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Just as fantastic as the first book in the series!!!!!

Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo

I really enjoyed this book just as much as the first book Shadow and Bone. I was happy that there was more Mal then the Darkling. Even though Mal at times really did stupid things that wanted to make me throw things, I still understand him and his actions more than I do the Darkling. I also really love Nikolai/Sturmhond, a whole lot even though I wasn't so sure about him in the very beginning, but boy did he really grow on me in the end. I thought parts were boring but not so bad that I would take any stars away from it. So of course its getting 5*stars from me. I really can't see how the series end, and yes I am reading the last book, Ruin and Rising right now. So hopefully I will be finished with this one in a few days. 

One of my book goals for 2018, is to start reading more slowly, so I am trying not to finish a book in one day. Because usually if I love a book a whole lot, I can finish the book in a day. So far I am doing a pretty great job. Of course if the book isn't very long I will of course most likely finish in a day, especially if I am really enjoying the storyline. 

Off to an awesome start of my reading of the New Year!!!!!!

Everless - Sara  Holland

I really loved this book a whole lot. I was so happy that I was right about a certain character in this book. I really loved Jules I loved that she wanted to help her father so much. I am not sure how I feel about her father. The guys in the book were Roan and Liam, I loved that Liam was a bad boy!!!!! Roan I don't know how I felt about him either. I really want to know a lot more about Liam, so I hope he's more involve in the next book. Both of the guys weren't in the book a whole lot, I feel like Liam was in it a little more. The main bad character and Roan's finance we're in the book a lot more. 

The book is definitely at first a set up on what is going to take place in future books, but the last 100 pgs really started to pick up and get really interesting and definitely ends in a major cliffhanger. Which is really going to drive me crazy to have to wait for the next book in this series.

I thought the book was a 4 1/2*star book, but had to give it the full 5 *star rating because while I guess right about a certain individual, two other things that happened or was revealed at the end really surprised me, and I most definitely loved it but was sad about one of these things.

So I most definitely will be buying the next book whenever it comes out!!!!!!

Thought I did a Review on this one.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance - Ruth Emmie Lang

Boy I didn't realize that I never did a review on this book. I ordered a box from Once Upon a Book Club, in case you don't know what it is, well you order a book, and it comes with other things but you can't open that gift until you get to the page on that certain gift. The box was kind of expensive but also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the book and the gifts that came with them, and really it made reading the book more exciting because you want to get to the page that is written on that page, and so on.

I am really glad I did this because this isn't a book I would choose for myself and I really would have missed out on such a pretty awesome book.

I really loved the character of Weylyn, he was quite a character of mystery, and very interesting individual to read about. The story to me is kind of hard to explain but its also pretty interesting, because it's mostly people that meet him that is telling the story on how they meet him and how that came about and how he touched their lives. It was also interesting because very weird and awesome stuff happened when someone was around him. I am so sorry I am probably making the book confusing but it's hard to explain without giving away a lot of spoilers. And it will also take away from the magic of the book, at least I feel that way. Again I just loved this book and thought that it was really unique and very interesting one. 

WOW this Audio for the Book is just WOW!!!!!!

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

I have to say I am not a huge audible fan, but if all audios were as fantastic as this one, I would listen to them a whole lot more. 

I really loved Ezra, and Kady so freaking much, and how cute were they, when they communicated with one another. I really thought the story and some characters were really pretty awesome. I got chills going up my arms whenever the voice of Aiden came into play. I still can't decide if I liked Aiden or not. I could understand its logic but not how it went about it. I don't want to say to much about the story, because I am afraid I would give a lot of spoilers out. The ending was just super WoW, I would actually say the whole second half was just freaking creepy and Nuts. And it took you on a Freaking Awesome, fantastic, and one hell of a ride. I would definitely recommend this book, especially as an audible book if you could afford it. Also if you have the book, get the audible and following along with the audible with the book. Because the book in regards to how it's set-up is not to be missed. I only have the e-book for this one, but for book two, I have the e-book, audible book, and hardback, as well.

I can't wait until I have time for the second book, and for the last one in the series to come out.

Liked it better than I thought I would!!!!!

Eliza and Her Monsters - Francesca Zappia

I really liked Eliza and her monsters a lot more than I thought I would. I really just bought the ebook because I heard a lot of readers talking about how much they really loved the book. So when I found out yesterday that it was on sell for $ 2.99, I thought to myself why not buy it.

WoW I really felt bad for Eliza when people found out who she was, and then all the feelings she went through. I can understand her panic attacks, because I get them sometimes, and I feel like I can't breathe and like I am going to pass out. I really didn't start getting into the story until she meet Wallace.

