Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Audiobook Review: After You





Ali Listens is my new review title for Audio book Reviews.  I wanted to start splitting up my reviews into categories.  Something I've been wanting to do for awhile, just haven't had the chance.  So today I have a great audio book review to share with you. 










Title: After You 
Author:Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Audio Publisher: Penguin Audio
Narrator:  Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Owen Lindsay
Reading Challenges: 2016 TBR Challenge

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.




I must say this first and foremost, after reading Me Before You then reading After You, this book was exactly what I needed. Me Before You had left me in a funk! After You took care of that and let me know that she wasn't unhappy forever. (Spoiler Alert! Sorry.) But was my thoughts after reading Me Before You. I couldn't help but wonder what was going to happen to Lou. 

The writing style of course is the same as Me Before You and I must say I loved the new characters that were introduced in this book. I wasn't sure what was going to happen when I started reading, but happy that it ended the way it did. 

There were a few twists and turns in this book, just like the first one, and something I knew would happen. I mean Lou never makes anything easy, that's why I connected with the character so much. That and a few other reasons, but I don't want to ramble on and on about that. 

The narrators for the audiobook were perfection, they fit the voices and I loved that there were different voices for the characters. It wasn't just one voice reading all of it. That is something I really enjoy, helps me as a reader dive into the story and keeps my attention. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who read Me Before You and were left wanting, no scratch that, needed to know what would happen next to Lou. 



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Teaser Tuesday #109



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.


 Their group had grown, she thought with a smile, seeing the spouses of her brother and cousins, who were now a part of it all. Everyone joined in for Father's Day since they had some of the best dads ever.








I'm super excited to read this book, I've followed this series from the beginning and love reading each book so much.  Hope you all have a great Tuesday and if you would like to leave me a little teaser from what you're reading below in the comments I would love that or you can leave me a link to your post.



Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading?




This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  It's a meme where you share what you read last week, what you're currently reading and what you plan on reading that week.





Last week was a great week for reading and I enjoyed everything I read. Hopefully this week is the same. Must say I'm really enjoying the freedom of reading what I want to read, makes blogging so much more fun. 


What I Read Last Week: 



 What I'm Reading At the Present: 




A Buckhorn Baby by Lori Foster 



A sizzling new Buckhorn Brothers novella from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

If there's one thing headstrong bookstore owner Amber Hudson knows, it's how to get what she wants. And what she wants most is for Noel Poet, the hottest firefighter in Buckhorn, Kentucky, to finally admit they have a future together. But when life throws her an unexpected curveball, Amber must face the fact that she's set her sights on something that could be out of reach forever.

Noel might be head over heels for Amber, but he has no intention of letting her call all the shots. He's determined to play Amber's game his own way—and remind her that some things are worth fighting for. Yet when Amber gets the shock of her life, games are the last thing on his mind. Because now it's time to prove that old demons are no match for the happy-ever-after that could be theirs…

Don't miss the other titles in the Buckhorn Brothers series, including Buckhorn Beginnings, Forever Buckhorn, The Buckhorn Legacy, Buckhorn Ever After in the All For You anthology, Back to Buckhorn, A Buckhorn Summer and A Buckhorn Bachelor.



Audiobook I'm Listening To This Week: 




Royally Screwed by Emma Chase 


Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.


Up Next: 


Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber 

 A woman finds the strength to overcome a painful history and faces the challenge of learning to trust and love again in this powerful and uplifting novel.

Shay has never had a happy life. After growing up in an abusive home, she finally secures a job at a bank when her father passes away. Her brother, Caden, quickly falls into the wrong crowd and finds himself indebted to a dangerous drug lord. In a desperate attempt to rescue her only living family member, Shay risks everything, and finds herself sentenced to two years in prison.

When she’s finally released, even the brother she gave everything to save has abandoned her. Dejected and alone, Shay wanders into a church. She catches the attention of Pastor Andrew Douglas, a leader in the community and recent widower. Together, she and Andrew find healing and remember how to open their hearts to a brighter future.



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Take a Break Watch a Vid




Take a Break Watch this Vid is a post that I host here on Ali's Bookshelf from time to time.  It showcases a lot of book trailers or movie trailers that I'm excited to see/read. Today is no different.  Today I have the book trailer for a book that I'm currently reading and I'm in awe of the trailer and the book so far.  So much so that I knew I had to share it with you.  
Hurry grab a small snack and come watch this with me.






So what do you think?

I'll be posting my review for this book soon. Can't wait to read the rest! I'm only a few chapters in, but can't get enough of it. 




 Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Publication Date:  January 26th 2016

 Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.



 I hope you're as excited about this book as I am! 

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Blogger Hop #18




Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.


If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop!






This Weeks Topic: 



If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings or the door bell rings, do you stop reading or let the phone or door bell go unanswered? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)


 I usually stop reading, but I've been known to ignore the phone till I finish the chapter I'm reading. I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter, drives me nuts!  







What about you, do you stop reading or do you ignore the phone or door bell? Comment below, I would love to see how everyone else handles this! Am I the only one that waits till the end of a chapter?  





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