Tuesday, March 31, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli

I'm excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli. I was sent a free copy from the publisher for honest review. Thanks so much to Berkley and Sonya Lalli for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Title: Grown-Up Pose
Author: Sonya Lalli
Published by: Berkley
Released: March 24, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: A delightfully modern look at what happens for a young woman when tradition, dating, and independence collide, from acclaimed author Sonya Lalli.

Adulting shouldn’t be this hard. Especially in your thirties. Having been pressured by her tight-knit community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai is now on her own again and feels like she is starting from the beginning. 
But Anu doesn’t have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she’s ever done—and she’s still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She’ll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Being a grown-up is hard. A lot of times, it's really not fun. Sonya Lalli has written a fun book where a woman deals with this sad truth.
While I didn't always agree with Anu's line of thinking or decision making, I was always interested to see what was going to happen next. There were some funny moments, there were some irritating ones as well. I don't think Anu really wanted to act her age. She could be kind of flighty. There were times that I really did just want Anu to grow up.
All in all, I enjoyed Grown-Up Pose. I enjoyed following Anu's story. I did have fun reading this book. I enjoyed Sonya Lalli's writing.

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour stop for Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli. Thank you so much to Berkley and Sonya Lalli for letting me be a part of the tour. I enjoyed this story and I definitely think you should check it out.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Review: Unnatural Disasters by Jeff Hirsch

Title: Unnatural Disasters
Author: Jeff Hirsch
Published by: Clarion Books
Released: 2019
Source: Library

Synopsis: Will the Class of 2038 be the last class ever?
Lucy and her boyfriend have been planning an epic post-graduation trip for months, despite the unstable world they live in. But when everyone's phones start to ring during prom, Lucy knows something terrible has happened—something new. Decades of climate change have taken their toll, religious extremism is spreading, refugees have nowhere left to turn, and terrorism is common. But this is worse. Far worse. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This was an odd experience for me. I think I was expecting apocalypse, danger, and survival, but that's not what I really got. It's just odd.
The majority of this book is not a true apocalypse story until the very end. It mainly focuses on the life of Lucy Weaver in a small New York town. She goes to school. She has a boyfriend. She does stuff with her dad and Aunts. It has a very strong contemporary vibe to it, but in the background, things aren't going well in the world. There are major terrorist attacks, countries on the brink of war, the threat of nuclear weapons being unleashed. It's the end is near vibes. All this is mixed with Lucy going to parties, having a crush on someone, skipping school. It was just an odd mixture, an odd mixture that I don't know if I enjoyed.
The writing was very fast and easy to read through. I was definitely interested in the story.
At first, I thought this was going to be one of those preachy climate change books, and while climate change was mentioned, I didn't feel attacked by it. I did get the sense that the author didn't really like the military. They were kind of illustrated as fight and bomb happy, which I didn't really agree with.
As I got near the end of the story, there were these odd time jumps. When the time did jump, suddenly it really was the apocalypse. It was just strange, but even then, the author skipped all the details and journeying that makes an end-of-the-world book feel really like an end-of-the-world book.
Unnatural Disasters was just a strange experience. I picked it up because I loved the cover, but it didn't exactly give me what I was expecting. I don't know how I feel about it.
(So, I'm writing this part way after writing my review for this book. Thinking about the current pandemic we've been going through lately kind of made me remember this story. Maybe it wasn't so farfetched as I first thought.)

Very odd experience

Friday, March 27, 2020

Reading Right Now! (249)

I feel like I'm finally making a bit of progress with reading, kind of. I finished two books this week so far, which is awesome! So, I'm just going to ask that you ignore that I've had the same book in my Reading Right Now! post for three weeks. Just ignore that.
So, what I'm Reading Right Now! is...


One Way (Frank Kittridge #1) by S.J. Morden -- I am almost finished with it. I do like it, but I wouldn't say that it's my favorite space book I've read. It likes to go into details about the science, which I would never in a million years understand. Since I'm getting near the end, it's sped up a bit with the action.
I do think that I would read the sequel once I finish though, just so I can see what happens.

Like Never And Always by Ann Aguirre -- I think I'd like to start this one next. I'm ready for a YA thriller, I think.

