Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson


Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that's impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.

Told from the perspective of tiny, fairy-sized Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is the breathtaking story of budding romance, letting go and the pains of growing up.

~~My Thoughts~~

 I picked this up because Margot (I hope I spelled her name right) from Epic Reads kept mentioning it in her videos. She even said it was her favorite book, so I checked it out and thought it sounded very good. It was! Its sad, it's beautiful, it's brutal...It was awesome!

Tinkerbell was never my favorite part of the Peter Pan story. I always wanted to know more about the boys and how they came to be there in Neverland with Peter. I can't remember where I saw/read it, but I always had a distinct impression that Peter Pan wasn't such a sweet guy after all. In this book, he's more of a lost boy (no pun intended) that isn't sure what he wants, but he knows that something is missing.

From the start, I liked the way that this story was told. Tinkerbell is the narrator, but she doesn't speak to any of the characters (fairies can't talk afterall) but we hear her thoughts. She's telling us this sad story and this just works so very well!

This was one emotional roller-coaster, that I just couldn't put down! Loved it very much!

Friday, September 16, 2016

TLC Book Tours: Autumn In Oxford by Alex Rosenberg


Autumn in Oxford Autumn in Oxford

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Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (August 30, 2016)
After being blacklisted for having communist sympathies as a student twenty years before, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Tom Wrought escapes America’s Cold War climate to teach at Oxford. There, he falls in love with Liz Spencer, a beautiful married woman. When Liz’s husband is pushed in front of a train in the London Underground, Tom is immediately arrested for the murder. Scotland Yard is convinced it has its man, as he had means, motive, and opportunity.
Certain of his innocence, Liz hires a young solicitor, Alice Silverstone, to defend Tom. But they discover that Tom’s former secret work as an American spy made him a number of powerful enemies. Russian intelligence, British counterespionage, and even the FBI all may have reason to frame him. If Liz and Alice can find out who is behind the murder, they stand a chance of freeing Tom, but doing so puts all their lives at risk.

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About Alex Rosenberg

Alex Rosenberg is the author of the novel The Girl from Krakow. He has lived in Britain and has taught at Oxford, where he made the acquaintance of some of the historical figures that play roles in Autumn in Oxford. Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University in North Carolina.


My Review: 

This book's summary drew me in. It has intrigue, a bit of scandal, and really really good writing. The story is told through several different voices, mostly all three of the main characters. There wasn't really anything I could come up with to say negatively. Alex Rosenberg is an awesome writer. The plot was interesting enough, I just couldn't lose myself entirely in the story.

Usually this kind of storyline would keep me flipping page after page, but for some reason I just couldn't plow through this one. I did finish and was quite pleased with how it wrapped up! I won't say that this is a negative review, there are a lot of wonky things going on in my personal life at the moment, so maybe it just wasn't the right time for me? I will definitely give this one a re-read, once things have calmed down and possibly adjust my review.

So I will break it down like this:

Writing: Awesome-sauce!
Plot: Interesting and well developed!
Characters: A++

Do I recommend? Yes, I do!
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Cover Reveal for SEASON OF DECAY (YA Horror)

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About the Book

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Title: The Season of Decay
Author: Michael W. Garza
Genre: YA horror

Our world decayed and a new world arose from the ashes of the old.

The Canaan tribe formed from the ruins of their oppressors, struggling to build a new world for themselves, challenged by the rise of a threat within and a familiar foe at their doorstep.

Mia’s position among the tribe has put her at odds with Rowan and their former way of life. Rowan is determined to strike out on his own, but his loyalty to Mia has become a constant battle. The lives of all the members of the Canaan tribe hang in the balance as the council struggles with a path forward. A horde of the dead push toward Canaan driven by the infected, and Mia must choose between the people she loves and the tribe she has sworn to protect.

