Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November book haul!

This month I have recently taken advantage of bookoutlet. I have seen bloggers and booktubers talk and rave about this website and I finally checked it out. Long story short....it makes adulting very hard if you have a set budget. I got 11 books and saved over $100 dollars. Hardbacks? 2.99? WHAT!!!!! I am addicted and I have no shame whatsoever. I also got two books sent to me for review as well on my kindle. They are Thief of lies from Entangle Teen and a ARC of Ares.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Turkey Day!!


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! I hope you all are having a blessed thanksgiving and getting pretty stuffed as well. I know I can't wait to dive into the heavenly food goodness. 

I want all of you guys to know that I am and will be forever thankful for each and everyone of you guys that I have met over the past three years while blogging as well as the authors that I was able to work with as well. I think it is amazing that I can be apart of this world with my love for reading and blogging. I can't see myself not doing it because I love it soo much. I hope that my posts have given you inspiration and an added love for reading. 

I pray that all of you guys had and still continue to have  a prosperous year and those moments that made you ugly laugh LOL. You all are amazing!!

Question of the Day
What part of Thanksgiving are you guys most looking forward too?
Mines is Food, Food, and more food. Hahaha

sn: I made two Lemon Meringue pies for the first time and they came out quite delicious.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Inkitt iPhone and iPad App Release!!

Inkitt is a digital library of thousands of stories from all fiction genres straight to readers' iPhones/iPads. This way you all will be able to discover new novels by emerging authors anytime, anywhere - even when offline. This is a great accomplishment with having only being active for 18 months and surpassing 700,000 readers worldwide! This app is user friendly and soon to be your best friend. If you are an android user don't worry. There is an android app in the works and should be up and running very soon. I am very happy to announce this great app and be apart of its release day!! Check out the screen shots below and see how just easy it is to use.



































If this is cool app has caught your attention (I hope it does) then you can click on the link and download it for free
https://inkitt.app.link/reading-app-iphone-ipad


Check out the video!

Introducing Inkitt for iOS: Read great novels by up-and-coming authors on your iPhone and iPad from Inkitt - The Hipster's Library on Vimeo.



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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Book Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

( I received this ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)

Goodreads Summary: Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.








This book was written very well and the writing was very vivid. This was not a simple book and it took me a minute to get into it. It had a sci-fi feel to it but it transitions into a more realistic atmosphere. This touches on some subjects on child abuse and as well as victims that suffer from PTSD and domestic violence. All of this is from the perspective eleven year old named Lacy.  

Lacy is a girl that suffers from abuse from her abusive father. He is Veteran that suffers from PTSD. He deals with it in a negative way by drinking and smoking. The effects are evident within the family. Its heartbreaking really. 

The writing did have its confusing moments but I feel the author really did a great job of touching on some the reality of child abuse and how he made the situations vivid. The plot was interesting as well. It started to move into a science fiction mode with the introduction of an android from another planet called DotCom. It may seem like it doesn't make any sense but I promise you will like it. I don't really want to spoil the story for any of you. 

This story is really all over the place but in a good and interesting way. I would say to give this book a chance because it did come along fairly nicely. 

Rating 4Stars


Book Review: Fate of Flames Effigies bk1) by Sarah Raughley

(I received this ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads Summary: Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?



I was really excited to receive this book but unfortunately I did have some issue with it.  Phantoms attack the cities and terrorize the world. There are four girls who are called Effigies and they are the only ones that can defeat the phantoms. They each have the power to control the elements. When one Effigie dies another girl takes her place along with her power and memories. 

The story opens up with a phantom attacking the city and Maia finding out that she is the next Effigie but for her to be one that means one of the other Effigies has died. This leads to speculation of how the other Effigy died. Did she kill her self? Or was she murdered? I could definitely see where the story was trying to go and see the potential of it. I did like the action with in the story and I liked the mystery of Saul as well although it was a bit confusing. 

