January 18, 2017

Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What happened to Kelsea's red crown? Or maybe it belongs to the Red Queen? That is one question left unanswered in The Invasion of The Tearling. Last we heard, Tyler the priest had it in his bag. I hope he doesn't die before he gets it to Queen Kelsea. I like his character. The Queen of the Tearling is accosted to clean up her Kingdom from the underground trades and slavery. Mace is charged with the task.
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The Invasion of the Tearling begins with some background on a character named Hall who later becomes the General in Kelsea's army. Hall's brother gets captured and taken to Mortmesne in the Lottery aka Slave trade, but Hall fails to rescue him.

Ewan, the jailor, is a simple-minded "idiot" but very sweet and guards the prison cells in the Tearling. He does a great job and gets promoted to a Queen's Guard.

Queen Kelsea is a very fair and just Queen but is underestimated because of her age and because nobody knows the power she holds with her sapphire necklaces except for two mysterious beings: Felch and Rowland Finn and perhaps William Tear, but we don't get an in-depth character view of them.

In the Invasion of the Tearling Kelsea begins seeing visions and is taken back in time three centuries ago to America before William Tear and Lily, cross over to New London, where Kelsea now lives. I didn't mind the background story of Lily and her husband Gregg Mayhew, although I hate men like Gregg. What a prick! Lily is a victim of spouse abuse, and it gets pretty violent guys. I wanted Lily to leave or at least have a plan of escaping that monster. UGH! I don't know why women make excuses for people who do that. Fortunately, she was saved by Jonathan, her bodyguard, from a violent domestic situation but ends up badly hurt regardless. Lily's story is an excellent portrayal of domestic abuse, and that is all that I got from that other than I don't give a fuck about the details of this modern day world. William Tear sounds like an interesting character, though, which we will probably find out more about in conclusion to the series.

My thoughts about why Kelsea and Lily's life are crossed probably is because Kelsea had a temper and rape was a weapon of war in the Mort, and perhaps Kelsea needed to learn from the past to change her present and future if she wanted to reign as Queen, let alone control her powers. Lily was born in 2058 and the government was operating under martial law. In fact, I think it was the norm then. I hope that isn't something we have to look forward too. Gosh.

"The Emergency Powers Act! A lesson in creative naming! Honest legislation would have simply called itself martial law and been done with it. Remember this, too, Kelsea: the day you declare martial law is the day you've lost the game of government. You may as well simply take off your crown and sneak away into the night"
-pg.57 Carlin

"If we could be better people," she would say, "if we could care about each other as much as we do about ourselves, think about it, Lily! Think what the world would be!"
- pg.175 Maddy to her sister Lily

Looking back, I wish it wasn't such a clusterfuck of secrets and a relative who's who game, because, in the end, I don't even know who Evelyn Raleigh was to Kelsea :/
I'm sorry. (view spoiler)

The Queen of Mort is dangerous for Kelsea because she wants Kelsea's sapphire necklaces besides wanting to kill her but so does the Holy Father, her uncle, and Arlen Thorne.

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January 17, 2017

Waiting On | Wednesday

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Release Date: March 20th, 2017

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

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January 16, 2017

UPDATE on my current read: Poison Princess

The Arcana Chronicles 1: Poison Princess 

She could save the world—or destroy it. 

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life—until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes her hallucinations were visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone. 

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally trust Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him? 

Who can Evie trust? 

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophecy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side . . . In Poison Princess, New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces a dark and intriguing world, full of unspeakable danger and irresistible romance. 

I do not like Poison Princess so far guys. I'm at 60% on my Kindle and listening to the audio. I don't like thinking the characters on Tarot Cards are real. Elma Galvin and Keith Nobbs are both excellent narrators, though. I don't like reading about apocalyptic survival. It is brutal. I also dislike classrooms, school hallways, and high school drama. The story is also a little nucking futs regarding Evie's visions or whatever the hell they are. The only thing that is making me continue is Jack Deveaux. So ya. Do I dare hope it gets better?
UPDATE: I finished and gave it three stars in the end. I liked it when Evangeline finally accepts her powers. It made it all the more glorious when she earns her first badge by making her first kill. To think she has to kill 21 more players. If it is as exhausting as this was? I don't know if I can continue. I just hope it doesn't take a whole book just to kill off one player. Couillon! I look forward to reading Endless Knight, and I might have to buy all the books!
Evangeline Greene is the Poison Princess aka Empress. Her powers are to lure people to come and touch her only there is a price to pay. She has claws like needles that are poisonous and vines that can wrap around you strangling and snapping you in half. It's cool but so are the other Arcana. Selene is an Archer, Matthew can see things before they happen, Finn is the magician, and Jack hasn't been established as a player in this book, only that he is Evie's heartthrob. The romance between these two is a giant roller coaster ride, not to mention his Ducati is very sexy.
The moments I liked best were when Jack had found Evie a safe place from Baggers/zombies, unexpecting to find clean clothes, food, electricity, beer in an ice box and a swimming pool with salt water in it just waiting for them. The mansion belonged to Selene. She wasn't a threat to them, just to Evie maybe because of her looks.
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January 15, 2017

The Sunday Post- Library Listens

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This Week In Reviews



Currently Listening to Poison Princess from The Calgary Public Library

I have not read The Arcana Chronicles series until now because I never liked YA, but I loved The Immortals After Dark series. Since The Dark Calling is a new installment in the Arcana Chronicles and is set to be published this year, I don't want to miss out.
I also purchased Poison Princess on Kindle for only $5.99, because I can't follow a story just by listening to it otherwise, I get too distracted. By reading along it helps me to not get lost in the details but I am excited to dive into it.

