September 21, 2018

Book Blogger Hop

The question of the week

Do you like to finish one book before starting the next or do you read several at once? (submitted by Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next)
I can't begin to express how frustrated I am with books right now. I am concentrating so dang hard and nothing is grabbing my attention. I don't know if it's the book or just me. I'm not one hundred percent certain it's me. There is always room for improvement in my choices of books and I sometimes can't concentrate but come on! I am getting sick of paranormal fantasy Idk. Maybe I should step out of the proverbial comfort zone and choose some other genre for a while. I've been thinking about adult fiction or new adult fiction.
Presently I am reading Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews and Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron. I'm also listening to an audiobook, Under A Dark Sky. I'm having a hard time keeping up. Typically, I have a hard time paying attention to just listening to an audiobook. Anyway, no it doesn't work for me. I prefer to finish one book before I start another one. 

September 20, 2018

Books from the Backlog - Lolita

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link @ Carole's Random Life In Books, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.

This week's neglected book



Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Awe and exhilaration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the ageing Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation. 

Where to begin with this one. I first heard of Lolita on MySpace. The moderator of Choking on Sunflowers (a Facebook forum) voted for Lolita in a read-along but I never read it because it got shut down or something crazy stupid like that. It was a long time ago and for all intents and purposes, Lolita came recommended. I'm afraid I won't like it. I received my copy from Secret Santa in 2011.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Would you recommend it to others?

September 19, 2018

All Hallows Read Free Booklet Treat

Neil Gaiman started All Hallows Read in celebration of books and Halloween. The idea is to give a scary book on Halloween. Sounds good right? I know. There is a free booklet available for download, and it would make a great treat for giving out to young tricksters. Follow THIS LINK

From the pages of What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween, a new anthology edited and with an introduction by Doug Draa, comes a treat for your trick-or-treaters! Celaeno Press has created a series of foldable booklets, reprinting Uncle’s in the Treetops by Darrell Schweitzer. Each print is on a single sheet of single-sided paper and can easily be folded and (with one small cut) turned into a small booklet.
Two different formats are provided:
  5 Booklets – The story is split into five different parts, each with their own cover. Split them among friends and family members to encourage sharing, or give each trick-or-treater a complete set.
  1 Booklet – The story is split across four pages, each of which can be folded into a booklet and then glued or taped together into one thicker booklet. For instructions on how to fold and cut your booklets, you may consult this short video tutorial or this blog post.

September 13, 2018

Books from the Backlog - Sacré Bleu

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link @ Carole's Random Life In Books, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.

This week's neglected book

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art
by Christopher Moore
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Book title link to Goodreads
In his latest novel, Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy d’Art”, Sacre Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter who joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed suicide of Vincent van Gogh.

  Why did I add Sacré Bleu to my bookshelf?

It was mostly because of the title. Sacred Blue or Dammit. In French. Also, he mentions the Virgin Mary because she is depicted dressed in blue, hence the sacred aspect. I thought the title and the author were brilliant. I read Christopher Moores cute little vampire story called You Suck, and I liked it. I actually started Sacré Bleu but I didn't finish it and I abandoned it sadly. There was nothing wrong with it other than it was something I wasn't too interested in at the time. Idk. It's good though.
What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Would you recommend it to others?

September 6, 2018

Books from the Backlog

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link @ Carole's Random Life In Books, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.

This week's neglected book



The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Movie Tie-in Edition

by C.S. Lewis (author)
(adult) Paperback – Oct 25 2005
Publisher: HarperFestival
They open a door and enter a world
NARNIA...the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy...the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.



Why did I add it to my bookshelf? 





I won this book in a blog giveaway a few years ago @ weheartya.com. I had watched the movie already and had every intention of reading the book but never did. I remember how thrilled I was to win a copy of C.S. Lewis Lion Witch and Wardrobe.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Would you recommend it to others?

September 3, 2018

Kill The Queen - My Review

Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

I received an e-arc copy thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins!

To be released: October 2, 2018
Series: A Crown of Shards Novel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy

Goodreads Summary 
Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance. In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten. But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre. Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move. But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen. 
I enjoyed reading about Lady Everleighs experience at Seven Spire palace and her growth as a character with Serilda Swanson's troupe of gladiators. It was quite formidable how much she changed, and I couldn't put the book down. She loved people in general and fought hard to save her country because she was the Winter Queen. Her friendship with Paloma had me in tears. It was so kind and genuine. She learned how to fight from always getting knocked down and beaten, to winning death matches, gladiator fashion, with a sword dagger and shield in an arena! You go, girl! Baking and Dancing were tasks she thought were useless but proved to be critical and useful for saving her life.
Lady Everleigh was good at playing the long game with the opponent.
Crown Princess Vasilia is the daughter of Cordelia, the Queen of Seven Spire and the kingdom of Bellona.
Vasilia is a powerful Magier with a black heart.
When her mother Cordelia invites noble guests from Andvardia to negotiate peace, Vasilia massacres the lot of them and kills her mother and injures Everleigh. Everleigh has magic but keeps it a secret. She is immune to magic and can smell it a mile away. Everleigh gets thrown out of the palace when blasted by Vasilia's lightning and falls into the river below.

Before Cordelia dies, she makes Evie promise to save Bellona. Everleigh is a Blair and the only living true heir to sit on the throne and therefore must defeat Vasilia before she spreads her vicious and evil attacks and dooms Bellona for good.
Cordelia also tells her to find Serilda Swanson for protection. Now the adventure begins, and she travels with the troupe of friends and gladiators to some distant land risking life and limb in perilous snow storms only to be captured and made to dance the Tanzen Freund of some sort. Lol, that was a little silly, but it all made for a fun read. I enjoyed it.


About the author


Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. In addition to Kill the Queen, Jennifer is also the author of the Elemental Assassin, Mythos Academy, Black Blade, and Bigtime series.


Website: https://www.jenniferestep.com

August 30, 2018

Books from the Backlog

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link @ Carole's Random Life In Books, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.

This week's neglected book



The Host

(The Host #1)
by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

  Why did I add The Host to my bookshelf?


The Host is another thick book that I never finished. I am a fan of Twilight and I started reading The Host a couple times and even got the audio from the library but I was frustrated with my iPod. I remember liking the main character and wanted to know more about her.
What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Would you recommend it to others?