Thursday, 30 April 2015

EOM April Wrap Up

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I"ve read five books this month: 

Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman
The Hierophant (Virtual Arcana #5) by Karen Amanda Hooper
Push (Push #1) by Claire Wallis
On the Fence by Kasie West
Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series #2) by Iain Reading

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I've reviewed 6 books this month: 

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
The Hierophant (Virtual Arcana #5) by Karen Amanda Hooper
Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series #2) by Iain Reading
Push (Push #1) by Claire Wallis
Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman

Other posts: 

Cover Reveal and Waiting on Wednesday #90: Rachel's Deception (Temptation #4) by Karen Ann Hopkins 
Waiting on Wednesday #91: Sounless by Richelle Mead | Book Blast: Push (Push #1) by Claire Wellis
Waiting on Wednesday #92: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Waiting on Wednesday #93: The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3) by Julie Kagawa

New Book Releases In April
Band of the Month April: The Civil Wars
Book Blast + Interview: R U Serious (Nashville #8) by Inglath Cooper

Top Ten Tuesday #57: Top Ten Characters I'd Like To Check In With
Top Ten Tuesday #58: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes 
Top Ten Tuesday #59: Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors
Top Ten Tuesday #60: Top Ten Characters Who Have Lost Someone

Sunday Post #16 & Stacking The Shelves #58
Sunday Post #17
Sunday Post #18 & Stacking The Shelves #59
Sunday Post #19

El

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #93: The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3) by Julie Kagawa


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that I am anxiously awaiting is:

The Iron Warrior
by Julie Kagawa

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The Iron Prince - my nephew - betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then , I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter - a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase. To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

Why I Can't Wait

I love The Iron Fey series and ever since the last book came out almost two years ago I've been dying to read this book. And finally there is a cover and a blurb after years of waiting! I can't wait for it to be October so that I can finally read this book.

Publication date: October 27th 2015

El

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #60: Top Ten Characters Who Have Lost Someone


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is Top Ten Characters Who Have Lost Someone

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Mae from Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead
Mia from If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Hazel from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Melody from The Mistletoe Melody (A Brookhollow Story #4) by Jennifer Snow
Camryn from The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by J.A. Redmerski
Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Echo from Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
Harry Potter from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Amy from Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

El

Monday, 27 April 2015

Review: Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman

12394100Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Series: Seraphina
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date: July 10th 2012
Pages: 467 (hardcover)
Source: own it






Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered - in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her own life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.


Since I got a copy of the second book in this series through Netgalley I really needed to read this one. It had been a really long time since I last read a high fantasy novel and I’m glad that Seraphina was the one I read.

The world building of this book is just amazing. The society Seraphina and the others lived in was very believable. Rachel Hartman had thought of everything that a society has, religion, culture even the clothes.  She explained everything well and I loved learning about the world that she has created. And I can’t wait to read more about it in the next book.

Seraphina was a lovely character. She’s determined, driven and patient. When she finds out that something really wrong is going on she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. She doesn’t hesitate to uncover everything by herself. It does get her in some trouble. But thanks to her secrets that she has to hide from everyone no matter what the cost make it hard for her to trust anyone. But thanks to Prince Lucian Kiggs and Princess Glisselda she learns that people can be trusted. If not with her secrets than definitely with helping her uncover the mystery.
Seraphina was not the only great character in this book. Orma, the dragon, was just amazing.  He was smart and socially awkward. This made an interesting combination, since he always tried to learn everything from everyone but he didn’t realize that he came across rather rude at times. For a secondary character he was really well developed. And he’s definitely one of my favorite characters in the book.


One of the best things of this book was that I didn’t see the end coming. I was completely caught off guard. Often I can see the way a book is going to end way before I’m even near to finishing it, but not with this book.  It was also great that the author wrapped everything neatly up. If people only wanted to read the first book than that would be perfectly possible. In the next book we will follow Seraphina in a whole new journey and I can’t wait to read it! 

