BLURB REVEAL | Dirty Gambit – Airicka Pheonix

Title: Dirty Gambit
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Dark Romance
Cover Designer: Airicka’s Mystical Creations
Publication Date: March 29th, 2018
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For a girl with no family, no job and a rap sheet as long as her arm, eighteen-year-old Angelina Ramos never stood a chance at happiness. So, when her blood is found at the scene of a robbery that ends with three dead, Lena does the only thing a foster kid knows how to do — she runs. But she’s not going alone.

Jaxon Westwick has never met anyone as fierce, beautiful, or haunted as Lena . . . or as crazy. No one else has ever seduced him into handcuffs just to kidnap him, hold him hostage, and drag him clear across the country.

But Lena’s on a mission to find peace and nothing is going to stop her, not the cops, not the mob boss out for her blood, and definitely not her gorgeous hostage, no matter how he tempted her. After all, how could someone like her ever belong in a world as untainted as his?


Airicka Phoenix is a multi-genre author of novels starring strong female leads and sexy alpha heroes. She started her journey after never finding the type of books she wanted to read. Her love of tortured souls and forbidden romance carried her into writing her own hard-earned happiness. Currently, she lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her babies and can be found hard at work on her next project.

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BLOG TOUR: The Book of Eadie by Mark D. Diehl *Review*

Hi everyone!

Today is my stop on The Book Of Eadie blog tour. Check out my review.


The Book of Eadie
Vol. 1 of the SEVENTEEN Trilogy
By Mark D. Diehl
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post-Objectivist, Evolutionary Anthropology – fiction

Corporations control all of Earth’s diminishing resources and all of its governments, dividing the world into two types of people: those who unquestioningly obey, and those who die.

Most of the seventeen billion humans on the planet are unconscious, perpetually serving their employers as part of massive brain trusts. The ecosystem has collapsed, naturally growing plants have been declared illegal, and everything from food to housing to medicines must be synthesized from secretions of genetically modified bacteria. Only corporate ambulatory workers can afford patented synthetic food, and non-corporates fight for survival in the city’s sprawling, grotesquely violent ghetto known only as the Zone.

Nineteen year-old waitress Eadie challenges the hierarchy when she assists a bedraggled alcoholic known as the Prophet, drawing massive social-control machinery into play against her. The Prophet predicts she’s the general who will lead a revolution, and a few desperate souls start listening. How can she and her followers possibly prevail when she’s being hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?

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Review:

The Book of Eadie is one of those books that causes you to think about the world and where we are headed. With technology advancing, and politics going crazy, the idea of big brother watching you, and literally giving your life to your employer doesn’t seem too far fetched.

That’s what makes this book a bit scary. It’s not the easiest book I’ve read. We jump around from different characters, and all though the book is called The Book of Eadie, there are so many characters that play important roles, that it seems there isn’t one main character to focus on.

The distopian world created by Diehl is not a pretty world. In fact, some of it is hard to stomach, but it is also a compelling read. I felt drawn in from the beginning. There were times when it felt like the story dragged a bit, but the finale part of the book was insane.

Wrap-Up:

I don’t want to go into a ton of detail because this one is hard to explain without spoiling and it’s best to go in blind. Just know if you decide to give this a go, you’re in for an intense ride.

Rating:

4/5☆


Excerpt:

Mutation is the hand of God. — The Prophet

Sometimes nature switches the order a little; that’s called a mutation. — Dok Murray, Herbalist
XVII –> VIXI (Latin) –> “I have lived.

Outside the building where Lawrence had last seen Eadie:

A Federal truck sat parked in the street in front of the building, the shape obscured by its electric camouflage and the deepening darkness. The Feds must have captured Eadie by now. They would bring her out any minute.

Lawrence had no weapon. Gene-spliced Federal Angels were three times his size, and there might be two or three of them with her. He would attack them anyway.

That was just how it was with Eadie.

Lightning flashed and thunder shook the ground.

His brain felt so tiny and insignificant with the EI shut down. For the first time in his life, Lawrence was completely cut off from everything and everyone, but he had brought those Feds to Eadie and he had to find a way to help her, even by himself, with his own minuscule, disconnected brain.

A woman emerged from the building, heading straight for Lawrence. He ducked back around the corner, pressing himself flat against the wall.

She came around to stand in front of him. Her frizzy brown hair spilled over a bright blue patch on the shoulder of her beige overcoat. Her pale face was wrinkled and haggard but her jaw was set and her eyes were steely.

