Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we feature a book we are looking forward to being released!
Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
15 August 2013
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
As soon as I heard about this book I just KNEW that I HAD to read it!
It. Sounds. Awsome. End of.
Who doesn’t love a good old gothic horror every now and then after all? I’ve heard that this book will be a good one for fans of Anna Dressed in Blood. Now I havent read Anna Dressed in Blood (although I do intend to!) but personally I think it sounds more like it could appeal to fans of Kelly Craigh’s Nevermore (myself being one of those avid fans) and if it turns out half as good as Nevermore then I’ll be one happy bunny because to me that book is amazeballs!
Definitely watch out for this one next August!
Author: J Lynn
Series: Gamble Brothers #1
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published: April 2012
Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.
Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…
Tempting the Best Man is a wonderfully light contemporary romance that by the last page had me smiling from ear to ear. I really enjoyed it.
The basis for the storyline is simple. Maddie is the maid of honour at her brother’s wedding. The whole wedding party spends the days leading up to the wedding at a vinyards and that includes the Gamble brothers, the groom’s best friends. Chandler, Chad and Chase (can you get any more American than that? haha) Maddie has been head over heals in love with Chase since she was a young girl and is dreading spending the weekend with him as things between them recently have become complicated. And of course by an ‘unlucky’ mistake in the bookings they end up having to share a cabin together.
The rest of the weekend is filled with near misses, misunderstandings and a good helping of passion too. Both Maddie and Chase are telling the story and this really worked well with the storyline. It was good to get inside Chase’s head and see how he really feels about Maddie and the reasons for his reluctance to give in and just be with her.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I must say that I was impressed. She really does a great job of drawing you into the characters and the storyline and had me really routing hard for these two. I’m looking forward to reading more by her.
So, at the end of the day, this book is what it is. A relatively short, easy read about love, family and a good old fashioned wedding! If you’re looking for something short and sweet, I really recommend this one!
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: December 2010
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?
So I have been in a bit of a reading ‘lull’ lately. I’ve been sick for a few weeks and just havent felt like reading. But yesterday I decided to pick up Anna and the French Kiss and see if it could get me back on track. And boy oh boy did it ever! This was the PERFECT choice to cheer me up and get me reading again. I absolutely adored every minute of it and read it in less than a day.
Contemporary cute chick lit romance set in Paris. What more could a girl ask for. I was enthralled, mesmerized and completely sucked into this wonderful story.
There are so many amazing aspects to this book but one that stands out the most for me is the setting. Paris. Anna doesn’t want to spend her senior year in a Paris borading school but it doesn’t take her long to start falling in love with the city… and me along with her. Although I have been to Paris, it has been many years since then but I now feel a deep need to go back there. The way that the culture, people and places in Paris is woven into the storyline is pure genius, it really works and I felt like ‘Paris’ was just another character in the book!
The characters are superb! Each and every one of them. And more importantly, believable. There was no love at first sight here. Anna and Etienne’s relationship built up beautifully as the book went on and was not without its ups and downs and I just loved this. Anna is relatable and extremely likeable and Etienne (insert dreamy sigh here) is just.. wow. It was also interesting (for me) to realise how Americans view us Brits and this is highlighted a lot in this book. I was facinated. Whenever Anna pointed out one of Etienne’s ‘Briticisms’ I had a little chuckle to myself because I didn’t realise he said something different until she pointed it out.
Anna also provides for a LOT of funny internal dialogue. I found myself laughing out loud several times over her internal witty and sarcastic musings.
So with its wonderful characters, engaging storyline, beautiful setting and general ‘cuteness’ I think this is WELL deserved of five stars. I really can’t find fault, at all, with this book and recommend everyone to read it.
Author: E L James
Series: Fifty Shades
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop Publishing House
Published: September 2011
Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
The second book in the Fifty Shades series, in my opinion is not quite as good as the first.
I still enjoyed it and I’m still looking forward to reading the third one but I just felt that it was missing a little something. And I also became a little exasperated with the two main characters.
What I did like about this book was the extra characters and storylines that are brought into play. The first book was very much about Christian and Ana getting to know each other and so it generally just focused on the two of them. And although the story in Fifty Shades Darker is also focused on Christian and Ana, there are other storylines and characters introduced too. Such as the evil ‘Mrs Robinson’, and Ana’s rather inappropriate boss. And it was great to have more chapters with Christian’s family in them.
I think these extra side plots gave some great dimension to Ana and Christian’s already hectic relationship.
Another compliment I have for this book is the character development of Christian and Ana. By the end, they are hardly recognisable as the same two characters we were introduced to at the beginning of book one. The author has done a great job of letting them develop and grow and compromise with each other and portrays a very realistic story of two very different people falling in love gradually. This was so refreshing.
Therefore, I am a little sad that I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. My problem was mainly the exhausting ups and downs of the relationship. I understand these arguments and ‘make ups’ had to happen for Ana and Christian to be able to move forward but, it just happened so often! Like, every day there was a new drama that would cause them to fall out dramatically… and then make up ‘dramatically’. It felt like being on the ‘big dipper’!
So ultimately, if the third book can take the excellent pacing of the first book and marry it together with the character development and relationships of the second book then I will be very happy!
Author: E L James
Series: Fifty Shades
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop Publishing House
Published: May 2011
When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.
Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever
So you may have heard about the hype surrounding this series. This of course is the Fifty Shades series by E L James. Its all over the charts, its on the TV, in the news, everyone is talking about it. And well, I just wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about.
And now I know. Christian Grey. THAT’s what all the fuss is about. Of course the story is compelling, interesting and different… but what it all boils down to is this unbelievably dominant, swoon worthy, deliciously hot alpha male character. He really is something else.
The theme of this book (as you must have heard!) is very adult. It tells the story of Anastasia Steel, a young woman finishing college who through an unlikely coincidence ends up interviewing Christian Grey, multi millionaire entrepreneur, for her college paper. Sparks fly instantly and the story goes on from there. Only Christian isn’t your average romantic… oh no no, his relationships come with a contract! And a.. a’ hem… ‘playroom’..
Anastasia isn’t sure she wants to get into a relationship like that.. but can’t seem to stay away from Christian and his kinky ways.
To say this book is hot is an understatement. Seriously, don’t make the mistake of reading this whilst on public transport like I did… I all but had to huddle around my kindle to make sure no one could see over my shoulder! I was sort of expecting this aspect of the story, but what I wasn’t expecting was the depth of the relationship that begins to unfold between Ana and Christian. Christian obviously has issues. Big ones. His dislike of being touched and his need to control is something that Ana tries to get to the bottom of many times and this sometimes caused arguments and tears.
I liked that she never gave up the whole way through. She chipped away at him a little at a time gradually getting him to open up a bit about his past and why he is the way he is.
Another thing that I liked was the emails. Whenever Christian and Ana are not together they email each other… and all these emails form part of the book. Let me just say – this was pure brilliance! These are what made me really fall in love with this book (other than Christian that is). They were witty, clever, entertaining, funny and just a great way to move the story along. I was very very impressed with how this was done.
I am definitely now jumping on the Fifty bandwagon. Fifty Shades of Grey has become my guilty pleasure. Ok the writing style might seem slightly amateur to begin with but you sure do forget about that once the story starts to grab you.. and then.. there’s no turning back. I loved this book