Update Time

I am around..just been in a slump lately and life and the world has gotten to me. I have managed to read two books. and will post a review of them this weekend. Then currently reading two other books.

More to come soon.

Review coming soon of:

Currently Reading:

Reading update

Okay update!!!
Anyone else read these yet?

I just finished “The Crown of Gilded Bones” – The review is up with the other two books in the series. I am loving this story of Poppy and Casteel!

Currently reading now is:

Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow…

When Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner―none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

After Broken Wish will be:

Summary:
Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in speed, strength, or brains, which is why he’s the Hearthstone Guild’s most dangerous member. Cal is also the Queen’s Assassin, bound to her by magic and unable to leave her service until the task she’s set for him is fulfilled.

Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow’s mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice. Even though Shadow’s life belongs to the court and Cal’s belongs to the queen, they cannot deny their attraction to each other. But now, with war on the horizon and true love at risk, Shadow and Cal will uncover a shocking web of lies that will change their paths forever.

Review: A Lady’s Formula for Love

Summary:

What is a Victorian lady’s formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry–it’s elemental.

Lady Violet is keeping secrets. First, she founded a clandestine sanctuary for England’s most brilliant female scientists. Second, she is using her genius on a confidential mission for the Crown. But the biggest secret of all? Her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland.

Solitary and reserved, Arthur learned the hard way to put duty first. But the more time he spends in the company of Violet and the eccentric club members, the more his best intentions go up in flames. Literally.

When a shadowy threat infiltrates Violet’s laboratories, endangering her life and her work, scientist and bodyguard will find all their theories put to the test–and learn that the most important discoveries are those of the heart.

My Review:

This book was cute! It was almost like “The Bodyguard” meets back in time era of Jane Austen with scientists. It was really fun to read. I really like Violet’s thoughts regarding to work and then when Arthur joined in as a bodyguard. Such thoughts! There was some sweet and swoony moments! This book should be made into a movie. I would totally watch it.

All the characters in this book are working their way to survive and to overcome obstacles. (Considering the fact the type of era is like 19th century.) It’s filled with danger, every day moments , friendships, relationships and just down to earth vibe as well. Plus romance! I did like Arthur’s broodiness. Just something about that! I also liked the fact Arthur was aware of Violet.

I do admit the beginning of the book was a little tough for me to get into but once I kept going I managed to enjoy the book more. I did like Arthur’s broodiness. Just something about that!

Give the book a shot to see if you like it. It was just a nice book to escape away into a new world.

Update in the world of reading

Currently Reading

Finished reading:

Want to read next

I preordered this book and it did not arrive on time.
The book is suppose to be coming this week — Can’t wait!
(I think everyone is experiencing delays in getting things)

I need to go find this book ASAP!
I have read the previous books and I must find out what happens next.
Plus the author is awesome

Have you read any of these?

Will you read any of these?

What do you think of my selections?

Notice my theme here??

Update Reading

Fall is coming….
The leaves are starting to change colors here.
Anyone else seeing that?

My reading has been up and down lately due to life! I have been getting some E-Arc’s on Netgalley and trying to keep up with that along with the library books that I have checked out. Plus my brain is thinking of one gazillion things….anyone else have this problem?

Perhaps I need to set up a schedule…hrmms…but sometimes doing that life throws you curveballs. I guess I’ll do the best I can. So here is the update of my world of reading.

Finished this E-Arc book….
I posted a review on it earlier. Go look.

Currently Reading….E-Arc Book
So far so good..
I am enjoying this but I need time to sit down to read.

Library books on my table eyeing me to read me at the same time!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

CURRENTLY READING

Soooooo excited for both of these!!

FINISH READING

Review coming soon!

WHAT TO READ NEXT….

Sitting on my coffee table….

500 Miles From You

500

  • Author: Jenny Colgan
  • Publication Date : June 9, 2020
  • Print Length : 432 pages
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks

What happens when two medical professionals–ex Army medic from a village in the Scottish Highlands and an inner city nurse from inner-city London—switch jobs for three months and become unlikely pen pals?

Lissa, is a nurse in a gritty, hectic London neighborhood. Always terribly competent and good at keeping it all together, she’s been suffering quietly with PTSD after helping to save the victim of a shocking crime. Her supervisor quietly arranges for Lissa to spend a few months doing a much less demanding job in the little town of Kirrinfeif in the Scottish Highlands, hoping that the change of scenery will help her heal. Lissa will be swapping places with Cormack, an Army veteran who’s Kirrinfeif’s easygoing nurse/paramedic/all-purpose medical man. Lissa’s never experienced small-town life, and Cormack’s never spent more than a day in a big city, but it seems like a swap that would do them both some good.

In London, the gentle Cormack is a fish out of the water; in Kirrinfief, the dynamic Lissa finds it hard to adjust to the quiet. But these two strangers are now in constant contact, taking over each other’s patients, endlessly emailing about anything and everything. Lissa and Cormack discover a new depth of feeling…for their profession and for each other.

But what will happen when Lissa and Cormack finally meet…?

