Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shore - YA Bound Book Tours

TITLE: Shore
AUTHOR: Enrique Rosado
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing
PUBLISHING DATE: November 2017

SYNOPSIS: Lahar's life was regular- college, work, then binge watch whatever was in her queue. That is until she wakes up on a beach, with no idea how she got there. A young wizard named Arena, who has made a home by the mysterious shore, offers to help her home. With his massive dog and mystical creatures called Wisps, she studies under Arena's tutelage and tries to find a way back. Though mysterious forces lurk below the sand, clambering to make themselves whole, no matter the cost. 

MY THOUGHTS: When I first saw the cover of this book, I was immediately intrigued.  And then I sad mention of a massive dog and I knew I wanted to give it a chance.  

"Shore" starts out rather suddenly as the reader is immediately thrown into the action.  Lehar awakens one morning to find herself on a beach and meets a wizard, Arena, who has agreed to help her find her way home.  However, on their journey, they meet a wooden man named Void, who agrees to help her in exchange for Arena's life.  The remainder of the book is Lehar refusing to assist Void while learning magic from Arena, and the two of them growing closer as they try to figure out exactly what has gone on.

Now I will admit that this book is definitely odd, so if that attracts you, I think you might like it.  We meet lots of magical beings including a large dog named Pie who can shoot fire at people.  I actually wish my pups knew that trick.  In addition, "Shore" is a rather short novel which makes it a great quick read and face it, who doesn't love to immerse themselves in a totally fantastical world from time to time.  Rosado definitely has quite an imagination and I would love to see an animated version of "Shore" come to life one day.


The kindle edition is on sale for only $0.99 through November 16th! If you have Kindle Unlimited you will be able to read the book free anytime you want! Buy on Amazon!

About the Author

Enrique Rosado, is a Puerto Rican who grew up on the island for a bit before landing in Killeen, Texas, a town that cultivated him and made him who is is today.  He currently lived in New York City and writes any chance he gets. 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Awwww....Puppy Love!

TITLE: A Midwinter's Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #3)
AUTHOR: Bethany Blake
PUBLISHER: Kensington
PUBLISHING DATE: November 27, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: To bark or not to bark . . . 

Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town's annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year's special guest--Celeste "CeeCee" French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who's returning home to announce plans for a bright new flagship store.

But not everyone's celebrating CeeCee's homecoming. Daphne's friend Moxie Bloom, owner of Spa and Paw, a unique salon for people and their pets, has plenty to growl about. So when CeeCee is found face down under Sylvan Creek's town Christmas tree, stabbed with a distinctive pair of professional-grade pet shears, suspicion lands squarely on Moxie. Despite Daphne's promises to Detective Jonathan Black, she quickly reprises her role as amateur sleuth. Ably assisted by her basset hound sidekick, Socrates, she must hurry to prove her friend's innocence before a killer barks again . . .

MY THOUGHTS:  There are so many things I love about this series and this installment that I don't know where to start.  Once again readers are quickly immersed into Sylvan Creek, the quaint small town that adores its pets.  This time, the town is in the middle of their Christmas preparations which include a rather unique play and a Bark the Halls Ball.  Unfortunately, once again Daphne has discovered a dead body beneath a park tree and it just happens to be a visitor from the past who was working on opening a famous name retail pet store.  There are plenty of suspects but first on the list just happens to be Daphne's best friend, Moxie.

I love so many of the characters from Sylvan Creek.  Moxie is offbeat and unique, Daphne is a real animal lover who is always taking in dogs and cats, Daphne's high-strung vet sister is even growing on me.  And while there are some hints of romance in this one, I find myself actually wanting some of the couples to move faster because they are just so darn perfect for each other!

