Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Cover Reveal: The Chaos of Standing Still

Awkwardly forgot to have a post ready for Monday. But today I get to share the cover for Jessica Brody's upcoming novel. I think it's beautiful with the font and flowers.


Publication Date: November 28, 2017

Full Summary: Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.
And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
Purchase: Amazon

Author: Jessica Brody

Website: Jessica Brody Author Website

Thanks for stopping by. What did you think of the cover?


Friday, 4 August 2017

Netflix Nation: Summer 2017

I took a break from Netflix for a while for a couple of reasons. But now I'm back and catching up on shows I wanted to see. House of Cards sadly took a back seat to other fare so I'm leaving it off the list. Might have to continue it in September. The life of a slow awkward binger.

Teen Wolf

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I finally watched seasons three through five and it was quite a journey. The show's teen sense has worn a bit on me since I last watched it regularly on MTV which has been a long time. But there's no denying that the series still has bite. Scott always had tough decisions to make and not all of his pack always makes it out on the other side. I'll be watching the first half of Season Six online then catch up with the rest on MTV. Since it's the final season, I really want to be there.

Shadowhunters Season Two

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I took a break from this show but now I'm back and all caught up. Clary and company have a lot on their hands. Trying to protect the mortal instruments from Valentine isn't going so well. The bad guy got two of the three items! Now our heroes find out the final item isn't a mirror like they originally thought but an actual lake. Right, now the people who couldn't keep their hands on the Mortal Cup and the Soul Sword will try to keep Valentine from using an entire lake. Nothing can go wrong. And yes, that's sarcasm.

Revenge

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I just saw the other day that this series will be leaving by August 28. So now I'll be watching from Season one to four before then. Since Wednesday I've gone through five episodes. Told you I'm not an expert binger. The main character Emily is on a path of vengeance against the people who helped send her father to prison. Where he died an innocent man framed for funding a terrorist attack. Ouch.

Other Shows

The Space Between - Paper thin movie with an annoying love triangle thrown into a sci-fi tale

The Pirate Fairy - A cute Tinkerbel movie that I enjoyed. Disney did a nice job with this one.

Amy Schumer: The Leather Special - This woman needs to retire from comedy. God awful! Unless of course, you love jokes about vaginas smelling like barn animals and pretending men are...perfect...awful? What? I just made it through barely ten minutes before I got out and gave it a huge thumbs down.

Dave Chappelle: Collection 1 - Loved it! If you are a fan of the Chapelle Show, this is even better.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Caught up on a few episodes in Season Five. Will have to watch Season Six online so I can get ready for Season Seven which is currently airing.

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I still have all sorts of shows to watch including Ex-Machina, animated movies and upcoming shows in August (The Defenders, Dragons: Race to the Edge Season Five and more). I'll do my best to watch something so I can balance my time between working, staying healthy, keeping an eye on my recovering mom (for someone with stitches recently taken out, she won't lie down) and making time to relax with reading and Netflix (while also doing reviews and blog posts...am I turning into a workaholic too)?

Anyway thanks for stopping by and see you all on Monday. What are you watching or streaming?


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

IWSG Summer 2017 and Goal Hop Update



Welcome to another IWSG with host Alex Cavanaugh and his fellow ninjas. Also, thank you to his latest batch of cohosts.

I've been on and off the blogging arena. Life and health issues have taken up a chunk of my time. Plus I've been helping look after my mother since late July after her surgery. So I'm a busy girl. But I have been working on getting back into writing and reading. I read two books during a read-a-ton and I'm reading another right now. Bought a couple new books recently. Most for my Kindle. My insecurity is pretty much finding time for writing and myself. The answer I already know. Make time. It is just that simple and oh so damn hard to do. I'm doing it though, trying alone is not enough.

August Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

My pet peeves for all of these are when careless mistakes are made. In reading it is when authors don't keep characters consistent. Like having a warrior character suddenly act opposite just for a plot twist that makes no sense. Or to push a love interest. In writing when I'm not focused and write myself into a corner that could have been avoided. Editing? Yeah that's a whole other story and not a top expertise of mine. But I'm extra careful when it comes to that process.

On a whole, there will always be something that bothers us. We have to decide to move past it. Because just fuming over it without moving forward helps no one. Trust in God and all the best.




