Tag Archives: 2015

The Secret Life of a Blogger Tag

Hey guys, I am doing another tag, The Secret Life of a Blogger Tag. Thank  you to Lia over in Book Land for tagging me!!! Lets get started!

1.How long have you been a blogger?

I started this blog I think back in June of this year. I really wanted an outlet for the love of books that I have. So I am trying to spread the word and love!

2.At what point do you think you will stop?

I am not sure. I may never actually stop only get more organized. Im sorry for not posting more often lately though.

3.What is the best thing?

Spreading the word about some amazing books to people and meeting new friends!

4.What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

Not posting as often as I would like. Being a mom of two and dealing with some health issues its hard for me to even read some days.

5.How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not very long. I usually find what I need pretty quickly

6.Who is your book crush?

I don’t really “crush” on people in books but as of right now I am “crushing on” Prince Aldrik from Air Awakens by Elise Kova. He is just the right kind of wrong!!

7.What author would you like to have on your blog?

Dean Koontz, he is the master. Other than him, I am really into indie authors right at the moment so, Elise Kova, Emily WibberelyM.D. Luis, and Kerr-Ann Dempster. Plus many others….I love everyone

8.What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Usually pjs.

9.How long does it take you to prepare?

My daily posts take about 5-10 minutes. Other posts about 15 and when I review it takes from half an hour to almost an hour.

10.How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I love this little world of ours. It feels so tight knit and everyone is so nice and accepting!

11.What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

I think just being yourself. I know that is cliche but I try not to really follow the flow and most authors that I have either talked to or received books from like my more open and honest approach to my reviews.

That was short and sweet! Thanks again Lia for tagging me.

The Distance From Me to You~ Review

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Available for purchase on October 20, 2015

Synopsis

Wild meets Endless Love in this multilayered story of love, survival, and self-discovery.

McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.

Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.

My Thoughts

I was so happy to have received The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner. I read the synopsis and had to read it. Although it came down to the last couple of hours, I did read it.

I really enjoyed this book. McKenna is a great female protagonist. One of my favorites so far this year. She is independent, goal driven, and very relate-able. When she decided to continue on with her dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail, when her best friend backs out for a boy, I wanted to give her a high five and wish her luck personally. I was scared for her safety but I knew that she had everything under her control.

Until she meets Sam. It wasn’t an insta-love, which I was happy about, but a slow learning of what love could really be. I loved Sam’s character and just like McKenna, he is very strong and independent. As she is safety conscience, Sam is more easy going and spontaneous.

Their love slowly grows and warms my heart. I did however feel like I was waiting the whole time for something to go wrong. McKenna did run into a bear but that was one of the only scary things to happen in the book. It just feels like maybe the AT isn’t as wild as it sounds. Until Sam decides to go off trail in search of a mythical waterfall. As they loose their way in the woods and have to find their way back to the trail, that is when the danger that McKenna was worried about the whole time comes to fruition. She doesn’t give up until herself and Sam are both safe.

McKenna goes through some amazing character development in this story. She starts out as just a high school graduate with a dream but ends up being a strong woman that knows what she wants out of life. I loved how it ended and its not the way that most YA fiction does.

I gave it a 3.5/5 stars only because it isn’t the type of book I would normally pick up but I would love to have this on my bookshelf!!

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September Wrap Up

Lets see if I can remember the books that I either read or listened to last month. It was a bad health month for me but I know I did get some books done.

The Distance from Me to You The Distance from Me to You

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) The Death Cure

Beautiful Affliction  Beautiful Affliction

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The Raven Boys

Part of the BookishSeptember I only did one challenge, Re-read a favorite:

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)

One of the weakest months so far but I had a lot going on. Thank you for looking!!

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You’ve Got Mail

I got a message from a close friend of mine on FB last week. She told me to go and check out A.R. Winterstaar’s page. So I did. My friend thought that A.R’s novels would be right up my alley and from reading the synopsis she was right.

So I got to work and asked the author for a copy of her book for review. She is so nice that she also included her ARC of the second book. I am so over the moon by the nicety of authors.  So here are the gorgeous books and their synopsis.

The Child Revealed (The World of Evendaar #1)

Synopsis of Book 1

THE FIRST NOVEL OF THE WORLD OF EVENDAAR SERIES FROM EXCITING NEW FANTASY AUTHOR, A. R. WINTERSTAAR.

A child born into the Golden Age shall be stolen from the Light and hidden from the eyes of the world…

Adelena Marlock isn’t who she thinks she is. Single mother. University drop out. Dreamer. She is struggling with life as an ordinary woman in an ordinary world. But when the past she never knew she had pulls her into a whole new dimension she must find a way to discover the strength and power that is her birthright.

All is not well in the magical world of Evendaar. Dark forces gather in the shadows and plot to control the prophecy that has been unleashed in the realm. But when the machinations of the Wizards stir the chaos and Adelena’s mysterious connection to an outcast Prince threaten to unbalance that which is foretold all hell breaks loose. Adelena must decide for herself who is on the side of Good and who is on the side of Evil. The fate of Evendaar now rests entirely on her fragile shoulders.

