The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare! Review

School’s in session, and this is just week one. Already wishing it was over again haha! However, I’m pleased with my classes. So far I’m not wanting to cry on my study notes!

But enough about me. Tessa Clare’s Divinty Bureau is SO close to being released. I was given the wonderful opportunity of being given the first ten books ever made. Thank you, Clare!

As I said that, I will also say a disclaimer: This opportunity does NOT affect my honest opinion in any way.

And my opinion?

4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he’s accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity… until he meets April McIntyre.

April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. But he’s also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they’re thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau’s process of random selection may not be so random after all…

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Divinity-Bureau-Tessa-Clare/dp/1947015001

 

About the Author: Tessa Clare

“If you could travel to any fictional book world, where would you go and what would you do there?” – Unknown Goodreads user

Tessa’s answer: Hogwarts, because I’m still a kid at heart (and magic is cool, no matter how old you are).

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16900628.Tessa_Clare

My Review

The whole story about two people, and a girl and a boy, living in this dystopian society that is completely destroyed from population… and the people running the government. 

Everything is in ruins. Everything is messed up. Basically every dystopian novel out there. Nevertheless, I heavily enjoyed it. Roman and April have this very unique relationship I really enjoyed. Tate, Autumn, Finn… I enjoyed learning more and more about each of them. 

Though a bit slow at first, the plot was very interesting as it went through. It escalated, then it was brought down, then up again… like a huge rollercoaster!

The relationship between Autumn and April was what I really liked. At first they did not have a good relationship but when times came tough, they stuck together. I loved that a lot. One thing I love just as much as a romance, is a relationship between siblings or best friends. They matter just as much as the romantic relationships in my opinion. 

If you are a lover of romance and dystopian, pick up this book! But the things I did not enjoy were the slow beginning, some confusion with the world I was being brought into, and some character decisions.   But they are so very minor, I got over them pretty quickly. 

By the way, does anyone ever have that urge to pull your hair out when a character does something dumb? Like AAARRRGGFHHHHHH.

I was honestly hooked once Roman and April finally met. I loved April’s rebellious attitude and Roman’s introvert manner. Put them together and you have the end of the Divinity Bureau! 
I hope this review sits well! I got to get to my Big Brother now 😉 (any BB fan in here?) Thank you again, Tessa Clare for letting me read this story. Check her out in the links above! 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh! Book Review

School is back in session, folks! What best to kick it off but with a review!

I can’t believe I have not reviewed this book yet. I finished it not too long ago, but long enough to be in the middle of another book.

Let’s get straight to it, because I can’t wait to talk about everything.

My rating…


I have so many positive things about this book, it’s actually on my top thirty. When I found out in the middle of the book that there is a second book and it’s not a standalone… I started freaking out because I don’t have that second book. That’s a major problem.

The plot was straight to the point. Forget going through the reason why Shazi was there, she was just there. And I like my books starting off strong like that. It really pulls me in. Frankly, I am more likely to put down a book when I feel like I’m wasting my time. Sorry, but it’s true. The starting of a story is always the hardest becaue I love action.

Shazi was great. I really dug her character. A part of me was a bit salty about her attitude in the beginning. I don’t know, just her being overly prideful I think what was getting to me. But over time, I came to love her through and through. She really has that independent woman vibe.

Khalid… oh, Khalid, Khalid, Khalid…

I liked Tariq in the beginning. I really did even though I knew he was going to get in the way of Shazi and Khalid… I didn’t expect a full out war. ;-;

Jalal was my favorite. Like when they said he had purple hair, I immediately knew he was going to be my favorite. And it’s not like he’s the hot, mean one. He’s super caring even when he doesn’t admit it. He’s always there for Shazi. To me, Khalid is Shazi’s Tariq, and Jalal is Shazi’s Rahim.

I expect a lot out of the next book The Rose and the Dagger. 

I’m soooo exciteedd!!! It’s been awhile since I’ve read such an entertaining fantasy story. I really miss romantic plots and ugggghh this is exactly what I need.

