Friday, July 5, 2013

Coffee Pot Reviews: Uncharted by Tracey Garvis-Graves & Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young


 Coffee Pot Reviews
Welcome to Coffee Pot Reviews! These are short and sweet reviews done in the length of time it takes my coffee pot to brew! I have two novellas to share with you today both from authors I love. Adult books contain mature content and are not intended for readers under 18 years of age. Grab a cup of coffee and a slice of coffee cake! 



Uncharted: An "On the Island" Novella 
by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Series: On the Island #1.5
Publisher: Penguin
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher in exchange for unbiased review
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My review of : On An Island


Tracey Garvis Graves - and Anna and T.J. - return in this companion novella to the New York Times bestseller On the Island. When twenty-three-year-old dot-com millionaire Owen Sparks walked away from his charmed life, he had one goal in mind: get as far away as possible from the people who resented his success, or had their hand out for a piece of it. A remote uncharted island halfway around the world seemed like a perfectly logical place to get away from it all.  Calia Reed wasn't part of Owen's plans. The beautiful British girl - on holiday in the Maldives with her brother, James - made Owen wonder if getting away from it all might be a lot more enjoyable with a carefree girl who didn't know anything about the life he left behind.  But Owen had no idea how much his carefully detailed plans would go awry. Nor did he realize that a decision he made would have such a catastrophic effect on two passengers who boarded a plane in Chicago.  And when Owen shows up at Anna and T.J.'s door with an incredible story to tell, everyone involved will learn just how much their lives are intertwined. Uncharted includes an early look at Covet, coming September 2013.
I was completely taken by surprise with how much I enjoyed On An Island as it embraced a subject I wasn't sure I could accept. I loved it, adored it and shared it with everyone. I even bought copies for family members at Christmas!  So when the publisher informed me there was a novella that tells the story about some of the mysteries on the island I about flipped at the chance to review it. I devoured Uncharted in one sitting and found Owen's story to be touching, captivating and intense. I loved the growth we see in Owen and enjoyed the tale he shared with us. A lot of the unanswered question I had from Anna and T.J.'s time on the island are answered. Of course it was also delightful to see Anna and T.J. again. Tracey Garvis-Graves has so impressed me with her ability to give you a glimpse into others lives and to share in their experiences. She makes you rethink taboo subjects and the people involved  in them. There is a sneak-peak of her Covet, her next novel due out in September 2013. 

Three and half cups of mocha coffee out of five
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Until Fountain Bridge
by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1.6
Publisher: Penguin
Publication date: June 18, 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
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My review: On Dublin Street (book #1)
My review: Down London Road (book #2)


Ellie Carmichael had a crush on Adam Sutherland, her brother, Braden’s, best friend, for years, and although Adam treated her with proprietary concern he made it clear he thought of her only as a little sister. Over the years, as Ellie’s crush develops into love, her romantic idealism makes it difficult for her to move on. To make matters worse, as she’s gotten older, Adam’s attitude has changed toward her. His affection for her is now joined by attraction, but his loyalty to Braden, and his fear of losing the only family he has, stops him from claiming Ellie the way she wishes he would.  But one night his attraction is put to the test, and as much as Adam would like things to remain the same everything changes between them in a simple brush of the lips. Soon lust, love, jealousy and heartbreak combine to force change upon their relationship… and Adam discovers the hard way that life is too damn short to spend it on regret.
So far I have read and loved On Dublin Street and Down London Road and while Ellie and Adam were present in both books, we never really got their back story. Until Fountain Bridge delivers just that through some flashbacks using Ellie's diaries as a guide. It was sweet, tender and adorable giving us a glimpse at Ellie and her crush on Adam through the years. I enjoyed reading about their interactions. Fans of the series will enjoy this short and sweet novella. I read this in under an hour and laughed, giggled and sighed. 

Three and half cups of coffee out of five
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42 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Dani..it is totally a one sitting read, hope ya get to it soon:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

I got Uncharted and am sooooo looking forward to find a moment to read it! Great reviews as always! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Krazzyme said...

