Week in Rewind: Week of Aug. 10-16

This week I:

  1. Books/Reading
    1. Continued reading On the Edge by Jenny Pitman
    2. Continued reading Onyx, #2 Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    3. Continued reading Raytara – Judgement of the Stars, #2 Arash by Elke Schuster
  2.  Blog
    1. Posted my Monday missions post
    2. Week in review post
    3. Friday Reads post
    4. Book Review Post
  3. You Tube
    1. Filmed, edited and uploaded my Channel Intro video
    2. decided what other videos I want to try to do on a monthly weekly basis
      1. Monthly Missions video                                                                                                                                                What I plan to do for the month: reading, blog, you tube as well as any changes i intend to make        to my blog and you tube channel.
      2. Month in Rewind                                                                                                                                                           What I managed to do from my monthly missions video including reviews for books that I read           during the month.

Weeks in Review #6 (Feb 2-8)

BOOKS READ THIS WEEK

Read: A Winter of Ghosts (#3 The Waking Trilogy) by Thomas Randal

Book Information

Synopsis

Kara’s life in Japanese prep school has been a whirlwind of terror, as a demon’s curse keeps waking up ancient, evil  creatures to torment her and her friends. When a student goes missing during a visit to a mountain forest, Kara and her  friends are sure the curse has struck again. This time, it’s a demon of winter, whose power is more chilling than anything  they’ve encountered so far. And then it gets worse: the demon kidnaps Kara’s boyfriend, Hachiro, with whom she’s just  starting to fall in love. Desperate to save him, Kara ventures back into the snowy woods, where dark forces await her . . .

Details

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 402 KB

Print Length: 206 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Daring Greatly Corporation (20 Jan. 2013)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English

ASIN: B00B3VLI9C

Review

This was a fantastic ending to an amazing trilogy.

In this final installment of the trilogy the reader sees the development of Kara’s and Kara’s Fathers relationships as well as Kara’s friendships and the ultimate destruction of the demons curse.

Again in this book the authors world building and general descriptions made me as the reader feel like I was a part of the story as well as be able to empathise with what the  characters were feeling.

The cover art work, authors writing style, the fact that I will read the book again in the future and recommend it to others/ buy it for friends and family members that I think will enjoy it; are the reasons that I have given this book a five star rating. In essence the trilogy as a whole is more than well worth the five stars plan to give it when I write the trilogy review

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The End of all Things (#1 The End of all Things) by Lissa Bryan

Book Information

Product Details

Synopsis: After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her  apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her  is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to  continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief,  she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets  in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer  climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612131417
  • Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4ZK9QA

REVIEW

Thank you Cindy Bidwell from thewriterscoffeeshop for asking me to do a review for this and the next two books in the series for her blog hop.

This is the first book in a dystopian romance series  based around a young woman and her partners travels across post virus Canada and into America from Juno in Alaska. It sees them having to deal with lack of food, being attacked and an unplanned pregnancy.

Lissa’s character descriptions and world building were so well written that you could really see things through the characters eyes at some points I even felt I was actually in the story. I particularly felt for Carly and Justin when they found put that Catly was pregnant especially their fear over what would happen to them and their child once s/he was born. I also felt their relief when they found the settlement and them when they realised they had infected its inhabitants with the infection.

I have given this book a 4 star rating because the cover art and writing in this book was so good that I would definitely read the book again in the future as well as recommend it to others as well as buy it for friends or family who I think would enjoy it, as well as it being a solid start to what I am sure will be a fantastic series.

