Thursday, July 20, 2017

COYER Summer Reading List Read-a-thon #2 - Physical Books Only



It's time for the second Summer Reading List Read-a-thon of COYER! We will be reading physical books only from our reading list, from Sunday July 23rd - Sunday July30th!

Here are the physical books I'll be focusing on!



Progress:

DateActivity
Sunday 7/23:-
Monday 7/24:-
Tuesday 7/25:-
Wednesday 7/26:-
Thursday 7/27:-
Friday 7/28:-
Saturday 7/29:-
Sunday 7/30:-

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Hate U Give - Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Katy C., the winner of my giveawy for The Hate U Give!

This was such a powerful read for me and I'm so glad to be able to share it with someone, passing along that book love, and the great messages inside!   Katy, I'll be contacting you soon!





Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

The Sunday Post #8



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


I have enjoyed my hammock that I showed off last week several times this past week! I will say that it takes surprisingly more effort to get into and out of than I had expected, practice makes perfect though, right? ;)

Our 4th of July celebrations were last week here in the US, and while I didn't go to any fireworks displays in person, there are quite a few online. I discovered that there is an international fireworks symposium every year, usually in Spring, held in different places. This past year was in Japan, who also has their own National Fireworks Competition that they have held since 1910. Here is a fun display from this year's International Symposium as a sample:



Finally, I have a bit of a funny story to share about my attempts at going to a book club. Our local library has three offsite bookclubs that they hold once a month, at breakfast, lunch and dinner times. Last month in June I wanted to try and go to the breakfast time club as it was at a local coffee shop I hadn't been to before, and it was on a Saturday. We went, but got there a little late, so the club was already underway into discussion and I completely chickened out on joining in. So we sat right nearby and I eavesdropped, to get a feel for the personality of the group. Yes, I am a book club spy. I decided to try again this month. We managed to get there on time, and I took the plunge and joined in! It might sound silly, but it's kind of a big step for me to do social things like that with an unknown group of people, so actually having that first month to just listen really helped me this time to be able to join in discussion and share some books with the group. I even confessed my nefarious spying from the month before, which the librarian leader was amused at, as I knew she would be, or I wouldn't have said anything. ;)

Tonight we are going to a concert, Queen and Adam Lambert, really looking forward to it!  If only we could have seen Freddie Mercury, but I have seen Adam on TV and I think he does a great job, so it should be fun.


I reviewed My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows.

I reviewed Ether & Elephants by Cindy Spencer Pape.

I revealed the winner of my July TBR List Vote: Eliza and Her Monsters.

Don't forget!  My Giveaway for The Hate U Give is still open until Tuesday!



I didn't get The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict reviewed, so I'll keep that on the list for coming soon!

I'm not sure what else I'll be up to!



We went a little crazy this week, but some of it was supporting one of the few local bookstores left nearby, Rainy Day Books, who always have amazing guests and a fantastic store!  They have a lot of autographed books available from their past events, which I believe they will ship, so you may want to check them out!  We found out today that Astronaut Scott Kelly will be visiting in October, so we had to sign up for that one!




I picked up a few Kindle Deals this week as well. Secondborn was my Amazon Prime first read pick, the rest were just on sale at the time.





Last but not least, I took home these ARC's from the library book club that I thought sounded great!




Saturday, July 08, 2017

July TBR List Winner - Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia





And the winner is...


Book Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

I'm excited to read this one, everyone seems to be loving it!  It has tones of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell to it, which I really enjoyed.


43% of the votes


36% of the votes

21% of the votes

Friday, July 07, 2017

Ether & Elephants by Cindy Spencer Pape

Ether & Elephants (Gaslight Chronicles, #8)Ether & Elephants by Cindy Spencer Pape
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sir Thomas Devere and Eleanor Hadrian have loved each other most of their lives—but sometimes love doesn't conquer all.

Their chance at happiness was ruined by Tom's hasty marriage to someone else. Heartbroken, Nell left home, finding a new life as a teacher at a school for the blind. But when one of her supernaturally gifted students, Charlie, is kidnapped, Tom reappears and her worlds collide.

Tom claims he hasn't seen his wife since the day of their marriage…yet he fears the missing student could be his son.

The deeper they dig, the more Tom and Nell discover: a deadly alchemist, more missing gifted children and long-suppressed feelings neither of them is ready for. A race on airship across England and India may lead them to answers—including a second chance at love—but only if all of British Society isn't destroyed first.


This was a good ending to a fun series! While we didn't get everyone's story in the series, this one wraps up with two of the original Wapping group getting the always hoped for HEA, which isn't really a spoiler, because that's how they all end, so you know it has to work out!

