Monday, February 13, 2017

Bliz: Clan by Realm Lovejoy

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Clan
Realm Lovejoy
Publication date: November 12th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
“Highly enjoyable, thought-provoking sci-fi by an author with considerable talent and promise.”–Kirkus Reviews
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Clans are Unity.
No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet.
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.
A secret that could destroy him.
*Now available on audio!*
EXCERPT:
A glitch. Being a glitch was somewhat bearable, but an intentional glitch was not. Twigg had told Father Krume and Brisbane that Twain had been an accident. Twain wanted to believe that he had been locked up because Twigg had wanted to protect him, not because Twigg had wanted to cage him like some sort of sick scientific experiment. All those years he had spent, hidden—agonized by solitude…
“Son.” His sponsor stood at the door. “Mandy reported to me that you’ve thrown away dinner two nights in a row. Don’t tell me you’ve got nausea again.”
Twain eyed his sponsor’s silhouette. “Father, are there other mutants besides us?”
“Why would you ask that?”
“We were wondering—someone mentioned that there were more.”
Twigg eyed him sharply. “Who told you this? I knew the Contribution Center was dangerous for you…”
“We didn’t catch his number.”
“I have never seen another mutant and neither have you. Are you sure you didn’t get the Clan’s number?”
Something about the tone of Twigg’s voice gave Twain the feeling that he shouldn’t talk about it anymore. “We honestly don’t know. We’re all the same after all.”


Author Bio:
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner

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Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner
Pages: 388
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆



Summary
Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo's curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.

Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.

Told in dual points of view, Myths of Immortality is a tense, action-packed story that will leave you begging for the next installment of The Sphinx series.

The Sphinx series is perfect for fans of urban fantasy with a mythic twist!

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My Review
This has become one of my favorite series. Each book picks up where the last one left off. In this third installment, Hope is trying to find a way to break the Sphinx curse. She ends up going to the Underworld for answers and boy do she get some.

There are some interesting reflections along the way. Xan and Athan story is told together while Hope has her pov. There is a lot going on and definitely keeps your attention.

I wouldn't say this is a stand alone. If you are like me then you could read it and still appreciate the story that was told but you would definitely notice that you are missing out on a back story.





About the Author
Raye Wagner grew up in Seattle, the second of eight children, and learned to escape chaos through the pages of fiction. As a youth, she read the likes of David Eddings, Leon Uris, and Jane Austen. Inspired by a fictional character, Raye pursued a career in nursing, thinking to help the world one patient at a time.
One summer afternoon, when her then young children were playing in the pool, a plot dropped into her head, and she started writing.
She enjoys baking, puzzles, Tae Kwon Do, and the sound of waves lapping at the sand. She lives with her husband and three children in Middle Tennessee.

Origin of the Sphinx, a novella detailing the story leading up to the creation of the mythological creature, is her first publication. It is the beginning of the Sphinx series.

Curse of the Sphinx, the first book in the series, is completed, and set to be released in August 2015.


Author Links
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Piper's Price by Audrey Greathouse

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The Piper's Price by Audrey Greathouse
Pages: 300
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Author Newsletter
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

summary:
Peter is plotting his retaliation against the latest bombing. Neverland needs an army, and Peter Pan is certain children will join him once they know what is at stake. The lost boys and girls are planning an invasion in suburbia to recruit, but in order to deliver their message, they will need the help of an old and dangerous associate—the infamous Pied Piper.
Hunting him down will require a spy in in the real world, and Gwen soon finds herself in charge of locating the Piper and cutting an uncertain deal with him. She isn't sure if Peter trusts her that much, or if he's just trying to keep her away from him in Neverland. Are they friends, or just allies? But Peter might not even matter now that she's nearly home and meeting with Jay again.
The Piper isn't the only one hiding from the adults' war on magic though, and when Gwen goes back to reality, she'll have to confront one of Peter's oldest friends… and one of his earliest enemies.


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My Review
Gwen is back in Neverland. The adults have a couple devices that they have been using to attacking anyone/anything that happens upon them. Peter has holed up in a tree house coming up with a plan. Finally he let's Gwen in on it. They need to find the Piped Piper. A task that Gwen is given.

I liked this second installment (admittedly not as much as the first one). Gwen is still in her inbetweeness. It was touched on but never fully explored but it is obvious, at least to me, that she is in Neverland for two reasons. The first one being her sister and the second being Peter. Though I'm not sure if is i a romantic feeling she has for Peter she certainly seems to desire his approval. Anyway, I found that most of this book had a slower pace. It does pick up and get better at the end of course. We are introduced to a new character besides the Piper.

Good book and probably a must read if you plan on reading the third book. Which I am actually looking forward to because she left a door in which the Piper may come back as well as that other character I mentioned. The third book has the potential to have more





About the Author
Audrey Greathouse is an active member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators and seven-time winner of the National Novel Writing Month challenge. Her BA in English Language and Literature comes from Southern New Hampshire University, where she completed her honors thesis on Victorian children's literature.


