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Top 5 Favorite Couples

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something a little different this Monday.  Instead of reviewing a book, I’m going to talk about my favorite couples in books and other media.  Let’s get going.

 

5. Percy and Annabeth (Olympians and Heroes of Olympus)

I love these two because they don’t start off liking each other.  They’re barely even friends.  But as the series progress we see them start to recognize each other’s strengths and support each other when lacking.  Their romantic feelings evolve slowly over the years until they finally admit their love for each other and fight tooth and nail to stay together.  They are a good, healthy relationship that I can stand behind 100%

 

4. Daine and Numiar (The Immortals)

I loved this couple when I was younger, but now….the age difference is a little cringy.  But if you put that all aside, they start off respecting each other.  Numair is Daine’s teacher but he never makes her feel inferior.  He pushes her to be more and truly seems to care for her.  Now at some point, their relationship shifted from mutual respect to attraction.  Even they don’t know when it happens.  When they realize that they have romantic feelings for each other, they don’t know how to handle it.  They don’t want to trap the other in a relationship that they might regret later.  Well, that proves to not be true and they have a wonderful marriage built on trust and respect.

 

3. Feyre and Rhysand (Court Series)

If you haven’t heard by now, I’m a huge fan of Sara J Maas.  Of the multitude of couples in her books, Feyre and Rhysand and my hands down favorite.  Rhysand is willing to give up his mate and let her marry another man if that is what it takes for her to be happy.  Feyre takes in Rhysand’s past abuse (to him) and doesn’t try and make him take part in something that he may not have any desire to do.  Both put the other’s emotions above their own.  And we all can learn from that.

 

2. The 11th Doctor and River Song

I’m a third gen Whovian and I love it.  The 11th Doctor will always be my favorite because he’s the real reason why I love Doctor Who.  And when he and River get together it is nothing but pure gold.  I can’t get enough of their sass and love for each other.  They play so well off each other that I can’t take my eyes off them.

 

1. Harlow and Augustine (House of the Rising Sun)

What do you get when a computer hacker who can’t touch people because she gets overloaded with their emotions and an ex-criminal and playboy turn Guardian?  A fucking epic story.  I love these two.  Augustine falls for Harlow the moment he meets her but doesn’t try to push too far.  He respects her boundaries.  Harlow is a whole heap of issues but eventually she comes to terms with her baggage and realizes that he’s not as bad as she feared (and she hates it).  Augustine is not ashamed of his Fae heritage, but Harlow is.  Through him, she learns to accept a part of her that she’s tried to ignore.  They are so different but come together to create this wonderful duo that is unstoppable.  They are their own people, but they are definitely stronger together.

 

Well. that’s all I got today.  Do you have any other favorite couples?  Let me know by commenting below.

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Book Review Favorites Addition: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Today is going to be a bit different because I’m going over my favorite book by my favorite author.  There will be spoilers in this post so if you haven’t read it then I suggest you stop reading and go get this book for yourself.  You have been warned. 

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0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

A solid 5 cups of coffee!!!!

 

General Overview:

Again, SPOILERS AHEAD!  This book follows Feyre struggles to adjust to her life as a freshly minted High Fae.  Things aren’t going quiet so well as she and Tamlin struggle to move on with their lives.  Slowly, Feyre falls deeper and deeper into a depressive spiral that only one person can save her from.  In comes Rhysand, the deadly High Lord of the Night Court.  Rhys calls in on her bargain and tries to bring her back from the brink.  It takes Tamlin locking her inside his house for Feyre to finally see that she needs to leave.  Rhys and his inner court slowly bring her back while preparing for the upcoming war with Hybern.   While training Feyre discovers her new abilities and her mate.  God I don’t want to say any more. 

 

My Thoughts:

As someone who is a long time depression sufferer, this is a pretty accurate portrayal.  And honestly, I wish I had a Rhys back then.  We’re introduced to some new characters. Mor, Armen, Cassian and my new book boyfriend Azriel.  All of these characters have rich back stories and gigantic personalities.  I can’t even begin to express how much this book speaks to me.

Reread factor:

I read this book a lot.  It’s one of my all time favs and whenever I’m trying to choose a new book, it whispers to me.  I have to fight the temptation to keep reading it over and over again.

Question Time:

Have you read this book?

Did you like it?  Hate it?

What’s your favorite in the Court of Thorn and Roses series?

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Series Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

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I know this review is a little late.  Honestly, I’m having a bit of a hard time getting back into the swing of things after taking a break.  So today will be a double post.  Be on the lookout for my usual Wednesday post later on today. On another note, I’ve done some remodeling of my Patreon page.  Click the link here: Patreon Page : to check it out and get access to exclusive content with some pretty nifty perks.You can also follow me on: Twitter       Instagram   Pinterest   

Any who, today I will go over a series that I just finished.  As always, there will be a little spoilers as possible.  

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

This is a science fiction YA novel about a girl called Mila.  She lives in a quiet town with her mother.  She’s just a normal girl trying to navigate high school, boys, and a slightly over bearing mother.  But her life completely changes the day she gets tossed from the back of a pick up truck.  Filled with suspense, conspiracies, and an ending that will leave you clutching the final book to your chest, this is one thrilling ride.

