Jul 15, 2018

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.

I had a pretty quiet week when it came to books. Sadly there were some that I wanted but just couldn't afford to buy them this week. The first time in awhile where I didn't buy a book during release week. It kind of hurt. But what can you do? Lol.

Here's what I bought:

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen--I couldn't resist buying a keeper copy! It's soooo pretty too! Can't wait to take some bookstagram shots with it! I was just in my game of doing them yesterday but then the battery died! Lol! Next time I guess!
Then I also got my bookmark that I had backordered from Amazon! And it's beautiful!! I LOVE IT!!


Then my library had a summer reading program that is reminiscent of the long ago 600 minutes program, except the minutes are longer and the prizes are different. One of them was choosing a book from what they had and this was one that sounded the most interesting that I didn't already have! Lol! Still a little unsure about it, but a free book is a free book and you never know, maybe one day I will read it!

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Then finally for review from the publisher I got:

Echoes by Alice Reeds (ARC)--Super excited for this one since it was just my WoW this past week! Definitely bumping this up to my next read!!

And that was my haul this week! What did you all get?


Jul 13, 2018

A-Z Book Tag

So I am not sure where this tag might have originated but I saw it over at Alli Cat's Meow! Perhaps it was Alli herself! There wasn't really anything about the tag but I figured it looked like fun and wanted to join in!


I believe that has to be Jennifer L. Armentrout! I've read 25 of her books, while reading my 26th and there's another 5 of her books in my TBR pile so that will bring me up to 31 if I get around to those 5!


While many books in a series just continue to get better, one sequel I quite enjoyed that's at the top of my head is Legendary by Stephanie Garber! I truly LOVED getting Tella's story and cannot wait for Finale next year!!


The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout, as I said my 26th book by her with another 5 reads to go!


Uh...I don't really have anything particular. Usually just a diet soda as that's my caffeine fix!


Physical book for the WIN!! Though I do read ebooks occasionally. Mostly in terms of reading e-novellas or e-only books or the e-ARC of course!


Oh geez that's a tough one! Well, I do still have a bit of a crush on Daemon from the Lux series, so I'd totally date him if I were in high school!


I'm not sure if it was a publisher thing, but my dearly departed Borders had the habit of putting Urban Fantasy books in the Romance section. Weird, I guess. But I had bad luck before with picking up books I thought wouldn't be too "romancey" in the Romance section and chose poorly. But when I saw two quotes from my already favorite authors, I decided to take a chance on Rachel Vincent's first book Stray--this was looong before I started blogging and basically had no opinions to go other than my own gut instinct! Best decision ever!


Another oldie, but goodie! Nocturne by Syrie James was another read I took a chance on! It was in the early days of blogging so I likely took someone's review to heart and decided to read this one myself! Think Beauty and the Beast but with VAMPIRES! And be sure to have a box of tissues because I was a bit destroyed by this book, but I still love it to pieces!


I suppose that would be when I decided to read Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes! Naturally, as you likely already know, THIS is the book that started me on my obsession with all things paranormal, vampires in particular! This book changed my life and it was then that I never wanted to read a contemporary book again! (though technically I was forced to, because again, pre-blogging days and I had no way of getting recommendations!)


I literally just finished A Sorrow Fierce and Falling earlier this afternoon and thought it was a most wonderful read and a great conclusion to the trilogy!


As I just mentioned above, contemporary books! I am done with them! Nothing against people who read them, they are just not for me anymore!


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages
for the non-Harry read I have Tiger's Dream at 826 pages
and then the classic read of The Count of Monte Cristo at 1276 pages for it was the unabridged version and I decided to read that the summer after I was forced to read the abridged version in class!


Well, because I have soooo many books that I WANT TO/NEED TO read, I don't usually allow myself to get hungover by any one! There's too many that need being read. I basically allow myself to bask in the glory of the book as I write my review and then it's just time to move onto the next read and bask in its glory! It's all about moving from on glorious book to another!


Technically 7 bookcases, maybe 7.5 since my nightstand has two shelves, it's just tiny. And then I'm borrowing one small bookcase, 1/3 of the downstairs entertainment center, and one shelf on the bookcase in the living room. So I own 7.5, maaaaybeeeeee the one smaller one, but it's not definite! LOL!


Old Magic and Demon in My View are ones I know I read multiple times in my youth when I didn't have enough NEW books to read! Now I couldn't say when I last re-read a book...oh wait, no, it was 2009 when I was re-reading the Wicked series so I could read the final book in the series! And I am planning another re-read of another series soon...I just need to get caught up with my review and NEED to read ASAP books!


I suppose that's a comfy chair of some sort! I'm not picky. As long as I am comfortable to sit for hours I can read just about anywhere!


There have been quite a few! It was only in recent years that I started keeping a journal of all my favorites. One in particular is from Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me:

"I spent my life folded between the pages of books." 

because no truer words have been spoken!

R- Reading Regret:

Truly none come to mind! I have no regrets!


