Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Release Day Party for The Daughter's of Lem

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Title: The Daughters Lem
Author: Nila Aamoth

Genre: Biographical / Memoir / Historical

The Daughters of Lem witnessed and survived the tragic event that forever transformed them. Orphaned, frightened, fiercely independent, the four sisters fought defiantly to raise themselves. But Lucille, Louise, and Nell Rose could not defeat the notion of a Lem bad seed; they chose to remain childless. Only Dorothy sought to achieve what she perceived to be a “normal” life as a wife and mother. In the process, she discovered her power as an independent woman. Her own three offspring became a new generation of the Daughters of Lem, and fortunate participants in their mother’s improbably joyful journey.

Author Bio

Nila Knack Aamoth wrote her first story at age four, and never stopped plying the pencil, the typewriter, and finally the computer keyboard. She began her journalism career in Houston, Texas, and owned two community newspapers in Michigan. For 25 years, she was editor and publisher of The Penasee Globe. "I figured my thoughts were more valuable than the traditional penny, so I called my weekly column A Nickel's Worth," she likes to joke. Those mostly light-hearted musings won her numerous state and national writing awards. Her insightful editorials, both humorous and serious, won the Michigan Press Association award for "Best Editorial" two years running. "I believed I could write about anything," she says. "But writing the incredible story of my own family was almost too heart-wrenching. I think I've finally grown up!"

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Waiting on Wednesday #3




"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.


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Title: Walk on Earth
Author: Rae Carson

Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy
Pages: 432
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Expected Publication:  September 22nd 2015

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Summary from Goodreads:
The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.



Thoughts:

I been hearing quiet a number of great reviews on this book and the author particularly on Goodreads. The author apparently wrote 'Fire and Thorn' Trilogy and has a great record of good stories. In addition to that, the cover is really beautiful. 

You can definitely see a lot of thought went into that. It's original and outside the box. I mean who would of giving the main character the ability to sense gold. Genius.  
I can't wait! 

Fantasy + Gold Rush + Magic= AWESOMENESS!!!






Thursday, 16 July 2015

Cover Reveal for Lemorian Crest



Title: The Lemorian Crest (Cobbogoth #2)
Author: Hannah L. Clark 
Release Date: July 2015

Summary from Goodreads:


After being raised from infancy in Boston, Mass., Noria (a.k.a Norah Lukens) has no idea what to expect upon entering New Cobbogoth, where she never would have guessed that paths of light can make you vanish; doors can lead to realms both near and far; myths and legends are actual history; a mere kiss can seal two souls as one; and, of course, a stone is never “just a stone.” Her Uncle Jack’s stories never could have prepared her for the magical and dangerous place her native realm is turning out to be.



When the Gihara’s promises begin to crumble, her best friend and soul-mate Jamus (a.k.a. James Riley) is in more danger than ever. Then when his father Lylend abandons her to search for an ancient relic called The Lemorian Crest and she is taken captive by the very people she’s risked everything to save, Noria begins to lose faith in the Cobbogothian gods and the mission they sent her home to accomplish.

Only when a series of new friendships and loyalties are forged in the most peculiar of places, does Noria dare hope again. Hope for Jamus’ safety, for their future together, and for the survival of the entire Cobbogothian race.

Book 1: Uncovering Cobbogoth was published in 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing.

First book in the series:
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About the Author

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and two children in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor's degree in English and immediately began writing her first novel.

Uncovering Cobbogoth was Clark's first book in the seven book Cobbogoth series based on her mythological brain-child, The Legend of the Cobbogothians. It was released in May 2014 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Book 2 in the series, The Lemorian Crest will be released in Summer 2015. 

Clark loves running, mythology, singing while playing the guitar, herbal tea, escaping into imaginary worlds, and being with her peeps. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes that trees might have souls, but must clarify that she has never actually hugged a tree. The closest she has ever come to that kind of bizarre behavior was the time she hugged the pillars outside Harry Potter Land. Which, all things considered, is not bizarre at all if you take into account how exquisitely happy she was to finally be there. ;-)
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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #2



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Title: The Great Hunt 
Author: Wendy Higgins
Pages: 416
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: March 8th 2016

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Summary from Goodreads:

Kill the beast. Win the girl.


