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text 2018-05-01 13:00
Round-Up for March and April 2018

 

I cannot believe we are actually going into May already, the time is just flying by. 

Sadly I was super busy, sick  or had some dental work done and really didn't get a lot books read in the last couple months,hence the double round-up this month. But some book I actually just combined or a all in one addition came out for review. So the actually books read or reviewed I shoulds say is not as much. I have  few more but I still have to write up some reviews so it will have to wait.

 

I'm actually thinking about putting up a new blog since while it is also refreshing to to have one, I also miss it. But if I do I will not put so much stress on myself and just post whatever and whenever , just for fun. 

But we shall see lol.

 

I should however post a book haul it has been forever and it its getting out of control but I think I wait toll after may since there are a few books coming out yet that I really want to get and add .

 

I hope everyone is having a great time and enjoying the nice weather and everyone is reading some great books. 

 

Here are my books for March/April 2018

To get to the reviews of the books, just click the covers ;)  

 

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The Norse Chronicles by Karissa Laurel

 

The Norse Chronicles - Karissa Laurel

 

 

4 ½-5 ★


Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

 

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop

 

4 ★


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

 

4 ★


Shocking the Medic by Elizabeth Otto 

 

Shocking the Medic - Elizabeth Otto

 

1/2★


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

 

5★


Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

 

Unraveled (Perfected) - Kate Jarvik Birch

 

4 ½ ★


Forget You by Nina Crespo

 

Forget You (The Kingman Brothers #1) - Nina Crespo

 

1 ½ ★


Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

 

Pestilence - Laura Thalassa

 

2 ½ -3★


Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

 

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) - Neal Shusterman

 

5★


The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

 

The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

 

5 ★


 

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review 2018-04-24 15:55
Great Graphic Novel Featuring the Civil Rights Movement
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis

I have to say that this graphic novel was fantastic. I loved the writing and the art. I cannot wait to get book #2.


"March: Book #1" follows Congressman John Lewis is John Lewis's first hand account of the American Civil Rights Movement. We follow Lewis's family and his first meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King. You get to read the rules that those who participated in the lunch counter sit-ins as well as some awful scenes depicting what people said to those who were protesting, how they were beaten and treated. 

 

What was great though was that we have Lewis preparing to attend President Barack Obama's inauguration and you get to see how happy he and many other African Americans were that they got to witness the first African American president. The graphic novel segues between this and Lewis remembering his past until we get to the end of book #1. 


I recently went to the National Museum of African American History & Culture and there are tons of displays that showcase the Civil Rights Movement and talk about how it first got started and highlights those who participated like Rosa Parks, John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King, and so many others. I loved reading the displays and looking at the pictures on display. Seeing this in graphic form though made it feel more real to me. 

 

I read this on my Kindle Fire so I was able to blow up some of the scenes in order to read the speech bubbles. I do wonder how this would look if I had a hard copy in my hand though. 

 

The art was so great. Though I have to say I don't know what's worse, reading people being bigoted and racist in written form or via a graphic novel. 

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review 2018-04-09 01:37
The Violets of March
The Violets of March - Sarah Jio

This was such a touching story and it really tugged at my heart. I usually don't like to read romance type stories but this one was not the typical romance about superficial love. It starts with a young woman finding out her husband is leaving her for another woman. Emily, who is a writer, ends up going to stay with her great aunt for a month. She planned to spend some time there to heal and maybe write. Instead of writing she ends of reading. In the guest room at her aunts room she finds a red velvet diary and she can't resist reading it. On excursions with her aunt she meets people from the past and her memory of them begins to awaken. She learns some details about the story she is reading and begins to wonder if the story is actually true and if the people in it are closer to her than she thinks. She also meets an old boyfriend and also another man that she feels drawn too.  She begins to think about her own story and who she was meant to be with but at the same time she doesn't want to risk getting hurt again.  

 

This is my favorite type of story.  It involves someone in the present trying to solve a mystery that requires them to delve into the past.  I loved it!

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video 2018-04-07 00:30
The Sleeping Prince - Melinda Salisbury
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton
The Hidden People - Alison Littlewood
The Scarecrow Queen - Melinda Salisbury
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review 2018-04-05 20:11
Now I Rise / Kiersten White
Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.

 

4 dark, twisted, stabby stars for Now I Rise.

I think it was a genius choice to feminize the Dracula historical character! I love Lada Dracul and her hard, violent little heart! It gives an interesting torque to the facts and makes a fascinating tale even more engaging.

This is the second installment in a trilogy, and I’ve really enjoyed them both. The first book (And I Darken) is the April book for my real-life book club and I’ve chosen to read the second book rather than re-read the first. I’m so glad that I’ve continued on!

For those of you who are really interested in the time period and have the fortitude to withstand a lot of torture and impalings, I would also recommend Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys. It is an exceptional rendition of the historical Dracula story.

Both versions highly recommended.

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