Saturday, November 18, 2017

Blitz: Rogue

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Rogue by S.A. Stephenson. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 13 till 19 November. See the tour schedule here.



RogueRogue (Convergence #1)

By S.A. Stephenson

Genre: Science Fiction

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 19 September, 2017



Blurb:

As a rogue government official orders an alien attack on the Empire of America, two women must uncover the government's dark truth and unravel the weave of lives that have spanned decades. They'll learn why alien-human hybrids were created, and will need to master their own alien powers in order to survive.

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Genetic testing on humans began during the Cold War, when ancient alien DNA was discovered in the artic. As super soldiers were created during the war, Americans soon began to create the first wave of alien-human-hybrids in preparation for the day when the aliens would strike.



Nearly a century on, the world has been broken by an extra-terrestrial war and Kit Valletta is a human-mutant trying to survive in one of the only free zones left in the Empire. But the President wants her dead and is going to stop at nothing until all the mutants Kit freed are back in her control.



When Kit meets Evie Fox, one of the President's scientists, who's broken free of the wire, the two begin their fight for freedom and justice as the alien attack hits Empire soil. Together, both women will need to accept the secrets they've been trying to hide and decide if they're the ones who are powerful enough to save the Empire from the President's dictatorship regime and alien invasion.




You can find Rogue on Goodreads



You can buy Rogue on Amazon

Excerpt:
Prologue

Kit Valletta was asleep when the world erupted into sirens and blaring red lights. Her eyes flew open and when she looked up and saw an empty bed above her. Gia Russo, her long-time partner in crime, had a knack of knowing how the Shard’s system worked. She knew what happened at each well-timed moment, the movement of guards and the few seconds that were exposed in their well governed lives. She had managed to avoid being caught as the rest of them had filed into the dorms, or she had been caught and was on the way to one of the camps in the Nevermore. Kit quickly dismissed that thought, Gia wasn’t someone who would let a guard capture her so easily and they had been preparing for tonight for too long for Gia to get herself caught now.
Kit needed to find her father, Edward and Gia had been preparing for this night for months, everything down to the last detail had been thought of and through a number of heated debates, they had managed to convince Kit to escape with them.
The alarms were deafening and Kit swung her legs round from the bed, reluctantly leaving the brief comfort her blanket provided. The smell of her mother lingered in the fabric, a sweet perfume of motherly love, Kit dwelled in the moment for a fraction longer than she should, wishing Erin were there with them but she shook the thought away as she filed out with the other residents and went to find her father. Erin had been killed, Kit knew that, but there was something in her subconscious that told her mother had to be alive. They hadn’t found a body, there had never been any proof.
The Shard Building was one of the hundreds of nondescript bunkers in Volt that housed soldiers and government workers, segregated by position and ability according to the great State of Volt's processing system. The men were located in the Z Quarter of the Shard, the women were located in the L Quarter and they had begun to file out of the building, undisturbed by the noise that deafened the air. Kit pushed her way against the crowd when she saw Gia ahead of her.  
'Gia!’ She called.
‘Kit, what's going on, is it time?' She asked.
'It's time,' Kit told her.
'They'll be heading to the Domain,' Gia said.
'We need to get to my father,' Kit told her. Gia agreed and they continued to in the opposite direction of the crowd. The women marched around them, their expressions blank as they fell into the well-trained response that they could not break free from.
Kit followed Gia down a flight of stairs as the sprinkler system kicked in. 'Great,' Gia said as they reached a door. She pushed against it and entered a back-passage way to the Z Quarter. The male quarter was filled with the male soldiers, like the women, they filed out of the bunker and Kit took a moment to survey the crowd. Her pupils widened as she tried to zoom in on the faces, looking for the one that was the most familiar. When she saw him, her heart rested. Edward was a well-built man, prime material for a soldier in Volt. His silver hair flickered against his dark grey fatigues. The wrinkles on his forehead had deepened in the previous months as concern had found a way into their conversations. The planning, the secret meetings, had all led to this moment. Edward had never been built for the walls that Galen's presidency had created, he had come here during the late days of the plague, when there was nowhere else left to go. Kit had grown up with him telling her stories of the world and how it used to be. He told her about New York, how it had fallen and become known as the Spire, how the great Plains of America had become wastelands, the Nevermore, and how the once free United States, had fallen to become the Empire of America. Kit wondered how the world had ever been so different, but she had believed in her father’s passion for the world that once was and was determined to try and find it again.
'Dad!' Kit called over the noise of the crowd, he heard her and began to make his way over to them.  
'Are you ready?' He asked.
'As I'll ever be,' she said.
'The wire is a good 15kms away,' Edward said. 'We need to be ready because they're not going to let a bunch of us mutants out so easily.'
