I Bring you a Gift!

Hello Friends!

So, back a few years ago I did an interview with an author…possibly my first author interview I ever did. (I really want to get back to author interviews) Well, this author just so happened to be Jonas Lee! You can check out that interview HERE. And you can read my reviews of his first two books HERE and HERE.

But the reason I am bringing up the great Jonas Lee today is because…HE FINALLY HAS A THIRD BOOK! Though, there is still not set release date we do have a cover! What? A cover? Why yes! That is exactly what we have.

So…drum roll please…

A Time to Die

BAM! Not going to lie, I love this cover. I also love that the cover matches the last two covers…because that is a thing that we book lovers love. I can not wait for the book to come out! I have something else for you!

BOOK BLURB!

Carter Gabel saved his own life, and rescued his city from destruction. But, after the Pirates forced him into hiding, he spent years holed up in Crighton, city of ghosts.  Just as he thinks the world has forgotten him, a knock on the door interrupts his life and as he opens it, his next journey begins. An unexpected foe waits for him at the end to challenge everything he knows and all that his future holds. What must Carter do to survive? And what does he sacrifice to become a legend?

And the link to the book pages!

Amazon: HERE
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32707580

And if you are wondering who Jonas Lee is…here is a little about the author!

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Writing out of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jonas likes coming up with new and creative worlds that speak to the plausible while remaining believable. With a fist-full of peanut M&Ms and a cup of coffee, he has written three novels about a snarky, supernatural teen able to time travel and more. 

Beyond writing, Jonas has a gift for useless knowledge through watching trivia shows and a love for cinematic adventures. Music fuels his writing and you can see him with at least one earbud in every day.

And as always, here are some links!

Author Social Media Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonasleeauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8417690.Jonas_Lee
Website: http://JLFiction.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorJonasLee
Instagram: @Author_Jonas_Lee
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqDnFzimPFwGl1pE3ft8vKg

Now that I have updated you on all this amazingness…I am going to go re-read the first two books to get ready for the third one that I have been waiting forever for!

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

This has been a weird week for me. I haven’t been able to focus on a book. I started reading one and it was so bad that I had to put it away. It wasn’t something anyone should read to be honest. It was horribly written and the subject was not cute. It was victim of an author trying to take a serious subject and make it sexy. I have a review of that one coming soon. It just ticked me off.

I started on a book last night but I didn’t really enjoy it, so I may be DNFing that one too.

I am reading one book though that I am actually enjoying.

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Seriously, the cover alone is amazing. I know this series has gotten a lot of crap, but I love it! I have only read a few chapters, so everything is basically still being built up and reminders are in place. I’m just hoping its going to be as good as the last two books.

That is really the only book I can actually claim this week. It’s the only one that I am seriously reading. Everything else has been a search for something, though I am not sure what I am looking for. I should probably just focus on this one book and try to find something after I finish this one.

What are you reading?

Book Review: Delirium

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Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 7th 2012
Genre: Fantasy | YA

 

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Delirium is about a world where love his been outlawed and cured. The cure happens at 18 and everything from then on is easier, happier, or so says the government. Lena has never questioned the cure or the sickness that is love. She knows that the cure didn’t work on her mother and that is, or was, her only fear. But then she meets someone new, a boy, who makes her rethink everything in her life. Her eyes are open now and things are not as simple as she once believed them to be.

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Delirium, while not the best book I have ever read, made me really think about my own world and the things I take as truth. This story can be compared to our own lives in some ways that it’s scary. Lena’s world has been run by loveless people and the world is a loveless place. At 18 everything is decided for her, from who she will marry, to where she work, how many kids she will have, and where she will live. She has no choice in the matter of her life. Even the girl she has known most of her life, her best friend, will never be as close to her as she is now.

This is an amazing book because of the fear I got from reading it. Not just the fear, but the sadness. There are people living without love, doing the same thing over and over again and not caring. They want this bland life because it is easier than feeling anything other than content. But it makes you wonder if they even feel content, deep down they have to feel some kind of sadness for what they have lost.

