Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass

Goodreads Summary: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.




I could not put this book down whatsoever!! Wait, I lied I did have to put it down because this thing called Life would not let me have all the feels of this book like I wanted to. 

I haven't read a good fantasy book in a good minute and this was a good one to remind myself why I love fantasy. This is a good retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast. Feyre is a strong character and her selflessness towards her family was everything. She was broken, hurt, and she had some hate in her heart. Most of all even around her family, she was alone. She did what she could to take care of her family based off a vow that she made to her dying mother. Her life changed when she killed a wolf in the woods while she was out hunting for food. A beast then comes to collect her for revenge against killing the wolf. She is to live out the remaining days in Prythian.

I love the world that was created with in this book. The descriptions of the High Fae and the different courts were so beautiful. Tamlin is living with the curse that is upon his whole court. He is a High Fae and powerful but with the curse over him much of his power is gone. I did like Tamlin and Feyre together but i wasn't 100 percent sold on the idea of them. Maybe it will grow on me. I haven't started the second book so we will see. 

Lucien is a charm. He is Tamlin's best friend and would do anything for him. Even put aside his disagreement with Feyre living with them. Eventually he takes a liking to her. His past is horrific and I was so glad that he was able to get away from that tragedy but his hurt is evident. 

The Queen was a total B****!!! I hated her with everything in me. She was ruthless and heartless. I'm not even sure if that is a good word for her. The trails were brutal. Whatever fate she got was well deserved for her. I felt so bad for Feyre. 

I really liked Rhysand's character as well. I am drawn to the misunderstood villain. I hope there is more of him in the second book. 

I loved the writing of this story and the build up of the worlds. This is my first book by this author and I can't wait to read the second one. I will say that they hype on this book is out of this world. It is a good book that I would recommend but I do not see the hype as everyone is talking about. Now, I haven't started the second one so maybe I will be wrong about the hype. We will see

Rating? 4.5 Stars
Recommend? Yes. 




Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Goodreads SummThe darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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 So, before I get started with my review of The Rose and the Dagger I want you guys to know that I liked the series but this particular book didn't quite do it for me.  Let me back up....I loved the first one. I started reading The Wrath and the Dawn after a long reading slump. I read it in a short amount of time and really berated myself because I didn't read it when I first saw that it came out. I could not wait to get my hands on the second book especially after the way the first one ended. Now, I'm sad to say that the second book really just didn't click with me.

The writing and the story itself was great. I think that the author is a very great descriptive writer. The plot thoughts were amazing but I just could not get into it. I felt that it dragged sooo much. I thought that there was unnecessary narrating in some points. Also, I thought that a lot of secondary characters overshadowed just a little bit of the main characters.

I love Khalid and Shazi. The chemistry between them was really good. She was fierce in the first book but this one she wasn't as much. Which I do understand because basically she is torn between what is right and her heart. Khalid is.....Khalid :). I just love him.

Irsa and Rahim's relationship was very cute. There is something that happens but for the sake of not spoiling anything just know that my heart did break for Irsa.

Tariq at the beginning was a serious pain in the a**.  He had to have a coming to Jesus moment with Khalid to seriously back away.

Overall I did enjoy the story and I would recommend it but it took me a good minute to finish this story. The biggest part was the dragging of the story and the overshadowing of the main characters.

Rating? 3.5stars
Recommend? Yes

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Turning Grace by J.Q. Davis Blog Tour



Turning Grace (The Turning Series #1)
by J.Q. Davis
Genre: YA Horror/Sci-fi
Release Date: June 10th 2014

Summary from Goodreads:


**Medal Winner of the 2014 New Apple Book Awards in the E-Book Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Category** 
Life or death? 
It all seems to be the same for Grace… 
Some of us have been there before -- falling for the hot, popular jock who just so happens to be dating the hot, popular girl in school. 
Your snarky-but-always-right bestie insists you make a move, but you’re not so much into putting yourself out there. 
Then it happens, and suddenly you find yourself eating a cat on your neighbor’s porch. 
No? Never happened to you? 
Well, Grace Watkins can’t say the same. Her hunger is growing with each day that passes and her urges are getting harder to control. 
No one can explain why her body is changing, except one man.