A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.
Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

                                   Thoughts:

I like the cover, I'm not in love with it but it can pass. I reminds me of BRAVE the Disney Character. The summary completely and effectively sucked me in. Add plus I'm such a Wendy Higgins Fan.




To be honest, one of my first book reviews was the Sweet trilogy by Wendy, and that was amazing.
I love retelling of stories, it makes me appreciate the original piece much more. I'm so curious by this book and the way it turns out with a Hunter and a Princess. I feel like Wendy is following the path of Marissa Meyer with the Lunar Chronicles, but with a whole new and different perspective.

And there is nothing wrong with that, I mean you have to draw your inspiration from somewhere and plus I adore the Lunar Chronicles series.


I can't wait!!!


What do you think of the Great Hunt? Is this something that you would read?
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Cover Reveal for Black Five


Title:Black Five
Author: J. Lynn Bailey 
Release Date: 11/17/15
Publisher: Poorhouse Publishing
Pages:400

Summary from Goodreads:
No one ever accused Penelope Jackson of being normal, nor did they suspect the dark secret she kept. A dangerous web of deceit and secrecy unravels when news of a stranger’s death puts Penn on a collision course with the very person she’s been hiding from her whole life. Her fragile world is shaken to its core with the sudden arrival of Vacavious and she soon discovers the bizarre and magical world surrounding her seemingly ordinary life.

No one is who they claim to be, including those closest to Penn. A mysterious security detail emerges from the shadows scrambling to protect her as powerful forces await the fall of her protective veil on her eighteenth birthday. 

Penn prepares to fight against unseen evils before it’s too late. The world of Nighmerianotte and its population depends on her survival, for she is the Sanguine, the Black Five.







About the Author
I'm a mother of two beautiful children and a wife to an adorably supportive husband. Seriously, he's adorable and tall. Really tall; he's my high school sweetheart. I'm also a mother of two fur children who are extremely needy, Leo and Vinni.

I live with my family in a small town tucked away in the redwood forest located on California's northern coast. 

I'm quite boring. But in case you're wondering, you can see what my loves, my loathes and things you may not know about me by clicking the menu above.

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A Decade of French Fashion, 1929-1938: From the depression to the Brink of War Review

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The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. I am just sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.

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Title: A Decade of French Fashion, 1929-1938: From the depression to the Brink of War

Author: Mary Carolyn Waldrep (Editor)

Pages: 112
Publisher: Dover Publications

Expected Publication: August 19th 2015


Summary:
In addition to a world-wide depression and the rise of Fascism throughout Europe, the years between 1929 and 1938 witnessed dramatic changes in women's fashion. With the turning of the decade, the free and easy fashions of the Roaring Twenties shifted to a softer, more conservative look, with an emphasis on curves rather than angles. Hemlines plummeted almost overnight and did not begin to rise until mid-decade.
These selections from full-color French catalogs produced for the American market from 1929 through 1938 document the changes in fashion from the time of the stock market crash to the dawn of World War II. More than 100 images of day and evening wear illustrate the movement from flapper fashions to a more austere look. Fashion designers, costume historians, costumers, and anyone who loves fashion will treasure this richly illustrated survey.


My Review:


I received this from Net Galley in an exchange for an honest review.


If you are an history or self proclaimed costume designer or clothing/fashion lover, or even a little bit of both you will definitely be able to relate to this book. 
In just 112 pages we are able to glimpse the rich history between the period of 1929-1938.

Appearance:

I loved the book cover. To be honest it is one of the first things that grabbed my attention. In addition to the crisp and detailed art. And it truly gives you a taste of the rich and ever changing fashion world between the period of 1929-1938.

