SYNC Summer Audiobook 2018 week 13

I just wanted to take a quick moment to remind you about SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults but you can do this to.  From April 26th to July 25th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week –pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

I have always wanted to give audio books another chance and what better way then through SYNC Audio Books. These are actually both books I have never read so I am excited to give them a try.

The audiobooks this week are:

by Elizabeth Fama | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Published by Macmillan Audio

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Read by Glen McCready

Published by Naxos Audiobooks

The Lost World was written fairly late in Conan Doyle’s career (1912), and stands as a work of early science fiction, fitting comfortably next to the likes of Wells, Haggard, Verne and Burroughs. It is also a book that uses Darwinian evolutionary theory as a thread in the narrative (although there are occasions where the science dips into early 20th-century prejudice). It was the inspiration for many other books and films that took its central premise as their starting point. And it is peopled with characters that are as brimful of energy and determination as Doyle himself – as well as some surprising political references and far more humor than readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories have much right to expect. The basis of the story is the possibility that there might be dinosaurs still living on the earth, unaffected by the usual evolutionary forces at work elsewhere. Dinosaurs have long exercised a peculiar fascination for the public, from those who still hunt Loch Ness monsters to those who finance huge-budget (and huge audience) films, but this was one of the first books to use them as a central part of the story. The other factor gripping the public of the time was the very existence of unknown parts of the globe and what they might contain – travelers were returning from previously unknown places (especially Africa and South America, where The Lost World is set) with astonishing stories. At the same time, paleontology was becoming extremely popular – Doyle himself found some dinosaur footprints in Sussex, something that may well have inspired the book. Uniting these popular themes (and using his own scientific understanding and his many contacts in the world of science and exploration to give them credibility), Doyle then introduced his cast of characters – the love-struck journalist Edward Malone, who does what any self-respecting Edwardian would do to impress his beloved: ask to go on a life-threatening assignment. This is exactly the kind of get-up-and-go that Doyle himself possessed, and he seems to think any lack of it is indicative of a failing of moral fiber. Then there is Professor Summerlee, a rather meticulous scientist; Lord John Roxton, an adventurer; and finally, the simply extraordinary Professor Challenger – vast, booming, powerful, utterly convinced of his own rightness, and prepared to take on the establishment with his fists if need be. All of these characters are drawn with a freshness and brio that suggests Doyle was enjoying himself; but he was also making a few veiled political statements. While Challenger was (loosely) based on William Rutherford, and Summerlee on another professor Doyle had studied with at Edinburgh, the people who inspired Roxton and Malone were based on more contentious figures, two of whom ended up being arrested for treason during WWI, and one of whom went missing searching for a lost city in Brazil. Edmund Morel was one of the bases for Malone. Morel had campaigned against the appalling treatment of the people in the Congo, and Doyle had lectured with him on the slavery that resulted from colonial trading. But he was a pacifist (which Doyle was not), and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after the publication of some leaflets. One of Roxton’s originals was the British diplomat, Roger Casement. Again, Doyle approved of Casement’s work against the slavery associated with rubber plantations; but Casement was also an Irish nationalist, and his attempts to get the Germans to free any Irish prisoners of war in return for German assistance to fight the British were discovered, and Casement was executed. Colonel Percy Fawcett, a surveyor, archaeologist and explorer, was also an inspiration for Roxton – and he and his son both disappeared in 1925 (The Lost City of Z). But the fact that such people existed and were public figures, the science underlying the Boy’s Own adventure genre, the thrill of the unknown being discovered – all these fueled the public passion for such adventurous imaginings. And if there was ever a man to feed a passion for adventurous imaginings, Arthur Conan Doyle was he. ~ Roy McMillan

Review/ Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head

Review/ Curiosity House: The Shrunken HeadCuriosity House: The Shrunken Head by Benjamin Lacombe, H.C. Chester, Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on May 3, 2016
Pages: 384
Goodreads

The book is about, among other things: the strongest boy in the world, a talking cockatoo, a faulty mind reader, a beautiful bearded lady and a nervous magician, an old museum, and a shrunken head.
Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife-thrower, joins the group, it sets off an unforgettable chain of events.
When the museum's Amazonian shrunken head is stolen, the four are determined to get it back. But their search leads them to a series of murders and an explosive secret about their pasts. This sensational new series combines the unparalleled storytelling gifts of Lauren Oliver with the rich knowledge of the notorious relics collector H. C. Chester.
What you will find in this book:
A rather attractive bearded lady Several scandalous murders A deliciously disgusting Amazonian shrunken head Four extraordinary children with equally extraordinary abilities A quite loquacious talking birdWhat you will NOT find in this book:
An accountant named Seymour A never-ending line at the post office Brussels sprouts (shudder) A lecture on finishing all your homework on time A sweet, gooey story for nice little girls and boys

