Welcome All Book Lovers

Welcome All Book Lovers

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bookish Things From ~ Red Rising, Outlander, Drizzt & The Raven Boys

Well, as I am sitting around waiting for test results to come back . . I got a wonderful surprise in the mail of some awesome bookish things. And here they are, I hope you love them as much as I do! 


I got my Red Rising mug! Yeah, baby! As you can see it says "OMNIS VIR LUPUS" which in Latin means: Every man is a wolf. But me being who I am would like to make something of my own that says one of two things. 

LUPUS FEMINA ~ Every woman is a wolf 

Or 

EGO LUPUM  ~ I am a wolf ♥



I can not believe I found book marks of Drizzt & Guenhwyvar! I am in love ♥ 



 Up next . . . 


Yes, Outlander bookmarks =) There are two of Jamie & Claire. One from when they first met in Scotland & when they journeyed to France. 

  

And last but not least . . .



We have The Raven Boys & Girl =D 



I love my mug and I love all of these bookmarks. They are so awesome! 

Sorry about the not so great photos, I tend to do it at the wrong time of day sometimes. I'm going to start venturing out into the cold & trying to get better ones. I don't know yet. 

Mel ♥ 

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Picture the magic – discover J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with glorious full-colour illustration by Jim Kay, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger. @goodreads 



















I'm just going to add a few gifs and pictures from my book. Harry Potter books will always be 5 star no matter how many times they are read. (Hermione forever!)





I fell in love with S. Black in this book and I never looked back.



I'm going to add some pictures from my book, although now, I wish I would have added more but it is what it is. . . maybe later













I love these big illustrated coffee table editions of the books. It makes re-reading them an extremely fun experience. I just wish she would put them all out at once. I know, I know... I'm ready for the next though.

Happy Reading!


Mel ♥


Saturday, December 9, 2017

What Light by Jay Asher

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .
Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable. @goodreads 


















Omg, y'all! I loved this book so much! I cried, good tears though.




I put off reading this book for a year and then one of my book groups is reading it this month and I jumped on board. I had NO IDEA that I would love it this much. Sometimes I just love those sentimental, sweet and wonderful books.

Sierra's parents own a tree farm. It's what Sierra has known all of her life. They live in Oregon but ever year they take trees out to California where they have had a lot for many moons. It was in the family from back in the day. Sierra has special arrangements with her school to do work from CA and send it back to Oregon because they are out there from Thanksgiving to Christmas. (I wanted to own a tree farm when I was younger)




Sierra helps work at the lot of course. They also have a lot of school kids working there. One of the guys has a crush on Sierra but no, just no.

Sierra's best friend Heather and her family live there and they all hang out and have the holidays together. They have all known each other since they were little. Sierra and Heather even plant some trees up on the mountain as a little thing <-- read the book.

Sierra also has two best friends at home that hate to see her go, but this has happened for years on end. Unfortunately, this may be the last year they will be able to go because they are not making enough money any more. You know, the big guys are pushing them out. =(

Anyway, Sierra meets a wonderful guy named Caleb at the lot. He keeps coming and buying trees. Well, Heather tells Sierra she doesn't want to get involved with him because of something dangerous he did when he was younger. Some people make mistakes, get over it. Sierra doesn't listen to Heather and finds a wonderful love in Caleb. He also buys all of these trees to give to people that can't afford them and Sierra starts going with him on some of the trips to take them to the people. It melted my heart. I love reading about people doing good works.

There is a lot with Caleb's past and Sierra helps to mend some things for Caleb and I loved that too.

It's really a truly bittersweet story. Yes, it's young adult, I love young adult so it doensn't matter to me. It's got so many family things that I just love and it's Christmas. My second favorite holiday of the year ♥

I'm so glad I got to read it and the hardback is now on my Amazon wishlist ♥




Happy Reading!

Mel ♥


Friday, December 8, 2017

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns—a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind—images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making. @goodreads 

















I just read the most wonderful story =) ♥



At first I was a little confused and then my light bulb went off!

This starts a story of Rosalind and Maurice. Rosalind had magical powers as did many in the village. But the evil King and Queen didn't like this and starting taking all of the magical people away. They were attacked on the streets, etc. Most of these les charmantes were very nice people - ish. Most of the ones that were left, moved to right outside the village to a new village of their own. Maurice and Rosalind had little Belle =) ♥

Cut to awhile down the road and Belle is older, she trades the beast of a hidden castle to take her prisoner instead of her father. < -- yeah that sounds all crazy to those that don't really know the story but you will just have to read it to find out the whole beginning stuff =) No spoilers today!

Belle finds that she's in an enchanted castle, or is she . . .



