thank you Bookwormaniac for the beautiful beginning of an amazing book tag! I wish my pictures were half as beautiful as yours but I did have a blast and continuously laughed at my quirky display of some of my books.
The original post is HERE and I recommend checking it out, it is a beautiful, artsy display.
One of two rainbow shelves I have, clearly I need more books and more color!
Then, there is this beautiful quirky display of everything together… It makes me laugh! It’s nothing in comparison to the original post, but it’s quirky and awkward, and it’s mine!
So! Here are a few people I choose to tag….
Rebecca @ Books and Messy Buns
Shealea @ Bookshelf Bitch
Eve @ Eve Messenger’s Otherwordly Endeavors
Enjoy my friends!
Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.
When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store. Will Miko get her own happy ending? Will she find the strength to stand up for what she deserves even if it means breaking her own heart?
Genres: Chick-lit, contemporary, new adult, romance, comedy
Published by Lake Union Publishing
Released: January 19th, 2016
|“Dear, sweet mother of dogs! My stupid e-book skipped to a later chapter, and I just read the word submissive in a place of work, during a business meeting! Hysterical laughter bubbles up inside me, but I tamp it down. A few more seconds and I would have asked him the rest of that question and then promptly committed seppuku with the Montblanc on his desk. I shut down the tablet and toss it into my bag like it’s on fire.”
Miko Jin is a quirky, funny twenty-six-year-old event designer who devours books and really bases her romantic ideas around them with classics as well as modern titles. Her best friend is Max Ashton and she just so happens to have a brother, Liam. Once upon a time on a New Year’s Eve night a year ago, Miko was able to meet him and since then they’ve had a few run-ins and small talks.
Liam is a scoundrel, he doesn’t do relationships. He does casual affairs, he’s too busy and isn’t keen on difficulties when his life is difficult and hectic enough with his work life and other needling aspects.
However! Miko has been pining for Liam for a year and over the course of the year she has jotted down [and continues to do so as the mood strikes her,] the best literary moments in her mind between couples. She has marked down Sense & Sensibility, Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind and the list goes on.
Soon, Liam is asking for Miko to design a new restaurant’s layout, this will bring them together more and Miko can finally unleash her devious plan. Except nothing goes according to that plan, she is a quirky, awkward individual and more often than not these plans go awry in a hilarious fashion. These moments actually made me snort, laugh and squeal in delight.
Along the way, somehow and it’s sad how true it can be, Miko loses herself and it’s sad to see that, but what is unique is that she snaps out of it. She sees it for what it is and owns it. Instead of constantly repeating herself that she needs to be “a worldly woman and accept this.” She understands that she needs to respect herself first and foremost, perhaps a little late, but overall. I really did enjoy Miko’s character, who can’t relate to an awkward book nerd? I sure could relate to it!
There are highs, lows, and in-betweens. It made me laugh, cry, want to toss my iPad…. Overall, I really, really enjoyed this.
Book Nerds unite, Awkward girls – stay true to yourself!
Paula Brackston’s debut novel, The Witch’s Daughter, was the little book that could―with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.
After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has travelled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon’s dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?
In a breathless journey that takes them through history, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.
Continue reading The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston
Nothing Is More Intoxicating
Reynaud St. Aubyn has spent the last seven years in hellish captivity. Now half mad with fever he bursts into his ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl’s heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?
Beatrice Corning, the niece of the present earl, is a proper English miss. But she has a secret: No real man has ever excited her more than the handsome youth in the portrait in her uncle’s home. Suddenly, that very man is here, in the flesh—and luring her into his bed.
Than Surrendering to a Devil.
Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud’s savagery to the noble man inside. For his part, Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as he is suspicious of her loyalty to her uncle. But can Beatrice’s love tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title—even if it means sacrificing her innocence?
Continue reading To desire a devil by Elizabeth Hoyt
Well, I think really this should say “KEEP CALM and READ ON!” As well as “write on!”
I have to thank each and every one of you who have taken the time to read my reviews. In part, I read for the fun of it. I thoroughly enjoy exploring new genres that I once wrinkled my nose at but I’m rather glad that I’ve begun expanding my tastes.
Not only do I enjoy reading books, but I enjoy talking about them which is why I started this book blog to begin with. I had numerous friends and family members walk up to me or message me to ask if I had read this book yet or that book and what I thought if it was any good. Why not start a blog that each one could sign up for and receive reviews without even having to ask? I’m usually talking about books to everyone who expresses their interest in reading. I’m the book recommender, the book savvy girl!
This was not created to compete with any other blogs out there, everyone has different views and it’s plainly seen in book reviews. The more readers out there the better.
So, thank you, viewers, thank you for those who have requested reviews from me. Keep them coming.
So I’ve done fairly well meeting my challenges every year. Last year was trickier because I had increased it beyond my comfort zone, I would never have achieved it if I hadn’t signed up on NetGalley and if I hadn’t hooked up with a few book tours.
This year I’ve increased it beyond my comfort zone again, this time, I’m going big! 150 books to be read this year, last year was 120.
So here is to a year of great books, reviews and achieving reading goals.
If you have a reading goal, post below! What are you hoping to read more of, or just simply accomplish?
For fans of Scott Lynch and Naomi Novik comes a high fantasy epic that blends swashbuckling adventure with a dark tale of vengeance–when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a rare dragon egg that just might be the key to his salvation and his revenge.
He only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.
Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He follows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. When a monstrous dragon attacks the Comber, his surviving crew, vengeful and battle-worn, decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance:” a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the shirts on their backs to survive.
Marooned and fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion discover that the island they’ve landed on isn’t quite as deserted as they originally thought. They find a rare baby dragon that, if trained, just might be their ticket off the island. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, he begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his life will never be the same again. In order for justice to be served, he’ll have to take it for himself.
Genre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction
Published by Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
Release date: July 16th, 2016
I was excited to be approved to review this book through NetGalley, because dragons? A tale of revenge and betrayal.
I thoroughly enjoy reviewing for debuting authors, too, because everyone needs those first gut-wrenching reviews to get over with. That being said, here is my review and overall thoughts.
This book starts off slow and the way it’s written can be really confusing if you’re just hoping to skim by. We begin with Jeryon, the captain of the Comber. His crew isn’t pleased, overworked and underpaid, they plot mutiny amidst an attack from the sky, a dragon is on them soon and once the battle is won they do away with the captain giving him the captain’s chance at life, marooning him as well as the apothecary, Everlyn at sea.
By chance they survive after much trial and wind up on a dangerous island with oversized crabs and threats galore, they also get to witness a dragon hatching and there is where the story truly picks up.
The writing as I said before can be confusing, it jumps around multiple times in a chapter. The depth of character wasn’t there for me and it kept me from truly engaging in the characters and perhaps relating to them. I did enjoy Everlyn, she’s feisty, and I did enjoy Jeryon, but they lacked depth. They were rather one dimensional, but there was promise in them.
At times, the story dragged on more than it ought to, but the idea was so very intriguing especially as the dragon grew. I was hoping for something deeper to transpire between Jeryon and Everlyn, I was hoping for depth ANYWHERE, but it was a very shallow read. Not boring, but it lacked depth in story, depth in character.
Lastly, I felt like there were far too many characters introduced that while they had something to do with the story, wasn’t entirely necessary. It was just more confusing and the closer to the end you come the more characters are introduced when I think it should have focused on closure.
The ending left me a little dissatisfied, but all in all, it was a pretty decent read.