Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday #25 - Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings and spotlights the books we are excited about and have yet to read. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

I can't wait for...

Sky In The Deep 
by Adrienne Young

Expected publication: April 24, 2018
by Wednesday Books



Ond Eldr. Breath Fire.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield --her brother, fighting with the enemy-- the brother she watched die five years ago. 

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. 

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother's friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she's spent her life hating. 


This has a 4.5 star rating on Goodreads right now and I've had a few people recommend it to me already so I'm pretty intrigued. I'm all for female characters that can kick ass and Eelyn and the clans sound like a tough breed. Hopefully there will be some great fight scenes and I'm even slightly intrigued by the romance angle. Definitely looking forward to this! 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Review: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Title: Dragonfly in Amber
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #2
Publisher: Bantom
Publication Date: (originally) July 1, 1993
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Length: 754 pages
Format: ebook
Source: owned/borrowed 

From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his...

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrugue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

My Thoughts: 
Much like the first book, this one took me at least 30% to really get into. I love historical fiction and Gabaldon's writing is lovely so I still enjoyed the beginning but it just wasn't as action packed until about half way through. 

I took a break from this for about half a year, thanks to library holds and my very long reading slump, but once I started it again, I was hooked. I'm not always thrilled to read romance novels but this series has sucked me in thanks to the history, the writing style, and the characters. Claire and Jamie are such an amazing couple; always building on each other's strengths and persevering despite their differences. 

In Dragonfly in Amber, Claire and Jamie head off to France to do what they can to stop the inevitable battle on Culloden Moor that Claire knows will wipe out the Scottish highland clans, including Jamie's. There's plenty of political intrigue and, of course, Jamie and Claire can't help but attract all sorts of trouble and sordid characters. They are basically magnets for All The Things. Seriously, there's just so much going on in these books is almost impossible to get bored with them. 

Beware that the end of this book is like one big, odd cliffhanger and you will literally not be able to go on about your life without wondering what happened and what will happen. I started Voyager right afterward because I could not stand not knowing. These books are that good though. 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 Challenge Round Up

Lazy Day Lit's 2018 Challenge Round Up

I wasn't planning on joining in on a ton of challenges this year, especially since getting on the blog has been a hassle so far, but I feel better about my progress when I keep track so here it is! 

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Stacy Renee has read 24 books toward her goal of 52 books.


My sign up post & progress

1. The Alchemist
2. The Borrowers
3. Caraval

4. Dragonfly in Amber
5. The Color Purple
6. Like Water for Chocolate

7. Everything, Everything
8. Voyager
9. A Wrinkle in Time
10. Demelza
11. Rad Women Worldwide

I'm also going to be (attempting) to keep track of other things here such as new to me authors and more.

New To Me Authors

Paulo Coelho
Mary Norton
Stephanie Garber
Neil Patrick Harris
Alice Walker
Winston Graham
Laura Esquivel
Becky Albertelli
Nicola Yoon
Kate Schatz
Melissa Albert

1001 Books to Read Before You Grow Up

The Borrowers

Book to Movie Adaptations 
(old & upcoming)

The Alchemist (upcoming)
The Borrowers (old)
Dragonfly in Amber (tv series)
The Color Purple (old)
Ross Poldark (tv series)
Like Water for Chocolate (old)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda (upcoming)
Everything, Everything (old)
Voyager (tv series)
A Wrinkle in Time (old & upcoming)
Demelza (tv series)

Friday, February 23, 2018

YA Book Review: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Ever the Brave
(Clash of Kingdoms #2)
by Erin Summerill
Published December 5th 2017
by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 454 pages

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Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta's power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life--as well as her country--may be lost.
The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart. 

My Thoughts:
I didn't quite love the first book, Ever the Hunted, and focused on the things that bothered me in my review, but I was still hopeful that the sequel would be worth reading. The cliffhanger made me want to continue this series and now that I'm finished, I'm glad I did. That ending created so much emotional conflict in this book that I kind of fell in love with the characters and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. 