Author Links
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Bout of Books 18


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So I'm try bout of books again. Y'all know I love readathons even if I hardly ever reach my goal. :)

Challenges/Giveaways
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 18. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 1/2
Introduce Yourself #insixwords
Reader, blogger, knitter, and creative lady

Tuesday 1/3
2017 in a Picture

Wednesday 1/4
Book to Movie

Thursday 1/5
Book Spine Poetry

Friday 1/6
If you like this, try this...

Saturday 1/7
FREE DAY!

Sunday 1/8
FREE DAY!


Twitter Chats
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Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Retellings Reading Challenge 2017

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The Retellings Reading Challenge is back again for 2017, and this time it's bigger and better! Thanks to a lovely bunch of publishers, this year's challenge will come with monthly giveaways* for UK entrants!

The Challenge:

    For readers to read retellings of stories we know well from their chosen level in 2016:
        Easy: 1-4 retellings
        Medium: 5-8 retellings
        Hard: 9-12 retellings
        Difficult: 12+ retellings

The Rules:

    You must sign up to the challenge below.
    You must share your thoughts/reviews on the retellings you read for the book to count. You can post anywhere: your blog, YouTube, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon, Tumblr, etc.
    As you review the books, update the monthly link up post with a link to your review. This is important, as each book you review will be an entry into that month's giveaway.
    You can sign up any time between now and 31st December 2017.
    Use the hashtag #RetellingsRC2017 so we can follow your participation in the challenge!

Which Books Count:

    You can read retellings of any of the following (if I've left anything out, please let me know!):
        Classics & Children's Classics
        Fairy Tales
        Myths and Legends
        Folk Tales
        Retellings of real, well known people's lives - I.E. Becoming Jane by Kevin Hood about a young Jane Austen, and And I Darken by Kirsten White, a gender bent retelling of Vald Dracul's teen years, both count
        I will also accept origin stories/prequels/sequels - I.E. Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige is a sequel series to The Wizard of Oz, Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the origin story of the Queen of Hearts, and both would count.
        Reimaginings that aren't strict retellings would also count - I.E. Kody Keplinger's novels Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare are both reimaginings, the first of the Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, and the second of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, both of which would count.
    You can read any retellings you want, they do not need to be recent releases to count.
    Feel free to re-read any retellings! They will also count, as long as you review them somewhere.
    All age categories are accepted; middle grade/young fiction, YA, NA, adult.
    All books count; physical books, audiobooks, eBooks.
    ARCs/Proofs count, as do self-published books.

To Sign Up:

    Write a blog post/page, record a video, or upload a photo to Instagram about your participation in the challenge. This is important, you must do this. (If you're using Goodreads, Amazon, or any other platform that doesn't allow you to do this, in the link up below, just link to your public profile.)
    If you wish, in that post/page/video you can compile a list of retellings that you hope to read and review for the challenge - but this isn't compulsory. Also, the titles you list do not have to be set in stone. If you'd like some inspiration, Goodreads has a number of lists on retellings you can browse.
    Submit your link in the widget below to show your participation. If you have a blog/channel/Instagram, please make sure the link you add goes directly to your sign up post/page/video/photo and you mention your blog/channel/Insta name/screen name. If you're participating via Goodreads or Amazon, etc, please put your "screename @ platform" - I.E. If I was participating via Goodreads, I would put "Jo @ Goodreads"

I'm going to try for the easy level. My books will be listed below

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Challenge Corner Playlist Challenge 2017

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This month Goodreads' group Challenge Corner is having a Playlist challenge. My playlist is below as usual I will fill in the books as I read them.

1) You Are the One that I Want by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (song released in birth year) - book set in Alabama or by an Alabama author

2) Bad by Michael Jackson (Earliest favorite) - read a book with a bully character

3) Thank U by E40 ft Willy Will (Current favorite) - book released in 2017

4) If It Isn't Love by New Edition (My Choice) - read a romance novel

5) Something in My Heart by Michel'le (My Choice) - heart on the cover

6) Blow a Check by Diddy (My Choice) - street lit/urban fiction

7) White Wedding by Billy Idol (My Choice) - book about a wedding/getting married

8) Knuck If You Buck by Crime Mob (My Choice) - read a dystopian novel

9) Always and Forever by Atlantic Starr (My Choice) - read a fairy retelling

10) Baby by Brandy (My Choice) - book with a baby on the cover

11) Father Figure by George Michaels (My Choice) - book with a male lead

12) Musicology by Prince (My Choice) - book with a musician/singer as a character

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Happy New Year 2017





Hey everyone! Long time no hear from huh? I have been busy the last few weeks of last year. This starts a slow season for retail so hopefully I can do some catching up and some planning ahead. Which brings me to my new year's resolutions. They are the same ones y'all have seen before but you know the saying if at first you don't succeed try again.

My main goal is to put up a regular schedule of review posts. There will still be arc's but I am going to read more books that I own this year as well as books that have been released this year. I wasn't really able to do that last year but this year I am in a house (yay!) and will be getting bookcases soon. Bookcases means I can start buying books again.

I will also try to post more random but still book related posts. They may be a few memes or just things on my mind. The most important resolution though is to just keep having fun doing this blog. I don't receive many comments but I get a fair share of views that I am really thankful for. I appreciate y'all and look forward to what the new year bring. Now I'm off to stalk y'all blogs :)

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