SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

Well there is not much to say abut me. I love coffee and books and if I can drink a fresh hot coffee while reading even better:)

I started to review a couple years ago and I still loving it. I love the book community and met many awesome people along the way. I'm looking forward to connect to even more of you awesome people out there and of course continue to discover more great books.

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#25 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Romance Book Reviews For You

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Meet Sissy, a lover of romance books with an impressive number of (nearly) 1,000 book reviews!

 

Follow Romance Book Reviews For You on BookLikes: http://sissymae.booklikes.com/

 

 

When was the very first time you thought “Books. My love!”?

 

I was a young girl when my neighbor Lois introduced me to her Harlequin Romance books. I quickly became addicted to Romance Books. 

 

 

How did your blogging adventure start? Can you name three things blogging changed in your (reading) life?


My Blogging adventure started about three years ago. I have been a hardcore reader and just loved the books so much that I wanted to leave reviews for other people looking for a good book.  Reviews where a big thing for me when I was looking to read a book.  I like to see what the other person thought even if it was bad. I happened to find NetGalley reference in one of those reviews from there I went to the NetGalley website and found a life changing site for me.


Blogging changed my reading life by opening my eyes to some of what goes on with getting a book out.


How much for the author and the assistant to get release blitz, book information and etc out to the bloggers. Just how they keep on top of that part is amazing.  When I was just a reader it was just a treasured book now I can see the ‘blood sweat and tears’ that go into making that book. That in turn has made me try to be more organized, making sure that I do all I can to help get the word out. On a personal note I have found some very good authors that I may not have every found if I didn’t get into blogging. 

 

As a blog reviewer I have tried to read different romance stories that as a regular reader I would not have wanted to read.  Which would have made me miss out on some great stories and authors. Honestly, this is a time-consuming job to review and posting book blitz. But its one that I truly love and enjoy!

 

 

What are you reading now? How do you like it?


I just found a new author named Monique Orgeron and I have been reading her ‘Stern Family Saga’ books.  Ms. Orgeron isn’t the only books I have on my reading table but her books are ones that I just can’t get out of my mind.  I think most readers will understand when you read a great book and you just keep thinking back to it. I also just finished reading Stacy Reid book The Duke and I.

 

Art of Seduction (A Stern Family Saga Book 1) - Monique OrgeronArt of Forgiveness (A Stern Family Saga Book 2) - Monique OrgeronThe Duke and I (Forever Yours Book 2) - Stacy Reid,AuthorsDesigns

 

 

Do you read one book or several at the same time?


This is something that has changed.  I used to be a reader that would only read one book at a time. I still try to stick with that attitude but have become flexible that I can jump around.

 

 

Your blog title is all about romance books! Why romances?


It is just a personal preference for me.  I love to read other books such as Harry Potter, Eragon and things similar.  I love to collect cook books too. Romance books have a special place in my heart.  Romance book have always been my go to place when I need to take a break from troubled times in my life.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


Gosh, that would be hard to say. I have so many favorite authors that I don’t think I could write them all down. I have my solid go to authors such as Donna Fletcher, Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas and some newer ones Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and of course Monique Orgeron.

 

 

I your short bio you write “I also enjoy writing reviews and finding new authors and books.” How do you find new authors?


I found that GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter and most social media sites are a good source for that.  I also look to other bloggers to help me find author via their reviews.

 

 

You’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books on your BookLikes blog! WOW. What’s your book review process? Any tips for beginners?


I don’t really have a review process. I pick books that catch my eye, that I like the story, the author is someone I have read before or sometimes I look for new authors. If I know that I am not going to read it right away I place a date on my calendar to remind me to review the book. I try to review the book as soon as I can after reading it. I like to write when my emotions are still fresh from the book but that isn’t always the case.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?


Again, this would be to hard to say. But in general, I like Historical Romance Covers: Regency, Victorian or Highlander.

 

Lana and the Laird (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina YorkDevil in Spring - Lisa KleypasAccidentally Compromising the Duke - Stacy Reid

 

How do you decide what to read next?


As I touched on earlier social media sites are great places to go.  But something I used to do and still do to this day is go to my local library site on OverDrive. With my library card you can log on and access ebooks there. My local library site on OverDrive gives me a search section where I can suggest book to them. On this search site to recommend books it shows me what books are going to be coming out soon. So, I mark them suggesting they get that book and quickly goes to the GoodReads site to find that book and mark it ‘To Read”.

