Friday, March 22, 2019

Delightful Discoveries

Delightful Discoveries are not yet or newly published books that we have discovered recently. 


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Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn
 
Marty has terrible luck and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at the ritzy Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal small items from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after? Marty knows how to turn her luck around -- she just has to return all of the items she stole.
When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she'd never do -- fall for an out-of-towner. But Will's special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty's luck is finally turning around.

After a string of misunderstandings and accidents threaten Will and Marty's relationship, Marty has to find a way to fix her luck for good -- or say goodbye to Will forever.








House of Salt and Sorrows
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.




How We Became Wicked
How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates 
 
A plague, called Wicked, is pulsing through the world; and in its wake, it’s dividing the population into thirds:

The WICKED: Already infected by the droves of Singers, the ultraviolet mosquito-like insects who carry the plague, the Wicked roam the world freely. They don’t want for much—only to maim and dismember you. But don’t worry: They always ask politely first.

The TRUE: The True live in contained, isolated communities. They’re the lucky ones; they found safety from the Singers. And while the threat of the Wicked may not be eliminated, for the True, the threat has certainly been contained…

The VEXED: The Vexed are the truly fortunate ones—they survived the sting of the Singers, leaving them immune. But they’re far from safe. The Vexed hold the key to a cure, and there are those who will do anything to get it.








Ash: 


Dig
Dig by A.S. King

The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family's maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they've declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grand children. 

"Because we want them to thrive," Marla always says. 

What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby's drive-thru window. Like a first class ticket to Jamiaca between cancer treatments. Like a flea-circus in a doublewide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest. 

As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings precious white suburban respectability begins to spread, the far flung grand children gradually find their ways back to each other, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.






In Another Life
In Another Life by C.C. Hunter
Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?






Killing November (Killing November, #1)
Killing November by Adriana Mather
It’s a school completely off the grid, hidden by dense forest and surrounded by traps. There’s no electricity, no internet, and an eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes include everything from Knife-Throwing and Poisons to the Art of Deception and Historical Analysis. And all of the students are children of the world’s most elite strategists—training to become assassins, counselors, spies, and master impersonators. Into this world walks November Adley, who quickly discovers that friends are few in a school where personal revelations are discouraged and competition is everything. When another student is murdered, all eyes turn to November, who must figure out exactly how she fits into the school’s bizarre strategy games before she is found guilty of the crime…or becomes the killer’s next victim.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: A Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver (The Others, #3)Title:  A Vision in  Silver 
Author:  Anne Bishop
Publisher: Roc
Publishing Date:  March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 400
Genre: Adult Paranormal /urban fantasy
Series:  The Others #3
Source:  Audio
 

The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before; both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

This is the 3rd book in this series. I really have been enjoying this series and the characters in this wonderful supernatural world. Each book comes more character exploration and more story building. This was a great read and I am curious to see where the story will lead. 



The war between the others and the Humans First and Last Movement continue in this book. Things are getting bad. Now that the young cassandra sangue girls have been saved, things seem to be looking up. Except they are not. Someone is killing the girls...Meg is distraught over this. Not only is this a thing... there is so much trouble stirring in this book. Meg and Simon and all their friends need to figure out things fast. 


So this is the third book, and I do feel this series is still going strong for me. I did feel this one was a little more slow in the beginning. I love the story in the background that causes each book to have it's own immediate story... but sometimes it feels that the story was stuck. I love the entire Humans First and Last Movement. I love the cops that help the others out... I love the fact that there are humans in the commune of others. I love a war is brewing but I need a bit more action and I hope the next book gives me that. 

That being said... what I really love about these books... the characters. There are so many and they are all so well developed and have such strong individual voices. Every book I am introduced to a few new ones and/or I get to know some a bit more. Of course I love Meg and Simon so so much but there are so many awesome characters in this book... such as the elementals and Vlad. Oh how I love him. I am so happy to see this world continues when this series is done. 

The romance is maybe getting somewhere in this book. I do love the tension and the banter and the silly antics between Simon and Meg... it's also nice to see a slow romance but.... I need one of them to make a move already! It doesn't make the romance bad but dang it I need more! 

So really this book is great. I love the story progression and the romance progression but the slowness of it just knocked my rating from a 5 to a 4. As long as this book keeps the array of wonderful characters and keep building up this beautiful and strange world... I will keep coming back! 


Still am loving this series!!! 



Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.


Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlTitle: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publishing Date: September 10th, 2013
Pages: 483 
Audio Length: 12 Hours and 49 Minutes
Genre: YA Contemporary
TW: Underage drinking
Series: Standalone
Source: Audio
 

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
What made me pick this book up: 
I see this book literally everywhere, it's hard not to notice it. I've read many reviews and have had many people tell me I need to read it.

What did I like about the cover: 
The cover is okay. I like how it shows the characters drawn. But it's kind of boring to me. 

What made me read this book: 
Like I said, everyone tells me to read it. And I love what it's about. I used to write Harry Potter fan fiction *eye roll* so I can kinda relate. Plus I have anxiety, she has anxiety, she's awkward I'm awkward, she's geeky, I'm geeky. Etc.

What did I like the most: 
I think I really liked how much I could relate to this book. To the characters. 

Like I said up there, I have anxiety, really bad. So when she would freak out about things, I totally understood. 

I love reading books about people with mental health issues. Anxiety, depression, etc. I have my own issues and I feel like this being put into a book is making it seem like the issues are not only real, but that we're not crazy. 

I also understood the geeky portion of this. I used to write Harry Potter fanfiction, and I loved reading it. So I totally understood why she wanted to write it, and the excitement of it. 

I love that this book really promotes her getting out of her comfort zone. She makes friends, she goes out. It isn't easy, but she does it. And that's really great.

I also love how she grows up. She used to rely on her twin sister and her fan fiction, but then she realizes there's more to life than that.

I also really love Levi. I fell in love with him the first time we meet him. He's goofy and sweet and caring. 

I think the parts where her twin is drinking is also really important. Again it shows that underage drinking is a very real problem. I love books that bring light to it.

The writing is really great, and relatable. It was an easy read, even if it was a bit slow.

What didn't I like: 
It was a little slow, it took me a bit to get into it. I felt myself thinking I didn't understand the hype.

I also didn't care for the sections of her fanfic, I just didn't care for it. I want to read Carry On, but I'm really hesitant to. 

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
I think so! I'm especially excited for

Eleanor & ParkRunaways, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home




Overall I'm really glad I finally read this book, and it's definitely really good.















“To really be a nerd, she'd decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.” 
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl


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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

More at rainbowrowell.com.







 
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