Proud Member of the Tower Guard

 

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The Tower takes care of its own…

You might have seen the sigil on my blog suddenly appear, but, if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (which by the way, why not?), you would have seen that I posted the same symbol announcing that I just recently became a member of Elise Kova’s Street Team, the Tower Guard. First of all, can we just take a moment, and marvel at that genius of a name and symbol. I mean come on.

Now before some of you wonder, I’ll address it now, yes, I am a member of two street teams. BUT, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. To me it just means I have two authors I wish to support.

I came across Elise’s first book, Air Awakens, through a giveaway I won on a twitter chat hosted by @thebooktraveler. Go follow her, she is amazing. So anyway, I have been hearing many things about this books even before I was able to get my hands on it. BUT, when I finished the book, OH MY GOODNESS! If you want to read my review of this book then click here. Now, I am yet to read Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2) which is a shame, but when I saw that she had a street team and it was still open for people to join, I was up for it! Like before, I wasn’t sure if I would get accepted, but then I was! And guys, can I just say that Elise is really nice, and sweet. Follow her twitter account and you will know what I am talking about.

So now, for the deets. (Oh! and the pictures link to their Goodreads pages as well!)

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Elise just released Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2) this year and will be releasing Earth’s End (Air Awakens #3) on February 11, 2016.

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She also has set up a Thunderclap for the release of her new book. By opting into the Thunderclap you are giving it permission to automatically post on your behalf when the Thunderclap timer runs out (in this instance, that’s when Earth’s End is out). Think of it like a countdown on New Years, it’ll have everyone cheering all at once when the timer runs out, automatically. Click, and forget! Here is the link: http://thndr.me/u5f1bk

Also, Elise will be having her FIRST BOOKSTORE SIGNING along with other authors on February 13 at Barnes and Noble, San Mateo, CA. Click here for more detailsMan, I wish I could go to that.

If you wish to become a member of Elise’s Street Team, click here to visit her website and find out more about how to become one and help her spread word about her wonderful books (and Prince Aldrik).

If you want to grab a copy , or read the synopsis, or even just read reviews of these books, here are links where you can check them out, as well as for the pre-order of Earth’s End.

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The Tower takes care of its own…

Can I ask you a favor lovely people? IF you have read Air Awakens and/or Fire Falling, can you please leave me a link to your HONEST review about it/them? I want to know what others liked or disliked about these books and maybe we can have a chat about them.

-Meyan Rose-

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Cover Reveal! The Island by S. Usher Evans

Today I am soooo excited to show you guys something that I have been excited for myself for weeks now! If you may remember, I posted on my blog that I have been a member of a street team for the Madion War Trilogy’s first installment, The Island by S. Usher Evans. There is also a preview for the novel on the later part of my post so keep on reading okay?

So here it is! Introducing the brand-spankin’ new cover for The Island, made by Anita over at Race-Point.com.

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About the Book

Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

Preorder Today for Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover and more!

The Island (Madion War Series, #1)

Preview

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I landed with a soft thump on the sandy beach a little ways from my plane, and immediately dropped to my knees, releasing a loud breath. My hands shook and my heart pounded, but I thanked my lucky stars that I was alive and had practiced parachuting out of my plane a few extra times during my training.

Once my pulse returned to normal, I stood and released myself from the parachute straps, leaving the long trail of lines and white parachute laid out on the beach. I approached the wreckage of my plane. Pieces of it lay in a long trail as it had skidded across the sand. I picked up a metal piece that had a bullet hole in it and then tossed it aside.

Besides the nose and engine being smashed to smithereens, the back of the plane was fine. I cracked open the back hatch and pawed through my emergency supplies. I found everythingÑincluding the medical bag Dr. Maitland gave meÑto be intact. Again, I thanked whatever was up there looking out for me. Of all the outcomes that could’ve happened from the battle, crash-landing on an island with my supplies was better than most.

A burning smell reached my nose, and I stepped back, searching my plane for any sign of fire. Then I noticed the black column of smoke rising up from the treetops.

Despite everything, worry knotted in my chest. What had happened to the other pilot? I hadn’t seen another parachute. Was he even still alive? He was my enemy, but still a fellow human being. I couldn’t help but hear Dr. Maitland in my ear.