 

 

What are the new releases you’re impatiently waiting for right now?


Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron.

For, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron I just want their next book ASAP. 

 

Surrender to the Highlander - Lynsay SandsHello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 - Lisa Kleypas

 

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)


I have read everywhere I go like lunch breaks, when I have to wait for an appointment but mostly on my comfortable couch at home.

 

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?


Well it wouldn’t be from any of my Romance Book stories, I like them where they are.  I love seeing historical photos and hearing stories about the past.  So, I would choose a historical figure to see how life was back in their day.

 

 

Ebooks or paper books?


I lean toward ebooks more since I discovered them so many years ago. I find them more portable and easier to keep track of. I like paper back books too but just find ebooks so much easier to have.

 

Your favorite quote?

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 
 William Styron

 

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

I don’t actually have a physical library most all my book are eBooks.

 

 

Thank you!

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Evy Journey Interview + "Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies" Giveaway

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Evy Journey is the author of several novels, most recently Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies, published in late November 2017. Read our BookLikes interview and get to know the author!

 

Evy has been very generous to BookLikes readers and offered as many as TWENTY (!!) ebooks of her newest book Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies.

 

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Giveaway: Jan. 16 - Feb. 16, 2018 

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Let's start with a few questions about writing itself, and your books: I've noticed that you’ve published many books so far. How often do you write and how long at one time? What does your writing schedule look like, if you have one?


I engage with words a lot. If I’m not writing, I read. I think reading is essential to a writer. When I’m working on a novel, I write two or three hours in the morning and three more at night, usually after 10 p.m. I’m hooked on writing not just novels or short stories, but blog posts/articles on art, travel, and food (https://eveonalimb2.com) and book reviews (https://margaretofthenorth.wordpress.com). I try to post once a month on my three blogs including my author website (https://www.evyjourney.com).

 


Do you work on several books at once, or do you write them one by one? For example, did you write the Between Two Worlds books one at a time?


I’m not that organized in my novel writing. I wrote Hello, My Love! (#1) initially with no intention of producing a series.  But then, I got intrigued by the mother of Elise, the book’s heroine. That’s how Hello, Agnieszka! (#2) came about. After that, I thought I should write the story of Elise’s brother Justin. I wanted to make it an interracial pairing because that happens a lot where I live. So I created Leilani in Book 3

 

Hello, My Love! (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1) - Evy JourneyHello, Agnieszka! (Between Two Worlds Book 2) - E. JourneyWelcome, Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds Book 3) - E Journey

Between Two Worlds series


I wrote my latest novel after leaving a French “deli” in our area where you can get gourmet food in vacuum-sealed bags. It resurrected my delight in Babette’s Feast, a wonderful movie I saw years ago. From there, the characters and the story just took off. I just hope the French guy who owns the “deli” doesn’t find out I murder him in my book!


I need to be inspired to invest the serious amount of energy, time, and imagination to write long fiction.

 


Do you have all the stories and characters planned out from the beginning and then just write them, or do they come to you as you finish one book and start the next?


I do have characters worked out well in my mind when I start a novel. The plot, not so much. My first draft is usually pretty fluid.


Characterization drives the plot quite a lot; it can dictate or at least help shape what happens in scenes that move the plot along. But while those scenes advance the story, they also present multiple facets of a character that can compel me to make changes in my original conception of the character.

 


Tell us about your characters. Are they completely fictional, or are you inspired by people and stories you know? For example, Agnieszka, the character in the second installment of the Between Two Worlds series, has a Polish name and heritage. Did you know someone like her, or did you create her story from scratch?


Agnieszka is not based on a specific person, but she’s inspired by the many stories my husband told me. He is second generation Polish American and lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Agnieszka’s story is set. So, his memories of relatives and his lasting impressions of Pittsburgh where a lot of Polish families settled enriched the novel.

 

Elise in Book 1 was born out of a “what if” question—what would Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) be like if she had grown up in the 21st century? The other two heroines (Leilani and Gina) are mostly made up but, of course, one can never really get away from what one knows., For instance, I personally know people who went through the unsettling experience Leilani goes through when, as a child, she flees her country of birth.

 

 

Do you have writing goals - as in a certain number of books to publish per year, or in total?