I do like the way love is pinned as a disease and how well the author explained why it was a problem. When I first started reading it all I could think was how stupid the concept was, but the more I thought about love and the effect it has on our bodies, it actually made sense. I found myself at one point thinking how I wouldn’t mind having a procedure to remove love from my brain, but as I continued reading the story I realized how much love is needed in the world. These people don’t just lose love for the opposite sex, they don’t just lose the need to be with someone, they lose the need and love for family and children. That is no life to live.

By the end of the book my heart was racing for Lena to get out and away from this crazy world. I wanted her to save all of the poor souls who had been corrupted. With that being said, I can still see the draw of a life that is chosen for you. Not having to make your own big life decisions could be such a stress free way to live, but is it really worth it.

I like a book that puts me into deep thought, and this book did just that. It made me question my own reality.

rating3starsI enjoyed it, but I may not finish the series and one read through was enough.

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!!

It’s that time again. I actually have something new this week. And I am not reading just one book. Come on, you didn’t think I could last that long reading just one book at a time did you?

Let’s jump right in!

Artifacts, Dragons, and other Lethal Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
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I love love love this series. I love the main character and all the hot guys she has in her life. I love that she owns a bakery and kicks butt. I love everything about this series. It is also feeding the deep dark void that was left when Kim Harrison finished her Hallows Series. Now I have this, and Jade, and cupcakes!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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I have been known to avoid a series of books just because of the hype. I avoided this one for that reason and now I am asking myself “Why, why, why?!” So far it has been such an amazing story and I can’t get enough of it!

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell
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I don’t have much to say about this one yet. I haven’t been reading it as much as the other two books. I can’t help it, I love the other books so much they have consumed me. But so far Undercurrent has been interesting and I am hoping it gets a little bit more fast paced than what it is. Okay, so I got a little bored with it! But I am just at the beginning. I will at least give it to half way before I give up on it.

That is all I have for this week. I am hoping to finish all these books this week. Which is very likely. I am almost done with The Raven Boys and almost at the half way point with Artifacts, Dragons, and other Lethal Magic. If I had any days off this week (I do but it’s later in the week) I would for sure finish them.

So, what are you reading?

Book Review: Ensnared

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Title: Ensnared
Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: January 6th 2015
Genre: Genre: Fantasy | YA | Retelling

 

 

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Ensnared is the final book in the Splintered trilogy by A.G. Howard. In the final installment, Alyssa travels into the looking-glass world, where everything is distorted and backwards from Wonderland, to save her human Knight and her Wonderland King.

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I honestly hated most of this book. I had to force myself to finish reading it. The first book was so magical and fun and probably should have ended there. The second book was okay, but really unnecessary. Then this last book was just boring and stretched out.

I was okay with the love triangle until we reach this last book. Then it gets really annoying. For me, it annoyed me that she was so stuck on Morpheus when Jeb had sacrificed so much for her. Morpheus just pulled at her until she did what he wanted her to do the whole time.

There wasn’t much about this book that I liked. I thought the ending would make me happy, as I had already read the last chapter before I read even the second book. I couldn’t help myself, it was sitting on the shelf at the library so I picked up the last book and read the last chapter. Had I stopped then and there I would have been okay with this trilogy. But reading the last book put a bitter taste in my mouth.

rating2starsI would suggest the first book, but stop there.

What are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!! It’s that time again. Time to take over the world!

Wait…that’s not right. That’s next week.

What are you reading?

I am still reading Replica by Lauren Oliver
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It’s not that I am not enjoying the book, I have been having an issue with my energy this week. I seem to always be super tired. I will get to read a few pages before I am passing out. The most I have read is at work on my lunch breaks and that is only 30 minutes. I am not a fast reader, so 30 minutes is not enough to finish the little bit I have left.

But, the great thing is I will probably finish this book today.

So I have two books waiting for me to pick them up. I’m not sure which one I will start.

The first is Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

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I love Marissa Meyer so this may be the obvious choice…BUT!

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

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I found this book at Dollar Tree and I couldn’t pass it up. It sounds so good!

So those are my choices for my next book. Maybe I can get to both of them this week. Fingers crossed.

What are you reading?

 

 

Book Review: This Savage Song

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Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: July 5th, 2016
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Paranormal

synopsis
This Savage Song is about a world where monsters are real. August Flynn is a monster who tries to be human, but is constantly reminded by his brother that he is nothing but a monster. He wants to be like his father, good and kind, and human. Kate Harker wants nothing more than to be recognized by her father, but to do that she has to prove that she is as ruthless as he is.

