Monday, April 30, 2018

Music Monday - Writer's Playlist (1)

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I've been writing a lot. So much that I finished my first draft. It's horrid bad and I need it edit it before I move onto anything else. You're wondering what this has to do with Music Monday, aren't you? Well, rightfully so! 

I can't write without music, at least not well. Music focuses my mind my really sets the mood for the scene. If I'm righting a fight scene, gotta listen to heavy rock or metal. A love scene... well most mainstream pop works. 

Anyway, you get the idea. So I thought I'd share some of the songs that I've been listening to while writing. Hope you enjoy!





PS: wish me luck as when this comes out, I'll be doing orientation for my new job. I'm so nervous. My anxiety is really fighting me badly right now but I'm trying to push through. 

ARC Manga Monday - Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Volume 1

How are you doing this Monday? I hope you are doing well, I will getting up way too early and getting training for my new job. Wish me luck! I'm really going to need it. Now, let's jump into this week's Manga Monday! 




The awkward, romantic comedy manga about geeks in love that inspired the new anime! Can a professional man who's secretly a hardcore gamer and a woman who's secretly a fujoshi date without their hobbies getting in the way, or revealing each other's secrets? 

Extra-long book includes 2 Japanese volumes!

Narumi and Hirotaka are, by all appearances, a power couple. They're young, good-looking professionals. But they have secrets from everyone but each other: They're serious geeks! Narumi is a fujoshi, and Hirotaka's a hardcore gamer. Their sweet, awkward love story started life as a webcomic before becoming a full-blown manga series by popular demand, and is about to become a major anime series!work.



Mini Manga Breakdown 

ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review

Funny, cute as can be and highly entertaining! 

Now I will be honest and say that a few times I felt very lost with some things they referenced but I still was able to understand what was going on with the story so don't worry there. I loved how when they would make certain choices bars like a video game would appear. It's something I've not seen done in manga before. The characters are what this manga of course. Overall, a wonderful manga, pick it up!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Frigid - Review

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love. 

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have. 

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.




Book Breakdown

Kyler and Sydney are best friends in love with each other and pretty much everyone can see it but them. He sleeps with pretty much anything that wears a skirt just to drown out his want of her and she... well she suffers alone after her one boyfriend was a total asshat. These two get snowed in by themselves and well... their feelings come to light after much fighting and a lot of Sydney being so sadly insecure. Her ex did a number of her. 

They also have someone after them... but the danger never feel dangerous... that make sense? Like I just knew that nothing would really happen. I felt like the stalker aspect was just thrown in there for shits and giggles but besides for that part. This is a cute little novel. It's weird to weird a JLA book that doesn't have lots of witty banter between the characters and I missed that. 

So with the tension between these two, I do find it hard to believe that they've went their whole lives without even guessing at the feelings... I mean I've seen brothers less protective and possessive of girls than the way Kyler was over Sydney. It was easy to see he wanted her even through all the slutty girls he took home. She hid it a little better I think, even though it was still easy to tell that all those girls hurt her. 

Overall, I do think this was a quick little romance novel. I enjoyed it but I knew I would... I mean it's JLA.

Favorite Quotes

1) “If I fall and break my neck, will you say something nice at my funeral?"

"Like 'Kyler was usually more graceful?” 

2) “We walk – or shuffled along – about a yard and then I walked straight into a mailbox. I grunted. “Son of a bitch jumped right out in front of me!”
Kyler stopped, shaking his head. “You are a hazard to yourself right now.”
“I’m fine.” I waved him off, edging around the tricky inanimate object as I shot it a dark look. “I’m watching you.” 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ash Princess - ARC Review

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.



Mini Book Breakdown 

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Yes, as so many other reviews have said, this book gives me a lot of vibes from others BUT it does it better! In my opinion, the characters are better here. The plot is the same old, girl is queen but pulled away from kingdom and you can guess the rest. It's a lot like other YA fantasies but I liked it better. A lot of people are comparing it to Red Queen.... which to be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of and I heard the series goes downhill so... 

There is a kinda love triangle in this book and while I know most people are so sick of those that it's not funny, I'm not. I still love them and probably always will. The writing is solid, the world building is great, and the dialogue is fluid. So I find myself in eager anticipation for the next one!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Recommendations Based on Songs



So we all love to read and I know that I'm not the only one who loves to listen to music while reading. So, I thought I'd share some songs that remind me of books. Basically, it comes down to if you like that song then you'll like this book.

Today, I'm bringing you three songs and the six books I think fit them.

If you like Taylor Swift's So It Goes... 
'Cause we break down a little
And when you get me alone, it's so simple
'Cause baby, I know what you know
We can feel it

Then you'll love:

Moonlight Sins
Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.


Beautiful Disaster 
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. 


If you like Halestorm's I Am the Fire...
I am the fire
I am burning brighter
Roaring like a storm
And I am the one I've been waiting for
Screaming like a siren
Alive and burning brighter

Then you'll love:

The Young Elites 
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts...


Throne of Glass
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

When one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.