 

I am almost done with Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare! I’ve seen reviews on this book, and I’m excited to share my thoughts with the rest of the reading community.

 

Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Hello, Book Lovers! This is WAY overdue. The movie was not the first thing to introduce me to this book. I’ve heard about it all the time. A friend of mine was in LOVE with this book. I didn’t pick it up until after the movie came out. (Also I have not seen the movie yet 😦 )

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING.jpgMy disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Find it on Goodreads HERE.

Also look up The Sun is Also a Star HERE.


Nicola YoonNicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7353006.Nicola_Yoon

Website: http://www.nicolayoon.com/

 


 

TO THE REVIEW…

My rating…

4 Stars

On Goodreads, I have this book rated five out five stars. The reason I am changing it is because I have had time to think about the story, everything that happened, and how I feel about it. Even then, I was a little uneasy with giving it a good five out of five. Why? Proceed to read…

I love the characters. Maddie longed for adventure. Olly was there to give it to her. Everyone else I enjoyed learning about. Her mother, his parents, CARRRLLLA. I really loved Carla because she was the mentor of the story. She knew what Maddie needed, and was there for her through her rough moments. The risk of losing her job did not faze her to do what was right.

Maddie and Olly’s relationship was on point. I loved how Olly cared about her, was careful when he was around her. And when Maddie left her house to go protect him… that was absolutely the sweetest thing ever.

I want to say it felt a bit rushed while reading it, but I also read it start to finish on an airplane, so I’m trying to figure out whether it was me or the book. Probably me. I just did not feel as satisfied when I finished as I thought I would have.

The ending really blew me away. I did not expect something like that to happen. I kind of did not like it, because it mellowed out the ending a little. Yeah, I was mad. I was trying not to cry. But I didn’t like the calm feeling I got as soon as it happened. It made me a little annoyed. But that’s just me. A lot of people enjoyed this book to its full extent. I did too… it’s just not my favorite.

My favorite thing about this book? Maddie wanting to know the world, and using her father as her way of pushing forward. Her stubbornness to do what she wants and to not let her sickness get in the way. There is so much more to life than your limitations.


So happy to be able to put my review out there! TBR list filling up more than I can read. But I love reading, so I’ll continue to attempt the monster load of books.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“I’ve lost control of everything, even the places in my head.”

When I bought this book, I was in Florida. So I did not get the memo that my parents already had this book. Apparently they gave it off to my cousin. Welp, I just bought it again.

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SYNOPSIS

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkinswhich was made into a major motion picture. Her new novel of psychological suspense, Into The Water, is coming May 2.

 

 

 

On Goodreads I gave this book a five out of five. In some ways, I really want to make it a four out of five. There’s a little part of me that feels a bit off. Can’t quite explain what it is… maybe it was the frustration that I found myself having throughout the story. But I like books that make me give me emotional instability (lol okay…).

5 Stars

First off I really want to talk about the frustration noted above. I am not very accustomed to reading about characters who are…so flawed in their nature, I guess. You have an alcoholic, you have a liar, a cheater… and it does not end there. Just the decisions that a lot of the characters made were not exactly what I would call the “right” ones. It made me so mad to sit here and watch their lives fall apart. And Anna’s personality… I had to put the book down sometimes and scream into a pillow. She was the most aggravating out of all of them. But that’s what made them so unique and fun to read about! I really appreciate how different every character was, and how their flaws shaped the story of The Girl on the Train.

I just want to point out my favorite character was Kamal, and I honestly wish it wasn’t.

The story itself was astonishing. Hawkins did an outstanding job at pulling you away from the truth. The ending was so unexpected. Throughout the reading, I was constantly changing who I thought was the killer. The words twisted you around and around. It felt you confused and wanting more. It left you needing to know who did it, who killed who, who did what. It was the latest gossip murder scene!