And so that is my Reading Right Now! and my reading plans. What are you reading?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Darkness We Hide (The Undertaker's Daughter #3) by Debra Webb

I am super excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Darkness We Hide, the third book in The Undertaker's Daughter Series. I was provided a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to MIRA and Debra Webb for including me in this fun tour!

Title: The Darkness We Hide (The Undertaker's Daughter #3)
Author: Debra Webb
Published by: MIRA
Released: March 31, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: Some secrets are worth dying for.
For months, Doctor Rowan Dupont has been staring death in the face. It followed her back to her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee, ten months ago, cloaking the walls of her family’s Victorian funeral home like a shroud. In investigating the mysterious deaths of her loved ones, Rowan has unearthed enough family secrets to bury everything she’d previously thought true. But each shocking discovery has only led to more bodies and more questions; the rabbit hole is deeper than she ever imagined.
Despite settling in to a comfortable life with Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan knows dangerous serial killer Julian Addington is still out there. She can’t let her guard down now. Not when she’s this close to ending his torment once and for all. But with a storm brewing on the horizon, she’ll get only one shot before the impending darkness takes hold, threatening to wipe away every truth she’s uncovered—and everything she holds dear. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This was craaaaazy! It had so many twists and turns. So many family secrets revealed. It was quite a ride.
This is the third book in The Undertaker's Daughter series, and I would recommend being caught up on the series before you jump into this one. It does do a good job of recapping past events so readers don't feel too lost. I am one of those people that is not caught up on the series, so I need to go back and read the past books. I did understand what was going on, but I feel like I would have been in a better place if I had read them all in order.
This book was intense from the get go. It was a lot of fun to read. I couldn't stop turning the pages just to find out what was going to happen next.
I really enjoyed the characters and the writing. It was a thrill ride. I'm definitely going to read more of Debra Webb's books and more of this series.

DEBRA WEBB is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including reader favorites the Shades of Death, the Faces of Evil and the Colby Agency series. She is the recipient of the prestigious Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense as well as numerous Reviewers Choice Awards. In 2012 Debra was honored as the first recipient of the esteemed L. A. Banks Warrior Woman Award for her courage, strength, and grace in the face of adversity. Recently Debra was awarded the distinguished Centennial Award for having achieved publication of her 100th novel. 

With more than four million books in print in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood when her mother bought her an old typewriter in a tag sale. Born in Alabama, Debra grew up on a farm. She spent every available hour exploring the world around her and creating her stories. She wrote her first story at age nine and her first romance at thirteen. It wasn’t until she spent three years working for the Commanding General of the US Army in Berlin behind the Iron Curtain and a five-year stint in NASA’s Shuttle Program that she realized her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has expanded her work into some of the darkest places the human psyche dares to go. Visit Debra atwww.debrawebb.com.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for The Darkness We Hide by Debra Webb. I'd definitely recommend giving this a read when it comes out March 31, 2020. Thanks so much to MIRA and Debra Webb for letting me be a part of this thrilling tour.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Music From Another World by Robin Talley

I'm excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Music From Another World by Robin Talley. It releases March 31, 2020. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press and Robin Talley for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Title: Music From Another World
Author: Robin Talley
Published by: Inkyard Press
Released: March 31, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.
Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others—like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mom—and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.
A master of award-winning queer historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley once again brings to life with heart and vivid detail an emotionally captivating story about the lives of two teen girls living in an age when just being yourself was an incredible act of bravery. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Music From Another World was a little outside of what I normally read, but it was a nice foray into a time that I had never really thought about. I liked the writing and I found the story to be really interesting.
One of the things that I really liked was how the story was told in a format of letters and diary entries. I love reading books with those elements. I always feel like it's a quicker read for some reason. It's just nice sometimes to get a break from the normal novel format.
I also enjoyed learning some of the history of Harvey Milk and the time he lived in. It's not something that I've ever studied in depth, but it was nice getting to know a little about it.
I also really liked the pen pal aspect. It kind of made me nostalgic for a pen pal. There's just something about getting a letter in the mail that is just so much more personal and special then email.
I enjoyed Music From Another World. It was out of my comfort zone, but it was nice to try a little something different. It had good writing, an interesting story, and made me learn some things.

I live in Washington, D.C., with my wife, our baby daughter, an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. Whenever the baby's sleeping, I'm probably busy writing young adult fiction about queer characters, reading books, and having in-depth conversations with friends and family about things like whether Jasmine's character motivation was sufficiently established inAladdin.
My website is at http://www.robintalley.com, and I'm on Twitter and Tumblr.