Author Bio

 


KINDLE BOOKS PURCHASED THIS WEEK

Circled Heart (The Laramie Series Book 4) by Karen J. Hasley – Free
The City Center (The New Agenda Series Book 1) by Simone Pond, Peter Stier – Free
Gaia’s Secret (A Pandoran Novel, #1) by Barbara Kloss – Free
Free – Lady X by Claudy Conn, Kathy Riehl
Free – Highland Shift (Highland Destiny Book 1) by Laura Harner, Jae Ashley
Free – Legacy Code: (Legacy Code #1) (Fractured Era Series) by Autumn Kalquist
£0.99 – Half Lies: A Half Bad story by Sally Green
£0.99 – Tales From The End (The End of All Things) by Lissa Bryan
Free – 3500: An Autistic Boy’s Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles
£2.99 – Destined for Doon (#2 Doon) by Carey Corp, Lorie Langdon
£0.99 – Doon (#1 Doon) by Lorie Langdon, Carey Corp
£9.90 – The Dragon Blood Collection, Books 1-3 by Lindsay Buroker
£0.99 – Alice’s Adventures in Steamland: The Clockwork Goddess by Wol-vriey, Arthur Gelsinger, steampunk
£4.31 – Shades of Grey (#1 Shades of Grey) by Jasper Fforde
£3.99 – Vanished Books Three & Four: Safe House; Sanctuary by Meg Cabot
£2.26 – A Winter of Ghosts (#3 The Waking Series) by Thomas Randall, Christopher Golden
£4.56 – Masters of the Cats: Collaring the Saber-Tooth by Trinity Blacio
£1.10 Greta and the Goblin King (#1 Mylena Chronicles) by Chloe Jacobs

NETGALLEY BOOKS RECEIVED THIS WEEK

All Together Now by Gill Hornby

  **THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY**The small town of Bridgeford is in crisis. The high street is half empty, businesses are closing and the idea of  civic pride seems old-fashioned to the commuters rushing home from work. Somehow, it seems to have lost its  heart.But there is one thing that might just bring the town together: music. The Bridgeford Community Choir has a  chance of winning the county championship. First though, the small band of singers must find a lot of new  members and a whole new sound.

Enter Tracey – one of life’s soloists, and hiding a secret past; Bennett – a church choir refugee, baffled by the  modern world. And Jazzy – who sees her voice as her passport straight out of town to a future of fame and  fortune. Can they really fit in with dependable old regulars like Annie? Can they learn to work together, save their singing group and maybe even their community?

All Together Now is a funny, sharply observed and moving novel about the joys of singing, about living in harmony, about falling in love… and about the importance of finding your own, true voice.

Little, Brown Book Group UK

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  • ISBN: 9781408704370
  • Price: £14.99 GBP
  • Edition: Hardcover

Libertine (Libertine #1) by Blair Lacey

 I wasn’t made for love. I was made for sex.

And I must not ever forget that.

Opal has been used and abused, but is determined to turn a new chapter in her life. Escaping from her abusive  ex took her all the courage she had, but when he threatens to return and torment her again, she fears for her own  life … Meeting a tall, dark and deadly stranger might just be her salvation – or will it doom her?

 Libertine is a dark romance novel with erotica and mystery elements. Provocative, dark &  twisted … a story that will play with your mind, body and soul.

Blair Lacy

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  • ISBN: 0000000000072
  • Price: $2.99 USD
  • Edition: Ebook

Heart Collector by Jacques Vandroux

Finding murderers is just a day on the job for police captain Nadia Barka. But when a mutilated corpse is  discovered in an old baptistery, she’s faced with some difficult questions: Who left a young woman’s body in a  high-security museum in the middle of the night? And where is the victim’s heart?

Barka has no leads, until several days later when unassuming computer technician Julien Lombard comes  forward, claiming to have had a premonition of the woman’s abduction and murder. The ensuing investigation  turns up nothing, however, and Julien is just as skeptical about his intel as the police are. But, after another  woman goes missing, Barka decides to take a chance and trust in Julien’s gift. Does Julien hold the key to  preventing another gruesome crime? Working together, can they find the murderer before he steals another  heart?

Amazon Publishing – AmazonCrossing

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  • ISBN: 9781477826829
  • Price: $10.99 USD
  • Edition: Other Format

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neil

In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an  advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a  seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies.

Kate McDaid thought that going to the reading of her great-great-aunt’s will would be just another non-event in  her ordinary life. A junior copywriter at an advertising agency in Dublin, she was used to spending her days  wrangling clients, over-indulging in chocolatey products, and whiling away nights at the pub with her best  friends, using her trusty bicycle to get around town. Instead, Kate finds out that the will and her aunt (also  known as the Red Witch of Knocknamee) dictates that Kate must publish a series of strange poems called “The  Seven Steps” under her own name in order to inherit the rest of her aunt’s estate.

