Thursday, April 19, 2018

[Book Review] Soul Render by T.L. Branson

Book cover of Soul Render by T.L. Branson

If you're a fan of brilliant fantasy novels with wonderful characters, a dash of humor, and a splash of brutal violence, you need to snag a copy of Soul Render by T.L. Branson today!

I had such high expectations for this book. After all, I was incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to read and review the short stories leading up to this book. I absolutely loved each story, but they all made me increasingly antsy to get my hands on Soul Render!

I'm so happy to say that the wait was well worth it. This book was incredible!

One thing I will say right off is that I would definitely recommend checking out the short stories before reading Soul Render. It isn't necessary, but I thought that it was so fun to understand some of the things in this book on a deeper level thanks to the shorts. If you missed my reviews for the short stories, feel free to click below and then come back here!
Without further delay, let's dive in to my review of Soul Render!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

5 Things I Like To See At Author Events

5 Things I Like To See At Author Events

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to go to a few author events. I'm always on the look out for other events near me. From my experience, I have seen some events that were wonderfully organized, while others were lacking, while a few were just plain awful.

When thinking about these experiences, I've realized that there are a few key things that I like to see at author events.

Let's dive in!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Graphic Novel Review of Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier is a quick read, but it sure packs an emotional punch! The story of these two sisters is quite bittersweet, but very powerful.

Let's dive in!

Friday, April 13, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Two Fictitious Towns I Would Love To Live In


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asks:

Is there a fictitious town in a book that you would love to live in? What makes it appealing?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

[Book Review] Collected Easter Horror Shorts by Kevin J. Kennedy

Short Story Review of Collected Easter Horror Shorts by Kevin J. Kennedy

When Kevin J. Kennedy sent me a copy of Collected Easter Horror Shorts, I could not wait for Easter to roll around! Unfortunately life got a bit too busy, so I wasn't able to finish the book before Easter... But this certainly isn't a book you want to rush!

If you're looking for a crazy rollercoaster of horror short stories all centered around a seemingly unlikely holiday, you have to check this one out! I will never think about Easter the same way again!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Friday, April 6, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Honest Review Process Stress


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asks:
Do you overextend yourself with too many reviews because you can't pass up a book in hopes you will get them all done or do you carefully plan and be sure you can fulfill the deadlines for all the promised reviews? 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

[Short Story Review] Sentinels of the Stone by T.L. Branson

Short Story Review of Sentinels of the Stone by T.L. Branson


Sentinels of the Stone by T.L. Branson is yet another amazing short story inspired by the world and characters of the upcoming release of the first book in the Soul Stones series, Soul Render.

I had previously read Ash and SteelMidnight Blade, and Kingsbane, three other short stories in this world, and I absolutely loved them. I'm so honored to have been chosen as another Beta Reader for his latest release, Sentinels of the Stone!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

[Book Review] Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child by S. Craig Zahler

Book review of Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child by S. Craig Zahler

Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child by S. Craig Zahler is a wonderfully bizarre but heartbreaking tale filled to the brim with symbolism.

This is one that you should not read alone! Trust me. You're going to want to talk about it! I'm so glad that this was the book pick for my work book club. We had such an amazing conversation about it.

Let's dive in to my review!

Monday, April 2, 2018

[Wrap-Up] March 2018

Wrap-Up for March 2018

Phew, what a busy month March was! We kept getting slammed with snow storms... One storm gave us two feet of snow. It took me over an hour to shovel out... I was sore from shoveling for days after that! I'm really hoping that spring is actually here to stay now. 

I had a bit of a rough reading month. I wasn't in a slump, exactly, but I was pretty close. I was so busy  with work, wedding planning, and such that I felt myself burning out. Luckily, I had a weekend where I sat around doing nothing but reading, which did wonders for me! I'm hoping to have more weekends like that soon :)

Let's dive in to my monthly wrap-up!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong

Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong

In March of 2018, Drew of The Tattooed Book Geek put together a wonderful blog post titled Reasons why a blogger declines your review request and doesn’t want you on their blog. I was very honored to be quoted by Drew! And this conversation certainly got me thinking...

