TBR Challenge Review #1 – Cress By Marissa Meyer

TBR Challenge Review #1 – Cress By Marissa Meyer

Hello Everyone!

I reviewed the first two books of the The Lunar ChroniclesCinder and Scarlet,  what seems like forever ago on here. If you are interested in getting a refresher on my reviews, you can check out my review of Cinder HERE. And you can check out my review on Scarlet HERE.

I started Cress after beginning my TBR Challenge of the year. In addition to seeking to complete a higher book count by the end of the year, I also wanted to read as many books in my TBR as possible. One of the first books on me list I thought was long over due to be read was Cress. I’m part of the unpopular opinion when it comes to Scarlet. I was not impressed at all. It annoyed me more than anything to be completely obvious so it made me put the third book off for the longest time.

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Cress is on a different level than Scarlet was. There were a few less face palm moments than it’s predecessor, but there were still some nonetheless. This one mainly focused around the retelling of Rapunzel but gave the other perspective characters their personal “screen time” so to speak.

We learn more about the hacker in the Lunar space shuttle, floating above the Earth. Cress had been placed there under General Sibil in order to keep surveillance over Earth and report to Lunar anything suspicious or worthy of being used against them. Despite being a hacker and aware of Earth’s practices, Cress acted exactly like a sheltered child.

Yeah, I get it, she basically was but some of her actions throughout the novel were downright annoying. Her constantly fantasizing about Thorne kissing her grated on my nerves because there were more important things to worry about at the time than her receiving her first kiss from a Grade A player she just met.

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Cinder’s arc could not have come at a better time! We see her grow into her powers and finally use them in order to help her team gain the advantage. Watching her confidence grow made me enjoy reading about her more so than the Cress and Scarlet’s progression. This felt more like the part two from Cinder I expected when I read Scarlet. 

There was plenty in this novel that could have been trimmed from the length. Pointless dialogue and….Kai thinking Scarlet was the missing Lunar Princess….Could have done without. Cress’s parts could have been trimmed down as well. I get that this was supposed to be part of her story, but in the end quite a bit wasn’t needed. Aside from that, better than Scarlet.

Rating 6

What did you think of this novel?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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C.B.H. Reviews: Let Astray By Kelley Armstrong

C.B.H. Reviews: Let Astray By Kelley Armstrong

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If you’re new to my blog, welcome to the Charmed Book Haven! I remember when I started this blog almost three years ago, I embarked on a journey with one of my first reviews of Kelly Armstrong’s Bitten (Women of the Otherworld Book 1). The same year, I joined Net Galley and received the opportunity to read and review Kelly’s compilation of her best short stories in Let Astray. 

Each one of these short stories are from her hit OtherworldCainsville, Age of Legends, and Darkest Powers/Darkness Rising series or original short stories. Here are my ratings the short stories:

Original Short Stories

Rakhashi: I needed more information on the Rakhashi! I wish Kelley would write more on them.

6 out of 10 Book Charms 

A Haunted House of Her Own: 

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We meet married couple Tanya and Nathan, who are seeking out a haunted house in order to transform into a B&B. The more the story unfolds, we find that the story nor the actions of the house are what they seem. Is it truly haunted or a matter of madness?

8 out of 10 Book Charms

Last Stand: Different twist on a zombie story. What happens when the monsters become aware and go after the humans that attacked them?

6 out of 10 Book Charms

The Door: This story made my cry! A father and mother will do anything to protect their family – even if it means risking their own lives.

8 out of 10 Book Charms

Dead Flowers By a Roadside: I could not stop crying with this one. No matter how short it is, you can feel the father’s grief over losing his daughter and wife. My only question is did he turn into a ghost in the end?

7 out of 10 Book Charms

Suffer the Children: The idea was there, but the resolution fell flat.

6.5 out of 10 Book Charms

The Collector: Now I want to track down the Hellraiser short story collection! Great adaption of the Hellraiser lore.

10 out of 10 Book Charms

Harbinger: If dead people are trying to give you a warning, listen and don’t yell at them.

8.5 out of 10 Book Charms

Plan B: Hell Hath no fury than the “Other Woman’s” scorn.

7.5 out of 10 Book Charms

Dead to Me: Was not expecting how this story went.

7 out of 10 Book Charms

Age of Legends

The Kitsune’s Nine Tales: The Katsune’s Nine Tales: 9 Tales = 9 Lies. Beware of the Katsune’s tricks. You may end up with a knife in your back.

