You're probably wondering why I'm adding a page about books to a blog that's supposed to be about writing. Well, since there is no "real" magic out there...I'm still waiting on my Hogwarts letter by the way...reading is the closest to magic we will ever get to see in our world. There is nothing else that can make you feel such strong emotions for a character that, sadly, only exists on the paper it's words are printed on. The best part however, you can go back as many times as you want. The adventure and magic never truly end.
So for me, reading = magic, magic = wizard/witch, which also means, I kinda got my Hogwarts letter then, lol. Reading is life.
*Please let this be noted that these words are coming from a giant book nerd. I am speaking for myself and only myself.*
My rating system will go as this:
One heart eye = I read it once but I'm not gonna read it again.
Two heart eyes = I like it and will read again.
Three heart eyes = It has a forever home on my bookcase.
Four heart eyes = I love it.
Five heart eyes = I'm more than willing to sell my soul for more.
The first book I will be talking about is Splintered by A.G. Howard.
It took me three days to devour Splintered. I am a fan of fairy tales, but I'm an even bigger fan when authors can take these classic fairy tales, and morph them into these modern, and edgier stories that shine the light on the most darkest of shadows. The book starts off with Alyssa explaining that she is an artist, and that she uses insects in her artwork. Alyssa has an...unusual family. She can talk to bugs and flowers, her mother is committed, and her great-great-great grandmother is Alice. Yup, that's right, the Alice.
Welcome to Wonderland everyone.
For the next 371 pages, I was amazed by how wonderfully detailed that A.G. Howard was able to create her version of Wonderland. There are the usual characters that come with Wonderland, the Cheshire cat, the smoking caterpillar, the white rabbit, the red queen, but they all have their very own personalities. I 100% recommend Splintered to anyone who is a fan of Alice in Wonderland, who loves romance (love triangles), adventure, and so many plot twists you'll head will spin faster than you can imagine.
You just have to be willing to go down the rabbit hole first.
June 8, 2017
Evening everyone! I hope y'all are having a wonderful today. The book that I am going to be talking about today is, Shadows in the Ward by Katherine Anderson.
Shadows in the Ward follows the story of Anna Gilman who is starting her psychiatric nursing at Westborough State Hospital. As new patients arrive at the asylum, it's then that Anna realizes that nothing is as she once thought it was and has to find herself before she loses everything that's important to her.
Now I will admit when it comes to books that I usually always go for a book that has romance in it, I'm a sucker for those, but Shadows in the Ward, OH MY GOD. Forget the McDreamy male leads, a book based in an asylum is exactly what I needed. I was looking for something different to read when my mom suggested that I read Shadows... because I had already read the first book, Hospital Hill, and I hadn't gotten a chance to reading it's sequel. So at eleven o'clock last night I started it, and the only reason I set it down to go to bed was because it was two in the morning and my mom made me sleep.
Who needs sleep when you got books?
Shadows in the Ward is one amazing mystery novel that keeps you hooked to the very end. I will be leaving a link to Katherine's website, please check it out and give it some love.
You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter! Katherine also has her own independent publishing company, Dark Ink Press, which also has its own Instagram page that can be found here!
And remember...don't wander the wards alone at night. You never know what's lingering in the shadows.
June 22, 2017
Hello everyone! Today, I will be talking about, Gods & Monsters by Janie Marie
I've had the lucky privileged of being able to reading the unedited version Gods & Monsters that she posted online before it was published. Author, Janie Marie, has been posting her stories on Wattpad since 2011, which is how I discovered her.
Gods & Monsters, follows Jane and the end of human life as the world knows it. The world has been struck by a plague that turns everyone into zombies, and it's not your typical man who comes and saves the day. They themselves are not only monsters, but legends that mankind thought were only myths. Our heroine of the story, Jane, is not someone who's been preparing for the end of the world for years, or is some super soldier, but is a mother and a wife who has had a traumatic past. It's up to Janie to fight the battle between good versus evil, but can she find it in herself to take on the task?
The way the Janie crafted this character, by giving her real life aspects, makes it easier for the reader to connect with the story. As I was reading this, I found moments laughing along with Janie's silly antics when it came to the men in her life, and occasionally tearing up at her darkest moments when she questions herself and her abilities, because these actually happen in real life. Jane has created the perfect character by making her imperfect. By giving her flaws that everyone can relate to, she has made Jane well-rounded, realistic, and likeable.
To give Gods & Monsters only one genre is impossible. It's got adventure, horror, supernatural, romance, myths and legends, it's got bits of everything and keeps you guessing as to what's going to happen until the very end.
Gods & Monsters is the first book in the Gods & Monsters trilogy. Janie Marie's second novel in the series, The Fallen Queen, will be out in the early fall of 2017, while the third and final book in the Gods & Monsters trilogy, will be out in the spring of 2018.
Her stories are unlike anything that I have ever read before, and I can't wait to see what else she has in-store for her readers.
Janie Marie's website can be found Here.
Please check out her Instagram and Gods & Monsters Facebook page where she is most active with her fans and followers.
June 28, 2017
Hey y'all, today, I will be reviewing, The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan.
Before I go into my reasoning for my rating, I must explain what the Percy Jackson Universe means to me.
