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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

A rollicking space adventure with a lot of heart
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possibly want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and some distance from her past.
And nothing could be further from what she's known than the crew of the Wayfarer.
From Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the chatty engineers who keep the ship running, to the noble captain Ashby, life aboard is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. That is until the crew is offered the job of a lifetime tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. Sure, they'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years, but risking her life wasn't part of the job description.
The journey through the galaxy is full of excitement, adventure, and mishaps for the Wayfarer team. And along the way, Rosemary comes to realize that a crew is a family, and that family isn't necessarily the worst thing in the universe… as long as you actually like them. @goodreads



I freaking loved this book! And yes, I cried! It was good crying though!

I always get nervous reading a sci-fi book because I'm afraid I won't know what's going on - and yes I say that every time. BUT <--- this book is so awesome. A couple of things went over my head but who cares!

I had no clue what a sci-fi soap opera was but if they are all like this book then I want to read more. I'm going to be buying this one and I did pre-order the next book!

This isn't just some space odyssey, it's about people and aliens and being a family!

I want you to know that I fell in love with all of the characters on this ship! Even ole grumpy, Corbin, later on in the book. We get to learn about each character. Their pasts, if they are alien, what kind of aliens they are and most of the stories are told through the person/alien so you get a better understanding.

Everyone in the book had to make choices, to share their secrets, to make choices for others so they wouldn't die even if they didn't want that choice made, thoughts and feelings toward other crew members, AI love, people trying to hide their love for things that just finally had to come out. Doing things for each other even if you don't really like each other because you are crew mates and you are family. These aliens and people have been together for years and years.

Rosemary is the new comer to the Wayfarer ship and family. But she soon finds out what it means to have a real family, to find love, to fight for each others survival.

Ashby is the captain, Kizzy and Jenks are the engine crew, Sissix is a pilot, Dr. Chef is the doctor and the chef, Lovey is the ships system, Ohan is the Navigator and Corbin is in charge of algae. They all play crucial parts in the running of the ship. Rosemary is there to help with secretary like stuff, for lack of a better word.

But they all go above and beyond to help each other do whatever to help out. They make tunnels to other places to make it easier for other people/aliens in the galaxy. They make good money but this latest job, which is more money than they have ever gotten, leads them into enemy territory under a planned alliance with the Toremi Ka. This doesn't go very well, but they are an evil race so it's to be expected. They almost lost their lives. They did lose a few things and almost lost the ship.

But all of that isn't until almost the end of the book. This is mostly about them going through space, stopping at markets and having some fun, meeting new people on different planets to get things they need, pirates, gross arse cooked up bugs and stuff, old friends/new friends. And I just loved it! I loved learning about all of these people and the things they went through and the evil people and the bots and this that and the other. Oh, and dear Kizzy making little winter hats for her fixbots. I need a picture of that! I wish this would be made into a movie. Just seeing how they handle all of the creatures alone would be awesome.

Anyhoo, I loved it and I hope you do too but it may not be for you. I'm just glad it was for me ♥





Thursday, September 29, 2016

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon


An ancient evil roams the blasted, nightmare country, an evil as old as time. He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, the Man of Many Faces, gathering under his power the forces of human greed and madness. He is seeking to destroy a child, the one called Swan.

From Robert R. McCammon, one of the living masters of horror, comes a stunning tale of sheer fright and power where the end of the world is just the beginning of mankind's ultimate struggle. @goodreads



Once again, thank you to goodreads friends for finding me another book to love!

There are so many people I fell in love with in the book. Also, Mule and Killer! Let's just begin. . .

The book is about us stupid humans trying to bomb each other into extinction, but I digress.

I fell in love with Sister Creep, Swan and Josh. I also loved Artie and Paul and Mule and Killer and . . . . there are so many.

We start out with each person's story, where they are in the world and what is going on when the shite hits the fan. And how they all come together at some point in the book.