I don’t have the luxury of differentiating between Kylaen and Raven patients.

Guilt gnawed at me. I looked down at the medical bag and sighed. Dr. Maitland was rightÑI was a doctor first and a warrior second. Shouldering my bag, I stumbled off the sandy beach onto the firmer forest ground.

The trees were tall and thick and everything around me was green. It was late summer, but there was definitely a chill in the air since I was so far north. I was thankful for my extra layer under my jumpsuit.

I walked into a clearing, covering my nose from the smell. One of the two wings had been shorn off in the crash and was the source of the black smoke. The rest of the plane was mashed and mangled some ways away. I saw the pilot in the cockpit through the shattered glass, and his helmeted head hung motionless. I was sure that he was dead. I couldn’t see how anyone could have survived such a crash.

And then he moved.

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I woke slowly, the sound of unfamiliar animals coming to me first, followed by a cold breeze. As I tried to move, pain shot up from every corner of my body. I looked up at the blue sky, barely visible through a thick canopy of trees. I smelled leaking fuel, and wondered if my ship would explode or if I’d bleed to death first.

I relaxed into my seat and prepared for the inevitable. Even if the Raven government sent a search party for me (which they wouldn’t), I doubted they’d come in time to save my life. Still, I took some solace in the fact that I killed another son of that mass murdering king.

A noise startled me and I turned my head slowly to find the source.

I couldn’t believe my eyes. The stupid princeling was alive and standing in front of my ship.

Fear and anger gripped at me. How was it possible that I was badly injured and he appeared to be walking just fine? I hated that the last thing I was going to see in this world was Prince Galian standing in a clearing, his pale skin flushed and his eyes sparkling with amusement?

I was dying and this guy was laughing at me.

“What’s so funny?” I snarled through my helmet.

“Serves you right.” He was smirking as if he had something to smirk about.

“For what?”

“Shooting me down. Looks like you’re in worse shape than I am, too.”

“Go to hell.”

He laughed again and hoisted himself up onto the broken nose of my plane. I was in too much pain to fight back, and my gun was nowhere to be found.

“Yep,” he observed, with a smirk on his face. Up close, he was every bit as handsome as I’d seen in pictures. “You definitely got what you deserved. Shouldn’t have shot at me.”

“You shouldn’t have invaded my country.”

His eyes widened for a moment and I thought I’d finally done something to wipe that smile off his face. To my supreme annoyance, he tilted his head back and let out a throaty laugh.

“Oh, you are witty,” he said, nodding. “And technically right. But it wasn’t my decision. I was, as they say, just following orders.”

“And I was just following orders when I blew your ass out of the sky.”

“Aren’t we at an impasse then?” He seemed to be enjoying this conversation. He looked down at the side of my ship and read the inscription. “Theo, huh? Well, you must be a pretty high ranking pilot then. I hear the Ravens only allow you to put your name on your ship after you’ve survived plenty of battles.”

I moved out of anger, but the pain in my legs came roaring up my body. “Please let me die in peace,” I asked, unable to look at him.

“Oh, you aren’t going to die today.”

3d_HRDcover_transparent_600Preorder today for Amazon Kindle, Paperback, and Hardcover.

Here is another link for you guys:

http://www.amazon.com/Island-Madion-War-Trilo…/…/0986298174/

About the Author

View More: http://ashleyvictoriaphotography.pass.us/whitneyevansS. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

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I am really glad to be able to help and indie author get word out about her book, and like I said, I will do so gladly anytime because I think indie authors are just as talented! Also, Ms. Evans has suggested running a buddy read for those who will receive ARCs and those who will receive the finished copies first. What do you guys think? Should I try hosting a buddy read? If anybody else wants to, you can contact her through the links above or let me know and I will pass it on to her. I believe you will receive an ARC of The Island if you choose to run a buddy read for it!

What do you think about the cover?

I personally liked the seal 🙂

-Meyan Rose-

Top Ten Tuesdays: Contemporary/ Adult Fiction Books I Want to Read This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishGo and check them out because they have some amazing reviews for you!