Sadly that list is very, very long and I am working on it! Slowly, but surely! Lol! There are still plenty of finished series I need to START! But I really ought to read the rest of the Broken Destiny trilogy by Jeaniene Frost! I am sooo behind! I even read the first one as an ARC! 


So hard to choose, but I went with some of my old favorites and a newer one! But truly, nearly every book I read becomes a favorite on some level! LOL!

Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Nocturne by Syrie James
Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Three favorites came to mind: Stephanie Garber, Maria V. Snyder, and Jennifer L. Armentrout! If only Stephanie used a middle initial too! Lol!


Finale by Stephanie Garber and Sea Witch by Sarah Henninnig and about a hundred others! Seriously, I am always SUPER EXCITED about all the books on my release list! Lol!


Other than buying books faster than I can read them? I guess buying multiple copies of the same book! Granted I don't do this ALL the time! Just for super, super, SUPER favorites!! Lol!


Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick--I miss her books! :(


Ignoring pre-orders as that is what I last did, I did purchase Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge one right outside the timeframe where I would've gotten it on release day! I needed a finished copy for my shelves! It's too pretty and was such an enjoyable read that I needed my keeper copy! Lol!


Hmm...I don't really read before bed. I can't remember what book I read in bed last. It was one just a month or two ago I think...but for the life of me, I've got nothing in my memory stores! Lol!

And that's all folks! Lol! If you feel like taking on this ultimate challenge consider yourself tagged! And because it was lengthy and conversational like we'll count this for my Discussion Challenge too!

Let's Discuss: Friday the 13th

In honor of Friday the 13th I decided I would talk briefly about that and why in my youth I always liked the day!

Friday the 13th

I think the main reason why I always liked it when Friday the 13th rolled around on the calendar was because most people didn't like it. I don't know if it was all superstitions or what not, but because everyone was like OH NO! I was like, it's FUN! Of course there's the whole Friday the 13th movie, which I never saw, and never will since I don't like horror movies--yeah, that's another story entirely, which I think I discussed at one point! I'll double check on that and if not I'll tell you why in another post! Lol!

But the short answer is, I liked the day, Friday the 13th because most everyone feared it! To me it was just another day and I saw no reason to fear it. Though I also have bad luck on a daily basis it seems--little things like getting a bruise or paper cut or some other injury due to be klutzy--so Friday the 13th didn't really matter to me in that sense!

So how do you feel about Friday the 13th (and we're talking the day and not the movie ;) )?


Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's question is: Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.  (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
MY ANSWER: Well...kinda. If there's too much going on on the sides and whatnot, it does make it hard to focus on the posts or reviews. Usually in this case I'm holding up my notebook or hand to close off some of the "busyness" so I can focus on the posts.
I won't go out of my way to avoid the blog itself though. Everyone is entitled to have whatever graphics/gifs/videos/whatnot on their blog wherever they wish. But it is something to keep in mind. What do you want your followers to focus on? The content? Or the extra bits?

Jul 12, 2018

Let's Discuss: Roswell Redux

I'm twisting this topic a bit! It's initially about how one feels regarding books becoming movies or TV shows--and the honest answer there is it's a love/hate relationship! Lol! 

For this one I wanted to discuss the Roswell TV show and the reboot that's to come this fall!

Roswell Redux

I bet you didn't know it, but the first Roswell TV show that most of us already know and love was based on a book series written by Melinda Metz!

But wait...the cover shows the Roswell cast! Well, the book wasn't quite published (if I remember correctly) by the time the show started. And the book was entirely different from the TV show, such as the character Liz. Her last name was different and for the life of me I can't recall the spelling of the book's version, she was Latina and had an older sister who died from a drug overdose. 

Naturally when the show started, a lot of that was changed and Liz Parker was an only American child. I read this book series eons ago so I can't remember it all that well, or at all really! But when Melinda was talking on twitter last week, she was mentioning how the new show/reboot would be going back to the original book Liz.

As you might have heard, the new Liz is also an alien...she's just not from outer space! While a part of me still aches that they are rebooting one of my favorite shows, another is curious to see the show if it's going to be more in line with the books--that I can't remember! Lol!

Though all these reboots on the CW irritates me, what with Roswell and Charmed. And they had the nerve to turn down the Supernatural spinoff, Wayward Sisters? I don't get it. I mean, yeah, they think people won't like it...but they think people will like a redux of a show from 10 years ago? Where's the logic in that?! 

Although that being said, I am likely to give this show a try. Out of pure curiosity of course. Lol.

Anyone else remember Roswell? The books or the TV show? How do you feel about the new reboot?

Random Thursday

Wow, it feels like it's been awhile since I've actually picked up The Little Book of Answers by Doug Lennox. What with a few busy weekends the past few weeks, I had blogged ahead a lot and just last week found myself back to a regular blogging routine! So let's see what we learn today!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
The word "gringo" has more than one meaning to it. It's said that during the Mexican-American war at the end of the 19th century, locals heard invaders singing "Green Grow the Lilacs" and that's where they got the term "gringo" from when "green grow" was said. Another reasons was because the American uniforms were green and there was the rallying call of "Green, go!" But really, as you may already know, "gringo" is a Spanish slang insult for anyone who is fair-skinned and looks foreign. 

