*music by Rory Hoy -- Cosmic Child, 'The Journey'
So this is it! My 2015 Reading in Review! H onestly, between the pdf's and and ARC's that couldn't be listed due to not being released, I probably would have a total of about 180 or so to my name. Regardless, I'm pretty excited. I've read some pretty awesome books and just a few terrible ones. I read many from Indie Authors and more than established too. The thing is, with each and every book, I was taken on a journey. I explored the world, the cosmos and other dimensions and all I can say is, "Thank You!"
I felt a major growth spurt in my author-life because of the many books I've read. It's true when they say you can not become an improved author unless you've read other authors. I've found a voice and a style all my own because of the various styles of others. It's easy to find your way when you have a community to share with. My special community is in Instagram.
Now, while enjoying the Christmas break, I'll be working on my website. Each year I change my theme and add new photos. I don't know what I'm changing for 2016, but I do know that my interest, love and need for books will never change.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! And for those who do not celebrate, Happy Yule and:
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The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck is a culmination of three stories. You have what is talking place in the preset for Taylor; a girl living in a marriage that's lost it's flair. There's Collette; a retired actress who spent decades as a monarch and loving mother and wife, but has none of it off-screen. Then there's Jimmy, the retired football hall-of-fame coach, who's trying to find the meaning in a small, wedding chapel back in Heart's Bend, Tennessee.
They all come together in a manner of ways- each with a meaning but unsure of any purpose. It takes a photography assignment to bring things to a head and it's a heart-warming story that goes back and forth through years and years for an explanation.
Which is why I kept finding myself excited and bored at the same time with this story. I wanted to love it so much, but the very beginning of the story brought me to napping. Once we got the story going and was introduced to Taylor and Jack. Their story is entrancing and it was easy to like them but for me, the constant falling back in time wasn't. I also loved Collette and her twinge of selfishness.
Because this book is Christian-based, you have to realize what sin has done to these people. It's a beautiful story and how it all comes together is... heart-warming and beautiful! Yeah, I said it!
Since I'm a book cover junkie, I also have to say the cover is enchanting. It's soft yet mesmerizing; welcoming yet private. It's not one of those that screams at you, but draws you in. Enjoy this read. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓.5 /5 specs
* 2015 Year of Books Recap is next.
**Book provided by Lifuse Publicity, for an honest review.
How did I luck out and get two British narrator's in audiobooks? ! I haven't a clue but I loved it! This story was pretty good and I hung on to every word. The Undead Deleted Scene by R. R. Haywood is about a virus-ridden London. The world is filled with zombies and a band of youths are running for their lives.
This story isn't all that different from the thousands upon thousands of other zombie tales, but it's an exciting piece. With he narration of Dan Morgan, the story gives a first person account of Howie, the leader of the survivors.
The Undead is about survival, nothing more. It's full of action and suspense, but it's just a blip into the full story. If you visit Haywood's website, you'll find chapter after chapter, from the very beginning of this tale.
I think this is a cool story and nicely written, but this excerpt doesn't give you the whole story. To truly appreciate this, go to the website and check it out. You'll enjoy it! Off to another audiobook! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*Bringing Stan In is next.
**eBook is from my personal, Audible library.
The Time Being by Antonia Honeywell is a short story.
Here's a dystopian tale, set in the UK. It's about a world where food and other necessities are delivered into the center of town- and you can't have any unless you have a card. You can't go anyplace without this card because the world is under a type of martial law.
This card could also grants little girl, 12-years old Lalla, access to Regent's Park- a place wheel children play in playgrounds in London, music and food a plenty. But her parents tell her it's not real. The place shown on the large screens, supplied by the military, is not real. But she doesn't believe.
This broken society is nothing like the London we know of. The world is cruel and Lalla's parents want her to be satisfied with her like right now. To be satisfied with her life for the time being. To trust her parents and what they say and to never run away again.
First, I love anything UK, so when I spotted particular landmarks on the cover, I wanted the story. I love the female's accent and she cooed me into a story that was very interesting. And then it ended. I wanted more, but of course, it's a short story. I liked it but it was over way too soon. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Undead: Deleted Sceneis next.
**ebook from my personal, Audible library.
It bothers me when a book is given a title but the story doesn't quite match up. It really does!
Now don't get me wrong, Sonia Halbach's The Krampus Chronicles: The Three Sisters does talk about three sisters as a pivotal piece to the tale, but there's hardly anything to do with Krampus at all! I enjoyed the story but felt robbed. Though in the book's defense, Krampus does lead the ending towards the second book, but guess what? I ain't buying it! YES, I said, Aint!
