Stacking The Shelves: April Edition

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May TBR

May is an exciting month for me. It’s not only my birthday on the 10th but later this month is yard sale day. I live in a small town and every year we have yard sale day. I’m not sure if other places do that. Do you have it?  I always get so many books. However this means I might not get to all the books I want to read this month Even though I know I wont be able to read all of these, here is what I hoped to read.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

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Tuck Everlasting Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Synopsis: Doomed to—or blessed with—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Review: Deployed by Lizzie Mognoni

Deployed Lizzie MognoniDeployed by Lizzie Mognoni

Publication Date: June 19th 2017
Details: Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: iUniverse
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

Lizzie Mognoni:
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Buy Deployed:
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Summary

Katherine is deeply in love with her boyfriend, Matthew, when she meets Trey. There’s an instant connection between her and Trey, and the feeling both excites and panics her. After all, she loves her boyfriend, so why does she feel so drawn to Trey–almost as if he’s a drug? She takes risks and has a beautiful, and wild story.

Well, one more complication proves to be too much, as Katherine loses control. Both Matthew and Trey struggle to pick up her beautiful, broken pieces, but it’s unclear to them both with whom her affection rests. Soon, Matthew joins the army reserve. When war breaks out overseas, he’s deployed for active duty and sent far away from the woman he loves.

With Matthew gone, Katherine chooses to lean on Trey. Eventually, Matthew comes home a different man. War changes people, but so can time, as he finds when he again sees the woman he still wants. Trey will protect Katherine from everything, even Matthew’s dangerous PTSD, but Katherine still has feelings for both men. Who will she ultimately choose?

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.

Where do I even begin? This book was not good. It was extremely immature, badly written and needs some editing. There is a character that is in two places at once, there is Aubrey who was Audrey for half a chapter before going back to Aubrey. The main character Katherine is the most beautiful woman in the world and every single man that she is around wants her, which is not realistic. Not to mention the bad representation of PTSD.

I should have been able to read this book in a couple of hours, but it took me two days. I couldn’t read more than ten pages at a time. I was constantly putting the book down to rant about it whenever my mom was around. I don’t even know how many times I considered just not finishing it. The only thing that made me read the whole book was the size. It’s less than 200 pages so I figured I should just suck it up, read it and review it.

If this review is harsh, I’m sorry. I don’t want it to come off that way, I just really disliked this book.

1 out of 5 stars

Review: Tiger, Tiger by Johanna Skibsrud

Tiger Tiger Johanna SkibsrudTiger, Tiger by Johanna Skibsrud

Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Details: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

Johanna Skibsrud:
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Summary

A collection of intrepid and incisive stories from the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Sentimentalists 

Tiger, Tiger takes readers from the Paradise Valley Senior Centre parking lot all the way to Mars and examines the contradictions of life along the way. An astounding array of characters come up against the challenges of existence–both mundane and extraordinary–and their experiences never fail to surprise and delight.
A scientist finds the truth about love in a lab where he is learning to grow extinct tigers. A fake wedding at a nursing home brings a divorcee to the brink of despair while her grandmother marvels at the beauty around her. A small-town taxidermist realizes his fiancee is never returning–that he has lost her to an inscrutable ball of light. A soldier survives the bloody Battle of the Argonne Forest but loses the faith of his child. An uncanny teenager holds two hundred thousand years of the world’s history in her mind but feels desperately alone.
Profound and paradoxical, these fourteen stories bring us closer to the truth, even if we discover that it is ultimately unknowable. Masterfully crafted and astonishingly wise, Tiger, Tiger explores the limits of understanding, the future of humanity, and establishes Skibsrud as a rare and exceptional talent.

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.

I don’t read a lot of short stories but it is something I’ve been wanting to get more into. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect going into this collection, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I was hoping I would like it. I never expected it to be a four star read.

I read this in a day because I was pulled in to the first story. Right from the beginning Tiger, Tiger hooked me and didn’t let go. Even though the rest of the stories weren’t as good as the first one, none of them disappointed me. I enjoyed ever single one.

