Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord- Book Tour

Hi all!

I hope everyone is having a great 2020 thus far. 
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Book Cover provided by Book Tour Packet

A few months ago, we were asked if we would like to participate in the book tour for Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. 

*A huge shout out to Jennifer for reaching out to us to be a spot on the Tweet Cute Book Tour*

Tweet Cute follows the two teenager, Pepper and Jack; who get caught up in a crazy situation: their parents happen to be rivals in the fast food business.  Pepper and Jack both run their families' business twitter accounts.  All the while, going to school together and having swim practice together.  

As Pepper and Jack grow closer, they don't realize that they have a two things working in their favor and out of their favor...

An app that allows them to chat to each other while staying anonymous. 
A rivalry between their parents. 

There's all of this stuff going around in the background while Jack and Pepper are working on their friendship and falling for each other.

It was a (no pun intended) cute story! 

I liked how Pepper and Jack changed their views on each other and how the reader got to watch their friendship blossom into this little romance. 

One thing that I liked about the story was how Weazel didn't tear apart Jack and Pepper.  Bluebird and Wolf were going strong! (Well, strong when they were talking to one another on the app...)

I guess that the app didn't tear them apart because of everything else that was going on and what they had went through in the beginning of the book. 

There isn't anything about this book that I would change.  When I think back to it, there wasn't anything that was left out or anything that you wanted to question.  Nothing felt like it was missing. 

Tweet Cute is definitely worth the read.  It's available now!

- Jillian

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams - Reshelved Books

We're just going to talk about how adorable and amazing The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. 

As we know, I haven't been exactly shy when it comes to saying that I've read less than stellar books lately.  

This book is the welcome change!!

I had posted a booksagram of this book over the weekend and a fellow book reader had commented on it saying that she was about 40% through the audiobook and totally loving it!  She also said how much she was loving Gavin's character.  

Within the first 25 pages of this book, I was smiling to myself while reading.  I *loved* the interactions between Gavin, Del and Mack.  I thought that they were too funny.  It was so easy to fall in love with Gavin.  From the moment I read about his story with Thea, I was rooting for them.  

I liked the idea behind the story. It was different!  I thought it was cute that this group of guys (who I'm assuming are in their late 20s, early 30s) are looking to romance novels as ways to win back their significant others!  I would have to say that if that happened to me, I would be cracking up. 

I think I've done this before where I've associated a song to a book here.  
Guess what?  
I'm gonna do it again here in this post!

There's this song... It's a country song.  It's super catchy and it's TOTALLY appropriate to this book! 

It's called "Drop" and it's by Dallas Smith.  (If you're interested in hearing the song, you can check it out here!)

Smith starts off the song by singing about everything needs to drop and to come together.  They're in a fight and they need to come together.  But to come together on this raw level, to be with each other and to find each other again. 

I feel like I could see this song playing for Gavin and Thea when they were in the hotel in my head. 

Back to the book - I can't stress to you how much I liked this book. 

But with the likes of the book is met with some dislikes. 

For one thing, I could NOT stand Liv!  She was the antagonist to Gavin's protagonist.  She a lot to say and none of it was really great.  She was so negative.  Some support system she was for Thea... One thing that was interesting, that I wish was elaborated on but was not... was what Liv meant when she said that at least she (Thea) was her mother's daughter.  Maybe that'll come to light in the second book? 

Anyone who's in the market for a new book should totally pick up a copy!

The Bromance Book Club is an 5 coffee beans out of 5. 

- Jillian

Monday, January 6, 2020

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher - Reshelved Books

What if your husband was “married” to three other women?  What if you didn’t know their names or what they looked liked?  What if you gave him permission? Such is the premise of The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, a psychological thriller rooted in polygamy. 

Synopsis: After Thursday met Seth, she found out that he was married to another woman.  Unable to bear his child, Seth’s wife gave him permission to find someone who could fulfill his desire to become a father.  Also unable to carry a child to term, Thursday gives Seth permission to obtain a third wife. The wives rotate between alternate days of the week, made easier because Seth is often out of town for work. But then one night Thursday finds a piece of paper in Seth’s pocket with the third wife’s name. She tracks her down and develops a friendship out of pure curiosity to see who the woman she shares her husband with is.  Noticing bruises on the third wife’s wrists, Thursday begins to question the type of man she married and ultimately everything that she knew about her own life.

My Thoughts: This thriller is encapsulating and impossible to put down.  Half way through the novel everything twists and turns making me unsure of what I believed to be the truth, just as Thursday did. The ending… well, I still can’t believe it.  It was a great start to a year of 2020 reading and worth a rating of 4 out of 5 coffee beans.

What is your first read of 2020?


Thursday, January 2, 2020

Emmie & Friends by Terri Libenson - Tween Nook

Helloooooo everybody! 

Back at it again with a another Tween review. 

Or 3 rolled into 1.... 

I’m going to start off this review with two words: graphic novels. 

