Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - The Continent




Expected publication: March 27th 2018

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two nations remain perpetually locked in combat. Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of battle, a thing long vanished in the peaceful realm of the Spire. For Vaela, the war holds little interest. As a smart and talented apprentice cartographer and a descendent of the Continent herself, she sees the journey as a dream come true: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But Vaela’s dream all too quickly turns to nightmare as the journey brings her face-to-face with the brutal reality of a war she’s only read about. Observing from the safety of a heli-plane, Vaela is forever changed by the sight of the bloody battle being waged far beneath her. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she’d ever imagined—and with an entirely new perspective as to what war truly means. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Random Mini Review - The Witching Hour



The Witching Hour--that moment when every fiber of your beings says, "This is the time to do the magick, the ritual, the enchantment for what I need." It could be dawn, a misty twilight, or the deepest, darkest inky night. It's a time when all of your being urges you to get up, get moving, and get working! Confidence that you can easily step from the problem at hand to the success that you desire seething around you. And you know, to the depths of your soul, it is time for magick! The moment of your own power has matured!

This is a book of magic--formulas and techniques for working with herbal blends and powders, techniques for connecting to the ultimate oneness of universe, inspiration for deepening your magical work and seeing your intentions become real changes in the world.





Mini Book Breakdown 

Looking for simple spells, charms, chants, and powders? This book is for you! Not only does it contain these things and more but it also has ways to ground yourself, to cleanse yourself from negative energy. I love how to shows you to prepare for magic. The things to cleanse your mind and energy for ritual. There is quite a things that I can't wait to try after reading this book. So many herbal blends and powders and even a few meditations. I'm glad Silver RavenWolf has decided to write again. Her book To Ride a Silver Broomstick was the first Wiccan book I ever read and while I know some people don't like her, I find her writing easy to follow and informative. 

There is so much info in this book that I can't even begin to cover it in this little review, you need to read this book for yourself and you won't regret it. Also if you are looking for a step by step into herbal blends and powder, this is perfect for you! I loved how detailed it was, from the herbs themselves to the tools you will need to make your desired item. This is just a wonderful book. I'm so glad that NetGalley gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review!   



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hunted - Book Breakdown (Review)


Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?




Mini Book Breakdown 

What I love most about this book is the setting. Medieval Russia, like hell yeah sign me up! I love going to other countries and I will always grab one that takes place somewhere else. Also, all that snow! God, I would love that. So beautiful. I'm like the only person ever than loves the snow and winter more than heat and summer. Which always makes me wonder why I live in the freaking South... ugh.

Now this isn't like any other Beauty and Beast retelling I've read. Beauty isn't some little sweet girl or even a hardcore bookworm (which I missed). She's a hunter, a damn good one too. She's also strong and takes no shit from anyone. She is also close to her sisters. I loved seeing their strong bond and how much they all really love each other. One of sisters was even ready and willing to give up the love of her life for her younger sister. It was so touching.

The Beast is pretty much what we have come to know with all these retellings so I won't waste time on him.

It all starts with her father going missing during a hunting trip. Yeva goes after him and instead of finding her father... she finds the Beast! There is also a whole other world filled with supernatural creatures that she is shown. Secrets abound and the ending is not quite what you think. 




Friday, September 15, 2017

Cover Reveal - Cursebreaker


Today I’m excited to share with you the cover of Taylor Fenner’s upcoming YA Historical Fantasy novel, CURSEBREAKER.


CURSEBREAKER is coming January 2, 2018! A standalone YA Historical Fantasy set in Viking era Scandinavia, CURSEBREAKER is a retelling of the Norwegian Fairytale, East O’ The Sun and West O’ The Moon. Pre-order your copy today! Kindle users – stay tuned for the pre-order coming in October! And don’t miss the gorgeous cover below…


Cover design by Taylor Fenner.

About CURSEBREAKER
A Scorned Queen, A Cursed Prince, A Girl begging for love and adventure...

History Channel's Vikings meets Norse Folklore and Mythology in this High Fantasy retelling of the Norwegian Fairy Tale, East O' The Sun and West O' The Moon.

Eighteen-year-old Helga "Hel" Daalgaard has accepted that the only love and adventure in her future live within the pages of the books her father brings for her from his travels. She's content helping around the home she shares with her parents and eight siblings; it may be a dull life but it's all she's ever known... until a polar bear arrives at their tiny cottage and offers up a strange proposal.

After spurning his young stepmother's advances, Prince Dyre is cursed to spend his days in the body of a polar bear. To break the curse he must find a woman to fall in love with him and stay with him for a year - but the woman of his choosing can never learn that he is truly a man or Dyre will be forced into a future even worse than spending his days as a polar bear. He thinks Hel could be the one to break the curse, but if Hel ever finds out what brought them together he may lose her forever.

Nobody ever crossed Viveka, Queen of Aldavellir, and lived to tell about it. Dyre is the only man alive that has turned her down but she'll have him whether he likes it or not. She'll make it impossible for the girl he's chosen to last long enough to break the curse. After all, queens don't have to play fair.

