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Bingo Call: 9/19/2017

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Bingo Call:

 

 

Terrifying women: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book written by a woman.

 

Bingo Call: 9/17

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Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000.

Not Feeling this one Either so far.

By Blood Sworn - Janice Jones

Having trouble with this one as well and for the same reason as the last, which were such things as to many individuals, the characters, and just not doing anything for me. So I am going to find something else to read and then try this one again.

I am thinking about either reading a Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Clluess, Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry, or The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee. Not sure which one out of the three it will be. I am thinking about A Shadow Bright and Burning, which would be a reread for me, but the next one comes out Tuesday and I already preordered it. And I want to really read this one again to refresh my memory on what all happened in this one. This way I won't be confused when I start the new one. 

But the other two sounds pretty interesting as well.

Halloween Bingo 2017. Vampires

In Her Blood by Janice Jones (2015-05-01) - Janice Jones

Really didn't care for this one at all, but I did finish it. The only reason why is because I signed up to read the second book in the series for the book tour for that one. I really hope the second book in the series is better than this one.

I really didn't care for the main characters at all and there were so many characters in the book and I couldn't remember who was who. The story just dragged on and on, and it seemed like it would never end.

Since this was a vampire book I will use it for my Vampire bingo spot, so at least I will get something out of finishing this book. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 303 pages.

In Her Blood by Janice Jones (2015-05-01) - Janice Jones

So far I am not really getting into this book at all, I don't care for any of the characters at all. I might just not finish this one, I will read until I get to pg 100, but if I don't start liking any of the characters I am just going to not finish this one. 

So we shall see soon. 

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

The Longing and the Lack - C.M. Spivey

The Longing and the Lack
C.M. Spivey
(The Unliving #1)
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

“Gothic curses, deadly love affairs, and vengeful ghosts combine to make this paranormal mystery a compelling page-turner.” — Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin

Lucinda Hightower is no stranger to death.

Since she was a child, Lucinda has been haunted by rabid dogs, suicidal crows, and the ghost of a woman in white. All are omens signaling someone’s imminent demise—except Lucinda’s friends and family are still breathing.

The omens follow her to Ireland and the quiet university in her father’s hometown, increasing in strength and frequency once she meets Damien Reed. A handsome third year student, Damien thrusts himself into Lucinda’s life almost immediately and caresses away the unsavory reputation that shadows him.

It’s not until the ghost sinks her nails into Damien that he reveals his secret: the death omens are for him.

They’re the manifestations of a curse that claims the life of the eldest Reed son every generation. Damien’s time is nearly up. If Lucinda is to save him, she must solve the mystery of her family curse, and lay a spirit’s rage to rest.

A dark romance for fans of Diane Setterfield and the TV show Supernatural, The Longing and the Lack is a Gothic story for the modern age.

 

My Review

 

I was pretty disappointed that I didn't like this book as much as I thought I was going to. It took me such along time to get into the story and I didn't really care for Damien or even Lucinda that much. I did like her more than him. At first I was going to give the book 2 1/2 stars but decided to give it three instead. The reason I went with that rating is because the book had a really creepy atmosphere to it and it ended in a different way than a lot of books usually do. And I didn't see the book ending the way it did, so it did really surprise me. And I do love a book that can do that for me. So for those very reasons the book deserves that type of rating from me.

I really loved the ending even if it was pretty strange, I just wish I didn't have to struggle so much to get to that point. The reason I didn't care for Damien is too me at least he was such a wimp and he was just very hard to warn up to. Lucinda was pretty boring to me, until the last 75 pgs, then she started to get interesting. I blame that on how boring the book was for me until the last 100 pgs. 

I am still really glad that I requested and was invited to take part in the book tour for this book. So thanks to all parts involved for picking me to do so. 

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Author Bio:

C.M. Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of high fantasy FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN and the paranormal series, “The Unliving”. His enduring love of fantasy started young. Now, he explores the rules and ramifications of magic in his own works—and as a trans, panromantic asexual, he’s committed to queering his favorite genres. In his spare time, he plans his next tattoo (there will always be a next tattoo) and watches too much Netflix. Anything left over is devoted to his tireless quest to make America read more. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his darling husband Matt and adorable dog Jay.

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Bingo Call: 9/15/17

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Werewolves should be included in the book. 

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

The Smallest Thing - Lisa Manterfield

The Smallest Thing
Lisa Manterfield
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.

But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?

Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.

