Monday, September 25, 2017

Book Review: Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

A good sequel, but not thrilled with the ending.
Title:  Hawkweed Legacy
Author:  Irena Brignull
Release Date:  August 15, 2017
Publisher:  Weinstein Books
Source:  review copy provided by Wunderkind PR

Poppy is discovering a purpose for her powers in Africa, but she is haunted by a vision of her own death. Taken in by a boy and his great-grandmother, a healer, they vow to keep her safe-even if that ultimately means holding her captive. But Poppy never stops longing for Leo and, when she feels his magic begin to spark, she will do anything to be reunited with him.

Desperate to regain Poppy's trust and bring her home, Charlock embarks on a plan to reunite Leo with his mother. What Charlock doesn't foresee are the string of consequences that she sets into motion that leave Ember all alone and prey to manipulation, the clan open to attack from other witches, Sorrel vulnerable to Raven's ghost, Betony determined to protect her son from his father's fate, and which leave both Leo and Poppy in terrible danger. (Goodreads)


My Review:


The Hawkweed Legacy picks up where the first book left off, with Poppy running away from home in the form of a sparrow. She winds up flying to Africa, where she is taken in by an old medicine woman and her great-grandson.

Poppy's biological mother, Charlock, tries to cover for her daughter and claims that Poppy just needs time to recover from battle and learn how to become both a witch and a Queen. But you can only stall for so long, so Charlock comes up with a new plan.

Ember, the mortal who was raised a witch, is still struggling to fit into her new non-magical life. She's the one who seems to have changed the most since the first book, and not for the better (in my opinion). I thought Ember was made of sterner stuff, but maybe the mortal world is harder to adjust to than expected?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Book Haul 9/16/2017

Secrets In Death by JD Robb, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Journal Sparks by Emily K Neuburger, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, Darkwerks by Brom, Thr3e by Ted Dekker
Quite a haul since my last post!

Library:


Seems like all of my library holds come in at the same time! Thankfully, the due dates are spread out so I have a little wriggle room.

Secrets In Death by JD Robb
Secrets In Death by JD Robb

A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced. (Goodreads)

***

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. 

Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet. (Goodreads)

***

Journal Sparks by Emily K Neuburger
Journal Sparks by Emily K Neuburger

Using words, drawing, collage, and observation-based list-making, award-winning author Emily K. Neuburger highlights the many paths into journaling. Her 60 interactive writing prompts and art how-tos help you to expand your imagination and stimulate your creativity. (Goodreads)

***

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. (Goodreads)

Swapped:


I still have some credits on PaperbackSwap and occasionally get emails that one of my wishlist items has become available. I had forgotten I'd requested this one, but was happy to get it for the 49¢ surcharge. As a bonus, the swapper said she just wanted to purge her shelves so offered me a second book at no additional charge. Score!

Darkwerks: The Art of Brom
Darkwerks by Brom

One of this generation’s most popular cult fantasy artists, Brom has a distinctive and disturbing vision. 150 full-color reproductions offer a glimpse into the mind of this dark master whose work has enhanced books, comics, games, and videos, ranging from Dungeons & Dragons to Doom II. Among the material included are unpublished early works; covers such as the deeply unsettling Fire Clown and horror-filled Rat’s Den; and trading cards in a variety of genres, including the collectible Dark Age. (Goodreads)

***

Thr3e by Ted Dekker
Thr3e by Ted Dekker

Enter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy. 

Kevin Parson is driving his car late one summer day when, suddenly, his cell phone rings. A man who identifies himself as Slater speaks in a breathy voice: You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse, and the car you're driving will blow sky high. Kevin panics. Who would make such a call? What sin? 

Kevin ditches the car. Precisely three minutes later, a massive explosion sets his world on a collision course with madness. (Goodreads)




What did you receive this week?
Leave me a link so I can stop by and check out your haul!



Thursday, September 7, 2017

October 2017 Blog Ahead Challenge

A cushion is a terrible thing to waste, so build that cushion of scheduled posts!
It's time once again for the annual Blog Ahead Challenge, hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup!

The Details:


Blog Ahead aims at helping you cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy.

Any completed and scheduled post counts. The catch? The posts must be dated November 1st or later. They cannot go live in October and count towards the event.

Example:
On Oct 1- you have 1 scheduled post
On Oct 31- you have 31 scheduled posts 

Sound good? If so, head on over to Herding Cats & Burning Soup to sign up!

They say that hope springs eternal, and I'm hoping to schedule enough posts to get me to the end of the year! I know my track record with challenges like this, but what can I say? Guess I'm an optimist at heart (or delusional. I could totally be delusional...).


Monday, September 4, 2017

Book Review: They Both Die At The End

Title:  They Both Die At The End
Author:  Adam Silvera
Release Date:  September 5, 2017
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Source:  Edelweiss

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. 

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. 

The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. (Goodreads)

My Review:


This isn't the first story I've read where someone is officially notified that they will die that day, but it's the first time a story like this caused tears. Many tears. More than once. Stupid allergies....

The two main characters are Mateo and Rufus, two teenage boys who are notified shortly after midnight that they will die sometime within the next twenty-four hours.

The two boys couldn't be more different and probably never would have met if it weren't for the Last Friend app. Designed for people looking for company during their final hours, it's sort of like Tinder for the dying.