Sunday, July 31, 2016

July: This Month's Book Haul


Another months down! Here are the books I received in July! ^.^


  Book Mail!
 The Exiled Seven Ah! I did a blog tour for this, and was really excited, and the publisher contacted me about a review! Ee! XD I'm almost half way through, and I'm loving it! (Kind of feels like the Hobbit dwarves....without the hobbits O.o SO good though!)
 1984 So...I've had this on my TBR list forever! It's a classic, so I wasn't expecting it, but yay!
The Wolf Road This one I won on LibraryThing for a review. It's something different that caught my eye.
Shaky Man This is a middle grade book that teaches kids that racsim is bad, and that being different is ok. 






Requests I Approved this month!
The Summoned King: Book One of The Kalymbrian Chronicles Christian Fantasy
Celtic Knot Designs with an Australian Twist Adult coloring book
Komitas, The Artist and The Martyr Non-fiction autobiography
Legacy Steam-punk fantasy
The Quantum Door Sci-fi
Don't Call Me Kit Kat Contemporary fiction about eating disorders
The Movement of Crowns (Movement of Crowns #1) Christian Fantasy romance
Vick's Vultures Sci-fi
The Girl Who Could Read Hearts Paranormal fiction based on true story
The Faraway North Scandinavian tales translation
3 Days: A Passion Christian "she only has three days to live"
Dejado de lado - Left Out Children's bi-lingual book

Approved on Edelweiss
 Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 I haven't read comics in years! This was a great one to start getting back in the habit!
Mission Atomic (The 39 Clues: Doublecross #4)  So I've checked the first three out at the library, and I'm read to start this one! I'm excited!
Cara's Kindness I loved the art style on this one, and enjoy a good children's book as much as anything! Plus it's a quick read!
The Storybook Knight Again, the cover, and the title, caught my attention ^.^



Approved on NetGalley 
Fate of Flames (Effigies #1) I clicked it for the cover, but it sounds interesting!
Children of Icarus I picked this one partly for the name, but it's also something different from my other picks!
Moon Chosen Again the name/cover caught my eye.
Henry Hodges Needs a Friend Dogs <3 And I enjoy the art style.
War for the Waking World This is from the publisher who auto-approved me, and it sounded interesting.
Blood Red, Snow White A war story, I seem to have a soft spot for this type of tale.
Into Ather This one got me curious, and I loved how it sounds!
Kalifus Rising (Legends of Orkney, #2) This one also caught my eye, now to find the first book...
Sorry I'm Not Sorry This is from the publisher who auto-approved me, and it sounded interesting.
Bonhoeffer Student Edition I know I really should know more, but only know the basics and I would love to know more about him!
 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know This is from the publisher who auto-approved me, and it sounded interesting.


Library Picks
Mission Titanic (The 39 Clues: Doublecross, #1) A great start to the latest series!
Mission Hindenburg (The 39 Clues: Doublecross, #2) Eh, this one was a real let down, but I didn't hate it.
Mission Hurricane (The 39 Clues: Doublecross, #3) Yes! There's back, and now I can read that ARC for the last book #4!
Badge of Honor I have a thing for Love Inspired SUSPENSE romances...don't judge! XD I want to read them ALL!
Under Cover of Darkness Another LIS
Hidden Motive Another LIS
Die Before Nightfall Another LIS
The Berry Big Storm OK so this wasn't a Library pick, but I read it waiting on my mom at the Dr.'s office.
Mistaken for the Mob Another LIS
Note of Peril Another LIS, about musicians, so that was a nice change! I love stories about musicians/songs!
Her Brother's Keeper This one was less suspense, more humor, but I enjoyed it.
Myst Passages (#0) Comic of one of my favorite games! Too bad there are only two :P
Myst (The Book of Black Sails #1) The other comic for Myst, and the last. :(
A Court of Thorns and Roses So good! I'm almost half way through, but I'm loving Maas' style!





Finished this Month!
Mission Titanic (The 39 Clues: Doublecross, #1) A great start to the latest series!
Mission Hindenburg (The 39 Clues: Doublecross, #2) Eh, this one was a real let down, but I didn't hate it.
Mission Hurricane (The 39 Clues: Doublecross, #3) Yes! There's back, and now I can read that ARC for the last book #4! 
Note of Peril Another LIS, about musicians, so that was a nice change! I love stories about musicians/songs!
Her Brother's Keeper This one was less suspense, more humor, but I enjoyed it.
Myst Passages (#0) Comic of one of my favorite games! Too bad there are only two :P
Myst (The Book of Black Sails #1) The other comic for Myst, and the last. :(
The Berry Big Storm OK so this wasn't a Library pick, but I read it waiting on my mom at the Dr.'s office.
  Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 I haven't read comics in years! This was a great one to start getting back in the habit! 
Marvel's: Guardians of the Galexy: Castaways It took me a while, since I had to read it on my phone, but I really enjoyed this one!
Beneath the Fall (Sunborn Rising #1) Stunning! I got this one as part of the blog tour! So glad I did! <3
Broken Pieces I'm not big on Comtemperaty fiction, but I really enjoyed this one!
Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat #1)  This is also something I don't often read, Egyptian Mythology, but I can't wait for the next book!
Korian and Lucy: A Cult of the Cat Short Story A short novella about Trinity's parents, (the main character of the first story)