With my white Irish skin, I guess that would be a term used for myself. 

(image borrowed from Moxie)
Moxie is a New England soft drink that began as a tonic in 1884 created by Dr. Augustine Thompson and was called "Moixe Nerve Food". In 1906, the Pure Food and Drug Act put an end to its medical claims that said it gives you energy. So to be "full of moxie" is to be full of false nerve.

I did not know that.

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An "esquire" was a young man who was basically a lackey for an armored knight. He'd carry around his shield and whatnot. With the passing of the knights, "esquire" was applied to young men of noble birth who hadn't earned a proper title. Eventually, the name became used for any promising young man.

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The term "whipping boy" dates back to the mid-seventeenth century when young princes and aristocrats went off to school with their own personal servant. The servant would get the same education as the rich boy while also attending to his needs. Though, sadly, if the master were to get into trouble, the servant received the punishment and hence the nickname "whipping boy" came into being.

(image borrowed from Wired)
When someone passes away they were referred to as the late "insert name" for the next twenty years. It was mostly in the medieval times when people would have the same name. To avoid confusion with a living monarch, for example, James II, his deceased father would be referred to as "the late King James."

(image borrowed from IMDB)
When a man gifted with charm seizes an opportunity, the phrase "He's in like Flynn" gets used. The Australian actor Errol Flynn was quite the ladies' man and he became a legend. During World War II servicemen coined the phrase "in like Flynn" either to brag about their own conquests or to describe someone they envied. Flynn apparently hated this expression, but apparently boasted about spending between twelve and fourteen thousand intimate nights kept the phrase alive.

Wow. I guess I never really realized what that phrase meant!

Jul 11, 2018

Review--Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

Frost Like Night is Sara Raasch’s exciting conclusion to the Snow Like Ashes trilogy! While I regret reading these last two books so far from the first one, I will say that I did enjoy this ending! It was the right way to end things and while there are a few loose ends I wish could’ve been tied up better, I am happy with where things are.

Meira escapes Angra’s clutches just in the nick of time thanks to the help of Rares, who’s not just a librarian as she initially thought. He’s the king of Paisly and knows about magic and the powers that come from being your own conduit. It’s with his help and training that Meira will learn control over her internal powers and what she will need to do in order to defeat Angra once and for all.

We once again get Mather’s point of view, and we watch as he and Phil break away from the Thaw in order to help Meira out more. There’s also a new point of view added to the mix, Ceridwen, the sister of the former king of Summer. She plans to help Meira with her quest and put an end to all magic. She longs to defeat the queen that stole Jesse from her and basically wreaked havoc over his kingdom. Everyone is joining together to stop Angra and his mad quest.

Though, Meira knows that the only way to destroy all magic and therefore, Angra, is for a conduit of magic to be freely given to the chasm. And since Meira is her own conduit, she will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world.

This book was both exciting and a little slow. There’s a lot of planning going on. Planning on all sides it seems. Angra is doing what he can to stop Meira while all her friends are trying to devise the best course of action to taking him out. That Theron has been magically manipulated to be on Angra’s side doesn’t help their cause. Meira and her crew are sorely outnumbered since Angra’s magic can basically turn anyone to his side. It’s those little moments that helped to make this book not entirely too slow. While a lot of planning was happening, there were little moments that happened in between that made things rather enjoyable!

I feel like by the end of the second book, we all know who Meira is going to end up with. Again, by not remembering the first book well, I can’t remember whose “team” I was on. But for some reason, I always thought it would be Mather. Mather or no one really for Theron’s actions in the last book basically made me think he was out of the running. And it’s truly those friends first relationships that get me all sappy inside! I loved that Mather and Meira took time to realize the depth of their feelings for one another. Sure they loved each other as friends for so long, but having that love become something more was sweet.

Just as I think Sara has stopped twisting our hearts, she surprises me several times throughout the end that she wasn’t even close to finishing! There were many losses in this book and it ate me up inside. And it’s in the aftermath of those losses that had me more upset than from the losses themselves. It’s a weird scenario, yes I was sadden by the deaths, but seeing the reactions of the loved ones left behind made me more weepy. And the fact that we don’t really get to know how these other loved ones are doing in the very end had me even sadder. Yes, we see these characters walking about, but how are they doing after everything? It seems we will never know.

The losses aside, I will say that the ending was pretty epic! I can’t really say more than that without getting too carried away. While the majority of me is completely satisfied with the ending there will always be a part of me that wants to know more about everyone besides the main characters. But it never seems to work out that way, so I basically write it off in my head that within time, everyone was happy! Lol. This was a fun trilogy with a unique world and I quite enjoyed the journey.

Overall Rating 4/5 stars