Monday, May 22, 2017

Review ~ Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney


Title: Black Dawn
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pages: 180
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Series: I believe it will be

Reason for Reading: I was given an ARC to read from Chapter by Chapter books as a tour host
Summary: 
The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. 

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.


Thoughts

It was slow go and confusing at the beginning due to all the different POVs going on and I it started in a weird place. Especially being put in the middle of the story having to discover all at once where the we are and where we are heading. So that was a little jarring. There are a lot of interesting creatures and backgrounds happening in the beginning. Once you catch on to who is who and what side is what and how this is happening the story makes it interesting. As much as I am making it sound complicated it actually didn't take long to figure out what to do and who is who. I did enjoy the fantasy aspect of this book and the interesting parts.
The story is very original and not like anything I have ever read. The characters are strong and independent and move fluid together. This story is very interesting and I have to say something that I totally enjoyed. After reading this book I can see that it will be a series of books due to how it reads. The villain is actually complicated enough to make you believe he is a villain and not cheesy so that you don't roll your eyes every time you see his name. I have to say this is definitely a book I enjoyed reading. 
Grade: 3 out of 5 stars 
Would I recommend: yes





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Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.





Excerpt 
Jaxson sat on a wooden perch, his chin resting on his hands as he stared longingly onto the horizon. She spoke softly, “Go to bed, Jaxson, I have it from here.”
Snapping to attention, he jumped slightly, not having heard her come in. “Nyx, you scared me a bit there. How are you?”
She winked at him. “Needing some starlight and an endless night.”
Nodding solemnly, Jaxson hopped down. Before leaving, he placed a burly hand on her shoulder. “We have to be prepared not to give up hope. For Alby.”
His words were like a weight anchoring onto the ocean floor. Nyx climbed up on the perch as Jaxson left, the door swinging closed behind him. Nyx closed her eyes. She could move forward with this. It was already too late. She had pushed Memphis to make his decision. He believed in Emory like he had never believed in her. He had and would always choose Emory. Her chin wobbled as her eyes snapped open. There was no going back now. She silently said goodbye to the man she loved as her eyes searched the land stretching out in front of her. To her left, the woods, and beyond that, an escarpment of mountain terrain…and Adair. It was as simple as breathing as Nyx reached out, her mind brushing against a thousand consciousnesses. A thousand whispers sounded back to her. She searched only for one. She didn’t have to wait long.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review ~ Seeker by Veronica Rossi



Title: Seeker
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 352
Genre: Fantasy
Series: yes
1. Riders
2. SEEKER

Synopsis 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi's new fantasy adventure in the Rider series—Seeker .

When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn't losing her mind, she was gaining the Sight the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they'd provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.

Until Sebastian.

Sebastian was her first and worst mistake.

Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael the last surviving demon in the Kindred guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It's up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.

Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.

Thoughts:
I thought this books was good. It is the second in the series and while you don't need to read the 1st I think it would be helpful. I felt at times since I wasn't connected to the characters from the beginning I wasn't as invested in the storyline nor did I feel why the lack of urgency or urgency was there. I also didn't understand the dynamics of the main characters relationship.
It was still a good book and I loved learning about things I think it was just enough information to keep me from getting lost but not enough to make it hard or overfill. The middle while they were in the rift tended to drag for me as I had the lack of connection to the characters. I think to help this story along I will for sure go back and read the 1st and I can't wait for the 2nd.

Grade: 3 out of 5 stars
Would you Recommend: I would recommend the series

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Praise for THE SEEKERS "The feeling of imminent danger and the constant battles with terrifying creatures help bring this vivid story to life. However, the depth of characterization is what will make readers connect to this small group of teens on a mission to save humanity. Gideon and Daryn display a powerful chemistry from their very first meeting, while the personality conflicts between Gideon and his fellow horsemen keep this adventure both intense and humorous."―RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets. Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (published February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together. Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s exploring New York City during the Revolutionary War. Don’t tread on me. (If you know what that means, then you are my people!) What else? This is getting more fun, isn’t it? She–okay, I–am a huge fan of the SF Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I know, I know. Book types and sporty types shouldn’t be one in the same, but what can I say? I’m breaking the mold. Continuing. I have an irrational love of elephants. They make me cry, but it’s the best kind of cry. On other end of the spectrum, I abhor the shrill squeak styrofoam makes when it’s coming out of a box. Just typing that sentence made me want to scream. Needless to say, Christmas is great, but also really tough on me. It’s probably time to wrap this up. If you’re here, it’s likely because you’ve read one of my books, or because you’re thinking about reading one of my books. Either way, thank you. Writing fulfills me like nothing else and I feel exceedingly fortunate to also call it my profession. 

