Friday, December 23, 2016

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater : a book review

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The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Teen >Sci/fi & Fantasy >Myths & Legends

Series: The Raven Cycle (bk. 2)

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Published date: September 17, 2013

Print Length: 453 pages

Age Level: 14+

Format Read: Kindle Edition 

Received copy via: Self-purchased




"If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys — a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface — changing everything in its wake."

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Just Life by Neil Abramson: a book review

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Just Life
by Neil Abramson

Genre: Thrillers & Suspense > Medical

Publisher: Center Street

Published date: May 10, 2016

Print Length: 400 pages

Age Level: 13+ (some animal abuse mentioned)

Format Read: Hardcover 

Received copy via: Publisher





From Neil Abramson, USA Today bestselling author of Unsaid, comes a riveting novel that explores the complex connection between humans and animals.

Veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned dogs in New York City. But every day it gets harder to operate her no-kill shelter. Sam is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community can only determine that animals are the carriers. Amid growing panic and a demand for immediate answers, suspicion abruptly falls on dogs as the source. Soon the governor is calling in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine--no dog may leave the area.

Samantha knows from her own painful history that, despite the lack of real evidence against the dogs, a quarantine may only be the beginning. As questions about the source of the virus mount and clash with the pressure for a politically expedient resolution, Sam is forced to make life-altering choices. She finds allies in a motley crew of New Yorkers--a local priest, a troubled teen, a smart-mouthed former psychologist, and a cop desperate to do the right thing--all looking for sanctuary from their own personal demons. But the person Sam needs the most to unravel the mystery of the virus and save the dogs is the last one she'd ever want to call on--because contacting him will mean confronting the traumatic past she has fought so hard to escape.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

BookCase.Club: A Bookish Subscription Box Review


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Friday, December 16, 2016

Inclement Gods: Cover Reveal

Welcome to the Inclement Gods Cover Reveal
Inclement Gods
Gods Inc Series
Book Two
Gabriele Russo

Fiery Seas Publishing
June 2017


About the Book:

When you live in a world pullulating with gods, can you truly be an atheist? Well, yes…if you know a way to get rid them.

Mysantheos, a fanatic atheist at the head of a powerful lobby/terrorist organization, has created a weapon able to kill gods. All he needs is a disruptive figurehead to attract the masses. Goblin, who has just tried to supplant Queen Louhi as CEO of Gods Incorporated, has been deemed the right kind of unworthy. Mysantheos breaks him out of the Queen’s prison and the godslaughter begins.

As the divine bodies pile up, panicked gods blame the CEO Queen for Goblin’s escape. Resentment builds in the company and violent factions start pushing for the extermination of the human race. Will Queen Louhi’s Nerd Squad, a group of angry gods, and Richard (a down-on-his-luck private eye),  manage to find Mysantheos in time to prevent what promises to be the bloodiest conflict between men and god ever?


About the Author

Gabriele Russo, AKA Lucie-Gabrielle Jolicoeur-Rousseau, was born in Quebec City amidst a family of book lovers – her father had dreamed of being a writer and both of her brothers are published authors.
Since she earned her Bachelor’s in History, it was no surprise (except to her) that she ended up working in restaurants, eventually owning two, which almost drove her mad. She sold them and was nursed back to pseudo-sanity by Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

That’s when she answered the family calling and decided to write. Armed with her ideas for the Gods Inc. series she went back to the University and got her Master’s in Creative Writing.

She now lives with her husband in Culpeper, Virginia, where she divides her time between painting, ripping apart and reconstructing her recently bought historical home, playing tennis and, of course, writing more books.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bond of Four Women

The Missing Kennedy:
Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women




"Throughout her childhood, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff frequently visited Rosemary Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy's sister. Why? Koehler-Pentacoff's aunt, Sister Paulus Koehler, a Franciscan nun, was Rosemary's devoted caregiver at St. Coletta in Jefferson, Wisconsin for fifteen years and her driver and travel companion for over thirty. The resulting book, which will be will be the first about this mysterious Kennedy, chronicles Rosie's life along with that of the author's aunt, and delves into the similarities between the two families. It includes more than 100 photos, many of them never before seen private, Kennedy quotes from the author's interviews, and anecdotes about Rosemary and her famous family. The book delves into Rosemary's misdiagnosed condition, why her father sought an experimental brain surgery for her without his wife's knowledge, how he kept this fact hidden from the rest of his family for twenty years, and what Rosemary was actually like after her lobotomy. And it will show how Rosemary was the catalyst behind the Special Olympics and related legislation from 1960 to the present. The Kennedys considered the author's aunt to be a member of their family. Through the author's relationship with Rosemary, Sister Paulus, and her other relatives, the author discovered how family, faith, and silence intertwine to strengthen or destroy our relationships, no matter our status or circumstance in life, whether one comes from in a rich, extraordinary family or a poor, ordinary one."