No goals although I try to finish one book a year. You can say I go with my groove. I’m lucky in a way because I’m not in this game for the money. But I do want readers and I try to write stories that appeal to a specific niche. My particular conceit is I write love stories for the thoughtful woman and that rare sensitive, thoughtful man.

 


Who designs your book covers? Are you very involved in choosing the covers, and, if so, how involved?


Covers for my latest book and the book series were all done by book cover designers who always ask for the author’s input. I did covers for my first novel and my short story collection. I have some art background. I started sketching as a kid, went to art classes, and now I paint and do digital art.

 


Let's move away from your books and talk about literature and reading in general. Who are your favorite writers, who do you admire, look up to? Any contemporary writers you are fond of? Any favorite books?


I’ve always had eclectic tastes although I’ve never been big on science fiction, horror or paranormal. I’m seduced by beautiful prose like those of Evelyn Waugh or G.K. Chesterton or Robert Hughes (art critic/writer/historian). As a teen, I devoured both Dostoevsky and Jane Austen.


I still love the classics but my current #1 book is Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See. Great story, lyrical prose. I also loved Chitra Divakaruni’s Palace of Illusions based on the Indian epic Mahabharata. For similar reasons. When it comes to romance or women’s fiction, Ms. Austen continues to be my favorite.

 

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel - Anthony DoerrThe Palace of Illusions: A Novel - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


To sum up this interview, please tell us a little about yourself. You did not start out as a writer, you gradually took up writing as a regular hobby, or do you see it as a job? Are you happier and do you feel more fulfilled as a person now that you started doing what you love and dreamed of in the past?


I didn’t start out as a fiction writer except in those occasional stories or beginnings of a few I wrote ages ago, stashed away, and lost in the many moves I’ve made. Or short stories I wrote for the high school paper. But my professional jobs involved a great deal of writing—research proposals, research reports, rehashing of research studies both mine and those of others for the consumption of “lay people.” Add to those grad school papers, a master’s thesis and a dissertation. So, no, I didn’t take up writing as a regular hobby. I’ve been doing it a long while and I got paid to do it in jobs after grad school. I also got paid to critique or evaluate the content of what other people wrote.


Do I feel more fulfilled now writing fiction? It’s a different kind of writing from what I used to do, which was grounded in facts, analysis, drawing of conclusions or recommendations, and which often followed a more rigid structure and its own special lingo. Fiction requires much more imagination, gives you much more leeway. In some ways, it’s scarier because there are no must-follow rules. But it’s freeing. When you create a character and a fictional story, you have a lot more control. And yet, you also have to be open to circumstance, to have the courage or imagination to veer away from your original story because of how characters or scenes develop. That’s what makes fiction writing occasionally surprising and exciting. I love it.


But fictional or factual, writing is work. Not a job necessarily, but work.

 

 

Follow Evy Journey's blog on BookLikes: http://evictoriajourney.booklikes.com/blog

 

 

Evy Journey's books on BookLikes (click the cover to add the books to your bookshelf):

 

Hello, My Love! (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1) - Evy JourneyHello, Agnieszka! (Between Two Worlds Book 2) - E. JourneyWelcome, Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds Book 3) - E Journey

Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies - Evy JourneyBrief Encounters with Solitary Souls: Two Paris Tales + Three - Evy JourneyMargaret of the North - E. Journey

Interview with debut YA author Heather Christie + "What the Valley Knows" Giveaway

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Heather Christie is the author of a debut novel, What the Valley Knows, due to be released on January 25, 2018. This will be the first installment in a very interesting series! Heather is already working on the second book.

 

Read our BookLikes interview to get to know this exciting new author, and enter our giveaway contest to win a paperback copy of the book!

 

YA Giveaway: Jan. 12 - Feb. 2 2018

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Let's start with a few questions about writing itself, and your book. How often do you write and how long at one time? What does your writing schedule look like, if you have one? And, finally, how do you manage to juggle family life, a full-time career in real estate, and writing (not to mention your MFA in Creative Writing studies, now complete)?

 

Generally, I try to block a couple hours to write in the afternoons, after I’ve attended to my “real job” tasks as real estate agent and before my “mommy” duties start in the evening. If I don’t have real estate appointments at night, I will often revisit what I wrote earlier in the day. My home office serves as my writing space, but I do keep a pen and notepad by my bedside for those middle of the night ideas.