Lets talk about Wallace, boy when he told his story about why he is the way he is, boy my heart about broke for him. I did get a little upset at Wallace towards the end, but only for a few seconds, then I was in love with him again.

The ending had me almost in tears, at that is what made it a 4* review and not a 3* review. I also have to say how much I loved Eliza's brothers, they were just to cute. I really also loved her two friends that are her online friends. I loved how they reacted after the reveal in regards to trying to calm things down. 

So I am so super glad I gave this book a chance.

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

I really am enjoying this audio book a lot. I really like no surprise here, but of course I am going to say Ezra, sorry if I might have spelled his name wrong. I also really love the main character of Kady, she's a total bad-ass. And this audio is just making the book come alive.

The creepiest character is the AI is that what its call it? Which is called Aiden ( not sure how they spell its name?)

More to come once I finish the audio-book. Can't wait to see how this one ends!!!!!!

Don't Understand how People can like the Darkling and want him with Alina?

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo, Leigh Bardugo

I know as readers we all like people or dislike people for a reason, but I just don't get the love of the Darkling or why they would want Alina. I just don't see anything lovable about him, or why Alina should want to be with him. I know I might be the oddball but I love Mal and I love the relationship they have between one another.

The Darkling just wants the power, and he treated Alina like a slave, and trying to kill Mal to keep her inline, that is not love. And I started book 2, and he was still treating her like crap and threatening to do what he said he was going to do to her, if Mal didn't do what he wanted, boy I really don't get it at all?

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Hinder - Kristin Ping

 

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Creepy but awesome books!!!!!

Year One - Nora Roberts

WoW this was such a freaking creepy book, that I hope will never take place. There is so many people that get introduced later one, that it does get confusing at times. That's why it didn't get 5 stars from me, even though I really loved it. Characters I really loved and are introduced at the beginning of the book, are, Lana, Max, Jonah, Fred, and Arlys. I did listen to the audio, I didn't buy the physical copy, yet at least.

I do have to say that there are such things as witches, Elves, and other types of supernatural individuals. I do also have to say Nora wasn't afraid to kill off characters that you might think are safe. So if you don't like these types of different elements, you might want to skip this one.

I really cried towards the end of the book, but like I said Nora isn't afraid to kill characters off. The ending I am not sure about, I still don't know how I feel about it, but I am leaning towards liking  how it ended, for right now.

Reading Slump blues!!!!!

Boy I am having such a hard time getting into any books. Yesterday we went out in the nasty weather, to go to the library. I am hoping that one of these books will break my slump. The book I am reading first, is Ever the Hunted, by Erin Summerill. Hopefully she's a winner, that will get me out of my awful, awful reading slump. 

On top of the reading slump, I am also fighting a bad cold. I am still listening to an audible book for this book,

 

It is really good but I am trying to take my time listening to it. I am also suppose to do a review for a certain book, and just can't get myself to read it. And I am the same way with book tours that are due this month.

What usually gets you guys out of your reading slumps, especially if its something for the things I mentioned above in regards to Arches, and book tours. Or even books for just your reading pleasure? 

 

Ebooks and audible books I got today!!!!

So instead of reading the book I checked out from the library, I am deciding if I want to listen or read one of these books instead. The book from the library is the Young Elites by Marie Lu. And the books or audible books are first the e-books

Which I am so super happy about, since the author Meredith McCardle, wasn't sure if it would ever see the light of day. If I read this one, I would have to reread the first two, since it's been a while, since I read them.

 

The next one is also the last book in the series, and I should be getting some type of Swag from the Author, since I preordered the ebook as soon as she sent the email taking about getting swag if you preorder.

 

The next book is both ebook and Audio book, and is also another continued book, and I haven't read the first book yet. And that would be the following.

Just in case you can't see or read it, the book is called Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill.

 

And the last one which is the only audio without an e-book, and the start of a series by Nora Roberts, and that one is called,

 

So there you have it, which one would you choose, one of the new ones or the book I borrowed from the library? Leave your choice down below under my comments section!!!!! 

 

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

The Mortal Falls (Undercover Elementals) (Volume 1) - Anna Durand

 

My Review

I really feel bad for saying this, but I just couldn't get into this book at all. And I found myself skipping a lot of the pages in the book just so I could get done with it as fast as I possibly could. I can't even remember much of what happened and I have no interest in finding the book to look for that information. 

Maybe later down the road I will try to do a re-read of the book and like it, I have had cases like that before. 

The main character in this book her name was Lindsey, and the main guy character was Nevan. I thought both characters were just alright to me, I didn't love them but I didn't hate them either. The book ending in a good place for the second book in the series, but I doubt I will continue on with it.