“You’re that student who was with the General!” she said.

Lawrence looked past her, trying to appear disinterested. “What makes you say that?”

She gestured at his uniform. “Not many like you around here. And you better learn to look around corners right, or you’re gonna get killed.”

“What? I don’t –”

She tilted her head to the side, holding her fingers in front of her face as if they were gripping the vertical edge of a wall. “You can’t just poke your head around the wall.” She imitated him, moving her head around her hands. “That’s gonna get you hurt. Way to do it is stand back from the wall and scoot your body out so you can look.” She did it with the real wall this time, peeking at the Federal truck from a couple of steps back from the corner. She turned back to him. “That way, nobody sees your big ol’ head poking around the side.”

“Okay,” Lawrence said. He gave a tiny shrug. “Thanks.”

“You’re gonna need to know that stuff, serving General Eadie,” she said. “She’s fightin’ for all of us, and for God! Gotta know what you’re doing if you’re fighting for God.”

“What?”

The woman nodded. “The General. That Prophet, he told me. She’ll set us all free. Sent to us by God, he said, and when you look at her, you can see it. She’s the solution, and I’m tellin’ everybody. Gonna get a piece a charcoal and write it all over.” The woman traced a shape on the wall with her fingers, boxing in an imaginary letter. “E,” she said. She moved her hands, boxing another imaginary letter. “D.” The woman smiled at Lawrence. “You should do it, too. She’ll end all the misery in this world, and I’m gonna help her. Just like you.”

… … …

Fiend territory:

Brian pressed his back against the wall and slowly swung his head to the left, facing the way he had come, squinting and opening his eyes, trying to make out his surroundings. Only a dim silhouette of another half-crumbled building stood out from the darkened sky. He turned back to the right, peering ahead in the same way, but there was nothing visible at all.

“Ready to meet the Unity?”

It was not his own internal voice, not even the strange new voice that sometimes shouted from inside his head. This voice had definitely been spoken. Brian had felt the breath on his left ear.


About the Author:

Mark D. Diehl writes novels about power dynamics and the way people and organizations influence each other. He believes that obedience and conformity are becoming humanity’s most important survival skills, and that we are thus evolving into a corporate species.

Diehl has: been homeless in Japan, practiced law with a major multinational firm in Chicago, studied in Singapore, fled South Korea as a fugitive, and been stranded in Hong Kong.

After spending most of his youth running around with hoods and thugs, he eventually earned his doctorate in law at the University of Iowa and did graduate work in creative writing at the University of Chicago. He currently lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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BOOK REVIEW|Screams You Hear by James Morris

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m reviewing Screams You Hear by James Morris.


Screams You Hear
Genre: Horror/ YA
Publication Date: January 8, 2018

Book Blurb:

Murder and madness infect a small town.

For sixteen-year-old Ruthie Stroud, life on tiny Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest is an endless sea of boring green, in a place where everybody knows everybody’s business and nothing ever happens. Then her world is ripped apart when her parents divorce and a new man enters her mother’s life. But worse is yet to come.

When she drifts ashore on the mainland, hideously burned, Ruthie has a harrowing tale to tell. It begins with the murder of a family. It ends with her being the sole survivor of a cataclysm that sweeps her little island. As a detective attempts to unravel Ruthie’s story of murder and madness, only one horrifying conclusion can be drawn: whatever was isolated on remote Hemlock Island may now have come to the mainland. Is Ruthie safe? Is anyone?

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Review:

Whoa. Have you ever set down a book and felt like you were letting out a breath you’d been holding for quite a while? That’s exactly how I felt when I finished Screams You Here.

I’m a horror fan. I really enjoy reading (and watching) things that genuinely scare me. This was genuinely scary. The premise itself is pretty terrifying. Living on an island when suddenly all hell breaks loose, and you can’t find a way off. The descriptions of the horrors that are happening on this island are enough to cause nightmares.

I really love James Morris’ writing style. We jump back and forth in time, as Ruthie tells the detective what happened. I never felt confused, I always knew when we were in the story. It is well written, fast-paced, and shocking. Three things that are necessary for this type of novel.

The cast of characters are phenomenal. I really felt like I knew each person, and I grew attached to them as the story was revealed. Ruthie was a perfect narrator. She felt real, and it was very convincing.

Wrap-Up:

I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just reiterate how shocked and in awe I was upon finishing my read through. This is one novel you’ll want to fasten your seatbelts to read, because you’re in for a crazy and fantastic ride.