Beware and rejoice, for only in the greatest darkness does the brightest light shine.

The Queen Revealed (The World of Evendaar #2)

The Queen Revealed will be available on October 31st!!!

Synopsis of Book 2

THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE WORLD OF EVENDAAR SERIES AND SEQUEL TO THE CHILD REVEALED.

Since arriving in the world of Evendaar, Adelena Marlock has been become Her Majesty Queen Adelena St Lucidis, crowned by High Wizard Ohren of the Golden Palace, and forced to wear the mantle of responsibility to a people that she has never known. In a chaotic turn of events she has killed a man, destroyed the life of another and fallen in love with an Immortal Prince on the wrong side of Kingdom politics. To complicate matters further a mysterious Magic has awoken inside of Adelena. Magic that frightens as much as it excites her, and binds her to the man she loves. Yet, the uneasy truth remains: whom can she trust in this new world?

Nothing is as it seems for the Queen of a magical Kingdom, and as the dark Shadows close in around her and the Prophecy that controls her destiny reaches a climax, Adelena finds herself in a struggle to defend the throne she never wanted by using the Magic which threatens to consume her, as well as, those she loves the most.

The Child shall sacrifice a fear of the Dark and go without a Magek to save the World from an evil Pestilence that will destroy all Life in it’s Path.

All who defy the Child shall burn to ashes and those ashes shall feed the North Wind.

Thank you so much A.R. WInterstaar for sharing your world with me!!

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You’ve Got Mail

Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Release Date November 19th, 2015

Synopsis

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

I received this gorgeous book in the mail today. It is book 2 in the Air Awakens series. I am so happy to receive this Arc and I will be reading it as soon as I finish, Air Awakens. So far I am loving it!!

Thank you again Elise Kova for sending me your hard work. I will be putting up a review as soon as I am done!

Amazon ~ Goodreads

Beautiful Affliction ~ Book Review

Beautiful Affliction

A Memoir

By: Lene Fogelberg

Published Sept 15, 2015

Synopsis

Lene Fogelberg is dying—she is sure of it—but no doctor in Sweden, her home country, believes her. Love stories enfold her, with her husband, her two precious daughters, her enchanting surroundings, but the question she has carried in her heart since childhood—Will I die young?—is threatening all she holds dear, even her sanity. When her young family moves to the US, an answer, a diagnosis, is finally found: she is in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease. But is it too late?

Unflinchingly honest and often harrowing, Beautiful Affliction is an inspiring account of growing up and living on the verge of death—and of the beauty, harshness, loneliness, and, ultimately, unbending love that can be found there.

My Thoughts

I was notified on FB that a couple of ARC copies of this memoir was being given away for review. I jumped on it after reading the synopsis and asked Lene for a copy. I was so excited to be picked to read it. I planned on reading it before the deadline of the 15th but I have been battling migraines this month. I did however just finished reading it and I was blown away.

There is nothing in this book that I did not like, well except for maybe the ignorance of doctors and the health care system of Sweden but that has changed now.

It is so beautifully written and it is a fast read. One of the things that is the driving force of this book is the love between Lene and Anders. It is a genuine unbreakable bond between them, that people nowadays have no idea can be possible. I am happy to have found my own Anders.

Yes, love and family are the main driving force but there is also the monster that she feels in her chest her whole life. I have no idea how I would have reacted if I were in her shoes when the doctors kept telling her it is nothing or something totally different.

There are some heartbreaking and very gut wrenching parts in this books. It did make me hold my own breath ( roller coaster scene) and made me cry. I have 2 girls of my own and I have no idea how I could leave them either.

Thank you for sharing your story with me Lene. It made me take a step back and enjoy the little things and times I have with my own small family.

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Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Lene Fogelberg

About the Author

Lene Fogelberg is an award-winning poet and double open-heart surgery survivor. Born in Sweden, her curiosity for culture and language has drawn her to live abroad, in Germany, France and the United States, studying German, French, and English along the way. She currently lives with her family in Indonesia, where she is working on a novel that takes place in Jakarta.

You’ve Got Mail

I am so blessed to be able to receive books from authors or publishers. I had really no idea how much the book community would really impact my life. I didn’t think that I would have over 100 followers for this tiny blog or over 3000 on my Instagram account. It blows my mind like whoa!!

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So I wanted to share with you three of the books I have recently received through the mail. Let me know down below if you have read any of the books!

First up we have:

The Reluctant Sacrifice by Kerr-Ann Dempster

Published on August 7th, 2015

Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope…

If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith.

Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar.

Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind?

Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua’s love could do more than break her heart.

It could kill her.

Next up

I read The Suffering through NetGalley and I had no idea that there was a first book to this duology. It read like a stand alone and I enjoyed it a lot. I have a review up for it. Then I found out about The Girl From The Well and I was like OH I bet that has a lot of backstory on Okiku, duh. So the lovely publisher sent me physical copies of both!!!! Thank you so much!

