At The End.
I had to post that first. I found this book by accident and thought, Oh, this is gonna be good! Do me a favor- .watch the trailer for a minute. See why the story caught my eye, then finish reading my book review. It's cool; I'll wait...
waited for the cringe. I waited for the fear and itchy flesh. I Kept reading and reading, looking for anything that would creep me out... and never read them! I was mortified, panicked and paralyzed with regret. I wasted so much time! Oh- I'm sorry... I was so caught up in my dislike for this book, I never told what the story was about?
I found this short story, via Google+. Surfing through the thousands of images, I came across the link to Icy Predator, by Wesley Thomas. His post read:
'You don't like the snow huh? Well, it's not the snow you need to worry about. It is what lurks under the snow that is dangerous.' You can't tell me you wouldn't have wanted to know what that was about! So I clicked and found this little gem.
The story is about a girl getting ready to go to work. There's been a snow storm and everyone's either home or at work, trapped. Not many traverse the waist-high coverage, but she does. But something's there, in the snow. Something that's hungry for blood. Hers.
It's a very short tale, but pretty good. I think it would have made a great novella. It's not really spooky, unless you're weak in that area, but it's not too shabby. Check it out. The story is the author's website, along with lots of other chilling tales.
Read Icy Predator
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Bedbugs is next.
**eBook provided FREE from Wesley Thomas' website.
Here's a story where I compared it to the movie and wasn't disappointed. Were there significant differences? Absolutely, but for me, it didn't ruin the story at all.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is about a new world. One where independent thinking is fine, as long as you follow the rules. The rules were made to prevent mistakes of the past, like war, pain, jealousy and differences that make one stand out. Instead, people seem to be happy living in a cookie-cutter world. But Jonas is different. He knows there's more and the way they're all living is off. Things aren't quite right. So when he's given the job of becoming a Receiver, he takes on the memories of emotions, love, hate, war, peace, animals, LIFE! No big deal, until he can't stand to keep it to himself.
This story was beautiful but when I saw the movie, I loved it more. With both, I can proudly state I grew misty eyed. It's a lovely story, either way you watch it. Check out The Giver. I'm moving on to the next book on my TBR List. Keep reading!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Icy Predator is next.
**Book is from my personal library.
I'm not even going to lie; this book startled me. I sat, pensive at my computer, seeking the right words to describe this book, for quite some time before reviewing. I started the weekend with three books under my belt and The Truth About Awiti, by CP Patrick dominated my reading schedule. I couldn't leave it, my heart aching from the bits of historical tragedies.
I finally came to realize, I'd developed a sort of 'Love/Hate' relationship with the book. I became entranced in what felt like a lilting, poetic, historical emprise, bearing a sense of both melancholy and triumph. The story is powerful, emotional, upsetting even. I quickly understood why it received so much acclaim.
The book is an atheneum of lives, a collection of entries from the living and the dead, spanning hundreds of years. Stories of how White Faces ravaged villages, warriors chained together while witnessing the rapes and murders of mothers, wives and daughters. Even mutinous battles on the sea where adulterous activities were commonplace. Each entry carried a theme, a purpose, that either told of a wrong, the dealing of wrong, revenge, remorse and acceptance. Most of them spoke or concerned Awiti, a bi-racial young woman who was gifted with powers of immortality. With her power, she exacted revenge, through billowing waves on the seas to wash away evil sailors, or thunderstorms of wind and rain on land. She creatively did so much more, but her sole purpose was to give those who'd done wrong to the Africans of the world what they deserved. She went everywhere, filled with a bitterness more hostile than any whipping from the Master, and made them pay... Other times, someone was
I kept hearing the Mortal Instruments books and television chatter- even from my daughter, but I didn't follow the noise. I've never been a follower, you see, so the stories were easy to ignore. But as you can see, I eventually succumbed to the taunts and fuss. I regret nothing. I own both audio and physical books, so I performed a read-a-long. Do you do that?
