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Valentine’s Book Haul

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yes I am a day late for this but I was having the best Valentine’s Day ever. I actually had some money to finally go out and buy my man gifts this year. He was so surprised with what I got him. He now has 4 new Marvel and DC tshirts, a Deadpool Funko Pop, and some Reesee’s heart chocolates. I wanted to pick the perfect movie for us to watch as well, so I bought Arrival on Blu-ray. If you all haven’t seen that movie, GO WATCH IT NOW! It is a slow moving movie but OMG it was amazing. Hubby surprised me with my very first Shari’s Berrys order of HUGE chocolate covered strawberries and a very sweet card. Best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had.

I also was able to buy myself some books for the holiday as well. I signed up for Books A Millionaire’s discount card and went back after I received my $100 worth of coupons. So I packed up the baby and we headed out. There are so many books that I want that I literally walked around in circles trying to pick the best ones.

They were having a 20% off sale for V-Day plus I had a $10 gift card and my membership card. So I broke out my calculator and searched the shelves. I bought a total of 5 books! Now they also were having a buy 2 get 1 free sale on a lot of genres. They had the first 3 books in the the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks, PERFECT!

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)

Look at those covers!! I have another of his trilogies from a friend of mine but haven’t read them yet. I heard of this series from Reagan over on Booktube @PeruseProject. It is one of her favorite high fantasy reads and I trust her opinion very highly when it comes to fantasy.

I think that Fantasy is probably my new favorite genre. I’ve always liked it and also terrified about how chunky they can be but I love them.

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So with that in mind I also picked up the last book in the Falling Kingdom series and also the second book in the Throne of Glass Series.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)

I have only read up to book 3 in F.K. and haven’t even finished Assassin’s Blade yet.

 

I know right!! Hold your horses I’m gonna get to them. I have to wait for the time when hubby and I can both sit and listen to the TofG audio books together.

Anyways there is my Valentine’s Day presents and don’t forget to check out Reagan’s Book Tube channel she is one of my favorites!!!

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March TBR!!

Well February is over and a new month has begun. I did only read 3 books in February and I wish I could of read more. I will post all the book’s links below.

Between the Bleeding Willows (Book 1 of the Demon Hunter series) The Reluctant Sacrifice (The Aramithians #1) Searching For Darkness

They were all great books by amazing authors!! 

Now on to March’s TBR List!

Prodigal Son (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #1)  City of Night  (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #2)  Dead and Alive (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #3) Lost Souls (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #4) The Dead Town (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #5)

This is Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series. I have been dying to read these for ages!!

You (You, #1)

This is Novels At Night pick for this month’s read a long. So excited to finally read this one!

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Arnulfo Cantarero is one of my friends and also a member of Novels At Night. I received his book for an honest review.

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Dela is another member and friend of mine. I received this beautiful book last year for review as well.

Rain (The Aria Trilogy #2)

I am jumping back into this world. I read the first book in this trilogy last year for review and really liked it. So on to book 2!!

There you go, 9 books and 3, 936 pages for the month of March. I hope to get the chance to read them all. Who knows what is going to happen but I will do my best!!

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LINKS

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Novels

#Cramathon 2015 Winter Edition

2015 #CRAMATHON:
December 19th (12 AM)-December 22nd (12 AM)

I am so excited that Whitney over on Booktube @Whittynovels is hosting Cramathon again!! I participated in the summer edition of Cramathon and had so much fun. It is an awesome way to read all of the little books that are piling up in the corners of your room.

There are some challenges that goes along with this. I am not sure exactly if I will be able to follow all of those but I am going to try. I have my girl’s brithday party on the same weekend so I don’t know how much reading i am going to get done.

@cramathon twitter: https://twitter.com/CramAThon

Challenges

1. read an audiobook or ebook
2. read a bindup
3. finish a series/read the last book of a series
4. read a book under 200 pages
5. Finish a book you DNF’ed
6. Read a graphic novel series (or as many graphic novels as you can)
7. Read 5 books total

My #Cramathon TBR

 I received this book awhile ago and I couldnt get through it. SO this will fall under my challenge #5 Finish a DNF’ed book.

    

 

These are definitely subject to change and probably will. I hope I can get to all of these. They seem to be the smallest books that I can see from my couch on my TBR bookshelf.

