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First time ever reading a manga.

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom - Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata

So this is the first time I have ever read a manga. I am not really sure what to say about it, just because I don't have other examples of other manga's to compare it to. I did enjoy it and I liked that it was such a quick read. I am not sure about how I feel in regards to what the main character is doing. I can understand why he thinks he's doing the right thing. But how is he any better than them, if his doing what he is doing. And his putting someone important into a lot of trouble because of this.

I did love the idea of the book, with killing someone by just writing that person's name on the paper. I know there are rules or steps that need to be taken for it to work. 

I will be most definitely getting other manga's and later on getting another book from this series. It was still a really interesting and enjoyable first experience of reading the manga. Especially since it's totally different in the way, you need to read the story. And at times it was confusing but hopefully I will get use to it as I get more experience.

Trying to (at least to me) be one of those cheesy mystery/horror type of book.

#MURDERTRENDING - Gretchen McNeil

I was really hoping to love this story more. But to me it was just trying to be a cheesy mystery/horror type of book, you would watch as a movie. I thought some of the murders in the book were gross but done in a very cheesy way. 

I really did love the character of Dee, she thought she had no one to survive but she wasn't just going to give up and just let herself be killed. One character, I can't think of his name right now, I really thought was so funny. The guy was always saying things from a movie. Like from terminator and die hard, so he kept me entertained. Dee's love interest Nyles wasn't a bad character either, and I liked them okay together. But I wish he was more flushed out more. Or whatever that word is, like I wanted to feel connected to him. And the other girl Griselda, I thought tried to hard to be a meangirl. 

I also wish going into the book that I knew it was not going to be a standalone. The mystery of who the killer was going to be, wasn't much of a mystery. But I  just couldn't figure out how the person or persons, went about doing it. But when it was explained I really felt stupid, that I didn't put it together. 

The ending had a conclusion but was definitely left open for my story to tell.

Even though it wasn't my favorite book ever, I did get through it pretty quickly and it definitely kept me laughing. So I will definitely read the next one when it comes out  sometime next year. 

So if you decide to read this book except a lot of cheesy and corny deaths. 

Book tour for Nyxia Unleashed for Rock star book tours.

Nyxia Unleashed - Scott Reintgen

 

 

About the Book:

Title: NYXIA UNLEASHED (The Nyxia Triad #2)

Author: Scott Reintgen

Pub. Date: July 17, 2018

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 400

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Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octane thriller.”


Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.


Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.


But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

 

My Review 

This book just had me from the beginning of the book, until the very last page. One thing I love about this Author is that his not afraid to kill people off. I also love how he was able to pull in from the very start. 

My favorite character is definitely Emmett, without no doubt .I also really loved Emmett's love interest, I can't think of her name right now, sorry.

I really don't want to say to much because of spoilers, and I don't know how about doing that without spoiling things. I will say certain characters do things in this book that you wouldn't expect .And that there were a lot of surprises, throughout the whole book. And you'll definitely wish you had the next book in your hands. I know I sure wish I had it in my greedy little hands!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

About Book 1:

 

Title: NYXIA (The Nyxia Triad #1)

Author: Scott Reintgen

Pub. Date: May 4, 2018

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 377

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Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

 

Forever.

 

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

 

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

 

About Scott:

Scott Reintgen was always a back-row dreamer. As early as kindergarten, teachers noticed his tendency to stare out of classroom windows and disappear to more interesting elsewheres. In high school, he began laboring away on the opening chapter of his first fantasy novel. One of his favorite English teachers agreed to read the pages and the very next day she switched him (illegally) out of Spanish and into a Creative Writing class. The story got tossed eventually, but he never lost the confidence he was given by that single act of empowering faith.

 

Convinced he would one day be a writer, Scott spent most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This eventually led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in North Carolina. He strongly believes that every student who steps into his classroom has the right to see themselves, vibrant and victorious and on the page. It’s his hope to encourage a future full of diverse writers. As he’s fond of reminding his students, “You have a story to tell and you’re the only one who can tell it.”