The story is about two families, a debate, a Christmas story and the secret land of Poppel. No vicious attacks, no mysterious bells/chains ringing and definitely no spankings of birch branches- though it was mentioned near the end.
Credit for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas has been stolen and a young man by the name of Henry Livingston, from Poughkeepsie has come to declare an accusation, which is what starts the story. Everything before that was needed, I guess, but boring. Then later a small, complete stranger is spotted diving into the fireplace of Chelsea manor, which takes main character #1: Maggie and character #2: Henry on the adventure!
I have to admit, I was both dulled and sharpened by this
Whenever I get a book, I usually look up the author on a few sites and see what other's have said, so I can have an idea of what to expect. I found nothing but good things on C. J. English, the author of Affairy Tale.
So I checked out Youtube, where the book trailer was posted and loved it. Then I opened the book and found scripture from Leviticus 20. It gave me goosebumps- I don't know why! I guess the severity of the book's situation and the fact that this book is a memoir just blew me away! I was geared up for a good read. I was not disappointed.
C. J. is in search of an adventurous love. A love that keeps her panting at night and grinning like the Cheshire Cat during the day. She knows that's exactly what she'd have in Grant, but she marries Levi... because it's the right thing to do for her daughter's life and healthy upbringing.
Against everything in her being, she marries the father of her child. And regrets it. She dreams of the man she wants but subsists with debilitating regret with the one who was the prudent
Many of us already know how we'd react if the zombie apocalypse struck, but what would you do if the zombies that came for you didn't eat you? What if all they were instructed to do was bite you, so you'd be infected and added to the horde? Uh, if you caught on to my wording, you'd have noticed, I said instructed. Yup, these Z's are mind controlled!
Perrin Briar, the author of Swiss Family RobinZOM and other stories has brought readers, Blood Memory, In this 4-book season, a handful of people are floating aboard the Hope Tomorrow, a sailboat. They're doing their best to avoid the coastlines, since they're covered in zombies but visit land whenever they need supplies.
When they come across a body floating in the water, they hoist it in, checking if he's alive, because they're do-gooders in the land of dead things. And guess what? He is! And he's got amnesia! Though he can't remember much, he is an asset to the crew, in fighting skills and bravery. Sadly that's not all he's got.
Though the crew have the Suez Canal at their bow, their stern's being followed by a madman. A man who can control zombies and able to telekinetically battle with people called Overlords, like himself. And he knows the amnesiac onboard the Hope Tomorrow. And he wants revenge!
Shenandoah Family Christmas by Lisa Belcastro is from a novella series. I was given this book with no knowledge of it belonging to a series, so I was unaware of the situation. It felt off at first, but I can adapt, adjust and move on like any Reading Soldier!
This story is about a few people in the 1600-1700's. A set of sisters, Rebecca and Melissa, have evidently walked into a time portal and found themselves here. They've met men, explained their pasts- er, futures and chose to stay behind. Rebecca has a daughter, Felicity who's caught smallpox, a deadly virus that turned plague in those days. Her husband is also ill. So Melissa's family and a few others set out to find cures.
Shenandoah Family Christmas was lovely. The base message was to lean on God, no matter what is going wrong, or right in life. Find appreciation for the good that's been given, and leave the rest for God to fix. The theme was very strong and sure to make those who love The Lord proud, but for those who are offended by any form of faith or religion, they'd be put off by it. For me, it was perfectly fine but I didn't like a few things.
One, I like the cover. I understand the red mittens and the ship is nice, set against a stormy sky. I would have loved more details on the ship, but that's neither here nor there. I also loved the story itself. It's a sweet story, and I guess back in those days, constant praying was THE thing, especially during a crisis. Sadly, they prayed way too much for my dose of fiction. For me, the best parts were of Jonah, and his 'white lie' to stay with the one who stole his heart!
All in all, the story was nice and I was happy it was a novella. I don't know if I could have handled a full novel like this. I'm off to the next read! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓.5 /5 specs
* Blood Memory, Season 2: Volumes 1-4 is next.
**eBook provided by Celebrate Lit Bloggers, for an honest review.
You know it's a serious book when it starts off asking if: Today is a good day to die?
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is about Finch and Violet, two people who started off, to me, as two losers! One constantly contemplated killing himself and the other just wished she was dead. They were contemptuous and so heavy on life, it was almost depressing... but not for long.
