“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ~ Mark Twain

Friday, December 2, 2016

November 2016 Wrap Up

November 2016 wrap up

My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 4 books this month:

  1. Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher
  2. Rules for Radicals by Saul D Alinsky
  3. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
  4. How To Start A Revolution by Lucy-Anne Holmes

Overall

Blech



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October 2016 Wrap Up

October 2016 wrap up
My month in review. Another meh month.

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 5 books this month:

  1. How To Save The World by Lexie Dunne
  2. Killing Kate by Alex Lake
  3. Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong
  4. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  5. Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

October Reviews

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris


Overall

I took part in the October Blog Ahead Challenge, hoping to get back on track with my posting. Started out well with lots of drafts and half-finished posts, then petered out. Thinking about just scaling back to one post a week to take some of the pressure off. I know that it's self-imposed pressure, but I'm not ready to give up on the blog just yet.



Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

wishful thinking

Don't forget to have fun!

adorable cat bat


And remember,
candy goes on sale tomorrow!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

My Book Haul 10/29/2016

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a surprise in my mailbox! Book 2 of a series I haven't read, it seems to be more sci fi than urban fantasy so not sure if I'll read it or pass it on.

Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel
Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel

In this follow-up to the acclaimed military science fiction thriller The Cold Between, a young soldier finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a deadly conspiracy in deep space.


What did you receive this week?


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Blog Tour Excerpt: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson

On Tour Now!

Of Flame and Light: A Weird Girls Novel by Cecy Robson,
a Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Series

Of Flame and Light

Synopsis

Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran's insecurities have driven them apart.

Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.

The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches - the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don't come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.

Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .

Release Date:  October 18, 2016



Sunday, October 16, 2016

My Book Haul 10/16/2016

A Shattered Empire, A Simple Favor, Miss You
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a surprise in my mailbox. The final installation of a series I haven't read, not really sure why it turned up on my doorstep.

A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan
A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan

In this gritty and breathtaking conclusion to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, the award-winning fantasy series, a young sorcerer must learn to wield his extraordinary powers to defeat two warring empires.



Sunday, October 9, 2016

My Journals: Wicked

It's not hoarding, it's a collection!
Blank journals are another weakness of mine. Even though I have an entire cabinet full of journals, I can't seem to stop collecting them! Not sure what I'm going to do with them all, but I can't seem to make it out of a bookstore with at least one.

Believe it or not, I found this journal on the bargain table!
While I've never seen the musical, I do have the book.
Haven't read it yet, but I own it so that totally counts!

Wicked
Love how the title is repeated over and over for a unique look!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris book review

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris book review
Title:  Behind Closed Doors
Author:  B.A. Paris
Release Date:  August 9, 2016
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Source:  ARC provided by Wunderkind PR

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call - so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? (Goodreads)


My Review:

They say that you can never really know what goes on behind closed doors, and this story is an excellent example!

Jack and Grace seem like the perfect couple. He's smooth and charming and she seems like the perfect hostess. But who really knows what goes on in someone else's marriage?

You never truly know who a person is until you've lived with them behind closed doors


Monday, October 3, 2016

September 2016 Wrap Up

Another meh month. Seem to have been in a rut for awhile. Hoping I can get my groove back, and soon!
So another month bites the dust. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 10 books this month:

  1. Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
  2. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
  3. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
  4. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
  5. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
  6. Apprentice in Death by JD Robb
  7. Gifted Dead by Jenna Black
  8. That Night by Chevy Stevens
  9. Keep This, Toss That by Jamie Novak
  10. The Bitch Is Back by Cathi Hanauer


Saturday, October 1, 2016

My Book Haul 10/1/16

All Our Wrong Todays, Her Every Fear, The Wrong Dead Guy, Killing Kate, The Eye of the Beholder, We Were On A Break, and Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This is one of the books that caught my eye from the Fall/Winter 2016 Buzz Books sampler. Love the sound of this one!

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent. 


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Blog Ahead October 2016

This challenge it's all about getting ahead and giving yourself a blogging buffer. Running from Oct 1-31, the goal is to schedule 30 new blog posts!
Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup is once again hosting Blog Ahead! I love this event because even if I don't get all of my planned posts scheduled, even one post is better than none and I get a nice feeling of accomplishment!

The Challenge

This challenge it's all about getting ahead and giving yourself a blogging buffer.

It's amazing how much having extra scheduled posts can make during emergencies, vacations or just when dealing plain ol' blogging slumps. It can really cut the stress during every day blogging as well.  And what better way to get ahead than with the support of other bloggers? (source)


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bloggiesta Fall 2016

Time for another Bloggiesta!
It's time for another Bloggiesta! It runs from September 15-18 this round, Thursday to Sunday.

