Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Review: The Reader (Sea Of Ink And Gold #1) by: Traci Chee

Release Date: September 13, 2016
from Putnam
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.

Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learnes, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning."

My Thoughts:

The Reader is so different from any book I’ve ever read. This is a book with layers and a ton of moving pieces. You have to really pay attention to every detail, but this book is well worth your undivided attention. I was so engrossed in the story and the characters. I read and re-read and made sure I absorbed every single detail.

Our main heroine Sefia is one that is easy to root for. She is a great character with layers and flaws and I adored her. She is strong and determined and so smart. She fights for what she wants and doesn’t give up despite seemingly insurmountable odds. And Archer. Oh how I loved Archer. He is such a fantastic character. I loved the relationship between Archer and Sefia and that they tackled everything together. I loved how with everything they did it together and that they always had one another. First and foremost it’s a beautiful friendship. Then we have who is probably my favorite character, Captain Reed. Yepp we get pirates too! I love me some pirates. I needed more Captain Reed and should we get a sequel I will beg and pray and crawl over hot coals for more Reed.

I also loved how much this book focused on stories and what you leave behind. Me and my Hamilton crazed brain kept singing “who lives, who dies, who tells your story”. In many ways it's accurate to the book. In a world with no books or writing, the only way to leave behind something is to leave a story worth telling and the characters are very conscious of that and it drives their actions. I just love how taking away one seemingly small object changes a world in such drastic ways.

As I mentioned before, The Reader demands your undivided attention. If you are a reader willing to get lost in a book and look for clues and read between the lines then you will love this story. I adored picking it apart and finding the clues. And when I was right in my guessing I felt so rewarded.

All in all, The Reader is a unique read that any book lover can appreciate. The world building is fantastic and the characters are wonderful. The Reader is a debut that stands out.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekly Recap 9/25/2016

So first up this week, I grabbed Seeing Stars as a freebie. I just loved that cover and had to click. Next up I had some surprise mail in The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, The Girl of a Lifetime, and Otherworld Chills. Thank you Scholastic, St Martins, and Penguin. I also got myself a UK edition of Empire of Storms because I need all editions of that series and those covers are awesome. And then last but not least I grabbed paperbacks of The Score and The Mistake because I needed the ab-licious covers before they switch over to the new redesigned covers. 

Goodreads Links:
Seeing Stars by: J. Sterling
The Gift Of A Lifetime by: Melissa Hill
Otherworld Chills by: Kelley Armstrong
Empire of Storms by: Sarah J. Maas
The Score by: Elle Kennedy
The Mistake by: Elle Kennedy

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Friday, September 23, 2016

On My Shelf: The Unidentified Redhead by: Alice Clayton

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I have heard wonderful things about this book and author but I have yet to make time for it. It sounds hysterical and I feel like I will love it, but we all know how it goes, so many books so little time. 

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mini Review: The Claiming (Submissive #8.5) by: Tara Sue Me

Release Date: September 20, 2016
from InterMix
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"The New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive series returns to the story started in The
Master with a tantalizing new novella about passion, play, and possession...

Submitting is just the beginning...

Sasha Blake never thought her emotional wounds would heal—that they were a part of her just like her physical scars. But that was before Cole Johnson’s boundless love and overwhelmingly sexy control set her free, unleashing a confident side that she never knew she had. He’s more than just her Master; he’s her world. And she’ll do anything he asks...

Cole’s days of restless wandering are done—he’s found everything he needs in Sasha. Now, it’s time to make it official. When his childhood home in England goes up for sale, he realizes the old estate is the perfect place to claim Sasha as his own, and the ideal opportunity to show her just how much she means to him.

As Sasha, Cole, and their closest friends from their Partners in Play community descend on the British countryside for a titillating adult vacation, the submissives and Dominants alike will test their boundaries—and have an adventure none of them will ever forget..."

My Thoughts:

I’ve been reading this series for a while now and I’m always surprised by how it continues to deliver. This was a fun and steamy little novella that I devoured in a few short hours. It is a nice addition to the series and even though it is short it adds to the characters development and moves the overall story along.

It was so nice seeing how far Cole and Sasha have come. They started out so unlikely and they have become such a strong couple. Their chemistry is fantastic and it’s so great seeing them together. I also liked catching up with Abby and Nathaniel and Julie and Daniel again. This is such a great group of characters and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them.

All in all, The Claiming was a really quick and fun read and is a nice little treat for fans of the series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment now.

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