Saturday, June 16, 2018

Stacking The Shelves, Bought Borrowed and Bagged, Coloring Book Updates



Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe Blog.


                                                               From NetGalley:


E-Books Gotten:


Coloring Book Haul







Botanicum Coloring Book Update




Flowers and Gems Coloring Book Update




Girls with A Poem by MOMO Girl Coloring Book Update





Mermaids: An Aquatic Adventure Coloring Book Update:





Original Bliss Vol 2 Coloring Book Update:





Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Book Review: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas


Title: Hello Stranger
Author:  Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Pub Date: February 27, 2018
Pages: 400
My Copy: Paperback in my Too Be Read Pile

Book Summary:

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett's skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he's ever known


Book Review: 

This book was a very enjoyable historical romance. I love how Garrett and Ethan are not your typical two people who you would expect to fall in love with each other. Like that Garrett and Ethan are not people who fit into society’s norms at the time, so it kind of makes sense for these two to get together.

Garrett is a woman who defies society’s norms by being a physician, which at this time was highly unusual. At this time women were seen as someones wife, daughter, occasionally a nurse if a women took up medicine. Very few women were said to have the temperament for medicine  during the time period that this novel takes place in. So Garrett is not like any other woman. Ethan is what you would call someone who is dangerous and mysterious. Plus he is a spy who works for the government. So this makes things more dangerous for him.

Of course when Garrett and Ethan see each other again they are kind of surprise. They know one another from the previous books in the series. She gets surrounded or accosted by some thugs and gets saved by Ethan on her way home. Nothing is ever simple for Garrett or Ethan as we learn that both are very strong willed people. So when Ethan rescues Garrett from her attackers,  things happen that they don’t expect to happen.

Things are happening in the world. Also Ethan finds that Garrett is learning how to defend herself, but finds her instructors are not doing what they are supposed to. So of course Ethan takes it upon himself. They keep bumping into one another at parties and have some conversations that keep both of them interesting but both are kind of wary of entering into a relationship with one another because of their circumstances.
Ethan finds himself attracted to Garrett in a way that he hasn’t felt before. Garrett also knows that getting involved with a man like Ethan is dangerous. We also learn a bit more about Ethan actually being an illegitimate Ravenel. So of course he would have been a Duke if not for his illegitimacy. So this does nothing to change him. Yet he uncovers some information that makes things even more interesting. It’s something that involves his superiors. This makes him a target. 

So of course Garrett helps him uncover this information, which he is grateful but tells her not to be around him. Of course things get messy and sticky. Garrett also becomes a target but manages to escape something. Then Ethan gets hurt very badly. Garrett has to tend to him medically. This leads to get them to be closer. I like that they made these scenes feel so intense. Plus we get to see a lot more of a vulnerable Ethan and Garrett being the strong one and in the caretaker role. This was one of things that made this historical stand out to me.

Then when Ethan starts to heal, he realizes that he has to go to the authorities to take care of the people who hurt him. Garrett is worried and Ethan tells her that he must do it to protect lives and others from suffering. So of course she understands and is scared. Things happen that work out for all of them when the authorities arrest the people responsible for Ethan’s injuries and other crimes that they have committed.

I also love how Ethan proposes to Garrett at the end of the book. She accepts his proposal. They will have a happy ending because both of them deserve it. Love how this ended. It ended on a good note. Plus when historical end on a happy note, it makes you believe that love can exist where you least expect to find.

Rating:

4.5 Hearts

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Stacking The Shelves, Bought Borrowed, Bagged, Coloring Book Updates

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe Blog.

Note: Got some new books, some of these I was not able to get at Book Expo, but then I saw some titles that look interesting. One thing was a trade...... I did finish a book this past week, been dealing with some RL issues with my health. Got sick, got better. Then Mom got sick, passed it back to me, now feeling better.....again. So hopefully will be reading and writing reviews again.

FROM TRADE:



NETGALLEY/EDELWEISS





Flowers and Gems Coloring Book Update






Girls with A Poem Coloring Book Update



Just Add Color: Mandalas



Kokeshi Dolls Coloring Book vol 32 Update



Pop Manga Coloring Book Update:



Sagor Och Sagnor





Saturday, June 2, 2018

Stacking The Shelves, Bought, Bagged and Borrowed: The Book Expo America Edition

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe Blog.

Note: This is the Book Expo America Edition. I went to Book Expo. There were some books that I didn't get at the convention and I'm okay with not getting everything. I am absolutely 100% Happy with Everything That I got. I'm not going to List the Titles, as that I would be a very long list. So enjoy the photos.



Thursday Haul





Friday Haul




Non BEA STUFF
Coloring Book Haul







Flowers and Gems Coloring Book Update



Hidden Paradise by Cris Lopez Update





Tuesday, May 29, 2018

YA Book Review: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian



Title: Ash Princess
Author: Laura Sebastian
Series: Ash Princess Trilogy
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Book For Young Readers
Pub Date: April 24th, 2018
Pages: 432
My Copy: ARC that I picked up at NYC Comic Con

Book Summary:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.


Book Review:

A very good start to a series. I thought this book had a lot of potential based on the synopsis of this book. Theodosia is a character who has to overcome so much in this book and it’s a great premise. I like the fact that this book took some interesting twists and turns.

The first scene in this book is a bit of a heartbreaking scene. You really do understand the pain that Theodosia is going through. Her mother is dying and things are happening that no one could have prepared her for in her life. Now everything is changed. She is no longer going to have the life she was supposed to have, but a far crueler one.

So we fast forward to the present in the book where she is now 16 years old. Theo as she is called by the book is known as the Ash Princess, since her people suffer. She is what one would call a political prisoner. Theo hates her life and tries to survive. We learn that nothing is ever what it seems. Everything she does is watched so carefully. Then one day she is forced to kill one of her own people and she does it, but it forever changes her in a way that makes her more willing to do what is necessary for her future.

Theo learns very quickly that everybody has a reason for doing the things that they have done. Plus her people are still alive and hoping that one day she will take back the throne. This is going to take work and time, plus an army, not to mention money. Theo also gains a lot of allies and realizes the people think she is not doing what they want her to do. Then there is the Kaisers’s son who tries to be good, but really is caught somewhere in the middle. He is someone that Theo is careful around and starts to use his feelings for her into something that she can use and pass messages to the rebels.

I thought the way that Theo maneuvered herself through out the book was clever and sometimes downright risky. Things are never easy for her at all. She has to do very bad things in order to make things better. I found that the fact that there wasn’t a romance in the book, made me like this book a lot more. Theo has a lot of things happening, so she needs to focus on what is important and ultimately escape which she does. 

We learn that this is a world where people have to do what they have to do. Theo learns not to be apologetic about the actions that she has taken.
She is only doing what is necessary to free her people and take back what was stolen from her and her people. She definitely learns thru a lot of hardships and betrayals what it takes to be a leader and sometimes the sacrifices that have to be made.

This was a solid first book. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

Rating:

4 Hearts