This week’s theme is a freebie. Basically, we get to choose whichever theme we felt like doing. So for this week, I decided to post my top ten (as of now) contemporary/ adult fiction books that I want to make sure to read this year, like I promised in my last TTT post. Now, my lovely booknerdy friends, I would like to declare that this is not an absolute, stone-engraved, blood-sworn promise. So… what I am saying is that the books in here may change as I go about this year, but I will try really hard.

Random: I am actually listening to In The End by Linkin Park while typing this. Weird, I know. Interestingly enough, Lose Yourself by Eminem played after it. Yeah people, I have that gal inside me too…Anyway, let us move on to the list shall we?

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Go Set A Watchman By Harper Lee

If I would have to choose what is my favorite book of all time, I would say it would be To Kill A Mockingbird. I cannot count how many times I have re-read that book. I just LOVE that book and will continue to for the rest of my life, so when I found out about this book I flipped out. It remains a mystery to me why I haven’t picked this up yet, but, I shall correct that blunder very soon.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Ever since I saw a review of this book on YouTube, I became very interested in reading it. I could not, for the life of me, remember who the booktuber was so I guess I am not really helping you out eh? haha! I just heard that this book was really great and heart-wrenching. Sounds good to me.

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

There has been a lot, A LOT, of buzz around Gone Girl by the same author but, I got intimated by the hype and the size of that book so I wasn’t interested in checking that out despite hearing about how brilliant it was. Aimee of Redheaded Book Lover reviewed The Grown Up by the same author, and said that it was great so I thought this was a good way to read something from Flynn that is a bit shorter than the massive Gone Girl. Who knows, maybe after I read The Grownup I might have the resolve to pick it up as well!

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Everybody seems to be recommending this to me. My sister, friends, fellow booknerds, blogging friends, twitter friends, blogs, nymphs, fallen angels… everyone. So I figured it probably got something right to deserve such regard.

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Now this book I have heard for a long time now but I could not seem to find it ANYWHERE. I will try to look harder this year though. I am dying to see what all the great reviews are all about.

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Honestly, the only thing I know about this book is that it revolves around siblings and I am up for it immediately. I am really curious about sibling relationships in books and how they are going to be executed. I am looking forward to picking this up.

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Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

I have always been interested in reading novels that deal with altered mental states, illnesses, and disorders. I have read several blogs reviewing ARCs of this book and almost all have said good things about it. I do think it will be a great read.

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 The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

I have known about this book for quite a while now but I have not been able to find it here in my place. I am REALLY interested in reading this because of the story behind it. Reading how a brilliant young lady sees the things around her will definitely be inspiring, heartbreaking maybe because we all know that she has passed, but still inspiring.

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My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Unlike the other books, I haven’t seen this one a lot in blogs and in YouTube as well. However, I remember reading about it in a list somewhere and I became intrigued. The premise of this book is not very far off from what happens in real life to some people. It will be interesting to see a different perspective from my own.

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Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Listen, when someone is killed and a family member and stranger is involved, I’m all up for it. I have read good reviews about this book and I want to see what I think about it as well.

So that’s it! Those are my top ten contemporary/ adult fiction books I want to make sure to read this year!

Which contemporary books can you recommend? Have you read any of the books in my list? What did you think of them?

-Meyan Rose-

Let’s Catch Up!

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I have been MIA lately, and I do not feel great about it at all. I missed typing away my thoughts on one of my favorite things to do and interacting with wonderful people, so I thought, before I plunge into all the blogging and reading bonanza, let us catch up on what is going on with my life lately.

  • Still waiting for the confirmation of my career move. If you have read this blog post, then you will know that I have been taking steps towards furthering my profession. I am very pleased as to how this is going, and though it’s taking some time, I am resolved in waiting, and being positive, and and pursuing it.
  • I have been a member of street teams (yes, TEAMSSSS). I am so happy that I was accepted into these groups to help authors get word about their works out there. Also, I have met awesome people (like you) through these street teams and other blogging and reading activities  and for that I am SOOOO thankful!
  • I am contemplating on a BIG change that I want to achieve this year. It requires a lot of personal will and determination so I am taking my time in deciding whether I would do it soon. As of now I am preparing myself and plans to start this ‘project’ in February.
  • Planning!!! Now, I have always been a planner. I have used planners since I was in high school I’d say but now I am really into decorative planning. It is sooo fun and helps me keep track of everything! I just DIY-ed my own decorative planner. Would you like to see it?

