Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: Swang Song

Title: Swan Song
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Published September 12, 2017

Note: I received this book from the author to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

When iconic ballerina Beatrice Duvall died, a nation mourned – and a legacy was born. Sixteen years later, her daughter Ava comes to London to take part in a high-profile tribute to Beatrice, and to learn about the mother she never knew.

There’s just one snag: the tribute is a ballet, Swan Lake. Which is infinitely painful for Ava, because she can’t dance. Won’t dance. Not since she quit the Royal Ballet School last year and walked away from everything that defined her.

But this is London, colourful and crazy, and with actor Seb at her side, there’s so much to discover. Like Theatreland razzmatazz and rooftop picnics and flamingo parties. And a whole load of truths Ava never knew about her mother – and herself.

When the time comes to take the stage, will Ava step out of the shadow cast by her mother’s pedestal? And who will be waiting for her there, in the bright lights?



 
I was so excited when Charlotte emailed me to review her new book--I LOVED her Cerulean  series (under pen name Megan Tayte) and have been itching for more to read from her! I was so excited about this book because it's about ballet--I took dance classes for many years as a kid (and adult!). I flew through the book and absolutely loved it. As with her previous books, the writing was effortless and drew you in from the beginning, making it easy to fly through the book because you can't wait to see what happens next.  The author does an excellent job of giving you just enough information to keep you guessing and reading on! I couldn't get enough!
 
I really appreciated the author's accurate portrayal of grief in this book--or at least it seemed relatable in my life and experiences. Ava's struggles with the loss of her mother made the book an emotional and personal read that really connected with the reader. While dealing with serious subjects like grief, there are also lighthearted and fun moments in the book as well to balance it all out. I loved Seb, and was thrilled that Cara (from the Ceuruleans series) made a cameo appearance!
 
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down! I definitely recommend it if you love books about dance! Thanks to Charlotte Wilson for allowing me to read and review this book!
 
Happy Reading!
 
 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

W...W...W...Wednesdays

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W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.

I'm not sure what I'm reading next...so I'm going to add what I recently added to my TBR instead!

What I Recently Finished Reading
 
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I'm gonna be honest...I didn't love it :(  The writing was excellent but the Old Hollywood setting just isn't something I get into, so it wasn't for me.
Still will read TJR's future books though!
 
What I am Currently Reading

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This is the same author that wrote the Ceruleans series (under the pen name Megan Tayte) that I LOVED....just got her new novel! Loving it so far!

What I Recently Added to my TBR

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My Seattle bestie, Breanne, just told me about this book yesterday and I immediately added it to my TBR! She is reading it now and loving it.

What are you reading this week?

 
 
 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 
This Week's Topic: 

  Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

I've had almost no time for reading lately. Between moving, two vacancies at work (that I'm now training new people) and an adorable 18 week old puppy, I've just been so exhausted that I'll read a few pages and then pass out. I'll get back into the groove soon (I hope)! Thank you for still reading and sticking with me.  The blog is NOT going anywhere :)
These faces will help you forgive me:


Elway (left, 18 weeks) and Peyton, 3 years
 
 
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Looking forward to some great reading this fall! Looks like I have a thing for blue covers... Just added a few of these to my TBR based on friends' recommendations! What should I read first?
 
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback Freebie!

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic:
 
 Throwback Freebie! Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want!
 
My Topic: Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved
 
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What are some older books you love?
 
Happy Reading!
 
 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

W...W...W...Wednesdays

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W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.

What I Recently Finished Reading
 
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LOVED this one by Kristan Higgins!!! Her books have so much more depth than they used to. Excited for her next book, "Now That You Mention It'!
 
What I'm Currently Reading
 
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Finally reading the new TJR!!
 
What I'm Reading Next
 
I'm following Brandie's idea and using this one as what I recently added to my TBR that I'm excited about, because I have no idea what I'm reading next! Just ordered this one from Powell's last week!
 
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What are you reading this week? Happy reading, my friends!