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Next book: Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch #2) by Adriana Mather

Goodreads Synopsis:

Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

Check out my review for How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

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Or should my next read be: Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu

Goodreads synopsis:Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.


Review of Radio Head by Rebecca Laclair

Favorite book quotes

“I never met anyone else who can do it, get an earful of everything that makes up a person just by touching them. It’s a one-sided conversation, a blind confessional, listening to a stranger who can’t hear me. And lonely.”

“Songs are all about those things, even when the lyrics aren’t. The rise and fall of the tempo and the melody tell all the talkers’ stories of troubles, of triumphs, of people hurt or lost, or reunited. There’s nothing the talkers can say that the music hasn’t already told me.”

“I can almost feel the warmth of their regard for one another when I realize I’ve been holding my breath, longing for my own connection, a hand to hold mine that won’t let go.”

“”You got to tune in to the pulse of the moment. It’s a chance encounter, Shelby, that’s what she used to say.””

“”We’re all observers of people, students of the human condition, aren’t we, Zach? Its how we navigate the social arena, and realize the truth of ourselves – within the context of our interactions.””

“”The sound of your voice is a part of me.””

“”I think what Auden was getting at here is that we not only have feelings about the events of our lives, but we insist on having those feelings. We nurture and coddle them by reliving those events in New relationships, gravitate towards movies, books-and in your case, songs-which identify with your own personal experience.”

“Music and feelings are innate. Each other’s cause and effect. You hear music, you respond. You feel, and music interprets your emotions.”

“”…give yourself permission to explore your own truth.””

“Music is the language of every person on this planet, but it all boils down to the same thing..””

“”Words can be misunderstood, used against you, teisted, and thrown back in your face. Not music. I always understand music. It’s the only thing I trust and the only people who know me are the people who trust it too.””

“There is a thread tying each song back to him, speaking his story. I can hear him, but I’m stumbling to find the connection between Zac and his band’s music”.

“I’ve never known anyone like you…I can’t begin to figure you out, but that only makes me more attracted to you. I want to know you. Everything there is to know about you…”

“If we’re honest about our true nature, all who are honest will know us…”

” But my language, the sounds of which aren’t words but say more than words have, or ever will have, the capability or power to convey.”

“We immerse ourselves in the patterns, rhythms, notes, and lyrics of the songs we create.”

“A song can have several meanings or memories attached to it, depending on who hears it, when, and the significance to them at the time.”

“Neither of us speaks. What on earth would we say? We’ve found our own truths in our connection, and even a kiss is unnecessary tonight.”

“…but he doesn’t know who he is. So how can he know what he wants?”

“My song is about not looking back, but looking forward. It’s about taking chances. It’s about being heard, really heard, and being given a voice to speak the unspeakable.”

“We have something together that is ours alone, an uncommon treasure, and he doesn’t want to hide it any longer.”

“Placing my hand in his, I hear him immediately. The soul of my being is amplified, my own song amplified to twice the volume. My mirror self. It’s nearly flawless, without the distortion of his former habits. Alive.”

“I can, and I hope we can learn to translate what we hear into something bigger and more valuable than what we’ve settled for apart.

Goodreads synopsis:

Shelby Rey can hear you like a song. With one touch, she’s in tune with your every hope, every secret. When a celebrity-psychiatrist takes an interest in her case, Shelby comes face-to-face with Zac Wyatt, the lead singer of the world-famous rock band, Grounder. For Zac, success isn’t enough though. He wants a shot at his first solo album, fame above and beyond Grounder. But the genius behind every one of Grounder’s hits is Stanford Lysandre, their heroin-addicted, self-taught lead guitarist. Zac is so jealous he could kill him. Determined to win, Zac realizes that Shelby can do what he can’t —

hear the music inside him, uncover his feelings, and help him create his own singular style. As Shelby gets closer to the band, she discovers Stanford’s secret to writing his music. It’s a power very familiar to hers, but life-affirming and not destructive. Can Shelby hide her connection to Zac’s enemy?

My Review

5/5 stars

**I received this book for free from Sara Lien of Lien Public Relations in exchange for an honest review**

I was drawn to this book right from the get go. I thought it was such an interesting idea to have the main character be able to match music to an individual. In life, you can easily get a certain vibe from people, so it was really cool that the character in this novel can hear music specific to each individual she comes into contact with.

I was also drawn to this book because music was such an influence in many of the characters lives. Each of the characters used music to express themselves in their own individual ways. I personally have always liked lyrics of songs because of the feeling the words give you. I admit that I am not the best at expressing myself, but I can always pinpoint a song that expresses what I am feeling.

For me personally, I like when you read books where the characters have something unique about who they are, but that they initially keep it to themselves. I’m always drawn to characters who keep some part of who they are to themselves until they meet someone who they trust enough to share it with (which of course happens in this book).

