Dark Age

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Dark Age by Felix O Hartmann

Publisher: Hartmann Publishing

Published: June 24th, 2016

Rating: 4/5

This book was sent to me by the author for a honest review and I am so glad he did! But knowing that he sent it to me, does not influence the direction of this review.

It is a dystopian book set in the year 2154, and the world is now back in a medieval type of world. It is about a young man named Adam who is about to join the Grey Guard which defend the city. He wants to change the broken system of his society, and to do that he will  find a way to bring down their leader.

I really enjoyed this book, it was nice to see a different type of dystopian society where they go back instead of going forward with their society. I love the medieval vibe, I enjoy reading books in that style so it was one of my favorites in that genre. It had walled cities, old fashioned weapons which just made me excited to read this! There was some slight world building, but not much; and it was really done well. His writing was times was a bit simple, but it overall his writing was spot on. I was very impressed with what I read though, for a first time author I really enjoyed this book. His ideas for the story were well executed, and I felt the way he set up the plot was awesome.

This book though, had to many up and downs in it! So many things happened, and a lot happened to Adam so I felt so bad for him! He was a good character, very morally good and so concerned with helping others around him. He showed so much courage, and it was interesting reading about him and reading his thoughts throughout the story. There are some improvements that could be done but for a first book, it was really good.

Overall there were moments that I really enjoyed, as well as moments where it felt silly in terms of plot. But I really liked it, and I cannot wait to see where the next books will go, as well as where the author will go in his future books. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in dystopian with a different sort of direction! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts as well! I’d really like to hear it! I’ll be leaving a link to the amazon page where you can buy the book on either your Kindle or in paperback book. Check it out everyone!

Amazon link: https://amzn.com/0997573120

 

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The Selection

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: April 24, 2012

Rating: 5/5

So I kind of went into this not really thinking that I wouldn’t like this. The description everyone gave me was that it was the young adult version of The Bachelor. And I HATE the Bachelor so I was thinking I really wouldn’t like it at all!

But I actually really really loved this!! I flew through this book in like 6 hours! I could not put it down! It was really close to the how I imagine the Bachelor is, but so much better! I really liked the characters in this book, America was probably my favorite character! She was a good character to read about, I really liked her personality! She was very caring towards other that were lesser than her, she was headstrong. And she was truly invested in her family, even if she didn’t get along with her mother; she only wanted what was best for them, even if she had to put her dreams aside for it.

Mason was another good character, he really stood out to me in my mind. He was very different from his image he portrayed, and I loved diving into this character through out this book. I cannot wait to read more from the series and see how he develops in the future. He didn’t have a good view of the lower class, but he really had his heart set on learning.

Aspen for me wasn’t my favorite character really. I liked him at first and his interaction with America, but then I read on and I really just got frustrated with him. He had a moment where his pride got the best of him and I tend to not like that. Not really in terms of the author’s writing or theme, but just personality wise for him it didn’t make me like him. But he was a good character, and I hope he does make more appearances in the future. I understand his reasons but at the same time I was like “dude…stop”.

But again I loved his book, I hope to continue sometime soon with the series! I really enjoy her writing style, and I love how this book is just a fun and quick read for me!

Let me know your thoughts on this book as well as the series for I would really like to know! I know lots of people don’t like the series so I want to hear everyone’s thoughts on it.

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 New Books on Wishlist

I joined a group on Goodreads called Top 5 Wednesday and they give topics for each Wednesday of the year and this is this weeks post for it!

The topic for today Wednesday July 20th is Top 5 Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

  1. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett which is called a Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn romantic horror book! Sounds really creepy and cool!23845997
  2. Hey Sunshine by Tia Giacalone. I honestly have no idea what it is about…just that I really love the cover!                                            25392676
  3. The Elite by Kiera Cass. Mainly because I just finished the first book and I really want to continue on with this story and see what happens! I really need it! 16248068
  4. Redemption Road by Katie Ashley. I saw Jessica from PeaceLoveBooks on Youtube rave about that series and book so I really want to check it out! I am really venturing out into romance books and I want to see if I’ll continue to like that genre! 24485852
  5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I have never read a book by her and I really want to, so I hope when I get this book that it will be my first one of hers! It’s about a girl who gets a job as a dog walker…that’s all I know. But hoping I’ll really like it!                                                                         17838528

And that is my first Top 5 Wednesday! Let me know in the comments what are your top 5 books you recently added to your wishlist! I’d like to know!