August and Kate end up at the same school together and life is never the same again.

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I put off reading this book for a little while, mainly because of the hype. Most books with a lot of hype around them tend to fall flat for me. I have heard a lot of amazing things about Victoria Schwab’s writing and I broke down and read This Savage Song. I am so glad that I did because this is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

What I liked about this book is that the world is so different from our own. Monsters are created by crimes of a human and I love that concept so much. The idea that a monster created by evil and this monsters strength is determined by the severity of the crime is a genius idea! What I don’t like about the idea is the fact that the humans of this story didn’t take into consideration, or didn’t seem to fear, the monsters they created by their crimes. On one side of the city you have a man who lets the monsters run free and makes humans pay for protection. He probably pays some humans to do evil things just to create new monsters. On the other side, one little notion of evil and someone is sent to take care of the trouble. I just feel like in a world like this humans would be a little more wary about their crimes when something far more worse can come of those crimes.

One thing that I did love about this story is that there was no underlying love story. Kate and August end up on the run together, but they do not fall in love. Kate can’t help August if his monster side takes over. August does resist his monster side more when Kate is around, but that is because he is more human than any human. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone. I love that we can have a YA novel without some instant love story. Kate and August were friends at the end, both headed in new directions in their life.

In the end, I enjoyed reading this story. I love that the ending was a well rounded ending, but left me super excited about the next book. I was so excited about the next book that I almost cried when I realized it wasn’t out yet. Can we please hurry and get the next book?

rating5starsI would re-read this again before reading the next book.


Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! I’m getting ideas and making plans and goals and I am going to get back on track with this blogging thing. Why? Because I love it! Even if I don’t have a lot of followers, I love connecting with a few of the readers I have connected with. I might start sharing a little something other than reading and writing. Maybe a monthly post on what I am doing outside of the reading and writing world?

Enough of with the chit chat. Let’s get to the reading thing.

What am I reading this week?

Replica by Lauren Oliver
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I am reading one chapter of Gemma’s story and then reading one chapter of Lyra’s story. I knew that if I read one story all the way through, I wouldn’t read the other side of the story. I would be bored with it and move on. But this has been a fun story to read because of how I am reading it. It’s interesting to have two sides of the story, but I find myself wondering about the other characters in the book and what their side of it is. I need all the POV’s!

 

And that is all…

Yeah, I am focusing on this book because it is a library book and I want to hurry and get it back to the library before my time runs out. Though I am wishing I had bought this book. The concept is so interesting with it being two books in one. I am glad that it was printed that way because I am a little bored with authors who publish a book and then say “Oh, buy this book too! It’s the same story but from someone else POV.”

Also, I have found that I really love Lauren Oliver! I just finished reading Delirium by her as well. She is such a creative writer. I can’t wait to read more by her.

What are you reading?

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

As I am trying to get back into the swing of things I have been re-evaluating the post that I really enjoyed. “What are you Reading?” is one of my favorite post. I love sharing with others what I am reading and I love even more when other share with me what they are reading. I don’t have a lot of real life friends that love books as much as I do. So I have to rely on you wonderful internet folks that I love so much!

Let me tell you what I am currently reading!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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I am listening to this book, but it’s not the first time I have read it. I read this a few years ago. I was enamored by the cover. And the title. I have always been fascinated by stories, shows, and movies that revolved around a circus. Then you put that circus into the night and I am in heaven.

I am loving The Night Circus as much this time around as I did the first time. It is just so full of whimsy and mystery. The visuals are so beautiful and enchanting. If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly suggest it. It is becoming my favorite book. I just want to cuddle with it!

Ensnared by A.G. Howard

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I am having trouble finishing this book. There has been a love triangle through the entire series, but it is getting annoying in this last book and I just want to get on with the story. I will finish it this week, I know that much, but I have not enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first book.

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
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I am finally moving on with the Dresden Files. But I am finding this book hard to read…I think it’s just because Harry is dead! I don’t like it at all and I just want to get through it so I can move on to the next book.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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I almost didn’t want to read this book because of the author. I read her book Shiver and I didn’t like it much at all. I broke down and borrowed this book from the library and I think I might like it. I could change my mind once I get a little more into the book, but at the moment I am glad I picked it up.

