Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: Rebel Dossier

Emails sent back and forth about the plans for the Alliance, including misgivings, thoughts on personal, and how they might change the mind of people. 
My Thoughts: A really fun read for Star Wars fans but don't read this if you haven't seen the movie yet. Funny. Smart. Entertaining. Great photos and blueprints. An enjoyable political read.

Cover Thoughts: Fun
Source: Book sent for Review
Library Recommendation: A must have for your Star Wars fans!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cozy Review: Better Late Than Never

 * Book 7 in the Library Lovers Series *
Much to the dismay of Miss Cole, Lindsey decides to host an Amnesty Day at the library. People are returning tons of books. When a copy of Catcher in the Rye turns up after twenty years, the staff is pleased with the condition - until Miss Cole realizes who checked out the book.

It was checked out by a local teacher - on the day of her murder twenty years ago. More than a little curious, Lindsey takes the book the police, wondering if the clue can help solve a cold case. She's not above asking questions and sniffing out answers.

But could twenty years be too late? Or is the returning of the book proof that the murderer is back in town?
My Thoughts: I loved this book - for the library scenes, for the Nancy Drew mention, for the Cupcake series  shout out, for the friendships, and for the romance. I love the characters in this book series, especially the library workers. They complete the series for me. I loved the plot line of a twenty year old book reopening a murder case. I love how Lindsey searched for clues with the help of Robbie. I loved meeting the high school librarian (and her flirtation). I loved the moments between Lindsey and Sully. This series is always entertaining and enjoyable reads. I can't wait for the next one.

Cover Thoughts: Love it!
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have series for all cozy collections.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Wayfarer

* sequel to Passenger * 
Wayfarer picks up just as Passenger left off, dividing Etta and Nicholas. Etta wakes up alone in a strange house, scared. But she finds answers to questions she never knew she had, especially once she meets Julian - the long lost heir.

Nicholas and Sophia have no knowledge of Etta's whereabouts, but they race through time trying to undercover her timeline. They come to realize if they finds the astrolabe, they can search for Etta, so they widen their search. With the help of a new friend, they fight off all the people trying to kill them, but not without consequences

Will Etta and Nicholas find each other again? Will they solve the problem for the future or will their fight lead to the destruction of everything they know?
My Thoughts:I adore Alex Bracken books, so I was so happy to receive this one! I really enjoyed the ending of this duology. I love that it picked up right where Passengers left off. Alex Bracken knows how to write characters that draw me in. I would read anything with these characters. I love them so. I know they go through terrible moments, but I just needed everything to work out for them in the end...

I love that Etta meets Julian (and has to rely on him). They have great banter between them. I enjoyed her interactions with Henry and how that changed her way of thinking about her previous years. I enjoyed Sophia and how she took control over her destiny. I loved her moments with Li Min. I felt terrible for all the anguish that Nicholas and Etta went through. 

I loved the locations this book dragged the readers through, it made me think of all the places I'd love to travel to - provided I could get back home of course.

Love, romance, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, secrets, time travel, family - what's not to love about this book, it has it all! 

Cover Thoughts: Gorgeous and matches the first one well.
Source: ARC sent for review
Librarian Recommendations: A must have for libraries with Passengers! Everyone will want to know how this one ends. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: If the Magic Fits

 * Book 1 in a new series *


Darling Dimple lives in an enchanted castle, guarding by sleeping dragons. As a pot scrubber, her day dreaming gets the better of her. When the wardrobe mistress comes looking for a laundry presser, Darling's recommended for a job that will require attention to detail. Darling isn't thrilled about the new position.

But she soon learns about the closet filled with 100 dresses. These older dresses aren't your average dress as she soon discovers. Once you put on the dress, you become someone else.

