Oct 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.


In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!

The Rule Breaker

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences…



I've been waiting for Ian to get a book from the moment he stepped on the page! Okay, more like with Spade's books when I saw that other characters were getting books! LOL! CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS ONE!


PUBLISHER: Avon
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: October 30, 2018




 

Oct 16, 2018

Let's Discuss: Disney!

Well, as you might see I am MIA this week! But I decided to slip in at least one discussion post! I am Orlando this week at my most favorite place in the world...yes DISNEY WORLD!


You're Never Too Old For Disney


Some people might think Disney/Disney World is for kids. That it's geared towards kids and whatnot. Naturally, their argument always falls on deaf ears when it comes to me. I've always loved Disney and I still do.

Perhaps it was more like one person's attitude when it came to me trying to plan our last trip two years ago to Disney. She was more of the mind that the park was for kids. Well, I don't see it that way!

I know others are like me, being adults and enjoying all things Disney! I feel like Disney be it movies or the parks are for everyone no matter the age! Pretty sure Walt even has that somewhere! Lol.

So yeah, short post, in my opinion Disney is for ages zero to infinity and beyond! LOL! Clearly, I can't format more words than saying that whoever wants to say Disney is only for kids is full of it!






 





Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.


Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
 
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE 
4. Name the title, author, etc.


I can't say if I am reading this one at the moment, but since I was writing up my posts before leaving for Orlando, I decided to just use a teaser from this read that I am now FINALLY reading!! 


"Shadows don't jump from wall to wall. And they don't occupy space.

There's someone--or something--in the cave with me." Kindle loc. 28%














TITLE: Relic
AUTHOR: Gretchen McNeil
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
GENRE: Horror YA
RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2016



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


This week's topic is: Top Ten Bookstores I’ve Always Wanted to Visit


*in no particular order
**some of these I had heard of and would love to visit one day, others I selected somewhat randomly while trying to find some good indie bookstores across the states!


10. BOOKS OF WONDER--New York
9. KEPLER'S--California
8. POWELL'S BOOKS--Oregon 


7. STRAND--New York
6. BOOKS & BOOKS--Florida
5. THE BOOKSTORE IN THE GROVE--Florida


4. CRESCENT CITY BOOKS--Louisiana
3. OCTAVIA BOOKS--Louisiana
2. BOOK CELLAR--Illinois


1. THE LAST BOOKSTORE--California 






 


Oct 15, 2018

ARC Mini Review--Gone Hunting by Cecy Robson

Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series for the first time—or go back to the beginning ...—

The rest of the werewolf pack might consider Aric Connor to be omniscient and destined to save the world when evil returns to claim it. But for the most part, fifteen-year-old Aric ignores the confirmations of his powers, taking everything in stride until he meets her.

Celia Wird wasn’t supposed to awaken naked in the mountains of Colorado, not when she was just stalking her prey in a filthy alley several states away. She especially wasn’t supposed to meet Aric, the handsome werewolf who comes to her aid.

As a supernatural tasked with protecting the earth, Aric sympathizes with Celia’s dangerous situation. He’s also struck by her beauty and kindness. Yet, as much as Aric welcomes Celia, her arrival isn’t a peaceful one.

Dark forces stir in Celia’s presence, resolute on killing her. Aric and his inner beast are adamant about keeping Celia safe and with them. But there's a time and a place for love, and Aric and Celia might not survive long enough to find it.
 



I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

The Weird Girls was one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series! They are clearly not enough of those in the world! Having been on a YA binge lately, I was happy to be back in the world I visited long ago. Gone Hunting was surprising in that it’s a prequel novella told from a young Aric’s point of view. We always thought that Celia and Aric met by chance one day in Sealed with a Curse, we were very wrong about that!

In this novella, Aric is fifteen and feeling the prime of his youth! He’s far advanced in his werewolf ways than most wolves. And life is just good at the moment, he was never expecting to find love that day he and his friends went hunting. He stumbles upon a naked Celia in the woods one day and feels an instant connection to her. Something about her draws him to her and he’s not willing to let her get away from him either.

