Archives for August 2017

Book Blogger Hop – August 18 – 24, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don’t see any bookshelves, or books on the coffee table? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

Not at all! Everyone and every house is different. However, if I do see bookshelves or books, I do check out the titles to see if I’ve read the same books! 🙂

 

No? I might judge a house that has tabloid magazines everywhere though. 😉

 

What about you? Are you disappointed if you don’t see books in a house or apartment?

 

Melissa’s Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)Gilded Cage
written by Vic James
published by Del Rey Books, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
Gilded Cage is, without a doubt, the best book I’ve read this year. I loved it. It’s like a mix of Divergent and The Hunger Games, but with magic! Sweet! I’m on tenterhooks waiting for the next installment. I didn’t think the world was big enough for yet another dystopian trilogy, but I was so, so wrong. Read this book. Do it!

 

Golden Lines

“Always look at the people, not at the mass. A face, not the crowd. Look at the world, not at the ground. Every little detail you see is a victory.”

 

 

Would I recommend it? Absofreakinglutely.

 

Melissa

 

Have you read Gilded Cage? Will you be adding it to your TBR?

 

About the book – from Goodreads: In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

Have a quick ten years. . . .

 

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Back to School $250 Giveaway – 2017

 

Back to School $250 Giveaway

August 17th to September 7th

 

Thanks to this fabulous group of bloggers and authors for sponsoring this giveaway!

Enter for your chance to win $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon Gift Card.

Sponsor List

I Am A Reader
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Giveaway Details: $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 9/7/17

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My Favorite . . . Thing About Summer — August 16, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Thing About Summer

 

I love that I can open the windows in the house, hear the kids outside playing, sit on my patio, no school, and vacation!

 

No 8:00 a.m. bus stops.

 

What is your favorite thing about summer?

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave (Chrissy’s review)

 

Hello, Sunshine 
written byLaura Dave
published by Simon Schuster, 2017

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

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
I did enjoy this read. It wasn’t quite what I expected, and I’m happy about that.

Hello, Sunshine starts off with the leading lady, Sunshine Mackenzie, telling the readers not to like her. And I questioned that from the beginning. And that questioning kept me reading until the end. This book moved. Sunshine’s fall from the top was swift and merciless. And then she had to rebuild her life . . . whether that was the same life or a different life or an old life, she had to come back from the bottom. I liked the road Sunshine took. It wasn’t what I was expecting. The reveal toward the end was a surprise for me. I didn’t see it coming at all. This book had a few other surprises, too. I definitely read it every free chance I had.

Hello, Sunshine was my first Laura Dave book, but it won’t be my last. I have Eight Hundred Grapes sitting on my shelf. I will be reading that soon!

 

Would I recommend it? Sure! If you like chick lit/women’s fiction, definitely pick up this one!

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
From Laura Dave—the author of the “addictive” (Us Weekly), “winning” (Publishers Weekly) and critically acclaimed bestseller Eight Hundred Grapes—comes a new novel about the secrets we keep…even from ourselves.

Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light.

Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.

 

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – August 15, 2017

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 Chance Books.

 

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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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

I will be scheduling Featured Bloggers/Authors in the next few weeks for September! Sign up today!

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

Click Here to Sign Up to Be a Featured Booster!

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




 

       
 

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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop 2017

 

This is EFC’s first year participating in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds.net! I’m excited to share with you a few books that I had on my shelf. I will be giving away hardback copies of Starflight by Melissa Landers, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, and Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau as well as a pillowcase inspired by A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter and be sure to follow the hop!

 

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs
written by Catherine Lowell
published by Touchstone, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazon, iBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

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

Did I enjoy it? Oh my goodness, I love this book! Let’s ignore the plot for a minute–this book is just written WELL. I enjoyed reading it. It’s clear the author is intelligent and highly educated. Sentences, paragraphs, and chapters were well thought out. I’ve read books where it sounds like the author just figured out how to use the thesaurus function in the word processor–big words that don’t make a whole lot of sense with the book. This isn’t the case here.

Now let’s talk about the plot. This is painful to admit, but I’ve never read a single Brontë book. Not one. I was a little hesitant to read a book about the Brontës. Would I need to understand the books to understand this one? Nope! You get sucked into these characters and the plot pretty quickly. Throughout the entire book you are left to wonder what on earth Samantha’s inheritance might be. The plot starts to slow down in the middle of the book, but it picked back up and raced until the end. The ending tied in perfectly with the beginning. I’m not sure there has ever been a more well thought-out book. Perhaps one by the Brontës? 😉

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! I love this book! I didn’t think that there was any part of the plot that was questionable for a specific age group. However, the writing is quite advanced. I have already recommended this book to others and will continue to do so. Read this book!

 

jaclyn

About the book – from Goodreads: In this smart and enthralling debut in the spirit of The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt to find the family’s long-rumored secret estate, using clues her eccentric father left behind.

Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. As the last remaining descendant of the Brontë family, she’s rumored to have inherited a vital, mysterious portion of the Brontë’s literary estate; diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts; a hidden fortune that’s never been shown outside of the family.

But Samantha has never seen this rumored estate, and as far as she knows, it doesn’t exist. She has no interest in acknowledging what the rest of the world has come to find so irresistible; namely, the sudden and untimely death of her eccentric father, or the cryptic estate he has bequeathed to her.

But everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and bits and pieces of her past start mysteriously arriving at her doorstep, beginning with an old novel annotated in her father’s handwriting. As more and more bizarre clues arrive, Samantha soon realizes that her father has left her an elaborate scavenger hunt using the world’s greatest literature. With the aid of a handsome and elusive Oxford professor, Samantha must plunge into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by decoding the clues hidden within the Brontë’s own writing.

A fast-paced adventure from start to finish, this vibrant and original novel is a moving exploration of what it means when the greatest truth is, in fact, fiction.

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella
written by Ashley Poston
published by Quirk Books, 2017

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
I really did enjoy this book. It had me reading every free chance I had.

Geekerella is a modern retelling of . . . you guessed it, Cinderella. I love so many things about this book. I love that Elle is a Starfield geek. I love that Darien is a geek, too. I love that Elle works for a food truck called The Magic Pumpkin. Her coworker, Sage, is great, too. I wasn’t sure I was going to like her, but I really did. She was a wonderful friend to Elle, even when she was reluctant to make friends. You have to feel bad for Elle and her situation. It would be hard to lose both of your parents and to be raised by a stepparent that doesn’t like you. The stepsisters were interesting, too. They weren’t exactly what I expected.

This is a retelling I’d love to see as a movie, especially the contest and the ball at the convention.

I have to say that I really loved this book. It was such a fun read.

 

Would I recommend it? Definitely.

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

 

 

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Book Blogger Hop – August 11 – 17, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

Do you participate in readathons and/or reading challenges? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

 

I do the Goodreads challenge each year, mainly to keep track of the books that I read in a year. Other than that, I haven’t tried any other challenges or readathons. I’ve checked out a few, but I haven’t committed to any.

 

I’m currently participating in the Parenting Challenge, which involves finding twenty (hell, ten) (oh, who am I kidding, I’d take two if I could find them) quiet minutes wherein I’ve still got the energy and brain power to read something other than my Facebook feed.

 

What reading challenges or readathons do you participate in? Which one(s) do you think EFC should try out?