SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

I’m a stay at home mom of two little monsters….  Ummm kids and I love to read and coffee runs through my veins . I read pretty much a little of everything but I tend to like fantasy the most. I blame Sarah J Maas who got me stated into the fantasy genre...but to be honest I read most of everything and it just depends what I’m in the mood for. I also read a lot of YA. Don’t judge ….lol

When I’m not reading I love to spend time with the family of course, I also like to watch TV and love to find new shows to binge. Gaming is another thing I like to do and is easy to get me sucked into a game for hours or even days.  Don’t even get me started on Lego games ……addictive …..lol

So as you can see I’m like all over the place but reading is always the thing that I come back to. It helps me relax and lets me jumps on so many new exciting worlds.

I love to meet new people who share the love for book as I do and in my many years of reading and reviewing I met some truly awesome people. Which honestly is the best part about the book word…..meeting so many new and lovely people.

I’m not in any way a professional reviewer. I just like to read books and share my personal opinion with other book lovers.

 

You can also find me on Goodreads 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 446 pages.

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Reading progress update: I've read 167 out of 446 pages.

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Hmmmm. That mother of his ...... Also, I think there is more to her, than we lead to believe 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 125 out of 446 pages.

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

So far so good 

 

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May 2019 Book- Haul and Giveaway

Welcome back to another Book- Haul.

It only has been about couple months since my last haul BUUUUTTTTTT, I may have spent a bit too much time on Book Outlet. I think it's time I unsubscribe from their email list before I need to add on to the house in order to house all my books.  On a happy note I actually already started reading some of them :)

Don't forget to enter in the giveaway, you can find it pinned on my front page, I will also add it to here at the end to make it easier.

Here are the books I hauled the last couple months :)

My Soul Immortal and Council of Souls by Jen Printy , Meridian Chronicles: Black Widow Curse The Coven by M.D. Fryson and Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel were all sent by the authors. THANK YOU !!!!

Crimson Lake and Redemption Point by Candice Fox were sent by the publisher. THANK YOU Forge.

Ruined and Avenged by Amy Tintera I bought on Book Outlet.

The Novice, The Inquisition and The Battlemage  (Summoner Series by Taran Matharu) , The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser , Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau , Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz and From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon also all bought on Book Outlet.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare was an Amazon purchase.

A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows and  A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic Series by  V.E. Schwab), The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, This Mortal Coil and This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada , were also all Book Outlet purchases.  The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon I got from Amazon. Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley was sent by the publisher. THANKS Berkley Books.

Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau was also sent by the publisher. THANK YOU Sourcebooks.

Here are some E-copies I got

Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen.

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

 And

Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee

All Three were sent by the publishers. THANK YOU to all of them .

This is it. I think that was my biggest haul within two months yet but they had such good sales that I just couldn't resist.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and reading time, Don't forget to enter into the giveaway below ;)

   

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Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 446 pages.

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

oooohhh things are falling into place 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 446 pages.

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Not that far in yet, but so far I like it 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Death Masks - Jim Butcher

another great book in the series .....
Review to come 

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Ask Me Anything - Molly E. Lee

Super cute and awesome book, really enjoyed it. 

Full review to come.

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Reading progress update: I've read 64%.

Ask Me Anything - Molly E. Lee

How are they gonna get out if this mess 
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Reading progress update: I've read 42%.

Ask Me Anything - Molly E. Lee

We all need a Dean ! 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 23%.

Ask Me Anything - Molly E. Lee

I love Amber and Dean 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 263 out of 400 pages.

A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

Sadly I decided to put this book aside for now. I was soo looking forward to  this series but I had a rough start of it. I didn't start liking it until Lila came into the picture, about half way through. But even tho I really started liking it I felt like I was forcing myself to read it.  SO at this point I will put it aside for a while because I really want to enjoy the rest. I think I just need a switch up books for a while .