Almost everything was fluttering and shuffling: the china was indeed waking from whatever slumber it enjoyed; dishes were carefully shuddering themselves to life; teacups were bouncing and trying to get out of their glass cabinet prison. The stove, which seemed so cheerful and warm and fiery at the end of the room, now began to yawn and stretch its great black iron arms and exhaust pipe. Bell drew into herself a little, alarmed. Stories of witches with their fires and stoves and terrible, terrible endings played through her head. Baba Yaga, Hansel and Gretel. . .


Belle finds out about the curse on the place and wants to help the Beast and servants out. They also find out a revelation about the curse. What?!

It was all just super fun to me and I enjoyed the twist on the tale. I also didn't have to listen to singing. I don't really like musicals! =(

And the ending was pretty happy indeed.




Happy Reading!

Mel ♥

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Winter King by C. L. Wilson

After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.

Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.

As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.@goodreads 


















OMG!



I'm so in love with this book! I love Wynter who is the King of Wintercraig. I love that he is an ice king with some abilities. I love that his wilderness companions are wolves. He's everything! Two of my favorite things: WINTER & WOLVES



So this twat of a prince from Summerlea comes over to visit Wyn and he ends up stealing some important things, well one was not so important, and kills his brother, so this sets off a 3 year war. Wyn does some things to make himself stronger and full of hate and it could take him over completely. He crushes Summerlea in the war, yay. Wyn and some men then go on a visit to see the king of Summerlea and make his demands. This includes some stuff but the most important was that he would be taking home one of the king's daughters to marry. There is a stipulation with that but I won't tell you.

While Wyn is there he meets Khamsin (Storm) (Kham) by accident. Well, their magics merge and it's like crazy train.

I felt sorry for Kham because she was kept away as a prisoner since she was a child and never acknowledged as the kings daughter after something happens. He's a big freaking jerk that man!

Anyway, Wyn is tricked into marrying Kham after her father almost kills her < -- read the book. But, Wyn isn't upset by this when he finds out who he is married to, the girl he met briefly and couldn't stop thinking about.

They make their way back to king Wynter's home, but it takes awhile as Kham almost dies for reasons.

Kham isn't made to feel welcome in the castle, of course, but over time most of the people come to love her because she is awesome! She's not like her sorry brother or father. Her sisters are nice like her too, btw.

There is all kinds of bad stabbing, evil cunning plots, beasts trying to kill peeps, near death experiences, a quest to get the sword, defeat everyone that needs defeating, sexy times and oh so much more and I LOVE IT! I'm so happy with this book ♥




Happy Reading!

Mel ♥


Monday, December 4, 2017

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. @goodreads 


















I loved this book so much! I put off reading it forever because of some not so great reviews, but I have learned my lesson once again!



Vika & Nikolai ♥




Vika & Nikolai are pitted against each other as the only two enchanters in Russia. They are to fight to the death to be the next Imperial Enchanter to the tsar. Well I think that's rude. They could both live!

Pasha is best friends with Nikolai and he has no idea what Nikolai is until later on. Pasha is the prince but doesn't act like one.

Pasha and Nikolai see Vika in the forest one day using magic. Pasha wants to find out who she is because he ends up with a little crush.

I loved the feelings between Nikolai and Vika though. ♥ But what are they to do when one has to die? You have to read the book and see.

I really hope with the ending, the next book is going to be really good and go the way I want it to go. Lol

Happy Reading!


Mel ♥ 


GOODREADS REVIEW: 

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2190395600 
 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

FIREBLOOD by Elly Blake

All hail the Fire Queen.

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.
@goodreads 


















I loved it as much as I did FROSTBLOOD. =)



Ruby is a member of King Arcus court after defeating the old crazy king. But the Minax is still loose on the world and Ruby must find it and destroy it or it's going to keep killing more people.

Meanwhile, a whole bunch of jerks don't like Ruby around and want to take out Arcus because they are evil and all of that. Then they are stupid enough to stage an attack (fail) and this introduces Ruby to Kai, another Fireblood. What? And then Ruby sails off and tries to win over the Fireblood Queen and such, ends up in some trials and some crazy stuff happens with the Minax AGAIN. Can we not get rid of that thing -er- things.

Like I said, I really enjoyed this book and I'm hoping we will have happy endings in the last book, I think it will be the last book. Anyway, happy endings or I'm going to throw things =)

Happy Reading!


Mel ♥ 

GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2190388650

Friday, December 1, 2017

a greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins ~ Illustrated by Chris Appelhans

From a heavyweight author and illustrator duo comes a delicious tongue twister of a picture book that features a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog.

With very spare, incredibly lively language, this is an entertaining read-aloud, with two amazing—and oh-so-adorable—characters at its heart.

When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. (Around, round hound. Around, groundhog!) The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound!), until they ultimately wear themselves out. @goodreads 











This book is super cute, but the pictures below will tell you the real reason I bought and read this book ♥









I love my Greyhound ♥

Happy Reading!

Mel ♥