And those poems? They’re a mysterious treatise on the importance and existence of fairies…

Kate decides to publish the Steps on a friend’s website, thinking that the low traffic on the site would let her posts go unnoticed. She never could have imagined that in a matter of days, she would find herself a local celebrity with her own group of devotees and the target of a mysterious and glamorous newspaper reporter. Even Dublin’s rock-and-roll sweetheart—and Kate’s onetime fling—writes a song inspired by the Steps.

While the Steps strike a chord across Ireland and the world, Kate takes the message to heart. But as the tone of each Step moves from free-spirited to sinister, Kate must decide if she will go through with publishing all seven Steps—or protect humankind from an ancient evil.

Infused with just enough magic and everyday familiarity that anyone can relate to, this fantastic debut is a page-turner with the perfect mix of humor and mystery.

Touchstone

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The Changes Trilogy (The Weathermonger, Heartsease, and The Devil’s Children) by Peter Dickinson

 Something has gone very wrong in England. In a tunnel beneath Wales one man opens a crack in a mysterious  stone wall, and all over the island of Britain people react with horror to perfectly normal machines. Abandoning  their cars on the roads and destroying their own factories, many flee the cities for the countryside, where they  return to farming and an old-fashioned life.

When families are split apart and grown-ups forget how they used to live, young people face unexpected  challenges. Nicola Gore survives on her own for nineteen days before she’s taken in by a Sikh family that still  remembers how to farm and forge steel by hand. Margaret and Jonathan brave the cold and risk terrible  punishment in order to save a man’s life and lift the fog of fear and hate that’s smothering their village. And  Geoffrey and his little sister, Sally, escape to France only to be sent back to England on a vital mission: to make  their way north to Wales, alone, and find the thing under the stones that shattered civilization—the source of the  Changes.

Open Road Integrated Media – Open Road Media Teen & Tween

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 Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day  becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and  stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a  connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but  starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible  secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market,  profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave,  but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

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 Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Companions Codex III) by R. A. Salvatore

R.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling tale of the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden continues immediately on the  heels ofRise of the King, with an expanding war and greater danger to the finally-reunited Companions of the  Hall.

In the evolving world of the Forgotten Realms setting, the Sundering has given way to months of cloud-cloaked  darkness, and war rages under that oppressive sky. The orcs have broken a hard-fought treaty that’s held,  however tentatively, for a hundred years, and the time to settle old scores has devolved into an all-out brawl for  control of the ancient realms of the North

  •  ISBN: 9780786965700
  •  Price: $27.95 USD
  •  Edition Hardcover

Asylum by Jeannette De Beauvoir

Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor’s office in Montreal.  When four women are found brutally  murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine’s boss fears a  PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the  mayor and the police department. The women were of varying ages, backgrounds and bodytypes and seemed to  have nothing in common. Yet the macabre presentation of their bodies hints at a connection. Martine is paired  with a young detective, Julian Fletcher, and together they dig deep into the city’s and the country’s past, only to  uncover a dark secret dating back to the 1950s, when orphanages in Montreal and elsewhere were converted to  asylums in order to gain more funding. The children were subjected to horrific experiments such as lobotomies,  electroshock therapy, and psychotropic medication, and many of them died in the process. The survivors were  supposedly compensated for their trauma by the government and the cases seem to have been settled. So who is  bearing a grudge now, and why did these four women have to die?

Not until Martine finds herself imprisoned in the terrifying steam tunnels underneath the old asylum does she put the pieces together. And it is almost too late for her…in Jeannette de Beauvoir’s Asylum.

