Archives for November 2015

Gratitude Giveaways Hop

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Welcome to our stop for the 6th annual Gratitude Giveaways hop hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mary at BookHounds.

 

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Story Time with Sara: The Best Cat in the World by Leslea Newman

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The Best Cat in the WorldThe Best Cat in the World 
written by Leslea Newman
published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2006

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: Yes, but it was certainly NOT what I was expecting from the title. The fact that we picked this gem up at the local library is due exclusively to its proximity to my book-grabbing self (and the fact that there’s a cat on the cover), but this book has quite a bit to offer!

So it turns out this is actually a children’s book that deals with the death of a pet. I figured this out about a page and a half in, and I immediately panicked and wondered how exactly my three-year-old was going to react. It turns out it was really a wonderful experience for both of us. It got a really tough conversation started and he wasn’t scared and I wasn’t anxious. I got to know a little more about what goes on inside that cute little head, all because of this book!

It turns out that this was actually purr-fect (see what I did there) for us because we lost one of our cats about a year ago and got a new one. We even buried our late kitten’s ashes under some beautiful lily plants–just like the boy in the story does. After reading this book we talked about  our own cat, Lily. We got out pictures and talked about the good memories we had with Lily. Then we talked about how Mouse (our new cat) is different from Lily and how they are both the “Best” cats in the world because we love them and they love us!

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Would I recommend it: I really would recommend this book. However, I would caution you to be ready for the heady discussions that are going to start because of it. It caught me off guard, but I think I pulled it off. Turns out my kid really liked the story, and I hope he learned something. I know I learned a little more about him. If you’re looking to ease the transition of a pet or just interested in bringing up the topic, this book is a great way to do it!

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About the book – from Goodreads: A young boy deals with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie, eventually accepting the arrival of another, very different cat.

 

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Melissa’s Review: Dream Talker by Jon Etheredge

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Dream Talker
written by Jon Etheredge
published by Pen-L Publishing, 2014

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Not really, no. The characters weren’t real enough for me, the story was a bit hokey, and the writing wasn’t fantastic. I think it’s got potential, but it needs more depth.

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Would I recommend it: Meh.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Amanita White Bear stacked his new toilets one on top of the other until the pile was taller than he was. It was hard work for an old man and he sat down to catch his breath. He dug through his jeans and pulled out his father’s old pocket knife, unfolding its time-etched blade with deliberate care. The edge was only two inches long but it had a quick temper and a long reputation for nicking careless fingers. Amanita turned to face the sky, quietly chanting a song to the Raven Mocker using the ancient words, telling it what had been done and what yet remained. The path was set. He prayed he was right and asked God to forgive him. Then he sank two inches of bitter steel into his wrist and twisted it in a circle. Nothing could stop him now.

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Breakout by Aven Ellis

BreakoutBreakout (Dallas Demons #3)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Do I even need to say it? I mean, really, if you’ve been reading EFC for a while, you know Ms. Ellis is a favorite, go-to author of mine. So, you should already know that I loved Breakout. 

As with all of Ms. Ellis’s books, Breakout made me happy, giddy, angry, frustrated, elated, etc. All the feelings were there. Lexi and Niko have fantastic chemistry. It could be felt from their first interaction dodging a hockey puck all the way through to the end. Lexi is a great main character. She can definitely hold her own and she knows her hockey. I loved it when she put Kimberlee in her place. I also liked that she wanted to keep her job on her own and that she didn’t want to use her parents’ money to survive. And I loved that she didn’t flaunt her wealth. Niko is a sweetheart. And he is a good match for Lexi. They each have their insecurities, and those insecurities become major obstacles. Lexi’s biggest insecurity is her fear of abandonment. I think Ms. Ellis handled Lexi’s adoption issues well.

The end left me satisfied and happy. Breakout is another win for Ms. Ellis.

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Would I recommend it: If you couldn’t guess . . . YES!!! Read every single one of Ms. Ellis’s books. Now. Go. =) Seriously.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
While Texas is known for loving football, Lexi Stewart has always been drawn to the ice. Hockey is her passion, and she wants nothing more than to pursue a career in video editing for the home network of the Dallas Demons hockey team.

Lexi has an editing job for a corporate account, but it’s not fulfilling. Nor is her dating life, despite having the so-called help of The One Online Dating Service. Lexi knows there has to be more for her—on both fronts. She’s ready to take the next step, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon.

