Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Post - 168 & Stacking the Shelves - 122

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

We're officially into October so the countdown is on. Friday night we went to see my nephew play in the marching band. He did a really good job. I was impressed. Saturday we celebrated Husband's birthday and my Dad's birthday with my side of the family. Other than that not much is going on. Just trying to organize, purge, and generally get ready for Baby Girl's arrival. I only have two more weeks left to work before she gets here, and that's super exciting by itself.


Monday: Review of Stealing Third by Marta Brown (3 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Authors (Books) If You Love Colleen Hoover
Wednesday: Waiting on Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, # 2) by Katie McGarry
Thursday: September EOM Wrap Up
Friday: All Things Halloween Review of Deception (Defiance, # 2) by CJ Redwine (4 Stars)


Monday: All Things Halloween Review of A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston
Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit/Have Quit Doing
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: All Things Halloween Review of Deliverance (Defiance, # 3) by CJ Redwine
Friday: All Things Halloween DNF Review of The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, # 3) by Julie Kagawa

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2015 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Яed (True Reign, # 2)

By: Jennifer Anne Davis

Published: February 14th 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing

366 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Source: Borrowed from Holly

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Goodreads description--Red (The True Reign Series, Book 2)

Sentenced to be executed.

Betrayed. Alone.

Hung on the gallows.

Rema thought her life was over, but she was wrong. Saved by a rebel force she'd only ever heard rumors about, Rema finds herself in a forbidden place. She is finally safe-free from the king and Prince Lennek. But not everything is as it seems at the rebel fortress. Secrets are whispered, and loyalties are tested. Once Rema uncovers the truth of her heritage, will she flee? Or will she ascend to the throne, taking on the responsibility of an entire kingdom?

Now that Darmik knows Rema's true identity, he's on a quest to save her. But when an Emperion assassin arrives on Greenwood Island, Darmik knows he doesn't have very long to find her. In a deadly game with high stakes, will Darmik remain loyal to his family? Or will he break away and join the rebels?

Kingdoms rise and fall. Heroes are born and made. But one thing remains the same-love conquers all.

War (True Reign, # 3)

By: Jennifer Anne Davis

Published: May 6th 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing

356 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Source: Borrowed from Holly

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Goodreads description--War (The True Reign Series, Book 3)

When Rema chose to be crowned queen and join the rebel forces, she knew she'd face the fight of her life. What she didn't expect was to be kidnapped by an Emperion assassin and taken to the mainland to be executed in front of the emperor. How can she save Greenwood Island if she can't even save herself?

Darmik knows he doesn't have much time to rescue Rema. He's denounced his position as Commander and Prince in order to join the rebels. But now he must rely on his family name in order to go before the Emperor-his uncle-and beg for Rema's life.

If Rema and Darmik have any hope of being together and saving their kingdom, they must survive the greatest threat of all-Emperion.

This is the heart-pounding conclusion to The True Reign Series.

Cage of Deceit (Reign of Secrets, # 1)

By: Jennifer Anne Davis

Published: August 25th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing

303 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion--she's beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona--that of a vigilante--to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.

Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.

Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

By: Lysa TerKeurst

Published: August 7th 2012 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2012)

199 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Christian, Self-Help, Inspirational

Source: Personal Kindle Library (on sale $1.99)

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Goodreads description--God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how. Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Friday, October 2, 2015

All Things Halloween Review - Deception

Deception (Defiance, # 2)

By: CJ Redwine

Published: August 27th 2013 by Balzer + Bray

496 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Source: Borrowed from Library

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Goodreads description--Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

I’m so behind on this series. I received the third book, Deliverance, for review from Edelweiss at least a year ago. But I still needed to read Defiance and Deception. I’ve since tried to do better about not requesting any books in a series if I haven’t read the prior books because it’s almost impossible to meet the deadlines, but sometimes I just get so wrapped up and excited I can’t contain myself. That’s what happened here. Even though I enjoyed Defiance, I felt drained when it was over. It wasn’t necessarily emotionally draining. I can’t really explain it. Regardless, it left me with a need to recoup some before picking up Deception. Yet, as the year mark approached from when I requested Deliverance, I really began to feel the need to at least mark book 2 off my list and be one step closer to reviewing the one I signed up to review in the first place. And so here I am.

