Hey- just wanted to let everyone know what's going on. My mom is having cancer surgery 5/19 and I haven't felt like blogging lately. We did have a nice time at the beach last weekend.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged


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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.


Currently reading:
Gemini
source: edelweiss

What I read:
How It Feels to Fly
Break Me Like a Promise (Once Upon a Crime Family, #2)

Since last STS on the blog:

My week: My mom is still in the hospital, and hopefully getting out tomorrow. She had cancer and they removed the top lobe of her right lung and she has had a few minor complications. Sorry I haven't been around, I have just not had time.


What are you reading? Any of my books new to you or have you read any of my books? If so, what did you think?
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

It's Not You, It's Me: The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele


The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…

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Publishes in US:  June 7th 2016 by Harper Collins
Genre: ya fantasy
Source: Harper teen via Edelweiss
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
Series? yes Marked Girl #1 no info on 2nd

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     I have done this several times on my blog. Books that just don't work for me. I know my reading style pretty well, and I can tell whether I will like the book or not accurately about 80-90% of the time. If I finish a book, then there are aspects of that book that I enjoyed. I never talk about the author in a negative way, I only say what doesn't work for me. Normally if I finish a book, I give it at least 3 stars, meaning that I liked it.

stopped at: chapter 6

   The cover as well as the theme of location via magic portal drew me to this one.

   this one's told in third person and it goes back from Liv to Cedric. I think I misunderstood in the synopsis because I was expecting it to be a normal girl all the sudden plopped into a fantasy world rather than the characters from the fantasy dropped into real life.

    Liv is into film and directing and we start the book with her working on a project and it also through quite a few people at me from her end. And then when Cedric comes into it we get another cast of characters throw into the mix and I was just a little confused and I wish that I would have read it right because I would prefer the other way around.

  That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.

Positive Reviews:
Helena Reads
Bookmark Lit

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Where do you want portal?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:

Black River Falls

Releases:  July 5th 2016 by Clarion Books

Seventeen-year-old Cardinal has escaped the virus that ravaged his town, leaving its victims alive but without their memories. He chooses to remain in the quarantined zone, caring for a group of orphaned kids in a mountain camp with the help of the former brutal school bully, now transformed by the virus into his best friend. But then a strong-willed and mysterious young woman appears, and the closed-off world Cardinal has created begins to crumble.

What are you waiting on?




Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Endure by Sara B. Larson


 Endure (Defy #3) by Sara B. Larson

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.
When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?
Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.


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Publishes in US:  December 29th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Genre: ya fantasy
Source: library
Series? Yes Defy #3
My review: #1 Defy #2 Ignite

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    This one gave a recap in a very neat way King Damian was thinking of how his mom would tell the story of what had happened in the last two books so that helped to catch me up a little bit and also was a neat way of approaching the recap issue. 

     we get to see more of the romance between Alexa and Damien and I'm so glad that they're out in the open. there's some pretty steamy scenes between them but nothing that would cause me to think it was turning into more of a new adult novel or anything.

     We also get to see a lot of the other characters and we lose some of them in the wartime and others stick by Damian's side. he has to make a lot of tough decisions and he also has to come to grips with the fact that Alexa is part of his guard and she wants to fight for the country and she wants to play her part in helping to save her friends and people who are loyal. but she also has to realize that she is going to be the queen and she has to figure out a way to balance that. 

    The series finale brings the answers, action, and conclusion that I wanted. There were people that I wish didn't die, but I can understand why and see the foreshadowing. They all died doing something they believed in, and had already promised to give their life if needed for that cause,


Bottom Line: Good series ending.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you would cover up if you had scars on your face?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing


The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing
Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.
But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.
But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?
The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.
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Publishes in US: October 6th 2015 by Harper Teen
Genre: ya light dystopia
Source: library
Series? The Lone City #2
expected release October 4th 2016 by HarperTeen

My review of  The Jewel

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Karen at For What It's Worth and Mary at The Book Swarm occasionally post twitter-style reviews. Karen calls hers Short and Tweet, and I am going to borrow that review style here.

My short and tweet (longer) review: 

   I am glad that I continued with this series, and will read the next one as well. I liked the romance more in this one, and I liked the character development, not only of main character but side characters as well. Some characters and plot twists surprised me, but still enjoy the ones that I saw coming. I like the strength and power that has developed in Violet, and the ways that she sees she can help, and love the continuance of her seeing through other people. 

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you rather know how to fight with weapons or magic?