Friday, August 16, 2019

Reading Right Now! (219)

Hi, it's me, an absolute potato. Remember how I apologized last week for having hardly any posts, welllll, I did worse this week. I just get in these little spells where I don't feel like posting anything. I won't promise that I'll do better next week, because I don't want to lie to you, but I do plan on trying.
So anyway, What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager -- I've been eyeing Riley Sager's books for a while. I fully plan on reading his previous two books, but I just happened to get my hands on this library copy and figured I should read it quick since it's new, and might be put on hold if I don't read it fast. I'm excited to read this! It sounds like a mysterious apartment building which are words that grab me. I've just read the first couple of chapters, and I'm already into it. Yes, I'm ready for this.

And in other news, I've had a pretty good reading month this week. I've finished 3 books!! That's a lot for me. Now granted, I had read a good chunk of the first two books in the previous week, but still, I feel accomplished. That's probably because I've been reading instead of doing my blog posts *uncomfortable laughter*

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you Reading? Do you like Riley Sager's books? Let me know.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Reading Right Now! (218)

Okay, first I want to acknowledge that I've been awful with my blog this week. I mean, in my head I know it's my blog and that I can post whenever I want, but I still feel guilty when I don't post like I should. It's weird. So, this week I was just kind of lazy, which is a trait that I have. I just didn't feel like posting, so I didn't.
Anyway, What I'm Reading Right Now! is... (pssst it's multiple books at once and it's going okay. Not amazing speed, but okay.)


So, I've got Three Dark Crowns (#1) by Kendare Blake and I'm enjoying it. This started out kind of slowly, but it's picked up speed.
The Raging Ones (#1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie. This is a hard book to categorize in my head. It's weird, it's different, but I'm enjoying it. It's an odd experience. 
I am over halfway through all of these books, I've been reading five chapters of one, then moving on to five chapters of another. 
Fresh Romance, Volume 1 by a bunch of people, one of which is Sarah Kuhn, and I think she's the reason that this even came on my radar. I'd never heard of it before. It's a comic anthology of romance. So far, it's been okay. I've read two stories and the one called Ruined is the one I was most intrigued by. It is very colorful, but it's kind of meh at the same time.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?  

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Review: Goodbye Paris (Pono Hawkins #3) by Mike Bond

Title: Goodbye Paris (Pono Hawkins #3)
Author: Mike Bond
Published by: Big City Press
Released: June 2019
Source: arc from Publisher and Meryl Moss Media

Synopsis: Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins races from a Tahiti surfing competition to France when he learns that a terrorist he'd thought was dead, Mustafa al-Boudienne, may have a backpack nuclear weapon and plans to destroy Paris. Pono was once Mustafa's prisoner, and is now the only one left alive to identify him.
Joining forces with former allies from US, French and Russian intelligence, and with an intrepid and brilliant French agent, Anne Ronsard, with whom he soon falls in love, Pono sets out against impossible odds to catch and kill Mustafa and his terrorist cell before they can destroy the most beautiful city on Earth.
Another in the bestselling Pono Hawkins series after Saving Paradise and Killing Maine, GOODBYE PARIS is a hallmark Mike Bond thriller: alive, tense, exciting, and full of fascinating details and places. And that will keep you up all night. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I received an arc copy for honest review from the Publisher and Meryl Moss Media. Thank you so much to them for giving me the opportunity to read Goodbye Paris and share it.
I found Goodbye Paris to be a very average read. It didn't really grip me. For an action thriller, it was kind of a slow read. I'm not getting what makes Pono Hawkins so great or desirable? I'm not getting why all the women want to sleep with him. Why he would have three girlfriends at once.
I feel like this story was kind of bogged down with tangents. It didn't stay with the action. It didn't thrill me. When it did have action and chase things, it was fun, but it tended to get a little stagnant during the down time.
I thought it was a really interesting take on Paris as it is now. I don't think it's going to appeal to very politically correct readers because of how it illustrates how Paris has been taken over by Muslim Extremists, how the government really does nothing about it. 
The author seems very knowledgable of all these places and history, but he sometimes has a dull way of writing it.
I'm glad I got the chance to read Goodbye Paris. It was a good read. It might not be everyone's cup of tea. It offers a really interesting perspective of the takeover of Paris. The ending isn't exactly triumphant or hope filled, because the problem is still there. Just one of Hydra's heads has been cut off and many will grow back.
Thanks to the publisher and Meryl Moss Media for letting me give it a read for honest review.
Not Bad

Friday, August 2, 2019

Reading Right Now! (217)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

Three Dark Crowns (#1) by Kendare Blake -- I finally moved on from my two books of last week and started another one, yayy! I've heard so many good things about this series and I've always been interested, so I picked it up. I am thinking of maybe trying to read another book at the same time again, see if I can make it into a thing that I do.
But I'm only about 40 pages in to Three Dark Crowns, I've met two of the three queens, and I'm liking it so far. It's interesting. I think I can already tell that I'm going to have some trouble deciding which Queen I want to live.

In other news, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!! Yayy!! We're not going to talk about how old I am. I'm hoping for a good day. My poor little nephew hurt his foot, and my mom blames herself, soooo not exactly a party atmosphere at the moment.

Anyway, that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Dark Reflections by Kelsey Ketch

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Dark Reflections  by Kelsey Ketch. Thanks so much to Kelsey Ketch and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me be a part of this fun tour, and providing me with a copy of Dark Reflections for honest review. I was in as soon as I read Vampires. Bring on the bloodsuckers!!

