Thursday, March 31, 2016

Let's Chat - Bookish Gifts

I have been a bookworm all of my life, and gifting me is easy if you know what books I like to read! Throw in a candle, maybe some bath salts and good bottle of red, and you have me smiling ear to ear.  Actually I think every female book lover out there would thank you for the thought, but maybe you want to be more creative, or different and still stick to the theme.  I am sure that there are other ideas out there for you!
 An awesome bookmark goes a long way. Check out these really cool ones that I went gaga over!

Harry Potter Gryffindor Bookmark on Etsy  

 Or one of my personal favorites:

Zombie Hand - Custom Order on Etsy

 There are literally TONS of different and extremely cool bookmarks out there.
Looking for something a little more unique? Here are some other items that sparked my interest.
Antique Book Facial Tissue Box
Click here to find it at
Ok, this is really cool. Especially for readers like me, that pretty much cry at almost every novel that I read, including the occasional Harlequin endings.
Gag Gift Matchboxes
Click here to find it on Etsy
This literally made me LOL! Ya... slightly immature, but then I never proclaimed to be otherwise! Heehee
Click here to find it on Amazon
Click here to find it on Amazon
You may not get it, but trust me when I say this... A book lover will go insane over this. I have been made fun of many times when caught smelling a book... it's a hardcore bookworm thing. I often wished they would bottle the stuff, and here it is!

Library Embosser
Click here to find this at Horchow
A lot of readers have joined the e-reader craze.. I happen to be one of those that loves the convenience, and I don't purchase many physical books anymore, but this is a really cool gift for the reader that does.
As you can see, there are so many creative options if you are looking to gift yourself, or gift a book loving friend or significant other something really cool.  A quick google search will bring up even more great ideas. This is but a small little list and sampling of what is out there to bring a smile to a bookworm's face!

Enjoy and Happy Reading (... and shopping!)


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review - The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa
Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It's a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows.

A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons.

Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing.

But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

My Review
 I hope that I am not the only person, who as a kid with an insane level of imagination, thought about one day being captured by the government because I actually have some unharnessed superpowers... am I? Damn.... Too late to take that back! :)

Any surprise then as to why this novel would interest me? Actually, this novel surprised me. I admit that I picked it up out of sheer boredom with every other genre that I had been reading lately, but didn't expect much. Truthfully, it didn't take long for it to gain my interest as this book started off with some good action that only gained momentum with each chapter. Each of my childhood fantasies come to life, I tell ya, complete with a cute boy to boot... though in my day dreaming, the cute boy was a little nicer in manners and didn't grope me while abducting me.  But such are some YA/NA novels.... gotta love the bad boys!

A little bit of a down side: the big conspiracy had to be spelled out for our female heroine. I mean, I figured it out chapters ago!

Upside: Was not bored a single second. Some hot sex scenes. (Not Young Adult appropriate I don't think). Pretty well written action scenes and as some of you regulars know, I am a visual reader, so this is a great thing!

Pretty enjoyable read. Didn't blow me away, but it definitely entertained me enough that I grabbed the second of the series shortly after!

 I give this one:

Happy reading guys!

About This Author:
Born and raised in Fresno, California, Laura Thalassa spent her childhood cooking up fantastic tales with her best friend. Lucky for her overactive imagination, she also happened to love writing.

When not writing, you might find her at the beach, along a hiking trail, or curled up on the couch with a book.

Laura Thalassa lives in sunny Santa Barbara, California with her husband, author Dan Rix.
Author Links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Kahayatle (Apocalypsis #1) by Elle Casey

 Hello there, lovely readers.

I picked up a free copy of this novel sometime ago from Amazon. It is currently free so run on over to whichever purchase link below works for you and grab a copy for yourself! I have not yet read this book, but plan to do so very soon. It sounds like a rollercoaster of a read!

Book Details:

Kahayatle by Elle Casey
(Apocalypsis #1)
Publication date: June 22nd 2012
Genres: Horror, Post-

Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, ELLE CASEY, brings readers Book 1 of 4 in the YA Dystopian APOCALYPSIS Series, suitable for older teens and adults.
KAHAYATLE. My name’s Bryn Mathis. I’m seventeen years old, and I live in a neighborhood outside of Orlando, Florida. I live alone because my dad died almost a year ago, along with all the other adults in the world. I’m almost out of food and the gangs of kids that roam around my town are getting more vicious by the day. It’s time for me to leave and find another place to live … a place where I can find food and shelter … a place where they won’t be able to find me. Alone, it might have been possible, but now I’ve got company. I’m worried that I don’t have what it takes to get from here to my final destination, and I have no idea what might be waiting for me when I get there.
Content Warning: Mild violence and some foul language. Meant for older Young Adult readers (age 15+). This book is in the Dark Science Fiction / Horror / Post-Apocalyptic genres, featuring teen characters only.
Kahayatle (Apocalypsis Book 1) **Special introductory ebook price**
Warpaint (Apocalypsis Book 2)
Exodus (Apocalypsis Book 3)
Haven (Apocalypsis Book 4)

This series is dedicated to the amazing, wonderful Native Americans who populate our nation, continuing their traditions and reminding the rest of us that sometimes, progress isn’t always the best thing for our people. I invite you to learn more about the Miccosukee tribe, their history, culture, and lifestyle by visiting this website: 

Purchase Links: Amazon / iBooks/ GooglePlay / Kobo

Elle Casey is a prolific, NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling American writer who lives in Southern France with her husband, three kids, and several furry friends. She writes in several genres and publishes an average of one full-length novel per month.