El


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sunday Post #19

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

This week was so busy. That's one of the reasons I hardly posted this week. From Monday till Thursday I worked really long days, from 9am till 9pm and sometimes even later. So there was no time left to write my posts and when I had the time I was too tired. Then on Friday evening I went out with a couple of friends and yesterday we went to the park all day long. But I hope to get back on track with my schedule this week.

Last week on the blog: 

Next week on the blog:
  • Monday: Review: Seraphina (Seraphina #) by Rachel Hartman
  • Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday #60: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Have Lost Someone
  • Wednesday: Waiting On Wednesday #93
  • Thursday: EOM April Wrap Up
  • Friday: New Book Releases in May

El

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #59: Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors

Richelle Mead: Seriously every series I have read by her is just amazing! No matter what she writes I will read it.

Maria V. Snyder: She is probably my favorite fantasy author. I loved her Study and Healer series and I can't wait to read more books by her.

J.K. Rowling: She's just amazing! I mean she wrote Harry Potter, that's enough to be one of my favorite authors for the rest of my life.

John Green: I don't often read books by male authors (I have no idea why) but this guy is a genius. All of his books are amazing!

Katie McGarry: She is probably my favorite YA contemporary author. Her Pushing the Limits series is just amazing and I can't wait to read the first book in the Thunder Road series.

Charlotte Brönte: She wrote my favorite book of all times, Jane Eyre. So she deserves to be in this list!

Karen Amanda Hooper: She's not well know but her books are just amazing. Everytime she releases a new book I am beyond excited to read it.

Gayle Forman: another amazing YA contemporary author. I just love her books! They are all amazing and I will probably read anything she'll write. 

Philippa Gregory: Her historical fiction books are just amazing. I love how when I read a book by her I feel like I am really living in the past. 

Jane Austen: I've read all her books and I loved them all. After Charlotte Brönte she's my favorite classical author. 

El


Monday, 20 April 2015

Review: Push (Push #1) by Claire Wallis

21010103Title: Push
Author: Claire Wallis
Series: Push
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Publication date: May 1st 2014
Pages: 274 (kindle)
Source: received from author





I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against me, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.

I hope the cyclone never stops.

Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It's why she moved far away from home. It's why she's kept no ties with her remaining family. And it's why she's got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past - his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma's walking a dangerous line, but David's pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist...

This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up.

Goodreads

Ever since Push was released I have seen many great reviews for it. So I was really excited when I finally got the chance to read this book. I wanted to find out why so many people loved it. The concept sounded really intriguing so that together with the amazing reviews made me positive that I would like this book. However after a couple of chapters I realized that this book wasn't for me at all.

The writing style of the author was good, I have nothing to say about that. And I liked it how she set some of the chapters in the past. It gave me a better idea of what Emma had gone through and how she ended up being the way she was. I liked Emma, yes the girl had some serious problems but she could work them out and get over them in time. Especially with the right people surrounding her. And in some points David was that person for her.

The thing about this book is that there was just too much drama. I could live with how messed up Emma was. But David was a whole other story. His story was too twisted for me, I just couldn't wrap my mind around it. And some of his actions in this book? Just too much for me. He took crazy to a whole new level. The guy was seriously messed up. Then Emma just went along with his craziness. To a certain pint in this book I could understand why. Her past ws messed up as well and that's how her life has always been, besides she didn't know the full extent of David's story. But some alarm bells should have gone off in her head, and I'm sure they went off but she just chose to ignore them.

But the worst of it all was the end of the book. Emma finally realized what David is capable of and she just accepted it all! I couldn't wrap my mind around it, and honestly I don't think I even want to. And if that wasn't bad enough the author ended the book with a major cliffhanger. I don't mind cliffhangers that much this one was a massive cliffhanger...

Overall I didn't really like this book. For my taste it was just too twisted. But I'm not going to tell you not to read it because I know that a lot of people did love this book.


El

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Post #18 & Stacking The Shelves #59

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

This week was a good one. My mom and sister were here in London on Wednesday and Thursday for a visit. It had been almost two months since I had seen them for the last time so it was great to see them again. Besides that nothing really special happened this week. But I have to work really long days on Monday and Tuesday (from 8am till 10pm or even later) so I won't have much time to blog these days. Hopefully I will be able to make some posts in advance!