If you like Paramore's Monster...
I'll stop the whole world, I'll stop the whole world
From turning into a monster and eating us alive
Don't you ever wonder how we survive?
Well now that your gone, the world is ours

Then you'll Enjoy:

City of Bones
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

Some Girls Bite
They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

Monday, April 23, 2018

100 NetGalley Reviews! + 6 Tips



I have reached just over 100 reviews written for NetGalley. It's taken me three years but I've done it! A feel this is huge milestone in my blogging and I wanted to share some tips and tricks that can help you get that ARC! 

When I first started using NetGalley... I got turned down left and right, I gathered up 21 different rejections in the span of a month. I didn't have anything filled out in my bio, no links, no numbers. Nothing. Then I changed up some stuff and I started to get the books I wanted. 

First off, I have to say this, sometimes it doesn't matter if you do everything right, you will still get declined. I got a decline not long ago because they said my follower count just wasn't big enough. So if you don't get the ARC you wanted, don't sweat it. You can always buy it or get it from the library. 


Let's jump into the tips shall we? 


6) Fill out your profile completely!
I mean list every single social media you have along with follower count. Then list two of your best reviews as examples for them to look at. Tell them a little about yourself in the bio, mention how long you've been blogging, they're more likely to approve you if you've been around a while.


5) Always Link Reviews!
The more places you publish your reviews the better. YABC, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, LinkedIn, and on and on. Just make sure to link all these sties in your main review. They will love seeing your review everywhere, it means they might get more sells and that's all these companies care about.


4) Read Now
If you're just starting out in the world of NetGalley then this will people you a lot. Read lots of books that you don't have to apply for. That will get your feedback ratio up fast and you can finally move onto the books that you came to this sight for.


3) 90%
The suggested feedback ratio is 80% but from my experience, I get approved a whole lot more if I stay at 90% or above.


2) Write A Real Review
I'm so guilty of this one myself... I'll finish my ARC and then blank on a review so I just add a sentence or two and the few times I've done this... the next time I request something from that publisher. They decline me and I can't blame them. So write a real solid review.


1) Don't Give Up
 This one is the most important tip of all, if you get rejected for the book you really wanted do let not it get you down! Don't give up hope that you won't get the big hyped titles. Just stick to ones you really want.






Saturday, April 21, 2018

Moonlight Sins - Review

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers the unforgettable story of a woman whose new life has just begun—but may end in murder...  

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia...



Book Breakdown

I usually LOVE anything by JLA but this one... maybe it has to do with me and my not really wanting to read this month but I just... couldn't really get into it. It's well written and the plot is solid but I just felt like this story was written to be a fantasy for women who feel trapped in their life/marriage and want an escape to somewhere 'better'. I just didn't connect with the story or the characters really which is odd for me when it comes to a JLA novel. 

I loved Julia and thought that she was a pretty good character, on the whole... she seemed a lot weaker than other JLA female characters. Which isn't a bad thing at all. I found it refreshing, not every single woman out there is some badass. Plus, she'd been abused. It fit her character greatly. 

Lucian was weird in like the first 3/4 of the novel to me. He can't take no for an answer. In the end though, he won me over. He's not the smartest guy in the world but he is loyal to those he loves and will do anything in the world for them. 

I do wonder where this is going to go... will it shift into the paranormal realm or if the 'ghosts' are just that... a ghost story. Now, this isn't a bad novel by any means, it's just my least favorite of any of JLA's novels. The writing is great as always, the pacing is perfect, and the characters have a little JLA banter between them. I think most people are going to love this. If you've not read this yet, go for it!

Friday, April 20, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Harry Potter Novel

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog 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 (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Harry Potter Novel

When I told my partner what the topic was for this week, he winced and told that was like picking a favorite batman comic. I laughed. I'm sure this is going to be hard on a lot of people as the series is so beloved. But even if one loves all of the books, there is one you love less and one you love more. That's just how it goes. So I will admit that I have only read the first four but I do have clear answers for this one. I will not be even considering The Cursed Child. So let's jump into it! 


Least Favorite 
This read very much like a children's novel to me and something about it just didn't click with me. So after I read this one years ago, I let the series go but my partner has forced me to keep going and it goes get better. 


Favorite 
So far, this one is my favorite. The series is reading more and more mature and death is not a real thing. I love this one very much! 


Topic for Next Week
First/Last Book Read in 2017



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday - Serpentine


Expected publication: August 7th 2018

Return to vampire hunter Anita Blake's thrilling world in the next novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Crimson Death.

Anita Blake faces new, even deadlier enemies as she and the people she loves confront major changes in their lives, in the latest thrilling adventure featuring the fan favorite vampire hunter.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Music Monday - Back to My Roots

This meme is hosted over at Always Me


So today, I wanted to jump back into my roots a bit. I grew up in TN. I didn't live in Nashville but only like 10 minutes away. So I was there a lot. Nashville is pretty famous for a few things, spicy chicken wings, very laid back people, and music. Not just any music but country music. 

