TBR Hot Spot

Hi!!! I’m SO excited to announce that I just started a GoodReads Group, TBR Hot Spot!!! (Special Thanks to Trina from @btwnchapters and Kayla Rayne from @KaylaRayne_ for their help and guidance)

If you love books and have a crazy large TBR Pile, this could be the group for you! It’s easy, low maintenance and very casual! Here’s my idea….

Basically, what I’m trying to do is create a community or a “spot” if you will, where readers can come together and encourage each other to finish their TBR piles.

I see so many people on Twitter/Channels/Blogs/Instagram mention how they want to finish the books they have this year, but it’s hard.

My idea is for someone to come into this group, state the books on their TBR pile (or top priorities) and have others give POSITIVE feedback about that book. “Hyping” that book up for them. PLEASE, no negative comments. We want to encourage others to finish their piles, not shy away. If you dislike a particular book mentioned (and that is completely understandable), please refrain from commenting, unless asked directly. This way, other people’s opinions (some of which we may never have agreed with anyway?) can’t influence us into thinking negative thoughts before we even give the book a shot. Make sense?

I think the biggest trouble we find with our piles (the reason they BECOME piles :P) is because we hear or see something exciting about a book. We grab that book up! Then, we see a new video or a new blog post. Ooo there’s a new and exciting book! We now want the “new” shiny book. Eventually, we forget why we bought the original books. Maybe if we can help each other rediscover that “shininess” we can conquer our piles!

Please feel free to post your TBR pile list on my new Group “TBR HOT SPOT”. If you own a book another member posted, and you love that book, please comment. Share the love of books with each other! My goal is to keep this Group open until the end of 2017 or until no one is interested anymore. Hehe As of Jan-March, I will be dealing with some family commitments. I’m still going to be commenting as much as I can and overseeing the positivity! Hopefully you can all help me as much as I want to help you! Happy Reading!

Please spread the word! RT or share on GR! The more members we have, the more positivity we can spread! Hopefully this idea can not only eliminate/lessen our TBR piles, but also get us out of horrible reading slumps. Let’s come together and smash those piles!

Please NOTE: You can come and go in this group. Post your TBR pile and check it as often as you like for comments. No commitments. Post comments on other members lists and then check out for a bit. This is easy and carefree. No stress. That’s my goal! 🙂 Good Luck!

The Progeny: A Spoiler Free Review

“I’m Twenty-One years old and my name doesn’t matter because it’s about to be erased forever.” Intriguing, right?

 Ohhh I have so many things to say about this book!!! (I apologize if I ramble!) Let’s just dive in!

 Let me include the inside flap for you, because I’m so excited that I can’t sum this up correctly! Lol

When you wake up, you remember nothing. Not your name, or where you were born, or the faces of the people you knew. Just a single warning written to yourself before you forget it all:

Emily, it’s me. You.

Don’t ask about the last two years…Don’t try to remember and don’t go digging. Your life depends on it. Others’ lives depend on it.

By the way, Emily isn’t your real name. You died in an accident. You paid extra for that.

 You start over in a remote place with a new name, a fresh life. Until the day a stranger tells you you’re being hunted for the sins of a royal ancestor who died centuries before you were born.

You don’t believe him, until they come for you. Now you’re on the run.

Every answer you need lies in a past you chose to erase. The only thing you know for sure is that others are about to die and you need those memories back.

But first, you have to stay alive.

 Pacing: I want to start with pacing, because that’s where this book excelled! This book was a wild thrill ride! Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger and you just don’t want to put it down! I honestly would have finished this in one day if adulting didn’t get in the way. That says a lot, if you know anything about how slowly I move through books.

Plot: Ok, so the only real flaw I found in this book was the ancestor part. Let me explain. The ancestor they are referring to is Elizabeth Bathory. She is a real person, not fictional, and was apparently a serial killer. Oh My! In this story, Tosca Lee creates a world where Bathory’s family members are being hunted by Scions (I’ll let the book explain) because of her sins. Suffice it to say, she kills their family and they kill her family throughout the decades. The issue I had was…if they are so good at their jobs…wouldn’t they eventually kill all of her offspring and there would be none left? In this book, there’s a good amount left. Lee does explain that they didn’t start hunting until 200 yrs after Bathory’s death (I believe it was her death. Sorry if I’m wrong) but still…that’s only so many family members, right? Why are so many still around? Why are any? I thought that was very far fetched and struggled with that part.

