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Bingo Call: 9/25

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Serial/spree killer: any book that involves a serial killer or a spree killer, no matter what genre/sub-genre it involves.

Bingo Call: 9/23/17

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Bingo Call:

 

 

Haunted houses: any structure or location that is, or is believed to be, "haunted" qualifies - it doesn't need to be a house.

For Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

SUBMERGE BY TOBIE EASTON BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS
Tour Date:
September 11-22, 2017
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Submerge (Mer Chronicles #2)
by Tobie Easton
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
 
Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear. The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.
 
My Review
 
I liked this book but what I didn't like is that Lia and Clay weren't together a lot in this book. I really like those two together, but my favorite person in this book is Lia's best friend Caspian. I am wondering about him and another character, who I am not going to mention. I really feel bad for Clay in regards to something that happens to him in this book. Lia I do like her but she really does stupid stuff in this book. And you would think that she would learn to be more careful after what happened in the first book. Their is a different villain in this book and I didn't really care about what that individuals plot was. The ending was interesting and I can't wait to see if what this person wants, will come to be, and if so how it comes about. I am glad I took part in the book tour for this book. Thanks so much for all parties involved that let me take part in this book tour. I really can't wait to see what happens next!!!!!
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.
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Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee

I am not really sure how I feel about the book yet, I don't hate it but it's not making me want to read until I am done with it. And I don't really hate anyone but I am not loving anyone yet, enough to be sad that someone dies at the end. I am really hoping that changes. 

Anyways, I am going to take a little break from this one for right now. I was asked by an author to read and review a book by the beginning of next month, so I am going to read that book instead.

Bingo Call: 9/19/2017

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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.

 

Currently reading

Shattered Heir (Broken Gods) by Steve N.G. Howell
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Progress: 40%
By Blood Sworn by Janice Jones
Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Progress: 52/362pages
Children of Neptune (Volume 1) by Makenna Snow
Progress: 100%
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Project Pandora (an Assassin Fall novel) by Aden Polydoros
Progress: 300/300pages
The Sparks by Kyle Prue
Progress: 288/288pages
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The Buried Few by M.J. Lau