St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books

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Die for Me by Cynthia Eden
  She thought her fiance was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer… Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his  victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans  and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time,  she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New  Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancee, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore  the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he  won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead. Dark and intensely sexy, this  romantic suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden is sure to leave readers breathless.Amazon Publishing – Montlake Romance

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Week in review #2 (5-11/1): Book reviews, books purchased,

Read-a-thons taken part in

bout of books 12.0

all the books in the review section below were read for this read athon

Fade #1 Fade Series (2 book bind up) by Kallin Gow – 201 pages

Dreams of the Dead (#1 Waking Trilogy) by Thomas Randal – 212

Falling, #2 Fade Series – 20 pages read

Schism: The Battle for Darrica (#1 Darracia Saga) by Michael Phillip Cash – 49 pages read

#ayearathon readathon  (January’s book choice Standalones)

The Books read for this readathon from the review list below included:

Eveeryone Has Their Little Secrets by Michael Louthan – 137 pages

The Strange and Beutiful Sorrows of Eva Lavender 320 pages

City of Stairs by (ebook – started) – 40 pages read

Books Read this Week

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett  (ebook)  – started, read for the #ayearathon read-a-thon

Schism: The Battle for Darracia, #1 Darracia Saga by Michael Phillip Cash (not finished) – read as part of the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

Fade (FADE Combined Books 1 and 2 Special Edition (FADE Series #1 and #2) ( A YA  Dystopian Thriller Series) by Kallin Gow (ebook) – read as part of the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

About the Author

(information obtained from Goodreads.com)

Upcoming! “Blue Room Vol. 5”, RELEASE DATE: Wednesday Jan. 7, 2015!

Never miss a new release! Sign up for Kailin’s email announcements and you’ll automatically get notified as soon as her next book is released: www.kailingowbooks.com for romance and www.theEDGEbooks.com for YA and New Adult.

Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women.

She is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communications Masters in Management program in journalism, marketing and publishing at the University of Southern California.

An ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated Author for her YA series, Frost Series, in 2011, she is also a speaker at BEA, and multi-author signing event organizer for the popular Rockin’ Events.

Having traveled to over 25 countries, lived in the American South, in California, Las Vegas, and briefly in England; Kailin Gow feels blessed to be able to use her experiences and inspirations to bring characters and stories from the places she visit, to life.

From visiting Romania, she was asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia’s mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women’s shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media.

Everyone Has Their Little Secrets by Michael Louthern (Paperback, Review copy) – read as part of the #ayearathon read-a-thon and the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

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I read this book as part of the #ayearathon readathon.

About the Author

Michael Louthan was born in Enid, Oklahoma, and grew up in southwest Kansas. He graduated from Wichita State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. For the last twenty years Michael has lived in New Orleans. Visit his website at www.michaellouthan.com.

 


Dreams of the Dead’ #1 Waking Trilogy by Thomas Randal (ebook (one of my weekend reads for last weekend)) –  read as part of the  boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

Product Details

 

About the Author

(all of the following info.was obtained from the author’s Goodreads.com page.

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film for New Regency.

He has also written books for teens and young adults, including the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include Poison Ink for Delacorte, Soulless for MTV Books, and The Secret Journeys of Jack London, a collaboration with Tim Lebbon.

With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of the dark fantasy series The Menagerie as well as the young readers fantasy series OutCast and the comic book miniseries Talent, both of which were recently acquired by Universal Pictures. Golden and Sniegoski also wrote the upcoming comic book miniseries The Sisterhood, currently in development as a feature film.

Working with actress/writer/director Amber Benson, he co-created and co-wrote Ghosts of Albion, an original animated supernatural drama for BBC online, from which they created the book series of the same name. (www.ghostsofalbion.net)

As an editor, Golden’s work has included the Hellboy novel series, a trio of Hellboy short story anthologies, and co-editing duties on British Invasion, from Cemetery Dance. His non-fiction work includes collaborative efforts such as The Stephen King Universe, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide, and the upcoming Neil Gaiman Companion. His other writing has included video games, numerous comic books, and short stories.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world.

Review

First of all I’d like to thank Missy – bingereader on you tube for recommending this book on one of her review videos. I am so glad that I purchased it and read it because it’s a fantastic story and an amazing start to what I am sure will be an grate trilogy.

This first book in the trilogy follows an American girl, named Kara and her father who’s a teacher through their first few months in Japan. Where they have moved to for a year for her father to teach following her mothers death.

