Saturday, April 30, 2016

Monthly Recap!


MONTHLY THINGS
Monthly Wrap-Up
Monthly Life Update

TAGS

REVIEWS

NORMAL STUFF


THIS MONTH ON INSTAGRAM




Friday, April 29, 2016

Monthly Life Update! (I'm 15? Hamilton? Corpses?)


This month wasn't desperately exciting, It dawned with me away from home. My family and I spent several days in Gbarnga this month visiting friends. Before we left for Gbarnga, my sister's cat had kittens. 
While in Gbarnga, we had the chance to visit the waterfall. 


It was super fun. After coming home, we settled back into our normal routine. School five days a week and an occasional break for fun things.
I also obsessively reorganized my bookshelf three or four times this month (!!) and got rid of a grand total of three books this month. I acquired many more, duh. 
Overall, however, I didn't really do much this month. 
HOWEVER, I did clean out from under my bed. Those corpses honestly should have been buried weeks ago. I found many lost items, including my sanity (haha. just joking. that's still lost)
ONE thing did happen this month that's terribly important. Thanks to my brother and the glorious Sierra Abrams, I discovered Hamilton this month! I know, I'm a bit late to the party, but I can honestly tell you that the party is AMAZING. 
ALSO WE HIT 30 FOLLOWERS. Which is, by the way, amazing. :) And I joined BookLook! Yay!!
Also I turned fifteen which was crazy and awesome and cool.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Monthly Wrap-Up (books!)



Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray
Rating: Four stars
Review Link: No review
Brief Thoughts: This was good. I liked the main character and enjoyed the writing. Suspenseful
The Inheritance by Michael Phillips
Rating: One star
Review Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1595590049
Brief Thoughts: The Inheritance is one of those books that I DNFed merely because of how monstrously BORED I was. When I read the synopsis, it seemed like it would be a fun self-discovery story with Scottish threads and rich heritage. What I found was not a rich, fun self-discovery story. I was confused, disinterested, and downright frustrated. 



 The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay 
Rating: Three stars
Review Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1465428071?book_show_action=false
Brief Thoughts: The Bronte Plot was a good read, and I loved seeing into a bookseller's life. Lucy's problems felt very real, and the story wasn't super fast paced. It was a nice slow read, compared to the fast, upbeat reads that make up my TBR. 



 The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
Rating: Four stars
Review Link: No review.
Brief Thoughts: I liked this! It was a solid start.




 The Wedding Chapel
Rating: Four stars
Review Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1448281330
Brief Thoughts: This book looks like a kissy-kissy romance from the outside. It isn't. It's about two people trying to save their failing relationship It's about two old flames who have regrets. 
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the synopsis, because how could I go wrong with a Rachel Hauck book? 
Here's why this book isn't five stars. I nearly DNF-ed this book in the first 100 pages. I was confused by the storytelling(the story is told partially in 2015, and partially in 1948, 49, 50).




 Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman
Rating: Four stars
Review Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1481507608?book_show_action=false
Brief Thoughts: My reading of this was rather choppy and unecissarily extended, but overall, I enjoyed it. It was a cool twisty original story. I cried at the end.





 Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Rating: Five stars
Review Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1358922156
Brief Thoughts: This was SOOOO good! It was a solid end and I loved it. I sobbed
and sobbed
and sobbed
(but also that epilogue was iffy)





Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Rating: Four stars
Review Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1548694331?book_show_action=false
Brief Thoughts: I loved the characters within this book. The writing left something to be desired, but the characters charged the story. I loved looking into the Queen of Hearts. However, I did feel like this was a story that didn't have to be set in Wonderland? It could have been set anywhere. Overall I enjoyed this.



Well, that's all. Overall, my favorite book this month was probably Clockwork Princess!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Monthly Book Haul!


PHYSICAL STACK
The Return of the King by JRR Tolkein

This was given to me by a friend. I've already read it, ages ago. 

Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn

This was also given to me by a friend. I read it two years ago and loved it.

Brotherband Book #4 and Book #5: Slaves of Socorro and Scorpion Mountain

ALSO given to me! I haven't read the Ranger's Apprentice or the other books in this series, but the books are pretty.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan 

I picked this up off of a getting rid of pile. It's for when I finally finish the Percy Jackson series.

EBOOK STACK



















Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

This is my first book from Booklook and I am BEYOND excited. :)

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

I received this ARC from Litfuse Publicity Group. Suuuper excited for it.

Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight

I CANNOT WAIT TO FINALLY READ THIS. I GOT AN ARC AND I AM JUST SO OVER THE MOON ABOUT IT.

