Sunday, July 17, 2016

Book Tour: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


How does one review a piece of literature that grabs on to you can connects with you with out spoiling the experience for others?

Neil Gaiman is nothing but a pure brilliance each time I read something he has written or hear of some thing he has said I am nothing but drawn and in awe. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is just another example of how amazing this mans mind is.

The story takes places mainly as a string of memory, the point of view of a man who needing sometime for himself after a funeral. He finds himself back to his childhood neighborhood to where is old house used to be then finds himself at old farmhouse down the lane which transports him back in his mind to the seven year old version of himself and the flood of memories and events come crashing back like waves has these times roll in as if they had never been lost or forgotten. The girl, the cat, the strange and magical events, the deaths, the fear, Letties pond, her friendship and courage, they all trickle back and he is once again that seven year old boy who had no friends just his books and batman figure...and the little girl who held his hand.

In the end after the memories have played there visit, was it worth it? Was he worth it? This little boy now a middle aged man was his life worth the sacrifices? Who knows...

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The Ocean At the End of the Lane
Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane 
Author: Neil Gaiman 
Release Date: June 28, 2016 
Publisher: William Morrow 
Genre: Coming of Age 
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover/Audio

 UK National Book Awards 2013 "Book of the Year"

 “Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street Journal

 A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review    photo B6096376-6C81-4465-8935-CE890C777EB9-1855-000001A1E900B890_zps5affbed6.jpgB&NWilliam Morrow

Meet the Author:

Neil Gaiman

 Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and MirrorsFragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

 Visit his website at http://www.neilgaiman.com  
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Miss Ridley & the Warlock by Diana Green




4 out of 5 stars!!

I have always been a fan of governess in novels, now toss in the other elements of mystery, fantasy and romance and I will be happy.Which is what the reader will come to find in Diana Greens novel Miss Ridley & The Warlock.

 The characters keep you interested in the comings and goings,  all while set in this wonderful period. As a huge fan of Jane Eyre the tension and romance were just right to keep me happy. 4 Stars! I look forward to the continuing on with this series in the future. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this novel. 

Gemma Ridley’s first encounter with Squire Kenrik proves nothing short of alarming. So much so, she considers fleeing back to the city, despite the fact only poverty and scandal await her there. Could those challenges be worse than staying as governess on a haunted estate and working for a dangerously handsome eccentric?


Little does Gemma realize what dark secrets and wondrous enchantments will transform her life at Rook Hall. Squire Kenrik is more than he seems—more than any man she has known. He may be the source of her undoing, or he may hold the key to her deepest desires. Only time and the guidance of her heart will tell.

***Stories from the Secret Realms are historically-inspired fantasy romance. They share a setting reminiscent of England in the mid-19th century, but their world is rich with magic. 

Each book stands alone, and they can be read in any order.

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About the author
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while writing as a hobby. After she developed an autoimmune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become an award winning, Amazon bestselling author.

Diana’s books are mostly fantasy, with strong elements of romance. She placed first in the 2016 EPIC Awards – Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Category, first in the 2015 Paranormal Awards – Romance Category, second in the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Awards, and fourth in the International Digital Awards. She has also been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the Chatelaine Awards, and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest.

For more information, excerpts, trailers, and reviews visit DIANAGREENBOOKS.COM

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Blitz This is What Goodbye Looks Like by Olivia Rivers


