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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa

Summer, Winter, Iron.
Together at last.


Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of The Iron Fey plus the expanded Guide to the Nevernever and exclusive information about Julie Kagawa's unforgettable world of Faery.


Winter's Passage

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....


Summer's Crossing

A Midsummer's Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.


Iron's Prophecy

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child… @goodreads 












This was a book of three novella's about the Iron Fey. I enjoyed them and learned some little things in between or after the other books that I didn't know.

I love the little pictures the author added of Ash, Puck and Grim. They are so cute!


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Also, at the end of this book you get A Guide To The Iron Fey. This includes:

1. The Original Survival Guide To The NeverNever ~ It tells some really cool information!

2. Character Biographies And Useful Information ~ This tells about the main characters and the extended cast of characters which rocked!

3. Glossary ~ Self-explanatory

4. Realms Of The Nevernever (And Beyond) ~ Another awesome section

5. The Iron Quotes ~ Self-explanatory

The end of the book with all of the extras was my favorite part because there were just so many cool things =)

Of course now I'm worried something bad is going to happen in the next set of books with Meghan's brother as the main character! We shall see! 


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1981294171


The Menagerie Coloring Book

This lavishly illustrated, intricately designed collection of animal portraits offers hours of relaxing, absorbing fun to coloring book fans and animal lovers alike. It features sophisticated, custom-made artwork from two acclaimed illustrators whose work has captured the attention of keen colorists from around the world. From mighty bears to awe-inspiring tigers, and beyond, each page allows coloring fans to take their time, relax, and get lost in their own world, where color combinations and beauty are theirs to create and choose. Each exquisite headshot is printed on perforated paper, so it is easily pulled out and readily available for display once you've completed your coloring sessions. Long-time coloring book fans and beginners will be equally engaged and entertained, and will find their stress levels declining even as their creativity levels soar. @goodreads 











I don't color as much as I used to because for one, it gives me google eye and two, I see pictures of the same things on the web that other people have colored and theirs are amazing and mine are stupid. But, at least I'm having fun. =)

The first one I colored was the wolf, of course.


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I decided to start coloring in my tons of books I have while listening to audio books. I don't much like listening to audio books because I forget everything, lol. I like listening to them while coloring though, it's such fun.

The second one I colored was the lion.


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I have only colored three more pictures in the book. I might do more in this one later on but these are all for now. I really love this coloring book =)


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It was a lot of fun coloring these pages. Now, if I can just get up the patience to color each little piece then I could make them even crazier looking than they are =)

GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1980373305?book_show_action=false

Monday, April 24, 2017

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina Starkov doesn't expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal--and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed.

Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina's extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destory the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart--and her country--in two. @goodreads 


 








There was only one part in the book I didn't care for and took a star off so there you go.

The rest of the book was pretty good. I enjoyed the characters and the different story lines. It seemed like it ended too soon or maybe I have been reading too many BIG books lately.

Alina and Mal had been orphans together for years until it was time for them to do their own thing. But, there is a secret about Alina and she goes from ordinary to extra-ordinary in the blink of an eye. < -- blink of an eye in more ways than one, and no, I didn't have that planned. And you will only understand what I'm talking about if you have read the book and know what Alina is.

Mal is one of the best trackers around and Alina ends up saving him and that's how they find out what she is and wow, just wow. Then she gets carted off.

Anyway, Mal and Alina get separated because she's beyond special now and goes to live with the other special people with the king. The king is an idiot by the way.

The Darkling was pretty hot and wanting to keep Alina all to himself and I loved him until he made me mad so there goes that. I loved Genya. I hated how she was treated at the castle by the others but she was my favorite character after the Darkling. Genya and Alina together were so funny and had such a good time.

Alina has to undergo training and I loved old Baghra that she trained with using her special magic. Of course, it took a little bit for Alina to get her magic to work on it's own but she figured some things out and it was all go. It was one of those revelations moments.

THEN

we find out some people are up to no good, or are they? I mean I don't know, sometimes things get twisted around and you find out something else in another book. Anyway, in this book some people are up to no good and Alina has to flee and ends up with Mal and then they get caught and some stuff goes down and then they are fleeing again.

It's all pretty vague right? Well, read the book. You know you probably have it sitting around forever like I did, so get it out.

Like I said I enjoyed it enough accept for one part and I'm hoping to love the next two books! 


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1848339965

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

My name - my True Name - is Ashallayn’ darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase - a half human, half fey slip of a girl - smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.
With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end - a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.
To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice. @goodreads 






OMG! I love Ash so much and I love this book so much ♥



This book picks up basically where the Iron Queen ended. Ash and Robin Goodfellow are going on quests in Nevernever. Ash is looking for something and they have the help of that sweet ish kitty, Grimalkin =)

And I love Nevernever. You just never know what kind of wonderfully, magical stuff you will find there. And things that want to eat you but we won't mention those!