The Goal Bloghop is a hop where you sign up with the goal you have in mind. It can be a small or big goal. Either way after joining you share your progress the last Friday of each month. Started by Misha, it is now co-hosted along with Jen and Brittney.

I submitted to The Mary Sue and waiting to hear back from them. I had planned to make some other submissions but when I went to check where I had stored some sites to submit to, the list was gone. I have no idea how that happened. But I have to remake the list and update myself on submission terms. Annoying but doable. I'll be sure to have multiple submissions to report at the end of August. Those are the breaks. You win some, you lose some. Just don't give up.

Thanks for stopping by. See you on Friday and have a great day whether IWSG or otherwise.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Book Review: The Jumbies and Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Due to falling behind on post, Update Day/ Goals Hop will be done tomorrow. IWSG, Wednesday.

Title: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Source: Purchased Paperback

Purchase: Amazon, Book Depository


Summary on Goodreads: A spine-tingling tale rooted in Caribbean folklore that will have readers holding their breath as they fly through its pages.

Corinne La Mer isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest. Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market the next day, she knows something unexpected is about to happen. And when this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne's house, cooking dinner for Corinne's father, Corinne is sure that danger is in the air. She soon finds out that bewitching her father, Pierre, is only the first step in Severine's plan to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn't know she possessed to stop Severine and save her island home.

With its able and gutsy heroine, lyrical narration, and inventive twist on the classic Haitian folktale "The Magic Orange Tree," The Jumbies will be a favorite of fans of Breadcrumbs, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Book Review

There's no doubt that folklore and stories from the Caribbean are not as well known worldwide. But like all regions we have tales to tell and Tracey did this very well with The Jumbies. The author clearly wanted to tell a tale that made kids look behind them long after they finished. An MG, not afraid to deal with loss, monsters and making hard choices. The protagonist Corrine unwittingly brings terror to her island home by going into a forbidden part of the forest and catching the attention of a powerful Jumbie. What followed is an adventure that's both amazing yet rooted in reality. From fighting monsters to dealing with homelessness and child abandonment. Issues of both the supernatural and reality are explored in this story. In the end, Corrine has to make some tough decisions and every action she makes not only has consequences for her but her loved ones as well. Highly recommend and I'm looking forward to the sequel coming later this year.

Rating: 4 Stars

Read-A-Thon Wrap Up

I ended up reading two books in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon Reading Challenge this year. Dead Man: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love and The Jumbies. It was nice and also glad I took part in five of the seven days in the blog book tag last week. I'm definitely interested in taking part in the Winter version but only in the reading challenge. The blog part is kind of dead when it comes to participation and cross promotion.

Booktube-a-thon was great on twitter. I took part in reading sprints and even mini challenges and got retweeted by the main page a few times. A lot of fun. Sadly I didn't finish any books in the reading challenge. Definitely, want to take part next year. They have strong participation and cross promotion in all areas. Amazing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

S.B. Book Tag: Day 5

Day four of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon Book Tag has arrived. You can go here to check out the host's post. The tag today challenges participants to discuss one to two characters that you have connected with on a more personal level. And then pick a situation that the character was in and discuss what they should have done differently if you feel that they should have done something differently. It is possible that you don’t think a character should have done something differently.

I am a fan of the Harry Potter books. They are a phenomenon for a reason. But there are character's that stand out more personally to me than most. Hermione is one but I'll discuss a different character today.



Snape from Harry Potter



To me Severus Snape was a complicated man. From the start, he was viewed in a negative light by the protagonist Harry Potter. Sometimes for fair reasons like having your house lose points just because a Professor prefers another. Other times less so like when Harry assumed Snape was evil in book one just because he wasn't a nice teacher. Evil is serious business and thinking your teacher works with Voldemort just because he's not a kind man and dabbles in the dark arts like other teachers (especially the one who teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts) is rather petty. Of course, later in the series Harry does get better reasons to distrust Snape. Still it was Hermione who had some issues with Professor Moody after he used forbidden curses in class but Harry played it off. I truly doubt he would have done the same if it were Professor Snape.

