Tuesday, August 22, 2017

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss - Review/Blog Tour



Hello, Everyone! Today I am part of the Blog Tour for If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss. Be sure to check out the synopsis, my review, and the giveaway down below! Thanks for stopping by. 



If the Creek Don’t Rise 
by Leah Weiss
Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: August 22, 2017

*I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*


Synopsis:

He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn
Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.
Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out.  When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.
This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.



Review:




I wasn't quite sure what to expect from If the Creek Don't Rise but I was pleasantly surprised with what I received. 

This book is not like what I'm used to reading or like what I've read before. There is a story here that is real and convincingly told. If the Creek Don't Rise is told in multiple perspectives. We get to meet and understand various people in the Baines Creek and I found that pretty neat. Most of the time it is difficult to read through the eyes of more than a few people in a book, but I was actually able to keep up with each person as I read. Everybody had a distinct voice which I'm sure helped. 

There were favorite characters of mine that I was rooting for and then there were the bullies and mean-spirited folks that I didn't quite care for. Yet, learning about them and their situations still helped me to somewhat understand where they were coming from. 

The folks of Baines Creek were people that were set in their ways and not always eager to learn new things. I found it interesting to see them being challenged to grow and I loved how there were people of authority that encouraged this growth. 

Overall, I quite enjoyed this read. I like how character driven this story was and I liked watching each and every character interact and connect. I felt like I was actually there while reading this book. The characters felt real and flawed and the author's use of the dialect helped to create Baines Creek in my mind. It was sad and heartbreaking but also encouraging and hopeful. Quite the interesting read for sure! 

Vanessa



Praise for If the Creek Don’t Rise
An Indie Next, Okra Pick, and LibraryReads 

"This one nearly broke my heart. With deeply human characters I will not easily forget, Weiss captures the fierce pull of desperation and the formidable power of hope.  An impressive debut from a talent to watch.... " — Kathleen Grissom, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything

 "Weiss’ debut novel reveals the best and worst of human nature… The author’s masterful use of language, including dialect unique to the area, builds another layer of connection between these characters while she develops a greater sense of inner isolation and distance from those outside the community. Weiss’ novel is a great suggestion for fans of the Big Stone Gap books, by Adriana Trigiani, and Mitford series, by Jan Karon." – Booklist, STARRED review

"Part gothic, part romance, part heartbreaking Loretta Lynn ballad - Weiss' tale is a beguiling, compelling read." - Kirkus Reviews

"...tender but powerful debut..." - Publishers Weekly 

"If the Creek Don't Rise is a satisfyingly complete novel...With its bewitching residents and rugged landscape, a journey to Baines Creek is a trip worth taking, and Weiss is likely to find many readers eagerly willing to travel with her again." - Maximum Shelf Awareness

"Writing with a deep knowledge of the enduring myths of Appalachia, Weiss vividly portrays real people and sorrows." Library Journal,STARRED review


"Every page of Leah Weiss' debut, If the Creek Don't Rise, has a pulse as fierce and unyielding as its Appalachian setting. Told through an ensemble of narrators, men and women of all ages bound by the inescapable power of place and belonging, it is a lush exploration of the darkest rooms in the human heart, and the brightest fires of the human spirit. Weiss' remarkable gift for language left me breathless, and her characters, distinctive and unapologetically-human, will haunt me for some time." - Erika Marks, Author of The Last Treasure



About the Author:

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer and novelist born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, will be released in August of 2017. Her short stories have been published in The Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full time.




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Monday, July 3, 2017

Monthly Wrap Up - June 2017

Happy July, Night Owls! Hope everyone is doing well. :) I have my first Monthly Wrap Up to share with you all today. I am basically typing this as I go so I'm not entirely set on the format. But we'll just see how everything goes. Since this blog is pretty new, I don't really have too much to share with everyone. I can tell you about my favorite books of the month as well as other favorites. If you would like to know more about the Young Adult books that I read this month, then make sure to head on over to Cross My Heart and Hope to Read

Let's get started! 


This month I read a total of 11 books! This is quite a feat for me because I've not really been able to read too many books this year. 