7 out of 10 Book Charms

Cainsville Series Stories

The Screams of Dragons: Wow, I’m ready to start reading the Cainsville series! A strange town filled with magnificent beings who only want to help the misunderstood and gifted. Unfortunately, they couldn’t help Bobby. Even though someone may come from a dark past, it is up to them to give into the darkness. The ending was completely unexpected!

10 out of 10 Book Charms

Gabriel’s Gargoyles: Wasn’t really needed….

6 out of 10 Book Charms

The Hunt: Sometimes it’s not the animal you’re hunting, but yourself.

6 out of 10 Book Charms

Devil May Care: Prequel to Gabriel’s Gargoyles, Love the fae lore aspect!

Darkest Powers/Darkness Rising

Kat: I haven’t read the Darkness Rising series since I was in high school and it looks like I may need to pick them up and refresh. We’re reminded of the genetic experiments operations of the Edison Group as they are seeking to retrieve the escaped experiment, Kat. Quick, Simple, but good story from that world.

9 out of 10 Book Charms

Branded: It was missing something, I don’t know what, but something…

5 out of 10 Book Charms

Otherworld Universe

Learning Curve: Welcome back to the Otherworld. If you’re going to try to stake a vampire, make sure you don’t run into Zoe and are better prepared, kids.

6 out of 10 Book Charms

Bamboozled: The story as ok. Imagine a heist involving supernaturals that goes wrong.

6 out of 10 Book Charms

The List: More like Learning Curve Prt. 2

6 out of 10 Book Charms

Young Bloods: Wasn’t anything too special.

5 out of 10 Book Charms

V Plates: Play on “V-Card”! I missed Nick from this series!

8 out of 10 Book Charms

Life Sentence: A bit slow, but love the ending!

7 out of 10 Book Charms

 

Rating 8

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Silver Dagger Tours Blog Tour/Guest Post: Hypathia of Alexandria By Laurel A. Rockefeller

Silver Dagger Tours Blog Tour/Guest Post: Hypathia of Alexandria By Laurel A. Rockefeller

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Hypatia of Alexandria

The Legendary Women of World History #8

by Laurel A. Rockefeller

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

 

Teacher. Philosopher. Astronomer.

Born in 355 CE in the aftermath of Constantine’s reign, Hypatia of Alexandria lived in a collapsing Rome Empire, a world where obedience to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the Dark Ages. As libraries burned, she dared defend the light of knowledge.

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Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.

With her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful to read as they are informative. In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series. 

 

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Describe your writing style

Lyrical is probably the best word for it. I came into writing through my music. I was making up songs long before I could read. My songs helped me express myself and survive a very difficult and often very violent childhood. I was in my teens the first time my poems were published, including a sonnet, “Why Bilbo?” for the American Tolkien Society in the winter of 1991/2. So, it makes sense that my writing has a musical quality to it and translates so easily to audio books. Indeed, poetry and music is a common feature in most of my books, both fiction and non-fiction. “Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd” opens with an original poem called “Gwenllian’s Tears” and “Mary Queen of the Scots” opens with the original poem, “Of Scotland Forgotten.” There is plenty of period music in the narrative biographies and original music in the “Peers of Beinan” science fiction novels. You can hear me sing many of these songs on my youtube videos.

What makes a good story?

To me a good story has to pull at your heart strings. There are many very competent writers out there who know their stuff, but fail to really get you invested emotionally. If you aren’t empathizing with the characters or historical persons, then the author is not doing her or his job. With a good story you really truly care about these people and what is happening to them. You hurt with them at the difficult moments and you rejoice with them when they succeed at something. For non-fiction science, the aim has to be making whatever it is really compelling and interesting without sacrificing accuracy or reading comprehension. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an expert at this which is why he is one of my favourite authors.

What are you passionate about these days?

Immigration to England! As a very hands-on historian I feel I do my best work when I have walked the places I’m writing about and done many of the activities in my historical narratives. There is no substitute for direct, personal experience when you are writing. And while yes, it is possible to travel to the UK and the EU from the USA, such trips are too long and expensive to take on the sort of regular basis I need in order to do the best possible work I can. So I am engaging in this extremely long, difficult process called legal immigration.