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My Review:
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It took me a few days to read this book.  I checked this book out from my local library.

The summary of the book is up above, I am not going to repeat it.  I think the goings back and forth between Lissa and Cormack is cute and real.  They go on new adventures and have misshaps!  I love how both characters adjust to new settings.   They are both coping with trauma and learning new things about themselves.

The texts and emails between Lissa and Cormack are cute, funny and simple. It made me smile.  Don’t you just love that type of feeling?  I did want more of this interaction and kind of felt like it needed a little more development.  It mostly focused on Lissa’s trauma and trying to cope with it.  Cormace has trauma but I did not find out more about it.  Perhaps the story will continue on in another book?

The story covered a bit of romance, with every day aspects, emotions, laughter and learning how to cope.  I love the quiet of the countryside which made me want to go there.  London makes me miss it since I have visited there once!  One day  I will visit again.

The story was just there.
I do not know how to describe it.
I enjoyed it but didn’t love it to the max.
It was just an okay, cute read to escape.

Two Book Reviews

Sorry for not posting like earlier… life got a little stressful.  I ended up trying to get more sleep.  Of course I did eat some chocolate too!
I am trying to do my posts during the week and then have the weekends as my days off.

Here are the book reviews!

 

HeartofDoctorSteele

Summary:

Are the rumors about him true? She intends to find out. 

The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.

John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.

But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world. She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.

I received this story – eBook from NetGalley by the publisher: Crimson Fox Publishing!

Thank you so much for this.!

Let me start off by saying the cover is stunning!  Anyone else agree?

And here we go:

The story was amazing.  The writing was really really good!  I just could not stop reading.   It had a beginning, middle, and end.  You could follow the story and understand it.  The story also had me guessing what was going to happen next.  I really really liked it!

I loved the beginning how Margaret’s sister, Charlotte listens to gossip about the new neighbor Dr. Steele moving in to his departed Aunt’s home due to scary things he had done to women.   Margaret refuses to believe such gossip and rather hear the truth from Dr. Steele.  So it begins!   From there the story begins, which tells me Margaret is curious.  So was I!  I wanted to know what was up with him.

 Margaret:  She is a woman who is curious, brave, and doesn’t shy from her words.  She means what she says.  She isn’t the type who wants marriage, she wants to be educated.  She is even brave to put her reputation on the line to help Dr. Steele and others.   She kicks butt in my eyes.

Dr. Steele is a man who is trying to figure himself out after dealing with a mess that came his way.   He seems to lost hope and forgets who he is.  He does not want Margaret’s reputation ruined as she could care less.  He tries his best to shield her but she stands her ground and actually helps him out with his past.  He is surprised and feels greatness for her the way she handles herself.   I think she sparked him to remember who he is.  Of course you can’t ignore the attraction between the two.

Throughout the story Dr. Steele tries his best not to do anymore work but Margaret talks him into it.  He is worried that he is not at his best but as I said Margaret gets him motivated.   The past comes to haunt Dr. Steele and even gets him in more trouble which ends up in court but all ends well.   Somehow being positive and having great help saves Dr. Steele

I love the interaction between Margaret and Dr. Steele.  The way they talk to each other further along the story is amazing.   The attraction they have for each other is really nice. I love how it just sparks!!   Love it love it love it.

(How many times am I going to use the word spark?)

Now I  want to know what they are up to now.  Will there be a sequel to their adventures?  If there isn’t then that’s okay!

There was this one quote in the book that struck at me —   This is where Dr. Steele was thinking on things.  “He lingered on the last words Penderton had said before he retired for the night.  It may be helpful to remember women ton’t only marry because they believe in marriage.  They also marry because they fall in love.

I thought the quote was rather interesting.  Do women marry because they believe in marriage or do they do it for love?  Imagine the days back then compared to now.   I just had to put that out there.

This book was just awesome.  It sparked!   If you like sweet, historical romance with great, realistic characters then you gotta read this.  I am so going to read more from this author.

 

SCar

The oldest kid and I finished the book!

 

Summary: 

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys — an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.

Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he’s willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming.

Just as he’s getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can’t come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety… then every boy on the island is doomed.

Thoughts: 

My oldest kid and I finished this book!   He had to read it for summer reading for middle school.  There were about like 5 or 6 different books and this is the one he wanted.  His English teacher managed to get him the copy for this summer!   Yes!!!

I decided to read along with him because I wanted to know what the book was all about.   Let me tell you:  It is such a boy book!!   But on the flip side, it really shows how boys can cope with certain situations.   The main character Jonathan learns about inner strength, being a leader, doing the right thing and even coping.  He is put in some pretty major tough situations while being at Slabhenge.  I can only imagine how it would be!

In the beginning of the book, the conditions are pretty tough.  I can’t tell what time era this takes place but it made me think.   Jonathan battles conditions of the weather quite a bit.  I bet it would have taken a toll on him.   He kept going and survived.