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

So I've been waiting for this since I finished tHoTF. So happy to get an ARC. I received my ARC from Litfuse Publicity Group.

Her One and Only by Becky Wade

I've been waiting for this since I read the first three books last year and adored this. I got an ARC from Litfuse Publicity Group.

Sing by Vivi Greene

I requested this one on a whim from HarperCollins. It's something new and it sounds cute.


THAT'S ALL. I know, the stack is small this month. I didn't want too much more pressure on me, considering the enormous amount of ARCs I currently have to read.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monthly Writing Update! (ends! beginnings!)


Writing has been sadly and almost completely inactive this month. I've been chipping away at Everything but the Truth, my science fiction suspense novella that I'm writing for school. It's almost done, just one chapter left!
I managed to squeeze out a synopsis for my roman-inspired fantasy novel, A Lineage of Blood. While wrtiing it I fleshed this story out so much more. It's the story of a legendary friendship that will last even after the friends are dead. But it's also the story of a girl fighting for her life merely because she was born first. 
Okay, okay. I know that's vague. So you spoiled people will get the synopsis.

Athena Tiberius is one of five daughters. Her lineage is a bloodthirsty one. Murder is how one wins the throne, and if she lives to see her eighteenth birthday she will win it. Her sisters are determined not to see that happen.
The land of Isildris is cracking at the core. Magicians, cursed at birth with disabilities and magic, are forced to fight in the Arena, in bloodthirsty battles to the death. Isildris is in desperate need of a leader with the talents to bring peace and equality to its people. The emperor's daughters do not suit it well.
Titurius is cursed with being paralyzed in his left arm. He's blessed with telekinetics.
Titus and Athena were never supposed to meet, but when she flees, sick from the Arena, they do. Theirs is an unlikely alliance, both of them completely different but in need of a friend, someone to trust in their bloodthirsty country.
But as the year closes in on Athena's eighteenth birthday, one bad move could mean her death. And the price for fraternizing with a gladiator is high.
Set in a rich fantasy world steeped in the mythology and infrastructure of ancient Rome, this unlikely friendship burns bright in a time when no one is to be trusted.

I know that it's a bit wandering and not up to par yet. It's the first draft, so basically it's my brain puking on the page. (that mental image :P ) I'm so excited for this story. I'm going to try reading Storyword First by Jill Williamson next month so I'm ready to start writing in JUNE!! I really don't want to mess this story up. I feel like it has such potential to be a great story. 
So that's it, I suppose. Until next time!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

BookTube Tags: Bookish Scenarios Tag!

Welcome back, y'all, to the last BookTube Tags post for April. I hope you've enjoyed it. IF YOU WANT ME TO CONTINUE POSTING THIS SERIES COMMENT BELOW AND TELL ME.
Let's get on with the tag.
(Original Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nDR6y6C_y8 )

1. You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres - contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep?

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, and instead of a non-fiction I'd take the sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I'd also take Spark by Holly Schindler.

2. You're at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don't like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren't big on reading - what book is it?

The Selection by Kiera Cass is a really easy read and has plenty of books in the series to keep the person reading. Plus there's a great main character and swoony heros.

3. You're not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood?

I'd love to answer with The Book Thief, but that book is de-press-ing. So probably my friend Sierra Abrams' book The Color Project. It isn't happy-go-lucky, but I love it to bits.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?

Well, considering I'm still a teenager, any ARC. Or maybe The Book Thief.

5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?



6. Your house has been robbed! Don't worry - everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What's the book you really hope is safe?

Any book on my favorites shelf, maybe The Book Thief, The Heir, The Tales of Goldstone Wood, or Fairest.

7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven't noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs


I would love to say I'd go with option a, but honestly, knowing myself, and depending on my mood, I'd go for option b or c.

That's all I've got. I am tagging Carlyn @ A Thousand Capacities and Sierra @ Yearning to Read.

*randomly throws glitter on Carlyn and Sierra* *disappears*

Sunday, April 17, 2016

BookTube Tags: Would You Rather: Book Edition!

Welcome back to the heist. I trust none of you betrayed the secrets of this grand heist to the world. You can check out the original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcZFaBgg7xw .

Would you rather...


1. Read only trilogies or stand-alones?


Trilogies?? I think :/

2. Read only female or male authors?


Female. Most of the authors I read are female, so it works out.

3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
As much as I love physical bookstores like Barnes & Noble, my wallet loves Amazon. So I'n going with Amazon.

4. All books become movies or T.V. shows?


TV shows, probably. They're enjoyable to watch.

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?


Five books per week! I normally read a ton so that works out.