CurseBreaker is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Erin Summerill!


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About Taylor Fenner
Taylor Fenner grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. She's a strong believer in ghosts and the paranormal, which led to her interest in writing paranormal romance. Since then she has branched out into Urban Fantasy and now High Fantasy and Fairy Tale Retelling.

An admitted workaholic, when not working on a novel Taylor spends most of her time blogging about books, taking photos for her bookstagram account, binge watching the latest season of Vikings, and listening to music that's sure to ruin her hearing eventually.

In addition to CurseBreaker, Taylor is the author of The Haunting Love, Finding Elizabeth, Out of Darkness (Eternals Trilogy #1), Into the Light (Eternals Trilogy #2), Through the Fog (Eternals Trilogy #3), Eternal Fire: An Eternals Trilogy Novelette, and her upcoming New Adult debut, Headless, a contemporary reimagining of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


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50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Series Cover Set

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Series Cover Set



God this is so hard. I love so many covers and then I dislike so many series covers... it was so hard to narrow down. 



Favorites




Least Favorite

I like Winter but the rest... just not my thing really. 




Topic for Next Week
Author You'd Most/Least Like to Meet










Thursday, September 14, 2017

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming - Mini Review

Wake Up in Your Dreams and Live a Happier, More Lucid Life 

A lucid dream is a dream in which you become aware that you're dreaming. It's a powerful opportunity to solve problems, create new possibilities, take charge of your own healing, and explore the depths of reality. This book provides a range of practical techniques and activities to help you bring the creativity and super-conscious awareness of lucid dreaming into your life.

Join international expert Clare R. Johnson as she shares the most up-to-date lucid dreaming techniques on how to get and stay lucid, guide dreams, resolve nightmares, deepen creativity, and integrate dream wisdom into everyday life. Drawing on cutting-edge science and psychology, this book is packed with inspiring stories of life-changing lucid dreams and fascinating insights into topics such as the ethics of dream sex, how to interact with lucid dream figures, and the nature of consciousness.

Whether you're a person who barely remembers your dreams or a lifelong lucid dreamer, this in-depth guide is the perfect next step as you cultivate the power of lucid dreaming.




Book Breakdown 

I really don't know what to say about this book other than it really teaches you everything about Lucid Dreaming. I didn't know much about it when I started other than it's a way to 'wake up' in your dreams and control them. There is so much in this book that I can't even cover it all but I will say that if you are looking for some info on this type of thing, then this book is the perfect place to start! It has everything you need to get your going. It's kind of mind blowing the stuff it contains. 

*Thanks NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - The Belles




Expected publication: February 20th 2018

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. 

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Random ARC Mini Review - The Ghosts of Captain Grant's Inn





This is the story of the saints and spirits that helped Carol Matsumoto buy and renovate a stately home that had fallen into disrepair, turning it into a successful bed and breakfast. As Carol began the laborious process of renovating a historic Connecticut home, originally built by Captain William Grant in 1754, it became clear to her that the miracles and messages she received were coming from helpers beyond this world. Once the bed and breakfast opened, the evidence for paranormal activity became overwhelming. When a guest of the inn used dowsing rods to communicate with the spirits, a whole new chapter began, with Carol learning the backstory and desires of the twelve spirits who call the inn home.






Mini Book Breakdown 

This books follows the story of how Captain Grant's came to be and the spirits that live there. It's cool to see this woman's journey as she went through this long process. It was also nice to see how she connected with the spirits and how it changed her views on things. I loved hearing about the things the spirits would do to the guests that stayed at her Bed and Breakfast. 

I'd never heard about the Gathering before and the war with that the spirits that is going to come soon. It was also nice to see a different version of hell. Not hot and burning but a cold, alone place with no God there at all. No other humans, no contact. That sounds worse to me than burning forever. Being trapped in darkness with no love around you. It would drive one insane I think. 

I love how simple the author writes and how easy it is to follow her though all this. She starts way back to the experience she had as a child. So you really get to glimpse her life and how she has been in tune with things even before she knew it herself. Wonderful read. I enjoyed it very much. If you like ghosts, then you'll love this!

*Thanks to NetGalley for giving me this copy in exchange for an honest review*


Monday, September 11, 2017

Music Monday - Fractured Fairytales

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.


Title: Until Eternity 

Favorite Lyrics 

We live on and on and on, death is weak and we are strong
On and on and on, time is weak and we are strong.







All I could find for this one was the Nightcore version. Sorry guys.

Title:  Fractured Fairytale


Favorite Lyrics

Step into my gothic novel
It is romantic but also awful
But passion grows even when you’re heartless
Things get so deep here in the darkness.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

August 2017 Wrap Up



I read nine books and one manga. Which isn't bad considering that August was a busy month and not in a good way. I'm so glad that month is gone and I never want to think of it again. Also, this means now means that fall weather is one step closer and am I so ready for some cooler temperatures. I hate this 90*+ weather. So bring on autumn!

What did you read this month? Let me know down below. Have a great day and happy reading! 

