Inside the book:

I still don't know why I didn't look at this book sooner. Once I did I was completely blow away by the art. I felt like I stumbled through history class but this time I actually wanted to attend. I loved that the writing in the beginning is short and simple, yet manages to tell the reader what we are reading about. And let's the art throughout the book explain the rest.


Personally:
As a former Clothing & Textiles student, I can appreciate the time, talent and patience it took to compile all the relevant information. Each and every single graphic art truly depicts every time period and its constant evolution. 
Personally, for those of you who are genuinely interested in fashion history or maybe currently pursuing a Fashion major it will be wise to look at this book; for Fashion constantly reinvents itself.
This might just come back to haunt you. 
And if you are not such major, it still won't hurt to take a look. 
The front and back view of the silhouettes is not  3 dimensional but manages to give a full image of the fashion. 

From the pattern silhouettes accompanied by fur coats whether it be from afternoon to evening; to the commanding colors of Old Hollywood glamour or a two piece ensemble, this book provides a truly representation. Of French Fashion from the depression to the Brink of War.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to read and review  this book.

Be sure to comment down below to share your thoughts and opinions. Do you think you will read this? Do  you want to read this book and why?


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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Phoenix Awakens Cover Reveal



Phoenix Awakens
Release Date: 10/12/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Paranormal debut about a high school senior who finds herself in a fight with a secret society for control of ancient magic.



Julia never believed in magic.

Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Graham admits he was part of the Phoenixes — a centuries old secret society — but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she's discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.

But the Phoenixes want Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they'll do whatever it takes to get it.

In a mundane world where magic does not exist, Julia is the only one with a shot at stopping them. Will Julia learn to control her new abilities in time to stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?






About the Author
Eliza Nolan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few years, after which she returned to icy Minnesota - where she now lives with her two cats in a house smaller than your closet.

She is an avid reader and writer of YA. She has ghostwritten a novel or two, but also writes her own stuff, and is FINALLY getting ready (to get ready) to publish her debut young adult urban fantasy novel, Phoenix Awakens.



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Friday, 10 July 2015

Identity Crisis

I have to change my blog name because I found myself repeatedly clashing with other similar blog names.

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I worked so hard. But the show must continue.

R.I.P Bookish Dame

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These were the new names scrapped together but as usual some were taken. Nevertheless, I still persisted.
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  • Fiction Addiction
  • Falling For Fiction
  • Fiction Kingdom
  • Behind the bookshelf, etc.

Believe me the list could continue but this is what I remember so far. 

Comment down below and tell me if you like the new blog. Do you think it was necessary?



Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #1




"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire, #2)





Title: Queen of Tomorrow 
Series: Stolen Empire #2
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Pages: 280
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Expected Publication: July 14th 2015


Summary:


Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.



When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.

Thoughts:
I don't really like the cover. BUT that summary gave me goosebumps and that did it for me. So I am genuinely interested  in reading for that same feeling. And plus I am a huge historical fiction fan so I can almost foresee this being an enjoyable read.




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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

ARC Book Review Sight by Juliet Madison



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The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. I am just sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.


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Author:Juliet Madison
Series: The Delta Girls #1

Publication Date: 14th July, 2015
Published by: Diversion Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance



Summary:
I spent my birthday fast asleep. In a coma to be exact.
When Savannah wakes up after two months in the hospital, she sees a whole lot more than expected, things that could put those close to her at risk.

The five Delcarta sisters have never believed in the paranormal, not like their woo-woo mother. Instead they believe in the power of sisterhood, of romance, and rebuilding their lives after their father's mysterious disappearance nine years earlier. Starting anew in the small town of Iris Harbor, they see potential in all.

But Savannah's awakening after having surgery on a life-threatening aneurysm brings a unique ability to the Delcarta sisters–together, each can predict the future with one of the five senses. And Savannah has the gift of sight.