While I felt that the first book was a bit slow and full of almost nothing but traveling scenes, the pacing and plot in Ever the Brave was quite fast and seamless. I did not fly through it because I had to take several breaks, but when I was reading it, I never wanted to put it down and loved every moment of it. 

I really enjoyed the main character, Britta Flannery, who is more at home in the woods (the Evers) and is mostly considered an outcast among the townsfolk despite that her father was a well-known and loved bounty hunter for the king. She's tough, snarky, and more than capable at wielding a bow and arrow. 
Cohen is her childhood friend whom was apprenticed to her father to become a bounty hunter as well. 
In Ever the Brave, we have a new pov from that of the young King of Malam, Aodren, who sees Britta as more than just the standoffish girl who saved his life. The bond they now share thanks to the Channeler magic she used may be the cause, but a friendship starts between them nonetheless.

My only complaint this time around is the love triangle that left me madly guessing who would end up with who. It definitely built the tension and added drama but that's not what bothered me so much as 'love interest #1' having flashbacks that make him look bad and second guess himself. Right off the bat, it made him seem like he couldn't compete with 'love interest #2' and it made the narrative a little frustrating, but I will admit that I really enjoyed the story despite that and thought it was executed pretty well. 
I'll also admit that the ending made my heart sing. 

I just realized there is a third book coming out in 2019 called 'Once A King' but I'm so conflicted about it because I thought this was one of those happy endings that didn't need to be added to. Perhaps the author has more to tell about secondary characters and the future of the two countries. I guess we will see if my interest holds out that long. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday #24 - Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings and spotlights the books we are excited about and have yet to read. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

I can't wait for...

Beyond A Darkened Shore
by Jessica Leake

Expected publication: April 10, 2018
by HarperTeen


The ancient land of Eirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Eirinn's kindgoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. 

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara's unearthly ability to control her enemies' minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Eirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara's enemy, but when she discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he's something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara's strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world. 


This is one I haven't seen anyone talk about yet but it just feels like something I'd enjoy so I hope to give it a shot sooner or later. 
A war-torn world, visions, mind control, and a dark threat looming over the land? Sounds fun. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Picture Book Review: Sweet Dreams, Supergirl by Michael Dahl

Sweet Dreams, Supergirl
(DC Superhero Bedtime Stories)
by Michael Dahl
illustrated by Omar Lozano
published on January 1, 2018
by Picture Window Books

A young Supergirl fan faces her most elusive adversary; sleep! As darkness falls, a young girl attempts to catch some Z's while DC Comics' SUPERGIRL tracks down an elusive enemy. With super hero traits, like BRAVERY, PATIENCE, and PERSISTENCE, they'll both turn sleepless nights into sweet success and sweet dreams. Along with Omar Lozano's action-packed art, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman and Good Morning, Superman) delivers an imaginative bedtime book for fangirls and fanboys alike. 

My Thoughts: 
This is the perfect bedtime story book for all those budding little superheroes out there. Very much like Michael Dahl's other DC superhero picture books, Sweet Dreams, Supergirl is a fun and brightly illustrated read full of action and excitement. It's a great reminder that even superheroes have to wind down at the end of a long, action-filled day. 

The full page illustrations feature both Supergirl (as well as a few of her super friends) and a little girl who is just as super. It contrasts the hardships of the day with getting ready for bed in a comic book style that is lots of fun. 

I especially loved that the book on her nightstand and that her mother reads to her at night is so obviously The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's one of my favorites so it stood out, though I have no idea what it has to do with superheroes. 

Want something similar with male heroes? Bedtime for Batman and Good Morning, Superman may do the trick! 

Be sure to check out my review of Be A Star, Wonder Woman by Michael Dahl as well! 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday #23 - The Traitor's Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings and spotlights the books we are excited about and have yet to read. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

I can't wait for...

The Traitor's Game
by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Expected publication: February 27, 2018
by Scholastic

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels know this all too well -- and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home. The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what -- and who -- it is they're fighting for. 


I've only read one book by this author but have heard great things about all of her books. I'm really into the defiant MCs and plotlines lately and Kestra sounds like the perfect angsty kidnappee. Hopefully it's good!