 

 

A Darker Shade of Magic ~ Book Review

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Synopsis

Kell is one of the last Travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes–as such, he can choose where he lands.
There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne–a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London…but no one speaks of that now.Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see–a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive–and that is proving trickier than they hoped. (Amazon.com)

My Thoughts

When I first heard of this book, from the fabulous people over on Booktube, I knew I had to read it. Being as busy as I am though I never have or even picked the book up. So I settled on listening to the audiobook on Hoopla, an awesome app that I have on my phone. It links up with your local library and card. There are hundreds of e-books, audiobooks, movies, and even music on there. So when I saw A Darker Shade of Magic on there I had to borrow it.

I have been so wrapped up lately in classic YA, which I love, that I thought it would be a good time to listen to more adult fantasy. I haven’t really read a lot of it in my time but I’ve been wanting to lately. So I borrowed the audiobook and I was not disappointed.

First off Kell, I love love love his character. He is very mysterious and brooding. He takes his magic very seriously because he knows that only him and another man are the last Antari in the 4 Londons. Kell also has a habit of collecting forbidden items from the other Londons. I smiled when I learned he had an attraction to music boxes, made him that much sweeter in my mind.

Kell travels through the 3 of the 4 Londons: Red, White, Grey, and then there is Black London in which no one travels to. Red London is Kell’s home and they thrive on magic. White London holds magic as a source of power and two battle hungry twins rule this London. Grey London is more like our London. Devoid of magic and little know about the existence of the other Londons. Black London was on the verge of total collapse and so they thought it wise to close the doors between all the worlds. Only the Antari can pass between them now and they don’t even go to Black London

Kell finds himself in big trouble when he takes a trinket, that we find out is a stone from Black London. He finds himself in a lot of trouble and stuck in Grey London. When a pick pocket named Delilah Bard steals the stone from him, the action really picks up. Kell is hurt and realizes the only way to get the stone back is to have Lila help him get it back to Black London.

This story has so many different layers not only to the worlds but to the people as well. I found myself being surprised at every turn by them. If you are looking for a book with magic, fighting, transportation, and angst, then this is the book for you.

I also just heard that she is coming out with book 2, A Gathering of Shadows, and I can not wait to continue this series. It was so amazing that I ran out and picked up another one of her books, The Archive. That I am hoping to read this month.

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The Martian Review

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Synopsis

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? (Goodreads )

My Thoughts

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This is by far my top favorite read of 2015 so far. It was simply amazing. It was full of adventure, suspense, and humor. Omg the humor! I laughed all the way through this book. I did get teary eyed at the end but hey I’m a sap. There is a lot of science talk in this but you get used to it.

Mark Watney is by far my new favorite male protagonist. He is in this life and death situation but he still keeps his witts and quirky personality.

This is a story of survival at the most extreme. Being left for dead on Mars and only having enough food for a limited amount of time. Mark Watney bhas to put his biology and mechanical engineering to the test. Defying the odds and surviving on Mars for a year and a half, Mark Watney is a hero!

Like I said this book is amazing but I listened to half of it on audiobook and that made the story better. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrill ride that’s out of this world!

Thank you to my friend Melissa for joining me in this little read a long. I know you didn’t finish it yet but I know you adore it as much as I did. I will be re-reading this book again in the future.
Also the movie adaptation comes out in October and I believe Matt Damon will be a fantastic Mark Watney. Knowing he plays him in the movie actually made me hear Matt’s voice in my head as I was reading it.

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August wrap up

I thought that I didn’t read a lot in the month of August due to family issues and the girls getting ready to go back to school.

However thankfully we had the BookTubeAThon in Aug!!! I totally forgot that it was in Aug….see how much I need a vaca??

So with that the number of books I’ve read jumped up. That made me feel so much better about my reading schedule.

I also broke my laptop’s charger cord so I am writing this on my blog app. Very annoying.

Anyways here are the books that I read in the month of August :

Into the Volcano by Don Wood (Graphic Novel)

Aria by M.D. Luis

The Breadwinner by Stevie Kopas

Second Chance by Allyson Sinclair

Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

The Martian by Andy Weir (Audiobook)

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
(Audiobook)

So there it is my August Wrap Up.

What was your favorite read of August? Leave a comment down below!!

Day 7 & 8 Update

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Yup….thats about how I am feeling right now.

With school starting this week and the craziness that brings on. I haven’t also been feeling so well that I did not pick up The Martian for the past two days.