The Daydreamer Detective Wow! I normally guess the end of Crime novels, but this one had I surprise I didn't see coming!
The Daydreamer Detective
Braves The Winter This one didn't have the suspense the first did, but touches more on romance, and gets into a darker side of crime.
Lalibela's Wise Man    I LOVE this book! A short 100 page book, but it's powerful! 

Sunday's Weekly Recap: Week 8 (7/24 - 7/31)



 Wow, another month down! And another month's worth of reading and requests! I'm finally getting the hand of being a book blogger, and am also excited to be getting so much attention. I do this for me, because books are my passion, but it's nice to see others who actually enjoy my reviews and ask me what books I recommend. Coming from a family of non-readers, I don't get that often, aside from maybe at the library or bookstore on the rare occasion. 

This week had been slower, but that's partly because I'm trying to read some of my longer books. So I should have some more detailed reviews up soon! I'm also working on library books along with requests, so there's that too. 

Also I will be hosting a giveaway for 1 e-copy of paranormal romance Frostbitten by Heather Beck! It starts tomorrow so be sure to enter!




Books I read last week:

Book requests from last week:
Keep No Record by Cassie BeebeThe Norskvall Saga:  The End of Youth by Michael The Red
Hidden Design, the Prophecy by Tia Tormen​ and CK Stone

What I am currently reading:
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) Maas, Sarah J.

Books I plan to read this week:

Bonus (if I can get to them!):




This is what I plan to read, but posts and books that are planned are all subject to change. I also won't list reviews in the planned posts, since I never know when I have going to have time to write them. I usually write a few at a time, so it gets squeezed in when every I get the chance. The exception is for a book I received from the author, publisher, or other site in exchange for a review, those I usually write ahead and schedule for a time agreed on by the requester, usually on or around the publish date.


I will mark books that were requested or suggested in exchange for a review with *

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bookish Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes | Day 3


I found this on Book Huntress' blog, and thought it sounded fun! So thank you for sharing this fun tag!

THE RULES:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

 “I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”


J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Tolkien <3 To me this quote reflects the world today! So much pain and suffering, and yet there is hope. We must each do our part to bring light and peace in these troubled times! We are here for such a time as this!

My nominees:
I’d like to tag these people:
Amy @ Novel Gossip
Jen @ Myriad Inklings
Emily and/or Brandi @ the Book Geek

As for those not yet tagged by this bookish tag, feel free do to do this!:)


 

Bookish Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes | Day 2


I found this on Book Huntress' blog, and thought it sounded fun! So thank you for sharing this fun tag!

THE RULES:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

“It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.” J.R.R. Tolkien


It's easy to fall into old habits and loose track of what's important. It's also easy to be drawn into new temptations and away  from the things in life that really matter! It's easy to focus of empty things in a world where peace is so rare.

My nominees:
I’d like to tag these people:
Sue @ bookalicious babe
Esther @ Chapter Adventures
Beth @ Tome Tender



As for those not yet tagged by this bookish tag, feel free do to do this!:)

The Spirit of Grace Juniper Grove Book Blitz



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Title:   The Spirit of Grace
Author:   Terry Lynn Thomas
Published:  January 16th, 2016
Publisher:   BlackOpal Books
Genre:  Historical Gothic Mystery
Synopsis:
Sarah Bennett doesn’t remember the night her mother tumbled down the stairs at Bennett House, despite allegedly witnessing the fatal fall. There was talk of foul play, dark whispers, and sidelong glances, all aimed at Sarah, prompting her family to send her to The Laurels, an exclusive asylum in San Francisco, under a cloud of suspicion. Now, on the one-year anniversary of her mother’s murder, Sarah has been summoned home. Convinced of her innocence, she returns to Bennett House, hoping to put the broken pieces of her life back together. But when another murder occurs shortly after her arrival, Sarah once again finds herself a suspect, as she is drawn into a web of suspicion and lies.
In order to clear her name, Sarah must remember what happened the fateful night her mother died. But as she works to regain her memory, the real murderer watches, ready to kill again to protect a dark family secret.

The Spirit of Grace is similar to the Gothic style of Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney.