His relationship with the other boys at Slabhenge is interesting.  He befriends Colin who has a lisp and tries to stand up for him but sometimes he does not.   Colin is a pretty smart kid and is aware of how things will change.   Jonathan also somewhat connects to Sebastian who puts up a hard interior for a reason.   You will find more about that at the end of the book.

My oldest kid liked this book because it had action, drama and darkness.  (No he’s not going to the dark side!)

He would tell me his thoughts on it and why he liked certain parts.  Then I would ask him questions about the characters, the plot and the feelings going on in the book.   He would reply sometimes in great detail and sometimes just be like one worded reply.      He would also try to predict what would happen next in the story.  That was really cool to hear his thoughts.  He said all boys should read it because it was sooooo cool.

If you are looking for a book for a boy who is in middle school, then get this.  It does have some parts that are a bit dark.  I think reading with him helps him understand the story more and we can bounce ideas off of each other.  Reading  Rules.   This book rules.  The book cover rules.  The author rules.

Review of Heir of Fire

 

Heir

  • Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2014
  • Series:  Throne of Glass

Summary of the book:
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

 

Last night I finished this book!  Book three is done!  I really wanted to see what was going to happen with Celaena’s journey.  Well quite a lot happened in this book.  Some of it shocked and some of it made me want to read more and more and more.   I was up late reading this but it was so worth it.

 Did Celaena accomplish what she needed?

Well she must certainly did!  It took her a while to get to where she needed and boy she can kick butt.  Her power…..her strength..her weakness…it all connects.   Her real name is Aelin.  It took me a while to get used to that but it feels like she prefers Celaena.

Her past is mentioned more in this book which makes sense to me.  Pretty hardcore stuff Celaena went through.

I enjoyed the new character Rowan in this book who is similar to Celaena in a way and yet he is a bit more hard core.  Rowan had to help Celaena achieve her greatness.  Some of it was harsh and yet some of it was playful.  At first I wasn’t sure what to make of him but as the story goes on, I learned more about Rowan.  I am not going to tell you everything about him because you need to read the book.   There are reasons why Rowan is hardcore and such an amazing warrior.  Towards the end of the book, I can see him realizing to feel again which I believe is good for him.   I hope to see more of him in the future books.

While the book mainly focused on Celaena, it also had two other plots going on…well more like other events going on in different cities at the same time.  That’s how I saw it.  It took me about 6 chapters in to realize this.

Back to the town where Chaol and Prince Dorian.. more drama happens.  I could see Chaol trying to figure out where his loyalties lie.  Sooooo much is going on here.   Prince Dorian is even struggling with the concept that he has magic and friendship with Chaol and Celaena.  He even ends up falling for a healer named Sorcha which had sweet moments.

Aedion, the fierce general and Celaena’s cousin ends up meeting with Chaol and Prince Dorian.  More drama and action comes into place.  Everyone ends up making a decision which allows them to realize there is no turning back.

The other plot is all about the evil iron witches.  Gosh they are so brutal and scary. I would not want to mess with them.  Manon, ferocious heir to the Blackbeak witch coven is mostly covered in this plot about her strength to be a leader.   She is blood thirsty.

Somehow all these events are going to tie in with Celaena somehow I think.  We shall see….

Anyone else read these series?

The Friend Zone Review

Friend

  • Author: Abby Jimenez
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Forever
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2019
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group

What the book is about:

Kristen Peterson doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen — especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.

My Review:

I picked this book up from my local library one night.  (Not from the one I work at.)  I decided to give it a shot to see if I would like story.    The two main characters are Kristen and Josh.  The way the book is written is from Kristen and Josh’s view points.  It took me a little while to get used to reading it that way but I enjoyed it.

Kristen has sass!  Tons of sass who doesn’t really care what others think except when she’s around her mother, she’s a tad different.  She tries to figure out things in life when it comes to dating and having kids.  She has conflict with dealing with fertility problems. That is the main concept through out the book which is a big issue for some women out there.  It might be touchy subject for those who are dealing with that kind of thing.  So if you are sensitive reading about a fiction book that mentions fertility problems, then maybe this book isn’t for you.   I can see how Kristen struggles with dealing emotionally and physically.    Just a friendly reminder: everyone in the real world is dealing with something.

Anyways I love how Kristen says what she means, cracks jokes, shocks her best friend Sloan with some things which made me laugh in the book and how she uses pop  culture references!    When Josh enters her life things change.  She tries to deny there is attraction there but it somehow trickles into her life.  The playful banter, sass and emotions between Josh and Kristen felt real to me.

Can I say I like Josh because he understands how a woman can be?  That would be due to having so many sisters! He isn’t afraid to get tampons or pads.  I think a guy like that is cool.  He also gets along with Kristen’s dog – Stuntman Mike, which is awesome.  I love that part in the book.

My emotions in this book ranged from sad to shock to sadness to surprised and to happiness!   Holy cow.  I was not expecting my emotions to go in that many directions.  There were some surprises in the book such as Kristen’s mother,  a really sad moment, and an ‘oh my god’ moment.   I really liked this book quite a bit and I’m glad I took the chance to read it.   I may read more from this author when I get a chance.