Welcome All Book Lovers

Welcome All Book Lovers

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 2017 Owlcrate Unboxing

IT'S HERE =) THIS IS THE MAIN PICTURE OF THE PACKED LITTLE BOX ♥







THIS TIME I'M GOING TO WRITE OUT THE WHOLE SPOILER CARD WITH ALL OF THE ITEMS BEFORE SHOWING THE CLOSE-UPS OF THE PICTURES 

NOVEMBER 2017

CASTLES, COURTS, AND KINGDOMS 

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*  WIL IS THE ONLY DAUGHTER OF A POWER-HUNGRY KING, FORCED TO LIVE IN THE SHADOWS AS A SPY FOR HER KINGDOM. ONE DAY WHEN HER LIFE IS PUT AT RISK. WIL DISCOVERS SHE HAS THE ABILITY TO TURN LIVING THINGS TO GEMSTONE WITH JUST A TOUCH. WHEN THIS NEWFOUND POWER CAUSES TRAGEDY TO OCCUR, WIL FLEES HER HOME IN SEARCH OF ANSWERS AND A CURE. SHE ENDS UP FINDING MORE THAN SHE BARGAINED FOR WHEN SHE MEETS A CURSED PRINCE FROM AN ENEMY KINGDOM. THE GLASS SPARE IS A BEAUTIFUL FANTASY STORY ALL ABOUT THE BONDS OF FAMILY, AND WHERE YOUR LOYALTY LIES. WE ALSO HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SIGNED BOOKPLATE AND LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR LAUREN DESTEFANO AS WELL AS THE EXCLUSIVE GEMSTONE TATTOOS! 

HAPPY READING! AND THANKS FOR BEING AWESOME! 
~OWLCRATE 






I added the cute little card that tells what the December box will be ~ Seize The Day ↑





I'm loving my winter hat (beanie) =) 

Mel ♥

Friday, November 17, 2017

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. @goodreads 













THAT was freaking awesome!!



Nova is a girl called Nightmare. She's part of the Anarchists group. They are the villains, but not everything is as it seems. The thing is, the Anarchists and the "good guys" the Renegades both have bad people in their groups and good people.

Nova (Nightmare) wants to take the Renegades down. She was raised by her uncle, Ace after her family perished. Ace was the leader of the Anarchists.

Both of these groups have powers. I will let you find out about those yourself. 



Let me add a little ***SPOILER*** in an excerpt of what happened to cause Nova to hate the Renegades.

Nova had been inspecting some reliquaries she'd found in one of the smaller chapels when Ace found her and sat her down on a worn wooden bench. He told her that one of the villain gangs--the Roaches--had demanded that her father craft them a collection of weapons using his gift. They had threatened David's wife and daughters if he didn't meet their expectations.

When her papa began to fall behind on their requests, he went to the Renegades and begged for protection. Captain Chromium himself had promised that no harm would come to him or his family, but only so long as he stopped making weapons for their enemies.

And so her dad did stop. And the Roaches, in retaliation, sent a hitman after him and his family.

Only, the Renegades hadn't kept their word. Captain Chromium hadn't kept his word. They were not there to protect David's family when they needed their protection the most.

When Ace finished telling this story, he handed Nova a cup of cold milk and two vanilla wafer cookies taken from plastic packaging that crinkled deafeningly loud. Nova, six years old and so small her feet didn't touch the stone floor as she sat on the bench, ate the cookies and drank the milk without comment. She remembered not crying. She remembered that in that moment, she had not felt sad.

She only felt anger.

Blinding, breathless rage.

As she stood up to leave so she could come to terms with the truth of her family's deaths, Ace had said simply, practically--"The Roaches were forty-seven members strong. Last night, I killed them all."


Hell yes he did. Just reading the part when Nova's family was being killed was horrible.

***END OF SPOILERS!!!***


So one day Nova is on an Anarchists mission to take out one of the Renegade leaders. Things don't go as planned and she meets the Sentinel. He's a new hero. He has an R on his suit but he's not with them. You can meet him in the book 😊

One of the Anarchists pushes Nova to become a Renegade and find out how to take them down. She becomes friends with Adrian, the son of the main dudes. She didn't see that coming. And there are lots of secrets.

Nova finds out a bunch of stuff that could devastate the world if it happens. And then there is Max. He's a secret 😊

The ending blew me away and holy shite balls I'm ready for the next book!!




Happy Reading!

Mel ❤️

GOODREADS REVIEW: 

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2064583836

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Haunting The Deep by Adriana Mather

The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.

Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers. @goodreads 












First off I think I need to be in the right mindset for these books. I gave the first book 2 stars but I think I will re-read it because I don't think I did the first one justice and maybe not even this second book. Sometimes your mood can ruin a book and not the book itself. 

