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You’ve Got Mail!

That’s right I was blessed to receive two books in the mail today for review.

The first one came from a website, Bloggingforbooks.com . They allow reviewers to register and pick the book that they want to read. They actually send you the physical book. That made me so happy. So out of like 5 books or so I picked:

I heard that this book was very good and I can’t believe that I own it now. I love the cover and I’m hoping to get to it this month. Here is the synopsis:


The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.  

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.  

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.(Amazon)

Sounds good doesn’t it?

Ok so on to the next book. I remember asking for this one for review but it was awhile ago. So it was a very welcomed surprise that I received it.

The Automation: Vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero Series (Volume 1)


The capital-A Automatons of Greco-Roman myth aren’t clockwork. Their design is much more divine. They’re more intricate than robots or androids or anything else mortal humans could invent. Their windup keys are their human Masters. They aren’t mindless; they have infinite storage space. And, because they have more than one form, they’re more versatile and portable than, say, your cell phone—and much more useful too. The only thing these god-forged beings share in common with those lowercase-A automatons is their pre-programmed existence. They have a function—a function Hephaestus put into place—a function that was questionable from the start…



I am so thankful to the authors and publishers that have sent me these books!!


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!


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.


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!!!!*



Bookhaul! Workhaul!


Its been awhile since I posted about the books that I bought at my job. In case you didn’t know I am the “Bookworm” at the Save The Animals Thrift Stores here in Port Orange, Fl and in Ormond Beach, Fl. I go through hundreds of donated books, music, and dvds a day. I love my job especially when I find books that I have been waiting for. So here are some of the most recent books that I have found!!!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane The Unconsoled A Tale of Two Cities / Great Expectations: Two Novels Boy Meets Boy The Ridge The Goldfinch

The Lost (Witch & Wizard, #5)


I can not wait to make our move to NC and find a big enough house that I can have big bookcases because I have now probably over 600 books in my house lol. Let me know if you have read these books and what yo thought of them!!




Work Haul Book Haul

I need to apologize to all of you. I have not been on in such a long time. Mostly its due to stress and being extremely busy and some of it is due to getting addicted to cross stitching, also Netflix. Plus I have been in a reading slump. I am going to be getting myself out of it though.


I wanted to give you a look at this months book haul from my job.

I saw a preview for MTV’s new series, The Shannara Chronicles. I know that it is also a massive fantasy series by Terry Brooks. So when I opened a box at work and saw 9 , basically brand new, paperbacks of this series I had to buy them.

I have not read any of these books in this massive series. Do any of you know about if I can just read these as separate trilogies or do I need to get all 41 books??

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide — for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.

A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life — and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne’s care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete — and her time on earth will be finished. (The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Last but not lease I found this paperback.

Chasing Innocence

‘That poor little body, passed from pillar to post, all those things that will be asked of her. All those tears and years wondering why her father betrayed her.’

Sarah Sawacki’s past has made her a survivor. At the age of 28 her life is the best it has ever been. When she sees ten-year-old Andrea being kidnapped, her every instinct is to turn away. Sarah can only follow, journeying beyond reason for an innocence she little knew.

Andrea’s father is ex-forces and struggling in a civilian world he cares nothing for. Only now his daughter is missing, has he realised how precious she is. Teamed with Sarah’s husband, they use the trail left by Sarah to hunt for Andrea.

Legendary detective Francis Boer is dying. He will call upon all his intuition and experience as he works to discover why Andrea was targeted in the first place. His hope is not to catch the guilty, but to save one last innocent.

Chasing Innocence is a thrilling debut that blends fast narrative and intense action with an enthralling story.
From the Publisher
Chasing Innocence is a thrilling debut that blends fast narrative and intense action with an enthralling story. (Goodreads)

I am hoping to get back into the swing of things soon. Thank you for your patience!


Beautiful Affliction ~ Book Review

Beautiful Affliction

A Memoir

By: Lene Fogelberg

Published Sept 15, 2015


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.


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.

Book haul Day 2!


My mother took me to the Used Book Superstore in Danvers,MA for my birthday!! I absolutely love these stores. It is exactly how I would run my own bookstore. They have new and used books plus movies and audiobooks.


This is oneb of the fiction aisle looking back to the huge children’s section.


Looking toward the front of the store.


My mom looking at an Idiot’s guide to organizing your life!


This is my suitcase all packed and ready to fly home. I may need to repack this to make it not so heavy lol

Thanks for looking and I’ll will be putting up the books I bought soon. I am flying home tomorrow.

Happy Reading!!!

Sacrificed- The Last Oracle Review

Sacrificed – The Last Oracle

Emily Wibberley


Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.

Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.

Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to execute her.

Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.


My Thoughts

I contacted Emily Wibberley through Instagram and I just had to have a copy of this book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the tagline struck me.

Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart.”

I mean I had to find out what this was all about. So Emily was so sweet and sent me a copy of her first book. I am so grateful for it too.

This book is a whirlwind of action, mystery, and romance. There are a lot of things that I loved about this but I am not going to give you any spoilers.

Clio is our main character and she is 15 years old. She is next in line to become a Vessel for the Oracle, when she turns 16. Clio has seen what that means in her older sisters and she doesn’t want to become what they are. So she decides to run away. On that fateful night her family, but her sister Ali, is murdered by the King’s adviser and the Oracles powers get transferred to Clio. She learns that Ali was taken to the Emperor. So she sets out to save her sister.

Clio disguises herself as a slave so she can sneak into the city. She is imprisoned and meets Riece, the Commander of the Emperor’s army. There is a definite connection between them but she can’t tell him what she really is. They will execute her on the spot for being an Oracle. The slave girls that are taken to the pyramid are all to be sacrificed and Clio does her best to stop them.

She has to accept who she is and take her place in this world!

There are so many twists and turns in this book. At certain parts it did make me gasp and smile like a complete idiot. My cheeks were hurting so bad from smiling so big.


The character development in this book was great. I loved watching how Clio went from this scared little girl to a powerful woman. She is by far on my list of favorite heroines. Her relationship with Riece was heartwarming but also heartbreaking. Why Emily…..why?

In all seriousness, this book has taken me out of my little reading slump that I have been in. It was so refreshing and I loved every part of it. I can not wait to read the second book!

Forsworn- Book 2

About the Author

Emily Wibberley

Emily Wibberley

Emily Wibberley grew up in the South Bay where she spent her formative years battling zombies on her Xbox, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and voraciously reading everything from The Hunger Games to Jane Austen, where her love for feisty young heroines was born.

After graduating from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude in 2014, she began writing. Her debut novel, Sacrificed, was named a finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2015 International Book Awards, the Young Adult category of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and in the Young Author category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Since its release, Sacrificed has spent more than four months as a Kindle Top Ten Teen and Young Adult Bestseller.

When she isn’t reading the latest YA book, she enjoys watching kick-butt action movies with her two rescue German Shepherds, Hudson and Bishop, named after characters from James Cameron’s Aliens.

You’ve Got Mail!!

I met M.D. Luis first over on Twitter and then became friends on Facebook. She is so sweet to send me a signed copy of her first book Aria in this trilogy. I can not wait to dive into this book and see what happens!

Thank you so much M.D.Luis for your kindness!!

Aria is a paranormal romance/mystery for Young Adult and New Adult audiences.

Nineteen year old Nya Reed never thought her simple life could get so complicated so quickly, until one horrifying night with friends she won’t ever forget, or remember…

Nya awakens in the ER, bruised, bloodied and has little memory of the night prior. Her new friend, Matt, is dead and the police are baffled when they have no leads in the case. Nya struggles to piece together any fragments of broken memory she can salvage. Her only clue? A gold pendant in her pocket she’s never touched or seen before.

Worried that Matt’s killers will surface, Nya seeks comfort from her neighbor, Jack. He is the only person that can reign in Nya’s ever racing mind and bring some peace to her troubled and chaotic world. But Jack has issues of his own. His past is shrouded in mystery, his whereabouts are unknown and there are things about him that Nya cannot explain. As the the romance blossoms, she begins to question if this new found love is truly her friend or her foe and is determined, now more than ever, to find out exactly who…or what…Jack truly is.

With her safety in danger, her very life on the line, Nya struggles with an unknown fate and a decision she knows she cannot make. Everything in her head tells her to flee from Jack and never look back. Everything in her heart tells her otherwise…

M. D. Luis

M. D. Luis
M.D. Luis was born and raised in California. She always enjoyed reading but was particularly drawn to the stories that captured her imagination and tugged at the heart. She finally put her own ideas to paper and released Aria in June 2014, the first book in a three part series. Her second book, Rain, was released in March 2015. She lives with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area.


For more information on The Aria Trilogy, visit http://www.ariatrilogy.com

Kindle BookHaul #1

Starting today I will be sharing the new e-books that I get on my kindle!!

These will not include the books that are sent to me for review. I will only post those as reviews when I am done reading them.



The Martian

The Martian

One Second After

One Second After

Trial by Fire (Worldwalker, #1)

Trial by Fire

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)


Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)


Goddess (Starcrossed, #3)


Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Anna Dressed in Blood

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

Girl of Nightmares

Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy, #2)

Of Triton

Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3)

Of Neptune

*I own the hardcover of the first book in this series*