And finally there are the pets.  Moxie has a pet rat and although I'd never own one, he sounds so cute and adorable.  Of course Daphne has Socrates, her wise Basset and still pet sits regularly for her favorite Detectives dogs, Axel and Artie.  And this time around we get to meet Snowdrop - the spoiled poodle of the deceased whom Daphne ends up caring for.  And let me tell you, Snowdrop steals Socrates' heart!  We also meet a sneaky little pug named Tiny Tim, who runs around town in a Bah Hum-Pug!  sweater the whole book.

So if you like a good mystery (and one which I didn't figure out), wonderful pets, great characters and a fun cozy town, you can't go wrong with Blake's setting.

I received my copy of "A Midwinter's Tale" from the publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  I also read it as part of th #HoHoHo readathon.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (184)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADS: Dr. Harleen Quinzel grew up in an abusive household with a criminal and became a psychologist to deal with her own broken family. At Arkham Asylum, she attempted to treat the Joker and instead fell hopelessly in love with him, helping him escape and becoming a member of his organization. Quinzel became Harley Quinn, a bizarre contradiction of violence and mercy. She blames Batman for her inability to maintain a stable relationship with the arch-villain, and that causes her to have an abiding hatred for the hero, who she seeks to kill. Upon capture she becomes a violent inmate at Belle Reve Penitentiary, and is assigned to the group of government-maintained super villains known as the Suicide Squad. 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  A book about Harley Quinn - my fave DC character.  I can't believe I have to wait until February for this one!


Monday, November 12, 2018

TTT - Bookish Items I'd Like to Own

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish they  handed over the reins to ThatArtsyReaderGirl who can be found HERE.  Each week she will focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

Today we're looking at bookish merchandise we'd like to own.  Honestly, I'm not huge on stuff like that but let's see what we can do.  

I'm sure we call all relate to this sentiment at one time or another

Staying with the Pooh theme I think these are absolutely adorable.

While not a huge fan of magnetic bookmarks, I do think these ones are awesome.

I think these are perfect for an Addams Family fan.

I think this is gorgeous and yes, I often read past my bedtime, but it does not match the decor in my house at all.

I would wear this Losers Club sweatshirt proudly.

Same goes for the t-short from The Overlook Hotel!

This is awesome but clowns freak me out so there's a possibility it could end up in the closet.

I really think my tree needs this ornament.

And while it's not book related, it is Prince related and while a tad bit controversial, I NEED this coffee cup.  Only a true fan will understand.  I swear - he means coffee beans!

So there you have it. All of these great items can be found on Etsy - where else??

Beware the Cost of Fame

TITLE: We Sold Our Souls
AUTHOR: Grady Hendrix
PUBLISHER: Quirk Books
PUBLISHING DATE: September 18, 2018

FROM GOODREADS:  In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success -- but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western - she's tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry's meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris's very soul.

This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It's a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that's darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul...where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.

MY THOUGHTS:  When "We Sold Our Souls" starts out, we are introduced to Kris, a teenager facing long evenings in the cold basement teaching herself to play electric guitar because heavy metal is her one true calling.  We then fast forward 3 decades and see Kris working the night shift as an area hotel, forced to wait on drunks who would rather urinate on her desk than go to their room as asked.  We learn Kris and her friends were able to tour for several years as the heavy metal band, Durt Wurk but right when they were ready to hit it big, "contract night" changed their fates and only the lead singer rose to fame as a single act known as Koffin.  Now Koffin is on his farewell tour and Kris is determined to find out why the rest of the band's life has gone to hell.

If you are a music fan, and in particular a heavy metal fan, "We Sold Our Souls" is the book you've been waiting for.  Hendrix does an exceptional job of weaving the music biz with horror and the result is a novel that starts out slow but ends with a band (at least it did for me).  I also think Hendrix did something really special making the main character a female.  It showed a real insight for how hard it is as a woman to make it in the rock business and I have a newfound respect for any female who chooses that path.  The books has some truly horrific scenes and instead of focusing on someone's rise to fame, it focuses on the fall.  There are no cute fairy tales in "We Sold Our Souls" and really no happy ending along the way.  Still, in the end, the novel lived up to the hype and now I'm excited to see what Hendrix has planned for his readers next.

