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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Music Monday: Cardi B.

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



So, I don't really listen to Rap all that much, but I'm kind of liking her stuff. The second one, is not really her song, but I like this remix.







Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Mild spoilers)

Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
Genre: Fantasy/ Magic/ Cultural
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Edition: Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iBooks | BAM


Synopsis:
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
Review:

This. Book. Is. Amazing.

The writing is amazing. The characters are amazing. The setting is just, so... amazing. There is very little I have to complain about with this book, and I read an uncorrected proof. It's not really a fault, but I'm not really sure how to pronounce most of the names in this book. 

The way the story flowed, the way things knitted together. I really wish I had the sequel already. With how this book ended, I need it. I want to know what that ending means, I want to know what really happened to Inan, because I don't fully accept that ending, what Zélie's mother meant about what's coming. The foreboding feeling that she felt when she saw the white streak in Amari's hair. What's going to happen to the rest of the Maji. 

I am really struggling to talk about this book without some minor spoilers. I'm talking about characters whose fate is, as far as I'm concerned, up in the air and mentioning that means that I'm letting you know to a degree, their role in the story.

Just give me a time machine so I can go into the future to read the sequel. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginning: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi || Friday 50/50: Book With Most Complex/Straightforward Plot Structure

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.

So, Kind of cheating here. When I first shared this it was just a chapter sample. This is the full book, I'm currently reading it. And baby Jesus is it good. Thank you, NetGalley.


Synopsis:
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.



Book Beginning:
I try not to think of her. But when I do I think of rice. When Mama was around, the hut always smelled of jollof rice.

My 56:
"I don't need you." Zélie narrows her eyes. "I'll find them by myself." But fear drips from her skin like sweat.
Her fear of being alone.




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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.

These are two books that I enjoyed. Both kinds of plots can produce an enjoyable book. Also, to make it easier, I'm going with books from the past 6 months. Book cover is linked to my review.

Complex



Stright-Forward

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cover Reveal: Fireball (River Street Bar #1) by Nazarea Andrews


Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for FIREBALL by Nazarea Andrews. Fireball is an adult contemporary romance, standalone novel, and it kicks off the brand new River Street Bar series. It will be released on March 8!


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FIREBALL by Nazarea Andrews


A Standalone Contemporary Romance

(River Street Bar series, #1)

Coming March 8

Blurb:

He’s infuriating…
Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying.
She’s impossible…
Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly-haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to.
And I don’t want to.
It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…


Excerpt:

I grew up in River City.
It’s a good place for a kid to grow up—small town enough that I could wander without causing much worry, as long as no one counted my father.
He counted himself, but I stopped a while ago.
But it’s small enough that there’s not enough crime that I couldn’t wander, and big enough that it didn’t bore even me to tears. It was this intoxicatingly perfect mix of small town and big city, where everyone knew everyone and we didn’t have to drive an hour to go to a mall or museum.
And I never wanted to leave it. River City was home. I wandered away for college, and promptly came back, and I loved it—it’s where every good memory I had was, a place I cared about with a ferocity that only a native could. It knew my secrets and my history and it kept both safe.
But right this second, as I stood on Mrs. Rudolph’s front yard in the sideways rain—she was perched on her covered porch with a cup of coffee clasped in her wrinkled hands—I was questioning literally every decision I’d ever made in my life.
“Ma’am, we checked your crawlspace last week.”
“That Harper checked it,” Mrs Rudolph says, dismissive as fuck and I hear a muffled snort behind me. My smile feels brittle as she smiles brightly at me. “But I know you’ll do a good job. You don’t mind, do you, Taite?”
And that’s why.
I love River City with all my heart, but I swear to god, becoming a cop in a city that watched me grow up was probably the worst idea I’d ever had.
And I’d had a long and illustrious career of bad ideas, as Daddy was very helpful to point out.
A choked noise came from behind me and I fixed my plastic smile a little bit wider before saying, “Gimme just one second, Mrs Rudolph, Officer Delgado and I need to talk.”
She nods agreeably and takes a sip of her damnable coffee and I turn to pin my partner with a glare.
Miguel doesn’t even have the good grace to try to hide his smile.
“Don’t look at me like that,” he says, smile wide and cheerful.
“It’s your turn to go crawling under houses.”
“How do you figure that?” he asks, attempting to school his expression.
“I went up the tree for the Foster girls’ kitten last week!”
“Didn’t Dempsey—”
I snarl and he very wisely shuts his mouth. His eyes are still a little too bright, though, and I kinda want to punch him. I do not stomp my foot. “You promised not to bring him up,” I snap.
“I know,” he gives me apologetic eyes. “I slipped, sorry.”
I glance back at the house, at Mrs Rudolph waiting anxiously.
“I have to go, don’t I?” I say, resigned.
Miguel nudges me with one shoulder. “If you don’t, we’ll be here next week. She’s not gonna believe any of us until you tell her there’s nothing down there.”
“But—”
This. This is the problem. I grew up here, the only daughter of the police chief, a fucking widower and somehow became the town mascot. Even when I want to be taken serious, it’s like all anyone sees is the knobby kneed, ratty haired fourteen year old running the streets with Miguel and getting into trouble.
I huff a curse and shrug out of my waterproofed jacket. The rain immediately starts biting into my uniform and I resign myself to spending the rest of my shift wet and muddy.
Maybe Miguel would let us swing by my apartment to change before we headed back to the station.
“I hate this,” I mutter and he nods.
But he doesn’t quite hide his grin as I drop to my knees and crawl under Mrs Rudolph’s damn house.
“I went to school for this. The fucking Academy. So I could crawl around in the mud looking for—fuck. Miguel, what the fuck am I even looking for?” I shout, my voice muffled.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. N is a self-professed geek and enjoys spending her spare time lost in her favorite fandoms and can often be found babbling about them on social media. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: The Epoch of Redress by Kaz Lefave

