Hello my lovely followers. If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you've noticed that my blog has been a bit pokey in the past week or so. I apologize for this.
In addition to last week being Thanksgiving break, my girlfriend was sick in bed with an inflamed liver and spleen: mono. I was at her house for the holiday, and while we were able to do things like go Black Friday shopping and eat dinner with the family, my primary concern in the off time was for her well being. Coupled with my ongoing jaw recovery, I could not be bothered to blog.
This blog will continue to be a bit quiet until after the 14th of December. As many of you know, I'm a university student. For my fellow collegiate readers, you know what this mean: It's finals season. I will be studying my ass off to ace my Latin exams, finish my English term papers, and a History project. I apologize in advance to all the authors and publications that I have received books from in advance.
I will continue to post the tours and giveaways that I am signed up for, and a few reviews too. But, I wanted you all to be in the loop as to my whereabouts. If you're taking finals in the coming weeks too, good luck, and remember to breathe!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to gab on about the books we've won, bought, or otherwise received in the past week.
So, I had my tooth pulled this week and so far it's proving to have gone well. I'm really getting tired of eating pudding and mashed potatoes, and I've been sleeping a lot, but overall I'm doing pretty good. I'm trying to keep my head up though, because Tuesday I leave for Wisconsin to go spend turkey day with my girlfriend and her family. Yay! Now for the part you care about, the books. I actually didn't get any from Netgalley this week. Shock!
No Alligators in Sight by Kirsten B. Feldman
Sign of the Throne by Melissa Eskue Ousley
Ember X by Jessica Sorensen
I am Venus: A Novel by Bárbara Mujica Thanks Patty!
Divergent by Veronica Roth Thanks Raquel!
What about you?
Friday, November 22, 2013
Author: Ceet The Author
Format: Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Pub. Date: December 8th 2011
Source: Ceet the Author
I have to go on the record saying that this book is definitely not in my normal genre. However, I was intrigued enough by the premise of this book to read it, when the author asked me for my honest review. Unfortunately, Goodreads doesn't have a half-star option, because I think this book deserves a 3.5.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well the women of this book were written. Normally, men who write women (to me) are hit or miss, either completely accurate or way off base. Mentality is definitely the former. The characters seemed gritty and real, and though I didn't connect with them as much as I'd have liked, I appreciate what the author conveyed through them.
This book is also really fast paced. It's easy to read in one sitting, and it keeps you hooked throughout the text. For me, it seemed a bit too rushed in parts, but overall it works at a good pace, and is clear to understand.
That being said, I found the fight scenes extremely well done. I'm really picky when it comes to fight scenes, because I easily lose track of who is doing what, and who's winning, and things of that nature, but I didn't have a problem keeping up with this part of the story.
I had a love/hate relationship with the writing style itself. On the one hand, I appreciate the urban, well, Mentality of the prose within this text. It ads a layer of realism and heart to both the characters and the story. But at the same time, my inner grammarian couldn't help but to notice each flaw in the language. I think this book could easily get a four out of five with the help of an editor to tweak some parts.
Over all, I think that anyone with an interest in a very "real" story that addresses racial issues, drug issues, and love and lust, this might be a book for you- just be ready to read in slang. Reader beware that this contains sex, drugs, and violence.
Thank you to Ceet the Author for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Today, I'm sharing with you the cover of Copper Ravens by Jennifer Allis Provist. It's book two in the Copper Legacy series, and will be published by Spencer Hill Press in 2014. The jacket was designed by Lisa Amowitz, and it is positively gorgeous! Here's the blurb of this new story!
Sara should be happy.
She has what every girl wants: a man who loves her, a beautiful home, and wealth beyond imagining. She rescued her brother from the Peacekeepers, destroyed the Iron Queen, and doesn’t have to go to her boring job any more.
And yet… Sara still doesn’t know if her father is alive or dead. Her mother hides in the garden, brooding about her missing husband. Her sister, the Inheritor of Metal, is scared of her own shadow, and her brother spends his days fighting and gambling. To add to Sara’s misery, the new queen (gold, of course) is more than a bit crazy, she misses her life in the Mundane world, and, worst of all, Micah wants to have children. A lot of them.
As Sara wavers between happiness and homesickness, a conspiracy emerges against the Raven clan, implicating them in a plot to dethrone the Gold Queen. How can Sara prove her family’s innocence, and become the consort Micah needs her to be, without losing herself in the process?