EXCERPT/TEASER
My heart began to race as I stroked the soft, warm object that was now at the level of my waist. Whatever it was, it seemed to be in a parallel position. I took in a deep whiff from point to point, hearing my stomach howl at me to begin my feast.
I rubbed my hand slowly against the object, allowing the warmth to seep through my cool fingertips. I brought my nose down, inhaling one more large breath before I finally opened my mouth wide and sunk my teeth in.
Tepid liquid quickly began to pool around my lips. I sucked it up and bit down deeper, making my way through the layers. With each one, I dug deeper with my teeth, gnawing through…eagerly awaiting the moment I tasted what I was yearning for.
But before I could make it there, I heard a screech and the object began to move.
It was moving. It was trying to get away from me.
It couldn’t. It was mine.
I held it down, using all of my strength, as I searched around with my free hand in the darkness. I felt something. Soft, feathery... almost like a pillow. I grabbed it and quickly laid it over the source of where the moans were coming from. The object tried to push my arms away but I fought it. I had to protect what was mine.
I pressed down hard using both my hands. The object continued to try to maneuver its way out of my hold, but I used every ounce of force I had to keep it still.
Then finally, it stopped. I left the pillow where it was and searched for the spot I was working on. I found it and slowly entered my finger inside of what I had already started. Using my nails, I began to tear. I opened wider, using my other hand to scoop out what I was looking for this whole time. And with the first taste, my mind flew off to a faraway land. A land that was familiar to me, but so foreign. A place that I had only dreamed of.
Each taste, each mouthful awakened a part of me that I had never known. The sweet and bitter tenderness of every chew sent my body into a whirlwind. 



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About the Author
J.Q. Davis is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She and her husband, an active duty Marine, have no children but consider their pooches, Lucy and Bella, their daughters. 
When she was little girl, she aspired to become a writer. But then one day, she learned about zombies...and now she wants to be a zombie.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer of Irreverence by Cathrine Goldstein Blog Tour: ARC Review and Giveaway


 


Summer of Irreverence - The Rock Star
by 
Cathrine Goldstein
Genre: Adult Romance
Release Date: July 6th 2016
The Wild Rose Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

My Review

I really enjoyed reading Summer of Irreverence. It is perfect for a summer read and was easy to get into to. Summer is a Veterinarian Surgeon who has other priorities going on in her life. But she wants a summer that she will never forget. I really loved Summer's character. 
In we have Malcom who is a famous rockstar. He has his ways and some things in his past but he was great and I really liked him. 
The writing of this story was really good. I was able to finish this in two sittings and they weren't that far apart. I thought the characters were given a lot of thought and the plot itself is something to get into. I look forward to reading more from this author
4.5 Stars

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About the Author
I am a bestselling author, and a NYC girl at heart. I write “gritty romance,” in the genres of YA, NA; women’s fiction; and romance. I’m also the author of The Letting and The Coupling, books 1 and 2 of The Letting series. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN. I have my BA in English and my MA in Theatre.

I am a fan of Luna Bars, decaf coffee, yoga, Hemingway, and Bukowski—and the loves of my life are my husband and my two young girls.

To find out more about me; 
Summer of Irreverence, the first book in The New York Artists Series—standalone novels about strong, artistic men, and the smart, unexpected women they fall for; The Letting series; and what’s coming soon, please visit:www.CathrineGoldstein.com

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Monday, June 20, 2016

MailBox Monday #1




This is a weekly meme host by mailbox monday. This is your chance to show off what books you got during the week.

Most of the books that I have are checked out from the library. I do buy books but not as often. So here is a list of books that I got from the library.