Last week on the blog: 

Next week on the blog:
  • Monday: Review: Push (Push #1) by Claire Wallis
  • Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday #59: Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors
  • Wednesday: Waiting On Wednesday #93
  • Thursday: Review: Seraphina (Seraphina #) by Rachel Hartman
  • Friday: Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Showcase Sunday's/Stacking the Shelves aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. This Sunday meme is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea and Tynga's Reviews:


For Review

Flintlock (Cutlass Series #2)Seducing Fortune (Serendipity, #3)

Flintlock (Cutlass #2) by Ashley Nixon
Seducing Fortune (Serendipity #3) by Brinda Berry

El

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series #2) by Iain Reading

22010596Title:  Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost 
Author: Iain Reading
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series 
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: September 11th 2013
Pages: 338 (paperback)
Source: received from author







Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventure of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty's journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are  swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas. 


The first book in this series Kitty Hawk and the Yukon Gold had surprised me in a really good way so I was really looking forward to read the rest of the series. The author was kind enough to give me the rest of the series so that I could read and review them.

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost was as good as the first book. Kitty has set off on her big adventure, flying around the world on her small seaplane. Her first stop on her journey is the Florida Keys. I really liked the setting of this book, the area that was described sounded so beautiful. It was described vividly and it sounds like an amazing place to visit. Unfortunately I live at the other side of the world so I don’t see that happening soon.

Kitty is a great character to read about. She’s independent, strong, smart and kind. She is also a bit to curious for her own good and it doesn't make things easier because she always happens to stumble on mysterious things. But she keeps calm in tough situations and always finds her way out thanks to using her brains and a good portion of luck.

But what I love the most about these books is that I always learn a lot of new things while reading these books. The author always provides you with a lot of information but in a fun way. I learned things about Hemingway, treasures, Spanish colonial ships and American history. The author has a way of providing all this information without making the book boring. In fact it has the opposite effect, like Kitty I was always interested and fascinated by all the new things I learned. And I can’t wait to see what I will learn in the next book.


Overall I really enjoyed this book. The series can be read out of order but I would recommend it that you start at book one. This book is perfect for middle grad and young adult readers. But even when you are older you might still enjoy this series. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.


El

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Book Blast + Interview: R U Serious (Nashville #8) by Inglath Cooper

24279352Title: R U Serious
Author: Inglath Cooper
Series: Nashville
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Publisher: Fence Free Entertainment
Publication date: February 28th 2015
Pages: 132 (kindle)
Buy links: Amazon | B&N | website






CeCe and Holden have what is sometimes unusual in the entertainment world: a good marriage. They know how lucky they are to have found each other, and with the recent scare they witnessed best friends Thomas and Lila go through, they're determined not to take any of it for granted. But life in the public eye can come with its drawbacks, and when CeCe begins to receive death threats, Holden is ready to walk away from the spotlight altogether. CeCe refuses to let fear of the unknown determine how they live and insists on not involving the police. Until, that is, the terrifying event that leaves her certain she may never feel safe again.


Interview


Q: You lived in Nashville for several years, in which way did it inspire you to write this series? 
A: I’ve actually never lived in Nashville. I traveled back and forth for three years from my home in Virginia, attending songwriting workshops, seminars and conferences, co-writing with other songwriters and recording songs with producers there. I was inspired to write the series when I realized that at that point in my life, with four young daughters, I wasn’t going to be able to spend as much time there as I would need to for a serious go at pitching songs to artists. That’s when I decided to go back to fiction with my Nashville love affair, and the series was born.


Q: R U Serious is the eight book so far in this series. Which one was your favorite book to write so far? 
A: I really have enjoyed writing all of them. I’ve taken some leaps with my writing in this series, mostly in terms of plot elements, things I’ve found happening to my characters that weren’t always easy to get them out of. Part Eight - R U Serious - goes back to CeCe and Holden after three books with Thomas and Lila, so that was a lot of fun to do. I worried a little about what readers might think about switching back, but the comments have been really positive. I think readers have enjoyed visiting the two of them again.


