Sunday, August 20, 2017

Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman #Bookreview

Girl Out of WaterTitle: Girl Out Of Water
Author: Laura Silverman
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published Date: May 2nd, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Page Count:350
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.


 My Review:
"I shouldn't be complaining. I should be happy to help my family. I am happy to help my family. I'm just not so happy to be helping my family in Nebreska"

Anise is a surfer who hasn't spent a summer away from the ocean since she was a little kid. But when her aunt gets into a fatal car crash it's up to her and her dad to go to Nebraska to help take care of her cousins while her aunt heals. This is Anise worst nightmare it seems, not only will she have to go a whole summer without surfing, she'll also miss the last summer her and her friends all have together before they start going to college.

Once in Nebraska she starts wondering about her mom more who has always been in and out of her life, and what caused her to constantly just leave. Anise also realizes that helping take care of her cousins Emery, Parker, and Nash is going to be a lot harder than she thought it would be. Between going to the skate park every day, keeping up with her friends back home, trying to make sure her cousins are happy/safe, worrying about her mom, and making new friends in Nebraska; Anise has a lot to deal with this summer for a change.

"If I can't enjoy my summer, I'm damn sure going to help them enjoy theirs."

I really really liked Girl out of Water and it might just be my favorite Contemporary read of the year! I did struggle to like Anise at times, but she was a realistic character for a change. She wasn't used to having so much responsibility or having to take care of other people so she had a bit of a learning curve to deal with and because of that some of the decisions she made weren't always the best. But I loved this book even more because of that.

"Home isn't a place. It's people. And I've always been with my people."

Now let's talk about the skate park guys Lincoln and Austin, I was expecting the worst from them because of how Anise didn't really care for skateboarders. But they were some of my favorite people in the whole book, Lincoln especially. We all need a Lincoln in our lives. He was so fun and carefree despite the social struggles you know he had to face. Also, he was there for Anise even though he barely knew her and he was able to manage to handle Parker and Nash without much help which is was not any easy task. Austin was there for Emery when she needed a friend.

Overall I would say this is a must read before the end of summer!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Unspoken Rules by Lora Inak *ARC #Bookreview

Unspoken RulesTitle: Unspoken Rules
Author: Lora Inak
Publisher: Rhiza Press
Published Date: September 17th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, YA
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Seventeen-year-old Natalie has two lives. At home, her life is governed by the unspoken rules of her Christian Orthodox background. At school, she is the Syrian girl who never goes to parties. She pretends she doesn’t care, but deep down she just wants to be like everyone else. Natalie wants to have the freedom to choose her own destiny ... to fall in love with the new boy without fear of repercussions. Unspoken Rules is a fresh and inspiring story about family, first love, walking a cultural tightrope and freedom.


 My Review:

Natalie is a seventeen-year-old Syrian Australian living in the suburbs of Melbourne with her parents and older sister. They go to the Christian Orthodox church which is strict, and the expectations of her parents who are still used to the customs of Syria, Natalie is very limited in what she can do. While her best friend understands it, she also gets annoyed with it at times, when Natalie can't even have a sleepover, or judges her for things that she doesn't think are bad.
Then we have Natalie's older sister, who follows all the customs and just wants to get married already before she is an 'old maid' (she's in her early twenties).
We also have a love interest, who ends up shaking things up and helps Natalie to realize some things she really wants to do in her life.

Overall I really did like this story. Reading about an Australian Syrian isn't something we get very often as most immigrations stories we see in YA that are well publicized are coming to America or Britain, so seeing someone adjusting to the Australian culture was really nice.
Natalie's story is one that a lot of young women will be able to relate to when it comes to dealing with strict parents and religious expectations placed on them by the community they are a part of. Natalie desperately want's to be her own person, and not just someone's wife. She wants to further her education and be able to use it so she can tell what is really happening in Syria.
When it came to Natalie's family it was nice to see parents actually be involved and to actually see them as parents. Yes, they are flawed and make big mistakes, but it was nice to see a real family for a change. Mom and Dad, both have their own problems and expectations to be placed on them. Natalie's older sister while annoying at times, is also just trying to do what is expected of her in their culture, and when things start happening to her she doesn't know exactly how to handle it.
Natalie has a lot going on in her family life and her school life as well, and those two lives are ones she's tried to keep separate for the most part, but it's reaching a point when the two will collide as she finishes high school and she might just not be ready for that.