Celia though has a problem. One moment she’s in New Jersey tracking down one of the men who murdered her parents when there was a flash and suddenly she finds herself in the woods and soon learns she’s not in New Jersey anymore. Oh no, she’s managed to arrive in Colorado and has no idea how it happened. She’s anxious to return to her sisters and her ill foster mother, but there are more pressing matters at hand. Like the dark evil that’s slowly circling the area, ready to attack her at any moment.

This read was a LOT of fun! I think it was more fun to read having already read the Weird Girls series because it kind of lets you reminisce again with everyone. I loved seeing Aric’s wolf pack again, Gemini, Koda, and Liam…especially Liam! I forgot how much I loved that guy! And wow! As a teenager he was a riot!! It’s amazing his friends didn’t kill him! Lol.

The whole time as things were happening, I was wondering what was going to happen to Celia and Aric. I mean you can kind of guess because based on how the series started with the first book, you know things aren’t going to end happily here. And as I said, it’s almost a good idea to read this novella afterwards because after all the heartache you endure you know how the series ends!

This is definitely a must read for fans of the Weird Girls series! Plus seeing Aric as a teenager was a plus! While this is an adult series, I’m not entirely sure if you could call this installment YA since the characters are all teenagers. In a sense you could, but it does end with a familiar scene from Sealed with a Curse, so it’s a little complicated in giving it an age label. Best just to say it’s adult since it’s a prequel story to an adult series! Though nothing overly graphic happens here and I can say that teens could easily read this as they read the more mature YA books that are out there!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Gone Hunting
releases October 24, 2018






It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.


Last Week I Read: 

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (4.5 stars)
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (5 stars)
Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (4.95 stars)


Review That Was Posted:

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess (ARC) (5 stars)


Currently Reading:

Relic by Gretchen McNeil


Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves






Oct 14, 2018

MIA

Hey all! I'll be MIA this week as I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!! Woohoo! I've only been looking forward to this trip since the beginning of last year when I started planning/saving for it!

I have the usual posts schedule and a review as well, but otherwise I'm not going to be around much! Though I am going to try to post pictures on Instagram!

See you all next week!






Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.


This week was a drag. Naturally. I've been counting down the days to my Disney trip for ages now and this week was my last week leading up to it! Though it was only a four day week, so that was a plus! Lol! I'll be MIA all week long, but my weekly memes will be up as usual and a review will popup on Monday too!

Here's what I got this week:


The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell--the B&N edition! Now I can binge it with TLM!
 
 
 
And then my bookish prayers have finally been answered:
 
Caraval by Stephanie Garber--THE UK ARC!!! My dreams have finally come true!!


a HUGE THANK YOU to my Book Angel!
 
 
Then I received my preorder swag for The Devil's Thief as well! Perfect timing this week! 
 
 
a postcard of characters I've yet to meet! Lol! Still need to read book 1!
an Unhooked sticker
a SIGNED bookplate
a gorgeous heavy duty bookmark!


Then I couldn't help but order this t-shirt in time for my trip...in case there's a day where I'd want a t-shirt vs a sleeveless top!

a Disney-ish/bookish shirt!! I LOVE IT!




And that was my haul this week! See you all next week!







 
 

Oct 13, 2018

2018 Spooktacular Giveaway

It's that time of year again! Time for my annual stop on the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! This is my favorite giveaway to participate in every year! Every year I gift one lucky reader a tote bag filled with creepy things and a nice creepy read to read enjoy on a dark and stormy night! This year I have my usual awesomeness in a bag that can be used over and over again all year round! I might even throw in a surprise book later on! I haven't decided yet! ;)

Here's what's up for grabs:

You might recognize the totebag as the one from last year, well, I couldn't find a new one that I liked with quality and price to be kept in mind, so when I saw this one again, I thought, WHY NOT?!

