Sunday, March 18, 2018

Go Herd!

So my Alma Mater has made it to the next round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Not only have they not been there is 31 years, they were the underdogs in the first round and ended up being a upset shocker.  The next hurdle is another WV team - the Mountaineers.  Now a lot of Mountaineer fans refuse to acknowledge that there is more than one university in the state and for that reason alone, please help me cheer on my Thundering Herd!  The games is on at 9:45pm tonight and even if I won't be able to watch it all, nothing would please me more than to wake up in the morning and learn we advanced.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (152)/Sunday Post

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 can 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

So I admit that I once again grabbed a few free books from Kindle.  But I definitely see a trend this week in that they all had really interesting tag lines or blurbs.  Just goes to prove sometimes it's all in the marketing.  First up is "KYMIERA:Purity" which states "The story of a teenage girl who's turning into an monster - literally." Who could resist that?  Then you have "Holes in the Ground" which teases "Some secrets have teeth."  Finally, "Grand Theft Octo" has TENTACLES so I had to grab it since it was free.  

I bought a physical book at Walmart.  I had pretty much decided to grab it for my Kindle but when I saw it in person, I had to snatch it up - it's so pretty.

And last but not least, a few review copies.  First up is "Read Herring Hunt" which is the second of the Mystery Bookshop Series.  "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" is one I've been seeing around although I admit I am confused because in some countries it's "The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle."  And finally, "True Storm" is the last in a series I'm really enjoying.

Oh and I almost forgot, I had requested this from my library and it just came in Thursday -
"Pride and Prometheus."

So what did you add to your stacks this week????

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Weekly Reads (3/16/18)

It's been an exhausting week at The Farm.  Mr. Barb has been going to training an hour and a half away all week and I'm glad today's the last day because I think he's about ready to give out.  Plus it messes with the boys when he is not there when they get up.  Funny how they get used to routine as well.  He gets home about the same time so at least that has been good.

Some of my favorite TV shows have ended for this season so I'm gonna have to find something new to watch.  "This Is Us" went out with a sob - sometimes I don't know why I continually watch such a depressing show. "Bellevue" finished up and honestly, with how it ended, I'm kind of wondering if it was just a limited run thing.  I really enjoyed it but Anna Paquin was still Sookie, all the way to the end.  Even Mr. Barb, who just caught bits and pieces kept calling her Sookie.  At least "Santa Clarita Diet - Season 2" starts on Netflix towards the end of next week - YEA!

I'm kind of struggling with "The Hunger" right now which is sad because so many of my blogging buddies have loved it.  I'm just over 40% in so I guess there's still time for redemption.  I need to start "Sneaking Out" for a blog tour coming up and I hope to dig into "Revival" this coming week as well.

Hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day and a beautiful week!!  Any fun plans reading or otherwise???

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dark Glitter Blog Tour

Dark Glitter
C.M. Stunich & Tate James
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Thriller
Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.

Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.
Arlo. Reece. Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds. But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.
When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.

The girl I'd been fucking was now fast asleep and drooling all da hell over my pillow. I stared at her for a couple o' moments, smoking my cigarette, and then stepped out into the hall and shut the door to da damn room. 

 “You aren't leaving another one in dere for me to clean up, are you brother?” asked Donal as I made my way into the common room and paused, staring the vice president of the club down for a long moment. He was my superior so it woulda been prudent to look away, sure, but I was a dumbass on a good day, me. 

 “I'm just on my way to see Meme,” I said with a shrug, and heard Donal cursing under his breath. 

 “I'd just as soon eat her as I'd feed the bitch!” he called after me as I stepped outside, boots loud against the wood of the dock. An eerie fog hung over the water, broken up by clusters of Spanish moss and gnarled oak limbs. 

 I cracked open the old freezer next to the building's grubby exterior and pulled out a container of chicken, popping the lid and grabbing a raw leg. 

 “'Ey Meme!” I shouted, tossing the container back into the freezer and grabbing a bag of marshmallows to take wit' me. “Come 'ere, girl!” 

