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Top Ten Tuesday #30

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



June 20, 2017 Topic: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t (topic originally done March 2013) — anyone else have a mile long list of series to start like I do??

Yes! Oh man, I have so many series I want to start reading and so little time to read them all. I’m going to limit myself to ten for this list though. Because seriously there are so many good series out there….

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start

  1. The Lunar Chronicles – A Sci-fi fairy tale retelling with cyber punk elements. This one sounds totally right up my alley. I’ll still surprised I haven’t read it yet.
  2. The Grisha Trilogy – I just finished reading Six of Crows for a summer book club and LOVED IT. I can’t believe that was my first introduction to Leigh Bardugo, and I can’t wait to read more books by her.
  3. The Maze Runner – My friends are split on this dystopian YA series. But it sounds right up my alley, so I want to give it a shot.
  4. Lorien Legacies – I Am Number Four has been on my TBR for a loooong time. But again people are really split on it, and since Micheal Bay raves about it I wasn’t quite sure I’d like it. Maybe it’s time to give it a chance though.
  5. Peter and the Starcatchers – My sister raves about these books, and I believe she’s read the whole series to my nephew.  I have always been a big fan of Peter Pan and Neverland, and Dave Barry is a good writer too.
  6. Leviathan – As a fan of steam punk this has been on my TBR for a while, but I didn’t jump right on it because of Scott Westerfeld’s repetitiveness in the Uglies series. (I loved Uglies, but the fact that the plot kinda gets recycled in each following book soured me.) However a lot of my friends on Goodreads rave about Leviathan.
  7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians – I finally got my hand on a copy of The Lightning Thief, so maybe I will start this series soon. Again, it sounds right up my alley with Greek mythology and YA fantasy. (I haven’t watched the movies yet, but anything that Nathan Fillion is in can’t be half bad.)
  8. The Royal Circle – As a Historical Impersonator of Queen Anne Boleyn Tarnish has long been on my radar. The historical fiction books set in the Tudor court sound really good, even if they are not very accurate.
  9. The Great Library – It’s no secret that I love libraries. So a fantasy series centered around the idea that the Great Library of Alexandria surviving is interesting to say the least.
  10. Kingfountain – I keep hearing good things about this series (and the covers are amazing.) A dash of fantasy, mystery and a young Ender like main character on top of tons of great reviews makes this series sound more and more appealing.

Have you read of any these series? If I was going to start one tomorrow which one would you suggest I choose?

Top Ten Tuesday #29

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



June 13, 2017: Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.

My dad was the one to introduce me to comedy in book form. Mostly that was through the work of author Patrick F McManus and newspaper syndicate Dave Berry. In fact, he probably won’t claim you as a relative unless you get some entertainment out of McManus. (When he was here last fall he picked up one of my books and read a few chapters one evening, and even though he’s probably read it half a dozen times, he was still laughing so hard he had tears rolling down his face.) But then again most of my family is of the hunting, fishing, farming outdoorsy type, and you kinda have to be to get the humor in those books.

So if you enjoy the great outdoors and like a good full belly laugh here are … (in no special order.)

Top 10 Patrick F McManus Book

  1. A Fine and Pleasant Misery
  2. They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They?
  3. Never Sniff A Gift Fish
  4. The Grasshopper Trap
  5. The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw
  6. Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink!
  7. The Good Samaritan Strikes Again
  8. How I Got This Way
  9. Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs
  10. The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories

This ones for you dad!

How about you? Do you enjoy and comedy/humor authors? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday #28

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



June 6, 2017:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR ListI want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!

I have a whole bunch of collections waiting for me on my Kindle… I’m sure I’m not alone in this. One of the unique thing about Kindle is the number of book collections they have. Whether its a complete series or a collection of books my several authors, it’s easy to get your hands on a large stack of Kindle book very quickly.

Top 10 Book Collections for Kindle

  1. The Dragon Chronicles – Dragons. They are more than a memory from an age of wizards and heroes. These winged, fire-breathing beasts soar through the traditions of many lands, and through our dreams. In their many guises – Western or Eastern, reptile or lizard or serpent, wyvern, hydra, basilisk – dragons embody everything that we humans call magic.In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, twelve authors invite you to journey to very different worlds – lands of fire and fury, of legend and lore – but all worlds where dragons roam unshackled from myth, freed from the imagination, and real.

