E-Book Deals of the Day

Today New World Rising is FREE! FREE FREE FREE! This is a really good dystopian read, I loved it!  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity!

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Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words – to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls – outside of The Sanctuary – is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself…

The first of a trilogy, New World Rising is an epic tale of survival, instinct, trauma, and the extraordinary power of human connection. (Goodreads summary)

Happy Reading!

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Our Dark Duet – Book Review

Author: Victoria Schwab
Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Monsters
Rating: ★★★★✰

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.OurDarkDuet
KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?


“Monsters,” he said slowly, “all want the same thing: to feed. They are united by that common goal, while you are all divided by your morals and your pride. What do I think? I think that if you cannot come together, you cannot win.”

I loved This Savage Song. It was the first Victoria Schwab book I had ever read and I knew before I even finished that I had to read her other works. The way she write is just amazing. And the way, the style in which she wrote this beautiful soul crushing book was just perfect. She definitely is not afraid to mess with our feelings and strike right for the feels. Our Dark Duet picks up a few months after the ending of This Savage Song. Kate is now living in Prosperity hunting the few monsters that are there. August has stayed behind to take Leo’s place in the Flynn Task Force with his dead brother haunting his thoughts. While hunting monsters Kate comes across a monster no one has ever seen before. Not a Malchai, Corsai, or a Sunai, but something else entirely. She tracks it back to Verity. And thats where things really start getting good. or really bad. depending upon how you look at it.

August Flynn. He is an amazingly well rounded character. A monster that only wants to be human forced to do monstrous things to save humans. He is seriously messed up in this book. Killing his brother and Kate leaving and the city going to hell in a hand basket and having to reap more and more souls is just taking its toll on him. He struggles with what to do, hearing Leo’s voice in his head telling him to let go and let the monster loose but not wanting to lose what little “humanity” he has.

Kate Harker. I love my blondies. There really aren’t that many out there so I am biased towards them. Kate has started over, she has a new name and a new identity. She tries to cover up her pain and loneliness with monster hunting. She meets new friends  colleagues  fellow monster hunters in Prosperity and fills her life with that. All in, the only way Kate knows how to. But Verity is always in the back of her mind.

I don’t feel like I can say much more without spoiling. The book starts out a bit slow but then as soon as it picks up you are hurled full force into that heart wrenching ending. Oh that ending. I have to say I knew part of it was coming but that still doesn’t prepare you for it! Ugh. I loved it though, I don’t know how she could have ended it any better while getting the point across.

“People were messy. They were defined not only by what they’d done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions, choices they stood by and those they wished they could undo. Of course, there was no going back—time only moved forward—but people could change.
For worse.
And for better.”

June Owlcrate – Bookish

This month’s theme was Make It Out Alive and man was it an awesome box. This was the first color themed box they have ever done and I must say I loved it!

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  • A Divergent inspired bath bomb with charms inside that sort you into a faction! These were made by the super amazing@fizzyfairyapothecary!
  •  A cool iron on patch inspired by The Giver. This was created by@laserbrainpatchco!
  • A beautiful extra large magnet designed by @littleinklingsdesign. The magnet features a quote from An Ember in the Ashes.
  • A very pretty double sided bookmark designed by @treehouseofbooks. It featured great quotes from A Court of Wings and Ruin!
  • A silly (but fun) zombie sleep mask from @archiemcphee! Perfect for catching up on sleep during the zombie apocalypse!
  • They also included two books this month! The first was New World Rising by@jkwilson29 and published by @oftomes!
  • And the main book this month was The Sandcastle Empire by @authorkaylaolson! We sent out an OwlCrate exclusive edition of this awesome book which had a gorgeous cover. The book also came with a letter and signed bookplate from Kayla, as well as some fun survival stickers.

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I had already read New World: Rising (awesome book btw) but my edition was one of the first and didn’t match my copy of New World: Ashes. This one does. Yay for all things matching! I read through The Sandcastle Empire quickly after getting it and blogged it recently. Here is a summary from Goodreads.

When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

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The Sandcastle Empire – Book Review

Author: Kayla Olson
Published: June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Rating: ★★★★✰
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Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.


This book was in Owlcrate’s May box just as I was hoping it would be! It was marketed as a Lost meets the Maze Runner but I feel like there was more Catching Fire in the mix then The Maze Runner.

The year is 2055 and the lower income downtrodden citizens named The Wolves have started a war and taken over the country, forcing the one percenters into work camps as revenge for years of oppression. Our MC Eden is confined to one of these work camps. She has lost everything to The Wolves, but that doesn’t stop her from planning an escape. She has a map given to her by her father that has directions to the only known neutral territory left on earth. Sanctuary Island. In an action packed moment of surprise Eden escapes with 3 other girls, none of whom Eden knew. She convinces them to sail to Sanctuary Island, it’s really not that hard, where else could they go? Once there it doesn’t take long for them to realize that the island is anything but safe. When one of their members vanishes in the night they search for her, discovering just how dangerous the island really is. Eden is a strong character, she lead a life of privilege before the war but losing her friends, her boyfriend, her father and her freedom made her find strength within herself. She has to face many more hardships and challenges on the island, including conquering her worst fears and facing *SPOILERS!* It’s really hard to talk about much from this book without spoiling it!

I loved the setting. Husband and I are currently binge watching Lost on Netflix, me for the first time and him for the second, so this island was not hard to picture at all. In my mind the island was a mash up of the Island from Lost and the arena from Catching Fire. The plot was so full of action and suspense it kept me turning pages waaay after my bed time! I mean the book starts off exploding into action and it doesn’t let down until the last page!

