Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 03 April 2020

Hey, you guys, how’s the self-isolation going? I’ve been in a book slump so I didn’t feel like reading much. What about you guys? Well, I totally flaked out, didn’t I? I haven’t been posting or doing much reading lately.

Life Update – I’ve been mostly binge-watching Teen Wolf from season 1 and looking for any online jobs available. So if guys have any ideas, especially a job as a book reviewer (how cool would that be) please let me know.

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Me! 😉 ) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

wilayI came across this book on Netgalley and despite being in Canada now, this wasn’t available for request. :/ 

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend. 

After SundownPost-apocalyptic? End-of-the-world? Totally fits the real-life situation right now so definitely have to read this book.

F – Favorite quote of the week/dayAbsolute truth. 

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This is totally Me. Yep.

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

1. Lazy days!
2. Sleeping late in the morning.
3. Whoever’s watching my ass up there, a big thanks for helping me out of the jams I get myself into and for giving me the strength to cope with my life. It bears repeating.
4. Good health. It is something to be grateful for, especially now with the Coronavirus. Prayers go to everyone infected and affected by it.
5. Clarity of mind, please.

Wish you all a good weekend.

∼Lyn

Posted in WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 04 March 2020

Hola, bookdragons! I am back to posting this meme. How is everyone doing? Are you taking care of yourself and staying safe? Keep busy, try to stay calm and stay safe.

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. This is an easy meme to do and perfect for us book dragons, right? It’s  a way to connect with what books we’re reading.

You just answer three tiny questions and leave links for your own posts in the comments  to interact. Or you can just post your answers in the comments. 🙂

The Three Ws are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

 

Down Too Deep

I just started this today. 🙂

2. What did you recently finish reading?

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I loved this book! And how fabulous is this cover? 

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Maybe one of these three 🙂

So whatcha reading, peeps? 😉

∼Lyn

Posted in Book Blog, New Releases

New Book Releases – 24 March 2020 – The Honey-Don’t List – Christina Lauren

Hola, Book Dragons! Still getting used to being in the same time zone as book releases lol.

Happy Book Birthday to this highly anticipated new book!

The Honey-Don’t List – Christina Lauren

The Honey-Don't List
Synopsis: Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other. James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus. Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together… From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

What about you guys? Is this book on your TBR? 😉

∼Lyn

Posted in Book Blog, New Releases

New Book Releases – 17 March 2020 – Reborn Yesterday – Tessa Bailey

Hola, Book Dragons! I am super late to the release party. It feels so weird to be in the same time zone as book releases lol. I was usually way ahead because I was in the fast lane. 

When I first learned about this book, the release day looked so far away and now, it’s already here and I can’t believe how fast the time has slipped by.

Happy Book Birthday to this highly anticipated new book!

Reborn Yesterday – Tessa Bailey

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Synopsis: A timeless love story with bite. It was a night like any other for funeral home director Ginny Lynn, until the exceptionally handsome—and unfortunately deceased—young man on her embalming table sat up, opened his emerald eyes and changed the course of her life forever, making her feel quite fluttery while he was at it. Humans aren’t supposed to know Jonas Cantrell, or any vampire, exists. It’s kind of a major rule. Despite his instantaneous bond with perfectly peculiar Ginny, he has no choice but to erase her memories of their one and only meeting. That was the plan. Before a reluctant Jonas can wipe Ginny’s mind clean, she reveals a secret that brings their worlds crashing together. Human and vampire. Past and present. Darkness and light. And while their love is strictly forbidden, it might be the only thing that can save them…

What about you guys? Is this book on your TBR? 😉

∼Lyn

Posted in Blog Memes, Music Monday

Music Monday – 16 March 2020 – Lose Control – Meduza, Becky Hill, Goodboys

I haven’t been posting my blog memes much lately as you’ve seen if you follow my blog but with Drew back (almost) (on & off) (sometimes), I couldn’t in good conscience miss out on doing a post for Music Monday. 😉

I recently heard this song and so far I like it. 

Continue reading “Music Monday – 16 March 2020 – Lose Control – Meduza, Becky Hill, Goodboys”

Posted in Book Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Review:

Once upon a time, a young boy found a painted door, which led to a hidden world called The Starless Sea, with rooms and rooms of stories. (Of course, the boy was not aware of this then.) To open it or not? Years later, that boy, grown-up, finds a book telling his story and so, embarks on a journey of endless wonder.

The Starless Sea was like a shrewdly crafted quilt with each piece adding something to the whole picture or like puzzle pieces thrown here and there and you had no idea where they fit in until you brought all of them together. This story with its countless smaller ones, interlocked together, dazzled me.

That very first story at the beginning of the book broke my heart a little, even with that clever dash of humor. Each story that followed stoked my curiosity further and kept me focused on the marvelous trail with its winding corners.

The main and side characters delighted, infuriated and saddened me with their choices and reactions. The author did a fantastic job with the vivid writing that brought them to life in my mind. The world-building was excellent and added a lot of depth to the whole.

The Starless Sea was a tale in a tale in a tale, of missed opportunities and lost love, with a heartbreaking and apt ending, leaving you with the undeniable conclusion that every ending is also a beginning, the start of something new.

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Synopsis: Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is. A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.
Posted in Miscellaneous

Life Update: 16 March 2020

Hola, peeps! I know I haven’t been posting as much. Things have been pretty hectic the past couple of weeks with my move to Canada and the 19hrs travel last Thursday to get here with the fear of the risk of catching the Coronavirus looming over you. Oh, man, I spent those 19 hrs and the stopover in Paris in a half-terrified state that I could catch it.

Immigration is already such a big risk and then you add the risk of this terrifying new virus on top of it and you’re a nerve-wracking mess. Life’s hard enough when you’re a new immigrant and now there are lesser chances of employment so I don’t know where to go from here.

I’m still getting my bearings, trying not to worry or stress about the future or the coming weeks. Well, as they say, “Que sera, sera.” I’m hoping for the best but I’m totally expecting the worst. That’s me. Any help, advice, tips are welcome. Mazel Tov! Prayers go to everyone affected by the Coronavirus.

Posted in Book Blog, New Releases

New Book Releases – 10 March 2020

Hola, Book Dragons! I’m sorry I’ve been AWOL. I’m in the midst of packing coz I’m travelling on Thursday and I’m super worried about the coronavirus. So I haven’t been able to post much.

However, I managed to scrounge up some time to feature a new release today. Happy Book Birthday to this highly anticipated new book!

Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams

Undercover Bromance
Synopsis: Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction. Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef. Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club. Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

What about you guys? Is this book on your TBR? 😉

∼Lyn

Posted in Book Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) – Rin Chupeco

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Review:

A tale about magic, Avalon and the Snow Queen? Sign me up! This was such a promising book with an intriguing plot-line and I liked the first few chapters a lot.

This story was filled with colorful characters who cracked me up. The thing is, I loved the side-characters but didn’t like the main character much. The side-characters had so many facets to them whereas the main characters, say Tala and Alex, just felt flat to me. Alex did not impress me with his jerk routine. It just made me dislike him.

I loved the Lola and Titos and Tala’s parents. And you couldn’t help but love Loki, Ken, Zoe and West. I had a soft spot for Cole and I wanted to know more about him. The prophecies were kind of annoying but the plot twists were really good and I enjoyed all the fairy tale references.

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Synopsis: Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona. Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic. Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.