I got this collection because well dragons, and it has stories by several authors I enjoy, like Daniel Arenson.

  1. Shattered Worlds – Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

I raved about this one last week, because it’s 23 stories for .99 cents! Dystopian, steampunk and fantasy are all right in my wheel house so, yes, I pre-purchased it.

  1. Dominion Rising – Find the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving! Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 22 all-new full-length novels set in fantastical realms.Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.

I saw this advertise in one of the many author emails I get as, “Spaceship or unicorn. Why not both?” And again it was .99 cents.

  1. The Great Iron War – The first three books in the Great Iron War steampunk dystopian fantasy series, collected together in a digital box set for the first time.In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Oh my! Steampunk and dystopian and did you read that description? Why am I not reading this right now?

    1. Legends: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery – Seventeen New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors bring you fifteen epic tales of Sword and Sorcery. LEGENDS is a ONE TIME ONLY limited bundle with over a million words of fantasy reading including original, never released stories from bestselling authors Nick Webb and K.F. Breene. Immerse yourself in captivating worlds and kingdoms where fearless warriors quest, powerful sorcerers battle fiery dragons, and humble peasants rise from poverty to riches.

For some reason I can’t find this collection on Amazon any more, and though it is in my order history. Again a collection of fantasy novels for .99 cents.

  1. Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure – Eight full-length novels of adventure, war, intrigue and survival in the far reaches of space.

I think this set is free right now. Saving this one for a trip, like I have to wait for an airplane, and sci-fi will keep me busy.

  1. The Healers of Meligna Series Boxed Set – A three novel digital boxed set containing over 300,000 words of page-turning, fantasy reading. There will be 5 books in total for the Healers of Meligna series. Adenine is blind and isolated in her small attic bedroom. Haunted by the recent deaths of her uncle and father, she is alone and afraid. Believing she is a carrier of the incurable Death Plague that ravished the lands twenty-five years ago, she never goes outside…

Sounds soooo good! I’ve got to find time to read this set.

  1. Courtlight Series Boxed Set – This THREE NOVEL DIGITAL BOX SET – The Courtlight Series Book 1-3 (Sworn To Raise, Sworn To Transfer, Sworn To Conflict) – is over 800 pages (230,000 words). Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder–intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

This one is free for Kindle right now. An epic fantasy story that sounds pretty good.

  1. Fire and Fantasy – Mystical Lands. Epic Adventure. Enchanting Characters.FIRE & FANTASY will have your imagination soaring as you charge headfirst into this enchanting collection of 20+ brand new and existing fantasy reads packed with daring quests, bewitching legends, and dark magic!

I don’t have this one yet, but it’s only .99 cents and very tempting.

  1. The Lunar Chronicles – Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…

Why haven’t I read the Lunar Chronicles yet? I don’t know, but I need to!

 

That’s my ten for this Tuesday. Leave me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments below.

May 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate ReaderOk, wow I got too many books this month. Partly from author emails and deals, and partly from thrift store finds.

I have to wonder how I’m going to find enough time to read all these Kindle books. A lot of them sound really good too!

And yes those are my toes in the picture, I was having a really hard time with the lighting, and this was the best one of the bunch. 🙂

For Kindle:

The Lioness of Morocco
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection, unlike EVERYONE else who got The Hundredth Queen.But I like to use Kindle First to try out books that aren’t auto-select, so I often get mysteries or suspense, instead of the usual fantasy and sci-fi.

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Why I got it: I had to write about Mother Teresa for a one of my weekly devotions at GodSpeaks.com. I came across this book while doing so and it was on sale.

Murder at the Book Fair
Why I got it: Why wouldn’t you want a book with a title like this? And when it was offered for free in one of my bargin emails, yeah I snapped it up quick.

Half-Blood Dragon
Why I got it: The cover is beautiful, and I got the book for free for being on the authors list.

Queen of Extinction
Why I got it: Also got this one for joining the author’s list. And with a sentence like this in the description, “If you like fairytale retellings, magic, steampunk, and romance…” well I was done in. It sounds great.