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Dragonian Series: A Cover Revamp Reveal

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Firebolt
The Dragonian Series
Book One
Adrienne Woods

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.

Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.

Now Elena's in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena's heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena's going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.

Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales. Now it's time for Elena to believe - in herself.

Thunderlight
The Dragonian Series
Book Two
Adrienne Woods

Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

Frostbite
The Dragonian Series
Book Three
Adrienne Woods

Losing Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of her heart and discovering her true identity has made Elena Watkins' life almost unbearable. However, new trials will test the 17 year-old's strength and push her to limits she didn’t think were possible.

Only a mysterious offer from Blake Leaf, the Rubicon and a dragon predestined for evil, reveals there may be a light at the end of Elena’s dark tunnel.

With the life she thought she knew crashing down around her, Elena will have to face a monumental decision about the fate of Paegeia. She can either make peace with Blake’s demands or try once again to unravel the Queen’s secrets that lie deep within her dragon, Tanya La Frey’s, heart.

The third heart pounding novel in The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods

Moonbreeze
The Dragonian Series
Book Four
Adrienne Woods

The life or a star-studded royal has not been kind to eighteen-year-old Elena Watkins. With a Council breathing down her neck and a dragon that refuses to accept her as his rider, she must convince everyone that she is ready to rule Paegeia like her parents before her. But she has made a promise to her father, King Albert, that she will not go looking for him and free the people of Etan. Elena has promised to never truly fulfill her destiny. However, situations out of her control will soon force her to confront herself and the evil that seeks to destroy her. Elena must look inside of herself to discover if she can defeat the approaching darkness, be accepted by the people of Paegeia, bring her dragon back to light and fulfill the destiny written in their stars.

Starlight
The Dragonian Series
Book Five
Adrienne Woods

In the Fifth and final part of the Dragonian Series, eighteen-year-old Elena Watkins and her dragon, the Rubicon, need to find the missing ingredients in order to free her father from Etan.

But what could the missing ingredient be?

And will she be willing to sacrifice her life if they don't find it before time runs out?


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About the Author:

I live in South Africa with my husband and two beautiful daughters where I write full time. The Dragonian series is my debut novels and Dream Casters is my second series with book two getting ready for release.

I love life, cherish every special second of it and live my dream.






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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ruger Tails: Ruger Finds a Home by Kristin George

Ruger Tails: Ruger Finds a Home by Kristin George 

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Ruger Tails: Ruger Finds a Home is based on a true story of a Pit Bull rescued by two unsuspecting dog lovers. Kristin and Ben went on vacation to Sarasota, Florida in the summer of 2012. They decided they wanted a dog and what better place to find one than in the beautiful state of Florida. After looking at all of the dogs in the pound, Kristin and Ben knew that Ruger was the right dog for them. Ruger was a ten-month-old Pit Bull mix and Kristin and Ben had an instant connection with him. He seemed like the sweetest dog, and he was, but Kristin and Ben didn’t know what they had gotten themselves into. Ruger was a high-energy, free-spirited dog with much love and affection to give. This also meant that Ruger got into a lot of trouble. The first years with Ruger were unlike anything Kristin and Ben could have ever predicted. Ruger got into more trouble than ever imaginable, doing things that puzzled everyone, but looking back we can finally laugh at his unique personality and the way he chose to express himself. Ruger Tails: Ruger Finds a Home is a story about Ruger’s huge personality and will take you on a new adventure in each story, exploring all of Ruger’s silly behavior. We hope you fall in love with Ruger the way that Kristin and Ben have and grow to feel a special bond with him through the funny situations Ruger gets himself into. 


