Saturday, February 17, 2018

Review: Love, Mama

34506940 Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley's debut picture book Love, Mama is perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother's love.

When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she'll return home soon—yet he still can't help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won't read, Picture Mama won't laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.

But then Kipling receives a special delivery from Mama, including a note that reads:

My love for you stretches across the wide ocean,
through day and night,
from earth to sky
and back again.

And Kipling knows that no matter where Mama is, he is loved. Soon, Mama comes home, and Kipling ends the day where he belongs—right in her arms.


I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.

A beautiful tale about a mother's love. When Mama leaves Kipling, he misses his mother. To show him that she misses him too, and how much she loves him, she sends a surprise gift! A heart-warming story, and beautiful illustrations!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

How To: Get ARCs

I know there are loads of posts about this, but some are out-dated, plus no two bloggers have had the same experience. That said, I've been meaning to make this post for a while...and keep putting it off. BUT! I'm working on being more active as a blogger, and focus more on original content instead of just writing review after review. (Although I plan to post plenty of those as well!)

First off, what in the world is an ARC, and why do bloggers want them?
An ARC (Advance Review Copy) is what authors and publishers use to market new books, and get reviews before the book is released. Often there are two kinds: Print paperbacks, and digital copies. Some authors only have digital copies, while others have both versions available.

Where can I get ARCs?

NetGalley is one of the first sites I discovered as a blogger, and still the one I use more often, especially for big name titles and publishers. It's free to make an account, just remember, these books are for review, so only request titles you plan to read. It's easy to get overwhelmed here. These are all digital galleys, many are ARCs.

Edelweiss now Edelweiss.plus is similar to NetGalley. It's a place for the larger publishers to get ARCs out into the hands of book sellers, librarians, teachers, and bloggers (reviewers).

There is two big differences in NetGalley and Edelweiss.
First, it is possible to request a title after you have been declined on Edelweiss.
Second, you can give a reason for requesting the title. Here is where Edelweiss really differs from other sites. Publishers evaluate your profile and reason before approving someone for a title. Some titles have a strict number of people approved, while others approve all who apply. It just depends on how well known the title, author, and publisher are.
Read others by this author or others in this series? You can provide a link to you review(s) along with your reason for requesting the new title. These are also all digital galleys.

BloggingForBooks is another site. This one I found last year, and have really enjoyed all the titles I get from here. You get to choose one book, and print or digital format. Once you choose a book, it  takes between 1-2 weeks for the book to arrive in the mail, or much sooner if you choose a digital ebook. Once you receive your book, read it and leave a review. As soon as your review is approved, you are free to request your next book.


I'm new to this one, so I haven't requested anything from them yet, but it looks like a great site for Christian books.


Tyndale Blog Network is Tyndale's site for review copies. The way it works is they have a list of available books and you get to choose two. You get a choice of print and digital copies. Unlike some of the other sites, these aren't ARCs but instead are new releases. After you receive your book(s) you can leave a review. It takes about one business day for review to be approved. As soon as that happens, you are free to request your next title.


First To Read
FirstToRead is Penguin's answer to reviewers. They offer titles each month that you can enter to win. Each book is a digital ARC galley. If you win, you will receive an email prompting you to download your copy. You earn points for each day you log in, requesting books, and even more points for reviewing the books you win. These points can then be used to guarantee a copy of a book in the future for review.

BookishFirst is another site where you enter giveaways for ARCs and new releases. You get an excerpt of 'first look' at new books and get to write a mini review on your thought of the sample chapters. You then get to enter for a chance to win either an ebook or print of the book you were looking at. Some giveaways only offer ebooks, while others offer both.

Inkitt is another publisher who has a site for reviewers. Mostly paranormal romance, but they sometimes offer other genre, and publish a little of everything. The way their site works, they offer ARCs for review, each ARC you review gains points. Once you have enough points, you can request a new release, or older release title for review. I'm pretty sure they offer both print and ebook options on the new releases, but I know all ARCs are digital.

Hidden Gems (Or Hidden Gems Romance) used to be a romance site, but now offer a variety of genre including Fantasy, Sci-fi, Mystery, Romance, and a few others. Unlike the other sites above, this isn't a publisher, but instead they work to offer indie and self-published authors a place to gather reviews. All books are digital copies, and these are mostly new releases or slightly older titles.