The Cruel Path
Why I got it: Another email freebie, I fell into a deep, deep hole of author freebies this month. This is a fantasy story about 3 brother who have to face some kind of trail, where at least one will have to die.

The Savage and the Prince
Why I got it: Author freebie. I don’t actually remember much about this book, except its fantasy.

Keeper
Why I got it: Author freebie. Could be a pretty good urban fantasy novel, if I can get into… urban fantasy can be hard for me to dig into.

The Road to Rebirth
Why I got it: Author freebie. I have the first book Call of Agon already (but haven’t had time to read it yet.)

Exhale
Why I got it: Author freebie. I read Feral, another story in the same Many Lives world this month, so when the author offered a freebie I took her up on it.

Final Dawn: Episode 1
Why I got it: Author freebie. This post-apocalyptic novel sounds great.

Prip’Yat: The Beast of Chernobyl
Why I got it: Author freebie. This one has such an interesting premise… how many stories do you know that are set in Chernobyl.

Surviving the Fall – Book 1
Why I got it: Author freebie. Another post-apocalyptic novel by the same author as Final Dawn and Prip’Yat.

Ocean’s Trial
Why I got it: Author freebie. Mermaids. Yep.

Kids Books:

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
Why I got it: Our local Teen Challenge thrift store had a 75% off books sale! And they had a lot of gems, like this Eric Carle big board book.

Corduroy
Why I got it: 75% off sale. Corduroy is a classic, and I couldn’t pass it up.

What a Bad Dream
Why I got it: 75% off sale. This is a Little Critter book, got to pick those up when I see them.

Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed
Why I got it: 75% off sale. Five Little Monkey’s is a classic so I picked up this one. Not as good as the original, but it was like 25 cents.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Why I got it: 75% off sale. A book on the Amazon 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime, and we hadn’t read it yet.

Llama Llama Red Pajama
Why I got it: 75% off sale. I love the Llama, Llama books! This was a great pick up!

Trapper
Why I got it: 75% off sale. I would have bought this even if it wasn’t 75% off because Serendipity books are auto-buys for me.

Katie, the Kitten Fairy (Rainbow Magic, Pet Fairies, No. 1)
Why I got it: 75% off sale. I thought this early reader chapter book might be interested to the Little Bug (Age 6.)

Mouse Makes Words: A Phonics Reader
Why I got it: 75% off sale. A book that I knew Little Bug could read on her own.

Minions: The Deluxe Junior Novel
Why I got it: 75% off sale. Minions! Enough said.

The Berenstain Bears and the Substitute Teacher
Why I got it: 75% off sale. I had no idea that McDonald’s had at one point and time had Berenstain Bears books in their happy meals, there are 4 of them.

What’s This?
Why I got it: We went to a small multicultural fair, and there was an independent book seller there. I picked this one up because it’s cute and colorful and about gardening.

eARC:

Empty Threat
Why I got it: I participated in a Book Blitz for Empty Threat, and the excerpt was great so I requested to review it too. It sounds like a book lovers book. Like seriously here is the beginning of the description:

“Elana Black has the power to make herself fictional. But when she decides to start saving all the people in books and TV shows who die just for the sake of advancing the plot, she quickly learns that she’s not the only one with her powers.”

Newbery:

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Why I got it:  I’ve got to get back on schedule with reading the Newbery books, I bought this one because it looked interesting and I love Kate DiCamillo.

Other:

Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts: An Awkward Yeti Collection
Why I got it: The Awkward Yeti reached 2 million followers on Facebook and had a sale of 20% off of item at their store. So not only did I get a book to fill a gap in my library, but I got a signed copy too! And these cartoons are sooooo funny!

Top Ten Tuesday #27

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



May 30: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

I’m not too good at following new releases. Part of this is because I’m so buried under a huge TBR stack that I hide from new releases, for fear that the TBR monster would get out of control. 🙂

There are a few book I am looking forward to though…

Top Ten Nine Second Half 2017 Releases

  1. The 13th Gate by Kat Ross – Release Date June 26, 2017. 

Winter 1888.

