Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 Blog Goals!


It's time to set some blog goals for 2014!

Every year I set myself a few, hopefully attainable, goals to help me out with this blog. It will always be my hobby, always something I love, but it still needs organization to run smoothly :). Plus I love setting goals!


First let's look at my goals for 2013:

1. Schedule, Schedule, SCHEDULE!
I wanted to make sure that I scheduled posts ahead of time, so I had things ready when life got busy. Truth? I didn't really do much of that this year. I still want to get better about writing posts early on!

2. Read out of the box!
This goal was all about reading out of my comfort zone, which I totally did this year! I dove into Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thrillers, and even a few Memoirs. It was a great experience, and I even fell in love with Romance!

3. Clean the feed reader, and do more commenting!
Well, this was kind of done for me. When Google Reader disappeared, I started all over again with subscribing to blogs I loved. In the commenting department, I've gotten better! I visit when I can, and participating in more memes has helped a lot.

4. Share the love, and be a blog mentor.
This I've kind of slacked off on. Honestly. Maybe this year will be better. 

5. Interact more with my readers.
Once again, something I'm working on! I have been responding to comments when I can, but I think more appreciation events are in order :). After all, you are all awesome!

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NEW GOALS FOR 2014:

Only three this year!

1. Keep things organized.
This year I set up a calendar for reviews, and separate email folder for review requests. It's been working well! I want to keep this going, and work on scheduling more things ahead of time. I also want to start writing reviews as close to reading the book as I can.

2. Interact more with other readers.
I've already started this by starting a book club! Also joining BookLikes has been great for this as well. I plan on trying to be more active in my community. I love books, you love books, let's chat! 

3. Stop feeling guilty.
 This is a big one. I find myself feeling guilty about not being able to accept all review requests, about not having time to read unsolicited books I'm sent, about being too busy to post. The question is, why? If I promise to read a book, I will. If I haven't, why should I feel guilty? I need to focus more on enjoying this again, and less on making it a job :).


Happy 2014 everyone! Let's make it amazing! 


Monday, December 30, 2013

Most Anticipated Books of 2014


Plugging along here on the end of the year wrap up! Today it's all about the books that I am most looking forward to in 2014. Let me tell you, this was a hard list to create. There are SO many books coming out that I want to read! Still, I promised myself I'd only pick five so here they are.


MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2014


Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott 
(February 4, 2014)

It's funny that Fuse was on my list of most anticipated books last year, but it's true that I totally love this series! There's something about the dark and gritty world that Baggott builds that, quite honestly, just won't let me go. 

I can't wait to dive into this next book and see what happens to my favorite characters!


The Sowing (The Torch Keeper #2) by Steven Dos Santos 
(March 8, 2014)

Another series book that I've been eagerly awaiting! I read The Culling last year and fell in love. It's similar to other books out there, but just different enough to keep me coming back for more. Best of all? The characters. They are vivid, believable, and it just makes for one amazing read! I can't wait for more!



Don't You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
(June 10, 2014)

I'm going to profess my love here and now for Another Little Piece. It's no surprise that as soon as I saw that Kate Karyus Quinn was writing another book, I was sold!

A place where paradise comes with a price? I'm in. Take me on a journey.

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews
(July 29, 2014)Yup, another series book. One of my favorite series in fact! I'm an unabashed fan girl when it comes to Kate Daniels, and actually Ilona Andrews in general! As soon as I saw that this book had a cover I was ecstatic! YES PLEASE!

This release date can't come fast enough!

The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab
(January 28, 2014)Tis' the year of series books! There are so many that I'm waiting for, but The Unbound is one that I can't help but covet. Victoria Schwab's writing always blows me away, but The Archived stole my heart as soon as I read it. I've been waiting to see what happens for... a year? I think.

Point being, this is a book I can't wait to read!






Once again, there you have it! It was so tough to only pick five! There are many many more books coming out that still don't have covers, and even more that don't have enough information for me to share yet. So much goodness in 2014!

What are you excited for? Any highly anticipated books?



Books I Missed in 2013


It's almost 2014!