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review ~ The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis


Title: The Guns Above
Author: Robyn Bennis
Genre: steampunk
Pages: 352
Series: yes
1. The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1)

Synopsis 


The nation of Garnia has been at war for as long as Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupris can remember – this time against neighboring Vinzhalia. Garnia’s Air Signal Corp stands out as the favored martial child of the King. But though it’s co-ed, women on-board are only allowed “auxiliary” crew positions and are banned from combat. In extenuating circumstances, Josette saves her airship in the heat of battle. She is rewarded with the Mistral, becoming Garnia’s first female captain.

She wants the job – just not the political flak attached. On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat – a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. He’s also been assigned to her ship to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision. When the Vins make an unprecedented military move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself to the top brass?

Thoughts
This book has been a very pleasant surprise. The kind of surprise that you start at 9 at night to settle down and then don't put down until 2 am after finishing it. Josette is refreshing to say the least. She is tough as nails due to her climbing literally by accident to the top and yet having to maintain this position and earn respect in a man's world. Yet we get to gain insight and glimpses into her thoughts and vulnerability. She knows what is riding on this and is clever enough to understand that Bernat is not a friend.
Bernat is someone that you start off wanting to strangle. I found myself at times wondering why Josette saved him and yet as the book continued on so did Bernat's ability to grow. It started making me see him in a different light which is also refreshing. I love when characters can grow and mature. I also enjoy a character that grows and matures yet remains true to the original tone.
The story itself is about air ships that are blimps so STEAMPUNK you guys!! It is awesome to listen to as they fix things, fly things and work through issues that arise from that alone. The author has made cultures and religions, a world with a conflict regarding this, and a society of different ideas. Yet at the same time I found myself going huh "I've dealt with that". That fact alone made me relate to Josette on a level that normally would never happen. I really found myself enjoying this book and can't wait for book 2!

Grade: 5 out of 5
Would I Recommend: YES!

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Praise for THE GUNS ABOVE

“Steampunky navy-in-the-air military tale full of sass and terrific characters. Great storytelling. Loved it.” ―Patricia Briggs

“The Guns Above is a sharp, witty Ruritanian adventure full of flintlock rifles, plumed shakos, brass buttons... and airships! Taking place in an alternate mid-nineteenth-century Europe where dirigibles ply the smoky air over battlefields and women have been grudgingly admitted to the air corps,The Guns Above takes a clear-eyed, even cynical view of the 'glories' of war, complete with blood, shit, shattered limbs, and petty squabbles among the nobility. The aerial combat is gut-clenchingly realistic, the two viewpoint characters are well-drawn and as different as can be, and the action never stops. Hard women learn compassion, soft men learn bravery, and the fate of a nation depends on one rickety airship and its stalwart crew. A winner!”―David D. Levine, author of Arabella of Mars

“An engaging gunpowder adventure with a helping of witty Noel Coward dialogue and a touch of Joseph Heller.” ―Tina Connolly, Nebula Award-nominated author of Ironskin

“Wonderfully adventurous and laudably detailed. Bennis paints airship battles so clearly you'd swear they were from memory.” ―Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

“Buckle in. The crew of the Mistral will take readers on adventures they won’t soon forget.” ―Pip Ballantine, author of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

“Hold on to your goggles, Bennis' The Guns Above is a nonstop ride.” ―Suzanne Lazear, author of The Aether Chronicles Series

“A fast-paced military fantasy, full of colourful characters and quirky humour that had me laughing throughout. Every fan of airships should read this.” ―Marc Turner, author of Dragon Hunters

“Bennis writes a pleasing mix of banter and gritty battle scenes, combining both the adrenaline rush of combat and its horrifying results, and never indulging in too-sudden social victories that might cheapen the longstruggle against embedded prejudice.”― Publishers Weekly


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robyn Bennis is a scientist living in Mountain View, California, where she works in biotech but dreams of airships. She has done research and development involving human gene expression, neural connectomics, cancer diagnostics, rapid flu testing, gene synthesis, genome sequencing, being so preoccupied with whether she could that she never stopped to think if she should, and systems integration.

Her apartment is within sight of Hangar One at Moffett Airfield, which was once the West Coast home to one of America's largest airships, the USS Macon.

