Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 08 November 2019

Five minutes to midnight as I do this post. Oh, man, I caught a cold and my head feels stuffed with cotton. I hate being sick. Even staying in bed, reading doesn’t make up for it. :/ And when I’m sick, it’s hard to focus on important things.

Oh, well, gotta bear with it. On other news, I’m watching a new Kdrama – Melting Me Softly and omg, it’s so funny. 😀EGCea1rXoAEIs2D.jpg

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)

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My fourth re-read of this series – how can I still be obsessed with it? But I am lol.

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

The Vine Witch

 

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

“She grew up in bumfuck somewhere.” A vague gesture took care of the Midwest.
— Eve Dallas, In Death series

Eve Dallas is my idol. She’s so snarky and kickass!

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

1. Reading amazing books that take you to another world and away from your troubles.
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 when you see someone close having health problems so bad, you can’t do anything to help them. So I’m glad for days when I feel okay and not sick.
5. Clarity of mind, please.

Wish you all a good weekend.

∼Lyn

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: Refraction – Naomi Hughes

Hola, Book Dragons! It’s my stop on the Blog Tour for Refraction by Naomi Hughes today and let me tell you, Refraction’s a gem of a book. Stay tuned for my review and more deets below.­

A big thanks to FFBC Tours for allowing me to participate in the blog tour and kudos for all the meticulous, hard work.

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Synopsis: After an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and 17-year-old Marty Callahan becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade―until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest. With fast pacing and riveting characters, this is a book that you’ll finish in one sitting.

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Review:

In a dystopian world where aliens came and launched an attack on earth using a strange fog and mirrors to set forth horrifying creatures on the population, only a few places survived. Mirrors have now been banned but of course, there are always those who rebel against these laws and bans, such as one 17-year-old Marty Callahan who distributes mirrors illegally, until the day he’s caught by Elliot, the mayor’s son and they are both exiled into the fog, at the mercy of unnatural beasts.

Marty was a scoundrel—selfish, unrepentant and he did whatever it took to get what he wanted, no matter who he hurt. He also had OCD. For all those who live with OCD, you know how your mind can be a hellish place, an inescapable prison chaining you with your deepest fears. In spite of those constraints, Marty kept his illegal business going without being caught.

Until Elliot, who was the complete opposite of Marty. Elliot saved people, he tried to do what was right—tried to earn his mother’s approval which wasn’t forthcoming. They were forced to work together in order to survive and along the way, shocking truths came to light.

I have to admit I liked Elliot better but I also admire Marty at the same time for trying so hard to fight his OCD. I understood him and I could relate with his struggle. Both Elliot and Marty were strong personalities and the author did a great job showing their character growth.

Let’s talk plot. The plot was excellent with an intriguing storyline wrapped up in secrets and superb twists that kept me turning page after page. The scenes were fast-paced and dynamic. The author’s writing style was pretty good and I had no trouble envisioning the scenes in my head.

I enjoyed this book way more than I’d expected. Refraction was a solid, good story with a clever plot-line that kept you guessing and wanting more.

∼Lyn

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43263585-refraction
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IBDomN
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/refraction-naomi-hughes/1130016054#/
iTunes: https://books.apple.com/br/book/refraction/id1458360171
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/refraction-6
Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Refraction.html?id=7E_DvgEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

AUTHOR INFORMATION

author.jpgHey! I’m Naomi Hughes, writer of quirky young adult fiction (usually involving physics and/or unicorns). I live in the Midwest US, a region I love even though it tries to murder me with tornadoes every spring. When not writing, my hobbies include reading (of course), traveling, and geeking out over Marvel superheroes and certain time-traveling Doctors. My debut YA sci-fi standalone novel, Afterimage, is available now from Page Street Publishing. My next novel, Refraction (also a standalone YA sci-fi), comes out in Nov 2019. I also offer freelance critique services at naomiedits.com.