I recommend this to people who are in the need of a mystery. This is definitely something for you. The characters are super interesting, don’t get me wrong when I say they are annoying sometimes. They are different from anything I have ever read. I liked Rachel, but also understood why everyone around her thought she was crazy. Just stuff where I kind of liked them, and also understood why others don’t. It’s very important that you are open-minded when reading this due to this.

 

 

 

THE SIMS Booktag!

I’m so absent. I know. The end of the school year has really had me in the slumps. I’ve been trying not to overstress. I haven’t been feeling well. Oh! And I got a job! Yay me ^.^

I am currently planning on reading a lot more for reviews once school ends (which is tomorrow). Just a good time to relax and enjoy reading while not having to stress over everything else.

I ALSO WANTED TO SAY SOMETHING THAT IS COMING UP AND IMSOEXCITEDBUTYOUGUYSMAYHATEMEBYTHEENDOFIT… *deep breath* There is a possible chance I’ll be going to Universal Studios with a friend to go see the Harry Potter attraction. I’m so excited about it, because I actually do appreciate Harry Potter. But I suck. And you know why? I have never gotten past book three of Harry Potter.

*thunder booms, lightning strikes, the whole world erupts into pure chaos*

NOW HOLD IT ONE TINY SECOND. The reason why I haven’t finished the series is because I never got to get my hands on the next book. I absolutely ADORED the books I did read. It’s the fact that I always have something else on my TBR list, and they are so large and intimidating that I just never think to pick it up.

With that being said, I will see about taking pictures and posting them here! I honestly can’t wait; hopefully going will shine a new light on that Harry Potter world I am so late to.

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On to the tag!

Moving on! I saw this tag and had to do it! I saw it on Reading with Rendz. Though I wasn’t tagged, I still really want to do it! 🙂 Check out their blog! They’re one of my favorites.

The Original Sims… Best Author Debut? 

There are so many that I really enjoyed. The one that really stuck out to me was Divergent by Veronica Roth. This first book was just so enhancing and brilliant for me. While the other two books didn’t quite catch the first book, I still love the series due to the first book.Kindle

 

The Grim Reaper… Saddest Character Death?

I’m not going to say any names. There are SO MANY CHARACTER DEATHS that have left me in tears. Infernal Devices for one…

But for the saddest, I’m going with All the Bright Places. Just the storyline and the emotions through the words, it really led up to that death so it tore you apart even more. And me not understanding what I was in for, I honestly thought everything would be okay in the end… Boy, I was so wrong.

Sims getting stuck… A character that just got in the way?

I DO NOT agree with this one bit, but I will tell you the character my friend COMPLETELY despises because of how useless and in the way he is (in which I do NOT agree…. 😦 )

Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The amount of times he has died and came back, it blows her mind. It’s like she cheers that he has finally died, but then in the next chapter he pops up out of nowhere.

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I love Simon.  (Sizzy <3) I love him to death. I don’t find him the way. But my friend would go on a very long rant right now about him if she was her- I actually have a text from her:

Ok he always got in the way of Clary and Jae and while doing that he always got caught in something dangerous, RIGHT WHEN SOMETHING GOOD WAS ABOUT THE HAPPEN BETWEEN CLARY AND JACE!!!! Then they had to stop and save his butt from dying… and let’s not forget he was dating two girls at the same time!! And he still can’t get over clary. LIKE HELLO…. SHE DOESNT WANT U! And yeah there’s more but my thumbs are tired.”

Oh my goodness, I have to love her.

Simlish… A book with amazing writing.

(Not going to say Miss Peregrine’s… Not going to say it because I talk a lot about it already….)

The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley! I loved this book because of the writing style. It was so beautiful. If there is one thing I appreciate the most in a story is the way it is written. I have tried reading books that were telling the story like; “I woke up. I went to the sink and looked at myself. When I got to school, I sat beside my best friend and gossiped until class started.” *gags*

But The Heart of Stone does not do this. It wonderfully portrays the story of a golem and his life living under the control of humans. I really recommend you go look at it along with his other books.

Expansion Pack… A series where the books keep on getting better.

