Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December Book Haul!

I hope everyone's holiday was fabulous! Mines was great. We went to morning bible class and had an awesome worship service.  After that we came home and enjoyed presents, food, and most of all family.

For this month I didn't get a lot of books. I got one hardback and three kindle books

I got this book through the book depository. I ordered it early this month and it came the day before Christmas Eve. I actually forgot that I ordered it. Even though I didn't love or hate the movie I do plan on reading the screen play and adding this to my harry potter collection. And besides, can we just gush over how beautiful the cover is?










I got this book through the goodreads deal. I had no idea that award books go on sale after the results are shown. Also, I have to read this for work so it worked out pretty good



 This is one of my favorite adult series. I also got this through the goodreads deal

And finally this was purchased through goodreads and it is also on the list for me to read for work.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Goodreads Summary: Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing.

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?


Trying to review this book will be a tad bit difficult because of trying not to give away major spoilers and some of those spoilers happen early on within the story. Although I did have a couple of issues with this book it still was a good fast paced read. 

The story opens up with a couple named Anne and Marco attending a birthday dinner at their friends house next door. They have a six month baby girl named Cora and after the babysitter cancels at the last minute they still decided to attend the party  and leave her at home thinking it would be ok if they have the monitor with them and check on her every half hour. When the party is over they head home to discover the front door slightly open and their baby girl gone. 

The first problem that I had is why in the world would they leave their six month year old baby alone at home by herself. I don't know what they were thinking in the first place. And to top it off, Marco convinced Anne to leave her at home. I just could not wrap my head around that at all whatsoever. They also do quite a bit of drinking and that makes them seem even more inconsiderate and not responsible. 

The next problem I had was some parts of the story was a bit repetitive and a little bit predictable especially at the beginning. It wasn't to bad because this is a fast read and it will have you on the edge of your seat. Some of those parts did get remedied because it took an unexpected turn.

I have to say that the ending killed me. I was not expecting what happened to happen and I had already formed in my mind how it would end but I was way off. That is why I made it a 4 star instead of a 3.5.

The story was written well. The author did a great job of giving the characters life and making me feel invested in the story. This is along the lines of Girl on the Train and Gone Girl

Rating 4 Stars


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Audiobook Spotlight! Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats

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Author: Jessica Meats

Narrator: Jake Urry

Length: 10h 13m

Publisher:Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd⎮2016

Genre: Science Fiction

Release date: Oct. 03, 2016


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Earth is at war. Portals are opening across the planet and bringing creatures known as Outsiders. Their only desire is to eat, leaving a trail of destruction in their path. All that stand in their way are the Defenders led by Gareth Walker who can open portals of their own to target the Outsiders in minutes. Gareth's one advantage is an ability to see glimpses of his future.

For the past decade the Defenders have held back the incursion, but now a new portal opens, bringing something that Gareth did not see coming. As he must find a way to stop this new threat, he starts a quest for answers. He must learn how the war began and find a way to stop them once and for all.

All the while, he is aware of a shadow in his future a moment he can't see past. Will stopping the Outsiders cost him everything?

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Jessica Meats is a graduate of the University of York and works in the IT industry. She draws on her experiences as a technology specialist and martial arts student to create a unique and interesting fictional community of combat experts and computer geeks.


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Jake Urry is a British actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-founder of Just Some Theatre. Since graduating from an Acting degree course in 2012 he’s toured with Just Some Theatre as an actor and producer, worked on a number of commercial voice over projects and most recently started producing Audiobooks. Jake has produced over 10 titles since March 2016 and has rapidly found himself at home narrating Thriller, Horror, Mystery and Suspense titles. His audiobook work includes dark psychological thrillers White is the Coldest Colour and Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl, occult mystery series The Ulrich Files by Ambrose Ibsen, and gritty Sci-Fi novel Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats.




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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

All I want for Christmas Book Tag


I'm pretty sure a lot of you guys have a wishlist...wait...a bookish wishlist miles and miles high. I know for a fact that I do. So this is a tag that I have stumbled upon from a couple of years ago but it still seems pretty neat. I found this post at Stephanie's Book Reviews. Feel free to tag yourself and leave a link so I can see and comment on it :)

#1 What fictional Character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas Tree?
 With this question I had two characters that I wanted to have for Christmas but I will go with my current obssesion (ACOMAF..if you didn't know) and have Rhysand. I need him in my life.

