I was tagged for this post by The Abominable Book Girl. I meant to have this tag posted so much earlier than now, but I’ve been super busy with some other stuff. I have to try to slam read a book before the 24th for a blog tour so hopefully things will go back to as normal as they can after that. Anyways, here are the questions for the tag. If you would like to participate, just let me know down in the comments and then make a post. I am tagging anyone who wants to be tagged to do this post.
- If you could interview ANY author (famous, not, indie/traditional published), who would it be and why?
- What is your favorite part of blogging?
- What is one of your biggest goals for your blog?
- Do you have a blogger who inspires you to keep blogging? If so, who? And what about them inspires you?
- What was your favorite book as a child?
Ok so now that we have all the questions, I am going to answer them to the best of my abilities.
- If you could interview ANY author (famous/not, indie/traditional published), who would it be and why?
I think I would have to say Stephen King or George RR Martin. Although I doubt I will ever get the chance to interview either one. I’ve always loved the way King wrote, and then I discovered Game of Thrones. I really wanna know what goes through their minds though, like how they keep so many characters or events straight in their minds. I personally probably wouldn’t be able to do that.
2. What is your favorite part of blogging?
My favorite part of blogging would have to be sharing my thoughts with you guys, and interacting with other bloggers. I love going and reading other’s recommendations on what books they’ve either loved or DNF’d. I also like seeing the reasons behind why they liked it or didn’t like it.
3. What is one of your biggest goals for your blog?
I would have to say to just try and post everyday and see where it goes. I like getting followers like everyone else, but I would like to be able to know that I have a fairly steady audience and not guess at whose reading the posts and whose just hanging around.
4. Do you have a blogger who inspires you to keep blogging? If so, who? And what about them inspires you?
I don’t know if I have a blogger that inspires me, but I do have several booktubers who inspire me. Its just their happy go lucky attitudes and it makes me think that maybe one day I’ll be in their spot.
5. What was your favorite book as a child?
My favorite book as a child. I’m really not sure I can even pick a favorite book. If I had too though it would probably be the Nancy Drew Series.
This was the first time I’ve ever done a tag, but it was so much fun. I think I may be hunting down more to do, lol. If you have a tag though you can feel free to tag me.
So like the title of the post says this will be all about my TBR list and my current read. With work, I really haven’t had time to read too much, but since we’re due with a little boy in June I have been told by my boss that I need to take off a month before the baby gets here since I have such a stressful job. Anyways, my maternity leave starts Sunday the 20th and I have a blog tour coming up on the 24th so as soon as I get that book I will read it.
Title: War Storm
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Chapter Count/ Page Count: 38 Chapters with 657 pages
Victory comes at a price. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart and secure freedom for reds and newbloods like her Mare resolves to destroy the Kingdom of Norta once and for all…starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to destroy the boy who broke her heart in order to destroy the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlett Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means destroying everything everyone in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for Hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the silver Silver Kingdoms? Or will the little lightening girl be forever silenced?
In the Epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power…for all will be tested, but not all will survive.
Thoughts: I really can’t wait to read this book. Although I need to go back and do a reread of books 1-3 before I start with this one. From what I remember the series is fantastic. Its just been forever since I’ve read it. The cover to war storm although darker than the other 3 is still such a gorgeous and eye catching color.
Title: Pre-Meditated Murder
Author: Tracy Weber
Format: Paperback ARC
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Publish Date: January 2018
If Kate doesn’t act fast, the only “I do” in Michaels future will be at his trial.
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.
When his wife’s body is found by Kate and her dog no less Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession and immigration fraud… with Michael trapped in the middle.
Thoughts: I was technically supposed to read and review this way before now, but with everything going on I forgot about it honestly. It was supposed to be a part of a blog tour. I guess I’ll just read and review it as soon as possible now. The cover although a little cartoonish for my tastes is still an eye catcher and I would still pick it up in the store to read, if I ran across it.
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Chapter Count: 34
Page Count: 413
Publisher: Razorbill an imprint of penguin random house
Plans are laid and the players are determined….but nothing can prepare these unlikely warriors for what the elemental gods have in store.
