Monday, October 30, 2017

October Wrap-Up


It's crazy to me that it's already the end of October! It seems like the months just keep flying by! Next month is Sci-Fi Month which I will be participating in again, so I hope to bring a lot of content to the blog next month. I have a few books that I need to write reviews for, and I'll be doing another giveaway. It will be very exciting!

DEANNA LISTENS

For Deanna Listens this month, I featured The Thrilling Adventure Hour! I wish I had something cool about Deanna Plays that I talked about this month, but I just completely forgot to write a post for this month! Oops, blogger fail!

BOOKS I REVIEWED



FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

                   
What books did you read this month? Do you have any favorite posts from this month?

Happy Reads Everyone!
Follow

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The TBR Pile Tag

Lara from Words with Lara tagged me to do the TBR Pile Tag, and I am finally getting to it! I have such a long list of books I want to read, that I know I will never get to all of them. I love tags!



How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

GoodReads all the way! There is no way I am using an excel spreadsheet. I have to use those all days at work, I'm not doing that for FUN!

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

A mix of both, mostly the ebooks I have are ones I have already bought on my kindle, but just haven't read yet.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

It's usually a matter of if I have ARCs from publishers, those usually take priority over others.

A book that's been on your TBR the longest?

According to GoodReads it is Hunting Lila by Sara Alderson. I have NO idea if that is accurate.


A book that you recently added to your TBR?

Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey. No surprise it's another Star Wars book! I am in the golden age of Star Wars content, and I'm trying to read ALL THE BOOKS!

A book on your TBR strictly because of it's beautiful cover?

Omg, there are so many! But probably Ten Thousand Skies Above You.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

Probably, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for?

Artemis by Andy Weir. I actually have an ARC I got from Netgalley, and I'm currently reading it. I'm loving it so far!

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

Six of Crows. I tend to just put off books when they become too hyped. Yeah, I know I'm a snob.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

This one was pretty hard to actually answer, because I don't seek out people to recommend books to me, because I have too many I find myself! So I don't have a real answer for this.

A book on your TBR that you're just dying to read?

The new Star Wars analogy, A Certain Point of Year. I have read a couple of the stories so far, but I have some ARCs that I have to read first. The struggle is real!

The number of Books on your TBR?

This is the worst question to ask me, because it's so embarrassingly high. I have a serious problem. So here's the answer: 317


Feel free to do this tag if you want! I am far too lazy to go and tag everyone.

Happy Reads Everyone!
Follow

Thursday, October 26, 2017

ARC Review: The Beautiful Ones By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: St. Martin's Press ( Thomas Dunne Books)
Release Date: October, 24th, 2017
Format: Egalley
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: ★★★1/2

*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from ARC may or may not be in the published edition. Summary, author info, etc provided by the publisher.

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society.
But Antonina, who prefers her family's country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can't help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent. Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she's willing to sacrifice.
With a headstrong heroine trying to take control of her own future and a touch of magic, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES will have Sci-Fi and commercial fiction fans alike entranced. Out in time for a slightly spooky Halloween read, Moreno-Garcia softens her horror into glamour, making her newest a haunting look at past centuries and love connections.
I feel really conflicted about this book. I loved Moreno-Garcia's debut Signal To Noise, so I was excited to receive an advanced reader's copy of her latest novel. I wasn't 100% sure if this book was going to be for me, but I thought that the fantasy aspect in this novel would win me over. This book just wasn't what I was expecting. It wasn't bad, just the era that the book is written in and the fact that it is more a character-driven novel over a plot-driven novel was where I struggled with it. There are definitely readers that will LOVE this book because of the characters, but it took me a long time to read and get into this novel because it felt like nothing was really happening.

What drew me to this novel is "the talent" that Nina and Hector have. I love that it draws them together and gives them a strong bond. I just felt like this aspect of the story was kind of a footnote. I thought it was going to be the main purpose of the story, but it just seemed like it was apart of them and didn't really relate too much to the overall plot. It was like saying they were left-handed. It definitely explains some things about Nina's personality and why her cousin Gaetan protects her so much, but otherwise the crux of the story could have been the same without this included.

The characters in the novel are great, and it's probably a reason a lot of other readers will really enjoy this book. Nina is a very naive person in the first half of the novel, but she is young and she learns and matures later on. I really liked this development of her character. She was young and when you are a young girl sometimes you see things with your crush that might not be there. I'm still not completely sold on Hector. He really led Nina on in the first half of the book, but I do like that he redeems himself and realized what an awful thing he has done. I think it really humanized him. Everyone makes mistakes, and he comes to really overcome the reason for why he did what he did. I wasn't totally sold on their relationship, but in the end I was glad the characters end up where they do.

Now I am saving an entire paragraph to talk about the third person we get perspective from in this novel--Valérie! She is straight up the WORST!!


Props to the author for writing one of the most insufferable and hate-filled character I have ever read! I hated Valérie so much! At first I kind of understood why she was the way she was, but later on she just gets more hate-filled and sadistic that I just wanted to push her off a bridge. She was such a nasty woman, and I just couldn't understand how she could be just so straight up evil! I hated her, she sucked, but I am very satisfied with what happens to her character. I'm not spoiling this! You have to read it for yourself!

