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Monday, November 28, 2016

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake ~ COVER REVEAL!

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Let us know what you think of the cover for Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake which releases February 7, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Interrobang!


Brenda Drake's thoughts on the cover:

I had an idea of what I wanted the cover of Guardian of Secrets to look like the entire time I was writing the story. I was delighted (I might have screamed) when the cover showed up in my email and it was EXACTLY what I’d imagined. I love that it’s blue since part of the setting of the book takes place in a cold climate. I’m thrilled the couple is on it, too. They resemble the characters I’ve created in my mind perfectly. The cover is so beautiful, and I’m beyond excited to share it with everyone!

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About Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2):

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake today!

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Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).




Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dewey's 24 Hour R-a-T: Wrap-Up



And another Dewey's coming to a close! It was a pretty good one, not my best, but still enjoyable and once again, I made it the full 24 hours. Of course now I'm probably getting a 5th wind and won't be able to take a nap, but I'll try anyways. :D


Which hour was most daunting for you?
3-4am.  My eyes were hurting, so I listened to a crappy audiobook while I rested my eyes.  It was almost enough to put me to sleep, but I don't sleep well anyways, so there wasn't much chance of that.  I got a 2nd (or 3rd) wind around 5am.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I actually read a really cute Fairy Tale retelling series by Caroline Lee.  It was Westerns set in the 1700s.  It was straight retellings but really cute.  I really loved the Beauty and the Beast one.  

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
Yeah, but nothing seems to change.  I do like how the cheerleader stuff changed, but still didn't see anyone this way.  I only got to about 30 blogs, but hope to visit some more after a nap to see how people did.
 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
My own personal reading.

How many books did you read?
Completed 12, and about 25% of a 13th book

What were the names of the books you read?
See Below

Which book did you enjoy most?
The Martian, which is a re-read for the 4th or 5th time.  It's for a challenge so I tacked it onto the end of the night rather than later in the day like I first was going to do.  New to me book, my favorite would have been Beauty by Caroline Lee.

Which did you enjoy least?
Seal's Desire by Elle James

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Will be a Reader again next year, if I'm back into books by then.  With a 400+ year, and a 225+ during the last 4 months, I may still be on a well deserved break from books when Dewey's comes around next.  :D


Updates!!


Total number of books I've read: 12
Total Pages Read: 1,931 pages
Total Time Read: 20 hours

COMPLETED





Started, not Completed






Dewey's 24 Hour R-a-T: Mid-Event Survey



Still here and doing well. How is everyone else doing? Checking in now, since my 12-16th hours were more hectic with Hubby around and watching some of the Cubs game. Nats/Rays fan here but glad for Maddon (former manager of the Rays) and I like some of the players.

So, here's where I was at 8pm my time (mid point) and where I am now (12:30am my time).



Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
At Hour 8, the mid way point, I was just getting started on "The Stepmother" by Caroline Lee.  It's a part of the Everland series, a western spin on classic Fairy Tales.  It ended up being my least favorite book.  Now, at 12:30am (Hour 17) I will be starting "Seal's Honor" by Elle James on audio to give my aching eyes a rest.

2. How many books have you read so far?
At the 12th hour I was starting on my 8th book of the day.  Now at Hour 17 I will be starting on my 10th.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Same answer as before, none really, as I got them to read specifically for Wobble, a reading challenge I've been a part of for the last 5 months.  But after Dewey's is over, I plan on starting "The Martian" for a quest for the challenge and I'm VERY excited to re-read it as it is one of my favorites!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just my Husband.  We can't go very long without talking to each other, so He was talking to me a while before letting me read.  But then we had to watch the end of the Cubs game as well.  So during the day I read without interruptions (except to feed the dog), then it was staggered reading in between about 8pm and 11pm (my hours 12-16).  Now Hubby is in bed for the night, I've updated my latest books, I'm posting this and getting in a solid 7+ hours uninterrupted.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Nada.  Same old thing.  Same boring (sorry, but they are) questions, same boring challenges.  I'm amusing myself over here with my books and that's really all that matters to me.  I have visited about 25 or so blogs and I plan on visiting more after my eyes have rested.





Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dewey's 24 Hour R-a-T : Opening Meme



It's almost time to get started. Wooohooo!!
If you post on a blog, feel free to leave me a link and I'll come visit you today.  I don't do Twitter, but I love regular (not Tumblr) blogs and love to visit others still posting on blogs.


Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
A little town in Northwest North Carolina called Sparta.  Sleepy little town with absolutely nothing to do here.  Good thing I have my books.  :)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
None in particular right now.  I'm nearing the end (finally) of a 5 month team challenge at GoodReads and all my books are shorter books and series books to help out my team.  Nothing is anything I really am over eager about reading, they were picked because they were shorter and I should be able to get through more quicker.  Maybe along the way I'll pick something I've actually been looking forward to reading. 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
As always ~ EVERYTHING!!  I'm one of the junky eaters.  Hostess Donuts start the morning and there's Chili or Lasagna for lunch.  Dinner will probably be store bought Pizza.  For snacks, I have Reese's Spread with Graham Crackers, Sugar Cookies, Peppermint Cookies, Soft Pretzels and Peach Rings.  Plenty of Dew and some Kickstarts as well.  YAY!!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
HI! I'm Karsyn, in my late 30s, deeply in love with and married to my high school best friend. I LOVE to read, obviously, and am blessed with a ton of time to read. In a typical month I will read 15-20 books, often more, and when there's something going on, like Dewey's (or this damn challenge) , I read a ton more! Beyond my books, I'm a gamer, and I built my own Gaming PC last year which I named Widget (after The Night Circus character). Widget is GREAT and we've had so much fun playing games on him!! I've been participating in a very very long Reading Challenge at a group at GoodReads but I'm beyond ready for it to be over.  I've read 253 books since June 15th, so I'm a little burnt out.  2 weeks and 2 days to go and it will finally be OVER!!  But on the bright side, I've read more books this year than any since I started keeping track at GR.  Over 415 for the year now, so lets see how many more we can tack on today/tonight!!  :)

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
This is my 6th (I think) Dewey's and will be all about the books for my team challenge.  Just gonna read books in between 100-200 pages, so I hope to get through a bunch today.  Not going to list a potential list this time, just because I'm running out of time before Dewey's starts.  I have about 25 books I have my eyes on, plus just any that tickle my fancy, so we'll see where it leads.

 



Friday, October 21, 2016

Dewey's!



Reports of my assimilation have been greatly exaggerated.
(And if you get the reference, can we be friends?)


Dewey's is here, and I am participating! Unlike past Dewey's I will probably only check in at the start and the end. I MAY check in at the mid point. I haven't been around my blog because I've been drowning in a Reading Challenge at GoodReads which is still not over (2 1/2 more weeks, UGH!!) so I'm gonna be reading all the books I can for that. Perhaps I can beat my past high of books read during Dewey's. We'll see.

I like how they have changed the Cheerleading for this time. I hope it works out. I know I signed up for getting cheered on last time (first and only time ever) and only had 1 person stop by! I plan on visiting a bunch of blogs when I'm listening to audiobooks. As always, I will not be using Twitter or anything else other than this blog. I'm too long winded for Twitter, so I dislike it. But you can find me here, and I will be visiting anyone with regular blogs!



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Book Review: Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North


The Book:



The Blurb:

All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds.
So listen. Remember me.

My name is Hope Arden, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets.

It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous . . .

The Review:

Received from NetGalley for my honest review
Completed June 26, 2016
472 pages - Kindle Edition

This book is a hard one to rate. I liked it, and I LOVED about the first half of it, but then it just kept getting duller and duller and went on and on and got tedious. I like to rant/talk a lot, but some of the dialogue was 1 person talking for a full page about scientific stuff that made my eyes hurt. It just lost me somewhere around 60% and I just really wanted it to be over with, which is a shame because it started out so well.

The good: the concept, the 1st half of the book, Hope, what she was able to do and how she did it. She was lovable, for a thief.

The not-so-good: The writing style at times, unique but not something I liked. The "definitions" that made me feel like I was reading a dictionary have of the time.

The bad: the scientific stuff that went on and on and on. The 1 page dialogue from one person just rambling. The length. If this book was closer to 300 pages instead of 500 pages, all the dull stuff could have been taken out and all the fun good stuff left in and it would have been a great book.