Speaking of street teams:

  • The cover reveal for The Island by S. Usher Evans is on January 26th! I will be posting in on my social media (click the links on the upper left side *wink*) and here in my blog as well!
  • Incidentally, lucky me, I won the giveaway for a swag package of The Island from the author’s blog site! And I am extremely excited for that package to reach my doorstep! I also have one of her published books and I will get to it soon, promise! And I will definitely make a review about that.
  • Elise Kova’s Earth’s End, the third installment in the Air Awakens series, will be released on February and I am sooo excited! Granted I haven’t gotten around reading Fire Falling (shame on me) but I don’t care! I will be making a separate blogpost for this to be up on Wednesday.

Also…

  • I am SOOOOO behind on stuff regarding my blog and reading. I have been so busy I barely had time for anything else but work and running errands here and there. This week’s days on my planner will be stuffed for sure! I will be filling those boxes up tomorrow when I get home after running around town.
  • I am still on an owl kick….

 

What have you been up to lately? Do you plan and make lists ahead of time? Do you drink coffee?

-Meyan Rose-

My First EVER Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishGo and check them out because they have some amazing reviews for you!

Can you even believe this? If you know me, then maybe you do, haha! Anyway, ever since starting my blog, I have been scared of doing memes simply because I don’t know if I am ready for the ‘commitment’ it seems to come with,not to mention the themes you have to follow every week and the constant scrambling for things to put on your top ten and the constant agony of reducing stuff you love to fit it to a ten-point list. Okay… breathe. Basically what I’m trying to say is I didn’t think I could do it.

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Since the beginning of this month I have been using (and having fun decorating) my DIY planner and so my life is slowly untangling. And so I felt braver than usual and decided to dive into this huge meme going around the blogosphere. (<– this, my friends, should be a legit word and not be disturbed by a stupid squiggly red line). Anyway, I know I am rambling and I am so sorry, this week’s theme is “Books that I’ve recently added to my TBR” and I am going to follow suit, but I’m just gonna tweak it up a bit. I have recently made this list of the top ten books I will make sure to read this 2016, so obviously, they will be on my TBR, right? Some of them aren’t very recent I’ll tell yah that but let’s just roll with it. Oh by the way, all pictures are linked to their Goodreads pages.

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I mean people, if you haven’t read Air Awakens, what are you doing? Seriously, do it. I have been waiting for this book to arrive here where I live but I promise I will make sure I get this and the next one this year because Vhala and I have a lot to talk about.

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Listen, everybody, EVERYBODY, has been raving about this book and I feel like I am missing out big time. I am looking forward to reading this book and see what my thoughts on it will be.

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I enjoyed The Bone Season last year and I really wanted to know what happens next. And I just think Warden is worth all my time… Somehow this butterfly is beautiful but haunting at the same time.

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If you want my honest opinion, I would disregard the covers totally. I read this book this year and I will make sure, so sure, to complete this series. ‘Cos you know, girl’s got a demon inside her meant to kill creatures with fangs who stay true to their sinister selves.

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I have heard about Sarah J. Maas a lot and she has released a number of books and I wanted to start reading her creations this year and felt that ACOTAR would be the perfect start. I hear that it is a loose re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and I am so excited.

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Technically, the whole Lunar Chronicles because fairy tales… yep.

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Many people have recommended these books and Six of Crows by the same author. But all agreed that I should start with this trilogy first. This trilogy has received extremely polar review and so I am curious to know which side I will be on.