RATING: 4 Paws

Friday, November 9, 2018

Weekly Reads/Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post (11-09-18)

To say it's been a heck of a week at The Farm is an understatement.  Many of you already know that I was T-boned Monday by a BIG SUV.  I was at stop light and a lady was pulling out of a side street.  She "looked but didn't see me" and whammed right into my driver's door.  5 hours later at the ER room I was given the clear but each day is a lesson in what hurts now.  It could have been worse though because she was fully insured and completely at fault.  I'm waiting for someone to contact me about repairing my truck and finishing up the medical stuff (which will be ongoing for a while).  I have a rental for 15 more days which will help as well.  I want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and messages!  Enough of that mess.....

On to a new one.  This was also the week the kitchen was getting new flooring and ceiling.  The guy told Mr. Barb he could do it in one long day with his "helper."  We we are now on one long day and three long evenings but I hope that by the time you see this, his part is done!  I really just want to sleep people!

So basically TV watching has been limited (we did watch the Steeler game Thursday) and I managed to get two books read but I really hope to have a somewhat relaxing weekend.  Here are the books I'd like to get to in the upcoming week:

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you cans you cam include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer

I had an epic library haul this week. I had requested these and since my library chose to order them all (they are so great), they all came in at once.  I've seen awesome reviews of "Sawkill Girls" and can't wait to read it.  I am a tad worried over "The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel" because La La in the Library said it was too much romance and I trust her judgement.  "Agony House" has such cool formatting and I adore Cherie Priest and I saw "Riddance" somewhere and was pretty curious. It actually has a much longer title so check out Goodreads - oh, and it's horror.

Finally I got three new review books from Netgalley and the publishers.  "Dead as a Door Knocker" and "A Literal Mess" are the first in new cozy series and "Save Me From Dangerous Men" is a new thriller coming out in March.

So what do you have planned this coming week and did you add any new and exciting books???

Dashing Through the Snow!

So Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer is once again hosting this lovely readathon and I had so much fun last year, I can't resist.  Plus, life's been so stressful this past week, I think it's time for some more relaxed reads.  I will post the rules and if you're interested, there's still time!

  • *Link-up (it is not necessary to link to goal post, just link to the account/blog you will be using)
  • *Before or on November 9th post a goals post to your blog.  If you do not have a blog, declare your intentions on social media, then create a shelf on Goodreads with intended books and link to this page. Be sure and link back to Caffeinated Reviewer. If you do not have a blog or Goodreads account and wish to participate you could use Instagram or Facebook. Contact me if unsure.
  • *It might be a good idea to friend, like or follow me on whatever social media site you use so we can see your progress. Just mention #HoHoHoRAT, so I can follow you back.
  • *Grab the image and share! Tell your friends, post the image and link on social media using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google + or Instagram Be sure to include a link to this page, so others may join.
  • *Participate in at least one challenge to be eligible for grand prize
  • *Read/listen to as many Holiday or Winter themed books as you can. (Winter can be new years setting, snowstorm etc. If you are unsure contact me. Goodreads is a good source for finding Winter settings)
  • *Tweet your progress using #HoHoHoRAT
  • *Twitter Party! Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 3:30 pm (EST) #HoHoHoRAT Come chat about the books you have read. There will be prizes.
  • *Challenge schedule and Grand Prize widget will post on November 9th at/by 8 am (EST)
  • *Read-a-thon starts on November 9th 12:o1 am (your time zone) and ends on November 18 at 11:59 pm (your time zone)
  • *Challenges will be open from 8 am (EST) on the 9th and stay open until Nov 18th at 11:59 pm (EST)
  • *Grand Prize Raffle will be open until November 19th at 11:59 pm (EST) to allow you to submit entries.s 
  • *All winners of challenges and the grand prize will be notified by November 20th.
Here's what I hope to read:

Plus we may even get flurries tonight.  I'm not excited about that at all but does seem fitting!