Posted in Blog Memes, Music Monday

Music Monday – 04 November 2019 – Wonder – Megan McCauley

Monday, Doom-day. Lol That rhymes so from now on, Monday, you shall be re-named to Doomday! Yay!

Hmm, I just got a phishing/scam on my Viber from some guy claiming to be from a bank and saying that I got a prize of 10,000 Euros. Seriously? It pissed me off so bad I told him to shove it. Then I had to spend more than 1 hour contacting the real bank and telling them there was a scam going on with their name and I had to contact Viber and email them about it. I just hope other people didn’t fall for the call and give out their personal details. It sucks to be scammed out of your hard-earned money.

So people, that’s how my day has ended, with a scam attempt. I need a total kickass song for this Doomday.

Lyrics:
Midnight workings weather down the story line
I try to find the truth between all the lies
When Bleeding is feeling and feeling ain’t real
Will I see you when I open my eyes?
Will I see you when I open my eyes?

When Breathing’s a burden we all have to bear
And trust is one thing we’re taught never to share
Somehow you just seem to shine

When loving means breaking and saying goodbye

And I can’t help but wonder what it is you do
You help heal the pain, and the thoughts of the truth
You’re a question to the universe, a wonder to the world
And somehow, when I’m with you, I never get burned

Caught in a trap of what we’re taught to believe
When night overcomes day, life’s so hard to perceive
And the clock keeps on ticking through night-shattered skies
Where the stars are all broken, and so are all the ties
But the one thing remaining is you

When I’m broken and bleeding, you pull me right through
And I can’t help but wonder what it is you do
When you help heal the pain, and the thoughts of the truth
You’re a question to the universe, a wonder to the world
And somehow, when I’m with you

There’s nothing I’d rather do
Than be right there
To escape my own life and all my fear
And I can’t feel
Am I really real?

Come and wipe all my tears
Come and wipe all my tears

And I can’t help but wonder what it is you do
You help heal the pain, and the thoughts of the truth
You’re a question to the universe, a wonder to the world

And somehow, when I’m with you…
I can’t help but wonder what it is you do
You help heal the pain, and the thoughts of the truth
You’re a question to the universe, a wonder to the world
And somehow, when I’m with you, I never get burned

Music Monday is hosted by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Be sure to check out his awesome blog.

Posted in Book Blog, Miscellaneous

November TBR

Hola, book dragons, do you make a list of your TBR? I’m pretty OCD and I love lists so of course I had to go that one step into crazy and make a list on Excel. On my Excel file I have a different sheet for Overall TBR, Priority list, Netgalley, Blog Tours, etc.

Now, my insanity wouldn’t be satisfied with that. As if a TBR list of 2,506 books on excel isn’t organized enough. Oh, no, I had to go another step further, into madness and start a Bookish Journal.

I love my Bookish Journal! It’s been so much fun since I started it back in July and it’s helped me stay on track with my reading – to keep reading even on days when the depression gets the best of me and I don’t feel like doing anything at all. It’s because of my bookish journal that I was able to read 33 books in Oct!

But I digress. Here’s my TBR for November:

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However, this list is by no means a rigid one. Depending on my mood, I might read other books but it’s nice to have a structured list to follow. 🙂

This month I’m focusing on my physical TBR which contains 14 books or so and the rest are Kindle ebooks. What about you guys? Have you planned your reading pile for November or do you just wing it? Whichever choice you make, I hope November is a fantastic reading month for you. Mazel Tov!

∼Lyn

Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 01 November 2019

Thanks to national holidays I had the day off! Yay! I took a break from reading and binge-watched the last three Avengers movies along with Captain Marvel. And I updated my bookish journal and my planner. 🙂

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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)

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I can’t wait for this release! 🙂

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

Can you believe I had no idea that The Hearts We Sold was by the same author who wrote The Bone Houses (which I loved) and that I had a physical copy gathering dust on my shelf? It wasn’t until I made a list of my physical TBR today that I realized this. I loved The Bone Houses so much that I can’t wait to see if this one is good either or not.