This one took me by surprise as I totally missed the announcement of the new dates. It's not only Bloggiesta time, but it's also time to welcome the new hosts: MC from Blame It On The Books and Emily from Emily Reads Everything. While we'll all miss Suey, I'm sure that these ladies will take good care of us!

What is Bloggiesta?

Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta! (website)

Monday, September 5, 2016

August 2016 Wrap Up

August 2016 Wrap Up
My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 10 books this month:

  1. Nightingale by Jennifer Estep
  2. Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
  3. Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
  4. Fated by Rebecca Zanetti
  5. Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti
  6. Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson
  7. Exodus by Debra Dunbar
  8. Buzz Books 2016 Fall/Winter sampler
  9. Staked by Kevin Hearne
  10. Sins of the Flesh by Debra Dunbar

August Reviews


Overall

Another meh month. I did manage to wrestle my emails from over 1,000 to under 500, but it's been a struggle keeping it down. I seem to unsubscribe from newsletters constantly, so not sure where they're all coming from.

Didn't visit anyone or do any blog hopping, but I am reading more. Just need to catch up with reviews.

On a side note, the people in charge of naming hurricanes really blew it by naming the recent storm Hermine instead of Hermione! What were they thinking?

Hermine left her mark on my street...




Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: Buzz Books 2016 Fall/Winter

Another great collection of samples for the upcoming Fall/Winter season!
Title:  Buzz Books 2016 Fall/Winter
Release Date:  May 2, 2016
Publisher:  Publishers Lunch
Source:  NetGalley

The ninth Buzz Books edition evokes all the excitement of BEA with substantial excerpts from 40 of the most highly-touted books to be published this fall/winter. 

Our “digital convention” features such major authors as Amor Towles, Christina Baker Kline, T.C. Boyle, Ann Patchett, Maria Semple, Marisa Silver, and Andrew Gross. We showcase sparkling debuts from soon-to-become literary stars such as Emily Fridlund, Thomas Hill, Elan Mastai, and Stephanie Gangi. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Another great collection of samples for the upcoming Fall/Winter season! Here are some of the titles that left me wanting more!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

July 2016 Wrap Up

July 2016 Wrap Up
My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 21 books this month. I don't think I've ever read that many books in a single month. Ever. Yowza!

  1. Fated by Donna Augustine
  2. Dead Ink by Donna Augustine
  3. Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  4. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  5. All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  6. A Demon Bound by Debra Dunbar
  7. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  8. The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker
  9. Hell Is Coming by N.P. Martin
  10. Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinelli
  11. Satan's Sword by Debra Dunbar
  12. Elven Blood by Debra Dunbar
  13. Devil's Paw by Debra Dunbar
  14. Imp Forsaken by Debra Dunbar
  15. Angel of Chaos by Debra Dunbar
  16. Kingdom of Lies by Debra Dunbar
  17. Make Me by Lee Child
  18. Three Wishes by Debra Dunbar
  19. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  20. Demons of Desire by Debra Dunbar
  21. Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull

July Reviews

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep

Overall

A great reading month but that's about it. I binge-read several authors but wrote almost nothing. Balance is still a problem and there are several pending reviews I need to finish.

Going to concentrate on getting my TBR review pile cleared so I can go back to reading what I want, when I want. Read whatever I wanted in July and had so much fun!

Finally watched all the Harry Potter movies, which is sorta book related. Made me want to reread the series, but I need to catch up on my outstanding review copies first. A new goal!

How was your July? Anything fun happen? I taught my dog to play tug-o-war and read lots of books, but that's about it.

Can you believe it's August already? Here's to the end of Summer! Happy reading!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep book review

The fallout from his disastrous “family reunion” in Bitter Bite has left Finn feeling hurt, angry, and depressed. He can barely stand to look at himself in the mirror, much less eat any of the delicious barbecue from Gin’s famed Pork Pit restaurant.
Title:  Unwanted
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Release Date:  July 18, 2016
Publisher:  Pocket Star
Source:  NetGalley

The fallout from his disastrous “family reunion” in Bitter Bite has left Finn feeling hurt, angry, and depressed. He can barely stand to look at himself in the mirror, much less eat any of the delicious barbecue from Gin’s famed Pork Pit restaurant.

But when the funeral for a slain security guard at his bank turns into a showdown with some nasty underworld giants, Finn knows that he must act in order to protect an innocent family.

Finnegan Lane might be the most unwanted man in Ashland these days, but he’s determined to try to make amends for his past mistakes... (Goodreads)


My Review:

The Elemental Assassin books are one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors, and this novella doesn't disappoint!