So I started taking screenshots! One request had been lingering on Goodreads, while the other two arrived in my inbox shortly after Drew's post went live.

Note: In this post, I have blacked out some of the information in order to give the individuals privacy.

This post should be read with a particular level of humor :) Please enjoy these honest review requests gone wrong!

Let's dive in!

Friday, March 30, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] My Book Clubs


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asks:
How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone's house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

[Book Review] The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

Book Review of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden was such a fun and beautifully written tale filled to the brim with magic, family, monsters, and darkness.

When I saw this was one of our book club options, I voted for it immediately. I had heard such great things about it! So when it won the overall vote for March, I went out and bought a copy immediately.

This book did not disappoint. In fact, I loved it so much that the minute I finished reading it, I jumped on my computer and ordered the second book and preordered the third! I cannot wait to read them both to see what happens next!

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

6 April Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

6 April Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

Oh boy... this month has so many exciting new releases!

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

4 Choice Driven Mobile Phone Games

4 Choice Driven Mobile Phone Games

I'm a total sucker for mobile games! I love being able to pick up my phone, open the app, play for a bit, and then put it away.

Recently I've been dipping my toes into a few "choice" driven story mobile games that rely on a lot of reading. Some I really enjoyed, but some weren't all that interesting.

Let's dive in!

Monday, March 26, 2018

My Blogging Accomplishments for the Spring Bloggiesta | 2018


Phew! This week just flew by! I'm so happy with the time I was able to dedicate to improving my blog this week during the Spring Bloggiesta. Thank you all so much for the wonderful discussion and help! I cannot wait for the next event.

If you'd like to check out my introduction post for this event, click here.

When you're ready, let's dive in to see how I did with my goals!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Happy National Tolkien Reading Day


Happy National Tolkien Reading Day! How are you celebrating today?

Friday, March 23, 2018

April Spring into Horror Readathon | My Intro Post


You all know how much I love Horror...

So when I saw this event shared by Barb over at Booker T's Farm - Books and Nails and Puppy Dog Tales, I just had to sign up!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

[Book Review] Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry

Book Review of Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry

Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry is a refreshingly original thriller that kept me totally captivated (but also incredibly nervous!) throughout. I just couldn't wait to see how this story played out!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Monday, March 19, 2018

My Blogging Goals for the Spring Bloggiesta | 2018


Phew, I can't believe we've already made it to another Bloggiesta! But here we are; the Spring Bloggiesta begins today and runs through the 25th. I've participated in two Bloggiestas so far and I have absolutely loved each of the events! I can't wait to see what this one brings!

Haven't heard of the Bloggiesta? No worries! Click here to learn more.

To check out my previous event posts, click the links below:

Sunday, March 18, 2018

[Book Review] Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Book Review of Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

When I first read the synopsis of Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book; it just screamed murderino!

But unfortunately, this one was a miss for me...

Let's dive in.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

[Audiobook Review] Quidditch Through the Ages read by Andrew Lincoln


When Pottermore released this article back on January 28th 2018, Andrew Lincoln will narrate new digital audiobook of Quidditch Through the Ages, I went to audible and immediately preordered the audiobook.

I have read Quidditch Through the Ages a few times over the years since the book was first released. Listening to the audiobook was a real treat!

Let's dive in!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

[Audiobook Review] Bird Box by Josh Malerman, performed by Cassandra Campbell


I snagged a copy of Bird Box by Josh Malerman, performed by Cassandra Campbell one weekend when Audible was running a sale. While I already owned Bird Box in hardcover and ebook form, I just couldn't help myself!

I'm so happy to say that the audiobook didn't disappoint! If anything, it made the story even more terrifying!