'Then we'll show them what mutants can really do,' Gia said.
They headed out with the rest of the soldiers, and once they had made it to the courtyard Kit saw the extent of the evacuation.  
'Oz really did a job on the security system,' Gia commented.
'He's a good kid,' Edward said. 'This way,' he told them and began to break away from the crowd who were heading to the Domain. Kit could see Armistice Guards high up on the brick wall that surrounded the government quarters. Their rifles were aimed down at the soldiers below.
'It's almost cute that they think bullets kill mutants,' Gia said.
‘They’re designed to slow us down, not kill us,’ Edward said.
'Where's Logan?' Kit asked. ‘He was supposed to be here with-’
An explosion ripped through the wall, the Armistice Guards were flung from their positions and the wall crumpled as a large army truck drove through it. Kit smiled when she saw Logan James at the wheel.
'Run!' Edward ordered and they sprinted for the truck. Kit leapt high into the air and landed in the back as Gia and Edward scrambled into the passenger seats. Logan quickly began reversing the truck as Armistice guards began shooting at them. Kit felt their energy pulsating through the air, determination emanating from them in a way she had never felt before, their intent was set to kill. She had become their prey, through all her training she had been taught to be the hunter, the one who would track down any enemy who entered the Empire’s boarders, now she would have to use those skills to survive the men who had operated alongside her for so long.
A group of mutants broke out and followed the truck, they’d got weapons and were firing any ammunition they had up at the Armistice Guards.
Kit looked back at the scene. 'How far to the wire?' She asked.
'7ks,' Logan called back to her as jets began to fly overhead. 'Hold tight,' he said.
He turned the truck quickly as a plane flew down low and began firing at them.  Kit dropped for cover as the bullets ricocheted off the bumper. She looked up at the plane and felt energy burn behind her eyes, their natural brown shone green and the plane quivered in the air before it came crashing down behind them. The impact caused the truck to rear up and Logan skidded it to a stop as the engine died.
'Great,' he said as he hit the wheel. 'They've cut the electric grid,' he said.
'Which is why we learnt to love running,' Gia said as she climbed out of the truck.
More jets were approaching them as Kit climbed down from the back. She was weak, struggled to stand after her last attack. 'You gonna be okay?' Gia asked her.
'Fine,' Kit said. 'Come on, we gotta bail.' She took Gia's hand, it's familiar warmth helped her feel strength and they ran after Edward and Logan.
 The land outside the buildings was rough, dead earth filled with landlines. Edward guided them, his sonic vision able to see through what was normal, to what was underneath. He guided them round a number of mines and Kit's eyes widened with hope when she saw the wire. She had heard so much about life beyond the tall electric wire, heard stories of people trying to escape, but being killed before they had even made it this far. Life beyond this tall, wired fence was as unknown. The concept of freedom, was something that had been talked about in hushed whispers, Kit and Gia had talked late into the night about what there could possibly be beyond the world that they were confined to. The world they were created in. Edward had inspired and encouraged these conversations, he wanted his daughter to experience freedom outside of a compound that a dictatorship government had created.
'Remember how we're going to get through?' Edward asked her as the truck slowed. Kit nodded.
Gia went over to the edge of the fence and could feel the electricity vibrating from it. She felt it shake in her fingers and smiled. Armistice Guards were close behind them. Their voices blurred into one over the sound of radios. 'We don't have time to hang around,' Edward said. 'Gia, time to shine.'
Gia smiled, her eyes golden, Kit leant against her father as dizziness swept over her, she could hear the guards getting closer. They were only minutes away.
Gia made a fist and punched the ground. Electric energy, that she had always called magic when they were growing up, shook throughout the soil, Kit heard the blood of the Armistice Guards boil and the bodies drop to the floor. The fence was dead, the electricity had been cut. Logan grabbed a knife from his boot and quickly cut through the chinks. He made his way through as Armistice Guards came out of the forest behind them. Gia hurried through the gap and turned back for Kit. Her nose was bleeding and she looked pale. Gia had seen this before and quickly grabbed for her. 'I got you,' she said. Kit pushed her way through the gap and turned back for her father to see him being held down by Armistice Guards.
'Run!' He yelled at her.
She paused as exhaustion began to take over her. She couldn't leave him. They had planned this for too long. Their new life in a free world, where they could be like the other humans, the ones who hadn't been trained to be super soldiers for the Empire of America's new army. Where he could take her to school, before he went to work in an office somewhere. Edward had been her constant support in this world of uncertainty, he raised her with her mother and after she had been taken away Kit had clung to him tighter, listened to him with more intent and believed in his ideology of how the world should be. He was born to be free, to set her free.
'We gotta blaze,' Logan said and pulled Kit to her feet as another wave of Guards came after them. They ran through the forest on the other side of the wire, Kit's heart raced against her chest as tears streamed down her face. She could hear her father screaming in the distance. Being dragged back to the world he had wanted to destroy for so long as she ran for her freedom.