This is What Goodbye Looks Like
Olivia Rivers
Publication date: June 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Lea Holder watched a boy die in the same DUI accident that ruined Lea’s legs and threw her little sister into a coma. As the only eye-witness to the accident, if she tells the truth in court, the drunk driver will go to prison and the dead boy’s family will have justice.
But Lea lies.
If she had told the truth, Lea would have put her own mom in prison for causing the accident. With the trial over and her mom set free, Lea attempts to rebuild her shattered life as she waits for her little sister to wake from her coma.
When Lea transfers schools, she finds herself in the same senior class as Seth Ashbury, the brother of the boy her mom killed. As Lea gets to know the person buried underneath Seth’s grief, she quickly falls for his quick wit and passionate soul. But Seth remains completely oblivious that Lea is the same girl who robbed his family of justice.
As their relationship deepens, Lea finally gets a taste of the love that’s been missing from her life since the accident. But soon she’s faced with a choice: she can continue her lies and accept the comfort it gives them both. Or she can tell Seth the truth about everything, and risk destroying both her family and her newfound love.
EXCERPT:
Every reasonable thought in my head disappears at the sound of his voice. It’s slightly different now—deep and strong, instead of choked with grief and dread. But the smooth tone is mostly the same as I remember it, and my gut twists painfully as a new set of footsteps approaches.
A sharp noise breaks through the sudden quiet, and I flinch, thinking for a split second that it’s the sound of tearing metal. But then I realize it’s the bark of a dog, and I squeeze my eyes shut.
I can’t do this. I have to do this, but I can’t do this.
“Seth!” Brie calls out. “Dude, you’re totally late. Again.”
He makes a low, disbelieving noise, something between a scoff and a chuckle. Now he sounds even closer. I take a deep breath and clench my hand tighter around my cane. If I don’t turn around and greet him, it’ll be obvious that I have an issue with him, but I can’t get my body to move.
“I’m fashionably late,” Seth tells Brie. “There’s a difference.”
“Yeah, there is,” Hannah says. “One is on time, and one isn’t. And only one is annoying, too.”
“Agreed,” he says. “You punctual people get so irritating.”
Hannah tosses a curse at him, but laughs to soften the impact. Then the footsteps stop, and something cold and wet nudges my wrist, right where my mitten ends. At first, I think someone’s pressing snow there, but then I feel a warm tongue lick the same spot.
I jerk back just as I hear Seth say, “Koda! You know I can hear that, you bad girl. No licking.” Then he says to the others, “Who’s she licking? She never does that to you guys.”
“That’s Lea,” Brie says. “She’s the new senior we got. Lea, this is Seth Ashbury. Seth, this is Lea Holder.”
My heart pounds a million beats per minute, and the adrenaline makes me strong enough to peel my eyes open. Looking down, I find myself staring right at Seth’s seeing eye dog. She looks just like she did at the trial, a regal German Shepherd mix with a glossy coat and wagging tail.
The dog nudges at me again with her nose, clearly expecting me to pet her. But instead I focus on the light-weight vest strapped to her back, letting my eyes follow the slim handle attached to it until I find myself staring at the guy gripping it.
Seth Ashbury stands right there, right in front of me. He also looks the same as he did during the trial—tall with lithe muscle, shaggy blond hair, and tan skin. He’s the spitting image of his older brother, right down to the sharp jawline and the way one side of his mouth lifts slightly higher than the other as he smiles.
A slim pair of sunglasses hides his blind eyes, but I’m betting they’re the same color as his brother’s. Parker’s eyes were shockingly blue, like a tropical sea, and their bright color contrasted sickeningly against the blood that dripped down his forehead after the accident.
I’m frozen. Maddie and Hannah giggle, probably thinking I’ve been stunned by Seth’s good looks. I’m sure any normal girl would consider him gorgeous, but I haven’t been normal in months, and nothing about Seth is beautiful to me. He’s just a reminder of crunching metal and squealing tires and my sister’s scream, her scream that seemed to echo and never, never, never end…
“Hey,” Seth says, holding out a hand in my general direction. “Nice to meet you.”
This is the part where I need to slap on a smile, recover from my brief awkwardness, and let myself go into robot mode. Shut down my emotions, boot up automatic functions. I reach my hand forward a little, and for a single moment, I think I’m going to pull this off.
But then I notice the slim chain around his neck, the one that has a small, silver medallion dangling from the end. The same medallion his brother was wearing when he died just feet away from me.
My gut twists, and my hand falls away, and I vomit all over his shoes.


Author Bio:
Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published novels “This is What Goodbye Looks Like” and “In the Hope of Memories,” along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on Wattpad.com. When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So I don't tend to read much zombie fiction, that is mainly because the few I have attempted were less then amazing, or heck less less then amazing. Zombies per-say was never an area of the supernatural I was ever drawn towards. I was more of a vampire kinda gal, but this zombie book is unlike any I have actually read.