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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Be Still and Know That I Am God: an adult coloring book


Be Still and Know That I Am God:
An Adult Coloring Book Bible Journal
by Brooke Marrow



Genre:
Books > Religious & Spirituality
Print Length: 126 Pages
Publisher: Claridad
Publication Date: September 17, 2016



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Adult coloring journal book: written with the Christian in mind, "Be Still and Know That I am God" is an inspirational journey through some of the most faith-filled Bible narratives of all time. Colorists will experience the serenity of relaxed, mindful coloring of popular Bible stories and verses. The added benefit of journaling allows for reflection on the acts of faith depicted in the art work.Young and old, this book is ideal for individual devotional or personal "me time" as well as for study groups.


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Deborah Rising: A Novel Inspired by the Bible by Avraham Azrieli

Deborah Rising:
A Novel Inspired by the Bible
by Avraham Azrieli


Genre: Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction
Print Length: 295 Pages
Publisher: HarperLegend
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

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Set in ancient Israel, Deborah Rising (HarperCollins, 2016) portrays the dramatic rise of the first woman to lead a nation in recorded human history.
 
In the tradition of The Red Tent, The Fifth Mountain, and The Mists of Avalon, this absorbing novel delivers an inspiring story of suspense and adventure in pursuit of freedom and self-determination, starring a courageous 14-year-old girl who would become the most powerful woman in biblical lore. Part historical novel, part adventure story, part visionary fiction, Deborah Rising is a captivating tale about a girl on the cusp of womanhood, whose unrelenting struggle to overcome discrimination, abuse, and paternalism speaks to the lives of girls and women today.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Uber Chronicles: Reflections from the Rearview Mirror by Jessie Newburn

Uber Chronicles:
Reflections from the Rearview Mirror
by Jessie Newburn



Genre: Short Reads > Two Hours or More (65-100 pages)
Print Length: 84 Pages
Publishers: Stellium Communications
Publication Date: October 24, 2016

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Be a fly on the wall … or a fly in an Uber, as Jessie Newburn takes readers on a second voyage through her experiences as an Uber driver.

There’s a story told about each and every passenger who gets in her car. Whether she’s picking up a nervous young college student who fears she is casing his house for a robbery, a 50-year-old lawyer who wants to talk about his favorite strains of cannabis, or a young woman who’s taking a few bags to a nearby laundromat, each story provides a momentary look at someone’s life.

Says one of her readers from her first book, “Jessie Newburn is one of those amazing people who can size up people instantly and without pity, and yet can connect with their humanity without fail. In this book, she makes unflinchingly honest observations about people she gets to know in five minutes and will likely never see again ... Even readers who don't share her circumstances or those of her fares will nonetheless connect with the funny, insightful snapshots in this scrapbook of stories.”

Join the many other readers on this journey and discover why Jessie’s Uber Chronicles are striking such a chord of heart-warming resonance with so many people.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken by Kiersten White


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Human Relations Indie Book Awards



The 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards centers on indie authors who have written books with a human relations focus related to various interactions among people in different settings such as work, organizations, school, home or in personal lives. 

There are opportunities to submit:
  • fiction
  • nonfiction
  • poetry
  • comic
  • children’s human relations books

Upcoming deadline is November 7, 2016

For contest information:
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward



"For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive."

-Courtesy of: Amazon.com



I want to start off by saying that I've never read any of J.R. Ward's other books. The covers have always drawn my attention but I have never actually picked one up to read. This being said, I happened to pick this one up & take the time to read the synopsis. It sounded like something I'd really enjoy.

Flash forward to one day when I was trying to fill the void after finishing up one of my prior reads. I decided to take a look around on an app that my local library is a part of: Overdrive (Informative post coming soon).  I found this book listed on the app & decided to 'check it out'.

And Oh My Gosh! This book ended up being WAY more than I had expected. Don't worry- it's not a bad thing. Let me explain: I was, more or less, expecting a book full of very little other than romance between Lizzie & Tulane. What I got though... an assorted array of scandal & 'soap opera' like shenanigans. There were characters I loved & others that I hated. Questions were raised & I just did not want to put the book down.



{One of the Best!!}

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 Inspirational Books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month



Saturday, October 15, 2016

I Have a Confession...


I want to start this post by saying that this is one of the hardest things I've ever shared with anyone. I've debated (for quite a while) on if I even wanted to throw this one 'secret' out into the universe. For the longest while, the answer was 'No way!'. As time continues to pass however, I'm beginning to believe that the only way to work through this specific problem is to share it with you guys.

Please be delicate with me about this. It's something I'm not proud of & only a few close friends are aware of. Okay... Are you ready to be shocked?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Diviners: by Libba Bray - Book Review

  The Diviners by Libba Bray