Her debut novel, The Guns Above, comes out in May 2017.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Blog Tour


Launch Party Schedule:

June 12th Monday Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
June 13th Tuesday JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
June 13th Tuesday Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
June 14th Wednesday Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW
June 15th Thursday She Dreams in Fiction GUEST POST 
June 16th Friday Sara is Reading and Listening to what REVIEW & INTERVIEW  
June 16th Friday TTC Books and More EXCERPT
June 19th Monday Here's to Happy Endings REVIEW
June 20th Tuesday CBY Book Club EXCERPT
June 21st Wednesday A Fold in the Spine REVIEW 
June 21st Wednesday Insane About Books REVIEW 
June 22nd Thursday A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW & EXCERPT
June 23rd Friday Bookish Lifestyle REVIEW & GUEST POST  

Friday, May 5, 2017

Blog Tour




Launch Party Schedule:
June 5th Monday A Dream Within a Dream REVIEW
June 6th Tuesday JeanBookNerd REVIEW
June 7th Wednesday Taking It One Book at a Time REVIEW 
June 8th Thursday FUONLYKNEW REVIEW
June 9th Friday ReadingBifrost REVIEW
June 9th Friday Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW
June 10th Saturday Her Book Thoughts REVIEW
June 10th Saturday Katherine Skye REVIEW
June 11th Sunday Sara is Reading and Listening to What  REVIEW
June 12th Monday My Book Addiction REVIEW
June 13th Tuesday Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
June 14th Wednesday A Fold in the Spine REVIEW 

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Nothing Left To Lose by Dan Wells
Tour Date: June 5th - 14th
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review ~ Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark



Title: Tick Tock Man
Author: R.M. Clark
Genre: young adult fantasy
Format: Ebook



Reason for Reading: This book was offered as an ARC from Chapter by Chapter and I thought it sounded interesting after reading the summary

Summary:
When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year-old CJ discovers an unusual "clock world" where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man. With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, he battles gear-headed extremists and razor-sharp pendulums in order to restore order before this world of chimes, springs, and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp, taking CJ's quiet New England town with it.

Thoughts:
I have to say the premise alone got me interested! By the 3rd chapter I was hooked. There is enough stuff happening throughout this book that once you pick it up you can't help, but want to finish it. CJ is an interesting character in the fact that he keeps getting sucked into clocks! Add to it he is the one that discovers all the clocks are stuck at 2 in town and yet he's the only one that can see it. When you throw in that the gears in the clocks are actually citizens that can talk a half human half gear girl... well needless to say you are on a not stop adventure.
I was worried with the age of the character (13) that it would be a teenage drama fest and full of discovering ones self. While there is a time and place for that I don't enjoy reading about it all the time. This book was a discover who you are and what you can muster but in a fun light way with a lot of action to boot. I enjoyed watching CJ grow a little throughout the book without having to go through the whoa is me trials.
Fuzee is also a fun character to learn about and discover as her role becomes ever so important when CJ sets off to find the "Tick Tock Man" the only one who can help with the "warring factions" This book is absolutely delightful and a quick read.

Goodreads Grade: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend: Yes


Tour Date: May 1-5, 2017 (Please note that tour posts must be up by 08:00 hours EST)
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Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books/Tantrum Books


AUTHOR INFO: R. M. Clark is a computer scientist for the Dept. of Navy by day and children’s book writer by night. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Blog Tour ~ May 7th



Launch Party Schedule:
May 1st Monday  
JeanBookNerd REVIEW
 
May 2nd Tuesday Insane About Books REVIEW
May 3rd Wednesday Bibliobibuli YA REVIEW 

May 4th Thursday  
 
May 5th Friday Insane Booklove REVIEW
May 6th Saturday Reading for the Stars and Moon REVIEW 
May 7th Sunday Sara is Reading and Listening to What? REVIEW
May 8th Monday Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
May 9th Tuesday Wishful Endings REVIEW
May 10th Wednesday TTC Books and More REVIEW

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis  
Tour Date: May 1st – 10th
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Blog tour Happening!



NEW blog tour coming up

Launch Party Schedule:
May 1st Monday  
JeanBookNerd REVIEW
 
May 2nd Tuesday Insane About Books REVIEW
May 3rd Wednesday Bibliobibuli YA REVIEW 
May 4th Thursday    
May 5th Friday Insane Booklove REVIEW
May 6th Saturday Reading for the Stars and Moon REVIEW 
May 7th Sunday Sara is Reading and Listening to What? REVIEW
May 8th Monday Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
May 9th Tuesday Wishful Endings REVIEW
May 10th Wednesday TTC Books and More REVIEW

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis  
Tour Date: May 1st – 10th
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Review ~ Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Title: Black Dawn Author: Mallory McCartney Pages: 180 Genre: Adult Fantasy Series: I believe it will be Reason for Reading: I wa...