S.A. StephensonAbout the Author:

S.A. Stephenson is a sci-fi author, blogger and editor. She writes LGBTQ+ stories about kickass women and can be found hanging out at writing events in Auckland. She's originally from the UK but now calls New Zealand home.



You can find and contact S.A. Stephenson here:

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Muffy & Valor: A True Story

Muffy & Valor: A True Story Muffy & Valor: A True Story by Karl Beckstrand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After a painful injury, a little dog named Muffy learns empathy for a German shepherd that has been hit by a car. Illustrated dog book teaches compassion, friendship, courage, and trust (kids ages 4 - 7). 700 words in dyslexic-friendly font by award-winning children’s author Karl Beckstrand

Review: Star's Reflection

Star's Reflection Star's Reflection by Gail Nyoka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What do you see when you look in the mirror?
For schoolgirls Vida and Sammi, it is a very special mirror with a very different reflection, for they can see life in Ancient Egypt. So who are Little Star and Ineri, and what is the significance of the two identical gold bracelets?
More to the point for Vida and Sammi, what on earth does their maths teacher have to do with it all?

Review: A Lady Born, a Pirate Bred

A Lady Born, a Pirate Bred A Lady Born, a Pirate Bred by Claire Merchant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Corey has developed into the perfect pirate, serving under a fine captain and in a position of trust and authority. But even if she is content with her life, she knows deep down it is not complete. Is she really just a pirate, or is there something more? Why does the enigmatic, dashing Sebastian and a sea maiden come into her life?

Review: Hound's Bite

Hound's Bite Hound's Bite by E.J. Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.

In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.

Will the training Ivy received in her father's court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing to risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt's hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.

Hound's Bite is the fifth full-length novel in the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The Ivy Granger series has won numerous awards, including the BTS Red Carpet Award for Best Novel, the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Urban Fantasy Series.
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I did it! (Plus a spotlight for a new review request)

Ahaha! I'm still super excited from my interview this morning! I got the job! True, it's just for the holidays, but I'm hoping it leads to something permanent, at least until I can afford a car, and to go back to school for a degree in Wildlife Rehabiliation (AKA my all time dream job, well that or working with books! Another thing I plan to study for in school.)

BUT Since this is a book blog, I'll also share a spotlight (Just to keep it bookish, since it isn't a Monday, and I couldn't wait until next week so share!) Just a heads up though, I might not be as active. I will try to plan ahead and schedule things so they are still posted on the right days, but if I am a little behind, I'm sorry, I will get it posted ASAP, I just need everyone to work with me until I get back to a regular schadule.


35955669Gabriel, The Training of an Angel

Looking back on his youth from a heaven unconstrained by time, the angel Gabriel writes his memoir to recount his early spiritual formation on Earth with the Hanson family. Sent in 2015 by the Trinity to the Philadelphia suburbs as a guardian for a grieving boy, Gabriel, himself, grows up through both tragic and lighthearted experiences with mortals before traveling back through the ages to announce Christ's birth. Appearing first as a babysitter named Debbie, Gabriel arrives on Earth to help with five-year-old Jon's birthday party. During the celebration, tragedy strikes. Gabriel wings straight back to heaven for guidance and returns to Earth as elderly, homeless Dave Kryzinsky to fulfill his mission-- an assignment that includes defeating the resident fallen spirit, Mourning.


What does Gabriel learn from family life?

Book Blast - First Street Church Romances: Love's New Hope

Melody Tanner has a secret no one in Sweet Grove knows.