Inside this awesome sugar skull tote bag that's perfect for toting your books to signing--and maybe having the author sign the bag--you'll find:
TWO spooky pairs of socks
a spiderweb fashion scarf
a sugar skull thermos
a candle
a bottle of Bath & Body Works Whipped Vanilla & Spice body lotion
a ghostly koozie
popup stickers
a spooky notebook for all your review taking notes
2 sets of skull bracelets
a To Boo List
a pack of super cool pencils--I remember these from my childhood and was in a reminiscent mood to add them to my Spooktacular bag!
and the usual plethora of Halloween shaped erasers

And finally, for the book...

Enter the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz--a compilation of Welcome to the Dark House and Return to the Dark House! I recently read this duology back to back and it blew my mind! So naturally, I wanted to share that with you all!


Now unfortunately this giveaway is only open to US addresses only. BUT if you're international and have a US address you can use who can later get this Spooktacular goodness at a later time, that will work too! 

So just enter the Rafflecopter below and you're in!




Be sure to check out the other awesome giveaways going on for the rest of the month!









Oct 12, 2018

Let's Discuss: Vampires!

With the excitement of hearing that Renee Ahdieh's 2019 release will feature vampires I immediately became SUPER excited! I love vampires! Always have, always will! When I was scanning the article releasing the news I was a bit dismayed to hear about the vampire "genre" having died down. And while I can see it and understand it, it does upset me too.


Vampires


My very first paranormal book featured vampires and I was quick to fall in love with them! I still love them too! Though I have branched out to other books and creatures of the night! Lol! But there's always something special about one's first love (in books too)! And vampires were mine.

I know some people got burnt out by vampires after Twilight and the revived The Vampire Diaries, but for me it was never enough! I read The Vampire Diaries a good looooong time before the show was even a possibility and when I read Twilight, I was meh...while everyone else I knew was blown away or whatever.

And then I started working seriously hard on my own book which featured vampires because that's what I wanted to write about! It was an idea I had as a teen so I kept working on it and working on it. Naturally, it didn't get much attention because vampires were too popular at the time of my querying. I need to get back to tweaking a few things and then trying to query again. 

I don't know if Renee's book might mean vampires are back on the rise or not! I will definitely be reading the book when it releases next year! I mean, I still have a good hundred or so vampire books in my TBR pile to read as well! But as I said, I've expanded my reading tastes to witches, ghosts, werewolves and a variety of magical aspects as well! It's about time I return to a vampire book again...though it might be awhile still based on my current reading queue! Lol!

But I am excited to read one of my favorite authors branching into my favorite "genre", and that naturally is VAMPIRES!

What about you? How do you feel about vampires? And don't worry about hurting my feelings! I know vampires aren't for everyone! Will you be reading Renee's new book, The Beautiful, next year?






Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
 
 
This week's question is: You are suddenly transported into a future time in which (horrors!) books are unknown. How would you explain books, and how wonderful they are, to the people of that time? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
 
 
 
MY ANSWER: Books are worlds that you can hold in your hand! They are an entire life in the palm of your hand. The words written on the page chronicle the life of a person (who may or may not truly exist) in which a higher deity known as an author subjects them and the reader through utter turmoil and waves of emotions. It's a beautiful thing!!
 
And the number one rule: We never, EVER, bend back the cover! ;)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oct 11, 2018

Review--Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time?

Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there—somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic school building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?

Laurie Faria Stolarz crafts a mesmerizing thriller that will leave readers looking over their shoulders.


Return to the Dark House is Laurie Faria Stolarz's conclusion to the Dark House duology and I have to say, it was still pretty spooky! It was eerie and perhaps just a bit more terrifying than its predecessor! Things haven't changed much for Ivy since she escaped the madman who had kept her and the other teenagers hostage all weekend long. And almost a year later, it seems the killer is ready for round 2!

When we open up, Ivy is in a mental hospital after experiencing everything that she did, but over time, she gets better and is able to leave. Everyone believes she's given up her quest to single handedly track down the killer. Not that that's what she wants to do, what she wants is to find the others, Parker especially since she had to leave him that night. She's positive that the others are alive as well and wants nothing more than to rescue them.