Cleo Reeling after a chaotic night of love, death and magic, the golden princess must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a queen.
Magnus is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he has what it takes to rule his people.
Jonas The defeated rebel leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to become a pawn in the dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.
Lucia Heartbroken and blind with fury, the betrayed sorceress allies with the awoken fire god, who also seeks revenge.
In Mytica’s darkest hour, four crystal orbs will determine who will die…and who will live in glory forever.
Thoughts: I honestly wish I had the first three books to this series. I may have to break down and buy the first three and do a reread of it if I like this one. It sounds like it’s right up my alley. The cover is what catches my eye first. When I first got this book, I had thought that it was the first in a series cause I had never heard of it before. After looking at the cover more it said it was the 4th, but since I won it in a contest and it was sent as a gift I was like cool new book for me to check out eventually.
Title: Zenith The Androma Saga
Authors: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cumming
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Chapter Count: 98
Page Count: 534
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.
But when routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the memory of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.
Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about the fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.
Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul testing journey that could restore order to their ship or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.
Thoughts: I’ve had this book since it came out. I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet and I keep looking at it sitting on my desk. Now I finally decided to read it and I’m hoping its as good as people say. I love watching Sasha on her youtube channel. I can’t wait to go down this list and get to this book. The cover is fantastic with all of the blues and purples to make it look like a galaxy.
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Chapter Count: 28
Page Count: 229
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 a far- reaching impact on the future of their court.
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this wondrous tale of hope and promise picks up after A Court of Wings and Ruin and sets the stage for the thrilling events in the future books.
Thoughts: I absolutely love this series, probably because I love beauty and the beast and the first is based on that story. Anyways, I really need to read ACOWAR before I read ACOFAS. I wish I had been able to pre-order a copy to get the pin, but that’s ok. I just really wanted to book. I can’t wait to read this book and find out happens to Feyre and Rhysand. The cover on this book is absolutely gorgeous and I am in love with it.
Author: Genevieve Sly Crane
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Contemporary
Page Count: 291
Chapter Count: 25
Publisher: Scout Press
Sisterhood is forever…whether you like it or not.
Prep meets Girls in White Dresses in Genevieve Sly Crane’s deliciously addictive, voyeuristic exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what happens in a sorority house.
Twinsets and pearls, secrets and kinship, rituals that hold sisters together in a sacred bond of everlasting trust. Certain chaste images spring to mind when one thinks of sororities. But make no mistake: these women are not braiding each other’s hair and having pillow fights—not by a long shot.
What Genevieve Sly Crane has conjured in these pages is a blunt, in your face look behind the closed doors of a house full of contemporary women—and there are no holds barred. These women have issues: self-inflicted, family inflicted, sister-to-sister inflicted—and it is all on the page. At the center of this swirl is Margot: the sister who died in the house, and each chapter is told from the points of view of the women who orbit her death and have their own reactions to it.
With a keen sense of character and elegant, observant prose, Crane details the undercurrents of tension in a world where perfection comes at a cost and the best things in life are painful—if not impossible—to acquire: Beauty. A mother’s love. And friendship… or at least the appearance of it. Woven throughout are glimmers of the classical myths that undercut the lives of women in Greek life. After all, the Greek goddesses did cause their fair share of destruction.
Thoughts: I haven’t heard a thing about this book but I thought it sounded interesting. I was never able to be in a sorority in college because my grades sucked, at least by their standards, so I watched everyone else have all the fun. I picked this book up to see kinda what it would be like. I really hope to enjoy this book.
Title: Summer Sisters
Author: Judy Blume
Chapter Count: 48
Page Count: 399
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Chick-Lit
Publisher: Dell an imprint of Random House
In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard’s world changed forever—-when Caitlin Somers chose her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomed Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, a magical, wind-blown island where two friends became summer sisters…
Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin has begged Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go—for the friend whose casual betrayals she remembers all too well. Because Vix wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend—her summer sister—still has the power to break her heart…
Thoughts: I love Judy Blume books. I actually grew up with a bunch of her stories. I could never pick a favorite one though. This book just screams summer and take me to the beach. Sadly this year we wont be able to go to the beach cause we’ll have a newborn, but maybe within the next year or two we can take a family vacation to the beach. The cover of the book is what drew me to it in the first place.