Aside from some unconvincing insta love, which felt really forced and unrealistic, and a ending I felt was a bit rushed, I really enjoyed this book. I honestly would have given it 5 stars if the romance had fit in the plot better. I love that it is a stand alone. As much as I love series and trilogies they take a lot out of you, you invest a lot of time into them. This stand alone was a nice fun read. It’s over and I can move on to the next book!

I’ve heard rumors that this book is going to make it’s way to the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to it. That would be fantastic if it is true! This story was so easy to visualize while reading, just cast the right people (I’m looking at you Divergent) and this would make a great movie! Fingers crossed it happens!

 

Once again this was an Owlcrate book with an exclusive cover to Owlcrate subscribers. The white cover is the exclusive and the green is the original. I think I prefer the green one, but I still like my exclusive cover complete with signed book plate!

June Wrap Up

I can’t believe it is already July! This month, this year really has flown by!

This month I seemed to be on a contemporary kick. I read 9 books and 5 of those were contemporaries and three of those were Kacie West books. I have officially ran out of Kacie West books to read just in time for her newest book to come out this month!

My favorite by far was Eliza and Her Monsters! It was amazing and I can continue to gush about it and sing it’s praises or you can just go read my review.

Currently Reading

  • Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge
  • Defy the Stars
  • The Fiery Cross

My audiobook for Defy the Stars expired before I could finish so I’m waiting for my turn to check it out again. And yes I know I’m STILL reading The Fiery Cross but 1. Its huge and 2. I read it on my 30 minute lunches. So it’s going to take a bit!

And some personal news. Husband and I are buying a house! Whoo! We are so excited, we are in love with the house and have lots of plans for it! First is getting a dog! As much as we love our little duplex that has been our first home there is no fenced in backyard or room for a Golden Retriever. So July and August will be a bit crazy for me. We close on the 31st and have a garage sale planned for that weekend and then moving and settling in in August. I’m hoping I will still have time to read and blog in between prepping for a garage sale/moving sale, all of my many doctors appointments, packing, painting and moving. It may be pretty hit or miss here and there but bare with me! Its a fun little journey that we’re on!signature-1

The Handmaid’s Tale – Review

Author: Margaret Atwood
Published:March 16th 1998 by Anchor Books (first published 1985)
Genre: Classics, Fiction, Dystopian, Feminism
Rating: ★★★★✰

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now… (goodreads summary)


I have had this book on my TBR for a while now but with the new series out on Hulu I moved it up on my list. This is another book that I just do not like. Because of the content, because of how close a reality this could be. . There is a reason this is a classic though, Margaret Atwood wrote a gripping and chilling story of a futuristic post war America that just sits there, in the back of your mind. It also really pissed me off. So many countless times while reading this I just wanted to punch the first man I saw in the face. and the second. and the third..

This story is told in the present with flash backs to before and during indoctrination. This book was first published in 1985 which is also when the story takes place. A group of far right fundamentalists take over the government and founded The Republic of Giliad . Before too long women are no longer able to access their money or hold jobs. Due to nuclear and biological warfare the population has suffered a sharp decline in births and a rise in birth defects and miscarriages. This new Giliad is highly conservative and highly repressive. Soon after women’s rights are taken away the country is restructured. fertile women involved in homosexual relationships, or have had abortions or second marriages are apprehended, indoctrinated, and then doled out to the Commanders of the secret police as Handmaids meant to act as breeding stock to rebuild the population. They are stripped of everything they are, they are now just walking ovaries. This was a very oppressive and demeaning system. I’m seeing red just typing this..

“There is more than one kind of freedom,” said Aunt Lydia. “Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don’t underrate it.”

Our MC is Offred, we never learn her real name, her name from before. All Handmaids are given the same name. Of-insert name of the man who now “owns” them here. So Offred is owned by Commander Fredrick -Fred. She is owned. She has no rights, no opinions, she is not allowed to read, she is allowed out of the Comander’s home once a day to walk to the market with another handmaid, Ofglen and pictures are used to show what is for sale. Because women can’t read.  Offred is not a true believer in this new government. She misses her husband Luke and their daughter. She lost them both they day they tried to escape into Canada. Once captured Offred is taken to an indoctrination center for handmaid’s to be brainwashed. The Center is run by the Aunts – older ladies in government – who mistreat them and cause them not to trust their fellow women. Ofglen was a refreshing character, it took awhile before she and Offred could be comfortable around each other and break protocol enough to have a conversation. Ofglen is essential in helping Offred’s character development, along with the Commander, of all people.

I just couldn’t get over how women were treated in this future, not only by the men but by their fellow women. The Commander’s Wife hates her, Marthas (colored houseworkers) that work in the Commander’s home treat Offred like she is a disease. The other handmaids are highly suspicious and judgmental of each other thanks to the work of the Aunts. It’s terrifying to think about, that something like this could actually happen. I kept wondering how I would fit into this world how I would have reacted to Offred’s problems. Would I have been like her? like Moria? or god forbid like Janine? I’m glad that the Hulu adaptation of this book is getting hype, its causing more people to read this book and hopefully keep this in mind.

There is so much more that I want to say about this book but but I am already rambling and I think it is better to read it, think it over and make your own observations. Another cautionary tale.. I seem to be reading quite a bit of those these days…

April Recap

So this month I read 8 new books and reread 2.

  • Breathe
  • The Female of the Species
  • Eon
  • Safe Haven
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Outside In
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
  • The Circle

My favorite was probably The Female of the Species. My least favorite was Eon.

I reread 2 of my favorite books in anticipation of the release of ACOWAR and Lord of Shadows!

  • A Court of Mist and Fury
  • Lady Midnight