I absolutely love, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the very first series that started it all. I was already sold when I learned that the series involved Greek mythology because I'm into mythology of all kinds. Greek, Egyptian, Roman, you name it. And I always want to learn more about the myths, so when I found out that this new book series revolved around Greek mythology, I was ecstatic. And then comes along this sarcastic twelve year old who right off the bat is trying to deter you from reading, mix in the mythology and an extremely well written plot with hysterical chapter titles, (ex. Chapter One, book one, "I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-algebra Teacher.") After reading the fifth book, I had decided that if Rick Riordan ever wrote anymore books, I would beg my parents and save my money for them. I had sold my soul to him!
And apparently he heard, because he has yet to stop writing, lol.
When news that there was going to be a new series, The Heroes of Olympus, I couldn't wait to get my hands on these new books. I loved them. I missed the chapter titles but the new cast mixed with some returning characters made up for it. And when he released The Kane Chronicles, I loved that trilogy as well. And just when you think the guys at Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter will finally get a break, BAM! There's two more book series being released. That's right, not one, but two book series. The first one being Magnus Chase and the Gods Of Asgard, which follows Norse mythology and is set in Boston, (Masshole pride, represent!) And the second being The Trials of Apollo, which is a combination of Greek and Roman mythology.
In Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy, Apollo has been punished by Zeus, who gets turned into everything that the handsome God is not. An awkward, acne ridden, teenage boy, who is also mortal that goes by the name Lester. To regain his immortality, Apollo has to restore balance to the Oracles who have gone dark, and he must do all of this without his divine abilities while Meg McCaffrey, daughter of Demeter, his new master who can command him to do anything, has gone AWOL. With the help of Leo and Calypso, Apollo finds himself in several sticky situations as they land in Indianapolis.
While I was reading Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy, I enjoyed reading from Apollo's sarcastic and narcissistic point of view, but I found the second book to be lacking despite there being 40 chapters. Everything seemed to be happening at an extremely fast pace and I found myself wishing that the action and battle scene were longer than 4-5 pages in length, and there weren't as many plot twists as the first book, The Hidden Oracle. Throughout the book however, we do get a glimpse of Apollo's past with some new characters, and hopefully there will be more of seeing who Apollo truly is in the next three books. In the course of The Hidden Oracle, and The Dark Prophecy, Apollo goes through a significant amount of character development that reveals the person who he once was.
Maybe it's because I'm older than the intended audience, but I do hold a soft spot for the Percy Jackson Universe and will be continuing to read the next book in The Apollo series.
Rick Riordan's next book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead will be out October 3, 2017, while The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze will be available May 1, 2018.
Rick Riordan uses social media like Instagram, and Twitter to keep in touch with his fans and to let the characters from his stories make appearances. You can also check out his Website for more information.
July 4, 2017
Happy Fourth of July!
Today, I will be talking about The Thirteenth Moon by Melissa Volker.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Volker at her book release for The Thirteenth Moon, and not only have I kept in touch with her since then, I have read several of her other books as well. (Hidden: An Impossible Story, and A Life Undone.)
The summer that Moya Fairwell turns 13, strange things start happening. She's hearing voices, all her grandmother can talk about is a prophecy, and her new neighbor Fritz suddenly appears on her doorstep. Together they get whisked off to a new strange world called Rimorr that's filled with magic. Moya, a Knower, and Fritz, a Defender, must save Rimorr before it's too late, and find a way back home along the way.
The Thirteenth Moon is a perfect read for middle schoolers who are looking for adventure, magic, monsters and the occasional goddesses, and a realm that's unlike any other. Melissa Volker captures the essence of what it's like to truly be a kid who is suddenly told she has to save the world. She has joined the ranks of others like Rick Riordan, and A.G Howard.
Her second book in the series, The Council, will be available in the fall of 2017.
Melissa Volker can be found on Instagram, and twitter. She also has a Facebook page and a website that you can check out for more information.
- Lindsay Stenico
Good evening everyone!
Wow, give me two extended canine teeth and I could Dracula, lol.
Tonight, I will be reviewing Fifty Shades of Green or Coffeehouse Confessions of the Uncommon Joe, by Judith Sessler.
Fifty Shades of Green of Coffeehouse Confessions of the Uncommon Joe, follows the story of Randy, who is an assistant manager at the local coffeehouse, and the people who she works with and their customers. The coffeehouse is not simply just a place to buy overly priced coffee, but a refuge for those who need it, even if they don't realize it themselves. Each chapter follows a different character and allows an insight as to what the coffeehouse means for them and how they know Randy.
I found Fifty Shades of Green... to be a very enjoyable read. At only 125 pages, it does go very quickly making it a perfect read for late at night or are looking for something to spend the day doing.
I've had the pleasure of meeting Judith Sessler (who goes by her nickname Sandy) at her book release for Fifty Shades of Green... and I am extremely grateful to have met such a wonderful person. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Fifty-One Shades of Green The Emerald Inn-Behind Closed Doors.
Judith Sessler can be found on Facebook and is recently new to the Twitter scene. She is not only just an author, but also a painter too, specializing in water colors. Her artwork can be found here and her books are available on Amazon where you can find her most recently published book, Three Sisters Table for Four: Short Story Collection.