Most people know Melody quit college in the first semester of her sophomore year because her father died. A few even know that when she came back to Sweet Grove she was pregnant. But the secret no one knows eats at Melody each and every day and keeps her from allowing anyone to get too close in case she’s hurt again.
When Jake Hayes decides to stay at the Orchard Blossom Inn while covering for his friend as the town’s large animal veterinarian, he’s hoping for a quiet Rockwell-type Christmas. Everyone’s friendly, and Sweet Grove certainly fits the bill. Everyone, that is, except Melody. Now the two are forced to work together and one of them is going to have to give in… or give up.



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Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author of inventive and inspirational stories. She puts 15,000 to 20,000 steps each day on her Fitbit, simply doing chores around the horse farm, but still finds time to sit at her laptop and let her imagination free through her fingertips.

Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader's Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel. Chronicles of Steele Raven won the 2015 Grace Award and IndieBrag Medallion.



Blog Tour: ReMade

ReMade Season 2

ReMade Description:

Title: REMADE
Author: Matthew Cody, Andrea Phillips, Gwenda Bond, E. C. Myers, and Amy Rose Capetta
Pub. Date: November 15, 2017
Publisher: Serial Box
Formats: eBook & audiobook
Find it: Season 1 AmazonSerial Box
Serial fiction startup Serial Box has been featured from coast to coast including stories on NPRWiredBuzzFeed and i09. Serial Box was called “a godsend for a niche market of readers” by The Chicago Tribune.
ReMade is one of Serial Box’s first attempts at YA dystopian fiction, and it’s already making splashes.
In one moment the lives of twenty-three teenagers are forever changed, and it’s not just because they all happen to die. “ReMade” in a world they barely recognize – one with robots, space elevators, and unchecked jungle – they must work together to survive. They came from different places, backgrounds, and families, and now they might be the last people on earth. Lost meets The Maze Runner in exciting serial adventure. Season 2 finds the ReMades in search of the last of humanity on a perilous journey away from what’s left of the caretakers and Arcadia.
In true Serial Box fashion of trying to cross over many mediums, season 1 of ReMade has also been turned into a podcast available for free on all major podcast platforms (and one week early on TuneIn’s First Play program). The release of the podcast is meant to coincide with season 2. The podcast will release the final episode of season 1 on the same day as episode 1 of season 2 is released on the Serial Box platforms and wherever ebooks are sold.
Team-written by some of today’s most exciting authors, ReMade season 2 is brought to you by Matthew Cody (Super), Andrea Phillips (Revision), Gwenda Bond (Girl on a Wire), E. C. Myers (The Silence of Six), and Amy Rose Capetta (Echo After Echo).

ReMade Excerpt

The hairs on the back of Jackie’s neck started to tingle. She held her composure, feeling the eyes of everyone in the group on her. The limelight was her home. Today, however, she wanted nothing more than to crawl into a hole. She wouldn’t let her composure crack, not like Cece. Cece was dramatic on a typical day.  Jackie loved it when all eyes were on her, but she rarely used negative emotions to get there- she was no amateur which was why she didn’t associate with the drama queen.
Before, she held back from calling Cece ‘princess’ even though the nickname was perfect for her. Jackie didn’t want to agree with anything Q said. That would reveal she didn’t hate him as much as she let on.
Cece almost ruined this for them. Jackie was determined to complete her task with style and grace to get this person off her back for good.
Jackie knew she pissed off a lot of people, but it was worth it for the adoration or fear she inspired in most. Besides, for someone to pull off a stunt like this, they had to think about her a lot. Which was fine with her. Adoration came in many forms.

About Seral Box:

A new kind of publishing company for a new age.
While technology has rapidly evolved, the way publishers and writers bring books to readers really hasn’t. Storytelling in TV has become more sophisticated and multilayered, podcasts have risen to mainstream media status—but ebooks are just books on digital devices, not easier, more fun, or more social than they were before.
Serial Box is here to change all of that: artfully blending together the best of series television and the convenience of ebooks and audiobooks to bring readers a new form of story telling. Releasing fiction serials over the course of 10-16 week seasons, Serial Box is about delivering addictive episodes straight to the user’s digital device to be read or listened to anytime, anywhere.
Taking a few pages from the world of television, Serial Box hires a team of a talented and award-winning writers to collaborate on each serial, pulling the best ideas to develop great characters and craft a narrative that captivates readers over the course of the season. A new ensemble of writers works on each series, so each will vary in genre and length, but they’ll always be entertaining page-turners that keep you wondering what will happen in next week’s episode.
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3 winners will receive season 1 of REMADE, International.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Blood Awakening (Review)