 I moved down da length of the dock and paused, knowing I looked like a fuckin' asshole and not carin' one bit. I made quacking sounds to try and draw da gator to the dock and then tossed a few 'mallows out there for her to munch on. Whenever I tried to bring girls out 'ere to impress 'em with da gators, they always asked me how I knew da damn things liked marshmallows. But what kind o' stupid question is that? Everybody know gators like marshmallows. 

 After a few moments, I saw her, gliding through the water toward me, her dark green head just barely visible in the fog. If I wasn't fae, I probably wouldn't come out here alone in the dark like dis. Meme was small for a gator, but there were others out dere in the swamp—I knew because the club often used 'em to dispose of bodies. 

 “Hey girl, where you been?” I asked, using the pole at the end of the dock to hook the chicken leg to. I dangled it out over the water and watched as Meme lifted her long, ugly snout out to grab hold of it. With a crunch of bone, she disappeared under the dark waters again. 

 I stood there for a few, takin' drags on my smoke, when the sound of a car drew my attention back toward the hard packed dirt of the parking lot. We didn't exactly get a lot o' visitors out 'ere in da bayou. 

 “Looks like even if we stay outta trouble, trouble finds us, eh, Meme?” I tossed a handful of marshmallows into the water and headed up the length of the dock and back inside. I stepped in through the rickety old screen door just in time to see Caley dragging this thin, frail wisp of a girl into the common room. 

 “She's got iron in her side, I think,” Caley was saying as she helped the girl into one of da old couches. I saw right away that there was blood—fae blood, sure—but the stink o' iron was unmistakable.

 “And you brought her here, why?” Donal was asking, looking more annoyed than anything else as he stroked a hand down the dark, thick length of his beard. 

 “Arlo said Fionn needed to see her,” Caley began, ruffling up her hair and lookin' like she was in serious need of a nap or some shit. I just hoped all this raucous didn't wake da girl I left in the dorm room. 

 “Well, Fionn ain't here,” I said, moving over to stand next to the wilting fae on the club's couch. Her skin was a pale blue, almost white, but she was clearly still entertainin' some sort of broken glamour. I could smell it on 'er almost as bad as I could smell da iron. Who knew what she'd look like without it? I wouldn't be gettin' human girls for my bed if I wasn't wearin' one, that's for damn sure. 

 “I found her outside the diner,” Caley said, huffing out a breath and wiping sweaty palms on her uniform. “I don't think 'Lo knew she was fae or else he wouldn't have suggested I take her to the hospital …” 

 “You took her to da damn hospital?” Donal roared and then closed his eyes for a long moment. “May da goddess help you, you stupid girl.” 

 “The glamour's faded a lot since I got her there,” Caley said defensively, wrapping her arms around herself. Guess the girl couldn't help herself—she was half-human after all. “She wasn't this color and she didn't smell this bad until after …” She paused and leaned in close to Donal and me. “Someone is missing this girl bad. That iron in her side, it's got a dampening spell. That, and when she used her magic, I could feel it—some sort of signal went out.”

 I turned my attention back to the frail, wispy thing sitting on the couch. 

 When she looked up at me, her eyes had the force of a goddamn train. I felt like I was just waiting for the collision, that I was looking at somethin' powerful, something old. And those eyes, like two sapphires, dark and thick wit' magic … I could damn near drown in 'em. 

 “Get yourself under control, brudder,” Donal mumbled, flicking me in the crotch. That's when I realized that I was holding onto a rock-hard cock inside my jeans. Over this frail thing? I'd break da girl if I tried to fuck her. The hell was wrong with me? “And call your daddy.”

“He's my president same as he is yours,” I snarled under my breath, turning away from the girl before I could think too hard about the rapid beating of my heart or the thickening of my cock. No way, no hell.

I was not gettin' mixed up with a woman as troublesome as all that. 

I made enough trouble all on my own.

Author Bio:
Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
Author links:
Website / Facebook / Instagram
C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.
She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.
Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


A Dog In a Cape Fighting Zombies - Yes Please!