Title: Just Kiss Me
Author: Rachel Gibson
Page Count: 368
Chapter Count: 22
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary
“Hello, Ms. Vivian . . . it’s been a long time.”
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It’s been years since she last saw Henry Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.
Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry.
She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?
Henry got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools.
Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he’s come face-to-face with the one who got away. He’s not looking for love. He’s not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he’s ever done?
Thoughts: This book was given to me through a book swap and I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I can’t wait to read this book mostly because it sounds really interesting to me. I love romance books. They’re like a nice little escape from the real world most of the time. Granted I think of al books like that though.
Title: Darkest Night
Author: Tara Thomas
Chapter Count: 20
Page Count: 342
Genre: Romance, Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
In this first novel in the explosive, brand-new romantic suspense Sons of Broad series from Tara Thomas comes a novel of deadly secrets and hidden danger. In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a merciless killer is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…
Exclusive bonus content available only in the print edition!
SHE THOUGHT SHE’D LOST HIM FOREVER
Tilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how to take care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.
BUT NOW THAT HE’S BACK IN HER LIFE
Keaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women,the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.
THE DANGER HAS JUST BEGUN…
When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?
Thoughts: I love suspense thriller books. I actually bought this one for a book swap, but the summary sounded so good that I had to keep it for myself. I can’t wait to pick this one up and read it. The cover kind of gives me the creeps, but I still wanna pick it up and read it.
Title: Wed Him Before You Bed Him
Author: Sabrina Jefferies
Genre: Historical Romance, Romance
Chapter Count: 28
Page Count: 372
Publisher: Pocket Books
With the stunning sixth novel in her New York Times bestselling series, Sabrina Jeffries delivers a dazzling finale imbued with surprising revelations for headmistress Charlotte Harris and the young ladies of The School for Heiresses.
At eighteen, Charlotte Page made a life-altering mistake. She wronged a man in an impulsive act that she came to deeply regret, though it led her to her present life as Mrs. Charlotte Harris, owner of Mrs. Harris’s School for Young Ladies. Unbeknownst to her, that man is now her anonymous benefactor, the mysterious “Cousin Michael.” His masquerade began as preparation for a devastating revenge, but became a labor of love. Now Charlotte desperately needs his help. Can he save her from disaster as his real self without revealing the ugly secret behind his charade? Or will the mistakes of both their pasts tear them apart forever?
Thoughts: I have pretty much all of the books except for 1 and 5. I really wanna read this series but I don’t know if I should read it out of order. Hopefully I can find the last two books at the library or somewhere I can buy them so I’m able to not skip anything. I hate skipping a book in a series. The cover to this book is so sensual, I have a different cover then the one I pulled off of goodreads.
Title: Texas Ranger Showdown
Author: Margaret Daley
Genre: Suspense, Romance
Chapter Count: 14
Page Count: 219
Publisher: Love Inspired Books
She was taunted by a killer.
Margaret Daley’s thrilling Lone Star Justice series continues, this time pitting radio therapist Dr. Caitlyn Rhodes against a methodical murderer. First, her patients are found dead, then the mocking phone calls start. The evidence is pointing Texas Ranger Ian Pierce to one conclusion: he must protect Caitlyn from becoming this vicious killer’s next victim…before he loses the woman he once loved—for good.
I don’t think I’ve ever read any love inspired suspense books before. I do like reading romance and suspense though, so I hope this book is a good one. I have multiple other books by the same publisher, but I haven’t had a chance to read any of them right now. I can’t wait to pick this book up and see how it turns out.
Title: Endangered Heiress
Author: Barb Han
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary
Page Count: 247
Chapter Count: 18
A shocking inheritance makes her a Texas-sized target!