Let's dive in.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

[Book Review] Tales of the Lost by Richard Howard

Book Review of Tales of the Lost by Richard Howard

The synopsis of Tales of the Lost by Richard Howard states: This collection will not disappoint.

After picking up this book and being totally captivated by the tales inside, I can confirm that statement. This collection of tales is absolutely incredible.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

[Book Review] The King of Average by Gary Schwartz


The King of Average by Gary Schwartz is a story filled with adventure, a talking goat and other intriguing characters, and locations with very interesting names. This book was also packed with lessons about growing up and figuring out your purpose.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in to my review!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

4 More Things In The Book World That I Am Tired Of


I've been feeling a bit rant-ish recently. When looking over an old post of mine, 10 Things In The Book World That I Am Tired Of, I realized that there are a few more things that have been recently bothering me. 

So care to join me on a little discussion about four things that I just cannot wrap my head around?

If so, let's dive in!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

[Book Review] The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Book Review of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert was one of my most anticipated releases for January 2018. While the synopsis sounded really interesting, it was a miss for me.

This is a really short one, but let's dive in.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

[Book Review] The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Book Review of The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a very stressful suspense novel filled with twists and turns, some of which you may see coming and some that will totally shock you!

Be warned: This book is incredibly addicting!

Let's dive in!

Friday, March 2, 2018

6 March Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

March Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

I have already heard so much hype around a few of the books I can't wait for this month. Fingers crossed I enjoy them as well!

Let's dive in!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

[Wrap-Up] February 2018

Wrap-Up for February 2018

Ah, the end of February always sneaks up on me. This month was so insanely busy, but overall it was a good month!

My new job is going very well. I absolutely love the company I work for. Alex and I celebrated our 4 year dateaversary. Wedding plans are slowly coming together. The Walk Dead returned. And the best part of my month, my stress levels are down! My stress level still isn't exactly where I want it to be... but compared to where things were this time last month, I'm in a much better place!

My reading took a bit of a hit this month though. I'm behind in my honest reviews again, but I'm hoping to catch back up this month!

Let's dive in to my monthly wrap-up!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

[Book Review] Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Book Review of Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper is a suspenseful story filled to the brim with twists and turns that will get you on a thought path that winds up as far from the truth as these women were from their hiking path!

I have to admit, when I heard that The Dry was going to be a series, I was very hesitant. I thought The Dry was incredible as a standalone and I was nervous that the second book wouldn't live up to my expectations.

I'm so happy to say that this one surpassed my expectations! I actually enjoyed this book more than the first. I loved every second of it and really struggled to put it down! And of course, now I want to go back and re-read the first one again!

Let's get to my review!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

[Book Review] The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

Book photo of The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan is a crime thriller filled with suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold!

I had previously read and reviewed Pigeon-Blood Red by Ed Duncan and I really loved it. When I was approached and asked to read the second book in the series, I anxiously awaited for my copy to arrive in the mail. I'm so happy to say that this book did not disappoint!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

[Book Review] The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Book Review of The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware just wasn't a book for me. It was so slow and repetitive. I can't believe I read through the whole thing. Another I most definitely should have DNFed.

There were a few things I did enjoy about the book, but heads up; this review is short and quite negative.

Friday, February 16, 2018

[Audiobook Review] This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, narrated by Therese Plummer


I've been itching to re-read This Savage Song for ages! When I saw a deal on Audible for the audiobook, I just had to snag it!

Before continuing on with my audiobook review, feel free to check out my book review of This Savage Song first, and then come back here :)

Let's dive in!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

Graphic Novel Review of Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson is a vibrantly colored, action-packed space adventure about friendship and a young girls' determination to save her family.

When this graphic novel was recommended to me, I immediately requested it from my local library. I'm so happy that I was able to get my hands on it so quickly!

Let's dive into my review!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

9 Of My Favorite Cutesy Romance Books

9 Of My Favorite Cutesy Romance Books

You all know how much I love cutesy romance reads. So in honor of Valentines Day, I thought I would put together a quick list of some of my favorites.