TITLE: Dead of Winter - Good Boy (Dead of Winter #1)
AUTHOR: Kyle Starks, Gabo, Erica Henderson (illustrator)
PUBLISHING DATE: April 17, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: Air Bud meets The Walking Dead! 

From the tabletop smash hit comes this new comic series starring your favorite characters from Plaid Hat Games' DEAD OF WINTER, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner Award-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by Gabo (The Life After).

In the pantheon of superheroes, none are more loveable and loyal than everyone's favorite good ol' dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV show stunt dog turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and otherwise? Collects issues #1-4 from the "Good Good Dog" storyline from DEAD OF WINTER!

MY THOUGHTS: "Dead of Winter" was a super quick graphic novel which I managed to read in one setting. It follows a group of survivors stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. And no matter how tough or rough the situation, Sparky, who used to have his own show prior to the outbreak, always manages to show up and save these stupid peoples' behinds.

I found the artwork in "Dead of Winter" very enjoyable. It was a lot of black and white, probably because it's set during the winter, with other bright colors thrown in. Sparky appears to be a golden retriever or a lab and is always wearing a red cape, as we all know must heroes should.

"Dead of Winter" touts itself as a spin-off comic from a game I've not heard of. However, it does stand on its own and at times, was quite humorous because it tends to make fun of some well-known zombie tropes. If you enjoy graphic novels, zombie or dogs, you've no excuse for picking this one up.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (149)

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 GOODREADSPhoebe Darrow and her mom are lightning rods for monsters.

It seems wherever they travel, they end up fleeing from either flying saucers, flesh-eating plants, blobs from space, or radioactive ants.

Fortunately, Phoebe and her ma can see the man who fills the sky—the one in the bathrobe holding a remote control with a bored expression on his face. Invisible to everyone else, his eyes keep them—and only them—safe by warning them where the next monster will pop up.

All Phoebe wants is to stop jumping from town to town and begin living her own life somewhere like New York or Paris. But when her mom vanishes, Phoebe is left to fend for herself in the small town of Pennybrooke—right where the man in the sky is staring. That’s where she begins to transform… 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I really want to know more about these monsters and the bored man in the sky with the remote control. Plus, that cover is rather catchy don't you think?


Monday, March 12, 2018

TTT - What Week Is It Anyway???

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing 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. 

So if you visited The Farm last Tuesday, you remember how I messed up the weeks and did the wrong topic.  So this week, I'm gonna share my favorite quotes but with a twist.....


But first a little backstory.  When I was young (somewhere around the age of 10) I hung out with my Grandmother a lot as she lived next door.  She was a wonderful seamstress and was always making things for family and also as a side income.  One summer she was making stuffed animals to sell in a local shop.  She was doing Holly Hobby and Winnie-the-Pooh.  Well, she just assumed I would fall in love with Holly Hobby and made an extra one because didn't ALL girls want dolls?  Nope, not me, I grabbed a Pooh and never let go.  In fact, I still have Pooh - he's been there through school, college and marriage.  She later went on to make some Eeyore's and I'm not sure what happened to him.  I never liked him much because my uncle was in charge of gluing on the eyes, noses and mouths and because he was CLUELESS, I had the only SMILING Eeyore.  Stupid Uncle.  Stupid Cousin Offspring.

So here are some of my favorite quotes from Winnie-the Pooh.

"One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries."

"I was walking along looking for somebody, and then suddenly I wasn't anymore."

"Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits..."

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

"Some people care too much.  I think it's called love."


"If  you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you."

And I just discovered Disney has a new Pooh movie coming out.  Here's the trailer:

All I have to do is hear Pooh's voice and I'm suddenly transported back to childhood. I miss you Grandma!

Also, does anyone remember this song?  It's always been a fave of mine.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Books to Bark (and Crow) About - #3

Hello my fellow bloggers!  Cassius here.  Guess what?  Booker T is letting me have a go at things today.  My very first all alone blog post.  Of course, Mom kind of convinced him he had the last two months and you know he's staring at me from the couch while I'm typing this and I've heard "Cassius, don't mess this up" a few times but I've assured him AND Mom that I got this.