At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night. His distraught keepers summon the Lady Vivienne Cumberland—who’s interviewed their patient and isn’t sure he’s a man at all. An enigmatic woman who guards her own secrets closely, Lady Vivienne knows a creature from the shadowlands when she sees one. And he’s the most dangerous she’s ever encountered.

As Jack rampages through London, this time targeting rare book collectors, Lady Vivienne begins to suspect what he’s looking for. And if he finds it, the doors to the underworld will be thrown wide open…

Across the Atlantic, an archaeologist is brutally murdered after a Christmas Eve gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Certain peculiar aspects of the crime attract the interest of the Society for Psychical Research and its newest investigator, Harrison Fearing Pell. Is Dr. Julius Sabelline’s death related to his recent dig in Alexandria? Or is the motive something darker?

As Harry uncovers troubling connections to a serial murder case she’d believed was definitively solved, two mysteries converge amid the grit and glamor of Gilded Age New York. Harry and Lady Vivienne must join forces to stop an ancient evil. The key is something called the Thirteenth Gate. But where is it? And more importantly, who will find it first?

  1. New Series by Stephen R Lawhead – Release Date Unknown.Stephen R Lawhead

He dropped this hint on his Facebook page: “As some of you may know, I’ve been working on a new project for quite some time. While I can’t relate any details just yet, I can tell you that it’s a trilogy, and I’m happy to report that the first two books are written. I’m deep into book three now and hope to have a publishing date nailed down very soon.

In the meantime, here is a hint: a photo of some of the research reading I’ve been doing.”

  1. Kingkiller Chronicle #3 by Patrick Rothfuss – Release Date Unknown.
  2. Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse by by Chris Roberson and Joss Whedon – Release Date August 8, 2017.

Tough times haven’t ended for Mal Reynolds and his crew aboard the Serenity. When a call for help to find a missing friend takes them to an Alliance post on the Outer Rim, they encounter a new force building strength to fight the battle of the Browncoats–soon leading the crewmembers to question their individual values . . . Discovering that their friend is in Alliance custody and that an Alliance Operative is on the way, Mal concentrates his energy on the problem at hand and strikes an uneasy partnership for a daring rescue. But this is only the beginning of the story. Success will be when the Serenity’s crew makes it off this planet alive and all accounted for . . .

  1. Roar by Cora Carmack – Release Date June 13, 2017.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

  1. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – Release Date July 18, 2017.

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

  1. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – Release Date July 18, 2017.

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

  1. Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines #1) by Philip Reeve – Release Date Now.

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities!

London is hunting again. Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed.

In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage–and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  1. Shattered Worlds by 23 Different Authors – Release Date August 8, 2017.

Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of today’s New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else.

There they are nine book that I’m looking forward too that will be coming out in the second half of 2017. Are you looking forward to any new releases? Let me know in the comments.

Also seriously go get Shattered Worlds, it’s only 99 cents for 23 books!

Check out my new Bookstragram account too!

Top Ten Tuesday #26


toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 23, 2017: Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

Summer reads is always a hard one for me. I’m not really a “beach reads” kind of person. I don’t get the summer off, so it’s not like I can go on a reading blitz. Plus summer is hot and icky. I’m much more of an autumn girl.

But since we are going to have the big solar eclipse here in Oregon this summer. (What’s the big deal about a total solar eclipse in Oregon?) I thought I’d dig through my books to find 10 books with the sun (or a sun) on the cover.

Ten Books I Own With the Sun on The Cover

  1. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres – This book was on the assigned reading list for a college class. However, I never finished it. In fact, no one in the class did. Even the professor admitted he couldn’t get through it.On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
  2. Perseus Spur – This is on my TBR shelf, we got it at the library book sale a few years back. (I have to admit that sometimes I go over board when it come to their end of the sale $5 book bag. As in I’ve heard of this author, throw it in the bag.)Perseus Spur
  3. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand – I really want to read this one, but just keep forgetting about it. Both my husband and I loved Aldiss’ The Long Afternoon of Earth.Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
  4. Hyperion – I very weird sort of book… like aSci-fi Canterbury Tales.Hyperion
  5. Neutron Star – This may not actually be a star, but possible a Ringworld on fire. Still “star” is in the title.Neutron Star
  6. Rockets in Ursa Major – My husband collects these old Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle books. Classic sci-fi has such cool covers.Rockets in Ursa Major
  7. The Lord of Chaos – My go-to writer for when I feel a need for a quick and cheesy fantasy. This is the only title of her left on my TBR. (BTW: I love the cloud hands grabbing for the sun.)The Lord of Chaos
  8. Seven Steps to the Sun – More Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle. Really crazy mind-bending cover.Seven Steps to the Sun
  9. Space Dictionary for Kids – I had to include this one 🙂 It’s a really great resource if you want to teach your kids about space. In fact, you might want to pick up a copy before the Aug 21st eclipse.Space Dictionary for Kids
  10. What’s This? A Seeds Story – Mostly including this one because it was our latest pickup. We went to a multi-cultural fair this weekend and there was a independant book seller there.What's This? A Seeds Story