The cover art is hauntingly evocative, and, Thomas’s writing style and world building skills are fascinating and captivating so leave you wanting more every time you picked it up. This is why I have given the book a five star rating.

Through the author’s writing I could feel Kara and all the other kids at the schools fear when all the murders and nightmares were happening, to the point where I actually felt like I was in the story as well. It also made me feel a strong connection with Karra when she was so determined to find out what why it was all happening even though she was scared to death because if I was in a situation like that I would teat like that to.

All in all I loved this book and can’t wait to read the other two, in fact I intend to read the second book Spirits of the Noh by the end of this month.

Books & Ebooks I received, requested & purchased this week

Free Ebooks (some via bookbub.com)

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                                                                                 Faelorehn Book One of                  Surrender to Fate: Part One
                                                                                 the Otherworld Trilogy                 of Fate’s Path by Jacelyn Rye
                                                                                 by Jenna Elizabeth
                                                                                 Johnson
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                                                               Raven’s Blood (Moon Virus
                                                               Book 1) by Cassandra
                                                                          Lawson
         
Wrecked – [New Beginnings]                                                                   Time and Again (The History
(The Forever Series) by                                                                              Mystery Series Book 1) by Deborah Heal
Priscilla West
                 
Creeprising (The Post-                Gracie (Women &                   At Any Price (Gaming           Office Duties #1
Creepocalypse Saga Book 1)       War Book 1) by Ellie              The System Book 1)                by Mac Flynn
by R.K. Davenport                        Keaton                                       by Brenna Aubrey
        
  Tuesday Nights (The Sons         Voyage of the Dead – Book                 Reckless Nights in Rome
   of the Aristocracy Book 1)         One Sovereign Spirit Saga                  (A Ludlow Hall Story
   by Linda Rae Sande                    by David Forsyth, Felica A.                Book 1) by CC MacKenzie
                                                           Sullivan
               
    Act One, Wish One: A                      The Message by Hylton H           A Dance of Dragons: Series
   Humorous Paranormal                    Smith                                               Starter Bundle by Kaitlyn Davis
   Romance (As You Wish Series
   Book 1) by Mindy Klasky
           
Burn by Alexis Blake                           Untouchable by Alexis Blake            Wicked by Alexis Blake
       
Grave Girl by Amy Cross                  A Brush with the Moon                  Through Smoke: Firefighter
                                                               (Foxblood Series Book 1) by          Heroes   Trilogy (Book One)
                                                                Raquel Lyon                                      by J.R. Tate
            
THE BACHELOR AND THE           The Light of Asteria                    Back in the Saddle (Jessica
BUTTERFLY (Romantic                   (Kailmeyra Series Book 1):       Brodie #1) by K.F. Breene
Suspense) by J D Farfallina              Volume 1 by Elizabeth
                                                                Isaacs
                
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Week in Review (for week of 29/12) & Week to come (week of 5-11/1)

Books I read and reviewed:

Just One Day Series by Gayle Forman

Just One Day 28-30/12

 

gave this book a 5 star rating because the cover art is grate and both the authors writing and character development are fantastic. Because of this I will be more than pleased to both recommend it to others as well as buying it as gifts for others and for myself to have on my bookshelf as I read it in ebook format.

I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished reading it I immediately started reading the next book in the Series Just one Year. Gayle’s writing was so descriptive and engrossing that I found it difficult to put it down when I had to for what ever the reason. The story was about a High school Graduate named Allyson who went off on a post graduation European tour for three weeks and while on it she met a Dutch boy called Willem who then took her to Paris for the Day, and how much she’d changed in her self as a person when she returned from the trip.

The book followed through leaving for the tour, all the place she saw on the tour, meeting Willem & spending a day with him in Paris, Willem leaving the squat where they slept, to her returning home and searching for & finding Willem.

In essence it was a book about love, heartache, travel and finding yourself.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman – 30/12-1/1/15

L’d like to start by thanking Netgalley for allowing me to review this book for them and I am so glad you did, so Thank you!