There was more then just killing zombies in this novel. It wasn't just about a fight for survival it's about relationships, relationships between family, friends. Right and wrong. The gray area between black and white. Hope for a better tomorrow. Trust, truth, tears.

It was fantastic.





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Monday, May 16, 2016

Glitch (Glitch, #1) by Heather Anastasiu

Glitch (Glitch, #1)Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In Glitch you are not free to have your own thoughts or emotions. You are what is called linked, it is a form of control. You eat, sleep, go about your day to day as mindless creatures controlled by the uppers. Humans have been living this way for about 200 years, connected and underground. Told that the surface is toxic and a wasteland after all the bombings on D-Day. Those showing signs of glitching will be deactivated if this occurs often enough. There are those working on the outside and in, who are determined to bring the Uppers down and free humanity once again.

Very enjoyable read. For a book about humans not having emotions, it sure brought one out a lot in me. Anger, Max, my goodness that boy, I do not like that boy.



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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1)Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Jane Yellowrock, is a skinwalker and the only one of her kind that she knows of. No one other then her best friend Molly and, an earth witch, and Molly's family know what she is.

She is a rogue vampire hunter by trade and in this first novel of the series she has been hired by one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans to hunt down a vamp (offensive to term btw) who has been killing other vampires and cops.

Skinwalker had moments where I found myself, skimming the page because it wasn't holding my attention then having to go back and re-read the skimmed words. This happened at times when Jane was in her beast form (Beast what Jane calls it when she's in shifted into her cat form). It was the short clipped sentences of Jane's thoughts when in her "beast" form that made me feel sluggish when reading. I like the authors way of make the beast think in non human way but those moments dragged on and made my mind wander. Never fun to have to re-read sections because you get distracted each time the main character is in her other form.

That being said I did enjoy the story over all, and I am interested in continuing on with the series. Who knows perhaps as I read more I'll adjust to the beast and her thoughts.



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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Reading this book was like stepping back into high school for me. The girl who was looked at as the freak, the girl who was told she was no fun and was told she was depressed, and depressing and that she needed help. I could have wrote this book, I lived so much of it, except I never took art class, I had creative writing, poetry was my drug of choice when it came to outlets.

When you have been in abused/raped/hurt in anyway physical or mental, the hardest thing to do is speak up. Silence at first becomes your friend, your only friend but in the end that same silence can turn in to your enemy, because in the end you only get hurt more with the thoughts you have tormenting you. Wanting to scream but drowning in your words that won't come out.

I think everyone should read this novel...no mater what stereotypical roll you fell into in high school.

I think everyone should read this book...no mater what your experiences with rape or abuse.

I think everyone should read this book...





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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Onyx (Lux, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux, #2)Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Hello Daemon, I forgot how much I enjoyed you. XD

To some this could be spoilerish?

Ok so it had been a few years since I read the first book in this series, so I had to back track a little just to refresh my memory. But after a little Lux 101 I was on the path to enjoyment and mixture of other emotions. Swooning, and smiling. Rage and eye-rolling. I knew there was something fishy going on with certain characters, it was to obvious for them (Will and Blake). Not to go into to detail but they came across as too perfect if you know what I mean.

I am sooo grateful I'm not reading this when the books were originally released as I'd be on edge waiting for the next book. But lucky for me book 3 is awaiting me. :)







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Friday, January 22, 2016

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Indian HorseIndian Horse by Richard Wagamese

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars




I love it when a book makes you feel and makes you think. It's not just words on the page for ones entertainment or escape.

This is a book that for me opened my eyes. When I think Canada, racism/segregation they would never come to mind. It's something that isn't thought or talked about. Unlike slavery in the United States. But it's a real issue that affects people still.

Colonialism stripped the indigenous people of their land, their identity and beliefs. Trying to instill the European white man's ways. It is something that was still happening, residential schools still being open as late as the 1990s.

For Saul, our main character he is trying to come to terms with all that has happened to him, the story opens up and he is at an AA meeting and telling stories of his life. Except he can't bring himself to speak the words, so he writes them instead. The good, the not so good and the dark times. His escape, hockey.

I could go on and on as this was fantastic yet disturbing. My professor did a good job in selecting this book for class.