Then, it all changed for me (Mind you this was page 64) when I became so sucked in, I could think of nothing else. That’s not long to wait! Also, please keep in mind that I enjoyed the book up until that part. It was very interesting! I just got hung up on the ancestors-still-alive part.

So, now I’m pulled in and that’s when the magic happened! There are twists and turns you will never see coming. She’s brilliant too, because she teases you with predictable moments. You stop and go “HA! I saw that coming!!” and she comes back with “HA! GOTCHA!!” Yes, I’m having a convo with the author right now! Lol! It was fantastic! This book consumed me.

Character development was fantastic as well! Now I won’t go into it because the beauty of this book is…you have NO IDEA who to trust. No idea. I think this made it even more fun. So, the only person you trust is our main character and she is along with you. She doesn’t know who to trust. She has no idea what’s going on. I loved living through her perspective. She was strong and intelligent. She has a big heart and I loved that about her. She’s very relatable. You ask the same questions she does and feel the same way she does. Just wonderful!

What more can I say? Come jump on the thrill-ride train and experience this book for yourself. Every character is interesting and every chapter ends with an “OH CRAP” moment. I dare you to put it down! 😉

I’m unsure if this will be a trilogy or series, but I’m grabbing book two as soon as it comes out! This book had a clear ending, but left me screaming with anticipation! If you’ve read it, DM me!! I’d love to have a spoilery convo!

I gave this book 4.5 stars. It would definitely be a 5 Star read if it wasn’t for that far fetched family tree thing. Until Next Time!!!

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini Review

So, I haven’t done a review in quite awhile and I thought….maybe this book. Funny enough, I have a hard time articulating my feelings on this one. Maybe that’s why I chose it, because I have so much to say. This will be spoiler FREE.

To start, I was recommended this book by two amazing friends. They have fantastic tastes and I knew I’d enjoy it. I did, but I had some slip ups as well. Here’s my thoughts!

Characters:

I want to start with characters, because a good book needs excellent characters. This book did not disappoint. I was absolutely in love with Lily and her obvious love interest (Spoiler free so…no names!). I also loved to hate the one villain (male) and simply adored the ultimate villain (female). Even the “side characters” were well developed and interesting. Well done!

This book added some diverse characters and I really enjoyed that. Native American’s are not well represented in the books I’ve come across. I’ve found they are not mentioned at all or their culture is twisted by authors who know nothing about their beliefs. I thought this book had some good elements. That surprised me in a very great way.

The author also included a gay character and I thought that was fantastic. I would have enjoyed a little more about their romance, but I liked that they were at least mentioned.

Plot:

Overall, I enjoyed the basic summary of this book. Worlds Collide. Magic Reigns. Love Burns. That kinda says it all.

Worlds Collide: Lily gets thrown from her world, where she is riddled with life-threatening allergies and into a world where she is extraordinary. She is pulled there by Lillian her …counterpart, if you will. Here, Lily can thrive…if she can figure out what’s going on. I loved discovering the world and I never felt bogged down with descriptions. It all flowed nicely.

Magic Reigns: I loved the magical elements in this world. I don’t want to give things away. So I’ll keep it vague, but I found the magic to be a unique and how it all tied together with Lily was intriguing.

Love Burns: This love story made me swoon. It was quite obvious from…chapter 5 or 6 (?) who she was going to fall for, but I still loved it. I adored the male lead and although predictable, it was still a fun ride.

Pacing:

Aaaaand here’s where I have some trouble. Now, I want to make note that I was extremely busy the week I read this book. I had some commitments and they physically exhausted me. That said, I didn’t have a strong desire to pick this book up during my down time. I enjoyed the characters and the basic plot, but there were no burning questions that I needed answered. While the book threw me some minor twists and turns, it still didn’t grip me. I could easily put the book down and choose something else to do.

That said, when I was reading, I was usually enjoying what was going on. There were some moments throughout the book where the characters would be traveling or waiting…those moments did not interest me. I wanted to move on. Get to the juicy stuff! Sometimes, the lull would bring an epic action sequence and I would be hooked. Sometimes, it didn’t.

Overall, I could kinda predict how things would pan out and that’s not something I enjoy. Yet, the ending was great and the characters did become dear to my heart. Maybe I could have been more pulled in if I didn’t take a lot of breaks…maybe not?

