Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - 9.28.16

Waiting on Wednesday
sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine (details)

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I'm waiting for...

The Apartment:
A Horror Story
by S.L. Grey
-Horror, Thriller
Release date: October 4, 2016
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A haunting thriller about a troubled married couple whose vacation to Paris leads them into a nightmare.

Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan. They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can’t resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures, and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider and dark secrets from Mark's past begin to emerge.

Deftly weaving together two complex and compelling narrators, S. L. Grey builds an intimate and chilling novel of a disintegrating marriage in the wake of a very real trauma. The Apartment is a terrifying and tour-de-force of horror, of psychological thrills, and of haunting suspense.


=====> Sounds soooo good for the Autumn season.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
by Sam Maggs

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Published: 2015
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Non Fiction, Graphic Novel, Feminism, Humor
Hardback: 208 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
I'm a fangirl.
More often than not, people hit me with that word in a derogatory way. They use it to make me feel devalued, unintelligent, and immature. And you know what? They couldn't be more wrong.

Zombie sighting:
A segment on zombie walks can be found in chapter 1 page 41.

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

My two-bits:

A fun read with a focus on fangirls and their fandoms. Loved how it got into the different aspects of the on-line and real life goings on.

A good way to get in the know of some the hip and happening when it comes to the current pop culture.

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* part of Quirk Books Summer reading (details)


Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull

The Hawkweed Prophecy
by Irena Brignull

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Release date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Hardback: 368 pages
Rating: 5

Series:
The Hawkweed Prophecy
The Hawkweed Legacy - release date: 2017

First sentence(s):
The babies were born as the clocks struck twelve. As they finally slid from their mothers' bellies, wet and sticky, their tiny faces scrunched up with the effort of being born, their fists clenched and eyes shut tight, a dark cloud crossed the full moon, and out in the forest the sky turned black.

Zombie sighting:
Out on the street they stood, all in masks - devils and Frankensteins, warlocks and werewolves, witches and zombies, ghouls and grim reapers.
chapter 23, page 229


Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn’t lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. Both are outsiders: feeling like they don’t belong and seeking escape.

Poppy and Ember soon become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that destiny has brought them together: an ancient prophecy, and a life-changing betrayal. Growing closer, they begin to understand why they’ve never belonged and the reason they are now forever connected to each other.

Switched at birth by the scheming witch Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities and fight for their own place in the world. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who – befriending them both – tests their love and loyalty. Can Poppy and Ember’s friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?


My two-bits:

Loved the portrayal of witches and their world in this story. The sisterhood aspect and female strength and bonding was what captured my interest.

Friendship relationships were also touched upon that created cozy and warm feelings throughout the story.

Romance and love had my heart tugging back and forth. I am sooo curious to see how that story settles in the end.

As this is that start of a series, this first book does well in presenting the main characters and their backgrounds.

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* review copy courtesy of publisher

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - 9.21.16

Waiting on Wednesday
sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine (details)

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I'm waiting for...

The Secret Lives of Rock Stars
Book 1
by Suzanne Lazear
-Urban Fantasy, YA
Release date: September 26, 2016
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Saving the world, one tour stop at a time.

Eighteen-year-old Bitsy Butler has never quite fit in, not with the dragons who raised her, the druid who took her in, or even with the non-human members of the cirque noir punk band she thinks of as family. Her chance to prove she can make it on her own comes with her band's first big solo tour. It’s all going according to plan when an angel walks into a bar and demands help with his demon problem.

If she doesn't step up, a magical war will break out, threatening Arizona and all those who call it home. With the help of a human, a sexy dragon, and the members of her band, Bitsy must stop an angry mob of chaos demons before the band leaves for their next tour stop.

It’s nice to be needed, but Bitsy has no idea how to defeat the demons and she just might get herself killed trying. But then, at least one problem would be solved...

Fitting in doesn’t matter if you’re dead.


=====> Because it is the first in Suzanne's elfpunk series.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Guest post: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies
by Isaac Marion

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Published: 2011
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Zombies, YA
Hardback: 256 pages
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Warm Bodies series:
Warm Bodies
The New Hunger
The Burning World - release date: February 7, 2017

First sentence(s):
I am dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it.

R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.


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It is my pleasure to present Sophia Rose of the Delighted Reader today with her mini-review on, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.


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Sophia's two-bits:

I stepped well out of my comfort zone to pick this one up and read it. I know for zombie purists this one is a softball, but for me, it was a test of my fortitude. And gladly, I can report that it was a successful attempt. I loved what the author brought together here with a thought-provoking blend of horror, romance, humor, philosophy and just a poignant story at the end of the world.

About Sophia:
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family.

A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


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* part of September Zombies (schedule)


 
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