Setting = B
Plot = A (execution of plot sliding scale from A to C)
Conflict = B
Characters = C
Theme = A+

The Rating:



Enjoyable, equally good and ok. (3 stars)



Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review: Omnia by Laura Garcia



Reports of my assimilation have been greatly exaggerated! :)



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The Book:



The Blurb:

All you have to do is imagine—the Omnia superstore has anything you could ever dream of.

Where else but Omnia would a boy go looking to replace a one-of-a-kind stuffed bunny that happens to be his baby sister’s favorite toy? Scrolling through the online retailer’s extensive inventory, Nico finds what looks like a perfect match, but the item is lost somewhere in the vast Omnia warehouse. He doesn’t believe it, so he stows away in a shipment being returned to the warehouse to search for the bunny himself.

Nico quickly gets stranded on the island of Omnia, a fantastical place that does much more than sell everyday items. It is a hub for a business with intergalactic reach, and while stray visitors to Omnia are welcomed warmly, they are not permitted to leave, ever.

The adventure of a lifetime awaits Nico as he searches for the beloved toy and tries to find a way to return home.

The Review:

Received from NetGalley for my honest review
Completed July 27, 2016
288 page ebook

Omnia is a Middle Grade book about a boy who goes on the search for a stuffed bunny at Omnia, a "store" that has anything you could ever want or need.

While I thought that the story dragged at parts, overall I thought it was very very cute. It definitely is on the more younger side of middle grade and not all adults who enjoy MG books may like it, and probably many teens won't, but anyone who is looking for just a cute story overall will enjoy Omnia.

Nico finds his way to Omnia, a place that the world knows little to nothing about and finds a magical place filled with all many of things and creatures. He tries to fit in as he gets stuck in Omnia but is always looking for the rabbit and for his way home.

The story was unique and very cute. It was different and I wasn't expecting things that happened. It was slow at times but overall was quite good. If I have one complaint about it, it is that the ending was rather abrupt. I mean, it was leading up to it, but it was like all the sudden and then there was little follow up, it was just over. I would have liked to have seen the ending filled out with more detail and more after all that happened then just the letter. The letter was good, but I just would have liked more.

Very cute!


Setting = A+
Plot = B+
Conflict = A
Characters = B+
Theme = A+


The Rating:



Loved it, really really enjoyable book! (4 stars)



Monday, May 16, 2016

Book Review: Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan


The Book:



The Blurb:

10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club

When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he's Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He's Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it's also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust...

Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security "catches" them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It's time for Rule #7: Always get payback.

Let the prank war begin.

The Review:

Received from NetGalley for my honest review
Completed April 24, 2016
336 page Kindle ebook

I love any kind of book with games or pranks or competition, so I thought this one would be right up my alley. It was GOOD, but not great. I wasn't overwhelmed by it, it was just GOOD.

Max is ordinary when he receives the invitation and decides to do something daring, for a change. He typically doesn't do anything that would be considered wrong or dangerous but he's tired of playing things safe. Through the book he goes back and forth between doing what is right and doing what is wrong. Most of the time he chooses right, to the annoyance of the others in his group, but occasionally he'll do something he knows he shouldn't.

The pranks are kind of silly for the most part, and not in a good way, but there was one I laughed out loud about (the photo on the field) and that was worth 3 stars on it's own. Comical!

But other than that, I pretty much was kind of bored by the book. It wasn't awful it just didn't knock my socks off like I hoped it would. There were some twists to the book that I saw all but one of them coming and it didn't surprise me either. So it was pretty predictable.

It wasn't a bad book. It was good, just not great. It had a lot of potential but just fell short of the greatness that it could have been. I'd say it's a good read for teens/kids, but maybe not for adults who enjoy YA just because it's a little underwhelming. I was a good freebie, so that's a plus.


Setting = B
Plot = B
Conflict = B
Characters = B
Theme = A


The Rating:



Enjoyable, equally good and ok. (3 stars)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Book Review: Risk of Exposure by Emmy Curtis

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The Book:



The Blurb:

He is a trained professional-but nothing can prepare him for the hottest mission of his life. Assigned to protect his boss's daughter, British former SAS operative Malone Garrett breaks the first rule of covert surveillance-don't make contact. And especially don't take your mark out to dinner, then agree to a rooftop quickie. But now that Mal has Abby in his arms, he has no intention of ever letting her go.

