Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Longing and The Lack Book Tour

The Longing and the Lack
C.M. Spivey
(The Unliving #1)
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
“Gothic curses, deadly love affairs, and vengeful ghosts combine to make this paranormal mystery a compelling page-turner.” — Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin
Lucinda Hightower is no stranger to death.
Since she was a child, Lucinda has been haunted by rabid dogs, suicidal crows, and the ghost of a woman in white. All are omens signaling someone’s imminent demise—except Lucinda’s friends and family are still breathing.
The omens follow her to Ireland and the quiet university in her father’s hometown, increasing in strength and frequency once she meets Damien Reed. A handsome third year student, Damien thrusts himself into Lucinda’s life almost immediately and caresses away the unsavory reputation that shadows him.
It’s not until the ghost sinks her nails into Damien that he reveals his secret: the death omens are for him.
They’re the manifestations of a curse that claims the life of the eldest Reed son every generation. Damien’s time is nearly up. If Lucinda is to save him, she must solve the mystery of her family curse, and lay a spirit’s rage to rest.
A dark romance for fans of Diane Setterfield and the TV show Supernatural, The Longing and the Lack is a Gothic story for the modern age.

Reveiw: I absolutely loved this book. If anyone loves young adult books, then this one is a perfect read. It's so easy, I read it in one setting. This is one really well written paranormal book. I normally do two ratings but today I am just doing one because this book blew me away. My rating for this blows my normal rating system out of the water. I would give this book a 5plus because it's so amazing.

Disclaimer: I got this book from xpresso book tours. I would like to thank them for the opportunity to read it. I would also like to apologize for getting this post up so late. 

Author Bio:
C.M. Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of high fantasy FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN and the paranormal series, “The Unliving”. His enduring love of fantasy started young. Now, he explores the rules and ramifications of magic in his own works—and as a trans, panromantic asexual, he’s committed to queering his favorite genres. In his spare time, he plans his next tattoo (there will always be a next tattoo) and watches too much Netflix. Anything left over is devoted to his tireless quest to make America read more. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his darling husband Matt and adorable dog Jay.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Fate of the Stars

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Meet Your New Favorite Book

This is the first sci-fi book that I've read in years. Arwen Paris spins an amazing tale that will make you fall in love.  
At first it seemed to start a little slow for me and I wasn't too sure what was going on. I wound up loving it though and I couldn't put it down. There's so much to learn and so much going on in this story. I couldn't put the book down. I found myself torn between Stephen whose human and Katok whose part of an Alien race known as Vongjar. I can also find myself relating somewhat to Allison, who doesn't really know what she's doing. She tends to wing things a lot, but in my opinion that's exactly what made the book. Although Sci-fi isn't something I would normally read, I find myself being a huge nerd and hoping for a second book and so on to finish out the series.

Some of my absolute favorite quotes came from Allison and  few came from Katok. What I really liked about this book is that it had so many different things happening and that once it picked up and got going that it was never short of action. I'm normally not big on action books, but to me this one had just enough romance and action that I found myself loving it. I really hope that it's made into a movie. I would most definitely be one of the first in line to watch it, if its ever comes into theatres. I would watch it over and over again.

If your interested in the different races in the book, you can find them below. You can also find the cast of Characters below and what I liked about each one.

Alson Delaney- Although she is human with a Xeenci symbiont inside her, she still retains her feelings. I think that makes her stronger and it helps her in the long run. 

Valerie Isabeau Delaney- She is Allison's mom. There wasn't really too much about her in the book, but no matter what was going on she always told Allison that she loved her. 

Becca Anderson- I find myself torn here, I can't make up my mind because she runs hot and cold towards Allison because of Stephen. 

Stephen- I don't like him as much as I do Katok, but he does protect Allison and he'll do anything for her because he likes her. 

Eenoki- is a xeencci symniont who resides within Allison. He or it trys to help her with her missing as much as possible. 

General Katok- probably my favorite out of all the aliens. I would love to see him and Allison as a couple if there are more books, which i hope there are. 

Voxchi- he will tell you the way things are. He's also blunt, and I think he can grow to like Allison. 

Tarem- he stood up for Allison as soon as he knew there was meeting her. He knew there was something special about her. 

Kiobaan-there's not much I like about her.

General Z'iram- he's smart but that's about it. He's part of the bad guys in my opinion. 