I will definitely be reading more by Johanna Skibsrud in the future. If you like short stories and you haven’t picked this one up, you should.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson

Demi-Gods Eliza RobertsonDemi-Gods by Eliza Robertson

Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Details: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

Eliza Robertson:
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Summary

A bold debut novel for those who loved Emma Cline’s The Girls and Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers–a story of love, lust, and the spaces in between, from a “captivating” (NYTBR) new voice in fiction.

It is 1950, and nine-year-old Willa’s sheltered childhood is about to come to an end when her two new stepbrothers arrive at her family’s summer home in British Columbia. As Willa’s older sister pairs off with the older of these boys, Willa finds herself alone in the off-kilter company of the younger, Patrick. When, one afternoon, Patrick lures Willa into a dilapidated rowboat, Willa embarks upon an increasingly damaging relationship with Patrick, one that will forever reconfigure her understanding of herself and her place in a menacing, male-dominated world.
Demi-Gods traces the tumultuous years of Willa’s coming-of-age, as she is drawn further into Patrick’s wicked games. Though they see each other only a handful of times, each of their encounters is increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. When Willa finally realizes the danger of her relationship with Patrick, she desperately tries to reverse their dynamic, with devastating results.
Daring, singular, and provocative, Demi-Gods explores a girl’s attempt to make a life of her own choosing in a world where woman’s independence is suspect, a world that threatens to claim a woman’s body as a mere object for men’s pleasure. A sensitive, playful, and entirely original evocation of the dualities within ourselves and our history, Eliza Robertson’s debut novel announces the arrival of one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary literature.

Review

I won a copy of Demi-Gods from Goodreads and I wish I could say that I enjoyed it but I didn’t. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, it wasn’t even the worse book I’ve read this year, it just wasn’t for me.

This book is a bit weird, and that’s okay because I love weird. However, it was also boring. Weird I can do, boring I can’t. I did like the writing. It is definitely well written and while talking to my dad about the book I said that it reminded me of The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Both books are just okay in my opinion but they are both beautifully written.

I didn’t care about any of the characters. I didn’t care about the plot. The only thing I enjoyed was the writing.

I would like to read something else by Eliza Robertson sometime because maybe this story just wasn’t for me.

2 out of 5 stars

Review: Songs of Love and War (Deverill Chronicles #1) by Santa Montefiore

Songs of Love and War Deverill Chronicles Santa MontefioreSongs of Love and War (Deverill Chronicles #1) by Santa Montefiore

Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Details: Paperback, Canadian Edition, 528 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

Santa Montefiore:
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Summary

The #1 international bestseller about the enduring bond between three women and the castle they will never forget.

Their lives were mapped out ahead of them. But love and war will change everything…

It’s the early 1900s and Castle Deverill stands staunchly untouched by time, hidden away in the rolling Irish hills. Within the castle walls, three friends have formed a close bond: affluent, flame-haired Kitty Deverill; Bridie Doyle, Kitty’s best friend and daughter of the castle’s cook; and Celia Deverill, Kitty’s flamboyant English cousin. They’ve grown up together, always sheltered from the conflict embroiling the rest of the country. But when Bridie learns of a secret Kitty has been keeping, their idyllic world is forever torn apart.

Later, the three women scatter to different parts of the globe. Kitty must salvage what she can before Castle Deverill and everything she has ever known is reduced to ash. Songs of Love and War is an epic generational saga about the lasting bonds of true friendship and the powerful ties we all have to the place we call home.

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and when I entered the giveaway I thought I would like this book, I didn’t realize just how much I would like it.

Songs of Love and War is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. I was hooked from the beginning. The writing is gorgeous and so descriptive. I loved Kitty and her grandmother. Some of the characters I loved to hate. Every time I picked this book up, I was excited to start reading it and every time I had to put it down, I was disappointed.

This is one of those books that while you are reading, you forget that you are reading. You just get so invested in the story. While I was reading it, the time flew by and before I knew it, my mom was home and I had to put the book down. Though as soon as she walked in the house I would gush about how amazing this book is and how much I’m enjoying it. When I was done I told my mom she had to read it. She also flew through it and loved it. Weeks later we are still talking about this book every day. We can’t wait until August for book two, Daughters of Castle Deverill to come out. We are already fighting over who gets to read it first. We might need to buy two.

If you love historical fiction, you need to pick up this book. I promise you will not be disappointed.

5 out of 5 stars