Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stacking The Shelves, Bought, Borrowed and Bagged, Coloring Book Updates (Went Crazy Again)

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.

NetGalley/Edelweiss





Print Books




Coloring Book Haul










Creative Haven Magical Landscapes Coloring Book


Creative Haven Ornamental Fashions Coloring Book


Rhapsody in the Forest Coloring Book



Summer Nights Coloring Book




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Only With You by Lauren Layne

Title: Only With You
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: The Best Mistake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever
Pub Date: July 29, 2014
Pages: 260
My Copy: Courtesy of NetGalley and Forever 

Book Summary: 

Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . . 

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

Book Review:

This was an awesome book filled with a lot of surprises that I found great. I really found myself loving Sophie as a heroine & what she goes through in the book, definitely makes you like her even more. The relationships she has with everyone in her life changes as she changes. I totally found myself liking the romance between her and Grayson.

I found the very first meeting between Sophie and Grayson to be one that you could totally find in real life. Things are mighty interesting. She dresses up very sexy and finds herself stuck in an elevator with a very handsome stranger who thinks she is a prostitute and that of course enrages her. She really finds that this stranger has insulted her. Of course this is in Las Vegas and Sophie finds that she hopes to never see this guy again. Things don’t work out that way at all.

Sophie always is in some ways trying to find herself and what she wants out of life. She finds that her sister Brynn can do no wrong at least in her parents eyes. Brynn is so sickeningly perfect at times, I think. Sophie I think feels like she is always never going to measure up to Brynn. So when Brynn bring homes a boyfriend, it turns out that it was the guy who assumed she was a prostitute. This leads to some mighty interesting things happening. Of course during this family dinner, Brynn convinces Gray to hire Sophie, since Sophie had gone to law school supposedly. He does so begrudgingly.

I totally found it so ironic that Gray feels nothing for Brynn, but feels a deep attraction for Sophie. He finds that Sophie is a really good asset to have around the firm. She helps him with one of his most difficult client. It helps to soothe any nerves. He also finds that Sophie is a very capable secretary. She dresses very professional. Gray feels like that Sophie might be like Jessica, his ex-girlfriend who things didn’t work out. He is very stiff and not trusting of women. I like that this issue gets addressed, as it helps us understand who he is as an individual and why he is the way that he is towards Sophie at times.

The progression of the book was well paced and thought out. I also like how they explore the possibility of another couple as well. Brynn and Will were interesting as they both are total opposites and Brynn thinks that Will would be a huge mistake. Brynn doesn’t understand why Gray and her didn’t work. She is beginning to question things about her own life.

The relationship between Sophie and Gray definitely changes and develops into something very different. I think the fact that they learn what they need to be better through each other. The work environment also makes things more interesting. Plus the way Sophie and Gray get on each other’s nerves and how they both confront one another about things. Sophie has never been able to stick anything long term and Gray feels like he isn’t good with people. His people skills quite frankly suck. Sophie challenges him in ways he needs. I think their romance was great and their love scene was terrific. I do enjoy that they have realistic fights and issues. Yet, they find their happiness.

Rating:


4.5 Hearts

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stacking The Shelves, Bought Borrowed and Bagged, In L.A. Right Now

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: I'm in Los Angeles Right Now visiting my brother and sister in law as we are celebrating the upcoming birth of my niece. So this haul is everything up to  Wed night.

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No Print Books, E-Books, or New Coloring Books this Week as this is only up to Wednesday....


Art Over Madness Coloring Book Update


Creative Haven Alice In Wonderland Designs


Jasmine Beckett Griffith Coloring Book



Sagor Och Sagnor Coloring Book Update



Seasons Coloring Book Update




Steampunk Fashions Coloring Book



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

YA Review (ARC) Secret of Souls by Aubrie Nixon

Title: Secret of Souls
Author: Aubrie Nixon
Series: Age of Endings #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Shadow Wolf Press
Pub Date: November 24, 2017
Pages: 247
My Copy: Advanced Reader Copy that I picked up at Book Expo America

Book Summary:

The Empire of Lucent has stood for centuries as a beacon of strength and light. But now an otherworldly realm has unleashed an army of nightmarish creatures upon the peaceful empire, spreading a lethal plague called The Decay which consumes its victims mercilessly from the inside out.

The king of the Empire of Lucent calls upon “Lady of Death” Zephera Travelle—an infamous assassin with a weakness for braided cinnamon bread and a striking aptitude for murder and mayhem. He sends her on an impossible quest to find the one person who can concoct a cure and save the realm from total annihilation. Together with her best friend Zadkiel, mage extraordinaire Brenner, girly city-guard Oriana, and broody warrior Daegan, she embarks on a journey that will test her wits, will, and sanity. Along the way, she discovers that no one—and nothing—is as it seems, including herself. 