A Court of Mist and Fury

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: May 3, 2016

Rating: 5/5

Honestly, if I could rate books higher than 5/5 I totally would, because this book just blew me away! It is one of my all time favorite books, literally right under LOTR/The Hobbit which are both #1 on my list!

This book is really a game changer for this entire series.

I read ACOTAR last summer, and I really loved it so much! I could not stop obsessing over it and raving about how amazing it was. And then I buddy read this book with my friend and we just freaked out over it as we were reading it. I just…couldn’t get enough of this book! It definitely surpassed my love for the first book!

No second book slump at all!

It really changed how you feel about the characters. I won’t be going too into detail about them to stop from spoilers but some things might get a bit spoilery so I’m sorry for that!

But starting off the book, you really get a look at Feyre’s PTSD from what happened in the first book, and you sort of feel really bad for her! That entire situation is just sad to be honest, her need to hide what she is feeling to Tamlin, and his obsession with keeping her safe. He is coming from a good place, but really messes up with how he goes about everything. Really messes up. To the point where you just don’t like him.

Many feelings change in this book towards different people, and really loved that aspect of this book. Really felt that it added to my experience reading it.

Feyre is an amazingly well written character, and I love her to death! Normally people change through the different books, and Feyre just grew so much from the beginning to the end! She has her struggles that she faces, and learns to get past them and work at being her best self. Love that she wasn’t instantly better than before, that she really had to struggle and work past all her issues. It was amazing to see, and so relatable.

Now Rhysand…what a man! I loved him in ACOTAR, always felt he added so much to that story, and he really just….blew up in this book! LOVE HIM TO PIECES. I love seeing the different pieces of his personality, as well as the different aspects of his kingdom. So many feelings toward Rhysand and everything about him. Favorite male YA character of all time. He was just…damn sexy!

Sarah really knows how to showcase a setting without being so descriptive all at once, and she wrote such beautiful scenes (i.e. Starfall). Visiting the different kingdoms was great, and of course the Night Court is my favorite. Obviously.

Highly recommend this series to everyone and their mother! Trust me! If you think you like the first, be prepared to love the second one! I never thought a sequel could be this good and it really was!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on it and everything! I’d love to know and talk about it with you!

Crown of Midnight

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publisher: August 27th, 2013

Rating: 5/5

This book…oh my gosh! This series…OH MY GOSH!

I am absolutely in love with Sarah J Maas’ work and writing and characters and everything! She really knows how to create worlds where you just fall into them and never want to leave! Her characters are just amazingly written, they have such depth to them, and it is just amazing watching them grow from book to book. I am finally getting through this series, and I am currently on the 3rd book! Loving it so far and loving how again they seem to grow as people.

Celaena is once again just such an amazing character. I love her and her personality! She has consistently been my favorite character so far from book one and I’m hoping that continues as the series goes on! She is so different from other main characters that you read in other books like this! She is independent, strong, feminine, and is someone that you can definitely look up to. She doesn’t feel the need to hide the fact that she is a tough cookie. Her being a tough cookie is great, and she really uses it to her advantage! She doesn’t shy away from that, and she also doesn’t hate the idea of being a girl.

Chaol is such a cutie! Love him so much! And the plot twist he was involved in…oh my gosh it crushed my heart! I just…..it changed everything! It changed him, it changed Celaena, it changed the game! I was shocked! My heart also broke for him for reasons I cannot explain!

This book though was a plot twist after plot twist! It just changed the game forever.

Dorian was an interesting character. Love him and love reading about him as per usual. But I like him and what he brings to the plot. He also plays a key role in this book and I really liked seeing how he was involved and how his role changed a lot of things in this book!

Highly highly recommend this book for everyone! Especially those that really love fantasy and action! You’ll get a lot in this book trust me! And you’ll be seeing more reviews for this book series as I am finally getting around to the rest as I mentioned above!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this series as well as your thoughts on this book! I’d love to know!

Rebel Spring

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Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: December 3rd, 2013

Rating: 5/5

This book guys! This book was intense! I loved it! Such a great continuation to the series! I cannot wait to jump into the third one! 