I loved this book so much that it took me a total of a day, not in one sitting, to read it. Gayle’s writing was really engaging and just made you want to keep reading.

The main characters in the book were believable and so they were easy to connect with. It was a fitting companion novel in the series. Loved finding out more about Willem’s family and his life in general.

It was also so nice that he was searching for Allyson as she was for him because it showed that the feelings that he had for her were exactly the same as the ones she had for him.

I have purchased the next companion novel in the series Just One Night and hope to read it very soon.

The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (ebook) – a friday reads book

I loved this book from beginning to end because Neil’s writing was so captivating that as a reader I didn’t want to put the book down but unfortunately I had to as I only had a brief time in the day, in bed at night to read it. Because I loved it so much I will most likely but a physical copy of the book to have on my book shelf as I read it in ebook format but I will also recommend it to others as well as possibly buy as a present for friends and family.

I loved the way that Neil told the story from the point of view of a middle aged man called George who on returning to his family home for a funeral remembers something that happened to him as a seven year old child. The story was a gripping one which subtly explored the family, what its really like to be child as well as how the memories from childhood affect the adults we become; with healthy dose of horror and magic entwined in with it.

Neil’s lyrical haunting prose and description of the events that transpired for the seven year old George, along with adorable young girl named Lettie Hemstock who kept coming to his aid made me as a reader want to read more and more of the book each time I picked it up. Due to this there were also times while I was reading the book and even when I thought about it afterwards that I could feel the hairs on my arms standing on end as well as the spine tingling feeling you get when your creeped out about something

Neil Gaiman About the author

Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and               Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring     Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman         comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won     the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a           songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each            month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

Because I’m a Maid Series Episodes 1 (Because I’m a Maid!) & 2 The secrets of the Mitsurugis) Manga Graphic Novels by Sayuri SAKAI 2/1 (a friday reads book)

The cover art work, book illustrations and stories in both of these manga graphic novels were amazing which I why I have give them both a five star rating.  Due to this I will both recommend to others as well as possibly buy them as gifts for people and buy physical copies of them for myself as I Read them in ebook format

This was my first time reading manga so getting used to the way it had to be read : left to right top to bottom, but once I got the hang of it I developed an interest in Manga. Due to this interest I intend to read the rest of this series and any other manga series I can.

BECAUSE I'M A MAID! Episode 1

Episode 1 followed the heorine Karen Otonashi, as she was going through the try out process for being a maid for the Mitsurugi family in the hopes of becoming a great maid like her grandmother. In it the reader sees all the tests that are set for the girls that are trying out to be maids which was fascinating.  The authors writnt and illustrations kept me hooked through out the book and made me immediately read the next book in the series.

 

 

 

Because I'm A Maid Vol. 2 (Because I'm A Maid, #2)

In this episode of the series we see the heroine Karen Otonashi starting her dream job as a maid at the Mitsurugi household. Through out the book things happen that make her realise that things aren’t quite right and that things have changed since her grandmother worked for the family when she was young.   Then when Karen is involved in an unexpected incident occur could Karen reveal the mystery of the Mitsurugi family.

 

 

 

Anna, #1 The Starseed by Meghan Riley (Paperback)  3/1 (a weekend reads book)

Anna (The Starseed Series, #1)

I would like to start this review by thanking the author for contacting me to ask if would  review her book in return for an honest review and I am so glad that I said yes because it  was a fantastic book

The authors writing, character and plot development were all grate and engaging, It is for  this reason that I gave the book a five star rating and will both recommend it to others  and buy it as a gift for family members and friends who I think will enjoy it.

The book was about a teenage girl who was dealing with the changes that were occurring  in some freckles that she had on her arm and the side effects that accompanied them,  hallucinations and seeing a shadow man. As well all the usual things a teenager deals  with, boys, friends, school and work (as her father has died so she has to help her mum to  support the family).

The authors writing throughout this book was so enthralling that I wanted to read more and was also able to see things through Anna’s eyes so really felt a connection to her.

I really hope that the Author contacts me again in the future to review any more of her books especially any future books that are part of the same series as this one. If she does I will snap her hand off because if the quality if writing in this her debue book is anything to go by then she’s going to have a very long and successful career.