Ok there you have it, I found 10 books with the sun on the cover. Will the eclipse be visible from where you live? If so do you have plans to watch it? What’s on your summer reading list? Let me know in the comments.

Also I just start a Bookstagram account. Check it out!

Book Blitz: Lady of Sherwood

Lady of Sherwood 
Molly Bilinski
(Outlaws of Sherwood #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

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Robin Hood is pretty much an instaread for me. I love that this book is by a publisher that promises clean reads. As they say on their website, “We do not believe in censorship; we believe in the right to know. Every reader, no matter what their age is, has certain boundaries they don’t want to cross.” If you’ve been a reader on my blog you have probably picked up on the fact that I do not enjoy graphic sex scenes in my books. I’m excited to find a publisher that will let me know what I’m getting into before I pick up the book.

Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.

After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants–she wants revenge.

As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin’s choices begin to haunt her. She’ll have to choose between what’s lawful and what her conscience believes is right–all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.

Lady of Sherwood is a unique young adult retelling of the beloved Robin Hood legend. Filled with action and romance, this new series follows a teenage heroine through her fantastic, yet dangerous adventures.

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Top Ten Tuesday #25

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 16, 2017:  Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.

I seem to enjoy flipping these topics lately, so here are 10 characters who didn’t celebrate mother’s day this year. Why is it that so many stories are missing mothers? (I know there are conspiracy theories about why Disney does it.) And this entire list could have just been manga, because to be a manga character it’s almost required to be without at least one parent, but most likely both.

Where have all the mom’s gone? 10 Famous Character’s Without Mom’s

  1. Nancy Drew – Nancy Drew
  2. Ariel – The Little Mermaid
  3. Harry Potter – Harry Potter
  4. Peter Pan -Peter Pan
  5. Batman – Batman
  6. Peter Parker – Spiderman
  7. Aang, Katara and Sokka – Avatar the Last Airbender
  8. Ichigo Kurosaki – Bleach
  9. Arwen – The Lord of the Rings
  10. The Tanner Sisters – Full House

Can you think of any characters that I missed? Where do you think all the moms have gone? Leave me a comment below and a link to your Top Ten list.

Review: The Waterfall Traveler

By S.J. Lem
Pages: 439
Date Finished: May 2, 2017

Book Reviews- Liked it AlotLiked It A lot

Synopsis:

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unexpected love, Ri must discover her own strength to save the men she cares for.

“A gripping, harrowing adventure tale, propelled by a complex, mythology-inflected plot.” ―Kirkus

Review:

I’ll admit the cover was the first thing to catch my eye. It really jumped out of the email from Xpresso Tours  and right at me. The description made it sound like a unique fantasy story, so I requested to be put on the tour. But this book was so much more than what first impressions made it seem.

The Waterfall Traveler, is about Ri an orphan who lives with her guardian Samuel, however Samuel’s mind is affected by a strange ailment and by the time of this story it’s really Ri who is guarding Samuel. Both Ri and Samuel have mysterious pasts, but all Ri cares about is taking care of Samuel. When she gets a hint that there might be a cure out there she wants to find and deliver it.

Things do not go to plan however as beasts with terrible powers move in on her village. Ri is attacked and then saved by a mysterious stranger who can travel through waterfalls. There’s a catch though and it means that Ri will have to learn to live in a world she had never dreamed existed while waiting to return home.

