Thursday, December 14, 2017

Random Reads #316, December 14th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got  which turned out to be ! It's been on my TBR pile since , and I added it because ! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #331, December 14th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

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Will the Time Come #341, December 14th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

From Goodreads:
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Why the time hasn't come yet...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monsterland: Review

From Goodreads:
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin's senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He's not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He'd much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she's dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn't stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

My Review:
This book was totally awesome! I enjoyed reading it so much, it was a lot of fun! What with monsters in the title, it could've been straight horror, but there was humor mixed in, and of course, a bit of a thriller/action because hey, monsters!

The synopsis hooked me, the concept of opening an amusement part with monsters as the attractions? Like it asks, what could go wrong? Well, everything, since it's a book! Sometimes, synopsis' are misleading, but nope, not this one!

The pace was almost slow in the beginning, but only for a little bit before things became so chaotic and awesome! The thing I like about thrillers is that feeling that they might never get safe, something is always threatening them. This book did a great job of that!

Bad Guy was really awful! I mean, he presented a good goal and good reasonings, but totally twisted it, and that was just horrible. And that Wyatt has a connection to him-however tenuous, well, that was a big twist! Made the ending all the more explosive!

Yeah, this book was fantastic and amazing to read!

Author: Michael Okon
Read: December 12th, 2017
Source: YA Bound Book Tours Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like a good book, and it's a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: WordFire Press
Published: October 13th 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars
Bio:
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.


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We Have the Cover of Dark-Hunter #29!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Stygian by Sherrilyn Kenyon! It used to be titled Battle Born, with a different cover, but new title, new cover, new publisher! And you can check out the cover reveal, where I got the cover, here!

Waiting on Wednesday #344, December 13th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Crave by Deborah Wild
Expected Publication: February 20th, 2018
From Goodreads:
What doesn’t kill you ... seriously messes with your love life.

Nava is happily settling into her new relationship and life is all giddy joy and stolen kisses. Except when it’s assassins. Talk about a mood killer. She and Rohan are tracking the unlikely partnership between the Brotherhood and a witch who can bind demons, but every new piece of the puzzle is leaving them with more questions than answers. And someone doesn’t appreciate them getting close to the truth. Go figure.

On top of that, a demon known only as Candyman has unleashed a drug that’s harming users in extremely disturbing ways. After a friend of Nava’s is hurt, she vows to take this demon down. But will life as she knows it survive this mission, or will this be the one time she should have looked before she leapt? 

Happily-ever-after: barring death, she’s got a real shot at it.

Really excited for this book, because this series and Deborah Wilde's writing is fantastic! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #348, December 13th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm reading Whispering Springs, and yeah, it's so amazing, and I'm really enjoying it! 
I read Monsterland, and yeah, it was an awesome horror book! 
I'm going to read A Perfect Obsession, and I can't wait, I really enjoyed the first book!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #348, December 12th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout, page 27.

"Tanner had asked that our weapons be handed over, just in case. We had, but the thorn stake remained in our room. because those things were rare and were the only weapon that could take out an Ancient."

Sounds fair! The Ancients are the real bad guys, so they need to be able to fight them, but not the good fae! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, December 11, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #340, December 11th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #339
Teaser Tuesday #347
WWW Wednesday #347
WOW #344
Will the Time Come #338
Third Sentence Thursday #329
Random Reads #315
First Lines Friday #343
The Reward Challenge Update #325
Follow Friday #317
How Well I Stuck to It #169
Wrote that Review Update #174

Week 49 Reviews:
Letters to the Lost
Shattered Mirror
Eight Days on Planet Earth

Random:
Computer Problems!
Waiting Game

OK, so I got 17 posts in 7 days, What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Blood Will Out, Breaking PointMonsterland, and A Perfect Obsession.

Silence of the Lambs for young adults -- Blood Will Out is a gripping YA thriller readers won't be able to put down.

Ari Sullivan is alive--for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous -- and Ari may not be the only intended victim.

Told in alternating perspectives of predator and prey, Blood Will Out is a gripping and terrifying read.
Bella Caruso survived a nightmare of abuse and betrayal. Today, she has dedicated her life to saving other young women from the hell that almost killed her—first as an officer of the law, then by stepping outside the law and into the darkness where true evil dwells. Now, it appears that the darkness has taken her once again.

JT Caruso often worries about his sister, given her line of work. This time, when he learns that Bella is working undercover to find a missing girl involved in a dangerous prostitution ring, JT asks FBI Special Agent Lucy Kincaid for help.

Even with Lucy's extensive experience in running down human traffickers, finding Bella will not be easy. Not only because she is in too deep. But because Bella, who will not rest until she saves the girl, doesn't want to be found…
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin's senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He's not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He'd much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she's dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn't stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #174, December 10th

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If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Letters to the Lost, Shattered Mirror, Eight Days on Planet Earth, so I have 3 of 3 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #177, December 10th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 50:
Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari, Breaking Point by Allison Brennan, Monsterland by Michael Okon,  A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham

Tour Books: 1. Check.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 3. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: NA.

A short week, given what happened this past week, but yeah, a tour book and some NetGalley book, so yeah, I'm happy with it! 

Week 49:
The Black Tide by Keri Arthur, Can't Get Enough by Gena Showalter, Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade, Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen, Whispering Springs by Amanda Stevens

vs.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen, Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan

So yeah, not as much as I wanted to read, and 2 that I didn't plan, but yeah, they were really great to read!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Week 49 Review: Eight Days on Planet Earth

From Goodreads:
A heart-wrenching romance full of twists that are sure to bring tears to readers' eyes, from Cat Jordan, author of The Leaving Season.