#2. What Character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?
My first choice is Rhysand but I don't want to be repetitive so I will go with Gavin from the Collide series by Gail Mchugh

#3.) You write your Christmas List for Santa, what are your top 5 books on it?
Most of these books don't come out until around the beginning of next year but these are my most anticipated reads.
1.) Caraval by Stephanie Garber
2.)RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
3.)Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor
4.)Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
5.)A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

#4.)Its a Secret Santa at Hogworts, What do you most want to receive? 
I would love to have my own patronus...that would be Amazeballs!!

#5.You get to spend the day with characters and the movie adaption actors from one fandom, what do you pick?
I know I can go with the obvious (harry potter) with this post but I wont. I would love to spend time with the Percy Jackson characters!

#6 What fictional character would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?
Dean from supernatural! I would love to have both Sam and Dean but since one doesn't go anywhere without the other, I suspect Sam will be trailing along

#7.) You invited 10 fictional characters to your new year's eve party, who do you pick?
Rhysand
Feyere
Cassian
Azriel
Mor
Amren
Sam
Dean
Roth
Acheron (Dark Hunters)

This seems like an interesting party....

#8.)What character would make a good Harry Potter. It doesn't have to be appearance, personality counts too.
Hagrid!!

These are the two blogs that I have tagged
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La La in the Library

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Book Review: Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake


( I received this ebook by the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

Goodreads Summary: Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed





Thief of Lies is a wonderful fantasy that has a plot that is engaging from beginning to end. One of the main reasons why I loved this book is because I'm a librarian and to be able to jump into different worlds (literally) would be amazing.

After Gia is sucked into a book and transports to Paris she finds some interesting discoveries and realize that her life will never be the same. There are knights that are called Sentinels that protect humans from different creatures. With the perils rising Gia and her friends are in the middle of danger.

Gia is a strong character and I loved her. She loves the library and she has a bit of tomboyish in her. I felt all the characters were easy to connect with as well.

The plot and the world building was great. I felt that I could find myself right there with the characters because it felt real. I liked the romance in the story but I don't care for the love triangle and I didn't too much like the insta-love. Other than that I enjoyed reading this story and I look forward to the next.

Rating 4.5 Stars

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December TBR

5 more books to 50? I think I can do that. I also have a little bit more that I would like to add and try to add to that goal but the Remnant chronicles are big books but I'm determined. 😀

These are at the top of my list

I know for a fact that I will read this duology. Nothing is going to stop me either




















As soon as I finish Six of crows Duology I am going to dive right into these babies. I have put these off for so long and I just cannot wait to read them.























This is one that I have to read for a book club that I run at work. It sounds good and I'm pretty sure I will like it. It is not what I normally go to but I'm all about getting out of my comfort zone

These next few books are maybe.  I would like to read them but we will see!!



November Wrap up!!

For the month of November I read 5 books. I am so proud of myself because I knocked out some of my books that were sent to me for review.  I am currently 45 books towards my goal of 50. I plan on making that goal and more by the end of the month.

I was sent this ARC from Entangle teen and I loved it. I can't wait until the next one comes out in this series. Kori is a teenager that has trouble for a middle name. When her father goes on a away on military business he leaves two gentlemen with her so she stays out of trouble. With Cade and Noah comes danger as well as they embark on a mission that has everything to do with Kori's family that she did not know about. In addition to someone wanting her dead. This story has time travel and jumping different dimensions. If you liked A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray then I think you will like this as well









I read and reviewed this book as part of an audio book tour. This was my first audio review for a book. This story is about a guardian angle named Keiron who falls to try and save the life of a girl named Livvy. One of the reasons why I loved Livvy is because she is a librarian. The scene where she shows him the library is one of my favorites. I need that to happen to me. Literally. While Keiron is gone there is a war brewing in the mist of his absence back at home. He has to race against to time to save Livvy and stop a war. I loved this book. Anything with angles in it I'm a sucker for. This kind of reminded me of fallen and I loved that series. So if you like Fallen then you will like this one too. The narrator did a great job as well narrating this story.







