Sunday, March 18, 2018

My Sunday Post #56

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
I'm also linking up to Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Review this week.

This week went by so fast and wasn't long enough but back at work I go. My aunt was able to go home yesterday and seems to be in better spirits. She's still on the mend but not in as much pain as she was before going to the hospital. I would have thought I'd get more reading done but I did at least start Sky in the Deep, which is interesting so far.  My week was mostly sleeping, cooking and at the hospital with my aunt. My goal for this week is to try to get ahead on the blog with my posts. 
Last Week on the Blog
My Sunday Post #55 
Spotlight Excerpt & Giveaway: Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler
'Til Next Tuesday #11: Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely ~Audio Review
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland ~Review
Finale Blitz & Giveaway: Heart's Desire by Catherine Lanigan
Tenative Schedule for this week
My Sunday Post #56 
The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross ~ Review
'Til Next Tuesday #12: The Window by Amelia Brunskill
Promo & Giveaway: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
Sky In the Deep by Adrienne Young ~Review
TBD~Audio Review
New This Week

What's new with you? Did you discover any new books? 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Finale Blitz & Giveaway: Heart's Desire by Catherine Lanigan

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Heart's Desire
By Catherine Lanigan

***Premiering as The Sweetest Heart on the Hallmark Channel March 17th, 9 PM EDT***
(check your local listings for your air time)

Launch - The First Heartwarming novel to become a Hallmark Channel Movie:
To say I’m thrilled about my book being made into a movie is an understatement. I’m blessed and so very appreciative to all the people who have worked for over four long and arduous years to make this happen. In the movies, the heroine (me) would get a phone call and someone (the publisher) would announce that Hallmark just bought my book. That’s the dream scenario. That’s not what happened...

But here is the story within the story. For two plus years I have put one foot in front of the other hoping to make good on my promise to Jed. I have asked the producers to dedicate the film, “In Memory of Jed Nolan”. They’ve said they will do this on the end scroll. Whether it makes it past the cutting room or not, is in God’s hands. But I’ll be fighting for it all the way.

I’m still keeping my promise, Jed. I will never give up.

Please join me on my Prism Book Tour for Heart’s Desire. It will air on Hallmark on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, which is the beginning of their SPRING FLING promotion. There will be lots of ads about our first Heartwarming book made into a film.

— Catherine

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Author: Justina Ireland
Title: Dread Nation
Series: Dread Nation #1
Publication: April 3, 2018
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher 
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Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
Jane is a clever, impulsive and witty character. She's way too sassy for her own good but she's smart. I enjoyed her humor in the midst of everything she was going through in this world. She's a badass shambler harvester and I could easily visualize her doing it.  Jane has great instincts about her surroundings and sees things that others so easily miss. So, when people begin to go missing Jane begins to piece together that it has something to do with the leaders in Baltimore County but as she gets closer to solving the puzzle, she and her friends get shipped off to the middle of nowhere. She sparks an unlikely friendship with her nemesis Katherine, who seems at first ditsy as all get out but managed to surprise me because she is so much more than that. Red Jack is a scoundrel that seems to show up at the least expected times but can't help but to fall for his slick charm. 

She misses home at Rose Hill and the uncertainties about her future make her wary. She's written countless letters to her mother but never receives word back. Each chapter begins with a letter to her mom and they are always cheery compared to what she is going through at the school in Baltimore County. She thinks her mother is upset with her for leaving and maybe that's why she hasn't heard back but the truth will spark her fury and vengeance at the betrayal. 

Okay, so this was a little hard for me to read considering the subject and not talking about the zombies. The way they get treated and talked about as if they are less than human is infuriating, yet it's okay for them being trained to kill and protect their betters. The Survivalists see a world that is changing and they'll do whatever they can to hold on to a semblance of the past that has them at the top of the hierarchy and the negroes subservient to them. There is one scene in particular that involves Jane that hit a nerve with the violence that highlights a moment those past ancestors had to endure that she herself never thought she would experience. I could connect to her pain, devastation, and anger as well as the other characters that had to go through the things they did in this world. Overall, this is a good beginning to Jane's story and I'm interested to see how the next book continues. The pace of this work is steady and the characters are engaging. The writing is good and the world is realistic considering the subject. I feel that anyone that's interested in zombies and a female lead that pulls you into to her life as if you are right there with her will like this one.  

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Author: Lyndsay Ely
Narrator:  Christie Moreau
Title: Gunslinger Girl
Format: Unabridged 
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
Publication: 2018
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Source: Library
James Patterson presents a bold new heroine—a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow's West. 

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great....

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

This was an okay read. Pity's tired of her life in the commune and wants nothing more than to escape from her abusive father. He's decided to trade her to another commune because she's fertile and they are short on women that can bear children. Pity's determined that won't be her life and plots to escape on her own. She gets her chance when her friend, Fin decides that she wants to see the world and won't let Pity leave without her. The moment doesn't last long and Pity finds herself in Cessation without Fin. This place is new and thrilling at first but she has to earn her keep by becoming part of the show. Pity discovers that life in Cessation is much grittier than she thought when she's asked to do something she's not comfortable with doing, a Finale. She finds herself at the mercy of Selene and involved in a dangerous plot to save the town or lose what she loves. Pity realizes falling in love makes you vulnerable to those that seek to use you and Selene has her strung tight. 

I liked Pity, she has an innocence about her that was appealing. She has some growth in this book as she learns that life is hard and scary no matter where you go but it's worth the risk try for something better. I would have liked to get to know Fin more because she seemed the most interesting character to me.  Now, the world didn't feel western to me. The only aspect of that was Pity and her guns. It felt more futuristic with a circus vibe. Overall, the writing is good and the pace moved rather fast for this one. I think anyone that likes westerns with a futuristic twist and political backstabbing may enjoy this one. 

Narration: Moreau does a good job bringing the characters to life but it was strange that Pity was the only one that had a deep country accent or maybe it just stood out more to me. 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'Til Next Tuesday #11: Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

'Til Next Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here @Little Library Muse. It's allows me to share my love of books and showcase new releases. It's inspired by my work developing the young adult collection.

Expected Release: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? 

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince. 

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants. 

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Spotlight Excerpt & Giveaway: Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler

Title: Dead Inside
Author: Cyndy Etler
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

For readers of Girl Interrupted and Tweak, Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious "tough love" program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”

I never was a badass. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi’s jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight.

From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was…well, it was something else.

All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her abusive home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.

To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.”

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