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Ever since it came out I wanted to read this but somehow I haven’t gotten to so this year I will make sure to. This book is a re-telling of One Thousand and One Nights just with a murderous monster of a king. Sounds fun…

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Look at that cover darlings, because that is how you do it. I have Cait of Paper Fury to blame for this. If you want to know what I am talking about, click that link and visit her blog. If you read her blog from here tell her I sent you! xo

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If you watch YouTube videos about books, you should definitely check out Lindsey Rey’s channel because she has such book choices and her reviews and discussions are always fun and refreshing to watch. If you watch her through this tell her I sent you there okay? She was the one who introduced me to Brandon Sanderson who (shamefully) I have never heard of until she mentioned him in her videos (yes, a lot of them too!). So yeah, very excited for this.

If you are still reading this, well, you are committed! If you are now scoffing and saying I cheated because obviously there aren’t ONLY ten books on this list, I AGREE. But you know, the more the merrier? I will also be making a separate list for more contemporary/NA books I want to read so stay tuned for that. Thanks for reading!

What books will you recommend me read? What do you think of some of the books I have on this list? Which did you love? Which did you hate?

Happy Tuesday!

What Makes Me DNF Books?

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Before I go on a full-rambling mode, I want to say that it takes a lot, A LOT, for me to finally put down a book and say goodbye to all chances of us reconciling. I tend to pack a smidgeon of extra patience every time I pick up a book so that you know, no regrets that I didn’t try enough. I’ve always felt like I needed to have a solid opinion on something, before it gets thrown into the darkness or brought to light you know what I mean?

If you have been one of the patient and lovely people who read my blog, you know that I always have conversations with myself and with characters when I read a book. I promise you I am a totally sane and in-touch-with-reality person. Really. Naturally, when I have to decide to not finish a book, it’s the same conversation type of situation.

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What I don’t like more than anything else are frustrating, hard-headed, stubborn, and senseless fools who magically happens to be lead characters on a book which could have had a better future if it weren’t for them. Seriously, the age of pathetic helpless characters are long gone. I mean come on! Something bad happens to you, you learn, not become more of an idiot than before! Everyone, EVERYONE, has strength and courage and talent. Can we accept that and move on? While I understand that not everything is about the lead character, the person we essentially follow, and the voice which tells us the story is vital to its success.

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You know when things go all over the place and halfway through you have absolutely no idea what you are reading about or why things were happening? Yah, those times. Sometimes it’s because it just drags on and on and on and on and on… At times it is also because of the writing style. Now to this I claim a bit of responsibility. You see this can be a preference thing if you really think about it. How the story is told, the word-play, the descriptions, clarity… Don’t you just love it when you could almost touch the sea and smell the grass just by reading? Plot twists, the storyline… the point of reading is understanding things, even if some things are confusing or a mystery. If you don’t, it’s not worth it.

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Sometimes, there is just too much. As a reader, I like a lot of information. I love learning tons about the world they have built, the way of life, the character differences, personalities, interests, weaknesses…. Even in mysteries where authors deliberately misguide your brain, a plethora of information is appealing to me. BUT, when it comes to a point when it all just gets lost, it’s over. There are books that somewhere along the way, I find myself saying “Wait what? But I thought… Oh this isn’t that?” Other times it was the way things are delivered to you. The voice and the overall surrounding circumstances. This is one of the reasons why I love straightforward people. What you see is what you get.

These are all the reasons I could think of right now. Maybe these will change as I read more. Now say hello to Mr. Owl and let’s chat!

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What makes you DNF books? Who are your favorite authors? If you could recommend just one, who would it be?

I Just Became a Street Team Member!

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Okay, so probably this is not a big thing to other bloggers more experienced than I am, but man, this is huge for me! So I decided to make a quick post about it okay?

I’ve been active in the book community of Twitter the past few months and during these chats I have met amazing bloggers and authors as well. Here was where I met S. Usher Evans who is the author of the Razia Series and a nice, nice lady. While browsing Twitter I saw that she was promoting another series that she was about to launch which intrigued me so I researched a bit and joined the discussions. Reading the synopsis and just the premise of the book made me just want to volunteer to be on her street team although honest to goodness, I was positive I wouldn’t get accepted.

Literally minutes later, I got a notification from Facebook that I was accepted to join the group of her Street Team. Imagine my excitement you guys! So here is how it will go (as far as I can tell you, this might change), I will be posting photos either on my blog or in my Twitter and Instagram accounts as soon as the cover arts are done. I will keep you guys up to date on the goings on about the launch of this new series. I mean girls flying planes as captains and prince doctors. Right?!?!

