Sunday, September 24, 2017

Music Monday: Earth, Wind, and Fire

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: The Witch's Daughter by Leigh Ann Edwards

Title: The Witch's Daughter
Author: Leigh Ann Edwards
Series: Irish Witch #2
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Cultural
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: August 11th, 2016
Edition: Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | iBooks | BAM

     Healer, witch, and commoner Alainn McCreary battles valiantly to control her growing magical powers and to ignore her doomed yearning for noble Killian O’Brien, a man who is far above her station and betrothed to a noble, dark-eyed Scottish beauty. Alone, she continues her quest to break the bitter curse that dooms not only the powerful O’Brien Clan but also Alainn and Killian’s future happiness. 
     Threatened by dark forces, a powerful chieftain, and a suspicious priest, loyal, valiant and handsomely virile Killian vows to fight at his beloved Alainn’s side even as he realizes time is running out for both of them. 
     The Witch’s Daughter, set in the mystical landscape of ancient Ireland, weaves romance, adventure, and the supernatural into a sensual tale of love and longing that darkly whispers “What wouldn’t you do for love?” 


This series is so enjoyable. I really enjoy the characters, the setting, the magic, everything.

There was a lot of really fantastic writing in this book, a lot of great character development. I really like that Alainn is headstrong, that she doesn't expect to be saved, that she doesn't expect anything from anyone. That she is so willing to give up everything she wants to save the man she loves more than anything.

I should point out that this series is almost entirely romance based. There is magic, some swordplay, a touch of mystery, the series is about the romance between Killian and Alainn. It doesn't pretend to be anything more than that, so I don't mind as I would in other series that. There are sections that talk about her trying to control her growing powers, but at the base of it all, it's about the romance.

Alainn and Killian are really fun to read about. They are both really stubborn, and it's endearing. I like that while Killian may be in an arranged marriage, it never turns into a love triangle, and the Bethrothed, Mary, isn't mean. She is genuine and kind, and Alainn doesn't hate her and when Mary finds out that Killian isn't in love with her, she accepts it and encouraged Killian to be with Alainn because that is who he loves.

I am really enjoying the mystery about Alainn's father, and where he could be, and her growing powers. It makes me wonder if her unborn baby is causing her powers to behave the way they are.

I can't wait to read the next installment.

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Season of Wind (The Clockwork God Chronicles, #2) by Aimee Hyndman || Friday 50/50: Author You'd Most/Least Like to Meet

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

     After her stint saving humanity with the God of Mischief, Janet Redstone now has a host of other problems on her mind, namely saving her friend Sylvia while avoiding the fast approaching godly war. Now travelling the desert realm of Kabila with her two surviving teammates, she just wants to kill as many wendigos as possible to get Sylvia's soul back.
     But then strange things start happening. Janet begins healing faster than normal. She dreams of Itazura imprisoned in a dark room, even though he's a god and that's impossible. Oh, and when she touches locks, they just open. That's a midlly concerning development.
     Turns out Itazura really is in danger. Captive of the Elder Gods, he's sent the majority of his powers to Janet for safe keeping. Said powers exhaust her every time she uses them and make her a target for all sorts of new enemies if she doesn't get rid of them soon. Now she must team up with a god she loves, a god she hates and a god she fears to save him, and avoid getting smote by the Elder Gods in the process. 

Book Beginning:
Sand and prosthetic's don't mix, I had learned that lesson thoroughly after spending three weeks in the deserts of Kabila

"It's as good as new," Lakansha chimed as she stood. "Shame to let it sit there. I think we should bury the priestesses, though. Laetatia, can you help me?" She shifted from foot to foot. "I.... don't think Kova will."


50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

I can't really think of an author I would hate to meet. Though the idea of meeting any of the authors I admire makes me really nervous. I am an awkward potato, and I worry that I would embarrass myself. (edited, I added the names of the authors, I didn't think to do that earlier)

*Sarah J. Maas
I love her books. She seems like a pretty down to
 earth person based on interviews I have seen.

*Abbi Glines
Based on some of her recent books, I just don't really want to meet her.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #2
Genre: Middle Grade/ Fantasy/Magic
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Publication Date: July 2nd, 1998
Edition: Paperback, 341 pages
Source: Purchased
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | iBooks | BAM

     The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
     And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?
This book took me months to get through. And I know exactly why; this is my least favorite HP book. I have never liked this book, I don't know if I ever will. 

I don't know what it is about this book that has me not like it that much or at all. But I just don't. Maybe it's from how dumb everybody seems to be, 'cause how can anybody think that Lockhart is actually capable of anything? Sure, he's a charismatic author, but once he actually does any kind of magic in front of people they should catch on that he's useless. It especially bothers me how Hermione doesn't see through the rouse. She believes him because he's attractive, and for me, that goes against her character.

I do like how this book does tie in close with book 6, but we don't know that until book 6. The end when Harry is talking to Tom is really the best part of the book in my opinion. It's when we see Voldemort at his most human, really get to see where his motives come from for the first time. 

But the rest of the book is really just mediocre in my opinion. Especially when compared to the rest of the series. 

I don't "hate" this book as its own book. I just think it's one of the weaker books in the series.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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 have a number of books that I've received from NetGalley that I need to read, and I still have a few on my shelf that I really need to read. They've been there for a couple of years unread. I really don't like having unread books on my shelf for that long. Book cover linked to Goodreads page.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Music Monday: The Champs and Buffalo Springfield

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