This is  the second book in the Falling Kingdoms series and takes off where the first book left off. Hence why I’m not leaving much of a summary of this book. But it was a very solid sequel, and the development was great, both in terms of plot development and character development. The people in this world really grew as individuals, and they really had to face some hard times. I enjoyed seeing it all and reading along with them. 

Normally I wouldn’t like a book with as many POV’s as this one had but I really liked reading from all their perspectives! 

Fav wore character is Cleo still! Since book 1! I’m hoping that doesn’t change in books 3 & 4! She is a very strong person in this book I feel. I think that since she’s spoiled people don’t see her strength. But I loved the direction she went in this book. 

Jonas was a sweetheart. He was generally a good person and a good character to read about. It was hard seeing him struggle in book 1, and it was amazing to see him move from book 1 to book 2! I’m super excited again to see how he grows in the next two books. 

I think as with book 1 I felt bad for Magnus in terms of the cards he’s dealt. First with his father then with his sister. Man. But again I liked his POV. Reading his parts were always interesting to me, and next to Cleo he’s a favorite of mine. Lastly is Lucia who I honestly don’t like too much. Mainly with issues happening from book 1 that seemed to carry on Into this book. Felt she could have done things differently (Lucia not the author). I liked her abilities, and in a way I liked her storyline but at the same time I wanted to shake her so badly. 

Again overall one of my top 10 favorites this year! Definitely doesn’t have the sequel slump. You cannot put it down and you’ll fly through it and hop into book 3! I cannot wait to get back into this series and check out the next two books! Can’t wait for book 5! 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on both Rebel Spring and the series as a whole! I’d love to know!

Bookish Merch from Evie Bookish

Hello everyone! I’m posting today to talk about my favorite designer to buy bookish merch from! I mentioned it in the last post I did but I can’t help but make a post all about her work! So I’ll be sharing pictures that I  took of her items that I have. And I’ll be leaving a link to both her society6 and Redbubble pages! 

First up is the bag with the quote “The trees speak latin” from The Raven Boys! I use this bag for everything! Right now it’s currently my work bag!
The pillow next to it is from These Broken Stars and it says “And there is is, against all hope like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds. The smallest hint of a smile”. This was probably my favorite quote from the book! 


Next are the two pouches I bought. One is a size small and says “They joined hands so the world ended. And the next one began” from Queen of Shadows. Next to it it says “Is there a reason you’re smiling at me. Or shall I interpret it as a death wish?” From Queen of Shadows. These pouches are my favorite because they’re so handy! 

Lastly I’ll be showing you two pillow cases I got! One says “You could rattle the stars. She said. You could do anything if only you dared. And deep down you know it too. That’s what scares you” from Throne of Glass. And lastly “‘I love you’ he whispered and kissed my brow ‘thorns and all'” from ACOTAR.


There are so many people I would like to buy from and eventually I will. But these were my favorites so I bought them at the times I had the money for them! I’ll post more of the bookish things I get in the future!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve blighted bookish items! As well as other artists you think I would like! I’d really like to know! 
Evie Bookish’s pages: https://society6.com/evieseo
http://www.redbubble.com/people/eviebookish

June Owlcrate Unboxing

I know it’s a bit late but I finally am doing my June Owlcrate Unboxing! I’m so sorry I have been absent! Haven’t had a chance to update anything lately. But this month’s box was the Royalty box for Owlcrate.

For those who don’t know, Owlcrate is a monthly subscription box where you get a book, as well as book related goodies. I’ll leave the homepage for Owlcrate down below!

When you open the Owlcrate box, this is normally what it looks like. The card will be on top as well as an item, this month it is a Disney mystery mini figurine from Funko. The card that is on top always has the theme as well as information on where the goodies come from and descriptions of the items.

The figure I got in my box was Elsa from Disney’s Frozen! I have two of these items now! The first one I got a while back was Ariel.

Next is a jewelry item from Rich Love Shoppe! This bracelet was inspired by the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ll leave link to their Etsy page down below as well.

Next is a set of royalty magnetic bookmarks from CraftedVan (link is also down below). I haven’t bought any items from them yet but I’ve always liked their designs. Hoping to check them out in the near future. Bookmarks are my weakness.

Next is a lovely print from Evie Bookish that is inspired by Red Queen written by Victoria Aveyard. Link to her Society6 and Redouble page down below with everything else. I will also be doing a post about her since I buy all my bookish items from her normally!