Thank you to Netgalley and Rhiza Press for an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Waiting On Thursday! Week #1

Instead of it being Waiting On Wednesday which was created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. I've decided to move it to Thursdays. Making it now be Waiting on Thursday, not as catchy, but will work better in my posting schedule. Now onto the real reason, you're reading this post. What I can't wait for this week

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Bachelor Girl's Guide To Murder by Rachel McMillian

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts, #1)Title: Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
Series: Herringford & Watts Mysteries #1
Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher: Harvest House
Published Date: March 1st 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian
Page Count:222
Format: Paperback   

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city's underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto's premier consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever--if they can stay alive long enough to do so.


 My Review:

I originally got this as an e-arc from netgalley and the publisher. I ended up reading a finished copy from the library.

"She no longer cared about propriety. She no longer cared to be one of those girls who married at a proper age, who had their lives figured out, who wouldn't be caught dead in trousers."

Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts balance each other out pretty well, and I can see the resemblance between Sherlock and Watson with them. But that doesn't take anything away from the story. In fact, besides Merinda being reckless most of the time when it comes to social things and dragging Jem along for the ride at the beginning, they completely stand on their own. At times I did notice myself Imagining this happening the Murdoch Mysteries world but I think that has more to do with it being in Canada and me not really knowing much about it, especially in the early 1900's.

"Since she wasn't going to be one of those girls, she could do exactly what she wanted. She could love whomever she wanted-- even if he refused to love her in return! As for her parents expectations and every young lady's etiquette guide, why expectations be hanged."

Jem having been disowned by her parents for not having settled down with a respectable young man is now working a job while following Merinda around trying to solve mysteries. Merinda is the instigator for most things at first it appears, and while she does seem to be the mastermind, she is also the one that has the funding for them to be able to live in such a nice place.

Then we also have the two men characters who encourage Jem and Merinda in their crime solving. First, we have Jasper a detective in the police force that helps them get access to certain things (plus he has a crush on Merinda that is almost painful to imagine after awhile).
Then we have Ray DeLuca a report for a small newspaper who encourages the crime solving due and even ends up helping them out along the way. Plus the advice he gives Jem when she is dating someone who is not good for her at all was perfect. I mean can we please have more men like these two in books? Kind, respectful of the ladies wishes, and encouraging or discouraging when it was needed.

"I don't care if you send him choclates laced with arsnic, so long as you keep him out of his office long enough for me to get what I need."

Let's get back to Jem and Merinda now. Jem being the more sensible one and also the one that was trained growing up to deal with social situations is also the one that has to go out and find out information and then report back to Merinda. While Merinda is at home trying to piece together all of the information that Jem finds along with what she assumes is happening. I also just want to give it up for Merinda convincing Jem to break the Morality Laws as much as possible, because while dangerous, really needed to happen! Plus women in pants, solving crimes in the 1900's is really something I want to read more of!! Or just women solving crimes in historical fiction in general and actually being successful in it.

"I don't belong with anyone, do I? A girl in trousers who follows Merinda Herringford around the city. But I need to be in your life.. I know that you'll need to chase your stories. That you don't want to be cooped up. Maybe I won't ever be the first thing in your life, but..."

P.S. Why can't romance be like this in every book? It happened naturally and never became the main focus of the book. Plus the characters stuck to who they originally were instead of changing suddenly which I've noticed happens quite a bit in Christian fiction.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Down the TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from lostinastory.
This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.
At this moment my Goodreads TBR is at 2,506 and my goal is each week to get rid of at least one book from the list. I will be doing it in groups of 10 meaning this meme will take me quite a while to get through.

Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman #Bookreview

Title:  Girl Out Of Water Author:  Laura Silverman Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire Published Date:  May 2nd, 2017 Genre: Contemporary, YA ...