Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

30532463This week I’m looking forward to The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser. This book was originally published in German and that’s honestly all that I know about it! But let’s just say the cover and the whole concept of being able to jump into a book is every book lover’s dream. Wouldn’t it be amazing? *sigh* I hope that it’s as good as it looks. It’s set to be released on January 3rd 2017 by Feiwel & Friends.

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Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger—someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever the cost.

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November Wrap Up!

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SOME THOUGHTS

The year is almost over and the holidays are upon us! I can’t believe how quickly time flies. I started this blog last January and the love and support that it has received has been overwhelming. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. Gina, Lindsay and I are unbelievably grateful for all of your likes, views and comments. We now have 501 followers. You are ALL AMAZING!!

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A bunch of posts have been queued for December but please forgive us if we don’t get back to you right away. Lindsay and I will be heading home to Canada for the Christmas break. I’m not sure how I feel about the extremely cold weather and snow as I managed to avoid it last year. I guess we’ll see…I hate snow. Argh!

Finally, we hope all of you have a wonderful, fun and love filled holiday season! Enjoy the time with family, friends, pets or whoever makes you happy. You DESERVE IT! *hugs*


BOOKS HAULED


BOOKS READ

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh | ★★★★★
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | ★★★★★
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill | ★★★★★
The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova | ★★★★
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson | ★★★★
Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor | ★★★★
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder | ★★★★★
Assassin Study by Maria V. Snyder | ★★★★
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris | ★★★★½
Thanks a Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst | ★★★★


POSTS

Reviews:

Forest Secrets · Haven · The Bone Sparrow · Fear the Drowning Deep · A Study in Scarlet Women

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday · Waiting On Wednesday

Tags/Other Posts:

Book Blitz: Shadow Fall · My Bookish History Tag · 2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge: Signup · The Miranda Sings Award · The Music Tag! · Bookish Bingo: Fall Edition Update II ·  The Goodreads Book Tag II · Cover Reveal: Queen of Chaos · The TBR Book Tag

I hope you have a wonderful December! Happy holidays! ❤

The TBR Book Tag

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It’s time for another book tag! I found this one on Thrice Read a while back and just got around to doing it. I’m not going to tag anyone, but of course if you do decide to do it, I’d love to see your answers. Have a wonderful day! ❤


1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use Goodreads to look back on books that I’ve marked as “to-read” but I don’t really use a system. I’m either reading books for review or go wherever my mood takes me.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

It’s a bit of both. I prefer physical books but I do have a lot of review copies from NetGalley that are on my iPad. E-books are also a lot easier to travel with, so it really depends on the time and what I’m doing.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

If it’s a book that will be released soon I’ll prioritize it over others because I need to write a review or have an assigned date for a blog tour. Other than that, it’s always based on how I feel at a particular time. I’m a huge mood reader.

4. Book that has been on your TBR the longest?

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6. A book you recently added to your TBR?

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7. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

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8. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

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9. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

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10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

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11. A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

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12. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

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13. How many books are in your Goodreads TBR shelf?

I honestly have never checked it before but I have 1,481 book on my TBR shelf! WOW! I really need to go through and unclick the books I know I have no interest in anymore. Looking through it also made me realize how many amazing books I still need to read! *sigh* I need more hours in the day.

Review | Forest Secrets by Laurie Woodward

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Release date: January 20th, 2016
Publisher: A Magical Mystery
Genre: Middle grade, fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss

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The half-tree, half-human beings lived a secret existence deep in the old growth forest.

Until now.

When 11-year old Daisy Castillo discovers a plot to destroy the forest, she tries to halt the approaching evil while keeping these magical creatures from being discovered.

But danger waits in every shadow. For if these corrupt men succeed, the Forest People will die. A few surprises are in store, as some unknown and undiscovered friendships hold the key to her success.

Fate hangs in the balance as Daisy faces her deepest fears, including heartbreak from the past, to rise up against all odds.

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I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect with this novel. It’s much younger than I usually read and the cover did nothing to attract my attention. It looked childish and rather ridiculous. I went in with low expectations, but it ended up surprising me how much I actually enjoyed reading it!