Tour Schedule

November 13th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
November 14th: Book Review @ Adventures Thru Wonderland
November 18th: Author Interview @ The Resistance
November 19th: Book Review @ Nesie’s Place
November 20th: Book Review @ Between the Bindings
November 20th: Promo Post @ Author C.A. Milso’ns Blog

About the Book

Title: Blood Awakening (The Immortal Sleepers)
Author: Miranda Nichols
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy Romance
A war has been brewing in the shadows.
Kaelyn Hamblin never felt particularly extraordinary, growing up in a strong Irish household in the heart of Boston for most of her young life. Her humdrum routine remained markedly unchanged for longer than she cared to remember; until that day. The day when a beautiful stranger drifted into her hole-in-the-wall bookshop and changed her life forever.
Tyrian knew from the moment he locked eyes on her that she was the one. His one. The singular being within all of time and space that was made for him and him alone. His world  was not one of niceties and pretty things; bringing her into it would be dangerous. But he would protect her. He had to. After all, it was foretold.
Worlds collide, marking the beginning of the end to an age long battle warring between the forces of darkness and light in the universe. The fate of all rests on the shoulders of a lone druid and her band of human hunters to quell the rising tide of evil threatening to overtake everything and plunge the connected realms into eternal darkness.

Review:  Such an intense read! I loved every minute of this dark paranormal romance! From the danger and action, to the steamy romance, this had a little of everything! I was kind of surprised that I couldn't find this listed on Goodreads, but as this is a newer author, that's probably why. I'm interested to seeing more of her work in the future! The world of magic and darkness was delishiously satasfying in this mix of passion and danger!

Author Bio

Miranda Nichols is an up and coming author in the paranormal romance genre. She’s a full-time student working towards her degree in creative writing. When she isn’t studying or helping the alternative fuel industry, you can find her on https://www.fictionpress.com/ or curled up with a steamy romance novel. She’s a loyal friend who’s not afraid to tell it like it is. Like the smell of fresh popcorn, her fantasy romances tempt you and keep you coming back for more.

Links

Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

This one is easy in some ways, and very hard in others! I pass my childhood favorites on to my sister, who loves a few...and hates most. (She's a VERY picky reader lol) So, here's the list that I WOULD want them to read, not so sure how many she/they actually would XD

10. Narnia
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Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.
9. Pendragon

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Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.

He is going to save the world.

And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning....
 
8. Warriors

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For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying-- and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

7. Ga'Hoole
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Pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, barn owl Soren is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. With new friend, clever and scrappy Gylfie, he uncovers is a training camp for the leader's own nefarious goal.
 

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Miyax, like many adolescents, is torn. But unlike most, her choices may determine whether she lives or dies. At 13, an orphan, and unhappily married, Miyax runs away from her husband's parents' home, hoping to reach San Francisco and her pen pal. But she becomes lost in the vast Alaskan tundra, with no food, no shelter, and no idea which is the way to safety. Now, more than ever, she must look hard at who she really is. Is she Miyax, Eskimo girl of the old ways? Or is she Julie (her "gussak"-white people-name), the modernized teenager who must mock the traditional customs? And when a pack of wolves begins to accept her into their community, Miyax must learn to think like a wolf as well. If she trusts her Eskimo instincts, will she stand a chance of surviving?
 
5. 39 Clues


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 Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue.

Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.

4. Percy Jackson

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 Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

3. Eragon

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Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . . .
 
2. Redwall
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As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem. Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent on destroying the tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall. This dazzling story in the Redwall series is packed with all the wit, wisdom, humor, and blood-curdling adventure of the other books in the collection, but has the added bonus of taking the reader right back to the heart and soul of Redwall Abbey and the characters who live there.  

1. My Side of the Mountain

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Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger. No reader will be immune to the compulsion to go right out and start whittling fishhooks and befriending raccoons. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Norse Mythology

30831912Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Cover Reveal: Lullaby







She did it again! I'm a huge fan of Charlie Bowater's work, and had to share this cover!

Synopsis:

You've heard of the Sand Man. Meet his counterpart, the Sand Maiden. When a king of Dream Realm sets his sights on conquering Wake Realm, Prince Kovis and Ali must team up to battle forces beyond anything either could have imagined. But Kovis knows nothing about Dream Realm, let alone his Sand Maiden. When Ali is discovered naked in the prince's bedroom, how will she convince him of her intentions, let alone the danger? Oh, and by the way, Ali has had a crush on the powerful sorcerer since his powers manifested. What could possibly go wrong? Their story will do anything but put you to sleep.