I felt I enjoyed this book a little better because the supposed mean girls in the first book are friends with Sam in this book. 

The girls practice magic even though Sam doesn't really want to but sometimes you have to in the world they are dealing with. 

This book centers around the Titanic. 

photo by OceanGate



 The school has a theme for the dance and it's the Titanic. So anything related to clothes, tickets, etc. takes Sam onto the actual Titanic. Then the other girls start having some issues with the Titanic. 

Of course there is something very wrong with this picture and the girls have to find out what is going on. 

I'm not sure how I feel about the relationship with Sam, Jaxon and Elijah. I don't like love triangles but it seems Sam might have made her decision, but one can never really tell. Also, how cool would it really be to have a ghost for a boyfriend =) 

Happy Reading. 

Mel ♥ 

*I would like to thank BloggingForBooks for a print copy of this book.*


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions—and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation . . . or redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. @goodreads 













Wow! This book was really sad and had a happy ending at least. I had no idea this was a place and it breaks my heart 😢



This is written in the front of the book:

For the hundreds who vanished
and for the thousands who didn't.
May your stories
not be forgotten.

For those who help today's orphans
find forever homes.
May you always know the value
of your work
and your love.


This book is about the Foss children. They are fictional in the book but taken from real life stories. The stories of this horrible woman, Georgia Tann, who had children stolen from poor families and sold to rich families. Those that actually survived living at the Tennessee Children's Home Society. These kids were malnourished, raped. Jesus, I can't go on with all of the travisties.

You can google and find out tons of information

Here is a photo of the evil woman.




Here is a picture of a memorial to the hundreds of children who died. There are a lot of photos if you google.


That's all I have people. I just can't. I'm crying too much to write anything else.

Recommend to everyone.


Mel


GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2139374443

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation.
Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the warm African days playing with her friends and being adored by her doting parents. When she becomes a teenager, she experiences her first taste of unrequited romantic love in the form of her best friend’s older brother, De Wet Fourie. When De Wet pursues the beautiful and wealthy Annabelle, Lettie’s dreams are crushed, and she moves to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in medicine.
Life in Johannesburg feels strange to Lettie, and the world around her is in profound upheaval as the Second World War rages. Her feelings for De Wet never waver, and Lettie is heartbroken when he marries another of her childhood friends. Lettie soon meets Marco Romanelli, an Italian immigrant, and they marry and raise two daughters, as the racial and political tensions in South Africa swirl about them.
Lettie never forgets her first love, even as the ravages of time, war, and illness play upon her life and the lives of those she loves. In their later years, Lettie and De Wet are thrown into one another’s company again, and they are given another chance at a life together. @goodreads 












I didn't get into this book as much as I thought I would but it was still a good book. 

This is the story of Lettie and her life through the years. She was really down on herself when she was younger. She didn't think she was as good as everyone else. She also had a crush on a boy named De Wet but it never goes anywhere. He eventually marries one of her friends. 

Later on, Lettie becomes a doctor and eventually leads her to meet Marco. 

This whole story is about love and loss. Friends over the span of years. Unexpected beginnings and endings. 

I loved how the end of the book came all the way back around to something very sweet and I think they needed that in this book. 

Happy Reading. 

Mel 

*Thank you to BookLookBloggers for a print copy of this book.*

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?@goodreads 












That ending! What the . . .




"'Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt that the sun doth move,
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love.'"


I don't even know what to say. Everything changed in a blink of an eye.

Tyrus is the new emperor and Nemesis is to be the new empress at his side. They are having a bit of a problem with the Galaxy not wanting a diabolic to be empress. It seems people are trying to kill them every time you turn around, mostly Nemesis.

Then we are going along, thinking there might be some progress and then BAM! All hell breaks loose and my feelings!!!!!

I will nervously await the next book!


Mel ❤️

GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2089838032

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves. @goodreads 













My October 2017 Fairyloot! I added a link below this picture if you want to go see close-ups of the goodies =) ♥





These stories were awesome. Well, one that I read when it was free on Tor I only gave 3 stars because of the hunting but other than that, they were pretty dark and cool!

I'm just going to add pictures of the postcards I got in my Fairyloot box because these are the same pictures they have after the story has been told. And let me tell you, all of these pictures on the postcards and through-out the book are amaze balls!


AYAMA AND THE THORN WOOD



This one is my favorite. It's a telling of the not beauty and the beast =) It's wicked and cool!


THE TOO- CLEVER FOX



This is the one with too much animal killing. I gave it three stars in my original review because it had some tales within tales

THE WITCH OF DUVA



This one is really dark and cool. The woodsman who has a secret. His daughter who befriends a witch and some ewww involved!