Author Links:

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Welcome 2016! - Challenges here we come!

Happy New Year fellow readership!

So happy to see 2016 arrive. I am not one for New Year's resolutions, but I made one this year. I definitely want to get back into the groove with this blog and get reacquainted with my fellow bloggers and readers again. 

It was a crazy 2015, and my baby boy is days from arriving. Am I being too optimistic with a new baby coming, thinking that I will have all the time in the world to get a few posts up and running? Well.... maybe! But we are lucky in Canada, that we get the option of staying home for a year, which I intend to do, and I would like to think that I will be able to devote some more time into reading and writing in 2016.

So how about some challenges to help me get started with my New Year's Resolution?

One of my favorites, and unfortunately one that I didn't do so well at last year, is Falling for YA's Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge.

Yes I want it this year, and this time, I want to reach my goal and get those reviews out! So stay tuned, as January is going to be devoted to Netgalley reviews only. I have quite a few to catch up on! I was fortunate enough to come across some very good reads, and some meh ones. I will be updating my Challenge page in the next couple of days.

If you are interested, click on the pic below to be taken to her challenge page and sign up!

My Goal: Silver - 25 Books

On to Challenge #2! 

Here is something new that I came across one of my favorite blogs. A discussion challenge!

Soooo happy that Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction is hosting this, because I recently became very inspired to write some discussion posts this year, which is something that I have not really done on the blog, but always wanted to. I already have some ideas for posts, this being the first one of the year, so I am really excited about this! 

Interested in doing it yourself? Head on over to her blog to read the Challenge fine print and sign up! Just click on the image below to go to her challenge page to check it out.


My Goal: 1-12 – Discussion Dabbler
 (As creative as I want to be, I have a new baby coming any day now that will keep me very busy, so I need to make this attainable.  I think this goal is doable!)

I am so tempted to find more challenges, but as a first time mom, I think I will stop while I am ahead and leave it to both of these challenges for now. But I am always open for other suggestions. I mean, who knows? I may have the best kid in the world and have lots of "me" time? Here's to hoping for that kind of miracle! LOL

What challenges are you joining this year? 

Happy reading!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Review - Feed, by Mira Grant
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

My Review: 

This was one zombie novel that I wanted to get in my hands for AGES now and never got to it. However, for one Christmas, not that long ago, I got the whole set for my bro-in-law, who loves his zombie novels as much as I do. I did hope to borrow the series from him eventually, so didn't I find myself feeling super lucky when he graciously passed them on to me to read. 


Did 'Feed' live up to the hype?

As I got through the first 50 pages, I honestly didn't think that it would for me.

This story centers around a group of bloggers in future years, after a viral outbreak that forever changed the world. The zombie apocalypse is not the focus of the story here, they are part of the backdrop. And I thought to myself "Well... I am certainly going to continue being a little bored here."  Add a political campaign, and I thought it was a sealed deal for me... BOOOOOORRRINNNGGG

Wow, I was wrong.

That's right.

(Honey, take a snip of this, I know you want to frame it and point it out to me every chance you get. It's ok. Go ahead. )

Who knew that I would end up devouring the last half of this novel within 1.5 hours?? I think I even forgot to make dinner that day. 

The plot sure takes a big turn, and very quickly, you can't put this down. I mean, I loved the characters, especially Georgia and Shaun, but I didn't think this plot would catch up in interest, but it sure did.

Conspiracy indeed. I really have to be vague with you guys to keep this spoiler free, but this novel definitely lived up to the hype. And the ending???

HOLY SHIT. WHAT A TWIST (and knife to the heart).

Let's just say I jumped right into Book 2 of this series.

If you are waiting to read this, don't. Don't wait any longer. You won't be sorry that you curled up with this one. It really was great.

'Feed' is an easy 

Happy reading guys!

Pick up the series!

About This Author:
Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.
Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same.

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.
Author Links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Book Review - What the Night Knows, by Dean Koontz
In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy.

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, recreating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family—his wife and three children—will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer.

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

My Review: 

Ok, there is no better month to get into a creepy Dean Koontz novel than October. I nabbed a copy from one of my friends, when I reviewed her bookshelf and realized that I hadn't read this one yet. 

I was excited but cautious not to expect too much. Honestly, I have been disappointed with the latest Koontz novels that I have read, and took a break from him. But I could not help but feel a little excited that this novel may just change that around.

So the verdict?

Well... it was certainly creepy, and I have to admit, darker than I expected.  The idea of a notorious, incredibly evil and sadistic killer coming back from the dead to keep a promise he made with his last breath, is certainly creepy. Not to mention, having him being able to travel through mirrors just gives me the shivers. 

The plot was fast paced, and it certainly made my heart beat faster. But again, here comes the common complaint I have had with his novels - the ending just didn't do it for me! Had it been a bit more believable, this would have been a 4 star review. But unfortunately, Koontz again jumped the shark on how to end this baby... so 'What the Night Knows' gets 

Check it out though if you are a Koontz fan. You may enjoy the ending better than I did. Besides that, it was an excellent read.

Happy Reading!

Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

ASHLEY BELL arrives January 2016.

SAINT ODD is now available!Facebook:
Twitter: @DeanKoontz
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