Making my life more difficult in pursuit of this effort is the current anti-immigrant climate in both the USA and abroad. Ten years ago all you really needed to prove was that you were earning enough money to be self-supporting for the first three to ten years in your new home country. Today those skilled worker visas are extremely hard to come by, particularly for writers and other creative professionals. Everyone is presumed to be a potential terrorist or an economic threat to native-borns so the number of visas available has dramatically shrank and the standards for what skills you need have skyrocketed. It’s no longer good enough to be even in the top 25% of your profession to be considered skilled.

The good news for me is that with your help, I can and will reach England from which I will be better empowered to tell these stories of inspiring historical women. All it takes from you is a review or two on Amazon and sharing what you love about my work with others! So please, help me make my dream come true. Help me earn that visa!

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I have two beautiful cockatiels who are my pride, joy, and usually a form of amusement for me. Absolutely love my birds. I play a couple Facebook games on a daily basis. And of course, I’m a big movie fan, especially of classic films. Favourite television series include Doctor Who, Star Trek the Next Generation, Star Trek Voyager, the West Wing, Victoria, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey. For social activities, I enjoy fine food and drink (I’m quite the foodie at times), history tourism, and playing several outdoor games. I don’t generally exercise if I’m alone, but in the company of a small group I rather enjoy golfing (either the driving range or miniature golf), badminton, archery, frisbee/catch games, and sometimes a bit of football (soccer). Walking around zoos and botanic gardens is also fun too, especially if the trip involves seeing birds. Roses are my favourite flowers, especial white and fire-and-ice varieties.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?

I don’t think anyone in this business really wants per se to be a writer. I think it is like acting and you are a writer from birth and then, through the trials and tribulations of life, finally learn to embrace your talent. As with acting, the road can be very long and convoluted and take decades before you take the plunge and decide to really go for it as a trade as opposed to a hobby you do for fun. Some published authors never take it out of hobby mode. I personally resisted making writing my profession. None of my family, living or dead, support(ed) the idea and I was pushed hard to pursue a “real” job. That’s a key reason I majored in Psychology while in University – my writing major was for me and my psych major was for my mother. History came about through my elective course options. By the time I was registering for classes for senior year my minor advisor in the history department told me I only needed three specific required courses to turn my minor into a major –so I did. History is really the hobby I made into a profession via becoming a non-fiction history author.

As for the right or wrongness of the decision, well it took me over 25 years to finally stop resisting my talent and go for it. In that time, I tried to make a living doing anything except write; the list is very long of the odd, usually poorly paid jobs I took. Now I have taken the big plunge and made writing my sole source of income, yes, I am happy with the decision. I’m finally doing what I was always meant to do.

A day in the life of the author?

I don’t think there is a typical day for me. I get up, check my email and social media, and go from there. I am very active on twitter and there are certain people I like to keep up with every day if I can. I love a good twitter conversation about history, birds, and so forth.

My work usually involves interacting with my translators on a regular basis and in truth I enjoy talking to them about both work and personal stuff. I may have writing or research to do that day or book promotion. It really all depends. When I’m doing initial research for a book I usually start with youtube in search of documentaries relating to the new project. Look through my bibliographies and you usually will find at least one video listed as proof of that.

One thing I always do every day unless I’m traveling is take a nap after my mid-day meal – usually with my cockatiels nearby. The mid-day nap time is often my main time to get in quality interactions with each bird because they are often most friendly with me then. What could be better than your cockatiel walking right up to you for a head rub or a kiss? Heaven!

Do you have advice you would give new authors or aspiring writers?

Learn everything you can. Nothing is irrelevant. When I was seventeen I never thought I would use my high school chemistry. Flash forward to 2011 when I started writing “The Great Succession Crisis” and was laying down the scientific foundations for my world-building and I was neck deep in three different versions of the periodic table of elements, tables I couldn’t have understood without that foundation from high school.

Another piece of advice: there is no substitution for either practice or hands-on experience. Writing is not something you can really learn in the classroom. You can and should master grammar and vocabulary, the technical parts of the languages you are writing in and that can be taught to you. But the creative part of writing, the instincts for plot, pacing, character, and so forth comes from experience and from reading a lot. Details matter a great deal in making your work believable which is why you must travel and experience life directly. The more you get out into the world and experience the breadth of what life has to offer the better your writing will be.