The writing of this book was so beautiful and lyrical. Even though I don’t know much about music, the feeling the author gave in describing how the characters felt about one another through music was amazingly unique. I have never read a book where so much is described through music and what you could hear. It gave me a different feeling than reading books that describe things through visuals. What is also unique about this book is that the author gives you a third person view of the story but from different character perspectives. I absolute LOVE when authors do this (but so often it’s only through the eyes of two characters and in first person).

LaClair is able to write in multiple perspectives all through the same situation. What I mean is that it gives you an idea that each individuals will see certain situations how they want to see them. Some readers may find this chaotic in a way, but I thought this was a way for readers to see how chaotic things can be in ones life.

I really feel that anyone would enjoy this book. From those who LOVE music, to those who enjoy reading from different points of view. You will absolutely be immersed in this book.

*be sure to check out my other posts from the lovely Rebecca LaClair

Top Ten Quotes and Mini Interview

Casting for Radio Head

Author websites

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Article on Huffington Post

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2017 BookCon

Hello Readers!!!

I just realized something TERRIBLE!!! I never posted on my blog about the event (just through my facebook and instragram… OOPS!!!)

So to begin…

I initially bought my own ticket but ended up being able to pick up a media badge when I arrived. I had a few authors in mind that I wanted to see but also planned to just walk around and see if there were any new authors I may discover. I was excited to run into Lindsay and Sasha for their cover reveal of their book Zenith and J.D. Netto with his series The Whispers of the Fallen.

I ended up missing out on getting a copy of Zenith/meeting Sasha, but I did end up running into Lindsay. I initially saw Lindsay at the Harlequin Teen area just to say hi. I ended up running into her again and she decided to join me as I peruse BookCon. It was great hanging out with her because she was so laid back. We ended up going to the shadowhunter photobooth and stopped by J.D. Netto’s booth to chat and take pictures.

Lindsay had to go back to the Harlequin booth, so I meandered some more around the event. I met a few new bloggers/ran into some bloggers that I met at previous events. I hung out with Jessica of The Book Bratz . I always love telling the story of how I met her at my first BookCon in 2014. I was a part of the group that created Meetup badges so us fellow bloggers could all meet one another. I distinctly remember two high school girls shrieking as they both ran up to me to say hi. It was one of the funniest experiences that I’ve had at a book event.

I found out that Leigh Bardugo had written an adaptation of Wonder Woman, so I had ATTEMPTED to obtain a copy of the young adult novel. However, once again in their confusion and disorganization, no one knew where the line was or what was going on. But it’s totally understandable because it gets way too crazy. I almost wish that when you buy your ticket you could get a paper ticket to get one of the books from these big authors. I was bummed I was unable to obtain a copy, but I did not have high expectations, knowing in years past how crazy and hectic it can be.

I was able to meet Lauren Oliver who wrote Before I fall, Delerium series and Replica. She again, was another kind and laid back author. Even though she told me she was exhausted, she was still upbeat and kind. I had the chance to see Jennifer E. Smith who wrote some great books Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

I felt like all in all, the event was pretty successful. I had no complaints of having to buy the books at this event, whereas previously books were free. In the great scheme of things, it really was not a huge deal. I wasn’t stressed out with the amount of people there, as well as the lines waiting for authors (except of course for Leigh Bardugo.. but that was expected).

I hope to have a great time at the upcoming 2018 BookCon!!!

 

                                                       

 


Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings Zenith Book Event!!!

Hello Readers!!!

It’s been such a long time since I’ve been here!

But what a great post to come back to! Tonight, I had the chance to attend Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings book talk and signing of their first book together, Zenith, at Artist and Flea in SoHo.

It was absolutely the best time!

While waiting, Lindsay stopped by to chat for a second before the talk, super awesome. Then we watched Lindsay and Sasha discuss their first book release Zenith, hosted by Booktuber Emma of EmmaBooks

They discussed the writing process, what it was like to co-author a book, their favorite characters, scenes, favorite characters to write about, etc. It was really interesting to learn about how complex it is to write a novel, let alone with another person.

I really can’t wait to read Zenith review it. I look forward to seeing Lindsay and Sasha again at future book events.

And Lindsay thank you so much for the kind signature and thank you Sasha for inspiring me to become a book blogger (which led to writing my first children’s book)

In case you missed the event, I posted a live video of the book talk on my book IG , which will only last 24 hours.


Review of How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch #1) by Adriana Mather



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Goodreads synopsis:

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

My review:

Five out of five stars

This has been one of the best books I have read this year. It’s has been months since I’ve read something and stuck with it. There’s a funny story with how I came to have this book. I was actually on Facebook and came across the book trailer. I ended up sending the book trailer to one of my really good friends, who loves anything involving the paranormal, because I figured she would be interested in the book. Months later, I come to find out that she actually bought me the book for a Christmas present! I was so stoked and couldn’t believe she got it.

I was so engrossed in this book that I really didn’t want to put it down. This book has a nice flow to it and well written storyline. It follows a teenage girl, who alongside her step mother, move back to Salem Massachusetts, where her family originally come from. As soon as she moves to town, strange things begin to happen. The townspeople begin to believe that she is the one to blame for all the strangeness happening, as well as the students who are direct descendants of those hung during the Salem witch trials.

