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Monday, January 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I've Read In The Past Year, That I Didn't Enjoy That Much

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I feel like I've already shared the books I loved from the past year, so I am going to share the WORST books I've read in the past year. Book cover links to my review of the book. If I wrote one, I don't always bother to review a book depending on how much I dislike it. If there's no review I'll like it to the Goodreads page for the book.














Cover Reveal: True North (True Born Trilogy #2) by L.E. Sterling


Let us know what you think of the cover for True North by L.E. Sterling which releases April 4, 2017!
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About True North (True Born, #2):
Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there's been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.
While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters' blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??
As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.


Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True North (True Born, #2) by L.E. Sterling today!



About the Author:
L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. 
Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.















Sunday, January 15, 2017

Music Monday: Demi and Adele

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up. 
Rules:
Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).
     If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up.






Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Title: Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Edition: Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | iBooks | BAM

Synopsis:
     Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.
     All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.
     Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.


Review:

So, this book is... strange. 

I'll elaborate. The story kind of has three parts. The first third is kind of a set up of who Ruby is and her set-up. Then there are all the events that happen at this abbey, then there are all the shenanigans that happen in the Frostblood palace and the arena fights.

The first third is some really good setup. I really enjoyed that part of the book. It happened all at once and felt both a little slow and a little rushed. Her short time in prison was kind of rushed, and we don't actually get to really see that much of what we are told happened to her. Though it is expressed that it's the same thing daily, so maybe the author didn't really feel the need to write more than one scene of them torturing her with ice water.

When we get to the abbey, that's when things start to feel a little cliche to me. She get's training, there's one monk who doesn't trust her at all, and decides to put them all in danger in efforts to keep them all safe, very cliche. A budding romance between our MC and a mysterious Frostblood... also very cliche and something that I felt kind of came out of nowhere. They can barely stand each other, we never hear her express that she finds him attractive in any way, then suddenly she is confessing feelings for him. It was just very cliche and almost caused me to stop reading.

But, then we get to the arena fights and the book picks up a lot, and things start to get really interesting. The story becomes fast paced and the writing improves here as well. The plot becomes more than just another "star-crossed lovers" story. Something that is over told to the point where it no longer holds any weight.

The ending was, fine. It didn't really feel like it ended smoothly. It was almost a jarring ending for me, I wasn't sure if it needed another chapter or one less chapter. If the sequel is on NetGalley, I'll request it, but beyond that, I don't know if I am excited enough about this book to care to seek out the sequel after it comes out.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Released or Obtained in 2016 I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.


I don't really know if there were 10 books that came out in 2016 that I wanted to read and didn't, so this list is for books I also either bought or got through a giveaway or some other way that I didn't get around to reading in 2016. Some of the 2016 releases I don't have yet, but hope to have soon.




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Music Monday: BlackPink

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up. 
Rules:
Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).
     If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up.


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