I’m going to say it… Every Cassandra Clare book out there. Every book that she writes on the Shadowhunter world is just better than the last. I think my favorite book from her so far is Lady Midnight.

Cheats… Book that was entirely too unrealistic

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. While I loved this book, it was kind of unsettling that she fell in love with the person who captured her… I know, I know. He was doing it to get back from the murderer who killed his sister and all of that – he wasn’t really a bad guy. But even so, I would not start kissing the fool who tied me up the day before.
But that’s just my opinion.

Needs Fulfillment… A character who made all the wrong decisions.

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America from The Selection Series. I loved this series, too. I adored it to the bottom of my heart, but her decisions. Her decisions. She had no idea what she was doing, and I’m over here flipping tables because she obviously can’t keep seeing one dude when she’s with another. “I don’t know what to do… but I’ll keep seeing him until I figure it out.”

Error Code 12… a series that started off great, but then went downhill.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. The first book was amazing. Fell in love with everyone in it. But then I read Infinite Sea… And I got a little confused. I didn’t like Ringer all that much, and just my luck she was half of the book. It seemed all about her and most of time she didn’t make sense. I left that book not even knowing what just happened. The Last Star was a little bit better, but I still was left perplexed at the what had happened.Yancey

 

The Sims Vortex… A book/series that completely engrossed you.

Okay, I’m doing it.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

Reboot by Amy Tintera.

Want more? Because I can give you more.

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COVER REVEAL: The Reckoning by T. Damon

Today I’m helping reveal the cover for the third book in the Forest Tree Spirit The Reckoning by T. Damon! The was designed by Lia Warward of Free Your Words!

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SYNOPSIS

An ancient coven of sibling warlocks known as the Controllers has returned to the Forest, dead set on continuing the destruction of the spiritual balance among the kingdoms of beings and animals. Someone has released them further implement the downfall of the Forest–but who?

Once protected portals are no longer being guarded, zombies roam freely at will, and more and more beings of light are succumbing to possession from the inescapable negativity that is now commonplace. The Forest has reached its time of reckoning, and it seems as though all hope to save the kingdom may be lost forever.

Unless, of course, King Felix, Queen Eleonora, and their multi-species army are able to stop the Controllers before they destroy the Higher Spirits once and for all, prompting the entire Forest to fall into complete and utter ruin. But will they succeed before the Forest descends entirely into darkness?

TITLE: The Reckoning (Book Three of The Forest Spirit series)

AUTHOR:  T. Damon

RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2017

PUBLISHER: Snowy Wings Publishing

Add it to your Goodreads TBR right now! Click here to fast-travel across the world of internet. 

if you want to start from the beginning, click here to be taken to The Falling, the first book in The Forest Spirit series. 

BOOK REVIEW: Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

Hello, book lovers! I am back with another review. After finishing Chasing Eveline, I am getting closer to finishing my urgent TBR list, so I am so happy. If you haven’t saw it already, check out my latest review on The Magician’s Workshop by Chris Hansen and J.R. Fehr. Love fantasy? Love meeting characters and going on fun adventures? You might like this… CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REVIEW.

But you’re not really a fantasy fan? Hmmm, well how about contemporary? Do you like music? You better, because I would hate for you to miss out on Leslie Hauser’s book Chasing Eveline!

Chasing Eveline

Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel Heights High School who listens to cassettes. And her binder is the only one decorated with album artwork by 80s band Chasing Eveline. Despite being broken-up since 1989, this rock band out of Ireland means everything to Ivy. They’re a reminder of her mom, who abandoned Ivy and her dad two years ago. Now the music of her mom’s favorite band is the only connection she has left.

Even though Ivy wavers between anger and a yearning to reconnect, she’s one-hundred percent certain she’s not ready to lose her mom forever. But the only surefire way to locate her would be at a Chasing Eveline concert. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.