For example, in “Mary Queen of the Scots” there is an especially detailed dancing scene, a scene that reflects my many years dancing at Society for Creative Anachronism events. The scene works because I’m not imagining how people danced at Mary’s court; I know how they danced after years of dancing those dances myself. Likewise, in “Hypatia of Alexandria” there is an early scene with Hypatia trying to learn to spin with a drop spindle. Drop spinning is one of those medieval crafts I practice and do badly. So the scene is coming from real life. Drop spinning takes years of constant practice to master. Being mathematically inclined and with her talents being much more for philosophy and astronomy, I have zero doubt that Hypatia struggled with the “traditional” crafts women are expected to master just as much as I have all my life.

Those scenes work because I have broad experiences. Therefore allow me to encourage you to put down the tech and reach for all the different sorts of experiences you can.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading “Forgotten History: Unbelievable Moments from the Past” by Jem Duducu. Like me, Duducu brings history out of academia and into the hands of “the common man” though he goes about it quite differently and focuses much more on the military side of history than I do.

How long have you been writing?

I don’t believe you choose to be a writer. I believe writing chooses you. This is my entire life for my entire life. I began as a song-writer using my music to help me cope with a violent home life. Today we call that music therapy and recognize the healing power of music, but back in my childhood people simply thought I was a freak for constantly making up songs and singing to myself, despite my lovely voice.

As for making a living writing, that really started in the wake of the Great Recession and the loss of my salaried job as a commercial photographer and graphic artist. I resisted pursuing a writing career for decades; the familial antagonism towards the profession was simply that strong. I started numerous small businesses which each failed and threw me into debt. I really come into this career really kicking and screaming.

In August 2012 I published the first version of “The Great Succession Crisis” (it is now in its third edition). Five years out it is still not yet a commercial success, but that is fine because I am happy with the quality of my writing and I recognize that science fiction is a very crowded genre. People will discover GSC in time along with its prequels and sequels in the Peers of Beinan Series. As a literary social science fiction I am well-prepared for that.

Until then, I am very happy to continue to write the Legendary Women of World History series. There are currently eight titles in English. In 2018 I begin work on “Cleopatra VII” and on “Hildegarde von Bingen.” The series itself will probably finish after about 40-50 total titles meaning you can expect more great narrative biographies for years to come!

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

Whenever I start a new biography I usually begin my research by going as far back in time for that culture or nationality as possible and then working forwards in time. For example, on “Mary Queen of the Scots” I began by watching documentaries on ancient Scotland and the first known settlements in the highlands. With “Empress Matilda of England” I began with pre-Roman Germany and discovered that for all the differences between the Germanic and “Celtic” languages, northern Europeans were far more similar to each other than they were different. From there, the research propelled me into the Roman era, the formation of the “Empire of the Romans” (the term “Holy Roman Empire” dates to the Renaissance), and finally into the Salian dynasty and to Kaiser Heinrich and Matilda herself.

As a rule, I start with documentaries and then work my way into books, journal articles, and online published content. I’m very top-down, working from largest and broadest details to more specific. All this time I log my sources used and construct the timelines you see in every LWWH book since the second one (Boudicca does not have a timeline because we do not have precise dates for events in her life). In that sense I am outlining because with history I must present events in the sequence they happened.

I’m not outlining the story per se in the traditional sense, but I am logging what happened and when which in turn functions like an outline. The story telling itself (which events to include and how) does not get outlined. The bulk of what you see in the Timeline appendix in each book does not make it into the narrative. That adds to its usefulness.

With the main parts of the Timeline worked out, I usually begin with writing the opening prologue or poem that breaks the ice, that first 1-3 pages that most potential readers first see on retailer websites. Once perfected, a simultaneous process of writing, research, and editorial begins in earnest as I shape my list of historical events into a compelling narrative biography. Once I am satisfied with the core narrative, I finish by organizing, formatting, and polishing the appendices before uploading each book for publication.

Can you tell us a little bit about the historical persons in “Hypatia of Alexandria?”

Hypatia of Alexandria was born in 355 CE, just twenty years after the death of Constantine. The sixty years of her life saw some of the most sweeping changes of the late Roman Empire. It was a time of transition from the classical world to the medieval world. Hypatia lived right in the heart of it, in the intellectual capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. She was, for all practical purposes, the very last of the classical philosophers.

Two of Hypatia’s most famous students were Orestes and Synesius of Cyrene. Very little is known about Orestes. In the film “Agora” he is treated as a love interest for Hypatia, but in fact we have no evidence of that either way. The only mention to Orestes in historical sources tell us he was ’Praefectus augustalis’ which was the title given to the Roman governor of Egypt. Sources then go on to very briefly tell us of Orestes’ conflict with Patriarch Cyril in the events immediately leading up to Hypatia’s murder. After her death, Orestes disappears from the historical record entirely.