Q: How would you describe the main characters, CeCe and Holdon, in five words? 
A: Talented, fun-loving, committed, in love, dog crazy.


Q: CeCe and Holdon have a good marriage. Could you tell us how they manage to have a solid marriage while they live in the spotlights? 
A: They both realize they’ve found the one worth waiting for. Music is their life, but they both live as if it would mean nothing if they didn’t have each other. Holden is a guy who respects women and knows he’s lucky to have found CeCe. He makes her feel loved and shows her that constantly.


Q: If you could write as much books as you wanted in this series how many more would you like to write? 
A: Right now, I’m planning to write twelve. But if readers aren’t ready to leave the characters, I probably won’t be either.


Q: What kind of music do you like listening to while writing this series? 
A: I love country music, especially the pop-tinged kind, but I also love dance stuff, high energy music. If I write to music though, it has to be classical or something that drops into the background of my brain because it likes to get distracted.


Q: Whose work inspires you? 
As far as fiction writers, I’ve been inspired by so many authors. LaVyrle Spencer wrote such wonderfully emotional stories. I love Anita Shreve. Harlan Coben for the thriller stuff. Lately, I’ve enjoyed JoJo Moyes, Jane Green and Liane Moriarty.


Q: Who was your actor/musician crush when you were a teenager?
A: Oh goodness, that’s so going to date me! When I had just turned twelve or so, I was crazy about KC and the Sunshine Band. I was a member of his fan club and was so proud of my membership card! Later, I would have to say Kevin Costner. No Way Out. Oh my. And Richard Gere. An Officer and a Gentleman. Double Oh My.


Q: With which character in the Nashville series do you identify yourself the most with? 
A: Probably CeCe. She loves dogs, is passionate about dog rescue and her creativity. That’s me.


Q: Could you tell us one silly fact about yourself?
A: Silly fact. Hm. I use straight coconut oil as a facial moisturizer. I drink 2-3 juices per day and credit Joe Cross and his documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead with changing my thought process on nutrition.


Q: What was your favorite book when you were a teenager? 
A: I read bags of Harlequin Presents. Those moody, rich heroes. They seemed glamorous then. And Janet Dailey wrote some great stories!


Q: What is your favorite dessert? 
A: Chocolate covered almonds.


Q: Anything you would like to say to your readers? 
A: Thank you so very much for giving my stories a try. Reading choices are so plentiful these days, and I’m always honored to hear from a new reader. I think you’re all just amazing and love your passion for a good story!

About the author



Inglath CooperInglath Cooper spent two years traveling to Nashville, TN learning to write lyrics and co-writing with other songwriters. Cooper is the author of the best-selling Nashville Series, and the newly released Blue Wide Sky: A Smith Mountain Lake Novel (Feb. 14, 2015). A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in English, Cooper now divides her time between Virginia and Florida. She is also an avid supported of no kill shelters and is on the board of the Franklin County Humane Society. 

Learn more about Cooper and her Nashville Series at  www.inglathcooper.com and connect on FacebookTwitterGoodreads and Pinterest

El

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #92: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that I am anxiously awaiting is:

Six of Crows 
by Leigh Bardugo



Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-new book in the world of the Grishanby New York Times-bestelling author Leigh Bardugo. 

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using his magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.

Goodreads

Why I Can't Wait

I heard so many great things about Bardugo's previous series so I'm really curious about her work. The description sounds really interesting. And Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven? This is something I just have to read!

