Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Once Upon a River - Mini Book Breakdown

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.

Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known.

Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned.

Mini Book Breakdown

I don't think I've ever read a novel where the main character of a story isn't a person at all but a place. A magical and beautiful place. This isn't my normal type of novel but I saw it on a blog that I love Keep the Wisdom, she named it one of the best reads of the year so I thought I'd jump on it.

I'm so glad I did! Now, this is a very very slow burn novel and it's got a hefty page count so at times it can be hard to get through but it's so rewarding. I usually don't like stories that talk to the reader but this novel just swept me up in its story and like the river, I flowed along not minding the journey at all.

The prose is perfect! It's too not flowery so the reader is confused and having to read the same sentence again and again to understand. No, it's simple to understand but it takes you off into another world. A whimsical place where anything can happen. I loved it.


Monday, February 17, 2020

Music Monday - Adrian von Ziegler

This meme is hosted by Always Me

Happy Monday! It's time to get back to work or school. I hope you're all having a wonderful February! I personally wish we'd get some snow around here but that's unlikely. But I can share some epic instrumental Nordic music with you! Enjoy and have a great week!




Friday, February 14, 2020

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Romance of 2019

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Romance of 2019
Rules are the same as last week. You can choose a romance that was released in 2019 or just a romance that was new to you in 2019. Your choice! No wrong answers! Let's get down to it! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wicked Saints - Book Breakdown

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy...



Monday, February 10, 2020

Music Monday - Hard Hitting Recent Favorites

This meme is hosted by Always Me

So this week I wanted to spotlight some hard hitting songs that I've been playing a bit. Hopefully they get your blood pumping! Maybe they've even make your Monday a little better! 





Friday, February 7, 2020

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Fantasy of 2019

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week - Favorite/Least Favorite Fantasy of 2019
Now you can take this however you want. Meaning, you can name your favorite fantasy that was released in 2019 or just one that you first read in 2019. It's up to you! No wrong answers. Now, let's get down to it!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

3 Mini Witchy Reviews

Discover how to engage with the urban landscape around you and harness the boundless possibilities for a thriving magical practice. Urban Magick shows you how to connect with your city's diverse ecosystem and channel the powerful energy running through it.

Diana Rajchel invites you on an in-depth exploration of what it means to practice urban magick, providing a variety of spells for city life, techniques for working with spirits and elements, exercises to boost your creativity and energy, and much more. You'll also learn the purpose behind both ancient and modern cities, how architecture and population density affect your magic, and much more.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Mini ARC Review - Saved by Her Enemy Warrior




Entombed with her enemy…

Will her heart remain unscathed?

Left to die in the tomb of her beloved Pharaoh Tausret, royal adviser Aya would be silenced forever by those who seek power. But she is not alone! Egyptian soldier Intef is there to steal her mistress’s gold. Now they must work together to escape. This handsome warrior is Aya’s enemy, yet it’s passion not hatred that burns between them. Can their desire withstand the revelations that await them outside?






Mini ARC Breakdown 

You have Egypt as your backdrop but you spend around 60% of the book in one tomb?!

First, let's clear the air. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review but a free book doesn't mean a glowing review. I will be honest, always.

Now, let's start. I'm a sucker for anything to do with Ancient Egypt. I love that period and often feel that I should've been born into that time. So when I saw this, you know I had to read it! The writing is great, the story is kinda cute and it was a very fast read! I thought it ended perfectly.

I just... all of stunning, beautiful, glorious Egypt and you set so much for your short novel in one freaking tomb! Wasted opportunity! I wanted more rich settings, give me the Nile, the palace. Just anything else besides one tomb for over half the book!

I think the book suffered a little from being trapped in the tomb for so long because the author threw so much backstory just to fill the pages. I think the story could've been better had they gotten out faster and we spent more time with her marriage. That part was so rushed... I just felt like it could've been changed a bit and the story would've been stronger.

So not a bad book, just dragged a lot in the beginning and went way too fast at the end.


Monday, February 3, 2020

Music Monday - Romance

This meme is hosted by Always Me

I don't usually listen to Top 40. Well, I mean if the radio is on I listen to it but I don't go seeking it. It's just not my cup of tea anyone. When music switched from rock based to hip/hop rap based I tuned out. But I somehow found this album and two songs I actually like. Of course the version of the song I like is without the rap. Have you heard these songs? Let me know your thoughts below!

 Have a great week! 




Friday, January 31, 2020

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read of January 2020

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read of January 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things - RANT Review

Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.

But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there's Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there's Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone's heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn't hers.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Favorite Books of the Last Decade

I've seen this floating around a bit and wanted to join in. I'm going to choose my favorite book that was released every single year starting at 2010 and going to 2019. I'm going to have to dig deep for this because in 2010 I wasn't keeping track of my reading, that didn't start till 2014. So we're both going to be surprised by this list! 