Ooh I've been thinking about getting my hands on Until Fountain Bridge and now I'm convinced. I love reading diaries :)

Krazyyme @ Young Readers

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Who doesn't love the idea of an escape to an island? It would be worth the read to immerse yourself in that setting. Thanks for sharing.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Ellen said...

I can't wait to read both of these. I loved On the Island also, and I totally agree that the author did such a wonderful job with a taboo subject and made it just come together and work so well. I love Samantha Young's books also. Thanks for the great reviews. I just know I am going to love both of these.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous brandileigh2003 said...

Glad that Owen's story is captivating and that you enjoyed the novel before so much!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Nick said...

I haven't read any of the series that these novella belong to yet, but I know I want to read the Samantha Young one. I've heard so many fantastic things about it. The novella sounds like a cute read too! Ellie and Adam must be a really cute couple especially since she has had a crush on him since forever! Lovely reviews, Kim!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

OMG, I didn't know about Until Fountain Bridge. So happy you mentioned it. Off to go get it.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Eh, I can't say that they scream read me Blodeuedd, sometimes I am very picky

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

I completely forgot about On The Island! It's one of the ones I had marked down to check out...and of course lost the list. Duh...I still need to read On Dublin Street too. I'm going to see if the library has either of these.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I had no idea On The Island had a novella, I think I am getting behind on all these releases!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

they are hit or miss for me, but I was really glad I found out what happened on the island.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

I adored On Dublin Street & still need to read Down London Road; I have never been a big fan of novellas but I'm curious about both of these.


I always <3 your coffee pot reviews Kimba! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Well since I read so many genres, i can at least find one or two books to chat with them about.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Toni @ My Book Addiction said...

That is awesome that you bought copies for family for Christmas! My tastes in books are too different from those of my family. My dad reads Stephen King, Dean Koontz, etc.. and then Westerns. He would hate the books I read. hahaha. My sister reads more biographies and things I have no interest in. I have yet to read anything by Samantha Young, though I desperately want to!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

totally worth the time, I am both nervous and excited about her next release.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Lindy, it is a post I do monthly and it helps me share novellas, or books that I have personally purchased or series..they are such fun posts to write as well. This week I have a few of them to celebrate the holiday weekend.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Lindy Gomez said...

I love these Coffee Pot Reviews Kimba! Awesome Idea! I haven't read either of these series, but On Dublin Street is right up my alley! I love a good book that makes me laugh, giggle, and sigh! Thanks for sharing :)


Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Marlene Harris said...

I loved On the Island but I forgot that Uncharted was coming out. Thanks for the reminder. I bought it this afternoon. There goes a couple of hours!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yes, I think you would like the protagonist.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh yes do..it was such a wonderful surprise for me.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

I need to read On Dublin Street series. I know a lot of people love it, AND it sounds good.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Anna@herding cats said...

Oo love when an author can take something you aren't sure about and make it work. I think I actually have On the Island in my Nook. Huh. Gonna have to track it down.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Heidi, it has been a rough one but blogging is helping

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh Melissa this author is so good and her stories suck you right in!!!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yes, yes, yes :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Andrea and yes Owen's story held me captive too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was a wonderful little escape!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed, I just need a supply of coffee, soap, fresh water and books!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Ellen glad you are enjoying these authors too:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Brandi it was cool getting questions answered.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Nick, love Young's series:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

picky? you? NEVER!!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

so many books ..so little time

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yes and it was interesting and enjoyable!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

deserted island cupcake!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

On the Island sounds AWESOME. Is it only the dot com millionaire living there or are there others? Is it s vacation island or pretty much deserted? Sounds good to me!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I still need to read On the Island and Down London Road. I did love On Dublin Street. These novellas sound like quick, easy little reads that will help satitate my need until the next book comes out. Hope you have a great weekend!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I think I need to read On the Island. I think I would appreciate the novella more that way. Plus, you make it sound so good! I also like the sound of Bridge. I love to giggle in a book and it does sound sweet!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

I am thinking that this is a series that I do need to read,. Great reviews.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

I just finished Uncharted at 2am this morning! I adore Tracey and think she is a brilliant writers I loved Owen's story.

I can't believe I haven't read Until Fountain Bridge! I love Ellie and Adam.

Great mini-reviews, Kim!

 

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