Book Review:

This was an enjoyable fantasy to read. I totally found myself enjoying Zephyra and her companions. It had some major surprises and twists in a way that I didn’t see coming. I really found myself liking this story.

We begin this book with our main character Zephyra hunting something for her boss, a stag. The stag proves to be difficult and we learn that there is some kind of plague now on the loose and she sees a horrible creature, fights it and it gets something on her. Zephyra, thinks she is going to be sick or become one of these creatures. We learn that she is immune. This is going to be an interesting thing.

Zephyra, finds out that there is much more that her boos, Belem hasn’t told her. There is a lot of her past she doesn’t know. All she knows is that she is immune and there is something that she must do. We get to meet some of the other people who will be going on this journey to find a person, who might have a cure and answers that Zephyra and her group of companions will need to why the realms are starting to fade and these creatures are coming into our world. We learn that there is an evil sorceress, she is trying to get into Zephyra’s head and tell her things. Daegan can be a bit of a jerk at times. Yet we find out that Daegan is also immune. So this makes things a bit more interesting as there is some chemistry between them, but we find that Zephyra and Zadkiel are now in a relationship. This relationship between them is going very well. The other characters at times got on my nerves, but they prove to be useful at times. 

So while on the journey, they get to meet some interesting people and go to very interesting places to get objects and information. We learn that not everybody has the same agenda in mind. Zadkiel is very much in love with Zephyra and this is going to cause some issues later on in the book. Daegan is also immune because he has lived through several lifetimes we learn. We also learn in the previous cycles that he knew Zephyra as a different person. This will be important later on in the book.

I love how all the challenges and obstacles that are put in our heroes way. We all learn what each character is good at. Plus they all start to work as a team. Then things happen, some characters get hurt. Then we learn that not everything is at it seems. Zadkiel gets offered to drink something so that he will be able to help Zephyra when the time comes to help her. We also learn that a powerful sorceress has more ties to Zephyra more than she ever thought.

There are so many twists and turns you can’t even imagine. Relationships change in so many ways. People have reasons for doing the things that they do. Then something happens that you don’t see coming. We learn right near the end that Zephyra, Daegan and the sorceress all formed a pact in a former life. Zephyra is definitely shocked by this turn of events. She doesn’t want to believe it. Zadkiel is disgusted by what Zephyra did in her former life. Crazy things happen. Unbelievable hurt & pain ensues. A lot of awesome fights occur in this book. Plus there is an incredible display of magic. 

We think the end is near for Zephyra, as her father, we will learn right near the end of her book is someone very powerful indeed. He is about to sentence her to death, when her old boss opens a portal  to another dimension and Zephyra chooses to go to the darkness completely. It definitely was a shocker to say the least.  I liked the cliffhanger in this book a lot.

Rating:


4 Hearts

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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.

                                                 NETGALLEY/EDELWEISS BOOKS

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                                                          Chibi Girls by Jade Summer



Fantasia by Nicholas F. /Nicholas C.



Fantasy Faces by Molly Harrison




Magical Dawn by Hanna Karlzon 


Steampunk Fairyland by Deborah Muller





Thursday, August 3, 2017

YA Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub Date: Feb 9, 2016
Pages: 448


Book Summary:

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever

Book Review:

A really fantastic sequel that had me wondering what was going to happen from moment to moment. I found myself liking Mare a lot more in this book because she seems much more determined and sure of herself. Cal seems a lot more unsure of things.

The thing that drove this book for me was Mare’s determination to find a way to bring down Mare and find help with the new bloods, like her that are our Reds but have a special ability like hers but it’s different. Yet she meets a lot of challenges and resistance with what she wants because not everybody is behind this plan of hers. The Scarlet Guard feels like this is not going to work so things get tense.

Cal also no longer has the crown and wants a different future than the one that Maven is on. I think Cal has lost his confidence. It definitely shows in this book. His attitude is one of that he has to readjust to things. Plus he is now living among the rebels, who happen to be reds, so there is a lot of resentment for what he represents. There are a few surprises that happen.

I definitely found the new bloods to be interesting because they vary from young to old. Plus some are willing and others are not so willing. There are things that change. We learn the abilities vary with each of the new bloods. Some of them are still learning how to use them, others can use them, others want nothing to do with Mare’s plan. Mare also has to be willing to sacrifice things she never thought she would imagine or see. There are times the path is going to be difficult. I found her struggles to be very real and frustrating at times.

One of the things I love is when the Queen dies. That was totally unexpected. Maven’s mother is so detestable that it was one of the most awesome moments in the books. This was so good because it means that Mare has one less obstacle in her way to defeat Maven and help restore, maybe liberate the kingdom and make a new future. 

The way this ended was really suspenseful and one that I didn’t see coming. I’m kind of worried for Mare and wondering what the future holds for her and what Maven has in mind for her. I totally didn’t expect the way this book took.

Rating:


Four Hearts