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

I have nothing to prove to you.
— Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel

I still love this quote so much!💙💙💙 #WomenEmpowerment 🙂

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

1. Reading amazing books that take you to another world and away from your troubles.
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 when you see someone close having health problems so bad, you can’t do anything to help them. So I’m glad for days when I feel okay and not sick.
5. National holidays! Yay!

Wish you all a good weekend.

∼Lyn

Posted in Blog Memes, Book Blog, Monthly Wrap-ups

Monthly Wrap-Up – October 2019

Goodbye, October! Only two months left to this year. Reading-wise, October was pretty good for me. I read 33 books in all! IKR! It’s the first time ever I’ve read that many books in one month. It’s pretty amazing and all thanks to my bookish journal which I started back in July. 🙂

I still have a long way to go till Dec as you can see by my GR challenge stats: 

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I figure I’ve made a pretty good dent. If I read 30 books in both Nov and Dec, I might just make it to 200 books. Yay! But next year, I plan to do a better job of reading more books in the first half of the year instead of waiting till Nov and Dec. I mean, guys, so many books, so little time. So I have to make the time to get to all the 2,506 books on my TBR. 😉

However, out of those 33, only 8 were my favorites and worth mentioning:⁣⁣
– Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin⁣⁣
Coraline – Neil Gaiman⁣⁣
Slay All Day – Cynthia Eden⁣⁣
– Odd and the Frost Giants – Neil Gaiman⁣⁣
– The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones⁣⁣
Book Love – Debbie Tung
Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) – Maggie Stiefvater
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

I think it’s better if you read less books but you loved every one of them, rather than read tons but only like a few. Still, those 33 books were on my TBR and I’m glad I got to them this month.

Overall, on my blog I did 22 posts. I think with better planning, maybe I can do more. I’m a bit behind on my reviews, but I’m hoping to get to them in November.

What about you? How was your month? What are your plans for November?

∼Lyn

Posted in Book Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: Slay All Day – Cynthia Eden

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

It’s Halloween and what better book review to post today than one about the supernatural? Slay All Day is a paranormal romance (PNR), a highly anticipated book for me ever since I learned Cynthia Eden would be releasing it in October.

Harrison Key is a hunter. He hunts monsters and that’s his life in a nutshell. Then one night he ends up saving Elise Aine from vampires, a woman who’s supposedly an innocent but has a secret agenda of her own.

I liked the two main characters a whole lot. Harrison was the big, bad broody hunter with trust issues and he had good reason to be wary. As a hunter, he couldn’t very well turn his back on a beautiful, sexy woman when she needed protection. I enjoyed the sparks flying between them, especially how she baffled him.

Elise was a curiosity to me. At first she appeared to be a flake but she had her own reasons for acting as she did. I warmed up to her very quickly. It was hard not to like her. She was strong and resourceful, with deep protective instincts that endeared her to me.

Slay All Day was an absolute delight to read, with terrific characters and a fantastic plot-line with hidden secrets and twists that made it so much fun I couldn’t put it down.

