December 2017 Subscription Boxes with a Giveaway

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of December:

 

Uppercase

 

Owl Crate

Owl Crate Jr.

 

 

The Bookish Box

 

 

GeekGear – World of Wizardry

 

 

BirchBox

 

Sparkle Hustle Grow

 

 

 

Erin Condren Seasonal Box

FabFitFun

 

 

 

 

What do you think of December’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

 

Chrissy

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Spotlight: Say Nothing by Brad Parks

Say Nothing
written by Brad Parks
published by Dutton Books, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: Judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A loving marriage. A pair of healthy children. Then a phone call begins every parent’s most chilling nightmare. Scott’s six-year-old twins, Sam and Emma, have been taken. The judge must rule exactly as instructed in a drug case he is about to hear. If he refuses, the consequences for the children will be dire.

For Scott and his wife Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror. Through it all, they will stop at nothing to get their children back, no matter the cost to themselves . . . or to each other.

 

 

“Parks does a fantastic job conveying every parent’s worst fear while also showcasing the marital conflict and mistrust that erupts in the midst of a crisis. The complications and twists build to an unexpected climax that is both perfect and gut-wrenching… Fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner will love this thriller. Don’t stay silent, tell everyone.” Library Journal, Starred Review

“The novel’s final pages are exciting, surprising and deeply moving. How moving? Its ending brought me to tears, and, where books are concerned, such moments are rare… [Say Nothing] carries his work to a new level.” The Washington Post

“Parks dispenses plot twists with a poisoned eyedropper… The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over.” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“[Say Nothing] grips the reader from the get-go and doesn’t let up until the final twist in a story that’s filled with surprises.” —Associated Press

“[Say Nothing] begins by shocking the mind and ends by shattering the heart. The work of an author who continues to raise his sights and refine his immense talent… readers will quickly say ‘yes’ to this spellbinding, disturbing novel.” —The Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Brad Parks latest, Say Nothing, says it all—perfectly. Some books, especially stories about children acting nobly, make me mist up. But real tears, enough to require dabbing eyes? That does not happen. Yet as I finished the former Star-Ledger reporter’s latest book, I was crying… [Say Nothing] takes Parks to a new level.” —The Star-Ledger

“Shamus Award–winner Parks’s excellent domestic thriller credibly portrays a family under severe stress… [readers will] find themselves on pins and needles awaiting the reveals.”

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Terrific book. Truly terrific. Tension throughout and tears at the end. What could be better than that?” —Sue Grafton

“Outstanding—starts with a bang and gets tenser and tenser. Say Nothing shows Parks is a quality writer at the top of his form.” —Lee Child

 

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Book Blogger Hop – January 19 – 25, 2018

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 reading a mass paperback book, many people fold the cover back, as if they were reading a magazine. Doing this will eventually create creases in the spine. How do you feel about this common bookish habit? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

I have folded back the cover on a paperback that I own (never to a borrowed book). I don’t do it all the time; it depends on my mood and what I’m doing. How other people read their books is up to them. It’s their book. 🙂 Personally, I like books with a creased spine . . . they look well loved and read.

 

What about you? How do you feel about people folding back the cover of a paperback book?

 

 

 

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Heather’s Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody
written by Anna Kendrick
published by Touchstone Books, 2016

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Did I enjoy this book? I absolutely adored this book! It is one that I will read again. Anna’s essays are hilarious, thought-provoking, touching, and honest. It’s eye-opening to read about her childhood, her struggles, her successes, and all that came in between. As a mother, I certainly wouldn’t want to let my child into that world, but sometimes those dreams are so bright, you can’t help it. And for Anna, it’s amazing that she’s able to keep her down-to-earth self and maybe that’s what helps her succeed.

 

Would I recommend it? YES! Especially for anyone who is interested in that life. But definitely for someone who’d like a little insight into Anna’s life. Fantastic!

 

Heather

 

About the book – from Goodreads: A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).

 

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My Favorite . . . Audiobook — January 17, 2018

 

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: Audiobook

 

I haven’t finished an audiobook yet. I tend to zone out while I’m listening. I did receive an audiobook for Christmas, so I’m excited to give it a try!

The Harry Potter series by Jim Dale

 

What is your favorite audiobook?

 

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino

Swear On This Life
written by Renee Carlino
published by Atria Books, 2016

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Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge hosted by BookSparks.

Did I enjoy this book? 
O. M. G. You don’t even know. This book is amazing. I read it in one day. I would have read it in one sitting, but I have kids who need to be fed periodically.

Emeline stumbles into reading a best-selling book by a new author. In the first sentence of the book, she realizes that the book is about her and was written by her long-lost childhood love. This book flips you back and forth between Emeline reading the book and actual excerpts from the book (which are essentially flashbacks to Emeline’s childhood). Sounds a bit confusing–it’s not. This book is wonderfully written. The characters are perfect, the plot it perfect, the use of the ‘book in a book’ is perfect. I cannot think of a single negative thing to say about this book.