Deception was an intimidating read for me to pick up because I’ve been in a reading slump off and on throughout this entire year so far. On top of that, it’s nearly 500 pages. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind reading long books, but for the most part I prefer books that don’t require such a huge commitment. I know I’ve mentioned not being obsessed with the numbers and the number of books I read each year is just part of that, but I do at least want to hit my goal. And as naturally happens with a book that’s almost 500 pages…it felt long (and slow) to me. I don’t know how much of this was from the actual length or how much was from my reading slump. It wasn’t until the 70% mark that I really felt like the book picked up the pace and became more eventful. It wasn’t torturously slow up until then, but I found it fairly easy to put down when the time came.

We pick up Deception where Defiance left off. Baalboden is in ruins and Logan is soon voted into the position of group leader. He’s really the only one with a plan so that works out. The Commander who made all of their lives awful has fled to the city-state of Carrington and talked them into joining his cause. He brings their army to Baalboden intent on recovering the device that controls the Cursed One from Logan and Rachel. The group flees Baalboden in pursuit of Lakenshire (another city-state). During their trip, they realize that someone is killing off members of their group, and it’s possible that that someone is actually a member of their group. The Commander and the Carrington army, the Cursed One, a killer in their midst, highwaymen, and the possibility that Lakenshire won’t offer them refuge makes their trip eventful and tragic.

Throughout the trip, Logan continually rises to the challenge. He takes on the burdens of leadership and shoulders them well. That’s not to say that he’s not stressed or worried or overwhelmed. But he knows that there are no other options. He presses on. He takes the challenges as they come. And he does the best he can. Rachel on the other hand…I really struggled with her. She is grieving over her father’s death, and Oliver’s death, and Melkin’s death. She has guilt and grief weighing her down like nobody’s business. But instead of doing what she needs to do to process her emotions, she stuffs them down and tries to smoother them. It was painful for me to read about because I could so easily see that how she was “coping” was only going to come back to bite her in the end. And this resulted at times in her pushing Logan away when she should have used him for comfort as well as shouldering each other’s burdens. Of course, everything that Rachel endures and her learning how to process and deal is necessary to ensure that she can handle what is yet to come. So if you’re struggling with this aspect as much as I was, press on.

The other characters were all well developed, Willow and Quinn especially. But I loved seeing more of Sylph and even characters like Adam and Ian, Frankie and Thom. I look forward to more from these characters throughout. I was worried about a potential love triangle there for a bit, but I ended up really liking what direction CJ Redwine decided to go in for this.

The title wouldn’t be fitting if the biggest conflict and reveal didn’t surround deception, but it did. Again, it wasn’t until the 75-80% mark that answers started coming out and things started making sense. I had the killer pegged from the beginning, but I didn’t have the why nailed down at all.

Since I borrowed this from the library, I couldn’t highlight, but most of my screenshots revolved around times when I was frustrated with Rachel and her lack of coping. Favorite quotes:

-But fires only burn until you starve them for fuel.

-I don’t know how she does it. She lost her parents, her grandparents, and her older brother. I know she’s devastated. But instead of closing herself off to mourn her loss, she reaches out to others with an unflinching generosity that both baffles me and makes me envious.

-I’ve learned that death is an insatiable creature with greedy hands…

-I accepted that any respect I might earn from others, I must first earn from myself.

-Worst Case Scenario: Everything else.

Deception was a long book for me. There weren’t dreadfully slow parts, but until the last 30% I didn’t cringe if I had to put it down. Rachel was a struggle for me as she had to learn to process her emotions and feel them. It reminds me of The Fault in Our Stars that pain demands to be felt. Eventually, she did process and her experiences were necessary to teach her how to overcome what she is about to face. I loved Logan in this book. His fierce determination to do the best he could by his people, as well as his devout loyalty to Rachel through everything. In the end, Deception gets 4 Stars. Have you read Deception? What did you think? Let me know!