Finn is the foster brother of Gin Blanco, aka the feared assassin The Spider. He's one of my favorite characters, even if he did act like a bit of a jerk last time round. But his love and loyalty for his family and friends can't be doubted.

Still reeling from the events of Bitter Bite, Finn is having a hard time coming to terms with the fallout or forgiving himself for what happened. Even though Gin doesn't seem to blame him, plenty of his co-workers place the blame squarely on his shoulders. That doesn't bother Finn too much, as he blames himself too.

Needless to say, things have been more than a little frosty at the bank where he works. Doesn't help that his boss insists that Finn attend the funerals for all of his fallen co-workers.

While at the funeral of one of the bank guards, Finn notices something unsettling. Investigating further, he decides to stick his nose where someone wishes he wouldn't. But despite everything, Finn is still Finn and I loved seeing him step up to the plate!

Wouldn't really recommend this one if you haven't at least read Bitter Bite, as I don't think it would make much sense. Nothing against the author, but it's too short to really set up the backstory or anything.

Loved this little glimpse of things from Finn's point of view and can't wait for their next adventure!


Previous reviews:

Bitter Bite (#14)
Spider's Trap (#13)
Poison Promise (#11)
The Spider (#10)
Heart of Venom (#9)
By a Thread (#6)
Spider's Revenge (#5)
Spider's Bite (#1)


Friday, July 8, 2016

I'm NOT Embarrassed to be a Book Blogger

The book blogging community has weathered worse and we'll get through this as well, but what's new is the feelings of embarrassment. What's up with that? Why would the actions of one blogger have such a far-reaching impact on other bloggers?

Seems like the book blogging world has been hit with yet another scandal.

While I usually miss the drama because I'm not as plugged in as I should be, a Facebook post from Herding Cats & Burning Soup piqued my interest enough to go blog hopping.

Yep. Another scandal. What makes this one a little different is that a well known blogger wrote a post saying that now she's embarrassed to be a book blogger. That got me scratching my head, especially when other book bloggers chimed in with their embarrassment.

Why on earth would anyone be embarrassed to be a book blogger?

Just because a book blogger was illegally selling ARCs at inflated prices?

The only embarrassing thing about this is that people actually thought that $20 was a reasonable price for shipping three books! 

But otherwise? What's there to be embarrassed about? One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch, girl! (points if you get the Osmond reference!)

The book blogging community has weathered worse and we'll get through this as well, but what's new is the feelings of embarrassment. What's up with that? Why would the actions of one blogger have such a far-reaching impact on other bloggers?

One psycho author doesn't mean all authors are cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

One snotty PR person doesn't mean all PR people are snotty.

One rude encounter doesn't mean you have to burn all your bridges.

So why should one greedy blogger tar all of us with the same brush?

Makes no sense to me, but in the meantime I'm proud to be a book blogger! No, they can't take that away from me...


Monday, July 4, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

June 2016 Wrap Up

This month was a little better than last month so I seem to be on the right track. My burst of productivity did peter out quicker than expected, but I think I just need to pace myself better.
My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 13 books this month. Woo hoo!

  1. Little Is Left To Tell by Stephen Hendricks
  2. Unwanted by Jennifer Estep
  3. Diary of Anna the Girl Witch by Max Candee
  4. Bad Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad anthology
  5. Relentless by Tera Lynn Childs
  6. Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth
  7. Dead To Me by Anton Strout
  8. Deader Still by Anton Strout
  9. Mind Readers by Lori Brighton
  10. Dead Matter by Anton Strout
  11. Dead Waters by Anton Strout
  12. Karma by Donna Augustine
  13. Jinxed by Donna Augustine

June Reviews

On the Blog 

Took part in the Mini Bloggiesta, a weeklong event that gave me the opportunity to catch up on a few neglected chores. Started the 30 Days of Books Challenge, but didn't finish. Had a burst of productivity, but it petered out. :(


Overall

This month was a little better than last month so I seem to be on the right track. My burst of productivity did peter out quicker than expected, but I think I just need to pace myself better.

One thing I did differently this month was to read a few non-review books. Loved it! I really, really need to cut back on accepting review copies as it was so much fun to read what I wanted, when I wanted. Felt liberating! I even binge-read a couple of series. So much fun!

Going to use my bullet journal to try and keep on track in July. Learned all about bullet journaling thanks to Emily's bloggiesta challenge a few months back. My journal has been hit and miss lately, but going to see if I can keep up with it next month.

Speaking of July, where did the first half of 2016 go?








Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta Wrap Up

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta Wrap Up
Yet another Bloggiesta has come and gone! I like the mini weekend editions as it gives me a chance for a quick clean-up without too much pressure. Let's see how I did!

Original Goals:


  • update TBR page
  • back up blog
  • update Review page
  • remove at least 25 dead links
  • finish pinning 2009 reviews on Pinterest
  • attend Twitter party, June 19th at 11am EST

Totally forgot about the Twitter party and didn't quite finish pinning my reviews, but managed to complete my other goals. Guess it pays off to keep my list managable!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta

It's time once again for a Mini Bloggiesta!

What is Bloggiesta?

In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta! (source)


Saturday, June 11, 2016

My Book Haul 6/11/16

The Ones, The Ones, Dark Matter, Timebound, Mind Readers, Paranormal Public, Elsker, Gifting, Spectral Tales A Ghost Story Anthology, Time Warper Fated, Shearwater A Mermaid Romance, Rippler, Deception, Alex Finch Monster Hunter
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the titles.

NetGalley:

The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker
The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker

We are not all created equal.

Seventeen years ago, Cody and her boyfriend James were two of the lucky babies from 1% of the population randomly selected to receive genetic engineering....Themes of justice, discrimination and terrorism mix with actual science to create a frightening version of our near future in this pulse-pounding thriller.



Friday, June 10, 2016

30 Days of Books, Days 15-19

Jenni Elyse is hosting a fun 30 Days of Books event! I'm not posting every day, just thought it was too fun to pass up so am posting here and there.


Favorite male character

The male lead of whatever book I'm currently reading. If it makes you feel any better, I don't have a favorite actor or singer either.

Favorite female character

See above.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Diary of Anna the Girl Witch by Max Candee #BookReview

This was a really fun story that read like it was aimed at a younger crowd, but this doesn't detract from the books overall enjoyment in any way.
Title:  Diary of Anna the Girl Witch
Author:  Max Candee
Release Date:  January 1, 2016
Publisher:  Helvetic House
Source:  Review copy provided via NetGalley

Set in the Swiss countryside, “Diary of Anna the Girl Witch” blends ancient folklore with a classic coming of age tale about a young witch on the brink of womanhood.

Anna Sophia has always known she was different. She just didn’t know how different until now. (Goodreads)


My Review:

Imagine knowing that you were different, but not quite sure how. That's how Anna Sophia felt; different, but not able to pin down the why or how. All she knew for certain was that her thirteenth birthday was going to be special, practically life altering. And it turns out that she's right!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

30 Days of Books, Days 9-14

30 Days of Books, Days 9-14
Jenni Elyse is hosting a fun 30 Days of Books event! I'm not posting every day, just thought it was too fun to pass up so will be posting here and there.

A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. A co-worker wanted to read this, so challenged me to read it so we could compare notes afterwards. I'm not big on classics but caved to her pleas and wound up really enjoying the story! Too bad she never read it and I had no one to discuss it with.

Favorite classic

Little Women, as it was the first book that made me cry. Haven't read it in years, but I still remember sitting on the couch, bawling my eyes out, shocked that a book could actually make me cry.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blog Tour: Little is Left to Tell by Steven Hendricks

The book starts off with the gentle tale of a rabbit family. Everything seems lovely...until the bombs drop. As the bunnies deal with the aftermath, Mr. Fin makes a sudden appearance in his garage, tinkering with his boat.  Huh?
Title:  Little is Left to Tell
Author:  Steven Hendricks
Release Date:  October 7, 2014
Publisher:  Starcherone Books
Source:  Review copy received from TLC Book Tours

Readers enter a narrative rabbit hole through bedtime stories that Mr. Fin, a man with dementia, conjures for his long-lost son. 

Virginia the Wolf writes her last novel to lure her daughter home. 

A rabbit named Hart Crane must eat words to speak, while passing zeppelins drop bombs. 

Mr. Fin tries to read the past in marginalia and to rebuild his son from boat parts. The haunting fables in this lyrical first novel trace the fictions that make and unmake us. (Goodreads)

Review:

To be honest, this was a tough read. While beautifully written, it felt disjointed and confusing to me and I struggled to finish.

The book starts off with the gentle tale of a rabbit family. Everything seems lovely...until the bombs drop. As the bunnies deal with the aftermath, Mr. Fin makes a sudden appearance in his garage, tinkering with his boat.

Huh?