The Alien Races:  (Taken straight from the book because i couldnt habe said it better myself. Ma'tiok ("Ma-tee-ok")- Small rubbery black creatures that run on all fours like a cheetah. They have long necks, a thick hide and a ring of needle like fangs. The non-sentient Ma'tiok often snort like a pig before they attack. An oily black residue oozes from the wounds they inflict. Vongjar ("Vong-Jar")- These sentient humanoid aliens are burly and tall, most stand seven feet tall. Their fur although thin varies in color, similar to human hair; individual eye color also varies, the most common being gold and green. Small tufts of fur tip their ears and curl out from their elbows. They have a leopard-like nose, flattened, wide and hairless, thick feet that have claws. The Vongjars have two hearts. A spacefaring race, they communicate telepathically and verbally. Honor and duty to one's pride and the high priestess are hallmarks of their culture. The Vongjars serve the alliance as warriors and priests. Vongjars warriors wear blood-red chest plates that have glowing orange runes near their shoulders while the other priests wear white hooded robes that have blue runes near their shoulders. Xeenci ("Keen-See")- Non-corporal beings that appear as light energy. They exist to save life. Xeenci live symbiotically with a host. Once bonded, the new being can release it's powers in the physical realm, including the ability to heal, manipulate energy, and communicate telepathically. Hytan ("High-tan")- Reminiscent of giant muscle-bound werewolves. They have blood-red eyes, short hair, and a mottled muzzle. They are taller than the Vongjars; male hytans are typically eight and a half feet, while females range from six to seven feet tall. The Hytans are a spacefaring race that communicate verbally. One of the newest alien races to join the alliance, Hytans prefer a simple winner-take-all lifestyle. Before they joined the alliance, the hytans were ruled by their strongest person, the alpha.
The Vongjar Alienn race kind of reminds me of the aliens from the movie Earth girls are easy. That might be why I like them so much.

Sorry that this post is so long. I tend to do that when I really enjoyed a book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read sci-fi and dystopians.

Rating: For the purpose of this being a blog tour I will have two ratings. My normal rating system and then a rating of 1-5.

My normal rating would be a three. I work with the Michelin star system. You can read more about my regular rating system here.

The other rating I would give this book is 4.5 5 stars. I chose this rating because I feel like there will be another book, or at least I hope there will be. There were a few parts that made me mad or pulled at my heartstrings. I really feel like Allison and Katok should be together.

Author Bio:

I'm the YA Author of Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy & Fantasy novels. Fate of the Stars, my debut young adult sci-fi urban fantasy, was the Second Place winner of the 2016 Pages From The Heart Contest.

I'm excited to announce Fate of the Stars will be available on September 1, 2017!

The action packed pages of my novels are filled with characters who are forced to face fears they never expected. I live in Washington state with my amazing husband and five fantastic kids and work full time in sales, writing in all my spare time.

Disclaimer: I got this book from Xpresso Books. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read and review this book. I didn't get the link to the giveaway or I would have it posted as well. If you guys would like to enter then I suggest going to one of the other blogs during the tour and entering the giveaway there.





Sunday, August 27, 2017

Terriluvsbooks Corner Review of Silver Blood

Silver Blood (Series of Blood Book 1) I think it is getting harder to spin the urban fantasy trope. This author created a futuristic world with a completely new twist. Supernatural humans are actually hosts for supernatural beings who have taken over the world. Some relationships are mutual and some are adversarial. Of course, there is a governmental committee that tries to oversee everything, but as in most worlds infested with supernatural beings, there is an unknown group who REALLY controls what happens. The characters are strong and well- rounded. The world building is complete and I believe it will develop more as the series develops. The plot drives the story forward. This is one of those stories my family does not like because I tend to ignore them a little bit so I can finish it. :) I wanted to keep going. I wanted to get to the end. I want to read the next book. This is a great start to this series. Blurb: Two hundred years ago, our world changed forever. Two realms combined in an explosion of magic. One morning everything was normal and the next? Every human body was host to another magical creature who had thoughts and a mind of its own. However, with power comes darkness. Someone wants to wipe this earth clean and will stop at nothing to consume it. SHE IS NOT A HERO Or so she thought. Wren had grown up with another voice in her head but had never considered herself magical. She doesn't have the talents other people have. She certainly doesn't have the abilities anyone else has. But she is charming and manages her business quite well. She deals in emotions and makes people happy. It's a simple life, but it's hers. HE THINKS SHE COULD BE Burke was a bodyguard first and always. He had been sent to collect her and deliver her in person to the most powerful creatures in their world. But the moment he steps through the broken door of her shop, his world changes forever. She's strange. She's uncomfortable. And she's so damned beautiful. He is convinced she is part of a prophecy that can save their world. But how to convince her?