If you want to know more about her new Madion War Series or her other books, visit her website/blog www.susherevans.com. Also, you can follow her on her social media accounts and if you do, tell her I sent you okay?

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Oh and another thing, Ms. Evans has started a Kickstarter project which will end in a few hours so if you feel like backing up a worthwhile project, why not drop by hers? Pre-orders will be open by the end of the month, but those who back up the project will receive their books before everyone else does!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1082344262/the-island-0

 

The Island (Madison War Series #1) will be out April 26, 2016.

Well, I don’t know if I am going overboard with this or what. Honestly I am so happy that I can get to help an author spread the word about her book. I am all for indie authors getting the love they deserve and if I can do anything to help then why not! And Whitney, girl I promise I’ll calm down now.. haha! Thank you 🙂

BOOK REVIEW: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

Alright, before anything else I just have to say that my DIY planner is so far working for me really, really well. I might just make a post about it when I am done. Now on to the review…

Listen, I am all about baking and baked stuff and baking supplies and cream cheese frosting. I bake a lot, and it has become one of those things I do to calm me down. Obviously, I love books (can’t you tell?). So when I find out that a book mixes chocolate cupcakes and witches, you know I am definitely up for that!

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The cover… ah… was fine. I mean, it has a chocolate cupcake and an almost macerated borderline bleeding cherry on it. Go figure.

Contrary to some of the reviews I saw prior to reading this book, I thought Jade wasn’t the all-too-perfect little-miss-sunshine kind of heroine which was amazing. If any, I think throughout the story you see how sheltered she is. You see her insecure and afraid and act impulsively. There is this warm charm to her, or maybe it is just because of the cupcakes she oh so lovingly describes. My mouth watered just reading what cupcakes she sold in that trinket-strewn-witch-protected bakeshop. Who wouldn’t want to go inside one?

Sienna just had that evil vibe to her.. I could just tell.

The vampire… stayed true to what a vampire is… not sparkly, just the way I like it. You know? Vampires have fangs and drink blood,supposedly irresistible, and can crush you at will. He was, say, cold? No pun intended. But him being so cold just worked perfectly. The other characters just mixed in really well. I thought there wasn’t one out of place.

But Hudson, that poor shapeshifter… I seriously felt sad.

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I wanted to grab Sienna’s hair when I knew.

The Magic/Witch/Creature system wasn’t original obviously, but it was different. There was bureaucracy which I found funny but witty at the same time. There was order, which was something new given that most books would feature blood thirsty vampires wreaking havoc, over-sized mutts constantly trying to rip their heads off, and witches cursing a beautiful girl to damnation. I think the way the author has created a different world on a rather boring and usual suburb was great. How it has existed alongside the ‘normal’ was played out pretty well.

The pacing was okay. It wasn’t to fast paced, but it didn’t drag on too long. The mystery slowly unfolded, but it wasn’t the frustrating kind (which you know I TOTALLY hate).

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The plot twist was kind of obvious a little less than halfway in. So when I got to that part, I was like “I knew it was you and I wish I could have grabbed your hair earlier!” BUT, surprisingly, it didn’t bug me that much. Somehow, it was the kind where, the mystery was not who, but how you would find out. Am I making sense to you right now?

Unfortunately, there was very minimal, if not no character development at all. For any of the characters. Now I would say that the whole storyline and premise kind of made up for it but still, I need that development. Although, I would say that Jade and her mom’s relationship really piqued my interest. I am guessing more of the conflicts I am looking for will be in the next books?

Although I must say the only character I truly loved in this book died probably a fourth in with the book, oh my poor self, over all I really enjoyed this book! I mean how can you not? Cupcakes and Witches?

I was really debating on what rating I should give this book, but honestly, I enjoyed it and well…

4star

So! Let’s chat….

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BOOK REVIEW: Never Never #1 by Colleen Hooveer and Tarryn Fisher

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Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

I dived into this book on a whim actually. So for starters I kind of am not expecting much. I have done some research on it, but none of the reviews I have read were really helpful in finding out what it was entirely about. And after reading the book, I kind of understand why (in a good way).

