Friday, February 22, 2019

On My Shelf: Unhooked by: Lisa Maxwell

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 love Peter Pan retellings and twists so of course I had to have this one and then like so many other books I never got around to it. I adore this cover though and it sounds so amazing.

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Book Review: Warrior Of The Wild by: Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 26, 2019
from Feiwel & Friends
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying."

My Thoughts:

This was so good. I had a feeling I was going to enjoy this one, but I didn’t expect it to be as unputdownable as it was. This had such an engaging plot with great characters. Our heroine in particular is fantastic.  I enjoyed this authors Daughter Of The Pirate King series and I’m glad she delivered here too. She writes such incredible and dynamic heroines. 

Rasmira is fantastic and I loved her. She is so smart and so strong. She has trained her whole life to be a warrior and lead her village and it’s made her a bit of a target. When she is betrayed and cast out she doesn’t want to trust again and who can blame her. She is more than capable of taking care of herself, but when she meets up with some other outcasts she really starts to shine and proves that she was meant to lead. And this brings me to Soren who I just adored. He was such a sweetheart and I loved his wit. He’s just adorable to put it simply. But he’s also a warrior in his own right. And I also love Iric and these three made a good team. What I loved most about the dynamic though is that Rasmira is the leader. The boys were surviving but it's Rasmira who really pushes them and brings them to another level. She’s the strong one and the leader and neither of the boys balk at it, but they admire her and respect her for it. Strong women are not something to be feared and I loved that these guys acknowledged that. This author really writes a great heroine. I adored Alosa and I adored Rasmira just as much.

I also loved the Vikings vibe. I finally binged Vikings recently so this was perfect for my mood. I want to be clear, this book isn’t about actual Vikings but the world is definitely inspired by Viking lore and myths. It made for a really dynamic plot with a bunch of action, but it was also about finding yourself and who you want to be and the story balanced that really well. And then there was a touch of romance that I just LOVED SO MUCH. The story just balanced these aspects all so well.

Warrior Of The Wild delivered in every single way. Fantastic characters and a fantastic plot and STRONG WOMEN TAKING CHARGE FOR THE WIN. My feminist heart was so happy with this book and I can’t wait to see what this author does next. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Recent Reads: Queens and Deals

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of queens and deals.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Guest Review: Mike by: Andrew Norriss

Today my sister Samantha has dropped by to review MIKE by: Andrew Norriss.

Release Date: February 26, 2019
from David Fickling Books
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: Received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"MEET FLOYD. He's a tennis star. Possibly good enough to win Wimbledon one day. MEET MIKE. He's... different. Apart from anything else, Floyd seems to be the only one who can see him. But Mike must have appeared for a reason. And finding out why is perhaps the most important thing Floyd will ever do..."

Sam's Review:

Today I’m reviewing Mike by Andrew Norriss and I think the best way to start this review would be to talk about my first impressions based on the cover of the book and the description on the back. The summary on the back tells about how the main character Floyd starts seeing this boy named Mike, that nobody else can see. Floyd throughout the novel has to figure out why Mike is there, and what he wants. It is a tale of self discovery and learning to follow your own path. The cover is a teenage boy holding a fish. I’m not above admitting that before starting the book, I was positive that Mike was the fish Floyd was holding. Not my best guess, but what the book actually ended up being was so much better, I can’t really explain why without spoiling the story, so you’ll just have to read to find out.

The story is told from the third person point of view, which I really enjoyed. As much as I love first person stories and hearing everything from the perspective of the main character, there was something about the detachedness of the perspective that I liked. The reader didn’t have to go through every thought Floyd had, but instead we only saw what was most important, how he felt going through everything. In a way it made Floyd a character that was easier to see yourself in, because although not everyone has been through specifically what he has, we’ve all felt the way he has and we can recognize that through this method of storytelling. Or at least I was able to. Maybe I’m just rambling, because I always see myself in characters told in first person, but this was just something I personally haven’t seen too often that I really enjoyed.

I think the lesson I learned from this book is that in some sense or another we all have a Mike. Not in the sense that we all have an imaginary boy showing up at the most inconvenient yet important moments, but more in that we all have somebody that shows up when we need them and that we take those people with us through the lessons they teach us. Much like Floyd learns in the novel, it’s important we listen to them and find what makes us happy.

Now comes the part where I ask myself “would I recommend this to other readers?” No surprise here, I totally would. As I said, it’s an interesting story, with an amazing lead character and an even better lesson to be learned. Also added bonus if you’re an animal geek like me, they talk about fish, like, a lot. I actually learned some things about marine biology which I think is just overall super cool. Basically, if you’ve liked other books I’ve reviewed for Teresa, you’d probably really enjoy this one as well. It was right up my alley while also veering me into a new direction of books I never would’ve picked up otherwise.

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