Rating:

5/5☆


About the Author

James Morris is a television writer who now works in digital media. He is the author of the young adult thriller What Lies Within, the dystopian love story Melophobia, the young adult suspense Feel Me Fall, and the young adult horror Screams You Hear. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles. Catch him at jamesmorriswriter.com.

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BOOK REVIEWS| Heir of Ashes & The Curse – Jina S. Bazzar

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m reviewing both Heir of Ashes and The Curse by Jina S. Bazzar. A huge thank you to Jina for providing me copies of the books in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend checking out both books, and definitely check out Jina’s blog. 😊

*Reviews will be spoiler free.*


Heir of Ashes

Synopsis:

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.
By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.
As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.
She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.

Review:

This is one action-packed book, and I had a lot of fun reading it. I enjoyed the plot twists and mystery, and it really had me sucked in from the beginning.

Things are revealed slowly, and there isn’t any info dumping, which I really admired. In a story like this, since it would be super confusing to be caught up in descriptions.

I love Roxanne so much. Her emotions are so well written, that I felt them along with her. She is brave, fierce and also sometimes scared. That is what an MC is supposed to be. Well rounded and relatable. I’m really looking forward to her growth in the next books.

Wrap-Up:

I love Jina’s writing style. She slowly gives you the info you need, while building the suspense and keeping you invested the whole way through. That definitely takes talent and I’m looking forward to reading the next book!

Rating:

5/5☆

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The Curse

Synopsis:

Yoncey Fosch, the leader of the Unseelie Dhiultadh clan would give anything to save his brother from a mysterious plague. Anything, including his leadership mantle and a favor to his deadliest enemy, Queen Titania’s consort.
But his actions will have far reaching consequences, and Fosch realizes he is not only unwilling to pay the price, but will defy anyone who calls him on it.

Review:

This is a very character driven prequel, providing a lot of background information and character development needed to understand some connection elements in Heir of Ashes.

I think it was really great to get some insight on what happened before, why certain decisions were made, and it overall gave me a better understanding of Roxanne’s origin and the world itself.

I did read this prior to reading Heir of Ashes, and I think it doesn’t matter which order you read. I found myself drawn into this story immediately, and the excitement of this story had me really wanting to jump into Heir of Ashes.

Wrap-Up:

A quick read that provides more background info and insight needed to fully immerse yourself in Roxanne’s story.

Rating:

4/5☆

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Uprising by Kate L. Mary *Blog Tour & Review*

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Uprising by Kate L. Mary. I recently review book one, Outliers. You can read that review here. I’ve been really excited to share my review of this book. I highly recommend you check out this series!


Title: Uprising (Outliers Saga, 2)
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: May 21st, 2018
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Blurb:

I stood by and let it happen for too long, but I will not do it anymore. I will not be the person who watches others get hurt and does nothing to stop it. Not anymore.

Returning to Sovereign City after everything that was stolen from her is something Indra never thought she would do. Despite the scars she wears both inside and out, left there at the hands of the Sovereign and the Fortis, she is determined to save her people from oppression, even if it means putting her own safety at risk. But it isn’t long before she once again finds her world shattering around her. As the dust settles, Indra manages to find strength among the ruins, and she sets out on a quest to unite the four Outlier tribes, hoping to take their enemies down once and for all.

Readers agree that Outliers is a “A brilliantly beautiful soul trembling story that has left me pining for more,” and that “Indra is the kind of dystopian protagonist I’m always searching for, but rarely find.”

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Review:

Just when I thought Indra’s story couldn’t get any more intense and incredible, I read Uprising, and my mind was blown. Again. I’m thoroughly impressed with the world building, character development, and writing. Outliers was fantastic, and Uprising has just gotten better.

Indra is becoming one of my favorite characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Her growth has been such and incredible and inspiring journey to read about. She has everything I look for in a lead – flaws and strength.

The world building has been taken to a new level in Uprising. I love how we really get to see the culture and beliefs of each tribe. They are so unique and different, but they are also human. It’s such a cool reading experience to actually see well developed cultures intermingling with each other in one book.

Kate L. Mary’s writing is beautiful. There is never too much description- what we need to learn is beautifully interwoven into fantastic character dialogue.

Wrap-Up:

This is another page turner. The story is intense, inspiring and edge-of-your-seat action that I love to read. I didn’t want the book to end, and now I’m sitting here, hoping the next book is not far away!