The Rose and the Dagger - Add to Goodreads
                                         











Summer Days and Summer nights -Add to Goodreads                 

                                       



                                                               







A Court of Thorns and Roses - Add to Goodreads












A Court of Mist and Fury- Add to Goodreads












What books did you get this past week?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh

Goodreads Summary: One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One NightsThe Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

Let me begin by saying this is one of the best reads that I have read this year. After getting out of a reading slump this was the perfect comeback. The writing was so beautifully written and the description of the story was so good. 

Shahrzad was so fierce. I love her. She stood for what she wanted and nobody in their right mind would try to make a fool out of her. She went into the marriage with revenge for her best friend. The monster that stole Shiva's life away at a young age. But when she gets to know Khalid things aren't as what they seem. I love her story telling just as much as the book itself. 

Khalid was a beautiful disaster. He knew what he was and deep down inside it killed him. Each day was a burden that he carried  and the fact that there was nothing he could do about it made him even sicker. Shahrzad was exactly what he needed to see what he truly could be and what he already was. He just needed to throw away the veil that he so carefully wore. The earlier parts of his life was hell and my heart broke for him.

The way the author did her descriptions of food, clothes, and the city was great. My mouth is watering now just thinking about the food in the story. The clothes were very beautiful. I like that there was so much room for the imagination.

I read this in two days because of interruptions. If those didn't happen I probably would have finished it in one sitting. I immediately went to my library and got the second book. 

Rating 4.5Stars
Recommend? Yes. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Booking Through Thursday #1


This is a weekly meme hosted by Booking Through Thursday. Each week a question is posted and you have to answer the question.

Question of the week? Quantity. Do you own fewer books than you used to? More?
Or do you find the quantity in your library stays pretty much the same from year to year?
(And yes, digital and audio books DO count.)
Don't forget to link up with your answers as well.
I don't really own a lot of books. In fact, my shelf is so small it has four little rows on it. With that being said, I mostly check out books from the library.  I'm a Y.A. Librarian so it is not hard at all to get my hands on some good books. Each month we add to our collection so the quantity of the library grows but at the same time we have to weed the shelves and discard books as well. I would say it is along a 70/30 for the library. 
I have over 80 titles on my kindle. Because of space at home most of the time I have to buy books for my kindle. I would prefer to have physical copies but I get what I can. I recently just started to listen to audio books but I do it through Overdrive. It is provided through my local library.





 Blog Update Number 2

I hope you all are having a great week so far. We don't have that much left to go. Friday is almost upon us....just hold on a little longer.

This past week I have stumbled upon something very addicting. BOOKSTAGRAM. I know I'm very late about it but I have fallen in love with it. I found some really great bookstagrammers and some awesome blogs as well. I have a regular instagram but for the life of me, I don't know why I didn't start a bookstagram.
I am nowhere near a professional photographer but I try to add some really nice touches to it.
My handle is @thebibliophilemaniac








 My family and I had a great time this pass weekend. It was a last minute trip but it was very needed. The water was great. I didn't swim much but the point of it was

I purchased four books(early birthday present to myself). My favoirte book series is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I ship Warner so very much! I loved him way more than I did Adam. But, I love bad guys in most stories anyway. I also got the Young Elites by Marie Lu. I haven't read this one yet but I can't wait. I heard some really great things about it.

That is all with bookish things.

My birthday is this weekend and I have plans to go to dinner with friends. I'm going to a restaurant that I haven't been to before so that will be fun. I love any excuse to put on a nice dress, heels, and makeup.

That is all for this week. 
What do you guys have coming up?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It Started With a Whisper by Shannon McCrimmon Blog Tour




It Started with a Whisper
by 
Shannon McCrimmon
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 1st 2016

Summary:

 Five simple words: That's all it takes to change the course of 18-year-old Josie Graham's life in the summer of 1989. 