As Ri meets new friends, makes new enemies, as discovers the wider world you go along on the journey, and it’s quite a thrilling ride. As the mysteries of Ri’s world unfold you will be left wanting more. As the story takes me deeper I did not want to leave her world.

The one criticism I have is that the book has a totally unnecessary love triangle in it. The characters were solid, the action great, the world building good- it really didn’t need a love triangle (even if it is kinda down played.) It didn’t add anything to the story and left me rolling my eyes on more than one occasion. It’s the only reason this book didn’t get a “loved it” rating.

Bottom Line:

I could hardly put it down, and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. The characters and world are so rich you really feel like you’re part of Ri’s adventure. The ups and downs of the story just worked beautifully to bring the book to it’s exciting climax. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something new and different in fantasy.

Purchase: Amazon

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Top Ten Tuesday #24

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 9, 2017: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist (topic originally done January 2014) — things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!

This week I’m flipping the topic. I read all sorts of books, and have a TBR that is already impossibly long. What do I want more of, I don’t know. But I can tell you what I want less of, and what I’m really tired of seeing publishers do to make a buck. So if anyone in the publishing industry is listening here’s what I’d do away with in books.

Top 10 7 Things I Want LESS Of in Books

  1. Shirtless men – Seriously stop with this, there are way too many book covers that have guys with airbrushed abs on them. We always talk about objectifying women in ads, magazines and etc, but what about objectifying men in books? I won’t even bother with the book description if it has a shirtless man on the cover.

    Might be a good book, but I’ll never know.
  2. Graphic Sex scenes – Goes along with the one above, but it’s just so unnecessary and often detracts from the story. I just read a book like this with great a great setting, a building mystery, good characters and then the sex… ugh the Golden Spider why did you have to go and do that to me? (And I was so looking forward to reading the Silver Skull, which I had already read an preview for.) Plus in this case it just didn’t fit with the Victorian setting, you can’t pretend that everyone is all prudish and then have your main characters drop their inhibitions (and clothing) at a whim.

    A good story ruined.
  3. Instalove/Triangles – Seriously, time after time other bloggers have pointed out that as readers they are so disgusted by this but yet it’s in pretty much every other book. Even in my most recent read, The Waterfall Traveler, the author had to include a kinda-sorta of love triangle, even though it was played down. But really the story didn’t need it, the characters would have been fine without it, it’s not like there is some law saying you have to include it. Just stop with the love triangles and instalove.

    Really this book didn’t need a love triangle.
  4. Confessions – Just tell your story, stop with all these first person confession fiction pieces. I understand that they are probably easy to write, after all a confession can be just as disjointed as the thoughts of the person confessing. It feels like the Readers Digest ideas of “13 secrets your plumber won’t tell you”, has gotten made into a novel and they expect it to work.

    I really don’t need this in my life.
  5. Straight to Kindle – Nothing bugs me more than getting a book that feels like it’s gone straight to Kindle and skipped the editors desk. When I first got my Kindle I stumbled into this a lot more often. Now I am more selective in the free books I add to my reading list. Really just have your book edited by a professional, at least have someone catch all the times you call characters by the wrong name.

    Sorry, good idea but bad execution. I can’t even find this book on Amazon anymore.
  6. Every Series Needs More BooksNot all sequels are equals. Publishers think that if they keep squeezing more out of the same ideas that those ideas will make good stories. Frankly, I could write a whole blog about this. Too many times what should have been a stand-alone novel or a duelogy gets turned into 3 or 5 or 8 novels, and by the end the books are dry repeat plots. Please publishers just stop doing this.

    The first one was written in 1964, the next in 1985 now there are 17 books (most written after the authors death.)
  7. Pastors Must Write A Book – It seems that in order to be seen as a successful pastor of a large church you have to publish a book. Often these book are HEAVILY padded. One book I read had lots and lots, a ridiculous amount of lists. Others have just gone over the same point time and time again. There may be enough material for a great sermon series, but that doesn’t mean it will be a great book. Sadly, this is why I don’t request Christian non-fiction ARCs any more.

    I hope you like lists, and one word sentences. Lots.

So that’s it, I could only come up with seven this week. What is one thing you’d like to see less of in books? If you could wave your magic wand and make publishers change something what would it be? Let me know in the comments below.