Monday, April 2, 2018

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke MINI BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: Rules for a Knight

Author: Ethan Hawke

Published: Knopf

A knight that is out on mission fears that this will be his last battle. Before he perishes at the hands of another he wanted to teach his children back home the lessons and values of a knight. The teachings of a knight is not something that comes easy and at times it would be hard but he assures his children that these qualities are very important and should be practiced by everyone not just knights.

The book is made is sections each with a main focus, solitude, humility, forgiveness, honesty, courage, grace, pride, and patience. Each quality comes with it's own important lesson. Not one quality is greater than the other and if learned / practiced together this story would have taught more than just this one knight's children. From father to child.


Thoughts: I had no idea what I was going into when I picked this book up and I am greatly surprised at the outcome. The values of the story are very touching and lasting in their teachings. I feel like this book can be read by not just adults but younger children as well. It is a quick read and very good I enjoyed it a lot. I would HIGHLY recommend.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Reluctant Psychic by Suzan Saxman and Perdita Finn BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: The Reluctant Psychic

Authors: Suzan Saxman and Perdita Finn

Published:  St. Martin's Griffin

The Reluctant Psychic is the story of Suzan Saxman's life and how she has come to be the beautiful person she is today.

Suzan grew up knowing that she wasn't favored by her mother. Even before she admitted to any of her family members that she could see and speak with the dead Suzan didn't really fit in. Talking to people you think are real that no one else can see made her a seem weird to others causing her to grow up mostly with the dead for company. Suzan learned to cope and through her years of school finally started to find herself as she grows into adulthood.

Suzan's life seems to have been meant for more than just her. It's as if she were meant to be here to help connect the living to the dead. Being a psychic can come with it's own adventures but it can be hard to have a life when you are connected to so many others.


Thoughts: It took me quite a while to get to this gem of a book. I loved this book, I ached for Suzan as I read about her upbringing. Being torn down emotionally because she didn't fit it with what people thought was "normal" is something that I myself can relate to and I am sure I am not the only one that feels this was. I thought a few times that some of the things were made up or exaggerated but there are pictures included and some googling proved that I was wrong. I did notice that a few of her stories from her readings with people were repeated more than once in the book. I like the stories from the readings but there was no need to have as many of them in the book if there weren't enough to add without repeating.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Quackery by Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen MINI BOOK REVIEW!

Title: Quackery

Authors: Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen

Published: Workman Publishing Company

For years people have been on the hunt for cures for various illnesses and diseases. In human's search for cures there arose the use of  quackery medicines made from dangerous poisons/situations which unknowingly made illness worse or even caused the death of the person. This book which the authors have put together very well a bit of information about just a few things that us humans have tried or done in the name of health.

Here is just some of the things that you will find in this book:

Mercury for teething
Arsenic for Syphilis
Cocaine in Coca-Cola
Bloodletting for Fevers
Lobotomies for the mentally ill
Ways or causing the effects of Anesthesia
Leeches and even snake venom

Ah, what odd things people do to stay healthy.

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Thoughts: I found this book extremely interesting and I love the pictures that when along with the information. I enjoyed this book so much that I will be giving it to a family member in the future who is currently in school for the medical field. You don't have to be into medicine to enjoy this book, I feel like a person who enjoys or is interested in human history would enjoy this book.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

The One Part by Justine Avery BOOK TOUR!

Title: The One Part

Author: Justine Avery

Genre: Paranormal

Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life.

He remembers—every life he's lived before.

Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning
again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.

He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect,
nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who
is he? The answer is linked to the one question he's too afraid to ask: why am I?

In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could
ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking
him since his birth.

Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.

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Author Bio

Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all.
Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently
an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting
the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she
weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing
speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one
continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally
jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived
unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with
indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba,
Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned
and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always
dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is
an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate
British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently
lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted
children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially
invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.

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                                  ~ Book Excerpt ~ 

Tres felt his body abruptly drop around him with overbearing weight, encapsulating him
once again.