I had a hard time grasping onto Maia. I felt she was one dimensional and had no character development through out the story. I could totally understand her frustration because basically the fate of the world was on her shoulders but with not being able to change her fate she really needed to put on her big girl shoes. There were times when she did show some skin but she backed away quickly and reverted back to the girl she was at the beginning. I was also a tad bit confused on the history of the Effigies. There was little background on them and I did wonder how they got chose to hold the title or is it all fate in itself. 
I do plan on reading the next within the series and I understand that this is the first one so maybe we will see character growth in the next one. 

Belle, Lake, and Chae Rin are the other Effigies. Belle is the stuck up Queen, Chae Rin is the rebel, and Lake is the dramatic one but on a much lower level. They each play a vital part when working together but the fact that they are less of a team is pretty hard. Rhys is an agent of the Sect that the Effigies are apart of. He has a past and I really wanted to know it. We only got little bits and pieces of it which is ok. I have a feeling get more in the second installment. 

Saul was just as confusing as well. I didn't understand the whole Alice and Nick situation. I got parts of it but not fully. 

The writing was ok. There were times I felt like it dragged and that slowed the story down a lot. Some of the revelations towards the end were some eye openers and put some things in perspective. There is a range of diverse characters as well. This does leave some room and add build up for the second installment. 

Rating. 3 Stars. 

Book Review: I Was a B*** by Emily Ruben

( I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads Summary: What if you woke up having forgotten the last two years of your life?

After a horrific accident Lacey Jones has to try piece together her shattered past. With no memory of the previous two years she finds herself in a relationship with a man she doesn’t know, and with a reputation for being the Queen Bitch of High-School. 

She decides to keep the secret of her memory loss until she can figure out what happened in these two years she lost, trusting only the mysterious and sexy Finn to help her, but will she continue being that bitch or will she decide to rewrite her story?








This was such a fun read. There were moments when I burst out laughing and there were moments when my heart broke. Lacy wakes up from a two month coma and can't remember anything from the previous two years. She learns that she was in a car accident and everything prior to that is a blur. She struggles to figure out things before the accident and hopes that some of the memories come back to her as well as coming to terms of the person that she had become.

I could not put this book down. I read it in two days and it could have been one. I was hooked from the beginning of the story all the way to the end. This is a good high school drama that has the typical atmosphere of the high school setting. If you liked mean girls you will love this book. Lacy was The Queen Bee of the school. She had the hot perfect boyfriend, two best friends that were her little minions, and every girl wanted to be her. The thing is the Lacy before the Queen Bee status was anything but that. She was quiet and mostly to herself and had best friends since childhood. 

She was such a strong character. She wanted to figure things out on her own with out much help and be her own person. She could not believe the person that she was or did the things that she did do. She changed a lot through out the story.

OMG Finn?!? Can I have him? He was perfect and so patient with Lacy. He had his own struggles to deal with but he put her before him. He is boyfriend goals....just saying. Their chemistry together was so beautifully written. I was hoping Lacy would come to her sense eventually.

The writing in this book was so good. I was hooked from the beginning. It wasn't rushed and the build up to the focus of the story was so good. I really loved the Epilogue.  I thought it rounded up things pretty nicely. I look forward to reading more works by this author. I think "fickle fackle" will be added to my vocabulary. I loved it. 

Rating 4.5 Stars

Monday, November 14, 2016

HeartBorn by Terry Maggert Audio Blog Tour and Audio Review

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synopsis

Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.
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7226905Born in 1968, I discovered fishing shortly after walking, a boon, considering I lived in South Florida. After a brief move to Kentucky, my family trekked back to the Sunshine State. I had the good fortune to attend high school in idyllic upstate New York, where I learned about a mythical substance known as “Seasons”. After two or three failed attempts at college, I bought a bar. That was fun because I love beer, but, then, I eventually met someone smarter than me (a common event), and, in this case, she married me and convinced me to go back to school–which I did, with enthusiasm. I earned a Master’s Degree in History and rediscovered my love for writing. My novels explore dark fantasy, immortality, and the nature of love as we know it. I live near Nashville, Tennessee, with the aforementioned wife, son, and herd, and, when I’m not writing, I teach history, grow wildly enthusiastic tomato plants, and restore my 1967 Mustang.