After the murder of a wealthy oilman, a small Texan community is turned upside down. Sexy Hudson Dale’s former cop instincts are on high alert, especially when Madelyn Kensington crashes into his life claiming she is an heiress of the deceased!
Thoughts: This book really looks like a good read. I love Harlequin books, but I rarely get to read them. Hopefully since this one is somewhat of a short read I can read it in a few hours when I pick it up.
Title: Fangs and Fins (Blood, Bloom, & Water #1)
Author: Amy McNulty
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Arc Paperback
Chapter Count: 34
Page Count: 306
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing and Amy McNulty
A dapper vampire. A sullen merman. Two heirs to a great conflict—and each needs to claim a beloved to become his kindred’s champion.
High school senior Ember Goodwin never had a sister, but after her mom’s remarriage, she now has two. The eldest is no stranger to her—Ivy is a witty girl in her grade who’s almost never spoken to the shy bookworm before—but she’s surprised to find the popular girl quite amiable. Their burgeoning friendship is tested, however, when Dean Horne, a pale, besuited charmer, shows interest in them both and plans to reveal his appetite for blood to the one who’ll stand by his side.
Seventeen-year-old Ivy Sheppard is tired of splitting her time between her dad’s and her mom’s, particularly when her dad uproots their lives to move them in with his new wife and step-daughter. Used to rolling with her parents’ whims, she tries to make the best of it and befriend her nerdy new step-sister. Her hectic life grows more unwieldy when she catches the eye of junior Calder Poole, whom she swears she sees swap well-toned legs for a pair of fins during a dip in a lake. Now she’s fending off suitors left and right, all while trying to get to the bottom of the strange happenings in her town.
The first book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series sets family against family and friend against friend as an epic, ancient war comes to a head in a supposedly sleepy suburb.
Thoughts: First off, I would like to say thank you to the author for sending me a copy to review. Also thank you for the bookmark and business card. I love the artwork on both as well as the cover. Right now I think I am going to be on team fang, but its very possible I could be on team fin. I can’t wait to finish this book and do a review on youtube and on the blog for you. Secondly, this book sounds like such a good read, I can see myself not being able to put it down.
Title: Esme’s Wish
Author: Elizabeth Foster
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Odyssey Books
“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
This fresh, inventive tale is an ideal read for younger teens.
Thoughts: This is for a blog tour on the 24th of this month. I honestly probably need to read this one first, so I guess that’s what I’m going to do. I hope it’s a good read though, it seems like it will be.
Title: Girl Of Glass
Author: Megan O’Russell
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Two worlds… one glass wall… no turning back.
The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.
Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.
Thoughts: First off, thank you to the author for sending me a copy. I know I was few months late for signing up to review it so I will have this one reviewed for you as soon as I can. The cover looks so amazing, and the synopsis makes me want to go pick up the actual book so I can look at it on my shelf.
Title: House Of Echoes
Author: Barbara Erskine
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Fiction
Chapter Count: 44
Page Count: 432
The past isn’t always dead or buried…
When Joss Grant, adopted at birth, inherits Belheddon Hall – a beautiful old house on the East Anglian coast – it is like a dream come true. Eager to begin a new life there with Luke, her husband, and Tom, her small son, she is also impatient to find out about her newly discovered family who lived there for generations.
But not long after they move in, Tom wakes screaming at night. Joss hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence, watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? Or is she imagining them? As she learns, with mounting horror, of Belheddon’s tragic and dramatic history, her fear grows very real, for she realises that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy which seems beyond anyone’s control.
I’m only on chapter 4 right now, but it seems promising. I have the hardback book, so its a different cover but I love the cover. on either book. I really think this book is gonna freak me out when it gets down to the scary parts, but I do think that I am going to love it.
I know, I know this post is super long and all, but I did enjoy hunting down books to put on my TBR. I doubt I can get through all of these books this month so they may move over to next month as well. But I will enjoy reading each and every one, as long as I don’t dnf the book. I don’t think I will, but then stranger thing have happened.
Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Page Count: 387
Chapter Count: I’m not really sure. Around 70 plus maybe. There are 4 main parts to the story.
