Thursday, January 31, 2019

Graphic Novel Review: Kicking Ice by Stephanie Phillips

Kicking Ice by Stephanie Phillips, Art by Lee Moder & Color by Marissa Louise
Publisher: Ominous Press
Release Date: Winter 2018
Format: Hardback
My Rating: 

Ominous Press

Kicking Ice tells the story of two young female hockey players, Bella and Skye, who dream of playing professional hockey in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Bella and Skye are the only girls on their co-ed hockey team and learn to overcome bullying from some of their male opponents. In particular, a rival player named Derek likes to tease Bella and Skye by telling them that girls will never be as good at hockey as boys. Of course, Bella and Skye prove that kicking ice isn't just for boys. 

Kicking Ice is a kickstarter that I found out about at the tail end of their campaign, but I was really psyched to be a part of it. I'm a huge hockey fan, and I'm starting to get more in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) and this graphic novel was crowd-funded in partnership with the NWHL! It's a pretty cool thing, and I'm glad that was able to be a part of it.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Review: Center Ice by Cate Cameron (Corrigan Falls Raiders #1)

Center Ice by Cate Cameron 
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, underage drinking, sexual situations, and crazy squirrels. It may cause you to become a fan of hockey - or at least hot hockey players.

The hometown hockey hero won't know what hit him...

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother's death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers - her dad and his perfect, shiny new family - and there doesn't seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn't interested in starting something with a player. And that's all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler's the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey - except Karen. Now they've managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps
As I mentioned before, the WIP I am currently writing is a teen romance but it's also about hockey, so in trying to find some good comps to compare it to, I discovered Cate Cameron's Corrigan Falls Raiders series. I bought all of them because they are kind of on the cheap on ebook, so I was really excited to dive into the first book, Center Ice. I like this type of series a lot, because you don't have to read them all in order. I LOVE companion novels.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

#ARCReview: No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: April 16th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Go big or go gnome. The New York Times bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy return to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett.

The Skyr is a rich, verdant land claimed by both halflings and gnomes. For centuries, the halflings have worked to undermine gnomish power structures and seize total control--through legal means, certainly, but more insidiously through their extensive organized crime network. Now, threatened with being pushed out entirely, the gnomes are desperate and ready to fight back. Gustave the Goat King faces his first test as a leader: Can he bring peace to a fraught region or will a civil war consume the entire kingdom?
No Country for Old Gnomes is Book Two in the Tales Pell series by authors Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. You can read my review of the first book Kill the Farmboy here. I was really excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of this book, but I hate to admit it that I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first book.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

#BookishThoughts: Young Adult Romance is my jam, FIGHT ME!

I haven't been that active on the blog this past week and one of those reasons is because I got inspired to start working on my WIP again, so all my free time has been consumed by trying to write and rework the manuscript I have been working on. So it got me thinking it was time to do another Bookish Thoughts posts to talk about why I love YA contemporary, but more importantly YA romance books. They are kind of my jam.

Friday, January 25, 2019

#AudiobookReview: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Release Date: May 9th, 2009
Format: Audiobook narrated by Nick Podehl
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during the day. I have talked to God's, loved women and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me."

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

A lot of people have been urging me to read this book, but I had heard some "eh" things, so I kept putting it off. Luckily it was an audible daily deal not that long ago, so I decided to finally take the plunge and see what all the fuss was about.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

#ComicReview: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen Art by Kev Walker & Marc Laming

Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen, Illustrations by Kev Walker & Marc Laming
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: February, 6th, 2018
Format: Ecomic via comixology
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Aphra's back with a brand-new plan that's guaranteed to pay! There's just one teensy problem... it involves surrounding herself with some of the galaxy's biggest baddies. And they don't like the not-so-good doctor's tricks! Her mission to make quick credits by auctioning off an ancient Jedi artifact will start well... and end badly. And that's just when a dark figure from Aphra's past decides to make an appearance! Plus, a solo focus on Aphra's Wookiee shadow, Black Krrsantan! Find out why this beastly bounty hunter is as frightening as they say... and then some! COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA 9-13, ANNUAL
If you want to get into the Star Wars books and you love comics, I HIGHLY suggest digging into the Doctor Aphra comics. Doctor Aphra is definitely one of my new favorite characters of the new Star Wars canon. I think it's just refreshing to read about a character that just knows she's a criminal and just does not give an F! It makes me laugh a lot. I really tend to like the outlaw characters in the Star Wars universe, they just seem to have way more fun.

Friday, January 18, 2019

One With The Force: Should Mara Jade Be Canon?