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May 2019 Round-Up and Giveaway

 

Happy June

I can't believe we made it to the half year mark already, It's going by so fast. Also so many awesome books are coming out this year or are already released. For once I'm ahead with my Goodreads goal.... so far .

I read a lot of books in May and I was actually all caught with my review copies,  just in time for new ones to come in soon.  I'm still behind on posting some reviews but I'm getting there I posted more this month and hopefully will do the same next month.

Speaking of next month, there are a lot of new releases next month but here are just a few I'm looking forward to.

 

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

 

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DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff 

 

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Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

 

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At the moment, on audio I'm still working my way through the The Dresden Files, currently I'm on book #5 which is Death Masks by Jim Butcher. I'm at about 65% so I should be done soon with it. I still love this series a lot. 

 

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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for:

A duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...

Professional hit men using Harry for target practice...

The missing Shroud of Turin...

A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified...

Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who's still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life.

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging

 

 

In paperback, I'm reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, I was looking forward to reading this book for so long that I think I over-hyped this book. I like it but not as much I thought I would and not until about half way through when we finally met Lila. I'm on page 242/400 and it finally started getting really interesting.

 

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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

 

 

I have a few ARCs coming so I'm not sure what I be reading next, but if you are interested and not already are, you can follow me on Goodreads, I'm pretty good at updating my reading there.... well.... most of the time anyway.

We still have the giveaway running that will end in June but make sure to keep your eyes out for a new one coming end of June or beginning of July that will run until September. That is always a good way to find new author, books and win some pretty sweet prizes.  You can find the current giveaway on the homepage, I will also add the copter to the end of this to make it easier. 

That should be all, hope everyone is having a great Summer and gets some time to read....... 

Now to all my May reads, as always you can find the buy links in the reviews that will be linked.

Thank you and Happy Reading !!! 


Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen

 

Addison Murphy is the funny friend, the girl you grab a beer with—the girl voted most likely to start her own sweatshirt line. And now that one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that list, too. She’ll get through this wedding if it’s the last thing she does. Just don’t ask her to dive for any bouquet.

When Tucker Crawford returns to his small hometown, he expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He certainly doesn’t expect to see the nice pair of bare legs sticking out from under the hood of a broken-down car. Certainly doesn’t expect to feel his heart beat faster when he realizes they belong to one of his best friends.

If he convinces Addie to give him a chance, they could be electric…or their break-up could split their tight-knit group in two.

Hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just as Tucker realizes that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him—he was just too stupid to realize it—now she’s leaving to follow her own dreams. He’s going to need to do a lot of compromising if he’s going to convince her to take a shot at forever with him—on her terms this time.

 5 ★

 

 


My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy

 

An endless love, for an endless price.

Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once.

3.5★

 

 

 


Nevernight  by Jay Kristoff

 

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

4.5★

 

 

 


Godsgrave  by Jay Kristoff

 

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.

5★

 


Council of Souls by Jen Printy

 

After surviving the perils of an ancient family feud, Jack Hammond and Leah Winters believe only happiness lies ahead. However, their future isn’t as secure as they think. When Death and his council arrive to welcome Leah into their treacherous shadow world, the couple discovers that Leah’s immortality has come with a high price.

With Artagan’s help, Leah slowly learns how to navigate the dark waters of the Concilium Animarum—the Council of Souls. As their world starts to unravel further, their love is all Jack and Leah have left. Will that be enough?

   

4.5★

 

 

 


Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

 

Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin’s Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there’s a price on her head. With the realm’s most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can’t refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins…not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.

 

4.5★

 

 

 


The Wicked King by Holly Black

 

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

4.5★

 

 


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

4★

 

 

 


 

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Reading progress update: I've read 227 out of 400 pages.

A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

Finally really enjoying it now that Lila is in the pictures 

 

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Review: Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

I did it …. I finally read and finished this book. I’m so glad I did.  I did really enjoy this book but it took me a while to get into it. I started it twice put it back , started it again and feel into a reading slump….I didn’t put it back down this time,  I just kept at it really slow and read a few pages every day and I’m glad for it.