I found this book so interesting to read because the author compared the behaviors of people during the Salem witch trials to that of bullying in modern times. I never thought of this as a parallel until the author explains this in the Authors Note. It is intriguing how similar these events are in how one/many can accuse something of something, convince others (whether true or not) and isolate the person being targeted.

I enjoyed how suspenseful the book was because you had no idea who the “bad guy” was in the story. It was fun to try and piece together the clues and to figure who was committing all the gruesome events throughout the book. There was never a dull moment when I was reading this and I almost wished it never ended. The story flowed very smooth and you felt as though you were a part of the events that Samantha experience and not as though you were simply reading a story. The author also includes actual historical people and events, such as what occurred during the Salem Witch Trials during the 1600’s).

I am looking forward to reading the second book that the author is currently writing.

Oh and very cool side note. The author is actually the 12th descendent to someone that lived and played a big part in the Salem Witch Trials. Definitely read his book if you’re a fan of paranormal and historical fiction!

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Buy Links for my children’s book Tate’s Tale

Here are the three buy links so far for my children’s book Tate’s Tale!!

Synopsis: 

Ever had a goal in mind that you have set to accomplish? Well, here is the story of Tate, the fastest dog in the neighborhood. Join Tate, alongside her friends and family as she sets out to accomplish her goal in… Tate’s Tale!!!

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Next read: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow


Goodreads synopsis:

In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Lili St. Crow websites:

Author page / Strange Angels / Goodreads /  


Review of After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!! SO IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ME BEFORE YOU, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW

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Favorite Quotes:

“With Will I had never had to consider what I said; talking to him was as effortless as breathing. Now I was good at not really saying anything about myself at all”.

“I want to tell him then. I want to tell him that I don’t know what I feel. I want him but I’m frightened to want him. I don’t want my happiness to be entirely dependent on somebody else’s, to be a hostage to fortunes I cannot control.”

“It was as if a light had gone on: the only way to avoid being left behind was to start moving.”

You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit, it always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone… There is a hunger in you, Clark. A fearlessness. You just buried it, like most people do. Just live well. Just live.”

You never know what will happen when you fall from a great height.”

“”You have a sweet smile, Louisa Clark. It’s one of the several hundred things I like about you.”

“”His smile was slow to come, but when it did, everything fell away from me, as if I had been carrying a weight I hadn’t known.”

“You know, Lily, perhaps some things just take longer than others.”

“‘ You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”‘

“I didn’t think about anything. I just let myself exist in that moment, the deep, deep pleasure of being there next to him, of feeling the weight of him beside me, the space he took up i the atmosphere.”

“And you throw yourself into everything and try not to think about the bruises.”

“Our eyes locked.  And in that moment everything shifted.  I saw what I had really done. I saw that I could be somebody’s center, his reason for staying. I saw that I could be enough.”

“‘There’s no point… I’m not going to jump through hoops to convince you to be with me.”‘

“”That’s life. We don’t know what will happen. Which is why we have to take our chances while we can. And… I think this might be yours.””

“But then I knew better than anyone how the persona you chose to present to the world could be very different from what was really inside. I knew how grief could make you behave in ways you couldn’t even begin to understand.”

I promise, those are the last of my favorite quotes from this book 🙂

Goodreads Synopsis:

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

My Review:

5/5 stars

When I first mentioned that I was going to read this book, I had said that it took me awhile to decide to read it. I decided to finally read it because I was curious as to was happened to Louisa Clark after the events that occurred in Me Before You.

If you read Me Before You, you’ll recall that we left Louisa off when she had gone to Paris as per Will’s request. He had hoped that she would move on and continue living her life, even if he was not there to see it. In After You, you get to observe what Louisa’s life has been like two years (I believe) after losing Will. I did struggle reading what she was going through without Will because he brought out a different side to her in Me Before You and helped her to see what she was capable of. And yet, without him, she wasn’t the same person she once was. It was so heartbreaking to see Louisa just existing rather than living her life as Will wished she would do. The parts regarding Louisa and her trying to get over her grief of losing Will was extremely well written I felt as though I was going through the motions along with her. This is the second book I have read by Jojo Moyes and I love how she is able to grab the reader right from the start.

There are parts about this book that were absolutely unexpected, which I can’t exactly go into detail about because it is a huge part of the book. This is one of those books that allows readers to see that when you spend so much time with someone, pieces of you are given to them and when they are gone, you feel as though pieces of you are missing. However, it is up to you to decide whether or not you should move on and fill those missing pieces yourself no matter what.

I would definitely recommend reading this book, especially if you loved Me Before You.


New books!!

Hello readers!!

I am so excited! My amazing friend went to a book sale where they were giving away the leftover books and she got a bunch for me!!

Comment below if you have read or heard of any of them!! 🤗🤗

 

 

 




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