The main theme of the book is environmental protection. One day while exploring in the woods next to her newly built neighbourhood, Daisy meets Callandrai, a tree-like person who is distraught because she cannot find her parents. This sets the two girls off on a mission to stop the further destruction of the forest and save those who inhabit it.

I could see how this book would be an excellent tool for teaching children about protecting the environment. It pulls at your heartstrings and you cannot help but cheer on the main characters. It’s also not very long, about 160ish pages in length. It is fast paced and doesn’t waste anytime getting into the action. As for the action, there is a lot of it. Plus some mystery and suspense that keeps the reader turning the pages trying to find out what will happen next.

Besides reading a middle grader book (the writing was obvious and vocabulary much simpler than I am used to) the thing that irked me was the random insertion of Spanish words. Yes, Daisy’s family is of Mexican origin, but slapping a few Spanish words onto a page doesn’t make the character feel or be Mexican. It was strained and read as trying too hard. Middle grade and young adult books NEED more diversity but this should be done in an organic way.

Overall, while I am most definitely not the target audience for this novel, it was an enjoyable read that warmed my heart and truly taught me not to judge a book by its cover!

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.25092254

This week I’m looking forward to Cold Summer by Gwen Cole. I love the idea of time travel and one of the periods of history that interests me the most is the Second World War. The book blends these two and deals with the fallout of bouncing back and forth between time periods. It sounds incredibly interesting! The book will be released through Sky Pony Press in May 2017.

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Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future. Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

Book Blitz: Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

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Are you ready? The shadow is falling, and the meteor is coming… SHADOW FALL by Audrey Grey has arrived! You can get your copy now for the special release price of 99 cents, and be sure to meet at the Facebook Party happening right now!


About the Book:

sfThe asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own hert. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. The question is who?

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About the Author:

audreyAudrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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Review | Haven by Katherine Bogle

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Release date: May 11th, 2016
Publisher: Friesen Press
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home.

As Kadia’s obsession with Haven mounts, little time remains, and Haven must make a choice; join together with her fellow Royals, and test her immortality in a final stand against the evil Queen, or flee across the sea to a foreign republic in hopes of salvation. Both choices have a cost. Both plans could go awry. Haven must decide quickly, or she might be the only one left.

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I requested this book because the blend of immortality, magic and a medieval setting sounded fascinating. It had all of the components I really love: fantasy, romance and strong kickass female characters, but it sadly fell flat for me.

The story is quite short. At around 200 pages I should have been able to zip through it, but instead it became a slow grind. After DNFing two other books in October I really didn’t want to give up on this one so I stuck it through. The action is very slow to build. Nothing really happened in the first 100 pages. By the midway point I still didn’t know very much about the setting or the characters. This made it extremely difficult for me to care about what would happen to them later on in the story. I NEED A CONNECTION! I NEED TO CARE!

Part of the reason why there wasn’t a connection was because EVERYTHING is about Haven. Yes, her name is the title of the book, but the entire plot revolves around her. The other characters were just window-dressing. The story opens with Haven being crowned queen of Rythern. Her entire family had been killed and she wasn’t prepared for the burden thrust upon her. This should have made for an interesting storyline but to be honest, Haven was extremely boring. Everything was about her immortality and how she was afraid to fall in love. How her personality started at the beginning of the book was how it ended…NOTHING changed. UGH!

What I did love was all of the strong female characters! Haven’s personal guard were all females and the villain, Queen Kadia, was fascinating. Kadia was unbalanced and very, very dark. She used dark powers to attack the lands around her. She wanted to achieve world domination, but I wish we knew more about her. What made her the way she was? Hints to another land or world were given, but not much informational was revealed. Maybe this will be revealed in the sequel but you still need to give a little to keep the reader interested.

So, this book was promising but it never really went anywhere. The plot lines were predictable and cookie cutter, the characters were flat and the writing stuffy and blunt. It was slow to read but it did have some good moments, such as the battles scenes, where I quite enjoyed it. I honestly though wouldn’t recommend it. It was a huge let down and that makes me very sad. I wanted…no expected…so much more!


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Katherine Bogle’s debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World’s Best Story contest in 2015. She has written four full books, attended Holland College for Photography, and travelled to Ireland, Scotland, England and Cuba. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats.

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