Poison Princess, Book 1 by Kresley Cole

22 Arcana cards. 22 young assassins. May the best hand live. Introducing The Arcana Chronicles from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole. She could save the world--or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future--and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone. With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him? ...

I plan on listening to The Invasion of the Tearling from the Overdrive Library next...


The Invasion of the Tearling, Book 2 by Erika Johansen

In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm. With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea's own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

What I got in the mail from The Book Depository


I am a little disappointed with the order of these two books arriving first. Really? It does me no good if I don't have the first installments that I ordered now does it?! 
My bookshelf arrived, but I need help putting it together. I am so impatient, and I want it done NOW! 

What else is new in your book world?

January 14, 2017

Free copy of Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper

Ellie Jordan's job is to identify and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, the most haunted city in the United States. When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the crumbling old mansion they've purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an older and more powerful evil that dwells within the walls of the house, stalking the living. Ellie must quickly unravel the secret history behind the haunting in order to remove the ghost. She is aided by her new assistant Stacey, a recent film school graduate with a gift for capturing images and video of ghosts, and Jacob, a reluctant young psychic. Together, they will try to evict the dangerous spirits of the dead, whose threats to the family grow more terrifying every night.

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 About the Author

J. L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror, and science fiction into new kinds of stories. To hear about future books by J.L. Bryan, sign up for his new release newsletter: http://eepurl.com/mizJH
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January 12, 2017

Review: HOT GUY: A Christmas Story

HOT GUY: A Christmas Story

HOT GUY: A Christmas Story by H.M. Ward


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Description: 

The holiday season is supposed to be fun and filled with magic. Norman Rockwell never met my family. There's nothing but chaos at holiday meals, and I'm completely dreading it. Think pushy parents, a set of terrible twos in twin form, and a Grandma who wants to see bouncing great-grandbabies before she dies—no amount of turkey can make that situation into a good thing. Add in the recent breakup that no one knows about, then couple it with getting laid off from work, and I'm ready to walk to Mexico and Feliz Navidad myself. That's when I meet HIM—Mr. Tall and Irresistibly Beautiful. I bet he never heard the word no before in his life. After some animated banter, I decide drowning myself in Hot Guy would be way better than getting smashed alone. One thing leads to another, and I'm breathless in his arms when he walks out. Merry freaking Christmas. No early holiday package for me. I pull myself together and jump headfirst into the holiday season when I finally get some good news—a job offer at a swank coffee shop in Manhattan. The problem? It's not a building. I'll be working in a food truck in ass-cold freezing temps, dressed like a slutty Swiss Miss. Oh, and Hot Guy is there. Every day. Every night. He's the boss. I can take it if he can, assuming we don't kill each other first.

My Thoughts


Aiden Ryan is in his mid-thirties and in a position of losing his family fortune tied up in his Dad's company, Norvek. Only his dad died and his evil uncle James wants it for himself and puts Aiden through a sort of hell reducing him to nothing. I don't understand how people can think of getting away with murder. As Aiden discovers he was blackmailed for killing a bunch of individuals, who had taken a so-called "cure for cancer" pill that his Uncle James had tampered with making the formula poisonous. Woah now there is a mouthful. Aiden had created this 'cure for cancer' calling it RequimX, knowing that Aiden would be the heir to his dad's company.

Okay, so there was some unfinished business that Hot Guy now was put to the test to keep his job. It was doomed to fail because of a trifling weather forecast in New York risking not only his little Hottie Hut but every other business in the city as well.

He meets a girl named Kris, with her own set of problems that neither of them wanted anyone to know. I wouldn't call them honest with each other but whatever.
When they couldn't hide their feelings for each other is when all hell breaks loose, secrets were unveiled only to reveal their love for each other could not keep them apart for long.

I wish Hot Guy would have prevailed to tell us what came next because the story didn't seem finished to me when we learned of a marriage proposal. It had the potential of being more than a short story novella. For that, I am knocking off two stars. I feel it is important to tie up loose ends. I couldn't access Aiden's HEA link either.

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H.M. WARD New York Times bestselling author HM Ward continues to reign as the queen of independent publishing. She is swiftly approaching 13 MILLION copies sold, placing her among the literary titans. Articles pertaining to Ward's success have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, and Forbes to name a few. This native New Yorker resides in Texas with her family, where she enjoys working on her next book. You can interact with this bestselling author at:
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January 8, 2017

Review: Tarnished Knight

I got Tarnished Knight as a free gift for signing up to Becca McMasters Newsletter. I have read Kiss of Steel also.
Tarnished Knight

Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, Rip thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he’ll go to protect the woman he loves… After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John ‘Rip’ Doolan, thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined… For six months Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she’s devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his. But when a savage gang of Slashers starts causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forges a new relationship… or risk losing each other forever.


The London Steampunk series is not bad, I don't mind historical London in Bec McMasters world, but it is dark, and I have to pause once in awhile to catch my breath.
The vampire John, aka Rip, loves Esme as does she, but they can't seem to get it together fast enough for me. I like the fighting and the romance, but they let trivial matters and negative opinions and feelings for each other squelch their real emotions. I mean just because Rip thinks he's frightening to look at or that he is a freak with a robotic arm, doesn't matter to her. And he is too afraid of hurting her. It 's hard for him to control his blue blood Hunger and doesn't trust himself around her. Fine but she wants him to want her. She wants to be his thrall. Her feelings are hurt when she sees him feed on another 'whore,' and he doesn't understand what he did to make her so upset. Really? I mean really? Typical male. Oh, the rejection! Like a slap in the face, she is pushed into believing he doesn't want her. He thinks it will ruin their friendship. Whatever. Only, he does want her.
This character trope is so familiar. 
We see it in The Black Dagger Brotherhood between Hellrens and their Shellans. They don't want to hurt their females. Pshaw! The very idea!

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