"I'm enthralled. The book has held me captive since I received it...You have me in the spot I love/hate. It's so good, and I want the next right now. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor woven in this story. A lovely conclusion to this--a nice cliffhanger. I want more!!!" - Peggy Frese, Senior Editor

The Sand Maiden is a NA Epic Fantasy Romance with YA appeal. If you loved Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses, Elise Kova's Air Awakens, and/or Rachel E. Carter's The Black Mage you'll definitely love this.

WARNING: Mature content. Recommended for 18+.

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Blog Tour: Wolves and Roses (Review)



Wolves and Roses
by Christina Bauer
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: October 31st 2017
Monster Hose Books

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that? 

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that--if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.




Review: Not your everyday fairy tale! I loved this one! Bryar abd Knox were so much fun! I loved seeing how the story would play out. So much was always going on, and there was a lot of information but never did it feel like too much. It was just enough to keep my attentoin, without being an info dump. I loved the fairy tale parts mix with the modern world. The narration was great, and I loved hearing the memotion and the character voices!
Advance Praise:
• “Bauer creates a whole new world that had me bowing down and praising the universe for whatever is responsible for inspiring this creative genius.” - For Your Literary Pleasure blog 
• “Trust Christina Bauer to deliver a super bad-ass heroine and majorly page-turning plot line. This is definitely a must read for you guys who love paranormal romance or urban fantasy.” – The Four Eyed Cat Reviews

About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a partangel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
 Christina has written more than ten novels in the fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. She graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.  
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My Monday #14

Hello, again!

Another weeks gone by! I can't believe Christmas is coming up, where did the year go?!
I am just getting over an annoying cold, and trying to stay warm. *Brr! It's been cold and windy!* As some of you may know (If you follow me on Insta) I have been job hunting for a few weeks, well I finally got an interview! It's a job I'm actually interested in, so here's hoping it goes well!

I also want to thank my new followers! I hit 50 recently, and want to welcome the new subscribers! Thank you so much! (As soon as I get a job, and a paycheck, I plan to host a giveaway for my followers!)

I also realized I am a Neil Gaiman fan...who knew? I'm listening to his Norse Mythology (becasue I'm a Norse junkie!) and love it! This is the first version where I actually like Thor! (I'm always Loki trash lol)

I have also found some interesting books I can't wait to tell you all about!

That's all for now! I have a lot to talk about soon, so I'll be posting through-out the week about new title! 

Until then, happy reading! 

Review: ¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish POD: Visit New Places and Make New Friends

27248215¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish POD: Visit New Places and Make New Friends by Judy Martialay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends! Introduces children to Spanish. The purpose of the book is to give children an enjoyable experience learning the language as well as to teach them a useful skill. The age range of children is roughly 6-10, although it should include the largest age range possible. It is especially useful for parents and children who reside in the many districts where foreign language is not offered in elementary school. My hope is that kids and their parents will be inspired to continue their study of Spanish throughout school, so that they can truly communicate to the millions of Spanish speakers throughout the world. The book can be used by older children themselves. It can be adapted for use in Foreign Language in Elementary School , FLES, programs and in Foreign Language Experience, FLEX, programs. It can be used by librarians. It would make a great gift for grandparents, relatives or anyone who has a child in his or her life and would like to give that child the beginning of a truly world class education. It can be used by parents, whether or not they speak Spanish, and their children. There is an audio version of the book on http://polyglotkidz.com. Children and parents should follow along with book and audio so that they learn the best pronunciation. The book begins with an introduction, where Pete the Pilot invites children aboard his magic plane for an imaginary trip to Mexico. On board, children are given some basic words and expressions to learn. Parents and children will have best results when learning the Spanish when they repeat often, and use the Spanish in everyday life situations. The book is designed to help them do that. When the children arrive in Mexico, they meet Panchito, the jumping bean, and they follow his adventures while learning Spanish, and becoming acquainted with the culture of Mexico. When they return, they bring their Spanish back home with them. In the activities section, they are encouraged to use Spanish in every day situations. For example, they have a treasure hunt of people and objects around their house. They can have fun putting on a skit with their friends. In the Culture Corner, kids learn more about the different customs that they meet during the story, and they get more ideas on how to use their Spanish. They can sing the traditional song for breaking the piñata. In the craft section, children can make a mask with frijoles, beans that they encountered in the story. There are more opportunities for using Spanish. With the vocabulary section, they can hear again how each word or phrase is pronounced. With ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish, children engage in a variety of activities designed to accomodate a variety of learning styles, and enjoy communicating in Spanish.