 

My Review

 

I thought the book started out pretty slowly but got better as the story with on. I really didn't care for the main character of Emmott at first but she started to grow on me as time with on. At first I thought she didn't care for anyone but herself and the guy that she was crushing on at the time. I felt bad with all she had to go through, with everyone getting this sickness and dying all around here. The reason I gave this book only 4/5 stars is because it started out so slow for me and like I mentioned I just didn't care for Em until about half way through the book.

I am very happy that I was chosen after asking about taken part in the book tour for this book. 

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Author Bio:

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. A Strange Companion is her first novel. Learn more at LisaManterfield.com.

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Wings Unseen - Rebecca Gomez Farrell

 


“Wings Unseen” by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

 

Wings Unseen
Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

To end a civil war, Lansera’s King Turyn relinquished a quarter of his kingdom to create Medua, exiling all who would honor greed over valor to this new realm on the other side of the mountains. The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations, but their ways of life are as compatible as oil and water.

When Vesperi, a Meduan noblewoman, kills a Lanserim spy with a lick of her silver flame, she hopes the powerful display of magic will convince her father to name her as his heir. She doesn’t know the act will draw the eye of the tyrannical Guj, Medua’s leader, or that the spy was the brother of Serrafina Gavenstone, the fiancèe of Turyn’s grandson, Prince Janto. As Janto sets out for an annual competition on the mysterious island of Braven, Serra accepts an invitation to study with the religious Brotherhood, hoping for somewhere to grieve her brother’s murder in peace. What she finds instead is a horror that threatens both countries, devouring all living things and leaving husks of skin in its wake.

To defeat it, Janto and Serra must learn to work together with the only person who possesses the magic that can: the beautiful Vesperi, whom no one knows murdered Serra’s brother. An ultimate rejection plunges Vesperi forward toward their shared destiny, with the powerful Guj on her heels and the menacing beating of unseen wings all about.

Readers of all ages will enjoy Wings Unseen, Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s first full-length novel. It is a fully-imagined epic fantasy with an unforgettable cast of characters.

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Excerpt

Serra
They had not lived together in years, but Agler read her thoughts fast enough. “I’m changed, truly, I swear.” He pushed his chin-length, curling hair behind his ears. “The king, he came to me at Gavenstone. I was imprisoned in our study and allowed no visitor until he arrived. I knew I had been found out, of course. I knew it the moment my advisors—that pool of sheven—deserted the manor. They had received a message from our contact in Callyn. They did not tell me we had been discovered. They just ran, leaving me alone in my ignorance and pride as Captain Wolxas rode up with a battalion behind him. If I were smart, I would have run, too.”
He paused, his eyes filled with disgust. “No, if I were smart, I never would have rebelled in the first place. Try to kill the king and take his place with a Meduan army I had never seen? By Madel’s hand, I was stupid.”
“You are an idiot.” Serra did not hide the anger she felt. “A selfish, arrogant boy who thinks only of himself. Why did you do it, Agler? What possessed you?” His failed plot stunk of Meduans, and she could not stomach listening to it. How could her brother have taken part in such vile deeds? She was to become queen! What higher place than brother to the crown could he have wanted?
“I was an idiot,” he responded calmly. “But I have changed. Serra, the king forgave me. He did not force me to kneel but sat in the chair beside me in silence for agonizing minutes. When he spoke, he described his Murat dream. It was about Lansera, about the peace he had maintained and the future he hoped would come to pass. He spoke passionately of us, of all Lanserim, and how we could become an ever nobler people if we but tried. He foresaw a time when the Meduans would reunite with us, no longer intent on working evil on others, inspired by our compassion, our deeds. He believes this time will come sooner than anyone can imagine. As he spoke, I realized I had no idea what valor was, what it truly meant for someone to live his or her life with a meaning and purpose. But the king is valorous, and when he shows it—by Madel’s hand, Serra, he glows.”
The passion in Agler’s words had raised her gooseflesh. But she could not imagine such a meeting taking place. King Dever Albrecht fulfilled his duties efficiently and with wisdom, but she had never heard him express anything resembling zeal, much less seen his countenance consumed with it. Yet her brother sat directly across from her, nearly alight with some sort of fervor of his own.
“I asked for his forgiveness right then and there, and he gave it,” Agler continued. “There are many who think King Dever Albrecht is a hard man. I once thought him a weak one, but I was wrong, horribly wrong. He is king because Madel wants him to be, not because he was the only Albrecht left after the war.” Tears fell, and he made no move to wipe them. She reached across the table and took her brother’s hands in hers for the first time she could remember.