BookSprout is another site I just discovered. I had an author send me to Book Sprout for an ARC and I discovered it's a site to help authors build what's called a 'street team'. A street team is what author call fans and readers who read and review ARCs and new releases for a specific author. I'm a member of a few street teams for my favorite indie authors, and have been asked to join many others. These are digital ARCs that you request from the various authors on this site. By requesting, you agree to join their street team.

A NOVEL CONNECTION
A Novel Connection is another site for indie authors. They require free users to review one of their titles a month, or you can pay $1.99 a month, and not be required to review any titles. This site just started last month, so it's still very new, and only has a few titles, but look like it has potential to become a great site for readers.


KindleScout is different from most of the other sites. It's similar to BookishFirst in that you get an excerpt that you then rate and review. But with a catch. These titles aren't all going to get published on Amazon. We as readers get to vote, and the Kindle publishers then review each title, choosing a few each month for publication. If a title you nominated is picked, you then get a free kindle copy of the book for review.

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GoodreadsFirstReads is Goodread's giveaway. These giveaway are a combination of big publishers and indie authors. The biggest titles are much harder to win, but it's still possible. I have won around 10 book in the last few years, and really enjoyed quite a few of them. The fewer entries, and the more books offered for that giveaway, the more likely you are to snag a copy. I find the Kindle giveaways with 100 copies up for grabs are the easiest to win, but I have won a number of print copies as well.

LibraryThing giveaways. This is similar to Goodreads, but you are a lot more likely to win. There are two sets of giveaways, each with their own rules. The Early Reviewers are ARCs some from publishers, others from indie authors. They offer both print and digital copies and you just have to check on the individual giveaway in question. The Early Reviewers are for reviews, and it is required that you review them.

Then we have the members' giveaways. The often request a review, but it's not required. Again they offer print and digital copies of new releases and older releases. Most of these tend to be digital copies from indie authors but there are a few print and audiobook copies as well.


Blog tours are also another great way to get books. Some are ARCs and others are books that have been published for a while, but the author or publisher is looking to get more reviews and start some chatter.

Blog Tour Sites:
Xpresso
RABT Book Tours
iRead
YA Bound Book Tours
Silver Dagger Book Tours
Lola's Blog Tours
Hot Tree Promotions
Rockstar Book Tours
Fantastic Flying Book
Audiobookworm Promotions
HF Virtual Book
Barclay Publicity
Read It Write
Book Unleashed
Chapter By Chapter
Enchanted Book Promotions

The one way I'm not going to talk much about, yet probably the most obvious? Contacting publishers directly. While I know many bloggers get books this way, and I've even gotten a few from smaller publishers, I have yet to get any titles from what I consider 'big publishers' like Bloomsbury or Scholastic. There are plenty of other bloggers that talk about these, and once I get more experience requesting from them I plan to make a post just about contacting them, but as of yet, I rarely if ever even bother.

One piece of advice I can give about big publishers is that they have a review roster that you can ask about to find out what books they have coming out.

I'm sure there are many more sites for ARCs and review copies, but this was all I could think of, I'll add more if I think of them. Also feel free to comment any sites you know of so I can add them to the list.

"Would You Rather Book" Tag!

"Would You Rather Book" Tag!

Hey everyone! So I have noticed on so many blogs, the "would you rather" book tag. Since it's been a while since I've done a tag, I thought I would take a whack at it! Enjoy!


1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?
Series! I rarely read stand-alones, and while I've read a few I love, I am much more likely to fall in love with a series.

 2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?
This one is harder. I really don't care, as long as I can relate to the MC. If I have to choose, probably female, but that's just because I happen to be female.

 3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?
Barnes and Noble hands down (or any bookstore). Although I love Amazon, I just love the feeling of walking into a bookstore and looking around. Nothing beats being surrounded by books.

 4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?
Probably a movie because it is a one time deal. TV shows go on forever, and have more room for error, and unwanted changed to the series.

 5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?
5 books per week, duh! I mean, I would never be able to do that unless I quit school and stayed in my house all day but I would definitely rather read more than less.

 6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?
Why not both? XD I would rather be a professional reviewer, I enjoy writing, but don't take it seriously, and it takes me forever to come up with ideas.

 7.  Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?
I hardly reread anything, simply because there are too many new books that I have yet to read. While only reading 1 book ever six months is extreme, it's still better than never reading new books.