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pastedimageJulia Whelan has appeared in many films and television series, most notably ABC’s Once And Again. After receiving a degree in English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College and Oxford University, Julia began narrating audiobooks. She’s recorded hundreds of novels across all genres and has received multiple Earphones and Audie Awards. She is repeatedly named one of Audiofile Magazine’s Best Voices and was Audible’s Narrator of the Year.



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This is my first story by this author and I loved listening to this book! I am a sucker for pretty much anything that has to do with angles. I encourage you to get your hands on this story because I promise you won't be disappointed.

Livvy is a teenager that is born with a rare heart condition. When a very handsome stranger walks into the library where she works her world takes on a sudden change. Keiron is a Heartborn angel and must protect Livvy.  He gets thrust down to earth while his absence back at home is on the brink of war.

The author did an amazing job with the world building. It was so vivid and tangible. The chapters are told from different settings and points of views but the transition through them transitioned very nice. I also liked the character development within the story. I always love a good plot driven story that makes me feel like I am apart of the story and that is exactly how I felt. This is really a beautiful story.

The writing added to the wow factor for the story. Although it was quick I felt the writing took a pace that was well engaging and kept me wanting to keep listening throughout the day.

I just love the narrator's voice. It was calm and very fitting for this story as well. She made the characters come to life and made the world very vivid. This is my first audio book that I have listened to with Whelan as the narrator and I look forward to listening to more of her works.




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Monday, November 7, 2016

Borrow-A-Thon Kick off!!

I just recently discovered this read-a-thon and I am pretty excited to participate. I am currently 10 books left on my goodreads reading goal to read 50 books for the year. I hope I can squeeze in more but I want to meet my goal.

This read-a-thon worked out for me because I use my library all the time. Seriously, I have an addiction. I already checked out some and I just checked out some more. Its crazy.
This borrow-a-thon is hosted by Fiveleveninety. For a schedule of the challenges click here

Today's Challenge: Social Media Challenge
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There is also an Introductory chat on twitter @ 9p.m. EST

Make sure you are following @BorrowAThon on twitter and use #BorrowAThon for the chat!

Are you participating in this year Borrow-A-Thon? What is your Borrow-A-Thon TBR?

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Cryptic Lines Audio Spotlight and Excerpt

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Audiobook Info

Audiobook Title: The Cryptic Lines
Author: Richard Storry
Narrator: Jake Urry
Publisher: Richard Alan Storry
Length: 4 hours and 13 minutes (unabridged)
Audio Release Date: March 16, 2016

Synopsis: Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem – the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred’s Will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears…


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About the Author

Richard is the author of four published novels, with his fifth “A Looming of Vultures” due for publication in 2017. Prior to writing his first novel, “The Cryptic Lines” he was very busy in the theatrical world: He composed the incidental music to Chekhov’s Three Sisters, seen in London’s West End, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Eric Sykes, and subsequently broadcast on BBC4 television. His musical adaptation of “The Brothers Lionheart” premiered at London’s Pleasance Theatre, followed by a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival where it was voted Best Childrens’ Play. “The Cryptic Lines” has now been adapted for both the stage and screen.

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About the Narrator

Jake Urry is a British actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-founder of Just Some Theatre. Since graduating from an Acting degree course in 2012 he’s toured with Just Some Theatre as an actor and producer, worked on a number of commercial voice over projects and most recently started producing Audiobooks. Jake has produced over 10 titles since March 2016 and has rapidly found himself at home narrating Thriller, Horror, Mystery and Suspense titles. His audiobook work includes dark psychological thrillers White is the Coldest Colour and Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl, occult mystery series The Ulrich Files by Ambrose Ibsen, and gritty Sci-Fi novel Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November TBR

We only have one month left in the year! This years just zoomed right on by. I had a good reading month for the month of October and I hope to good this month as well. My goal is to finish all my books that were sent to me for review.

