Posted in Lists, Reading and Writing

My Signed Books Collection

I was going through all my books the other day and realized that quite a few of them are signed. This isn’t too exciting since most of them were bought signed, but I am still very grateful and fortunate to have some of my favorite books signed by their amazingly wonderful authors. I hope in the future to be able to actually meet these authors in person and get personalized signatures, but until then I will be happy with what I am lucky to have.

 

First are the books I was lucky enough to have personalized or met the author.

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An Average Curse by Rue

Secrets, Lies, and Pies by Lisa Hall

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

 

 

 

Next is all my Owlcrate Editions

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Hearts We Sold by Emily-Lloyd Jones

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

 

 

 

Lastly are all the books I bought or were gifted to me signed.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Nevernight Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Empire of Storms & ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

 

If you have any signed books, which is your favorite and why? Mine is probably Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas because it was the very first book event I ever went to and it was so much fun. I met some awesome people and SJM was awesome. I can’t wait to do it again!

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Posted in Reading and Writing, TBRs

June TBR

I know this post is really simple and going up a day late but here it is. These are the books I’m currently reading/want to read in June.

Currently Reading:

 

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

 

ARCs / Read for Review:

 

Auction Action by Andrew Grey

Fangs for the Holidays by Ana Lee Kennedy

Read and Gone by Allison Brook

 

Library Books:

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

 

Other (you know, in case the rest isn’t enough)

 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

 

Posted in Reading and Writing, Wrap Ups

May Wrap Up

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J.Maas

Highly Recommend – 5/5 Stars
Full Review

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

So much fun. Loved the audiobook – 5/5 Stars
Full Review

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Second read. Loved the characters and premise – 4/5 Stars
Review to Come

 

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Lots of fun. Loved the audiobook. Highly recommend if you are craving some Percy Jackson.

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

Received via Netgalley in exchange for a review. Slow build but awesome climax – 2.5/5 Stars Full Review

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Great characters and action, really fast-paced. 4/5 Stars
Review to come.

Servamp, Vol. 1 by Strike Tanaka

Manga. Enjoyed the art style and the story was interesting – 3/5 Stars

Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Highly enjoyed. One of my favorite authors; didn’t disappoint – 4/5 Stars
Review to come.

A Touch of Magic by Isabelle AdlerIMG_0958

Received from Netgalley for review. Enjoyed the characters most of all. Lots of fun, look forward to more by this author – 3.5/5 Stars
Full Review

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Took over six months to finish. Would have enjoyed more if read all at once. Still gave it 4.5/5 Stars.
Review to come.

 

 

Posted in Reading and Writing, Reviews

A Touch of Magic – Book Chat

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

3.5 stars

⇒    Synopsis    ⇐

After returning to the straight and narrow, Cary Westfield hopes to rebuild his life as a stage magician. Only thing is, the success of his new show is entirely dependent on a strange medallion inherited from his late grandfather—an amulet that holds a rare and inexplicable power to captivate the wearer’s audience.

Ty prides himself on his ability to obtain any item of magical significance—for the right price. When a mysterious client hires him to steal a magical amulet from a neophyte illusionist, he’s sure it will be a quick and easy job, earning him a nice chunk of cash.

As it turns out, nothing is sure when greed and powerful magic are at play. When a mob boss with far-reaching aspirations beats Ty to the snatch, Cary and Ty form an unlikely partnership to get the amulet back. The unexpected spark of attraction between them is a welcome perk, but each man has his own plan for the prize.

All bets are off, however, when it is revealed the magical amulet holds a darker secret than either of them had bargained for.

 

⇒    My Thoughts    ⇐

My favorite part of this book was the two main characters and their relationship with each other. It wasn’t insta-love or even insta-attraction. (Okay, there may have been some insta-attraction). But the point is, this book wasn’t all about the physical. I highly enjoyed watching them get to know each other and work together toward their common goal.

The magic element was really interesting. It was set in our world and what we know, expect there are a few people that can actually use real magic. These people were called sorcerers or sorceresses. Our main protagonists were a basic stage magician that used an artifact he got from his grandfather to enhance his illusions. What he doesn’t know (and what is later revealed) is that he actually has real magic in his blood. The other main protagonist was basically kidnapped as a child and raised by this powerful sorcerer to help him “recover” artifacts/objects for people who pay. While he doesn’t have the ability to use magic himself, he has a very keen sense of seeing magic.

One of my favorite characters was one we don’t meet until the last half of the story. He is a sorcerer that happens to be friends with the non-magic wielding protagonist and agrees to help them steal back the artifact. He is so snarky and full of life that I would love to have him as a friend in real life.

