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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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Rebel Spring Review

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2)

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

Published Dec 3rd, 2013

By Razorbill

Audio book on Hoopla App

Narrated by Fred Berman

Synopsis

The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

My Thoughts

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Yep that sums it up pretty well!

This second installment of the Falling Kingdoms series was a roller coaster ride. So many ups and downs, twists and turns. I really am enjoying them on audio book but there is only the first two on my Hoopla app. That’s ok though because I have the next two sitting on my shelf.

There are a lot of people that didn’t like this second book and I can see where they are coming from. It does seem to drag a little bit more than the first but I loved it. The character developments are chugging right along and the plot just keeps getting juicier. We are introduced to new characters in this book, my favorite being Lysandra. She joins the rebel cause after her village is attacked by the king’s guards.

Jonas is still on his mission to find Aron and kill him. Now he is the leader of the rebels fighting against the building of the King’s Road because they are using his people to build it. Lucia has been in a coma since she used her magic to blow up the castle door. Now her father is going to use her magic to make him even more unstoppable. I like her character a lot. She was very innocent and just a princess in the first book but now that her powers have grown exponentially she is becoming more of a badass. She just needs to find a way to control them better and Cleo maybe the key.

Cleo and Magnus are still my favorite two characters and the things that they both face in this book are crazy, especially Cleo. She is such a great character and I root for her with every page. For someone who is only 16 and now the rightful queen in her own country, to have to face the things that she does is just so amazing and very brave. Magnus is still dealing with his inner demons but his shell seems to be breaking down a little.

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So many plot twists happen that this is usually how my brain feels after reading them.

Morgan Rhodes is an amazing writer and I love the way she is able to capture you from the first page. I am going to continue this series!

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Library Book Haul !

Well I went to the library today, actually 2 libraries. I know that I shouldn’t because I see all these gorgeous books and they all want me to take them home. Even though I may not get to this as fast as I want to. That’s ok though because I can just renew them online. So here are the 7 books I just couldn’t leave behind!! ( All synopsis are from Goodreads.com)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Daughters of Ruin

Meet rumor with quiet, treason with cunning, and vicious with vicious.

Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses. And they are enemies.

A brutal war ravaged their kingdoms, and Rhea’s father was the victor. As a gesture of peace, King Declan brought the daughters of his rivals to live under his protection—and his ever-watchful eye.

For ten years they have trained together as diplomats and warriors, raised to accept their thrones and unite their kingdoms in peace. But there is no peace among sisters, and all plans shatter when the palace is attacked. As their intended future lies in ashes, Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren must decide where their loyalties lie: to their nations, or to each other.

Alliances shift and the consequences are deadly in this stunning fantasy debut from K. D. Castner.

Frost

Being human is her greatest strength.

Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.

She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders…

It’s his memories.

Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the one living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters…to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last?

The Miniaturist

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam—a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion—a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.

“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .”

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Spindle (A Thousand Nights, #2)

The world is made safe by a woman…but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled–and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Those are the 7 library books that I picked out. I did however and jump the gun on Spindle. This is the companion book to A Thousand and One Nights by E.K. Johnston, which I haven’t read yet. Oops! 

I do not know if I will get to any of these this month but here’s hoping. Like I said, I can always renew them.

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Illuminae

Daughters of Ruin

Frost

The Minaturist

The Crown’s Game

Spindle

Scythe

Falling Kingdoms Book Review

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Published on Dec. 11th, 2012

By Razorbill

Synopsis

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…(.GR)

My Thoughts

I have been trying to get around to reading this series since it first came out. I was lucky enough back in June to find the first 4 books at a thrift store, in brand new condition. Along with 7 other popular YA fiction hardcovers and I got them all for $2 a piece!!!! tumblr_mcm8caDyB11riiw1do1_500

Right now however I am having such a blast with my new baby boy that I haven’t wanted to pick up the book. Thanks to my Hoopla app I was able to listen to the this book on audio. I love audio books, don’t you? Especially when the narrator is amazing, like in Falling Kingdoms. Fred Berman is the narrator of this series and he is amazing. He has the capability of changing his voice for every character and that includes the women. Very talented man.

I really enjoyed this first book but I was intimidated by it at first. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I didn’t want to get my hopes up due to all the hype around this series. Boy, was I totally blown away. I loved the magic system in this story. It is Elemental magic meaning magic fueled by air, water, fire and earth. There is a prophecy of a child born with the ability of all 4 and will be known as a Sorcerer not just a witch.

Morgan Rhodes is now one of my favorite authors. Her writing style flows very well and it is filled with a lot of detail. I don’t mind the multiple POVs in this story because its such a huge country that it helps the story to see the situations through others. The characters are all very enjoyable to me, even the bad guys.

The situations that the main characters find themselves in are full of action and suspense. I never was quite sure what was going to happen to them at any given minute. Yes, there are some character deaths that you will not see coming. I have heard from BookTubers not to get attached to any characters because you never know who Morgan Rhodes has on the chopping block and they were right!

If you like YA high fantasy or just want to be whisked away to a land of action, romance, political intrigue, and magic, then check out this series. I am starting book 2, Rebel Spring, right now!

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Dust~ Book Review

Dust

Published October 12th 2004 by Laurel Leaf

Synopsis

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW DISAPPEARS one day on a walk into Horshoe, a dust bowl farm town in Depression-era Saskatchewan. Other children go missing just as a strange man named Abram Harsich appears in town. He dazzles the townspeople with the promises of a rainmaking machine. Only Matthew’s older brother Robert seems to be able to resist Abram’s spell, and to discover what happened to Matthew and the others.