Evolution always finds a way…

Author Bio

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Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes that everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Eliot-Along! -Read-a-Long during June and July!

http://anarmchairbythesea.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/eliot-along-read-middlemarch-with-me.html?m=1


I'm in! I am starting now (Day off!) and hoping to have my updates each Monday or Tuesday for the previous week's reading.

The schedule is like so:

June 27th - July 3rd - Chapter 1 - end of 14 (or all of Miss Brooke and the first two chapters of Old and Young)

July 4th - 10th - Chapter 15 - end of 28 (or the rest of Old and Young and six chapters of Waiting for Death)

July 11th - 17th - Chapter 29 -end of 42 (the rest of Waiting for Death and all of Three Love Problems)

July 18th - 24th - Chapter 43 - end of 56 (all of The Dead Hand and the first three chapters of The Widow and the Wife) 

July 25th - 31st - Chapter 57 - end of 70 (the rest of The Widow and the Wife and eight chapters of Two Temptations) 

August 1st - 7th - Chapter 71 - End

If you want to join up with us, just click the button up top!

Monday, June 6, 2016

June by Miranda Beverly-Whitemore (GIVEAWAY)


June 

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (May 31, 2016)
From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. 

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.

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MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE is the author of three other novels: New York Times bestseller Bittersweet; Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, given annually for the best book of fiction by an American woman; and The Effects of Light. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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My Review:

My review will be short and sweet. This was a great read! I was totally blown away by how absorbing this book was! I started it and literally didn't put it down until the last page. I loved the moody atmosphere and the characters. The plot was intriguing and written beautifully.

I loved the alternating time periods and how each affected the other. The love stories, while brief, were chock full of emotion. I usually am not a fan of this tactic, but in June it worked perfectly and was very well written! 

June has some great characters too! I loved Lindie and Cassie. I loved how Lindie was written. Cassie is a perfectly flawed character that I instantly liked a lot. 


So final verdict. June is a great book. It was a quick read but still packed a wonderful punch!

 

Giveaway:

1 Copy of June (US/Canada only)

 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sci-Fi Summer Read-a-Thon-Start and Updates

I'm going to read this one and this one for the read-a-thon!

Both are YA but one is fantasy and the other is scifi-ish. So I think they count!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rebel Sisters by Marita Conlon-McKenna (Review)

Rebel Sisters


With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland.
Growing up in the privileged confines of Dublin’s leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella’s expectations. Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find themselves caught up in their country’s struggle for freedom.

Muriel falls deeply in love with writer Thomas MacDonagh, artist Grace meets the enigmatic Joe Plunkett – both leaders of ‘The Rising’ – while Nellie joins the Citizen Army and bravely takes up arms, fighting alongside Countess Constance Markievicz in the rebellion.

On Easter Monday, 1916, the biggest uprising in Ireland for two centuries begins. The world of the Gifford sisters and everyone they hold dear will be torn apart in a fight that is destined for tragedy.
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Marita Conlon-McKenna is a hugely successful Irish children’s writer. Her first novel, UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE, sold 250,000 copies in the Irish market alone. Her debut adult novel, THE MAGDALEN, was a number one bestseller in Ireland, followed by PROMISED LAND, MIRACLE WOMAN, THE STONE HOUSE and THE HAT SHOP ON THE CORNER. She lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.

Visit Marita at her website: MaritaConlonMcKenna.com.


My Review:  
After reading this I have discovered how little I know about Irish History. With that being said, I did not feel like I was lost at all during this book. The author did all sorts of crazy extensive research, so the events make sense to those that are history dummies. Thank you ma'am!

There is a lot of backstory here, which helps with the above mentioned problem, but it works. This is not a short book, but it felt short. I mean that in a good way! I gobbled this book up completely in one whole day!

The sisters were pretty badass. I enjoyed "watching" them grow up and move past their wealthy upbringing to join the rebellion and fight for what they believed it.

This is my first book by McKenna, and I can tell it won't be the last. I enjoyed her writing style and obvious love for this subject.