 

 

What The Valley Knows - Heather ChristieHave you written one book so far, What The Valley Knows (which will be released in paperback on January 25), or have you written more that are waiting to be published?

 

What The Valley Knows is my first book. I am currently at work on the second book in the series And The Valley Wept.

 

 

Do you have writing goals - as in a certain number of books to publish per year, or in total?

 

My immediate goal for 2018 is to complete several drafts of And The Valley Wept and have it ready to go out on submission by the third quarter. In a perfect world I'd like to write one book per year.

 

Watch the book trailer of What the Valley Knows:


 

When you write, do you have all the stories and characters planned out from the beginning and then just write them, or do they come to you as you write the book?

 

I try to map the plot and the characters in advance of the actual writing. However, I've found that occasionally a new character will find its way onto the page organically, growing out of the circumstances at hand.

 

 

Tell us about your characters. Are they completely fictional, or are you inspired by people and stories you know?

 

What The Valley Knows is narrated by three alternating points of view. The main character is seventeen-year-old Molly Hanover who has reluctantly moved to Millington Valley at the start of her senior year. She’s smart, pretty, terribly shy, and plays the sousaphone in the marching band. Molly soon attracts the attention of the football team’s star, Wade Thornton, a good guy with a bad drinking problem. The third voice belongs to Molly’s mother, Ann Hanover, who is struggling as a single mother, working two jobs: one as a paralegal during the day and another as a bartender in the evenings at the local legion. There are kernels of real people in my characters, but certain aspects of their personalities and mannerisms are completely fabricated.

 

 

 

Who designed your book cover? Were you very involved in choosing the cover, and, if so, how involved?

 

My publisher, Black Rose Writing, has a cover designer on staff. At the beginning of the publication process, I was asked to complete a questionnaire about the vision for my cover and submit inspirational photos. From what I sent, the designer created a mock-up and we went back and forth for several weeks until we settled on a cover that suited everyone.

 

 

Let's move away from your writing and talk about literature and reading in general. Who are your favorite writers, who do you admire, look up to? Any contemporary writers you are fond of? Any favorite books you'd like to tell us about?

 

Heather Christie’s Top 10 Authors

Stephen King—for his incredible characters (The Stand)

Anne Lamott—for her no nonsense advice (Bird By Bird)

Colum McCann—for his beautifully structured sentences (Let The Great World Spin)

John Steinbeck—for his sweeping narrative arcs (East of Eden)

David Sedaris—for his ability to make me laugh (Me Talk Pretty One Day)

Fredrik Backman—for his heartwarming storylines (My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry)

Celeste Ng—for her expert use of the omniscient narrator (Little Fires Everywhere)

Liane Moriarty—for her compelling plots (Big Little Lies)

Khaled Hosseni—for his raw depiction of humanity (A Thousand Splendid Suns)

Emily St. John Mandel—for her world building (Station Eleven)

 

 

Heather Christie’s MUST READ reading list 

The Stand - Stephen KingBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott

Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCannEast of Eden - John SteinbeckMe Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel - Fredrik BackmanLittle Fires Everywhere - Celeste NgBig Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled HosseiniStation Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

 

 

To sum up this interview let's introduce a little bit of magic and move away from the real world for a moment. If you could choose one character from a favorite book to have dinner with, or spend a day with, who would that be? What would you ask that person?

 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne LamottThis is a tough question and I might be cheating with my answer because I'd chose the narrator of the non-fiction book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anne Lamott is the author/narrator/main character and she's funny, brilliant, and inspiring. I would love to spend the day with Anne and ask her what the most important tasks a young writer should aim to master.

 

 

Heather Christie's books on BookLikes

(click the cover to add the books to your bookshelf):

What The Valley Knows - Heather ChristieAnd The Valley Wept - Heather Christie

Review: The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger - Renee Ahdieh

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

 

 

3 ½★

If you follow my reviews you know I absolutely loved book one and was very much looking forward to book two.

Sadly this book felt sort of short for me and I can’t say I enjoyed it nearly as much as the first.

It starts off pretty much where we were left in book two and things are starting to fall apart fast for everyone. Shazi is is separated from Kahlid some major parts of the book and “stuck” with Tariq. I still enjoyed Shazi for the most part but must say she defiantly had her stupid moments in this book. I also enjoyed that we learned more about her family history.