I gave the book one star due to the fact that the storyline sound pretty good. I really don't know what else to say for this review, so I guess I will end this review here.

Thanks for all parties involved that allowed me take part in the book tour for this book, when I requested to take part in it.

Wow What a Freaking Fantastic Series so far!!!!!!!

Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

I am not going to do a very big review on this one, just because I feel like I would have to go into big spoiler territory.

I do have to say I freaking still love Dorian, and I love his parts of the storyline, especially towards the end, with his big scene with Aelin, and his father the king. I do also really like the scenes between Dorian, Aelin, and Chaol, towards the end also.

So much happens in this book, that there are just to much to talk about, in my review of it. I liked that Aelin finally gets a best girlfriend again in Lysandra. I wasn't really sure if she was really good at first, but later when she does what she does to Arobynn, that monster, I was convinced. I love also what she chose to change into, what an awesome choice. 

Now back again to Aelin, I love her relationship with Rowan and how those to are growing much better for that relationship. The scene where they see one another again for the first time in awhile, was just so freaking adorable. And the scenes that she has with Manon were interested, and made me actually start to enjoy Manon. 

Manon scenes by herself still bores me the most, I do love when shes around Abraxos, her Dragon, I believe that is what they said he is. She tries to act like she has no heart but she does when it comes to Abraxos and also Dorian. 

I am so happy that I am finally starting to enjoy and fall in love with Chaol again, and that his relationships with Dorian and Aelin are starting to get repaired. I feel so bad in regards to what happens to him towards the end of the book, and what happens to his team.

Aedion I really enjoyed in this book, and I love his relationship with Aelin which is cousin, I loved when Aelin comes to rescue him and what all takes place before, during, and after those two.

I know I didn't even cover half of what takes place in the book, so if you haven't started this series yet, you need to get up right now and do just that. Its a kick awesome series. I have book 5 and the book that Sam is in, but I am taken a little break from this series, and I am going to read The Young Elites by Marie Lu, sorry if I spelled her name wrong. Hopefully I will be able to get into that series. I borrowed the first two books from my local library, so I will see what happens.

Poor Dorian!!!!!!

Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

Wow what a one hell of a book cliffhanger. My poor Dorian and if you haven't read the book yet, you'll have to read it to find out what I am talking about. And if you have read it, you'll understand why I said that. Still my favorite character out of the men in this series. I do have to say I am slowly falling in love with Rowan, who is one of the new characters in this series.

Okay now let's talk about Rowan since I just mentioned him. At first I thought what a jerk in regards to how he was treated Celaena, but later once he started to treat her like an actual individual, I really started to enjoy him. In this book it's like a friendship relationship, but I think that will definitely change. I can't wait to see how there relationship, will end up in the end.

Celaena I really love more and more as the story goes on. I really hope that she survives when this series ends, and she has a happy ending. After the life she had she really deserves the happy ever after ending. I loved when she started getting her powers, and that it seems like she final meet someone that likes her just as she is. Not like Chaol who can't handle who and what she is. Dorian I know does, but while at first I wanted those two together, now I just what them to be best friends.

Chaol I just didn't care about at all in this book, he needs to decide, which team his on, and just stick to it already. I what him and Dorian to be friends again. And I need him to be the way he was in the first book and the first part of the second one. 

Manon  another new character, I just couldn't get into her parts of the story, I just didn't really care at all for her. I was just plain bored.

Than another new character and someone else at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like was Aedion. Once I know what was really going on with him, I really started to warm up to him a whole lot. I like who he is to Celaena, and what part he just plays in the whole storyline.

I just have to say again oh gosh my poor Dorian and what happened to him at the end, had me in freaking tears. And Celaena going back home, and leaving Rowan behind, boy he better be in the next book.

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Fire War 111 Uprising - Michael T. Murray
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Fiction/Political/Science Fiction/Dystopian
Book 1: Fire War, published 10/3/2015
Book 2: Fire War II: Treason, published 3/31/2016
Book 3: Fire War III: Uprising, published 9/17/2016
 
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Fire War Book 1
 
“Man up,” he told himself. “Man up.” It was what his father always told him, and there was nothing more that he wanted than to be a man. So he took a deep breath, filling his nose with the scents of baseball and looked up to the sky, squinting a little.
 
It was a plane, not far from the blimp he noticed earlier; that was all. Nothing to be afraid of. A tiny sigh of relief escaped his lips as he saw the familiar shape outlined over his head, wings spread out against the sky.
 