Darling's excited to meet the Princess. But when she overhears a suitor hoping to take advantage of her, Darling knows it's up to her to uncover his castle spy and to stop them both from overtaking the Castle.  Thankfully, she has 100 dresses to help her and some friends both human and animal. Can she uncover the traitors before they take over the castle and ruin everything?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book.  I loved Darling - how she day dreamed, how she told her friends stories, and how determined she was to help. I liked how she figured out about the dresses. I felt badly for her dealing with the other Princess's Girls, but in the head, I like how that worked out. I can't wait to read more about about Darling and her friends. And I wouldn't mind wearing one of those dresses! A charming story.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Perfect for fans of Jessica Day George or fairy tale readers. Recommended for school and public libraries.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Picture Book Review: Mitford at the Hollywood Zoo

Mitford works for Cover magazine - but the giraffe is needed in LA pronto to fix a major fashion meltdown. But Mitford arrives, the giraffe runs around helping everyone. But will the fashion world embrace Mitford's ideas? If they do, Mitford will gain a promotion to fashion editor.
My Thoughts: A really fun picture book that's sure to please both kids and adults. It's perfect for this time of year (awards season) to read this one. Adults will find humor in the names and in the Hollywood story. Kids will enjoy the splashy bright art work and will route for Mitford to succeed. Entertaining. Funny. Bright Ideas. What's not to enjoy?

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: Sent for Review
Library Recommendation: Recommended for public libraries

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesdays: 2016 Books Still

This week's topic is 2016 books I still need to read (and there are a LOT of them) but I will attempt to limit myself to the first 10 I spot that I really MUST read ASAP.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 


Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, #3)Lady Claire Is All That (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #3)While the Duke Was Sleeping (The Rogue Files, #1)P.S. I Like YouLittle Black Dresses, Little White Lies
What LightReturn Fire (Moving Target, #2)The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate ChaseDaughters of the BrideThe Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

Golden Globes Fashion 2017

I admit that when it comes to fashion, I'm a bit peculiar (shocker, I know). I like more of a classic look, I don't tend to like the fashion statement pieces. I don't pretend to understand some of the dresses. But I do appreciate the effort it takes...

Anyhow, here are some of my favorite looks from this year's Globes (and in no particular order)
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP


Photo by Venturelli/WireImage

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Did you have a favorite outfit of the evening?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Heartstone



Title: HEARTSTONE
Author: Elle Katharine White
Pub. Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback eBook

A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

About Elle:
Elle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes (a lot easier than you think) and how to cheer for the perennial underdog (a lot harder than you think).
MEET ELLE

When she's not writing she spends her time reading, drinking absurd amounts of tea, having strong feelings about fictional characters, and doing her best to live with no regrets.
Connect with her on Facebook at @ellewhite.author, or witness the hilarious spectacle that is a writer contending with the 140-character limit on Twitter at @elle_k_writes.


Q and A with Elle:1. When did you first discover Jane Austen?Pride and Prejudice was required reading for English class my senior year of high school. Despite being a romantic at heart, I’d made it almost eighteen years without spoilers, so I went into it without any idea of what was going to happen. Good grief, I was so deep into the story I think I actually shouted at Darcy during his first proposal. Needless to say, it was love from page one.
  
2. What made you decide to cross dragons with Pride and Prejudice?Lazy Sunday afternoons and housemates with good taste in movies are a magical combination. I was rereading Pride and Prejudice while my housemate watched How to Train Your Dragon. Halfway through the movie I had a sudden image of Mr. Darcy riding a dragon and, well, that was that. I started writing HEARTSTONE that night.

3. Would you rather be a dragonrider or a healer?Dragonrider. Hands down. First, there’s flying. (Plot twist: I’m terrified of heights, but here’s assuming my hypothetical dragon would be good at catching. So it’d work out.) Second, it’d make for an epic commute to work, and who doesn’t want that? Third, heated seats.
Oh, and also there’s FLYING.

4. Would you ever listen to advice on romance from Aliza's mother?I’d take her advice with several tablespoons of salt, but yes, I’d listen to Moira Bentaine. She has lots of life experience, and hiding beneath her theatrics is a fair bit of well-earned wisdom.

5. What's the best romantic advice you've ever received?“It’s not about you.” In life and in love, that’s the best advice I’ve ever gotten.

Awesome, I CAN'T WAIT to read this book!

Check out the rest of the Tour:

Week One:
1/9/2017- YA Book NerdInterview         
1/10/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland Review
1/11/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post     
1/12/2017- What the Cat ReadReview 
1/13/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview        

Week Two:
1/16/2017- Fiction Fare Review
1/17/2017- The Eater of Books!Excerpt
1/18/2017- History from a Woman's PerspectiveReview             
1/19/2017- Stories & SweetiesExcerpt
1/20/2017- The Book NutReview   
Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of HEARTSTONE, US Only.