Review: Legend of the Silver Skinner

Title: The Legend of the Silver Skinner
Author: John Mowbray
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publishing Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 302
Amazon Link:     Kindle   Paperback

The Legend of the Silver Skinner is the story of a young man,Haroway, who has a run in with a witch at the beginning of the story who predicts Haroway’s demise. Haroway ends up running into the despicable character, Conrad, who ultimately becomes his friend and together they join Captain Black’s crew of likable pirates. Haroway has many adventures on Captain Black’s ship – including slaughtering mysterious creatures, getting lost in a jungle, and meeting the girl of his dreams.

John Mowbray has a very unique writing style that is comparable to the classics I have read in my past. He completely separates himself as the narrator from the characters and gives an unbiased view of the plot and characters as the story progresses. I was impressed with the story line and the complexity of the plot in this story. My only problem with this story was the complexity of the characters – or lack thereof. For the majority of the book, I kept getting the characters confused because their individual personalities were extremely similar which was a problem since the three main characters were all suppose to be completely different ages and come from different parts of this world as well as have different backgrounds and stories. This problem seemed to get better and better throughout the book and overall was well done for a debut novel.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy pirate stories or the classics. Overall I gave this book 3 of 5 stars.

 

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September To-Be-Read

September Read-a-thon Challenges
Hello All,

 

I haven’t written in awhile but I am done with my master’s and back in the swing of things with school so I am hoping to get on here and write more – more of anything really – but especially book reviews, my thoughts on books, and all my reading lists. I also hope to get back into Top Ten Tuesdays which is one of my favorite things and host some blogging challenges.

This month is month 2 of my read-a-thon over at BibliophilePrints. We are taking a break in October and then coming back in November for round 3. I love read-a-thons and hosting one has been so much fun even though, I personally, was an epic fail in August.

This month the them was Girl Power, so I took to the challenges with as much feminism as I could muster and I put this list together with the help of my reps.

SO here is what I am reading this month:

  1. A Tyranny of Petticoats  by Jessica Spotwood
  2. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  3. The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé
  4. Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo byTaylor Jenkins Reid
  7. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

And then books outside the challenge that I am reading (because I always put 10 books on my monthly TBR to give me some room to have options:

  • The Warlock’s Bounty by John Mowbray (sent to me by the author)
  • Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor
  • Passenger by Alexandra Brecken

 

Have you read any of these books? What would you recommend I start with?

 

September TBR

Loving Grace Tour – Review

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Welcome to the Loving Grace by April Smith blog & review tour plus giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

loving graceTitle: Loving Grace
Author: April Smith
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance

Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door.

As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.

Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident.

Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend’s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching.

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My Review: I thought Loving Grace was a sweet Christian YA novel and I enjoyed the plot line and interactions between the characters, especially the boys : Beau and Bennett. The author brought Christian aspects into this book without it being overbearing or taking over the entire plot of the book. The writing was well organized and well thought out. I honestly had no idea that there were such things as Watermelon Queens or pageants in the farming world. The only thing that truly bugged me about this book was the fact that the main character Grace, was so naive and so painfully fit the stereotype of a pageant queen. She was oblivious to the fact that her best friend was in love with her and oblivious to the fact that the guy she liked was an outstanding jerk. She seemed to be flighty with her own emotions and was more focused on her outfits and hair style and impressing boys than she was with dealing with her emotions, caring about the people that loved her (she was more annoyed with them than anything), and being a successful business woman. I don’t need to love the main character in the books I read, and Beau’s character made up for Grace’s in my opinion, so I ended up giving this 3.5/5 stars. I would recommend this to young Christian teens because I do remember feeling like Grace at that point in my teen years, maybe I am just too old now to appreciate her character. I would also recommend this to anyone who enjoys Christian YA contemporaries, especially those who can appreciate a rural setting.