 

Author Bio:

In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe sea captain was the right choice after all. Currently marooned in Oakland, CA, Becca is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her short stories, which run the gamut of speculative fiction genres, have been published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Pulp Literature, the Future Fire, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and an upcoming story in theDark, Luminous Wings anthology from Pole to Pole Publishing among others. Maya’s Vacation, her contemporary romance novella, is available from Clean Reads. She is thrilled to have Meerkat Press publish her debut novel.
Becca’s food, drink, and travel writing, which has appeared in local media in CA and NC, can primarily be found at her blog, The Gourmez. For a list of all her published work, fiction and nonfiction, check out her author website at RebeccaGomezFarrell.com.

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Another Awesome Book by my Favorite Author!!!!!

Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

Awesome book again by my Favorite Author!!!! I have to say Roarke is my favorite book boyfriend ever and I would hate too ever be on his shit-list. And I have to say scary Roarke is super scary v but freaking hot!!!! While you don't see him be all scary Roarke you hear about him being scary Roarke!!!!! 

I really didn't like Larinda the witch that was murdered at all, and the killer was freaking nuts. I really had no idea who was bad at first but once that individual shows up, I knew it was that individual. I wish Mavis was in this one more, she was only in one scene and that was it. I really love when Roarke works along with Eve, those two are just so adorable together. 

I really love Nadine, Peabody, and McNap as well, oh and Trine I also like. I loved when Roarke finds out something he doesn't get upset, but understood and thought it was the right thing to do at that time. 

Now I have to wait until the end of January to read her next story that will be out, which will be called Dark in Death, which really looks pretty darn interesting and pretty creepy as well!!!!!!!!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 14%.

Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

 

So I choose my favorite Author for this category, and I am already loving the book and I just started reading it this morning. I can't wait to find out who done it, I don't believe you should take the law into your own hands. But I have to say, I could definitely understand why someone could want to kill this witch !!!!!!!!

 

First Book Read for Halloween Bingo 2017

Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text - Neil Gaiman

For my first read I choose the book NeverWhere by Neil Gaiman, as I mentioned before. And I really enjoyed the book even though it was a very strange and confusing book. I really thought the main character of Richard was pretty strange and I liked him well enough, but the character of Door was my favorite between the two. The most interesting character by far and the one that really kept my interest, was the character of Marquis de Carabas. With him I was never sure if he was a good guy, bad guy, or just looking out for himself. So I would have to say he was definitely the character that kept me wondering what he would do next, whenever he was on the pages. 

I really still have something's that confused me about the story but it didn't stop me from giving the book 4 out of 5 stars. The part that made me give the book 4 stars, was I just don't care for the ending at all. I probably would have only given the book 3 stars but I really loved the characters and the storyline. The book was creepy with some stuff that people would eat in the book and some of the individuals were really creepy and scary as well. Especially the characters of Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. 

I am so glad I read this book and choose it as my first read for the Halloween bingo for 2017.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text - Neil Gaiman

Finally able to start reading for bingo. Picked this one up for the first one because it has been on my read list for a while and I haven't had a chance to pick this open until now. Due to the fact it goes for this bingo category.

So far while I am not very far along in this story I am really starting to get interested in it. It's pretty weird but kind of funny also. And I really like the main character of Richard, and the character of Door, she's quite the interesting character. 

 

 

I am hoping to be able to finish this in a couple more days. I am going to have to do bingo in between book tours that I am Involved in, that are due at certain times as well.

So I am hoping that I will be able to get at least one bingo before the ending. 

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

ReWired - S.R. Johannes

ReWired
S.R. Johannes
Publication date: August 27th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

YA cyber thriller, ReWIRED, by Shelli Johannes-Wells (writing as S.R. Johannes), which offers a fresh and exciting new take on the genre, and could be described as Ally Carter’s HEIST SOCIETY meets THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO for teens.

Sixteen-year-old Ada Lovelace is never more alive and sure of herself than when she’s hacking into a “secure” network as her alter ego, the Dark Angel. In the real world, Ada is broken, reeling from her best friend Simone’s recent suicide. But online, the reclusive daughter of Senator Lovelace (champion of the new Online Privacy Bill) is a daring white hat hacker and the only female member of the Orwellians, an elite group responsible for a string of high-profile hacks against major corporations, with a mission to protect the little guy. Ada is swiftly proving she’s a force to be reckoned with, when a fellow Orwellian betrays her to the FBI. To protect her father’s career, Ada is sent to ReBoot, a technology rehab facility for teens…the same rehab Simone attended right before killing herself.