Edit: Trigger warnings galore. Too many to list.



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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review+ Book Tour: Floor 21 by Jason Luthor







FLOOR 21FLOOR 21 by Jason Luthor
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

*Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book for review as a part of YA Bound Book Tours*

You know sometimes how you sit and wonder about the world and how it came to be? Now imagine, growing up inside a tower, yes a freaking tower, mind you a rather big tower, and not knowing how or why you've ended up living there. What happened to the world, who made the tower, are there other humans out living in other towers? Our main character is a 17 year old girl named Jackie, she thinks these things all the time, yet she is not allowed to question anything, in fact technically it is a crime to think any thoughts that could go against the towers authority. If you are caught doing so, you go in to reinforcement, which is something no one wants to go through, because the you that comes out is not the same as the one that went in.

Life in this tower is not fair, as most dictatorships are not. Each floor getting less and less, and more darker and dangerous. Floor 1, is top secret no one is allowed to go there. Floor 2, is basically church, where they gather to on Sevenths day, to here about the Darkness. Floor 3 the laboratories and then floor 4 is where Jackie and her parent's live, they are scientist, they are a little more lucky then others. You are not allowed to past floor 21, it is dangerous and there is this thing, this living like muscle mass thing called the Creep and if you touch it you can hallucinate and start to see demons in the shadow, how it really came to be we don't know but it has something to do with the Darkness that occurred and made the world as it is now. The only reason why people know that the world was not always like this is because of the scavengers that go down below, bringing up food and sometimes movies and games, sometimes items that no one ever gets to know about because they go directly to floor 1.

I have to say that the concept of this story is pretty good, it was really interesting. Jackie I found annoying, but it wasn't her fault. Now to explain myself. the character she was actually an interesting character but the author's way of making her express herself in how she spoke was less then enjoyable. I really don't think that's how someone with her head would speak. I mean yes she is a 17 year old girl but not all 17 year old girls talk that way. It felt like the author was going out of his way to make us remember that yes this was a teenager or that this was honestly how they though all girls of that age spoke. I understand that we are reading "recordings" and she is talking to well herself, just something about it stood out to me as grating. But that is just me. Another issue I feel I should bring up is this error, Jackie mentions how a guys asks her out on a date and well part of her reasoning not to go out with with the guy is because he is on a lower floor and wouldn't able to come to higher floors, yet her best friend lives on floor 8 and she is up at her place many times. I don't know if when reading I overlooked something but if not then that really stayed with me the whole time and if I did over look something I apologize now to the author for pointing it out.

I had mentioned earlier that when reading we are reading recordings and that is basically the whole book, but it is broken up into parts at first it is Jackie's then it moves on to Commander Vicks while he is out scavenging. It was done well to a degree, at times it wasn't written like a recording as they are describing the events, taking place. It felt like it was in the present tense rather the past. It never took away from the enjoyment of the story, just something that stood out to me.

I'm going to conclude this rather long winded review, give it a 3.5 rating and say over all I liked it and I would hope there will be a second part.


FLOOR 21
by Jason Luthor
Release Date: June 2nd 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

As humanity lives out the remainder of its existence at the top of an isolated apartment tower, young Jackie dares to question Tower Authority and their ban on traveling into the tower's depths. Intelligent and unyielding, Jackie ventures into the shadows of the floors below. But will her strong will and refusal to be quiet—in a society whose greatest pride is hiding the past—bring understanding of how humanity became trapped in the tower she has always called home, or will it simply be her undoing?


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Jason Luthor has spent a long life writing for sports outlets, media companies and universities. His earliest writing years came during his coverage of the San Antonio Spurs as an affiliate with the Spurs Report and its media partner, WOAI Radio. He would later enjoy a moderate relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, writing lore and stories for potential use in future games. At the academic level he has spent several years pursuing a PhD in American History at the University of Houston, with a special emphasis on Native American history.

His inspirations include some of the obvious; The Lord of the Rings and Chronciles of Narnia are some of the most cited fantasy series in history. However, his favorite reads include the Earthsea Cycle, the Chronicles of Prydain, as well as science fiction hits such as Starship Troopers and Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?
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