6. Be a professional reviewer or author?


OMW. This is so hard. Probably professional reviewer??? 

7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven't read before?


New ones. I love my favorite books, but I don't want to ruin my love for them by constantly rereading them.

8. Be a librarian or book seller?


Book seller! I've always wanted to sell books. Then I get my book-buying rush without feeling bad about buying a ton of books.

9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?


My favorite. There are always more books of my favorite genre coming out!

10. Only read physical books or eBooks? 

Oh, this is a hard one. :/ Eesh. Probably ebooks? I lovelovelove physical books, but ebooks are easier for me to read.

So that's it! I hope you all were sufficiently entertained. I enjoyed doing this. I tag Sarah @ Dreams and Dragons and Carlyn @ A Thousand Capacities.

*disappears*

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Help Me to Help You (please)


While looking over my blog stats I noticed that my recent post E-Readers Have Made Us Lazy got more views than any of my recent posts. I would love to write more posts like that, about opinions and stuff, but I lack the ideas. Or the conviction to post them without knowing if they will be accepted as viewable matter.
SO COMMENT BELOW WITH SUBJECTS YOU'D LIKE ME TO BLOG ABOUT
don't skip over this. DO IT. 



Friday, April 15, 2016

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay


Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious measures to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy's secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt, and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James's wealthy grandmother Helen hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy's predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen's wisdom, as Helen confronts the ghosts of her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters' beloved heroines, who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of change.

Now Lucy must go back into her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that's been waiting for her all along.

The Bronte Plot was a good read, and I loved seeing into a bookseller's life. Lucy's problems felt very real, and the story wasn't super fast paced. It was a nice slow read, compared to the fast, upbeat reads that make up my TBR.
This book was heavily steeped in famous literature. I liked that, mostly because a lot of people don't enjoy classics as much these days, so I liked seeing something new come from the classics, from a love of them.
Okay, so let me admit this. I didn't ship Lucy and James. I know I'm supposed to, but I didn't. I wasn't the biggest fan of James and I felt that, while everything in the story was well-written, he was a flat character that fit into the Christian Fiction mold. I didn't feel his passions, or even slightly care for him. Simply, I felt like he was merely there to push Lucy to supposedly reinvent herself (which she didn't really do?).
So this brings me to the plot. Which wasn't exactly… there. This story was very character-based. It's intended to be a man-learned-better story. But, even though Lucy had to tell people about her indiscretions, I saw a character change on the surface but I didn't feel it in the story. Lucy didn't lose anything because of her change. Sure, she had to stop buying from the wrong people and forging the signatures of famous authors. But I didn't feel a huge change in Lucy herself.

FOR THE PARENTS -
Drinking – the characters drink champagne
Intimacy – There might be kissing?
Cussing – None 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

BookTube Tags: Social Media Book Tag!

The Social Media Book Tag was created by the Faulty Devices. You can find the original video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4csNy-ZLsA8 This tag takes a lot of social media websites and adds bookish questions with each one.

Welcome back to the grand heist! This one was a close one. Whew! Let's go.

Twitter: A book you want to share with the world

THE BOOK THIEF BY MARKUS ZUSAK. My love for this book is unending and amazing. I adore it so, so much.

Facebook: A book you really enjoyed that was recommended by someone else

Basically anything Sierra Abrams recommended to me?? Hehe. Actually, I'll go ahead and throw in Code Name Verity recommended to me by... YOU GUESSED IT! Sierra Abrams.

Tumblr: A book you read before everyone but haven't raved much about anywhere

Um, I hardly rave about my childhood favorites anymore. The Chronicles of Prydain, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. and others.

Myspace: A book you don't plan on re-reading

Samurai Girl: The Book of the Sword. UGH. That book was painful enough the first time around.

Instagram: A book with a gorgeous, picture worthy cover

Let me scream this from the rooftops. ILLUMINAAAAAE!! It is gorgeous.

Youtube: A book you wish would be made into a movie

THE HOBBIT. Yeah, yeah. This was made into movies. But it needs a concentrated movie that will encompass everything that makes it amazing and that will appreciate it's awesomeness.

Skype- a book with characters that you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I would love to spend hours just talking and talking with Liesel about books. She'd probably be freaked out by my shrieking and would run away, but it would be awesome.


