Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Shoot the Messenger (The Messenger Chronicles #1) by Pippa DaCosta || Friday 50/50: Best/Worst Graphic Novel/Manga You've Read

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.

"Lies aren't her only weapons against the fae..."
In the Halow system, one of Earth’s three sister star systems, tek and magic—humans and the fae—are at war.
Kesh Lasota is a ghost in the machine. Invisible to tek, she’s hired by the criminal underworld to carry illegal messages through the Halow system. But when one of those messages kills its recipient, Kesh finds herself on the run with a bounty on her head and a quick-witted marshal on her tail. 
Proving her innocence should be straightforward—until a warfae steals the evidence she needs. The fae haven’t been seen in Halow in over a thousand years. And this one—a brutally efficient killer able to wield tek—should not exist. But neither should Kesh. 
As Kesh’s carefully crafted lie of a life crumbles around her, she knows remaining invisible is no longer an option. To hunt the fae, to stop him from destroying a thousand-year-long fragile peace, she must resurrect the horrors of her past. 
Kesh Lasota was a ghost. Now she’s back, and there’s only one thing she knows for certain. Nobody shoots the messenger and gets away with it. 

Book Beginning:
"You have eighteen seconds to live" My hovering drone's voice sounded flat, the words spoken in the same way all secure messages were delivered. He might have equally said the weather outside Calicto's environmental domes had settled today --no ion storms on the horizon-- or reminded the recipient to pick up salt on his return journey from the mines.

My 56:
"Most believed her fair." I ran my finger along the edge of his desk, marveling at its warm, glossy polish. So very different from the metal and glass found in the rest of Calicto and most of Halow. "She was, according to fae law."

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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.



Monday, March 12, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me (Good or Bad way)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
And has recently moved to That Artsy Reader Girl's site. 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

  I have read a lot of books by this author, and this is her best work. The urban fantasy she wrote, while entertaining, has a lot of cliche's that make it not as good as it could have been. But, this series is just amazing. One of the best Contemporary Romance series's out there.

    I think I was expecting sort of a more cut-and-paste Urban Fantasy book, but this book was far more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be. I still wish there was more. It's a standalone.

    I am wary of stand alone books, and there are very few that I like and even fewer that I love. This one falls between the two. I almost loved it, but there were was a pacing issue near the end that kept me from loving it. It's still amazing

    In a time when I only read unknown or lesser known writers, I found my share of diamons in the ruff, this is one of the shiniest. There is a small matter in the writing that I would change, and that is making the book first-person POV with dual pov's of Chris and Becca (the two main characters). I just think the book would have worked just slightly better. Either way, this book is so addictivly good, that I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was to read, and honestly is the best protrayl for teens, especially male teens, I have ever read. Even though it's been a while since I was a teen.

    Another from my days of lesser known writers/authors. Possibly the most interesting Dystopia I have ever read. A world where everybody has a parasite, and that parasite gives you some kind of advantage or disadvantage, but with Elei he has two dangerous parasites that counteract each other giving him some crazy advantages. It's been a while since I've read this. But I don't think I would like it any less if I read it again. It's just too interesting to hate as far as I'm concerned.

1) Through Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken
   So much potential. Alternate universes, people who can travel between their alternate bodies, and use mirrors to watch those other worlds. Sounds great! Sadly, for me, this book just fell a little flat with boring unlikeable characters.

2) Soleil by Jacqueline Garlick
    An underwhelming ending to a very strange series. While none of the books in this series blew me away, this last one was just a touch too weird for me to really love.

3) The Queen of the Tearling  by Erika Johansen
     The hype was not real with this book, for me anyway.  I know a lot of people liked this book, but for the life of me I could barely get through those opening chapters. I was expecting greatness from this book. Not just because all the endless praise I heard, but because of the synopsis. Sadly, this book let me down.

4) Syrena Legacy Series by Anna Banks
    This series had so much potential. I really like the mythos of merfolk, but from the start of book one I just kept not liking the book as much as I wanted to. From the often strange dialog between characters, to the switching between first and thrid-person, this series just didn't live up. I haven't read the third book in the series and I am on the fence if I should bother or not. I haven't read the second book since around the time it came out 5 years ago, so I'm just really not sure if it's worth it.

5) Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
    This was the biggest disappointment of 2015, of the books I can remember reading. I was pumped to read this when I read the synopsis, but everything was just not as good as I had hoped. I DNF'd this book.

Review: Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

Title: Unraveled
Series: Perfected #3
Genre: YA/Dystopia/Romance
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Edition: Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Source: Sent for review, Via NetGalley
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Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free.
After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that allowed genetically modified girls to be kept as pets, she thought girls like her would finally be free. She never dreamed that it would backfire. NuPet may have convinced the public of their intentions to assimilate pets back into society, but Ella knows it’s a lie.
They aren’t planning mass rehabilitation...they’re planning a mass extermination.
Now, with the help of a small group of rebels, Ella and Penn, the boy she’d give up her life for, set out to bring down NuPet for good. But when her group gets implicated in a string of bombings, no one is safe. If she can’t untangle the web of blackmail and lies that extends far beyond NuPet’s reach, she won’t just lose her chance at freedom, she’ll lose everyone she loves.


It has been a couple of years since I read the previous book in this series, but it didn't take long to get back into this world. And what a messed up world it is.

Ella has had some fantastic character development through this series, but she remains a little naive about many things. Not really her fault at all, and in my opinion adds a to how very sinister things are for these "pets". They are kept so far in the dark about a lot of things that, it's just really hard to think about what happened to so many of them.

All the great character development aside, the pacing in this book, for me, felt slower than the other two. Perhaps it's the gap between them, but the other two had me on the edge of my chair, I could hardly stand to put the book down; while this one had me a little, bored waiting for something more interesting to happen. There was a lot of standing around and talking, walking and talking, sitting and talking; and not nearly as much action as I would have liked. The first half had that interesting action, while the second half was just not as engaging for me. 

There was still a fantastic and satisfying ending to this series, it just felt like it took forever to get there some of the time.

Cover Reveal: Echoes by Alice Reeds

Let us know what you think of the cover for Echoes by Alice Reeds, which releases August 7, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

About Echoes:

"Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story." —Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to. Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them. Something that won’t let them leave alive. Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Echoes by Alice Reeds today!

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About Alice Reeds:

Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time, Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless 'let's plays' and figure skating videos.
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Music Monday: Sugar Pine 7

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

A little while ago, I shared the music they played in their videos. Since then, they have come out with a couple of Original songs. Both are silly; but pretty great.

And the bonus, Just a Couple Friends Acoustic