Do not fret my fellow bookworms. I am not going to work tomorrow! So that means I can relax all day. Well up until I have to get the girls from school that is. That means I will have about like 5 1/2 hours to myself. It may consist of a nap or possibly going to the bookstore to sell off some of the books I am not going to read or have read. There will be a section of time set aside for me to read.

For those of you who are reading along with me. Do not wait for me. Please save yourself and continue reading!!! Do it for me!

Day 3 & 4

I am so loving this book. I needed to do some chores and knitting so I decided to get the audiobook. A friend of mine told me that I should listen to it and she was right.
It does bring the story more to life. Especially since the narrator is acting out the dialogue perfectly.
Mark Watney is definitely one of my favorite male characters in an adult sci-fi book.

So I have 2 chapters left to read or listen to for today to be on track. I am reading and listening together so I don’t lose my place.

Happy reading!!

Second Chance Review

Second Chance

Second Chance by Allyson Sinclair

Synopsis

Anabella Stewart had the perfect marriage, children and a husband who loved her unconditionally or so she thought. She’d built her life around them for ten years until she was blindsided with the truth of who her husband really was, and everything she held dear and believed in evaporated in an instant.

Anabella’s heart filled with darkness and the only glimmer of light is the love she holds for her two young daughters. She’s content in her ‘no-one can hurt me life’, it’s controlled, she isolates herself, studies, goes to work and just keeps breathing.

A freak accident helps Anabella find her way out of the darkness when she meets Nikolas Turner. After the death of his parents he has a decision to make; return home to England or take over the reins of the family company.

As fate, would have it Anabella crashes into Nikolas’ life. She’s everything he thought he didn’t want from a relationship; a single mother who’d depend on him for comfort and support he didn’t know he could give. Being with her means not only loving her but also becoming a father figure to her children.
When life offers you a second chance, even when you don’t think you need one, you hold on tight with everything you have.

My Thoughts

Wow! I am not one to see a romance novel and say yes I need that. Romance novels are not my Go To Genre. They have always made me feel like I am spying on a couple. I also thought the characters and dialog to be cheesy. So I stuck with my fantasy/horror books.

Then I saw this gorgeous cover! I need to read that was all that my brain said. So I contacted Allyson Sinclair on Facebook and asked if I could read it for review. She is so sweet and sent me an ARC copy of her book. I couldn’t wait to read it and started it that night, that was Tues night. I just finished it today and if I didn’t have family issues come up I would of finished it yesterday.

The story line is so intriguing and it kept me guessing on what was going to happen next. It had some twists in it that I did not see coming. Which I am pretty good at guessing. At one point I was like “oh no he didn’t” and “what did he just say?” I did like however the heated scenes. I mean I liked them for two facts. One because they were not drawn out and overly descriptive. Two because she uses the same terminology for their “parts.” I never liked romance novels due to the fact also that they have like 15 different names for the males *wink wink*. It makes me nauseous.

I was able to connect with Anabella’s character a lot. She is from a broken marriage with two girls and so am I. Granted I wasn’t married to mine very long and the girls are not my ex’s, thank God, but I was still able to relate. Especially when it comes to her insecurities. I am still self conscience of my body after having two kids. As she calls it, old woman stomach. With all of my stretch marks and gaining some weight. So I know how she is feeling.

I love that Anabella and Ben are best friends. Sure they slept together once but to me that just proves that you can have a guy best friend. I have one, no I’ve never slept with him or anything, but its nice to have a guy for a friend. Their relationship is so sweet throughout the book. I am also happy that he found his own perfect woman.

Then we have Nik. He is the image of the “perfect” man in Anabella’s mind. He has the body, job, and money to make him this god-like man in her brain. In my opinion his actions and motives were always a little shaky. His undying love for her felt real but there were times I would say to myself, ok but he’s going to do something to blow everything up. Nik is also kind of annoying in his jealousy. I find that unattractive in a guy. So that was my only issue with this book, his jealousy and possessiveness of Anabella. I think in some way that is why she is sometimes doubtful about their relationship.

This debut novel was also very funny. I caught myself laughing out loud at some parts. I loved how she reference to Twilight throughout the book because that is who Anabella reminded me of was Bella from the series.

There are two points in the book however that made me mist up a little bit. I am not going to tell you which parts because I do not want to spoil it for you. If you are a book crier then grab a tissue.

I would not mind at all to have this book on my shelf and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a romance novel that has some real depth to it.

Thank you to Allyson Sinclair for sharing your work with me!

This book will be released on Aug. 29, 2015!

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