Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mini Review





There are only two more Volumes?! What is even going on?! I thought I knew what was happening, and that I had grip on the story. Which was apparently a lie, because I know nothing. This plot has all taken a turn in this volume that I was not expecting, only nothing really got explained. Now I just have all these questions and need to know the answers. Only I have to wait for the next volume to come. I'd put them both on hold, but with my luck eight would come before seven. Because I have no luck at all!






HAPPY READING!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about what we have yet to read. Generally they are books that have yet to be released, but don't have to be. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous at Breaking the Spine. 



The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. 


In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do.






Why I'm waiting: I really don't know all that much Madame Tussaud except, of course, the wax museum. Her life before, and even after, I know nothing about. So Little sounds like a good place to start.

HAPPY READING!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Release Tuesday

Genre: Mystery
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 512

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed—again. She's been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden's only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle's murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend—but nothing and no one is quite what they seem.



HAPPY READING!! 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Rapid Fire Book Tag


Happy Monday! Hope everyone's weekend was amazing! This book tag popped into my email through Bookever, who found it on The Bibliophile Girl. I haven't done a book tag all year, and this one seems like a lot of fun.

I'm going to take a page out of Bookever's book and leave this tag open. So whoever wants to join in is more than welcome!

E-BOOK or PHYSICAL BOOK?

I prefer physical books, but this year I've been reading more ebooks now that I commute to and from work.


PAPERBACK or HARDBACK?

I'm really not super picky either way. Normally I buy hardback books if I can't wait until the paperback comes out.


ONLINE or IN-STORE BOOK SHOPPING?

In-Store shopping all the way. I really like moving through the shelves, and in some cases digging through boxes. Though, I do shop online. Particularly on BookOutlet.com.


TRILOGIES or SERIES?

Series, because apparently I'm a glutton for punishment.


HEROES or VILLAINS?

I'm going to be that person, and I'm so not sorry. I love books with anti-heroes. Which is a grey area, I know. But, I always dig the darker more morally questionable characters.


A BOOK YOU WANT EVERYONE TO READ?

Book: The Crown Tower
Author: Michael J. Sullivan



RECOMMEND AN UNDERRATED AUTHOR

Isaac Marion writes an amazing book series, Warm Bodies. There are anything but just zombie books, they are so much more. He has an amazing writing style, wonderful characters, and he's a pretty rad guy. His books don't get enough love, and one was made into a freaking movie!


THE LAST BOOK YOU FINISHED

Book: Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules
Author: Tony Cliff


WEIRDEST THING YOU'VE USED AS A BOOKMARK

My cat! He normally sleep at my feet when I read (or doing anything where I sit down). From time-to-time I've been known to use his tail to hold my place while I run for snacks or whatnot.


USED BOOKS: YES or NO?

YES! I love a used book store. When you have dig through piles and boxes. Each store is different, and I have several I love to visit!


TOP 3 FAVORITE GENRES

True Crime / Fantasy / Graphic Novels


BORROW or BUY?

It really depends on the book. Usually if I'm on the fence about the book I'll borrow it from the library, especially if it's a first in a series.


CHARACTER or PLOT?

Character. I've put down a lot of books with a good plot because the characters were flat or dull or way t stereotypical.


LONG or SHORT BOOKS?

Long. I just feel like I get more of a story with longer books. The few short books I've read, while good, left me wanting more.


NAME THE FIRST 3 BOOKS YOU THINK OF



BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH or CRY?

Laugh! Especially when I can ugly laugh in public so people look at me funny.  Some days my job is super stressful for no reason, and for me that's the best way to unwind. To read something ridiculous.


OUR WORLD or FICTIONAL?

Fictional. Though I do enjoy historical and non-fiction, but I do pick up more books on the fictional side of life. 


AUDIOBOOKS: YES or NO

No, I tried to get into them this year. Every time I get sidetracked with something else I'd miss a huge junk of I'm suppose to be listening to. 


DO YOU EVER JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER?

Dude, I totally judge books by their cover. I really like the old school 80's covers for fantasy novels. They are fantastic!


BOOK TO MOVIE or BOOK TO TV?

Book to TV. Because I feel like a series allows them more room to work than a two or three hour time slot in a movie.


A MOVIE or TV SHOW THAT YOU PREFERRED TO THE BOOK?

Truth time I'm not I real fan of the book series for a lot of reasons, but I adore the TV Show. Which means I was super sad to hear it was ending.


SERIES or STAND-ALONE?

It really depends on my mode when I'm picking a new read. Some times you just need to read a good stand alone. Other times it's nice to bury yourself in a good series.


HAPPY READING!!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cover Runway Sundays

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but we all know we do it. Sometimes it's the cover that originally catches our eye, drawing us to give a book a closer look. It's the first thing we see, our first impression. Every Sunday I'm going to post some of my favorite covers of books coming soon! Some are by authors I already enjoy, some are the reason I gave the book a longer look. Either way they're all going to find their way here!

Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages:  448
The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud.

In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do.

In the tradition of Gregory Maguire's Wicked and Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, Edward Carey's Little is a darkly endearing cavalcade of a novel--a story of art, class, determination, and how we hold on to what we love.
 