 8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?
Own a bookstore, but I would be happy with either job. I've just always had a dream of owning my own bookstore.

 9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?
Favorite genre. While I have some favorite authors that I read anything and everything they write, fantasy was my first love, and I'm so often reminded of how amazing a well written fantasy is, no matter who it's by.

 10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?
While I read TONS of ebooks, I will always choose physical books over ebooks if given the choice.

Bookish Discovery #3:

Name of the meme: Bookish Discovery of this Week
Description:
Every Thursday, we talk about something new that we discovered which is book related. It can be something that is recently created or discovered or it can be something old that you just discovered or you are interested in. It can be a book you just read or added to your tbr. It can also be an author, genre, poem, story, word, character, a new trend etc. Basically anything that is related to books. You can also share some news or talk about something that caught your eye.
You can do this every Thursday or just whenever you want to.
If you’re not a blogger or just don’t want to make a blog post, you can also post on Twitter and Instagram, just use the hashtag #bookishdiscoverythisweek.

 I have so many books I'm beta reading now that I wish I could tell you about...But until closer to their release my lips are sealed... In the meant time!
I have been working on liking, commenting, and following new blogs, as I work on being more interactive in the blogging community. Below are a few favorite I have recently found!



First Lines: 2/16/18

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!
My mother tried to kill me the night the guards arrested her.
                                                -Shimmer and Burn


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To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

Blogtour: SINthetic




SINthetic
The
New Lyons Sequence #1

by
J.T. Nicholas
Genre: Science Fiction – Cyberpunk Noir

Pub
Date: 1/23/2018



The Artificial Evolution
They look like us. Act like us. But
they are not human. Created to perform the menial tasks real humans
detest, Synths were designed with only a basic intelligence and
minimal emotional response. It stands to reason that they have no
rights. Like any technology, they are designed for human convenience.
Disposable.
In the city of New Lyons, Detective
Jason Campbell is investigating a vicious crime: a female body found
mutilated and left in the streets. Once the victim is identified as a
Synth, the crime is designated no more than the destruction of
property, and Campbell is pulled from the case.
But when a mysterious stranger
approaches Campbell and asks him to continue his investigation in
secret, Campbell is dragged into a dark world of unimaginable
corruption. One that leaves him questioning the true nature of
humanity.
And what he discovers is only the
beginning . . .



Review: I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this. It was way more graphic that I expected, but overall I ended up enjoying it. An interesting story, and well written!

J.T. Nicholas was born in
Lexington, Virginia, though within six months he moved (or was moved,
rather) to Stuttgart, Germany. Thus began the long journey of the
military brat, hopping from state to state and country to country
until, at present, he has accumulated nearly thirty relocations. This
experience taught him that, regardless of where one found oneself,
people were largely the same. When not writing, Nick spends his time
practicing a variety of martial arts, playing games (video, tabletop,
and otherwise), and reading everything he can get his hands on. Nick
currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, a pair of
indifferent cats, a neurotic Papillion, and an Australian Shepherd
who (rightly) believes he is in charge of the day-to-day affairs.




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Review: Prism

35999390 Prism by Nina Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if color held the secrets to powerful magic?

Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom's most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.

Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is deathly ill and healing magic hasn’t worked. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

PRISM is the first installment of a unique young adult romantic fantasy series where a dystopian world with a Victorian flair meets the dynamic magic of color!


*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

This book is so cool and original! I loved the characters, and the story was brilliantly told! I enjoyed how unique and original the story is. In a world where colors are magic, Jessa is training to be a color alchemist. I was fascinated by the idea of colors representing different magical aspects. I can't wait for more from this series!

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Review: Zehiya

36016158 Zehiya by Mayra Sonam Paldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Her head tilted, with one shining golden eye fixed intently on Zehiya, the Spirit Eagle answered, “You will leave this place. You have another destiny, Zehiya. You will gather your horse and your falcon, things to aid you in travel, and follow the caravan south. You will tell no one of your leaving.”

Incredulous, Zehiya asked, “But where am I to go?”

“You will know when you have arrived,” the Spirit Eagle instructed.


*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I loved this story! Zehiya is sent on a quest with her horse and her falcon to a distant land. I love the survival aspect of this story, as well as the journey. I really enjoyed Zehiya's character, she was well written and interesting. I also loved her love of animals. This story is well written, and a quick read! I also enjoyed the mystery of the Spirit Eagle's quest.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: Gravitate: A Dark Paranormal Romance

36608812 Gravitate: A Dark Paranormal Romance by Cory Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Moon Flight is a young adult paranormal romance series about the dangers of love where the world of witches crosses over into the realm of vampires.