The book included in this month’s box is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. It is a romantic, funny, and fantasy filled story of Lady Jane Grey who is about to be married off to a stranger, as well as be caught up in a conspiracy against her cousin King Edward.

The book also came with a note, as well a crown! I wore that all night when I got the box! Not pictured is a coupon to MyBookmark, who create such amazing bookmarks! I will also put their page down below.

And that is the June Owlcrate box! Hope you all join me for the July box which is Good VS Evil!

Let me know below your opinions on the box, as well as if you receive them! I’d like to know!

 

 

Owl crate website: https://owlcrate.com

MyBookmark page: http://mybookmark-shop.com

Crafted van page: http://craftedvan.com

Evie Bookish: https://society6.com/evieseo

http://www.redbubble.com/people/eviebookish

Rich Love Shoppe: https://www.etsy.com/shop/richloveshoppe

Andrew Joyce

So an author named Andrew Joyce had gotten in contact with me and asked if I would help promote his newest book Resolution! This book got published in April and sounds really interesting! I’m leaving the blurb for his book, a post that was sent, as well as links if you’re interested in ordering the book! Hope you enjoy this blog post but a super cool author! Below this paragraph is his Goodreads page as well as the address to his website.

http://andrewjoyce76.com

Goodreads

“It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year.

By happenstance, a fifty-nine-year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure.

Someone should have warned them, “Be careful what you wish for.”

When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six hundred mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man. With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next.

On the frozen trail, they are put upon by murderers, hungry wolves, and hostile Indians, but those adversaries have nothing over the weather. At seventy below, your spit freezes a foot from your face. Your cheeks burn—your skin turns purple and black as it dies from the cold. You are in constant danger of losing fingers and toes to frostbite.

It is into this world that Huck and Molly race.

They cannot stop. They cannot turn back. They can only go on. Lives hang in the balance—including theirs.”

 

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My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. Lourdes has been kind enough to allow me a little space on her blog to promote my new book RESOLUTION: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure. I think it’s a good book, but what do I know? Anyway, I’m kinda shy about tooting my own horn. So I think I’ll turn things over to my dog, Danny, and let him toot it for me. He always has an attitude and usually does not speak highly of me. But please understand that we co-exist as the old Soviet Union and the United States once co-existed. We tolerate each other. So without further ado, here’s Danny the Dog.

Andrew, dragged me away from a juicy steak bone to help him out. For a person that works with words for a living, he has very little to say in real life. He wants me to tout his book for him, but I don’t think I will. Instead, I think I’ll tell you about our latest adventure. We’re always having adventures, but this one takes the cake and it’s 100% true.

Andrew and I have been having some fine ol’ adventures lately. Well, maybe fine is not the exact word. I’ll start with the light stuff first. Andrew is okay for a human, but he does leave a lot to be desired. Do you know he hasn’t bought me a chew toy in years? I’m talking about those rawhide things. Yummy! Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a toy type of dog, but I do like a good chew now and then just like everyone else.

Anyway, we were out walking around the marina (we live on a boat) about a week and a half ago when we happened upon Chloe. She’s my friend, a chocolate lab. She’s only a year old and very playful. Sometimes I will deign to acknowledge her existence, but most of the time I just ignore her. She’s a mite too rambunctious for me, like most females of my acquaintance.

So while she’s bouncing around me and nudging me with her snoot, trying to get me to play with her, I noticed a piece of rawhide lying on the dock. It was half chewed and it was oh-so inviting. Of course, I went over and started to sniff it. Chloe followed me and put her snoot down to it also. That’s when I had to assert myself. I gave her a short bark and a little growl to tell her it was now my chew thing. Then I grabbed it and made it officially mine.

I guess Andrew didn’t get the memo. He tried to take it from me while telling me stealing was not a good thing. Lucky for Andrew that Chloe’s human, Jeff, was there or Andrew would have lost a finger or two. Jeff told Andrew that it was all right for me to have the treasure. We went home and I sat out on the dock and chewed the thing until it was no more. All in all, it was a very good day. However, the next day—as you shall soon see—was a day that will live in infamy.

At the moment, I’m torn between telling you of my harrowing escape from the jaws of death or about Andrew’s slight, prosaic run-in with mortality.