So that's the tag! I tag Carlyn Ross @ A Thousand Capacities and Cait @ Paper Fury

DISCUSSION -
What book characters would you like to talk with instead of reading about?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

E-Readers Have Made Us Lazy


This blog post is spawned from the many things that bother me and may count as a cry for help. I have a Kindle Fire. I love my Kindle Fire. (I know this technically isn't an e-reader but it counts for me because I only use it for Internet things and reading) But my Kindle has become a crutch for my reading. As an average human, I am lazy. All average humans are lazy at heart. We jump at an easy way out of things and reading on a kindle is one of those easy paths. Because who doesn't like reading in the dark, being able to lay around and be in basically any comfortable position that a physical book doesn't support? 
So what I'm here to say is that my kindle,  your kindle, everyone's e-readers... They've all made us unjustifiably LAAZY.  Now, realizing one is lazy can be hard and easy. There are simple tells sometimes (not doing anything), but sometimes it's hugely complicated. Basically how it is for me. I came to realize these things about two hours ago.Two days ago I began reading a 341 page book. 
the 341 page book
Now, you guys know me. I can read pretty fast. This book I'm reading is interesting, and super good. BUT I HAVEN'T FINISHED IT. That's because I've been in the mood to read, but when I choose what to pick up,  I choose what's easy to lay around with. YA GUESSED IT.
My kindle. Because, as much as it shames me to realize, I don't read physical books every day. I read ebooks every day. If I'm choosing what to read, I will choose an ebook over a physical book. I KNOW. I'M AN AWFUL HUMAN BEING. 
BUT DON'T MISUNDERSTAND. I adore books. I obsess over their pretty covers, their gorgeous endpages, and I love reading them and feeling their beautiful pages(plus they smell HEAVENLY). But here's the problem. I've been cushioned with my kindle, pampered and lazy. 
So here's the cry for help. What do you guys do to help you read more physical books? Do you have a trick to keep your wandering hands AWAY from the e-reader? Comment your tips below and if they work, I might feature them in a "how to read more physical books" post someday. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

BookTube Tags: Totally Should've

Psst! Look at me. I'm stealing a book tag off of YouTube. (Original Tag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hij7lxWcBAY )

1. Totally should've gotten a sequel

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I kind of want to know how Liesel lives her life after everything that happened? But I almost don't wish it, because I don't want anyone to ruin The Book Thief.


2. Totally should've had a spin off series


The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. But only written by Lloyd Alexander, because only he knows the complexities of Prydain.

3. An author who totally should write more books


Brandon Sanderson! I know he's writing more books, but I want more from him always.

4. A character who totally should've ended up with someone else


CHAOL WESTFALL. Oh sorry. Did I scream that? Oops. Also CELAENA SARDOTHIEN. Oh my. There I go again :/

5. Totally should've ended differently


Siren's Song by Mary Weber! I really disliked the trope at the end of this.

6. Totally should've had a movie franchise


The Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. There are so many and they are perfeeeect!

7. Totally should've had a TV show


The Redwall books by Brian Jacques! I love these so much.

8. Totally should've had only one point of view


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. Ugh, PLEASE throw Manon out the window.

9. Totally should have a cover change


The Eyes of E'veria series by Serena Chase. I mean, the first two covers are okay, but the last two???No. Just no.

10. Totally should've kept the original covers


The Seahorse Legacy by Serena Chase. 'Nuff said.

11. Totally should've stopped at book one


I don't feel that strongly about any series to make it stop at book one. But the Splintered series by AG Howard COULD HAVE. :)

And that is BookTube Tags: Totally Should've. I tag Sarah @ Dreams and Dragons and Sierra Abrams @ Yearning to Read. Check back later for BookTube Inspired!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

King's Folly by Jill Williamson


An Epic New Fantasy Series from
Fan Favorite Jill Williamson

This omnibus edition collects the first three parts of the Kinsman Chronicles:
 Part 1--Darkness Reigns
 Part 2--The Heir War
 Part 3--The End of All Things

The gods are angry.
Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers--everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son, Prince Wilek, thinks his father's superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful First Arm of Armania. 
When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?

I loved the content as one whole story. I would have loved to read it through. But seeing this content serialized… It really jolted me out of the story. I found myself dropping interest in between parts. As a story, I don't think that King's Folly was correct for this form of publishing. I felt Darkness Reigns had trouble standing on it's own, and where I expected full plot I got a mere chunk. I can understand how the plot of a series works, but this story didn't have that sort of plot. This may seem harsh, and don't get me wrong. I LOVED THIS STORY. But in the form I read it in (serialized), it felt very disjointed and once I got into the story, it would end. I can understand this format for larger books, but honestly 190 or so pages is what it takes for me to get into a story like this, and it just felt…. Awkward? Is that the correct word? But enough with my complaints. Now for the section where I RAVE.