The road to Ireland won’t be easy, though. And not just because there is no road. Along the way they’ll have to win over their Lady Gaga-loving peers, tangle with some frisky meerkats, and oh yeah, somehow find and persuade the four members to play a reunion gig. It’s a near-impossible task, but Ivy has to try. If she can’t let go of the past, she’ll never be able to find joy in the present.

 

Leslie Hauser

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am a YA writer and middle school teacher. I have a B.A. in English from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently reside in Los Angeles, California, with my dog Mr. Darcy.

When I’m not living in fictional worlds inside my head, I run all sorts of distances, torture my body at CrossFit, and DVR entirely too many television shows. I dream of one day returning to the Midwest to live on a farm. Or perhaps owning a cookie delivery service.

My debut novel CHASING EVELINE releases in 2017 from Pen Name Publishing.
My debut novel CHASING EVELINE releases in 2017 from Pen Name Publishing.
HOOLLLLLLLDDDDD UPPPPPP. 2017? Past 2017 or are we having to wait? (well, you… but anyways.)

Chasing Eveline releases July 11, 2017!


REVIEW TIME

 

5 Stars

I adored this book. The whole thing was silly to me, which I like. Not the “doesn’t make any sense” type of silly, but the smiley silly. The silly that makes you want to sit down with Ivy to have a long discussion about how you can’t price things too high at a yard sale.

This isn’t a romance novel, while it does hint at it. You do have one character who goes through a break up, but it’s more about how he feels than finding someone else to replace the girl who dumped him.

It focuses a lot on music. It focuses on a particular band that the main character loves, and wants everyone else to love. Throughout the story was her trying to get the band back together through raising money and getting on stage in front of her classmates.

Ivy is the type of girl who I would love to hang out with. She’s the type of girl that could go on and on for hours about her favorite song. She’s the type of girl who would have a dance party with you when you’re upset (flashback to Grey’s Anatomy o.o). I loved seeing main characters like her. She’s having a hard time with her parents, she has every right to be depressed and sad all the time, but she keeps going. Ivy loves her friends, she loves her family, and she loves Chasing Eveline obviously. 

It was very straightforward. It kind of gave me a twist, which I kind of expected, that threw off the main character from her current conflict that spiced it up. It’s super easy in my mind. It wasn’t a complicated read, yet I had fun. And we all needs those books that just makes us happy, right? 

Overall, I give this book a five out of five. I would read another one of her books! Check out Hauser on the links provided above. She has some other reviews on Goodreads, so if you want more confirmation, check it out! Link is above as well.


I’m getting close to finishing The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Also I have some other posts planned for the weeks ahead. A review, a tag, maybe a little discussion? It would be my first one, so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try it out.

Stay tuned, book lovers!

Catch the Spark Within! By Alex Abaz- Chapter 32 and 33

What a summer it has been so far! I hope that your summer so far was as delightful to you as it has been for me.

I haven’t done another one of these in awhile, but don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten about it.

CHAPTER 32 – Are you a big prankster?

This chapter could not be anymore right. Now in school, we all have those boring classes. Those classes that just feels like a waste of time or maybe you just find the whole thing uninteresting.

But then throw a class clown in there. Throw in a teacher who loves to joke around. Maybe a friend or two who get you in a way that makes you bust out laughing in the middle of lecture. It makes it ten times tolerable, right?

As Abaz says in her chapter, “injecting humor into our lives id necessary and not hard to do.”

As for me? I don’t find myself being a “clever” comedian. Sometimes it takes me a minute or two to get a pun, but once it clicks I hardly know how to stop laughing. I love puns…

But I love making other people laugh. I love watching people smile. I love making someone’s day. I have friends who tell me they enjoy talking to me just because I make them laugh.

And Abaz says in her chapter how it’s not good to not know how to laugh and have fun. It reminds me of Elf, when his father was always frowning and never laughed at how silly his son elf was being; everyone else on the other side of the screen was cracking up. You miss a lot by letting seriousness take over too much.

And when I try and tell a joke, saying something very sarcastic here and there, and someone doesn’t get it–it’s a bit of a downer, you know?

