*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
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