Swan is living with her mom and the latest boyfriend when they leave and decide to go to another state for reasons. Josh is a gynormous wrestler that is finished with his latest match and is traveling to the next state. Sister Creep is just preaching and wandering around doing her thing (she's homelesss). The people I was the least interested in, were Macklin and Roland, they were doing their military stuff and they were pretty much evil. The devil/demon/man/thing is watching a movie about death and destruction over and over at the theater.

The story then takes us to what happens after everything hits and what every one is doing after the fact.

Sister meets up with Artie who was at a shoe convention. Artie and Sister decide to travel together and on their way out of town, Sister finds this piece of glass with diamonds and stuff in it outside of Tiffany's. Correction - what used to be Tiffany's. She finds some other stuff too but this is a magical ring/crown/ thing. The ring can make you see things when you hold it. This is what sets Sister on a goal, she sees something inside every time she touches it. She being led somewhere. Other people can touch it and see different things, like food or water and they feel better. It's like it really happened. And of course the evil man wants it for himself. He knows what the ring, Sister and Swan can do with it.

Meanwhile, Josh stops at a gas station and ends up meeting Swan and her mom there. They all end up buried underground in PawPaw's little home below the ground. There is a reason why he lives under his store and it will tell you in the book. They stay down there for quite some time before a little gopher shows them a way out.

The main thing is that Sister and Artie and Swan and Josh all meet new people on their travels. Some are not very nice of course and others are great. Some that you love part ways and others take their places. People are killed, I mean you know that's going to happen. Swan and Josh pick up Killer and Mule along the way. They are the horse and the dog.

Sister is out to find Swan, but she's not sure for years who or what it is she's actually supposed to find. I mean seven years traveling across the country trying to find one person with the demon on your tail.

Swan, Josh, Mule and Killer actually start traveling with an old clown named Rusty. There are just so many things to the story that you can't even imagine or even talk about in a review.

I can tell you that this story made me cry and it didn't get boring to me accept when ole Roland and Macklin came into it. I don't know, it was just me. I didn't like them. I would read it and want to hurry to the better parts of the book. If your worried about reading a tome like this one then don't. The chapters are short and they move from person to person, but it's not confusing in the least. One chapter will leave you on a cliffhanger and change to something else going on in the world. Lol

It doesn't matter, I loved it and I hope anyone else that reads it loves it too.


♥ For Mule and Killer, you were around for many years you sweet babies, in the middle of a war to boot!

The second part of the book takes place 7 years later and there is all kinds of weird stuff going on with Swan and Sister. I can't tell you what all, just read it! READ IT!





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Wicked + The Divine ~ Volume 2 by Gillen McKelvie & Wilson Cowles

The second volume of the award-winning urban fantasy series where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity. Includes issues 6-11 of the series, plus supplementary material. @goodreads



I mean seriously! What is with these endings!

So, Laura is still depressed over Luci's (Lucifer) death. Inanna comes along and wants to help her find out what really happened. Some other people. . er . . gods are back as well. Some people are made into new gods and other crazy stuff that blows my mind.

Even though I don't understand some of the things they talk about in the book (maybe they don't either) I still love it and I love the freaking graphics. They are just as awesome as the first volume!






uggg. I need the next one!





Monday, September 26, 2016

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice. @goodreads



At first I couldn't get into the book because I didn't know what all was going on, I'm still not sure on a few things. I think this is a book I'm going to buy and re-read when it comes out. It really does have potential and I think I want to be involved in this series.

I very much enjoyed the characters of Tea and Fox, they were siblings. And Tea kinda sorta brought Fox back to life when he died.

What other reprimands he intended died on his tongue when the ground began to move. A terrible rumbling and heaving began underneath us, beneath the fresh dirt that made up Fox's grave. There was a muffled splintering inside that small mound, like something within the coffin had escaped it's confinement. As we watched, a cold, gray hand rose up, scratching and stretching, and gripped the tufts of weeds growing close to the grave. The strange being lifted itself out of its earthly prison with little difficulty and brushed the dirt off its tall, thin form. My mother fainted.
When it raised its head, I saw that it had my brother's face, drawn and bloodless and dead.
"Tea," the figure said.
But then it smiled, and it was Fox's smile, quiet and kind.