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Excerpt from The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas:

I had just put the silver away and was in the process of laying the used dish towels near the stove so they could dry overnight, when I saw Zeke in the back corridor. Something stopped me from speaking to him or asking what he was doing back here. He must have gone upstairs and come back down again on the servant’s staircase, which no one ever used except Anca and me.

I ducked behind a huge parka and watched as Zeke bent over Grace’s camera bag, unzipped it, and slipped out a black canister of film, all in one quick fluid motion. After he did that, he took another canister of film out of his pocket and slipped that into the camera bag in place of the film he had taken. He didn’t see me standing in the shadows spying on him. He headed back up the stairs, his footsteps quiet as passing time.

I walked back into the foyer and up the main staircase to my own room. Once inside, I locked the door behind me. I changed out of the black dress, fumbling with one hand. The image of Zeke switching the film in Grace’s camera bag ran over and over in my head. I tried to convince myself that he hadn’t been doing anything harmful. Maybe he just needed to borrow some film. But I knew what I had seen. I knew what I had heard this afternoon—Zeke speaking flawless German on the telephone.


The magic I had felt earlier, the possibility of a future with him had been clouded now. Our future together wouldn’t be a happy one. How could it be? I had fallen in love with a spy.



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About the Author:
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Terry Lynn Thomas married the love of her life, who promised to buy her a horse if she relocated to Mississippi with him. Now that she has relocated, she has discovered that she can be happy anywhere as long as she has her man, her horse and time to write. Terry Lynn devoured novels by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and Daphne Du Maurier as a child. These gothic mysteries captured her imagination, never let go, and influence her writing today. When she is not writing or riding her horse, she visits historical houses and cemeteries, hunting for story ideas.







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Blog Tour: Caught in the Ripples (Review and Giveaway!)



Caught in the Ripples (The Water Rushes #2)
by S. McPherson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 31st 2016

Summary from Goodreads:


When the Exlathars escaped the battle that night, their silhouetted figures merged with the sky, their wings swatted at stars and the Coltis people were too busy celebrating their victory to realise that there wasn’t one.

Now the Exlathars are back. And they bring with them remnants of everybody’s past.

Back in England, Dezaray discovers just how deep Coldivor’s connection to Earth really goes. But she cannot change their past and she cannot see how to alter their future. So it seems the ripples that shake the surface are only a glimpse of what’s brewing beneath.

'Caught in the Ripples' delves deeper into the Water Rushes saga, answers questions the first book raised and plunges you into an ocean of intrigue and magic. 

They thought the Elenfar was the end…turns out it was only the beginning. 

Book One:
At Water's Edge (The Water Rushes #1)
by S. McPherson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 10th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

When 17-year-old, Dezaray Storm drunkenly stumbles across a portal one night, her downtrodden life begins to change, mainly because she starts living someone else's life.

Accidently trading places with the most powerful sorceress of the realm Coldivor, Dezaray finds herself assuming the identity of her magical lookalike, having to convince everyone in the realm that she's the real deal.

Aside from a few minor hiccups along the way, like the fact that she is not magical nor does she know even the simplest cards trick; Dezaray soon finds herself settling in. Particularly in the arms of Milo; a blue-eyed jokester with the ability to teleport.

However, it doesn't take long for Dezaray to realise that life on the other side is far from glitz and glamour and that creatures unimaginable are hunting her. A war is brewing between the seven empires of Coldivor and those that long to take over. Dezaray's enchanted double is their only hope; their secret weapon, set to be unleashed on her eighteenth birthday when she is gifted the powers of her forefathers.

But for the enchantress to return, Dezaray has to leave, and the thought of going back to Islon fills Dezaray with dread, for more reasons than one. Torn between a reality she can't stand and a fantasy she can't keep, Dezaray is struggling to see how any choice she makes will lead to a happy ending.
  

Review:
I'm so glad I had the chance to read these books! With a beautiful cover, and an excited blurb, I was excited when I found out about the Water Rushes series! It starts with Dezaray's life spinning out of control and she desperately wants a change. That change comes when she enters a portal to a parallel world! Unsure what happened, or what to expect, she agrees to pretend she's here look-alike twin from another dimension! Then things really start to get interesting! I enjoyed both books, and am completely in love with  McPherson's writing style! I love the tone used and the world she created was both intriguing and exciting! This is a great start to the series, and I'm excited to see what happens next! With magic, mischief, mayhem, and madness, you never know what to expect! Join Dezaray as she tried to escape reality, and stop evil, all in a day's work. What should she do? And will she be able to make the right choice?