Now, if you’re like me; when you hear the words “graphic novel”, you might think of comic books or comic strips; the “funnies” in the Sunday morning paper.   Up until I started working in the library, I didn’t count graphic novels as being books. I thought, well, that they were ONLY graphic novels. That the lack of words in them and the plethora of pictures made them less like books. That’s so not the case! I also found comic books to be a little too busy with all of the pictures and thus, made me feel nauseous :/ 

Do you know someone who isn’t into reading or maybe they’re reluctant? Have them try a graphic novel! The story is told through pictures, and not as many words. The imagery might be better than a book because of the visual detail that’s shown right then and there. 

Link to cover art on Amazon
In 2017, Terri Libenson released the graphic novel, Invisible Emmie. Emmie is a middle schooler who feels as if no one notices her. She keeps to herself and draws a lot in class. She’s not the best at paying attention in class; you could say that she’s flying under the radar. Emmie has one friend, a girl named Bri.  Since Bri is so smart, she’s placed into honors classes, so Emmie doesn’t get to see her outside of lunch. 

The lunch table. Queue where our scene is about to happen!

Emmie and Bri decide to write letters to their crushes. One little note is the catalyst for embarrassment for Emmie. 

While the story focuses on Emmie and what’s going on during that day, the reader also learns about a girl named Katie. Libenson uses two different ways to tell their stories. Emmie’s story is told differently from Katie’s- Katie’s was in true comic form; while Emmie’s story involved sentences and some pictures. 

Positively Izzy is the 2nd book in the Emmie & Friends series.  Positively Izzy flips the way the characters are presented.  Meaning: the comic featuring Brianna is first and then the more wordy story with the little drawings about Izzy is second. (Yes, this Brianna is the same Bri from the first book).

Link to cover art on Amazon

This one was showing the contrast between Brianna and this Izzy girl.  It's not until the end of the story do you learn who Izzy is.  

NOW.  I haven't been in high school in a little over 10 years, let alone middle school in waaaay over 10 years. 

I thought that Libenson's books were realistic and therefore, relatable.  They were also presented in a way that would keep any young reader interested.  The messages held in both books were important too.

For anyone wondering, Emmie was definitely my favorite character. 

Definitely giving these two graphic novels 5 coffee beans out of 5!

- Jillian

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka - Reshelved Books

Before we need this year I'm going to squeeze in one last review!
Using the cover of the book provided by Amazon!!

Then I would like to pose a question to everyone: 
Do y'all like it better when YA book reviews are posted to the blog? Or do y'all like it better when we post adult fiction/non-fiction book reviews to the blog? 

I think that the answer to this question is YA book reviews but I'm not entirely sure...
I'm also not asking for the sake of this review, which happens to be YA, but out of curiosity.

Today's review will be on Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka! 

I stumbled upon this book by chance in Barnes and Noble a couple weeks ago.  You know how it goes, you find a book on the shelf and you find the cover art to be pretty.  So you go and buy it and the result is that you're either happy with what you've purchased or you find it be just okay.

The story focuses on main character, Megan Harper, her trails and tribulations in being the lead in her school's production of Romeo and Juliet and figuring out whether she's "more Juliet or more of a Rosaline".

I'm gonna cut to the chase here: I found the book to be boring.  It was about Megan having to practice her acting, finding out that her father and her step mom plan on moving to another state, and her blossoming friendship with Owen. 

The book didn't pick up until the last 1/2.  When Megan found out her ex-boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend.  When her mother tells her that she's going to be staying for the birth of her new half sister.  Megan and Will also start to date. 

My overall feelings on this book? It's okay.  It's nothing to write home about.  I found it weird that Buzzfeed declared that the main character was "empowered"! But the girl is 17!! How could she possibly be empowering??  

I was talking to a girl that I work with and she said that sometimes YA authors write books seemingly forgetting that their target audience is teens and that these characters act very mature.  Some of the behaviors that Megan acted on, were too strong and some of the ways that she said things were also too strong.  (I thought that this behavior in an adult would be more "empowering" than it was in a 17 year old).

My final thoughts? 

Sad to say that this book wasn't worth it for me.  I didn't find the story to be all that great.  I feel a little unclear on what actually Megan was trying to learn or accomplish.  Yes, I get that having her be an actor in the play was to help her character "grow" but I didn't find there to be much character growth.  Yes, she had a fight with her best friend and she learned that she was lied to.  Yes, she got her chance with Will, where she saw that he went to spend time with Alyssa and not go to the Senior Showcase like he said he would. (I would like to point out that this doesn't work with the hypothesis that Megan is the girl all guys date before they find their girlfriends.  I don't think anyone would reason having a girlfriend in someone like this Alyssa character).

I give Always Never Yours 3 coffee beans out of 5. 

- Jillian

Jessica's Top 5 of 2019

Jillian posted her top 5 of 2019 book choices yesterday.  If you haven’t read her post, make sure you do! She had some great suggestions.  Below are my top 5 choices for 2019. Not all have a stand alone For the Love of Dewey Review, but since not all of Jillian's do either, I don’t feel as guilty. 