Read Firewalker (Book 2)? The romance/ending was wonderful and so….I think I’d read book two. I just won’t be in a huge hurry. I’m still invested in the characters and I’m definitely curious about what happens…so yeah I’ll eventually read books 2 and 3.

Thank you to my dear friends who recommended me this book. I can gush over spoilers privately with you and I’m very glad I checked this out!

Rating: 3.5 stars ( gave it the extra .5 on Goodreads cuz…Rowan)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Let’s start off this review by mentioning a few key bits of information.

Leigh Bardugo first wrote The Grisha Trilogy, then created Six of Crows. I cannot tell you anything about the trilogy, because I did not read it. I heard mixed reviews about it on BookTube and it didn’t really appeal to me. I point out the trilogy, because Six of Crows takes place in the same world. So, of course, you think to yourself…Do I need to read the trilogy first? You clearly did not. To this, I answer with my review…

I was told via BookTubers, that I did not need to read the trilogy. I may miss out on some key terms, but I would pick them up quickly. So, I got the book and settled down for Rainbowthon (please ask if seeking more info).

I started off the first chapter and was a bit perplexed by the terms. I believe it was the authors reasonable assumption that you would read her trilogy first. I was able to make my way through and the plot was quite interesting. I kept going chapter by chapter and I definitely started to love the characters. Yet, each time I read a term or location, I second guessed whether I should have known this already. I have since learned, via a kind BookTuber who read the trilogy, that all this info WAS indeed NEW. Yet, I was dumb enough not to ask her until 1/2 way through the book. Nice one! This is why I point it out now for you! It took me forever to get through the first 160 pages, because of my need to reread/commit to memory.

Overall, the characters were my favorite part of this book. They are a group of rag tag thieves and their goal is to pull off the ultimate heist. For me, it was a combo of video game RPG characters…meets Ocean’s Eleven. Their heist is full of twists and turns you never know what’s going to happen even when you think you do.

Back to the characters! Kaz is the leader and I really couldn’t stand him at first, but it all changed for me when I learned his back story. You see, Leigh Bardugo slowly weaves back stories into the book. Down to the last 3/4 of the book I was still learning fun tidbits! It was fantastic! You never feel like you are lost in terms of character development, but you keep learning more as the tale goes on. I loved how she did it. I wish I could explain it better.

So in the end, I gave Six of Crows a solid 4 out of 5 stars. I fell madly in love with the cast of characters and want to befriend them all. I enjoyed the overall twists and turns of the heist. The terms were tricky at first, but once I relaxed and understood where the story was taking me, I was in love.

Please let me know how you enjoyed this book or if this review made you want to read it!

 

Lets Talk Games

So, I can remember going over to a neighbors house to play Mario Bros when I was a kid. Unfortunately, I only made it to the fish level or just past it and then it was time to go home. If you remember, the “fun” part about Mario Bros was that you COULDN’T SAVE! Ugh! So, each day I’d get past those fish and “Time to GO!” I never came close to beating that game.

Years later, I’m dating my gamer bf (now husband). He teaches me about all kinds of games. I thought they were cute. Fun. Like Mario. He could have his fun. Little did I know, games like Final Fantasy 12 existed!

My hubby puts FFXII in and my whole world changed! What a BEAUTIFUL game! The opening cinema alone was magical! It looked like a movie! I had no idea video games could look like movies! The story was so epic!

Side Note: FFXII Story…The Princess marries the Prince. Beautiful Opening Cinema. They come to the castle and then all heck breaks loose. War is closing in on the Princess’ city. Her father and her new husband have to go sign a treaty to end the fighting. When there, they are ambushed. A man, believed to be the Kings Right-Hand-Man, kills the king and the young Prince. That’s just the very beginning! The betrayal, the surprises, it’s epic!

I was in charge of the strategy guide. I gave the “commands” and my hubby did all the heavy lifting. We beat the game and we enjoyed every second of it. What a rush!

Now, I’m still his “wing girl”. I jokingly say, “I’m the brains. He’s the brawn.” That’s how we navigate all RPGs!

We play Metal Gears, Mass Effects, Dragon Ages, God of War, you name it. RPGs are always my favorite. Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy taking the lead.

What kinds of games do you like? Please leave me kind comments below!