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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Black Blood by S.D. Grimm Takeover Tour

Black Blood by SD Grimm

Title:  Black Blood
Series: Children of the Blood Moon, book 3
Author: S.D. Grimm
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 464 pages
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Enclave
Edition:  I did not receive a copy of this novel 
Genre:  Epic, Fantasy
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

Synopsis:

Destiny made a mistake.

Everyone told Jayden she was the prophesied Deliverer sent to rescue Soleden. But when the time came to defeat her nemesis, she failed. Now the Mistress’s power spreads through the land, strangling all of creation to make way for a world she’s creating herself. 

With every moment, the Mistress gains more strength, and Jayden realizes she was never meant to defeat her alone. She's one of four Deliverers, after all. But if they are caught, the Mistress will use them to gain the Creator’s power. And one of the Deliverers has gone missing and might already be in the camp of the enemy. 

Can Jayden reunite the Deliverers before it's too late? Or will she fail the world another time?

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Monday, January 28, 2019

A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

A Bound Heart 
Title:  A Bound Heart
Series: a novel
Author: Laura Frantz
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 416 pages
Publication Date: January 1st 2019
Publisher: Revell
Edition:  paperback
Genre:   Christian, historical fiction
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.  

Synopsis:

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning--together.

Laura Frantz's prose sparkles with authenticity and deep feeling as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in Colonial America.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Dreamers Review

The Dreamers
Title:  The Dreamers
Series: a novel
Author:  Karen Thompson Walker
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 303 pages
Publication Date: January 15th 2019
Publisher: Random House
Edition:  paperback Advance Reader Copy
Genre:  Fiction, science fiction, dystopian
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher by winning a Goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.  

Synopsis:

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry the girl away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital.

Then a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, and panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. As the number of cases multiplies, classes are canceled. A quarantine is established. Mei, an outsider in the hierarchy of dorm life, finds herself thrown together with an eccentric, idealistic classmate.

A psychiatrist summoned from Los Angeles attempts to make sense of the phenomenon as it spreads. Those infected, she discovers, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

Gorgeously written, The Dreamers is a breathtaking novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life—in our waking days and, perhaps even more, in our dreams.

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Main Characters

  1. Mei- college student, roommate to the first victim (Kara- who died)
  2. Rebecca- college student, infected and spread the virus
  3. Sara and Libby- sisters, daughters of a college janitor
  4. Nathaniel- a professor at the college
  5. Catherine- a psychiatric disorders specialist from Los Angles
  6. Ben & Annie - new parents, neighbors to Sara & Libby 
Surprise jumps between (their eyes), no words needed. So much can be said without saying it, the efficiency of marriage. - The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Plot

I started and finished The Dreamers in a day, not typical for me. It was all character driven from several POVs making it feel heartbreaking and magical at the same time. A college student left a party not feeling well, when she got back to the dorm she fell asleep and never woke up. Shortly after other students living on the same floor became infected with the sleeping sickness and so the virus spread until the small town of Santa Lora was quarantined.  The story unfolds in the college, in the surrounding town, in the hospital, by an out of town visitor so readers really get to see the devastating effects of the unknown. 

Setting

small college town, Santa Lora California - present day

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Theme

reactions to a crisis- a study on human nature

What did I like about the book?

I liked the abundance of speculation about what is going on based on the characters experiences. There were media coverage, conspiracy theories, people banding together as well as others being suspicious and keeping to themselves. The fear of the unknown, youth thinking they are invincible, heartbreak over someone getting sick. So much information... as well as not really knowing how or why the disease started.
"The only way to tell some stories is with the oldest, most familiar words: this here, this is the breaking of a heart."
The many references to dreams, nightmares, reality and how its personalized and different between people experiencing the same things.

Getting to see the effects of the virus after the dreamers woke up.
"It has been decades since he felt this way about his mother, the simple need for her presence."

Beautifully written.

What did I not like about the book?

There were a lot of characters (which helped the audience see the big picture and effects of the virus) but none of them really mattered. They could've been anyone. That really made me wonder how my family would react in a similar situation.

There were really no answers. How did the virus start? How did it run its course? Did anyone develop a vaccine? 

Date Started/Finished : January 26th 2019

"Isn’t every sleepy kind of isolation? When else are we so alone?"

Recommend? maybe

If you like general fiction, or reading about human nature- yes its a good book. If you are looking for action or more dystopian, there are better options.
Rating: 4/***** based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable




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Friday, January 25, 2019

Kelly's Search for Family blog tour


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Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!

KELLY'S SEARCH FOR FAMILY

ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Kelly's Search for Family (Searchers #2)
Author: Bertha Schwartz
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction
It's 1880 and Kelly lives alone with her Papa, a lighthouse-keeper in Massachusetts. She longs to know more about her Mama, and Papa has finally promised to tell her the truth on her fourteenth birthday. Before Kelly can learn much though, dangerous men the notorious Blackburn Brothers arrive unannounced and take Papa away. Kelly is left alone and responsible for the lighthouse.
Granny, a former slave and family friend, learns of Kelly's plight and decides to help find the answers to her questions. Mysterious letters, snow storms, and violence threaten Kelly's safe haven as new friends help unearth old secrets in Kelly's lighthouse home. How can she bring her papa back? Who is her true family?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

EXCERPT
As the afternoon passed, Kelly thought of more things they could use, and she took them up to the light. She longed to take the baby quilt and hide it. But instead, she took her quilt basket, then her school books and Granny’s embroider blocks. At last she gathered Tulip and her kittens and carried them up.

Kelly scanned the ocean with Papa’s field glass, like she had every trip up here. Like usual, there was no activity on the ocean. The waves were still high. It was almost time to light the lamp.

As Kelly lowered the glass, movement caught her eye. She trained her glass on the spot. It was a small sloop, riding low and fast. It was coming toward the light. It was painted black. Even the sails were black!

Fear shot through Kelly. Whoever it was, they were not friends. She had to warn Granny! She ran down the stairs as fast as she could. “Granny!” Kelly called, frantically. “Granny! Where are you?”


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I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
Disclosure: This book was provided to me at no cost. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this book.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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