I'll be spending the next few days wrapping up things around here, and getting things all shiny for the new year! To start things off, I thought I'd share the Top 5 Books I Missed in 2013. All bookworms know that we can't read all the books, as much as we'd love to. Here are the five I can't wait to catch up on in 2014.


Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

I saw amazing things about this book all around the blogging community. Add the fact that I'm a total zombie fanatic, and you have a book that I absolutely can't wait to read! Anything that has those shambling bastards in it? I'm in.

I've also been told that it's a "classic zombie novel". So no overstated romance or any of that jazz. Doesn't matter to me, really. I'll be reading this in 2014 no matter what!


The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

I actually have this book in my possession right now, and just haven't had the time to get to it. I'm not even going to lie, the cover is what drew me in first. Isn't it lovely? Then I learned that this is a fairy tale revolving around syphilis... interesting, no?

So yes, this will be devoured in the upcoming weeks. Since reviews are so divided on this one, I want to see what side of the fence I fall on as well.


The Severed Tower by J. Barton Mitchell

After reading Midnight City last year, this was one of my most anticipated sequels. I waited, and waited, and waited some more. Then my library finally had a copy and I was ecstatic! Then... I just didn't have time to read it.

Since then I've actually purchased a copy, so I can't wait to devour this! I fell in love with the world in the first book. Aliens, strong female and male characters, and survival. What's not to love?



The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

I have a self-professed reader crush on Claire Legrand. After reading The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, and realizing that her writing is magical, I was sold. This book sat on my "most wanted" list all year, and yet I never got around to it.

Not to worry, that shall be remedied very very soon.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Serious cover love for this book. Every time I see it sitting on a self in Barnes & Noble I have to stand and stare for a bit. *happy sigh*

Story of my life, but I just never had a chance to read this one. The library wait list was endless, which is a good sign I'm sure, but I didn't have the time to wait. I will have you soon my pretty... I will have you.




Well, there you have it my friends.

Five deliciously tempting books just waiting for me to devour them in 2014! I love doing this post every year because it reminds me of what I want to catch up on, and it helps a lot with the TBR challenge I do every year as well! Awesome on both counts.

Is there anything that you missed this year? Anything you're looking forward to getting to in 2014?

 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Book Review: The Enchantress of Lynniah

Media Type: Ebook
Title: The Enchantress of Lynniah
    *Series: The Enchantress of Lynniah #1
Author: A.L. Bawden
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: Kindle Edition, 286
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Source: Author
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Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy fun and quick moving fantasy stories.

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Have you ever come across a vain, impetuous little creature called a Mandie, and had to quickly dodge one of her poisonous darts? Or, have you ever imagined having to sing to a fruit to get it to peel open? Perhaps you've bumped into freakishly large, blue men, called Dreads? Yes. I said 'blue'. And maybe the pet you have always wanted is a fluffy purple ball with large bulbous feet? Well with all of that, along with evil Nymphs and blood thirsty Banelorgs - these are things you've only likely experienced if you've had a nice long visit to Lynniah.

Corrah's life suddenly and drastically changes with the unexpected and inexplicable death of her loving mother, Lillian. She and her two sisters, Gaela and Stormy, are suddenly thrust into the unknown and sent to live with their mysterious Aunt Rainee, who lives in the seemingly bewitched village, called Lynniah. It was a place that they'd always heard extraordinary tales about, but had never imagined to truly exist. Living in a house that their mother's family had occupied for hundreds of years, they find clues that begin to unlock the startling reality that they are all part of an important magical heritage. A heritage that has been kept secret to save them from a dark and powerful enemy. Corrah has to find a way to battle and balance the onslaughts of loss, young love, and learn to uncover the personal power she has hidden inside her to overcome overwhelming adversity.

What first struck me about The Enchantress of Lynniah was the magical world it contained. Reading the synopsis, you'd expect a world filled with impossible creatures and untold adventures. I can happily say that this is absolutely true. Above all else, what kept me reading was world that was built for me. Lynniah is lovely, and I had no qualms with being lost inside of it.

Corrah and her sisters were great characters. Loving, and yet just that bit of sarcastic that sisters get with one another, they were fine adventurers. Each brings their own personality to the table. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses that make them, as a whole, a particularly good team. I loved the way that they were so inseparable, and yet also independent when called for. I love strong female characters in my Fantasy, and I wasn't disappointed.

