Archives for October 2017

The Sunday Post – October 22, 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.

 
Hi, Everyone! I hope you had a good week. Ours was good but busy. (No surprise there, right?) My mother-in-law and I made pepper jelly and fruit jelly this week. I love canning. The kids and I watched Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library this week. It was a cute adaption of Chris Grabenstein’s book. They loved it. My oldest wants to read the book, and my middle thought it was EPIC! I’m currently reading book 3 in the series, Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race. I’m loving it! It’s a fabulous series. Also, I received some great books this week for the Fall Reading Challenge hosted by BookSparks, and some of my subscription boxes arrived. It’s been a great book mail week! 🙂
 
How was your week? Did you get any new books?
 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: We will be kicking off the EFC Promotions Blog Tour for Heather McCoubrey’s Back to December.
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Book Character You’d Like to Go Shopping With
  • Thursday: TBD
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday: I will be reviewing In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe.

 

 

If you are in need of editing, proofreading, or promotional services, please visit EFC Services, LLC.

 

 

Chrissy
 

 

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DNF: Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson

Goodnight from London
written by Jennifer Robson
published by William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017

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

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

Where I stopped reading: page 127 of 361

Why I stopped reading: I just couldn’t get into this book. It sounded like it was right up my alley–I love reading historical romance fiction books set during World War II–but this book just moved too slow for me. The premise is interesting, but it just didn’t take off. After thinking about it, however, I may give it another read at a later time.

 

Chrissy

Have you read Goodnight From London? If so, should I give it another shot?

 

What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Goodnight From London is 4.02. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. There were a majority of 5-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 5 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

About the book – from Goodreads: From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—author of Moonlight Over Paris and Somewhere in France—comes a lush historical novel that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past.

In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly newsmagazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it’s an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined.

Although most of Ruby’s new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall.

As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share.

Goodnight from London, inspired in part by the wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, is a captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story that readers are sure to embrace.
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Book Blogger Hop – Halloween Edition – October 20 – 26, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

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: 

Off the book topic – What is your favorite scary movie? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

 

I don’t watch scary movies.

 

I don’t like scary movies.

 

Do you have a favorite scary movie?

 

Jaclyn’s Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
written by Sarah J. Maas
published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016

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


Did I enjoy this book? 
I really wasn’t sure anything could top the first book in this series (A Court of Thorns and Roses). I was WRONG! This book made me question everything I thought I knew. The heroine is broken, the hero turns out to be a monster, the monster turns out to be a hero–what is happening?!?!? I loved the twist in the overall plot, I loved the plot developments throughout the book, I loved the character developments. I can’t gush about this book without ruining the first book . . . you’ll just have to take my word for it that this book is equally amazing.

 

Would I recommend it? Yes, yes, so much yes! I loved the first book. I loved this second book even more. And just wait . . . there’s a third!!!

 

jaclyn

About the book – from Goodreads: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

 

 

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My Favorite . . . Book I Wish They Made a Movie Of — October 18, 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: Book I Wish They Made a Movie Of

 

I would have said Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, but it has been made into a TV movie. I haven’t watched it yet, but I can’t wait to see it. I would also like to see the Wendy Darling series by Colleen Oakes made into a movie. But I would really love to see The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern as a movie. It is one of my favorite books.

 

I just finished a fantastic novel, Gilded Cage by Vic James. I know dystopian novels are trendy right now, but this one was just amazing. I’d love to see it on screen.

 

Wings of a Dove by Elaine Barbieri

 

What book do you wish they would make a movie of?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – October 17, 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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Spotlight: The Legend of Shadow High by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

The Legend of Shadow High
written by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017

 

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

 

 

About the book – from Goodreads: A dangerous story is bubbling and almost all the Narrators are scared to tell it. Cracks in the World of Stories are spreading, and the ominous Shadow High is gaining power. Only one young, brave Narrator, Brooke Page, is ready to tell this tale.

As the first cracks show, Frankie and Draculaura are accidentally transported to Ever After High, where they meet Raven Queen and Apple White. After the girls recover from the shock of learning that fairytales and monsters are real, they discover that the Evil Queen has escaped her mirror prison in search of the ultimate power, hidden in Shadow High. Frankie, Raven, Draculaura, Apple, and Brooke must stop the Evil Queen and save the World of Stories from the evil that lurks in Shadow High!

 

 

 

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
written by Sarah J. Maas
published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2015

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


Did I enjoy this book? 
Why oh why has the world spent so much time talking about sparkling vampires and whiny heroines when THIS book exists?!?!?!? I haven’t fallen this hard for a book series in a VERY long time. Our heroine Feyre (pronounced Fay-ruh) is expertly written. She is everything that I want my daughter to be–strong, smart, loyal, fearless. Tamlin is the brooding dreamboat that you want him to be. Lucian is a phenomenal best friend. I could go on and on. The descriptions of Prythian are magical on their own. Amarantha is the personification of pure evil (think female Voldemort). If I’m being honest, the first half of the book is a little long winded. Just as you are getting to the point of restlessness, the author throws a gigantic curve ball at you and the entire book changes. Wow–just, wow.

(but only because I’m limited to 5)

 
Would I recommend it? So much YES! I want to stop random people on the street and hand out copies of this book. This book claims to be YA, but I would be cautious about the age group. There are some pretty steamy scenes, as well as some violence/gore–and there’s some cursing as well. I still loved this book and cannot wait to reread it!
 

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

 

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The Sunday Post – October 15, 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 good week. EFC is 6 years old!!! That was the big event this week on the blog. 🙂
 
Last week at EFC:

This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: TBD
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Tuesday: We will be featuring The Legend of Shadow High by Shannon Hale and Dean hale.
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Book I Wish They Made A Movie Of
  • Thursday: TBD
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday: I have a DNF of Goodnight from London by jennifer Robson. I will also be showing you our August subscription boxes. (Yes, I forgot to post this last month.)

 

Don’t forget to check out all of our current giveaways.

 

If you are in need of editing, proofreading, or promotional services, please visit EFC Services, LLC.

 

 

Chrissy
 

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We Keep (Everything We Keep, #1)Everything We Keep 
written by Kerry Lonsdale
published by Lake Union Publishing, 2016

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Did I enjoy this book? 
I really liked this book! The book starts with the funeral for Aimee’s fiancé. He died in a tragic accident just a few weeks before they were to be married. The story follows Aimee as she tries to rebuild her life and move on. When she receives some mysterious signs that her fiancé might not actually be dead, she goes on an international spree trying to find proof once and for all. This has all the good stuff from a romance AND a murder mystery. This kept me turning the pages, eager to see what was going to happen next. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved everything!

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! I was thrilled when I realized there’s a sequel. I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

 

jaclyn

About the book – from Goodreads: A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

 

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