File Size: 1399
KBPrint Length: 274 pages
Publication Date: September 29, 2016

 Author bio: Emma Hamm grew up in a small town surrounded by trees and animals. Her imagination was fostered by the sound of waves and Grimm Fairytales ringing in her head. Much of her work will feature similar
stories to the classics that we all know and love.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Library of A TwentySomethings World: Review of This is Just My Face Try Not To Stare

This Is Just My Face Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

Back Cover Synopsis:

           Gabourey Sidibe - the Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress - has a voice like no other. She is wise, complex, smart and funny - just as likely to make you cry with laughter as to see the world differently. In This Is Just My Face, she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she's played onscreen. With full-throttle honesty, Sidibe paints her family life growing up with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway. Sidibe tells the engrossing, inspiring story of her first job as a phone-sex "talker." And she shares her unconventional (of course!) rise to fame as a movie star in Precious, alongside "a superstar cast of rich people who lived in mansions and had their own private islands and amazing careers while I lived in my mom's apartment."
           Sidibe's memoir hits hard with clear-eyed dispatches on friendship, depression, haters, celebrity, fashion, race, and weight. Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional. This Is Just My Face will resonate with anyone ho has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.

Kristen's Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kristen's Review:

What I liked:

  • I really enjoyed the level of honesty that Gabby added to her memoir, it seems that nothing embarrassing, or otherwise was left out.
  • This memoir was very funny, I laughed at the sarcasm and jokes that peppered the pages, all while it handled some very challenging experiences. 
  • I applaud Gabby for going after what she wanted and think that her story is an amazing one that played out in a roundabout way to achieving her dreams.
  • I liked the way the text read with realism for the struggles her and her family encountered while she was young all the way through being a poor movie star. 
  • I think that her story is an inspiring one, that makes me as a reader reappraise my life and my dreams.
What I didn't like:
  • Is there really a way to dislike someone's honest story? Not really, I did not dislike this book. 
Overall, I really enjoyed the wit and sarcasm that accompanied this memoir. It is also the reason that I decided to pick up and read Push by Sapphire, which was completely worth it (despite its explicitness). I think this book is good for readers looking for inspiration and validation for themselves. Gabby's confidence is contagious and can teach many self-conscious readers to love themselves.

Followed By: This is a stand alone, but I would be interested in reading any further books that Gabby publishes in the future.

If you liked this try: Push by Sapphire

Genre(s): Memoir, Non-Fiction

Perfect Tea Pairing: Pina Colada, a rooibos tea with pineapple and coconut pieces, this is one relaxing drink. Purchase it here.

Hie To The Hunters

Title: Hie To The Hunters
Author: Jesse Stuart
Page Count: 265
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 1950, 1978, and 1988
Publisher: The Jesse Stuart Foundation
ISBN: 978-0945084068

Summary: The Sparks family--salty old Peg Sparks, his wife Arn, and their sixteen year old son Sparkie-- live in the Plum Grove Hills in a one room cabin. They don't have a lot, but they would not turn a stray hound dog away from their door and certainly not a stray and certainly not a stray boy like pale, spindly Didway Hargis, who has run away from his wealthy home in town.
The boy from Greenwood, Did Hargis and the boy from the Plum Grove Hills, Sparkie, become good friends. Did learns to love the life of the hill people, as he becomes one of the sparks family. , he and Sparkie sleep in the hayloft, each with a hound dog for warmth.  At night they hunt foxes and possums, and Did learns the difference between the long, slow "trail bark" of the hounds, and the rapid, excited bark that means the hound has treed a possum. He learns how to shake a possum from a tree, and how to set traps. By the day the boys work on the farm. Did learns how to chop firewood, how to plow with mules, plant corn, and strip tobacco. The boys reminisce about last week's barn dance, and look forward to next week's moonlight cornshucking. As Did becomes accustomed to the world of Plum Grove, and as he comes to love the sparks family and their neighbors, who are generous and kind, he grows strong, brown, and happy.

But Did and Sparkie's Appalachian idyll is interrupted by a feud between the hill-folk and a group of townfolk, led by Did Hargis' father, who comes to take Did home. Events leading up to a gala midnight cornshucking that turns into a pitched battle in the Plum Grove Hills, and the battle's after math, all make fast-moving, exciting reading.

Review: I remember the first time I ever heard of this book. I was in sixth grade and my sixth grade teacher would read part of this book us daily as soon as we got back from lunch. It happened to be her absolute favorite book. As soon as she got done reading, I had to go to the library to check it out for myself. This book is a great coming of age story for anyone that wants to read it. I would classify this as a young adult but anyone who is interested in hunting and a good coming of age story should read this book. It really makes you think about how much better we have it today then the way that it used to be back forever ago. This story puts multiple things in perspective for anyone that is interested in barn burnings and hunting. As the characters in the book grow, so do you. Did and Sparky are relateable boys and you will fall in love with the characters. You can feel their emotions as they grow and change.