The biggest problem I had with The Enchantress of Lynniah was, quite honestly, the editing. I really think that this book could have used some more polishing. There were quite a few grammatical errors and even a few times where mistakes were made (such as when one sister was mistakenly mentioned as another) that were a bit jarring. What I did notice was that the further I read into the story, the more fluid things became. Dialogue was smoother, transitions were easier to follow, and I was able to immerse myself. If the rest of the book had read this way, I know it wouldn't have taken me as long to get through.

In truth, the editing is the reason I gave The Enchantress of Lynniah the rating that I did. This book has a lot to love within its pages. Magical creatures, a good old fashioned battle with good vs. evil, and a set of sisters who are slowly uncovering who they truly are. I believe that with a little more work this series has the potential to be truly wonderful.

 

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.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Fiction Bundle: Book Bundles With a Purpose!



Happy Holidays my friends!


Are you looking for your next read? Maybe looking for a good way to fill up that new Kindle that found its way under your Christmas tree? If you're like me, the time after the holidays brings plenty of time for reading, but also a fairly empty wallet. That's why I've turned to bundles. Ever since I first stumbled upon sites like StoryBundle and Humble Bundle, I realized that it's an amazing way to find new content, support great creators, and even help out charity at the same time! Being able to help someone else with the money that you were already going to spend? Yes, please.

I'm here today to share a new bundle website I was pointed to, and one that quickly stole my heart. Fiction Bundle has a very cool beginning bundle up right now, especially if you're a Science Fiction and Fantasy fan! Seriously, these are some quality books from well-known authors like Frank Herbert (author of Dune) and David Farland (who has written so many amazing Fantasy books.. it's insane). All books that I was more than happy to place onto my reading list!

Are you ready for the kicker though? This is a pay-what-you-want website. $6 will get you the basic bundle. The first six of these beautiful DRM-free books will be yours for the taking. Pay just a little more, and with $10 you unlock the extra book. This time it's The Complete Stories of Tim Pratt (So Far), which is actually a completely exclusive title to this bundle. You won't find it anywhere else.

When you check out you'll be donating your money to the authors who wrote those books you love, and you'll be able to choose a charity to give to as well. Fiction Bundle allows you to choose between supporting The Red Cross, or the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Both amazing causes, in my opinion! You'll also get to choose how your money is allocated. Want to give it all to charity? Done. All to the authors? No problem. Want to throw in a tip for the Fiction Bundle team and all they do? You can do that too. Your money, your way.

Do I have you convinced? Quality books, you choose the price, and a way to support authors/charity at the same time. If bundles are the way that ebook sales are going, I'm a happy girl! Give Fiction Bundle a try, and don't say I didn't warn you if you get hooked.



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bout of Books 9.0


Bout of Books

Guess time time it is again? I'm so freaking excited! It feels like the time between Bout of Books both runs slow, and insanely quickly. If that even makes any sense? Anyway, let's get to it!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

This is my fourth time participating in this read-a-thon, and it never fails to be a blast! I always meet amazing bloggers. I always love the crazy Twitter chats we have. Best of all? It motivates me to knock out some of the TBR books I've had sitting around for ages. So, yes. I'm excited! January 6th can't come quick enough.

If you'd also like to join in, click the button above! I'll have a goals post up soon that you can follow along with, if you'd like. In the meantime, I'll be eagerly waiting. Yay books!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Book Review: Life A.D.


Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: Life A.D.
Author: Michelle E. Reed
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Pages: Paperback; 300
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Source: Chapter by Chapter Book Tours
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Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy powerful stories with vivid characters.