Title: Dark Reflections
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Published by: Ketch Books
Released: April 15, 2019
Source: arc copy provided by publisher for review

Synopsis: Being possessed by a vampire sucks!
Alana Jones’s world has been completely turned upside-down after being bitten by a vampire’s reflection in a cursed mirror. Now she’s forced to stay in an abandoned Victorian inn on an isolated island off the west coast of Florida, where Alana lives a double life: one as herself and one as a vicious murderer. Over the past year, she has spilt and drunk the blood of sixteen victims. The guilt of their deaths slowly eating away her sanity.
Sixteen dead . . .
However, things become even more complicated when Alana finds Cole, a surfer she felt a connection with the moment they met on the mainland, locked up in the island’s shed. Knowing his death is inevitable, she attempts to distant herself from him, continually reminding herself of the monster residing underneath her skin. Unfortunately, it’s a small island, and the more she interacts with Cole, the more her feelings grow for him.

Eventually, she has to make a decision. Either accept his fate or find a way to expel the vampire’s spirit from within herself before she murders him as well. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Thank you to Kelsey Ketch and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me be a part of this fun tour and providing me with a review copy of Dark Reflections.
What a fun, refreshing, and addictive Vampire tale. I'm really hoping that Vampires will be making a comeback in the book world. After Twilight, the market was flooded with Vampire Tales. Some were great, some were bad, and then they just kind of faded back into the crypt. But I've missed a good ol' Vampire yarn, and I was very excited to encounter the evil undead in Dark Reflections. Kelsey Ketch really thought outside the box with her tale, she made it fun, exciting, and different.
I love the idea of Alana being possessed by a Vampire and having no control over what she does in the night. It kind of reminds me of the old werewolf tales. I also love that it's an evil, enchanted mirror that does it to her. So many cool things all in one book. I love it!
The writing was awesome too. Ketch pulled me into her story and I didn't want to leave. I was as horrified as Alana having no control of her actions. I wanted to see how Alana was going to get her life back. I also really enjoyed Cole and Alana.
I'm also a sucker for books that take place on an island, especially an isolated island. Give me that Island Life!
Dark Reflections was such a fun and refreshing read. Vampire fans will love it. It's so intense. I'm definitely going to have to check out more by Kelsey Ketch.

About the Author: Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fresh Releases: July 30, 2019

These Releases are Fresh, Fresh!
Okay, so I only have one book for today and I know I've been super lax about doing these posts. I honestly don't know where to go to look up all the upcoming releases. It's either I remember they are coming out, or I see other people talking about them.
Anyway, here's the book I know of for this week

The Merciful Crow (#1) by Margaret Owen -- I'm so excited to read this one and I've heard such good things for it. I'm also really pumped because I won an arc of this from Goodreads FirstReads Giveaway! I hope to read it soon.

So that's my Fresh Release for this week. What book did I miss? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Review: Honor Bound (The Honors #2) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Title: Honor Bound (The Honors #2)
Authors: Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Released: 2019
Source: Library

Synopsis: Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives. Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But with two wounded Leviathan to treat, plus human and non-human refugees to help, they’ll have to settle for the nearest outpost, called the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. Zara’s skills from the Zone may be invaluable. However, Zara discovers that the secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction. Soon Zara will have to make a choice: stand against the ultimate evil or run from it. But she’s never walked away from a fight.
Honor Bound is the second installment in Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre’s thrilling and fresh space saga. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I am so confused and mixed on this series. There are some things that I just can't, nope, ugh, why?? Does it have its good parts? Yes, but the parts that I don't like are so glaring that they kind of take over, and it's all I can think about when I think about this series.
Now, you might be asking, if you don't like this series, then why did you read the sequel? Was it just to hate on it? But that's the thing, I don't hate it. I really like the sci-fi aspects to it. Honor Bound had a lot of fun, sci-fi adventure in its pages. We had a bunch of alien species, a somewhat shady space establishment called the Sliver, (which I read as the Silver for maybe over half the time they were there without noticing ha) and a lot of spacey space adventures. It was a very fast read too, I could get sucked in and just read big chunks at a time. The writing is also really good. Aguirre and Caine make a good team.
So my issues with this book center strictly on the relationship bonding crap pile. I think it is the most dumb, weird, cringe thing I have ever read. I just can't. I'm never going to buy into this relationship between a gigantic alien whale ship and the human that rides inside him. I think it's made even weirder by how sexual the authors' write it. I roll my eyes everytime they join and become Zadim *barf*. And then they decide to include a threesome of some weird kind. It's stupid.
I'm also not the biggest fan of Zara as a character. I think she has a lot of swagger and cockiness, and it just seems so forced. I don't buy it. She's too cool for school and she doesn't feel like an authentic character to me. It's like someone putting on a bad act.
I was also a little irritated by how Honor Bound  ended, in that it DIDN'T. It wasn't even a cliffhanger, it was an end right in the middle of a scene. That's annoying. And I'm also not sure of how I feel of the clues they were giving out of who might come to play in the next one. Seems like a problem that should have just stayed on Earth and been forgotten.
It's also very overdramatic in a lot of its scenes, which can make it like a baaaad soap opera.
I am so perplexed about this series. I'll probably read the next book just because I'm curious as to how everything will turn out. If this book hadn't had that stupid relationship, I probably would really like it, but the sexual bonding makes it dumb and I can't.

I am so confused by this series. What is this??