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TOUR GIVEAWAY

Ambassador International is giving away:

(1) JustRead Summer Fun Book Box, which features Loving Grace as well as at least 4 quality items which complement the story. Find out more here.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 16, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 23, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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JustReads Tour: Chaos in the Blink of an Eye with GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to the Chaos In The Blink of an Eye series blitz and GIVEAWAY, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the days following the Rapture of Christ’s Church, the ultimate enemy of God raised up his primary human agent in the flesh to carry out his diabolical mission, Salvador Romanero.
The Miracle Maker, as Salvador Romanero was known throughout the world—after various predictions he’d made had all come true—was about to perform his greatest miracle: bringing peace to a tiny country that had lived in constant fear since its inception, the nation of Israel.
But instead of a peace treaty being signed, Jerusalem fell under a sneak attack on that day. In just six hours, more blood was shed in the streets of the Holy Land than any other 24-hour period in Israel’s turbulent history. Much of the city was in shambles. Smoke smoldered from buildings.
Anyone opposing the one world government he was putting in motion—to include a one world religion—would be silenced for good.
As the Miracle Maker set out to create a brave new world, children of the Most High God were preparing for the absolute worst. They knew God’s unprecedented judgments were coming. After all, it was written. They also knew Salvador Romanero was the long-foretold Antichrist of the Bible, and there was nothing they could do to stop the Son of Perdition in his quest for global worship.
Initially, Clayton Holmes and Travis Hartings, founders of the End Times Salvation Movement, used a website to connect them to other new believers also left behind on that fateful day. Both men prayed for weeks on end that God would give them a surefire sign so they would know who was trustworthy or not. For three consecutive nights they had the very same dream. Both heard a voice say, ‘Those who contact you regarding this dream are trustworthy.’
But with the second attempt to sign a peace treaty with Israel now upon them, the chaotic world humanity had inherited after the Rapture, would soon come completely unglued. Instead of peace and prosperity for all, Planet Earth would experience the most turbulent seven years humanity would ever know…
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BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

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CHAOS IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE: PART SIX – THE SEALING releases Autumn 2018!

Each day of the blitz spotlights a different book from the series – follow along with the tour to learn about each of the first five books individually!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Patrick Higgins is the author of “The Pelican Trees”, “Coffee In Manila”, the award-winning “The Unannounced Christmas Visitor”, and the award-winning prophetic end times series, “Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.”

While the stories he writes all have different themes and take place in different settings, the one thread that links them all together is his heart for Jesus and his yearning for the lost. With that in mind, it is his wish that the message his stories convey will greatly impact each reader, by challenging you not only to contemplate life on this side of the grave, but on the other side as well. After all, each of us will spend eternity at one of two places, based solely upon a single decision which must be made this side of the grave. That decision will be made crystal clear to each reader of his books.

CONNECT WITH PATRICK: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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TOUR GIVEAWAY

Patrick Higgins is giving away to one (1) winner:

  • $50 Amazon gift card &
  • the first five books in the Chaos series

Open Internationally as long as recipient can accept a gift card from US Amazon. Books available in winner’s choice of ebook or print, although ebook only for international winner.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 16, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 23, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Behind on My Reading Goal and a Plan to catch up

This year I set a VERY ambitious reading goal of 75 books read in 2018. This comes down to 6 or 7 books per month or one book every 4 or 5 days. I am now 11 books behind schedule. So I need to catch up or attempt to catch up and with just 3 weeks left in summer how do I intend to do this…

  1. Read-a-thons:

    There are several read-a-thons that happen at the end of July and I plan on participating in all of them that I can. The 24-in-48 is happening on July 21st and 22nd in which you read for 24 hours within the 48 hour period. I think I can finish at least 3 books on this weekend. Then on the 23rd the 7 in 7 challenge starts in which you are suppose to read 7 books in just 7 days which, if completed, would have me maybe just 2 or 3 books behind schedule depending on what I can finish up between now and the 21st. Then for the month of August I am running a read-a-thon for my bookmark box at BibliophilePrints which has 7 challenges. I am hoping to read one book for each challegne throughout August which should at the very least keep me on track. With no distractions from my fiance being around, I may be able to read more. We will see with the school year starting.
    Links to the Twitter accounts and websites for all three read a thons:
    24 in 48: Twitter    Website 
    7in7 Challenge: Twitter
    BibliophileThon: Twitter

  2. Setting a Daily Reading Timer:

    I try to read 1 hour a day on days off or weekends and 30 minutes a day on work nights. I didn’t do so well with this in the Spring but I am hoping that by setting timers for myself each day, I can make myself read more.