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Welcome to Atman Station, where the only thing harder than getting out is getting through. A moment’s distraction sends Dez headlong into a violent collision of steel and screaming brakes. Her newly departed soul is trapped between worlds, and the train that sweeps her up and delivers her to Atman Station won’t be giving her a ride to the sweet hereafter until she comes to grips with her abrupt end and lets go of the life she knew. The beautiful and enticing Atman City—a stunning metropolis strictly off-limits to underage souls—only makes things worse. Lured into the forbidden city where the souls of the wicked who walked the earth wait in limbo for their shot at redemption, Dez is quickly targeted by an infamous murderer’s promise of contact with the living, taking advantage of her desperate desire to save her suicidal mom. In the dark, far-flung corners of Atman City, Dez will learn frightening lessons—being dead doesn't mean she’s safe, and to survive the afterlife, she must let go of the life she no longer has.

This book is fascinating. I know that seems like an odd sentiment to start with, especially since this a book about the afterlife. Still, Life A.D. put so many things on the table, even from the beginning, that made me think. What if growth were a process that continues even after we die? What if there really is an afterlife?

We meet Dez in her most raw form. Newly passed, and waiting in limbo, she goes through what I feel any of us would go through in her situation. From confusion, to denial, to anger, she runs the gamut of emotions as she tries to come to terms with what has just happened to her. I was able to experience it all right along with her. See the emotions warring in her head, watch as she did things she knew she shouldn't. It was powerful, and it worked.

In fact, Reed creates an afterlife that I've never really seen before. Here, people aren't simply thrown into a purgatory they cannot escape from. It's not filled with souls who are mourning and wailing. No, here there's hope, there's growth. In a way, it's another life beyond the life they once knew. I was wholly impressed by the way that this setting was woven in with Dez's story. There's so much to discover. So much to experience.

The one thing that took me a while to adjust to, was the writing. It's first person, present tense and, while it definitely conveys Dez's emotions well, I found it tough to fall into at first. I'm sure there are readers who love this perspective. I don't mind it, but I don't love it either. Keep in mind this is a completely personal choice on my behalf. I can say that it does work well with this book. It allows the reader to fall into step with Dez and, as I said above, experience everything right along with her. 

Honestly, I'd give Life A.D. a space on your reading list. Reed has built something beautiful in this book. Something that, despite being done before, shines in its own right. I was impressed. I have a feeling you will be too.



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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.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Cure by Stephanie Erickson


Good morning, lovely bookworms! A very happy pre-holiday Friday to you all. I thought I'd celebrate today with a bookish spotlight, complete with giveaway. I must say, this one? It looks good.

Today it's all about The Cure by Stephanie Erickson.

“One life will make the difference.” Macey Holsinger has been hearing that promise her whole life. But it hasn’t saved anyone yet, not even her little brother. The disease has claimed countless lives in the last hundred years, and the government is working hard to find a cure through human testing. Testing that has killed nearly as many people as the disease.

At sixteen, Macey has better things to think about than saving lives and submitting to any rule other than her parents’. As a budding artist, she has her whole life ahead of her, at least until she faces her own testing.

Questions plague Macey. Questions that make everyone else nervous. How can death be justified with more death? What’s the point of all this?

Answers evade her until she’s left with only one question: How much will she sacrifice in the name of the cure?

I have to say, I'm pretty intrigued by The Cure! What will it bring to the table? I guess I'll have to wait to find out! You, on the other hand, can scroll down, enjoy Stephanie Erickson's guest post, and then enter to win a copy of the book! Lucky you!

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5 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before

5. Everyone and their mother has an opinion

Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has an opinion about your life, your writing, your approach to publishing, your cover art, your book layout, your venue, your promotions, and…well, you get the idea.  Learn to filter out the ones who are just being mean because they are jealous, and the ones who are being constructive.  That is quite possibly your most valuable tool.  

4. Read!

There seems to be a stark division on this subject.  Either people feel writers should devour books like air, or they think you shouldn’t read at all for fear of copying someone else’s idea.  Personally, I think the latter is complete hogwash.  If you don’t read, how are you supposed to learn and grow as a respectable writer?  You can not only get ideas and see how other people are writing, but you can learn grammar, vocabulary, and evolve your style by reading.  So, for heaven’s sake read!