How long does it take to travel twenty light years to Earth?

How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip, but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty's dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she's waiting for her spaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Of course she is.

Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories for each of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. When he was a kid, he and his dad searched the skies and studied the constellations. But all of that is behind him. Dad's gone—but now there's Priya. She must be crazy…right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of the girl in the field, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined. And if he can learn to believe in what he can't see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.

My Review:
This book was really interesting to read! Like, it opens up the possibility of aliens on this planet, or that Priya is crazy. And Matt kinda vacillates between believing her or not. Well, like wanting to believe her or not. So yeah, that was really interesting! 

For me, this book was pretty short. Like, in my Nook, it was 200-ish pages. So yeah, that's a pretty fast read. And given that not all of the chapters were even a full page, while others were pages, made for an interesting reading rhythm.

Matt is the kind of person who plays it safe-asks out his best friend's sister, which should've been an easy yes, but wasn't. He was into science and space, but his dad took it into conspiracy territory. And then Priya shows up and pulls him out of his comfort zone, which is good for personality growing!

The ending was bittersweet. The almost magical possibilities throughout this book, and then we find out the truth. There's still that hope, and a rediscovered wonder of the Universe. Plus, that video she recorded on the first day. Yeah, bittersweet is a perfect word to describe this ending!

I enjoyed this book a lot, it was a really amazing book!

Author: Cat Jordan
Read: December 5th, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded good and I've enjoyed her other book! And it's a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: November 7th 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: Shattered Mirror

From Goodreads:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a new explosive thriller featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan.

Iris Johansen returns with a thrilling novel of action and danger where fan favorite Eve Duncan is thrown once more into a deadly game of intrigue. It begins when Eve receives a package containing a skull—and instructions for Eve to do her work reconstructing it. When she does, a beautiful woman's face emerges. But when Eve is introduced to the dead woman's mirror image, a game is on where her twin's life hangs in the balance.

My Review:
Yeah, this was another fantastic Eve Duncan story! It does jump time by a few years since Mind Game, since Michael's now 6 in this book, but that just means that he had a bit of time to grow up and they've been having peace. Of course, that couldn't last!

This book was about equal time shown to Eve, Cara and Jock. They all have a part to play in this story, and yeah, with the time jump, Cara's now 18, which adds some complications and conflicts, which was really great to read!

We were introduced to Darcy, who was really interesting, the twin mentioned in the synopsis. I really enjoyed her role in this story, it's almost on level to Eve losing Bonnie. Almost. She was a really intriguing character who came up with some really unexpected actions, and I really hope she gets her own book!

This bad guy, he was like, over the top cruel. He has his reasons for what he did, but that in no way excuses what he did. It makes them worse, because wow, cruel! It makes his ending, and who did it and how, feel all the more just!

Yeah, this was another amazing book, and I can't wait for more!

Author: Iris Johansen
Series: Eve Duncan #23
Read: December 5th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love this series so much and her writing! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Expected Publication: April 24th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: Letters to the Lost

From Goodreads:
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Review:
I've been meaning to read this for over a year, I think. And I don't know why it took me this long to read it, because I've really enjoyed her other books. And I kinda thought that it was published around December 2016, but I think I got it slightly confused with her other title, Thicker Than Water, or else I would've read it sooner. Ah, well!

This is a book that you could basically say was about anything, from a story about loss and learning how to move on, to a romance between two teens who didn't know how alike they were. It has a lot going on, and one element feeds very well to the next!

Declan's family, especially his step-father, really frustrated me. Charing Declan for stealing when it was his dad's car? The whole thing that he tried to commit suicide but ends up being charged with no treatment? Yeah, that was really uncool! It turns out that the whole story wasn't presented, but it was still a rough time!

When I read this book, I didn't know that it was a series, but I'm glad that is. We saw Declan and Juliet find a happy ending in this book, but his friend had issues of his own, so he'll get his happy ending, and hopefully we'll see more of Juliet and Declan's! Yeah!

Really, this book was fantastic, and I really enjoyed reading it! 

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Letters the the Lost #1
Read: December 3rd, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: April 4th 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Reviews


Follow Friday #317, December 8th

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week's question:

The Post Prompt: Ok, only 2 or 3 more posts left! I guess I'll have to look for a new meme post, because I like having 12 meme posts a week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

GFC

email

bloglovin

Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!

The Reward Challenge Update #325, December 8th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Letters to the Lost which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book, Shattered Mirror which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book, Eight Days on Planet Earth which counts 3 times as a Edelweiss Book and a SAC 2017 Book.

So I have 11 counts which translates to $5.50 this week! I'll use it towards buying a book!

First Lines Friday #343, December 8th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

"The bored driver waited for her at baggage claim, placard in hand as he scanned the harried travelers. There was her name in big bold lettering: Ava North. She was almost embarrassed to wave him over. It wasn't like she'd been traveling for hours or needed assistance getting from point A to point B. The flight from Houston to San Antonio had taken all of fifty minutes, less time than the commute from her apartment to the airport." -Whispering Springs by Amanda Stevens

Yeah, that would be a little bit awkward, but it's not really like it's her fault! I need to know more! What about you guys? Happy reading!