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.

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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.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Bout of Books Read-a-thon! Update Post

Bout of Books

Hi, I'm Melissa. I can't say "no" to readathons!

First Book:
Day 1 Stats:
44 Pages
Notes: Spent the day cleaning (my house was wrecked!) napping, and having to have a stern parent conversation with my son about his school work.

Day 2 Stats: 
I do not know how many pages I have read. I have been a bad readathoner and forgot to mark my place! Boo on me! 

Day 3:
Starting page: 63

Ending Page:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Lightning Luminary by RS McCoy (Review)

The Lightning Luminary
R.S. McCoy
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 26th 2016

Summary from Goodreads: 

 Talia Stanley may look like the typical wealthy New Yorker, but she's hidden her secrets for more than a thousand years. One of the last surviving members of an ancient race called Luminaries, Talia has suppressed her ability to control lightning in exchange for safety. 

And for generations it worked. Talia's hermit lifestyle protected her from strong Luminaries that want her power. All that changed the day Mason Rathbone walked into her life.

A good-looking artist, Mason is just the guy to get Talia out of her penthouse apartment and show her what it means to live again. But just as she starts to get comfortable, Talia gets sucked right back into her vicious past.

A new paranormal romance novel by RS McCoy, author of the Sparks Saga. 

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My Review:

This was a fun read. I liked the concept of The Luminaries, and I really liked Talia as a character. I thought the writing was pretty strong and the characters definitely were well developed and interesting.

With that mentioned, I didn't feel completely pulled into the story. While there is nothing technically wrong with the book or the characters, I just wasn't engrossed as I would have liked. I can't find anything particularly wrong with the book or the story to put my finger on the problem, so it may just be my mood. (I've been pretty fickle with my reads lately!) I can't fault the writer on that at all.

So my breakdown:

Good writing.
Strong characters
Unique story

I would recommend this one. I may pick it up later and give it a re-read to see if it catches me fully then. If I do, I'll adjust my review.

About the Author
Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy as well as numerous short stories, some of which now reside in anthologies. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last Light by CJ Lyons (Blog Tour with review/giveaway)

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons. For fans of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Jeffery Deaver: "Everything a great thriller should be--action packed, authentic, and intense." ~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

Lucy Guardino has always seen herself as a normal Pittsburgh soccer mom who happened to have a job chasing the worst of the worst for the FBI. But after a violent predator targets her family and she s injured, Lucy sacrifices her career with the FBI in order to keep her family safe.

What is she now that she s no longer a FBI Special Agent? she wonders as she begins her new job with the Beacon Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in cold cases and bringing justice to forgotten victims. Lucy fears she s traded being a kick-ass law enforcement officer for being a civilian mother hen shepherding a team of amateurs.

Her fears appear justified when she s partnered with TK O Connor, a former Marine MP struggling with her transition to life back home in the US, and sent to rural Texas to investigate a case that s more than cold, it s already been closed with the killers behind bars for the past twenty-nine-years.

But who really killed Lily Martin, her infant daughter, and husband, leaving her young son permanently impaired? Why was an entire family targeted for annihilation? What price will Lucy pay when she fights to expose a truth people will kill to keep buried?"

 Join the millions of readers who've fallen for CJ's Thrillers with Heart and grab your copy of LAST LIGHT today!

My Review:
This is my first book by CJ Lyons, and I'm serious when I say I really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was intrigued by the idea that the main character was an older lady and a total badass. I instantly became a fan of Lucy and her squad of investigators.

The story itself is pretty interesting and caught my attention pretty quickly. The flow of the book went smoothly and kept me entertained. I'm not really sure what else to say other than this was a fun read and I will most definitely check into the other books featuring Lucy.

  Pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling thriller writer CJ Lyons has been a storyteller all her life—something that landed her in many time-outs as a kid. She writes her Thrillers with Heart for the same reason that she became a doctor: because she believes we all have the power to change our world. In the ER she witnessed many acts of courage by her patients and their families, learning that heroes truly are born every day. When not writing, she can be found walking the beaches near her Low country home, listening to the voices in her head and plotting new and devious ways to create mayhem for her characters.  

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Bout of Books! I'm In!

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.

For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It is HERE!!! Readathon Starts Now (ish)

Opening Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Alabama
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Fireman by Joe Hill
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I'm not sure yet. I'm not going to be snacking quite so hard as last time!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm Melissa, I'm 36 years old. I'm married (13 years) with a 12 year old son. I've been blogging since 2009. Reading since I was old enough to understand words. I'm on my 4th or 5th readathon this time..I can't remember. Old age!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Try to spend less time worrying about updating and more time reading? I don't really know. 

Update 1 Hour 1 (started late)
Book: The Fireman 
Page Started: 140
Page Ended: 164
Pages read-24

Update 2 Hour 2
Book: The Fireman 
Page Started: 164
Page Ended: 219
Pages read-55

Update 3 Hour 3
Book: The Fireman 
Page Started:219
Page Ended: 293
Pages Read: 74

Update 4 Hour 4
Book : The Fireman 
Page Started: 293
Page ended: 348
Pages Read:55

Update 5 Hour 5
Book: The Fireman
Page Started: 348
Page Ended: 403
Pages Read: 55

Update 6 Hour 6 
Book: The Fireman 
Page Started: 403
Page Ended: 479
Pages Read: 76

Challenge: Operation Quotation:
My quote:
“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.”
Stephen King, The Stand 

Update 7 Hour 7
Book: The Fireman 
Page Started: 479
Page Ended: 545
Pages Read:66

Update 8 Hour 8
Book; The Fireman
Page Started: 545
Page Ended: 621
Pages Read: 76

Update 9 Hour 9
Book: The Fireman
Page Started: 621
 Page Ended: 707
Pages Read: 86

                                                             Books Read: The Fireman by Joe Hill
                                                             Total Page Count Til Now: 567

Update 10 Hour 10
Book:  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Page Started 1
Page Ended: 46
Pages Read: 46

Update 11 hour 11
Book: Throne of Glass 
Page Started: 46
Page Ended: 98
Pages Read: 52

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Throne of Glass
2. How many books have you read so far? I've finished one monster of a book, The Fireman. I'm quite proud!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Jane Eyre, I've never gotten around to reading it and it has been on my list for ages.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I've not had many interruptions thankfully!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Not so surprising so much as enlightening. I had always wondered what my reading speed was and it seems to be about 50-55 pages per hour.

Update 12 Hour 12
Book: Throne of Glass
Page Started: 98
Page Ended: 143
Pages Read:45

Update 13 Hour 13 
Book: Throne of Glass
Page Started: 143
Page Ended: 183
Pages Read:  40

Update 14 Hour 14
Book: Throne of Glass
Page Started: 183
Page Ended: 231
Pages Read: 48

Update 15 Hour 15
Book: Throne of Glass
Page Started: 231
Page Ended: 315
Pages Read: 84

Update 16 Hour 16
Book: Throne of Glass
Page Started: 315
Page Ended:404
Page Read:89 

                                                     Books Read: The Fireman by Joe Hill, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
Total Pages: 971

Update 17 Hour 17
Book: Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
Page Started: 1
Page Ended: 25
Page Read: 25

Update 18 Hour 18
Book: Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Page Started: 25
Page Ended: 86
Pages Read: 61

  Books Read: The Fireman by Joe Hill, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
Total Pages: 1057