This story is really character driven, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in action. There are several magic battles in this book and it was heart-stopping. If I had to describe it in one sentence it would be: A mob boss steals an artifact and two misfits gain the help of a snarky sorcerer to infiltrate a poker game and steal it back. Of course, there is more to the story than any of them realize until it’s too late.

In Conclusion…

 

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Posted in Reading and Writing, Writing Updates

Debut Publication Date

It’s official, my debut novel Dead Emotions has a publication date! I’m so freaking excited, there aren’t enough words in the world to express what I’m feeling right now. It has taken me over two years to get this book where it is today and I’m finally on the countdown to publication.

Dead Emotions is a YA Thriller Dystopian about a girl who is arrested for murder and she has to prove she is innocent before she loses more than just her freedom. I have put so much love and time into this book and I hope everyone enjoys reading it as I did writing it.

The official publication date is set for August 4, 2018. I chose this date because it holds a special place in my heart. My grandfather’s birthday was on August 4th and I owe him so much. This is my way of honoring him and staying connected to his memory.

You can now add Dead Emotions to you “want to read” list on Goodreads. I hope to have it up on Amazon very soon. It will be available for purchase in both ebook and paperback. I also plan on hosting some giveaways closer to the release date. There will also be a brand new cover design coming soon.

Anyway, I know this isn’t a normal post for me but I just had to share my amazing news. I am currently working on my second novel which I am calling #projecttwins. You can stay up to date on my progress via Twitter.

I hope you guys are having a great summer and I’ll see you in my next post!

Posted in Reading and Writing, Reviews

The Doll House – Book Review

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Goodreads

2.5 stars

⇒   Synopsis   ⇐

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

 

⇒   My Thoughts   ⇐

I enjoyed this book for what it was, a mystery suspense with a lot of family drama. However, it wasn’t what I normally read so it was really difficult for me to get into it.

Ashley and Corinne are sisters. Corinne has a good relationship with her husband but is struggling to have children. Ashley has three children but is struggling with her relationship with her husband. I really liked the dynamics between these two sisters. In fact, it was the part of the story I enjoyed the most. It is the sort of relationship I would love to have with my siblings when we are older.

The psychological/mystery aspect of the story was a little boring for me. I know, I know. From the reviews I’ve read, this was the part that most people loved about the story. But I think it probably has a lot to do with my love of fast-paced plots. I want to be thrown this way and that, have my emotions torn apart and stomped on. This pacing was just too slow for me. But, it worked for this particular book so I’m not too mad about it. I just wish it picked up a little earlier and drew me in faster.

The twist at the end was the most exciting part of the entire books, which I think was the whole point. I can’t say much without ruining it, but I will say that I never saw it coming. Overall, I wish I could have been more invested in the story but I would definitely give this author a second chance.

 

In Conclusion… 

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker. I found this on I Wuv Books’ post, here, and decided it would be fun.

This week’s teaser comes from The Red Knight by Miles Cameron. I recently acquired this book as a part of a fantasy book buying binge. It looks so good, I can’t wait to dive into this world.

In a single heartbeat all of his opponents fell, and as they fell they turned to sand. His sword actually passed through one, and beyond his suddenly evaporated opponents, Ser Gawin rode directly at the troll.

                         – The Red Knight by Miles Cameron, pg. 328

 


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Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild.

Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern’s jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting are hard, leading a company of men – or worse, a company of mercenaries – against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.

It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he’s determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it’s just another job. The abbey is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can’t deal with.

Only it’s not just a job. It’s going to be a war…

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Intimidating TBR Tag

This tag has been going around for a while now, and to be honest I’m not really sure where it started. But I thought it would be fun, so here we go.

A book that you haven’t finished yet.

There are a couple of books I could use for this one. But I think I’ll go for the ones that I actually plan on finishing. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak. These are actually similar stories. I started both of these on audiobook. For Ember, my library loan expired, and for Book Theif, I decided I would rather read the physical copy instead. Trust me, these are both high on my list to finish.

A book you just haven’t had the time to read. IMG_0922

Can I just add a picture of my entire TBR shelf? No? Okay. If I have to pick one, I will go with Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I am so excited to read this book. But I don’t want to rush through it, but I also don’t want to squeeze it in a few pages at a time before I go to bed when I am so exhausted from the day. I think this one will be taken on vacation with me this summer. Can’t wait!

A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel.

For this one, I’m going with A Gathering of Shadows and A conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. It had been so long since I read A Darker Shade of Magic, that the excitement had waned a bit and honestly, I’d forgotten a lot of what happened in it. But I just happened to do a reread last week so be looking out for that review.