Josie is a musical prodigy: She can sing, play guitar and is a natural on the piano. Instead of spending her last summer before college traveling the country with her rock star father, she's made a last minute decision to spend it working at her Aunt Bernie's inn, in Ambler's Fork, North Carolina. But what could have turned her life-long passion for music into a hatred for an industry she's worked so hard to get into?

Her aunt's inn seems like the perfect place to escape, to clear her head and figure things out, but on her first day there, she almost drowns before Chic Hobbs saves her.

Chic wants nothing more in life than to leave Ambler's Fork and his sordid past behind—at least not until that day Josie Graham swims into his life. The problem is, Chic's got a secret. It's a secret he's keeping from Josie, and he's worried if it gets out, it'll ruin everything, and she'll judge him for his past mistakes the way everyone else in town has.

Josie is carrying a burden of her own. One that made her run to Ambler's Fork - away from her family and everything she's ever known.

Chic saved Josie once. Can he save her again? Or will Josie rescue him this time?




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Shannon McCrimmon was born and raised in Central Florida. She attended Rollins College and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling. In 2008, she moved to the upstate of South Carolina. It was the move that inspired her to write her first novel. She currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and toy poodle. She'd love to hear from you! Connect with her at shannonmccrimmon.com

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Midweek Update



This is something that I have seen on other blogs about their weekly updates on life and blogging. I thought that it was different and interesting at the same time. So, I decided to do something along that avenue with Midweek Update. I will do it every Wednesday. It will be about things that I am trying out new, books, and other topics that I think would be interesting.

Bookish Topics
1.)Podcast. I made a post about podcast a while back and I have been in love with listening to them. A co-worker got me hooked on them and I enjoy listening while I'm at work. I'm a Y.A. Librarian and I found a lot of different review podcast to listen to. They are great for when working, doing some cleaning around the house, exercising, and much more. Let me know if you have some favorites that you guys listen to. I hope to one day be able have my own Podcast show.

2.) If you have been following me for the past few weeks I have started the audio book challenge. Audio books have never been my go to for reading books but lately I have found myself gravitating to them. I usually would only listen to them when there was a book that I had to get my hands on and the library would get the audio version first. Now, I use overdrive and axis 360 from my local library and I can now say that I love audio books as well. There is nothing like sitting in your favorite reading nook reading a physical copy with your favorite beverage but audio gets the job done too.

3. Books I just got from my local library

  The Red Queen -Victoria Aveyard
This book was recommened to me by a co-worker a while back. I am just now able to get my hands on it. I was going to purchase my own copy because everytime I would try to check it out it would be gone already. While I was going through the shelves I saw and immediatly grabbed it.
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The Wrath and the Dawn -Renée Ahdieh
  I have seen this book all over the blogsphere and saw some really good reviews on it. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
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The Leaving-Tara Altebrando
I saw this on netgalley but because of the multiply request I wasn't able to get it. This looks really good and I fell in love with the synopisis. A good mystery and thriller.
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Books I own
The Diviners by Libba Bray
I won this book through a giveaway. The only book that I read by Libba Bray was Going Bovine and I loved it. If you like the 1920s and supernatural things you will love this one as well. 





Life in General

1.) I used to do theater when I was in high school. There was a musical called Big River about Huckleberry Finn that I did about 10 years ago. That play is being done again so I was asked to audition for it. Keep your fingers crossed that I do good on my audition because my voice is no where near how it was 10 years ago.

2.)This is my birthday month. I have absolutely nothing planned which is sad. Maybe dinner with friends sounds nice. 

3.)Getting prepared for school. I was supposed to graduate last semester but Chemistry hated me. I will retake the course this fall and graduate. Keep me in your prayers that I do well and have a mindset of positivity because I refuse to go down that path again. 

4.)Anybody that works in a library system knows that summer is the busiest part of our job. Our summer reading program has kicked off and the library is full of parents, children, and teens. Programs are literally everyday so us librarian are constantly on the move. 

That is all for the weekly update. I know it wasn't much but its just a start. I would love to hear from any of you guys on updates about your blog or anything that you think is interesting.