About the Author: Jesse Hilton Stuart (August 8, 1906 – February 17, 1984) was an American writer, school teacher, and school administrator who is known for his short stories, poetry, and novels as well as non-fiction autobiographical works set in central Appalachia. Born and raised in Greenup County, Kentucky, Stuart relied heavily on the rural locale of northeastern Kentucky for his writings. Stuart was named the poet laureate of Kentucky in 1954.

Rating: I would give this book a rating of three. I really enjoyed this book and I'm hoping that you guys do too.

Disclaimer: I got lucky when I found this book. If you would like to read I suggest checking your library first because when you buy this book its going to be super expensive. I found a fairly cheap copy on amazon, but I think it was the only one at that price.

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Title: My Hot Boss
Author: Betty Shreffler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017


From the moment I met Grayson Cole, I knew he was someone I wanted to let in my panties and maybe, even in my heart. One night, one sexy-as-sin kiss, and several drinks later, our incredible evening turns into a disaster and I’m apologizing for the vomit spatter on his fancy, black shoes. I never thought I’d see him again after that, no matter how many nights I spent wishing I would. Until a month later, he waltzes into my office as—MY NEW, HOT BOSS. I’m so screwed. 

She was meant to be a fun f*ck. That’s all I wanted. That’s all I needed. But Emma Williams could never be just that for me. The quirky, brunette vixen challenges me at every opportunity. My desire to have her has me working for her affections, like I’ve never done before. What is this woman doing to me? Not only am I her Boss, but I don’t do feelings. There’s only one way I see this ending. I’m f*cked for sure.

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Betty Shreffler is a self-proclaimed nerd and nature enthusiast obsessed with folklore, photography, writing, reading, movies, board games, hiking, gardening and spending time with her husband and five fur babies. Not necessarily in that exact order though. During her outdoor adventures she’s been face to face with an alligator, a bear and a coyote, making for some of the most memorable experiences of her life. She loves to capture and share the world’s beauty through the lens of her beloved Nikon camera. Her work experience has been diverse from working as a Ranger for the National Park Service to management positions in Fortune 500 companies. She’s lived in four different states and moved homes twelve times. She received a BA in organizational management and minor in sociology, although her heart has always belonged to writing and photography. Growing up, she read romance or supernatural novels and jotted down poems and short stories to express her emotions and alleviate the characters’ voices in her head. Not much has changed, only now her stories are lengthier and her characters more interesting.

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I personally can't wait to read this book. The cover looks amazing and its sounds like such a good read. I can't wait to get this book for my personal collection and read it. I imagine that this will be a book that I read over and over again, once I get it.

Night School

Title: Night School
Author: CJ Daugherty
Page count: 454 
Genre: YA Fiction, Thriller
Published: January 1, 2012
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781907411212
Format: E-book

Allie Sheridan's world is falling apart. Her brother's run away from home. Her parents ignore her, and she's just been arrested. 
This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends. 
But at Cimmeria academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.
When she's attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.
And that she is not who she thought she was.

Review: This series of books along with the six episode web series that go along is possibly one of my favorite series to read. I love any boarding school series and have multiple series like this, but I think this one has to be my favorite. Although this book is about a love triangle and other things I think my favorite couple has to be Allie and Carter. I can almost relate to Allie when she first starts at Cimmeria and has almost noe friends. She thinks her parents are unfair and she wonders just what is going on and why those she trusts aren't telling her everything. This book, when I first read it i didn't realize that it was a series. After reading it, I wondered why it left the ending open and then I found the next few in ebooks. In had checked the hardback out of my library. I will link the web series below so you guys can check that out as well. CJ Daugherty has become one of my favorite authors to read. The way she writes puts you into the books and makes you either want to scream and yell and throw the book out the window or you get that warm fuzzy feeling that everything is right with the world. Here  is a link to all six web episodes of Night school. They kinda go along with the books.

About the Author: 
International bestselling author Christi Daugherty is a former newspaper and crime writer. Her Night School series written as (CJ Daugherty) has been translated into 24 languages, and has been a bestseller in multiple countries.

Rating: I would give this book a rating of three stars mainly because its just so good. Although it deserves three stars because it will put you in the school and let you see in your mind what Allie and Carter and Sylvain and the others are like. You are able to relate to the characters in the story and that alone is worth the read.


The Longing and The Lack Book Tour

The Longing and the Lack C.M. Spivey (The Unliving #1) Publication date: September 19th 2017 Genres: New Adult, Paranormal “Gothic ...