 

 

Would I recommend it? So Much Yes! Read this book! Clear an afternoon, grab a blanket, and fall in love with this book. You will thank me when you are done with it, I promise.

 

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads: When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2)
written by Amanda Hocking
published by St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015

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Disclosure: I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

Did I enjoy this book? 
I did enjoy Ice Kissed. I read it every free chance I had and finished it quickly.

As I said in my reviewFrostfire was a slow read for me. Frostfire was building to something, but I wasn’t sure what. Well, I have a better idea now. Ice Kissed moved. I liked Bryn more in this book. Her mission to Storvatten had me turning pages. Bryn stepped up more as a tracker and as an aspiring Högdragen, but she also embraced her role as confidant. There’s something treasonous going on, and I was questioning a lot of the characters’ motives. Not just one character, many. I have my theories going into book three, but who knows if I’m right! I can’t wait to find out.

After reading the last page, I didn’t want to stop reading. I opened Crystal Kingdom and jumped right in!

 

Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s a great continuation of Bryn’s story.

 

Have you read Ice Kissed? What do you think of the Kanin Chronicles?

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

 

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The Sunday Post – January 14, 2018

 

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.

 
The weather this week has been crazy! The kids were off on Monday because of the snow and cold. Then we had a few days in the 50s and 60s. Friday? Friday started with some flooding and 60-degree weather, and by the evening, it was in the 20s with ice and snow. We woke up Saturday morning to at least 6 or more inches of snow and temps in the teens. Typical winter here. LOL

I’ve been editing this week. I read–started and finished–Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking. And I’m starting some of my behind-the-scenes blog maintenance tasks. So, it’s been a good week. How was your week?
 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: I’m glad I continued with the Kanin Chronicles. Be sure to stop by to read my review of Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking.
  • Tuesday: Jaclyn reviews Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino. She loved it. Wait until you read her review.
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Audiobook. If you would like to know more about this meme, check out Maureen’s Books.
  • Thursday: Heather reviews Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
  • Friday: I will be featuring Final Girls by Riley Sager.
  • Saturday: I’ll be posting our December 2017 subscription boxes.
  • Saturday: Say Nothing by Brad Parks will be featured.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Chrissy
 

 

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November 2017 Subscription Boxes with a Giveaway

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of November:

Uppercase

 

Owl Crate

Owl Crate Jr.

I love the hat!

 

The Bookish Box

This was a limited edition box. I love the cup!!!

 

GeekGear – World of Wizardry

 

Sparkle Hustle Grow

 

What do you think of November’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

 

Chrissy

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy 2

 

 

 

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** This post first appeared on Every Free Chance Books (everyfreechance.com) on January 13, 2018.

Jaclyn’s Review: The Half-Life of Remorse by Grant Jarrett

The Half-Life of Remorse
written by Grant Jarrett
published by SparkPress, 2017

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge hosted by BookSparks.

Did I enjoy this book? 
My goodness this one was hard to read. The blurb on the back of the book was SO interesting! I was really excited to start this one . . . and then I opened it. The beginning of this book was SO SLOW, and it had absolutely NO PLOT. At one point, I actually stopped and did the math–then I told myself that if a plot didn’t appear after I’d read 25% of the book, I would have to put it down. The plot showed up 1 page shy of 25% (whew!). There are a lot of things that the author got right with this book: the story is told through multiple character viewpoints (you know how much I love this!); the writing is actually very good–word selection, sentence structure, etc; the ending is PERFECT. There are a lot of things that aren’t so good too: why did it take so long to get to the plot? The first 25% didn’t add anything of value to the book. The first chapter was flat-out confusing. The behavior of the characters was pretty unrealistic. It was hard to focus on what time period the book was set in (is it present day? 1970? It was hard to tell.). Overall, I’m glad I finished it–but oof, it was through determination.

Would I recommend it? Honestly, probably not. The ending was definitely worth the effort to get there, but there are a lot of good books out there that don’t require such determination and still have a good ending.

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads: When two vagrants meet on the streets of Muncie, Indiana, they are both unaware that their paths crossed years before. Chic, crude and uneducated, is convinced that Sam is nothing more than a harmless lunatic, and Sam, emotionally scarred and psychologically traumatized by events long past, regards Chic as just another denizen of the street. But Chic has spent his adult life trying to purge his soul of the brutal crime he committed as a teenager―the same botched burglary that resulted in the deaths of Sam’s wife and son. Meanwhile, Sam’s daughter Claire is still unable to give up hope that her father might someday reappear. When these three lives converge, the puzzle of the past gradually falls together, but redemption commands a high price, and what is revealed will test the limits of love and challenge the human capacity for forgiveness.

 

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