 

My Thoughts:

This series is one of the many reasons why I love libraries.  I found the first book there and fell in love.  This series has some of the familiar YA tropes(slight love triangle), but they don’t really take away from the overall effect of the story.  I really liked the science elements behind it and the ending is plausible but that doesn’t take away that it made me tear up.

 

Reread factor:

This is a series that I might read again when the mood strikes me.  Kinda like the Hunger Games.  It’s not a book that I’ll reread every year but one that will always have a place on my shelf.

 

Question Time:

Have you read this book or series?

What are your thoughts?

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Book Review: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

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I hope that you all had a lovely holiday, are well rested and ready for the New Year!  My reading resolution is to read a greater variety of books.  I read a fair amount of fantasy with a little science fiction and historical fiction sprinkled around, but not much nonfiction.  Well that’s where today’s book comes into play.  But before we begin, if you would like to support me and help me create better posts and books, please click the link below and head on over to my Patreon page.  There you’ll get all sorts of goodies that no one else gets like first to know invites for book releases, a chance to control a writer, and something really epic for top tier supporters.  Patreon Page    You can also fine me on Twitter     Instagram  and   Pinterest   

Well that’s enough of that lets get on with the book of the day:

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

 

Rating:

3 cups

 

General Overview:

There are 20 lies that we tell ourselves that keep us from being who we truly are.  And Mrs. Rachel is here to help us face the truth.

My Thoughts:

I didn’t go into this book expecting it to change my life.  These books tend to be as generic as possible so they can reach and appeal to a large audience.  With that being said, I did find a few nuggets of wisdom that I liked and will work on in the future.  Some of Mrs. Hollis’ stories raise a few eyebrows but that’s what she was going for.  She is honest about every aspect about herself (the sex chapters were funny) and following her lead, so should we.

 

Reread factor:

I don’t know if I’ll honestly reread this book.  But it is going to be passed around my work place because a lot of the ladies I work with want to read it.  I had to skip some of the chapters because they didn’t pertain to me (mommy and children) but as long as I get it back I always have that option.

Question time?

Have you read this book?

What did you think?

What were some of your favorite stories?

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Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

3 cups

 

General Overview:

Kiran is embarrassed by her parents.  I mean what kid wouldn’t be when they tell you your whole life that you are a real Indian princess they found in a clay pot in a mystical river in another realm.  Well, on her 12th birthday she finds that what she thought were crazy stories were all true.  Now she has to hurry to the place where all spells go to die to save her parents, and learns some interesting things along the way.

 

My Thoughts:

In the wake of Rick Roridan, there seems to be an influx of sassy pre-teens who are actually related to mythical gods flooding the market.  I for one, love this!  Especially when they’re from countries that I don’t know a lot about.  This is the second book that I’ve read that is based on Indian folk lore.  Kiran is a pretty likable character with a corny sense of humor and real motivations.  I wouldn’t say that I love this book but I’m going to read the second one before I decided whether or not I really like it.  I have a bad habit of judging a series by the first book.  

 

Reread factor:

This book is an easy read and quite enjoyable.  I might reread it again later on down the road but I’m on the fence.

 

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5 Things That Irritate Me While Reading

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I hope everyone is doing well.  Right now I’m enjoying the first snow of the season.  Any who, I’ve had some people ask me about what I look for when it comes to my book reviews.  I don’t really have a set method per say, just some things or tropes that get under my skin consistently.  So without further ado here are my top five things that irritate me while reading.

Number 1: A world with little to no explanations.

World building can make or break your novel.  There’s a fine line between letting the reader learn about the world as they go and giving them everything in an information dump.  But what frustrates me to no end is when writers introduce their world with it’s strange terminology without any explanation.  Sometimes I have to read a bit two or three times before I either figure out what the hell the author is talking about or give up because I don’t want to get hung up on a small detail.

Number 2: Characters who are bitchy for the sake of being bitchy.

I know that not every character has to be likable but when characters swing back and forth between average and raging bitch like they’re bipolar for no other reason than to create conflict, I’m gonna call you out on it.  On a similar note, when characters themselves are fighting to stay mad at someone then maybe it’s time to rework the relationship.

Number 3: Useless Love interests/Love triangles.

Love is an organic entity, much like writing.  You cannot force it.  If you have to force your characters to like each other, then they shouldn’t be together.  Not everyone needs a love interest.  One a similar note; please, please, please stop making love triangles.  They are the most contrite things in literature.  Almost 90% of the time, the MC doesn’t even care about the triangle, it’s the author trying to get us invested in it.  Please stop.

Number 4: Kicking them while their down.

All writing is about conflict.  It’s the driving force that carries the story along, but sometimes writers channel their inner Satan or whatever and throw one thing after another at their characters.  The constant conflict without comes off as time fillers and a waste of time.  They don’t do anything except play with our emotions and I don’t care.  If you want to make an impact with your conflicts keep them sharp and precise that a well placed blade.  It’s the only way to maximize their impact.

Number 5: Taking forever to get to the point.