I guess I’ll save the best for last. Here’s what happened to Andrew:

I was out walking him a few evenings ago and I was doing my usual sniffing. I caught the scent of a chicken bone or two in the vicinity and went on alert. Unfortunately, Andrew did also. The place we were walking is infamous for chicken bones, so Andrew was watching me like a hawk. And because he was looking at me and not where he was walking, he slipped on an exposed root. His foot went into a small depression and we both heard a loud SNAP! His only comment: “Let’s go home while I can still walk.” He knew the pain and the swelling would soon set in and he wanted to be on the boat when that happened. He wanted to be near his pain medicine . . . I believe humans call it vodka.

Well, long story short, Andrew had broken something in his ankle, but we don’t know what. He has a doctor friend, who offered to x-ray it for him at no cost, but the idiot (Andrew, not the doctor) said . . . and I quote, “We know something is broken so the x-ray will only tell us what we already know. It was probably just a tendon snapping, I’ll be fine.”

I reckon you can’t argue with reasoning like that.

Now to the important news . . . what happened to ME last Saturday. Andrew is not the only wounded member of this household.

Saturday is the day the male humans escape their females and come to the Tiki Hut at the marina to drink beer and talk of manly things. Andrew is not a guy type of guy; he’s kind of a sissy, so he doesn’t hang out with the other males. Me, I like the guys and I am always happy to spend some time with them. Andrew usually brings me up there on Saturdays and leaves me for a few hours so that I can hang out. Then he goes back to the boat before the fresh air kills him. But this Saturday, Andrew had some business to discuss with his friend Don, so he stayed around.

After Don and the other males made a big show of welcoming me, Andrew tied my leash to a tree. For some reason, Andrew doesn’t trust me, so I’m always on the damn leash. But I didn’t mind, there was a new scent on the ground and I was in heaven.

I followed the scent over to a log where it was the strongest … oh joy! There was a crevasse at the middle of the log and I poked my snoot into it. That’s when I got the surprise of my life. Out came a crab. But I was undaunted . . . his pincher claw did not faze me at all, no siree bob it did not!

This is going to be fun, I thought. I barked and backed him up a bit. Then he raised his claw over his head in a defensive position. That’s when my world was turned upside down. He clamped his big ol’ claw right on my beautiful nose! Yeow and double yeow! I let out with a cry that sent Andrew scurrying over, bad ankle and all. When he saw what had happened, he had the temerity to laugh at me.

Now the two of us sit on the boat staring at one another. Andrew has ice on his ankle and I have ice on my nose. Actually, there is more ice in Andrew’s vodka drink than on his ankle.

Here we sit, just two old males wishing for better times. And I’m not about to forget his laughter during my darkest moment. My Waterloo if you will. As I write these words, I am plotting my revenge.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot—check out Andrew’s new book on Amazon and make the old guy’s day.

 

This is Andrew again. On behalf of Danny and myself, I would like to thank Lourdes for having us over. It’s been a real pleasure.

 

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Marked for Life

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Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp

Publisher: MIRA

Published: June 14, 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

I was sent a copy of this book by the publicist for an honest review! I cannot thank them enough for this book because I really liked this book! But being sent this book did not influence my rating and review of it.

Marked for Life is a crime novel that starts off with a high-ranking member of the migration board who is found shot to death in his home. The detectives and public prosecutor have to work to solve the crime which goes into the child trafficking spectrum.

This book just kept me hooked! I loved the writing, the characters, the plot, and the dark moments in it. I really felt that the characters were so well developed! They were interesting, and Jana was my favorite in this novel! She has such an interesting back story, and she takes such an interesting turn during the novel. I really loved reading about her and everything going on with her. There were moments with her that I really didn’t expect!

I really liked how this book went into dark topics like child trafficking that you don’t normally hear much about. I liked how it really was linked up to the main character. It made you wonder how they were related to each other and the whole back story! And when you find out you just…it just really blows your mind!

The writing was amazing as well. I really loved how this author wrote, and it really kept you interested in what was happening. Her writing made me want to check her out again! I cannot wait for the second book in this series, I really want to see what happens in the series! I highly highly recommend this book to crime/mystery lovers everywhere! You’ll love this book, and won’t be able to put it down!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts! I’d like to know!