I received this book by the publisher to review. I loved this and even though this was I think over 500 or close to 600 pages it felt like a quick read. I don't know if I was just so into it or what but I finished it in two days. Lacy has just woken up from a two month coma after a car accident. She has no memory of the last two years. She doesn't remember anybody that she has met within the last two years. Her two best friends? Nope Incredible hot boyfriend? Incredible hot new guy in my life that was already in my life? Nope. She doesn't tell anybody that she has no memory and hope that something will give her a spark for her memories to come back. What she can't believe the most is that she was a huge B**** in her school and just in life period. She can't process her self being that person but from what everyone is telling her. This has mean girls written all over it.




This is a book that I requested from Simon and Shuster for young readers. I was really excited to read this even though the reviews weren't that great but I decided to try it for myself. First this book had potential and I could see where it was going but I did have moments of confusion and I could not connect with the characters as much. Effigies are protectors of the world from phantom like creatures. There are four and they each control one of the elements. Once they become effigies they are for life until one of them dies and as fate will have it someone else is chosen. After the death of the fire effigie Maia is chosen as the next effigie and she sees that being apart of the world is so much more different than looking at it from the outside.







The author sent me this book for review and I will say that it was good but it was all over the place and there was some confusion. The topics that were discussed in the book brings to light the reality of it to the reader with child abuse, PTSD, and violence. It is an adult book but is told through the eyes of a child. It was a quick read but I would recommend that you take your time while reading it because you will be confused if you don't.














Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November book haul!

This month I have recently taken advantage of bookoutlet. I have seen bloggers and booktubers talk and rave about this website and I finally checked it out. Long story short....it makes adulting very hard if you have a set budget. I got 11 books and saved over $100 dollars. Hardbacks? 2.99? WHAT!!!!! I am addicted and I have no shame whatsoever. I also got two books sent to me for review as well on my kindle. They are Thief of lies from Entangle Teen and a ARC of Ares.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Turkey Day!!


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! I hope you all are having a blessed thanksgiving and getting pretty stuffed as well. I know I can't wait to dive into the heavenly food goodness. 

I want all of you guys to know that I am and will be forever thankful for each and everyone of you guys that I have met over the past three years while blogging as well as the authors that I was able to work with as well. I think it is amazing that I can be apart of this world with my love for reading and blogging. I can't see myself not doing it because I love it soo much. I hope that my posts have given you inspiration and an added love for reading. 

I pray that all of you guys had and still continue to have  a prosperous year and those moments that made you ugly laugh LOL. You all are amazing!!

Question of the Day
What part of Thanksgiving are you guys most looking forward too?
Mines is Food, Food, and more food. Hahaha

sn: I made two Lemon Meringue pies for the first time and they came out quite delicious.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Inkitt iPhone and iPad App Release!!

Inkitt is a digital library of thousands of stories from all fiction genres straight to readers' iPhones/iPads. This way you all will be able to discover new novels by emerging authors anytime, anywhere - even when offline. This is a great accomplishment with having only being active for 18 months and surpassing 700,000 readers worldwide! This app is user friendly and soon to be your best friend. If you are an android user don't worry. There is an android app in the works and should be up and running very soon. I am very happy to announce this great app and be apart of its release day!! Check out the screen shots below and see how just easy it is to use.



































If this is cool app has caught your attention (I hope it does) then you can click on the link and download it for free
https://inkitt.app.link/reading-app-iphone-ipad


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Introducing Inkitt for iOS: Read great novels by up-and-coming authors on your iPhone and iPad from Inkitt - The Hipster's Library on Vimeo.



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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Book Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

( I received this ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)

Goodreads Summary: Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.








This book was written very well and the writing was very vivid. This was not a simple book and it took me a minute to get into it. It had a sci-fi feel to it but it transitions into a more realistic atmosphere. This touches on some subjects on child abuse and as well as victims that suffer from PTSD and domestic violence. All of this is from the perspective eleven year old named Lacy.  

Lacy is a girl that suffers from abuse from her abusive father. He is Veteran that suffers from PTSD. He deals with it in a negative way by drinking and smoking. The effects are evident within the family. Its heartbreaking really. 

The writing did have its confusing moments but I feel the author really did a great job of touching on some the reality of child abuse and how he made the situations vivid. The plot was interesting as well. It started to move into a science fiction mode with the introduction of an android from another planet called DotCom. It may seem like it doesn't make any sense but I promise you will like it. I don't really want to spoil the story for any of you. 

This story is really all over the place but in a good and interesting way. I would say to give this book a chance because it did come along fairly nicely. 