Rating:

5/5☆


Excerpt:

Asa and I stood in silence for a moment before he said, “You’ve started down a very dangerous path, Indra. You have to know that. You’ve been lucky so far, but it can’t last. Eventually, one of the men you attack will get the better of you, and then you’ll get hurt.”

Anger flared through me then, replacing the fear that had been swimming in me since Asa came upon me in the forest yesterday. He knew I had already been hurt, in so many ways. He had seen it with his own eyes, had told me that my pain had hurt him as well, yet he had the nerve to say this to me.

“Hurt?” I found myself spitting the word at him. “I am getting hurt every day, Asa. You have seen it. You have seen what these men have done to me, to the people I love, to my tribe, and to all the other Outliers working in the city. I stood by and let it happen for too long, but I will not do it anymore. I will not be the person who watches others get hurt and does nothing to stop it. Not anymore.”

We stared at one another for a moment, each of us lost in our own pain, in the pain that was both for ourselves and for our people. I could see the battle raging in him, the one that pulled him in two different directions. Between me, a person he had come to care about, and his people. It was unfair to ask him to do this thing for me, to make a choice that went against who he was, but I could not turn back now, just as he could not change the fact that he had been born a Fortis. Those were his people, but I was an Outlier, and we had been fooling ourselves for too long. Our worlds were too different to mix. We were too different.

“I understand the things that have been done to you,” he finally said. “I understand your anger. But I’m looking out for you, Indra.”

“I know, but maybe it is time I learned to look out for myself,” I replied.

“Are you saying you don’t want my help anymore?” he asked, surprise and doubt clouding his vision.

I exhaled as the truth settled over me like a heavy weight. There was no way I could walk away from his help, not if I wanted to keep Mira safe.

“You know I cannot do that,” I finally said, “but you must also know I cannot turn my back on my people either. I will leave it up to you to decide what you must do from here. If you cannot live with the things I have done, the things I plan to continue to do, I will understand.” I stepped back, and it seemed as if a large canyon had opened up between us. I waved down at myself when I said, “This is who I am, Asa. That will not change.”

His brown eyes swept over me, softening even more. “I know who you are, Indra, and even if I don’t agree with it, I can’t turn my back on you now.”

For once, his assurances gave me no comfort. Asa and I were involved in an alliance which defied logic, and one which could not last. Eventually, something would happen that would cause him to turn his back on me, and when that time came, I was unsure of what would become of us. Of what I would be forced to do to not only save myself, but my people.


About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.

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Uprising by Kate L. Mary *Release Blitz*

Hey everyone!

I’m excited to be part of the release blitz for Uprising by Kate L. Mary! Make sure you check this one out!


Title: Uprising (Outliers Saga, 2)
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: May 21st 2018

Blurb:

I stood by and let it happen for too long, but I will not do it anymore. I will not be the person who watches others get hurt and does nothing to stop it. Not anymore.

Returning to Sovereign City after everything that was stolen from her is something Indra never thought she would do. Despite the scars she wears both inside and out, left there at the hands of the Sovereign and the Fortis, she is determined to save her people from oppression, even if it means putting her own safety at risk. But it isn’t long before she once again finds her world shattering around her. As the dust settles, Indra manages to find strength among the ruins, and she sets out on a quest to unite the four Outlier tribes, hoping to take their enemies down once and for all.

Readers agree that Outliers is a “A brilliantly beautiful soul trembling story that has left me pining for more,” and that “Indra is the kind of dystopian protagonist I’m always searching for, but rarely find.”

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Author Bio:

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.

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BOOK REVIEW: Outliers by Kate L. Mary

Hi everyone!

I joined the release blitz and blog tour for Kate L. Mary’s newest novel, Uprising (Book 2 in the Outliers Saga). I’m super excited to review that on the tour, but first, I wanted to review book one, Outliers.

*This will be a spoiler free review*


Blurb:

“Fear is normal, Indra, it is what you do with that fear that determines if you are strong or weak.”

In the dusty ruins of the world, three groups exist: the Sovereign, the Fortis, and the Outliers.

Indra is an Outlier. Living on land that has not healed from the poison of the past, the Outliers have adapted – but to the Sovereign and the Fortis, they are nothing. For centuries the Fortis have made their abuse of Outliers a sport, but when Asa comes to Indra’s rescue, she sees something different in him. Something that marks him as so much more than just a Fortis guard.