Well, this didn't sit well with the peeps of the village so a Bone Witch named Mykala came to take Tea and Fox with her. She was going to train Tea to become an asha and eventually a Bone Witch if I have that right. Even though people come to the Bone Witch's for things they don't trust them and it would have caused a lot of trouble for Tea and Fox to stay with their family.

There are all kinds of things going on in the book, some strange things that I want to learn more about. Oh and they wear these things called heartglasses. It took me a bit to figure out what they were talking about, but apparently you were them as a necklace and people can read things about you through the color of your heartglass. Seriously, I would not have worn those at all. Well, I guess in this world you have to, but I digress.

I'm interested to see what Tea is going to do and become in this series. I'm not sure if it's going to be a trilogy or a regular series, but I will read them. I really do like Tea, I think she is an awesome character.


And the book cover . . . AMAZEBALLS!

*I would like to thank Netgalley and Sourcebooks for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*





The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes the third jaw-dropping thriller set in Promise Falls.

Everything has been leading to this.

It’s the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms—and dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. But the question for many, including private investigator Cal Weaver, remains: Who would benefit from a mass poisoning of this town?

Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is faced with another problem. A college student has been murdered, and he’s seen the killer’s handiwork before—in the unsolved homicides of two other women in town. Suddenly, all the strange things that have happened in the last month start to add up…

Bloody mannequins found in car “23” of an abandoned Ferris wheel…a fiery, out-of-control bus with “23” on the back, that same number on the hoodie of a man accused of assault…

The motive for harming the people of Promise Falls points to the number 23—and working out why will bring Duckworth closer to death than he’s ever been before…




I haven't read the first two books in this trilogy, but it didn't seem to bother this book as a stand alone. There were references and I would like to read the first two so I can know what all went on, but I was fine with what was going on here.

I thought the blurb sounded really good but I misread it a little bit and some of it was from the first two books, so once again, I need to go back to those books.

All of these people drink the water, in coffee, plain, etc and many die before they can get help from the hospital. I was thinking it was this one person doing it but it was too obvious to have been them and of course it was someone else. lol I can understand the person's reasoning and not understand it at the same time. I can't tell you why because that would be a spoiler.

There are some murders that lead back to other murders. Well, okay so everything leads back to things that happened in the past.

There was also an attack on a man and his shop because he is different so he is being blamed as a terrorist killing everyone. I mean, I don't trust a lot of people, but the stuff that was going on in this book didn't seem like no terrorist to me.

Overall I liked the book, but maybe I would like it better if I know the back stories. I'm happy for all of those that love it though :-)

*I would like to thank First To Read for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*





Sunday, September 25, 2016

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
In "How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet's Confessions", Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, ("Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn't the land of appropriate-this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman s traditional hair color is honey blonde.") "Player" tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. ("I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.") In "Unlikely Leading Lady", she muses on America's fixation with the weight of actresses, ("Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they're walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.") And in "Soup Snakes", Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak ("I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.")
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who's ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who've never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper. @goodreads 




OMG! I'm so embarrassed that I didn't know who Mindy Kaling was, I just saw that a lot of people like the book and thought I would read it. Then I found out she was on The Office (which I have never watched and need to some day) and that she has her own show and books and things. I live under a rock at times.

I liked the book good enough, she is really funny. I could give a million funny excerpts but I won't do that, but there is one where she is giving her daily routing driving to work and this one thought was particular funny and scary to me. lol

5:45 a.m.

Now I begin my drive in the dark from West Hollywood to Universal Studios. I have seen some fascinating examples of humanity in these hours. Meth heads arguing in the parking lot of a Kumon, a man pleasuring himself on a bus-stop bench. Years ago I would've called them creeps. Now I call them my commute buddies.

She also has pictures throughout the book. Not of the stuff above!!!!

There are little email sections and a little brain where it shows what she's thinking.