Total # of Books Read - 11 books
Total # of New Adult/Adult Read - 7 books
Total # of Young Adult Read - 3 books
Total # of MG/Children's Read - 1 book 

Total # of Reviews Posted - 2 reviews

This month I read 7 New Adult/Adult Books! (Click on the cover to find the Goodreads Page) 

- Roman (Cold Fury Hockey #7) by Sawyer Bennet  - 4 stars
- Raw Need (Larson Brothers #2) by Cherrie Lynn  - 4 stars
- Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker  - 4 stars
- Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker  - 4 stars
- Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker  - 4 stars 
- The Chief (Highland Guard #1) by Monica McCarty  - 4 stars
- In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks  - 4 stars

Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7)Raw Need (Larson Brothers, #2)Burying Water (Burying Water, #1)Until It FadesBecoming Rain (Burying Water, #2)The Chief (Highland Guard, #1)In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #1)





I read quite a few really good New Adult and Adult books this month. Actually, I read more of them than I ever have in a month. My new favorite New Adult author has to be K.A. Tucker since I was able to read 3 of her books this month and really enjoyed them. That being said, my favorite New Adult book of June was Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker. 


Until It Fades

Until It Fades was such an awesome contemporary and was enjoyable in so many ways. Make sure to read my review to find out more of my thoughts on the book. And make sure to check out the book as well! 





One of my most favorite bands is All Time Low. If you love them, then I love you as well! :D For real though, I love All Time Low and their new album was released at the beginning of June. I have had Last Young Renegade on repeat since it was released! I don't have one favorite song from the album because I love each for a different reason. But I would recommend listening to Good Times if you want to try them out! 


Image result for all time low last young renegade

Click on the album cover to have a look at their website! 





I am currently trying to decide if I should read Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett or Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. I am also in the middle of Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks which is the 3rd book in the McCabe Trilogy. 

Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3)Alex, ApproximatelyWindfall





I have a few posts that I'd like if you checked out! In the future, I'll most likely leave some links to interesting articles/blog posts/videos that I found enjoyable/entertaining. For now, you are stuck with my stuff. ;) 

Current Reviews:

Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn 
Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker 
Another Postcard by Elle Christensen 

NA/Adult Reviews from Cross My Heart and Hope to Read:

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
The Story of Our Life by Shari Low
The Villian by May Nicole Abbey




Thank you for reading this far! Do you have a favorite book of June? Maybe a favorite album or movie? Let me know in the comments! 

Happy July,
Vanessa



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Until It Fades
Until It Fades
by K.A. Tucker
Published June 27th, 2017 by Atria Books
368 pages

*An advanced e-copy of this book was given to me by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*


Find Until It Fades here:



Summary from Goodreads.com: 

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?
Review:
K.A. Tucker has just been added to my favorite New Adult authors list. Coincidentally, I had read her first book right before I was approved for this one and didn't even make the connection till I saw the cover again. I am not on a mission to read each and every one of her books because she just knows how to catch my attention. 
Even though I had only read one other book from Tucker before reading Until It Fades, I realized that this was kind of different from what she has written before. I loved it though and I honestly enjoyed every single minute I was reading this. 
The beginning does start off a little slow but after the first two chapters, you are bound to be hooked. I won't re-summarize the Goodreads summary so I'll just let you know what I liked about the book. 

The characters are a good place to start. I really enjoyed the characters individually and as a whole. I loved watching the relationships grow in this novel and there are quite a few of them to choose from. We have romantic relationships, familial relationships, and friendships! LOVED IT! Catherine was great in my opinion. She had made mistakes in the past and she made sure to learn from them. She was such a hard worker and very caring of her daughter, Brenna. I loved the bond between the two of them and Brenna was such a smart kid. Brett was just plain awesome. I seem to have a knack for finding New Adult/Adult romances involving hockey players and this guy was great. He was kind, caring, and pretty supportive of Catherine and those around her. The other friends and family members in the book each had their own place in Catherine's and Brett's life and I quite enjoyed that. 

Aside from the characters and the relationships, I also liked how this book dealt with some serious topics in a fairly neat way. Catherine's town wasn't very accepting of her for her past mistakes and I loved how despite that, Catherine actually had people that supported and cared for her. She was shown that it's okay to make mistakes and that it's just something that happens. Some are larger than others, but in the end, we just have to learn from them. I appreciated that not everybody was into shaming her. 