 

As for his own writing, Scott continues to follow in the footsteps of his favorite authors. It was Tolkien who once wrote, “The fairy gold (too often) turns to withered leaves when it is brought away. All I can ask is that you, knowing all these things, will receive my withered leaves, as a token at least that my hand once held a little of the gold.” And Scott hopes his books are a trail of withered leaves that might lead readers to the bright elsewheres through which he constantly finds himself wandering.

 

He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Katie, and family.

 

Note: I went with this website domain instead of http://www.scottreintgen.com because, let’s be honest, my name’s really hard to pronounce. Rather than make people suffer through trying to spell it every time, I thought this would be easier!

 

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My book tour review for Bright we burn

Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White

About The Book:

Title: BRIGHT WE BURN

Author: Kiersten White

Pub. Date: July 10, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 416

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Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? 


Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince. 


But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants. 


Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

 

My Review 

 

I really loved how the series ended. I thought the author did a great job on tying everything up. 

My favorite character has to be Radu, I think he grew the most throughout this series. I also loved that he wasn't so blindsided on Mehmed, like he use to be. I also really loved the brother, sister relationship that he had with Lada.

I really had a love hate relationship with Lada throughout the story,  but in the end, I really started to understand and like her much more.

Mehmed, I started out thinking was ok, but I started to like him lesser and lesser, as the series went on. 

So this was my absolute favorite out of the 3, with the 2 book, being my 2nd favorite. The first was definitely my less favorite, but I still love some parts more than others, in regards to the first book. 

I am so glad that I asked and I was chosen to take part in this tour. Great series and will miss this world and most of the characters. 

 

 

About Kiersten:


Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Games series, Illusions of Fate, The Chaos of Stars, In the Shadows with artist Jim Di Bartolo, and the upcoming historical reimagining, And I Darken. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/25/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview- Books 1 & 2

6/26/2018- Pandora's BooksExcerpt

6/27/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

6/28/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview

6/29/2018- The Hermit LibrarianInterview

 

Week Two:

7/2/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview

7/3/2018- PaperTrailYAReview

7/4/2018- Wonder StruckReview

7/5/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview

7/6/2018- Beware Of The ReaderReview

 

Week Three:

7/9/2018- Lisa Loves Literature- Review

7/10/2018- Omg Books and More BooksReview

7/11/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview

7/12/2018- Wishful EndingsReview

7/13/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview

 

Week Four:

7/16/2018- The Clever ReaderReview

7/17/2018- Under the Book CoverReview

7/18/2018- mall3tg1rlReview

7/19/2018- The Book NutReview

7/20/2018- lori's Little House of ReviewsReview

 

My first time reading Adam Silvera but definitely not my last!!!!!

History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

Wow I don't know what to say exactly about this book. I really loved it. I love how humans Griffin is,  what I mean by this is that his not prefect and he knows that. And he doesn't blame other people for his faults. 

I felt so bad for him with the loss of Theo. I was kind of surprised about things you find out about towards the end of the book. But I was happy that I was wrong about how it would end. 

I don't have my book around me right now so I can't look for the name. But my favorite side character was Griffin and Theo's friend, I really liked him a lot. 

I loved how other books and movies were mentioned in the book, such as Harry Potter and Stars. 

Definitely had tears in my eyes a lot throughout the story. I really want to read They both die at the end, but I am afraid that I would definitely cry if I do.

DNF after reading up to page 158.

Bring Me Their Hearts - Sara Wolf

So unfortunately I dnf the book. I just found myself not invested enough to read the book. The only character I really liked was the prince Lucien. But unfortunately the Prince wasn't enough to keep me going. I have so many more books to get to. 

Its not an awful book but I just wasn't feeling it. Maybe I will go back and try to read it later down the road. But it won't be for awhile. 

Pretty good start to the trilogy!!!!