 

My Thoughts

I have been seeing a lot of free books on my Facebook feed that pop up here and there. This was one of them. So I filled out the little form and joined the author’s newsletter. They sent me a free audiobook through Audible. It wasn’t a long audiobook either which I was very pleased about. Not that I have anything against long audiobooks.

I found this book to be quite enjoyable. I wasn’t to sure what it was about but I liked it. It reminded me a lot of The Golden Compass with the Dust being what it actually is. I knew when Abram entered the picture with his rainmaking machine with promises to make it rain during a drought,  I knew something just wasn’t right.

It has good character development and the story did have a creepy edge to it. Which kept me intrigued. Overall its a fast read or listen.

 

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Birthday Bookhaul!!

Hey everyone! I am sorry I haven’t been posting as much as I should. Lots of stuff going on over here. I wanted to share my early birthday bookhaul. I bought all of these for myself and I am super excited. Let me know if you’ve read these and your thoughts.

 

 

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I am so happy to finally have these books in my hands. I can not wait to finally dig in and emerse myself into these amazing worlds.

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P.S. I am now 22 weeks pregnant and he is measuring out perfect!

You’ve Got Mail

Hello everyone I am back with another Bookmail announcement. I was asked by the author to read and review his book. I was so excited because it has been awhile since an author asked me to review their works. So without further adieu..

Dodger's Doorway

Synopsis

One night, Mark ‘Dodger’ Bishop ventures through a magical doorway that transports him to Storyworld, a strange realm inhabited by characters from fairy tales, myths, and legends. Dodger must team up with the warrior Humpty Dumpty and the alchemist Rumpelstiltskin to complete a series of adventures. Along the way, they encounter a cannibalistic witch, a mad puppeteer, ferocious bounty hunters, and much more. While Dodger conquers these various challenges, he soon begins to conquer his own fears and insecurities as well. (Goodreads)

It sounds like a great adventure and I love new twists on fairytale/storybook characters. Thank you so much Alessandro for sending me the book!

 

Author’s Information

Alessandro Reale

Alessandro ‘Alex’ Reale lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he works as a content writer and social media coordinator at a business resource company. In 2011, he published his first book, a young adult fantasy entitled Dodger’s Doorway. Currently, Alex is working on several sequels for Dodger’s Doorway and another book series revolving around historical artifacts.

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You’ve Got Mail!

Hey everyone I am back with another Bookmail haul. I am so excited to show you what a good friend of mine and a member of our bookclub Novels at Night, Wendy, sent me!! 

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I am so excited!!! I listened to A Darker Shade of Magic last year on audiobook and I absolutely loved it. So now thanks to Wendy I have a physical copy of the first book and a hard cover of the second!!!! I think I am going to have to reread the first though. Just so I can immerse myself back into this great world and fall in love with Kell again!!

 

Thank you again Wendy!

Head on over to IG and check out Wendy’s great account. She is so sweet and I love all her pictures!

Wendy ~ @thecostaricanreader

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Babies Come From Where? Book Review

Babies Come from Where?!

Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 2nd 2015 by Balboa Press

I received this book last October for review from the author. It is a very short book and I apologize for not finishing it sooner.

Synopsis

It’s finally here! The unforgettable tale our mommas never knew. If they had, it would have been their explanation to, “Where do babies come from?” If you have a baby, are fascinated with babies, or just want to read an originally twisted spin on babies, this is for you.

This is an incomparable, must-read fantasy story for all baby lovers! Come travel with Bina and baby Cadence, through the enchanting journey of parenthood, from the baby’s perspective. Discover the shocking truth of where babies really come from-told straight from the baby’s mouth!

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this little book. I have always wondered what my babies were thinking about when they looked at me. I loved watching them sleep and wondered what they were dreaming about.

The characters in this story were believable. I liked how Cadence, the baby, had an accent. I also loved the fact that the way that babies travel is through bubbles and music. That explains why babies love music so much. I really liked when they played You See- We See. Which is when they show Bina, the mother, how she sees certain situations and then how the babies saw the same situation.

It is a very cute and funny take on how babies come into the world. It is a SciFi/ Fantasy read that will give you a different perspective on being a mother.

 

 

GoodReads ~ Amazon

B&N Bookhaul

I haven’t been to Barnes and Noble for quite sometime but yesterday I went out to lunch with my best friend Tricia. We went to Cheddars and I had the Monte Cristo sandwich and mashed potatoes!

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It was so yummy.

After lunch she took me to Barnes and Noble, she knows just what I like and need. After perusing the isles for what seemed forever I had to ask a worker where I can find Morning Star by Pierce Brown. I was looking for the big paperback to finish off my trilogy. All they had was the hardcover.

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Thanks Captain Jack because that is exactly what I did. How many of you hate to not have the same size book to complete a series? I couldn’t buy it and it made me very sad. So we continued our search, going up and down the aisles. I knew that my bestie was getting irritated (shes not a reader) so I settled on these two gorgeous books.

This cover is just amazing and its 945 of action and adventure. It was on sale for $7.98 so I couldn’t pass it up. 

 

It was a toss up between this cover and the one with just Will on the cover. Decisions….Decisions. I went with this edition because its a smaller paperback and it will match the size of the other 9 that I have.

* I just realized that this is the second book in the series. They don’t have a cover for the first one that matches the show yet….ugh!!!!*

 

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