2010 - Forbidden 
She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Music Monday - Fimbul Records

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

I've been getting into something that is called Viking music. It's something that I can just listen to and instantly I'm in another place and time or it's just very relaxing and really relives stress. So I hope you enjoy these two songs as much as I do. 




Sunday, January 26, 2020

Share a Poem Sunday - Vampire Moon



"Pagan Poems" is an illustrated collection of poetry written by Carolyn Emerick. The poetry is inspired by myth and folklore, the beauty of nature, the human senses, and, of course, love.

This collection is the antithesis of "modernist" styles of poetry. Stylistic influences include classics such as Byron, Poe, and Shakespeare. This will appeal to those who love classical lyrical poetry, rhythm, rhyme, and meter, and to those who love to be transported to misty other realms of the mind.

The volume is richly illustrated in full color to aid in the full aesthetic experience. 







Vampire Moon 

Ethereal light and tranquility
 shining down with this full moon. 
Clear skies transmit so much energy, 
this night can but end all too soon. 

My skin must hide from the hot summer sun, 
and shirk from the brightness of day. 
It's when the glory of night has begun, 
my fears, they do start to dissuade.

 The others, they seem to thrive in the day.
 But, I live for the darkness of night. 
That’s when my creatures come out to play, 
but the daylight, its shine makes us hide. 

A shining disc of custard light up my way.
My gods, such ambience is rare.
If you meet my wolf as we're out of here to play,
then you better be braced for a scare.

Friday, January 24, 2020

50/50 Friday - Character Most/Least Likely to Change the World

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Character Most/Least Likely to Change the World

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cape Mediterranean: The Way We Love to Eat - Review



Cape Mediterranean food/cooking is a South African style of cooking and entertaining influenced by one of the oldest and arguably also the healthiest cuisines in the world. It has developed naturally from within the Western Cape due to its Mediterranean climate and the abundance of classic Mediterranean-style local produce. This book features more than 75 delectable recipes, from breads, dips and tapas, to lavish salads, succulent roasts, freshly made pastas and heavenly desserts. The recipes bring seasonal produce to the fore and the balance of dishes and ease of preparation will have you inviting friends and family over in no time to share in this veritable bounty.







Book Breakdown

Now I did get this book for free in exchange for an honest review and it couldn't have come at a better time! I've been wanting to stock up on good cookbooks because I'm trying new things and wanting to eat healthier where I can.

This has some great recipes! Some of the few I've tried and loved are: Smokey Cheese Sticks, Winelands Country-Style Farm Loaf, Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic and Thyme, and Butternut and Three-Chesse Ravioli with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage. There are still quite a few that I want to try! The photos make even the few recipes that don't sound good to me look delicious!

For the health buffs out there, you can still found something great in this book! But not going to lie, my favorites are the bread. I'm a bread girl! Though sadly bread doesn't love me the way I love it. Still, there's something for everyone in here. Even beginners, the instructions are easy to follow and laid out plainly. So if you love to cook and are looking for another great cookbook to add to your collection, get this one!






Monday, January 20, 2020

Music Monday - Lacuna Coil

This meme is hosted by Always Me.

Welcome to another Monday! Today we've got the only metal act I listen to. I'm not the biggest metal fan really... but I've loved this band for nearly ten years now. I hope these sings pump you up for the week to come! 






Sunday, January 19, 2020

Share a Poem Sunday - The Enchanted Stream


"Pagan Poems" is an illustrated collection of poetry written by Carolyn Emerick. The poetry is inspired by myth and folklore, the beauty of nature, the human senses, and, of course, love.

This collection is the antithesis of "modernist" styles of poetry. Stylistic influences include classics such as Byron, Poe, and Shakespeare. This will appeal to those who love classical lyrical poetry, rhythm, rhyme, and meter, and to those who love to be transported to misty other realms of the mind.

The volume is richly illustrated in full color to aid in the full aesthetic experience. 





The Enchanted Stream

 And when ye wake inside a dream, 
seek ye the enchanted stream. 
For those who have the will to look 
may find the guardian of the brook. 

And if thine heart be fair and true
 as reflections in the morning dew,
 if thine courage be not meek, 
so shall ye find the one ye seek.

 For if thou keep a magical mind,
 without searching, so shall ye find 
treasures not of Earthly birth, 
formed by the measure of thy worth. 

And if fair maiden thine heart desires,
 the one who lights thy soul afire, 
ye need not fear, ye need not weep, 
for thou art destined one day to meet.

Thine stars have surely cast their lots
for a love born of Camelot.
So if ye wake inside thine dream,
thy visions be more real than seemed. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Review You've Written

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Review You've Written

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Separating the Art from the Artist


It feels like it's been forever since I've done a discussion post and I had an idea come to me so I thought we could talk about authors actions. Let's break this down, shall we? What I mean is, if an author does something, says something or even believes differently from you, will you still read their work? 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Once A Fallen Lady - ARC Review

Lydia Taylor's roof is leaking, her chickens are out of control, and she can't afford the rent. When her daughter falls ill, the last person she wants knocking at her door is Alfred Lowe. The school teacher's stern scowl makes her feel like he can see through her fa├žade of a respectable widow and judge all her secrets. If he wants to achieve his dream of his own school, Alfred Lowe needs to marry a wealthy lady. But he's drawn to the enigmatic Lydia Taylor, and the illness of her daughter makes him realize how important she is to him. The injustice of the greedy landlord, or a dirty chicken house, he'll take on anything for her.