If I really wanted to, I know I could have contacted Ms. Niven and asked about Finch and Violent and their relationship, but the best part of a book is being able to come to my own conclusion. Yes, it's about depression, dealing with the loss of a loved one and suicidal tendencies. It's also about being a teenager, not knowing what's ahead and how to deal with what life gives you. Or not.
Before purchasing All The Bright Places, I read what others thought of the tale. They were so busy commenting on mental issues, they lost sight of the story. Yeah, Finch attempted to recreate himself numerous times but who didn't as a teen?! I still go out and about from time to time and use a British accent while shopping for the heck of it! I don't suffer multiple personalities! None I'm aware of anyway. The thing is, it was
Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of this lovely book. The Paper magician attracted me so, with it's fusion of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins, with just a teaspoon of Harry Potter! Sadly, the pages within are not as classy or as enchanting.
A young, obstinate apprentice of paper magic sets herself onto a quest to save her master, Magician Thane from death. He was attacked by a women, his heart stolen before his apprentice's eyes! So young Ceony sets out to save him and stop the evil woman who used blood magic called Excision. Deadly...
Don't get me wrong, the story was entertaining. I loved envisioning the origami birds and I especially love Fennel- the paper pooch, but it wasn't enough. The story was boring, the characters were one-dimensional, and it all felt forcefully fast. The admiration that developed between the two was barely there- for her to run off that way, to exact her revenge was off to me. And let's not forget, Lira was one of the most powerful magicians ever. Crony managed to accomplish what the council hadn't even started to investigate, concerning Mg. (short for magician) Thane's attack! A green-horn, barely experienced took off and took on a blood magician.
Now here's a book for children of all ages! It's the story of Santa, from a normal point of view: parents had a kid an discover the child's personality as they grow up. simple, right? Not for these parents!
From the very beginning, they know little Santa is different. He's always happy, hates the cold, love to laugh in a particular fashion...
This book is so cute, I'm trying to decide if I'm going to give it to my Ewoks or not! I initially bought it for them, but the bright colors, the Norman Rockwell-like illustrations; it's got everything I love in a children's book. My babies are so lucky I love them so!
Grab When Santa Was A Baby by Linda Baily and Genevieve Godbout. You'll love it!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Paper Magician is next.
**Book is from my personal library..
There's something seriously demented when you get a book that posts three warnings! If you look carefully, there's one that states: WARNING: Contains cases of extreme gore and brutality! The other is below the author's name which lists the book as 'macabre, surreal fiction'. The last one is on Amazon, where I purchased the book which tells readers: MOUTHFUL OF CARRION is an EXTREME horror tale. Please do not purchase this book if you are easily shocked, disgusted or offended. I was well-warned, yeah? I still wasn't ready for this book and I like B-movies. That's how I read this book, like one of those movies on Chiller that I love to hate so much. It worked.
Mouthful of Carrion, by Ian Woodhead, is about Colin and Danielle- well it about Colin, looking for Danielle. Colin is a Hunter (half human/half zombie) and Danielle is his sister and his only hold on humanity. Someone's taken her and he's gone all ZomBo to get her back. Oh... what is a Hunter? Well, twenty years after the plague hit, there are three races left: humans, zombies and Hunters, who can think, speak and function but are deterioriating and need flesh like a zombie. A hunter can semi-control the need to feed, but they only eat humans. BUT humans have some sort of poison in their blood that
"A poetic story to be enjoyed by all ages!"
- Alyssa Hunt
I was given a gift today, a short story (this one) and a novel that I can't wait to touch. But first: A Sinister Grin.
This is an adorable, halloween themed story of a mean old man, a widow and her dog. It's written in a style similar to a Grimm Fairy Tale but very unique. I enjoyed the rhyme, the off-rhythm and of course, the actual story.
The old man is sour, yet excited to bring terror to unsuspecting children for Halloween. He doesn't care who he frightens or where he gathers his tools- enter the window across the way. The story is descriptive and easy to imagine, allowing readers, both young and old to glean. You hear from the old man, the old woman - who's another victim of the man's vile scheme - and even the dog!
It's a creepy but safe story that you can be comfortable in sharing with your little ones. And if you're an animated reader, like myself, it'll be a blast of a story to share for years to come! Check out A Sinister Grin by Ron Houston! I'm on to another book.📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*A Mouthful of Carrion is next.