All in all this book was "okay" for me. I didn't absolutely love it, but by no means is a 3 1/2 star a bad rating. This book just didn't wow me. I think had I know that it was going to be a more character driven book I might not have requested it. I think if you love this type of regency-style romance with a hint of magical realism this is a book for you! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut, Signal To Noise, jump started her writing career winning a Copper Cylinder Award, and was a finalist of the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst, and Aurora awards. Her sophomore novel, Certain Dark Things, earned praise from such wide ranging publications as PopSugar, Romantic Times, Locus Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. Her take on vampires was selected as one of NPR’s “Best Books of 2016” and was a finalist for this
year’s Locus Awards. Continuing her dazzling writing career, Moreno-Garcia’s newest novel THE BEAUTIFUL ONES (Thomas Dunne Books; October 24, 2017), is her most accessible novel yet, lacing her award-winning world building with a gorgeously plotted love story.

Have you read this book yet? What was your favorite part? Are you excited about it?

Happy Reads Everyone!
Follow

Monday, October 23, 2017

Blog Tour: Interview with J. Keller Ford + Giveaway!


I am very excited today to be kicking off the blog tour for Rage of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford with an interview with the author herself!

I wrote a review of this book already and really enjoyed it. Special thanks to the publisher Month 9 Books for providing me the review copy, and to Chapter By Chapter Blog Tours & Promotions for giving me the opportunity to participate in another blog tour. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews, guest posts & more!


Rage of The Dragaon King
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Goodreads ★ Amazon  B&N  TBD

David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it's time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them. Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.

Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon's lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David's hometown of Havendale...and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101. He'd rather fight a dragon.

With secrets, lies and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn't the sanctuary they'd hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can't prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice. Let the battle begin.
INTERVIEW

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk about the second book in your Chronicles of Fallhollow series with me today! 


One of the things that I love about this series is your world building. I love the Fallhollow setting. What inspired you in how you created this world?


Hi, Deanna. Thank you for having me!!

I wish I could give you some fairy tale answer but in reality, this world kind of formed on its own as I wrote. I knew I wanted forests and open fields, mountains, etc., but the rest evolved as the characters came to life. In the first book, I put myself in the shoes of Twiller, the little meadow gnome, and I tried to think, if I were a gnome, what kind of magic place would I want to live in? Of course my travels as kid to many castles all over Germany provided a ‘child’s memory’ of their settings. I’m sure the castles and manors and gardens appeared larger than they really are. I tried to bring in that larger than life feeling to my settings.  Take a normal setting and make it magical. The imagination is incredible if you let your mind loose.


Will we ever find out about David's parents? Do they play a bigger role than we know yet?

Yes, it is a spoiler I’ll let you in on, but you won’t find out until the 3rd and final book.  And yes, they’ll play a much bigger part than you can even imagine.

Are you a plotter or do you write as it comes to you?

I guess you could say I’m a little of both, though I do tend to lean more towards pantser.  I have a plot in my mind about where I want the story to go, but I let the characters lead the way. They surprise even me sometimes.

What inspired you to write this epic fantasy series?

This story has been brewing in my mind in some fashion since I was about 6 or 7 years old. It started out with Tinkerbell king of fairies and dogs you could ride to something that resembled middle grade to what it is today. My dad, who was in the Army was a huge influence for Trog.  I grew up an Army brat and visited castles all over Germany, so what better setting for fairies and such than castles. As I grew up and got older and saw the things that happened in the world, I knew I had to turn the tale into something meaningful with my dad as that knight in shining armor. I hear a lot of people love Trog, so in a way, they love my dad. I think that’s pretty cool.

Do you have a favorite quote or scene from this book? Any particular reason why?

I have lots of favorite scenes but I think my two favorite are when we see Charlotte stand up for herself and then the drive-thru scene with Eric.

I like Charlotte’s scene because she’s tired of being treated like a fragile object that needs protection. She wants to be seen as something more, something valuable. She wants to be seen as a woman, not a child and she wants David to admit to how he feels about her. It’s not too much to ask, but he falls into the stereotypical male role: she’s a girl and I have to protect her. It’s endearing but at the same time, very frustrating for a teen girl trying to assert her independence.

The drive-thru scene was just plain fun to write. Here is this medieval squire so completely out of his element and he’s trying to maneuver his way through our world and some things just don’t make sense – like talking boxes in drive-thru’s and brain-freeze.

The covers for your books are AMAZING! Are you involved in the process at all? If you could change anything about them, what would it be?

In the beginning with book one, I was able to tell the publisher what I was kind of looking for with my cover. I wanted something that screamed fantasy but I wanted classic elegance.  I was overjoyed when I got to see the first book cover.  It was better than anything I could have hoped for.

Rage of the Dragon King needed to stay within the same sort of branding. The publisher and I went back and forth with a few ideas and decided on this one. I think it is amazing and I am completely thrilled.

So, I have to ask, there is going to be another book, right?? Do you have any other projects going on that you are allowed to talk about yet?

Book 3, the final book in the trilogy, was just submitted to my publisher. I don’t have any dates yet when we’re looking at that one being published, but I’m hoping sometime in the spring of next year. It may be longer than that. Trust me, the whole world will know when I know.  J

I do have another project I’m working on and I’m not at liberty to discuss it at this time. Let’s just say it has a dragon, a gorgeous fae prince, a fae hunter and the girl who loves them both.

Thanks again for stopping by and talking about Rage of The Dragon King. I hope this sequel is really successful, and wish you the best of luck!



Thank you so much, Deanna. It’s been a pleasure to be here. I would like to suggest to anyone who is interested in reading RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING, please read IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING first, or you might be a little confused about what’s going on in this book. To all of you, thank you so much for your interest and support. I couldn’t do any of this without you, the fans.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


J. (Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of speculative fiction and YA tales. As an Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love.

When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. She is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a menagerie of royal pets, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.

Published works include The Passing of Millie Hudson, a paranormal short story that can be found in READING GLASSES. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is her debut novel and the first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy. Book 2 in the series is slated for Fall 2016.




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Reads Everyone!
Follow