Publication date: September 29th 2015

El




Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #58: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is Top Ten Inspiring Quotes

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

"She kept swimming out into life because she hadn't found a rock to stand on."
-Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

"I have decided to stick to love... Hate is too great a burden to bear."
-Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writing and Speeches

"Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you."
-Louis L'Amour, Matagorda/The First Fast Draw

"We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep."
-Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
-Mae west

"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."
-John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

"You can never know someone completely. That's why it's the most terrifying thing in the world, really - taking someone on faith, hoping they'll take you on faith too. It's such a precarious balance, it's a wonder we do it at all. And yet..."
-Libba Bray

"Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart."
-Harkuki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

"Sorrow is how we learn to love. Your heart isn't breaking. It hurts because it's getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds."
-Rita Mae Brown, Riding Shotgun


El

Monday, 13 April 2015

Band of the Month April: The Civil Wars



Music has always been a huge part of my life. I love going to music concerts and to music festivals. My iPod is next to my ereader my best friend. I never go anywhere without my music. So I figured that it was about time that I introduced some music in my blog. From now on I will feature one of my favorite bands each month. Maybe you know them, maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ll like them, maybe you’ll hate them. But anyway I think that this is going to be lots of fun!


The Civil Wars was a folk duo from Tennessee, formed of Joy Williams and John Paul White. They formed a band after meeting each other at a songwriting workshop in Nashville. They have two studio albums Barton Hallow and The Civil Wars. Their songs gave them several awards, including four Grammy Awards. What I loved the most about them was how the voices fitted together so perfectly, it was like they were made for each other. And the lyric of there songs held so much meaning. Sadly enough the duo broke up last year, but they are still continuing as solo artists. 
You can find them on their websiteFacebook and Twitter





Now it’s your turn, listen to their songs and let me know what you think of them!


El

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sunday Post #17

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

Last week went by so fast! I only had to work for two days since Monday was Easter Monday and I had two days off. On Monday I went to Brighton, the sea, for a day with a couple of friends. It was so nice, the sun was shining and it was pretty warm. A perfect day to go to the beach. On Wednesday and Thursday I had a couple of my best friends from Belgium over for a visit. It was so great, I didn't know how much I missed them until I saw them again. The weekend was quiet nice as well, the sun was shining so we went out to the park to enjoy the sun. And this week my sister and mom are coming over for a visit, I can't wait to see them again!


Last week on the blog: 

Next week on the blog:
  • Monday: Bend of the Month April
  • Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday #5: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books
  • Wednesday: Waiting On Wednesday #92 
  • Thursday: Interview with Inglath Cooper author of the Nashville series
  • Friday: Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk #2) by Ian Reading

El

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Review: The Hierophant (Virtual Arcana #5) by Karen Amanda Hooper

23361173Title: The Hierophant
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Series: Virtual Arcana
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Publication date: March 15th 2015
Pages: 57 (kindle)
Source: received from author
Goodreads






Every time that I read an episode in the Virtual Arcana series my mind is blown away. I am always left wanting more. More answers to my questions, more of Kelsey and Xander, you know just more of everything.

Most of the time during this series I have been confused, unsure of what exactly was going on. At the beginning of this book I felt the same way. I had no idea what was real and what was not. But since Kelsey was out to find answers we also got answers. Bit by bit I realized that I was getting better at seeing what was real and what virtual reality was. Still I am missing some essential pieces to figure it all out. Hopefully I will fully understand it at the end of the next episode.


The Hierophant might be a short read but it’s a great one. It’s packed with action and suspense. There were a lot of twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat. Every episode feels like we get some puzzle pieces and let me tell you it’s a hard puzzle to make. I can’t wait to get my hands on the last episode. 

El


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Book Blast: Push (Push #1) by Claire Wallis



Title: Push
Author: Claire Wallis
Series: Push
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Publication date: May 1st 2014
Buy links: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against me, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.

I hope the cyclone never stops.

Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It's why she moved far away from home. It's why she's kept no ties with her remaining family. And it's why she's got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past - his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma's walking a dangerous line, but David's pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist...

This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up.