This is my number one complaint but number five listed.  I loath it when writers take forever to get to the main conflict.  I don’t mind getting to know the characters or the world but when it’s drawn out for the sake of drawing it out, then most likely I’ll have to put the book down.  My rule is that if I make it through a third of the book and still don’t care, then it goes back on the shelf.  Sometimes it’s my frame of mind that makes it difficult to get into the book but just as often, it’s unlikable characters and slow pacing.

 

Whelp, there you have it.  The five things that I hate when reading.  What are your’s?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!

 

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Indiecember: A Way to Give Back.

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I hope you all survived Thanksgiving with only minimal scaring.  Now it’s time to gird our loins and suit up for December.  In the spirit of giving, the amazing Megan Tennant has created a reading challenge for the month of December called Indiecember.  Basically it’s a way to help indie authors and give back the community for giving us wonderful stories to read.  I, myself, am a proud member of this community.  

The rules are simple and I will link the main page with full details below.  Play bingo and earn marks for leaving reviews on ANY indie book you’ve EVER read.  That’s right!  You don’t have to spend that much money buying new indie books (although that would be nice) but not necessary.

Here’s a pic of the card with what my books would earn you.  Just to give you head start.  And here’s the rules laid out plain and simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners will get all sort of nifty prizes like free books, free merch, and other delights.  So get out there and leave some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads in support of Indie Authors everywhere!

 

 

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Book Review: My Favorite Harry Potter Book.

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Today’s review is going to be a bit different.  In honor of the Crimes of Grindelwald hitting theaters this weekend I thought it would be nice to review the Harry Potter books.  Instead of reviewing the whole series, because honestly I would be up here forever, I’ll just do my favorite.  So let’s go!

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

 

Rating:

5 Cups

 

General Overview:

This is Harry’s third year at Hogwarts and the world starts to expand.  We learn that there’s a criminal on loose who has Harry in his sights.  We get more creatures and new places to visit.  We get introduced to a few new characters that we’ll instantly fall in love with.  And did I mention that there’s time travel too! 

 

My Thoughts:

I didn’t want to go into too much details because there are people who haven’t read the books or seen the movies.  I do try to remain mostly spoiler free.  I’ll admit that I was a little late to the Harry Potter party.  I didn’t start to read the books until the movies came out.  It seemed interesting so I read the first ones.  I liked the first two but it was this book that made me a potterhead.  I love this book.  The movie not so much.  I love the mystery and that we get to see more of the wizarding world.  I feel Harry’s pain he learns some truth about the worst day of his life and a bit more about his parents. I can’t gush about this book enough without giving away spoilers.  Go read these books!

 

Reread factor:

The only thing that is stopping me from rereading Harry Potter right now is the towering pile of books that I have yet to read once.  My husband told me I can’t buy anymore new books until I read the ones I have…sobs….but he’s right.  But as soon as I make a dent in that to read pile of mine, Hogwarts here I come!

 

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Book Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

Head up to the mountains of North Carolina and visit a place where simple magic is all around.  A place where strange things happen nearly every day but nothing as strange as the Waverleys.  In their back yard they have an apple tree that they protect, not because the apples are delicious but because the apples will show you the greatest event in your life, and not everyone can handle that.  Claire Waverley has built a successful business out of her family’s oddities.  Her food can “influence” your dinner guests thus making her a prize commodity.  Everything in her world is going smoothly until her sister, Sydney, returns with a daughter in tow.  Sometimes, you have to shake the branches to get what you need.

 

My Thoughts:

The only reason why I didn’t give this book a 5 cup rating is because I wanted it to be longer.  I know, I’m being petty but that’s how much I enjoyed reading this book.  I stumbled across this book in my local library and knew from the first few pages that I was going to have to buy it for my own.  The magic in this book is so subtle that you can miss it and that’s why I love it.  It has a Practical Magic feel to it but is something all its own.

 

Reread factor:

I have read this book several time already and as I sit here typing it’s review I find myself with the urge to reread it again.  It’s an easy read with lovable characters with strong messages about being true to yourself and family.  You need this book in your life.

 

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Book Review: The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea!  So here’s how this works.  I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

5 Cups

 

General Overview:

This book starts in the late 1800s and ends in the early 1900s.  It follows the life of Fiona Finnegan as she suffers through tragedy, the loss of a true love and her road to revenge.  Her life isn’t all bad, though.  She finds a new family and experiences success in the American Markets.  A woman a head of her time, she blazes through one hurtle after another shattering glass ceilings, that is until a demon from her past rears its ugly head again.  But Fiona faces it like she has everything else, head on.  

 

My Thoughts:

This book is a large book, but I finished it in a few days.  I fell in love with this book.  Fiona is a heroine for the ages.  Now I don’t want to go into too much details (I try to not spoil), but if you love murder mysteries, early Americana, and true love, then this is a book for you.  This book is one that would probably be great for book clubs.  I’m telling you….get it!

 

Reread factor:

The first year I bought this book I think I read it six times.  Now I read it once, maybe twice a year. It’s one of my all time favorites and if you give it a try, it could just end up being the same for you.

 

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