but it was no big deal.

Four years later, Wes and Jamie run into each other at the college hockey national championship. Wes wants to apologize. Jamie wants answers. Neither really gets what they want.

HIM1

Weeks later, Jamie is shocked when Wes shows up to help coach at their old summer camp. This time, Wes is going to be completely honest with Jamie. Wes’ big reveal is going to cause Jamie to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew about himself.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As you can probably tell from my reviews of The Deal and The Mistake, I love Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. Prior to beginning A Novel Glimpse, I read and loved the first two books in Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series. So, when I was presented with the chance to read an ARC of their first collaboration together, Him, I was super excited.

I knew going in this was a M/M romance. It’s the first one I’ve ever read. I was curious to see how it was going to go and if I would like it. I knew two men falling for each other wasn’t going to bother me…I just wasn’t so sure about that other “stuff.”

I loved Wes. There was just something about him. I can see why people (and Jamie) were drawn to him. I have to admit, though; I was worried about him the entire book. His feelings were so strong and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out for him in the end.

I loved Jamie, too. His outlook and openness were amazing. His family was amazing. There were a few times he had me worrying about what his actions were going to do to Wes’, but I felt like his story was a really important one to tell.

Jamie and Wes together? Their friendly banter with each other was funny. It was pretty adorable to see two extremely masculine hockey players falling for each other. As for that other “stuffI didn’t find it to be a big deal. Most of it wasn’t anything I hadn’t read in M/F romances.

Overall, I really liked the story. It was a cute best friends turned lovers romance. I think it’s great that two amazing writers are writing stories that anyone could identify with.

Thank you to Nina Bocci and Sarina Bowen for the opportunity to read and honestly review an ARC of Him.

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s feature is The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies). This fun list might give you a hint at some of my upcoming reviews.

1. Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Kiss Me (Fool's Gold, #17)

2. Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge, #1)

3. I Want You to Want Me by Erika Kelly

I Want You to Want Me (Rock Star Romance, #2)

4. The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

The Mistake I Made

5. Ugly Cry: An Anthology by AE Woodward, Brenda Rothert, Erika Ashby, JM LaRocca, Kathryn Perez, M.E. Carter, Missy Johnson, Stacey Grice, Murphy Rae

Ugly Cry: An Anthology

6. All of It by Kim Holden

All of It

7. Run You Down by Julia Dahl

Run You Down

8. A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1)

9. Remember When by T. Torrest

Remember When (Remember Trilogy, #1)

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

 What’s the last book that came into your possession? Feel free to leave the name and author in the comment section!

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve seen several friendly bloggers take part and it looked like so much fun that I decided to join in! This week’s list is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. Below is my list.

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been able to talk myself into it. I’ve checked it out from the library a couple of different times. I even checked out the movie version from the library and never watched it.

2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

I want to read this book. Really, I do. Both my sister, mother and several friends have told me it’s great. It’s another one I’ve checked out a couple of times from the library but then ran out of time to read it before I had to return in. I will read it — some time.

3. The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

This is another one I do want to read. I love Kristin Hannah’s books. I just haven’t been in the right mood for this one, I guess. Friends have told me it’s really good but emotional.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

I know it’s going to be good. I’ve enjoyed all the other books I’ve read by Ms. Oliver. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

5. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Okay, I feel super guilty about this one. My mom so lovingly gave me a paperback copy for my birthday a couple years ago. I haven’t read it yet. I want to, but the first time I opened the cover I noticed how small the print it. I don’t know why that made me put it down, but it did. I promise I’m going to read it.

6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca

Several people have told me I wouId love this book. It just doesn’t pop in my mind when I’m thinking of what to read next.

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

I know, I know. It’s a travesty. Everyone I know that’s read it loves it. At this point, I’m a little intimidated by the length of the series. I would want to read it all at once and it would take forever. I’m just not up to the commitment at this point. I will read it at some point.

8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

My college roommate read it years ago and raved about it. I bought it on my Kindle a few years ago. It’s sitting there waiting.

9. Room by Emma Donoghue

Room

I don’t know. Since I’ve had a child, there are some books I’m just not sure if I can read. This is one of those. I know it’s good, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to read it until my child is grown.

10. The Giver by Lois Lowery

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one yet. It sounds good and I was planning on reading it before the movie came out. I guess I just never got to it.

Is there a hyped book that you haven’t read? Let me know in the comments!