Archives for September 2017

Jaclyn’s Review: Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Woman No. 17Woman No. 17
written by Edan Lepucki
published by Hogarth, 2017

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

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

Did I enjoy this book: 
I kind of liked this book. It was definitely not my favorite, but I really wanted to see how it was going to end. What’s funny is I actually didn’t like what was happening throughout most of the book, but I liked that I had such a strong reaction to the plot. The main characters are written well–you alternate between liking and hating them. You are constantly questioning motives and meanings behind actions.

 

Would I recommend it: If you want to read a book that is not a cheerful, happy, fluffy book, this is for you. This book is a bit dark and doesn’t have a happy/warm and fuzzy ending. If you like books that aren’t cookie-cutter clean, I would go for it.

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

 

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My Favorite . . . Bookmark — September 13, 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: Bookmark

 

I use the EFC bookmark all the time. It’s a favorite of mine. And if I start talking about books and the blog with someone, I can always give them my bookmark! Before that, I had a metal one with a C on it.

 

 

My son made me one as a preschool Mother’s Day gift. It’s a “poem” about all the things we do together. He especially likes it when I bring him ice water and a “midnight snack” and tell him what’s going to happen tomorrow. D’awwww. I love it even though his little sister chewed through it and folded it six thousand times. Still my favorite.

 

It’s a picture of Grumpy Cat “I had fun once. It was awful.”

 

Do you have a favorite bookmark?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – September 12, 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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Melissa’s Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

 

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)Stealing Snow
written by Danielle Paige
published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016

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

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

Did I enjoy this book: 
I mean, if by “enjoy” you mean “binge read all afternoon while letting the children overdose on screen time,” then YES. ALL THE YES. I mean sure, the book has its flaws (mainly, how does a girl who spends her formative years in an insane asylum seamlessly adjust to an alternate, magical reality so gosh darn quickly?), but wow. I fell in love with this book, and I can’t wait to see what Snow does next. Hurry, Ms. Paige! Hurry!

 

GOLDEN LINES

“It is possible with enough time and imagination to break your own heart.”

“Sometimes we have to steal our future.”

“And maybe, just maybe, it didn’t matter how you looked going into battle. It just mattered that you went.”

 

 

Would I recommend it: Yes, yes, yes!

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

 

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The Sunday Post – September 10, 2017

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 
It’s been a busy, but fun, week. Yesterday, I took the kids to the local apple orchard. They played, we bought a bunch of apples and other produce, and I’m going to make apple butter this week. I can’t wait!!! The kids are excited, too. They love fruits and veggies, and they love apple butter. I didn’t bake this past week, but I do want to try sourdough English muffins this week. Other than that, everything is about the same–run the kids to school and activities, edit, and read. It works. 🙂

How was your week? Also, do you like more than one post a day (a review post and a discussion post or Boost It Tuesday), or do you prefer only one post a day?
 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: Melissa will be reviewing Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige.
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Bookmark.
  • Thursday: I will be reviewing Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday: If you have a fan of the Disney Fairies, check out my review of In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe.

 

 

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Beat the Back-to-School Blues Blog Tour: The Raven God by Alane Adams (Melissa’s review)

The Raven God (Legends of Orkney #3)The Raven God
written by Alane Adams
published by: expected publication Sept 12, 2017 by Sparkpress

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

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

Did I enjoy this book: 
I think I waited too long between the first two books and this one. I struggled a bit to find my way back to the characters, and when I finally did remember their stories, I just wasn’t as invested as I should’ve been. I blame me. The story itself is still cool–I mean, how often do you get to read about “modern day” Norse mythology?

Anyway. I guess I’m disappointed in myself more than the book–I expected to love it as much as I loved the first two books in the series, and, well, I just didn’t.

 

 

Would I recommend it: I mean, YES. I think it best to read the series back-to-back (especially if you’ve a terrible memory like mine). Don’t let my failure stop you from reading–Alane Adams is still awesome!

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney–and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death. Orkney’s only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them–even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

 

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Book Blogger Hop – September 8 – 14, 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:

Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

 

Many times. Well, I guess I should say I have picked up a book to check it out based solely on the cover.

What about you? Have you ever bought a book just because of the cover art?

 

Jaclyn’s Review: The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

The Amateurs (The Amateurs, #1)The Amateurs 
written by Sara Shepard
published by Disney-Hyperion, 2016

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: 
First let me say, I do NOT read a book series until the whole series is published (at least, not if I can help it). I was really skeptical about starting this book since I was going in with an obvious bias. This book is also billed as a great read for someone who liked the Pretty Little Liars series. Since I didn’t care for that, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like this one. Big surprise! This was a good read! I thought it was a great “whodunit” kind of book. It wasn’t horribly gory, and the plot kept moving at a good pace. I liked the characters–they were revealed slowly, which makes sense for book 1 of a series. I found myself binge reading toward the end, because I just HAD to figure out who did it!

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this, despite being book 1 of a series. This would be a good read for a mature pre-teen to get them into the murder mystery genre. There was some violence, but nothing out of control or inappropriate. I would consider reading the next books in this series–which is really saying something!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: I need some answers about my sister. Help…

Five years ago, high school senior Helena Kelly disappeared from her backyard in Dexby, Connecticut, never to be heard from again. Her family was left without any answers—without any idea who killed Helena, or why.

So when eighteen-year-old Seneca Frazier sees a desperate post on the Case Not Closed message board, she knows it’s time to change that. Helena’s high-profile disappearance is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, she agrees to spend spring break in Connecticut working on the case with Maddy Wright, her best friend from Case Not Closed. However, the moment she steps off the train, things start to go wrong. Maddy’s nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin, doesn’t seem to want any help after all. Plus, Seneca has a secret of her own, one that could derail the investigation if she’s not careful.

Alongside Brett, another super-user from the site, they slowly begin to unravel the secrets Helena kept in the weeks before her disappearance. But the killer is watching…and determined to make sure the case stays cold.

 

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My Favorite . . . Fantasy Novel — September 6, 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: Fantasy Novel

 

Do I need to even say it? The Harry Potter series, of course! I think Deathly Hallows is my favorite of the series.

 

Harry Potter, baby!

 

The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton

 

What is your favorite fantasy novel?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – September 5, 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!

Boost It Poster

 

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!

 

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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