Enclave - Ann Aguirre

So I had my son pick 5 books off either my book shelf or the kids and this book was one of his books.

I thought it was good for the start of a series. Did it blow me away, no it didn't,  did it Suck? No it did not, but it was a interesting book and makes me want to read the next book in the series. 

In the book the main girl character was Duece and the main guy character is named Fade. Out of the 2 Fade, which is a guy in case you didn't know. I thought he was the most interesting character to read about. I like the girl character Duece on, but she didn't blow me away. I didn't like her very much at all until the second part of the book. I didn't like how the young ones were called brats. The freaks, who the characters of Duece and Fade have to hunt and kill before they get killed by them. 

It was interesting watching them having to hunt down these freaks. I can't remember tho if it was mentioned what exactly the freaks are and how they came about.. 

So anyways at first there below the ground but something happens and they both get banished, and then they go above ground. The first part of the book is setting up what is happening below ground and why those 2 characters are banished. And the second half is what's happening above the surface and the adventures they encounter along the way. Its not a spoiler because it's mentioned in the flap of the cover. The above ground parts are my favorite parts of the book.

It is a trilogy and I am going to read the next book in the series as well but not until probably July or August. 

Next book I am going to start reading tomorrow is A Reaper at the gates, since Amazon screwed up and sent it out early. 

Really fun book!!!!

Ace of Shades - Amanda Foody

I really thought this was a really good book, but its definitely not as good as the six of crows. I did really enjoy both of the main characters of Enne and Levi. The reason I said that it wasn't as good as Six of Crows is because it has been compared or at least mentioned that it has a six of crows vibe to it

 I just think why I don't think it's as good, is because Levi isn't as tough or as cunning as Kaz. 

I did love the cast of characters and thought that Enne really started to get stronger as the book went on. Levi I really liked but I think our of the two Enne grow a lot more as the story progressed. I did like that while you know those two likes one another it wasn't even close to being the main part of the plot.

I really wish it would have had a  better ending than it did  at least that's how I feel. I also figured out a few things before it was even revealed. Those two reasons are why I didn't give the book 5/5 stars l. But it was a very fun book to be able to read. I also liked and this isn't a spoiler because it's mentioned in the blurb. But I loved that Enne was the one that had to save Levi. 

I am so happy that owlcrate put this book in there April crate

 

 

 

 

 

So freaking awesome and amazing and all types of feelings!!!!

A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir

Wow what a one hell of an amazing and fantastic ride. I just can't believe how much I love this series so far. I am so in love with Elias, and watching him suffer all the time really hurts my heart a whole lot. Boy can't this guy freaking have a little bit of happiness in his life. I am sure A Reaper at the gate is going to freaking hurt or maybe even break my heart. Why what goes down with Elias in this book is a freaking mess. Darn it I want him to have some freaking happiness in his life. 

Laia I love so much as well and I think she has grown up a lot in this book and I hope that continues .I didn't care for something that she did in this book but it had to happen in order for what she finds out about to make so type of impact. And it's interesting in regards to something that she is able to do in this book. 

Helene I just don't freaking care about her at all and I don't know if I ever will like it. I don't like what she's becoming at all. I hate to admit this but I found myself staring to skip the pages that has her point of view in it. I really don't care about her family and what she is going through at all. I know that sounds harsh but I can't help how I feel about her. I really want to like her but every time she is the main point of view I like her even less than before. 

Marcus I can't stand either but I understand him because he's just plain not a nice individual. Helena i just don't understand how can do the things she's doing. Before that certain thing happened towards the end of the book I could kind of understood but after that could place I just can't understand it. I really hope she is able to change my mind about her. 

A lot of killings again in this book and a lot of things took place that were really important and interesting developments .I can't wait until next month for the 3rd book to be released 

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Just have to say I just loved the book a whole lot. I have a favorite new character in Elais. I love how real he is and how much he wants to do the right thing even if he gets killed because of it. I like Laia and at the beginning I didn't think I would like her at all. I am so happy that it didn't turn out that way. I am still not sure on how I feel about Helena. I don't hate her but so far I really don't have any feelings about her. I know I can't stand Marcus or Keegan at all. 