I haven't written a One With The Force post in a long time, and I want to start writing them again. When I started this feature, this is one of the topics I wanted to write about for awhile. I just never could get it together, because I have a lot of feelings about Mara Jade. I was inspired to finally write about this when one of my favorite instagrammers Outer Rim Reviews asked the question if she should become canon and if so how would we want her to appear (books, movies, TV shows?) So I finally want to talk about my wacky head canon theories.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

#AudiobookReview: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: March, 27th, 2011
Format: Audiobook narrated by a full cast
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family.

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
I think it's becoming clear on this blog, that I really love some Neil Gaiman. I'm slowly reading his backlog, so I finally got around to listening to the audiobook of his middle grade horror book The Graveyard book. I don't read a lot of children's books, but this one is kind of dark for being a kids books The reason that Bod is living in the graveyard is because someone killed his whole family and the ghosts who live in the Graveyard decide to protect and raise him. It's certainly an interesting story, that I wished I could have listened to it all in one sitting.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Meet The Blogger Feature

Hi, everyone.

A little bit ago, I was on twitter asking if anyone would be interested in me doing a monthly feature on another blogger as a way to promote other bloggers. I didn't get a lot of responses, but those who did take my poll, all said YES! So I decided to finally try to do this thing.

Monday, January 14, 2019

#ARCReview: Comics will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: February, 12th, 2019
Format: eARC*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn't have enough to worry about, Miriam's life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam's grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.

In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love)
I think I first heard about this book last summer, and I immediately put it on my TBR. As a huge fan of comics and geek culture in general, this seemed like a book that was right up my alley. I also LOVE ya contemporary novels that are heavy on two characters falling in love. It's kind of my jam. So I have to say that this one did not disappoint me!

Friday, January 11, 2019

#AudiobookReview: The Hundredth Queen By Emily R. King

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by Lauren Ezzo
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.
I am pretty sure I picked this up during one of the Audible 2-for-1 sales awhile back, and I really only picked this one because of the narrator. I really loved Lauren Ezzo's narration for Sawkill Girls, that I wanted to try another book she did. I liked this one a lot, but I just didn't connect all that much with the story itself. Although, the narration was fantastic!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

#AudiobookReview: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date: February, 7th, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by the author
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. 
I LOVE mythology, and I love reading books about Norse society, so I was pretty psyched to read this collection of Norse Mythology stories from Neil Gaiman. I will say, that these stories are more close to the real myths we know about the Norse Gods, and less about the Marvel interpretations of the gods. So don't go into this thinking of Thor as Chris Hemsworth and Loki as Tom Hiddleston. It's not them in these stories.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

#BookBloggerHop: 2019 Releases I am looking forward to

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's Book Blogger Hop question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asked:

Any books you are looking forward to for 2019?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

#ARCReview: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February, 12th. 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

I was pretty excited to get access to this book early, because I love fantasy books that involve mythical creatures, and I haven't read a lot of books that deal with Phoenixes. They only one I can really think about is Fawks from Harry Potter, so this was a really cool concept to have a world completely built around Phoenixes and warriors that ride on them and bond with them. The concept of the Phoenix Riders and the world building in this novel about a Fallen Empire that is still waging war against each other is what really interested me in this novel. I love this about this novel, but I also had some issues with the actual narrative and execution of that.

Monday, January 7, 2019

#DeannaListens: Overdue Podcast

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. 

I took a break in December mostly because of laziness but also because the holidays is always a crazy time for me. I want to get back into regularly posting this feature in 2019. So here is my first one of year, talking about Overdue podcast.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

#AudiobookReview: They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond & Bahni Turpin
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day. 

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. 

In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound."
Look, I'm giving this one five stars, because it was so good, but it also BROKE me! So it was amazing, but I'm still mad about it. I'm not going to really get into specifics, even though the author himself spoiled it with that title. So yeah, don't be surprised about the ending of this book. Don't say Adam Silvera didn't warn you, because he does up front, but I still hoped he was just messing with us. That's a big NOPE!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

December Wrap Up

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm still digging out a little bit from vacation, and I've been dealing with some health issues, so I'm SOOOOO behind on blogging. I find myself in this weird place where I have these reviews I need to write, but also I have these ARCs to read, so I'm spending more time on the reading at the moment. It's such a struggle sometimes. 

Let's get into it!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Two new Adult novels coming from Meg Cabot in 2019!

A lot of my new readers might not know this, but I FREAKING love Meg Cabot. She is my favorite author, and I still count The Princess Diaries as what really got me into becoming a full on reader. When anyone asks me that evil question about what is my favorite book, I have to just say The Princess Diaries. Those are definitely the type of books I devoured when I was younger, and I want to incorporate them back into my reading again in 2019.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

#TopTenTuesday: The Best Books I Read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Happy New Year Everyone!

This week's topic is the best books I read in 2018. I feel like I may have already gone over these yesterday in my Year End Survey, but I wanted to do this here too. 

*as a note, some of these links below are my affiliate links, which means I may receive a portion of the advertising. It's at NO cost to you!