Saturday, April 8, 2017

Your Chance To Win!!!

Do you like Lauren Oliver? If so this is a great chance for you to win a paper collection of her Delirium series with their new covers, so pretty, and a hardback copy of the second book in her new series Replica called Ringer. Also included is an adorable butterfly necklace. Just click the link below and follow the directions to enter.

I've entered and here's a link for you to enter as well: CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Best of Luck!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Grim :Reaper's Redemption Series by Thea Atkinson

SYNOPSIS: Ayla doesn't believe in monsters. There are only bad people with bad intentions. But she does believe in helping someone in need. So when a text from a long lost friend flickers across her cell phone, asking to meet at the abandoned Gothic cathedral downtown, she can't resist answering the call.

Except her friend isn't there when she arrives. Instead there's a tattooed psychopath bent on making her his next ritualistically murdered victim.

That's when Ayla discovers that not only is she surrounded by monsters, but she is actually one of them.

MY REVIEW: 3 Stars
     I volunteered to receive a digital advanced copy to read. This is my first Thea Atkinson story and I enjoyed it. I love Grim Reapers so that was a big draw for me and I was not disappointed. 
     I'm going to explain my cons about this story first. In the first few chapters I felt a thesaurus had been spilled out and every possible descriptive word and then some fell out and soaked into the pages, it was a little too much for me but it definitely lessened as the story progressed. And secondly there were a some grammatical errors which had me rereading at times and was slightly distracting.
     Now that that's out of the way Grim is an easy to get into urban fantasy. I did end up enjoying Ayla's story. While she did act like a child a lot she sounds like most 17 year old I know. Atkinson creates a great take on Grim Reapers and I would like to see where the characters go from here. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Queen of Hearts By: Colleen Oakes


It's So Beautiful!!!

First I would like to mention that I was given this book for review by SocialBookCo in return for an honest review. SocialBookCo is a website that helps you compare and find the lowest price for the books you want. Click this link to check out
Colleen Oakes Queen of Hearts. 

I was so excited to hear that one of my wishlist books was heading my way. I have wanted to read Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes since it was first published back in 2014 and to finally have it in my hands, not to mention with it's new Gorgeous makeover, I couldn't wait to dive right into the story.

But first I'd like to just take a minute to soak in this cover.
Front: Dinahs playing card, what a great play on the whole house of cards theme in Wonderland
Back: I love the hidden pictures, Cheshire's smile, tea cups, Hatter's hat
Spine: so crisp and simple
 above and beyond Beautiful.
And of course I love the velvety feel of the dust jacket :)

This is not a story of Happily ever after.
This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.
                                                 -from the inside flap

I love all thing Alice in Wonderland so to have a back story to the Queen of Hearts was a must read for me and I LOVED it!!! I give Queen of Hearts a 4/4.5 stars
The story kept me wanting to know more and I need to know what lies ahead for the characters. 

Have you ever wondered what made the Queen of Hearts mad? Why "Off with their Heads!" would bring her such joy? Or maybe you tried to imagine where it all started. Was she born this way or molded into the Queen we all grew up with. 

Well I feel Colleen Oakes has begun the fabulous journey of Princess Dinahs life before Alice, before she was to become one of the most memorable Queens from our childhoods. This story starts right off with upheaval and some game changing news that effects Dinah, the future Queen of Hearts, and the kingdom as a whole.

Could you imagine growing up surrounded in beauty, living in constant want of your fathers love and approval and finding out that all you knew and loved has changed. Now your very life is in danger.

Oakes crafted a beautiful Wonderland with its ornate yet deadly palace gates to the whimsical winter landscape all with the lingering darkness of the Black Towers within eyesight. I was intrigued with how the society of Wonderland was constructed and the different functions for each house of cards in this society and of course we can't forget the King of Hearts fearful rule. And I must say I love Dinah, gasp, I know! You can't help but feel for her and her life and how that shaped her into the future Queen we know from Carrolls' tale.