The mental images, the overpowering memories, finally faded. Only an ominous stillness

Every cell within him began to twitch, infusing with energy—even as he felt immobile.
Every joint, tendon, and bone ached under the pressure of being alive.

A deep sadness engulfed him. He pondered possible reasons. And, just as quickly, he
was distracted by the presence of his own simple thoughts.

Thoughts. He realized his own thinking.

This mind—certain of its own newness—desired to explore, feel, do, be. Tres opened his
eyes—tried to open his eyes. He found his eyelids fused shut.

He opened his mouth. Thick, warm syrup seeped inside his swallow. Intense fear
washed over him, even as he knew exactly where—and how—he was.

Oh, no.

Tres was aware, more aware than any had ever been. In this moment, he knew
everything—and yet, nothing.

He was beginning again.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare BOOK REVIEW!!!

Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books

A murderer is on the loose in the LA area leaving a trail of Shadowhunter and downworlder bodies in their wake. Though this matter is concerning their are much more pressing issues at hand causing the murderer to slip through the cracks. Among other things the Dark War has happened turning Shadowhunters against the Fairies. As a result of the war the Shadowhunters made new laws forbidding the aid to any Fairy in need of assistance even in dire situations. The war cause a lot of pain and struck the Shadowhunters hard but the pain was greater for the Blackthorn family due to the loss of their parents. Also because of the new no fairy law, Mark and Helen Blackthorn are forced from their home and the rest of their family due to their mixed Fairy blood. Left with two less siblings and no parents Julian is forced to take the place of a parental figure to his younger siblings but he won't be doing it alone as Emma quickly becomes even more of a part of their family when Julian becomes her parabatai. The two grew up together so it wasn't such a far fetched idea that they become bonded but with the new attachment Julian is finding it harder and harder to hide his feelings for Emma, there is only one's forbidden. There are many secrets held in the LA institute and Julian is one of the only few in the house that know them but when things start to fall apart he finds it harder and harder to keep the secrets kept.

Emma Carstairs has been on the search for the murder of her parents ever since the death of her parents. The Clave accused the man who caused the Dark War for their deaths since it happened around the same time but Emma isn't buying it and she isn't the only one. The Clave has closed the case in the deaths of her parents and because of that Emma must find the real killer on her own or risk the murderer continuing to murder without conviction

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Thoughts: As always Cassandra Clare has done it again. I love this book just as much as I have loved the others that I have read. I love the fresh new faces in the Shadowhunter world as well as the old favorites. I will be continuing on with this story line! <3 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Joined by Mara Gan BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY!

Title: Joined

Author: Mara Gan

Published: Inkspell Publishing

Publication date: September 12th 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything.

All I ever wanted to do was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind.

Helping people is what I do; as an empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people’s needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone’s thoughts and feelings all the time can drive me crazy with anxiety, but that moment when I can finally make someone’s life better makes everything worth it.

Unfortunately, I’m also the next in line to rule the galaxy, I’m the only diplomat most planets will listen to, assassins try to kill me on an annoyingly regular basis, and a much-vaunted Prophecy has decreed that I’m going to die. Oh, and someone blew up my home planet.

Kind of a lot to deal with, right?

Too bad I just got another problem: a big, irritating, overbearing bodyguard with serious anger management issues.

And I think I’m falling for him.

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A Pacific Northwesterner by birth and disposition, Mara has lived in Washington DC, Oregon, Japan, and most recently the beautiful Pacific Grove, California, before returning to her roots in Seattle. By day she teaches history to unsuspecting teenagers, and by night she writes books and travels to far-flung places. She loves to be with animals, read, play sports, and drink more London Fogs than is likely good for her.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Ashes to Memories by Annie Anderson BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY!

Title: Ashes to Memories (Ashes to Ashes #5)

Author: Annie Anderson

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

What she doesn’t know just might kill her.