There are many factors that make this book very interesting but I've decided to list two. (1) It all happens in London! Are you kidding- how could I resist that? I love everything in London, even the books that suck are loved, simply for their locations; I can't help it. (2) It's a time piece, no pun intended. It's set in Victorian London and, to me, gives an elegance that can not be carried in current day settings. It's formal, where an insult can feel almost floral and manners count, even when being killed (Nate at the party reference). (3) The covers are beautiful! There are new covers, but I refused to purchase them- these are the ones I wanted and will proudly show off. Original is better.
Lastly, I found out, due to timing and storylines, there's a proper order to read the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments. I found this info from a FAQ site if you'd like to check it out:
Books 1-3 of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones , followed by the second book, City of Ashes, then City of Glass. Then take the books like this:
The Infernal Devices Book 1: Clockwork Angel
The Mortal Instruments, Book 4: City of Fallen Angels
The Infernal Devices, Book 2: Clockwork Prince
The Mortal Instruments, Book 5: City of Lost Souls
The Infernal Devices, Book 3: Clockwork Princess
The Mortal Instruments, Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire
Personally, I"m reading the prequels first, but on my bookshelf, they shall stand in the order I shared above. I enjoyed the series and I'll share, without SPOILERS, what I enjoyed about each book. I'll also give each book a review, then average out the series review rating. And away we go!
When I read Jack Castle's first book (Europa Journal 10/12/15), I was wow'd and gave it a raving review. One reason I love his books- there's always a little bit of faith in there! Not enough to deter a reader, but still something to think ab out when it comes to your life lived and what comes next. Cheers to this awesome author.
At first I didn't get the book cover. Some loner walking in a thirsty land, into a light... then as I kept reading, I was like, "OH... okay!" I won't tell you why, because I don't give SPOILERS! But I can say, the cover fits the tale.
Bedlam Lost is about several characters, but I'll give two: Hank and Emma. They're new to the small down in Alaska. They can't seem to remember much and the first day they arrive, some freaky stuff happens. It doesn't seem to shadow their experience in the small town of HavenPort, population: 492. That is, until even more freaky stuff takes place- bigger than before! Then memories are starting to surface, and people aren't who they think/say they are... or are they?
This book starts off with some weird happenings. I was intrigued and found myself interested from the very start, to the end. I read the book in a few days. And that's with NaNoWriMo, moving and so much more going on! It's very interesting because it has to do with the after-life - and that's all I'm going to say to prevent myself from giving anything away! You have to read it to know just how good it is!
Next book! 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Infernal Devices is next.
**Book provided by EDGE Publishing, for an honest review.
If you are like me, you need laughter in your life. You need a little cynicism, sarcasm and maybe even a bit of anger. But what you really need most is Aunty Acid! I got this book as a part of a huge gift bag for Christmas from a close, church friend. I love this book! No really, I love it!
Aunty Acid tells it like it is. She's real, she's over-weight and she's hilarious! She speaks on life and how to take on challenges with, insane positivity? Yeah, I think that's a good way to describe it. From computers, to wine; from being robbed to ignorant co-workers; from irritation to house cleaning- she covers it all! If you haven't seen Aunty Acid in the papers, then you need to grab this book. You will laugh. All the time!!
On to the next book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Bedlam Lost is next.
**Book is from my personal library- and was a gift!.
Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clark is such a fun story, I found myself caught up- I almost wanted a dog again!
The story is one I'll always peek through and share with my Ewoks. It's about Plum, who's a Whoosell (a Whippet mixed with Jack Russell and poodle). He's lovable, funny, annoying and loves the smell of fox poop! Who couldn't love him?
The book isn't a story, it's a year in the life of Plum. Living in London with Emma and Rupert. It starts at the beginning of the year walks through days of his life. It's not boring in the least, because it's about a dog and his life with Emma. They go for walks, visit friends, play in the rain, everything. It's a sweet book. It may even have you look at your pets in a different light. I know I began to wonder about things with our dog, before he left us, after reading it.
Read Plumdog- you'll enjoy it, no matter how old you are! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Aunty Acid's Guide to Life is next.