I remember one time when I was playing a card game with a friend’s family, and I said something sarcastic because the guy was trying to teach me something I already knew how to do; then he got onto me for not thinking it through… the whole table told him “hey, you know she’s being sarcastic right?” And I continued to sit there and smile at him while the realization hit him.

Maybe there’s a little humor in that too. Seeing someone laugh at themself for missing the joke completely.

And TV shows. Oh myyy. I think my favorite comedic show ever is Impractical Jokers. I absolutely love that show. Oh! And The Office. And Parks and Recreation. I love getting on social media, seeing people upload memorable moments from these shows to laugh at once again.

And for my favorite movie, I love Ride Along! Any movie with Kevin Hart I know it’s going to be good.

What’s your favorite comedic show or movie? Comment below! Maybe I know what you’re talking about. If I don’t, I’ll definitely give it a try!

CHAPTER 33: My child has always been enamored with cats and dogs.

Okay, I love dogs. I love, love, love dogs. I tend to enjoy big dogs a lot more, like German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Great Danes, the like. But I also lovvveee small dogs. Right now I have two yorkies that I love to cuddle with when I sleep. They’re spoiled brats and sometimes take my food when I’m not paying attention, but I love them to death.

My parents and my grandmother used to tell me stories about how protective the dogs we owed were over me. I would go outside to play and they would follow me around to make sure I didn’t run off. When I was still in my crib, my mom used to have a husky that would wake my mom up whenever I started to cry.

When I was around five or so, a friend of my parents gave me a baby Siberian Husky. I named her Jackie. She was also a very protective dog. When my brother was born, he was crawling around dangerously close to the stairs. My mom was there watching Jackie as she stepped in front of him to block him off from falling. My brother would try to get around, and Jackie would position herself to guard him again.


This one I consider a funny story but nonetheless terrifying when it happened. I would hang out at my grandmothers all the time because my mom had to work. Two houses down was my cousin who would walk up to play with my brother and me. Well this small blue house had this dog. I believe it was around the pitbull mix (disclaimer: this is not claiming the breed is a harmful). The house had a “Beware of Dog” sign, and the dog was kept on a lease. BUT for some OOODDDDD reason the dog was off her lease. So my cousin comes down to play. He calls me and tells me that he can’t come down, because this dog is growling and snapping her teeth at him.

When I get outside, the dog is cornering him. And it’s not if he runs away, the dog will be satisfied, right? It’s asking for a game of tag. So I run up (because I’m such a hero…) to try and distract the dog. The dog turns his attention on me… and my blood runs cold. I backed up, she stepped up. My cousin took off back to his house to get his grandmother. My brother was watching from the porch.

And so I backed up a bit more, and took off. That dog chased me down the road, his paws  scratching my heels, until I got into my driveway, into my grandmother’s arms. I want to say that that what I did showed the bit of bravery in me, but believe me… that courage ran out the door pretty quickly. I guess I didn’t understand at the time how scary dogs could be. I always grew up around sweet and lovable dogs.

But I’m guessing the reason was territorial. After all, the road led right by the house, where the dog is usually chained up in the small driveway. She probably didn’t like that we were invading her. Who knows? After that day, I never really saw that dog again. I think it was relocated to a safer place.


But either way, I love dogs. Whenever I see one I want to go up to it and hug and kiss it. But as Abaz says in this chapter, all creatures have a wild side. That dog that chased me had a wild side. Jackie disappeared one day because she loved to adventure into our woods. We believe a pack of coyotes found her, but who knows? That was the wild side of both Jackie and the coyotes.

What are some of your tales about canines? Funny ones? Scary ones? Stories that make you go “awww…”?

BOOK REVIEW: Magician’s Workshop by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr!