Thanks for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Music From Another World by Robin Talley. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press and Robin Talley for including me on the tour!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Tigers, Not Daughters by Samatha Mabry

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry. It's out in the world today! Hooray! I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Algonquin Young Readers and Samantha Mabry for letting me be a part of this Book Birthday and Blog Tour!

Title: Tigers, Not Daughters
Author: Samantha Mabry
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Released: March 24, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.
 In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: What a beautiful story about such a sad topic. It's a book about family, grief, and how they deal with it. Samantha Mabry writes a beautiful story, I was hooked to every page. It's also a story about sisterhood. Tigers, Not Daughters really focuses on just how important sisterhood can be.
The Torres family has lost oldest sister Ana to a tragedy. The Torres Sisters' are all grieving in different ways. I really liked how this book illustrated that grief is a thing that stays with you. It might get less with time, but it never goes away. There's always that hole left in your family of the person that is gone. They are not there anymore to laugh with, to be able to call up and talk to, or to just see. It's especially difficult when it is a death that's unexpected. This idea of grief really did resonate with me and I think it would resonate with anyone that has lost someone.
This also had a touch of magical realism to it which I enjoyed.
Tigers, Not Daughters was a really beautiful book about grief and I'm glad I got to read it. I definitely think it's a book to check out and add to your TBR. Just be warned, it's sad.

Samantha Mabry was born four days before the death of john lennon. she grew up in dallas, playing bass guitar along to vinyl records in her bedroom after school, writing fan letters to rock stars, doodling song lyrics into notebooks, and reading big, big books.
she spends as much time as possible in the west texas desert.
A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON (Algonquin Young Readers, spring 2016) is her first novel.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry. Thanks so much to Algonquin Young Readers and Samantha Mabry for including me on this Blog Tour. Happy Book Birthday to Tigers, Not Daughters today too!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Reading Right Now! (248)

This isn't going to be very exciting because I'm reading the same stuff that I was reading last week. I'm still going to work, so I'm not benefitting from that endless amount of reading time because of quarantine. Also, I'd probably be distracted by social media and Netflix if I was in quarantine, so forget I even said anything.
What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


One Way by S.J. Morden -- I'm a little over 100 pages in, and it's all right. It's a story that focuses a little more on the science then the fiction. I don't really understand the science, so a lot of stuff just goes over my head or it kind of bores me. I'm hoping that it'll pick up a little action wise. I like it, it's just not the space story that I thought it was going to be.

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs -- I like this a lot. There's just something so comforting about this series for me. I love being in Mercy Thompson's world and seeing what kind of messes she gets into. I'm about 100 pages into this, and it's great so far. I love all the stuff with Adam. I just love it all. Excited to read more of this.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne. I received a free copy for honest review from the Publisher. Thanks so much to HQN Books and RaeAnne Thayne for letting me be a part of this tour!

Title: The Sea Glass Cottage
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Published by: HQN Books
Released: March 17, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: The life Olivia Harper always dreamed of isn’t so dreamy these days. The 16-hour work days are unfulfilling and so are things with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when she hears that her estranged mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured in a car accident, Liv has no choice but to pack up her life and head home to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast.
It’s just for a few months—that’s what Liv keeps telling herself. But the closer she gets to Cape Sanctuary, the painful memories start flooding back: Natalie, her vibrant, passionate older sister who downward-spiraled into addiction. The fights with her mother who enabled her sister at every turn. The overdose that took Natalie, leaving her now-teenaged daughter, Caitlin, an orphan.
As Liv tries to balance her own needs with those of her injured mother and an obstinate, resentful fifteen-year-old, it becomes clear that all three Harper women have been keeping heartbreaking secrets from one another. And as those secrets are revealed, Liv, Juliet, and Caitlin will see that it’s never too late—or too early—to heal family wounds and find forgiveness. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This was nice. The Sea Glass Cottage is really all about family. What can drive families apart and what can bring them together. Liv has a distant kind of relationship with her family, but an almost tragedy helps to bring her back. While there is no such thing as a perfect family, Liv has to learn to appreciate what she's got.
This story was one of those multi-generational tales of women. We have Liv, her mother, and her niece. Life hasn't been the easiest. Liv comes to live with her mother and niece after her mother is involved in a serious accident. This event helps bring them all a little closer together and rediscover relationships that were once strained. I liked it. It was a very enjoyable story.
I liked how it covered the addiction and overdose storyline of Liv's sister, highlighting the tragedy of a child left behind. That's an important topic to discuss in today's world. The tragedy of someone dying is only the beginning, because a family has to deal with that loss on a daily basis.
I liked the healing that came about at Cape Sanctuary. It was needed.
I really enjoyed RaeAnne Thayne's The Sea Glass Cottage. I liked the story and I liked the writing. It was just a nice story to read.