Format: Hardback, old library book
Setting: Changes between towns and the circus. Set in the late 1800s and early 1900s
Publisher: Doubleday, a division of Random House
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within these nocturnal black-and-white-striped tents awaits an utterly unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist fold herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque Des Reves.
Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however a fierce is underway—- a contest between two young illusionist, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
As the circus travels around the world, the feasts of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved—the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them—are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.
But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble head first into love. A deep, passionate and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
Their masters will pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.
Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.
Let me say first you all can feel free to disagree with me. It won’t hurt my feelings a bit. Secondly, I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for not having written anything in awhile. I will try my best to update with something at least every other week if I can’t do every week. We recently found out that we are expecting a baby boy in June, so things may get a little more difficult and hectic from here on out. If I don’t update like I should I am so so so sorry.
I couldn’t finish this book at all. It was way too wordy for me to even try to attempt to finish it. It also gave me a fairly nice headache everytime I tried to read more on it, and i’m not sure if it was just the way it was written, with the story jumping all around all the time, or if it was just the print of the book. Now please don’t get me wrong, I did try my best to finish reading the book, and one day I may go back and try to read the book again and redo this review. As for now, I just couldn’t finish the book, no matter what I tried I couldn’t get passed page 100 something. I’m sure if I was able to finish the book, it would have been an ok read. Probably not in my favorites list, but it would have been an ok book. Sadly though I had to DNF this book somewhere in the middle of the book. It was just way too slow and wordy for me. It seemed almost like word vomit that jumped all around the place and was in novel form. If you like to read the book then by all means please do, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I would suggest though if you aren’t sure if your going to like it then borrow from a friend or the library. If you absolutely have to buy I would check thrift shops first so you aren’t out a ton of money if you don’t like the book. These are my thoughts and mine alone. I admit I would have probably liked the book a whole lot more if there had been any form of a love story too it. I know its supposed to be about magic and love but I couldn’t find that with all the other words clogging up the story.
I can’t give this book a fair rating because I never finished it. With that being the case I am giving it a 0 because I DNF’d the book. I will let you guys make up your own mind about it though.
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist who describes all her work as “fairy tales in one way or another.” She lives in Massachusetts.
Next Read: House of Echoes by Barbara Erskine
Title: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author: Katie Alender
Page Count: 329
Chapter Count: 33
Genres: Ghost Story, Horror Fiction
Setting: Hysteria Hall
Publisher: Scholastic INC.
ISBN: 978-0 545- 63999-6
My heart racing, I scrambled backward, running into the bed and knocking something loose behind me. I turned around to see that I had dislodged a leather strap, complete with buckles, bolted to the bed frame. Lifting the bedspread, I found more straps one for each wrist and ankle, and a big one that would fit perfectly across a torso.
Don’t freak out, I told myself. Just go. Get your things and go.
In this Asylum your mind plays tricks on you all the time….
Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females— and insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.
But the house still wants to keep “troubled girls” locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.
And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.
Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.
But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.
From master of suspense Katie Alender comes a riveting tale of twisted memories and betrayals, and the meaning of madness.
Review: The first thing I ever read was the blurb of the back of the book, which I put at the top right before the summary. If that doesn’t freak you out then most likely the book wont, although its still a possibility that it could. I finished this book in one afternoon. Katie Alender knows how to weave a creepy tale. I was definitely surprised by this book in a good way. I loved reading it. Too bad its not a series because I think that would be amazing. I would love to find out more about The Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females when it was in service. I would also like more of the characters back stories. I think each girl should have her own book which could be part of the series. I really hate drawing my own conclusions. Not to say the book wasn’t finished, because it was. I just would have liked more. I didn’t want it to end, and I didn’t want to put the book down. Sometimes I think I possibly had more questions then the book answered, but that’s most likely because my mind thinks super fast some of the time. Most of my questions were answered, but some remain unanswered after reading the book. Katie gives a little bit of background info for the story, but its mostly Delia’s Story and what happens to her and how she overcomes certain obstacles. There’s some mystery too it and a little bit of romance, but its mostly a ghost story or a horror story. If this is the kind of stuff you like then you should most definitely read this story. Even though parts seemed incomplete too me, its still a really good read, and I personally enjoyed it. I hope you guys will enjoy it too.