The color of this definitely is what drew me to the book the first time. I love the simplistic design as well. It draws a point to what the books is about. I don't know much about Madam Tussaud outside of the fact she has a wax museum named after her. I know it's Historical Fiction, but it sounds fascinating.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Hope Never Dies - Review


Author: Andrew Shaffer
Genre: Satire / Mystery
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304


Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted—the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.

Part noir thriller and part bromance novel, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fanfiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.


This is one of those books that I put off reading because I was nervous it wasn't going to be as good as I wanted it to be. I had no real reason for this, or at least not a really good one. Early revies raved about it, my local booksellers loved it, and even I was pulled in by the synposis.

Still, I'm always nervous to pick up a book with rso much hype around it. In fact I've put off reading amazing books I didn't want to fall in love with hype.

Lucky for me, this wasn't one of those books. From page one I was pulled into this book.

Normally, I'm not very fond of books written with first person point of view. It's mostly because I miss getting a wider few of the story. Only, it works for Hope Never Dies. Any other way I feel like the story would have lost something. Having everything unfold through Uncle Joe's eyes add an element to the story that would have been lost otherwise.

It was nice to watch our main character unfold the puzzle on its own. To get to feel his emotions as each new piece was unraveled. I'll even admit I hit a point where I was right with Joe, not reall sure what was going on.

I just knew it wasn't the story we're least given.

The humor runs throughout the book, and never falls away. But, there is also some real emotion woven in there as well. The Bromance is fractured since Joe and Obama left office. So it was nice to see the rekindle itself as the story went one.

As for the story, I felt it was solid. I never reached a point where I stopped and scratched my head. Or, felt like something just magically found a solution. Everthing got tied up as the story came to a close. It wasn't all shiny and rainbows eithers. Which is comething I like. Honestly I perfer my Noir a bit on the gritty side.

There was action, murder, twists, and jokes. In fact I hope Steve make an appereance in the next book.

All and all there was nothing for me to worry about. I adored every minute with this book. In fact I had a hard time finishing it beause I didn't want to get to the last page.

So, I'm eagerly awaiting the second book in the series, Hope Rides Again.

Buy, Borrow, or Skip: Dudes, buy it! Trust me you want regret it. You get an amazing mystery, an epic bromance, an a hilarious of two guys who have no idea how to solve a crime give it a go. 

HAPPY READING!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pillars of Hercules - Review


Author: Tony Cliff
Genre: Graphic Novel
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256



Having survived a close shave in England, where she was falsely accused of spying for the French, Delilah has set out with her companion Selim for more agreeable adventures in central Asia. But when she stumbles on an artifact that may be a clue about the location of the legendary third pillar of Hercules, Delilah and Selim are drawn back to Europe on an Indiana-Jones-style archeological caper that pits her against a ruthless enemy . . . and forces her to team up with the most unlikely partner of all time: her sworn enemy, Jason Merrick, the man who framed her for espionage!

From vast forgotten underground cities to an elaborate and shocking double-cross, Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules brings all the drama and excitement that fans of the series crave.



This is one of those books that sort of fell into my lap. Way back when I was first dipping my toes into book reviewing through Goodreads.com, I was lucky enough to win the first book (Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant). Honestly I had no idea what I was getting myself into. What I knew was that I loved reading Graphic Novels, the story sounded fun, the artwork looked was amazing, and the story sounded promising.

Now it's a handful of years later and I've been no to patiently waiting for the next books to come out. So excited in fact that I went back and re-read the other two books, and set my work schedule up to be able to pick my copy the day it came out.

After reading Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules for the third time, I love it!

The story itself is completely thought out and solid. It throws back into the world of Delilah and Selim not long after we left them in the last volume. Already Delilah has found a new way to get herself into trouble.

It's everything I loved about the last two, but so much more. Selim and Delilah are a team. They've grown over three books and you it shows in the way the talk to each other, the Selim just knows to expect foolishness from Delilah.

It was also good to see the return of some of my favorite characters from the last book. Especally Merrick!! I'm so glad he came back. Really was hoping we hadn't seen the last of him in the King's Shilling.

No one makes a fool of  himself quite like Merrick!!

Of course I have to mention the artwork. I adore the way Tony Cliff does the art for his books. The panels aren't just done my computers. Each panel is hand sketched at some point. A process Tony Cliff shares with his fans as the book is begining created, and the outcome is amazing. The attention to detail and the vibrant colors are amazing. Every single panel is eye catching and full of detail.

Everything just comes together in an amazing package. Plus there are little nods to pop culture throughout the book. Some I caught first go round, some on the next pass, but some others had pointed out.

It's a fresh look on stories some of us grew up on. With a strong female lead with a sidekick that is so much more than that. Selim is smart, quick footed, and always tries to keep Delilah from being foolish.

It's a series I've been willing to wait years between each new installment because I knew it'd be worth the wait. Pillars of Hercules didn't disappoint. It was everything I wanted it to be and more.

I can't wait to see what Volume Four will look like!

Buy, Borrow, or Skip: Buy them all! Read them on his blog. Snag them from the library. Do what ever you need to do to pick up these books. They will not disappoint!

HAPPY READING!!