So this month I'm sharing with you books about dogs and other flying creatures (stop staring at me Booker T!  Dogs can fly - you've seen me run and jump and know how fast I am.  I'm sure that's what flying feels like).  So I spent some time surfing the net - hey, maybe I should try surfing,  Oops, I forgot, no ocean.  Oh well, here's some interesting books I've recently added on Mom's Amazon wishlist.

This one sounds pretty scary and features witches and the occult.  

I saw where Mom already has the first one on her Kindle and isn't this the prettiest cover ever????
Plus it's purple, and that's Mom's favorite color so I know she'll want this one.

So Booker isn't the only one who pays attention.  I know for a fact Mom has read the first 3 or 4 of this cozy series (I liked getting snuggly and cozy) and really liked them.  She'll never be able to resist this cover and will probably look into starting the series again once she sees it.

Mom LOVES this one and can't wait for this next installment to be released.  Plus, Renee has been a guest on the blog and even shared pictures of her fur children so that makes her pretty awesome in my book.  Looks like Smooshie might have a new puppy pal in this one!

This is an older series I "dug" up which features an investigator and her canine assistant.  Gotta persuade Mom to at least give the first one a try.  Opps, what's this 1-click thing?  I don't think she has a choice now huh? (Stop your snickering Booker T, like you've never had your paw hit the wrong computer key!)

So there you have it guys.  My very first solo feature.  Hope I've shared with you some books which might interest you - cause then I might get to do this again.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (151)/Sunday Post

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 can 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

So first up I have three books from Amazon.  I grabbed "The Naughty List" when I saw it for free because it deals with Krampus, and I'm obsessed with Krampus.  "The Edge of Life" was also free, which is good because it's just a short story and even if it is horror, I wouldn't pay for 40 or so pages of story - well, at least not normally.  And finally I purchased "The Sick House."  However, Amazon and I were having issues that day and they were at fault and after being on the phone for an hour, they ended up giving it to me for free. And to the person whom I told "My Echo is more capable of fixing my problem than you" I am sorry.  It was kind of mean (but may have been accurate).

I grabbed two more things off of Hoopla.  I adore dark Sabrina and was glad to see Hoopla had "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - Issue 6."  I've also always wanted to try the "Revival" series.  

Finally I received a few review copies.  "The Butterfly Conspiracy" is touted as being for fans of Deanna Raybourn and "The Cuckoo Wood" sounds like an awesome thriller.  I've not read a Ruth Ware book so "The Death of Mrs. Westaway" will be my first and heaven help me I requested "The Last Time I Lied" by Riley Sager.  Hope I like it better than "Final Girls."  And am I the only one who sees Natalie Portman when I look at the cover????

So did you grab any good books this week?  Or like me, did you grab any you regret (I'm having Final Girls flashbacks already)?

Weekly Reads (03/19/18) - Exciting News


Nope guys, I'm not leaving.  But the neighbors are gone!!!  I waited a while to make the announcemet because I wanted to be sure but yep, they're gone and The Farm is celebrating.  We also had the court hearing on the protection order Tuesday, and although she failed to show up, the Magistrate found her to be the aggressor, extended the order for a year, and fined her court costs!  I can't explain how much more relaxed things have felt around the house the past few days.  Even the dogs can feel it.

So we've been doing some serious TV watching since the weather has been cold, snowy and blowy.  Although nothing like up north and I'm sending good vibes to all of you up that way.  "This Is Us" is almost over and is STILL killing me.  Such torture.  "The Walking Dead" started up again and I'll be honest, I'm becoming less and less interested in it.  It has had a great run, but I think it might be time to look toward the end.  We streamed "Thor: Ragnarok" and it was so so good.  The action, the effects, the laughs.  Never imagined I could laugh so much at a Marvel movie.  We also watched a zombie film called "Last Ones Out" on Shudder.  My husband has been looking for this movie forever and it was made in 2015.  Right now it's a Shudder exclusive but I HIGHLY recommend you getting your hands on it if you can.  Quite enjoyable.