Characters: There may be some spoilers here, so if that’s ok with you then read on. If not you can skip down to the rating.
Delia- She’s the main character of the story and the house belongs to her. I find that I can relate to Delia at times. She is most definitely a troubled female and the house seems to like troubled females. It won’t let her leave and she winds up trapped there. She does make a few friends though.
Penitence- She is a Piven and related to Delia. She is also the former wardess of the Institute. When you first meet her, she is always knitting or working in the same spot where she’s been for years. Until Delia told her, she didn’t know that she could move. While alive, after she was institutionalized she kept asking to see her daughter. She also killed her father, with poisoned cake. Her father was the one that admitted her to the institute.
Florence Beauregard- At first she seems like such a sweet girl. Later on you find out that she has tapped into something evil that’s in the house. She never wanted to leave the house because she liked it there, so she hung herself. She likes good girls, but if you don’t behave she will hurt you.
Eliza Duncombe- She was admitted to the Institute for killing her brother and sister. It was an accident but we don’t really find out too much about what happened. She wants to do good to make up for the mistakes that she caused in her lifetime.
Maria- A sweet little 10 year old girl, whose just misunderstood. She tried to do what Florence wanted for awhile, until one day she didn’t. When she told Florence no, Florence hurt her. It was said that she electrocuted herself and Nurse Carlson in one of the bathrooms, but that was just a cover up. Both her and Nurse Carlton died by eating the same Poisoned cake in the kitchen. The staff then tried to cover it up. She is also Penitence’s daughter.
Cordelia- Delia’s great aunt who willed her the house after her death. She was hoping that Delia could solve the mystery of the house.
Shadow Creatures- They belong to Maxwell Piven. They are sorta like his minions that only come out when the living are in the house. They were what killed Delia.
Rating: You can read about my rating system here, if you’re new to my blog. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. I would give it a 3 on my scale. On a normal rating scale it would go way past a 5 since its so good, but since the stars only go to five I guess I will have to rate it as a 5. I personally would give it 10 stars or more. I hope you guys really enjoy the story.
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Author Bio: Katie Alender is the acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including Bad Girls Don’t Die; From Bad to Cursed; Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer; and Famous Last Words. A graduate of the Flordia State University Film School, Katie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter. She enjoys reading, sewing, and eating delicious high-calorie foods. To find out more about Katie, visit www. katiealender.com
Title: Escape From Asylum
Author: Madeleine Roux
Page Count: 340
Chapter Count: 47 with a Prologue and Epilogue
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, and Horror Fiction
Setting: Brookline Asylum, 1968
Publisher: Harper Collins
Before Dan, Abby, and Jordan ever entered the asylum….
When its evil warden was still crafting his plan….
One teen learned that to save himself, he would have to escape.
This haunting prequel to the asylum series can stand on its own for new readers or provide missing puzzle pieces for series fans.
Summary: The Nightmare is just beginning……
Ricky Desmond doesn’t belong in the Brookline Asylum. His parents sent him here because they think he’s a deviant and that can be cured but Ricky knows there’s no cure for what he has.
Soon he arrives, Ricky learns that being locked up against his will is only the beginning of his problems. Rumor has it that the Brookline warden authorizes treatments that aren’t entirely…humane. That he’s a butcher, and a monster. And if the screams Ricky hears coming from the basement are any indication, the rumors are an understatement. Now, with the help of a nurse who feels just as trapped in Brookline as he does, Ricky must escape before the asylum claims his sanity or his life.
Madeleine Roux returns to the world of her New York Times bestselling Asylum series with this page-turning prequel novel, set in the days when the asylum’s legacy of terror was not a history but a reality. With haunting found photographs of real Asylums, Escape From Asylum is a mind-bending and scary installment in the Asylum series that can stand on its own for new readers or provide missing puzzle pieces for series fans.