I absolutely loved this story. But I loved some parts more than others. NAMELY, Mielle+Trevn, worldbuilding, writing, politics… THIS BOOK WAS SO MUCH DEFINITELY HIGH FANTASY. Oh yes. Jill has created a world that will claim you with fervor and characters that will seem like friends. The politics of her world are complicated, yet easy to understand, the characters complex, yet lovable. I loved every second of this book. This book contained at least four different POV characters. Usually when this goes on I get confused or annoyed, but I looked forward to every different character's voice and view. I had no trouble telling these characters apart, and each was completely original and well-formed. I even cared for those not on the good side! I am genuinely entwined and interested in these characters lives and I positively cannot wait for King's Blood, when I can join them yet again for an adventure. I shall miss these lovely, lovely people and their world. Until next time, I shall treasure the time spent with them.

OKAY PLEASE GIVE ME A MOMENT TO GEEK OUT.
SHE ENDED THE BOOK WITH “NOT THE END” I GREW UP READING “NOT THE END” FOR EVERY BLOOD OF KINGS BOOK. YESYESYESYESYESYES. THAT WAS ABSOLUTE AND WONDERFUL PERFECTION. WELL DONE, JILL.

Not the End.

Five stars!

FOR THE PARENTS
As a part of the world Jill is representing, many of the men have concubines, including on the main POV characters. There is kissing, implied sex, and innuendos, but nothing shown. One of the characters also has a quest to get pregnant by another character.


*DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC copy of this book in serial form in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The End of All Things by Jill Williamson


Part 3 of Jill Williamson's Epic Fantasy Series The Kinsman Chronicles 
With the Five Realms on the brink of total destruction, everyone faces a final mad scramble to find a safe haven. The realm is divided on what should be done. Wilek and Trevn join those who are preparing the realm for a seaward evacuation, but the king stands in their way. Wilek must battle against his own father to try and save the people of Armania.


The End of All Things is collected together with parts 1 and 2 in King's Folly.

Jill has done it again! I am wowed by this last part of King's Folly. WARNING: There may be minor spoilers for Darkness Reigns below.
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Okay, y'all! We continue. This book is hopping with things going on. Essentially, it is the climax of King's Folly, and therefore there is just so much going on! Shall we jump in?
I'm going to save the compliments for dessert and talk about something I really didn't like about Darkness Reigns, The Heir War, and The End of all Things. It is simply them. I loved the content as one whole story. I would have loved to read it through. But seeing this content serialized… It really jolted me out of the story. I found myself dropping interest in between parts. As a story, I don't think that King's Folly was correct for this form of publishing. I felt Darkness Reigns had trouble standing on it's own, and where I expected full plot I got a mere chunk. I can understand how the plot of a series works, but this story didn't have that sort of plot. This may seem harsh, and don't get me wrong. I LOVED THIS STORY. But in the form I read it in (serialized), it felt very disjointed and once I got into the story, it would end. I can understand this format for larger books, but honestly 190 or so pages is what it takes for me to get into a story like this, and it just felt…. Awkward? Is that the correct word? But enough with my complaints. Now for the section where I RAVE.

I absolutely adored the writing, per usual, and the characters were ah! wonderful. The plot was a glorious conclusion to King's Folly and I just lovedlovedloved it! I absolutely loved how Charlon's character evolved as she chased down Willek. And Mielle and Trevn! Aghck. I might just die for how much I adore their relationship <3 The tension and staked definitely get raised in this stunning tale and I loved every minute of it! As usual, I positively adored the world and felt perfectly at home in it. Honestly. I could go and live there if it wasn't for the earthquakes. Which brings me to my next point. I was very glad that they became a larger part of the story in this, because in Darkness Reigns and The Heir War, they were just… there. But in this story we get to learn why they are there and experience them much, much more. I loved everything about this! Minus the serialization, of course.
Five stars!

FOR THE PARENTS -
This book contained almost no inappropriate content. There was mild kissing and innuendos.

*DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC copy of this book in serial form in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips


The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale's Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch's heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David's grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And while Hardy doesn't enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate's assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island--and its traditional way of life--hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips's dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

The Inheritance is one of those books that I DNFed merely because of how monstrously BORED I was. When I read the synopsis, it seemed like it would be a fun self-discovery story with Scottish threads and rich heritage. What I found was not a rich, fun self-discovery story. I was confused, disinterested, and downright frustrated. I tried to read as much as I could, but I had to force myself through the first 15% before I made the decision to DNF it. One star.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Monthly tbr


I can't wait for all of these wonderful books! 
Oh, oh, oh! I want to dive in now.... Hehe. Fun face about all of these. They're all ARCs. :P #bookbloggerproblems

(disappears)