As the crisis of Annie Taylor's illness deepens, Alfred woos Lydia with chocolate, savory pies, flowers, and novels. But the past creeps into the present, casting a long shadow. They must choose whether they can love, despite the risk to everything they've ever wanted.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Music Monday - Simple Creatures

This meme is hosted by Always Me. Got some songs you want to share? Well join in and link up!

I feel like I've been living a rock because I just found these two songs and the've been out for quite a while... oh well. Least I can enjoy them now just like I hope you do. Have a wonderful week!






When the Stars Align Blitz + Giveaway

A second chance, friends to lovers romance.

Anna and Jackson meet their last year in Chapel Hill. She’s accepted a job at a respected, award-winning advertising agency in New York City, and he has a position at a prestigious Atlanta firm. Sparks fly, but when he suggests she change her plans, she’ll have none of it. By the time moving day comes, they don’t even share goodbyes.

Four years later, Anna and Jackson meet again in New York City when, thanks to a mutual connection, he moves into her apartment building. She’s a Creative Director at a medium-sized advertising agency. He’s just moved from Atlanta to New York to accept a position at a well-respected law firm.

Anna, friendly to everyone, welcomes him to her city. Jackson has zero interest in repeating past mistakes, and he’s still angry over what she did years ago. But he’s in a new city, she’s his neighbor, and a friendship forms.

With a singular focus on making partner and no interest in exploring a relationship with Anna, Jackson sells her on a friends with benefits arrangement that won’t take them off course. In his mind, it’s a win-win. What could go wrong?

The arrangement works until Anna battles sexual harassment at her agency and the two don’t see eye to eye on how to handle it. Anna cares about her career, and Jackson knows the law and plans to leverage it. The situation forces Jackson to face some realities about his father and life choices. Anna has zero intention of letting him tell her what to do. Both find themselves wondering if they should step back once again and wait for a better day, when their relationship makes sense. A day when the stars align

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Share a Poem Sunday - The Song of the Wind

The Song of the Wind 

Lay me down in the green, green moss, 
a fallen tree to rest my head. 
The soft natural ground, 
with the leaves fallen down
 is all I need to make my bed. 

Sing me to sleep with the song of the wind, 
its fingers caress my skin. 
The birds of the morn
will herald the dawn,
and another new journey begins. 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Book Blogger Hop: January 10th - 16th







The only reading challenge I ever do is the 200 books a year. I know there are some awesome challenges out there but I'm such a mood reader that if I were to try one of those I'd fail so hard or I'd push myself to read books I didn't want to read then reading would no longer feel fun but turn into work which would cause me not to want to read anymore. 

So no. No reading challenge but the set number I want to read. 



Friday, January 10, 2020

Best/Worst Read of 2019


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read of 2019

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Favorite Books of 2019

Surprisingly, I didn't read a lot of books that actually came out in 2019. So that means this is going to be favorite books that were new to me in 2019. I will be posting a favorite books that came out in 2019 when I do my decade wrap up. So check back for that! 

Now, let's just talk about my ten favorite books of 2019. It was pretty hard for me to pick just the best of the best but I did it! 


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Temporary Wife Temptation - Book Breakdown

Much more than he bargained for…

“You want me to find you a wife?”

“No. I want you to be my wife.”

Garrett Song is this close to taking the reins of his family’s LA fashion empire…until the Song matriarch insists he marry her handpicked bride first. To block her matchmaking, he recruits Natalie Sobol to pose as his wife. She needs a fake spouse as badly as he does. But when passion burns down their chaste agreement, the flames could destroy them all…


Monday, January 6, 2020

Music Monday - Toss a Coin to Your Witcher

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

Let's just get right down to it, shall we? Unless you've been living under a rock then you've had to have heard of the Netflix show The Witcher. It's pretty freaking good! As good as the video games or books? No. But the show is amazing! You should check it out! Today I wanted to share two of the songs I loved the most from the soundtrack! Enjoy and have a great week! 





Sunday, January 5, 2020

Share a Poem Sunday - Liminal Places

I'd been looking for some Pagan poetry when I came across this author: Carolyn Emerick. She's got some good poems that I've really fallen in love with and wanted to share with you. 

It's a really pretty book, even has full colored pictures that perfectly set the scene for the poem. 

So over the next month I've got four poems to share. I hope you like them too, even if you aren't Pagan. 

Friday, January 3, 2020

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read of December 2019

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read of December 2019