Nicola is having trouble settling into her new life.
Memories assault her at every turn – even in her dreams. When a friend comes to her for aid, Nicola is once again thrust into a dangerous world – a world she still cannot remember.

Kyle thought the worst was over.
Sure, his wife can’t remember their beginning, but even with a few bumps, having her is better than not. But keeping Nicola alive is a full-time job even he might not be able to fulfill – especially when his darling wife decides to jump into the fray.

It turns out the worst has only just begun.

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Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, and old man of a dog.

In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced paranormal thrillers with some serious heat.

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                                                    ~ Book Excerpt ~

There are too many people here. Too many chances for me to be touched by these
strangers. I don’t want their memories or lives or future on my soul.

I don’t want this. Am I supposed to save them? Should I change their lives? I did
with the sorority girl, but was I right to do so? Did I do the wrong thing? What right do I
have to change their circumstances? Isn’t that what Iva was doing – changing the
position of the players on the board until all she could see was how she could move

My breaths come fast and shallow. Even though I can’t see a single thing, I’m dizzy
in a way that I know I’m about to pass out on the pavement.

Panic attack. This is a panic attack.

But I’m saved again when the warm, safe touch of Kyle’s fingers thread with mine
before another person can steal my sight – before I have to see how awful their deaths
will be.

“Jesus. I looked back, and you were gone. What the fuck, Nicola, you started walking
the other way,” he growls in my ear, but he must sense that I’m hanging on by a thread
because he wraps an arm around me, protecting me from the crowd. Even in the heat,
his warmth is a balm to my tattered nerves. I claw at him, burrowing into his chest as I
grip the fabric of his shirt.

“I can’t see, Ky. Too many visions. You have to get me out of here,” I whisper,
trembling so bad I have trouble getting the words out. I know he hears me fine when he
sweeps me up into his arms and moves us. Cool air conditioning caresses my face, the
scent changing drastically once we get inside.

“Can I help you? Oh my god, is she okay?” a young yet smoky female voice calls.

“Yeah, it’s the heat. We’re from up north, so she’s not used to it,” Kyle replies.

“I have some bottled water in the employee fridge. I’ll be right back,” the woman
offers and her footsteps float away.

Information comes to me faster than I can help. Her name is Grace. She’s twenty-
nine and single. Her only real companion is a German Shepherd named Joe who hides
out in the back room of this boutique until she can close up for the day and moves to her
apartment upstairs. She owns this shop, scraping together everything she saved and the
inheritance from some long dead grandmother to buy it. Grace is also nearly a full-
blooded Witch and has absolutely no idea. She was adopted at birth to a lovely, healthy,
close-knit human family.

Fabulous – well, I sort of mean that one. Honestly, believing she’s human might be
the best thing for her in this climate, but right now that helps us precisely nil. Except for
maybe the bottle of water she’s holding in her hand as she passes it off to Kyle. I guzzle
the cold liquid, letting it cool the burn in my throat – allowing it to quiet the scream
brewing there. I hate that I can only see her in my head and not with my eyes.

While I may be happy Grace – as sweet as she is in my mind’s eye – isn’t mired in
the violence that is coming, we came to New Orleans for answers, and she doesn’t have

Or at least I don’t think she does.

“Y’all aren’t even close to human. The way she’s lighting up like a Christmas tree and
the cast of your eyes, I’m gonna go ahead and bet on it. Let me turn my sign to closed,
and you can tell me what in the blue hell you think you’re doing here in my shop. The
coven knows they aren’t welcome and if you’re here to start trouble, you aren’t either,”
Grace informs us in her smoky southern drawl. The slide of the deadbolt and slither of
the sign against the glass door makes me shiver a little. 

“We aren’t here to cause trouble, but it does seem to follow us around like a magnet.
We were getting out of the foot traffic,” Kyle assures her, but I do the exact opposite of
what I’m supposed to do. I do the exact opposite of what he wants me to do, too.

I cause trouble. 



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