Saturday, September 09, 2017

Book Breakdown - Hunted (House of Night #5)





What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you? At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?






Book Breakdown 

So the Nerd Herd is now underground and hiding away from Kalona. Aphrodite and Stevie-Rae have imprinted, Stark is an evil rapist, and Erik went from sweet guy to way too possessive. Not to mention that Kalona can reach Zoey in her dreams... so lots of drama. Nothing is ever slow in these books. Very fact paced and I enjoy that. 

Most of this book is spent trying to figure out a way to get rid of Kalona. When is easier said than done when Zoey's very soul calls out to him. She was made for him. Finally, they do figure out a way to banish him from Tulsa but it doesn't get rid of him completely. So while they get a small break from now... the real battle is only just beginning...

So my biggest gripe with these books is all the damn dudes that are in love with Zoey. She's got like 3-4 in here and I just don't get it. I mean I like her and all but there is no way that every freaking dude is going to want her. That's not how it works. It also seems a bit sluttish to me, the way she runs around kissing them all and leading some of them on. Also, I'm starting to think the guys in here have self esteem issues... why else would they allow to girl to treat them that way? 

Erik also seems to have flipped 180, he was so nice in the first book and now... it's like the authors needed to get rid of one guy and kind of made him an asshat. Was he always this way and I just missed the signs?

All in all, I did enjoy this novel and can't wait to read the rest so I can finally move on to Loved. 



Friday, September 08, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Cover Trend

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Cover Trend



So this will probably be an unpopular opinion but I'm usually that weird one that is different from what is popular. Story of my life. So here we go!


Least Favorite

Silhouettes

I just don't get it. I've never found a book with this trend to be pretty or stunning. I actually don't even own a book with this trend that I know of. Just not my thing. If you like it though, that's cool. We each like what we like and there is nothing wrong with that at all.



Favorite

Girls in flowing, fancy dresses

I know a lot of people are sick of this or they just never liked it but it just draws my eyes so much. Also I think it lends to the fact that if I could afford it, I'd dress in a fancy black gothic dress every freaking day. I'm not even kidding. 


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Series Cover Set











Thursday, September 07, 2017

The Longest Book Tag


I was tagged by the awesome Gennifer Eccles over at Ready, Set, Read! If you're not following that awesome blog, you should change that right now! Also thank you for tagging me! I love tags! 

I actually dug deep into this and didn't just guess. On a recent 50/50 Friday I put my longest book read was ACOWAR, which after I did this digging, found out isn't true... I've read longer books. So here we go! 


The Rules:
1. Make a list of the five longest books you've ever read.
2. Select two of the longest books on your TBR.
3. Discuss.
4. Tag others



1) The Host
620 Pages


2) A Court of Wings and Ruin
699 Pages



3) Breaking Dawn
756 Pages



4) Queen of Shadows 
648 Pages



5) Impulse
666 Pages






Now for my TBR I just grabbed two that were long. I didn't dig for the longest ones. That would have taken hours... 


Lady Midnight
Page Count: 698



Empire of Storms
Page Count: 693



After doing this tag I think I've discovered that I prefer longer books. The world building is better, the plot and subplots have time to move along while we still get to know the characters. That also means we can have more of the characters we love. I hate letting characters go and longer books let me keep them a wee bit longer and that makes me happy. Plus, as a speed reader, sometimes a short books just doesn't have that same feeling a long book does... if that makes any sense. Who know, I'm weird. 



Now I'm going to tag there wonderful bloggers for this fun tag! 



Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - The Cruel Prince






Expected publication: January 2nd 2018

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

6 Books Everyone Loves that I Don't


We all have those books that everyone loves and raves about and then there is us... sitting off in the corner all alone wondering what the heck all the hype is about. Wondering if we got a different book from everyone else because we just don't like it... 

*Disclaimer*
(Now I'm not bashing any of these books. I just didn't really like them. Everyone has different tastes and if one of these is your favorite book in the world. Good! I'm glad you love it. It take all kinds to make the world go round.)

Well here are those books for me....

6) Red Queen
I read this book and I didn't hate it. I just don't get the hype. It felt like a bend there and done that kind of book. To me, nothing was new. I have no desire to ever pick up the others.



5) When Dimple Met Rishi
So even though I know that if certain people read this I will be called racist, I'm going to freaking say it anyway. I didn't like Dimple. There I said it. The only thing I liked about her was how she was going hard for her dreams. I disliked everything else about her and I really thought that the sweetheart that is Rishi deserved someone much better. 


4) Wintersong
So I don't usually hate books. I just don't like them and that's the end of it. Not this book, I hated it. Not one good thing to say about it besides the cover is freaking stunning AF! 


3) Fifty Shades of Grey
(No review, I've never actually finished this novel after trying three times)
So either everyone loves this books or just thinks it way overrated. I'm the later. 



2) Ruin and Rising 
I don't hate this book... I gave it 3 stars but I just don't like the ending... it could have been so much better. 



1) Blood Rose Rebellion
Now this is that book that I can see why people like it. I just personally didn't.