 At Water’s Edge (The Water Rushes #1) on Goodreads

At Water’s Edge Buy Links:
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 About the Author
S. McPherson is a young British expat living in Dubai and working as a kindergarten teacher.When she is
not at work immersed in a world of imagination and fantasy created by the children,she is immersed in her own worlds of imagination and fantasy at home, dreaming up tales and writing them down. 'At Water’s Edge' is S.McPherson’s debut novel and the first in the romantic, fantasy series, 'The Water Rushes'.









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A Tragic Consequence: Cover Reveal! (Giveaway and Freebie Sampler!)


A Tragic ConsequenceA Tragic Consequence (Order of the MoonStone #4)

by JC Morrows

Genre: Dystopian

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: 25 October 2016

Blurb:
FORCED TO FLEE . . . WOUNDED . . . AND ON THE RUN . . .

Not exactly a safe place for a former assassin and a prince with a price on his head.

In the dark streets of Auralius, Kayden and her prince struggle to find a way to set the country right again. But the Order of the MoonStone has a long reach and a strong grip.

Will the two of them be able to find a way to bring down Kayden's former employers?

Or will Kayden's unusual charm help them to find an ally where there was none?

You can find A Tragic Consequence on Goodreads



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Blurb:

A Country… A King… A Choice…


When she falls in love with her target, Kayden realizes she cannot fulfill her mission. Now she will have to reveal her deepest, darkest secrets to the Prince… or it could mean both their lives.


This FREE digital sampler includes excerpts from the first four books in JC Morrows' romantic, edge-of-your-seat suspense-filled, bestselling young adult series—as well as a teaser to the highly anticipated fifth book, A Broken Kingdom!

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About the Author:

JC Morrows - Bestselling author of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader - is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn't stop.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bookish Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes | Day 1

I found this on Book Huntress' blog, and thought it sounded fun! So thank you for sharing this fun tag!

THE RULES:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

“know that without night there is no day; without lies, no truth; without despair, no hope. Beware above all of hate, but call to its opposite too. For all things have an opposite and, if you choose it, with will and care, you may turn one thing into its reflection.”

David Clement DaviesThe Sight

This is yet another special find I stumbled upon at the library one day. I loved this quote, and it's true. Everything in moderation, it's all about balance!

My nominees:
I’d like to tag these people:
Natalie @ Book Lovers Life
Rae @ A New Look On Books
Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

As for those not yet tagged by this bookish tag, feel free do to do this!:)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bloggers! How do you handle low rating reviews?

Up until now I haven't been posting my reviews here if they get below a 3 star rating. When I started in May, that was fine, but a few months in, and dozens of requests, ARCs, and TBRs later...I've found that I'm writing at least one or two low reviews for ever 5 or so. That's bound to happen, and I knew it would, but how to you handle low reviews? I have been just writing them on Goodreads, and maybe Amazon if I feel it's something I would want to know before buying, but have thus far left them off my blog. Do you still post them on your blog, or do you only post the ones you would recommend to others?

I'm leaning toward posting them, since I promise honest reviews, and that means some will be down right blunt, but I'm not doing it to hurt the author, or their book. Instead I hope the authors take the time to read the low reviews, and use them as a way to grow and develop their writing abilities. I have seen a few blogs who write reviews from the glowing 5 stars to the dismal 1, but I would love any feedback you can offer on the matter!

Either way, I want to think my followers, readers, and any author, publisher, blogger, or person that I have talked to and who has helped me to get this far! I've only just begun, and I'm loving being a book blogger, and reviewer! Oh, and I have a few special surprised in store soon too! So keep your eyes peeled!

Dark Dreams and Dead Things blog tour! (Reviews!)


Welcome to my stop on the Dark Dream and Dead Things Blog tour!

Dark Dream and Dead Things (Dead Things #2)
by Martina McAtee
Genre:YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Release date: July 15th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend. 

Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.

Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.

An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever. 

Book One:
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (Dead Things #1)
by Martina McAtee
Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Release date: August 31st 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.

They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.

As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
 


 Review(s):
 I really enjoyed both books! The plot is interesting, the characters unique, and the setting is well played! The one thing I would suggest different would be that the two were cut into three smaller books, but that might just be where I've gotten used to slightly shorter books. Aside from that, I loved joining the cast in this dark twisted tale, and discovering what nasty surprised it held! If you enjoy the first, I highly recommend the second, as I enjoyed it even more than the first! I loved hanging out with the characters, and solving impossible problems, only to have my plans fall at my feet. This was a read that I likly wouldn't have considered, but am glad I found it. I enjoy reading things that are new and different from my normal, and this was that and more! The character development in the second story made it a fun read, and seemed to be more thought out than the first, which I enjoyed.




About the Author
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she's reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things is set to release on August 31st, 2015. She is currently working on the second book in the Dead Things series due to release in 2016.
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