Snape over time was revealed to not only not be on the side of evil. But was undercover for Professor Dumbledore and stayed the course even after the headmaster's death. Say what you want but that's loyalty. He did have a temporary alliance with the Death Eaters when he first joined. But when Lily was up for death he was willing to do anything to save her. Including indebting himself to Dumbledore right up to his death. Ironic but understandable, Harry ended up respecting his sacrifice after learning the truth. Snape's not perfect or anyone's soft sweetheart. But he was a warrior for good and too many seem to forget that because he wasn't sweet and dapper. 

A situation where he should have done things differently.

None. I believe everything he did lead to the hoped outcome. The end of Voldemort. Though I have a tiny wish he could have been nicer to houses that weren't Slytherin. But that's petty when it comes to the big picture.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

S.B. Book Tag: Day 4

Day four of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon Book Tag has arrived. You can go here to check out the host's post. The tag today challenges participants to find and discuss a book they had rated three stars. I chose The Secret Life of a Witch by Jessica Sorensen. If you want to know more about the book check out Goodreads.


The Cover when I read the book


The new cover

Summary: My name is Evalee, and I have a secret. I’m a witch.

Okay, maybe it’s not that big of a secret. At least not in Mystic Willow Bay where practically every paranormal creature lives.

Still, I have plenty of secrets. Like the fact that I suck at casting spells, which is a huge problem, considering I’m a witch. But I can talk to dead bodies and am secretly working on a spell that will hopefully revive my sister from the dead. Until I perfect the spell, I’ve hidden her body in the basement, something my parents are completely clueless about. 

I’m also in love with my best friend, Hunter, one of the most popular wizards in school and who’s completely out of my league in the dating department. 

But I’m not the only person in Mystic Willow Bay that has secrets. And some are way worse than mine. Like whoever has been stealing dead bodies from the morgue and the graveyard. For what reason, I don’t know, but I’m about to find out because they’ve stolen my sister’s body, and I need to get it back before I miss out on my chance at bringing her back from the dead.


Questions:

1. Why did you rate it so low?



I don't consider three stars a low rating. I see it as average. For the story had a cool concept but in the end was kind of meh compared to what the summary had claimed. More cheap teen romance with magic thrown in than a magical tale with romance and a dead sister's ghost getting kidnapped.

2. Is three stars low on your rating system?



No, it's average but once you fall into two stars territory then yes you've hit full on disappointment level for me. Unless of course, you got three stars because of too many issues. In this case, the story was just very average and less than what the summary promised.

3. What could have made your reading experience better?



A more honest summary of the story. The silly teen romance is all over the story yet the summary barely mentioned it. This book was advertised as a special witch with a missing dead sister, secrets, stealing of dead bodies and necromancy. Instead, there was a clumsy witch whose life seemed to revolve around moaning that her crush Hunter wasn't her boyfriend. The sequel was much worse. Plus the new cover better displays the book is about a pretty witch than the first cover which shows a girl with her finger to her lips surrounded by magic. I just don't understand why the promotion wasn't more honest early on.



Anyway, those are my thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and this book tag has been fun so far.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

S.B. Book Tag: Day 3

So day three of the book tag has a very interesting challenge. You can go here to check out the host.

Challenge:
1️⃣ Pick a book you love

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone - in America)

2️⃣Imagine that the story was written from the antagonists perspective.

Voldemort

3️⃣Rewrite the books synopsis from the VILLAINS point of view.


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Original Summary (Goodreads): Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

(My) Villain Synopsis

Voldemort thought he was unstoppable. One mistake trying to kill the Potter family proved him wrong. Weakened but not dead he's had to roam in the shadows hiding from those who would seek to destroy him forever. Yet he gets the chance to rise again through a host that not only obeys his commands but gets him into a place he should never be able to revisit. Hogwarts. Under the nose of Dumbledore he plotted a way to rise to power once again. Also to seek revenge against the one enemy he couldn't kill. The one who ruined his great takeover. Harry Potter.

A villain who will do whatever it takes to survive and reign once again. This novel will follow his journey for both power and revenge. Will he reclaim his former glory? Or will his lessers really rise up to challenge his plans?
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So what do you think? Thanks for stopping by.

Cover Reveal: The Chaos of Standing Still

Awkwardly forgot to have a post ready for Monday. But today I get to share the cover for Jessica Brody's upcoming novel. I think it'...