Sunday, May 19, 2019

#WyrdAndWonder #REVIEW: Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas #2)

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Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 5th, 2018
Format: ebook
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back.

Bruja Born is book two in Zoraida Cordova's Brooklyn Brujas series. I read the first book Labyrinth Lost last year and really enjoyed it. I would argue that you can read this book on its own, but you just wouldn't understand why Lula is so broken or why Alex hates Nova so much. In terms of the actual story in this one, you just miss some backstory, but otherwise I think you can follow along.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Home Field Advantage By Liz Lincoln (Milwaukee Dragons #3)

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Home Field Advantage by Liz Lincoln
Publisher: LoveSwept
Release Date: July 16th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
Is the Dragons’ new wide receiver: A) a fallen NFL star looking for a comeback, B) the sexy player your boss wants you to write an exposé on, or C) the former love of your life?

For Milwaukee Dragons beat reporter Natalie Griffith, he’s clearly D) all of the above. Three years ago, Natalie’s bombshell report on her ex-boyfriend’s off-the-field scandals landed her the job she loves, but she still feels guilty about destroying his career. Now Quinn Lowry’s back, and he’s taking over her locker room, flashing his charming smile and reminding her exactly how hot they were together.

After two years out of the league, Quinn is sober and on the field again. He’s worked his ass off and he’s not going to blow his second chance, not even for the woman who broke his heart—twice. Having Natalie around is the last thing Quinn needs while he’s trying to prove he deserves to stay on the team.

Maybe one final night together will give them both some much-needed closure. But with Natalie’s boss pressuring her for another headline-grabbing scoop, can she admit to herself that she’s falling for Quinn all over again?
I'm not much of a football fan (American football to clarify), hockey is more my jam, but I've definitely found the type of sexy adult romances that I am into -- Sports Romances! Home Field Advantage by Liz Lincoln is actually a third in a series, but you so totally can read these out of order. The couples in the other two books are mentioned and are side-characters in this story, but really this story is about a second chance romance between old lovers. I was totally here for it.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

#WyrdandWonder #AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: Baptism of Fire (The Witcher # 5) By Andrzej Sapkowski, narrated by Peter Kenny

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Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Release Date: October 5th, 2015
Format: Audiobook narrated by Peter Kenny
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
The wizards guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. Its an impossible situation in which to find one girl Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanisheduntil a rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands. 

I am a huge fan of The Witcher games that are based off of this series by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski. I have to admit that the more I read the books, the more I feel like the game developers did a pretty decent job of being true to the core of who Geralt of Rivia is. The books do have some slight differences, but I am definitely enjoying going through the backlog and reading these books.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

#MeetTheBlogger: Dear Geek Place #wyrdandwonder

Hi, everyone! Something new for Deanna Reads Books, is a feature I have been wanting to do for awhile. 

I am a big supporter of other bloggers, and for the positivity in the book blogging community so I decided to start a feature to showcase other bloggers. This is a completely new feature on the blog, so if you are still interested in being featured you can fill out the google form here. I'm not sure yet if this is going to be a monthly or bi-monthly yet...but we shall see!

This month, I have Lisa from Dear Geek Place! Who is also co-hosting #WyrdandWonder this year, so I thought it was appropriate to have her feature post go up this month.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova #WyrdandWonder

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The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Loom Saga #2)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by Timothy John Campbell and Erin Moon
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.
I was completely blown away by the first book in Elise Kova's Loom Saga, that I finally decided to listen to the second book on audio. I am really glad I listened to these on audio, for one Erin Moon and Tim Campbell do a great job as the dual narrators in these. Although, I like Erin so much, it felt a little unnecessary to have a narrator just for Cvareh's parts. I think part of the reason I feel that way is the narrative seems like the ratio between Cvareh and Arianna is not on equal weight. I am also glad I did this on audio, so I actually know how to pronounce the names!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: Hounded by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) narrated by Luke Daniels #WyrdAndWonder

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Hounded by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Format: Audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD
The first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles--introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero. 

Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old--when in actuality, he's twenty-one "centuries" old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. 
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he's hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power--plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish--to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
Kevin Hearne writes with Delilah S. Dawson in the Tales of Pell fantasy parody series that I like, so I was very curious about his solo projects. So I decided to use one of my audible credits to check out the first book in his urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. I was really glad I did!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 5th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
The first rule of this book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.
Okay, when I saw the summary for this book, I thought I really needed to read it. I loved the premise of it so much. Dudes forming a book club to read romance books to help them improve their relationships and understand women better? Sign me up!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale By Lauren Myracle, Illustrated by Issac Goodhart

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Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle, Illustrated by Isaac GoodHart
Publisher: DC INK
Release Date: May 7th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD

When fourteen-year-old Selina Kyle, aka the future Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become.

She rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to "win." And if Selina is to survive on the streets, she must be tough. Can she find her humanity and reconcile toughness with her desire for community ... and love?

From Lauren Myracle, the New York Times best-selling author of books like ttfn and ttyl, comes the story of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham.
Under the Moon is a part of the graphic novels that DC INK has been putting out that is mostly based on familiar DC characters as young adults. In this one, we get the story of young Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman. There are definitely some trigger warnings to take heed of before going into this one such as abuse, self-harm, animal abuse and bullying. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

#DeannaListens: The Axe and the Crown #WyrdandWonder

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Deanna Listens is a monthly feature on the first Monday of every month...err sometimes when I remember to do it, I created to showcase some of my favorite podcasts. 

Since May is #WyrdandWonder, I wanted to make my Deanna Listens post about fantasy podcasts. Last year I talked about fantasy podcasts you should be listening to. So this year, I'm pulling out one specifically which is a new addition to those podcasts.