The Magician's Workshop, Volume One

SUMMARY

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is awarded the title of magician and given fame, power, riches, and glory. Journey with a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

 

Christopher HansenABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christopher Hansen

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday. “Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all around us.” Chris looked around him and asked, “Where? I don’t see anything spectacular.” The man held out a pair of glasses. “Here, put these on.” The boy placed them over his eyes and—“Whoa!” He was gobsmacked by the Wonder he saw. But it lasted only a moment. The man vanished in a flash of starlight and the lenses melted and trickled down his cheeks.  Then a message was sung into his ear, “Go and seek what you have seen.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris set out. To his great joy, this quest has led him to discover many more glimmerings of this miraculous Wonder, often in the most unexpected of places.

J.R. Fehr

J.R. Fehr

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the

four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as

he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.

Find them on Goodreads:

Christopher Hansen

J.R. Jehr 

ON TO THE REVIEW

A 5 Star

This book has sucked me in. By the way it moves from character to character, how every character has his or her own unique and personality, it’s a train ride all the way to the end. I talked Chris Hansen before reading this story and this is what he had to say that clarifies a lot of how this book goes down:

“I think it may be a bit like going to a party where there are a bunch of people you don’t know. As you walk in the door you’re a bit unsure about things. Is thee going to be anyone here that you’ll enjoy and become friends with? But then the person who invited you to the party sees you and waves. They come over to you and say, “Hey, I’m glad you came. Here, let me introduce you to a few people.”

Then they take you over to meet one of their friends. It’s a nice conversation and you start to get a sense of who this person is. But then your host says, “Come on, there’s someone else I want you to get to know,” and they lead you to another person. You talk with them for awhile, but then before you know it you’re whisked off to greet a third person. This happens again and again until you’ve been introduced to most of the people in the room. Some people love this sort of thing while others don’t.”

Hansen sets of a perfect example of this first volume. I discussed with Kester and Kelsey how it just seemed like a huge prologue to the next book. Of course there was a lot of action, a lot of dialogue, a lot of good stuff, but by the time I was looking forward to the Color Ceremony (a huge ceremony that has been anticipated by all the characters throughout the book), the book was over. Luckily, I have the chance to get the second book. If I didn’t, I’ll forever be left in the dark about who got a Color and who didn’t.

Overall the plot was very interesting. Hansen and Fehr did EXCELLENT at creating their own little world. There were cultures and different provinces. Orphans were called Blanks, last names were not really a thing. They went by clan name or status. “is-a Blank,” “is-a Leaf” “is-a Wave.” Stuff like that, and I found it super catchy. I thought that was so unique.

I am so excited to read the second book, which I believe is the only next book. I’ve been reassured that the second book does carry on the plot a lot farther than introductions. I honestly can’t wait.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on this book, and you love a good fantasy that’s silly and full of characters, pick this book up now! You won’t regret it. I had so much fun, and you will too!

COVER REVEAL: The Book Reapers by Mark C. King (with a giveaway!)

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Today I’m revealing the cover of Mark C. King’s YA historical fantasy, The Book Reapers, featuring artwork by Laura Clementi! Learn more about the book and check out the cover above!

Summary

Naomi Gladwyn is an awkward girl who is uncomfortable in crowds, has more self-doubt than confidence, and would much rather sit quietly reading than attend the most lavish of celebrations. After the deaths of her parents and her uncle’s mysterious disappearance along with the rest of the crew of the infamous ghost ship Mary Celeste, her prospects look grim. But just before her eighteenth birthday, when she’s to be sent to live out her days in a work house, she runs away and finds herself swept into the dark world of the Book Reapers, a secret society that knows there’s more to some books than meets the eye.

Naomi always thought reading was her safest refuge. But she’s about to learn that some books are very dangerous…

Set in Victorian England, THE BOOK REAPERS is a historical fantasy with a hint of mystery that’s perfect for fans of Gail Carriger and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle alike.

Title: The Book Reapers

Author: Mark C. King

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

GIVEAWAY TIME!

To celebrate the cover reveal, the author is giving away THREE paperback copies of the book on Goodreads! Add the book to your to-read list and sign up for the giveaway here!

 

*Apologize for the mishap from the first post