Rating 4Stars


Here are the purchase links for Rarity from the Hollow

For a limited period, the eBook version of Rarity from the Hollow is on sale for $2.99 and the Paperback is on sale for $16.99. https://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton/dp/190713395X/Author proceeds contribute to the prevention of child maltreatment: http://www.childhswv.org/ Project Updates: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/

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Book Review: Fate of Flames Effigies bk1) by Sarah Raughley

(I received this ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads Summary: Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?



I was really excited to receive this book but unfortunately I did have some issue with it.  Phantoms attack the cities and terrorize the world. There are four girls who are called Effigies and they are the only ones that can defeat the phantoms. They each have the power to control the elements. When one Effigie dies another girl takes her place along with her power and memories. 

The story opens up with a phantom attacking the city and Maia finding out that she is the next Effigie but for her to be one that means one of the other Effigies has died. This leads to speculation of how the other Effigy died. Did she kill her self? Or was she murdered? I could definitely see where the story was trying to go and see the potential of it. I did like the action with in the story and I liked the mystery of Saul as well although it was a bit confusing. 

I had a hard time grasping onto Maia. I felt she was one dimensional and had no character development through out the story. I could totally understand her frustration because basically the fate of the world was on her shoulders but with not being able to change her fate she really needed to put on her big girl shoes. There were times when she did show some skin but she backed away quickly and reverted back to the girl she was at the beginning. I was also a tad bit confused on the history of the Effigies. There was little background on them and I did wonder how they got chose to hold the title or is it all fate in itself. 
I do plan on reading the next within the series and I understand that this is the first one so maybe we will see character growth in the next one. 

Belle, Lake, and Chae Rin are the other Effigies. Belle is the stuck up Queen, Chae Rin is the rebel, and Lake is the dramatic one but on a much lower level. They each play a vital part when working together but the fact that they are less of a team is pretty hard. Rhys is an agent of the Sect that the Effigies are apart of. He has a past and I really wanted to know it. We only got little bits and pieces of it which is ok. I have a feeling get more in the second installment. 

Saul was just as confusing as well. I didn't understand the whole Alice and Nick situation. I got parts of it but not fully. 

The writing was ok. There were times I felt like it dragged and that slowed the story down a lot. Some of the revelations towards the end were some eye openers and put some things in perspective. There is a range of diverse characters as well. This does leave some room and add build up for the second installment. 

Rating. 3 Stars. 

Book Review: I Was a B*** by Emily Ruben

( I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads Summary: What if you woke up having forgotten the last two years of your life?

After a horrific accident Lacey Jones has to try piece together her shattered past. With no memory of the previous two years she finds herself in a relationship with a man she doesn’t know, and with a reputation for being the Queen Bitch of High-School. 

She decides to keep the secret of her memory loss until she can figure out what happened in these two years she lost, trusting only the mysterious and sexy Finn to help her, but will she continue being that bitch or will she decide to rewrite her story?








This was such a fun read. There were moments when I burst out laughing and there were moments when my heart broke. Lacy wakes up from a two month coma and can't remember anything from the previous two years. She learns that she was in a car accident and everything prior to that is a blur. She struggles to figure out things before the accident and hopes that some of the memories come back to her as well as coming to terms of the person that she had become.

I could not put this book down. I read it in two days and it could have been one. I was hooked from the beginning of the story all the way to the end. This is a good high school drama that has the typical atmosphere of the high school setting. If you liked mean girls you will love this book. Lacy was The Queen Bee of the school. She had the hot perfect boyfriend, two best friends that were her little minions, and every girl wanted to be her. The thing is the Lacy before the Queen Bee status was anything but that. She was quiet and mostly to herself and had best friends since childhood. 

She was such a strong character. She wanted to figure things out on her own with out much help and be her own person. She could not believe the person that she was or did the things that she did do. She changed a lot through out the story.

OMG Finn?!? Can I have him? He was perfect and so patient with Lacy. He had his own struggles to deal with but he put her before him. He is boyfriend goals....just saying. Their chemistry together was so beautifully written. I was hoping Lacy would come to her sense eventually.

The writing in this book was so good. I was hooked from the beginning. It wasn't rushed and the build up to the focus of the story was so good. I really loved the Epilogue.  I thought it rounded up things pretty nicely. I look forward to reading more works by this author. I think "fickle fackle" will be added to my vocabulary. I loved it. 

Rating 4.5 Stars