I read a lot more this month than I was expecting to. I had a bit of a busy month as I had to review for my AP Testing that happening in the beginning of May. I won’t be very active in the next couple of weeks though I do have some post scheduled so I’m not totally MIA. April was a great reading month. I read nine even though I only thought I would be able to read two. I have become more than a little bit obsessed with historical romances over the past month. There a lot of fun to read and go by so quickly I was able to squeeze in quite a few. So here is my month in books. Read More »
Title: Surviving Death
Author: Leslie Kean
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Page Count: 320 pages
While exploring the evidence for an afterlife, I witnessed some unbelievable things that are not supposed to be possible in our material world. Yet they were unavoidably and undeniably real. Despite my initial doubt, I came to realize that there are still aspects of Nature which are neither understood or accepted, even though their reality has profound implications for understanding the true breadth of the human psyche and its possible continuity after death.
So begins Leslie Kean s impeccably researched, page-turning investigation revealing stunning and wide-ranging evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death. Here she continues her examination of unexplained phenomena that began with her provocative and controversial New York Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. Kean explores the most compelling case studies involving young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and the material world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and ordinary people who recount some of the most extraordinary near-death experiences ever recorded. Kean’s first book, and her credibility as a seasoned and well-respected journalist, made people take notice of a topic that many considered implausible. This book will do the same this time enriched by Kean s reactions to her own perplexing experiences encountered while she probed the universal question concerning all of us: Is there life after death?”
A hard knock echoes on your door followed by a dull thud of a package hitting the ground. You lunge towards the door and grab the package ripping through the paper and promptly sit and read the book that was encased within. After 8 hours in which you devour the book, you’re left heartbroken along with the unquenchable thirst for more. But that book had released just that day and now you need to wait 364 days for the next one. Read More »
Title: Daughter Of The Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwal And Friends
Pages: 320 Pages
I had high hopes going into this book and let me tell you I was not disappointed. This book promised me pirates, and a badass main character and I definitely got a lot of both. This being the first book I’ve read that had dealt solely with pirates, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need more pirate books. One: pirates are extremely good looking and you can never have too many cute fictional boys (and girls) running around and two: they are entertaining. I read this book in one sitting and I had the most fun reading this than I’ve had in awhile. If you haven’t already definitely go pick this up you’ll love it!
There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
To answer the question I’ve posed above very, very important. Romance for me is an integral part of the storytelling process. I love reading about it whether it’s the main plot of the book to a small yet crucial part of the plot. Whether it takes place in this world, or in a fantasy world among dragons, magic, and werewolves. A romantic subplot in a book is almost always essential for me to enjoy the complete story.
Title: Dawn Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Page Number: 478
After a month and a half of dragging my feet, I finally finished Dawn Study!!! It was a GREAT conclusion, this saga all began with Poison Study and now almost ten years, 3 series and nine books later it’s over. It’s kind of bittersweet because we have grown with all the characters, starting with them when they were in their late teens and early twenties (Yelena, everyone else was like 10 years older) and now it ends with her in her 30’s. It is an awesome classic high fantasy and if you haven’t read this or any of her books yet, you’re truly missing out.
No pressure though.
Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.
Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person’s resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.
With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.
Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Release Date: March 31, 2017
This show killed me, I spent most of it in tears and it was absolutely heartbreaking and amazing all at once. As an adaptation, I think they did a great job of adapting this for the screen. It stayed faithful to the books and the few changes that were put in place didn’t bother me. If you haven’t read the book or watched the TV show yet I strongly recommend you do so. There are a lot of triggers present in the show so be careful as you watch it but ultimately you will be sucked into this world and will never be let go.
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
Sometimes this pesky little thing called life gets in the way and messes up our carefully laid plans of reading like maniacs and slaying our 20 feet tall TBR’s. Life along with time are the two things that I can’t manage to steer of their carefully laid paths, and that has interfered with my reading life. Sometimes there are simply not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do and read as well, and sleep is one thing I refuse to compromise on. So what to do when both life and time team up against you to keep you from achieving your reading goals: well you fight back as vigorously as you can with the tips I shall present you with below.
It is officially spring, The time of new beginning and beautiful flowers (and bees lots of bees *shudders*). What are the best things about spring you ask? The warm weather, nice cool breezes, the beautiful flowers that are just beginning to bloom and let’s not forget, spring has the best weather for you to sit outside and read. I saw this lovely tag over at Dreaming of Ink and Papers Blog and I thought I’d give it a go. So know lets mix flowers and books with the Spring Flowers Books Tag.Read More »
What is the best thing about the beginning of a new month? The plethora of books that will be released!! Despite my massive TBR pile, it’s always fun to look for new releases of books that can be added to that ever-growing stack. April is already shaping up to be a stellar month with all of these new releases. Read More »