  3. Picking at least 1 easy book to read each month:

    This is a no brainer – pick one book a month for my TBR that is an easy, quick read to try to get ahead for at least a couple days. I have plenty of these on my TBR shelf to pick from. These can be middle grade books, short romance chick flicks, and books of short stories or poetry.

  4. Document, Document, Document :

    I keep a reading planner to remind me of upcoming book tours but each day I also write down what I have read and how much of it I read. This keeps me honest and pushes me to read more the next day or to finish a book I have spent too much time reading.

 

What do you do to read more? I would love to know. Leave me some ideas down below.

Stolen Obsession Review

I would like to thank Prism Book Tour Group and the author Marlene M. Bell for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a written review.

 

Title: Stolen Obsession
Author: Marlene M. Bell
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Publish Date: March 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 355
Price: Kindle: $2.99, Paperback: $9.99
Link to Amazon Here

 

Stolen Obsession is the story of Annalise, who works for a jewelry dealer, and the mystery behind at least 2 deaths that may be linked to a cursed, 500 year old necklace. At the opening of a gallery, Annalise notices the necklace in a case and notifies her friend, the owner of the gallery, of its age and curse. The owner is convince that the one in her case is a replica, but upon further analysis, Annalise knows this is the real deal. After the murder of her boss Annalise is reeling, trying to figure out who could have killed him. Then a near rape incurs with another coworker and when she heads back to her apartment to recover from all the stressful events, she realizes is has been vandalized, her computers have been taken, and worse yet, the man whom she is so obviously attracted to gets shot by the madman who had invaded her home. After Alec, the son of the gallery owner, a Greek playboy, and the man whose bed Annalise is trying to hard not to get into, whisks her off to Greece to lay low until the men hunting her – and the necklace – are caught.

The characters in this book seem so real and so obviously flawed in a good way. I loved this story which starts action packed and stays that way until the very end. Annalise and Alec,as well as the other characters in this book, have a pretense in your heart from beginning to end. I could not put this book down and ended up reading it in two back to back reading sessions. This book is an absolute adventure with a perfect mystery. I am so glad that this is going to be a series because I cannot wait for book two! I would recommend this book to mystery lovers who also like a little romance as well as fans of amateur sleuth plot novels. With the Kindle version of this book at only $2.99, you definitely need to add this to your collection.

Overall, I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

 

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

The Mid-Year book freak out tag has been making its way around Booktube lately and I thought it was really fun. I need to kick my butt in gear if I want to meet all my reading goals this year so let’s do this thing.

Best Book of the Year so Far

I have to pick one???? How about 2?

If I have to narrow it down to 2… really three… I would say Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and the Caraval Series are my two favorite reads.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a middle grade fantasy novel about Morrigan who was born cursed. Bad things happen around her, but on the day she is suppose to die, she is whisked away to a magical land she didn’t know existed. To stay there, she has to discover secrets about herself and compete in 4 trials, or else she will be hunted down and killed.

Caraval and Legendary by Stephanie Garber is a series about 2 sisters who leave their father to go play the game of Caraval to see if they can uncover the secrets of their mother’s past, find love, and stay alive.

A New Release You Haven’t Read, but Want to

These three beauties are sitting on my shelf ready to read. I have Ace of Shades and Sky in the Deep ready to rock from back-to-back Owlcrates and I preordered War Storm as my second most highly anticipated book of the year. Honestly… the size of it is intimidating me. I will get to it soon.

Most Anticipated Releases for Fall/ Winter 2018

These are my most highly anticipated releases for the fall as of right now.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi is being released on October 16th.
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig is being released on September 25th
and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee is set to release October 2nd.