IMG_0921A book you haven’t read because it’s brand new.

I actually don’t own any recent releases that I haven’t read yet. So, I’m going to go with Every Day by David Levithan because I just got it a few days ago. Ever since the movie trailer came out, I have been so excited to read this book. Since I now own it, I will read it that much sooner. I also can’t wait to see the movie.

A book by an author you read previously but didn’t like.

I tend not to buy books by authors of books I didn’t like. But, I do have one that could be used for this category. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I tried reading her Shiver series several years ago but couldn’t even get halfway through the first book. But The Raven Boys is so loved by so many people that I definitely plan to pick it up.

A book on your TBR that you’re just not in the mood to read.

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For this one, I’ll go with More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. I really want to read this book, but from what I hear it’s extremely sad and I have to be in the right headspace to read a book like that. I’m not really sure I want to cry right now. Soon though.

A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous.

It by Stephen King. Need I say more?

A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover.

So, I buy a lot of books based on the cover. I could literally pick up a random book and more than likely it would work for this question. I actually just went on a fantasy buying binge and got the ones with the coolest covers. Not gonna lie. So, I guess I’ll just pick one. Age of Iron by Angus Watson, The Red Knight by Miles Cameron, and Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. Okay, I’ll pick three.

IMG_0923The most intimidating book on your TBR.

For this, I would have chosen It by Stephen King, but I’ll choose a different one. Let’s go with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I really want to read this book because so many people rave about it, but it’s so long and daunting that I can’t bring myself to just dive in. It’s also very high fantasy and while I love high fantasy, something about this one makes me anxious. Not to mention, we may never actually end up getting the last book in the series and I don’t want to fall in love with something I can never finish.

 

Well, there you go. That’s the tag. If you would like to try this tag, then I TAG YOU!

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Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods – Book Review

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Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

5 stars

 

 

→   Synopsis  ←

“A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.” So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. “If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.” Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume–a must for home, library, and classroom shelves–as stunning as it is entertaining.

 

→    My Thoughts   ←

If Percy Jackson wrote a book all about the Olympian Gods, this would be it. Well, that’s basically what this book is so I guess that is a “duh” moment, huh? I can’t begin to tell you how many times I was laughing out loud listening to this book. By the way, that’s totally how I recommend reading this book, via audiobook. Since I listened to the Percy Jackson series on audiobook, I was used to how Percy sounded. This book was voiced by the same narrator, so it felt just like I was listening to Percy read this book to me. Also, I extremely enjoyed how all the gods’ “origin stories” and “life stories” were modernized. Like, I highly doubt they were all posting on Twitter but it got the point across. This book was hysterical and I just wish it could have been longer. I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail so I can see how it was all written.

I was only halfway through this book when I decided I just had to add this to my collection. Not only that, but I also ordered the entire Heroes of Olympus box set. I have officially declared May, Percy Jackson/Rick Riordan reading month. (I know we’re already over halfway through the month, it’s fine.) I am going to attempt to read as many of his books as I can during the rest of this month. So far I have read all the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, The Lost Hero, The Hidden Oracle, and now Greek Gods. I can’t wait to dive back in.

I would love to know what your favorite Rick Riordan book is, or if you plan to read any of them this month. Maybe we could read them together.

 

In Conclusion… 

 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Book Review

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Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance

Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

5 stars

 

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

 

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So, if you are already a Sarah J. Maas fan, then I don’t have to tell you how excited I was to receive the email that this book had shipped. This was marketed as the novella between the first trilogy and the second trilogy and that’s just what it was. It was freaking wonderful.

All I want for my babies in the inner circle is for them to be happy and have some fun. That’s exactly what we got. We got to see them all coming together to celebrate the solstice, eat some food, give gifts, and of course, have some sexy times. I’ve read that some people were annoyed with how much Feyre/Rhysand time there was in this book, but what more did you expect? Honestly, speaking for myself, I could read Feyre/Rhysand books for the rest of my life.

I loved that Feyre got back into her painting in this book. It was so beautiful and it really helped get back into how she was feeling. Also, I loved that she gave them as gifts. Well, I loved all the gifts in general so I guess I’m a little biased.

I can’t wait until we get more Cassian/Nesta story and I really hope to get inside Mor’s mind and see how she thinks/feels. I can’t wait to see how her relationship and character as a whole grows.

Honestly, this might be my favorite of the series so far, after ACOMAF of course. I laughed, cried, and just wanted so much MORE. I never wanted it to end and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. Basically, it was way too short!!!

 

In conclusion…

 

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