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A Long Walk Home; Piper Landen

Hello Fellow Readers!

I know, another book that has to do with a dog, well I like animals okay!?

Title: A Long Walk Home
Author: Piper Landen
Genre: Romance, Animals
Publication Date: Dec. 27th 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Character: Baloo
Least Favorite Character: Baloo’s old family
Wear to read: The dog park

This was a was easy and quick read for me. Casey life is pretty much a routine that doesn’t get broken, suddenly she finds a dog running loose. Being the good person Casey is she takes the dog home and contacts the shelter. She then decides to foster Baloo (he was named by the shelter). She also meets Charlie while he was jogging and this also changes her routine as well. 
Casey has so much anxiety about everything that I almost felt like I was getting anxiety reading about it, while I knew what Casey was going through and I’m glad they addressed it towards the end of the book. Mental health is important and this is what made me bring the book up to 3 stars. Besides that this is a pretty predictable story, and Casey constantly second guessing herself and self-sabotaging her relationship with Charlie stopped me from truly enjoying the book. I wanted to scream at her to just take a breath. I am really glad everything worked out in the end and the depiction of how rescues work was well done.  

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Nerdy Post Jan 2017 unboxing

Hello Fellow Readers!

I have a new Subscription Box and it’s called Nerdy Post

What is Nerdy Post?

Nerdy post is a Light weight Subscription service that offers affordable one-of-a-kind designs and artwork. There are two types of subscriptions the Nerdy Tee and The Nerdy Post. Both are priced at $13.95 plus shipping

What’s in the box!?

Poster with Qui-Gon Jin Quote ‘Your focus determines your reality’
Mini Print with a quote spoken by both Cassian and Jyn. ‘Rebellions are built on hope’
Vader helmet sticker
Death Star coaster with the quote by Obi-Won Kenobi ‘That’s No Moon’
Double Sided book mark with Yoda quote ‘Do or do not there is no try’ on one side and a delightful tribute to Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia with the famous ‘I love you’ quote.
Double Sided Fat Book marks with two quotes from Han Solo ‘That’s not how the force works’ and ‘Never tell me the odds’
Pin with Darth Vader Quote ‘The force is strong with this one’
BB8 magnet with ‘Where do you come from?’ and ‘Classified, Really?’
Mini Buttons!!!
Color in Post Card!
I really loved this box! I am such a huge Star Wars fan, with tons of Merch and the books! I think my favorite product in this box was The Coaster and BB8 magnet. 
Next Month’s theme is BBC’s Sherlock, not sure if I like the theme as I am very neutral about the series, but We will see.

The Little Tea Shop of Broken Hearts; Jennifer Joyce

Hello Fellow Readers,

I’ve been looking for a fun read and I found it with The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts. I’ve been needing a pick me up after all those textbooks reads. There is only so much a person can read on Evolutionary Biology before wanting to set your brain ablaze!

Title: The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 8, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Favorite Character: Maddie
Least Favorite Character: Joel+

Where to read: In your favorite cafe surrounded by pastries
This book is very charming and I really love all the characters. The main character is Maddie who about a year ago broke off her engagement. The book has flashback of Maddie at this time, so it goes to explain what happens in a gradual way. I really liked the flashbacks as it has shown how Maddie’s priorities have shifted from her relationship and dead end jobs to owning her own (sort of failing) Tea shop. The side characters that surrounded Maddie are all very interesting and while the minor petty squabble between Nicky and Victoria was annoying as hell, I still really like the book and how they all connected with each other. 
I also liked Maddie’s budding relationship with Caleb, while it was a instant attraction the relationship was a bit of a slow burn. Maddie was great and I was able to relate to her (although she was much more easily embarrassed than I am) Her relationship with her parents was showcased as well and I loved her relationship with her dad (and an understanding of her lack of one with her mom) While much of the plot points were very predictable I loved it. The epilogue while a bit cheesy was great and I liked how it explained about how the characters lives went and how they all ended up happy. Sometimes we just need stories to have happy endings, and I’m glad this one did. Although Nicky’s ending is still up in the air. Maybe a sequel?

Want to Pre-Order the book you can do that HERE

The Aeronaut’s Windlass; Jim Butcher

Hello Fellow Readers,

I have another review for you this time It’s Jim Butcher’s newest series The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

 Title:The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
Publication Date: Dec. 29th 2015
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Favorite Character: Folly
Least Favorite Character: Rook
Where to read: When your waiting for something to start.