Biggest Disappointment of the Year so Far

A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas left something to be desired. I absolutely loved this series last year when I read it and I couldn’t wait to read it. It did its job as a novella, telling a secondary story to bridge two sub series together… but it wasn’t exciting, it wasn’t super fun, it just fell flat.

Biggest Surprise of the Year

The Widow's Watcher

The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell was the biggest surprise of the year! I ADORED this book and its definitely in my top 5 favorites for the year.

New Favorite Author

Winter

After finishing The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I need to read everything else she has written. I have Hearltess and Renegades on my TBR shelf. I love her writing style and storytelling ability!

New Favorite Characters

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is up there in my favorites of 2018 and Jude and Cardan are two of my new favorite characters. They are both super complicated characters and I am excited to see what they do in the The Wicked King.

A Book that Made you Cry

The Widow's Watcher

I am trying so hard not to do repeats but this is the only book I have finished this year that has truly made me cry. I loved the emotion that came out of reading this book and part of the reason I loved it so much is because I was able to feel the characters’ pain and grief so well.

A Book that Made You Happy

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater made me unbelievably happy. I loved this book and its characters. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.

The Most Beautiful Book so Far

And I Darken

Honestly, this was a cover read for me. I had no idea what it was about when I picked it up and read it. I ended up really liking it and its one of the only Historically inspired (twisted) novels I have ever read.

 

So, what have been your favorite and lease favorite reads in 2018 so far?

 

June Wrap Up

I had an amazing reading month and amazing buy-all-the-books month. I haven’t indulged myself on book buying sprees in a long time but with it being my birthday month I went a little crazy.

Here is what I read:

  1. IS
    Is” by Masakazu Katsura – A Manga obsessed with a girl and having perverted daydreams about her. I didn’t care for it, but I loved the majority of the illustrations. 2/5 stars
  2. Last Day On Mars
    Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson – This middle grade sci-fi is now one of my favorite sci-fi novels. I cannot wait to read book 2. 5/5 stars
  3. The Lucky One
    The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks – I liked it as a typical Nicholas Sparks novel. This may be one of my favorites of his books. I listened to half of this on audiobook 4/5 stars Candle from Little Mouse Bookshelf on Etsy
  4. FURTHERMORE
    Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – This middle grade Alice in Wonderland retelling is amazing! I thought it was well done being different and whimsical in its own way. 5/5 Stars
  5. Nevermoor
    Nevermoor and the Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend- This middle grade fantasy blew me away. On the back it says “For fans of Harry Potter” which made me interested, but it truly was magical. An absolutely delightful novel that reminded me of the magic in the HP series and some of the whimsical agony and humor of A Series of Unfortunate events. 5/5 Stars and my favorite read this month!
  6. The Raven Boys
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater was so magical. I felt like I was friends with Blue’s friends. I cannot wait to read The Dream Thieves this month! 5/5 Stars
  7. She Walks in Moonlight
    The last book I finished was She Walks in Moonlight by Jennifer Silverwood. I wrote a full review of this for the author which is posted below. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

7 books in one month is really good for me. I am hoping to keep this number of books per month up because I actually love getting this much accomplished. This month I am participating in the 24 in 48 read-a-thon. Please let me know of any other July Read-a-thon’s happening so I can get through my July TBR!

Oh and here is a picture of all the books I acquired this month which is abnormal. I am thankful for a wonderful reading month!

June Haul

What did you read in June that you loved? What in this giant stack should I read next?

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

First off, this is an #ownvoices novel about Lily who is ADHD (like the author) and Abelard, her boyfriend who fits somewhere on the Autism/ Asperger’s spectrum. Lily is your typical teen except she loses stuff, can’t remember things, and her mouth moves as fast as her brain does. She also has impulses, which leads her to kiss Abelard when they are mutually in trouble in the office one day after accidentally breaking a wall.

Let me tell you what I love about this novel:

Lily’s ADHD is spot. on. My fiance has ADHD and I am a teacher who has to deal with the problems in my students like the problems Lily has. Besides having ADHD myself I have seen the effects of ADHD up close and personal in many different settings. For my students, them taking their medicine or not is the difference between an A+ and an F. For my fiance, it is the difference between going to work or skipping. ADHD is mostly talked about in teens and children and this book really puts us to thinking about Lily’s future as an adult.