Once I got into it, I absolutely loved the word Laini Taylor created with this book.  I liked that is was not too massive while we still get good sized world(s) and with plenty of Characters, quiet few actually, since we get sort of a split world. It’s hard to explain without spoiling it. I really enjoyed all characters, even the not so nice ones.  While I might not have liked them as a person,  I enjoyed the way they were written and portrait.

I wasn’t really sure at first who the villain will be and I liked that we had two candidates and both came through a bit at the end. Just one more than the other.

Of course I loved Lazlo and enjoyed his fresh view and of course his love for books, but I was pretty sure there is more to him than they let us believe in the beginning.  I also enjoyed Eril- Fane and his Mother a lot, he sure was a kind but tortured soul.

I wasn’t so sure about Sarai in the beginning but I ended up loving her……. And her relationship with Lazlo, or the more and less what they had for one that is…….

While I enjoyed their time together it was also a bit odd and left a few things open and questioned by me but overall I really loved it. 

Minya was someone I really didn’t like and that never changed….. I just disliked her more and more the more we get into the story. Thyron was someone I’m on the edge on, even now that I’m done… I think more is to come about him …. Maybe .

The ending… while some things I saw coming early on other things were a complete shock to me. I was in awe, how she could end it with such a cruel cliffhanger.

Overall I loved this book, and while I loved her writing but  I thought it was dragging on a bit and was sort of glad for the end of the book. But I’m really looking forward to read the next book and see how she ended it.

 I rate it 4 ★

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: http://snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/05/30/review-strange-the-dreamer-strange-the-dreamer-1-by-laini-taylor

Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

The Wicked King - Holly Black

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

 

 

4.5 ★

WOW !!! This book gave me whiplash !!! That Ending…. Lets just say it’s been two days and I’m still not sure what to think and a bit angry about it.

Like I said the whole book is a rollercoaster and there is nto much I can say to not spoil it and believe me, you don’t want to be spoiled with this one.

I will make it sweet and shirt , ot at least I try  lo.

The book starts off 5 some months after the events of the last book, Cardan is King, Jude pulling his strings,( or is she?) . To be honest, I think Jude is getting a bit power-hungry and all that string pulling is getting to her head a bit. But then again that is all that she has left. She is still on the outs with her family, her fae family that is. She is working with the Court of Shadows and of course working The High King. But all that is getting more and more complicated as she seems to be having more and more feelings for Cardan. The water fae also coming out to play and things get a bit … wet and nasty.

As thing heat up with the underwater fae, and things getting a bit out of control she starts working again with Madoc. Of course he is him and yu never know if you can trust him or not.

I will say as much as an A-$$ -Hole he is ….. I really love him and always looked forward to parts with him.

Cardan was not as much in the book, as I hoped and if again you never know with him, I liked him, I hated him , I loved him and I never fully trusted him but I still wanted more of him. I have a real love-hate relationship with him for sure. 

Jude, most if the time I thought she is a bitch but others I just felt bad for her and asked why she keeps doing that do herself, even though she could just up and go to the human world.

Overall I really liked the book and learned quickly, you can’t trust anyone, no matter what or who.  There is lots if humor, action and even more betrayal going on , it is pretty fast pact and with all the action going on the book reads super-fast.

The end …… DID NOT see that coming…. NOT in a million years…. OMG I was soo angry and confused. Well done Holly Black, that was one heck of a twist I didn’t see coming.

I can’t wait for the next book to see how she will finish it …….. Because I’m not even sure where this can go. Well I do but I don’t think I would like that lol.

Overall great book, few things I disliked but nothing major and not even worth mentioning.

I rate it 4.5 ★

 

 

 

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Source: http://snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/05/29/review-the-wicked-king-the-folk-of-the-air-2-by-holly-black

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