The Contact by Joanna Homer
I was sent this ebook by the author and I absolutely cannot wait to read it. Eliza hasn't had the best of life along with her young sister. While she is taking care of her sister she is coming into her senior year in high school and trying to juggle a job not to mention deal with an ex. In comes along Jack who is obviously not hard to miss or notice until he shows up at the first signs of trouble. When something happens that makes Jack come clean about who he is Eliza's life is turned upside down and she is thrust into a world that she did not know existed.




Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (Effigies bk1)
This book will be released on the 22nd of this month. The story follows four girls that are called Effigies that have powers that control the elements and must save the world from the Phantoms which are massive beast made from nightmares and darkness that terrorize the world. When one Effigies dies then another takes upon her powers. With the new technology booming for protection the Effigies are not needed as much and they stop defending humanity. Until the protection fails Maia a high school student is suddenly thrown into the Effigies world and possess the power of the element fire.




Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton 
Another book for review. Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.
Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?
Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.




I was a Bitch by Emily Ruben
What if you woke up having forgotten the last two years of your life?After a horrific accident Lacey Jones has to try piece together her shattered past. With no memory of the previous two years she finds herself in a relationship with a man she doesn’t know, and with a reputation for being the Queen Bitch of High-School. 
She decides to keep the secret of her memory loss until she can figure out what happened in these two years she lost, trusting only the mysterious and sexy Finn to help her, but will she continue being that bitch or will she decide to rewrite her story?

This sounds really good and I hope to finish it this month. 


This is apart of a blog tour at Jesstheaudiobookworm. I will be doing an audio review on this book 11/14. 
Her guardian angel was pushed.Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner. His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival. Until Keiron arrives in the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.



What are you guys reading for the month of November?




October Wrap Up

October has flown by so fast and we are at the end of the year! I had a really good reading month and read a total of 7 books. That is 3 more than my average books per month. I also have a good amount of books that I want to read for the month of November.

This was so good and I read it in one sitting. I also heard that there is a movie coming out and filming has just wrapped up. I have seen the cast of the movie and they fit perfectly. I can't wait till it comes out.
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I am trying to get into middle grade fiction and I have always wanted to read this series. I listened to it and I loved the audio version of it. I didn't post a review because I'm pretty sure a lot of you guys know what this is about and have read. Although I loved the movie this was nothing like the movie.
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The publishers were kind enough to send me this ARC of Three Dark Crowns. I did enjoy this story. It had good potential and a good build up for the second book. I did have a few issues with it but if you want to look at more you can check out my review. This story is about triplets that are born that each have powers. When the time comes for one of them to take the throne the sisters have exactly one year to fight to the death unfortunately only one of the two sisters have their powers.
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I read this book as part of a book club that I run at my local library. I don't often venture off into adult fiction but I am trying to get more into it. I loved reading this story. There is a movie that is out and I want to go see that as well. I didn't review it because this is a popular book and there are a lot of reviews about this out there and with the movie out I'm sure you guys know the basic synopsis of the story.







I received this ARC from the publisher via net galley. The release date for this was yesterday (11/1/). There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:

One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.

Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.

Three: Everything she knew was a lie.

Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:

One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.

                                                 Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.

                                                 Three: Someone wants her dead.
Just the synopsis made me want to love it

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This was sent to me for review by the author. This was one of the perfect reads for the Halloween spirit. It is set in New Orleans. It is very dark and intense not to mention it has voodoo. I loved reading this along with the previous ones within the series. I have reviews listed for those as well.
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I also received this book by the author. He is one of my favorite authors that writes about time travel. I wasn't much into time travel books but I slowly became a fan of it. The writing is good as well.
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