It’s bad enough that the ReBoot facility is creepy in an Overlook-Hotel-meets-Winchester-Mansion way, but when Ada realizes Simone’s suicide is just one in an increasingly suspicious string of “accidental” deaths and “suicides” occurring just after kids leave ReBoot, Ada knows she can’t leave without figuring out what really happened to her best friend. The massive cyber conspiracy she uncovers will threaten everything she cares about–her dad’s career, her new relationship with a wry, handsome, reformed hacker who gets under her skin, and most of all–the version of herself Ada likes best–the Dark Angel.

With a deliciously twisty plot, the topical bite of Cory Doctorow’s LITTLE BROTHER, ReWIRED delves into technology addiction, internet privacy, and corporate/government collection of data, as it vividly illuminates the universally human questions about ethics, privacy, and self-definition that both underpin these socio-political issues and dovetail with classic coming-of-age themes. Ultimately, ReWIRED is about the daily choices we all make about who we want to be, how much of ourselves we choose to share with others, and the terrifying risks and exhilarating rewards of being ourselves, online and off.

 

My Review

I really enjoyed this book, I loved the plotline and characters, and while it wasn't one of my favorite books that i've read this year, it also wasn't the worst. Which believe me I have read some pretty bad or very boring ones.

Favorite character would have to be Fisher,  Ada's love interest. I also really loved Ada as well, what a very interesting thing she does, in regards to how she can hack the way she does.

A lot of things in the book surprised me but of course there were a lot of things that didn't surprise me at all. I thought it was sad for Ada that her friend died but I wish us the readers could have been introduced to her and then she could have died. Just because to me that would have made me sadder that she was dead. 

It was a very interesting book and it had an ending but also left the plot open for a much bigger plot to explore, later.

I love taking part in these book tours they are so much to take part in and I really enjoy reading the different books that I can request to read and review. 

I really can't wait to see where this series is going to take me next!!!!

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Author Bio:

S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling Nature of Grace thriller series (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable). She is a winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award in YA, an IPPY a Silver Medalist for YA Fiction, a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult Fiction, and a Finalist in US Book News Best YA Book.
Since leaving Corporate America, she has followed her passion for writing and conservation by working with The Dolphin Project, the Atlanta Zoo, other animal rescue organizations, and by weaving conservation themes into her books.

Currently, she lives in Atlanta, GA with hEnglish-accented husband and the huge imaginations of their prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

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BCE - In the Beginning - Virtual Book Tour Sci Fi/Space Opera Date Published:
Releasing Sept 5th 2017
 
Book Information
 
 
The origins of Judeo-Christian religion and mythology come together in this mature science fiction page-turner. To combat overpopulation on the planet Orion, the government releases a birth control virus to keep women from becoming pregnant. Only the brightest and most attractive of their species are allowed to mate. But the virus rages out of control, killing both mother and child. Attempts to develop a cure fail. They only have one option left: search other worlds for advanced societies that may be able to help. The two most intelligent minds on Orion—and former best friends—Lucifer and Zues band together to search for a secret planet. When they finally arrive, they are greeted with unexplainable death and destruction. This planet is not the answer. Something doesn’t add up. They discover an extra unknown planet in the solar system. The new planet is covered in lush land masses and bodies of water. Different species of hominids run—and mate—freely. Fire-breathing dragons guard the land. Lucifer is determined to figure out who or what created this planet. He thinks it just might be the key to saving Orion and the Orionites
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Author Information.
BCE is originally from parts unknown and currently resides in areas of the planet yet to be explored. His favorite pastime is reading old encyclopedias while eating Peanut M&M’s. He does believe that the warehouse depicted at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark actually exists. He has only one goal left in his life that he wishes to accomplish: to live long enough to see the aliens return so he may look over at his beautiful wife in her nursing-home bed and say, “I told you so.”
 
 
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Twitter: @bceauthor
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: http://amazon.com/author/bce Book Launch: http://booklaunch.io/rabtbooktours/in-the-beginning-bce
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Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 362 pages.

Wings Unseen - Rebecca Gomez Farrell

So far I am just not feeling this book at all, hopefully that will change. I think the reason why is because so far I am not feeling anything at all for the main characters. 

So we shall see.

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