Book Tag – Inside Out

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Hi, friends! We’re back with another book tag! They’re just too much fun to stop playing. With so many different themes and ideas. I loved the movie Inside Out, so when I saw this one I knew Antonia and I just had to play. I found this tag done by Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland. We’re not going to tag anyone at the end to play, but feel free to do this book tag & tag us in it!

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Joy – What book brings you the most joy?

Amanda- This answer isn’t going to surprise anyone unless you’re a new follower. I’m going to have to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. There’s just so much development and love and happiness and wonderfulness by the end of the series. Check out my reviews here – ACOTAR, ACOMAF, ACOWAR, and ACOFAS.

Antonia- The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. This will always be my favorite. I’ve had to get new copies because I wore out the old ones and I read it at least once a year. For me, it’s just one of those books that feels like an old friend every time I open it.

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Fear – The book that scared you more than anything?

Amanda- This is another easy one. I found this book on my Kindle through my book subscription. I was so spooked by this book that I ended up reading an entire book afterward because I needed something else on my mind before I tried to go to sleep. Secret of Mckinley Mansion by K.F. Breene was such an interesting read but had me turning on the lights so I wasn’t scared in the dark.

Antonia- This one’s easy for me because I avoid scary books and movies like the plague. When I was about fifteen though, I received the book The Devouring by Simon Holt as a gift and it scared the crap out of me.

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Disgust – What book grossed you out the most?

Amanda- Hmm, I think for this one I’m going to go with Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. I’m answering this one with ‘grossed out’ being more disgusted by something. There was a kidnapping aspect of this story that lasted way too long and it was honestly just disgusting to read the things that this awful human put one of the characters through. Check out my review here.

Antonia- My high school boyfriend wasn’t much of a reader but when he did read, he’d usually try to get me to read it too and I’d say yes to try to encourage him to read more. Hellbent by Anthony McGowan was one of those books and I hated it so much that it actually made me like my boyfriend less for liking it. A teenage boy dies and goes to hell then proceeds to try to work the system in his favor; which might have been a cool storyline if it didn’t include disgusting humor that young boys tend to enjoy, i.e. fart jokes and way too much mention of bodily waste.

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Sadness – Which book make you cry the hardest?

Amanda- This is either going to be Looking for Alaska by John Green because I reread this book once a year usually and it makes me cry every time or it’s the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova because I cried for a solid hour after certain events in these pages.

Antonia- Way too many. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman was probably one of the first. The Shack by William Paul Young was another that made me inconsolable. Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson was really bad; I’d cry after the fact just talking about it.

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Anger – Which book pissed you off?

Amanda- Triangles by Ellen Hopkins (reviewed here). This is one I read recently. The book itself didn’t piss me off. It was a really good book, but specific characters within the stories just made horrible choices that I don’t like or respect and it really pissed me off.

Antonia- Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. I adore her books and I was so excited for this book to come out (it’s the first in a spin-off series from The Seven Realms series). I couldn’t wait to see older versions of all my favorite characters and then something terrible happens to one of them in the first chapter. I was so mad and upset about it that I immediately put the book down and refused to finish it for a really long time.

What books make you feel all the Inside Out emotions?

Come Sundown – Nora Roberts

Summary:
Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen… COME SUNDOWN
Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family’s resort in Western Montana, there just aren’t enough hours in the day – for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn’t have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time…
But when a young woman’s body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine’s family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine’s Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice’s mysterious disappearance?
As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth – before the sun sets on their future together.