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Excerpt

I walk down the hall, past the wreck of a kitchen, and into the living room where the door buzzer startles me again by sounding a second time.
"Hold your damn hat on," I mutter as I press the intercom button. "Yes?" I ask into the small, grey box.
"Hi. Um, is this Emma Searfoss? Apartment seven?" asks a male voice.
"Yes it is. What can I do for you?" I ask. A rush of thick, syrupy relief courses through my veins. I am beyond grateful that whoever it is, it's decidedly not Michael.
"This is David. I'm here to fix your kitchen cupboards. The landlord was supposed to call you yesterday to let you know I was coming," he says. Oh. I haven't checked my cell phone since yesterday afternoon so I have no idea if Carl called me or not. For a moment I hesitate, but then I figure the guy must be legit because part of the rental agreement included refurbishing the kitchen cupboards. Right now they are a complete wreck; the doors are either falling off or missing altogether, the paint is peeling, and most of the shelves are cracked and warped. I haven't even attempted to unpack the kitchen boxes, expecting Carl to come and fix the cupboards as he promised. I'm pleased that he's decided to do it sooner rather than later. Whoever David is, he's got his work cut out for him.
"Oh, ok," I say into the grey box. "Up the stairs. Second door on the left."
"I know," he says casually as I press the door release switch. I quickly grab my purse and toss it into the back bedroom, just incase David is some kind of criminal. I almost snatch the pepper spray out of it first, but then I decide that that would be one step too close to crazy.
There is a knock at the front door, and a second later, I open it. I immediately wonder why I didn't grab the pepper spray when I had the chance.
David does not look like a cupboard fixer. Frankly, he looks a little psycho, and I wonder how stupid I am to let him waltz into my apartment without checking for a message from Carl first. But if I close the door on him now, I'm going to look like the psycho. A stupid cliché pops unwelcome into my head: "Don't judge a book by its cover." I stuff the words back into my brain, back into the mouth of every Sunday school teacher I ever had.
The only visual indication that David is actually here for the reason he claims is the belt of tools slung low around his waist. There is a hammer swaying off his left hip and some screwdrivers tucked into little loops on the right. A tape measure sits next to the hammer, and what appears to be a pair of lineman's pliers is sticking out of a small pocket to the side. There are some other tools there too, but I don't recognize them.
He catches my glance at the tool belt, and I realize that I must have some foolish look of relief on my face, because a second later he is wearing a small, lopsided grin. He looks quite pleased with himself, as a matter of fact, and I immediately think he must be a cocky bastard.
Aside from the tool belt, he is wearing a grey T-shirt, a pair of black skinny jeans, and a pair of heavy black work boots. His dark, mussed up hair is cut short, and it looks as if he forgot to shave - for the past several days. On each ear are two small silver hoops, and his arms are covered in tattoos. I can see the swirls of ink beneath his skin, but I can't tell what the images are - I don't want to look at them any longer than I already have. I don't want him to think I am checking him out. Cocky bastards love being checked out, and I refuse to give him the pleasure.
I step aside and let him into the apartment. He looks around quickly and makes a beeline towards the kitchen. I think immediately that he must be familiar with the apartment's layout because he doesn't ask where to go, nor does he hesitate.
"Come on in," I say sarcastically as he breezes past me.
"Thanks," he says without turning around. I watch him walk around the corner to the kitchen and wonder whether I am supposed to follow him in there.
"Holy hell," he says quietly. "What a mess."
"Sorry," I answer sheepishly from the living room. And, before I know it, I add, "My Grandma got stoned here the other night and was desperate for some munchies. She gets a little out of hand sometimes." The utter idiocy of my own words makes me want to evaporate. I don't even have a Grandma anymore.
In a split second he is out of the kitchen and standing in the hallway, his hand on the door frame. He looks right at me, completely stone-faced. Without a trace of mockery, he says, "I think I might like to meet your Grandma someday." He quickly turns away and slides back into the kitchen. I am silent. What the hell am I supposed to say to that?

About the author

Claire Wallis has penned hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles over the last ten years, with science playing the lead role in almost all of them. Though non-fiction writing will forever be her first love, fiction has unexpectedly swooped in, hooked her by the soul, and become her true love. As a result of this coup d'état, Claire's writing career has made a complete U-turn, and instead of rocks, plants, insects and microbes, she is now putting human characters in the lead.

Claire's previous jobs include working at a limestone quarry, hawking vegetables at a farmer's market, clerking at the dollar store, and convincing new mothers that they need to renew their subscription to that parenting magazine in order for their child to survive. She lives in Pennsylvania wit her amazingly awesome husband and son.
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