Saturday, February 29, 2020

Update!

I just wanted to let you know that I will be gone for a little while. You'll still see blog posts from me because I prepare so far in advance. It will probably seem like I'm not even gone ha! My health isn't the best right now and I just want to take some time and rest. I hope to feel better soon but with so many new issues popping up....

Anyway, so I wanted to let you know that you might not see me around as much in the blog world for a bit but I'm not leaving! Just taking time for my health. 

I hope you all understand. Big hugs to everyone! Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay happy my dears. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Sci-Fi 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 Sci-Fi of 2019
Rules are the same as last week. You can choose a book that was released in 2019 or just one that was new to you in 2019. Your choice! No wrong answers! Let's get down to it! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Honey-Don't List - ARC Review

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

Monday, February 24, 2020

Music Monday - Recent Japanese Favorites

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

Alright, it's time to break out some Japanese hits. With K-Pop taking over the world, I felt it was only fair to show off some awesome Japanese songs too! Enjoy! 








Friday, February 21, 2020

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Paranormal 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 Paranormal of 2019
Second verse, same as the first! You can choose a book that was released in 2019 or just one that was new to you in 2019. Your choice! No wrong answers! Let's get down to it! 

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!