Friday, October 31, 2014

October 2014 Wrap Up

Goodbye October, and welcome November! It's the season of delicious food, warm fires, and lots of family/friends time. I love this time of year! Before we say goodbye to October officially though, let's take a look at what I read this month. Shall we?


(C) = Children / (YA) = Young Adult / (NA) = New Adult
(A) = Adult / (MG) = Middle Grade
** Books read in previous months

Books read and reviewed in October:
(YA) The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry - Review (4/5)
(YA) A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley - Review (2/5)
(YA) *GN* In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang - Review (3/5)
(A) The Demeter Code by Russell Brooks - Review (4/5)
(MG) *GN* Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke - Review (5/5)
(YA) *GN* Cardboard by Doug TenNapel - Review (3/5)
(A) Dog's Don't Look Both Ways by Jane Hanser - Review (4/5)
(YA) The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts - Review (2/5)
(A) Love Thy Neighbor by Sophie Wintner - Review (2/5)
(A) A Kiss of Cabernet by Pamela Gibson - Review (4/5)

Total books reviewed: 10
Toward month totals: 10

Books read but not reviewed:
(MG) Into the Land of Unicorns by Bruce Coville (3/5)
(MG) The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill (5/5)
(A) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (4/5)
(A) Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (4/5)
(YA) Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper (3/5)
(MG) The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel by Jeanne DuPrau (3/5)
(YA) The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbot (4/5)

Total books read but not reviewed: 7
Grand Total: 17

Reading Progress: COMPLETED! I've read 178 out of 175 books.

Favorite book of the month?

Well this month was actually a little bit lacking in the high reviews department, but I have to say that Zita the Spacegirl and The Witch's Boy both stole my heart! It's a toss up between those two.

How did you do this month?

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers

Today's spotlight is on a book that I've been eagerly anticipating since I first heard that it was on its way. Not only is it written by E.C. Meyers, who is a wonderful author, but it's a techno thriller will all the markings of a book that I'll love. Want to see if it's for you as well? Here's the synopsis! Check it out!

"What is the Silence of Six, and what are you going to do about it?"

These are the last words uttered by 17-year old Max Stein’s genius best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential Debate at their high school.

Haunted by the unforgettable image of his best friend’s death, Max’s entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting for his own innocence, Max is on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.

Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances and virtual identities — all the while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.

A thriller with computer hacking and tons of twists? You have my attention! You can add this book to your Goodreads, Amazon, or BookLikes list. Make sure you don't forget that it releases on November 5, 2014. Now, please enjoy a trailer and then scroll down for a giveaway!

Thanks to the publisher, two winners will be taking home a finished copy of The Silence of Six.
U.S. mailing address only please! Giveaway will run until 11/7/14.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: A Kiss of Cabernet

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: A Kiss of Cabernet
    *Series: A Love in Wine Country Novel
Author: Pamela Gibson
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Pages: Kindle; 188
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romance

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who love books set in wine country, and feisty characters with big hearts.

Add it on: Goodreads / Amazon / BookLikes
The sweetest vintage of all is the one you can’t have…

Napa Valley vineyard manager Paige Reynoso is furious. After a six-year absence, her boss—big-city entrepreneur Jake Madison—has returned, only to announce he’s selling the vineyard. Paige has always dreamed of buying Garnet Hill, which sits on land where her ancestors first settled, but without the cash, she’s out of luck. And then there’s an even bigger problem…she has a serious thing for the surprisingly tempting man who’s just destroyed her dream.

Jake’s in a tight spot. With his other business ventures struggling, he needs cash—fast. The last thing he needs is the too-lovely Paige convincing him the grapes are an effective long-term investment. Or needing Paige herself, whose spirit and heart bring his to life. But as their attraction grows, Jake knows he’s not in a position to offer her anything beyond this moment. Because Jake has a big secret…and it has nothing to do with sour grapes.

If there was one place I could loose myself forever, it would be Napa Valley. The beauty of this area alone is enough to make you want to stay. Then you try the wines, and everything settles into place. I never pass up an opportunity to devour a book set in this seductive background. Especially when it's a romance. What better place for love? What I was most excited about, in this instance, was that Paige didn't just live in Napa Valley. Oh, no. She worked the land. I couldn't wait to be there, right beside her, and she worked the land and her way into Jake's heart.

Now it's no secret that I love a strong female character, and Paige Reynoso fits that perfectly. Warm and intelligent, Paige has a passion for her job that is contagious. It's easy to get caught up in her excitement. I had no idea that I'd not only be treated to a love story, but also learn a thing or two about wine! It's evident that Pamela Gibson knows her vineyards. Each time Paige talked about the process behind growing excellent grapes, I was rapt. It added another level to this story, and I ate it up.

Let's not forget about Jake though. It was hard for me not to fall for his knowing smirk, and his deep loyalties to his employees. I adored the fact that Jake wasn't just another gruff businessman. He was so much more than that. Every thought he had, he was considering others. Even when I didn't quite agree with his decisions, I couldn't help but sigh in defeat. He's just too sweet, and it came as no surprise to me that he and Paige had sparks between them. These two were just perfection.

If you're looking for a book to curl up with, and devour in one afternoon, you've found it. A Kiss of Cabernet is the type of story that is impossible to put down until it's done. I know that I fell in love with the characters, and with the stunning setting. It's my hope that you will too.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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