LITTLE KNIFE



This one is about a girl too beautiful to even behold. A bunch of idiots. And a river =)


THE SOLDIER PRINCE



This one is another take on the Nutcracker. Like I have said before, I have not read the original Nutcracker but this one is really good as well.


WHEN WATER SANG FIRE



This one is about some mermaids.

THE END!

Don't y'all love my short little explanations? =D

I loved the book, it's absolutely beautiful inside and out. The pages are stunning and each page is colored as well. I would recommend to anyone that love the author and fairy tales, myths and folklore!

Happy Reading!

Mel ♥


GOODREADS REVIEW: 

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2163965212

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared. @goodreads 









I enjoyed this book a great deal. A lot of my friends here on goodreads didn't like it too much but I did =)

Evelyn and Rose are sisters and they supposedly have powers. They are told they have the powers of healing by a man named Sebastian Braddock. Mr. Braddock seems like a jerk when we first meet him but he has his reasons and it is a very good reason indeed. Mr. Braddock also has powers.

When Rose goes missing one night and leaves a sketchy note saying she's going to London to be a nurse/doctor, Evelyn heads out to find her sister. Their parents are jerks and I won't go into that.

But Evelyn is not alone. She is accompanied by a sort of love interest, Nickolas Kent and of course Mr. Braddock shows up.

They all end up finding out some revelations, some other people with powers, some not so nice things and a hopeful ending.

I enjoyed it and will have to get the next two books < -- Naturally!

Happy Reading!


Mel ♥

GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1551343466

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How To Find Love In A Bookshop by Veronica Henry

"Absolutely delightful." --People

The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers--a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father's death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's loyal customers have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.

There's Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there's a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage--she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings.

Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future--and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish. @goodreads 


















I just finished the most wonderful story! 




The story of Emilia, her father Julius and their bookshop, Nightingale Books. 

The book starts with a prologue telling of Julius finding the bookstore with Emilia as a little babe in the pram. That was back in the 80's. Cut to 32 years later and Emilia is grown up and coming home because her father is dying. It was a bittersweet story and brought tears to my eyes. 

We get to read into the past of what happened in Julius life and where little Emilia came from. How he started the bookshop and we learned what a wonderful person Julius was. 

Excerpt: 

There would always be a half-full cup of coffee on the counter that he'd begun and never finished, because he would get into a conversation and forget about it and leave it to get cold. Because people dropping in to chat with Julius all the time. He was full of advice and knowledge and wisdom and , above all, kindness. 

As a result, the shop had become a mecca for all sections of society in and around Peasebrook. The townspeople were proud of their bookshop. It was a place of comfort and familiarity. And they had come to respect its owner. Adore him, even. For over thirty years he had fed their minds and their hearts, aided and abetted in recent years by his assistants; warm and bubbly Mel, who kept the place spick-and-span, and lanky Dave the Goth, who knew almost as much as Julian about books but rarely spoke--though once you got him going, it was impossible to stop him. 

Her father was still here, thought Emilia, in the thousands of pages. Millions--there must be many millions--of words. All those words, and the pleasure they had provided for people over the years: escape, entertainment, education . . . He had changed minds. He had changed lives. It was up to her to carry on his work so he would live on, she swore to herself. 

Julius Nightingale would live forever. 

End Excerpt. 

Emilia decided she was going to do everything possible to keep the bookstore open. She found out through her best friend, who happened to be an accountant, that things didn't look good but they could bring it back around. 

And with chance meetings with people that came into the shop, Emilia found a wonderful group of people to help with different things to make Nightingale Books rise and shine! 

I loved all of the characters that were in the book that added to the story and Emilia's and Julius life in many different ways. 

I loved the love interest that finally after so many years came to fruition. 

I loved everything about this book. It took me to my happy place. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to read a feel good book with a great cast of characters. Yes, there are sad times but that is life. I'm so glad I took this journey. 

Mel ♥

  Thank you to Blogging For Books for a print copy of this book. 

 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark. @goodreads
 


















This was a magical story both happy and dark. I loved it so much! And Neil Gaiman did a wonderful job of reading his own book ❤️



Once a boy befriended a girl named Lettie Hempstock, her mother and grandmother and nothing was ever the same again.....




There are beautiful and horrible things in this world and we find these things inside this book

A boy that is coming of age in a world we know nothing about and everything about....




It did make me sad but you have to read the book to understand it. I'm going to be adding this to my collection as I got this audio from the library Overdrive. I highly recommend it!


Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, and find the spaces between fences.


I'm glad I still haven't grown up!

Mel ❤️

GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1493559958