I'm not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.
Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.
After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.
Through it all -- through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor -- I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.
I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try -- their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I've come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the "that's-it!" feeling I get when a story is flowing.
I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.
Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can't imagine my life any other way.
I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at my email address, raeannethayne@gmail.com

Thanks for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne. If this book sounds good to you, I'd definitely recommend giving it a read. Thanks so much to HQN Books and RaeAnne Thayne for having me as part of this tour!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

REVIEW: Inherent Lies (Blood Secrets #2) by Alicia Anthony

Title: Inherent Lies (Blood Secrets #2)
Author: Alicia Anthony
Published by: Drury Lane Books
Released: March 17, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: A woman with a haunted past…
An agent with a dangerous secret…
A madman with a twisted sense of revenge…
While honing her gifts as a cold-case consultant with the Dublin Garda, Liv Sullivan uncovers a personal connection to the spirits who seek her help. Faced with a chance to bring peace to the living, rather than the dead, Liv can’t resist. Even if it means working alongside the man who broke her heart.
Special Agent Ridge McCaffrey chose duty over desire, a mistake that nearly ended Liv Sullivan’s life. So, when a missing person’s investigation exposes a link to Liv, Ridge vows to bring her home, hoping for a second chance with the Bureau’s most valuable asset.
As they rekindle their relationship, an enemy from Ridge’s past looms dangerously close. And when Ridge’s sister is abducted, Liv makes the ultimate sacrifice, placing herself in the crosshairs between a corrupt psychic intelligence operation and an ex-agent with a score to settle.
Can Liv stop a killer before death becomes her only escape?
Inherent Lies is the compelling second book in the Blood Secrets psychological suspense series. If you like flawed heroines and complex plots laced with a hint of romance, then you’ll love this second installment of Alicia Anthony’s award-winning thriller. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Thanks so much to Drury Lane Books for providing me with a free copy for honest review.
What a thrilling ride! I was really captivated by the story. It was almost non-stop from page one. Inherent Lies was a great book to get lost in. I do think you need to read the first book before jumping into this sequel. That way you'll know who people are, relationships, background stuff. The usual reasons for reading the first book in a series before continuing with the rest.
I really enjoy following Liv's journey. She goes through a lot and I'm always rooting for her. There is so much danger in her life. It's thrilling, but I also worry about her.
I also really enjoyed the romance. I love having some sort of romance in most of the books I read. When two people are right for each other, it's just meant to be. So Ridge McCaffrey is great.
I'm also a fan of the setting of this story. And the fact that Liv is a cold-case consultant. It's such an interesting occupation.
I'm really glad I got to continue with the Blood Secrets Series. Inherent Lies was a really fun book to lose myself in. I was able to take my mind of the world for a little while. I can't wait to see how the series continues.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

I'm very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. As soon as I saw the cover, I knew it was a story that I would get swept away by. I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Mira Books and Alka Joshi for giving me the change to read and experience The Henna Artist.

Title: The Henna Artist
Author: Alka Joshi
Published by: Mira
Released: March 3, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: Lakshmi Shastri has spent years carving out a life for herself as a henna artist after fleeing her abusive husband and backward rural village for the Rajasthan capital. Well-versed in apothecary and the miraculous properties of herbs, her services (the effects of which are far more than just aesthetic) are highly sought after by upper-caste women, and Lakshmi’s success brings her within inches from her, and her country’s, ultimate goal: total independence. That is, until the past she has so desperately tried to run from comes knocking at her door... (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: The Henna Artist let me travel to 1950's India without ever having to leave my house. It was great! I loved the sense of atmosphere and setting this book brought to life. I really enjoyed reading about Lakshmi's work and her journey. I admit to not knowing very much about Henna, so I really enjoyed getting a little peak into that world and artistry.
The story really brought the conflict too, with Lakshmi's abusive husband finding her and giving her an unexpected surprise, a new twist to consider. I was invested watching it all play out. Just when Lakshmi is so close to freedom, her past comes back to her, and choices must be made.
Alka Joshi can tell a great story. Her writing really captivated me. She illustrated 1950's India so beautifully and vividly. She's good.
I'm really glad I got to take a trip with The Henna Artist. It introduced me to a place and time period that I knew nothing about. With great writing and an absorbing story, The Henna Artist is good reading.