3. Write as much as possible

So, most people will say, “write every day!” but I’m a realist.  I know you can’t write every day.  But you should write as much as possible.  The idea behind the sentiment of “write every day!” is that it’s a priority for those people.  Maybe their number one priority.  For me, even though it’s not number one on my list, writing is still a priority for me, so I set goals.  Usually weekly goals, like I need to write 5,000 words this week to stay on track.  And, even if I’m not in the midst of writing a first draft, I still try to write, with stuff like this – blog posts, journal entries, musings etc.  Bottom line here: Whatever you write doesn’t have to be Earth shattering.  It just has to be words on a page.

2. Never stop learning

The writing and publishing world is going through a dramatic change right now.  If you are dumb enough to refuse to evolve with it then I’m done talking to you.  There are a tremendous amount of resources out there, and all you have to do is absorb them.  Some of my favorites are Stephen King’s On Writing and David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Visable. 

1. Find what works for you

I used to be a seat of your pants writer.  My first book – The Blackout – was filled with plot holes, changed character names and major issues when I finished with the first draft.  So, for The Cure, I tried outlining.  The first draft went much better.  I had fewer changes, fewer mistakes, and in the end, produced a better book.  However, I was flexible with my outline.  When inspiration struck me, I went with it and ended up writing several chapters that weren’t included in my outline.  I feel like it was a good marriage of outlining and seat of your pants writing.  And it worked for me.  You might be a little more organized than that, and need to have a 17 page outline before you can even think about writing, or you might just need to start at it when the mood strikes.  That’s fine.  The important thing is to keep trying different things and do what works for you. 

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Let's see. What do you want to know about me? I love apocalypse movies like 2012 (which is probably why my first book is sort of apocalyptic), I love to read, I love my fur babies, my husband and my family.

I'm a graphic designer by trade, but hoping to some day be able to write full time.

Dan, my husband, and I are brand new parents and loving life!

As far as writing goes, The Blackout was my first published novel, but I've been writing for quite awhile. I won honorable mention in the 72nd Annual Writer's Digest Competition for a short story junior year of college, so that was...awhile ago anyway. Although I published a scholarly paper senior year, fiction writing has always been my passion. Can't wait to see what's next!


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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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review: The World Without a Future

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: The World Without a Future
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Publisher: A&A Literary
Pages: Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Source: InkSlinger PR
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Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Fans of zombie fiction. Readers who are okay with some blood and gore.

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She was born the day the world ended…

Nurrin has lived her entire life with zombies—trapped behind walls meant to keep them safe. She’s mostly happy there. But when a zombie horde breach the walls of her Haven, she has to trust her brother, Collin, and his best friend to keep her alive.

He just wants his past to die…

Finn O’Malley has given up on voicing warnings that are ignored. No one cares that the zombies are changing. Now all that matters is keeping Collin and Nurrin safe from what’s outside the walls of a Haven. But when Nurrin’s best friend picks up a contact infection, he agrees to get the medicine needed to save his life. Forced together, relying on each other in a strange Haven, zombies aren’t the most dangerous thing they’re facing.

In their world, only one thing remains true: everything ends in blood.

It's no secret, I'm a big fan of zombies. There's just something so visceral, so terrifying, about being hunted by your own kind. I've always enjoyed getting lost in stories about the undead. That being said, I was really excited to see where Nazarea Andrews' would take me in The World Without a Future. I was eager to see how Nurrin's story would play out.

Things started out a little fuzzy. I was thrown into a world where "Havens" exist. A world where people live in small communities, I'm assuming are hidden behind walls. There wasn't much world building done at the beginning. I slowly began to form an image in my mind of Nurrin's world as I read further on, but I never had any cold, hard facts. On the bright side, the formation of the zombie horde was explained, and it was a pretty interesting explanation at that.

In terms of character building, I never felt too attached to any of them. Nurrin was easy enough to follow along with. A young woman who is tough, sassy, and loyal to a fault. I think Finn was the most fleshed out character. I wasn't too fond of him at first. His attitude bordered on obnoxious. However the more I read, the more I saw the other side of him too. I ended up liking him enough, but I still never felt that attachment. That's what centers me in a book, and I missed it.

Truly, the story is what really shines in The World Without a Future. It's quick moving, with plenty of action scenes and gory battles. Nurrin doesn't act like wilting flower, which was a breath of fresh air. She's just as tough as the guys, if not more so. This is what kept me reading on. I wanted to see what she'd do next, what she'd uncover about the horde, and whether or not she'd succumb to all the carnage around her.