But when Indra’s world begins to unravel, even the quiet alliance she and Asa have formed cannot save her from the wrath of the Sovereign. In one life-altering moment, everything Indra has ever known is ripped away, forcing her to face a world even more harsh and unforgiving. Broken and scarred, Indra finds herself on a journey that will challenge everything she’s ever been taught, learning along the way that she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Maybe even strong enough to free her people forever.

Review:

Let me just start this review off by saying this book is AMAZING. I read the blurb before reading, and I was intrigued, but I’ve never read anything by Kate L. Mary, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the first chapter, I was hooked and I read the book in one day.

Without long, drawn out paragraphs, Kate L. Mary is able to paint a vivid and interesting world. I love how each tribe of the Outliers is different, and even though we spend the majoirty of our time with Indra and the Winta tribe, we still get a clear picture of the other three. We are also given lots of insight on how the Fortis and the Soverign live, and it helps move the plot along.

Indra is a fantastic main character. She is everything I wanted her to be. She isn’t perfect, she has her flaws, and she grows throughout the story. She’s a great mix of everything, and a really well rounded character. This is missing in a lot of stories I read, and I’m so impressed.

Each character we meet has distinct voice and I never felt confused about who each character was. With a relatively large cast, having every character be recognizable was super helpful when reading.

Wrap-Up

I was never bored with Outliers, and I didn’t want it to end. It is a heart-wrenching, beautiful story and it was a page turner, and I devoured this story. I’m so impressed with this novel and I can’t wait to read more from Kate L. Mary!

Rating:

5/5☆


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20 Questions Book Tag

Hi everyone!

A bit of an update on my pain situation. The pain management and physical therapy doctors have been the best and most understanding through this entire ordeal. They are the only ones who have said they would be able to help. It’s not the other specialists fault, because it wasn’t their area, but it’s so hard to keep hearing, “there’s nothing we can do for you.”

Anyway, I had my MRI the other day, which I was super nervous about (I can be claustrophobic), but it ended up being a piece of cake (I went in feet first, so my head wasn’t all the way in). It takes 3-5 days for those results, so that stinks, but we will see. I’m also scheduled for cortisone shots next week – hoping for some relief. I also have referrals out to three different rheumatologists, because I would like to be checked over for Fibromyalgia. It’s starting to feel like a real possibility.

Alright, that’s my long-winded update for you. On to today’s topic. 😊


1. How many books is too many in a series?

I don’t mind a long series, as long as there is a reason for each book. When it starts to feel like the plot is lacking, it’s time to end the series.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I don’t mind them, as long as the next book is definitely coming out. I HATE when stories go unfinished. This happens to me more often with TV shows, but it annoys me.

3. Hardback or Paperback?

Hardback to look at, paperback to read.

4. Favorite book?

Ugh. This question is too hard. I don’t really have an all time favorite, because, when I read something better than a book I loved before, it becomes my new favorite. My current favorite is The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci.

5. Least Favorite book?

I have a dozen of these too, but one that comes to mind is, Evermore by Alyson Noel. It’s been a long time since I read this one, but I remember fricken hating it.

6. Love Triangles, yes or no?

They don’t rile me up as much as some people, but I don’t enjoy them. I think they are indicative of an unhealthy relationship, but there are much worse examples of unhealthy out there. This is not the one that concerns me most.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I try really hard not to do this, because I don’t feel like I can review a book if I haven’t finished it. I’m honestly not sure what the last one was.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently reading Heir of Ashes by Jina Bazzar, and a couple others for different blog tours. 😊

9. The last book you recommended to someone?

I always recommend Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Aime Kaufman.

10. The oldest book you’ve read?

I’m going with the Bible for this question. 😊

11. Newest book you’ve read?

Father Figure by James J Cudney (which I will be reviewing soon on the tour!)

12. Favorite Author?

Like favorite books, I don’t really have a favorite author. There are quite a few that I would buy books from every time. Laini Talyor, Jenna Moreci, Jay Kristoff, Aime Kaufman, etc.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Buying. I want them on my shelf because I’m a book hoarder.

14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

I’m not a fan of the Game of Thrones books or TV show. 🤤 I know, it’s weird coming from a fantasy lover but, the gore, incestuous relationships…I could go on, but I won’t for fear of offending. If it’s your cup of tea, great. 😊

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

Bookmarks.

16. A book you can always re-read?

I’m not generally a re-reader to be honest, so I’m going with the Bible again.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Much like when I’m writing, the music needs to just be instrumental.