Synesius of Cyrene studied with Hypatia from 390 CE to 395 CE at which point he returned to Cyrene in modern day Libya to become its bishop in 409 CE. By this point, Synesius was married and had two sons which he refused to put away upon his elevation to bishop as was normal custom. Much of what we know about Hypatia comes from the surviving letters he wrote to her from Cyrene. He loved Hypatia deeply and to some degree continued her scientific work after he left, inventing numerous scientific instruments—some of them more successful than others. Synesius of Cyrene died heartbroken in 413 CE following the death of his wife and children. Contrary to the film “Agora” he never lived to see the brutal murder of his beloved “Philosopher” let alone contributed (as the film shows) to her death on the 15th of March, 315 CE.

Tell us about Hypatia – what makes her tick?

Hypatia of Alexandria was a woman both ahead of her time and yet very much a part of it. She was in many ways a classical philosopher in a classic sense with much in common in terms of upbringing and outlook as other greats from the classical period. She received both a Roman and Greek education, the Roman being very practical and emphasizing education to foster good citizenship and the Greek emphasizing arts, sciences, physical education, and music. The Greeks considered education a form of worship to the Gods which is one reason why Christianity so often took on anti-intellectual qualities. When Paul writes in Colossians, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ,” part of what he opposes is this Greek belief that learning itself is a form of worship. To Paul, philosophy was a form of idolatry, a belief that really empowers Patriarch Theophilus and his successor, Cyril, to go in and attack the intellectual communities and institutions that made Alexandria the educational center of the Roman world.

Hypatia’s world is literally falling apart around her. Everything she has ever known and ever believed in is under attack. But rather than turning a blind eye as those she knows and loves are taken off and killed, she puts her own life at risk helping and defending them, including many Jewish friends who were by this time facing extermination at the hands of the church leaders.

Hypatia taught anyone and everyone who came to her without concern for money, nationality, or religion. She put everything on the line to help and teach others. Truly a great role model for us in these turbulent times.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Tough one because as a rule I love the research aspects of writing each of my books. But if I needed to specify one thing unique to Hypatia that is not present in the other books so far it is the astronomy which was really my first love growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before the car accident that took my eyesight, I seriously considered a career in science. Getting back to my astronomical roots was a lot of fun and I have some very cool astronomy-related resources in this book’s bibliography along with an appendix providing the latitude and longitude coordinates for several Roman Empire cities. This appendix will help you look up star charts for each location so you can see first-hand how the night sky differs depending on where in the world you are. I also really enjoyed writing the big astronomy scene in chapter two where Theon is introducing Hypatia to what becomes her life-long passion with the stars. We forget that each of these constellations have stories behind them. It was a lot of fun researching and telling the stories of Ursa Major (the Big Bear) and Ursa Minor (the Little Bear) and exploring several of the Greek astronomical discoveries in the process.

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Hinder By Kristin Ping (Guardian of the Monsters #1)

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Hinder By Kristin Ping (Guardian of the Monsters #1)

 

 

 

Title: Hinder
Author: Kristin Ping
Series: (Guardian of Monsters #1)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Available: Goodreads / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo

 

Synopsis

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.

Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

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Contact

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Author’s Bio

Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house.

She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing.

When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house. You can find more about Kristin at http://www.authorkristinping.com

My Review

Pretty good beginning to this brand new series. Beware of the beginning, however, there is quite a bit of information thrown at you. I had to take notes in order to understand the lore of witches, benders, and wielders. Other than that, everything in the novel begins to progress smoothly.

We follow the perspective of two main characters. The first is Ethan, an Earth Bender, is searching for his bender. In order for a Bender to keep his powers, he must find his Wielder/Witch. The second is undiscovered other half, Alex. Alex and Ethan both are constantly being hunted by Necrocretors due to the fact they both hold control over one of the rare elements. They have till they are 25 to try to outmaneuver the enemy and remain alive. But this is only one part of the danger at play. Wielders and Benders are forbidden to have relationships. Throw in some normal teenage drama and you have an interesting novel.

I must give props to Kristin Ping for incorporating a family dynamic to this series. It was about time a YA novel brought family in who actually took part of the story. And no, they are not in the backseat whatsoever.

Another downside is Ethan connecting women to animals. It made me uncomfortable at times. My only request is for him to mature and not have this unfortunate trait in the sequel.