Until a flying puck changes everything.

Niko Xenakis is the new Dallas Demons TV producer, and he’s looking to make his mark in his new role and hopefully work his way back to his hometown of Baltimore. But once he meets Lexi, he might just change his mind on what he wants for his future . . .

But the road to love is never easy, complicated by the fact that they both carry emotional baggage from the past in their hearts. Can these two “breakout”of the past to find love in the present?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman

Sweet ForgivenessSweet Forgiveness
written by Lori Nelson Spielman
published by Plume, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy this book. It was a good read that had me reading every free chance I had.

Sweet Forgiveness will make you think. It poses some interesting questions: Should you apologize or just let it go and allow it to remain in the past? It’s another story that shows the reader that everyone has their own story that they feel they need to be forgiven for.

I liked Hannah. There were a few times where I agreed with Abby’s final thoughts about her (read it and you’ll understand), but I thought she was a great character. It had to be tough to be an “older” (I say that in quotes because Hannah is younger than I am) television star and be judged on your appearance. She’s doing the best she can despite her jerk of a producer. I really disliked that guy. Hannah was a bit of a pushover. I mean, could she really not see through her rival??? Really???? I loved Dorothy. She was a great mother/grandmother figure. So full of wisdom. I didn’t like Michael at all. RJ was a wonderful man. He had a good heart. I want/wish we found out what was in the tackle box. (Again, read the book and you will understand. Seriously.) But I guess some things are better left unsaid.

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Would I recommend it: Yes. It is a great book for your book club, too!

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
The Forgiveness Stones craze is sweeping the nation—instantly recognizable pouches of stones that come with a chain letter and two simple requests: to forgive, and then to seek forgiveness. But New Orleans’ favorite talk show host, Hannah Farr, isn’t biting. Intensely private and dating the city’s mayor, Hannah has kept her very own pouch of Forgiveness Stones hidden for two years—and her dark past concealed for nearly two decades. But when Fiona Knowles, creator of the Forgiveness Stones, appears on Hannah’s show, Hannah unwittingly reveals on air details of a decades-old falling out with her mother.

Spurned by her fans, doubted by her friends, and accused by her boyfriend of marring his political career, Hannah reluctantly embarks on a public journey of forgiveness. As events from her past become clearer, the truth she’s clung to since her teenage years has never felt murkier. Hannah must find the courage to right old wrongs, or risk losing her mother, and any glimmer of an authentic life, forever.

 

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – November 10, 2015

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free ChanceCandace’s Book Blog, & If These Books Could Talk for  Boost It Tuesday!

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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As an added bonus, Candace, Kate, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Candace’s Book Blog Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

If you would like to host the giveaway on your Facebook page one week, please fill out the form below. Be sure to notice the rules.

Click Here to Sign Up to Host the Giveaway

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!


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Melissa’s Review: The Lemorian Crest by Hannah L. Clark

The Lemorian Crest (Cobbogoth #2)

  • The Lemorian Crest (Cobbogoth #2)
    written by Hannah L. Clark
    published by KinStone Publishing, LLC, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Absolutely.

I’ve got the same issues I had with the first book (you can read my review of Uncovering Cobbogoth HERE), but I’m pleasantly surprised at the twists and turns Clark’s added to this installment. Lemorian leans a bit heavily on the world-building side of things, so get ready for more than a few history lessons, but it’s worth it. Noria meets a new round of friends, finds a few old ones again, and, SPOILER ALERT: turns into a wicked cool mermaid. Awesome.

Oh, and guess what! All those cool rocks that do cool things? They do fashion, too. 😉

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Would I recommend it: Yes. Keep reading this series!

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
After being raised from infancy in Boston, Mass., Noria (a.k.a Norah Lukens) has no idea what to expect upon entering New Cobbogoth, where she never would have guessed that paths of light can make you vanish; doors can lead to realms both near and far; myths and legends are actual history; a mere kiss can seal two souls as one; and, of course, a stone is never “just a stone.” Her Uncle Jack’s stories never could have prepared her for the magical and dangerous place her native realm is turning out to be.

When the Gihara’s promises begin to crumble, her best friend and soul-mate Jamus (a.k.a. James Riley) is in more danger than ever. Then when his father Lylend abandons her to search for an ancient relic called The Lemorian Crest and she is taken captive by the very people she’s risked everything to save, Noria begins to lose faith in the Cobbogothian gods and the mission they sent her home to accomplish.