Oh God, and when she was talking about getting all of this email from these prisoners. I had that happen when one of my penpal buddies/not buddy anymore, added me to a prison list and I started getting a bunch to my PO Box. These things happen to everyone!

I think she has a great sense of humor and she seems to be a very inspirational person to a lot of people and I think that is just great!

*I would like to thank Blogging for Books for a print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*





Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything. @goodreads




Well, it's over . . . Winter, Autumn, Summer, Spring. Yeah, I went backwards.

So many people die. That's what happens in a war. People you love, like, hate.

Meira is taken in by Rares and his wife, Oana. They are part of the Order of the Lustrate. Not only do they give Meira a few revelations, they teach her how to use her power to the fullest. How to control herself. How to defeat Angra and his Decay.

I love that more people came together to help the Winterians in the battle against Angra. I love there was a happy ending for a few people but was very saddened at some of the people that died.

There really isn't a whole lot for me to say without giving out spoilers. This is one of those books that ever little thing leads to a spoiler with me. I can be simple and say there was the war, there were deaths, there were good things, there were bad things. Meira did see her mother again, in a sense.

I was very happy with the overall ending, obviously not with the deaths, but with Meira, Mather and Theron and the kingdoms.


I will always love the Winter kingdom the best. Not because of who's in it, but for my love of Winter and having places with seasons in a book was pretty awesome to me. ♥





Saturday, September 24, 2016

Theft of Swords by Micheal J. Sullivan


There's no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they're framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it's too late. @goodreads



The two books in this tome are AMAZEBALLS!



Book 1 - The Crown of Conspiracy

I fell in love with Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn right off the bat. They are moseying along to get to their destination and they are over taken by a few bandits of sorts. And Hadrian and Royce have this conversation with themselves and with the bandits. Said bandits are a little confused at the relaxed manner of the Riyria men. But . . . once they find out who Hadrian and Royce are, they are beside themselves trying to get things cleared out for them to pass on their way with no trouble.

Oh, to have written that whole part of the book in my review of this first book. ☺

So this jerk sets up Hadrian and Royce into stealing a sword from the king. They said it was all easy since said jerk had already moved the sword to a hidden place. I mean come on, who would fall for that AND they didn't want to do something short notice. They like to plan for a bit, but they did it anyway and all hell breaks loose!

Anyhoo, so they scale the castle, get in and look for the sword and lo and behold, the king has been stabbed and the men are trapped and then of course framed.

Note: There is a little b•stard of a dwarf that needs to get his!

Moving on, so Royce and Hadrian are in the dungeons to be tortured and killed. fjsdgadoghadoigaoihgaiodfdioshgaiga <--- that was me cussing!

But the sweet princess, Arista saves them, sets them free and tells them they have to kidnap her brother, Alric, who put them in the dungeons to be killed to begin with. It's all cray but I love it.

So they drag Alric off and finally tell him all that is going on. Of course Alric is very angry thinking someone killed his father and wants to kill him and is worried for his sister. But Alric's sister wanted him to go to a secret prison and see a wizard there named Esrahaddon. But lets backtrack for a minute.

Along the way they stop at an abbey but they find out it has been burned to the ground and the monk, Myron is there all alone trying to rebuild the library by re-writing all of the books.

I fell right in love with Myron. He is sweet and funny and omg he has never left the abbey since he was four-years-old. He had never pet or ridden a horse, never seen a woman, never seen anything. Period. They talked Myron into going with them and the new king, Alric said he would give him a job. Poor Myron didn't want to go, he was scared but they finally talked him into it. And he was amazed at the world outside. It was so sweet.

Now back to the prison. Royce finally figures out how to get into the hidden prison, they meet Esrahaddon who is 900 ish years old. Against their better judgement they set him free. And now I wonder what he is going to end up doing to the world when we get back around to him.


After all of this, the gang head over to see Count Pickering and tell him what all happened. The count says he will side with the new king, Alric and starts gathering his forces. But they get word that Alric's sister is going to be put to death for treason and is being called a witch. I mean she did learn some stuff from Esrahaddon but so far she's a good person and it's the evil uncle that wants them all dead so he can rule. Jerk!