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Review:
Nora Roberts is an auto buy author for me. I don’t care what the story is about, how long the story is, when it was published, I just love all of her books. So when I saw Come Sundown at Target a few days ago I knew I was going home with it.
Nora Roberts really just knows how to get you into the story right from the first page. She makes you feel for the character, who in this case left home and was admitting defeat and coming back home with her tail between her legs, only that’s not what happened.
This story focuses on a huge family, the Bodines and Longbows, who own an enormous property where they have a ranch and also a resort. I loved the dynamic of this family. Every member does a bit of everything, but the men run the ranch and the women run the resort, with some going back and forth when the extra help is needed. The family is just such a finely tuned machine, they all work so well together, getting things done in whatever way works best for everyone. They all share their ideas freely and everyone says their piece. They’re a team and I really enjoyed getting to know all the different parts in this story.
One thing I can say is that Nora Roberts sure knows how to write romance. I hate that love at first sight junk. It’s just not believable or realistic to me. And while Nora leads us to see that our two main characters, Bodine and Callen, have been interested in one another for longer than they want to admit, their relationship is realistic. They go on dates and they discuss the important things and it happens at a reasonable pace over months rather than in five days and then everyone is happy and getting married. Along with this couple there are two others that we get to see develop. Bodine’s friend and event planner, Jessica, and Jessica’s assistant, Chelsea, develop a few different relationships, first the three girls get close and become good friends and then the more they get together, Jessica and Chelsea find themselves interested in Bodine’s brothers, Chase and Rory. I liked seeing the six hang out together and slowly all develop their relationships as a group and as couples.
I think my favorite part of this story was all the different dynamics in the relationships and characters. This story touched on so many different real life issues from gambling to addiction to kidnapping and sexual assault to losing loved ones and being far from loved ones and coming together to be there for one another despite all of these issues. I really think Nora did a great job in this aspect of the story. She talks about these issues and gets them out into the open and also touches on how family and loved ones will be there to support you through it all. She shows that there is hope to move forward and get past these horrible things and keep on living.
So there’s one character that we see in the first pages of this story and then are left wondering about her for a while before we get a few updates and then she takes her place in the rest of the story. This character is Alice. I’m not going to say too much about her because I don’t like to give spoilers. But I do want to say that Alice is such an amazing character and was written so incredibly well. The character development that we see her go through was so interesting. Going from the young girl who has the world at her feet to the victim and then back into the real world again, was just incredible. I loved seeing the family come together and each member doing their part to help Alice recover and remember who she is and bring her mind back into the real world. It’s just exactly what family is supposed to be and I loved it. It was super heartwarming to see Alice recover and to read her interactions with her niece and nephews and Callen, how each one did little things that helped her come out of her shell and clear the fog in her head a little bit more. I could go on forever, so I’ll stop here and move on.
The last thing I want to mention is the ending, which happened so fast. There was quite a bit of drama in this story, but I feel like the ending was just a bit rushed. So much happened in the last hundred pages or so and while it was all wrapped up nice and neat, I definitely think there could have been more to it, we could have been shown just a little bit more. Now, I’m not saying the ending was bad, because it wasn’t. There was a mostly happy ending where all the mysteries were solved, but I was just left wanting more, more details, more story, more of what was going to happen next. But that’s something that happens for me with most books. It’s rare that I’m not left wanting more once I get to the end of a book, but I think that’s just because I get really attached to the characters.
Anyway, this book overall was really very good. I liked it, even though it was definitely a bit darker than her other books. I wouldn’t recommend this to young adult readers, because there’s a lot that’s not really meant for younger readers. If you’re someone that likes Nora Roberts then this book will be no different. There’s romance and family love and drama and craziness with awesome characters and a fascinating story.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme formerly hosted by Should Be Reading and was revived by Taking on a World of Words. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda – I am currently reading Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. I just got this the other day at Target. I’ve been in a reading slump and Nora can always get me out of those. I needed something I knew I was going to like that would be a relatively easy read.

Antonia – I just started Rogue by Julie Kagawa. It’s the second book in the Talon series. I’m rereading this one so mostly I’m just excited to get to the third book.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda – I mentioned above my reading slump. So, sadly, my answer is the same as last week because I haven’t been able to get into any of the books I’ve tried to pick up in the past week. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, which I just posted my review for (so click here and check it out!) is what I read last.

Antonia – I just finished Talon by Julie Kagawa. As you might have guessed, this is the first book in the Talon series. You can expect my review of it on Thursday.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amanda – I actually have no idea. I just bought a ton of new books and got a few from my aunt that she lent me because she really liked them. There’s also a few I’d love to reread because it’s been a while and they’re books I haven’t reviewed before. So I guess you guys will find out when I post reviews.

Antonia – Soldier by Julie Kagawa. Are you seeing a theme here? My plan is to read the five books in this series right in a row so you can expect to see me talking about them for a little while.

We’d love to hear your own answers to these questions. Feel free to comment what you think or even leave a link to your own post. Thanks for reading!