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler: I just finished this novel yesterday! Whoo hoo!!  It’s my 142nd book read this year! This book is to be published in February of 2020, so make sure you write this title down on your to-read list!  It is about first love, race, and family secrets, and is extremely well done.   

The novel is about a new Caucasian family who is the new backyard neighbor of an African American mother and her mixed son.  The Caucasian family is rich. They have not only knocked down their house and rebuilt it but also put in a large pool and fence, which has disturbed the roots of an old tree in their neighbor’s yard.  A lawsuit begins, followed by a forbidden romance between the son and the neighbor’s eldest daughter that has no chance of ending well.  

The narrator makes the reader feel like they are looking in on these two suburban families and getting a special view of secrets they're not supposed to see but that go on around us everyday.

Verity by Colleen Hoover:  I don’t know why I didn’t write a review for Hoover’s first thriller, but I should have.  Verity is absolutely gripping and entirely different from what Hoover normally writes.  This novel is about a novelist named Verity who was permanently injured in a car accident.  She can’t continue writing her series, so her husband picks a lesser known author named Lowen to stay in the home amongst Verity’s notes and continue the series for her.  But Lowen begins to suspect that Verity wasn’t who she claimed to be and that EVERYTHING including the present may be a lie. 

Stargazing at Noon by Amanda Torroni: Stargazing at Noon is an amazing poetry collection by Amanda Torroni. It made me cry on my lunch break at work. 

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella:  If you’re searching for a book that will make you literally LOL and look crazy in front of strangers this book is for you! It was hilarious and is also the one book here that I actually wrote a real For the Love of Dewey Review for that you can view here

Educated by Tara Westover: I decided I wanted to read Educated after I watched a clip of Westover speaking on Ellen.  I decided to opt for the audiobook and was so glad I did.  Westover’s narration of her own story is everything I hoped for and more.  I did not want to get out of my car and it left me with an audiobook hangover. 

Now as for the new year, I’m starting 2020 with The Wives by Tarryn Fischer, a thriller about a woman who knows her husband has two additional wives hse has never met before. Creepy, right?

 What are you reading?


Monday, December 30, 2019

Jillian's Top Five 5 Coffee Bean Books for 2019

I hope this post finds everyone in good health!

There is a new year about to begin- 2020! Hopefully this year holds the same outlook that 20/20 vision hold. 

This is going to be a quick post but I wanted to highlight the five books that I've read this year that I will happily recommend to anyone who asks!

This says a lot  considering most of the books that I've read this year haven't done anything for me. 

These five books are listed in no particular order...
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1. One Day in December by Josie Silver (review here) - This book was the first book that I reviewed this year incidentally and I want to say that I think it was the first book I read that was part of Reese Witherspoon's book club.   Why did I like this book? 
Well.  I liked the story line.  I liked that these two characters felt instantly drawn to one another but that the timing was never right.  It showed that even after all of life's even happen, the universe can still pull two people together.  

2. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou (no review posted) - This was book that I did the review for in APRIL but I just realized today that I never posted it! What the heck! With that, I must say that I'm sorry!  This book was really quite awesome.  I'm not for non-fiction books but this one was something that was really VERY interesting!  The events that transpired with Theranos were rather unbelievable.  It was hard to think that someone could dupe everyone for that long and almost nearly get away with it.  I would highly highly recommend this book.

3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (review here) -  This book was one of the most requested books at the library this year by far.  Up until a few months ago, there were easily still 300 people waiting for a copy of it. (And I work in a smaller library system; ideally, the wait time wouldn't that bad because of how copies are available).  The book came out in 2018, which make the hype surrounding it even more crazy.  This book is a mystery with an ending that you might find surprising.  I like that the story took a turn in a way that I didn't think it would.  I've heard from a patron that the audiobook was very very good because of the way it was told.  

The Last Letter by [Yarros, Rebecca]4. The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros (review here) -  It's not often that a book makes me cry but this book made me cry.  It was that good.  It was a book that was packed with a lot of emotions.  It flips between letters between Chaos and Ella; and then interactions between Ella and Beckett.  It takes time but as a reader, you hope that Beckett doesn't tell Ella that he's Chaos because of amount of distrust that it would cause.  I, personally, was pulling for Beckett the whole time!

What Happens in Paradise by [Hilderbrand, Elin]5. What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand (review here) -  I feel like this book might have some mixed reviews behind it.  I enjoyed it but I know that Jessica liked it enough but it wasn't her favorite.  I think that my favorite part about this book were the journal entries from Rosie's diaries.  I liked hearing about her times with Russ.  I didn't care for Baker- I thought that he was annoying and selfish but all in all, this is a book that I would recommend.  I know that it's the second book in the series but it's one that can be read without having read the first. 

What were some of your favorite books from the last year? 
Did you find this year to be hard pressed for good books or did you feel that most of what released was great? 

See ya in 2020!

- Jillian

**All book cover photos are from the Amazon.  You can find the images that were copied when you click on the book title in this post**