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On this journey, the friends run into all kinds of crazy stuff. At one point the run into a huge wolf that helps save them from a giant troll or whatever he was, I forget. Anyway, come to find out the wolf was sent by Ash's mom Mab to help him on his journey. I guess a mom is always a mom even if she did disown you.

And then . . .

someone else returns that really made me mad at first. I was mad as hell because I didn't want that person in the picture, but it turns out that it was fine in the end. Things happen for a reason and it was all good.

Ash has to journey to the end of the world in order to take some tests and if he passes he will get his wish and be able to be with Meghan again. It was a very trying time but love does conquer all, at least in books =) I'm so very happy with this ending and this book is wonderful!




Fin 

GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1977127797


Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide. @goodreads 


MY REVIEW:

5 STARS 


Wow!




That was a great ending to this trilogy! I loved the new characters that were introduced in this book, Sofia and Gideon. Sofia is out to kill Roderick LaRoux the jerk of the book. Gideon is one of, if not the best hacker there is. They both get thrown together and eventually find out they are basically wanting the same thing, but they both have major trust issues. It takes them until the end of the book to truly trust each other and of course they fall in love because who can stop that from happening =)

They are trying to find out where the rift is so they can destroy it before LaRoux kills more innocent people. Well, more people do get killed but the end game is good!

Toward the last half of the book, Sofia and Gideon end up with Jubilee, Flynn, Tarver and Lilac. Sofia wants nothing to do with Lilac because she is LaRoux's daughter. But Lilac is against what her father has been doing and her and Tarver have been finding ways to take out any rifts around the galaxy that her father has set up. They already accomplished it once.

The book is just awesome with so much going on and we finally get a showdown with ole LaRoux himself and the Whispers. < --- read the book. I really wanted someone to blow him into space but . . . .

This book was very exciting and had me on the edge of my seat at times. I love these characters and I'm glad I got to go on this journey with them =)


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1977125766

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Memory of You by Catherine West

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?


When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.


And Natalie never says no to her father.


Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.


But finding freedom from the past means facing it.@goodreads 


MY REVIEW:

3 STARS 


Natalie Mitchell works for her father at his big corporation and so does her ex-fiance. As you can imagine this doesn't make it easy for Natalie. She's having problems at work and on her way to another nervous breakdown.

Natalie's father decides to tell her to go out to her grandfather's vineyard. He's had a heart attack and the business is not doing good. Go out there, take a break and find a way to shut down the vineyard. Well, Natalie is a part owner in the vineyard and she doesn't want it to fail.

Natalie finds that her grandfather is doing better than her dad let on although the business is not doing too great. Natalie starts to go about getting the vineyard into this century and earning money again.

An on old childhood crush works at the vineyard, Tanner Collins. He's pretty rude to Natalie for some time because she hasn't come and seen her grandfather or the vineyard since her twin sister died when they were younger.

The vineyard brings back some good and bad memories for Natalie but she pushes on. And she finally stands up to her father, she lets go of some demons by telling the truth about her sister and she finds peace with Tanner and maybe a little something else.

I thought the book was a good read. I didn't love it nor did I hate it. I usually read all kinds of genres and they are a hit or miss with me. I'm happy for all of the people that loved it the book though.


*I received a print copy of this book through the BookLookBloggers program.*

GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1977101170

♥ My Birthday - Part One ♥

April 19th was my birthday and I wanted to slowly share some of the wonderful things that I got from parents, goodreads friends and my dog (oh and myself) =) 

Now it's going to take some time for everything to come in but I wanted to share one picture from yesterday and then I will do them all at once when everything arrives. Most of it is bookish stuff of course =) 


Okay, this picture was drawn for me by one of my Goodreads friends and sent to me in an email and I had dad print it. But dad and mom were sneaky and took it to Hobby Lobby and got it matted and framed for my birthday. I didn't even clue in when I kept asking him if he printed it yet. I was thinking what kind of frame I was going to get to put it in but seems like I don't have to worry about that. Sorry about the picture not being so good, I took a quick one with my phone instead of camera last night. 

My friend is such a wonderful artist and I was touched that I got this picture drawn. I thank my friend Paul and my parents for making it even more beautiful. ♥

I have the best friends on Goodreads, people I have never even met in person. I don't know what I would do without them friend wise. I have one friend in real life that I talk to every day but the rest are just not there. I have wonderful parents and a great uncle. The rest are just not there. 

Appreciate what you have because some don't have any and life is only here for a minute. 

. . . . to be continued.