Review: I absolutely love Madeleine Roux books. I have a fair few of them including the rest of the Asylum series. Granted I read Asylum first before I ever knew there was a prequel book. The book is so good and one of my absolute favorites. The pictures are super creepy as well. To me all the pictures make the book. The fact that some of the pictures came from real Asylums make this book even creepier. Madeleine Roux knows how to weave a creepy story. If you love horror books, then this is the one that most definitely read. Ricky is the main character and this is his story. I couldn’t put the book down once I had started it. I read it in just a few hours last night. I really didn’t want to give spoilers cause that’s not how I work. If you don’t want to read the spoilers then then stop reading here and skip down to where they end. If you would rather read the spoilers then go right head.
Ricky is sent to Brookline Asylum because his parents didn’t know of any other way to help him. Eventually he learns that he’s to be the wardens patient zero. At first look you would think that the Asylum is filled with a bunch of crazies, but that’s not the case. Most of the kids that have been admitted are perfectly normal. They’re are a fair few patients that seem like they have been there forever, which in some cases they probably have. Patty is one such example of a normal person, the only thing wrong with her is that she likes to randomly burst into song where ever shes at. After being there for so long Ricky discovers that his mother and stepfather lied to him about his real father. It turns out that his real father was a patient at Brookline too. The warden had him killed because he couldn’t do what he wanted. That’s how Ricky got there, the warden kept sending mom and stepdad pamphlets about the Asylum. Eventually Ricky finally escapes, but to know how you’ll just have to read the book.
***Spoilers end here***
Hopefully you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did. I will have buy links posted down at the bottom if the book is something you’re interested.
Rating: If you don’t know much about my system you can find out Here. As for the rating for this book I would give it 3 stars, at least for my rating system. For a regular rating system I would give it 5 stars.
Quotes: Some of my absolute favorite quotes are:
” The warden said he would start my “treatment” soon but he hasn’t talked to me at all since then. I see him watching me. He’s always watching me. What is he waiting for?”
” The warden is a butcher. The warden is a monster. There, Nurse Ash, I wrote it down so I can’t forget it. Happy now? Next time answer my questions before you turn chicken and run away.”
“So I’ve seen her. She’s real. The girl from my nightmares is here and on the other side of the wall. I can’t sleep tonight. Jesus, I don’t know if I’ll ever sleep again.”
“If he was mad and hallucinating this moment, it would make more sense, he decided, reading the name over and over again.
Desmond, Pierce Andrew
Insomnia, MPD, Restlessness, Suicidal Ideation
And on the back Closet.”
“Ain’t too much sadder than the tears of a clown when there’s no one around….That’s it. That’s all I can remember. It’s all going. I live at 335 Hammond Street, my mother is Kathy Anne. My father is…My father is. I don’t know. I remember Butch. I remember mom. Where did it go? These aren’t things you forget. Nurse Ash told me not to forget. She told me not to trust. But I just can’t remember everything, it takes too much energy and when I try it puffs into smoke.”
“I just want to sleep. I wish he would let me sleep.”
“But he didn’t lie about Dennis, did he? He was dangerous. He was a killer and you didn’t listen and now Jocelyn is dead.”
Author Bio: Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world; its sequels, Sanctum and Catacomb; and the Asylum Novellas: The Scarlets, The Bone Artists, and The Warden. Madeleine is also the Author of Allison Hewitt Is Trapped and Sadie Walker is Stranded. A graduate of the Beloit College MFA program, Madeleine now lives in Southern California.
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This is the first sci-fi book that I’ve read in years. Arwen Paris spins an amazing tale that will make you fall in love.
At first it seemed to start a little slow for me and I wasn’t too sure what was going on. I wound up loving it though and I couldn’t put it down. There’s so much to learn and so much going on in this story. I couldn’t put the book down. I found myself torn between Stephen whose human and Katok whose part of an Alien race known as Vongjar. I can also find myself relating somewhat to Allison, who doesn’t really know what she’s doing. She tends to wing things a lot, but in my opinion that’s exactly what made the book. Although Sci-fi isn’t something I would normally read, I find myself being a huge nerd and hoping for a second book and so on to finish out the series.