This review is part of my All Things Halloween event--a month of paranormal, supernatural, mystery/thriller, etc reviews and books.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 2015 EOM Wrap Up

I have read 9 books this month. *These qualify for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
*The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, # 3) by Michelle Hodkin
Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, # 2) by Pierce Brown
*Surviving Ice (Burying Water, # 4) by KA Tucker
The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter, # 1) by Melinda Salisbury
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith
Until Friday Night (The Field Party, # 1) by Abbi Glines
The Lies About Truth by Courtney C Stevens
The Key (True Reign, # 1) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Red (True Reign, # 2) by Jennifer Anne Davis

I have reviewed 7 books this month. *These qualify for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers
Unraveling You (Unraveling You, # 1) by Jessica Sorensen
Raveling You (Unraveling You, # 2) by Jessica Sorensen
Awakening You (Unraveling You, # 3) by Jessica Sorensen
Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, # 1) by Rae Carson
*Sweet (Contours of the Heart, # 3) by Tammara Webber
Stealing Third by Marta Brown

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 164 & Stacking the Shelves - 118
Sunday Post - 165 & Stacking the Shelves - 119
Sunday Post – 166 & Stacking the Shelves - 120
Sunday Post - 167 & Stacking the Shelves - 121
Top Ten Series I Have Yet to Finish
Top Ten Characters I Just Didn't Click With
Top Ten Fall 2015 TBR List
Top Ten Authors (Books) If You Like Colleen Hoover
Waiting on The Siren by Kiera Cass
Waiting on Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, # 3) by Pierce Brown
Waiting on Exit, Pursued by a Bear by EK Johnston
Waiting on an Oldie # 1 The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, # 1) by Rae Carson
Waiting on Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, # 2) by Katie McGarry
2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge – September Wrap Up

I'm 28 days ahead on my daily Bible reading.
I've read 85 out of 104 books. (8 ahead of schedule)
I've read 12 out of 10-12 series enders.

A Word About October:
October 2nd starts my All Things Halloween event--a month of paranormal, supernatural, mystery/thriller, etc reviews and books. I have all of my reviews already prepped and scheduled for this month. However, Baby Girl is due on October 24th so I have no idea when exactly she will be born or how this will affect my ability to blog. Sunday Post/Stacking the Shelves, Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday posts might get abandoned this month should she arrive early. I'll try not to disappear and to keep you guys updated on progress as much as I can. But if I seem to disappear (or am really late responding to blog comments), then I hope you will understand and bear with me.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting on Walk the Edge

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, # 2)

By: Katie McGarry

Expected Publication: March 30th 2016 by Harlequin TEEN

384 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Razor knows his family is haunted by secrets of the past…

High school senior Thomas "Razor" Turner knows his family has a dark history as part of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, especially when it comes to the secrecy surrounding his mother’s death.

When Razor starts to dig deeper into his mum's case he turns to the unlikeliest source for help: classmate Breanna Miller, the shy, smart girl he's never looked twice at. But the more time they spend together, the more they realise they actually have in common, and how attracted to each other they really are.

When secrets from the past are revealed can their newfound feelings survive?

I love Katie McGarry, and Razor intrigued me from book 1, Nowhere But Here, so I'm excited to get my hands on this one! What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Authors (Books) To Read if You Like Colleen Hoover

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Top Ten Authors (Books) to Read if You Like Colleen Hoover.

So Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. So far all of her books have been extremely romantic, but also carry some element of surprise and often deep sadness. The characters usually have some pretty big hurtles to overcome, and the writing really sucks me in. So that was my criteria for this top ten list: 1) romance, 2) surprise twist or deep sadness (bonus if the two are combined), 3) something to overcome, and 4) writing and characters that hook me quickly.

  1. Katja Millay (The Sea of Tranquility)
  2. Katie McGarry (specifically the Pushing the Limits series)
  3. Claire Wallis (the Push series)
  4. Rebecca Donovan
  5. Rebecca Shea (specifically Unbreakable)
  6. KA Tucker (specifically Ten Tiny Breaths)
  7. Tammara Webber (specifically Easy)
  8. Jamie McGuire (specifically The Maddox Brothers series)
  9. Anne Eliot (specifically Almost)

Are there any books you'd recommend to me because I love Colleen Hoover? What do you think? Let me know!