So I'm almost done with "Snowblind" and it was just the horror read I was looking for.  The atmosphere is great and some crazy things have been happening.  After that I'll probably start "Dark Glitter" and "Dreadful Young Ladies."  Although I also grabbed Issue 6 of Sabrina on Hoopla and can see myself getting sucked into it as well this week.

So what are you up to this week?  Any good book or movie recommedations?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Think You've Got Neighbors From Hell - Neighborhood Watch Review

TITLE: Neighborhood Watch
AUTHOR: Stuart R. West
PUBLISHER: Muse It Up Publishing
PUBLISHING DATE: February 7, 2014

FROM GOODREADS: It used to be such a nice neighborhood. Derek and his wife Toni were content living in the quiet suburbs of Barton, Kansas. Until the new neighbors moved in. Rude, brash, loud, but there was something more to them. Something Derek couldn't put his finger on. And the older neighbors were dying off at an alarming rate. Are Derek’s past mental issues resurfacing or is he on to a darker truth? And just what is in the basement of the house on Pawnee Lane?

MY THOUGHTS: So a little backstory. Stuart has been a featured guest on my blog and he's a fun person to touch base with from time to time. Also, I LOVED LOVED LOVED "Dread & Breakfast" and had been meaning to make some time for more of his titles (this is now my third). Stuart and I were chatting last week and I mentioned having neighbor problems and I'm sure a light bulb went off in his head that was all "Have I got a book for her." So he kindly sent me "Neighborhood Watch" and I droppped everything and spent last weekend devouring it.

Derek and his wife Toni live in a quiet suburb of Kansas. She is a college professor and Derek works from home, with is trusty dog Patch keeping him company. Many people in the suburb are elderly retired individuals with Derek and Toni basically being the youngest around. However, a young couple and their friends move in just as the older people start dying. Not to mention that these young individuals are rude, mean and LOUD! Derek starts watching and with some help from his elderly neighbor, begins to see that he might just be stuck with the neighbors from hell.

This book was a fun read from start to finish. Derek and Toni have a wonderful relationship, but when he starts finding faults with the new kids on the block, his wife Toni starts doubting his sanity. In fact, she wishes he would leave well enough and was all too quick to suggest he start therapy. I also have to give a special nod to Patch. Patch is basically Stuart's dog Zak in fiction form. And because Stuart shared with me his recent loss of Zak, the character of Patch took on a special importance to me. I loved his loyalty and courageousness.

So if you love horror, you might want to consider giving this book a go. It has everything from action, dogs, neighbors from hell and even some Native American lore thrown in for a dash of excitement. I want to thank Stuart for providing me a copy of "Neighborhood Watch" to help me get through my own bad neighbor experience in exchange for an honest review. It now way affected my love of the book, even if I do think he's a pretty awesome guy! This was like watching an awesome 80's horror flick - in book form.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Boy Who Swallows Flies Blog Tour

The Boy Who Swallows Flies
Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: February 15th 2018
Genres: Middle-Grade, Mystery, Superhero
Winner of the Claymore Award!
Warning – Rated Kids-Only for Bug Violence
Jarrod can view the memories of any bug. He just has to eat it. It’s not the tastiest of superpowers and, let’s face it, fly memories aren’t all unicorns and rainbows. Eating insects also doesn’t net him many friends, and Bug-boy is an unavoidable nickname. But Jarrod’s ready to prove that he and his bugs are worth more than ridicule.
When he swallows a fly while biking, he’s in for a shock. The bug saw a room stacked full of sick dogs and puppies in crates. It’s a puppy mill, and Jarrod needs to save the animals. But the flight range of the common housefly is five miles. Even if the police believed him, with no evidence, they can’t help. It’s up to Jarrod.
Trained cockroaches survey neighborhood basements. A fly taped to a window makes an excellent sentry. Every beetle, mosquito, caterpillar—don’t eat the fuzzy yellow ones—spider and centipede is his edible sidekick.
Will Jarrod save the dogs? Or is it all too much to swallow?