It was the last thing he saw before the explosion ripped his small body apart with the force of a hundred suns. The quiet of thousands of lives extinguished in the blink of a second took over, disturbed only by falling rubble. The sun beat down again, hot and sticky, on what remained of Tom, his father, and all the others who had been unfortunate enough to be at Wrigley Field for the biggest game of the season."
 
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Late in the 21st century, the United Continental States of America is running smoothly. 
 
Unemployment has been eradicated, terrorism is no more, and any internal dissent diminishes by the day. Most give credit to President Meyers, and many can no longer remember the last election, but it is a small price to pay to keep the country safe from the terrorist group Hariq Jihad.
 
Things aren’t as they seem, however, as Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson is conscripted into the personal security detail of President Meyers. While the only thing he places above his country is his family, he begins to feel that not everyone is content with how things are. Even more, he begins to fear for his oldest daughter’s life as she begins to question the eroding personal freedoms and democratic rights. Considering that entire families have disappeared over the slightest infraction, one cannot be too careful.
 
Torn between liberty and safety, family and country, can Jackson balance his loyalties, or will he be lead to an explosive collision with the system he has dedicated his life to serving? In this explosive and highly acclaimed dystopian political thriller novel, the world you live in will never look the same again!
 
 
 
 
Fire War II: Treason
 
Anthony Jackson, military veteran, member of the Presidential security team, father, husband, patriot and spy. His daughter safely recovered from a government detention centre, Jackson's role as a spy for the anti government Apocolyte group is firmly cemented. All he needs to do is keep his head down, do his job, and get intel back to his rebel handler. But as Jackson's suspicions about President Meyers are proven true, and the tasks he's asked to handle become more and more immoral, his loyalties are becoming strained.
 
Where is the line between truth and lie? Between loyal citizen and blind follower? Between right and wrong? And who gets to draw that line? The Apocolytes are growing stronger, but Meyers is too, and only one of them can be the bad guy. But which? Jackson needs to choose sides, and he needs to do it fast. But in the end only the biggest tragedy of them all can force his hand.
 
His life will never be the same, his family will never survive, and his ideals can be shattered or overturned. Assassinations are all part of the job, he's always dealt in lies and secrets. But now there's something much more personal on the line: vengeance. Saving the world from terrorists is no big deal, knowing who the terrorists are is the real trick.
 
Fire War III: Uprising
 
Anthony Jackson. Patriot. Spy. Widower. Still reeling after the death of his wife, Jackson is numbly training antigovernment troops. Confident that his role in political affairs has dwindled to being a glorified shooting teacher, Jackson is slowly trying to piece his heart back together. Until the call comes. The rebels are far from done with Jackson, and this time the promised reward is big and juicy: the Presidency.
 
As the world slowly falls apart, men fight and men die, and Anthony Jackson cannot simply watch. Something has to change, and someone has to change things, and deep down, Jackson knows that he's the only man that can do the job. But as cities fall, the eternal question continues to burn in his mind: just who can he really trust?
 
In a world of lies and secrets, where even the ones you love can betray you, Jackson must find right and justice. Only then can he lead the country that he loves. If he survives that long.
 
My Review
Wow what an awesome end to a really interesting storyline.
I really loved the main character of Mr. Jackson, all that he has happened to him, since the first book, and he hasn't gone crazy, is just a testament to him. 
The president was even more cray, cray, in this book then the other two books if that's even possible. And Mr. Jackson and the President's relationship was very strange but very interesting. All that happened in this book with the deaths and what Jackson had to do to stop the President was very exciting and I thought was very fitting.
The book had a satisfying conclusion but also had away for the Author to visit these characters, again later down the road. And I would be excited if that were to ever happen. I also have to mention that I loved Jackson's two daughters and how different they were from one another. 
 
 
About the Author
 

Perhaps you wouldn’t characterize the Finance Manager of your local automobile dealership as an Amazon best-selling author—until you get to know T.T. Michael. He has worked for the past decade at a Toyota Dealership in Illinois, but he is in the driver’s seat as the writer of, Fire War, a political thriller set in the year 2076. See what happens when the United States, Canada, and Mexico all join forces to make one super country. See more about him and his book Fire War at www.ttmichael.com
 
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THE NOVEMBER GIRL BY LYDIA KANG BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS Tour Date: November 13-December 1 (Posts should be up by 08:30 am EST) Link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33509082-the-november-girl Purchase Links: Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo Tour Schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-the-november-girl-by-lydia-kang/ Giveaway Info: Here's the rafflectopter widget for this giveaway:  a Rafflecopter giveaway Three (3) The November Girl Swag Packs. The November Girl by Lydia Kang Publication Date: November 7, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive. Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him. Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us. AUTHOR INFO: Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children. Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

 

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