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Blurb: What happens when a monster hunter falls for his prey? Harrison Key has one job—hunt and destroy monsters. He’s taken out vamps, shifters, demons…it’s all in a night’s work for him. He protects the innocent and destroys the wicked. Case closed. The job doesn’t pay much and the benefits are literally hell, but a hunter is born to the work. Gifted with super strength and speed, Harrison was created to fight monsters. There is nothing else for him in this world. Then he meets her. She looks like innocence but makes him think of the hottest sin. When Harrison first meets Elise Aine, she’s surrounded by vamps who are only too eager to take a bite. Harrison stakes the vamps and intends to walk away from Elise, but she has other plans. She says that she’s under supernatural attack. Elise desperately needs his protection, and she’ll pay any price. One look into her dark and gorgeous eyes, and Harrison can’t walk away. He doesn’t want to walk away. He wants her. What Harrison doesn’t know…could just kill him. Elise isn’t human. Not by a long shot. And she’s got big plans for Harrison. Sure, the guy may think he’s a hunter, he may believe that his job is to rid the world of the wicked, but he’s dead wrong. And with her help, Harrison may just turn out to be the wickedest one of them all. Because he’s not really a hunter. He’s something far, far more interesting. And hot. Smokin’, in fact. He just needs to let his wild side out to play… As the queen of the fairies, Elise was born to trick and deceive, and, with way too many enemies closing in, she needs the most powerful protector imaginable at her side. Harrison is her destined mate, if he’ll just stop fighting monsters long enough to see that deep inside…he is a beast. A beast like no other. One that can blast fire and soar into the skies. A beast who can only be bound and tamed by love. Betrayal burns deep and cuts hard. Can the queen of the fairies show a hunter that even monsters can love? Or when he finds out the truth about her, will rage be all that Harrison knows? Either way, things are about to get red-hot. Watch out for the flames and smoke.

Posted in Blog Memes, Music Monday

Music Monday – 28 October 2019 – I Don’t Belong Here – I Prevail

Thank God my stress headache has finally eased up so I can actually listen to some music. It’s been a total lousy weekend, what with my phone breaking and being plagued with a nagging headache all day yesterday so for once Monday came with a relief. (Yes, Drew, I’m amazed myself. I never thought this day would come. 😉 )

Another I Prevail song that hit the spot for me. I just love the lyrics and the melody. So haunting and brutally real in its truth.

Music Monday is hosted by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Be sure to check out his awesome blog.

Posted in Book Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: City of Ghosts & Tunnel of Bones – Victoria Schwab

Cassidy Blake series #1 & #2

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Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Middle-Grade, Dark Fantasy, Ghosts

Review:

It’s October and that means Halloween. So of course I couldn’t go through October without reading a ghost story.

Cassidy Blake is a 12yo normal girl with parents who write about the paranormal. Or I should say she ‘used’ to be normal until her brush with death which is when she began seeing ghosts.

WHAT I LIKED:
Plot—This story showed such promise, with that easy flow of words that made it fun to read. The plot-line, with the intriguing details about ghosts and the Veil, the concept of the connection between them, and Cassidy’s role in it all, caught my attention and curiosity.
Side-characters—Jacob and Lara were my favorite characters in the story. Jacob, with the mystery surrounding him and his retorts. Lara, with her snark and no-nonsense attitude. They were the better additions to the story.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
I’m sorry to say I didn’t like the main character much. At first I did like Cassidy and she seemed interesting. The first half of the book was really good. But Cassidy’s tendency for making stupid decisions and not using common sense turned me off.

The premise for the story was terrific but I didn’t warm up to Cassidy. The fact that I didn’t like her just colored my view of the rest of the story.

TUNNEL OF BONES

Rating: 1/5 🌟

Review:

Tunnel of Bones was super disappointing. I really didn’t like Cassidy. At first the book seemed okay but I hated how she kept doing stupid stuff without even some common sense. Her I-Keep-Making-Stupid-Mistakes-Without-Even-Thinking-It-Through routine got old real fast. Plus, it’s the second book and she’s still a wrecking ball. I expected her to get just a bit wiser but no. She was super annoying all throughout the book.

I think if the character had been a better one, not prone to absolute stupidity, I would have enjoyed this book more.

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Blurb: Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger. When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself. And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.
Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 25 October 2019

Friday, Friyay, how’s everyone’s Friday? Mine is okay I suppose, tiring. I have no idea how my day was. It’s kind of a blur in my head.

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)

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Is everyone excited for the first book in the Dreamer trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater? I am! Continue reading “F Is For Friday – 25 October 2019”