Abby Baston told herself it was a hit and quit, a one-nighter with a hot, handsome stranger whose hands were trained to take action. Working undercover for the CIA, she can't risk anything more. But when an international crisis ignites, Abby must make a call: trust Mal with her secret-and her heart-and partner up, or lose everything in a split second . . .

The Review:

Completed May 08, 2016
162 page ebook

Received from NetGalley for my honest review.

The most recent book in the enjoyable "Alpha Ops" series. It was finally Mal's turn to get his story and while it wasn't my favorite one, it was enjoyable. I do like Mal as a character and I liked Abby as well, I just don't like (as always) when people lie and that's what he did a while to her and what she does in her life. But, that's how it had to be for this story, and it was good, just not great for me.

The actual story about what Abby was doing was pretty boring. I didn't really care for that part. It was dull and slow moving until near the end. But I liked the relationship part of it, how they met and even before they met while Mal was trailing her.

The end was my favorite part. I loved how they came back together, it was so cute and I liked the epilogue that gave us a look into their lives a bit later. Definitely a cute couple and a good story.

I recommend this series for fans of romantic suspense. The guys are all touch and set in their ways until the women come along and bring them to their knees. It's always fun to read these stories where the guys fall when they weren't expecting to. Great enjoyable series.

Setting = B
Plot = B+
Conflict = B
Characters = A
Theme = A

The Rating:



Really Liked it, a really good book! (3.5 stars)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Book Review: The Syndicate by Sophie Davis


The Book:



The Blurb:

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past. As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Her job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate's clientele.

Stassi's next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920’s, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture—as alluring a locale as they’ve ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.

Because history isn’t playing out as it should be—a first for the syndicate. When the stakes are raised and it becomes a matter of life or death, Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they’re willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

The Review:

Received from NetGalley for my Honest Review
Completed May 12, 2016
586 page Kindle ebook

The Syndicate is about a time traveling company in the future. It’s actually a black market type thing. In their time, time travel is banned, and only those in a syndicate can do it. They are tasked with going into the past and retrieving items for wealthy clients. In this book they are tasked with getting an unpublished manuscript that’s only mentioned once. They have a limited time in which they need to go back and get into the circle of friends of the author so they can figure out where the manuscript is.

The start of their mission starts out well enough but soon they find out about a serial killer who they had not been told about. As they are briefed before the mission on anything and everything about the time and area, they feel something is wrong with this and are pretty uncertain about things, as they continue to work their way into the circle. Soon they are on the mission for the manuscript but also trying to figure out why there is a serial killer never heard of before and what it has to do with them.

The book took some time to get going for me. It starts out with meeting Stassi and Gaige on another mission and then some down time at their base of operations before learning about this mission and learning about it and then leaving. The book is a little long and they don’t actually get to the time they are going to (Paris in the 1920s) until 17% into the book. Even when they were first into Paris and their mission it was still a little slow going for me, but once it really got going and things started happening around them then I really started to enjoy it.

It was definitely a different take on the time travel story and quite enjoyable. While they were only going to scan the manuscript, it’s still that they are meeting people, befriending them to search their possessions and try to find the lost manuscript. They are lying to everyone around them, something Stassi has an issue with though she states she hasn’t before. They made it sound like this mission was different though, a lot longer than what they normally do. Normally they get in and out, and this time they are staying a while and making friends and she has a problem with it. So it’s a really weird dynamic.

I really liked Stassi though it took me a while to get on her side. I got behind her after that though, and liked her spunkiness and can do attitude. She let very little affect her, and I really liked that about her.

Once the story got going, I liked it all. It was a good mystery and I couldn’t figure it out, though when the killer was revealed there was a reason for that. I definitely wasn’t expecting the end and that’ll be different to see with the next book.

I definitely would recommend it to fans of time travel. It was unique and though slow at some times, the overall story was quite enjoyable. I like most of the characters, though the main alchemist that helped them out I really didn’t like at all, but she was pretty much the only one. A fun and enjoyable book!

Setting = A
Plot = A+
Conflict = A
Characters = A - B
Theme = A+

The Rating:



LOVED it, a fantastic book! (4.5 stars)