I loved the book so much that I started reading A Torch against the night now. When I had two other books that I had planned ahead of this one. Definitely one of my favorite reads this year

 

 

 

Awesome book so far, but very violent

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

I am really enjoying this book, but wow is it a pretty violent and very brutal storyline. I really love  Elias so much and I feel so sad for him because of what a awful and violent mother he has. I also really love Laia and feel sorry for her because of everything that has happened to her in her young life. Can't wait to see how this book ends. I have book 2 and plan to read it sometime this month

 But after this one, I have at least 1 or maybe even 2 books that is ahead of the next book. And I already preordered the 3rd book as well!!!!

 

 

Sorry I haven't been around in a while.

Hi everyone, 

I am so sorry I haven't been around. I have been babysitting my nieces and nephews, so haven't had much time to do any reviews lately. After the end of this month, I won't be babysitting. So I will have more time to do reviews. I have been reading thou, and have a lot of books to review. 

Hope everyone is doing well and have read a lot of awesome books!!!!!!

Really interesting take of the little mermaid.

To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

I really think this was a very interesting and dark take on the little mermaid. I really enjoyed the two main characters a lot. Of course I always seem to enjoy the guys more. But this time I loved both Princess Lira and Prince Elian, almost the same. But I am actually going to super my followers and myself by given Princess Lira the edge. I am really happy that she stuck to her guns and didn't let people boss her around. 

I really loved the whole book from start to finish, it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I loved that it took place all over and not just on land. I really loved how Prince Elian's group of pirates, etc, were so loyal to him. And I just loved the whole adventure. 

This Book Helped me get out of a reader slump.

This Heart of Mine - C.C. Hunter

I really loved this book a whole lot. I was in a major reading slump, but this took me right out of it. I loved both Leah and Matt so much. 

Leah was so brave with all that she was going through, and I really loved her relationship with her mom and dad. As well as her friendship with her best friend, I think her name was Brandy but not one hundred percent sure.

Now Matt I felt so bad for him, I couldn't imagine what he was going through, everyone thinking Eric killed himself and Matt just not believing that his twin would do that.

I have to say I also thought him and Leah were so cute in the scene before everything started to take place. I really wish we could have known Eric more before his death, that's one of my complaints. The little we knew about him before his death, he seemed liked he was really popular, well loved, but he also had problems. Somethings pointed to Eric killing himself but other things didn't. That's all I am going to say about that.

One of my favorite parts has to do with Matt and a certain book he was reading, and I am not going to spoil that, and tell you anymore. I knew pretty quickly how things would end in regards to Eric. But that didn't stop my enjoyment of the book at all. 

I really thought both Matt and his situation with his brother's death and Leah with her heart and finding out whose heart she received was handled very well.

I loved the ending it really had me in tears, but also loving Leah even more than before. 

I am so glad I bought and read this book. I give it 4 1/2 stars but had to round it up to a 5 star book or rating which ever way you would prefer.

 

 

SpotLight for Book Tour I am Involved in.

Solis - Kat Ross

Solis
Kat Ross
(Fourth Talisman #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

In the second volume of the Fourth Talisman series, Nazafareen’s path takes a twist, setting her on a journey into the heart of the maelstrom…

It’s been a thousand years since the Avas Vatras tried to burn the world to ashes. A thousand years since they were imprisoned in the brutal wasteland called the Kiln. But revenge is a dish best served cold—even, apparently, by the children of fire.

In Delphi, Nazafareen joins forces with the followers of Dionysius to rescue her friends from the Oracle’s dungeons and seek out the three talismans whose extraordinary powers stopped the Vatras before. With her own breaking magic growing stronger by the day, she must walk a razor’s edge to control her volatile temper. And if the Vatras find the talismans first, their last hope will die.

