Monday, November 23, 2015

It's Monday: What Are you Reading?

Last week I read:

Falling into PlaceThe Treatment (The Program, #2)Extraordinary MeansThe Lifeboat Clique

And My favorite reads of last week was:

All In (The Naturals, #3)The Lies About Truth

I am currently reading:

Life is But a DreamPrisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

This week coming up I have :

ReunitedDon't Die, Dragonfly (The Seer, #1)And We StayWhen I Was the GreatestElla, The SlayerHello, Goodbye, and Everything in BetweenAre You Still ThereWide Awake (Academy of the Fallen, #1)Wide Awake (Wide Awake, #1)

What have been your great reads this week?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Delightful Discoveries

Delightful Discoveries are books that I have discovered recently... old, new, just released... from blogs, Goodreads, libraries, friends, or bookstores. 

The Yearbook
The Yearbook by Carol Masciola

THE YEARBOOK by Carol Masciola

Misfit teen Lola Lundy falls asleep in a storage room in her high school library and wakes up to find herself 80 years in the past. The Fall Frolic dance is going full blast in the gym, and there she makes an instant connection with the brainy and provocative Peter Hemmings, class of ’24. His face is familiar, and she realizes she’s seen his senior portrait in a ragged old yearbook in the storage room. By the end of the dance, Lola begins to see a way out of her disastrous Twenty First Century life: She’ll make a new future for herself in the past. But major mental illness lies in Lola’s family background. Has she slipped through a crack in time, or into an elaborate, romantic hallucination based on the contents of an old yearbook?

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah
Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

"The Breakfast Club" gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever. 
The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college. The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight. 
When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive. 
With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.

Afterlight by Rebecca Lim

From the acclaimed author of the Mercy series and The Astrologer's Daughter.

Since her parents died in a freak motorbike accident, Sophie Teague’s life has fallen apart.

But she’s just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start.

That’s until Eve, a beautiful ghost in black, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to be her hands, eyes and go-to girl.

There are loose ends that Eve needs Sophie to tie up. But dealing with the dead might just involve the greatest sacrifice of all.

Dark, thrilling and unrelentingly eerie, Afterlight will take you deep into the heart of a dangerous love story, revealing the otherworldly—and deadly—pull of past wrongs that only the living can put right.

In a Dark, Dark Wood
In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s bachelorette party arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review:Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

Sweet MadnessTitle: Sweet Madness
Author:  Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie
Publisher:  Merit Press 
Publishing Date: September 15th 2015
Pages: 224
Genre: YA Historical Fiction 
Series:  Stand Alone
Source: Hardcover 
Seventeen-year-old Bridget Sullivan is alone in Fall River, a city that sees Irish immigrants as nothing more than a drunken drain on society. To make matters worse, she's taken employment with the city’s most peculiar and gossip-laden family—the Bordens. But Bridget can’t afford to be picky—the pay surpasses any other job Bridget could ever secure and she desperately needs the money to buy her little sister, Cara, passage to the states. It doesn’t hurt that the job location is also close to her beau, Liam. As she enters the disturbing inner workings of the Borden household, Bridget clings to these advantages.

However, what seemed like a straightforward situation soon turns into one that is untenable. Of course Bridget has heard the gossip around town about the Bordens, but what she encounters is far more unsettling. The erratic, paranoid behavior of Mr. Borden, the fearful silence of his wife, and worse still…the nightly whisperings Bridget hears that seem to come from the walls themselves.

The unexpected bright spot of the position is that Lizzie Borden is so friendly. At first, Bridget is surprised at how Lizzie seems to look out for her, how she takes a strong interest in Bridget’s life. Over time, a friendship grows between them. But when Mr. Borden’s behavior goes from paranoid to cruel, and the eerie occurrences in the house seem to be building momentum, Bridget makes the tough decision that she must leave the house—even if it means leaving behind Lizzie, her closest friend, alone with the madness. Something she swore she would not do.

But when Bridget makes a horrifying discovery in the home, all that she thought she knew about the Bordens is called into question…including if Lizzie is dangerous. And the choice she must make about Lizzie’s character could mean Bridget’s life or death.

I was really excited for the day this book showed up at my doorstep. I know the story of Lizzie Borden, I have watched Deadliest Women. I like crazy women stories, crazy people stories. I though hmmm this is gonna be pretty great. I liked the read. It was good but it wasn't great for me. I think I was expecting something different than what I received. For what the story was... told from a 3rd party that was on Lizzie's side.... .It was not creepy or scary or horrific... that is what I expected. But it was written well and it did tell the famous story from another point of view. 

Lizzie Borden had a pretty crap life. Her father was controlling. She wasn't very liked. She really didn't have any friends. It was pretty sad. She had one friend though.  A maid in the house. This maid thinks pretty great things about Lizzie. They become friends and this is the maid's story. The story of when Lizzie took an axe, the story of the madness in the Borden home. The story of Bridget, the maid who worked in the wrong house. 

So I liked the book. It was written well and it was done very well. I just had a few problems with it that kept it from being a great read.
The good was the characters. Bridge was nice and she was loyal to Lizzie... even when she felt it was the wrong move. She dealt the with crazies int he home well. She had a boy she loved  and a sister she loved to keep her working with her head held high. She had to save money to make a better life for herself and those she loved. She just happened to be working in the crazy house of town. 

Lizzie was written well. I have seen a few shows and documentaries on Lizzie and the Borden household. The characters in this book were done well and from what I know true to form. The authors did make them a little more alive and eccentric but all the same the crazy was there. 

This book was a bit different then the other stories I have see. This book made me feel more for Lizzie. Sorry for her. Maybe understand her a little bit. OF course the question still stands did Lizzie do it? The authors of course spun the story the way they wanted it spun since... well the whodonnit was never solved... Does this book spin it as Lizzie do it or was she innocent? You will have to read to find out. 

The story was interesting because it was done from a different point of view and because the authors did go in a bit of a different direction. Not completely but enough to give the story its own. It was slow paced throughout the first half of the book for me. The second half picked up and I couldn't put it down... so the ending made up for the beginning. 

I did expect more suspense more horror. This was written more like a narrative drama. So I didn't like that. It was done well just not what I was expecting or wanting for this read. 

It was still a good read and worth the read. It opens up more questions and more intrigue about the Lizzie Borden horrific story. It was good on the historical fiction too. I felt it was written to bring that part of life alive. The time period, the struggles, the gloom. It was very descriptive in words and tone. I did like that. 

If you like historical fiction and unsolved mysteries. Read this book. Its good. 

Trisha Leaver

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. To find out more about her, please visit her website

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