**Book provided by Blogging for Books,, for an honest review.
Here's another Wattpad story- but it's incomplete so I can't truly rate it the way I view my other shorts and novels. The 4th Estate by Rio Rouge, is a violent masterpiece- I was very impressed, not to mention it's a 2015 winner on Wattpad. I don't know if a Watty is for a number of reads or for the quality, but either way, the story is different, good and violent.
I've never been a huge fan of Wattpad. I found many of the accounts filled with great ideas but written, excuted in a manner so poorly, I felt like a professional! And I'm not. I didn't come away with The 4th Estate, by Ekene Ugbaja (roi_rouge). This author carried a unique story and made it work. Other than a few errors, which I was warned about in advance, I found this book carefully thought out and told.
I did find it repetitive, but the author wanted the reader to truly understand the dangers, high and chasmic lows of The 4th. It was stressed how one didn't want to be in The 4th, not even those born there but could manage to thrive. One could thrive and easily be robbed or killed as well as look at a person. You could fight as with the David and Goliath reference. And so much more.
So to begin this review, I have to say that Terri Blackstock and I are friends (not really a friendship, but you understand) on Facebook and we've traded comments a time or two, but she wouldn't know me from Adam. I can also admit, with sincere honesty, I've read another Blackstock book, but for the life of me- I can't remember the title! Sad, I know, but I remember it being so good, it got me to friend her and experience our little chat to begin with!
So when I saw the opportunity to receive another title by her, I was ready. It arrived on a Friday and I began Friday evening. Had it not been for my working on putting my bedroom furniture together and setting up my
I never thought of reading Under the Dome, by Stephen King, before October of 2015. I found the book in my favorite used bookstore, V-Stock. I found the book for five bucks ($5) and it's well-over a thousand pages (1072 to be exact)! So when I found out, Audible.com let me have the 34-hours & 29 minute audio for 1 credit- FREE, I jumped all over it!
Did you watch the tv mini-series? I didn't. I couldn't! It came on when so many of my other shows played- there was no way I could watch. I know, shame on me, but what's better than the book anyway? After this listen and review, I'm going to rent the show in Apple TV to see how the adaptation faired. On to the review!
Here it is- my next adventure is on the open waters! The Razor's Pirate Adventures by P. S. Bartlett is one you may want to check out. I love adventure as much as fantasy, horror and every other genre out there and now I can add piratic romance too. I had a feeling these books were going to be fun and I was right!!
With each read, I rated the book and then averaged them out for an over-all rating. So let's get this show on the road!
Prequel: Ivory Dawn
You know me, so you know how much I love the covers to this series! I've not seen anything like it before. The colors are rich and the pictures, though brief, are amazing! It's original and speaks volumes to me! Also, the interior of the book is gorgeous. There are illustrations and the fonts perfect for my feeble eyes. Plus's all around on this.
The story is great as well. Ivory Dawn is an introduction to Demon's & Pearls, the first novel of the series. Ivory Shepard and her cousins were trying to live a good, quiet life along a river, as farmers. Unfortunately, a group of pirates, headed by Captain Barclay had other plans. Through Ivory's skills and training given to her cousins, they not only survive the raid but win a spot abroad the Demon Sea, Captain Barclay's ship.
Ivory Dawn is a brief novella that kicks off my adventure on the high seas. I loved the book and I'm all set to go!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
OMGoodness- if this book isn't about the cutest children's story ever written! I took a chance on winning it in two different book drawings and I happily got this one. Had I won both, I'd have given it to my Ewoks... too bad for the woks! LOL I'm keeping this baby! I'll read it to them though.
So first, the book cover is totally amazing! The illustrations, by Cat Tuong Bui, are so bright, colorful and nostalgic- I can't help but love it! They make me think of cartoons from the 60's and 70's- they're the type of pics I'd love to have in my own children's book. If I wrote children's books.
Okay, so the story is about a brother and sister who are nameless. They're terrified for their parents' safety. Anything could happen to them while going out on this so-called date. Thank goodness for Abby, their babysitter who uniquely counters each and every danger two children below the age of ten can think of!
Here's another short audiobook with a marvelous accent! Narrated by Avita Jay, Bringing Stan In, by Julia Rochester is about a day unlike any other.