There comes a point in every daughter's life when she begins seeing her mother as a person separate from her family, someone who has an identity outside of motherhood. That was the moment I began re-imagining my mother's life, and that re-imagining became THE HENNA ARTIST. I was born in Rajasthan, India, and moved with my family to the U.S. when I was nine. Even after graduating from Stanford University, and working in advertising and marketing, I never considered becoming an author. But living with my mother changed all that. In 2011, I got my MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, California. It took 10 years, a lot of research, and many trips to India to complete my debut novel, and I'm thrilled to share my writing and publishing process on YouTube:http://bit.ly/alkajoshi
I live on the Monterey Peninsula with my husband and two misbehaving pups, so let me know if you're going to be in the neighborhood.

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. Thanks so much to Mira Books and Alka Joshi for letting me be a part of this fun tour and giving me the chance to experience this captivating read.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Review: Robyn Hood: Outlaw by Howard Mackie and Babisu Kourtis

Title: Robyn Hood: Outlaw
Creators: Howard Mackie and Babisu Kourtis
Published by: Zenescope
Released: March 10, 2020
Source: e-arc from Publisher through Netgalley

Synopsis: Returning from her last adventure, Robyn is back in New York, and looking for some sort of normalcy. But not everyone feels she deserves any, the universe included. After a close friend is attacked, Robyn must take it upon herself to get to the bottom of this mystery as she is pitted against her greatest adversary yet, when she becomes public enemy number one, to the city she calls home. Don't miss this fast paced bare-knuckle, new series, Robyn Hood: Outlaw! (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Thank you to the Publisher and Netgalley for letting me read and review an early copy of Robyn Hood: Outlaw. I enjoyed this comic. I liked the art style and coloring.
Robyn Hood was one tough girl who is very good with a bow and arrow. I enjoyed how this was a beginning and end adventure.
I don't know if I'd recommend reading this as a standalone, it does reference things that have happened in the not too distant past. It also doesn't really introduce Robyn as a character with any backstory, the reader is supposed to be already familiar with her.
Our story does wrap-up in the end, kind of. There is some tease for what is going to be happening with Robyn next. At times, it did have that cheesy comic book hero dialogue to it. It didn't bother me, but at times it could feel a little forced.
Robyn Hood: Outlaw is a fun comic. I'd recommend being a little familiar with her story before reading this because you do feel dropped in the middle of an ongoing thing.

Her Aim is Sure and True

Friday, March 13, 2020

Reading Right Now! (247)

The world is a weird place right now. I don't even know what's going on. It's like I'm living in The Twilight Zone. And it's Friday the 13th!! Oh man.
The good news though, being a book hoarder is something that has served me well. I'm not under quarantine and my work isn't closed or anything, but whatever happens, I'll have books to read. Of course, I always need more books.
So, what I'm Reading Right Now! or what my Reading Plans are...


One Way (#1) by S.J. Morden -- Just started this, but I'm enjoying it so far. It's about convicts being sent up to Mars. I'm excited to read more. I need some space-y, sci-fi goodness.

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs -- I am ready for some more Mercy Thompson. I love this series and can't wait for this next installment.

Unnatural, Volume 3: Rebirth by Mirka Andolfo -- I have this third volume checked out from Hoopla, so I need to read it and then I will have finished the series. I love the art style. It is very pretty. The story is interesting. I think the first volume was the strongest for me, the second volume kind of threw me into something that I didn't really understand. I'm hoping I like the ending. Also, this is a very not-safe-for-public-reading kind of comic series. It's risky!

And that's what my Reading Right Now! plans are. What are you reading?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Sting by Cindy R. Wilson

I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Sting by Cindy R. Wilson. It has everything I love in a book. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Entangled Teen, Cindy R. Wilson, and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me be a part of the fun!