18. One POV or multiple POVs? (POV = point of view)

No preference, as long as it is done well.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Lately I’ve been reading in one sitting, but that’s easier to do when you’re not at work. Generally, it takes me a couple of days.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

I picked up Illuminae because of the cover (my favorite color is orange, haha.)


I tag anyone who wants to answer the questions. Just let me know if you do, because I’d love to read your answers.

Have a great day!

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This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. This weekend is always rough for me because, as some of you know, I lost my mom in 2008. However, I have the best step-mother anyone could ask for, and I also love my mother-in-law, so I count myself as blessed.

An update on my pain situation: The Neurologist turned out to be the wrong doctor to see, because he couldn’t help me (on the plus side, it’s something else that has been ruled out). It’s unfortunate because I waited two months to see him.

I’ve had two physical therapy sessions which are going well. It doesn’t really help the pain because it hurts to move, but I can’t imagine sitting around all day is good for me, so I’m choosing to believe it’s helping. I see pain management again on Monday, and I have an MRI (ugh) on Tuesday…so we will see.

Alright, enough about that. I’m doing a tag today. It was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek!


1. What is your favorite genre?

Tough question, but I think I’m going to go with Fantasy.

2. Who is your favorite author from that genre?

I have a really hard time picking favorite authors, because every time I read a new book that I love, that author becomes the new favorite. So, I’m going to say that my latest favorite fantasy book is The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci.

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Fantasy is so vast. Each story is so unique because there is so much material to work with. I think I love to get lost in the world that has been created. I love that even though the worlds and characters are so magical, fantasy novels somehow manage to make you feel like it’s all possible.

4. What is the book that started your love for that genre?

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

I recently really enjoyed the Daughter of Smoke & Bones series by Laini Taylor. The writing is beautiful and the world is so amazing, so I would recommend that to someone looking for a fantasy to read.

6. Why do you read?

I read because I love to be whisked away to new worlds, and I love to read about well developed character’s journies. I’m also slightly addicted to stockpiling books, so there’s that too.


I tag anyone who would like to answer the questions! Wish me luck with these appointments this week. I’m really hoping to find relief soon.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Moms out there. ♡

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BOOK REVIEW: Gemina (Illuminae Files 2) by Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Hi everyone!

I just finished Gemina and I wanted to write up my review. This has not been a very productive reading year for me so far, but I plan to change that!

*This will be a spoiler free review, BUT if you haven’t read Illuminae yet, I highly advise reading that before reading this review, just in case I unintentionally spoil something from the first book.*


Gemina
The Illuminae Files #2
659 pages
Published: October 18, 2016
Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Synopsis

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Review

So, I’m normally a bit pessimistic when it comes to second books in triologies when the first book blows my fricken mind (Illuminae blew me away, read my review here.) I feel like, sometimes second books fall pray to being bridge books for the first and last, and never really have a strong plot or likable characters. This isn’t the case with Gemina.

The layout of this book is similar to Illuminae. It’s written as a collection of emails, chat logs, security footage, etc. It’s so unique and visually appealing, and it provides a really interesting reading experience on its own. I listened to the audiobook while reading along, and I really recommend you do too. The audiobooks for Illuminae and Gemina were so well done – sound effects, unique voices for each character, and so much more. I was really immersed while reading, and it was easy to feel like I was there.

Gemina has two new main characters, Hanna and Nik. At first, it was a bit difficult to warm up to them because I loved Kady and Ezra from Illuminae so much. Once I gave them a shot, I loved Hanna and Nik. Their relationship was much different than Kady and Ezra’s and I loved their dynamic together. Hanna and Nik are both very wity and smart, and I love when two people start off annoyed with each other and build their relationship up to something so meaningful.

Without spoil anything, Aiden is my favorite character so far.

The dialogue in this book is really interesting and it feels real. The characters use a lot of abriveations and “text speech” because they are normally communicating through chat systems. It’s not difficult to understand, it’s just really awesome world building.

I loved the concept and science behind this plot because it seemed to make sense. While some of the lingo seemed over my head, in the end, I understood exactly what was going on and it seemed plausible. Sometimes, sci-fi can feel a bit stretched, but this just didn’t.

This book is full of twists and turns, and just when you think you have it figured out, Gemina blows your mind again.

Wrap-Up

I love Gemina as much, if not more than, Illuminae. I can’t believe I let it sit on my shelf as long as I did. The third book, Obsidio, is already out and I’m probably starting that as soon as I post this blog. 😊

Rating

5/5☆

Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.


What did you think of Gemina? Let me know in the comments.

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