This time around we see Nell and Tom from the original group of kids adopted by Merrick Hadrian from, the streets. We get to see that they've always felt something for each other, but somewhere along the way things have gone haywire and what should have been a no brainer pairing, seems nearly impossible now. Nell is a teacher at a school away from home, and Tom is now a full fledged member of the Order. When one of her students goes missing, she sets out to find him, with the help of Tom and others, and of course there is much more to it than just one child's disappearance.

I've really enjoyed this series, with a loose basis to the Knights of the Round Table set in Industrial Victorian, Steampunk times (because mechanical pets sound like a lot of fun, at least the ones that Wink makes). All of the main characters have special abilities, or high intelligence in certain areas and personalities that speak to me. Feisty ladies, chivalrous men, and a huge family that works together. As an only child I always love stories involving many siblings that get along well and care deeply for each other.

A definite recommend on the Gaslight Chronicles from me for light, romanc-y and satisfying reads. I look forward to trying this author's other work!

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

From Goodreads:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.


This was a humorous and snarky, young adult, paranormal alternate history for Lady Jane Grey. I did enjoy it. It was funny. And the audiobook is read by one of my favorite narrators, Katherine Kellgren, who is the best with doing royal voices. With that said, I felt faintly guilty enjoying it when the true history was so bad for Jane.  I do realize that the whole point of this book was to take a sad bit of history and make it an HEA instead, but I'm afraid it may come off as a bit irreverent and flippant to true events.  However if it gets readers interested in actual history, that's not a bad thing.  And if you go into it knowing to expect an outrageous reworking of history, then maybe it's a little easier to take.  I would advise fans of strict adherence to historical facts to steer clear. 

With that bit of criticism out of the way, My Lady Jane was a lot of fun! Jane is a heroine that any Disney's Belle fan will love, and Edward and Gifford are bumbling and adorable, and there is that bit about the shape changing which causes more than a little trouble.  I also love when there is 4th wall breaking, used here when the authors occasionally address the reader to set the record straight (or even more wrong).  Kellgren does a fantastic job of getting the intonation just right, especially the snarky and sarcastic bits, which make it a pleasure to listen to.

My Lady Jane will definitely go down as one of my favorites of the year. I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes next with two more books forthcoming, according to Goodreads. 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The Sunday Post #7



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


Today is the last day of  COYER's first Summer Reading List Read-a-thon and I'm hoping to get one more book finished!

I'm a big Book Riot fan, and they have recently released a new Podcast called Annotated that is really cool!  The first episode is about 1984 by George Orwell, not so much a discussion of the book itself, but the history behind it.  There were some surprising things I didn't know, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what other topics Jeff and the gang at Book Riot tackle in the next episodes.  I actually enjoy all of their podcasts, they currently have 6 different ones now that get new episodes, 7 if you join their premium Insiders group. Be careful if you do start listening though, because your TBR list will explode!

I kept seeing people in hammocks, relaxing and reading, so I decided to get one!  Here's where you'll find me the rest of the summer!





I talked about my top ten reads of the year so far, and have a giveaway for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas in Top Ten Tuesday.

I reviewed One Love by Amanda Shofner, my first read for the COYER Summer Reading List Read-a-thon #1.

I put up 3 new books from the subscription boxes I've joined to vote on in the My TBR List Meme for July, help me out, please vote!

I also shared my June Read - July TBR #Bookstagram posts.  If you look back at my June TBR, you might notice that none of those books appear on June's Read post! lol! Best laid plans and all that.  We'll see what happens for July!  I just like making collages of book covers, to be honest! ;)



I'll be reviewing The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, which I read as part of  the latest Big Library Read.

On Saturday I'll be posting July's winner of the My TBR List Meme vote.



After last week's little spree, I managed to only add one library book to my TBR this week!





In the meantime I'll be reading in my hammock, with a glass of limeade! ;)


Saturday, July 01, 2017

June Books Read - July Lineup


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My TBR List - July 2017 - Subscription Box Books



Welcome to my July 2017 edition of My To Be Read List, hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. This is a monthly meme where we offer up 3 choices from our TBR pile for our readers to pick from to help us make the super hard decision of "what do I read next?" a little easier and to whittle away at the ever growing TBR Mountain! 

Theme: Books I've received in my Subscription Boxes (and which I also put on my COYER Summer Reading List). I've tried out Uppercase, Owlcrate and Fairy Loot, but haven't managed to read any of the books yet!

The poll will stay open through Friday 7/8, and I'll update this post with the winning book on Saturday 7/9, then post a review on the last Saturday of the month, 7/29.

If you think this sounds fun and would like to join (the more the merrier, because we love voting!) please head on over to Because Reading where Michelle lays out the rules for us!

And the choices are...

Book Synopsis:

She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.
Book Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
Book Synopsis:

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.




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