Count Pickering's peeps aren't all going to get there in time so Alric sends Royce and Hadrian ahead to save Arista (which they do) ha, it's so awesome and funny.

Let's just say some peeps are beheaded and things are set right (for now)

Oh and they leave a little message on the wall of a jerk that was going to side with the evil uncle.


Book 2 - Avempartha

Holy sh•t balls! I loved this freaking book!

Okay, so it's like a couple of years later . . . if I read that right.

Hadrian and Royce are out to seek revenge on the man that almost got them killed, but circumstances changed that and they end up following a girl (Thrace) back to her home in Dahlgren. She's afraid for her father because a creature - that turns out to be a Gilarabrywn - is killing everyone in their little town. Some of Thrace's other family members have been killed and she can't get her father to leave.

In this book we only have Alric in the beginning of the book when he makes Arista the Ambassador of Melengar. She has to go and deal with some jerks. And the old Bishop Saldur who is a snake and was for their uncle in the first story, is still in the second book being a jerk. Oh, I hope someday he gets his!

And, Magnus the dwarf that I thought very badly of in the first book, he made up for it in this second book. I fell in love with him. And I love the banter between him and Royce!

We find out some revelations about Royce! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I knew it too! I'm not saying a word, just yeah, I'm looking forward to some cool things going on in the next books. And we find out a few more things about Hadrian. OMG, I love them both! I can't help it.

The wizard, Esrahaddon, who now goes by, Esra Haddon, is in the same little town. I actually like him a lot, unless he does something bad in the next books. I never did mention that he had his hands cut off a billion hundred years ago! He's still got some mojo though. And don't you love the play on his name :-D

At one point, Arista ends up at this little town too. They are all up in a castle above it and are having some games on who can defeat the Gilarabrywn. And of course there is some dumb set up with the evil peeps.

Oh and some of the Pickering boys are back and I just love them. Mauvin is my favorite. I keep hoping something will happen with him and Arista but she just sees him as a brother.

Royce, Esra, Hadrian and even ole Magnus are trying to get into the tower to get this sword because it's the only way to kill the Gilarabrywn. Well, all kinds of things go right and wrong there.

Some people die that I wish didn't die. I cried during some parts, for sadness and for the awesomeness.

And me thinks there be elves in those woods . . .

I love this book, Theft of Swords! I love the characters, even the evil ones are written perfectly. I love the world, I love every little thing!!!!! Accept I want Millie to come back, for those of you that know who Millie is. . .

I look forward to continuing on in this world. ♥


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Revival ~ Volume 1: You're Among Friends by Tim Seeley + Mike Norton

Subtitle to the book is "A rural noir by Tim Seeley + Mike Norton"

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it's up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!

Collects REVIVAL 1-5 and the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY short story @goodreads



I really wanted this book when I read about it and got to see a few pictures. After reading it I'm sort of confused about some stuff. But I really enjoyed it.


So, this little town in Wisconsin all of the sudden has people rising from the dead. Some of them are all like, "where am I?" Others seem okay and then you get them home and they go all crazy ape on you!

Then you have these demon or person white thing wandering around the forests spouting out names and trying to talk. I really want to know what's up with that thing.

Dana Cypress is an officer and she's helping her father try to figure out what is going on along with the big wigs of course. And there is something freaky weird going on with her dead sister. Hmmm, maybe it will all come out in later issues.

Either way, I enjoyed it. There is some macabre things in the book and some mysteries that I want to know about. Now I just have to buy the other books to date and figure it out!




And I love the graphics as well! 





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.@goodreads



There are some really good stories in this book and some others that I didn't care for too much. The first one I loved and it was just so gruesome and funny. <--- You don't find that every day.


It's about these peculiars that lived in Swampmuck. They made their living out of getting swamp grasses to take to the a town. They were very poor and lived the best they could. And they had a peculiar way about them. They could regrow limbs! So who is it that wanders in to their little part of the world one day: cannibals! But they were very nice cannibals, they didn't kill people, they just ate leftovers from the killings the king had done to people.