In the frozen wastes of the Valkirin range, Victor strikes an uneasy bargain with bitter enemies to keep his tenuous grip on the Maiden Keep. The other holdfasts are coming for him. But it’s an enemy within Val Moraine’s walls that may prove to be his downfall.

 

Excerpt

 

Nazafareen reached the top of the stairs and tried to see what was going on. The other Maenads quickly fanned out on either side, working their way around the edges of the throng, except for Rhea who was trying to plow her way through. Nazafareen rose onto her tiptoes but she was too short to get a good look.
“Out of the way,” Rhea growled at the middle-aged man ahead of her.
He gave her an incredulous stare.
“And go where?” he demanded.
The crowd was packed cheek to jowl, a dense mass of humanity that might as well have been a brick wall for all the progress they were making.
“Just move!” Rhea snapped. She turned sideways, using her shoulder like a wedge, and began forcing her way through tiny gaps, but they only made it a few paces before she stopped again and cursed under her breath.
“The temple soldiers are holding a tight line in the front,” she whispered. “We’ll never make it. We’d better backtrack.”
Nazafareen wanted to scream in frustration. The ranks had already closed tight behind them. Then the crowd gave a tremendous cheer, tinged with excitement.
“What is it?” Nazafareen asked, her mouth dry with fear. “Can you see them?”
She could smell the sea of unwashed bodies and heavy perfumes, and a hint of something else. Smoke.
Rhea used her staff to poke a woman hard in the back. When she turned with an outraged scowl, Rhea took the chance to peer over the crowd. Her face turned grey.
“They’ve put someone inside the bull,” she hissed. “Oh no…”

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Author Bio:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She's the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat's books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.

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I Love Rhysand what a Freaking badass!!!!!!

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

Really Loved this one so much, started it Sunday morning and finished it by Sunday night.

In the other review that I just did, I didn't mention how much I freaking loved Cassian, Nesta, AZ, Elain, and jusr all of Rhys's court. I also started to like Lucien a lot more, since he wasn't around Tamlin in this one. I am confused on whom I want Elain with, I am leaning more towards AZ, I just love Az and I don't think he gets the love that I feel he deserves. At first I thought that Az and Morrigan had a thing going, but since they don't, I just feel that Az will be more gentle with Elain, and I loved how he treats her in scenes they were together in. But to be fair Lucien didn't have much scene time with her. So maybe as the new series comes out and they get more time together, that could change and I will want Lucien with her, who knows.

Another character that was very intriguing and I wasn't sure about at first was Amren. I love what she was and what happened to her in the end. A very interesting turn of events. I really love the different courts we got to visit and how each court's differs from the other ones.

Tamlin I am still not really sure about, I don't know if I still can't stand him, but I know. I don't forgive him for all the crap that he put Feyre thought. But I hope we get to see more of him, and I wonder if there will be a story for him. I just don't know if I will ever read that story, but who knows.

Now my gosh do I love Rhys and Feyre so freaking much, they definitely belong with one another. I just think they flit perfectly together. I love that even when they were apart they weren't really. I can't believe how powerful Rhys was, but I guess I should have had some idea, but wow what he did to Tamlin after Tamlin did what he did, I was speechless, and then I was saying you go Rhys. And Feyre she just was a Freaking badass in this book. I love when something happened to one of her love ones, and what she did was just awesome. Of course she still did make a lot of stupid mistakes, but a lot of characters in order books as well as this book, have done stupid things as well.

The ending and what I first thought happened, made me so freaking sad, until I found out that it really didn't happen. 

Things I didn't like about the book were really not big things that would make me lower my rating, like for example it was slow at times, and I wish the battle lasted longer. And that there were more excitement at times. I also need to mention the girls father, I was glad that  he was at least in the book for a tiny bit, and that he played apart in the battle.

I can't wait for the next book, which I have already preordered. I really want to know what happened after the ending of this book, and who is going to be the main characters in the next series.

 

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