ARC Review: Dreamland Burning

Posted February 23, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Dreamland Burning is beautifully written with a contrast between present day and 1921 and the racial issues that plague the United States. It’s not always a “pleasant” read, but it the impact was enormous. As a white person, it’s painful to read how African Americans were treated in the not-so-long-ago past. To be black and to read this must be an entirely different level of anger and disgust.

I liked the characters and how they were from all walks of life, past and present. I think those were really intelligent choices made by the author. For example, the present day teenage main character, Rowan, was a biracial girl living a considerably privileged life. Her family was wealthy, her father was white and from a powerful family, and she went to a private school with mostly white students who she fit in with well because of her finances. This made her somewhat out of touch when it came to situations that afflicted other black Americans who didn’t have the same lifestyle. To balance her out, she had an asexual black best friend who sometimes put her in her place, so to speak. Her job in a clinic was also eye opening for her. On the other hand, the teenage boy from 1921, Will Tillman, presented an entirely different perspective. His journey was obviously the more horrendous because it depicts the race riot that took place.

I can’t lie, I’m a sucker for romance. You won’t find that in this book, though. Upon reflection I think that was a wise choice. There isn’t anything frivolous here to distract from the harsh realities that many people need to read. I enjoyed the element of mystery quite a bit. I most definitely wanted to know who the body found in Rowan’s guest house belonged to.

I rated this book a 4.5 stars. It’s so valuable and a look into an event that doesn’t seem to make it into the mainstream history books.

four-half-stars

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Waiting on Wednesday: Silence Fallen

Posted February 22, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment

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Waiting on Wednesday: Silence FallenSilence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #10
Published by Ace Books on March 7th 2017
Genres: paranormal, Fantasy
Pages: 352
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In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

We all have our auto-buy authors. Those authors that we buy no matter what they write and when. Patricia Briggs is definitely one of mine. I fell in love with Mercy Thompson years ago with the first book in the series, Moon Called. This series has high stakes and relate-able characters. It’s not easy to read or even easy to like sometimes but it keeps me coming back. I have to know what happens next to Mercy and Adam. This next one is no exception. It sounds like Mercy has gotten herself in real trouble, far away without her support system. I can’t wait to see what happens.

Patricia Briggs will be in Houston as part of her release tour and I will be there! I’m waiting to buy this one until I’m there so I can have her sign it. It’s makes the wait longer, but it’s worth it!

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Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday #6

Books I Loved Less/More than I Thought I Would Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish The Pleasant Surprises Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur I don’t often like poetry, but this book spoke to my soul. This is Our Story by Ashley Elston I wasn’t expecting to love this, but the mystery had me hooked from page one. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon I kind of disliked Everything, Everything because of the ending. I was reluctant to pick this one up. Needless to say, so glad I did! Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw I recieved this in an Uppercase box and was initially SO disappointed. When I finally read it I felt silly for my first reaction. Parts of this book made me giggle out loud. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven Every once in awhile a book truly resonates with us. This was one for me. And to think I almost didn’t pick it up at ALA over the summer. The Semi-Disappointments *Disclaimer: There are things I really enjoyed about each of these, but overall they didn’t live up to the hype for me. I would still recommend these books because they’re all good stories. Literally by Lucy Keating Heartless by Marissa Meyer When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Hunted by […]

Posted February 21, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 3 Comments
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Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Series: Wintersong #1 Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling Pages: 448 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin […]

Posted February 20, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 2 Comments
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Too Late Top Ten Tuesday #1

Too Late Top Ten Tuesday #1

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish All About the Visuals: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels and Picture Books Kendice had written up this Top Ten Tuesday of graphic novels for last week, but I didn’t get it posted in time. I really enjoy her picks though, so I wanted to share them with you. I’m calling this feature Too Late Top Ten Tuesday. I hope that it won’t happen that often, but I could see myself not posting TTT’s on time in the future as well. Sometimes I’m not the best about posting things on time. Have you read any of these? Based on the fight for civil rights and his involvement, this book is captivating and a necessary read for all Americans. It gives you insight into a true American Hero’s experiences. I’ve used this story to teach several times, and even my fourth grade babies have thoroughly enjoyed it. Mortimus is a gentle, zombie soul looking for love. His hilarious mishaps will make readers giggle. This book is a classic and will go down as one of my all time favorite books. It’s about love and sacrifice. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing with your life? 🙂   This just brings me back to my daughter’s toddler years. This book has very limited words, but […]

Posted February 16, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 0 Comments
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Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Kendice’s Top Ten Romance Books & Movies Movies! Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley This is one of my all time favorite movies. I love the casting, especially Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. The music is beautiful and just adds to the overall feel and slow-burn. I swoon for Mr. Darcy, honestly. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days This movie is so cute. I can’t help but love it and her crazy antics trying to push him away. Plus, I always love a happy ending. Ten Things I Hate About You Heath Ledger was such a hottie. I love the angst and feminism that Julia Stiles brings to the movie as well. (Emily: I absolutely love this movie too. It’s one I can watch over and over again!) Save the Last Dance I’ve watched this movie probably over 50 times, no joke. I think this is the movie that put my attraction to other races into words, so to speak. I felt like their journey was one I could see myself in one day. Ever After: A Cinderella Story Another movie made by the cast, in my opinion. Drew Barrymore was amazing. Plus, I feel like Cinderella retellings are my jam. Books! (Emily: All of Kendice’s picks are great. The only one I haven’t read is the Mara Dyer trilogy. I need to get on that!) A Court of […]

Posted February 14, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 1 Comment
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Review: Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review: Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Series: The Bone Witch #1 Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice. Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco! I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This story is told straight from the beginning with a narrator and then flash forward interludes between every chapter told from the point of view of a bard who is writing the story. Right from the beginning we know […]

Posted February 13, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Rockstar Tours Review: Wintersong

Rockstar Tours Review: Wintersong

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling Pages: 448 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As […]

Posted February 10, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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Waiting on Wednesday: When Dimple Met Rishi

Waiting on Wednesday: When Dimple Met Rishi

The thing that really draws me to this book is the cover. I love the girl’s face on the cover. That grin!!! It’s just so joyous. I’ve never seen a cover that exudes so much happiness. Past the cover, the book sounds perfect. Enemies to loves is always my favorite trope. I love the idea that these two kids have been promised to each other in an arranged marriage. However, they don’t know it and they don’t even like each other! Can’t wait to read this one!

Posted February 8, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment
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Review: History is All You Left Me

Review: History is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Published by Soho Teen on January 17th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Diverse Reads Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon Goodreads When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life. This was my first Adam Silvera book and I have to say, I think his writing is beautiful. It’s easy to get lost within his words and the story he created. His characters are well developed and a lot like people you may know in reality. I remember thinking that I wished this book could be forced into the hands of people who don’t understand that love is love, even […]

Posted February 6, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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