 

So tell me, what are you reading?

5 Top Favorite Books of 2016

Hello Friends!! Just hang in there with me while I get back into the swing of things. I plan on getting back to blogging every day. I have so much to discuss, like shows that I am loving, movies I want to see, and all the books I want to read.

Today I bring to you my top 5 favorite books of 2016.

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This was actually kind of hard to bring my list down to 5. So I broke it down. The first list is the top 5 books that I read that were published in 2016.

  1. End of Watch by Stephen King
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    This was the end of Stephen Kings Bill Hodges Trilogy. It was such a satisfying ending. Most of the serious just has to do with killers, which is scary. But this last book had a little bit of the supernatural in it and I think I loved this book more than the other two in the series.
  2. Frost Like Fire by Sara Raasch
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    This was another end of a series. Snow Like Ashes is such a wonderful book. It’s a different world, a power struggle, and a young girl trying to make her way in the world that flipped her on her head. I love that there was a magical element and the last book brought the whole series to such a beautiful end. I read the entire series in 2016 and when I finished the second book I was so mad because I had to wait for the last book of the series. It was so worth the wait.
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
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    Another series…I see a pattern here. I am so in love with this entire series. I don’t care that there are bad reviews about this series, I love it. I will say, the first part of this book was a little slow and bland. There were parts that ticked me off. But the ending did not disappoint. I am so ready for the next book, which comes out next month!
  4. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
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    I just read this in December. I have had it and had planned on reading it right away, but I went through a little bit of a reading slump. But then I picked it up and hated myself so much for waiting so long to read it. Then, I got mad again because the next book in the series isn’t coming out until NEXT YEAR! What??!! Of course, from my understanding, this was supposed to be just one book. If you have read the first book you know that no one would have been happy with just one book of this series. This book could end the series, you would just have to fill in the blacks with your imagination. I could do that…but I would rather Sabaa Tahir get another book to us like ASAP!
  5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
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    I read this book in two days. It was a fabulous book! I have heard people praising this book and…well when the word “Labyrinth” is in anything you better believe I will get my hands on it to see what it is. It stems from my love of the 1984 movie Labyrinth with David Bowie.
    Labyrinth Lost almost had a Alice in Wonderland feel to it. Alex has to go into a different world to save her family. I loved almost everything about this book. I will say that there is a romance in the novel. A very small mention to the point where it feels like the author wrote this amazing story and then decided there needed to be a love story. It came across as an afterthought and I hated that. This book would still be amazing without any kind of romance and that is why I still love it!

Because I have no self control I am going to move on and mention a few more books. This is kind of my honorable mentions list…but honestly I don’t think I could actually pick top 5 favorites.

  1. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
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    I am not going to lie, I wanted to read this because the cover was so gorgeous. Also it’s a retelling of Snow White and I love retellings! I think I have already covered this. I think I would be happy just reading retellings all the time.
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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    I didn’t know what to really expect going into this story. I knew it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I did not expect the ending. I also didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This year I would like to read Crimson Bound by the same author. The covers are similar but I don’t think the books are related. As a stand alone Cruel Beauty was a fantastic book and I may end up reading it again.
  3. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
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    There isn’t much I have to say about this book, except I enjoyed it so much that I asked for the entire series for Christmas. I got it too! I can’t wait to finish the series.
  4. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
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    The Start Touched Queen was so magical! I loved everything about it. I was so in love with this book. I entered such a beautiful and fantastical world and I didn’t want it to end.
  5. Splintered by A.G. Howard
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    Splintered does not have a lot of good reviews. Everyone seems to really dislike it. Most of the comments are about a love triangle between the main character and two guys. The thing about it is that the triangle doesn’t actually get annoying until the second book and by then you understand why the main character has such an issue with the two boys in her life. Personally, I loved this book. Now, the rest of the series has been a little slow, but this first book really drew me in and I loved it so much. I will finish the series, I am reading the last book now, but none of them have been as good as this first book.

Okay, I am going to stop there. I have 10 books on this list that was supposed to only be 5. I’m sorry! These have no order really. I loved all of these books. The ones that are not a part of my collection will soon be a part of it, and the ones that I already had will be cherished forever.

What were your favorite books you read in 2016?