Told from the Devon Coast of England, eight-year olds, Morwenna and Corwin are watching the ships arrive in the harbor. On this particular day, someone dies and it has an affect on the twins.
I believe the setting of the sun and a mackerel run lead them to the death of a community member. One who inspired Morwenna the future of boat building. But when he's found dead, her dreams and desires change.
It's sort of a sad tale, but it's not long enough for you to feel the loss. It's a short, short story.
The tale is very descriptive and is narrated beautifully, but to me, pointless. Thankfully, it was written to compliment another story, a novel: The House at the Edge of the World. Maybe that story is set from this one... I guess I'll have to find out!. Until then, I'm on to the next book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Night Our Parents Went Out is next.
**Audiobook is from my personal, Audible.com library..
I received this ARC with no knowledge of what happened in the first four books, but from what I'd heard, the series was pretty fun. So I felt excited to receive this ebook.
Joy of Witchcraft, by Mindy Klasky, is about Jane Madison finally receiving her own school of the arts. With her own academy for witches and a handful of students, she's planning on succeeding! But there are problems. Problems that bring her and her homey/lover/foe, Ward David together. Someone's plotting to steal her powers and everything that matters to her. Creatures are attacking, a satyr attempts to sexually violate some of the girls- it's crazy!
This book was cute. I wasn't as happy as I thought I'd be since I came in on the end of the series. There's evidently a lot I've missed. Then there was a lot of 'witchy' gab that sorta lost me. Maybe a glossary at the end or beginning of the book would have helped- I don't know.
I do know that on the parts I understood, this was a fun read. Maybe I'll backtrack and see what the first four books were about. Next book, coming up! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
* Bringing Stan In is next.
**eBook was provided by Librarything.com for an honest review.
This author is a doll to watch and listen to- now her books an adventurous read! C. M. Lucas, the creator or The Weaver's Riddle: Mist & Whispers has debuted with a story that is comparable to a YA Indiana Jones!
The story is about Anya and her friends on a quest to save the bookstore they all love so much. There's a set of books discovered, written by a mysterious author called The Weaver, by a rival bookstore worker. The books bring in loads of money and popularity, so Anya is determined to find something similar to save the bookstore.
They discover a riddle hidden beneath an inexplicable lantern, in the ceiling of an Erasmus Hall, a derelict building. That's where the venture begins. The story is fun and a great book for my son to read with no worries, and he's eleven.
I had fun with this story. It offered magic, mystery and a humongous jump into another time! I loved watching Anya grow and mature and step into a lead role. She was amazing- just like the cover of this book.
The cover is perfect for this tale and I can happily state that it's what drew me in. I knew Ms. Lucas was working a book, but once I really saw the cover- I knew I had to read the story and I am happy I did. This was a bright, magical read. I'll even add it to my homeschool reading list. Check it out while I move on to the next story!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The joy of Witchcraft is next.
**Book is from my personal library..
The final installment of the Until the End of the World series took you to a place far more important than zombies. This book was about the remaining bits of humanity more than monsters. Sarah Lyons Fleming's book, All the Stars in the Sky read like an episode of The Walking Dead, except there were more reasons to smile and laugh.
Cassie again is alone but playing house with Peter. They have their children and trying to find a safe place to call home, with the rest of the gang. Their numbers have dwindled down to a few and they're bone-weary and famished. The story goes into the details of starting over again... and again. Moving past the loss, anger and need to avenge against an army of things that care for nothing but eating. I enjoyed the tale quite a bit.
Since this was an audiobook, I have to say, the voice of Julia Whelan was pretty good. She created the story with tiny voices that represented the children, heavy drawls on southern men and even mimicking the Hispanic accents of Maria, Anna and Penny. It was a nice change of pace, than listening to someone
So I'm in to the seventh chapter, and I hear something in this story that gives my heart a hiccup! I'm sure thousands of people have a similar 'thing', but Cassie says that she and Adrian have this thing where they squeeze the other's hands in two quick bursts to day 'I love you" and I melted. My hubby and I do that too- except we give three brief squeezes. I love it- I was like, "We do that too!"