**Book provided by Prime Books for an honest review.
Sometimes I receive a deep seated attraction towards books. Then there are times I'm so excited by a cover, I literally sit and stare, analyzing, in an attempt to figure the story before I run through the pages. (Borderline obsession with the book) When I saw the cover of Krampus, the Yule Lord by Brom- it was like discovering Giger all over again! I was enthralled.
Krampus is about, the Yule Lord. A man of lore, dating long before God. A child of Oden and the reason for yuletide. He's known for enjoying the punishment of misbehaved adults and children!. But he also leaves golden gifts for those who believe. But he's not happy; he's angry. For centuries, he's been imprisoned and haunted by one name. One man. Santa Claus. Cramps is determined to escape and removed good ole Saint Nick from history! But he's got to get free first. His allies are an unusual bunch called belsnickels and they must obey his every command. Together, they are on a mission to end Christmas
I'm not one to mince words. I don't shovel harsh words and I don't believe in hurting someone's feelings just because I can. I won't do it with this book either, but I have to honestly say, "There's absolutely nothing ghostly about the book Ghost Summer Stories!"
Ghost Summer Stories, by Tananarive Due is a collection of stories. Most of the stories carry a haunting-like theme, but they're not ghostly to me. I feel like I was duped! The best story was the first one and it wasn't haunting either. What happened in the tale was awesome and just when I thought it was about to tear into my fear... it ended! I was like, "Wha?"
Honestly, all of the stories are about a three so I just scored the book three out of five spectacles. I may never touch another book by Tananarive, but it's not because she can't write. For me, she just didn't write anything truly interesting. New book! 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*Krampus is next.
**Book provided by Prime Books for an honest review.
Alaska is a country my husband has been desperately trying to convince me to visit. As stated in this book, many assume Alaska is cold, desolate and full of lurking, dangerous polar bears. After my mom's cruise and this book, I know better... I still do not wish to visit though! LOL
Anyway, #Alaska by Natali Greying, is about a young lady who's goal was to get to Alaska! She truly felt her future was there and even sought love with a guy in Anchorage. For a surprise, she decided to take a chance on visiting. Sadly, her life was quickly snatched from beneath her feet when her special plan fell apart.
Left with little money and a foreigner on foreign soil, she has to make the best of things. BUT, it's not until Aaron, an assumed judgmental red-neck, that her true Alaskan adventure begins!
I have to say, I was a bit concerned when I first began this book. Léna rambled. Oh man did she go on and on for a bit, but now I believe it was just a way of showing her personality. Allowing the character to stand out while sharing her background. I appreciate it now, but I was sorta lost then.
The story is fun and an adventure. Lana stepped out on a dream- something I've wanted to do with a trip to the UK for what? All my life, duh! I was like, "Go girl!" Then the sorta expected happened. I felt
Michael's Mystery, The Nations of Peace by Linzé Brandon was provided for an honest review by Book R3vi3w Tours. I've only had a few books that didn't interest me. Three tops the list, but this one makes 4.
The very beginning of the book has me in a foreign land where there are dragons and riders. Their relationship is near symbiotic but more like lovers. They're playing a game, similar to hide and seek I guess, but it's interrupted by two men on an intergalactic mission. Then the story takes me to a totally different place. I was like, "Wha? Where am I?"
I'm then introduced to a healer and a Guardian, Michael. The story from there was semi-interesting, but I just couldn't get into it. There is so much missing from the story, I couldn't quite tell what it was about. There are High Lords who are doing their best to protect a planet called Kryane from a villain by the name of Grandmaster. Honestly, I
OMGosh... this book was so not interesting!
I know, many of you may think I'm crazy, but this book was worse than the first! I liked the idea of the mini, walking nukes with sore throats but then there was the boring old narrations that were in the first book! I was so let down.
Okay, let's start over. The Infinite Sea is the follow up book to The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey. If you read my review for the first book, you know I liked book one, but it was boring too. The best parts were the beginning and the ending. The same for this one too. It began with a bang but dragged me through an infinite sea of freezing, thick molasses, helping me to not care whether any of the returning characters lived or died. One did die... but I won't tell because I will give NO SPOILERS! The thing is, it wasn't anything people had me thinking.
I kept seeing this title, everywhere! The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey- onInstagram, Barnes and Noble, and a few others- I had to find out about it, but I wasn't encouraged to buy it until a friend I met on Goodreads.com. Thanks Vanessa! So I went ahead and picked it up, along with the follow-up, The Infinite Sea. You can't have a story and not find out how it ends, yeah? Okay, so let's get this review on the road!
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