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Honestly, not that much. Other than maybe the fact that I was ALMOST put off by the beginning of this book. Like really

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But you know, my persistence won and I got to the finish line which is a whole other story I will tell you in a minute. Just let me tell you, the beginning will make you grab your hair in frustration. Or you could grab a pillow and throw it on the other side of the room for peace loving people. There were very few parts that were like ‘meh’ to me. But that happens with most books but then being such a short one, I kind of wanted it to be hitting me every single page.

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Now let’s talk.

First, you know I will always talk about the covers. It was okay for me, I think it made sense, but it was nothing that was amazing. If I would buy something based solely on its cover, I would most probably pass by this one easily.

I like the characters. Mind you, I said liked meaning I neither hated them nor loved them. Often with books I tend to love a character. Although there wasn’t one character that I was especially drawn to, I still like all of the characters and the roles they played in the story. Honestly, I think they all made sense you know what I mean? I like how the authors made the side characters somehow relevant to how the lead characters moved within the story. You kind of understand what is going on by watching the other characters as well.

The characters developed really well considering that it is such a short story. Enough emphasis was given on both leads. Like there was just enough to feed your curiosity but keep you guessing and wanting more. That definitely sounded like an illegal substance which is definitely not what I am talking about here.

It was such a unique story and I loved it. It was really intriguing and new. Plus, they were not frustrating characters. Somehow, their actions felt natural in such an unnatural situation. Because of that I just found myself flipping through the pages and wanting to know more and more like the characters. As the story progresses you kind of get in sync with the characters’ views and so when the you reach the end, just when you thought you are piecing together stuff about their lives, things get messed up way bigger and you are back to square one. I am finally getting and then this?

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Nevertheless, I reached the end and I wanted the next one right then and there!

So, despite the rough beginning I had with this book, it ended up really great for me. I would recommend for people who like thrillers and guessing-game type books to read.

3.5star

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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Welcome 2016!

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Hello everyone! I know this is a tiny bit late but Happy New Year to all of you! First off can we just look at how adorable that white owl is? Channeling Hedwig somewhere there… I have been in an owl kick lately (it’s a thing, trust me) and I can’t seem to get over owls for some reason hence the one welcoming you to 2016 for my blog.

If I am being completely honest, I absolutely have no idea what to expect this year. I am obviously hoping that good things will come and that this year will teach me more life lessons and of course, more bookish adventures to come! I am so thankful for the last part of 2015 for introducing me to the wonderful book community both in blogs and in other social media platforms. I am soooooo happy for having met so many people sharing the same love that I have for books and reading. The online book community is really home to some of the nicest people. And you know what they say right? Don’t trust a person who doesn’t read. That may be a bit too intense but you get what I mean. And the authors, oh man… they are the best…

Despite coming into this year with no real expectations, I still do have things that I look forward to. One of them would be career opportunities and growth. I don’t know if I have said it before here in my blog but I love being a nurse, and I will always be one. I’ve always felt blessed being given the chance to be such.

Another would be growing in the book community. I have always had this passion for reading. And like most of you who read my blog, I spend hours on end reading and arguing with characters. Uh-huh. I do that too. I look forward to more books and I mean MORE BOOKS! Give them to me!! I also just set my Goodreads Reading Challenge and some of you might think it is a very small number but because I am such a bad blogger in updating my account on the books I have read, I thought this number would be a good start. Plus if I read more than that would be better right? Check out my Reading Challenge and the books I have read so far here and let us be Goodreads buddies!!!

Alright! I am really psyched about reading and writing and blogging and meeting and talking to more people (and authors) in the book community this year! If you are new to my blog, Welcome! I hope you enjoy! If you have been one of the 88 WordPress followers or the 182 amazing people who follow via email, thank you very much and I pray for more wonderful years for us with books, tea, blogposts, coffee, and fairy dust.

Again, thank you everyone for welcoming me into this community with such warmth and support. I look forward to a year of fun and flailing.

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What are you looking forward to this year? How did you find my blog? What do you think about it?

 

– Meyan Rose –