Rating 6

 

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~C.C.

End Of the Year Book Tag!

End Of the Year Book Tag!

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I found this tag on Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover‘s blog and originally created by Ariel Bessett. I thought it would be fun to get back into the Book Tag game by going over this past year’s Bookish events.

Question #1: Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Wow, I could give you a list. I had to pause in my Anne Rice Book-a-Thon to tap into my ARC list and make deadlines. I have another few books I started and didn’t finish from the beginning of the year. Here is my list of books I still need to finish:

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Question #2: Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

 

Not really, I’m in the middle of so many books that I couldn’t pick just one as an autumnal transitional book.

 

Question #3: Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

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I have a huge list of new releases I’m waiting for, one in particular is Kelley Armstrong’s latest edition to her Casey Duncan series. I’m planning on beginning the series at the beginning of next year and adding this new release to my collection.

Question #4: What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

 

I want to finish at least one of the books I’ve been in the middle of but two others would be new reads I’ve needed to knock off my TBR list…

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Question #5: Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

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I already know what this book is and I’ve already read it and plan on reading it again. I highly suggest this to anyone who is looking for a thrilling read!

Question #6: Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Not yet, I’ve almost reached my 2017 reading goal for the second time this year so I’ll probably attempt to double it next year. I’ll be keeping you all posted on what next years reading goals will be. I’m anxious to see how it will all go.

 

I challenge you readers to do this tag!

Don’t forget to link your posts back here so I can see your answers!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Graphic Novel Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issue #1

Graphic Novel Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issue #1

Want to know what happens when a group of writers take a classic character people know and love and completely change them and their world into a dark, dangerous entity? Welcome to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Growing up in the 90s, you are familiar with the light-hearted young adult comedy series Sabrina the Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Heart. Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch/mortal, is sent to be raised by her Aunts Hilda and Zelda. Them along with their cat familiar Salem endure over seven years of wacky fun and crazy spell antics that only a teenage witch can conjure.

Now, thirteen years later, Sabrina is reborn in a way that no one could have expected. We travel back in time to the swinging 60’s to her original beginnings in comic book form. Her world, though, is not what we nor any original readers have known. My initial reaction as I began jump into this rabbit hole of darkness was 100% this….

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Issue #1

We are first welcomed by Sabrina’s “origins” so to speak in the first issue. Instead, Sabrina’s origins reveal she was the product of her evil warlock father and innocent mortal mother in order to create a powerful half-witch who would conquer the magic world.

Sabrina’s mother discovers quickly after giving birth that her daughter was promised to be used as a servant of darkness. Upon realizing it, she tries to escape with Sabrina but is interrupted….I’ve included a “peak” down below. Sabrina_01_03.jpg

Sabrina’s father has her mother committed to a psychiatric hospital, tucked away where she is considered a threat and insane. Not long after, her father is transformed into a tree after his sisters Hilda and Zelda turn against him. And so is the beginning of the adventures….

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Rating 9

Reviews Coming This Week…

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issue #2

Book Tour ARC Review & Guest Post: Pink Lock Pics and Sequined Witch Hats

ARC Review: Ramses the Damned – The Passion of Cleopatra

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Xpresso Book Tour Book Blitz: Vices and Virtues

Xpresso Book Tour Book Blitz: Vices and Virtues

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Title: Vices and Virtues
Authors: Chris Farmer, Stacey Broadbent, Amber Bryant, Cyril Brunt, J.M. Butler, Lenore Cheairs, Alana Delacroix, Tammy Oja, Aria Peyton, Maggie Jane Schuler, Lisa Goldman, Rebecca Nolan, Kristin Jacques, Trinity Hanrahan, & QT Ruby
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Release Date: November 14th, 2017

On Sale for ONLY $.99 until 11/21! Be sure to get your copy before the price goes up to $2.99!

Available: Amazon

Vices and Virtues: An anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Dark Virtues

Synopsis

Sins will weave you into their webs. They become the Vice you’re unable to shake. There are the values, taught from birth, which ride a razor’s edge. They turn into Dark Virtues, a twisted mockery of their true meaning.

Pride, envy, lust, gluttony, anger, greed and sloth all have their place in the tapestry of life. They are the Vices who lost sight of the Virtues: charity, temperance, forgiveness, humility, kindness, chastity and diligence.

Enter the worlds where the tales of the most sinful of Vices and the darkest of Virtues will entice and intrigue you…

…for even among the most devout there is a dark side.

The Tales Within…

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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