I was not a huge fan in book one of Tariq and that did not change if anything I just dislike him more than before.

I loved Khalid and I loved seeing how he handled things, the good, the bad and the ugly. Though he also had his moments of annoyance.

The pace of the book felt a little all over the place, some things were too long and seemed to go on forever other the complete opposite.

Oh….   Despina and Jalah story … again while a bit predicable at part overall I enjoyed it very much.

Overall, I enjoyed the ending and the book but I thought it was not as good as the first book. But I’m still very glad that I read them

I rate it 3 ½★

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello 2018! Hello Books! What you've read in 2018, so far

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Hello 2018, hello books. Here's a little sneak peek into what you've read so far and how to use tags to find more 2018 reads!

 

Happy reading!

 

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Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally BeaumanRebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman 

 

Rebecca starts with the narration of a sweet, naive heroine. Maybe not so naive anymore after being exposed to the pains of life, but still shy and quiet, a regular and unremarkable woman you can find in any place. This book is not about her. Our heroine is the narrator. It's life from her eyes we're seeing. And yet, everything is Rebecca. Rebecca, that was perfect in every way. Rebecca, that was the most beautiful creature to ever walk earth. Rebecca, that died before the story even started, and yet still manages to be the protagonist. Manderley is still all hers, even months after her death. Little pieces of her perfection are spread all over the house, and her presence haunts our protagonist, that fears she can never be viewed as Rebecca once was. And she can't... read a full review

 

 

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The Immortalists - Chloe BenjaminThe Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin 

 

The novel begins in 1969 with Gold family--Saul, Gertie, and their 4 children Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon--living in New York City. One afternoon the 4 kids go to see a psychic who will tell them the dates of their deaths. And from there we follow each of the kids' lives. How accurate was the pyschic? How does her prediction affect each of the kids in their life choices and career decisions? The 4 kids live very different lives in their daring, their career and educational choices--how much of that is a result of the predictions? ... read a full review

 

 

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Rock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) (Volume 2) - Nalini SinghRock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) (Volume 2) - Nalini Singh 

 

I loved the portrayal of Charlotte and her journey to self-confidence after a horrific incident with an ex-boyfriend. Readers get hints about what happened, but I was not prepared for the details which made me admire Charlotte even more. She is intelligent and shy though she also has a spine of steel when pushed too far. There are many moments where she could have retreated back into her enclosed world, but she kept going and showed how strong she really was. The aforementioned T-Rex whose real name is Gabriel Bishop is a former professional rugby player who is now known for bring businesses back from the brink of disaster. His first few days at his new company results in staff overhauls and plenty of tears... read a full review

 

 

 

 

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnultyThe Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnulty 

 

Lightning Girl is 12 year-old Lucy Callahan’s screen name in the math forum she loves. Ever since she was hit by lightning at 8 years old, she’s been a math genius. She’s also been homeschooled due to her academic differences and her OCD tendencies. When Lucy’s beloved uncle visits, he and Lucy’s Nana realize that, as smart as Lucy is, she’s missed out on part of her childhood. And so Nana insists that Lucy drag herself away from her computer and experience normal life for 1 year. Lucy’s germ phobia and repetitive sitting behavior don’t make fitting into middle school easy, but luckily, she quickly makes one friend who doesn’t seem to mind her oddities. As Lucy navigates the tricky middle school social world of cafeteria tables and group projects, she will eventually learn the meaning of true friendship, and find out just how far out of her comfort zone... read a full review

 

 

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Sitting Murder - A.J. WrightSitting Murder - A.J. Wright 

 

Whoo, what a ride! Loved, loved, LOVED this, I was swept up in this deftly written mystery combining the Victorian fascination with mediums and spirits with a classic whodunit.  I loved the simple yet complex plot that takes twist after turn and by the time the surprise ending was unfolding, I was just holding on for dear life! The tragic stories from the suspects made it hard to single one out, and although you think you know who did it, you’ll be wrong... read a full review

 

 

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MORE BOOKS READ IN 2018

Double Take - Abby BardiReckless Behavior - L.A. Witt,Cari MeisterOh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country - Craig Pittman

Wood: A PsyCop Short - Jordan Castillo PriceLook for Me (D. D. Warren) - Lisa GardnerTruly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty,Caroline Lee

Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry DearyThe House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros

 

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Here come January 2018 Giveaways

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There's no better gift than a book and we have great titles this January. So if you love fantasy, romance, dystopian or YA books hop on board and request your copies!