I enjoyed seeing the characters we all grew up with personified, from Dinahs teacher and caregiver Harris to her brother Charles as well as the Kings adviser Cheshire. Oakes played off of their characteristics in Carroll's original and gave them human personality's to fit. And while there is a budding love story for the young Princess, it did not take over the story and was not insta-love which I really appreciated.

I can't wait to get my hands on Dinahs continuing story in the Queen of Hearts saga, Blood of Wonderland which is expected to come out in January 2017. And for those that are curious, this was originally published as The Wonder and now is being re-released with an equally as Gorgeous makeover.

If you can't get enough of Wonderland I definitely encourage you to pick up Queen of Hearts.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bonus Post #2 :)

     If you're on Facebook and are not already following Epic Reads you really should check them out. They have great youtube videos, sneakpeaks at upcoming books and great games. This one was posted a few months ago so Click Here to check out other YOUR LOVE LIFE responses.

     Here is my page 90 sentence that explains my Love Life...
"A breeze covers us and the sound through the trees reminds me of my mother's stories of the ocean" - THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan

Monday, September 7, 2015

Reread Rewrite Burn tag

While looking watching some of my favorite YouTube bookvloggers I came across the REREAD REWRITE BURN tag and it looked like a lot of fun. Here's the link to Katytastic's video as well as Jesse the reader.
How it works; I've put the names of 30 books that I've read into a jar. (If I put a series in I tried to only put the first and last book, which didn't work and you will see why.)
I will draw 3 book names out at a time and I will have to decide if I would REREAD it, REWRITE it or BURN it. (no books were harmed) :)

I will continue 5 times... here I go...

1st set
Reread is of course Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.
Rewrite is The Night Circus, I don't know what I would change but I know I definitely don't want to see it go up in smoke.
Which brings me to Burn...Beautiful Darkness, Lena pulling away and the self pity/battle really annoyed me in this book. 

2nd set
Reread would be Delirium, this was one of my first YA Dystopians and it drew me in.
Rewrite is Divergent, I didn't fall in love with this book as much as everyone else but I did enjoy it.
I feel bad choosing The Forest of Hands and Teeth to Burn, but it was mainly for the lack of back story. I did enjoy this book thou.

3rd set
Reread Shutter Island, because come on, that ending!!! What? HUH? oh yes
I would Rewrite Beautiful Creatures mainly because it took me a while to get into
And Odd Thomas would Burn, Sorry.

4th set
This one was not as hard for me
I would definitely Reread Shiver, I really enjoyed Grace and Sams story.
The writing style of Half Bad took a little getting use to, so that would be my Rewrite.
I wanted so much more for the ending of the Mercy Falls Wolves that Forever just didn't bring it so this is my Burn.

5th set
This was my hardest decision. I Love all of these books, but here it goes...
Alyss is in my Heart, so The Looking Glass Wars is my Reread.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the book to kick off my love of Jane Austen so Rewrite it is.
So I say this with a sad heart but Switched will Burn.

It was fun and made me think and I now challenge you.

Monday, August 3, 2015

First Sentence with Epic Reads

I follow Epic Reads on Facebook and wanted to join in on a fun post they shared a little while ago.

My Love Life sentence is...
Her mouth was set in a hard, cynical smile, and nothing good could come out of it.
~ The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Sounds like a pretty good description of how I am in an arguement ;)

Feel free to write your Love Life sentence in the comments.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 7.17.15

So the other day I placed my first order with Better World Books and this is the Fabulous Email I received when my order shipped...

Hello Colleen,

     (Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note - it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)
     Holy canasta! It's's me! I can't believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I've got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can't believe I'm leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already - the friendly people, the hummer plant, the linebacker lounge - so many memories. I don't have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it's time to see the world!
     I can't wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac) ? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol' brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?
     I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I've had, I'm ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn't take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I've found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.
     But hey, enough about me, I've been asked to brief you on a few things:
     It goes on to confirm my address and list the books I ordered but I thought, Wow, what a great and fun way to confirm delivery and I wanted to share :)