“Curiosity House – The Shrunken Head” by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester was a fantastic read after having watched the movie, “The Greatest Showman.”  For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see this movie in the theatre, you must do whatever you can to see it.  The movie has a magnificent storyline, great acting, and wonderful music that I now play on the piano.  It is not a chick flick.  In fact, my whole family enjoyed the movie for individual reasons, including my hubby.  He even listens to the CD in the car on his way to work in the morning.  He says, “It pumps me up and motivates me.”  Without giving too much away, the movie covers the life of P.T Barnum and how he came from little, followed his passion, and created the magnificent.  The message I felt from the movie is that the performers, or freaks as they were referred, being so different from ourselves, the viewers, are people too. They need a place and a family to belong.  It is what humanity deserves. Not just in the movies!

 “Curiosity House – The Shrunken Head,” the first in its series by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester, has just as powerful storyline, strange oddities gathered from all over the world, performers that will amaze, and children with special talents.  However, in this story, it is the children who steal the show.  Thomas, Pippa, Sam, and Max call Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, home.  No one else would have them, not even their own parents.  Orphaned at different times in their lives, these children feel like they belong.  They are not freaks, perhaps misunderstood.  Simply different than others around them.

Once a Shrunken head from Amazonia is stolen, things take a turn for the worse.  Murder, betrayal, and the fear of losing the only place they know as home.  To save the only man who has shown them some resemblance of family life, and to keep the museum open, Thomas, Pippa, Sam, and Max put their thinking and physical wits to the test while following the clues to solving this mystery.   They soon realize that no one is who they say they are and that more often than not, people wear Halloween masks to disguise their real selves.

 I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this book. If I wasn’t immersed in trying to guess “who dunnit,” I was squeezing through air vents with Thomas, or escaping the clutches of the lady with the feather hat or learning about the unusual artifacts displayed throughout the museum.  Humility sprinkled with humour keeps the story moving forward without taking away from the complexity of back-stabbing and the macabre.

Whether you are a fan of the movie “The Greatest Showman,” a connoisseur of oddities and artifacts, a spectator at the circus, or if mystery and murder is right up your alley, this is the book for you.

Can’t Wait Wednesday July 18th

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
If you’d like to join in, you can use the image above, the one below, or make your own. Please link back to Wishful Endings in your post and also add it to the linky widget posted each week so we all can come see what you’re excited about. If you’re continuing with the Waiting on Wednesday feature, feel free to link those up as well!
Social Creature: A Novel
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt, a dark, propulsive and addictive debut thriller, splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York City.

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them… They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste…

Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon.

Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

Release Day Blitz/ Like Never and Always

I am so excited that LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Ann Aguirre is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Ann Aguirre, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Kindle Oasis & 5 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Ann and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of
this post.
About the Book:

Title: LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS

Author: Ann Aguirre
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook,
audiobook
Pages: 336
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD
On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that 
feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.
Excerpt
“Just let this be the second secret you keep for me,” I say then. “Thanks for not telling Nathan, by the way.”
Clay leans his arm along the door frame, tilting his head slightly out the open window as if he needs the air. “You
couldn’t pay me to talk to that jackass lately.”
“You two fighting?”
“No. He’s just . . . Nathan.” He hesitates. “I wasn’t going to tell you this . . .”
“What?” Anything that could divert me from my precarious situation, even momentarily, seems like a welcome
distraction.
“He brought a girl home last night.” From his tone he expects this to destroy me.
And sure, there’s a twinge because before, I thought Nathan and I had a soul-deep connection. Fact is, he’s a
little immature, a lot selfish, and I just never noticed. They say love is blind, but I’d say that infatuation is blind, and love is tolerant. When you really love someone, it’s not that you can’t see the flaws; you’re just willing
to forgive them. 
Belatedly I realize he’s expecting a reply. “I’m not surprised. Nathan is used to getting what he wants just like you’re using to giving things up. Oh, I was going to ask him to drop this off, but since you’re here . . .” I fish in my backpack for his hoodie.
Yes, I’ve been carrying it for like four days. First I hesitated to wash it, but I didn’t want to be a sad girl who’s
still smelling her ex’s clothes a month later. Then I didn’t return it because that felt like final acceptance, —superstitious, I know. Over is over, and random articles of clothing don’t change anything.
“You didn’t need to bother with that. I’ve had it forever.”
“All the more reason for you to have it back,” I say.
“Do you need to be this cool about everything?” he bursts out. “I know you have to be scared and hurt—”
“Yeah, I am, all those things. And yes, I have to be this way, or I can’t function. Why are you even here anyway?” The pain and frustration cracks my voice, and I really wish I was anywhere else.
“Because I’m worried about you.”
“Then stop. I accepted your decision, now respect mine. It’ll be easier if I don’t have to see you.”
His jaw clenches, showing the force he’s exerting to bite back whatever he wants to say.
Finally he just takes his hoodie but he pauses with his hand on the door. “You know you can call me, right? Even if
we’re not together, I’d never let anyone hurt you. One call and I’m there.”
My heart feels like it’ll crack in two, but I’m resolute; I have to be. “I already deleted your number.”
About Ann:

 



Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.
Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win a Kindle Oasis, US
Only.
5 winners will win a finished copy of LIKE
NEVER AND ALWAYS, US Only.

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Release Day Blitz/ Letting Go of Gravity

 

 
I am so excited that LETTING GO OF GRAVITY by Meg Leder is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Meg Leder, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 3 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Simon Pulse and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About the Book:
Title: LETTING GO OF GRAVITY
Author: Meg Leder
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 432
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD
Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites.
Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful.

Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please.

Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved.

And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got leukemia. Parker didn’t.

But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her 
feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself. 
A gorgeous, sad, funny, and wise book about letting go and finding your place in the world. Meg Leder has written a story about a brother and sister that will break your heart and have you whispering ‘I got you’ long after you’ve closed the book.” –Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
“For readers who love and appreciate a good coming-of-age story, a realistic romance, and a novel where every
character gets to be a hero.” –Kirkus
“A poignant and carefully crafted story….  A compelling coming-of-age novel sure to appeal to those who love realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal
“Effectively shows how illness affects families and how a person can get stuck acting out a persona and end up knowing very little about herself.” –Publishers Weekly
About Meg:

 

Meg Leder is the author of Letting Go of Gravity and The Museum of Heartbreak, and the coauthor of books including The Happy Book and The Book of Me. A former bookseller and teacher, she currently
works as a book editor in New York City. She spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Tim Riggins.
Giveaway Details:
3 winners will win a finished copy of LETTING GO OF GRAVITY, US Only.

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Sunday’s In Bed With….

Welcome to our Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!

This is being hosted by two of the sweetest people I have the privilege of knowing in real life, Kate and Kim. Sadly we don’t talk like we use to because you know real life happens but there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of them both.

Its been another hot week in Montreal with no rain in sight and we need it badly. No incidents this week thankfully. It was a pretty uneventful week.

I think this morning I will be able to curl up in bed and read for a while because my sister in law is in town and staying with us and it probably won’t be a early morning so it will be nice to stay in bed to read for a while.

I realize as I sit here to write this post that I don’t think I read a while lot this week and I am not quite sure why.

Currently reading:

Heartwood Hotel Book 1: A True HomeThe Girl on Camera

The Girl on Camera is for an upcoming blog tour I am on,

Heartwood Hotel: A true Home by Kallie George was a book I bought this week on impulse. I spotted this on the shelf and was instantly drawn in by the cover. I picked it up and read the first two chapters and feel in love so I had to pick it up to read. Its a super sweet kids book. Plus she is a Canadian author. I have to support Canadian authors.

Plan on Reading this week:

Heartwood Hotel Book 2: The Greatest GiftHeartwood Hotel, Book 3 Better TogetherHeartwood Hotel, Book 4 Home Again

Second Time AroundHalf Empty

I know I will finish the Heartwood Hotel series because they are super quick reads and all under 200 pages and I am hoping to finish Second Time Around and Half Empty because those are upcoming blog tours.

So what are you currently reading?

 

SYNC Summer Audiobook 2018 week 12

I just wanted to take a quick moment to remind you about SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults but you can do this to.  From April 26th to July 25th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week –pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

I have always wanted to give audio books another chance and what better way then through SYNC Audio Books. These are actually both books I have never read so I am excited to give them a try.

The audiobooks this week are:

by Adriana Mather | Read by Adriana Mather

Published by Listening Library

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were? If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

by Nathaniel Hawthorne | Read by Donada Peters

Published by Listening Library

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time. As Kathryn Harrison points out in her Introduction, Hester is “the herald of the modern heroine.”