Some of my absolute favorite quotes came from Allison and few came from Katok. What I really liked about this book is that it had so many different things happening and that once it picked up and got going that it was never short of action. I’m normally not big on action books, but to me this one had just enough romance and action that I found myself loving it. I really hope that it’s made into a movie. I would most definitely be one of the first in line to watch it, if its ever comes into theatres. I would watch it over and over again.
If your interested in the different races in the book, you can find them below. You can also find the cast of Characters below and what I liked about each one.
Alson Delaney- Although she is human with a Xeenci symbiont inside her, she still retains her feelings. I think that makes her stronger and it helps her in the long run.
Valerie Isabeau Delaney- She is Allison’s mom. There wasn’t really too much about her in the book, but no matter what was going on she always told Allison that she loved her.
Becca Anderson- I find myself torn here, I can’t make up my mind because she runs hot and cold towards Allison because of Stephen.
Stephen- I don’t like him as much as I do Katok, but he does protect Allison and he’ll do anything for her because he likes her.
Eenoki- is a xeencci symniont who resides within Allison. He or it trys to help her with her missing as much as possible.
General Katok- probably my favorite out of all the aliens. I would love to see him and Allison as a couple if there are more books, which i hope there are.
Voxchi- he will tell you the way things are. He’s also blunt, and I think he can grow to like Allison.
Tarem- he stood up for Allison as soon as he knew there was meeting her. He knew there was something special about her.
Kiobaan-there’s not much I like about her.
General Z’iram- he’s smart but that’s about it. He’s part of the bad guys in my opinion.
The Alien Races: (Taken straight from the book because i couldnt habe said it better myself. Ma’tiok (“Ma-tee-ok”)- Small rubbery black creatures that run on all fours like a cheetah. They have long necks, a thick hide and a ring of needle like fangs. The non-sentient Ma’tiok often snort like a pig before they attack. An oily black residue oozes from the wounds they inflict. Vongjar (“Vong-Jar”)- These sentient humanoid aliens are burly and tall, most stand seven feet tall. Their fur although thin varies in color, similar to human hair; individual eye color also varies, the most common being gold and green. Small tufts of fur tip their ears and curl out from their elbows. They have a leopard-like nose, flattened, wide and hairless, thick feet that have claws. The Vongjars have two hearts. A spacefaring race, they communicate telepathically and verbally. Honor and duty to one’s pride and the high priestess are hallmarks of their culture. The Vongjars serve the alliance as warriors and priests. Vongjars warriors wear blood-red chest plates that have glowing orange runes near their shoulders while the other priests wear white hooded robes that have blue runes near their shoulders. Xeenci (“Keen-See”)- Non-corporal beings that appear as light energy. They exist to save life. Xeenci live symbiotically with a host. Once bonded, the new being can release it’s powers in the physical realm, including the ability to heal, manipulate energy, and communicate telepathically. Hytan (“High-tan”)- Reminiscent of giant muscle-bound werewolves. They have blood-red eyes, short hair, and a mottled muzzle. They are taller than the Vongjars; male hytans are typically eight and a half feet, while females range from six to seven feet tall. The Hytans are a spacefaring race that communicate verbally. One of the newest alien races to join the alliance, Hytans prefer a simple winner-take-all lifestyle. Before they joined the alliance, the hytans were ruled by their strongest person, the alpha.
The Vongjar Alienn race kind of reminds me of the aliens from the movie Earth girls are easy. That might be why I like them so much.
Sorry that this post is so long. I tend to do that when I really enjoyed a book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read sci-fi and dystopians.
Rating: For the purpose of this being a blog tour I will have two ratings. My normal rating system and then a rating of 1-5.
My normal rating would be a three. I work with the Michelin star system. You can read more about my regular rating system here.
The other rating I would give this book is 4.5 5 stars. I chose this rating because I feel like there will be another book, or at least I hope there will be. There were a few parts that made me mad or pulled at my heartstrings. I really feel like Allison and Katok should be together.
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