Title: Sting
Author: Cindy R. Wilson
Published by: Entangled Teen
Released: March 3, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: They call me the Scorpion because they don’t know who I really am. All they know is that someone is stealing from people with excess to help people with nothing survive another day.
But then a trusted friend reveals who I am—“just” Tessa, “just” a girl—and sends me straight into the arms of the law. All those people I helped…couldn’t help me when I needed it.
In prison, I find an unlikely ally in Pike, who would have been my enemy on the outside. He represents everything I’m against. Luxury. Excess. The world immediately falling for his gorgeous smile. How he ended up in the dirty cell next to mine is a mystery, but he wants out as much as I do. Together, we have a real chance at escape.
With the sting of betrayal still fresh, Pike and I will seek revenge on those who wronged us. But uncovering all their secrets might turn deadly… (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Ooh Yes, I love this whole package. This is definitely my kind of read. I enjoyed it a lot. It had revenge, a dystopian world, and some romance. It was just a very fun book to read. I had a great time flipping the pages and seeing what it would smack me in the face with next.
I just want to say, Entangled Teen as a publishing company is one of my favorites. They just publish really addictive, fun books, and they get great authors on their team, like Cindy R. Wilson. She created such an interesting read with a crazy world. Her writing sucked me in and didn't spit me out until the very end.
I liked the Robin Hood aspect that came into play with this book. I also really liked the Revenge aspect.
Tessa was a really nice character to follow. I loved getting her story and following along with her plans. I also really liked Pike.
Sting was just a really addictive, action packed read, and I loved every second of it. I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance and a spot on your bookshelf.

Cindy began creating worlds as a kid, entertaining her siblings with spontaneous ghost stories before bed. She filled notebooks with novels and ideas and realized quickly she wanted to be a writer as an adult.
Now Cindy lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She’s the mother of three girls who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. 
Visit her website to learn more about her books or subscribe to her newsletter:https://www.cindyrwilsonauthor.com

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Sting by Cindy R. Wilson. Thanks so much to Entangled Teen, Cindy R. Wilson, and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me be a part of this tour and giving me the chance to experience this fun book!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Transcendent (Denazen #4) by Jus Accardo

I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Transcendent the fourth book in the Denazen Series by Jus Accardo. I am such a fan of Jus Accardo's writing, so I jumped at the chance to continue with a great series and read another book by her. I was provided with a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Entangled Publishing, Jus Accardo, and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for including me in this tour.

Title: Transcendent (Denazen #4)
Author: Jus Accardo
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Released: March 2, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: The boy she’d lost, and finally found again, is not the same boy she remembers. As one of the most powerful Sixes, Kale has changed in ways Dez can’t ignore.
He swore he’d never kill, and now he’s out for blood.
He swore he’d never harm her, and now he struggles to control his fatal touch.
They’ve been to hell and back, over and over, but this time they might not survive the fire.
When the truth at the root of the Denazen Corporation’s origins begins to unfold, those behind the scenes will do anything to keep it hidden.
Dez and Kale will be pushed to their breaking point. As long buried secrets come to light, they must fight for their freedom—and each other—as they never have before.
Kale’s destructive power could win the battle, if he doesn’t lose himself to it in the process. Or Dez will be faced with an impossible task—saving the world from the boy she loves. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Okay, so this is the fourth book in the Denazen Series. If you want to play it on the safe side, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series before you get to this one. It's also been a long wait for Transcendent to come out, a long, long wait. I'm so glad it's finally here! I'm so glad that I got to read it and continue on with this crazy adventure.
I'm a big fan of Jus Accardo and her books. They are so addictive, fun, and I just love them. I also really enjoy the Denazen Series, and Transcendent was another great addition to it. It had the fun dialogue, the great action scenes, the mystery, twists, turns, and really addicting writing. I'm a fan. I liked it a lot.
I really enjoy the characters in this series. All the struggles they have to go through just keep me flipping the pages. They had a rough time in this one and it was so compelling to read.
This series is great and I definitely recommend you go read it! Also, read all her other books. They are just a lot of fun. I love being sucked into a story, a world, and Transcendent did that for me. I see that there is another book to come and I'm excited for it!

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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Transcendent by Jus Accardo. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I do! Thanks so much to Entangled Teen, Jus Accardo, and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for letting me be a part of it.