 

New to BookLikes? Before entering the giveaways sign up to BookLikes, add at least 11 books to your Shelf and post a review or a hello blog post.

 

 

Darkwater: Epic Sword and Sorcery Action Adventure (Xenkur Chronicles Book 1) - DW Johnson

ENDS: Jan 5. 2018

Worldwide

Lacey Darkwater, a fisherman’s daughter, her world is nothing but questions. Alone and on her way home, she makes one small decision that changes her life forever. Read more and request

 

 

Pagan Portals - Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways - Mabh Savage

ENDS: Jan. 6, 2018 

Worldwide

Learn how Celtic legend and mythology can bring magic into your daily life. Walk with the Tuatha Dé Danann and hear their wisdom on the wind. See colour as a doorway to a magical world. Speak to animals and become one with the turn of the seasons. Read more and request

 

 

Dare Mighty Things - Heather Kaczynski

ENDS: Jan. 15, 2018 

USA

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win. Read more and request

 

 

Wild Beauty - Anna-Marie McLemore

ENDS: Jan. 15, 2018

USA

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They've also hidden a tragic legacy: If they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishing, a strange boy appears in the gardens. Read more and request

 

 

New World: Rising - Jennifer Wilson

ENDS: Jan. 15, 2018 

USA

Since witnessing her parents' murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix's only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother's dying words - to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls - outside of The Sanctuary - is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes, whose motto is simple, "Join or die." Read more and request

 

 

The Du Lac Chronicles - Mary Anne Yarde

ENDS: Jan. 17, 2018, 

USA, UK

 “It is dangerous to become attached to a du Lac. He will break your heart, and you will not recover.” So prophesies a wizened healer to Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex. If there is truth in the old crone’s words, they come far too late for Annis, who defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves. Read more and request

 

 

Twisted Threads - Kaylin McFarren

ENDS: Jan. 25, 2018

Worldwide

Akira Hamada is driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her greatest enemy--Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the notorious crime syndicate and hates herself more each day. Read more and request

 

 

Benign Flame : Saga of Love - BS Murthy Bulusu

ENDS: Jan. 31, 2018

Worldwide

The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification. Read more and request

 

 

Puppets Of Faith : Theory of Communal Strife - BS Murthy Bulusu

ENDS: Jan. 31, 2018

Worldwide

Puppets of Faith is a novel thought-provoking non-fiction that examines how the Musalmans tend to be the victims of the Islamic psyche, shaped by the proclivities of their prophet, vicissitudes of his life, attitudes of his detractors and the credulity of his followers, which the mechanism of their umma perpetuates. Read more and request

 

 

Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman's Odyssey - BS Murthy Bulusu

ENDS: Jan. 31, 2018

Worldwide

If Mahabharata's Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana's Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading it or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings! Miracles apart, it's in the nature of this great epic to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in man for it’s a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds. Read more and request

 

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Review: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

One Life to One Dawn.   In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all. Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

   

 

Why oh why did I wait so long to read this book. It is absolutely amazing. I have to admit that at first I wasn’t really about it but soon fell in love with this book. I just adored everything about it. The characters, their journey and turmoil , the twists and turns, as well as the world building. The world building was just too awesome, I could smell the food and feel the fabrics.  Everything was very well described without over doing it. Just the right amount. This book is really hard to review because there is so much going on and I don’t want to spoil it. Shahrzad, I really enjoyed her ,she is strong , honest ( mostly ) and knows what she wants. Or so she thinks. The more we get to know her the more we see the struggle within her as she falls more and more for Khalid. I kept cheering for her but also at times felt sad for her. Overall she was just great. Khalid was really hard to read but it is clear early on that something big is happening with him and that not all is as it appears. I really love the Khalid that we get to know throughout the book. Tariq. I’m not sure about him but I never really trusted him. I’m also interested to see what is going on with good ole baba   Despina and Jalah are the best supporting characters. I loved them both, they brought  a lot to the story including humor. I can’t wait to find out more about them.

 

Overall, I highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to book two that I luckily have already, since we left with a cliffhanger. I rate this book 4½ 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 404 out of 404 pages.