Only when a series of new friendships and loyalties are forged in the most peculiar of places, does Noria dare hope again. Hope for Jamus’ safety, for their future together, and for the survival of the entire Cobbogothian race.

 

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Story Time with Sara: Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose

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Hey, Little AntHey, Little Ant 
written by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
published by Tricycle Press, 1998

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: 
I have a love/hate relationship with this one. My kid loves it, but dear god the song gets stuck in my head for DAYS at a time. This fun little story brings up an interesting topic about whether ants deserve to be stepped on just because they’re smaller than us. Right now my three-year-old is of the opinion that all bugs should be squished because squishing bugs is funny. <sigh> We’re working on it.

After reading the whole way through the book the first time, I discovered the last page has the music for the song . . . turns out this book actually IS a song! Who knew? I spent the next two hours (trying to remember how to read music and) plunking out the melody on the tiny toy piano in my living room. For my boys. Because I’m the best mom in the universe.

Now every time we “read” this book we sing it, which would be fine except it’s the grand master of all ear worms . . .

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Would I recommend it: Sure, go ahead! Just be prepared to have this cute (and slightly annoying after oh, the 300th time or so) jingle stuck in your head for the rest of your life.

Alternatively, you could just lie to your children about your ability to read music, which in my case wouldn’t have been that far off. My elementary school band teacher would be so ashamed . . . =(

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About the book – from Goodreads: What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish?

 

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Melissa’s Review: Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel, #2)

Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2)
written by Josiah Bancroft
published by Josiah Bancroft, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Oh. My. God. Cliffhanger.

I loved the first in the series (you can read my review of Senlin Ascends HERE), and if it’s possible, I’m even more in love with this one! Senlin and his friends continue their adventure to the top of the tower, growing, struggling, and learning along the way. It’s fantastic. I know I hate it when people say this because YES, YOU CAN . . . you HAVE to, but. I SERIOUSLY can’t wait for the next book in this series. Write fast, Mr. Bancroft!

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“The Tower did not look like it had been built, brick by brick, by human hands. Rather, it looked like something the world had begun to birth—a new crescent moon, perhaps—before surrendering the effort.”

“My mind feels like a key turning endlessly inside a broken lock.”

“He wondered if he wasn’t overlooking what he was looking for.”

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Would I recommend it: YES.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Forced by necessity into a life of piracy, Senlin and his crew struggle to survive aboard their stolen airship. Senlin’s search for his lost wife continues, even as her ghost hounds his every step. But the Tower of Babel proves to be as difficult to reenter as it was to escape.

While searching for an unguarded port, Senlin encounters the camp of Luc Marat, who seems equal parts bandit and humanitarian. One thing is for certain: his asylum for the downtrodden hods is not as peaceful as it appears.

In desperation, Senlin turns to the mysterious and dangerous Sphinx, with whom Edith shares a terrible bond. They discover the Sphinx’s help does not come cheaply. Senlin must choose between his friends, his freedom, and his wife

 

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Gina’s Review: Wonderwall by M. H. Soars

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Wonderwall  
written by M. H. Soars
published by Infinite Sky Publishing, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) AmazonGoodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
This book is the perfect little treat if you want something sweet and sexy. It’s the story of high school sweethearts that fell in love, but it all goes wrong. All they want now is for it to go right. Yes, it’s a cliché, but Sebastian and Olivia are the perfect pair to make this story flow. I will say I was surprised at how much hanky panky went on, but I’m always up for reading some hanky panky. I think this book is definitely worth a read if you want something fun on these cool autumn nights.

 

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“There’s something to be said about falling in love with someone you already love. It’s absolutely wonderful and terrifying.”

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Would I recommend it: Yes! Definitely a fun read.

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About the book – from Goodreads: There is something magical when best friends fall in love. Liv and Sebastian used to be inseparable until circumstances beyond their control destroyed their fairytale romance to dust.

Liv hasn’t seen Sebastian since he walked out of her life five years ago. When she accepted her internship in London, she never dreamed their paths would cross again. Not when Sebastian is a celebrity, a singer in one of the most popular boy bands of all times. Living in the same city, their worlds couldn’t be farther apart. But when two people are destined to be together, they can’t outrun fate.

*Note from author: Due to mature content, this novel is recommended to readers 18+.

 

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