This is the first book in Butcher’s planned The Cinder Spires series. The second book has yet to come out and but is currently called The Olympian affair. Most people state that Butcher is trying to cash in on the current Steampunk phase I honestly don’t think he is. I’ve read multiple steampunk books and it seems like Butcher is genuinely trying to write because he enjoys it. Since this is the first book in the series it seemed slow to start but I didn’t expect it to be as slow as it was. I kept stopping and reading something else hoping it will pick up. It eventually did but because it took so long my interest waned a bit. I will say the second half of the book was a lot better than the first, it had more action and you started to piece things together. 
I wish that Butcher had kept control of how many characters he had, I kept having to go back and see who was from where. It seems as if there are a total of 4 main characters, I could be wrong. The book had alternating points of view, even from the enemy, which despite the long list of characters I didn’t have a trouble with. I really liked Folly who is Master Ferus apprentice, and I hope the book expands more on that character and make her a little less childlike. The character who I didn’t like reading her POV was Gwen. 
Reading about her from other people’s point of view she is a strong female character. From her point of view she is bratty and rash and seemingly imperious to fear. I didn’t dislike any of the characters too much (expect the villian, you have to dislike the villian).
Even though this book only got 3 stars from me it was not a bad book in any sense, I just wished it was a bit shorter and faster paced. I will be reading the second book when it comes out (hopefully it’s better since it doesn’t have to set too much up.) 

Book Blogger Hop

Hello Fellow Readers,

I new week means a new Book Blogger Hop. I’m a little late this time, as it ends the 19th. Hopefully I can do the next one sooner.


Book blogger hop is Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week a question will be posted and all you have to do is answer the question and link up. So fun, quick and easy.
 
This Week’s Question:

Is everyday a reading day for you? Submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

My answer:

I try to make everyday a reading day, but unfortunately I am not that lucky and life gets in the way. I wish I didn’t have school or work because then I could read all the time.

 

Judging a Book by it’s cover Jan 2017

Hello Fellow Readers,

Last month I picked Hex on the Beach as my first Judging a book by it’s cover. I predicted accidental magic, Liquor and Romance. Before we get started let me give you the book synopsis I did not read.

Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s next in line for a huge promotion. 

All that changes when Lily’s assistant delivers a strange quiz to her, one titled A Magical Assessment for Normal Folks. With it comes the promise of a land she’s never known existed. A land where Lily not only discovers her biological family for the first time, but a place where she can make a difference, change lives, and step into the role she’s destined to fulfill. 

But first, Lily must admit she’s a witch. Then, she has to acknowledge that the tall, dark, and mysterious man who offers his help is strictly focused on business…at least, for now. When a body turns up dead and the next target is Lily, she must trust her powers and accept the help of her newfound friends. Otherwise, she’ll never survive the trials of the magical island tucked far, far away in the frigid waters of Lake Superior. 

Welcome to The Isle


Lily is a likable character if you like super nice pushovers. I understand why she was so nice, she just met her family (two cliche witch aunts and cousins similar in age) so I can understand why she thinks she needs to be nice. First thing I was wrong about was accidental magic. While there was some magic for a witchy book  I was kinda surprised at the lack of it. The Isle was pretty cool, it was a beachy place that made me long for a warm salty breeze on a summer day (instead I’m starting at white snow). The Aunts were pretty cliche, there’s the plump motherly one and the skinny tall mean one. I didn’t like either one too much since the mean one had no redeeming qualities and basically accused Lily of murder just because of the town gossips. for being late twenties to early thirties Lily and her cousins were pretty immature. 

While they had some liquor it really didn’t have any, Lily’s new powers include her being a mixologist, which is pretty much a potion maker. Most people apparently rely on her Mixologist powers. Unfortunately the last mixologist was killed and now they want Lily. I was right about the romance Lily and Ranger X (what the hell kind of name is that?) are of course undeniably attracted to each other, but Rangers can’t get married.  The ending was very lack luster and bit rushed so I was very disappointed about it.

The book was not bad, it’s the first of the series, but unfortunately I don’t think the series is for me.

Our next book will be :

The Spirit Tree by Kathryn M. Hearst The Cover is just so pretty with the colors and the tree. I’m also guessing this story will have romance. The main character would be a woman (probably the woman on the cover). Based on the title I’m guessing ghosts, maybe this is a paranormal romance? there’s also what looks like potion bottles hanging from the tree, so this may have magic as well.
What do you guys think?


Blog Photo Sunday

Hello Fellow Readers,

Blog Photo Sunday is hosted by Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog, so check out her blog!

Hello everyone! Welcome to “Book Photo Sundays” where you get the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves and book conventions you have gone to!  The goal of this book meme is to basically just post up a photo of the various books you have read or your book hauls on your blog and link back here so that way everyone can check out your wonderful book photos!  You can get your book photos through your Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Iphone or any other account where you can get your photos! 
So let’s get started!

I love Star Wars. I am such a big fan. This picture is from my #Sammyreadsjanuary17 instagram challenge