Friday, February 15, 2019

50/50 Friday - Character You'd Most/Least Want to be with in a Zombie Apocalypse

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Character You'd Most/Least Want to be with in a Zombie Apocalypse

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Darkest Star - Review

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

January 2019 Wrap Up! Over 30 Books!

I've noticed that for the past few years January is my most read month. I think it's because I want to get a jump on my Goodreads goal so I won't have to worry about it all year. I can just read and enjoy books. This month, I read a lot of manga, otherwise I'd never have made to 32 books. 

Friday, February 08, 2019

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst World Building in a Fantasy Novel/Series

This meme is hosted here and over at Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst World Building in a Fantasy Novel/Series

Thursday, February 07, 2019

One Line Reviews (3)

Here we are again, this seems to be a lot easier for me than writing a whole review on a book. Maybe it's where I've read so many books but lately none of inspired me to write something long so enjoy these One Liners! 

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Review

Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Music Monday - Omnimar

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

I don't know if I've spotlighted this artist before but I've been getting into more world music and she's from Russia so today I want to bring you two songs from Omnimar. Also, if anyone knows how to pronounce that, please let me know. Thank you.

Manga Monday - Yona of the Dawn

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father's murder!

Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain?

Manga Breakdown 

Yona's the only princess of her kingdom and her father has made sure she's lived a good life but everything changes when the love of her life kills her father. Now she's confused and lost with only Hak, the general of the wind tribe to keep her safe. What will happen to the princess now that her father is gone and the guy she loves has betrayed her and stolen her kingdom? 

I went into this one thinking it would be okay but nothing really special but I flew through the first and then more. I still can't wait to read the rest of the series. The plot is pretty basic but it's fun and keeps me entertained. I wish the romance would pick up because it feels more like a Shonen Jump title rather than a Shojo Beat one. Hopefully that changes as I love my romance more than anything else. 

The art isn't my favorite. The guys just look a little strange to me and I don't know why. Yona looks way younger than she is and it's kinda weird when one of her love interests looks like he's 25. Of course, this is just my opinion, art is subjective. Besides the art, I do love this manga and have enjoyed every volume I've read so far.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Mini Review - Chasing American Monsters

From Alabama to Wyoming and every state in between, the United States is crawling with monsters lurking in the dark corners, just waiting for the right moment to scare the pants off unsuspecting victims. This eye-opening book is a state-by-state guide to monsters, myths, cryptids, and things that go bump in the night. Discover Connecticut's Black Dog of Hanging Hills, the Tommyknockers of Pennsylvania, the Banshee of the South Dakota Badlands, and hundreds of other fearful figures. With more than 250 creatures covering everything from modern-day dinosaurs and dragons to extraterrestrials, lizard men, gnomes, and more, Chasing American Monsters brings you face to face with the unique beasts that hide in the shadows of each of the fifty states. Don't forget a flashlight, pepper spray, and a good pair of running shoes--some of these monsters are downright nasty.

Mini Book Breakdown

*I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review*

Every chapter of this book is a different state, first it gives just a wee bit of info about that state and then it jumps right into the monsters that have been seen along with stories from those who have seen these monsters. It's a pretty fun to read book and I enjoyed it but honestly, I just wanted to know about the states I've lived in or just ones that are important to me. Still, it was fun learning about other monsters in other states. 

It's written in a way that is so easy to understand and at times had be chuckling because the author has one of those voices that is just funny in the best way. Made the book even better in my opinion. Not going to lie, my favorite is the Mothman, I've been interested in him for about ten years now and anything about him just catches my attention instantly. 

A fun book to read, I enjoyed it and even learned about quite a few monsters.

Friday, February 01, 2019

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Read of January

This meme is hosted right here and over at Blue Eye Books

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Read of January 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Mini ARC Review - The Hearth Witch's Kitchen Herbal: Culinary Herbs for Magic, Beauty, and Health

The Hearth Witch's Kitchen Herbal is an herbal with a difference—it shows how to use the herbs and spices most of us already have in our kitchens for home remedies, personal care, spiritual practice, and magic. The follow-up to the bestselling Hearth Witch's Compendium, this practical guide includes more than 150 recipes and highlights 23 plants, spices, and herbs. For each plant, you will discover magical correspondences, history and lore, culinary uses, cosmetic uses, medicinal uses, notes of caution, and recipes. From basil to black pepper and from compresses to cough drops, this comprehensive guide shares everything you need to know for living the hearth witch way.

Mini Book Review 

 I love this! I own many books that deal with herbs and what you can do with them but done of them at actually go into the history of those herbs. I learned things about the herbs I love and use everyday that give them new context in my eyes. It also shows recipes for hair rinse, skincare items, teas, and just about everything in between. It's a must have for any witch or person who wants to use more natural items in your everyday life. I will forever love and use this book. I wish more herb books were like this one.

*This was given to me in exchange for an honest review*

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Duality of Nature Blog Tour + Giveaway

Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn’t like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends. 

But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis’s name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Mini Review - Lawbreaker

Reader Warning: You'll need to buckle up and load up on snacks and energy drinks, because this baby clocked in at 112,000 words. But the heartwarming story is filled with adventure, dry humor, quick-witted banter, a touch of mystery, and a hard-earned happily ever after. :)

Lawbreaker is a standalone new adult romance in the Unbreakable series, coming September 17, 2018!

Raised on the streets, Shay Morgan yearns for a real family, where love is unconditionally offered—even when trust doesn’t come easy. Before that day arrives, she trespasses and steals in order to provide for the few people who’ve gone out of their way to protect her.

Born to privilege, Ben Bishop loathes his family for the despicable things they’ve done, and not done. He vows to be different, play by the rules, do the right thing. Building a thriving nightclub with those who share his values dominates his world.

One explosive night at his bar, Loading Zone, changes everything. For both of them. Forever.

A dance of opponents commences as they thwart with suspicion, start to trust, then sidestep to protect themselves from a fatal blow. Until they soon wonder if they’ve been fighting for the same side all along.

As they begin to open their hearts, they up the stakes with a one-week pact. She shows him the power in breaking the law. He demonstrates the virtue of following it.

Then a far-reaching crime is suddenly exposed—that his family committed. And for one chance moment, Shay and Ben hold the key to right the wrong, correct the injustice. But at what cost?

Will they be able to return from the other side together? Or will their differences tear them apart?

Flirting with danger...has never been so tempting.

Mini Review 

Wanna start by saying that I love a book that puts you through the damn ringer and then gives you the ending that just melts your heart and leaves you feeling all floaty long after you've put the book down. This is at kind of book, it will tear your heart out but give it back with roses and chocolate. It's got strong messages of family and love and the writing is perfectly easy to understand and flows like a dream. All that being said, it's the characters that really kept me going, I loved watching them grow together and just grow on their own. It's simply magical. 

+I was given this book in exchange for an honest review+