I debated it for a while, but I finally decided on a strong three as a rating for this book. I'm a very character and world building driven reader, so I know that is likely why I didn't fall in love. Still, it has a strong heroine and plenty of adventure. I'm certain there will be many people who adore The World Without a Future. Give it a shot if you love zombies and a bit of romance!






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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.

Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (12/16/13)

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It's almost Christmas! Yes, yes, I know I'm an adult. Still, this time of year never fails to make me all giddy inside. It isn't even the presents. It's the feeling, the food, and the family! I can't wait!

 
I made it through three books again this last week. All pleasure reads, no review books. I'm trying to take a break so that I'll go in with a clear mind in 2014! I loved The Grimm Legacy and can't wait to finish the series. I'd already read Pure, but decided to give the audio book a shot. It was pretty good! As for Uninvited well... review to come. It was just okay.
 
 
Right now I'm listening to Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Holy COW, this is a good book! I think the audio book makes it even better, but no matter what it's awesome. I'm also reading These Broken Stars finally! I've had it for ages, and am only just now getting around to it. So far, so good!

 
Next up I'm tackling Fates by Lanie Bross and the next book in Julianna Baggott's series, Fuse. Both of these I'm pretty darn excited for! I have to say that Fates definitely has my heart in terms of covers. Let's see what's inside.

 
That's it for me! What are YOU reading this week? Don't forget to leave a link so I can go and visit you too!
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review: Somewhere to Dream


Media Type: Ebook
Title: Somewhere to Dream
Author: Genevieve Graham
Publisher: Berkley Press
Pages: Paperback, 336 pages
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Source: Author
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Genre: Historical Romance

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who love well-written romance set against sweeping historical backdrops.

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From Genevieve Graham, author of Sound of the Heart, comes the tale of two strangers living with the Cherokee—one with a warrior’s heart; the other with deadly dreams…

The Cherokee call her Shadow Girl. A white woman adopted by Indians, Adelaide is haunted by the dark dreams she hides—of her murdered family, of the men she fears, and most of all, of the ones that foretell the future. After her visions cause her to make a terrible mistake, she renounces her power and buries her dreams deep in her soul.

Until Jesse Black is captured by the tribe. His life is spared because the Cherokee believe his warrior spirit belongs to their fallen brother. Though he hates all Indians, Adelaide illuminates their way of life for him, just as he shines light into her shadowed heart. But when her dreams return, Jesse must help her face them…or die trying…

Since I never got around to reading Genevieve Graham's first novel, Under the Same Sky, I went into this book unfamiliar with Adelaide and Maggie's back story. They don't appear in the second book, which I did read. It's true that it didn't matter after a while, but it did make reading the beginning of this a bit tougher. I was forced to simply accept the situation of these two women, and move on from there. Point being, if you are thinking about starting this series? Start at the beginning! It's worth it.

Soon, however, an achingly beautiful story began to unfold on the pages in front of me. Adelaide's story is full of tragedy. Adopted by the Cherokee, and alone after her sister is married off, Adelaide can't seem to adapt. She has a gift that, although accepted by her new family, she sees as more of a curse. Adelaide can see the future in her dreams but it isn't always clear. It's that grey area, the part that's unclear, that tends to cause her heartache. I'd love to be more specific, but really this is something you need to discover as you read.

Enter my favorite character, Jessie. Quite the man. Captured by the Indians, he's a spitfire with a heart of gold. I couldn't help but fall for him and I desperately hoped that Adelaide would too. As the story progressed, and these two learned more about one another, my heart was really lost to this book. Genevieve Graham has a knack for writing characters that feel so real, you'll be utterly invested in them.

At the heart of this tale are themes of growth, love, and acceptance. Both Jessie and Adelaide grow so much throughout the course of the novel. By the time the ending arrived, I couldn't help but sigh out loud. Somewhere to Dream shows that love can grow out of the toughest of circumstances, and has the power to change the hearts of the people it touches. If you haven't already started this series, I highly recommend it! Genvieve Graham remains one of the only historical fiction authors I will read, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

 

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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