Until It Fades was such an easy book to read. It was entertaining, light-hearted at times, and just felt good to read. Enjoyable characters, relationships, and moments made this an awesome novel for me. It was just what I needed! I am definitely a new fan of K.A. Tucker and can't wait to see what else she comes up with. 




Rating:



Vanessa



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn

Raw Need (Larson Brothers, #2)
Raw Need (Larson Brothers #2)
by Cherrie Lynn
Published June 27th, 2017 by Swerve

*I received an advanced e-copy of this book from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

Find Raw Need here:

Summary from Goodreads:

Zane Larson has done everything he set out to do: conquered past demons, saved lives through his music, and toured the world as the frontman for one of the most popular rock bands in the world. This life—and an escape through music—was supposed to be everything he’s ever wanted, but after meeting Rowan, Zane’s no longer sure…

Soon after her husband’s death, Rowan Dugas learned she was pregnant. With grief and uncertainty her only companions, Rowan was only able to find an escape through music; specifically Zane Larson’s hypnotic voice. But after meeting the sexy lead singer of her favorite band, Rowan can hardly believe he’s interested in her. But Zane also has a painful connection to her unborn child - Zane's brother is responsible for her husband's death.

Torn between the only family she has left, and a life with Zane unlike anything she’s dared to dream about, Rowan’s decision will change her fate forever. This new title from New York Times bestselling author Cherrie Lynn is a heart wrenching, emotionally intense story that will leave readers breathless.


Rating:


Review:

If you end up visiting this blog every so often, then you'll see on come find that I have a special love for Rockstar Romances. I absolutely LOVE music and I absolutely LOVE it when I read about bands or rock stars. Seeing Raw Need on NetGalley, I knew that I had to read it. I will admit that I didn't realize that this was the second book in the Larson Brothers series but I got caught up pretty quickly. I do recommend reading these books in order though so you can get the full experience. 

Raw Need was another pretty great read for me. I don't enjoy all books involving music that I find but I did enjoy this one. Our main character is Rowan who is a recent widow and pregnant. This book focuses on Rowan grieving and learning about what's best for her and her situation. She had a husband that died four months before this book and she's newly pregnant. It's quite a bit to take in. And to make things a little more difficult for her, there's this guy. Zane Larson is the lead singer of August on Fire which happens to be one of Rowan's favorite bands. He is also the younger brother of Rowan's friend's boyfriend. And Rowan's friend, Savannah, is also her sister-in-law. So things are pretty complicated and the book follows Rowan and Zane as they try to figure out their relationship and themselves. 

It was a little odd at first to think of Rowan being attracted in many ways to Zane and Zane to her when she had just lost a husband and was pregnant with his child. But it didn't take long for me to get past that issue and see how happy Zane made Rowan. Sometimes things happen that can't be explained and life ends up working out in the end. 

I really enjoyed learning about Rowan and Zane and watching them grow as individuals and as friends/more. They were both strong in their own ways and went through quite a bit when they were younger. Zane was always supportive of Rowan and was such a patient and caring person. I loved how he wasn't quick to give up and didn't turn to alcohol or, frankly, other women when things didn't go his way. Rowan was very strong herself and had to deal with people telling her what she should do. She goes from being scared and stressed about her mother in law to figuring out that she really knew what was best for herself and her baby. She grieves and feels depressed but also finds her happiness along the way.

The music was also one of my favorite parts of the book. Reading Rowan's descriptions of Zane's music and how she felt about it really hit home. I so understand those feelings and how a band can really understand you! But I wish that we could have learned a bit more about the rest of the band members. This book really seemed to focus on Zane and his part of the band but I would have liked to see the whole band's dynamic as well. Are they close like family or not? I'm always interested in that sort of thing. 

Also, Rowan's mother in law got on my nerves so damn much! She was a bit much sometimes and I really felt for Rowan. Savannah was a good friend but I feel like she got stuck between her mother and Rowan a lot. I understand wanting to be loyal to your mom but her mom wasn't always right and somewhat over dramatic. Near the end, Savannah starts showing a little more consideration towards Rowan so that was great. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable book that dealt with grief and finding a bright spot in some dark times. I enjoyed the music aspect and how it was healing for these characters. This book was sweet in its own way and very interesting to read. I'll definitely have to look at the two other brothers and their books! 