Title: The Epoch of Redress
Author: Kaz Lefave
Series: Nemecene #1
Genre: Sci-fi/Dystopian/New Adult
Publication Date: July 7th, 2017
Edition: eBook, 384 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | BAM


Synopsis
In a toxic future flooded by dead oceans and poisonous gases, twin siblings Keeto and Elize become the target of an otherworldly predator in their quest to save Elize from their mother’s fate.
Not even Earth’s world government, the Unification, can protect them. In fact, its own secret desire to be the first to locate the twins summons still others to the hunt — others whose true intentions remain hidden.
Will Keeto and Elize find the answers that they seek in time? Or will their questioning lead them down a dangerous path where treachery, lies, and deceit reside? This is the epoch of Nemecene, where the real answers are waiting for you to discover them...before they discover you.
Are you prepared?

Review:

I really struggled with this book. The first chapter was at least mostly engaging, but I found the flowery descriptions unneeded. Too many words without really saying much at all. When the POV switched to another character, the book went from third to first person. Which was only a problem because the writing for the first person read like somebody who was in high school wrote it. Adding in "hehe's" to the person's inner dialog, really pushed me out of the book.

Because the writing kept me from getting invested in the world, it felt like it was developed poorly. I was never sure what the motivations were for the characters. And I could barely tell who was talking half the time. 

I am aware that part of why I might have had a hard time getting invested in this book, even if it's just a small part, is that I don't really care for Science Fiction. But this book relies a little too much on science and understanding the science, less on character development and worldbuilding. There was very little explanation on much of anything. 

If you really like sci-fi you might like this book. I just couldn't stay invested in anything.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

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.

1. Reasonable Book Challenge Number - 
I've been better about this starting last year. But for a while there I was just reading as too many books as I could. And many of them were garbage,  complete garbage.

2. Only Read Books That I Really Care About - 
Going off of above. I need to refine the books I read, and not just grab anything to read. If a book only sounds mildly interesting rather than really pull me into reading it, I need to not. Quality over quantity.

3.  Branch Out With My Reading - 
I pretty much only read fantasy or any of the sub-genres of Fantasy. I want to read other genres. Especially ones that I don't normally read. Non-Fictions, Contemporary, heck even Science Fiction would do.

4. Read The Books I Already Own - 
I have almost 20 unread books on my shelf that I need to read. A couple of them I've had for years.

5. Borrow From The Library More - 
This is kind of going with limiting the books I buy. Granted, I don't buy books as often as I would like already, but this way I can read a book I am interested in for free, and not take up shelf space in the process. (I use the e-Library.)

6. Request Fewer From NetGalley - 
This has been a problem since I found out about the site. I request around 5-10 books at a time, not really expecting to be accepted for most of them. But then I get accepted for most of them and if any of you have requested from NetGalley before you know that there's a time limit to submit your review. Then I end up rushing my read of the book and sometimes that means that I end up not liking the book as much as I would have if I had been able to read it at my own pace.

7. Read At Least One Classic - 
I have never actually read a classic on my own. The ones I had to read for school don't really count in my eyes. But I have about 4 classics on my bookshelf that I could easily read. (Dorian Gray, Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Wonderful Wizard of Oz) I literally have no excuse.

8. Weed Through My Goodreads TBR Shelf -
There are books on there that I have added years ago that I have made no effort to read. Not even look to see if my library has them, or even to request they buy it so I can read it.

9. Read In Bed Less - 
My sleep has suffered this past year from how often I read while trying to fall asleep. It causes me to stay up later than I should and I don't always remember what I've read.

10. Read Dune - 
My husband has been trying to get me to read Dune for years. And I just keep refusing, no reason why... I guess I'm just being stubborn.