Thursday, May 17, 2018

Talk About a Sinking Ship.

Changes in Latitudes
Author: Jen Malone
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 25th, 2017
All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents’ divorce. So when she learns of her mom’s plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she’s stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean.

Cassie is furious. And nervous. It’s been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother’s role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point.

Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who’s as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together—wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline—the harder it is to fight the attraction.

Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents’ split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can’t even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life’s unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them…or dive right in.
 ~Goodreads

I really wanted to like this book—in fact it started off really strong—yet while reading the second chapter, I knew it would be a struggle to finish. 

The story telling in Changes in Latitudes was very choppy. Huge chunks of time are missing from one scene to the next. There were moments I felt as though I skipped a page or paragraph—but alas, I did not. Along with that, this book was way too long, the plot unnecessarily repetitive and drawn out. 

If you've read the above synopsis, congratulations, you've read the book. No joke. The synopsis gives away almost the entire story.  There is nothing to learn about the main character making her lackluster, flat and boring.  

Another thing that was a total miss—the romance. It was completely forced. The love interest was thrown at the reader. Cassie and his relationship is predictable, (I.e. synopsis!) and anything but swoony. Even their kissing scenes dragged. Dudes....you know when I don’t fall for a love interest something is off. 

All I have left to say is: skip this one, y'all 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Sea Witch

To participate all you have to do is:

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 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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Sea Witch
"I saw you from my deck, you know," he whispers in my ear. "Before coming aboard. You've never looked more beautiful, Evie. And I've never begged the gods to steer my ship faster."                ARC Pg. 11





Monday, May 14, 2018

Blog Tour: LIES YOU NEVER TOLD ME ~Playlist



Lies You Never Told Me
Author: Jennifer Donaldson
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub Date: May 29th, 2018
Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide.

Quiet, shy Elyse can't believe it when she's cast as the lead in her Portland high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, and Elyse isn't sure she's up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye--someone she knows she absolutely shouldn't be with--she can't help but be pulled into the spotlight. 

Austin native Gabe is contemplating the unthinkable--breaking up with Sasha, his headstrong, popular girlfriend. She's not going to let him slip through her fingers, though, and when rumors start to circulate around school, he knows she has the power to change his life forever. 

Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive.

I absolutely LOVED this book and was so happy to be able to create a playlist for it! I thought these songs fit SO WELL with the book and the characters. I hope you enjoy! 


Playlist


1. (One of Those) Crazy Girls by Paramore: Sasha to Gabe

What do you mean I got it backwards?
You know we're gonna be forever
Why are you telling me goodbye?
Aren't you gonna stay the night?
Are we really over now?
Maybe I can change your mind

Soon as you walk out my door
I'm gonna call a hundred times
2. Don't Stand So Close by The Police: Mr. Hunter to Elyse
Young teacher, the subject
Of schoolgirl fantasy
She wants him so badly
Knows what she wants to be
Inside her there's longing
This girl's an open page
Book marking, she's so close now
This girl is half his age
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
3. On Purpose by Sabrina Carpenter: Catherine to Gabe
Your words
Didn't mean to heal the hurt
Were coincidentally more than enough
All these days I never thought
That I would need someone so much
Who knew?
But I don't think I ever planned
For this helpless circumstance 
With you
You're scared, I'm nervous
But I guess that we did it on purpose, on purpose, on purpose
Baby, I know it's weird, but it's worth it
'Cause I guess that we did it on purpose, on purpose, on purpose

4. Disaster by Jojo: Elyse to Mr. Hunter

I never thought it would end, cuz you got up in my head, in my head like that
You made me happy baby, love is crazy, so amazing
But it's changing, rearranging, I don't think I can take anymore

Cuz the walls burned up and our love fell down
And it turned into whatever, now we're saying never
Feel the fire cuz it's all around
And it's burning for forever and always
We gotta let it go, be on our way
Look for another day, cuz it ain't the same my baby
Watch it all fallin' to the ground
No happy ever after, just disaster


5. Let Me Love You by NeYo: Gabe to Catherine 
I can see the pain behind your eyes
It's been there for quite a while
I just wanna be the one to remind you what it is to smile
I would like to show you what true love can really do
Girl let me love you
And I will love you
Until you learn to love yourself
Girl let me love you
And all your trouble
Don't be afraid, girl let me help
Girl let me love you

Follow the Tour 
WEEK ONE
May 14 – Brooke Reports – Playlist
May 15 – Lindseyybooks – Review + Insta Photo
May 16 – Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review
May 17 – Novel Grounds – Book Aesthetic and Creative Instagram Picture
May 18 – Little Bookworm Reviews – Review + Book Aesthetic

WEEK TWO
May 21 – Just Add a Word – Review + Book Aesthetic
May 22 – The Nerdy Girl Express – Review
May 23 – The Lovely Books – Review
May 24 – Next Book Review – Creative Picture
May 25 – Snarky Yet Satisfying – Creative Instagram Picture

WEEK THREE
May 28 – Coffee Cocktails and Books – Review + Book Tag
May 29 – HelloJennyReviews – Creative Bookstagram Picture
May 30 – Young Adult Reads – Review
May 31 – Seeing Double In Neverland – Review + Creative Photo

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

Fat Girl on a Plane
FAT. 

High school senior Cookie Vonn’s post-graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother—and named after a dessert. 

Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to New York to pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship, but her plans are put on standby when she’s declared too fat too fly. Forced to turn to her BFF for cash, Cookie buys a second seat on the plane. She arrives in the city to find that she’s been replaced by the boss’s daughter, a girl who’s everything she’s not—ultrathin and superrich. Bowing to society’s pressure, she vows to lose weight, get out of the friend zone with her crush, and put her life on track. 

SKINNY. 

Cookie expected sunshine and rainbows, but nothing about her new life is turning out like she planned. When the fashion designer of the moment offers her what she’s always wanted—an opportunity to live and study in New York—she finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up. Her designs make waves, but her real dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow more distant by the day. 

Will she realize that she’s always had the power to make her own dreams come true?
This sounds so good! I can't wait to meet Cookie and go on her adventure along side her! 
What are you waiting on this week!?