A serial arsonist has been terrorizing the tight-knit community, and the Delcarta sisters have their suspicions on who could be to blame, including a boy who starts as an adversary to Savannah and then very quickly becomes her whole world. Investigating these crimes, trying to stop them before the next flame is sparked will call upon Savannah to use her newfound abilities with the help of her sisters, and will put each of their lives in danger.

This stunning new paranormal series blends the sweetest of romances with breathless suspense, and introduces five young women who share a haunted past, an extraordinary gift, and an uncertain future.




                      **Spoilers Included ** 



My Review:


I received this from Net Galley in an exchange for an honest review.


Appearance

The book cover seems kind of redundant, within the book industry. However for this specific title, it is cohesive with the theme.

Writing: Very descriptive, smooth and entertaining. And everything linked well such as the 
Delta waves= Delta Girls. 
Really liked that, you definitely see thought went into that, and just the whole concept of the senses.

This book will be more appealing to pre-teens and teens in general.

Themes present in this book are:

Sisterhood

Love/Romance
Savannah and Riley was very much cheesy and cookie cutter but it was a very pure.


                                           Characters:
Guide 
Savannah- Sight
Serena- Sound
Sasha- Smell
Tamara-Taste
Talia- Touch

Literally, if I didn't have this guide of the characters, I would be confuse and mix them up.


Personally, I found it hard to keep track of the different characters especially, if their name begins in the same letter. Just my opinion.

Savannah is very relate able in that she wants hurry up and grow up. Which I think what many of us teens crave and can connect with.

Coincidence 
is plaguing this book repeatedly.

Poor Mr. Jenkins the somewhat obvious criminal is actually innocent and the same one who ends up helping the girls. This just goes to show you should never judge a book by it's cover.


                                           Personally:

The transition of the setting for me was really weird. You awake from a coma, but end up straight at the beach. I know, she had a near death experience and I'm all for embracing life after sudden death experience. But still the transition in the beginning is very weird and sudden.


To be honest, I was bored to death with this book, so much  I purposely procrastinated to avoid reading this book. And thus didn't complete my June wrap up.






Also, this book didn't capture my attention very well. I found myself often times putting it down the book, and altogether not captivated to read it because it became a chore. Don't get me wrong, I love the theme and the idea but something about the end result is utterly boring.  


In addition, that is a lot of kids, to have as a single parent. But nobody cares cause it is a work of fiction. I guess for the purpose of each different it only made sense too have so many children.

Till the end of Chapter 3, I can truly say I was engaged and curious. Which is weird since they discover their powers and all but the mysterious figure at the end of the chapter had me thinking.
*Detective Dame*

But unfortunately still lost interest in and between the story.
I did feel sympathy with Savannah and her death dad scene and the scenes where she has to explain her visions.......that must be hard, but that's about it. 


Also, she has the gift of sight, right. She SAW what happen to Riley's dad yet she asks him, ''Did your dad left a suicide.

That rhetorical question was not needed and not mention, if I was the Riley character, I would find it strange that my girlfriend suddenly has a renewed interest in my dead father. Just saying.

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Only to till the very end. I was truly frightened. And this is me five o'clock in the morning **reading through the night** and my heart is beating in chest, from fright.  But then again I ask myself, why does it take approximately 350 pages? 
I felt bad for previous comments because towards the end it blossoms into a nice story.



What the hell......the ending was so cheesy. Who celebrates sixteen and a half birthday?!?! I'll tell you.......NO ONE. Thankful the Savannah's mom explains why they threw that party in the first place. 

But I appreciate every authors attempt to write and publish a book because it is not easy......very challenging and calls for a great deal of thought and creativity.


Rating:
3 out 5 crowns




About this author



Juliet Madison
Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing, and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put those characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance, and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.


Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends as much time as possible writing and coming up with new ideas, while doing her best to avoid housework.

Juliet is a proud member and volunteer with The Romance Writers of Australia and she loves to interact online with readers and writers via twitter (@Juliet_Madison), and Facebook.She can be contacted through her website at www.julietmadison.com where readers can also download some free short stories.