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So good. Loved it .

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Reading progress update: I've read 282 out of 404 pages.

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I really enjoy this book. it is so much more than I thought :) 

Reading progress update: I've read 255 out of 404 pages.

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while so much is still unanswered I'm loving it :) 

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Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt

Twisted Palace: A Novel (The Royals) - Erin Watt

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.

They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

 

 

 

Twisted Palace, the third and final book in Reed and Ella’s story. Again not much can be said without spoiling it so I will make it short again.

We were left hanging a with a huge cliffhanger and I was  happy that I already had book three. The wait would have killed me.

This book seemed a bit slower than the first two and a lot if things were not resolved until the end. But overall like the two previous books I enjoyed it a lot.

Papa Royal plays a bigger role in this book, which I enjoyed and I wish I could get more of him. Maybe someday he will get his HEA.  We don’t get as much of Easton, which I dint like as much, because, well he is Easton and my fav.

A ‘new’ person we found out about at the end of book two, is a lot in this book and I don’t think I was a fan at all. It all just sort if seemed off.

We get plenty of Ella and Reed, so that was a bonus. Plus more school drama which again I enjoyed way more than I should have.

Overall, while a bit slower I still enjoyed this book and thought it was a great conclusion to the books.

I’m looking forward to reading Easton’s books but think I wait until they all out again in case of cliffhangers.

I rate this book 4★ but the overall story was a 5★ and super addicting.

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

Broken Prince: A Novel (The Royals) - Erin Watt

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU...

 

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

 

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

 

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

 

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 There is not much I can say about this book without spoiling it or that has not been said yet. So I make it short

Unlike the first book we get dual view…… Reed and Ella which is great and gives us the chance to get to know Reed better and what drives him.

The books starts off with Reeds POV and right or even a few minutes before the last book left us hanging…… Much of the book we know what drives him … Ella and how to make u for the ending of last book.  We see how much the family really liked Emma and what an impact she made

Ella is making progress but sometimes she is just a bit annoying but then again I could see where she is coming from and understood her. Given her past.

I also liked Papa Royal a tiny bit more; we see that he is not as clueless as we might have thought. It always kind of bothered me that he seemed clueless.

Of course there us more drama in school and it wouldn’t be the same without it. We get plenty of Easton which was A OKAY t for me, since he is still my favorite Royal. We not getting much of the twins but that was okay. I always just saw them as an extension or so.

This book like that last ends with a cliffhanger and much bigger than the last. We get two things thrown at us that leave us hanging in the air. And they are both HUGE. One I had no idea and the other one I sort of saw coming and figured they could play that way. Either way a cruel way to let us hanging lol .

I rate this book 5 ★

 

 

 

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Review: Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

Paper Princess: A Novel (The Royals) - Erin Watt

 

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself. These Royals will ruin you… Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from. Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals. He might be right. Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

 

 

I kept hearing about these books and how they are so great, so when I received it for my Birthday I dug right in . And all I can say is that I cannot believe how much I liked this book. I really should not have loved this book as much as I did and it was like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of it and I pretty much read it in one sitting. Also like many have mentioned, this book is categorized as YA but it is defiantly more NA than YA and there is no way that I would let my young daughter read it. There is way too many steamy sexy times in it. I really enjoyed Ella and her semi realistic feel , while she came over as sometimes mean and that she doesn’t care, inside she very much cared and often was understandable scared. But she never showed her fear much to the outside world and stood her ground. The Royal family is defiantly a mess, while they have more money than they know what to do with they also have many problems. They also come over as huge jerks and it is hard to like the in the beginning, but it is clear early on that that is just a façade they put up. Reed is the same and he is a hard nut to crack and really I did not like him much at all. But he grew on me A LOT. Though I must say that Easton was my favorite Royal of all and I loved the relationship he build with Ella. Overall I loved this book. It is dark and yet funny at times and angsty and high school drama, that also will make you swoon. Plus we get plenty of sexy times. Be prepared for the cliffhanger that will have you asking for more. Like I said I enjoyed this book way more than I should have and I rate it 4 ½ ★

 

 

 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 404 pages.

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I still have so many questions. Like why does he kill a bride/ wife every morning?

Why does everyone think its normal?

Why is everyone so sure that she could be the one for him ? 

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