But the Swampmuck peculiars being the kind people that they are; helped the cannibals because they had been lost and were starving.

Afterward, some other really rich cannibals came to camp and I'm only going to say they lived with the people of Swampmuch and it got a little cray!

Out of the other 10 stories these are the ones I enjoyed:

1) The Fork-Tongued Princess
2) The First Ymbryne
3) The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts
4) The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares
5) The Locust

The Fork-Tongued Princess is exactly what it says and tells her story of being on the run to find someone she can marry because her father thinks she is horrid. But she's really beautiful before they know of her tongue.

The First Ymbryne is of a bird who could turn into a woman. She's a goshawk but really likes being in human form and she also has some other abilities.
The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts is about Hildy who loves ghosts more than people. Her sister is a ghost and has to leave for some time and this makes Hildy sad. So she goes looking for the most haunted houses or haunted land to try to befriend ghosts, but most don't want to be friends. It all turns out in the end and I really enjoyed it.

The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares is about Lavinia who pulls threads out of people's ears and keeps them. They end up being a form of pet to her. It's really bizarre and so freaking good. There is more to the story but you can read it on your own.

The Locust is about a boy named Ollie that didn't want the locusts killed even though they were eating all of the crops. Ollie's life takes on a whole new meaning for quite some time and teaches his father a valuable lesson.

I really enjoyed these stories and they will definitely find a home on my bookshelf one day.





Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohen & David Levithan

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own. @goodreads



Okay at first I didn't think I was going to like this book like I did Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist but after I kept reading it <--- I was wrong!

I laughed so hard at certain parts that I almost peed myself! I really needed that today/tonight! No peeing myself but a great laugh.


Lily's parents leave her and her brother for the Christmas holidays, they go to Fiji. Their grandpa went off to Florida to see his girlfriend and Lily's brother is only interested in spending time with his boyfriend.

So, Lily's brother Langston gives her the idea about the notebook. She fills this red notebook full of stuff and puts it in the bookstore in between some shelves hoping maybe someone would find it. And guess what? They did, Dash found the notebook and did his part of the dares, nothing too extreme and then he was supposed to leave the notebook in a place or with a person that Lily chose.

This went on through-out the story with them both giving each other things to do and then leave the notebook in weird places or with people they recruited. I thought it was so charming and cute. Some of the stuff was so hilarious and weird and I want to do it! :-)

I love that these two lonely people happen to find each other at Christmas to do all of this craziness. It was sooooo much fun.

At some point they do want to meet each other but some things go wrong and Dash has to run around and try to find Lily. She ran away and forgot to leave the notebook! So he has to go back to people that were involved and try to find her. He does eventually find her but it wasn't the greatest of times to find her so they part ways.

Then Lily sets out to find Dash, oh and Dash has this hilarious friend named Boomer that actually became friends with Lily before Dash did. There are other characters that are really cool in the book too and it seems some of them are on the couples side.

But oh the horror when Lily and Dash meet up again in person. Lily had just posted a sign where Dash lived and was on her way walking one of her dogs from her pet sitting and he was a bull mastiff. Lord have mercy, this is where I started . . . um . . . having pee moments and they kept going for quite some time. I thought I was going to crack a rib I was laughing so hard.

I need not have posted the sign, however.
Because five minutes after I posted it, Boris started loudly barking at a teenage boy who approached me as I scooped up the biggest piece of dog dung I'd ever seen.
I looked up from my plastic bag filled with giant poo.
Of course.
It was Dash.
Who else would find me at this moment? First he found me drunk, now he found me cleaning up poo from a barking pony who was about to go into attack mode.

That's not even half of it, there's the ice skating with the dog (not by choice), flying giant poo, child killers (not really) and the save the flying baby tackle. Oh and the little bit of time in jail.