16-year-old Celeste's life was literally thrown upside down when she found herself crawling across her attic ceiling. Even worse, her high school crush Gregory saw it happen, and now he thinks she's a freak.

And he's not the only one keeping too-close an eye on her; some tattoo-faced weirdo has been following her around. As Gregory helps her unlock her powers, she discovers he's keeping a supernatural secret of his own. But before she can learn the truth, an attack sends them fleeing for their lives.

Now they're on the run together, and Celeste has to make an impossible choice... trust Gregory with her life - and her heart - or face her worst fears on her own.


*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I enjoyed this paranormal romance. While it seems like a simple idea, I love how Gravitate takes witches and vampires and turns it on its head. Not only is this a paranormal or romance story, but it also answers questions I haven't even thought of in a fun and interesting way. I love that this is the first book in a series! I am excited to read more from this author!

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Review: Cherished Mercy

34020172 Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 After surviving the Whitman Massacre as a child, Mercy still prays for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers of Oregon Territory. Longing for purpose, she travels to another mission to help a friend. There she meets Adam, a handsome young minister. When tragedy strikes yet again, Mercy and Adam must rely on their faith to make it out alive.

* I received a copy from the publisher for review. This does not affect my review.*

While I haven't read the other books in this series, I found it easy to follow along with the events with this one. I wasn't sure I would enjoy this, as I'm picky about this genre. That said, I really enjoyed this one! I loved reading Mercy's tragic story, and her sense of purpose. Her quest for peace leads her to Adam, who she becomes romantically involved with. I normally don't like romance as a genre, but the rest of the story made this one an interesting read. I wasn't crazy about how race was portrayed as 'sides' in this story, but I understand the reasoning was was able to overlook it after hearing Mercy's story.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WWW #5: Feb 14

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.


What are you currently reading?
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What did you recently finish reading?
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What do you think you’ll read next?
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To participate, all you have to do is answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Review: Bride of the Water God, Volume 1

1702887 Bride of the Water God, Volume 1 by Mi-Kyung Yun
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Soah’s impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God — instead of killed — she never imagined she’d be a welcomed guest in Habaek’s magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her! Most surprising, however, is the Water God himself... and how very different he is from the monster Soah imagined.

Source: Library

I enjoyed this one! I have seen this series advertised in other manga, and on anime/manga websites, but haven't heard it mentioned much. I love the cover art, and mythology, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did! The artwork throughout is stunningly beautiful, and the story is interesting. While I'm still not sure who all the characters are yet, I enjoyed reading this, and look forward to reading the rest of this series.

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Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 12

18775329 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 12 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!

Library Forces member Iku Kasahara has plans to go out for tea with her supervisor and secret crush, Dojo, but just figuring out what to wear puts her in a tailspin. When an urgent call comes in about an author seeking protection from the government, Iku realizes that the fight against censorship never takes a break!


Source: Library

Ah! There were so many sweet scenes in this one and even some laugh-out-loud scenes! I loved this one, and seeing how things are progressing both between the characters and between the different factions.

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Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 11

18143841 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 11 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections and, with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves—the Library Forces.

Fighting censorship at her hometown art museum, Iku Kasahara and her fellow Library Forces team members are involved in a fierce skirmish in which several ranking officers are severely injured. The damage is far reaching, causing a rift in the Library Forces management that makes Iku question her place in the organization. In the midst of this controversy, Iku’s relationship with her direct supervisor, Dojo, grows more intimate when a long-discussed tea-date begins to sound more like a romantic liaison!


This volume is full of surprises! Along with pain and suffering, there are some hopeful and sweet moments to be had.

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New Release: Murder on Valentine's Day

MURDER ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don't miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

It's Valentine's Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright just wants her crush to take notice of her. But Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy only thinks of her as a kid sister. How will she get him to take her seriously?

When her veterinarian boss calls her to pick up a cat at a potential crime scene, she finds herself at the house of the richest woman in Ridgeway. Her father—the sheriff—and Colby are there. They both dismiss the untimely death as a heart attack, but Emma finds clues that it might be something more. Did the software billionaire die of natural causes, or was it murder?


Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.



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Review: The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich

34602515 The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich by Joe Spraga
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Welcome to the town of Moonwood! Home to The Snitch, the Witch, and The One Who Was Rich. Join them, and even more quirky townsfolk, (in a classical nursery rhyme format), as they seek out the town elder for advice on personal goals, and getting along with each other in their magical community.

*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Such a charming tale! Told in rhyme, this story tells of a large group of people waiting for Father Time. Father Time is very wise, and teaches each person who waits a different lesson. Encouraging kids to try their best, be kind, and to dream big, this is perfect for children, parents, and teachers alike!

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Review: Afterdeath

35274633 Afterdeath by Benoit Chartier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death is a country we see through the tiny keyhole of an immovable door.
Raised by their grandmother after their parents’ death, Chloe and Olivia Borders are now in mourning for Rose. The Alzheimer’s that forced them to be split into separate foster homes has taken their last living family member. As a way to rekindle their friendship, the twins commit to a road trip— which spells their demise. Now the question is: What comes after, and how will they get back to life?


*I received a copy from the author. This does not affect my review.*

An interesting read! I enjoyed this depressing yet curious read of what might come after death. I enjoyed the sisters Chloe and Olivia, but never connected with Angelica. I did like that it was completely unpredictable, and well thought out. Overall it's well written, and thought-provoking.

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Review: Jay Michael Wright II Presents: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

36507792 Jay Michael Wright II Presents: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Jay Michael Wright II
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In time for Halloween, a special duo pack including a brand new horror story, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," and "Any Port in a Storm," a murder mystery that includes the first appearance of some major players in the much larger "Talon Universe."

I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.

I loved this one! Well written, I had no problem falling into this story. While it's short, it's well worth the read for any fan of horror or paranormal stories. I loved the unexpected ending!

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Review: Kristian's War

35506358 Kristian's War by Peter Wisan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kris Anders, a dirt-poor farmer, lives in a land where evil forces take the form of men. The sins of his past weigh heavily on his mind. When a stranger directs him to take a new path, Kris begins the journey of a lifetime towards a distant King who is rumored to solve all problems. But then a ruthless soldier is dispatched by the ruler of the dark land to capture or kill Kris. Everything leads to one final fight, where Kris must defeat the demons of his past or die.

Marine Corps veteran Peter Wisan delivers a gripping, tactical take on the spiritual journey in a blend of heart-stopping action and heart-rending loss. Order a copy now…if you have what it takes to join, KRISTIAN’S WAR.



*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review*

What a story! Kristian's War is a Christian fiction story where 'evil' comes in the form of men, and weapons. Kristian has to face this 'evil' with the help of Even, in hopes of reaching the King. I loved how creative this story was, and I'm excited that it's a series, and I would love to see more of this world. I'm not a big fan of military fiction, but this one drew me in, and was easy to follow! I loved how the backstory and Kristian's motives as to why he was trying to reach the King were revealed.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Sequels I’m Dying To Read: Top Ten Tuesday

Top-ten Tuesdays: A bookish meme started by The Broke and The Bookish, continued by That Artsy Reader Girl. Find the full list here.

I know this is an older topic...but I have never been a fan of V's day. (Valentine's Day is weird in my opinion haha)

There are quite a few new release titles coming out this year that I'm excited for, but here are some sequels I can't wait to get my hands on!


  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas: OK, so not really a sequal but it is a continuation in a way, and I loved her latest books and can't wait for more! (I'm so excited we get THREE books by her this year!)
  • A Reaper at the Gate (AEItA #3) by Sabaa Tahir: The last one...I wasn't expecting for things to end up the way they did, but I love this series, and am excited for more!
  • Smoke and Iron (The Great Library #4) by Rachel Caine: With each book in this series, I fall more in love! I absolutely LOVED Ash and Quill, and don't know how this series can get any better, but I fully expect to be blown away!
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber: I enjoyed Caraval and am excited to see what happens.
  • Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman: While I have yet to read the series, I have heard good things about it, and plan to binge this series soon. 
  • Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by
  • Audrey Rose and Thomas!
  • True Storm (True Born Trilogy #3) by
  • Bonus: ToG #7 by Sarah J. Maas: I know I already said her, so this isn't on of my 10, but EoS and ToD are my favorite books by her to date, so I can't wait to see how things turn out!


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