If I have reviewed the book here on this blog, I linked the title if you'd like to read the whole review!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Graphic Novel Review of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel is an autobiography that, I'll admit, I had major difficulty reading.

Let's dive in to my brief review!

Monday, February 12, 2018

[Book Review] Chromosomes by Ashleigh Reynolds

Book Review of Chromosomes by Ashleigh Reynolds

Chromosomes by Ashleigh Reynolds is an action-packed read that will make you feel incredibly uneasy while you can't help but continue to flip the pages to see what happens next.

Pick this one up on a day off! You won't be able to put it down!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

[Book Review] The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is fantastical story about an adult remembering events from his childhood.

I picked this one up when I saw it at a local thrift shop. I almost started reading it time and time again, but something kept making me wait. When the book was chosen for my book club, I finally gave it a read.

Unfortunately, this one fell very flat for me.

Friday, February 9, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Authors I Have Met


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asks:
What authors have you met and where?  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Interview with Rook Winters

Interview with Rook Winters

I am so excited to be posting this interview today! Many thanks to Rook Winters for giving me the opportunity to host this!

Who is Rook Winters?
Rook Winters is a tea drinker with a writing habit. His background is in software development and nonfiction. He left his corporate job in 2017 and finished his first novel, The Branch Office, in between hiking trips and trips to the tea kettle.

Author Photo: Rook Winters


Let's jump into the interview!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

[Book Review] Act One, Scene One-Murder by A.H. Richardson

Book Review of Act One, Scene One-Murder by A.H. Richardson

Act One, Scene One-Murder by A.H. Richardson is such a fun, old fashioned murder mystery!

This was the second book featuring Berry Beresford, Sir Victor Hazlitt, and Stan Burgess that I have read, Murder in Little Shendon was the first. So when I was asked if I would like to review another of A.H. Richardson's books, I agreed immediately!

I'm so sad that it took me this long to get to it, but I'm so happy that I've finally read it! This one certainly didn't disappoint!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Monday, February 5, 2018

[Book Tag] Behind the Screen: A Book Blogger Tag


This book tag was created by Amber @ Du Livre. The purpose is to learn something new about your fellow bloggers and share likes and dislikes. When I first read that, I immediately thought: Sign me up! I love learning more about the bloggers that I follow.

So if you'd like to learn more about me... let's go ahead and dive in!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

[Blogging Event] Winter Mini Bloggiesta 2018


Last year, I participated in the Bloggiesta for the first time and had so much fun! Click here to check out my Fall Bloggiesta 2017 post.

Haven't heard of this event? No worries! Click here to learn more about Bloggiesta!

When you're ready, let's dive in to what I got accomplished this time!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Thank You To Alicia of A Kernel of Nonsense


Shout out to Alicia for this beautiful bookmark! Thank you so much Alicia, you are so sweet!  

Check out the detail:

If you haven't yet checked out her blog, click here: A Kernel of Nonsense.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, February 2, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] My Blogging Genres


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:
Do you prefer to blog about (a) specific book genre(s), or do you have an eclectic blog? 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Happy Library Lovers Month!


Did you know that February is Library Lovers Month? 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

[Wrap-Up] January 2018

[Wrap-Up] January 2018

Phew. I'm not usually one to wish away time, but I am very happy to see January 2018 making its way into the past. This month was equally horrible and fantastic... but I won't bog down this post with the negative details. 

The good news is that I got a new job! It's with an incredible company with an awesome office space. I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming!

Let's dive in to my monthly wrap-up!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

[Flash Fiction Review] 100 Word Horrors: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles by Kevin J. Kennedy


Before hearing about this book, I had never heard of a drabble but I was intrigued. This was such a fun collection! I really loved the majority of the stories. I will definitely be going back to this collection from time to time to revisit them.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in to my review!