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May 2016 Wrap Up

May 2016 Wrap Up
My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 4 books this month:

  1. Buzz Books 2016 YA Fall/Winter
  2. Progeny by Tosca Lee
  3. Elixir by Ruth Vincent
  4. Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My Book Haul 5/28/16

My Book Haul 5/28/16 | Behind Closed Doors, Elixir, The View From the Cheap Seats, Unwanted, Everybody Sees the Ants, Every Exquisite Thing, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

What's funny is that May was going to be my catch-up month. I wasn't going to accept any new review requests so I could finish the reviews I had already committed to and start reading what I wanted, when I wanted. That lasted about a week and a half. I am weak.

For Review:

This was an email request from Wunderkind PR and I made the mistake of reading the excerpt. Oh my gosh! Sounded so freaking good that I had to say yes!

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.... The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.... 

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

***

Thursday, May 26, 2016

30 Days of Books, Days 1-8

30 Day of Books
Jenni Elyse is hosting a 30 Days of Books Event! I stumbled across it late, but it looks like fun so decided to jump in and catch up!

The best book you read last year

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Really loved this story, as it was quirky and humorous but still interesting and well written. I couldn't put it down and it was my only 5/5 rated read from last year!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Blogoversary! My Seven Year Itch

So. Seven years. How on earth have seven years gone by already?

It was seven years ago today
That I started up this blog to play
It's been going in and out of style
But I hope that it's raised a smile
So may I introduce to you
The blog you've known for all these years
Alexia's Books and Such book blog

Sincere apologies to both The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!

So. Seven years. How on earth have seven years gone by already?


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman by Joe Hill book review
Title:  The Fireman
Author:  Joe Hill
Release Date:  May 17, 2016
Publisher:  William Morrow
Source:  eARC provided by the publisher

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. 

The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. 

There is no antidote. No one is safe. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Never judge a book by its cover. Additionally, never judge a book by its length or an author by his familial connections.

All good advice, which I did not follow. I judged. I judged hard.

I was wrong.

The Fireman is a bear of a book, well over 700 pages! I don't normally read books this big because frankly, they intimidate me. Thankfully I had an ecopy of the book so couldn't be intimidated by its sheer massivity. 

And the author is the son of Stephen King (the emperor of ginormous books), so I foolishly assumed there was narcissism involved.

I judged. And I was wrong.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Buzz Books 2016 YA Fall/Winter

Buzz Books 2016 YA Fall/Winter
Title:  Buzz Books 2016 YA Fall/Winter
Release Date:  May 2, 2016
Publisher:  Publisher's Lunch
Source:  NetGalley

This fifth edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult includes substantial pre-publication excerpts from 20 forthcoming young adult and middle grade books. Now everyone can share the same access to the newest YA voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the fall/winter season.

You will find a full range of YA titles previewed here - fantasy, humor, romance, and dystopian - and you will find works for tweens and middle-grade readers. As always, many Buzz Books are sure to make bestseller and “best of” lists. (Goodreads)


My Review:

Buzz Books are one of my favorite ways to discover new books and I eagerly await each new release! Here are some of the samples that caught my eye in this edition.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake has the unique premise that really piqued my interest! In every generation, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessing a coveted magic. On their sixteenth birthday, they must fight for the crown and the survivor becomes queen. Wow!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Book Haul 5/7/16

My Book Haul | Alexia's Books and Such
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This is one of the excerpts from the Spring Buzz Books that I really fell in love with, so I was thrilled when the publisher offered me a review copy! At over 700 pages, it's a long one. Hope it's worth it!

The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Fireman by Joe Hill

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. 

The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe. (Goodreads) 


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Blog Ahead Mini Challenge - May 2016

Blog Ahead
Oops! Thought I had scheduled this, but guess not. Better late than never, right?

Since I'm not doing well with writing posts on the fly, maybe scheduling them in advance will work.

Details:

The Goal: Increase your number of "Scheduled Posts" by 15 posts.
(ex. If you start with 0 scheduled you end with 15 scheduled. If you start with 15 scheduled you end with 30 scheduled)

The Dates:  May 1-15

Who Can Join:  Any blogger or author with a blog! Genre/type doesn't matter.


Since I have nothing scheduled at the moment, I want to write/schedule at least 15 posts. Not including anything I post before the 15th.

Here goes nothing....

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My Book Haul 4/16/16

My Book Haul 4/16/16 | Alexia's Books and Such
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was an email offer that sounded intriguing, but I was surprised to receive the first book in the series as well as the one requested for review! I can't believe I haven't read Caitlin Kittredge before!

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge
Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge

The first installment in a fabulous dark urban fantasy series - think Kill Bill with demons and gangsters instead of martial arts - from the award-winning author of the Iron Codex trilogy and Vertigo comic Coffin Hill...(Goodreads)

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