And After, by Sarah Lyons Fleming, is book 2 (technically 3 if you count the novella 'So Long, Lollipop'- /2/2/16) and it begins where Until the End of the World (reviewed yesterday) left off. Cassie and her crew are still at Kingdom Farm/Safe Zone. They're running low on petrol but food seems to still be going strong. It's about living as survivors and the sanctity of Kingdom Farm.
There's a part in this book that disappointed me. So soon in the story, someone dies. Yeah yeah, I know people die during the zompoc, but the person who expires is someone I really liked. Someone who should have lived and made a difference in the tale. I still enjoyed the story and the action is equaled by the actual living of Cassie and the crew, but Dang! LOL 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*All The Stars In The Sky is next.
**Audiobook from my Audible.com library.
I love a good, book series. The relationship you develop with characters, whether good or bad can become so intimate. I remember reading the Twilight series. I was so involved with each character, even Bella, that I dreamed about them! I would wake up just to read more, it was so good,
I didn't do that with the characters of Until the End of the World, but I did find myself caring for them. A lot. Sarah Lyons Fleming, the author, told a really good story. I found myself disliking and liking people in this tale. The story's pace was just right, though a bit wordy at times. There were times where I thought I'd be bored with a situation, but she managed to pull my attention back every time. I like that in a book!
The story is about Cassie, a young lady who's got worldly problems, but none as big as the end of the world. Carrying an ex-boyfriend, love for an ex-fiancé, a set of sisters with a boyfriend and her best, gay friend, she's ready to leave the city of New York to escape the dreeaded Bornavirus! It's turning everyone into zombies- just when Cassi's decided she's starting life on a new foot... one that's running.
I love the world created in this tale. It's real and true to life in that even with zombies running amok, your life still goes on. You have to care for those around you, survive while staying alive, ignoring jealousy and childish ex's. It's adventurous, funny and worth the read. Take a peek at this one while I go to the next book.📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*And After is next.
**Audiobook from my Audible.com library.
I can't do things in silence. I have to have something to listen to; the tv, radio, audiobooks! My favorite are the audiobooks! I get them free, given via authors and marketplaces. This one was $!.
So Long Lollipops by Sarah Lyons Fleming is a good one to listen to while cleaning the bathrooms or soaking in the tub, or while taking a power walk! It's a novella about Peter, a man who martyrs himself to save his family. Well, survivors like himself, who became his family. When he's lucky enough to be rescued by a girl and her family, he does his best find his way back to the ones he loves. But sometimes the best laid plans...
First, the cover, story and narrator, Julia Whelan are all great. This is tale goes along well with an ebook I have in my stash. I didn't know they went with each other, so now i have to read the ebook, Until The End of The World. I will make sure to do so right behind this one. There are two other books, which I will read but this one was nice.
All three books are available as audio, electronic and physical. Take a listen or turn a page and you'll find this is a two thumbs up kinda story. You'll enjoy. On to the next book in this series! 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Until The End of The World is next.
**Audiobook from my personal, Audible.com library.
You know, nothing hurts me more than when children are hurt. Sometimes, in a fictional story, it's necessary. In stories like this one, regardless of the age, it hurts. In I'm On Your Side by Emily J. Vaughan, choices are made, lines are drawn against a world that seems to be against them and in situations like the ones in this tale, someone always gets hurt.
The story is about Cassie. She's trash; that's the way she sees herself anyway. As a foster child, when your only possessions are thrown into a garbage bag before leaving what could have been considered home, that's an understandable perception. She's not and enter into the PSA of the story.
This story touches my heart because there are a few aspects of the story to pay attention to. I won't say exactly what they are, but let me just say this, one of the issues holds a problem that is near and dear to my heart. I wish I could say what it is, but that would be a SPOILER and you know I don't do those! Ugh- it's killing me! What I can say is, this story isn't one of those where anything negative is glorified. There is no celebrated suicide, no Jane Austen quotes and no fashionable depression. It's a story of acceptance, love, friendship and doing the right thing. I enjoyed this book .
Check out and know that you will love it for what it is: A good book. "NEXT!" 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*So Long Lollipops is next.
**Book provided by Emily J. Vaughan, for an honest review.
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