MY THOUGHTS:  This book was just so much fun to read and I recommend it to anyone who has a child even vaguely interested in reading.  While it appears that it is geared toward boys (the whole bug thing) I liked it and I'm and adult AND female so I say it's a good solid read for anyone.

Jarrod, the MC, has these "moments" which doctors cannot explain.  During these "moments" he passes out but when he comes to, he remembers seeing different things, but a lot of dog poop.  Jarrod eventually discovers what is going on, which is a good thing because his parents make him wear a helmet all the time in case he passes out ad it isn't winning him any popularity contests.  Apparently when Jarrod eats a bug, he can visualize it's last moments.  In doing so, Jarrod learns that there is a puppy mill somewhere in his hometown and he takes it upon himself to save the dogs!

"The Boy Who Swallows Flies" is a fun book but it's also a book about bully and friendship.  While Jarrod's parents are very present during the book, they do some pretty appalling things - like using Jarrod's "moments" for their own personal gain.

I really enjoyed reading this wonderful middle grade tale and if you can get past the fact that Jarrod ends up eating bugs (lots and lots of bugs) then you should pick it up and give it a go.


Author Bio:
Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.
He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.
For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.
Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.
Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (148)

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: Five hundred years ago, magi created a weapon they couldn't control. An infestation that ate magic--and anything else it came into contact with. Enemies and allies were equally filling.

Only an elite team of non-magical humans, known as sweepers, can defuse and dispose of infestations before they spread. Most die before they finish training.

Laura, a new team member, has stayed alive longer than most. Now, she's the last--and only--sweeper standing between the city and a massive infestation.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I love the concept of "sweeper" and bomb squads that diffuse magic.  Sign me up please.  Tor has some awesome titles coming out this year!


Monday, March 5, 2018

TTT - Books That Surprised Me (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly)

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing 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. 

This week I am sharing some books that surprised me.  Some were better than I anticipated, some I was surprised I liked at all, and some I wanted to like much more and didn't.  On to the books!!!!



I've recommended this book to so many people.  I had kind of stayed away from vampire books for several years (I blame the whole sparkly thing) but there were two books last year that I LOVED LOVED LOVED and which renewed my faith in the vampire genre.  This was one of them...

and this was the other.  If if you like dark, gritty ad disturbed vampires, I highly recommend both of these.  They remain 2 of my favorite vampire books EVER!

I was a tad afraid to read this one because a lot of time when you see a horror book (which contains a nice family pet) it spells bad news for the dog.  That was not the case for this book and I ADORED how it actually ended.  This book truly defines the evilness in people.

This book sort of defined my enjoyment of historical fiction.  I'm not sure why I was drawn to it but I was and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this.  This book paved the way for some of my most enjoyable series such as the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries and the Lady Sherlock ones as well.

I challenged myself to read more science fiction this year because for some reason, I was convinced I didn't like it (I don't know why though)  This book fueled my curiosity and I'm thrilled it was such a fun ride!

In retrospect I don't know why I even picked this book up.  And it contains tons of triggers, which I normally don't let stop me from reading a book - unless it's animal abuse - which this one DOES contain.  So why did I still like it?  Clueless.  But I just went back and read my review and several others, and it seems like not being able to describe why you like this book is very trendy!


This was a pretty recent read and I just assumed I'd love it and would devour it very quickly.  I mean come on - dogs, books and mystery.  I was wrong.  This goes to show I do not give everything with cute dogs in it or on the cover 5/5 ratings.

Many people enjoyed this horror book and I really wanted to like it too - but nope, didn't happen.

This books screams weird and I usually like that.  However, I'm convinced I only picked it up because the cover reminded me of Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead (if you don't see it that's okay, this book seriously had me questioning my sanity and opinions).  I found this "bad weird."

So I thought my use of this book would end in 2017 but apparently it was wrong.  Oh how I wanted to love this book, but oh how I want back the time I spent reading it!  If you read my blog regularly, I don't even have to say anything else.

So there you have it - the good, the bad and the ugly.