I freaking loved it. I love these authors. I want more of their books. Anything that makes me happy and almost, um, pee my pants - I want more of in my life.

Thank you and goodnight! ♥





Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love."

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn't know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won't keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that's not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.



Well I loved this book the most. Juliette and Warner FINALLY get together. There are a lot of revelations between them. Warner lets down his guard in a lot of areas.

The Omega's have been wiped out . . . well most of them.

There is way too much drama with Adam going off his rocker. I think it was all written out very clearly why there was supposedly love between Adam and Juliette. It wasn't really love, but you have to read the book to find out! Ha!

Kenji is his same funny self. Although, he did have a little bit of a break down because we can't always keep everyone up and laughing. I'm glad him and Juliette are best friends, we all need someone like that. But some of the funny things he says and I agree with him on the Bruce Lee matter!

Everyone was looking at me. "What do you think?" I ask.
"Your suite looks just like mine." Kenji frowns. "I'm supposed to be the one with the black suit. Why can't you have a pink suit? Or a yellow suit-"
"Because we're not the freaking Power Rangers," Winston says, rolling his eyes.
"What the hell is a Power Ranger?" Kenji shoots back.

"Are you out of your goddamn mind? You think we can take on two hundred soldiers? I know I am an extremely attractive man, J, but I am not Bruce Lee."
"Who's Bruce Lee?"
"Who's Bruce Lee?" Kenji asks, horrified. "Oh my God. We can't even be friends anymore."
"Why? Was he a friend of yours?"
"You know what," he says, "just stop. Just--I can't even talk to you right now."

Juliette does master the control of her powers. A bunch of them get together with her and Warner to defeat Anderson. It was too cool the things that Juliette does. And even though there isn't a lot of action in the book, the parts that were, I loved! And that's good enough for me :-)

Now, Juliette is in control and they will have to fight many wars. But with her friends and Warner by her side, anything is possible.


Fin . .





Monday, September 19, 2016

~ September Owl Crate Box ~


I wasn't sure I was going to read this book but then it came it all of it's hardcover glory so I will give it a try! 

We got maps, bookmarks, buttons, short story book, little passport book with some cool drawings, a beautiful smelling candle, and a fortune telling ball that you put in the bath and when it dissolves - it tells your fortune :-), a bookmark and a zipper bag from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I was worried about this one because I had already bought one from Out of Print, but this one is different from mine. Yay!

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life. @goodreads 




You want to know what this ↑ book did to me today! All I thought about all day was hot dudes and their bodies etc. And this is a young adult novel, not some let's get it on book. I mean every time I turned around Juliette was making out with Adam and then Warner <---Let me get to all of this in a minute. I need to set up some hotness!



I mean I could have finished three books today if I hadn't stopped to daydream all day, but I digress.

So, here is the 411 <--- do people still say that?

Juliette has this power that when anyone touches her, THEY DIE! Yeah, that would suck. But, Adam is supposedly the only one that can touch her - for some reason he is immune. Or so we think . . . Adam has a power of his own. But let me tell you, they made out so much in this book I was ready for someone to hump the monkey and get it over with! Tahereh Mafi got me all out of my mind today.

Anyway, they are living at the compound operated by Omega Point. They are going to be in a war against the Reestablishment peeps. They don't like people that have special powers. Figures.

There are some cool characters in the book. I loved the twins, they were healers. I loved Kenji, he was funny and cute. Some other randoms and then there is Warner, there is a whole deal with Warner in the first book that I need to re-read. Anyway, he's on the bad side but then he comes to the good side for a short while. There are revelations found out about Adam and about Warner.

Juliette has a big time make-out session with Warner! I thought FINALLY lets get something done. But, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, Tehereh Mafi led me on again. LOl! Oh and it so happens that Warner can touch Juliette too. I guess if no one in the world can touch you and then you find out two people could touch you, you might go a little cray too! I would :-D

I don't even know what all is going on or how to say anything more because this book just blew me away with all of this today.

There better be some big time war and somebody better get on with the getting on in the next book. Sex & War, get it done!