My family is very country... not redneck or hick but we Southern It took a really rude guy telling me my accent offended him to open my eyes to it. Since then, I've been running away from my roots. Pushing anything country away from me. I even changed my accent. 

But recently I've been wanting to get back to some of my roots, I mean Southern food is the best. I don't even care. Nothing beats biscuits and gravy. So I wanted to share a few songs from two artists that my parents used to play all the time while I was growing up. 







It took me nearly 14 years to finally see that I should never have let what the pathetic boy get to me. You can't help what you're born into. Who cares what people think? Do what makes you happy, no matter what. You shouldn't be ashamed of who you are. Unless you like to run around kicking puppies then you are awful and just feel horrid about yourself. 

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy reading little butterflies. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

2 Mini ARC NetGalley Reviews

Discover the Guiding Goddesses in Your Birth Chart and Ignite Your Authenticity, Passion, and Purpose

Did you know that astrology and magick are woven from the same threads? The more you learn about one, the more you'll intuitively understand about the other. This inspiring, hands-on guide shows you how to connect with the twelve faces of the Goddess through astrology, story, ritual, and pathworking.

Explore cross-cultural myths associated with each goddess, delve into astrology from a groundbreaking feminine perspective, and discover the personality, archetype, and correspondences of each zodiac sign to unlock a deeper understanding of yourself as the heroine of your story. Work with the specific guiding goddesses in your birth chart, learn how astrology is connected to the seasonal turning points on the Wheel of the Year, and much more. The Twelve Faces of the Goddess is a reminder that connecting with the sacred feminine is an empowering and radical act that can guide you on your journey.



Mini Book Breakdown

*Thanks to NetGelley for this ARC that I read voluntarily* 

I honestly wasn't too sure about this one but I wanted to give it a go. I'm glad I did, I loved learning about the feminine side of the zodiac. I loved using the exercises and just reading through each Goddess. This is a book that I think I will be flipping through often. 







Explore the realm of the unknown with these true stories of unexplained phenomena. Join expert ufologist and paranormal researcher Nomar Slevik as he shares fascinating stories of sightings and abductions centered in the Northeast’s UFO hotspots. Discover the truth about lights in the sky and aliens on the ground from first-hand witnesses and experiencers. Otherworldly Encounters includes investigations of UFOs, men in black, crop circles, alien abductions, monsters, extraterrestrial biological entities, werewolves, balls of light, Mothman, and more. With reports dating back to the 1800s, this is an in-depth guide to phenomena that have puzzled and frightened witnesses for generations. Using the best technological equipment and immersive investigative techniques, Nomar Slevik shares shocking evidence that is truly out of this world.




Mini Book Breakdown

*Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC that I read voluntarily* 

I always have a love/hate with these kinds of books. On my hand, I love reading them, they are so entertaining. The other hand, I just don't know if I can really believe. I want to believe we aren't alone but what aliens would want to come here? If they are real... they came long ago, saw how dumb we are and then decided never to come back and I can't blame them. 

So while I loved this book so much, I always read them as fiction. I just don't know if I can get into the idea of others out there. Again, I wish I could. Maybe one day, I didn't believe in spirits ten years ago and I do know. So things change. 



Friday, April 13, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Short Story

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog 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 (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
 Favorite/Least Favorite Short Story 


I've a huge fan of horror short stories so I thought I would share some spooky horror stories with you today! Let's jump into it! 


Favorite 
The Doll
It's simple, straight-forward and I loved it anyway. It was just the perfect amount of creepy. 


Least Favorite 
Floor Four
The writing... every sentence was so choppy and I just couldn't enjoy it because of that. 


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/ Least Favorite HP Novel





Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday - Listen to Your Heart

Expected publication: May 29th 2018

Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

March 2018 Wrap Up! 20 Books!

I don't know what has gotten into me but I've been writing hardly any reviews. I just don't feel like it right now. I did write a few that I think are really good this month but most I didn't even bother. Also, I think I'm in a reading slump... I probably burned myself out reading all those books in January and February. I'm always stressed with starting a new job. My daughter is sick... again. Life is just attacking me really hard right now. 

Anyway, you came here for the books I read, not to hear me complain. If you'd like to see whether or not I liked it, check out my Goodreads March Shelf. Now,  let's jump into it! 


Manga

L-DK Volume 11



L-DK Volume 12


L-DK Volume 13




Black Bird Volume 1



Black Bird Volume 2



Black Bird Volume 3 



NetGalley 

Vampire's Kiss



Beauty and the Vampire



Llewellyn's Little Book of Meditation


Norman: The Doll That Needed to Be Locked Away


Risen


A Cart Full of Magic: Your Secret Supermarket Shopping List



Giveaway

How to Cast Real Spells: An Introduction to Wiccan Spells, Magic, and Witchcraft



Book that I can't believe I finished because it was freaking awful 

Defying the Pack



DNF 

Witch Fire



Romance 

Moonlight Sins


Pagan Books

Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with Your Inner Goddess




City Magick: Urban Rituals, Spells, and Shamanism



The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects




Ostara: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Spring Equinox