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Published on May 1st, 2015

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.
She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.
And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.
Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as “Dexter” meets “The Grudge”, based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

The Suffering (The Girl from the Well, #2)

Over the last year I’ve gone against faceless women, disfigured spirits, and grotesque revenants. Some people keep dangerous hobbies; skydiving and driving at monster truck rallies and glacier surfing. Me? I cast my soul into the churning waters of potential damnation and wait for a bite.

It’s been two years since Tark Halloway’s nightmare ended. Free from the evil spirit that haunted him all his life, he now aids the ghostly Okiku and avenges the souls of innocent children by hunting down their murderers. But when Okiku becomes responsible for a death at his high school, Tark begins to wonder if they’re no better than the killers they seek out.
When an old friend disappears in Aokigahara, Japan’s infamous ‘suicide forest’, both must resolve their differences and return to that country of secrets to find her.
Because there is a strange village inside Aokigahara, a village people claim does not exist. A village where strange things lie waiting.
A village with old ghosts and an ancient evil – one that may be stronger than even Okiku…

Would You Rather Tag

I was tagged by the beautiful Alyssa to do the “Would You Rather” tag. She originally got the idea from Jessethereader BookTube page.

I am going to tag:

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Here we go…

1. Would you rather only do tag posts or review posts?

I primarily do review posts but I am open to tags as well. I think they are fun!!

2. Would you rather see the film version of a book first before reading it or never see the film version of a book? I love movies and books. I would have to say that I would like to read the book before but that doesn’t happen all of the time. So I will watch the movie and read the book when I can. I try not to be to hard on film adaptations but sometimes I get carried away and get shushed by other movie goers lol

3. Would you rather have a list of all the books you’ve ever read or still have the physical copy of your favorite book?

Got to have my favorite book on my shelf.

4. Would you rather have an active in person book club with no bloggers/bookstagrammers or have lunch with your best blogger/bookstagrammer buddy once a year?

I would have to say the book club because you can make so many friends that way too

5. Would you rather have the time to read all the books you want to read or have the money to buy all the books you would like to read?

I would like to have the time to read all of the books that I want to read because there is always the Library and those are free.

6. Would you rather dreamcast the film or have editing power over the script of a movie adaptation?

I would have to say the editing power. You can always fire the person if they are bad at the role

7. Would you rather have your favourite fictional superpower or favourite fictional technology?

This is a hard one. I think that I would rather have the superpower. Especially if its intelligence because then I can just invent amazing tech.

8. Would you rather read an amazing story with a ‘meh’ ending or a ‘meh’ story with an amazing ending?

I have had both of these happen to me and I would rather have the ending be amazing ie. The Winner’s Curse

9. Would you rather not be able to read in a moving vehicle or not be able to read lying down?

I can’t read in the car due to motion sickness and I try not to lay down while I read because I will fall asleep. I cant lie on my stomach due to fractured ribs.

10. Would you rather read your favorite book/series with fresh eyes or be able to unread your biggest disappointment?

I would rather unread the biggest disappointment. I love rereading a favorite book or series.

Bonus Question:

11. Would you rather go to Hogwarts or live in Middle Earth?

This is hard….I would have to choose Middle Earth. I would be an elf and live in Rivendell. I would love to go to Hogwarts but its only a school….then where will you go or do. Middle Earth is one of my favorite fantasy destinations!!!

Thank you Alyssa for the tag, that was so much fun!!


You’ve Got Mail!

Hey everyone and welcome back to another You’ve Got Mail haul.

Today I was blessed to receive two books in the mail. That has never happened before and I hope it happens more often. The first book I received was my contest prize, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

The second book was this gorgeous book:

What Lies Within by James Morris

Synopsis

“You’re going to die” Shelley Marano is an ordinary, unexceptional high school senior…until the day she receives a cryptic text message, and her world tilts sideways. Now she’s in real danger, although she doesn’t know who would want her dead, or why. As she starts to unravel the mystery, the truth about who she really is proves to be more frightening than she ever imagined. With the lives of her and her friends hanging in the balance, one thing is certain: Nothing will ever be the same.

Doesn’t that sound like a great book?? I can not wait to read this. Honestly I probably won’t be able to till mid Sept, unless I can’t take it anymore and need to read it. That could happen you know. I make no promises.

The cover is so simple but gorgeous and it has that soft buttery texture that I love on paperbacks! Extra points there. Like I said, very excited and can’t wait to read.

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You’ve Got Mail ~ Special Edition

I am so super excited people. Today I received my prize for the BookTube A Thon Poem contest that,  @littlebookowl hosted during her night on the Twitter reading sprints. Here is a picture of the poem that I had to put together using only book titles…

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The Husband, The Good Guy, is Mr. Murder. Is Relentless and says Your Heart Belongs to Me.

You…. Panic.

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That is the winning poem! I hope you enjoyed it. I had fun putting it together. Anyways…look what came in the mail for me today. All the way from London!!

Ready Player One

If you check out my Instagram account you will also see my new bookmark as well.

So now I have Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I am so grateful to the lovely ladies that hosted BookTube A Thon.

I can not wait to read this one and then jump into Armada!!

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