Vanessa

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: Another Postcard by Elle Christensen

Another Postcard (Stone Butterfly Rockstars Book 1)
Another Postcard (Stone Butterfly Rockstars #1)
By Elle Christensen 
Published May 16th, 2017 
334 pages

New Adult

*I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley and the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

Find Another Postcard Here:

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Summary from Goodreads.com:
Brooklynn Hawk is an enigma. Highly sought after for her incredible voice, her talent shines bright in the studio. But a dark past and a secret she holds close to her heart keep her from permanently stepping into the limelight. 
Until her favorite band offers her the chance to chase her dreams. 

As the lead singer for rock sensation, Stone Butterfly, Levi Matthews is wary of bringing in new talent. But, he has heard just how amazing Brooklynn is and when the need for another singer arises, he’s confident that she is the perfect addition. 

However, he doesn't count on laying his heart at her feet. 

But the world of music can be as dangerous as it is thrilling. Joining Stone Butterfly on tour was hard enough for Brooklyn, but when she finally succumbs to Levi's charms, the rock 'n' roll life turns deadly. 

Will Levi and Brooklynn keep their voices and their hearts entwined? Or will the music prove too hard to survive? 


My Rating:



Review:

One of my favorite types of books is the rock star romance. Actually, I just love books that involve bands and music in general but throw in a little romance and I'm head over heels. Music and books are my two best loves in the world and when they come together, I get excited. So I was definitely curious to see what this was about when I came across it on NetGalley. 

Another Postcard was a different kind of rock star read than what I've read before. (And I've read quite a few of them). It was such a great mix of music, relationships, and suspense, believe it or not. The characters were great together as well. There were parts of this book that worked out well and then there were a few times that just seemed to go on a bit.Overall, this was a fun, enjoyable and suspenseful read. 

Brooklynn and Levi were our two main characters and I loved their passion for music! Elle Christensen did such a great job at describing the process of recording songs and working together as a band. I just felt like I was there. Brooklynn is a very caring person and I liked her character. She had been through quite a bit when she was younger and the way she cared and provided for her younger sister was nice to see. 

Levi was a pretty cool guy as well. I'm sure his voice was just sinful but he was a good guy and didn't seem to do much partying as is usual in rock star books. So that was definitely something different. Levi and Brooklynn really had chemistry, not only in their music but also in their personal lives. It takes awhile for Brooklynn to get comfortable with the idea of her and Levi, but once she does it gets pretty steamy for the two. ;) 

Aside from Brooklynn and Levi, we also meet the rest of Stone Butterfly and Brooklynn's sister. I really loved the band dynamic. They were such great friends and really embodied a family which I loved seeing. So I'm definitely looking forward to their stories next! 

This book also, surprisingly, has suspense. I was thinking that this was primarily a contemporary romance but I in for a surprise once I got into the story. I don't want to say more than that because I didn't have any idea that the storyline would go the way it did. Like I said, the last half was a surprise for me but a good one! It definitely added the excitement of a different nature and took this from being the requisite rock star book to something different. 

Like I said, this was such a good read for me. There were times when the details were a bit much but overall, it was a 4-star read. I am looking forward to more books in the series and learning more about the band members! Make sure to give this one a try if you love books about music, slow burning romance, and exciting suspense. 

Vanessa





Welcome!


Welcome to Night Owls! Night Owls is a book blog that will be dedicated to New Adult and Adult fiction. 

My name is Vanessa and I've been blogging and reviewing books over at my other blog, Cross My Heart and Hope to Read for a number of years. I recently decided that I'd dump more on my plate and split my current blog into three. And so Night Owls came to be. I knew that I wanted a blog where I could rave and rant about my favorite (or not so favorite) NA and Adult reads and only those reads. 

If you are interested in only NA and Adult fiction, then this is the place for you! Look forward to reviews, bookish posts, not so bookish posts, and much more. And feel free to check out my About Me page for links to my YA book blog and my Middle-Grade book blog! 

I'm excited to be able to start this new journey and make even more friends along the way. 

This one is for all you Night Owls out there that stay up late into the night! 

Vanessa