How intriguing is that? Be sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR list by clicking here. Check out the full cover art:
Isn't it stunning? Now, don't forget to follow the author to keep up with this series!
About the Author
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Title: To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day
Author: Alaric Albertsson
Pub. Date: November 8th 2013
To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day is a non-fiction guide book on how to not only walk the Pagan path, but how to incorporate your spiritual beliefs into daily life.
I have been a practicing pagan for about ten years now, but even now finding time for religion is still something that I struggle with. I do walk the walk, but it's nowhere near as often or as in depth as I like. To Walk a Pagan Path definitely helped with some great advice on how to solve this problems.
One of these steps has all to do with food. This book includes recipes for things like breads and treats to make any day of the week, or especially for a ritual. There's also a section on crafting things that will become vital to most, like candles and wreaths. Plus, Alaric Albertsson gives insight on how to make daily ritual completely feasible in today's busy (and urban) world- you can feel just as connected to your path with a simple ritual as you can with an ornately complicated one.
I also found the section written about the Wheel of the Year extremely helpful. I'm always searching for ways to better my sabbats and rituals, and I appreciated gaining insight from this book, since it is not strictly focused on Wicca, but paganism as a whole.
The one part of this book that I didn't really connect to was the section regarding familiars and animals. While I respect and understand the importance that having pets and caring for nature has in the pagan world, it wasn't very practical advice for me personally. I live in housing that doesn't allow animals bigger than fish, and I don't have land. I also am not allowed to have multiple kinds of lights used for plants, and I don't have the space to grow them in natural lighting. However, pet people and homeowners will probably find this far more useful.
I would be more likely to hand this book to someone who is relatively new or inexperienced to paganism, because it reads fairly simply and is easy to understand. However, I'm sure that even well seasoned practitioners would pick up a pointer or two from To Walk a Pagan Path. I know that I'd keep it on my Magick shelf, for sure.
Thank you to Llewellyn Publications and Netgalley for my copy.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to gab on about the books we've won, bought, or otherwise received in the past week. I got more books than I was anticipating this week... I guess entering so many Halloween hops paid off! But they did help to make my week brighter. This past week, I had to go to the emergency dental care center, for what I learned is an erupted tooth. I have an appointment on Monday to get it extracted. I'm freaking out, because I've never had to have a tooth pulled before. Wish me luck, guys. Now, to distract myself with books.... I ended up with a few cookbooks. 'Tis the season to impress my in-laws. Falalalala.....
Fine Cooking Thanksgiving Cookbook: Recipes for Turkey and All the Trimmings by Fine Cooking Magazine
Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
Let's Talk Turkey . . . And All the Trimmings: 100 Delicious Holiday Recipes, Tips, and Ideas from America's Top Magazines by Hearst
Sweet & Savory from Miraval Chefs by Justin Cline Macy, Kim Macy
Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—From Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy, Hallie Fryd
The B-Side Diaries by Brian Joyce
Memoirs of a Bastard Angel by Harold Norse
Masked by Lou Anders (& SuckerPunch DVD) Thanks Mary!
Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle (Signed) Thanks Julie!
Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle (Signed) Thanks Julie!
Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) by Karina Halle (Signed) Thanks Julie!
Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison (ebook) Thanks Jessica!
Him (Him #1)by Carey Heywood (Signed + swag) Thanks Carey!
Love and Decay: Volume One (Love and Decay #1-6) by Rachel Higginson (ebook) Thanks Mandy!
Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2) by Jay Kristoff Thanks Heidi!
Red Hill by Jamie McGuire (Signed audibook) Thanks Jamie!!
I also won a signed postcard of If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz. Thanks Jessica!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Young Adult Fiction – Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 9, 2014
ISBN10: 9781937053 - ISBN13: 9781937053567
Cover Designer: Lisa Amowitz
Formats: Trade Paper, e-book
Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.
Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to—one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder—a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.
About the Author
Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative—and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult Fantasy & Contemporary novels include the upcoming Historical FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 – Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, her two children, and a very spoiled cat. Jennifer is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency. firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect with the Author
Jennifer is available for book signings, book fairs, interviews, library and school visits. Please contact her directly for scheduling at: email@example.com.
Publicity inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org