About the Author

Meghan Riley

Meghan Riley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and immediately pursued her lifelong passion for the written word. Her debut novel, Anna, presented itself as a way for Riley to inspire teenage girls to expand their interests beyond the typical teenage quandaries, ultimately encouraging females toward an interest in science. She is currently hard at work on the sequel to Anna. Riley currently lives in North Carolina with her significant other, her mother, two clingy cats, and an opinionated dog.

The Sculptor: A Graphic Novel by Scott McCloud (Paperback) – 4/1 (a weekend reads book)

The Sculptor

The cover art for this book was what attracted me to the book but the story and illustrations did not disappoint which is why I am giving the book and five stars out of five. I didn’t realise until I’d read the book just how much the cover art reflects what happens in the story but it does thus why I feel that it along with the illustrations in the book deserve five stars as well.

When I first received the book because of how thick it was I thought it would take me ages to read it but it actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would, it only took me a few days to read rather than just over a week as I thought it would.

The story was captivating because it was about s young sculptor called David Smith who makes a deal with death to be able to sculpt anything he wants with his bare hands in exchange for his life at the end of the 200 day agreed period of time. However once the agreement has been made and David has his gift he finds that its not as easy as he though it would be to decide what to create this is made even harder when he meets the love of his life.

I loved seeing the frustration he felt with his work and finding the love of his life but being unable to tell her about his deal with death because if he does the “fine” is that he looses three of the days that he has left, But what he doesn’t realise until he tells her is that there will be a further penalty… All the characters in the story were believable for different reasons so I was able to connect them all in different ways.

I enjoyed this book so much that I will definitely recommend it to others as well as buy it as a gift for friends or family who I think might enjoy it.

About the author

Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud (born Scott McLeod) is an American cartoonist and theorist on comics as a distinct literary and artistic medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schism, #1 The Battle for Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash (paperback) – a weekends read book

The Waking Dreams of the Dead, #1 Waking by Thomas Randal (ebook) –  a weekends read book (finished on 4th (review will be in my Weekly round up post for next week)

Books that I reviewed:

  • The 100 by Kass Morgan – arc received from NetGalley

Next Weeks TBR

  • Day 21, #2 The 100 Series) by Kass Morgan (ebook) – received from Netgalley, aim to finish
  • The Doppler Effect by Dr Shawn Philips (paperback) – received from Bostick Commubications, aim to finish
  • In a Wolfs Eye. #1 The Saga of the Black Wolf by A. Katie Rose (paperback) – received from Bostick Commubications, aim to finish)
  • Reboot, #1 Reboot by Amy Tintera (ebook) – aim to finish, currently at 9%
  • The Opportunist by Taryn Fisher (ebook) – aim to start
  • Shadow Hunt, #1 Arash Saga by Elke Schuster (ebook) – received from NetGalley, aim to start
  • Collision: The Battle for Darracia, #2 Schish by Michael Phillip Cash (paperback) – received from Bostick Communication, aim to start

Kindle Books to buy

  • Just One Night by Gayle Forman (£2.48)
  • Hunted, #3 Talented Saga) by Sophie Davis (£1.84)
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer, #3 Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (£3.98)
  • Spirits of the Noh, #2 Waking by Thomas Randal (£4.00)
  • Once, #2 Eve by Anna Carey (£1.99)
  • Siege and Storm, #2 Grisha by Leigh Bardugo (£3.59)
  • Prized, #2 Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien (£3.59)
  • Quicksilver, #2 Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (£3.59)
  • Fever, #2 Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano (£3.85)

Books I have recently read

The following books are books that I have read recently, and the full review for each one will be up by the end of the week hopefully:

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (#2 Mara Dyer Trilogy) by Michelle Hodkin

I loved this book it was a grate follow on from the first book. The author developed the characters and Mara’s condition a lot more so much so that I can’t wait to read the next book.

Found (#1 Penny Black) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

This book was a grate start to what I am sure is going to be a fab series. The author started the development both the world and characters really well. Penny is a grate multi faceted character who I believe will just get better and better throughout the book.