This time around we get to meet Taylor, the mysterious seventh victim who was missing from the start of the first book. It turns out she had her reasons for cutting out early with the Dark House weekend getaway and it basically saved her life. Though her life has not been easy or kind since she survived that horrible fate and most everyone in her school blames her for what happened to everyone else.

Ivy and Taylor end up teaming up together when they both start getting mysterious messages from the Dark Elf. Now more than ever, Ivy is convinced that this mysterious murderer is the same one who killed her parents all those years ago. He's trying to lure them out to "star" in his next picture with the promise of safety for all her friends that he's taken if she were to come along.

Soon Ivy and Taylor find themselves in a brand new horror house filled with gruesome happenings and a murderer who enjoys playing mind games! This was a seriously twisted read that had me reading the pages as fast as I could to see what the outcome would be! It's the kind of read that must be read in one sitting apparently, as I almost did just that! It's simply, unputdownable!

It's hard to say which book might be creepier than the other! Both have their own levels of creepiness, I honestly can't decide if one was scarier than the other! They were pretty equal in that area! Though I will say that I was sad that Ivy was mostly on her own for this one! I enjoyed her interactions with Parker in the first book, even if I thought it was a little cheesy that they were falling in love after a day! Lol.

Although, what I found to be a tad upsetting about this book were the lack of answers! Perhaps that's the way of things with horror/slasher films. You never really know who the killer is--though the police "supposedly" do--you don't get the why's of all the questions you have, you don't even get the where's or what's to a few of the other unanswered questions. And since this is the last and final book, I was a bit crushed by those lack of answers. But again, maybe this is the way things go in the movies that I don't watch. Having a  highly active imagination I could never stomach the slasher films!

There are still sooo many things I wish I knew the answers to, mostly ones from the first book cliffhangers as well. Though I feel like I can guess the simple answer to some of those and have that be what it was, but there are way too many WTF questions that popped up in this one that don't get elaborated on! It's mindblowingly annoying...yet at the same time, entertaining! I really feel like it's Laurie's intent to drive us mad with the lack of answers! I just sooo wish that this wasn't the final book! 

If you're looking for that spine-tingling horror/thriller read I would highly recommend The Dark House duology! Yes, the ending does leave you craving answers that just aren't there, but in a way, it kind of works for the story! This was definitely an amazingly awesome read that I would recommend in a heartbeat!



Overall Rating 4.95/5 stars





 

Random Thursday

Time to dig deeper into The Little Book of Answers by Doug Lennox in the Sports and Leisure section!


(image borrowed from NFLShop)
In the early days of television when it was still in black and white, in order to be able to tell two different sports teams apart, the home team would wear a white jersey and the visitors would wear the darker colored one.


That is so weird! We've basically switched now! At least from what I can tell!


(image borrowed from Stadiums of Pro Football)
Football dates back way to 1486 when two teams would play with an INFLATED ANIMAL BLADDER. The rules to the game evolved several times before we came to the rules we are familiar with in North America. There were three chances to advance the ball five yards and this led to white lines being painted on the field. From the stands the lines looked like broiled meat from the metal grating of a griddle or "gridiron" and thus the nickname "gridiron" became used for the football field.


Obviously some of the rules have changed since then! And can you guess what football fan family I come from with these picks?! LOL!


(image borrowed from Youtube)
It's "not over until the fat lady sings" has become a popular expression in sports for years when Dick Motta, a basketball coach, misquoted sports columnist Dan Cook in regards to the Bulls' slim chance in making the playoffs. The expression stucked despite being misquoted. It's believed that the inspiration for the quote came from the old American proverb, "Church ain't out until the fat lady sings."


Interesting.


(image borrowed from UPI.com)
Getting the term "second string" used for the backup players for a team dates back to the medieval times when archers would carry with them a few extra sets of bow string. All the strings had to be equally great and powerful, hence the reason why one has a "second string" and more in sports.