I got on Goodreads at 2 AM after I finished this book, to rate it, and noticed all the subpar reviews because of the ending of the novel which was so discouraging to me because I thought the ending was kinda perfect.

Here is my take…which gets a little spoilery so if you want to read this book, come back and read the rest of my review later.

SO THE END. A lot of people on Goodreads said the end made it seem like Lily should have to change to be accepted and I don’t think that is what the author intended at all in this book. In the novel, Lily is presented with a surgery that could tone down her ADHD so she could function a little better, and have a better shot at college and a bright future. Her parents and friends and boyfriend all have their own opinions and Lily is spinning in circles because she just wants everyone to be happy, including herself. In the end she decides to do what is best for her, and she believes that that is having the surgery.

Now here is where I disagree with the Goodreads reviews: having a surgery to reverse a disability or to help it out  is NOT CHANGING YOURSELF. In this fictional surgery, an implant is placed in the brain and Lily is told this will not change her personality or even get rid of her ADHD altogether. I kind of viewed this like a prosthetic leg, it helps you out, but doesn’t get rid of the disability completely. People with ADHD are more likely to not be able to hold a job, finish high school or college, go to prison, and live in poverty. Medication helps, but as highlighted in the story IT DOES CHANGE YOU. I watch my fiance take this medicine and it erases his ability to eat and alters his moods. He gets irritated and angry and depressed. If there was a way to tone down his ADHD without the effects of meds, he would take it. The surgery in this novel seems to not exist by the way, I did a lot of research. If you can find the research to show me this surgery exists, please let me know.

Let me put it to you a different way, I suffer from anxiety and depression, as a lot of people do. I also have chronic migraines. These two things combined keep me from work sometimes. I am so weighed down by this that I cannot physically get out of bed and go to work. If someone told me they could implant something to tone all of that down I would be ecstatic. Saying ADHD is a part of someone and to get rid of it is feeling like they have to change is not acknowledging that it is a brain disorder that makes that can make a person suffer. So I don’t think the author was trying to say that Lily needed to change and that’s why she got the surgery, I think she was saying that if you are presented with an alternative future, a chance to better yourself, even if there are consequences, it is your choice to be bold or to play it safe.

Review: She Walks in Moonlight by Jennifer Silverwood

Title: She Walks in Moonlight
Author: Jennifer Silverwood
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publish Date: October 28, 2017
Pages: 228
Price: $9.99 on Amazon

This second chance story is about a Russian globetrotter – Danica who is called back home to America after 10 years. Ten years ago she ran away from her one and only true love – Adam King. Now her brother is sick with leukemia, the same disease that stole their father away from them when she was ten years old.

Let me be clear – this is one of those books where the story line is well thought out and put on paper that you can sit and read it in one sitting. I loved that about this book. The characters had distinct personalities (thought some were confusing to me… more on that later) and the plot line made sense for the most part. I did have a couple problems with this novel. The first part being that some of the characters had almost personality or feeling flips with no explaination or growth development. One minute furious, mean, ugly and the next kind and laughing. This bothered me a bit. The other part was some major plot holes that were missing in this book. We learn there was an accident and Adam goes to look for Danica when they were 18. Danica then goes to Adam, they both lose their virginity, and she runs away. BUT WHAT HAPPENED? We have no clue what the accident was or why Adam was out looking for Danica when the accident happened. And this accident is what the entire relationship in the book is based off of. There were some other minor plot holes, especially in the last couple chapters when time lapses would happen with no explanation. There were also some minor grammar and spelling mistakes that need to be fixed and would momentarily distract me from the plot of this book. The storyline was so sweet through it made up for some of the errors that I noticed within in the book.

Overall, I liked this book but I didn’t love it. This is definitely an adult romance novel (someone had told me it was YA but I am not sure who it was now??) I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a quick romance read. I gave this book 3.5/ 5 stars and rounded to 4 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.

**I was send a physical copy of this book for review purposed from the author and Prism Book Tours**